* Posts by Notas Badoff

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Hey, you wanna help run the internet? This power restructure is for YOU

Notas Badoff

Complicated...

Maybe it will make more sense re-read a couple times, but I'm scratching my noggin now because of all the moving parts, yet a suspicion no good governance will be in the actual outcome. Perhaps a simple question to elicit more information?

How is this different from how the 'leaders' of Hong Kong are 'elected'?

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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Re: Just now having a go at opinion polls?

Remember this is a politician...

"... about trying to boost votes than ..."

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GitHub jammed by injected JavaScript, servers whacked by DDoS

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Pint

Government transparency!

Ain't it great?

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

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Coat

Ink... ink... the smell of ink...

I still hoard toothbrushes. After I'd used one to lovingly defuzz a drum you wouldn't want to use that toothbrush again. But the print would be so sharp afterwards! Strangely though, the same people who wanted me to clean the drum for the improved printing wouldn't want me to touch the paper after that - blue/black fingers - so shift end was quiet for me, just tickling the holes in the digits and caressing the drummmmm......

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Want a full-blown IDE for Node.js? You'll need a Windows machine...

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You forgot to mention TypeScript

which this new product claims to support, though why Microsoft would choose to do that for free I don'.... oh

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Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

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Meh

Not probing your site, merely perusing...

So if I suck down a component file from your web site, and analyse it offline for vulnerabilities, this skirts around the legal difficulties of being an Invading! Evil! Hackerist! ? After all, I did nothing but accept the files your site sent me, right?

And if people start selling site profiles and example exploits to others, that isn't illegal, as they themselves are not penetrating a web site, right? They're just saying hey look over there that parked car is unlocked.

Umm, okay, now how about the academic and investigatory exemptions? A survey in the public interest isn't illegal, right?

Politics, legal codes, and morality... Sheesh! I'll think I'll keep my head down and keep coding!

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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

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Unhappy

D'oh'main

Paired with the almost simultaneous news that Google is giving up on Google Code in deference to the success of other organizations in that 'development' space, like GitHub, Goggle seems schizoid at best. They are showing all the mentally palsied symptoms of a company too big to be rational.

If they would partner with GitHub and SourceForge to foster the open development arena under the .dev domain they would come out heroes. But keeping it for themselves only? Sounds like "locked supply closet" type company stupidity.

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Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

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Unhappy

Uncomfortable?

"If however, anyone feels personally abused, threatened, or otherwise uncomfortable due to this process, that is not acceptable."

Sounds progressive, except when carried too far...

"“Freedom of speech, in a space that aims to be as inclusive as possible, can be interpreted as hate speech,” the bill reads."

I call bullshit on all these "statements of conduct" that vainly hope to cater to or fend off every individual's interpretation of the moment. Every group is by definition made up of individuals, with their own usually divergent truths and self-prejudices held dear. Disagreements, disappointments, and often resulting in someone blaming someone for those.

If someone's not acting with a project's best interests at heart tell them so, and why. If someone lays an egg on a mail-list ask them to restate "more usefully". We've all seen even neutral plain prose interactions fail completely due to 'feelings'. And there is usually no mystery to those who have been following along, rather than those jumping in with pitchforks and blazing torches.

Quite amazing this progression, that since we are all supposed to be mature adults, we can't act on that basis without worrying someone's feelings will come up 'hurt'. Latitude and understanding from all parties in a conversation is what's required.

If you are more interested in telling everyone you are feeling hurt than you are in getting the subject at hand worked out, ain't no statement of conduct going to help.

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NASA: Curiosity rover's BROKEN ARM doesn't SPELL DOOM for Mars mission

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Unhappy

Unwanted stepchildren

I am sure the funding requests for that continue to get rubberstamped by the present Congress just as easily as the previous funding requests.

(Shoot, I'm 3.5 weeks early!)

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US watchdog: Anthem snubbed our security audits before and after enormous hack attack

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WTF?

Proof of government stupidity!

Oh wait, no it isn't.

It _is_ proof that unexamined private business can be more stupid than is suspected of the government. That a business that won't explain its processes must be assumed to be hiding Hanlon's razor up its butt. As if the banking snarguffage wasn't a good enough demonstration.

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Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

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Devil

Why did it do that? What squirrel?!? Let's check the instant replay...

It's hard enough to explain accidents from encountering the unexpected. (As the SO tried to explain "But the dear hit me, I didn't hit the dear!") Especially when no one is actually paying any attention.

