* Posts by Coen Dijkgraaf

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Google claims web search will be 10% better for English speakers – with the help of AI

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Re: 10%?

It used to be that Google would only return results with all the words, but they changed that to be a lot more lose.

It does provide links under the results of "Must include x" and if you click on it, it will put that word with quotes around it. You can also manually add quotes around either words or phrases, and then it will search for exact matches.

Think your VMware snapshots are all good? Guess again if you're on Windows Server 2019

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FAIL

Re: Bad link?

Yes, the link on ElReg has a space in it that should not be there.

Correct link is https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/60395

Apple programs Siri to not bother its pretty little head with questions about feminism

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Re: touch data.txt -please

See https://twitter.com/kathyra_/status/1160812366293901314?lang=en

Then it becomes

please touch data.txt

AI solves Rubik's Cube in 1.2 seconds (that's three times slower than a non-AI algorithm)

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Re: So, instead of applying a bit of Group Theory ...

Using lots of monkeys for Protein folding? They already do it via lots of real monkeys (well apes really) via the foldit game https://fold.it/portal/

Amazon may finally get its hands on .amazon after world's DNS overseer loses patience

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Re: Can of worms or Pandora's box is about to be opened...

They already have. No lobbying or bribing needed.

Oracle https://gtldresult.icann.org/applicationstatus/applicationdetails/361

Microsoft https://gtldresult.icann.org/applicationstatus/applicationdetails/1367

Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles

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It is the Azure Active Directory that went TITSUP, and everything that used it. Simple logins are now working again, but still problems with MFA, subscriptions and directories in Azure still.

Apple replaces boot-loop watchOS edition with unconnected complications edition

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Re: Complications

>> Marketing should be the servant, not the master. All too often companies think it is the other way round.

So true, I've even been on a IT project where marketing had come up with an idea (stolen from overseas) and had booked the television advertising even before they scoped the size of the project. So we had a unmovable deadline before the project even got of the ground.

Google bod wants cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure

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Stamp on Java?

A slight error in that article, the subheading says Stamp on Java, but the body refers to JavaScript.

I'd say the subheading is wrong.

If at first you, er, make things worse, you're probably Microsoft: Bug patch needed patching

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Another of their July patches broke a few things

See Advisory on July 2018 .NET Framework Updates

It broke things in SharePoint, BizTalk Server Administration Console, IIS with Classic ASP, .NET applications using COM and impersonation.

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Re: "Upgrading users should be able to ignore the viewer as before."

@Tim Bergel

The article doesn't mention .chm files at all, so either the edited to remove that, or Alan jumped to an incorrect conclusion.

Scammers use Google Maps to skirt link-shortener crackdown

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Re: Why? Just why?

One of the reasons the URL shorterners came because of character limitations of some messaging systems, e.g. Text messages & Twitter.

Former Google X bloke's startup unveils 'self flying' electric air taxi

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Re: Richard Pearse

The phase they use on Wikipedia for Richard Pearse is "Wright brothers, who achieved sustained controlled flight.". The key words being sustained and controlled, although Richard Pearse might have gotten into the air earlier, his flights "achieved no more than brief hops".

I'll bee back: Boffin's bionic bug Band-Aid after real ones all die

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Terminator

Would these be mechanical fly swatters?

No, the would be Would these be electric fly swatters. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly-killing_device#Electric_flyswatter

UK worker who sold customers' data to nuisance callers must cough up £1k

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Re: Truecaller

Possibly a fake version the app?

As described in this thread.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/truecaller-is-scam-app.2042478/

OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

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Aknowledgement of the issue from Google.

@Phil Kingston

UPDATE: The Register understands that Google has admitted to the flaw, said it impacts a "small number" of users, and committed to providing a fix in short order.

'Mummy, what's felching?' Tot gets smut served by Android app

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Big Brother

Re: santa

Typing is into Google search got me the following

- is artichoke a fruit or a vegetable

- is your portrait in museum (Apparently a Facebook thing to do with finding out if you portrait of a doppelganger hanging up in a museum).

- is santa real

- is water wet

Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

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Re: Once More, With Eeling

> And Darwin

No, he is only eligible for that if he manages to take himself out of the gene-pool, so he either needs to be killed or be rendered sterile by his experiments.

