* Posts by bombastic bob

5563 posts • joined 1 May 2015

Nukes tests caused space weather, say NASA boffins

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Mushroom

Re: Fallout @bearbonez

I think pretty much everyone now agrees that above ground testing is bad, and being close to a ginormous radiation source like an atomic bomb increases your chance of getting cancer. Then again, so does smoking, asbestos, certain industrial chemicals, and so forth.

And the truth about fallout: within a short period of time, nearly all of it decays into low-level or non-radioactive materials. A few things like Co-60 hang around for longer, but they all end up being washed away by rain, blown away by wind, and diluted to statistically "un-detectable" levels. At that point, they don't do squat.

In a localized area, fission products from 50 lbs (or so) of uranium is pretty nasty. evenly distributed around the world, not so much. Thermonuclear devices would create a lot more material as neutron-activated "whatever used to be where the crater now is". But that's likely to be short-lived as well, except for things like Co-60 [which would be formed from Fe-59 + neutron]. Fortunately that, too, will eventually be washed or blown away, to levels "significantly below background".

/me points out that radioactive material is naturally occuring, including "natural reactors" formed by naturally occurring Uranium and other fissionable materials. The sun is the #1 radiation source on the planet, and you'll get more additional exposure flying during the day at 20k feet than from any amount of fallout remaining from cold war nuclear tests. Or Chernobyl. Or Fukushima. (unless you go there and directly expose yourself, but that would be kinda dumb)

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Devil

Re: Norks "getting instantly flattened"

"thousands of containerized cruise missiles each."

or a couple of U.S. submarines outfitted with a few hundred... [I bet that's already the case, parked offshore waiting for the 'go ahead' orders]

No need to underestimate the capability of the U.S. military. >20 years ago, when I was in the Navy, we had some serious capability (my boat helped to test tomahawks and GPS). I can only imagine that it's improved "that much more" since then, and whatever Kim Jong Fatass is working on now looks like 1950's tech...

that being said, I would expect our tech for resisting EMP is pretty good, too.

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Re: Tubes vs. transistors vulnerability

protection diodes on the external pins is definitely the case for modern components, even for discrete MOSFET components. However, protection within the IC itself could be an issue.

But things designed to work on satellites have been surviving solar storms. I've heard of a few of them over the last decade or two, where people were predicting power outages [this has happened] and satellite outages, and nothing obvious happened. So maybe shielding and I.C. tech is adequate?

US court decision will destroy the internet, roar Google, Facebook et al

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Re: What about abuse of fair use?

RE: what happens when an American abuses copyright on an English work...

I think there are treaties with respect to copyrights in foreign countries. but take a look at the list of copyrights at the ends of movies nowadays, and you can see a bunch of legalese terms, key words, and tricky phrases with specifics for specific places on the planet.

(edit: a U.S. citizen can be held liable for U.S. laws broken while overseas - one clear example of that is what's known as 'sex tourism' and I'll leave it at that)

one of the more interesting 'fair use' exceptions (in the USA anyway) is PARODY. I did a funny parody of Kim Jong Un lookling like Cartman (respect my authoritah) using gimp to color in his suit so that it's red, and stuck a 'cartman' cap on his head (with additional cleanup needed because of his redonkulous hairstyle). Implications obvious. yet the thing I did is FUNNY. The photo was credited to fox news naturally, where it came from, and so forth. Parody. A clear 'fair use' exception under the USA copyright laws.

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Re: No reasonable person can ever know if I have permission

"Attach a permissions clause to the EXIF?"

oh, my various dieties, NO! let's not go there, ok? we dont' want some kind of "attach legalese" requirements on intarweb content. What's next, "pre-coitus" legal documents to legally ensure you're not raping a girl before having sex with her? No, wait...

there are TOO MANY LAWYERS already. last thing we need to do is EMPOWER them even MORE.

We're calling it now: FCC votes 2-1 to rip up net neutrality on Thurs

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Trollface

Re: I wish I were pyrokinetic...

"So every time I heard a politician or corporate bastard lying I could set their pants on fire."

extend that to 'fake news' organizations like CBS, ABS, NBS, CNNBS, MSNBS, etc. and I'm with ya.

