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* Posts by LDS

5521 posts • joined 28 Feb 2010

JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?

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Re: Hand Off My Internet

In which way it is "yours"?

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Whatever is bad for Google...

... is good for Mankind.

Google has become the bigger exploiter of ideas and contents made elsewhere - and pay peanuts or nothing for it.

Google & C will *kill* freedom of expression, because they are interested in it only as long as it is a profitable business.

Just very few will spend their time to create true innovative expression of freedom as long as they are loitered by Google, its worshiper and people too ignorant and stupid to create anything new and valuable but very greed to distribute and loiter other people successful creations.

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AT&T sends in startup shill to shake up Cali's net neutrality safeguards

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"Low-income and minority Californians enjoy disproportionately greater benefits"

Yes, and also won't be much able to choose what to watch... maybe Fox News will be zero rated?

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It's time for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 to die (die, die)

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Hope Dell will upgrade all its managmwent interfaces to support TLS 1.3+....

or we'll be cut out of a lot of kits if browsers stop supporting older standards.

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'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales

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"showing Redmond is taking seriously the creeping advance of Apple"

Especially since Windows 10 gave another reason to switch to Apple to many...

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What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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"when the JRE installer started..."

.... to multiply because most app work with just one specific release, developers don't know how to bundle it in their damned application locally, and you need to keep installed outdated and vulnerable ones.

And still, as soon you just look at a Java application, a couple of Gigabytes of RAM are gone....

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I am scared of the pressure to add [...] features to address immediate needs and fashions

This.

Most languages are today designed only for immediate needs and fashion, and are also proliferating - "heck, this fashionable construct is missing, let's make a new language!" - if most of their applications don't die soon enough, it will become a maintenance nightmare.

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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whatsapp (not google)

(not google) --> Facebook....

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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

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Re: They learned from the best!

Who built the Berlin Wall, and why? Who attempted to blockade Berlin, and why?

It's no surprise that after years of being under the hard Russian boots, those countries - democratically - moved towards the West and the "wall" moved East - a wall that Russia keeps on building itself because it can't accept full democratic values and people like Putin need a strong nationalism to keep power despite being unable to create a well working economy.

The WWII treaties required free elections in all liberated countries - not USSR invading East Europe and setting up communist governments, and ensuring in 1956 (Hungary) and 1968 (Czechoslovakia) nobody changed idea sending tanks in - and it got back to those behaviour in Crimea and Donbass.

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Re: And remove USA software?

Actually EU should not trust US software - it was already bad before Trump, now it can only get worse.

The problem Kaspersky has is his government can't be trusted at all - and that has become true for US as well, one you could think as an EU ally you may have got a different treatment, Trump make sure nobody could think it anymore.

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That was quick: Seattle rushes to kill tax that would mildly inconvenience Amazon

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"Amazon are noted for their ready supply of large, brown cardboard boxes..."

They are too thin, cheap and bad quality to be useful for an homeless shelter.

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June 2018, and Windows Server can be pwned with a DNS request

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I've got a NetGear device using an open source library which couldn't process the DHCP answer from my router - because the answer had additional - and perfectly legit - fields the library writers didn't take into account, and thereby allocated too little space for the answer... I had to change the DHCP server, because that vulnerability was never fixed.

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Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate

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C'mon, everybody knows that the real theat to nationals security is...

... Canada.

And after meeting Trump North Korea needs a reliable supplier of electronics components.

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Trump kept ZTE alive as ‘personal favour’ to Chinese president Xi

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Re: "A special place in hell ..."

Just wait for them call a Crusade against Canada... that infidel country!

Soon you won't be able to tell apart Turkey, Iran and USA...

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"To be fair Putin has gone to great lengths to keep his family out of the limelight."

Which family? The "official one"? The other one? He's also keeping very "secret" his affairs because they wouldn't match very well with his role as a defender of the Orthodox Church and the "true family"...

Some "private" travels to Switzerland raised a lot of suspicions...

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"He's basically offering foreign policy for sale and personal profit"

That's why he likes Putin so much. They have the same attitude at governing.

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Re: "The US president claims he’s a negotiator"...

In his businesses, he's used to be the 800 pound gorilla unless when he has to beg money from far richer foreign investors - in that case everything is more discrete, as he has to bow .. - and he's ready to sell his country for his own advantage.

He's also more interested in showing off than in actual results. Expect Kim take advantage of his megalomania to give almost nothing in exchange for a lot - he just need to let Trump think he could boast he got a "very good deal".

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EU-US Privacy Shield not up to snuff, data tap should be turned off – MEPs

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"The U.S. has been a very important market for E.U. goods"

But EU is also a very important market for US services. The Trump administration looks to be unable to understand that not only a lot of US goods may arrive in Europe directly from China but profits go to US companies (Apple...), but it also sells a lot of services which pumps a lot of EU money into US company (even if they keep them offshore as long as US taxes are not favourable - but that was a US issues, not an EU one).

These services are usually based on people's data - and I would be very careful to avoid to kill such kind of market...

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"but how do EU Laws bind the United States ?"

