* Posts by jMcPhee

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Black screen of death after Win10 update? Microsoft blames HP

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Trollface

Re: The 'Registry'

Replacing it with an /etc directory seems to work well.

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Cybersecurity world faces 'chronic shortage' of qualified staff

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Re: So what is the solution?

If the pay is right, we'll have more people going into IT instead of law and finance. More IT security and fewer lawyers and hedge fund managers sounds like a good idea at this point.

Actually, there doesn't seem to be an IT shortage - just a shortage of IT staff who will work long hours for abusive managers and at substandard wages out of fear that their H1B sponsorship will be pulled.

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Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life

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Re: This does throw up some questions that need answering

There's also questions about spending money wisely. If we can get 80% of the autonomous benefits at 20% of the cost, that leaves a lot of money for trolley, train, sidewalks, and public transport. Not to mention the reduction in health care from people doing more walking and biking.

This whole thing is smelling more and more like the kind of 1950's sharketing which killed off so much public transport in the US.

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FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

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Re: Advertising is often overhyped...

So much wasted energy, effort, and resources go into advertising. There's little value addition, and less social good. We are all glad El Reg can get a cut of this. But, it seems like such sad loss. Sorry. Adverts are the crack pipes of internet economics.

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Virtual assistant backlash imminent so buy them anyway

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Re: Hmmm

On most systems, responding with "I'd like to blimpfizz an ugglephumps" has usually been the quickest way to a human.

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Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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Re: Microsoft FAIL

Another thing to bear in mind is that a lot of this is done to snow the investment community and diddle the stock price. MS-phone and Vista are great examples of something which sucked from the starting blocks but was hyped big time to Wall Street. Charlie Demerjian used to talk about MS turd polishing; not much has changed in Redmond.

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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

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Can hardly wait for internet enabled insulin dispensers

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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Re: It never used to be about money

So, you're saying there's a downside to pimping out the internet? Wonder which is better: the current shittification of informative web pages or the older case where www was mostly amateurs having fun.

Tough call.

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Britons ambivalent about driverless car tech, survey finds

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If people were really interested in this technology, it would have been implemented to a lesser extent. For example, smart speed and brake controls would be common. How long has cruise control been out there? How little does it get used?

Self driving cars look like the next 3D TV.

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Tech giants warp eco standards to greenwash electronics, rake in cash

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Software is as bad

Yes it's bad that hardware manufacturers don't honor green commitments. Shame on them. However, let's not forget software houses who increasingly bloat code, craptify operating environments, and abandon hardware support. Without them, old hardware wouldn't need disposal as often.

And shame on consumers who aggravate the problems by dumping perfectly good hardware so they can have the next trendy thing. Looking at you, smart phone dumpers.

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Grab a fork! Unravelling the Internet of Things' standards spaghetti

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Down the road, people are going to want to sell their houses which they've riddled with all this dysfunctional (and from a standards standpoint, obsolete) IoT junk. Wonder how that's going to work out...

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Azure security boss tells sysadmins to harden up and properly harden Windows Server

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Tough Balance

Windows is using the AOL business model of dumbing down its product to get wider appeal, at least for the home user product base. (Fortunately, they aren't carpet bombing us with CD's)

Is this carrying over to the commercial product side? Or, do they undumb server and other non-residential products?

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systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

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I haven't seen this much emotion since the last Commodore vs Apple BBS flame wars.

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Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

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Chump change...

... for those companies. They probably get to write it off.

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Why you'll never make really big money as an AI dev

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Not always...

Look at all the SAP consultants who make piles of money selling a "Knowledge Management" system which ends up being little more than a large shoebox full of electronic index cards.

Perhaps a better term would be "AI Shaman"?

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Burglary, robbery, kidnapping and a shoot-out over… a domain name?!

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Devil

Re: Uh huh

Or maybe it was a cornfield related domain. That would be popular in CR.

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Presto crypto: IBM releases gruntier, faster Z14 mainframe

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Oh goody, another press release from IBM. Someone important must have options getting ready to vest.

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AI vans are real – but they'll make us suck at driving, warn boffins

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Re: Complete or not at all...

Ford can't even make an acceptable computerized transmission (the dreaded PowerShift). Who in their right mind thinks they could computerize a whole car?

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Zero accidents, all of your data – what The Reg learnt at Bosch's autonomous car bash

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Scenario

It's 1am and you're ready to come back from a night on the town. As you get the car ready to go, the display says you've been hacked and must send bitcoin to make the car functional. Hooray data sucking.

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

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Not many linux users have stopped patching a linux distribution because the vendor started throwing dysfunctionality (like Skype borking, WGA bricking, & driver breaking) and spyware into the updates.

OK, KDE's become a problem. But, unlike the WIN8/10 UI, we uninstall it and use other window managers.

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

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Rattlesnake in a pinata...

Oh, that's good! May I use that in a subordinate's performance review?

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How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

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Justice

It's always a pleasure to see hustlers scamming organizations which dumped or neglected their own IT staff to save money a few years back

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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In the end, most people are pretty good about rejecting stupid - once they know what they're dealing with. Vista and Cue Cat are dead, right? IoT may take a while for the crap to be filtered leaving behind useful things.

