* Posts by arctic_haze

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'Every little helps'... unless you want email: Tesco to kill free service

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Why am I not surprised?

All "something as service" offers are doomed to end this way.

What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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Arthur C Clarke, anyone?

This plane looks like a spaceship from a cover of one of his first books. An absolutely 1950s Sci-Fi look.

Mad March Meltdown! Microsoft's patch for a patch for a patch may need another patch

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Enough is enough, Microsoft

I'll mention for the third time that I am absolutely happy I decided in January to stop patching my Windows 7 boxes. My intuition was correct.

The second time I mentioned it under a relevant article the ratio of "likes" to "dislike" became > 1.0. I wonder if the trend will continue ;)

What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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What that tells us about Skype?

If you had any doubts every word you say on Skype is recorded, this change should be a wake up call for you. You were thinking the curse words were meant for whoever you talked to? No, the ones that complained were puritan NSA employees who had to listen to your cursing.

Microsoft's Windows 7 Meltdown fixes from January, February made PCs MORE INSECURE

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Game over, Microsoft

I've already mentioned here that I stopped upgrading Windows 7 in January feeling the Spectre and Meltdown medicine is worse than the malady. I feel 100% vindicated now. The March patches patch January vulnerabilities while the network may stop working. What kind of joke it is unless it is a last ditch effort by Microsoft to make me use Windows 10?

Microsoft to lock out Windows RDP clients if they are not patched against hijack bug

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Enough is enough

It's good to have a safe operating system. However the recent Microsoft patches introduce so many side effects that actually it is better to have an operating system. I know I'm safer with no Internet connection but I still need to comment on The Register from time to time. So I decided not to patch at all.

2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations

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Re: I Don't See The Problem

Seriously, this is not how it's done. You are actually trying to calculate the Schrodinger wave function, not the measurements values. In fact you are calculating probabilities, not actual values. So the only source of uncertainty in the calculations should be the approximation in the calculation methods (for example calculating partial sums where the real values is an infinite sum).

That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything's fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook's great! All good in the hoodie!

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Re: Facebook has still not learned the lesson

I think it is easy to guess my surname because the account is used mostly to see photos posted by the family. However because I do not post about myself, this guess would not help them much. They could learn that I used to upvote family members and recently posted something about Facebook and cute animals.

However, I seriously think about closing it down anyway.

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Facebook has still not learned the lesson

I'm not even writing about private data security but rather about manipulation. I have an account under false name so I'm not worried about the former.

So I made yesterday a test. I make posts on FB linking several articles and YT videos about the company problems. None of them got a preview (with title and some graphic from the linked page). However, when I linked some webpages and videos about cute animals, all of them got the previews inviting to click the link.

Funny? No. Rather pathetic.

Patch LOSE-day: Microsoft secures servers of the world. By disconnecting them

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I stopped updating my Windows 7 boxes

In fact Microsoft did it for me demanding since January that I manually set a registry key to get further updates.

There are simply too many issues with all the crap updates of the last three months, including performance decrease and various side effects. Just see the description of the March Windows 7 bunch:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4088875/windows-7-update-kb4088875

Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

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How stupid is this?

I am a customer of a bank which is so stupid it makes the clients choose a password for telephone communications with them and then when calling you trying to sell you some financial products (every time from a different number), they ask you for the password.

Our civilization is on the verge of collapse.

Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds

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It is funny

Whether it's the regular discrimination, or a reverse one, the Asiatics are always the target.

Spotify wants to go public but can't find Ed Sheeran (to pay him)

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Ed Sheeran easy to find?

Last time I saw him he was hiding in the woods of Westeros singing a new song. Not everyone is as good in spotting him as Arya Stark.

We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?

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What it has to do with the Trump's Russian connection?

Everything. This is a good showcase of how prosecutors break the vows of silence in criminal conspiracies. I'm stashing up popcorn and await next episodes!

You're decorating it wrong: Apple HomePod gives wood ring of death

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The obligatory Soviet Russia joke

In Soviet Russia, wood scratches the wiretap.

NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

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Re: Valuable minerals?

Whitepowerium

Nazium

Cheesburgerium

Remember the Yorkie pizza horror? Here's who won our exclusive Reg merch...