When the Unites States want to access data stored outside their jurisdiction and under EU one...

While I understand the need to find agreements to speed up investigations since digital data can be moved so quickly and easily, the CLOUD Act is an arrogant one-sided decision, and any US company forced to obey it could also break EU laws.

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Scammers ahoy! International police operation harpoons 74 email whaling suspects

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Expect also messages 'from the FBI' telling you your funds have been recovered...

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Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7, 8.1 support forums

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Re: Not sure how big of a loss this is

You mean the average intern from Mumbai was of no help? Well, now I'm just afraid they'll move to the more lucrative support scam business...

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Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

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"Aka. "Quantitative Easing"."

You wholly don't understand the difference between Quantitative Easing and devaluation.

That's because Draghi understands economics, unlike others.

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Re: Lira?

Back then there were plans to crate an "heavy Lira" and remove two or three zeros, like France did with the Franc years ago. Then came the Euro and it wasn't needed.

Just if our new government achieve its not-so-hidden plan to leave the Euro, be ready to add again space for a large number of digits... and exchanges rates changing by the minute.

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Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?

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" I think people who complained about M/S then are also complaining about Google now."

Not everybody - there's a not small group who hates MS but praises Google whatever it does - there are of course those who praise MS whatever - it's still a kind of tribalism, never assess what the situation really is, and what are the benefits, just take a tribe, and sell your brain away.

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Re: Freetard Glory

It looks it's Google is paying nobody for its work - it didn't even want to pay Java owners to use Java, and tried to copy it - and, after all, Linux came for free from Europe, not the US...

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"are POSIX-compliant"

The POSIX subsystem of Windows was a very limited one, mostly available for commercial reasons only, and it needed Software Services for Unix to get a decent source code compatibility.

Now Windows 10 has Linux running on top the Windows APIs, not viceversa. The kernel are quite different.

And again I warn about the risks of having a single codebase for everything. A big bug could become really catastrophic and put at risk any system.

True evolution need competition and diversity.

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Re: EU not content

So why Microsoft couldn't bundle IE and Media Player for free? Why it couldn't pay OEMs to install Windows as part of the deal, so you didn't have to pay a full license?

Actually, Windows became much more free and many applications were able to compete with Microsoft one - Chrome would have gone nowhere otherwise - and consumers benefited from it.

It's very funny that now Google being the new Microsoft, people who complained a lot about MS behaviours 20 years ago now are fully ready to praise them from Google. That's plain hypocrisy.

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BT announces Gavin Patterson to become ex-CEO

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"But I want royal-blue unicorns! Make it happen immediately!"

For that you need to be part of those families who clawed power in some usually cruel ways centuries ago, and deceived others to believe they have a right to be considered above others just because of the family they are born in - still in the XXI century.

Of course if you're a second class actress still young and appealing enough you get a chance to get your royal-blue unicorn, and also a large crowd of idiots cheering at you and believing you're a great woman because of that.... #metoo, empowered working woman and STEM studies my ass!

All of that while a lot of people vote against those nasty "elites" - just to drool in front of the very epitome of them.

Elite, after all, are bad only if you don't belong to one. People just look for an easy way to become part of one, usually one that don't imply hard work but just some form of bribery...

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Re: Something is wrong.

Welcome to the CEO world, were pink unicorns farting rainbow money actually do exist...

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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"On a small scale, and heavily subsidised by government"

It looks you came late to the party. In 2005 , the internet was already very large, a lot of people already had ADSL always-on connections, and companies like Facebook took great advantage of it. Facebook would have never worked in a POTS modem internet.

Anyway the communication infrastructure is still mostly paid by telcos and governments. Here the deploy of fiber outside telco-remunerative areas is still heavily subsidized by the government - aka taxpayers money, it's not being paid nor by Facebook nor by Google or whatever entity makes billions filling it with ads, especially since they also pay near to no taxes here.

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Ads are OK. Data gathering behind my back is not.

In a desperate attempt to save their lucrative data slurping business, many companies are trying to make people believe the internet will die because no one pays for it. But:

1) We pay for the communication links - what will suffer would be the endpoints, which take advantage of the comm links, and just pay a part of their cost - the internet existed and worked before Facebook

2) Ads work and can pay sites even when they are simply shown without trying to slurp any data they can behind their back, while carrying some malware because their systems were coded by cheap incompetent developers.

3) "Pixels" and other kind of hidden beacons have nothing to do with ads - they are just plain and simple tracking and slurping techniques.

4) Target ads aren't better than un-targeted ones, despite whatever your ad companies can tell you to extract more money from you.

I do use ad blockers and the like to block the slurping and malware delivery - I have no issue if you use some of my screen space and bandwidth to show me a simple ad - especially and ad with useful information ("silly" things like specs and prices, for example), and not just stupid animations and effects.

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Chinese tech giant ZTE is back in business – plus or minus $1.4bn and its entire board

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Re: Don't forget

Beware of the far reaching consequences of some "results"... that's not building a silly kitsch building somewhere.

Remember when UK sent advanced jet engines blueprints to Stalin in a "good will" effort?

