* Posts by bombastic bob

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Why Boston Dynamics' backflipping borg shouldn't scare you

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Re: Boston Dynamics'

Early on, Google was funding them, but Google apparently saw a video from nearly 2 years ago and were NOT pleased:



apparently, after a year, they were sold to SoftBank:


Japan doesn't seem to have problems with developing robots. There's a long history of humanoid (and sometimes creepy humanoid) robots and Boston Dynamics seems to be a perfect extension of that.

I don't know why Google didn't keep them. I thought the "poor defenseless robot" video from a couple of years ago (when that guy kept teasing it like a bully might do, moving the box, shoving it on its face, etc.) was pretty good. Apparently Google didn't like it. "We at Google do NOT have a sense of humor" etc. might have been part of THAT conversation... (but I laughed, as I watched 3 stooges a lot when I was a kid, and I _do_ have a sense of humor!).

I think it was less about robots taking over, and more about NOT having a sense of humor about tripping, kicking, or pushing over a robot that's running a program telling it to pick up a box, or watching a robot almost fall on its "shiny metal ass" while walking over rough terrain in snow. [the fact that the bot recovered in an almost human-like way is pretty cool, though!].

[I'm also very glad to see these guys are still around.]

Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Tesla semi?

I would include a 4 cyl diesel engine anyway, to charge batteries while driving [or while sitting at a truck stop].

Just worth pointing out, the worst problem to solve in trucking is ADEQUATE AIR CONDITIONING.

As a truck driver, you're sitting on top of a high horsepower engine, constantly. Even good insulation isn't enough to block that heat on a hot day. You're gonna ROAST without proper air conditioning. And air conditioning uses power. It gets worse on hills during the summer, like the 'Grapevine' north of L.A., where drivers basically have to go slow in the 'special truck lane' and suffer through the heat. And so on. And the downlhill speed is limited to 15mph as I recall... (for safety). And uphill speed might be slower, depending. So not a lot of wind to help, yeah.

I suppose if you plan your trip properly, you use energy giong up hill, and try to restore it going down with dynamic braking. But what if the batteries are already fully charged? You'll need a way to dissipate the extra power, maybe a resistor bank with a cooling system [like trains have].

I have a strong, sneaky suspicion that this electric truck was designed by people who've never driven one on a long haul. So maybe my uncle (who owns a trucking business, though he's close to retiring now) could consult for them. Or any OTHER experienced driver that understands electricity and mechanical engineering, for that matter.

I think they'll need that. Otherwise, it's like the proverbial "Superiority" (by Arthur C. Clarke) problem.

New, Shiny not always "superior", yeah.

Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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backward compatibility NOT a thing with Micro-shaft

pretty much what it says in the title.

Their response is likely to be "upgrade your hardware to go along with our forced-update software"

World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking

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Re: Wouldn't you be...

this article is making me think of this web site at the moment:


sadly, looks like the site is offline now. thanks to the web archive, not completely.

Anyway... a couple of snips helps to prevent "the obvious problem", in a society that assumes that men are PREDATORS, and women are pure and innocent (regardless of whatever they CLAIM).


Those who have EVER been through a nasty divorce involving child custody, ESPECIALLY in Cali-FORNICATE-you, will understand what I mean. It's better to get SNIPPED and DENY the planet the benefit of your gene pool, than to have to ENDURE the ANAL RAPING in a courtroom, for those *kinds* of women don't have penises, but they have ATTORNEYS, and those attorneys will do "by proxy" (in the courtroom) what THEY could NEVER do to you...


yes, mental picture intentional. "BOHICA" --> Bend Over Here It Comes Again

Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

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Re: First Quantum Link... then Usenet... now...

"then Usenet died off"

no, it hasn't. neither has IRC. A lot of linux and programming-related and hacking-related newsgroups still exist, and get regular posts even.

it's just that TOO MANY people swallowed the FACE-BITCH/TW*TTER coolaid. But on USENET there are no ads [other than SPEW/SPAM]. There are no moderators [a moderated group is easily circumvented anyway]. There are no more "control: cancel" responses that are honored, so no post-post editing either. (but then again, I wouldn't need editing so much on El Reg if the fonts were of a reasonable size in the edit window, aka "the same size as the text I view after posting" - which it isn't).

And anyone who posts HTML to USENET is *APPROPRIATELY* *FLAMED*

It's truly the Wild West on USENET. As the intarwebs SHOULD be.

