* Posts by grizewald

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Software Freedom Conservancy sues TV maker Vizio for 'GPL infringement'

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Re: Signed binaries

That's easily solved by enrolling a Machine Owner Key and signing the zfs kernel module yourself.

RedHat have extensive documentation describing exactly how to do this, as do the majority of Linux distributions. I have no problem using secure boot and signing self compiled modules on my Laptop running Debian Bullseye.

Want to support Firefox? Great, you'll have no problem with personalised, sponsored search suggestions then

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What other browser runs NoScript, uBlock Origin and Cookie Autodelete?

I've used Firefox for a long time, primarily because it supports full function versions of these three plugins.

Not only do they keep malicious Javascript at bay, they allow me to be as useless as possible to those who think it's OK to monetise my activity without permission or payment.

This is a real "wrong direction" move from Mozilla; one serious enough to make me contemplate ditching Firefox.

What are the alternatives (on Linux)?

Telegraph newspaper bares 10TB of subscriber data and server logs to world+dog

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Flim flam

It would be really interesting to hear what the researcher who found the data thinks about the veracity of "...technical data, the vast majority of which had no meaning. Within that data was a small amount of system login data - less than 0.1 per cent of our subscriber/registrant database".

I also don't see any acknowledgement of the Torygraph having reported this breach of GDPR protected data to the appropriate supervisory authorities. I assume that they really don't want to answer awkward questions like: If the database was storing personal information, why was it not encrypted? Getting the answer to that one wrong is like giving the regulator an extra D20 for when he rolls for damage!

The PR-droid's statement reads to me like a "shrug. nothing to see here" response. An arrogant downplaying of the facts from someone who gives significantly less than a toss about other people's data being served from their incompetently configured Elastic instance.

Microsoft's .NET Foundation under fire as resigning board member questions its role

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Par for the course

I've never believed Microsoft's uncharacteristic enthusiasm for Linux and Open Source was anything else than a way to infiltrate the ecosystem and fragment it into easily assimilated parts. This particular story is yet another piece of evidence that keeps me from changing that opinion.

One only has to look at the sorry state of Teams for Linux for the perfect illustration of what Microsoft really thinks about Linux and open source. The Linux release is massively behind in features compared to the Windows and even MacOS versions of Teams. Microsoft's only advice when you find out that important features are still missing from the Linux version is: "Use the Windows version".

Honestly, nothing at all has changed since the days of Embrace, Extend, Extinguish. The old dog that is Microsoft has learned no new tricks.

Metro Bank techies placed at risk of redundancy, severance terms criticised

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spokesperson?

You know you're in for some fun when you read "A spokesperson at Metro Bank...". What is wrong with "Metro Bank said..."? Or "An official speaking for Metro Bank..."? Or even "An entity speaking for Metro Bank..."?

Thinking that "spokesman" always has gender is illogical.

When used in the context of someone authorised to make a statement on the behalf of a company, the context of the word "spokesman" implies the fact that it represents an authorised company official. The gender of an official is not assumed, implied or relevant.

The gem of the article is the spokesdroid 's reply though:

"We are moving to an 'agile' way of working and as a result are resizing and restructuring our change and IT teams. Fewer than 90 roles are impacted and we are creating 65 new roles in the IT and change world to support our new 'agile' way of working." ... "Colleagues impacted by the restructure are free to apply for the new roles if they wish to. We are currently running a consultation process with impacted colleagues."

The killer being the single quotation marks around the word "agile", I can just see the spokesman making quotation signs in the air with their fingers. I won't even discuss what "Impacted colleagues" brought to mind!

Let me try translating this utter lizard speech into conventional English: "We need to save money or the CEO can't afford his next yacht. So, all of you who are over 40; you are all going to be fired with two week's pay. You're welcome to apply for a new job here, we're hiring! (Just for less than we used to pay, on a weekly contract with no pension, holidays or health benefits.)"

Who would write this kind of effluent as a company statement?

Linux kernel minimum compiler raised to GCC 5.1, allowing potential C11 use

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Re: {size_t i = 0; for(; i < len; ++i) {

I started programming in C back in 1983, buying a copy of K & R to teach myself the language.

Having learned Z80 machine code (no assembler) on the ZX80, C was a revelation. It's essentially high level assembler! I still love the language to this day.

