* Posts by raving angry loony

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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It's official

Buy Microsoft, get fucked over. That's been their unofficial motto for 30 years, but they've just made it completely official.

I'll stay with Win 7 for my games, thanks. I've pretty much managed to move almost everything else to Linux and/or BSD.

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: Rarity

Quite familiar with the arnaqueurs de Paris, thanks. Especially the little shit in the 15eme with the phone store, whose only goal is to rip people off using sleight-of-hand "fixes" where he then returns the broken item to you. But that's Paris for you, the anus of France.

However, there are rules involved, and if you take the time to find the right bureaucrat who can apply those rules, you too can have the satisfaction of watching the little extortionate shits get taken down. It'll take time, it'll mean dealing with the bureaucracy, but here's a hint: the ONLY way to navigate the French bureaucracy is to treat it like a feudal state, and the bureaucrats are the new nobility.

Don't try to do things yourself, they don't deal with peasants, meaning anyone who isn't a bureaucrat or rich enough to buy one. Find your local "knight" or "baron" who is willing to take the case on your behalf. Elected official, don't bother. Their professional bureaucratic assistant, definitely. THEY will be able to deal with the bureaucracy. Admittedly finding that knight can be a challenge, and convincing them that you have worthwhile cause can be difficult, but it can be done.

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Rarity

France, one of the VERY few countries where "consumer protection" has any meaning whatsoever. The only country to ever force a company to refund an unused, unwanted, bundled copy of "Microsoft", for instance.

French bureaucracy might be a deserved subject of many jokes, but one cannot fault their continued attempts to force corporations to pay attention to the concept of "don't screw the consumer".

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Tor veteran Lucky Green exits, torpedos critical 'Tonga' node and relays

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Re: baited breath

Not if you're fishing for clues.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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MotionCompensation writes "What's next? Wipe Windows 7 machines?"

They don't need any such fucking stupid ideas from you, sunshine. I'm quite sure they have entire departments coming up with the things for themselves.

I had enough trouble getting some older software to work on Windows 7. They'll have to pry this version of their operating system out of me with their cold, dead, decaying hands. Unless I find alternatives that run on non-Microsoft, non-Apple products, in which case I'll be gone faster than you can say "Brexit".

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Software bug costs Citigroup $7m after legit transactions mistaken for test data for 15 years

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Re: Another way to look at it

Dear A.C. and the downvoters (there's a band name in there...): Before you suggest that repeated errors aren't criminal, I suggest that some day you make "mistakes" reporting your taxes. For 15 years. Then see how law enforcement deals with you.

I'm starting to wonder if this really was the "mistake" they claim it was.

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Another way to look at it

They got away with the crime for 15 years, probably made many millions out of it, and now only have to pay a piddling fine that amounts to only a few hours of income, with no other negative repercussions.

Could someone explain to me again why the people who run corporations would voluntarily follow laws that reduce profit if this is the only kind of "punishment" they're likely to get? Or am I right in claiming that the laws of this planet are only applicable to those who don't have the money to buy those who make them?

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Australian Information Industries Association*: you're not the future of democracy, so please shut up

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definition of "better".

The one thing missing from the "electronic voting is better" camp is to analyse what they mean by "better". It will always be easier to cheat with an electronic system. Or rather, cheat in such a way that the cheating can't be detected. That, I believe, is one of the reasons that many parties would prefer to have electronic voting be more available.

I'm a technophile, but sometimes low-tech is more honest. If not "better".

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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elReg trolling?

"FBI won't jail future US president ..."

Shirley, you must mean "candidate for future US president"?

As for the rest, did anyone expect anything different? Powerful people get away with murder in the US, an email server is peanuts.

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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Re: Just say NO

To the folks who voted down (both of you) Sadly, folks without some level of more advanced technical skills CANNOT "just say NO". That's the main problem here.

Could you perhaps expand on why you thought the post was shit? I'm curious as to what might pass for logic in such a decision.

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Re: Just say NO

Sadly, folks without some level of more advanced technical skills CANNOT "just say NO". That's the main problem here.

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Postpone?

No, 'X' means "fucking cancel it". It does not mean "postpone", it does not mean "nag me again".

What they need is a "fuck off and die" button. Not that they'll ever provide the obvious. Their "anything goes" attitude to forcing people to "upgrade" to Windows 10 has gone from silly, to stupid, to annoying, to downright evil.