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Re: Everything's gone. Everything.

"If your experience is anything like mine, what it will come up with will be mostly worthless nonsense."

ACK - nobody wants to take on a gargantuan project like that as a fork, and deal with the support nightmare that individuals would have to deal with.

palemoon doesn't build (easily) on FreeBSD, and waterfox is just... ancient.

Mozilla has chased their tail for YEARS. First, they wasted time on a "the METRO" version of FF, then abandoned it. AND, they went off on that "Australis" crap, to be "chrome like". FAIL. I think they even entertained an Android version, but I've never seen an Android running anything else EXCEPT Chrome [it seems to be too heavily tied into other aspects of the Android system].

So now we get THIS. MOZILLA is acting JUST! LIKE! MICRO-SHAFT!!!

on a related note...

I'm considering doing something like 'midori' except *WITHOUT* the 2D FLATSO [I don't recall the OLDER versions being that "chrome like" but the newer ones certainly are...]. Then add support for older plugins, and VOILA! It could become its own entity, FOR THE REST OF US.

If _I_ do it, it'll probably build on Linux and BSD and to hell with native Win32 [use Cygwin or MinGW to build it and gtk2 to render it. HAH!]

And at that point all security fixes would be tied to webkit, which would minimize my involvement.

[anyone ELSE want to "give it a shot" ??? I'm kinda busy these days]

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Re: The Quantum of Firefox

"The change in the add-on API was announced well over a year ago. It actually makes things easier for developers to provide add-ons for all browsers."

* N * * O * ! ! ! ! ! <-- read that as a VERY loud "NO"

It *BREAKS* things that *USED* *TO* *BE* *POSSIBLE* !!!

The legacy plugins can *NOT* "just be rewritten". They CAN! NOT! BE! DONE! ANY! MORE!!!

Get it?

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Re: 30 per cent faster -- but square tabs?

"An add-on easily reverted that monstrosity to the 'classic' Firefox look"

Until... NOW. I use those addons, too. I ***FORNICATING*** ***HATE*** ***AUSTRALIS*** !!!!!

And Firef[o,u]x 57 has *BROKEN* *IT* !!!

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Re: 30 per cent faster

"is your server configured to use HTTP/2?"

should be nearly all of them by now. Although... I _have_ written http servers by hand before, for things like microcontroller config UI pages and for device control via a web interface [it just made more sense that way]. Support for HTTP/2 requests is pretty much mandatory, ya know?

I think what you meant to say was PERSISTENT CONNECTIONS.

But I agree with at least SOME of your javascript comments. What you did NOT mention was "having 15 different places to load script files from". Micro-shaft does THAT with THEIR pages.

And NOT having javascript at ALL - THAT would be best!

So here's what _I_ suggest web devs do, to improve speed:

a) include ONLY those style elements you actually NEED, in a "<style>" section within the '<head>' section of the web page.

b) embed whatever _MINIMAL_ script you might need on the page itself.

c) use '<table>' for formatting things. Yeah, it's old school, but works pretty well

most of the slowness is because of SLOPPY web "programmers" using WAY too much script, or including (a) 3rd party ginormous BLOATWARE style sheet(s). Seen it, in the middle of cleaning that kind of crap up, in fact.

No amount of "30 percent faster" (or fat bandwidth pipes) will _EVAR_ fix _THAT_ !!!

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Re: 30 per cent faster

"We now have square edges instead of round edges for the tabs. "

with all of the *OTHER* *RELEVANT* UI gripes (like 'Australis' in general [and the 2D FLATSO-NESS], lack of menu the first time it's run, and "the hamburger" being HARD to get rid of without plugins [unless they actually fixed it], and BREAKING the legacy plugins), they "fixed" the tab shape?

I actually liked the rounder tab corners, but whatever. It's not a 'deal breaker' for me.

WHAT! IS! A! DEAL! BREAKER! IS! AUSTRALIS!!! [it's what I use legacy plugins to GET RID OF, as much as possible anyway]

So they "majored in the minors" again, walked over dollars to pick up pennies, and claimed they'd cleaned up the mess. Yeah, right...

Now Firefox, WHY are you losing share? How about because of THE UI THAT YOU CANNOT PUT BACK TO THE WAY EVERYONE (EXCEPT YOU AND YOUR SYCOPHANTIC FANBOIS) WANT IT TO BE!!! (you know, 'classic' appearance)

GET a CLUE, please!

