* Posts by NetBlackOps

365 posts • joined 11 Jun 2019


Tiananmen Square Tank Man vanishes from Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, other search engines – even in America

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Re: What's in a phrase?

We really need a Hidden Wiki that doesn't involve criminal activities.

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Re: What's in a phrase?

Taiwan used to hold the Chinese seat on the UN Security Council. Sadly, our politicians decided they wanted to invest in China (export manufacturing jobs due to reduced labor costs) and that was the end of that. Everything around and about China has involved stabs in the backs of the populace. This is going to end very ugly.

America to get world's 'most powerful' AI supercomputer to create the most detailed 3D map of the universe yet

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Re: Long after we are dead and buried.

My first language from back in 1970 and I don't expect it to ever die. The same can be said for COBOL.

Firefox to adopt Chrome's new approach to extensions – sans the part that threatens ad blockers

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Second Class Citizens

Interesting is Google's attitude with respect to enterprise users, they continue to get blocking, and personal use, they get restricted blocking, at best. Okay Google, frag off.

The Epic vs Apple trial is wrapping up, but the battle has just begun

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Re: Knock on effect

Nailed it, and I agree. Hopefully, if the ruling goes against Apple, then we will see the walled gardens for the game consoles get torn down as well. Not that I game at all, just a moderator on a gaming platform and I sympathize with the "owners" of these consoles.

We don't tolerate computers being this locked into a walled garden. It is, however, becoming readily apparent that many manufacturers put a ton of skull-sweat figuring out how to extract rents after you have already purchased the item. Intolerable and I will never purchase any device that is designed to function in this manner.

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Re: "Apple’s ironclad control of the iOS platform"

If Epic made $700 million, then Apple made $300 million, just on Fortnite alone. I really can't see in any way, shape or form that Apple has provided $300 million on marketing and providing a CDN.

Patch me if you can: Microsoft, Samsung, and Google win appeal over patent on remote updating

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The next higher court would be the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit which is notorious for letting any sort of patent to stand. That stands until the Supremes bitch-slap them. Again and again.

Snowden was right, rules human rights court as it declares UK spy laws broke ECHR

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Never Before

Never before in human history has an individual, or small group of such, been able to destroy wealth on such an unimaginable scale. Hacking, ransomware, explosives, even crashing airplanes into buildings. So, of course the state wishes to conduct dragnet surveillance! We, each and every one of is a potential threat to the existing order.

Conflicting messaging overshadows NHS Digital's attempts to inform public about patient data slurp

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Re: Confusion everywhere

As research at such fine places as MIT has proven, time and again, anonymization or psuedo-anonymization as the NHS is stating, when combined with other publicly available datasets is easy to reverse, so any guarantee is less than worthless. It's malicious..

Having spent decades in AI/ML and worked with these datasets on the left side of the pond, I fully expect that the results from the private companies aren't going to be effective. There's a whole branch of mathematics that need to be drawn on, which no researcher has used to date save myself, to come up with working models with better than .99 accuracy required in a medical context. Still, I'll be waiting with bated breath to see what garbage results they achieve. IBM, for one, has form here, not just Big Pharma.

Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on Windows 10X: OS designed for dual-screen PCs axed

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Re: Dual screen

No, I think Danny Boyd has the right of it in terms of engineering concept. Windows treats multiple displays as one extra wide display. Here rather than having the OS treat the twin screens as an extra wide screen, have the OS treat the two screens as one above the other for the UI. It's not that hard to have two or more touch-screens although I have no idea how Windows (probably barf) would react to each of them together. You'd have the on-screen keyboard always defaulting to the bottom screen. I'm just surprised that the lot at Microsoft are having to strain so hard here.

I'm beginning to think that there are some serious hard-coded choices in the UI software architecture inside Windows that are blocking what should be something rather easy to do if Window's internals weren't so brittle. I've never gone that deep in the UI as it's not something I need here. Brute force display defaults have always been good enough.

Apple sent my data to the FBI, says boss of controversial research paper trove Sci-Hub

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Quite a bit of the funding, as has been documented elsewhere, did incorporate funding from the US NIH, The French were also involved at one point. Likely others. It wasn't just PRC funding. Gain of Function (GoF) research is controversial, shut down in the US in 2015, but is still conducted in various parts of the world. Funding and where the research is conducted are often two different things.

NB: I've been off in the epidemiological world for a while and still keep track. That's where I've been doing quite a bit of AI/ML. First with MARSA.

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Re: What are those exceptions?

Without the datasets, duplication and incorporation into other research (meta-analysis) is usually impossible and as has already been pointed out in AI/ML, a hinderance to progress in the field. I've been in AI/ML for the last 45 years and it's maddening. As we progress further, other fields over the decades have found it a pain point as well.

Personally, if it's publicly funded research in any amount, it should be fully open and be damned to corporates. I've always shared all my data, despite nearly ever project being privately funded by myself. Then again, I'm off in the nonlinear/non-parametric section of the field where it seems pretty much no one has an interest.

