* Posts by Mephistro

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30 years on, Chernobyl wildlife still feeling effects of nuke plant catastrophe

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I read the subheading before reading the article's title...

"Shrinking brains, faltering fertility and cloudy sight"

... and I thought the article was discussing the effects of moonshine vodka.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Richard Branson will lead Sage's 'sexy accounting' shtick

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Sage?

Nope! Kill it with fire!

Note: This comment inspired by former experiences with them and their -for lack of a better name- Support Service in my country. YMMV, of course.

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US tech CEOs demand Congress programs US kids to be tech workers

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"...a shortfall in qualified computer science graduates...

... willing to work for a pittance."

FTFY!

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Remain in the EU and help me snoop on the world, says Theresa May

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This Theresa...

... sounds like a third of the DSM or so. A decade or two threading baskets while heavily doped in a quiet and discreet 'retirement facility' would do her lots of good. It would be even better for the rest of mankind.

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

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Re: What a criminal waste of helium(@ AC)

These things will be deployed in emergency situations, to provide connectivity to victims of natural disasters*. A few hundred cubic meters of Helium every year won't make any real difference, and in this kind of situation costs are not always the highest priority.

*Note: The most cynical part of me reckons Google may have another uses for this technology, e.g. mass eavesdropping, ground troops connectivity, ... . But even if that were the case -and I'm not saying that it is-, the 'pros' would outnumber the 'cons'.

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MoD contractor hacked, 831 members of defence community exposed

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"Of those emails, 355 were “returned as undeliverable'..."

Are they totally sure it wasn't the anti-spam filters blocking the delivery?

;-)

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Clinton's $1m troll fight

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Re: Why is Billary not in jail yet?

"...will only encourage extermists and sociopaths into politics..."

That boat sailed many decades ago, in the US and everywhere.

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Dutch PGP-encrypted comms network ‘abused by crooks’ is busted

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Re: The NRC-Handelsblad newspaper writes (2016-04-21, page 3)

"According to the police he must have known that most of his clients were criminals who paid him with money originating from crime."

Are the Dutch cops going after luxury car vendors as well? ;-)

On a more serious note, the police's legal arguments here seems -to put it mildly- extremely flimsy. Another case of state sponsored legal harassment. Sigh...

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Small error in the quote

Should be:

"The police seem to have proof that criminals misused this network/business, therefore they did they used that fact as an excuse to shut down the whole thing and slurp also the data from the honest customers.."

Here, fixed!

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

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Re: Surely the AFA prevents companies...

"So Android contains a lot of derived code then?"

See icon.

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Re: Surely the AFA prevents companies...

1- Create and sponsor an open source project (e.g. Chromium).

2- Attract volunteer talent and hundred of thousands of free man/hours.

3- Fork a commercial version (Chrome)

4- Attain monopoly of the market

5- Smother OSS version with technical trickery and abusive contracts with the mobe makers.

6- Profit!

7- Profit!

...

n- Profit!

n+1- End of the World!. ^_^

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Re: Ubuntu Phone (@ AC)

The way I read it, the problem comes with the combination of a quasi-monopoly in the mobile market OS plus another one in the apps market, the fact that these two monopolies overlap almost totally, and the ways G is trying to use these two monopolies for gain.

Google is trying to reinforce the synergies between both monopolies with less-than-terribly-etyhical (or downright illegal) strategies; e.g. GMS, MADA & AFA.

Regarding your example, any mobe maker that dares to pre-install or even give as an option an Ubuntu Phone OS could face severe retaliation from Google.

In the long term, monopolies and oligopolies are really dangerous. In this case, I'd go with the heavy-handed approach and give Google a good reason for not being evil! ;-)

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Clucking hell! Farcical free-range egg standard pecked apart by app

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Re: And the information is... (@ Alister)

Nice link and nice idea!. Wish we had something similar in my country!

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Re: @ AndrewDu

Yeah, that's why volunteer work would be needed for this. Drones could be used to watch the premises(legally or otherwise;-). Total number of animals could be deduced from the daily production. ...

