* Posts by Potemkine!

1391 posts • joined 9 Jun 2017


Ireland warned it could face 'rolling blackouts' if it doesn't address data centres' demand for electricity

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Re: Lucky Ireland

The actual energy generating parts are easily recycled or reconditioned.

But what about the huge concrete pads?

I'm all in favour of windmills, but they are not the miracle solution, but may be part of it. They also create problems of their own..

Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder

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Re: looking at the DNS log

Alternative answer:

ITMan: Because if I did, I would also see what sites you visited. Do you really want me to? Really?

Expect the same answer from CEO.

'I put the interests of the country first': Colonial Pipeline CEO on why oil biz paid off ransomware crooks

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Paying ransomware is helping one's country? WTF! How encouraging ransomware scums is helping anybody?

'Condolences on the death of your conscience' says card from Indonesian delivery drivers to local Uber clone after payments slashed

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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The best time to build a semiconductor foundry is 5 years ago

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Shortages enable to make prices higher. They aren't always unintended.

'Vast majority of people' are onside with a data grab they know next to nothing about, reckons UK health secretary

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prize for stomach-churning political double-speak

There are a lot of candidates for this one!

FBI paid renegade developer $180k for backdoored AN0M chat app that brought down drug underworld

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I hope this developer will be under a protection program, or else his remains may be found scattered puzzle-style...

Indian Finance Minister throws Infosys under the bus as new e-tax portal fails on first day

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That's weird

Because generally, the only governmental portal that is working perfectly fine is the tax one, when other providing services are often less efficient.... A matter of priority I guess

Version 8 of open-source code editor Notepad++ brings Dark Mode and an ARM64 build, but bans Bing from web searches

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Notepad++: +++++

Google, Facebook, Chaos Computer Club join forces to oppose German state spyware

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Help! My printer won't print no matter how much I shout at it!

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Re: HP

The LaserJet 4 was the complete opposite of your inkjet, those things were like tanks

HpPmade sure not to make the same mistake again with the next printers, with a lot of success I have to say.

There are a lot of people out there who'd like to fire Jeff Bezos into space – but he's doing the honours himself

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There may be no other space flight with so many people praying for a rapid unscheduled disassembly

Apple settles with student after authorized repair workers leaked her naked pics to her Facebook page

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Louis Rossmann accused Apple of hypocrisy

<sarcasm> Oh, that's gross </sarcasm>

Apple, hypocrite? No kidding

Australian cops, FBI created backdoored chat app, told crims it was secure – then snooped on 9,000 users' plots

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Well done chaps.

Making this info public will also inject fears in criminals networks whose members may be more reluctant to use electronic devices. This may have a bad effect on their 'productivity'.

required payment of a monthly fee.

So the criminals paid for being watched by the cops... that's almost evil ^^

Sold: €15k invisible sculpture that's a must-see for art lovers

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Money for Nothing

Are you sure this guy didn't play with Dire Straits?

G7 nations aim for global 15 per cent tax on big tech and bin digital services taxes

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Re: Too soft too weak

Of course, it's also bound to fail, since the G7 is only seven countries

Not that sure. These nations have several ways to blackmail negotiate with others to follow the rules, with the probable exception of China

Microsoft subsidiary makes $314.73bn profit and pays no tax in Ireland – despite registering there

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Re: What's the correct word


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

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Do you remember the time when we were actually walking to activate a device?

What a bunch of lazy bastards have we become...

Military infosec SNAFUs: What WhatsApp and bears in the woods can teach us

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“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” . So what about 80,000!

Anyway, thinking that anything going through something belonging to FeckBook is secure is experiencing disillusion.

Indian government to Twitter: Stop offshoring and outsourcing – or risk losing legal protections

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Stop offshoring and outsourcing

I agree with the Indian government, stop offshoring and outsourcing if you want a good reactivity and a good quality of service.

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Re: pot and kettle

plus c'est gros, plus ça passe

With a few exceptions ^^

Report commissioned by Google says Google isn't to blame for the death of print news

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you could freely observe the left-right split on an issue by visiting the websites of The Telegraph and The Guardian, now you have to pay, at least in the case of the former.

What else could you expect from a right-leaning media? :-P

The common factor in all your failed job applications: Your CV

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c++ but I am at least honest enough to admit both are crap for gui heavy windoze programming

BS. You should have a look to MFC or Qt for instance, at least if you build applications a little more complex than notepad (which is probably done in C++ anyway).

