* Posts by Kabukiwookie

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

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Re: Just think and consider for a moment ...

I disagree that it's no different.

If I get buy a secure service or device to share naugthy stuff with my wife, I don't expect the police to be watching along.

What was the percentage of people who used ANOM and were NOT engaging in criminal activity?

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With this sting operation the police only caught the low hanging fruit.

It'll be used to crack down on private encrypted communications for regular citizens.

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A new ID is great if that information is not also accessible by someone at the police who makes average wages.

Once the politicians have had their shiny moment of glory, the security of the informant will probably not be the highest priority anymore.

It was Russia wot did it: SolarWinds hack was done by Kremlin's APT29 crew, say UK and US

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Re: I love

And post-GW2, stuff like yellowcake and mustard gas was found,

Do you have any sources for that?

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Re: I love

Iran's nuclear bonbs are like fusion power, always just a few months away from completion.

This has been claimed since Netanyahoo showed his professinally drawn bomb picture in front of the UN more than a decade ago.

The US unilaterally pulled out of the nuclear deal that was struck with Iran, who were sticking to tge deal well after the US govt unilaterally slapped sanctions on Iran, while allo other partucipants, including the agency checking that Iran fulfilled its side of the bargain said it was keeping its end.

The only parties escalating tensions is the US and Israeli govts.

Is Iran the good guy in this scenario? Probably not, but they're definitely not the worst of all parties involved.

We have never given census data to anyone – not even the spy agencies, says the UK's Office for National Statistics

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They have never 'given' any data. Someone from MI5 came in and ran his own reports.

New drinking game idea: Down a shot every time Huawei blames US sanctions for the current tech industry woes

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If you can't compete on merit, use economical warfare to try to stifle any competition.

The good thing coming out of this is that the targets of these sanctions now includes so many countries (including EU countries), that people start to wise up to the US' mafia like tactics.

SolarWinds malware was sneaked out of the firm's Orion build environment 6 months before anyone realised it was there – report

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Pirate

Pirates on the Solarwinds

Silver Lake and Thoma Bravo, deny wrongdoing; insider trading is a criminal offence. Based on SolarWinds' own timeline, the two investors sold up before SolarWinds itself was aware of the hack: two days after the sale

It's all a silly coincident.

Buggy code, fragile legacy systems, ill-conceived projects cost US businesses $2 trillion in 2020

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Re: Blame the management

No. Most people really cannot be trained up to that level. In fact, most people currently employed as programmers cannot. What they can do is produce a lot of code that mostly works

Completely agree. Hence my use of the term 'coders'. There's a huge difference between being able to code and doing software engineering

Just the representation of 'hackers' in popular media shows the infantile perception that most people have of IT. That lack of knowledge is the main reason in of the wasted $2 trillion/yr.

Combined with managers who can't think much further ahead than the next financial quarter and it's no wonder IT is in the state it's in.

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Re: Blame the management

Although I agree that a lot of people could be retrained to code, 'retraining' in most politician's minds, is to put a coal-miner in front of a computer and tell him 'to work smarter, not harder'.

In their mind, 'IT is easy', they're using their smart phone without much of an issue, how much harder could it be to write code?!

The reason why so much money is wasted in IT is due the 'Dunning-Kruger' is strong in a lot of managers.

This is why HP flourished when the original founders were still involved and the finest quaity product they put out today is printer ink.

US nuke agency hacked by suspected Russian SolarWinds spies, Microsoft also installed backdoor

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Re: "full rebuild"

Yes, must be russian if there's a NATO desgnation for a russian weqpons system is in the code.

That's why Dutch hackers always put 'Edam' in their code so you know it's the dutch and the French always sign their code with 'Surrender Monkeys', so you know it must be the French.

FBI confirms Zodiac Killer's 340 cipher solved by trio of amateur math and software codebreakers

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Re: Auguste Kerckhoffs

Find?

You mean handed to them by MS, which has been happily playing ball with the NSA since at least 2007.

'Massive game-changer for UK altnet industry': BT-owned UK comms backbone Openreach hikes prices on FTTP-linked leased line circuits

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Re: This is exactly WHY...

You seem to have some problems understanding basic economics. Particularly why monpolies are bad for everyone.

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Re: This is exactly WHY...

Surely an independent Open Reach will continue to maximise its profits

The essence would be that if Open Reach would be an independent entity, they would fleece their customers at the same rates. Not destroy any competition at the behest of BT.

Yep, the usual suspects are sitting down to feast: Dominant vendors get a fat slice of CIA cloud pie and so do IBM and Oracle

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Gina Haspel can always go back to tort^H^H^H^H enhanced interrogation techniques.

EU says Boeing 737 Max won't fly over the Continent just yet: The US can make its own choices over pilot training

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Re: AOA disagree warning...

Security features? No.

Safety features? Hell yes. Or are you suggesting that Tesla should bring out a model without seat belts or airbags?

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a change such as what you are proposing, but they would be prohibitive.

And these costs need to be borne by the entity that introduced this problem to begin with.

No third sensor should be a an immediate disqualification of the design.

If commercial will not listen to their engineers, the conpany *should* go down in a fiery ball.

