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21) Message boards : Number crunching : CMS@Home needs about fifty good volunteers... (Message 1715609)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
...So got ask why you wish no Linux, and not even hidden inside a VM?

I do not want VMs run on my local machines. My VMs are run on my server through Hyper-V, and I do not allow my VMs access to the internet. ...

So is this a concern about...

Running VirtualBox?

Or Linux?

Or for anything that connects to the internet?


For the internet connection, how is the CERN VM 'app' any different to the internet access that all other Boinc apps make use of?

Can you firewall your VMs to allow only connections to CERN for example for peace of mind?...


Happy cool crunchin',
Martin
22) Message boards : Number crunching : CMS@Home needs about fifty good volunteers... (Message 1715253)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
You're missing the part that I don't want Linux on my machine though.

You have a choice... And at least Linux does give you a choice[*]...

So got ask why you wish no Linux, and not even hidden inside a VM?


Happy cool crunchin'
Martin

*: Linux use in internet devices and embedded devices and supercomputers may be too widespread to easily avoid.
23) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1714937)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile ML1
[Windows 10] Delivery Optimization also sends updates and apps from your PC to other PCs on your local network or PCs on the Internet.

Delivery Optimization is turned on by default in Windows 10.

Very cheeky and very nasty. That is a form of file/sharing torrent.

Some internet service providers will blacklist you and cut you off from the internet for that.

Worse still... That is the sort of thing that the RIAA, MPIAA and Hollywood have sued people for...


Incredible.

IT is what you allow it to be...
Martin
24) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1714737)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile ML1
... Its nothing like being raped...


"Physically", indeed so.


However, "metaphorically"...

Consider this?

Are you so holy and innocent, for your every thought and act, always, so as to be so unconcerned about unnknown others (who are not your friends) to know all and every detail about you and your thoughts and more significantly, knowing your friends and aquaintences?...

Now consider...

Most of those 'unnkown others' will firstly be Marketing that will be looking at every angle to twist your life to extract money and time from you. You WILL enjoy their experience for your life!

Other unnkowns will be looking at how they can extort you for whatever assumed or threatened or contrived 'infraction' you have against their arbitrary rules or 'IP' or 'copyright'. (Certainly not your rights that you cannot afford to defend.)

Other unnknowns can simple piece details together to simply uncermoniously rob you, all with no comeback.

And also note that no matter how holy you may feel yourself to be, there will be others that decide for you that you must be holy in a different way. What you may feel may be fine by your values could well mean your death upon travelling abroad. (Or for some examples, even just venturing into some of the USA southern states!)


Note that for our society to work, we really do need to have 'secrets' to avoid leaving ourselves wide open to suffering our lives being 'raped' by others.


We are already building a sad list of the lives of the naieve being ruined or at least changed in unwanted ways by the all too easy abuse of too much very personal detail being all too readily available to the entire world.

And this does not only concern only you... If it is you who also freely gives away the personal details of your friends and anyone else you know...

(I suffer far too much of my life wasted as it is just from the 'personalised' spam from my friends that have had their electronic address books raided...)



So where do we go next?

Just for one example, the webcam staring at you just now (on what you consider to be 'your' computer) analyses your face, identifies acne or whatever skin condition, and you next get a stream of calls to your mobile from call centres from around the world offering you miracle cures for your 'little embarrasing condition'...

Or you go surfing the web to find that every web page from every website shows the same miracle cures for you and for anyone else with you to see for you.

Or your directed Marketing could be for whatever else is chosen for you for whatever is deemed for you to be your taste/fetish/need/weakness...


Too far fetched?...

For some systems, that is already happening...


There are alternatives whereby IT is not used to abuse the users.

IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
25) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1714375)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile ML1
... He just said toxic, and it is to bugs.

... He probably uses non-lethal mouse traps too.

How about toxic to the environment? The very same environment in which we live also?...

We really are pissing in our own bath water.

And note that mice have their place and their part to play in our ecosphere. The "must kill all animal and bug life" mentality really does look to be a very worrying and unhealthy ignorant city dwellers xenophobic view.

