* Posts by TheVogon

2630 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Sad-sack Anon calling himself 'Mr Cunnilingus' online is busted for DDoSing ex-bosses

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Well they do say you are what you eat....

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PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

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Re: " from top to bottom Windows is"

"No. Windows is still mostly a C API"

Some of it, yes, but not mostly.

"which is not object oriented"

You are not understanding how this works. Windows from top to bottom can pass data as objects via it's management interfaces - what the underlying APIs use doesn't matter.

"Powershell requires its wrappers over all of them."

No, it doesn't. You might need a Powershell wrapper to say access a specific database as an object but the Windows OS access is baked in.

"And frankly, I'd prefer to call a COM API than a .NET one."

You don't need to care what it calls if your system supports .Net core.

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Re: Poor old MS

"Still trying to remain relevant, no phone OS"

Microsoft are still developing Windows 10 mobile. To run on what is more the question! And we know that Andromeda is coming which will merge Windows Mobile and Windows capabilities so they haven't given up yet.

"a declining user base,"

Nope - Microsoft's user base is still growing.

" and a far smaller set of tech evangelists as they stopped listening and providing TechNet."

That did suck. But people were flogging the license keys on eBay.

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"In 10 years (give and take) Windows will be based on a Linux kernel."

Seems unlikely - a modern hybrid microkernel has several advantages. More likely Linux when needed will run as a plugin to the Windows kernel. In fact you can already do that under Windows 10.

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Re: No man

"They deliver a complex language without the help"

Erm, no. Just type Update-Help and then Get-Help

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Re: PowerShell?

"Powershell is far superior to Bash"

Quite. I seem to recognise that list from somewhere...

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Women reboot gender discrimination lawsuit against Google

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Re: The Pence Rule

"Where is the outrage that most truckers are male?"

Or that all lesbian porn stars are female?!

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CPU bug patch saga: Antivirus tools caught with their hands in the Windows cookie jar

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Re: Running AVG

"McAfee however - still broke."

I'm pretty sure McAfee is solvent. Or did you mean broken?

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FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

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Re: 1234

"Wray complained that in the past year the Feds have seized 7,775 devices that they can't unlock and decrypt"

Good, good.

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Devs see red after not seeing Big Red on Stack Overflow database poll

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Re: It wasn't the entry which was missed

Oracle should have been number 6...

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Who's that at Ring's door? Why, it's Skybell with a begging cup, er, patent rip-off lawsuit

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Re: They have a case?

"why buy one of these when a quality, keyed deadbolt is cheap and fairly easy to install?"

Because a "deadbolt" can't alert your whole household wherever they are on the estate (or even on holiday, etc.) that someone is at the door? Because it doesn't let you speak directly to the guests / courier / postman / pikies casing the joint ? Because it doesn't alert you to movement before someone is even at the door? Because it doesn't play inane chimes when someone presses the button? Because it doesn't stream video / audio and allow you to record it? Because it doesn't have a go faster blue LED?

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With WPA3, Wi-Fi will be secure this time, really, wireless bods promise

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"I was more than a little concerned about the legal consequences of such things"

It would be very illegal:

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/spectrum/interference-enforcement/spectrum-offences/jammers

The maximum penalty is two years’ imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

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Azure VMs borked following Meltdown patch, er, meltdown

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Re: might not be just VMs...

That's nothing to do with this update.

Removable data drives must have either a password or a smart card unlock method in addition to the automatic unlock method. Automatic unlocking cannot be directly specified by policy settings.

To configure a BitLocker-protected fixed or removable data drive to automatically unlock, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, click Computer, and then right-click the BitLocker-protected fixed or removable data drive that you want to automatically unlock.

2. Click Manage BitLocker, click Automatically unlock this drive on this computer.

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

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Re: Alien UFO's are Real - True / False...

"Which God don't you believe in?"

The imaginary ones. So all of them.

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Re: Grainy videos of possibly alien spacecraft

"if so how does the plane manage to bank to the left and point in the same direction at the same time?"

Thrust vectoring?

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Re: Alien UFO's are Real - True / False...

"You think there's no evidence God exists ? Then take some chemicals and go make me a simple cell. "

That's not evidence of god. That's evidence that we don't know everything about everything. Yet.

