* Posts by oiseau

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Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

oiseau
Facepalm

Re: Just not his area...?

Hello:

The other moral is that assholes are assholes.

Indeed ... =^/

And it is one that many times we forget to take into account, for the sake of being decent.

And end up paying the consequences.

Yes, been there and done that, far too many times.

Cheers,

O.

oiseau
Facepalm

Re: perl to swines alas.

Hello:

MS poisoned the world when it pretended that computing was easy.

Exactly ...

I've been saying that for years now.

Not only 'computing' in general but also very basic things like e.g. taking into account that if more than one person has access and editing rights to the same document, there had to be some sort of version control over what is happening to said document.

Many years ago, being responsible for giving desktop support to a 60+ employee public sector IT setup, I repeatedly insisted to the legal team (they all demanded editing rights) that it was something that should be put in place and that at the very least, there had to be just one person dedicated to checking that the latest version was the one to be edited and eventually sent to me for publishing on-line.

But you know lawyers (yes, they were lawyers), they did not have time for that/give a hoot.

After all, what did I know?

So eventually I ended up being dragged in front of the ministry's auditor because the printed version of a specific document sold in an open call for tenders was not the same version that was previously published on the government website, something which gave one of the losing bidders ground to challenge the result.

So when the shit hit the fan, all the DHs pointed to me.

Nice people.

I was able to defend myself citing their supine ignorance wrt to use of computers, blaming it not on their lack of basic common sense but on the fact that, in spite of MS saying it was so easy that anyone could do it, they had not been trained to use a computer, giving the auditor a set of three or four questions to ask them to prove my point.

Cheers,

O.

STIBP, collaborate and listen: Linus floats Linux kernel that 'fixes' Intel CPUs' Spectre slowdown

oiseau
Pint

Re: "Sakkinen said his intent was serious"

... such idiots working on “everybody’s” kernel ...

Indeed.

Just the phrase I was looking for.

Have a beer --->

Shall we have AI judging UK court cases? Top beak ponders the future

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WTF?

Ideas

Hello:

"The Lord Chief Justice (LCJ) of England and Wales thinks there is a place for articifial intelligence in the judicial process ... " " ... mulled the idea that AI could "perform some, if not all" of the functions of him and his peers."

And I thought I'd heard it all, only to be proven wrong once again.

Judging from the content of LCJ's ideas I cannot but think that there's a place for the poor chap in a some far away retirement home, where he should be taken -well medicated of course- ASAP, before he makes a further fool of himself.

AI indeed ...

I tell you, one of these days the gods will give up and punish us all.

O.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

oiseau
WTF?

Babysitters are for babies

A babysitter?

Whatever for?

These are 72.6 million absolute assholes, not babies.

And the likes of Facebook, YouTube, etc. created them and make fortunes from having done so.

I tell you, the world's gone to the dogs.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

oiseau
Facepalm

Re: Cons

Hello:

But oh my, it's pretty.

Indeed it is, kudos for the 4:3 ratio.

But that's not why I'd purchase one. (and why the constant comparison to Apple stuff?)

What about the battery, not much mention of it in the article save that it lasts roughly 10 hours.

Is it user replaceable? Or do I have to throw the thing away when it goes south or fails out of warranty?

Cheers,

O.

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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FAIL

Hello:

...when I've removed it and most of the other (cr)apps that come with Windows 10?

Hmmm ...

Are you sure?

Really sure?

So you check this is so after every update, right?

You don't?

Then you should.

Cheers,

O.

oiseau
Stop

Re: Why would anyone tolerate this?

Hello:

Injecting adverts into a desktop email client may be a little too much for Microsoft's traditional users and loyalists to swallow, though.

Think so?

Really?

There are literally millions of these traditional users and loyalists you refer to and they have been shafted over and over (and over) again and yet, they're still MS fans even though things get muddier every year.

Just wait and see ...

Cheers,

O.

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

oiseau
WTF?

Re: Is an iPhone really worth 4X?

I don't see what the extra $800+ is getting people...

Hmmm ...

Maybe it is the very same thing 2000 quid gets them when they pony up for an iPad Pro.

See here: https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2018/10/31/new_ipad_pro_for_business/

Cheers,

O.

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Stop

Hello:

You're dealing with marketroids & PR.

Indeed ...

But these utterly despicable abortions of nature respond to a boss, who in turn responds to management, who in turn responds to upper management, who in turn responds to the board who in turn ...

I'm sure you get the idea.

To all these shitheads it's all about the money (moolah, dough, wonga, bread, etc.) and only about the money and up to a point in makes sense: if they do not get the results expected from them, they are out of a job.

