* Posts by Short Fat Bald Hairy Man

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Cloudflare explains how it managed to break the internet

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Re: Knocked out a lot of stock market research sites...

Lovely

AI's most convincing conversations are not what they seem

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Re: Boats

The Fathers of the field had been pretty confusing: John von Neumann speculated about computers and the human brain in analogies sufficiently wild to be worthy of a medieval thinker and Alan M. Turing thought about criteria to settle the question of whether Machines Can Think, a question of which we now know that it is about as relevant as the question of whether Submarines Can Swim.

From The threats to computing science, Dijkstra. 1984

I think this is still valid.

Oracle plans US database for electronic health records

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Re: Three words

Absolutely.

But would it not be possible for them to hire lobbyists to help pass accommodating rules?

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux

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Re: Desktop Linux in Workplaces

I use my desktop for Home and Office - company is very comfortable about me using my personal desktop for office use.

Write product specifications for the company product.

Develop (try to, anyway) trading strategies for financial markets using pandas and co,

Last time I used Windows was in 2003 (Win95 + Excel in a 2GB qemu).

And, the company I am with issues only Linux (Ubuntu) laptops. We noted roughly a 100 USD difference (a while ago) between equivalent hardware laptops with / without Windows, which for us is quite a bit.

Global tech industry objects to India’s new infosec reporting regime

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Re: Flood

Yes.

Unity and Trinity: New releases for forks of abandoned Linux desktops

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Re: Am I old?

Had me confused for a while too! Trinity and UI? Really?

And step by step hardening. Please! Have been looking for that Just.All.The.Time. Sadly, I cannot as am totally incompetent.

Database company Cockroach Labs more than doubles in value to $5bn

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But, but, their slogan is

Scale fast. Survive disaster. Thrive everywhere.

Renting IT hardware on a subscription basis is bad for customers

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Re: I wrote the article

Not really.

From what I understand, this is suggesting using 2 (or more!) ISPs, one main and one backup.

More reduces your performance risk -- but increases expenses, of course.

Apple's Pegasus lawsuit a 'declaration of war' against offensive software developers, says Kaspersky director

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Shakespeare has it

A plague o’ both your houses

Indian securities depository exposed 44 million investors' personal info – twice

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Expected behaviour

Like this is a fucking surprise.

Red Hat forced to hire cheaper, less senior engineers amid budget freeze

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Re: A plan for Red Hat...

If that happens happy days will be here again!

Microsoft introduces Azure Container Apps with scale to zero

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Re: This is what scares me

I have NO IDEA what all this is about and I been using various Linux/BSD flavours since the mid 1990s.

BUT, I have colleagues who were most likely born mid 1990s use it nonchalantly. I listen in, terrified. When is that ball they are throwing around going to explode? Do they not realise that it is a fucking hand grenade. With pin off?

Security? They have heard of it.

Judge tosses NEC's claim that Oracle salespeople tricked it into using the wrong software license prior to audit

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Not a surprise.

The reason I decided to stay away from all things this company is the completely sadistic bundling of non free components with free components.

Confusing (small company, me) to actually read the licence and try to figure out which part we could use and which we could not.

Just stay away if possible.

Legacy? Good luck!

Google's 'Be Evil' business transformation is complete: Time for the end game

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Canon makes 'all-in-one' printers that refuse to scan when out of ink, lawsuit claims

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Some people do, unfortunately.

I do use my printer for printing documents I have to study. Reading on a terminal/e reader does not work when you make(well, I make!) copious notes. And, these WFH days, going to the office is verboten.

That said, I do have a separate printer and scanner (just pure luck!) and am very happy with both, as of now.

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Suspect I was lucky

When I needed a printer I did not need a scanner and when I needed a scanner I already had a printer. So, separate, and, until now, happy.

Takes up more space, though.

But, reading this and other horror stories, if I need to replace these, will again buy separately. Unless they stop manufacturing them separately.

Amazon India accused of copying merchant products and juicing search results to sell its own knockoffs

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Re: Why buy?

I suspect we live in different countries.

I have quite a few local shops (5 minutes walk maximum, very convenient). Who do have a lot of customers.

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Why buy?

Why would anyone buy from here?

I buy here only as a last resort. Either when not available anywhere else or the price differential is way too much. Rarely does that happen.

I go local shops -> town centre shops -> local sellers online -> then here

I have not seen expenses go up significantly due to my policy. And local sellers online seem to give almost all that I cannot find in the shops.

User locked out of Microsoft account by MFA bug, complains of customer-hostile support

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Agreed!

Not so early on, I generalised these a bit to

1. No Microsoft

2. No Oracle

Until now, have not had cause to regret those choices. Now, if only I could get rid of the others!

What if Chrome broke features of the web and Google forgot to tell anyone? Oh wait, that's exactly what happened

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Re: Internet-2021

Something for nothing.

tz database community up in arms over proposals to merge certain time zones

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Re: I thought that the merge started taking place in 1939....

Surely you mean Warschau and Berlin?

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Re: Wow, just wow

Exactly! The library is supposed to handle this. Now, no more.

