* Posts by NetBlackOps

227 posts • joined 11 Jun 2019


Firefighters to UK Home Office: Yeah, maybe don't turn off emergency comms network before replacement is ready

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Re: Why use 2/3/4/5/6/x G at all?

All so some Minister, and PM of course, can crow when the spectrum is sold for x number of billions. Ignoring y number of billions wasted to get there.

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Re: Been saying it for a long while

Speaking as a field engineer, it's always something you hadn't planned for and if you had, the odds were wrong. Hundred year flood twice in 20 years wrong.

Australia to force Google and Facebook to pay for news and reveal algorithm changes before they whack web traffic

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Re: If you require them to tell you exactly what algorithm they use

I don't use search engines to find new content, especially Google's, as I spent too much time digging further down to find useful sources. I use links from useful sites or commentors on those sites. That works.

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Re: too right

The problem is, even when they do print, they can't seem to make money.

No Google Play, no problem: Huawei pinches global phone sales crown off Samsung

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Re: That's a security worry

And missed a ton of stories around malware apps in the Google Play Store.

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Re: @karlkarl - Yes but

Yes, I've gone to side-loading for both Google Android and Amazon tablets. I prefer giving to the developer rather than Megacorps that can't do their half of the contractual obligation; policing their stores.

If you own one of these 45 Netgear devices, replace it: Kit maker won't patch vulnerable gear despite live proof-of-concept code

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You'd be surprised what people activate, or perhaps not, thinking it's a good idea at the time.

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Re: The best router is ...

Serve The Home is running a series evaluating microboxen that you can find cheap as refurbs.

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Re: Re-branded WGR614 units

Surprised? Nope.

Infosec bod: I've found zero-day flaws in Tor's bridge relay defenses. Tor Project: Only the zero part is right

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Re: The problems continue

I seriously doubt that a small team of individuals, the TOR Project, with a small, even several million dollar budget, is going to do very well against a superpower, any of them, with a several billion dollars budget. Keep the expectations here real. Perhaps they could do a better job of addressing this individual's concerns better, although it reads as these are known issues and not at all easy to address. My comparison of difficulty looking closely is same difficulty as SPECTRE-class.

At historic Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google CEOs hearing, congressmen ramble, congresswomen home in on tech market abuse

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Re: Anyone remember the Baby Bells?

At its most basic, no matter how you bust it up, network effects will recreate the monopolies. What to do to prevent that, that is the question. Eternal vigilence, except when you do that, regulatory capture rears its ugly head. Really, you'd have to shut down the revolving doors, including Congress and the Executive, and good luck with that!

Qualcomm signs new IP licencing deal with Huawei despite US-China trade tensions

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With ARM China asserting its independence, all the phone components are now in place for the way forward, regardless of the U.S. policies. Still need to grow their app store. Just a tad.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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Re: The case of Windows 8

This is why I rather like 8.1U1 except I use WinStep Xtreme for the shell.

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Re: Windows 10 is not a bad OS

No double-standard here. I loathe those, and avoid as much as possible, here.

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Re: Quo vadis Microsoft?

Given Satya at the helm, DaaS is what they keep trying to nudge corporate/business towards, and it makes a modicum of sense. However, for anyone else, it's useless. Gamers, devs, power-users, ....

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Re: "Windows 10 succeeded in putting the company's desktop operating system back on track"

It's as if they we're trying to recreate the macOS/iOS interface while stoned. I guess the dock got left off when they needed munchies and they lost their short-term memory, from being stoned.

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I use O&O's Shutup10 to disable a lot of the thing like telemetry, automatic store installs and a lot of other gripes. It's free and well worth a look. Joined other regular post-install tools, such as my regular application set via Ninite, that prevent me becoming even more insane than I already am.

GRUB2, you're getting too bug for your boots: Config file buffer overflow is a boon for malware seeking to drill deeper into a system

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Re: Install your own boot loader

I think of it as yet another method to maintain residence in an already compromised system.

What goes up, Musk come down... and up and down and up and down: NASA details followup Dragon pod trips to orbiting station

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It may even be somewhat cheaper total BOM plus launch costs, and necessary additions, I honestly don't know. I do know we are getting additional seats and cargo versus Russian missions.

With the US election coming up, when better to petition regulators for a controversial way to chill online speech?

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Re: More obvious signs ...

I'm still for Cthulhu, why vote for the lesser evil. Last election it was the SMoD, but he failed me. Sigh.

Intel couldn't shrink to 7nm on time – but it was able to reduce one thing: Its chief engineer's employment

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Re: Ultimately, it all comes down to Quantum[tm]

And as recently shown, two different observers can observe different results. I love quantum physics. It's a weird as I am.

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"Kelleher previously oversaw Intel's manufacturing work, including the ramp up of its disastrous 10nm node." So, the person responsible for the 10nm disaster is in charge of 7nm and 5nm. Right.

Russia tested satellite-to-satellite shooter, say UK and USA

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Another option is nothing more than the terrestial equivalent of a surveillance drone, possibly with electronic intercept or countermeasure gear.

Microsoft tells AMD-powered Insiders they're unblocked in new Windows 10 Dev Channel build: 'Oh no we're not!'

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Re: Meanwhile....

Fixed it with clean install of 20H1 and installing dock drivers first, then rest of Dell software/drivers. Now off to play.

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20H1 got presented last night for my Dell Latitude notepad, it had been locked out since it's a Thunderbolt 3 machine, and once complete promptly stopped recognizing anything plugged into the Type-C/TB3 ports. Thinking whether waiting it out to make use of WSL-2 or reverting to 1909. Decisions, decisions.

