* Posts by DryBones

541 posts • joined 7 Feb 2010


Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data


Re: I must be missing something...

Because they were correct.

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

Paris Hilton

Re: Which is why I always turn off email sigs...

Now that was good for a laugh. Nice of you to pre-describe your comment.

It's sent, it's out of their hands. End of.

Why? No such agreement was reached before the email was sent. It can be printed and stapled to the town hall's board if the recipient wants. Sheer legal theatre.

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible


Re: I did something similar once...

That's what I do a lot. Most any place that uses packing peanuts (shippers, etc) will accept more (don't trash them!). Well, no idea if the pandemic had affected that, but used to.

Amazon's auditing of Alexa Skills is so good, these boffins got all 200+ rule-breaking apps past the reviewers


Re: They didn't give any examples

They rattled the knob on the bank vault and the piece of stage-dressing fell over.

Seems like it still might be newsworthy.

€13bn wings its way back to Apple after Euro court rules Irish tax deal wasn't 'state aid'


Re: A victory for the little man!!

Well, they could always change the laws so that obvious holding companies are just attached directly to the mothership, and be like ok pay us. Any degree of company separation that gets laughter when mentioned at the local pub should be amended to 0, and thus taxed directly.

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'


Re: Words matter...

Or an engineer...


'Google cannot stop it, control it or curtail it...' Inside the murky world of fake addiction treatment center search spam


Re: Its the times we live in

Or Florida Man.

I'm sorry, but those are the only 3 things we see.

Hey, Boeing. Don't celebrate your first post-grounding 737 Max test flight too hard. You just lost another big contract


Re: It worked once, ship it!

Military aircraft designers that allow single point failures? Baloney.


Re: Learn from the smaller world...

Considering the massive, massive damage their bottom line is taking in terms of writedowns and canceled sales and additional expenses and things of that nature, I would like to dispute the "accounting expertise" moniker. They tried to save a pound, and it's costing them a mint.

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors


Re: stupidity out of ignorance or avarice

Hey, if they don't want punching down, then they need to step up.

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim


Re: I'm prone to all of those things and yet I don't believe in the 5G conspiracy.

Comet, it makes your teeth turn green~

Facebook's $500k deepfake-detector AI contest drama: Winning team disqualified on buried consent technicality


Sensor noise forensics? You mean, how changes don't generally match the background patterns? The same thing that makes Photoshops obvious? It needs a fancy name?

Microsoft snubs Service Fabric as it plots to switch Teams infrastructure to Kubernetes


Detonation Service...?

Explosions and carnage as a service, then?

Because of course sandbox escapes don't exist, so automatically running dodgy stuff is a great idea.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it


Re: Next great idea

Brother laser printer, black and white or color depending on your major need.

Just take your photos to the kiosk or drugstore, they use superior quality real photo stuff, and the cost isn't that prohibitive. For the rest, non-drying non-water-soluble laser toner is the way. Lasts for years and years.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears


Oh, it's all in wording. You need to say "Injection of bleach CURES stupid."

Cisco hacked: Six backend servers used by customer VIRL-PE deployments compromised via SaltStack


Re: Ted Cruz wants Twitter brought up for hosting the Ayatollah

Don't forget projection. Millions and millions of projectors, you'd think home theaters were having a resurgence.

Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia's election? There were no hacks


Re: Just one nose-picking minute

Lies are not created equally, and some are accidents.

Republicans are well past the benefit of the doubt and not even bothering to try and make them plausible, though.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?


Re: Muhwahaaaha ha

Ankle biting...

Funny, I remember her telling Trump, AND the Joint Chiefs of Staff, exactly what the situation was.

Are you afraid of competent, experienced females?


Re: You supported a system...

Can we have them just take the Trumplicans? The rest of us would be okay with them going, probably do all sorts of good.

Microsoft blocks Trend Micro code at center of driver 'cheatware' storm from Windows 10, rootkit detector product pulled from site


Re: Perhaps update the certification requirements

Such as? Seriously, this kind of assertion needs some concrete examples.

Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets


Yeah, they need to hang all sorts of 'lies', 'gaslighting', 'distortion', 'witness tampering' labels on his Tweets. See how hot they can get him just by calling it as it is and making it obvious to all.


There's no change. Republicans are still only happy with someone if they're saying something they like, and change their minds each time the wind blows past their ears.

Breaking virus lockdown rules, suing officials, threatening staff, raging on Twitter. Just Elon Musk things



Sit down, shut up, and think.


Elon really should count his blessings. If they tried this in China he and multiple others would have been arrested before he had TIME to dare them to.

And they have a much bigger population. And (supposedly) an order of magnitude fewer deaths from COVID and are much further in reopening than our current incompetents. And (according to what the WaPo let me see in a peek) hand the US its ass almost every time they wargame. So... yeah.

Researchers spot thousands of Android apps leaking user data through misconfigured Firebase databases


Re: Securing Databases

Why is it so easy to configure these wrong / hard to configure them right?

Seriously, if it is this hard to get it right, they have failed in their design.

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are



The first image I'm pretty familiar with (it has caused a giggle about the office), and the simple explanation is twofold.

1) It's a telemetry and terminal management program. Any station that's more complex than the "Lift handle, attendant pushes button when the handle sets off a buzzer by them" ones are going to have one running on the dispenser. Imagine managing a forecourt with 64 stations and trying to pull logs and push configurations without one.

2) It's probably not running the latest version of software. Fueling is an industry that places emphasis on stability and security more than bleeding edge. I know, this image does not suggest stability, but there's plenty else to go wrong. Imagine having BigNameOilCo telling you that the dispensers keep rebooting in a Fibonacci sequence after lunch or don't recognize chip cards...

The second one... That typo is all on the fueling station co themselves, it comes from the POS system inside.

One man is standing up to Donald Trump's ban on US chip tech going to Huawei. That man... is Donald Trump


Re: This Man is Genius

Well, you seemed to be on point until your third paragraph. When you've seen the same thing a thousand times you don't need to see the thousand and first. Trump is offal that is the culmination of Fox News and the Republican party's gaslighting, almost the embodiment of it, and he needs to go. That's all we need to know, no further attention is needed, certainly not when nobody with any power is actually going to do something about it. They hem and they haw, and they find ways to crawl through their own ass to not actually stop him.

We're watching the ones that are finding ways to not stop him, that are doing further damage to our Republic. And adding them to the list of those to be purged.

Don't Flip out or anything, but the 'flexible glass display' on Samsung's latest pholdable doesn't behave like glass


We call that plexi-glass.

Remember those infosec fellas who were cuffed while testing the physical security of a courthouse? The burglary charges have been dropped


Re: "...elevating the alignment between security professionals and law enforcement."

That was a proposed inclusion for the testing contract, which meant that the county would have been paying extra due to the state snooper being a derp.

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes


Re: Isn't THIS why we've got to teach 2nd-graders how to "code", rather than how to think?

No, that's an information problem. The necessary bits of information are much more spread out and more numerous, kept in various systems instead of all in one. If you don't know the pieces of information exist or where they're kept, or just how wide you need to fish your net, you are going to miss things.

Apple calls BS on FBI, AG: We're totally not dragging our feet in murder probe iPhone decryption. PS: No backdoors


Re: They are clearly hoping to push legislation for a backdoor

Um, pockets and some shrinkage may occur...?

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Re: Hypocrites

Because removing an app from the App Store is really on par with breaking the encryption schemes laid as the bedrock for protecting the private and personal information of Apple's users.

Nice false equivalency, you tosser.

PSA: You are now in the timeline where Facebook and pals are torn a new one by, er, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen


Re: advertising

You'd best be careful. That the truth exists somewhere between two perspectives is a logical fallacy. It doesn't have to, one may be spot on. You're just letting Fox and OAN drag the perception of reality in their direction.

