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3261 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007

iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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"a parasite that's so successful it's killing its host"

So, Google is the Ebola of mobile marketing then ?

I rather like that image.

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TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab

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Isn't that China's (pre-emptive) interpretation as well ?

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Who's that at the door, storage box flingers? It's the hard drive makers. No, they are not smiling

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Storage software

Funny, in a way those two words don't actually go together.

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Stray positrons caught on ISS hint at DARK MATTER source

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I think

that the Universe's IT department noticed that there was interest in this "dark matter" thingy and have just published an update to the bin/erg/obsc/sources library.

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Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share

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Bad metric

"Windows 8 [...] racked up plenty of sales"

Technically that may be true, but we all know how Microsoft gets to count its "sales". If Windows was not the de facto universal OS pre-installed on every PC, but had to be bought in addition to the PC, then those sales numbers would be drastically inferior.

There has always been enormous effort deployed in trying to find out which OSes are actually used, and that gives us market share of IE figures and such.

Yet we are still given sales figures in any piece that tries to expound on how important the latest version of Windows is. That is not the proper reference, and we should only hear about it when reading about Microsoft share price.

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BitTorrent's peer-to-peer chat app Bleep goes live as public alpha

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Ah, but our feline lords are already pretty much untraceable. They don't come when you call them, they couldn't care less that you're looking for them and they sleep anytime and anywhere they damn well please - including the clothes basket (but only the washed clothes, not the dirty ones).

The only time you're pretty sure to see them is feeding time, because they KNOW what time that is and they're ALWAYS on time for that.

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Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway

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What, they're not ?

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UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares

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Re: "Getting their computers seized as evidence"

How would you get that done with skiddies in other countries, pray tell ?

Not to rain on your parade, I would dearly like to see such an initiative, but the fact remains that it is currently impossible to legally attain a miscreant if he is not operating in your own country - and that is not typically the case since it would appear that about 75% of such activity is managed either from the US or from China (I'm sure you can throw Russia in the pot too).

So you'll be doing all that hard detective work and, nine times out of ten, you'll hit the brick wall of "oh, he's operating from outside the country, well that's it then, next case...".

It's quite discouraging, really.

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Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter

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So this is the situation

Flaw implicating flow of money to company : fixed in weeks or less

Flaw implicating security of personal information of many thousands of users : might be fixed in months or years

Yup, that sounds like capitalism all right.

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Hate Facebook? Hate it enough to spend $9k fleeing it? Web 'country club' built for the rich

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Agreed.

The rich don't need a social network on a computer, they already have one in Real Life (tm).

It's the poor schlebs who use one, because they can pretend they have a life on it.

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DUCKCROCZILLA 'alien' dinosaur could emerge from THE SEA

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Well, September is the start of the school year . . .

Food for grant-funding discussions, maybe ?

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Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor

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Your "farmer" already has all the sheeple-tracking tech he needs. All the sheeple are carrying this thing called a smartphone, that continually broadcasts its position.

All the farmer needs is to know which signal corresponds to which sheeple.

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Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

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You might want to recheck that isleaked.com site

I went to that site and, when it showed up in Russian by default, I did a whois check on it.

Google returned this link, which states that the site was registered 2 days before the leak was published.

I wouldn't go there if I were you.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Re: you're not required to know what kind of gas goes in your tank

Um, if you don't want to ruin your diesel engine by pouring in regular gas, or vice-versa, then you pretty damn well need to know what gas to put in your car.

You need to climb down and take a breather, the air you breath seems pretty thin there.

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Cloud? Nah, we're not bothering with that, say HALF of enterprises

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Private cloud

What a load of cobblers. Either the servers are yours and maintained, secured and backed up by you, or you're in the Cloud, at the mercy of a DDOS you're not even aware of, a server maintenance schedule that falls right smack at the wrong time (if you've even been notified), a random twitch of finger over the wrong setting by a an admin you'll never meet, haven't vetted and know nothing about, or the NSA firing a National Security (hah!) letter that may or may not target you but they'll still reap your data "just to be sure". Not to mention any network update that shouldn't really have had anything to do with you, but just happened to bork your Cloudy provider over half a continent.

