* Posts by Jamie Jones

2202 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Digital Entrepreneur Awards help UK tech cop an eyeful of... WTF?

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Re: So many tiggered....

Due to the moderator deleting both his posts, I have no clue who you two are talking about / to..

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Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook

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Re: What did you expect?

You right wingers are so tribal.

You automatically think that anyone who criticises a republican is obviously as much of a democrat sychophant as you are a republican one.

Most people on the left think for themselves. Plenty have called out the bullshit that Hillary has done.

You'll probably be surprised to know that when someone attacks trump, responding about the failings of the democracs or hillary specifically will get you nods of agreement.

I know you expect them to get upset, stick their fingers in their ears, shouting "LA LA LA I CAN'T HERE YOU. DEMOCRACTS ARE PERFECT. OUR LEADERS ARE GODS. YOUR LEADERS ARE CUCKS HAHAHA" but they don't generally work that way, they leave that to your side who are so easily fooled by the fox and trump bullshit that they hardly have to try.

Remember Trump saying he loves the ignorant? And how he could shoot someone and his fans will still stick up for him... Just like Ray Moore.. A judge exposed for abuse of a 14 year old girl, and that conservative radio guy ... Something Rose replies "well at least he's not a homosexual" and all the right wing loons are out supporting him, and he'll probably be relected.

I have total respect for normal people with conservative views, even though I largely disagree, but in America these days, they don't have a voice. The current republicans are the most fucked up people, with the most nuckle-dragging backwards moronic supporters anyone could ever imagine...

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Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

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Google aren't the worst here..

Nearly all the advertising companies do this, and more. They often phone home with all sorts of stuff, whether you like it or not. I'm sure they are breaking EU laws.

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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Proper engineers

Software and computer product 'engineers' need to understand the principle of failsafe, like proper engineers do.

Over the years many of us have critisiced the shoddy way many programmers work, and how they write code in a way that bugs can be catestrophic. (Everyone makes mistakes, but code shouldn't be written impersonating a house of cards)

Many of you will recall some of those "funny jokes" going around years ago, saying "what if microsoft made cars.... Your brakes failed? Have you tried stopping and restarting your car?"

Many of us despaired at programming quality, but could at least have a laugh about it.

Well now with more computer controls in cars, internet-of-shite on our toasters/lightbulbs/webcams/locks, this same development mentality is hitting the real world.

Many of the designs of the hardware 'IT' in these devices is dictated by the software rather than the other way around, and we're now seeing the sort of cockups time and time again when people try to use this "have you tried switching it on and off?" software design mentality in the design of these 'IOT' devices.

These people need to start thinking like real engineers, starting with learning the term FAILSAFE. It isn't actually a PR term, it's meaning in the engineering world is literal - if something fails, it fails into a safe position.

Overlooking the stupid idea in the first place, there is simply no excuse for a door locking process to fail like this. There should have been numerous safeguards and "failsafes".

And this is just one example amongst many. It isn't the first, and won't be the last..

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WikiLeaks is wiki-leaked. And it's still not even a proper wiki anyway

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Re: Shower of shites!

Good for you. Now you can ignore those Podesta emails laying the whole DNC fix for Hillary. Never happened, right? Even tho they were never contested...?

Typical reaction of those brainwashed by right wing propaganda. As soon as someone criticises someone on the right, you immediately assume that they are a brainwashed drone who mindlessly thinks the left does no wrong.

It's to be expected, seeing as that's how the Fox manipulated zombies operate, but what you don't realise is that most people with 'left-leaning' views actually apply critical thinking, and don't blindly worship "their side" like brainless sheep.

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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What he is basically saying...

"Please boycott @GreggsOfficial to protest against its sick anti-Christian Advent Calendar. What cowards these people are: we all know that they would never dare insult other religions! "

"... and it's about time people started remembering that many of us Christians are also intolerent humourless delusional morons just like people of other religions"

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ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

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Re: Angry complaint webpages- the way I.T geeks hit back!

"Under construction"??

Did I fall asleep and reawake in 1997?

They seem to have missed off the "This site best viewed in Internet Wxplorer 6" banner though.

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Re: PBKAC

"Ah, my second favourite (most stupid caller) is at this point, but the user indignately refused to go under the desk to check, as it was too dark in their office with the lights off.

The user was very politiely asked if they could turn the lights on, and replied that they couldn't, because there was a power cut.

I have very little faith left in humanity."

So then you married her, right? http://web.archive.org/web/19970209064552/http://www.progress.demon.co.uk/Fun/Trouble-with.html

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

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Re: Intel - the hardware retail arm of the NSA

uPnp?

If a home users setup is less secure by default under IPv6 than IPv4, the problem is with their router, not IPv6.

