* Posts by bombastic bob

5200 posts • joined 1 May 2015

Assange fails to make skipped bail arrest warrant vanish

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Re: A Flagrant Rotten Denial of Justice and a Blot in the UKGBNI Landscape

Assange might need some kind of pardon to avoid prosecution for "failure to appear". Yeah, not very likely.

I'm still rather thankful to what he did back in October of 2016, though.

Can't wait to get to Mars on a SpaceX ship? It's a cold, dead rock – boffins

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Re: The soil is toxic

toxic soil? well... not exactly.

I found THIS article which says that Mars' soil contains perchlorates.

FYI - perchlorates can be 'burned' to release OXYGEN. Mixed with water, they'd react with other things in the soil, kind of like bleach. The ultimate result would be "oxidized things" and some kind of chloride salt. Keep in mind Earth's oceans are filled with salt, too.

So it looks like a lack of water for an unspecified LONG period of time has resulted in some nasty salt compounds in the soil. No surprise.

As for me, I'm rather happy that it was PERCHLORATE discovered in the soil. Wash it really well, distill the water back out, and the result can be "reacted with something" to release OXYGEN. Sounds like a WIN to me!

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"The boffins paint a nasty picture and just killed a thousand dreams"

well, there's still the possibility of terraforming, but that would take a LOT of effort with tech we don't have yet.

The best theories I've heard suggest that Mars lost its magnetic field because of a mostly-solid core. If the core were liquid, mars would have 'van allen' belts too, and its atmosphere would (mostly) still be there.

Without volcanos you don't replenish your atmosphere. Mars doesn't appear to have active volcanos in any significant amount, not like Earth.

So: to "fix" Mars, you need to melt its core. How to do that? Oh, I dunno, maybe a few hundred ATOMIC BOMBS or something like that. It is, after all, a planet, and melting its core would require quite a bit of energy.

Mars has a LOT of evidence of flowing water and thicker atmosphere at some point in its history. Nowadays, it's almost a vacuum as far as atmospheric pressure goes. You'd need some pretty strong pumps to suck that in and make it 15psi for human aspiration (assuming the O2 levels were correct). Pure O2 would have to be at least 3psi, just sayin'.

Anyway, the 'past life on Mars' stuff has mostly hinged on the idea that at one time in its history Mars was a LOT more Earth-like, and I tend to believe that the science supports this.

As for terraforming, you'd have to fix the core first. THEN, "borrow" gasses from someplace, and transport it to Mars, plant some, uh, plants, get some algae to grow in bodies of water, and there ya go.

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Re: Start of a retraction

"the type of person who would want to go to Mars in the first place"

That would be 'pioneers", not unlike the migration west in 19th century USA.

MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: Hey Mac, you can't park that there!

"BTW, shouldn't he have launched the Supercharger station first?"

Still need the 'Big Fucking Rocket' for that one...

and someone to come up to the window and say "Charge 'er up, sir?"

Why is Bitcoin fscked? Here are three reasons: South Korea, India... and now China clamps down on cryptocurrencies

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Re: Nowhere near corrected

"from a high of nearly $20,000 in mid-December to under $7,000 in early February"

this sounds more like a ponzi scheme than investment, WORSE than commodity margin trading [how George Soros earned most of HIS money as I recall].

Here's why: Suppose "Old George" decides he wants to break the bank on Bitcoin the way he did on the GBP a few years back. So he slowly buys up Bitcoin when it's not doing much, and encourages others to do so [through perhaps nefarious means, advertising, whatever] until the price is driven artificially up. THEN, he decides to SELL OFF his assets, driving the price DOWN. He makes a bit of money. The price is driven SO LOW it's way below what he paid for the bitcoin from before. And his piece of the pie was SO LARGE, it makes a YUGE difference in the market price.

THEN, he waits a bit for things to calm down, and starts buying again. The price goes back up, he's got the same number of bitcoins as before, but he MADE A BOATLOAD OF CASH by manipulating the market.

Does this look ANYTHING like what has happened recently, not just with Bitcoin, but in the U.S. Stock Exchange?

