* Posts by Throatwarbler Mangrove

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Top tip: Don't bother with Facebook's two-factor SMS auth – unless you love phone spam

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I hate to be that guy . . .

I haven't deleted my Facebook account, but I committed to being on Facebook as little as possible (less than once a week), and I have to say, its absence from my life opens a lot more space for useful thought and focus. If Facebook is doing things to drive users away, that can only be good for the users.

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Game of Thrones showrunners to make Star Wars flicks

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Re: the spacecow milking continunes

Right, Disney has sure butchered the franchise that had otherwise reached its apotheosis with the delightful and engaging Episodes I - III and Lucas's endless reworking of the original trilogy.

</sarcasm>

Jesus, has everyone forgotten that there were basically no good Star Wars movies between Return of the Jedi and Rogue One?

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Bruce Perens wants to anti-SLAPP Grsecurity's Brad Spengler with $670,000 in legal bills

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You mess with the GNU ...

... you get the horns.

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From July, Chrome will name and shame insecure HTTP websites

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Meh

I'm not sure I see the value in creating a bunch more aggregate traffic and load for essentially trivial traffic (e.g. reading tech news sites) as opposed to protecting critical information such as login info and credit card details. Maybe I'm not paranoid enough.

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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@boltar

At first, I thought, "This is almost certainly a rickroll. How droll." Reading the comments proved me right, but then I read your replies and now I'm genuinely amused. Who knew that a simple YouTube video could cause such aggravation?

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Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you've turned off the GPS

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@Francis Re: Great!

You should also turn off Location History in Google Maps. I will spare you my rant about how Google have tied this feature pointlessly into location tracking, but it seems to be necessary in order to prevent the sort of prompts you've received.

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Here's why online social networks are bad for humanity, the nerds who helped build them tut-tut

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Re: It was ever thus

obXKCD

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Tower ProLiants on the warpath: HPE takes on Dell 'n' white-box gang in SMB space

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Rapid shipping

"HPE told us this simplification means "special low pricing "- customers can buy or subscribe - and quick shipping as the products are always in stock and ready to ship from its partners. That means next day or maybe even the same day if the order gets in early enough, it claimed."

Great, can those of us in the non-SMB space get the same deal? I just put in a server order, and I expect to see them in three months or so, assuming that HPE can be arsed to ship them to the right location.

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Super Cali's unrealistic net neutrality process – even though the sound of it is something quite... ferocious

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Joke

In fairness, you're using something called "Frontier Communications." Consider yourself lucky your packets aren't carried by pony!

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Tech biz boss slipped Detroit's IT chief bungs in restaurant bathrooms to bag software deals, prosecutors claim

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Terminator

obRobocop

"Think it over, creep."

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So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...

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Windows

NUCLEAR MISSLES NOT ACTUALLY LAUNCHED. NO WW3 AFTER ALL. SAD!

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1,900 rotten apps bounced out of Google Play every day in 2017

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Re: Clickbait

"The writer is despete for and Google"

Despete for and Google?!

DESPETE FOR AND GOOGLE?!

The hell you say!

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Watchdog: Uh, sit down, AriseBank. This crypto-coin looks more like a $600m crypto-con

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The penis mightier . . .

. . . than the Bitcoin.

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Twilight of the idols: The only philosophy HPE and IBM do these days is with an axe

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Re: Its not Marx but women

Username checks out, although "dumb as two bags of hammers" would also have worked.

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Timeout everyone. Y'all know that Musk's $500 'flamethrower' is literally a Boring blowtorch?

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"The Boring Company's toy is unlikely to be used for much except kicking off house fires at parties, losing rental deposits to flame damage, and causing minor burns."

Excellent, just what I've been looking for. Finally, a practical advertorial!

(Flame icon trumps Joke Alert icon.)

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Fella faked Cisco, Microsoft gear death – then sold replacement kit for millions, say Feds

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Re: Twisting the knife

I'm assuming Jabba the Hutt was in charge of sentencing:

"You will therefore be taken into the Dune Sea and cast into The Pit of Carkoon, the nesting place of the all power Sarlacc. In his belly you will find a new definition of pain and suffering as you are slowly digested over a thousand years."

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Re: "169 Cisco switches and routers worth an estimated $2,344,860"

Came here to say this. I'm assuming that the claim inadvertently dropped a digit . . . or three.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: Tokyo crypto-cash exchange 'hacked' for half a billion bucks

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The Japanese have a word for it . . .

