* Posts by elDog

1041 posts • joined 23 Oct 2013


Open source databases: What are they and why do they matter?


So you talk about relational DBs and touch on one NoSQL. What about other models? Graph-based DBs?

If this article had stated its restriction to primarily RDBMS then that would be fine. But there are many other types of DBs in use in real production.

The crime against humanity that is the modern OS desktop, and how to kill it


Use Open Shell on Windows 10 (and I think 11)

Looks and feels like WIndows 7. Plenty of customizations also.

Xcel smart thermostat users lose their cool after power company locks them out


"Texas customers are instead entered into a sweepstake"

And we all know how honest the texas power brokers are. I expect the fine print on the sweepstake says something like "if you have won the sweepstake but you have expired (whether due to heat or otherwise), your award will be given to the CEO."

US plans to open up government-funded science research papers to all


I doubt there will be any restriction at the national level. How could there be?

Unlike some captive internets (Russia, China) the US does not have any way to enforce traffic restrictions based on geography (that I know of.) Proxies and VPNs make this likely impossible to enforce.


FTC presses ahead in its war on 'free' Turbo Tax


After Intuit installed a root-kit on my Windows system may years ago

I stopped using any of their software. Unfortunately Quickbooks is pervasive in the SMB world so it's hard to tell my QB customers I won't do business with them.

Oh, just to be fair, Sony also installed a root-kit. I won't use their software on my PCs. (Love their cameras, tho.)

US puts $10 million bounty on North Korean cyber-crews


Oh, I read this as a 10 billion pound mounty

Might be quite effective. Need to ask the Canadians to supply this weapon, though.

(If there is any commissar of acceptability, please feel free to bin this - "cp . ../bin")

SpaceX Starship booster in flames after unexpected ignition


I'm sure that didn't foul the environment much.

I did see some strange objects flying off during the explosion that appeared to be perhaps arms, torsos, perhaps a stray seagull.


Amazed the commenters on the video segment could only muster a few "whoas".

I probably would have used a few more expressions including some fricatives...

As Musky said, this was not ideal.

Meta's AI-based Wikipedia successor 'may be the next big break in NLP'


Wikipedia has become a valuable resource because it is properly formatting its results

This has taken countless hours to put raw information into a digestible format - both for human eyes and computer tendrils.

I don't see where a new engine just returning links to randomly put together pages is really helpful.:

Pentagon: We'll pay you if you can find a way to hack us


Anyone else thinking that these "security research firms" are getting a bit too prolific?

Every article I read seems to include 5 or 10 new company names that are "leading experts in the fields of ...." Haven't we run out of venture capitalists and new company names yet?

How to know who to trust? Used to be we just had a few stalwarts: Norton, IBM, Deloitte, PWC. Of course most of them have been hacked or exposed as being venal servants of their own paymasters.

IBM settles age discrimination case that sought top execs' emails


The direction the US is going, they'll sign up the zygote and fire her when she's born.

That country (is mine) seems not to care about living creatures above the age of zero. Get up a bit more and they'll actually try to kill you off.

Know the difference between a bin and /bin unless you want a new doorstop


Re: We can do better than 8.3 these days, can't we?

8.3 only takes up 12 ASCII characters. Think of all the spinning rust that is saved by this format.


Surprised that you weren't commenting on the limey use of "the boot"

As in the trunk of a car (not auto).

Now why the americans want to call the storage area at the back of their car a "trunk" - another matter.

IBM AI boat to commemorate historic US Mayflower voyage finally lands… in Canada


I think it said that it was build to avoid obstacles.

AFAIK, GPS and googly-type maps don't yet know about things like icebergs, or large container ships, or even the random kayak.

I'll bet that, in the end, they'll embed some poor software engineer into a small room next to the AI. Can't remember all the names of the beasties back in the prior centuries that were shown to be smallish (can't use another term) people,operating the real stuff.

Reg hack attends holographic WebEx meeting, blows away Zoom fatigue


If it gets real enough, that's the end of actual procreation.

And a solution to the population crisis.

Probably doesn't help with the climate crisis since those machines will need lots of juice.

