* Posts by Throatwarbler Mangrove

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Alibaba wants to get you off the PC upgrade treadmill and into its cloud

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The protocol mentioned in the article, PCoIP, is designed to compensate for latency. It's used by VMware Horizon, for example, in preference to RDP. The back-end hardware may also contain PCoIP accelerator hardware to further enhance the experience.

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Re: Another attempt to kill the "Personal" in PC...

Conversely, malware and AV scanning can be run at the hypervisor layer, allowing the back-end provider to detect, prevent, and remediate malware, possibly before it ever hits the virtual PC. On the other hand, if you're doing naughty things on your PC, the provider will probably be able to tell.

Not content with distorting actual reality, Facebook now wants to build a digital layer for the world

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Re: David Eggers "The Circle"

Conversely, David Brin's "The Transparent Society." Brin envisioned universal surveillance as a double-edged sword, to be sure, but one that could benefit society as well as harm it.

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"Ahem, excuse me, when I'm walking down the high street, that is also a private situation as far as I'm concerned, and I will not take kindly to being filmed (which is what these monstrosities will be doing)."

If you live in the UK, which I assume you do by your use of language, I have some very bad news for you . . .

Oracle hosting TikTok US data. '25,000' moderators hired. Code reviews. Trump getting his cut... It's the season finale

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Re: Key fact missing

"We borderline considered flagging you for saying "This!!!""

QFT.

You have to be very on-trend as a cybercrook – hence why coronavirus-themed phishing is this year's must-have look

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Bring back public flogging

We need some more imaginative punishments for these scumbags, especially in these trying times. Summary execution is probably off the table (although who doesn't love a good beheading?), but perhaps we can hang the little toerags upside down in the public square while the poor raise money by selling rotten fruit to passers-by.

For criminals beyond the physical reach of the law, I guess the Internet equivalent would be doxxing them on 8chan and letting the basement-dwelling hordes have their way.

Amazon Lex can now speak British English... or simply 'English' if you're British

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I suspect the programming effort was easier than it sounds; the lead programmer just shoved a stick up Alexa's bum and called it a day!

Net neutrality lives... in Europe, anyway: Top court supports open internet rules, snubs telcos and ISPs

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Re: Eliminate data caps.........

And give everyone a free pony!

Forget Terminators, says US military, the next-gen AI battles will hinge upon net infrastructure, not killer robots

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Try sticks and sharpened rocks.

Drone firm DJI promises 'local data mode' to fend off US government's mooted ban

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Neither of the posters above gave any credit to the notion that the drones are compromised, they just pointed out some rather glaring shortcomings in the audit process. Perhaps you have some reason for not posting your identity and trying to defend China . . . 战友. (That last bit is tongue-in-cheek . . . jeez you guys are thin-skinned.)

Go Huawei, Android: Chinese telco biz claims it will spread Harmony OS for smartphone to devs come December

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Ironically, the White House banning Huawei and other Chinese manufacturers from using Google will probably drive adoption of alternative platforms in China, resulting in a more vibrant ecosystem or at least creating a third platform out of necessity. Arguably, that seems like a good thing.

Open access journals are vanishing from the web, Internet Archive stands ready to fill in the gaps

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Re: Sci-Hub, Library Genesis, and the Internet Archive lead the way

Indeed, let's stop rewarding creators. That will surely improve society. Why, just look at the contrast in content now: ad-driven freely-published content is universally superior to content produced through conventional means such as traditional publishing. I would much rather read a blogger's My Little Pony fanfic than Thomas Pynchon.

Let me guess: you've only ever worked in academia?

Northrop Grumman wins $13.3bn contract with US Air Force to kick off Minuteman III ICBM replacement

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A job for SpaceX?

Maybe they can design the world's first reusable ICBM!

Classy move: C++ 20 wins final approval in ISO technical ballot, formal publication expected by end of year

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The great thing about The Register's comment section is that it's possible to find an obsessive crank for literally any topic.

Competitive techies almost bring distributed disaster upon themselves – and they didn't even find any aliens

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Re: Other BOINC projects

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that someone beat me to it ...

