* Posts by The Man Who Fell To Earth

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Alibaba wants to get you off the PC upgrade treadmill and into its cloud

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A ''cloud" computer!

Great. We all know how reliable the cloud has been. Never a glitch. Never.

He was a skater boy. We said, 'see you later, boy' – and the VAX machine mysteriously began to work as intended

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Yes, those were the days - NOT

I remember our PDP 11/34 in the early '80's used to have it's disk drive opened up about once a month or so and the tech pull the platters out and wipe them down with a cloth wet with alcohol to clean them. Usually after he was called due to a head crash. Reliability? What's that?

My bet is the roller blade guy was jerking the cabinet rather than it being a static issue. Especially at UCSD, given the humidity there a couple of thousand feet from the ocean.

Cisco’s 'intuitive security' tool can’t handle MAC address randomization out-of-the-box

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Screw em all

If your MAC Address isn't on my networks allow list, then F-off.

ByteDance rebuffs Microsoft's TikTok purchase proposal

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Re: Microsoft ensuring security?

And Oracle is your idea of trustworthy?

Unexpected risks of using Apple ID: 'Sign in with Apple' will be blocked for Epic Games

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Re: Users will lose the ability to log into an Epic Games account via "Sign in with Apple"

Poor baby. Epic Games is only "IT" as much as the movie business is. And like the movie business & Sports business, it's primary business is actually Entertainment.

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Users will lose the ability to log into an Epic Games account via "Sign in with Apple"

Oh, the horror of the inconvenience!

This is vastly more important than those pesky things people make stinks about like famine, genocide, and environmental devastation.

Server buyers ask Lenovo for made-in-Mexico models instead of Chinese kit

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Agreed

If you are worried the devices are compromised, Security 101 would tell you that you should assume the alteration is deep enough that having the integration take place in Mexico isn't going to help. You should change vendors. Having said that, you should also insist none of the components were made in China including seemingly innocuous things like connectors. There's no reason to believe the Chinese are not the equals (or even superior) to the NSA in this area:

"The NSA has also developed a set of tiny surveillance electronics dubbed HOWLERMONKEY that hides within computer hardware, such as an ordinary Ethernet port, Appelbaum said. The one pictured above, dubbed FIREWALK, looks no different to a standard RJ45 socket, but can inject data into and slurp any bytes from packets coming through the physical connection automatically, and relay the information back to base via a radio link." from

https://www.theregister.com/2013/12/31/nsa_weapons_catalogue_promises_pwnage_at_the_speed_of_light/?page=2

Also see

https://www.theregister.com/2013/07/29/lenovo_accused_backdoors_intel_ban/

And for the truly worried, once you've received your hopefully "safe" kit, have multiple independent security outfits have a go at it looking for compromises since there are other governments out there that do this kind of stuff.

I won't be ignored: Google to banish caller roulette with Verified Calls

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Re: This better not bypass the phone app's blocklist

Google verified just means I'll be even more likely to ignore it.

Oh wait, I'd never use Google's phone app in a million years so it's probably moot anyway.

Apple to Epic: Sue me? No, sue you, pal!

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Re: Has anyone else noticed...

Google is silent for the same reason Xerox was silent in the mid-90's when Apple went after Microsoft claiming Windows infringed on Apple's Mac OS because Windows had windows. Xerox knew that if Apple prevailed, then Apple would have already proven, on Apple's own dime, that Apple infringed on Xerox's OS for the Alto from the mid-70's. So it's not worth it to Google to spend money when Apple's case will tell them whether they have a problem or not.

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SLAPP

"You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means" - Inigo Montoya

This is a contest between scumbag corporations, and California's SLAPP laws are irrelevant here. Epic is clearly & deliberately in violation of it's contracts with both Google & Apple. They clearly are hoping for Apple or Google to settle as courts are pretty unlikely to rule in their favor based on established Contract Law, and that settlement to undermine the other in the marketplace. It's a gamble and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

China proposes ‘Global Initiative on Data Security’ forbidding stuff it and Huawei are accused of doing already

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"Spying on me would be of no interest to the Chinese."

"Spying on me would be of no interest to the Chinese."

"Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say." - Edward Snowden

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Re: Judical assistance

If both countries have independent judiciaries and strong Rule of Law, no problem. But China has neither, and may never given the party's willingness to ruthlessly do anything to maintain power.

Amazon spies on staff, fires them by text for not hitting secretive targets, workers 'feel forced to work through pain, injuries' – report

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Re: Trump & Bezos

Also, Trump got his start by inheriting about $400M. Bezos birth father was a bike shop owner, his adopted father an engineer. Bezos, for what it's worth, can legitimately claim to be self made, something Trump claims but like most of Trumps claims, does not have even a grain of truth at it's core.

As promised, Apple will now entertain suggestions from the hoi polloi on how it should run its App Store

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Re: Here's an idea

"Allow other app stores besides the official Apple one from working with iPhone..."

