* Posts by SonOfDilbert

55 posts • joined 7 Sep 2018

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One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Holmes

Re: Goodbye Youtube?

Most have connections and money in lieu of skills.

A once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity: NASA bids emotional farewell to its cocky, hardworking RC science car on Mars

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Gimp

Re: RIP Opportunity

I think the next rover should be named after any kids' cartoon/animation character. My current favourite being, 'Chorlton.'

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Alert

Cocks

Perhaps we should draw a cock on all of the planets we explore in lieu of placing a flag?

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Meh

Relate

The older I get, the more I can relate to these creatures. Don't they kind of symbolise the human race as we collectively stare into the perfect storm of Brexit, Trump(it), climate and a myriad other outrages that we should be rioting about but instead of just shrugging and saying, 'Well, there's not much I can do about it, really, is there...'?

Maybe we should save the panda and instead let ourselves dwindle into extinction.

620 million accounts stolen from 16 hacked websites now for sale on dark web, seller boasts

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FAIL

Wall of shame

"Dubsmash (162 million), MyFitnessPal (151 million), MyHeritage (92 million), ShareThis (41 million), HauteLook (28 million), Animoto (25 million), EyeEm (22 million), 8fit (20 million), Whitepages (18 million), Fotolog (16 million), 500px (15 million), Armor Games (11 million), BookMate (8 million), CoffeeMeetsBagel (6 million), Artsy (1 million), and DataCamp (700,000)."

This is like a 21st century wall of shame. I _know_ that cyber security is tough, but come on. I would guess that most of these breaches used known exploits against servers that were either not up-to-date or lacked some basic hardening. These breaches are incredibly disrespectful to clients.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Thumb Down

Perfectly scripted for bigger profits

A few things came to mind whilst watching all three of their nauseating adverts:

1. MS chose tasks that Office 365 could perform better than Office 2019 and then expected us to be amazed. Wow.

2. There is, I am sure, absolutely no technical reason my the "AI" helpers in 365 can't be integrated with Office 2019.

3. Paying monthly for software that traditionally used to be had for a one-off payment must make them a bucket-load more cash - hence #2, above.

4. I reckon 90% of what people do in real life with Office 365 could be done perfectly well using Office 2019 or a free alternative - hence these horrible ads.

5. #1, #2, #3 & #4 make MS just as evil as they ever were.

Are you aware of the gravity of the situation on Mars? Why yes, say boffins: We rejigged Curiosity to measure it

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Coat

Cried Alice:

'Curiouser and curiouser!'

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

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Joke

Drama

Wa-ter drama!

Apple yoinks enterprise certs from Facebook, Google, killing internal apps, to show its power

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Re: "but it also treats mobile users like adults capable of making their own decisions"

But, where can I see these magical dancing equines of which you speak?

Amazon's titchy robots hit the streets, Waymo starts a self-driving car factory...

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Terminator

Strike!

I foresee strikes by delivery staff protesting about bots taking their jobs. Life is starting to increasingly mimic sci-fi.

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Devil

Re: Scout

> Coming soon to v2.

Coming soon to v2:

- delivery bots that mimic human delivery personnel by ringing the doorbell and then leaving immediately

- delivery bots that leave your parcel on the doorstep for 8 hours while you are at work

- delivery bots that ignore your requested delivery time and tell you via an angry phone call that if you ain't home, the parcel will be sent back to the warehouse

- warehouse bots that handle your package so roughly that the contents arrives smashed into smithereens

'Numpty new boy' lets the boss take fall for mailbox obliteration

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Childcatcher

"He knew the VP's password..."

"He knew the VP's password..." is the t'Internet equivalent of oldies saying, 'We never used to lock our front doors around here...'

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp

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Thumb Up

Re: Here's an alternative

I used to use ICQ yonks ago. I'm amazed to find that its still going and the source is Apache 2 licensed and also available on github.

https://icq.com

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Coat

Re: One Platform

> ...and in the darkness *blind* them

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

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Re: without interference or interruption between cores

> Performance cannot be an definition of a core.

