* Posts by Someone Else

1469 posts • joined 9 Dec 2009

The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

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@ TRT --

It is always legal to quote statute in a court of law. Though any barrister that keeps doing so will quickly find themselves running out of work.

I doubt that any defense (or defence) barrister would find him/herself out of work if s/he were to make a habit out of this.

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Welcome to "justice"...

...in the post-Trump era.

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And with one stroke, Trump killed the Era of Slacktivism

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@ cambsukguy -- Re: Oh, Puh-LEEEZE!

OH, and don't forget the myriad number of filibusters...more filibusters in Obama's first term than in the entire rest of the history of the Republic.

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Re: Oh, Puh-LEEEZE!

But I'm told (by people who were there) [...]

Really? Told by whom? Barack Obama? Hillary? Herr Drumpf? Jeff Sessions? Some guy in West Penumbra, Montana? And where is "there"? At the restaurant where the "conspiracy" as you so dismissively call it, was hatched? In the Congressional Page's locker room? In NBC News's London office? In West Penumbra, Montana?

I was (and still am, unfortunately) here, in a Central Midwestern state. So I am "there". I know about the Restaurant Meeting. You don't. (You still have a chance to read up on it, but it appears you're not interested in learning about something that goes counter to you predefined notions. You'd make a perfect Trump voter.)

Like the man said, you're entitled to your own opinion, but you're not entitled to your own facts. And you can stop me in believing in conspiracies, but you cannot stop me from believing in facts.

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@Bombastic Bob -- Re: net neutrality

/me wonders if I'll set a new personal downvote record with THIS post

Prolly not...but that won't stop me from doing my part.

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Oh, Puh-LEEEZE!

A more confident political left that believes in achieving lasting change through political persuasion, alliances, and building popular support has been MIA in recent years.

Andrew, being not from these parts, you can be excused for not properly understanding what has happened here in the last 8 years. But please understand, it wasn't America's left that convened the infamous "Restaurant meeting"1.

1 Oh, dear...you probably don't know what the "Restaurant meeting" was, either. You do have some catching up to do.

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Trump has promised to “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama” the day he takes office.

Not much to do then. Carry on...nothing to see here.

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The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?

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Re: Never let shambolic panels to replace your judiciary

Welcome ChrisPv, to our little KaffeeKlatsch!

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@ Gene Cash

As it turns out, Trump did bust Ford's chops for moving to Mexico

Ooooh, scary. Herr Drumpf whining to a Ford Motor executive. I'll bet that sent him shivering in fear so much he spilled some of his Scotch. Or not....

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No, Kieran...

Trump also views the movement of people into the US in solely a negative light. He has threatened to undermine the J-1 and H-1B visa system that pulls foreign workers into America, equating it to illegal immigration, which he also equates to potential terrorism. Corporations view such systems very differently – as a vital route to bring in the best people.

No, Kieran, the J-1 and (especially) the H-1B visa system is a way for Corporatists to bring people no more (and often less) qualified than indigenous folks, and pay them slave wages to depress the job and wage market domestically. (To be fair, that was probably not what it was designed to do, but that's what it has become, and what it has been for over 20 years now.)

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Mac administrators brace for big changes to Apple-powered fleets

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@ Coward -- Re: cue...

System Admins would freak, however, as they love a good bit of custom code. Yes, this would tighten what you can / can't do, but if you have issues with this, you need to take a step back and ask yourself if it's truly necessary.

That's a pithy little toothsome morsel, which indicates that you are not an admin. Yes, it may be true that some admins like to do touchy-feely things that are unnecessary and are primarily for the purpose of member-measuring. But one thing that you can be assured of (and that overarching tech firms need to be constantly reminded of) is that the user knows what s/he needs to do better than you do, and that said user is also smarter than you. Stated another way, as I constantly yell at my machine, "Stop helping! You're not smart enough to help!"

