* Posts by Throatwarbler Mangrove

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Activision Blizzard accused by California watchdog of fostering 'frat boy' culture, fatally toxic atmosphere

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Re: For the enlightenment of a right-pondian

Addressing your question more directly, it's usually at least one of chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis.

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Re: For the enlightenment of a right-pondian

In the seminal 1980s hit comedy Revenge of the Nerds, the supposed heroes of the piece join a fraternity and use tactics such as doxing and rape to gain the advantage over the more conventionally attractive and successful college students who have tormented them throughout the movie. One expects the culture is something like that.

Alan Turing Institute to spend UK.gov grants on AI for air traffic control and banking

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Terminator

Re: Interesting

"It looks like you're going down in flames. Would you like help with that?"

Kaseya obtains REvil decryptor, starts sharing it with afflicted customers

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Re: Digicert or Cloudflare or both elReg?

Man, if only this Web site had some kind of contact information. Oh well, guess you'll have to comment on a random article instead.

Troll jailed for 5 years after swatting of Twitter handle owner ends in death

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Re: Cancel Culture and Doxxing..

Sorry, you fail to understand "Cancel Culture." According to the right wing, the real victim of "cancel culture" here would be Shane Sonderman, who was just using his free speech rights as carved into stone by God Himself when He wrote the US Constitution and handed the tablets down to Jefferson Davis at Stony Mountain.

Lawn care SWAT team subdues trigger-happy Texan... and other stories

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You know some people don't take no shit

Maybe if they did, they'd have half a brain left

Just as true now as it was in Jello Biafra's time.

Microsoft solicits Clippy comeback – later reveals it had already decided to bring back the peppy paperclip

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Rule 34

No exceptions!

Restoring your privacy costs money, which makes it a marker of class

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Blokada > Disconnect

As always, let me put in a plug for Blokada, which seems to use the same technical approach as Disconnect but is cross-platform (Android and iOS, at least) and sits below the application layer so that it blocks ads and tracking across the whole device.

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For me at least, it's because I have people with whom I would like to share calendars and documents. To forestall the obvious objection, yes it is possible to send docs and calendar invitations and whatnot via email, but these applications make it a lot simpler, and they enable seamless collaboration in a way that conventional standalone applications do not.

To forestall the inevitable hand-wringing about how people today are lazy and stupid and don't value their privacy as much as they should and shouldn't be allowed to even use computers, etc.: we use computers and their software to enable capabilities that we wouldn't have otherwise or to make our lives more convenient. There's nothing wrong with that. There's not even anything inherently wrong with trading convenience for privacy. What's wrong is that the terms of that transaction are obscured from the user: we don't know with any great degree of accuracy or precision where our data is going, and the approaches detailed in the article attempt to at least put more control back in the hands of the end user.

Trouts on a plane: Utah drops fish into lakes from aircraft and circa 95% survive

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Re: Only trout ?

To say nothing of the US Army's highly trained parachute badger division.

Microsoft names Chinese group as source of new attack on SolarWinds

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Re: Rarer than unicorns?

I have had no reason to complain about my Synology. It gets security updates and has had no significant vulnerabilities that I'm aware of.

Linux kernel sheds legacy IDE support, but driver-dominated 5.14 rc1 still grows

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I. AM. OUTRAGED!

I'm still running Slackware on my original IBM PC XT. How dare Linus remove IDE support!? What's next, dead badger support?

Google herds FLoC back to the lab for undisclosed post-third-party-cookie ad tech modifications

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I'm stealing this for the next time someone attempts to defend ransomware scum.

YouTube's recommendation engine is pretty naff, Mozilla study finds

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In fairness ...

The Mozilla test group is a pretty self-selecting bunch: people with the discernment to be running Firefox and the willingness to install this add-on and participate in the test. I would guess this population is not representative of YouTube consumers as a whole. Which is not to say they don't have a valid point, but I suspect that most people will happily stare slack-jawed at the screen until Wall-E comes around with a soda.

