* Posts by Jack of Shadows

3121 posts • joined 11 Jul 2014

Super Cali optimistic right-to-repair's negotious, even though Apple thought it was something quite atrocious

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With this said, it is indeed woeful that so much technology ends up either in landfill or "recycled". I do wish that people cared more.

Whether they like it or not, they'll have to care now that China is now refusing to accept all types of recyclable waste. The other nations in that market (or potentially so), even combined, can manage to match China's capacity. This is going to get interesting.

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Re: @DougS

I used to have that level of certification including repairing/replacing traces on multilayer boards. TEMPEST too, for that matter. I wouldn't even try now due to neurological degeneration.

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Re: Why should apple care?

When I engineered, trained and stood up a computer repair facility, we'd go out with one each of a set of parts for the site computer broke and do swap repairs on the spot. Quick turn-around, happy customers. Back at the facility we had the automated machinery to detect the exact fault(s) and the skills in micro-miniature (NASA 2M) work to do the component level repair. That's one job I'm second most proud of here.

First, Google touts $150 AI dev kit. Now, Nvidia's peddling a $99 Nano for GPU ML tinkerers. Do we hear $50? $50?

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Re: WiFi

It can take an M.2 key E so the only question here would be if the distro has the right driver for the WiFi/Bluetooth card you would use. Mine is an 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4 Intel card that's not doing anything at the moment. I got it to use in a Gen 1 Intel Galileo sometime back.

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Re: Given that most CNC controllers...

From the (more than slightly) insane department, a combined CNC and additive printer (think sinter-type here) might be interesting.

Wondering why 'Devin Nunes herp-face' was trending online? Here's the 411: House rep sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him

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Re: ::tee hee::

Vodka + Ginger Ale + Lemonade would be my goto.

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Re: ::tee hee::

Unfortunately, that's my Congress-critter. Def need some popcorn.

From MySpace to MyFreeDiskSpace: 12 years of music – 50m songs – blackholed amid mystery server move

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Re: So....

Aside from the fact that I can blow my entire data cap on the first terabyte, it's doing quite well.

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Re: What would be the cost of hosing 50 million old MP3s?

That really depends on the infrastructure in use and the number and structure of the backup strategies used. While large to most small to medium businesses, it's not to enterprises nor my personal systems. I tally up here at 8 TB globally unique files and just happen to be creating new post-apocalypse copies. Even with high-end, latest, greatest, geographically dispersed strategy we really aren't talking about that much money for an enterprise at their scale.

This sounds rather more as if they hadn't been doing test restores for quite some time. You are only as good as your last restore.

[For absolute protection, you need storage amounts around twenty times the globally unique data sources. I'm not at that level but working on it,.]

Apple: Group FaceTime allows up to 32 people! Skype: Hold my beer

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Re: Pic or it didn't happen...

Likely a data center cluster which is the new mainframe.

Brouhaha over IBM using Flickr faces for AI training, big trouble in not-so-little China for Microsoft, and more

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Re: AI

I've experience since the mid-'70's and the experiences of too many others that I talk with and it's near universal that, despite investing stupidly large amounts of cash, manglement will ignore what the 'puter says and "go with their gut."

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

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Emotionally, I'm not averse to that. Philosophically opposed. Unfortunately, Facebook can be accessed from the DarkNet if I recall correctly. Which is definitely perverse.

Just look at Q! Watch out Microsoft, the next Android has a proper desktop PC mode

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Re: Watch out Microsoft?

nVidia (as it was named then) solved this in the very late '90's. It wasn't an OS thing then, it was a graphics card thing.

We'll help you get your next fix... maybe, we'll think about it, says FTC: 'Right to repair' mulled

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The way I read the situation is that the idea is to put in place regulations that preempt any state laws granting a right to repair. Just as there is a movement to do the same with California's version of the GDPR should they fail to get it defanged by the state's Legislature, Senate, and Governor.

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Re: If someone burns his house or is electrolocuted after his own repairs, what about the warranty?

Fixing the tube based radio and television was exactly how my mother started teaching me electronic/electrical engineering from age 6.

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Re: Why is voiding of warranty a problem?

Given that I'm used to "a maze of twisty, twisty passages all alike," I draw maps as I go in repairing anything attaching said screws as I go. Makes rebuilding a lot easier. For reference, despite no training on IBM machines, especially ThinkPads, IBM gave me full access to all their docs, parts, and even a PAM so I could do repairs the right way. Much easier than Apple's certifications. My brother went through Apple's process.

Brit rocket wranglers get Reaction they wanted after rattling SABRE

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Re: "That's the future..."

That really depends on your local engineering talent. As a field engineer, the reason I'd get called on quite often being in one of the most remote places on earth, something absolutely essential is broke, and they need an improvised solution "right the fuck now!" In every case, I hadn't ever met, nor been trained on that absolutely essential item.* It certainly helps that my favorite form of snack-food is engineering manuals especially for systems I almost always never meet. Lifelong learning carried to the extreme but there you are.

