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* Posts by ShelLuser

2682 posts • joined 19 Dec 2010

Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover

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@Led

"As schemes have become more complex its often the case that you need a multi-skilled team - like it or not."

Or better engineers.

People like Einstein and Hawkings came up with the most brilliant of theories and statements and they mostly did all of that on their own.

Now, I'm not necessarily disagreeing. Heck, this even follows the Unix philosophy: perform a small task and do that to the best of your abilities. And this approach works excellent. But the reason why I still comment is because this "multi skilled" approach is often taken into ridiculous directions these days.

More than often the skill set isn't the most important anymore, it's how you present it. Who cares if one person shows you plain out facts. When he does so in a boring way then he's most likely to get surpassed by someone else who is better at presenting himself. Just too bad that he got all of his facts mixed up...

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Cops fined £80,000 for revealing childhood abuse victims' names

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WTF?

What good does this fine do?

Oh wow, the cops are fined 80,000 pounds, as if this will actually affect them...

I mean, basically the government is now handing out a fine to an institution which got paid with... government money (aka: the taxpayers money!) in the first place. Could someone please explain to me how exactly this is going to have an effect?

Even if this would go out of a police budget then the effect is obvious: the police won't be able to perform their full duties due to lack of resources. Ergo: the population (not the police force!) would suffer thanks to the moronic actions of one idiot who couldn't even be bothered to think about what he was going to do. An idiot which is obviously still working for the force, because those are the kinds the public servant system highly values: people who will carry out orders without questioning and too much thinking.

And if this doesn't come out of the budget... how is this going to help those victims?

All I'm seeing is one government agency demanding money from another, while that money was coughed up by the population in the first place through taxes. Those numbers sound real intimidating (wow, 80,000!), but that quickly ends if you actually stop to think about what is happening here.

Where does the money go to? The victims as some form of compensation? Oh, I don't think so. It goes straight into the government and after a few months when the heat has passed the force can file in a request for extra financial support and they'll obviously get it.

When being asked about the extra spending it's probably going to be: "We have to, because if we don't then the population are the ones to suffer here". Yah, right, but if you cared so much for the population then why imply the fine in the first place and why didn't you, for example, hold the idiot who did this accountable for his own actions?

Why not sent that officer on a 2 month forced leave without pay for example? That would actually set an example that if you mess up with the most vulnerable kinds of victims then you will have to pay for the consequences.

But nah, too much theory. Let's move 80,000 pounds around because that really sounds cool and then it's back to business as usual. And no one will have learned one single bit.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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So it's true after all?

Embrace, extend and then delete, delete, delete!

Why don't we have a Cyberman or Dalek icon? :P

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Microsoft tries cutting the Ribbon in Office UI upgrade

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Why do I smell...

... a change merely because of the change?

I still prefer the classic "if it isn't broke, don't fix it!" motto myself. Just for the record: I actually enjoy the Ribbon Interface. But then again I also didn't upgrade Office after version 2010 :)

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

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They learned from the best!

First it were non-existing weapons of mass destruction, and now it's "malicious software". Anything to blame it on the Russians. After all, they are the aggressive dominating power here. Just look at them being right at the European border!

... wait. Wasn't that border in East Germany several years back, with an historic Berlin wall separating the city? And isn't that border now almost located in the Ukraine? Almost literally at the Russian border itself?

Whatever happened to that treaty which got signed after World War II which prevented both the USSR and the EU from expanding their borders? So, like, who's the aggressor here? I have my own ideas about that.

Remember: warfare in this modern age isn't only playing out on a battlefield. Financial based warfare is a thing too these days. And the best part is that it's almost invisible for the common population.

What a world we live in <sigh>

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Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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"maybe I should sue google because someone may mistake someone with a different skin colour in a different country"

And what about the websites which actually published all that material?

That's the part I don't get: they want to sue Google over this,but all Google does is direct you to sites which actually published the material. So, uhm, don't shoot the messenger?

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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So... uhm...

NASA owns the moon then? Sounds pretty arrogant to me.

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Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7, 8.1 support forums

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Interesting...

When I bought my Windows 7 professional version it was said to be supported until 2020. So.. that also didn't happen anymore I guess? :)

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Astroboffins trace mysterious noise from hard rock in space

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Uh oh...

Are we sure this isn't a sign of Star Trek's crystalline entity?

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Open Source Security hit with bill for defamation claim

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OSS deserves everything coming to them!

