* Posts by Lost In Clouds of Data

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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Holmes

The linked privacy policies for Tetris run to 407,000 words...

Be interested in seeing the citation for that for, as absurd as many T&C's etc. are, I find that just a little too hard to swallow without further evidence.

And are we talking about policies for just one version of the game, or all the privacy policies to date for every single last copy of Tetris ever released?

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CBS's Showtime caught mining crypto-coins in viewers' web browsers

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Unhappy

JavaScript?

Which, in this day and age, seems like nearly every single one of them...

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Sneaky devs could abuse shared libraries to slurp smartphone data

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Sadly, crap like this made me switch

(This is not an Apple vs Android whine, despite what you might think)

And shit like this is why, last year I switched to Apple. Not that the iPhone is a superior device to many of the top of the line Android phones, nor is the UI better (it's not). Indeed there's much to be annoyed about (Security patches rolled into OS releases? Aw, c'mon Apple).

However, right now, Apple have a far better handle on App & Device security. Perfect? No, far from it, but that said, as of writing, devices from nigh on 4 years ago are STILL getting security [and, by virtue of my annoyance above] O/S updates, and are on scheduled to get iOS 11 as well.

Meanwhile my old Nexus 6 (an admirable night clock - why oh why cannot Apple allow Apps to keep the screen on - such as Clocks - then have the O/S lock the moment you exit?) barely a nipper at 2.5 years old, will receive it's last security update (next month? month after?).

This is a problem; people would like to keep their devices longer AND feel secure.

I've no doubt that Google can fix this shared library issue, but let's be honest, an issue of this magnitude ain't gonna happen until Android 'P'. Already the Nexus 6 is stuck at Nougat (and not even the latest release either).

These are Google devices dammit; people brought them because they were under their control; no carrier interference, no nothing. And yet they're already toast.

I get the LGs, HTCs etc not getting more than a few updates, but Nexus and Pixel devices should be the equivalent of an LTS release - with support for at least security fixes spanning 4 years.

Until then I'll be in Apple's camp. Not perfect (by any stretch of the imagination), but at least my 7 plus will receive patches for years to come.

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Democrats (still a thing, apparently) are super unhappy about AT&T's Time-Warner merger

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WTF?

Re: it would be funny if...

Not really relevant. #1 is #1. If they're #1 then it shows that Fox News are also suffering from the same lack of viewers.

That said, #1 is #1 no matter which way you want to spin it.

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FAIL

Re: it would be funny if...

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/msnbc-fox-news-ratings-cable-news-cnn-1202440320/amp/

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/business/media/msnbc-rachel-maddow-andrew-lack-ratings.amp.html

http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/may-2017-ratings-for-first-time-since-2000-msnbc-beat-fox-news-cnn-on-weeknights/330611

Did you bother to even Google MSNBC #1 before posting?

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Re: it would be funny if...

The same MSNBC that just last week took the #1 spot from Fox News?

The biggest chunk of the average cable bill isn't the news channels - it's sports such as ESPN and Fox Sports which all together kick upwards of $18 to $25 per month to your bill depending on your market (source: SNL Kagen).

The same research showed that just ESPN alone averaged out at $5.54 per subscriber, whilst CNN was a paltry $0.60 with MSNBC at just half of that.

Fox news however recently stated their desire to hit a buck 50 within a few years. And you picking on two of the lowest cost cable news stations, ignoring the most expensive cable news channel (which is now nigh on a dollar per month per subscriber) makes me wonder if you have a political ax to grind here.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Trollface

Finally!

Oh, so your the other person who uses Vivaldi (also my preferred browser of choice)!

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Andy Rubin's overhyped and underdelivered Essential phone out 'in a few weeks'

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Flame

Re: Since when

" the rest of the world cares about quality."

Sarcasm, right?

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WTF?

Re: Not trying to shoot anything down

Apparently he thinks that, because he's Mr Android, that any subpar device he slaps his name on is suddenly turned into gold and is now more desirable than either the latest Samsung or Apple devicen...

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America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

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FAIL

Last I read...

... planes had yet to be fitted with bomb proof holds. That said, what's to stop 3 maniacs checking in 3 laptop bombs into checked luggage, all three synced up took detonate simultaneously?

Or are these measures somehow miraculously going to extend to all checked baggage as well?