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Relevant

"inappropriate raunchy parodies of smash-hit movie Toy Story"

You have my attention.

Florida Man sues Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for account ban

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Headmaster

Re: Legal Scholars?

Allow an expert to explain.

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Re: Cheers

"Mine's as big as a house!"

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Re: Future actors

You said the name! Hisssss!

UK's data watchdog probes use of private email to discuss government business at the Department of Health

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Buttery males!

When your entire government resigns in disgrace, the US has one slightly-used ex-President** to offer you as a replacement.

Robots still suck. It's all they can do to stand up – never mind rise up

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Advantage: robots

Arguably, the problem is not that robots are dumb, the problem is that we don't know how to teach them or to give them appropriate sensory apparatus to learn. One huge advantage for the robots will be that they can exchange information much more rapidly than we can, so whatever they do learn can be disseminated across the entire population or a significant subset thereof. We can therefore assume exponential learning capabilities.

That should be fun.

The cost of cyber insurance increased 32 per cent last year and shows no signs of easing

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Re: More victim-blaming

"I guess you would say that the US government should get rid of the law banning payment of ransom for US citizens kidnapped overseas."

Such a law does seem inhumane to me. It also seems unconstitutional, since the Citizens United decision has firmly established that spending money is speech and hence subject to First Amendment protections.

In any case, I recognize the incentives created by paying off ransomers, whether through insurance or one's own funding. My objection is to the mindset a lot of people in these comment pages seem to have, which is that the businesses afflicted by ransomware deserve to go out of business (businesses which include places like hospitals, lest we forget), and I was calling attention to the difficulty of defending against ransomware, but I suppose that point was difficult to see from the great height of your horse.

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Re: More victim-blaming

You know what . . . I've seen the light. In fact, I think merely making the payment of ransomware illegal and the jailing of corporate executives do not go far enough. In fact, we should summarily execute everyone who has ever worked for a company that paid ransomware. After all, just losing their jobs when the company goes under is clearly insufficiently punishing to the workers; we need sterner measures! I'm thinking something appropriately medieval like drawing and quartering or public gibbets.

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Re: More victim-blaming

"but once the criminals are unable to make any money off ransomware, it will stop."

One theory about the source of these ransomware attacks is that they come from state-sponsored actors, essentially making the ransomware scum the equivalent of privateers raiding maritime shipping. Seizing some or all of the cargo on a commercial ship was obviously ideal for the privateers, but sinking enemy shipping was also acceptable. What you're advising is the equivalent of demanding that a ship's captain refuse to strike colors and surrender to a privateer and instead allow his ship to be sunk. Either way, the adversary wins, but in the former case, at least the merchant ship can continue to sail while in the latter case both ship and cargo are lost. Which is better depends on your outlook; it might be better in the long term for the privateers to be denied their spoils, but it sure sucks for the crews of the sunk ships, and as long as a nation-state is willing to pay the privateers, they will continue to operate; the ransom just provides an additional (significant) incentive.

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More victim-blaming

While I agree that many, if not most, companies should have a greater focus on security, I think the following facts should be considered:

1) Bulletproof security is, in fact, difficult. Retrofitting security to systems or environments which weren't designed for maximum security is even more difficult.

2) Finding qualified staff and/or consultants to build a secure environment is both difficult and expensive. Good security people are in high demand, the more so because of the current elevated threat environment.

3) The current threat environment is unprecedented. Most companies were able to live with relatively lax security for a long time because the perceived consequences were not as severe as now. Companies and people are still adjusting to the new reality.

A lot of entities have been caught wrong-footed by the sudden spate of ransomware and don't immediately have the resources or the expertise to address the need for a more rigorous defensive posture. Dog-piling on the victims hardly seems warranted.

Laptop option on the way for ortholinear keyboard hipsters in form of MNT Reform add-on

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Re: Logic doesn't matter

That's what she--ah, never mind.