The IT industry has spent the last 30 years creating an entire army of highly-qualified sysadmins (ok, some are not that qualified, but still). Does anyone really think that companies are going to sack them and rush to a platform that has so many gaping security holes it's not even funny any more (not that it ever has been) ?

The NSA is one tanker-sized hole that is more than difficult to ignore, the fact that US judges are apparently of the opinion that even foreign subsidiaries are fair game for data plundering is another. The fact that not a single non-US cloud provider is saying anything about securing your data against US-government meddling is highly significant. The fact that none of them is even muttering about protection from local government is too.

Company data is sacred. Once upon a time, you couldn't even take a customer list out without the heavy hand of the Law falling on you if you were found out. That's a hard habit to break, and I've seen nothing for the moment that justifies trying to break it.

Go store your personal backups on the Cloud if you want, it's your risk. Companies are thinking twice about it ? Good. Let them think a third time. And a fourth.

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What the BLOCK? Microsoft to gobble Minecraft-maker 'for $2bn'

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Indeed he hasn't.

But there's Blockstorm, Robocraft, Creativerse, Murder Miners . . . I think I'll stop looking there now.

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I don't think it's ever late to trouser $2 billion.

I'm even willing to wait until next week.

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Hawking: Higgs boson in a BIG particle punisher could DESTROY UNIVERSE

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"A particle accelerator that reaches 100bn GeV would be larger than Earth"

Um, far be it from me to cast the eminent Professor's words in a disparaging light, but I do believe that his words should be amended to read:

"A particle accelerator that reaches 100bn GeV would be larger than Earth, with current technology"

Indeed, fusion reactors will exist, and nobody knows what performance fusion reactors will attain, so this declaration must be bound by the current limitations in energy generation, notwithstanding future improvements.

Sorry, Professor.

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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Hang on,

People who have been paid to take a queue take pay from other people to leave it ?

Isn't that the very definition of mercenary ?

In any case, it is not the definition of honorable.

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Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus

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Sorry, that may be the case in the US, but in Europe a "social profile" is not - yet - a requirement for finding a job.

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Everyone taking part in Patch Tuesday step forward. NOT SO FAST, Adobe!

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Unfortunately, yes.

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China is now 99.8% sure you're you, thanks to world's-best facial recognition wares

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One question

Can we smile again in our ID photos then ?

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Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook

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Machine learning

Let's make one thing clear : if your employees are not the ones who do the thinking, your company is up Shit Creek without a paddle.

For fuck's sake enough with the Magical Computer thing. Computers do NOT fix problems, they are not a substitute for people who know what they are doing.

Please take a cluebat to all idiots who think that a computer can think for them.

Especially managers.

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Snowden shouldn't be extradited to US if he testifies about NSA spying, says Swiss gov

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Re: Silicon Valley would lose its ability to sell to EU clients overnight

Um, the business world already knows that any data that is held by a US company or any of its subsidiaries is fair game to the US government, and that has not lost Silicon Valley any sales yet.

Confirmation from Snowden in front of a Swiss court would not change that fact.

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Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids

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Fake bomb ?

That is so sad.

A real one is such a blast !

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Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

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Whoa there !

BSA made something ?

And it was GOOD ?

I think I need to lie down....

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Is there life on Mars? Cloud-gazing Curiosity accused of lacking scientific focus

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Curiosity

To boldly drill where no one has drilled before.

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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Re: Maybe I was just lucky

Yup, that sounds about right.

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

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sheer unmitigated bullshit

Said by a man who definitely knows what he's talking about.

An expert in the matter, if you will.

The fact is that Wales does not know how to manage a discussion. He confuses the money he is managing with the feeling of importance it brings him, acts like Wiki editors are his to command, and then is all surprised and wounded when they don't really feel like he is their boss.

He's not, of course. He is nobody but a figurehead to attract donations. That is something he does well, apparently, and good on him for it. But he would do good to remember that Wikipedia may have been his creation, now it is a creature of itself, leading its own life.

