* Posts by The Man Who Fell To Earth

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

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Re: Bwahahahahahaha!

They've got one, it's called Russia. FIFY

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Tech giants flash Russia their code blueprints in exchange for access

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Re: Much ado

Looking for vulnerabilities their security services can exploit is almost certainly the real motive. The US should implement a similar policy against Russian software makers such as Kaspersky, which the heads of six U.S. intelligence agencies testified on Capitol Hill that they have treated the company as a threat.

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'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

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The legal system

"If things were done no one would upgrade, if no one upgraded we'd all be out of jobs. That's how the current software industry works."

Also sounds like the legal industry, which is designed to keep the maximum number of lawyers employed as possible.

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Don't all rush out at once, but there are a million devices ripe to be the next big botnet

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Re: Slow performance

I just want names. Saying there's a million DVRs is useless.

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

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How to foil w/o foil

Don't be such a cheap bastard & use a quality piezo speaker.

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Forcing digital forensics to obey 'one size fits all' crime lab standard is 'stupid and expensive'

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Re: "The government's forensic science regulator has dismissed these concerns"

Maybe the computer forensics industry should create a standard that makes sense. The problem with an ISO that does not make sense is that even in civil litigation, non-compliance will be used by opposing council to undermine the results. So everyone in the biz will eventually have to adopt it if they want to stay in business. The only way to fix the situation is for the appropriate professional organization to create a sensical standard that, over time, can become the officially required standard. Not having a standard is not an option.

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Uber, er, taxi for the 20-plus bros booted out of upstart for harassment

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The fish rots from the head down

As long as Travis is CEO, Uber will remain a criminal enterprise.

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Consultancy titan EY to shift jobs to Indian outsourcer TCS

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Re: Differentiation?

If they truly want to differentiate themselves and save the most money, they would outsource all their MBA jobs to India. MBA's are the very definition of a commodity degree used in jobs were everyone is 100% replacable.

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Boffins have figured out a way of speeding up X-ray data collection

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So...

Actual measurement will be replaced by (machine) educated guessing. Greeeaaat!

What could possibly go wrong?

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Your emotionally absent pic-snapping partner's going to look you in the eye again

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Re: Why would anyone want one of these?

You mean everyone isn't looking for a "I'm a loser" badge to wear in public?

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Uber fires robo car exec for insubordination

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Re: Follow the money

Probably most of the money went to the VC's who backed Otto. As for whether Google is going after them, good question.

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Re: Follow the money

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that he is losing $250M in this.

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/30/uber-fires-self-driving-car-engineer-accused-stealing-google-docs/

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Follow the money

I'd like to know how much of his money for Otto was still being vested, and hence what this cost him dollar-wise. When my start-up was acquired, we had golden hand-cuffs forcing us to stick around if we wanted our full amount commensurate with our start-up equity.

If he already had all of his Otto money, then other than possible ego bruising, BFD.

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Lexmark patent racket busted by Supremes

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Recycled cartidges

My experience with recycled cartridges for my HP laser printer, and my Epson Glycee photo printer, were both bad. In both cases, the refills screwed up in the printers after only a month or two & had to be tossed. So I've resigned myself to having to drop my drawers, bend over & grab my ankles, and buy the official ones every time either needs new cartridges. F*ck me.

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Re: What about other measures?

If they can work around the chip, it's OK.

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/supreme_court_decision_allows_resale_of_used_ink_cartridges_despite_patent

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Go ahead, stage a hackathon. But pray it doesn't work too well

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Became clear that their idea flagrantly flouted all of the relevant commercial law.

Big deal. Uber did that years ago.

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London City airport swaps control tower for digital cameras

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Re: Why?

Replacing eyes with cameras. What could possibly go wrong?

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Why Uber threw top engineer Levandowski under self-driving bus

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Re: fsck Uber

If people want to see the "gig economy" in action & where it leads, they just have to watch Victorian Slum House.

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Wondering why the office is so productive? Yep, Twitter's knackered

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Explains a lot

Like the Twit in Chief's silence.

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IBM's pension fund sells most of its IBM shares

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Re: IBM

The folks managing the pension fund have a legal fiduciary responsibility to those vesting in the pension fund, not showing loyalty to the company.

Their best bet is to follow Warren Buffetts advice, which is to simply invest in an S&P 500 index fund like Vanguard's. That is what Buffett specified in his will to be done with that portion of his wealth that is to provide for his wife.

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Shadow Brokers resurface, offer to sell fresh 'wine of month' club exploits

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Re: Language analysis

So tell me again, what makes Shadowbrokers business model intrinsically less dependant on breaking the Law than Ubers?

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

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Re: Inevitable

Oh yea. Because the likes of the FSB & PLA must be too stupid to have also discovered these types of vulnerabilities.

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Re: For the phone scammers ...

Better to just set a bot from the Jolly Roger Telephone Company on them.

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SpaceX settles $3.9m shift pattern class action lawsuit

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Meh...

The average paultry sum per worker ($500) strongly indicates that the amount of break time these workers lost was trivial. Aerospace technicians in California make on the order of $40 per hour. Looks like the ambulance chasers were the only ones who benefitted from this lawsuit.

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Rich professionals could be replaced by AI, shrieks Gartner

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I have seen the future

And the only thing replaced by AI was "Technology Research" like Gartner does, as even a potted plant can do it.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Lost Re: Huh?

