* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

Sysadmin running a Mac fleet? IBM has just thrown you a lifeline

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Why provide the enterprise support themselves when IBM is willing to do it? Its a perfect symbiotic relationship, Apple sells the hardware IBM could never hope to design, and IBM provides the decades of enterprise IT support experience that Apple could never hope to match.

Selling hardware is a relatively high margin business. Selling enterprise support is a low margin business, and you don't get to be a trillion dollar company by entering new low margin markets.

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Apple doesn't really care about enterprise customers - at least they don't deliberately target them as customers. IBM wants to expand their services, and providing service that allows companies to use Apple products is a niche no one else is filling. Anyone can do that for Windows PCs since Microsoft provides all the tools.

IBM is trying to encourage Apple adoption by making some of their tools public which will be good enough for small companies, but they will keep some of it to themselves so they are the go to for any large organizations that want to take the plunge.

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Re: So...

Just because there's an Apple logo on something doesn't mean it isn't counterfeit. In fact if it is its the worst kind of counterfeit, because it will be sold at a higher price as a "genuine part" when it is nothing of the sort.

Surely the burning Note 7 issues should have told everyone all they need to know about the importance of batteries that meet the proper specs.

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Today's IBM is just back to their roots before they started selling PCs, since they still sell mainframes and minis.

Finally, someone takes a stand against Apple, Samsung for slowing people's phones. Just a few million dollars, tho

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So will Apple get a refund for iOS 12

Since that makes older phones faster?

Euro eggheads call it: Facebook political ads do change voters' minds – and they worked rather well for Trump in 2016

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Re: Sample size of 1

Well he's nowhere near Kansas City or any of the other big cities, so very very red where he is.

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Sample size of 1

I don't think we can conclude that Facebook targeting only works to turn out Trump voters because it worked for him in 2016 and didn't work for Hillary. It is always easier to get people to come out and vote for "change", and replacing Obama with Hillary wasn't going to change much. It may well be the reverse is true in 2020, when voting for the democrat will be a vote for change and voting for Trump will be a vote for the status quo.

I never really understood how someone could go from voting for Obama to voting for Trump until I talked to my uncle about this back in May. He's a resident of rural Kansas (very red state) and mostly retired farmer (very red profession) who voted for Obama, then voted for Trump in 2016. I was surprised he'd voted for Obama previously, and even more surprised that his reasoning in voting for Trump was the same as his reasoning in voting for Obama: "I thought he'd wreck the place up!" If that's not a vote for "change", I don't know what is :)

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Re: With help from the press right here

Because Silicon Valley is where the bulk of the tech companies are, you dolt! Only a hyper partisan would decide that where a tech web site chooses to locate its US journalists is part of a vast left wing conspiracy...

Here's another conspiracy for you: Vogue's writers are mostly based in Paris, Milan and NYC.

Motorola: Oops, phone busted? Grab a spudger and go get 'em, champ

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Re: I think my next phone will be a Motorola

Dunno why they treat a third party like iFixit selling a repair kit like that's a big deal. They've sold similar kits for iPhones for years. If Motorola sold them themselves, or included them with the phone, that would be newsworthy.

The most recent Motorola to get a repairability rating at iFixit (the first gen Moto Z) scored a 7 - exactly the same score iPhones had for years until the 2017 & 2018 models dropped to 6 due to the fact you had to basically disassemble the whole thing to replace the back glass.

If Motorola is trying to sell on repairability they need to shoot for 9 or 10 to stand out from the crowd - though I guess 7 is still way better than the 4s the latest Pixels and Huaweis are getting, and that Samsung has been getting for years.

They'll also need to sell parts, so you have an official source. Or do you just plan to trust whatever gets sold on eBay as "Motorola compatible"?

Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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More of a "well reasoned if, erm, somewhat stuffy complaint of the week"

A flame of a week has random capitalization, plenty of expletives or shift-key substitutes, and makes it difficult to tell if it was written by a sentient being or something that wouldn't even pass for AI to whoever created the AManFromMars1 AI.

A good flame leaves you imagining the thick pool of saliva that must have been left on the sender's keyboard after "submit" was clicked.

Samsung's graphene batteries promise to charge five times faster – without exploding

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Re: Oh good

Even if those 10,000 cycle batteries had the same energy density and charge/discharge rates, they still need to find a way to mass produce them effectively. That's where a lot of press releases about new battery technologies that work in a lab get tripped up.

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Oh good

Too bad "charging 5x faster" isn't what we want or need (before anyone says "what about cars", the charging time for cars isn't a limitation of batteries, but how much power you can get into it)

What we want are batteries that last more than ~500 charge cycles before becoming noticeably degraded, or store more energy by volume.

Besides, many greatly improved batteries have been "developed" over the past decade, but never seem to find their way into mass production.