"The show me how to do it in the hostile conditions of early earth. There is no shred of evidence this is possible by natural causes "

Well actually we can already get most of the way there in the lab. For instance creating amino acids, creating self replicating ribozymes, creating chromosomes. etc, etc. See for instance: http://biology-pages.info/A/AbioticSynthesis.html and even Charality is no longer challenging without a "god" - https://www.livescience.com/7480-life-left-handed.html - so sorry if that's your argument for god, but it's rapidly disintegrating as science advances.

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Re: Alien UFO's are Real - True / False...

"That God exists, created the universe etc - in that I have no doubt."

So believers in the other 2999 religions on the planet are the gullible idiots and yours is the one true religion?!

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Re: Alien UFO's are Real - True / False...

"Has anyone managed to debunk that invisible balloon that was filmed in Cornwall?"

If it was invisible how did they film it?

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Re: Alien UFO's are Real - True / False...

"Reality is inexplicable. No way it got like that by accident. ;-/"

Correlation does not ensure causation.

Not to mention that there are plenty of gullible suckers on the planet...

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Re: Aluminum . . .

"What about aloominum?"

When correctly pronounced it rhymes with Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, Potassium, Lithium, Barium, etc. etc. etc.

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Re: Oh go on then..

"You deserve it... $22 Million Zimbabwe dollars have been deposited to your account, as promised!"

Ugandan Dollars, surely?

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Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Re: sachet of sugar... do the trick.

"It'll be fun when the government eventually realise artificial sweeter is linked to dementia."

Correlation does not equal causation. See http://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations

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Time's up: Grace period for Germany's internet hate speech law ends

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Re: Bah!

"the [over]use of CAPS is inversely proportional to the quality and intellectual consistency of someone's response, imo."

Quite. As per the common use for headlines in "newspapers" for the retarded. Intelligent writers tend to use all caps VERY sparingly!

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Nvidia: Using cheap GeForce, Titan GPUs in servers? Haha, nope!

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Re: Sounds like good news....

Just use a driver version from before they added that limitation? Or just ignore it.

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Re: Hmmm...

So we all get new CPUs on Intel like we did with the Pentium floating point bug?

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VMware: Sure, you might run our stuff on bare-metal Azure, but we don't have to like it

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"Hyper-V is "free", but you have to buy the Windows license. "

No you don't. If you run say Linux on Hyper-v server, no Windows or licenses are required. Hyper-v server has always been a totally free download. Just burn onto a disk, boot from it and install...

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Re: Why would VMware like it?

"plus using Azure with Hyper-V is going to be easier in the long-run"

More to the point, Hyper-V Server is completely free with all features enabled. And you can manage it from vCentre if you want to!

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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Re: A simple explanation

Ooops:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/12/21/google-backed-magic-leap-reveals-1500-mixed-reality-goggles/

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UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps

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Re: Silly Idea...

"I do not see how BT can be forced to do this "

Easily. The regulator tells them they need to do it and there would be penalties if they don't.

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Android trojan has miner so aggressive it can bork your battery

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Re: Pity that Google doesn't have a security department that can police what the company distributes

"You must have an ancient version of Android then "

He has a Galaxy S8 and I have an S8 plus - both on the latest Android updates. This stuff was in the PlayStore and infected millions of people.

The Android security model is completely ineffective, and the PlayStore is basically wide open to malware and there have been numerous similar incidents.

"the inability to send texts to premium rate numbers without consent..."

Expensive Wall doesn't send SMS messages - it signs you up for services that send chargeable SMS messages to you! The signup is a via a web page...

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Re: Pity that Google doesn't have a security department that can police what the company distributes

"it's pretty much unheard of to actually get any of this stuff."

Not true - myself and 1 other person I know both got hit by "expensive wall" malware that signed us up for premium rates services. We only use the Play Store, non rooted devices, latest updates, etc. etc.

Google / Android basically doesn't have any security worth speaking of.

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France gives WhatsApp a month to get slurps in order or face fine

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Re: So what if they don't ?

"Out of interest, what could France do if a US company, which is hosted in the US and used by millions of French citizens decides to give the French government the finger ?"

Well seize their EU assets (for instance several valuable datacentres for a start) and / or advertising revenue. And ultimately stop them trading in the EU, which after all is a much larger market than the US both in terms of GDP and in terms of population...

