* Posts by Bucky 2

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Apple’s retail chief: ‘Touching customers’ key to retail success

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Coat

Re: Touching customers

Show me on this doll where the Apple retail chief touched you.

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

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Heinlein

I think this very situation was described for the semi-ballistic transportation that the heroine like to use in "Friday."

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Kentucky spies stricken: Ban on web snaps of horror accidents mulled

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Who are we protecting here?

If I were to summarize the bill, I'd say:

First responders, members of the press, and victims of an accident are free to post images of an accident on social media (or wherever) without restriction, and without regard for taste or morality.

Everyone else is forbidden from an hour. Also regardless of whether the images are tasteful or not, or moral or not.

So either way, the images go up. It sounds like it's simply a way for the press to make money off it before the bloggers make it available everywhere.

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

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The best software

...is the software I prefer.

If you do not prefer the same software, the only possible conclusion is that you have made a mistake in your evaluation.

Since you have made a mistake in your evaluation, you are a bad person.

Since you are a bad person, you must be insulted with all the rage I can summon.

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Here – here is that 'hoverboard' you've wanted so much. Look at it. Look. at. it.

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Coat

Dumitru Popescu is pretty dishy

Just saying.

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Feds widen probe into lottery IT boss who rooted game for profit

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Re: More proof

"I'd love to help you out son, but you do have to buy a ticket first..."

The odds of winning without having bought a ticket (perhaps finding the winning ticket on the ground or being left one in a will or something) are pretty similar to winning after having bought a ticket.

So...God's mistaken on this one. Much the way he screwed up by making the avocado pit too big.

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2015: The year storage was rocked to its foundations

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Re: Kudos for publishing over the Christmas break.

If I had to proofread over Christmas, I'm pretty sure I'd be doing it drunk. If I were managing proofreaders over Christmas, I'd be serving the booze.

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ICO slaps HIV support group with £250 fine following email blunder

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Re: It's 2016 for cripes sake....

You're blaming the hammer for the actions of the carpenter.

My first thought was: Who can be THAT unfamiliar with how email works?

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Predictable: How AV flaw hit Microsoft's Windows defences

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For some values of "Resolved"

enSilo states this issue is yet to be resolved - a claim firmly denied by Intel Security, which said it patched the bug in late August.

I'd argue that if the end user must think to search out a bug, find a patch, and then install it manually, that bug doesn't get to have the staus, "closed." Until it's rolled out in an automatic update, it's in "testing" at best.

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Unsourced, unreliable, and in your face forever: Wikidata, the future of online nonsense

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They also delete true things

Like in "Our Man in Havana," in the book Millie was about 16, and perhaps a little spoiled. But in the movie, she is every second of at least 28, and is also quite obviously mentally challenged.

I keep writing that in, and they keep deleting it.

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Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

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Remove the Incentive

If lawyers share the blame for bringing frivolous lawsuits, maybe it would be helpful to remove some of the incentive for them to bring ridiculous lawsuits to court.

What we don't want to do is allow rich people to victimize poor people by making it too hard for poor people to get decent representation.

Perhaps requiring a lawyer to only charge for time and materials, and forbid lawyers from receiving payment based on the amount of the settlement might help. They could still work on contingency for poorer folks, still only getting paid if they win, but limit the payment to their usual, non-contingency rate.

You'd need to keep unscrupulous lawyers from rubber-banding their "usual fee" based on the amount of the claim somehow.

Just a thought.

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Video malvertising campaign lasted 12 hours? Try two months

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Easily fixed

The result is that: "Publishers now have no idea who serves what ads on their websites, making it virtually impossible to police for compliance and security – unless they rely on dedicated audit and scanning technology."

The simplest solution is for publishers to actually host the actual ads they're going to display. Just like TV and radio stations use their own bandwidth to broadcast ads.

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Don't flip your lid: The Internet of Helmets has arrived

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Coat

It's been a long time since anyone offered to give me helmet in the workplace.

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Samsung S6 calls open to man-in-the-middle base station snooping

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Bad News for T-Mobile Customers

Once we buy the phone, we're essentially SOL in terms of automatic updates.

Yeah, I suppose I can theoretically download and install a new OS myself, but I'd lose WiFi calling, and with my luck, probably brick my phone anyway.

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Doctor Who's good/bad duality, war futility tale in The Zygon Inversion fails to fizz

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Re: We got our Osgood answer, though

Crap. Touche.

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We got our Osgood answer, though

If you think about it.

A Whovian of her calibre asking what TARDIS stands for? There's suspension of disbelief and there's suspension of disbelief. Obviously, this is a factoid about the doctor she never thought to ask her "sister" before she was killed.

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Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

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Well Documented

I saw the accusation+hysteria principle depicted on a well-known documentary called Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

It seems a demon took the form of a pair of children (Hansel & Gretel), to whip up anti-witch sentiment, which of course negatively affected Willow.

