* Posts by fidodogbreath

1299 posts • joined 23 Sep 2009


Microsoft has a workaround for 'HiveNightmare' flaw: Nuke your shadow copies from orbit

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Just rebrand it as Windows Oprah

"You get root! And you get root! And you get root!"

NASA warns Mars: We're about to laser your rocks and start stealing them

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Will the Martians file a cease and desist order because we did not get permits or file an environmental-impact statement? I mean, we're already flying a drone without a permit, and we have a couple of SUV-sized nuclear tanks trundling about with no license plates. At some point they will draw a line in the dust.

Everyone cites that 'bugs are 100x more expensive to fix in production' research, but the study might not even exist

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Citation needed

Reminds me of how it's OK when editing Wikipedia to cite web content that you also wrote as a reference.

Dang vaccines dented our bottom line in the connected home sector, says Netgear

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Consumer routers are crap. However, they can be set up via a friendly-looking wizard by (almost) anyone. Until real routers become similarly user-friendly, we'll be stuck with the likes of Notgear and Stinksys forever.

Snail mail would be a fool-proof way to inform patients about plans to slurp GP data, but UK govt won't commit

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Heaven forfend!

Lord Bethell of Romford, Under Secretary of State for Health, twice refused to agree to write to patients individually explaining how use and distribution of their data would change under government plans, and what their rights would be for opting out.

Well, sure; because if more people knew about their opt-out rights, they might exercise them. Can't have that, now, can we?

Lawn care SWAT team subdues trigger-happy Texan... and other stories

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Actually, no.

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On 11 June a drone was spotted by a hotel staff member delivering a packet of cigarettes to the balcony of her room [...] The hotel notified police, who interviewed the recipient of the unconventional drop-off. She was later fined AU$1,300 (£697, US$955) for breaching her quarantine conditions.

What a ridiculous overreaction.

I'm guessing the real crime (from the hotel's perspective) was that she didn't order her smokes from room service.

Assuming she got to keep the delivery, the fine was probably still cheaper than the hotel's cigarette price.

Cassandra 4.0 release held back after Apple engineer discovers last-minute bug

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Kudos to the Cassandra team for prioritizing code quality over meeting an arbitrary ship date.

Teen turned away from roller rink after AI wrongly identifies her as banned troublemaker

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Re: Using it wrongly

The AI System night have a problem distinguishing objects that have specific colors, or lack of contrasts etc but shouldn't that be considered as an algorithmic problem rather than a racial problem ?

From a technology standpoint, sure; but that doesn't take into account the people who are using the system. If they have a bias against people that they know the FR system misidentifies, they might be just fine with it having those flaws, as it can provide cover for treating those people poorly. "I'm not a racist; the system said they were a criminal."

Restoring your privacy costs money, which makes it a marker of class

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At a guess it's the US

I doubt it. I mean, yeah, it's absolutely possible due to the privacy flaws that you cite; but most of the country is deeply resistant to contact tracing by the gubmint. Enforced quarantines haven't been a much of a thing here, either.

Facebook pulls plug on mind-reading neural interface that restored a user's speech

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What does Zuckerberg actually do with his billions

He buys large chunks of Hawaii. Also, all of the neighboring properties around his primary mansion. Because he needs his privacy, even as he is destroying everyone else's.

He also sponsors a hospital in San Francisco that massively overcharges people.

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Re: Common Good?

Don't write it off - donate it for the common good, not corporate greed.

Thanks! That was the best laugh I've had in days.

NASA signs $1bn deal with Northrop Grumman to build studio apartment in lunar orbit with room for 3 vehicles

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If all three parking slots are filled, does NASA have to pay a congestion charge?

Kaseya restores SaaS, then 'performance issues' force a do-over

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Some users have also reported that even after the reboot, Kaseya’s SaaS services are more than a little sluggish.

"Our systems used to get pwned in less than a minute. Now it's taking REvil 25-30 minutes or longer to encrypt and exfiltrate our data. Very disappointing!"

Disco classic Rasputin and pop anthem revealed as reasons Twitter suspended Indian politicians

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Re: Turisas did it better

Or, at the other extreme, there's the West Cork Ukulele Orchestra cover.

Boffins decide what world really needs is indestructible robot cockroaches

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"Indestructible" robot roach, meet oxy-acetylene torch.

GitHub Copilot auto-coder snags emerge, from seemingly spilled secrets to bad code, but some love it

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That's the problem with AI

All it knows is what you train it on. "Spilled secrets, bad code, and copyright concerns" are hallmarks of copypasta development.

Audacity users stick the knife – and fork – in to strip audio editor of unwanted features

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I'm just glad to see people outside of IT pushing back hard against the ever-encroaching "telemetry" threat.

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Re: Certainly, it can't be called "Audacity"

I vote for Gentility.

Leaked Apple memo tells employees that they'll be coming into the office at least 3 days a week from September

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Given Apple's obsession with secrecy, they are probably deeply uncomfortable with having people work on new products outside of their (physical) walled garden.