I've read the blog post and it even started with "in my opinion...." yet OSS still tried to bully this guy into taking it down. They deserve everything coming to them in my opinion.

I also hope this whole case will backfire making more companies and people alike pull out of this mess called grsecurity. No, I'm not bashing. It's just logical reasoning: one of the pillar stones in computer and online security is transparency; sharing information. When a backdoor or vulnerability is found it's usually in the best people's interests to share that information so that others can prepare themselves for it.

So here we have a security company who tried to take down a blog post where someone merely shared their personal opinion. Making me wonder: what would happen if somewhat decided to share something they perceived to be facts about backdoors within the grsecurity project?

Do you really think that this company would allow for that to happen? If this is how they treat an opinionated blogger, then I think they'll treat a mid cart security source which posts controversial material about their project even worse.

And when a security firm tries to shut someone up I always have to wonder: how many more people did they try to hassle and what for?

Would you really put your trust into a dominating dictatorial bunch like that? I sure wouldn't!

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

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Misrepresenting history much?

"The thing is, one way or another, stuff has to be paid for. Since this generation has decided not to pay for anything, least of all for factual information investigated by salaried journalists, advertising and sponsorship is all we have left."

Interesting theory but history has showed us something else.

In the beginning news companies decided to put parts of the paper online in order to lure people into reading it. The website itself was the advertisement and the goal was to get people to subscribe to the paper version. Then people decided that the limited online version was good enough for them because free yet limited news is cheaper than paid for full news.

But it was not "this generation that decided not to pay", it were the companies who decided to give away some of their stuff for free in hopes of luring people.

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Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption

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They should never have cried wolf

My personal issue with IPv6 is that it seeks to replace instead of co-exist and I believe that this is what makes the whole thing so hard. Because even if you use IPv6 you're still often depending on IPv4.

My ISP for example supports IPv6, I even have a public IPv6 address. Unfortunately the router only provides this on the outside, on the inside only IPv4 is provided. I once tried to set up the DHCPv6 server but to little avail. And that brings me back to my dilemma: all my internal stuff uses IPv4 so the moment I try to connect to the Internet the first thing it does is contacting an IPv4 gateway. So where's the benefit here?

But I really think that they shouldn't have played cry wolf for so many times. Several times did they share doom scenarios about IPv4 running out and the Internet coming to a grinding halt UNLESS we would embrace the savior that is IPv6. The Internet mostly ignored that and the grinding halt never happened. It doesn't matter if engineers worked hard to prevent that from happening, what matters here is public perception: a doom scenario was predicted, and it never happened.

Not once, not twice but at least four times of the past years. And that's a really sure way to lose credibility. Good luck trying to convince upper management that IPv6 is important: "But haven't we heard those stories all the time now? So why should we invest when everything works just fine?".

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UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

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@Milton

Well said. I find these articles interesting because a while ago (almost a year? I don't fully remember) the Netherlands got their share of F35's delivered and guess what?

They had to cope with the exact same problems! Delivery couldn't be made in time because of bad weather. However, the given arguments were also that the plane might have problems landing. Yeah, bad weather. I'd say it would be a good war exercise but nah.

I'm starting to get the impression that these things simply can't operate all that well in bad weather.It would even make sense, because in Holland they're replacing the F16 but are actually a lot less functional. Can carry less ammo, have a smaller action radius, they were supposed to be used to provide support for ground troops but that doesn't work very well...

Anyway, here's my best wishes for the British! Let's hope your chaps won't have to suffer from hypoxia which was another discovered F35 flaw not too long ago.

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

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@Harley

Wonder which new and exciting way they're gonna fuck it up.

It doesn't have to go down that way though.

I'm a vivid Minecraft player, a game Microsoft bought for around 2.5 billion, and we've had the same share of doom scenario's: it would mean the end of Minecraft because $Microsoft. And of course also because originally Minecraft is build on Java and we all know Microsoft somewhat competes against that with their C#.NET platform. This would be bad(tm).

Now, in all honesty they have made a somewhat controversial decision by renaming the original Minecraft version into "Minecraft - Java edition" while they focused themselves on the so called "Pocket Edition" which is now dubbed the 'default' or 'real' Minecraft edition.

Not a popular decision for sure, but it does make some sense if you consider that there are more players on the consoles than on the Java version.