Windows on ARM: It's nearly here (again)

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Re: Native code good, x86 emulation bad

might as well do everything in javascript.

no, wait...

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Re: UBI will come - soon

and if it DOES come, say goodbye to your economy. "the masses" will end up with mediocrity, and "the ruling elite" will always have "theirs". Separate the haves and have-nots by guaranteeing UBI and you'll keep all of those upstarts (who otherwise WOULD work harder to get ahead) "in their place".

But why is that?

Because, in order to PAY for it, you'll have to tax incomes at the worst possible 'progressive' rate. but "the rich" are ALREADY rich. You're heavily taxing people trying to BECOME rich. So you're heavily taxing those who have the POTENTIAL of being rich, but you're taking that opportunity away from them with the high marginal tax rates. And so they say "why the HELL should _I_ slave myself and get NOTHING in return?" So they stop working so hard, as it's POINTLESS. And so on.

And "the rich" get RICHER, because they ALWAYS do, and the poor get POORER, because, UBI.


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Re: fast forward.

summary: without threat of starvation and/or rampant poverty, NOBODY would work hard to get ahead.

And, don't forget one other likely outcome: when 'minimum income' is handed out by "whomever", expenses will rise to meet it. So you'll be equally poor as before, but with more money. This translates to a rather nasty form of inflation. It's why housing in certain places is RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE, and the wages are often "just high enough" so you can SUBSIST but not get ahead.

See how it works?

The only fix is a TRUE free market system. As imperfect as it is, free market has the inherent checks and balances to reward hard work and punish laziness. As for "compassion", let private charities and religious organizations handle that part. When politicians are elected by giving other people's money away to those who vote for them, corruption is guaranteed.

It's 2017 – and your Windows PC can be forced to run malware-stuffed Excel macros

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Re: IE and Edge CVEs ????

"How come there are CVEs affecting both ?"

Because it's a definition of INSANITY to try the same thing twice and expect DIFFERENT outcomes...

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Re: It's 2017, and El Reg is still using this tired trope

a lesson from the 3 stooges: they would do the same expected routines all of the time, even in public, and it always got laughs, ESPECIALLY when it was expected. It's because they're funny. Same here. I chuckled at the title. Again. Gotta love it!

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Re: WTF?

Micro-shaft and Adobe, with respect to the _KINDS_ of "features" that enable such ginormous security craters in the FIRST place, are in a position that is WAY TOO similar to playing a video game where you're battling monsters but you spend your ENTIRE TIME healing the injuries you receive instead of doing damage to the monsters. In those kinds of game battles, you can NEVER get ahead and so you end up LOSING (or getting a REALLY CRAPPY score).

"The Swarm" of potential attacks on these various attack vectors is just to great. Or so it seems.

The only possible fix for some of this stuff might just be to DISABLE the "features" with a patch that only allows end-users to re-enable the potentially dangerous features if they accept the consequences and responsibility for doing so.

Overwhelming potential security problems, and UNDERwhelming responses. Business as usual.

Privacy Pass protocol promises private perusing

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let's NOT make this ANOTHER tollbooth, K?

there are already TOO MANY tollbooths on the intarwebs, some of them funded by TRACKING. This includes SSL CERTS.

Let's make sure THIS one does not turn into "yet another tollbooth".

Sean Parker: I helped destroy humanity with Facebook

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Re: If not joining is a test


Congrats! [/me also NOT in "that club"]

I always figured, WHY BOTHER with face-barf when I can set up a free web site someplace else, without ads, and without them tracking me...

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Re: something like an addiction can be found here

"And if they're UNdead?"

In the words of F.P.S. Russia: "But deze are *zombies*. You must shoot zem in de *head*. Remember dis, iz vwery important. With zombie, you must destroy de *brain*. So let's do that..." (ultimax machine gun video)

Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Re: When will they learn

I had always figured it would fall apart if I didn't shave for a while or facial hair got longer. Might even pose a problem if you get a radical haircut, are wearing glasses, or if women put on different style eye makeup.

otherwise it might be "too permissive". False positives and false negatives, all equally bad.

Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Re: Why not web?

"I would assume that porting to the web instead would be much better value for money"

uh, ... NO. "The Web" is _HIGHLY_ overrated, especially with respect to performance and downtime. So-called 'web apps' are toys by comparison to REAL NATIVE APPLICATIONS.

Be careful, or "the cloud" bandwagon will ensnare you. And Micro-shaft Orifice 365 is the latest siren song, blaring from on top of that bandwagon.