That's not what I'm suggesting. Overall performance is a combination of factors.

I am suggesting that the term "core" means to many people a unit that is capable of executing a workload simultaneously with other "cores" uninterrupted.

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Mushroom

without interference or interruption between cores

The <ahem> *core* of the problem would appear to be that there is a reasonable expectation that an 8 core CPU can carry out eight tasks *simultaneously* - without interference or interruption between cores. This is what most people understand a modern CPU "core" to be and it seems that this AMD CPU cannot guarantee this pedigree of operation under a number of circumstances (like floating point ops, for example).

Regardless of whether you or some other random person thinks that this is acceptable or not, the cold, hard facts are simply cold and hard and rather fact-like.

Yes, you can remotely hack factory, building site cranes. Wait, what?

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Pint

Re: So "Eagle Eye" was a documentary

Upvoted for the Eagle Eye reference.

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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Pirate

ID theft

I bet there are plenty of hackers rubbing their hands at the thought of the forthcoming ill-secured treasure troves of IDs ripe for the picking.

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Coat

Re: Easter you say?

I think he was being seriously ironic.

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Holmes

Re: Is this the stupidest idea ever?

Yeah, I mean, where did they come up with that number?

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Terminator

#7 - "AI"

Don't even get me started...

"AI" has become a new marketing soundbite for anything that might contain an 'if...else' code block. If the product isn't telling me, 'don't do that, Dave,' whilst I try to disengage its power core then it's not proper AI.

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Meh

Re: You missed one...

Barcelona is full of adults on electric scooters, hoverboards, mini skateboards, electric skateboards, electric bicycles, electric uni-wheel things. Adults. Fully-grown adults. Often in suits. Female. Male. All of them. Often on the pavement doing 15kph. Annoying as buggery.

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

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Coat

Droning on

Jeez, you guys are really droning on...

Ethernet patent inventor given permission to question validity of his own patent

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Coat

Absurd

This situation is patently absurd.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Pint

Re: Just to mudddy the waters a trifle ...

I feel ashamed that I never knew the root of pounds, shillings and pence until now.

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Re: Also hekje

> It was used in "The Hobbit" on the 48k Speccy as a window in the goblins/elves dungeon :)

Perhaps it should be renamed, 'Goblin Window'?

International politicos line up to get shot down by Facebook

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Pint

You took the words out of my cynical, embittered mouth. Have a pint (although, popcorn would be more appropriate, methinks).

I have no particular love for Dr Z - in fact, I think he has allowed his creation to become a Frankenstein - but why turn up to your own witch hunt trial where the accusers have pre-judged the outcome and probably know very little about the tech and challenges behind the scenes at Wastebook Towers?

I don't _think_ there's a legal requirement for him to turn up, is there?

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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Moved to Mythic Beasts

I moved my domains away from 123 this week to Mythic Beasts who seem ok. They don't offer free web or mail forwarding which is a shame. I found forwardemail.net which works well so far for forwarding email to my gmail account.

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According to 123-reg support guy I have bee chatting to, if you can't turn the privacy off then it's because you previously opted-in to free whois privacy. The guy told me that if this is the case then no charge would be made and you would be 'upgrade' for free. He also told me that you have 30 days after a charge to cancel the 'upgrade' and get a refund.

Anyway, I think it's time I transferred away from 123.

GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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Pint

Re: If Only....

> 2 - A snapshot is not a backup.

> 3 - A replicated snapshot is not a backup.

Thank you! I've been trying to tell people this for years! Do they listen? Do they buggery.

Love Microsoft Teams? Love Linux? Then you won't love this

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But...Microsoft said they <3 Linux now

This is strange given that MS have claimed that they are now in love with Linux and how much open source they say they contribute and how many patents they have opened up for all to use.

Must be a business decision. Oh, wait, maybe their whole about-face on open source and Linux is also just another business decision...

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Meh

No email or dual SIM

I think the omission of email and dual SIM excludes this phone from a lot of business use cases.