大喜び

Or so I'm told.

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America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges

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Re: 8 YEARS OF BUSHBAMA UBERSTATE ORGASM

Not sure if serious.

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In Soviet California, pedestrian hits you! Bloke throws himself in front of self-driving car

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Consider the neighborhood . . .

16th and Valencia? Sounds about right. The guy may not have known that he was a) throwing himself b) against a car or c) that it was autonomous.

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FCC drops idiotic plans to downgrade entire nation's internet speeds

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Re: There will be competition

. . . and Comcast and AT&T are spending money in states to stop the rollout of municipal broadband. The Wheeler FCC fought the lawsuits against expanding municipal broadband; you can bet Pumpkin Pai will fight to kill it.

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Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

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Re: Not Surprised

Admin: "Welcome to $company. You have your choice of using an RSA token or smartphone token app to log in. Please set your PIN now."

Sorted.

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Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

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Instead of just an NDA . . .

. . . Levandowski should have had Wong under a gag order.

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Next; tech; meltdown..? Mandatory; semicolons; in; JavaScript; mulled;

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Re: What about FULL-STOPS

Username checks out.

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Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

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Re: And that's why...

I have been unimpressed with most of the alternatives, but perhaps there are some better choices that I'm overlooking.

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Re: And that's why...

It appears that the company is in turnaround mode, so I'm giving them a second chance.

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Re: And that's why...

I was using Lyft for a while, but their app has failed me so many times now that I've grudgingly gone back to using Uber on occasion, at least until Lyft fixes their damn bugs. If there's more evidence of new misdeeds, I will give up Uber again, but for now, I'm granting them the benefit of the doubt on account of the fact that their app actually does what it's supposed to.

For those curious about the technical details, the Lyft app will regularly decide to truncate the first part of a given address such as the house number or whole street. In addition to rendering Lyft Line (the rideshare component) completely unusable, this has caused me to personally be delivered to unintended locations and to have Lyft try to route me to the center of the city instead of, say, the airport. Curiously, there is no ready mechanism in the Lyft app or on their Web site to file application bugs; even indicating that you've had an actual problem with the app is quite difficult.

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Facebook has open-sourced encrypted group chat

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Re: No thanks

Except that the source code has been released to the public, so it can be inspected for flaws. If Facebook has slipped some nasty code into the public domain, people will be able to tell. Bitching about Facebook employees originating the code is therefore both pointless and counter-productive.

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Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

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Prediction for this comment thread . . .

. . . endless whingeing about GoT, little positivity or actual discussion of Nightflyers.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Questions

If you patch your hypervisor and guest OS, do you take a double hit on performance?

Also, according to Red Hat's security note, Spectre affects all CPUs that use speculative execution, including AMD, ARM, and POWER architectures. Are they incorrect?

Finally, if you're going to label one vulnerability Spectre, why not call the other one SMERSH?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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IT giant CSC screwed its 1,000 sysadmins out of their overtime – jury

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Overtime?

Wossat, then?

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Re: Appalling

I refuse to upvote this post.

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Facebook confesses: Facebook is bad for you

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Not me . . .

I'm going to post on this news site comment board, filled with the apotheosis of human reason and compassion and guaranteed to uplift the downtrodden and soothe the troubled soul!

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5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

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Admit it, Kieren . . .

. . . by now you're just trolling Big John and bombastic bob.

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Google lies about click-fraud refunds and tried to destroy us – ad biz

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Re: Conflicted Here

* alleged disgusting and immoral business activity. At the moment, it's an accusation by a company which seeks to directly benefit financially if Google is found guilty.

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Boffins show off speedy quantum CNOT gate - in silicon

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Re: Am I going to need to learn quantum mechanics to write code in the future?

You will have to learn it, but you still won't be able to understand it.

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Kentucky lawmaker pushes smut filter law (update: maybe not)

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Meh

Normally, I would agree, but sexual predation issues seem to be so widespread that I would hesitate to put the boot in too readily. Let's not be too gleeful about Republicans getting outed; there may be more revelations on the Democrat side as well.

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Florida Man… pockets Uber cash to keep quiet about data breach

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It looks very much as though the new CEO is trying to reform the company and come clean with discoveries of malfeasance as they come to light. Under those circumstances, wouldn't it be better to have a reformed company than a bunch of people out of work?

