* Posts by elDog

898 posts • joined 23 Oct 2013


White House and FCC announce big, broken solutions to America's pitiful broadband

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Re: Oh, great

There are choices, @JohnFen. Even in the remote vales of Vermont.

We have satellite (for them that just want to receive the inanity that is broadcast.)

We have some DSL which the current lame providers that inherited this lame duck from Verizon can't/won't make work. Maybe not broadband but better than a hose trickling bits per second.

We have some access to cellular which can be pretty good (near Mt. Mansfield, the highest peak it's around 3/1.) So the problem in this state is that the cell towers can't really handle the load when there are a lot of phones/tablets/etc. plugged in. This happens during peak tourist seasons (summer, fall, winter). I also understand that some of the carriers actually share capacity so your T-Mobile may be robbing me of my VZW circuit.

Other cable ops can't afford to compete against a well-entrenched one. Comcast has been doing a pretty good job for me recently but it ain't cheap.

Now, hold on. This may shock you... Oracle allegedly juices its cloud sales with threats and shoddy on-prem support

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I wish I could feel sorry for all those companies that bought the Big Red Story

Most examples that I've seen involves large corporations with lots of C-suite decision makers that enjoy a bit of hobnobbing with the sales reps at fancy restaurants and glitzy venues.

Not so much doing due diligence to make sure that their in-house talent was comfortable and capable of dealing with Oracle (on-premise or the nebulous type.)

Like many other big iron and big software sellers, the product doesn't meet the hype. Even if you have several extra millions to shell out for the exorbitant licenses and support.

(Jealously holding on to my mainly open-source stack that can run rings around a similarly configured big C enterprise version.)

Fake fuse: Bloke admits selling counterfeit chips for use in B-1 bomber, other US military gear

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So is this somehow worse than selling a complete weaponry system that doesn't work?

Not suggesting that the unwanted F35 would be a candidate, but...

When financial gain makes the rules that govern what is sold and bought then there will be the normal amount of deception and thievery.

Rarely does common-weal or patriotism dictate how a company treats its customer. In this case the customer is the US gov.

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

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Re: Annoying pedantry

From what I understand there will soon be a lot more places around the world, mainly coastlines and large capital cities that will need more than IP68.

But it's ok - it's just a guess made by 95%+ of scientists.

'It's like they took a rug and covered it up': Flight booking web app used by scores of airlines still vuln to attack – claim

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"At Amadeus, we give security the highest priority..." blah-blah-blah

You beat me to a similar comment.

I would just say that the real goal is maximizing executive pay. While the customer (flying passenger) is just cattle, the airlines are just cattle haulers. The jerks with perks are the real priority.

Cops told: No, you can't have a warrant to force a big bunch of people to unlock their phones by fingerprint, face scans

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So does this also invalidate all facial recognition installed everywhere?

Of course, US only at this point for this ruling. Altho UK has been in the lead along with China, USSR, etc.

If the US 5th Amendment against self-incrimination applies to phone-based facial recognition it seems that the gov't couldn't use it to id me when I enter the brothel/church/whatever.

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks

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Sure learn a lot from El Register - stuff I didn't necessarily want to know.

I know, I should broaden my mind and spread my wings and all that.

Now, does anyone have the URL for xHamster?

Google Play Store spews malware onto 9 million 'Droids

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Re: Right. Sure. Whatever.

Word police here. "but who for...??

Do you remember Hemingway's novel "For Who the Bell Tolls?"

Bish, Bash... gosh! Good ol' Bourne Again Shell takes a bow as it reaches version five-point-zero

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Re: No

In the US CVS (a drugstore chain) is named after the snappy trademark: Customer, Value, Service.

FWIW ($0).

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Re: xfer

If more pernicious are those who name a project with a "new" name such as NewApplication. Then when it's time to upgrade yet again, the new name must be NewestApplication, then EvenMoreNew, etc.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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Good article. Assuming TheRegister is clean with our data.

And no one likes a liar.

Not sure. Many people would rather have others tell them how wonderful / beautiful / intelligent they are than to be told the truth.

And apparently enough Brits and USians liked the lies from putin's puppets to vote to wreck their countries.

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'

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Don't put any sensitive info on devices when you travel.

Keep anything you need in one or more cloud accounts. Don't write the URL to those accounts anywhere. Remember your pass-phrases.

