* Posts by oldtaku

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Seagate punts external PS4 drive at the millions who uninstalled their game libraries to fit Red Dead Redemption 2

oldtaku
Happy

The superior controller

Because the PS3 controller is a better controller, duh. That was the perfect controller, then they stuck that stupid touchpad on the front (which is now relegated to being a big map button for most games), made the 'options' button a pain in the ass to use, and taped that annoying LED glowstick to the back of it.

Salesforce has named a chief ethics officer and yes, the job description is appropriately woolly

oldtaku
Joke

A problem of ethics

'Gentlemen,our biggest ethics problem is that we're Salesforce'

( 'But at least we're not Facebook' )

Latest Google+ flaw leads Chocolate Factory to shut down site early

oldtaku
Trollface

Tens!

"52.5 million accounts at risk, tens of people are worried"

Don't forget both people who are going to be really outraged about the closure being moved up.

Thought black holes were donut-shaped? It turns out they're more like deadly fountains

oldtaku
Headmaster

Well, the accretion disk anyhow

To be clear, the black hole itself is still extremely spherical. This is the gas around it - the accretion disk mentioned, which now may look like a disk with party sparklers. Hey, it's the only part you can see, anyhow.

Google: All right, screw it, from this Christmas, Chrome will block ALL adverts on dodgy sites

oldtaku
Meh

Still worse than an ad blocker (by design)

It still boggles me that so many people run without an ad blocker. It makes the entire web so much faster and cleaner, besides being safer. It's just basic hygiene.

Of course it's just that people don't know how to install extensions and FF/Google aren't going to cripple their revenue by installing one by default.

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

oldtaku
Facepalm

I'm just going to quote the paper - nuff sed

'The drive's contents is still accessible to anyone in possession of the default Master password... which is an empty string.'

oldtaku
Trollface

Re: This explains it

They also have the software that puts up 'HACKING PASSWORD' in 196 point red letters.

Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software

oldtaku
Meh

It'll still work fine - for a while

Latest version of Dragon Dictation - which works fine - will still work, you just won't get upgrades.

Once you can no longer acquire it legally, it's perfectly ethical to pirate at that point. Not legal, but 'legal' is corporate bought whoredom and there's nothing wrong with copying software they don't want to sell you. No harm is done.

Of course, things tend to bit rot, so you might want a five year exit plan... if Apple hasn't rolled MacOS into iOS by then or otherwise killed it with neglect.

What a crane in the ass: Bug leaves construction machinery vulnerable to evil command injection

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Unhappy

Internet of Giant S@#$tty Stuff

"as a matter of practice, construction crews should be keeping their cranes and other Wi-Fi controlled equipment air-gapped on a separate, non-internet network with its own firewall. Basically, nobody but crews should even have access to the network, let alone the equipment itself .. if everyone is doing their jobs right a real-world exploit would be extremely difficult to pull off."

Ahahahahaha... ha... *sob* 。゚・(>﹏<)・゚。

Even hospitals don't bother securing their networks and critical equipment properly. The security hygiene I've seen at construction companies could be compared to going condomless in Haiti while suffering from open sores and lacerations, and then rolling around in a sewage ditch for good measure. Nobody is doing security right because that would cost money for a full time guy who knows what he's doing. And then they'd have to tell him when there was new equipment instead of just throwing something together with all the defaults.

Serverless? There’s more than one way to run a function

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Sunny Cali goes ballistic, this ransomware is atrocious. Even our IT bill will be something quite ferocious

oldtaku
FAIL

Anyone want to bet against them still running Windows XP? Because that's where my money is.

Salesforce dogged by protests, leaked emails, and guerrilla blimps on first day of Dreamforce

oldtaku
Happy

Master of Powerpoints

Love it... And the lyrics actually work real well.

Come crawling faster

Obey your master

Your life burns faster

Obey your master

Salesforce

Master of Powerpoints

I'm pulling your strings

Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams

Blinded by me

You can't see a thing

Just call my name 'cause I'll hear you scream

Salesforce

Salesforce

Just call my name 'cause I'll hear you scream

Salesforce

Salesforce

oldtaku
Unhappy

Re: Wait, what? Did I miss something?

They were the best thrash band in the world, period, up to Justice for All. They completely revolutionized metal and rock with their first three albums. Then they realized they could make more money on ballads.

So they had credibility through about 1994 (I'll be generous and give them the black album). After that, forget it.

