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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:China-based threat actors (93 comments)

Sometimes a driver simply isn't available for Linux, QNX, VxWorks or other embedded OSes.

That is actually the best argument to avoid such hardware. Rely on hardware that is open standards based, then you can reduce dependency on proprietary drivers

The reason they have to stay with XPe is because there probably aren't any drivers for Vista/Win7/Win8/Win8.1 So much for the benefit of reusing XP drivers

about a month ago
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Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:This is so 1990s (132 comments)

I'm not sure, but was the KDE 4.0 disaster in 2008 not started for the same ONE reason?

It made me switch to Gnome...

about 3 months ago
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Francois Englert and Peter W. Higgs Awarded Nobel Prize For Boson Discovery

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Robert Brout (83 comments)

In this Belgian journal article (dutch), he mentions he is sorry his colleague Robert Brout can not share and celebrate with him. He died in 2011.

about 10 months ago
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Researchers Demo Exploits Bypassing UEFI Secure Boot

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:Hence why UEFI should be dismissed (100 comments)

Also, we should just get rid of the ignition keys for cars, since some of them can be hot wired. On an unrelated note, whereabouts is you car?

You fail to understand the problem, in a car YOU have the key, with UEFI, a great deal of organisations (MS, BIOS vendor, MB vendor, HW vendors like Dell/HP/Lenovo/...) have the key to your computer - we dislike the fact that as the rightfull owners of those computers, we seem to be the only ones NOT having a key.

If you want a car analogy, it is more like not having a "key" for the filler cap, wheel bolts, engine,... You can start, you can drive, but you can not replace parts, use other fuel supplier, do your own maintenance. There might even be restrictions on where you can drive to.

1 year,18 days
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Apple Retailer Facing Class Action Suit Over Employee Bag Checks

dna_(c)(tm)(r) D.O.U.C etc. (353 comments)

Dubious Officer of Unpaid Checking and Harassment Executive - Bags

1 year,22 days
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World's Biggest 'Agile' Software Project Close To Failure

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:It is based on Linux.... (349 comments)

>An "agile" project cannot fail and cost Billions because it must always deliver runnable software with a maximum of a few weeks delay You're literally just saying that a project can't fail because it's supposed to succeed. There's many reasons agile projects can fail. If a team is unable to deliver a working release then the project has failed. Also, if the release works but doesn't incorporate the required functionality then the project has failed.

No he isn't. He is saying "not(p1 AND p2)" p1 is "an agile project can fail" and p2 is "an agile project can cost billions".

An agile projecr can fail in several ways:

  1. Calling it "agile" but not applying the basic principles. Then you'll fail in Waterfall mode
  2. Fail early, but not sinking huge budgets
  3. Fail later, delivering something in a workable state that can be the basis for other development...

Examples of "calling it agile" are: starting to do an analysis round of several man-years filling up a backlog with thousands of stories already estimated to help the development team; analysts that are not willing to validate the "working software" so that the team has to keep guessing for long periods of time;....

about a year ago
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Peugeot Citroen To Introduce Compressed Air Hybrid By 2016

dna_(c)(tm)(r) DS5 (204 comments)

Nothing better than some examples, like the DS5 Diesel electric hybrid with interesting styling.

about a year and a half ago
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Peugeot Citroen To Introduce Compressed Air Hybrid By 2016

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:LOL (204 comments)

You know, 1HP/cu in really isn't all that impressive.

Wasn't it about 40 years ago?

about a year and a half ago
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Java Zero-Day Vulnerability Rolled Into Exploit Packs

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:Oh Java... (193 comments)

Applets run in the same environment as webstart these days.

Not really. They obey similar sandbox rules.

But key here is that applets are embedded objects running in the context of the browser (Java plugin). A webstart application is essentially a download of an xml description file (jnlp) and a new javaws process handles this. You can easily configure your browser to download jnlp files instead of opening them with javaws.

about a year and a half ago
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Java Zero-Day Vulnerability Rolled Into Exploit Packs

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:Oh Java... (193 comments)

Because some people deployed the applications using Applets and WebStart so just getting rid of it becomes a bit of an issue.

Nobody uses applets for anything anymore - except the baddies - disable the java browser plugin and be done with it. Webstart is not the problem.

about a year and a half ago
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John McAfee Explains How He Milked Information From Belize's Elite

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:Trusting anti-virus producers (275 comments)

Unless it's for the Wii

I see, i own one Wus. Together we have two Wii.

