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* Posts by diodesign

2041 posts • joined 21 Sep 2011

Skype bot airport action, Retpolining into 2019, old Kubernetes versions for the chop in Azure, and much more Microsoft

diodesign
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"Where did you get it from?"

From you, you doofus. You submitted it to us as an example BSoD - see the image caption link.

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Is the LOHAN project officially dead.

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Re: Is the LOHAN project officially dead.

Fenke ^ is our project lead on LOHAN, and I echo what she says.

It has been dormant, due to legal and paperwork issues – it's hard getting the permission to fly the thing through multiple airspaces as both a balloon and as a drone-ish rocket.

However, a plan is coming together, slowly, involving a launch site that thinks it can get us the necessary permissions. Stay tuned! Bear in mind we're still trying to run a news website at the same time.

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I'm on the naughty step

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Re: onefang

"if you don't tell me what I did wrong, there's no chance I can correct it."

It's too much of a time sink to get into discussing it with everyone who ends up being rejected or put into the moderation queue. Maybe one day we'll have a drop down menu of reasons. Our primary goal is writing articles.

"The email I sent asking why didn't get a response."

If you sent it over the weekend, we haven't read it yet. We all need time off at the end of the week.

"I promise to not post corrections as comments"

That'll help you get out of moderation. Generally, people are in the queue until someone cracks and takes them out of it and back into normal auto-moderation.

It's just really annoying having an article sit on the site for a few hours with a mistake it in, especially a mistake others have seen but decided to post a comment about it rather than get it fixed.

It's like getting a 1 star review about a bug that a bug-finder didn't report.

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Re: I'm on the naughty step

Hi - it's because you posted a correction as a comment, when we have an email address for that. We flag up people who post corrections as comments so we can check each comment for future corrections. We don't have time to read every comment, but we do have time to read corrections@.

The correction was: incorrect picture of aircraft on a story about WW2 bombers.

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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: TheUnregister

I see you've got your internet access back, Julian.

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F5: Don't panic but folks can slip past vulnerable firewall servers, thanks to libssh's credentials-optional 'security'

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Re: Clickbait title?

"allows SOCKS-proxy connections via SSH"

Yeah, we've updated the piece to clarify the impact. Ultimately, the bug can be exploited to reach backend systems, depending on the configuration.

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Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Re: Rosetta-a-like is absolutely necessary

Dunno, dude. Gonna have to disagree. Applications could ship with Arm and x86 inside, with the right one running depending on the underlying hardware. It's not that hard to understand.

The difference now from the Rosetta era (2005) is the Apple Mac App Store (introduced in 2010). Just have the app store push Arm builds (or fat binaries) to Arm Macs. The iOS App Store at least deals in LLVM bytecode submitted by developers, which Apple compiles and optimizes for various different targets. Same could be done for Mac apps.

If you're downloading apps direct from developers, then you'll have to get the Arm rebuild or use Rosetta. If you're building it yourself, then just recompile.

So basically, the App Store, as a central repository, this time around is why the reliance on Rosetta won't be quite so heavy.

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As angels, rich dudebros suck: 1 in 5 Y Combinator women tech founders say they were sexually harassed

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Re: What level?

"I would think that most people would consider that a bloke asking a woman out for a date is fair game."

Not in a work environment.

"On the other hand if the woman is asked twenty times over by twenty different men"

Correct - you think you're the only person who's asked her out for a drink, and asked nicely so what's the harm. But she's probably sick and tired of colleagues and bosses trying to ask her out every week, sick and tired of trying to let them down gently, sick and tired of worrying about saying no.

"To be honest I probably wouldn't have done that if it had been a male. I yes, I'm aware that even referring to a member of staff as a "girl""

I think you're starting to slowly work through and see the problem here.

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diodesign
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Re: Nazz

Not now, mate. This is a story about women complaining of sexual harassment and you turn it around to ultra-rare scenarios in which men are falsely accused.

It's not always about you.

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Party like it's 1989... SVGA code bug haunts VMware's house, lets guests flee to host OS

diodesign
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Re: A standard dating back to 1987?

Yeah, VGA appeared 1987 and SVGA cards* arrived that year, too, although it wasn't until 1989 that a standard for programming them was defined. It doesn't help that what exactly SVGA is isn't formally defined like VGA was.

Maybe it should be 1989.

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* eg: Cirrus Logic CL-GD410.

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RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer

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Re: devtrail

I think you're skipping over the word "promise", here. And finances. The guy didn't have a Scrooge McDuck style vault of gold coins. If someone's worth $20bn, they don't have that cash in hand.

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Re: Nit picking

He donated more than $2bn of his $20bn fortune, and pledged to give most of it away – until cancer stopped him.

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Samsung’s flexible phone: Expect an expensive, half-bendy clamshell

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Re: Unworthy patent

It's a patent application – not an actual patent grant (yet). Sorry for any confusion.

