* Posts by Kev99

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Microsoft's Secure Boot fix sends some PCs into BitLocker Recovery

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Ah, once more mictosoft shows off its great quality control and product testing.

US Space Force deploys robot dogs at Cape Canaveral base

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Hello, SkyNet. By the way. The Army used geese to patrol the perimeter of its bases in Germany. They are extremely territorial, their bite hurts like hell, and make and awful racket that will wake the dead. Or Beetle Bailey.

US car industry leads the world in production cuts over chip shortages

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I can understand needing some sort of computer oversight for ABS and engine management, but radios, reat seat controls, windows, HVAC, etc? My lands, how did we ever survive with cable actuated HVAC controls, crank windows, manual seats, et cetera.

Scientist shares spicy pic of 'James Webb' discovery

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Too many people have the sense of humor of an old undertaker. Maybe it's time for these morphean rubes to dig up a sense of humor.

Enough with the notifications! Focus Assist will shut them u… 'But I'm too important!'

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What the pop is Focus Assist? NONE of my OSes (Win19, ElCap, Puppy Linux) or apps throw off any beeps, squawks, chirps or other noise. That annoying as hell notifications sidebar doesn't show up. I guess that's what happens when you turn off everything not necessary to using the osor the apps.

US-funded breakthrough battery tech just simply handed over to China

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So what else is new? TVs, CDs, transistors, refrigerators, cars, the list goes on. America invents it and the corporate know-it-alls give it away to Asia so their bacl pockets can get fatter gaster.

Bloke robbed of $800,000 in cryptocurrency by fake wallet app wants payback from Google

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So this idiot wants google to pay for his stupidity? Get real.

Micron pledges US memory expansion after CHIPS Act passes

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"With $52 billion on the table, everyone wants their fair share". What about the poor taxpayers who have to subsidize these multi-billion dollar money machines?

US court system suffered 'incredibly significant attack' – sealed files at risk

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Let's put EVERYTHING on that bunch of holes held together with a bit of string. What a bunch of maroons. Use DEDICATED lines for internal data and very limited external data on the 'net. You know, as was done for decades before Berners-Lee wrecked society.

T-Mobile US to cough up $550m after info stolen on 77m customers

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Re: A bit of maths

You're absolutely right. The people who were harmed get pennies on the dollar while the lawyers get new mansions. I think a fairer settlement for the one harmed would be the total settlement go to them and T-Mobile (and other class action defendants across the board) pay ALL legal fees, court costs, and any other expenses related to the litigation.

Rocky Linux 9 and its new build service enter the ring

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But how fat is it?

FCC chair wishes for 100Mbps down, 20Mbps up broadband minimum in US

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You mean he wants the US to meet the speeds offers in Chile, Romania, and Thailand?

Mars helicopter to take a breather, recharge batteries

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If there are any winds on Mars, why doesn"t NASA put small wind turbines on it kit to generate the juice?

CP/M's open-source status clarified after 21 years

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Way back when, our first pcs ran dr-dos, WordPerfect, QuattroPro, and Netware. Never a problem. Our IT team (all one of him) decided to "test" MS-DOS. Over the course of time, our IT department went from two people to close to twenty, with most of their time spent fixing glitches, pukes, and "features" in mictosoft products. Ah, progress.

Microsoft's July Patch Tuesday fixes actively exploited bug

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You'd think after writing code for close to 40 years mictosoft would know how to write code that didn't have vulnerabilies, holes, and backdoors. But then again, we are talking about mictosoft.

Choosing a non-Windows OS on Lenovo Secured-core PCs is trickier than it should be

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I've often read a clean install of Windows will fix beaucoup problems in Windows. So, go nuclear, wipe the HDD/SDD, install you Linux flavor of choice and then install windows on a separate partition. I guess.

Judge rejects another Microsoft appeal against surplus license reseller suit

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I sure hope ValueLicensing wins BIG TIME along with sever punitive damages.

