* Posts by Sotorro

22 posts • joined 25 Apr 2015

Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista



"And they'll issue a new, not-necessarily-related KB with a new number and equally vague description."

That is why since GWX, I read every recommended update description, on the MS website, and toss it out of the window (read hide the update) if it contains the word "telemetry" or "Win X" anywhere in the text.

Kind of sad though that you can no longer instal any update without going to the MS website, sometimes it's a whole list of updates depending on how long I didn't boot to Windows.

Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history


@ linicks

Only the smart criminals though, a lot of people still don't know that if you pull your SIM card from your mobile and put in a new SIM, that they still have your phones IMEI number and can continue to track it.

I bet that a lot of non technical people still believe that it takes one minute to track a telephone number, like shown on TV, just hang up the phone quickly and it can't be traced, yeah right.

For casual hiding of you browsing history, from the government, I can recommend https://www.torproject.org/

Euro privacy warriors: You've got until January to fix safe harbor mess – or we unleash hell


Massive and Indiscriminate Surveillance

I'm very happy that a judge finally has seen the light, and that "massive and indiscriminate surveillance" is now seen as an evil by the judges. And thanks to, Edward Snowden for the much needed intel, and the law student who started this case.

What ever the political arm twisting will do, to bend over backwards to please the 1% who believe they wield the real power, the last pretense of rule by the people for the people seem to have just delivered a hammer blow to the corrupt political system pretending to be democratic.

Yes we all have different opinions on what our society should look like, and that's a good thing, but all too often it looks like a small group of people can get away with grabbing power without oversight or control, this seems to have just been thwarted.


We the people do not need you to spy on innocent people, stop the "Massive and Indiscriminate Surveillance" NOW !!!

Thousands of 'directly hackable' hospital devices exposed online

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Re: who's responsibility?

Most hospitals I know are still in the process of copying 1984 physical paper data to disk.

And with all the hospital staff installing/viewing games and facebitch etc on the hospital PC, it isn't too hard to get lateral movement inside the hospital LAN, once one PC is pwnd, especially when your password is in the top 10 like "god".

No the machines that say "PING" are not really well protected against bitcoin-mining-scum, sadly.

Now you can be tracked online by your email addy. Thanks, Google!


Re: @Veti

I do hate advertisers, because they seem to care only about them self.

If advertisers and publishers would be sensible people, and not create whole webpages full of blinking ads, I would never have bothered to start blocking them in the first place.(*)

With ads being a major attack vector, it has only stiffened my resolve to block the blinking nasties.

I always thought that advertisement worked well, because it gives you brand recognition, you show a brand or logo enough times, so that when the time comes, that I really want to search for or buy a product, I might remember your business, Google and friends seem to be mostly focused on click through rates, rather then impressions.

When I want to buy a product online, I go search for the best deals online, I think the only advert I might click on is when I search for a product to buy and then look also at some of the advertised websites, if they are accidentally the same kind of website I was looking for, I might click on it, but most of the times the advertised website will be in the search results already, specially since I will click on more then the first ten search results.

What I notice with a lot of the "targeted" advertising is that you never get shown something new and interesting, but that they try to sell you the item you just have bought, just like Youtube shows results that reflects my previous viewed video's and consequently doesn't show anything I want to click on, because I like to see something new.

Because Youtube is virtually the only Google service I use, and I block their trackers and not use their search or email, it becomes really clear how this "targeted" advertising really works, it makes sure you never ever find some thing new and interesting again.

I do not know if it is because flash is blocked, but I like the Registers advertisements, no blinking annoying junk, with some ads that I might actually click on, thumbs up.

(*)When I accidentally pass by a football match on TV, I always wonder how people can watch this guff, with the screen filled with 50% blinking adverts, and then apparently people pay for premium TV channels to be able to watch these blinking adverts all day long. -shakes head-

US watchdog POKES STICK at Google's Android over rival-blocking allegations


Stop MS spying on you

3 options to stop Microsoft from spying on you

1- bat file without blocking URL's or IP's: https://github.com/WindowsLies/BlockWindows/blob/master/BlockWindows.bat

2- bat file including blocking all MS IP's that spy on you: http://pastebin.com/NfULK70L

3- Install Linux, BSD etc and dump Windows

:) which ever option you prefer the most

'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'


Re: And so it begins.

When there was no Kazaa light yet, I wrote my own program in Pascal, to simply replace every single ad to a picture of my choosing.

The adblockers simply have to let the website think it's loading all the crap, and silently replace the advertisement before it is rendered in the browser.

At the moment all the stuff is simply blocked, but it should not be too difficult to beat any adblockerblocker, Google and friends already lost this fight.