Audacity's new management hits rewind on telemetry plans following community outrage

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Re: Telemetry

With nearly Windows Update, Microsoft tries to restore one or more aspects of the telemetry here and the multiple methods of monitoring in my system catches them red-handed. It's an actual war.

Penguin takeover: We tried running some GUI Linux apps on Windows the official way – and nothing exploded

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Far too many of my engineering tools are Windows only.

Easily distracted by too many apps, too many meetings, and too much asparagus

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Re: Mirrors and Zoom!

Mindbleach seems to be in much demand these days.

Sadly, the catastrophic impact with Apophis asteroid isn't going to happen in 2068

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Re: Those fears have been put to rest

Yep, we have new unknowns appearing on a regular basis.

Shedding the 'bleeding edge' label: If Fedora is only going to be for personal use, that doesn't work for Red Hat

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Re: s/Red Hat/IBM/g

The problem here is that the IBM of today isn't noted for forward thinking at all. Ages ago, I was trained by IBM system engineers as a young teenager. The mindset then and mindset now are 180 degrees apart. Management are in delusional universe.

Apple iPad torched this guy's home, lawsuit claims

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I am nervous each time I connect a device to charge. We need a safer battery technology. Rare, yes, for a fire to occur but still....

Report: Microsoft is thinking about splashing $10bn on Discord to slot it next to Skype, Mixer...

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Quite a few, and I mean a LOT of those Discords, don't respect copyright, licensing, or anything else IP related. You can kiss those Discords goodbye should MS purchase the platform.

Lord joins campaign urging UK government to reform ye olde Computer Misuse Act

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There will be no change as this is by intention. Badly written laws are useful for the State to use against persons of interest. RICO is the best example of the worst for persecuting anyone that the prosecutors desire.

Missile systems software dev leaker has sentence almost doubled after UK.gov says 4½ years was too soft

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Re: Plausible Deniability

Really, that doesn't make a difference at all as they can assert that such a hidden volume exists, whether that is true or not.

EFF urges Google to ground its FLoC: 'Pro-privacy' third-party cookie replacement not actually great for privacy

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That's precisely the problem with any approach that tags people with group identifiers and research conducted by MIT and other institutions prove time and again that it doesn't take much to reidentify people.

So Google and others that tink they can prevent this are living in a fantasy world, or more accurately projecting a narrative that the problem is solved when it's unsolvable.

Dynamic Data do-over denied: Judge upholds $7m patent infringement claim against Microsoft

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Likely due to who filed patents when, but without GrokLaw around, I don't know. I still deeply miss that site.

AMD's Lisa Su: Our processor sales are Ryzen faster than the PC market is growing

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Well, as a completely new AMD Ryzen owner, I'm totally happy. Much less cost for better performance than Intel and I never thought I'd type that. Well done!

Decade-old bug in Linux world's sudo can be abused by any logged-in user to gain root privileges

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Re: "has been hiding in plain sight for nearly 10 years"

Feed it to a fuzzer and find out!

I was targeted by North Korean 0-day hackers using a Visual Studio project, vuln hunter tells El Reg

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Re: Remember kids...

You have to restrict the build process to not incorporate DLL's that are part of the build process. As if that's going to happen.

North Korea infected infosec bods with backdoors via dodgy blog pages, Visual Studio files – Google

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Re: So much for the experts

You can lay money that they are testing all students, no matter what their background, extensively and especially for talent in maths. I certainly would if I were running a Hermit Kingdom.

The killing of CentOS Linux: 'The CentOS board doesn't get to decide what Red Hat engineering teams do'

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Re: Well, drat!

I know. It definitely excludes me. One of my personal accomplishments was building my own super-computer, which is is still humming along, back in 2011. A lot faster machines out there now, but I like it.

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Re: I don't get it....

Missing a point here when it comes to many of the use cases mentioned have a factor called reproducibility tied to them. Whether it's nuclear weapons simulations or anything to do with sciences and medicine, no updates are allowed either during or between runs of the software. That's why there's been a hard push for both code and the datasets, along with which updates were in place, for all research these days. Without it, you aren't doing science.

I have the same issue in AI/ML as with my engineering projects which is why I'm quite meticulous about my configurations. Stability and reproducibility are absolute. For this, Centos Stream is right out. [And yes, none of these machines are connected to anything except each other on an isolated network due to non-existent security patches.]

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Re: So...

I'd definitely call the wasted months in dev and test for CentOS 8 the real evil here. Very bad timing.

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Re: Cores?

Close given that CPU cores was a specific point mentioned for inclusion in the FAQ.

Tesla axes software engineer for allegedly pilfering secret Python scripts after just three days on the job

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Re: Ahummmm

No, every time I lug in a freshly formatted portable storage device, I have to tell Dropbox *not* to back up the device.

