* Posts by Grooke

81 posts • joined 27 Oct 2017


Don't be fooled, experts warn, America's anti-child-abuse EARN IT Act could burn encryption to the ground


Re: idiots.

Excellent tips for doing so:


FCC sucks its teeth, clicks its tongue, says: Yeah, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Verizon gleefully sold your location data. Guess we should fine them?


Re: Read the actual regulation

This just means a company (processor or controller) from anywhere in the world can be fined for wrongly processing the data of a "data subject" (see definition in the post you replied to).

HP Ink: No way, Xerox. We're not accepting your takeover. Well, we'd never say never. Maybe even maybe? Hello, you still there? Please?


Re: "the current Xerox acquisition offer is not in the best interest of HP shareholders"

On the other hand, it's often advised to not hold too much of your employer's stock in your 401k. You already "invest" your future earnings in the company so it is better to diversify into, for example, an index fund. It's also a gamble that your employer will outperform the market during your entire career.

C'mon SPARCky, it's just an admin utility update. What could possibly go wrong?


I was today years old when I learned you could move to a regular file. I will try to use this newfound power responsible. Thank you.

Fake docs rock real docs: Ex-Wall St guy accused of conning medics out of £27m for bogus cryptocurrency fund using faked paperwork


"none of them are a bank or financial advisor so they can't be trusted with your money."

To be fair, I barely trust a bank to hold my money.

Starliner snafu could've been worse: Software errors plague Boeing's Calamity Capsule


Re: "Capability Maturity Model " A history lesson.

Agile may have become popular because of millennials and the start-up mentality, but the real problem is all the middle-age middle-managers trying to stick agile on everything to prove that they're still relevant.

Tech can endure the most inhospitable environments: Space, underwater, down t'pit... even hairdressers


Re: Surprisingly ...

And then you find a site that tabs out to invisible fields and you curse the developer and all his ancestors. Worst if it happens between username and password, but also bad if it happens from address bar to the first useful field.

Sidenote: the fact that F6 on most modern browsers selects the entire address field is probably the most life-changing thing I learned in the past 5 years.

NASA's Christina Koch returns to Earth as the longest-serving woman astronaut – after spending 328 days in space


Re: Question : What's more import ?

I agree with the sentiment, but you have to fix the underlying cause first. Record holders for this type of thing are disproportionately male because they historically had more opportunities. If this is fixed and women are given the same opportunities to break records and pass milestones, then the distinction becomes unnecessary. Until then, women deserve recognition for making these achievements despite the odds stacked against them. No one would write/publish/read an article titled "person fails to break longest spaceflight record".

Top tip: Using AI to detect alien civilizations is dangerous because if it spots anything, even just a blurry blob, people are going to go nuts


Re: AI could easily spot things we miss

The point of the article isn't that we shouldn't use it, it's that we have to be careful with it.

Current (dumb) AI is so good at finding garbage that we risk spending more time debunking its findings than developing new and actually useful methods of finding alien life.

Virtual reality is a bonkers fad that no one takes seriously but anyway, here's someone to tell us to worry about hackers


"people being turned into "human joysticks" by hackers manipulating paths and directions in virtual worlds to redirect folks into harm's way."

Johnny English was a comedy, not a documentary.

No backdoors needed: Apple ditched plans to fully encrypt iCloud backups after heavy pressure from FBI – claim


Re: I wouldn't trust any crypto that I DID write

Remind never to e-mail you.

For anyone else: my pgp key is quite enough, please don't send me puppy pics.


Re: TL;DR - don't trust any encryption you didn't write.

I don't have a PhD in cryptography so I wouldn't trust any crypto that I DID write (or any crypto written by a random commentard on this site that didn't pass through intense scrutiny).

Whoa, whoa... Tesla slams brakes on allegations of 'unintended acceleration' bug: 'Completely false and was brought by a short-seller'


Missed a few

"As I was making a 90-degree turn to park, your record would certainly show that I pressed the breaks [sic] during the turn. The only way I could have put the car in the high acceleration - that my wife and I noticed - would be that I lifted my feet[sic? I only use one foot at a time on a given pedal] from the break [sic] and instantly pressed very hard on the accelerated [sic] paddle[sic]. I cant[sic] understand how that be[sic] feasible. If the record does not show this precise pattern, than[sic] it points to a potential software flaw."

