* Posts by Kaki

42 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Jan 2021

Rogue ex-Motorola techie admits cyberattack on former employer, passport fraud



He was very sophisticated, hence a sophisticated attacker, and possibly with government help (he did ask about speeding his passport to a government employee).

Cerebras CEO puts Nvidia on blast for 'arming' China with top-tier GPUs


What ?

No, no, no, there's nothing more american than getting the profits up and screw everything else.

After all, the duty is to the shareholders and the taxman only.

Sadly, most big companies are exactly the same. So no news here.

FBI boss: Taking away our Section 702 spying powers could be 'devastating'



"may not be able to stop the next major cyberattack"

Genuine question, how many big cyberattacks have they been able to stop, i have read about many in this very publication, some that went undetected for years. Can someone point me in the direction of some trusted statistics to know the numbers ?

Maybe, just maybe, the truth is out there.

Cybersecurity snafu sends British Library back to the Dark Ages


I'll stick to celulose, thank you.

I recall that librarians were saying that it was more efficient to stick to paper, mainly because of budget issues (being very low in things regarding education), but i guess things like this make you think too about what could go wrong.

The problem with Jon Stewart is that Apple appears to have cancelled his show



"We abide by the laws of the country that we're in."

Isn't that what every other country is forced to do by the US, even though they're not inside their country or part of their jurisdiction, everyone must follow US "law", or whatever their politicians choose to enforce.

It is becoming clear to me that this is indeed and american publication, it is no longer an UK one, and so, it has to abide by their rules and do what they're told, or else. Maybe that's why in recent times i've seen the various articles that come out of this once trusted publisher, seem more and more biased, which i don't remember was the case in years long past.

I expect reporting to be that, a report, not an opinion, and certainly not a weighted opinion.

I don't advocate for anyone, nor i'm against anyone, but i don't want this space to become like "social" media or what legacy media is nowadays.


Paying for WinRAR in all the wrong ways - Russia and China hitting ancient app


Re: WinRAR? Why?

I saw some time ago a multipart rar, the total size was a little more than the original files, but i believe it had extra parts (i think you specify how many) to be used as recovery in case of corruption of any part. Any of the extra parts could become any other part, i think, my memory is not what it used to be, so that may be useful when dealing with multipart archives over the 'net.

Take Windows 11... please. Leaks confirm low numbers for Microsoft's latest OS


Re: Costs

I think because they want their "security" coprocessor, pluton, to be in the machines that install windows, so they can have more control over everything the computer does, like google with android and google play services. That way you can't block ads, or refuse updates, etc.

FTC: Please stop falling for social media scams, you've given crooks at least $650M so far this year


"8 percent were due to online shopping trickery, 53 percent were related to investment scams, 14 percent romance bait, and 27 percent".

I totally and blindly believe those percentages.

Microsoft CEO whinges about Google's default search deals


I don't think so Tim...

"removing the Google Play Store effectively makes an Android phone useless"

I beg to differ, it's one of the first things i do when i get my hands on a phone, along with other google apps (music,video, etc.), though they're non-removable, disabling them makes them not bother you, and that makes the phone usable, without everything running in the background eating resources. It also has the benefits of not eating your data allowance, as the apps don't update every time you connect to the network.

Apple blames iOS 17 bug for overheating iPhone 15 woes


Pegasus search engine

Pegasus software suite

Coincidence surely

China suggests America 'carefully consider' those chip investment bans


"that's what America wants to do at the moment: reduce its dependence on foreign supply chains".

I don't think that's the case, USA wants to have reliably cheap goods, without the slaves rebelling. This is proved by all the big companies outsourcing everything they can to the cheapest workers, wherever they may be.

What could work better is if China didn't want transfer of IP, and all companies being partially owned by the state, but then, maybe the companies will just behave like in the other countries, buying politicians to make the laws they want.

Micron revenue halved in FY23 as China ban bites



"The regulator offered no reason for its assessment".

It offered a reason, the exact same reason the US gives for banning other products : " National security".

Revealed: US telcos admit to storing, handing over location data


The plod were handed "Facebook chats between a teen and her mother". So all that talk about end to end encryption is just that, talk ? I'm shocked to learn that.

Googler says she was forced out after opposing $1.2bn cloud contract with Israel


Re: Don't be Evil

I think that would be "Do the right thing to maximise profit"

Korea to attend 'Chip 4' meeting as global doubts mounts over US initiative


Democracy chips

Weren't they called freedom fries ?

Janet Jackson music video declared a cybersecurity exploit


I had a cd with drm too, didn't say anythimg about others OSes, so i ripped it in the old xbox, and all was normal once the files were transfered to the pc.

Meta's Giphy buy could be back on after watchdog agrees to reboot investigation


Would you take a look

At the information on this cheque very carefully and reconsider your decision.

Infosys skips government meeting – and collecting government taxes


Re: Glad to see they treat all governments the same

May i cynically suggest that maybe there is something in there for the people arranging the contracts. This is purely speculative, of course.

US cops kick back against facial recognition bans


Re: When Will AI Facial Recognition Have Statistically Significant Results?

Exactly, more so in the US, where the bias against people of color is very bad, nad is carried into the software.

