* Posts by baud

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Pen Test Partners: Boeing 747s receive critical software updates over 3.5" floppy disks

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I'm pretty sure the Handbook of French Military Victories would be thick enough to clobber you on the head with it

You're testing them wrong: Whiteboard coding interviews are 'anti-women psychological stress examinations'

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Re: "writing code" v. solving a problem

> We concentrate vastly too much on the mechanical process of implementation (coding) and far too little on the analytical and synthetic processes of high quality problem solving

It depends on what type of position you're hiring for. For an entry-level programmer/intern, making sure the implementation ability is present is important. But even then the live witheboard coding is a wrong idea.

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I agree that live coding session (with people looking over your shoulder) seems like a counter-productive idea. But selecting people who can stay cool under pressure (with preparation) can be useful when you have those meetings where head honchos ask questions like 'what happened last week?' 'why won't the project be finished at this date?' 'Why do you need another server'...

Also copying Google's interview techniques is a bone-headed idea, as Google receive a lot of highly-qualified applications, so it can afford to reject 99% of applicants.

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

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Re: I wonder why?

Redhat is already on the big blue side, so not too far from the dark side

Bite me? It's 'byte', and that acronym is Binary Interface Transfer Code Handler

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No, it's not the same sound:

you can easily check on google translate



So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

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Re: "the concept of saving face"

Politics might be everything, but national-level politicians don't need to be brought in every discussion, especially those which weren't about them.

And the expression politics are everything is usually with politics in the sense of the struggle to allocate limited ressources to nearly-unlimited needs, not necessarily the cock wombles sitting at the top of the pyramid

'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans

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Re: It hasn't been able to kill lots of stuff

At least the new features in notepad are somewhat useful and don't degrade the existing functionalities

Frontier: Yes, yes, we've filed for bankruptcy protection, but that's not stopping us giving key staff $38m in bonuses

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Re: Numbers

Especially if the current job market isn't looking good.

Coronavirus masks are thwarting facial recognition systems. So, of course, people are building training sets from your lockdown-wear selfies

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Re: Google virtue signalling ... the prerogative of wealth, but it's an irrelevant posture

> Meanwhile, I'm pretty sure the petrochemical giants have their own supercomputers used to figure out where to poke holes next.

True. And there's a good proof of that in the Folding@Home leaderboards, with a Petrobras team in the top 50

Forget BYOD, this is BYOVM: Ransomware tries to evade antivirus by hiding in a virtual machine on infected systems

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As someone living in Western Europe, I'd like to have the speed you've described. Especially on the upload side of things.

Linux desktop org GNOME Foundation settles lawsuit with patent troll

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Re: And thank the Imaginary Sky Fairy...

I've never seen him at work, or even heard of any case he's worked on, so your theory could be true

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Re: And thank the Imaginary Sky Fairy...

> I'm sure *some* of them are lovely

I know one American lawyer who's a lovely chap, so they do exist

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable

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I got a school mate who's working now at SAP and he's got a business on the side where he sells extensions for excel/powerpoint… Maybe he got that idea while working on his day job

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain

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Re: Pasteur is turning over in his grave

Though some beer producers in France had to throw away their beer, because not all beer in France is Pasteurized

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: Varieties of rodent

Can't you just plug another mouse?

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

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Re: This is a failure of government

France is (as far as I know) still in the EU and the PPE situation was pretty bad, up until the start of May

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Re: hmm

or borgs on the edge

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borg still works rather well no?

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

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Re: No one?

From my reading, the Boeing 737 MAX was an hardware issue that was supposed to be covered by software but wasn't, so it's a little bit of both, no?

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Re: Experienced tester.

'Obviously somebody who'd never been told that no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy.'

Or at least he's never seen one of his plan die a fiery death at the hands of the users

Dumpster diving to revive a crashing NetWare server? It was acceptable in the '90s

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Re: I'm pretty certain I've heard this solution before ...

I was also thinking of this story, but I had forgotten on which website it was from.

Canada's .ca overlord rolls out free privacy-protecting DNS-over-HTTPS service for folks in Great White North

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Now it's six social media posts.

Facebook sort-of blocks anti-quarantine events – how many folks are actually behind these 'massive' protests online?

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Re: What will Trump do

I don't the idea that COVID-19 originated from a wet market with dubious sanitary condition from China is that much of a conspiracy theory

20 years deep into a '2-year' mission: How ESA keeps Cluster flying

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I found a few pics of Earth taken by the clusters satellites:



A picture of the separation, by the same camera:


It's really cool how the camera was re used well into the mission, years after the expected life span of the mission. Here's one beer to all the boffins who worked on this.

Ex-TalkTalk infosec exec's equal pay and unfair dismissal claims tossed out at tribunal

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Re: Hmmmm...

I wouldn't ask friend and family for legal advice (unless they're qualified), but maybe checking if they'd be able to support me (financially or not) during the trial.

Honor MagicBook 14: Nice keyboard and ports aplenty – but with a webcam forever fixed on all of your chins

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Personally, I think the Tomb Raider in question is the 2013 reboot, since it's alongside Civ 5 and not Civ 6.

