* Posts by Hstubbe

102 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Apr 2016


Top doctors slam Google for not backing up incredible claims of super-human cancer-spotting AI


If it is as good as youtube's content censoring AI, i would be very wary of this.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now



When will the electronics community finally catch on, and change the hetero-normative and sex-oriented classification of connectors as male and female. For one, it is offensive that only male/female mating is considered acceptable. In addition, the term mating itself refers to the act of having sex in order to reproduce. Won't somebody think of the children? Finally, the male/female distinction excludes a whole spectrum of sexual identification in between. Take the venerable din connecter. What is commonly referred to as the male din plug has properties of both masculanity as well as femininity.

Better late than never... Google Chrome to kill off 'tiny' number of mobile web ads that gobble battery, CPU power


I'll stick to firefox thanks

Yeah, I'll stick to firefox with ublock origin, thank you very much google. It's simply too little, too late.

Internet Society CEO: Most people don't care about the .org sell-off – and nothing short of a court order will stop it


"Nothing about the sale would change or impact ISOC's mission, he argues, but it would provide it with the resources to do a lot more and provide a more stable and diversified source of income."

I guess he's going to need that diversified source of income. I, for one, will not renew my paid membership to these sell-outs.

Not LibreOffice too? Beloved open-source suite latest to fall victim to the curse of Catalina


Re: Arrogant

> You really mean closed-source operating systems. If enough people get annoyed by Apple and MS antics, and go to Linux, it will become the mainstream on desktop (as it already is almost everywhere else).

Don't worry, with systemd, linux is rapidly catching up with macos and windows in becoming unusable.

2001 fiction set to be science fact? NASA boffin mulls artificial intelligence to watch over the lunar Gateway


So we'll get racist and sexist space station that broadcasts nazi propaganda into the galaxy and is easily fooled by a pixel or two out of place? Brilliant!

LAPD loses job applicant details, Project Zero pokes holes in iOS, AWS S3 whack-a-mole continues, and more


"Why would an SSD need to spy on users? Is anything safe?".


IT isn't about odd concepts such as "safe" and "secure", it's about hoarding data (any data) and then finding ways to flog that data to the highest bidder. Even if you pay for a service (say office 365), your data is still being stored, analyzed and sold.

It's official: Deploying Facebook's 'Like' button on your website makes you a joint data slurper


Re: No f in button?

"at the bottom of this article, in between the twitter button and the linkdim button, is a button with an f in it". There isn't for me. Looks like your browser is broken, did it somehow disable or uninstall ublock origin? You.should not surf the web unprotected, it exposes you to malware and your privacy to unscrupulous data hoarders.

Satellites with lasers and machine guns coming! China's new plans? Trump's Space Force? Nope, the French


Humanity is so utterly stupid, I can't wait for us to extinguish our race once and for all by idiocy like this. We don't deserve this planet.

JavaScript tracking punks given a thrashing by good old-fashioned server log analytics


Re: Webalizer is BACK!

Awstats is what i used for a long time. Always fun to see decades old tech being marketed again as the next big thing by those young whippersnappers..

Internet imbeciles, aka British ISP lobbyists, backtrack on dubbing Mozilla a villain for DNS-over-HTTPS support


Re: DoH is not all good

"Except, of course, that the settign to use DoH is off by default, so nobody is forcing anyone to use it."

Not yet at least, but they're planning on turning it on by default, instead of the current default. At least, that's what's reported at zdnet: https://www.zdnet.com/article/mozilla-no-plans-to-enable-dns-over-https-by-default-in-the-uk/


DoH is not all good

I still don't get this DoH praise. DoH simply replaces a decentralized logging opportunity with a concentrated, centralized logging opportunity. Instead of hundreds if not thousands of ISP's being able to log your DNS lookups, we all send all our DNS lookups to one party (cloudflare in the instance of firefox). So cloudflare will be able to build a big database of the browsing behaviour of all firefox users that have DoH enabled.

So why is trusting a US company like cloudflare with that any better than trusting my local ISP? No thank you, I trust my ISP a bunch more than some NSA subsidiary.

I myself disabled DoH on all my devices that have firefox. I'd switch browsers because by forcing DoH upon users firefox has clearly abandoned their 'privacy first' goals, but there isn't a browser left that cares about users anymore. The only alternative is spy-by-default chrome/chromium (which of course will also force DoH for your own good soon).

DoH in itself is a nice idea, it's just that the implementation forces all DNS requests world-wide to go through one company which seems like a terribly bad idea to me.

