* Posts by SNAFUology

49 posts • joined 27 Nov 2018

What do WLinux and Benedict Cumberbatch have in common? They're both fond of Pengwin

Paris Hilton

ho hum

Unless you are using Linux to play Linux games on Windows you may as well run Linux - just pick a distro that does not trash your hardware.

From MySpace to MyFreeDiskSpace: 12 years of music – 50m songs – blackholed amid mystery server move


servers you right

only if you don't care about your product should you leave it on a server, without a backup at home.

USB drives are soooo inexpensive now-a-days.

Microsoft changes DHCP to 'Dammit! Hacked! Compromised! Pwned!' Big bunch of security fixes land for Windows


Re: Deja vu?

Doesn't M$ learn?

Didn't M$ hire Mark Russinovich (from Winternals ) to teach them - He was visiting them so often they said you may as well work here !

Forget that rare-earth element crunch – we can now just extract them from industrial waste

Thumb Up

sounds great

recycling used resources in the least damaging way now, rather than waiting until we are desperate and run out of natural deposits = great.

Yes! Pack your bags! Blossoming planetary system strikingly similar to ours found by boffins



Faster than Light Travel, in a collider somewhere on Earth they accelerated a molecule (was it or a composite particle) to near speed of light before it broke apart.

I determine velocity as the time it takes to move you own distance in space, so if you are in a space craft 100 feet long it would be the time to move 100 feet. An extension of this would be time to move away from your initial position in a straight line (compensating for warp of space).

I think though that to travel in absolute terms at light speed you'd have to be Electro-magnetic radiation (light).

Pushing that much energy slowly or quickly, into a bunch of eager beavers waiting to get a slice of real estate on a new planet would render them into bleeding fizzers, the energy would eventually radiate out in all directions like fireworks.

Whilst ripping along at near light speed, hit a dust particle or dust cloud and particles would rip through the craft.

[I note voyager1 encountered solar system & galactic winds going in opposite directions each about 75% speed of light]

Life on Earth will do me just fine thanks, but feel free to sell every bit of area on the planet to who ever wants to purchase it.

Uber won't face criminal charges after its robo-car killed woman crossing street


Death by technological cop out

In Australia we have no death penalty, cops are trained to shoot to kill and selfdrive cars will (in an accident situation) wipe you out to save their negligent driver (who is texting) and their family, while you are driving safely alone nearby.

Driver Assist that's what they *should* call it and clearly state that the driver must maintain control of the vehicle at all times.

The longer a driver does not have to respond to the road they will suffer from boredom and distractions, until they are occupied sufficiently not to be able to respond in time.

A red area to the left (or right) down the side of the windscreen could be displayed when the radar/lidar system detects movement near that side of the road, alerting the driver something is near in the distance.

It seems inevitable that the worst will happen so we will see in the future auto/selfdrive vehicles driving down the footpath, ploughing thru school crossings, as well as running up parked car & trucks.

IF it takes 10 onboard computers to deal with peripheral objects and movement detection (or lack there of) then do it.

Spooky! Solar System's Planet NINE could be discovered in the next NINE years (plus one to six), say astroboffins


Re: destroyed already

some science you ordered - Conclusion to draw: Asteroid belt formed after solar system..

"...Nature Astronomy found at least 85 percent of 200,000 asteroids in the inner asteroid belt — the main source of Earth’s meteorites — originate from five or six ancient minor planets. The other 15 percent may also trace their origins to the same group of primordial bodies, said Stanley Dermott, lead author and a theoretical astronomer at the University of Florida.""

University of Florida : http://news.ufl.edu/articles/2018/06/study-reveals-secret-origins-of-asteroids-and-meteorites.php

Nature Astronomy : https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-018-0482-4


Re: destroyed already

Bullshit artists: said by someone who's science is the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, hmm -

Faux science: it is not, the boffins have done the science, HAVE found the size of these planets could not have formed there, saying they either moved after forming or accreted/loss mass , have found the asteroids have all come from 2 or more, up to 5 planetoids.....

Wankers: go look in the mirror.

Go look it up it will be the most science you have ever done in your life


Re: destroyed already

You MikeeMiracle, unfortunately are like so many others who cannot seem to differentiate between the beginning and something that happened later, it's like saying you typed that reply just after birth and you haven't grown up yet.

The solar system formed around 4.5 Billion years ago then LATER other events occurred in it - even events such as life on Earth and Jupiter's & Saturn's accretion of mass and Mercury's loss of atmosphere.