I'd send it to corrections, but it's mainly mocking the petitioner.

The $4.3bn trial of the century is over! Now we wait for judgment


Re: Can't believe

Agree with everything except:

"even if they *did* make Company 'B' appear to be worth more."

Fraud is fraud. "They should have figured out we were committing fraud" is no defense.

Whirlybird-driving infosec boss fined after ranty Blackpool Airport air traffic control antics


Re: Arrogant dickhead

If the cashier was directing multi-ton metal flying machines to avoid them crashing into each other, no.

We’ve had enough of your beach-blocking shenanigans, California tells stubborn Sun co-founder: Kiss our lawsuit


Re: Rape jokes are not funny.

I used to not like rape jokes, but I've since loosened up.

If at first you don't succeed, pry, pry again: Feds once again demand Apple unlock encrypted iPhones in yet another terrorism case


Re: Compliance statement

Adding 4D436679648159262E93C2C184DC4 to the list of passwords never to use.

(Not because of some inherent weakness, just because it can now turn up in searches)


Re: Yeah, sure

It's even worse. Apple should make it 5 inch steel, with a secret soft wood hole that only the good guys know about.

Lynch lied about Autonomy's accounts, rages HPE to the High Court


Re: Double negative

I was today years old when I actually looked up the definition of "Corn" and learned that the way I use it is an Americanism.

Intel! China! Sliding enterprise spending! Dell cuts forecasts by $1.2bn to $2bn for fiscal '20


Re: Yahoo!

You beat me to it!

Found on Mars: Alien insects... or whatever the hell this smudge is supposed to be, anyway


Re: If this professor emeritus had spent the last 50 years studying mosses

I almost wooooshed hard and pointed out your "misspelling" of duel.

Space-wrecks: Elon's prototype Moon ferry Starship blows its top during fuel tank test


How else would they have know the tests had over 2000 errors?

No wonder cops are so keen on Ring – they can slurp your doorbell footage with few limits, US senators complain


Re: The un-named PR gave half an answer of course

That's why a lot of models feature accelerometers and keep recording when they detect a collision.

Who loves Brexit? Irish distributors ... after their sales jump by a third


Re: @DontFeedTheTrolls

"Anyone who hides behind the referendum result, claiming that their hands are tied by it, is debating in the worst kind of bad faith."

In D&D, we call this "My guy" syndrome.

Video-editing upstart bares users' raunchy flicks to world+dog via leaky AWS bucket


Re: If something is free...

That bear looks more like Alec Baldwin's impersonation of Trump than Trump XD

The Feds are building an America-wide face surveillance system – and we're going to court to prove it, says ACLU


Re: The USA can't let China take the lead

Ummmm... I think OP just meant the government doesn't want it to be "worse" than the Chinese performance-wise, but we don't want it to be "worse" privacy-wise.

Reaction Engines' precooler tech demo chills 1,000°C air in less than 1/20th of a second


Re: Here We Go...

Would you settle for a drink "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea"?

Lies, damn lies, and KPIs: Let's not fix the formula until we have someone else to blame


Re: Building entry log

How do the wardens know how many people were in the building to begin with?

The access control logs should tell you. They don't have to lock the doors in an emergency to help judge if an evacuation was successful.

Oh dear... AI models used to flag hate speech online are, er, racist against black people


Re: “I saw his ass yesterday”

Use the profile picture and make biases work for you! If facial recognition thinks the user should go to prison, assume they're black and flag the text as AAE. Use bias to defeat bias!

BOFH: We must... have... beer! Only... cure... for... electromagnetic fields


Re: I'm having headaches

I can move a coat rack with my mind as long as a cute receptionist is sitting next to it with an umbrella.

US games company Blizzard kowtows to Beijing by banning gamer who dared to bring up Hong Kong


Re: Blizzcon

It would be 3.0.

2.0 was "is this an out of season April Fool's joke?" over Diablo Immortal.

1.0 was correcting staff regarding Falstad's death (or lack thereof).