But this is the thing: the so called "doomed" Java version is still going strong and is still being actively maintained. In fact: the Java version is currently used to pitch and test new features and ideas and after they have been tested and set up on Java do they get moved to the Windows 10 version and beyond ("PE").

At the time of writing the Java edition is anxiously awaiting release 1.13, dubbed Project Aquatica.

Microsoft being bad for Minecraft? Sorry, but so far I haven't noticed any of that. In fact I can even say that it is the opposite. Because also... please mention a game where you can play multiplayer on the PC and across gaming consoles alike? I'm not that big a gamer, but to my knowledge there aren't that many, if maybe none at all. Minecraft does.

There's a lot of prejudice and negativity towards Microsoft and sure: some of the stories are definitely true. But it doesn't have to be all bad. I've (sporadically) used their Codeplex website and that too wasn't all that bad. Heck, Microsoft was even realistic enough to eventually conclude that Github was the better website.

So yeah, I'm not worried. I think this could also turn out into a good thing for Github.

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Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

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Regarding Java Minecraft

"All Mods and the big community is on Java client, yet it will never get the graphics improvements and new features - those are Win10 only."

So how do you explain the upcoming Project Aquatica?

Sorry, but you're talking bullshit. 1.13 gets the Java edition a completely overhauled (improved) command system, new blocks and mobs, new game designs (buried treasure, sunken ships, ocean ruins, and dolphins which can lead you to said ruins), improved world generation, new biomes, severely improved customization (create your own crafting & smelting recipes, functions, structures.. and add 'm all into your own datapack)...

It even enhanced graphics; full screen playing is handled a lot better these days.

Not just that:

* Game library updated to LWJGL 3.

* Optimized cloud rendering.

* Optimized fog rendering.

Or what about this, a planned feature:

* World generation will become data-driven, using json files, allowing for custom structures.[12]

Sorry, but you're sharing some very serious nonsense here.

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Git security vulnerability could lead to an attack of the (repo) clones

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@GnuTzu

You make a valid point, however it requires more context. I mean... you do realize that it's very easy to set up a construction using a specific refspec which makes sure that you don't pull it directly onto the master but another (sub)branch instead?

Or... what if the project makes sure that only production worthy code gets onto the master branch and everything else remains limited to the dev branches?

Ergo: you can pull code onto a production server, but that is no guarantee that it will also immediately go live right away.

Still; how is this any different from, say, a server pulling packages directly from a repository? It doesn't have to pose any risks, depending on context.

You make it sound as if this construction is always a bad idea, but it doesn't have to.

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Sysadmin's PC-scrub script gave machines a virus, not a wash

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But the best feat of them all...

Those virii could also override the write protection tab on a floppy with ease. That was the scary part because, until I learned otherwise, I always thought that the readonly tab would trigger a routine in the drive itself which would then make it refuse to do anything.

Well.. that's not the way it works and you can actually bypass all that. So much for floppy security...

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Game over: Atari cofounder Ted Dabney dies aged 81

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:(

And so the world of IT "professionals <cough, cough>" just keeps on rolling because most beancounters (that's all they are now) couldn't care less. And this is why I keep following El Reg because you guys never seem to lose focus on stuff which matters, stuff for nerds! Wait... (yes, that was a sneer).

Best wishes to his family, and I wish them strength in these horrible times. My heart is out with you today guys...

I still have an old TV console (dated: 1972) which featured Pong (and pong varients) as the main games. When I get back from work I'm going to try and hook it up in remembrance. No.. I do not know Mr. Dabney and I definitely don't want to pretend otherwise. So why? Because I can, that's all reasoning I need.

Rest in peace Mr. Dabney, my thoughts will go out to you and your family, especially this evening when I'll be trying a game of Pong again myself. Thank you for all you've done.

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As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Don't forget critics..

"He hates unions, journalists, regulators, accountability and, apparently, the color yellow"

Many critics are also often met with a little bit of disdain I think, especially if they start asking specific questions. Which I think is plain out weird at times.

I mean... I can definitely respect the fact that Musk is a "do'er", he actually tries to get stuff going and no one can deny that. But at the same time I also think its fair to say that many of his ideas aren't exactly original but have been tried in the past before. I mean... take the idea for the rocket which can also land itself: there was already an actual working concept around in the 90's.

I get the impression that he also doesn't really enjoy getting reminded of those facts either.

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

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In other news...

