* Posts by NoneSuch

1792 posts • joined 25 May 2010

Euro police forces infiltrated encrypted phone biz – and now 'criminal' EncroChat users are being rounded up

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Mushroom

Re: So...

"though the UK state is notably hostile to the idea of encrypted comms that its agents can't read whenever they feel like it."

When the people oversee the government, that's democracy.

When governments oversee their people, that's oligarchy.

NASA mulls going all steam-punk with a fleet of jumping robots to explore Saturn and Jupiter's mysterious moons

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Gimp

The full quote.

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."

HPE chief Neri: I've got COVID-19 and am staying home for the next fortnight

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Question...

If HPE failed to meet stated expectations, why don't the executives who made such wild miscalculations get the axe? Surely their salaries are larger than the poor 9-5 common men and women who normally get the boot.

Maybe a few of the "leaders" losing their positions will smarten the rest up so expectations are met or even exceeded next year. Stockholders, take heed.

How do you run a military court over Zoom? With 28 bullet points and a ceremonial laptop flunkey, of course!

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Speedy Justice

The downside of using Zoom for trials, you only have one hour before the session cuts off.

-Also-

"Warning: Your sentencing cannot continue until you update your Zoom Meeting plug in to the latest version."

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?

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Linux

Re: If only!

Ahhh, the Linux kernel with telemetry at no extra charge. Whatta bargain.

Equifax finally coughs up the money for its 2017 monster hack… to the banks for having to cancel your cards

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Devil

At least the lawyers and banks are taken care of.

I do worry about them with just a few hundred billion to scrape by on.

Maybe we should have a whip round...?

'VPs shouldn't go publicly rogue'... XML co-author Tim Bray quits AWS after Amazon fires COVID-19 whistleblowers

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Mr. Bray. Thank you. I've no doubt you'll land on your feet with a conscience like that.

Latvian drone wrests control from human overlords and shuts down entire nation's skies

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Solid SSH Keys

I'm betting the Russians have a new drone to study after figuring out the drone had a powerful password on their radio link of 1234 or some such.

"No need for security; it's not in the field yet..."

It just wouldn't surprise me.

Wakey-wakey! A quarter of IT pros only get 3-4 hours' kip – and you won't believe what's being touted as the 'solution'

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"Now, all this sounds very worrying, but the research, sponsored by Microsoft services company Core, does come up with some solutions."

So a MS sponsored study says to invest in more cloud computing? Wow, taking that seriously, I am not...

California man served with restraining order for allegedly 'stalking' Apple CEO Tim Cook

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Re: Don't forget the Trump defense

"Both restraining orders mean that until a court says otherwise, Sharma cannot own, buy, or try to buy firearms or ammo under Californian law."

Unless he crosses the border into Oregon or Nevada, of course.

Need a new IT role? These orgs are hiring engineers, leaders, analysts – see inside for more details

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Childcatcher

Thank you Reg

No snark, just jobs.

Leave it up to you guys and gals to figure out what was important today.

5 Stars.

Australian state will install home surveillance hardware to make sure if you're in virus isolation, you stay there

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Big Brother

Then after...?

Who decides when the emergency is over and tracking ends?

There's always some sort of bug going around and governments LOVE mass surveillance. This seems to be the latest crap flung at the wall, but it's actually sticking.

The shelves may be empty, but the disk is full: Not even Linux can resist the bork at times

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Linux

Re: This can't be Linux

No OS can survive inept admins. Linux is no exception.

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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My word...

Politeness from management and a hesitancy to interrupt IT staff on their days off? A thank you and bottle of wine for services rendered?

Look how far have we fallen...

Data surge as more Brits work from home? Not as hard on the network as their nightly Netflix binges, claims BT

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Go

Wait until everyone is at home with full business links open AND starts watching NetFlix.

In case you want to flee this wretched Earth, 139 minor planets were spotted at the outer reaches of our Solar System. Just an FYI...

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Let's Hope...

...That one of them is called Rama.

Ex-director accuses iRobot of firing him for pointing out the home-cleaner droids broke safety, govt regulations

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Re: Safety?

The bean counters I worked with would calculate to four decimal places of a penny.

Borklays soz for the ailing ATMs but won't say if fix involved a Microsoft invoice

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Mushroom

Yes

It's never the penny pinching VP who gets the sack for not investing in infrastructure. It's the PFY who gets the shaft.

Sad, but true.

