* Posts by DerekCurrie

492 posts • joined 6 Apr 2012


Marriott's Starwood hotels mega-hack: Half a BILLION guests' deets exposed over 4 years


Target, 78 Million

...Despite repeated warnings and indicators from both outside and inside the company.

Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe


BTW: What is Google's cut of app sales at the Play Store?


Just like Apple's cut at the iOS App Store.

IOW: Again, the argument that good and useful iOS apps are more expensive than the same on Android is incorrect.


Re: This case is farcical and should be thrown out immediately.

Bravo Sir! Who are you foolish people in disagreement? Android users in denial? Irrational Apple haters? Please leave we wiser souls be.


Do We Want / Require App Security?

If not, welcome to the equivalent of the Android app market, where millions of victims have been infected with malware, where mass Android device infections are reports on a monthly, if not weekly basis.

I read and collect all the Android malware reports. I can put together a recent timeline justifying my point above.

Apple walled garden? Yes please!

And no, the prices of decent apps worth having and using are NOT any higher than the prices of equivalent macOS or Windows or Android apps. I personally despise monopolies and the severe abuse they perpetrate against their customers. Do I sense even a whiff of monopoly abuse created by the iOS App Store? NO.

So please, unjustifiably disgruntled plaintiffs: Go home and let the rest of us ENJOY Apple's delightful walled garden. Go buy Android gear instead and see what life is like on the other side of the wall. It's not safe out there. And the good Android software isn't any cheaper. Sorry!

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork


Re: Back in the 90's...

What's being called "AI" these days is merely improved speech to text technology derived from decades old Dragon technology, improved text to speech technology, combined with advanced Expert Systems, which have also been around for decades. It's modern database traversal with talking input and output. It's Artificial Illusions of 'intelligence', supported by lots of marketing hype.

Considering the profound, numerous and consistent security flaws inherent in modern coding, it's going to be a long, long time, if ever, before we have any sort of 'self-aware' devices. Maybe if we dump all (ALL) of our current programming languages and start from scratch with the evolution of something inherently secure, coherent and understandable by mere mortals, we'll have a fighting chance at making AI machines that can make decisions independent of our political overlords, such as deciding to kill us all for the benefit of miracle planet Earth, our only home. It could happen!


Re: Also breaks Windows iCloud client

Apple released a patched Windows iCloud client today, restoring functionality. √


And still, no fix for deactivation of validated Insider Program Win 10 installations

This is the stuff of insane asylums. This is Microsoft. (0_o)

Angry Googlers demand bosses pull the wings off 'Dragonfly' censored Chinese search engine


Kowtow To Totalitarian Human Rights Abusers, China: Criminal Nation?



Think So!

- - But they're dangling $MONEY$ on a stick!

Oh, that's different.

[Stupid human tricks. Fast and furious. Idiocracy.]

Did you hear? There's a critical security hole that lets web pages hijack computers. Of course it's Adobe Flash's fault


Re: Can anyone tell me...

Steve Graham says: "The basic problem is that Flash is more like a complete operating system than a video player. You can implement a full user interface, do computations, networking, and all kinds of stuff."

Plus it's kind of obvious that the software Adobe bought along with Macromedia is POORLY documented as well as POORLY coded. In a way, I feel sorry for Adobe being stuck with the buggy albatross. Then again, it is an albatross. Kill it yesterday already.


Correction & Perspective

"Because Adobe does not maintain a fixed patching schedule for Flash Player, this isn't technically considered an out-of-band band-aid." <-- INCORRECT

YES, Adobe does indeed maintain a fixed patching schedule for Flash Player on the second Tuesday of every month. Adobe established that schedule years ago and have stuck with it.

YES, this IS an out-of-band update patch and therefore should be considered to be URGENT.

Personal perspectives:

A) Real security requires ASAP patching. No excuses! Scheduled patching is merely for convenience at the often dire sacrifice of real security. Thankfully, Adobe has adopted an excellent compromise and uses BOTH strategies, the secure strategy as well as the convenient strategy. Bravo Adobe!

B) The burial of constantly, consistently buggy, insecure Flash can't come fast enough. It should have been murdered THIS year. I'd gladly have added my own knife. Boo Adobe!

C) There was a time when I recommended not allowing Adobe to automatically update their free bug-ware. But I relented. Let Adobe's automatic update feature run. No one has time to keep up with Adobe's eternal mess-of-the-day patching. In the past two years I've run into no problems with Adobe's auto-updating. If I have to use their buggy junk, I'm happy to let them fix it themselves without my having to baby-sit the stuff.