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Euro Patent Office commanded to reinstate 'Nazi judge' it attacked

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I bet Battistelli . . .

. . . did Nazi that coming.

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Dentist-turned bug-biter given a taste of freedom

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Re: One should be very careful

So, just to make sure I understand, Eaglesoft, from Patterson Dental, is INSECURE. Is that right?

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No 2017 bonus for you, HPE tells employees

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Re: No big surprise

This. Pre-sales support has become laughable, and even getting questions answered about our license entitlements is damn near impossible.

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As the singularity approaches, neural network pens black metal album

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Re: metalception

Silicon making metal out of metal . . . it's metal all the way down.

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Judge stalls Uber trade-secret theft trial after learning upstart 'ran a trade-secret stealing op'

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Re: When do the magic words...

It's not RICO.

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Re: "Stealing trade secrets"?

If you have a "trade secret" that you keep on display in the main lobby of the building, then you can't really call it a secret. If you have a "trade secret" that you actually have made a legitimate effort to keep secret (e.g. in the local planning office's display department) and a rival is forced to circumvent significant intrusion measures to get at it, then it sounds like you were doing a pretty good job of keeping it a secret and that such circumvention is against the law, much as if I circumvented your window with a rock to get my hands on your television. IANAL, so I have no ideal whether that's true in this case, but it does sound like the judge smelled something distinctly malodorous and piscine, enough to refer the case to a federal attorney's office. There's insufficient evidence (as mentioned in the article) to know what the telltale indications might be, but I don't think judges put trials on hold on a lark.

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Net neutrality nonsense: Can we, please, just not all lose our minds?

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"Let's also stop pretending that life under Big Cable is going to be a dystopian nightmare – that we'll only get to see Fox Internet or AT&T Internet. It will almost certainly be a professional and perfectly pleasant environment – similar to the world of cable that everyone grew up with."

I haven't had cable in well over a decade, on the grounds that I don't want to pay a shedload of money to subsidize and subscribe to crap I don't watch (e.g. ESPN, the Home Shopping Network, etc. etc.) I am fortunate enough to use a third-party ISP where I get gigabit fiber to the home and run Netflix and Amazon Prime Video on top of it, all for much less than I would pay Comcast or AT&T. My current ISP is professional and perfectly pleasant; they're also locally-based and gave me excellent customer service. I don't want the Internet to be constricted to a subset of what Comcast wants to show me or have to pay extra for the privilege of accessing everything.

There is a reason that so many people are "cord-cutting," jettisoning their cable packages and moving to streaming, and this comment of Kieren's hand-waves it completely. Life under Big Cable already was a dystopian nightmare; now it's going to be one with government support.

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Digital Entrepreneur Awards help UK tech cop an eyeful of... WTF?

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Re: So many tiggered....

"What a great put down"

Thanks, I'm pretty happy with it myself!

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Re: So many tiggered....

"I consider taking the piss out of those that deserve it to be a duty."

So, what, you talk shit to yourself in the mirror every morning?

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Re: So many tiggered....

Not to be a stereotypical male, but I'm curious as to whether you'd dare use the phrase "mangina" to my face. I'm betting not. I'm betting you'd cower and quiver when taken out from behind the protections of distance and anonymity. So, given that we can all be very certain that you wouldn't use that word in person, what makes it appropriate for use online?

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'Treat infosec fails like plane crashes' – but hopefully with less death and twisted metal

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FAIL

@iron

Good job proving the article's very point.

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Warren 'Mr Moneybags' Buffett offloads huge chunk of IBM investment

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Re: Buffett's wisdom

Voyna i Mor, now you have me thinking about hiking up a mountain and finding a shack selling cheap Lotus Notus licenses, which leads me to think of the sales possibilities for IBM-branded Lotus Notes-a-Cola:

* Comes in an attractive (not) yellow can

* Can frequently explodes upon opening

* The soda is free, but the can may only be opened with a special key costing $1000

* Looks, feels, and tastes like yak semen

* If you dislike it, salesperson will ask what's so special about Coke, anyway?

* Later dissolves your stomach lining and colon, leaving you wishing for death

* On the plus side, can also be used as a floor wax, de-icer, and industrial solvent

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