And Wikipedia's life depends on its editors, not on Wales, so he really should be tuned out and just keep to the charity floor.

He won't, of course, so all this is just another notch in his personal downward journey to irrelevance.

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The fact that the engineers paid by their employer are required to work with company tools is perfectly normal. Those engineers are not editors, they're the people who try to make the software that the Illustrious Leader is thinking of.

It is the unpaid editors who create the wealth of Wikipedia who are the ones who refuse to work with subpar software, and nobody is saying they are wrong to do so (well, nobody except Wales).

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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Re: "if you forget your password [..] all your iTunes purchases are gone, forever

Well that's everything settled then, right ?

I mean, what could possibly go wrong ?

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Are you a HOT CELEB? Think your SEXY PICS are safe? Maybe NOT

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Sell-outs and friend betrayers

Such a nice society some people have.

I know what the word "friend" means. I may not have 100+ "friends", but my friends would never do that to me. Nor I to they.

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Snooptastic US CELL TOWERS pose man-in-the-middle THREAT

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"It is highly unlikely that this 'interceptor' stuff will become common in the UK .."

And right after saying that he wrote down a Note to Self : Warn NSA that they are starting to cotton on to the scheme.

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Internet of Things: Major players agree on goals, but little else

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Re: "Without focused commercialization efforts .."

In other words, if somebody else doesn't do the job right, we won't continue swimming in money.

Delaying Abundance, really ? And with a capital A, no less ? The only thing that is going to generate Abundance is controlled nuclear fusion. Nothing else has the potential to do that. Trying to pass off IoT as a generator of infinite wealth is beyond moronic, it is criminal.

That paper just proves that this whole IoT fad is just another money grab.

On the other hand, those guys are slick, I must admit. This fad is only just starting and they have already found their excuse for when the purported "wealth" does not materialize (the commercialization efforts were not focused enough).

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Typical CNN-level broadcast

And the "expert" is highly qualified as well - for CNN that is.

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NASA clears zero-G 3D printer for mission to SPAAAAACE

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3D printing of plastic is not going to save anyone

The idea of printing replacement parts is fine, but it will have to use materials that have much better durability than plastic if we are to be able to use it in a colonization scenario.

A full-fledged colony will have to have mining utensils, maybe even mining machines, smelters, smithies and metalworkers. It might even be a good idea to stay low-tech as much as possible - if a colony bases its management on tablets and spreadsheets then everything will grind to halt when the equipment fails.

But for a proof-of-concept phase, this is definitely a good idea.

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Sony backs AllSeen Alliance in Internet of Stuff standards slap-fight

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I'm just wondering...

.. how Sony is going to manage to crowbar Java in that thing.

Because they'll try, I'm sure of that.

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

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Re: INSTEAD OF AN 'AGE RATING' TO JOIN SITES....

What's that ? Common sense ? Man, this the 3rd millennium, there's none of that stuff left.

And making users complete a test in order to sign up to a service is just putting a big roadblock on your highway to money.

Not gonna happen.

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'Sony and Twitch' hacking crew Lizard Squad: 'We quit'

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"experience the raw thrill of anarchy"

These morons need to take a bit of their copious free time to check the definition of anarchy.

It is not destroying everyone else's toys. Anarchy is a system where no law is needed because everyone does what is needed when it is needed without having to be prodded into doing it by law.

But, given their actions, it is obvious that the notion of true anarchy is something well above their level of intelligence.

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Flurry of solar flare-ups sets off COSMIC PLASMA EXPLOSION

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I must agree that I would appreciate a bit of consistency. If one starts with metric units to quantify something, I have always found it irritating to see the next measurement in imperial units, or vice-versa.

Let's at least stick to one system of measurement, please ?

Oh, and one other thing : I very much doubt that the Sun can only spew forth a paltry hundred million tons at a time. The wiki page on CMEs states that average mass is 1.6×10^12kg (i.e. 1.6 billion tons), and that that measurement is a lower limit because of the detection method.

