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The Code War Arms Race

doperative article is total cyber bullshit ! (74 comments)

"A story in Bloomberg Businessweek gives the first in-depth look at a wave of new start-ups selling cyber weaponry"

And yet in the opening para we have some guy in a ski mask breaking into some offices. This, another article from the school of bad fiction and total cyberbullshit

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Is Most Hated Social Media Company

doperative Facebook customer poor user experience? (165 comments)

'Customers have shown that, so far, they have been willing to suffer through a poor user experience in order to enjoy the benefits Facebook provides'

What customers, it's a free service, paid for through advertising !!!!

more than 2 years ago
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Napkins and the History of Ethernet, Compaq, Facebook

doperative "The Ether" and patent protection (67 comments)

> The sketches featuring boxes labeled PDP-11 and pointers to "The Ether" would eventually be translated into a big-time business for 3Com, Digital Equipment Corp, and now, just about anybody in the computer, telecom and networking businesses ..

How did this happen without patent protection for "The Ether"?

more than 2 years ago
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Open Source Software Hijacked To Push Malware

doperative And the solution is .. (147 comments)

And the solution is .. go directly to the Download site ...

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Slashes Australian App Store Prices To Match US

doperative Apple US UK price differences (81 comments)

"British consumers will have to pay far more than their U.S. counterparts for Apple's latest must-have gadget, the iPad.
Apple has announced that the starting price in the UK will be £429 for the 16GB model with a wi-fi link to the internet - around 25 per cent more than in America. The equivalent price for the same device there is around £340 .. In an effort to explain the price difference between America and Britain, Apple pointed to the fact that there are different, and higher, taxes in Europe, as well as higher transport and other costs
" .. link

more than 2 years ago
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The Wi-Fi Hacking Neighbor From Hell

doperative don't piss off technical support :) (584 comments)

"perceived sleights turned into byzantine obsession is a sign of a person who will do nothing but bring grief to anyone who ever touches his or her life"

Have you never see the Cable Guy or One Hour Photo. I guess the lesson to be learned here is don't piss off technical support .. :)

"Up until his termination in June of 2010, Ardolf worked at Medtronic as a neuromodulation device repair technician" link

more than 2 years ago
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How Investigators Deciphered Stuxnet

doperative sophisticated digital computer worm? (131 comments)

How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History link

"Months earlier, in June 2009, someone had silently unleashed a sophisticated and destructive digital worm that had been slithering its way through computers in Iran with just one aim"

Is there some kind of directive in place that doesn't allow for the mention of MIcrosoft Windows and who in their right mind would be using Windows to control hardware? And that entire report coming from the style of bad journalism, ie. a very bad imitation of Tom Wolf.

"In this case, the exploit allowed the virus to cleverly spread from one computer to another via infected USB sticks. The vulnerability was in the LNK file of Windows Explorer"

Finally, we get to a mention of Windows and what's a browser even doing on a 'computer' controlling a centrefuge? So to recapp, Insert USB device->Windows attempts to to open an icon from a LNK shortcut, the loads a malicious DLL into memory, the DLL is in actuality a rootkit disguised as a digitally signed device driver that gets loaded and run with 'root' privileges, the perps now have full control of your 'computer'.

"When an infected USB stick was inserted into a computer, as Explorer automatically scanned the contents of the stick, the exploit code awakened and surreptitiously dropped a large, partially encrypted file onto the computer, like a military transport plane dropping camouflaged soldiers into target territory"

Ohh for fucks sake !!!

more than 2 years ago
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IT Crises vs. Vacation: Sometimes It Isn't Pretty

doperative Law firm fails because of single disk failure? (352 comments)

"On the night before Thanksgiving last year, T.J. Whelan .. phone started buzzing with texts .. The messages said there was no connectivity to the Microsoft Exchange cluster .. That meant that attorneys in the firm's two U.S. offices and two overseas offices were completely cut off from email .. The network manager contacted Dell support, which confirmed that the disks had failed but also reported that it might be a while before replacement parts could be located" ..

This beggers belief, the IT department of a major law firm don't keep a single harddrive as backup and don't have a standby system in place for just such an eventuality as a failed harddrive ..

more than 2 years ago
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Patent Troll Goes After Notebook Cooling

doperative The use of its invention? (131 comments)

> the company appears to be establishing its case by suing Fujitsu and Lenovo over the use of its invention in the Lifebook and Thinkpad series of products ..