And if a volunteer/drone takes pictures of the area at 11AM and sees the chicken are separated from that big yard by a double electrified fence, then the 'free-rangeness' rating of the brand can be conveniently adjusted.

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@ AndrewDu

Volunteers and NGOs gathering this data would be a good start. Land Registries and similar entities hold most of the data needed, plus volunteers' work inspecting and taking pictures of the premises -probably from the outside- would be enough for this app to work, for now.

The real stumbling block will come when 'interested parties' and PR outfits start trying to game the system for their benefit, with 'false reviews' and similar crap. Sigh...

Disclaimer: I'm not Australian, and I don't know if Australian Land Registries allow for this, but I think they can't be too different to other Registries around the world. I might be catastrophically wrong, though. ;-)

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Free range politicians for sale!!!

I'd rather cut the middlemen -chickens, in this case- and go straight for an app to evaluate whether politicians are too 'free ranging' (;-), as the article suggests. This is potentially game changing!

Kudos to Mr. Weiley for the idea and the app, and thanks to Mark and Elreg for bringing this to our attention.

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House passes broadband bill despite promise of White House veto

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(@ AC)

"I see you are under the delusion..."

I reckon most people here are under the delusion that both parties should elect an independent nominee without any ties with Democrats or Republicans, to stop this impasse.

And I agree it's probably a delusion, as most of such candidates left or were removed from the judiciary in an early stage of their careers, and the Establishment would rather leave the things as they are now, instead of freeing such a dangerous beast among their flock.

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Re: Oh, GOP establishment....

***COUGH***sarcasm***COUGH***

;-)

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Re: Oh, GOP establishment....

"...we don't want any more of the establishment idiots."

If your solution is to vote for an idiot outsider, you have my total support!*

* Because I live in a different continent. ;-)

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Big telco proxies go full crazy over cable box plan

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Dear Digital Citizens Alliance:

..."The FCC's set-top box proposal raises serious issues about privacy and data collection of children's viewing habits,..."

Could you please explain to us exactly how the current situation (closed source hardware and software in the set top boxes) helps protect children's -or anybody else's- privacy?

Or how open source products put privacy in danger? It's quite obvious that, in a OSS scenario, it's orders of magnitude more difficult and -dangerous- for telcos and other actors to sneak some dodgy functions in the boxes.

Please, take your time.

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Tweak privacy plan – EU

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Doesn't matter how much lipstick you put on it, ...

... the Privacy Shield is still a pig!

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GDS has no real strategy for £450m budget pot, internal plan reveals

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From the article:

"...with each transformation push reinventing and rediscovering the same things."

Now that you mention it, the GDS report has a certain rancid musk. At times it sounds as if they're recycling the reports from earlier cycles, adding some buzzwords, changing the design and colour of the book covers ...

They're probably working under the assumption that anybody who reads one of these reports won't be willing or able to read the next. :-)

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Commentard April Fool decries Blighty's dodecaquid

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This might well be true...

... but could someone explain to me what's an opium poppy doing in the tails side? . TY!

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Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked

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WUT?

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

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"...the good drone-ship Of course I still love you."

Hopefully, Ian Banks is reading this from the orbital he resides in now, and smiling!

On a side note, the innuendo in the ship's name was only obvious to me when I saw the -ahem- erect rocket on the barge!.

"Is that a rocket in your deck or are you happy to see me?"

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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

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Re: (@ AC)

Related:

Back in '97 a user (another accountant) tried to use transparent plastic binding covers instead of transparency laserjet paper, in a new HP Laserjet 4000 (if my memory doesn't fail me). After several hours removing blobs of molten plastic from the printer's guts -as in your case, without the help of a service manual- I managed to put the printer again in working order. The guy was very thankful and invited me to a few beers.

Some two months after the incident, he did it again! Sigh...

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Man pleads guilty for serving white hat with DoS, swearbot, sex toys

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Amanfrommars?

Is it you?