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Other BOINC projects

With SETI@Home no more, I've turned to other projects using the BOINC engine, which I've found more reliable than Folding@Home. Of course, if one still wants to look for mysterious lifeforms here on Earth, I gather there's a new project starting which uses distributed AI to investigate publicly available pictures for strange humanoid creatures otherwise unknown to science.

You know, Yeti@home.

China launches and lands its first re-usable spacecraft

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Re: And the US space force

Guns in the Sky was not a paean to militarization.

When classes are online, how do you get out of school? Florida teen cuffed, charged after crashing cyber-lessons

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Re: Anyone else think this is odd?

It's southern Florida. The toddlers have handguns, the middle schoolers have assault rifles, and the high schoolers have close air support, which they need to defend themselves from drug kingpins, alligators, television preachers, Republican legislators, coronavirus, and insect life the size of attack aircraft.

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Re: Dismal system safeguards

Indeed, and there's no reason that the well-funded Florida public school system should not be able to afford the best and brightest technical staff to roll out best practices across a brand new and largely untested remote learning infrastructure.

Old and busted: Targeting servers and web bugs. New hotness: Pwning devs with targeted poisoned stacks

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Truth

I have a million anecdotes, but the one which springs to mind is the developer who put up an internal proof of concept site on his work PC and wondered why he couldn't immediately access it from the internet.

Brexit border-line issues: Would you want to still be 'testing' software designed to stop Kent becoming a massive lorry park come 31 December?

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Re: Stockpile your popcorn

Typical Marxist socialist libtard beta cuck NPC Remoaner talk, just wanting Brexit to fail to make the Leavers and Bojo look bad instead of reflecting the brilliant triumph of conservative dogma, the rigorous honesty of the Leave campaign, and the absolute unanimous and unchangeable will of the English people.

Anyone else noticed that the top countries for broadband speeds are well-known tax havens? No? Just us then?

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Re: Blairite NuSpeak

Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

As Amazon pulls union-buster job ads, workers describe a 'Mad Max' atmosphere – unsafe, bullying, abusive

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Re: There's a simple solution

MARXISM! HISSSSSS!

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There's a simple solution

Don't shop at Amazon. Despite its best efforts, Amazon is not a total monopoly, and anything which can be bought at Amazon can be bought elsewhere. Sometimes it's not as cheap, and you probably won't get same-day turnaround (although I've had pretty good results from most vendors apart from Best Buy), but virtually everything you can think of is available through another vendor.

I'm sure the "work harder, comrade" and "Amazon workers should be grateful to have jobs" people will be along (and isn't it funny how the "Communists" and right-wing authoritarian "free traders" have the same disregard for workers' well-being?) shortly. To them I say, Amazon's well-being is built on the suffering of its workers. Surely the workers have the right to organize and confront management for better wages and treatment. Or are you saying the lives of the lumpenproletariat untermenschen are just worth less than the lives of the wealthy? Anyway, I await the arrival of the Usual Suspects eager to spit-shine the boot on the neck of the working class.

Makes sense, this does, says US appeals court as it swats away Oracle's protests in $10bn JEDI contract spat

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Confused

Where's the Babylon 5 pic?

Google Chrome 85 to block ads that hog power, CPUs, network: Web ads giant will black-hole 0.3% of web ads

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Re: Firefox is calling...

Hahaha . . . Mozilla made some minor changes to Firefox's user interface many years ago, causing the neckbeards to throw their toys out of their collective pram for all eternity. Now they all use hipster browsers you've never heard of . . . mostly based on Chrome.

What rhymes with 'boom' and is veritably raking it in thanks to the coronavirus pandemic?

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Re: people like "easy"

Honestly (and I know I'll be downvoted by the anti-fanboys), Google Meet has been quite good. I also had a decent experience with Bluejeans.

Samsung reveals new folding stuff for people who like flaunting wads of folding stuff

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Re: I will buy one when it can also

It can probably do at least the first two if you get it nice and warm streaming video; tiny ironing board and tiny panini press seem like achievable functions. #3 is up to your imagination, and #4 and #5 will probably be optional add-ons if the device succeeds.

Microsoft reprieves SHA-1 deprecation in Edge 85 security baseline

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Re: Enterprise

Don't be daft. Stopping the ship requires submission of form 24b/6, preapproved by an executive team member and faxed to Audit for review. A minimum of two weeks prior notification is required for thorough review by the change board. The change window is at Saturday at 2:00 AM in whatever time zone you happen to be in. No changes will be allowed on Saturdays falling on year end, quarter end, month end, or week end.

