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Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

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Re: What could possibly...?

Orv, the problem with the bank refund is that it's the sellers money the bank is taking. The crook still got the goods. Crime pays.

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Re: What could possibly...?

"Yes, I keep a paper bag over my head at all times to ensure people can't skim my likeness as they pass."

Which is the problem with biometrics. If your face is your password it's hard to change your password. As for fingerprints, you leave copies of your password on everything you touch.

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Re: What could possibly...?

Actually people are getting done over but the card companies refund by stealing from the seller.

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Re: What could possibly...?

Accepting PayPal payments is risky. If a scammer pays you then PayPal will pull the money back long after the deal is done. Maybe a week, maybe a month, maybe many months.

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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

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Re: Re:Figure out your next step...

Linux gaming is a lot further along that you know. Vulcan is available on Windows and Linux. Games are using Vulcan. AMD has made huge progress on Linux. Yes you're probably safer with Windows but that's changed so much and continues to progress.

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Re: Re:Figure out your next step...

"Depends on your purpose."

I work most of the time on my Linux Mint laptop but I still need some workarounds.

I have VirtualBox Windows XP for a MS Access App as no way can Access work in WINE

I use WINE for little Windows tools. The ones that work in any version of Windows seem native on Linux using WINE.

Crossover Office when it's too hard to make WINE work yourself.

And I have a Windows 7 laptop for when nothing but Windows will do, VPN into a network with the same LAN IP range.

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Re: Re:Figure out your next step... WINE

Crossover Office have figured out how to make stuff work in WINE. Lotus 123 works well.

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Re: Don't forget to sue them for time lost...

Windows 10 does seem new and fast but unfinished with a lot of the old screens still needed. Potentially better than Windows 7 but default settings need to be different. No spying for example, no forced updates.

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: Is it Legit?

Secrecy at Apple? Funny how Apple and GCHQ both have the same type of round building.

Funny how Android comes from an Alphabet agency.

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Re: My device - I'll jail break it if I want to ...

Peter DTM, getting apps outside of the Apple Store is so discouraged there is practically no market except for very determined people wanting very useful tools. So yes there is something stopping you.

Compare that with Windows where you can download anything from anywhere and install it.

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@boltar,

It's even more amusing that you got Rick Rolled and are annoyed by it.

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Serverless: Should we be scared? Maybe. Is it a silly name? Possibly

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Re: Don't care about how their applications do what they do?

An excellent point about Lotus Notes. That tool allowed people to use computers to do their job. Say a secretary wanted people to fill out a questionnaire. These days she would write it as a word document with boxes for them to fill in with a pen and have them scan and email it back to them.

In the old Lotus Notes days she would create the form in Notes and email it from there. When the recipient filled in the form their data was automatically being entered into a table. The secretary could then see all the answers tabulated and could perform statistics and graphs with the data or put it in a spreadsheet.

IT has gone backwards since Notes was murdered. I did not like Notes because it was a competitor to my MS Access development work. It seems secretaries could develop apps in Notes but could not manage MS Access.

Serverless seems to be a re-invention Github but for the Dragondrop croud.

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'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

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Re: "neither Meltdown or Spectre is much of a threat to a home user"

If scripts don't run on your browser then a lot of websites won't work properly. OK so perhaps you could live with that but until it's widespread that scripts don't work then websites will continue to require them.

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Re: The bug is better than the buggy fix !!!

PaulF, Perhaps you don't use your computer for banking but most people do. A baddie does not need to access your whole computer just a few bytes when you're typing your banking passwords.

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Intel, Microsoft confess: Meltdown, Spectre may slow your servers

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No more security updates

That sounds like more of a problem than Meltdown. A lot of people will be upgrading their hardware to regain lost performance. They will be buying AMD.

Conspiracy Theory; this is a plot to boost AMD. They want AMD to beat Intel, which AMD has been doing in the last year.

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Re: Extraction rate is a function of RAM capacity.

Dwarf, you're thinking like a monk transcribing the Bible. The printing press was invented and then the computer. It's not going to take a computer very long to sniff out the password and keys from a big memory dump.

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Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

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I think they want the Russians to cut off Twitter and Facebook so they can't re-elect Trump. As we know Russia caused Brexit and Trump.

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Pickaxe chops cable, KOs UKFast data centre

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Re: DR Testing Failure

"There is no substitute for randomly[1] flicking breakers, PSUs and HVACs on a routine basis"

Break the thing on purpose so you're better at fixing it. That could annoy a lot of people but they to will get used to coping when it breaks so will be less affected when it breaks for real. It's only reliable things which cause a massive problem when one day they break.