Struggling AMD re-orgs graphics groups as Radeon Technologies


nVidia is not everything either.


All the Kepler GPU's from nVidia have frame tearing in video, I was shocked when I saw it after I bought my new card. The whole Geforce 6xx till 9xx line has this frame tearing problem, and nVidia has said it's a design flaw that can not be fixed.

So my next card will be a GPU that is actually able to show normal video + play games, so it well be a Radeon.

Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches


Re: Charles 9

You mean you have not discovered yet that 20% of all Steam games have Linux support ?

I'm currently counting 2800 games with Linux support on Steam !

And that many games run fine in Linux with Wine ?

Simply stop buying any game that has no Linux support, and before you know it, you no longer care about Windows.

Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes


Re: Cite

Yup Hawking now has turned around, and finally agrees with Susskind and 't Hooft.

So I have no idea what riddle he cracked.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR3Msi1YeXQ The Black Hole Wars: My Battle with Stephen Hawking (Leonard Susskind 2008)

A Thin Sheet of Reality: The Universe as a Hologram ( Susskind, 't Hooft and others 2011) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsbZT9bJ1s4

Boffins clock MONSTER BLACK HOLES inside quasar-hosting galaxy near Earth


Re: @Sotorro -- Intriguing potential explanation for what a quasar really is

If you think you can cool down the planet, by heating it up go ahead, and start pumping out more CO2.

I would suggest to put solar panels in to orbit, blocking out the suns rays and collecting energy at the same time, maybe we then can make it till the Andromeda collision, I will go and grab some popcorn and fizz, so I can enjoy the collision spectacle from the front row.


Re: Intriguing potential explanation for what a quasar really is

@ DougS

Sadly we need to be even faster then that, as it's predicted that in 500,000,000 years the sun has heated up enough, to prevent life on Earth, and we all will be cooked.

or according to wikipedia 600 million years, but who cares about a vew years ;)

"The Sun's increasing luminosity begins to disrupt the carbonate–silicate cycle; higher luminosity increases weathering of surface rocks, which traps carbon dioxide in the ground as carbonate. As water evaporates from the Earth's surface, rocks harden, causing plate tectonics to slow and eventually stop. Without volcanoes to recycle carbon into the Earth's atmosphere, carbon dioxide levels begin to fall.[50] By this time, carbon dioxide levels will fall to the point at which C3 photosynthesis is no longer possible. All plants that utilize C3 photosynthesis (~99 percent of present-day species) will die.[51]"


Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data


Welcome to the electronic mob lynching club.

It's funny how people are basically suggesting by proxy and slippery slope tunnel thinking, that being in the AM data base means your guilty, WITHOUT ANY PROOF, commentards are suggesting over and over again that THEY have the foresight and intelligence to make the judgement of others that they are guilty.

And from this completely unfounded assumption that anybody is guilty at all, they go on a slippery slope of moralizing judgment and how anybody in that database has brought what ever is coming on to them self.

So if some news item comes up next week that Saudi Arabia has executed the first AM user because of Homosexuality, will you all go to the reg and cheer and clap ?

"I would have asked my spouse to divorce, bla bla bla, and if others do not live or do exactly as I do, to hell with them, all privacy can and will be invaded, put them in jail, fire them and make them ,lose their job, as my moral compass is better then yours"

Or similar crap is uttered, all suggesting that what ever anybody on the AM database is going to experience, is brought all on to them self.

I am not in this database and I didn't even have to go and look, but it amazes me how most commentards seem to shrug at this violation of privacy, and almost nobody seems to care about the victims who's life is being ruined, as they are outed as lesser human beings by the moralistic fucktards, who go everyday to their office to steal another pile of paper for their home printer.

More deaths linked to Ashley Madison hack as scammers move in


The hackers should be locked up and trow away the key !!

These sick hacker m#t@rf*^kers should rot away in a Guantanamo style jail cell for the rest of their life.

They are basically murderers, and should be treated as such.

As explained on the Intercept, homosexual people on the AM list, now have to flee their country in fear of being executed, and now we also have the first suicides.


It's amazing how commentards are rejoicing in the ruining of other peoples life, just because somebodies email was linked to AM, without any other proof that anything has happened.

Just like these sick radio hosts who killed a relationship live on radio, just because an email address was in the database, apparently it's okay nowadays to just publicly lynch people on the flimsiest of evidence.

Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

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Re: No, he did not.

Thank you for that link Robot Overlord,

So the only thing that happened is that while he was on a plane to a airplane security conference, he communicated over the internet with somebody else, reacting on a comment, if the plane could be hacked from it's entertainment system, and he replied with "yes I could do that".


A) he did not hack in to the plane systems.

B) he did not threaten to hack in to it.