Don't use Facefuck, LinkedIn, Officexxx, Googlex. If you're using dropbox (sad) or other cloud containers, get them through an anonymized account. Tor and Tor browser. VPNs (trusted) and proxies. End-to-end encryption - not services that say they encrypt it on their end only - they shouldn't be able to read your content, no matter what.

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Re: Just say "Yes Sir"

@ckm5 - yes, this is now recommended by major companies.

Assuming your "interesting" bits are stored in a well-encrypted container in the cloud and no trace of the cloud data is on your device, then you should be good.

Visual Studio Code's Python extension goes to Jupyter

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Re: "venerable" '.Not' framework?

I tried to give you both an up-vote and a down-vote but the crafty engineers at LeRegist foresaw my attempt.

So, an up-vote for a loverly rant. Sometimes slaws are just good tasting like they came from the veggies themselves without dressings.

The down-vote is because I can't understand much of your articulated complaints. (Articulated as in multi-jointed.)

My aside - MS will still like to kill anything not stolen/stealable in Redmond. Apparently python is safe so the best way to smother it is with Microsoft Kindness (tm). Beware all who enter there....

O little town of Bethlehem, Georgia. How still we see your internet lie... US govt throws another $600m at rural broadband

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"oligopoly has grown up in the US" - no kidding

"The economics are not simple, and are further complicated by the fact that an oligopoly has grown up in the US where a small number of very large corporations dominate the market, and have colluded to create a large number of local monopolies. The various US government programs are largely focused on getting companies to install new cables in areas where there are few."

This is what we do - worship capitalism and our masters. Strange that we (the US) get what we voted for (or probably didn't bother voting for/against.)

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

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Re: Very disrespectful

Upvote since your sarcasm was very well hidden.

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Re: Popcorn anyone?

They want you to stay alive ---- otherwise how can they charge for your personal data?

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This is just a way to get our US minds off the orange toad

Not that this has anything to do with UK or governance.

trump -> wikileaks -> russia -> cambridgeAnal -> basefuck (with lots of intermediaries.)

Intel eggheads put bits in a spin to try to revive Moore's law

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Re: How many generations?

Off the top of my pointy head, I think we could throw in wire memory (bits thrown on at one end are read at the other), paper tape/cards, RAMDAM (or something like that).

I also think we should not expect this last one to be the end of the road.

Why, you're no better than an 8-bit hustler: IBM punts paper on time-saving DNN-training trick

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Digital neural networks vs. analog resistance meshes

Ever since I first saw an analog-digital hybrid computer in EE lab (1960's), I've been intrigued by using the programmable POTS to solve problems such as the traveling-salesman shortest route. In the digital world this path-following becomes very expensive as the number of nodes increase. In the analog world a preset mesh would calculate the route instantaneously (well, almost.)

It seems that these proposed 8-bit network nodes could be programmed to act like POTS with a huge number of interconnections. I wonder if this could lead towards DNNs taking advantage of some of the analog circuitry with sufficient accuracy.

Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch, finance VP Stephen Chamberlain charged with fraud in US

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Normally internal auditors make sure that the internal books are reconciled - that there are no gaps. This is just good business practice to show upper-level management and shareholders that the company is doing due diligence.

External auditors are required when a company (at least in the US) are publicly held or are under some type of watch. They can be more or less stringent than the internal auditors but they may decide to visit some dark corners where spiders live.

Auditors, internal or external, are not perfect and can be subject to pressures by companies and external interested parties (shareholders). Arthur Anderson.

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

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Re: Blockchains are a wonderful tool .....

A "bewolf" is a Riding Hood disguised.

A "beowolf" has several meanings - one of which deals with clusters of processing/data nodes.

However, I like your image of bewolves lurking in the dark forests....

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Re: Gold rush...

My understanding is that the current pResident of the USofA grandfather came to make his money supplying the gold-diggers with stuff. (That's how Levi jeans got started, too.) Some of that stuff were allegedly people skilled in on-hand/whatever massages. The grandson (pResident) seems to like that personal approach, also.

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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Re: Why so long??

Because it took three months to come up with a cover story. Maybe they also felt they could shake some money and a guilty plea out.

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Re: How many constitutional rights were violated ?

And how much will the officers and other state employees have to pay?