;-)

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Re: But hey, free sex toys..! ( @ allthecoolshortnamesweretaken)

Thank you for the reference!. I think it's about time to watch that film again. For the 10th time or so.

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The guy is a fuckwit and...

... deserves to do some time in the clink, but "...up to 10 years jail in a United States federal prison and a US$250,000 fine" seems totally out of proportion for causing damages up to 6500$ and harassing the victims. This sounds as some law from the eighteen century, when someone could be hanged for stealing a loaf of bread!.

I hope the judge doesn't apply anything close to the maximum sentence.

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1,000 cats await stadium-sized sandwich bag launch

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On the other hand...

... a thousand cats would make quite a rumpus on their way down.

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White House flushes away court-ordered decryption like it was a stinky dead goldfish

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Feinstein and Burr, ...

...so far away, but at the same time so close...

I wonder what kind of shit the TLAs have on those two.

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Full Linux-on-PS4 hits Github

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Re: Finally a reason to maybe consider buying a PS4 (@ Destroy All Monsters)

"...gaming on actual PCs is still the dog's bollocks."

I'm quite puzzled at the downvotes your comment received. That PC gaming is far better than console gaming in most respects is self evident to anybody who has used both. Would any of the downvoters care to elaborate?

Or perhaps it's just a misunderstanding caused by differences between Leftpondian and Rightpondian dialects.

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Re: Finally a reason to maybe consider buying a PS4 (@ Big John)

Ehemm... "The dog's bollock's" ~="Kicks butts"

You're welcome. ;-)

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Re: Puzzled (@ DougS)

"The only reason to run Linux on your PS4 is to say you can, there is no benefit to being able to do so..."

Sorry to dissent, but being able to use a gaming console as a general use Linux computer has several clear advantages. At the very least, being able to double your kid's room console as a Linux PC will save you the need of purchasing a dedicated PC, so the kids can e.g. surf the web and do their homework in a safe(-ish) environment. Other uses include media center, graphics and sound editing...

Not everything is HPC! :-)

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Na na na na na na na na bionic-BATMAN! Boffins build bat-like electro-stimulated drone wings

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It sure flies like a bat...

A drunken, comatose one!

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Just how close are Obama and Google? You won’t believe the answer

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Re: Who's the ethics watchdog?

Try here: http://nlpc.org/stories/2016/03/23/ftc-chair-ramirez-asked-about-contradictions-senate-testimony-google-antitrust-pr

The link is "hidden in plain sight" in the middle of the article.

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Monster crowdfunding total raised for Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+

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I owned a Commodore, but...

I'll buy one of these, just to remember the fun of gaming sessions with friends' Spectrums. I still play, now and then, MULE in a C64 emulator and enjoy it.

And to the naysayers, these vintage games have a big advantage over -most- modern games: You can play many of these games in less than 30 minutes, which makes them ideal for a bus commute.

And regarding graphic quality, there are lots of (usually indy) titles nowadays that have shitty graphics but are really fun to play, e.g. "The binding of Isaac" and similar games. For me, gameplay beats graphics quality hands down.

Kudos, Sir Clive! ;-)

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Randomness is a lottery, so why not use a lottery for randomness?

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Why not use dice instead?

A list of numbers generated by a ten sided dice is as random as it gets. In my opinion, using numbers from a public source just makes it orders of magnitude easier for the baddies to discover the seed and break the crypto, doesn't it?

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Re: that public lotteries [are] hard to manipulate.

Two weeks ago I watched (on Youtube) an episode of the American TV series "The Untouchables" that depicted these illegal lotteries. The episode is from 1959, but I found it surprisingly nice to watch. And the guest star was a youngish Peter Falk, showing most of the mannerisms he later displayed in "Columbo".

Synchronicity?

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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"What sunk Vista was Microsoft lying about what the minimum hardware requirements were."

That, and also many gaffes in the way the OS handled files (e.g. the "copy" process that could leave your PC unresponsive for anything up to hours) and unneeded changes in the UI and the system management utilities that just clashed with everything the users and the techies were used to, plus a worse compatibility with vintage software.

