* Posts by DavCrav

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Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or RANSOMWARE?

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""Williams told the Reg that it also demonstrates its efficacy by showing a complete list of encrypted files and offering to decrypt five of them for free."

Could this be used to determine the decryption key?"

Sort answer: no. If it could, then anyone with both the plaintext and the cyphertext could be able to work out the key. But since this is public key encryption essentially, anyone can generate cyphertext using their own plaintexts. So no real help I'm afraid.

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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"the Mobile generation, already indoctrinated into paying monthly for everything, won’t have any issues with paying for 10 on the same basis."

I'm not so sure. I wouldn't pay monthly for a dishwasher or a freezer. Not many other people would. If you are the sort of person to conflate Windows and the PC, then you would not be impressed at buying the PC and paying a monthly fee to rent it as well. It's not going to work.

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Twitter will delete jokes after a DMCA takedown – but NOT my photos, fumes angry snapper

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Re: It's been said

"It's been said that EVERY joke made since may be found in the long out of copyright _Joe Miller's Joke Book_."

Sure, but it's also been said that the Sun revolves around the Earth, disease is transmitted by smell, and the government can install filters that can't trivially be bypassed. Do you think it's true, though? I guess there's the standard "three things, the last one of which is meant to be funny" in that book, so you might be right in this case.

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Re: repeat after me

"if I hear a funny joke and can recall it properly, recount it properly and keep the delivery okay then I'll repeat it. I'm certainly not going to go out to find the original author of the joke....or indeed pay them any royalties."

And that's fine. But probably you shouldn't go on television and repeat them while pretending they are yours. And the same holds for Twitter. You would accept that it's wrong if someone blogged about a novel, every day writing a page of the novel as a single post, until they had copied out the whole thing. What about a short poem, which could fit into a dozen tweets or a single blog post? At what point does something lose its copyright provisions, and should that be based on length?

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Researchers say Anthem health hack has Beijing's fingerprints

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Why does the rest of the world still allow Chinese connections to the Internet? Is it worth having all information stolen?

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Re: Aww

From their response, their last line is what convinced me that they are talking rubbish:

"In light of these analyses, the claims we made in Leslie, Cimpian et al. (1) remain valid as originally stated: Fields whose practitioners idolize brilliance and genius have fewer women."

People who actually knew what they were talking about would not say "we don't like the statistical analysis on this paper which contradicts ours, so ours is definitely true." It's a massive logical flaw that if the proof of the statement is false then the statement itself is false.

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ICANN further implicated in .Africa controversy

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Re: ICANN has gone rogue

"Every employee should be sacked and have criminal charges brought against them."

What, you mean like:

"What are you in prison for, Bob?"

"Oh, I cleaned the ICANN building out in Los Angeles."

"What? You bastard! I'm only in for armed robbery."

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Galloway and Greens challenge Brit spooks over dragnet snooping

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Re: Galloway Rocks....@Yugguy

"He also doesn't give a toss about anything except his "legacy"."

"Legacy" = what you did during your time in office, and whether it had a lasting effect? Seems a perfectly reasonable thing to give a toss about.

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Ad rivals whimper: Hey Commish, we've 'ad it up to here with ad giant Google

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Re: Lifeblood of the Internet

""advertising is the lifeblood of the internet"

I thought it was porn?"

No, porn isn't the lifeblood of the Internet, it's a different substance.

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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Since this problem is only going to get worse, and will result in a mass murder incident at some point, we need a register of all drones, with sizeable penalties for not registering a drone, for example 10 years in jail for possession of an unlicensed drone. Fly them near protected airspace, massive fine and/or jail time. It's the only language certain idiots understand.

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BREAKING NEWS: Apple makes money

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"Greece now has a significant primary budget surplus."

I think you mean 'had'. Pre-Syriza they had a surplus, then they got in, rolled back a bunch of budget savings, then things were completely fucked with capital controls. They definitely don't have a surplus now.

