* Posts by arctic_haze

535 posts • joined 13 Nov 2012


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

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...should be the title of the next Stormy Daniels production.

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

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Academy > IT

At least for older persons. No one culls professors before the retirement age, and often not even then.

Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you

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Not a problem here

I stopped to upgrade both my Windows 7 computers around the time of the Meltdown and Spectre debacle. The risk of doing Microsoft upgrades is much greater than someone exploiting those problems.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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Easy way to regain the 7 GB

Format everything and install Linux.

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate

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Oregon is not a different planet

Although sometimes it thinks it is.

The problem with the law is not restricting anyone to call themselves engineers but putting this restrictions on real engineers who have diploma from other constituencies. What if they had an international engineering conference in Portland or Corvallis? Should every participant be fined?

The solid state of storage in 2018: Latencies, they are dwindling. On-premises, the kit is glistening...

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I disagree with all the comments above

Your two-minute infosec roundup: Drone arrests, Alexa bot hack, Windows zero-day, and more

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Alexa. lets chat

Alexa, what was that about foster parents and deeper acts?

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Re: What a cunt!

I would fuse Lesson #1 and #2 into "No private surfing at work" but I would sound like a very anal person. The only reason it works with me is I actually have no time for that. I dread the day by boss realizes I practically never sit down behind my desk but rather spend time talking to people (this is how I do management tasks). He could have tried to save some space and money on my office :)

Microsoft's 2018, part 1: Open source, wobbly Windows and everyone's going to the cloud

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Anus horribilis, indeed.

Or something like that. Forgive me my Latin spelling.

This was the year I decided to stop updating my Windows 7. The risk of bricking the box is much greater than the security threat if you do not use a Microsoft browser and hide the Windows behind a real firewall.

50 years ago: NASA blasts off the first humans to experience a lunar close encounter

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I remember watching Armstrong walking on the Moon on the TV

Now I can watch Flat Earth YouTube videos claiming "There is no gravity".

I am deeply worried about our civilization.

Dell EMC spills beans on plans for storage-class memory in PowerMax

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The beans

I do hope the English breakfast will not vanish on the continent after the Brexit.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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Re: Is this libel?

Still, a lawsuit about this very article would be not only a possible nightmare for Facebook but also publicity boon for the Reg.

On the first day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... an emergency out-of-band security patch for IE

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Re: Really?

On Windows 7 Netflix works fine with Firefox.

When I started with the time-slurping website, the support page stated that I needed Silverlight. Luckily the reverse was true and Netflix worked on Firefox only natively.

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Switch to Glonass? What next? Joining the Commonwealth of Independent States?


Stop us if you've heard this one: Facebook apologizes for bug leaking private photos

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Remember the old wisdom

There is no cloud. It is only someone else's computer.

'Bomb threat' scammers linked to earlier sextortion campaign

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The gang that could not shoot straight

I still receive sextortion threats based on a throwaway password I used on the websites which quality I respected least (one of them was Yahoo which is the one I believe the password was stolen from). The spams seemed more fun than a threat.

However the new idea of sending out bomb threats shows how stupid those people are. They upped their game from fraud to terrorism with all the expected legal consequences.

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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Thanks for the warning

I will not pay to go to any of her concerts, anyway.

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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Obligatory Soviet Russia joke

In Soviet Russia you make the AI redundant

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Re: diving headlong into the Registry

Also change the following



Maybe the setting does not exist but it should.

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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An article not too well researched

Even if that is true, changing the browser engine will not change Edge's ability to block dodgy sites because it is obviously a separate module.

It's December of 2018 and, to hell with it, just patch your stuff

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Re: Remote code execution flaw in Powerpoint

We have Wi-fi projectors. One can achieve the same effect without hacking the manager's presentation. All that is needed is to log in taking over the screen.

Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

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Re: Solexit 2

[John Cleese voice]

It's not funny!!!

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Re: "Hordes" of monsters, please

It was easy to recognize the God Mode alumni during death matches, especially hen we switched to Quake.

They were the ones who did not try do dodge rockets.

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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The photo

Does he wear some kind of superhero outfit?

FCC slammed for 'arbitrary and reckless' plan to change how text messages are regulated

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To use a favourite Wikipedia phrase

"text messages were originally an engineering function that the first mobile engineers left in and which telcos were initially extremely skeptical of"

Citation needed.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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A problem

I would pester my father about Article 13 but he is 85 and I'm not sure he would fully comprehend the threat.