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loud, aggressive porter

The kind of working class guy who used to carry luggage?

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

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Re: I’ve always wondered...

Because if the Earth did not rotate, we would have no cyclones and anticyclones and weather forecasters would be unemployed ;)

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Re: "Live footage of the launch was sold on a pay-per-view channel at $5 a pop"

A tax on stupidity? Serves them well.

By the way, the guy may not be mad, after all. Flying on top of that thing would be insane but pretending to try while counting money seems in the good old tradition of showmanship.

$14bn tax hit, Surface Pro screens keep dying – but it's not all good news at Microsoft

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Now wait for the mythical Surface Phone

It will stop working after a 10 minute phone call because the engineers testing it never have anything to say which is longer than 30 seconds.

Dinosaurs gathered at NASA Goddard site for fatal feeding frenzy

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Omnious

Our lizard overlords and their mammalian minions were already observing the future NASA sites in the Lower Cretaceous.

Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

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Re: Exemptions

I was also surprised but not shocked. This is the country of order (Ordnung) after all.

In the old times, when they executed someone in Germany, they used to send the family an invoice for the "service". What the police did in this case was a variant of the same thing.

RIP Ursula K Le Guin: The wizard of Earthsea

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Ursula Le Guin was an atheist, wasn't she?

Therefore I will say the Agnostic Prayer for the dead from "Creatures of light and darkness" by Roger Zelazny:

"Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say, I ask, if it matters, that you be forgiven for anything you may have done or failed to do which requires forgiveness. Conversely, if not forgiveness but something else may be required to insure any possible benefit for which you may be eligible after the destruction of your body, I ask that this, whatever it may be, be granted or withheld, as the case may be, in such a manner as to insure your receiving said benefit. I ask this in my capacity as your elected intermediary between yourself and that which may not be yourself, but which may have an interest in the matter of your receiving as much as it is possible for you to receive of this thing, and which may in some way be influenced by this ceremony. Amen."

However, having said that, I still feel bereaved and sad.

NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

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Re: contrails / chemtrails @FlamingDeath

Funny thing but I covered this in a lecture I had just yesterday. I showed the students the infamous 1975 Newsweek article, explained it was based on the NASA report which was five years late in data (they ended in 1970 and only for the Northern Hemisphere). I told them we had no satellite data and practically no circulation models at the time.

Finally I told them that this is what comes from using statistics only, without understanding the underlying processes. I showed them a paper by Wlally Broecker, the oceanographer, in Science from the same 1975. This is what Broecker wrote in the abstract of his paper:

"By analogy with similar events in the past, the natural climatic cooling which, since 1940, has more than compensated for the carbon dioxide effect, will soon bottom out. Once this happens, the exponential rise in the atmospheric carbon dioxide content will tend to become a significant factor and by early in the next century will have driven the mean planetary temperature beyond the limits experienced during the last 1000 years."

Do I need to add that he was 100% right and the reason for that is that he understood the physics of greenhouse gases?

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Re: UI design 101

"On the Beach" is the correct response to a nuclear threat.

This is exactly what Jyn Erso and the rebel captain did at the end of the movie.

UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

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UK.gov?

Oh, it's only a 3D printout. I hoped they made it real size and Theresa May will test it on the first dive.

Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city

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The speed

They build a lot in less than two years but still it is nothing like the amount of work in the Apollo program every year within the 9 years between the Kennedy speech and the Moon landing.

Parliamentary 'puters made 30k tries to procure pr0nz last year

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What really happened

" The vast majority of attempts to access them are not deliberate. The data shows requests to access websites, not visits to them."

The only thing this sentence states is that the request were not successful due to the filtering software.

Military alliance NATO adopts official hymn

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I propose Dragorborn from the Skyrim game

I am ready to defend any Article 5 country to this music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVVXNDv8rY0

A plus is the dragon language equally foreign to every Alliance member.

Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel's Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll

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Mozilla also issued a patch

There is a new Firefox (57.0.4) which makes some timings more random to allegedly make it more difficult to exploit the two bugs.

I wonder how much slower Firefox becomes to protect itself from other processes I run on my personal computer. In theory the OS could eavesdrop Firefox, but it could be also done in many other ways.

Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Re: Good stuff!