'The inmates have taken over the asylum': DNS godfather blasts DNS over HTTPS adoption

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Re: This is great

Sure, but that's all kept in one place so it is easy to tell what DNS is being used. With DoH it could be different on a per application basis, with varying defaults (Google apps will look to Google etc.) and different configuration locations since they won't use resolv.conf.

How will I know what Google Earth does for resolution without looking it up, since it could obey resolv.conf, it could use DoH with some Google default if a config file doesn't override it, or it could use DoT with the same caveats.

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Re: Cant trust my UK ISP

Google may be less likely to be hacked than your ISP, but the consequences if they ever were hacked would be so much worse that it is hard to claim that Google is less of a security issue.

I think the main thing in Google's favor if they were hacked is that no one has enough storage to download all the personal information they have on everyone, and even if they have a gigabit pipe it would probably take weeks. It would be like breaking into the IRS and trying to figure out which file cabinets full of tax information are worth stealing.

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@LDS - no there will be no hints and statistical techniques

Not if you want to prevent them - just include some random garbage of different lengths in the requests, or request stuff you don't care about like SPF records so the return packets are similarly devoid of sizing clues. If the protocol designers really wanted to, it could easily be made impossible to tell apart from real HTTPS traffic.

The only way a nation state will block it is by something akin to the Great Firewall, which is the encryption endpoint for all HTTPS packets. When you get everything cleartext, you can obviously block whatever you choose.

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This is great

2) As said by poster above you browser could handle the DoH

3)Your OS could be updated to allow you to use DoH and then you could ignore the Router sent DNS and put a manual one in on HTTPS

4)You could redirect port 53 requests over DoH instead using software or another device.

So that's potentially three different sources of DoH, as the manual one you set isn't necessarily the one say Chrome will use (its gonna use Google's resolvers by default) and if you redirect that's probably to fix a deficiency elsewhere. Those three don't even include the one set in your router.


Substitute DoH for DoT as appropriate.

But wait, here's one or more potential additional sources, since both standards are being deployed!

DNS troubleshooting is about to get an order of magnitude more difficult.

I ship you knot: 2,400-year-old Greek trading vessel found intact at bottom of Black Sea

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Re: Leave it there

How much would the anoxic conditions inhibit rusting, given that the Black Sea has some salt content? Unless it was kept in something watertight, I doubt we'll ever find an intact Antikythera mechanism. Might find one that's better preserved though.

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Re: Leave it there @ pascal monett

Give it another decade or two, and we can have a much better look at the thing.

Won't that always be true?

Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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Re: came home absolutely paralytic

The "parents are on social media" is why most of the twenty somethings are on Snapchat. They treat Facebook as their 'public' social media so Snapchat is where the "good stuff" gets posted. When people on Snapchat have kids who are old enough, a new social media star will be born...

It might already be happening, since Snapchat's popularity has sort of leveled off. I know a lot of 20 somethings, but few teens or preteens, so I'm not sure what the younger crowd is going to instead of Snapchat.

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Re: The Least Forgotten Generation Ever

The fact "no one forgets" will excuse all these things because EVERYONE will have something like that in their past. Same way that the people you were at a wild party with back in college aren't going bring up stuff you did in a wider group because you can retort with stuff they did. Except now there is no "wider group", since in 2018 pics of what you both did in that wild party were shared on Snapchat before the party was even over. And likely you and your friend are the ones who shared them. But you aren't embarrassed or ashamed, because the people who saw those photos shared photos of their escapades the previous weekend, and so on.

Its like celebrity nudes, it used to be a scandal if there were naked pics of an A list Hollywood actress - even if she posed for Playboy it was considered a bit tawdry. These days ones that don't have such pictures a two second google search away are less common than those who do, so no one even raises an eyebrow at this anymore.

Facebook, Google sued for 'secretly' slurping people's whereabouts – while Feds lap it up

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Re: Works the other way also

Shipping it would raise lots of red flags, like when it stops and hangs around in a shipping facility for a few hours several times during transit.

Perhaps better to stash it in the bed of your next door neighbor's pickup before he goes camping for the weekend, that way it looks like you left your house and went camping for the weekend. Then you don't have the highly suspicious stops in shipping facilities, or have a friend that knows your alibi is a fraud who could blackmail you later.

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Why do you say "Facebook in particular" does this? I don't see any difference between the two, other than it is easier to avoid deliberately becoming a Facebook user since they only provide a handful of services.

Both Google and Facebook have trackers in every corner of the web, making it pretty much impossible to avoid becoming part of their dataset. Its just that there are a lot fewer people who can say "I never have and never will use any Google service" than can say the same about Facebook.

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Re: Privacy » Location Services » Off ?