/me thinks: 30+ years of "PC on the desktop", and SOME people actually think that GOING BACK to a "timesharing" way of doing things is THE RIGHT PATH???

icon, because, "facepalm" again

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Re: Politics has everything to do with it

"the new mayor, MS, and Accenture have been in a "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" relationship for a good few years now"

THAT would be my first suspicion with "anything gummint". It's ALWAYS about the politics!

Good job, and thanks for saying it!

(and upvote number 42 was from ME)

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Re: Politics is nothing to do with it.

"It's not like they'd be able to change distros or something at the drop of a hat."

@Alan Bourke

Uh, you've never actually USED Linux now have you?

I change distros all of the time. It depends on what I want to do, or if I'm just evaluating the latest CentOS or using Ubuntu because the customer wants me to. Funny how nearly all of the software I want is available in ANY of them. [it then becomes a matter of what package manager to use. I tend to prefer 'apt' for Linux, but when I use FreeBSD I use the ports system and built-in 'pkg']

In fact I've got several different distros installed in VMs and on actual computers at the moment. Everything I do seems to work exactly the same on all of them (with notable exceptions like dealing with systemd or not), and though I might occasionally have to go directly to a web site to get the latest version of something (we'll say 'Arduino' since that's one of them that even Ubuntu is years behind on, last I checked) everything else pretty much works the same, whether you're on windows, or on Linux, or on FreeBSD - except the general build environment, which pretty much SUCKS on windows these days (without Cygwin, heh). I suspect Mac is similar being as its userland is based on FreeBSD 5.x .

So yeah next time you make claims like "Linux and LibreOffice is a poor relation for any sort of serious corporate use. It's blindingly obvious" keep in mind that "El Reg" is frequented by people who know that such claims are completely UN! TRUE!!!

At least, outside of the accounting department... [where I.T. knowledge is typically at a low point]

This link appeared on the first page of an online search:


(and that was from back in 2008, and I suspect the list is longer now)

icon, because, facepalm

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"MS have done a good job of reducing the appeal of their Office, but it is so much faster, smoother and easier to use than the Libre equivalent."

"I suspect the issue is it's based on Java"

This has not been my experience. Not even close.

As for "based in java" when did THAT happen? I recall building Open Office from source (for FreeBSD) with a LOT of C++ source files... but that was a while ago. It took a full day on the old hardware (single-threaded build). I don't happen to have a copy of the source at the moment, but I don't think there's much Java in there. Ok probably some. But not a lot.

So I'm studying the 'Makefile' for the port on FreeBSD, "editors/libreoffice", and there are apparently no "always on" dependencies in which I can find for a JRE or JDK, either in the latest FBSD ports. There's an option for "Java Support" (labeled 'JAVA') and from what I can tell, a list of dependencies on java and apache-ant and the usual suspects for WHEN IT IS ENABLED (but not 'always on'). But most of it appears to use a combination of Qt4 and GTK and that "usual suspect" list of dependencies to build and run. So most definitely C++ (at least for the GUI side). Perl is also involved, interestingly enough.

So the claim that "the issue is it's based on Java" appears to be FALSE. Anyone else out there have any indication that it's actually dependent on Java? Because I'm not seeing it...

icon, as there appears to be no "I call B.S." equivalent.

[yeah if you're gonna post B.S. post as A.C. right?]

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Re: @ Voland's right hand

"Access is the "little evil". 99% of apps talk to it via odbc and can be made to talk to an alternative database backend."

for the most part, I'd say you're right. If ADO is involved, or VB applications with "special" 3rd party shared components, or even outright MS 'Excess' applications, I suspect this would still be true [but it would require a knowledgeable IT person to fix it].

Isn't it "lazier" to just say "we need this" ??? [that's probably what happened]

The biggest problem with JET is that it couldn't really tolerate multi-user (or even multi-thread), among other things. It only played well by itself, in its own little "sandbox".

Still I'd like to see what those alleged "800 programs" actually are. AND to compare that against a list of independently researched 'equivalents'. If they were serious about it, and not trying to HIDE SOMETHING, they'd most definitely publish that list.

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Re: Not sure about Office?

"Many of us have seen this many times before in the past."

and also the cost REDUCTIONS for NOT "going Microsoft".

Microsoft DOES know how to "market" their wares. They appear to be doing so. And they understand governments [as they seem to behave JUST LIKE ONE more often than not].