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The problem with Canada? The price of broadband is too damn high

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Re: O Canada

One problem with your post - the video is most certainly available in Canada. Even the article you point to says that Google admitted to making a mistake.

Not that it detracts from the fact that here in Canada, cable companies really have WAY too much power, and too little product.

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Judge rules FBI can hack any time, any, place, anywhere

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Re: Pascal Monet So the FBI has the right to hack the world

So while Matt Bryant seems to be somewhat correct and the ruling does seem to be a little more restricted than the click-bait headline El Reg foisted on us, I have to wonder if all it takes is for the FBI to say "hey, it might be child porn" for them to get a free pass on surveillance.

The actual bits of the ruling that I found relevant where:

(pg 52) "FBI agents who exploit a vulnerability in an online network do not violate the Fourth Amendment".

(pg 54) "while the Court FINDS that the Government did not need a warrant before deploying NIT, the Court recognizes the need to balance an individual's privacy in any case involving electronic surveillance with the Government's duty of protecting its citizens. Here, the balance weighs heavily in favor of surveillance."

So there is lip service paid to privacy, and the "here" seems to refer to "this case". Mind you, precedent being what it is, it probably opens up a very large hole in the whole "privacy rights" thing.

ps: US Fourth Amendment, for those of us who don't know: "[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,". I don't know why it wasn't included in the original.

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Thunder struck: Apple kills off display line

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Re: Those...

A: the actual quote is: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”

B: the CONTEXT is important, because it's about a tax dispute, and the term "purchase" in there is key. "Essential Liberty" means the ability of a government to tax within its jurisdiction. "purchase a little temporary safety" was about the Penn family, absentee owners of the Pennsylvania colony, instructing their governor to veto any ability for the local government to tax their property to pay for military spending.

So it's a letter by a government legislator to the governor appointed by a bunch of absentee landlords who keep trying to escape paying taxes, telling them that if they don't want to be taxed to pay for war meant to protect their security, that they shouldn't expect to be defended by that government. Oh, and that they can't just purchase their way out with their offered single lump sum payment, which is what they'd offered.

As noted by Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the editor of Lawfare:

"It is a quotation that defends the authority of a legislature to govern in the interests of collective security. It means, in context, not quite the opposite of what it's almost always quoted as saying but much closer to the opposite than to the thing that people think it means."

A more extensive, in-depth analysis can be found here:

http://www.npr.org/2015/03/02/390245038/ben-franklins-famous-liberty-safety-quote-lost-its-context-in-21st-century

Might be an idea to see who used it first to mean the almost opposite of what it was meant to be, use them as the "new" author? You know, the one who took a quote at of context and turned it into another famous quote that meant the opposite of what it was originally meant to do by the original author?

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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Re: And so it starts.

Except the aren't "illegal immigrants". They're "refugees" (technically: asylum seekers). They therefore fall under the United Nations 1951 Convention & 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, where refoulement is specifically forbidden. Admittedly you wouldn't be the first to ignore that clause, but just thought I should point out that your attitude is contrary to the very laws you claim to be using to support your xenophobia.

Meanwhile, the overriding issue seems to be a growing sense of xenophobia, ignorance, and fear in the UK which has been used by certain self-serving politicians to drive this particular issue. Good luck with that.

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Re: 'EU' -> 'UK' -> 'K'

P.S. - Anyone chosen a name yet? "England and Wales" isn't very imaginative.

I don't know, "EW" has a certain ring to it.

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Re: And so it starts.

I have no idea if your statement is true or not, but why would it be a surprise if it was?

There was a warning prior to Brexit that the Calais border agreement would be jeopardized should the UK vote to leave. The arrangement, where the French allow British police to operate on French soil, is based on the UK being part of the EU. Since the UK will be leaving, it makes sense that all those refugee claimants be moved to the UK side. Not France's problem any more, why would they let a quitter operate on their territory?

Unless there are treaties in place, countries are generally not responsible for people leaving their country, only for controlling who gets in. Let the UK deal with its own refugee claimants on its own soil, since that seems to have been one of the reasons they voted to leave the EU in the first place.

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Patriotic Brits rush into streets to celebrate… National Cream Tea Day

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That would be "scone" which rhymes with "gone"

Gone, because while you were whingeing I ate them all.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Amazing

To me it's an amazing achievement of education over rationality. Far as I'm concerned, if "James" doesn't at LEAST get awarded a Masters (even honorary) over this, I'll be annoyed with the universities. Not sure if it's worthy of a doctorate, although perhaps he deserves one in education. That said, many people have received doctorates for a lot less. Even in computer science.