Original killer PC spreadsheet Lotus 1-2-3 now runs on Linux natively


I expect I'll be scurrying down this rabbit hole...

Fire up WSL2 on Windows 10 to run this Linux command version of Lotus 1-2-3.

Also agree with prior comment about AMI Pro. So many word processing packages back then worked mostly, and then crapped out on a big document just before you had to send it off to the customer.

Zuckerberg sued for alleged role in Cambridge Analytica data-slurp scandal


I'm guessing this will cause the Zuck a minor tuck in his bucks.

Ok, reg. I guess I need to add something more useful here to pass the javascript guardians.

OpenVMS on x86-64 reaches production status with v9.2


Totally agree.

It was rock solid. Had a wonderful versioning file system. Multi-level hardware protection.

I loved DCL and the very rich set of process variables. I even enjoyed TPU and EVE - trying to parlay it into it into a real IDE.

What a pity the DEC was sabotaged. Not sure by whom. But VMS still lives on in the innards of Windows NT....

John Deere tractors 'bricked' after Russia steals machinery from Ukraine


About the only way to "brick" a piece of heavy equipment is to have it explosively self destruct.

Making the little control box that is connected with a bunch of wires to other parts of the machinery will not be sufficient.

Most automobile mechanics know how to hot-wire around an impediment, even a software one.

Maybe if every John Deere tractor/etc. was sent out with a munitions-grade parcel hidden in the chassis and when the tractor was reported stolen, and if signals were present.... I'd hate to be that russian that tried to drive a multi-tonne vehicle back to mama russia only to become part of a shrapnel crowd.

Yandex speaks out from front line of Western sanctions against Russia


"empty virtue signalling" to quote you. Which is why yandex posted the following:

"As such, under the current circumstances Yandex decided to withdraw financial guidance for the current year as "our visibility over the short- and medium-term is extremely limited."

Even you would think that if all was wonderful that they'd want to give us their rosy projections, right?

"Trading of Yandex's Class A shares remains suspended on Nasdaq and the company is unable to say when that will change. Trading of its shares on the Moscow Exchange resumed on March 29. ®"

Oracle already wins 'crypto bug of the year' with Java digital signature bypass


Says the GCHQ to the CIA: Oh dear, they found our backdoor!

Quick. Change the Open Sesame code to (-1,-1).

And people still pay Oracle for their s***?

Scraping public data from the web still OK: US court


Strikes me as similar to the case where browsers were used to look at "hidden" elements on web pages

and use those supposedly hidden elements to gather lots of personal information.

I think this was some stupid US state that thought putting "hidden" would make personally-identifiable information disappear.

I know LinkedIn is part of the Microsoft empire, but even so, I thought they would be a bit smarter than this.

"If you hang your laundry out on the line, everyone will know about your doings."

Don't let ransomware crooks spend months in your network – like this govt agency did


It's a disservice to not start naming names, giving specifics, in these articles

"a government agency's network", "the unnamed US regional government agency".

Why this pissy-footing around giving more specifics? If the information is correct and especially if it has been previously publicly disclosed, the miscreants (the government agency) should be named and shamed.

It wouldn't surprise me if tat particular "regional government agency"'s taxpayers haven't been told either. They will have to foot the bill and probably lose personal information over this.

Microsoft details how China-linked crew's malware hides scheduled Windows tasks


Perhaps because Microsoft itself uses this technique to hide tasks it doesn't want its "users" to know about?

Germany advises citizens to uninstall Kaspersky antivirus


There are lots of Russian companies that moved their head offices to supposedly safe countries.

I can think of one of the most trusted backup companies that was out of St. Petersburg and is now in Switzerland, Singapore.



There's a lot of trying to get ahead of the news curve on their site. Still trusting anyone to both supply anti-malware and backup at the same time seems risky.

Analysis of leaked Conti files blows lid off ransomware gang


Check out Brian Krebs excellent multi-part discussion on Conti


He's been a fierce opponent (and target) of these criminal groups.

Mostly operating from Russia but sometimes masquerading as being Ukranian ops. (Can't imagine why this would be so.)