"Technology is needed to solve these crimes and to hold individuals accountable,"

And who holds the government accountable when the mistakes are made and peoples' lives are destroyed ?

India's ongoing outrage over Pegasus malware tells a bigger story about privacy law problems


Root cause

It's all well and good to talk about legislation to protect privacy, but why is no one looking at the root cause, weakening of the underlying OSes to enable this type of backdoors. After all, the pegasus suite has been available for quite some time, why is no one doing anything to fill all the holes in the systems.

Microsoft points at Linux and shouts: Look, look! Privilege-escalation flaws here, too!



The next phase begins now

Europe twists YouTube's arm to get better cookie consent popups


Re: A "Reject All" button

Not just the button, a working button that really does what is intended.


Re: Dark mode Google search page....and that eye straining WHITE consent op-out form. Deliberate?

If you read closely, it says that if you opt out, only a subset of uses is not done, all the other telemetry is still on and fair game. So it is still misleading, and certainly not fit for purpose. Or at least it doesn't do what it says or try to convince you to believe it does.

File Explorer fiasco: Window to Microsoft's mixed-up motivations


'net connection

Now it becomes clear why they need a constant internet connection, they will be serving ads at all times. Of course, for your convenience and security.

Unable to write 'Amusing Weekly Column'. Abort, Retry, Fail?



I had one in 7zip, it said "Error - success".

I guess i was successful in making an error.

Qualcomm reveals it's not selling to Russia during Twitter spat


Re: Policy via social media: It's a thing now

I think that was what librarians some years ago complained about, that funds are always almost nonexistent, that if they wanted to go digital, they would have to change infrastructure every few years to keep it functional, and that it was unlikely to be achievable.

Firefox 91 introduces cookie clearing, clutter-free printing, Microsoft single sign-on... so where are all the users?


I don't know what's the hate for brave, I've been using it for a while, and though it's based on chrome, it works pretty good, and blocks most ads.

Biden expands Chinese tech and military blocklist to 59 companies



I condemn all non-vegans while eating a healthy piece of steak.

No, no, let's hear this out, says judge waving away Apple's attempt to kill MacBook Pro Flexgate lawsuit


Re: in nobody's interests to 'engineer' this kind of sh*t in

That's my thoughts, why should we be always "updating" to the latest "features" that we don't want nor need.

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard


Why oh why ...

Why does every " new technology" has to have tracking, ads and all maner of undesirables built-in, like the new specification they were making for the continuation of the SMS. It was ad slingers focused, not even a little bit of concern of what the user may need or want. I can see the potential with this too. Maybe i need to return to nature to have a little peace of mind.

Amazon’s critical Alabama warehouse workers union vote has started … and may be some time


Re: Amateurs

You're giving them ideas

Sloppy data compliance sees Japanese government cut out its own use of LINE messaging app


Re: BBM plus BBME

I tried to use signal on android, but it didn't work because it wanted that i let oogle pay services do me a proctology exam, i refused so it didn't work, is there a guide out there to make it work without having to down your pants?

Chairman, CEO of Nominet ousted as member rebellion drives .uk registry back to non-commercial roots


Re: One question

I think you'll find by the @ handle that he's Mark Wood and he's still sad.

Swiss security provocateur who leaked Intel secrets indicted by US authorities


Fraud ?

I don't think exposing shitty coding practices counts as fraud for personal gain, but maybe the corporations who can afford more expensive lawyers than coders think otherwise.

Australian police suggests app to record consent to sexual activity


Re: Is there a "magic word"?

I think it has to do with lacking of the genetic trait that understands sarcasm.

Starlink's latent China crisis could spark a whole new world of warcraft


They are buying support in south america too, with helping countries that go with their narrative. To me it's a better approach than showing off miliray strength like the usa. This way the population will see real benefits without thinking much of the compromises made.

Microsoft's GitHub under fire after disappearing proof-of-concept exploit for critical Microsoft Exchange vuln


Re: Welcome to the big companies censorship

Welcome to E-Corp

Microsoft president asks Congress to force private-sector orgs to admit when they've been hacked


disclosures could be made to government-level watchdogs in exchange for limited liability protections, for instance. They may not necessarily have to be fully public disclosures, either

So, normal people not associated with gov. or who don't have deep pockets will still be screwed, in one side the hackers, on the other side if gov. decides the hack is useful to them, probably will keep it quiet for a while.

Australia facepalms as Facebook blocks bookstores, sport, health services instead of just news


Emergency services on facebook

I really hope that this teaches people to not rely on the goodwill of corporations that are there for profit only, and people are their product.

Hacked by SolarWinds backdoor masterminds, Mimecast now lays off staff after profit surge



Seems like the maintaners made a sweet deal with M$, trying to monetize their work, what i don't agree with, is doing it secretly without telling the people that will have it installed.

Microsoft backs Australia’s pay-for-news plan, risks massive blowback over a lousy $3bn and change


+1 for ecosia, and they help the environment.

TikTok to be hit by a UK class-action-style lawsuit backed by the Children's Commissioner


Re: Simple option: raise the age limit

Those are my thoughts exactly, why should the responsibility of what your children does be with someone else, it's the parents responsibility to check on them, and educate them. Sure, there are a lot of risks everywhere, that's why that parental supervision and education is needed.