As a reminder, there will be a mandatory four-hour webinar this Friday afternoon at 5:00 PM entitled "Driving Efficiency and Raising Morale: Best Practices in the 21st Century."

Zuck says Facebook made an 'operational mistake' in not taking down US militia page mid-protests. TBH the whole social network is a mistake

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Re: Interesting note from the field.

I don't think anyone from BLM would deny that there is a police violence problem generally in America. I don't think anyone from BLM would deny that there is a violence problem generally in America, for that matter. The BLM movement and protestors are focused on a particular element of that problem, which is a systemic bias against black people specifically, one which results in the police targeting black men and women for violence and intimidation. As another poster points out, that systemic racism has been baked into American politics and policing since the country was founded. This is one of many moments in American history where people have tried to root out the causes of that racism and rebelled against its practice. Now, as in literally every other case where black people have stood up against racial injustice, violence is ensuing because there's a hard core of people in America who absolutely refuse to accept the notion of racial equality and a soft outer layer of people who claim that they do accept it but only are willing to do so in the most milquetoast terms.

Rather than pissing and moaning about how "racist" BLM is, maybe you might try embracing some of their ideals, one of the main ones being that the police should be defunded and replaced in part with people trained in deescalation rather than the use of firearms, tasers, pepper spray, tear gas, and the good old billy club. Or is it perhaps that you don't really care about anyone at all being shot by cops and you just want to virtue signal your opposition to BLM by pretending to have a miniscule ounce of compassion for someone else?

To put it in information security terms, let's say you've identified a vulnerability which affects a particular group of servers in your estate, and you know that the vulnerability is prone to exploitation because it keeps getting exploited. Is it "serverist" to try to protect those servers, or do you say "all servers matter"?

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Re: If there were no Facebook?

Easeup onwhatever youre drinkingsmokingorsnorting michael.

Google and Facebook abandon Hong Kong landing of new submarine cable

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Re: Who IS The Worst

Welcome to history, my friend.

Funny, that: Handy script for wiping directories is capable of wreaking havoc beyond a miscreant's wildest dreams

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Re: "You've deleted my files!"

"No, son, you deleted your files. I just carried the bullet for a while."

Death Stranding: Essential worker simulator unites its players amid a lockdown far worse than the real-life one

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Yay

I doubt I'll play it, but it's nice to see a game that's not just a retread of a thousand other games. I'm waiting for someone to create a game they bill as a GTA CoD Madden 2020 Battle Royale MMO.

Brave takes brave stand against Google's plan to turn websites into ad-blocker-thwarting Web Bundles

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Big Brother

"Perhaps Google's motives are pure and it only wants what's best for the web."

And perhaps monkeys may fly out of my butt.

US election 2020: The disinfo operations have evolved, but so have state governments

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Re: They had their positives and negatives

As is so common with Trump supporters, you have failed to comprehend what I actually wrote. Try reading it again; if you still fail, consider a remedial reading comprehension course.

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Re: They had their positives and negatives

I can't tell if you believe the things you've posted or if you're just indicating what Trump supporters believe. Either way, I guess bravo for at least being to articulate them, even if a number of them are wrong or questionable.

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Re: This isn't the real problem though

Trump supporters aren't going to come out and vote for anyone else, so trying to appeal to them is wasted effort. The smart effort is geared towards getting people to vote who normally sit elections out (which, not coincidentally, is why the Republicans are engaged in an effort of unprecedented scope to suppress voting). Hillary Clinton's main disadvantage was that the right-wing corporate media had spent the better part of three decades slagging her off. The only thing I had to hold my nose at was the odor of bullshit coming off of Fox News (and other similarly partisan outlets) and the fact that Clinton was far too right-wing for my ideal taste.

What were Trump's positive qualities apart from not being a woman, Negro, or named Clinton?

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Re: This isn't the real problem though

I think you should learn to read English, but that would mean rejecting ignorance.