Which follows on with all the big industry feeding that phobia for rampant profits...



Going back to the example of how the big agribusiness seems to be intent on poisoning all our fields such that no animal life can exist, we have this ongoing sorry tale to sting us all:


UK suspends ban on pesticides linked to serious harm in bees

Farmers will be able to use blacklisted pesticides linked to serious harm in bees after the UK government temporarily lifted an EU ban.

Opponents called the decision “scandalous” and criticised the government’s secrecy, which The Guardian revealed has included gagging its own expert advisers...

... Barry Gardiner, Labour’s shadow Defra minister, said: “I have written to environment secretary Liz Truss challenging her to release whatever scientific evidence she considers could possibly justify this decision. Public confidence cannot be maintained if she refuses.” The decision was made public after parliament ended for the summer, making scrutiny by MPs impossible, he said...



Bee-harming pesticide firms took part in key meeting on their ban

Pesticide manufacturers, Bayer and Syngenta were involved in a meeting over whether to lift a ban on neonicotinoids in the UK, previously suppressed minutes reveal...


UK government gags advisers in bees and pesticides row

... The government has gagged its own pesticide advisers, after they refused to back an application by the National Farmers Union to lift a ban on bee-harming chemicals. The gag is intended to prevent campaigners lobbying ministers on the issue...


Bees feeding on fungicide-dosed flowers develop health issues, studies say

While insecticides are a known deadly threat, two studies find that bees exposed to fungicides are smaller, sickly and declining in ‘chemical cocktail’ farmlands...

... Those methods came under criticism even as fungicides became steadily more popular around the world, with sales rising from $8bn in 2005 to a predicted $21bn in 2017. Fungicide pollution has been detected across the US; exposures are routine in bees, and some researchers have started to wonder whether they might contribute to declines in both honeybees and in wild, native bees...



White House makes bid to save honeybees but ignores toxic pesticides

Plan makes millions of acres of federal land more bee-friendly but...

... It does not ban the use of any form of toxic pesticides, despite a large body of scientific research showing many of them – specifically neonicotinoids, or “neonics” – to be closely linked to widespread bee life loss...



UK drew wrong conclusion from its neonicotinoids study, scientist says

Reanalysis of a Food and Environment Agency study may provide first conclusive evidence that neonicotinoids pesticides are a key factor in bee decline, despite it originally being used to support the opposite...


Who is winning the PR battle over neonicotinoids?

Bee campaigners scored a victory in the German courts, but chemical companies continue to fight the European Commission ban...


'Suppressed' EU report could have banned pesticides worth billions

As many as 31 pesticides with a value running into billions of pounds could have been banned because of potential health risks, if a blocked EU paper on hormone-mimicking chemicals had been acted upon...


Big business and our planet and ourselves be damned...

Tragically damning!


All in our only one toxic corrupt world,
Martin
26) Message boards : Number crunching : Serious question: Have we made ANY significant discoveries in our crunching? (Message 1714142)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
The s@h data has been used to map the structure of our galaxy.

The data is also used by e@h to find pulsars.

And our crunching has so far found zero definite positives which is interesting in itself.

Not sure if other unexpected astronomical results have been found.


And we have Boinc as a very important spinoff.

Regardless of the other science and sociology being done, that we are here on these forums and that we are aware of some science is success enough!


Keep searchin'
Martin
27) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1714135)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
Tony Abbot heads into a villainous isolation?....


Tony Abbott is a climate change 'villain'...



Only on our only one planet,
Martin
28) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1714128)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
I have installed it and it seems fine so far.

Oh noooo... Not you also!

Almost like seeing a dear friend become zombied along with the 'too many others' :-(


All your assumed privacy and that of all your contacts is now victim to Microsoft and their 'partners'. All for zero price.

One to watch for how the dust settles. The talk in my local pub is that Redmond should be nuked (after all innocents have been safely evacuated).


IT is what we allow it to be.
Martin
29) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1713907)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
A very brief and very graphic summary for the state of the internet and technology is given by


Killswitch (Trailer)

... greatest fear is that there will be no change...


Very spooky stuff, for everyone.

