* Posts by arctic_haze

554 posts • joined 13 Nov 2012


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?




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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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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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:


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.

Oath-my-God: THREE! BILLION! Yahoo! accounts! hacked! in! 2013! – not! 'just!' 1bn!

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Re: How did they get to 3 billion accounts?

They had a plus/minus system of rating comments in their discussion fora. Therefore trolls and spammers needed tens of accounts to stay above zero.

Microsoft Edge shock: Browser opts for Apple WebKit, Google Blink

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Next step

The logical follow up should be porting Android to x86-64 and naming it Windows 10 Wonderful Edition 2018.

We went to Nadella's launch of Hit Refresh so you didn't have to

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I like this guy...

...for not being Ballmer.

Geoboffins claim to find oldest trace of life in rocks 4bn years old

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Contratulations to Tashiro et al.

Beginnings of life is not exactly my field but I teach a lecture course which includes the geologic history of the Earth. In the first lecture I always mention the oldest traces of life on the planet (important in the context of when life started influencing geology). Almost each year I need to include even older datings of life traces.

I start teaching next month. I see it's time to update the first lecture, again.

NBD: Adobe just dumped its private PGP key on the internet

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On purpose?

Maybe they believed the world will end today so why bother?

By the way, the Reg had coverage of the previous end of the worlds like the one in 2012 while this year it absolutely missed the topic. The standards of journalism are slipping all the time.

Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

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What will they do next?

Will they ban Windows 10 in London?

Microsoft reveals details of flagship London store within spitting distance from Apple's

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A great idea

That's where I'll wait all night for the Windows 10 Creators Update!

Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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Re: I still have two XP instances

"Theft, unless of course you bought an XP license especially for the VM?"

Well, I installed the image from Windows Update on a Win 7 Professional (64-bit). It was called "Windows XP Mode". So I guess I had all the licenses I needed.

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I still have two XP instances

One is physical, the other virtual. Both are patched using the hack the Reg published long ago.

So what am I guilty of?

Oracle softly increments SPARC M7 to M8, then whispers: We'll still love you, Solaris, to 2034

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Oh, the 2038 Unix end-of-time problem

Is it already time to put "The end is nigh" signs on the lawn?


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