* Posts by DougS

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The very latest on the DNC email conspiracy. Which conspiracy? All of them, of course!

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Re: The timing is interesting

Sanders supporters used the same complex malware that has been used by the Russian government, which has instructions and error messages in Cyrillic? Pull the other one. I could believe Israel or China might do something like this and be able to fake things well enough to make it look like the Russian government (though not sure why) but no non-state actor possibly could. From the information we have now, it looks like a question of "which government did this".

As for the timing of the release, that's a bit more clear now. Assange stated he was the one who chose the timing of the release. He does not like Hillary at all, and while a President Trump isn't likely to change his situation WRT to fearing extradition to the US any, I'm sure it gave him some personal satisfaction to screw her.

He's claimed he has more information (presumably from yet another source) that will put her in jail. So I wouldn't be surprised to see another document release in early November, timed to tilt the election Trump's way. Not because he wants Trump to win, but he wants Hillary to lose. It doesn't have to put her in jail, something bad enough to drop democratic turnout a few points is all that would be required to make her lose.

That still leaves the motives of why the Russian government would release these documents to wikileaks. Regardless of whether Putin prefers Trump over Hillary, there are plenty of business interests in Russia who have a history with Trump and would definitely prefer him. One of them probably had sources in the Russian government and managed to get a copy.

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Re: The timing is interesting

Leaking the results at a convention where the outcome is not in doubt is not pointless. If 10% of Sanders supporters who would have ended up voting Clinton go another direction, that could be enough to swing the election Trump's way.

I wonder if waiting until the week before the election would have been more damaging, or if Sanders supporters would by then have accepted Clinton and not felt the same bitterness they are feeling now.

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Re: The timing is interesting

While that's true, the FBI said a couple months ago they had evidence it came from the Russian government. Maybe they're wrong, but they appear to be going on more than "it came from a .ru address, it must be Putin!"

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Re: A sad day for conspiracy theorists

Unless they are SO good at what they do that they can make finely honed conspiracy look like a comedy of errors to an outside observer. Sort of the statecraft equivalent of drunken boxing.

If Jar Jar can possibly turn out to be the power behind the Emperor's throne in Star Wars 1-3, then this can be true too :)

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The timing is interesting

The hack was a few months ago, so if it was someone who wanted Sanders to win they would have released the emails immediately, back when it could have changed the outcome. So obviously whoever got hold of the emails did not want to help Sanders - instead they wanted Clinton to "win dirty", as it were.

However, the timing of the release right after a fairly disastrously run republican convention, when the democrats were all saying "watch what a professionally run convention looks like" seems to have been chosen to maximize the chaos at the democratic convention, and make it look like a repeat of last week (though I have to think the committee will run everyone's speech through anti-plagiarism software before it is approved, to avoid at least one hit the republicans took)

So it looks like it is someone who didn't want Bernie, and also didn't want Hillary. That kind of makes it a pro-Trump hack by default. Putin obviously has reasons to prefer Trump over Hillary, but to the point where he'd do something like this? If a link between the Russian government and the hack could be conclusively proven, even a lot of republicans who would normally cheer anything that hurts Hillary would be upset about a foreign government trying to swing a US presidential election, as patriotism trumps (no pun intended) partisanship.

It sure wouldn't help US/Russian relations, as even a president Trump will still have congress to deal with. The democrats would need only a handful of republicans to go along with them to block Trump from doing egregious things that require congressional approval (not that he seems to realize that he isn't up for election as King) such as withdrawing from NATO or whatever. So I'm skeptical that it was directed by Putin. Perhaps some Russian business interests who think they'll be better off with a president Trump? I imagine Russian billionaires have some contacts within the part of the Russian intelligence service that could organize targeted hacks like this.

Apple Watch exec Bob Mansfield 'gets into secret Apple car'

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Re: Go back 10 years ago

Why should companies want to diversify? Focus on what you know, and do it well. Samsung has a lot of different divisions, and is essentially a lot of companies that are all owned by the same holding company as a result of purchases not expansion. Similar to what Berkshire Hathaway has become. The way those are created is very different from a company like Apple choosing to expand into a bunch of markets, which I think would be counterproductive.