I liked Java, will use C# when given no choice and tinker with Python, Rust etc. For many modern languages, the problem lies in the incomprehensibly large number of libraries, not the language.

You can do lots with the C standard libraries, and your brain won't start to boil and drain out of your ears while you use them! Yes, you have to write more code, although any seasoned C programmer has their own set of libraries to do common tasks in their application sphere. In the end, C is a solid, rational and consistent programming language. It's a bedrock that you can always build good software on. It does require that those who use it are careful and considered and capable of remembering the memory they just allocated and ensuring they return it when they are finished with it, even in exceptional cases.

The constantly moving targets of C# and .Net, the system libraries and the evolution of the language with more obstacles to understanding is just part of what makes me dislike it. The billion frameworks, patterns and layers upon layers of assemblies creating objects like memory was infinite are what turns that dislike into hate. I believe it is already impossible for one person to understand all that Microsoft has spawned in the .Net and C# world. It has also created a world of cut and paste programmers who have no appreciation for the art of good programming, regardless of the language being used.

I've avoided C++ like a plague carrier throughout my career once I'd seen how it encouraged the creation of utterly incomprehensible code with such ease. Such code is never properly documented (but it's obvious from the object oriented design!) and is an utter nightmare when it comes to maintenance as the original writers have long since moved on to greener pastures.

It's good to hear of someone moving to C from C++ and enjoying that feeling of being in charge when you use it. Welcome to the club!

Microsoft adds hybrid meeting features to Teams, including interruption-detecting AI

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Here in my car, I am terrified

Enabling people to take part in meetings while they are driving is probably the most stupid idea of the year.

Driving requires that your mental and sensory skills are devoted to the task at hand. Trying to have a meeting at the same time as you are supposedly controlling several tonnes of metal moving at speed in a complicated and unpredictable environment is stupid, pointless and above all, dangerous!

You will either be useless as a member of the meeting because your attention will be focused on the task at hand and not the meeting, or you will end up killing others and/or yourself when the inevitable accident happens.

People shouldn't even contemplate it and Microsoft should be ashamed for directly encouraging this type of utterly irresponsible behaviour. If they do roll this out, I hope the first suit from a bereaved family comes quickly and hits them hard.

Now that China has all but banned cryptocurrencies, GPU prices are falling like Bitcoin

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Unhappy

Prices need to go down WAY more

An RTX 3060 for $763 is still fantasy pricing.

RRP for the 3060 is $329 and the glut of cards that should appear with lots of miners selling off their kit should push street prices lower than that.

Realizing this is getting out of hand, Coq mulls new name for programming language

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Alien

Re: A clear case of English supremacists.

Meh, English isn't a language, it's the linguistic equivalent of the Borg collective.

Lower your shields and surrender your language! We will add your linguistic distinctiveness to our own. Your language will be assimilated. Resistance is futile!

Mark it in your diaries: 14 October 2025 is the end of Windows 10

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The fact that you can't upgrade to 20H2 if your machine's BIOS does not support secure boot would seem to fix running it on legacy hardware...

We've been shown time and again that strong encryption puts crims behind bars, so why do politicos hate it?

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Big Brother

Why do politicos hate it?

Easy.

As far as the ruling class is concerned, we peons are all criminals. They want to block off all ways we could get together and decide to do something to remind them what the term "public servant" actually means. If they can sniff out all talk of organising against the ruling class then all they need to do is lock up the instigators and carry on fleecing the public purse to feather their nests undisturbed.

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Re: Man makes idiotic statement on a mailing list...

While your example of the cruise ship figures is indeed data, determining your particular risk and the risk to others on uninformed extrapolation based on a tiny sample is unscientific in the extreme.

Whatever you've been doing during lockdown, you better stop it right now

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Stop

The joys of printer denial systems

Whoever designed those printer denial systems has probably caused a massive decrease in printer sales and saved half a rainforest's worth of trees from being turned into A4. They probably also have some unpleasant personality traits.

When they introduced such a system where I work, that spelled the end of printing anything at all at the office for me. I couldn't even start printing a 700 page postscript source version of a one page document as the only way to get a job spooled to print was to connect to a print server in some undisclosed cabinet via a machine which had to be a full member of the company's Windows domain to prove my worth and then blip my access card against a reader on the printer to start the print.