Keeping it on your phone is the whole point of privacy. Apple provides the useful part (being able to use information about where you've been previously to help with searches etc.) without the creepy part (using that to targets ads at you about those locations when you are doing something unrelated on a totally separate device)

Trying to equate this with what Google does is ridiculous, they are in no way comparable.

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A separate google account isn't going to matter

If you ever login to ... well, about anything given all the Google ads from doubleclick etc. everywhere ... from work, that's enough for Google to be able to link your work PC to your home PC. If you ever login to Facebook from work, that's enough for Facebook to link the two.

All having a separate Google account will do is allow Google to know both are owned by the same person. And I agree with others, why the hell do you login to Google at all??? You might as well send them naked pictures of yourself, that's probably the only thing they have left to collect on you...

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Most people don't care until

I've had friends post some kind of creepy experience they've had where they were searching for a mattress store (for instance) on Google Maps on their phone, and then they start seeing ads for mattresses on their PC at work. How's that possible, they ask?

That's when you can explain to them how it works, and have them actually care. Until they see it in action and get truly creeped out, it is all just "blah blah blah tech stuff I don't understand Google bad Facebook bad blah blah blah" to them.

It's big, it's blue, and it'll be raining down on you – it's 3200 Phaethon

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No way it "whizzes through Earth's atmosphere!"

That would it take it what, within 400 miles or so of the surface, depending on where you want to count the edge of our atmosphere? Normally something the size of a car coming closer than the 23,000 miles of geosynchronous satellites merits mention on the news for a "close call".

This thing is nearly 6 kilometers in diameter! If it came close enough to touch our atmosphere, we'd have been hearing about this potentially civilization ending body since we were kids!

US congress-critters question prime directive of Pentagon's $10bn JEDI cloud contract

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Isn't lobbyists writing bills and RFPs

Pretty much SOP in Washington? Why are they asking a question they know the answer to, about something that there's a 99% chance they themselves have taken part in previously?

Cosmoboffins think grav waves hold the key to sorting out the disputed Hubble Constant

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Re: Spacetime

But in reality we would be unable to go "around the sphere" and arrive back home, because the sphere's diameter is increasing faster than the speed of light.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: @streaky

I always thought the biggest problem with this claim "they weren't Russian" is that the whole point of Wikileaks is submissions are supposed to be guaranteed anonymous. How the heck can they guarantee anonymity AND know whether the emails came from Russians unless 1) submissions are actually not anonymous or 2) this particular "submission" did not come through their normal channels, which raises all the questions about collusion/conspiracy on the all too obvious timing of each release.

Neither possibility leaves Wikileaks looking good. The mere fact that they'd be insistent "they weren't Russian" shows they're taking a side in this. A properly neutral 'leaker' would simply say "our submission process guarantees anonymity of the submitter, thus we have no possible way of knowing where these emails originated or who provided them to us".

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it's reasonable to assume the US thinks they might be able to prove he knowingly engaged in espionage against the US on behalf of a foreign power

That depends on whether Assange 1) was making the high level decisions for Wikileaks during that time and 2) Wikileaks had all the leaked emails in their possession at once, and dribbled them out based on when someone else told them to.

If the emails were held by the Russians and dribbled out to Wikipedia according to a timetable advantageous for the Trump campaign (and they were, again and again new leaks occurred when there was bad news about Trump they wanted to distract from) then Wikileaks can say "we were just following our policy of releasing whatever we get as soon as we get it". At worst they could be accused of being a knowing and willing dupe, but not part of the conspiracy.

However, the allegations that Roger Stone was in communication with Wikileaks will mean that's a hard claim to make. Probably impossible to make, once he's indicted and he inevitably cooperates to reduce his sentence. So if Assange had any involvement with the timing of the Hillary email leaks, he should want to leave the embassy sooner rather than later. Though either way, the charges he'd face would have him serve MUCH less time than what he's already decided to serve on his own.

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Re: Is the apt saying here...

Judging from Eucador's complaints about his lack of personal hygiene and lack of proper care for his cat, maybe he already was.

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I agree that having someone releasing documents to shed some light on dirty dealings is a good thing, but only if it is done when free from an agenda. Maybe Wikileaks was free from agenda at first, but that ship sailed years ago.

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Re: Lets Get Real

I'm sure the US could come up with charges for which there is no statute of limitations, but I think he likes playing the victim for attention and the worst thing that could happen to him is that he gets released and no one cares enough to extradite him anywhere. Then all his claims that he had to hide out to avoid unfair prosecution simply evaporate and he looks like the pathetic fool he is.

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I really hope he gets the boot

And the UK arrests him and does whatever they plan to do, and then...nothing. That the US just doesn't give a damn about the self-important little twat, he doesn't get extradited to either Sweden or the US, and he has to find some other reason to play the victim.

That's probably what he really fears, is that the world has moved on and no one gives a shit about him.

