* Posts by Corporate Scum

30 posts • joined 4 Jul 2007

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

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Open source replacement

It's the xkcd problem:


The next standard just ends up as the next proprietary extension if no one else adopts it.

We lost another good one: Mathematician John Conway loses Game of Life, taken by coronavirus at 82

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Re: excited us Biologists

Emergent systems have a strange tendency to overshadow their creators. And the later work by others on his creation has gone to some strange places. For example people have built whole Turing complete state machines inside it. Some of that work has since moved on to Dwarf Fortress and Minecraft, but their is are unbroken chains of causality leading from GoL to many of those project.

The game of life was a simple tool to explore complex systems, and one that many of us have a sense of nostalgia for. Conway should be missed for many other reasons, but this little thing that I first stumbled across on a dusty 5 1/4" floppy disk cast a long shadow.

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard

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Re: Wireless

I think that your accidentally on the right trial here, as Apple has been telegraphing(as much as they ever do) that they are trending toward going wireless. Their intransigence is likely also related to the fact their incompatible charging standards between their own products cause a major delay in their roadmap for deployment when their converged charger flamed out.

Apple is looking for a ready for prime time wireless charging system, and the current options haven't cut it. So the last thing they want is a EU mandate to support a wired connection, or an old (and bad) wireless standard.

If we have to go for another generation of wired chargers can we at least get a magnetic and unidirectional one instead of a plug and socket that will break or fill with pocket lint?

Two billion years ago, snowball Earth was defrosted in huge asteroid crash – and it's been downhill ever since

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Re: Where?

Yeah, the picture in the post points to something that is very misleading geologically speaking. Also keep in mind that 2.2 billion years is a preposterously long span of time. All of the Earths landmasses have slid all over the place in the mean time, ripping apart, crashing back into each other, and ripping apart again. Those processes happen on scales of millions of years, and that time period was in the period of breakup between two supercontinents.

Don't mention the seam! Microsoft releases Surface Duo Android SDK, more on Windows 10X

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Failed before they started

Because their holding it wrong.

Gaming on one of these would be a breeze if you rotate it 90 degrees. One wide screen aspect ration screen to (mostly) fit existing game and media content, and one screen to be occupied by controls for said game, along with secondary stuff that normally blocks half the main screen with HUD elements.

But as usual, some well placed and well meaning idiot convinced them that vertical split mode was in some way the right and natural way to operate a dual screen device. By mandating that as the default mode you ensure that, by default, all content loaded on the device looks like crap and is probably broken as well. Unless of course every single content developer tailors their code to "fix" the display. Which most won't.

This one decision can single-handedly doom this platform to a slow but inevitable demise. Microsoft makes it unlikely that this will be the only mistake, but this one by itself will do the job.

Ooh, watch out Google. You've got competition. Verizon has a new 'privacy-focused' search engine

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Re: a long string of failures

Not coincidental, no.

Why resort to conspiracy or misfortune to explain what is clearly attributable to human fallibility?

Verizon's leadership is predatory, arrogant, and incompetent.

That's all the explanation that is needed, and unless that problem is fixed all other solutions can still fail.

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Better chance as a startup

I think the idea might have been that if Verizon was going to start up a privacy focused search engine the project might have had a better chance if it was charted as an independent entity, with some autonomy from Verizon's [Toxic] leadership.

I agree that, as is, the project is DOA and a money pit if they try to make it succeed.

I suspect this is a marketing exercise to do damage control for the _INTENSELY_ shady surveillance they are already doing on their customers( including mass hijacking ssl traffic and executing a man in the middle attack on mobile web requests).

They don't need the data from their search engine, they alreay sniff your traffic, and in most cases own the customer/victim's DNS. So they already see everything they want from the search engine traffic, and will continue to do so in the future.

Sorry for all the people who work on the project that don't realize they are on the Kobayashi Maru. I expect in time all of the red shirts on Project Deathspiral will find their marching orders have already been marked EXPENDABLE.

Microsoft has Windows 1.0 retrogasm: Remember when Windows ran in kilobytes, not gigabytes?

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Know your customer

Of course the survey was clickbait :) the vulture's got your goat.

I spent my entire childhood savings to buy my first real computer. The second slowest 386 they sold. It came with windows, which I deleted after a week to free up space. The straw that broke the camels back was when I tried to delete multiple files, and it thew a popup for _EACH_GODDAMN_FILE_, my memory fades, but I suspect they were also Modal.

