* Posts by stiine

1823 publicly visible posts • joined 9 May 2018

Cutting kids off from the dark web – the solution can only ever be social

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Holmes

Re: Say what?

Remember, the shitty kids of shitty parents already have shitty kids of their own. Its too late.

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Mushroom

Re: No Angels

Why? Dont' those miscreants know that if enough of them band together that can defeat the police, hands down?

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Re: Forbidden fruit

Its easier than that. They just have to use the free wifi in the local constabulary. Or use Microsoft Bing.

JetBrains' unremovable AI assistant meets irresistible outcry

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They haven't done that very well since whatshername left.

Cory Doctorow has a plan to wipe away the enshittification of tech

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Re: Bog Zech?????

All telephone sanitisers, please stand up.

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Re: Bog Zech?????

They run on fuc*ing rails. A good railroad engineer only needs to be able to see around corners, and know when to brake. That job should have been automated into oblivion decades ago.

FBI recruits Amazon Rekognition AI to hunt down 'nudity, weapons, explosives'

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Coat

Re: Naked Terrorism!

You've seen me naked, eh?

Standards-obsessed boss ignored one, and suffered all night for his sin

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Re: EMC Symmetrix

Not if you pull the full row of tiles and braces at the opposite wall...

We put salt in our tea so you don't have to

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The first thing that came to mind was, of course, the Sirius Cybernetics Company, soon followed by the realisation that you've just taken over Mr. Haines' desk. I do now expect more articles like this one, but preferrably slightly more flippant.

BOFH: Looks like you're writing an email. Fancy telling your colleague to #$%^ off?

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Are you in Georgia, how well does it clean the machinery?

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Re: cleaning alcohol

Complicated and important details which typically aren't...

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Re: Life imitating art

Pity...

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Re: Another one bites the dust

Its been theirs since 1937.

Musk lashes out at Biden administration over rural broadband

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Re: Let's go Brandon.

You should ask Comcast (or your local power provider) how much it will cost to connect to a home that is 10 miles from the nearest service. FYI, they charge by the foot, and they charge a lot.

David Mills, the internet's Father Time, dies at 85

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Re: Job Description

Particularly the one that says 'work miracles'... sometimes that helps a lot.

YouTube video lag wrongly blamed on its ad-blocking animus

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Unhappy

Lucky you.

My current Firefox installation hangs after 3-4 days of use. I don't have more than a dozen tabs at a time (I currently have two) and that won't make a difference. In a day or two, I'll have to open task manager and kill firefox again.

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Mushroom

Re: I can smell something... smells a lot like bullshit

Those of us without your GPS location and a handy ICBM. And no, I don't care if everyone within 10 miles of you ceases to be at the same time as you.

Researchers confirm what we already knew: Google results really are getting worse

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Re: The only real test for AI

I wish.

Last week, my better half and I were discussing purchasing something and I ran a google search for the item (whatever it was) and the first page of results were all for the same domain, but several different websites. The problem was that they were all https://$RandomEnglishWord.wasedfrnplokmjinhubji.com/$TheSameRandomEnglishWord and the text blurb was a damn word salad. And they were behind CloudFlare.

Google should start ignoring domains, not by domain name, but by network addresses. Start with /24 and see if that helps. If it doesn't; up it to a /20. If enough collatterally damaged companies complain.

Thousands of Juniper Networks devices vulnerable to critical RCE bug

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FAIL

Re: Misdirection On El Reg?

You neglected to list the other 139 countries security headquarters.

Disease X fever infects Davos: WEF to plan response to whatever big pandemic is next

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Mushroom

Re: I'm all for extensive research

We should wait until day 2 of the conference...

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Re: Obligatory masks when coughing

No, no they don't. In fact, prior to March 2019, there was an FAQ on the US NIH.gov website that discussed the effects of N95 masks on the transmission of viruses, and, to put it mildly, there was no measurable impact. I'd love to be able to provide you with a URL, but that article no longer exists.

If the MMR and polio vaccines were as useless as the covid-19 vaccine, the earth's population would be around 95000, and I wouldn't be one of them...

RIP: Software design pioneer and Pascal creator Niklaus Wirth

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Life's no longer Wirth living...

As lawmakers mull outlawing poor security, what can they really do to tackle online gangs?

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Re: "Another approach is to outlaw poor security practices"

You're naive. There's always going to be someone* who's going to break the rules for a profit.

* - and they're never alone.

Programmable or 'purpose-bound' money is coming, probably as a feature in central bank digital currencies

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Well that's one way to do it.

WIll I have to fly to Reno, Nevada and then drive out of the city to get brothel-bucks, or will I be able to get brothel-bucks in Atlanta before I travel to Nevada? Where will I be able to use any that I don't spend in rural Nevada? Will this make prostitution legal across the US If not, why not?

We need that Paris icon back.

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Re: Whilst it has a lot of drawbacks...