* - Having to resort to Stone Age, or early Space Age, tech isn't a problem. Unlike most, I've actually made my own stone tools and up the tech stack as well. In about five years, I'll have worked up to air conditioning if it were necessary. I certainly hope I'll never need such, then again Heinlein is my guide here since I was a tyke.

Forget that rare-earth element crunch – we can now just extract them from industrial waste

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Re: Tim Worstall

I checked Continental Telegraph and nothing so far.

Thought you were done patching this week? Not if you're using an Intel-powered PC or server

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Re: Naive question

That makes at least two of us wondering around that. Every other WHQL driver here gets updated on Patch Tuesday or whenever Microsoft puts it into the distribution chain. So, why the change?

If you're worried that quantum computers will crack your crypto, don't be – at least, not for a decade or so. Here's why

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Re: Most encryption can be defeated by holding a hammer over the fingers of the person with the key

Or if level 10 pain (same level as torture*) makes an appearance several times a day. What with the opioid crisis they simply won't prescribe anything (fentanyl, oxycontin) that works.

* - why yes, I have been tortured so I have a scale to measure against. Lots of screaming and begging involved. I don't have to imagine the worst possible amount of pain. I've managed to kill myself several times only to be brought back by the ambulance service despite having a DNR on file with them and the local hospitals.

This is the Send, encrypted end-to-end, this is the Send, my Mozillan friend

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Re: Send is very secure?

Worked in current Opera (x64), with multiple layers of blocking, here. Which browser were you using?

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ANd if that's a significant threat for you then you should already be locking down the end points and whitelisting permitted upload sites

That's the way I run things. Then again, I run a reasonable set of systems. Need an exception? Ask. Your quite likely to get it with a quick phone call or IM. And everyone knows not only that but I'm ready to down tools and say "goodbye!" The permanent kind. You have to have some flexibility in your approach to systems (note, plural!) security to make the systems run effectively, just not to the point of having a boiled noodle for a spine.

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Re: The devil with all this stuff is in the details

Good luck getting anything representing my "real" IP address here, that's covered by the VPN, sometimes more than one layer deep. MAC is changed. Other protections in place, too. Not needed, just playing games with meta-data. It almost certainly becomes a distinctive signature in its own right but, given that I was doing all this even while I was wearing the uniform, I'd lay money they "know" who I am. I used to fix their crypto equipment, along with a "higher security clearance," when they couldn't. Just a game. Fun though!

For normal use with a VPN. that should be enough to be ignored by the government. Pedo-terrorists have other worries requiring a higher level of caution. Send.Firefox isn't going to help them at all.

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Re: I am confused

Not entirely, you can't. Setting this up on some VPS elsewhere otherwise unknown except by IP address can't be blocked unless you use a whitelist on your corporate firewall. The easy hosting wherever is where it gets tricky from a security aspect. Also, you'd have to block Mozilla's host as well to cover that hole.

I still like it.

2 weeks till Brexit and Defra, at the very least, looks set to be caught with its IT pants down

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Re: Effects of food import tax

MPs voted down her deal by 391 to 242.

SPOILER alert, literally: Intel CPUs afflicted with simple data-spewing spec-exec vulnerability

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Re: It's interesting...

Backdoor built into the C compiler anyone?

Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf

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Re: Terrorists rolling their own crypt

Talk to an expert in cryptographic engineering. Rolling your own can be, literally, lethal.

When 2FA means sweet FA privacy: Facebook admits it slurps mobe numbers for more than just profile security

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Re: Sounds like a case for GDPR

I wouldn't be at all surprised if that becomes just another business expense to Zuck

Age checks for online pr0n? I've never heard of it but it sounds like a good idea – survey

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Re: age from an image of their face

Use the AI facial image generator out up just days ago. I have several saved just for profile pictures.

Don't mean to alarm you, but Boeing has built an unmanned fighter jet called 'Loyal Wingman'

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Re: They are on their way to where I predicted nearly a decade ago

DougS, you haven't looked at the mark-up these days, have you? You may think it'll be a hundred of these for the same bucks but I seriously doubt it. I spent an unhealthy amount of time collaterally working with the Navy's acquisitions/logistics/supply systems and personnel. The reality is extremely ugly. Fifteen years (!!) after I was invalided out, I was still getting rejections to challenges I had submitted then. I wasn't even being unreasonable.

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That'll be upgraded, for a significant price increase, in the "A" variant, of course. About a 300% or so price increase since "it's so much more capable!"

US Supremes urged by pretty much everyone in software dev to probe Oracle's 'disastrous' Java API copyright win

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Re: @Graham Before people get in to a panic...