(yes the network names ending in 'BS' are, of course, a joke, and require no spelling corrections)

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Boffin

Re: (unsurprising)

the only parts of the intarwebs owned by the USA are in the USA. And most of that is privately owned anyway, so "owned by the USA" is somewhat misleading. And gummint regulates it, just like anything else. Outside of the USA, it's covered by ICANN, Internic, W3C, and others.

and those organizations are slowly becoming independent.

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Despite more than a million comments opposing it

as I understand, the e-mail and comment "flood" campaign was determined to be (yet another) astro-turfing attempt, probably by paid activists. again. just like the paid anti-Trump demonstrators. It represents a small fraction of the people. Pai knows this. That's why he's ignoring it.

Dear George Soros (the most likely financier of these kinds of things): you are being a pain in our butts. you do NOT represent the majority. You only represent your own self-interests. You are a former Nazi collaborator. You broke the bank of England (and others) doing currency manipulation. In short, you're evil. Just go away.

Yo, patch that because scum still wanna exploit WannaCrypt-linked vuln

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Boffin

"I fail to understand not just why, but how, there are so many windows machines with SMB open to the internet."

a) dialup

b) clueless user with old-style "everybody gets a static IP" setup [there may still be a few out there]

c) cable or DSL modems that aren't NAT routers

d) someone set up IPv6 on a windows box, thinking "new, shiny", and it now acts like an un-firewalled connection because it's NOT behind a NAT barrier

And, FYI, it does NOT have to be 'a server'. All windows workstations (since '95 ?) would open up port 445, particularly XP, and it's basically "windows file sharing".

I wonder how many of those open 445 ports were on IPv6 addresses but firewalled on IPv4?

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Unhappy

Re: It's worth following the link in the article

"clueless owner" might be dial-up connections. people still use them occasionally. OK it's impossible to use anything "the cloud" over dial-up, but you can still get e-mail and browse SOME web sites that way.

/me had to do the 'dialup' thing last year when my connection was down, bad copper, phone company finally replaced it, took several outages before they just ran me a new line from end to end. Web mail is IMPOSSIBLE to read due to excessive CDNs and scripting [thanks Micro-shaft, for screwing up hotmail], so you basically can't do it without a POP mail client. But the 90's called and it still "works".

Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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Devil

Re: first they came for the co-pilot...

"First they came for the drivers, of course."

Hi! I'm Johnny Cab.

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Devil

Re: Huh?

"It will still need to be customised for every type of plane"

not if it's "human enough". Then an ODB-II type connection for aircraft, and you're all set!

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Devil

Re: Needs a cute name

Or... RUFUS!

(from a ridiculously funny sci-fi book I read decades ago, which I can't find anyplace - called "Hey, down there!" - the computer picked a name for itself, 'Rufus')

(you know the jokes are geeky enough when you have to explain them)

MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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Re: MP3 is good enough for 90% of people.

"use solid core mains cable for speaker wire because it's cheap"

type of wire OBVIOUSLY doesn't alter sound quality, yeah, unless it's corroded. Solid may be less susceptible to this. But corrosion will happen regardless. After all, you're running electricity across a junction of dissimilar metals in an atmosphere with moisture in it. Give it time, and you'll need to clean or replace the wires. until then, enjoy!

and cheap wires save money. and probably last just as long.

and gold plating rubs off and doesn't stop the corrosion. it just looks shiny.

SILVER, on the other hand, tends to oxidize into a material that is reasonably conductive, but it's black and doesn't "look pretty". So, how come nobody is doing THAT for consumer gear? The military uses solid silver connectors in critical applications for this very reason. it's uber-reliable.

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Re: My old teacher...

"Sometimes good kit, which need not be expensive, is too good for stuff which was recorded years ago that the engineers then couldn't hear."

many recording formats required some form of level compression to avoid distortion and poor SNR . Cassette tape would've been the worst in this regarde. Vinyl ALWAYS sounded better than cassette [I used to tape my old vinyl on good quality tape, which sounded better than pre-recorded, but still "different" than vinyl). And when you listen to some of the old stuff that sounded GREAT on vinyl, but it was digitized to CD without the level compression, you hear things that weren't there before. "better dynamic range" isn't always "better sound".

so maybe if I run it through Audacity and convert to MP3 or OGG...

Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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If anything good comes from WannaCrypt

(deserves its own topic)

and, a review of how Micro-shaft has a pretty BAD history of releasing potential zero-day vulnerabilities within their code in the FIRST place.

I mean, they've had more than a DECADE to review their OS and fix these things. Instead they did:

a) windows vista

b) windows 7 (which was good, but kept a few elements of vista that I don't really like)

c) windows "ape" and "ape point 1" (apparent re-writes, big waste of time)

d) win-10-nic

If they'd taken the SAME amount of effort in some serious line-by-line code review, INSTEAD of just saying "new, shiny, let's do it OUR way since it's OUR turn now" (i.e. the millenials in charge, now) then they would have FIXED this flaw [buffer overrun - duh] and we'd have XP SP8 or WIn 7 SP4 or something instead of *THAT*

/me facepalms. no 'doh' about it.

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"So are Linux versions from 2001 still being supported by their vendors?"

not directly, but since it's open source, you could fork it and do it yourself.

Additionally, the upgrade is MUCH LESS PAINFUL for Linux than for windows. In short, to upgrade a typical Linux, a tar backup of the home dirs, and a list of installed packages is MOST of the work. That assumes you'll have to do a complete re-install. Most of the distros I've seen have a way of upgrading to a new release that's moderately painless.

What Windows "upgrade" gives you is a bit like 'sticker shock' except it's "stick-it-to-you" shock, from removed customization to 2D FLATSO FLUGLY to SPYWARE and ADWARE and blatant ADVERTISING built into the OS.

Wanting to stay on XP to avoid all of the "up"grades is actually a good idea. I wish _I_ could have done that...

(I wish I could fork XP and release it to the world with a kickstarter campaign - instead, I'll have to do what I can promote Linux, as the only REAL alternative to Windows for the average desktop user, and that INCLUDES dealing with the FUD)

More UPNP woes: Crashable library bites routers and software

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FAIL

Why is ANYONE allowing UPNP to run on his router?

Keep in mind that UPNP enabled on a router can allow a malware application to open up a LISTENING PORT that punches through a firewall. And that's part of the NORMAL functionality.

It should be DISABLED out of the box by anyone with at least HALF a clue.

this article casts that particular functionality in a positive light. Read between the lines, and you'll see JUST how dangerous this kind of functionality can be, particularly with "click on the attachment" or web-based exploits.

https://www.codeproject.com/articles/13285/using-upnp-for-programmatic-port-forwardings-and-n

and for no OTHER reason (though the one mentioned in the article is certainly a GOOD one as well), UPNP should have been disabled a long time ago if you didn't do it already.

Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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Big Brother

Microsoft is actually right this time ('slow clap' again)

Microsoft is actually right this time - slow clap - Gummints should *NOT* hoard vulnerabilities and NOT disclose them, in order to abuse them later on for whatever reason they see fit.

I have to wonder how long the U.S. gummint (or in particular the NSA and/or CIA) has known about THIS one. I would guess all the way back to 2003...

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"it doesn't help that they have history in (ab)using their update process to distribute unwanted changes.."

I cannot UP vote that one enough!

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"mandatory forced updates"

I cannot DOWN vote that enough...

For now, GNU GPL is an enforceable contract, says US federal judge

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Devil

Re: That doesn't matter

"Enforceable perhaps, but where?"

it would be enforceable within the USA. And a Korean company doing business in the USA would have to comply with U.S. laws for distributing their software inside the USA.

But if their software is ONLY distributed in Korea, then yeah, a Korean court would have to hear the case.

I didn't happen to see anything in the article with respect to the specifics of their product distribution though. Perhaps someone else has some insight on this?

and the article was a good analysis of the legal thingies involved, and I'm happy the judgement went in favor of the GPL.

/me also wonders why the software company didn't just say "oops" and hastily create a web page to download the source for the latest modified ghostscript version...

Oracle crushed in defeat as Java world votes 'No' to modular overhaul

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Re: Sun was always a little arrogant about Java

"we would still have to use archaic rubbish like C++ and PHP."

"archaic rubbish"? Seriously? You actually believe that?

