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On the one hand...
...ya gotta love his verve. His heart was in the right place.
On the other hand...what an immense doof! The traceability of the LOIC has been documented here and elsewhere for what, a year or so now? And this yutz still uses it to target the babydoll of the Corporatists? Really?!?
Well, a pint to him anyway...'cuz it seems it will be a while before he can buy one on his own.
Oh, the indignation!
"These allegations are very disturbing. If they are true these actions amount to hacking and seizure of private data and in our view are a breach of the protection guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution." Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, said in an email to The Register.
Ooooh! Puff those feathers out good, there, Brad.
Although I don't seem to recall such indignation when Microsoft software was found phoning home with all manner of details about the user's machine when they did it.
A perp-walk in the
legal gambling investment community. Here' hoping there will be many, many more....
@AC 18Nov2013,22:02 Re: But you don't understand.
Actually, neither do I...
Boy, big.gov sure doesn't like it when the shoe is on the other foot, now, does it?
Seems logical, why have a
dronelive fully functional human with which you ma have to...(gasp!)... have an actual conversation with tell you prices and events if your iShiney can do it for you
There. Fixed it for ya....
Oscar Foxtrot might make a good Google+ username....
@ Big Ted -- Re: Hey you don't like it.....
Adblock in Chrome takes care of most of that anyway.
AdBlock in Firefox takes care of the rest...
Yeah, Yeah, yeah...
Yet another of the illiterati positing the death of the desktop, all due to a new...no, rumored iShiny that has a screen the same size as an old black-and-white TV I had when I was in college.
My desktop, which is by most descriptions is modest, has two 24" 1920x1060 displays, terabytes of disk storage, and ethernet, wi-fi, USB and SCSI connectivity. Oh, yeah...and sound. And you think I'm going to replace that with a *Pad?
Dude, lay off the 'shrooms!
I mean, really...
Did you (by "you", I mean the plaintiffs in the suit..as well as any reader of this post) really expect the
CorporateRoberts Court to rule against a US corporate entity?
Actually, I suspect you are right for more of the surfing populace than you realize. And this, then, might just be the beginning of the end for Zuckerbitch. Consider the following: Many, many surfers simply dump the cursor off to the right, which ends up parking the cursor over some random, nondescript ad. As the user scrolls through the page, the cursor hovers over other nondescript ads. This continues for some period of time, and the admen whose ads are randomly hovered over spend money sending out "targeted" ads, which are of course ignored. At some point, the admen realize that their ROI is not what was expected from Zuckerbitch's new hifalutin' tracking technology (for which they paid big bucks to subscribe to). Lawsuits follow, and (with any kind of luck), the admen avoid FacePalm like the plague that it is.
The rest is, as they say, left as an exercise for the reader....
@ Gulraj Rijhwani Re: Clearly I am out of touch ..
Cue the hosannahs for both No-Script and Ghostery!
So, let's see here...
1) Win8 sales in the dumper (at least, not near expectations), 'cuz Win 8 sux0rz. ... check!
2) No one...and I mean <i.no one</i> is updating Win XP (reason: see 1 above) ... check!
3) Stock price slipping, in spite of showing Ballmer the door ... double check!!
Fire up the vaunted Microsoft FUD MachineTM in a desperate attempt to reverse 1, 2, and 3 above ... checkmate!
Gee, I wonder what the innards of an iFridge look like?
...which expatriate MS execs did Apple hire?
@Kunari Re: Bricked or somewhat confused.
Reminds me of a conversation I had with a tester I work with:
Tester: Your program's broke...it doesn't work.
Me: It works on my machine
Tester: I don't care if it works on your machine. We're not shipping your machine!
...you could test the friggin' code before releasing it.
(But then, I guess that would require someone in Redmond actually having an RT fondleslab...and I guess nobody there want's one, either....)
@ Matt Bryant Re: Hmmm... not sure where to begin with this...
[...] I'm quite happy to sacrifice a little privacy.
On this side of the pond, Matt, one of our founders (you know, the guys who kicked the Crown's ass (or arse, as you'd spell it) some 250 years ago) had a little saying that goes along the lines of the following:
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.. Even though you may think it doesn't apply to you, you might want to consider it.