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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

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Re: Yes, they will emigrate

"Also, in this context I think it might be 'Die Computer', but it's been a while so I'm probably wrong."

Indeed. You are wrong. Die Computer is the plural.

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Re: Yes, they will emigrate

"And if you work in a technical field in Germany you will find they are pretty much all fluent in English. Most of the technical terms are used as-is (i.e. English words)."

OK, good. The German for computer is "der Computer". Great. Now it's just all the other words that aren't technical you need to learn.

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"In time, Bryce thinks some contractors will retire or move overseas as a result the changes and fewer will replace them."

Where have I heard that before? Oh yes, from people at every single election and Budget.

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Qualcomm gazes at its navel while stroking the surgeon's saw

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"Other options reportedly on the table include reshuffling its board and giving Jana a say in adding independent directors, as well as returning more cash to shareholders."

So this could be written as "man wants more power and money"?

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Apple Watch is such a flop it's the world's top-selling wearable

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I know somebody with an iWatch. Asked him why, didn't really get an answer as to what it is useful for, other than telling the time.

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Re: Subscription version of iPlayer for non-UK customers

"Offering BBC content to a global paying audience over the internet seems like an obvious way to make extra income, and solves the 'conditional access' problem - what am I missing?"

Do they have the rights to everything worldwide? Answer, no. In the UK the government compels for example music copyright owners to give their permission for the BBC to use any music it wants. They do not have such rights abroad.

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Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

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"By the way, it's not all Greek notes, it's all €10 notes in circulation in the eurozone (and around the world).

So Greece should call their bluff if it wants to throw a spanner in the works."

Small problem there, of course. There are two ways to "print" money: the first is to physically counterfeit the money, and the second is to make it appear in bank accounts. The second is pretty much cut off from the Bank of Greece because any suggestion that they are doing that and the ECB pulls the plug, so they would have to secretly hoard printed Euros. OK, so their debt is around €300bn, so let's print 30 BILLION €10 notes and store them in a few aircraft hangars. Here's the problem: the total M0 (i.e., banknotes) in circulation across the whole Eurozone is around €500bn or so, and so you are roughly doubling the physical money supply. The other problem is time. Suppose you have a massive printing press that can print a sheet of €10 notes, say 100, a second. My back-of-the-envelope calculations is that it would take you ten years of 24-hours-a-day printing to get 30 billion notes. I think someone might notice long before then.

One more problem: how exactly do you pay the ECB back in freshly minted €10 notes? You have to get it back into the banking system, i.e., launder it. So we get ten thousand of the most trustworthy people imaginable, both to not steal any of it and not tell anyone, to deposit a rucksack of 1000 €10 notes a day. That might look a bit dodgy, but still, even doing that five days a week (banks are closed weekends) it will still take over 11 years to put it into bank accounts.

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Uber to drivers: You make a ton of dosh for us – but that doesn't make you employees

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Re: @Big Ed - Call me a converted Fanboi

"However, there is a slight problem at least in the part of the world where I happen to live. Let's say today someone gets his taxi permit after paying (investing ?) close to 100000 CAD. He is now ready to work as hard as he can to try to make just enough to recover those costs and pay his bills (if he would have been rich there would be no need for him to get into this business). The next day he faces competition from a bunch of people who did not have to pay anything, just download some app on their mobile phone and pay allegiance (and a part of their earnings) to some Californian company who is just a middle man ? If you can show me some fairness in this situation then I might become a fanboy too."

It isn't fair. But the solution is not to get rid of Uber, but to get rid of the 100000CAD fee to run a taxi.

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

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Re: News reports on Uber lead me to conclude...

And the ethical stance of seizing people's own property because their employers are acting illegally doesn't concern you?

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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"Would the issue be better handled if it wasn't in the hands of a 'Manel'?"

I don't see why. There was definitely a woman on the panel when the Falklands were invaded, and there's a woman in charge of Argentina who is currently rattling the kitchen knife (they can't afford sabres), so why do you think anything would be better involving women?