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> Tomb Raider

Hey, I hope that any modern computer can run the port of a PS1 game that's 25 years old.

How to make a stranger's insecure 3D printer halt-and-catch-fire – plus more alerts from infosec world

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I'm disappointed the coalFire page didn't feature any picture of a test of the vulnerability on an actual 3d printer.

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Re: Security? We've heard of it.

Hey, at least your phone is still getting updates

April 2020 and – rest assured – your Windows PC can still be pwned by something so innocuous as an unruly font

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Re: An attacker could also embed an ActiveX control marked 'safe for initialization'

Right now, for us ActiveX gives us an easy way to communicate between the browser (if you can call IE a browser...) and an application installed on the client machine. We're currently doing this for Chrome (because telling potential clients "IE only" got old a few years ago) and it's a load of work.

Google Cloud's AI recog code 'biased' against black people – and more from ML land

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Re: why store data in the cloud?

At least the onus will still be on the user for this

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?

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Re: Good for data-less phone plans

Because mobile plan without cellular data are much cheaper? I mean my own plan didn't have any cellular data until the operator (Orange) added it for free a few years ago.

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'

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Re: I prefer the original

Last year I found a port of the original Doom to modern platform which was very enjoyable to play (and I can't have any nostalgia googles since I never played the original).

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle

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Re: Where on earth is that handle?

Looking at the picture on the site of the manufacturer (http://martin-baker.com/products/mk16-ejection-seat-for-rafale/), it seems it's the case for the rafale too.

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> underwent a quick medical exam from a doctor

Missing from the reg article is the fact that the doctor okayed the flight on the condition of no negative G, information which apparently wasn't communicated to the pilot.

Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all

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Re: Neither one thing nor t'other

Perhaps it depends on the outlook version, but when I open a meeting in outlook, I have a Join Teams Meeting button in the ribbon, at least it saves me the trouble of going trough the web page (yeah, the implementation of that link is stupid)

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

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No, the politicians sold the gates and outsourced the gatekeeping process to a telemarketing company in India

We're number two! Microsoft's Edge browser slips past Firefox in latest set of NetMarketShare figures

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Re: Why the decline of Firefox?

Also Google pushed a lot the Chrome installations by asking developer to bundle chrome with their installer, usually for software distributed for free. Google is sometime offering M$ to bundle their browser with the installer for widely-used software (like what happened with VLC). The option to install Chrome and make it the default browser is usually a small checkbox somewhere in the install process, so people less computer literate or who didn't paid attention will leave this on.

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection

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Re: Unions

Well, that's better. Great fucking job to all who answered. But I should have said I've never seen any case that's not in the past (as your good example reminded me); all I see (in my country) is union representatives doing fuck all and not getting fired or covering lazy arsehole because they're pals, slowing down our work, preventing WFH, blocking public transport, attacking managers and causing the closure of factories by raising such a shitstorm that any potential re-acquired ran away.

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Re: Unions

Well, I see a lot of downvotes, but not a lot of counter examples

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Re: Unions

> it's true that some unions are inefficient and/or corrupt

Some? I've never seen an Union doing something useful.

2020 MacBook Air teardown shows in graphic detail how butterfly keyboards were snipped for scissor switch

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Re: Stop insulting your readers

> undermines the Register’s credibility

The Reg has any kind credibility? That's new to me

PC owners borg into the most powerful computer the world has ever known – all in the search for coronavirus cure

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Thank you. I just installed it.

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Does Folding @Home generate a lot of network trafic? Before starting I'd prefer to be sure I won't impact the other users of the home network.

Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92

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Re: Salut et merci, Albert

Personally, as a French, I had no idea that Astérix was also big outside France, until a Polish re-used a joke from "Asterix and the Goths". I was like "what, you know about Astérix?" and the other was "duh, of course"

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> Historical figures

Also a certain number of characters (mostly romans) are caricatures of French and international public figures

Linus Torvalds ponders: Is Linux 5.6 going well because it's bug-free, or thanks to that other bug?

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Re: Where did that 'logo' come from

Well, calm and reason is in short supplies those days, so at least he's doing his part

Tech won't save you from lockdown disaster: How to manage family and free time while working from home

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was this a typo or just the logical result of 'Giving your child an iPad (or similar)' ?

Surge in home working highlights Microsoft licensing issue: If you are not on subscription, working remotely is a premium feature

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Re: The most simple way is not mentioned here?

We would have done that at work if we had enough laptop to go around, but it wasn't the case;

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I brought home my PC (not a laptop, a small tower) + screen + cables, (with autorisation from the boss). Then I can use a VPN to connect to the company network. Yeah, it was some kit to move around, but once set up, it's way better than what was proposed to those without a company-provided laptop: on your personal machine, install vmware player, use this Win10 image and connect to the VPN from the virtual machine; once on the VPN, you can connect remotely to your PC (since security doesn't want any connection to the VPN from personal machines)



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