* Posts by Claverhouse

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Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for allegedly sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays

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Meh

In the wake of the issues, Seagate and Toshiba also confirmed some undocumented use of shingled magnetic recording in some of their drives.

What a stupid way to gift future business to a rival.

Indeed, all of Western Digital, Seagate, and Toshiba's many, many competitors as hard disk manufacturers must be rejoicing.

It's not every day the NSA publicly warns of attacks by Kremlin hackers – so take this critical Exim flaw seriously

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All Things Decline

The GRU is a lot less fearsome now.

Embrace and kill? AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job – then released remarkably similar package manager

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Angel

Abholos --- The Devourer in the Mist

' A grey festering blob of infinite malevolence, described as the lesser brother of Tsathoggua or spawn of Cthulhu, born from his bile and tears'.

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Never change, Abholos, never change.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC

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Re: New PC

Very nice --- though I'm rather bored with black for design [ particularly most cabling being black... ] --- but looking them up their English website was far too modishly confusing.

Almost impossible to compare the numerous options.

Forget BYOD, this is BYOVM: Ransomware tries to evade antivirus by hiding in a virtual machine on infected systems

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Angel

Well, even if the local machine's backups are deleted by this process, most companies have little to fear since for important data they no doubt take frequent off-site backups to other dedicated machines, from which quick restoral to one of the clean backups can be fast achieved.

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

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Re: Is there a fly on the Windows?

Microsoft has detected a different OS on your system and has deleted it for your safety.

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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Re: Build it here

If any haven't noticed that the Conservative administrations --- including New 'Welfare To Work !' Labour, which did it from Neo-liberal free market beliefs, and the SNP in Scotland --- from Lady Thatch on, and slightly preceding her with the Callaghan government, have deliberately degraded the Welfare State so that it does not help the lazy undeserving poor but is concentrated on the deserving 'Those in Genuine Need Only along with rising TB rates and other Victorian Values, I would think them remarkably oblivious.

It is what they promised from Lady Thatcher through Cameron, and continue to promise, and achieved together with the destruction of most of the post-war nationalizations, and is what they are most proud of.

They have nothing else to congratulate themselves on.

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Apart from Brexit and romping hand-in-hand on the bright sunlit uplands of tomorrow.

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Re: Trump is gone

...look at the improvised attack on Bernie Sanders, "Putin wants Bernie to win", is the best they could fabricate quickly, slip shod and clearly unprepared. Indicating they knew who the DNC's candidate would be long before the primaries. Biden.

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To be fair, they had seen how the Media fell for the Russiagate dementia, leading to a plethora of dumb wishful thinking 'Trump will be out in a month' scenarios --- in addition to the host of domestic 'Trump will be out in a month' theories --- and realised tapping the deep-seated well of anti-Russian xenophobia amongst the American Democratic hordes is a certain win.

Dread Vlad also wanted Tulsi Gabbard to win: according to the old loony Trumpo defeated --- surely the most embarrassing shame in history, that one was of such a calibre one lost to Trump --- Tulsi was just like Donnie, a Russian Agent of Influence, groomed by KGB Vlad.

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Re: What a plonker. Couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery springs immediately to mind.

Grim old gent, wasn't he ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Cooper_Penrose-Fitzgerald

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Apparently his nickname was 'Rough'.

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Re: Is it wrong to be in favour of this?

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/

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First article off the block: U. of Kentucky Cheerleaders Defend Coaches Fired over Nude Hazing Rituals.

Microsoft claims it has spun up a top-five AI supercomputer for its pals at OpenAI – but won't reveal the full specs

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Coat

My rocket ship's in the garage.

China to slice internet connection costs for locals as part of plan to rebound from recent unpleasantness

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Half-Wit Muttonheads

The Congress is, however, rather different from other Parliaments in that it sits for just two weeks a year and even those sittings don’t feature a lot of debate.

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For Britain this schedule would be ideal if they cut the sitting in half and held it over Christmas.

