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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

Wow, you *are* ignoring the sendmail and bind exploits - many of them were due to lax security rather than being coding bugs.

I'll give you that. I should have called them design or implementation deficiencies, not coding bugs. The Internet began as a really "in-house" sort of thing. They didn't anticipate that their collaborators would go out of their way to abuse what was then a shared and mostly trusted resource. The Morris Worm was pretty much a kid's white hat hacking that (oopsie) got out of control, and SMTP wasn't designed to prevent it. The Green Card Lawyers taught us how robust those systems were - jerks in the system could get anything they wanted to go through and there was little in the way of defence built into the system to stop them. Telnet, ftp, rsh all transmitted passwords en clair. "Oh, was that wrong?" Arpanet was designed to ensure communication wouldn't be disrupted. After all, they weren't expecting the Soviets to have access to any of it.

And you also seem to ignore the thriving antivirus markets that existed for the Atari, Amiga and other non-MS platforms - I wonder how MS was responsible for those!

I never had any of those, so never really cared about them. Then MS showed up so ripe for exploitation, it was a magnet for abuse. How did it work, you could name malicious.exe to malicious.exe.jpg and it would walk right past any defences (which were non-existent)? Meanwhile, MS decided users didn't need to care about file extensions (even while the OS did care), so they were hidden from the user by default. Great.

I can't believe anyone defends MS for the crap they've pulled. You should be livid about their multi-decade abuses, not to mention having had to pay them and other MS ecosystem crap purveyors for the privilege.

13 hours ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

Is your selective memory ignoring all the sendmail and bind exploits that did the rounds in the 80s and 90s?

No, those were bugs, or things the software wasn't designed to worry about. What produced the malware and spam market? MS' laxity in *everything* system security related, maybe?

Are you ignoring how little MS bothered to secure itself, insisted that's not its problem, could be handled with bolted on (for a price) software supplied by third party suppliers, and it wasn't MS' problem that Win* wasn't able to protect itself?

Latest I heard was *the best* AV software supplied by third party suppliers was *at best* capable of stopping 80% of malware.

Good job. Ass holes!

yesterday
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

I remember that. Just before the Winmodem wars started. Why's my machine always crashing every time I connect to the net?!?

"Get a real (external) modem, doofus!"

Damn, that was tedious! I wondered if it would ever end.

yesterday
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

Yup, and with good reason. Did you even read what I wrote?

yesterday
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:ex microsoft shill (72 comments)

The CD problem you refer to is not a fault of the operating system, but rather the drive and the motherboard bios.

Bull. Shit. This goes back to win for workgroups. Copy a file to the floppy drive, takes over the whole damned CPU. They've never known, *had any clue*, as to how to build an OS. They only know how to cash checks from morons (accountants, doctors, lawyers; the stupidest computer users on the planet).

yesterday
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Fuck M$ (72 comments)

MS has always been a joke. A toy OS for "toy computers."

They've never had a clue what they were doing, other than making money off ignorance.

yesterday
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

I'm sure the Linux distro makers (which often are commercial entities) gladly take your free labor, and laugh at their way to bank.

They're not grabbing my scrotum as they laugh their way to the bank. Oh, you wanted security from malware and viruses and crackers? There are many Microsoft Partners who'd be happy to supply you with solutions ...

Bite me! Microsoft's ineptitude created that pathetic market!

Assholes.

yesterday
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

Perhaps others who read this might find it interesting.

No, not much at all really.

I wish the whole phenon would just disappear from spacetime. It's an annoyance, a malware magnet/enabler, a botnet in progress, ... You get my drift.

yesterday
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

Ha. Very funny. Not my desktop. Considering what it can do on a desktop, not even close to ready.

When did MS finally discover the Internet even existed, or was something they ought to consider? Win95? WinFor Workgroups?

No. Fuck no. Morons.

yesterday
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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

tqk Re:Sounds nice (154 comments)

but but but but it does more than one thing, its not the Unix Way ...

That's what you guys have always misunderstood about emacs. It's really an operating system that merely looks like an editor.

2 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

tqk Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (394 comments)

You're not even supposed to run the amber, never mind the red.

Incorrect. When you see light turning yellow, you are suppose to stop when it is safe to do so, otherwise proceed through the intersection.

If you're seeing Green, what's going to come up next? Yellow. So if you see Green, immediately start to decelerate. If you see Yellow, next to come up is Red, and you may wrongly assume you're going to be given a chance to do anything about it. Oh yeah, that's what seeing Green's all about.

If you see Red, now's your chance to gamble and be an a$$hole because Green's coming up ... sometime.

2 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

tqk Re:I am not going to convert (242 comments)

If something is working, there's no point in trying to break it.

If something is working, that's the incentive to try to break it. If it survives the attempt, it deserves the respect. If it doesn't (breaks), it gets better (fixed), or replaced. Progress.

I'd like to define this as the Dirty Harry Principle. "Did I fire six shots, or only five?" "Hey man, I gots to know!"

He wants to know *so much* that he's willing to die in order to find out.

2 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

tqk Re:I am not going to convert (242 comments)

Read up on IBM's lucrative sales to Nazi Germany back in the day. (Yeah! I went there! Woohoo goodwin!)

+1 on the IBM history, -1 on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

Keep tryin'. Ya learn something new every day, hopefully.

3 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

tqk Re:git? (242 comments)

I use mercurial, you insensitive clod!

I use SCCS and I LIKE it you insensitive clod!

My source code control system is my text editor! Make is all anyone should need!

3 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

tqk Re:Umm, what? (242 comments)

He is actually quite a dick to people ...

Gee, where've I heard that before? Perhaps every time I've heard of geeks being talked about?