It also makes checkout at the grocery store take much longer because the benefits recipients have to separate their EBT goods from their non-EBT goods. They have to be paid for separately, which makes no goddamn sense.

How the tech toy century has troubled Santa's sack

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Holmes

Re: I got my TRS-80 Model I 44 years ago today

A write-maybe oh-please-read-this-time tape...

We had an Altair...

BOFH: The Christmas party was so good, an independent inquiry is required

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Re: Non-drinking

Blackmail? No. I used to rely on those videos because I blacked out but still want to see how much fun I had at the party.

If people aren't walking past me while asking "Is he dead?" then it hasn't been a good party.

Something nasty injected login-stealing JavaScript into 50K online banking sessions

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Re: This did steal 2FA

Well, yes, they actually depend on accurate time data.

UK officials caught napping ahead of 2G and 3G doomsday

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Re: Lychford Road

Don't feel special. The city I lived in in 1979 repaved a main 4-lane road and less than a month after that project was completed, they dug it up to replace the storm drain pipe down the middle of the southbound lanes... Yes, both projects were in the budget for that year, and both were on the DoT schedule and NO ONE questioned why they would repave the road just to dig it up again...

As for the smartmeters, do you think they'll replace the entire meters? Or just the electronics package?

PLACEHOLDER ONLY Someone please write witty headline here

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Re: impossible errors Avoid

Been there. Done that.

That's when you have to get hardware support in to check the physical machine(s) because something's probably loose.

Internet's deep-level architects slam US, UK, Europe for pushing device-side scanning

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Re: Workarounds?

What you've overlooked is that it will likely be written into the baseband code and therefore it will be impossible to have a device that can both connect to the telco networks and also be secure*.

* - for any given definition of secure.

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Re: So This is considered "Safe"

"...such as one of the various criminal groups."

You're a fucking optimist if you think its only going to be 'one' of the various criminal groups.

To BCC or not to BCC – that is the question data watchdog wants answered

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Re: Carbon...

Sorry, they've already banned chlorofluorocarbons...

You don't get what you don't pay for, but nobody is paid enough to be abused

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Re: azidoazide azide

SciShow did an episode about chemicals like that one here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckSoDW2-wrc

FCC really, truly won't give SpaceX nearly a billion bucks for Starlink rural broadband

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Re: So, Mrs Rosenworcel is cleaning up Pai's mess

So you're happy for Comcast and Charter splitting that fund down the middle? You're one hell of a masochist.

Systemd 255 is here with improved UKI support

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Re: QR Codes are not the answer to anything

I'd reply, but I think Elon said it best. Just imagine you're Disney.

Another day, another delay to first Vulcan Centaur launch

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delay....

Set to DELAY their first launches.

And the winner of the horrible Microsoft Paint sweater is ...

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Re: All I can say is

Already have one?

YouTuber who crashed plane for sponsorship dollars earns 6 months behind bars

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Re: A better sentence

He'll probably piss of another prisoner and get shivved. I won't shed a tear if that happens.

40 years of Turbo Pascal, the coding dinosaur that revolutionized IDEs

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Re: University 1987

No, no it wasn't. Although, I could write it in the CS department's main lab on their VAX 11/780 connected VT102's, or on a 286 in one of the computer labs, or from my office, on the DPS-90 downstairs. Being a system admin on the DPS-90 meant that I had a private modem line into the university computing center so I could use my Wyse50 on the table next to my swimming pool at home, along with a bottle of Bacardi, to complete my assignments.

God! To be 18 again...

Third-party data breach affecting Canadian government could involve data from 1999

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Joke

Re: Copied not stolen

The Thomas Crown Affair, 'eh?

Why have just one firewall when you can fire all the walls?

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documentation

"Charles noted that the documentation was not exactly helpful: "Basically it was a list of the available variables and functions without any explanations or examples.""

Recent documentation is only an aide-mémoire and its been this way since the late 1990s.

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Re: As soon as...

What a recent development.

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That one still bites me.

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I would guess it was written in shoe leather and time.

SpaceX celebrates Starship launch as a success – even with the explosion

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Falcon 1 almost broke SpaceX. Falcon 9 continues to set launch, landing, and reuse records.

What's really going on with Chrome's June crackdown on extensions – and why your ad blocker may or may not work

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Re: Time to unleash AI on adverts?

There are already add-ons for that, at least for Firefox.

I'll occasionally hear the first part of a word,or ad theme music, before the add-on mutes the tab..

Control Altman delete: OpenAI fires CEO, chairman quits

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Pint

I only clicked on the article because of the sub-heading

I'm glad your smartass is writing them again.

YouTube cares less for your privacy than its revenues

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Re: Cognitive dissonance

I think the material you're looking for here is brickbats.

Child psychiatrist jailed after making pornographic AI deep-fakes of kids

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Microsoft and the Library of Congress (in the US) have all of that stuff, along with the FBI, NSA, and most NGOs in the CSAM space...