Linux desktop org GNOME Foundation settles lawsuit with patent troll

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Re: Patent law in the USA is just insane

Patent law in the USA is just insane

The software bots are coming, the software bots are coming: Microsoft swallows UK automation minnow while dreaming of low-code apps

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To A Profitable Future, Gentlemen !

Microsoft buying a company always led to a great future for that company.

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain

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FAIL

A month or so ago I read of bars in Boston ( United States one ) substituting daily deliveries of Guinness to the faithful just like we used to have milkmen.

Why on earth didn't British publicans do the same, leaving pints on the doorstep until the allegedly short-lived beer ran out ? I'm sure there'd be enough customers.

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Disinterestedly, since I detest the stuff. No objection to others enjoying it though.

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Re: It's probably not actually "bad".

No doubt it migrated to the States from the British CAMRA start in 1971 [ Campaign for Real Ale --- a few of which people were slightly eccentric ], to restore the old ways.

Not that the Germans lost the art of brewing, thanks to their fine regulatory laws.

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

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Well, I sympathise with Trumpo not wearing a mask in public --- not being such an ass as Boris, he doesn't crowd other people whilst on the podium. nor go around shaking hands whilst infected --- if he did, he would lose millions of voters, who would find a masked president unnerving. Seriously.

And Un-American: an accusation not infrequently given on the streets to a friend of mine working in care --- in Texas.

Everything OK with Microsoft? Windows giant admits it was 'on the wrong side of history' with regard to open source

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Re: My Hope

Others were also responsible for the Horror of Fat Slab *, not just dumb old Microsoft's Metro and Modern UI: Ubuntu's Unity, Google's Material Design, Apple MacOS, and a host of me-too designers --- all part of the degraded death-ride into minimalist 'clean' nothingness.

I blame the Swiss.

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See pictures of Old London pre-WWII in all it's vileness and glory, and what flat towerblocks came after that; and know this was not done by Hitler's bombers, which were transient, but by tasteless developers making themselves obscenely rich.

* To go all Lovecraftian.

Openreach boss denies BT selling stake in UK's national broadband plumber

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Quick before Rupert Murdoch grabs it !

Vint Cerf suggests GDPR could hurt coronavirus vaccine development

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Angel

I dunno if one of the Founders of the Wheel has any input as to how wheels are used since.

You overstepped and infringed British sovereignty, Court of Appeal tells US in software companies' copyright battle

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Re: Agreed

As I've said elsewhere:

The British and the French up to the 1930s, America now, and China futurely, could not comprehend that foreign governments were not morally obliged to implement their silly decisions on any matter; nor that their causes were not obviously the divinely approved Causes of Humanity itself.

See also the soviets, but they generally bungled their means as a matter of course.

Stop tracking me, Google: Austrian citizen files GDPR legal complaint over Android Advertising ID

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Re: In all honesty

Back when grocers and butchers kept account books they generally kept the contents a secret. Nor did they tell their rivals who was purchasing the good stuff.

As for Facebook, I might be induced to pay not to have it.

Sky Broadband is not the UK's cheapest, growls ad watchdog

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Re: Free Bullshittium

Right. But it didn't have far to leap...

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Re: Disappointingly

Up to a point. But there is great difficulty in delineating which manufacturer has the 'best' quality, even with all those helpful reviews and anecdotes out there; higher price does not always correlate with highest quality of any component; and 'luxury' makers are generally subsumed into vast conglomerates such as, say, LVMH, for a fake mass-market 'exclusivity' rather than being makers of distinction.

People should pay the labourer his hire, but as with government and employers, they prefer to buy estimates, or pay workers, by the cheapest offer, leading to many faults down the line.

Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant

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Re: Land of the free

Mexicans.

The end really is nigh – for 32-bit Windows 10 on new PCs

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Year

Sadly 2020 will not be the year of Linux on the desktop

Never understood why computers hacks, and tired and emotional commentators, triumphantly never fail to drag out this old trope, possibly 150 days out of the year, when linux users really don't care.