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Time Lords set for three-week battle over leap seconds

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Mushroom

Re: Why stop there?

Tried buying a pair of scales recently?

If you're looking for scientific scales, then yes, that kind of precision is pricey. But for common uses, like cooking (we were talking about sugar), you can find them at reasonable prices at any kitchen supply store (fancy-ass name brand stores notwithstanding).

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By 2019, vendors will have sucked out your ID along with your cash 5 billion times

Bucky 2

My understanding is that bypassing biometric authentication is simply accomplished, and fairly conventional, as depicted in documentaries such as "The Avengers" and the "Mission: Impossible" series.

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WhatsApp laid bare: Info-sucking app's innards probed

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Re: Collects whats?

In which case, what's the exact thrust of the article? That it's NOT, in fact, a spyware application?

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FAA issues lithium battery warning

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Re: umm...

Actually, I was wondering what would happen if said battery had more than one ounce of electrolyte.

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Brazilian prisoner nabbed with mobile up rear end

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Not a smuggler

Yeah, I was dating him, he was unconscious, one thing led to another....

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Mozilla to boot all plugins from Firefox … except Flash

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Mplayer

Like the mplayer plugin that I use to play web video. That's the kind of functionality we lose.

It's confusing that in English, "plugin" and "extension" are pretty synonymous, but in Mozilla products, they mean distinct things.

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New mystery Windows-smashing RAT found in corporate network

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Re: finally...

"it communicated with a server in China, therefore it's clearly the Chinese"

You would expect such sites to be spread like butter around the world for exactly the reason you say. Criminals and the computers they control should be scattered randomly.

A concentration in one area or another is interesting data. Do we have more criminals? Do we have stupider sysadmins? My politics would insist that neither could be true. But alternative explanations don't seem to accompany reports of incursions.

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

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Re: re. *Not after actual fictitious Smurfs, ...

Actually, my first guess about the one that turns on the camera was that it would be named Vanity Smurf. I'd be surprised if nicknames for shadowy illegal stuff would be careful to avoid copyright infringement.

"Down by the ocean,

Down by the sea,

I looked in the water and what did I see?

Me! Me! Me! Me!"

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Experian-T-Mobile US hack: 'We trusted them, now that trust is broken'

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Black Helicopters

Trust in Experian

I'd argue any trust in Experian was already misplaced before the breach.

I don't know of a single human soul who has looked at their Experian credit reports and found them to be particularly accurate. If they're that slapdash in their approach to details in one area, they're likely to be careless with details in another.

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Doctor Who's Under the Lake splits Reg scribes: This Alien homage thing – good or bad?

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The "New" Clara

I'm actually extremely happy with this season's Clara.

Last season, all she did was waffle about which man she wanted to submit her will to. Boo! Blech! Heroes don't behave that way.

This season, she's much more the self-assured, bright, adventurous heroine that Companions are supposed to be. I think the episodes so far move much more smoothly, and are much more fun to watch because of the change.

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Search engine can find the VPN that NUCLEAR PLANT boss DIDN'T KNOW was there - report

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Black Helicopters

Shenanigans.

My experience with government bureaucracy would suggest that some supervisor asked for a VPN that would work a certain way. The tech did as he was asked, perhaps making a "note" of any reservations about security (e.g.: "The requested password, 'password,' should be changed at the earliest opportunity.")

The supervisor then proceeded to not only ignore the note, but also never used the VPN, and eventually forgot he demanded one.

...UNTIL it came to light, at which point he firmly denied he knew anything about it.

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Find shaving a chore? Why not BLAST your BEARD off with a RAYGUN

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Warning, Will Robinson!

The speakers in the video are pretty poor examples of the results you would get with the shaver.

Even the guy with the fauxhawk has a pretty serious 5:00 shadow, and he's the best-shaved of all of them.

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My parents don't know I'm in SEO. They think I play piano in a brothel

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SEO <=> Political Science

It's easy to paint all SEO professionals with one brush based on cataclysmically bad experiences with hucksters. I consider it similar to the way people think of "politicians."

But there are legitimate reasons a company wants to "be found" on the Internet, and there are legitimate ways to approach this.

When I'm searching for "barber in mycity, myneighborhood" I want to be able to actually find what I'm looking for, rather than, say, a manicurist halfway around the world. A legitimate SEO professional can help that kind of business achieve that kind of visibility, without resorting to BS.

Yeah, there are a lot of sleazy marketers out there. Bad experiences are real, and all too frequent. But it doesn't mean that engaging in the business is fundamentally evil.

PS: I'm not an SEO professional.

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Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

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Happy

I know it's a bad thing

...but when I read this article, I laughed and laughed. I'm not even entirely sure why.

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American Airlines: TITSUP computers ground US flights

Bucky 2

I hate it when the fail-over fails to fail over.

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DMCA takedown bots must respect 'fair use' of copyright – US appeals court

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Re: It's quite simple

Quite the opposite.