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Reminder: Vast majority of serfs toiling away as Mechanical Turks for megabucks Amazon earn less than min wage

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Re: A bit of prespective

"Is Amazon as a provider responsible for the processing to be compliant to a particular processing regime or not is an open question."

No it isn't. They are not responsible. The provider of the data is.

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Re: Poor relations

"only four per cent of Mechanical Turk workers earn more than $7.25 (£5.40) per hour – America's effective minimum wage."

But they are Turks. And the Turkish minimum wage is £1.75 an hour!

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UKIP appeals against ICO request for info on Brexit data dealings

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Re: Of course they won't co-operate

"until the get the EU to pay for it."

So us then.

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Australian central bank says 'speculative mania' and crime fuel Bitcoin

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Re: What goes up

"is coming from the US of A and their antediluvian banking system."

Or rather from the 2 trillion dollars a year that the US black market is estimated to be worth...

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Pickaxe chops cable, KOs UKFast data centre

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"and as environmentally unfriendly as a standard gas generator"

No, standard gas generator plants emit about double the CO2, various other pollutants and are submit to grid and transformer losses. Bloom Energy fuel cells emit about half the typical CO2 output of a gas generator plant and a quarter of a typical coal plant.

"If a backhoe should take out both gas and electricity conduits you're screwed."

You could say the same if someone took out all the fibre connectivity to your data centre. Which is why diverse services are fed to your data centre some distance apart via concrete lined trenches. Usually with dual feeds too. If you look at the rather impressive customer list above, clearly it works.

Microsoft - generally acknowledged as one of the world leaders in datacentres - are putting these directly into racks:

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/design/microsoft-launches-pilot-natural-gas-powered-data-center-seattle

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Re: Not Really

"I can assure you that only a very ancient, rusted-out one is vulnerable to a pickaxe"

These days they are extremely heavy duty plastic. And yes I think you would be unlikely to get a pick axe through one accidentally.

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"Gas mains are no more impervious to pickaxes than power cables are."

But you are very very unlikely to loose both at the same time. They are entirely diverse services. The gas only needs to be there when the electricity isn't. As I would have thought was obvious.

Hence why companies like eBay, Google, FedEx, Bank of America, Walmart, Coca Cola, etc. etc. use Bloom Energy servers instead of wasting power via online UPS conversion and keeping batteries charged.

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Just install Bloom Energy servers directly fed from the gas main. No need for a UPS or generators.

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Trump to NASA: Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon

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Re: Caveat

"Sure, but other agencies are available."

But they are in general being force to pretend that anthropomorphic global warming isn't happening instead of getting the extra funding to do the things for the environment that NASA does!

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'DJI Mavic' drone seen menacing London City airliner after takeoff

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Re: Idiots

"You better hope they won't hack that system and broadcast your ID then."

That's no difference from printing a false serial number on the drone itself. 99% of people are not going to do that and it will help catch many of the morons flying these near airports.

And you could make doing that a criminal offence just like it is with mobile phones...

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Re: Idiots

They should make it a legal requirement that all drones broadcast their serial number. Equipment to record that would be relatively cheap and with a sensitive antenna could easily pick up everything near an airport.

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Blighty flogs Qatar a bunch of missiles and Typhoon fighter jets

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You can blame Gordon Brown for most of that mess!

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Barclaycard website goes TITSUP*

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"Total Inability To Support Uptake of Presents-payment"

Transferred Internal Technical Support to Unskilled Peasants?

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Android flaw lets attack code slip into signed apps

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I got hit by one of these in a wallpaper app that signed me up for premium rate services. They are real. My phone is not rooted and I only use the PlayStore. And I posted about it on the reg forums a couple of months ago when it happened in case you want to claim I'm making it up to support this post ....

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European Commission intervenes in Microsoft Irish data centre spat

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Re: Search warrants and behavior orders

"Could the court order Microsoft, which is in the court's jurisdiction to move something that they control into the court's jurisdiction in order tp make the search warrant valid?"

Well they could order it, but it would break EU law to do it. And they could be fined up to 10% of global turnover per incident! And those actioning it could be imprisoned.

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"Genuine question - What happens to governments that break GDPR rules?"

Government departments and local councils can get fined. For instance:

https://ico.org.uk/action-weve-taken/enforcement/hampshire-county-council/

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