* Posts by hellwig

437 posts • joined 3 Mar 2016


You're legit and you know you are... Thanks to chanting racist footie fans, linking to dodgy stuff isn't necessarily illegal (well, in Europe)

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Re: Good English law

So linking content IMPLIES fact? Oh boy, I can only imagine how people in the UK handle Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc...

This is like "The Invention of Lying". Since no one had ever lied, everything was trusted, regardless of how ridiculous it might seem to an outsider (yes, a meteor is going to destroy the earth in the next 30 minutes unless you have sex with me). Apparently the UK trusts the Internet in the same way? No one would ever lie on the internet, so EVERY single thing linked to by a webpage MUST be fact?

I mean, I know that's how people in the US react to facebook posts come election time (thanks Zuck!), but in your country, it's LAW?

And if everything is guilt by association, then wouldn't Jobbik be legally liable for the action of the drunken fans through association (being racist dicks), regardless of any actual intent? Once someone posted on the internet that the fans were part of Jobbik, it became immutable truth!

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Drunken *Soccer* Fans

You meant Soccer.

HCL picks up Notes, spanks total of $1.8bn at Honest John's IBM software sale

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Notes sold off to Indian Firm, Microsoft twitches... no... it was just the wind

I interned with the Exchange Server team at Microsoft in the early aughts. They were proud of having won the email and workgroup collaboration war against Notes.

I have to think these days they don't even recognize it as a competitor anymore.

Google: I don't know why you say Allo, I say goodbye

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Some of my phones still have "Hangouts"

I'm really sick of all the bloatware Google leaves distributed about their OS.

Seriously, pick a product and stick with it. They have the worst ADHD I've ever noticed in a multi-billion dollar company.

Intel eggheads put bits in a spin to try to revive Moore's law

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Paris Hilton

Hmm... Uh huh, oh of course, yep, Obviously....

So I understand that things spin and you change or read the way they spin, I'm not sure how this is a replacement for CMOS logic and not just a non-volatile storage mechanism?

Do these things act as Diodes? Wikipedia tells me Diode logic is a thing. It also tells me you have to have pull-up or pull-down resistors, which I don't think would scale very well.

Man, I do not recall this from my EE courses.

I'm so ignorant.

Adobe Flash zero-day exploit... leveraging ActiveX… embedded in Office Doc... BINGO!

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Re: Flash, ActiveX, Office doc embedding/scripting - should already be DISABLED

The problem is, some VP really needs that email from "Doctor@hospital.com" with a document titled "IMPOTENT: Concerning in regards of the health status - Pleas Read.docx".

Now you, too, can snoop on mobe users from 3G to 5G with a Raspberry Pi and €1,100 of gizmos

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only effective only when

Yikes. That hurt my brain to read.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Single Pixel Obscuring and Steganography

I remember reading a story where some boffins had successfully tricked Google's image recognition by changing only few key pixels in specific areas of an image. Google thought a dog was a car (90% sure).

Basically like steganography, only hiding "safe" information in an otherwise "unsafe" image.

Or, trolls could do the opposite. Post some "inspirational" image to twitter, then watch Grandma's tumblr get flagged because she tried to re-upload that same image (do grandmothers use tumblr?).

I guess my point is, they'll have to flush the entire site and review all new uploads manually. Goodbye Tumblr.

Apple co-founder and former CEO has the most expensive John Hancock on the planet

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Weird Correlation

So for the most part, the signatures of dead Americans are worth more, and the signatures of live Brits are worth more?

Just to stem off any ignorant responses, yes, I know Professor Hawking is British, that's why I said "for the most part". Thanks.

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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Not gonna trim the hedges in the buff

All those flying pieces of bush and whatnot? That is not going to feel good. I hope they get to wear some sort of smock or something the block the debris as they work.

And Australia gets a lot of sun, right? I'm worried about too much UV exposure and the skin cancer rates of these poor workers.

