* Posts by Bucky 2

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

Bucky 2

Re: Region Locks @Vladimir

I see your point, but this is just how publishing rights have ever worked, be they for films, books magazines or music.

I'm not sure I take your point.

Region codes for movies are analogous to limiting where I can read a book. Like if I bought a paperback for a vacation, but it scrambled its pages if I took it to a beach outside my own country. We're not talking about import/export or reselling or anything commercial. We're just talking about my private enjoyment of something I thought I bought.

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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

Bucky 2

This is what I'm hearing

We take it as axiomatic that women WANT to do all the things that men do, in precisely the same numbers, for any given occupation.

Therefore any situation where there is other than a 50/50 split of men and women is the result of injustice.

This is caused by men being unfair in some way that does not imply any difference of ability or will, maintaining that dominance for generation upon generation, watching other empires meanwhile rising and falling.

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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Just a Facebook game

It's obviously not a serious study.

It's like that Facebook quiz that rates you an "Art History Major" because you can identify the Mona Lisa and the Creation of Adam.

My best guess is that the creators of the quiz were surprised by their results and published them, but as everyone here has observed, it was just a list of questions created for entertainment purposes--not a scientific inquiry.

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No more lies, T-Mobile US: Download speed caps magically vanished on speed test websites

Bucky 2

I guess I'm an apologist

I have a T-Mobile app that shows me a graphical representation of how much bandwidth I've used, and where my cap is. It came with my phone. If I said I didn't know I had reached my cap, I would be revealed as a fool.

Maybe it's just that not all phones come with this app?

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HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report

Bucky 2

Old News

I saw a similar exploit performed in a documentary entitled "Ocean's Eleven."

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Trollface

Re: Do any of you realize...

I'll bet it's something horrific like Jane Eyre. They deserve locking up.

Ugh! Locking up's too good for them. They should be cut up into itty bitty pieces, and BURIED ALIVE.

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

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Alien

Evidence of Aliens

The second picture clearly shows the outline of a sea turtle.

This can only mean that the comet is a spacecraft returning to determine the disposition of their ancient Earth colony.

Because, what are the ODDS, MAN, the ODDS that the outline of a sea turtle would just show up BY CHANCE???

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Microsoft: How to run Internet Explorer 11 on ANDROID, iOS, OS X

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I Miss IE5/Mac

Okay, maybe not really.

But it DID have an select+optgroup implementation that I really loved (i.e.: as a system of cascading menus).

There must be an accessibility consideration that prevented any other browsers from implementing selects in this way. But I miss it anyhow.

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Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

Bucky 2

?? History of where ??

I went to US public school. I can tell you that in my particular case, the history curriculum was ONLY US history, from 1492 to 1787. Over and over. K-12.

I learned about the French Revolution and the Civil War on my own time.

I can't tell you if my experience was common or not. But I would guess it's not unique.

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Ancient Brits 'set wealthy man's FANCY CHARIOT on FIRE' – boffins

Bucky 2

Old News

I was watching a documentary called "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and this very ritual was depicted.

Seems like old news to me.

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Nicked iCloud snaps: Celebrities were 'dumb' – new EU digi boss

Bucky 2

"Victim"? "shaming"?

If there were millions of people who wanted to see your junk, and you wanted to show them your junk without seeming to appear sleazy (and boost your popularity), you might cook up a scheme that looked remarkably similar to this.

You'd wring your hands at the same time you rang the cash register.

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

Bucky 2

How romantic!

I can just see him down on one knee:

"Darling, will you marry me in a ceremony auctioned off to the highest bidder for publicity?"

"Oh, dearest! Selling my wedding to the press has been my dream since I was a child! You've made me the happiest woman in the world!"

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Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS

Bucky 2

It won't be long now

Once these things go wrong, I expect The Doctor will have to save us from them.

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Read IBM's note to staff announcing mandatory training and 10% pay cut

Bucky 2

Education benefits?

Many large companies have education benefits.

The catch is, you often have to walk up to your boss and ask to be sent to class, or a workshop, or whatever. Sometimes you even have to write half a page justifying how the company would benefit from you having an improved skill.

