* Posts by Tomato42

624 posts • joined 31 May 2011

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Roses are red, Kaspersky is blue: 'That ban's unconstitutional!' Boo hoo hoo

Tomato42

Re: Good Luck

@ST: corporations are people de jure: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._FEC

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Ruskie boffins blasted for using nuke bomb lab's supercomputer to mine crypto-rubles

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Trollface

Happy engineers?

Nothing says "well paid and satisfied engineers" like compromising top secret infrastructure to mine few microBitcoins.

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Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined

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Re: Fake controversy

@PaulFrederik

Quote:

"Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions have increased since the pre-industrial era, driven largely by economic and population growth, and are now higher than ever. This has led to atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide that are unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years. Their effects, together with those of other anthropogenic drivers, have been detected throughout the climate system and are extremely likely to have been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century."

https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/SYR_AR5_FINAL_full_wcover.pdf

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Tomato42

Re: Fake controversy

@Archtech Global Warming for one

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Tomato42

Fake controversy

Republicans, the party that denies scientific facts, uses lies to further their agenda?

I was more surprised by the sun raising in the morning.

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Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse!

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Stop

Re: Well done, Google

dude, not only is the ACME protocol open, so is the software that implements it!

oh, you don't have time to review it? Then how on earth do you have time to review code changes in Kernel, glibc, openssl and apache/nginx?!

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Russian-monitoring Shetlands radar station was nearly sold off

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when things go this bad it will be either past start of WW III or official start of WW III, loosing one radar station will be the least of our worries then

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Exoplanets from another galaxy spotted – take that, Kepler fatigue!

Tomato42

Re: Incoming pendant

@Destroy All Monsters; no, actually we do not have upper limit for the unobservable universe

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Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

Tomato42
Trollface

Re: No is the answer and it remains that way

I don't know what you're talking about.

making secure crypto that is only breakable for lawful law enforcement is just as easy as staying in EU and exiting the EU at the same time. May does that flawlessly, so obviously that crypto stuff is just as flawless

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Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments

Tomato42

he was just proving a point about G+ being a steaming pile of garbage and Big G idea that _switching_ between identities, not having completely separate accounts, is what people want and are actually able to use

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Tomato42

Re: Google?

Google Maps?

OpenStreetMap has much more detailed maps.

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Europe slaps €997m antitrust fine on Qualcomm

Tomato42

Re: Look Who Wants to Wet Their Beaks

@AC: you may come as a surprise to you, but in EU the government is of the people, for the people. And people don't benefit from monopolies or cartels.

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'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

Tomato42

Re: I Remember When...

oh, Intel engineers are definitely smart enough to fix it, but it's hard to think clearly when the vultures, *ekhm*, lawyers are dictating your responses to ensure the lowest possible liability to Intel

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Tomato42

Re: The right time - for a change

certainly not the first one and likely not the last - his unload on nVidia was well deserved too

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Re: "neither Meltdown or Spectre is much of a threat to a home user"

well, you run noscript, I run ublock, but my parents don't, I doubt your parents do to

doesn't mean they don't use their computers for Internet banking...

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Job ad for designer proves its point with MS Paint shocker

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Re: Polygraph Examiner

@ Korev

> I don't know how you could work out if s/he does before the test without giving the game away.

"Oh, that's simple! Ask him under polygraph!" — FBI

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Twitter breaks bad news to 677,775 twits: You were duped by Russia

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@Lysenko

> There is a lot of deflection going on, trying to blame Russian maskirovka for entirely home-grown delusions and conspiracy theories about birth certificates, pizza parlours and god knows what else

they sure didn't start the fire, but they certainly were shipping fuel by the tanker-full

I suggest you look up the meaning of word "complicit", and no, Ivanka's definition is not the generally accepted one

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Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?

Tomato42

reminds me that time when *everybody* was buying silicon wafer cutting saws from one guy that made them in his home garage...

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Q: How do you get YouTube to stop funneling ads to your vids? A: Make jokes next to a dead body

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And nothing of value was lost.

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1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

Tomato42

Re: Isn't it a small minority

let me just give the musicians a bad name, now, in which pill drawer did I leave my violin...

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US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death

Tomato42

Likely won't pass, but...

Repubs have made it a partisan issue, so they will likely vote exactly along the party lines.

Still, good to get each and every one of their positions in writing, will make the mid-term elections so much easier.

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US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

Tomato42

Re: Goosey, gossey gander....