What's missing here is a description of "what software they need" and why it's only windows programs that will do the job. And if THEIR gummint is anything like MY gummint, they've wasted 90% of their research funds chasing their tails doing nothing, so they can file a report that says "we tried".

Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

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Re: "How does a desktop OS have a larger attack surface?"

a) if it's windows, it listens on a bunch of predictable ports, on EVERY IP ADDRESS (including IPv6)

b) if it's windows, it always listens on port 139 and 445, whether or not network sharing is enabled [last I checked, anyway]

c) if it's windows, there are a number of "magic services" running that always listen for traffic on the same ports, so that an UNFIREWALLED system is potentially vulnerable to a number of potential cracks

If it's NOT windows, none of this applies, unless it was configured by an _IDIOT_.

Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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Re: Just say no to parrotting Google

"Chrome's UI is nothing to write home about."


"Especially, the stupid 'hamburger menu' which IMHO is user hostile."

pretty much says it, yeah. MAYBE of limited valuable for touch screens, HIDEOUS and IRRITATING for "the rest of us".

"Personally, I don't see what the problem is with classic menus."

They're not "new, shiny" and "millenial, it's OUR turn now" enough.

"At some point apparently a rule was created that you can't just have a menu at the top of an application and are only allowed to have the idiotic hamburger menu or even worse Office ribbon bar train wreck."

It's all tracking back to THE METRO, actually. Blame THIS person:


Apparently she's leaving Micro-shaft


maybe too many saw the connection (I know, _I_ helped spread the word!)

"New is not always better."

THANK! YOU! for saying that!

"As far as I'm concerned, the UI creators of the past had it write when they came up with the idea of having menus that are relatively standard across applications."

Back in the late 80's/early 90's, "the OS/2 days", IBM wrote a book/guide on 'common user interfaces' that was included with the Windows 3.0 SDK. I have a copy somewhere... (along with that old SDK and it's large collection of dead tree manuals, and similar dead-tree manuals on OS/2 1.2 presentation manager programming).

"Also, as far as I'm concerned, it seems that they are making things worse from an accessibility standpoint. I'm not even sure you can use keyboard alone with these applications."

probably not. you're right. It's all fat-finger-friendly, and "SCREW YOU" if you use keyboard+mouse.

time for a REBELLION amongst users.

Big THUMBS UP to @rmullen0 for saying all of that.

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Re: Browser speed obsession

"Most of the time, most browsers are fast enough, but the odd badly written javascript will slow any browser to a grind regardless, as used to happen with flash."

fixed by NoScript

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Re: Supporting legacy addons is not the real problem here

"the new API simply won't let you modify the browser to the same extent"

"but at the end of the day, most of these issues were met with a simple shrug."

They probably have this attitude because Mozilla "developers" are a HUGE part of the "RELIGIOUS CULT of the 2D FLATSO INTERFACE", and they are COMPELLED by their religious beliefs to CRAM! IT! UP! ALL! OF! OUR! ARSES! whether we want it or not [and then INSIST that we ENJOY it, too].

Bend Over - Here Comes FF 57!

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Re: I always wanted to be an organ grinder's monkey

"You either change or die. Such is life. Have a look around - it's a constant race of arms."

YOU can be a fatalistic tumbleweed if you want to. _I_ flat out REFUSE.

Saying 'yes' to everything is easy. Saying "NO" is HARD. I would rather do the difficult thing, because it is the right thing to do.

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Re: I always wanted to be an organ grinder's monkey

"Instead, Mozilla simply add themselves to the long list of others who choose to dictate what users will get, will have to put up with, rather than letting users decide for themselves."

^^^^ What YOU said ^^^^

thanks for saying it. I can't POSSIBLY thumb-it-up enough.

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Re: No Classic Theme Restorer?

"Moz folk fail to realise the reason many of use use FireFox is precisely because it is not Chrome and it allows us fine grained browser control that Chrome does not."

If I had the time... I'd definitely consider wrapping webkit with a UI that doesn't suck. Last I checked, Midori looks way too much like Chrome now.

FF 3 in classic theme restorer is a pretty good setting. Hey Mozilla, PAY ATTENTION DAMMIT! You're acting like MICROSHAFT and GNOME, and ALIENATING your CUSTOMERS!

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Re: No Classic Theme Restorer?

"This might be the thing that makes me look elsewhere for a browser. "

If I'm ever forced into using 57 or later, I'll consider "how to patch it" and publish the patches.