Which brings up why _I_ am _VERY_ happy that 'modular' wasn't "just adopted": because the '.Not' that 'aberglas' apparently thinks was 'spawned' by Java, resulting in C-pound and a _LOT_ of pure ugliness, is *JUSTIFICATION* for *WHY* we must "put the brakes on" for "yet another new, shiny" being EXCRETED from the IMMATURE minds of INEXPERIENCED MILLENIAL CHILDREN.

Just because you CAN, does _NOT_ mean you SHOULD. In the past it was ".Not" and C-pound. In the present it is UWP, Win "Ape" and Win-10-nic. In the future it *WILL* *NO* *LONGER* *BE* Java "the Modular version".

(Thank whatever dieties and demons were involved in making THAT *NOT* happen!)

and a BIG down-thumb for calling C++ and PHP "archaic rubbish"

A bleary-eyed Microsoft wakes up after its cloud, IoT party, clears throat: 'Oh yeah, so Windows...'

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Megaphone

Re: Cross-Platform

can be achieved with wxWidgets, GTK, and Qt. Yes, it's C++. wxWidgets is also a lot like MFC, probably by design.

So, if you're like ME, and have been using MFC for windows programs since the 90's, *REFUSING* to jump on the "new, shiny" bandwagon and drink the coolaid of "C-pound" and ".Not" and now "UWP" (where 'P' stands for PATHETIC), you code in C++ and could (with some effort) port an existing MFC program over to wxWidgets [for example] at the source level, assuming there's no ".Not" in it.

C++ with wxWidgets, GTK, Qt... and of course the Java language stuff. *REAL* cross-platform tools that have been in use for QUITE some time now.

(if it won't run on Linux, BSD, and a Mac, it's not truly "cross-platform", and phone 'apps' aren't for the desktop anyway, and deserve their own separate implementations accordingly)

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Go

Re: Too little too late.

"Also, fix the UI."

A *bit* TLDR but I thumbed-up your post anyway. I *hate* hamburger menus and both Chrome and Firefox swallowed THAT coolaid within the last couple of years... [at least in FF you can get a REAL menu back, but can't eliminate the blasted hamburger].

And don't forget getting rid of that 2D FLATSO FLUGLY mandate. Sinofsky deserves a special place in HELL for having INFLICTED that upon us all.

74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Devil

Re: @sad_loser

"This whole thing is courtesy of Uncle Sam. "

no, just a select few in key places within gummint. "drain the swamp", and plug the leaks and 'unmaskings'.

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Linux

Re: Risk Management

Sounds overly simple (simplistic?) to me.

I'd add a 4th choice:

4) switch to a Linux-based solution by taking what WOULD be the extra cost for moving to Win-10-nic and hiring a team of software developers (through the copyright owners even, as needed) to get all of that software to work in Wine or re-write it to be native Linux applications.

Keep in mind that migrating everything to windows (which would probably end up being Win-10-nic) has its OWN costs and time associated with it. It's just as likely that XP versions of the software *WILL* need updating, at an inflated cost over "just upgrading to Win-10-nic" and/or new computers to run all of that.

Besides, if NIH were to abandon Micro-shaft's "solutions" they'd save tax money in the long run, and help lead the way in NOT getting locked into Micro-shaft for managing medical things.

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Devil

Re: worthy of mention

"On stand-alone PC's, ensure you have an adequate AV solution"

The problem with this is that the signature for any new malware won't be available until the target has been released

and this:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/09/microsoft_windows_defender_security_hole/

where having "Defender" running to scan things is likely to create MORE problems than it solves...

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Unhappy

And we'd sure appreciate it if you could stop clicking on attachments

Don't "just open" attachments, period.

And oh by the way, Defender has a new (patched correctly yet?) security crater that can insert an exploit just by SCANNING an infected e-mail. Just to make things worse...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/09/microsoft_windows_defender_security_hole/

(more thanks to El Reg keeping us informed)

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Boffin

worthy of mention

one source suggests that it spreads by accessing port 445, potentially from the internet.

https://www.hackbusters.com/news/stories/1532486-player-3-has-entered-the-game-say-hello-to-wannacry

and an e-mail attachment payload would give it access to your LAN. yeah, not good.

UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Boffin

Re: It appears the source IP address is...

scanning port 445, which SHOULD be blocked at the firewall. but apparently is NOT.

According to THIS web site, the worm in question scans for vulnerabilities on port 445. This is an old problem which most net-savvy people BLOCK for incoming packets of any type. Yes, you do NOT want "teh intarwebs" accessing your SMB ports. EVAR.

So it looks like blocking those SMB ports (445, 139) from "teh intarwebs", and (potentially) blocking SMBv1 access on your network PERIOD, are 2 ways of mitigating this problem.

some technical info here:

https://www.hackbusters.com/news/stories/1532486-player-3-has-entered-the-game-say-hello-to-wannacry

PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Devil

Re: Ideas for a new game

"Feel free to come up with even more twisted ideas..."

Just put the most hideous shock-site graphic you can find on the 'simulated' desktop as wallpaper. Or back-hack their machine and open up an infinite number of popup windows containing the "you are an idiot" flash bomb.

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Trollface

Re: VOIP

"you win against the scammers if they call you a mother [bleep] before they hang up."

OK this reminds me of a "troll point" list that was once posted to the alt.hacker newsgroup. In short, if you feed trolls to string them along, etc. you get points for the responses your trolls give you, such as (making this up as I go along):

a) attempts to DDOS you - 10 points

b) sends a windows virus to your Linux computer - 25 points

c) calls you on the telephone - 100 points

d) subscribes your e-mail address to dozens of mailing lists - negative 5 points

etc.

A similar list could exist for these phone scammers, such as:

a) provides you with contact information - 25 points

b) is actually at the number the provide you in 'a' - 100 points

c) calls back "later" when you ask them to - 10 points

d) tries to scan your Linux/BSD computer for vulnerabilities (knowing it's Linux/BSD) - 10 points

e) tries to VNC into your Linux/BSD computer - 10 points

f) gets caught in your honeypot after doing 'e' - 25 points

g) tries to install a windows virus/trojan on your Linux/BSD computer, even after it's obvious it's NOT a windows computer - 25 points

h) DDoS's you after the phone call ends - 100 points

etc.

(trolling the trolls)

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Devil

"Even now it takes a court order , not a random email"

I've gotten responses to ISP complaints before, and seen what APPEARS to be an action from the information I give out (such as logs), but yeah without some real evidence they can justify taking action with, it's probably just going to be "noted".

Does the UK have something like 'donotcall.gov' where you can report scammer calls?

Perhaps a nice log/capture of what you did on your computer, along with a play by play description, would do it? Dates and times would help, too. They need that to look up dynamic IP assignments.

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Devil

Re: For the phone scammers ...

"I ask 'em if their mommy knows what they do for a living, and if mommy is proud of them."

I like this technique the best:

scammer: "You have a virus on your windows computer"

me: "What was the name of your company again"

scammer: "company name"

me: "I'm really busy right now, can I call you back? What's your phone number there?"

If I can troll enough information from ANYONE _DARING_ to phone me with _ANY_ kind of cold call, scam or otherwise, I then inform them that MY NUMBER IS ON THE NATIONAL DO-NOT-CALL LIST, and tell them to NEVER CALL BACK, usually with profanity attached.

Then I report them on 'donotcall.gov' with as many details as I was able to glean.

Yes, NOTHING is too good for our "friends" !

All that free music on YouTube is good for you, Google tells music biz

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Pint

Re: not convinced

"They can't control what we listen to anymore."

"Maybe, just maybe, YouTube isn't the problem here."

you NAILED it! have a beer!

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Pirate

Re: not convinced

"By its nature youtube is not an optimal choice for actually listening to music for a long time"

Who here has NOT done this:

a) watch video with sound track that you like

b) use a 'download helper' to get a local copy of it

c) use something lke 'ffmpeg' to convert to an mp3 format

d) use something like 'Audacity' to do some final cleanup so you can put it onto your mp3 player.

You could do the same with a movie that's playing music during the ending credits.