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VPNFilter router malware is a lot worse than everyone thought

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"no software will be ever fully secure, sorry.."

Correct, but those wanting a single software running the whole world imply it has to be their open source One.

Evidently, even if a single commercial software would become the only one it would be a big risk anyway. Competition increase quality, because you know you cold be replaced for a failure. When there's no choice, quality plummets - where can you go, otherwise?

No system will be fully secure as well - the less diversity, the bigger the risk of a large, unstoppable meltdown.

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It's interesting how using more or less the same software for many different devices...

... makes targeting a lot of them much, much easier with only minor modifications.

Evolution worked because there were and there are many different species with different attitudes - some could survive events that could kill others.

In software, instead, we see many people thinking we should have just one software to rule them all. The effect would be a catastrophic event will impact everything.

And no, no open source software will be ever fully secure, sorry... especially since lack of competition and homogeneity usually leads to complacency.

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1,300 customers of Brit bank TSB defrauded due to botched IT migration

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"CEO said city law firm Slaughter and May is conducting an independent review"

Looks the right firm, given what's happened.

Anyway it looks banks should top paying too much people who just try to come up with more complex financial "instruments" to create fake money to fatten bonuses, and instead start to hire competent IT people - all of their business is made of bits and bytes, today.

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IoT CloudPets in the doghouse after damning security audit: Now Amazon bans sales

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"They are getting "pressure by pocketbook"

Still, you can't rely on this "goodwill" private efforts only. Right not those companies may think the lost revenues are less important than the bad PR - but it could change anytime. The day someone releases a "Cat-O-Matic" and that's a huge success consumer wants despite its security flaws, I'm sure very few retailer will refuse to sell it.

Don't expect, for example, Amazon stopping to sell Echo even when it sends private conversations to someone else....

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Tor-forker Joshua Yabut cuffed for armoured personnel carrier joyride

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"If the first car in line is wrecked/knocked out, then the second takes over."

Or just crash into the first, and all those behind one into another...

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Wasn't he asserting his constitutional right...

... to bear arms? Maybe he should just asked to pay for government fuel.

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Oracle says migrating on-prem ERP to cloud now easier than upgrade

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Oracle upgrade processes were never easy and simple...

... so I'm not surprised at all they think a 20 week process is cool....

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At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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Re: What shocks me...

When your job is "technical marketing", I guess that's what you're trained for...

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NASA makes the James Webb Telescope a looker with a heart of gold

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Ssshhhhh!

Or Trump will want the mirrors in the Oval Office to look at himself and ask - "mirror, mirror, made of gold, who's the greatest president of the world?"

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No lie-in this morning? Thank the Moon's gravitational pull

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Depends - the hours could have been shorter if we had still divided a day in 24 parts, regardless of the actual rotation speed.

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Re: Why now?

I think the researches are focusing more on the impacts such changes had on Earth orbit and thereby climate.

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Amazon scam trio primed for prison stretch after million-dollar fraud

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"Amazon returns is superb"

Yes, just their logistics optimization can be exploited - they often don't ask to return defective items because handling them would be more expensive than leaving them to the customer. Just I'm surprised they did it with expensive items that could be sold as refurbished ones.

I've read recently that Amazon also started to ban people who return a large number of items - it looks there are not so few who think Amazon is also a trial/rent service. Yes, the return policies are great, but then you get scoundrels who abuse them.

Recently I had to return an item, a photo softbox, because one of the internal diffuser was of the wrong size - it wasn't folded as they usually are from the factory, I suspect someone ordered different sizes, then returned some without even taking care to put the right pieces in the right box.

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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Re: @Updraft102 - If GPL is that toxic

There's not only BSD - there are also Apache and Mozilla (and other licenses), and there's a lot of code released with non-GPL licenses - basically, most of what is not developed for Linux is often non GPL exactly because GPL is toxic.

GPL is not designed to contribute back only - as others are - it's designed to force all the code it touches to become open source. Very different aims.

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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"That's because you know of a better IDE!! Go on, enlighten us!"

Unluckily, there's been a time when too many people blabbed around that after Eclipse IDEs would have been just commodities and there were no need to develop others.

The result was just a stall in IDE development, and their dreadful state is well under our eyes.

There was also the vi crowd who never understood some class of applications - especially those with a GUI - are far better handled using an IDE.

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"VS is not only great but free for commercial use."

You may want to read the license:

https://www.visualstudio.com/license-terms/mlt553321/

Basically it's free only if:

1) You're small enough

2) You develop open source software

Otherwise you have to buy a commercial license.

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'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

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"not being able to volunteer a social media profile can make someone the subject of suspicion"

Is only me who finds it really worrying and truly scaring? Or is this just how FB spin doctors are working in the dark to avoid to lose many users guinea pigs?

"Mandatory" Facebook? It looks "the Circle" could actually be a prophetic book of Doom....

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Lessons learned from Microsoft's ghosts of antitrust past: Step up, Facebook

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Still mostly Evil.

And in very good company today, evilness is the new business model.

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New Windows Servers are like buses: None for ages, then two at once!

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Seriously, if a setup needs a service stopped, why it doesn't stop it itself??

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