So, about that Google tax on Android makers in the EU – report pegs it at up to $40 per phone

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Re: Somehow I think the EU is going to reject this "remedy"

Considering both are free on the web, I'm not sure why you need them built into your phone at all - certainly not why you should pay $40 to get them as an app instead of bookmark.

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Re: Somehow I think the EU is going to reject this "remedy"

If I used Android, I'd pay be willing to pay the full $40 - hell three times that - for a guaranteed slurp free experience. A mere $10 difference would be a huge bargain!

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Somehow I think the EU is going to reject this "remedy"

At least when Microsoft said "OK, we will offer a version of Windows without the stuff you have a problem with" they did it at the same price. Google wanting to go from free to $40 is not likely to fly...

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They use dpi as a proxy for price

Rather than up front saying "we want OEMs selling more expensive phones to pay us more for the same thing" they've linked it to dpi. Same thing, but doesn't sound quite as shady.

Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

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Re: Conspiracy theory?

Yes I wasn't suggesting that if the story is untrue Bloomberg knew about it. It would take some fairly sophisticated people to fool the writers and editors at Bloomberg. Not saying it would take a nation state, but definitely more than a 400 lb guy sitting on a bed somewhere.

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Re: Conspiracy theory?

There are far less public ways to knock down the stock price of a target. Much better to start rumors of some type of earnings restatement being required, rather than weave a story that includes both the FBI and the two largest publicly traded companies in the world. There's no way any trading to take advantage of the stock price fall (or subsequent rise if/when the story is retracted) would not be looked at very closely by the SEC given this has received so much publicity.

Stealthy UK startup drops veil on next frontier of speech wizardry

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Re: don't tell

If Amazon or Google had the speech to text working locally they'd just send the text instead of the speech to the cloud. They're going to collect your info and advertise to you no matter what, that's their whole purpose for existing.

Brit smart meter biz blamed Apple's iPhone 7 launch for its late taxes

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How much space could Apple possibly book?

iPhones come in pretty small boxes, surely a single cargo plane can carry more iPhones than the UK will buy during launch week?

If someone works out the math, I smell the birth of a new Reg unit of measurement...

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: Canadian door locks....

I live in a college town, and if you look at the police reports every few weeks there's an instance of a drunken guy or girl walking into the wrong house, or residents of said house waking up to find some rando who smells like a brewery snoring on their couch.

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Re: No problem leaving the door open here in Austria ...

That's because every house in Australia is home to multiple species of deadly spiders hiding in every dark corner, which are far stealthier and scarier than a dog of any size! So just put your valuables in said dark corner and thieves will only be able to steal your TV.

Peter Thiel's Palantir reportedly eyeing up $41bn IPO

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

Well Thiel is too rich to go bankrupt, so instead we can hope he's one of the first passengers for commercial travel to the Moon when one of them inevitably suffers a liftoff "incident". Bonus points if its a bro party with Kalanick and Levandowski.

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Re: Pump and dump scam

This is why I'm glad I don't rely on funds managed by others. I have ultra low expense index funds, and a handful of really strong individual stocks. I suppose I will own some overvalued Uber or Palatir eventually, but not much as their impact on the S&P 500 etc. will be pretty minor. I don't have to worry about some fund manager getting bribed by Thiel to buy up billions and have it compromise a significant chunk of my retirement!

European Commission: We've called off the lawyers over Ireland's late collection of Apple back taxes

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@ !Sparctacus - your conclusion is wrong

The US corporate tax law was changed late last year, so the US no longer taxes overseas profit at all, which was already the case for every other country (except one or two tiny ones, IIRC)

But you are totally 100% utterly wrong in your conclusion that it was the US handling of overseas taxes that led to Apple seeking such a deal with Ireland, and pretty much every other major US company using similar schemes to dodge UK or EU taxes to whatever extent possible.

The tax law change that removes what you point to doesn't eliminate any incentive for US companies to try to avoid taxes in other countries. Indeed, it makes it even MORE worthwhile to attempt to avoid foreign taxes, as previously the best you could hope for was piling the money up and eventually getting to bring it home at a reduced rate if you waited long enough and got a compliant administration willing to do another repatriation holiday like Bush II did. Now you can bring it home at the ultimate reduced rate - 0% - and bring it home immediately to be turned into dividends/buybacks so every dollar of avoided/minimized foreign tax is even more valuable.

FYI: Drone maker DJI's 'Get it on Google Play' website button definitely does not get the app from Google Play...

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Re: That's actually a good feature

Why do you have an Android phone if you don't want a Google account?

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IIRC it will only whine once

And everyone has already disabled that to install Fortnite.

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Think of it this way

Which do you think is more likely to have their website hacked and have a compromised binary substituted, Google Play or a toy manufacturer?

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