My Office 2010 (I never bothered to upgrade because I failed to see the need) is still running nicely on Windows 7. I got several security updates not too long ago and everything simply works.

No slurping, no messages, just my trusty VBA powered Office environment.

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@Amis

I can only imagine it now:

Dear Amis,

Thank you for sending us this very important data. Customer feedback is important to us, that's why we want to collect more! And, like you, we feel strongly about our environment. So what we do with our software is therefor also our business. That's what you pay us for after all!

Looking forward to getting (much) more data from you!

Your friend Cortana

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President Trump broke US Constitution with Twitter bans – judge

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So, uhm...

I know of several celebrities who have done the exact same thing, so I assume this ruling also applies to that? All public figures after all... Some can't stand critics.

Personally I think this is a very peculiar ruling, no matter if you're in favor or against Trump, and I can't help but wonder if this isn't going to do a lot more damage than people may anticipate.

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'Clive, help us,' say empty-handed ZX Spectrum reboot buyers

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Moral of the story...

Don't pay up front for something that doesn't even exist yet. Not unless you're really, really, really, REALLY sure. And if the project is hosted on IndieGoGo reconsider your options once again.

Seriously though, I can't believe how many would fall for this sort of thing. Even in this day and age. All it took was a close look at the comment section of several totally random IndieGoGo projects: most of them all shared a disturbing aspect: customers complaining about delayed project(s) and no delivery. And not just a handfull of projects: nearly every (random) project I looked at would feature a noticeable amount of unsatisfied followers who complained about those issues.

I can understand this to happen on a few projects, and I also fully recognize the aspect that people are generally more inclined to respond when they have a complaint than if they're satisfied. All true.

Yet even so... so many complaints about non-delivery can't be good either way.

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Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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So he's now in France, eh?

""We can stop all the conspiracy theories about Hitler. He did not flee to Argentina in a submarine, he is not in a hidden base in Antarctica or on the dark side of the moon," Professor Philippe Charlier told the Agence-France Press newswire."

I've seen enough horror movies in the 60's to recognize what has happened here; by examining the bones the professor has now also been infested with the evil Hitler brainwaves which are now taking over his body. Careful everyone!

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Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Always from the same school?

Is it only me who can't help but notice that it's almost every time someone from the same school who is responsible for this kind of horrific action? And am I the only one wondering what led up to all this?

For all I know the kid could have been bullied for most of his time at school and eventually snapped and decided to take things to extremes. That would definitely tell you something about the mental state of the shooter, but it would also reveals quite a bit about the school they attended. However, the 'why' part is usually fully ignored, even though you could increase your chances of trying to prevent stuff like this from happening if you did pay some attention to that too. Just make sure you're not treating this as some kind of twisted 'excuse' but to find ways where you might improve on things.

I can't help but get the impression that instead of walk outs from school to protest against gun violence it might be a much better idea to organize a walk IN: trying to band together and to make sure that all students are pretty much on the same level. Especially where mutual respect for each other is concerned.

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Git push origin undo-my-last-disaster

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Nothing new here...

You really don't need anything fancy to set this up. Simply using a Git repository where each branch contains a specific configuration and is provided through a worktree is more than enough. I've been using this system for quite a while now, blogged about it here, and it works like a charm.

Once you try to set up something like this will you fully realize just what an amazing product Git actually is and all the weird stuff it can actually do. I'm still a little hyped about (for example): git push -u remote-repo +HEAD:refs/heads/newbranch. This will push your current repo onto a remote repository but as a new branch. And it will track said remote repository branch too. Try doing that with tools such as Subversion :)

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I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

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Developer / company mindset

I doubt that much is going to change here.

Because ask yourself this: why do those developers and/or companies chose to use open source to power their setup? The answer is usually to save money. And I doubt that the 'aftermath' such as keeping things up to date or bothering yourself over licenses would add to that, so it's often enough ignored.

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Agile development exposed as techie superstition

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@AC

"Agile is relying on meaningless ritual and mantras rather than on your own intelligence."

No it's not.

See, that's is the exact same problem you see happening with other development / design schemes such as UML / SysML. It's not the practice or the modeling language which relies on meaningless crap: that's what those beancounters / consultants want to make you believe.

Take for example "You need to stand during the daily meeting". That is bollocks, because the standing part is only a means. The goal is to keep the whole meeting as short as possible. You don't have to stand up for that, you can just as easy sit down and agree that each person gets no more than 2 - 3 minutes to summarize their issue(s).