Europe passes sweeping antitrust laws targeting America's Big Tech

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We can only hope.

Marriott Hotels admits to third data breach in 4 years

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Oh, don't worry about it. That bunch of holes held together with string is perfectly safe. Besides, it doesn't cost anything.

Has Intel gone too far with its Ohio fab 'delay' stunt?

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Intel is throwing off umpteen BILLION in cash every QUARTER. They no more need taxpayer assistance than a kraken. ANY tax incentive to ANY company bigger than a mom & pop operation is a waste of taxpayer money. The companies have learned how to play off the governments' greed and idiocy. I spent 10 years sitting on tax incentive review boards. Cases in point. Ford wanted $125,000 in tax breaks for a several hundred million dollar expansion of a transmission plant for American cars. The only other plants that could build that tranny were in Saarland (France) and Brazil. Jergens hand lotions wanted a huge tax break for their headquarters and main plant which would have been economically impossible to replace. A company that held the patents for a process to integrate bottle labels into the plastic bottles wanted thousands of breaks for the one and only plant for "expected" growth. Tax breaks only fatten Wall Street's pockets 99% of the time.

FedEx signals 'zero mainframe, zero datacenter' operations by 2024

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Want to track your package? Contact your local black hat hacker. Just ask the Shanghai National Police, British Army, Geographic Solutions (GSI), OpenSea, Uber, and dozens (hundreds?) of other companies. Don't you just love it when the bean counter over-rule the people who are supposedly the IT security pros?

Large Hadron Collider experiment reveals three exotic particles

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Are these really "new" particles or just chips off already known particles, like electrons, neutrons and protons? After putting this query to over a dozen scientific journals, universities, magazines, none have ever responded. Makes me wonder.

You need to RTFM, but feel free to use your brain too

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Never apologise for those thongs over which you have no control. Especially instructions written by someone who never actually did the work.

Intel withholds Ohio fab ceremony over US chip subsidies inaction

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Intel no more needs subsidies than the man in the moon. They're throwing off $20BILLION+ in cash every year.

Graphical desktop system X Window just turned 38

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If it ain't broke, don't "fix" it. An adage far too many software houses threw out with the garbage. I would say mictosoft is one of the most egregious offenders but with their weekly and unannounced patches they still haven't got windows "fixed".

Israeli air raid sirens triggered in possible cyberattack

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Why do the idiots use the internet to control such a critical, life-saving system on the internet??

Nothing says 2022 quite like this remote-controlled machine gun drone

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Re: Fortunately Useless

Sounds like you're not too wild about the know-it-alls in the Air Force killing the A-10? Or for that matter, scapping the A-26 or the "real" Thunderbolt, the P-47 Jug.

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Didn't a company out of New England develop a similar vehicle back in the 198o-1990s?

Cloud services proving handy for cybercriminals, SANS Institute warns

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No s--t, Sherlock. Whatever gave you your first clue?

Microsoft accidentally turned off hardware requirements for Windows 11

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Those minimum requirements have more to do with helping mictosoft's sycophants sell their kit than being needed to run the bloatware.

Beijing-backed baddies target unpatched networking kit to attack telcos

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Why do the corporate tech idiots continue to insist on using the net / cloud for business critical operations? They survived for decades using dedicated lines. The electric generating companies even used their own power lines for communications and control. Oh, wait. The internet is "free", which means more money for the back pockets of the C-level goofs and wall street sanguisuges.

Google has more reasons why it doesn't like antitrust law that affects Google

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I may be wrong but it seems to me that google is more concerned about wiping out Norton, McAfee and others just as mictosoft did to so many of the companies that added functionality to ms-dos and windows. Remember Quarterdeck? Central Point Software?

I love the Linux desktop, but that doesn't mean I don't see its problems all too well

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Windows As A Service will be worth considering once the internet/cloud has 1024-bit encryption as the minimum security, and absolutely NO telemetry go back & forth to the servers. Until then, I stick with my PC running client only software. If office365 or google docs is any indication of what an online office software will be like, my determination to stick with a PC based application will only grow.

