* Posts by Big Al 23

76 posts • joined 20 Oct 2015


Racist self-driving car scare debunked, inside AI black boxes, Google helps folks go with the TensorFlow...

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More problems than skin color

Cameras and Lidar don't work well if at all on snow covered roads or in a heavy snow storm.

NSA may kill off mass phone spying program Snowden exposed, says Congressional staffer

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How's life in Russia

Wonder how life in Russia is for Snowden?

Uber won't face criminal charges after its robo-car killed woman crossing street

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Bad call I'd say

This vehicle does not belong on public roadways if it can't automatically stop when a pedestrian walks or cyclists pulls out in front of it. How on earth can Uber get away with this failed safety for an AV?

Musk is in contempt of court, screams SEC after Tesla boss brags about car production rates

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Time is going to catch up to Musk

Constantly making public statements in violation of law is eventually going to cost Musk his CEO position at Tesla and potentially any company for a minimum of 5-10 years. Clearly he doesn't believe that the rules apply to him. The SEC will likely need to make a more lasting impression with a $100 million fine as the last $20 million fine didn't seem to get Musk's attention.

Harassment, hate and bile, suicide instructions for kids... anything else social media's good at? Ah yes, cybercrime

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We'll get to it as soon as we can...

...which is likely to be never.

Amazon Prime Air flight crashes in Texas after 6,000ft nosedive

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More late packages...

Sad outcome.

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

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One down thousands to go

A background check would not have shown or deterred him from 3D printing a gun. Thank the morons who posted plans online how to 3D print guns for unnecessary deaths. Any gangbanger, terrorists or evil person can get a Russian or Ukraine produced weapon in the U.S. and elsewhere with little trouble. If the U.S. and other countries want to reduce gun violence they need to remove the crazy people from society because you certainly can't remove the endless supply of illegal guns from foreign countries nor stop crazy people from 3D printing guns or gang members from making zip guns.

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UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'

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Governments worldwide have abdicated their responsibilities

It's inconceivable that governments worldwide would allow the dangerous practice of allowing prototype AVs to be operated on public roadways when no minimum safety, security, engineering or maintenance standards have been established for these vehicles. Insurance companies are even refusing to provide coverage because the judicial and legislative communities have not established who will die or be injured in an unavoidable accident and who will pay when said accidents occur.

The most annoying British export since Piers Morgan: 'Drones' halt US airport flights

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When people die in a plane crash...

...then something realistic will be done to stop drones around airports.

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

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Another frivolous lawsuit

Siren chasers trying to cash in on the technical ignorance of a jury.

AMD did not hide anything. Their architecture was always clearly stated. It's just technically challenged people looking to cash in. All one has to ask is if an AMD dual core CPU can process two threads at the same time. End of discussion. You don't need an individual FPU per core to have a multiple core CPU. Intel 286/386 CPUs did not have any FPUs. If you wanted one you had to buy another chip called a math co-processor. So were Intel I286 / I386 CPUs not actual CPUs? Obviously they were CPUs.

FCC's answer to scandal of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US selling people's location data: Burying its head in the ground

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There is zero accountability of the FTC, FCC and SEC

These political government entities do whatever their chairpersons feel like doing contrary to their obligations under law to protect the populace.

Facebooker swatted, Kaspersky snares an NSA thief, NASA server exposed, and more

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Kaspersky hoping for love

I don't think anyone with a security clue will be trusting Kaspersky any time soon. Pretending to be good guys to gain credibility with the NSA is a typical ploy.

No plain sailing for Anon hacktivist picked up by Disney cruise ship: 10 years in the cooler for hospital DDoS caper

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Crazy people harming the innocent

He lives in a world of delusion and it proved harmful to many.

It WASN'T the update, says Microsoft: Windows 7 suffers identity crisis as users hit by activation errors

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How long will government consumer protection agencies allow Windows users to be abused?