That's kind of tricky when you refuse to subject your computer to the perils of Windows Group Policy Objects. Not to mention that getting a Linux installation joined to a domain is still something which requires a higher degree in the black arts even if you want to risk it! Even from a virtual machine running Windows which was a domain member, getting the printer drivers to cooperate with the spooler was so difficult that I wrote that off as not being worth the effort. They even managed to block any way of connecting directly to the printer and circumventing the denial system, so no matter how much I would like to print something, it will forever be impossible for me.

I can honestly say that I have not missed the ability to print in the slightest.

Uncle Sam recovers 63.7 of 75 Bitcoins Colonial Pipeline paid to ransomware crew

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Black Helicopters

Something doesn't smell right about this

As others have already observed, the only way the FBI could have obtained the private key to this wallet is if the crooks were stupid enough to send the same coins, or insufficiently laundered coins to an internet wallet where the provider holds the private key and where they are subject to US control.

Are they really that stupid?

How many remote controls do you really need? Answer: about a bowl-ful

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I have one remote for everything

A Logitech Harmony Hub. It integrates with my Home Assistant automation system and can control every device in my living room, either from the single remote control, by voice commands or from my Home Assistant dashboard.

This is all very nice, but the best part is that the remote control isn't what actually sends the IR commands - it's the hub that does that, meaning that you don't even have to point the remote at the device you want to control! The rechargeable remote always has power as it sits in a charging cradle while not in use and talks to the hub component with Bluetooth. The hub in turn connects to my network with WiFi.

While I don't trust Logitech as far as I could throw them, and they've already tried once to bork all third party access to the hub, the sheer convenience of the solution really is hard to beat.

First Forth, C and Python, now comp.lang.tcl latest Usenet programming forum nuked by Google Groups

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Unhappy

A sign of things to come

The group was automatically removed by an algorithm. Thankfully, there were enough people affected that the shouting was loud enough to force Google to wake up a human to investigate and the group was quickly reinstated.

If you are just one person and your post/video/blog gets removed by an algorithm, nobody will hear you shouting and your chances of doing anything about it are very close to zero.

With the EU's digital copyright directive now being implemented in EU countries, combined with the other censorship directives which are just around the corner, expect to see your posts, videos and other content subjected to arbitrary automated censorship. There will be no appeal. Your content will simply vanish and you will have no idea why and no recourse.

For any hosting company smaller than the current giants, the cost of buying and running the mandatory automated censorship systems will force you to close your business. This will further cement the domination of the Internet by a handful of mega-rich Internet companies and copyright troll organisations. Before the end of the decade, the Internet at large will have become something closely resembling the bland and stupefying television of today.

Free speech will only exist in remote, encrypted corners of the Internet, only accessible if you can work around the inevitable provider-level blocks which will be mandated to prevent you accessing these havens. Succeeding in securing access to what is left of the free Internet will end up with you being put on a watch list and your career and social possibilities becoming more and more restricted.

Welcome to the brave new world.

MoD: Our networks are in 'unacceptable' state and both data and IT bods are stuck in silos

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Secure?

I fail to see how "secure" and "cloud-based" go together with each other.

Instead, this report would appear to be the equivalent of painting a target on the MOD's back and shouting "come and hack us" from the roof of MOD Whitehall.

AWS Free Tier, where's your spending limit? 'I thought I deleted everything but I have been charged $200'

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There are even worse sides to this

A YouTuber who I follow recently had the credentials for his AWS account stolen. He had unwisely not enabled 2FA for the account either.

Armed with his account details, someone logged in to his account and set up an instance to run some crypto-coin mining software, doing so in the middle of the night while the victim was asleep. By the time he woke up and checked his email, the fraudster had already managed to rack up a $500 bill which is now the unfortunate victim's responsibility to pay. They had even set up the mining instance in such a way that the victim could not stop or remove it which resulted in some panic-stricken calls to AWS support.

I haven't heard whether he managed to get any reduction of his bill from Amazon. Even if he does, it was a painful way to learn that 2FA should be mandatory on any Internet service which can rack up a huge bill while you're not even awake to receive an emailed alert.

US declares emergency after ransomware shuts oil pipeline that pumps 100 million gallons a day

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Who let all the children in here?

I remember when El Reg had a much better class of commentard. Far too many posts here appear to have been penned by people who were up way past their bed time.

