* Posts by Starace

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Fancy a .dev domain? They were $12,500 a pop from Google. Now, $1,000. Soon, $17.50. And you may want one

Starace
Devil

Smells like a protection racket

Acquire TLD

Modify stuff so it's treated in a particularly special way regardless of existing norms

Offer domains for sale at inflated (and apparently semi-random) prices

???

Profit!

Sounds like a serious misuse of dominance in the browser market to me.

'We don't want a camera in everyone's living room' says bloke selling cameras in living rooms. Zuckerberg, you moron

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Re: Why do people think this guy is so smart?

I guess some people think he might be clever and talented.

The truth is he got lucky.

Chrome ad, content blockers beg Google: Don't execute our code! Wait, no, do execute our code – just don't kill us!

Starace
Devil

Browser developers hate users

How else do you explain their constant efforts to introduce new features no-one wants, kill features users do want, constantly break the UI with 'improvements' that are anything but, cripple performance in the name of improving it, and go out of their way to frustrate add-on users and developers?

They really do seem to live in a little bubble where any criticism can't reach them.

And that's before we even look at the semi-functional messes that pass for the mobile versions...

Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative

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Shocking

You mean something that has to pass a password to a text entry field on something else might actually expose your password at some point? Who'd a thunk it?

Even if the thing is engineered 'properly' there are still going to be gaps if you're infested with malware.

Hint: a secure system isn't one with malware on it.

'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin

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Cut n paste

Just imagine how shocked they'll be when the realise someone basically did that with the whole of Buffy and called it Wynonna Earp.

Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab

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Facepalm

Nor a good solution

I still struggle to think of a single scenario where blockchain can be used where the problem isn't already solved or solvable with other simple solutions.

Sure it's an interesting idea but none of the use cases tend to hold up to scrutiny - often the only reason for looking at or using blockchain as the solution is 'because it's blockchain' and the attached hype.

So not so much a solution looking for a problem as a solution to problems that were already solved.

Crypto crash leads to inventory pile-up at Nvidia, sales slaughtered

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When will they learn?

They'd sell much more datacenter and server grade kit if they dropped their stupid licensing schemes - it's expensive enough without all the double dipping.

I guess they got greedy when they decided they'd cornered the market and there was under supply.

Roses are red, this is sublime: We fed OpenAI's latest chat bot a classic Reg headline

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The Musky smell of hype.

Comes across like the pronouncements of certain other outfits - 'look at the wonderful thing we've done! It's better than anything ever! But no you can't have it yet, and don't look too closely at what it actually does or ask awkward questions about how'.

Maybe that stuff would fool some people but to me it still comes across as incoherent gibberish of exactly the sort you'd expect to get if you chopped up vast amounts of source material then pushed the fragments out of the grinder with some general matching for subject and some statistically driven ordering. Fucking wow!

Like a lot of modern AI it seems like a lot of resource burnt to produce something that doesn't really do much and certainly isn't intelligent. But hey, LOOK AT US!!

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs

Starace
Devil

What muppet agrees to pay per hour?

Agree to pay for any flexible job on an hourly basis and you're going to get screwed. For some jobs it's unavoidable but who makes that sort of agreement on a big contract, you're just asking to get overcharged. That's why cost-plus died out.

Plus of course it's not going to be free to the states, everyone is going to just add the cost into their rates as part of their general billing.

On the upside I see an emerging black market for work-simulation software to stimulate the work-monitoring applications...

Former DXC Technology veep accuses 'toxic' CEO Lawrie of bullying staff in lawsuit

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Reading between the lines

Is some of this suggesting that one member of senior management was useless but due to a 'close relationship' (wink wink) with the CEO was getting roles and responsibility well above what their ability could support?

Also why didn't Hilton push back hard at the time when it actually mattered? He (apparently) had a contract, and US corporations are not absolute monarchies where the CEO can act in any way they wish. Plus the best way to deal with any bully is a decent slap in the face, metaphorical or otherwise.

Redditors start flinging Pooh after mega-forum takes cash from Chinese behemoth Tencent

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$550m!

Always nice to have further proof that it's not just governments that are capable of throwing mountains of cash into a bottomless pit and end up having almost nothing to show for it.

The UK's Cairncross Review calls for Google, Facebook to be regulated – and life support for journalism

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Mushroom

Oh joy!

The great outcome of proposing yet another quango for the right sort of people to get on as a way of further feathering their nests and regulating the proles, and the prospect of government getting involved in deciding what's the right sort of news and ensuring it gets promoted.

Brilliant. I can hardly wait.