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Re: Why is it sexist

No one is going to pay me to work naked (they pay extra to put more clothes on). If someone has the option, go for it.

Fee, Fi, bring your own one... Google opens up Project Fi to mobes built by Apple, LG, Samsung

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Great if you don't need data.

If you use 6GB or more a month, this plan is actually as or even more expensive than plans from T-mobile and the like.

Sigh, what is the point of all these fancy new networks they keep rolling out if they try to penalize you for using them?

I'm sticking with my un-throttled T-Mobile plan. I used 30GB+ last month. I don't even consider WiFi unless my cell signal is bad.

Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit

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Greed or Ignorance?

"Instead, Apple tells customers that they must replace the entire screen, at a cost exceeding $600, apparently in order to increase Apple’s profits at the expense of the customer."

Let's be honest, the geniusesidiots handling the service repairs probably don't know how easy it is to remove the screen or simply don't care. They type the word "screen" into their computer and it spits back $600, that's basically it. Apple isn't paying them to think.

Of course, if we're talking third-party licensed repair services, then they need to make back what they paid Apple for the privilege of touching the holy device in the first place.

Amazon tried to entice Latin American officials with $5m in Kindles, AWS credits for .amazon

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The obvious solution

... is to give Brazil an Amazon Headquarters. Duh!

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three judges decided that the DNS overseer had broken its own bylaws

*GASP* *SHOCK* *DESPAIR* *DISBELIEF* Say it ain't so.

Healthcare billing biz AccuDoc 'fesses up to breach that blabbed 2.65m people's data

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2.65m people?

Let's see, scaling for length of breach, bonus multiplier for SSNs.... that should be a fine of at least $50,000. Boy oh boy, that's gonna show them.

And that identify protection only lasts for a year (that's all Equifax and Experian each gave me when they were breached). So if I'm a hacker stealing SSNs, wait a year. Most of those SSNs (unlike credit card numbers) will still be valid.

Tape vendors feel the cold, clammy hand of AWS on their shoulders. Behind them grins the Glacier Deep Archive

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Cloud based archiving?

I already shipped my tapes to Iron Mountain so they could upload my data to Google. Now I'm gonna need those tapes back. Great.


What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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Re: I thought that was perfectly clear by now!

Our president says as much any time a person of color walks into his line of sight. Not sure why anyone would still want to come here.

Sacked NCC Group grad trainee emailed 300 coworkers about Kali Linux VM 'playing up'

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re: "reinstall Windows"

I have to agree "reinstall Windows" is a completely inappropriate "solution" to any problem,

Phone tech support for Alienware (before they were Dell) once told me to reinstall windows to try to fix the horrible squeeling noise my CD-drive was making whenever I burned a disk. I straight up asked for a different support person, wasn't even going to entertain that crap when all I really needed was a replacement drive sent to me.

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Shares Dissapearing, Software Uninstalling, Authentication Issues...

So, I see they're running McAfee.

Seeing as Bitcoin is going so, so well, Ohio becomes first US state to take biz taxes in BTC

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Re: Stupid, or dishonest?

Someone is going to go bankrupt pretty quickly over this. Probably BitPay. Let's just hope they don't take the whole state down with them.

I do wonder what amount we're talking here in terms of taxes, and if BitPay will have enough cash on hand to actually keep up their end of the deal.

In theory, these exchanges have a high volume of traffic, but only so many resources on hand (see what happens when they eventually collapse, or they get robbed of their crypto). If Ohio's IRS is only withdrawing cash, who's putting that cash in and buying the BTC?

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Re: Paying taxes on credit *can* be a good idea

My limited understanding is that you pay your taxes with a credit card because you can't go bankrupt on the federal government. The IRS will follow you to the grave and beyond. Visa can only go so far to get their money back.

Microsoft: You looking at me funny? Oh, you just want to sign in

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Re: I Don't Get It...

how do they know it's you, and not just the person who's stolen your device?