Harassers and bullies succeed in tech because silence is encouraged

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Re: psychopathic IT development manager

Yes, the company probably needed me more than they needed him, but that's not the point.

Everyone is entitled to assert their right not to be mistreated at their job. Yes, it takes an ounce of courage and yes, sometimes the person mistreating you happens to be his manager's best buddy. In that case, you make sure you have all the notes, witnesses and arguments needed to go over their heads. You enlist all the help there is in the form of colleagues and union resources and you fight, if needs be. Or, if you can't weather the fight, you get the hell out of there and do your best to warn others.

What you can't do is accept or put up with it. What's wrong is wrong and the less people speak up, the more the abusers perceive that they can do whatever they want.

Do I have to quote Niemöller?

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

grizewald

Re: Silence is not encouraged,

Signing a contract with clauses which disadvantage you is foolish and if you do, you have only yourself to blame.

Case in point: my current employer sent me a new contract to sign which contained a new, no-compete clause. Given that I work in a very specialised branch of IT, the no-compete clause would effectively make me unemployable for the two years that the clause covered.

I refused to sign the new contract unless they also added a golden parachute clause which gave me full pay for the duration of the no-compete clause. This is standard practise in the country where I live - a restrictive clause has to be matched with a complementary clause which prevents the restrictive clause from imposing an unreasonable burden.

They gave up once they realised I wouldn't let them treat me like an idiot.

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Re: IT people aren't often people people

In which case you should tell them of your intention to quit and file an action against them for constructive dismissal. Keeping documentation of your grievances, how you have alerted HR and senior management to them and their responses is crucial.

If those in HR and upper management refuse to take responsibility, dragging the entire problem out into the light at an employment tribunal may well make them think again about their negligence.

If you are a union member, enlisting their help is normally very useful.

Either way, you should already be looking for a new job and unless you have signed away your rights in your employment contract, you should make why you left as public as possible. This kind of culture only gets changed if people are prepared to do something about it.

grizewald

People really need to stand up for themselves

I encountered a psychopathic IT development manager at a previous job. Out of the blue, he came barging in to my office shouting at me at the top of his voice and was obviously extremely angry. Very intimidating.

My sin? I had forwarded the project plan I was working on to the rest of the team for their comments so that I could get agreement from them before presenting the plan to him. An action which was mandated by our internal standards. For some reason this sent him into an incandescent rage.

Once he had left and I had managed to calm my shaking hands, I went straight to the managing director's office, described to him what had happened and stated plainly that I wasn't prepared to tolerate such an attack again and that I would leave if they didn't do something about it. The manager left the office within the hour, fired on the spot.

The point of the tale being that if you don't do something about abusive colleagues right there and then, you are tacitly accepting their behaviour and allowing it to continue.

WordPress core contributor proposes treating Google FLoC as a security vulnerability

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If many sites enable FLoC because it will hurt their ad revenue if they don't, doesn't that amount to extortion by default?

"Enable this new privacy invading ad tracker or we will cut off your ad revenue."

Whatever way you try to write it, it boils down to "enable this feature or else".

Whatever happened to "Do no evil" Google?

What the FLoC? Browser makers queue up to decry Google's latest ad-targeting initiative as invasive tracking

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"we’ll introduce a control in Chrome Settings that users can use to opt out of inclusion in FLoC and other Privacy Sandbox proposals while they’re in trials."

How about asking first instead? I guess the "while they're in trials" bit means that once the trial is over, you don't even get the choice to opt out.

More ammo for Max Schrems!

Nominet chooses civil war over compromise by rejecting ex-BBC Trust chairman

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Re: move your domain

Not just UK domains.

I just moved my two .net domains away from GoDaddy as punishment for voting No.

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The arrogance of the entitled

The contempt and arrogance shown by the Nominet board is truly stunning.

Having fixed themselves a cushy job where they get paid unjustifiably large salaries for doing remarkably little, the board is doing everything they can to make sure that they keep them. Far from acting as if they are a member driven and owned organisation, the board seem to view Nominet's members as little more than cash cows to inflate their already over-inflated bank accounts.

The entire board should be sacked and the sooner the better.

Website maker Wix embarks on weird WordPress-trashing campaign, sends 'influencer' users headphones from 'WP'

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Re: Sigh...

Unless your small business is selling things to geeks, the chances of his page views going down by any significant amount are very small.

