* Posts by herman

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Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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Russia did this decades ago

This is hardly a new idea. Russia tested a reflector way back in 1992. They actually launched it and it worked:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-russian-space-mirror-briefly-lit-night-180957894/

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Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Re: Justified

Eh? The Blackberry who handed their servers and keys to various Arab governments and India? That one? They deserved to go under. All my Arab friends dumped their BB phones the day that became known.

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Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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Re: a bit thin?

A real Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe. The secret starts by finding a nice romantic spot under a tree to put the canoe down...

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What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

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A Lada is OK. What if the poor guy was stuck with a Moskvich?

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Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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At least my 1MB Winchester was very hard to misplace.

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Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Re: Cancel? Yeah, sure thing, buddy.

I thought it was Abort, Retry or Fail. What is this Cancel thing. Is it an upgraded Any key?

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A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee

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Retroshare

So he is trying to reinvent Retroshare?

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Amid Trump-China tariff tiff, Cisco kit prices to resellers soar up to 25%

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If they would build their kit in the USA, there would be no problem.

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That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

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Re: Insurers, banks, board of trade, government...

"The programmer died..." That sounds like the Microsoft Windows USB Stack, which has 20 year old known bugs that will never be fixed, for that reason.

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Bug? Feature? Power users baffled as BitLocker update switch-off continues

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WTF?

Bit(un)locker

How the fuck is that even possible? If the encryption is 'turned off', then the encrypted data on disk becomes unreadable.

It sounds to me as if Bitlocker doesn't actually work in the first place.

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The curious sudden rise of free US election 'net security guardians

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Free candy

There is no such thing as a free lunch, but free candy is available at the restaurant exit. Software companies however, work the other way around. One can be sure that Symantec will send a renewal notice with a hefty bill to continue using their invaluable service, as soon as the midterm elections are over.

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You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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I simply do my text file editing in the address bar of Firefox.

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Re: Not turn them in to apps.

I think edlin.com is the only usable program ever written in brainfuck.

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Hmm, ten years ago, my bank had two factor authentication with a security token and everything worked nicely - I could pay bills online and transfer money to other banks for about 2 years of happiness. Then, they started to improve the system security and features. Now, nothing works and I have to use an ATM to get cash, to take to an exchange service to pay bills or send to another bank...

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Tech to solve post-Brexit customs woes doesn't exist yet, peers say

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It sounds like Blighty needs to revive some gubmint officials from the 19th century to teach the children how to rule the waves again.

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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Well, it is hard not to gloat when Americans are killing Americans, since it is much preferable over Americans killing other people elsewhere in the world.

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30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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DnD - That is Dungeons'n Dragons innit?

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Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

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It may make things a lot easier if we would move Mars into orbit with the Moon.

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Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

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So, the credit history and ID of the Cockney is worth about a tuppence. That sounds pretty high innit?

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How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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For Mme Dabbs

Some balls are held for charity

And some for fancy dress

But when they're held for pleasure

They're the balls that I like best

My balls are always bouncing

To the left and to the right

It's my belief that my big balls

Should be held every night

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Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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Ayup - I'm a Windoze Insider, but W10 only gets installed on a virtual machine on a Mac.

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Chromebooks gain faff-free access to Windows file shares via Samba

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Marvellous. Konqueror could do that 15 to 20 years ago already.

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Skype can now record your 'special moments' in front of the computer

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Eh? On any half decent computer it is trivial to record video/audio.

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European nations told to sort out 'digital tax' on tech giants by end of year

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GST vs VAT

GST voids profit shifting. VAT encourages it.

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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Re: May I humbly suggest...

Here, there be dragons.

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‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow

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So, who took exception to that - the Jews or the Gentiles?

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Re: Wack a Mole

"Nobody should "homebrew" crypto." That is a very tired and elitist attitude.

You are basically saying that everybody is stupid, except you.

