* Posts by Jack of Shadows

2512 posts • joined 11 Jul 2014

Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

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You only need to look at the activities of the Pakistani ISI to understand why that's the case. Here in the US, we've apparently finally (!) had enough of them funding and providing a safe haven for the terrorists killing our people as well.

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Software that predicts whether crims will break the law again is no better than you or me

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Not a lot of fun wading into the capital punishment datasets, whether an algorthm or not is involved, taking into account the accuracy of predictions by any group. Bias there is 90:1.

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Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 1 in 10 Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

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Re: What exactly is every one supposed to protect?

I'm with AC. I simply do not trust email or other Internet related technologies. I predate the Internet, which means the web as well. I still remember fondly petting a shiny, new PDP-11/780 the day it arrived. If you have a bit of Google-Fu, simply search on "brian bartlett" and the rest will follow. [Hint: I'm top of the list.] And yes, my identity has already been stolen, some time ago as a matter of fact, despite using an offline/out-of-band password manager without password reuse. Didn't even make a speed-bump there.

Where I do use 2FA, via Yubikey, is code signing. Content there is worth protecting. Everything email related is mere dross; newsletters and vulnerability warnings. Not even the bank account information is useful, consisting of low funds notices.

For extra points, finger-print my posts. That'll turn up my other accounts. There are quite a few out there.

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HTML5 may as well stand for Hey, Track Me Longtime 5. Ads can use it to fingerprint netizens

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Re: If?

"Privacy is dead. Get over it." Whether it's nation state or large advertising concern, we're overmatched. I do love to throw sand in their (advertisers) gears for the Hell of it.

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

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The oddities of this solar system just continue to accrue. Small rocky planets, instead of gas giants, close to the sun with the gas giants farther out. Now, theoretically, the origin for the solar system is attributable to a Wolf-Rayet star. All grist for the mill when examining the Fermi paradox.

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Storage Christmas cracker: My band is called 1023MB. We haven't had a gig yet

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In order to bring AI and machine learning to more business users, organizations will need to implement a sound cloud data management strategy to put all of their data in one location for users to organize, analyze and prepare for AI/machine learning applications. Add bit from other parts and.... By this time next year we will have to bear with Data Warehousing 2.0?

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China may stick to its own DRAM memory soon – researchers

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Re: Not going to happen

Not too many decades ago, this was true of the US. How we collectively forget past lessons in economic history continues to amaze me.

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Hancock's hour: Minister of fun makes quips as GDPR questions cover old ground

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There's a word in proper English for which I never had a referent. Gormless. Thank you for clearing that up Mr. Hancock.

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All the AIs NVMe, says IBM: Claims POWER9s + InfiniBand brainier than COTS

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I've rarely had a problem with IBM hardware or software. My problems lie in the domains of consistency and now constancy. I've no idea of where IBM next month, let alone a quarter or refresh cycle. I'm pretty sure they have no idea either.

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Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

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Just how much of those investments in infrastructure and manufacturing go towards automation will be interesting to see. In which case, the job market is going to sour farther than current workforce participation numbers already do.

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How Google's black box Knowledge Graph can kill you

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First Law of Magic

"People believe something to be true either because they want to be true or because they are afraid it might be true." Toss in A. C. Clarke's "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" and here we are.

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UK, US govt and pals on WannaCry culprit: It woz the Norks wot done it

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Re: Twaddle!

Part of what I was going to say about that bit in the article. The rest is: "What the fuck are you going to do to North Korea that you haven't done already." Short of a full-blown war, of course. The toolbox doesn't have any more tools to use than that.

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Another AI attack, this time against 'black box' machine learning

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Re: I don't know what I'm talking about...

I'd rather say it's inelegant from a "data science" point of view. Sometimes brute-force is called for and this is one of those occasions. Look at the article on reidentification for a further clue on "why we do this."

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Facebook confesses: Facebook is bad for you

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Re: Oh and the sky is blue...

Which raises an interesting point for a socio-anthropological standpoint. Where does the next generation come from if, as with many cults, the followers do not reproduce?