"nowhere on earth does any 'foreigner' approach even the rights+status of 'second-class citizen'"

you may want to re-check that claim, I'm quite sure that Americans on EU soil have more rights then they do on US soil, they only can't vote, every other law doesn't differentiate between alien and autochthons in EU

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Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?

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Unhappy

Re: Thanks...

> The Computer will use you as reactor shielding.

if only... that at least sounds like it would be using my body to advance science

in reality it will be done only to generate "value for shareholders"

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UK, US govt and pals on WannaCry culprit: It woz the Norks wot done it

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Re: Prove it

war against Norks is not really justified, it's not like the general populace living there has the ability to have opinion on any subject, let alone foreign politics

Nork government on the other hand is definitely prime for a chopping block...

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We need to talk about mathematical backdoors in encryption algorithms

Tomato42

Re: Slightly more complicated as far as AES is concerned

> known weakness in one of the S-Boxes in AES - this information is a while back and cannot recall the details.

that's the first time I hear this...

> I also recall someone stating that there is a vulnerability when using 256bit keys as opposed to 128bit keys ?

that's a related-key vulnerability (it's easier to perform for AES-256 than it is for AES-128), if your keys come from a PRF (as they do in S/MIME, TLS and IPsec, among others), it's only of academic importance

> With the recent BGP event, perhaps this is an indicator that our security is not as good as we believe ?

BGP has no security, the problem is that it was designed at the time when it was not a problem, the world changed around it - but it's a problem as well known as the lack of security in HTTP

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I, Robot? Aiiiee, ROBOT! RSA TLS crypto attack pwns Facebook, PayPal, 27 of 100 top domains

Tomato42

Re: so, 'trust, yet verify' doesn't work either ? ? ?

amanfrommars is that you?

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Tomato42

Re: So..... People Using Libraries Are Liable To Get Pwned

Neither of OpenSSL (or clones of it), GnuTLS or NSS are vulnerable. So exactly what part of OSS is failing?

The one that little-used and niche libraries are not tested as well (likely because they are understaffed) as OpenSSL is?

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Why is Wikipedia man Jimbo Wales keynoting a fake news conference?

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Re: Wikipedia infaillible ? No!

> I've tried to correct articles, complete with citations, and had them uncorrected hours later.

and plural of 'anecdote' is 'data' /s

sure, there are dickheads editing wikipedia, but here's a newsflash: they are everywhere

the situation certainly won't get better if you just throw your arms in the air every time a smallest obstacle is thrown your way

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Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook

Tomato42

Re: Funny isn't it

> subverting democracy or her selling Uranium to the Russians

wait a minute, aren't Russians now the "good guys" we have to "cooperate with"? And as such talking with them is part of normal diplomatic relations?

or is hating Hillary for working with Russians and loving the orange turd for working with Russians part of the standard Republican doublethink?

oh, and if Hillary really was responsible for the sale, can you tell me under which law could she veto the sale?

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So I guess that "Don't be Evil" is now just a joke at Google?

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Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

Tomato42
Boffin

Re: Underscores a point I've been making forever ...

The first step in allowing the user to update the firmware to a version he or she had audited is for the firmware to be open source.

Yes, it's not an end in itself, but it is the first step.

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Take off, ya hosers! Silicon Valley court says Google can safely ignore Canadian search ban

Tomato42

Re: Realpolitiks

that would not disband NATO

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Tomato42
Black Helicopters

Re: @Richard Jones 1 -- Hmmm...

to downvoters of @Someone Else: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ersatz_good

icon as something obviously flown over somebody's head

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OpenSSL patches, Apple bug fixes, Hilton's $700k hack bill, Kim Dotcom raid settlement, Signal desktop app, and more

Tomato42
Boffin

Re: Stop blaming the Russians...

@AC: the Russian GDP halved in the past 3 years. The only reason why there are not riots in the streets in Russia is because the massive disinformation campaign that Putin and his KGB buddies are running.

He really needs those sanctions off.

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Licensing rejig and standard price rises set for Windows Server 2016

Tomato42
Meh

Re: Incomprehensible

> Now if someone can explain how CALs work...

oh! that's simple! every human that can log on to a service backed by Windows requires CAL

that includes situations in which you have a punter buying widget on your website and SQL Server is used to store the order details

icon because I wish I was joking

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Xperia XZ1: Sony spies with its MotionEye something beginning...

Tomato42
Happy

Re: What's wrong with it?

