* Posts by DerekCurrie

459 posts • joined 6 Apr 2012

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Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them

DerekCurrie
Facepalm

18 Years and Counting

Electronic voting machine hell began in 2000 in the USA with garbage devices being sold by Diebold Election Systems, Inc. Eventually, it was shown than any granny could rig a Diebold POS device in seconds. Diebold stopped selling these devices and changed the name of their now support-only division to Premier Election Systems. Many US states (exm: Maryland) were caught stuck with this junk, not just southern states.

Here we are 18 years after this form of voting hell started and the USA is still trying to clean up the mess. Here are some Learning Links®™:

Voting Machines [2018]

https://votingmachines.procon.org

4 Things You Need To Know About Diebold Voting Machines [2016]

https://www.dailywire.com/news/10081/5-things-you-need-know-about-diebold-voting-aaron-bandler

Historical Timeline

Electronic Voting Machines and Related Voting Technology [2013]

https://votingmachines.procon.org/view.timeline.php?timelineID=000021

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Probably for the best: Apple makes sure eSIMs won't nuke the operators

DerekCurrie
Thumb Up

Thank You Apple!

And everyone else inventing a positive technology future.

Dean Bubley: I don't know what you're doing. But sticks in the mud have their uses. Just please stay out of my back orifice. We're working here.

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US govt confirms FCC's broadband speeds and feeds stats are garbage

DerekCurrie
Megaphone

Recommendation:

1) Put someone who is not a proven liar into the role of FCC Director. Ousting proven liar Ajit Pai is a start.

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Oracle tells students: You're not going to solve the world's problems – but AI and ML might

DerekCurrie
Devil

AI and ML Solve Human Created Problems? HaHaHa!

No, humanity. There is no machine messiah. We have to solve the problems WE create through OUR OWN brains and actions. We KNOW the solutions right this minute. We know they work. Knowing the solutions isn't the problem at all!

The problem is the psychopathic game players who demand short-term thinking, short-term $money&. They mandate our future with their powers of persuasion:

'What's this future thing those tree-huggers keep babbling about? F-the future! Keep those suckers on the path. Eat that carbon fuel! Eat it all up! Make me richRichRICHER! Bless The Trump.'

:-Q*****

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Look at me! Phone industry contracts nasty case of 5g-itis

DerekCurrie
Mushroom

hypeHypeHYPE!

I have a phone that can do REAL 4G, aka LTE Advanced. Many phones have been compatible with REAL 4G for years.

So where can I get REAL 4G service? Nowhere I know of! Nowhere. All I can get is hyped up fast 3G with a label stuck on it that says it's 4G.

This is the stuff of what I call 'Marketing Morons', people who ignore the customer's needs in pursuit of selling them crap for the sake of making moneyMoneyMONEY!

Testing of 5G has gone poorly. Neighborhoods where testing has been done have been in an uproar because of the frequent repeaters stuck on telephone poles, leading them to wonder if this technology is worth the potential risk of over-exposure to EM radiation. Is this paranoia? Or is this the usual bad attitude of corporatocrats who care nothing for the rights and welfare of We The People? Just make more bucks; Parasitism, not capitalism.

Even if 5G testing results improve and we aren't all going to fry our brains with 5G EM frequency exposure, there won't be any chance of 5G service where I live until 2020, maybe.

IASSOTS

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AI sucks at stopping online trolls spewing toxic comments

DerekCurrie
FAIL

What "AI"? There isn't any.

Humans have yet to create anything that can be called 'artificial intelligence'. Today, we have more like Artificial Idiocy. It's all about the programmers. Blame them. Blame the horrifically poor state of programming tools whereby memory management and security are guaranteed to fail. Blame the hypeHypeHYPE! that is detonated in our faces by marketing morons (vs mavens) whenever someone wants to sell us something inadequate and lame.

These systems are called 'Expert Systems' whereby computers scan for triggers as input, then scan through databases for relevant, associated output. That's it. Adding in the ability to take new input and associate it with new output, 'machine learning' is the latest addition we're working on for ES. It's messy with messy results. But the blame still goes to the programmers who, as I pointed out, have lousy programming tools.

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Won’t patch systems? Never run malware scans? Welcome to the US State Department!

DerekCurrie
Facepalm

Who's In Charge Of Computer Competence Inside #MyStupidGovernment ?

In the USA, it's supposed to be NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology. They have a Computer Security Division. Within the division they have groups dedicated to Cryptographic Technology, Secure Systems and Applications, Security Components and Mechanisms, Security Engineering and Risk Management, Security Testing, Validation and Measurement. They regularly publish documentation regarding cybersecurity, including the 'Cybersecurity Framework.'

