* Posts by DavCrav

1563 posts • joined 19 Nov 2007

Getty on Google: It’s all about traffic, duh

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Re: 60 million images I won't be buying or looking at

"As to Getty's proposed solution: It’s an embedded widget that tracks use, and ensures the photographer is credited.

Sorry, that won't work. I will happily embed metadata in an image or provide attribution via caption or whatever but I won't let you spy on my visitors."

I read that as meaning it tracks use on websites, not tracks users on those websites.

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Getty Images flings competition sueball at Google Image Search

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"I feel dirty for saying this, but it's not Google's fault that you can right click and save as. That's the browser, not the website."

This is a well-worn argument. It *is* illegal, at least in the UK, for me to walk up to a shifty looking fellow and say "number 63 just down the road left his door unlocked. Fill your boots". It's aiding and abetting.

Google is separating the image from the website and giving you just the image. It's up the courts to decide if that's aiding and abetting.

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FBI ends second iPhone fight after someone, um, 'remembers' the PIN

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Re: "Remembered" the PIN

"Maybe he remembered after he'd fallen down the stairs"

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'Of course, you'd have nothing to fear from us,' said Vimes. 'Although you might trip on your way down the stairs to the cells.'

'There's no stairs down to your cells!'

'Stairs can be arranged.'

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Re: Some thoughts

"In the UK I believe you can be compelled to hand over passwords. Scary. Nice place to visit but glad I don't live there!"

Much of the developed world says that about the US. Guns everywhere, no universal healthcare, no job protections. Scary place.

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Re: Q: How is the government ever going to convict bad guys without access to encryption?

"As one example, there's more than enough diesel and fertilizer in my garage to make a hefty boom, but they're both there for legitimate purposes. Should I be arrested?"

No, plenty of farmers for example have Diesel and fertilizer. If I have a large quantity of both and no explanation as to why you need so much Diesel and fertilizer living in a Manhatten apartment, then maybe that should be looked into though.

"Somewhere in my basement is several pounds of silver powder. It was recovered from photographic solution, and kept because: silver! It can make a big boom too. Should I be arrested?"

Still no, although I would start to keep an eye on you, since you seem to have a lot of explosiony stuff in your house.

"Off the top of my head I can make 13 different nerve agents from the household cleaning products in my house."

I would definitely be keeping an eye on you at this point. That's a worryingly specific number there.

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UK.gov STILL won't pop a cap on stolen mobile bills

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Re: SIM code lock

"If you have an annoying 'friend' who decides it would be fun to mis-enter your PIN three times then you cannot use your phone again without your network giving you a PUK code or posting you a new SIM."

Well, if I knew someone who did that they would be 1) not in contact with me after that day and 2) the new owner of a smack in the mouth.

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Romania suffers Eurovision premature ejection

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Re: Euraustralia??

"Does anyone else find it somewhat strange that Romania, an EU member and clearly a part of continental Europe has been excluded while Australia is allowed to participate?"

Did Australia pay their bill? Yes. Did Romania pay their bill? No.

There's your explanation.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: Bull?

"That's surely not a very suitable place for :-

" ... a globally respected privacy expert and advocate with a background in computer science, pyschology, sociology and law... " (according to the website)"

How much of an international presence did Max Schrems have? Didn't help Google then.

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Prof squints at Google's mobile monopoly defence, shakes head

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Re: Nice to see

"Nice to see the Prof's unadorned academic articles relying on content rather than bling to tell a story"

Yes, it's almost like he has thought-through ideas, experience of the concepts involved, and the maturity to state a case without recourse to shouting, abuse or unfounded rhetoric.

This is the Internet. Has he got lost?

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Cybercrooks turn away from banks. Your health records are far juicier

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Re: Another NHS Win

"I don't really know much about how NHS is structured, so maybe this type of fraud isn't possible, but if it is you can bet the hackers will be going after your medical records as well."