'Literally a paperweight': Bose users fume at firmware update that 'doesn't fix issues'


Re: How many decent products and companies....

Sonos works quite well (if you want in that bracket. Vizio works for me!)

You'e yping i wong: macOS Catalina stops Twitter desktop app from accepting B, L, M, R, and T in passwords


Re: This bug probably doesn't effect everyone....


Microsoft explains self-serve Power platform's bypassing of Office 365 admins to cries of 'are you completely insane?'



But you can discover it with analytics (Microsoft Azure provides them even), and remedy it with IT and HR actions.

Republican senators shoot down a triple whammy of proposed election security laws


Re: 'if you’re doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result'

The only ones spouting alarmist and incendiary rhetoric are Trump and his proxies. Also they're the ones that take reasoned analyses and suspicions and make them into these farcical things that are then ridiculed by them as alarmist.

So basically you're calling an arsonist your savior.



Yeah, then they'd catch even more Republicans trying to vote twice than they did last time...

Also, there was lots of evidence given that it was another of those back-door voter-suppression efforts, but never let data get in the way of a good gaslighting...

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Re: Foul Play

Yes. Yes you do. You'd be less blinded if you pulled your head out.

Japanese hotel chain sorry that hackers may have watched guests through bedside robots


Re: More than robots

So, hand it to them at the front desk, and say, "No thank you"?

Just a friendly reminder there were no at-the-time classified secrets on Clinton's email server. Yes, the one everyone lost their minds over


Re: Ummm... missed a very big thing there

You missed the part about the Republicans doing just the same thing? You wrote a page of manufactured outrage.

Computer says no: An expression-analysing AI has been picking out job candidates for Unilever


I agree with the upper posters, here. An automated video interview. Really. If they haven't got the time to let me talk to an actual live person, I don't want to work for them. Using a computer to check for people skills. Did their entire shipment of gorm get spilled on the highway?

Chef melts under heat, will 86 future deals with family-separating US immigration agencies

Big Brother

Re: Screw Chef

Hate to pull Godwin's here, but weren't the guards at the -other- concentration camps "just doing their job"?

Inhumane is inhumane, and complicit is complicit.

Hong Kong ISPs beg Chinese govt not to impose Great Firewall on them


Re: Balls

Which law? Is it about protesting, perhaps?

Looting, property damage, assault are all well and good. But China and its puppets have a history of arrests for vague and arbitrary violations like "disturbing public order".

Something being a law doesn't make it legitimate.

Dixons hits back at McAfee's £30m antivirus sueball: Your AV didn't work on Windows 10S


Re: install a vanilla copy of Windows

Do vegans use Linux?

Android PDF app with just 100m downloads caught sneaking malware into mobes


Re: shit- does that mean I'm screwed?

I think? Google Drive app, the Create New has a scan option. Also Google Photoscan.


Re: Advertising library

Malware and advertising need to be easier to tell apart. I know what you're thinking, but it's true.

Advertising wants to sell you things. Malware wants to sell you to things...

American ISPs fined $75,000 for fuzzing airport's weather radar by stealing spectrum



So, suggestively formed potato then.

Sueball claims Tesla solar panels are so effective, they started fires at Walmart stores


Re: Damn, who to root for here.

Wow dude.

From a NY Times article about it: While Walmart has faced criticism as one of the nation’s largest gun retailers, the El Paso store where the mass shooting took place did not sell firearms, Randy Hargrove, a company spokesman, said.

Also, https://amp.businessinsider.com/walmart-gun-buying-review-virginia-store-2019-8

Says they account for 2% of gun sales. They're one of the biggest sellers because they have a lot of stores, vs a bunch of FFLs with 1-2 locations.

So yeah, maybe... just maybe... The shooting was at Walmart because that's where the people are, and Walmart stopping selling guns would be pointless virtue signaling?

How four rotten packets broke CenturyLink's network for 37 hours, knackering 911 calls, VoIP, broadband


So, step 1 would be to reject out of hand any packets with a TTL above a certain value, and slap a default on any without one?



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