* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16449 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

Oracle ZFS man calls for Big Red to let filesystem upstream into Linux

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Is ZFS shipped by Oracle in their Nonstop Linux? If so either Stallman's concerns don't apply or they do in which case Oracle would be obliged to release it under GPL2 anyway.

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"May I suggest Debian GNU/kFreeBSD https://www.debian.org/ports/kfreebsd-gnu/ ?"

Unfortunately see also: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/11/msg00005.html

"We discussed kfreebsd at length, but are not satisfied that a release with Jessie will be of sufficient quality. We are dropping it as an official release architecture, though we do hope that the porters will be able to make a simultaneous unofficial release."

Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

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The launch

I name this rowing boat...

The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

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Beware break failure.

Cornwall, Devon and half of Somerset.

NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky

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Sour grapes

Kaspersky AV acted just like malware detection systems are intended to. This wasn't just malware, it was NSA malware. It sounds like a pretty good recommendation for anyone in the market.

If, like the NSA, you're in the business of producing malware you should expect malware detection businesses to be looking out for your work.

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Re: Wait a minute

"An NSA employee with access to highly classified information is STUPID enough to run a crack? And disabled his AV to enable it to run?"

It's a conspiracy versus cock-up moment. Was he really that stupid or was this a sting operation with some chickenfeed to justify blacklisting Kaspersky?

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"How is Kaspersky recognizing NSA source code anyway?"

It's malware. Detecting malware is what Kaspersky does for a living. Why would you expect them not to detect it?

Humble civil servant: Name public electric car chargers after me

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"the bill will, if passed into law in its current form, make insurance companies liable for driverless car crashes – unless the driver is uninsured"

What driver? It's a driverless car.

Panic of Panama Papers-style revelations follows Bermuda law firm hack

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"News of the breach of Appleby follows nearly 18 months after the release of the so-called Panama papers"

So they had an opportunity to look and learn but didn't.

Experience is a dear teacher but there are those who will learn by no other.

International data watchdogs: Websites don't tell you who sees your privates

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"Then again, almost no one reads EULAs or other T&Cs"

As I understand it GDPR is going to require much greater clarity. I don't think they'll get away indefinitely with claiming this gives informed consent.

Fines for crossing roads while TXTing enacted in Honolulu

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Re: Need in UK

"take on pedestrian rules"

Fine, providing they get off and push the cycle.

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Re: Need in UK

"yes, regularly, aside from the above examples the police regularly do it to red light jumping twats at regent's park"

Good. What I'd like round here would be prosecutions for causing obstruction.

However things might be improving; I actually saw one yesterday keeping to the cycle lane.

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Re: Need in UK

"motorists who flaunt them"

Downvoted. You used the term more than once so it's not a simple typo.

Other common errors:




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What if you're crossing the road, looking where you're going but someone in front of you is actually holding their gadget with its screen facing you?

Oracle users meet behind closed doors: Psst – any licensing tips?

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Re: "the murky world of licensing and software asset management"

"I prefer per person OR per server (per Core/vCore) "

How about per connection?

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The meeting reception desk should be interesting. Checking attendees from lists of pseudonyms and handing out redacted name badges.

Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

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Re: Great feature!

"No. You are the kind of doofus that the feature is designed to obstruct."


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I was wondering how this worked seamlessly without changing the entire file access mechanism. By the time I got this far down the comments the answer is clear. "Seamlessly" doesn't apply. PDQ users will be trained to allow anything that wants to write anywhere to do so.

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"No new features, no additional service packs, only security fixes.

This is a new feature."

So it's nothing to do with security?

UK financial regulator confirms it is probing Equifax mega-breach

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Re: What Exactly Was The Breach ???

Not everything - there is a "legitimate interest" exception.

Nevertheless it raises a number of issues. If, under legitimate interest a data subject's bank passes data to a CRA who then gets breached what are the responsibilities of the bank? If it were they and not the CRA who had been breached then clearly they could expect to be fined under GDPR. But they decided they had a legitimate interest in passing on the data. Should they not still be liable?

