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Microsoft Developer Explains Why Windows Kernel Development Falls Behind

Yaa 101 Re:I'm sure this is on the money, but (347 comments)

Politics my friend, it is all down to politics, successful companies sooner or later create these little islands of power inside their organizations, when that happens nothings else ever happens.

Everybody kills off anything that has the perception of breaking the status quo.

The moral is to make your success vast while keeping your organization as small as you possible can.

about a year ago
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Misconfigured Open DNS Resolvers Key To Massive DDoS Attacks

Yaa 101 Re:Accidentally, or not? (179 comments)

This has to do with not good thought out default settings of the various DNS servers out there, but also has to do with people running too old DNS servers.
You can restrict recursing resolve based on source IP, groups of IP or subnets.
First I do is define an internal mode and an external mode where external mode only sees an authoritive server and the internal mode can do recursed resolving.

about a year ago
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A Glimpse of a Truly Elastic Cloud

Yaa 101 Re:"stop using OSes"? (201 comments)

BIOS is a OS as a OS is a input/output system... lol...

about a year ago
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Defend the Open Web: Keep DRM Out of W3C Standards

Yaa 101 Re:I'm for it. (351 comments)

Let them open and buy there own fucking network for that. i.e. cable tv

about a year and a half ago
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ITU Aims At 20Mbps Broadband For All By 2020

Yaa 101 Re:LOLz (154 comments)

Then how do you explain politicians?

about a year and a half ago
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Firefox Will Soon Block Third-Party Cookies

Yaa 101 Re:A nuclear first strike... (369 comments)

I dunno about others but when a site refuses to show content without me unblocking scrips it will just get ignored.
b.t.w. US sites are really the worse with sometimes 15 or more scripts and most of them 3rd party.

Besides, unless advertisers find a way to serve me from 127.0.0.1, they will not do anything as I couldn't care less about their whining because I do not want their bought for web anyway.
They can keep their 80% of their paid for web and stick it where daylight is not showing as it's all cheapo losers crap anyway.

about a year and a half ago
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What To Do When an Advised BIOS Upgrade Is Bad?

Yaa 101 Re:hello, bob! (oblig. xkcd) (467 comments)

Lightning strikes where the least resistance is. :-)

about a year and a half ago
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UK Court: MPAA Not Entitled To Profits From Piracy

Yaa 101 Re:But!...BUT!....(stutters the MPAA) (159 comments)

I see...

Another post being marked troll because the overlords don't like the message, Slashdot is becoming unbearable as platform.

I hope somebody with mod points will change this back to at least neutral.

about a year and a half ago
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Copyright Claim Thwarts North Korean Propaganda

Yaa 101 How convenient. (147 comments)

Censoring by copyright, the law is working well for the masters.

However, not that one should like the North Korean proganda makers, but that is besides the point here.

about a year and a half ago
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Sony Rootkit Redux: Canadian Business Groups Lobby For Right To Install Spyware

Yaa 101 Re:Only over my dead body (240 comments)

I disagree, the right sentense is:
"Over YOUR dead body, will you be installing spyware on my computer"

about a year and a half ago
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Glasgow To Be UK's First 'Smart City'

Yaa 101 Re:This is smart? (98 comments)

Knowing the reputation of various UK administrations, it will be put to use to spy on people and fine them for small misdemeanors.

about a year and a half ago
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Employee Outsourced Programming Job To China, Spent Days Websurfing

Yaa 101 Re:Subcontracting (457 comments)

Yes, and he should have copied the environment that gave access to his subcontractors and make the copied environment update at his employers environment by scripting.

He was only half smart, his lazyness did him under.

I appaud his idea as he did the same that most corporations do, but he was sloppy doing it.

about a year and a half ago
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How Verizon's 'Six Strikes' Plan Works

Yaa 101 Re:We know this road (505 comments)

Better be careful of Hedy Lamarr's ghost in that case... ;-)

about a year and a half ago
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USPTO Asks For Input On Software Patents

Yaa 101 Re:I Would Like To Suggest "Accountability" (209 comments)

Bull, every company has insurance for mistakes by workers, the patent office should have too.

Accountabillity and damages go hand in hand, if the system awards damages to certain parties then the system has to hold to the same standards, otherwise you can call it corruption.

about a year and a half ago
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US Military Signs Modernization Deal With Microsoft

Yaa 101 Re:Discount? (228 comments)

We have this in Europe too, we call it subsidies and subsidies do not need discounts. :-)

about a year and a half ago
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French ISP Blocking Web Ads By Default

Yaa 101 Re:Large content providers can block too (317 comments)

And the ISP can setup a transparent proxy to twart that, it's users will notice a little bit of lag at most.

about a year and a half ago
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Mark Cuban: Facebook Is Driving Away Brands — Starting With Mine

Yaa 101 Re:That is cheap (299 comments)

I know, I have been a Linux user since kernel 1.2 series, but this is different.

about 2 years ago
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In Mississippi: 15-Year Jail Sentence For Selling Pirated Movies and Music

Yaa 101 Re:jailbait... (339 comments)

Shooting somebody is worse than any disks, so yes, a few, compared to your bank manager or other legal thiefs anyway.

about 2 years ago

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Why Hardware needs to be free...