Windows did not re-appear on my machines until 3.11 for workgroups, which joined 95 OSR2+, 98SE, 2k, and windows 7 as beloved operating systems.

XP was a beast, and the horrors inflicted on the non-pro versions are not to be spoken of, much like the releases that began with M and V. After service pack 2 It got better, and because of the long gap till 7, was remembered fondly for it's twilight years instead of troubled youth.

Windows 10 seems on a similar track, birthed in sin, the product of mediocrity(8) and some nameless horror so foul it has never seen the light of day(?Win9?), it has slowly come into its own.

Facebook: Yeah, we hoovered up 1.5 million email address books without permission. But it was an accident!

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Stop calling this kind of thing a screw up.

It's been their overt strategy since the beginning. They have been sowing the wind with deceptive and predatory behavior since the beginning. Their cavalier disregard for legal business and social norms isn't a mistake, and it isn't cute.

Don't use a weasel word like "screw-up" that helps re-enforce their false narrative that these things are anything accidental. They have worked hard to ensure that the whole process is a catch-22. When they rolled out mass facial recognition, the only way was to opt-out was by creating an account and agreeing to their terms of service. In the process they would suck all of your contacts out of your phone, your email accounts, and your address book the moment you signed in, BEFORE you could get to the opt out screen.

If you did opt out, they never removed the data they had already stolen. That's deliberate strategy, going on over years, exploiting weak oversight that they spent millions trying to influence to keep regulators off their back.

They have given you every justification to take the gloves off and unload on them. If any modern organization deserves to reap the whirlwind, it's Facebitch and it's Bitch in chief. This should be a steak dinner for you guys, sharpen your teeth and dig it!

Don't mean to alarm you, but Boeing has built an unmanned fighter jet called 'Loyal Wingman'

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It's called BATS?

"Boeing Airpower Teaming System"

I bet that BATS sounded sexier in the marketing office. The Reg is gonna have a field day with this the first time it fouls up. I'm gonna start working on my Guano jokes. Probably something like, it drops high concentrations of nitrates and has the urge start wars by taking over contested islands in the pacific...

Ahem, Amazon, Google, Microsoft... Selling face-snooping tech to the Feds is bad, mmm'kay?

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The last two paragraphs are key

The issue, and the fight, is to regulate the use of these technologies to ensure any government use is just, transparent, and accountable.

The strategy of going after suppliers like Amazon and Microsoft by using their civilian business as leverage will only push the government into using dedicated companies, directly funded from DARPA, and working from the shadows.

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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Re: I use FreeBSD, and for good reason.

Also, there were tons of great HOWTOs and tutorials to get people past the basics. The Systemd people couldn't even be bothered to complete the internal documentation, let alone work with the community to prep the documentation BEFORE they released it.

The stuff they cam up with wasn't really EASIER, just different and INCOMPATIBLE.

Fed up with cloud giants ripping off its database, MongoDB forks new 'open-source license'

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Blindsided, and re-licensed at gunpoint?

Switching base licenses retroactively by changing it in the patching train is, as far as I know, unprecedented. Putting someone else in the situation of not being able to deploy a hotfix in production or changing contractual term at gunpoint is not something we should speak of lightly, or kindly. In going after some large, and potentially bad actors, they are pulling the rug out from under their broader user base. The choice of rolling yet another one of license isn't going to help either, as it will cause a trainwreck for anyone who was integrating code from other projects that had previously compatible licensing with copy-left obligations that require releasing code under a compatible GPL license. The article 12 clause seems to preclude a pretty broad swath of similar licenses, including the AGPL, and anything that has a rights assignment for enforcement(Like the rest of the current GPL family)

I suspect that people in the NodeJS community, especially meteor may freak out over this, and probably have the developer pool to support a fork at least long enough to force an embarrassing walk back in a few months.

This is the sort of shoot from the hip, knee jerk response that makes a companies management look green. This is something that should have been preceded by a ton of community engagement, not just dropped out of the blue in a blog post.

Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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Re: Microsoft response

Both funny and sad how as soon as a read what looked like a reasonable and professional response from Microsoft I knew it was a joke by the forth sentence.