Quarter of a million lawyer disciplinary records leak


The US states (and less so the federals) are woefully inept at protecting their residents

Underfunded, under-appreciated, never given a voice at the big boys table. That's the state of cyber security. Admittedly this is California who should have some savvy and budgets.

And since this needs to be repeated 50 times (for each state) and the underfunding is rampant at the state level, guess where miscreants are going to focus attention.

Add in a bunch of crazies in gov't who think that Elvis lives and Trump won in every election since Reagan, then you have a perfect petri dish to inject new pathogens.

IBM cannot kill this age-discrimination lawsuit linked to CEO


Seems a coincidence that the terminators have different names than the terminees.

I'm sure there is absolutely no basis for one group from one area of the planet to have animus against another group from another area.

No, couldn't happen in our harmonious world where we all BM for the big I.

Less than PEACH-y: UK's plant export IT system only works with Internet Explorer


Re: I'm saddled with an IE-dependent system because of "Silverlight" - the Flash-Slayer

Sorry I'm so late at looking at responses to my lame responses.

However, your idea makes me think that this would actually be a great little project for the budding JS developer. A Silverlight emulator in JS. Just think of the market (or don't).


I'm saddled with an IE-dependent system because of "Silverlight" - the Flash-Slayer

The company in the US has been struggling for several years to port their Silverlight implementation to something much more modern: Angular.

Needles to say, the conversion from one old/dead/rotten technology to something in the throws hasn't been going well.

Journalist won't be prosecuted for pressing 'view source'


Wondering if some monetary damages would make sense. The "american way"

But probably not.

The state would pay any awards out of the poor taxpayers pockets, and the perps (gov and ag) would just treat this as another attack on their good white southern values.

Suspected Chinese spies break into cloud accounts of News Corp journalists


Supposedly the Chinese hacking a Russian asset (Murdoch) to undermine everyone else?

I don't know. This smells like a planted mis-information campaign.

Probably the Mordors trying to unseat the Trogs from the Garden of Eden.

Meanwhile Pute meats [stet] with Zi and embraces horrors for everyone else. Unfortunately for them, they will also mutually annihilate.

No, I've not read the screen. Your software must be rubbish


A friend has a very narrow audio range. High-pitched beeps are not heard.

So, now we need to develop for color-blind, deaf/hard-of-hearing, etc.

If we do get to the point that the users are also speechless and can't type then it'll be easy sailing.

</sarcasm> right?

Of course exemplars such as Stephen Hawking show what can be achieved with some parts diminished, others greatly enhanced.

Hardware boffin starts work on simulation of an entire IBM S/360 Model 50 mainframe


First cut my teeth on BAL on 360/40 - 1965?

World Health Organization (WHO?)

I learned coding via those 80 column sheets not understanding that they needed to be punched onto cards, read in and stored on tape, sorted, compiled, mashed and reports spewed (days later.) I can almost remember the BALR and other instructions.

Later I was an operator for a system with real spinning disks but nobody knew how to run sorts using them. Paper tape readers for factory interfaces. Multiple pass card sorts before.

US Army journal's top paper from 2021 says Taiwan should destroy TSMC if China invades


How many of those downloads came from the PRC?

Just asking.

I used to write scenarios for brass (military and non). They are a dime a dozen (well, more like $1M per). Should be taken with grains of salt. However sometimes one of these scenarios is latched onto by someone with too much authority and frequently not enough brains and becomes some form of reality.

Police National Computer not pwned by Clop ransomware crims, insists Home Office


Re: Dacoll

We really should get back to those days. That would foil those pesky ransomware malfeasants!

And to be safe, when we're back in those days, pull the plug on the intertubes/arpanet.

Log4j doesn't just blow a hole in your servers, it's reopening that can of worms: Is Big Biz exploiting open source?


Don't forget the other bugs introduced by copy-n-paste software

Log4J is a easily incorporated package so it shows up in many applications.

There is also a ton of software that is wholesale lifted from one application and pasted into another. A few minor modifications to accommodate the new home.

There are no serious integrity checks run on newly-acquired libraries or on code cruft. "It's been working before, it should work now.)

Some FOSS gems: Franz, RamBox, Pidgin and more


Re: Sucks

Agree with your post-pints discourse. But how to handle all of the "new" multi-media formats that seem to be so necessary nowadays? And how to monetize the bugger-all?