But what is all this worth if every department within #MyStupidGovernment ignores best practices and is essentially on their own deciding how to handle their own computer security, each with their own level of competence, if any? This is a very old problem. It took #MyStupidGovernment nine (9) years to admit their computers exposed to the Internet were being consistently and thoroughly hacked by China: Criminal Nation. That was as of 2007. We're eleven years on from that dire embarrassment, and nothing has been learned, changed, improved, perfected?

Hey vehement homeland security conservatives! Hey government executives and secretaries! You all have to learn this computer security stuff in depth and apply it to our government if you want the USA to be relevant and competent in the world. We're losing the cyber war. Our country is blatantly suffering from our cyber-ignorance and laziness, despite the fact that a great deal of that cyber technology continues to be invented inside the USA. Shameful, with only more shameful on the horizon. (0_o)

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Equifax reveals full horror of that monstrous cyber-heist of its servers

DerekCurrie
FAIL

Irresponsible Business That Damages The Citizenry? Shut It Down.

Businesses are allowed to run for the benefit of the citizenry. If they do the opposite, it is the responsibility of every government to protect the citizenry and shut down the detrimental business.

What comes next depends upon circumstance. But in this case, Equifax can have its services sold off to other competing services then have the business entity erased. That's what should happen. But seeing as the US government has been corrupted into a blatant corporatocracy that, in general, serves to abuse the citizenry for the sake of parasitism, not capitalism, I suspect worthless Equifax will be allowed to abuse onward.

Corporatocracy <--Destroy that. And please don't go reactionary and think loon-level liberalism is any better. Benefit the people, as in ALL the people, within a viable, sustainable system of fairness, ideal capitalism.

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Huawei elbows aside Apple to claim number-two phone maker spot

DerekCurrie
Stop

Re: Lifetime ...

"The top gear is never WORTH the extra you pay"

There is more to the situation. Where shoppers fall down most commonly is thinking that the Price Tag equals the actual price. No it does not. There are the two core additional factors to consider. Don't skip them or you'll be hurting yourself:

1) Total Cost of Ownership (TCO or COO): "...Intended to help buyers and owners determine the direct and indirect costs of a product or system." If you have to buy more stuff in order to use your phone, such as anti-malware in the case of Android, add that cost to the phone price tag. Etc. You want TCO to be low.

2) Return on investment (ROI): "...The ratio between the net profit and cost of investment resulting from an investment of some resources." How much money do you actually make or save due to purchasing the phone, compared to purchasing an alternative phone? Subtract this gain from the cost of the phone. You want ROI to be as high.

Determining TCO and ROI for individual devices depends upon reading reviews, talking to users and considering your specific purposes for which the phone will be used. Purchase the device that provides the highest gains and lowest costs at the lowest price tag according to your needs. The highest priced phone may well be the less expensive overall.

IOW: Don't "Keep It Simple" when it means you're being stupid, a common situation within the complex field of technological devices.

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DerekCurrie
Holmes

So, who owns phone maker profit share?

Apple.

2015: Apple’s Share of Smartphone Industry’s Profits Soars to 92%

Apple’s share of profits is remarkable given that it sells less than 20% of smartphones

2016: How Apple Sucks the Profit Out of Mobile Phones

2018: Apple Continues To Dominate The Smartphone Profit Pool

As ever: There will always be more cockroaches than humans. Enjoy your cockroach. Upgrade to human when it makes sense to do so.

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Defense Distributed starts selling gun CAD files amid court drama

DerekCurrie
Facepalm

No, this has nothing to do with the US First Amendment, freedom of speech

Worthless argument, thrown out of court:

"Wilson suggested the harm being done is to the First Amendment. "The only thing that's being stopped is your right to speak," he said."

Neither does this have anything to do with the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms.

It's this simple: If anyone wants to provide a potentially lethal ANYTHING to anybody in the USA by ANY means, then that thing is subject to the law, be they local, state or federal. That is all. This issue will be sorted out at those levels, not at the level of the US Constitution.

IOW: Get serious. Lethal disqualifies game playing with the law, children.