Of course the Greeks and many before them observed the events from about 16,000BC to 2,300BC

Lascaux cave being a sky map indicates that the sky could be seen well around 25,000BC.

Just have to wait until the boffins catch up to the myth.


destroyed already

Planet nine has already been destroyed - see Greek & other Myth - some big smash up of planets and bodies that formed along wiith the solar system 4.5 billion years ago happened. MIT and other boffins say Myth does point to something like that but cannot work it out.

other boffins say Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury are the wrong size to be where they are todat and must have gained mass or lost (Mercury) atmosphere.

Then there the asteroids, now coming from a cluster up to 5 planetoids or a cloud of oids of some type

Saturn and Jupiters rings diminishing along with the red spot on Jupiter (Mars's atmosphere)

See Myth for the answers

Today's good news is that whoever has to clean up Solar System will have an easy job: Lack of small debris in Kuiper belt


Study reveals secret origins of asteroids and meteorites

"Study reveals secret origins of asteroids and meteorites

July 2, 2018

Stephenie Livingston

photographer: Illustration by Don Davis, video by Brianne Lehan"

"The study appearing online today in Nature Astronomy found at least 85 percent of 200,000 asteroids in the inner asteroid belt — the main source of Earth’s meteorites — originate from five or six ancient minor planets. The other 15 percent may also trace their origins to the same group of primordial bodies, said Stanley Dermott, lead author and a theoretical astronomer at the University of Florida."


Website: http://news.ufl.edu/

Original Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-018-0482-4

The record shows I took the blows, and did it... Huawei: IT titan will start tackling GCHQ security gripes from June


Re: No Backdoor just an open front door

Well yeah, just "Know thy self" very well, and where to jump into if you need to - if they had to share their secrets it might persuade them not to make it fallible.

China's tech giants are a security threat to the UK, says Brit spy bigwig


peek into them and see

Wow my monitors were destroyed by a Linux NV as some dudes could not get NVIDIA to puke up their code and details.

Thanks Linux's.

So why then cannot Gov's (in camera [secretly] of course) insist Huawei puke up circuit plans, diags and firmware for their kit.

Govs could randomly rip a few apart and check for disparity and deformity etc.

Who will stand up for European democracy? Us! says US software giant Microsoft


so you pay them for protection

hmmm, how are your show windows ?

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone


uuuggghhh !!! mmmuuuhhhh !!

Thralls & Zombies the lot of you what do you care if a mic is recording you.

Enthralled by tech or just dragged into it by the others.

Big trouble Down Under as Australian MPs told to reset their passwords amid hack attack fears


I'm the Next PM

Supposedly hackers set up to go through all but the Lib gov's computers, so that's opposition, back benchers etc.

Can you believe that ? well don't

Seems most popular password found was "I'm the Next PM". Now how could they reveal that ?

Trolling in the Reg's forums... we mean, er, 'working' on the train still rubbish thanks to patchy data coverage


So change the "Post anonymously? " icon to the troll icon already

you could swap them over anonymous for troll & troll for anonymous icon.

might be a motivation to come clean - ghosts in the machine

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it



Some bug are a horrendous #SNAFU - aka Intel's Spectare / Meltdown where fixes take repeated testing in a myriad of situations - keeping quiet is very difficult in that situation. As how do you know it is difficult to fix unless you try it and get feedback of the result.

UK spy overseer: Snooper's Charter cockups are still getting innocents arrested


meanwhile elsewhere

telecommunication pits, pillars & cabinets in Australia are quite easy to access, many contractors without keys just rip the lock from them and leave then forever unlocked and accessible - anyone could just jumper themselves into someones elses connection. Even with fibre, as much of it still couples with copper to the home.

Need a better security system everywhere.

Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results


Primary specification

Hardware installation:

Could we have a specification where one can switch off the power to the Bluetooth unit via hardware hence totally disabling the device.

For those of us that don't want or need it, or the holes & headaches it creates.

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias



"You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one?"

Second turn it OFF or unplug it when not in use, save electricity too

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees


Taxi !

self driving taxis that is.

enough said

En garde! 'Cyber-war has begun' – and France will hack first, its defence sec declares



DOH: Do not put anything IMPORTANT on or connected to the Internet


Most do, then use it as an excuse to: appeal for more money / tool up / start a fight / call for allies involvement / gain political ground / gain foreign resources...


Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers



Most exciting news for a long while. it will be interesting to see if it can be confirmed in with much hard evidence.

I'm not such a great of fan of the recent Genetics trumps Archaeology view - both are tools & methods of science observation and must be taken together.

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?