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If 90% of consumers scoffed on a mixture of lard and sugar mixed with dead flies, and you ate a sensible diet, then it doesn't affect you so long as your food is still supplied.

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Re: Amazed it took them this long

Mine did, give or take a few years. Bur he did really well there.

Quick Q: Er, why is the Moon emitting carbon? And does this mean it wasn't formed from Theia hitting Earth?

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Re: And this is why it's always a bad idea...

To be fair, since these things are subjective, it is entirely possible that for a certain tranche of people such things are History and are Learning.

We must avoid being supercilious or condescending to people who think differently, and have their own facts.

All God's Chillun and all that...

Keeping up with the Joneses: Cloud hosting biz UKFast's founders sell up

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The Sun. We Love It !

He told The Sun that he "fully co-operated with the police" because he was "determined to ensure that these claims are thoroughly investigated so that my name can be cleared."

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There is no more reputable or notable newspaper than The Sun, the natural paper of record, to confide one's innocence and probity.

As coronavirus catches tech CEOs with their pants down, IBM's Ginni Rometty warns of IT's new role post-pandemic

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Nope, not buying. To me she seems like an utter irrelevance...

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I'm sure the BBC drone interviewing her fawned on her as a successful businesswoman, and considers her a management guru...

'A' is for ad money oddly gone missing: Probe finds middlemen siphon off half of online advertising spend

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Souls to be Saved

Adtech providers, he said, never seem to be happy to their prosperity. "They’ve had a perpetual dissatisfaction with making $XYZ money for doing nothing but connect a pipe to a faucet," he said.

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To quote a noted Victorian painting by Holman Hunt, "The Awakening Conscience".

Even marketeers can get to Heaven.

Senior MP tells UK Defence Committee on 5G security: Russia could become China's cyber-attack dog

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Insights

In response to a question from Conservative MP Alicia Kearns, who was a "guest member" of the panel from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Pienaar said: "It is calculated that the Chinese government have financed the growth of Huawei with some $75bn over the past three years to enable it to achieve the kind of market dominance it currently has in telecommunications equipment."

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If, post our own wicked Empah, they can do all this world-taking stuff, why couldn't we have done it ?

Srsly, we have a vast telecommunications past, factories and workers, what stopped us from trying to dominate sales ?

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She continued:

Do not forget that Huawei is also providing equipment in other markets, such as China.

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Huawei sells to China, eh ? Live and Learn...

Fake crypto-wallet extensions appear in Chrome Web Store once again, siphoning off victims' passwords

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FAIL

Mozilla and Chrome, Sitting in a Tree

I'm sure New Modern Firefox will soon sedulously ape Chrome as ever, and include password-grabbers as well.

GoDaddy hack: Miscreant goes AWOL with 28,000 users' SSH login creds after vandalizing server-side file

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Re: From the U.S. perspective...

I dunno, lots of [ much ] cheaper web hosts than GoDaddy offer a much more superior and more ethical service.

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And to be honest, what's with 'GoDaddy' ? It sounds like the personal nick of a less reputable Porn Baron.

Ex-Microsoft Office chief reflects on early malware and the 'global attack on the new Windows PC infrastructure'

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Happy

"The software industry had grown up from the counterculture 1960s. Steve Jobs with no shoes. Bill Gates hacking his high school computer system. Both college dropouts. What the PC industry lacked was any formal notion of what it meant to be a software engineer,"

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Lovechild, maybe; but Billybob never struck me as ever a free-spirited hippy.

We beg, implore and beseech thee. Stop reusing the same damn password everywhere

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Even more annoying when the email address is no longer accessible to you.

A lot of email providers end the email if not used after 6 months.

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Re: OK, sp which password manager to plump for?

Just use Enpass.

On your computer. Not entrusted to The Cloud.

