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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Guy Harris Re:Huge Caveat! (98 comments)

but no your iPhone is not running a packet sniffer

Not even if you're using a Remote Virtual Interface? If that can only be used by plugging the device into a Mac and running rvictl on the Mac, that's one thing, but if you can also get it to act as a remote pcap daemon over the network, as he claims, that's a different matter.

about a week ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Guy Harris Re:Yet another NSA shill pointing fingers at someo (667 comments)

God forbid somebody who happens to work for or be a Congressperson spread disinfomation by alphabetizing categories...

So, judging by the reaction to the article (the whole thread from this submission),

No, not the whole thread. See below.

each and every single employee of Russian state media responds directly to Putin (even those who, say, use their wifi networks),

In the posting to which you responded, I said "just as somebody working at or for the VGTRK isn't necessarily acting on behalf of the Russian government.", which says that employees of Russian state media are not necessarily acting on behalf of the Russian government". The person who made the edit in question might well have been acting on his or her own; I'm not going to assume that they were acting part of an officially-organized propaganda campaign, or even a propaganda campaign at all, any more than I'm going to assume, at this point, that the Russians had anything to do with the decision to shoot down the plane.

but some edit directly from a political/administrative institution only "alphabetizes categories".

In the posting to which you responded, I said that one particular edit, namely the one referred to here was only "alphabetizing categories", and that one other edit, namely the one referred to here, merely added a serial comma.

If your goal was to demonstrate that people from IP addresses assigned to the US congress edit Wikipedia pages, those edits might be relevant; if your goal was to show edits, from IP addresses assigned to the US congress, that show a pro-US bias, those edits are completely irrelevant - this one might be more relevant.

about a week ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Guy Harris Re:Yet another NSA shill pointing fingers at someo (667 comments)

God forbid somebody who happens to work for or be a Congressperson spread disinfomation by alphabetizing categories...

...or adding serial commas!

You might want to limit yourself to examples where somebody's changing the tone of an article to favor (or mock) some particular view, like the rest of the links.

And, of course, a particular Congressperson or staffer for that Congressperson isn't necessarily acting on behalf of the US Government, just as somebody working at or for the VGTRK isn't necessarily acting on behalf of the Russian government. (Perhaps it'd be more likely in the latter case, but if it were somebody posting from the Duma in that case, or somebody from the Voice of America in the former case, it'd be a closer match.)

about a week ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Guy Harris Re:What about ARM (236 comments)

I'd suggest it was ARM more than IBM that saved Apple

The Newton saved Apple? (Remember, this isn't about today, it's about 25 years ago.)

about two weeks ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Guy Harris Re:Really miss the 68k (236 comments)

Or maybe Intel picked up the ball and used the 68k (as their engineers wanted) for the original IBM PC.

Presumably you mean "IBM picked up the ball...".

Intel? They're the guys that make memory and strange CPUs for calculators, right?

No, at the time, they were the guys who make 8-bit and 16-bit computers used in a variety of applications; I'm not sure whether they were still making the 4004 or not.

about two weeks ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Guy Harris Re:PPC macs were awful (236 comments)

Besides, if you were really serious about running a server with Mac hardware, you loaded up MkLinux or bastardized AUX implementation. Hell, there was even a Mach kernel implementation for Mac hardware.

...which was what MkLinux ran atop ("Mk" for "microkernel", although how micro the Mach kernel is could be considered a "topic for discussion").

about two weeks ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Guy Harris Re:Pairing? (236 comments)

I don't think the ISA was a goal, because PowerPC was really just a subset of the POWER architecture

Superset of a subset, to be precise. For example, PowerPC omitted the multiplier-quotient register, and multiply/divide instructions using it, that were in the POWER instruction set architecture, but added multiply and divide instructions that used the general-purpose registers.

that IBM currently had in their mainframes and servers.

Presumably meaning "RS/6000 workstations and servers"; the instruction set architecture in the mainframes was System/370 (or S/370 XA or ESA or whatever).

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

Guy Harris Re:LHC (91 comments)

Although there hasn't been any paradigm shifting science come out of the LHC, I wouldn't say there's been zero output. We now have figures for the Higgs that have ruled out a large number of possible theories. Before performing the experiments, no-one knew for sure what the results were going to be - we could easily have had surprising results that disagreed with the Standard Model.