Imagine Python fan fiction written in C, read with a Lisp: Code lingo Nim gets cash injection

oldtaku
Facepalm

Re: Interesting but ugly

> the identifiers FOO_BAR and fooBar are equivalent...

(((φ(◎ロ◎;)φ)))

BlackBerry claims it can do to ransomware what Apple did to its phones

oldtaku
Meh

We can already do this (on desktops/servers)

We can already do this (and I do) with versioned auto-backup. If anything happens I can roll back to 2:30 PM yesterday (or 1:49, or whenever) with a safe boot or boot disk. Of course if BB can actually make an all devices suite that's reliable, has almost no impact on running systems, and reliably easily restores - sure, why not?

Odds are it'll be bloaty, fragile, overpriced Enterprisey crap, but I'm open to looking.

Smyte users not smitten with Twitter: APIs killed minutes after biz gobble

oldtaku
FAIL

Typical

It's nice to see that Twitter is as consistently terrible at dealing with other companies as it is with dealing with their users.

'What? Was that bad? Should we not have done that?'

HPE CEO pledges $4bn Edge R&D splurge

oldtaku

Re: And things go round

Joking about HP aside for a moment, there's a bit of difference in theory and intent.

The intent, basically, is that the edge computing devices only contain transitory data, while all permanent data is still in the cloud.

You want edge computing when there's a firehose of locally generated data, like you've got hundreds of sensors hooked up all over your buildings generating video, temperature, proximity, etc etc. What you're trying to do is avoid having to send every byte of data back to the cloud and only send it the *interesting* data.

Or let's say you're doing facial recognition on that video - sending all the streams of video back to the cloud and having the cloud tag faces is silly. Maybe you'd LIKE to have all the video from all the cameras, but if you don't have the NSA's budget you need to make some tradeoffs. So you'd have local machines which are configured from cloud data then just tell the cloud which people they see and video only for Persons of Interest. Then you keep the streams local for a month before deleting.

This isn't all that different from things we've seen before, but it is different from a local data center in that the local data center is intended to be The Canonical Repository, but now that's the cloud. And if you have a bunch of local data centers that coordinate to be the canonical repository, well that's a cloud.

oldtaku
Trollface

Re: Another use of the word EDGE

Careful Tim Langdell doesn't lawsuit your ass, mate.

oldtaku
Stop

Good luck with that.

Yeah, good luck with that. What do you want for edge computing? Great performance with low power in a small form factor, so you don't have to send as much data back to the cloud.

What is modern HP completely incapable of making? Anything that isn't a bloated enterprisey hot mess. Sorry, your edge router's going to need a Xeon, 32GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD just to run HP's drivers and management suite.

I got 99 secure devices but a Nintendo Switch ain't one: If you're using Nvidia's Tegra boot ROM I feel bad for you, son

oldtaku
Happy

Pwned? This is great!

Nintendo might by pwned here, but if this lets us boot custom firmware and Nintendo can't block it that's a big win for users. Or the few who even know what that means. It's why I still have my bigass launch PS3 instead of one of those cute tiny later versions.

Oracle sued over claims of shoddy service, licensing designed to force adoption of its kit

oldtaku
Devil

This sounds deeply familiar

Anyone who's ever dealt with Oracle should be nodding about now. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop... ever, until you are giving them all your money!

It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs

oldtaku
Devil

Firefox really is the worst

Except for Chrome, Safari, Opera, and Edge.

Chrome is a bloated pig that chokes and dies like an infant with how many tabs as I leave open, Safari is long dead on my platforms, Edge is right out because of lack of extensions, Opera is somehow grossly overfeatured and underfeatured at the same time (though it'd be my next choice), and don't even talk about the Linux only browsers.

You picks your tradeoffs. Which is why sometimes my browser is Lynx.

We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

oldtaku
Happy

Thanks - I was eyerolling at the 'corrupt, modify, or delete' misdirection when I read the press release, but it's much funnier (har har, sob) when you do the whole schmear.

Boffins foresee most software written by machines in 2040

oldtaku

Re: We've been here before...

I still know and use x64 and ARM assembly (and a bunch of 8-bits, but sadly never get to use them) for things like patching binaries we don't have source for and the occasional really timecritical thing - like getting cycle count cheap. It's why I said 'almost nobody' and not 'nobody'. I also know from trying to hire people that that skillset is incredibly rare.

oldtaku
Meh

We've been here before...