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Keep yer plastic, says analyst: eSIMs aren't all they're cracked up to be

DerekCurrie
Meh

I hope this wasn't supposed to be an informed article about eSIMs (o_0)

It's quaint to read Mr. Bubley's opinions. But that's all they are. IMHO he doesn't entirely understand the point of eSIMs, nor apparently does the article in general. Rather than waste time arguing over what amounts to ignorance, here are some anti-ignorance articles that are not a waste of time:

How Apple Are Mixing It Up With The eSIM [2014-12]

"An eSIM as described in this patent will eventually eliminate the need to buy a physical SIM card, make it easier to change carriers, allow multiple accounts on the same device, or allow multiple devices to use the same account. Thanks to Apple, it looks like it’s about to become easier to compare and change phone carriers, without having to get a physical SIM."

iPhone With eSIM To Debut Soon To Provide Seamless Communication [2018-07]

"What Is An eSIM?

To understand better what an eSIM is one must understand the major cause that led to their development..."

Embedded-SIM

"A new type of SIM is called e-SIM or eSIM (embedded SIM) or embedded universal integrated circuit card (eUICC). It is a non-replaceable embedded chip in SON-8 package that is soldered directly onto a circuit board. It has M2M and remote SIM provisioning capabilities.... GSMA has been discussing the possibilities of a software-based SIM card since 2010. While Motorola noted that eUICC is geared at industrial devices, Apple "disagreed that there is any statement forbidding the use of an embedded UICC in a consumer product."... The eSIM is also within Google's Pixel 2 phone."

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Mozilla accuses FCC of abdicating its role, ignoring comments in net neutrality lawsuit

DerekCurrie
Go

Bravo Mozilla!

Every boot to the groin of proven liar Ajit Pai and the now corrupt FCC brings us closer to getting corporatocracy out of our lives in the USA. Real Net Neutrality and citizen oversight of our abusive, bad attitude ISPs will prevail. Don't Let Up!

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Net neutrality freaks furious over lack of fury at FCC hearing

DerekCurrie
WTF?

There are no net neutrality 'freaks'

The majority of US citizens are sane and practical, demanding to be represented by their government. They speak up when proven 'egregious' liars like our President and Ajit Pai damage the future of the USA and damage the lives of its citizens in favor of absurd and abusive corporatocracy.

For those who don't understand Real Net Neutrality, please educate yourselves. Here is a starting point:

https://www.eff.org/issues/net-neutrality

For those who understand but don't want Real Net Neutrality, there is China: Criminal Nation or similar totalitarian states who are ready to receive and surveil you 24/7.

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Shiver me timbers: Symantec spots activist investor Starboard side

DerekCurrie
FAIL

Can I Help Sink The Ship?

Symantec's FUD marketing in 2005, attempting to scare Mac users into buying their irrelevant wares, inspired me to study and subsequently work in and write about computer security. That's the one, single thing I have to thank them for. Otherwise, IMHO the computer industry would be better off if Symantec had never existed. If only they'd used their talents for good instead of...

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

DerekCurrie
Unhappy

Bixby 2 = Son Of Siri 1

'Viv' was the name of what is now Bixby 2:

https://www.crunchbase.com/person/dag-kittlaus#section-overview

Samsung had to, as usual, copy Apple and buy Dag Kitlaus' follow-up to Siri, Viv. The difference I notice is the feature set of Siri that Apple foolishly tossed out of Siri, integration into a variety of third party data sources. Darn Apple! But that's about it.

No surprise that the Samsung demo followed up with a blatant ripoff of Apple's HomePod, right down to the internal design.

People, let's not buy ripoff tech please. It's feeding a devouring beast that creates nothing. It's not rewarding invention or innovation, the actual sources of our current technology and better technology in the future.

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You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands

DerekCurrie
Stop

Charter (Spectrum) Scum Rats Don't Offer 'Deals' After One Year

There are no 'deals' from Charter (Speculum) after your initial one year deal runs out. If you complain, they tell you to get lost. They don't relent. They don't care about customer relations. If you're in one of the many areas where you're stuck with them as the MONOPOLY, of course they laugh and laugh.

The only workaround for this sick customer abuse is to: QUIT Charter (Speculum) for a month. Then join again at an initial deal rate. I've done exactly this in order to maintain a sane cost for Internet. (I refuse to use any of their other IMHO cruddy services).

Meanwhile, because of local dirty deal doings with former Time Warner Cable (now Charter), Verizon refuses to expand their broadband into Charter (Speculum) territory and compete. This has been the case for many years. I live four houses down from the closest FIOS connection. Verizon doesn't give a rat's. They won't connect me. They'll put me on a mailing list to let me know 'when' they'll expand their network. Years later, no email ever arrives.