This is called "initiative."

What I would guess is that there's a vast tonnage of people at IBM who are lacking in this thing. This is probably a remediation effort to make up for a presumption that having that word on a resume meant the employee had the attribute.

Those who have been keeping up-to-date feel screwed by shouldering the extra work, but I'd wager they've been being screwed by their skillless coworkers for some time now. It's now simply more obvious.

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Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables

Bucky 2

I was watching a documentary called "Spy Kids 2," and I think the tech to do such tapping already exists.

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Big Data's being held back by little talent, says Huawei head techie

Bucky 2

Re: What do you expect

Yeah, I'm calling BS on this one, too.

Big corporations WANT to hire, but just can't find the right person? Singular? For a task that obviously requires a team?

Boo hoo.

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PLEASE STOP with the snooping requests, begs Google as gov data demands skyrocket

Bucky 2

Transparency

After some reasonable amount of time to bring a case to court (I don't know--a couple months maybe), shouldn't the details of all such requests simply be made public?

Maybe they already are...? There's a good chance I'm only revealing my ignorance.

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The sound of silence: One excited atom is so quiet that the human ear cannot detect it

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Boffings

I'm getting tired of the word Boffins. The Register is the worst offender of using the word and it keeps showing up in Google News.

Actually, I love the word. It always takes me a minute to process, during which time, I speculate on the relationship of the noun with the verb, "to boff."

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

Bucky 2

Re: So now it's really working, finally...

Time to point out that the folks that claimed that this technology was working reliably about 15 years ago were lying.

You just reminded me that "verified by Chinese scientists" frequently means that the science is wrong.

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Bucky 2
Trollface

@Trigonoceps occipitalis:

This is why one twin is always the good twin, and the other one is always the evil twin.

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NATO nations 'will respond to a Cyber attack on one as though it were on all'

Bucky 2

Wake me when they actually do something

This is one of those "I'll belive it when I see it" things. Attacks happen constantly, every single day, many by what some consider to be state-sponsored hackers.

Like the privateers of old, the states that sponsor them just cross their fingers behind their backs and say, "oh, golly, those are just criminals acting against our wishes."

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

Bucky 2

JLaw?? Oh... Never mind

I was interested when I thought I could find some Jude Law selfies.

Never mind.

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Apple tried to get a ban on Galaxy, judge said: NO, NO, NO

Bucky 2

I find that Apple PRODUCTS seem quite nice.

However, since Apple seems to always be suing one person or another, I don't dare actually OWN one of their products. Too risky.

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Microsoft ropes in Opera Mini as default Nokia dumbphone browser

Bucky 2

Fine solution for dumb phone

I had a dumb phone with a tiny screen some years ago. Opera Mini really provided an excellent experience compared to the bundled browser. The bundled browser frequently had memory rendering pages with the limited resources available. Opera Mini was much better.

The proper comparison here is with other dumb phone options.

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Oracle Database 12c's data redaction security smashed live on stage

Bucky 2

Re: Hmmm not so sure

I feel like you're thinking of something that I'm not understanding completely.

For all the use-cases I can come up with, either the application is trustworthy (in which case masking is unnecessary), or the application is not (in which case masking is insufficient).

If an application is going to display a credit card number in its GUI unless the database is supplying masking (because that query is "fixed"), wouldn't that mean we've got an application which shouldn't be used against that database at all?

What am I missing?

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POW! Sprint kills T-Mobile US bid ... BAM! CEO Hesse is out

Bucky 2

Thank Christ!

We left Sprint in favor of T-Mobile a couple years ago when their business practice of selling off their towers in our area started negatively impacting our connectivity.

I wasn't looking forward to having them do the same thing to our T-Mobile service.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

Bucky 2

Example of a Breach

Let's say you lived in the US, and you missed a Dr. Who episode you wanted to see. If you didn't Tivo it, you're kind of screwed.

BBC streams recent episodes, but only to folks who live in the UK.

If you could find a proxy, you could watch that Dr. Who episode on the BBC web site via the proxy, against the rules.

