* Posts by druck

2340 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

Everyone back to the office! Why? Because the decision has been made

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Re: Genius

And fiber FFS!

Crypto sleuths pin $100 million Harmony theft on Lazarus Group

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The entire point

Given the large number of scams and thefts involving cryptocurrency and other DeFi projects, many of those groups are working on ways to reverse or limit the damage from theft and scams. However, it's not easy, he said.

It's not easy, as that is the entire point of the whole damn thing.

Intel ships crypto-mining ASIC at the worst possible time

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Re: The sooner, the better

I don't consider myself to be much on an environmentalist, but they need to be hung out to dry for selling a chip that's only purpose is to waste vast amounts of energy and ultimately facilitate criminal activity.

HPE unveils Arm-based ProLiant server for cloud-native workloads

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Dell, like HPE, did experiment with Arm-based systems about a decade ago but eventually allowed that project to quietly die.

No doubt after receiving a big brown envelope with Something InsideTM

Misguided call for a 7-Zip boycott brings attention to FOSS archiving tools

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Re: I like 7Zip.

I'm disappointed, I hadn't taken you for conspiracy peddling cockwomble.

China's blockchain boosters slam crypto as Ponzi scheme

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Re: Blockchains have no use that could not be better served by a database.

Well I don't trust AC's trying to peddle blockchain based snake oil.

We're now truly in the era of ransomware as pure extortion without the encryption

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Kill the cryto, stop the scam

Some of these thieves offer discounted ransoms to corporations to encourage them to pay sooner, with the demanded payment getting larger the longer it takes to cough up the cash (or Bitcoin, as the case may be).

Bitcoin (or other crypto currency) in every case - if they could only accept payment in cash or via the banking system, their economic model would disappear over night. Cash requires presence in the country of the victim, and while there are ways to make money vanish in the banking system, it is very much harder to do, particularly if your country is cut off from the electronic payment systems.

Amazon can't channel the dead, but its deepfake voices take a close second

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Re: Nothing new under the Sun

It's not even new in the computer world, all natural voices available from companies such as Nuance are based on a real persons speech, taken from a sample recording and automatically broken in to phonemes. All someone has done is stick an AI label on it.

Mega's unbreakable encryption proves to be anything but

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Re: Still better than others

Which is great unless she is one of these older folks that go around switching off all the wall sockets every night, in case it should suddenly catch fire.

Mars Express orbiter to get code update after 19 years

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Re: Astounding

You forgot the joke icon again ->

Know the difference between a bin and /bin unless you want a new doorstop

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Re: The bin

That's the sin bin /sbin

AMD to end Threadripper Pro 5000 drought for non-Lenovo PCs

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Re: Here ya go, Intel

The strategy is; if there is a shortage of chip manufacturing capacity, use what there is to make the most expensive chips. Favouring one manufacturer so they usually have stock, is better than a dozen who normally don't and will sell out of small batches immediately.

Inverse Finance stung for $1.2 million via flash loan attack

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Incompetence or scam?

Either way your money is gone.

Nvidia wants to lure you to the Arm side with fresh server bait

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Re: If you can't buy...

What brings you to that conclusion?

Microsoft readies Windows Autopatch to free admins from dealing with its fixes

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Auto F***up

A small set of devices will get the patches first before Autopatch moves on to gradually larger sets, gated by checks to ensure that nothing breaks.

That's never stopped them before.

SpaceX reportedly fires staffers behind open letter criticising Elon Musk

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Re: Never directly criticise the person paying your wages in public or work time ...

If they enforced that one, Musk would have been out years ago - smoking spliffs in interviews, calling rescuers paedos, and many many more examples of bringing every company he is associated with in to disrepute.

South Korea's space ambitions stuck on the launchpad

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It's probably best they don't try for a polar orbit, given him who is to the north of them would probably send them back quite a few of his rockets in return.