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Re: Ha! - but in the end the pope adds nothing of value to the debate

"The side that has all the money, careers..."

I think the oil and gas industry has enough money to sponsor its own 'science' actually.

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Foxconn's going to 'exploit' Indian labour? SCORE! Bye, poverty

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Re: It;s almost like they do it on purpose...

"I'm sure we could *if* we were willing to have the same standard of living as we had during wartime. Get most of the working age men out of the country & sleeping rough while killing 25% of them (that in itself creates lots of job openings). Limit the type and amount of food so that only that which is essential to stay alive can be bought. Bring down the average lifespan by quite a bit. Force masses of kids to travel hundreds of miles away from their homes to live with strangers. Regularly demolish railways, roads, factories and streets full of houses so that lots of workers are needed to repair the damage. Etc."

Don't forget borrowing huge quantities of money to pay for it.

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Re: Lefty pay?

""if you paid me £15 an hour, I'd quit

Lucky you. Most people in the UK don't earn that much."

£15/hour at 37.5 hrs/week gives £29250/year (assuming 52 weeks/year, which is not a problem as you will see). According to the Guardian, in December 2013 median weekly pay is £517 (FT employees only) which is £26884/year. I cannot find any later figures than this, but I remember wage growth actually existing this year, at about 1%, taking us to £27152.84. That all works out as an hourly wage (again, assuming 37.5 hours per week) of £13.92. So about a pound an hour off median. Which is a lot in millions of people, and your statement is true in that "most people" don't earn that much, but it's probably no more than about 55-60% earn up to £15/hour.

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Re: OK, then...

"Two wasters are sitting in a bar when Bill Gates walks in. "Hurrah!" shouts one, "Drinks for everyone!"

"What are you doing?" asks his friend.

"Our average net worth is now several billion dollars!""

Dude. Look up the word 'median'. That extra 'd' and 'i' in the middle of 'mean' mean a lot.

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How swearing at your coworker via WhatsApp could cost you $68,000

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"You don't know the content of the message. Don't forget what happened when someone made a one off, off the cuff comment about Doncaster airport. The people making comments about the UAE being backward seem to be throwing bricks in a glass house."

I remember. He was found innocent, and the police and CPS told not to be so stupid.

In the UAE's case, the guy was found guilty, then a new law was introduced, and he was retroactively found guilty under it. This is backward, both ethically and temporally.

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Re: Retroactive

"This new law is less than a month old, so probably the man got the smaller fine previous to that. Then comes the new law and the persecutors prosecutors needed to make an example of someone to to put the Fear of Allah in the people. Since everyone had heard about this draconian edict, they were all on their best behavior.

And so perforce this poor sap became 'It.'"

You have to love retroactive laws. It's like justice, only different.

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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Re: KeePass

"Or 1Password which lets you store the DB locally (not in the cloud) and sync to mobile devices over Wi-fi (e.g. at home)"

Actualy, just use 1Password as your password. Everyone will try Password1 and you'll be fine.

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EU reduces science cuts as Juncker finds €500m down back of sofa

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Re: Academics need a reality check

"Many academics are pro-EU because a lot of their funding passes through EU programmes."

Citation needed. Very few academics actually get EU funding, compared to the number of academics in UK universities. There are a few schemes like Marie Curie that have a fair few people, but compared with RCUK, EU funding is much smaller. I offer another potential explanation.

"Many academics are pro-EU because they spend a lot of time going around the EU, have friends in many different countries, and being in the EU makes their lives a lot easier."

There is, of course, a third explanation, but you might not like it. Academics are, on the whole, among the best educated in society. Being anti-EU is correlated with being xenophobic and racist. (Not a perfect correlation, but enough of one to work statistically.) Being xenophobic and racist is highly inversely correlated with education. Therefore academics, statistically, are more pro-EU than society at large.

"rules that make them "partner" with second rate EU universities, rather than first rate global ones, and that the money is allocated to EU political "priorities", not scientific ones."