IBM's 18-month company-wide email system migration has been a disaster, sources say

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It's hilarious to see a consulting company get sick from eating its own dog food.

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Insider Preview, attempts to defend labyrinth of hardware requirements

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does that mean that MS has taken the opportunity to strip out all of the old legacy code and drivers, thus slimming the OS down to a lean and mean athlete?

If they did, we all know what the reaction would be, at least from some quarters. "HOW DARE THEY eliminate support for Arcnet and Token Ring!! How will we connect our PS/2s and Amigas? What's next -- forced upgrades from Netware over thick coax? This is nothing more than a shameless a cash grab!"

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Windows 10 20H1 supposedly requires a 6th-gen Core processor. I currently have an i7 2600K running 20H1 very smoothly thankyouverymuch. Last night Windows Update prompted me to install (the also incompatible) 21H2 on it.

We also have an old Lenovo laptop running 20H1 quite well on a 4th-gen Core i5. Both boxen have SSDs and 8GB RAM. Neither has secure boot enabled.

This might be a deal like Windows 10, where TPM and other hardware are required in order to enable specific features in Windows 11, but not to run the OS itself. Just my own speculation.

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Re: Can't see any real positives from this.

A shedload of out of date Win10 boxes still out there, still running critical stuff because the box in question cannot be switched off. Ticking security timebombs.

Windows 10 is still supported with semi-annual releases until October 2025. Security updates might even continue beyond that. So there's a bit of time before the apocalypse.

Happy with your existing Windows 10 setup? Good, because Windows 11 could turn its nose up at your CPU

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Re: What gen?

They're all third gen because they're all integrated circuits. I mean, second gen is discrete transistors and first gen is vacuum tubes, doncherknow?

I thought first gen was mechanical relays.

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One person's trash...

The amount of landfill crud this will generate (all for Microsoft forcing TPM 2.0/Direct 12 and WDDM 2.0 Graphics cards) is off the scale

On the plus side, there will probably be a lot of good deals to be had on recent-model, lightly-used PCs that can run the crap out of Linux.

Dell SupportAssist contained RCE flaw allowing miscreants to remotely reflash your BIOS with code of their creation

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Can't update (some) Dell BIOS FW if virtualization is turned on

I have two Dell laptops. On both of them, Dell's Windows-based firmware updater ran and said it was successful (pending restart); but on restart the firmware did not actually update. I should note that these are very different machines: a 6th-gen i7 ultrabook and a 10th-gen i7 workstation, both running Windows 10 20H1.

I tried Command Update and stand-alone firmware installers, all run as admin. Same result.

After many Google dead ends, the solution was to turn off Intel Virtualization Technology in the BIOS settings, then boot into Windows and run the updater. On restart, both machines then actually performed the BIOS update.

After confirming that everything was working and the correct BIOS was installed, I went back into the BIOS settings and turned Intel virtualization technology back on.

This updater bug is especially dangerous because it looks like the BIOS update worked. After the mandatory restart, there is no indication that the firmware was not in fact updated. You wouldn't know that it wasn't unless you watched the screen during restart and/or ran another update scan.

Pull your Western Digital My Book Live NAS off the internet now if you value your files

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Re: U Wat?

That pretty much sums up the comments about this issue on Ars Technica.

Hubble Space Telescope may now depend on a computer that hasn't booted since 2009

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its infinitely more repairable than a smartphone

Smartphones also contain a computer and a camera, so therefore they are directly comparable to space telescopes?

Russia spoofed AIS data to fake British warship's course days before Crimea guns showdown

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AIS works on an honesty-based system, at its simplest.

Sure, because there's no way that could go wrong.

'Set it and forget it' attitude to open-source software has become a major security problem, says Veracode

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Re: Just this week

Like everything else in the world, freeness -- beer or libre -- isn't free. This issue is just another example of the foundation of economics: "There's no such thing as a free lunch."

Edit to pre-emptively add: This statement is NOT a knock on open-source software in any way. It's just recognizing that nothing is without cost.

Emergency mode? Bah! It takes a Microsoft product to really break a digital sign

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Open standard but not open access: Schematron author complains about ISO paywall

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...We are not reneging the freely available status. It’s simply not requested by the committee...

"Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty."

Mayflower, the AI ship sent to sail from the UK to the US with no humans, made it three days before breaking down

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Canon has cameras that only let employees into meeting rooms if they smile

That sounds awesome. I'd never have to attend another meeting! Can we configure MS Teams to do that, too?!?

Petition instructs Jeff Bezos to buy, eat world's most famous painting

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persuade Bezos to buy and eat the Mona Lisa

No; because then he'd make even more money by selling it as a Non-Flushable Token.

Your spacesuit ran into a problem and needs to restart

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Re: There Are Three Things

On a similar note -- I've read that space-suit-wearing SR-71 pilots quickly learned not to eat eggs or other farty foods before a mission.