Really, what else could they possibly say?
The committee of seven MPs and two Lords cleared GCHQ of any wrongdoing over its use of data harvesting by the NSA's PRISM programme back in July.
Uhmm-hmmm, of course it did.
Now, about that "legislative review". I understand you Brits like to bet on just about anything, so what are the current odds that the review will result in legislation stating, in so many words or less, that GCHQ will be enabled to perform what ever data acquisition (read: spying) it wants, under any circumstances, without any recourse whatsoever?
I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop, namely higher insurance rates, and possible prosecution, when the l'il black box notices that these avoidance measures were switched off prior to an impact (even if the impact were not to be your fault).
No, I lied...I'm not waiting for that. Dreading is more accurate....
Under-fire HP bosses have told staff who work from home that they're needed in the office, following the hardware giant's booting from the Dow Jones Industrial Average [...] The missive stated: "During this critical turnaround period, HP needs all hands on deck. We recognize that in the past, we may have asked certain employees to work from home for various reasons. We now need to build a stronger culture of engagement and collaboration and the more employees we get into the office the better company we will be.”
Yeah, like that's gonna help.
I don't want to get involved in the discussion of "team" in the 3rd thread (what was the 3rd thread at the time of this post), but, really, Meg...do you really think there is a positive correlation between having more bods at HQ and the presence or absence of HP on the shining status symbol of Wall St., the DJIA? Perhaps, were you to spend, oh...say 30 milliseconds or so thinking about it, you might discover that maybe...just maybe...there is a much better correlation between getting and maintianing your status-symbol position and, you know, actually producing products that customers might actually want to buy.
Meg Whitman, the poster child for Management Moronity
Friends take care of friends
Now all you Aussie punters out there need to ask yourselves: What was the quid pro quo the Gov't of Oz gave to the Americans in return for advance info on PRISM (et al)?
@ Brian Miller Re: Xerox copiers?
And then top that off with "lowest bidder" contractors, and you have a sure-fire recipe for disaster.
I saw what you did there...
- Multi-billion dollar project.
- High demand security concerns.
- Homeland security implications.
- Government Intelligence Committee oversight.
That is all...
Imagine how easy it will be for Big Gub'mint to keep track of all of us...becasue as we all know, the yout' of Amerika just don't care.
Re: Getting rid of UTF????
I'll see your 6-bit CDC characters and raise you DEC RADIX-50!
And then, I'll get me coat....
@ Daniel B. Re: The historical accident of little-endian
"Zwei und vierzig". Quick, what number is that?
Trick question; it's not a number, it's the answer to the Universe...
I assume you also mean that little endian (x86/Mac) and little endian (x86/Linux) is equally completely wrong...
@ Phillip Lewis Re: @Verity
Alas, such linguistic beauties have fallen away in our language, shunned by the masses for whom grammar is a small town in Eastern Prussia.
Nah, grammar is the wife of grampar...
Re: @Someone Else Always a PC
Actually I think its about the non-sequitir that you'd have to change "all your equipment" to support a different environment. And I think that its about the false assertion that there are no worthy alternatives to Sharepoint and/or LookOut. No amount of ad hominem invective is going to improve those two falacies presented as fact.
Re: In which case ...
I do hope that was and appropriately targeted obscenity.
Now wait just one fscking minute here...
How is it that the FISA court is writing a brief? A brief (at least on this side of the Pond) is a document of pleading, outlining the case that is to be made in front of a court of law. If indeed the FISA court is writing a brief instead of a decision, then we have the Alice-in-Wonderland scenario of the court pleading the case to itself...and I guess we kinda can get how that's gonna turn out.
(Or maybe it's more of a Firesign Theater scenario...I recall the following snippet from "Don't Crush that Dwarf":
Defendant: "I mean, I don't understand how you can be both the prosecutor and my defense attorney at the same time."
George Leroy Tirebiter: "That's easy, son. This way, I can make sure you're prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!"
@BillG Re: Always a PC
To move from Office 2010 would be the equivalent of changing which side of the road we all drive on, including relocating the steering wheel. Everyone would have to change at the same time, including all our equipment.
