* Posts by redpawn

848 posts • joined 18 Sep 2013


Frustrated dev drops three zero-day vulns affecting Apple iOS 15 after six-month wait

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Patience is its own reward

Consider yourself well paid. -Apple

Apple emergency patches fix zero-click iMessage bug used to inject NSO spyware

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What could go wrong with browser lock-in?

Old dead WebKit has killed mountains of iPhones and iPads. Apple leaves behind older kit and the browser just crashes on modern web pages. Forbid other browsers web engines and the ithings become useless. But also browser lock-in is vulnerability lock-in for up to date devices too. Any good AV for iOS anyone? Bask in Apple’s love.

Report details how Airbus pilots saved the day when all three flight computers failed on landing

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How Kind of Them

to allow manual braking after killing off the spoilers and reverse thrust ability, a truly benevolent failure condition.

Crypto-coin startup said its bot could generate huge profits from your Bitcoin. It was a scam, says SEC

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Re: If you must ...

"for fun" is the important part, like buying lottery tickets, not an investment.

Don't like the new Windows 11 Start or Taskbar? Don't worry – Microsoft's got your back

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I want to be a cool kid!

I'll spend anything to be the first on my block running Windows 11. What I'll do with it other than show off the screen saver and run benchmark software is another matter.

Lenovo pops up tips on its tablets. And by tips, Lenovo means: Unacceptable ads

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Burn it to the ground

I don't purchase a computer unless I can wipe it and load from scratch. I was burned by Lenovo and SuperFish and only want a generic experience with computers as a result. Their hardware has been good enough without their extra loaded goodness so they are not forever shunned by me yet.

Alpha adds to tally of exploding rockets, takes out space sail prototype with it

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At low altitude

an explosion returns the satellite to earth in a much shorter time than the sail. Explosion 1, Sail 0.

Dissected: A dropper-as-a-service miscreants pay to push their malware onto potentially 1,000s of victims

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You'd think

the lesson would have been learned long ago that cracked programs aren't free, which isn't to say that there are not good free programs or even free legit AV available. Free porn viewer program anyone?

Power users of Microsoft OneDrive suffer massive inconvenience: Read-only files

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Re: Windows 11 to the Rescue!

Redmond always produces more bloated code. That is the point. Soon they WILL be telling you that your problems with their code is that you are not using Windows 11 when the problem is complex under tested code. You are AC for a reason and also fail to be funny.

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Windows 11 to the Rescue!

A fatter more power hungry OS is the answer, because more bad code is the only cure for bad code.

NASA tests flying taxis made by biz dreaming of being the Uber of the sky

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I Heard

Tesla knows how to make a self driving car. Another dimension should be no trouble for their coders. Just be sure to change the color of swimming pools so the software doesn't mistake them for patches of sky.

BrakTooth vulnerabilities put Bluetooth users at risk – and some devices are going unpatched

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Bluetooth Screw Lose

Insecure so you can replace all your IoT on a regular basis. Trust us, the next version will be secure after we use up all the chips in the supply line and customers get sick of their headphones dying each time they go out in public. Rinse and repeat.

Windows 11 will roll out from October 5 as Microsoft hypes new hardware

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Re: Genuine Question

With the new hardware you are giving Redmond a near infinite bucket of processing power to be used for bloatware and perhaps cryptomining.

Microsoft does and doesn't want you to know it won't stop you manually installing Windows 11 on older PCs

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Re: Works for me

You can run more bloatware with the newer machines. That will be forced as there is no other reason to have such high specs unless Redmond wants to use quite a few clock cycles for their own purposes.

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I Do!

And yet I don't want to upgrade. I thought my devotion to Windows 10 was a lifetime commitment. Can I get the assistance of a good priest?

SCO v. IBM settlement deal is done, but zombie case shuffles on elsewhere

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Full of Regret

If only I'd bought a licence for Linux when it was offered by SCO.