Australia's 'snoop minister' wants crypto-busting law probe wound up, proposals back into parliament


100% Certainty Of Government Abuse Of Surveillance

My privacy rights beat your TWAT, everywhere, all over our planet.

If Australia wants to become a '1984' surveillance state, that's their hell. Not mine.

The US NSA have zero right to surveil US citizen communications inside the USA without a warrant. Zero. But they did it anyway. (keyword: Snowden) Therefore, hand over backdoor keys to everything to ANY government? We know exactly what will happen with 100% certainty:

1) That surveillance ability will be abused constantly and consistently by those with the keys. It's human nature, sad to say.

2) Those backdoor keys will IMMEDIATELY be either leaked to or hacked by non-governmental criminals for their own nefarious purposes, that being the extraction of money and induction of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt).

So NO Australia. I won't ever honor any attempt to take away my right to privacy, no matter how many bad guys dement you into thinking THEY are more important than I AM.

Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi?


Re: run your own? really?

Note that with VPN, as with TOR, countries trying to protect their individual copyrighted media (because we humans are so incredibly uncooperative between countries) go out of their way to SEEK and BLOCK exit nodes onto their country's Internet from outside their country. It is entirely common, for example, for the UK's BBC to identify active VPN or TOR exit nodes with a lot of variable traffic of a questionable nature. They then BLOCK that VPN from accessing their service. In turn, a good VPN will then establish a new exit node in that country to provide to their users. Or, TOR users within the country will volunteer their own exit nodes (at their personal peril I must note) for others outside the country to use.

I'll also note that these days the BBC require those accessing their media to have an BBC account with a listed physical UK mailing address. VPNs can't help with that wrinkle.

It's called Cat and Mouse.


Re: run your own? really?

Agreed! The statement is too vague, leaving out the only actual reason to create your own VPN: Access to an encrypted connection directly to your own computer. That may well be exactly what you need to deal with wide open, unencrypted WiFi hotspots. It means you're effectively (if somewhat more slowly) connecting to the Internet via your own home connection.

Meanwhile, actual full VPN services offer FAR more than any personal home VPN can provide. Check out my 5 point VPN advice in the thread for some of those added services.


EVERY VPN within China is legally required to be APPROVED by the Chinese government

And you know exactly what that means. The totalitarian Chinese government (inexplicably still considered 'socialist' or 'communist') demands ALL data on citizen behavior be available to them at ALL times. Period. Don't fool yourself otherwise. China is a full bore surveillance state. Rumors to the contrary are plain ignorance. That includes Hong Kong as well.


No, Opera does not offer a VPN. They offer a proxy node only.

I suggest you research the difference between an actual VPN and a mere proxy node. They are by no means equivalent. You are NOT solving the surveillance dangers by simply exiting onto the Internet at a different IP address. Your DNS lookups remain UNencrypted. Your data transfers back and forth remain UNencrypted. That's bad.

Also, my understanding is that Opera is dropping their proxy node service.


Re: Just use Tor.

Tor is helpful, but not perfect. Despite rumors to the contrary, Tor is hacked regularly. Tor was hacked last month, October 2018. Then again, OpenVPN and IPSEC are hacked regularly as well. Use caution no matter the service. Research is required for maximum safety. Don't open yourself to surveillance through personal ignorance or laziness that could have been avoided.


Free OR Paid, Research All VPNs You're Considering

Having worked with various VPNs for years, here are some critical tips:

1) Investigate any/all VPNs you're considering before using them or buying into their service. It doesn't matter if they're free or paid. They may be brilliant, or they may be outright criminals.

[I bought into one VPN that was part of a 'bundle' of software and services that turned out to be a 100% fraud. They were great and sprucing up their website to look professional, but their service was literally non-existent. It never, ever worked for anyone. I was kindly given my money back by the bundle provider.]

2) Make certain that the VPN service logs nothing. Nothing. Any logging at all for any period of time, no matter how brief, means your activities on the Internet can and will be handed over to any interested authority or marketing organization. Expect it. Some VPNs are infamous for lying about their logging behavior. PureVPN is one of them. The fact that they're located in China (yes, Hong Kong is part of China) is bad enough. That they lied to all their customers and turned over secret logs to requesting authorities knocks them out of contention.