@AC:

* while they don't support running custom OSes on their hardware, they don't make it next to impossible

* turning developer mode requires 10 clicks or so

* as such installing open source software, under open source licences (hello F-Droid) just works

basically you get all the benefits of Android, with very few downsides of not using Google hardware'

but sure, say "Tumbleweeds" on a not really popular topic, 2 days after it being posted when nobody jumps on a comment made by a Coward

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Tomato42
Boffin

Re: Built-in obsolescence

I have the same phone, none of the same problems with battery.

I'd be rather weary to extrapolate a sample size of 1 of a particular model to the whole manufacturer's portfolio.

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Tomato42
Unhappy

Re: What's wrong with it?

oh, I would take my money elsewhere, if I could, but Sony is benign compared to what Apple does and nobody else makes a good small phone, so the lesser evil it is

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EU: No encryption backdoors but, eh, let's help each other crack that crypto, oui? Ja?

Tomato42
Meh

Re: Refreshing

@AndyS: well, if May will want to end up with a "deal", she will have to follow it anyway (having EU nationals on UKs land and all), but probably they'll go for the pyrrhic victory of "no deal" devastating the country and slipping it into irrelevance

so "oh well" indeed

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Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

Tomato42
Joke

Re: Blaming North Korea?

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Convenience, deserve neither Liberty nor Convenience".

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Crappy upload speeds a thing of the past in fresh broadband 'net spec

Tomato42
Trollface

Re: Going up to 1800 MHz?

Probably right, for the US market.

Romania and South Korea will keep on laughing at them though.

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Dumb bug of the week: Outlook staples your encrypted emails to, er, plaintext copies when sending messages

Tomato42
Boffin

> but testing that it doesn't work improperly is far more difficult.

it's not far more difficult, but it does require a specific mindset, one that users don't have...

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'We think autonomous coding is a very real thing' – GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers

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Joke

Re: CASE

I don't know about you, but we in the programming business have a name for a specification that has every i dotted and every t crossed - working code.

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Tomato42
Unhappy

And we all know how good are the people "up the food chain" at writing precise and unequivocal specifications...

Yes, people copying solutions off of Stack Overflow *ekhm* programming will loose their jobs, just like drivers, lawyers, doctors, but programmers will not be the first people to go.

Either way, it doesn't look like the French revolution will reign much longer as the most bloody one...

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How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it's called the USA Liberty Act

Tomato42
Boffin

Re: Why would anyone in the U.S. be associated with terrorist?

Right-wing "Christian" terrorists in the US are far bigger threat than "Muslim radical terrorists".

https://www.adl.org/education/resources/reports/dark-constant-rage-25-years-of-right-wing-terrorism-in-united-states

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Mushroom

Re: Unsurprised

@Bob Dole (tm) "they are both evil"

no, they both are not equally evil, this kind of bullshit thinking is why Trump is in power

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UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

Tomato42

Re: Markets are mostly psychology

> (OT: My prediction is that there will be an agreement, the UK will pay back 20% of its debt and will get special treatment in exchange for it)

That sounds like something that the B.S. Johnson is hoping to happen. If only negotiators actually followed it....

Protip: it's not the 1600's any more, the UK is not an empire. UK needs EU more than EU needs UK.

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

Tomato42
FAIL

Re: Cloud providers are becoming like drug dealers

That's true for people using free tiers.

But they're changing how the business tier works too. Google simply is not a reliable provider. At least, not when you want to anything but buy ads.

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

Tomato42
Facepalm

Re: Usefulness

"Matters of formatting can be sorted by automatic tools."

right, because checking out the code, formatting it to way you're used to, hacking on it and then reformatting it to the library/application standard before preparing pull request is such a convenient way to work.... /s

"Matters of implementation style are no more subtle in python than in any other language."

so you're saying that the automatic deformatting and reformatting may not work as painlessly as you're claiming? No wonder you are so irritated by people following a consistent standard that is just different to what you like...

"The fact that the python community has coined the word pythonic when few other languages have coined anything similar is interesting from a social point of view but of no technical importance."

Yes, other communities have things like IOCCC.

when you are working on software, it inevitably will grow and thus require new libraries, it's nice when that library has the same formatting and style as the code you work on every day. Makes it easier to fix issues and submit patches to it.

"I concur with the OP: Who cares whether it conforms to the "right" way of doing it."

Except there have been multiple studies that readability of code _matters_ and while no specific way to format code is better than other, _consistency_ matters.

So, I can only feel sorry for people that will have to work on your code after you've been sacked.

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Red Hat banishes Btrfs from RHEL

Tomato42
Boffin

Re: ZFS is the right choice for a server system

Red Hat is promoting LVM + XFS as a replacement for btrfs and ZFS

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