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Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

Chairo
Angel

Re: For some reason...

I always have a sinking feeling when I read about falling creators.

Will they ever land?

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Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

Chairo

Re: The Law

If I copy all my failed clinical trial data to Borat-istan and then claim I can't say how many patients died because that would be against Borat-istan data privacy laws - you can bet the FDA is going to take a dim view.

The case is a bit different, however. It is not Google's data we are talking about. It is someone else's data that the Irish branch of Google stores for a third party.

The sensible move would be to force the data owner to hand over his data. If the owner cannot be forced for whatever reasons, then the US court should request the Irish authorities to support in this case.

The US is trying to use the market power of their multinational companies as a lever to support their policies and circumvent proper procedure.

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Hackers can track, spoof locations and listen in on kids' smartwatches

Chairo
Unhappy

Re: "here is no financial incentive for any firm to implement IoT security : "

No there isn't because the average person is too stupid to make the connection, and You Can't Fix Stupid.

Problem is - even relatively intelligent non-techie people have no clue about the risks of connected devices. They see the convenience and shrug away the risks.

On a personal note - Last week wifey bought a creepy connected talking teddy for our toddler. I told her the thing is nothing else than an unsecured bluetooth headset connecting to a dodgy app. Anyone around can connect to it. The app can probably hacked as well and the Android tablet it runs on hasn't seen a security update for the last one and a half year.

Wifey shrugged it away and meant that there is nothing interesting any listener could hear in our house, anyway. The depressing truth is - she is probably right.

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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

Chairo

It's just a programming blunder

Somewhere in the software they probably calculate the ratio of seized funds versus returned funds.

Obviously the software crashes with a division by zero error.

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Argh, my loafer just fell down the rope ladder! Yes, I'm in the Microsoft treehouse

Chairo
Megaphone

Re: "tree-based meeting spaces"

Maybe I should just reserve Meeting Room A in the central building as usual.

Or just use Lync, er, Skype for Business, erm Microsoft Teams, ... oh well, whatever it is called now, as long as it is still supported. And perhaps they will finally implement a microphone gain adjustment that actually works. (See icon)

Edit: Wow - not even 30 seconds up and already the first downvote. Looks like Microsoft is using downvote bots these days. Of course if you have a solution to turn on the automatic gain control on Lync (or however you call it) I'd be really happy. Feel free to post.

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Look! Over there! Intel's cooked a 17-qubit chip quantum package

Chairo

around the size of a US quarter

can we have this translated to something more universally understandable? Perhaps in guinea coin size or something?

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Sole Equifax security worker at fault for failed patch, says former CEO

Chairo
FAIL

He laid the blame

how lame!

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'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

Chairo
Pirate

Re: Betokened

Wanting more women working in IT is like wanting more women imprisoned.

Not sure what you want to imply here. Women are clearly discriminated in our society. For example they receive far fewer Darwin awards.

Or perhaps there might be a connection?!?

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US Homeland Security Dept to collect immigrants' social media handles and more

Chairo
Coffee/keyboard

Naturalized

Sorry, but according to your media history we found out that you like to wield deadly weapons, have a history of violence and a secret "Conan" identity. For safety reasons you cannot enter the country any more Mr. Schwarzenegger.

You owe me a keyboard Mr. Trump.

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Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

Chairo
Devil

An unbreakable backdoor would be nice

And as we are on it. Could we also outlaw general relativity? Why should we limit ourselves to the speed of light?

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

Chairo
Pirate

Re: Old-fashioned...

I remember when 'stream ripping' was called 'home taping',

Yes, but as we all know, "Home Taping was Killing Music". That might also explain why so much popular music is produced by soulless zombie bands nowadays.

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Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

Chairo
Devil

Re: Why?

Do they have a USB interface?

Some special cattle prods might have.

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

Chairo

Ohh, so surprised, how could this happen?!?

</irony>

Anyway. Given how this octopus spreads its arm in so many modules, this is probably only the very tiny tip of a very big and cold iceberg.

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US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

Chairo
Joke

Good he didn't reprogram the radio towers

to broadcast the songs. They would have called him a pirate and hang 'im from the yardarm.

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Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

Chairo

Re: Linux to the rescue?

Hmm, a short search of the microsoft website shows that there is at least a mechanism for microsoft to update the microcode. They seem to deliver it via windows update.

Perhaps Intel can persuade them to deliver this specific update quickly and with a comprehensive description?

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Chairo
Linux

Linux to the rescue?

Current Linux distros (Ubuntu from at least 15.04 on) have a "3rd party driver" feature to update the CPU microcode. Both, for AMD and Intel.

Does this solve the problem? If so, enabling that driver would be a simple workaround.

I wonder, if a similar feature is available for Windows, too.

Edit: See also:

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Germany puts halt on European unitary patent

Chairo
Coat

Re: I've no idea but I won't let that stop me from commenting...

can't be the reason, because no self respecting German would drink Lager.