It's incomprehensible that government agencies world wide who's responsibility it is to protect the public from defective products and financial scams to allow Microsoft to continue costing Windows users irrefutable harm and financial losses from defective OSs and updates. Microsoft will continue to distribute defective goods until such time that they are fined billions of dollars for each damaging update. There is no reason for consumers to be damaged other than Microsoft's negligence and apathy.

Cyber-insurance shock: Zurich refuses to foot NotPetya ransomware clean-up bill – and claims it's 'an act of war'

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They'll pay

They just want to see what they can get away with.

We're two weeks into 2019, and an email can potentially knacker your Cisco message box – plus other bugs to fix

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Digital crims don't take holidays

They spend all of their time hacking and harming society.

Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you

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It's just criminal...

...that Microsoft is not sued for their malice in issuing defective digital products and updates.

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports

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...it's impossible to legislate evil out of society. Only law abiding citizens follow law. More appropriate responses are required for crims.

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Time to get real

Drones will become a serious security issue to all major airports worldwide if an effective deterrent system is not soon developed. In addition lasers pointed at pilots is also becoming a serious hazard that must be addressed. It will only take one plane crash to emphasize why these significant safety issues need to be resolved now.

Jeep hacking lawsuit shifts into gear for trial after US Supremes refuse to hit the brakes

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Mo brands and models vulnerable

Watch this space for the announcement of Mo compromised vehicles as the hackers continue to break into and steal vehicles.

Senator Wyden goes ballistic after US telcos caught selling people's location data yet again

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FCC and FTC are totally unreliable to regulate industry

Comcast has been using a defective computerized global e-mail blocking system for at least four years that illegally blocks legitimate e-mail sent from Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere to U.S. Comcast customers. The FCC has been provided proof of the illegal blockage. Major Euro ISPs have provided proof that their networks are not sending massive SPAM to Comcast customers yet Comcast continues to block these same major ISPs. When Comcast blatantly lies to the FCC is writing claiming they do not have a computerized global blocking system, the FCC looks the other way instead of fining Comcast billions for lying to them and defrauding customers paying for all legitimate e-mail to be delivered.

Huawei's 7nm 64-core Arm server brain, fresh Intel desktop Core chips, IBM tapping Samsung for Power10, and more

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Re: autonomous cars

AVs will be practical in ~15-20 years. Right now it's like the Wild West where anything goes resulting in deaths already. Governments worldwide have abdicated their responsibility to mandate minimum safety, security, design, maintenance and operational standards for AVs. The legal community has not determined who will die and who will pay for the unavoidable accidents. It's a real nightmare at the moment with no comprehensive oversight on an industry hell-bent on reaping financial fortunes at the expense of those naïve enough to become "test dummies" for irresponsible and unsafe prototype vehicles being passed off as viable commercial products.

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Virtually nothing to offer

Intel clearly is in trouble with no viable 10nm process and outdated 14nm node.

Uncle Sam fingers two Chinese men for hacking tech, aerospace, defense biz on behalf of Beijing

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Eliminate Chinese imports

You can bet if countries around the globe stopped all Chinese imports that the state sponsored Chinese hacking would stop in a hurry.

EU politely asks if China could stop snaffling IP as precondition for doing business

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Don't cave to the pressure

Companies should not cave to Chinese pressure to disclose IP. Eventually China will be forced to conduct business properly or lose out.

Your two-minute infosec roundup: Drone arrests, Alexa bot hack, Windows zero-day, and more

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No one is holding Assange hostage

Assange is free to leave the embassy any time he desires. Exiting the UK may be a little problematic since he is a UK fugitive waiting prosecution.

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

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I stopped buying Logitech a few years ago

Zero customer support IME and products of such poor quality as to be defective out of the box. Returned new product to customer service with detailed letter and they didn't even respond. They clearly don't know the lifetime value of a customer.

Having swallowed its pride and started again with 10nm chips, Intel teases features in these 2019-ish processors

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Not what Intel has been saying for the past several years

Intel has crippled their 10nm process to ship a few chips to keep Wall Street from pulling the plug on them for being years late on their prized 10nm CPUs. When it was reported that Intel had stopped work on their defective and unsalvageable 10nm process Intel resorted to social media to claim that "yields were improving and all was well" which according to this story is complete poppycock. Intel is trying to buy time but it's too little too late and they are not going to be able to deceive investors forever. The other shoe is about to drop as AMD continues to steal Intel's lunch.