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Re: Not entirely true

It would be nice if this was scaled down into APC UPS. Those things cook batteries until after 3 years they are no good. Compare that to the life of a car battery, those last 10 years and do a lot more work.

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I want a Bloom Energy Server at home now :D

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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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Re: Weighty subject ---> AR88 !!

Agruilla, I think at your age you're supposed to say "I'm 77 you know" and make sure you tell everyone you talk to. It's the lore.

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Re: "Cut the red wire..."

There is a wire that the bomb must have in order to explode, that's the one powering the detonator.

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Re: Lathes

I think the main problem with machine shops is gender neutrality. It's such a masculine subject that rather than try and force girls into doing for the sake of feminism it they just ban it.

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I was leading a horse into a horse box and tied it to the ring behind me. Before the ramp could be shut the horse decided to back out. The nylon rope stretched longer and longer until the brass loop on the horses head collar snapped. The catch on the end of the rope shot past my head and punched through the sheet behind me pulling the rope through the hole.

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Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. UK.gov really is watching you

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Re: People's behaviour

Adam 52,

I guessed you'd be some virtue signaling Emergency Services type. If your job so terrible get an easier one. Oh no you won't because you won't be able to do the "Look at me I'm a big Hero" and the "You'll thank me when I save your life" speeches.

Just because you chose to do a tough job does not mean we should give up our liberty and be treated like criminals. If you're not up to the task, resign.

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Re: If they are going to make it easier for them

Sir Alien,

It's not really so much that they are watching but that they feel we need to be watched. If it's true that MPs are exempt from this then the very people who need to be watched are not.

It's like when we had Sexual Harassment Training in a big corporation. Us contractors felt insulted when they only wanted to train the pemies. "Hey, we're capable of being sexually inappropriate too you know". Fortunately they relented and agreed we could be trained in the art of Sexual Harrassment too.

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Re: Yawn

Watching TV is illegal but many people pay for a yearly exemption. However they are funding paedophiles which is a crime with actual victims.

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UK.gov 'could easily' flog 6m driver records to private firms this year

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Re: So...what the Govt screwed up, the Govt will reap?

ANPR and TV detector vans.

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Re: So...what the Govt screwed up, the Govt will reap?

The government would have known that scrapping the paper tax disc would have caused a huge loss of income, that's why they did it. *Problem, Reaction, Solution*

To solve the problem of untaxed cars on the roads requires far more numberplate scanners.

By creating an urgent pressing need for this it will accelerate the roll-out of this surveillance system. The revenue from either the road tax or the fines will pay private companies to operate the system.

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Re: Disgusting

The money is a small part of it. The biggest part of it is power. Once you have power then money is secondary since you can get anything without even paying for it.

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Re: If it is such a small revenue stream and only covers costs....

Every little helps towards the creation of a fascist dictatorship. If the government is to be privatized then these other agencies need to be gradually empowered until they can take over.

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Google's Pixel security team

"All software has bugs", well that's a false statement.

In a practical sense a large program probably does have bugs but if a problem is logical then perfect code can be written.

It is absolutely possible to remove all bugs.

The problem with C is that it tends not to stop you running a pointer off the end of an array or even using a pointer that's not been set. You're driving down a mountain road with no guard rail but then you should not be using the guard rail.

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Re: Google's Pixel security team

A Rollback is a sensible emergency contingency when you only have the one system to test with, the live one. However Linux has millions of users who are happy to beta test. You'd find those sorts of bugs in that phase. They can surely manage their own rollbacks and backups if they are willing to beta test.

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OVH data centres go TITSUP: Power supply blunders blamed

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Re: "trying to restart generators"

"Once we did a full test: A suitably authorised person went in to a DC, locked the doors on the gate behind him, and announced to the DC supervisor: "There has been a fire. You are dead. Everyone in the DC is dead. All tapes, documents and procedures are gone. The phones are dead.""

Sounds like Dr Strangelove.

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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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Re: Difference in terminology

One of the challenges of allowing Internet access to the device in your home over the Internet is getting past your router.

Traditionally us techies would open a port and subscribe to DynDNS allowing direct access.

However when selling consumer devices it's very hard to get people to set up these things on all the different types of router out there.

The solution is for the device to log itself into a 'Cloud' service where the consumer can simply accesses it via a website and a username.