Yes, you may be able to get rid of code pigs - you may have something that does all the Java scutwork for your standard business reporting crap. Progress comes from encapsulating things - almost nobody needs to know asm any more, you don't need to draw your own UI windows, C# has data structures out the wazoo. But you're just moving the work higher, and then the work gets more complex. Maybe in the future database stuff will be so pedestrian it's seamlessly integrated.

But now you're going to need someone to specify exactly what you want - and people asking for things are notoriously, provably, bad at not knowing what they actually want. I remember the last time AI was going to get rid of programmers, and it ran right up onto the shore on this problem (and terrible performance, but we'll assume we have enough horsepower now).

If you assume maybe the generic stuff is good enough for most cases. You're still not going to be able to get rid of the software/system engineers - engineers solve general problems given constraints, and if you solve /that/, you've solved problem solving - and 'no programmers' will be the least of the impacts on society. No deep learning network has demonstrated anything like general problem solving or any penchant for it. If you could perfectly encode every bit of your problem and required software solution in an input and output vector one could understand, and you could do the same thing on all existing software to train it, maybe it would surprise you. But software is not minor fault tolerant like images, and who are you going to get to do that?

Is the ratio of code pigs to engineers 4:1, giving you 80%? Maybe. I find Jeff Bigham's comments more believable. AI will let software engineers tackle bigger and better problems and not worry about the lower level stuff.

Crumbs! Crunchyroll distributed malware for a couple of hours

oldtaku
Devil

I'm surprised it took so long

Security has never been a priority at Crunchyroll. They even make you use use fecking Flash to view video on their site for gods sake. So they're lucky they got off so easy.

Unless, of course, they've been pwned for months by someone more clever who's still undetected and still has hooks in their shite player...

Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

oldtaku
Devil

What do you expect from mobile F2P?

F2P is a sh#$hole, mobile F2P is an open cesspit, and they hate you.

It's more disturbing when it turns up in premium games, because you paid for the game. As others have noted, though, this used to be much, much worse in the 90s.

And of course AR is going to be living hell. People have predicted that since it was conceived. There's nothing other people can't ruin.

Bluetooth bugs bedevil billions of devices

oldtaku

Re: It just wasn't designed for this - it wasn't designed

A mediocre (not bad, most are just mediocre) programmer can chug through a clean standard and implement it without doing too many bad things. But when you hit them with a terrible spec they just get completely frustrated and throw their hands up and do whatever just to make it 'work' because they're overwhelmed and confused. Can't get this to work properly? Let's just have it run arbitrary commands.

I've seen this personally with things like people implementing the terrible (and terribly named) 'Simple' Network Management Protocol - mostly with the MIBs and lack of transaction support. These guys had produced decent SMTP code, but I just had to throw their SNMP code out.

Obviously good programmers would do better, but even they make mistakes when the protocol is a nightmare. It's not the only factor, but it's one of the compounding factors.

oldtaku
Unhappy

It just wasn't designed for this - it wasn't designed

The problem is that Bluetooth just wasn't designed for anything nearly as complex as what it's doing. It was just supposed to be wireless RS-232 (serial port) for a single un-encrypted point to point audio link!

Then, since it was there (oh hey, we've got a wireless data stream?), people just started cramming more and more 'features' and s@#$ into it. So it was never designed - it was accreted. Obviously parts were designed, but that's no substitute for a system vision. And once you get an industry consortium involved it just explodes in complexity as they all try to parasitically infect the standard with their own internal protocols / standards, and often succeed.

Given all that it's stunningly, stupidly complex for no good reason. One of the worst protocols I ever had to work with and a security nightmare (because, like Flash, it wasn't designed with security in mind) There are tons more exploits lurking in the stacks.

Why does everyone still use it? Because it's an existing cross-platform standard (chicken and egg), and it mostly works if you beat your head on it enough.

If at first you don't succeed, you're Microsoft trying to fix broken Excel 2016

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FAIL

Good luck with that

They haven't been able to fix Excel not being able to properly handle files on network shares in 10 years.

(If you're wired you probably won't notice it, but If you have a network drive spreadsheet open and wifi blips, Excel completely loses its s#Q@ - which means being completely unresponsive for up to 30 seconds to crashing to deciding to write your data to other open spreadsheets instead Apparently it's constantly reading/writing the open foo.xlsx and/or ~$foo.xlsx instead of sanely keeping a local temporary copy till you choose save. Whatever the cause it's a decade old known bug.).

Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

oldtaku
Facepalm

Never give your appliances internet access

How dumb can you be?

It's hard to avoid 'smart' TVs these days, even the cheap ones want to spy on you. But as long as you don't give them wifi access they're effectively neutered and only act as displays.

Till they start coming with cell modems built in like cars - which is inevitable, sigh.

Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

oldtaku
Mushroom

Thiel Capital

No surprise with Eric Weinstein - anyone who works for Peter Thiel is guaranteed to be a flaming asshole spouting gouts of of magmatic tat in all directions.

For anyone who doesn't know the name he's a classic old school techbro who helped create the 'techbros are assholes' culture - he's such an asshole that he used to pretend to be a libertarian and gave that up when the libertarians wouldn't elect him king. And now he will just outright literally tell you that he should be able to make all the laws because he's rich.

No vulns. No hardwired passwords. Patchable. Congress dreams of IoT: Impossible Online Tech

oldtaku
FAIL

And the cherry on top...

... mandatory backdoors that are only usable by the Good Guys (TM).

Trump backs off idea for joint US/Russian 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

oldtaku
Mushroom

What a f@#$ing rube

'Nice henhouse you have there, Komrad Trump, we should form partnership to protect it, da?'

'Stupendous! Fantastic! Greatest idea very ever!'

I really can't tell whether he's a total f@#$ing rube or a total f@#$ing stooge.

To be fair, he could be both.

Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

oldtaku
Black Helicopters

Re: The Truth?!

> How can you tell Trump's lying?

Trump is beyond lying. That implies some sort of sense of right and wrong, fact and fiction.

He just says whatever he wants to be true right this minute - it's pure bullshit, not even truth or lie, and he probably even believes it at the moment. Ask him tonight and you'll get a different answer that's just as true for him at this minute.

Why does it matter? Well, you can at least deal with liars once you identify them. You certainly can't believe Trump saying there aren't any tapes - there might be tapes but now they're inconvenient so he is willing them out of existence.

Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

oldtaku
FAIL

Inevitable failure

Yeah, this was inevitable - Intel is institutionally incapable of making a credible play for the low end market with a combination of performance (which they can do) with low power (which they struggle with since they thought beating AMD at that was good enough) and low cost (which they're too arrogant to do).

Hindsight is easy! you may say, but I said this when they launched too. It's Intel, it's not desktop/laptop, it'll fail.

Sick of Java and C++? Google pours a cup o' Kotlin for Android devs

oldtaku

Re: What happened to golang?

First, Kotlin is explicitly designed to be extremely interoperable with Java. You can call back and forth, no problem - you could think of it as extreme syntax sugar for Java. That makes it pretty easy to add support.

Second, I'd bet they're already bored of Go-lang. Remember the programming mayflies descending on Ruby in swarms (I have nothing against Ruby, just the gadflies), making it briefly rival Python in popularity (and talk of Python-killer, lawl), and then they all got bored and ran off to the next hotness, leaving Ruby as 'that domain specific language for Rails'?

Go-lang is 10 years old and people know about it, so it's booooooring - on to the next hawtness! Kotlin is 6 years old, but someone from Google probably found out about it only 2 years ago and is enamored. Though now that it's officially supported it's boring again.

oldtaku

Re: static vs dynamic typing

I think someone confused Java and Javascript for the 10 millionth time. Marketing working as designed! (So well they still can't get anyone to call it ECMAscript).

oldtaku
Thumb Up

Javaless Future

They are working on ditching Java and Linux, yes. They're developing a new OS called Fuschia and while it might start out with Java compatibility the point is to get rid of the legal nightmares (and Java is no longer fad of the month, it's just the new COBOL - no fun).

Who really gives a toss if it's agile or not?

oldtaku

Re: 'What's Real and What's for Sale'...

Technically 'agile' just means you produce working versions frequently and iterate on that. I firmly believe in that basic concept - we have a git repository and a build server, and every time someone adds a new feature or fixes a bug, no matter how minor, they check it in and it builds and we run it. Usually I check something(s) in every day, for the most major things it may take a week, but the goal is always to get it in and working so it can be tested.