Not heard owt bad about Huawei, says EU Commish infosec bod

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Qualifications

Would it be rude to suggest that a Cypriot lawyer probably has about as much knowledge and understanding of infosec issues as my dog does of quantum metamaterials?

And that's before you consider any political influences colouring their thinking.

Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true

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Well someone's been on a heavy drinking session

How else do you explain taking days to catch up with all the other coverage of the story?

Plus as any fule kno it's not the sequence of the drinks that matters, it's what they are and the mixing that causes the real damage, even more so than the quantity. I've done years of testing to confirm this.

(Icon shows the most common test outcome)

After Amazon's Bezos exposes Pecker, National Enquirer pushes back, promises to probe itself

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Who leaked?

Was it a hacker? Some government entity? Someone at the phone company?

The cynical would suggest that at least one person with easy access to all this material had something to gain from getting it into the open and officially crashing a marriage and getting someone to move on properly and openly in their relationship with their girlfriend.

I wouldn't like to suggest who that could be but simple human motivations and methods seem more likely than some big conspiracy.

National Enquirer's big Pecker tried to shaft me – but I wouldn't give him an inch, says Jeff Bezos after dick pic leak threat

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Re: Something just wrong here, on a visceral level

Putting investigators on them?

Upsetting the shiny headed multibillionaire owner of a global megacorp usually has the standard reaction of everyone getting killed by henchmen.

Or is popular entertainment wrong about the benefits of being rich and bald??

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

Starace
Boffin

Could be worse

The fun really starts when the original supplier goes down, takes the activation server down with them and you need to work out how to generate your own keys to get the thing working again for a reinstall.

If you're lucky they bought their license solution in, it has an SDK and you can find the right magic numbers in the installer to roll your own key. My favourite bit of that is I think it actually worked out quicker to do all that than the original email ping-pong for getting a key.

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

Starace
Devil

He's a prize twat

While I have every sympathy with any attempt to get his stuff back if there's no ongoing justification for it to be held, I still think the guy is an idiot. A pretty mouthy one at that.

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'

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What did you expect?

It's a fluffy bit of guidance written by some junior with an arts degree - high on promoting the popular idea but with no clue about any practicalities.

It's an actual active hindrance to doing anything sensible. And just wait until there's a backlash when someone doing a test 'in full compliance with DfT requirements' wipes out some poor innocent(s) by remote.

The big car industry players will probably be sensible regardless, but some of the others might do something really really stupid in their fog of blind faith and 'disruption'.

Apple hands keys for retail to HR boss amid flagging iPhone sales

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At least they're consistent

Giving senior roles to people because they're available rather than a good fit.

A bit like replacing an inspirational salesman and ideas guy with the soulless man from operations and supply chain management.

Viasat: Huzzah, we're going to the EU courts over airline broadband

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Whiny little bitches

Moan moan moan through any court they can.

Never a good look for a company.

Crypto exchange in court: It owes $190m to netizens after founder 'dies without telling anyone vault passwords'

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Bullshit

If you believe that little story you'll believe anything.

I mean seriously, the only keys to all this real and crypto money were held irrecoverably by one person? All this money that happened to be stored in such a way that only this one person had control? Someone who just happened to be off abroad (which would have fucked the operations of the company anyway) and 'died' somewhere where it wouldn't be particularly difficult to buy the paperwork to prove this?

Smells scamtastic one way or another.

Brit bit barn UKFast opens up API to devs: Have at it, they're just a phone call away

Starace

Standards

So have they rolled their own APIs or adopted existing ones?

What's that, Skippy? You want a taste of Windows 10 19H2? Oops, too late

Starace
Gimp

Skype for Onanists

"make one-handed operation easier and embiggened the user's own video"

Fnar.

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees

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Re: Utter nonsense

That isn't the point at all. The model you describe is known as a taxi, or sometimes a bus - a solution that already exists for those that choose to use it. Beyond that model truly autonomous cars are likely to stay a pipe dream.

I do find this argument about driving to avoid parking fees funny though - parking at £4/hour might seem expensive until you work out the operating and depreciation costs of running a car, per hour. Parking is cheap when you consider it doesn't run the battery down, doesn't run up the mileage and doesn't add wear and tear.

Want a bit of privacy? Got a USB stick? Welcome to TAILS 3.12

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ISOs

"ISOs, handy for burning to a DVD or spinning up a virtual machine, are not so good when it comes to one of TAILS' strengths – running Linux without a trace."

An image written to DVD has one big advantage over a USB stick; it's much easier to use it in a way that you *know* is read only.