If he is selling to geeks, he should probably know better, and if he doesn't, I'm sure his customers would be happy to let him know and suggest alternatives!.

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Facepalm

Sigh...

I'd always found wix hosted websites annoying and only ever enabled their acres of Javascript if the site was selling something I wanted.

This spiteful and childish behaviour has now promoted all wix-hosted websites to my boycott list.

Yep, the 'Who owns Linux?' case is back from the dead

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Re: A real cancer

Well fixed.

I don't see that Microsoft have done anything to deserve the slightest amount of trust and view WSL as just another part of their usual "embrace, extend, extinguish" strategy.

IBM, Red Hat face copyright, antitrust lawsuit from SCO Group successor Xinuos

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FAIL

Vampires are real!

Did they not sharpen the stake properly last time?

Please IBM/RedHat, make sure you finish the job properly this time.

My instant reaction was that this has to be an April Fool; then I read diodesign's comment... I'm still trying to find my jaw after it dropped to the floor....

If PJ hears the call and gets back in the saddle for one last time, it really will feel like time has suddenly jumped back nearly two decades. It will be fun finding out what (or who) is behind this seemingly insane plan!

UK terror law reviewer calls for expanded police powers to imprison people who refuse to hand over passwords

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Re: Plausible deniability

It hardly matters does it?

If plod says "He won't surrender the password for this 'obviously' encrypted file, down you go for five years. After they let you out, plod will intercept you at the prison gates, arrest you and ask the same question again. Down you go for another five years."

It pains me to see the UK descend increasingly rapidly into a police state.

Tesla broke US labor law with anti-union efforts – watchdog

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Re: Who is the most disgusting?

Larry, without a second's hesitation.

City of London Police warn against using ‘open science’ site Sci-Hub

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Thumb Down

Middle men

The advent of the Internet and the capability for anyone to publish and duplicate at zero cost spelled the end of the justification for the existence of middle men like Elsevier (and the music distribution middle men).

The reaction to the business models of many companies founded on artificial scarcity becoming null and void was telling in the extreme. Faced with their entire reason to be evaporating, these companies took advantage of the fact that our governments are utterly corrupt to ensure that laws were passed which are designed purely to prop up their outdated business models and nothing else.

The companies who wanted these laws make enormous amounts of money from their monopolies on publishing and distribution. Armed with such huge war chests, bribing their way to having their outdated business models defended in law was easily achieved. The money and power hungry politicians were so excited by the cash trough in front of them that they didn't even blink before passing laws to criminalise any who dared to challenge the monopolies.

And here we are today, burdened by utterly unrealistic copyright durations and with monstrous legislation like the DMCA which ostensibly exists only so that the copyright mafia can demand that you buy multiple copies of something if you want to use their products in more than one setting. This gives us the preposterous situation where a music publisher thinks that making an MP3 of a CD which you have bought so that you can listen to the MP3 in your car should be illegal and expect you to buy multiple copies of things you have already paid for just because you want to shift format. That this legislation is also used against people who are (for example) blind and very much need to be able to format shift is a travesty.

In the end, it's all about greed and a political class who (as always) serve the rich and not those who elect them.

MPs slam UK's £22bn Test and Trace programme for failing to provide evidence that it slows COVID pandemic

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Re: Ugh!!

This is precisely the problem.

When you have people who suffer no consequences for squandering someone else's money, those people have absolutely no incentive to ensure that money is spent responsibly.

Governments around the world use the fact that you can't prosecute a politician for the consequences of their decisions while in office to re-distribute massive amounts of taxpayer money to their mates and cronies. This won't change until holding public office does not come with a get out of jail free card.

Customer comment and contributions no more as Microsoft pulls the plug on Office 365 UserVoice forum

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Re: Reality check

They probably got sick of all the Linux users like myself who use Teams on Linux complaining about the fact that we are treated as second class citizens when it comes to getting new features which are regularly added to both the Mac and Windows versions.

It was only recently that the "Raise hand" feature was added to the Linux Teams client after being available for six months or more on other platforms. As for getting "background blur" any time soon, I'm not going to hold my breath.

The whole "Teams runs on Linux" bit seems only to have been done so that they can say that it runs on Linux while conveniently forgetting to mention that the functionality is significantly less compared to the Windows or Mac versions.

