* Posts by herman

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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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FBI boss: We went to the Moon, so why can't we have crypto backdoors? – and more this week

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Re: @LeeE -- Man on the sun

Transparent Aluminium exists actually. It is maybe better known as saphire or ruby.

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Re: even if you can survive the heat and radiations, and be able to decelerate enough in such g

The sun indeed does have a very solid surface. See this very nice astronomy web site: http://thesurfaceofthesun.com/

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Re: Man on the sun

Err... the sun does have a very solid surface. See this, it is a very nice astronomy web site: http://thesurfaceofthesun.com/

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Re: Eggs out of pancakes

Eh? Didn't your mommy teach you that white cows make white milk and brown cows make brown milk?

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The internet's very own Muslim ban continues: DNS overlord insists it can freeze dot-words

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NSL?

This actually reeks of a National Security Letter.

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The Solar System's oldest minerals reveal the Sun's violent past

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100 micron meteorites

You can actually sweep up meteorite dust from your home roof. Fresh space dust is always sifting down on us.

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Ecuador's Prez talking to UK about Assange's six-year London Embassy stay – reports

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This bloke really overstayed his welcome. He should be extradited to a nice little volcanic island off the coast of Antarctica.

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Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: Not in IT...

I think it is obvious that when a Personnel Office gets renamed to Human Remains office, that things will be going down hill.

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Windows is the VW Beetle of operating systems. It is always broken, always needs maintenance and everyone always tells you how wonderful it is.

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Oracle Database 18: Now in downloadable Linux flavour

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"The RPM download will take a couple of weeks": Wow, Oracle Linux is that slow?

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You can take off the shades, squinting Outlook.com users. It has gone dark. Very dark

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Hmm, where is my Hercules card, green monitor and log printer...

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ReactOS 0.4.9 release metes out stability and self-hosting, still looks like a '90s fever dream

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Doubt? The fecking floppies didn't work reliably in 1995, so I don't expect any of them to work now.

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Form an orderly queue, people: 31,000 BT staff go to Openreach in October

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Re: Step 2.

No.

Step two is Launch.

Step three is Arrive at a mouse infested planet and create a pension fund from leaves.

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Big bad Bluetooth blunder bug battered – check for security fixes

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Re: So who pays for the fix?

This bug has been there since before the dinosaurs and nobody found it?

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Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

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Homer

d'ой! - There FIFY

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Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Re: University

Is Welsh a language?

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Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

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Paris Hilton

Antiparis

The obvious next step is to generate nude pictures and porn videos on demand, without using human actors at all.

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Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach

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Oops...

Matching children with the wrong parents must be a feature used by the US ICE.

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EU plans for domestic exascale supercomputer chips: A RISC-y business

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Ah, well, that is what 3D printers are for...

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Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost

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Re: Cardiff

Penarth is Welsh for Cardiff International Airport, didn't you know?

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Re: Luckily

Real men navigate with a lode stone, feldspar crystal and a cross staff.

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Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants

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Hmm, the missus and I both have 2012 MacBook Pros and they still work as/better than the day we bought them. No trouble with the keyboards, SSDs or batteries. Fingers crossed for another 6 years?

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Microsoft adds subscriptions for SQL and Windows Servers

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Re: Put it another way:

Or a SAP customer.

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Desktop hypervisor fiends. Both of you. VMware's testing a new cut of Workstation

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Does anybody actually use Wayland? It doesn't work with anything remotely (pun intended) useful, so even Ubuntu has now abandoned it.

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Another data-leaking Spectre CPU flaw among Intel's dirty dozen of security bug alerts today

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So, mainframe computers were not main stream? That is an interesting opinion, but it just doesn't fly.

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BGP hijacker booted off the Internet's backbone

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Re: Good news all round

Ayup - in my experience spam activity follows the American holiday calendar. So we should cut all those damn Yankees off the intertubes to get some peace and quiet.

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Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

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Re: Common trick

Actually, it takes about 10 minutes for a broadcast storm to bring a network down due to a looped cable - just enough time to make your escape.

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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I’m surprised that they did not just change the manuals to omit that part.

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Euro bank regulator: Don't follow the crowd. Stay off the cloud

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I think Sir Mick said it best: "Hey! You! Get offa my cloud!"

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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Re: What does it run?

Err... two posts above you listed the Linux price tag of $107.

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While you were basking in the sun, the relentless march of the Windows-maker continued

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Aha, is that where Samsung got the idea from for their auto pic SMS feature?

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The Notch contagion is spreading slower than phone experts thought

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Re: ->Because it's pointless, that's why.

So, a Notch Phone is a Horny Phone?

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Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

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Five digits? My luggage locks only have three digits, so how am I to remember a five digit PIN?

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The petrol pump payments are easy if you can get to the pump at all. Italian toll gates look like they were designed by a bored doodle drawing artist. You have to pick a lane to some place, then do a figure eight Le Mans to get to a universal, multi lane toll gate, then go out again in another figure 8 Le Mans and in there somewhere in the crazy spaghetti maze is a petrol station that you cannot get to, since you are now going to Piza or Pamplona and the petrol pump is only available if you go to Venice.

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The strife of Brian: Why doomed Intel boss's ex86 may not be the real reason for his hasty exit

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It sounds more likely his wife complained about an ex69 that didn't involve her and so he is out on his ear.

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Microsoft, Red Hat in cross-platform container and .Net cuddle

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Somebody set up us the BOMBastic Bob.

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