These methods are well-known. Yet, investors STILL get manipulated into behaving like cattle. Go fig.

post edit: I just thought of this description: Sell HIGH, buy LOW.

Ballmer once yelled: Developers, developers! Today it would be: Docs! Support! Certificates!

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Re: Programmer, not developer...

""developers" are expect to be "full stack" - back-end, front-end, this JS framework, that ORM, these server architectures, those cloud infrastructures, agile methodology, continuous integration and deployment"

well... ONE aspect of software development is "that".

There are OTHER areas, however, that show a LOT more promise. And from what I can tell, there are a LOT more of THESE:

* microcontrollers and embedded - this is where I decided I should focus most of my attention. it's working.

* 'traditional' GUI applications - yes we still have them, and a lot of them need maintenance

* Mobile - a lot of noise here, but there are still some good opportunities. A "mobile app" that goes with an enterprise solution, for example, is a nice add-on for the enterprise system, and an opportunity for devs willing to learn how to code for that mobile platform. The Android Dev environment is free...

* new product development - a 'jack of all trades' might do well in this environment. You wear a LOT of hats.

Doing IT slave-labor for a large mega-corp is NOT the only job out there. MOST jobs are created by small businesses, in need of a 'jack of all trades'. Getting short-term gigs through a labor-pimp (aka contracting agency) is a good start for this kind of thing, and PROBABLY earns you more money and gives you more [unscheduled, though] free time than a traditional 9-5 wage-slave job would.

And 'Agile' can go PACK SAND.

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Re: Stress & Deadlines

Stress and deadlines: These are the realities of the business world. Young-uns need to adapt or they'll be 'Natural Selected' out of the work force, ya know?

It means you "code for the deadline". It means you ONLY work on those features that are necessary, and get them 100% right, by the deadline. Hit the 'quicky' stuff first. Do what makes it look like you're accomplishing something as soon as you can. THEN you can negotiate with the people who underplanned the project and say "look we've got this much done now, but we need more time to do the bells/whistles".

This has been going on in the engineering world for, like, FOREVAR. It's not a snowflake-friendly "safe place". It's a cutthroat profit-motivated world of competing interests, and NOT meeting the deadline might be the same thing as capitulating to your competition...

And of course there are budgets, sales force overpromising things, managers squeezing the timelines too close, and so on. And at the mid-level you sometimes have to "manage the managers" a bit...

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Re: OMG, Monkey Boy

"The day they said that developers got shoved into the back seat..."

not quite so fast. Windows development was well supported until Ballmer took the helm in the early noughties.

It was the ".Net Initiative" where everything started to go horribly wrong. It's when Micro-shaft decided to DRIVE everything THEIR way [not lead, DRIVE, like cattle].

Prior to this point we had:

* DevStudio '98 with its keyboard-friendly resource/dialog editor

* LOTS of 'backward compatibility' via shippable components, so that the 'latest thing' could be installed onto an older version of Windows [with some limits, obviously].

* MSDN docs could be loaded onto your computer or private LAN, avoiding intarweb performance problems

* Windows beta programs in which Microsoft actually WORKED WITH YOU for hardware and software compatibility.

Since then, we have:

* DevStudio that's 2D flat/ugly and _STILL_ requires too many 'mousie-clickie' gyrations to do just about ANYTHING in the dialog/resource editing department, and has a somewhat clunky UI. It gets in the way too much, supposedly while trying to "help".

* MSDN docs that can no longer be loaded on the local computer. It's *Cloudy*. Oooohhh!

* An Operating System that FORCES YOU to update it, spies on you, and shoves ads in your face by default, and ALSO tries to strong-arm you into using a "cloudy" login.

* 3 major paradigm shifts since then: The '.Net runtime' with C-pound, 'The Metro', and UWP. Not to mention Silverlight or a couple of other 'flash in the pan' fads that went nowhere and were abandoned. And rumor has it, they want to ABANDON THE WIN32 API by 2022...

