Re: "...exfiltrated 10TB of databases and other files..."
...sudden uptick in outward traffic flows
Yes, that's where I begin wondering if maybe they're just not monitoring outflow, or if 10TB is an exaggeration. I suspect it's the former.
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I always wonder: How exactly do you nick 10TB of data without anyone noticing? If I were to try it from my basement it would take over a week even at the best speeds available to me.
Do they somehow hook into an ultra-high speed link? Or use a botnet? Or are they just incredibly patient, and the victim so lax that they can sit on the network for weeks or months, quietly syphoning the data off?
When it was first released Windows 10 was a promising replacement for WIndows 7 on older hardware (performance-wise), but when Microsoft tried to force the issue with the GWX malware and didn't wind down the data-slurping for Home users, I decided on dual-booting Win7 with Mint. Now it's just Mint on another old Vista machine, as I spilled coffee on my Win7/Mint machine.
I do keep a Windows 10 tablet around, just to see how things are going, but the best thing I can say about it is that it is better than Windows 8.
Thanks for the link. I had previously read about the knitting world's troubles and it was pleasing to see that one of its victims, who had been pushed to a near suicidal nervous breakdown had recovered enough to rebuild his lost business.
Nice to see that the gits don't always win
VMware have gone way beyond the desire to use more inclusive language and have given free rein to idiots who think technical terms are just easily replaced words. 'Where will it end?' we all ask, knowing that the answer is 'Never', or not until constraints on expression (and therefore on thought) are so limiting that the ability of people to develop anything even remotely sophisticated has been so reduced as to end meaningful progress.
I've been around a long time and seen this industry rise from simple beginnings to really amazing (compared to 50 years ago) technology. It is so sad to see it in its terminal decline.
I was really hurt when you decided to expel me from the gang, making up some arbitrary rule to justify it. Ever since then I've been living a lonely life, shunned by those that I once thought were my friends.
NOW you find me interesting and want to come over and get to know me a bit more??
Too late I'm hurt now. You can all Bugger Off - I don't need any of you.
If you're going to break the law, try not to do it in front of cameras and do cover up any distinctive features. Oh and remember that your on-line activities can be linked to provide good circumstancial evidence of your identity/guilt.
People might wonder why they would go to all this trouble for just a police car, but it should be obvious that this is just one example of what they could have been doing all along - and that anyone who has committed more grievous crimes should, perhaps, be a bit concerned.
I'm not going to bother with a 'WTF?'-style comment - this just serves to demonstrate that the purity campaigners are losing it. No thought is required now - both Black and White are triggering terms no matter how they are used.
I do suggest, however, that they reconsider the name "Splunk" - the Urban Dictionary definition is particularly noisome.
No, it isn't a facade. I'm not apolitical, but I try not to be enslaved by my own views or by my antipathy to others' views. None of us has the luxury of picking and choosing the things we use in accordance with the political views of the creators of those things, so that would be a dumb reason to not use openzfs.
If I had to use openzfs for some reason, then I would. If I had a choice, I would factor in what I've learned about the maintainer's attitude to quality.
If he thinks Dependent is a synonym for Slave, then I hope he doesn't have any children.
If the chosen word is truly a better technical choice then fair enough, but he hasn't given that as a reason, so I must assume that he has decided to obscure the meaning of the relationship.
I don't use OpenZFS and nor will I as I can't trust that the maintainer has the right technical focus.
That rather depends on the circumstances.
Often the relationship between two things is better described by another term, and on a project I worked on in the distant past I successfully argued in favour of changing 'Master/Slave ' to a more technically meaningful term - one which better described the relationship between two systems.
But there may be cases where the technical relationship between two things is indeed best described using the 'Master/Slave' metaphor, and I wouldn't argue to change it to something less accurate.
I totally agree with your observations. The difference in user experience just when running the thing is dramatically worse with Windows 10.
In addition: before its imposition on the public, I used Solitaire as a comparison between Windows 10 and Vista. On the same machine I found that Solitaire used very little CPU under Vista (and nothing when idle), and 30%-40% CPU under WIndows 10 (even when idle with no input from me).
Call me old-fashioned, but I didn't find the performance hit was a very encouraging feature of Windows 10.
I have to admit that the UK's solution does reflect the typical desire of British governments to treat the general population as peasants to be controlled, but to say that the app asks for location is overstating it a bit.