As far as I'm aware admitting that you can hack in to something is not illegal at the moment, and elreg and some commentards have done a great job in pushing the FBI's FUD while really nothing has happened at all.

IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now


Re: Wht is rationale for article?

Is it going to be the same smashing hit as 3D TV/film with colored or shutter glasses ?

Nobody really wants to put more gear on their head, just so they can play a game.

The VR sets, sound to me just like a new 3D-glasses project, that is fun to use as a novelty, but not really that fun in casual gaming to relax with.

Most games are played on tiny telephone screens, with 1980 style flapping birds and the like. Specially with the current VR system specs, this will be only used by uber geeks, playing the latest geek fantasy game, with zombie eating scientists like Half Life, which can then be marveled at in full 360 degree 3D gore, what a joy.


Re: Windows only? Well that's not Okay Facebook.

It has nothing to do with Wine that it can not run DX11, and everything with OpenGL.

OpenGL simply doesn't support all the DX11 instructions, and there for there is no 100% conversion from DX11 to OpenGL possible. How ever normally all games have fall backs to DX10 & DX9.

So if you write your game to run on DX11 only, your basically saying, we don't support OpenGL.

By the way what is this Facebrick people are talking about, can you eat it ?

Yahoo! Says! Chrome, IE Users! Should! 'Upgrade'! To! FIREFOX!


Why use Google ?

Why use Google when you can use https://startpage.com

All the great Google results without being profiled.

Silly people who are using Google & Bing where all their personal search results get sold to the highest bidder, no thanks.

Ubuntu to shutter year-old clock unlock bug


Re: Shortsighted reaction on the side of Canonical

I have found out why this is not considered a bug by Ubuntu but a feature.

You need to have used sudo as an Admin first before it gets an issue, normal users can normally not set the clock and need sudo first to set it. So you can not really elevate privilege with it under normal conditions, as you normally are not logged in as an Admin.

But when you are logged on with an Administrative account it can indeed become a problem, the idea though is that when remote users can log in to your box as an Admin you have probably worse problems on your hand, then just this issue, and there for they consider it more of a physical access problem at best.

Some people have how ever argued that this is still somewhat of a bug and that even though it's not remotely exploitable, it would be nice if you needed to authenticate again to set the time, even as an Admin.

A possible work around if you feel that this should not be possible, is to set the grace time of sudo to zero.

In other words set, Defaults timestamp_timeout=0 ,in the Defaults section of your /etc/sudoers


Re: Shortsighted reaction on the side of Canonical

The article states "Ubuntu's latest edition", which would suggest it's only the new version 15, but all versions seem to be affected, from 12 onwards. see: http://osdir.com/ml/ubuntu-bugs/2015-04/msg21177.html

Versions affected are:

Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS (Precise Pangolin)

Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (Trusty Tahr)

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet)

As Martijn Otto already stated, this bug can give, already locally logged on users sudo rights potentially.

The big boys made us do it: US used German spooks to snoop on EU defence industry


Re: In Germany, we have this thing called "treason"

It is interesting to see, how the secret services in the West including my own country seem to be able to break the law at will, while we do not know anything about them, they know all about us.

Is there still a Democracy ? Or are we living in a secret surveillance state, where secret services decide who gets a character assassination, while pushing out false information all around, to manipulate all of us in to what ever they want us to believe. I was unaware that this is what we wanted to do with our societies.

As it looks more and more that it's all about serving the 1% and it has no longer anything to do with informed decision making on the electorate part, as we are all fed misinformation. If voters can not know about reality, then there is no longer a Democracy in my opinion.

Did anybody asked for this, did anybody vote for these secret services to do what they are doing ?

I'm positively sure I never asked for this mess.

Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door!


Doing a Clarkson

Reading the article I suddenly realize, why people yell and scream so much online, like little toddlers.

People who are inherent cowards that are afraid to use violence in a real justified situation, are like hungry people who dream about the things they don't have or do, or are never confronted with.

When you're hungry you have fantasies and dream about mountains of food, I'm now starting to believe it's the same for violence. As in when you're never doing it, you come up with all these pervasive fantasies how to hurt others.

I never get violently angry until the moment that I'm forced ,to start to exercise that violence for real.

This happens normally only after somebody else has signaled they want to use violence on me, and then I will have to counter that by showing that I will take you with me in to the hospital, that is, if I'm set with my back against the wall, and only reacting or threatening to react in kind will help.

Because I will always try to leave my opponent with a graceful way out, making sure people are not with their back against the wall. Then again there are of cause juvenile people who are just simply violent because they have no control over them self at all like Clarkson, which is even more sad.

In any case I never have these violent fantasies like displayed in this story, it was an interesting read.


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