Rules for ERC Starting grant: the primary criterion is excellence of research. Nothing more.

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"Where is this money going to?"

You mean Horizon 2020? Most of it goes to EU universities, much of that to French and UK institutions.

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

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Re: Colossal, global stupidity

"We have a fucking Prime Minister who’s probably done some coke (he won’t deny it cos then someone would probably come out and say that he did). So why isn’t HE in prison? After all, that would mean he’s an evil drug-taking sicko."

OK, nice rant and everything. But you seem to have mixed up the case here. Mr Ulbricht was a drug dealer, not a drug user. We treat them differently. Since he was a drug dealer, selling billions in drugs, he can hardly be compared to a guy offering you a spliff.

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Re: Paul 87

"I agree that rehabilitation is an important part of a fair justice system. I suspect his complete lack of remorse and continuing deflection of responsibility didn't help him come sentencing time, since he gave no indication that he could be rehabilitated."

From the article

"In a letter submitted to the court earlier this week, Ulbricht said he realized he had "ruined my life and destroyed my future" ... "Even now I understand what a terrible mistake I made," Ulbricht wrote in his letter."

Do we have a different definition of remorse and responsibility?

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CBS boss says he'll show off his crown jewels on Apple TV – for a large enough check

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"I love all this "Apple is trying to change the universe" crap, when Netflix already walked in years ago, kicked everyone in the teeth and took their lunch money. I don't have a single device Netflix won't run on - I even have 4K through the decoder in my new TV. Netflix already became the iTunes of TV and didn't write unholy shit software to do it, or lock it down to their preferred platforms. In what universe is this guy living?"

My guess is Apple is "trying to change the universe" by not paying almost anything for the shows it will then charge a lot for.

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RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit

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Re: Priorities

Yes, but dogs *can* look up.

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Re: LAN Gaming

For me I had two computers in my room when I was a teenager, and played two-player co-op Diablo. Over a serial cable mind, none of this fancy stuff.

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OECD nations gang up on internet retailers, tax dodgers

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Re: Not a burden?

"Online companies will have to comply with every detail of every tax in every country. And keep up to date with all changes. And this is not a burden? Maybe not for the likes of Amazon, but for anyone smaller it's a huge problem."

I'm confused. People want to sell to customers in a country, but don't want to obey that country's laws? And they consider this a reasonable stance?

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Spotify springs bloody leak as losses grow to $197m – report

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Re: Something is seriously screwed

One possibility is that artists are making money, just not as much as they want to. What would the losses be in a music subscription service in which artists and record companies got what they consider fair recompense?

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Singapore's prime minister releases source code for his hand-coded Sudoku-solver

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Re: Senior Wrangler

"Absolutely. For a good indication of how impressive this is, look at who has finished *second* in past contests. According Wikipedia, James Clerk Maxwell, J. J. Thomson and Lord Kelvin - to name just three."

As any Senior Wrangler would tell you, that isn't much evidence that he is clever, since each year you are competing against different people.

However, Senior Wranglers are generally pretty good.

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"And what would be the advantage of Singapore becoming a less restrictive society?"

If you are one of the people currently being "restricted" then I guess there is an advantage.

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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Re: Pedanting...

"Humans not descended from animals? Well, we *are* animals - we have not left the kingdom of animalia to become plants or whatever - so the apparent implication in that "descended from animals" claim that we're not animals ourselves is false."

But if you are being pedantic, there is no implication in "are you descended from animals?" All animals are descended from animals, except for the first one, including humans, birds and the three-toed sloth.

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Console makers game the EU Commission to avoid energy-use law

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Re: Just wondering...

"...what are we saving this energy for?"

Patio heaters.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Re: "The things that actually seem to work in making the poor richer."

"You mean the things that give us jobs being shunted to whatever part of the world gives the cheapest employees at the time (and screw the poor buggers who had that work previously)? The things that give us the Minimum Wage instead of a Living Wage? The things that give use Zero Hours contracts? Etc etc etc"

Minimum wage in the UK? Luxury! You talk about being poor, but when I were a lad we'd have to work down t' mine for 18 hours and then etc etc etc.