You'd have to change "all your equipment" to install a standard POP3 or IMAP server? All your PC's would have to be shit-canned to install a standard mail client like Thunderbird? You can't exchange mail between Office XXXX and POP3/IMAP servers and clients? (Hint: I do it all the time...).
Of course a wholesale change between Office and something else would be disruptive -- probably just as disruptive as the change from the Windows interfaces we're all familiar with to Win-TIFKAM (which I'm sure your enterprise is all ready to do, right?). That said, I don't know what flavor of Kool-Aid you're drinking out there, but please don't bring any of it around here...I'm not a fan of bitter almonds.
Re: The real question I would like the answer to...
That's not exactly the right question. Now that gerrymandering is the law of the land (both parties do it as much as they can) and the SCOTUS has decreed that "money is speech", Incumbents are extremely hard to remove, except at the primary level (where our highly intelligent, civic minded, voting populace is eager to exercise its franchise...Oh, wait...I forgot the <sarcasm> tag....).
To show common sense, Americans need to start voting out state representatives, and vote in those who will create a fair mechanism for redistricting.
Yeah, like that's gonna happen....
@sisk Re: Get it right
(Also, Obamacare should never have been passed on the basis than none of the Congressional morons who passed it actually read it. [...])
That would disqualify the vast majority of bills passed by the Congress since the beginning of the Republic. Including the badly misnamed PATRIOT ACT, and every budget resolution since at least Ronald McDonald Reagan, and quite likely before that.
@AC 1Oct13 17:55 GMT
What a complete load of bullshyte!
A budget has to do with allocations of money to various subsections of the government. It does not have to do with attaching riders that are nothing but political one-upsmanship. Now, maybe you consider a farm bill that shit-cans the food stamp program a "budget", but here in realiity-land, that is nothing but political bluster whose job is to raise the 1%'ers up by smacking everyone else down...in other words, political one-upsmanship.
"Due to a lapse in maturity, the US federal government has shut down"
"'Due to severe brain damage on the part of a few key in-duh-viduals, the US federal government has shut down"
It's interesting to see how a Brit journo like El Reg reports this...all nicely sanitized and level-headed. In reality, what we really have is a handful of brain-dead, petulant, racist, crybaby twats who think they're more impordant [sic] than the rest of the country, engaging in a raw power grab that they are ill-equipped to handle. This is all about not letting "the black guy" look like he's doing anything positive. It's pretty clear that once anybody understands what "obamacare" is really all about, they really, really want it. And that would really destroy the Tea-bagger narrative, now wouldn't it.
Re: No surprises here
[...] that screen looks a bit fiddly to use with ones toes, let alone how one holds a phone to their ear with their foot.
"You're holding it wrong."
Oh, the choices...
...of what pocket to put the curvilinear phone in! (Actually, this seems to limit those choices a bit, doesn't it....)
@The OtherHobbes Re: Deja vu
"Electricity will be too cheap to meter"
Remember that old
saw lie about nuclear (or, as one well-known dufus says it, "nookewler") power. How well did that work out?
Maybe more like Web 8.3
@breakfast Re: Reminder
Yahoo somehow manage to be one of the great online also-rans, never seeming to quite be able to make the most of the talent and user base they have.
In my experience, when a talented group of engineers cannot provide a useful or quality product, you need to look at "management". (Or "marketing". Or "both".)
How to get that oh, so whimsically slanted bang (exclamation point (Am.))?
Just fire up the True Type font Whimsy Italic, and off ya go!
Re: PR Bingo
We deeply value how much our users care about Yahoo! and are constantly engaging with our products. But we're going to do this our way, and if you don't like it, fuck off!
There, that's more like it....
Re: Not even fantasy - they are very real parasites
I like it!
Maybe if something like this were to occur, then we vast unwashed could reenter the system with the reasonable belief that the game isn't rigged against us. (Remember the old saying: If you are in a card game, and you can't recognize the sucker, the sucker is you? Well, welcome to the card game that is the NYSE!)
Of course, I dream, 'cuz the fatasses that control the game also control the rule-makers (read: Congress, Parliament, whatever). And I think we all know how that movie ends....
- World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...
- Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE
- Pics Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year
- Storagebod Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?
- Two million TERRIBLE PASSWORDS stolen by malware attackers