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China passes new Cybersecurity Law – you have seven months to comply if you wanna do biz in Middle Kingdom

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Re: Really?!?

I will agree that users need to be told that they have been hacked is a good one. there is an exception to every rule, which is why I asked for 2. I cannot agree that "All security incidents must be reported to a central government register" is a good idea, simply because the Government (in general, but the PRC gov't specifically) cannot be trusted to manage this information effectively. And the reason they cannot be trusted (one reason, anyway) is that third thing, ""Persons who are directly in charge and other directly responsible personnel" can be fined up to RMB100,000 ($14,760) apiece for failure to comply." I have a very hard time thinking that giving the Government such a cudgel can be a good thing.

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Really?!?

Iain Thompson writes:

In many ways there are a lot of good ideas in the Chinese government's new laws, and ordinary internet users haven't lost more than they all ready had.

Really? Please enlighten we benighted masses by naming two such "good ideas". Or would doing so run you afoul of your Sino overlords?

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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@ Ian Michael Gumby -- Re: Like the alleged 'shooter' at the Trump rally

The reason you see Trump winning is that there is a large percentage of people willing to vote for Trump that won't openly talk about it. Don't believe me?

No, I don't. Not any more than I believe your personal savior, Herr Orangeführer Drumpf

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Twitter yanks data feeding tube out of police surveillance biz

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Cynic_999 -- Re: Missing an opportunity

Sorry, but no. No one should have to pay extortion to have their privates remain private.

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@ Oh Homer -- Re: Oxymoron

No, it is correct as written. The relation is false unless both terms are true.

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Observation and collection of information is an essential part of policing. Running over unarmed protesters with a UAV or hosing them down with water cannon - not so much. Unless you are in Pinochet's ChileHerr Drumpf's post-apocalyptic America of course.

There...FTFY

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Blighty's National Pupil Database has been used to control immigration

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Erm...wha'?

Nick Gibb, minister for School Standards, covered his ass/arse by stating:

There are currently no plans to share the data with other government departments [...]

Run, Forrest, Run!

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FCC slams Comcast with largest-ever fine for a cable company

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@ Gray -- Re: All of this whining (whinging)...

When is Bastille Day, again...?

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If we can't fix this printer tonight, the bank's core app will stop working

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@ Peter Gathercole -- Re: Some time ago...

Thank you, Peter, for that walk down Memory Ln.

Here's to you! ---->

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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

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Re: Everything has a wire somewhere

It would be too difficult to convince the current set of morons in Congress that there could be such a thing as "wireless fraud"

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WhatsApp, Apple and a hidden source code F-bomb: THE TRUTH

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@heyrick -- Re: Having read all these comments

You have flabber?

Who knew....

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Hello, Star Trek? 25th Century here: It's time to move on

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OK, I get it!

You don't like the turn Star Trek has taken, so you see it as your Sacred Duty™ to trash the franchise and anything associated with it. Fine! I get it! Now, bugger off and allow those of us who don't hate it to not hate it in peace.

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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bunch of elbow wanking cockatoos!

Too friggin' funny! Can I use it?

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@ Red Bren -- Re: Adult conversation

Look what you went and made me do ------>

(I'd put up the beer icon, but I don't know how to get this thing to print two icons...)

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Re: Dear FBI

Well, if he really is a "good guy", then he doesn't need any back doors, front doors, or windows (or Windows...). All he needs is a gun, because as we all know, "A good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun".

Now, if the bad guys simply disarmed themselves....

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Re: Disregard for consequences

...and dumber than a sack of hair.

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Europe to order Apple to cough up 'one beeellion Euros in back taxes'

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Ooooh! Better short Apple...

RjLoQxC -- because I'm informed that the post "must contain letters". So there's some!

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

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@ bombastic bob -- Re: is there a comprehensive list of cockups?

Damn, I wish i could upvote you more that once...or buy you a round

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Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

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Re: Personally, I applaud the use of this technology.