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SHARE 'N' SINK: OneDrive corrupting Office 2013 files

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Impressive

Once upon a time, Microsoft only managed to make its Office files incompatible with older versions.

Now, Microsoft has made its own Office files incompatible between its own OSes !

Now that's what I call progress !

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Microsoft changes cert test providers, hints at fun new exams

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I would love a test environment like that. As a developer, give me the specifications of something that tests my knowledge of the product and the operations needed to fulfil the requirements and let me prove that I can do it in the allotted time.

But I can understand that mass-certification cannot be done like that. You need a dev or server environment for every candidate, and for some admin tests you need more than one server and maybe servers in different states. Setting up such an environment would be a logistical nightmare and would be prohibitively costly, not to mention evaluating the result would have to be done by a committee instead of a test server automatically validating checkbox answers. And you would obviously have complaints about results.

I don't think that Azure will help in any way in this matter, but I sure wish somebody could make something like that work.

One thing is sure : nobody could criticize a cert like that anymore !

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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Type your question ?

HA! HA! HAA!

Excuse me, but people in cinemas already have apparently extreme difficulty in turning the bloody things off, so I seriously doubt that that is going to be a widely-used option.

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KER-CHING! CryptoWall ransomware scam rakes in $1 MEEELLION

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Not worth the time.

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$10,000 ??

I hope that person at least receives faxes now and then.

Telling me that my PDF Suite has been activated, or that I missed a fax, is like telling me that my lost dog has been found.

I don't have a dog.

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

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Except that Uber drivers are not Licensed Minicabs either, if I read the article correctly.

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Euro banks will rip out EVERYTHING and buy proper backend systems ... LOL, fooled ya

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OK, can we cut it out with the cloudy bull already ?

A "private cloud" ? Is that all they could come up with ?

All Fortune 1000 companies already have private clouds - it's called internal servers, for fucks' sake. Somebody needs to stop smoking the carpet.

Any bank that puts banking data of any kind into the hands of any 3rd-party supplier, be it IBM, is a bank I will not have ANY dealings with.

You go on and put your private life, family pictures and whatever else you want on the cloud - your business, your decision, you deal with the consequences.

MY stuff stays as private as I can manage it, thank you.

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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I don't think that the problem is there

I think that whatever the cause between the two does not matter.

What does matter is that there was insufficient oversight to detect and correct the problem.

Okay, this is rocket science, but we're not talking about an exploded rocket, we're talking about a string of errors that are purely due to bureaucratic incompetence. That somebody made a mistake is understandable, that nobody caught the mistake and flagged it for correction is not. One does not just go and upload flight parameters for a multi-million-dollar satellite without double-checking, then triple-checking said parameters. And the checking is not supposed to be done by the same person !

Come on, ESA, you've done better than this already. Call SES if you need some pointers on how to manage a fleet of satellites - they've been doing it right for more than a decade now.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Britain has a glorious past, there is no doubt about that.

Unfortunately, it is all in the past.

And you can say that about quite a few countries, these days.

I am starting to wonder if our "modern" society is all that great. It seems to me that a model that cannot foster elements capable of sustaining the model is doomed to failure, and our current model has not produced anything near the enlightened, egalitarian world we were promised after WWII. Today, it's all about how soon I can get the next shiny, and if children are slaving away in poor countries to produce it well that's not my problem.

That's not my problem. It is that attitude that brought us here, and now we're all in trouble. And I think it's going to get worse before it gets better.

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Feds salute plucky human ROBOT-FIGHTERS

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Re: "You can't cheat an honest man"

Being honest is not a scam-prevention shield.

Paranoia is better for that, paranoia and mistrust.

A truly honest man will lack the instinctive mistrust one must apply to all marketing spiel and will be at risk of naively thinking that said spiel-spinner is actually proposing a good deal.

Of course, being honest does not mean being a fool, but there are some pretty slick schemes out there and some you'll only catch on to when you've been hit by them, unless a friend warns you about it.

On the other hand, you can only fool an honest man once. Once the honest man has you pegged as a liar and a cheat, he won't listen to you any more.

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