Summary: Monopolies are always destructive. #MyStupidGovernment came up with this stupid idea and We The People suffer for their stupidity. Now we have an FCC Director, proven liar Ajit Pai, who only says what the BIG CABLE strings to his mouth tell him to say. We The People are mere prey to be captured, gutted and strung up for blood letting. This is corporatocracy. This is insane. Stop.

No surprise that my state, New York, is booting out Charter (Spectrum) at the end of September (or so they plan and we victim citizens hope).

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The American dilemma: Competition, or fast broadband? Pick one

DerekCurrie
FAIL

Cable Monopoly Deals: An Incredibly Stupid Idea That Created The Problem

There should have been constant competition from Day 1. The cables themselves should have been installed across the entire nation and owned by the nation, either locally or by each state. Companies should have then competed to offer services, including eventually bandwidth. Both Verizon and Charter (Speculum & Time Warner Cable) have proven that neither financial inducement nor signed contracts will entice them to give a rat's about their customers or expanding their networks. Thanks to the monopoly nonsense, what we have are arrogant companies, corporatocracy parasites on the nation.

I personally could not be happier to see Charter (Spectrenumb & Time Warner Cable) being kicked out of New York for their dirty dealings. Would that we could throw out Verizon and Comcast as well and start from scratch with companies that know how to provide quality capitalism instead of the abuse we customers suffer from now.

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Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown

DerekCurrie
Stop

A Collaboration Of Liars

Liars lie about their lying and fool the foolish by flipping accusations of 'lies' onto the honest. This is the state of the current, deeply corrupted and corporatocracy puppeted 'Republican' (not any more) party.

So of course we have a proven liar as US President. Of course we have a proven liar as Chairman of the FCC. Of course we have demolition of healthcare and every other citizen entitlement in favor of feeding the rich and the military industrial complex. Of course this blatant class warfare is blamed on the underclass that is being blatantly abused at every turn. Of course this lunatic governing ignores long term disaster in favor of short term thinking accompanied by short term financial gain. Ending the game playing in favor of solid, rational thinking is the last thing on their mind. And of course the result is cynicism along with ruined citizen morale resulting in dire ramifications.

IOW: This is obvious idiocracy. So, what do we do with the oblivious among us?

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Pentagon 'do not buy' list says нет to Russia, 不要 to Chinese code

DerekCurrie
Thumb Up

Security *And* Protectionism

Obviously, a significant chunk of the USA is currently in protectionist mode, for good or bad. However, considering...

A) The long term consistent hacking and IP robbery from both China and Russia

&

B) The long term malware infestations resulting from the installation and use of a lot of Chinese software (check out Android malware infestations specifically within China)

...This 'Do Not Buy' list goes into my #MySmartGovernment column. Ideally, this right good smack at these two criminal nations will convince them to go straight and contribute to the computer community rather than continuing to abuse it. We can dream. (^_^)

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You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

DerekCurrie
Big Brother

Re: Tricky indeed...

It's not a good idea to be an apologist for Android's poor security reputation. Every month, if not every week, a major Android security incident is reported. They often involve millions of devices. By comparison, the security of iOS devices is astronomically superior, entirely be design. Apple is by no means perfect in their attention to security. But compared to Google and Android device makers, Apple is genius. Android continues to suffer from severe OS version fragmentation. Google still barely bothers to adequately vet apps tossed into their Play Store. Apple's 'walled garden' is a beautifully secure place by comparison, albeit imperfect.

Meanwhile, marketing moron monitoring of mankind marches on. Taking deliberate precautions is required for every Internet user, no exceptions. Thankfully, both platforms are providing an increasing number of tools for maintaining our right to privacy. Stuff it, big brother!

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DerekCurrie
Big Brother

The Goal Is Multifactor Authentication

"Once again, repeat after me, biometrics have nothing to do on mobile devices. Remember, the device is full of your fingerprints, anyway ..."

Good point. But dumping biometrics is a silly concept. What's required, as we humans get the hang of real device security, is full multifactor authentication. As usual, it's a case of convenience versus security. Seeing as security is losing, especially with Android, less convenience is required:

1) Something you KNOW: A password, PIN...

2) Something you ARE: Your face, fingerprint, retina, voice, signature, DNA...

3) Something you HAVE: Hardware authentication device, temporary key, mag strip, RFID chip...

Reading Assignment:

https://www.cs.cornell.edu/courses/cs513/2005fa/NNLauthPeople.html

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Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

DerekCurrie
Facepalm

Back Into The Fire...

There may be some critical Windows-only software required for what they're doing, something not accessible via WINE. Otherwise, welcome back to the nightmare. I can't imagine Linux was actually worse. What nightmare? Let's start with Windows SECURITY.

