* Posts by 2Nick3

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BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave

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"IBM somehow manages to be worse... it once took one of their own staff several weeks to find out that the files his customer wanted were hidden on an FTP server somewhere in Boulder, Colorado."

Ah, good old service2.boulder.ibm.com - still up and running today!

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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Winning HQ2 may not be a win

Won't the residents of the state that gets HQ2 have to start paying state sales tax on their Amazon purchases, as Amazon will have a business presence in that state?

For the state that might be great - lots of extra tax revenue (possibly enough to offset the credits given to land HQ2), but for the residents of the state everything on Amazon gets more expensive.

Shoot, Amazon even makes more money in that situation, as they get to hold the tax revenues between collection and payment to the state.

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Grab your lamp, you've pulled: Brits punt life-saving gravity-powered light

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And I'd be willing to pay 3x for one to send the other two somewhere that they would be needed.

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Bill Gates declined offer to serve as Donald Trump's science advisor

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Missed opportunity?

I have to wonder if Mr. Gates took the opportunity to suggest someone well suited to the role? You would think he could come up with 3-5 names pretty quickly.

"Sorry, Mr. President, but I don't think I would be a good fit, all things told. But why don't you consider asking A or B, maybe C. I think any of them would be well suited to the role."

I would hope Mr. Gates wouldn't have been as dismissive as the comments that are sure to follow.

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Translating Facebook's latest 'Hard Questions' PR spin – The Reg edit

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Re: Targeted ads

"How much better to advertise breast and penis enlargement to punters of the appropriate sex - must be worth paying Facebook a few pennies to classify them, eh?"

Isn't FB big on blurring the gender line? Might not be good for business after all!

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Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed

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Re: MS kills UWP apps, Telephony API appears in Windows

"Microsoft will continue to be around, but it's unlikely that they will be the same level of major player in five to ten years that they are now."

Don't we hear this every 5-10 years about MS?

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Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

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Re: Health Hazard?

Lee D said: "It's the anti-social aspect that matters more. And that carries over from smoking to vaping."

Perfectly stated - My rights end where yours start. Yours end where mine start. Pretty simple, right?

Smokers/vapers don't want to be told they can't continue to do so. Fine and dandy. But that also means they can't force me to smoke/vape. Which by creating a cloud outside of a door is what is happening.

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Go Bulls!!

"... and Lee Woodcock from the University of South Florida led the research team."

Always good to see a fellow Bull getting recognition.

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Supreme Court punts on Microsoft email seizure decision after Cloud Act passes US Congress

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Yep - new warrant issued, MS complied.

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Net neutrality advocates freak out as lobbyists pull rug from California's draft net neutrality law

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Re: I'll make you an offer

"On the topic of Left v. Right name calling, I agree, and wish it would stop - Not just in Comments, but in general (in person, in the "news", in the houses of government, etc.)."

Amen. It's very hard to find common ground with someone who is calling you an idiot.

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

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Put in Road Rash and I'll be pre-ordering for sure!

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Jury to Apple: You owe patent troll VirnetX half a BEEELLION buckaroos

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Re: And yet Apple has a patent on rounded corners

"Love it, I assume that's why El-Reg hasn't dared to round any of the corners on the site"

But then Apple would have to acknowledge El-Reg to accuse them of infringing on the patent. At which point the universe might just implode...

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In a sorry state again: Zuckerberg dusts off apology playbook in mea culpa to Congress

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... and using them for a series "hot or not" votes...

Zuck: "I’m not willing to risk insulting anyone."

Like by labeling them as "not or not"?

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As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots

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Closed-loop logic by Zuck

"People tell us if they are going to see ads they want the ads to be good," Zuck argues.

What was the survey question that generated that tidbit? "If you are being shown an add would you like it to be a good ad or a bad ad?" Once the assumption you're going to see an ad is in place it makes perfect sense. If I'm not in the target group for Product X then being bombarded with ads for Product X is slightly more annoying than being bombarded with ads for any other product.

Just like having all 10 of my fingernails ripped off my fingers is slightly worse than having nine of them ripped off my fingers.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Starbucks is on notice: Expensive milky coffee is something quite cancerous

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The real winner here

The real winner is the sign makers. They now get to turn out another 8400 signs (one at each entrance, so call it 3 per Starbucks, ~2800 in the state).

I suspect a shadow lobby is behind this decision.

(Mine is the one with the sugar packets in the pocket).

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Re: They should put...

"A cancer warning on the state of California..."

When you get off a plane in California you are greeted by a sign on the jetway that indicates something along the lines of, "The State of California says that there are cancer causing things beyond this point."

Makes me laugh every time I see it.