I get security, and fully understand the risks, but none of this to me seems to prevent your average religious zealot from carrying out their sick plan of mass murder. No longer is it a case of detonating a bomb in the main cabin after somehow sneaking it onboard, now they can have more in the hold, all placed there by your friendly neighbourhood airport security team.

In addition, at what point do you say that, to all intents and purposes, the feckers have won?

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You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods

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WTF?

$13.7bn?

Jesus...and I thought my last grocery bill was high! Mind you, had I shopped at Ripoff Foods instead of me local Kroger then perhaps it might have been.

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Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

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Re: Freetard here

Another missed nuance; when you subscribe to SKY or HBO or whomever, they're granted you a right to STREAM the content. That is under their control. When the license to stream said content expires, or if, as a business decision they choose to no longer stream it, then your rights to stream it stop.

When you purchase the DVDs & BluRays you're purchasing a license to watch that content for as long as you want, no matter what the status of the show is on the streaming platform. You have paid extra for that right (and for the physical media).

When you torrent it you have decided to have you cake and eat it as well.

BTW; don't paint me as some shill for the industry - I think DRM is an absolutely awful idea which does nothing whatsoever to stop the pirates, but does it stop folk from making a copy of a medium that, once damaged is invariably unwatchable (unlike a book for example which I can bend the spine, tear the cover, drop it in the bath and STILL read it). And I firmly believe we should, by law, be able to have backup copies. In addition I hate 'cloud' purchases because they can whip those away in the wink of an eye just because the studio (or other person) whims it.

I also think the industry as a whole is as corrupt as all get out and totally anti-consumer and that, if they began to show more compassion and stopped with this war against us, they'd see a lot more folk legally sourcing material.

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Re: Don't shoot the messenger

Again the nuance is missed - it doesn't matter just HOW that is performed, just the fact it IS performed using their platform and that TPB not only allow it to happen but expect it to be performed knowing full well what the net result is.

Again if TPB had taken steps to block users from this then it looks possibly that they could have escaped this, but since it was the express purpose of the site, they were doomed in the eyes of the court.

They didn't just host links, they hosted curated links and the platform was set up that way.

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Re: Don't shoot the messenger

You obviously missed the nuance of the ruling. The fact that TPB themselves deliberately and methodically categorize, index and filter records according to context and content of the files being pointed to, knowing full well as to the legal status of said content, tipped them over the edge into the waters of illegality.

From what it seems had they done very little in that regard and simply presented the users with an uncurated list of files it found, then they'd have been fine.

So since Microsoft, Facebook, Google et all do not categorize other people's files, posts, messages etc., especially being aware of the legal or illegal status of said content, in the same way, that legal nuance doesn't apply. Any categorization of posts or files is performed by the poster or other users.

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HPE to staff: 'We are permanently clipping your costs'

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Paris Hilton

Why do I get the sinking feeling that...

... All these 'cost savings' will be subsequently eaten up by executive bonuses, pay raises and golden parachutes? In addition I can't help but think that the executives will still use whatever excuses they can to fly private or commerical first class whenever the whim or desire takes them, regardless of any actual business reason.

/Paris again cause she's got more of a clue on how the little people feel than those wankers that come up with these self enrichment schemes.

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Much-hyped Ara Blackphone LeEco Essential handset introduced

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FAIL

After all the waiting we have...

... Just another Android phone. Oh goody.

I can see this really upsetting the status quo. Yup, Samsung, Apple et all must all be quaking in their corporate boots over this one. So much originality in one handset. Yup, Mr Android himself has truly pushed the evolutionary barrier here...

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Google can't spare 113 seconds of revenue to compile data on its gender pay gap

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Re: (.) (.)

Bully for you. Let's try a larger populated country, like, oh, I dunno, the US perhaps.

So, you where saying?

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Re: (.) (.)

Obviously you posted as an AC because you know that response was total bullshit and you wanted to espouse your bigotry without revealing your screen name.

Asshat.

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Paris Hilton

So let me get this straight

It can offer $300,000 each to the losers of it's recent AlphaGo contest, but not a penny to ensure its record keeping is accurate.

Makes sense, sure it does.

Paris running the show?

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Chelsea Manning leaves prison, heads straight for booze and pizza

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Re: I'm sure the D is not a man known for his vindictiveness

Or she can stay in the United States, which, by and large is getting more accepting each and every day. Granted there's always going to be a contingent who feel it's their gawd-given right to hate on trans folks (and oddly many these same said people also claim to be followers of Christ, but I digress) but them aside the outlook is looking up, current political landscape aside.

