* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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Re: Son Going to College

Uh, how would it be an "original battery" if you bought it from someone other than Apple? Either you buy an OEM Apple battery which costs more but you know it meets their standards, or you save money buying a compatible battery from someone else and hope they were made better than the Note 7's batteries!

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What is it with these "because of this I use a feature phone" people?

So instead of paying $750 for an iPhone 7 plus ($150/year of support life) or a Pixel ($250/year of support life) or Galaxy (~$375/year of support life) buy a cheap $100 Android and figure on either replacing it yearly / whenever there's a major Android security bug you are concerned about, or never using any smart features on it like apps/browser (i.e. treat it like a dumbphone)

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Manufacture date is irrelevant

If you look at Google's 2/3 year deadlines that's from the initial release of the device, not the manufacture date and certainly not the sales date. If you get one that was made a year after the initial release you get only one year of updates and two years of security patches. If you bought one two years after initial release (maybe because you got a nice discount) it would have just the one year of security patches.

Apple has generally supported devices for five years. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. But that's from the initial release. If you bought an iPhone 4S at release in Sept. 2011 it got its last iOS update in Sept. 2016 for a five year life. But they didn't quit selling it until early Sept. 2013, so if you bought it then you only got three years of updates. Maybe 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 years if you count from manufacture date depending on how long before last sale they are still making them.

So if you want to maximize the post-sale support life, buy something immediately after release...

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Re: Ipad mini 1 anyone?

Most iOS devices get five years of updates, some even more. The first gen Mini got only four years worth, but that still beats Google by a year.

Once Apple finally drops support for the last 32 bit iOS devices (likely with iOS 11) they'll be able to go 64 bit only, and there won't be anything with less than a gig of RAM or 16GB flash, which would make it easier to support them even longer. No idea if they will, but iOS is growing in size more slowly than it used to in percentage terms so resource issues won't be the concern they have been.

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Re: Google's fault

They are still better off than the owners of other Android devices that won't get updates for even the short time Nexus does - or in some cases at all!

Red alert! Intel patches remote execution hole that's been hidden in chips since 2010

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Re: Removing the driver doesn't affect the vulnerability

Properly configured (by default if you are using DD-WRT or OpenWRT) public wifi does not permit clients on a guest segment to talk to each other.

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Removing the driver doesn't affect the vulnerability

The vulnerability is not in the OS, hence Intel is issuing fixes and not Microsoft. Once Intel delivers the fix, you have to hope the OEM of your PC or motherboard bothers to issue a BIOS update for it, otherwise you'll remain vulnerable.

The good news is that according to Charlie at SemiAccurate, consumer PCs are only vulnerable to attack from the local network and not from remote attack like business PCs with the management engine enabled.

Net neutrality blowback: Cities say no. Court says whoa. Trumpster blames Canada for not going slow

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Google Fiber is done

You know Google is shuttering their whole fiber thing, right? I think they found it is pointless giving people below cost fiber to get all their browsing data, now that Chrome and Android (which grab the same data at a marginal cost of zero) have attained such a large market share that Google Fiber was no longer necessary to feed their advertising monster.

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Despite net neutrality provisions

There has been plenty of investment - Mediacom has upgraded its whole cable network to allow gigabit speeds, and Comcast is in the process of doing the same. AT&T is in the early phases of rolling out fixed wireless LTE in rural areas that are unserved by cable/DSL internet and have only expensive and slow satellite internet currently. They are also installing fiber in certain markets to replace their aging copper that can't be cost effectively upgraded.

So the argument that net neutrality prevents investment is obvious bullshit. Back when telcos said they needed big tax breaks to invest they pocketed the big tax breaks rather than using the money to invest in upgrades like they said they would. Their level of investment has never depended on what the government does or doesn't do in terms of tax breaks or legislation, but depend on the availability of technology that can be deployed at a price consumers are willing to pay.

Intel's Optane in PCs is as good as it will get for years, says analyst

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Re: If Optane is so good for speeding up hard drives

That mostly matters for sequential throughput, and if you want to write faster than the 600 GB/sec that SATA is capable of you shouldn't be trying to accelerate a hard drive, you should be using an SSD (or striping multiple SSDs if you really want to go fast)

Yeah, the latency also improves not going through SATA, but again if you need latency measured in microseconds, using a fast cache on a hard drive is very much the wrong approach no matter how fast that cache is.