What 'invention`, a temperature controlled variable CPU clock frequency ...

more than 2 years ago
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Man Claiming Half of Facebook Suffers Setbacks

doperative The Man Who Owns 84% of Facebook? (127 comments)

Paul Ceglia: The Man Who Owns 84% of Facebook? link

"Ceglia sifting through old files in his western New York home to find assets to pay back his clientele. He says he came across a document signed in 2003 by Mark Zuckerberg, then a freshman at Harvard and now chief executive of Facebook. He says the document is a valid contract that entitles him to an 84 percent stake in Facebook"

"Mr. Ceglia's high-profile representation .. recently withdrew from the case at a critical juncture .. Mr. Ceglia is carrying on with a small, boutique-y firm of four San Diego-based attorneys who, according to CNET, represent 200 medical marijuana collectives. link

Better watch out then as if you win then these two will come suing your ass off Winklevoss Twins Resume Facebook Attack..

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Ships Firefox 5, Meets Rapid-Release Plan

doperative FF automatically upgraded itself today? (282 comments)

> My FF upgraded itself today to FF5 and I have plugins that don't work, tom17

Why did you change the "Ask me what to I want to do" setting in Update. The option third down from "Automatically check for updates to:". And just under that is an option "Warn me if this will disable any of my add-ons"

Tools->Options->Advanced->Update ..

more than 2 years ago
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13-Year-Old Password Security Bug Fixed

doperative reduced entropy of hashed passwords (130 comments)

"Gawker used this broken implementation, which replaced all non-ascii characters with question marks prior to hashing". link

"Versions of jBCrypt before 0.3 suffered from a bug related to character encoding that substantially reduced the entropy of hashed passwords containing non US-ASCII characters.

"An incorrect encoding step transparently replaced such characters by '?' prior to hashing. In the worst case of a password consisting solely of non-US-ASCII characters, this would cause its hash to be equivalent to all other such passwords of the same length". link

Didn't anyone ever test the algorithm to see if if functioned as designed, as in producing unique hashs for very similar passwords. Would be most important as part of an encryption suite ..

more than 2 years ago
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Court Case To Test GNU GPL

doperative AVM itself is in violation of the license (371 comments)

"Ironically, by preventing others from enacting the rights granted by the GNU GPL, AVM itself is in violation of the license terms. Therefore they have no right to distribute the software" says Till Jaeger.

more than 2 years ago
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United Airlines Passengers Stranded By Computer Outage

doperative Re:United Airlines Reservation System (74 comments)

> The problem is that with Microsoft if there is a problem you call them up and they fix it but they don't tell you how to prevent the problem in the future ..

The average Microsoft Certified sandwichmaker only know how to click on a 'service pack' or reinstall, reinstall, reinstall the OS.

> However this does allow you to hire more, cheaper, engineers and programmers to run your wares. Unix systems required a higher caliber of programmer and engineer team because you didn't have the support, other than a company like IBM ..

That's a false analogy, more doesn't equate to cheaper, and Unix support staff aren't necessarily more expensive. And unless you are in the software development process, then you would have no need of onsite programmers. And there are numerous companies offering support contracts.

more than 2 years ago
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United Airlines Passengers Stranded By Computer Outage

doperative United Airlines Reservation System (74 comments)

"The big decision is in: United Airlines plans to wean itself off its decades-long reservations-system provider, Travelport’s Apollo, and to migrate its reservations to HP’s SHARES system in 2012". link

"The Apollo reservation system used by United Airlines was down worldwide for at least four hours Tuesday", Jan 2006 link

about 2 years ago
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Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT

doperative operationalizing innovating business architecture (538 comments)

"Today, our businesses move too fast for the traditional IT model; instead, business technology (BT) leaders must partner with their business colleagues to create business and technology strategy simultaneously."

I thought that's how it was always done, identify a market for a particular technology. I hadn't realized the `traditional IT model' was a hindrance to doing business. Doing large scale IT projects is a bit like building bridges, each one is unique and you never want to be involved in one again. Given the anount of buzz words in that article I figure its aimed at the clueless PHB who don't know or don't want to know about real world IT processes.