When trying to explain to the police/insurance people how the car ended mounting the curb, I sure hope there's multiple camera angles recording everything.

But, you know, that brings up an interesting point I've not yet seen mentioned - video evidence.

Now everyone knows how absolutely freaked everyone was that Gevilgle was photographing the public vistas for street view. How much more freaked are they going to be that - due to liability concerns and legal defense needs - every auto auto will be covering front/sides/rear views with multiple cameras? Every auto auto, recording all the time everywhere they go!

A wrong turn up someone's driveway means lawsuits? Bwahahaha....

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FORK ME! Uber hauls GitHub into court to find who hacked database of 50,000 drivers

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Joke

Grease-palm

Instead of face-palm splat it sounds like *sploosh* and the lights go dark.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Unhappy

Re: No shitze Dick tracy

Hmm, you make it sound only as bad as a penile wart. It was much much worse.

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Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

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Re: @Halverflake

Halverflake's statement didn't advocate foisting adware on users, but reiterated a reason 'why' it happens. So +1 for your being suspicious but -1 for reading comprehension.

And, you know, it is getting ridiculous the way everyone reflexively adds '!\!SA!!' to every discussion of malfeasance. Hey, remember Hanlon's Razor? Or like, you know, crop circles, aliens, poisoned wells, etc. etc. etc.

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ANOTHER US court smacks down EFF's NSA wiretap sueball – but won't say why

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What were we voting for?

Hmm...

Are the voters electing terrorist fighters? Or are the terrorists selecting voter fighters? Or are the voters electing terrorists who will fight the voters on behalf of ... Oh I'm so confused....

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

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Re: Is this at all surprising?

Turned off the voice recognition first thing I got the new set last December. I figured the 'smart' in the TV wasn't smart enough, so kinda obvious they'd be echoing onto the network.

(I also disabled the WiFi, which again disabled the voice recognition, tho when Samsung properly supports Netflix that'll change (sigh))

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

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Stability...

"The capacity of workers, after being displaced, to find a new job that will eventually provide nearly comparable pay most often depends on the general knowledge of the worker and the ability of that individual to learn new skills," Greenspan said.

'eventually'...

'nearly comparable'...

This is an academic economist talking about the real world, and the best he can offer for your life is: two steps forward, one backward, one forward, one backward, one forward, one backward ... until we decide you are unhireable.

The 20-hour work-week is nigh! Work for 25 years, out of work for 25 years, take the average ...

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Node.js fork io.js hits version 1.0 – but don't call it production-ready

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Facepalm

Code sharing?

You are stuck out on one of the Lagrange points, aren't you? Not sure if you're coming or going, but definitely not in the here and now. And if you keep nibbling away at that asteroid in order to throw stones you'll just leave yourself hanging.

Besides the interesting efficiency of handling server requests (which is now possible with other software combos, I hear) there is the quite nice aspect of sharing code between the browser and server. Might not suit all projects, but sometimes it's nice to cut down the number of spinning plates.

And until Erlang and other "proper languages" are smoothly available on web clients, Javascript is moules frites du jour.

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NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz

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Reading between the lines...

"... when most journalists are either heading home to their families or already drunk."

And so the article we see now, 2 days later. Yep, some confessions are tucked away. Not blaming as such... :-)

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Kiwi hacker 'menace' pops home detention tracker cuffs

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Megaphone

Re: Now is the time

... to punish those who build and sell devices so easily circumvented! Poverty and prison may not look so clever as proper development and testing. Oh at least make the sentences twice longer than the skipped development time.

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URL LOL: Delta splats web flight boarding pass snoop bug

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Re: Flight security not breached

Ah, well a kinder and gentler company like just about any airline has a much better revenge alternative - coach seating.

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BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

Notas Badoff
Devil

The B of Bs!

There's a new B at work. Even B'ier than the B'd!

What? What wrong with saying that? It was an acute realization.

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'Critical' security bugs dating back to 1987 found in X Window

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Unhappy

Use the tools, Jules!

I have seen the reports generated by the static analysis software at Coverity and find them *very* revealing. Someone registered an opensource project with them (free for opensource) and it found a couple _thousand_ "hey you might want to have someone look at these couple of lines right here". And some of those were "I'm pointing here at the dubious use of variable value, but that dubious value was set hundreds of lines earlier" gotchas.

I'm sure it would have generated an "unchecked possible use of null pointer" report on the mentioned bug line. And there are more than a couple other such services besides Coverity, free for some opensource projects at least.

May I ask WTF? How does a large critical opensource project not use free tools?

