* Posts by Oninoshiko

1862 posts • joined 6 Oct 2008

US court rubber-stamps dragnet metadata surveillance (again)

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Re: Quel suprise.

You, my good sir, have a perchance for understatement.

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It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

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Why don't they

just take payment in bitcoin?

I mean, this is exactly the type of thing bitcoin was designed to work around.

(note: I do still stand by my opinion that bitcoin is a fad)

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Ikea to start making electrified furniture. What could possibly go wrong?

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Laugh all you want

I'd buy a nightstand with a Qi charger in it, even if I had to assemble it myself.

Although I'd prefer something more sturdy then MDF.

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Murky online paedo retreat: The Nether explores the fantasy-reality divide

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"Conceptually whats the difference between looking at pictures, watching videos, or indulging in virtual reality? All - in this content - are "artistic" (for want of a better world) representations of illegal practices and should be regarded as such. Society has already had its discussion and made its decision. Any attempt to re-engineer that simply panders to the aims of the perverted. Is that your intention?"

The difference should be at the question of "who does this depiction harm?" When that person is a minor, it should be illegal. Possession of it should be illegal. When that person is of age (at the time the depiction was created) it should be legal, without regard to how old the person APPEARS. When there is not a real person, it's not harming anyone, regardless of age (Books, comics, animation, or VR, someone who doesn't exist can't be harmed).

Just because something makes you uncomfortable, is not grounds for making it illegal. If you don't like it, just avoid it.

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Google pulls out of gaping Blogger smut black hole

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Gimp

I'm sure you could be linked, but some of it is still illegal in the UK...

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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WTF?

Re: Well…

Noone's crying. They just said "we are scrapping the old because maintaining it isn't cost effective."

That's not crying, that's good practice.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: I'm an American

BBC's programming in the UK is like PBS in the US, it does not have commercials. (except for the "here is what we show today" thing between shows)

The difference is, rather then a fundraser, it's paid for with a tax^w license-fee on everyone who owns a TV.

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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Re: The more entertaining one would be if it is 2015, not 2024

Treaty prohibit appropriating other's space-kit, even if it's not in use. This is one of the major problems with any of the space-littler cleanup ideas, too.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Re: At least a good design can make a product attractive and desirable.

intended message: "It's good for your pussy"

too bad we don't have a Mrs. Slocombe icon...

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Reg hacks (and rest of 'Frisco) in LinkedIn measles contagion scare

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Re: herd immunity

wow, AC, that site is a crock. The only "reference" in that "well researched" article is a link back to the same site!

You know why it's not to a peer-reviewed journal? Because the assertions don't hold up to scrutiny. The doctor (and I use the term with as much irony as I can muster) referenced here is a completely quack.

His assertions are not even constant (in any way other then being food to tin-foil-hatters). In one breath he complains about medicine being to reactive rather then proactive, in the next he damning vaccination (which is COMPLETELY proactive (and unlike his "approaches," actually effective)).

http://www.skepdic.com/blaylock.html

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Re: Rubella and birth defects

I'm afraid, AC, you need to look it up:

'When a critical portion of a community is immunized against a contagious disease, most members of the community are protected against that disease because there is little opportunity for an outbreak. Even those who are not eligible for certain vaccines—such as infants, pregnant women, or immunocompromised individuals—get some protection because the spread of contagious disease is contained. This is known as "community immunity."'

http://www.vaccines.gov/basics/protection/

Tis better to be thought the fool then speak and remove all doubt.

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Re: Rubella and birth defects

"If you've been immunized, there is no problem for you. Unless immunization doesn't work, which makes the whole argument pointless."

There is a 1-5% chance that an immunized person still gets it.

Those with weakened immune systems are not eligible for immunization.

Those under the age of 1 are not eligible for immunization yet.

These small groups of people can still be somewhat protected by "herd immunity." That is (up until recently) the +90% immunization rates so limited the spread, that it was unlikely these small numbers of persons on whom the vaccine is ineffective or cannot receive it would come into contact with measles because most everyone around them where immune. Herd immunity depends on everyone who can be immunized doing so. So yes, publius is correct, those who are eligible for the MMR who don't get it are creating a risk.

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Re: Thanks!

Hrm, guess I should have clicked the link before posting!

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Re: Rubella and birth defects

The confusion is that Rubella is (in the US at least) covered by the same vaccination as Measles, the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella).

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Re: Thanks!

Let me give the the most cogent explanation of how vaccines cause autism possible.

They don't.