Yaa 101 Yaa 101 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Believe it or not but the great highness Mr. Gates will be giving away free hardware in 5 years...
But is this a act of nobleness or simple lockin?
No it is neither, let me first tell you that IANAL but one does not need to be a lawyer to see this juridical trick coming from far.

This is about DRM and ownership, people at Microsoft are a lot but not fools when it comes to law and litigation.
They know that they can never hold up in court that a person that bought a computer can be forced into not being allowed what to do with his/her own property.
This is the very reason why hardware needs to be "free (of cost)" (read owned by Microsoft and packaged with the software lease).
Then they are fully allowed to keep anybody off their platform as they wish.
This can even meen that people are at risk of jail when doing anything outside the thin bordered terms of usage.

Personally I think this is the largest risk that Mr. Gates is taking in his whole carreer.
The closest model of this is the cellphone/GSM market, after a few very good years you see things are consolidating in that market.
They catched a lot of people by giving away GSM devices for free with a subscription to their services.
People care less about being able to make pics with your cellphone than marketeers first thought.
You see people easily change carrier and care less about some company, look at Nokia...
Also G3 stuff is not at all coming off ground in Europe where some players in that market payed prices way above their company value, yes these bandwidth prices where monstrous.

The bottom line is that joe sixpack runs away from Microsoft as fast as they bought Microsoft stuff in the first place.
Especially when fedup with promisses never held.

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My DRM predictions for 2004 and beyond...

Yaa 101 Yaa 101 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

You may or more appropriate you have no idea that behind your back the large corperations together with our governments are sneaky putting devices in our equipment that will police what you are allowed to see or not. After repeatedly payments of course. This little scheme of theirs will backfire in a magnitude that is not healthy for most of us on this planet. Nobody will get out of this as a winner though many greedy parties will try and trample all our human rights in the process, this is already happening the moment i am writing this.

This process is called "Digital Ristriction Management", it's all about the "R" in "DRM" namely that what the lobbygroups of the future content deliverers call rights and we the consumers and artists call restriction, Never be fooled by the "R" and vote with your wallet.

So here are a few predictions, i am sure you aint going to like them but this will all happen for real so better be prepared and at least take time to adapt and/or take counter measures.

DRM protected Virusses for both the MS and Cellphone/GSM environment that are not solvable because of rights problems, I am afraid that in ten years from now the network will still be housing virusses written next year and this will only worsen. People will actually die because of medical equipment that will fail in the middle of the treatment because of DRM related bugs that will shut equipment without any reason or are invaded by virusses due to monocultured DRM solutions. Some companies and more later will go bankrupt because their inability to have their books audit by external accountants because of lockout of their own systems due to DRM bugs. Big time criminals wont be stopped but will use DRM to keep law enforcement and governments out of places where they don't belong. Important routers and switches will be hyjacked and whole parts of the internet made into rogue networks. Big telco's will be extorted and some will loose their whole network including their heighspeed backbones because of lockout out of their own equipment. There will come 1000's of propriarity DRM protocols used by hackers and a larger and larger network of general public, mainly because even as we speak all our governments aren't able to enfore their by lobby/single interests groups endorsed laws (hence the flee into DRM). Yes some individual people will become victim of our governments crampy enforcement russian style, but as a whole they will get trampled over by the extremely fast oil spot. I think DRM will turn out to be the worst enemy of our governments and corporations and it will be used against them as much as they will use it against us. I guess hunting season is opened where the prey are we but also is our government and corperations and the double barrel gun is called DRM. Happy Hunting(tm) I guess... I will duck if you don't mind...

Of course some synicism in the above story is obvious, but on a serious note I want to warn large corporations and governments that at some point the exclusion is mutual and will be deadly for them as much as it is for us "normal" people. Digital Restriction Management is enforcing law without any accountability for the enforcer and don't look strange if I happen to be your enforcer instead of the other way around, stranger things happen in life.

Some better news too, mainly to show that REAL security does not have to cost money and certainly does not need obscurity (DRM). Probably you heard of the term "Knoppix" around you, Knoppix is what you call a Life Linux Distribution. At this moment the number of projects that follow Knoppix are hard to count as they are popping up like mushrooms in the fall. The MAIN MAIN MAIN feature is safety, not one virus, trojan or other nasty is able to infect the OS and programs sitting on the CD as they are read only, so the threat is reduced to data infection so narrowing things a lot security wise. I predict that MS will loose a lot of customers to Life CD vendors as the CD and a memory stick/floppy disk are enough to fire such a OS up, no installing failiours and we all know how many you get of them when choosing MS to solve your IT problems.
The second feature is ease of use as there is no installing involved. The fun part and main efford is to make as many as posible computer environments including differences of hardware setup and options like video and audio. You can virtually insert that cd in anyone's computer and use it as your own with your own trusted desktop with your own trusted apps.

Things are only be secure if they can withstand public scrunity and review, obscurity is a fools game.

Yaa 101.

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