Mine's the one with the pint glass in the pocket...

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Marissa! Mayer! out! as! Yahoo!-Verizon! closes!

Chairo

Those $23m...

will hardly buy her a new Lear jet. She might want to stay to create more, er, value. Yes, that's it! Value!

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IBM warns itself of possible outages in lab shift screw-up

Chairo
Facepalm

"turn 'em off for two weeks" is a very dangerous but all too common approach.

If one of those services is only needed once a year but then it is absolutely essential, eg. for auditing purposes, you will surely miss it.

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Cisco cuts 250 jobs in San Jose, has 850 more pink slips to hand out

Chairo
Devil

Great opportunity

I foresee that some investor will buy the cubicles, add doors and give them for rent as luxury apartments.

Probably more profitable than whatever Cisco did there.

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Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

Chairo

Estimations

ITT estimates it owes $177,466.46 on an agreement that runs until May 31.

Quite a rough estimation, it seems.

It reminds me of the presentation our VP gave regarding the efficiency gains of "lean" introduction.

18.42%. I wanted to ask if it is not rather 18.41 or 18.43, but kept my mouth shut. I had the feeling I was not alone.

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

Chairo
Devil

I suppose

This is the fix for the F35 flight avionics SW issues...

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French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk

Chairo
Joke

Re: the french??

And now remain gone illegitimate faced buggerfolk! And, if you think you got nasty taunting this time, you ain't heard nothing yet! Daffy English kniggets! Thpppt!

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While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February

Chairo

Wormable holes

one lesson that should be learned by this mess: Make fixes available for wormable holes, even if the OS is not officially supported any more. Once the shit hit the fan it is too late.

Edit: For systems that are still in widespread use, of course.

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16 terabytes of RAM should be enough for anyone. Wait. What?

Chairo
Happy

Just imagine

what 16TB of core memory would look like.

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Hyundai app security blunder allowed crooks to 'steal victims' cars'

Chairo

Past and present

In the past you were locked out of your car because the lock was frozen and the de-frosting spray was in the car.

Nowadays you are locked out because your smartphone has no battery any more and the charger is in the car.

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After blitzing FlexiSpy, hackers declare war on all stalkerware makers: 'We're coming for you'

Chairo

SAAS

Smartphone as a service. Just to make sure your better half stays in the fold, so to say. Come on, who could be opposed to a little bit of telemetry?

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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

Chairo
Big Brother

Re: No escape

You are alone in an artificial world, yet millions are watching every step you make.

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IBM. Sigh. Revenues. Sigh. Down. Sigh. For the 20th quarter in a row

Chairo
Unhappy

How the mighty have fallen

You would think that a company with the resources and the research power of IBM would be able to innovate, grow with new products and generally thrive.

Instead they cut the research, abandoned products and tried to shift to services, where they are just a "me too". In my opinion they were only successful with services in the past, because they had the products in the first place.

I wonder how long the tail can wag the dog until it breaks.

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

Chairo
Unhappy

I never thought I would ever say this...

Shame on you, NASA!

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

Chairo
Devil

Re: Easy solution...

Alternatively ask them politely to leave the plane before the flight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXVWoe7KNzg

Or just grab some random guy and throw him out, because...

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Riddle of cannibal black hole pairs solved ... nearly: Astroboffins explain all to El Reg

Chairo

So that gravity wave came from ...

stellar black holes. I wonder what would be the gravity wave resulting of the merger of two supermassive black holes. Must be spectacular.

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Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

Chairo
Joke

be backed by V2.0 of a 6502

You mean the version that supports the ror instruction? What a luxury!

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Chairo

Re: We've let you down...

Clones pretty much almost killed Apple last time. Why would they go down that same road again?"

It's about market segmentation. While it makes no sense to allow low cost hackintosh clones, it would make a lot of sense to sell OS licenses to the professional crowd, that prefers to have their hardware build to spec and doesn't care so much about the price, if they can get what they want.

Some licensing model based on CPU cores, together with a nice service contract can be very profitable. It would open a high profit market segment that Apple cannot reach with their current strategy. Investment would be minimal. Kind of win-win for everyone.

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Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?

Chairo

Re: It's dead, Jim

@Steve Davies 3

If 70 million sales (for this year) is sinking to Windows Phone levels then WinPhone was once a best seller.

WinPhone effectively owned the smartphone market with 47% market share in 2007.

A few tactical mistakes and a market can be lost very quickly. CP/M anyone?

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Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

Chairo

Re: Yes, they look beautiful

Exactly what sort of 'disruptive design' are you wishing for, a flying wing?

Flying wings are not so practical for passenger jets. What I am wishing for is something that shortens the time I have to spend in a cramped space with bad air and smelly fellow passengers that share the same armrest. Cruise speed of the 707 was 977km/h. Cruise speed of the 787 is, well, erm, 903 km/h.

60 years of progress and we are moving slower than our grandfathers.

