* Posts by Flakk

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Get real! Microsoft CTO of AI quits Redmond for real estate biz

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As for who might replace Sirosh, we’ve contacted Microsoft and will update if the company responds.

Replace Sirosh with Cortana. It'll be funny.

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If you ever felt like you needed to carry 4TB of data around, Toshiba's got you covered

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Re: Bah!

Did you park the heads before moving it?

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Time for a little bet on Google? App-building framework Flutter now fitted for more than phones – desktops, too

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Write Once, Run Everywhere

Where have I heard this one before? How long did it take Sun to improve Java beyond its humble "Write Once, Debug Everywhere" beginning? How long will it take Google?

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Montezuma's Revenge can finally be laid to rest as Uber AI researchers crack the classic game

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Re: Possible to play this game on Linux?

I haven't played this game since the 80's! I would love to give it a try and see how well it has aged.

STELLAAAA!

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Are They Renting It Out?

I wouldn't mind it finishing "Halo" for me on Legendary difficulty.

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AWS will keep your traffic on-cloud – for a fee, of course

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Re: And we pay them loads... why?

This compares pretty badly (imho) with Microsoft who, from what I can tell, try to get traffic onto the Microsoft network as soon as possible.

When it's up.

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Samsung claims key-value Z-SSD will be fastest flash ever

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Sammy has started fabbing 7LPP – 7nm... and claims to now have a clear path of 3nm processes.

How do you say "pwned" in Korean? Asking for a friend... at Intel.

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Talk about a curveball: Microsoft director of sports marketing fired, charged with fraud over 'fake' invoices

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Re: Bloody hell

It's a status thing. Affluent people who'd never even consider going to a regular season game flood the championship games, presumably to be seen. It drives up the ticket prices.

Besides, when was the last FA championship game that had such illustrious halftime acts as Janet Jackson's breast or Prince's hologram?

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Say. where can I get some of those English footieball tickets?

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Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

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Smart Living Home app

The snark writes itself.

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Those Stanford whiz kids have done it again. Now a chatty AI bot to negotiate sales for you with Craigslist riffraff

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Securing the Meet

Thanks to violent scammers, meeting up to complete a Craigslist transaction is sometimes perilous. What those Stanford wunderkind really need to do is create a bot to meet the physical security needs of the sellers. An ED-209 would be most welcome.

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

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Re: Pah... when I was a kid...

In the future we're going to remember when each country or region had its own currency, before everyone converted over to Bezos Bux.

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AI lifeline to help devs craft smartmobe apps that suck a whole lot less... battery capacity

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Remember the days when you didn't have to charge your phone several times a day?

Yes. I even remember the days when AI wasn't constantly touted as having the potential to be your own, personal Jesus Christ.

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Sprouts

Whatever possessed the Belgians to develop a Barbie-sized cabbage is wholly beyond me, especially considering that even she won't eat them.

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Pixel 3, 3XL, Slate tab launch: Google emits swanky iPad botherer while tarting up mobes

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iPad-killer

How do you kill that which is already dead?

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Puppet Insights arrives to shine uncomfortably bright light on DevOps

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It is hard not draw a comparison to Clippy ("it looks like you guys really, really suck at DevOps. Have you considered going back to waterfall?")

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Re: Whoops.

That said, a lot of gamers and a not insignificant number of others are going to be pissed.

Nah, we use Discord. And I don't know where the Dr. Who shade is coming from. I though Joanna Lumley was fantastic!

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Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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If this device comes with Alexa built in, then I suppose the shell company is called "Amazon.com". I can't help but notice that the statement didn't mention what Amazon would be doing with the data, or who they'd be sharing it with.

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My Preferences Rarely Leap to Litigation...

...but I think Gabe Newell should sue the ever-loving crap out of Zuckerbrah for appropriating the name of Valve's much-beloved first-person puzzle game.

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The only way is up, baby: IBM UK sales down, profit down, headcount down

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True, but it's nevertheless crushing that there will be no Pan-Am to take Dr. Floyd to Space Station V seventeen years ago.

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Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching

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Re: ME capability should be fused

No on the fuse idea. I paid for the capability, there is a small chance I might want to use it for something, someday. A true hardware switch (jumper) is a good compromise.

