* Posts by Weiss_von_Nichts

27 posts • joined 19 Jun 2017

After outrage over Chrome ad-block block plan, Google backs away from crippling web advert, content filters


Re: So, basically, no change there

I have been using NoScript for so long that I really was wondering who in the world would still allow tracking scripts to run in their browser before I recalled that the most users might indeed block ads but not unwanted scripts. For whatever reason.

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything


Re: Made it here first!

Hmmm. Have been married for a couple of years haven't been smoking grass for even longer. I am sure I'd hardly enjoy getting divorced. Leaves one parameter to change...

Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside


Re: "Don't talk to the ATM..."

I once hit in three false PINs while the bank still was open, went to the cashier handed my card over and said: "Jackpot. Three wrong out of three". Blank faces...

You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed


Also not stictly technical, but:

"Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke."

Facebook confesses: Buckle up, there's plenty more privacy lapses where that came from


Re: We got the joke already

Oh, come on! No need do get all analytacal about it.

Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private


Logging into accounts "privately"

There's one thing you have mentioned but which can not be stressed out often enough: If you log into your account anywhere, no matter if using VPN, Tor or whatever magic, *you have identified yourself* to the site. Therefore you are *not* anonymous and not protected from tracking. Just the opposite: you have explicitely told them who you are and they'll know what you are doing there. That's the whole purpose of logging in.

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser


Re: Analysis of the email market in 2007?

Relevant as ever. Their built-in browsers and MUAs have been crap then and they are crap today. And constantly crappy inbetween. Right choice to not bother with new surveys, wrong choice to bother with a new browser.


Perfect timing

Just when I considered giving the MS mail app a try on my (only) Windows machine...

Actually everything here is strictly Linux except one machine: That Lenovo X1 Carbon I use for music production and performance. I jused to read mail on my mobile when I'm out of house with my Windows laptop, because I have never seen anything communications related that Microsoft would not completely fuck up. Having heard nothing specifically awful about W10s mail app, I almost thought I might give it a shot. I guess I'll give Apple a one, next time. I absolutely hate them, but they can't be even worse than Windows 10. Nothing could.

MailChimp 'working' to stop hackers flinging malware-laced spam from accounts


Re: Unsubscribe is legally required

Unfortunately, "unsubscribe" and the referring "x-unsubscribe-address" header are not only easy to forge but even easier to misuse as address verificators. So you can bet on them showing up in anything you've never subscribed to. (You probably have after trying to unscrubscribe, of course... :( )


Exactly my experience. Mailchimp, mcsv and their countless aliases seem to have been sending out their customers' (unsolicitated) "newsletters" without any checks on legitimation for years. Honestly, I've hardly ever seen any legit mail from them going through or MXs - but tons of spam and a significant number of scamming attempts.

Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin


Re: They did exactly what I guessed they'd do

Yes. My first thought was "how the hell are they going to disperse all that sugar within the wet concrete before hydraulization kicks in?". My second thought was about a lot of shovels, water buckets, sugar and the luck of not having to do it.

NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it


Re: Doesn't matter.

What someone higher up the thread mentioned about battery-backed RTC chips lets me assume that these machines were not exactly running Windows. Usually you would find that sort of hardware in ancient Unix machines. Makes sense, as SUNs, SGIs and the like were running 64bit OS long before you could find x64 systems.

Boffins use inkjets to print explosives


Re: Not usually one for pedantry

"Containing thermite would probably achieve the same result."

No. It definitely won't. Thermite will melt or burn practically any container except a ceramic one. And it combusts by no means as rapidly as gunpowder or any real explosive.


Re: Not usually one for pedantry

Maybe. Nonetheless not even two horses would get me into a car with thermite-fueled airbags. Sounds more like a Napalm-bag to me.

US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it


Someone call the RIAA, fast!

Illicit file sharing! Also "Copying of Intellectual property!" "Denying the artists rights of fair compensation". OMG! Think of the children!!

And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows - it's going to cost what now?! €100m!


No, but coincidentially Microsofts german HQ just moved to Munich.

Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit


Re: Farking FTP!

Good luck with that. FTP is now "insecure" and obsolete. Not even Mozilla are supporting it anymore. Also, "users don't want it".

Russian rocket snafu may have just violently dismantled 19 satellites


Obviously this was caused by inferior potassium in the rocket fuel.

Citrix switches on nuage français, deutsche wolke, nube española



Sadly, what might have been "Die Deutsche Wollcke" now officially goes under the boring name "german cloud". I'd have preferred "Wolkenkuckucksheim"...

Alleged dark web drug baron cuffed – after he flew to US for World Beard Championships


Re: One more reason to avoid the US

Quotation marks now brand you as a "criminal".


Sonos will deny updates to those who snub rewritten privacy terms


Re: Farewell Sonos

Reinforced concrete in single housing? Where in Europe might that be - North Betonia? Slabs and cellar walls granted, but certainly not walls. Even in reinforced concrete skeleton buildings the interior walls would be made from practically anything but concrete. Same goes for bearing walls in single or multiple residential, as concrete would never meet low-energy standards, leave alone provide reasonable room climate.

Multics resurrected: Proto-Unix now runs on Raspberry Pi or x86


Re: "Primos, was based upon Honeywell's development of Multics for super-minis."

Bendix, AFAIK, are still a major player in aviation. I think, there's a famous series of auto pilots manufactured by them.

Roland McGrath steps down as glibc maintainer after 30 years


There'll be a systemd service for it...

Facebook gives itself mission to 'bring the world closer' by getting people off Facebook


giving more leaders the power to build communities

Sure, we don't have enough morons telling us what to do - and certainly we need them to do so *on Facebook*.

If there was an option to get them all into FB (and nowhere else) plus an option to throw away the key, it'd be something else...

In the week Uber blew up, Netflix restates 'No brilliant jerks' policy


The problem with corporate self-understanding

The one important thing about humans is that we always want to be what we are not. We also want to do exactly the things we can't do. Like fly, go to other planets, create self-conscious minds. That's totally fine, it's called "progress" or "pursuit of happyness".

Facts about corporations are that they consist of humans and their mottos always reflect the way they wish they were instead of the way they actually are. Which might lead us to the assumption that a company usually is just the opposite of what they claim (or whish) to be. But who wanted to work for someone with a motto like "We're a bunch of backstabbing, broke dilletants but we honestly hope to get better"?

Debian devs dedicate new version 9 to the late Ian Murdock


Re: good thing about UEFI is support for GPT

LILO won't be of much use with UEFI. EFIboot supports loading an actual file (by its filename) as a first boot stage - which is basically a good thing, just not supported by LILO which is limited to loading a linear sequence of bytes directly from the HDD (MBR, usually) to RAM and execute it. The right version(!) ofGRUB however will handle EFI boot quite nicely if the system was booted with active UEFI which should be no problem when booting from an install image.


Re: UEFI: Need to dual boot Mint on Asus G75 from 2012

If you don't need secure boot, just disable it. The "secure" part of it was broken immediately but the annoying part persists.

If you have to use it use the actual Debian installer (netinstall or full) keep secure boot active, create an EFI partition (VFAT, ~10MB) during the "partitioning" part of the install (where you might have to resize the existing system partitions or wipe the "recovery" partion) and let the installer do the rest of the job. In the best case everything will run just fine. Otherwise you might have to jump into "boot options" from the BIOS' startup and try which partition to boot. There are some quite detailled HOWTOs on the net, BTW.

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