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

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re: Ad networks should be considered hostile (317 comments)

[...]this means that it is an all or nothing choice, activated by default to block everything.

It's a choice. Opt out of the filter. Actually, opt in for ads.

about a year and a half ago
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Denial-of-Service Attack Found In Btrfs File-System

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:Can we get a real Linux filesystem, please? (210 comments)

[...]I just got out of a meeting at my job [...]and because Linux has no stable filesystem with enterprise features [...]

Sure, AC has some real complex stuff to handle on an enterprise level. That's why all the big boys like Google, Facebook and Twitter are using Windows to host their data...

You're either a silly moron, a self deluding enterprisy [a-z]+architect or a very capable troll.

about a year and a half ago
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How To Use a Linux Virtual Private Server

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:Apt-get install clue (303 comments)

Oracle works fine from the command line, installation included. I know, I've done it.

"discourage" does not equal "makes impossible", I didn't say GUI is required...

PostgreSQL is free, no money burning required.

It is an equation, not a pricelist: (Budget = Oracle licence fees + paying people) or (Budget = Zero fees for PG + paying people), more to spend on competent people.

Hadoop is not a database server.

Did I say that?

about a year and a half ago
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How To Use a Linux Virtual Private Server

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:Apt-get install clue (303 comments)

Not to mention...if you try usinig/installing some tools, like Oracle, which forces you to use a java GUI to install and other configs....you have to have X running.

Command line only, is often not a valid paradigm, depending on what you want to do with Linux these days, especially if using commercial software on it.

On the plus side, though, having a headless server discourages you from installing Larry's beast and keeping it well fed.

If you've got that much money to burn you might as well install PostgreSQL or (shudder) Hadoop and hire some real competent software/system/* engineers

about a year and a half ago
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FBI Dad's Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal's Child Porn

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:Fraud? (346 comments)

These programs are malware and spyware and use the same methods to stay on as virii. .

"Viruses." Moron.

I think you misunderstood the man. He was doing some maths with Roman numerals: "VI are II" but since 6 does not equal 2, it makes him seem less pedantic . But he's still a moron.

about a year and a half ago
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FBI Dad's Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal's Child Porn

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:I'm still trying to wrap my brain around... (346 comments)

Indeed, such a fine officer. Taking the best bucket, brush and the best soap money can buy and applying some elbow grease to scrub that computator until it shines as brand spanking new. And then taking a new photograph with a camera from a top tier camera builder - or re-imaging as the youngsters would call it these days... And this fine man would leave spyware on that thing? I simply can't believe it.

No, no, he's as innocent as the children he was monitoring^H^H^H^H^H^H protecting.

about a year and a half ago
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Red Hat Developer Demands Competitor's Source Code

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re: OS/9 for 6809 (394 comments)

ls, a basic "dir" shell command on my mac, is 80k.

dir, a reasonably comparable 6809 command, is about 600 bytes. That's over 130x smaller. [...]

ls is probably mostly used just to list files in the current directory. But you can do a hell of a lot more with it than that.

ls -hl will give you file permissions, number of files in directories, owner info, size (conveniently formatted), modification time, the name (conveniently coloured to quickly identify directories etc). You can hide stuff filtered by pattern ( --hide), dereference symbolic links, sort by filesize (-S) etc.

I'm not sure the actual size of command line *nix programs is out of proportion (more than 50 options some of which are really powerful and complicated vs. 130 size increase and 8-bit vs. 64-bit)

Now, when talking about your average humongous GUI'ed typewriter (Word) I completely agree. As illustrated by the 16GB required by the msPad for software.

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Hits Apple With 20% Price Increase

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:Car analogy (447 comments)

Sure, but then the US government will bail out Chevy Motors and start all over again and that Korean car maker Ford is really fckd gangnam style.

Note: I would have preferred you switched Ford and Chevy's role - outside of the US they are often Korean cars previuosly known as Daewoo...

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Surface Touch Cover 'Splits Within Days'

dna_(c)(tm)(r) Re:My experience with Surface (135 comments)

You guys, stop Microsoft cover bashing (then at least it will hold together at the seams)

about 2 years ago

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