VB is for making fast crap apps. Making commercial applications with it is an heresy, unless you don't gtve a fuck about your customer.

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Very interesting article. I would add a tip, perhaps more valid my side of the Channel: make the CV concise, everything should be contained on one page. It demonstrates ability for clarity, capacity of synthesis and make the work of the recruiter easier. Also avoid fancy and flashy layouts, unless you apply for graphic designer. The IT folk is expected to be rigorous, organized and efficient.

I’m a C++ programmer, I’ve done VB for money

You confessed your sin, it's a good start. A fault confessed is a half redressed.^^

Bull in a cosmos shop: Edinburgh uni boffins strike deal with Atos for BullSequana supercomputer

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Time running out for secrets of cosmos to remain hidden

I rather think the opposite: each time we find an answer it creates plenty of new questions. The more we know, the more we realize we have a lot more to discover.

UK Special Forces soldiers' personal data was floating around WhatsApp in a leaked Army spreadsheet

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sharing newly promoted people’s personal details in a spreadsheet accessible by the entire 80,000-strong British Army was routine

What a great idea. Especially in GPRD times.

Those involved can apply to win this trophy.

Royal Yacht Britannia's successor to cost about 1 North of England NHS IT consultancy framework

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With any luck, it can sink with a whole government aboard, whatever its pretending side.

Hyper-V bug that could crash 'big portions of Azure cloud infrastructure': Code published

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Nice strawman fallacy

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?

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Re: We need Firefox to keep going

Brave on Android

Firefox Focus on Android for me. A good little browser good for privacy.

Amazon warehouse workers are seriously injured more frequently than those at similar companies – unions

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Amazon's executive committee and shareholders must be really distraught by such a terrible news, don't they?

Without enforced laws protecting workers, this will happen, at Amazon or elsewhere.

Bribery charges against Apple's global security boss dismissed in iPads-for-gun-permits case

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Say it with poetry

The sorest ill that Heaven hath

Sent on this lower world in wrath,--

The plague (to call it by its name,)

One single day of which

Would Pluto's ferryman enrich,--

Waged war on beasts, both wild and tame.

They died not all, but all were sick:

No hunting now, by force or trick,

To save what might so soon expire.

No food excited their desire;

Nor wolf nor fox now watch'd to slay

The innocent and tender prey.

The turtles fled;

So love and therefore joy were dead.

The lion council held, and said:

'My friends, I do believe

This awful scourge, for which we grieve,

Is for our sins a punishment

Most righteously by Heaven sent.

Let us our guiltiest beast resign,

A sacrifice to wrath divine.

Perhaps this offering, truly small,

May gain the life and health of all.

By history we find it noted

That lives have been just so devoted.

Then let us all turn eyes within,

And ferret out the hidden sin.

Himself let no one spare nor flatter,

But make clean conscience in the matter.

For me, my appetite has play'd the glutton

Too much and often upon mutton.

What harm had e'er my victims done?

I answer, truly, None.

Perhaps, sometimes, by hunger press'd,

I've eat the shepherd with the rest.

I yield myself, if need there be;

And yet I think, in equity,

Each should confess his sins with me;

For laws of right and justice cry,

The guiltiest alone should die.'

'Sire,' said the fox, 'your majesty

Is humbler than a king should be,

And over-squeamish in the case.

What! eating stupid sheep a crime?

No, never, sire, at any time.

It rather was an act of grace,

A mark of honour to their race.

And as to shepherds, one may swear,

The fate your majesty describes,

Is recompense less full than fair

For such usurpers o'er our tribes.'

Thus Renard glibly spoke,

And loud applause from flatterers broke.

Of neither tiger, boar, nor bear,

Did any keen inquirer dare

To ask for crimes of high degree;

The fighters, biters, scratchers, all

From every mortal sin were free;

The very dogs, both great and small,

Were saints, as far as dogs could be.

The ass, confessing in his turn,

Thus spoke in tones of deep concern:--

'I happen'd through a mead to pass;

The monks, its owners, were at mass;

Keen hunger, leisure, tender grass,

And add to these the devil too,

All tempted me the deed to do.

I browsed the bigness of my tongue;

Since truth must out, I own it wrong.'