I'd argue that the rights holders certainly have the right to issue a takedown notice for probable cause (a suspicion).

However, if the notice is contested, it's the rights holders that need to prove the infringement beyond a reasonable doubt. In a free nation, it is considered unfair to be required to prove your innocence every time someone opts to accuse you of something.

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

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WTF?

Who /doesn't/ ad block?

The issue for me with many ads isn't that they're unattractive (many are) or that they slow down page load (they do).

My problem is that many ads masquerade as part of the host site's content--often mimicking featured content blocks.

I would have thought that outfits like the Washington Post would be against things that lure their readership away from their site. Guess not.

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Cuffed Texan woman holsters loaded gun IN VAGINA

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Paris Hilton

Yeah, but it's Texas

...so it's barely even news.

Now, if she could aim and shoot it from its holstered position--THAT would be something.

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Heigh ho, oh no! Politically correct panto dumps Snow White’s dwarfs

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Good turn of phrase.

I liked his phrase "offended on our behalf."

I think folks with ordinary sensibilities are willing to cut people slack as long as they're not intentionally being dicks.

The problem arises from sociopaths trying to "pass" as people with empathy. All they can do is rely on rules to fake a conscience.

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'A word processor so simple my PA could use it': Joyce turns 30

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Coat

I'm confused

He named his piercing "Joyce" and typed with it?

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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

Bucky 2

Say what? Double back?

From my phone's steadfast unwillingness to accept a pattern that revisited a node, I though it wasn't allowed.

This in turn made me assume the pattern unlock was just a casual defense against butt dialing.

I am a stupid, stupid man.

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Using SQL techniques in NoSQL is OK, right? WRONG

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This is why

...I'm highly suspicious of those software products that breathlessly exclaim, "Build your project with /no knowledge of the underlying database/."

No. No thank you.

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Court rules FTC can prosecute companies over lax online security

Bucky 2

"Reasonable"

It all hinges on the word "reasonable," and whether I trust a jury of high school dropouts to evaluate what reasonable computer security looks like.

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More deaths linked to Ashley Madison hack as scammers move in

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Re: Meeow

Here's another scenario:

Married persons are in a properly-negotiated open relationship with their partners.

However, these details are not public because the couple does not deem it suitable information for their children or employers.

Having these details made public may end up being fairly destructive.

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John McAfee cuffed by Tennessee cops, faces drug-driving, gun rap

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Not buying it

Mood stabilizers have big yellow warnings slapped on them warning about dizziness, driving, and operating heavy machinery. It's the law.

Maybe the doctor didn't warn him, but the bottle sure as hell would have.

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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Fashion choices

Are we so sure it's a metabolism difference, and not just clothing? I'm skeptical.

Men always wear sleeves of SOME kind, pants that go all the way down to the ankle, and then socks to keep the ankles covered as well.

Before we leap to some kind of fundamental temperature difference between the sexes, let's even out the dress code differences. If I wore open-toed shoes, and had bare legs and shoulders, one would assume I was a surfing instructor, not an office worker.

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Intel doubles its bounty for women and ethnic minorities

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Monoculture

Let's not get panicky.

I'm not sure it's right to assume that competent employees are either qualified /or/ diverse. Nor is it reasonable to fear that if you're not a minority then you'll be discriminated against, somehow.

It seems more likely to me that the company perceives in itself a monoculture, and is concerned that monocultures don't fare well in the long term. In order to avoid some future technological potato famine, they may simply be looking to hedge their bets.

Also, different points of view may help them gain insight into different markets, and so on, so it's not the worst idea from that angle, either.

Rest assured, there's always a market for excellence, even if you are a white male.

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Samsung emits mobe charging monitor. For your 'active lifestyle'

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Scrabble

Scrabble rules usually disallow foreign words and phrases. Is "qi" now officially an English word with a foreign origin?

God, do I feel old.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: no matter what MS force on us

@keithpeter

That's really the heart of the problem, isn't it?

Technically unsophisticated users are going to make bad decisions if they have to administer their own system software. Hell, even sophisticated users do.

But when unsophisticated users make bad decisions, they don't say, "Oh, good gracious, I probably should have made a different decision." They say, "effing Microsoft broke my computer."

I'm not sure I'm behind Microsoft's choice, but I do understand their motivation.

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Horrifying MOCK BACON ABOMINATION grown in BUBBLING VATS as ALGAE

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"Selective Breeding"

...is still genetic modification in the only real way that term makes any sense.

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

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Trustwave

It's amusing to note that a company that certifies PCI compliance uses Flash for its UI.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Re: Confused Lawyers

They made that much clear when they added the header, X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN.

No, they must mean something else.

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Russia campaigns to stop SUICIDALLY STUPID selfies

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At Least

At least they haven't descended to the point where they have to say, "Coffee is hot. Please do not decant into your lap while driving."

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