* Posts by fearnothing

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Colombian hacker who spied on gov-rebel peace talks jailed for 10 years

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WTF?

Can't tell if troll or really that dumb.

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Self preservation is AWS security's biggest worry, says gros fromage

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Re: Groundhog Day

Or, also like in the movie, he's happily doing his job until the point where he finds one of his customers has opened a portal to hell in their [fridge/webapp].

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Rand Paul puts Hillary Clinton's hard drive on sale

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Coat

Wouldn't be so hypocritical if IRQ.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Re: Word perfect article

That last one would be 'tool' rather than 'instrument' then.

Ah snap, someone already got there. Have an upvote.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: Politics. politics....and duplicity

E 2: Have an up vote. People seem to have missed your sarcasm, despite it being massively obvious.

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Flak for Slack chaps in yak app hack flap: User database whacked

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I approve of this headline.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: Not worth going then

"In some ways, using 'booth babes' actually demeans men as much as women."

Absolutely! As you noted it's not that men are objectified so much as that we are stereotyped as immature, grunting savages completely at the mercy of primal urges. Yes it's okay for a man to look at a woman and think of sex. And the people staring at them are less at fault than the people hiring them. But I'm not going to keep my mouth shut when someone implies it's okay to ogle and forget the negative effects.

As far as tact goes, a large part of the problem is that the culture of stereotyping men and demeaning women is built into our language habits. It's subtle, it's habitual, and kids learn it long before they see anything like porn or booth babes. If I get labelled a feminazi for trying to get people to be aware of this, then bring it on. Language shapes our thoughts and in many ways defines the thoughts we are capable of having. For that reason I'm not sorry for having addressed it in a way that looked like linguistic pedantry.

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Re: Not worth going then

Don't forget stuff.

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Re: Give the feminism a rest

And what about all the women who start to have an interest in working in tech? After slogging their way through the barrage of comments from colleagues doubting their ability because of their genitalia, the interviewers who drop blatant hints about sexual favours, and the desperate lack of role models, they finally land their first visit to a tech conference, and the weight of evidence is telling them that their gender is best suited to advertising via cleavage?

Here's a tip, talk to a few women who have been in tech for a while and get their perspective before merrily raising your flag for the status quo.

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Re: Not worth going then

I'm well aware that the use of the word 'things' was largely a figure of speech. However it was a particularly unfortunate figure of speech given the objectification inherent in the statement as a whole, hence my choice to highlight it.

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Re: Not worth going then

"At all too many trade shows, the booth babes are the only things worth looking at."

Thank you for demonstrating for us the primary reason this decision was the right one.

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Silicon Valley powers: Let mass spying die in May 2015 – it's bad for privacy (and business)

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Bingo cards at the ready.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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The value of the free market is supposed to be in ensuring good products/services for customers through competition, and good value for businesses and investors through ensuring a wide range of opportunity. The USA's broadband market has neither value for customers due to lack of competition, nor good value for prospective competitors due to the initial cost of entry.

Not that I'm saying the UK is brilliant, but at least the market here isn't a rotting corpse being picked over by the hyenas.

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Ransomware holds schools hostage: 'Now give us Bitcoin worth $129k, er, $124k, wait ...'

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Re: 1981?

I finished A-levels in 2002, in a school that was designated a "Technology College". Although there was a computer network (some of it even on Windows XP!) you still needed to get permission if you wanted to use a computer outside of designated class time.

Class time that involved computers consisted almost entirely of learning to use Excel. Oh, and the art department had just had a £1m investment whereas the technology dept got... nothing as far as I could tell.

Some technology college, eh?

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Wham! NASA claims 'picture-perfect' blast-off for tricky MAGNETIC EXPLOSIONS mission

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Actually the BBC Master System version, thank you very much. So much so that the controls are still as natural to me as wsad. E:D didn't do it for me.

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"The four octagonal disc-shaped spacecraft..." Aaaaaaaaugh! Thargoids!

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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

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Re: Even more URL's

d) A large tusked pachyderm with flappy ears.

Why? That's irrelephant.

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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So what's to stop Ford from registering "chrysler.sucks" ?

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

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Re: So the FCC set up a fight between ...

Bit more than that - Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Kansas City, Nashville, Provo, Raleigh–Durham, with plans for expansion. They're not AT&T or Comcast yet, but give it 5 - 10 years and they might be looking mighty close.

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EU court: Mobe makers not liable for users' copyright badness

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That's more to do with the fact that the movie industry pays for a bunch of people to sit around and reject all the ideas that aren't likely to make money hand over fist. Yes, the budget for the big movies is snowballing, but the diversity is snowball-in-hell-ing.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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Re: Look out MENSA

The guy who founded MENSA eventually washed his hands of the organisation. He wanted it to be a gathering of people of great ability so that they could combine their efforts for the improvement of humankind. Instead the result was, in his own words, "mental masturbation".

Tells you a lot about humans, really.

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Re: Mingers are Winners in the end!

My gran was a firm believer in growing old disgracefully. Consequently, she was hilarious. Sod the pretty people, if I find a lass that makes me laugh as much as she did, I'm sorted.