The NHS is, more or less, one organization. Money doesn't change hands. How does them knowing I had an ingrowing toenail removed a year ago help them? Especially now I've made this information public.

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Europe's digi-boss tells YouTube to cough up proper music royalties

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Re: Googles argument may be valid.

"As much as it gives me pain to do so - I must admit that G00gle has a point. Middle men always take their cut. The music industry's business model is outdated. It has been rendered obsolete by "new" technology - I'm using quotation marks because this has happened about 15 to 20 years ago. And they still haven't adapted yet, the lazy bastards. If your business model is no longer valid, you either adapt it or you'll go out of business. That's how it works. Hiring an army of lawyers will only delay the inevitable, but it won't stop it."

While I used to agree, I came to the realization that more or less every single artist I listen to has a record deal, just as every single book I read has a publisher. So they must still be doing something.

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"I don't know how much ad revenue Google redistributes to the copyright holders, but I think it's in the order of half? Sounds like if they paid as much as Spotify, they'd have to shut down the service.

That would certainly make the competitors happy; not sure about the artists. Seems like we're headed towards a repeat of the Spanish Google News story."

Think about how wrong you have to be in order for people to log in specifically to downvote you.

YouTube = content+advertising. You say that Google gives half of the money away, which I don't know. But do you think a 50/50 split is reasonable when one side provides the content and one side does nothing? Even the Apple store only charges 30%.

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Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing

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Re: And For Corbyn

"Bet you you paid more than you will"

I bet not..

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Re: Angela Merkel

"I wonder whose Ph.D she copied."

I'm guessing at least some of the 24 people who downvoted you are not aware of the backstory. Unlike the US and to some extent the UK, politicians in Germany are almost expected to have higher qualifications. It has been recently uncovered that some of them have plagiarized their theses.

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AMC sobers up, apologizes for silly cinema texting plan

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"Why not?

You bought your ticket.

You didn't read the TOC.

You got kicked out.

So sad.

They got your money.

No refunds.

Too bad."

You won't go again.

They get less money in future.

And in the UK you would not be able to be kicked out for breaching the ToC, unless they were explained to you at the time of purchase, under standard consumer protection legislation regarding retrospectively changing contracts and/or unfair terms. You would have to be given several warnings before anything like that happened, and as another poster says you would have to be caught by someone first.

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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

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You say to not wear a red boiler suit, but since IoT technicians are The Next Generation of repairmen, remember that red and yellow have switched. Don't want anyone to die out there.

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Taking an artsy selfie in Stockholm? You might need to pay royalities

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Re: no

Harry the Bastard claimed

"you really think it is correct that a newspaper or image or book on a news stand is no longer protected because it's in a public place? or a painting or photo that the artist has displayed in public? or source code?"

Charlie Clark claimed:

"When photographing people in public you have to consider both their moral right to their own image as well as any potential copyright issues.... Personally, on the rare occasion that I have photographed any street performers I've always given them money and I'm a skinflint."

TFA stated

"a permanent public place"

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Charlie Clark also said, which actually involved the article's content:

"Similar considerations apply to objects which is why in most countries photoshoots or filming require permission from the local authorities: the Eiffel Tower is perhaps the most famous example."

I think in these cases local authorities restrict permission for commercial filming (realistically because they can charge for it, and to protect the city's image), but non-commercial filming is a free-for-all, more or less. Or is every one of the selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower on Facebook a copyright infringement?

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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Re: "male perverts"

"Oh cool. Please explain to me how I got it wrong, friend. Unless you would rather just trash me again, intellectual giant that you are."

It used to be that only straight white men were real people, because men are physically stronger than women, there are more straight men than gay men, and more white people than non-whites in the countries with all the power. Then various countries decided at various times (the US among the last) to allow straight black men to be real people. Then around 1900 or so, straight women were allowed to be real people, and from about 1950ish, gay people were allowed to exist in many countries, and finally be real people, at least in Europe.