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

Notas Badoff

Mandiant job order: item one ...

"Give us a get-out-of-jail explanation - no objections to exaggeration and making things up"

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

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Flame

Re: "period table"

I think that was an intentional stupid typo joke. Gotta be, right? Right?

ElReg! You need to proof-read your articles, and not just periodically!

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Marvin, yes! That movie, NOOOO!!

Love Marvin, I live Marvin (well, and Z'athr'as). But that movie left me with a terrible pain in all the sulci inside my skull.

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Culture CLASH: Wuzhen Declaration spurned at World Internet Conference in China

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Inside first, insiders first

"And they have done so despite the Great Firewall of China. You could even argue thanks to it."

Why would China wish to foster non-domestic companies? If it is difficult to conduct business within the country *because* it is cross-border business in the *wrong* direction, well, that serves "build the country".

There are multiple styles of protectionism, and saying you Western companies just don't understand the domestic market is both somewhat true and a definite excuse for obfuscation and obstruction.

Everybody loves a winner. They are fascinated by them, hence the gushing press. And I don't say that the winners are pre-ordained, except in one respect. They will be native Mandarin speakers exclusively.

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Re: What GPS really needs

Warning sign:

Very narrow road ahead

Very sharp edges too...

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AT&T mothballs creepy customer web stalking system (until everyone's forgotten about it)

Notas Badoff

Does using/requiring HTTPS break this addition of identifying headers by the mobile provider? Lovely capitalist tracking pigs fouling up the plans of the lovely fascist security tracking pigs?

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729 teraflops, 71,000-core Super cost just US$5,500 to build

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I don'know, wha'd you wanna do tonight?

"729 teraflops ...

nearly 71,000 AWS cores for an eight-hour run ...

completed nearly 620,000 compute-hours."

Trying to figure out what this means in AWS latent capacity. Am I really reading that AWS has high NN K cores just laying around - unused - just waiting for customers? I can understand a couple K cores just kinda loping along poking the spare database or serving a web page, waiting for a 'real' question to come along. But towards and beyond 100 K cores shooting the shit waiting for a good stretch-of-the-legs? How much capacity have they got just 'waiting'?

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Modern Panic V: A world of H.R. Giger, spunking unicorns and deeply unsettling puppets

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Re: Not quite wrong

I've spent whole flights stuck in the back of a jet between the tail-mounted engines reexperiencing Koyaanisqatsi - something about the sync/de-sync between them - enough to wonder whether the composer had been traveling quite a bit before inspiration. But then I've always had Glass in my ears. I think they call it 'tinnitus'.

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Improving JavaScript: Google throws AtScript into the mix

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Re: Ooops

Two different quotes I reference:

The difference between prose and poetry is not that different languages are used, but that the same language is used, differently.

Elegant or ugly code as well as fine or rude sentences have something in common: they don't depend on the language.

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Yes, Samaritans, the law DOES apply to you. Even if you mean well

Notas Badoff

Re: Stop this before it goes too far

I thought that was called "re-tweet"?

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FBI impersonated newspaper to finger school bomb threat suspect

Notas Badoff

Knock, knock, pizza man!

Hey, you can't arrest me, you said you had pizza!

So sue us...

"On behalf of the Pizza Industry we are incensed that the police imitated a pizza delivery person in order to arrest a criminal. Such subterfuge harms our member companies! Without the public's trust in honest cheese and crust civilization will collapse!"

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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Re: it's an beta release

Here, try out this new fancy car we're working on. Not ready for sale yet, but you get first looks. Here's the key...

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BTW: The brakes don't work yet.... Ooooo.... Sorry!

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

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Was it him?

Long ago in another age, MS stabbed IBM in the back and dropped OS2. A very prominent author got so irate at MS deep-sixing a finally rational API set, he swore he'd **never** write another book for Microsoft's APIs. Was that Petzold? Because strangely I have not in the last several years been able to track down exactly who that was... I sure though it was him, but can't find *any* mention. Very strange, as it was a big deal at the time.

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Flies WANT beer booze and now we know why - yeast

Notas Badoff
Boffin

Re: Evolution

Some fruit flies and the like will purposely select fruit that is fermenting, and naturally brewing alcohol, which normally is *not* a good thing for the larvae to be swimming through. When? If there are parasitic wasps hanging around (which amazing the flies can detect) then the flies lay their eggs on the alcoholic fruit. Because the alcohol helps retard or defeat the wasps' eggs should they try to parasitise the larvae. No wasps, then they pick healthy fruit. Wasps, then they pick noxious, hoping it will improve the chances for the larvae.