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NASA 'nauts complete another EPIC SPACEWALK to route cables around ISS

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Along with deadly alien life forms in the ventilation ducts. Just sayin'.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: When I was a kid

Speaking of which, that's what the "Degauss" options on old CRT monitors was for wasn't it? I pressed that button many a time by accident but never actually had a need to use it for what it was actually meant to do. Can anyone say whether it was effective?

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Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin!

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an envelope surely?

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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

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Where did that $ on the second 15K come from? Anyway, good one :) commendations on making my friday shift a bit more palatable.

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Bank of England could mint own brand of Bitcoin

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Re: History repeating itself

Do tell, exactly what is it other than information and authority that currently backs the pound? Or the dollar? Or the euro? It certainly isn't gold in a vault. We haven't used that system for nearly 40 years.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!

If you watch BBC programs through Netflix, you're still paying for them.

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

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Re: Agreed

Definitely, there's only one beverage that should go in a container with height > width, and it's not a stimulant.

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LinkedIn values your privacy at ONE WHOLE LOUSY DOLLAR

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Re: Why bother to be secure ?

"Once we start to see the penalties for crap security actually hurt we will see the cost merrily passed along to the customer." - FTFY.

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'Net neutrality will turn the internet communist – and make Iran's day'

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I really thought we were past the days of "Augh, communists!"

My bad.

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Former Mrs Dotcom hooks up with Xbox 'toyboy'

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How can a broke person offer a $5m bounty?

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: Grzegorz Brzeczyszczykiewicz

The polish guys I work with say that it's more likely these polish people are copying the name from this little sketch and using it as an alias, than it being their real name.

Dude, bro or slick might be appropriate. Also dupek.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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That was my thought too... regardless though I'm looking forward to this turning into an example of why the best science starts with someone saying "That's odd..."

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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It kind of makes sense that the sequels' lightsabers might be more analogue and less precise - after all, Palpatine did a pretty thorough job of scrubbing the galaxy of the Jedi order, leaving the technique of making lightsabers to be communicated from an old hermit with a speech impediment to a young hothead with a listening impediment. Seems very reasonable to me that the later models might not be up to standard.

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

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<cynicism>I wonder if it was because she was a woman?</cynicism>

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Received surprise new Redmond licenses? You might be pwned

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Re: IT professional

As an IT security professional, I can attest to this.

Seriously though. Don't trust the list of domains that Cisco's blog indicates are being used - I'm pretty sure it's incomplete.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Re: Nice Recipe

Until I moved to Belgium, I wouldn't have understood what this guy was saying. However, out here proper bread is a matter of course and the crap stuff is rightfully hidden away so that the Americans living out here have to hunt for it.

On the other hand, it's quite impossible to find good bacon, which is why* I'm moving back in 2 months.

*Not actually why, but dammit I want real bacon again.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: The new man

What's MySpace?

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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GG FCC, Marriott needed some smackdown. Just because a new technology disrupts your revenue stream doesn't mean you're allowed to break all the rules to get the money rolling again. Adapt or f off.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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You might like that up until he bans Christmas and starts policing your morals.

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Apple patch shields Macs from Thunderstrike

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Re: according to a report.

Technically it is fixable in firmware but to do it you have to crack open the case and hook a physical tool directly onto the pins of the firmware ROM chip. Not for the faint of heart. If you mess up the voltages, e.g. by forgetting to disconnect the battery, you are the owner of a very shiny brick.

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Facebook, Instagram, Tinder TITSUP*: HOW did anyone even find out?

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The intertubes are suggesting it's probably Lizard Squad, and that they didn't take down Twitter because "that's what [they] use to communicate"

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: Why should Apple be worried?

On the other hand, it's important to me because I'd consider getting an S5 to replace my S3, and this will push the price down nicely :)

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Last Pirate in Brussels: Put ME in charge of yer IP treasure chest. Yarr!

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Re: a few facts

I'm not sure about the whole of your post, but one part that's wrong is that copyright is not a mechanism to get more material into the public domain in the long run. It's a mechanism to encourage artists to publish their work -at all- and thereby be economically productive. It's an economic stimulus, the cultural benefits are a bonus.

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"Pirate Party"

I think the "i" and "e" are redundant.

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Netadmin wanted for 'terrible, terrible, awful job nobody wants'

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Re: Essential skill

I found the install disk. It was in a locked filing cabinet in the basement, inside a disused toilet cubicle with a sign on the door saying 'beware of the leopard'.

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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I work in Belgium. Prior to September, I needed to use a VPN. Now I can use Netflix without VPN but the content is different (somewhat more limited but there are a few things Belgium seems to have that the UK doesn't). Amazon Prime Video still requires a VPN.

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#CASHTAGS are a thing: you can now bank on Twitter

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Re: publicly visible?

If it's done right, it won't mean you can scoop up other people's payments - it should act as an ID for an escrowed transaction in the bank's database, not some kind of funky 140-character bitcoin. Is that what you were worried about?

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GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

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Why don't MS just have two patch feeds - one 'immediate release' feed and one 'patch tuesday' feed, and admins can subscribe to whichever one suits them best?

(I have some vague ideas of why there might be problems but not really sure. Please enlighten if there are issues with doing things this way)

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