TBH, she's going to have a lot more problems given the public reaction of what she did, her real gender will be used just to beat her up more because of, as opposed to in spite of, what she did.

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Who really gives a toss if it's agile or not?

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FAIL

It's a Marathon?

You got a problem with a 4 year Sprint?

Just been through a project plan presentation at my place of work for a SAP implementation. It was the most waterfalled Agile plan I've seen in years.

That's the trouble with Agile, it's so flexible that there's way too many assholes who have bastardized it beyond an inch of its life.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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Re: Trumped

Never under estimate the amazing stupidity and gullibility of many of the folk that voted for him.

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Re: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"

I disagree. He promised he'd keep 'America safe'. If a terrorist attack happens now, no matter what the reason, he'll have failed to keep one of his biggest and boldest campaign promises.

He made the promise, it's up to him to keep it within the bounds of the law and the Constitution of the United States.

Add to the that his wall probably won't even start to be built for several years, he'll be hard pushed to win another term (assuming Congress doesn't see an opportunity to impeach his ass before then, in a shameless attempt to look reasonable to the electorate before the mid-terms).

His popularity is already tanking, and it isn't even a month in and has a major judicial showdown AND and embarrassing military failure under his belt; it's altogether not looking good for the orange buffoon. He was already looking weak and ineffectual and this 3-0 appellate court decision against him makes it even worse and further solidifies the fact you can't rule by EOs and PMs alone.

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Ohio bloke accused of torching own home after his pacemaker rats him out to cops

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Flame

No surprise here

Having had the utter misfortune to have driven through Middletown I can attest that none if this surprises me one iota. His motive, apart from the $400K, was probably to get the heck out that dying shithole.

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Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

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Joke

Re: So ask them

Well, all I can say to that is 'Belgium'.

'nuff said.

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Devil

Re: Erm

I blame Mary Whitehouse meself...

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Angel

Re: So ask them

9pm in which fucking Time Zone? Pedantic minds demand to know.

Over here in UK lite (aka the USA) we have no issues watching people being shot at with big huge fuck-off guns at 9pm, but show a nipple or say the word 'fuck' and you're in deep shit with the FCC.

Granted premium channels such as HBO are above such quibbles, but even cable is meant to be free of these controls yet still censors itself as much as the over the air channels do.

Well fucking nuts...

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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

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Re: Interesting

Indeed - the key question is simply "why?". Why would you want to deploy a pay-for-every-breath-you-take database on a platform that comes accompanied by default with rather good databases at no extra cost, also taken into account that this code is beta?

Personal choice, comfort, familiarity, Need, Requirements, TCO, Support... Numerous reasons. Same way folk pay for Enterrise Oracle on Linux.

I'm currently a Windows user, however I cut my DB teeth on Unix and Informix was back in the 90s.

I believe in choice.

Why do folk feel the need to constantly admonish Indows users? Is it a psychological pathologic desire to make thems lives feel better about themselves?

If you wanna go all FOSS then go right ahead, however quite bitching that there are still folk who choose Windows and/or Enterprise Commercial RDBMSs for any number of reasons not immediately apparent reason to you.

Choice is a freedom. Let everyone have that right without being belittled.

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Re: I have to wonder WHY

Possibly because there's still a shit tonne of applications out there that run on top of Sql Server perhaps?

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Facepalm

Re: Interesting

If you don't need Exchange, why would you run it?

A question asked invariably by Linux bigots who hate that the concept of choice goes beyond that of which Linux distribution to use.

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Disney aims for Netflix. If the deal was made, it would shoot itself in the foot

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FAIL

Re: If Disney buys Netflix....

Oh dear god, Another wanker who thinks that seeing two men kissing, or two women making love in a TV show or movie as pushing 'the gay agenda'.

What IS IT with you arseholes? It's called representing real life and no more pushes a gay agenda than a man and a woman kissing pushes a heterosexual agenda...

No wonder you posted that as an anonymous coward.

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Aw, c'mon. let's look at the facts

1) ABC is owned by the Disney Media Network.

2) ABC Studios is a wholly owned entity of Disney–ABC Media networks and was formally known as Touchstone until 2007.

3) ABC Studio co-produces a shit tonne of shows, including "Luke Cage", which is made along with Marvel Studios.