Firefox can STILL be built from source, particularly in FreeBSD.

I expect that all you need to do is patch the buttons and menus, and ESPECIALLY make it possible to ********EXTERMINATE******** THAT *** DAMNED @#$%+-* HAMBURGER BUTTON!!! [it's the best feature of classic theme restorer]

(Thunderbird, too, by the way - but in Tbird you have to drag the hamburger back onto the 'customize menu' thingy - in FF with classic theme restorer you can right-click the hamburger and select the "remove" option and IT GOES AWAY and NEVER COMES BACK - "I toldz it to go away, and it DID! I'm Freeeeee!" )

So the conclusion: the only way we'll get what we want is if we give Mozilla the BIG MIDDLE FINGER and DO IT OURSELVES. that would include GETTING RID of AUSTRALIS. I'd be SO happy if Mozilla LOSES the browser wars over this, with their OWN LEGACY CODE.

[Last I checked, palemoon still has trouble building on FreeBSD, so I can't really use it]

How did someone hijack your Gmail? Phishing, keylogger or password reuse, we're guessing

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Re: Password entered by mistake on another site

"If you enter your gmail password by mistake on outlook.com, that error gets logged, along with your gmail password..."

if not on 'outlook.com' someone may actually be doing that...

Like rule 34 for intarweb pr0n, there should be "a rule" that assumes that kind of tracking. It would be right more often than not, that's why.

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Re: Not Surprised

"I picked Target because they were in the news for a massive breach and their astounding incompetence before the breach."

It could've been Target, Malo Mart (aka walmart), K Mart, or Sears. Hopefully after Target's security problems were laid bare for the world to gawk at, everyone else "got a clue" and fixed their own.

They have those new "more secure" point of sale machines now, with the chip-on-card readers, but some of them seem to scratch up the contacts on the on-card-chip and make it not work so well any more...

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"For one of my Gmail accounts I have a 28 digit password"

That's no more secure though in reality than a 9 character or greater complex password.

has nobody mentioned "Correct Horse Battery Staple" yet?

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"But don't know what better alternatives there are."

A lot of ISPs sell e-mail services. you could purchase one of those. Sometimes they come with fun domain names [which was the selling point]. They'll have POP and IMAP and web-mail and whatever else you need.

like this one: http://libertea.us/ < -- yes, a 'tea party' site

[at $40/year I'm now considering that for myself...]

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Re: VPN and Juice

"I don't think browsers and OS's take fingerprinting seriously enough"

A simple server-side access log stores your IP address. Beyond that, browser information is nearly always sent, information that identifies your OS and browser make/model. Most people don't delete or block cookies from "trackers" like g00gle and face-barf. And there are those hidden 3rd party GIF files with alphabet-soup URLs, and corresponding server-side logs, for 'beyond cookie' tracking.

Did your browser just send a 'header request' for that tiny transparent GIF file, because it was already in the cache? TRACKED you! Didn't need a cookie for that, so your cookie blocker was meaningless. You might as well have a fixed IPv4 address. Muahahahaha!

So then 'whatever tracking service/' gets to store all that, sort it, summarize it, massage it into a product, and sell, sell, sell YOUR online behavior, simply because you visit sites they're connected to.

Knowing its possible is half the battle, and VPNs (or frequently changed IP addresses), ad/script blockers, and cookie blockers won't protect you from THAT kind of tracking.

So yeah, most DEFINITELY browsers and OSs don't take fingerprinting seriously enough.

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"How about the internal theft of accounts while in China"

yeah, any "firewalled" nation has the ability to play 'man in the middle' with your SSL and slurp every password and credit card number you type in. Just one 'trusted cert' for China's great firewall and you're b0ned.

Is it time to have a 'droid app for 'droid that uses a secure tunnel? Would it become 'broken' behind the 'great firewall' if you did that?

So then we might be forced to set up secure VPN tunnels for EVERYTHING when going overseas to certain countries (even the USA it seems). 'droid has Linux under the hood so all of the necessary guts (to set that up) should already be there...

Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

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Re: Suddenly the 3d printed plastic gun is no longer the problem....

I figured powdered metal (the existing method) would be too weak for a proper gun barrel.

But _THIS_ sounds like it's a LOT more promising!

Now - I'd like to (be able to afford to) 3D print a few more items while I'm at it, like a jet engine [of my own design], a liquid-fueled rocket, and replacement car parts [as needed] for "legacy" cars.