Is this stuff cool or what?

Now would *y'all* have thought of an idea like that to check out? Researchers don't stop at "huh?". They love "hey, why that screwy fly/whale/asteroid doing *that!*"

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Bad boy builds beastly Bash bug botnet, boxen battered

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Is that Internet "decades"? Or "dog years"? In other words, not since we last coded such a thing in the hoary ancient past of 5 years ago. C'mon, CGI is only 21 years clock time old. Let's cut the bombast, okay?

No one *now-a-days* would code like they did years ago. Great, going forward. Problem is, who funds the effort to fix things coded 5 or 10 years ago?

What is the total technical debt accumulated across this industry, anyway? How many person-millenia would that come to?

“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?” - John Wooden (?)

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Adobe axes R&D lab in China, insiders blame mandarins and pirates

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Watch this space

Does it benefit Chinese companies to have Western companies competing within China? Answer that with a view towards the medium-term - 10 to 25 years - with Chinese companies now still growing their capabilities. Now watch their actions in the next few years with that in mind. You can not be surprised.

CPC: We put the shove into chauvinism!

chauvinism noun

1. aggressive or fanatical patriotism; jingoism

2. enthusiastic devotion to a cause

3. smug irrational belief in the superiority of one's own race, party, sex, etc: male chauvinism

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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Joke

Re: Always been there or new?

The phrase "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow" is mentioned a lot, but there is rarely a mention, and never praise, for "fumbling fingers". Given a large population of fumbling fingers, all bugs are hit multiple times. Then you only need one poor (but intelligent) sot to say "why did that happen?" and then go rooting around in the code. But remember, likely this bug was found because one person got clumsy with an editor in a script and wondered "where did that crap come from? oh, that looks like..."

Dyspraxics fall all over themselves to be helpful!

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Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list

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The way to characterize it...

Home Depot couldn't fix their own broken front door.

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Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

Notas Badoff

How to win friends...

a) What would be the costs of a lengthy battle with the US govt over this issue. $100's millions.. $n billions?

b) What would be the public benefit to the company from this battle?

c) Profit!!!!

This just seems like a slamdunk to me. No matter what the outcome, their bottom line has to increase. Shoot, they can even take the legal costs off on their taxes, right? They have to be hoping the government steps over that line.

(Heck, it might even make me like them!)

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Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

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Joke

Re: Vaporpus Sapphire

Kids, do not try this at home!

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Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers

Notas Badoff

Ought to be so easy...

"Did you contract to give X. Y. Z. a ride on such-and-such date?"

"They said you refused to provide service when you saw the service animal - explain please"

"And the 'missed connection' on such-and-such a date?"

"That is outside the rules and guidelines you agreed to"

"You are no longer a driver for Uber."

Do that for 5 or 10 drivers, and now you've got a pool of trustworthy drivers! If you don't select out the bad drivers, it all goes down. You have to choose, or you'll have no choice.

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Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

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Facepalm

Re: Was everyone born yesterday?

No, and I wish there was a once-a-day 50-downvote option for the same-old-same-old con-con-conspiracy sheeple-spewing idiots that plague this place. And, dude, Snowden is just the government's revenge against Assange to emasculate him and his reputation. Don't you keep up?

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YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess

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... until the minds behind this are identified

"All of the more than 700 attack domains the researchers have identified are hosted on Amazon, ..."

Well, then, shouldn't be too hard to identify the bad guys, really? Hello, Amazon, would you like to get that mud off your face? Oh, the easy money thing, huh...

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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Unless...

That happens to be Finnish for "Correct horse battery staple". I'd be waiting for it to suggest "me mangiare idiota"

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Weekend reads: Perfidia, Fatherland and The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being

Notas Badoff

Re: More Evolution

Oh, so somewhere between the simple statement of "atheism" and ponderous preaching of "atheists" a religion arises that must be espoused to the exasperation of many? They do go on rather beyond reason...

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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

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It's a new fad.

Russia says Polish potatoes are suddenly unhealthy, as are Lithuanian strawberries, etc., and bans imports. China suddenly has problems with unhealthy APIs from a certain company. You really think this has anything to do with the cited products? It's nation-state mafias!

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BBC goes titsup: iPlayer to News websites down – Auntie working to fix it

Notas Badoff

Re: BBC.com

Apparently up again to points west.

"Mister Scott, there was no deity involved. It was my cross-circuiting to B that recovered them."

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