Woe is me. Woe is me.

'Totally driven by supply': Dell, HP talk of backlogs and shortages as big PC-makers turn in their numbers

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If only I had a new computer...

Sorry, I'm at a loss for words.

Perseverance to take a second stab at Martian rocks ... but first it has to scratch'n'sniff

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"The ultimate goal is to figure out whether Mars was once habitable"

Is that for safe time travel to Mars?

'Unicorn' startup CEO faked sales figures, deals to trick investors, prosecutors claim

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If I had a Dollar for...

every dollar I didn't have, and a dishonest accountant, I'd be rich. He hired the wrong accountant.

Apple extends live-at-work to at least January 2022

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Filling the central void

An office building can only survive so long, without sucking out the souls of workers.

Microsoft slaps on some new Paint and previews Windows 11 on Azure

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If only

I loved hype more, I'd always be happy.

Microsoft, flush with cash, raises cloud office suite prices for businesses

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Paying more makes you

realize the underlying value. Paying more still would be rapture. Sorry but you'll have to wait six months for that.

The Sun is shining, the birds are singing, and Microsoft has pulled support for Internet Explorer in Microsoft 365

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You think you are safe now but hundreds of thousands of zombIEs are out to get you. Be afraid. Be very afraid. They can smell your IT brains.

US boffins: We're close to fusion ignition in the lab – as seen in stars and thermonuclear weapons

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Better than my car

I get far less than 70% out of the energy I put in. Can I get a trade in?

Remote code execution flaws lurk in countless routers, IoT gear, cameras using Realtek Wi-Fi module SDKs

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Quality is job none

Will they even try to notify users of obsolete kit? No updates must mean no problems. Right? Well, for Realtek it does.

NASA blames the wrong kind of Martian rock for Perseverance sample failure

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You're drilling it wrong.

It's a feature of the martian landscape not a fault.

US labor official suggests Amazon's Alabama workers rerun that unionization vote

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Cheat in all Cases

I wonder if they use use Alexa and Echo to gather personal info on union organizers in their homes. It would be par for the course for them and there is probably fine print allowing employees to be listened in to for quality assurance purposes.

Microsoft's Cloud PCs debut – priced between $20 and $158 a month

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Best Idea Ever!

To follow up on the theme, I cut holes in all of my pockets and covered my keyboard in old used chewing gum.

Tech spec experts seek allies to tear down ISO standards paywall

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Sales fluff

Out of curiosity I tried to access the ISO standard printed on my bicycle trailer. After much searching all I could find related to some published tests done on one trailer. What must my trailer be capable of doing? How strong must it be? No way of knowing.

I must conclude that seeing that products meet a standard that can not be accessed makes the standard meaningless. I am not reassured of safety or efficacy. It just becomes sales fluff to put on a sticker.

International Space Station stabilizes after just-docked Russian module suddenly fires thrusters

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Astronauts were

never in any danger, except from micro-meteors, decompression, bad air, fire, radiation, collision and having their station torqued to pieces by a bad module. It's all perfectly safe. Nothing to see here.

Move along. Move along.

Latest Windows 11 Preview a well-rounded update – literally

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Needs a better name

How about Windows Puppy Chow to be followed by Dog Chow, Kitten Chow, Cat Chow...

Boffins find an 'actionable clock' hiding in your blood, ticking away to your death

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I keep my immune system

in the freezer. Only thaw and use a little bit when needed. This should help it last as long as possible. However, I keep my beer in the fridge and the kettle on.

Biden order calls for net neutrality, antitrust action, ISP competition – and right to repair your own damn phone

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But my ISP needs to rip me off

in order to fund politicians and advertisements so they can rip me off some more later on.

Wanna feel old? It is 10 years since the Space Shuttle left the launchpad for the last time

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Never saw a launch but..