Tim Cook: Sideloading is a disaster and proposed App Store reforms would harm user privacy and security

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Re: Basically, he's asserting a dictatorship is safer than a democracy.

Cupertino is quietly pushing forward a [...] surveillance state the scope of which the world has never seen before


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Re: The day when...

I wish I'd kept my MBP on Mojave. But no, I updated it to Catalina, which just feels slower and less smooth in almost every way.

Meanwhile, I did a clean install of 20H2 to a new SSD on my ancient* studio PC and now it flies. Bizarro world.

* ca. 2012 i7 K2600

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Re: The Walled Garden

The walled garden bothers me less on iOS. Google's obsessive user tracking to deliver (mostly ir)relevant ads creeps me out, so I'm willing to put up with Apple's quirks on the iPhone.

That said -- for me a phone is mostly an appliance. I don't care about having the Newest Shiniest or whatever because there's only so much that I'm willing to do on a small screen anyway. I just want something that works and doesn't violate my privacy too badly. I realize this is not everyone's use case.

As noted in a previous comment above, walling in MacOS is a non-starter for me, though.

PS: Scott Pedigo is 100% correct in his criticisms of iTunes -- one of the worst software abominations Apple has ever produced...

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Re: The day when...

I can't download a .dmg for macos, I'm done with macos as a personal computer.

Agree completely. I need to replace my music studio PC pretty soon. I was briefly tempted by the new Mini, but with Big Sur and Monterey MacOS seems to be on a forced march away from user control.

All of Apple's hoops make it time-consuming and expensive for audio companies to deliver Mac drivers and custom applications to support niche hardware. Several key devices I use still do not have Big Sur updates, and might never get them. However, they all have full Windows 10 x64 support.

The need to validate to the Apple mothership on every app launch is even more disturbing. If Apple and, say, Roland have a business dispute, will Apple disable all of the notarizations for their software? After some of their recent iOS app store developer fights, that can't be ruled out.

From the hardware side, M1 Macs have a lot to offer for music and video editing. Unfortunately, Apple's business decisions are nullifying the hardware benefits. IMHO.

Meanwhile, Microsoft "thinks of Windows as a service," so it's probably only a matter of time before they pull some of the same sh!t.

Debian's Cinnamon desktop maintainer quits because he thinks KDE is better now

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the only one of those environments that I'd never use again, given the choice, is Unity

Agree 100% about Unity. I haven't tried as many DEs as you have, but of those I have tried Unity ranks at the bottom.

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Lightweight and easily portable

I like xfce. Not the prettiest toy on the shelf, but it's super responsive on pretty much any hardware.

Say helloSystem: Mac-like FreeBSD project emits 0.5 release

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the Mac has lost its way and modern OSes are too controlled and too complex, creator argues

It's hard to argue with that statement.

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Re: Menus and application windows

application menus appear in the top system menu bar, not on the application window

MS Office 2016 on Mac* has the worst of both worlds: the ribbon in the app window and menus on the system menu bar.

* The current version might have changed that, but updates are now for subscribers only. Um..no.

Bad Apple Safari update breaks IndexedDB JavaScript API, upsets web apps

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how incomplete the implementations are, like for media playback and WebRTC

IMHO, those particular shortcomings are a feature, not a bug. Among the first things I do after installing any browser are to disable WebRTC and all forms of media autoplay.

Google opens Workspace to anyone with a Google account, but you'll need to cough up for the good stuff

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my personal Gmail account had been rebranded last night

"GMail: User data by Google"

Deluded medics fail to show Ohio lawmakers that COVID vaccines magnetise patients

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Re: Struck off?

It's a bit of a pity that the natives helped the Pilgrim Fathers survive their first winter because this helped stoke the myth of American Exceptionalism...

...which was (and still is) a catastrophe for the indigenous people.

Mounties messed up by using Clearview AI, says Canadian Privacy Commissioner

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The RCMP then claimed it was only using Clearview AI to rescue children who were victims of online sexual exploitation

"Which is why we also need to outlaw encryption -- for everyone except ourselves, of course, because cops never break the laws we are sworn to enforce."

...the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) broke the law by using Clearview AI facial-recognition software...

"Well, if we did somehow inadvertently break a law, we would never lie to Parliament about it, because that would also be against the law."

The RCMP initially denied using the software, both publicly and to Therrien, who is also an independent officer of Parliament. However, journalists from Toronto Star and BuzzFeed found that the RCMP had purchased the software, forcing it to reconsider that denial.


Seven-year-old make-me-root bug in Linux service polkit patched

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Honest question: Much of IT correctly shuns alpha and beta releases on production systems. So why are we OK with using version 0.1x code to manage critical functions such as privilege requirements?

In this round of 'Real life or Black Mirror episode', drones that hunt down humans by listening to their screams

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Re: the HK-Aerial Terminator

From there, we're one step away

That someday is today.



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