Apple could afford to do that, but as an investor I'm glad they don't, and keep their cash in safe investments like short term T-bills, though I'd rather they just return it via dividends (but I understand the reasons regarding US tax law why they don't) They make plenty of acquisitions, but they are always small and in line with where their business is, they aren't buying companies simply to diversity into other markets. To the extent they want to be in other markets (like phones, or cars) they want to do it themselves. It isn't like they aren't doing R&D, they are spending over $10 billion this year. They just don't put out press releases hyping what they're thinking about years in advance like Google, who has been talking about "Loon" for how long now and still nothing?

Google is expanding into other stuff, but collectively they lose a lot of money on everything but their core advertising business. Not nearly as bad as Microsoft's losses outside their Windows/Office monopoly, but still. That's why they had to restructure the company and use different classes of stock, so the shareholders don't get a say. Maybe one of Google's "Moonshots" will pay off big time, but for all we know Apple has a few too, they just prefer to keep quiet.

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How are iPhones obsolete in two years time?

Did everyone's iPhone 5S stop working? What do you consider makes a phone "obsolete"? If 5G comes out and your phone only does 4G, is now obsolete? If it performs the same functions it performed when you bought it, I'd argue it is not obsolete. Maybe it needs repair/maintenance at some point, but the most likely things to break (battery/screen) are easily replaceable. They aren't designed to be repairable for everything though, if the cellular chip quits working you can't fix it, you have to buy a new one as fixing that would cost more than the phone is worth.

You can argue that when the software updates stop it is obsolete, because there will eventually be known security holes. By that measure some Android phones are obsolete the day you buy them, and almost all are two years after purchase. At least Apple gives you five...

The same applies for a car. It isn't obsolete as long as it does what it did when you bought it. A car purchased today will be "obsolete" in the sense that it requires a person driving it once cars that can drive themselves are available, but that's hardly the fault of the automaker since that functionality isn't possible today. Cars require maintenance/repairs, and are designed to be more repairable than phones, but even cars can reach a point where it isn't worth fixing it (a blown engine on a 15 year old car) If cars have remotely exploitable security holes, they'll need updates, and we'll just have to see how that works out. Probably will require legislation to enforce it.

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Go back 10 years ago

When the Apple phone was still just a rumor. People thought Apple was crazy to think they could compete with the likes of Nokia. Most thought it would basically be a typical phone that integrated iPod functionality, and they were already too late as phones that integrated MP3 support had already hit the market.

When the iPhone was finally announced, people thought it was too big (including me) and when they saw the price thought they were crazy and thought Jobs was on drugs for suggesting that Apple might one day have as much as 1% of the worldwide mobile share - that would mean selling 10 million phones a year! They are now above 10%.

Currently the car is just a rumor, though like 2006 we're pretty sure it is a matter of when, not if. Like 2006, no one knows exactly what features it would have - will it be just an electric, or be autonomous? Will it be available for purchase, or only for per-trip / per-day rental? Will they even make cars, or will they license software to the Fords and Toyotas of the world?

Like the mobile market in 2006, the automotive market in 2016 has a lot of entrenched players that people can't imagine won't still be around in the future. Where is Nokia today? Where is RIM? How much has Samsung changed? In 2036, I am willing to bet that between the companies you listed - Ford, GM, Toyota, Nissan and VW - at least two will either not exist (not bought out, just gone away) or be a shell of their former selves like Nokia & RIM are today.

Not saying that Apple will be responsible, but the automobile market there will be completely different due to a totally different set of expectations from those purchasing cars about what features are important to them, just like the mobile market is completely different from what it was in 2006, due to a totally different set of expectations about what features are important to them. Apple doesn't have any history of making cars, but neither did they have any history of making phones. Tesla shows it is possible for a car company to build themselves up from nothing, and they didn't have anywhere remotely close to the resources Apple has to make this happen. I have no idea if they will be successful or not, but I don't dismiss their chances out of hand like you, because automobile world is about to be disrupted like the mobile world was, and a new set of players will emerge at the top.

