* Posts by Ace2

222 posts • joined 9 Mar 2021


Alert: 15-year-old Python tarfile flaw lurks in 'over 350,000' code projects

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I was going to ask, “So is this a security issue or not,” but the sentiment in the comments is pretty clear that it’s a molehill.

Brings to mind this Techdirt post from a few days ago: https://www.techdirt.com/2022/09/16/mudges-testimony-shows-he-was-acting-as-an-activist-not-an-executive/

A few jobs ago I was plagued by an IT security outfit with no sense of cost-benefit, and the current $JOB seems to be heading that way too.

BT CEO orders staff: Back to the office or risk 'disciplinary action'

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Re: Seeing it already

Is it that the loyalty is now lacking, or is it that the loyalty among staff has been right-sized to more accurately reflect the true relationship between employer and staff?

Even companies that talk the talk show their true colors when divvying up the cash.

Apple patches iPhone and macOS flaws under active attack

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“So it's your call whether Ted Lasso is worth the risk.”

What is the attack vector for AppleTV? Mostly we use it to watch Netflix etc. Maybe putting up a poisoned Youtube vid and trying to trick people to watch it?

Maybe poisoned ads?

Record label drops AI rapper after backlash over stereotypes

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Re: Another way of looking at it ...

Exactly. We don’t need MORE women working in AI, we need FEWER men!

Infosys reduces employee bonuses after execs promised better profit margins

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Re: Show me the money

I once had my bonus cut because *IBM* decided to walk away from its OEM hardware business. Did I work for IBM? No, I did not, and I still fail to see how I could have had any effect on their decision.

Dinobabies latest: IBM settles with widow of exec who killed himself after layoff

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IANAL but in some contexts, if you refuse a settlement for $X but then win a judgement for <$X, you are responsible for the other side’s legal fees incurred since the settlement offer.

Yeah, we'll just take that first network handshake. What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: Coincidence

A few years ago I ordered a new HDTV antenna. I hooked it up, then tried it - but hardly got any channels. A lot of troubleshooting later, I found a newspaper article saying that *that exact day* was the cutover date to rearrange the local frequencies, and I needed to tell the TV to do a full rescan.

Linux may soon lose support for the DECnet protocol

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For “not in the kernel” I should have written “in the kernel but not upstream.”

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They are on record as not giving a fig about out-of-tree users. If it’s not in the kernel, they do not care if interface changes break it.

The problem of unused drivers is not in testing or anything, it’s in the interface and abstractions. There are always parts of the core code that were done a certain way to enable specific drivers/whatever to do what they needed. (Hooks before or after, things done in a certain order, callbacks for this or that.) People want to improve the core code, but if that requires redesigning DECnet, it’ll never happen.

One way Bitcoin miners can make money: Selling electricity back to Texas

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The Earth is burning, and these chungits have a 750 MW facility mining BITCOINS???

How a crypto bridge bug led to a $200m 'decentralized crowd looting'

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"We believe the Nomad team has misunderstood the issue."

Ha ha ha.

“Have notified law enforcement”

Like all cryptidiots, regulations and laws and government are bad and should be avoided, until you need them to help get your loot back.

IBM board probes claims of fudged sales figures that led to big bonuses for execs

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Re: Big surprise

I’m shocked, shocked, to find numbers being manipulated in this establishment.

My Big Coin founder is – you guessed it – a $6m crypto-fraudster

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Re: "Is that illegal?"

I think the question was in the context of, crypto is all worthless numbers, so how do you violate securities law by trading tips on them? Would it be insider trading to leak info on which beanie babies are next up to be discontinued? (I don’t know the answer to that.)

Personally I think that the downside of these prosecutions is that the Feds are giving crypto currencies more respect (treating them as securities) than they really deserve.

Tesla jettisons 75% of Bitcoin holdings, boosting cash balance by $936m

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“Who exactly is the butt of the joke remains unclear.”

Intel tried selling software before. Will it succeed this time?