You absolutely did pay for the capability... we all have, whether we wanted to or not. I'd guess that far fewer people have actually paid for the functionality (in the form of enterprise management software) to actually utilize that capability. I have not, nor do I believe that such low-level access to workstations is desirable to many enterprises in this age of commodity hardware and rapid imaging.

Intel have purposely engineered what seems to be a flimsy backdoor into their hardware to make it easier for select customers to manage their massive inventories. The vast majority of their customers did not ask for this or utilize this, and it is astonishing to me that Intel would not provide people with a way to permanently disable it. I'm all for fuses. I can develop a remote hardware management strategy that doesn't involve the ME and stick to it.

With near unanimity we balk at the idea of software developers writing backdoors into their software (hardcoded creds, requests from nosy governments, etc). I fail to grok why Intel, AMD, or any other hardware developer would get a pass.

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What do Zuck, Sergey, @Jack and Bezos have in common? They don't want encryption broken

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Re: The Don't Want Encryption Broken

Just one more sign of governments afraid of their people, not because they fear not getting re-elected, but perhaps other reasons more related to actual anger in the populace.

Setting aside for a moment an argument about who is being made afraid of whom, I'm having difficulty coming up with ANY period of time where some portion of the electorate WASN'T incensed about the real or imagined actions of its government. I'm dubious that the government wants unfettered power to snoop on its citizens because it is afraid of them.

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The Don't Want Encryption Broken

Well, that's certainly the brave, public face that they're putting on for us. Behind closed doors, I doubt they're too broken up over potential opportunities to slurp even more data.

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Cisco Webex meltdown caused by script that nuked its host VMs

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Re: BofH

Heh. Reminds me of a classic BOFH joke:

> Yes means No, No means Yes. Delete all VMs? [n]

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Google taking action against disguised code in Chrome Web Store

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NoScript works just fine. It was in poor shape when Firefox 57 was released. It's better now. You may find this handy.

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/08/13/noscript-guide-for-firefox-57/

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Re: Unreadable code

Naich in before I could quip:

"As the number of developers approaches infinity, the likelihood that bad code will be misidentified as obfuscated code approaches 1."

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Robot Operating System gets the Microsoft treatment

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Redmond is quick to point out that getting the platform on Windows will make it easier for developers to plug toys such as Windows Machine Learning and Azure Cognitive Services into home, educational and industrial robotics.

And malware... don't forget malware. Why settle for a virtual bot herd when you can have the real thing?

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Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins

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Re: Proud to be British

I have played Kerbal Space Programme enough to know that the most efficient way of deorbiting something is to apply retrograde force to that object

Really? I have also dabbled in KSP, and for me the most efficient (and shockingly rapid) method for deorbiting something is to launch it.

Mine is the flight jacket with the dogeared copy of "Haynes Saturn V Owner's Manual" in the pocket.

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Brit startup plans fusion-powered missions to the stars

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The vacuum vessel at the heart of the tokamak has a plasma major radius of 6.2m and will weigh a hefty 8,000 tons.

That'll be a cinch to get into orbit.

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VR going mainstream? Yeah, next year, says Facebook, for the third year in a row

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A Star Wars tie-in

Good call. There's a franchise that hasn't been beaten to death, flayed, broiled, and served up on a bun in some of the finer establishments along the Seine.

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Virtual reality saves wannabe prison officers from actually, you know, having to visit

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I've Played This Already

It's called "Doom VFR". It was okay, I guess.

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TLS proxies? Nah. Truthfully Less Secure 'n' poxy, say Canadian infosec researchers

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Re: lesser threat

Exactly my thinking. I am grateful to these researchers for their excellent work, and am hopeful that these companies are mindful of the results and will fix their kit. Nevertheless, not using the gear seems like the bigger risk. There are no absolutes in risk analysis/management, but not having visibility into encrypted ingress/egress traffic would keep me awake at night.

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Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs

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Smell The Glove

That album had the best cover of all time... well, until Metallica went and ruined it.

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Re: Negative towards who?

If they really wanted to get teh Interwebz up to a rolling boil, they'd have Photoshopped a smile onto the girl in blue.