Did. Last week. Got a reply claiming they were working on it.

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Huh?

Another Facebook hit piece, yet The Register still hasn't covered the now several-day-old story about the US Department of Justice opening a criminal investigation of Uber?

Following lawsuit and embarrassing viral video, Uber hit with DOJ investigation

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It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

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Comey was required by Congress to inform Congress

Comey was required by Congress to inform Congress if there was any material change in the Clinton email situation. And as noted, there was thanks to Wiener having approximately 20,000 Clinton emails on the laptop he & his wife both used. Clinton can finger point all she wants, but the entire email fiasco was of her own making. Had she not used her "private server" for Government business, there would have been no FBI investigation at all.

(And no, I am not a Trump supporter.)

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LinkedIn chatbots to help with 'important conversations'

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Pretty simple old fart

Facebook = life clutter

LinkedIn = career clutter

Chatbots = pure clutter

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CIA tracked leakers with hilariously bad Web beacon trick

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Er.....?

OK, I'll ask...

If one just stole/was-given a trove of CIA documents/tools, why would anyone assume they were not booby trapped in some way? So why would anyone open any of them while the machine was connected to any network? And why wouldn't one monitor the crap out of what happened when the delivery media was mounted, monitor the network, checksum the bios before & after (maybe the HD firmware too), etc? And when one was done, wipe the hard drive & do a clean OS install at the very least (even if one examined the documents within a VM)? Or just treat the machine as expendable and either destroy it or dedicate its use only for examining the trove (and destroy it later). And never ever connect it to a network ever again. Being safe would only cost you the price of a cheap laptop.

IMHO, given where the documents/tools came from, being crazy paranoid would be just common sense.

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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Re: Bureaucracy

"If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't." - Admiral Hyman Rickover

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LinkedIn U-turns on Bluetooth-enabled 'Tinder for marketers'

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Delete the App

It's the only way to be sure. (Since you can't nuke it from orbit.)

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China 'hacked' South Korea to wreck Star Wars missile shield

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Come again?

OK, I'll bite.

Why would you ever allow something like THAAD be connected to the Internet? Surely the military has the ability to network its systems independently of the Internet.

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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

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Re Charles 9: No escape

Wow, you really have been trained to limit your own thinking.

Create a brick & mortar business. Some businesses, like restaurants, will always be there. Always.

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Please don't call them Facebook chatbots, says Facebook's bot boss

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Well, even if it works

Chatting with a machine seems like the ultimate in intellectual masturbation.

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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Deport the MFer

He's a waste of a man and waste of an H1-B visa.

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Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

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Re: fear not

For as long as I can remember, Brazil has been engaging in tit-for-tat reciprocity of treating Americans when they enter Brazil exactly like the US treats Brazilians entering the US.

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Apple nabs permit to experiment with self-driving iCars in Cali

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Not sure I'd want to ride in an Apple self driving car

They'll just deny their cars ever have accidents, like they denied for decades their products could get malware.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber drivers are stocious (allegedly!)

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Re: Adam 52

Do you really think having some Uber clown at a keyboard a zillion miles away is going to be able to determine the sobriety of the accused driver? They should suspend on the accusation, the way most taxi systems (in the US) do, pending investigation. The real question is "So how do they investigate?"

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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If you are forced into Windows 10

Instructions to turn off the baked-in spyware: https://fix10.isleaked.com/ (Warning, some browsers won't like the certificate here.)

To get a decent free GUI: http://www.classicshell.net/

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

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Re: Computer Misuse Act?

Techically, sneaking a peak at someone's screen is unauthorized computer access.

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Facebook's 'delightful' AI Clippy the Paperclip creeps into Messenger

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More to the point

Facebook is saying that it actively monitoring the content of your communications. Which means it's all monitorable by law enforcement or other government entity, and its subpoenable.

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

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If "Bill" was any good at customer support

After the first incident he'd have gotten hold of a label maker & put a label prominently on the printer telling people to only used the canned air. Relying on word of mouth places the fail of the 2nd printer squarely on "Bill".

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Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

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Worthwhile

These investments suggest that no matter how sketchy Zunum's public information is at present, there must be something worthwhile in it.

As a long time Silicon Valley veteran with a number of starts under my belt, my experience is that the only VC's more gullible that SV firms are the VC arms of large corporations, which are always considered low tier VC's by anyone in the know. My money is this emperor has no clothes, but no one has the balls to demand a real feasibility analysis be placed in front of them.

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WWW daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee stands up for end-to-end crypto

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Given how often the governments have been hacked

Who would trust their ability to keep backdoor keys secure?

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Google's video recognition AI is trivially trollable

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legendary Gorilla researcher Jane Goodall.

Jane Goodall worked on Chimpanzees, not Gorillas.

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Good Guy Comcast: We're not going to sell your data, trust us

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Re: Did they also say that...

Have you ever seen a TOC or EULA that didn't say they can change it anytime without notice?

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WikiLeaks exposes CIA anti-forensics tool that makes Uncle Sam seem fluent in enemy tongues

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你所有的基地都屬於我們。

Вся ваша база принадлежит нам.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Well, if Uber's cars are programmed in a manner consistant with the rest of Uber's philosophy

Then Uber cars are programed as if they are in "Death Race 2000".

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Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

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Time to use only non-commercial open source

For everything.

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