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Re: This isn't the real problem though

In fairness, the US electorate is not stupid: most of us voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and the blue wave of 2018 indicates that plenty of people realize that Republican governance is a contradiction in terms. Unfortunately, there is a powerful minority of US voters who are, if not stupid, proudly ignorant and misinformed and who also actively work against their own interests. The Republicans have taken the tack not of calling their opponents stupid but instead creating trigger words out of "liberal," "socialist," etc. You can watch this practice in effect when having what passes for a discussion with the average rank-and-file Republican or conservative wherein they throw out an accusation of socialism and expect that to be the end of the discussion, as though their interlocutor ought to immediately quail at the very thought. The end result is that more people are openly embracing socialism; unfortunately, the Republican/conservative rank and file are responding to accusations of being stupid by actually embracing ignorance, which is not good for anyone.

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'

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Re: Never store your card

"Nowadays firms don't store cards, their payment providers do."

Oh, indeed. I'm sure that this is universally true.

Multiple customers knocked offline as firefighters tackle flames at Telstra's London Hosting Centre bit barn

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Re: Waiting ....

"I was having a discreet smoke when my pager went off. I hurriedly disposed of the butt in a trashcan filled with cardboard. Fortunately, I had thought to bypass the CCTV feed with a continuous loop a la Speed ..."

If you think Mozilla pushed a broken Firefox Android build, good news: It didn't. Bad news: It's working as intended

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Giving it a whirl

At first, I read the article and comments and thought, "Uh oh, I should be careful." Then I remembered I was in Luddite-land where people still rail against decades-old changes to technology, so how bad can this one be?

US Air Force shows off latest all-electric flying car, says it 'might seem straight out of a Hollywood movie'

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Re: Paint it orange and yellow . . .

TM, you imbecilic fuckwit, you meant Denise Richards not Denise Crosby. What the fucking fuck is your fucking problem?

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Paint it orange and yellow . . .

. . . then it will look like one of those plastic toddlers' toy cars with a bunch of drones strapped to the top. The only conceivable use of such a thing is to convey Chair Force brass around a military base in, um, style, we'll go with style.

I can totally see Bond in one of these, however, tootling away from the exploding volcano lair in the nick of time, Denise Crosby perched on his lap.

IT blunder permanently erases 145,000 users' personal chats in KPMG's Microsoft Teams deployment – memo

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Apologies

Yes, it was late at night, and I was in a mood. Apologies for the profanity and kudos to the mods for whacking the post.

That said, Skype for Business does have a conversation history setting integrated with Exchange, so the conversation history can be saved and searched. So there.

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Re: What the . . . ?

"The whole point of retention policy is to delete data after X days so it can’t be recovered (even from backups)."

Bull puckey, junior. The whole point of backups is that they're recoverable even if an admin blows the system up with an error. Now, you might have a backup policy that allows throwing data away, but then you get what you deserve. Most places, especially financial services companies, will have very strict data retention policies which should prevent this sort of mishap if followed correctly.

Go back to junior admin school.

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What the . . . ?

On the one hand, oops, you pushed out a policy that clobbered a bunch of personal chat logs. Let him without sin cast the first stone and all that (and submit the story to Who, Me?). But . . . where are your damn backups? Where's disaster recovery? If only KPMG had some kind of auditors who could ensure that the company's IT solutions complied with best practices. Conversely, the phrase "the accountancy giant's Global Technology & Knowledge (GT&K) group attempted to remove a single user's account from an active retention policy" suggests to me some sort of ham-fisted attempt to get ahead of impending legal discovery by flushing out incriminating chat logs. Upon consideration, maybe they just used the opportunity to make a clean sweep and hide the naughtiness of all and sundry with a massive purge. Or maybe I've just been doing this job for too damn long and am getting paranoid regarding corporate malfeasance.

It would also be good to know whether this is an internally-hosted Teams deployment or cloud-based. In short, who really carnally violated the canine in this case, KPMG or Microsoft? Or both, I suppose, both is always good.

Microsoft is not the enemy, why Google still runs 'Borg', and other insights from Kubernetes founders

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Re: Microsoft IS the enemy.

Unlike every other for-profit corporation, who are definitely there to lose money and make the world a better place. To be clear, I am not defending Microsoft, but I find the notion that they are substantially worse than basically any other large corporation to be rather naive.

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