* Posts by _LC_

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Woman dies after hospital is unable to treat her during crippling ransomware infection, cops launch probe

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Re: RE hospital IT

Then you switch. There are hardware switches for that. You got your "Internet system" and the internal net. If you want to move stuff from one to the other, there needs to be a defined path, otherwise you'll end up with the above problematic again.

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Re: Citrix VPN

*Errm, no*. Your "reasoning" (is there any) seems to be, though.

Citrix is a known "back-door vendor". The idea of being able to “lock out all the bad stuff from the Internet and only let the good stuff through” is heinous. Putting another patch on top of it is not going to solve the problem. It has always failed. It will keep failing.

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Re: RE hospital IT

… and they need those systems connected to the Internet, so they can watch porn on them?

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CAT scan has no business being connected to the Internet. You can have a WELL-DEFINED READ-ONLY mount to that machine, but no more. Updates can be performed by dropping SUFFICIENTLY SIGNED packages to a folder, to which the machine has only a well-defined read-only mount...

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Re: Analogous to “Because I saw you tie your shoe laces, I ran over that kid”.

Oh boy. The turds keep on coming...

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Analogous to “Because I saw you tie your shoe laces, I ran over that kid”.

Take away his shoes, everyone!

Experts (the real ones) have been complaining for decades that running Windows machines in hospitals, connected to the Internet, is a recipe for disaster. We kept saying that people are going to die due to this STUPIDITY. We got brushed off.

Then, when it happens, they just reassign the blame; (sponsored) media helps them in doing so and thereby keeping this turd afloat.

Where China leads, Iran follows: US warns of 'contract' hackers exploiting Citrix, Pulse Secure and F5 VPNs

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>> The Iranians are said to make “significant” use of ngrok... <<

Says who? Have they been caught lying before - MAYBE?!?

As if you needed another reason not to use Visual Studio, C++ extension for Visual Studio Code is live

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Re: Eclipse needs to go away now

I used to think this way as well. Then I tried CLion on more complex code and chose to abandon it. It becomes PAINFULLY slow. Almost all the “convenience functions” (like refactoring) do NOT work in more complex scenarios. The only thing that works reliably, is what is being provided by the CLANG back-end and thus is to be found in QtCreator, KDevelop and others as well.

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Re: I dunno

KDevelop keeps looking better by the day as well. On the plus side, they offer AppImage downloads (single file that includes all dependencies and runs everywhere - great for testing it).

Singapore to pay its citizens to wear Apple Watches

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Dystopian (nt)

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China, Russia and Iran all attacking US elections and using some nasty new tactics, says Microsoft

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Harmony-OS

It's coming and they know so. This will, eventually, wipe MS from Asia.

Classy move: C++ 20 wins final approval in ISO technical ballot, formal publication expected by end of year

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Re: C++ seems to generate a lot of hate among the people who failed to lean it properly

"learn" that is, because I know they will jump on typos like those. :-(

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C++ seems to generate a lot of hate among the people who failed to lean it properly

Whenever there is something new to be reported about C++ the forums are full of incompetent hate posts.

This reminds me a lot of people, who cannot swim talking to me about the dangers of water bodies...

The Honor MagicBook Pro looks nice, runs like a dream, and isn't too expensive either. What more could you want?

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"What more could you want?"

A touch-screen. If you ever had one, you won't buy another without. Your fingers are always only a few inches away from the screen. Clicking a button is 10x faster than using the touch-pad. It's not only great for presentations.

What price security? Well, for the US ban on Huawei/ZTE kit it's around $1.8bn, and you're going to pay most of it

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Re: Evidence? Anywhere?

"Or is this just another example of American corporate warfare being carried out by their bought-and-paid-for puppets in government?"

Your forgot their most important assets: "their bought-and-paid-for puppets" in the media.

C++ still rules the Chromium roost though Rust has caught our eye, say browser devs

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Re: Rust, Rust, Rust

> Use after free and type confusion are much more common, and very much a C++ problem.

No. Only if you program "the C way".

That's what objects are there for.

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> Use after free

Not a "smart pointer" then, is it? I.e., you are not using an object when doing this.

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> type confusion

In C++?!? I have the eventual static_cast to turn off warnings. Without that, it spits them all in your face.

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> Rust simply says “no” and refuses to build

No, it doesn't. It lets you use the "unsafe". Besides, idiotic programmers also make idiotical logic errors. Parsing being one area I could point to.

The idea that you can have a language, which makes bad programmers write good/safe programs is simply absurd. This "marketing gag" has been pushed before. We had our laughs. Time to move on...