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ICANN't get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash

DerekCurrie
Stop

"The ludicrous situation" is the GDPR attempting to gut WHOIS

Whatever ICANN's doing is fine with me. WHOIS is a critical part of the functioning of the Internet. What must be a RIGHT is to know who owns a website and to be able to take legal action to discover how to contact them for legal prosecution. To pretend that all owners of websites have the right to CON people, to present HATE SPEECH and to commit CRIME is insane. There must always be a way for every Internet user to trace exact responsibility for every website.

Where I see logical arguments in this regard is whether everyone should have immediate access to detailed personal information about the website owner. I entirely agree that there should not be easily accessible address, phone number, email address or deeper details. But there must be well defined responsible owner information immediately available via WHOIS. There must then be a legal and logical path for discovery of all personal details for the purpose of legal action against the responsible owner.

If these basic requirements cannot be met within the rules of the GDPR, then to hell with that aspect of the GDPR. I would fully expect all responsible and citizen representative governments to ignore any such ludicrous rules in the GDPR. That may be the only way to have such ludicrous rules removed from the GDPR. Criminal do NOT have the right to privacy. All people must have a method of immediately knowing a website's owner, no exceptions. All people must have a procedure for prosecuting criminal website owners, no exceptions.

Why anyone would agree with protecting a criminal's privacy, I cannot imagine. How providing basic WHOIS information intrudes into the privacy of the rest of us, I cannot imagine. The key word here is *RESPONSIBILITY*. If someone is unwilling to take responsibility for their website and its contents, they should never be allowed to post their website onto the Internet. The goes for Granny as well as the leader of any nation.

Who Are You? We all have a right to know, right now. No anonymous crooks; No anonymous cowards.

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Google Chrome update to label HTTP-only sites insecure within WEEKS

DerekCurrie
Go

Good! Next Step: Warnings When Visiting IPV4-Only Websites

IPV6 is here, has been for effectively seven years, it works, it has far more annoying IP addresses, but it's more secure and it's the future, like it or not.

Sorry, my fellow lazy apes. But playing Luddite isn't going to help the situation. Go IPv6 now and get it over with already.

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And that's now all three LTE protocol layers with annoying security flaws

DerekCurrie
IT Angle

LTE Advanced? (aka REAL 4G)

Has there been analysis of LTE Advanced?

Of course, it would be nice if there was much of anywhere to get and use LTE Advanced where I life (USA). My phone has been able to use it for over 2.5 years. So where is it already, stupid, lazy, money grubbing, parasitic mobile data providers?)

(LTE prior to LTE Advanced is not actually 4G, but fast 3G technology. It doesn't meet the real 4G standard. It's only called '4G' due to pressure from particularly moronic marketing morons, as opposed to marketing mavens).

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Why the 'feudal' tech monopolies run rings around competition watchdogs

DerekCurrie
Stop

Corporatocracy: Neo-Feudalism

This has been blatantly obvious from my point of view for well over a decade.

I'm glad others are catching up.

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DeepMind: Get a load of our rat-like AI. 'Ere, look. It solves mazes and stuff

DerekCurrie
Meh

I Call These "AI" Systems: Circus Acts

Playing games ≠ Actual intelligence. It's cute and all. It may find some important uses! But let's drop the 'intelligence' moniker please.

If only we humans understood what actual 'intelligence' was to begin with. We don't. That's one reason the marketing HypeHypeHype for AI gets away with so much nonsense.

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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

DerekCurrie
Facepalm

I'm So Pleased That Brits Recognize Adam Sandler Has Not Talent

As for "AI", artificial intelligence, at this time it remains HypeHypeHype. What we have are advanced expert systems, built upon technology that's been evolving for half a century and still hasn't reached any level of actual intelligence.

What's made expert systems seem sort of intelligent are the improvements in speech recognition and text to speech technology along with faster processors. I will also thank the ongoing development of 'machine learning'. Meanwhile, our programming tools remain primitive and unreliable. Our software security record is abysmal. The ongoing fad of IoT, Internet of Trash, is more a detriment to our collective lives than a benefit specifically due to it having no inherent security with only hints at a security standard on the horizon. We're all becoming victims of marketing SellSellSell of JunkJunkJunk.

Let's get down to some serious work please and grow our way out of the ongoing Dark Age of Computing. Please.

Meanwhile: HypeHypeHype SellSellSell *yawn*

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Chinese president Xi seeks innovation independence

DerekCurrie
FAIL

A President-For-Life Communist Country? Read Some History Please.