Splunk junks 'hanging' processes, suggests you don't 'hit' a key: More peaceful words now preferred in docs

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Re: Language

Actually, you can't just swap master/slave for client/server. The master/slave relationship between two IDE drives, for example, dictates that the master controls who may use the interface. The slave simply cannot function without the master's permission.

That's hardly a description of a client/server relationship. This is the danger with this type of virtue signalling nonsense - arbitrarily redefining accepted technical uses of words will result in confusion and misunderstandings where there were none before.

Thankfully, we have yet to see any semiconductor manufacturers deciding to redefine the SPI Bus signals MISO, MOSI and SS (Master In Slave Out, Master Out Slave In, Slave Select) and long may they maintain this position.

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Facepalm

The missing ingredient in all this is...

Context

The words 'master' and 'slave', used in a technical context describe an interface between inanimate objects.

If you cannot separate nuances of language by context, your comprehension skills are lacking. 'Nuff said.

Apache foundation ousts TinkerPop project co-founder for tweeting 'offensive humor that borders on hate speech'

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Pint

How refreshing!

I think it is great to see people like Marko and Niclas having the testicular fortitude to stand up to the humourless "woke" mob and expose them as the real fascists they are.

Here's a nice cold beer for you both.

Texas blacks out, freezes, and even stops sending juice to semiconductor plants. During a global silicon shortage

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Re: Power Grid

Actually, all of Europe is one grid with all the generators synchronised to the same sine wave.

Google, Apple sued for failing to give Telegram chat app the Parler put-down treatment

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Re: A polite suggestion to Mr. Ginsberg

And you think that rampant censorship of the type that groups like Coalition for a Safer Web want will stop these problems?

Get a grip. Censorship, even the deplatforming which has been wielded against Trump, never fixes anything. The particularly worrying side of the kind of censorship which CSW and similar groups are so keen on having is that it is all about imposing their own arbitrary definitions of what you may or may not say on everyone else. These people have no right to make decisions on my behalf about what I may or may not read or say.

Let the neo-nazis and other nutters say what they want. If you are so thick that you are easily influenced by whatever garbage you read on the Internet, then mummy should take away your computer. I'd much rather see people offended than see the extremists forced underground where we can't see what they are planning.

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Facepalm

A polite suggestion to Mr. Ginsberg

May I suggest a better course of action than wasting your money on lawyers? If you don't like what other people say sometimes then don't read what they write or listen to what they say or watch their videos. At any given moment, there are hundreds of millions of people saying things you might dislike, be affronted by, scared by and so on. There are also hundreds of millions of people violently disagreeing with each other. There are probably billions of people who disagree with things which you hold dear

The only way to stop all these nasty things happening would be to monitor everyone, everywhere, in audio and video, 24 hours per day 365.25 days of the year and send everyone who says things you don't like to a "re-education camp". In the end, you would probably have to just kill them as there would be nobody left apart from the watchers and no money to pay for "re-education".

You seem to find other people's speech so unbearable that you are prepared to use Orwell's 1984 as an instruction manual. This would tend to suggest that you may be experiencing a mental illness and I would counsel you to contact your doctor as soon as possible. I am sure that once you explain to him how your anxiety is affecting your judgement that he will quickly refer you to a mental health specialist who can guide you gently back to the ground.

No cards, thanks, we're contactless-less: UK supermarket giants hit by card payment TITSUP*

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Re: cashless society

It might seem backwards, but what the card companies take can be less than what the bank charges to handle cash from the shop. Banks actively try, both through pricing and availability to leave smaller shops with no choice but to accept cards and discourage or even drop paying by cash.

For some types of larger public business, for example a busy hotel bar, cash becomes a liability. One hotel near me is in a very busy part of town and that makes the risks with large amounts of cash even worse. After the staff were robbed at gunpoint the second time, the bar simply said "payment by card only". It's annoying sometimes, but the place is still packed every evening.

Drone smashes through helicopter's windscreen and injures passenger

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Re: Relatively wrong headline?

> If you've ever been pilot in command in the air you might realise how difficult it is to see any other

> aircraft - full size, let alone something the size of a drone. Jets have flown past and under paragliders

> and hang gliders without even seeing them

Yet somehow airline pilots seem to have no problem at all identifying the make and model of a drone some 500 metres away while travelling at 500 km/h.

People see what they want to see, particularly when they have jobs which are likely not to exist in the near future when machines fly the aeroplane instead of pilots.