'Bulls%^t! Complete bull$h*t!' Reset the clock on the last time woke Linus Torvalds exploded at a Linux kernel dev


There's far more code in the linux kernel *not* written by Linus, i don't get these linus fsnboy types who keep defending his psychotic behaviour that drives away other more brilliant contributors.

Chrome ad-blocker crackdown preview due late July. Here's a half-dozen reasons why add-on devs are still upset


How can these blokes, Vincent and Palmer, sleep at night? Surely they know they are lying through their teeth? I never used chrome, and never will. Google are evil, and the obvious lies and bullshit their employees spout just.confirm that they are a bunch of psychopaths who are only motivated by money. No ethical and honest petson would want to go public with incorrect and false statements like Vincent and Palmer do.

Google puts Chrome on a cookie diet (which just so happens to starve its rivals, cough, cough...)


Re: doubleclick lives in my

With dns-over-https, another one of those great google inventions, your dns is bypassed and sll dns requests are sent over an https tunnel directly to google. Not much your pihole is going to do about that. And even firefox promotes this (but with cloudflare instead of google).

The curious case of a WordPress plugin, a rival site spammed with traffic, a war of words, and legal threats


Re: Wordpress, again...

I really like the 'Pelican Static Site Generator'. No server-side dynamic code, scales really well in addition to be really secure!

You're on a Huawei to Hell, US Sec State Pompeo warns allies: Buy Beijing's boxes, no more intelligence for you


Pot, kettle.

Lenovo ThinkPad P1: Sumptuous pro PC that gets a tad warm


Lenovo, isn't that the brand with the mitm malware pre-installed to 'improve your experience'??

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery


If by "news publishers" they mean "sensationalist fake-news clickbait advertising outlets", then I'd say the net effect to the universe of a 45% decline in traffic is positive.

Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn


Given that you can hide a planet the size of mercury in the rings of Uranus and not even notice from a relatively short distance that it's there (ignoring gravitation for the sake of the argument), the rings having 20000x the mass of Mercury sounds plausible.

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters


Re: Defence in depth

Oh yeah, zscaler. The mitm that intercepts all https connections and replaces the channel between browser and proxy with an insecure tls connection. Very secure, gotta love it.

It's a Christmas miracle: Logitech backs down from Harmony home hub API armageddon



"And hopefully a lesson for Logitech". Or a lesson for those who think relying on proprietary crap to make their homes "smart" is a smart idea....

'Pure technical contributions aren’t enough'.... Intel commits to code of conduct for open-source projects


I'm a bloody good programmer and gay and sick and tired of macho white heterosexuals offending everyone and everything that doesn't conform to their norm. I'm sick and tired of being dismissed because of being gay. So if a coc is going to drive out those stone-age macho white heteroaexuals I say bring on the f-ing coc's. And a big thank you to those neanderthals who quit their job because of them, the world is a much better place without you!

Carlo has a head for apps and a body (tag) for rendering: Google takes on Electron with JS desktop app toolset


Isn't Chrome insecure by definition? Leaking all your info and behaviour to google seems to be a major security issue to me.

If you saw a Google ad recently, know that it helped pay off one of its 'sex pest' execs $90m


And do we think anyone at the receiving end of those billions give a shit about sexual harrassment or the bad press? Unlikely, the billions keep coming anyway.

PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator


So how many lines of code have all the obligatory commentards who denounce this code of conduct actually contributed? And how does that compare to the number of lines that Linus, Greg and the other maintainers behind this coc have contributed? I'm inclined to think that if the kernel maintainers deem it necessary to curtail abusive behaviour, that they have good reason to do so.

Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel


Re: "the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

For me, i don't consider kde an option ever because it wastes so much resources on eye candy, bogging down my system. In a vm kde is unusable too becsuse it is so bloated.

Then again, I don't use gnome either. First thing I do is install xmonad, a non-decorated tiling window manager. I come to my computer to do stuff, not to get dazzled by eye-candy or getting rsi endlessly arranging windows with a mouse.

Multi-monitor support also sucks for both kde and gnome.

Deeper dive with GitHub Actions: One config file to rule them all and in the darkness bind them


I find this kind off stuff works well in gitlab (of the self-hosted variant). I'm sure the github execs think this is the best thing since sliced silicium wafers, but to me they're just trying to catch up with the competition.

Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere


IBwho? Do they still have skilled people working for them? I thought they fired everyone.

Microsoft: 'So, we can buy GitHub?' EU: 'We'll tell you on 19 October'


And no doubt have a po box as a head office in some European country to avoid paying too much tax.