Key words: building bridges, business architecture strategies, business change, business objectives., business partners, business strategy, business technology, co-created innovation, co-creating business, collective action, consultation, continual refinement, Counter-intuitively, customer-driven, empowered BT organization, empowered employees, flexibility, flexible processes , foundation, fresh technology implementations, interrelated disciplines:, IT capabilities , key potential driver, legacy burdens, new-generation technology visioning, operationalizing innovation, process flexibility, provision their own technology, push innovation, ruthless standardization of technology, scaling innovative solutions, service delivery infrastructure, smart business process management, technology alignment, technology strategy, the enterprise, tools, traditional IT , Unleash technology-based innovation, waterfall process ...

more than 2 years ago
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Linus' Other Gift to the World

doperative redefining the meaning of pioneer (177 comments)

`Linus Torvalds has done well with Linux and now Git, but I don't really seeing him deserving the title of pioneer of "open innovation". At least not in the way the author is using the word "pioneer"'

That might be true but first one would have to redefine the meaning of 'pioneer', 'creating', 'taking advantage of', "open innovation" and "open source methodologies"

"I'm doing a (free) operating system .. and I'd like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-) link

more than 2 years ago
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Franken Bill Would Protect Consumers Location Data

doperative Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (90 comments)

" Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them is a satirical book on American politics by comedian, political commentator and now Senator Al Franken, published in 2003 link - Amazon.com Review

more than 2 years ago
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How Journalists Data-Mined the Wikileaks Docs

doperative Yet another non story (59 comments)

"This type of data mining holds great potential for investigative revelation — and great potential for journalistic abuse"

I don't think so ...

more than 2 years ago

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News International pruning historic email archive

doperative doperative writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doperative (1958782) writes "In a letter, sent on behalf of HCL by Stuart Benson, a lawyer, the company disclosed that it had been involved in discussions about deleting emails nine times since April last year. It said: “It is of course entirely for News International, the police and your committee as to whether there was any other agenda or subtext when issues of deletion arose, and that is a matter on which my client cannot comment and something which you will no doubt explore direct with News International ..

HCL disclosed that News International asked three times for emails to be deleted in April last year .. Last September more emails were erased as part of a process that involved “pruning the historic email archives”."

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HomeSafe: protection at the network level

doperative doperative writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doperative (1958782) writes "You're in safe hands

Introducing HomeSafe, the UK's first internet security services that not only helps stop access to unwanted websites, but also helps prevent viruses getting onto your devices at network level .."

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ITV ditches Windows for Macs and Google Apps

doperative doperative writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doperative (1958782) writes "ITV will move the majority of its staff from PCs to Apple Mac computers and introduce Google Apps across the business as part of a comprehensive technology transformation project .. The broadcaster will roll out the Google Apps software-as-a-service technology to its 7,000 employees .. while Google Chrome will become ITV's standard browser, with the aim of providing faster and more reliable internet access .."
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Sony insurer won't pay for security breaches

doperative doperative writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doperative (1958782) writes ""Sony has been sued by its insurance company, which says the policy it issued doesn't cover a series of high-profile security breaches that exposed personal information associated with more than 100 million accounts" link"
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Complexity killing IT quality of service?

doperative doperative writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doperative (1958782) writes "It doesn’t matter if the system is an order entry function, a customer service call management function, or whatever: if systems are not performing well the first the IT department hears about it is when a user calls.

And if there is a tangible impact on throughput or productivity, that’s when supervisors, managers and execs get involved and the stakes are raised.

This is why it is important to nip problems in the bud, or better still prevent them from happening in the first place. Letting things drag on, especially when incidents are occurring frequently, leads directly to problems between IT and management, not to mention a difficult life on the front line of IT.

OK, I hear you thinking, but users often don’t help. In our little scenario above, the truth might be that when problems occurred the day before, the accounts clerk took the opportunity to sneak off for a quick cigarette on the fire escape.

Had she reported the problem to IT instead, there would have been an opportunity to investigate and avoid the next day’s more persistent performance issues.

Wouldn’t it have been better if the IT team had visibility of such problems beforehand, instead of relying on users to pick up the phone?"