4) Marvel Studios is a wholly owned entity of Walt Disney Studios.

5) Luke Cage is an original Netflix production.

6) Luke cage is rated TV-MA in the US, and 15 in the UK.

Now, how does that even begin to suggest : "A Disney owned Netflix would almost certainly be told what to do, what content it could create, and be charged with making sure that content could go on a Disney channel without anyone raising an eyebrow."

I love reading el Reg, but you guys really dropped the ball on this one. I understand this was written by Faultline, but it had no place in el Reg. Your readers expect better of you.

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Google's hardware extravaganza: Ad giant takes on Sonos, Roku, Linksys, Amazon, Oculus... you name it

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IT Angle

Sometimes I wonder...

...if I'm the only schmuck here who works in IT that still has a Tube TV and a piss-ignorant Thermostat that still requires me to walk up to it to change the settings (oh, the inhumanity of it all!)

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

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Re: Guess at Windows 10 specific BIOS

No. As per MS: "As of July 28, 2016, all new device models..."

My 8 year old PC is sans TPM and upgraded from 8.1 to 10 with barely a hitch...

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HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

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Joke

Whatever happened to the promise that...

...the Tories would abolish Labour's IR35 edict when they were still the opposition?

Seems to me that, like all great opposition promises, one should assume they mean the total opposite with a cherry on top.

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Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

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Childcatcher

So, were they pushing booze or...

...codine and promethazine at this shindig?

Drank (aka Purple drank) is a chemical concuction that hails from Houston in the the soon to be Texited state\Principality of Texas.

Inquiring minds demand to know...

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How relevant is NoSQL in the enterprise?

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Facepalm

Even on the desktop I still remember my first Database system - the hierarchical Delta IV, which was followed by the better but still a major PITFA - Delta V. Mind you, these were the same bastards who stole my 'object output report' format. However, being an piss ignorant little whelp at the time, I did nothing about it...

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Facebook's security now sexier, with killer curves

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WTF?

Ask not for whom the (security) bell tolls

Am I the only one scratching their head trying to put the words 'Facebook' and 'Security' together in an actually meaningful way?

Secure for whom? Sure Joe Punter can encrypt their data whilst in flight and potentially at rest, with some probably real nifty neato encryption, and kudos for Facebook et all for doing this - but - Facebook itself is an open cesspit of information that Zuck Inc has enabled itself to freely distribute in the name of 'advertising'.

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Police Scotland fingered for breaching RIPA code 'multiple' times

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Black Helicopters

Now there's a shock...

Sadly this surprises me as much as finding out that water is wet.

The day the police have been shown to follow rules like this religiously, is the day I knock off the nearest bobby's hat, sprinkle a little bit of salt on it (and perhaps garnish it with a sprig of parsley), and proceed to chow down on the bloody thing...

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Mozilla testing very private browsing mode

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Happy

Re: So...

Only if you have Candy eating Penguins there as well (or the inverse as well)

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FAIL

Re: Works for me, too

So you want to directly or indirectly pay for content somehow?

And therein lies the issue. Even if one DOES pay there's still a shit tonne of web beacons out to grab every last mouse click and adverts waiting to drop poison ads onto your PC.

I'd have no issue paying for something that provides original contents IF the adverts were static AND there were zero third party hooks and beacons out there.

As it is, even paywall sites still have way too much fucking crud to make it worth my while.

"Sure Mr Murdoch, I'll pay to read your shite whilst you still allow any fecker out there to track me and poisoned ads to fuck up my PC."

Sounds like a deal to me...

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Susan Sheridan, voice of Hitchhiker's Trillian, dies aged 68

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Unhappy

"Life is wasted on the living"

Or at least that what Zaphod Beeblebrox IV's thought was during his seance with his great grandson...

The entire cast of the original show made a huge impact to this now somewhat curmudgeonly old gal way back when it was first originally broadcast back in the late 70's and Trillian was always a standout for me - the girl who wanted better for herself and went out and made it happen. Ms Sheridan brought Trillian to life for me and I'll always thank her for giving me the impetus to not put up with the same shit that I might otherwise have done. If Trillian can leave the planet then this gal can certainly move to another country, gawd-dammit!

May Susan enjoy her life thereafter, hopefully now able to enjoy a meal and a large round of drinks (Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster anyone?) at Milliways because I'm convinced that's the easiest way to get there and not have to worry about getting back afterwards...

