* Posts by Korev

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Northrop Grumman can make a stealth bomber – but can't protect its workers' W-2 tax forms

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Re: Fine headline opportunity completely wasted

Linkedin has ~56k Northrop Grumman employees; however they did make an active choice to put a profile up.

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Uber sued by ex-Lyft driver tormented by app maker's 'Hell' spyware

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Information source

I'm just wondering how Uber managed to Lyft this information...

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PC sales are up across Europe. You read that right. PC sales are up

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Re: "but Brexit-blown Blighty misses out"

The pound crashed after the vote and hasn't recovered meaning that imports (including PCs) are more expensive.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Bic for her

The reviews for Bic For Her on Amazon are amazing and well worth reading.

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Alaska dentist 'pulled out patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard'

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Drilling

I hope the court are drilling into why it happened

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Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

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Re: Same reason I don't 'rate my mobile <insert_finance_app_here> experience'

I'd never thought of it like that. Thanks for the tip.

I always ignore those annoying rating prompts anyway...

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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But he's an excellent rugby player...

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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Re: Terms of service

These days the Swiss banks will often refuse to open accounts for Americans or even shut accounts down because of this. This is a big problem for Americans living in Switzerland who just need an account to live.

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Have we got a new, hip compound IT phrase for you! Enter... UserDev

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Re: Reminds me of Pete

I used to have one for proxy settings as lab machines couldn't access the Internet by default and sometimes they needed to for some software to activate or update etc. The settings were then restored upon reboot.

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Re: Have we got a new, hip compound IT phrase for you!

"87384 ways that Dave Bollocks broke the internet, 75345 had me in tears."

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Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

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Re: Dear gods...

It took us about two years to migrate from RHEL5 to 6. The OS upgrade was the easy part, it was the myriad of applications that needed to be recompiled and getting the users to test the stuff that they claimed to care about!

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Wait – we can explain, says Moby, er, Docker amid rebrand meltdown

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Moby

I'm not sure about the name Moby, why does my heart feel so bad?

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New MH370 analysis again says we looked in the wrong places

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Re: Easy, once we drain the ocean

Even simpler would be to attach frickin' lasers to their heads and let them fight to the death. The surviors could be dealt with by using mutant Sea Bass.

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SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

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The younguns

I don't understand why people don't object to data slurping; maybe it's a young people thing and I'm just get old in the bluetooth

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AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

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Re: Over-reliance on single nodes ...

Particularly as the license explicitly says that the Oracle database not designed for situations "that may create a risk of personal injury".

Oracle have a whole page dedicated to their healthcare products.

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Microsoft touts SQL Server 2017 as 'first RDBMS with built-in AI'

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Re: Oh dear!

If you'd have said 640k transactions I'd have upvoted you ;)

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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

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Re: Why the fuss?

Or just go for the Withnail approach...

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How to breathe new life into your legacy kit now you've gone hybrid

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Re: Watch your running costs

You'd need to make it clear that the disc is old and may die sooner rather than later. Of course when it does go then you'll be on the hook for repair/data restore, probably for nothing...

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Sponsored people

Can it pick up the unlabelled adverts from sponsored athletes etc. The kind of like "I took out my new $BRAND bike today and it's amazing [Emoji hearts]".

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IBM. Sigh. Revenues. Sigh. Down. Sigh. For the 20th quarter in a row

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Some of their R&D is still excellent; the problem is that whenever I see their salespeople present it's all hype and hubris.

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Intel loses its Lustre – Chipzilla bins own-brand HPC file system

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Re: Intel bailing on programs

Chasing the HPC market isn't very profitable (there's not many super computers), but it looks like support for AI might be the thing to flog to the likes of Facebook, Google, etc.

The market for "Hyperscale" is already bigger than for HPC; I guess it's sensible for Intel to chase that market (it's painful to say this as an HPC geek).

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Re: A Snap Election eh?

With that post it's gettin' it's gettin' it's gettin' kinda hectic

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vCenter's phone-home 'customer improvement' feature opened remote code execution hole

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Why are vendors so keen on this?

Time and time again, vendors (software, hardware & scientific equipment) try to push a phone home or we dial into our network when they want system and seem very surprised when we're not keen. Maybe events like this will explain to them why companies like mine regard it as a Very Bad Idea™

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IDF now stands for Intel Ditches Frisco: Chipzilla axes annual tech conf

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Re: Even so

Failure of Atom (a revised Pentium III?) to oust ARM from Tablets and Phones.