If you really want to run without a trace then no writable media is a good starting point.

Requests for info, gag orders and takedowns fired at GitHub users hit an all-time high last year

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One takedown I know of...

...was about a certain pushy individual deciding they could monetize their WSUS management Powershell script that they would never ever shut up about in any discussion about WSUS.

So they killed off the original public repo then chased down any backups.

Right now I'd assume they're stuck having wasted cash and effort; something that's good enough for 'free' is not often good enough to get people to pay for on the off chance it works.

Amazon shareholders revolt on Rekognition, Nvidia opens robotics lab, and hot AI chips on Google Cloud

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Re: Interesting shareholder attitude

If you look it isn't Amazon shareholders in general, it's activist groups that invest in various things as a means of getting their ideas across.

So it was accurate but misleading to go with the way this was presented.

You could get something similar with a group buying up some shares then pushing for McDonald's to go to a 100% vegan menu; while 'shareholders' may be presenting a view it doesnt mean it's representative of many of them.

I doubt Amazon will even blink at this.

Oracle exec: Open-source vendors locking down licences proves 'they were never really open'

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Not because of open source

It's their licensing practices and everything they do to protect their revenues that make Oracle the bad guy, open source or not has very little to do with it.

Also consider this is a company that not only has a closed product but also spent years in court protecting their published APIs - that's true dedication to 'closed' systems.

Extra life! Unity tries to undo disunity caused by Improbable cloud gaming toolkit ban

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Don't know why anyone was surprised

If you ever bother to read the license/terms of service for any of the decent game engines they're incredibly restrictive in all sorts of ways, and usually have some 'interesting' terms when you try to step outside a very narrow use case.

Add in the option some of them take to vary the terms from release to release and you're opening yourself up to all sorts of risks, assuming your concept is even compliant with their terms in the first place.

If they weren't so busy trying to squeeze the pennies and add restrictions they might all generate more money.

Start trek, the next generation: PCie 4 flash controller demo flaunts speedy peripheral vision

Starace

Woo!

Nice to have the bandwidth but it doesn't seem that they're close to stretching gen 3 let alone taking full advantage of gen 4. The bottleneck is elsewhere.

Brit comms regulator Ofcom: Disabled left behind by tech

Starace

What counts as 'disabled'?

And is the problem related to mobility, sensory issues, mental heath - what exactly? Grouping everyone together is a very broad brush.

Most of their stats would point to things being skewed by long term unemployed signed off as 'disabled' with the usual vague mobility/mental health/pain/whatever.

Meanwhile here am I sat surrounded by people with all sorts of disabilities, some extremely severe, yet they don't seem to be having problems to anything like the same extent this exercise suggested.

Bound the study with more details than just 'disabled' and they might have produced something useful.

Huawei and Intel hype up AI hardware, TensorFlow tidbits, and more

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Deepfakes

Does anyone actually think they're convincing? They still look about as crap as hacky video face overlays and lipsyncing did 20 years ago.

SpaceX sends Iridium-8 into space while Musk flaunts his retro rocket

Starace

Some people would wait until they were on a truly solid commercial footing with their main business before starting on glory projects with no obvious way to pay for them.

Say for example shiny 'interplanetary' 'starships' with a design more related to old comics than to anything that ever actually flew.

Then again why change the pattern of a lifetime and finish one thing before moving onto the next ten halfarsed, late, underdelivered projects?

Jeep hacking lawsuit shifts into gear for trial after US Supremes refuse to hit the brakes

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Proper design

The system in my car uses a datapool shared memory system to get data between the infotainment system and the vehicle buses. It doesn't matter how much you compromise the infotainment system, it just can't read or write anything to the rest of the vehicle that the interface module wasn't explicitly designed to allow. And modifying the interface module isn't possible without basically replacing it completely.

Chucking a CAN interface straight onto the application processor would have been cheap and simple but pushing that off to another board means you don't have to trust the infotainment system at all. It has firewalls, every single file is signed, etc. etc. but regardless it's treated as untrusted and isolated.

Linux reaches the big five (point) oh

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If only...

...they didn't have to build so much driver shit straight into the kernel they wouldn't need to do so many releases...

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Obvious problem

Their fate was sealed the second they put an operations guy in the top job.

So lots of feature optimisation (aka removal), margin optimisation (aka only sell the few products with the biggest profit) and manufacturing optimisation (aka screw your suppliers)

Product innovation has gone, and that combined with their product development will chase them into a niche.

They're just lucky they have a mountain of cash to fall back on.