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Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere

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War Is Bad

We get it. So is the subjugation of an entire continent by a genocidal military dictatorship. It's up to each individual to decide which air they prefer: a disrupted ionosphere or the stench of occupying fascism. I know which I'd choose.

Cheers and eternal gratitude to the brave men and women of the RAF. They didn't start the war in Europe but they damn well finished it.

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Salesforce dogged by protests, leaked emails, and guerrilla blimps on first day of Dreamforce

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Re: Wait, what? Did I miss something?

Yep. I stopped listening to them and buying their crap once they went after Napster and started suing their fans. I am wholly neutral that Metallica still a thing.

I do have to confess to some amusement when James Hetfield fled San Fran for the High Plains. Apparently the town is too crazy even for him.

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: F*ck Apps

Barry in before I could post my "yells-at-clouds" thought. --->

I deliberately try to keep my smartphone as stupid as possible. More apps means greater attack surface and lost privacy.

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You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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tying to get the Vogons in change management to approve such a change will often prove pointless.

Well, if you wouldn't insist on publishing code that was written whilst under the influence of two Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters, we wouldn't need Change Management!

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Microsoft Azure gains Availability Zones and Immutable Blobs

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An Availability Zone...

...is a unique physical location in each Azure Region and is made up of one or more data centres equipped with independent power, cooling and networking.

They hope.

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Put your tin-foil hats on! Wi-Fi can be used to guesstimate number of people hidden in a room

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Re: "the team could detect up to 20 people walking casually in a room"

Yes, but how does their equipment compare to that of the Ministry of Housinge's Cat Detector Van?

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New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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I'm betting on Red Lectroid activity. I've checked the Banzai Institute's Twitter feed. It seems that they're investigating.

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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#NoMeansNo

Nothing follows.

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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The problem is that people who believe sanitizing the language of offensive terms will result in offensiveness.

All it means is that new terms will be used.

Well that's true, but I think there's more to it than that. Striving to change the language is ultimately an attempt to gain power by shaping how people think. It's subtle, and sadly it's usually quite effective.

"1984" should serve as a warning to free-thinking liberal democracies, not be utilized as a how-to guide.

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Look at me! Phone industry contracts nasty case of 5g-itis

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There’s 5G, then there’s Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband

Meh. I'm holding out for 5G with Blast Processing.

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Silicon Valley CEO admits $1.5m wire fraud: Bouxtie boss forged signatures to investors

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Maybe the Real Lesson...

...is that we are deep into Dot Bomb 2.0? How else can one explain why otherwise brilliant people are dropping LSD in order to come up with that next great idea?

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Ultimately the Boss's Fault, Not Marty's

As I see it, the only way this could be considered a "Who, Me?" is if Marty hadn't gone to bat for the rails and cables. I don't expect non-technical supers to understand things like ventilation and redundant power. I absolutely do expect that they'd understand downtime and lost profits. Sometimes we need to help them understand the bigger picture... in a PowerPoint with pictures. If they don't get the hint after that, may Murphy have mercy on them.

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A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes

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Poor Barry

The same electric floor buffer that polished the floor to a mirror sheen probably also had a bristle pad that could have chewed the paste wax right off of the tiles.

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Make BGP great again, er, no, for the first time: NIST backs internet route security brainwave

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Freddy Got FINGERed

I was wondering what had happened to Tom Green. Microsoft's South Central US facility is lucky to have him.

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Benchmark smartphone drama: We wouldn't call it cheating, says Huawei, but look, everyone's at it

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Archive.org's Wayback Machine is legit legal evidence, US appeals court judges rule

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@DougS and a_yank_lurker - Good points, all. I still shudder to think that this resource could actually be used to generate evidence in a criminal case, but less so I suppose if its used solely to corroborate other evidence. Thanks for the info.

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Don't get me wrong... I'm a huge fan of the Wayback Machine. I am, however, having a difficult time understanding how the way it processes and stores data is consistent with rules for evidence gathering and chain of custody. How does archive.org attest to the integrity of the data in its databases? Surely the mere testimony of an office manager does not meet the criteria for "beyond a reasonable doubt"?

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