This could become _VERY_ interesting!

Microsoft president says the world needs a digital Geneva Convention

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yet another meaningless symbolic gesture

a "cyber geneva convention" - what, do evil hackers have to SIGN ONTO this before they begin cracking your systems?

It's a meaningless symbolic gesture, like wearing a silly ribbon, or giving a Nobel prize to someone who didn't really do anything [no names here but his initials are B.O.], or half a dozen OTHER "symbolism over substance" things that anyone paying attention could think of [because it happens a LOT].

Usually when _I_ make a symbolic gesture, it has a binary value of 00100, and carries an explicit meaning. I give this "symbolic gesture" to the whole CONCEPT of a "digital Geneva Convention" for the obvious reasons.

Icon because I'm facepalming (another symbolic gesture that is not so meaningless)

/me points out that it's usually not GUMMINTS doing this crap. And if it IS gummints doing it, and people know about it, they've completely *FAILED*.

The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: So your solution

"just don't take/share the pictures" is not a BAD solution [i.e. don't share pics that you NEVER want to see on "teh intarwebs"] because "hacking" "law enforcement" "TSA" "device theft" "revenge pr0n" "BOFH".

[Just pointing out the obvious]

I'd expect to see some BOFH-types at FakeBook frequently rummaging through a pr0n collection that was "accidentally" copied to their personal computers, and kept locked up in triple-encrypted files with non-obvious names like "accounting".

bombastic bob Silver badge

"Actually once you fix your Caps Lock and look around MOST Of Women Are NOT THAT Attractive NAKED."

yeah, snark snark because YOU (apparently) haven't mastered the proper use of *emphasis*

Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Minix licence

"Does Intel's use actually abide by the terms of the licence?"

not unless it's a true "creative commons" license. BSD-like and MIT-like licenses usually have copyright requirements where you acknowledge the owner of the original source for your copied or derived work.

So yeah, it COULD be a license violation, if we had license text to prove it.

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Claim: all IPv6 addresses are *PUBLIC*

"generally using NAT for IPv4"

yes (and the rest, mostly yes).

Sure, there's a spec for IPv6 NAT somewhere, but I'm not aware of it actually being used. I rely on a firewall blocking 'incoming' traffic from "teh intarwebs" on specific ports that are well known, like 139, 445, 6000, yotta yotta and those ports that Winders machines INSIST on listening on "*" to... [because the coders were TOO LAZY to bind it to localhost]

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Claim: all IPv6 addresses are *PUBLIC*

"You might want to look into IPv6 link-local and IPv6 unique-local addresses (not the deprecated site-local as I originally wrote)."

thanks for the nit-pickiness. Of course, not THOSE. Duh.

Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

bombastic bob Silver badge
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Re: er...

"He's assuming that because the guy is brown."

it ALSO takes a racist to make a statement like that... because SJW's who focus on race are, in fact, RACIST for doing so.

US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

bombastic bob Silver badge

leave no tragedy unexploited

what it says in the title. manipulative ASSHATS do that.

NASA reconfirms 2019 will see first launch of Space Launch System

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: It's Apollo 8... minus the people

well, since _I_ happened to be alive in 1968, AND watched every launch and space-based broadcast I could, which means I have a pretty good understanding of what was going on at the time, you have to consider why Apollo 8 was launched before you say it will "do no science" etc.. There was also at least one unmanned Saturn V launch prior to that, one of which was filmed as part of a Star Trek episode (ca 1967).

There were several 'dry run' launches during the moon program. Apollo 7 (earth orbit only), Apollo 8 (moon orbit only), Apollo 9 (dress rehearsal with LEM in earth orbit), Apollo 10 (dress rehearsal with LEM in lunar orbit), and then Apollo 11 where they actually landed the thing. It was all about bringing the astronauts BACK, and not having a spectactular disaster followed by a funeral (like Apollo I) on the front page of the newspapers for a week.

What saddens ME is that *POLITICS* shifted the budget and national attention away from extraterrestrial exploration and *WASTED* MANY TIMES THE FUNDS that NASA was spending, on social programs and "entitlements" (to buy votes for politicians to increase and/or stay in power).

I'd much rather buy rockets for "dry run" launches. At least THAT way you get a rocket. Waste the same amount on "austerity" or "social programs" or "entitlements" and you get what you paid for. Nothing, and more empty palms stuck in your face, demanding MORE.

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