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If Optane is so good for speeding up hard drives

Seagate needs to built it into them, because having a separate slot on the motherboard is a stupid way to introduce cache for a hard drive...

Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it

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Re: Everyone is a sheeple!

"Destroys" anything Apple has to offer in what sense? Certainly not CPU performance, Samsung & Qualcomm SoCs are so far behind Apple's on single thread performance they aren't even playing the same game. They beat Apple on multithreaded performance, but just barely and only because they have double the number of cores!

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Re: Everyone is a sheeple!

A regular failing of Fandroids is belief that the only reason someone could possibly prefer iPhone over Android is outdated information, like your 2012 Android phone example.

Don't listen to the doomsayers – DRM is headed for the historical dustbin, says Doctorow

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Re: DRM isn't going away

Certificates used to enforce whether or not software can be installed is DRM. If the boot loader prevents you from installing firmware that isn't properly signed, that's DRM. Control is being enforced on the hardware by the manufacturer than the user cannot override, which is the very definition of DRM. If you think "well that's not really DRM unless it is used for stuff like region controlled DVDs or making you go to John Deere to get your tractor fixed" you're trying to restrict the term to mean only uses you consider "evil", but DRM is DRM whether used for good (security) or bad (extorting more money out of consumers)

If the OEM provides a supported way to replace the bootloader with one that doesn't enforce the certificate check then I'd agree that's not really DRM, but it is also no longer secure because malware could use the same technique. Even if it required physical access like changing a jumper or doing a magic sequence at cold boot which malware could not replicate, it still wouldn't protect you against attack from someone who can get access to your hardware like feds and spouses.

If the OEM does NOT provide a supported way to replace the bootloader, but there are bugs that allow doing so (i.e. 'jailbreak' like on iOS) then it is DRM. Whether that's a bad kind of DRM depends on one's point of view - i.e. whether you care more about maximizing hardware freedom or security.

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DRM isn't going away

One of the things you need for security is to insure that software updates come from who they say they come from. That requires DRM on the updates.

The problem isn't DRM, or even DRM to protect to intellectual property rights like keeping you from making a perfect digital copy of the latest Star Wars movie. The problem is that if you give corporations a club to take advantage of their customers, some will do so. Almost anyone would agree that if you buy a $400K tractor you should have the right to repair it yourself and not be tied to John Deere for service for life.

If for no other reason than it prevents them from deciding to stop fixing them after 20 years to force you to buy a new one, even though tractors traditionally have far longer service lives than that. Not to mention what happens if John Deere goes bankrupt, and they are bought out by a patent troll who discards everything else including the support network.

If John Deere used DRM but allowed owners to bypass it (maybe only once it is fully paid for, if it is financed) I don't think most people would have much of a problem with it. There are some who treat DRM like a religious issue and think any use of it is bad, but Doctorow is living in some drug-induced utopian dreamworld if he thinks DRM will ever disappear.

Bullyboy Apple just blew a $500m hole in our wallet, cries Qualcomm

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Qualcomm will lose the suit

It has been determined by multiple courts in multiple jurisdictions that it violates FRAND terms to charge based on the value of the entire device a patent is used in, rather than the component that embodies the patent. Standards organizations agree and have clarified this in more recent standards setting committees.

Besides the example I've used before of "if you put a Qualcomm cellular modem in an A380, should they get a percentage of the sales price of the entire airplane?" think of Apple's argument this way. Phones are becoming less and less about the phone and more about all the other things they can do. Let's say Apple invented (or much more likely bought a small company that invented) Star Wars like holographic technology, so you could have a little Princess Leia in 3D standing on your phone asking for help. It adds cost, so the "iPhone Holo" model costs twice as much as the regular iPhone. Why should Qualcomm suddenly get 2x as much to license their cellular patents used in that model, when they had fuck-all to do with the reason it has a higher selling price?

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Not sure what "licensees" Qualcomm is talking about here

Apple buys Qualcomm's X* cellular modem for the iPhone (except for those iPhone 7 models that use Intel's modem)

Maybe the licensee in question are TSMC and Samsung, the foundries that makes the chips?