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Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

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Re: @ Douchus McBagg

Eh? Your tea is sitting in the retractable cup holder under your desk...

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Salesforce boss Marc Benioff objects to US immigration policy so much, he makes millions from, er, US immigration

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Re: US born workers. I only have one question for you.

...or an Americunt...

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Re: Help from a broad

I think you mean 'a broad'.

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Re: Not talking about "Mexicans" here

"Mexican engineers" - they can get a NAFTA work visa on entry to the US or Canada.

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UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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You can use a backstaff or a sextant. Then you need not look at the sun.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backstaff

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sextant

It doesn't even need batteries.

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Re: UK has the resources

Do you realize that the UK existed and was very successful a long time before the EEC/EU?

Dropping the continental bunch of socialists isn't exactly an earth shattering problem.

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It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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Re: Forget the geeky stuff, sort out the user experience.

I never used Photoshop and once when I tried it, the UI was bloody awful. The GIMP is so much more logical and intuitive and it is properly designed for use on three screens - try to use Photoshop on three dissimilar screens - a total disaster.

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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ADS-B

Hmm, where is my RTL SDR dongle and adsb program when I need it?

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Gartner's Great Vanishing: Some of 2017's emerging techs just disappeared

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Trough

Obviously the trough of disillusionment has a big drain that ideas go down in.

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Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

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Re: Stable for servers

For maximum stable servers with uptime requirements of several years, I prefer OpenBSD and Slackware. For personal machines, I prefer Kubuntu or Fedora though.

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Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

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Re: Going a bit overboard, El Reg

No, RIM folded when they subverted their own security and gave keys to their servers to the UAE and India. When their users realized that there is no security advantage anymore, they left RIM and bought iPhones and Androids. So RIM got a few payments from a few governments and lost their whole business.

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Hackers can cook you alive using 'microwave oven' sat-comms – claim

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I actually build microwave radios and wish it was so simple to cook things with it. It would make the work a lot more fun.

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Intel: Yeah, yeah, 10nm. It's on the todo list. Now, let's talk about AI...

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Tiny elephant

10 nm is a very tiny elephant in the room. Intel's problems is really only a trifling matter. No biggie.

Just pocket change. Nothing to worry about.

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: Prepare for...

Agreement in 'principal' - Well, you know, publick skool edumakashun, no child left behind and all that...

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Going public again would swell profits by two-thirds, claims Dell

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Pump and Dump on a Grand Scale

Repeatedly ripping off the public in this way is legalized robbery.

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Researcher found Homebrew GitHub token hidden in plain sight

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Re: wow.

...and how likely is it that hundreds of individual devs will be targeted and compromised by the NSA/GCHQ/FSB...?

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Top tip? Sprinkle bugs into your code to throw off robo-vuln scanners

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The old honey pot defence. It only works if the added cruft is actually safe, otherwise, it provides a very large number of unlocked back doors into your system.

In general, a honey trap toy can be great fun to play with, but usually requires a lot of work to maintain.

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Chip flinger TSMC warns 'WannaCry' outbreak will sting biz for $250m

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Re: Tool?

Ayup - it sounds like they have quite a few tools in their IT department.

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Re: so installing critical security patches

Microsoft's other operating system is rather more stable and secure than Windows.

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AI on Raspberry Pi, Waymo touts robo-rides to Arizonians, and more

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Fake news detection is really easy. Does it come from any American source? If so, then it is Fake News. Does it come from anywhere else? If so, then it is also Fake News. La voila.

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Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: Launch Vehicle?

Here is a launcher for you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZxCEkGk6HI

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New Zealand school on naughty step after ransomware failure

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This kind of shit is stopped by SELinux and AppArmor. Windows also has mandatory access control, but it is (obviously) not implemented correctly.

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Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections

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Wells Fargo

What is to stop Facebook from going all Wells Fargo and create thousands of fake accounts themselves, only to delete them publicly later?

Maybe I should suggest it to them...

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