Assuming the poor fucker doesn't already have one, which is why he's doing this in the first place.

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

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Re: The Euro currency can NEVER succeed

Greece was the result of a right wing government being induced by Goldman Sachs to hide billions in debt using means that would be fraudulent if anyone else had used them. Without the scam created by Goldman Sachs, Greece would never have met the fiscal conditions set for joining the EU without cheating by that government and Goldman Sachs.

It had nothing to do with EU fiscal policy, and everything to do with yet another multinational being too big to shoot and bury.

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No idea...

Personally, I have no idea if the UK would be better of "in" or "out" of the EU. Based on info I've got right now I could argue both sides. Poorly, perhaps, but I could argue both sides. UK in has serious drawbacks and many benefits. UK out has many problems but also many benefits. I could probably argue them at the same time. Hey, loony is as loony does.

However, to me one thing is clear. If the UK votes to leave, they should leave COMPLETELY. No keeping the profitable bits and ditching the bits where you have to pay the piper. No keeping the bits and pieces that make life easier, but refusing to accept the bits that make life less easy. "Out" should mean just that, OUT. All the way out. Completely out. All previous treaties revoked. Want to go your own way, fucking do so. Stop whinging about it, just get out. That's really the only way to break a relationship - cleanly. Finally. Completely.

Probably never happen that way though. The politicians and oligarchs are going to want to keep all the bits where the UK benefits while getting rid of any responsibilities that aren't profitable.

Oh, and the UK is having trouble now not because of the EU, but because it's had crap government for a while that has cut back on everything that's necessary for a civil and comfortable society while keeping all the bits that are profitable for the oligarchs but hell on earth for anyone else. IMHO. HAND.

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You lucky creatures! Mammals only JUUUST survived asteroid that killed dinosaurs

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and God said...

For those who believe in a sky fairy, my only guess is that a voice was heard booming across the planet:

DAMNIT! SORRY GAIA, I MISSED! I'm off to Andromeda for a few galactic cycles, you're on your own.

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

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Re: Ah, the myth of the rational person

sociopaths will just do it, and think everyone else is a fool for not.

Yeah, we often call those people "CEO", sometimes even "Prime Minister", often just "rich". Our society is designed to reward people like this. I wonder if this is an evolution thing, or if we're just on a one-way trip to oblivion.

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Re: "preventing free speech and internet security"

Dear Pascal,

The USA is not the world, and the world is not the USA. So get your head out of your ignorant arse. As for the rest of your argument, it's as ignorant as your initial diatribe about "Constitutionally-guaranteed right" in a British publication about a British company providing services in a Britain.

Now fuck off. Regards, a raving angry loony, who seems to be more sane than you'll ever hope to be.

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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Re: Some points to consider.

"The Government's job"?? Oh please, the government won't touch the wealthier corporations, even in the most egregious cases. The politicians who run the government are too afraid to not get those nice, fat donations to their coffers.

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Some points to consider.

Google, Twitter, and Facebook (amongst others) *claim* that they actively and religiously weed out accounts owned by those with terrorist leanings. As they are censors, they can therefore be held responsible for what they've missed or left behind, since they aren't "common carriers" that don't censor the information being transmitted. In fact, looking at, analysing, and profiting from the data being transmitted is their whole business model.

They also profit from the viewing of posts and videos by these groups, amongst others. And they share those profits with the groups in question, at least until they censor them. Even when called on it, they resist removing certain things because hey, they're profitable. i.e. the YouTube video of the girl being raped, which they actively resisted removing for a while.

These are corporations that also help various dictatorships with their censorship, all because it's profitable for them to do so. Companies that actively profit from videos by terrorists and others.

They aren't common carriers, they aren't protected organizations, and they'll do anything at all for profit. Why shouldn't they face the consequences of their actions in facilitating what these various violent organizations are doing? Or at least be forced to explain themselves in court.

As for censorship - all those who claim "censorship" please raise your hands. All those who cheered when Gawker was bankrupted please sit down. All those sitting with your hands raised - you're hypocrites, slap yourselves.

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Kill Flash now. Or patch these 36 vulnerabilities. Your choice

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Re: ¡Ay, caramba!