Anyone know further details, or do we have to wait until the court case?

Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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There is no such thing as a non-replaceable battery

There are some you can't pop out and replace in five seconds, and any modern phone that's got a decent installed base can have its battery replaced while you wait at a mall kiosk or DIY if you are as capable as the typical Reg reader (i.e. more capable than the average person)

You most certainly don't have to toss out a phone with a non-replaceable battery if the battery starts to go on it.

BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

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Re: Rutherford Advanced Computing Society.

So I assume it is operated somewhat like a classic MLM pyramid scheme, with the original BOFH (the BOFH's mentor's mentor's mentor, perhaps?) sitting at the top of the pyramid collecting most of the money until he retires, and everyone below moves up a level.

The only output it needs to produce are whitepapers custom tailored to "get the Boss/Director to go along with the strategy I want, rather than what Gartner tells them to want", so almost all the dues should go purely to profit of the BOFHs in the pyramid.

Need the toilet? Wanna watch a video ad about erectile dysfunction?

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Why not just put a sticker on the hand dryer?

That's just as good of an ad for something people will see for only five seconds or so (assuming it is one of the good hand dryers that blows like a jet engine to dry quickly) there's little point in moving video.

And if you are putting a sticker on the hand dryer, why not on the door, the wall, the inside door of the toilet, on the mirror, on the countertop, and on the ceiling in case someone looks up to avoid ads coming at him from every direction?

If some really thinks an ad on the hand dryer is going to pay the cost of the video screen and electricity to run it, surely ads all over the room will be even more profitable if they don't have the cost of video screens?

When you want to change the ad, just wait for someone to peel the sticker off because its there, or put a new sticker over the old one? Unsightly, you say? Pretty sure that video screen will be unsightly from people shaking their hands as they approach the dryer and having it cleaned with the same rag that was used to wipe down the mirror, countertop and sinks!

Phew! Chrome to warn when you watch insecure smut

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I use private windows in Firefox for 'data collecting' websites

i.e. on the rare occasions I need to login to Facebook via the web, or I need to login to Google, I'm always doing that in "incognito mode" so their cookies don't follow me around. I also do it when I buy something from Amazon, since they're probably just as bad.

There's probably no point in using incognito mode for this sort of thing if you use Chrome, because Google is still collecting your data either way. Which is why I don't use Chrome!

Having a monopoly on x86 chips and charging eyewatering prices really does pay off – Intel CEO

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Re: And remember the brick wall is fast approaching.

We won't live to see that. A single atom transistor has an effective gate width of anywhere from 0.1 nm to 0.5 nm (depending on the atom) Even if Moore's Law kept plugging away with a new sqrt(2) scaling every two years, that's at least 15 years away. And as problems continue to mount and expenses continue to rise, we won't be doing a new generation every couple years.

Though maybe we'll get there sooner from bottom up manufacturing since it will become unaffordable to keep making them top down long before we reach single atoms. That is, we'll be able to make them in the lab, but not economically manufacture them on a large scale.

Come to think of it, I thought I read somewhere that some university researchers had made a single atom transistor in the lab a few years ago.

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Re: Another Thing

I don't believe Intel has a process advantage any longer. Intel's upcoming 10nm process looks to be at best on par with TSMC's 7nm process that will be ramping a few months after Intel. TSMC will introduce their 5nm process in late 2019 / early 2020 while Intel is still on 10nm, and have a clear lead at that point.

I also don't believe that Intel could "quite easily make the best ARM chips money can buy". They were unable to beat ARM SoCs in the mobile market with x86. If they can't do better using the ISA they know best why would they do better using an ISA they have no experience with?

If you are suggesting they could make the best server-class ARM chips money can buy, I'm sure that's true, but that's because no one has been willing to spend the considerable resources required to design max performance ARM CPUs - because there's no market for them. It isn't clear that Intel could do any better job of designing a server class ARM CPU than Apple could, for instance, but Apple has no more incentive to spend money on such an effort than Intel does.

Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

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What laws did he break?

He set up a private email server for her, which was legal. Regardless of what you think or what the law says about what she did with it, he's not responsible for people sending her emails with classified content. Trump could set up a Gmail account and get classified info, if he did should Google be liable? Of course not.