3) Never use a VPN service that resides within the 'Five Eyes' countries. They have a pact to share among themselves all citizen behavior on the Internet. Supposedly, that is limited to inter-country Internet activity, versus intra-country activity. But proof provided by Edward Snowden proved entirely otherwise. The Five Eyes countries are:


- UK

- Australia

- New Zealand

- Canada

4) Be certain to look into the verified SPEED (bandwidth) quality of each VPN as well as its list of available EXIT NODE countries on the Internet.

- The speed you need is dependent upon the work you need to do on the Internet. Email needs little bandwidth. Video uploading requires maximum bandwidth.

- Your required exit node on the Internet is also dependent up on what you need to do on the Internet. For example, nearly every country blocks access to copyrighted material available within their country (with some very kind exceptions of international news services, etc.). Therefore, if you need to do some work in a particular country, you may be entirely blocked from accessing resources in that country if your listed source IP address is outside that country. Using an Exit Node via a VPN that exists within that country may solve the problem.

5) Always use a full VPN service when you're connecting to the Internet at a wide open, unencrypted WiFi hotspot. That may include your library, your local coffee shop, your village's free WiFi service, etc. If you don't have to use a password to get into that service, you're wide open to surveillance and robbery of your unencrypted data. Take this very seriously!

The VPN business is currently full of crooks and liars as well as brilliant, thoroughly respected providers, free or paid. It doesn't actually matter.

One FREE VPN provider I vouch for is ProtonVPN out of Switzerland. The free version of their VPN may be all you want or need. But they have higher tiers of service for professionals and those with wider requirements. I also recommend their FREE encrypted email service, ProtonMail, accessible via the web.

Creepy or super creepy? That is the question Mozilla's throwing at IoT Christmas pressies


Incompetent Technology







. . .

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update



Many of us in the Windows 10 Insider program are still being prompted to 'Activate Windows' ad nauseam. None of Microsoft's patches, tools or tips solve the problem. Annoying. Microsoft. (0_o)

In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype


REAL Net Neutrality Is Specific To Non-Cellphone Internet Access

I have no idea what the author, Kieren McCarthy, is going on about. The FCC never applied Net Neutrality rules to cellphone networks. They were always off on their own regarding Internet access. Net Neutrality rules were specific to land based Internet access: Cable, POTS and fibre.

Also, what's this silliness?

"And second, net neutrality – while it is important – is not as important as the frothing-at-the-mouth advocates believe it to be."

What 'frothing-at-the-mouth' are you frothing about? REAL Net Neutrality is about consumer rights. Anyone considering that a 'frothing-at-the-mouth' goal could only be:

A) Loony


B) Working for a frothing-at-the-mouth ISP desperate to screw over their customers.

Why would anyone sane want to bow down to an ISP corporatocracy, which is in many parts of the USA equivalent to a monopoly? There is very little choice of ISPs in the USA and incredibly horrible access to broadband Internet outside of urban and suburban areas. REAL Net Neutrality was part of the overall effort to provide equal quality broadband across the USA, despite the efforts of ISPs to do exactly the opposite. But it turns out that even some urban areas have had horrible access to broadband Internet. I'm most familiar with the mess that's been going on in New York City whereby both Verizon and now Spectrum/Time Warner Cable/Charter have screwed over the city with lousy access to their services. The city as well as the state government have attempted to overcome this nonsense to the extent of:

A) Providing Verizon with an added fee on their bills to pay for extended broadband in NYC, which Verzon merely ate and never applied to build out of their network

B) Spectrum/Time Warner Cable/Charter merely ignored, cheating the city out of contracted build out of their network. This is specifically why the Attorney General of NYS sued Spectrum in January of 2018, why Spectrum was fined by NYS in June, 2018, and why the New York State Public Service Commission voted at the end of July, 2018 to revoke its approval of Charter's 2016 purchase of Time Warner Cable, ordering Charter to sell the former TWC system. That booting out of Charter and re-sale of TWC is still pending.

IOW: How about researching what you're talking about before writing uninformed articles such as this one?

This one weird trick turns your Google Home Hub into a doorstop


Google Project Zero vs Google Project FacePlant

Shame, shame. Why is this consistently the case?

Google's Project Zero is to be thanked for finding security flaws in software throughout the computer community.

Google's own software and platforms are to be cursed for constantly being found to be riddled with security flaws, not by Project Zero but by third party researchers. Android, as a platform, is of course the worst of all.