Whether the rules seem silly or not isn't really the point. If they said you couldn't watch it unless you put on a red dress and stood on one foot, that's their right, and you can either put on that dress, or not watch the program.

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Now even Internet Explorer will throw lousy old Java into the abyss

Bucky 2

but not Vista?

I'm puzzled. Isn't Vista a supported operating system?

I mean, I know that it's not well-loved. But why go out of the way to specifically exclude it from the update?

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

Bucky 2

I've been vomiting from terror all morning.

If only there were some book that I could read that would give me hope and make me feel safe again.

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65 patches later and Java STILL breaks stuff

Bucky 2

Java lowered the bar to programming in "enterprise" environments, so despite a lot of work on making Java idiot proof a bad programmer can still bugger things up.

There are good java programmers, of course. But my first reaction when I hear "java programmer" is to mentally replace the word "java" with the word "sloppy."

They draw in pretty good salaries, though. Maybe I'm just jealous.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

Bucky 2

Re: Captain Future's enemy had one of those.

The fact that this "thrust" is measurable on the null test article too, makes me think this is much more likely a case of a measurement problem than an actual effect.

Alas, this is what I fear as well. Especially given the order of magnitude discrepancy.

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REGULAR FISTING is GOOD for your HEALTH, says respected surveyor

Bucky 2

Re: embarrasing

I'm probably too old already to think of this as an apt replacement for a formal handshake.

It feels to me too much like a macho display specifically designed to drive out secret thoughts of more intimate contact between the two people involved.

Like maybe actual fisting. Or at least a fervent oral argument.

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Plane grounded so cops can cuff semi-legless passenger

Bucky 2

Re: Unemployed and going on holiday overseas?

I believe the state of being where you do not work, and yet have money for international holidays is called "the idle rich."

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Quicker, easier to fly to MOON than change web standards ... OR IS IT?

Bucky 2
Paris Hilton

Neil Armstrong getting his boots dirty on the lunar surface

I read this first as "Neil Armstrong getting his dirty booty on the lunar surface."

I know this adds nothing to the discussion.

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Microsoft in Chinese burn ENIGMA: Anti-trust agents' 'sudden visit' to offices

Bucky 2

Re: Leave China PERIOD

...but if Linux is free, why do they still want Microsoft?

I only took freshman economics and freshman sociology to satisfy the core requirements in Mathematics/Engineering, and then I took them both waaaay too long ago, but my understanding is that it all boils down to peer pressure and opportunity cost.

Think of it like speeding. If everyone around you is speeding, you don't want to be the ONLY guy doing the speed limit even if you're otherwise law-abiding. Plus, if everybody's doing it, what's the likelihood you're going to be the one pulled over?

You can ask yourself: What HAPPENED along this stretch of road to make everyone speed so much (if you like: Why do the Chinese, specifically, seem so much MORE willing to commit this crime in contrast to folks in other countries)? And there might be reasons regarding terrain, time of day, and so on (perhaps: IP is a new concept in Chinese culture, and moreover, doesn't really fit in well with a socialist ideal at all).

Leaving China, also, may not even be effective in slowing down the piracy problem. Remaining may be the only possibility to remediate the situation.

I say "may." I don't know. I also get frustrated when Chinese jackasses sell children's toys covered in lead, and BS like that. But I'll bet the situation has complexities I haven't thought of, so offering a solution without knowlege may be jumping the gun here. I say "may" again.

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KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

Bucky 2

Re: Flat look

what's with this lack of contrast?

This was a complaint in our household with a recent Android update, when the status bar icons went from color to monochrome. It used to be we could tell what was going on WITHOUT putting our reading glasses on because the differently-colored icons made up for the problem of visual acuity.

As long as I can continue to replace the default icon set in KDE with one of my own choosing (with colors), it shouldn't be as big a deal with the desktop as it is with the phone.

Fads come. Fads go. It's not a big deal as long as I can customize.

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

Bucky 2

Re: Losses

His actions did manipulate the market, so I'd say that conviction is valid. Intent is a mitigating factor; it has nothing to do with whether you actually committed the crime.

