* Posts by Throatwarbler Mangrove

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Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Re: How easy it is to get an international deal

. . . until Brexit happens, and the UK decides to redefine the kilogram as the mass of a swallow carrying two coconuts.

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Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know

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Can you fix being an asshole online? If so, you're a better man than I.

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OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

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Username checks out.

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Open the pod bay doors: Voice of HAL 9000 Douglas Rain dies at 90

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Such things have happened in the past . . .

. . . and they have always been attributable to human error.

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I found a security hole in Steam that gave me every game's license keys and all I got was this... oh nice: $20,000

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Re: Tsk tsk tsk

Message received. The wet bird flies at midnight.

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Berners-Lee takes flak for 'hippie manifesto' that only Google and Facebook could love

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Re: Quoting a mouthpiece for the RIAA???

Came in to say this. Also, note the quote from one of Cloudflare's competitors. It's almost as if Orlowski is actively working to undermine his own credibility by citing parties with an obvious conflict of interest.

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Re: Airline industry

Yes, and the customer experience is so lovely . . .

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How one programmer's efforts to stop checking in buggy code changed the DevOps world

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Re: Jenkins?

Steelpillow's assessment of you is consistent with, you know, everything you've ever posted on this site.

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Tata on trial: Outsourcer 'discriminated' against non-Asian workers, claim American staff

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Tata for now!

Next up, Cognizant.

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Planet Computers straps proper phone to its next Psion scion, Cosmo

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Re: Or you could...

The last decade called and would like their "3G dongle" back.

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We love Kubernetes, but it's playing catch-up with our Service Fabric, says Microsoft Azure exec

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But is it adaptive? I only want it if it's adaptive!

Also: Java, I'll pass.

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US draft bill moots locking up execs who lie about privacy violations

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What a sad case of Clinton Derangement Syndrome.

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"npc remoaners"

Shhhhh, adults are talking.

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50 ways to leave your lover, but four to sniff browser history

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Sorry, guv'nor, that's a 404, so you've got nothin' on me.

Mine's the one that's suspiciously squirming, thanks.

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

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"A security bug in Systemd can be exploited over the network to [...] execute malicious code on the box."

Too late, systemd is already installed. I'm going, I'm going . . .

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Facebook, Google sued for 'secretly' slurping people's whereabouts – while Feds lap it up

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Big Brother

Good

I'm not enough of a refusenik to eschew Android entirely, but I long ago turned off Location History and Web and App Activity when it became both creepy and annoying. Maps, of course, constantly badgers me about reenabling the latter in particular, so I filed a bug report with the Maps team telling their product manager to stop smoking crack. I guess I can join the class action suit now and receive my pittance of a settlement in ten years or so.

As ever, allow me to also insert a plug for Blokada.

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Cosmoboffins think grav waves hold the key to sorting out the disputed Hubble Constant

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Headmaster

To say nothing of Muphry's Law.

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

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Re: DNS over http

Fortunately, this is DNS over https.

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Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Re: Not me

He does, but only condescendingly.

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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: But muh headphone jack!

Counterpoint.

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Sun billionaire Khosla discovers life's a beach after US Supreme Court refuses to hear him out

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Re: @ IMG Sauce for the goose...

You sound ... concerned.

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It is not casually or lightly that I say this . . .

LOL.

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Re: Sauce for the goose...

FTA:

According to Khosla, he is simply standing up for people's property rights. No one should get to decide what he does with his land and he shouldn't have to apply for permission to close it off to the public.

Except he has run up against a long-standing California law, signed in 1976 and fiercely protected by locals, that says any property below the mean tide line belongs to the public and can be accessed by them.

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Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

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Buttery males!

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Google actually listens to users, hands back cookies and rethinks Chrome auto sign-in

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Re: Wrong Question

Because there are some Web application developers who code to Chrome explicitly and whose code will not otherwise work. If you're obligated to use those Web sites/applications for your job, you're basically obligated to use Chrome.

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Microsoft 'kills' passwords, throws up threat manager, APIs Graph Security

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Re: Phones ? really ?

I use the RSA Token app every time I log into work systems remotely. Works great!

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GitLab gets it, grabs $100m to become $1bn firm

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Re: private gitlab servers

Gitlab does provide a free on-premise deployment as well as a licensed ("Enterprise Edition") version of their software which offers additional features and support.

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FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

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I love Weiner

(Sorry, I had to go there.) In any case, I'm increasingly a fan of Scott Weiner's no-nonsense practical policy-making efforts, and I hope he goes far.

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So Brave: Browser biz sics Brit watchdogs on Google's info slurpage

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Re: That's not nearly enough defences!

I'll be honest, I don't care enough to do all these things. For my part, I am willing to trade a measure of privacy for a measure of convenience, but I think it's worthwhile to consider all these options and to at least be mindful about what data sharing is happening, which also requires the advertisers and other service providers to be transparent about what they're doing with our data. For Android users, you may also want to consider Blokada and anyone at all tech-savvy may want to run a Pi-Hole at home.

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Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job

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Re: Musk the weed smoker

"Do you really want the CEO of your company smoking weed, dropping acid and taking ambien."

Quite right, he should stick to more conventional CEO substances like cocaine, martinis, and expensive hookers.

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Re: Musk the weed smoker

Shock! Horror! Was he also listening to jazz and associating with Negroes?

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Cloudera and MongoDB execs: Time is running out for legacy vendors

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Re: The SQL Empire Strikes Back

Dun dun dun!