* A toll-booth to anyone who wants to support their devices (or write software-only device drivers) on Windows [starting with Vista] - the certificate requirement

* A schizophrenic attempt to embrace/extend/extinguish Linux that doesn't really implement Linux

* A windows 10 beta in which ONLY "the fanbois" were "listened" to by Microsoft (and, towards the end, opposition was SILENCED)

Ghost in the DCL shell: OpenVMS, touted as ultra reliable, had a local root hole for 30 years

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Re: Wasn't VMS...

HAL is to IBM as VMS is to WNT

One of the key engineers for VMS was a major architect of NT 3.0 [but I think he was a kernel guy, no so much on the userland/shell end]

I guess someone already mentioned Dave Cutler - assuming it's the same guy I'm thinking of [can't remember his name]. I remember him being mentioned at a dev conference for the win '95 beta, so that would have been around December of 1993

You're the IT worker in charge of securing the cloud for your company. Welcome to Hell

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Re: Bonus points

"Instead, we have to resort to pastebin.com."


reminds me of something that happened at a microsoft developer conference back in the 90's.

MS put a bunch of computers all over the halls, with NT 4 on them. I noticed that most of the command line stuff (including CMD) were disabled. But there was some demo software available and I wanted to mess with the sample code (some HTML pages) when I got home [the conference was in my home town]. So I ran FTP from the start menu, and FTP'd a couple of files to a web server. That is when I discovered that the '!' command in Microsoft's console mode FTP client got you a shell. I went into it, snickered, then exited. I'm not sure if I was "seen" or not, but it stopped working by the next day...

yeah, someone blocked copy/pasta to the host via the clipboard in the RDP client. Let's just use a pastebin instead!

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Re: Now let's play this through for a UNIX(oid) shop

I've tried SSH tunneling X11 protocol over 'teh intarwebs'. It "worked".

Effective enough for quicky things, but I wouldn't make it my day-to-day method of getting work done.

Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

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Reminds me of "New Coke"

c-c-c-catch the wave - New Coke!

(complete with Max Headroom doing the commercial)

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Re: The Golden Age of flying is over

Air. Bus. Hmm...

might be self-descriptive. Soon, everyone will hang from straps in the overhead. Heh.

Yeah flying stopped being fun a while ago. Dammit.

No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

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Re: MS is not the one to worry here

" Every one of those Win7 machines is a sale they haven't made."

Wait until they figure out that Micro-shaft (via Win-10-nic) is the one killing their sales figures...

it was obvious when win 7 machines sat next to win 8 machines in stores, and the win 7 machines outsold the win 8 machines by (as I recall) better than 2:1.

But you can't bitch-slap Micro-shaft with "obvious" and get them to accept it. They're too busy being arrogant and telling the customers what they're gonna accept. And self-shooting their own feet.

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Re: And they were so close...

"If MS had actually asked enterprises what they wanted"

If MS had actually asked *EVERYONE* what they wanted (that's not a 4-incher, aka someone who sees the world through a 4 inch screen) we'd have had Win 7 v2. WIndows 7 was the _LAST_ time Micro-shaft listened to customers and responded appropriately.

But Micro-shaft is currently in self-shoot-in-foot mode, and won't listen to customers any more. Expect more of same, subscription level, and [from what I heard 3rd hand] ABANDONMENT of the WIN32 API by 2022.

"Developers Developers Developers Developers" - whatever happened to THAT?

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Re: And they were so close...

"Windows 10 'Bog Standard' regularly loses sound playback and/or recording ability, as a result of a 'background' driver update"

This makes it NOT a candidate for doing things with media production software like Cakewalk (also making a compelling case for getting a Mac for that kind of stuff).

/me points out that while doing music-production-related things on XP or 7, I would always make sure that windows update was tuned off. Of course _NOW_ it's ALWAYS off, but that's for different reasons...

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Re: And they were so close...

"And only gets feature updates every few years"

that's a BAD thing? I have "opt'ed out" of "feature updates" for quite some time... by sticking with 7 (and before that, XP).

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Re: And they were so close...

" they would have had a much more compelling product"

it's a fair bet that Micro-shaft *NEVER* wanted to give you the features you highlighted in your post, even for the "you paid through the nose for it" Enterprise aka 'executive' aka 'First class seating' version.

