* Posts by ocflyfish

29 posts • joined 15 Mar 2018

US Air Force inks deal with Raytheon on Windows 10 (and other) support for ARSE


Re: Windows 10 in the Military near the frontline?

I can just imagine Cortana saying hello just before the missle takes out the OPFOR plane

Game over: Atari VCS architect quits project, claims he hasn’t been paid for six months


Re: Oh, but they're close to me...

"It might be a forwarding company in there, but you've not shown anything that proves it, yet :)"

I think the toilet adjacent to their door says it all.

Dunkin do-nots: Deep-fried cake maker did not warn its sugar addicts that crooks raided web accounts, says NY AG


Seems like a decent trade

You get a free donut and in return DD will watch your information float off to the dark web. They will even wave as it leaves the data center.

Au my bog: Bloke, 66, on bail after 'solid-gold' crapper called 'America' stolen from stately home


I had to double check to make sure I hadn't been redirected somehow to The Onion. John Crapper is rolling over in his grave.

COBOL: Five little letters that if put on a CV would ensure stable income for many a greybeard coder


Ah, flashbacks to 1992-1993 where my professor mandated learning Cobol. So much fun that my eye is now twitching.

Plot twist: Google's not spying on King's Cross with facial recognition tech, but its landlord is


Time to see what Mr. Orwell thinks....

"The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better." - George Orwell

Funny how something said around 70 years ago still rings true today.

It's a God-awful smell affair.... is there life on Mars? Rocks ruled out as source of mystery methane on Red Planet



It was burrito I ate at lunch.

Transport for London Oyster system pulled offline after credential-stuffing crooks board customers' accounts


Re: We encourage all customers not to use the same password for multiple sites

mickey@disney.com is my goto when they need an email.

When the chips are down, buy a software biz: Broadcom snaffles Symantec for $10.7bn


Unhappy Symantec user

We have a few hundred endpoints using SEP. I was becoming concerned when multiple vulnerabilities with SEP were discovered that put our systems at greater risk. The final straw for me was when I discovered two weeks ago that SEP had stopped functioning on more than 50% of our devices but didn't generate any warnings alerting us to the situation.

Taking a long hard look at Vipre when our licensing expires next year.

We've, um, changed our password policy, says CafePress amid reports of 23m pwned accounts


Re: GDRP would have had a field day....

'The site is accessible from the EU and therefore GDPR applies. I'm not sure how the EU would force the issue but this could be an interesting test case."

To see if overreaching laws can be applied across the world? We settled that issue back in 1776.

This is not the cloud you're looking for.... Oracle's JEDI mind tricks work as Trump forces $10bn IT project to drop out of warp


"And this people sums up America beautifully. The only thing they think the military is for is killing people. No humanitarian aid. No ceremonial duties. No peacekeeping. No other things the military elsewhere does as par of its day job.

Kill. Kill. Kill."

Yes, that is the point of a military. They train, and are equipped for that very purpose.

Ex-Microsoft dev used test account to swipe $10m in tech giant's own store credits, live life of luxury, Feds allege


"That's the maximum federal fine unless you defrauded the government then there's a different set of fine levied. He will be sued by Microsoft in a civil trial for much greater restitution."

And don't forget the IRS will be knocking on his door for tax evasion, in addition for penalties/fees for not declaring his illegal income. Yes, he is in quite a pickle.

Qualcomm fined €242m over 'predatory pricing' that helped to knock off British competitor Icera



I am confused. How does the EU have any jurisdiction over what an American company (Broadcom) did to another American company (Nvidia)? Shouldn't this be something done by the Federal Trade Commission instead?

Awkward! Bernie tells Bezos-sponsored event he'd break up Amazon and other tech titans


I don't think that means what you think it means - Adam Smith on monopolies

“The interest of the dealers [referring to stock owners, manufacturers, and merchants], however, in any particular branch of trade or manufacture, is always in some respects different from, and even opposite to, that of the public. To widen the market and to narrow the competition, is always the interest of the dealers. To widen the market may frequently be agreeable enough to the interest of the public; but to narrow the competition must always be against it, and can serve only to enable the dealers, by raising their profits above what they naturally would be, to levy, for their own benefit, and absurd tax upon the rest of their fellow-citizens.”

- Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations (Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 1991), pages 219-220)

What Adam Smith was referring to was a situation where a monopoly raises prices above what they should be because they are the only game in town. Consumers are harmed because they are forced to pay exorbitant prices for goods because they cannot be sourced elsewhere.

Last time I checked Amazon is usually the lowest priced vendor our there. And every single person is able to search hundreds of sites with the click of the button to find the lowest price available. Consumers can literally buy anything they want at any store, at any time.

So, no, Adam was not describing this situation at all. Nice try though.

UK Home Secretary doubles down on cops' deeply flawed facial recognition trials


Pithy quote from Mr. Orwell

“Always eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or bed—no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters in your skull.”

Usenet file-swapping was acceptable in the '80s – but not so much now: Pirate pair sent down for 66 months


Blast from my past!

Oh man, this is a trip down memory lane! Used to be a SYSOP of a RemoteAccess board right around 91 or 92, and helped out a number of friends who ran PCBoard, and WWIV. TradeWars was a thing that consumed days of my life during college. Fond memories to be sure.

Marriott's got 99 million problems and the ICO's one: Starwood hack mega-fine looms over


Re: A bit of honesty

"Not when they propose challenging the decision."

They have an obligation to their shareholders to fight this ridiculous fine and not simply roll over.

I wonder how many of you would be singing a different song if it was the state of California suing an UK company, based upon a California law, and demanding outrageous fines that would simply go into the Sacramento coffers? Something to consider...

UK privacy watchdog threatens British Airways with 747-sized fine for massive personal data blurt


Re: GDPR-exit

"If UK businesses want to continue to do business with EU companies they will have to maintain GDPR-level data protection after Brexit, just as other non-EU states like the US have to."

Don't be so sure on this. Most of the US-based SMBs have laughed/scoffed/ignored the EU directives on collection of VAT and will likely do the same with GDPR. Don't get me wrong, large multinational corporations will probably comply. But the 29.7 million small businesses here will likely politely tell the ICO to stuff it.

Samsung tears wraps off Bixby Marketplace, tens of people go wild. (One at the back whispers, 'Siri, what's Bixby?')


Re: Incredible

You sir, just won on comments. Here is your gold star.

Suspected dark-web meth dealers caught by, er, 'using real address' when buying stamps


Re: Junglistflex

Oh man that brings back memories. PC Board, 2400 baud modems, Fido-net, oh my!


Have a friend who is retired LEO. He said we don't always catch the smart ones, but we always catch the stupid ones.

Digi-dosh exchange Coinbase: Someone tried to pwn our staff via this week's Firefox zero-day security hole


Speaks with forked tongue

“We walked back the entire attack, recovered and…”

“The Coinbase security boss noted that the attack was not successful…”

I would say the attack succeeded or you wouldn’t have had to recover.

It's now officially the WhackBook Pro: If the keyboards weren't bad enough, now MacBook Pro batts are a fire risk


Re: Every crisis is an opportunity

This comment wins. No other comments are necessary. <mic drop>

10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC


Re: Q Basic

Taught myself QuickBasic while in high school.

Boffins' neural network can work out from your speech whether you'll develop psychosis



The voices in my head say this is bogus, and to stop reading the article.

Delicious irony: Hacked medical debt collector AMCA files for bankruptcy protection from debt collectors


Not that I want to see any business go under, but there is a healthy dose of poetic justice in this situation.

Please be aliens, please be aliens, please be aliens... Boffins discover mystery mass beneath Moon's biggest crater


Re: Damn!

All your bases are belong to us!

OpenAI bots thrash team of Dota 2 semi-pros, set eyes on mega-tourney


All I can think about

... is SkyNet getting better and better at its "craft". Just because we can employ AI in these situations doesn't mean that we should. Judgement Day is coming closer and closer.

And in other news, we are teaching robots how to shoot: https://dailym.ai/2oAX68p

ACL-Sue: Rights group takes on TSA over device searches


I don't often agree with the ACLU, but this is an egregious and flagrant abuse of the Fourth Amendment. Good thing they haven't tried that stunt with me.


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