* Posts by Bucky 2

637 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Jun 2009


Missouri governor demands prosecution of reporter for 'decoding HTML source code' and reporting a data breach

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Re: Dare I admit to the govenor ...

You can't present the terms of a contract after those terms have already been fulfilled.

Let's review what's happening here.

Step 1: The javascript and HTML and what-not are delivered to your computer.

Step 2: The page, as rendered, forbids you from looking at code that renders the page.

It's like saying "By reading this sentence, you are under contract not to read this sentence."

Whoever wrote those words knows full well that it's not a legal restriction. It's a con -- and therefore the act of a scoundrel.

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram deplatform themselves: Services down globally

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Never go live on a Friday

It's easy to imagine a team leader saying, "Let's do the upgrade Monday, first thing. If something goes wrong, we don't want to be here all weekend."

The upgrade in question might not have anything to do with the routers -- they might have taken the routers offline on purpose as part of damage control.

The fact that they're being super coy about what's gone wrong might or might not mean anything.

We could try to shame them into divulging the real problem by imagining a catastrophe that dwarfs anything plausible. They might be more willing to admit something if it were a trifle in comparison to the thing we imagined. That seems to be a gambit typical of Facebook users -- though I can't say I've seen it work effectively in practice.

Why is IoT locked in 'proof-of-concept hell'? Stakeholders don't talk to each other, and return on investment is hazy

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If something's common, we can rule it out as something in proof-of-concept hell.

It could not be what the article is talking about.

An Internet of Trouble lies ahead as root certificates begin to expire en masse, warns security researcher

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Re: Planned or accident

My understanding is that the test is "known or should have known."

When stupidity is indistinguishable from malice, it is malice.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

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If a client gives out requirements in dribs and drabs, the court agrees that the contractor isn't allowed to raise the price as a result.

Ultimately, that's my takeaway.

Buffer overflow flaw in British Airways in-flight entertainment systems will affect other airlines, but why try it in the air?

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"Goodness, no, officer, I was just testing the convenience store's booze and pop-tart security. My poor, misunderstood heart is as pure as the driven snow."

Iranian-backed hackers ransacked Citrix, swiped 6TB+ of emails, docs, secrets, claims cyber-biz

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A corporate network

The term, "corporate network", used to mean a portion of the corporate network that doesn't include distribution, together with the "weak passwords" comment, makes me think it's only fancy offices that were affected.

Full of business types who see network security strictly as a revenue stream.

Such a situation wouldn't surprise me enough even to be disillusioned.

Techie sues ex-bosses, claims their AI avatar tech was faked – and he was allegedly beaten up after crying foul

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Certainly no Daryl Hannah

The software did not do good hair.

He was hired specifically for his ability to do good hair.

Presentations were fictionalized against the belief that he would make the software do good hair.

He did not make the software do good hair.

He tried to take a work laptop out of the building after he was fired.

Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no

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Re: Don't get sheep herded by the fake news media

I like how Trump is excluded the the collection of other billionaires.

He alone, of all the billionaires, is good and true, I guess. Maybe because of his even temperament? His fair treatment of workers? His wise choices of cabinet members?

Maybe such blind regard is worthwhile because he stands by his sycophants, and never, ever, throws them to the wolves once they're no longer useful to him.

Your phone may be able to clean up snaps – but our AI is much better at touching up, say boffins

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Old Movies

I'd like to see a comparison of how it might clean up an old movie, compared to whatever procedure they do now.

Don't read this, Oracle... It's the rise of the open-source data strategies

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I'm surprised none of the information in last week's article:


...was referenced in combination with the other companies trying to make migration from Oracle easier.

UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

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Not just Facebook

In the olden days, a TV or radio network would take some responsibility for its ad content.

On the Internet, site administrators wash their hands of every side-effect of the ad networks they decide to use. That, more than anything else, drives the use of ad blockers for me.

If site owners can't be bothered to vet the ads they display, I don't see why I should do it for them.

Penis pothole protester: Cambridge's 'Wanksy' art shows feted

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Lock 'em up

Who looks at a picture of a penis and then immediately thinks of children?