Super Micro says audit found no trace of Chinese spy chips on its boards

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Bloomberg has provided zero proof of their claims

It must be about time for the lawsuits to begin as Bloomberg has provided zero evidence to support their claims which have been denied by virtually all parties involved not just Super Micro. It's time to put up or pay dearly for unsubstantiated rumors and beliefs. You know this has cost Super Micro major revenue and will continue to do so until Bloomberg admits they have no evidence to support their allegations.

Brit bomb hoax teen who fantasised about being a notorious hacker cops 3 years in jail

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It's a start

He may need psycho therapy to get him in touch with reality. A lot of people suffered from his actions and a lot of expense was incurred. If he had to pay treble damages over the next 20 years it may be a reminder of why it's not cool to do the things he did.

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

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The clock is running out

Assange is going to get the boot so he had better take the best deal he can get.

I was once one of you, F1 star Lewis Hamilton tells delighted IT bods

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Some confusion perhaps?

Quote from story:

"...female models who stand around the teams, drivers and cars in a decorative – and what some feel is a sexist and objectifying – way." End quote

I'm pretty sure that professional models are not considered by most of society as "decorative" nor their presence to be "sexist and objectifying... of woman". In fact fans and F1 teams have overwhelmingly requested that the Grid Girls be reinstated as part of the sport. One Grid Girl posted a picture of a stripper and a pic of a Grid Girl and asked which pic the public viewed as objectifying woman. The point was obvious to all.

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

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Multi-million fine not likely to undo damage

I have yet to see a multi-million Euro fine undo the privacy violations that have resulted from knowingly violating privacy law and decency. As history has shown when Microsoft or other companies reap billions in revenue annually from violating law a few million in fines is just the cost of doing business. It does not change the corporate mentality or suddenly make them ethical and law abiding. It appears that anything short of a triple annual revenue fine results in a change in business practices. That triple annual revenue should be sent to all of the people violated by Microsoft.

Super Micro chief bean counter: Bloomberg's 'unwarranted hardware hacking article' has slowed our server sales

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I'm sure there will be litigation over the Bloomberg story

To make such damming claims without a shred of physical evidence leaves Bloomberg in a very bad light as well as legal position. If there multiple sources were accurate you'd expect them to be able to at least produce one compromised mobo, pictures of the compromised mobo, data logs of the mobo transmitting improper data or some reasonable irrefutable evidence to support their claims. Absolutely no one involved be it the companies or the authorities are supporting the Bloomberg story and in fact it has been denied by all parties. I'd expect Bloomberg to be served before the end of the year for damages and possibly malicious criminal fraud.

Florida man won't be compelled to reveal iPhone passcode, yet

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Files are not testimony

Providing the password to an electronic device is not the same as providing testimony in a court of law. Proving a password to view the contents of an electronic device is no different than authorities searching a residence and finding documents. The info. contained on an electronic device is in essence just data files and in no way do they constitute sworn testimony. Those folks trying to escape scrutiny are trying to manipulate the fifth amendment protection to cover data which it clearly does not do. Authorities have every right to access the files of suspected criminals be they on person, on an electronic device or at a residence or work location just as with any normal investigation. The perps don't want to be convicted so they do all that they can to circumvent prosecution.

AMD's shares get in a plane, take off and soar to 12,000 ft – then throw open the door, and fall into the cool rushing air

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The knee-jerk reaction

Thankfully AMD is on solid footing and hitting on all cylinders. Many folks have taken profits as the U.S. and Euro stock markets are struggling with the China tariff challenges. Eventually things will get back to the norm and AMD's stock price will recover like all the other companies who are generating consistent sales, profits and product growth.

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

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Caughing up a hundred Billion dollars

...for damages causes by defective Win 10 updates should be a no-brainer. Where are the consumer protection lawyers? Is there any more legitimate reason to charge Microsoft for their negligence?