WTF is Google's problem?

• Is this a company culture problem? 'Don't you dare penetration test my precious software!'

• Is this laziness? 'Here at Google, we don't have the time or money to test our own software!'

• Is this stupidity? ''Marketing says we should make other company's software look bad, that way we'll look good.'

My impression: Stay away from Google software. It's not that Google has any corner on bad programming. Security flaws are the plight of nearly all programming at this point in time. Instead, Google appears to use Project Zero as an umbrella to shade itself from having to take its own inevitable security flaws seriously, until they're shamed.

Consider this a contribution to Google shaming.

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads


No, Apple is simply feeding the cash cow

Apple has indeed suffered for years now from what I call Mac malaise. Watching the VP of Mac hardware speak, I got one clue of why that's the case. There are no doubt dozens of others. That this presentation did no include a new Mac Pro is outright abominable. Mac neglect remains profound at Apple. But it's just neglect. There is not-a-sign of Apple being determined to kill off their laptops. Not a one. From my perspective, I can't even consider this article an opinion piece. To have an opinion requires some modicum of indication that the opinion might possibly be realistic. This one is not.

So let's get back on track. Apple has severely neglected the Mac. The arrival of macOS 10.14 Mojave has saved their butts regarding the Mac operating system. 10.13 High Sierra was a half-assed mess that was only squeezed out, IMHO, for the sake of meeting a time deadline. It is best forgotten and never used. The prime reason why was that the new APFS file system wasn't finished, wasn't fully documented for developers, bringing suffering and hardship upon its high end users. High Sierra was shameful. Mojave finishes APFS at long bloody last. It literally took Apple 10 full years to finish the thing, The first beta of this son-of-ZFS project was in 2008.

IOW: The Mac, and most especially MacBook laptops, are here to stay. No hard core professional considers the iPad Pro to be remotely a replacement. Neither does Apple. However, Apple requires some severe slapping for the shame they've brought upon the Mac in recent years. At least the new MB Air and Mini are signs of repentance and revival.

Got a new Surface? Have some firmware. Old Surface? La la la la la, we can't hear you


Microsoft Hardware?

Oops. Wrong vender. Look elsewhere.

What can I say about this 5G elixir? Try it on steaks! Cleans nylons! It's made for the home! The office! On fruits!


Worthless Marketing hypeHypeHYPE

We'll have REAL 5G in two years, MAYBE. Meanwhile, bull excrement. The first tasty stool will be served up by Verizon.

--> I dare you to find Real 4G available where you live here in 2018. Good luck.

[Real 4G was made a standard in 2013. Every modern smart phone can run it. But where can you get it? The marketing term '4G' refers merely to fast 3G technology. Thanks, mobile service morons.]

Super Cali goes ballistic, net neutrality hopeless? Even Ajit Pai's gloating is something quite atrocious



Kick proven puppet-liar Ajit Pai's deceitful abuse of We The People OUT of my country! You are NOT alone California! The MAJORITY of US citizens are with you!

"Legislators in 30 states have introduced over 72 bills requiring internet service providers to ensure various net neutrality principles. In 13 states and the District of Columbia, legislators introduced 23 resolutions primarily expressing opposition to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) repeal of net neutrality rules; urging the U.S. Congress enact legislation reinstating and requiring the preservation of net neutrality; or stating the chamber’s support of general net neutrality principles.

"Governors in six states—Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Vermont—have signed executive orders.Three states—Oregon, Vermont, and Washington—enacted net neutrality legislation."

National Conference of State Legislators


The article linked above lists and keeps track of ALL state's net neutrality bills and enacted laws. Corporatocracy by puppetry will NOT survive The Will Of The People!

BTW: Spectrum-Charter is still on course to be thrown out of NYS for lying to my government in its contract to buy Time Warner Cable. Good riddance.

'The inmates have taken over the asylum': DNS godfather blasts DNS over HTTPS adoption


Meanwhile: DNSCrypt is here and now




I use it 24/7. I was a beta tester for years. Over time it has become increasingly reliable. There are 100+ encrypted servers to choose from located all over the world. It's entirely free.

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back


Re: Will Apple finally change?