Congress wanted him to testify, but unless they serve him with a subpeona and he fails to appear, he hasn't broken any laws by not talking to them. He just hurt their feelings of self importance.

They should give up on this. Given the stories about Trump administration officials using personal emails for official business, republicans might want to let up on the Clinton email thing lest some of their own get snared - and unlike when Clinton did it, it is now clearly illegal for them to use personal emails for official business, even if no classified info is exchanged.

Plan to kill net neutrality is the best thing/worst thing ever! EVER!!1

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What action?

Complaining / praising? The same thing happened when Wheeler ruled that ISPs were under Title II, except the complainers & praisers were reversed.

Ideally congress would pass an updated telecommunications law since the last one was written before 95% of congress had ever heard of the internet, let alone accessed it. But that doesn't seem likely with the republicans in charge, they believe all regulation is bad, and ISPs will have to abuse their freedom pretty badly before they realize that letting them self regulate is not a reasonable strategy.

ITU's latest specs show that 5G is not just a wireless network

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Re: 5G was never really about faster Mobile

You can get faster mobile with higher frequencies since there is more bandwidth available for use at say 28 GHz than there is where current cellular lives.

I just don't see the point of gigabit cellular. There's no use case for it, and designing a mobile device with 4x MIMO is not easy just for bragging rights. For some reason people care, I already saw an article saying the Galaxy S8 will have a "big advantage" over the iPhone 8, because Apple will probably handicap the Qualcomm X16 chipset to match the capabilities of Intel XMM7460, so instead of gigabit LTE like the S8/X16 is capable of the poor iPhone 8 will be able to do "only" 400 Mbps.

As if ANYONE needs that extra speed on a phone! For what, to watch two dozen 4K streams at once?

Oh dear, Prime Minister! Nearly 100 Beeb bosses make more than you

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Low pay isn't a solution

You'd eliminate the possibility of someone poor running for office. Do you only want the independently wealthy? If you paid minimum wage there's no way the average guy making an average salary would take a big pay cut to be an MP/congressman, he couldn't afford it.

What you need to do is make it a lot harder to cash in from the experience by lobbying etc. You can't stop them from writing books or giving speeches, and someone who reaches PM or president is always going to be in demand for stuff like that. You just don't want a former MP/congressman making a half million a year as a lobbyist wining and dining his former buddies, making them promises "if you support our stuff now, we'll take care of you with a cushy job once you get voted out or decide you're sick of campaigning and want to get rich".

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They make their money after they leave office

Barack Obama was paid $400K/yr as president. He's arranged for his first speech, and will be paid....$400K.

Teresa May won't rate £150K per speech but I'm sure she'll do fine, or get herself appointed to the board of a few companies where they each pay something like that for about 10 days of work a year. There will surely be a book deal and she'll get a million pound advance or something like that for "The Inside Story of Brexit" or whatever.

Nice work if you can get it.

FCC's Pai: I am going to kill net neutrality in US

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Re: Yet another example

Yes! Good point. Adding stuff like funding or defunding social programs on a defense bill shouldn't be allowed. They should at least fall under the same cabinet level person if they are going to be in the same bill!

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Re: Yet another example

1/3 to repeal legislation? Why should it be easier to undo laws than to enact them?

The problem with Trump's executive orders aren't that they are worse than Obama's, though he's pretty hypocritical given how much he criticized Obama for dealing in executive orders and Trump has so far way outdone Obama in them. The problem is that the executive has far overreached the power the constitution granted them, so executive orders have been going too far for many decades.

The courts are pushing back on Trump not because he's overreaching (which he is, but not any worse than Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, and so on) but because his statements and those of others in his administration showed they (potentially, yet to be determined for sure by the courts) have an unconstitutional basis. If he wasn't such a loudmouth and just let the orders speak for themselves, and hadn't made clearly unconstitutional promises during his campaign, they would be in force today.

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Re: Words will hurt you

If he was doing something radical that might be true, but all he's doing here is undoing something controversial and taking the power of regulating net neutrality away from the FCC. The FTC would still have that power, as would congress. It was the inaction of congress that made Wheeler try to find a way around it, but since it was done via a ruling in the executive branch it is undone in the same way.