RAF pilot seconded to Virgin Orbit for three years of launching rockets from a 747


"This programme is pushing the boundaries of our understanding of space"

A nice way of saying "re-defining where space starts to make your achievements look better"?

The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in 'he said, she said, they said' row


Re: Good riddance!

> They do appear to have actively and vociferously announced that they utterly refuse to use preferred pronouns, after also repeatedly calling someone by a pronoun they really didn't like, despite being asked not to.

I'm curious to know where you got that idea. The mod was fired for asking for clarifications about the new policy. Namely: is it OK to avoid pronouns altogether, to use examples gender neutral examples while not referring to the "asker" at all. She didn't say she would misgender people purposefully, she asked if omitting gender altogether was acceptable.

Astroboffins baffled after spotting solar system with great gas giant that shouldn't exist


Does "aphelion" apply to other stars than the sun? KSP uses "apoapsis".

*Microsoft taps your shoulder* Hi sorry yeah, we're still suing US govt for right to tell people when they are spied on


Re: The files of others

> That's a perverse incentive not to outsource.


As sales crash, Gartner wonders who can rescue the smartphone market ... Aha, it is I! 5G Man!


Re: The car lease market...

If one of my kids' wedding is ever an "unplanned large cash demand" that would require the sale of my car, they can pay for it themselves.

There's living above your means, and then there's living above you and your parents' means.

How long is a lifetime? If you’re Comcast, it’s until a rival quits a city: ISP 'broke' price promise


Re: Lifetime warranty

For once it would be the salesman claiming:

"'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!"

Google age discrimination case: Supervisor called me 'grandpa', engineer claims


Re: Ageism

I suppose this started shortly after companies decided they no longer had to inform candidates when they didn't get the job.

You look like a fungi. Got mushroom in your life to build stuff with mycelium computers?


I hope the research team will be diverse and include some fun gals.

Justice served: There is no escape from the long server log of the law


Re: Surely...

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”

― Douglas Adams

Malwarebytes back to square one as appeals court rules blocking rival antivirus maker isn't on


Re: Potentially Useless Program?

What about Depeche Mode?

From pen-test to penitentiary: Infosec duo cuffed after physically breaking into courthouse during IT security assessment


Re: @PM from Hell hire a more reputable firm

This is something a good security firm should make clear. Explain and document the limits and shortfalls of the agreed tests. But at the end of the day, if the customer doesn't want you to test something, you don't.

Geo-boffins drill into dino-killing asteroid crater, discover extinction involves bad smells, chilly weather, no broadband internet...


Re: No broadband

Relevant (recent) xkcd: https://xkcd.com/2199/


Re: Fahrenheit?

I was preparing a firmly worded reply but then I read your last sentence.

Bus pass or bus ass? Hackers peeved about public transport claim to have reverse engineered ticket app for free rides


I guess he fixed the back-end problem by putting the keys in the front-end.

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media


Kid claiming he isn't on Facebook: "I'm so sorry sir. In my shithole country, we don't have the internet."

Racist idiot TSA agent: "Ha! That's probably true. F***ing sand monkeys."*

Mission accomplished.

*I do not condone the use of the phrase "sand monkeys".

Biz forked out $115k to tout 'Time AI' crypto at Black Hat. Now it sues organizers because hackers heckled it


Re: quick, hide.

Also from the site:

"This video content is available for general informational and promotional purposes only. It is not intended to be, nor shall it be taken as, a technical exposition, description, or warranty with respect to the features or capabilities of TIME AI."

Finally. Thanks so much, nerds. Google, Apple, Mozilla end government* internet spying for good


Kazakhstan greatest country in the world

All other countries are run by little girls

People of Britain: You know that you're not locked into using the same ISP forever, right?


Re: Sometimes simply the devil you know

You should have seen the month where I started downloading VR... uh... documentaries. Those things are like 10Gb/20 mins. And when downloading... documentaries... you always get more than you can reasonably watch (soreness from all the learning, of course).

Meet ELIoT – the EU project that wants to commercialize Internet-over-lightbulb


Re: First radio, now light...

You might be onto something. Maybe we can transmit information by voluntarily changing the frequency at which we produce new communication technologies.



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