* Posts by a_yank_lurker

2229 posts • joined 16 Nov 2013

Virus (cough, cough, Petya) goes postal at FedEx, shares halted

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An Observation

I saw a few emails at work today stating there were problems with TNT but not other carriers. A question from ignorance, exactly how does this malware spread?

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

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Not surprised

Many North America animals apparently push roos in the stupidity department. Deer are notorious for jumping out in front of a car and not giving a driver any time to react. It looks like all the software is a mid to late alpha stage.

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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube create anti-terror group

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Problem

While terrorists do use various social media and online communication tools and terrorists kills and maims innocent people how do you define 'terrorist content'. Outside of some blatant edge cases you could easily move into censorship of those whose views you do not like. If this is not done very, very carefully it could damage the brands more than if they did not do anything.

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US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

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A new criminal act

Be glad no one has a 'hacking under the influence' charge yet.

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Tremble in fear, America, as Daesh-bags scrawl cyber-graffiti on .gov webpages no one visits

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Re: Frankly, as a tax paying, voting Yank ...

Agreed follow comrade. I hope to get the corner room in the gulag.

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Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

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Re: A new meaning to

The Three Stooges were competent compared to Slurp's ineptitude.

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A new meaning to

"Clueless in Seattle" brought to you by Wiley E. Coyote.

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Robocall spammers, you have one new voicemail message: CUT IT OUT!

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Congress Critters at it again

While robocallers are very annoying, one should remember many are illegal operations to begin with under current laws. Adding another law they will ignore is not going to stop them. The only thing Chuckie is doing is what Congress critters are best at - subtracting from the sum total of human knowledge.

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AES-256 keys sniffed in seconds using €200 of kit a few inches away

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How Practical

The distance, a couple of meters, indicates the technique needs to be used by someone very close. As one noted, inside a coffeeshop is more likely. Also, the demo had a relatively clean RF environment and in the real world RF interference could be a problem.

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Microsoft PatchGuard flaw could let hackers plant rootkits on x64 Windows 10 boxen

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Re: Um....

The vulnerabilities I worry more about are macros, browser hijacking, and zero-days. An exploit that requires the miscreant to have physical access is not very worrisome. If some can physically get to your computer, you are toast and have more serious security problems. Plus any such physical access probably means your OS is not that critical.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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Re: Risk to the shooter

A couple of points: the muzzle flash may not be noticeable at that distance, the sniper is likely firing very slowly - may be a minute between shots, and standard assault rifle only has an effective range of about 300 meters. Depending on how noisy the area was another rifle might not have been noticed. Also, snipers are trained to find tactical positions that make return fire difficult. The part most do not realize is sniper rifles are optimizing for 1000m + ranges while the standard issue infantry assault rifle is effective out to about 300m. Actually one of the best cures for a sniper is an artillery barrage, as a howitzer has a longer range and much bigger bang.

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Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

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Wally World and Slurp

Now we know why Wally World has not done squat on the web. They can not judge competence if it slapped them upside the head. Another reason to avoid Slurp, they are probably in bed with Wally World about data sharing. Or sleaze is in bed with slime.

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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NTSB authority

The NTSB does not issue fines or judgements. Their role is to find the root cause of the accident and make recommendations to avoid the problem in the future. Any fines or administrative action against Tesla (in this case) would be done a by different agency. Also, recommendations are implemented by other agencies. Also, the NTSB will work with any interested parties to accident to determine the cause including the vehicle manufacturers and owners.

Based on the various articles I have seen, the driver was at fault for ignoring system warnings he take more control. So other than improving the sensor 'viewing' area and some interlocks, I doubt much will happen to Tesla since it appears the driver ignored repeatedly safety warnings.

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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Admission

It seems Slurp admitted to the gist of Kaspersky's claims, Bloat 10 will disable/uninstall programs Slurp claims are not compatible. A good shyster will give Slurp a rough go of it at trial.

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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

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Re: ACID, I blame ACID

I doubt it was a database issue. My suspicion is a programming error in the nightly reconciliation that allowed a transfer between accounts not have the withdrawal properly posted.

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Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

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Cannibals

I believe Steve Jobs commented that a company is either going to be cannibalized by competitors or they are need to cannibalize themselves. His point was the market is never static and new niches and players will appear. Some of these niches will grown big enough to hurt you unless you keep adapting. Adapting may mean letting the old products that made your name die off while new ones that better fit the market are introduced.

Chipzilla and many others have failed to understand this basic truism. The market is ever changing and just because you the current apex predator does not mean you will not be someone else's dinner in the future.

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Google plans to scrub 'inflammatory' and terror vids from youTube

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Nice idea but...

There is one basic problem with any approach Chocolate Factory might use. Give a precise definition, particularly for cases where it is being discussed rather than promoted. As much as I would like to see it removed, I have issues with any system one might use because it is not easily defined.

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Texas says 'howdy' to completely driverless robo-cars on its roads

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Re: Old adage...