It asks for the first part of your postcode when you install it - so in my case it would know where I normally reside to within around 20 miles (even assuming I gave it the right info) and know nothing about where I actually am or what I am doing.
Particularly for people who aren't technically aware enough to set up an old wireless router in bridging mode to hang off the phone's WiFi hotspot. Otherwise, the only thing that's possibly novel to me is the ability to hook up to ethernet from the phone's usb port. On that latter point, I could do that with an old shitty tablet that didn't have the power to do much, but it could connect to a usb ethernet adapter, something not all more modern devices can do.
I commented the other day on a Reg article, to say how impressed I was with the client on Linux. Perhaps I should have paid more attention to the 'Login with Facebook / Google' options.
It seemed a decent alternative to using Facebook Messenger for family gatherings, but from this article and from my own attempts to find out how to opt out from data selling, I conclude that it is a worse option than using Facebook.
It seems to be another example of the ad industry or their facilitators buying directly into technology (eg system1 and Startpage) in order to suck our data blood.
zoom worked quite well for my wife and son last night, so I thought I'd download and install the client, assuming they supported linux, of course.
Normally I'm used to seeing words to the effect of "Linux? Fuck off mate". It was a pleasant surprise to find that the response was more like "Linux? Certainly sir, which flavour would you like?"
Made a nice change.
My food shopping is usually on a 'just-in-time' basis, which is fine until we have a few mm of snow and the shelves clear of milk and bread.
So weeks ago I decided to increase our current stock of such essentials to give us at least 3 days cover.
My point is that, apart from the strange compulsion to panic over bog-rolls, a significant increase in food buying might just be many people realising the same as me - JIT assumes an unaffected supply chain.
I think El Reg has done good job of sticking to the facts as they are presented without descending to the depths of true Red-Top journalism.
For my part, I found it informative about how Microsoft and Google have similar cloudy roles but are not so paranoid about eachother that a couple couldn't each be working for the other's 'enemy'.
I help out at a charity for a couple of hours of week. They have no tech support staff, and if they happen to need a new PC, I'm the one who has to set it up for them. I daren't risk fiddling too much with what has been delivered because I wouldn't be able to do a reliable enough job of tailoring the build in the short time available.
So, I settle for making sure that Windows 10 violates their privacy as little as possible and leave the Dell bloatware as is.
My ideal would be to save them money and dual-boot their old Windows boxes with Mint - so that they can keep their Word and Excel on the original OS and use Mint for anything else (including internet use) - but the culture shock would be too great.
I hated it when it came out and stuck with XP until 7 appeared. I do have cause to use it now, in a place where I volunteer and, strangely, find it reasonably OK for my purposes.
Vista did provide a positive benefit in that its demands caused a jump in PC capability, particularly to dual-core processors. So now there are a lot of PCs out which will provide a cheap home for Linux Mint.
I wasn't too happy with [1..3], though I am perhaps unusual in that I thought Jar Jar Binks was OK.
7 and 8 didn't do much for me, they seemed to be a bit disconnected from the original saga and I've pretty much forgotten what happened in them apart from the characters they introduced.
I was impressed with Rogue 1 which I belatedly watched on telly yesterday.
Today I was dragged along by my son to watch the final film in the saga and was pleasantly surprised.
For me it had a lot of what I found good in Rogue 1 and it did a good job of wrapping up the overall saga.
I'm sure I'll wake up tomorrow and think of a few plot holes that flew by me, but at the moment I'm happy with the finale.
Not really, I think. What these results seem to show is that the algorithms are at a very draft stage of development in that they only work well with a subset of the population, and are therefore useless for any meaningful work.
Of course, if they are actively used in ways that directly affect the population then their use is indeed racist or sexist, as appropriate.
I wonder if they are equally bad at recognizing faces across the range of ages that exist - are they also ageist?
In my working life I've at different times been seen as a brainbox, a nerd and in some people's eyes, a guru. But I would really have liked to be a boffin.
These words can be used in a disparaging way, but they are a pretty feeble weapon for the bully - especially as their use just emphasises the bully's own sense of inadequacy.
So now we've reached a stage of enlightenment where even 'Nerd' is seen as a positive descriptor, and what happens? Some academic comes up with a paper to tell us that it is all so very very wrong and we should stop using the terms.
I beg to differ. I think we should formalise the use of these terms as proper roles. Every successful development at some time needs nerds, brainboxes, gurus and boffins, so why not celebrate the marvellous diversity of human brains and give us the designations and remuneration to go with it?
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