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ACLU: Here's a secret – cops are using the FBI's fake cell-tower tech to track crims' phones

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Honestly, because it tracks everyone in an area, there shouldn't be a way to get a warrant for this thing. It's usage is ALWAYS too broad because of how it works.

What happened to the good ol' fashion stakeout?

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Wake up! BlackBerry QUIETLY updates BB10

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As someone who lives two blocks from a rail line, I assure you, amplitude is not enough to awaken me. Only things that my sub-conscious recognizes has "has to be dealt with" are up to the task. I do sometimes wish that category was a little wider.

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May the fourth be with you: Torvalds names next Linux v 4.0

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Re: don't break compatibility since forever

Solaris went through two major versions without breaking ABI compatibility. I know this because I took a 3rd party driver built for 8, and used it on Opensolaris/Indiana. I don't know if Oracle changed things though.

Solaris is a modular monolithic kernel, the same as Linux.

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Photoshop daddy: 'I’m not happy with body image issues it creates for a lot of women'

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"Photoshopped" is (rightfully!) getting the same connotations as "airbrushed," AFAICT.

Anyone else think the "before" looks far better?

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Net neutrality crunch poll: Americans want to know WTF it is

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Re: This is all you need to know

You forgot the parts where none of these groups know the actual terms of what the FCC wants to do.

Conclusion: All of them are talking out of the arse.

I can honestly say I don't know what NN is. I know what it SHOULD be, but I don't know what the FCC want to do and CALL it NN. I suppose you could argue NN is what it is, and the FCC's opinion doesn't matter, but pragmatically, that's an incredibly naive position.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Even smart people say stupid things.

"It hasn't solved any of our immediate problems on planet Earth, but it has given us new perspectives on them and caused us to look both outward and inward."

Sure, but EXCEPT for communications, weather monitoring, climatological understanding, and advanced mapping what has the space program done for us?

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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Stop

elReg hits new lows!

First the annoying images randomly being in articles.

Then the annoying site design where there are muliple images on the front-page, and in the drop down menu.

now we are dredging up awful animated GIFs!

Every time I think things can't get worse, you guys top yourself!

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AT&T, Verizon will nuke rivals in next US mobile auction – and it's the FCC's fault, says Legere

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The currently auctioned spectrum should be revoked if not used within a year.

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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"Should all cars be one colour"

Ford thought it was a good idea.

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Linux kernel dev has gone well and truly corporate – report

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Re: Snowballing

No, I'm say me and everyone outside the Linux-centric world uses the word correctly.

Here's the famous flamewar from '92 between Andy Tanenbaum and Linus. Let me quote Linus' post:

"True, linux is monolithic, and I agree that microkernels are nicer."

He doesn't dispute Tanenbaum's (correct!) definition at all (although, he also needs to learn the difference between loose and lose). So not only did the old Linux docs misuse the term, but Linus KNEW it (although it's possible he didn't write it, and wasn't paying attention to documentation. The Linux world is known for poor documentation)

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Re: Snowballing

Monolithic has ALWAYs referred to if drivers running outside Ring-0. Linus used the term wrong, and a bunch of bad authors who don't really know kernel design followed his misuse. Look at any serious text on kernel design and monolithic will always be contrasted with microkernels. If it's recent enough to cover Linux, Linux will be listed as a monolithic kernel.

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Re: Snowballing

What I don't get is why we are still mucking about with monolithic kernels like Linux in this day and age. (hint: Monolithic does not mean "not made with modules." It means "all drivers run in Ring 0." Linux is ALWAYS monolithic.) Jochen Liedtke proved microkernels could be fast in '88, if they where designed to be.

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Re: Implanted inside the skull or worn on the skin?

are you kidding?

The cops would be utterly TERRIFIED of this. Just camera phones are already a sore point.

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Re: Interesting...

Sounds more like Batou's eyes, to me. (considering the form factor is identical, THAT would have been a good gratuitous graphic).

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/f6/Ghost_in_the_Shell_Stand_Alone_Complex_Batou.png/230px-Ghost_in_the_Shell_Stand_Alone_Complex_Batou.png

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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Re: People will still buy them

"the proprietary functionality part is more severe here than usual."

That's how I describe Apple's entire product line.

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Gamers reach for BFG after Nvidia turns back the overclock

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Re: /sigh

Gotta admit, I'm with Lionel. I actually HAVE used that feature. Not a lot, mind you, but I have used it when someone wanted a look at what I was playing (poorly).

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

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Re: Further proof...

1) Good god, what's wrong with them?!