Has everyone really sold their lives for free of cost and rolled over and died?

Certainly makes me wonder if Microsoft is being paid to do their part and that in effect, Win10 isn't really being given away for no cost...


Who's internet and technology is this in any case?...

IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
30) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1713886)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
Climate change is so bad, National Geographic has had to radically redesign its maps.

http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/climate-change-is-so-bad-national-geographic-has-had-to-radically-redesign-its-maps--Zyn4Q2Au4l


And still the Deniers deny.

Madness? Or financial corruption? Or political corruption? Or just madness?


All on our only one planet for everyone,
Martin
31) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1713423)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile ML1
The new way of Win10 updates is in the news for the latest uptick...

(I just got yanked out of my work with a "You must save all your data and restart" type of message. Sheesh... Who's computer is it?! Who is working for who??!)


Anyhow, call this fun?


Microsoft's third Windows 10 cumulative update said to fix Store issues

... What else is in it? We have no idea...

... The Microsoft Support page says nothing about the specific features and fixes that are new to this update beyond "This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10."...

... I'm not sure why Microsoft is not providing users with a list of what's new in these Windows 10 cumulative updates. I also don't know how long the rapid release cadence of these cumulative updates is likely to continue.




Multiply that up by a number of workers all chasing tight deadlines and there's far too much jangled nerves for that one.

Perhaps that's why we've only got just the two test users on that one! One to watch.


There has got to be a better way for our IT...

IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
32) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technolgy 3 (Message 1713403)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile ML1
An old-school way of high tech continues in the bluff?...

(Sensitivities Warning: The Register apt irreverence!)


IT jargon is absolutely REAMED...

My wife is looking at online porn again.

This can happen accidentally to anyone from time to time, usually while reading through the results of perfectly innocent web searches...

... It certainly brings entertaining new meaning to everyday expressions...

... This is not the first time my wife – a linguist – has inadvertently taught herself the language of...

... back to catchy names, metaphors and euphemisms. Computing is full of them...

... Indeed, almost as boring as the Steve Ballmer-authored BSOD. Surely he could have come up with something with more of that unique Ballmer personality such as: Woo! Yeah! All right! I love this crash!...

... Besides, everyone else is doing it...




I'll never look at those technical phrases in the same light ever again! You enjoy joining in with all the other sheep?... :-P


A good old giggle that hopefully should be ringing a little stale in our more and better enlightened times?

After all...

IT is what we make it!
Martin


[edit]
PS: The story of the Microsoft BSOD ... (There's a long timeline behind those few words...)
[/edit]
33) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1712586)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile ML1
A slow move for such a large country in shameful misogynistic controversy...


India weighs update to 1970s abortion law

Last month, the plight of a 14-year-old rape survivor seeking to terminate her pregnancy renewed the debate surrounding India's abortion laws...



Hopefully there can be quickly change for the better for all.

All in our only one world,
Martin
34) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1712582)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile ML1
Histrionics?


If you have no dirty laundry to hide...

And no money for Marketing to plunder...

Or too old or too young to care for yourself and others...


Windows 10 sends identifiable data to Microsoft despite privacy settings

Windows 10 sends identifiable information to Microsoft, even if a user turns off its Bing search and Cortana features, and activates the software’s privacy-protection settings...



Are YOU owned by Microsoft?

Where do you want Windows to take you?...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
35) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1712574)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile ML1
And on the 15th day, the Blue Lord dist spake thus:


Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

Apart from the upgrade fails, bugs, and missing features, great

... It was never going to be easy, and is playing out as expected. Some users want the upgrade but cannot get it; others do not want it but get it anyway, like reader Bob Dole who reports:

“On every single one of our machines we said 'No' to the update. We uninstalled the KB that even asks for the update. Yet ... every single one of our machines has downloaded Windows 10 in the background and demanded to install itself.”

Some upgrade attempts also fail, particularly in cases where impatient users bypass Windows Update by using the Media Creation Tool.

Unfortunately, this also bypasses some compatibility checks, making failure more likely...

... Windows 10 is usable then; but it is the buggiest new release I can recall. This is not a surprise considering the rushed release schedule...