The data subject-facing business should remain liable under both civil and criminal law for any breaches further along the line, irrespective of how far the data gets passed. Apart from anything else it's the only way that the likes of Safe Harbour and Privacy Figleaf can be made to work. They should have to make judgements about the reliability of those to whom they pass data. It's not sufficient for data subjects to have to go to law in some other jurisdiction against a company with whom they have had no dealings although that should not preclude action under GDPR against all businesses in the chain.

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"we welcome this opportunity to learn the lessons from this criminal cyber-attack in order for all businesses to better protect consumers in the future."

There seems to be an implicit message that this was a big mystery. How on Earth did such a thing happen?

They know perfectly well. They left themselves unsecured. They shouldn't have needed to learn anything. They should have kept on top of securing things. The only way they'll really learn anything is to be handled penalties by every regulator in sight to the point where they can't pay management salaries let alone bonuses.

What's HPE Next? Now it's unemployment for 'thousands' of staff

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"take upper management on holiday for a week?"

Take them on holiday for a week to somewhere where communications and transport are non-existent and leave them there.

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As the people being let go find jobs some of them will go to customers or potential customers. And so HPE's* customers and potential customers are staffed with folks with a strong aversion to HPE. It's going to work out really well for future sales.

*Or any of the others doing the same thing.

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@Ivan 4

Maybe you need a 1 place circular shift in that list.

Security pros' advice to consumers: 'We dunno, try 152 things'

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"Google survey finds pros don't like safety strategies preferred by spooks"

We've seen a few examples lately of spooks getting pwned. Maybe taking their advice on defensive measures wouldn't have been the best idea.

HMRC's switch to AWS killed a small UK cloud business

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"What's changed is AWS and Azure now have environments rated to OFFICIAL and OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE on the G-cloud pricing book."

Does this rely on the Privacy Figleaf? And let's wait & see what SCOTUS have to say that affects that.

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"The extra capacity can be (automatically) switched off and forgotten about as soon as they are no longer needed."

And when that's done what happens to the sensitive personal financial data left on the storage devices? Is it left for the next customer to pick up of they do an od over their newly spun up devices or is it completely overwritten with junk? And if it's supposed to be overwritten who verifies this?

Sick burn, yo: Google's latest Pixel 2 XL suffers old-skool screen singe

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Sheer nostalgia

VDUs. You got 80x24 shaded rectangular blocks on the screen. The characters kept changing but the places where they were drawn didn't.

Phone crypto shut FBI out of 7,000 devices, complains chief g-man

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"the user's password creation patterns."

A random string generator?

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Re: Let them have the password

"a truly-determined criminal will be prepared enough to find an alternate way of getting at their incriminating data other than leaving it on their phone."

And meanwhile an innocent person who loses their phone loses everything because it's not encrypted.

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It's a choice. You either obtain access to data which might or might not carry forward a number of investigations which might or might not be carried forward anyway without that data. Alternatively you grant access to anyone who comes into possession of a lost or stolen phone to data belonging to the owner of that phone and who might or might not be damaged by that access. Which, in terms of the public interest, is the more harmful choice.

At last it seems to be that at least some of TPTB are starting to grasp that they're having to choose between two harmful choices and that they actually have to weigh them up.

'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

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This was Canada. In the US it would have been worse. He'd have been done for copyright violation.

Arm isn't saying IoT firmware sucks but it's writing a free secure BIOS for device makers

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"Instead they'll order food just-in-time from the nearest freezer-point / auto-kitchen, delivered by solar-drone to their home-pod, using a meal-scheduler app that runs in the cloud and reports how much CO2 they've produced to the global enviro-tracking centre."

Along with flying cars.

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Re: Good idea, I think

"You mean, like all those CE-marked devices from China?"

Something more like UL certification.

Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang

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Re: anti-particles "moving backwards in time" ?

"anti-particles are [or are suspected to be] particles moving backwards in time."

