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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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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

Bucky 2

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

Bucky 2
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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?

Bucky 2

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

Bucky 2

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

Bucky 2

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'

Bucky 2

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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Bucky 2
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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Goodbye, Mr Dong: Samsung Galaxy S5 boss disappears through trapdoor

Bucky 2

This is probably EXACTLY it. The phone market is maturing. What does this year's model do that last year's model didn't, and how much is that worth to you?

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Apple tips Shiraz down all its techies' throats (that's the rumoured name for OS X 10.10)

Bucky 2

I miss the days when each OSX was named after a kitty.

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Fix capitalism with floating cities on Venus says Charles Stross

Bucky 2

Re: "may make a good sci-fi writer"

I have NOT read Rule 34. But the most obvious reason to use second person would be:

1) You don't want to use third person, because you want the sex of the person in question to remain ambiguous. Especially if cross-dressing is involved, you might want to pull some cheap-ass trick on the reader, a la The Crying Game.

2) You can't use first person, because the person in question dies at some point.

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Russia 'incompatible with the internet', cries web CEO 'axed by Putin'

Bucky 2

Re: "he will never return home until corruption is quashed in his country."

Hmm... yes....

Exactly which corruption-free nation did he flee TO?

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Really? Sigh. Really? Apple's lawsuit against Google is REVIVED

Bucky 2
Trollface

Re: I made a mistake

I think the point of The Wolf of Wall Street was that a person who lacks morality and an ability to emote is capable of making LOTS of money.

So yes, you could become a lawyer and make lots of money.

But if you HAVE either of the above attributes, you may not be able to bring yourself to do it, and there's the problem.

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Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident

Bucky 2
Trollface

Re: Anyway, he was poor management material

If she was moonlighting AND if she signed a non-compete agreement, he's certainly within his rights to terminate her employment.

My understanding of the industry (cop shows, mostly) is that a pimp will generally beat his ho prior to termination for improper competition rather than immediately beginning termination procedures.

Also, "termination" procedures are different in those shows.

Finally, I was looking forward to some kind of "domestic violence mafia" rhetoric, like the last hoopla. I'll start:

A CEOs private behavior has nothing to do with his performance as CEO. Any private individual speaking out against him infringes his freedom of speech, and such speech should be prohibited by the State.

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'We’re not SNEAKY, we're DADS from the MIDWEST'

Bucky 2

I especially liked the part of this article where, while it was talking about Eich's sexual discrimination of gays, The Register had an ad of a computer-generated woman in her underpants.

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CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

Bucky 2

You're a Good Man

"Snow falls up, Charlie Brown. Snow. Falls. Up."

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Merger with Sprint is INEVITABLE, suggests T-Mobile chief bean counter

Bucky 2

This gives me sad feelings

I moved to T-Mobile from Sprint mostly because Sprint's network -- previously fine -- started to become spotty in my area.

I don't look forward to them buying T-Mobile and then continuing their practice of selling off towers and screwing up my connectivity again.

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Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

Bucky 2

Hah! Time Warner Cable does it, too.

When our company moved to its current location, we contacted Time Warner Cable for their business internet.

Apparently, they never ran cable to our side of the street. If we wanted them to do so, we were invited to underwrite the entire cost of upgrading their infrastructure to cross the street (an astonishingly large amount, as it turns out).

Later the next year, they sent a mass mailing to our street--including us. As it turn out, it's COMPLETELY LEGAL for them to promise service at a particular rate while meanwhile having no intention of actually fulfilling that promise--so long as it's a MASS mailing.

At least in the U.S., I guess.

Glad folks get comeuppance in the U.K. for such shenanigans. I'm jealous.

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Infosec experts boycott RSA conflab over alleged 'secret' NSA contract

Bucky 2

Re: RSA deserves what it gets...

That's exactly the problem, isn't it? They're either one, the other, or perhaps both.

They are, at the very very best, an inappropriate agency to trust with security.

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California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

Bucky 2

Re: El Reg, your link broke the Intertubes!

The device creator probably spent all his money on golf, and didn't have any left over for a hosting plan.

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Pac-Man GHOST nebula is literally the coolest thing in the universe – boffins

Bucky 2

Ghost-shaped IBS treatment

I thought the coldest thing in the universe was a witch's [something one exchanges for tat].

But the thing that really puzzles me is how the IBS treatment Molecure relates to nebulae.

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Hands up, who couldn't post to Facebook today? Oh, MILLIONS of you

Bucky 2

In other news...

I didn't even notice the Facebook thing.

On the other hand, Cheezburger was down most of Saturday.

Now THAT gave me a sad face.

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So: Just how do you stop mobile users becoming leaky lusers?

Bucky 2

Re: People and confidentiality

Just take a clue from the pirates.

The real ones.

Dead men tell no tales. Mua ha ha ha ha!

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Adobe CEO admits need to 'tweak' Creative Suite's cloud-only policy

Bucky 2
Pint

That's just it

That's just it, isn't it? Photoshop doesn't REALLY have a competitor.

There are image-editing products that suffice if you don't need everything that Photoshop does, but even Corel is a very distant #2.

My guess is that Adobe has managed to hire all the mathematicians (both of them) who actually LIKE doing linear algebra all day.

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Big browser builders scramble to fix cross-platform zero-day flaw

Bucky 2
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Too true

To this day, it remains the only browser that offered a sane display for <optgroup>s.

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China denies hacking claims, says it doesn’t need US tech

Bucky 2
Paris Hilton

My server logs say different

China is overrepresented in the illicit connection attempts against the servers I administer.

We've got to explain this somehow:

1) Chinese folks are fundamentally more prone to criminal behavior than anybody else

2) Chinese folks are fundamentally less competent as system administrators (and thus are themselves hacked and the hacked computers are used in greater proportions to launch attacks against others than anywhere else).

3) Hacking is at best, less prosecuted by the Chinese government than anywhere else, which is at least TACIT State sponsorship, and at worst, ACTIVE state sponsorship.

Explanation number 3 is the only one I've come up with which doesn't rely on racist presumptions.

So, saying that China doesn't NEED US tech is a little like Paris Hilton saying she doesn't NEED to be bad. True enough, but....

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Chinese PLA soldiers 'mastermind cyber-espionage Cold War'

Bucky 2
Pint

Not sure I buy it, but...

"Scans" of my servers are overrepresented by ip addresses in .ru and .cn.

So what does one conclude?

1) Server admins in .ru and .cn are significantly more incompetent than the rest of the world?

2) People in .ru and .cn are more apt to be criminals than anywhere else?

3) The governments of .ru and .cn have bones to pick with the .us, and sponsor these attacks in covert post-cold-war shenanegans?

I'm not liking any of my choices.

But in the absence of any other kind of explanation, one tends to gravitate toward one of these or another, with #3 being the very most exciting of all of them.

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