G4 Battery saga

Little or nothing has ever been mentioned of the G4 (Panther) battery saga, that pushed you to stop using the adapter and purchase a new laptop or possibly a new battery, when you had stopped using the old one for about 22/23 days/reboots.

After that time the G4 laptop would (after playing the MAC start up sound) require a reboot for every day after that date 5 reboots for 28 days(23 + 5)

What happened is that your USB, Bluetooth and Sound outputs would be made unavailable until you rebooted & eventually completely wiped the operating system off the hard drive, inserted a battery let it charge a little and reinstalled the software fully. Any other variation failed. if the battery was not inserted in the laptop and it was still run on adapter for 22/23 days/reboots the same thing would start over again.

Some people upgraded to the Apple Air when it came out, they are probably mindlessly acquiring Apple products whenever o a new one is released.

I am glad Apple has a drop in profit - their hardware was good but their business practices were not so.

I am not sure when these battery buttf*#ks started, was it when Bill Gates purchased 50% of the company ?? or was it just Steve Jobs, well who cares.

Rotten Apples, due for the garbage.

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito


Frail aged & dementiaed

You would think somethings such as the IoT, Drones & AI Assistants would be warmly welcomed by the frail aged and people with dementia, but most miss their own capacity, to be able to stand up walk across a room and turn on a tap, to reach for the tea caddy, carry the tray to the table by their chair.

Their mind, legs and hands weak & dysfunctioning prevent them from often understanding the order of tasks to make a cup of tea, turning a tap, lifting a teapot.

They depend on carers or do without. Alexa could do little to aid them, the primary focus of these devices is upon the mass consumer market of able bodied people that just could not be bothered or whose lives are so lacking they need some novelty.

I-pads & other tablet devices (primarily old ones) only later became useful with people suffering from autism, who for whatever reason could not speak and so opened up the possibility of communication - Technology for the disabled and infirm is not a rich market but a large and needy one.

Think of them when you make tech and look for markets.

China's really cotton'd on to this whole Moon exploration thing: First seed sprouts in lunar lander biosphere


Biosphere did you say ?

the US's Biosphere & Biosphere 2 projects failed. Admittedly they were bigger projects but they could not be sustained without external support.

So it will be interesting for how long any biosphere will last off the planet in harsher conditions, however simple.

This is the final straw, evil Microsoft. Making private GitHub repos free? You've gone too far



but remember the T&C {EULA} for Microsoft Windows 10 says No WORKAROUNDS - guess some of you will have to use github then - and once they've got you they will suck on your brain (er, oh that's Futurama) but they will anyway.

noted above Free for up to 3 contributors only.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish


Avoid Cybermen

Avoid Cybermen, ! they will convert you to more of the same.

Distracted from your daily grind, at the very least you will be enthralled and become their servant.

As a thrall you will serve them by converting others to more of the same.

No one should require Cyber to exist or live in the world. Any Cyber is a tool to fulfill a purpose, that purpose should essentially have an analog equivalent alternative.

The world we build is on skyhooks but as thralls you do not see this, and will keep paying to prop it up. Check your superannuation to see if the latest Apple collapse did not cost you $$$ in reduction in it's value.

Full frontal vulnerability: Photos can still trick, unlock Android mobes via facial recognition


Take away

Any intelligence, any system can be deceived in some way.

Perfection does not exist, #SNAFU does.

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


Undo it with a Survey

In Australia I was phoned by a Market Research company (Galaxy) wanting to know if I thought these censorship types for images/events should be shown on TV etc & they would have needed an 'R'. The questions did not specifically detail what censorship already applied to the particular item but just asked should it have an 'R' rating. I was unaware what rating many had, and was sure they would have had a rating, and most certainly did not want to lessen current ratings.

Types to be shown included Live Sexual Intercourse, Sexual Violence and more - many of these would have had the highest ratings.

As I tried to answer the questions I became concerned, stopped the questions, asked the researcher who created the questions and followed up with them.

The Censorship board itself had created the questions, an experienced censorship staff member who was very well acquainted with the ratings of each type and what exactly it applied to. When peparing the survey they did not see that most people were not so well antiquated with this information and may just say YES to apply some censorship without realising that they were actually lowering the rating being applied to the type in question.

The person I spoke to said that she would adjust the questions and start again - by this time I had had enough and did not participate any further in the research.

I am not against people viewing artistic creations, shows and documentaries with some graphic content & extreme ideas. I do believe it should be managed though and limited using a firm system of labeling & limitation such as the censorship regulations as they stood. I do not like it being undermined.