But if you're in a crowd where no one questions anything and blindly allow themselves to get led around by example alone then you get into this mess. But in this case you really should blame the messenger.

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Tesla forums awash with spam as mods take an unscheduled holiday

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Are we sure...

... that Musk didn't simply recently discover a totally new way to make some extra cash: sell forum access?

And as far as I can tell some Tesla owners can really use some of those pills :)

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Mining apps? We're cool so long as they admit to it, says Canonical

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At the risk of being cynical but...

"Canonical wrote “we are working on the ability to flag specific publishers as verified. The details of that will be announced soon, but the basic idea is that it’ll be easier for users to identify that the person or organisation publishing the snap are who they claim to be.”.

So the thing I fail to understand: when was identity ever an issue? It looks to me as if the identity of the user had little to do with all this but mostly the act of them trying to "borrow" resources from your environment. It's not the user but the product which was the problem.

How much extra money would the developers have to cough up for them to be verified I wonder? Is this Canonical's own way of trying to gather up some extra cash without too much extra effort being involved?

I mean.. The way I read all this they're basically saying that: "Verified users will be more trustworthy than non-verified users", which I think can create very dangerous precedences. But mostly: so if my application informs the user somewhere at the bottom of page 6 in small print that there will also be crypto mining involved, would that be counted as informing the audience? Because technically I did, wouldn't you agree?

Why not plan for a rule to plain out ban any behavior of this kind?

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Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador

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@Florida

Yeah, not just expensive but pretty arrogant too. I'm still quite disappointed when I learned about this to be honest but at one point Assange even started calling out the Ecuadorian president because he was all in favor of Catelonia going independent and Ecuador was not. Whatever happened to respect thy host?

He's eating their food, he's using their Internet connection and apparently he has no problems at all just pissing over their political statements "because". Some guest...

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You've been Zucked: Facebook boss refuses to face-off with Brit MPs

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So when are the politicians actually going to act?

I couldn't help but notice how little the UK does when their requests were basically totally disrespected. They set out a deadline at they expect to receive answers, Facebook blatantly ignores it and it's apparently business as usual for the UK. How do you expect to get people to respect your wishes if you allow them to walk all over you?

So far I can't help get the impression that those UK politicians are all talk and no action. And that is not going to help them here.

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Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency

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@AC

"P.S. How about trying good old detective work instead of lazy data-slurp grepping."

^^^ So much this.

See, my biggest gripe with articles like these and which sometimes make me want to fume (I don't) is the display of hypocrisy involved. Now, I don't deny that encryption can make things harder on them. I think that's plain out true.

But is it really as much of a problem as they claim?

See... remember that London suicide bomber incident? Several people around the nutjub, including people from the Mosque he visited had already warned law enforcement that something wasn't right. And what did the police do? Put him on a list and... that was just about it. I don't know about you but if members of a Mosque start sending out warnings then all my alarmbells would go off.

So encryption could make police work harder? What kind of police work are we exactly talking about would be my counter question, especially with the above in mind...

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PGP and S/MIME decryptors can leak plaintext from emails, says infosec professor

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@Alan

Thanks for sharing!

Seems like the classic case of a researcher who discovered the obvious and then makes a big fuss about it for no apparent reason (other than, maybe, getting themselves better into the picture).

I mean.. if you claim that such problems are so massive that people should uninstall these programs while you:

A) Never bothered to contact the authors of GnuPG

B) Fail to mention that a simple fix can be not to use HTML email formatting

... then I think you're overreacting and may even uphold a double agenda. Shame on them.

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Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

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I love my Cherry keyboard!

I know this isn't really related to Apple nor laptops but keyboards, still... I've been using computers a long time, even up to a time when I still smoked and as a result plenty of ash (and other misery) found its way into my keyboard. But after 30 years (including a few times when I fully dismantled and cleaned the keyboard) it failed on me. And yeah: unfortunately you don't get any warranty after 30 years it seems, strange ;)

It turned out to be a Cherry and after that one I tried many other keyboards and none really felt 'good' to me. I still can't really describe the issue but, a combination of how the keys respond, the noise they make and the overall feel of the keyboard. I just love my Cherry, it can stand plenty of abuse, I can type out blindfolded without any issue and it feels really good to the touch.