EV battery can reach full charge in 'less than 10 minutes'

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1000 Charges

That is a very low number of charges, which means it needs to be replaced every year or two, depending on your mileage and the size of vehicle.

Crypto market crashes on Celsius freeze, inflation news

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My heart bleeds for all the extortionists and fraudsters who take payment in crypto.

Microsoft forgot to renew the certificate for its Windows Insider subdomain

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Utterly unprofessional

openSUSE Leap 15.4: The best desktop on the RPM side of the Linux world

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Re: It's a breeze

It's also the only distro which was a breeze to convert from 32 bit to 64 bit, one simple set of instructions and it worked first time.

Warning: Colleagues are unusually likely to 'break' their monitors soon

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Re: Consumption

Just about all the streaming services support both standards, although I'm damned if I can tell any difference between them.

Chinese 'Aoqin Dragon' gang runs undetected ten-year espionage spree

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Oh for the good old days when you just had to block posts containing claims you had inherited ONE HUNDRED MILLION US DOLLARS.

Dell unveils new XPS 13 devices with Alder Lake CPUs

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Re: Not a fan

It's a Dell not a HP!

Google calculates Pi to 100 trillion digits

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Re: Calculating Pi on a Pi

If you are calculating Pi on a Pi just make sure its in Python.

Infosys celebrates first birthday of glitchy Indian tax portal by fixing another bug

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The perils of in-sourcing

I bet they wish they could just blame it on some low cost foreign outfit.

Supply chain attacks will get worse: Microsoft Security Response Center boss

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Re: Releasing a complete "ingredients list"

Publicly searchable BoMs would undoubtedly identify targets faster than scanning systems for known exploits. However, I think the advantage of customers knowing earlier that they have a vulnerable system would outweigh that risk.

AI and ML could save the planet – or add more fuel to the climate fire

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Re: err, economics

LEDs when used as a 1:1 replacement for filament bulbs saves lots of energy. However in new homes or refurbishments multiple LEDs now are used, our kitchen/family room has 14 6W downlighters where as previously one filament and a florescent would have been used. There is also far more outside lighting now LEDs are cheap leading to an increase in light pollution.

Enemies Waymo, Uber now friends making self-driving-ish trucks for US highways

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Re: How about... trains?

Unless you can automate them all overnight, you have the militant rail unions to deal with, at least here in the UK.

Tough news for Apple as EU makes USB-C common charging port for most electronic devices

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Re: The BS 546 Brexit connector next

They already ship all devices to the UK with a BS 1363 3 pin mains plug.

Majority of Axon's AI ethics board resigns over CEO's taser drones

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Re: Follow the money

Precautions were cancelled months ago, and the transport secretary has no control over privately owned airports.

Microsoft: You own the best software keyboard there is. Please let us buy it

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Re: Bring it baaaaack!

Please don't continue to develop Swype. The first version I used on my Galaxy S was fantastic, it seemed to know what I was typing before I did. The next few updates were cosmetic and made it look great with themes etc. However, at a certain point the prediction started getting worse and worse with each upgrade, I was actually glad when they abandoned it, as it hasn't degraded any further. Despite all that it is still better than any of the alternatives I've tried.

The next time your program is 'not responding,' (do not) try these steps

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Re: I have no answers. I'm not sure there are any. It's probably too late.

IT is as far away from being a proper profession as a Taxi driver is away from an airline pilot.

A Taxi driver passes their driving test once at the beginning of career, and can drive any car they like until retirement. The consequences of failures are normally minor, most accidents don't result in any long term consequences for either driver of vehicle, except for slightly higher insurance, which does nothing to raise standards.

Airline pilots on the other hand have to take a far more extensive qualification, and are re-tested every few years, they also need to become qualified on each new type of plane they fly. Failures are generally a lot more serious and call in to question both the competency of the pilot and the design of the aircraft, lessons are learned.

We can either put up with cheap low quality software on unreliable operating systems keep driving us in to a ditch, or pay more for professional quality engineering of applications and operating systems. Unfortunately, I think we all know which one will win out.