We'll probably have to wait a few years for major ISPs to start abusing their freedom and making deals with big players like Google and Netflix to choke off upstarts before it becomes apparent that something needs to be done. Pai is one of those ideologically rigid and basically clueless conservatives who thinks ALL regulation is automatically bad. He doesn't understand that regulation that makes a market function better is pro-capitalism. Not saying putting ISPs under Title II was the right way to do it, but his argument against regulation shows he doesn't understand this at all.

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Yet another example

Of why I think the only way forward for the US out of this partisan mess we're in is to amend the Constitution to require a 2/3 majority from both the house and senate to pass legislation.

With the current crop of extremists of course nothing would get done, so the parties would be forced to reconsider the people they bring forward in primaries and go back to the 'good old days' when people who weren't so ideologically inflexible were election and were willing to work with the other party to find something in the middle of the road.

I fear Trump's parade of executive orders is going to become the norm for an incoming president replacing one of the other party. If a democrat is elected in 2020, he'll do a bunch of executive orders that undo all the orders Trump did to go back to the Obama days, and then the next republican will go the other way. That's no way to run a nation, where you can't depend on the laws and policies having any consistency but instead flying with the political winds.

European Court of Justice lays down the law on Kodipocalypse

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Question about these pirate Kodi sticks

Has someone hacked legitimate services (breaking the encryption or whatever) or does it connect to separate 'pirate' sites where legitimate access to a service is being redistributed illegally to many?

UK drops in World Press Freedom Index following surveillance and anti-espionage threats

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Re: This is predictable

The movie 'V' was a future documentary showing you how to handle the problem.

Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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People need to stop using fucking Chrome!

I'm starting to see pages that don't work properly with Firefox and only work when I load them in Chrome. Stupid web developers must be ignoring Firefox, just like they did in the bad old days when IE had most of the market.

I wish the general public knew how much data Google was stealing from them via Chrome. Given the outrage at the FCC allowing ISPs that collect browsing data there would probably be similar outrage if people knew Google was doing exactly the same thing to them if they used Chrome!

We're 'heartbroken' we got caught selling your email records to Uber, says Unroll.me boss

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The data you are looking at must not properly account for the creation/removal of new shares.


'Grueling' record-breaking VR movie marathon triggers hallucinations

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How can you tell if they fall asleep?

Sometimes if I haven't slept much the night before if I'm comfortable on my couch watching TV I'll unintentionally fall asleep for about 10 or 20 minutes - suddenly I'm confused about what happened in what I was watching and have to rewind a bit to the last place I remember clearly. Then I see stuff that I mostly don't remember except for bits and pieces here and there. Usually feel pretty refreshed after such a short 'nap' - sometimes it makes it difficult to get to sleep even hours later (I've always been a short sleeper, and it is often hard for me to get to sleep)

If my eyes were covered by VR goggles you'd have no way of knowing I'd dozed off...

TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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What kind of idiot buys a new TV because his old one can't do MPEG4?

You buy an OTA set top box that can do MPEG4 at 95% less than what you paid for the new TV. Surprised that someone hired to write for the Reg is so utterly clueless when it comes to tech!

Controlled remote access reviews of Optane SSD give qualified yes

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Your "whole univerise" is a niche

Compared to the rest of the market. Reviewers are looking at people using PCs and laptops, not high end real time applications or specialty embedded needs.

Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

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"Just 8.8% African Americans"?

African Americans are 13.2% of the entire US population, and if you consider just the tech world I'm pretty sure it is well under 8.8%.

Uber seems to actually be doing pretty well, at least on that one metric...

After blitzing FlexiSpy, hackers declare war on all stalkerware makers: 'We're coming for you'

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How would something like this work on iOS?

You'd have to leave it running in the background, and say yes when it asks for permissions to all that stuff. That's fine if you steal your spouse's phone to install it, but if they restart it you'd have to snag it again, and you'd have to hope they never do the double home button press and notice this strange app is running...

Amazon may be using disk drives with hot-swappable components

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I did this once to recover lost data

Back in the early/mid 2000s had a drive that I hadn't backed up too recently that suffered controller failure, so I went on eBay and bought a used drive of the exact same model and swapped the controller board off the eBay drive into mine. Worked like a charm.