Latest bendy phone effort from coke empire spinoff Escobar Inc is a tinfoil-plated Samsung Galaxy Fold 'scam'

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Joke

Ahem...

You never turn your nose up to an Escobar product.

UK Defence Committee probe into national security threat of Huawei sure to uncover lots of new and original insights

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Childcatcher

Re: Many layers

Putting actual facts in front of the politicians creating the laws of the land.

Madness. Where's the spin? Where's the hype? Where's the outrage? Won't someone think of the children!?

Your opinion does matter to this Jordanian telco... only it's experiencing some technical difficulties right now

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Idiot PFY set up a Blue Screen screensaver as a larf. Worked so well that no one actually noticed when that machine did crap itself.

It was removed post haste.

You've duked it out with OS/2 – but how to deal with these troublesome users? Nukem

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Users today have 430 character file paths on our system.

\\domain\folder\Fax Scans received from ABC Company\Fax Scans Saved by Doug R\Doug R scans for ABC Company with finance info for 2017-2018 calendar year including errata and recalc of invoices\Adjustments for ABC Company - Dorothy P - Sandra S - Melissa C rework of schedule VIII Excel Workbook 9.1\ABC Company year end ending May 31 2018 - NO payroll adjustments - See Bob P for that\Sheet4XXXXXXXXXXXXX_2017_18.xlsx

File path shortened as I shrank last names and edited a few things out.

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Re: A wunch of bankers ...

Vice Presidents / Senior Managers LOVE to be told what to do. And your job security is guaranteed if you do.

NSO Group fires back at Facebook: You lied to the court, claims spyware slinger, and we've got the proof

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"Facebook claims NSO developed and equipped the customers with exploits for a remote code execution flaw in WhatsApp that was then used to put surveillance software on the targets' mobile devices."

Which is why I stopped using WhatsApp the day the sale to FB was announced.

Months-long trial of alleged CIA Vault 7 exploit leaker ends with hung jury: Ex-sysadmin guilty of contempt, lying to FBI

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Coat

Re: See, sometimes it does work!

They'll keep after him until they get a conviction.

US Gov does not back down easily, even when it can be shown they are wrong.

Citizen Four gives an excellent example of this with actual video of court testimony.

UK spy auditor gives state snoops a big pat on the back for job well done – except MI5

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Pint

Re: There's a reason for the written response

Oh yes he did.

The SAS men in the corner holding the potato sack hood made sure he kept a straight face.

Microsoft's Cortana turns its back on consumers as skills are stripped from Windows 10

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Re: Productivity

Just let the user uninstall any unneeded feature, program or device as they require. Then the OS becomes and OS and not a surveillance delivery system.

Escape From Tarkov: Hardest of the hardcore looter-shooter is spellbinding despite the punishing learning curve

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Interested in the PVE aspects of this game over PVP. As the author says, other players have inconsistent behaviour in all games. Zero interest in PUBG and its clones. I enjoy doing my own thing, at my own speed in an idiot free environment.

Will wait until it hits Steam.

Death and taxis: Windows has had enough of clinging to a cab rooftop in the London rain

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Pint

Re: IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

"That's a usually a driver fault if I recall, which seems quite apt, really."

Should be apt-get. *coff*

US Homeland Security mistakenly seizes British ad agency's website in prostitution probe gone wrong

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FAIL

Re: What the fuck does prostitution have to do with so-called "homeland security"?

Don't forget that with Homeland Security everyone is a suspect until proven innocent. And no one is ever proven innocent. As US law does not stop at their borders, that means everyone globally is suspect and subject to US law.

Holding a domain name ransom until the company signs a non-suing pledge is bottom feeder tactics.

Breaker one-nine, this trucker's rubber ducked, facing a year in the slammer for Acer laptop thefts

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Was Sympathetic Until...

...I saw he had gambled with $11K. Wife claims desperate circumstances, but his first thought is "toss it all on red."

Poor old Google. Its cloud division only brought in $8.9bn last year. So it's chucking a few billion at US offices and data centres

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Unhappy

Data Center Careers

Once it's built, you're in break and fix mode. They don't need engineers to maintain, just a tech.

Famed Apple analyst chances his Arm-based Macs that Apple kit will land next year

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Holmes

Re: Where are the benchmarks?

What are you suggesting. Watercooling your iPad?

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WTF?

Re: Where are the benchmarks?

"Erm, try looking at Geekbench results. The current Apple A13 is slightly faster at single core work than an AMD Ryzen 3800. It loses in multi core, but then it only has 2 fast cores vs AMDs 8."