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Pint

Re: "The guy who wrote the update"

"In fact so well, I now call it Fragile.

Agile is fine for fluffy end-user stuff and business reporting, not operating systems and really important stuff."

Hooray - someone actually criticising the current state of what most companies think of as Agile. Here, have an upvote!

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Flame

Re: Why even touch user folders? Onedrive

Ah! Those were the days! Reminds me of the time that the Exchange information store used to stop when the 15GB limit was hit. If some poor schmuck tried to restart the information store service, the whole store somehow became corrupt and had to be restored from backup. Such fond memories of praying that the restore was going to work at 2 in the morning.

Former General Electric boss explains how he got the internet wrong

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Meh

Password managers

<quote>Felt pitched password managers. "For the longest time, I was too prideful to use a password manager," she said. "Then I got locked out of basically every account."</quote>

Honestly, I think that password managers are a horrible single point of failure. Personally, I think a reasonable password along with 2FA and/or biometrics is a better approach than inventing unmemorable passwords all stored in a single place.

New theory: The space alien origins of vital bio-blueprints for dinosaurs. And cats. And humans. And everything else

SonOfDilbert

Re: Assumption: There is a god and he* created everything.

I've never understood the sock thing...

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Re: Assumption: There is a god and he* created everything.

Handkerchiefs??? Who on Earth uses handkerchiefs to clean up their excess semen leakage???

"Would you like some tissues, dear?"

"Good God no! We're not plebs! Pass me one of my embroidered handkerchiefs!"

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Re: phopshine

"Phopshine" - made from the finest grain and potatoes. Best served chilled to -273.5 Celsius.

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Comeroids

Whilst I'm sure your post has scientific merit, I can't help but fixate on your comeroids ("comets/roid's"). Anything with a "roid" in it sounds painful.

Why waste away in a cubicle when you could be a goddamn infosec neuromancer on £50k*?

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Re: neurodiverse ?

"Society" is like an immature teenager eager to point out any and all differences compared to what they experience in their little world. "Society" needs to grow up and stop finger-pointing. We are _all_ neurologically diverse after all.

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Big Brother

Re: Yet Another Wake Up Call

> Plus with the spread of Social-Credit-Score, the less data online the better

This is f***ing awful!

US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted

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WTF?

WTF is with the guy in the photo carrying a shield? Do you think he ended up at the racist cocksucker's rally by mistake instead of the viking reenactment he was trying to get to?

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WTF?

Re: Don't worry, it won't last

Is this irony?

GDPR v2 – Gradually Diminishing Psychotic Robots: Brussels kills Terminator apocalypse

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Terminator

> passed a resolution that called for an international ban on weapons that can be fired without human intervention.

Holy crap. I'm living in the future I read about as a teenager. Asimov, Heinlein, Niven, Pournelle, Aldiss, Clarke...they were all right!

Martian weather has cleared at last: Now NASA's wondering, will Opportunity knock?

SonOfDilbert

Whilst I agree with the sentiment expressed here, I've got to ask: have you been smoking crack?

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: What now?

> Cost of a latest model iPhone if sold on after 1 or 2 years about £200

Seems to me that iPonies (and most Apple products) hold their value much better than this in the secondhand market.

SonOfDilbert

Re: What now?

Yes, agreed. I have an SE and it is perfect for my needs. It is reasonably powerful, the battery last two days on low power mode, it cost just over 1/3 of the iPone X and best of all, it fits easily into my pocket. Oh - and it also makes phone calls quite well, too.

2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

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Re: Biometrics

10 fingerprints and a face vs 1 key fob that is easily copied and easily stolen. Hmmm...

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Re: Biometrics

Is it easier to copy your fingerprints and face than an electronic key fob? It seems to me that the two combined would be way harder to forge than an electronic key fob. Also, it's difficult to steal someone's face.

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Biometrics

Why not use fingerprint and face recognition instead of a physical key of any kind? The technology has been with us for a while now. Am I missing something?

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