They make back-ups to keep on other drives as well.

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Re: In other news....

Thanks.

Surprise surprise! Hostile states are hacking coronavirus vaccine research, warn UK and USA intelligence

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Bad to the Bone

Them furrin varmints are always up to some sort of no good.

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They forgot to include North Korea.

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

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Adrian Ashfield invented the basic idea of a card combining the key and user's identity in February 1962. This was granted UK Patent 959,713 for "Access Controller" in June 1964 and assigned to W. S. Atkins & Partners who employed Ashfield. He was paid ten shillings for this, the standard sum for all patents.

A cash machine was put into use by Barclays Bank in its Enfield Town branch in North London, United Kingdom, on 27 June 1967. This machine was inaugurated by English comedy actor Reg Varney. This instance of the invention is credited to the engineering team led by John Shepherd-Barron of printing firm De La Rue, who was awarded an OBE in the 2005 New Year Honours

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automated_teller_machine

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Since the first cash machine was invented in Britain it seems astounding that they chose an American manufacturer.

Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app

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Plus British Housing Minister Robert Jenrick ignored the lockdown to visit his parents.

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Devil

Put Sir Iain Duncan Smith in charge of it.

You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin

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Mushroom

Go Cherry or Go Home.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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Mushroom

Well, HP has argued it spends a billion dollars a year on “ink research and development,” and that the ink “must be formulated to withstand heating to 300 degrees, vaporization, and being squirted at 30 miles per hour, at a rate of 36,000 drops per second, through a nozzle one third the size of a human hair. After all that it must dry almost instantly on the paper.”

Like the money Gillette spends on 'research' for it's razors up in Reading and Boston USA, shouldn't they know most of the basics by now ? [ going past a 5-blade seems redundant... ]. How much billion dollar research is further needed ?

And disregarding that what all those words mean is that it is a computer printer ink: one expects an ink to do all that. The mechanics don't matter to users.

San Francisco trial of Russian bloke extradited and accused of hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, Formspring stalls again amid pandemic lockdown

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WTF?

Nickel Silver

Don't Yanks always blather on grandiosely about the Right to a Speedy Trial being one of the hallmarks of their stirling legal system ?

Assange should be furloughed from Belmarsh prison, says human rights org. Here's a thought: He could stay with friends!

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Incompetent Also...

By a couple of days ago --- whilst prison-states like Iran and Turkey have released one third of their inmates, about 100,000 each so far, and France is releasing 1000s --- the grand hoopla from the British on their mercy has so far released 33 people in England and Wales; and America and it's states has been equally parsimonious.

The chance of such a dangerous and wicked international criminal as Julian being freed is as likely as was Charles Manson who did great crimes of an equivalent magnitude. Or one of those demonic French serial killers who had an appointment with Madame Guillotine.

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Anglos are vindictive and hate anyone not being punished. Even for dropping a crisp packet.

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https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/apr/27/only-33-prisoners-in-england-and-wales-released-under-anti-coronavirus-measures

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/26/world/americas/coronavirus-brazil-prisons.html

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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Mushroom

Bloody puritans... They glut on misery.

IBM Watson GPU cloud cluster Brexits from London to Frankfurt – because GDPR

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Re: Pointless And Political

Wonder if IBM getting any thick brown envelopes under the table ?

From diehard Remainers ?

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Re: Genuinely...

But they said nothing would change ! It was all Project Fear to insinuate businesses would move away !

Google says no more shady anonymous web ads – if you want your billboard up, you've got to show us some valid ID

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Mushroom

Tweets Included

In 2018, the Chocolate Factory implemented identity verification for political ads, after the extent of 2016 media funded by foreign groups to sway or muddy elections became apparent.

Even had Russiagate not been such an utter crock of shit in the first place, It's very difficult to see how scary foreign political fake advertisements meant to confuddle and bemuse the moronate are in the slightest way more vile and appalling that the ones made by the regular parties and their lobbyist masters.

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