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Comment From the TFA (Score 1) 76 76

Trend Micro reported to flaw in May, it said, but Google assigned it a low priority.

So, publishing it will presumably make them move the priority up? AFAIK, if the attacker could register the properly crafted MKV to play on start, you'd be in a bricked phone situation, factory reset, fixed done.

Comment Our Leadership, bought and paid for. (Score 4, Interesting) 78 78

"[Navy Secretary Ray] Mabus said Iran and other countries were already using lasers to target ships and commercial airliners"

Laser targeting != Laser weaponry. I'm surprised that SecNAV doesn't understand the difference although low energy lasers can be fun.

TFA:

"Directed energy brings the dawn of an entirely new era in defense," Lieutenant General William Etter, Commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, told a conference hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment.

which reminded me of:

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

- Dwight Eisenhower

Comment Re:Now it's Zoidberg's turn! (Score 1) 536 536

This is a website read by NERDS, not people wearing business suits.

I've been using this site, well for a long time. Clothes do not make the nerd nor does it distinguish a nerd from a non-nerd. Now go back to your mom's basement in your Red Dwarf T-Shirt smeghead.

Comment Re:Patent (Score 1) 92 92

This is where groklaw would be great. But Algorithms are patentable, without the requisite case ruling it's hard to ascertain why Newegg won this time around, it could be the SCOTUS ruling dealing with it giving the judge more direct clarification in this area. Allowing for windage (lawyers jockeying, filing motions and court dockets) it's conceivable this may be why Newegg won this time around.

Comment Re:unless you need it wait... (Score 1) 142 142

I think my OP said if wait but some of us however do have to work with Win 10 not only in the Beta stage but also the .0 release, it's not a picnic but that's what things entail sometimes. No software is perfect, no system is perfect, no organism is perfect that's why we have evolution. It's nice to see a somewhat technical post on SD, not the usual "Why does my toe hurt" thread.

Comment Re:unless you need it wait... (Score 1) 142 142

I don't care who you are, I simply do not trust your fresh release of anything, I do not wish to fix your mistakes, and do not believe over time you'll be awesome at not breaking anything ever. In fact, I think that's impossible to do 100% of the time.

Not now, not ever. Because many many years of doing change management has told me that would be stupid and reckless, and I don't work in places which are willing to do that.

Unfortunately, Microsoft seems to be trying to go down the route of pretty much forcing as many people as possible to get the updates immediately.

Either because they're arrogant morons, or they figure it's just easier if everybody else does their beta testing.

There isn't a software vendor on the planet I would accept a first day release from. And I've seen far too many day 1 mistakes from Microsoft and other vendors to ever change that.

But we've all become accustomed to accepting it. You buy that new cell phone for Christmas, it'll have a .0 release of the next gen of the O/S. It'll have bugs, problems, zero day vulnerabilities and as a consumer you'll be happy to wait 6 months to a year for a fix. You like that new Tesla because it's green, ultra cool and preppy. Is your fire insurance up to date? We do this because we want the glitter and in Win 10's case I'm not really too sure that it's revolutionary vs. Win 7 or Win 8.x. All I know right now is I have to migrate code to support it for a few customers.

There's an old joke I know that sums this up.

A little boy was annoying his mom. She then remembered that next door there was some construction going on and she told her son to go over there and watch the men working but don't get in their way. After about 2 hours she called him in for lunch.

During lunch she asked her son if he'd learned anything by watching. The little boy responded "Yes mommy!" and went to his room and brought back a ball of string. He gave one end of the string to his mother and told her to stand up, which she did.

He then order her to "move a little to the left."
"How move to the right."
"Naw, left a little bit."

He then said "Aww fuck it! nail it right there!"

Sometimes you just have to ship the product.

Comment Re:unless you need it wait... (Score 1) 142 142

wait, Microsoft doesn't have a lock on this kind of shit. Apple, Google, Samsung name a vendor and they have launch problems and it all stems from the complexity of building large systems or software projects. A regression gets missed or weren't there and now there's a quick shuffle to fix it. The measure we have to use is is how effective they get over time at reducing the defects by day zero but to expect zero defects is a false hope. So to your point, taking a .0 release from any vendor is risky but if you have to have it, you have to have it and learn to deal with the consequences.

Comment Re: The joys of youth (Score 2) 142 142

I wish it would go back to allowing side by side operation of .NET instead of replacing 4.5.X with 4.6. I have Win 10 isolated in VMs and 4.6 is already breaking quite a few things. Nicks got a good workaround for this particular problem but I still can't believe that something this basic missed QA in MSFT because .NET regression tests would be a basic must have including JIT problems.

Comment Not spongeworthy (Score 1) 113 113

I can't believe the billions of bits that died in the production and subsequent redistribution of this article. We're all dumber now for reading it.

I shall now drown my sorry in beer to see if I can't placate the inexorable struggle of those brain cells trying to make sense of this diarrhea and those others that are saying "WTF, Why did you read this?!? This is another let me share a bunch of drivel shit article. It's like Show and Tell in Kindergarten, just ignore it!"

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