Adobe Flash zero-day exploit... leveraging ActiveX… embedded in Office Doc... BINGO!

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Re: Flash, ActiveX, Office doc embedding/scripting - should already be DISABLED

Exactly my thoughts. However ActiveX means IE is needed for this perfect storm of bugginess. Or am I wrong?

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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Doesn't everything green have thorns in Australia?

Just asking...

PS. The icon represents undressing for work.

Microsoft's .NET Core 3 is almost here, which means time to move on from .NET Framework

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Depending on MS plaftorms is always a mistake

Where is ActiveX now? Where is Silverlight? Where are Gadgets? if they do not abandon it, they make it obsolete with a new non-compatible version.

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss

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"Microsoft doesn't comment on rumours or speculation"

Isn't it a corporate way of saying "Yes"?

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

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It seems reasonable to try to protect the children. The problem is they themselves are the group most likely to produce this kind of iconography. School mates are best teachers of how to draw you know what.

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Now UK needs a new referendum

The question should be whether the UK will stay in or leave the International Telecommunications Union.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

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Two thoughts

First, I do have a printer at work which can be used (and abused) from anywhere on the globe. I know that because I printed a document being in a different city, No password was needed.

Second, even if people are as careless as my admins, the guy could be criminally prosecuted in the USA and possibly in other countries.

Here are another 45,000 reasons to patch Windows systems against old NSA exploits

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Re: how about

Also put and old reliable router you keep in the closet between the new shiny toy from your IP provider and your home network. The old junk is fast enough but it luckily has no clue what UPnP is.

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There are more than 45,000 reasons not to use UPnP

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours

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"gaps in telemetry "

Yes. Only more telemetry can save us. Every user of Microsoft software should have telemetry installed in his/her orifices.

If at first you don't succeed, you may well be Cisco: WebEx patch needs its own patch

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My love/hate relationship with WebEx

I have a long history of problems with WebEx (European Space Agency made me use it). A pity because we need a viable alternative to Skype.

NASA has Mars InSight as latest lander due to arrive today

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It has landed so it is time to congratulate NASA and everybody involved in preparing the mission!

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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Re: Accuracy

"It's not very useful to claim "73 per cent accurate". What they should give is a percentage of false positives and false negatives."

False positives are 100% minus the hit rate (that is 23%). From the x-axis of Figure 2 in the manuscript it is visible that false negative is also close to 25%. I know this from the description on page 11 (search for "false positive").

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Re: Spoof Galileo in the English Channel

Most of the victims would be Irish ferries replacing the lorries stuck in Dover.

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit

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We need ISS in orbit just to have an argument against the growing flat earth fallacy which claims there is no space. Now everybody can see it by naked eye and even see its silhouette using a small amateur-class telescope.

With no ISS, even more people will believe there is no gravity, stars hang on a glass firmament and the Earth pancake is surrounded by an impenetrable ice wall.

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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Speaking of programming language definitions

I like the definition of R language saying simply that "R is an open source implementation of S".

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Re: How easy it is to get an international deal

They treated it as an embassy. The only problem is embassy of what exactly?

PortSmash attack blasts hole in Intel's Hyper-Threading CPUs, leaves with secret crypto keys

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Not a big problem on a modern OS

If your OS is Win10 you need not worry about software snooping your encrypted transmissions. All your keyboard input is sent to Redmont (and who knows where else) anyway.

Another Meltdown, Spectre security scare: Data-leaking holes riddle Intel, AMD, Arm chips

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Re: New phone

Yes, we should revert to using Z80 processors. At least my half-forgotten knowledge if its commands could make me indispensable!

John McAfee is 'liable' for 2012 death of Belize neighbour, rules court

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Extradiction unlikely

Mac is an American citizen so he will not be most likely extradited. Isn't it unfair that an American may do such things abroad and be practically immune from criminal persecution while the US wants everybody and his dog extradited from all over the world if it feels its interest were at stake?

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

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The banks don't care

It is peanuts for them and they are most probably insured, anyway.

Sudden Windows 10 licence downgrades to forced Xcode upgrades: The week at Microsoft

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Now two corporations will get all my data at once!

Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

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I was also clueless at the time

But sill, I would start with renaming the file and checking what happens.

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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Inertial navigation system

This is what it is:


Maybe it is supposed to be better than the existing ones due to the quantum thing, but for mow it is two orders of magnitude larger than what is commercially available.


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