Quantum Key Distribution: Is it as secure as claimed and what can it offer the enterprise?

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Re: New world

Ok, doomer.

Reserve Bank of India warns against Big Tech's potential to dominate financial services

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Re: You do know it isn’t the Royal Bank of India, right?

So the writer made a minor typo, and this is "off the rails"?

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Re: You do know it isn’t the Royal Bank of India, right?

First sentence:

"The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) warned about Big Tech's potential to dominate the financial services sector and overrun banks in its Financial Stability Report released yesterday."

What rails has that sentence gone off, exactly?

Devilish plans for your next app update ensure they never happen – unless you start praying

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Re: Not evangelical, of course, …

So, wait . . . if eudaimonia is bliss, and evangelism is the opposite of eudaimonia, then what you're saying is . . . it all makes sense now! Hopefully this logic tracks and all the evangelicals wind up in Hell.

IBM email fiasco complicates sales deals, is worse than biz is letting on – sources

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Notes vs. Exchange

I've administered both Notes and Exchange, and I would rather set my own dick on fire than manage Notes again, and that's not even factoring in the abortion of a client. I can't help but believe that Notes "lovers" have some form of Stockholm syndrome. Notes is a better application platform, I will grant that much, and it is certainly easier to deal with than SharePoint, but on the email/calendaring front it blows goats.

Good luck, IBM! My years of refusing to even look at IBM technology are certainly seeming wise!

Cyber insurance model is broken, consider banning ransomware payments, says think tank

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Re: The Reg is writing fiction these days

No, I'm saying that the insurance companies have a strong motivation (financial profit) not to a) insure risky clients and b) pay out claims. Without getting into the weeds regarding insurance, insurers obviously also have an incentive to insure people and pay claims, but I believe the theory promulgated by El Reg is that the insurers did a piss-poor job of evaluating the risk behind ransomware and now find themselves potentially on the hook for rather more claim money than they anticipated so are balking at paying it. No conspiracy is required: given the incentives involved, it's perfectly possible for multiple insurance companies to come to the same conclusion independently.

Which insurer do you work for, btw?

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Re: Whither the gray hats?

"Really? No need for security except to protect from criminals? Are you really saying that?"

Yes, that is what I am saying. Why else would I have it?

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Re: The Reg is writing fiction these days

So your assertion is that insurance companies are not rent-seekers who ideally seek to only take in money without ever paying any out and who will deny coverage and reimbursement on the flimsiest pretext? Because that definitely reflects my experience, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

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Re: Whither the gray hats?

"But it strikes me that the best way to fix the problem is to accept that the ransomware gangs are doing valuable work, and pay them for the work - as long as they inform the right people instead of using their access to lock stuff."

There are already red team hackers who do just what you describe. The problem is getting the organization to implement the correct changes to patch the holes, which leads me to my next point ...

The only reason that having such a robust security response is necessary is because of criminal activity in the first place. It's like saying that someone who breaks into my house and steals my stuff is doing me a favor by highlighting the weaknesses in my home security. In fact, the only reason I need security is because of thieving assholes. In practice, it would be much nicer if I could just leave my door unlocked and not have an unsightly iron gate in front of my house, but I can't because assholes.

As an aside, I agree that there is a more complex discussion which could be had in regard to financial and other incentives which motivate the ransomware scum. On balance, however, I just wish they'd fucking crawl into a hole and die.

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Whither the gray hats?

It seems like there is a ripe market for mercenary hacker bands who will hunt down ransomware scum and their ilk for retainer + bounty. Where are those guys?

Upon consideration, it seems like we're on the verge of a cyperpunk future where one could have a multi-functional mercenary team consisting of one or more offensive hackers (netrunners) combined with boots on the ground whose job is to locate and liquidate the black hats. At some point, it seems like it would become cheaper and more satisfying to put money into a fund to employ these guys rather than pay off the worthless parasites who write ransomware. Hell, I'd throw in a few bucks.