ASUS go part of the way to solving this problem with their routers because they provide their own dynamic DNS service providing you go in and set it up. Even with IPv6 I suspect this problem will always be solved by 'The Cloud'.

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Re: Difference in terminology

Doug,

Well obviously if all it does is store settings in 'The Cloud' then theoretically it can store settings anywhere. But the whole point was to find a reason why it needs 'The Cloud' and now they are having 2nd thoughts on their commitment.

What they ought to do before switching it off is update the firmware to allow it to save settings locally. Perhaps allow you to set a different 'Cloud'.

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Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

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Re: Wow

There are tools that can get deep into a hard drive. It's likely you could do a hard drive firmware or boot track infection on a whole swath of Apples fitted with the same drive. It's right that RAID drives have something written to them which survives formatting. X-Box drives are also modified in some way as are drives from TV recorders.

I'm not saying the virus did these things but with root access a person could do this therefore a virus could.

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Re: Wow

Well it could set up a boot loader of some kind which then boots the main drive once infected. Many PCs these days can access the Internet from the BIOS.

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Re: A complete wipe?

You'd need to wipe the drive from orbit (to use a Globe Earth analogy).

You'd need to boot from a clean drive and run nothing from the suspect drive until you'd run anti-virus. You would really want to replace every executable with a clean one and hope that you can clean out any viruses in the data files.

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Re: Are crooks hacking private build systems, or cloud ones?

Like car jacking increased when it became harder to steal one without the key.

I suspect now they have made them easier to steal that car jacking will decline.

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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Re: Start menu

Cultural change. Darkness is upon us. A few years ago I noticed Robocop was a dark metal rather than the silver of the first movie. You have bright colours for a birthday party, white for a wedding and black for death.

Are Microsoft moving with the times or shaping the times?

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Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

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Re: Has to be within range

Sitting with a laptop and antenna looks suspicious. Holding a phone looks normal.

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Re: Reducing WiFi power?

Some of the newer 802.11 protocols do 'beam shaping' (Ruckus). This allows them to listen and talk in the direction of who they want to talk to. The difference in connection and width is amazing. In the case of a Ruckus Access Point even good old 802.11g is miles better. You can actually reduce the need for boosters and repeaters simply by having the right signal.

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Re: Has to be within range

Murder does not happen to the vast majority of people but it's still serious. It will happen where there is a good reason to do it.

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Re: Has to be within range

Easy to hook into some WiFi from 2 miles away.

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IT admins hate this one trick: 'Having something look like it’s on storage, when it is not'

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Re: Great article - thanks

Peter2 that's a good point. When you say "can't you just restore from backup" you are talking about the sysadmin (your role) not the user. Yes I would expect you can just dump everything to another storage. It would take a while. The problem would be if you wanted to do so because something broke and you were fed up with your current system and supplier. Your new supplier may well not have the tech to help.

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Both are good but different

From reading this I prefer Komprise since they don't mess with your storage system except with the old unused files are moved to the capacity storage leaving a link behind. I expect if you don't want a file moved you can tag it so it stays on primary storage. I expect you could easily add this to an existing live computer system to free up some space.

Infinite-IO sounds like a much more sophisticated system with greater benefits and greater risks. All storage is behind their system so would be much more disruptive to set up on an existing computer system. If building a new one from scratch then it would be a pretty good thing. But as Krishna indicates if you lose a bit of it you can't just read the files off the drive, you need that propitiatory system running to get access to your data.

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Dell makes $1bn bet that IoT at the edge can kill cloud computing takeover

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Re: Deer analogy

It worries me that they would even consider sending the request for a decision to the cloud. It's unlikely that deep in the Black Forest you would have a reliable Internet signal anyway.

Obviously you would decide locally.

The worst thing about self driving vehicles is in order for them to work the humans will have to stop driving on the same roads.

If people want to make automated transport then create a flying drone network at a particular dedicated height. Let those people use that space for their automated stuff.

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Concerns raised about privacy, GDPR as Lords peer over Data Protection Bill

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Confusing and unworkable

So you have the right to be forgotten and an actual prison sentence if you forget someone who did not want to be forgotten.

It goes against data backups if you have to delete people from backups.

No wonder these people who read bills for a living are confused. What chance do we have?

I read a bill recently but apparently it means nothing since it's trumped by another bill. I suppose that's why you go to court, to see which bill wins.

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Outage at EE wrecks voice calls across the UK

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Kevin Bacon

is probably the worst thing about EE.

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