Rather them than one of their planes full of passengers.

Maybe the next company *will* learn from this mistake and not skimp on safety or ignore engineers who siund the alarm.

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Re: Very wary

As if anyone needed yet another reason to avoid Ryanair like the plague.

Biden projected to be the next US President, Microsoft joins rest of world in telling Trump: It looks like... you're fired

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Re: Good

You're not very familiar with people, I take it.

That's not it. Despite evidence to the contrary, if you read the reactions and see the pettiness, tribalism and sheer intentional blindness to what's really goimg on, I think I am an optimist at heart.

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Re: Good

There was a Dem majority everywhere where it matterer for 6 months and he still didn't push anything through to help normal people.

Instead people got Obamacare, which was a Republican plan, instead of public healthcare.

Not strange, as Obama himself mentioned the he considered his policy's moderate republican.

Really hope things get better for people living there, but you couldn't pay me enough to move and live in the US and don't see this changing with the next couple of decades.

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Re: Good

Oh yeah, because Trump was good on all those subjects....

I believe I actually indicated my preference for neither, with Bernie being better than either.

This is the problem with lots of people in the US, people are so partisan, they stop reading as soon as they read something that goes against their tribe.

Trump was horrible, but voting in Biden is the equivalent of having chosen for the shit covered bagle instead of the turd sandwich.

No amount of ketchup is going to mask that taste...

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Re: Good

I thought that most USians would want potable water, affordable healthcare, infrastructure that's not on the verge of crumbling, affordable education and less war.

Guess how many of these issues Biden will tackle for the regular citizen.

It's a shame that Bernie thinks that playing nice with the corporate Dems is more important than serving citizens.

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Re: Good

Eight years of mediocrity got you Trump. Someone who Biden still had to struggle, even though he was 'the worst US president' in history.

Biden will do nothing for regular americans, will not even go to Flint to wet his lips.

Next version of Trump will be so much worse...

Get out while you can.

Huawei bid to move chip production in-house so it can survive US sanctions will start with a 45nm process – report

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Re: @Stephen Tompsett - I don't see them leading the world

With the current US economy, I don't see any possibility of the majority of people living comfortably, so he must be talking about China.

After figuring out that hope is not a strategy, SAP has a new one: We're gonna shift on-prem customers to the cloud!

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Atlassian

Jira and Confluence will be cloud-only shortly as well. Will go down very well with customers who need to move their business critical data out...

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Re: Security and cost

In SAP's case peformance would surely be an issue as well, can't imagine that turd being any better in the Cloud than on-premise.

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Re: Really?

A constant beta

It's called DevOps and Agile...

RIAA DMCAs GitHub into nuking popular YouTube video download tool, says it can be used to slurp music

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Re: "you can sell all the copies you want as long as you share your changes with the community."

Repeat after me:

'Copyright infringement is not stealing'.

Shame they don't appear to teach reading comprehension in schools anymore.

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I'm not stealing

Indeed, you're not. It's called 'copyright infringement', but only if you're using a GPL style licence and even then you can sell all the copies you want as long as you share your changes with the community.

Which part of that do you NOT understand?

As for making money off of other people's work without giving anything back; large companies are 'ripping off' Open Source all the time. Apple is using source made available through a BSD style licence. Sony is doing the same for their playstation.

Apparently the people who wrote this code do not only not care, they seem to encourage this behaviour.

One day you all will understand GPL is enforceable only BECAUSE copyright

O wise one. You have finally opened my eyes to the horrible truth of it all. I am sure you have enlightened all the commenters in this thread o great one.

Brit accused of spying on 772 people via webcam CCTV software tells court he'd end his life if extradited to US

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Re: Team America: World Police

Liberal lefty, Priti has a different opinion

Reducing recidivism through rehabilitation has been proven to work in most countries that have these sort of prison systems.

It has nothing to do with being a 'lefty', eveything to do with the desire of not making the problem worse and pouring more and more of my tax money in to selfsustaining downwards spiral that will eventually nor only morally, but also economically bankrupt the society I live in.

People who do not investigate these things and resort to name calling if they fail to comprehend why certain things should be done in a certain way should educate themselves instead.

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Re: Team America: World Police

prison is not just about punishing people,

You are obviously not a USian. People coming out of US prisons come out more hardened and without any form of rehabilitation recidivism is extremely high. No wonder if people who served their punishment to society still get punished for that well after they leave prison.

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Re: Team America: World Police

Kind of a nice term for an intercontinental peeping tom, isn't it?

Yes. Let's focus on the unimportant things like how someone refers to this perv.

Can you please play the 'You offend me sir' card somewhere else and focus on the meat of the story, which is about extradition.

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Re: Team America: World Police

At worst she'd have got a community service order.

Dude. She was driving on the right hand side of the road.... in the UK.

That's reckless behaviour at the very least. You don't walk that off with community servuce.

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Re: "I'll kill myself if you extradite me"

Not blackmail. How about human deceny?

Although with over a million Iraqis dead (and that's just one of the many wars the US is involved in and countries that they turned into failed states, it doesn't seem they know the meaning of the concept.