You could do the same with a TV show that has a good song as part of its content or opening or ending

You could do the same by using a tool like 'streamripper' to capture streaming content

You could even do the same thing by using an FM stereo radio plugged into the sound port on your computer, and a quality audio recorder that doesn't skip recording things every time the OS burps or a screen saver pops up (but the post editing would be a bit more difficult than with the others)

In short, there are many venues for capturing (legitimately so, under 'fair use', in many cases) content, and many methods by which it can be made into an mp3 file for personal use.

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Devil

Re: I don't get it

"a 'Lyrics' video that just scrolls the lyrics by as the song plays"

there are also a lot of anime-related "slideshow" videos that do similar things. They might have video clips from TV shows or movies along with the music content. Some of them are very well done (the old 'Aluminum Studios' videos come to mind) but it's hard to claim "fair use" on the sound track, yeah.

I still think the root of the problem is RIAA's revenue model. They need to _STOP_ doing the "recording contract" thing, and _STOP_ funding a dozen "crap band" contracts with ONE GOOD BAND contract. And THEN stop it with their monopolistic marketing practices, i.e. controlling what you hear, repeating the same CRAP [and rejecting everything else] until "you like it" well enough to buy it...

[except for short periods when they played music by bands like Muse, Metric, Smash Mouth, etc., I stopped listening to broadcast radio that isn't "classic rock" or a niche market like Jazz, because MOST of the stuff I heard was just, plain, CRAP, 'same old' CRAP even. At least on youtube you get a proper selection of things that aren't CRAP, legality notwithstanding]

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Devil

Re: Radio?

"Broadcasters do their best not to let you record a song from the beginning to the end as if it was from an album"

That's not really done deliberately. It's actually for the show format. A typical song will not end 'strong', but will fade or repeat or similar. And so, to cram more songs into an hour, a radio station (especially when AM still played music) does a fadeover, or cuts it short, or similar. 'Fadeover' is the old-school way of doing it, where you queue up the next song to start just before the old one is done, then quickly fade out the old one when the sound of the new one starts.

So the end result, to the listener, is a continuous "no dead air" sound feed.

and of course intarweb radio can be "streamripped" with reasonable success. Cutting off the head/tail of a song does not significantly reduce its value as being part of an MP3 player's song list. [you can use tools like 'Audacity' to clean them up a bit before putting them on your MP3 player]

and yeah, ffmpeg does a nice job of converting "youtube download" into "mp3 file".

'Jaff' argh snakes: 5m emails/hour ransomware floods inboxes

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Devil

Re: PDF for best results

I'd expect that using evince to read PDFs (rather than 'Adobe something') would mitigate the problem

Microsoft emits code for DIY Linux IoT hubs. Repeat, Linux IoT hubs (that talk to Azure, duh)

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It's too hefty to run on a bog-standard IoT sensor or controller

yeah, about that...

there are a number of microcontroller CPUs and hybrid devices (i.e. wifi device that can be programmed to read sensors) out there that are incapable of running Linux, but have an RTOS or 'giant loop' or some similar control mechanism, as the article already mentions, devices that are WiFi or ethernet capable, but would NEVER be able to run Linux.

Keep in mind that an RPi is less focused on the flexible use of GPIO pins than is an Arduino. The beauty of the RPi is its overall versatility AND ability to run an OS like Linux. But it lacks a wider range of I/O pin modes (especially lacking a built-in A:D converter) that is more likely to be present on a dedicated microcontroller CPU (some of which are also ARM-based like the SAM series, just saying).

So this "new, shiny" Linux-based thing from Microsoft has very limited application in the real world.

They would've been better to provide a simple Azure hook for an Arduino sketch for device developers to use. But then nobody would use it, probably. Or they might use it for something else like AWS.

This also doesn't address the issues of security for these "bog-standard IoT sensors" either, assuming they get connected through some "new shiny Microsoft Linux" hub. Some kind of cert would be needed for a device that directly uses a cloud service, and it would have to be 'virtually impossible' to fake/clone the auth key or cert on another device, for it to be any good.

A generic library to handle THAT would be very very very useful. Something that would fit on an Arduino with only 32K NVRAM would be even MORE useful. Otherwise, use HTTPS and OpenSSL on Linux, meaning "full blown OS on the device" with necessary RAM and SD card image.

Microsoft backtracks: 'We are going to support .NET Framework with ASP.NET Core 2.0'

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Re: An odd new business model.