I.e., paradigm-confirming science is also useful.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

Guy Harris Re:As usual, the title is wrong! (91 comments)

I thought it was quantum chromodynamics mostly (the amount of energy holding quarks together is tremendous).

The "Hadron Masses" page on CERN's "The Particle Adventure" site agrees with you:

In general, only a small part of the mass of a hadron (such as a proton) is due to the quarks in it. Most of a hadron's mass comes from the kinetic and potential energy in the system. (Remember, E=mc^2; we perceive the energy in the system as mass)."

about two weeks ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

Guy Harris Re:You have only yourself to blame... (143 comments)

China holds most of the world's population

(By "most" you presumably mean "a plurality"; most of the world's ~7 billion people don't live in China, with its ~1.4 billion people.)

about two weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

Guy Harris Re:One init (125 comments)

Given the disconnects between the documentation and actual operation, it is a bad thing.

Did the posting to which you're responding mention systemd? Hint: the answer is "no"; it only mentions Mordor, and questions whether "from Mordor" is a bad thing or if it was the victim of a propaganda campaign (see the book to which the page I linked refers).

(Feel free to moderate that posting down as "Offtopic", instead.)

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Guy Harris Re:The pubic school system (530 comments)

I hear the pubic school system is also run by Foxconn beings. There takeover began when spell checkers was installed.

Literary irony, or subtle joke?

The latter. (You missed another one - and a grammar error as well.)

about three weeks ago
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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

Guy Harris Re:News? (158 comments)

But you still have to push the updated data files to the device. With embedded devies that's not necessarily simple.

And even if tzdata is updated, sometimes you need to tell programs to read the updated data, which isn't just a simple restart. One example is MySQL where you have to run mysql_tzinfo_to_sql to load the zoneinfo files into the internal equivalent (it's stored internally in database tables).

Yes, as I said in the post to which you replied:

But there still needs to be an update, and that might require restarting processes that have already loaded the now-out-of-date rule information, so, yeah, it's not as if the timezone cabal can wave their hands and magically update all the systems out there.

about a month ago
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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

Guy Harris Re:News? (158 comments)

So... How is this even tangentially related to being newsworthy for a tech site?

Like, seriously, WTF?!

It's newsworthy because we finally have proof that another countries legislature is at least, just as ridiculous as our own.

Note that the quoted statement can be made in a number of different countries; if you want proof that a lot of countries fuck around with daylight savings time rules, etc., just download the tzdata files and read.

about a month ago
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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

Guy Harris Re:News? (158 comments)

Even then its still a headache.

Just because someone else fixed the library, doesn't mean my servers and embedded devices have the update yet.

Presumably by "the library" you mean "the tzdata files"; this involves no code changes. The whole point of the Olson timezone database and library was to remove any knowledge of specific daylight savings time rules from any code whatsoever, so that changes to the rules could be handled without having to change source code, recompile, and relink every program (this was back in 1987, when shared libraries were still somewhat rare on UN*X systems). Thank you, Clorox and company.

But there still needs to be an update, and that might require restarting processes that have already loaded the now-out-of-date rule information, so, yeah, it's not as if the timezone cabal can wave their hands and magically update all the systems out there.

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Guy Harris Re:Someone explain this to me (710 comments)

I remember back in the 1990s (I think) reading news stories about corporations pursuing 'increased productivity' per worker as a strategy for success, particularly in relation to international competition. Is there any other way to translate that language into plain English other than to say that what was desired was less wages for the same amount of work?

Yes. It could be translated as "more output for the same amount of work", if the increased productivity is per-work-hour productivity. Whether that translates into "less pay for the same amount of work" or not depends on whether wages grow with productivity. In the US, they grew with productivity from the late 1940's until the early 1970's, but haven't done so after that.

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Guy Harris Re:France is a goal to aspire to? (710 comments)

Really? Look at the French economy, I certainly don't see a useful model there to aspire to.

Try Germany instead; they appear to work fewer hours than the French, and I have the impression the German economy's doing fairly well.

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Guy Harris Re: Socialism is not working (710 comments)

It may nor be socialist, but one of the biggest problems is Obamacare.

Yup, a lot of the ideas came from that big socialist left-wing think tank the Heritage Foundation.

It absolutely kills small businesses.

So maybe MOAR SOCIALISM would help here.

about a month ago

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