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Would you buy software (from anyone) that only ran on Intel processors?

Maybe there’s a market for that, but I’m not sure how big it would be.

Twitter sues Musk: He can't just 'change his mind, trash the company, walk away'

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Re: This might be the best thing for Twitter...

BS. Point to one actual “shadow ban.” They are a RWNJ fantasy.

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Re: Why aren't Twitter happy

“I don’t know what socialism is, but I know it’s bad.”

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Re: pedo* guy is at it again

Turnabout is *always* fair play

NASA's CAPSTONE silence down to a software flaw

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Re: Testing times..

The Apollo 11 lander never once took off from the surface of the moon - until the actual mission. The Webb telescope mirror never once unfurled in a zero G vacuum - until the actual mission. Some things can’t be tested.

America's chip land has another potential shortage: Electronics engineers

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Re: That describes my career

The writing on the wall was obvious to me 15+ years ago: stay in HW and switch to designing test plans and reviewing test reports as a career (ALL of the actual work was offshored), or switch to SW and have 10X the employers and 2X the pay. No regrets.

Open source body quits GitHub, urges you to do the same

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Re: Hold on a second

If you (not you specifically, anyone) want to have any input as to the *nature* of the product derived from your code, perhaps you should have chosen a different license.

More than $100m in cryptocurrency stolen from blockchain biz

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Re: Slush fund for hostile nations Vs ...

“We didn’t want THEM to steal it. It was for US to steal!”

Mars Express orbiter to get code update after 19 years

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I think it’s cool that they’re discarding data to get more work done. Lots of different ways to put that to use at $JOB, I expect.

Cisco warns of security holes in its security appliances

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“Security appliance”

1Password's Insights tool to help admins monitor users' security practices

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Is it dumb?

If BigCorp implements SSO, and now I have my password stored for use on www.bigcorp.com, and vpn.bigcorp.com, and sso.bigcorp.com, and intranet.bigcorp.com… I really don’t need it pointed out that I’m reusing that password on multiple sites. Nice try though!

Former AMD chip architect says it was wrong to can Arm project

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The key is the whole “right after he left.” If you want to have a say in what a company does, maybe don’t quit your job!

Apple update approach 'not realistic' in enterprise, but login 'shim' gets thumbsup

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Re: "Apple demonstrates they don't have a deep appreciation of the enterprise"

Enterprises can deploy profiles that lock a Mac to a specific internal update server. Then the admin controls which updates are made available on that server.

I’m sure it sounded like a good idea, but it sucked to be 2 major versions behind because they hadn’t gotten around to it.

Always read the comments: Beijing requires oversight of all reader-generated chat

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Re: This is what US Progressives want

Sorry @Throatwarbler, I think you’re in the “arguing with a dining room table” stage with this one.

Big Tech begs Congress to pass $52bn chip subsidies bill

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Some of the richest companies that have ever existed

Apple’s M2 chip isn’t a slam dunk, but it does point to the future

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Re: I really want to like the M1...

That has not been my experience with a mini, an MBA, or an MBP. Is the video in an unusual format? Try with a new user account?

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Re: Not really a fanboy either

My 2018 MBP would heat up to the point you would notice it when typing, if there was a 4K monitor connected but nothing else going on. Apparently it brings up the discrete GPU whenever a monitor is attached.

The M1 Pro version isn’t detectably warm even with a monitor attached *and* doing actual work.

Intel details advances to make upcoming chips faster, less costly

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Missed opportunity

Ben Sell didn’t go into sales & marketing?

We sat through Apple's product launch disguised as a dev event so you don't have to

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Re: We're long past peak tech

AirDrop works for me about half the time. Laptop can always see the phone, but phone is often unable to see the laptop. Worst Apple product/feature IMO.

Now Monterey file sharing crashes constantly. It’s been 15+ years since I’ve had to turn it off and back on again, and now it happens daily. Standards are seriously slipping.

