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* Posts by A.P. Veening

149 posts • joined 15 Aug 2018

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Did you hear? There's a critical security hole that lets web pages hijack computers. Of course it's Adobe Flash's fault

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Re: Can anyone tell me...

Very easy, every single patch in Flash creates on average 2.73 new critical bugs.

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Re: Oi, BBC, any plans to ditch it?

"I mean its death's only 2 years away now."

That means BBC will ditch it in about 52 years (give or take two months).

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Joe Public wants NHS to spend its cash on cancer, mental health, not digital services

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Machine that goes "piiing"

In case there is any money left, I am sure it would be well spent on a machine that goes "piiing", especially with a sell and lease back construction.

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Blame game

"Unlike others here I don't blame the politicians, I blame the voters -- they are the real twats that force the politicians to do stupid things. If we didn't have voters the politicians could actually be allowed to do a good job."

You are partly right: the voters should vote for politicians who have first proved their competence in any field but politics (and second hand car sales).

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Australia's 'snoop minister' wants crypto-busting law probe wound up, proposals back into parliament

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Joke

Encryption?

I don't see any problems with this, those decypted blueprints of the newest Australian submarine are absolutely fascinating. And my pals in Moscow are very happy with them as well.

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Microsoft snaps up FSLogix to paint go-faster stripes on virtualized Office

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Go faster?

I don't want Office to go faster, I just want it to go.

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Azure, Office 365 go super-secure: Multi-factor auth borked in Europe, Asia, USA

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Re: For those users in the infrastructure that has received the update...

They mean "the infrastructure, which has received the update", lack of consistent grammar. If it had been for the users, "who" should have been used.

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Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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Embellished CV

The moment I get a question (in a job interview) I can't relate to my CV, I ask for a copy of the version they have while they receive a copy of mine. More than one recruiter found himself (or herself) in serious problems this way. And the minor problem for that recruiter is my personal (but publicly available) black list.

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Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Entrapment

I concede your point where it comes to legality, but I'd say that knowingly letting something go on in the knowledge you will reap the rewards later is still entrapment from a moralistic point of view. Having said that, I don't have any problem with it.

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Getting away with it

But those government will claw back those license fees with usurious interest, calling it fines.

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Re: Multi-million fine not likely to undo damage

I concur that a multi-million fine is unlikely to change matters, but this is going to be a multi-Billion fine.

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government using cloud-hosted

"Why on earth was a government ever using a cloud-hosted wordprocessor?"

In this case: entrapment. Please consider the government involved. Please also consider the nationality of that EU Commissioner to penalize Microsoft with a pretty hefty fine the last time (Neelie Kroes, Dutch).

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Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Re: A few comments

"Why does SI use the kilogram instead of the base gram?"

Because it was more convenient for a number of calculations.

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Re: Economists

I suggest you look up some economy books, platinum is normally more expensive than gold. It is just a matter of a couple of physical properties.

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That bright spark will actually be a dim wit in the period between publishing and burning at the stake.

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Gold no better choice

The weight loss (small but measurable) is a result from the cleaning, necessary because stuff from the air will cling to it. As gold is much softer than the used alloy of platinum and iridium, more weight would have been lost.

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Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Re: WTF?

More a case of open mouth wider and insert other foot as well.

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If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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2019-Timeframe

Only 650 days? I make it 1096 (until 01-Jan-2022).

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Re: Quality

"And no one can deny Windows 10 does indeed have a lot of state."

Well played, in my defense I can only state I am not that old.

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Q(&A)

I am old enough to remember that Quality used to be something positive.

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Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

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Hunting season

When does the season for drones start?

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Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Re: Poor Reliability.. better idea

I've got a revelation for you, beware of the one who's number is six and six and six.

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5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1... Runty-birds are go: 12,000+ internet-beaming mini-satellites OK'd by USA

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Catastrophic

Complete paragraph, the real kicker is in the last half:

"As the movie Gravity graphically demonstrated, the impact of even a tiny piece of trash with something powering through the atmosphere can be catastrophic, and could lead to the creation of thousands of more piece of debris, creating a chain reaction that could make Earth's orbit a no-go zone."

For some reason I don't see that chain reaction happening, those thousands of pieces debris don't really bother me when those are in the atmosphere. Drag will slow them down and/or burn them up within a very short time frame. Besides that, that is well below even low earth orbit.

"according to the United States Space Surveillance Network, there are 21,000 objects larger than 10cm orbiting the Earth, and a further 500,000 objects between 1cm and 10cm."

And how many of those 500,000 objects between 1cm and 10cm already de-orbited unobserved due to drag? Drag is not quite insignificant for such small objects (surface to mass ratio increases while the size decreases). And how many of those 500,000 objects between 1cm and 10cm acquired escape velocity in the collisions which generated them?

Bottom line: I don't trust any figures coming out of the US without at least one reliable, independent source confirming them.

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Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

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science fiction

"I have long thought the science fiction of cruising the galaxy in star ships is indeed fiction for just that reason."

And rather short on science for that matter.

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Getting a proble there?