I think this was one of Feynman's notions, possibly in conjunction with Wheeler. It's in one of his books. The suggestion was that there was only a single electron zipping forwards & backwards (as a positron). It explained why all electrons looked alike - they were the same electron. I don't think they took the idea very far.

Plants in SPAAAAAAACE are good for you

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Re: There's got to be a lot more of this if humans want to live on other planets.

"whatever they would need to grow"

Growing stuff requires hydrogen in the form of water, oxygen in the form of water and carbon dioxide, carbon in the form of carbon dioxide and nitrogen in the form of nitrates or ammonium compounds as the main components of your biomass. Unless these are available on the target planet (I'll assume that minerals such as potassium, phosphorus etc. are) then every gram of biomass that you want to ever have in your colony has to be ferried there. It's not like colonising a new land on Earth where you can expect to tap into the existing stuff that's already in circulation.

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

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Re: Perhaps developers should work offline

"Requirements change,features added = new product."

Based on the assumption that a full product is bigger than an update - and bigger than the original as it contains new features, then this presents the customer with at least the same risks and possibly more than updates.

"My code has never been exploited and has never needed any updates, this simply because it was bespoke i.e. different for each customer."

Been there, done that. But neither you nor I have had the problems inherent in supplying product to a mass market. I don't think we'd have been in business very long if we insisted on selling new products for every new feature, at least, not without the Stockholm syndrome of Windows users.

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Re: A complete wipe?

"Rather than create a bootable USB drive etc, probably easier to boot from the recovery partition, no?"

That assumes the recovery partition hasn't been affected.

Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Re: The most worrying?

"Followed (a few days later) by an unexplainable odd smell.."

You forgot the quicklime.

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Re: Cheese

"Its my best eating cheese"

This raises the question of what other uses he had for cheese. Didn't you ask?

Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

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"Does anyone truly know what is running in that binary blob"

Of course. The team that wrote it.

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Re: Everybody's ethical

"I visited the Purism's website and was met with alt+Left sounding language."

I've no idea what alt+Left sounding language is. However, I do know that Purism have been around for a good while. I think of them as the hair-shirt wing of the FSF.

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Re: Everybody's ethical

"National-Socialist "

It's called "getting rid of the difficult bit in the title".

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Re: For decades now

"Why anyone thought it a good idea to leave the boot flash in a writeable state by default is beyond comprehension"

Convenience. It overrides security every time.

Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

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Re: The year of Linux everywhere except the desktop

"switched to Windows 10 ... It's safe now, kids."

Have you read the T&Cs about telemetry? Go read them. Look for what statements they make about restricting what they allow themselves to take. Is it safe?

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"KDE4 was released about 3 years before it was ready."

Complete with a statement that it wasn't yet intended for production. Which people promptly ignored.

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Re: Unity, Unity, Unity......

This post by Piloti is the perfect example of why there is no one ideal desktop for everyone. Clearly what Unity was just what Piloti wanted. Because I want the desktop primarily as a place to put files and directories it's as unsuited to me as KDE would be to him. However, we can both have the style of desktop we want, so no problem.

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Re: Looks tempting

"Any code out there at all Bombastic Bob? Sounds interesting."

It's probably full of random capitalisation.

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Re: I wonder why it's *still* not the year of Linux on the desktop

"no-one can agree of the best distro/desktop combination!"

Because the best combination for you might not be the best for me. One of the good things wbout Unix-like systems is their modularity. You can either tailor an existing distro such as Debian or Fedora to what you want or roll out your own spec from Gentoo. Or you can start from a BSD base. What you don't have to do is put up with the one size fits all vendor approach.

For instance, one of the comments usually made here is that Linux is unsuitable for older users. Well, I've just been setting up a new laptop for SWMBO. Amongst other things I've been able to take advantage of the configurability of the typical Linux desktop to choose features such as the best system font to improve the readability for her, a necessity after macula problems a little while ago.

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Re: Tension, apprehension, And dissension have begun.

"I'm currently liking Pop!_OS."

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