It's a mystery to me how MS didn't learn shit from their previous experience with Vista.

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London's $40m 'flash crash' trader is to face extradition to the US

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Legal harassment FTW!

Three questions:

How can he be extradited for doing something perfectly legal in both countries? What kind of judge or jury would condemn him, knowing that many companies have been doing exactly the same (and worse) for decades? Would they also condemn the sellers of this kind of software and services?

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Error checks? Eh? What could go wrong, really? (DoSing a US govt site)

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Re: But the program is error free!

"My favorite was standing behind one of my programmers one day and watching him..."

Sending your favourite to spy on your programmers is generally not advised. You should have sent some middle level courtesan instead.

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Hand in glove: Google and the US State Dept

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So, this is it...

... this the shape the New World Order is taking now.

Not too worried, though. This kind of shit usually self-destructs in a few decades. And if the-guy- with-the-weird-hair becomes the next POTUS , it could be a matter of years or months! ;-)

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Thank you, Microsoft!

Thanks to your policy regarding the forced upgrade to Windows 10, I'll probably be driving my own Lamborghini Aventador by this time next year. Every one of your forced upgrades bags me quite a few bucks worth anything between 2 work hours and eight, depending on the damage your '"software" for lack of a better -but still polite- term inflicts on your own customers. The most requested service is to roll back to whatever version of Windows they were using before your hacking upgrade to Windows 10.

But as I've got a conscience, I always advise them to go Linux Mint, an option which many of them choose. For those who don't, I do my best to make sure your damn malware can't resurface, but also tell them to cross their fingers. At the very least they're are now aware of the issue.

And in the end, there is a small chance that a big Class Action Lawsuit will make you, dear M$, to pay my wages and those of other techies who are helping in the fight against your blightsoftware.

For all that, Thank you, Microsoft!

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Rights warriors slam US-Europe pact on personal info slurp, urge reforms

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"...there is little to nothing that EC officials can do about US legislation..."

On the other hand, American IT and services companies will have to do something or they'll go bust in a few years, when the EU courts thrash the Privacy Shield* agreement.

It would be nice watching the politicos and their entourages using Economy class and YMCA hotels in the next election. ;-)

* A misnomer, if I've ever heard one.

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NIST set to shake up temperature with quantum thermometer

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Re: big problem with quantum thermometers

"Is that the one lined with cat fur?"

Yes and no.

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Cops hacked the Police National Computer to unlawfully retain suspects' biometric data

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Oh, it's just Matt

Yawn...

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Re: Just treat them the same (@ AC)

"In my experience people that preach distrust of the police ... normally through not taking responsibility for their own actions."

Your experience on this subject seems a little bit limited, methinks. And as for taking responsibility for their own actions... police performance in this regard is not exactly stellar, either.

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DARPA to geeks: Weaponize your toasters … for America!

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"(DARPA) is asking the American public to put on its collective black hat and find new ways to turn everyday technology into weapons of online destruction."

The American public? They would be better off asking the PRC!.

Seriously now, how can these fuckwits expect such actions not to bite their arses in a near future?

Idiocracy, the documentary, coming soon to your screens. Sigh.

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How a Brexit could stop UK biz and Europe swapping personal data

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Re: @ Vimes

"Good luck even finding about any abuse of your data..."

Two points:

- My second paragraph refers to the moment some American judge decides that if the ferals can do it, he -the judge- can do it also. Evidence obtained by these means would need to be made public in order to be used in an American court, unless the feds step in and make that evidence a matter of national security, which would also spark lots of publicity for the case, with similar results, i.e. the American company landing in hot water.

- And the 400 pound gorilla: "Schrems 3" (or 4 or...) where some concerned party takes the issue before an European court, with the quite convincing argument that, being American laws as they are, the American company can't be trusted with Europeans data full stop. Something that by then will be probably entrenched in Law by precedents provided by "Schrems 1 and 2".

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