Did see the tank burn up from Mauna Kea on one of the earlier flights. Impressive colour as metals burned across a long arc in the sky, looking like a slow large meteor as it left a short lived train behind.

If you've mastered Python 101, you're probably better at programming than OpenAI's prototype Codex

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Shhh. Don't Tell!

Microsoft is already using this in production.

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone

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Re: Three words:

Man-Bear-Pigs are just a myth in Europe.

NASA talks up Perseverance Mars rover's self-driving rock-avoiding abilities

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By the time

it returns samples, we will find out if Earth was once habitable.

I see you're writing an app... Microsoft nudges AI Clippy-for-Code out the door, turns machine learning onto Word

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Re: Can Clippy® help you?

The third is management material.

Microsoft warns of serious vulnerabilities in Netgear's DGN2200v1 router

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How much code do they replicate from device to device, or do they write unique bad code for each one? I want network device code to be better than what I write as it is exposed to the world.

Developing for Windows 11: Like developing for Windows 10, but with rounded corners?

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Re: win 10

Eleven is a nice round number.

Pull your Western Digital My Book Live NAS off the internet now if you value your files

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Thank You Western Digital

You have restored my faith in you and your ilk. Why don't you just have your devices catch fire and burn down your customers homes instead?

AWS launches BugBust contest: Help fix a $100m problem for a $12 tshirt

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We only dreamed of having a T-shirt when I was young

We had to code 996 just to get an inch of thread and half of that was taken in taxes which we had to walk 50 miles twice a month to pay, up hill both ways in freezing rain. So consider yourselves lucky. Amazon is generosity Corpsonified!

Algorithm used to predict sepsis in hundreds of US hospitals isn’t as good as maker claims — study

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I'm almost as good as an X-ray machine

I predict the presence of broken bones by looking for people wearing casts. Those without, probably don't have broken bones. I have a better than 90% accuracy record and I'm willing to sell the algorithm!

FYI: There's a human-less, AI robot Mayflower ship sailing from the UK to US right now

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Re: Eliminating jobs for people

Not to worry my friend. AI is designing chips and AI will soon be able to direct robotic repairs. Give it 20 years. In the mean time you in the 1% of the population can be employed servicing the AI.

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Eliminating jobs for people

Soon the only jobs remaining for humans will be at nail salons. Time to give the ultra rich and large corporations another tax break in order to give them incentive to hire people.

Dem, Repub senators propose tax credits for factories that churn out chips on US soil

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The soil in my part of America

is wet and corrosive. Would it not be better to do it in a chip foundry rather than on dirt?

There was a crooked man who bought a crooked M1 iMac, and we presume they lived together in a little crooked house

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re-purpose your old apple gear as shims. Remember those old iphones and ipod touches? Oh, you threw them out? Still available on ebay, problem solved.

G7 nations call out Russia for harbouring ransomware crims ahead of Biden-Putin powwow

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Is it the Same

Four hundred pound guy living in mom's basement who hacked the Democratic Party? Just ask Putin, Russia is blameless, as always.

McDonald's AI drive-thru bot accused of breaking biometrics privacy law

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Oh the Humanity

Removing the personal touch from McDonalds, what is the world coming to?

Everything Apple announced: Tor-ish Safari anonymization. Cloaked iCloud addresses. Cloud CI/CD. And more

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Re: Gotta sell new hardware

I have had plenty of apple stuff obsoleted. Yes they give security updates for a couple of years, but after that, the phones, ipads, and ipod touches become junk. I run dosdude1 os patcher in order to keep a perfectly good mac mini working for my significant other that apple has relegated to the junk heap. Yes 10 years old but plenty fast enough for what it is asked to do. If it weren't for iphoto, Manjaro or Mint would run on it. Apple has to generate bloat to obsolete its older hardware or sales would drop off this quarter.

Some apple products get minimal updates, for example the ipad 1, all the while apple claims they are just as good as the day they were manufactured, except they are insecure and crash rather than open web pages.



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