As stated by General Phil Sheridan who was noted for trashing the Shenandoah Valley much Sherman did to Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

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Re: Feeding the trolls?

Patent law is feral not state and the Nine Seniles basically struck down court shopping by the plaintiffs in patent cases.

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You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

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"Nice stating a ;fact which can't be disproven" - Not having read the paper, but I suspect the model (or an improved version) would give a clue as to where to look for the twin. If the twin is there, then the theory is on much better footing. Valid theories make predictions that can be verified and explain known observations. This theory offers a possible explanation for the number of binary systems which is a known observation.

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Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

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@frank ly - without knowing the specifics there was likely a time lag as evidence was gathered and assessed (say 6 months). Then she is charged and makes a preliminary hearing (say a 2 months). Now there is time for some shystering (several months). Then finally a trial date is set. It is fairly easy for 18 months to two years to pass before the trial begins for a straightforward case. In this case throw some wrangling over whether she should charged as an adult or as a child, she was 17 at the time.

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Re: Evil Bitch

"I wonder if 20 years will change her for the better?" - I doubt the underlying issue will go away. What might happen is she realizes there definite boundaries for one's actions and if does not want to end up in the pokey again obey them.

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Re: Unwise decision?

"Logically how can it be involuntary manslaughter? The evidence was that her actions and the outcome were entirely volumtary, preplanned and what she intended." - You would need to read the state law on murder/manslaughter and the sentences for each type. Shysters are not known to use English but something that looks like English aka Shyster.

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@Snorlax - Typically the sentence is hand down in another hearing. But she is beyond vile and repulsive.

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FOIA documents show the Kafkaesque state of US mass surveillance

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About Kafka

Kafka was an starry eyed optimist.

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Windows Server to get twice-yearly updates, plus stable and fast-moving branches

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Huh?

Did Washington state legalize pot? Slurp must have it in the cafeteria for this level of stupidity. Patches and security updates are reasonable but new features every 6 months is plain idiotic.

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Yahoo! cleanup! will! cost! Verizon! half! a! billion! bucks!

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Re: "operating expense synergies"

There may be 'synergies' but Almost Online and Putrid are both nearly did relics. The 'synergies' will only provide a paper cushion for real losses.

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Five Eyes nations stare menacingly at tech biz and its encryption

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Re: This is bad for business.

Add violating various privacy laws because the encryption can be easily broken.

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HPE hatches HPE Next – a radical overhaul plan so it won't be HPE Last

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The Death Rattle Begins

So Meg the Witch thinks boilerplate buzzword bingo will save HPE. The comments sound just like the prattle every other doomed company says before going permanently TITSUP.

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Microsoft dumps docs.com cloud file locker, sets December death-date

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Re: The Microsoft way

But the PHBs love it because Slurp says it is the best though probably 5 years behind everyone else.

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British Airways poised to shed 1,000 jobs to Capita

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Placing Bets

When will BA go belly up? What is the line?

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Ta-ta, security: Bungling Tata devs leaked banks' code on public GitHub repo, says IT bloke

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Real Problem

The various PHBs have not figured out (probably never will) that most of an organization's IT functions should remain in house, done by direct, permanent, employees. This is the only scenario that allows for the most control of the information, data, and code. This is especially critical for privacy issues. The third party company may or may not have all the proper controls required by various national data privacy laws. Medical data laws are similar but not identical to financial data laws. I am reasonably familiar with one (HIPPA) and only have a vague awareness of financial but I work in the medical industry.

Employees of the third party company first loyalty is the company paying them not the client, as it should be.

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German police nick alleged admin of dark web gun sales site

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Re: False connection

Actually nut jobs can not legally get or own a gun. There is a an automatic feral background check when a gun is purchased from a dealer. Flunk the background check and you do not get the gun. Some jurisdictions have a mandatory waiting period.

The problem over here is gun violence tends to make the news when there is a crime victim but what is less often reported is number of criminal who became unwitting targets when they found the resident was armed.

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Has riddle of the 1977 'Wow!' signal finally been cracked? Maybe...

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Re: Arthur C. Clarke quote

The problem with the analysis is the assumption that our current theories are the final word on interstellar travel. It is more likely our current theories are woefully incomplete but we have no idea how woeful right now. With that in mind, we really do not know if there are any more advanced civilizations in the universe or not. Nor can we prove either we are alone or there many.

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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Are we a simulation?

Have to ask, does this imply we are a simulation also?

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DIY self-driving cars are closer than they appear (and we're not talking about in the mirror)

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Edge Cases

Right now I would be more concerned about thoses cases that have been properly handled such as icy roads, snow, etc. So far all the major testing has been done under about as an ideal situation as possible: California and Arizona. I would like them to try Buffalo during a lake-effect snow storm or Atlanta after a major ice storm for starters. Buffalo is prone to heavy snows before Lake Erie freezes over. Atlanta is a very hilly city. If the automation can handle those situations I will pay more attention. Until then we are years away from being autonomous cars no matter what the hype machine says.

