* Posts by Steven Guenther

63 publicly visible posts • joined 12 May 2006


Ransomware payment ban: Wrong idea at the wrong time

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Serious crimes deserve serious punishment

If you mess up critical systems, and cause serious harm or death, you can get the death penalty.

Allow for extra national rendition for these criminals. Hire Blackwater to dice them up.

Kill a few and others will get the message. "Dyin ain't no way to make a livin"

Artificial intelligence is a liability

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Dune back story

You missed part of the back story in the Dune books is the Butlerian Jihad, where all machines that think like humas have been banned.

A tale of 2 casino ransomware attacks: One paid out, one did not

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Like horse thieves

In the old West, horses were a life necessity. Stealing one was a hanging offense, well above the punishment for stealing similar value. Computer systems are the lifeblood of the modern world. Shoot on sight would be a reasonable way to deal with the Mitnicks of the world. Pay Blackwater another $100 million to find and erase the hackers. Start finding these guys hanging from a bridge with their genitals in their mouths. It is the lack of IRL consequences that keep them coming back. Using "Social Engineering" makes the whole world a colder, less helpful place.

RIP Kevin Mitnick: Former most-wanted hacker dies at 59

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not a good hacker

He was not that great of a computer hacker. He was a liar and thief who preyed upon those who tried to be helpful.

He made the world a colder place where people are afraid to help others.

Man sues OpenAI claiming ChatGPT 'hallucination' said he embezzled money

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Whose name is on the Byline?

Was ChatGPT going to get the money or the journalist? The one getting the money is who is at fault.

Maybe sue the journalist, let them sue ChatGPT.

FBI abused spy law but only like 280,000 times in a year

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How many for exPresidents

This was used on Trump. You are not safe. Hay, how long will it be before they funnel all of that data through ChatGPT and ask about that freak you dated a while back?

California asks people not to charge EVs during heatwave

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eat own dog food

The people who passed this law should be required to get electric cars first. Make all the government vehicles/landscaping equipment go electric well ahead of the rest of the public being required to do it. (the rich and powerful usually make carve outs for themselves)

So the data centre's 'getting a little hot' – at 57°C, that's quite the understatement

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similar and worse

We had a "automated" server facility, no need for humans to be in the room.

We had a power drop on a Saturday morning. It turned off the A/C but the servers got past it with UPS. The servers hummed along merrily. The A/C did not come on. Did I mention it was Florida in the Summer? By Sunday afternoon the servers were shutting down due to heat. Once they cooled, they would try to boot back up. Then they would crash again. It took a while to piece the data all back together.

Who in America is standing up to privacy-bothering facial-recognition tech? Maine is right now leading the pack

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Best thing about Pandemic - masks

Now you can just wear a mask anytime you don't want to be recognized. It is much more normal to do that now. In Maine you have been able to wear snow mask and seem normal. Mask up and geezer sunglasses. Protect the future.

How do we stamp out the ransomware business model? Ban insurance payouts for one, says ex-GCHQ director

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Treat it like kidnapping

Back in the 70s some South American criminals kidnaped a Cola executive. The company did not pay, instead they had the kidnappers hunted down. The whole village was killed, dogs and chickens includes. Nobody kidnapped any of their executives again. Cyber crims have less bravery and think they are safer hiding behind a screen. Chop a few up and post pictures to Facebook, I would bet the crime rate would go down. This would be a great use for those armed drones that do not respect national sovereignty. Kevin Mitnick should be digging ditches for a living.

This developer created the fake programming language MOVA to catch out naughty recruiters, résumé padders

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If we all submit questions about MOVA to Stack Overflow it could become rated. Then it could take on a life of its own.

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I took the Quasimodo boot camp at Notre Dame.

Hacking is not a crime – and the media should stop using 'hacker' as a pejorative

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fuller definition

The definition of Hacker I grew up with was: Someone who comes up with a unique solution to a problem, usually faster to implement and run. It only solves the immediate problem, not the whole class of problems. They also do not document what they did.

