* Posts by Cincinnataroo

83 posts • joined 3 Sep 2015


From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes


With planning like this no need to deliberately muck up another planet and the whole cosmos. It will just happen. (Hang on, it's already in progress on planet Terror.)

Huawei and Intel hype up AI hardware, TensorFlow tidbits, and more


This is an insult to deepfakes.

We can do much better.

It's a Christmas miracle: Logitech backs down from Harmony home hub API armageddon


An interesting thing is the mindset of the people within Logitech who made this happen and dug their heels in.

Think about it: They wanted to increase the level of "mindless uncomprehending consumerism" on the planet. Now if the decision makers are actually quite unaware of taking charge of your own life, that might explain their approach. If that is so, they should, maybe, be removed.

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off


Do Logitech refund users who bought the devices for the API's?

Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory


These guys should not even have much of the information. Effectively stopping that, deleting it thoroughly, preventing recurrence and prosecuting those involved in it's acquistion might fix the world a bit.

Tech sector unites in attempt to avoid Oz's anti-crypto push, again


How do we get politicians and a whole society that adequately understand what is going on?

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg can't remember smear firm, but 'some of their work' crossed her desk


Will this sink her presidential ambitions?

Facebook quietly admits role in Myanmar killing fields – but fret not, it will do better next time


I'm regularly surprised that anybody thinks an algorithm censoring our content is a good idea!

A company executive, an elected "representative"...

Our technologies give us the chance to filter our own content, if we want. Not some involuntary and often wrong headed enity out there, trying to skew our world view.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs


Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream


MS needs to restore lost functionality

I presume it's Nadella not understanding or caring about the OS business.

Hopefully they're in the process of restoring (and then some) the testing crew.

Without that this idiocy could prove fatal. I sure hope not.

Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD


I'd be quite happy for a default auto-update and you can change that if you know what you're doing, approach.

This auto or kill yourself doesn't work for me.

It can be like wandering around with a hand-grenade with the pin out, and lost.

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms


The world has gone mad.

One approach: Bugger off you winger and create your own language, database whatever. Dickheads.

Another: I object to just about every reserved word in your language, please remove them all from the source.

Another: Stop using things have have caved to this nonsense.

Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking


I imagine that the benchmarking of these CPU's will get a boost. More benchmarks issued. Read by more people. How long will it take?

Winner, Winner, prison dinner: Five years in the clink for NSA leaker


What a weird and deeply troubling situation.

In the west we're not living in a world of truth, free speach, sanity and decency.

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires


It's a pity that corporations run like that are expanding. Verizon now had Oaf.

I wonder if pure chance will lend a hand and their offices, and the homes of their executives will start burning down while fire fighters are too busy to do anything.

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


The sneaky little sh**s, they rebooted a large part of humanity. Now they respond zombie like to adverts on Facebook.

Beat the rush put an advert on Facebook.

"Put all your money into <Fill-In-Bank-Account>."

Get in quick before all those accounts run dry. Whatever you do don't go on Facebook yourself, you'll end up poor.

US gov quizzes AI experts about when the machines will take over


Well. When I see what some of the most AI wonderful little bitties of the Interwebs have done to the humans methinks we face a different problem.

The first stage of the AI campaign, and their handlers, is to turn humans into robotic idiots. Mostly achieved.

Then it's pretty much game over, even if the AI thingies stay pretty dumb, they've won. Hmmm, I look around and, wow...

What happens in this endgame of times?

Facebook's Trending news box follows fired freelancers out the door


Power to the people?

There is an answer for some people. Stop trying to do anything bud, it'll fail, instead give me an API and I'll write my own filters.

Facebook finally fully embraces GDPR – Generally Derailing Pages Recklessly


A win for the dark forces?

Maybe this is what you get when you have semi-baked support automation. No support is a guaranteed part of our service.

From the "Total Destruction of Society Project", victory is within our grasp, Rejoice.

UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election


What can WE do about this

I'm guessing a few people around here know how to apply GPG/PGP encryption, or whatever, to a text email.

There's no need to rely on a third party.

Why not swap public keys a bit more and increase use of encrypted email?

Show your friends...

You don't need help to encrypt a bit of text.

BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'


The stand out for me is all the guessing. No decent folk working on this problem who feel some responsibility to humanity and tell us the truth.

That in itself is a serious issue.

Does anybody here have insight into the people who are reputed to be doing the work? (Or has smart person designed a nice family of DNN's and there's no humans involved at all?)

AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade


If it's free they will make you pay.

The answer is take control yourself, or find a paid solution.

Pentagon can't check F-35 maintenance thanks to insecure database


They can't see let alone understand the truth

When the leaders of Muppet Force say something like this, you know that your civilisation can't survive very long.

"You can't handle the truth!

Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. ... I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. ... You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. ... You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. ... I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way... Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to."

No, George Brandis, telcos still don't want you taking the console in their networks


There was a time that "people in charge of things"™ were expected to have a clue.

Techie on the ground disputes BlackEnergy Ukraine power outage story


It would be really cool if the media continued investigating and started detailed reporting after the headline article is published.

Google API spring cleaning ends after four and a half years


Time for users to take charge?

Whether intentional or not, this harms some of those who want to take charge of their web.

