* Posts by Mark 85

10560 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

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User's care about bugs, leaks, etc.?????

However, there is a fear this practice will discourage organizations from looking in the first place, in order to avoid any negative headlines when they publicize their bug discoveries.

That's a false sense of reality. Imagine the turmoil if an unpatched bug hit hard or they gave away (sold) the info like FB did? Oh wait, users didn't bail out en masse so no fear of publicizing bugs then.

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The mysterious life of Luc Esape, bug fixer extraordinaire. His big secret? He's not human

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Re: The title is no longer required.

Never mind that! YouTube is down worldwide and I'm on the dole!

The serious news would be if Facebook when down. Millions of voices screaming in the night and utter chaos as those hapless souls wandered about offering to show total strangers a picture of what they had for lunch or dinner. But cat video fans would be worst... jumping, doing "cute" cat things to show others what their cat does.

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Alphabet in the soup for keeping quiet about Google+ data leak bug

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Re: Google response

Ah.. SNAFUBR. Nothing to see here per manglement.

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Insult to injury: Malware menace soaks water-logged utility ravaged by Hurricane Florence

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If it weren't for bad luck

this company wouldn't have any luck at all. I feel for the techs and the rest of the workers for this double whammy.

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Dell Tech: We'll let shareholders vote on VMware deal in Q4

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Icahn again...

I daresay he's just being his usual self-centered ass self. He just wants the shareholders to do what he wants. Will this benefit them to follow his lead or once done, will he do what he usually does and sell off and walk away looking for another victim?

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Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist's worrying disappearance

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Re: Follow the money

It's sort of the way it works with news, etc. In this case, the dead guy is "one of them". Everyone else is nameless, faceless and is only headlines by the sheer volume of numbers. So yeah... one guy is dead and the world screams. Millions die and they look the other way. Something is still f****d up with this world.

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Penta-gone! Personal records of 30,000 US Dept of Defense workers swiped by miscreants

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Re: Government Data Piles

Miscreants must feel like mosquitoes at a nudist colony.

So many targets, yet the problem for the miscreants is the same as for mosquitoes... they have to differentiate between the old inactive ones and the active live ones. So many targets, so little time.

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Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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It is disgusting that Assange is held, without trial in an effective jail for so long. Call ourselves civilised: 3rd world countries must be laughing at our hypocrisy.

Seriously? He's there by choice. It's their "house" and their rules. You need more downvotes.

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It's clear Ecuador is getting a little more than pissed off as well since they are now giving him rules that he must adhere to.

Well, he's a "guest". The rules don't seem that harsh and most are common courtesy. If you're a guest, don't be a jackass, basically.

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Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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Re: Sweet memories...

Then, one person in PR decided to completely ignore all that... When asked, they said, "Oh, I never read messages from IT, you're always just sending out warnings."

Those types should be strung up by the front door as example and with an email or group meeting explanation. The second one who does it should be drawn and quartered.

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Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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Re: Monitor

Is configuring-while-intoxicated a crime?

Only if you get caught. One place I worked had an IT "lunch" every month. But one sysadmin had to stay sober just in case..

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Re: Monitor

Amen. Been there, pulled my hair out, and then ran the testing myself with the "tech" (loosely applied) watching and hopefully learning. I usually took the "tech" and had him/her do it with me watching and walking them through the procedure.

FTR, I learned troubleshooting on aircraft in the military. The teach this method and hammer into those who do the troubleshooting. Logic seems to be a lost art these days, sadly.

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NASA's Chandra probe suddenly becomes an EX-ray space telescope (for now, anyway)

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Just the fact that this probe has exceeded it's time is remarkable.. Maybe it's just time to accept that nothing lasts forever, especially in space and perhaps budget for newer probes before the "old" ones die.

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Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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Re: Space Shuttle

The worst bit about the Challenger disaster though was the fact that the dangers of the booster construction had

The launch was even more compromised by the politics. Many of engineers said "no fly" on launch morning because of the temperature. But there was a lot of political and PR pressure to launch no matter what as "the world was watching". Someone high up overrode the engineers' "no fly".

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Oh no, Xi didn't! Chinese spymaster cuffed in Belgium, yoinked to US on aerospace snoop rap

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I would hope that after the big guys get done, that the government will listen to the "little" companies and follow the same path. Maybe at some point the piracy will stop but it's going to take hitting the big hacks/ripoffs and the little ones to do it.

Slightly off topic but part of the problem. The Chinese only recognize patents/copyright by Chinese companies and citizens. Basically, someone in China can file a patent or copyright on your product and they then have free reign to wreck as much havoc as they want.

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PINs and needled: Experian site blabbed codes to unlock credit accounts for fraudsters

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Re: Nuke the entire Experian site from orbit

Also the other two big players. Might as well get rid of them all due to leaks, break-ins, etc.

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Christmas is essentially Page 71 of the Brand New Monty Python Bok

Back on topic, what was wrong with tea flavoured tea and coffee flavoured coffee? I know the usual consensus round these parts is everything is better with bacon (just read the comments sections on any article about food by the sorely missed Lester Haines) but I draw the line at adding pork products (or the taste of them) to beverages.