So I tried to contact Cherry (link to Wikipedia article), and guess what? Although they didn't carry my specific keyboard model anymore it was possible for them to custom build and ship one! Of course the costs would be higher (seems obvious) but it was doable. So I ordered :) I paid them around E 110,- and waited. It took a while (obviously) and I will be honest: at one point I even wondered if I would receive anything at all but then... it happened! :)

My brand new keyboard got delivered and it's exactly the same touch and feel as I had been accustomed to. And I still use it today, I think we're already a good 10 or so years in. Main change though: I don't smoke anymore (quit a loong time ago) so no more ash and other garbage.

I know this keyboard seems highly over-expensive to some but those don't realize how much time I spent behind the PC (which makes a good keyboard very important) nor do they realize that having a keyboard custom made can never be cheap. The lower prices are a result from mass production afterall, that's simple financial mathematics ;)

My point though: if Cherry can build keyboards which can last for years, even with major negligence and abuse, then why can't Apple? Especially considering the hefty price they charge you.

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Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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@Headley

"If we can't trust the US then we'll have problems with Tomahawk, F-35"

Don't worry: those F-35 problems ship free of charge with the airplane. Like pilots suddenly suffering from hypoxia (lack of oxygen). You don't need the US for that :P

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Publishers tell Google: We're not your consent lackeys

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@AC

Well, that would depend. To my understanding the whole regulation concentrates itself on personal data, and what Google basically gets through analytics is nothing more but an IP address and a browser stamp.

This could be theoretically linked back to you if you have a Google account, are constantly logged on and have provided Google with your personal information. But that only applies after you given them access to that data. I could imagine that your personal data does fall into this regulation but the anonymous analytics data does not. Only if you would be linked then it becomes personal.

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North will remain North for now, say geo-magnetic boffins

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But even if this would happen...

How big would the effects be? I mean, does anyone actually their compass in this day and age? The reason I ask is because I can't help get the impression that most of that has been replaced by GPS.

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if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders

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@AC

To get to the bottom of that we'll have to apply the old saying of the Internet: "Welcome to the Internet, where the men are men, the women are men and the children are FBI agents".

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Getting mighty tired with the dumb snowflakes already!

Code Q&A site Stack Overflow has admitted its community can be hostile to women, people of color, and marginalized groups, and has promised to do better.

I think the truth though is very different: the community can be hostile towards dumb people who make the mistake of asking for an easy way out while blatantly showing that they have not taken any kind of effort to solve the problem themselves. Sure, those dumb people can indeed be women, people of color and marginalized groups.

See: tech sites usually don't discriminate, everyone gets the same treatment. If you're being stupid you'll be told as much. And that ladies and gentlemen is how we can progress. Yes, it might not be a pleasant experience, welcome to real life. But the motivation isn't so much to ridicule a person but more so to make them fully aware that they've been stupid, lazy, dumb, etc. and that in order to get better results they really should consider putting more effort into their questions or problems.

But in todays society some people apparently can't handle this. Instead of adapting to the rather direct culture of tech sites they feel entitled to a different treatment because... Yeah, why actually? Because you're a woman, person of color, etc, etc.? Isn't that basically discrimination and/or racism? Treating someone different based on their gender and the color of their skin?

And what happened to all those equality speeches?

The way I see it Stack Overflow is caving into the wishes of a dumb minority. And as a result the quality of the website in general will only plummet.

Because if you can't tell someone that they've been stupid and then carefully explain why that is so (not in a hateful manner obviously, but even that is honestly still enough for someone to take offense to, I've seen that happening a few times),... So if you can't do that then... well, I guess you'd better ignore the post alltogether and move onto something more worthy of your time.

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ZX Spectrum reboot firm's shareholders demand current directors go

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@Jason

"But we should not forget these shareholders appear to have done fuck all until now to end the fiasco."

That, and we should keep in mind where their true loyalties lie. And isn't that first and foremost to secure their own revenue?

The way I see it there are multiple ways of doing so, and some don't necessarily have to involve rebooting the company to get some actual production going.

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I spy with my little eye ... a quantum drum with TRILLIONS of atoms

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Now I'm hungry ;)

"Working at the macro scale offers two important advantages. First, such objects can interact with both photons and microwaves, and could thus act as a channel between quantum communication systems (using photons) and microwave-based quantum computers."

Microwaves? Does that mean it can also act as part of my instant microwave oven lunch?