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Re: er...

No, no, no!

Just because someone is terrified, does NOT make it terrorism, however many times the American media and politicians say ao.

By your definition, if there is a serial rapist working in an area, he's a terrorist, because until he's caught, women are terrified to go out.

The mad nutjob in Las Vegas... wasn't a terrorist.

Dylan roof was sorta trying to be a terrorist, but was really just a murdering racist arsehole.

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This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

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Oh no, you didn't just say that.....

"It weighs about 4.4lb (2kg) but feels lighter."

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EU law bods closer to baking new 'cookie law' after battle

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It seems some readers would prefer the sort of government that gleefully tries to encourage companies to use and sell as much personal information about you as possible.

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It's 2017 and you can still pwn Android gear with Wi-Fi packets – so get patching now

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Re: Dear Motorola

Dr Toboggan, ahhh with an attitude like that, I assume you don't enjoy the proper consumer rights laws we have in Europe..

Don't worry though, the BRexiters have ensured we'll all be back to your level of expectancy ! Trump advisors have admitted as much!

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Re: muggings

Nah, they are easier since chip and pin.. Mug someone for their cards, and verify their pin in one of those cheap card reading pinsentry things

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Re: Theft of cash machines by JCBs

Blimey! Looking at that link, I expect their Michael Caine character to shout "You were only meant to blow the bloody doors off"!

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Ye Bug List

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Fair enough, I suspected you knew that, being one of the original old timers :-) - but always best to eliminate the obvious!

But typical, eh? computers... never broken when you want then to be! :-) as you say.... bloody computers!

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The posts don't update immediately like they used to.. Some server side caching I suspect, did you reload the page from the server again?

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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The president should be nowhere near twitter

I've thought this for some time.

The President (and other officials) should never be using something like twitter. Hell, they have all these secure protocols, official press briefings, secret service agents everywhere... yet some commercial internet company is responsible for (what is, in effect) the official view of the POTUS.

Is there a secure line from the white house to twitter hq? Are there secret service agents in the twitter offices, or at key network points?

The whole idea of using twitter like this is a serious security breach (and twitter themselves are totally innocent in this).

POTUS is breaching security, why can't the courts stop him? Why can't his advisers?

Hell, set up trumptwit.whitehouse.gov securely for him to play with instead - I'm sure it would get the followers.

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Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

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Re: Electric grid

"smart grid ready"

I shuddered reading that - it made me think of "internet of things" type balonie being applied to the grid...

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USB stick found in West London contained Heathrow security data

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But when they are, how would we know?

As for the wider implications, they barely need spelling out: had the chance passerby been someone less kindly disposed towards the UK than the finder of the stick, the consequences could have been seriously bad. ®

But what about the other 3 carelessly abandoned USB sticks that were found by people less kindly disposed towards the UK, which are now being examined by "baddies" without our knowledge?

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Whois? No, Whowas: Incoming Euro privacy rules torpedo domain registration system

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Re: Problem?

@John Savard:

Some politicians come up with rules to help people maintain their privacy, and you just think ICANN can and should just blackmail them into submission?

This raises a few questions.. Is this amount of "freedom" for Europeans too "commie" for your liking?

Do you run one of those register-by-proxy schemes where people have to pay for their privacy?

As an aside, you obviously don't realise how powerful Europe is, or indeed how the internet works..

If ICANN tried to block Europe, European ISPs would have to set up their own root servers... No biggie. Many are run within Europe already.

If there was *finally* a viable alternative-root, other countries would migrate to it in droves to get away from the ICANN bullshit, draining them of any power they have.

They know this. You even have groups like ORSN who could take over at a 'flick of a switch' - the infrastructure is already in place https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Root_Server_Network

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_DNS_root

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Re: Can someone offer a TLDR please?

The person/organisation who owns a domain currently has to have their details listed publicly.

After the law, they won't.

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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Hobbyist

2GB/£ for a memory stick?

128GB Usb flash drives have been under 30 quid for ages...

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Re: You cant have it both ways

So, Maplin has changed ownership at least 3 times since I started with them in the 80's...

That makes me feel less guilty about the fact I feel they are now like Tandys was at the time... Handy for quickly sourcing some obscure valued resistor, but otherwise hosting overpriced stuff you'd never want... And back then, Tandys didn't have the internet to compete with.

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Watership downtime: BadRabbit encrypts Russian media, Ukraine transport hub PCs

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Re: Ransom demands in BitCoin again

I think a few of you are missing Kens point:

Encryption is used for all sorts of goodness, but the authorities want to ban that. (Well, backdoor-it, which leads to the same thing)

Remember way back then people were calling for the internet to be banned, because... kids and terrorists. (*)

There need be no logic to it - I'm sure some will call for the evil bitcoin to be banned... It's internet/encryption/techie stuff.. All the best bogeyman things rolled into one... Just wait until the UK tabloids pick up the cause..