Right now, the current fad in the States is pumpkin flavored tea and coffee... <gag>

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Re: Christmas is essentially Page 71 of the Brand New Monty Python Bok

Christmas has been lost in the quest for profit. Corporate greed is the new religion.

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Re: Chivo243

(except parody ones like Pastafarianism

Bite your tongue man!! His benevolence isn't a parody.

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Russian 'troll factory' firebombed – but still fit to fiddle with our minds

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Re: You cannot troll a troll.

"[...] he'll want a glass of milk."

Goats milk.

Not unicorn milk?

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Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: *** Be careful *** Also new in 1809, changes to Disk Cleanup Tool,

"I'm too dumb and lazy to manage my hard disk storage, so I want to just keep stuffing everything into C:\FILES, and if the drive gets full, just let the OS magically put the files someplace else without me knowing what's going on."

I suspect there's something to that. Some people save everything and every email including spam. And if something disappears, they get snarky.

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Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

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Re: A Matter of Trust & False Flags

I too am taking the long view of "I don't know" and "I'm not sure who to trust" in this. The story could be a plant to discredit the Chinese or it could be a cover up of something else... a distraction. Bloomberg does have a reputation for accuracy but in this case...is it real or is BS? If it's BS, it's of the highest order but then there's "agencies" that are well funded and have some very creative people involved.

Best bet is to not to jump to a conclusion that someone wants us to believe, but wait and see how this plays out. Sherlock Holmes comes to mind: "The game is afoot!".

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Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Re: Aww, the Stasi would be proud

Once upon a time (and for all I know, it's the same in Putin's kleptocracy today) a conversation with a Russian or an East German might well be punctuated with a brief silence and a finger pointed upwards: which in the language of the times meant, "They are probably listening."

Thus, the video part. It will see you pointing and notify the proper people that you have something to hide.

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The real question is: which countries will it own?

Obvious answer... all of them.

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Re: WTF?

All that said, Facebook is consistently losing users, particularly those who are under 30 --

They're growing up, starting families, and suddenly realize they don't have time for Facebook. Plus, at that age they pretty much get beyond "here's a pic of today's dinner" or similar stuff.

so I think the general public is actually starting to become aware that Facebook is a bad deal and should be avoided.

Some are becoming aware but only those who read the news and saw the farce in front of Congress and Parliament . The rest, not so much.

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Re: WTF?

It's from Facebook. That it doesn't use the Facebook website means nothing.

Every other device like this snoops, so we should believe Facebook that they won't be data mining using this device? I do think they're hoping the P.T. Barnum philosophy will kick in.

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Re: Google+ users

Which is what everyone was concerned about and thus, not using it. Rumors of them reading everything (well, they do have that reputation) didn't help Google+ at all.

Is there anyone in this world that actually trusts Google? Or while we're at it.. Facebook?

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SpaceX touches down in California as Voyager 2 spies interstellar space

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Need two icons at once...<sigh> Toasts to SpaceX for the launch and recovery and also to NASA. It may seem commonplace but it's still some pretty damn impressive achievements going on with both of them.

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Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

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Re: "It is bonkers to think it would have screwed up a story this huge"

There's 3rd scenario: Bloomberg is possibly considered "fake news" and the administration decided to make an example of them. Then again, maybe I just need a tinfoil hat.

The concept of what is credible and what is not is indeed clouded. In this case, we have a respected news agency, a shifting political landscape that issues contradictory news items, and a spy agency that wouldn't want to be outted. The companies (all of them) involved may be under a "secrets" embargo and dare not speak to this other than deny.

We're in "what's real and what's not real" land here. All anyone can do is speculate.

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: This is affecting the enthusiasts ...

You hit it dead on. For those non-techies who don't know a techie, they're screwed for the most part. I've had calls from "friends of friends" over the last year wanting me to fix their Win10 problems. No can do.

I am surprised that there haven't been class action suits hitting Redmond hard over these borked "updates" as they call them. I call them borked "tests".

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It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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SS 433 is roughly 15,000 light years away, and its jets don’t point directly to Earth, making it difficult to study.

Might that not be a good thing that it's not pointing directly at Earth?

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What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

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So the Bandmasters did it?

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Ex-Cisco chief John Chambers: Tech biz bods are 'too arrogant'

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Re: He should know

I'd love to upvote a thousand times for the Buffet comment. Humble, still lives on his farm away from NYC and Silly Valley, yet intelligent and thoughtful.

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Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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Well... how many times can we have "oops..." as a switch is clicked or a cable pulled or command line mistyped? We've all done our share of these. It's a rite of passage.

Having said that, I do look forward to reading these weekly and the comments as our common random acts of distraction, newbieness, or forgetfulness, along with the usual missteps caused by someone who preceded us is reassuring that we are not alone.

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Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Re: re. micro sd, etc.

Cheaper would be the plastic/paper coated wire thingies used for bread and also trash bags.

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The fur is not gonna fly: Uncle Sam charges seven Russians with Fancy Bear hack sprees

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Same guys?