Apple is beginning to undo decades of Intel, x86 dominance in PC market


I guess the 6502/68000 aren't part of iApples's history?

How easily we forget.

Canadian province's supreme court orders Dell to pay nearly $500,000 to sales rep fired in his twilight years


Oh dear. Now Dell will need to raise its prices again to pay for this settlement...

Not shave a tiny bit off of Michael Dell's very generous packages.

Sounds like a typical Oracle or IBM stunt - shaft the workers before they can collect their due rewards.

FTC approves $61.7m settlement with Amazon for pocketing driver tips


Re: Tip fuckery

Actually, this seems to be a normal practice. When the bill is initially put through via a charge card, it only shows the amount of the meal (plus tax/etc.). If a tip is added, that *should* show up later in the actual bank charges. At least, that is my experience in the USofA.

US nuclear weapon bunker security secrets spill from online flashcards since 2013


Staffing these sensitive sites with young people is also an invitation for fun

Bellingcat link: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2021/05/28/us-soldiers-expose-nuclear-weapons-secrets-via-flashcard-apps/

Those young men (and some women) enjoy social media more than most.

Bellingcat has taken good advantage of the carelessness of military and intelligence personnel as well as using openly available databases of private information.

Something went wrong but we won't tell you what it is. Now, would you like to take out a premium subscription?


And then, to complete the idiocy of that language's error handling:


University duo thought it would be cool to sneak bad code into Linux as an experiment. Of course, it absolutely backfired


And so what? CCP, USSR, Israel, 400# oaf in his mother's basement

All of the subjects in the subject line know how to get around domain-name and IP restrictions. That's a pretty bad way to enforce security of the jewels.

Many researchers have run afoul of authorities when they probed some product. Witness Randall Schwartz who exposed security vulnerabilities at Intel and was prosecuted.

It's the corporate PHB who are the most dangerous to security. They want profits over competence.

Ex IBM sales manager, fired after battling discrimination against subordinates, wins $11m lawsuit


IBM, Oracle, SAP - same eyes on the short-term bottom line for the stock market

As long as the C-suite benefits don't get impacted, screw the little people.

Just like those other dinosaurs who couldn't adjust to a mere meteor strike.

Or the current group of climate deniers who won't change their policies to try to keep the planet alive.

Facebook says dump of 533m accounts is old news. But my date of birth, name, etc haven't changed in years, Zuck


Re: Time for the usual security advice

Yes, I change my birthdate one every 1.736 months - purely random but tends towards a more recent one.

I also use someone else's SSN (in the US). My name is Totally Fungible with access controls limited to Anonymous.

Phone #s are drawn from the republican party congress things.

It's a real devil logging into the Zuck-boy's FookBase but that keeps me away from his PHP minions.

1Password has none, KeePass has none... So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app?


KeyPass as an alternative? Are you sure you didn't mean KeePass?

There was a product many years ago that was called KeyPass. Don't think it is still alive.

KeePass is open source, well maintained, has versions that run on all major platforms (well, perhaps not CPM-80).

The wastepaper basket is on the other side of the office – that must be why they put all these slots in the computer


Medicine cabinets in the US had, for a long time, slots to dispose of used razor blades

Many a home remodeler had to know (or find out) that working in the bathroom between the studs could be hazardous.

Troubling news for JSON tinkerers? Windows Terminal unveils The Settings


I sense a sea change at MS. And I'm not sure it is all swells from here on....

Their support of more open languages, environments, even OS's is wonderful. As their flagship commercial products (Office) move into the cloud, perhaps the ancillary support pieces can not be treated as money makers.

Still, I worry about honey pots. Embrace, extend, ...

Perl-clutching hijackers appear to have seized control of 33-year-old programming language's .com domain


I remember when "whitehouse.com" was nicely changed to a pr0n site

Definitely a lot easier on this guys eyes than the old White House web pages from back in the naughty nineties.

Do new domain owners now need to spring for every conceivable TLD combination of their moniker? Way back then I grabbed .com, .net, and .org just to be safe. Now there must be several hundreds. Good business for them that sell that stuff.



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