Imagine you're having a CT scan and malware alters the radiation levels – it's doable

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We thought it was hacking...

But it turned out to be a disaffected nun in an episode of Death in Paradise.

Mozilla rejects your reality and substitutes its own … browser for VR and AR goggles

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I remember the 90s

Yay! VRML! I knew its day would come!

How machine-learning code turns a mirror on its sexist, racist masters

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The word vectors revealed social constructs. These constructs affect every part of life. We hardly even notice them until we travel, and discover that they're different elsewhere.

It sounds like the first uses of AI are really more about identifying and reflecting social cues. That's a valuable use. It's not the use we were looking for, but that's progress for you.

Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

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Responsive design for the OS?

That's what it sounds like they're trying to do. "Fluent" at least trivially sounds like "fluid."

It would be a mistake to rely on nothing but design fluidity to address different kinds of behaviors for different form factors. But it doesn't sound like the worst place to start, if you're looking for consistency across devices.

Mozilla wants to seduce BOFHs with button-down Firefox

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Who is this for, exactly?

It's not like people materialize in our dimension full of business skills, but without any other life experiences.

If all a company can attract is the reckless and the incompetent, I'd focus the money on fixing the company, and firing the troublemakers. It's unlikely they're doing anybody any good in the first place.

Screw everything! French swingers campsite up for sale, owners 'tired'

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Not much of a camper

Funny story. I'm not much of a camper. I had to look up "caravan." The mental image of all those camels and swingers didn't seem plausible.

Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

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All clients do this

My best guess is that clients resent when there is a problem so intensely, that they gather all their cognitive resources to determine the most effective way to transmit their anger and frustration to the developer.

The obvious solution is to wait until end of day Friday.

Clients who limit themselves to emotions no stronger than simple personal hatred only wait until exactly lunchtime.

I'm anti-Google, please elect me: Senate hopeful rides tech backlash

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Anti-Google is Not Anti-Tech

At least not any more than being anti-robber-baron is anti-railroad.

FBI chief asks tech industry to build crypto-busting not-a-backdoor

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We've All Had This Client

"We want the application to do X. It must always do X. X must be perfect, reliable, and constant. Everything depends on X."

So you build it. You're down to the final review before final payment.

"Sometimes we don't want it to do X at all. Make that happen."

Does Parliament or Google decide when your criminal past is forgotten?

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This all seems to me like a case of the wrong tool for the job.

If people are illegally taking into account spent convictions, those are the criminals that need to be stopped.

Playing with the truth instead feels like a failure to even try.

Bright idea: Make H when the Sun shines, and H when it doesn't

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Arid Landscapes

The problem with arid landscapes is that they frequently have fragile ecosystems filled with at-risk species. They're not the barren wastelands that they seem to be at first glance, just waiting for the miracle of industrialization to make use of them.

This doesn't mean they're unavailable for solar farming altogether. But ignoring the issue is foolish at best.

A game to 'vaccinate' people against fake news? Umm... Fake news

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This Comment Is Fake News

I tend not to infer an intent to deceive in a lot of articles with false information.

Instead, I tend to infer laziness on the part of the reporter, indifference on the part of the editor, and a staunch refusal on the part of the public to actually educate themselves on topics they purport to care about.

Which is to say, I fault adults for not behaving as adults.

*Wakes up in Chrome's post-adblockalyptic landscape* Wow, hardly anything's changed!

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I admit I found it implausible that a giant advertising agency like Google would be doing anything substantial against advertising.

I did not want to be right, though.

Top tip: Don't bother with Facebook's two-factor SMS auth – unless you love phone spam

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Re: Why would anyone feel the need for 2FA for Facebook?

I'll go you one more:

2FA is only useful if both the user and the secure resource are trustworthy in the first place.

Not cool, dude: Brit web host Hotchilli Internet freezes itself for good

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Re: approached a competitor

@mark l 2

Don't be sure that they didn't, but just didn't have any takers. If there was no profit in their business model, who would?

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Re: We deeply regret notifying you of our intentions

My guess is that they've been preparing for bankruptcy, but hoping against hope that somehow they wouldn't have to.