All in the game of must-push-deadlines proprietary IT...?


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
36) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1712567)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile ML1
If i could get all my nvidia cards crunching in linux all my machines would run it for right now until i can get some sirious help doing just that i am forced to use winblows

The mainstream Linux distros support nVidia CUDA and OpenCL and will also have a Boinc Client to get you going. For further speedups, check out the Lunatics...

(All even though nVidia has attracted quite a bit of past controversy and has been slow to support the way of FLOSS... But strangely times change... Hopefully for the better.)


See: Linux Distro Watch

Happy fast cool cruchin'!
Martin
37) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1712380)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile ML1
It will harm your nerves when win 7 keeps nagging you to upgrade to win 10 NSA edition

I already get that 4 times a day, but I'm not bothered by it, I'm made of sterner stuff. One mouse click and it goes away, what's hard about that?

Other than the repeated intrusions and nagging? Or do you like being nagged? Just like telesales calls...

And yet supposedly it is your computer and your system. Or is this Microsoft reminding you that you are their slave?


Do carry on.

IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
38) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1711798)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile ML1
Is this a new age of Australian denial?


A good one from Gary Charpentier mis-posted in the Climate Solutions thread:

Australia, out in front of the world again.


Note from that:

Australia’s new greenhouse-gas reduction plan has been slammed by critics as woefully inadequate...


Another summary is:

Australia carbon plan sends shudder through neighbours

... Australia has chosen to use 2005 as its base year, coincidentally the year its emissions peaked. But if you make a comparison with 1990 as a baseline year, a clearer picture emerges. ...

... The only countries to do less than Australia in this analysis, are Canada and New Zealand.

Commentators were quick to put the boot in to the Abbott plan. The message from Australia's neighbours in the Pacific was even stronger...



That looks to be quite a cynical game of creatively recreating the 'goal posts' and ignoring reality to somehow try to hide reducing the reductions in Australian pollution.


Perhaps we need to feed him to: Kim Jong-un and the forests?

... Reports of the killing of Choe Yong-gon for disagreeing with Kim Jong-un's forestry policy bring into focus a programme that is closely followed by the leader.

The country says it is suffering its worst drought in a century, and that close to a third of rice paddies have dried up.

Radio Free Asia says the country launched an intensive "greenification" programme last year, with more power granted to every province's forestry department. And in a speech in February, Kim Jong-un delivered a speech in which he said: "At present, the forests of the country can be said to have reached a crossroads - whether to perish for ever or to be restored."

He also criticised officials for seeking to respond to problems caused by flooding, rather than prevent flooding in the first place by planting more trees.




All a game of corruption and the rest of the world be damned?

All on our only one planet,
Martin
39) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1711797)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile ML1
Australia, out in front of the world again.


Is that an attempt at a bit of double irony?...

That's one I'll post over into the "denial" thread!


All on our only one planet,
Martin
40) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1711681)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile ML1
Here's a bit of an oops... And so soon after a big (1 GByte?) Win10 update:


Update Windows, Office, IE, Edge and Adobe Flash (– plus OpenSSH)

Patch Tuesday Microsoft has released 14 sets of software patches to address critical security vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and Edge. Yes, even Edge: Microsoft's supposedly whizzbang super-secure web browser.

Users and sysadmins should apply August's Patch Tuesday fixes as soon as possible: the bugs can be exploited to remotely execute code on vulnerable systems, allowing miscreants to hijack computers and install malware by tricking people into opening documents and webpages.

Plugging a malicious USB device into a Windows PC can grant an attacker administrator privileges, allowing them to commandeer the computer. Microsoft said it had "reason to believe" that this USB vulnerability "has been used...



And then watch out for:

FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

Microsoft’s first update to Windows 10 is bricking some users’ PCs...



And for a giggle, note from one of the comments to that lot:

I like the way they separated the Edge bugs from the IE bugs. Same CVEs though. Whatever could that mean?


Suggesting that there's common code in all that lot...



All rather tiresome. Will "IT" ever get tidied up?!

IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin


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