In other words, paying extra to NOT be tracked/advertised-to/force-upgraded

OK so the Enterprise LTSB version has lipstick on the OINKY end, then. And maybe a string of pearls to go with it. But it's still A PIG. Oink. And it has the 2D FLATSO interface, and "The Metro"-ness, and UWP-ness. Right?

AT&T's financial figures reveal 19 BEEELLLION reasons why it lobbied hard for US tax cuts

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Re: That's what we need

it is if they hire people and pay decent wages.

just sayin'. you don't get a job from a POOR person, now do you?

/me observes: there's no virtue in poverty. success should be rewarded and admired.

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Re: Off The Topic Yet Again

well, I just recently had my phone line repaired. It had a broken wire. sounded like 100 cats scratching on a door. Took 3 weeks since there have been fires, mudslides, and heavy rains somewhat recently. The tech was friendly enough, and got it done in a couple of hours. but yeah, 3 weeks? And my phone line is the "bad luck line" at the very end of the loop. My neighbor's phone line goes "the other way" to the phone company building. But I think a big part of the problem is that AT&T can't really replace the lines. they're scheduled to be placed underground. Thing is, they have to do a 'poor neighborhood' for every 'well to do neighborhood' they do, because, governmentium. There's been a budget for putting the lines underground for DECADES. And yet, it's only a fraction complete. yeah, GUMMINT gumming things up.

Not all AT&T's fault, at any rate. [but we all hate the utility companies, regardless]

during that time period, my AT&T cell phone and 2nd land line worked just fine.

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"Mainly due to the elimination of the personal exemptions on taxable income ($4K per person)"

FUD. the personal deduction was INCREASED. If your taxes went up, you must've been purchasing things that the rest of us were effectively paying for. Well, I guess YOU can pay for it yourself, now.

I'd prefer a 100% FLAT tax, with a per-person deduction that is teh same for everybody. NO deductions, NO loopholes, NO different rates for married/single. FLAT. That's actually FAIR. And with that kind of system (see what Forbes wanted to do a few years ago) the lowest income earners would pay ZERO.

Anyway, being a believer in supply-side economics, just like JFK, Reagan, and now Trump, I would expect to see gummint revenues INCREASE, and then we'd be able to pay off Obaka's $9 trillion or so of accumulated extra DEBT.

/me recognizes that you have to get legislation passed by Con-Grab, and it's not always easy to get it all right in the first phase. So what we have NOW is a compromise of what could actually get through Con-Grab.

Nork hackers exploit Flash bug to pwn South Koreans. And Adobe will deal with it next week

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should've looked on El Reg


not sure if Flash is involved in its replacement, though. however, I wouldn't be surprised...

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Re: Flash vs Java

"They just switched from Java to Flash for the UI"

/me flips upside down like an anime character

icon, because, facepalm too

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thanks. beer?

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Re: Flash?

if I had the time to devote to it I'd start on the guitar part right away, and add the 5 or 6 Freddy-like vocal tracks [I think Freddy used to do all of the harmonies himself]. Interesting thing I've discovered, Freddy's overbite was a key factor in his vocal sound. I've actually tried using an ace bandage around my lower jaw, to temporarily re-create the overbite, so I can do a good Freddy impersonation. it sorta works... but is painful.

(no, seriously, I _DID_ try that, with only limited success, and I'll never try it again).

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Re: Flash, begone in a flash

"I have been flash free for about a year now"

HTML5 has been around way longer, and I set "the default" in my browsers for it because I _had_ to. Flash plugins on FreeBSD have always been flaky and when some changes made GNASH stop working, and GNASH development was basically abandoned, I gave Flash the big middle finger and now disable it, everywhere. It's been several years, now... really since HTML5 was on Youtube.

[a 2015 article says that youtube "now streams HTML5 by default" and that youtube had support for HTML5 back in 2010 - that would be about right, yeah]

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"Presumably there have been no privilige escalation bugs on server 2016."