For some reason I still find it hard to believe currently available technology will allow a probe to reach 0.2c. And if that is possible, how will that probe decelerate and/or get results back to us?

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Trump in Spaaaaaaace: Washington DC battles over who gets to decide the rules of trillion-dollar new industry

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Commercial?

@StargateSg7

Were you posting a comment in the forum or should you be charged for publishing a commercial?

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feedback and fallout

There will be no (official) feedback from the rest of the world as it will be ignored as just another idiocy from Trump aka IOTUS, not worthy of official comment. The fallout will be further relegation to irrelevancy of the USA.

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Did you by chance hack OPM back in 2015? Good news, your password probably still works!

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Re: Not under this Administration.

"the Trump administration is never going to implement changes recommended under Obama."

Completely correct as that might involve something like common sense.

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Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

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Gas filling

Ignite and blast, gas pressure itself is insufficient as those things leak worth than sieves, which is just what you like for a nice fuel-air explosion.

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Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean hackers won't nuke your employer into the ground tomorrow

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Paranoid

My questions is just whether I am paranoid enough.

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Google swallows up DeepMind Health and abolishes 'independent board'

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Common sense

The problem with common sense is that sense never ain't common - Lazarus Long

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Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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banana republic?

It isn't even a republic any more (except in name), no politician is working for the public cause (res publica!).

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Re: Hollywood bollocks

Dutch police are trained to shoot at the legs and they aren't the best trained shooters in Europe, not by a long shot (pun unintentional but fitting). Sometimes it isn't possible or safe to do, in which case they shoot at the body and even then they mostly manage to miss the heart by not aiming at it, but a single bullet is usually sufficient. Just compare that with the average of five lethal body shots by the American police. America, nice place to stay away from. And that is besides the stunts the Border Security Goons pull at the airports.

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Snowflake

Please don't turn up the heat too much on our snowflake, he might melt ;)

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Re: Are we feeling a bit inferior

You obviously need that gun to compensate for your inferior masculinity.

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Shoot the cops

QUOTE

"A person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if: He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself," the Florida law states.

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With the above law and given American police policy of just shooting anybody, it will soon be safer to just shoot any police officer approaching your house.

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Oz telcos' club asks: Why the hell do Australia Post, rando councils, or Taxi Services Commission want comms metadata?

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there are potential unintended consequences

Those consequences aren't unintended when they limit or circumvent user security, especially given the track record of the Australian government.

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It's November 2018, and Microsoft's super-secure Edge browser can be pwned eight different ways by a web page

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Using Edge

I've been known to use it ... to download a browser.

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DMCA

That DMCA isn't worth the paper it is printed on. Besides that, it isn't universal but restricted to the USA, the country where the computer network of the ministry of defense is solely protected by a law stating it is illegal to access that network if you aren't allowed on it instead of a good firewall and intrusion detection.

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Correct update for Flash player

The only correct update for Flash player is uninstall, please release it from our suffering.

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Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

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Retrieving documents

"I've had to fix up an ancient laptop that had Windows XP on it, so they could retrieve some important documents from it's hard disk."

It would be much easier and quicker to open up that laptop, get out the hard disk and attach it to a USB port as external hard disk on any working computer. Just make sure you transfer those important documents to the proper folder on the network.

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Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Re: A paranoid mount option ?

I am missing the zap-option, applying a higher than survivable voltage to the USB if it turns out to be unsafe. It will require some rewiring in the computer to make such an action safe for the computer itself though.

My question to you: Are you paranoid enough?

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Re: Did you accept the USB?

Accepting the USB isn't a problem, plugging it in your computer is. Unfortunately, USB sticks are just a bit light to properly work as paper weight.

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Just a little heads up: Google is still trying to convince everyone that web apps don't suck

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Re: Web app? No thanks.

I can see one valid possibility for an app when using a PC: cryptocurrency mining. That is resource and energy intensive and I wouldn't mind offloading that to Google's servers while harvesting.

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Bloke jailed for trying to blow up UK crypto-cash biz after it failed to reset his account password

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Re: surely trying to kill someone in a business quarrel isn't terrorism?

"I'd have sent him down for the maximum."

That is exactly what the Swedish judge did, that maximum isn't that high (yet) in peaceful Sweden.

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Thank $deity that week's over. Look, here's some trippy music generated from pixels of a Martian sunrise to play us out

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Re: Paging amanfromMars 1

I am afraid Valentine Michael Smith wouldn't grok it.

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Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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Keeping it that way

Pretty easy, clandestine bridging is physically impossible (read the article) and PHBs are in rather short supply in the navy. And if you do encounter one, he is scared shitless of security, who does know better.

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Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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Trivial fix

To which the correct reply happens to be:"So, why didn't you?".

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Monster mash: Spectra Logic's tape library now twice the beast it was

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Who?

How about a 26-letter organization?

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Alphabet ;)

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Data flows post-Brexit: 'Leave it to government to make sure you've got a smooth run in.' Er, OK

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Re: Idiot

Just enroll him in the Upperclass Twit of the Year competition as organised by MP ;)

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