That would allow malware into the ecosystem. Oh wait...

China trolls Trump with tech export rules changes that could imperil TikTok sale

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Re: but he's a late comer.

Six bankruptcies of casinos over an 18 year period, leaving US banks screwed out of over $1B. That is why Trump can't borrow from US banks and has to go to the loan sharks of the banking world, Russia and Deutsche Bank.

The fact that in 6 tries and 18 years he still didn't learn how to run a casino says it all.

Forget Fortnite and FIFA: India wants to develop games based on local legends

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So in other words

Modi thinks he doesn't have enough pro-hindu propaganfa outlets. This is no different than Jerry Falwell Jr. complaining that these are not enough Bible based computer games.

Google wants to listen in to whatever you get up to in hotel rooms

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Sounds like a great birth control app

Who'd have thought?

Huawei mobile mast installed next to secret MI5 data centre in London has 7 years to do whatever it is Huawei does

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Does this mean all MI5 could find was a 30m cable?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Whoa-o BlackBerry, bam-ba-lam: QWERTY phone had a child. 5G thing's newly styled

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Does it get much stupider than that?

Apparently you showed it does. I used to win typing contests with friends on my old Relay's physical keyboard while those friends used their touch screen phones. The whole reason auto-correction to typing was implemented on phones is because the touch screen typing is so bad & error prone.

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Re: Jolly good, I say

Agreed. I loved my old Samsung Galaxy S Relay with it's slideout keyboard. I have a galaxy S20+ (and had a S7 before that), but I'd love a phone with a real keyboard again.

Please stop hard-wiring AWS credentials in your code. Looking at you, uni COVID-19 track-and-test app makers

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Nope

Sorry, but in the US, I haven't seen a College or University for years (decades?) that didn't consider a laptop as a mandatory piece of equipment. When I was teaching College engineering courses a couple of years ago, it certainly was baked into the entire system that every kid had a laptop. You didn't pass out paper, you put reading material online.

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Follow the money

One has to wonder if someone in the college Administration has financial ties to Aura as the explanation for picking a company with no track record & a crap app (CrApp ?).

Money talks as Chinese chip foundries lure TSMC staff with massive salaries to fix the Middle Kingdom's tech gap

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Re: Hardly surprising

In the entire history of the human race, technological superiority has always been temporary. There is no reason to believe that will ever end.

Single-line software bug causes fledgling YAM cryptocurrency to implode just two days after launch

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I'm shocked! Shocked I tell you!

That "garbage in, garbage out" still holds.

Splunk sales ace wins sex discrimination case after new boss handed her key accounts to blokes deemed 'flight risks'

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Re: Oh?

"Well, not that inclusive."

I don't know. They seem to recruit a lot of complete Tools.

Bratty Uber throws tantrum, threatens to cut off California unless judge does what it says in driver labor rights row

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Re: I’ll scweam and scweam and scweam until I’m sick!!

When one looks at the financial end of their business model, it is a clone of the worse version of sharecropping.

In traditional sharecropping, the landlord fronts the money for owning the property & for planting the next crop, the sharecropper does the labor, and the landlord & sharecropper share in the proceeds of the crop sale. The goal is for both the landlord & sharecropper to make at least enough money to survive another season and this system has them co-invest in the crop, albeit in different "currencies", and so share the investment risk. In other words, they both have skin in the game.

The digital neo-sharecropper economy ah la Uber, is vastly more abusive to the "sharecropper" than in normal sharecropping. In the digital sharecropper economy, the "digital landlord" takes on zero risk and simply skims cash off the cash flow. The "digital landlord" thus makes money regardless of the profit & loss of the "digital sharecropper". The "digital sharecropper" takes on 100% of the risk both in terms of capital investment (owning & maintaining a car or property) and in terms of operating profit/loss, while the "digital landlord" has zero risk & can only make money.

The "digital landlord" also starts with the premise that they can flaunt all of the Public Safety & Labor Laws that the traditional Service Sector has to abide by. They only reluctantly abide by those laws when a gun is put to their heads.

Apple's at it again: Things go pear-shaped for meal planner app after iGiant opposes logo

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Re: Assholes...

iHoles would be good enough to convey who one is talking about and what one's opinion of them is.

Jobs would be proud of the minimalism even though he'd have a tantrum over the target.

Pen Test Partners: Boeing 747s receive critical software updates over 3.5" floppy disks

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Re: Honestly..

At least they weren't using Zip drives. If they had, the "Click of Death" might have been literal.

Whoops, our bad, we may have 'accidentally' let Google Home devices record your every word, sound – oops

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arXiv? Really?

Every Academic knows the average arXiv paper is crap and never made it through peer review.

Search for 'things of value' in a bank: Iowa cops allege this bloke broke into one and decided on ... hand sanitiser

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Hand sanitizer chasers

Personally, I think Darwinism is a good thing if done early enough in life.