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

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Re: International travel

@Korev - Compounding this is California is a big state coupled with most of the local offices are in large cities. Also, coast-to-coast flights are on the order of 6 hours in the US. So the PHBs running HPE into the ground flunked geography.

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Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

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One Feature I Want

The only feature I want is to turn off Slurp's 'Spyware as a Service'. The others are meh and probably should be handled as optional programs or extensions.

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Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?

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Re: He who has no sin can cast the first stone...

She apparently egged him on with numerous texts. She partially culpable for his suicide. This is a much a legal issue (what is the state law on the point) as it is a ethical/moral one. He probably was either suffering from depression or mental illness which did not help.

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Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'

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Re: Reg commentards claim software not to be trusted

The more defined the environment the device operates in the easier it is to understand the edge cases. And thus to write software that will be able handle the edge cases. Cars, however, do not operate in a well defined environment. It is likely there are the situations that either not considered or badly handled. Tbe examples you noted either fairly well defined or still have a human in the loop.

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H-1B visa applications from India plummet (and Trump can't claim credit)

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H-1B Fraud

The H-1B program has been used to fraudulently replace US workers with lower paid, less skilled workers. US workers displaced by this fraud are angry. But what is often overlooked is the imported workers are held in conditions that resemble indenture servitude or about half a step above outright slavery. They are often grossly underpaid particularly in high cost areas and are beholden to their employers/owners. The only ones who get any advantage are the PHBs whose bonus went up because of their false economy.

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Senator blows a fuse as US spies continue lying over spying program

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Re: So-

Getting very close to a authoritarian/totalitarian state with a fake veneer of free elections.

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@GrumpyKiwi - And be extension can one trust any 'leaks' from any of the TLAs as they are likely being done for internal political reasons not anything resembling national security.

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Axed from IBM for remote working? Don't go crying to HPE

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Another Deckchair Shulller

First, one will be collaborating with others around the world and will need to talk with them. For example I have been on conference calls with colleagues in Scotland and South Africa and I am in the US. Obviously, no competent manager is going to authorize travel when 30 - 60 minutes on WebEx gets the job done. Where I was sitting does not matter (office or home office) only that I have access to the right tools.

Second, morale is critical to any organization but especially to one that is struggling. High morale is probably as important if ignored part of any turnaround. The staff has to buy in to what needs to be done. Treating them as children is not going to cut it.

Third, many above have pointed out the inherent flexibility the home workers have. If they need to step out or do an errand they can plus not worrying about traffic means they are more relaxed and can easily work over without a major problem.

Fourth, companies that are too concerned about where one physically is have serious mismanagement problems at the top. They should be concerned about the amount and quality of work being done not where the arse is.

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Consultancy titan EY to shift jobs to Indian outsourcer TCS

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Re: Remind me again?

Can not commit on your question. But over here Discover has been running ads for years now about how all their customer service reps are US based. They are also advertising that these reps are will not up sell you and you will reach one relatively quickly. Since I do not have a Discover Card I have no reason to find out how accurate the ads are. Their most famous series were the 'Peggy' ads showing a hapless overseas CSR who barely spoke English.

I was talking to one of my managers about outsourcing. He said that the company prior to my joining did use an outsourcing outfit but found it was not worth the theoretical savings. So now all core programming is done in house by employees with some effort to have regional balance (some in all areas so someone is available during the work day to answer questions).

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No hypersonic railguns on our ships this year, says US Navy

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Re: Downsides

Barrel wear or the equivalent will be a problem. The question is how many shots can be fired before replacing the barrel couple with how easy is to replace the barrel. Note many modern machine guns have a field replaceable barrel that takes may be a minute to change. So if the barrel can be swapped at sea reasonably quickly by the crew it might not be take big an issue. You would consider the barrel a part of your normal supplies and make sure the ship has a couple of spares.

Note barrel wear has been a problem for all rifled guns to some degree. The WWI Paris Gun had severe problems with barrel wear. If I remember correctly each round was slightly larger than the previous round and they had to be fired in the correct order to even hit Paris.

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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IQ below 0

Given she emailed herself from work with the goodies and printed the goodies on a work printer one has to wonder about her intelligence or lack thereof. Working assumption on any work computer going through the company servers - all emails and websites are logged in case anyone needs to check on activity.

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

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Re: "Sounds like a lawsuit"

@Evil Auditor - I would seriously consider both criminal and civil actions (with the help of a shyster). Also, given the hotel violated a host contracts have credit card companies revoke privileges toot suit.

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July web protest plan: What do we want? Net neutrality! Um, that's as far as we've got for now

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Re: Just Call Them

Actually a snail mail letter is often taken more seriously and might actually get read.

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Lloyds finally inks mega 10-year cloudy outsourcing deal with IBM

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Another one bits the dust

So Lloyds wants to go under shortly after Big Moron croaks.

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