Spectre is still a possible attack vector. Just sayin'

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"The mind boggles what Flash should be doing preinstalled on a server in the first place."

This entire situation boggles the mind!

Keep in mind that in S. Korea, they used to require ActiveX to do ANY kind of online banking. This is partially the fault of the USA, since prior to the late 90's, encryption technology stronger than 60-bit DES couldn't be exported. in the mean time, S. Korea developed its OWN system for banking, USING! ActiveX!! Yes, it's way MORE insecure than Flash.

And so I have to wonder whether or not, in 2018, banking transactions are STILL using something *like* ActiveX, but via Flash instead... and is THAT the target of the Nork cracking activity??

I'm being lazy and not googling for all of this, so my apologies ahead of time if I got any of these details wrong. Old brain cells sometimes have parity errors.

Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people

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Re: Open source is leading to single source

"AC, You're just a dinosaur"

I was thinking 'misinformed'

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Re: Free or Open?

'Open Source' works for me. it reflects the intent of exposing the soft underbelly for anyone to see/use. The doors are open, come on in, you're welcome.

Also it's being used in electronics hardware (open source design and board layouts being a big one, like Arduino), and elsewhere too as far as I know...

And even with all of the clones out there, Arduino is still doing pretty well last I checked.

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Re: Open Source versus Free Software

"When the *BSD community meets the Linux community, focus turns to the ideological difference between Open Source (like MIT license) and Free Software (like the GNU GPL)."

This is why I like to put my open source stuff up on the web as "dual license" - either [L]GPL _or_ a BSD-like license, YOUR choice. In this way it maximizes freedom. And it still helps _me_ out for being able to demonstrate my abilities for coding gigs, which is one of the main reasons I've contributed a bunch of different projects [some of which are abandonware anyway]. Another reason, of course, is BRAGGING RIGHTS. And I'm easy enough to find on well-known open source repositories if anybody cares...

The point is that if you want people to recognize your work, the 2 different licenses have their benefits. So why not use both?

But yeah, the religious battle between MIT/BSD and GPL and a few of the other licenses are kinda pointless. 'Dual License' (or multi-license if need be) helps to solve that. MAXIMUM freedom.

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Re: "it was mostly white guys."

"It is okay to be white."

yeah, 'diversity' is highly overrated. It's an SJW's excuse to show favoritism to "group of the week".

I like THIS kind of diversity: a diverse group of highly qualified engineers, each with an expertise in a different niche. nevermind race/sex/whatever-else-the-SJWs-care-about

and you pay people based on their WORK QUALITY! [and ONLY that]

What's so wrong with THAT kind of 'diversity'? tell me, please, SJW's, because I'm obviously so CLUELESS in YOUR eyes!!!

troll icon because, obvious

[yeah I was searching for an existing thread on this sub-topic, because it really *irked* me to see the 'D' word in the article and the obvious 'affirmative action' nonsense being hailed as "a good thing" somehow - bit it was a quote, not the author, as far as I could tell, so no blame for El Reg - you're just telling like it is]

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Re: Open source is leading to single source

Ack on FreeBSD [I prefer it for doing software development, for a number of reasons, the ports collection being one, the automatic installation of headers and 'devel' stuff being another - dealing with installing all of the necessary '-devel' packages in Linux can be a royal PITA!]

There are additional BSDs as well (OpenBSD, NetBSD, Dragonfly), and the Mach kernel [which is closed source] used by Apple [and others].

OBSD and FBSD seem to work together a lot [at least if you read through the kernel source and stuff that's in the ports]. So you get collaboration also.

besides, according to open source licenses, there is NOTHING stopping you from taking all of Linux (for example), CLONING it, putting your own labels on everything, and then shipping it as "your own thing", as long as you make sure that you don't violate the GPL. Why would you want to? Oh, I dunno, maybe you're Cisco and you have a "special hardened Linux" with your name all over it that you want to use on your routers... or you're Mint and want to fork off of Ubuntu. Each has its own customizations and benefits and downsides, naturally. And that's the point. Even if it _WERE_ "single source", there would be flavors and variants of it all over the place.

Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined

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Re: Really?

here in the USA, and particularly on the Fox network, this story broke nearly a YEAR ago. Hannity is a very good source on this topic. But when I detail things such AS naming specifics about the gross inaccuracy and (alleged) fabrication of the Steele dossier, who bought and paid for it, I may be violating UK libel laws or something, and so my post would be rejected on that basis.

So it's hard to correct the obvious errors about "the memo" or "the dossier" if I can't say anything in a counterpoint.

However, you can _EASILY_ go over nearly a years' worth of Hannity's broadcasts over on the Fox news site, or read what he had to say about it over on hannity.com ...

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Re: The customer is always right....

yes but you have to admire the STUNNING BRILLIANCE of the staff in their treatment of said "always right" customer, with pure respect, apparently also with smiles and no obvious condescension.

Truly, it's a LOT funnier this way!

An IRL example of the same *kind* of performance exhibited by the support guru in that old 'Internet Help Desk' video. "Well, that's entirely my fault" over the phone, while simultaneously displaying his middle finger...

Spectre shenanigans, Nork hackers upgrade, bad WD drives and more

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Re: WD vuln

I actually like the WD drives I've used/purchased, but, whatever. At least it's just the 'MyCloud' (according to the article anyway) and not the drives themselves. Or... ? (don't make me panic, I'm already biting my nails over the Meltdown/Spectre news, and may end up in full-blown black helicopter paranoia soon if this keeps up, panic panic panic)

ok I was being facetious. Seriously, men in white coats, you do NOT need to take me away, ha ha!

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119 variants of code that exploit the CPU security cockups

I checked for more detail on what these are, exactly, and only found references to virus signatures, which isn't all that helpful in understanding what's going on.

So, is this:

* "executable file" malware

* client-side javascript

* cloud-based programs

* clever scripting in a spreadsheet or document sent via e-mail

* ???

or all of the above?

Can it be at least PARTIALLY mitigated by using NoScript and to avoid opening e-mail attachments or viewing e-mail "as HTML" ? you know, 'practice safe surfing'.

Unfortunately the references I found here didn't help me much in the knowledge department. Still good info, and I've seen entire series' of El Reg articles come about after a quicky "oops here it is" article [like this one], in which details and references and all kinds of goodies are presented. So I'm looking forward to it, in a way.

Otherwise, are we all just supposed to sit in our "Crona Corners" sucking our thumbs and wishing we'd never been born?

Super Cali's unrealistic net neutrality process – even though the sound of it is something quite... ferocious

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"they have to pay through the nose"

'teh intarwebs' has been around (commercially) since the early 90's. only under Obaka was it regulated by the FCC for "net neutrality". How come we didn't ALREADY "pay through the nose" ???

if history is the judge, 'teh intarwebs' does VERY well when de-regulated.

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Re: It's not supposed to make it past a challange, silly!

"the out of control State of California"

Yeah, I have to live with that. for now. unless I get tired of paying the "coastline tax" and "sunshine tax" and move to another state, out of sheer frustration, and TAKE! MY! BUSINESS! WITH! ME!!

there's an election coming up. I hear good things about one particular candidate for governor. let's see what happens in November.

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Re: Federal and State Law

"Given the depth of government interference in our everyday lives nowadays, it is surely possible for any legislative body to enforce any behaviour they want by roundabout means, even if that behaviour is directly banned."

Governmentium. Always increases in mass. Nearly always in the way. It's why DE-regulation helps in the long run.

Don't forget the politicians with their hands out at election time. You often get what you pay for...

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

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Re: just to it

"the ribbon has been around for 11 years."

and the person who invented it has been CANNED [finally] - she was generally responsible for "the metro" and Win-10-nic's "one windows" approach.


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Re: just to it

"I bet they love the extra work you cause them just so you can sit in your ivory tower radiating smugness at them."

I've never had a problem working with doc files generated by Libre Office in windows, unless you pick some exotic formatting method that's irritating on both ends.

But I have a solution for formatting problems: Have the recipients install Libre Office if formatting becomes an issue. or you can use google docs. whatever. Collaborative document files are irritating to maintain anyway. And if they're just going to print it, or keep it on file someplace, send a PDF. Works for me.