So Hacker has been an insult for a long time. Adding criminal aspect was from looking at the code.

Two clichés, one headline: 'No good deed goes unpunished' and 'It's always DNS'

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pretest patches

I worked at a place where one manager was trying to get rid of the hardware manager.

After a Tuesday patch day went badly, we had an after action meeting.

She asked why it was not tested. Umm MS does not give them to us beforehand.

Umm our dev environment is not nearly as complex as production.

The manager in charge of the hardware left within a month and the toxicity level went up.

PSA: The 2020 monolith is a dead meme. You can stop putting them up now. Please

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Viral advertisement for new type of Viagra

Do you want to stand proud as a monolith? Buy our pills!

Elizabeth Holmes' plan to avoid her Theranos fraud trial worked out about as well as her useless blood-testing machines

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Re: Hold on lads! - Madoff

Madoff's wife is not living in public housing on food stamps. She SHOULD BE! Holmes should be in jail and scrubbing floors for a living the rest of her life. Add Paul Bilzerian to that list. Being psycho does not mean you get to avoid jail.

'I don’t want to see another computer for the rest of my life'... Brit Dark Overlord cyber-extortionist thrown in an American clink for five years

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should not be allowed to touch a computer or smart phone

His parole SHOULD include prohibition from owning or using a computer or smart phone. Let him dig ditches or pick up garbage. Those are honorable jobs that do not include computers or extortion.

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

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BMW watch out

BWM wants to add more things to "Subscription" of your car. Activate more toys by remote software. You could get billed for seat warmer after selling the car. Using a 3rd party is a dodge the US government uses to get out of all sorts of liability.

'One rule for me, another for them' is all well and good until it sinks the entire company's ability to receive emails

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New Word for each page of docs

I had a trainer working on documentation.

She would open a new instance of the application for each screen, and a new instance of Word for each page she was writing.

Not going back to any of the already open multitudes.

AWS won't sell facial-recog tool to police for a year – other law enforcement agencies are in the clear

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Selling small amounts of pot = International Terrorist Activitiy

Doublelayer is right. Then they add whatever crimes they want to the terrorism list. See Patriot Act used to chase dealers. https://www.history.com/topics/21st-century/patriot-act

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Who cares - wear a mask and sunglasses

Now and forever the left has make masks ok.. even required when going out in public.

Add in some sunglasses.

I kinda doubt the facial recog algorithms will work.

Bye Bye to lots of research and investment.

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

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Need Polarized face shield

The mask help stop your fluids from going into others. You need a face shield to stop others from getting into your eyes.

A polarized face shield would cut down on the angles the cameras would be able to see you at.

Leaving Las Vegas... for good? IT industry conference circuit won't look the same on other side of COVID-19 pandemic

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Rewards for devs

I have gotten to travel as a reward for shipping on time and under budget. Getting to watch a virtual tour is not the reward I would kill myself for.

Getting to meet in meat space is much better than cyber relationships. There are fewer trolls in the real world. You never know when that dipsy blonde sales droid actually has a product that will be useful.

Astroboffin gets magnets stuck up his schnozz trying and failing to invent anti-face-touching coronavirus gizmo

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Plot for Big Bang Theory

This sounds like a plot for Big Bang Theory where Sheldon has to get one of the girls to help him.

Sheldon is stuck to the refrigerator like an art project.

Canadian insurer paid for ransomware decryptor. Now it's hunting the scum down

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Find them and flay them alive. Put it on YouTube as a warning to the next script kiddie.

I HATE these jokers. I am forced to have locks on everything, costing me money.

Have few laws, but enforce them! We would need fewer locks and fewer lawyers.

