* Posts by liac

12 posts • joined 19 Jul 2015

President Trump sits down with Twitter boss for crunch talks: Why am I losing followers?

liac

Re: Reality sets in.

....tell him the lost followers are the South Americans he has turned back at the border.

Old-school cruel: Dodgy PDF email attachments enjoying a renaissance

liac

AI ???

How come no enterprising technology marketing pundit has suggested A.I. as a solution?

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs

liac

Just another pile of nonsense to deal with ....

It seems that the more advances made in technology, the more we are steered towards asinine ideas..

Let's see....take a rudimentary piece of software, suggest to dimwit politicians some 'cost benefits' and lobby for it.

Then...patent the method....voila, new billion $ company is born.

Any contractor (who is a developer worth their salt) will be able to fool this system. A good 'exercise' for AI learning to keep computer busy...or a little code to do one's own keystrokes....

Why pick on contractors only...what about employees, the numbers which must be greater than contractors. Time theft by employees is probably even more rampant.

This should be added to the Wall of Useless Technology Applications...along with IoT...

As the Police say "Any step you take....any move you make ..... I'll be watching you"

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

liac

Did I miss something???

This is an older article... https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/11/future_of_firefox_is_chrome/

is this not happening?

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

liac

Re: Surely no one needs any of that Firewire gear any more?

"My mantra is keep one of everything when possible to avoid the need of everything !"

I try to keep 2 of everything (a la Noah's ark) so that: 1) items don't get lonely 2) they might spawn one day and produce little ones, 3) If one fails when needed, I'll have backup

Have too many small items...cables, etc.. to list, but in addition:

serial mice

1200, 2400, 4800, 5200 modems ( 3 Com ... )

laplink software and cable, developer kits for Lotus, MSDN, Sniffer, PharLap, BoundsChecker, etc.

Novell Netware 4 and all NLMs

complete token ring network - hub, MAUs, cards, cables

AS/400 + CRT + O/S + keyboard

a working HP Laserjet 4+ (still being used)

Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mobile deja vu?

liac

Bob

Is it too early to call this a modernized "Bob"? Virtual desk in a virtual room then....virtual room now...

Equifax mega-breach: Security bod flags header config conflict

liac

My question is why did they hire someone with a degree in music composition for the position of Chief Security Officer?

...a real life example of the manager in "The IT Crowd"...life imitating art. Really love that series and the casting was sooooo right.

Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

liac

Re: Meanwhile in Canada

The Canadian link for Social Insurance Number (SIN ) responsibility/usage is at:

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/sin/reports/code-of-practice/section-2.html

The algorithm for generating numbers is known, as it is used by companies( e.g. banks) to validate a given SIN. Having a secret algorithm to generate a SIN does not help the situation. No matter how the SIN is generated, at some point, the number is given to a bank or employer or credit check bureau. Hence, if these companies' security is breached, we are in the same situation. The resolution to not perpetuating this problem is via better processes, not technology. If the numbers were not easily associated to names, this problem would not exist. For example, one could post a list of 50 SINs which are generated by the public algorithm. No one would be able to determine 1) who the SINs belong to and 2) if the SINs were in use. So a list containing only these 50 numbers means nothing.

A furious think-tank boss, Google, and an academic 'fired' for criticizing ads giant

liac

Re: Shouldn't she fire herself then?

Whatever happened to accountability? Isn't the captain of a ship responsible for the actions of the crew?

'I found a bug that let anyone read anyone's Yahoo! Mail and all I got was this $10k check'

liac

Re: Check the cheque

Agree with the URL comment...in this case, "when in (virtual) Rome....do as the Romans do".

Rubrik's cube: Storage firm founder drenches us in upstart Kool-Aid

liac

"Empty barrels make the most sound"

GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

liac

Small introduction

Linus Torvalds, meet Taylor Swift. Taylor, Linus has a small problem.....

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