* Posts by Mark 85

10282 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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"...to improve people's experience..."

This has to be the most overused BS of marketing phrases. It's about improving Google's marketing paycheck. Full Stop. They've gone far beyond mere evil to the point that I fear that they own the darkside.

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Whistleblower org chief quits over Assange critic boot demand

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That doesn't seem right. Then again, this is Assange we're speaking of and maybe this is just part of his "self-promotion" persona.

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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Re: W.A.S.P.

oh... for a moment there I thought you were going to comment on White, Angelo-Saxon, Protestants.

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Criminal justice software code could send you to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it

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Re: what about the right to face your accuser?

The isn't accusing anyone nor convicting them. All it's doing is providing the judge/court with sentencing guidelines after a conviction. I won't comment on the validity of said software as others have pretty much covered that ground.

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Re: Trade secrets, pah

Being a "trade secret" is a lot different than a patent. Trade secrets are generally very closely held by the company whereas a patent is published. For example, the recipe for Coca-Cola isn't patented. If it had been, the recipe would be in the wild and anyone could make the product.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...

If you need them, you've failed.

Actually, no! My wife bought this model because of the stylus. She has several physical issues that the stylus and the screen size solved. Other than every thing seeming to "update" (looking at your apps Google), she's pretty happy with it.

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UK cyber cops: Infosec pros could help us divert teens from 'dark side'

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Re: @JimmyPage - disinformation

All very well. The problem is that people who don't know about Islam prefer getting their facts from the UKIP-EDL "scholars" interpretation of it.

Apparently, certain groups (Al Quida comes to mind along with ISIS) seem to interpret things in the Quran:differently. Christians have the same problem with some churches/sects preaching the exact opposite of what the Bible says. So even devoted followers get mislead.

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US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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Re: how about

They have their own problems, as Al Gore will attest after losing to George W Bush due to hanging chads.

Actually, no. The old mechanicals that the OP mentions had no paper at all. Some models did have a paper roll inside for a backup tally but they were rare. So no chads, just a very satisfying "clunk - clunk" as you pulled the lever to register your votes.

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Snap code snatched, Pentagon bans bands, pacemakers cracked, etc

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To help admins?

"For advanced troubleshooting, IT experts will typically use tools such as the Windows Debugger (WinDbg), SysInternals Tools, or write their own," the guru explained.

Maybe, but more then likely the real users will be miscreants.

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What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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Re: Another affluenza victim, shirley.

Trump can't do anything for him in Nevada though,

Not at this point anyway. But if he's convicted, a pardon could be arranged.....

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Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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Re: get out quick

People in the same room as the incident were wandering around dazed for minutes, like zombies.

I'm surprised that there's no mention of flash burns. They got lucky. I saw an electrician drop a large screwdriver into an power box in factory once. People 10 feet away got flash burns. The electrician didn't die but he was badly burned and off work for year.

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NEVER assume the architect knows best!

We techies don't. However, manglement does and they are the ones who get to talk to the architect. It's our job to clean up other people's messes and smile about it.

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Re: I don't understand why they need it

Seems that the current military/civilian leadership ( such that it is ) lost sight of the basics in Vietham and haven't regained it. The basic rule is: "take the ground and hold it". If you don't do that, you'll never win a war but just spend money and lives and go home broke and in defeat.

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Re: "There's no reason for the Air Force to exist"

{5) US Coast Guard

https://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/us-military-overview.html

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I was sort of hoping for "Space Marines"... tribute to the science fiction/science pulp writers of decades past.

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Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers

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Re: Maybe, just maybe

Exactly. We're not pessimists. We're realists. While this study has value to the researchers, in our jobs it's pure BS and almost a job requirement. We, in the trenches of IT, deal daily with the Murphy Law: "if anything can go wrong, it will".

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Congresscritters want answers on Tillerson's rm -rf /opt/gov/infosec

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Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

And if this were a Clinton administration, your comment might be relevant. As t is, it's just whataboutism to distract from the issue at hand.

Actually, I find it very relevant. Seems that too many in power seem to believe that they are above everything and everyone else and thus, don't need cybersecurity as no one would dare hack them.

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Surprise, surprise. Here comes Big Cable to slay another rule that helps small ISPs compete

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Re: So the FCC gets to make the decision.

Point: free market works. gummint needs to get out of the way.

In an open market where there is competition, yes, it works very well. In a monopoly market, not so well to the point of not at all.

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So the FCC gets to make the decision.

Well, we know how that will turn out, don't we since Pai has the big kids' backs. It's too bad that he's not elected and could be voted out.