"Microsoft-only" smugness is worse, by the way.

thinking of work, I should get some done. taking up too much time commenting on a 4-page-long comments when I originally didn't think I had anything to say that wasn't already said...

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Re: "Is it me or is MS getting desperate now?"

"Alienating actual customers just because they didn't drink the last kool-aid may have a bitter price in the future."

alienated customers aren't the ones they're after. I think they're trying to lock-in the millenials... [the only customer base they even have a REMOTE chance of having any time in the future]. But I would say that most of the people that read El Reg would agree that Micro-shaft totally went the wrong way with Win-10-nic, and putting lipstick on the boar (not the oinky end) and THEN greasing up Office 2019 and jaming it up our as... down our throats isn't helping them win new customers, or even keep existing ones.

/me continuing to work on an IDE and dev kit that _could_ help make writing X11-based [and compatibility for WIN32] applications a WHOLE lot easier... and when I tested a proof of concept last week, I typed in the program name in a shell, with a glob for 50-something files as the argument, and it opened all of them in under a second [I even captured a cool video of it from the desktop using vlc] and displayed the main window like "pop" - the way applications SHOULD start up, not taking 10's of seconds of wait cursor just to put a splash screen up, and then 10's more to get the IDE to display, and then a boatload of additional time loading each file, etc.. Yeah. Under 1 second, 50-something text files, with a tabbed multi-doc editing main window and the first doc [a C source file 2000+ lines] right there. The point is that it' POSSIBLE to write applications like this, if you don't do it "the Micro-shaft Way" and do it on a system that has X11 like Linux or FreeBSD. I'll just have to make sure that the toolkit works seamlessly on WIN32 also, and write some C++ foundation classes, and voila! but yeah I've been working on this for YEARS now. I'll need to finish before 2020 or it will be pointless when Win 7 support dies off and it's not done yet...

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Re: Well Done Microsoft for encouraging LibreOffice 6 deployment

" I moved to LibreOffice and it seems to work well enough."

I did that (on my winders boxen) when a bug in Office '97 prevented MS Excess from working, and the "fix" prevented Word from printing. [I wonder if this is the same as YOUR win7 bug].

Open Office and Libre Office both work fine on every platform I've tried them on. I do miss _some_ features that were in MS Excess '97, though. but because of the 1G RAM bug from Office '97 I stopped even considering it...

(office '97 was the version that introduced "clippy", but read the formats that a customer decided EVERY document needed to be saved in, the only reason I 'upgraded' from Office '95, and subsequently REFUSED to go through that cycle AGAIN)

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"modern" - that word does not man what they think it means

(and is often used as a pejorative by win-10-nic zealots when talking about those ancient sticks in the mud, aka the rest of us, that refuse to change/adapt/whatever to the "modern" interface)

icon, because, facepalm

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Re: As soon as Windows 7 support finishes

"This is why the average user (ie 95% of people on this planet) will never use Linux."

see icon.

keep in mind that linux help, online, is not only free [as a general rule], it's usually accompanied by people who are willing to hand-hold you through the process if you're a n00b. Even on IRC. ok SOME usenet channels are filled with trolls and people looking to make their own male members look larger at YOUR expense, but in general I've found the linux help forums and IRC channels to be not only helpful and friendly, but gregarious, philanthropic, and very generous with the time needed to help a n00b.

Yeah, it's MUCH better than talking with some boiler-plate idiot tech in a call center that you actually PAID for in the product price... or the bureaucracy you have to naviguess through in order to get something you're entitled to according to the license/whatever.

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Re: What's a

"poke(rnd(0,65535), rnd(0,255))"

random poking is fun. or at least amusing. heh.

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"waiting for Bombasic Bob to make a comment :)"

No need for me to say anything else, really. Not only did you make the top ranking, you pretty much said it. well done! beer for you!

Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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Re: SEO = Sell Everything Online

it's how something that's "free" generates zillions of dollars in revenue...

(I thought everyone knew this already?)

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