Microsoft seizes 41 domains tied to 'Iranian phishing ring'

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Never underestimate the stupidity of the human animal.

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux

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I just was a small fast distro that will run under 2MB RAM.

Clonezilla 3: Copy and clone disk images to your heart's content

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Help me out a little. My laptop has a 125GB SDD. I want to put in a new 250GB SDD. Is Clonezilla3 the tool I need? Or should I drop Ventoy on a USB then Clonezilla?

Original killer PC spreadsheet Lotus 1-2-3 now runs on Linux natively

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I was partial to Quattro Pro 4. Tabs, cut & paste, and all those little things that mictosoft bragged abut in windows 1. And all under DOS.

And pfs:Professional Write did everything I needed for business documents. And if I needed graphics, it was over to pfs:First Publisher. Easier & better than Harvard Graphics in my opinion. Compared to the bloated and insecure mictosoft products these were much better. And cheaper.

Upgrading to Android 12.1 ... in Windows 11: Telemetry disabled by default

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Android for Wndows? Isn't that what Bluestacks has been doing for years?

How ICE became a $2.8b domestic surveillance agency

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Hello, Big Brother. I thought the party in power the past few years was absolutely against government meddling in our lives.

Workstation, server, IoT? No worries. Fedora 36 is out – all 13 editions of it

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But how fay is it?

Industry pushes back against India's data security breach reporting requirements

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To me it just seems the industry doesn't give a rat's rear about security, confidentiality, or protection of data. They're more concerned about cheap product, massive profits and keeping the stockmarket, and their back pockets, happy.

Ransomware plows through farm machinery giant AGCO

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You'd think by now the idiots would realise that putting proprietary, confidential, business critical data on the internet is going to come back and bite them in the arse. Apparently the bean counters would rather risk it instead of being safe.

TurboTax to pay $141m to settle claims it scammed millions of people

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Wow! $30 a person. Whoopee-doo-da. And the lawyers will walk away with a several million each as compensation. That's fair compensation? Intuit and all others who get sued for compensation should pay all the legal fees separately from the damages.

Cloudflare stomps huge DDoS attack on crypto platform

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I have no sympathy for the cryptocurrency site being brought down.

Coca-Cola probes pro-Kremlin gang's claims of 161GB data theft

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Oh, putting all of proprietary, confidential, and business critical data on the 'net / cloud is perfectly safe. So what if a net is just a bunch of holes held together by string or that a cloud is a bunch of holes held together with vapor.

US Navy told to do a 'supplemental' integrity investigation of $2.5b Dell deal

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$2.5 Billion for Microsoft software?? Holy Moses, Amos! Does that mean FOSS, which is often more secure and cheaper to maintain, a no-no? For that kind of money some college could probably come up with every app & os in that deal that would probably be more secure & easier to maintain and still have money left over for a few thousand 100% scholarships.

Five Eyes nations fear wave of Russian attacks against critical infrastructure

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Whatever happened to dedicated lines, like were used for decades before DARPA released the internet to the wild?

So, what happened with GitHub, Heroku, and those raided private repos?

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But, but, storing yor data in the "cloud" is perfectly safe. No one would ever be able to steal anything.

Volkswagen: Expect chip supply problems until 2024

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The problems with computer chip availability in the auto industries lies primarily with themselves. For decades, the HVAC systems were controlled by rheostats, thermistors, and bi-metal strips. Ford has decided to no longer provide rear seat temp controls because of the lack of chip. Automatic transmissions were operated by changes in oil pressure, not chips. Et cetera ad infinitum, ad nauseum. Add to that the decision to save a fractional penny a unit and send production to Asia and one can see the the auto company screwed the pooch royally.

Microsoft hikes prices for non-profit customers, ends on-prem software grants

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Check out TechSoup and compare pricing.

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