If I had to guess, I'd say all but one Japanese car company will fail to survive long term, at least one Chinese car company will spring up to worldwide prominence, and Samsung has a good chance of becoming a major player in the market. At least one company that comes purely from the world of technology (I don't count Samsung because they make everything from chips to ships) such as Apple, Google or someone we haven't considered yet will emerge as a major player.

What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

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Re: For all the gloom

Yes, it is funny how the US press mostly wrote positive articles about Apple's results, "not as bad as analysts expected" was about the worst any headlines were, and noted how the stock price soared by almost 7% in after hours trading.

The Reg, as always, tries to put the worst possible light on Apple and probably makes people who otherwise wouldn't have paid any attention to Apple's results think they're tanking. They've now had two quarters where they reported results that were lower than the same quarter in the previous year. Samsung had over two years of that.

You have to peak sometime, you can't keep growing forever. Apple peaked pretty damn high, with profits larger than any public company has ever reported. In fact, despite almost certainly doing worse in 2016 than they did in 2015, they'll still report higher profits than any other public company has ever reported. Now unlike the fact you can't grow forever, you CAN shrink forever, until you go under, but just like Samsung, Apple will decline for a while and then rebound.

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One person's experience

I guess my experience is the opposite, the only problems my iPhone owning friends have are broken screens if they drop them too much. But a lot of the Android owners have problems where batteries only last half the day, a corner of the screen can no longer detect touches, won't make a sound when a text comes in (but it works if you have headphones plugged in) and other weird stuff.

Smartphones are pretty complicated machines, it isn't surprising that things go wrong, but the idea that iPhones are having more problems than Android - when Android has such a wide range of quality from high end to bottom feeders and most rarely if ever get software updates - is laughable to me.

It's 2016 and your passwords can still be sniffed from wireless keyboards

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Re: There is a reason why I use wired KB's

Bluetooth range is pretty short. Unless you live in an apartment with paper thin walls, I don't think people could get close enough to your keyboard to steal keystrokes. As for the mouse, what exactly are they going to learn by stealing your mouse movements and clicks?

If you're that paranoid, you might want to consider enclosing your computer area in chicken wire to make it Tempest proof - your HDMI cable might be radiating a signal and PCs don't use HDCP between the monitor and computer!

UK membership of Council of Europe has implications for data protection after Brexit

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Re: Brexit means Brexit

The EU may not allow the UK to join the EFTA, because reducing the pain from leaving the EU makes it more likely other countries will consider it. They have a strong incentive to make it suck for the UK as much as possible, as a warning to the rest.

Microsoft dangles code candy in front of iOS devs

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With all the news about Microsoft pulling back from Windows Phone

This sort of effort is not going to get any interest. Why should a developer bother, rather than take a wait and see attitude and find out whether Windows Phone will even exist in two more years?

Failing projects pray blockchain works as 'magic middleware'

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There's no point for blockchain inside a network perimeter

No company needs blockchain for its own transactions, a database works just fine. The only real value of blockchain is for distributed transactions traveling over insecure networks. There are potential issues though if the transactions are high volume, as the blockchain size will quickly become unwieldy unless you have some method for expiring/archiving old transactions.

Use inside a corporate network where it doesn't belong will result a lot of duplicated storage. Deduplication will help in theory, but a lot of large enterprises have many file servers, so you'll end up with one copy of the blockchain on every storage device - a point in favor of very large centralized storage for all those file servers I suppose (that will make EMC/Dell happy)

Iraqi government finally bans debunked bomb-finding dowsing rods

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Re: Anyone read the full story....

You assume they conducted proper blind tests.

The way I read it, the crook that went to jail was paying kickbacks to the government officials who were buying this - they knew it was crap but didn't care because they were getting rich. They could make sure at least some tests were rigged to show they worked - hence "inconclusive", because some tests they worked 100% and some they were no better than chance...and those failures could be blamed on operator error!