Still I think the main issues are 1) M$ QC and testing has gone to crap and 2) the nanny state of Win10 blocks you from setting manageable controls. They could get away with one or the other, but the combination of both is truly toxic, and WSUS is no escape hatch as it is buggy, miserable to use if you turn of auto approval, and a space hog unless carefully configured.

Zero tools provided to help their users implement the best practice acceptance setting, and no real hepl for alternative patching systems. Get out of the way of my MDM, or give me something at least as good as Munki.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: Er ... weren't the 90s-noughties browser wars fought over this shit ?

Yes, and the wars never really ended.

The picture of Google pushing chrome clearly illustrates that we have just traded one monopolist for another, and that Google also should receive the loving embrace of it's own consent decree.

The browser choice dialog helped but it still failed, as it never leveled the playing field. It gave you a false choice between "Nothing but Microsoft's built in browser that can't be uninstalled" and "One of a small list of other browsers AND the one you don't want and can't get rid of, tough luck"

M$ buried IE's code deep in the OS, and the US and EU both refused to make M$ remove it or place 3rd party browsers on remotely equal footing. They still aren't.

Microsoft needs to get out of denial that they blew their shot with Edge at launch, along with Windows 8. They needed to fix it's basic usability and security issues, like allowing a single modal fave virus alert to jam the browser across system reboots. They didn't and as a result people hate it. They hate it enough to pay someone to reinstall their OS to windows 7. Trying to nag and trick people into switching back to it is going to fail hard, and in an embarrassingly public way.

Now it's just like the war in Afghanistan. No amount of ignoring that it's lost can ever make you win.

'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops

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I think your on the right track

There are only a couple of sections of the outbound leg that have those side of the road markings for parking, and most of the road HAS a center divider, unlike the photo, so that narrow the location to just a couple spots. (You may have seen a more specific location, I'm working off the photo and being fairly local.) It looks like the are by the dog park but, another section does something similar by Broadway.

This town is great example of near total disregard for normal road markings. The road lines don't use the normal width, the dashed yellow lines for the center don't use the normal spacing, most of the lane lines are solid white instead of dashed and there are huge arrows everywhere. I'm not sure, but I think that the parking spaces where the police car was parked are limited to off peak hours, and as the Twitter thread points out that section is Wackadoodle from a road planning standpoint. It basically routes the right hand lane into parked cars.

So if we find out this is a blind spot for the Tesla's neural net, no one should be surprised. It does not play to the strengths of those systems to if they are dealing with a bunch of needlessly unique visual queues where there is only one place or set of training data.

Speaking of which, it would be a great idea if the NTSB was building up a shared pile of data from all of the crashes of cars equipped with autonomy, either full self drive or safety features. Every manufacturer should be using these incidents in their training data and testing. That data should include cases where the driver was in control as well, as the car should be learning to help us humans avoid the mistakes we are prone to.

El Reg deep dive: Everything you need to know about UK.gov's pr0n block

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Re: Cybergumble

It was thinking Hello.jpg sounded friendly enough, but to be fair, Google hadn't programmed it to Scroll Down yet.

(Warning to those not yet of age in the early years of the WWW _DONT_SCROLL_DOWN!)

Airbus CIO: We dumped Microsoft Office not over cost but because Google G Suite looks sweet

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Re: GSuite is not enterprise ready

Set a 90-day password expiration policy without resorting to scripting or a 3rd party tool?

Fridge killed my baby? Mag-field radiation from household stuff 'boosts miscarriage risk'

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No one reads the actual studies anymore. This story has been spreading for a couple days now and I am a little depressed this made it onto the R as a straight piece. This study hasn't been replicated, and does not suggest any causal mechanism for harm. Placing a sensor on someone for 0.2% of a year doesn't overturn 200 years of contrary observations, including multiple long term studies that have been replicated, and yield consistent results, showing any increase in harm is so far down in the noise floor as to be inconclusive.

Thanks to the other posters as well that pointed out the magnetic and electromagnetic effects of the earth and sun are actually much larger than most peoples environmental exposure, and people have been working near powerful magnetic fields and radio broadcasts for decades without a solid pattern or causal mechanism harm being found.

