* Posts by ChoHag

740 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Jul 2021


Data breach reveals distressing info: People who order pineapple on pizza

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> the bad guys have seen a database of people who like pineapple on their pizzas.

Those are the bad guys.

Terraform fork OpenTF renamed and relocated as OpenTofu

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> Among those voicing support for OpenTofu is German insurance biz Allianz. "In our organization, open source technologies underpin various mission-critical solutions and have yielded significant business benefits," said Mike Sutton, CIO of Allianz, in a prepared statement. "Our recent move to adopt OpenTofu for Infrastructure as Code aligns with this strategy."

Vocal support is all very well but does it come with money?

18 full time developers aren't cheap (unless they are, which would be worse).

Judge sides with Meta and Google, puts California child privacy law on hold

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Exposure is privacy, comrade.

Intel slaps forehead, says I got it: AI PCs. Sell them AI PCs

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> We believe that the next decade or two of development isn't cloud native, its edge native.

But we're still not finished moving it all off the edges back on to the central mainframe!

Oracle at Europe's largest council didn't foresee bankruptcy

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Re: I feel for them

Indeed tax is not voluntary.

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Re: like forgetting to add the VAT to the Olympics costs

They are.

But they also attract everybody else.

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Re: Failure found

Maybe the problem is that they sent the cache to the ledgers and invalidated the cash?

Australia to build six 'cyber shields' to defend its shores

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> Assisting Australia's neighbors to improve their security is part of this agenda.

Will they teach us their maths?

China to set standards for the metaverse because it's not sure what one is

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> “Some capital and enterprises have taken advantage of the popularity of the metaverse to speculate, resulting in its concept far from the actual value, which restricts the development of the metaverse industry to a certain extent,” said MIIT.

Translation: people are using it to make their own money and we can't have that.

Probe reveals previously secret Israeli spyware that infects targets via ads

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Re: Insanet only selling to Western nations?

> What is it about modern Operating Systems that render then so susceptible to hacking.

Quality is expensive, doesn't affect the bottom line, and nobody wants to pay for it.

Unity closes offices, cancels town hall after threat in wake of runtime fee restructure

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Re: Own goal after own goal

"He said what? I'm gonna go up there and beat some sense into him."

"Fantastic! Now we can shut our show down and sidestep the bad PR we've just given ourselves with some police drama!"

Definitely didn't happen like that. No sir.

Google promises eternity of updates for Chromebooks – that's a decade for everyone else

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Re: At Google, 10 > 13

The statement is the sneaky exception.

By proposing they garotte you in the first instance, they can now magnanimously downgrade to merely slapping you in the face and be celebrated for their "environmental support".

Big corporation letting you keep the handicapped stuff they already sold you which just happens to turn you into a money stream? How selfless!

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> While a decade of support is a decent stretch for most people

Only those people who haven't got many of their own.

Alibaba set to unleash AI that offers financial advice – do you feel lucky?

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How long until Alibaba is sued by someone who followed the robot's instructions as blindly as it gave them out?

Arm's lawyers want to check assembly expert's book for trademark missteps

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> A lack of communication with Arm about the issue has been a point of frustration for the author throughout the whole process.

And yet you still folded like a wet tissue. What did they do if they didn't say anything? Look mean?

Lawyer's Microsoft email snafu goes from $1.75M lawsuit to Ctrl+Alt+Settle

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Just use your backup email address that your ethical obligations for continuity of service mandate that you have. The IT administrator that you fired and replaced with a cheaper outsourced hell desk can probably advise you on setting that up.

> opened him up to the risk of being accused of serious ethical violations

Is "but he made me do it" a permissible defense for your clients?

The future of the cloud sure looks like it'll be paved in even more custom silicon

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<Alan Turing> Here is the invention of software*. With it we can build machines without relying on slow, expensive physical manufacturing.

<Big Tech> Let's bake that into silicon.

[*] OK not quite but he did laud the ability of his newly applied maths to build machines without physical constraints on manufacturing in one of his papers. That I've lost.

IBM Software tells workers: Get back to the office three days a week

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Back to office mandates are very helpful

We've long known that the vast majority of companies do nothing and employ a lot of people to do it (and consequently drive up our prices for nearly everything).

Now we know which ones.

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This suggestion comes after whittlling down their workforce by removing all the people who are used to being in an office and had already resigned themselves to doing so for the rest of their life in favour of the people who have grown up with the internet surgically attached to their hip?

Bombshell biography: Fearing nuclear war, Musk blocked Starlink to stymie Ukraine attack on Russia

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Re: So Musk has NOW entered the Ukranian war.......

If someone breaks into your home you do have the power, yes even the physical power, to have them removed.

And imprisoned for good measure.

Next bad argument?

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Re: "If Ukraine wants to fight a war with Russia"

I married a Ukrainian, have a Russian father in law and lived in Ukraine for many years and I agree with all of this.

It's quite funny in a sad sort of way watching westerners insisting Ukraine and Russia's invasion of it is all America's or, if we're being generous, Europe's fault. How it must hurt to know that your whole country is no longer relevant!

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Re: Musk wanted the positive publicity from donating Starlink systems to them

Or maybe he's a gullible idiot?

NixCon drops Palmer Luckey's AI combat drone maker Anduril as sponsor due to military ties

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Shall we tell Nix where the internet came from, or do we spring it on them later?

Google Chrome Privacy Sandbox open to all: Now websites can tap into your habits directly for ads

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Is it called a privacy sandbox because it's all pretend and you're just playing?

If you like to play along with the illusion of privacy, smart devices are a dumb idea

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Re: Why would a Washing Machine require my Date of Birth ...

Here is the list of parents who will refuse their child's request for access to the washing machine app:

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Re: please forgive my lack of knowledge...