How much will the taxpayers need to cover for the ineptitude of the LEO?

I hope a bunch (because this is Georgia.)

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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Leaving routers in dropped ceilings; unidentified phone lines; ...

Just recounting this for someone I might have worked with.

He apparently knew someone who worked at some company that was moving to a new location. That someone asked a neighboring business if he could run a TP through the dropped ceiling over the dividing wall for his router to get access to power and LAN. Friendly neighbor said "sure". As far as someone knows, that router is still blinking lights happily. (The credentials might be admin$ad...)

Another bloke actually left a second modem and phone line in a house that he sold. The purpose was to be able to do remote call forwarding without paying some crazy long-distance charges. The buyers happened to work for some spooky agency but it took a few months for a security scan to find out the leaky bits.

Or, this may just be hearsay.

Oracle sued by app sales rep: I made tens of millions for Larry, then fired for being neither young nor male – claim

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Larry's Leisure Suites aren't cheap!

Larry may be but the suits are of the finest cloth.

This type of behaviour has been reported frequently for this company as well as for many others that have the same business model - "The Art Of The Deal" and "Screw Them All".

Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi?

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The only way for the phone/carrier vendors to "curate" the vendors

Is to become the VPN supplier by default.

I'm not sure what Migliano wants to do here. Has he ever run, or have good knowledge of, the circuitry involved in protecting all of the networks involved.

I do think that the eventual path of personal privacy along with stuff like VPNs will be to entrust our souls to the suppliers and governments.

Perhaps that's what they want?

Amazon tries to ruin infosec world's fastest-growing cottage industry (finding data-spaffing S3 storage buckets)

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Re: Is it that hard sir

And since we are all inured to yellow warning signs once we've seen a few of them. You need to make the admin/user work harder to turn on public access. Sort of a moving whack-a-mole that takes 5-10 quick mouse clicks to succeed. (Of course Amazon will be analyzing your mousey actions to see if you are you and if you are cognizant and not playing.)

Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know

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Starting to sound like a politician.

Weasel words.

Must have made enough billions to not worry about the truth anymore.

Sorry, Mr Zuckerberg isn't in London that day. Or that one. Nope. I'd give up if I were you

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Govmints are just tiny fish in the corporate world

Get used to not getting your way. When most of your funding comes from the corps it seems that your leverage is not terrible good.

Besides, the people that put the guvmint representatives in place just don't really GAS.

UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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"destination boards were ordered pretty much randomly..."

Well, just click on the header of the column you want to sort by and they'll be rearranged to your specs, sir.

You may need to jump about 12 feet in the air to click on the header, only to realize that they forgot to install touch/punch screens.

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Re: "Why a copy of Office is needed on a PC tasked with showing line information is anyone’s guess"

Documenting VBA is pointless. Isn't the code self-explanatory?

I know/hope that this was just a joke, but running VB scripts/macros in production code anywhere is asking for fragility and breakage and lack of accountability. Next time use logo.

Here's a search engine for all you boffins and eggheads that makes it easier to learn science

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Links to Semantic Scholar, Sci Hub - great research idea to combine these!



Elsevier's legal T&C: https://www.elsevier.com/legal/elsevier-website-terms-and-conditions

(They haven't closed down PLoS yet.)

Patch me, if you can: Grave TCP/IP flaws in FreeRTOS leave IoT gear open to mass hijacking

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The normal response is: You get what you paid for.

However even tho FreeRTOS is free it is still a much better deal and security risk than those black-box proprietary and more expensive solutions.

Of course the huge fly in the ointment is that the actual vendors using an OSS solution won't want to pony up the resources to fix these problems in their end-user products.

Hunt for Red Bugtober: US military's weapon systems riddled with security holes – auditors

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Sort of like the USSR wanting to leave the Pentagon intact in case of war

because it was considered the weakest link in the chain of command.

Of course this was from the 80's and I'm sure everything has been tightened up nicely since then.

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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For me It's Innoreader (inoreader.com) which gets me to El Register pages, along with about 30 other feeds. I want just the headlines, ma'am, and then an abstract (if available), and then the full article.

As this article says, this subverts all the tracking bits scattered throughout our meals - just like I want it to.

Now this might be going out on a limb, but here's how a branch.io bug left '685 million' netizens open to website hacks

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Thank you uMatrix. It won't even let me go to the branch.io site.