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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I hope the lawyers hold Microsoft accountable for the damages

As if to prove that the lights are on but no one is home at Microsoft... Win 10 updates have turned millions of computers into rubbish with nothing but heartache and Hell for Win 10 users to deal with. This is completely unacceptable and the result of gross negligence IMNHO. I believe consumer protection agencies world wide should sue Microsoft for billions to hold them accountable for their gross incompetence and willful negligence. Otherwise Microsoft will continue to distribute defective updates and software for huge financial profit.

Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

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A retraction is unlikely

Bloomberg knows it will get sued for tens of millions in damages by Super Micro and possibly others if it prints a retraction. Instead Bloomberg will force Super Micro to sue them and prove in court that the story is false before Bloomberg is forced to pay proper damages in the tens of millions. A quiet out of court settlement is likely with Bloomberg not admitting the story was untrue but paying damages because they fear a court verdict for even greater damages. The very unfortunate part is few people will ever read that the Bloomberg story was in fact false. Super Micro will suffer damages for decades as a result.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Time to wake up and smell the koffee

Assange doesn't seem to understand that the embassy has protected him from prosecution for his crimes and that he's been a very unsavory "guest". Hopefully Assange a fugitive from justice will soon have a lot more to complain about when he is evicted.

Spotted: Miscreants use pilfered NSA hacking tools to pwn boxes in nuke, aerospace worlds

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Remember Kasperski Labs...

...has a direct connection to the Russian government who they have worked for. It's interesting that Kaspersky seems to find security issues that no other security researchers find or report.

Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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Re: Barton Gellman defended auto-updates, arguing they do more good than harm

It's outrageous IMNHO that Microsoft can cause untold damage to millions of people and businesses worldwide and escape all accountability for their negligence in not properly validating OS and software updates. These preventable losses in the many millions are a result of pure negligence by Microsoft. Why is it that consumer protection agencies have allowed Microsoft and other companies to wreck havoc on PCs via blatant neglect when these updates can be validated prior to distribution? If there is no accountability for damages then there is little incentive to deliver proper updates.

Oh no, Xi didn't! Chinese spymaster cuffed in Belgium, yoinked to US on aerospace snoop rap

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Expect more

The theft of intellectual property by foreign governments is nothing new but with the internet it is becoming easier and more difficult to prevent. It's no surprise that much of the theft is by rogue nations and or supported hackers. This is reason for serious security concerns for the world.

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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And why is Microsoft not accountable for damages?

Why is it that Microsoft can cause untold damage to Windows users yet they are unaccountable for their coding neglegence and damages?

PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months

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Intel in trouble

As has been stated publicly by numerous sources over the past year, Intel is in trouble primarily because they can't deliver fully working 10Nm node. Add this to their full line of security compromised CPUs delivered over the past three decades and it's obvious why Intel is in trouble. Intel's intent is to leave the chip market and move to a service based Biz model but their transition is not going well.

Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

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It seems to me that...

...if these compromised machines are so prevalent then Bloomberg's sources should be able to at least display one of them or show a photo taken at the time of discovery to substantiate the claims of added chips. There should also be some data logs to show unauthorized outbound data traffic.

Intel's commitment to making its stuff secure is called into question

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Isn't the reason why Intel currently has unending security issues...

...due to their lack of concern with security when they intentionally bypassed industry standard CPU execution protocol in all of the CPU designs over the past several decades? When did customer security become paramount at Intel?

Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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What regulation is there of drones?

How could anyone protect themselves from drones flown by rogue players? There is no means other than taking them out of flight. How many people have the ability to do so? We have already had numerous incidents of drones interfering with commercial aircraft. How many travelers would be OK with a drone getting sucked into a jet airliner's engine while landing or on take off? The headaches with drones has just begun and the populace is defenseless against them. All countries will be forced to address this menace.

Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

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Does Russia think anyone believes them?

I wonder if the Russian government actually thinks anyone believes their denials on poisoning former spies or hacking? It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall.


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