Easy, you obviously secure the private key with a password you enter each time Microsoft sends you a nonce.

They've replaced passwords (plural) with a password. How novel.

Now hackers only have to figure out one secret instead of many to control your whole life. Or, rather, the few sites that care to use Microsoft's new feature.

Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi?

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re: But google search routinely shows you the middle finger, and endless (literally) capchas.

Yeah, that's what Duck Duck Go is for.

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Opera's free VPN is good for changing your region of origin for region-locked websites, but yeah, don't use it for actual security.

Azure, Office 365 go super-secure: Multi-factor auth borked in Europe, Asia, USA

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Common misconception. "Cloud" is not synonymous with distributed systems. It makes it easier, sure, but "Cloud" is just the buzz word your accountants use to justify spending less by "co-locating" your data with an "online service provider", "simplifying the support chain", and "reducing non-core business focuses".

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Forced to Fail

If you don't fail, how will you ever gain the attention of the higher ups? Your successes are always going to be claimed by your supervisor, failure is all you are left with.

Did you by chance hack OPM back in 2015? Good news, your password probably still works!

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Not under this Administration.

No idea why this wasn't handled under Obama, but you know damn well the Trump administration is never going to implement changes recommended under Obama.

Oi, Elon: You Musk sort out your Autopilot! Tesla loyalists tell of code crashes, near-misses

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We don’t like hearing about any accidents in our cars

You know that was a threat, right?

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

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RPi Cluster

although the sight of stacks of the diminutive computers is undeniably cool.

Pics or it didn't happen.

Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine

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Your data out in the open.

All these companies and governments want you to trust them with your data, but they make little to no effort to actually secure that data. Even if you trust an organization or government, you cannot trust the individuals employed by those groups. How many country clerks, office admins, IT schlubs, etc... do you hear about doing something unscrupulous or down-right illegal?

The individual is always the weakest point in any organization, that's why phishing attacks are so successful. Even if someone isn't outright evil, being stupid is just as bad sometimes.

Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

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Makes Sense

If just drinking out of a cup with BPA is toxic, bringing a plastic up to the melting point must be releasing all sorts of fun stuff. The world is going to be short a whole bunch of "YouTube stars" in the not too far off future.

What's big, blue, and short on Intel? The supercomputer world's podium: USA tops Top500 with IBM Power9

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Re: Cores

Are they counting the Tensor acceleration cores from the GPUs? According to NVIDIA, https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/data-center/tesla-v100/ there are 640 cores per GPU.

Six lawsuits against FCC's 5G idiocy – that $2bn windfall for telcos – is bundled into one appeals court sueball

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Re: It ain't all about poor cities and states

It's not legal for a local municipality to toll people on a public road. But if I build my own private road on my own land, nothing says you have to drive on that road, and therefore, nothing stops me from tolling people who do. My biggest complaint is when they build a private highway, and then slap a Federal Interstate number on it. If it says I-280, it should be free.

Back on topic, seems if One Horse Town wants cell service, they have to come up with an amicable agreement. If they get no service in return, the citizens should change their leadership. I guess my point is, if a cell company wants to avoid your scenario, they just don't have to provide service in that area. I don't think there are laws saying every town in america has to have cell coverage. There are still plenty of dead zones in cell coverage these days. One Horse Town is just going to end up as another one.

And as for arbitrary rates, we already had those on land lines. Certain counties had (have?) ridiculous connection fees. Companies setup "1-900" like numbers in those exchanges, and basically worked out a back-end deal for a cut of the profits. By law, the Telcos HAD to connect to any exchange requested by the customer. So what looked like a normal long-distance call was actually a ridiculously overpriced long distance call. Wasn't a problem until the Telcos started offering free long distance.

Google got in trouble because they weren't routing calls with Google Voice through those high-priced regions. But they argued they were an internet service, not a Telco, and not bound by Telco regulations.