In practice, 'agile' is just something people who don't want any accountability at all for the terrible shit they write - who don't want to have to bother designing anything, or documenting anything - invoke as a buzzword. Even the most non-agile projects invoke agile as a get out of work free card.

oldtaku
Mushroom

'Agile' means nothing at this point. Unless it means terrible software.

At this point, courtesy of Exxxxtr3333me Programming and its spawn, 'agile' just means 'we don't want to do any design, we don't want to do any documentation, and we don't want to do any acceptance testing because all that stuff is annoying.' Everything is 'agile', because that's the best case for terrible lazy programmers, even if they're using a completely different methodology.

I firmly believe in the basics of 'iterate working versions as often as possible'. But why sell ourselves short by calling it agile when we actually design it, document it, and use testing beyond unit tests?

Yes, yes, you can tell me what 'agile' technically means, and I know that design and documentation and QA are not excluded, but in practice even the most waterfall of waterfall call themselves agile (like Kat says), and from hard experience people who really push 'agile agile agile' as their thing are the worst of the worst terrible coders who just slam crap together with all the finesse and thoughtfulness of a Bangalore outsourcer.

Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'

oldtaku

Yes, that's true... but it's a strawman.

Unity is still a worthless piece of crippled crap that nobody ever wanted but Canonical.

Open Source people are hostile, Unity is terrible. Both of those things can be and are true. Open Source hostility, as embodied by Linus, does not excuse your terrible GUI.

Jawbone leans over, whispers: Psst, guess who's in a criminal probe? Yes, it's Fitbit

oldtaku
Unhappy

Bah, no fun at all. I am dissappoint.

Bah, even if the allegations were true, 'stealing trade secrets' is about the dumbest, most boring, snoozer of a criminal investigation you can get. Unless it involves whores of both genders, copious drugs, someone falling off a balcony, and/or someone waking up in the bathtub without some organs. And it sounds like that's not the case.

Also I'm not even sure why anyone would even want to steal anything from Jawbone at this point - you might catch what they've got - I know, not like Fitbit's doing great either, but you CAN have herpes and chlamydia at the same time.

Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout

oldtaku
FAIL

Obvious solution

Did Microsoft just try rebooting their boxes? Their support tells me that fixes almost everything.

Playpen child sex abuse archive admin gets 20 years in the Big House

oldtaku

The new face of crime

Picture of a doughy, balding, greasy white IT type dude would work better here (he looks it), though 20 years in can really change you - if he lives that long.

Feds cuff VW exec over diesel emissions scam

oldtaku
Meh

It's a good start...

It's a good start, but won't be over till ex CEO Winterkorn is in jail - BILD documents show he knew about the coverup and it needed his stamp to be so widespread.

Not that I expect that since he can just buy his way out, especially in the EU (it's bad enough in the US, but there is at least one exec in handcuffs).

Dotdot. Who's there? Yet another IoT app layer

oldtaku
Meh

:/ :/ :/

:||

is pretty much my feeling about this.

Sidenote: as usual a lot of tech blogs and tech 'news' sites are getting this hilariously wrong because Zigbee used the word 'language' - they think it's actually a new scripting language like Swift or Tcl instead of a set of C APIs and specs for common attributes and clusters to go with that. You can tell who's just mindlessly regurgitating the press release. Gareth is in the 1% who didn't.

Why don't people secure their IoT gadgets? 'It's not my problem'

oldtaku

Re: IoT

'Ability to have it automatically updated is actually another vulnerability vector.'

Completely agree, and it always will be a theoretical attack vector, but right *now* it's mostly because IoS manufacturers haven't given a single sh@# about security and/or how upgrades should work.

oldtaku

Re: @oldtaku - And consumers shouldn't be expected to

Well, think of your own appliances. 'minimal' means you clean it as needed, drop it on the charger if needed and very very occasionally you pop out the standard replaceable part and replace it with another standard replaceable part. It's as streamlined as possible.

But whatever minimal is, a several hour ordeal that requires repeated google searches is not it.

oldtaku

They're not selling it as 'more complicated stuff', they're selling it as 'this thing will make your life so much easier!'

Giving the toothbrush a charge and occasional new head, which are very simple and straightforward processes, is not the same as spending 12 hours trying to get your f#@$ing 'smart' camera's firmware updated through its arcane process which inevitably will not work behind a firewall so you have to put it directly on the net where it will be instantly pwned before you can even get the upgrade finished... And the person who's supposed to do this thinks their ISP is 'the internet' and can barely manage email.

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