US voting hardware maker's shock discovery: Security improves when you actually work with the community

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Re: Those who count the votes

Which is why it's puzzling there isn't a greater push for voting software to be open source.

Greatest crossover of all time: Microsoft, Samsung preview Android on Windows via Your Phone app

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Samsung DeX

Samsung has had Samsung DeX for PC's & Macs, which seems to do the same thing, for quite a while.

https://www.samsung.com/us/explore/dex/

Self-driving car supremo Anthony Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in the clink for stealing trade secrets from Google's Waymo

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Re: “Why I went to federal prison,”

In the US, a death sentance itself is not cruel & unusual if something like a simple hanging. That clause of the US Constitution was to prevent those fine British traditions such as being hung until almost dead, then drawn & quartered.

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A startup is more than one jackass

That £680m went to a lot more people than him. VC'S, employees, etc.

Google allowed to remember search results to news articles it was asked to forget. Good

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Re: Why I love the Right to be Forgotten

The road to tyranny is paved with good intentions.

In countries that actually have freedom of speech, the government can't force the unpublishing of anything. The most a citizen can do might be to sue for libel if what is published isn't true. But the reason countries that have real freedom of speech have it is that they made the decision that blocking the government from suppressing speech was worth the occasional collateral damage that might occur.

Intel's 7nm is busted, chips delayed, may have to use rival foundries to get GPUs out for US govt exascale super

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Re: Interesting

Half of my siblings worked at Intel, all in finance. Intel has simply been going down the very predictable road that tech companies run by non-technical finance people go down. GE is just another example.

Microsoft wants to show enterprises that Edge means business, rather than the thing you use to download Chrome

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New Edge, now with even more spyware

The New Edge keeps running even after you thought you shut it down. I guess OOShutup will need to add a whole bunch of new stuff to keep it in check.

Only EU can help us, pleads Slack as it slings competition complaint against Microsoft Teams

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Agreed Teams is better than Slack

More to the point, Slack has no IP. Instant messaging has been around for decades. Virtual meetings/video calls have been around for decades. Cloud storage has been around for decades under various names. There's really no aspect of Slack or Teams that is original. Slack built a business model on software that bundled a bunch of old concepts. BFD is Microsoft did the same, only better.

Sick of AI engines scraping your pics for facial recognition? Here's a way to Fawkes them right up

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Photos look obviously distorted

At the github link, you can download binaries for Mac, Windows & Linux. When I ran the Windows version on a couple of headshots of myself, they looked obviously distorted too much to be usable. Even the example of the author of the software that is part of the package you download makes him look like he has a bad rash. In my case, it made me look like I had a rash and it added a unibrow, as well as made me look like I had a broken nose.

51 years after humans first set foot on the Moon, a deepfaked Nixon mourns how Armstrong and Aldrin never made it home

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Back Home

We have their heads mounted above the mantle.

That's why you folks stopped coming.

Tastes like chicken.

Oh deer! Scotland needs some tech smarts to help monitor its rampant herbivore populations

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Import Wolves

Get some natural predators. Yea, you will have some sheep herders whine, but as we know from reintroduction of wolves in the US where we compensate anyone whose livestock is killed by a wolf, even after wolves reach saturation, more livestock still die from snow drifts than wolf predation.

Pakistan pitches ‘most relaxed tax structure’ in the world to tech investors

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Re: If you set up in Pakistan religious nutters will be the least of your problems...

Which is why the tax code in Pakistan has always been irrelevant and will be for the foreseeable future.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

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Re: Reply to Linus Torvalds

Crap is inclusive as everyone does it.

Only mine doesn't stink.

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Re: Reply to Linus Torvalds

As has been pointed out by others (like jgarbo), the phrase "blacklist" comes from the 1600's of having folks of ill repute getting their names in a book with a black leather cover. Conflating the word "blacklist" with racism is as stupid as conflating the old accounting practice of filling out ledgers using black ink for positive sums and red ink for negative sums (in addition to having a "-" sign) for "clarity at a glance" as having something to do with Africans and Native Americans.

You call Verizon. A Google bot answers. You demand a human. The human is told what to say by the bot

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Yet another reason to not use Verizon

I have led a Verizon-free life since January. Much happier for it.

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

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Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

Devoid space. Although that sounds depressing.

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Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

"Kill" is another. Don't know how I forgot that one. My wife gives me a hard time when I suggest she "kill" an unresponsive task. She thinks it's too harsh a term.

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Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

"Interrupt" is too harsh & militaristic. "Insert" is a sexist micro aggression. We need replacements for them as well.

Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again

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Re: Edgy

Yet another reason to use Open Shell.

Details of Beijing's new Hong Kong security law signal end to more than two decades of autonomy

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Re: Nothing is more subversive than...

Relevance? Nothing more than the feeble minded equivalent of "Look! It's a squirrel!".

The imperfections of one place is not a valid justification for abuse in another.

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