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GitLab crawling back online after breaking its brain in two

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GitHub > GitLab

It is kind of an ironic coincidence for me because today I set up my first official GitHub repository, backed by Git obviously, and it was an amazing experience for me. Git is plain and simple a very impressive tool, for both its extensive capabilities as well as its outstanding documentation.

Just for contexts sake: I had a local project I'm working on which is used on several servers. Because of that the project isn't only kept in a local repository but also in a central one. So basically whenever I have an important change I 'git push' that onto the main repository and done. Then this can be 'git pull'ed' on another server so that they're automatically in sync with my copy. So far, so good.

I decided to upload and maintain this project on GitHub as well. As such I created the repository, copied the URL, set up a new (dedicated) branch in my local project, added my GitHub repository as a so called 'remote' and then assigned that as the new branch upstream.

As a direct result I now have 1 project which can be pushed onto multiple upstreams with ease. All I have to do is select ('checkout') the appropriate branch and run 'git push', couldn't be easier.

Can it get any better than this? Of course it can! GitHub also provides you with a nice wiki for your repository which you can use to document your work. And that wiki is basically a Git repository in itself. Which I then added as a submodule in the project I mentioned above. But only on the master branch which is maintained locally (pushed on a locally hosted repository), on my 'github' branch the entire .gitmodules file gets excluded as such there's no risk of my main project getting mixed up with my GitHub project.

So why am I sharing all this... First of all because GitHub / Git left me truly amazed at the things I could do there. But second because I cannot imagine doing all this just as easily solely based on GitLab. Judge for yourself: just compare the GitHub help with the GitLab help.

And last time I checked GitHub actually knows how to make and maintain backups ;)

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RIP: Sinclair ZX Spectrum designer Rick Dickinson reaches STOP

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All the best wishes to the family!

The title says it all, I can only imagine the bad times they're going through.

I was a C64 guy myself, pretty much of a die hard, and only got hold of a ZX81 much, much later. It definitely took an attitude adjustment because it was massively different, but it was a really impressive experience.

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That's no moon... er, that's an asteroid. And it'll be your next and final home, spacefarer

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Great idea!

Maybe we could use the cast from one of those Big Brother "reality" TV shows? That way we'll have our volunteers and those annoying programs get off the air. Win-win!

Wait... maybe we can turn the first years of travel into a reality TV show in order to finance the whole thing ;)

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Academics: Shutting down Facebook API damages research, oversight, competition

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In the publics interest? Dream on!

Those universities are crying because of one simple thing: their own personal interests. If shutting down the Facebook API would damage the work which universities do then that only tells me something about the poor state of affairs within said universities.

Something which in my opinion has been in decline for quite some years already. How else could certain universities back up some IndieGoGo projects (such as the Waterseer) while everyone can easily proof that the project is impossible to achieve by merely applying some basic laws of thermodynamics?

The only thing they're thing to safeguard here is their own interests, not those of the general public.

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AWS DNS network hijack turns MyEtherWallet into ThievesEtherWallet

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@Jon

"HSTS is a flag that the website enables. Once enabled, browsers remember it (and it can't be unset), so you're protected for subsequent visits to the site."

Unless of course you're using private browsing mode to keep you safe.

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DNSSEC wouldn't have avoided anything because that system is massively flawed in itself.

See, what many people seem to ignore is that the only reason dnssec aware software is doing a look up is because of the dnssec records. Since you're spoofing anyway then what could be easier than simply not including those in the first place? Now your lookup simply tells you that no dnssec is present, just like it does for a majority of the domains.

DNSSEC sounds very nice in theory but it doesn't do too much when needed. Unlike that SSL certificate I might add...

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Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private

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And hackers or slurpers.

Private mode also disables all extensions a browser might have, so whatever you do within that session will be totally invisible to others. Even if they gained access to your browser data through some kind of obscure plugin (here's looking at Facebook, Twitter and any other social media garbage).

There is much more value to private mode than they're giving it credit for.

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@AC

"So, almost no use cases, really."

Bullshit.

I think that's merely what this fake study wants you to believe. They claim that "A majority of browsers doesn't inform the users" but that's a blatant lie. If they're this inaccurate, then how am I suppose to believe the percentages? Also considering that testing this majority aspect would be extremely easy.

There is a lot of value in private browsing, but I get the impression that some forces would rather see it disappear. Maybe even badly enough to fire up a fake study.

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