None of these minions serving the upper echelons give a monkey's toss about what their actions mean or their consequences.

So they just do as they are told, instead of putting spokes in the wheel, like I was once told I should and was then promptly sacked.

Business ethics? Corporate responsability and accountability?

Yes, they've surely heard of all that at some time or another but these have long ago become abstract values.

Cheers,

O.

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

oiseau
Happy

Re: I have

Hello:

I still have my home made set of serial/parallel loopback plugs and a few of these cables in various stages of completion/repair. I was so happy when I made them (1995?), can't bear to do away with that kit.

I also have (and frequently use) a Umax S-6E SCSI-1 scanner that runs off an Adaptec AHA2940UW inside my Sun Ultra24 workstation which I was able to fit with a female Centronics 50 rigged from the inside and an active terminator with LEDS and all (I recall it cost me a good sum) on the scanner.

A fully working Palm IIIxe syncs through a craddle hooked up to an internal serial port header I discovered on the workstation's motherboard but I'll be gutting a PL2303 Serial/USB adapter to hack it inside the craddle so it won't interfere when I upload data from my serial port temperature datalogger. All under Linux with FOSS, of course.

There's also a perfectly working external Sun DDS-2 DAT drive that runs off the same Adaptec card and a box of sealed/unused tapes for which, to my chagrin, have no real use these days.

Much younger is my Asus 1000HE which almost 10 years later still works like a charm, original 250Gb drive and all.

Cheers,

O.

oiseau
Happy

Thank you !!!

Hello:

Experience has proven time and time again that within a week of ditching ...

... so often that I can no longer attribute the phenomenon to coincidence.

I must confess that I'm not a huge fan of your column but I always read it.

That said, I have to say that with today's piece you've made my day.

All these years I've been thinking it was just me.

Have a beer ----->

Cheers and a very good week-end to you.

O.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

oiseau
Linux

Forever

Hello:

Any Linux fan tempted to drop some big bucks on Apple's latest and greatest would be wise to consider holding off until things settle down, unless virtualization will do the job forever.

There you go ...

Doesn't it sound much better?

Because ...

If I had been foolish enough to buy one, it would be my hardware, hardware for which I paid for with my money. ie: not a Xmas gift from Cook.

And also because things will only get worse in Appleland.

O.

Woke Linus Torvalds rolls his first 4.20, mulls Linux 5.0 effort for 2019

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WTF?

Re: Bring back the old Linus

Hello:

It does not work in business, and certainly doesn't belong in any place of education.

You may be right, up to a certain point.

But consider the following:

Being accepted to and then working on Linus Torvald's kernel code is definitely not a business.

Not by a longshot.

If anything, it is a huge privilege.

And it's certainly not a place of education.

To be accepted to do it means that you are (supposedly) equal to the task.

ie: that you have the necessary ability, talent, qualities and capability to accomplish a given role or handle a given situation, which in the context of coding for the Linux kernel, clearly means (among other things) being able to do it properly without behaving like an incompetent asshole.

eg: like all the other AHs that repeatedly, over and over (and over) again insist in doing things that are clearly off the table, like enabling new random drivers by default.

No wonder the guy goes off his rocker ...

Cheers,

O.

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Flame

Re: Bring back the old Linus

Hello:

We do *not* enable new random drivers by default. And we most *definitely* don't do it ...

Just don't do it.

Yes, yes, every developer always thinks that _their_ driver is so special ...

... just because some developer thinks it is special. It's not.

Please don't do things like this.

Hmmm ....

Just HOW MANY TIMES has Torvalds had to say this?

Is it really necessary for him to have to SAY IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND YET AGAIN?

Is it really SO HARD TO GRASP THE IDEA behind what he is saying?

Just how many times do you have to tell assholes NOT TO BEHAVE like assholes in order for it to sink in?

I think the proper thing to do would be this:

The fifth third time a developer/contributor does something he has been already told not to do, he gets the boot.

He can go work with the rest of them, Poettering would be a distinct possibility.

Having been told NOT to do it (and be sure it's clearly written down somewhere) there's absolutely NO excuse for any developer/contributor worth his salt to repeat this behaviour.

So, if a developer/contributor cannot fucking read and in addition to that, cannot fucking heed the team leader's clear and conscise rules of coding, there's NO place for him/her coding for the Linux kernel.

Damn, it's even got me upset and I'm only an end user.

Cheers.

O.