Facial-recognition algos vary wildly, US Congress told, as politicians try to come up with new laws on advanced tech

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Already carry a tracker

If you carry a phone, you are already being tracked. The govt is not allowed to track you, but they require the phone companies to hold the tracking data for them. So you ARE being tracked by Big Brother. The problem is when someone who looks like you does a crime close to your phone. Now the cops show up at your door and put the squeeze in you.

Sometimes shining a light on a nuclear problem just makes things worse

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Re: Mice too

A company I worked for gave out mouse pads at trade events. The pads had very cool hologram logos on them. They worked great for ball mice. The results for optical mice were truly bizZaAAaaRRr.

Bon sang! French hospital contracts 6,000 PC-locking ransomware infection

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If someone dies because of this, that ups the charges from blackmail to MURDER. I am sure they thought about this, so it is PREMEDITATED MURDER.

Here in sunny Florida we have tool for dealing with people like that, we call it "Old Sparky".

Run some wattage through these a-holes and the world will be a better place.

AT&T: We did nothing wrong in promising unlimited data that wasn't. We're just giving the FTC $60m for fun

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CEO in Jail

If I defrauded someone out of $60 million, I would be in jail. Put the CEO and Board of directors behind bars for a similar time.

Stop having companies pay, and make the guys who make the BIG money pay.

Jail time gets their attention more than just a few bucks from their deep deep pocket.

Rekognition still racist, politicians desperate over deepfakes, and a good reason to go to (some) music festivals

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Did they check family members

Did they check to see if the congress critters had family members in the 20k criminal pool?

What about the pro athletes? I have siblings that could pass for me. My cousins look a lot like my sister.

Out to just immediate family might be an interesting question for facial recognition.

I do see burkas being more popular in the future.

The immovable object versus the unstoppable force: How the tech boys club remains exclusive

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Others worried

Do nurses and school teachers worry that there are not enough men in their professions?

Are lawyers and plumbers also trying to get more women into their ranks?

I would rather focus on getting quality, than just checking off liberal talking points.

Internet industry freaks out over proposed unlimited price hikes on .org domain names

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More important - stop temp holding of domains

There is a way to grab a domain name for a couple days, to see if you like it.

There are companies that watch for name searches and grab those domains and hold them for ransom.

They should have to pay to hold them for even a day. That would cut the dirt bags out of that process.

If you get rid of don't understand the value of domain names look at whitehouse.gov vs whitehouse.sex.

There are dirt bags that camp out on misspellings of popular sites.

Google does not give page rankings for free, so the site would have to pay to be found.

I know of a couple charities and non-profits that have lots of page hits, without generating income.

Northern Virginia cements spot as bit barn capital of the world with jigawatt capacity

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where are the windmills

This would be a great place to put lots of windmills to power those things.

Maybe a new Nuclear power plant, or is that too futuristic for the data managers?

Hello, tech support? Yes, I've run out of desk... Yes, DESK... space

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Bizarre mouse behaviour

The company I worked for gave out mouse pads at trade shows.

They were really cool looking with holograms on the front.

They worked well with the old mice with balls.

When the optical mice came along, the holograms played havoc with them.

UK tech's gender pay gap: HP Inc closest to parity with 1.8% sliver – Civica, Huawei, Siemens straddle 40% chasm

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What about hours worked

Does this survey look into the number of hours worked per week gap?

Others have found men working more hours, a greater differential than the wage difference on a title by title comparison.

Of course just adding in the CEO's pay and the cleaning crew with no control of the titles, sure shows a big difference.

Amazon exec tells UK peers: No, we don't want to be dominant. Also, we don't fancy being taxed on revenues

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IP valuation

How do you make a real valuation of the IP the company is "Leasing" from the Irish.

Currently, they make it equal to the profits in the other countries, thus yielding zero profit in that country.

The IP should have a set realistic value. But that requires brains and balls, neither of which any politician has.

The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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Re: This is new news?