I believe there is something called 'cruel and unusual punishment'in the US constitution.

Is this guy a perv? Most definitely. Should he be rotting in a US jail for 20+ years where rape, beatings, poor nourishment and other abuse are considered 'normal'?

No way.

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Re: Well deserved

in this case i'll make an exception

Then I am glad you're probably not a judge. There should be no exceptions or justice is not served.

Everyone should be subject to the same rules regardless of wheter they're a loathsome person or not.

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Re: Team America: World Police

They should be tried in the country where they committed the crime (if it is a crime in that country).

What's next? Someone in Saudi Arabia sees a the Charlie Hebdo picture of the prophet Mohammed and grts extradited to SA, because that person broke a local law there?

Ridiculous.

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Re: Team America: World Police

At least they have sentences that actually mean something. 

Yes, 5 years in prisom for smoking a joint. In the meantime meth-head Hunter Biden gets a $80k/month cushy job for having the right surname.

The Land if the Free(tm) houses 25% of the world's prison population (number includes both India and Chine) while only having 5% of the world population.

A pothead on the street doesn't make money for anyone, when behind bars, that same person will be making the prison industrial complex 50k/year plus all the slave labour he can provide.

Been there. Never plan on (voluntarily) going back.

Boeing puts Loyal Wingman robot fighter jet through its paces... on the ground

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On fully automated planes

though humans still need to do the taxiing around on the ground. Nonetheless, that may not last for too much longer

I prefer to be on a plane with someone who can intervene if there's an issue, preferably one who has the same vested interest in getting the plane down safely as I do.

Somehow I don't think a fully auotmated system or even a remote pilot will have the same motivation to do everything they can to get me back on the ground safely as a pilot who will suffer the same fate as I would.

Google screwed rivals to protect monopoly, says Uncle Sam in antitrust lawsuit: We go inside the Sherman parked on a Silicon Valley lawn

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Re: Well, the US was Borked (literally) quite a while ago with anti-trust

It's hard to think of any commercial organisation in history that has done more Good in the world.

Dude, are you for real? Not sure what you're smoking, but it must be very illegal in most parts of the planet.

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Re: Well, the US was Borked (literally) quite a while ago with anti-trust

yeah yeah yeah , my data , my browse history the souls of my grandchildren or whatever.

i dont give a fuck

Don't worry anybody who does care about those things doesn't give a fuck about you either.

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Dominance in the global market is more important to the US govt than ensuring that monopolies don't abuse their power (or much better yet, that monopolies are not able to form in the first place).

All of those people out there that call themselves 'capitalist' and are happy for monopolies to exist should actually read Wealth of Nations, instead of only quoting the parts that are convenient to them.

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: One narcissist runs a fake company

you'd be astonished how little the average American cares about what people in other countries think of us.

This does not astonish in the slightest and is exactly the reason why lots of people outside the US have such a poor opinion of USians. Mostly I feel people living there are as much a victim of their government as the people living in countries the US doesn't like though.

Although a good portion also don't seem to realise this, to whom I'd say: Travel more, see how other people do stuff in other parts of the world before bombing or sanctioning their country back to the stone age.

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Re: One narcissist runs a fake company

Dude, they're all bought and paid. Whether you're going to be ruled by an orange haired idiot proposing a hugely inadequate bailout for normal people or a grandstanding 100 miljonair who shows off her fridge full of expensive ice cream stopping this money to get to people to make him look even worse than he is.

The US is ruled by psychopaths who are only interested in themselves and their 'class' of people.

US politics is the new WWF. Idiocracy was even better at predicting the future than I thought when it came out.

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Re: Hold on lads!

That shows you how capable those 'important' people are in detecting bullshit and should put into question all of their decisions that affected the general publuc made in the past.

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Science!

'Nothing is impossible! Not if you can imagine it. That's what being a scientist is all about!'

Microsoft tells staff work-from-home is now ‘standard’ – with caveats galore

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Re: Commuting

Although I 100% agree with you. Try to tell this to C-level management, who are determined to increase stockholder value (in the short term) by hollowing out the company until breaking point, then bail ship on their golden parachute and move on to the next corporation to raid and pillage.

Apple's T2 custom secure boot chip is not only insecure, it cannot be fixed without replacing the silicon

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Re: Surprised?

Good analogy. Just as useful as the $10 version, but aimed at people with more money than brains.

Online fraud prevention biz fails to prevent CEO's alleged offline fraud

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Slap on the wrist

The average sentence for securities and investment fraud offenses in the US was 54 months

This guy destroys the livelihood of all of the employees and their family and on average he gets away with just 54 months of jail time, presumably in a minimum security whitecollar crime holiday home.

I'd say tie his nuts to a fast train, but this is the US, so he'll probably be able to keep up at a brisk pace.

Das Keyboard 4C TKL: Plucky mechanical contender strikes happy medium between typing feel and clackety-clack joy

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Slight amusement from the story's submitter?

A bridge too far: Passengers on Sydney's new ferries would get 'their heads knocked off' on upper deck, say politicos

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Re: Make use of the problem

This is a common mistake. Since all important people will want to be on the primary ark, the B ark should be the one with functional life support.

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