Picture me laughing. :-D

Inventors, innovators, require incentive. Communism, as well as having no ability to change one's government, stifles incentive. This is specifically why the Chinese people turned to criminal activity as the only available source of incentive, the only available source of invention and innovation. It's why China can educate citizens well beyond western world citizens, but meagre invention results. It's why the Chinese government has been hacking into US government and corporate computers since 1998, the year the US handed them 'Most Favored Nation Status'. It's why Chinese mobile phone manufactures constantly rip off off Apple. It's why the US government blocked the use of ZTE phones.... The list of supporting facts is incredibly long.

Just this week, reported at Ars Technica:

"Xiaomi clones the iPhone X for $420, adds in-display fingerprint reader

Plus the "Explorer Edition" has an in-screen fingerprint reader and a transparent back."

Compare China's criminal nation behavior with the history of all other 'communist' nations. It's the same rut, over and over. Sorry Karl Marx. There must be a viable response to abusive, parasitic, negative 'capitalism'. But your approach is a failure. And sorry China, but you sealed your current fate when you fell for the 'communist' promise that is never fulfilled. Try again. And yes, that means giving up the ridiculous President-For-Life abuse of your citizens. It also means giving up your empire ambitions. Become citizens of the world, not its dictators please.

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Leaked pics: Motorola to add 'unpatriotic' 5G to 4G phones with magnets

DerekCurrie
Devil

No It Won't!

"Lenovo's Motorola may soon offer 5G..."

Nonsense.

The 5G standard is not finished.

5G field testing is not going well at this point.

Marketing Morons are using the 5G hypehypehype machinery as lures for new customers.

So when will real 5G be offered to the public? See you in 2020. Maybe. Until then, hypehypehype...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5G

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Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops

DerekCurrie
Big Brother

An Invasion Of Our Right To Privacy

Luckily, thwarting these crimes by our no-longer 'law enforcement' is easy. Wear a mask! My favorite is my Groucho Marx pair of glasses with mustache. No doubt the most popular will be the Anonymous mask, aka the Guy Fawkes Mask. It's not just for November 5th any more!

Guy Fawkes Mask @Wikipedia

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

Where To Buy Guy Fawkes Masks @$4.90

https://www.wholesalehalloweencostumes.com/products/guy-fawkes-mask

Don't buy yours at Amazon, please. (-_^)

:-Derek

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Off with e's head: E-cig explosion causes first vaping death

DerekCurrie
Unhappy

Darn! Better Fix that.

Dead nicotine addicts aren't PAYING nicotine addicts. That's bad for business. (O_o)

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JEDI mind tricks: Brakes slammed on Pentagon's multibillion cloud deal

DerekCurrie
FAIL

Meanwhile, Amazon Web Services Is In The News For Breaches And SPAM Sourcing

I am consistently amazed that my cynicism toward #MyStupidGovernment is never enough to account for its technology illiteracy. I recall the US Navy being extremely tech savvy two decades ago, taking into account real technology security concerns. These days, the level of tech savvy within my government in general as that of any old granny you can find on the street. They're downright oblivious of the consequences of what they're doing. I'm no fan of infamous military waste of money on nonsense. But with something as crucial as military intelligence, where the Chinese had already botted every government computer connected to the Internet by 2007, spend the money to set up a safe and sound DIY cloud system for strictly the military, run by well paid tech savvy IT staff. Making a bozo show out of government security has got to be stamped out permanently.

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Google's socially awkward geeks craft socially awkward AI bot that calls people for you

DerekCurrie
Devil

SPAM Robo-Callers Are In L♥ve With Artificial Imposters (AI)

Happy: The "AI" voices are to the point of being (mostly) unrecognizable from living humans. Their banter, grasp of grammar and speech patterns is now very good. Their speech recognition is at last climbing above the 90% correct wall.

Sad: So what are we going to HATE about this technology? Every bad attitude, user-abusing company on the planet is going to be using this "AI" (Artificial Imposter) technology within a higher level of social engineering scams. Inevitable. Horrifying. Such is humanity.

(o_O)

Next up: Artificial Imposter (AI) CGI faces for video calls. Watch the techno-hate meter hit the red zone. Neo-Ludditism becomes a craze.

:-Q*****

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The world is becoming a computer, says CEO of worldwide computer company Microsoft

DerekCurrie
Angel

This is improvident imbecility

"The world is becoming a computer. Computing is becoming embedded in every person, place and thing."

1) Take off the blinders and realize where you're living. It's a planet of natural systems that make and sustain us. Those system have nothing and will never have anything to do with computing.