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Deemed Granted

I though that read "Deed Granted", as in, once they build a cell-tower, they own the land it's built on. What are these companies thinking, this B.S. is what broke up the railroad monopolies.

Intel peddles latest Xeon CPUs – E-series and 48-core Cascade Lake AP – to soothe epyc mygrayne

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Re: Cascade Lake Advanced Performance?

This type of behavior (behaviour?) should really upset Intel customers. Intel appears to be selling only the minimum to keep it's advantage. When a competitor comes out with something a little better... Intel says "oh look, we also have something even a little more better". Why didn't they release that in the first place?

Turns out download speed isn't everything when streaming video on your smartphone

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re: active devices

Yep, I'd rather share a 100mbps connection with 10 people, than a 1gbps connection with 1000 people.

Solid password practice on Capital One's site? Don't bank on it

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Two-factor Auth

Everytime I log into Capital One, they require a security code. They will email it to me, text me, or send it through their phone app. I end up closing my computer's web browser and using the phone app for everything (they still text or email a security code, but now it's at least only one device I'm working with).

I guess my point is, I don't need a 30 character password on my Capital One account, I just need to make sure my eMail and Phone are as secure as can be.

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Re: It's happening...

Gonna need beefier hardware to virtualize all these things, especially if simultaneously. Chromebooks might not be the best place to start that effort.

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Can Chromebooks fit Windows 10?

I'm sure we're talking a pared-down Windows 10 S or something like that, but with Google's "everything in the cloud" mentality, will they be able to fit more stuff on a Chromebook, or will they have to expand the storage?

I have purchased dedicated Windows 10 tablets before, and even 32GB disappears too quickly.

The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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I think you mean 32Tx1. 32T addresses of single bits.

Otherwise, you have 32 addressable blocks of 1terabit each, that's a lot of buffering needed for reads and writes.

However, is it true you can read a single bit from 4layer flash (it's entirely possible, I just don't know).

The American dilemma: Competition, or fast broadband? Pick one

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No Competition? Bah.

I have the free choice of Xfinity (Comcast), Charter (Spectrum), or uVerse (AT&T). My choices are limitless. No wait, that's three choices.

When I called Xfinity to transfer my service to a new house (I was locked in at my apartment), they told me they may not offer support because they thought it was Charter territory. Carving out territories is an anti-trust violation if I'm not mistaken, but I'm sure the minimum-wage support tech I was talking to wasn't aware of that.

I'm all for the free market, but when you lobby congress and local governments to pass laws in your favor, it's no longer a free market.

Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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Re: They can only do that if...

And lets not forget when you use Chrome, GOOGLE gets to decide which CAs you trust and don't trust. Want to know one of the "trusted" CAs? Google! That's right, Google can MITM any Chrome browser traffic they want. And why would Google want to know what you're browsing? Gee, maybe because that's how they make billions of dollars a year?

I'm not saying they MITM anyone, but I'm only saying that because I wouldn't want to get sued.

Why Google won't break a sweat about EU ruling

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Re: Magic

More AC EU apologists who don't understand what it means to abuse a monopoly.

And WHICH monopoly are you talking about here? Which Google services are OK and which are big and bad and scary and evil?

If Google made the phones, and then only allowed their own OS and then only allowed apps that they hand-picked and scrutinized developed only by people who PAID them the privilege for doing so, well, then they'd be Apple wouldn't they?

Google develops Google Android. People WANT that OS, that doesn't make it a monopoly. The phone manufacturers CHOOSE to put the OS on their phones. That is NOT Google's doing. Any OEM could make their own OS (they could even fork Android if they wanted) and put that on a phone.

The CUSTOMERS are the ones who want Google. If the CUSTOMERS are making the choice to use Google's Android, that is NOT a monopoly, that's a successful product.