Watch Mr. Rossmann rant enough times and your realize he has tunnel vision. I think he's a great technician and knows how to express himself well. But his daily experience of people bringing him broken gear by no means equals the experience of any but a small minority of Apple gear users. Even he admits he's grinding his ax for his own benefit versus Apple's insistence upon certified repair shops, parts and processes. I'm glad when Rossman points out the all-too-many real Apple Blunders of late. But he's often obsessive in his Apple criticisms to the point of maniacal, as opposed to stepping away from his limited perspective and taking in a more insightful and full perspective. I personally got tired of the rants, despite his skills, and unsubscribed. I prefer clearer heads.


This Old Techno-Ignorant Rumor Now Bores Me

*yawn* I'm bored out of my mind attempting to explain to those with willful tech-ignorance why this rumor is not gonna happen. I considered this issue dead two years ago. And yet, I end up having to explain it over and over anyway.

So, just watch, all you willfully tech-ignorant gossip mongers. No ARM Macs. ARM chips IN Macs we already have and why not! But any transition from Intel CISC based CPUs back over to RISC CPUs at this point is impossible without throwing the baby out with the bath water. If you don't understand why, it's because you have some Computer 101 facts to learn. /rant.

Hey Ming-Chi Kuo! Is this your rendition of August Syndrome? You went on vacation and phoned in this BS as filler? Don't do that.

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others


Sarcasm Noted.

Practicing how to be a propagandist asshole, are we? This is the era. I'm sure you'll be a winner.

Cambridge Analytica's daddy pleads not guilty to ignoring data notice


another test

I see nothing of what I've been posting. What happened here?

Apple macOS Mojave: There's goth mode but developers will have to wait for the juicy stuff


Re: Wow!

Apple's Mac hardware went 64-bit at the end of 2006 with refinements in 2008. That we are a decade later and developers continue to drag their feet recompiling their applications as 64-bit is ridiculous. Adobe is the worst of all, as usual. They were also terrible foot draggers abandoning old Carbon coding in favor of Cocoa coding of their OS X apps. Lazy lazy lazy.


High Sierra and Unfinished APFS

The Register: "But this year, I think it would have been smarter to wait, as the really big feature is not yet ready."

No, this is common among Apple operating systems. I'm grateful that Apple didn't wait. We have something fun and useful to look forward to in this year's updates.

Regarding 10.13 High Sierra, The Register: "...But we thought it was excellent work."

No it wasn't. High Sierra is the one version of macOS I've gladly skipped. The reason why is Apple's abysmal release of APFS. It wasn't finished. It was never finished in High Sierra. It never worked on either hard drive or fusion drive Macs, despite the fact that Apple continued to sell fusion drive Macs. Apple also never finished the documentation for APFS during the year of High Sierra. This forced third party developers of repair utilities to sit on their hands while users were stuck with meagre Disk Utility to fix their APFS drives. Then add to that Apple forcing all users with SSD drives to reformat their drives as APFS despite the fact that this created problems communicating with existing HFS+ formatted hard drives and fusion drives. I consider it Apple's biggest blundering in many years.

In contrast, at last APFS is now complete in 10.14 Mojave and there is no need for worry. This is the APFS release Apple should unquestionably have made in 2017. What a shame they couldn't wait, ending up hurting their users and developers instead.

Iron Mike Pence blasts Google for its censor-happy Dragonfly Chinese search engine

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It's a 3-D World of Human Thought

Politics attempts to live at the lowest common denominator of human thought. And yet, all of us think off the 1-dimensional political spectrum unless we've caved to the propaganda protocol. Here's an excellent example where I find it difficult to agree with Mr. Pence on much of anything, except at least this issue.

End the China-fication of the west. End kowtowing to Chinese interests for the sake of cheap labor, Chinese market and Chinese investment. Their human rights abuse continues to be abysmal. They continue to be a criminal nation in several respects. To watch Google or any other company compromise their humane values for the sake of the abusive and abused Chinese market is compromising to the point of disgusting. Thank you Mr. Pence for saying something useful and important to the world at large. Please keep it up.

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


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]


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


Historical Timeline

Electronic Voting Machines and Related Voting Technology [2013]


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

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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.

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



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

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


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.'


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



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.


AI sucks at stopping online trolls spewing toxic comments


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.

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


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)

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


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.

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


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.


So, who owns phone maker profit share?


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.

Defense Distributed starts selling gun CAD files amid court drama


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.

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


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..."


"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."

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


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!

Net neutrality freaks furious over lack of fury at FCC hearing


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:


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.

Shiver me timbers: Symantec spots activist investor Starboard side


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...

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


Bixby 2 = Son Of Siri 1

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


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.

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


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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