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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Stop

Except that that '640K' quote that's been attributed to Bill has never ever been verified. Not one single citation exists that can categorically confirm he stated it, just a huge amount of Internet lore that's been built up where other people have quoted it and attributed it to Billy Boy.

It's time to let it die (though I'm under no illusions whatsoever that it will given that it just sounds soooo good).

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Bank of America wants to shove its IT into an OpenCompute cloud. What could go wrong?

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Big Brother

A new form of scope creep?

Granted I'm not privvy to their operations,l but one would have thunked that the moment they put anything in the cloud that even gazed upon PHI, that everything else in the same cloud would be then in scope for the next PCI audit.

We had it bad when all the internal desktops were suddenly all in the crosshairs for an upcoming PCI audit after a small change in the DMZ put them in scope. So how would BofA manage to not place every single solitary server, both physical and virtual on whatever OpenCompute cloud they use, under the gaze of their ever increasing team of PCI auditors...

Sounds like a disaster of mammoth proportions waiting to happen - and no doubt the bean counters looked at the bottom lines and told them to go for it.

It's Outsourcing, part deux.

Yet, no fucker ever seems to outsource the executives or bean counters...

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Pirate

At the risk of being controversial...

...I can see one subtle difference between the two.

The NSA (there are other equally as nefarious agencies in the US, but I'll group them under the NSA umbrella for brevity's sake) wants backdoors into everything so they can spy on you and everything you do, irrespective of that annoying concept of due process. But, at the end of the day their hearts are in the right place, it's just they're being totally and utterly evil about it in every conceivable fashion. Any advantage they want is simply to disable the enemy in any way possible. Of course their methods are wrong and despicable, but since when did that ever stop a good spy agency doing whatever their dark hearts desired. (And if some of that tech should just "accidentally" fall into commercial hands then oops!)

China wants to backdoors not only to spy, but also to gain competitive business advantage to their state sponsored businesses and other businesses that will provide a competitive advantage over everyone else in roughly equal amounts. Much of the information gleamed will almost certainly make it's way to China's "Independent Commercial Business" (which honestly have no connection to the ruling Communist Party whatsoever...) as a simple matter of process. For them there'll be no accidents, it'll be methodical and deliberate.

Hence the subtle difference to me.

So the way I see it is that the NSA are only 99% evil, China's hitting the five 9's.

And GCHQ and our English Secret Service Pals? Well - we all know us British play the best evil characters in movies for a good reason...

OK, now please, downvote away!

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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Paris Hilton

Is anyone surprised?

From the moment Martha put her head in the lions mouth that was UK Gov PLC, it was all but guaranteed misery and disaster would be her close bedfellows.

Government IT only works in small doses. The very idea that you could encompass the width and breadth of all that is now Gov.UK under one single entity was enough to tell even the dimmest of the political wonks that this was going to be one hell of a spectacular fuck up.

Add in whole departments who now feel they're fireproof and you have what at least will serve as an example for future generations on how not to run an IT project.

/Paris (again, gotta love me some Paris) because she's probably got a better idea on how to do this than all the Cabinet Office combined...

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Microsoft's patchwork falls apart … AGAIN!

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FAIL

Pathetic attempt: D-, must do better

C'mon Microsoft, you were showing great promise with your 2992611, a patch so insidious that like some of the greatest fuckups, waited for a while before pouncing and taking servers down wholesale.

Now you've regressed to just PowerPoint? Aw, c'mon MS, we expect far bigger disasters than just this. Give us something that will require us underworked and overpaid engineers something to deal with at 3AM on a Sunday morning...

Perhaps your QA department is still too large - might want to slim that down. Good to see that you cut out the early warning system unless we're willing to pay beaucoup dollars for it. Wise move, can't be having anyone know in advance what might be coming. You might want to also change Windows Update to force these patches through the moment they're released no questions asked - can't be too careful you know...

Perhaps you should cut down the patch writing department and, I dunno, one under-worked playful type who'll really do a number on your software.

I never thought I'd say this, but things seemed to be better when Steveyboy was in charge...

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So, these guys turn up with AK47s and offer me protection ...

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Re: Is it just me

You mean like the USA, where you can walk around your local Kroger* with an Automatic slung around your chest.

But make sure you're wearing shoes and a shirt because they'll kick you out if you're not - gun or no gun.

Yeah, that's fucked up, I know...

* Supermarket chain.

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