If the one and only way to control your expensive piece of trash REQUIRES Flash...

... it's time to take that expensive piece of track and wrap it around the head of the head the company making it. And perhaps the person who approved its purchase. With mechanical assistance of a crowbar and fireaxe, if necessary. There's exactly no excuse of any kind for requiring the use of Flash to administer expensive kit.

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Killed.

Killed it months ago. Haven't any problems except on two sites. One of those is the BBC. Wankers.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Oh damn!

I liked his work. R.I.P.

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TWELVE YEARS of US Air Force complaints lost in database crash

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Re: Bad contracts

Yes, if you get the penalty clause, someone has definitely lost.

But it shouldn't be the one depending on the service. It should be one providing the service. They are, after all, supposedly the experts, which is why they got hired. If you lose a business because the data was lost (and yes, this does happen. All too often), the penalty should include the full cost of rebuilding that business. If a company isn't willing to agree to such penalty clauses, perhaps it's because they know they're fuckups in the making, aren't confident of their services, and thus shouldn't get the contract in the first place.

Yet we never see such penalty clauses, and we keep seeing large corporations and governments get fucked over again and again while the execs and their companies doing the deed never get penalized in a meaningful way.

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Bad contracts

Why is it that governments (and large corporations - not much difference in so many bad ways) are so terrible at specifying penalties for failure to perform? The real issue should be which Lockheed Martin exec is for the high jump, but I'm guessing that the contract will have enough weasel clauses that in the end either nobody will get penalized, or they'll find some low-level scapegoat to blame, probably the same person who wrote memo after memo warning "this system is broken".

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Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs

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Re: Amazingly LinkedIn just got worse

I changed my data a few years ago to "nonsense" data, not that the original info was all that accurate, since I DO place a value on my private information. That information has now propagated and replaced the old data as far as I can determine. NOW I've deleted my account. Let them mine the nonsense, I hope they enjoy it.

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Supreme Court okays troll toll increase

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Patent profits

Ever since the US government made the USPTO into a profit centre, it's mainly been a profit centre for patent trolls. The USPTO went from issuing patents that made sense and weren't covered by prior art to issuing any patent to anyone and letting the courts decide the validity of the patents. At tremendous cost to everyone involved. Except the trolls. Since they don't have any costs, they profit. Thanks to US government policy.

SCOTUS us just admitting to the world that bad patents are, in fact, US government policy. It's up to the policy makers to change this. But of course they won't, since the patent trolls are probably also very large contributors to the corrupt system that the US government has become.

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Good reminder...

... to delete what remains of my (mostly empty) LinkedIn account. Be damned if I'm going to help Microsoft in any way. Other than perhaps helping them clean their database. Damn, no matter what I do, they win, I lose.

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Re: Thinking it through

How could he read it? It's not in a proprietary Microsoft format.

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Twitter: Don't know where hackers got those logins but it wasn't from us

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9-11-1961

Seeing as most were apparently Russians and others, 9-11-1961 obviously means 9 November 1961.

9 November 1961:

- End of Berlin Crisis and the stand-off between Russian and US forces.

In less important news:

- PGA (golf) amended constitution to allow non-whites to join.

- Mach 6.04 reached by USAF pilot Robert White in X-15 aircraft.

- Brian Epstein sees Beatles for first time. Signs them up in December.

- Jill Dando born in Weston-super-mare. (murdered 1999)

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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@Thaumaturge

And you think that posting something like that makes you look like anything less than complete tosser? How droll.

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Travesty

That this travesty is allowed to continue, and that a judge actually fucking AGREED with it at one point, is to me a sign that the American legal system is quite irredeemably broken.

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

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Bill them?

If you've set "automatic updates" to "no", and they still use up expensive bandwidth to download crap that you've specifically said you didn't want, perhaps Microsoft needs to be billed for these instances?

Of course, they'll never pay, the defence being that "hey, they should have known what they were doing" in the never-ending war against Microsoft using your bandwidth to improve their profit margin. This from a company that hides the real purpose of "security updates", refuses to divulge the purpose of an update unless you visit their website (and sometimes not even then), and does not actually provide a mechanism to say "no" to automatic downloads of Windows 10.

I can only wonder - when is the lawsuit? Oh, right, never, because the people most affected have already been ruined by Microsoft before they even start trying to sue.