There are essentially no poor people in the UK. There are people who are relatively poor, compared with even richer people you know, but on the global scale they are in the top 10-20%. I thought you supported taking money from the richer to give to the real poor, i.e., the poorest 3.5 billion in the world? Globalisation and international trade has done just that, vastly improving the lives of the billions of genuinely poor, at the expense of a few dozen million in the West who have a bit less good of a life. Surely that's a win?

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

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Re: What a joke

"2) The HFTs did cause the flash crash. The fact that his unusual input may have triggered it (if it even did) doesn't change the fact that their software malfunctioned and caused the crash."

Isn't that like saying "The lorry driver did cause the crash. The fact that the boy running out into the road in front of him may have triggered it (if it even did) doesn't change the fact that the driver swerved and caused the crash."

I'm not saying that I think he's in the wrong, but you cannot use arguments like that to exonerate him.

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Mt Gox LEAKED Bitcoin for years before heist, says WizSec

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Re: Still don't understand

I still don't understand how the money could have disappeared, when every bitcoin fan claims that it's impossible to steal bitcoin because all transactions are recorded forever."

That's how we can tell they've been stolen, at least.

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You! GOOGLE! HAND OVER the special SAUCE, says Senate (of France)

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Re: Looking forward to...

"Tesco being forced to offer Sainsbury's own products on the eye-line shelves and show the price they paid the supplier for the products, together with how much the big brands have paid for the best shelf space for their products."

If Tesco had more than 90% of the grocery market, you might start to find such laws appearing.

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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"Try and get a clue, this isn't the freaking point. I DON'T WANT TO SEE THEM. If I go to a search engine and do a search the last thing I want, 99.99999999% of the time, is to get directed to another search engine."

You are looking at it wrongly. Try an experiment: you want manuals, type <widget> manual. You want specifications, you type <widget> specification. You get what you want. You want to actually buy the thing, you type <widget> buy, and Google doesn't want you to see price comparison websites, and instead shows you its own, abysmal, shopping website. If this were judged on quality alone, Google Shopping would be deader than flares.

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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Police did the right thing

It sounds wrong, but they did the right thing, from a rational perspective.

Not paying $300 isn't going to really stop these people doing it. If everyone stopped it, then maybe, but one organization not giving in won't make any difference.

Malware like this will (probably) hit online backups as well, so only an offline backup will work. These, by their very nature, cannot take place continuously, so suppose it is done daily. (The more often it is done the more likely you get hit with the malware while the connection is open.)

The cost in terms of time of recovering the offline backup, plus the cost of having everyone redo their on-average half day's work must far exceed $300.

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US govt bans Intel from selling chips to China's supercomputer boffins

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Re: Why ?

"Building brains. [...] But I would guess is that 'merica is blocking the sale for fear of the last one, because not enough though has gone into the far reaching consequences of this decision."

In order for politicians to think abut brain building, they would first need to find an example of one.

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Re: Control over the world's banking system

" Islam also has an alternative banking model, one that does not levy compounding interest on loans."

No it doesn't. So-called Islamic Banking is verbose bullshit wrapped around the same old model. "We don't charge interest on our mortgages, we just part-own your house and you pay rent on it. What's that, you say you end up paying exactly the same as if we lent you then money? Pure coincidence!"

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Foreign firms must obey EU laws no matter where they're based, says EU. Hear that, Google?

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Re: Tit for Tat, EU. We can do that too!

"How would the EU like it if the US and every other country in the the world were to implement similar laws? There would be no reason to trrade with your neighbors and world economies would crash."

You mean like when the US government fines French banks for breaking US sanctions against Iran? Go read some news sometime, idiot. Governments around the world apply the law to companies, even if they are headquartered in other countries, like, for example, BP, which you even mention in your rambling rant.

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