Still, every couple of years someone thinks they see a blip in their data and put out a press release making a huge claim that gets the tinfoil hats stirred up. People ignore the results of dozens of long term human and animal studies, and rush to decry high voltage transmission lines, or cell phones, or electric blankets, or whatever fill in the blank Mad Lib study has framed as this weeks Very Bad Thing. It then gets spread around the blog-o-sphere, and the author ends up on the talk show circuit telling Dr Oz how very worried we should be. Why is it that particle physics requires 7 sigma confidence, while life science is allowed to operate on unverified results?

Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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Re: what's fascinating is how the SystemD fanboys react

<Having a totally standard way of running a system no matter what distro you use was also a target.>

What like System V? :)

Systemd by that standard is still bass ackwards, people who need a faster/more deterministic boot sequence should by that logic able to load systemd as an alternative to a default of system v/init/upstart. That way you keep compatibility and reliability unless extra functionality is needed.

They couldn't do that because they let the scope of the project get out of control. It also caused it to take forever to develop, and as a result, was pushed out buggy, and left incomplete. Badly managed projects tend to turn into badly coded projects.

Acronis: Yep, we're using blockchain for backup now

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I see Mr. Mellor was in a hurry to get to the Pub

95% press release, 5% content. Busted. You owe me an essay on Acronis use of block chain and how it relates to Ethereum's losses, or pint from your cut for shilling :)

Stack Overflow takes on technical documentation

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“I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords”

S.E. is an essential resource for our industry, and while it is not a substitute for actual skill and knowledge, having a place that you can apply technical Google-Fu and a site: tag to has saved me hours of wasted time. Conversely I have consistently had to fight Microsoft's site (and it's search functions) for even basic things like looking up a specific KB or CVE, or a patch by it's _explicit_ name. It's also great that they don't block you out from looking at the replies if your not signed in.

Right now I have a curated archive of links and saved pages that is designed to save me time trying to track down a specific thread or posts later. Need to find that post that contained all six steps to uncrash a WSUS installation that filled up it's data drive? Don't bother looking at Microsoft. Why click through another dozen links trying to google it again. Instead lets tag the MS Docs that are useful in the WSUS article on Stack Whatever they call it and add the relevant advice that if it falls down you may need to uninstall the role, manually delete the WID db file, several registry keys, and the patch archive and reinstall it all from scratch. We have been using forum posts for this for too long.

If SE wants to throw me the tools and space, I will help index and add those things to the relevant article when I ask or answer a question. Hopefully they will have learned the hard lessons from the Wiki space and it's technical and cultural pitfalls though. The Technorati can be just as bad as some of the cult self actualization gurus and conspiracy theorist Wikipedians. In any event it's worth a shot.

'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: Windows 10 Pondering

I follow your line of thinking for the pc/set top box/IoC device, but I think you have the issue reversed. We need to stop treating things that are really computers with software and firmware as if they are not exactly that. It shouldn't matter if it's a tablet, phone, desktop, or CCTV camera, you should be able to enable a root/superuser account and push updates to it. You own the hardware.

IM(Not really all that)HO the vendors need to: 1) provide that access, 2) timely patches for a reasonable support window, 3) either the ability to take the device offline, or open up the platform drivers and let the community manage patching it 4) load alternate firmware/software 5) Control deployment of updates that may introduce a breaking change.

BTW, as a bonus to anyone who made it this far, you still get one last chance to avert the install by declining the license clickware, if you decline it it must abort, and even the M$ marketing trolls won't risk the fury of the fiends in M$ legal by voiding the EULA.

HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

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Great, there went my plans for the Xmas Break

I was really, really hoping I'd get to finish my winter break Todo list early enough to take a couple of well deserved days off. Instead, with no prior warning, I find out the the storage array I just bought THIS YEAR, will need to be recommissioned because HP changed the terms after they sold it to me. Now all I can do is hook it up to our old cold storage server and use it for a secondary storage target.

So now, two days before Xmas, I have to re-provision the storage pools for my Virtual Servers, Two iSCSI Servers, redo their LUNS, Redo the start-up targets on everything pointed at the old array... Then there is the little problem of procuring and installing new drives in the main cluster to cover the loss of space...

Burn in test it all... Redo all the backup scripts...

Ok, anyone want to go in on the 800$/Ton to send Meg a nice post XMAS Coal shipment?

In the end we will have this fixed, tested and working before the rest of staff get back from the New Years holiday. The only ones who will know be the people who sign off on my overtime, my girlfriend who may be spending the week of new years by herself and anyone who mentions HP to me in the next couple of years.