I'm guessing they are admitting that their hope was unrealistic, that they knew or should have known that it was unrealistic, and are apologising for not just laying everything out on the table right away.

Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

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I'm confused by the gender politics.

I'm curious about the new crisps, but I'm not a woman.

Should I not be, because I'm a man? Exactly what is the uniqueness that women have, that I do not share, that would guide them to choose one snack food over another?

It's likely that my view is flawed and simplistic, but I don't know how to learn unless I ask. How is this not sexist? I don't get it.

T-Mobile US let hackers nick my phone number, drain my crypto-wallets, cries man who lost $20k

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I'm suspicious

Is there any genuine legal use for cryptocurrency that isn't better served with normal currency? They sure don't take it at the supermarket.

Criminals stealing from criminals doesn't really bother me that much.

Criminals stealing from rich people that can afford to accumulate a startling $20K in useless cryptocurrency against its possible future use doesn't bother me either.

Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

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Wow, that's pretty insulting

So, women are good at social skills. Just like Asians are good at mathematics, right?

You can't begin with a selection of stereotypes, assume they're all true, and then build that into something that's going to demolish stereotypes.

IBM: About those agreed voluntary redundancies ... we were just kidding

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I'm trying to figure out how they managed to get the process so confused.

Surely keeping track of these things would be something an expert in "cognitive computing" would be able to do with its eyes closed.

Either they lack the expertise in information management necessary, or else it wasn't a good-faith offer in the first place.

As Facebook pushes yet more fake articles, one news editor tells Mark to get a grip – or Zuck off

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I'm going to have to side with Zuck on this one.

What were his words? People who use Facebook for news are what again? Oh, yeah: "Dumb shits."

If people want to live their lives as insensate animals instead of rational human beings, there's really nothing any of us can do to stop them.

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Over the past year, we in the US have been studying up on Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

It sounds like you've got a textbook example right there. The consequences of her own actions are clearly somebody else's fault. Wait until your neighbors elect her to public office, and then claim her admittedly tepid opponent was "just as bad."

Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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Map of the Internet

I remember in college somebody printed out a map of UUCP nodes. I was so impressed. If you worked at it, you could send an email all the way across the country with bang notation.

A couple weeks ago, I searched again for the lyrics to some of the cheese songs we posted to net.rec.religion, or some such (I can never remember all the words to "Cheese is Nice, Superstore"). I had found them with such a search last year. Today, they're all gone. Blank results.

Sad thing.

Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird

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From her mouth to God's ear

I understand the point she was trying to make.

To be clear, we're not talking about a "service animal." We're talking about a pet. An "emotional support" animal is one where the owner has not even bothered to buy a counterfeit "service animal" vest from E-Bay.

These are the terrified dogs in the supermarket with their tails between their legs. These are the Shih-Tzus in purses in restaurants. They're frigging everywhere. And they don't want to be. Their owners are torturing them in the name of "emotional support."

It's disgusting, and the people doing it shouldn't be allowed to own animals.

Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test

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The test of the ad delivery system will be how Mozilla behaves if there is a dispute about the content of one of its ads. You know, porn, booze, violence, or malware.

Will it own the problem, or will it scratch its head and say, "Gee, we're sorry, but nobody has any real control over this thing?"

Serverless: Should we be scared? Maybe. Is it a silly name? Possibly

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Everything old is new again

They told us this in the 80s.

It's time for career counselors in high schools to once again steer kids away from computing as a career. It's all going to be obsolete Real Soon Now.

Unless, as before, it turns out that the general public is just too staggeringly lazy to bother.

Have three WINEs this weekend, because WINE 3.0 has landed

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Re: Office 2016?

Ah, everybody has his use case. LibreOffice suits me for all my document needs.

However, I need to open UI concepts from artists, and those come as Photoshop files.

I generally prefer to keep the layers and effects. That way I can extract the elements that I want, how I want.

GIMP can import simple layers, but can't do effects, and is iffy at importing masks.

