* Posts by JimmyPage

3071 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010

Twitter unveils US midterm election integrity plans, upsets almost everyone



we already have the concept of "Fire !!" in a crowded theater (US spelling now being used as standard).

Scientists unveil a physics-defying curved space robot


er ... doesn't the em-drive claim the same ?

was my immediate thought

DoE digs up molten salt nuclear reactor tech, taps Los Alamos to lead the way back


The science is easily understood

The politics less so.

Rescuezilla 2.4 is here: Grab it before you need it


It's now based on Ubuntu rather than Debian

But isn't Ubuntu based in Debian ?

Facebook hands over chats to cops in post-Roe abortion case


As long as you remember

a "crime" is only what the government say it is ....

Iran cheerfully admits using cryptocurrency to pay for imports


Sounds like they are pissing in the pond

I forsee a flood of emails from Iranian ministers holding vast amounts of cryptocurrency that just need your bank details ..

Microsoft's fix for 'data damage' risk hits PC performance


Data damage come again ?????

Sorry but WTF ?

And fair play to Vulture central for indicating this is a load of marketing bollox with the quotes in the headline, but to plough (oops, we're all American now), plow on into the next 2 sentence without a hint of irony ????

Google hit with lawsuit for dropping free Workspace apps


*ads* companies ?

"Ad" companies, surely in BrEnglish ?

Fas of Ben Yagodas NOOBs will know what I am talking about

(misses point).

Equifax software bug messed up credit score calculations for weeks


I smell

a class action lawsuit.

EU court says it can probe M&As even when one party has no European operations


Sauce for the gander ?

The US has been doing this since the year dot.

Get over it: Microsoft is a Linux and open source company these days


Sometimes, it's the little things.

But running WSL on my Win10 machine means I can drop into a shell at will and either do something on my machine (so no need to learn Powershell) or ssh into any number of my Ubuntu servers seamlessly.

Yes, there is puTTY. But that is so clunky it could only be a Windows app.

My last job needed an asset management tool. With fuck all budget I spun up a Debian VM on their hypervisor (no licence) installed a LAMP stack, got SnipeIT working and everyone happy until the boss learned we'd gone "non Windows" and insisted it was shifted to a cloud subscription service.

One quote later, and all of a sudden it was staying.

Near-undetectable malware linked to Russia's Cozy Bear


Re: Come back Windows ...

The 60's security model in Linux and Windows

firstly old doesn't mean bad. Just look at Roman trowels to see how good design simply can't be improved.

secondly, Linux was built on the Unix security model where everything is a file and has it's own security descriptors. Just being at a console ("root" or "admin") doesn't automatically make you an administrator.

Yes, they have tried to retro-fit this level of security to windows. But as last years printer driver snafu showed, it'll never be 100%.

All of which said it's entirely possible to build a pawnable linux box if you wanted to. But it would take more work than you'd think.

UK govt considers invoking national security in Arm IPO saga


(Yet) another lunatic action

the UK has to take to show Brexit is working. If the UK was still in the EU, this would have been a done deal.

Inverse Finance stung for $1.2 million via flash loan attack


Amateur hour at a crypto specialist

...weather to follow.

I am convinced that as I get older, modern life has changed so that it's ever easier to spot morons at a distance. Maybe it's natures way of allowing me the best use of my diminishing lifespan.

Cookie consent crumbles under fresh UK data law proposals


Re: And for EU visitors ?

not great for trade then ...

Bill Gates says NFTs '100% based on greater fool theory' amid crypto cataclysm


Speaking of things that have no intrinsic value

hows that pound sterling looking ?

Twitter shareholders to vote on Elon Musk's acquisition


Emperor has no clothes moment ?

If it can be proven that more than 5% of Twitter accounts are dud (and I would be amazed if they weren't) then surely the value of advertising on Twitter (/Facebook/name-a-"social"-platform) nosedives ?

Or to be more precise, why am I paying $x to reach x% of a real audience when it should be $x/(100-fakes)% or something ?