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5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

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Strange. I see them all over the country and at all background socioeconomic levels to boot. They make up a significant portion of the planet's human population, not just First World, which should tell you volumes about the human condition. I could fix the problem, if I had enough money to pay for the millions of bullets, although for some reason noone thinks this is a good idea. I wonder why?

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Please, please, c'mon, just... please, pretty please, just, like, please use our AI – Microsoft

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Dodged a bullet thar!

Today I spent a bit of time cleaning up the tablets; taking out the trash, err, non-functional apps. I did have most all the Microsoft Android apps, just 'cuz. With the exception of Outlook, and there's a caution on that, not a one of them worked. Most got stuck trying to log in, which shouldn't be a problem as the already had been logged into on several occasions using all four of my Microsoft accounts. That might have been the problem although it shouldn't be as Outlook didn't mind at all. The caution though on Outlook is it isn't Outlook at all. at least when you desire even basic functionality. Just another Webmail paste-over.

They are all gone now, joining Windows 10 and Server 2016 in the great bitbucket in the sky. A drunken wake might be appropriate now. So. Microsoft AI? Over my dead body, although if that's handling my VA medical care which is highly likely, I may not have to wait long to join the apps.

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

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Re: Poor relations

Not just developing nation's populations either. There are those in the developed world that live on disability. A few extra bucks per hour can make a significant difference in their lives. Hell, I think I'll look into it myself. For all the time on the internet these days, due to disability rendering me "unemployable," I wasn't even aware this was an Amazon thing. Could finance more toys for my lab that I putter around in here. I like toys.

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FREE zero-day for every reader: AT&T's DirecTV kit has a root hole – and no one wants to patch it

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Not even farfetched. Computers that have the Synaptics touchpad inside are all, as in all OEM's, able to function as a keylogger with the insertion of one registry key. I can easily understand how it can happen "accidently" due to debugging as an option in the dev build remaining in the OEM build. Just botched delivery. Engineers supposed to remove it get pulled off to piss on another hot project. Whoops.

Or malicious intent from whatever source. The NSA flat refuses to answer the question of whether coercion has ever been used against corporations to insert this class of bug. Ditto IME. Funny, NSA has an "undocumented kill switch" for the IME in Intel chips. Everyone else didn't have a clue, or couldn't publically discuss the matter. [I wish I had a copy of the NDA I had to sign before being tossed on the middenheap by the US Navy for disability. Five pages, small type. Very small type.]

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One per cent of all websites probably p0wned each year, say boffins

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Nice study, nice technique. The interesting part here is that they specifically did not release the cracked sites as the subjects did not volunteer to participate in the study. Would that more had similar ethics. Here's looking at you, Facebook. Jus' sayin'.

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Up to 'ONE BEEELLION' vid-stream gawpers toil in crypto-coin mines

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Re: Pay dirt

That's exactly the point I made over on Twitter when this "problem" popped up. The fundamental issue though is consent. Having a site by site permission system would be useful for informed users. Other people, they just don't care either way as survey data has shown. No other method has had uptake as you've pointed out, too.

In engineering and economic terms: {Big shrug}

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Fujitsu's server jujitsu: FPGA gives networking capacity fourfold boost

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Re: Hang on a minute...

Pass it through, just deal with it like any other filer/whatever would do. Obviously you can't do a damn thing otherwise aside from waste cycles. I can't speak for anyone else but of the 14 TB I have on hand here, only 600 GB requires special handling as it's all on an encrypted volume. Plenty of prospective data to toss this chip. I certainly think it's an elegant solution and hey, guess what, I've been looking at doing this, too. Unfortunately, it's way out of my budget.

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New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

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Re: Still haven't graduated from lithium

Plutonium is the favored choice for radiographic thermal generators (RTG). They do deliver ~10KW for the first decade and are stock in trade for long missions. They do have a problem with being an attractive target for terrorists. You do not have to worry about crashes though. NASA builds those suckers tough! As in fall from orbit due to exploding launch vehicle tough.