From earlier today, but there's no names: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/10/04/gru_opcw_hack_bust/

Seems we're in the middle of some sort of dog-and-pony show here in the west. Seven people named but how did they get the names and photos? I would think that any alleged spy would travel on a fake passport and/or fake credentials.

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Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

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False Sense of Security Scenario?

That would seem reasonable to me. The catch is, is/was there another team that went through customs? Or just drive in from a neighboring country? Going through customs would be the perfect way to get the Trojan Horses in place as they would be "official" visitors. A drive in type... somewhat stealthy.

OTOH, this could just all be political maneuvering where the team was expected to be caught and there isn't any second team... yet.

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China's going to make a mobile OS and everyone will love it, predict ball-gazing analysts

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Re: "...predict ball-gazing analysts"

Whose balls are they gazing at?

Crystal's? But she only has metaphorical balls.

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Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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While it may be bomb proof at this point (Win 7 here also), how long will that last before they try pushing via "update" to install Win10? Or, they just downgrade Win 7 to something like Win 10?

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Astroboffins may have found the first exomoon lurking beyond the Solar System

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Serious question for the star gazers.

The one thing I don't understand in this, is Earth takes a year to orbit the Sun. Assume a similar situation "out there". Do the boffins watch a given star for a long time or just randomly say every couple of weeks/months?

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California cracks down on Internet of Crap passwords with new law to stop the botnets

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Re: The problem...

Or would you rather be living in the Gilded Age (Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, anyone? Sweat shops?) where robber barons did what they wanted and made or bribed governments to turn a blind eye?

I think we are already there. The lobbyists run state and federal governments.

Which would you prefer: anarchy or the police state?

Currently, it would appear that we are headed towards a police state because the anarchists are to be feared and government has pounded that into everyone's head.

Sadly, we the people, don't have much choice in who we elect nor do the candidates seem to have much freedom to do what we want. Between government pressure to "think of the children", "terrorism", etc. and lobbyist bribery, we're screwed. Perhaps a revolution might occur but it would end in anarchy due to the fragmentation by various political groups. The old saying "divide and conquer" is working very well here in the US. And to the naysayers, I say "look again". Black vs. white. Haves vs. havenots. Even the political parties are fragmented in many ways other than "left vs. right".

The problem needs to be addressed at the grass root level wherein the people realize how badly they are being manipulated, used, and abused even within their own factions. The problem is how to get them to think beyond their own noses and look at what really needs to be done for the greater good.

Lastly, yes.. the Facebook generation... <sigh> along with "hipsters" or whatever that only think about the next shiny to buy.

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MIMEsweeper maker loses UK High Court patent fight over 15-year-old bulletin board post

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Re: Utter shite

Strangely, the spall chucker that Firefox uses doesn't. Firefox also has a problem with spall and chucker, go figure.

Does it flag them or is the problem it doesn't? Both are legitimate words interestingly enough.

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US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time

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Re: The message will say: “THIS IS A TEST..."

And like all good alerts, when the real thing happens, it will shout: "This is NOT a drill" 4 or 5 times.

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Re: Yep

No message here but then I'm not on a feature phone just an old Samsung flip phone. It does do texting but nothing fancy like emoticons or even apps (except for the built in browser). Or, my local carrier didn't pass it on.

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'Desperate' North Korea turns to bank hacking sprees to rake in much-needed dosh

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Re: Who?

The black markets require money though, and that's what North Korea is extremely short on and need to steal to be able to buy off the black market.

NK wants nukes and the tech isn't cheap. Dear Leader wants his nice (expensive) cars, etc. The citizens need food. At some point, this house of cards will fail.

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Re: There's a stupid, fat, paranoid, evil dictator at work here.

But, the news says they're "in love".

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Re: So how?

With all the sanctions why hasn't their connection to communications not been cut down to a single copper pair?

Their connections are via China. Good luck trying to shut that down.

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Laser-sharp research sees three top boffins win the Nobel Prize in physics

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Re: Newspapers making big deal of 1st woman for over 50 years

I suspect we’re going to start seeing more and more backlash against gender equality as time goes on and people (ok, men) start feeling they are getting a bad deal.

The old "reverse discrimination" from the 70's is raising it's ugly head again. Back then, if two candidates applied for the same job, usually the "person of color" got the job as it ticked many boxes and "experience" wasn't considered for either person. I now note that companies are looking to hire female board members also. There probably aren't enough qualified candidates for that job so this will get interesting.

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Facebook gives third-party apps the all-clear

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Re: Alex Stamos isn't worth listening to

I have a hard time believing that there are any actual "good guys" at Facebook.

That definitely applies to the board, execs, and probably all department heads. I'm sure there's some "good guys" deep down in the trenches just trying to do a good job and get a paycheck. But then, the excuse of "only following orders" doesn't fly well anymore, so there is that to consider.

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Google is still chasing the self-driving engineer that jumped ship to Uber

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Re: Of course...

All of this and other reports from inside Google on the treatment of employees makes one wonder why anyone would want to work for them.

In this case, I don't agree nor condone what he did but there are some things they've pulled on employees that make we wonder if they're not a toxic work environment.

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