US standards lab says SMS is no good for authentication

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Re: Network compromise is irrelevant

I would recommend not worrying about it. If your government wants access to your account information, they'll get it from your bank. If they want access to your money, they'll freeze your assets. There's nothing you can do about it. They aren't going to hack your account over the internet to get at it, so controls on your end don't matter.

As for insiders, you can't prevent them from taking your money for similar reasons because they can also bypass all those external controls, but you will (though maybe not right away) be able to get it back. Banks have very good internal controls and are able to detect rogue insiders, if not the minute they try something, eventually. For those who fail to detect them until it is too late and the insider has fled to somewhere without an extradition treaty, well that's why banks have insurance...

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Re: Network compromise is irrelevant

For these "significantly-resourced" enemies and insiders you are talking about, two, three or eighteen factor authentication will not help.

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Network compromise is irrelevant

How does a compromised network affect you, if you are using properly encrypted data in a way that isn't susceptible to MITM attacks? You should ALWAYS assume your network is compromised! You have no way to prove that it is not, so I don't see why knowing that it is should change anything.

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Re: Good riddance

In order to bank at all you have to have some sort of network connection, so you can do the second factor over the network.

Personally I'd like to see Apple introduce support in the secure element for RSA type token authentication, with third parties allowed to hook in with their own certificates and seeds. Yeah, some people will object and say it isn't "two factor" if you are using a bank app on your phone and using your phone as a secure ID token, but if someone has physical possession of your phone and the password to your bank and whatever PIN/password is required for a token then you have allowed yourself to be totally p0wned and should go back to banking with a teller in person.

Obviously Android phones could add similar support, but since they lack consistent hardware it would be more hit or miss how secure the provision of a token would be.

Lenovo: Our gear will be 10% more pricey from 1 August

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"When the UK currency recovers"?

You mean IF it recovers. It would probably fall lower if there wasn't a fair amount of doubt whether Brexit will even happen. If they follow through and serve Article 51 notice, I expect the pound will drop another few percent. If they announce there will be a vote of Parliament over serving the notice, then it will jump up, especially if the vote fails as one would expect.

Then you get to deal with the mess from Brexiters who weren't aware last month's vote was not a binding referendum, but at least the pound would be back to where it was before (and you can see how long before HP, Lenovo etc. drop prices back)

Yahoo! She said yes. Verizon confirms $4.8bn acquisition

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Not 1%

Check their market cap, they are WAY more valuable than what Verizon is paying, because Verizon is only buying Yahoo's business, not their huge holding of Alibaba stock.

This whole deal is about Yahoo shareholders not wanting its business anymore, but Yahoo was unable to sell the Alibaba holdings without a big tax bill. Thus they are selling everything else, keeping the Alibaba stock, and basically Yahoo becomes an Alibaba tracking stock trading on the NASDAQ.

WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

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Re: too weird

There are campaign laws that prevent non-citizens from contributing to US election campaigns. They might have some people that produced proof of citizenship in some form to verify their contributions were legal.

As for credit information, I really don't know the details of what was included in the leaked emails, but I imagine that a lot of organizations that receive donations would run a credit check on contributors to get an idea of how much they have available for future giving.

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Re: Old news

I would imagine if the RNC had been hacked you'd see even worse stuff regarding Trump, and perhaps with Cruz as well had there still been a credible non-Trump alternative. The parties have their favorites, those who are seen as having "paid their dues" and are "owed" a shot at the White House.

The number of times that an outsider who isn't favored by the party wins the nomination (like Carter in '76 and Reagan in '80) is greatly outweighed by the times when the party gets what they want despite the 10% or so of the electorate in the middle who determines the eventual winner being less than enthused (Mondale in '84, Dole in '96)

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Re: Feel the Bern!

Let's postulate an alternate world where Gore won in 2000. The 9/11 attacks would almost certainly still have happened, but with democrats in office for nine straight years at that point the party would have been crucified in the 2002 and 2004 elections as weak on national security. So maybe the Iraq war doesn't happen in 2003, but it might still happen just a few years later. And who knows what wars Gore might have started, hoping to look stronger and in charge for re-election. Even if you're a democrat, it isn't an open and shut case that things would be better if Bush had not won the election in 2000.