Geekbench 4 benchmark on gadgetversus.com/processor/amd-ryzen-7-vs-apple-a13-bionic/

Apple A13 Single core - 5,432, All cores - 13,554

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X Single core - 5,738 All cores - 36,130

AndroidAuthority.com

A13 vs Snapdragon 865 shows the A13 to be 93.7% of the performance of the SD.

www.tme.net/blog/snapdragon-865-vs-855-plus-vs-apple-a13-vs-kirin-990-5g

"Now, it is a personal choice whether you like iPhone or Android devices, otherwise on paper Snapdragon 865 comprehensively beat the Apple A13 chipset."

How many times do we have to tell you? A Tesla isn't a self-driving car, say investigators after Apple man's fatal crash

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FAIL

Re: Tesla never said it's driverless

Any driver who needs an auto-pilot should automatically lose their license.

'I give fusion power a higher chance of succeeding than quantum computing' says the R in the RSA crypto-algorithm

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Re: Glib rejoinder

"These newfangled automobiles will never be more popular than horses..."

Apple tries to have VirnetX VPN patent ruling overturned again, US Supremes say no... again

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Joke

Re: Added value

Apple held the legal paperwork wrong.

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Re: What??!!

And the Supreme Court and a half dozen other legal entities upheld that patent.

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Just pay the bloody bill Apple...

But then their Friday afternoon board room money fights would have much less impact.

Microsoft uses its expertise in malware to help with fileless attack detection on Linux

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Devil

Re: Its expertise in malware

Formatting the drive with your distro of choice is a great first step.

Red Hat slips through Platform 16 to OpenStack wizarding world, says customers still want to run their own cloud

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Mushroom

Too many ignorant executives push their companies far deeper into the cloud than they should be. When things go bad, it's the IT departments who get blamed, while the twit VP gets a pat on the back and a title bump.

Breaking bad... browser use: New Mexico accuses Google of illegally slurping kids' private data via G Suite

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Childcatcher

Privacy

Privacy should apply to anyone from birth to the grave. No one should be subject to mass surveillance, anywhere, anytime.

Microsoft to bravely defend US democracy for a slack handful of voters in Fulton, Wisconsin

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Put Microsoft in Charge of Voting?

What can possiblie go wrong?

Results will be divided into Red States and Blue States of Death.

(Joke icon, because this is a frikking joke.)

Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD

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Pint

SSD?

I went from HGST spinny drives direct to NVMe. Wouldn't have SSD's in the 'ouse.

Pub O'clock.

Dual screens, fast updates, no registry cruft and security in mind: Microsoft gives devs the lowdown on Windows 10X

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Pint

Re: Windows 10 why?

"And what reason would I have to choose this vs an iPad?"

None whatsoever. Of course, the same question could be asked of the iPad.

Startup Mycroft AI declares it will fight 'patent troll' tooth and nail after its Linux voice-assistant attracts lawsuit

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Software Patents

Software Patents should be deleted at the stake.

Razr sharp foldable: Samsung whips out Galaxy Z Flip – and, oh snap, it's £1,300

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Paris Hilton

Read that EULA.

Buy a smart phone today and there's ALWAYS a catch.

Paris icon, because it's never used anymore.

Day 4 of outage: UK's Manchester police deploy exciting new carbon-based method to record crime

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In Six Months...

Judge: Officer, please answer the question. You may refer to your notes, if required.

Officer: Thank you Your Honor. If I may, I'd like a few moments to get my series of cocktail napkins and matchbooks in order.

He’s a pain in the ASCII to everybody. Now please acquit my sysadmin client over these CIA Vault 7 leaking charges

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"I hope he gets a very good jury that can follow the complicated discussions that his trial will consist of."

Rest assured the prosecution will ensure the jury will be composed of blue collar workers who don't have enough knowledge to program a ringtone on their phone. They don't want people who know IT and can see the flaws. They want patriotic 'mericans who will believe their version of events and put a "traitor" in jail.

He may also not get a jury at all and have just a federal judge deciding his fate.

Xiaomi what's inside: Wow, teardown nerds find debut smartwatch isn't actually a solder-and-resin nightmare

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I carry a phone under protest, but it's needed for my job. I suppose electronics manufacturers need to sell more each year so they need to invent new things to carry around.

Worthless product for me in any iteration. But I am a dinosaur and remember when face time was actual conversation.

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