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Linux saved my computer from Windows Update

doperative doperative writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doperative (1958782) writes "If it wasn't for Linux, a Windows Update crash would have forced me to format my drive and reinstall everything.

On Friday I got home from work, powered up my HP Pavilion DV6 6055ea laptop and watched as it promptly shut down to churn through Windows Update. It got 30 percent of the way through then the blue screen of death (BSOD) appeared."

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Asus netbook run Ubuntu only in Italy

doperative doperative writes  |  about 2 years ago

doperative (1958782) writes "The Asus product page touts only Windows 7 (in Premium, Basic, or Starter editions), but it appears the device is also available with Linux, in Europe at least. It's offered with Ubuntu by the Italian retailer Monclick, and has also been officially listed as certified on the Ubuntu website."
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There are no happy Siebel customers in the world

doperative doperative writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doperative (1958782) writes "Dynamics CRM Online, it is so good to have something to compete with Salesforce.com head to head. You know, we already have a great CRM product that does extremely well against the traditional players like Siebel. There are no happy Siebel customers in the world, you all know that. (Laughter.) And we can go win every single one of those.

But now we've got this humongous pacifier to stick in the mouth of Marc Benioff called Dynamics CRM Online. Which is a really, really beautiful thing for us, for both partners and Microsoft. (Applause.) And Windows Intune, the ability to manage those desktops and where we're going is tremendous."

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Cisco helps China keep an eye on its Citizens

doperative doperative writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doperative (1958782) writes "Western companies including Cisco Systems Inc. are poised to help build an ambitious new surveillance project in China — a citywide network of as many as 500,000 cameras that officials say will prevent crime but that human-rights advocates warn could target political dissent ..

An examination of the Peaceful Chongqing project by The Wall Street Journal shows Cisco is expected to supply networking equipment that is essential to operating large and complicated surveillance systems, according to people familiar with the deal."

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Groklaw Warns Against OpenSUSE

doperative doperative writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doperative (1958782) writes "Summary: The collapse of Novell brings with it dangerous implications for those who contribute from the outside

A few days ago we showed that OpenSUSE had lost some of the people who regularly contribute to OpenSUSE Weekly News, which continues to be released nonetheless. Many volunteers apparently see no need to serve AttachMSFT [sic], which is the new home of a company that fed Microsoft with more software patents and subsequently got slammed by Groklaw (Pamela Jones called Novell a “community rat” [1, 2]). In a new post, Jones warns “OpenSUSE Guys” (probably the volunteers) that they ought to rethink or recheck what they do. To quote one key part:"

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Microsoft nails second Android device maker

doperative doperative writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doperative (1958782) writes "Microsoft has nailed a second Android device maker to a patent licensing agreement.

The Redmond software giant announced on Monday that General Dynamics Itronix has signed a patent agreement that will provide "broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio".

In other words, General Dynamics Itronix has agreed to licensing certain, unnamed Microsoft patents for use with Android-powered portables."

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Police share Intelligence on innocent people

doperative doperative writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doperative (1958782) writes "Logica have worked alongside The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) to develop a new database which allows Police departments across England and Wales to share intelligence relating to crime ..

Advocates of the new database retort by arguing that it is the nature of police work which makes it essential to hold the records of innocent people ..

In total around 12,000 authorised officers will have access with secure access controls acting to ensure that only role relevant information can be searched."

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security issues with Google Chrome say Microsoft?

doperative doperative writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doperative (1958782) writes ""many machines are still on Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, which means they can't be upgraded to Microsoft's latest version of Internet Explorer, IE9, the release that finally brought the browser into the modern world. IE9 won't run on Windows XP."

"Given the security issues with plug-ins in general and Google Chrome in particular, Google Chrome Frame running as a plug-in has doubled the attack area for malware and malicious scripts. This is not a risk we would recommend our friends and families take"."

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AVM Computersysteme v. the GPL

doperative doperative writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doperative (1958782) writes "Tomorrow on June 21st a legal case will be heard before the District Court of Berlin which may have enormous consequences for the way that software is developed and distributed. The adversaries in the case are the manufacturer and distributor of DSL routers AVM Computersysteme Vertriebs GmbH (AVM), and Cybits AG (Cybits) which produces children's web-filtering software .."
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