(*) Not so long ago in the case of Our-supreme-leader-in-chief-covfefe: "Donald Trump wants to ban the internet, plans to ask Bill Gates to ‘close it up’"

- "Theresa May's Call to Ban "Safe Spaces" Undermines Encryption—And Misses the Point | WIRED"

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Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

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Re: Uranus's Moon

Notice how some miserable bastard has downvoted all the "anus" posts? !

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Re: Could have used an accurate picture

With the ring properly being centered over the equator, rather than the 'lines' of the ring being over the equator - the 'empty' centre of the ring should be over the equator

But what's that got to do with anuses?

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Re: Blue-green Uranus from Methane

@Solarflare: You know that temptation you get when someone advises you against something?...

Arrgh, I've been lucky I've never "bumped into" him before.

A troll surely? I mean, surely no-one can be so ignorant on so many topics, and so stupid as to think they know what they're talking about?

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Dis you know uranus has a heavy methane presence?

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"Recent attempts"? They've been trying to PCise it since the 80's!

I see it worked on J.Cook ... J - it's your anus. be proud of your anus!

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Re: Uranus's Moon

Yes, it was one of the classic sketches "featuring" the late Alastair Burnet, I remember it clearly..

EDIT: Ain't the intertube-er-me-jigs wonderful?

Found it: Alastair Burnet, Uranus, and Bumhole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHp9Cakv2Fg

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Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

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Surely the bigger story is...

No-one seems to be mentioning how they managed to reverse engineer the sha256 checksums that are held on entirely different servers, and are checked before any downloaded software is released?

That's how it's done, right?

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

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Re: The utter fools

surveilance?? real police work? pffft, what century are you in?

As for the proposal, it sound good - my only worry is they start stockpiling/hoarding vulnerabilties they find, ala NSA/GCHQ rather than alerting the people responsible.

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Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers raised from 'one million' hacked orgs

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How to fix this

Right now, check to make sure you're not exposing a vulnerable device to the internet, apply any patches if you can, look out for suspicious behavior on your network, and take a gadget offline if it's infected., immediately throw away anything that has ever been referred to as "Internet of things"

FTFY

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IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire

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Re: Redundancy?

What's more, it appears they were relying on an external service for their internal communicatons to work.

If your name expires, or your internet link goes down, or terrorists shut down the .com servers, the only things that should be affected are the external connections.

Your own domain should be anchored in your DNS structure so your internal network isn't potentially vulnerable to an external action by a third party. Simply speaking, if someone "on the internet" can screw up your internal servers, you're doing it wrong.

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Re: Pay peanuts, get monkeys!

No, the point is, you don't pay for 10 years and leave it, you STILL pay every year, topping it up so you've always got a 10 year buffer...

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

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Re: Actually

"FCC licensing can be challenged. With some of the "great reporting" by the alleged networks recently those challenges may be interesting."

That's interesting, and it would be about time too. Fox "News" shouldn't be allowed to get away with their constant lies.

The spectrum goes something like this:

truth -> inaccuracies -> propoganda -> lies -> Fox.

About time the "fairness doctrine" was brought back. No, America, "free speech" doesn't mean you can present lies as facts on news programmes (even if you try to wing it as "commentary"), unless you support Kim Jons version of free speech.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairness_Doctrine

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WPA2 security in trouble as KRACK Belgian boffins tease key reinstallation bug

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Re: Uncorrectable Horse Staple Battery

Hmm, I actually upvoted your original post, but was very tempted to downvote this little temper-tantrum!

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Re: Firmware update or OS?

I read that as meaning someone already "logged in" via the wpa2 key - surely a Wifi hack requiring someone to be in range of the wifi base station is a given?

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US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

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Re: Femto-poll

When your digital doppelganger is regularly surfing the information superhighway, and conversing with good netiquette with people in this virtual playground, it's easy to forget what's happening in meatspace. As such, who knows if words like 'cyber" still used out in the wild?

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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I agree with most of your post, but question why you wrote "in theory" relating to fake one-time pad keys producing harmless text.

It's easy to do - it's just like a long bunch of XOR operations after all!

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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The annoying thing is that we need to care when we shouldn't.

When did we enter the "alternate universe" where if a company lends people money thinking they are me, is it my problem?

Why isn't it:

"Hey Mr. banker.. Someone fooled you into giving them money? Sucks to be you!"

Because I come from a small community, I could probably get the mothers maiden name, place of birth, and date of birth of many of the people I was in school with (most have their birthday listed on facebook, and I already know the year they were born)

It shouldn't be information I should need to keep private anyway.

