* Posts by Sierpinski

35 posts • joined 6 Dec 2014

Two can play that game: China orders ban on US computers and software


I bet they're faster at projects they've started than ones they haven't.

Halfords invents radio signals that don't travel at the speed of light


Re: Speed of light

How about a torus taurus?

You'e yping i wong: macOS Catalina stops Twitter desktop app from accepting B, L, M, R, and T in passwords


Clearly meant to stop people from typing tumblr

Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope's Click to Pray eRosary app


Re: Why should buyers (believers) worry about this?

It's not much of an indulgence.

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

Big Brother

plus ça change

And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss installs security equipment to automate gazing back at you.

Google logins make JavaScript mandatory, Huawei China spy shock, Mac malware, Iran gets new Stuxnet, and more


Javascript will protect you

protect you, from the terrible secret of space. Please go stand by the stairs.

Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?


Another theory

Apple doesn't get investigated for non-competitive practices so long as there is the appearance of competition in the tablet market. As long as Google and Microsoft pretend to be competitive the backscratching continues in other areas.

Nameless Right To Be Forgotten Google sueball man tries Court of Appeal – yet again


Please, oh please, let this person's last name be Streisand.

Conference alert: Think you can save money by going Serverless?


At least it's a subtle advertisement.

Spam Posing as News. Is there a good synonym for 'news' beginning with m? 'media' is a bit too general.

A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years


Re: Every single comment at least one D/V


If everyone approved of what you've typed, what would even be the point? A downvote means that, barring a script doing the downvoting, someone had to read and comprehend something that disagrees with their views.

<p>And back to on-topic..

<p>WINE has been a source of entertainment for me for the last 15ish years. Projects such as Everquest and World of Warcraft with frequent, incremental changes, and multiple executables almost almost always had workarounds, both on WINE HQ and the official forums for the games, available on patch days. Occasional fixes under Linux actually resulted in performance boosts that "mysteriously" found their way back into the Windows client within the next month or so. Both the monthly subscription and freemium styles of supporting game development played nice (pirating the client wasn't a loss to sales... up until 3rd party emulated servers popped up, but that's another story). Telemetry in WINE is opt-in, and makes clear to the user how to disable it at any time, and is auditable by anyone that cares to prior to opting in.

<p>Any application that really is a "must have" gets time and money thrown at it up to the point that the "must have" portions become usable. Anything that's known to be illegal due to software patents in certain jurisdictions is labeled as such, but still made available with warnings. It's a model that actually respects fair use and intellectual property rights, and doesn't begin with an assumption of guilt in the wording (the way more than a few digital rights management systems I've encountered have).

<p>WINE is like a figurative bridge spanning multiple cliff faces (Linux, Windows, MacOS, FreeBSD, and others). Lanes close for construction on occasion, but it has acted as a shield against lock-in and monoculture (no apologies for the pun, I regret nothing).

<p>I look forward to more of the cycle of frustration and elation any time something stops working and I read up enough to submit a bug report and live with the work around until some with more skill and patience than I takes an interest in fixing it.

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android


Re: It needs a catchy name ....

While H2G2 is a good source for a name, I rather suggest a name from a Heinlein source instead. Also 2 syllables, how about the "Holmes Five". This would make it the successor of Mike, the Holmes Four, from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Just be careful using it to make automated payments to janitors, that can lead to all sorts of funny business.

Yahoo! webmail! hacker! faces! nearly! eight! years! in! the! cooler!


"Additionally, Mr Baratov was under the age of 22 during the majority of the time that he hacked email accounts," they argue."

That's an interesting spin on "He didn't outgrow his behavior after becoming an adult."

Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse


Re: Phone book

I think you've still got it sideways. GDPR appears to continue allowing your information to be in the phonebook, but it's not allowed to be distributed in full any more. Other people have to fill out the shiny new proper paperwork to view entries. It's a jurisdiction grab.

Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails


If you've got it, flount it?

Try our new driverless car software says Nvidia, as it suspends driverless car trials


Re: "Ultimately..."

After the final pedestrian is eliminated autonomous vehicles will be safer than the average human driver.

FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'


Re: The icon says it all.

Of course "freedom fighters" follows the same construction as "fire fighters".

Equifax execs sold shares before mega-hack reveal. All above board – Equifax probe

Big Brother

Shake some other trees

Insider trading might not even be the worst angle. Misappropriation of public funds would be a good one to look into if they were awarded any contracts in the affected time period on the basis of not actually meeting security standards as required. The IRS loves that kind of thing.

SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again


Re: Groundhog day

Planet of the APIs?

Biz quadruples value overnight by adding 'Blockchain' to name

Big Brother


Real courage would be doing it a second time to see if the stock price jumps again. Search Engine Optimization at the stock market level would be an amusing way to drain some value out of other people doing high-frequency trading.

Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION


Alexa order two tonnes of creamed corn. Alexa confirm order.

I suspect there will be an uptick in the use of devices that ease the automation of purchases using limited amounts of customer data to make accounts in the first place.

Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted


A better description

"Alan Patrick of Broadsight calls Uber a "labour arbitrage" play. I haven't found a better description."

Monetized hitchhiking

Mini-Heartbleed info leak bug strikes Apache, airborne malware, NSA algo U-turn, and more


Re: "There are quite a lot of people in NSA who think their job is to subvert standards"

Researches discover "peer pressure".

You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?


Re: Linux

"Why dont you all upgrade your naff Linux to Windows 10?"

The sheer number of default settings that have been automatically adjusted away from "best practices" by automatically pushed updates is sufficient.

Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller


My first two reactions

1) I'm horrified at the loss of his partial works.

2) I hope someone is willed the remains his computer to someone with the provision that they must find a way to forge it into a sword.

Spotify cleared of exposing kids to self-love innuendo in TV spot

Big Brother

It was a warning, not a guidebook

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

- George Orwell, 1984

Italics added to emphasize the pertinent bit.

Sysadmins told to update their software or risk killing the internet

IT Angle

Further changes I expect

Nicer ambulances, faster response times, and better looking drivers

A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely


Deadpan Emoji

There is a difference between sarcasm and pathological lying.

Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future


I see your "Sneakers" in 1992 and raise you "The Chipmunk Adventure" in 1987. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p510oSuwzQ0

Intel's dying Atom chips strike again: Netgear recalls four ReadyNAS, Wi-Fi management lines


Inquiring mind would like to know...

"Intel's chip errata, published in January, identified the B0 stepping of Atoms in the C2000 range as having faulty clock outputs that fail far sooner than they should."

How soon should an Atom processor fail?

Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense


Windows Equivalent

This appears to be very similar to the exploit where an unauthorized user can press the F8 key to gain access to the entire system.

DMCA updated – toaster penetration testing gets green light in America


Toaster Penetration Testing, the other way around


Days are numbered for the Czech Republic



So it sounds like a banana republic.



Why I detested Bob

Copying the interface success of Sierra, Broderbund, Lucasarts, and others, diminished the separation of work and play for me. It's every bit as wrong to associate leisure time with work as it is to associate work time with leisure.

Blam! Max Sound flings vid codec sueball number four at Google


Re: Notes left by execs

Unless the notes indicate that Google could implement a different method not covered by the patent, which would be fair game. The existence of the notes needs to coincide with them actually meaning what Max Sounds lawyers claim.

Experimental sci-fi novel Elysium is ALMOST irritating ...


An experiment where someone did the same thing Piers Anthony did in his Apprentice Adept series back in the 1980s? Is the experiment to find out if anyone noticed?


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