2) Making human-centric statements in this day and age of confrontation with the dire and deadly results of human demolition of our planet is Luddite in the extreme. Get over the monkey thinking and blast open your brain to see the entire world in which we live, please.

3) All this blether-fest is doing is regurgitating and reshaping Kurtweil's "The Singularity Is Near" faery tale. No, we're not going to all become cyborgs. I'd feel sad for even the most elitist of First World obliviates falling for such extreme triviality.

I'm reminded of the superficial thinking of Bill Gate's book "The Road Ahead'. Laugh at us future! We deserve it. (o_0)

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ICANN takes Whois begging bowl to Europe, comes back empty

DerekCurrie
Alert

I've attempted to get the point of GDPR, but I don't.

Therefore, from my POV, ignoring GDPR regarding WHOIS is fine with me. Sorry EU. But knowing who owns a website should be publicly available knowledge. It's the anonymous cowards of the Internet that create its must annoying and bullying problems. How many people would pull cruel trolling moves on others if they were forced out of their anonymity? Knowing who everyone is means taking personal responsibility for one's behavior. Therefore, keep WHOIS, if not strengthen it by removing anonymization and delisting. Stand up when you speak up! Shouting an opinion while ducking behind the back of the gallery makes no sense.

Tyrants don't pay attention to anonymous cowards speaking 'truth' to power. Know what I mean?

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

DerekCurrie
FAIL

They shall regret GDPR

"There are some however, including security researcher Brian Krebs and the US government itself, that fear a shutdown of the full Whois will result in a spike in online scams."

Yes it will.

Anonymity on the Internet breeds anonymous cowards and their dirty deeds. Anonymity is the solution to nothing. If you have to be an anonymous coward to say something, don't say it.

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Shhh! Don’t tell KillBots the UN’s about to debate which ones to ban

DerekCurrie
Mushroom

Coward Remote Murder Machines

ALL Coward Remote Murder Machines should be banned. They represent mankind as amoral. Get rid of all of them. Next up: All nuclear weapons, a much older amoral coward device.

What _are_ we as a species? Let's stop degrading ourselves.

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Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy

DerekCurrie
Megaphone

WHOIS is entirely sane, fair and not abusive of privacy. It's a form of responsibility!

IOW: IMHO the EU is foisting irresponsibility onto the Internet. That's not sane.

And no, eMail should not be anonymized either. Encrypted email, ABSOLUTELY! Anonymous, never.

Trolling is the #1 nightmare of the Internet. Allowing people to hide who they are is enabling cowardice. Speaking truth to power requires face to face contact, NOT lame, weakling weasel to face contact. Stand up and be counted! Enable bravery, not wimpiness.

Yes, I heartily champion the death of all forms of SPAM. I'd gladly dance upon its grave with glee. But anonymizing everything is utterly insane and a FAR worse fate for the Internet.

Anonymous ≠ safety or security. Clarity is required. Note how I am not posting this comment anonymously. That's as it should be.

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Scientists change their minds, think water may be all over the Moon

DerekCurrie
Facepalm

I vote this is bad science

Maybe buried underground where the sun and vacuum of space can't get at it. H2O in any form anywhere on the surface of the moon? No.

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FCC levies largest ever fine: $614m on Verizon (that's about three days of profit for telco giant)

DerekCurrie
WTF?

No, the 5G standard isn't finished!

This situation is NOT about any rollout of 5G, because that's not even possible thus far. Please rewrite this story with finer details about the actual dirty deeds of Straight Path.

BTW: Verizon is the only mobile provider in the USA to even bother to dip their toe into a rollout of REAL 4G technology in the USA, aka LTE Advanced. (Fake 4G is what we've got at this point as it is called '4G' only due to marketing disinformation to the public. It's actually only high end 3G technology that doesn't meet the quality standards of the real 4G standard. Kind of stupid and deceptive).

I'm wondering if the clown show at the Pai FCC is too ignorant of 5G technology to comprehend that it's not ready for prime time. Then again, Verizon has perhaps the worst lazy reputation regarding network expansion within the USA. They've promised, they've even been paid via approved customer fees to extend their network. Instead they ate the money and their customer's patience by sitting on their spotty behinds eating ¢a$h. Therefore, I'd easily believe their Straight Path project is BS. Better reporting at The Register could straighten out this confusion.

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23,000 HTTPS certs will be axed in next 24 hours after private keys leak

DerekCurrie
FAIL

Would that we could shut down Symantec entirely

Symantec has been a bane of the computing community, IMHO. I lost respect for them decades ago and they continually reinforce their poor reputation. End it.