Robinhood hit with record $70m bill by financial watchdog for outages, misleading investors

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Re: You Mean Bots Don't Know Everything?

Regardless, it's probably a good thing that Schwab sent out the questionnaire. If it was done to comply with regulations, then those regulations have done their job.

NASA's InSight lander expected to survive most of summer before choking to death on Martian dust

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The lander would then also need a giant hand attachment or perhaps a large mallet to give itself a robust tap to dislodge the dust.

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

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Re: I'm impressed

Are you kidding? A new version of Windows is like catnip to the Reg's Microsoft-haters brigade. It's already the worst piece of software ever written; this much is known as an article of faith.

Will containers kill VMs? There are no winners in this debate

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Packaging

Ah, yes, I remember the good old days of running "./configure; make; make install" and just having it turn out all right with no unresolved dependencies whatsoever, especially not issues with the developer having statically linked to one particular version of a library in another package and thus having the software fail to build. Nope, that certainly never happened. Likewise, I have never struggled with RPMs that fail to install because they depend on a particular micro-version of an obscure package and adamantly refuse to accept that version 1.3.11511516-33 is just as valid as 1.3.11511516-32. Not saying that containers solve all those problems, but they do put more power in the developers' or package-builders hands to ensure that dependencies are resolved before deployment.

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps

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Windows

"You want to try working with people who moan that they can't still have XP or Widows 7 and bleat on a regular basis that they can't understand why things have to change."

You mean like a sizeable percentage of El Reg's commentards? Don't get them started on the ribbon interface, either, or you'll never hear the end of it!

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What . . . why?

"Your PC will need UEFI Secure Boot and a TPM 2.0 security chipset to run it."

I mean . . . really?

Lego bricks, upcycled iPhone lenses used in new low-cost, high-res microscope

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Re: we remove all the fancy electronics, but we only need the lens

Bah! Back in my day, we knew the limitations of God's plan for us and just prayed for enlightenment! These fancy optical thingamajigs take us into realms man was never meant to observe!

Three things that have vanished: $3.6bn in Bitcoin, a crypto investment biz, and the two brothers who ran it

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Re: Yay money laundering!

"Most exchanges, etc, already enforce KYC regardless of the regulations."

[Citation needed] And, in any case, it doesn't matter if "most" do it. All these gents need are a few that don't.

'Google is present at almost all levels of the supply chain' for online ads: It's time for a competition probe, says EU

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Mushroom

Not all bad

Step 1: Allow Google to monopolize Internet advertising

Step 2: Drop a MOAB on Mountain View

Result: No more Internet advertising

I call it a win.

India tells Twitter to obey its laws — or make wielding them easier

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FAIL

Yes, the government is being sued. This happens all the time. In this case, the "news" site reporting the suit is a far-right propaganda outlet. Got any better sources?

FCC pushes forward on rules to block the certification of new telecoms gear from ZTE and Huawei

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Re: TL:DR

Correct. Looking out for my best interest is not the same as looking out for your best interest.

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Confused

I have been repeatedly assured by Biden-bashers that he is in China's pocket. Shirley you're not telling me it's all been far-right whackadoodle propaganda? Or is this the work of that nefarious Deep State I've heard so much about, undermining America's supremacy by protecting it from potentially insecure foreign-made network equipment?

Petition instructs Jeff Bezos to buy, eat world's most famous painting

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Well-phrased

"aerodynamically-pated arch-villain archetype"

Have a pint on me.

What job title would YOU want carved on your gravestone? 'Beloved father, Slayer of Dragons, Register of Domains'

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Re: "Amazing Stunts with Grapefruit"

Nonsense! Complaining publicly and uselessly instead of pursuing a useful and beneficial path is the very soul of the Internet!

Wanted: Brexit grand fromage. £120k a year. Perks? Hmmmm…

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Sounds like a great opportunity ...

I can think of at least one prominent code-addicted commentard who seems like an ideal fit for the role!

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