The new and extra EVIL part is allowing knockoffs to be sold by Chinese and others. You put your product into the store, and someone else puts in a cheaper version. The product fails, the customer sends you the RMA. WTF?? If you are on Amazon, you are hard pressed to deny the return. Amazon does not police the market place, it is not in their interest. They just ship and do not provide any protections other than strong arming the domestic vendors.

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Re: In related news....

Sears was getting OUT of mail order when Amazon was starting up.

If they had put the Wish Book on line and put some effort into it.....

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Re: Housing problem

But who would be the liberal voters of tomorrow? You have to pay them to breed, so you have future voters. If only workers had children, then those kids would value work and through the UBI out the window, and the politicians with it.

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UBI and Open Border are both bad ideas

UBI and Open Border are both bad ideas but they work REALLY BAD TOGETHER.

IF you have a small, well educated, homogeneous society, (like Silicon Valley) you might get away with it. But when you try to do it in south Texas or someplace with loads of border crossers that have no education and no stake in the society. It will quickly become untenable.

How long does a person have to be in the country to get the UBI? Do they have to stay in the country to continue getting it (can retirees spend some time in Mexico?) ?

Get a constant flow from South America, signing up for the benefits and heading home.

Maybe we could add all of China and India to the benefits list if Mexico is not crippling enough.

Google India must pay back-taxes on $225m after cheekily funneling cash through Ireland

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Double Dutch - Irish Twist

They are not giving profits to Irish branch, they are paying for licenses. The Irish License is a Before tax expense that the India office has to pay. Just because that expense matches up to the profit of the branch, it only sounds fishy. This kind of EVIL SCAM is what Trump is trying to protect the US from.

I guess the days of "don't be evil" are long past for the Alphabet Gang.

Nadella says senior management pay now linked to improving gender diversity

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Re: Female CEO

Is that what happened at Apple?

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Female CEO

So they NEED to get a female CEO to show the world how progressive they are.

Let him see HIS JOB on the block.

Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

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Re: Lysenko on the phone

The other option is the "Lathe of Heaven" solution. Genetically change all people to be gray.

When the world is all one genotype there will be less discrimination. Except that people will always prefer those that have similar backgrounds.

The thing that really worries the liberal types is that perhaps the AI is revealing real truths.

Maybe women prefer arts and Japs are better at Maths.

Maybe people are actually different.

Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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"We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."

"We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..." so, when you do run across a woman in a high position, you know she is just there because of her ovaries.

It has worked for the blacks, everyone respects them for the achievements and not the affirmative action rules.

GoDaddy CEO says US is 'tech illiterate' (so, yeah, don't shut off that cheap H-1B supply)

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H1b C level managers

Can we import upper management too? Maybe import more doctors.

When you suppress wages, the best look to other options.

100k would be a good start.

Ex-FBI man spills on why hackers are winning the security game

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Re: Oh god...

Yes every new device should have a unique GUID password attached to it.

No master "password" that Harry Homeowner has to change.

That new fridge should be secure and need skill to open it.

NOT Open and need skill to secure it.

Please have on shore support too.

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Re: Typically wrong.

This is what makes the term "Software Engineer" such a joke. Does anyone using that title, actually have a PE? Does IEEE have standards for "Software Engineer" like they do for other engineers?

You can get specs on a building, can you get them for the new car? or new smartphone?

When you build a bridge, it is used that way for decades. What is the last piece of software you have used that is over a decade old without a change? How about 50 years old, we have bridges that are CENTURIES old without a change. It is the changeability that makes software more difficult.

You want WHO?! Reg readers vote Tom Baker for Doctor 13. Of course

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female doctor

Try a female doctor - Hayley Atwell. Rupert Grint as her companion.

She could explain the far fetched and he would say "Bloody Hell".

Maybe those would be the only words he says.

Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers

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IBM - great work environment

Who would not love to come into the office when your spot is on the beanbag chair and working wireless with a laptop? I know my back would love 8 hrs of that.