"It seems more like letting children run the show without adult supervision"

Yes. Sadly, YES.

This is the observation of many, that the experienced people at Micro-shaft have RETIRED, that "the new crowd" is in charge now, and it's "their turn" to do things "their way", because everybody BEFORE them must have been WRONG, because they're old, or sticks in the mud, or resist change, or won't learn, or some similar excuse.

minor correction: "It seems more like letting ARROGANT children run the show without adult supervision"

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Re: Sorry, but....

"When thousands of developers complain about a drastic change of their developers interface"

how about the MILLIONS of users who complained about Windows "Ape" "Ape point one" and Win-10-nic?

The idea of Microsoft "NOT abandoning" is JUST as laughable, as demonstrated by your initial reaction.

They won't abandon those who ALREADY AGREE WITH THEM on what the changes should be. That's about it. Everybody else gets to urinate up a rope, or something similar...

Try not to scream: Ads are coming to Amazon's Alexa – and VR goggles

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Time to move these "assistants" out of "teh klowd"

yeah I made a spelling booboo on 'the cloud" deliberately to make a point: "teh klowd" is getting DUMB. er.

If you had your OWN "audio assistant" it would make more sense. Then you could customize it, NOT send every query through someone else's SPYWARE, and NOT have an "open mic" waiting for some listener to spy on your personal life with.

Because, if the signal or information NEVER leaves your personal equipment, then YOU are in control!

And I'd probably give it a more interesting name, that SOME might find offensive. Deliberately.

(and here we are with computers hundreds of times more powerful than the one that sent man to the moon, and NOBODY is running their own speech recognition stuff, instead relying on some cloud service that could potentially spy on everything we do, and NOW serve up DELIBERATE ADVERTISING, when OUR computers that we OWN, Win-10-nic notwithstanding, could be doing that WITHOUT the spying and advertising...)

Microsoft touts next Windows 10 Creators Update: It's set for a Fall

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Re: any dial up networking fixes coming soon for error 633 on Win 10?

"Firefighters firefighting Windows 10"

someone needs to re-think reliability for emergency responders, and NOT use Win-10-nic!!!

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Re: My Windows Wish-List...

creepy indeed.

from article: "a history of your tasks, such as applications you were working in" "these features require sign-in, either to a Microsoft account [snip] or Azure Active Directory" "Microsoft is encouraging developers to write applications that take advantage of this" "Project Rome [snip] is being integrated more deeply into the operating system." "access to some of the features will be under the user's control."

and, then, the lamest excuse of all: The users "can always opt out."

opt OUT? opt OUT??? And only control SOME of the "features"???

Yeah, yet more CREEPY SPYWARE from Micro-shaft. No thanks.

Microsoft's Windows 10 ARM-twist comes closer with first demonstration

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Wheeeee...

Win-10-nic ARM. So exciting.

Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down

bombastic bob Silver badge
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*PRICELESS*

This deserves its own 'Priceless' parody ad.

"Office 365 subscription - $xxx"

"Trip to Build conference - $xxxx"

"Listening to Microsoft brag about Office 365 and cloud services while it suffers a critical outage? PRICELESS!"

The rise of AI marks an end to CPU dominated computing

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Re: rise of AI marks an end to CPU dominated computing

ack - many trend predictions have fallen on their face. I'm still using a desktop computer (albeit an older one), and not trying to type on a fondleslab 'fake' keyboard nor use a phone for El Reg comments. The PC obviously isn't dead yet, and nor will the CPU be dead any time soon.

'new shiny' is a FAD, not a trend. making a long term decision based on fads is a recipe for FAIL.

I predict the CPU will be around for a long, long time. That's because there aren't any _REAL_ AI algorithms out there to make use of "wide GPU farm" architecture. We're barely seeing multi-threaded algorithms to take advantage of multi-core. I mean, really...

FCC: Take your spam and shove it, slacktivists!

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Re: A simpler solution

the legit ones require you to identify yourself and at least give an e-mail address. however, I can create as many e-mail addresses as I want to with 2 different domains, and so I could easily appear as several people if I wanted to...

I wonder how many of the astro-turfers are sponsored by George Soros...

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