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Archive of 1.4 billion credentials in clear text found in dark web archive

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What's interesting, at least to myself, is that two of my GMail accounts were compromised while this is not the case with my Live/Outlook and Yahoo accounts. That's a serious WTF. None use simple passwords or definitely not short either.

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Microsoft adds nothing to new Semi-Annual Windows Server preview

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I seem to recall something something about Storage Spaces Direct, the only damn thing that looked at all interesting which they ripped out for possible bugs. So. Nothing worth bothering about. Wake me when we have old features back or something new worth investigating. And no, a further increase in the licensing cost is not a feature.

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Mailsploit: It's 2017, and you can spoof the 'from' in email to fool filters

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If I was unable to spoof the from address, I would have to set up an individual mail server for each and every domain I host. This is patently not a sustainable solution.

Really? An SMTP server doesn't change on a rapid cycle, therefore it should be possible, albeit difficult, to use virtual machines (perhaps even containers) with automation to set up and, when necessary, tear down those servers. The problems to be addressed are found in the SMTP servers themselves as I recall and I predate e-mail by a few years. There's a rather long list of services that "could not be virtualized" on PC's and I predate that list too. Lord knows I beat my head against the virtualized Domain Controller problem in the first betas of VMware way back when. Eventually, work on the virtualization side and the domain controller software took care of getting rid of that squishy sound here.

Saying "never" usually means that you've boxed yourself inside the problem space. I'm off to do some research. This is tedious, finicky, a real beast from my experience with mail servers.

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Google to crack down on apps that snoop

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This should be "entertaining". Well, for certain definitions of the word. Pretty much a stock set for years here so it should be interesting to see if any get outed.

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UK government bans all Russian anti-virus software from Secret-rated systems

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Re: Maybe that POS ClamAV isn't so bad.

The issue is "Trusting Trust", as in exactly to what level of detail about your systems, hardware and software you have to drill down to before you can establish absolute trust. I've spent almost a decade, off and on, listening to people that worry these things to death and they really do have a clue, either currently working with the TLA's or previous experience. It's an incredibly tedious level of detail. Establishing the root of Trust here is something I'm deeply interested in given my background. Thankfully, no one has called on me to do this professionally. Might drive me madder than I already am.

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AI hype surge numbers, robo-radiologists, Apple voxels, and lots more

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Re: Wake me up when....

I suppose being able to predict future caseloads for a hospital clinic broken down into predictions of conditions/diseases to be seen might qualify as being useful ML. Of course it took days to run since it retrained itself from scratch each time it was run but it was extremely prescient, p <= 0.01. Going back and looking at the demographics I was dealing with I shouldn't have been so surprised. I was hoping for p <= .10 or even p <= 0.05 as either would be acceptible in this context.

If, and that's a huge if, someone lent me the data and time on something better than I have here (which is really very good for personal use) I'd give it another go. God knows I have the time. Scaling with parallel processing, yeehaw!

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Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

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Under the principle of "do unto others before they do unto you," this sets the BRICS to be protected when takeing the root servers that cover the rest of the Interent. Given the capabilities already demonstrated by Russia and China, this isn't at all far fetched here. Harder than back in the '90's, and I was looking at what would be required technically, due to increased capability (system speed) and improved resilience of BIND, but not impossible. Offense usually trumps defense most of the time especially when defense has to be perfect while offensive only has to be successful once or a few times.

"As the stars went out, one by one" comes to mind here.

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Royal Bank of Scotland culls 1 in 4 branches, blames the interwebz

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Still scratching my head about firing just over two employees per branch closed. Either they each lack a usable number of employees per branch or more than a few employees are being transferred to other branches. Disturbing either way.

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Badass alert: 1 in 5 Brits don't give a damn about webpage crypto-miners

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Re: Ads -vs- Cryptomining

Pretty much everything I've discussed elsewhere (Twatterverse). Just one additional observation is that you'll need to have some constraints around how many of these running at the same time for the other tabs. Some browsers only allow one tab to be active on Android, for instance, while on Windows everything is firing at the same time even having only one active tab per browser. Often times I'll have three browsers on the laptop at the same time due to other considerations. Security concerns, browser suitability and even compatibility/fitness for purpose.