The whole Core family was a "revised Pentium III".

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Re: Even so

Incremental developments CPU since Pentium 4, and adoption of AMD's x64.

Going from Netburst to core meant a massive improvement in performance and integrating the memory controller on chip was a huge leap forward for us in HPC.

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Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

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Twitterati

You can even feed the AI to have some fun

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Re: "be sure not to look at names or addresses on resumes"

I think that HR anonymising the CVs and performing basic screening* are very sensible things to do. If they did things like this then they'd be at risk of appearing useful so they may not want to do it...

*Basic screening only though! I had loads of problems with an HR guy not understanding the concept that I was more interested in getting the person with low qualifications with demonstrated potential than the person with a PhD who followed someone's script.

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Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

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Re: WTF? Backups?

It took them about a fortnight to work out something was wrong. I guess they'd have to restore up until the 31st of March and then eliminate his "improvements" from the 1st of April and then replay all the other legitimate transactions.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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When you're too good

I used to work with someone like that. She was excellent and knew the products inside out; sadly she got dumped with all the crap, but hard problems.

Eventually someone who left talked her into applying for a job at his new place and she was most surprised how keen they were to employ her.

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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OS?

No mention of the os, did they run BSD? If so then the prisoners would be expert in Jails

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VLC?

In addition to the above, the forensics team found "self-signed certificates, Pidgin chat accounts, Tor sites, Tor geo exit nodes, ether soft, virtual phone, pornography, videos, VideoLan, and other various software" in addition to evidence that malicious activity had been occurring within the ODRC inmate network.

I'm really not sure how videos, VLC, chat accounts are evidence of wrongdoing; there are plenty of legitimate uses.

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

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Bad air compressor: League of Gentlemen (poor turtle1)

Which is nothing until you see the Medusa in the 3rd series....

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Re: Air lines

Some chemistry labs have problems with solvent vapour dissolving one of the chemicals responsible for stiffening motherboards. I'm told it makes them look like Dali's The Persistence of Memory...

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After having a 24-port switch destroyed when a cat vomited over it, I decided to implemet access control.

You must have been feline a bit angry when that happened...

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BOFH: Defenestration, a solution to Solutions To Problems We Don't Have

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Re: Seven pints

Yeah, what ever happened to the BOFH's bulk eraser?

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Dieting cannibals: At last, a scientist has calculated calories for human body parts

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As mr. deadlift has pointed out above, there's only one option....

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I prefer lamb to be honest, especially the silent ones

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Hungry?

Well, if the cannibals were hungry, then I guess it's a good thing that they had a helping hand...

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Re: 65kg human?

I guess this average would include the usually lighter fairer sex too. Also, back then people would have no had the easy access to refined sugar and other crap food like we do today.

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Everything's fine, says Cylance, as 'one in five' workers given the boot

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Re: wait wut

An antivirus company might actually be useful to humanity; so a new approach could be worth investing in.

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Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores

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HPC workloads?

The spec is similar to a GPU server node from a couple of years ago. For workloads where you need a lot of GPUs in parallel these might work rather nicely.

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Graffiti 'dying out' as kids dump spray cans for Instagram, Twitter etc

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Unhappy

There's a nice mural covering the side of a building just outside of Basel railway station greeting people in lots of different languages; it's been ruined up until about head height by crappy graffiti.

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Re: Instagram Killed The Graffiti Star

All you need for instawhatever is a smartphone which can be pretty cheap. Pretty much everyone has one these days, even the "young men of low socio-economic status [who] take risks to achieve sub-cultural kudos".

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Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

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I really hope that Google chose not to settle out of court (to avoid the hassle) and fight this one all the way. Google would like to move into Healthcare, they should demonstrate that they are prepared to do the right thing for the world's health.

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Ah, breathe that fresh alpine air. And look over there, a majestic HPC Advisory Council

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Re: Free?

I live in Switzerland so I'm aware of the costs!

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Free?

There's a 150CHF charge payable when you register.

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Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

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Re: Cross

The late, great Bill Hicks' take on the matter

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Half a million 'de-identified' patients records to be shared in Bradford

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Re: So, a prize...

I temped in a paper medical records library for a bit. They kept the "interesting" files locked in the supervisor's office. "Interesting" meant people like players in the local (major) football team or a notorious criminal residing at Her Majesty's pleasure. Had the latter record ever been leaked then the tabloid press would have been all over the story...

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Re: put two and two together.

I think you see something like female patient 12345, born in 1975, from surgery 6789 in SW England.

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