Not through. Fortunately most domestic wifi is incapable of passing the necessary IP packets.

If they want to get funky with the hardware drivers the radio hears anything close enough and they might be able to do something with it but wifi can be configured to render this mostly useless.

Unlike one responder has said, plugging the devices in would generally be _worse_ with regards to the possibility of devices snooping on each other because ordinarily network hardware will happily obey any port's instruction to send it all traffic, similar to the wifi radio but without any thought in the protocol's design of protecting any port from any other (eg. per-port encryption). This is generally known as promiscuous mode and I don't think any domestic ethernet switches have it disabled.

Finally though, any serious communication will be encrypted long before it hits the wire (or radio) so your conversations with your doctor are safe from your iot devices that don't have a microphone.

Having said all that I wouldn't worry about it. They're all selling the same stuff back and forth to each other anyway. You're either in or you're out.

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The only hard thing about avoiding all this crap is finding appliances with real buttons and dials.

Toyota servers ran out of storage, crashed production at 14 plants in Japan

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Even an executive should be able to do this sum, now that they have a practical example:

money saved by penny pinching critical hardware < cost of global production going down for a day

Microsoft: China stole secret key that unlocked US govt email from crash debug dump

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> Redmond assures us it has made changes to prevent them from happening again.

So they've implemented their equivalent of MAP_CONCEAL or MAP_NOCORE, which ensure some memory areas never even make it into a core dump in the first place so your secrets are safe even in the scenarios you didn't expect?

Because that's what "prevent" would mean: fail safe, not just fail.

Scared of flying? Good news! Software glitches keep aircraft on the ground

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> The only solution is a complete rip-and-replace

Found the developer.

That is never the solution, especially when the system who's purpose is keeping people alive is working perfectly well as it is.

Bane of Big Tech, EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, steps away for a bit

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> insisting she wasn't singling out successful US tech companies for her ire.

Perhaps you could say she's going in Alphabetical order?

Google Chrome pushes ahead with targeted ads based on your browser history

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Didn't you have ads in the 20th21st century?

Well sure, but not in our dreams. Only on TV and radio. And in magazines. And movies. And at ball games and on buses and milk cartons and t-shirts and written on the sky. But not in dreams. No siree!

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> YMMV, based on where you are

Were, surely?

Big Tech has failed to police Russian disinformation, EC study concludes

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Re: Disinformation?

Well Russia did finally manage to kill a confirmed nazi the other day.

Admittedly it was one of their own but you gotta start somewhere right?

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Re: Disinformation?

> You stupid baskets have managed to bring war to Europe

> to bring war to Europe

> bring

> War

> to

> Europe

That might be the funniest thing I've ever read.

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"There's very little nuance" he says, as he describes a machine consisting of trilliions of individual, independent parts in terms of gross units approximately the size of a plumb and proceeds to stereotype about half of the human race with it.

There's a little more nuance to brains than "More blood make Grug go GRRRRR!".

> How does critical thinking, which is all about understanding shades of gray, help when people people only view the world in terms of black and white?

Good question.

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> How can Mintrue rise to power if we insist on questioning everything?

Is this a trick question?

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It's not terrorism.

It's a Special Quasimilitary Operation.

And it's all going according to plan.

Europe's Ariane 6 takes rocket science seriously by testing patience before engines

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Re: "Aschbacher admitted in a recent LinkedIn post"

I remember about 15-20 years ago there was a drive, particularly in the sciences, to turn away from publishing boring articles in one's own official, personal (and under one's own control) space and post on/from the xitter instead to "drive engagement".

It's going well.

The Anti Defamation League is Musk's latest excuse for Twitter's tanking ad revenue

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But thanks to Musk it's now official.

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Re: They can both go away.

It's all reich as long as you don't go too far.

Guild behind actors' strike fears video game workers also at risk from AI

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Re: The Luddites were not bad!

Bad or good, the luddites were not successful.

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> "The disease of greed is spreading like wildfire ready to burn workers out of their livelihoods and humans out of their usefulness. We at SAG-AFTRA say NO! Not on our watch!"

Get your pickaxes boys. Let's go smash up these looms!

Largest local government body in Europe goes under amid Oracle disaster

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> The council has made a request to the Local Government Association for additional strategic support

Try this strategy: Stop giving Oracle money.

> In 2021, Oracle founder and CTO Larry Ellison said Birmingham City Council was one of a number of successful wins

Just look at how much he won.

AWS shuts down its first-gen compute and network infrastructure

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Don't stop there!

Want tunes with that? India-made POS terminal includes a speaker

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Re: Why the confused headline and opening paragraph

> It would also work for those who can't see the terminal due to a disability

Generally speaking when you're buying something from someone there'll be a merchant there happy to help you figure out which buttons to push to give him money.

Cops drill into chat apps, sink plot to smuggle tonnes of coke into Europe

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Re: A missed opportunity

Lord Vetinari would approve.

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Re: Every story like this is a godsend

A calm thoughtful response and a critical analysis of known, hard facts isn't what's wanted here.

We want screaming at the gates and pitchforks. We want angry and stressed people with only alcohol as a balm. We want our coke prices pushed up so that junkies are forced to steal ever more expensive goods. We want more money going to shady Serbs and Columbians and not into the budget for hospitals and schools and roads.

Get with the programme.

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> What I don't understand is why LEAs or national SigInt agencies like GCHQ can't have access to the same data Big Tech helps themselves to with far less regulation and safeguarding.

The piles and piles of dead bodies that have been laid in the ground to keep it from them.

How to ask Facebook's Meta to not train its AI models on some of your personal info

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> they may be able to exercise their ... rights

Succinct summary of facebook.