Beauty firm Avon sticks spike heel into $125m SAP-based sales project

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Re: been running as designed....

Based on what exactly? SAP has made an outright business strategy out of born to fail projects like this, counting on the tried and true revenue of management doubling down on their mistakes, and never delivering a working system.

The playbook:

1) Outright lie to the customer and claim that SAP can to anything, that everyone loves it, and the extortionate(and non-refundable) licensing fees will cause money to rain from the SKY.

2) When is becomes clear SAP's in house code cant deliver an acceptable user experience, have the SAP consultants suggest a 3rd part front-end that almost but not-quite meets requirement. Bill client for the new solution and changes required to meet requirements. (See the saga of Overstock.com here)

3) Bill client again when SAP's back-end freaks out talking to third party code. By this point SAP has developed their own version of the Third party solution, and they either lock out the third party code or make sure it never_quite_works. But don't worry because SAP now has their own module that will only add 40% to the project cost and almost does what the client needs. Then bill additional hours to remove the third party code and integrate with the new SAP, which by the way, requires the new version of the SAP platform, more license fees, etc.

4) The new all SAP solution is murderously slow, unusably complicated, and requires tons more hardware, users complain, and transactions the old POS system did in seconds take minutes. Customers fume, everyone requires weeks of training to navigate basic transactions. This is actually the Happy Ending, it does not get better than this. The client pays large amounts of money annually to SAP for licensing, support, and "maintenance" until they get tired of bleeding red ink. The managers responsible for the project watch their careers burn as they fall on their swords, and the SAP consultants move on like a plague of Locusts.

"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." -J

Earthquakes will release captured carbon: Stanford study

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So... in scraping around online... It seems to be mostly Oil companies that were already pumping CO2 into their wells to increase extraction that are championing this method of carbon sequestration. Nothing beats shamelessly promoting your Green cred while endangering the locals and potentially making money in additional oil extraction. In short, being a modern oil company.

Apologies to any modern hippies whose delicate sensibilities were bruised. Still, they may be on to something, mass human extermination by direct CO2 poisoning... is it a good plan? NO... but it is faster than human extinction by climate change(or the slow poisoning of the food chain with industrial waste..)

It might have a better chance of success than the Kyoto Protocol though...

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Why is it today's hippies have no grasp of history. Or am I the only one who remembers a little incident in Cameroon in the Mid Eighties? Try googling Lake Nyos, Monoun, or Kivu, or "Limnic eruption". Don't both with CO2 dangers, or all you'll get is more of the same halfwit screed that passes for environmental science these days.

Think the people who complain about badly run fracking operations causing their tap water to catch on fire? Wait till it smothers their whole house as the "Carbon Vault" empties itself through their well.

North America makes entry into dino fatty league

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I call a techical foul!

In defense of my North American brethren, it is not really fair to lump us with the Titanosaurs, as during the cretaceous the super continent of Pangaea was just breaking up. North America, Asia and Europe were all still conjoined twins at this point, so your lot across the pond isn't off the hook either. Yep, I'm that guy. Commence the hail of tomatoes for the nitpicking armchair historian.

German developers forge Iron from Chrome

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Better just go Opera then...

"However, it's difficult to imagine that Iron will pick up much market share, and people unimpressed with the idea of handing over yet more data to the world's biggest ad broker are more likely to turn to Firefox or Opera instead..."

Am I the only one who noticed that Firefox already sends a ton of info to Google? Even if you set it to use another search provider, it by default send searck keywords to a Google url and it also prescans each url by bouncing it off a Google url for the "Malware" check.

Not a real suprise that a ton of the funding for the 'zilla foundation came from the google plex. Some of these features can't even be readily disabled through about:config, and most have dissapeared from the GUI.

SanDisk Cruzer Pro, Enterprise secure USB Flash drives

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Stick with the professional stick?

It would appear that SanDisk may have committed a rather basic error in the Enterprise disk. The password requirement on them is overly restrictive and specific.

If you know the password must have three each of lower, upper and numeric you can rule out a huge part of the key space. Accounting for regular user tendencies, such as picking near minimum password lengths and the native language used, you could build an optimized dictionary that would crack the majority of these keys in VERY short order.

AES still requires good password security or it is little better than DES...


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