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Facebook exec extracts foot from mouth: We didn't really mean growth matters more than human life

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I quit Facebook for Lent...

...which means I go back today. Not sure if I'm happy about that yet or not, but I'm kind of leaning toward not...

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You'll like this: Facebook probed by US watchdog amid privacy storm

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Re: "You are always in control"

Except that the data slurp appears to include communications (or at least just the metadata about the communications) of Facebook users.

So maybe the 'privacy nuts' weren't quite nutty enough!

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User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

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Re: Feeling Old...

I see your "Dune 2" and raise you a "Comanche CD" - IIRC you needed 608k with the CDROM driver loaded. You couldn't do it if you had a SCSI card, and the Plextor drivers were tough to get to work. There was a generic driver (oakcdrom.sys ??) that was smaller and worked.

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City of Atlanta's IT gear thoroughly pwned by ransomware nasty

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Re: Just asking...

Step 1 is to stop the infection from getting worse. Restoring data into an infected environment just wastes CPU cycles as the restored data is encrypted.

Only after you get your environment clean can you start doing the recovery activities. If you have one of the Ransomware variants that put your systems into an unbootable condition you will be reimaging systems or performing BMR recoveries, both of which are slower and more labor intensive than restoring data.

Reimaging Windows machines is particularly painful, as you will likely have to install numerous patches that aren't part of the base image - how many Tuesdays old is it? Then of course you need to make sure your security software is up to date (or pick a new one...).

What a mess - there are a lot of people who aren't going to have lives outside of the office for a while down in Atlanta. Many of whom had no ability to avoid this situation.

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Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

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Re: not that new either

Spot on - USA Today was distributing different editions of the paper in different parts of the country during the election cycle.

Basically the process that has been used to good effect in the past has been automated, allowing more customization across a larger target population. Discussed in the abstract it's really a logical progression. It's the specifics where things get quite murky.

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US govt's final bid to extradite Lauri Love kicked into touch

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'"The forum bar has now met its first successful test case. US detention and healthcare provision have been rightly shown to be unjust and oppressive. The era of the US Department of Justice as world police is over," said Love himself in a statement issued by the Courage Foundation, which has been supporting him during the legal proceedings.'

I thought part of why he wasn't extradited was because of his suicide risk due to his Asperger's, and also that the conditions of his confinement in the US would be substandard for him, again due to his Asperger's. I have no idea how much that swayed the decision, but I don't think this is the best "test case" (Love's words, probably supplied to him) because of it.

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After repeated warnings Facebook bans Britain First for 'inciting hatred'

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You mean just like after a serious road accident, someone saying "We must reduce death by car accident" means they are OK with death by shootings?

Or are you just saying it because it's facebook?"

My bad - I didn't quote what I was replying to there, which was the first comment to the article.

What I'm saying is that hate speech, in general, shouldn't be tolerated, much less propagated. No label needed - minority, majority, or whatever.

Someone inciting that "All X should be killed, their bodies dragged through the streets and their entrails fed to the pigeons!" is bad. It shouldn't matter if X is "left handed, green eyed, 12 fingered people born on February 29th 1996" or "Caucasian men."

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You beat me to that - it implies that Facebook is OK with inciting animosity and hatred against majority groups.

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Airbus ditches Microsoft, flies off to Google

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Re: Drank the Google Kool aid

"Spreadsheets - the Google version is severely limited. Quickly moved back to excel in my own laptop."

Why Google can't fix how to sort on multiple columns I don't know, but they claim no one needs it. Or on one does it because of how hard they made it:

In Excel - select the range, click Sort, pick the order of the columns to sort, and click OK

in Google Sheets - select the range, sort on the last column you want to sort by, then the second to last, then the third to last.... and finally by the first column you want to sort by.

Then if you update the data and need to redo the sort:

In Excel - select the range, click Sort (it remembers how you did it before!!), and click OK

in Google Sheets - kill yourself...

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Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

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Re: the great shutodwn of 2008

Had a coworker who was famous, or rather infamous, for his pranks, log into my Fedora workstation and did a bunch of aliasing and keyboard remapping. A box the team used for running scripts to produce customer reports - very much in production. At the time I was very light on Linux skills, and in an attempt to bypass his "fun" thought logging in as root would do the trick (Yes, yes, I know - I already admitted I was very light on Linux skills...). The only thing that did was show me the IP address of the last root login, which resolved to his workstation.

A quick note to him, copying our boss, with a screenshot of the last login info as the body and the subject line of "Fix it" had me back up and functional in just a few minutes, and showed my machine was off-limits for that kind of shenanigans.

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Re: Del *.* - yes of course I'm sure!

"I was able to undelete everything except INSTALL,EXE and UNSTALL.EXE - how to tell the difference when they're missing the first character?"