If you lend "me" money, you should have no right to force me to pay, or blacklist me, or ruin my reputation, if I say it wasn't me, unless you can get it proven in a court of law. Until then, anything you say or do should be considered slander or libel.

"Mitchell and Webb" put it rather eloquently: https://youtu.be/CS9ptA3Ya9E

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Smut-watchers suckered by evil advertising

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Re: Purely in the interests of research...

You may be correct, but unfortunately there are far too many back-doors that seem to be regularly exploited..

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

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Re: Is the problem 'game developers' or scammers?

You nailed it.

If I'm watching TV, there may be ads shown at some point.

Nowhere does the person responsible for that ad retrieve my precise location, my address, a unique id assigned to my tv, a list of all tv programmes I have stored on my PVR, or the last few programmes I watched,

Nowhere does the company that made the advert assume it can download code to my TV that runs permanently, phoning home with this uptodate data, whilst slowing down the TV, and using my electrcity to do so, and no where does it try to hide the fact that it is doing so.

By watching the TV advert, the company don't get to know the brand/model/age/version of my TV, or how many other TVs are connected in the house. They also don't get to track a unique "reception id" of all the TVs my various neighbours use.

If any of these companies did do these things, you can bet your life I'd also block/redirect/spoof everything from them too.

Shit, the above is true of just about *ALL* mobile ad companies, and whilst they try to hide it from the end users, just go to their websites and they brag about how much information from users they can get potential customers.

This is why the "app developers don't know how intrusive the ad companies they use are" sounds like bollocks to me. Even if it isn't, ignorance is no excuse.

According to the stats for my google account, I've spent £418 in the last few years on the play store. Produce something useful or fun, and I'll pay for it. If you prefer, you can attempt to fling adverts my way whilst hoping they don't get annoying. DO NOT attempt to grab my data, or you'll be met by my filters.

Incidentally, you know why so many of the ad-sdks grab your network mac address? It serves as a unique id for those times a user attempts to block their unique id being sent.

Honestly, just about all (if not all) of the android ad-providers are scum sucking shisters. I'd be surprised if what they attempt to do is even legal...

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

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Re: No longer "cool" - but quickly going cold

Microsoft "THE software company"?

Microsoft are famous for creating the low-expectation mindset people have in computers. People now expect computers to require certain things, as if it's some sort of fundamental law of physics:

1) Regular reboots to stop things slowing down.

2) Complete periodic reinstalls to stop things slowing down.

3) "Have you tried turning it on and off again?"

4) Install some software, reboot required!

5) Virus scanners - computers can't be safe without them!

6) Huge processing power to perform simple tasks.

etc.

There was a time that it was correct to call the profession "software engineering" - software went through rigorous checks and was written by competent people.

Since Microsoft took power? More like software cowboys. Who cares. If there's a bug, we'll maybe make a patch. If it's too slow, you need a faster computer/more ram. If it crashes? Well, you saved your work right?

Thank god most SCADA and other critical systems haven't yet succumbed to this influence, and thank god mechanical engineering hasn't either, or we'd regularly here about traffic lights breaking down, power plants rebooting, and buildings and bridges collapsing.

I remember many years ago, someone in his early 20s on a Usenet forum replying to someone else regarding his satellite receivers unreliability. Paraphrased: "You've got to remember, a satellite receiver these days is basically a computer, and as you know, all computers need to be rebooted every few days or they'll slow down, and eventually crash. Just reboot your box every night and you'll be fine."

That was the sign the rot had started to take hold.

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Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

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If you don't "linkify" links, long ones get truncated.

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ISIS and Jack Daniel's: One of these things is not like the other

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Re: Ignorance knows no borders

"JD and coke" was my usual battle cry during my days clubbing in Ibiza.

Not ashamed to admit it!

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Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

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Re: There are some details on Internet in North Korea

Hmmm, I guess the "humour" of that article was lost in translation...

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Re: Counterproductive..

1) Most North Koreans realise the propaganda they are fed is a load of crap. https://www.quora.com/Do-North-Koreans-believe-the-propaganda-the-government-tells-them-or-do-they-just-pretend-to/answer/Jieun-Baek

2) They already get food aid from the USA. North Korea spins it as the great leader has so much power, he's forced the evil enemy into providing for them. https://www.pri.org/stories/2011-02-12/does-north-korea-deserve-aid

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Oath-my-God: THREE! BILLION! Yahoo! accounts! hacked! in! 2013! – not! 'just!' 1bn!

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Re: Unable to collaborate myself...

Not having your account access doesn't mean anything - if the details from 6 billion accounts were exposed, you can be sure at least one or two will ignored!

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