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Rust, Rust, Rust

The problems almost entirely arise from “C style programming”. Rust can replace C. Using Rust to replace C++ is idiotic, though. You can make things a lot safer just by making them access things “the C++ way”, i.e., use “.at()” or define the “operator[]” as the safe “.at()” member, etc. pp. This requires A LOT less effort than redoing everything in Rust. Besides, said C programmers would use the "unsafe" in Rust.

It's always C memory handling, C array access and C functions (memcpy, null-terminated strings) that cause the trouble. C++ has the solution. You can enforce it, if you really want to.

US senators: WikiLeaks 'likely knew it was assisting Russian intelligence influence effort' in 2016 Dem email leak

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Wow, US goons bombed this forum as usual

Hard to spot all the turds, when it's one big pile of...

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https://www.google.com/search?fg=1&q=russia-gate+fbi+falsified+e-mails

FBI manipulated emails and omitted important information to get "Russia-gate" started.

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And now the goons are trying really hard to spin it around again. :-P

NHS tests COVID-19 contact-tracing app that may actually work properly – EU neighbors lent a helping hand

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Re: An Englishman, an Irishman and a German

When you get down-voted for telling ugly truths:

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https://amp2.handelsblatt.com/technik/it-internet/widerspruechliche-hinweise-neues-update-der-corona-warn-app-verwirrt-android-nutzer/26087256.html

"A recent update of the app prompts users to avoid contact with their family - even if no risk has been identified. Only Android users are affected."

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https://www.nzz.ch/schweiz/swisscovid-app-meldungen-von-corona-faellen-kommen-oft-zu-spaet-ld.1569474?reduced=true

"Hundreds of thousands of people use the Corona-App of the federal government and thus contribute to contact tracing. But only a small proportion of new infections are reported in the app - and when an infection is reported, it is sometimes weeks in the past."

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... and those are only the latest defects. Prior problems included "silently not working at all". You get the idea.

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Re: Added bells and whistles

... or the yellow stars.

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Re: An Englishman, an Irishman and a German

"Germans engineered it"

No, they threw A LOT of money at "the usual companies" (a.k.a. corruption) for something that barely works and nobody uses.

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Re: More useful

I got it from my father (80+). He infected my mother and brother as well. Hence, this is a rather obvious case.

My father spent a few weeks before getting rid of it, as he is very indisciplined. This is normal for him, though. For the rest of us, it was rather harmless and over quickly.

Are you always such a cunt?

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Re: More useful

Stop spreading that bullshit. There were some idiots spreading the news that the immunity would go away quickly, because the antibodies disappeared after a few months. This is normal. Antibodies disappear after a while. This is called "T-cell immunity". There has been a recent study in Germany showing that over 80% of the population had some sort of immunity (there are others) against Covid-19. The T-cell immunity typically lasts a few years, often decades. It is better than vaccination (proven in tests), as the Virus keeps mutating.

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Re: More useful

I had Covid-19 in January. It was rather harmless. Therefore, I'm immune.

Yet, people love to force all kinds of shit onto me for no apparent reason other than bulldozing me into falling in line...

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Re: More useful

That's been forbidden.

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Can we have an app that detects people in your vicinity running this app?

I would like to keep my distance from them. I think such an app could be much more popular and both could be really useful when employed together.

This NSA, FBI security advisory has four words you never want to see together: Fancy Bear Linux rootkit

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That's what the "string" command looks like when compiled for Windows. ;-)

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Re: Daft story

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ZX Spectrum reboot promising – steady now – 28MHz of sizzling Speccy speed now boasts improved Wi-Fi

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ZX Spectrum - best keyboard ever! (nt)

*lol*

What happens when holes perfect for spyware are found in the engine room of millions of Qualcomm-based phones? Let's find out

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Re: When looking for a new SmartPhone ...

I wouldn't worry too much. Huawei is already selling SmartPhones with MediaTek chipsets. The percentage of those has been rapidly increasing.

On the downside, the processors are slightly less performant. This is hardly an issue to most people, though, considering that they are more than fast enough for everyday's work.