I don't have a real preference given how often malware depositing ads appear and loading on the system memory and processor(s) from advertisements themselves. Until we come up with a real, functional, simple micropayment system, this is an alternative. It'd be nice to have a working alternative to the ad supported system. That model is broken. Maybe here as well. It's down to trade-offs.

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Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools

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My AV runs out of process on any changes to the file system. Yeah, it's a pain getting prompted all the time but a) I'm a control freak engineer, and b) I'd rather not have the browser (it's not Chrome) crash due to buggy code. What I'm worried about is accessability software. Hopefully screenreaders and such will be extension based. But given the oft dated nature of accessability software, this probably isn't going to be pretty.

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Win 10 creators update offers new reality opportunity

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In my case, marrying AR to 3D printers for prototyping and even, in some cases final product is a significantly good case of improving my productivity. However, we both know that's a niche case. The arts community would probably make a good application as well. My sister gets all of her jewelry from her artsy friends.

The other application, again engineering, is remote inspection using drones in cases where it's either environmently dangerour, or it's just damned hard to get to or into. It might also be used for data visualiztion, something somewhat difficult when more than two dimensions are involved. FWIW, that's all I can come up with.

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UK.gov admits Investigatory Powers Act illegal under EU law

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Re: No longer laughing

"In a long life, a wise man will leave his baggage many times."

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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

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Re: re: I think the advantage is supposed to be ...

The difference here is that academics are held hostage, in much the same manner as ransomware, by the very academic journals that obtain them tenure, and later promotion up the academic ladder. I got to get quite familiar with the process on the observing end, while my mother was working on her masters and Ph.D. and close up familiarity while I was on a doctoral track. Having to pay a publication to contigently accept one's paper, which is peer-reviewed by fellow academics for free, and then having to pay to make the paper low-cost or free to other academics, well that sticks in my craw here.

I'm glad for the rise of sites that host papers for free as it allows me to review the works of fellow practitioners, whether we are talking science, engineering, or even the not really sciences social. I'm not the only one who connects two or more papers together, even in widely disparete fields, that puts something extremely new on the table.

It really helps if you've walked in someone else's shoes, which I don't think you have.

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While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality

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Re: Hmmm. Wonder about --

I've been using a VPN for years now, not exactly for this purpose although it does serve for that. They can see the stream of packets and can keep a tally on the density and total amounts but that's as far as that goes, currently. It might be possible to use correlation of packets to get a thumbprint but that would be a pretty expensive function to pull of at the volume that the cable companies operate normally.

Should it somehow come to pass that they fiddle things enough to get me annoyed, I'll set up a VPS elsewhere (likely not the US) and end run them that way using HTTPS or some other encrypted protocol. And then we're right back again to "they know how much traffic and how fast, but WTF is it?"

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Iranian military hacker fingered for 'Game of p0wns' HBO leak

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Re: Forever?

Redundancy alert: US Government & Looking a Bit Stupid.

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Microsoft to run VMware on Azure, on bare metal. Repeat. Microsoft to run VMware on Azure.

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Rather the reverse, I'm afraid. Microsoft keeps creating products {Hyper-V Server, System Center, PowerShell, Docker, bash, Linux on Windows, ...} that each of which is supposed to be a VMware killer and hasn't yet succeeded with any. My experience with both companies start when VMware was tiny, heck in first betas. Also, during this period, Microsoft iterated through VirtualPC, Virtual Server, and Hyper-V Server/Server 2008+, also doing all the betas. Advantage VMware each time.

Now add in containers and Kubernettes to the VMware equation, I know who I'd put my money on for the forseeable future. It isn't Microsoft.

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Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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Re: Complete rethink

Basically Rust vice C and, if it should develop nicely, Redox as OS. Minimal adjustments there as it's a bit harder to fuck things up. Possible, but harder.