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Astroboffins discover when white and brown dwarfs mix, the results are rather explosive

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Re: Cygnus, which is shaped like a swan

All right, grumpy. To the people who first clocked it a few millennia ago, it looked a bit like a swan. Y'know, hence the name Cygnus.

This is why we don't have time machines. Otherwise, we'd have people from the future coming back in time to give us an ear-bashing all day, every day.

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I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract

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Re: "I think you are confusing your universes."

In the unforgettable words of Admiral Adama:

"Shut up, Wesley."

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Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN

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Re: Android?

Microsoft has, TTBOMK, wound down its Android patent shakedown.

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It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

diodesign
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Re: LHC = 27Km circle

It's just for reference. It's like saying Jupiter is a gas giant: it can fit 1,300 Earths.

Y'know. Sense of scale. You people are never happy.

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diodesign
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Re: 25 TeV vs 14 TeV

"That's not much of a difference"

The hundreds of TeV at the source is the main jump.

"LHC is a mere human made contraption"

It's just there for reference as the world's largest/most power particle accelerator.

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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

diodesign
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Look up "hagiography" in the dictionary

Whoooooooooooooooooooosh.

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The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?

diodesign
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Re: Given up and opted out

There's always...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/Week/

...which displays a list of articles in date order from the past seven days.

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Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

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Re: Anonymous coward

"The Reg article missed a few things"

Actually, we discussed the fact that the companies may have been ordered to lie.

"Some of the chips were better hidden"

We mention that, too.

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diodesign
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Re: Grikath

Sounds more like you just disagree with Kieren's points. We spent pretty much all day putting it together while everyone was either rushing in to cut'n'paste Bloomberg or Apple/Amazon/SM's denials.

Instead, here's a technical breakdown of the matter at hand, looking it from both sides.

If you don't like it, Zzzzzdnet's that way -------------->

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100,000 home routers recruited to spread Brazilian hacking scam

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Re: Which Specific Huawei

From the linked-to advisory: the Huawei SmartAX MT880a

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US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time

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Re: "And EAS alert can be avoided with a mass media fast"

Fast, as in fasting.

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While the UN laughed at Trump, hackers chortled at the UN's lousy web application security

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Re: JcRabbit

"if the moderators stopped waiting HOURS to approve my posts"

It's Friday - we were probably in the pub, on the way to the pub, or writing fast to get to the pub. Or home.

"basically censoring anyone who doesn't follow the leftist narrative."

That's a hard "no" from me.

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Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere

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Re: C'mon, we're all anoraks round here

Fine, fixed - we were concentrating too much on the tech rather than the illustration.

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Nameless Right To Be Forgotten Google sueball man tries Court of Appeal – yet again

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Re: "El Reg are responsible."

We're responsible regardless of moderation - this isn't defamation, which has caveats; this is contempt of court, which does not.

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Linux kernel's 'seat warmer' drops 4.19-rc5 with – wow – little drama

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"if Linux is permanently destroyed because of this"

Newsflash: It won't.

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Amid Trump-China tariff tiff, Cisco kit prices to resellers soar up to 25%

diodesign
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Re: Jack of Shadows

"Tariffs are 10% currently, only going to 25% Jan 1, 2019"

That's on the $200bn, I do believe. That initial $50bn is split into 10% on $34bn and 25% on $16bn.

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Microsoft's Jet crash: Zero-day flaw drops after deadline passes

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Re: Kolsek

Thanks - I've added an update.

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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: The bottom line

> banning guns would not do anything to eliminate the injury or killing of innocent people

Not do *anything* huh? Kinda reminds of that that classic Onion headline that pops up every time there's a mass shooting..

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

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Docker fave Alpine Linux suffers bug miscreants can exploit to poison containers

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Re: any CVE?

Not that we're aware of.

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Renegade 3D-printing gunsmith Cody Wilson on the run in Taipei from child sex allegations

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Re: Jito463

> Why didn't you write "*alleged* assault victim"?

Because the sentence that uses "assault victim" is already bookended with caveats: it starts "The paperwork claimed" and ends with "according to police."

Edit: I've adjusted the wording anyway, on second thoughts, to make it more human - teenager rather than the jargony "assault victim". But my point still stands.

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diodesign
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Re: "So where's the assault?"

It's sexual assault to have sex with someone too young to legally consent – hence the words "sexual" and "assault" on the US Marshals' wanted poster.

"You should be better than this."

You should give us the benefit of the doubt more. We've been reporting criminal investigations since 1998.

(Wilson is presumed innocent until proved guilty, and this comment and the linked article relate to the allegations made against him.)

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: mtnbiker1185

"why hasn't the ACLU gone after insurance companies for offering cheaper car insurance to women than men, or younger drivers than older ones?"

Why don't young men drive safer?

"Just because they charge you based on your level of risk doesn't mean it isn't discrimination....."

There's being offered a higher rate because of your gender, and being offered no job at all because of your gender. I guess it's a matter of priorities.

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diodesign
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Re: Brilliant!

"the Men's Rights Project"

Oh, you mean, the United States legislative process?