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Feels like a carnival grifter to me.

Too much hype raises expectations too high. Lot's of yelling and handwaving. And then there's more promises of 'bigger and better" much like the grifter and his pea under the shell. But they just had to do it to get "funding".

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Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan

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Re: Interesting that Oracle worries about "lock-in"

So what did Oracle do, price themselves out of the running? OTOH, I'm surprised they didn't argue that the contract should go to the highest bidder.

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Hey, you know what a popular medical record system doesn't need? 23 security vulnerabilities

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After today's other news about FB wanting your banking details, they obviously want to be able to offer medical ads and great loan rates to pay for it. Need a pacemaker? Here's where to buy and a great payment plan. Anything goes for profit...

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Facebook insists it has 'no plans' to exploit your personal banking info for ads – just as we have 'no plans' to trust it

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So chances are they got your account number? Then there will the idiots in the crowd who will go on FB to ask the bank a question and give their account number.

I'm assuming of course that FB isn't asking for every customer's details... err... crap... now that think about it, they probably are.

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Re: While we're on the subject ...

Wish I could upvote that more than once. Amen, the Stones are rock and roll...

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Re: A couple weekends ago ...

[0] No, not the Tom Petty version you heathen.

Thank <deity> that it wasn't.

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To quote the Rolling Stones: "I know it's only rock 'n' roll but I like it." *

Well, I turned 70 a month ago. I did look at some residential type "homes".. bed, meals, and ungodly rules all of them. Even curfews. I'm now in a two bedroom apartment*, still working part-time at IT and headed out this weekend to a 70's rock and roll fest.

I've run in to a few of the residents here.. all ages and several of the younger and older ones are headed there.

* I saw the Stones do this one live when it first came out.

**Got tired of lawn maintenance, etc. so sold the place.

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Oi, clickbait cop bot, jam this in your neural net: Hot new AI threatens to DESTROY web journos

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Academics think differently, obvoiusly...

"In my opinion, such a thing should not be used in traditional news. But for blogs or articles, which are just meant for light reading and fun –

He's right they shouldn't be used, but that's ivory tower thinking. Reality... the ad hawkers and yellow sheets will pick it up first (hell, they already do but have to pay humans to do it). Pretty soon, all will be doing it.

It's pretty scary when ivory tower types publish something with the disclaimer "this should not be used for XXXX". It's like a showing a moth a candle.

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Denial of denial-of-service served: There was NO DDoS on FCC net neutrality comments

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Re: It beats me why some gun-happy Yanks haven't terminated him!

This is America, you can't just shoot someone you don't like. You have to get permission first.

I'm waiting to hear of anyone got a Pai License....

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Weasel words from the head weasel.

Well, done, Pai, well done indeed. Pity that almost no one will believe you, except your corporate masters.

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Battle lines drawn over US mass surveillance as senators probe NSA's bonfire of phone records

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These two may understand the issues. Actually, I'm pretty sure they do. However, as has been shown in the recent past, the rest of the Congress are basically tech idiots who: a) won't try to understand the issues, and b) don't care enough to understand the issues, and/or c) the rest of Congress is just scared to death of the NSA and the other 3-letter ones.

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New age discrim row: Accenture, Facebook sued by sales boss for favoring 'new blood'

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Sometimes it's just the employee that's the problem. We had a hardware manager (very senior manager) who's mantra was "It has to be IBM". They finally fired him and replaced him with a guy even older who didn't subscribe the "IBM only" belief. The new guy looked at other PC makers, printer makers, server companies, etc. The whole deal. We ended up with a mix of hardware with PC's being one brand, printers another, mainframes something else. Saved the company a bundle of cash and headaches. So sometimes age isn't the problem, it's the mindset.

OTOH, I've been around places where if you're of a certain age, then things started changing. Raises got smaller, performance goals were harder if not impossible. These poor guys and women, were just pushed right out the door and most were quite competent and innovative at what they did.

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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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Re: Like Alexa

Let's face it.. chatty is annoying. A chatty robot is even worse because telling it to shut up will probably be ignored. Leaving it on (any robot that communicates) then it is probably listening in and sending everything home to the mothership, or so it seems.

To the robot: "Get off my lawn.". Same for anyone who thinks chatty machines or even the "quiet" robots are good thing.

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'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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Re: Just a beer?

Emojis should consigned to the dustbin. I think bixie is already there. The kids don't care and mom and dad probably don't know the difference. I do have friends who still use "smiley" but not all smileys smile.

I'm not sure if it's the kids who named it that or some marketing clown.