You guess! Make a copy of the disk using diskcopy, then try it on the copy (diskcopy did a sector-by-sectory copy, so would get everything). You see if you were right by running the program and seeing what happens. If you guessed wrong there's only one other option to try. And you can redo the diskcopy, or see if Norton would let you switch the names of the files.

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In a meeting on how we could save costs on our backups I suggested we could write the backups to /dev/null, and since we only had SLAs on the backups and nothing on restores (yeah, really - no idea how that contract got signed) we would not be violating the contract. Not only would backups run faster, we would also increase the success rate, as we would no longer need to manage a scratch tape pool. It was only slightly (in my opinion, at least) more ridiculous than some of the other suggestions being made.

It took a few hours for a group of us (who could detect sarcasm) to convince one of managers that we really couldn't do it.

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Less than half of paying ransomware targets get their files back

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Re: "The clear lesson here is the critical importance of maintaining up-to-date offline backups."

It's called versioning the backups - having only one Level 0 backup is bad. Having it accessible to modify from the system being backed up, as using a batch file indicates, is bad.

I've been in the backup space for over 20 years now, and the number of people who still treat it as a costly nuisance is amazing. Until they lose data, and then they're all over you because you didn't override their objections.

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La, la, la, I can't hear you! Apple to challenge Bose's noise-proof cans

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Re: Sennheiser...

Being a bass player, and standing next to drum kits a lot, I love my Sennheiser HD 280 Pros - the noise attenuation lets me run the mix on my Aviom monitor at a reasonable volume level. I had tried some Sonys, but they have such a bias toward the bass it was hard to get a good mix, and Beats would be even worse. Sennheiser has a great, and I think well deserved, reputation for use as monitors.

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Sysadmin left finger on power button for an hour to avert SAP outage

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You can do this with NIC settings as well

Had a customer complaining that the admin (and only user-reachable) interface NIC in our appliance had autonegotiated at 100Mb, where it was on a 1Gb switch. He was making a big fuss about it, getting the account team involved (they were negotiating another purchase), being a bit of a pompous arse overall. I told him if it had dropped the speed there was likely a real reason for it (the call-homes showed it changed outside of a reboot), and we should look at the logs on the system, and probably the switch, to figure that out before he did anything.

Like hard-code the speed to 1Gb. Which he did.

I had to send a tech onsite to console into the box to reset the NIC to autonegotiate. The next day the port on the switch was replaced and the interface went back to 1Gb.

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You can Ring my bell: Amazon pays ONE BEEEEELLION+ dollars for smart home upstart

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Re: I just bought a smart doorbell

If the doorbell was smart enough to push cattle-prod voltage out through the finger pressing it should that finger be attached to someone I didn't really want ringing my doorbell (basically anyone wanting something from me, with the exception of the Girl Scouts if they're selling cookies), THAT would be a smart doorbell!

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Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

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Re: As a practicing[0] guitarist ...

"Perhaps you have three hands?"

Changing setups between songs is much easier with one button to hit on your phone than resetting a bunch of dials. Or trying to remember which settings on which pedal, in combination, you need for the next song. There's an use case for this.

Not making the band, or the audience, wait for the guitarist to tweak his amp/effects settings leaves more time for him to retune!

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Why, why, Mr American Pai? FCC boss under increasing pressure in corporate favoritism row

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Re: "He tried to respond in a factual way without engaging in advocacy."

Q: How do you keep the FCC from changing direction?

A: Don't change the administration.

Or 3 years ago:

Q: How do you keep Obamacare in place?

A: Don't change the administration.

Or a non-political version:

Q: How do you keep your house the same color?

A: Don't paint it a different color.

His answer is indeed factual - if you don't change the makeup of the FCC, the policies won't change.. Yes, it's partisan, but it is factual. Non-partisan would have been something like "Institute policies that fall within the charter of the FCC and protect the American citizen" but that's too much to hope for.

And by being partisan it's going to be seen as him advocating, especially by those on the other side of the aisle. But it's not directly advocating. If he answered, "The only way to keep the FCC from going back to horrible decisions is to..." then I'd call it advocating.

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Apple: Er, yes. Your iCloud stuff is now on Google's servers, too

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Re: Bah!

Isn't it IRONIC he didn't get the Alanis Morissette reference?

(Mine is the faded old Army jacket with a CD-Walkman in the pocket...)

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Google gives mobile operators a reason to love it, and opens rich chat up for business

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Re: No, please no.

"Here's to hoping there is a way to disable it, short of chucking the phone at a wall."

Even that might not work - see the end of the embedded video in this week's On-Call:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/02/23/on-call/

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Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you've turned off the GPS

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Or home to home to home to home to home and have no life, for those of us who work from home offices!