Where is the abuse of Monopoly? If you go into McDonalds and try to order a Whopper and they refuse to make one, does that mean McDonalds is abusing their monopoly, or does that mean you walked into the wrong damn restaurant and it's your own fault?

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Re: The EU just doesn't get it

WHY would Google HAVE to give people Al-La-Carte access to THEIR services? That would be like going into a restaurant, ordering a full meal, replacing sides, removing items, and DEMANDING the restaurant price your meal accordingly. It's NOT worth the restaurants time to cater to individuals like that.

The EU whines and complains because Google releases "Google Android" with Google services bundled in. Unlike Windows, which is a proprietary OS, ANYONE can release their own Android, and Google is under NO OBLIGATION to support their services on those OSes.

Customer's have been given a choice, use Google's OS as-is or find something else to use. It's not Google's fault no one else even tries to release an OS. And if the argument of the article was that in the US, Google can point to Apple and say "see, there's competition", and that it's different in the EU, then WHY is Apple NEVER mentioned in these judgements or penalized themselves? Apple has a history of restricting user choice and often replacing third-party apps with their own in-built services and then BANNING the third party apps from their app store. But the EU NEVER passes judgement on those actions, why?

What is Google doing different that Apple isn't? Or that Samsung, Nokia, Motorolla never did BEFORE Android?

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The EU just doesn't get it

Google: Here is our Android OS, prepackaged for a phone, with our services.

OEM: We don't want your services.

Google: Android is open-source, feel free to package it however you like.

OEM: But our customers don't want that, they want your services.


The EU regulators see this, and somehow blame Google.

So Apple is not an issue here because they don't let anyone else use their OS? So Google took Linux, an open source OS, and made it into Android. Being Linux based, they could NOT close the source that they took. But, because that source is open, Google is not allowed to profit from their efforts to modify the source? Even though it's technically not their source originally?

How is what Google does any different from what Canonical or Redhat do? Heck, Apple took BSD for OSX, aren't they also treading a very fine line here?

Ultimately, isn't Linus Torvalds to blame here?

♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

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It needs a Blowiematron.

Saw those Canadian loonatics (lol) at LinusTechTips "install" an 11,000 RPM fan into a laptop to get adequate cooling for their Core i9. I think they also de-lidded it and added better thermal paste (remember, Intel's ease of assembly trumps your cooling needs). Anyway, it may run at 120dB+, but pushing several cubic feet of air a second seems to do the trick.

Remember when laptops came with "mobile" processors because manufacturers knew performance CPUs wouldn't operate efficiently in that enclosed, often battery-powered chassis? I guess marketing hype outweighs common sense these days.

Where is the fat cat businessman smoking a cigar and counting his money icon?

Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

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Skype 8 has most of the features present in the previous version...

Yeah, the title really says it all doesn't it. Do companies really wonder why people don't move forward in these circumstances?

If each release has less features, eventually they'll be releasing nothing, and STILL be complaining no one uses it.

OpenBSD disables Intel’s hyper-threading over CPU data leak fears

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Hyperthreading and Compilation

We turned hyperthreading on because it seemed to improve our compilation efficiency. If we have a 6-core 12-thread machine, we compile with 12 parallel processes. In theory, most processes are waiting for the source file to be read from the disk (or the object file to be written to the disk), that's a lot of downtime when that same CPU core can be used to compile another file that has already been loaded. You have thousands of source files and that time adds up appreciably.

We don't do any heavy computing on our PCs.

This always made me wonder about AMD's older "FX" architecture where it had two integer cores that shared an FPU. So '8 cores' meant 8 ALU cores, but only 4 FPU cores. Seems fine for most jobs, but if you had a lot of math, it had to be terribly inefficient.

Whois? Whowas. So what's next for ICANN and its vast database of domain-name owners?

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Re: Rejected one year moratorium oddly similar to 12 months they say they need to devise a new model

ICANN won't even WhoIs my .US domain, so I don't know what you Europeans are complaining about.


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