Emoticon gets another vote from here.

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re: Just to be helpful:

Exactly... now which is the leader and which is fictional bear?

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Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

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Indeed... security by obscurity, I to have an old HP printer, single function.. it prints, can take 11X17 paper and is only connected to one PC which is connected maybe once a week for a few hours. Being obscure is sometimes a lot better.

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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What do you suppose their motivation is.....

Motivation? Easy.. they're sadists and they get paid well to strike fear and terror into the staff.

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Re: This is normal in every human endeavor.

We had a salesman who was often first into the office, purely so that he could experience the ego-trip of having the lights turn on as he walked the length of the office.

Did he also have a player on his person to play appropriate music to enhance his greatness? Such as "also sprach Zarathustra".

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Facebook's security boss is offski. Not to worry, it has 'embedded security' in all divisions

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It is odd though that he's headed to academia and not another company. Could be he's fed up with the commercial side of things?

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Castaway hacker guilty of sedating children's hospital computers

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Protected computer?

I had to look this up. Seems it's applies to financial institutions only. Looks like all it does is provide a definition for law enforcement even if the computer is on the web without any AV, passwords, etc. The concept seems a bit strange and impractical but I'm just a normal user.

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Did you know: Lawyers can certify web domain ownership? Well, not no more they ain't

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Re: A "phoencall"?

You've never heard of Phoenicians? Their civilization predated the Egyptions.

So security by bronze sword then?

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DEF CON plans to show US election hacking is so easy kids can do it

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Re: Hack the politicians?

A step further.. what if the election was hacked and they lost. Too late for those morons. But the winner certainly won't support any additional funding either.

The 3 abstentions is strange... like either they got in due some hanky-panky or there were some outside pressures for them not vote. There's also the factor of the geezers-in-charge not knowing enough to make a decision.

The best thing might just be to sit back and watch the resulting chaos from any hacking. I'm bringing popcorn and probably a nice red wine.

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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Re: One little pill?

I am nowadays very suspicious of studies attributing health benefits to alcohol itself. It is a know carcinogen, and has ill effects on the liver. Even if it theoretically would have benefits to some part of the body, these would be offset by harm to other parts. (It also has a mighty industry behind it, rather like tobacco used to).

Two quotes come to mind about this...

1) "Moderation is for monks".

2) "No one gets out of this life alive."

A third one does also, but given the circumstances it was made under, it probably should apply: "Let's go, you want to live forever?:.

So just maybe, one should just suck the marrow out of life and enjoy it while we can. Death is waiting and takes everyone eventually. So go young, some go old. But they still go. Don't make a bucket list, just do it.

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Re: Is correlation causation....?

So one shouldn't order a cask of wine just yet? Rats.....

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Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: The table with the specs...

You'll also need "furlongs per fortnight" for speed calculations unless you use the El Reg standards.

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Re: Optional...

Upvote for the idea, but not at that size. Scale the plans up a fair amount and it might work. However, the .50 cal recoil/vibration is a factor and the gun and ammo isn't light. So maybe need to "over engineer" things like the chassis, power system, suspension.

Maybe old M60 (7.62mm) might be a better choice. Both the gun and ammo are lighter, lower recoil and vibration. You'd still need to scale it up for the weight etc. but not as much.

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'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist

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McAfee credible?

Really? I am shocked that his endorsement of a product might be considered a plus that product based not just on the man himself but also on the concept of "endorsement for hire" like a certain sports and actor/actresses. I daresay any celebs endorsement is just about as valuable as the paper it's printed on.

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The End for Fin7: Feds cuff suspected super-crooks after $$$m stolen from 15m+ credit cards

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Re: More than likely...

One would hope that after the US gives them their day (weeks?) in court that if another country wants them there will be some sharing of the crims. This type of thing might just do the trick especially if one the countries they could be sent to are less diligent about the treatment of prisoners.

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SMS 2FA gave us sweet FA security, says Reddit: Hackers stole database backup of user account info, posts, messages

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Re: Thirteen Years of Operation...

It does make one wonder about how many other times they've penetrated. If they hadn't hired an InfoSec guy would they even have announced this breech?

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Holy ship! UK shipping biz Clarksons blames megahack on single point of pwnage

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Re: Copies

I too am surprised at this statement particularly the word "recovered". Is it the thieves didn't make a backup copy? If they parked it somewhere on the internet such as AWS, are they certain that the data wasn't hacked by someone else? Once the data is in the wild, all bets are off, IMO.

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

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

To steal a movie line: "Why can't we have both, Coleman?"

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