* Posts by herman

986 posts • joined 31 Jul 2007


Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Hmm, if you are really worried about security and privacy, then there really is only one option: OpenBSD.

Otherwise, you are not really serious about it and should just carry on playing your online games and chatting on facebook as before.

Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle

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Now we know where the Grues are

It is pitch black. You are in danger of being eaten by a... Chomp!

25% of NHS trusts have zilch, zip, zero staff who are versed in security

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Re: Pay?

Systems should not be vulnerable to USB attacks. Blocking the use of USB media is a case of blaming the user for your own failures. Fix the system so that USB media works and is safe to use.

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Re: The photo

This asshole is really the Bastard Tenant From Hell.

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

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Re: WooHoo BOFH is back

"Dabs is missing..." Did you check the store room supply of carpets and quick lime? It may have gone down by one...

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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Re: Let the comments begin...

Ayup, hard hat and boots are required.

STIBP, collaborate and listen: Linus floats Linux kernel that 'fixes' Intel CPUs' Spectre slowdown

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Re: Lets remove all

Holy COW, what about the Brahmins?

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Just replace 'fucked' with the Slovak translation of 'really'.

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork

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Re: I Just Don't Understand

You must be working for the MS QA Department - they never detect any problems with anything.

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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So, after all this 'helpful' Reddit chinwagging, has the extremely competent IT Administrator unplugged the RPi yet?

Wombats literally sh!t bricks – and now boffins reckon they know how

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Re: IgNobel prize incoming

"then makes you stink" - TFIFY

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Why do we need creepy adverts that keep targeting something you searched for years ago? Why would I want two or three of something I already have?

Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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The standard solution with all things MS is a packet filter firewall on OpenBSD, but why bother with MS junkware in the first place? The alternatives are so much better and Free.

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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...and did your mother tell you to trim your toenails so your socks will last longer?

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Re: As someone who currently designs chip-enabled cat interface devices...

Do your cat doors have a sunny and cheerful disposition and sigh contentedly after a job was well done?

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Vista anyone? Anyone?

I think the purpose of Win10 is to make WinME and Vista look better.

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

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Re: Is it ground hog day again?

"There's a desktop running Vista that he should have installed 7 onto sometime in the last month, I was planning on doing that tomorrow." Err.. Vista... Wow... What year is it?

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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I take it that a survey mission is always less than 49 days.

Woke Linus Torvalds rolls his first 4.20, mulls Linux 5.0 effort for 2019

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Well, Linus could always switch to another language. In Slovak, 'fucked' means 'really' - really!

Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes

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The price is dropping like a rock. When I checked it was only 6.5 million pounds. Maybe order one before it goes up again?

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

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Data that isn't backed up, doesn't really exist, just like Schroedinger's cat.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Intel NUC i7

Ayup, instead of a shiny Mac Mini, I now have a shiny Intel NUC i7 on my desk for this very reason.

Sorry Apple, but you lost a sale and I'll use the spare change for something else.

Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea

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Thinking Machines

I can still remember Thinking Machines and their marvelous 1024 core computer.

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Ayup, artificial intelligence and quantum computing may be usable soon after fusion power is realized.

In memoriam: See you in Valhalla, Skype Classic. Version 8 can never replace you

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Re: Vendor neutral, platform neutral, where do we go?

Viber, Signal... or even retroshare. There is no shortage of VoIP/Video applications really. The big problem is convincing all your friends to use the same damned thing.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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Hmm, as o'l Democritus put it: "The poor will always be with us", but nevertheless, I'll enjoy my little Mac Mini and my gynyntonix, thank you Jeeves...

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Hmm, there is no RS232 port for a punch card hopper either.

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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Re: Would they allow it if...

The poor Yank weenies - Canada has the politically incorrect Cochrane and Balzac, eh.

Belgium: Oi, Brits, explain why Belgacom hack IPs pointed at you and your GCHQ

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Re: All true.....but.........

"There are NO 'GOOD GUYS' out there." Awww, man, next you are gonna tell me that 007 doesn't exist. Bah, humbug...

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Re: If you believe that, I have ...

What a maroon!

The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box

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Too bad that the systemd lovers won't get your joke.

'The inmates have taken over the asylum': DNS godfather blasts DNS over HTTPS adoption

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Obviously DOH is best.

It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort

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Re: But...

"Wasn't blockchain supposed to be the answer to life, the universe and everything?" - No, you are thinking of 3-D Printing.

Grumbling about wobbly Windows 10? Microsoft can't hear you over the clanging cash register

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Re: Conditioning.

Windows users will put up with *anything* and they simply don't believe that other systems can run for multiple years without a single problem.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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Re: As one who has been microshafted

You could use Virtualbox on Linux with a Win7 or WinXP virtual machine for your Garmin toys.

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Interdependent bugs

This kind of funny bugs sometimes come to the fore when there are multiple interdependent bugs. When you fix one bug, it may cause something else that previously happened to be working, despite also having a bug, to fail.

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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"Do unto others before they can do unto you" works much better in practise.

So, about that Google tax on Android makers in the EU – report pegs it at up to $40 per phone

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"see the entire pussy" The whole internet is about pussy. It is no use trying to pussyfoot about it.

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Of course you leave the doors unlocked in Canada. Someone may want to come in and make a cup of tea, eh.

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:


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.

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...

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?

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.

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?

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

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So he is trying to reinvent Retroshare?

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.

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.

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

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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.

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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