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Re: The SQL Empire Strikes Back

On the downside, it means dealing with One Rich Asshole Called Larry Ellison, which is a deal-breaker for many of us.

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Meh

Based on the revenue numbers, these guys are still small fry. Also, the vast bulk of businesses don't give a shit about IoT. I will agree, however, that the conventional database vendors are a bunch of bar stewards when it comes to licensing and support models, so the market is ripe for some decent competition. Conversely, the licensing costs for NoSQL-based DBs are risible in their own right, so I'm not sure the newcomers are an improvement in that regard.

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NASA 'sextortionist' allegedly tricked women into revealing their password reset answers, stole their nude selfies

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Re: what is wrong with the good old porn?

One word: power.

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The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?

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Nope

Add me to the list of people who dislike the new layout. I like the simplicity of the current design, whereas I find the new design cluttered and confusing. I do navigate from the front page instead of using RSS, but I think I would spend less time on The Register if the new layout goes live--good for my work habits, less good for keeping my eyeballs stuck on El Reg.

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5G can help us spy on West Midlands with AI CCTV, giggles UK.gov

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Re: Preparations for CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN continue

It's all fun and games until there's an anime convention in town . . .

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DDN day approaches for Tintri: Storage-flinger finalising rescue buy

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Re: Acquisition price?

Tintri was delisted from the NASDAQ. Perhaps that changes the rules.

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Toshiba crams 14TB into another helium drive, this time with SAS boost

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Bah!

In addition to throughput, where are the rotational speed, IOPS, and seek latency numbers?

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Black hats are baddie hackers, white hats are goodies, grey hats will sell IP to kids in hoodies

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Re: It's not all bad

I can think of a number of former colleagues who did plenty of damage just by being employees!

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Event management kit can take a hammering these days: Use it well and it'll save your ass

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Re: Has it got DevoPS ?

As luck would have it, I hired Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh to do some extensive Powershell scripting for our company, and did a fantastic job. The code structure was a little avant garde and not to everyone's taste, but it definitely worked for us. It really whipped us into shape and made us realize we weren't men.

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Everyone screams patch ASAP – but it takes most organizations a month to update their networks

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DUUUUUH

This is not just a sysadmin problem. Let's say you push a patch to a commonly used development framework such as .Net or (ptui) Java. Suddenly a business-critical application falls over, so you roll the patch back and report the issue to the developers, who say they can't possibly get to testing against the new version, so you go and badger their managers, who eventually come around, if you're lucky, to realizing that having a security breach is Bad, so they repurpose the developers to update their code. Might take a week, might take longer. Obviously, the breakage should have been caught in QA, but--bad luck--the entire QA department was let go/offshored/never existed because it was not clear to the PHPTB (pointy-haired powers that be) that they added any value. Some amount of time later, the vulnerability is fully patched. Rinse, repeat as needed for every motherfucking patch that comes down the pipe across your entire estate, but if your environment gets pwned it's the fault of the sysadmin team.

The problem is not "content distribution," and the Kollective can fuck right off. I'll go lie down now.

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I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections

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Re: If I'd sold out my nation's future, I'd probably turn to drink too!

Are you okay? Do you smell burning toast? Blink if you need help!

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Rimini Street slapped with ban in Oracle copyright dispute

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Re: Irreperable damage to Oracle's Rep

Came here to say this. We have one remaining Oracle DB left in house, and I dream of the day when we no longer need it.

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Google bod wants cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure

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Re: Beware those bearing Gifts esp Banksters & Techsters

Yep. True story: Facebook suspended my account for not conforming to their "real name" policy. I didn't fully care whether they perma-banned me, so I sent a scan of my photo ID crudely altered with MS Paint to reflect my pseudonym, under the assumption that the ID would be vetted by OCR rather than a human. If I was wrong, it would have cost me nothing of value. My scan passed muster, however, and my account was reinstated with my pseudonym intact.

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Reel talk: You know what's safely offline? Tape. Data protection outfit Veeam inks deal with Quantum

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Re: Safe until ...

I. Your momma sits on the tape safe and crushes it like a bug.

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Re: Stuff Like This Should Be Illegal

The funny part is that you believe your government institutions and corporations are somehow better.

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Oracle-botherer Rimini Street throws off credit shackles, plans 'aggressive' sales drive

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No such thing as bad publicity

The good thing about the lawsuit is that it's brought Rimini Street into the public eye as a provider of support services for Oracle products, so perhaps they can write off the cost of the suit as marketing expenses.

"Rimini Street: So Good That Oracle Sued Us!"

"Oracle Hates This One Weird Trick To Lower Your Support Costs!"

Etc.

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The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

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Re: The Bixby assistant, helping Share & Enjoy Your Life (TM)

Go stick your head in a pig.

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Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield

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Re: Just a Random Thought

I had a 1997 vehicle that developed an issue where the Check Engine light would not go off, resulting in me being unable to get the car to pass the smog inspection. I took it to the dealer, who spent multiple days and over 8 hours of actual mechanic time trying to find and fix the problem, to no avail. Ultimately, they gave me a list of four different recalibration steps for the onboard computer, each of which involved driving the car in various unnatural ways, including driving the car for at least 40 miles at exactly 45 MPH, IIRC. The steps worked and reset the Check Engine light, but it highlights the fact that the scenario you envision already existed 20 years ago!

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