Yellowbrick reckons its all-flash data warehouse array is a wizard idea


Mobile parking

I was a bit confused, i associate yellowbrick with parking my car using my cellphone (Yellowbrick International).. i guess they've run out of names?

People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking


Re: Pointless?

"I think the point is that in a large organisation, particularly admin type departments, which are often he majority, they all have the same build.".

I remember working for such a shop once. They treated the sw dev department the same. "Hey, if any can run outlook on it surely you can develop your highly specialized embedded software on it". The machine was good enough for (barely, when the anti-virus, policy enforcing crap and surveillance software wasn't maxing out the cpu) writing my resignation letter.


Re: Pointless?

"so the "grab and go" experience actually allows you to leave the building and carry on working on the train. This Google version will fail as soon as you lose network connectivity."

Why would you lose network connectivity if you go on a train? This is not the 90's anymore...

Google Chrome update to label HTTP-only sites insecure within WEEKS


Re: It's not "browsing" anymore..

"This means that things like router configuration webpages will be marked as "insecure".".

And it would be correct to mark them as insecure. Whether that's convenient is another matter, but sending your router password unencrypted over the air is indeed considered insecure.

In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying


Shut up and take my money

Where can i pay for ad-free el reg access?

Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?


Re: Dude

I've only gotten my ip changed once in the past 15 years. I moved to a different town.

Static ip's are pretty standard these days, dynamic ip's are silly with 24/7 internet connections.

Microsoft patches problematic OS to deal with SSD woes


Forced to use win10 at work. I love it, especially how it crashes once a week. It really makes you train those ctrl-s muscles.

Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse


Re: They shall regret GDPR

Could I have your phone number, i'd like to discuss your comment in more detail. Maybe your home address as well? Might pop by to continue the conversation over a nice cuppa.

Get the FTP outta here, says Firefox


Re: pardon, me ignorant

Scp or sftp, i'm sure there's android clients for those. But you can continue to use the legacy and insecure (your password is sent over the wire unencrypted, as are sll your files) ftp, this article only says that websites that pull, let's say, their images in over ftp (instead of http/https which is used by 99.9999999999999999999999999% of the sites) are going to break. This is independent of whether those images have been uploaded over ftp or not.

More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox


Ublock origin filters all the ads, and that is just how i like my web. I'll gladly pay for sites i like and visit routinely. Such as el reg, where's the donation link?

Let's Encrypt updates certificate automation, adds splats


Re: "...admins will have to edit a DNS record to prove..."

Why go through the trouble? Check the list of ca's your browser trusts. I bet you'll find the russian stae-owned one in there. And a few usa controlled ones. And what about China? They can all print random certs at will.

America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges


Good, let the yankees have some of their own medicine. US spying on the rest of the world, yankees don't care. US spying on their own citizens, the rest of the world really couldn't care less. Eat your own dog food, yankees.

Shafted by bosses, disdained by punters, loved by hackers – yes, it's freelance workers


At some point these gig workers will figure out neither the company nor the customers give a shit about them, and may return the favour. Maybe make an extra buck signaling to their local burglar association when one of their customers left the house or something like that. Karma will find its way eventually.

Cryptocurrencies to end in tears, says investor wizard Warren Buffett


Re: Who really does understand them?

Bought a bunch way back for a dollar each, now selling one every month. Enough to live off and save some for when the bubble bursts.

Linus Torvalds on security: 'Do no harm, don't break users'


And still..

..my wifi doesn't work on linux. So maybe it's time for less masturbating in public snd more fixing things in your toy os?

Oracle VP: 'We want the next decade to be Java first, Java always'


Re: Loving Java, hating Oracle

Right, so i tried to run this simple plotting application at work the other day, written in python. 2 hours and 50gb of downloaded crap later it managed to generate a simple xy-plot. Data scientists manage to ruin everything!

Java SE 9 and Java EE 8 arrive, 364 days later than first planned


Java is still a thing?

US prosecutors drop demand for 1.3m IP addresses of folks who visited anti-Trump site


Re: Give them space, give them love.

I think you underestimate how close to what the rest of the world thinks is normal behaviour for us citizens the post was. I, for one, think all yankees are full of christ and bullshit, and do actually talk like that.

Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy


Re: As much as I hate nazis...

I was under the impression that "the ruling political class" (ie. Trump) was rather fond of these nazi's. I applaud google for ignoring the ruling political class and stand up for decency for once.

SBU claims Russia was behind NotPetya


Just install Kaspersky anti-virus, right?