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At last, sex trafficking brought to an end with US House vote on new internet law (Yeah, right)

DerekCurrie
Devil

#MyStupidGovernment At Work

Is this:

A) Tech Ignorance

or

B) A misguided attempt at stopping actual sex trafficking

or

C) More of the same totalitarian BS from PoliTard extremists?

I'd rather kill it first then find out in the autopsy.

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Washington (no, not that one) to pass hardcore net neutrality law: All ISPs in state must obey

DerekCurrie
Happy

ONE pie in Pai's face! Bwahaha.

How about 50!

http://www.qualityemploymentservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/pie-in-the-face.jpg

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NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun

DerekCurrie
Devil

This Week's Vocabulary Words

Sycophant

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/sycophant

Quisling

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/quisling

Fifth Columnist

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/fifth_column

Fantoccini

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/fantoccini

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Apple whispers farewell to macOS Server

DerekCurrie
FAIL

NO THEY'RE NOT

"Apple whispers farewell to macOS Server

All the bits that make it a server are being deprecated"

Rubbish! I recently wrote about Apple's deprecation of several services inside macOS Server. Here's my post again:

As of OS X (macOS) 10.5 Leopard, there were complaints coming out of Apple, albeit unofficially, that Mac OS X Server had begun to decline in quality. Those of us working in the field agreed. As of 10.7 Lion, it was clear that Apple was debating its future, with Server being both vastly simplified into a mere add-on and its price drastically dropped.

I personally gave up on Server as of 10.9 Mavericks. Apple’s attempts to keep it ‘professional’ software were faltering. Apple’s concurrent attempt to make a dent into the Enterprise niche were again failing, its server hardware was on the chopping block. Awful Microsoft continued, detrimentally, to rule the Enterprise. Woe on us all.

Now Server continues to shrink (NOT ‘killed’) into fewer, more bare bones services.

At the moment there is an extremely active debate about this situation going on at the MacEnterprise list (@lists.psu.edu) with the number of posts headed past 100. Those who work with Mac servers are either:

A) In a panic

OR

B) Resigned to Server eventually being ‘killed’

OR

C) Recognizing why Apple is killing off the specific service published in their list.

If you’d like to read Apple’s announcement regarding services to be ‘hidden’ and eventually ‘removed’, check this out:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208312

Note that this list does NOT NOT NOT equate to Server being ‘killed’. But it certainly points toward Apple again lowering its support for Server. Some of the services have been moved into standard macOS, such as Caching Server. XCode Server has been moved into XCode. Some of the deprecated services are rarely used. Some are easily available elsewhere for Mac. Some others have lost Apple’s interest, apparently.

Meanwhile, Server still provides a lot of core services useful to at least most small businesses. They include:

– Apache

– PHP, Perl, Ruby, Rails, PostgreSQL

– OpenSSL

– Python

– WebDAV

– OpenLDAP

– Profile Server

– Xsan

– Aspects of NetInstall

– VPP (Volume Purchase Plan)

– DEP (Device Enrollment Program)

– macOS Setup Assistant

… And a several server management odds and ends.

For further detail, compare the technical specifications list for Server at Wikipedia and compare it to the Apple list of deprecating services. You’ll find that macOS Server lives on albeit with several fewer services.

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

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FCC backtracks on helping with neutrality fraud investigation

DerekCurrie
Holmes

Re: Anyone else?

I call them DemoCraps.

As for that other worthless political party, I call them the RetardLicans. Here we have an excellent example of why. If you think the current government is looking out for We The People, you're another example.

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DerekCurrie
FAIL

Pie Pai

This is blatant, outright, criminal citizen abuse. The FCC is now a criminal organization.

Isn't that great. Here's the "swamp". Over here! The FCC! Such are the lies told by my now ruined US government.

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Tom Baker returns to finish shelved Doctor Who episodes penned by Douglas Adams

DerekCurrie
Facepalm

Re: The nth time the unfinished Shada has been completed

The first reconstruction was available on VHS in 1992. It added narration by Tom Baker. Details are provided at Wikipedia:

"...Some years later, Nathan-Turner eventually set out to complete the story in a fashion, by commissioning new effects shots and a score, and having Tom Baker record linking material to cover the missing scenes. The resulting shortened episodes (of between 14 and 22 minutes each) received a 111-minute VHS release in 1992. In its UK edition, the VHS also was accompanied by a facsimile of a version of Douglas Adams's script. The release was discontinued in the UK in 1996."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shada_(Doctor_Who)

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