He could get an Honorable Mention though, like this guy though

7200 Volts And A Dim Bulb

http://www.darwinawards.com/stupid/stupid2017-02.html

No, really. You can see through walls using drones and Wi-Fi

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Re: Just one problem with that.

> You mean your bunker isn't already enclosed in a signal blocking mesh?

I didn't say I was or wasn't, but I'm sure we all know some people who aren't yet.

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Black Helicopters

Re: Just one problem with that.

How soon before we are all having to live in a faraday cage?

LASER RAT FENCE wins €1.7m European Commission funds

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FAIL

Re: It won't work on gecko

And even birds get used to it after a while.

I visited a cow barn in the Netherlands where they had this system to deter birds. This system moved the beams around the barn. All that happened is that the birds flew from one part of the barn where the laser was pointing to the other part, and kept feeding, whereas initially it would scare them away.

Android apps punched out by Judy malware

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Facepalm

Re: What were the titles?

The titles are in the Checkpoint's advisory blog that is linked to in the article.

http://blog.checkpoint.com/2017/05/25/judy-malware-possibly-largest-malware-campaign-found-google-play/

Mainly ones with "Fashion Judy", "Animal Judy", "Chef Judy" & "Judy’s Spa Salon" in the title, but it also list some that don't (by the other developer that was mentioned)

That article of course has a link promoting their own security products to protect you (of course if it was that good, why did it take so long for them to find this).

Three-quarters of IoT projects are failing, says Cisco

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Re: I don't believe that 1/4 succeed.

That's probably because most of the IoT projects that do succeed aren't for the domestic market but rather are used in a commercial setting.

I'm aware of sever IoT project the company I worked for was involved with,

1) Sensor in milk vats to measure temperature and other data to be transmitted via the internet, and the results analysed in the cloud to ensure milk quality.

2) Electronic tags for cows and sensors to track stock movement, breeding/production results.

Capita's huge role in UK government should go under the spotlight

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Thumb Up

Re: TV Licenses

They did away with TV Licenses in July 1999 in New Zealand. And yes, some things now get funded out of taxes via the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. For the most part they get money out of advertisers.

MyHealthRecord slammed in privacy uproar

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Q: "And what tiny percentage of the population have chronic conditions?"

A: http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129552034

:About half of all Australians have a chronic disease, and around 20% have at least two, according to new data released online today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)."

Close to 50% is a rather large minority.

Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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Black Helicopters

Re: Interesting idea, but Canada?

I take it you said that last with your tongue firmly in cheek.

Both New Zealand & Japan can experience rather large earth quakes and also Tsunamis (although we have been lucky so far in that regard in New Zealand), so not the best locations to store a electronic backup. Estonia well, to close to another super power.

New Zealand's West Island (aka Australia) might be an option though.

Yahoo! spymasters! patent! biometric! online! ad! tracking! IRL!

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Terminator

Prior art?

This should possibly be thrown out due to prior art, this idea was used in the film Minority Report where a holographic add used a retinal scan to identify customers. In this case incorrectly as he had an eye transplant to avoid detection. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhpCu-ZJiu4

Bees with numberplates will soon be buzzing around London. Why?

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Re: Aphid?!?

Or did they mean Apoidea-friendly? But that includes wasps in addition to bees.

E-books the same as printed ones, says top Euro court egghead

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Boffin

Already borrow eBooks

I already borrow eBooks from Auckland City Libraries in New Zealand.

And yes, they have a one copy, one user policy and it has a due date or you have to press a button to return the book at which point you cannot read it anymore unless you check it out again. So I'm a bit puzzled as to why this is such a big issue.

I believe there are also rules in place that each book is only allowed to be borrowed a fixed number of times before the Library has to purchase another copy. The digital equivalent of the book wearing out/being damaged and being replaced just so that authors don't miss out on royalties.

Kaspersky cracks CryptXXX, throws lifeline to ransomware victims

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RSA4096 wasn't difficult to crack?

The article at Kaspersky actually says "Fortunately, CryptXXX turned out to be not that difficult to crack".

However it seems to depend on you being able to give it a copy of one of the encrypted files before it was encrypted and the bigger the file the better. "The bigger file you’ve feed to the utility — the more files would be decrypted." So it sounds like they must have used a small key that could be brute forced.