Edit: @AC, I agree with you. yes, there has been a lot of progress. Certainly in commercial point of view. affordable tickets are nothing to sneer at. On the other hand I feel optimisation was too one sided. No one is really pushing the limits. Certainly not the airline companies.

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Chairo
Devil

Re: So a 5 meter increase in lengths delivers 38 more passenger slots?

So about 1 meter = 8 passengers?

Yes, in a 2-4-2 configuration as in the cattle class of the 787 this is what you get. But hey - you got real LED lighting that'll stop you from falling asleep and none-reclining slide-forward seats to support your spine and squeeze your kneecaps.

Good thing is that airlines are not allowed to issue standing room tickets (yet).

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Chairo
Coat

Yes, they look beautiful

but then again they look just the same than nearly all commercial jets that came out before.

OK, they use new materials, engines and electronics, but basically all these passenger jets are direct descendants of the 707 and DC8 models of the late 50s.

Sure, jet design is expensive and no one wants to go for a disruptive design that might fail, but somehow this evolutionary approach is a bit boring.

The one that looks exactly like my last few coats, please ------------------>

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

Chairo

Re: Evolution until someone pulls the plug

We know what happens to species that can only eat one kind of leaf or bug or whatever.

That would depend on the availability and survivability of your food source. Ant eaters and Pangolins are doing quite well since a very long time.

That said, I think our civilization is far too dependent on fragile electronics that can be taken out by sun flares or other EMP sources. It's a bit like settling on an active volcano. Our life is just too short to take eruptions into account that happen only every few hundred years.

Of course there are so many other things that could threaten civilization as we know it, as well. Some large caldera eruption or an asteroid impact could take out our main food sources at any time. Then the question would be how well we could cope. I suppose not well at all.

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Our Sun's been using facial scrub: No spots for two weeks

Chairo
Coat

I saw lots of spots in both pictures

And suddenly I realised that I need to clean my screen.

The one with the small black spots, please. ------------->

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That 'Trump lawyers threaten teen over kitten website' yarn is Fakey Fakey McFake Fakeface

Chairo
Thumb Up

ingenious

Meanwhile, kittenfeed.com now redirects to facescratch.com, which appears to be down, presumably under a weight of traffic.

Use the Streisand effect to effectively DDOS a unfriendly webpage - ingenious.

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers

Chairo
Pint

Re: "...a local transformer which takes it up from the standard 50Hz to the carriers’ 60Hz..."

I suppose we'll find out the batteries are non-removable next

Come on, we all know you can't have removable batteries and waterproofing at the same time, right?

Btw: What is the IPX rating of an aircraft carrier?

Beer - what else could be used for testing!

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Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly

Chairo

Re: What if you don't buy into the whole social media thing?

If you want to purge your empty google+ profile you could do that on google's downgrade page. At least that worked for me a while ago.

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Popular hacker warkit Metasploit now hacks hardware and cars

Chairo

Re: IoC

Have governments already weaponized exploit code to cripple vehicles?

I think they are currently busy to weaponize a certain fighter jet.

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

Chairo
Joke

Re: If you're running Windows 10...

@Lost all faith

didn't you know that Mint is a natural mouse repellent?

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New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

Chairo

Telemetry, really ?

Let's have a look in the dictionary:

Telemetry:

"the process of using special equipment to take measurements of something (such as pressure, speed, or temperature) and send them by radio to another place"

Spying:

"to watch secretly usually for hostile purposes"

Hmm, I think the second definition fits better to what they are doing.

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Student software finds new Minor Planet found way out beyond Pluto

Chairo
Trollface

2014 UZ224 appears to be smaller than the International Astronomical Union's definition of a “Dwarf Planet”, which kicks in at a diameter of 800km.

Smaller than a dwarf? Would that then be a hobbit?

It would be interesting to see, if the orbit fits in with the hypothetical 9th (10th?) planet.

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

Chairo
Angel

Re: What is 'Smart'?

@Hzman

You are mass producing Babies? Must be a very exhausting job. Can I apply for it?

Btw: Babies can be surprisingly smart. They understand very well, what is forbidden and to stay very silent while doing it.

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'My REPLACEMENT Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blew up on plane'

Chairo
Flame

"He took it out of his pocket and threw it on the ground"

Hmm, which pocket? If it was in the back of his trousers, the bending might have caused the problem. These super thin phones are not very strong against bending forces.

OK, it should still not melt down in such a fashion, but I doubt the "crushed by bum" case is tested very often during the design process.

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‘You can’t opt out of IoT’: Our future is the Rise of the Sensor Machines

Chairo
Devil

“Imagine you’re working in an office. The environment senses you’re feeling a bit drowsy"

What is the more likely case? Will it just change the lighting and be done with it, or will it carefully log your low drowsiness and inform your boss about your performance issues?

My money is on the latter. Bosses always need ammunition for the yearly performance interview, as they have to keep an average level of performance ratings in their group. Such a list would be pure gold in that aspect.

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