I've heard that's no longer possible with modern drives, that the way drives are formatted with such high densities these days there's some drive-specific formatting data saved in the controller.

Maybe that's not true, or only true of certain modern drives, or Amazon has some way around it. But honestly I don't see the point in trying to "fix" an individual hard drive. Amazon will have plenty of redundancy, I don't see how it could be worth sending a human to swap a controller board to save a $100 drive! Wasn't Google abandoning servers when anything failed in them, and abandoning entire racks when too many servers in the rack failed?

Kremlin-backed DNC hackers going after French presidential hopeful Macron

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Re: The problem isn't releasing it before the election

If what you say is true, where was the scandal on Bernie Sanders, real or fake?

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The problem isn't releasing it before the election

It is digging up scandals on ONLY ONE SIDE and releasing it before the election. Surely it wouldn't have been difficult for Russia to dig up tons of information on Trump's financial ties, taxes, etc. and release that if they'd wanted to swing the election Hillary's way - or to release that along with the Hillary dump if they just wanted to make both look even worse than they already did.

What if there was some video of LePen speaking favorably about Hitler, for example, which she'd successfully buried?

The really worrying thing is that Russians probably DID hack Trump and probably DID hack LePen. They just didn't release whatever damning info they found. A guy like Putin would save something like that for a crucial moment when he needs to get them to do what he wants, and then make them aware of what he has and threaten its release unless they cooperate. The US may have damning info on Putin that has never been released, but since he control the media in Russia its impact would be minor - basically "fake news" coming from the USA trying to discredit him.

Sounds familiar, doesn't it? No wonder Trump likes Putin so much, aside from everything else he's shown Trump how to dismiss anything negative about him by calling it "fake news".

Hackers uncork experimental Linux-targeting malware

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This should read as "embedded Linux targeting" malware

Since there are no Linux distros that ship with default credentials. It is intended to hit stuff like wireless routers, CCTV cameras, and various IoT junk that often comes from the OEM with a simple default like 'admin/admin' or whatever. This malware will not affect a PC you installed Linux on.

Such an attack would work equally well no matter what OS it was running, if all it needs is an open telnet/SSH/HTTP with a known default login/password pair. Once it logs in it still needs to use some sort of exploit to do something bad, but since few upgrade the firmware on these embedded devices, the list only grows longer as the firmware gets more out of date...

Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

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The whole idea of policing fake news is pointless

In the US there are two sides filled with hardliners (about 25% each) who only believe that which agrees with their preconceived notions. No amount of evidence will ever change their minds, the only thing that will is if they are told to change their mind by their political authorities (i.e. Bernie, Trump, Huffpo, Breitbart etc.)

There's a third side in the middle who while they may lean to one side or another can still be influenced with evidence. However that half who are going to evaluate 'facts' through their own biases, with any partisan 'fact' automatically dismissed by the quarter who find it inconvenient to their politics, are an unsolvable problem.

It wouldn't matter if Jesus rose and ran the fact checking site, both hardline liberals and hardline conservatives would easily find reasons to justify their dismissal of him if he went against them on abortion, global warming, or whatever.

Uber sued by ex-Lyft driver tormented by app maker's 'Hell' spyware

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The reason Uber is not profitable

Has nothing to do with the cost of developers, branding, lawyers and PR.

It is because they have deliberately set the rates below a sustainable level to hasten the demise of taxis and prevent similar "ride sharing" competitors who are less well funded from competing. The barriers to entry for this market are tiny, so Uber has erected artificial barriers with their pricing.

Obviously the plan is that once taxis are all but extinct they can raise prices in markets where competitors like Lyft are weak or non-existent. The riders might complain when prices up by 50%, and the drivers might complain that Uber is keeping almost all of that increase for itself, but there won't be any alternatives at that point.

Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

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Who the heck wants to carry around two phones just to have a "sandbox" to play in. I wouldn't even if it was free!

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Re: Symbiotic relationship

Yes, Apple has the ability to remove apps from a user's phone, as does Google. But the bar is a lot higher than what Uber is doing before it would be exercised.

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