Date time programming is hell. This has just made it more hellish for that "some" set of programmers. If you want to deal with Oslo pre 1970s dates and time, cannot use this.

And, as far as I can see, it is not even an actual problem, really!

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Wow, just wow

So we lose information? Brilliant. Is this how civilisations decline?

Indian state cuts off internet for millions to stop cheating in exams

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Re: Takes me down memory lane, this.

The one mentioned in this news, of course.

As I mentioned, I can see the utility in doing this, insane methods for insane regulations.

Not done for (almost!) any other exam in my experience.

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Takes me down memory lane, this.

Seventh standard (grade in many other countries?) final exams.

District level exams, so exams were not in the school I was studying. New place.

First exam, everybody sitting cross legged on the floor (hey, not as bad as you think!), and I started writing. Quite a few not.

15 minutes into the exam, the exam supervisor makes us sit in a huge circle around him.

He takes out a few sheets and dictates around 45% of the paper to us. We were allowed to do the rest by ourselves.

Why 45%? The most basic government job those days required a Seventh Standard certificate.

35% was the passing criterion.

No internet required. Not that it existed. The only way to stop this was to have unqualified supervisors.

Not that I would stop it, knowing why it was done. For quite a few it meant a job or no job.

If memory has not failed me, ALL papers were conducted in this format.

Oracle sets its own JDK free, sort of, for a while

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Avoid it like the plague

I try to avoid anything which has even a faint odour of this company,

Luckily for me, I have not worked in environments where I had to adjust.

Wikipedia bans seven Chinese users amid concerns of 'infiltration, physical harm'

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Wikipedia does have many problems.

This one made me think a bit.

https://www.wired.com/story/one-womans-mission-to-rewrite-nazi-history-wikipedia/

I do know, in theory, that Wikipedia is not accurate, but this is outright dangerous. I definitely would have believed it.

By its very structure, Wikipedia is always going to be susceptible to attacks. I have seen amateurish attempts which can hopefully be recognised easily, but these are difficult.

Just a very bad place to be in.

Not too bright, are you? Your laptop, I mean... Not you

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Ah, a first time user

At college, I once offered to type out an exam paper for a friend. First time I was using a wordprocessor (Wordstar, if you care abiout such things).

After a while, my friend came up to see what was taking so much time, and then burst out laughing.

Accustomed to typewriters, I was carefully formatting each line and pressing a hard return every time I thought one was required.

Things did speed up after that and a year later managed to type out my thesis using Wordstar + 6 floppies (backups!) in no time at all.

We spoke to a Stanford prof on the tech and social impact of AI's powerful, emerging 'foundation models'

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Re: Who decides?

Looking at the Tinnit Gebru case, will anybody be allowed to do it? Not within the companies.

And outside will be even trickier I think.

Looks like the highway to hell.

Facebook, academics think they've cracked spotting deepfakes by spotting how they're generated

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Looks like Kafka (the author)?

What is the false positive rate? I do not see any reference to that?

If this is used, will those poor bastards be eternally fucked trying to prove that their photo/image/whatever is genuine?

Debian's Cinnamon desktop maintainer quits because he thinks KDE is better now

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Re: Legal issues

Exactly what I was referring to, thanks!

IANAL, but I think this latest restriction means not everybody can use QT in its most stable and long lasting form for developing FOSS?

Even if I am wrong, I think it creates an uncertainty in the mind.

This is an ongoing saga since the late 1990s. I recall GNOME starting because of the QT problem.

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Legal issues

I stopped using DEs a long while ago, use icewm. But KDE was always a problem, with the QT legal changes.

As far as I am concerned, technical quality comes second, if there are legal problems. Bitten way too many times (long ago!).

And from what I read, they (QT owners) have made worrying changes again.

ASUS baffles customer by telling them thermal pad thickness is proprietary

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At this point I wonder exactly which provider makes sense

I do try to base my decision on attitude towards customers.

All my smartphones (both) have been ASUS, Having a rethink when the current one collapses. But I doubt whether there is much choice.

One company whose attitude never came into the picture was Nokia, used their tank until I was forced to use a smartphone.

Used it for nine years, had exactly one LOCAL SHOP REPAIRABLE problem.

India’s vaccination-booking API criticised for excluding millions, containing bugs, and overflowing with elitism

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Re: The complaints have a point.

Way too reasonable a suggestion.

Google will make you use two-step verification to login

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Re: Are these people real?

They are real. Real shits.

Visual Basic 6 returns: You've been a good developer all year. You have social distanced, you have helped your mom. Here's your reward

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It was really really easy. Horses for courses of course. I wonder whether my code is still used, but when at the job, had exactly ONE complaint (a logical error). Otherwise worked flawlessly.

Dumped it the moment I saw .NET. And by then was mostly using Linux.

There is GAMBAS on Linux, never tried it seriously, though.

House of pain: If YAML makes you swear, shout louder – the agony is there for a reason

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Re: Syntactic whitespace

I definitely do not like python. Not these days. But then, there are so few (if any) languages that I like.