2) There is no 2

3) Given that you can trust the government (as much of a stretch as that is), You're still sending enough information to steal your identity over unsecured networks (you should assume ALL networks are unsecured anyway) in plaintext.

The reason I used a postcard in my example is non-encrypted email is the digital equivalent of a postcard. You should just ASSUME everyone has it at that point.

I realize that not everyone is an elReg commantard, and so may not grasp the finer points of security, but a basic understanding of some of this needs to be given before you're allowed to use a computer.

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Re: Further proof...

What I want to know is why where people sending him their SSN by email? Would you write it on a postcard and send it around the world?

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So long, Cyanogen! OnePlus says its future belongs to OxygenOS

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my phone must have shipped with 20 or so things on it, you know how many I use?

4:

Phone

SMS/MMS (whatever they are calling the app this week)

Email

Browser

Give me a phone that does those things only and those things WELL. Anything else I can (and am happy to) install from the app store. Heck, even those I'd be willing to pull in from the app store.

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

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Re: I still want to know

The "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People" has it in their name, FFS. Can't be THAT racist.

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Re: How to accurately measure diversity?

"While not relevant to every medical issue, your ethnic background predisposes you to certain conditions. Knowing which conditions a patient has a genetic predisposition to can be extremely important in making sure you get diagnosed and treated quickly and effectively."

I'm pretty sure "had beer bottle broken over the back of the head in the pub" is not one of the conditions that knowing your race really helps much in diagnosing...

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Kanye West: Yo, DNS... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time

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Re: I don't follow

More interestingly is that he including years in his countdown timer. really? it's been counting down for long enough that he needed it for years in advance?

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Boffins turn nano-wires into their OWN thermometers

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Why

does the article need the same image twice? Did you think we'd miss it the first time?

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California mulls law to protect your e-privates from warrant-free cops

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Re: A law is the wrong way to go

There already is a federal law on the matter:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

-- Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

A shame everyone is willing to trample all over the highest law in the land.

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In India, Facebook and chums boil the internet down to 38 websites

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THIS MUST BE STOPPED NOW!

I the name of NET NEUTRALITY, this is something we CANNOT ABIDE!

Seriously though, this is the opposite of neutrality. If you're a supporter of it, you have to consider this a serious blow to your cause.

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Sitting on one's ARSE is the new CANCER, says Tim Cook - and an Apple watch will save you

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Re: Night time

"There's a plant in Spain that works at night.

See here

http://www.torresolenergy.com/TORRESOL/gemasolar-plant/en

It's quite spectacular to drive past - even after the sun has gone down."

That's a Solar-thermal plant. I did a little looking to see of that's what Apple was building. Of course Apple isn't that sensible, Apple is covering a field with PV cells.

http://www.firstsolar.com/en/about-us/projects/california-flats

This plant will do fuck-all at night.

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French plod can BAN access to any website – NO court order needed

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Re: If a website is really so bad...

I wonder what the staff of Charlie Hebdo think about this.

I would suspect not highly.

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Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU

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Re: Not metadata....

I think the idea for the Telescreen was Orwell...

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

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Linux 3.19 released for your computing pleasure

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Re: I miss the old days

That's okay, Linux isn't a general purpose operating system. It's a kernel.

In order to qualify as a OS it would have to include more. At least as much as solaris' OS/Net consolidation.

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Google mouthpieces: 'Right to be Forgotten' should NOT apply on google.com

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Re: Why the search engine?

because that would make too damn much sense.

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Net neutrality: Someone WILL sue. So will the FCC's rules hold up?

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"Did you read the article?? The FCC proposals specifically state that price regulation won't be enforced."

And if I where challenging it, that would be one of my challenges. Particularly that the USF contributions MUST be paid by all Title 2 entities, and the FCC doesn't have the authority to apply it selectively.

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NSA lays out its reforms post-Snowden (they can fit on back of a stamp)

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Re: Does US law have a definition of a "Criminal threat"?

Criminal threat n. "The People"

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vSphere 6.0 is BADASS. Not that I've played with it or anything. Ahem

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Re: VMWare client

I'm not, they already put everything else on flash. Not that it's a good idea, mind you. It's all slow. Personally, I'll miss the C# version. It worked well.

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Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant

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Joke

"In a Vegas casino? It probably triggered the 'potentially cutting into the casino's revenue' alarm and the casino's first call nowadays is to the cops. It wasn't that long ago the call would have gone to have the house rules explained by Johnny "the arm" and "three finger" Louie."

They still do, the arm just has a badge now...

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