For some crimes, intent is actually what determines whether a crime has been committed or not--even if harm has resulted. For example, if you said something, KNEW that what you said would cause harm, it DID cause harm, but you THOUGHT it was the truth, you actually haven't committed libel, since libel is one of those things that require intent.

Whether market manipulation requires intent would be a matter of law.

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

Bucky 2

There's a rampant winnowing out of girls in intermediate school from courses and groups known as "boy's interests".

I've heard that, too. But the thing that doesn't make sense to me is that most of my elementary school teachers were women. So to make this explanation true, the people discouraging young women must primarily be...other women!

It sounds like an abuse spiral. But it doesn't really help us with the current situation. Removing women from the teaching profession as being serial abusers based solely on their sex doesn't seem reasonable.

The best thing I would say is it doesn't MATTER how the populations of men vs. women skew. The only thing that's important is that THIS man or THIS woman is treated fairly--as an individual, with individual strengths and weaknesses. Anything else is a distraction.

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Comcast bosses: THAT pushy sales rep was only obeying orders

Bucky 2

Re: re. recording calls

In the UK there is no prohibition on recording calls, as long as *one* of the parties on the call knows (designed to cover phone-tapping).

It's my understanding that it's the same in the US. To me, the message to the customer that the call may be recorded indicates that the agent is the one who is not aware that the particular conversation is being recording.

Also, it may be a public-relations thing rather than a legal thing.

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

Bucky 2

Re: if i did buy it, can i get an instant refund when i dont like.....

Bad prose invites skepticism about a writer's clarity of thought.

Perhaps it's not fair, but it's a fact.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

Bucky 2

Nope, I'm done.

"Episode II" was the last one I watched. I'm done.

Okay: Unless, perhaps, pot legalization comes to my state.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

Bucky 2

Child's Browser

I once made the comment that Chrome was a "Child's Browser." I don't know where it came from. It was an off-the-cuff, meaningless remark.

But it made a junior programmer here SO MAD I started using the term over and over again. You know, for sport.

I wish he was still around... I'd forward this article to him.

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Want to legally unlock your phone from its network? The US Senate says that's A-OK

Bucky 2
Trollface

Re: DrBob

I think "sale" is a transitive verb only in the American South.

Otherwise, yeah, you've got it spot on.

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New Doctor Who episode leaks online as proper trailer debuts

Bucky 2

The Clara character has potential. She's just not nearly enough like Oswin in "Asylum of the Daleks" in her current incarnation, and the way she is NOT like Oswin is irritating.

And come on. Catherine Tate is hysterical. I love, love, LOVE Catherine Tate. Any excuse to see her act in anything is a treat (even to the point that a strong woman like Donna Noble would never whine about career and marriage--I don't care that it doesn't make a lick of sense).

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Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1

Bucky 2

Don't forget that the iPhone is ALSO dangerous if you cobble together a charger out of drinking straws and chewing gum and then plug the Frankenstein-inspired gizmo into a Chinese wall socket.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

Bucky 2

Re: HONESTLY?

No, I listened to that commercial a thousand times. Whatever she's singing, it's not "see you." It's closer to:

"I wanna say up he braaaave!"

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

Bucky 2

Nothing to do with Terrorism

First off, the 9/11 thing happened with planes coming out of Boston, not outside the US.

Also, they stopped asking me to turn on my laptop years ago. I'm guessing because the x-ray is sufficient to inspect the contents of my laptop without turning it on.

This HAS to be about garden-variety espionage.

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Like frozen burgers, 'Bigfoot' DNA samples have a touch of horse

Bucky 2

If this were a television program, I'd want to require that the presenter of the sample would promise to perform a dare if the sample did NOT turn out to be bigfoot or yeti or whatever was being claimed.

If the dares were suitably entertaining/humiliating, it might even be worth it.

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Dating app Tinder faces sexual harassment suit from ex-exec co-founder

Bucky 2

Re: The Rule Is....

The word "only" is problematic.

The word you're looking for is "primarily."

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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

Bucky 2

OMG! Brian Cox is such a FOX!

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