Of course, designing a new language to remove all problems for ever would be pure

https://xkcd.com/927/

And yes, no type checking!!!! How can that be a thing!! White space I seem to have adjusted to. Pretty easily, actually.

A language for small tasks that got out of hand.

Enough ranting, back to tensorflow or pytorch or whatever it is I am supposed to be using. Or was it flask?

Shadow over Fedora 34 as maintainer of Java packages quits with some choice words for Red Hat and Eclipse

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Re: Not just Java

With python I have not had a problem, ever since I started spinning up throwaway virtual environments. Expecting the OS packagers to maintain all sorts of esoteric packages seems to be harsh.

Yes, I am told it has problems, but my fairly naive use seems to pose no problems.

Could never wrap my head around Java, though.

Washington DC police force confirms data breach after ransomware upstart Babuk posts trophies to Tor blog

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Re: Move along, nothing to see here

>> I don't know about many other IT peeps here, but how often do you have your authority overridden by some cunt upstairs?

Just, ALL THE FUCKING TIME. Am I happy to be not in that position anymore!

India seeks locally developed open source CRM and ERP for government users

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FAIL

Pointless

What a waste.

And it is NOT "Aarogya Setu" as much as "Atmanirbhaar".

Signal app's Moxie says it's possible to sabotage Cellebrite's phone-probing tools with booby-trapped file

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Re: I don't consider a locked phone to be safe anyway...

Who does that, anyway? Surely, no one can be so careless?

Would be so cool if everyone normalized these pesky data leaks, says data-leaking Facebook in leaked memo

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Self run? Paid for?

I have always wondered why we accept free accounts and expect no problems.

I had a student who did a big data course with all the gory details. The word she used to describe the companies (we know who they are) was "creepy". This was at least six years ago. I doubt whether things are any better now or will ever be.

I try to keep away from these accounts but inertia!

Maybe we should have a paid service or self run a mastodon server?

University of Hertfordshire pulls the plug on, well, everything after cyber attack

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Childcatcher

Computers vs Ereaders

I am all for pen to paper. That level of understanding will not be easy if using only a computer.

BUT, can have books on ereaders, computers are not required.

The more restricted the ereader is, the better. Distractions are easy and we end up with everybody doing anything but reading/studying.

Brutal methods are required. A friend's company supplied phone had the camera physically destroyed to stop photography.

Another supply-chain attack? Android maker Gigaset injects malware into victims' phones via poisoned update

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Re: "We take the issue very seriously"

We need to follow the Steve Jobs car model, a new phone every 6 months or so.

Or stick with the old indestructible Nokia models. I used mine for 10 years, even the battery was okay. A friend, last heard, had his for 11 years. But then, no apps, well actually that looks good!

While truly self-driving cars are surely just around the corner, for now here's an AI early-warning system for your semi-autonomous ride

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Re: And the purpose of self-driving cars is..?

Self driving is self driving. They crash.

But then how should they crash? Save the passenger(s)? Save maximum number of lives? Start an instantaneous online auction (money to the company, naturally) as to what behaviour should be followed? Oh, the choices.

Looks like an 1 April article but these surreal days, one never knows.

Payment app MobiKwik denies customer data was stolen from it, has no idea how the info ended up on the dark web: Maybe it was your fault?

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Done all that

They have done the needful, and found no problems.

They have reverted back, just not in the way expected.

So, nothing to own up to,

Use Windows and POS in the same sentence... Yes, that's right: Point of Sale. What were you thinking?

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Password?

My eyes are not what they used to be. Still, I did look very carefully at the sticky note in the image.

They used a BLANK PASSWORD?

Red Hat pulls Free Software Foundation funding over Richard Stallman's return

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Indeed

I started using BSDs because of systemd and its ilk. For my use, the BSDs seem to be more than sufficient. Still need to move one of my machines, but, inertia!

As an aside, I have an old laptop (1999 I think). Now, no Linux distribution works on that. Not easily, anyway. Even the current BSDs work very easily. Can use any BSD except DragonFly as it is now 64 bit only.

Feeling brave? GNOME 40 is here and you can have a poke around in the Fedora 34 beta

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There is history

I have forgotten the last time I used Gnome or KDE. Gnome I think after Gnome moved from 2 to 3 and KDE because of the Qt license problems. I see no improvement in either,

Gnome seems to be stuck in some usability weirdness loop. And Qt flip flopping on its license terms, so KDE usability I have not even looked at.

So, left with icewm + xfe (if required). I have used xfce and it looks nice, but icewm is way lighter. Of course, no X server on boot, but login and startx.

The nice thing is I can easily use the same environment on a *BSD box.

Ruby off the Rails: Code library yanked over license blunder, sparks chaos for half a million projects

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Re: surely not

There seem to be some licenses which say "to the detriment of our heirs and siccessors".

I thought that was in the SQLite license but could not locate it there. Found it in the unlicense statement. Which claims it is derived from the SQLite license!

So does this help in any way to remove the effects of heirs and successors? From what I read, not quite?

Very depressing.

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