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Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!

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"I call bs on that. It's way way more annoying to be stuck behind someone who cant even pull out of a junction in traffic, drives at 30MPH in the middle of the road, or takes several goes to reverse park excruciating slowly on a busy high street and then gives up than it is to be say overtaken by a boy racer."

You're not describing someone being careful, you're describing someone who doesn't have the basic skills required to drive. A careful driver could be defined as someone who doesn't cause other drivers to have to react to them.

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Lauri Love judgment: Extradition would be 'oppressive' and breach forum bar

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Re: Location of offense and location of damage

Yeah, I know that. And illegal access to computer systems is, too.

My scenario - you were in Jurisdiction A but killed someone who was in Jurisdiction B. Where does the trial for the killing happen? The precedent for international cyber-crime seems to be the accused is extradited to where the damage was done, as was attempted in this case, so I was wondering what the precedent for a physical crime is.

Ask a question to learn something around here and geesh!

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Location of offense and location of damage

I'm not sure I quite follow the whole "he was in the UK when he allegedly caused damage in the US" reasoning.

If you are in Canada and shoot across the border into the US and kill someone, where do you get tried? Or in the UK and shoot someone in Ireland? Not for possession of a firearm, or the discharge of a firearm, but for the actual harm (death) caused.

Just looking for the similarities and differences between a cyber-crime and a physical one.

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Assange fails to make skipped bail arrest warrant vanish

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I assume...

...someone is putting the old Mk1 eyeball on him there in the embassy. To know that he is still really there, and not on some south Pacific isle returning to his cabana to record interviews and clips that make it look like he's still there in the UK. White walls are pretty easy to erect, after all. And as long as he's careful to not get a tan he could pull it off.

Because that would be kind of funny, after all of this.

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Hortonworks accuses ex-sales bod of stealing customers for new job

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Who owns the laptop?

"Rudall is also accused of deleting data from his work laptop without permission, something he says was to remove personal items after owning the device for the four years he had worked at Hortonworks."

Was this BYOD with the laptop (Rudall owned it) or should there be quotes around "owning" as he was the user of a Hortonworks asset for 4 years.

I wonder about the strength of any "don't use Hortonworks assets for personal use" clause they have in his employment contract.

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Data-by-audio whizzes Chirp palmed £100k to keep working with EDF

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Re: How?

The second link in the article itself goes back to the original story ElReg had on this, which explains it in more detail. Copying the link here for easier access:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/24/chirp_nuclear_power_station_iot_audio_sensors/

Quite innovative, really, for the use case.

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California Senate OKs net neutrality law, gives FCC cold hard long stare

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Re: If It's So Flipping Bad?

"The "they" that voted for it is the Republican congress and Senate, who largely seem to do whatever big business want a regardless of it's effect on the consumer."

As the CA House and Senate are both Democratic majorities (it's right in the article), the "they" here that voted for it would be the Democrats. And so is the Governor of CA, making it a foregone conclusion that this will pass and be signed.

The original poster got the sides mixed up, you couldn't resist the urge to throw the partisan rocks, and the Federal Congress is still nowhere to be heard on the subject.

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FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast

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Dueling ukuleles, maybe, as this was Hawaii.

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Re: Conflicting information

Apparently people have forgotten about the (apparently false rumors around the) first airing of 'The War of the Worlds' back in 1938. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds_(radio_drama)

If you miss the "exercise, exercise, exercise" bit at the start, hear "this is not a drill" and start your reaction procedures, you're not going to hear the "exercise, exercise, exercise" at the end of the recording.

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Ugly, perfect ten-rated bug hits Cisco VPNs

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Re: Security appliances memory errors and programming bugs

"...30 years ago?"

How secure was Windows 2.10 running on MS DOS 4.0? Netware 2.x? OS/2 1.1? Cisco was barely 3 years old 30 years ago, and I bet the contemporary version of IOS is a scary nightmare of security holes that no one knew were there.

Or even know about today, as no one is looking at it any more, so it never got the same level of scrutiny that today's code gets.

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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Re: Need help, NASA?

"Quite right, it doesn't.

25th March 2000, according to Wikipedia."

Good golly - they need Windows ME!!

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You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen

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Re: A bit less FUD please El Reg

Regarding #3, they're running the exploit on cloud. Where, per the article:

"What it means is that enterprises are relying on the public cloud to handle the really large workloads."

So it's pretty much exactly where they want to be. It would be easy enough to pull the data using the exploit, then process it to see if there's anything useful, or if not directly useful if there's a good target - say a banking operation. If you know you're running on a good host, then you keep pulling data until you get what will be useful to exploit.

And from what it sounds like no one will have any idea that you're doing it.

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