Privacy pilfering project punished by FTC purge penalty: AI upstart told to delete data and algorithms

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Re: Inconsistent decision is concerning

Don't forget every US police department's best friend Clearview AI.

I can't see anything which distinguishes their offering from this company's.

The CIA's 'entire' collection of UFO records has been made available for you to sigh at

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Re: multipage .tiff files

I fail to see what's "outdated" with using an open image encapsulation format which can support the vast majority of image formats and compression mechanisms along with big or small-endian hardware. TIFF is far from dead or outdated.

Let me guess, he would have preferred the scans as PDF files? Something that is far less friendly or flexible than TIFF.

New year, new rant: Linus Torvalds rails at Intel for 'killing' the ECC industry

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I guess the lack of ECC support on desktop processors must be new?

My FreeNAS server uses an ASRock E3C224D2I server motherboard and a Core i3-4150 CPU. Although the motherboard is a server version, complete with IPMI and a "just trust us" BMC to make a headless life easier, the CPU is most definitely described by Intel as a desktop part.

The combination supports ECC just fine.

Well, on the bright side, the SolarWinds Sunburst attack will spur the cybersecurity field to evolve all over again

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Re: What about SIEM / Threat-detection / Traffic-profiling tools?

Depending on what a company works with, the vast majority of users can be people who have no concept of computer threats or the subtleties of e-mail transmission headers. To these people, the computer is just a thing they use to get their job done.

I don't see how you can instil the kind of thinking that stops you from getting owned in the first place in the wetware of every user, regardless of their skills. Even if you could, there are vulnerabilities which don't need wetwear to help them over the border wall.

Excellent border and internal security systems are needed. I agree with TaabuTheCat who posted upthread about what a failure this is for the entire industry. A true "epic fail". It can't be hard to imagine the possibility that an attacker who gains a foothold might try to disguise exfiltration or C&C traffic so that it appears innocuous. Finding just this kind of traffic is what machine learning systems should be good at with quality training data. It's a shame to see that when it comes to security vendors the "AI" hype is precisely that and nothing more.

The onus is now on every player to show some really smart tools that use ML properly. The only problem with expecting this is that individually, none of them can build a sufficiently large, varied and verified data set for training to give worthwhile results. Competitors would need to cooperate for the common good. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for one of them to offer the others an olive branch though...

One of Rupert's points from TFA struck home particularly. Poorly designed CI/CD implementations are a bad actor's pot of gold. If code is stored in "the cloud" then the build system will normally have some exposure to the Internet. The build system also has considerable rights on the machines which it deploys to. A perfect springboard, filled with code to compromise!

The rewards for a self-checking, hardened CI/CD system to increase the chances of spotting and preventing this kind of compromise could be significant. One thing is for sure: CI/CD systems need to grow up and get serious about security.

The computer/network security vendors have had their bluff called. It's time they started investing their profits in R&D instead of marketing departments that can't see the distinction between AI and ML. The first, and probably most important distinction being that one of them does not exist!

Will any of this happen? Not much, we'll just lurch along to the next crisis, just as Rupert predicts.

UK Home Office chucks US firm Leidos £30m for help snooping on comms data

grizewald

Maybe you need to read the article just next to this one: https://www.theregister.com/2020/12/17/ipco_annual_report/

"Meanwhile, police forces were found by IPCO to be treating applications to use spying powers as a tickbox exercise, perhaps unsurprisingly given that these are self-authorisations rubberstamped by police managers themselves."

etc...

Twitter, Mozilla, Vimeo slam Europe’s one-size-fits-all internet content policing plan

grizewald

Who decides the definition of "Harmful"?

The whole issue of removing "harmful" content is a train wreck just waiting to happen.

Who decides what constitutes "harmful" content? The term "harmful" is so loose that just about anything could be viewed as harmful. Harmful to who? Harmful to a politician's career? The fact that "harmful" is very subjective. In today's SJW world where even technical speech such as master/slave is being censored by virtue signallers, all speech is doubtless harmful to someone.

Handing this kind of decisions to algorithms will only result in perfectly legal speech being arbitrarily censored. How do you fight such a removal? Who do you contact? What remedies are there?

The loose definitions and lack of accountability shows these laws up as what they are: a convenient method for the powers that be to remove anything they don't agree with. This is a censorship regime and nothing else.

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