Also I suspect that Twitters heyday is long gone. It has nowhere to grow, and a lot of ground to lose to the Next Big Thing.

46 years after the UN proclaimed the right to join a union, Microsoft sort of agrees


Re: And amazingly…

If North Korea and PRCs sign treaties like the UK signs international treaties, then more isn't better.


It's not all about you.

Dear Europe, here again are the reasons why scanning devices for unlawful files is not going to fly


we signed up to the UN convention of the rights of a child

The UKs lackadaisical approach to international treaties makes that meaningless.

Minimal, systemd-free Alpine Linux releases version 3.16


Re: Under a minute?

It's about 2-3 minutes minimum between turning our TV on and actually being able to watch anything. They were quicker in the days of CRTs.

The Return of Gopher: Pre-web hypertext service is still around


... and USENET

nntp is still around ...

Start your engines: Windows 11 ready for broad deployment


Is it bogroll

just spent 30 minutes discovering that losing "run as administrator" is a thing with Windows 11 FFS. The recommended fix being to clunk through a 12-step "try this, then this" process.

This is for our one user who accidentally upgraded before we locked it down.

Voyager 1 space probe producing ‘anomalous telemetry data’


Is it called the AE35 unit ?

Voyager 1’s attitude articulation and control system (AACS) – kit that helps point the probe’s antenna towards Earth -

and do they have a spare ?

Tech pros warn EU 'data adequacy' at risk if Brexit Britain goes its own way


Re: diverging to make a political point about the UK's independence

So they're choosing the tech industry, and all digital business activity, as the plaything they're going to sacrifice to make their debating society point about being different just for the sake of it

Why not ? They've already fucked the farmers and fishermen - who actually voted for this clusterfuck.

How much care do you think they will show a tech sector that was 100% opposed to Brexit from the off ?

Microsoft tests ‘Suggested Actions’ in Windows 11. Insiders: Can we turn it off?


They need to stick with the clipboard history

Now that was worth it.

Europe's GDPR coincides with dramatic drop in Android apps


Echoes of Brexiteer arguments

for leaving the EU ..

"those nasty rules"

And indeed they were spot on. Imagine not being able to eat radioactive food because of some pencil jockey in Brussels removing our freedoms.

Now free of the tyranny of rules Fukoshima Fries (that cook themselves I believe) are on the UK menu.

RAD Basic – the Visual Basic 7 that never was – releases third alpha


Re: Beginners'

Because using niche specialist languages is such a great success ?

European tech businesses cool on China due to coronavirus lockdowns


Question for the economists here ...

is a global downturn the best or worst times to look to change suppliers ? Will competitors be cheaper due to the downturn ?

Eggheads demo how to fool share-trading bots with carefully crafted retweets


So much for all this "AI" shit then.

I have spent the last 20 years in vain, pointing out that the only correct word in "Artificial Intelligence"is "artificial". I have yet to see any "AI" that isn't just sophisticated (or not so sophisticated) pattern matching.

Stories like this just prove my point.

Elon Musk wants to take Twitter public again 'within 3 years'


The only "use" I've seen for Twitter these past years

has been to embarrass big companies. And even that is now waning (I've thrown a few shitballs at shit companies that have left them for all to see).

My memory was that it was a thing to allow people to SMS to forums, and as such unique.

If it's not doing that anymore, what's it for ?

Problems for the Linux kernel NTFS driver as author goes silent


Righy ho ...

So the problem is "just" a lack of technical knowledge ?

Or (prepares hard hat) is it less the technical knowledge, and more the technical knowledge that is able to negotiate the byzantine kernel development process ?

Not the greatest advert for Linux then.

Surprised MS hasn't taken ownership of this. What with their linux for windows project.


Hang on a mo ...

Isn't one of the whole fricking points about "open source" that anyone can pick it up and develop (or at the very least) maintain it ? So it shouldn't kill a project if the author(s) go AWOL (or given the names, MIA) ????

What exactly is needed apart from the source code here ?