Google found 760,935 compromised web sites in a year

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Re: CSS breaches

@Donn Bly

In the security context CSS usually means Cross Site Scripting, not Cascading Style Sheet

Saw-inspired horror slowly deletes your PC's files as you scramble to pay the ransom

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Joke

Copyright

Now they have shot themselves in the foot. The Movie industry will now send their lawyers after them due to breach of copyright.

If NatWest texts you about online banking fraud, don't click the link

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Re: This might be on the rise.

"stuff my trousers full of banknotes, and flown back"

Make sure you declare if you are carrying more than NZ$10,000 or more in cash, or foreign equivalent, otherwise they will catch you with the money sniffing dogs

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11348609

Solution to tech bros' disgust of SF homeless people launched

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Flame

Re: Ah that's sweet

Another anti-homeless system that some places have implemented are "anti homeless sprinklers", basically a motion sensor with a timer linked to a sprinkler so that out of business hours it will start spraying water if someone stays too long in an alcove so to prevent homeless people from sleeping there. In some jurisdictions they were forced to take them down again.

Will IT support please come to the ward immediately. Weeeee have a tricky problem

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Oily dust bunnies

I was once sent out to inspect a XT PC at a Bus Engineering Depot (where they maintain & repair buses). Apparently the PC had problems printing and odd things happening on the screen. I opened it up and had a look and found it had a inch deep layer of oily dust covering the entire motherboard. I was surprised it was still working at all. As at that time XT's were obsolete, when asked if it was worth repairing I responded, "No, it will be cheaper just to replace it".

Hacking Team hacked: Spyware source code torrent blurts govt customers

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Re: "claiming to only deal with ethical governments"

"which ones are those then?"

The ones where the politicians remain bought.

Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: [redacted] Amazon

- Authors will try to make their books as long as possible, without quite putting off the reader, so they get paid more.

Pirate Party founder: I wanna turn news into a series of three-line viral gobbets

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Alien

Re: The Consumer.

@Mongo Maybe post what you remember of the story in http://scifi.stackexchange.com/ tagged story-identification and someone will be able to identify it for you.

'All browsing activity should be considered private and sensitive' says US CIO

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Except the Government is not worried about what snooping they do via NSA, just what other people do.

The NSA probably has direct access to those servers anyway and doesn't need to break SSL.

Watch a hot, speeding space alien explode all over Earth's Beaver

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Flash

Try disabling Flash in your browser and you do get a non-flash version.

Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror

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Re: MEH!

Nope nobody was driving the scooter, reading the original Dutch article, the scooter was parked on top of the underground toilet.

"Bovenop het ondergrondse toilet stond een scooter"

=

"On top of the underground toilet was a scooter"

Fake antivirus scams: It's a $120m business – and alleged ringleaders have just been frozen

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Mushroom

So the companies might stop trading

I suspect that some of the people behind the companies are probably already setting up or running new companies doing the same old things.

<joke>

The only way to be sure is to nuke them from orbit

</joke>

Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

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FAIL

Country Restrictions

@Sebastian A

I think it probably is UK only due to the fact that the entry form has no field for Country.

Google to feed machines with evidence of human physical weaknesses – and that's a good thing

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Black Helicopters

Gattaca

Hopefully data protection has been thought about or we can look forward to a society like portrayed in the film Gattaca.

Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE

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Joke

Infinite Improbability Drive?

I thought a good hot cup of tea is what you needed for interstellar travel.

Kiwis unplug supercomputer after intrusion

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Terminator

Re: Wait....

Yep, an IBM Power 575 supercomputer http://www.niwa.co.nz/videos/fitzroy-niwas-new-supercomputer

Not in the top 500 list of supercomputers though.

Bitcoin blockchain allegedly infected by ancient 'Stoned' virus

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Re: the whole message

The rest of the output should have been the phrase "Legalise Marijuana", however due to a bug in the virus it never actually displayed that text but would crash and freeze your machine instead.

As I recall the bug was when it attempted to draw and ASCII art Marijuana.

Apple files patent for typo-sensing buttons

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Devil

Re: Sorry Dave.

Or an Apple response "You are pressing it wrong"

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