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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

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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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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'

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Samsung admits its Chinese supply chain STILL has labour-rights and safety problems

Bucky 2

And that means...what exactly?

Whether it's selling lead-covered toys to Western children or treating its own people like animals, doesn't China always end up with a free pass to do whatever it likes without any real consequences?

And businesses doing business with China end up with the same free pass, provided that the infractions originated in China and not elsewhere.

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US Supremes UPHOLD troll-busting Alice v CLS Bank decision

Bucky 2

Fine. But what sanctions did they impose against the patent office for granting the patent in the first place? It seems that they've bailed some water out of the kitchen, but haven't done anything about the leak.

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FCC boss says he'll SHAME broadband firms for fibbing on speeds

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Re: Carrot and Stick

Well, false advertising is already illegal, but I think that's handled by a different government agency. The FCC may only need to provide their information to the FTC, and let the FTC do the prosecution.

Beyond that, if the FCC simply keeps their test results up-to-date and well-published, then the pressure of transparency would allow consumers to use that data and act on it--perhaps fleeing companies that provide poor service in favor of those that provide better service.

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

Bucky 2

I'm pretty sure something is being left out here.

In most travelling salesman problems I've ever read about, a farmer's daughter figures in somehow.

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Hey! Where! are! the! white! women! at!? It's! Yahoo!

Bucky 2

I'm not really seeing how these statistics have been appropriately normalized (for example: x people of category y hired per 1000 candidates of category y candidates who applied).

I'd also need to see variables controlled for with regard to what makes a "qualified" candidate (for example, remove race and gender data from a resume, and then evaluate each of these as "qualified" or "unqualified" based on a blind analysis).

Plunking numbers down without controlling for external variables is, after all, irresponsible.

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

Bucky 2
Trollface

Easy Solution

Women simply need to get their asses out of the kitchens and into the laboratories, where they belong!

There. Problem solved.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

Bucky 2

"Boffin" was once defined to me as "really really smart guy" by a professor who liked WWII slang (which is as far as "boffin" ever got in the US).

I personally like to imagine that the root word is "boff" and thus "boffin" is anybody who likes butt sex.

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Pictures of elite 'Chinese military hacker' published

Bucky 2

Re: There is not one crime here.

"this is where our governments are in their moral development."

The very sad thing here is that, with our democratically-elected government, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

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Bucky 2

Re: Khakis?

"Khaki," like "teal," applies to an unfortunately wide range of colors.

Like you, I also tend to prefer color names that are a little more specific.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Re: Depends what you mean by 'code'

I'm going to have to "me too" this one.

I'm all for adding programming as another of the branches of mathematics that we teach school children.

However, given the percentage of adults who believe that the Earth is 6000 years old, or that there's no such thing as global warming, or that it's EVER appropriate to use the term, "cray-cray," I don't think it's realistic to expect this to translate to a huge global population of computer programmers.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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If he was a gay guy talking about his boyfriend, I think his analogy would still work.

Everybody knows someone (or in this case, has been someone) who is involved with someone else who is completely wrong for them.

That other person usually senses this, and then, as the relationship disintegrates, becomes that complaining, demanding person in the slide that all of your other friends (men and women, I'd wager) all hate.

So ask yourself this: Would it be reasonable to think he looked down at all men simply because he was in a bad relationship and had the poor taste to talk about it in public?

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Hackers lay claim to exploit that defeats iPhone anti-theft tools

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Re: It would appear

LOVE it! But first, the phone should encourage you to assemble your IM team, and as usual, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of you.

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Wacky 'baccy making a hash of FBI infosec recruitment efforts

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Re: If your weed is more important than your job

What you're saying is true, presuming perfect information. The challenge is differentiating this scenario:

- You're 20-something

- You're underemployed

- You head out to Joshua Tree from time to time and go "rock climbing."

- You see a great job opportunity and apply for it

- You get interviewed right away. It's only been a couple weeks since you went "rock climbing"

- You test positive for "taking a marijuana"

... from this one

- You're 20-something

- You're underemployed

- You smoke weed constantly

- You apply for jobs you feel entitled to, look good on paper for, but aren't qualified to do

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Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

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Re: Wine (was: ReactOS)

Yeah, Wine is an odd product.

On the one hand, from a purely academic standpoint, it really is kind of a wonderful piece of reverse engineering.

On the other, there has historically been some rough treatment in both directions of both end users by engineers, and engineers by end users. On the plus side, some of the really abrupt comments seem to have gone missing from winehq since last I looked, so maybe things are looking up.

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Trollface

"China was also reported to have told Microsoft that halting the sale of Windows 7 and switching over to the higher-priced Windows 8 would lead to software piracy."

China's concerned about software piracy? CHINA?

BWAAA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

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Peak thumb drive is coming in 2016

Bucky 2

No industry pundit should be able to make a prediction unless they also promise to perform a penalty if their prediction is wrong.

If the penalty isn't equal in drama to the prediction, then the prediction may not be published.

I think that would be fun....

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