It would help immensely if the jury actually consisted of real peers of any particular community rather than just anybody that couldn't get an excuse from duty. At least in the military I could ask that a jury at my Court Martial consist of fellow enlisted members of the service. [Not a good idea, actually, as they are far less forgiving than officers.]

[There's zero chance I'll ever serve on a jury. My knowledge of the stupidity of the criminal justice system is far too detailed about both sides of the process.]

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Re: @Someone Else. A Question:

Exactly. I sure as hell should toss every book on design patterns on the bonfire right now. All my tutorial videos as well. Both are prime examples of copyright under this precedent.

Jeez, what a Huawei to go: Now US senators want Chinese kit ripped out of national leccy grid

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That'd be about right except that, having been to China (and loved it), what Americans (at the least) call "Chinese food" ain't eaten in China. So about right in the accuracy department for politicians to squawk about.

It all hinges on this: Huawei goes after Samsung with its own foldable hybrid Mate X

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Re: If you think that this device is expensive

Apple is shutting up shop in East Texas in order to avoid such in the future.

In a galaxy far, far away, aliens may have eight-letter DNA – like the kind NASA-backed boffins just crafted

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There was a paper, damned if I recall where I saw it, just a few days ago which made the case that random mutation in DNA is a feature, not a bug with respect to evolution. Species shifting laterally to another ecosystem being an example. Now whether that is the case, say, on a planet with a tight orbit around a star with flares and such, heck a Wolf-Rayet even, is a valid question. Perhaps then we'd see the advantage of longer base encoding.

Random thought.

SAP plugs IoT into Leonardo toolkit to woo big money industries

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Having experience, and the training besides, that applies to projects of these types, I can make one safe prediction; many more IT project failures than ever seen before and of a magnitude greater to boot.

New builds and end of life: The cosmic ballet at Microsoft goes on

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Re: spending three years enjoying LTS

I'm quite sure they do.

Decoding the President, because someone has to: Did Trump just blow up concerted US effort to ban Chinese 5G kit?

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Re: We should applaud Trump...

Definitely a keeper!

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Re: @RealFakeDonaldTrump

Use a pair of GAN's.

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Re: New Blood Fresh Thinking Delivers Alternate Reality.

That's the read I have from the rational business goes as well, especially that last observation! None of it is for the 90%'s benefit.

What's the frequency, KeNNeth? Neural nets trained to tune in on radar signals to boost future mobe broadband

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As per the (corrected?) article, 0.997 versus 0.884, so it's quite a bit better than that. I discovered that from the source IEEE article.

Roses are red, so is ketchup, 'naked' Huawei tells its critics to belt up

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Re: Just like Windows?

Toss in a software update to flip on one of those hardware features and it's game on! All you know at the wot the day is what's documented.

Azure Pipelines go Slack while Microsoft frees data breakpoints from the shackles of C++

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Re: whoopee, ".Not" got something that C++ already had for, like, EVAR

Previously the domain of C++ coders (from Visual Studio 2017 15.8)....


It's now 2019, and your Windows DHCP server can be pwned by a packet, IE and Edge by a webpage, and so on

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Re: Windows patches

This one I'm not playing sacrificial victim.

Ivan to be left alone: Russia preps to turn its internet into an intranet if West opens cyber-fire

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This won't likely be that effective as were I another nation state, I'd have Easter-egg cyber-attacks pre-seeded within the target network, updating as required and triggered by local agents upon a certain (say radio) message. Then it comes down to an Easter-egg hunt! [Wasn't meant as a joke.] I'm quite sure someone has already done this unless they are a collection of idiots (don't go there).

Oracle accuses US of underhand tactics because discrimination case 'doomed to fail'

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For instance, it said, the complaint "assumes that employees who share a job title or job code perform similar work".

Huh? I thought that's factually the purpose of job codes and titles, otherwise why do they exist? They are for comparative purposes. Otherwise they are just feel-good labels. Further, the codes are required for reporting to the government, especially the Department of Labor, and aren't the least bit optional.

I also rather like how signed legal agreements become, in Oracle's lies, secret oral agreements. Wow. Just wow.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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And with one tick mark, won't "personalize" the damned menus! I do NOT want to have to look where something is while I'm operating at full speed. Seriously, WTF?

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Re: Price?????

So for business automation across multiple integrated and third party applications it works really well but only worth it if you want the extra functionality - many won't.

This is exactly the context I'd consider recommending to be one of several for consideration. Otherwise? Not so much.

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On the flip side, local storage doesn't protect you from local disasters: Fire, flood, you know, the things that regularly kill small businesses and home offices being wiped out; I do make extensive use of local storage to the tune of 24+ TB, yet remote storage off-site for anything I can't live without is important as well.

[Technically, yes, I can live without, just makes my otherwise painful existence totally pointless.]

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