There had been media attention to the fact that Australia's opinion of censorship levels was changing, based upon what I experienced a bad survey could have been the culprit in multiple instances.


When I provided identity to acquire my internet connection they asked me for my drivers license and/or medicare card - both would have a birth date associated with it. Anyone of any age using the connection would be assumed to be me in most instances. There may not be a sufficient lock on identity within the home to prevent children getting parents information & documents and using them to gain access to porn - controls that rely on this would fail in all but the simplest ways. also a porn website could spoof an Id check to gain private details of an individual that could be used to blackmail or steal identity & money. Not a good system.

Then there is VPN's often set up for the whole family that could bypass censorship in the UK.

When I was a child most of the kids viewed their parents porn (if there was any), we were about 14 or so when we really took an interest, at earlier times it was just incidental viewing. It'll be a tough job trying to stop underage porn viewing without killing an industry.

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs


UEFI for Windoze is Angry & used in Anger

Microsoft instructs OEM's how to create a boot for their Windows o/s UEFI lets them create a buttfuck that will disable your computer when the primary drive's boot information gets overwritten.

All the (PBR ) Push button resets and other Windows emergency repair shit will not put your bootable PC/drive together again. You will have to completely reinstall everything.

As the tools supplied and available on the Internet will NOT allow you to properly identify the hard drive Windows boots from while booting from an alternative location i.e CD(X:), the PBR USB or the Windows Recovery O/S still (X:). Individually you can view the correct information in various tools but none will use this info to recreate or overwrite the old boot info with the correct/correctly adjusted information - The Windows-10 EULA says "No Work-Arounds".

Years gone by I was not required to hack my BIOS to load drivers & if I could have loaded them as BIOS extensions into an isolated storage area on BIOS then I would have loved to do this, but few manufacturers allowed you to take up this option.

When the likes of Acer allowed laptops, primarily, to push some keys and change their BIOS settings from within the operating systems, it was clear that the Users was doomed. that BIOS was now hackable by whoever had the gall to do it and that there was no going back.

It is all in the name of convenience that your security & access to your computer is made more available to developers, manufacturers and hackers than to you. All you get is some shallow piece of crap you will properly forget to use correctly anyway.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?


" it's the regulation and integration into existing infrastructure"

not to mention the people & the corporation that implements it.

Just more #SNAFU - flying cars, reigning doom on people.

We have self-driving vehicles making their entry into the market. We will need massive collision avoidance while people read Facebook on Twitter on their phones.

The hyperbole of tech is what first should be regulated - Disruptive innovation more grey goo consuming itself to create more of the same.

Blade Runner isn't here yet, the settings were styled from yesteryear in Tokyo & New York

The closest you'll come to Blade Runner emulation is the Sex Automata with AI.

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider


Oh just Die...

Me to my software using computer device [Pc, Mobile phone] nothing unusual with this.

Normally followed by "oh shit you just died again".

the earlier shouting normally is "Work you Bastard" but it rarely does, so I end up yelling argh die, die, die.

This is tech

Note: yelling & swearing helps to reduce pain & mental anguish, but will reduce learning.


Re: Even in Australia

I've been bitten by a huntsman spider on the stomach - was quite painful, stayed red for a long time, had huge fang marks.

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password


Up There Cazaly

Well getting up the their arses is easy in Australia because they're such a bunch of slack arseholes. I can say this as I'm an Aussie.

Take Australia's laws of 'fit for purpose', you might think this would scuttle Microsoft's operating system, Adobe products and just about all software but {yawn} Aussies couldn't be bothered pushing for proper regulation or hammering these companies in court.

So when it comes to getting up the arse of any device to peek at the shit going on there - {yawn] Australia grumbles something half asleep and rolls over.

Doo, doo, doo, lookin' out my back door - normally this viewpoint would be for arsehats, persons who have their head firmly wedged in that location.

But No it's the #SNAFU of Cyber everywhere.

Bulk surveillance is always bad, say human rights orgs appealing against top Euro court

Black Helicopters

So it's Surveillance Versus Intelligence

How does an agent now-a-days go about & communicate with their agency if photo-ID can recognize faces, if bulk surveillance sees everything. Ultimately you will have to have someone in the know say oh don't you worry about them we'll handle that, and if you are having many hits per day this will be a pain-in-the-ass.

Not so much or a problem exactly at this time, but soon.

Oh and wouldn't it be better for all if one didn't wack the killer wasps nest in the first place?!