Can you see the general trend here? We started with the dominant group of people having all the power, and then slowly ceding it to various marginalized groupings. We only have minor (in terms of population size) groupings left to allow to be real people, and these are homosexuals, trans people (gender and vestite) and the type that must really trouble you with such fixed morality, intersex conditions.

What happens if someone is born looking like a woman but with a Y chromosome? Which bathroom should that person use then?

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Twitter spends $10m on rights to cover Thursday-night NFL games

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Re: Spot on

It depends. Is spinning round in circles going "AAAAHHHH!!!" a strategy?

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Brexit: Time to make your plans, UK IT biz

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Re: This is ONLY about a few rich people lying to racists and little Englanders.

"Yanis Varoufakis, who made a valiant effort to extricate Greece from imposed 'austerity' from Germany, are at least intelligent and qualified economists"

Qualified economist he may be, but he was a terrible politician. Hence he fucked it up, and Greece is even more screwed than before him.

He had the dual properties of being an insufferable git and holding out the begging bowl; you can't generally get away with both of these. He pissed off all the other Eurogroup members by telling them what they had to do, which apparently was gift a few hundred billion Euros to Greece, in return for which they would get...nothing. Not even any guarantees that Greece wouldn't piss that lot up the wall as well.

That might even make the most sense, especially from Greece's point of view, but was a complete non-starter. It was never going to happen, and trying to lecture the other Eurogroup members into giving Greece the money was never going to work. He should have been benched after about the first couple of days of talks. But Mr Tsipras didn't do that, and so they ran out of money.

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Re: Time to make your plans

"I wanted to guarantee my family the protection offered by ECHR rights, including right to privacy/freedom of expression/freedom of association/right to effective remedy.

The Home Office/Police/Security Servics seem to regard human rights with complete contempt; they will ensure a British Bill of Rights is simply a worthless sham without enforcement.

I fear for the future of freedom in the UK. I don't expect I will ever return [voluntarily] sadly.

Anonymous because... I fear the UK Government."

I assume you moved to another ECHR signatory, like Russia for example?

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Re: And on the other side of the channel...

"But what about other EU countries? What happens if some of them start treating the UK as ex-EU right away or make a retroactive change at some point in the future from some arbitrary date?"

If the UK leaves the EU then it will only do so in 2018, not 2016, and it would be illegal for other countries to just treat the UK as if it had already left. As for retrospective changes in law, these are generally frowned upon by most countries' courts, and if you are in a country where the courts don't mind retroactively making something illegal, then you might want to leave anyway.

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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"While her adventure planning left something to be desired, the contrite Albone was eminently self-aware reportedly writing, “I was such a massive p**** and I'm so sorry. Not only do I never ever want to put myself or anyone else in that sort of situation again - I also would like to be able to help someone the way you all helped me...I was that t** that all proper climbers talk about.”

We’re not totally sure what the asterisks stand for."

'Prick' and 'twat' respectively. No need to thank me.

Edit: someone above suggested 'tit', which respects the number of asterisks. I think that twat delivers a more appropriate opprobrium.

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FBI: Er, no, we won't reveal how we unmask and torpedo Tor pedos

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Re: @Bota. FFS

"English is one of the 3 languages I speak. If it isn't perfect 110% of time I BEG for your forgiveness."

Sorry, I just cannot help myself: It was too obvious a target.

"English is one of the three languages that I speak. If it isn't perfect 100% of the time I beg your forgiveness."

FTFY.

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Re: I am all for...

"I'd have a different take for flagging my dislike: this allows emotion to bypass proper due process, and then the legal system becomes nothing but a toy for the media. Ooooh, we don't like him, guilty! Oh no, she's cute, she must be innocent."

I have always maintained that one solution to this is for no identifying information about the accused to be available at trial: all questions answered at the trial should be done by transcript, and as far as possible everything suggesting the race and sex of the person involved should be expunged.