Also interesting to have another example of "build shiny new office/campus, company goes wrong" to point at. Always a strong indicator people have taken their eye off the ball and hubris has arrived.

New side-channel leak: Boffins bash operating system page caches until they spill secrets

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Hmm

Both attacks require running a local process. If you have hostile software successfully running on your device you're already screwed regardless of the mechanism.

It's an interesting exploit but some of the recent panics are more about an unrealistic idea of system security from researchers than the actual threat.

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

Starace

'Feline shield'? Nah.

They were either trying to distract the spider with a snack before making their escape, or offering a sacrifice to their new eight-legged god.

In case you're not already sick of Spectre... Boffins demo Speculator tool for sniffing out data-leaking CPU holes

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Wow!

You're telling me that non sandboxed code and shared interpreters might be able to leak information?

I'm shocked - shocked! - I tell you.

Next you'll be telling me that allowing arbitrary code to execute on a system might be a problem.

The dingo... er, Google stole my patent! Biz boss tells how Choc Factory staff tried to rip off idea from interview

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Naive

And this children is why you never ever discuss new and novel things with third parties (or even particularly widely) if you either want to patent them yourself or don't want someone else to steal them.

Throwing the idea into the public domain can work as a spoiler but it's a wasteful approach if you're the sort of person who actually needs an income to survive; they can still steal your idea and steamroller you with their product, they just can't patent it. Well, actually they can patent it but they're vulnerable to prior art claims.

Without an NDA discuss nothing. With an ironclad NDA discuss the bare minimum.

And when you eventually put an idea out there make sure you cover *all* the possible expansions of it even if you never intend to go there yourself. It really limits the opportunities for people to piggy back off your work.

And a proper technically minded patent attorney is worth the cost.

And another point - if you think somewhere wants to hire you, make sure you don't let them harvest your brain until *after* you're employed and getting paid. Spilling all the beans during the interview can let people get all they want for free.

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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Not going to happen

Zemeckis and Gale have been quite clear that there isn't going to be any BTTF reboot while they're alive and they own the rights.

This is really well known so any story about a possible reboot or remake is just empty noise.

Nvidia just can't grab a break. Revenues up, profit nearly doubles... and stock down 20%

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Re: Oh please

Well their recent tactics in the cloud / virtualisation market certainly pissed me off.

Deliberately stopping things from working because it suits their market segmentation is pretty annoying.

And making me pay license fees to actually use the horribly expensive dedicated hardware I've bought is taking the piss.

Kicked them right down my shopping list. Their kit is good but I can't tolerate their behaviour.

Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

Starace
Boffin

'Give us money'

Let's be honest and call this what it actually is - a funding proposal.

They've detailed an area of potential study and are looking for cash. No risk identified beyond the nominal but they'll scrape a living out of making sure.

Supreme Court raises eyebrows at Google's cozy $8.5m legal deal

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Congratulations Kieren

You've managed to distract from a really interesting article with that subtle Kavanaugh comment.

It has nothing to do with anything in the story, it doesn't fit the flow of the text at all and as you might notice you've got everyone talking about one paragraph and ignoring the actual story.

If only for the sake of getting people to appreciate your work try to keep irrelevant stuff out. Back in the day this place had editors to tell you this but apparently no more.

Intel hits target: 27% of staffers are female? Apparently that's 'full representation'

Starace

And the non-technical roles?

Want to bet that in other 'professional' jobs in Intel that the proportions are skewed in a different direction? I'd bet that (for example) HR has a high proportion of females vs males.

So why the narrowly defined techie target?

Top AI conference NIPS won't change its name amid growing protest over 'bad taste' acronym

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Says more about the 'offended' than anyone else

If your mind strongly pushes you to an interpretation that gets you that upset it says more about the way you think than anything else.

If you frequently see language as racist or sexist then maybe it's you that's, well...

I also note a certain lack of inclusiveness and diversity among the complainers and their pet issues.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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Regressions

What the hell have they been up to to introduce so many random bugs in existing functionality?

Have the developers been replaced with 1000 monkeys with keyboards?

Anonymous Amazonian demands withdrawal of face-recog kit from sale

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If you don't like it then resign

If you feel that strongly about it then leave. No one forces you to work for that immoral company.

And try to get used to the fact that your personal feelings about something aren't so important that they override the decision of the rest of the company however many times you repeat them.

Google Cloud boss promises 'security built into every layer of the system' at UK shindig

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Here to stay?

"users still had questions of whether or not we were here to stay."

It's not like Google has any sort of history of dropping things at a moments notice is it? Long term product strategy and support has never been a priority.

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