That leaves WINE and Photoshop 5. I tend to bitch and moan and complain that I can't run anything newer with any reliability, but I also haven't had much trouble opening files created with newer Photoshops. So, you know, not a heartbreaker.

Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

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Sometimes a tort is not just a cake

It will cost him $100,000 to start if he wants to defend against the lawsuit. A huge laundry list like this, call it $200,000.

And a jury can find him partially guilty. Say they find him 95% innocent. That's $300,000 on top of everything else.

So in the above scenario, he's $500,000 out of pocket. For a lawsuit which the newspapers would report as a win.

1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

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We never started with a meritocracy

There's no meritocracy to go "back" to.

We believed the job market was a meritocracy because they told us it was. We believed them. We got jobs. We assumed it was because we had merit.

The presumption was flawed.

Naturally, that produces fear, uncertainty, and doubt. This is sometimes expressed as racism or sexism, but what it really is, is existential panic.

No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer

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My car is probably what my great-grandfather might have considered an AI.

I'm not certain I know what the new AI is, when it will happen, and what the world will look like just before, and then forever after.

I could freak out, but there's a new actor playing Dr. Who in the fall, and they picked up The Orville for a second season. First I've got to see those. I'll kill myself after.

IBM melts down fixing Meltdown as processes and patches stutter

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Re: meh

You're in trouble already if you're offshoring in the first place. It's like Lauren Bacall selling off all the furniture in "How to Marry a Millionaire."

Nebula spotted with more super-sized bodies than a gym on Jan 2nd

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Re: Try as I might, I still can't conceptualise/visualise gravity waves

I know, right? It all seems more like philosophy than physics.

Scientists seem to like to refer to space with words we usually use to describe liquid. Matter is furiously spinning, tiny little whirlpools of -- something. Something that is, and also is not nothing. Except it's not those 2 1/2 dimensional whirlpools you get in water. They're 3 1/2 dimensional whirlpools. Something you can't actually imagine, but you can do math with.

Get enough of those whirlpools, and you get a big whirlpool. And those big whirlpools stuck stuff in. Except there's no stuff, just the liquid. Which isn't a liquid. Since all stuff is just whirlpools, the stuff it sucks in is other whirlpools. Crash a couple really, really, big whirlpools together, and you get a shock wave that travels out through the nothingness that isn't nothingness, nor is it a liquid.

It's just one holy psychedelic fever dream.

UK security chief: How 'bout a tax for tech firms that are 'uncooperative' on terror content?

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I'm confused about the word "uncooperative"

Does this mean that corporations resist due process, does it mean they're requesting due process, or does it just mean that they simply can't do what the government wishes it could, under the table, for free?

I don't know how it is in the UK, but in the US, our congresspeople are so rich, they may as well be a different species. Their thoughts and motivations are alien and opaque. They use words in completely new ways, which at first seem to make sense, but fall apart with the barest investigation. At first it might seem that they're idiots, but you don't gain and keep power by being stupid.

My best guess, under the circumstances, is that when they say "expensive," they don't mean they don't have the money to pay for something. It just means they don't feel like it.

Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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I weep for the lost art of journalism

I have little expertise in anything apart from technology. I have to assume that technology reporting is indicative of the accuracy of the rest of a publication's reporting.

I'd have thought that the "fake news" meme being spewed by The Incarnation Of Satan On Earth would have stung more publications into being more precise.

Guess not.

'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'

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I do wonder if mechanics have to deal with people who not only don't realize that tires have to be kept inflated, oil changed, fuel tank full, and so on, but who also feel insulted should anyone suggest that they learn these things about their own car.

I can handle the ignorance. It's the astounding sense of entitlement that sets my teeth on edge.

Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?

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Not nearly good enough

I advocate blocking all ads that the hosting website does not serve.

If I'm requested to download an ad under the auspices of a web site, I require that web site to take responsibility for it. If they don't want to risk it, then for goodness sake, why should I?

HTC U11 Life: Google tries to tame the midmarket

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Hey, I got that phone

Except it was $300 (£225-ish, according to Google) and came with Nougat instead of Oreo. That's the T-Mobile variant. I still feel like it was a halfway decent price/performance point. I've been wrong before, of course.