On the upside, Huawei's MediaTek phones offer more for the money. Whereas Huawei has been restricting 4k video to its high-end line and cutting away the SD-slots, MediaTek offers it all. ;-)

Their new Chip is called "Dimensity 1000+" and it doesn't have to hide:

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Snapdragon-865-vs-Dimensity-1000-Qualcomm-s-chip-heads-AnTuTu-s-Android-SoC-performance-chart-but-MediaTek-shows-it-can-compete-with-the-best.484475.0.html

"Snapdragon 865 vs Dimensity 1000+: Qualcomm's chip heads AnTuTu's Android SoC performance chart but MediaTek shows it can compete with the best"

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https://www.notebookcheck.net/MediaTek-s-latest-Dimensity-1000-chip-nets-a-score-of-530-000-on-AnTuTu.465344.0.html

"MediaTek's latest Dimensity 1000+ chip nets a score of 530,000 on AnTuTu"

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… and it's packed with everything you can think of – which is very typical for MediaTek:

https://www.mediatek.com/products/smartphones/dimensity-1000-series

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That said, I'm confident that chip-production will be picked up by a (homeland) Chinese company, eventually. They are making huge steps ahead and, as seen with Huawei, they may surpass their counterparts in little time...

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Re: If only...

You can install the Playstore. There are instructions on how to do that out there. Huawei is not allowed to ship them with the Playstore installed. That's all.

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Re: When looking for a new SmartPhone ...

Not really, as they are not running Android. This would be another infrastructure. Where on Android you get most stuff free, you will find that Apple makes you pay. Where on Android the restrictions are annoying and often enough counterproductive - with Apple you get the whole corset, thumb screws included.

Also, Apple's “security” is more of a religious thing. Check out the last BlackHat conventions. They mostly had a laugh at Apple.

Advertisement != truth

Apple computers and phones have never been secure by any means, despite all the efforts to make them appear(!) that way. ;-)

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When looking for a new SmartPhone ...

When looking for a new SmartPhone or Tablet, the first thing I do is tick everything BUT Snapdragon under CHIPSET:

https://www.gsmarena.com/search.php3?

Qualcomm has long been known for being a nightmare of bugs/backdoors that always lead to full root exploit. Anybody controlling the network (you can buy a “network simulator” for < $200 these days) can drop in via the “bugs” in their driver BLOBs.

As Exynos is dead (with Samsung switching over to Qualcomm), this only leaves Helio (MediaTek) and Kirin (Huawei). Oddly, you also get a better product for your money this way. ;-)

Rejoice! China's smartphone market drops 10% as 5G purchases surge

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Re: Well, good on them

> You are aware of the suspected long term health effects of COVID19?

We are 8 months in – and they are none (goes for all four of us).

Besides, all of those stories have already been written decades ago about the influenza. It too does damage your lungs. It can create thrombosis, too. It can infect organs (including the heart), too.

When you have millions of people getting it, you will always find a few with the most gruesome outcomes. If you put the focus on them and pretend that this is what everybody is facing, then you are misleading a lot of people and are likely causing much more damage than this virus ever could.

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Re: Well, good on them

Removed bit by memory:

My father (>80 years of age) had Covid-19 in early January. He passed it on to my mother, my brother and me, of course.

If I had to choose between influenza and Covid-19, I'd pick the latter every time. No snot, no much of anything. All I had, was a sore throat and a mild fewer for two or three days. It was the same for my mother and brother. As my father is VERY indisciplined, it took him a few weeks to get over it. Still, the influenza is usually worse on him – taking about the same amount of time, but adding all the greenish-yellow stuff on top of it.

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Re: Well, good on them

The information that I had Covid-19 in early January and that the rest of my family (including my >80 year old father) did so as well ...

HAS BEEN SILENTLY REMOVED

Boy, you are WORSE than China.

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Re: Well, good on them

After swine and bird flu, there is an obvious goal here. In the USA as well as in other countries, the redistribution from bottom to top is obvious. The banks would have collapsed again. Could they have justified the allocation of taxpayers' money this time? Probably not. Covid-19 saves the day. Volkswagen has, since their (ongoing) scandal, only brought out success stories. The only way to do this is by selling cars to companies at a low price. This only works until this segment is saturated, then what follows is a deep hole. And now? Oh miracles! VW gets tax money again - because of Covid-19...

This is one of the cities in Germany that has been hit hardest by Covid-19. Almost three-quarters of the elderly people died in a nearby nursing home. Covid-19, of course! The relatives have contacted the public prosecutor's office and the nursing staff has been piercing information to the press. According to this, the nursing and cleaning staff from Eastern Europe left in a flash after the upcoming border closures became public. People have been dying in their own shit. The corridors were full of excrement and vomit. However, since a lot of money is made with this and the "string-pullers" are big dogs, they will probably stay with Covid-19 as the guilty party. This is all much easier and more profitable than the truth. It was similar in Italy (Bergamo) and what happens in the USA can admired here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIDsKdeFOmQ

Editor, you now have to pull your article from rotation. ;-)

When it comes to hacking societies, Russia remains the master at sowing discord and disinformation online

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Can we have more...