On the other hand, Baryl just sounds like something fun to screw with while waiting for a train.

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Scottish govt mulled scrapping £178m car-crash IT system

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CGI, again. Same shysters who cost US govt $$$$ by botching the Obamacare launch.

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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Yeah, let's all put our childrens' safety in Microsoft's hands.

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Discredit a journo? Easy, that'll be $55k. Fix an election? Oh, I can do that for just $400k

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Nothing new here except...

Marketing is frequently weaponising misinformation. Tobacco companies and 'special interest groups' got really good at it. The only real change is that different set of criminals is now getting the money to do it.

Just think of it as another form of outsourcing.

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Amazon pulls snouts from all-you-can-eat cloud storage buffet

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Re: Why not?

Too old school and sensible. The neo-doofs can't say "oh, I'm in the cloud, the next really big thing in IT"

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So despite all the cash ploughed into big data, no one knows how to make it profitable

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We heard all about the 'new economy' in the 90's. Too many (excessively rich) people with too much cash to invest. Not much GDP gets created by knowing who watches which cat videos or who checked out Amazon for what brand of water faucet parts.

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Lloyds finally inks mega 10-year cloudy outsourcing deal with IBM

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Re: 10 year deal

Will IBM survive another 10 years? They don't have that much left to sell off.

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IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

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This makes sense in the proper perspective: IBM's product is share price, not hardware, software, nor goods and services. (Not even dividends)

As long as Wall Street drinks the kool-aid, IBM's management is golden

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Bixby bailout: Samsungers bailing on lame-duck assistant

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Shiny junk. Remember Viiv?

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

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Try this

Turn off javascript. Turn off images. View your favorite *reading* sites. Most of the crap is gone while most of the content remains. You may find that the sites are much more readable with all the cruft stripped out.

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Windows XP crashed too much to spread WannaCrypt

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WGA

<Windows XP with Service Pack 2 – No infection>

Yet another reason to have punted WGA and stayed with SP2

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Does Microsoft have what it takes to topple Google Docs?

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All well and good until a power supply problem hits or there's a new ransomware making the rounds

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Three-quarters of IoT projects are failing, says Cisco

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VC response: "If 25% succeed, we'll have to increase the number of investments to have more successes."

After all, these are the people who pumped and dumped juicero and keep plowing other people's cash into uber.

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WannaCrypt: Roots, reasons and why scramble patching won't save you now

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Elephant in the cornfield

Flash

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Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web

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"Novelty for its own sake was an unlamented relic of the centuries of waste." - Arthur C. Clarke

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Made for each other! IBM awarded $700m outsourcing gig to cut costs at transport giant

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Apparently these chowderheads missed what happened with project Phoenix. Or... maybe Bombardier hopes to save money with a system which doesn't pay their people

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Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

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Devil

The last 16 years of airline mayhem are making ship board travel look better and better

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: Windows XP

Because most people have no interest in fattening M$'s, Dell, and Intel's bottom line

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jMcPhee

Re: Every day is a learning day

Yeah, we learned, yet again, that the internet is a playtoy which should be airgapped from critical systems

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For now, GNU GPL is an enforceable contract, says US federal judge

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Precedent

Is it significantly different from shrink wrap licensing? That's been decided already

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Microsoft's Windows 10 ARM-twist comes closer with first demonstration

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An emulator... just like WINE. Wonder if it runs any better. At least WART was native code.

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Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down

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Re: Cloud just means...

<<Complete Loss Of Uncontrollable Data ?!>>

Nice touch! That should be added to TITSUP.

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Android O-mg. Google won't kill screen hijack nasties on Android 6, 7 until the summer

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Re: Most users...

<<You overestimate the intelligence of the average Android user>>

True... back in the day, many of them had 12:00 flashing on their VCR's

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Secure email service builds newsletter bomb defences after attack pummels their inbox

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Stupid Game

It seems like every third site has a "sign up for our email" pimp screen (unless js is turned off). Now, the email providers now have to figure out how to evade bogus subscription requests. It's an idiot's race to the bottom.

It would be easy enough to blacklist known bulkmailers. Or charge a premium for doing so.

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Amazon announces new Echo just as Microsoft's first Cortana-powered clone breaks cover

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Echo Show looks like a 3Com Audrey without the keyboard

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Agile consultant behind UK's disastrous Common Platform Programme steps down

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Same old con game

In less than 10 years, my former outfit pulled in big buck consultants: McKinsey, then SAP. They got thoroughly hosed by the results.

Agile can work - but not if corporate management uses it as an excuse to evade doing their jobs.

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Realistic Brits want at least 3 security steps on bank accounts

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Bank Site Authentication

2FA is good, we know that. But, what about validating the bank sites? DigiNotar hack showed that certificates aren't always credible.

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Linux homes for Ubuntu Unity orphans: Minty Cinnamon, GNOME or Ubuntu, mate?

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All I'm looking for is...

...a fine virtual window manager, too.

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