Google AI ethics co-boss locked out of work account while probing controversial ousting of colleague

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Re: Stop it, you're killing me!

I felt as if someone had tongue firmly in cheek for this whole article. Naw, El Reg wouldn't do that, would they?

You would expect a qualified electrician to wire a building to spec, right? Trust... but verify

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Re: You would expect a qualified electrician to wire a building to spec, right?

Multimeter and a tester for each socket type due to all the times I've found the wires reversed in the socket or the breaker box.

The API that will not die: Microsoft opens crypt to unleash Win32 on Rust

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Re: Promising

My lawn is littered with abandoned MS tech, as I was just brought up yesterday on Twitter about another piece of MS tech. Here's hoping it will achieve something.

Fedora's Chromium maintainer suggests switching to Firefox as Google yanks features in favour of Chrome

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Re: Do these changes in the API --

Opera has its own synching service. No idea on the rest but I don't "think" it'll be a problem. Google only gets spoken to in Edge, along with all the other advertising driven crap. Locked down Opera is my preferred browser platform.

Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'? Newbie gripe sparks some soul-searching among Debian community

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Re: Not for noobs

Unless you predate the Internet, I suggest you get off my lawn. I expect a bit of intelligence in my installers, which seems lacking here. Close, no cigar.

Microsoft Edge goes homomorphic: Nobody will see your credentials... but you'll need to sign in to use it

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Re: All your web viewing habits

Some do, some don't. That's why I have multiple browsers with tailored extensions covering different sites. A bit of effort, yes, but certain sites such as El Reg get a pass, while others get default hard lockdown.

UK Space ponders going nuclear with Rolls-Royce: Hopes are to slice the time it takes for space travel

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Re: Project Orion anybody???

Yeah, not exactly the brightest of ideas, even though it would work, that's certain, and it would definitely reduce the number of nukes kept around, which is another positive. For real world applications, I'd suggest something along the lines of a high temperature reactor with something like asteroid or lunar soil as the reaction mass. This isn't a new idea, Bob Heinlein proposed it in "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" for a lunar tug. That way you aren't having to deal with lifting mass from earth.

Another side thought is using captured orbital debris but that probably involve negative returns aside from clearing orbital space.

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Re: would rather

I follow the research in battery, nuclear and renewable energy technologies quite closely and it is not a lack of funds for research that is a problem. University and private labs are turning out new technology on a near daily basis, sometimes multiple research reports per day. It's trying to figure out which technologies have the best ROI in commercial use that's the problem. Tossing more money at it won't speed up progress, IMNSHO.

What's really fascinating is that there are cross-over projects between these technologies and other fields, heat transfer in chips for instance, that are working their way through the process as well. Bless the researchers as they are charging forward each and every day.

Last stop before MAUI: Xamarin Forms 5.0 released for cross-platform mobile, new features, new bugs

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Re: Another week, another version of another unwanted Microsoft framework...

alias amfm1?

Trump's gone quiet, Parler nuked, Twitter protest never happened: There's an eerie calm – but at what cost?

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AWS hosts many of the TOR nodes on which you can find services which host child porn, including child rape, illegal drugs, and even those purporting to enable you to hire hitmen. Given that, why does AWS still allow these nodes?

Linux developers get ready to wield the secateurs against elderly microprocessors

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Re: Bad metric ?

I've been segregating my older systems from the outside world since Meltdown/Specter popped up and where the fix was worse than the disease in terms of performance. Looking at this list, and the fact that I still have working systems on the list mentioned in the article, it's time to archive functional distributions for those machines.

Time to move on for Linux, yes, but keep an archived history around, too.

Microsoft is designing its own Arm-based data-center server, PC chips – report

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MS take a look at the Apple design

Memory and GPU on the same die, and anything you can reasonably stuff in there is worthy of your attention. Otherwise, not really worth R&D investment.

About $15m in advertising booked to appear on millions of smart TVs was never seen by anyone, says Oracle

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That's why I only use monitors. Any smarts is coming from one of my laptops or sticks.

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Re: Naughty step

Spending large amounts of cash to advertise their product or service means there is less money that goes into the product or service, which implies that the return to the consumer for their cash is less than a comparable product or service. Basically fancy way of saying paying a premium for the highly advertised.

A flurry of data warehouse activity surrounds Snowflake's staggering $120bn valuation

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The funny thing here is that the optimizations are all low hanging fruit to anyone in database engineering coding to new hardware.

CentOS project changes focus, no more rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux – you'll have to flow with the Stream

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Re: no

So,basically we're doing Windows Insider builds.

Rocky Linux is go: CentOS founder's new project aims to be 100% compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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Re: What's all the fuss?

"Hmm. First post. Is the failure to understand the one famously explained by Upton Sinclair?"

I'd say yes. Exactly.

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Re: What's all the fuss?

This. Precisely this.



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