IBM ends funding for employee retirement clubs

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One of my former employers used to say it was “reviewing” benefits to make sure they were still “competitive.” Little bastards with their little chisels, chipping away.

Cloud security unicorn cuts 20% of staff after raising $1.3b

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The valuation might be fake money, but unless they’re doing something seriously stupid that $1.3B of actual money should keep the company going for a good long while.

Well, as long as they don’t try to get into the ride-hailing business…

Amazon investors nuke proposed ethics overhaul and say yes to $212m CEO pay

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I just turned off Prime auto-renew. You should, too!

Foxconn factory fiasco could leave Wisconsinites on the hook for $300m

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Re: If Foxconn has promised to pay the bonds

I used to live near Coca-Cola Drive. Was there a Coke bottling plant there? Nope, but there were lots of nice roads and bridges around it.

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Seriously, you do not want to make that cable your earth

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Re: Sparkies...

Great info.

Yes, I am in the USA, and almost everything in my house is wired with one circuit per room. The inrush current of the printer makes the voltage sag causing lights to flicker.

It even happens in a brand-new house I know of.

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Re: Sparkies...

Why would providing a new circuit be any more complex? If anything it’s simpler and reduces the already tiny chance of overloading something. If I want just one more outlet somewhere, I can assur that it’s overloading an existing circuit.

I’ve run my own circuits for a chest freezer, room AC unit, and printer. The stupid printer used to make all of the room lights flicker when it heated the fuser. No options anywhere to disable fast start, or whatever. Now it’s on its own circuit and doesn’t bother anyone.

Patch now: Zoom chat messages can infect PCs, Macs, phones with malware

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Thanks for the reminder to delete it from my phone!

Infosys board asks boss Salil Parekh to stay another 5 years

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Besides, if we don’t pay them tens of millions per year, someone else will!

We would miss out on that sweet, sweet executive talent, which everyone knows is irreplaceable.

Dell's rugged Latitude 5430 laptop is quick and pretty – but also bulky and heavy

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Is the reviewer here actually complaining that a ruggedized laptop is bulky and heavy?

In other news, cheetahs can still outrun rhinos. Film at eleven.

Safari is crippling the mobile market, and we never even noticed

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Re: Crap article

Nonsense. Toyota has 100% of the Toyota manufacturing market; is that a monopoly that needs to be addressed?

You can’t watch Netflix shows except on Netflix.

AMC’s subscription plan is only good at AMC theaters.

Only NBA teams get to play in NBA games.

Etc etc

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Re: New Browser, New Rules

Is that not something that a new browser app should be able to control? Apple forces you to use their engine to render pages, but cookie settings seem like they would be at the layer above that.

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Crap article

This article is more than three things, but most of it is just nonsense. Microsoft had 95% of the personal computer market when they were trying to push IE on everyone. Apple has something like 40% of the smartphone market, right?

I bought in because I WANT there to be one tightly-controlled browser engine. Hell yes I want Apple devs on the standards mailing lists fighting back against Google’s stupid API ideas.

People who are upset about this issue should just buy a damn android. What’s that you say, they’re not as nice? Tough ttys.

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Re: Ker-Ching!

IMO you have it backwards. The API/SDK wasn’t ready, so the web apps thing was a cover story until they could get it ready to release. They couldn’t have kept the lid on the product line for two more years just waiting.

Mysterious firm seeks to buy majority stake in Arm China

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Re: Arm China is an independent company

Companies love to incorporate in Delaware partly because of low taxes but mostly because they have a very clear and consistent body of corporate case law.

This would seem to be the exact opposite. Sign up for a JV with the CCP, get a legal clown show.

Export bans prompt Russia to use Chinese x86 CPU replacement

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I have a bottle of Stoli right here that says:

“Proudly produced and bottled at the historic Latvijas Balzams, … , Riga, … Latvia.”

So I can still drink it as an FU to Putin!

FreeBSD 13.1 is out for everything from PowerPC to x86-64

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The article says Berkeley System Distribution. Wikipedia says Software or Standard.



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