Clipminer rakes in $1.7m in crypto hijacking scam

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That sounds familiar

The malware also can monitor keyboard and mouse activity to determine if the system is being used and also monitors running processes, checking for analyst and troubleshooting tools, the researchers wrote. If it appears the host system – and some of the troubleshooting tools – are not being used, the malware will crank up the XMRig cryptocurrency miner.

Windows on its own will often start using 100% CPU and spin up the machines fans to maximum, strangely it always stops a few seconds after opening Task Manager.

OpenSea staffer charged with insider-trading of NFTs

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It's turtlesfraud all the way down.

Researchers claim quantum device performs 9,000-year calculation in microseconds

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This isn't a quantum computer

It is an experiment which relies on a quantum effect which is difficult to simulate in a conventional computer.

What is it not is any sort of quantum computer which can solve problems that a conventional computer ca, in any time frame.

Quantum computing startup probed in report, securities suit

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It definitely could, because money is only being poured into this boondoggle in case the other guy gets the first - they wont.

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There is going to be a lot more of this, as billions are thrown at quantum startups - quantum will never work.

EnemyBot malware adds enterprise flaws to exploit arsenal

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Why has GitHub not taken this down?

Australian digital driving licenses can be defaced in minutes

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Re: A country

It has much to do with Channel 5 stealing it from the BBC. Pre-digital we couldn't even get Channel 5, and post analogue we didn't bother.

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

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Re: Windows didn't suck...

Is that all you've got?

Liam has gone to the trouble of writing an article specifically for you to vent your spleen about too many Linux distro's and you've only got one comment about Windows? Where are the other 30 posts of frothing from the mouth diatribe against choice and duplication of effort? Are you ill? Have the Rubles run out?

France levels up local video game slang with list of French terms to replace foreign words

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Re: Programmers complaining about languages

Once the GIL is fixed...

Logitech's MX Mechanical keyboard, Master 3S mouse

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Re: Logi Bolt is no replacement for Unify.

You get one receiver with the keyboard and one with the mouse, each one can pair with both the keyboard and mouse, so that's two machines taken care off, and the third machine you can connect to via Bluetooth.

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Re: Handy, then, that Logitech appears to have all bases covered?

I use the Logiops github.com/PixlOne/logiops software to customise the MX Master 3 mouse buttons. I've got the horizontal scroll wheel set up to zoom the current window, and the bottton thumb button combined with left and right to ctrl+tab or shift+ctrl+tab, up alternates between the vertical scroll wheel normal and super scroll modes, and down cycles around 3 different dpi sensitivity settings.

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You really cannot compare a Microsoft keyboard to these, they are in a different league.

China’s top court calls for blockchain to record vast number of transactions

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Re: But... why?

They've been suckered by the blockchain hype, and will now have to drag around an ever growing digital anchor on every transaction. Well done to whoever sold them that crok of shit.

Shanghai lockdowns to end, perhaps easing tech supply chain woes

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Re: So, how's it working out for them?

Making sure the lockdown procedures and subsequent suppression of dissent is effective, under the guise of zero COVID, is very good practice should the CCP deem it necessary for any other reason.

Experts: AI inventors' designs should be protected in law

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It could come back to bite them...

...if it can be proved a substantial part of an invention involved AI, then a human inventor could be denied a patent.

A peek into Gigabyte's GPU Arm for AI, HPC shops

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Re: ARM is the new Oracle

Utter rubbish, ARM aren't looking to lock in anybody, these types of systems are being adopted on merit and merit alone. Customers are migrating to them from x86, and could just as easily go elsewhere if the ARM ecosystem doesn't meet their needs.

Robotics and 5G to spur growth of SoC industry – report

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Re: About that bet....

I have to confess to 15 Pi's of various generations on active duty, one on standby, one being commissioned, and another 2 in reserve.


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