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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

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cantankerous swineherd writes: when does the copyright expire

In this world when the Statute of Anne is no more, copyright is now eternal, and the public domain is dead. It'll keep getting bumped by 10 years for the foreseeable future, at least until someone realises exactly why there's a ban on perpetual copyright.

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Hulk Hogan's sex tape, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a $10m revenge plot to destroy Gawker

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Outing hypocrisy

The article says "when it wrote a story back in 2007 announcing his sexuality to the world before he had a chance to go public himself."

Which is complete bullshit, and anyone writing for El Reg should know better.

With his funding of anti-gay legislation, protests, and groups, with his close relationship to rabidly anti-gay personalities and politicians, I doubt he had any intention of going public. That was the hypocrisy that the paparazzi fuckwits at Gawker pointed out, and just that once all I could say was good for them. Hypocrisy needs to be outed.

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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Oh yeah, I can't see any problems with that.

Great, so I'm travelling, I get the flu, and suddenly my phone doesn't work because my hands are shaking and my voice is screwed up.

No drawbacks to that particular plan, none at all.

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Microsoft force-feeds Win10

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Give up Microsoft...

...you're drunk.

When "close window" is now defined as "yes, please go ahead and fuck me and my computer", they must have been drunk when they came up with that brilliant plan.

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G4S call centre staff made 'test' 999 calls to hit performance targets

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Re: Metrics?

@wyatt writes: If this is happening constantly then you're under staffed.

Actually, that's a valid point that I hadn't considered. Mainly due to previous experience.

If the metric is to determine correct staffing levels, fine and dandy. I can see that it's actually a valid metric.

Sadly, I've never seen a metric like that used for that purpose. Ever.

Instead, all I've ever seen then used for is to punish the people on the front line who actually work in the understaffed department.

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Metrics?

What kind of a fucked up metric is "x% calls answered in X seconds" for an emergency service? That implies that the people there are asleep at the switch rather than busy as hell during actual emergencies. Are they supposed to hang up on the the people whose lives depend on the service so they can answer calls within an arbitrary time limit?? The fact that they CAN answer within 10 seconds "during quiet times" means that the rest of the time it's not quiet. The fact that they felt they needed to says more about the (lack of) management than anything else.

The only people who need to jailed and caned are the goat felching managers who came up with those metrics in the first place. And the PHB who insisted on implementing them.

Just when I thought PHBs couldn't get any more stupid and corrupt they set the bar lower.

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Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

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Re: No they don't have the right to DRM

@jzl writes You don't have to buy Occulus. Nobody is forcing you. That's the point.

Incorrect. That is NOT the point.

The point is that the people bought Oculus having been told it would be open.

THEN the company implemented the DRM as an update. No warning. No option.

I don't care if the fucking fine print says "we can change terms and conditions unilaterally at any time, so screw you", it's still a breach of contract, at least in societies with decent consumer protection laws.

Full refund or shut up about folks making the product what they said it would be.

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Watchdog snaps: Privatise the Land Registry? What a terrible idea!

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Re: UK is really going to the dogs.

Figures that's the only part of my post someone replies to...

@Dan 55 writes: Bullshit

That's my point. Bullshit. Eagle shit. Chicken shit. Wolverine shit. Then there's guano. Yet we picked "bat shit crazy" as something to say. Quite frankly, "Wolverine shit crazy" would be much scarier!

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UK is really going to the dogs.

Is the government just completely corrupt, completely stupid, and/or completely bat-shit crazy?

I'm guessing all three. Maybe the UK should officially just privatize the whole government, let the corporations run things directly rather than pretend there is this "middle man" called "elected government"?

Presenting the new CEO of UK Inc, the German family Saxe-Cobourg / Gotha / Wettin?

ps: why do they call it "bat-shit crazy"? Bat shit is the only shit that has a specific term for it. Why don't they call it "guano crazy"? But I digress...

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New Firefox versions will make you activate all new add-ons – except one hacker favourite

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Re: re the useability of Mint

It's not that they don't WANT people to find it easy. It's that there seems to be this geek/nerd thing that if it was hard to create, it should be hard to install and configure. I swear it's a disease that the folks who make FOSS (and bless them for doing so) are utterly incapable of understanding that not everyone wants to edit config files with a hex editor. That not everyone knows their big-endian from little-endian. That not everyone even fucking CARES so long as it does what they want it to do in the easiest manner possible. And no, "so write your own" is NOT an appropriate response to that complaint.

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