Hands on with neural-network toolkit LIME: Come now, you sourpuss. You've got some explaining to do

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FAIL

The main obstacle

Hello:

The problem with neural nets (and deep learning) is that once they have been trained, we don't know what's going on inside them.

Indeed it is.

I'd say that it is the absolute obstacle for using these instruments.

Whereas we can usually explain (to ourselves and others) the reasons for making a decision, to the extent of not really knowing (consciously) and even giving that as an explanation, it is an explanation.

And even so, an I don't know why explanation can (eventually) be, analysing the context that the decision was made in, become a sufficiently clear explanation and thus enable us to make ourselves yet another decision based on what that explanation was and meant to the person who made it.

Yes, I also had to read that a few times to see if it made sense.

Having read the article, I do not think this is possible and the AI code may well learn/be taught to lie.

ie: hide/distort information for whatever purpose

I have the distinct feeling that all this can very well be our undoing.

But, as usual, it is all set up to make money, so everyone involved is going full steam ahead without considering the consequences.

"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."

Stephen Hawking 1942-2018

We should take heed before it is too late.

Cheers,

A.

Worldwide Web wizard Tim Berners-Lee sticks wellington boot into Worldwide Web's giants: Time to break 'em up?

oiseau
Pint

Re: Interesting point about Twitter

It's corporate greed that lies behind this.

Finally !!!

Have a case of stout, on me --->

Cheers,

O.

Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned

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Stop

Re: 2000 quid?

I have 200 Engineers in my firm just here in the UK using iPad Pros with dedicated applications and none of them could be called "idiot".

No, surely not.

They just got the gear and use it to work.

Makes me wonder if they were actually asked about the kit's suitability.

In any case, whoever at IT approved and in management/accounting actually signed off on deploying those 200 pricey iPad Pros may well be called upon by the powers that be to actually justify (both technically and economically) the move.

And then, who knows ...

Maybe all the board members got one too.

But just wait till the shareholders get a whiff of it.

oiseau
Facepalm

Re: 2000 quid?

Hello:

Nobody in our management team got the sign with their fondleslabs.

Read the manual.

It's actually 'virtual': it lights up at the exact moment the owner opens the thing and starts it up.

It's a new thing, bleeding edge, state of the art and all that, y'see?

oiseau
WTF?

2000 quid?

Hello:

All very nice, but ...

These 2000 quid will get me exactly what?

I mean, in addition to a sign on my forehead with the legend "IDIOT" in bright red lettering?

Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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Facepalm

I'm sure I won't be the only one ...

No you won't.

The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box

oiseau
Flame

Re: Switch, as easy as that

Hello:

As many of us have been saying, the sudden switch to SystemD was rather quick, perhaps you guys need to go investigate why it really happened, don't assume you know, go dig and you will find the answers, it's rather scary ...

Indeed, it was rather quick and is very scary.

But there's really no need to dig much, just reason it out.

It's like a follow the money situation of sorts.

I'll try to sum it up in three short questions:

Q1: Hasn't the Linux philosophy (programs that do one thing and do it well) been a success?

A1: Indeed, in spite of the many init systems out there, it has been a success in stability and OS management. And it can easily be tested and debugged, which is an essential requirement.

Q2: So what would Linux need to have the practical equivalent of the registry in Windows for?

A2: So that whatever the registry does in/to Windows can also be done in/to Linux.

Q3: I see. And just who would want that to happen? Makes no sense, it is a huge step backwards.

A3: ....

Cheers,

O.

oiseau
Stop

Re: Old is good

Hello:

One of the main problems with systemd is that it has become too big, slurped up lots of functionality which has removed choice, increased fragility.

IMO, there is a striking paralell between systemd and the registry in Windows OSs.

After many years of dealing with the registry (W98 to XPSP3) I ended up seeing the registry as a sort of developer sanctioned virus running inside the OS, constantly changing and going deeper and deeper into the OS with every iteration and as a result, progressively putting an end to the possibility of knowing/controlling what was going on inside your box/the OS.

Years later, when I learned about the existence of systemd (I was already running Ubuntu) and read up on what it did and how it did it, it dawned on me that systemd was nothing more than a registry class virus and it was infecting Linux_land at the behest of the developers involved.

So I moved from Ubuntu to PCLinuxOS and then on to Devuan.

Call me paranoid but I am convinced that there are people both inside and outside IT that actually want this and are quite willing to pay shitloads of money for it to happen.

I don't see this MS cozying up to Linux in various ways lately as a coincidence: these things do not happen just because or on a senior manager's whim.

What I do see (YMMV) is systemd being a sort of convergence of Linux with Windows, which will not be good for Linux and may well be its undoing.