That's an iteration. What I see is that we need to go back and reexamine the structure and behaviors of the operating system from scratch. SCM, hybrid stacked silicon and other "gee, neat!" developments are calling into question the assumptions many of us work with in IT. {Shrug} That'll happen eventually when we get around to our next session of jumping up and down on our layers of abstraction to increase efficiencies in hardware, software and systems. I probably won't be around to see it.

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Re: Reminder of Acorn Advert

Acorn RISC Machine

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Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

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Re: We don't use or store the data

That depends on how what data you are collecting and what processes you are using to derive useful information. All Google needs, if what the article states is true about what and why, is the cell tower location derived from that data. The rest can be shitcanned immediately unless you are retaining it for quality analyses.

Personally, using an OS provided by a company who derives revenue from any and all data collected about you to develop information to sell to a third party really shouldn't be trusted. And I say that as someone who only has Android tablets connected online.* Everything else is energy-gapped now.** Periodically I check as to what they think about my habits. They look the same as my activities everywhere else. Geek/Nerd engineer. Shocking, isn't it?

* - IOW, Google isn't my threat model, it probably is for pretty much everyone else.

** - IOW, I'm getting awfully nervous about the state of the internent and connected devices. Eat my tablets. You ain't getting my computers without some serious work. Really nervous.

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CEO: 'Claying the ongoing continuous chaos of info into one logical masterpiece'

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I was wondering if we'd finally tagged where amanfrommars 1 actually works.

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AT&T wants to bin 100,000 routers, replace them with white boxes

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So, AT&T would love to come up with their own variant of SDN? With mix and match parts, probably sourced from the lowest bidder? And, oh yes, ignoring the work along these lines from the people who've pretty much rewritten the book on how to already do this? Okay. Metric tons of popcorn.

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Cops jam a warrant into Apple to make it cough up Texas mass killer's iPhone, iCloud files

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Re: People with power get really annoyed when they encounter any restrictions on the knowable....

Having studied the cross-section of the social sciences and toss in a deep appreciation of history, you definitely don't need to require deep conspiricies. Just people being people. Nothing has changed in the last 7,000 years which is a damned shame. We'll jolly our way into the mass graves of our own free stupidity.

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People with power get really annoyed when they encounter any restrictions on the knowable. They are the Elites with The Right to Know All Things no matter the cost to others directly or incidental. It's no accident that this demand has been increasingly strident after a civil engineer took out the place where so much of the elites trappings of power were centered [World Trade Center]. We've spent trillions of money that doesn't exist to prevent the recurrance of such an attack. Whether that's possible or not.

I'm waiting for the next step after this, where it is not allowed to use additional encryption methods over and above that which normally is applied to a device. I use at least two here.

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More than half of GitHub is duplicate code, researchers find

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Certainly several cases in the article where Java was stated yet Javascript was meant. How many times have we seen that?

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AT&T insists it's not sweating US govt block of Time-Warner gobble

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Comcast is now in the mobile space,no surprise that AT&T wants to be in the cable space.

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Container ship loading plans are 'easily hackable'

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Re: some sort of a climax / monoculture / outsourcing

Kansas City would be far, far worse. Ask any aged network engineer why.

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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

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Re: No thank you

Aside from use locally, i.e. CAD/CAM/CAxE (x is some engineering discipline), just allowing this field engineer to not have to climb into a vehicle, be it plane or truck, to work with technicians on-site is something worthwhile. Even better, this engineer who's now mostly a shut-in can actually work from home, sitting up or in laying in bed.

That represents real value, well over $1000, basically extending/adding new capabilities and I just happen to get a phone besides. I've not bought into Apple, yet, although I recommend them regularly to the clueless amongst my userbase. Personally and professionally this is fucking huge. Also saves me money.

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Weekend dealbook: Cavium to Marvell, Toshiba denies ASUS

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Not in discussion with any one company

Amazing/disgusting how well we're picking up on weasel words after the Snowden drop.

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