Now, if I were into tinder and other hook-up sites, I might disable these checks. I might also not wear protection when establishing contact.

Haven't updated your Adobe PDF software lately? Here's 85 new reasons to do it now

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Re: FoxIt Reader

There are 100's of alternative PDF readers out there. Probably 20+ readers/editors.

PDF is just the format for a file that can be rendered somewhat faithfully.

The readers/editors will all have potential faults in how they handle strange stuff in the incoming file. Each one might be subject to compromise. Don't think that Adobe is the only bad actor, just because it has usually been so.

A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee

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Re: Retroshare

Thanks for that. Worth studying.

Now, if I can only find my dongle that opens my container that has my encrypted keepass locker...etc...

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Re: Just...

Ah, HTML Dog and other variants of HTML editors that dogged my life from the early 90's well into the ought's. Of course Mr. Microsoft didn't think these technologies were worth investing his billions in....

In the end I submitted my new markup using PPT or recycled hollerith cards (with the punched holes painstakenly filled in when necessary.)

Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

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Re: Stupidity or cunning?

King, Tsar, Kaiser, Caesa - whatever.

The dump would be happy wearing those emperor's robes.

(Since he doesn't know how to read and couldn't care less, I doubt he understands what happens to 90%+ of the various emperors and their spawn.

'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls

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Poor FCC Commisioner Rosenworcel. She will now be inundated and the carriers will laugh.

I get 1-2 per day. Try blocking before the repeat calls come in.

How do the carriers make money off these calls?

Along with spam emails, could there be a $0.05 charge per transmission after some limit (100?) per day?

Obviously Mr. Telecom AJ Pai doesn't feel the pain. He's probably still garnering money from his various stings representing the communications vultures.

Have I been pwned, Firefox? OK, let's ask its Have I Been Pwned tool

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Re: One fox to rule them all

Hoping against hope that my tongue firmly implanted in right cheek would be noted.

Oh well, I'll try to be a bit more circumspect next time.

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One fox to rule them all

I do think this is a good step forward. Of course I worry about putting all my hens in one basket since there are several avenues of attacks on ffx installations.

Somewhat aside, I feel that my reliance on the google architecture (chrome, gmail, search) is more of a privacy threat than other players. Should I go back to IE7?

America cooks up its flavor of GDPR – and Google's over the moon

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I'd take the negative comments even further. This is a license to slurp/steal/

Any rule/regulation/law that this current US administration puts in place has only one purpose: To remove the rights of normal people and to increase the power of the currently powerful.

Strikingly similar to the rule within the current USSR. Same philosophy guiding the BrExit, Russia, Trump, etc?

The curious sudden rise of free US election 'net security guardians

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Not digging deeply myself, I wonder how much of your supposed privacy you need to give up

to use these services?

It seems pretty obvious that you're going to be passing a lot of nominally private email traffic through these benevolents' portals. Between the various intelligence agencies of virtually every country on this planet and the ISPs, platforms (fb/google), and scanners/skimmers installed on our devices it seems that all my unworthy-of-attention ramblings are already well vetted.

Adobe forks out $4.75bn for Marketo in massive marketing mashup move

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I love these conglomerations of vultures - easier to blacklist them all

I had noticed in the uMatrix link blockers increasing coexistence of some of the Adobe and marketo requests. Apparently they will band together to spy on us much more effectively.

Also easier to blacklist them now.

US State Department confirms: Unclassified staff email boxes hacked

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Why is there even another "unclassified" State Department email system?

Every employee and probably every mole and other rodent has their own personal accounts that they access while inside the confines of an official DoS premises.

I think the real damage is that careless staffers will "inadvertently" copy emails and attachments from the secure channel to something that is more friendly to outside snoopers.

Too bad that the knowledgeable career staffers were purposefully kicked out or rendered non-functioning by our KGB-installed president. None of the earlier spy thriller novelists could have predicted this planned chaos.

Salesforce supremo Benioff buys Time magazine for $190m

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That's why Meredith Publishing is targeting the XX chromosome set

They don't tend to be as critical or care much about stuff like real world events.

My house has lots of informative mags on cooking and fitness and health and hearth/home - most by companies like Meredith.

Not wanting to say anything negative about the wonderful missus. We just have different tastes. Obvious since I actually read El Rag.


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