Just look at this year's campaign as an example. I think the party that wins the election this fall is a long term loser. If Trump wins, he will make a mess of things and be out on his ass after one term. The democrats will win the presidency in a landslide and likely take both the house & senate in the election four years from now if Trump wins this fall unless he's a lot better president than he is a businessman.

Likewise, if Hillary wins this fall, by 2020 it will have been 12 years of a democrat in the white house, and the republican house will have been opening investigations into everything she does to insure her popularity stays as low as today. All but registered democrats will be thinking it is time for a change, so as long as the republicans don't nominate a nutjob like Cruz they'll win in a landslide and hold both houses of congress in 2020.

Silicon Valley's contribution to the US Republican Convention: Gayness

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Re: There are two types of marriage

Maybe you can complete the forms in the church in some places, I don't know, but where you are physically located when sign your name on pieces of paper is irrelevant to the fact that the ceremony the church does (i.e. "I now pronounce you man and wife") by itself does not change your legal status from single to married. You have to fill out the proper paperwork for the state to recognize your marriage.

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Re: There are two types of marriage

Churches don't perform legal functions with regard to marriage. If you get married in a church it isn't legally recognized unless you have applied for a marriage license beforehand and then file the paperwork after the ceremony actually takes place. Same things you have to do if you want to get married without a church being involved, except that the whole 'ceremony' that takes place in a church can be replaced by with a more simple process.

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There are two types of marriage

Religious and legal. The government has no business telling churches what types of marriages they should perform or recognize. The government recognition of marriage affects taxes, inheritance, insurance, contracts, children and a lot of other aspects of daily life. You can't claim to be for "gay rights" but against gay marriages being recognized by the government.

Donald Trump paying lip service to "L ... G ... B ... T ... Q" (you could tell he was speaking that sequence of letters for the first time in his speech by how slowly he read it) doesn't undo all extremist anti-gay policy in the republican platform. Nor does his super-awkward air kiss of Mike Pence when he introduced him during the convention (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/us/politics/mike-pence-trump-air-kiss.html)

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Being taught about evolution doesn't prevent people from believing in young earth creationism. Most of those who believe in it were taught that by their parents and church at a young age, and no matter how much they might be taught about evolution in school later they've already been taught it is a fraud and will simply ignore it.

Verizon tipped to buy Yahoo! for US$5bn

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Is Geocities still around

I'll bet Verizon could get them real cheap!

By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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Good thing world electricity production won't flatline until 2040

Otherwise we'd be screwed in a lot of ways beyond just computing.

No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

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Re: Tape?

Maybe not for saving new content, but what about playing old content? I saw a Facebook post from a friend of mine yesterday who was moving and said she found a box with a whole bunch of old Disney movies on VHS she forgot she had. She thought it would be nice for her young son to see them, and wondered if anyone had a VCR they didn't need anymore. I have had one gathering dust on a shelf for over a decade, not needed since I got a Tivo in 2003 or so, so I am going to drop it by her new place sometime next week.

I know some of her Disney movies have never been released for streaming, and while they might be on DVD, why should a single mom who works as a teacher (i.e. not a lot of money to throw around) want to buy movies she already has, when she could play the ones she has?

IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

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Maybe he paid all taxes due on the money.

If he did, I wonder if the court can order the IRS to return it?

Intel and pals chuck money at another Fibre Channel killer

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How will this kill FC?

Does it implement capabilities to replicate what zoning / masking can provide? If not, it will live in a very specialized niche while FC carries on. If it does, it may replace it someday, but would suffer from the same problem as FCoE - since you need very high speed ethernet to get the full benefit, and those high speed ethernet NICs and switches are expensive, you don't actually save much money.

Of course you would save money if you could use the same ethernet NICs and switches you already have, but then you have to worry about QoS, and traditional 'tower' models of management where the storage team and network team don't overlap create the potential for turf wars and finger pointing.

Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

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Re: Great for divorce lawyers

Congressmen rarely get exercised about anything to the degree they are willing to leave behind their partisanship and work together on legislation, but one of the quickest ways to insure that is to make something a threat TO THEM.

If the manufacturer of a car has access to a history of where a congressman has been it potentially exposes mistresses or corruption, or even in the case of the squeaky clean guy (if any exist) it could expose a meeting with the opposition he would prefer his own party didn't know about. All you need is an employee with access who is partisan for the 'other' party, or one who is friends with a journalist / blogger looking to dig up dirt.

All it will take is some scandal where this information is "illegally" released (in quotes because there are no laws governing it today) similar to when the list of Bork's video rentals was made public and congress will quickly act once they realize it could be used against THEM.

Obviously this has nothing to do with Tesla, GM has been shipping cars that can report position back to home base for years with their OnStar product. They might have a 'privacy policy' on that information, but the question isn't whether they keep records of where cars have been, only how many people have access to those records. Tesla may be keeping more detailed records, since it can probably gauge your position by other means when you are out of contact with GPS which OnStar probably cannot, but this is merely a difference of degree.

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I doubt he was driving with autopilot engaged

It sounds like he was driving, not letting the car do the driving, but the car detected a pedestrian and applied the brakes. Tesla is hardly the only car that has such collision avoidance technology. That is NOT the same thing as leaving it up to the car to drive using Tesla's glorified cruise control they refer to as "autopilot".

Apple, Facebook and Coinbase coughed data to finger alleged pirate king

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I guess the "pirate king" figured they'd never come after him

If he'd used GPG or similar to encrypt his emails that revealed sensitive information, and used Tor to connect to stuff, they probably never would have caught him. He was doing nothing to cover his tracks, and it made him fairly easy to track down using traditional investigative methods. I imagine there are other, more paranoid, targets that the FBI isn't having so much luck yet.

The next pirate site, and there will always be a next pirate site, will probably be run by someone who takes more active measures to cover his tracks.

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Re: Contradictory?

The law clearly requires Apple to provide the government the information it did in this case. There is no law that requires Apple to write special software to help the government break into an iPhone, hence the FBI trying to claim some law from the late 1700s should be applied by the court. That's the key difference here.

World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go

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"A part of the world where the older generation is not tech savvy"

So you live on the part known as "Earth" then, I take it?

Gartner's hype cycle turned upside down to assess Brexit

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Trump stopping crime

Did he actually say he would stop ALL crime? More likely he claimed it would drop with him in office. But here's the thing, murder and all types of violent crime are lower now than they were during the Bush administration. And were lower in Bush's administration than in Clinton's. And were lower in Clinton's administration than they were in Bush I's and Reagan's. Because violent crime and murder in the US peaked several decades ago.

Same with police deaths - those have been declining for at least 50 years, and today being a cop is not a particularly dangerous job. Other jobs like roofer, garbage collector, farmer, truck driver, taxi driver, and a half dozen other jobs are more dangerous than being a police officer.

Trump is setting himself up for an easy success - he would be able to point to declining crime rates and claim it is because of him. If for some reason crime spiked a bit he could still weasel out and say something like "down 50% compared to 15 years ago" or whatever.

Wavering about Apple's latest security fix? Don't, says Talos

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Re: Does it.....

What did the last update break? I didn't have any problems with it or the new one. Never had a problem with any update in fact.

FWIW, I always close all apps, power down the phone, power it up and do the update, and after the update is complete power it down and up again. Old habit from when I was a sysadmin and found that patching a 'clean' system leads to fewer problems. I have no idea if that helps at all, but I figure it can't hurt...

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Re: What you had before was security by obscurity

You are arguing against points that no one is trying to make. No one is suggesting that these fixes are the last bugfixes that iOS will ever need.

Schrödinger's cat explained with neutrinos

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Re: Observer

The exact definition of "observer" is one of the mysteries about quantum mechanics we haven't quite figured out for sure yet...