Cheers,

O.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Thumb Up

Hello:

"Did Microsoft ever really produce reliable software? If they did, I don't seem to remember it. And, I've worked in IT for 27+ years".

We all know the answer to this so no, it is not a revelation.

I cannot say that I've actually worked in IT but I've worked with MS software (at home and at my various professional posts) from 1994 on till three or four years ago when I finally decided to drop it and fully enter the Linux world.

I really have to make an effort to try to recall any long span of time without having some sort of issue with MS software. I recall 3.11 being realtively easy to get around but the most troublesome and hectic was W95. The least troublesome was possibly XPSP3, but that could also be chalked up to accumulated experience.

Just my $0.02.

PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator

oiseau
Pint

Re: We're all maybe going the wrong way guys.

Hello:

Take a look at todays newspaper headlines or BBC News and tell me, that the we don't need more of the above sentiment and not less ...

A case of stout for you, my friend.

+100

Anonymous Amazonian demands withdrawal of face-recog kit from sale

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Big Brother

Re: Exasperating

... never get used to the idea that people will knowingly assist those intent on harming others.

Indeed ...

But it's been happening since the start of time.

It's always been about and only about power and having more of it.

First it was land, then it was money and now information, all of these = power.

Now that we live in this 21st. century ultra-capitalist world with no borders it's become worse.

And it will get much worse before things start to change.

But by then the damage done will be undoable.

Now I'll step off my box, put it under my arm and quietly go get myself an espresso.

While I still can.

Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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Re: Bizarre

Hello:

3) Sync copies of that data to a "real computer" (desktop, laptop) with nothing more expensive or tethered than an occasional serial connection.

All great and much missed but it's this last virtue where Palm really excelled.

All the POS phones I have ever had (Sony, Samsung are you reading this?) failed miserably in that department with the sole exception of the neat Motorola StarTac, albeit with a software/serial connector combo you paid through your nose for.

The Blackberry 7.x series do not count as, incredibly enough, it actually did not come with address-book software for the desktop and left you to depend on MS-Outlook. 8^/

It's been eons since I purchased my first Palm and still use one (IIIxe) with the J-Pilot software under Linux and the Palm Desktop software in my netbook.

At one time I even used it to send short/basic e-mail (dial-up days) with my StarTac till the carrier decided it was game over and had to pay data fees.

A.

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

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Facepalm

Re: An untested fix to an untested feature

Remind me why this continuous release using Windows 10 was a good idea?

There you go ...

Makes more sense now.

Cheers,

O.

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

oiseau
Facepalm

I may be just a crazy old man, but I want one.

Maybe ...

But then I'm also crazy (varied friends' opinions), for the moment refuse to consider myself old and would also want one, albeit not for 350.

It's just a f*ck*ng phone FGS.

Just without all the assorted/innecessary crap that cell phones come with these days, which should really make it much cheaper.

That said, I get along just fine with an old BB9320 (when the keyboard is not acting up) or a Samsung E220 as a trusty spare.

Intel's commitment to making its stuff secure is called into question

oiseau
Pint

Re: Speed

Why not an ACTUAL jumper(s) on motherboards to enable diagnostic modes, management engines, BIOS/EFI updates etc? You should need physical access, more than USB or other socket on outside and NEVER default access by software without a HW jumper enabling it.

+1

+10

+100 ---> have a pint or two.

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

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Stop

End of mystery...

So ...

Incompetence and absolute disregard for code quality and the end user has nothing to do with it?

Whew ...

I was starting to worry ...

oiseau
Facepalm

Fake News

... but Microsoft would never have unleashed the upgrade knowing that there were issues, right?

Whaaaaat?

An upgrade with issues?

From Microsoft?

Nah!

Fake news!!! :^ |

You dirty DRAC: IT bods uncover Dell server firmware security slip

oiseau
Facepalm

... malware can survive operating system reinstallation, hard disk wiping and replacement, and motherboard BIOS rewrites. It can be virtually undetectable, and can snoop on and tamper with whatever happens on the compromised machine.

My Sun workstation has something that matches that very same description: the Intel 82X38/X48 Express Management Engine Interface Controller.

And it's even better as you don't need physical access to the rig and it won't be disabled by disabling it in BIOS.

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

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FAIL

Re: What the patent describes...

... those bringing the case failed to pay any expert witnesses to state the obvious to the (clearly non-technical) judge.

Indeed.

I've seen this type of thing happen in my profession.

But it's not always the fault of the expert witness or the lawyer on the case.