This has two effects: firstly, it means that biases (read: prejudice and irrational fears, lies, etc.) would be unable to be stacked for/against the defendant, and secondly it would not allow the jury to exercise their powers of reading people to decide if they are lying (hint: people are terrible at this).

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Re: I am all for...

"You are seriously saying (anonymously, of course) that you believe that someone who has no feelings towards the continued wellbeing of someone who takes part in the sexual abuse of children once those predators have been through the due process of a fair and reasonable trial that leads to their conviction, is actually "no better" than said abusers of children?"

Yes. If you believe in corporal, extra-judicial punishments as part of the legal system, then you are no better than child abusers, or in this case someone who looks at a picture, as you believe in using violence to impose your will. There might be a quantitative difference, but you are in the same category, along with rapists, terrorists, people engaged in domestic violence, and so on.

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Blighty's nuclear deterrent will get a software upgrade amid cyber-war fears

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"...carrying 48 warheads, loaded onto 16 missiles. Each Royal Navy missile carries an average of three warheads on routine deployments."

Is the second sentence there for those of us incapable of dividing 48 by 16?

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Adblock wins in court again – this time against German newspaper

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Re: I keep asking and no one answers.

"I don't think you understand how much that'll cost. Nobody in the mainstream media industry really has a clue how to make it work or how much it'll cost so that's not a criticism. One million subscribers paying £200/year will just about support a national newspaper (The Guardian makes a loss on £250m revenue, but it has an expensive print operation), but will enough people be prepared to pay that much?"

I currently spend that sort of money on the Economist, and did for a while on the LRB as well until I couldn't find time to read both.

But you miss the point. Until advertisements are sorted out so they have zero chance of crippling a user's computer, just like print ads have no chance of landing me in hospital, then we can talk. Until that problem is resolved, ads are switched off, and I don;t care who suffers, because I value my own computer above their paycheques.

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Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

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Re: Reputation

"The expensive part, reading, assessing and commenting on papers received, could be required as pseudo-payment for publication."

It is already done free of charge by academics, even for for-profit publishers.

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It's nuts but 'shared' is still shorthand for 'worthless'

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Re: All well and good

""How do you mesh this with the cutthroat world of today where "you only live once" and "you fail = you're dead"?"

That, right there, is exactly the mindset being suggested we get rid of. It's not whether you fail, it's HOW you fail that matters."

You mean you want people to shift to the 'respawn' mindset?

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"All that "free thinking" is going to be really useful when even your job as an uber driver has been replaced buy robotics, and there are NO jobs.

Hope you're good at fighting or marksmenship, because I will be taking all your tinned food and ammunition come the revolution."

Since I live in the UK, you won't.

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

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"Typical. "Tell us what to name it. Unless, of course, we don't like the name you all like, in which case we'll just do what we always do and pick our own damn name.""

How about, more likely: "Give us some suggestions. But if you do something stupid, we have the right to ignore you."

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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Re: Sex is a marketing way to sell stuff? What a news!

"Gender is used as a euphemism for sex. The word "sex" to indicate male and female is apparently far too offensive for polite use. Gender is also used to classify words. "His" is masculine, "hers" is feminine and "its" is neuter for example. Of course sex is determined by the possession (or not) of the Y chromosome, both sexes (sorry for the bluntness there) possessing X chromosomes. At best if we use gender to determine type of sex (and this is using gender in its earliest meaning), then we have feminine, masculine and neuter males; ditto for females. I count six all up. Twenty three? Somebody's being creative."

Yeah, you're wrong. Just using a genotypic definition of sex, there are way more than six sexes:

XX, XY (standard ones), XO, XXX, XXXX, XXXXX, XYY. XXY, XXXY, XXXXY, XXYY,

and probably some others. (All of the ones above exist in people and are not fatal.) Moreover, there are intersex conditions like CAH just to muddy the waters.