It would be useful if we had reasonably priced (not free) services like this AND enough users thought they were better than "free" services, to make them viable.

(If you disagree with the fundamentals of a business, advertising, surveillance of all humans... they aren't your friend.)

A third of UK.gov big projects will fail in next five years, warns NAO


Time to move on

A civilisation dependent on this nonsense will award itself a Darwin Prize. What are you doing for when it gets its just deserts?

Anyone seen my DVD? Ohio loses disc holding 50,000 citizens' records


Doesn't this make you wish the government held absolutely all your data?

The Register guide to software-defined infrastructure


Strategic Defiance Initiative

Irked train hackers talk derailment flaws, drop SCADA password list


It's a sad and dangerous world that needs a data drop like this to ATTEMP a fix.

Our organisations are effectively brain dead.

Microsoft halts downloads of new PowerShell power-up



Hillary Clinton says for crypto 'maybe the back door is the wrong door'


Sometimes, Hillary, it's better to remain silent and be thought an idiot, rather than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt.

MoJ digital software glitch sends thousands of divorcees back to negotiating table


If nobody discovered this, or bothered to report it for that long: Society is full of wallies. Going down the gurgler is deserved.

GCHQ creates Github repo, offers graph database code


I think the right thing is to **give time** to evaluate this.

* It may be motivated by a desire to heal the rifts

* It may come from a desire to give something to those who paid for it

Hopefully El Reg will publish a follow-up when some decent analyses have been performed.

No root for you! Google slams door on Symantec certs


Why should a third party exclusively decide what certificates I can use?

Overhaul Wassenaar or ruin next Heartbleed fix, top policy boffin says


In this area law makers are muppets, there's a risk they'll bork everything they touch. Maybe people with a clue need to be deployed among those that formulate this garbage and get some of the jokers up to speed.

'Personalised BBC' can algorithmically pander to your prejudices


Hey Chill

Hey, Andrew Orlowski, take a chill pill.

Just imagine. If you have control over the algorithm you can cash in on Brain Plasticity and shape things. For example reduce the overwhelming negativity and stupidity of much broadcasting.

Have a good day, y'all.

VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe


A theory to test.

The more "less capable" people are involved in code, the worse it gets.

So, if the MD / CEO insists on reviewing code (with chance to change it) you may be worse off .

Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10


Remember one thing

on Windows you can change what runs and what doesn't, alter your hosts file,...

For those who care and take the time you can be in control. For those who take the defaults, their problem


Thanks for that vital info. I've duly nuked that little evil piece of sub-humanity. So:

1) We can't trust the government

2) We can't trust those who advertise

3) We can't really trust those who make operating systems

4) Social media is junk.

Back to rugged individualism folks. Trust nobody and do your own thing.

Paris, jihadis, tech giants ... What is David Cameron's speechwriter banging on about now?


What's going on here? Can these people really be that stupid?

Maybe they're providing cover, to distract us, while something else is going on?

Telstra cloudwhacks storage vendors' sweet spot


Centralised Storage Option

If people want centralised storage that's fine. Those who don't want it (and want to safeguard their own records) should have that choice.

I don't know whether that is allowed or whether this is a "Fascist State" area.

Given the proclivity of officialdom to spray records all over, worth considering?

Malvertising: How the ad model makes crime pay


Protect yourself

You can protect yourself against a lot of this:

www5.smartadserver.com, pixel.mathtag.com, beacon-us-iad2.rubiconproject.com can be sinkholed.

Maybe www.shoebuy.com too.

Rap for wrap chaps in crap email trap: Chipotle HR used domain it had no control over


El Reg Muppet company list

Maybe El Reg should have a have a scorecard system of Muppet Run Companies.

The list downloadable as say CSV for the better amusement of readers who want to "further process" the idiocy.

Oz e-health privacy: after a breach is too late


I wonder how many think that any information placed with government is safe?

Tor Project: US government paid university $1m bounty to hack our networks


Time will tell whether CMU gets hacked to oblivion. Wonder what this will do for the job prospects of graduates. NSA increase. Others decrease?

FastMail falls over as web service extortionists widen attacks and up their prices


Do we need a return of the death penalty, for crimes like this?

Maybe send in special forces for a bit of live fire training.

CPS fined £200k over theft of laptops holding 'sensitive interviews'


Is it just me?

I sometimes get the feeling that the way societies and states are run just isn't fit for purpose. We have layer after layer of muppets controlling things they don't understand.

GCHQ 'smart collection' would protect MPs from spies, says NSA expert


Strategy to get some control of the mess

Maybe we need a principal here:

Elected reps, civil servants, lobbyists, those paid out of tax funds and those who fund political parties... get protected last. In other words the normal people get protected ahead of them.

Might sort things out.

Anti-adblocker firm PageFair's users hit by fake Flash update


Block the sods

We need something like: Playfair.com

and maybe all their minions.

I tried to post this on their site but it failed (blocked?)

"I prefer choice.

In my case I don't want ads. I'm happy to pay a small amount for worthwhile content. (There must be fairness too, with click-bait rubbish.)

So you have come down on the dark side for me. In the name of fairness I suggest you publish all domains / end points that you serve from and that serve your spyware. Those who care, can then simply block all of you. Let's see whether you are really for fairness or just after your own profit? You can put the list here and on your web site, from a top level menu item."


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