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Re: Although the neutrinos left Illinois as one flavour

The on-site inspection is a separate process, they aren't doing that to the ones before they travel to Minnesota. They confirm that the apparatus they're using produces mostly muon neutrinos by checking the output with the local detector. After they've confirmed that, they remove the local detector and the neutrinos are then free to travel all the way to Minnesota.

The device can't start outputting a different type of neutrino depending on whether there's a local detector or not unless the universe is a whole lot stranger than even quantum mechanics says it is.

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Re: What's distance got to do with it?

Distance in this case is a proxy for time, or around 0.0025 seconds when the neutrinos were in a superposition state.

Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

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Re: Wow, a lot of whining here

I agree one should be suspicious of Microsoft. I think we should be even more suspicious of Google, who have combined Microsoft's "we want to own the world" mentality with trying to collect personal data on everyone in the world to such an extent that George Orwell would be shocked. Yeah, Microsoft is trying to imitate them in this with Windows 10, but they are so incompetent these days it is like watching an 80 year old man try to fight someone. You don't know whether to laugh or feel sorry for them.

Same goes for Facebook, BTW. Both of them I worry more about than Microsoft these days...

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Wow, a lot of whining here

I'm certainly no fan of Microsoft, but if these had been listed as coming in the next version of Linux, everyone would be cheering them on. If Google was adding them to Android, people would be making tired jokes about how "Apple will patent this tomorrow and sue".

These are all standards or future standards, and the IETF always adds things like this in a way such that if the other side of the connection doesn't know about them, then they either have no ill effect or no effect at all. People are talking like adding these things are going to break the internet or something, sheesh.

If you it makes any of you feel any better, Linux already implemented the first and fourth ones, Google was the one who thought up the second one, and Google is already testing the third one in their Linux servers. The fifth matters mostly for Bittorrent...

Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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Re: This is data that should not be sensitive

My doors are 2" thick solid oak. Impervious to a machete, but you could get through them with an axe. But not before I could either leave through the other door or grab and load my 9mm.

I'm pretty much unconcerned with someone trying to axe down my front door and attack me, though. Even if I piss them off online and they find out where I live. Yeah, there are a few stories where that happens, but not as many as there are stories about people who die from being hit by lightning or slipping in their bathtub. If you worry about stuff like that you are going to live your entire life in abject terror when you think about all the terrible fates that could befall you at any moment!

CenturyLink punishes hogs

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Not quite accurate

Centurylink has a soft cap of 250GB for those with plans offering more than 1.5 Mbps, but there are no fees for overage. I guess they warn you and possibly disconnect you if you keep exceeding it?

They are trialing a new usage based billing scheme in Yakima, WA that presumably will eventually roll out everyone else that has a limit of 600 GB for those with plans offering more than 7 Mbps, and imposes fees for going over that.

At 3 GB/hr for the highest quality HD streams from Netflix, you'd need to stream 200 hours a month to hit that. Possible for a big family I'm sure, but since I don't stream all that much or run Bittorrent, I've never encountered even the 250 GB cap I'm currently under.

Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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@Midnight - Penn Jillette as Cyrano

That's genius casting, so genius that I hope no one at Paramount sees your post or we'll surely be treated to a remake of the Tribbles episode for the next movie.

Since Teller has to be included whenever Penn is, he'd be cast as either Cyrano's silent partner (hey, it is a new timeline, he could have a partner this time) or as a redshirt wearing security guard who suffocates when a pile of tribbles land on him.

An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

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@Pascal - No, thousands did NOT die from exposure on-site at Chernobyl

Only 41 died in the immediate aftermath, four from a helicopter crash. Now obviously radiation shortened the lives of many more who got cancer later in life, but mostly decades later. Not saying that radiation isn't a big problem, but the number of people dying horribly from radiation sickness was very small - and most of those were volunteers who knew they'd die but gave their lives to prevent the disaster from being worse than it was.

For Fukushima the number dying from radiation sickness was zero. The death toll even counting cancer deaths will never come close to the toll from the tsunami itself.

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