In conclusion, it's a common misconception that genetics is a nice and clean system with male and female. While that's true for 99% of the population, that leaves 70 million people in the world who are one of the many other possible sexes. Part of our 'obsession' with political correctness in the last few decades is that we no longer pretend that if you represent a group of less than around half of the population then you don't matter and can be ignored or silenced.

And I haven't even considered gender at all...

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'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

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Re: Effing 'Merikans

"Get bent. Not all of us _AMERICAN'S_ (we don't call you "'ritan's" now do we?) use a mm.dd.yy format nor a 12Hour clock. Some of us use a yyyy.mm.dd 24Hour format instead for many reasons. Being a stereotypical twat (calling us a unflattering dimuative & claiming we ALL do something) merely reflects badly upon yourself. Don't be a twat, rise above your bigotry & learn that not all American's are alike, just like all you "Limey Pricks" don't have your head up your ass."

OK, I'll correct his statement: Almost all Americans use mm/dd/yy as their date format. The remaining ones apparently put extra apostrophes in 'Americans'.

And FYI, the official US system is mm/dd/yy, so it's a bit rich to say that because you personally don't, he's a twat.

Oh, and by the way, the reason we call you Merkins is that you elected someone, twice, who pronounced your country in that way.

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Steve Jobs, MS Office, Israel, and a basic feature Microsoft took 13 years to install

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"So something that's used by 0.0012% of the world population is a "basic feature""

I think there are more than around 84000 Arabs, to be honest. I guess you meant 0.12%, and were talking about Israel, but Arabic is also RTL, and there are quite a few more of them.

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Re: That was oh, more than 30 years ago.

"FFS MS! You should have had RTL support in before you wrote Office for Mac!!! Some features are important enough to warrant pre-dating the product they're implemented in!!!! IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!"

Original ASCII doesn't have support for é, which even exists in words in English, never mind other languages. I think you're expecting a bit much of the early days of computing.

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

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Re: Catchup

"Quite a few UK news websites with adblockers load the entire page content and then overlay it with a "you can't see this!" bubble. It's probably child's play for someone to knock up a browser extension to display the article content from page source."

1) Reader mode on Firefox seems to get rid of this, along with all other rubbish from the screen.

2) I have in the past used AdBlock, in particular its element hiding helper, to block the overlay.

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Re: Playing Devil's advocate...

"Why should the publishers care about losing page visits from users who aren't "paying" by viewing ads?"

The same reason that Microsoft didn't really go after piracy: once you become some tiny back-water news website, you don't have any influence. And many newspapers, being loss-making enterprises, value influence above profitability.

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Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

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Re: Mr Barack "Hope & Change" Obama

"Mr Barack "Hope & Change" Obama

Most disappointing president EVER!"

I think William Henry Harrison feels happy now he has lost that title.

(If you don't know, look him up.)

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Re: I think he's discovered that it doesn't matter what he says

"Obama's been a tyrant from the beginning... nothing has changed."

I think you don't know what the word 'tyrant' means. But if you are talking about for example, executive orders, you are pretty much wrong. Actually, let me rephrase: you are absolutely wrong, completely and utterly wrong. Obama has issued the lowest number of executive orders per year of office since Grover Cleveland. In fact, in the modern age, Jimmy Carter is the most tyrannical of US presidents, by this measurement.

So, since you cannot mean giving executive orders, please explain what about Obama's term in office you would declare as 'tyrannical'. And you should explain how it is personally his fault, and not the responsibility of the (Republican) Houses of Congress as well.

Source: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php

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Re: I think he's discovered that it doesn't matter what he says

"I've heard that fable before. Nothing to back it up, but just like with AGW, we are regularly instructed by fanatics that the issue is settled and there shall be no argument about it."

I think you are not going to get much traction with an allegory to pretty-much-settled AGW, at least with a more scientifically literate crowd that you get here. Go look at the comments to a Lewis Page article, basically telling him he didn't understand anything and should shut up, leaving it to, you know, experts.