I've seen more than one case where a judge would simply not understand any of it, no matter how simple or detailed the explanation put forth was.

O.

100,000 home routers recruited to spread Brazilian hacking scam

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Big Brother

Re: MokroTik

... should be MikroTik?

Probably, there's a MikroTik company in Latvia that makes routers and wireless ISP systems.

In American countries where Telefonica/Movistar operates and sells broadband service, they use ADSL/VDSL modems made by Wu-Xi Mitrastar Technology Corp. under the MitraStar brand, probably also rebranded and sold under other names.

Indeed, the telco retains access to do things like ...

Well, to do things which you have no knowledge about or control over.

You can secure access to the unit through a strong PW but you cannot change the name of the admin: field so there goes the imaginary security you thought you could have had and there does not seem to be a source of firmware files to upgrade yourself.

Resident evil: Inside a UEFI rootkit used to spy on govts, made by you-know-who (hi, Russia)

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Coat

Re: How do I

My machine is not UEFI based (Sun Ultra24).

Well built and quite reliable HW albeit ridden with a really shitty BIOS and the Intel Management Engine Spyware.

Can't have it all ...

Mine's the one with the 3.25 FDs in the pocket.

oiseau
Flame

Re: Call me cynical

Cynical would be to think that is was not designed for this sort of crap.

... blindingly obvious that it would be used as such.

The writing was all over the wall but is was ignored.

And now what?

Cheers,

O.

WLinux brings a custom Windows Subsystem for Linux experience to the Microsoft Store

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WTF?

Re: The Other Way Round

But run Linux under a Win host? What on earth for?

Really cannot imagine what purpose this could serve ...

"You cannot be serious!"

Same thing I thought.

oiseau
WTF?

Re: The Other Way Round

But experimentation is good.

With MS stuff?

Sure. :^ /

Linux kernel's 'seat warmer' drops 4.19-rc5 with – wow – little drama

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Pint

Re: Who are these people

'You can and will be judged solely on your code quality' .

Exactly ...

+1

Have a beer ... --->

Ubuntu flings 14.04 LTS users a security lifeline, chats some more about Hyper-V

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Big Brother

Microsoft? Kind?

Something's wrong here.

---

First step: Embrace.

The writing has been on the wall for the longest time now.

Flee from systemd, one day it will be too late.

Have a good week-end.

The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt

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Coat

Perhaps they were politicians

Indeed ...

The ancestors to the present Tories/Republicans perhaps?

Cheers,

O.

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Stop

Re: Linux has become too big

... you don't want to many any unqualified people in there.

I think it reads much better now.

Yes?

Cheers.

oiseau
Thumb Up

Re: "a gentle word will probably achieve more than the f-bomb"

I think Torvalds is luckier and works with far better developers, but sometimes you encounter people who makes you steam, and you need to let the steam go out for your health's sake.

+1

Exactly ...

Sometimes DHs will be and behave like the only thing they know how or want to be: DHs.

And the more responsibility you have on you as theiir supervisor, the less you can afford to tolerate them as it will all eventually reflect on you.

Cheers,

O.

Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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Stop

Re: It is an early test version -- only an idiot would install it and not expect problems

Hmmm ...

But still, after all this time who would not expect an early test version a General Availability release to have serious problems?

There, fixed it for you.

You seem to forget that it is MS we're talking about.

The eyes don't have it! AI's 'deep-fake' vids surge ahead in realism

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FAIL

Comedians?

.

The researchers use the comedians Stephen Colbert and John Oliver ...

Comedians?

Co-me-di-ans?

Really now.

Take a pinch of autofill, mix in HTTP, and bake on a Wi-Fi admin page: Quirky way to swipe a victim's router password

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WTF?

Maybe?

Maybe?

Maybe the takeaway is "Autofill is not a good idea for login details anything" ?

There you go, fixed it.

Cheers,

O.

Winner, Winner, prison dinner: Five years in the clink for NSA leaker

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FAIL

Assholes

Hello:

... greatly assisted by a decision by The Intercept to send scans of the leaked document to intelligence officials to seek confirmation it was real.

Despicable and utterly irresponsible assholes.

You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows

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WTF?

Re: £££££££££££

Hello:

"I don't know why governments are even entertaining the move over to subscription services like O365"

No?

It's quite simple: it's because there is usually an absolutely unbelievable amount of public money involved in it, which means that there's also an equally unbelievable amount of pork to go around.

Cheers,

O.

Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

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Thumb Up

Re: Stable for servers

Hello:

I'll be migrating my home servers to Devuan - it's the future. :-)

+1

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