Can we have more on Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny, please?

IDE like an update, please: JetBrains freshens IntelliJ, adds improved GitHub integration, Java support

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Re: This is so excruciatingly slow...

Refactoring doesn't imply bad code. There are many reasons for refactoring.

Think of the current wave, which struck not only Linux: “Master/Slave abolishment”, “Black-/Whitelist” renaming, etc. pp. In this case it's only simple renaming, but this can already add up to work without the proper tools. ;-)

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This is so excruciatingly slow...

I've tested both this and CLion (C++) thoroughly. My system isn't slow. Yet, I felt like I had been transported back in time. The IDEs are so distressingly slow that it's hard to cope with them.

JetBrains advertises its features and the IDEs are truly packed with them. They show you nice little videos with examples of refactoring and all. In the videos everything works, as the examples are simple. In reality, things go wrong eventually. CLion can't really refactor anything out of the real world, except for renaming things – which is handled by the Clang library and thus is available everywhere (KDevelop, QtCreator, ...)!

I found that the major problem of this is that you spend about the same amount of time refactoring things, as you would with an advanced editor using search&replace. It's so unreliable that you have to check everything and – often enough – fix a lot of crap. This renders it mostly useless.

You will find that many of their “convenience functionality” is so bogus that the trade-off costs you more than doing things the traditional way.

I'm not criticizing functionality. When it works, it's super! However, whenever its unreliable – it becomes useless. Oh – and the speed or rather “the lack of it”... It lets you wait for all those convenience things; for ages!

I ended up dumping all JetBrain products and I won't go back, no matter how shiny their new advertisements. :-(

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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Re: This is a typical method of the secret services

The last time this "quick shot" method did not only produce huge profits, but also ruined a lot of lives. In the end, most of those – very expensive – vaccines ended up being burned.

“Accidentally”, the personnel (and companies) involved in the last scandal are the ones pushing ahead the new one.

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This is a typical method of the secret services

If something is obviously wrong or problematic (untested [takes 8-12 years] vaccine, which alters genome), they provide their own critics. They drag all well-founded criticism in the mud by adding absolutely ridiculous theses.

It's like protesting against female circumcision, and then there's someone standing next to you who screams the loudest while jerking off. That's when you know that they want you to leave it alone.

'It's really hard to find maintainers...' Linus Torvalds ponders the future of Linux

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Re: Another problem of a monolithic monster kernel

Really?

Back-porting patches to changed interfaces is quite a bitch. I gave up on it, as it did eat up too much time. ;-|

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Re: Another problem of a monolithic monster kernel

They are complaining about decreasing/lack of man-power. On the other side, they are binding man-power in maintaining various longterm kernels in order to somehow counter the atrocities of having a monolithic kernel.

Doesn't that smell funny to you?

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Re: Another problem of a monolithic monster kernel

Given today's CPU architectures (multi-core) this can even be beneficial, as you don't need a context switch (another thread can pick it up right away).

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Re: Another problem of a monolithic monster kernel

But you need the whole calabash of sources around and then the interface changes once more and you're *ucked.

I went through that while building VMware patches. You always needed the fitting version, otherwise you'll get errors. Eventually I just gave up on VMware. In other words, you have to maintain it and check if it still works and build it anew with every new kernel release. That sucks and is the main reason for having so many IOT devices with ancient kernels (and tons of security issues) around.

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Another problem of a monolithic monster kernel

That's just another problem of the monolithic monster kernel.

Typically, people start small. They have to get used to the process. With Linux there is just a landslide of things you have to know before you can get started. Consequently, almost nobody ever manages to jump that hurdle... :-(

Singapore awards 5G licences – and winning carriers pick anyone but Huawei for nationwide network

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Re: Seen it all before

https://telecoms.com/504952/us-to-use-financial-incentives-to-muscle-huawei-out-of-brazil/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/for-huawei-the-5g-play-is-in-europe--and-the-us-is-pushing-hard-for-a-ban-there/2019/05/28/582a8ff6-78d4-11e9-b7ae-390de4259661_story.html

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Re: Seen it all before

Secret? When was the last time you opened your eyes?!?

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Re: Seen it all before

The New York Times! *lol*

How does the saying go again: "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice ..."

You might have been the victim of an overflow there. I suggest switching to 64-bit. ;-)

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