Maybe there will be a Hollywood movie.

With billboard sized computer screens and passwords written in size 128.

We've heard of data gravity – we're just not sure how to defy it yet

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General Relativity Theory for data?

I wonder how much data density one needs to create an informational black hole.

Judge rm -rf Grsecurity's defamation sue-ball against Bruce Perens

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Congratulations Mr. Perens

However it was not difficult to prevail. Under the US libel law the company would have needed to prove he not only was wrong but also knew he was wrong. And because he was right that is next to impossible.

Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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America had already one alien invasion

The aliens had strange pale skin, used dangerous long range weapons and brought alien viruses which decimated the Americans.

It was about 500 years ago.

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Oh, the UFOs are absolutely real

Donal Trump talks to the Plan 9 UFO crews every day:

Trump: "Why is it so important that you want to contact the governments of our Earth?"

Eros: "Because of death. Because all you of Earth are idiots!"

HTC U11 Life: Google tries to tame the midmarket

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Re: Two years?

Am I lucky? I've bought my Galaxy S5 Neo phone over 2 years ago and my networks still provides me with upgrades. I've received the latest one this month. The security patch level is November 1st.

I'm not saying which network (and county) it is but I hope that means things are improving.

Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked

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Another alt-Right fail

The alleged Stalin looks more like the last Tsar murdered by the Bolsheviks.

Put down the eggnog, it's Patch Tuesday: Fix Windows boxes ASAP

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Wrong title

It should be "It is almoast 2018 and compiled HTML help (CHM) files can infect your Windows".

Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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Re: Oregon is a nanny state

It was explained to me in Oregon that because it's raining most of the time it's better for me to have someone operate the pump. My answer was "Haven't you heard about roofs?".

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Re: let me guess

I'm neither an engineer nor professional engineer but I've got the PhD in physics.

Am I allowed to discuss traffic lights in Oregon?

From the graaaaaave! WileyFox's Windows 10 phone delayed again

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Plan 9 from Windows Space

"Why is it so important that you want to continue making Windows phones?"

"Because all you of Earth are idiots."

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Good old electronics

I still have a calculator which was made before Voyager 1 passed Jupiter. It's a Sharp Elsi Mate EL-5801 with a green display. Need I add that it works as well as the thrusters?

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Re: it's already doing 17.46 km/hour

GPS has correction for both gravity (general relativity) and velocity (special relativity). Both are needed.

Hey girl, what's that behind your Windows task bar? Looks like a hidden crypto-miner...

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Auto-hide, Sherlock!

"Auto-hide the taskbar" is the solution. I'm not sure it's available in Windows 8 and 10 because I successfully avoided upgrades but in Windows 7 it works beautifully.

Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password

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Re: Linux root p/w

I cannot conceive of any circumstance, no matter how bizarre, in which I would legitimately (no criminal intent) want a null root p/w (feel free to prove your mind is more warped than mine by coming up with one).

The protagonist of the Martian movie could have had a null root password in his abandoned Martian base, at least until he regained some semblance of communication with the Earth.

Twitter's fight to kill Uncle Sam's censorship of spying numbers edges closer to victory

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This is not democracy

Doing something in secret and not allowing the public even to know you're doing it is not democracy. It''s more like building the Death Star.

Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

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I'm really shocked

What kind of "security persons" creates a new non-patchable [1] DDoS vector?

[1] Well there would be one way to patch it: pull the idiotic code.

Osama Bin Laden had copy of Resident Evil, smut, in compound

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Ultimate conspiracy theory

John Lennon and Lady Di dissolved Obama in acid used by NASA in false space flights and have been using his remains to sprinkle us all from above creating the dreadful chemtrails.

If your websites use WordPress, put down that coffee and upgrade to 4.8.3. Thank us later

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It's better than Windows

Today I received an email stating that:

"Howdy! Your site at http://[censored].com has been updated automatically to WordPress 4.8.3.

No further action is needed on your part."

Another job well done, as robot Bender used to say!

AI bot rips off human eyes, easily cracks web CAPTCHA codes. Ouch

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Happy to hear that

As soon as robots start beating us at captcha recognition (which is not difficult in my case), the captchas will be pointless.

The downside is... I have no fcuking idea what they will invent next to make our lives miserable.

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