On this, a hue and cry arose,

As if the beasts were all his foes:

A wolf, haranguing lawyer-wise,

Denounced the ass for sacrifice--

The bald-pate, scabby, ragged lout,

By whom the plague had come, no doubt.

His fault was judged a hanging crime.

'What? eat another's grass? O shame!

The noose of rope and death sublime,'

For that offence, were all too tame!

And soon poor Grizzle felt the same.

Thus human courts acquit the strong,

And doom the weak, as therefore wrong.

Former IT manager from Essex pleads guilty to defrauding the NHS of £800k

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I think we can find plenty of projects paid a fortune to consultants where the services were not delivered!

US cities and towns purchase AI surveillance kit linked to China's Uyghur abuse

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Re: Outrage over the human rights abuse in China

Two wrongs don't make it right.

Space junk damages International Space Station's robot arm

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What about making decomissionning of satellites internationally mandatory by sending them back to Earth for destruction in the atmosphere? No more junk left 'rotting' in space: operators would have to let some fuel aboard to remove the satellite, or to pay another operator to bring it down with an additional booster.

Twitter given three weeks to comply with Indian content code

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deleting content as ordered by the government

This should be a judiciary prerogative.

When separation of powers is broken, can we still consider such a country as a democracy?

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

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Buzzwords and other platitudes

I wonder how much was paid for this report? Whatever the price, it doesn't sound as a good investment anyway

Security is an architectural issue: Why the principles of zero trust and least privilege matter so much right now

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Re: Zero trust was new in name only

the use of DNS in intranets was horrible practice

Question: how do you resolve names on intranet without a DNS?

Russian gang behind SolarWinds hack returns with phishing attack disguised as mail from US aid agency

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As Putin says, "I swear on Navalny's life Russia didn't make it"

Whoop! Robot/human high-fives all round! Oh, my fingers have disintegrated

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Metal advise

Certified 0% AI powered: a new album from a local band whose first track could well fit this column: Nothing to Sell

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Re: Zebra Anus!

Not those of Diomedes according to the legend.

Big Tech has a big problem with Florida passing a law that protects politicians from web moderation

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Politicians, whatever the side, think to begin they are above all laws, and everything should be allowed to them. They don't like when somebody dares to say the opposite. They see them as some feudal lord having all rights on the serfs, only the richest bourgeois may be heard, because money.

Separation of powers may be a basis of democracy, but cryonism and corruption make it too many times an illusion. Our democracies are too often in reality oligarchies .

Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech

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You knew state-owned companies? You'll be delighted by our new invention, companies-owned states!

Ganja believe it? Police make hash of suspected weed farm raid, pot Bitcoin mine instead

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"We heard how lots of people were visiting the unit "

by police informers maybe?

Fujitsu pulls ProjectWEB tool offline after apparent supply chain attack sees Japanese infosec agency data stolen

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It's Seppuku time!

Feel sorry for the involved ones...

Dominic Cummings: Health secretary's 'stupid' targets delayed building UK test and trace system to combat COVID

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"Gunfight at the O.K. Corral"

"Sin city"? Or "I spit on your grave"?

Facial recog firm Clearview hit with complaints in France, Austria, Italy, Greece and the UK

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Cleaview answer is BS

From https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/reform/rules-business-and-organisations/application-regulation/who-does-data-protection-law-apply_en:

"The GDPR applies to:

a company or entity which processes personal data as part of the activities of one of its branches established in the EU, regardless of where the data is processed; or

a company established outside the EU and is offering goods/services (paid or for free) or is monitoring the behaviour of individuals in the EU."

Learn to read before throwing your PR BS at us. Thx.

US Patent Office to take only DOCX in future – or PDFs if you pay extra

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The XML nature of the format, we're told, makes it easier for the patent office's internal systems to automatically extract and process the content of text, tables, graphs, and schematics

You're told? Come on, it's obvious XML is great to automatically extract and process data.

The Epic vs Apple trial is wrapping up, but the battle has just begun

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Would we accept to go only in Toyota gas stations if you own a Toyota, or in Ford's ones if you own a Ford? Why should we accept that for apps intended for a specific hardware? Open the distribution market!

I thought that competition was good for consumers, as was freedom of choice. Let's prove it.

After staff revolt, Freenode management takes over hundreds of IRC channels for 'policy violations'

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Time for a rebrand

DoucheNode? UnderSurveillanceNode? CancelNode?

Make your suggestions, competition is open!



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