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diodesign
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Re: bvsimmons

"The female consumer targeted by said retailer might be a blogger"

I swear to God this stuff - equality, equal opportunities and codes of conduct - are major overthought by critics when it's really not rocket science.

It is pretty simple. If you advertise for a role and you immediately disregard a whole gender or generation, then that's not equal opportunities - not to be confused with equal abilities.

And job opportunities and blogging... ah, you're just overcomplicating a situation to bend it into a narrative.

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diodesign
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Re: Use your brains

I wish you'd use your brains.

You're missing the point of equal opportunities: there shouldn't be unfair barriers to people applying for a job. When there's a chance a woman would be just as good as a man – and vice versa – then discriminating at an early stage on gender is unfair.

Literally on another story about women in tech people were griping that women aren't being excluded from anything. Well, see above. It's *equal* *opportunities* to apply and be considered.

Next, you cannot compare job application barriers to retail targeting. It's apples and pears.

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The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh?

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Re: "you're actually just still down the pub, then fine."

If there's more than 30 minutes delay in moderating then either everyone's busy or everyone's out of the office.

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Git it girl! Academy tries to tempt women into coding with free course

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Re: codejunky

"same access, same classes, same opportunity"

That's point: they don't. They turn up to computer club and get the cold shoulder. They apply to do maths and IT GCSEs and get told to try another subject. They get told computers and machines aren't for girls. They get told by parents, teachers, friends, TV and film.

They go to university and get harassed. They apply for jobs but lose out to a guy who's not as good as them. They get sidelined at work for being the wrong gender.

You're naive beyond belief if you think women get exactly the same opportunities to succeed as men in STEM.

That's why there's this sudden push to get women interested in tech. Previously, they were pushed away from it.

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diodesign
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Re: codejunky

"With all the sickening 'you go girl' girls"

Prosecution rests.

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diodesign
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Re: "they aren't interested"

Bullshit.

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diodesign
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Re: Schools need to step up to the plate

"You can go around all you like encouraging girls to study computing, but you also have to lean on schools to actually offer the courses."

Exactly this. There's no point claiming women (or anyone, really) aren't any good at maths and science and computing if they were never taught the subjects in the first place - or put off from them.

Something else to think about: I pretty much learned programming myself, from BASIC to assembler to C and onwards, from books and peers. There also has to be that encouragement for all people to self-learn - not just boys - if they've got the natural knack.

Have we all forgotten that a big chunk of the earliest computer programmers were women? Women didn't suddenly just get dumb after 1969.

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diodesign
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Re: "force more men to become midwives."

You're missing the fact that from an early age women are discouraged, in various ways, from pursuing tech / sci / eng careers. From cultural cliches to prejudice to harassment to bias, it all has an effect.

Of course, not every woman wants to be in tech, and just like every bloke won't make a good boffin, not every woman will make one either. But some of those women who would have made excellent engineers and techies are pushed out, put off, or discriminated against before they have a chance to develop a career.

It's funny - and by that I mean, not so funny - that women are nudged into low-paid, messy professions that men don't want to do. When some women stand up and say "I want a good career with computers", this sort of thread kicks off.

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diodesign
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Re: Ha

"Is this a suggestion women are too thick to pick a career in IT that they inherently want?"

You are blind to the fact that women are put off IT / tech / science / eng careers by everything going on around them at a young age. Cliches, prejudice, bias... it's not that women are too thick - i know and know of plenty of excellent women engineers - it's that they are discouraged.

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Florence and the Machines: Data centers brace as hurricane smashes into US coast

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Re: Who did century link have to blow?

"Just OOI. Is that an advert for Century Link?"

No - although it would have been nice to have more operators in the story, they responded in time for the article to go up before the weekend.

"El Reg couldn't find any other DC operators in SFO?"

The hurricane is hitting the other side of the country - SF has nothing to do with it.

"What has happened in Vulture Towers !"

Sometimes we write positive things. Non-sarky articles aren't adverts. Anything that's paid for has 'Promo' on it and is very clear that it's an advert - it's usually plugging a webcast or event.

In this case, Azure was knocked over by a tropical storm, a hurricane was incoming to the east coast, so we tried to get hold of a few DC operators to see how they were dealing with it.

Sheesh. No pleasing some people.

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Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

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Re: Thank you, Boris …

FYI the article author, and his editor who did the headlines, are anti-Brexit, but like all good journalists, that shouldn't stop them from pointing out where EU officials are being unhelpfully petty.

It is possible to be in favor of the four freedoms of the EU, and the importance of being within that union, while still critical of the bureaucracy.

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You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Re: The Cold Shoulder?

There, added a couple in the caption.

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Like tax? Love networks? UK taxmen have a job just for you

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FWIW - IBM is making CDS, not CHIEF. CHIEF is ICL.

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Do you really think crims would do that? Just go on the 'net and exploit a Windows zero-day?

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Re: "Given this is a local escalation problem only"

I think you're overlooking the fact that this exploit gives you full system control - rather than running as a normal user.

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