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13 posts • joined 10 May 2018

Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

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Never forget: the Nayirah testimony

A 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl in 1990 claims before a U.S. congressional caucus to have witnessed atrocities committed by Hussein's troops. That Pearl Harbor moment leads to millions displaced, more than a hundred thousand violent Iraqi civilian deaths, widescale destruction, two decades of war, and genocidal sanctions so obscenely catastrophic that two UN human rights rapporteurs quit out of protest.

Her story was fabricated by a U.S. public relations firm, and the girl was in reality the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States at that time.

Government agencies have misled the press for reasons much more evil than industrial sabotage.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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I can suggest a workaround: download and run WSUS Offline Update instead. It may not update everything, but it will give you important security fixes.

Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

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And WPA3?

Glad to know we'll soon be calling something common something else. Thanks, El Reg, for eliminating the potential confusion.

But I'm interested neither in faster speeds nor efficient networking. I want to know if it can use WPA3.

Have I been pwned, Firefox? OK, let's ask its Have I Been Pwned tool

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The caption

> This cute tiger cub is perfect for illustrating this article on Internet Explorer

I am literally dying over here.

Cloudflare invites folk to dabble in the 'distributed web' with InterPlanetary File System gateway

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What's old is new

Do you even Freenet?

IPFS sites would be a step up from the static freesite, I should hope.

Supposing Cloudflare returns TITSUP some day, might their IPFS network outlive them? I'll look over the documentation pointed to by the author a little later.

Git it girl! Academy tries to tempt women into coding with free course

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The less anyone in IT the better: more £krillers for the restivus!

Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: DeWitt clause

Very interesting. But 3(v) is a blanket clause, in that it prohibits the reporting of any benchmark results, including the fairest test of all: an Intel CPU benchmarked against itself, with and without microcode/firmware patches installed. Surely the DeWitt case only extended the right of a licensor to limit benchmark reporting and did not protect clauses like Intel's that proscribe benchmark reporting entirely.

To do so would be problematic. Intel's contract, for instance, makes no warranty that their CPU instruction set is fit for any purpose whatsoever - let alone warrant that operating the CPU with their patch will not impede CPU performance. If all of Intel's EULA terms were enforceable and every CPU manufacturer had similar terms, then no consumer could make an informed CPU purchase.

I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections

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Imprison your browsers: Firejail on Linux, Sandboxie on Windows.

Yakety-yak app HipChat whacked in Slack chat chaps' tech snatch pact

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That title

Deserves an award. Abnoxious af. +1

Gov.UK to make its lovely HTML exportable as parlous PDFs

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HTML sucks to read

HTML is practical, quick, and dirty, but as Cem Ayin suggests, it sucks to read. A DVI file typeset with TeX in 1982 still reads better on a desktop monitor than any Wikipedia or gov.uk page today, 36 years later, and any serious reader would prefer a well-typeset PDF on the screen. Serious reading is not some artifact of "ingrained print culture".

Seriously, Cisco? Another hard-coded password? Sheesh

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Re: Unmentionable

Blake used "they" for the first-person singular in *Songs*. If it was okay with that master of English, then it's okay generally.

But *person-in-the-middle attack* has no ring to it. If we want this to be a purely technical term, something like *malicious network interposition* would be more appropriate, though perhaps harder to remember.

Systemd-free Devuan Linux looses version 2.0 release candidate

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Re: inittab

The article says Devuan offers SysVinit and OpenRC at install time. Is that what you meant, though? Prominent sentence in a short article.

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