I understand why some projects die because there's no resource to advance them. But that doesn't seem to be the case here.

Microsoft makes account switching easier in its web and desktop apps


Bout time

When I worked in the education sector, it wasn't unusual for some staff to have 3 or 4 separate O365 accounts with 3 separate establishments. Plus ours. Plus their personal one.


Crooks steal NFTs worth '$3m' in Bored Ape Yacht Club heist


Why the hate ?

The "T" in NFT - "token" should be a clue that it's not cash.

In Italy, you used to have "gettone" which were tokens for public telephones. Similar idea really. The only difference being they actually had value ....

(tongue very firmly in cheek)

Uni team demo algorithm to shield conversations from eavesdropping AI


The problem is the human brain ...

is fucking amazing at picking data from noise.

There's an oft-cited experiment where someone reads a corrupted text to another person who corrects it in real time and when I say real time, I mean <30ms lag.

Alternatively there's another experiment which uses TDM to reduce the data in a flow of speech to c. 10% and it's still intelligible

Human speech has evolved over millions of years and has helped us not need power, speed or strength when it comes to bodies.

Not to dis your diskette, but there are some unexpected sector holes


When in doubt


Oracle already wins 'crypto bug of the year' with Java digital signature bypass


Regression testing ?

We've heard if it

Netflix to crack down on account sharing, offer ad-laden cheaper options


If I pay for a platfrom

I don't want to see ads.

Broken password check algorithm lets anyone log into Cisco's Wi-Fi admin software



Why does everyone feel the need to roll their own, and then get surprised it's shit ?

See also: phone number, postcode, name validation routines.

And for an industry that chokes on standards and TLAs WTF isn't there an RFC or IEEE or ISO standard on password generation (i.e. complexity rules), storage (i.e. as a hash) and recovery procedures (only via an already verified channel).

Like what I wanted 20 years ago.

Hardware-assisted security poised for growth, says Intel



A USB stick on steriods ?

Happy birthday Windows 3.1, aka 'the one that Visual Basic kept crashing on'


Re: Chips Challenge

I pulled all the level codes off for my lad in 2002 when they ran it at his primary school.

All of a sudden he had mates a go-go.

European Right to Repair resolution headed for vote


(Yet) another regulation the UK will need to abide by

if it wants to sell into the EU. Despite having zero input into it.

UK spy boss warns China hopes Russia will help it take over tech standards


Re: Use your intelligence?

Very little signs in UK government that any intelligence is used at all.


The hypocrisy is breathtaking ...

The only reason this is news is envy. You can bet your bottom dollar that China is trying to do all the things our governments would loved to have done years ago.

1,000-plus AI-generated LinkedIn faces uncovered


RE: managed to 'sign up' around 2/3 of the available working age population

When LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook et al started out, I created some bogus accounts so I could get an understanding. Those accounts have gone on to lead a far more interesting life than me.

Given that I haven't used them for years, the endless parade of emails I get from "people who know me" etc etc does really underscore how the value of these platform is slowly, but inevitably, sinking to zero.


This would be really big

if LinkedIn actually mattered

Hackers weigh in on programming languages of choice


I'm inherently wary of self-identifying "hackers"

It reminds me of the 1980s and Prestel for a start.

It also feels a little too close to "influencer"

Samba 4.16 release strips away more SMB 1


Had a lightbulb moment

What to do when we want to look at our computing history in a live fashion? We can archive all the current software and run in a (complex) future sandbox.

it suddenly dawned on that this is probably what nature has been doing for billions of years ....

Where's my noble prize ?

Google Maps just got lost for a few hours


Are they sure about those timings ?

About 11:00-12:00am Saturday I noticed my GM had "gone funny" and wasn't updating my position.

Worked fine today.

Oh,. and WTF did they remove the speed limits when driving feature ? The ONE feature that HERE has and Google didn't for years. Then they did, tricked me into switching and removed it.

And do you know how crap Android Auto is without Google Maps as the default navigation app ?


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