They say software will eat the world. Here are some software bugs that took a stab at it


"History will teach us nothing" and therefore is destined to be repeated,

be repeated, be repeated...

There has been some great software, in parts and bits, rarely is the whole product great. But those great bits are often lost as companies require new product, programmers want their product to be somewhat different or destructive/distractive Innovation (which basically means killing off other products so your new product can replace them regardless how good or tested it is) has killed off the products regardless of how good or tested they are.

We are not working on improving one thing but, redoing / repeating the same stuff over and over again.

How many server systems office suites, game engines, etc.does one need.

Choice is one thing but Grey Goo Scenario's are not a good thing.

The whole (missed) point of the Grey Goo Scenario was the interior of the pile would consume itself and only the very outer edge would contact new material that would be converted in to more of the same.

This convolution is not productive, we have to break free.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC


Different money for the poor

Once a dollar would purchase you a dollars worth of a product in the country of your choice, but now if you are poor it will only give you 58/100ths or so of a product (or slower internet) if you are poor.

* What next Free Speech is only 40% free for the poor ???

* Poor people to get only not-voting shares in the stock exchange ???

* Poor people only get to live 58/100ths of their life ???

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

Big Brother

Just "Lie back and think iof England'

Not too many people like the idea of a national Identity device, card or whatever.

Yet they ID+IoT at home, EFTPOS [Electronic Funds Point of Sale] across the UK, Credit purchase around the world and Passport to EU elsewhere. but spit the dummy at an National Identity card.

You already have it, albeit thru a bunch crap products with a rag tag of security systems & managements.

Get Over It is right, just ensure Gov cannot use it for political or ideological purposes.


Do it right once or allow the Gov to create it via another rag tag bunch of processes that are much worse.

Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft


Improbability drive

it was quite improbable one would exit the heliosphere, they both have !!

Woohoo !!

We're aliens NOW!

Galactic anus here we come.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time



Just sent a load of old hash irregularly thru any of your usual messaging apps, make it look like some encrypted messaging - it'll drive them nuts, provided they suspect you of something of course.

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...


No, Not us !

Seems they need another department to aid deniability how about AI4 to go with MI5 & MI6 !?

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google


fair dealings - fair use

Much comment has been passed that Australia hasn't dealt well with fair dealings / fair use.

See how we go ;-)

from Conversation EDU "Explainer: what is ‘fair dealing’ and when can you copy without permission?"

"Australian copyright law sets out five situations where use of copyrighted material without permission may be allowed:

research or study

criticism or review

parody or satire

reporting the news

provision of legal advice."

link here https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-fair-dealing-and-when-can-you-copy-without-permission-80745

It mentions copyright reform at the bottom.

I would hope that the site blocking would not prevent the above allowances or fail to recognise the laws of other countries in relation to copyright.

If I close my eyes, the end-of-life kit vanishes: UK banks in doghouse over poor resilience


"There is a significant risk that vulnerabilities of unsupported assets are not identified and fixed in a timely way,"

"They reported offering only ad hoc training, and had problems identifying and managing high-risk staff that dealt with critical and sensitive data – even when they did know who was high-risk, only 47 per cent provided extra training."

While it seems terrible, and it is, this problem existed before IT was a thing hmmm, & no surprise it still exists now, woohoo !

IT's no help though, there is never going to be much trust in IT even with Quantum Computing unless you limit who has what and can connect to which, where...

See this, Google? Microsoft happy to take a half-billion in sweet, sweet US military money to 'increase lethality'


Abort, Retry, Ignore

you see a huge #$^@$^@$%@$!, right in front of %@#$%@#$^@^$^% and %^#$%$%$

#$%#$%^@ - - #0694860948563

Fail, Fail, Fail,

Abort, Retry, Ignore......

Ahh just the product we want for defence !

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms


Give everybody free....


Secure Mail,


Games channel,


Well er maybe not that but, you get the idea...

and you can then insert yourself wherever you like; ooooh.

Um your listening device, er...

Try again; You can bug whoever you want, given you play nicely.

Telstra told by regulator to keep copper for an extra five years



From the photos on the now defunct Delimiter website (still available) I wonder if it will last another 5 years.

Meanwhile Aust & Jap boffins invent 1 petabyte per second fibre.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt


Divorce problems

Neither party admits to having the clap or giving it to the other, and both want the dog, even though they only ever walked it the first time when they got it, then both were too busy and got their neighbor to do it, although it did cost them a lot to purchase.

Seems the UK-EU prenups weren't in place or sufficient to sort this out post divorce. {sigh}

Know for next time then, hmm.

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