"Most of the real racism still resides in the Democrat Party, but it's hidden better these days."

Are you actually telling me you think the Democrats are more racist than the Republicans? You are trying to do this right now, when -- let me just check -- yep, Donald Fucking Trump is the leading contender for the Republican nomination? That takes balls.

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

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Re: Additionality

"That will never, ever happen in UK as it presently is as the Brits just don't think or act like that?"

The population of Norway is around 5m, of the UK over 60m, and their share of North Sea oil was IIRC slightly larger, but at any rate of a similar size. For Norway this is a life changer, for the UK it is a nice to have.

If we take your figure of £20k this year, everyone in Britain would get about £1500, which is nice, but that is either taken off our tax bill, spent on increased spending, or subsidizes our borrowing. North Sea oil is great for the UK, but it isn't winning the lottery as it is for Norway.

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"If there's an out vote in England, I think there is a case for Scotland (plus whatever other peripheral nations/regions) to remain as a successor state."

Ooh, please let Scotland try for that one; I would vote for Brexit under that condition. I'd much rather be debt free and out of the EU than with £1tn of debt and in the EU.

Oh, you mean you want the benefits of being the successor state without the problems? Right.

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Home Office is cruising for a lawsuit over police use of face recog tech

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Re: feature creepy

"God, it's been a long time since what I think was the first ANPR test on the Watery Lane overbridge just north of junction 5 on the M1. I remember going to have a peer through the window of the Portakabin just down the hill at the Prime minicomputer running the system. Mid 70s if I recall correctly. New Scientist had an article at the time which raised some questions about the privacy implications.

Edit: I see the article was 12th January 1984 by Steve Connor, so my memory was only a decade out!"

Sorry, are you saying that the real start of the surveillance society, logging where everybody goes, was in 1984? That's fitting.

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"In an interview with the FT a year or two ago Eric claimed that Google can do real-time facial recognition but chose not to for ethical reasons.

Read into that what you will but I suspect widely available facial recognition is likely to be with us soon."

That has to be bullshit. Google doesn't have ethics.

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Bill Clinton killed off internet taxes, says Australian politician

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"Ask the people - if they want to pay tax on their internet purchases then I'm sure it would be possible to set up a site to allow them to do so. If they don't, then clearly will of the majority should be respected."

Really? Do we also put this 'will of the majority' shit to other decisions? Bring back capital punishment? No income tax? You'd be surprised what you might find if you allowed a simple majority of people to vote every time. Good luck with your anarchy.

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Re: Idiot

"Order direct from China. Skip VAT, import duty and what have you."

Yes, tax evasion for the little guy. At least if enough people start doing this government will be forced into sorting out the tax system for everyone introducing draconian legislation to curtail individual freedoms.

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McAfee gaffe a quick AV kill for enterprising staff

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"Boot using bart PE bootable cd GUI interface and then visit the C:\program files\mcafee folder then you can directly delete the folder and subfolders without any errors."

Just you try it on my laptop (work), which has:

1) McAfee;

2) full disk encryption.

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"I've got admin rights on my work laptop. I did suggest to my IT department that they gave me 2 accounts, a user one and an admin account but they didn't want to.."

It seems our IT department at least has sorted this out. On my laptop I have <username> with no admin privileges and <adminname> with admin privileges.

On our desktops we don't even have admin accounts, so at least we are down to just the 3%. I am not at all surprised that this is not the case elsewhere.

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Facebook can block folks using pseudonyms in Germany – court

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Re: So which Irish law requires users to disclose their real name?

"If Facebook can't require full names, I guess I can go to any bank in Germany and open an account as Mickey Mouse, and even take out a mortgage in his name? If not, why the difference in how they're treated?"

Oh come on, don't be so obtuse. The law will say something like "you can't refuse service for someone not giving you more personal information than required for the service". It's not rocket science.

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