Intel's 7nm is busted, chips delayed, may have to use rival foundries to get GPUs out for US govt exascale super

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Re: "They can't afford to outbid Apple".

It takes years to build and bring a new fab online, though.

Ubiquiti, go write on the board 100 times, 'I must validate input data before using it'... Update silently breaks IDS/IPS

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and, of late, your hands. Which isn't a bad reminder.

UK surveillance laws tightened up as most spying demands to be subject to warrants

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Re: "all was well in state surveillance land"

You forgot those damned paedos! It's all about the children.

Nominet shakes up system for expiring .uk domains, just happens to choose one that will make it £millions. Again

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Re: The various registrars aren't getting the message, are they?

You need to discuss that with Elon.

Only EU can help us, pleads Slack as it slings competition complaint against Microsoft Teams

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Re: "Slack threatened Microsoft's hold on business email"

I'm still waiting for an Outlook replacement that works similar to Outlook, probably better would be nice, and follows its damn manual. The other side, Exchange, is another issue, just not mine. I haven't used Excel in ages, but understand that desire.

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law

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Re: False and misleading

Not if you're a member of the SCA, in costume of course. I've never been bothered carrying a sword.

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Re: DMCA was and is a horribly written law

Yep, I've become well trained on propr timing of said stoppage. Hey, new internet game!

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Re: Don't Feel Bad...

Since the FBI and Secret Service joint digital task force are often on the case, they do have weapons.

UK formally abandons Europe’s Unified Patent Court, Germany plans to move forward nevertheless

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Majority do not, if you include all small boats, the world over as this ex-sailor has seen first-hand. Over the transom steering, motorized or no, is extremely common. Pretty interesting to see in practice how it changes some of the dynamics of steerage.

(And far more interesting than stale pro-/anti-Brexit arguments. Sorry, not sorry.)

India drops the bar on e-commerce seller's listings: You want to sell it? Tell us where it came from from then

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I wouldn't mind seeing those here in the US, especially the ratings part.

Seven 'no log' VPN providers accused of leaking – yup, you guessed it – 1.2TB of user logs onto the internet

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Re: So, recommendations?

They're the only one to prove in court that, at those times (of course), they don't keep logs. Which is why I've stayed with them. I certainly would never trust a free provider. I'd add ProtonVPN as a best alternative given their track record and domicile.

Imagine surviving WW3, rebuilding computers, opening up GitHub's underground vault just to relive JavaScript

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Re: Post apocalyptic visions of what?

Recent undersea archeology tells a different story as 'something' happened at the end of the Lesser Dryas to wipe out civilization(s) by a several hundred foot rise in the sea level.

Finally done with all those Patch Tuesday updates? Think again! Here's 33 Cisco bug fixes, with five criticals

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I find it rather irritating that I continue to see "Static Credentials" on the list of Cisco bugs yea?r after year. Why haven't they gone through and stripped those on every piece of software/hardware long ago The first time it popped up. Oh, right, it's the NSA approved bug.

Companies toiling away the most on LibreOffice code complain ecosystem is 'beyond utterly broken'

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Re: Disagree with this

I've plenty of antique Java utilities that would disagree with that assessment. Yes, they don't conform with whatever bastard child interface someone like Jony Ives (sp?) has had a wet dream about lately, but they operate just fine.

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Re: This...

As I was doing research last night, I ran into the fact that Collabra runs on NextCloud, so this use case is already covered wherever you want your cloud setup.

Is it Patch Blues-day for Outlook? Microsoft's email client breaks worldwide, leaves everyone stumped

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I received an attempt to exploit the Outlook flaw last night, so damned if you roll back, damned if you don't.

AMD pushes 64-core 4.2GHz Ryzen Threadripper Pro workstation processors

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Out of all the specs, that's what caught my attention. Quite common scenario here.

Collabera hacked: IT staffing'n'services giant hit by ransomware, employee personal data stolen

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One such attachment just showed up here a couple of hours ago. Filed to the bitbucket. Surprisingly since it has been years since the last.

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old

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Re: Why wouldn't Tim Berners-Lee have 17 years experience designing websites?

I created my first pages in 1993, viewed with Mosaic on an Amiga.

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Re: Switching on the "monitor stand"

Same at the university. I loved those machines so much, it's my replacement window manager of choice.

So Darned Kind of you, Facebook: SDK bug sends popular iOS apps crashing earthwards

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Remember their lord's motto: "Move fast and break things." My code always made use of contracts and validation to ensure compliance even in conditions where all the code was personally written. While it never actually happened, I did not trust myself let alone the rest of the universe. Then again, people would be harmed or killed if I screwed up.

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Re: Not sure this is entirely correct.

They aren't developers. Script-monkeys is my appellation for them as they share the exact same characteristics as script-kiddies in the infosec world. Stack Overflow is their home.

Soft press keys for locked-down devs: Three new models of old school 60-key Happy Hacking 'board out next month

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Re: Alternatives?

My IBM PC/AT keyboard still rocks just fine as do my later versions of ye ole Selectric layout keyboards from them. Something something "cold dead fingers."

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?

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Re: Great just what I need in 2020

Current research, unlike WHO guidence, is airborne with demonstrated 40+ feet range. I've been keeping up s8nce I worked in epidemiology on MARSA, another rather nasty customer.

Digicert will shovel some 50,000 EV HTTPS certificates into the furnace this Saturday after audit bungle

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Removed from my trust list.



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