3 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

tqk Re:Umm, what? (242 comments)

I swear, none of you people understand the meaning of the words "neoconservative/fringe libertarian nutbar after that business with the skyscrapers in '01."

It's just mind fwap & etc. Tea Partier == libertarian == GOP == conservative == WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!

You're shallow as panes of glass! Think. Think harder! Concepts mean something. Don't listen to what MSM wants you to think of. THINK for yourselves!!!

I'm a libertarian, and your definition of what that word means is woefufully INADEQUATE, to say the least.

Do some fscking basic research, then speak.

I'm not a Tea Partier, and you can't imagine how insulting that is to me!

3 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

tqk Re:Umm, what? (242 comments)

... sounds like some rogue guy who wants to fork every project using CVS or SVN and stick them on Github or something.

Problem? Did you even bother to read the summary?

I'm just kidding, tee hee! :-) This's the sorta !@#$ we opensauce [sic] free software people do. Enjoy the ride. It's good for the soul.

Aaron, sleep in peace.

3 days ago
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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

tqk Re:This should have been a no brainer (113 comments)

Damn. I'm a bit conflicted.

Mods, thanks for the upvotes. On the other hand, it's a little sad that got upvoted. On the third (?) hand, yeah, but it's a correct and true statement ("Information is power."). On the fourth (!!!!!) hand, damn, it's nice to see that Game of Thrones AC modded down to zero. "Power is power!", my ass! I hope I'm not getting to deep for you. I often tend toward that, sorry. Meh.

May I say, GoT really sucks! Vampires and monsters, rapes at the drop of a hat, Machiavellian tyrants, ... Boring. Get a life! Firefly made far more sense.

Uh. This is where I need to say something insightful to remain relevant. I'm busy slurping Carlos Santana off youtube, and wondering HTF I missed so many Pink Floyd album releases (I guess I was working, or something).

Why's James Comey bitching about crypto when the FBI's website recommends crypto?

<SnoopyDance>

Information is power.

3 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

tqk Re:You had my curiosity... (242 comments)

ESR says he'll match funds toward the purchase of the needed hardware, so if you want to help drive him into bankruptcy, now's your chance.

Now you have my attention.

Not a bad way to go out if you think about it. Assume ESR in his doctor's office: "You have three months to live."

"Cool! I'm going to instigate a full on crapfest buying spree fueled by my "GeekNation." We'll pre-order *everything* Intel, Foxconn, and Cisco are going to produce in the next two decades, I'll be long dead once the bills start to roll in, and Western Civilization will collapse into a black hole of insolvency before anyone realizes what's going on. Suck it PRC bastards! I'll be bigger than Hitler!!! Woohoo!"

<Dilbert>Was that better or worse? I don't know how to tell.</Dilbert> # PHB: "You don't show enough passion for your job."

[A bit over the top, I admit, but we are discussing ESR.]

3 days ago

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Comet Summer Siding's about to graze Mars' orbit. Could we use this?

tqk tqk writes  |  5 days ago

tqk (413719) writes "The linked article explains that this thing started on its way here a million years ago. It's going to be going back out there. That would be one seriously celestial bird's eye view. That got me thinking.

We already have another mission about to harpoon an asteroid. Well, how about we try to harpoon Summer Siding and hitch a ride. It's handling the propulsion problem. We just have to meet it on its way through our neighbourhood. I'm imagining some sort of automated observatory.

Has this idea been considered (and shot down for a million reasons) before? If we can't use Summer Siding this way (it was only discovered in 2013), how about we gin something up for the next traveller that comes through? And the next one, and the next one, ... Pretty soon, we'd have a constellation of these things way the hell out there reporting back everything they can see.

That would be really cool, I think, not to mention pretty useful."

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US Military FAIL! Service Members' History Lost, AGAIN!

tqk tqk writes  |  about 2 years ago

tqk writes "As the son of a WWII serviceman (a Flight Lieutenant/Tail Gunner in a B17 bomber) and an IT geek, I think this is appalling. On PBS Newshour last night, I saw a story about this along with an interview with the ProPublica reporter (?) who's on it. Since then, I've learned this has been going on as far back as the war in VietNam. "Backups? What're those?" Entire service histories are being lost! Historians have been screaming about it and veterans are being forced to drag lawyers in to prove they did what they did. $DEITY!!!111

See ProPublica."
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Democracy's death and rebirth?

tqk tqk writes  |  about 3 years ago

tqk writes "I think this's a fascinating read. Tying together "The Arab Spring" revolutions, mass protests from India, Israel, Britain, Wall St. (among others), it posits that twenty/thirty-somethings have given up "en mass" expecting their political systems to even bother to listen to their objections, much less do anything about them. ACTA is about to be signed despite objections from elected congresses, corruption and regulatory capture seem to be all that governments are capable of these days. This story reminds me of the '60s rebellions against the status quo and "business as usual.""
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Geeks & News. Columbia Journo Review hint.

tqk tqk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tqk writes "There's this story in CJR lauding the L. A. Times for (in CJR's opinion) a story worth highlighting. CJR: "Nathaniel Popper gets this story by combing the websites of the Federal Reserve, FDIC, SEC, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which have for the first time begun publishing records of their meetings."

As a geek who's built databases connecting related data in efficient ways, this is intriguing. There ought to be a lot of room for pro-bono, NGO oversight ops in there, not to mention potential funding, yes?

Story: http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/la_times_quantifies_the_domina.php

I'm available for the sysadmin or backend db portion (yeah, I'm poor, but I'm not living in my Mom's basement!). Really, I think this could be pretty cool, adding much needed oversight on how gov't. works and what are its interconnections.

CAPTCHA: "despotic". Ha, haaaa! # =[8]-)"

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