Ya know...I get that this is supposed to be sarcasm. But as Herr Drumpf has aptly shown, bad sarcasm is worse than no sarcasm, and there are some things one just shouldn't joke about. There are yutzes out there that will misconstrue sarcasm for instructions.

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£1m military drone crashed in Wales after crew disabled anti-crash systems – report

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@JimyPage -- Re: The shape of things to come ...

Apparently the Comedy Store records all performers, and Nish was able to *prove* he did not say what he was accused of. To which the guy complaining said "I know what I know" - i.e. fuck facts [...]

"Fuck facts", the credo of the average Trump supporter.

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Re: Well, it appears to have worked as designed..

Well, technically, you do have to be "on" the ground before you can be "in" the ground.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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Pull up a chair!

Popcorn? Check!

Beer? Check! --------->

Comfy seat? Check!

This should be right entertaining!

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Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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"Bungling Microsoft ..."

Enough said!

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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@Gene Cash -- Re: Just one

You can say "I got married" or "I pupped out another brat" or "my car exploded" to whoever finds it interesting, and the "friend's" list is sort of self-curating.

You know, there is this thing called a telephone....

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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WTF?

Users are reporting that upgrading to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update renders their PCs unusable.

And this surprises you how, again?

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You think Donald Trump is insecure? Check out his online store

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Re: Over the pond view

Well, perhaps you "over-the-ponders" might learn that "Colored" (spelled the right way) hasn't been used on this side of the pond in reference to folks of the Negroid race since the middle 60's...unless, of course, you a fucking racist moron and damn proud of it.

Please try to keep up.

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You.

Can't.

Make.

This.

Shit.

Up!

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Re: Evolution in action?

Perhaps not so much evolution, as Darwinism (like in the award...).

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@ LDS -- Re: "PROfessional" or "PROsumer"?

How could she ever get a single Enterprise license??

Uhh...perhaps the same way millions (if you believe Micros~1's bullshit) of "users" have gotten their versions without going through legitimate channels...if you know what I mean <wink> <wink>...

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@ Credas

It's this kind of intrusive bullshit that turned me from a fairly happy majority Windows 7/occasional Linux user to the reverse of that, to the point where Windows 10 is kept on hand for emergency use only.

YMMV, of course, but for me, I'd only consider using Win7 for "emergency use only". Win 10 is itself an emergency, and fixing an emergency with another emergency just doesn't seem right.

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

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Fat effing chance

Mansfield bars are mandatory on the rear of trucks in the US but, unlike Europe, not on the sides. Maybe that's something legislators might like to consider.

What? A US legislature of any type passing a law that would cost Corporate America™ money to potentially save lives of the Little People?

Shirley, you jest.

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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Re: Treason

Yes. Pure and simple. Where is the sign up for the firing squad?

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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"Enhanced features"...Hmmm, I wonder what that could be?

The only two that I can think of would be (in no particular order):

--> Bigger, louder, more intrusive and more frequent advertising

--> Backdoors for various TLAs

(As a subset of the second one, naturally there would be more telemetry, which may or may not be considered its own "enhanced feature".)

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What keeps former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani awake at night?

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What keeps former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani awake at night?

Who the fuck cares?

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Handover of US internet control to ICANN officially blocked in Republican policy

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Re: Contradiction much

Isn't the Department of Commerce one of the three departments that epically failed former Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry wanted to eliminate -- but couldn't remember the name of?

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Ivory tower drops water bombs on dumpster fire

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Re: None of the above

Bah! You want "None of the Above"? Vote Green.

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I feel slighted

Herr Drumpf has yet to publicly slam me in a tweet. Where can I sign up?

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McCain: Come to my encryption hearing. Tim Cook: No, I'm good. McCain: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you

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To my surprise...

...Tim Cook showed much more political aplomb than any of the Repo's in Congress. Way to Go, Timmy!

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

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Re: RSI ?

Are you that lazy a git that you'd even consider such a thing?

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