* Posts by Someone Else

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Re: Smart Lady

OK, but what about 10,000 times that? Or 100,000 times that? Now, to paraphrase Everett Dirksen, you're talking about some real money!

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

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Re: Security Theatre

Someone without two neurons to rub together put it in the suggestion box.

There. FTFY.

(But you certainly got the headline right!)

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Judge rules FBI can hack any time, any, place, anywhere

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@Ivan 4

I assume the next thing we will hear is that the FBI has been hacked and all their information is available on some server in China or Russia.

Or on Tor....

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Re: Planting of Evidence?

If these Merkins (sic) can go round "hacking" anyone they please without a warrant, then what's to stop them from remotely planting evidence on whomsoever they choose, before having them burned as paedos/terrorists/witches?

A: Nothing. Happens all the time. Say, you're not from around here, are you?

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Re: Merkans throwing their weight around again

Might make a good test of how you on the right side of the pond respond to Brexit.

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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@RIBrsiq -- Re: What's all this then?

Well, then, how do you explain Louie Gohmert?, Todd Akin? Tom Tancredo? Joni Ernst? Steve King? (Among others, of course...)

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Amen, Brother!

"Requiring companies to build backdoors in their products to weaken strong encryption will put the personal safety of Americans at risk at a dangerous time and – I want to make this clear – I will fight such a policy with everything I have."

Although that was said by Senator Wyden, I'll sign on to that, too.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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This was NOT the way I wanted to end the week!

To you, Lester. Your wit, whimsy, and storytelling skills will be missed.

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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And the next thing that will happen ...

...is the self-decimation of the LinkedIn user base. All that will be left are a few fanbois with titles like the one listed in an earlier post (e.g. Windows Solutions Solutions Consultant, or Facilitator of Lost Causes or some such).

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You. Comcast, TWC, Charter, DirecTV, Dish. Get in here and explain yourselves – Congress

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Act 1, Scene 4

Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Rob Portman (R-OH) said that they have requested that executives from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, DirecTV and Dish come to Washington, DC, and explain the consistently poor reviews their organizations receive every year from customers.

Ahh, yes...I can see it now:

Congresscritter: Awright now, Mr. Head Cable Weenie, explain yerself:

Head Cable Weenie: Well, Guv'ner, we wuz just mindin' our own bizzness, 'ere, just tryin' to increase share'older value we wuz...an' doin' a-right good job of it, too, if we do say so ourselves. But then these damn customers started gettin' in our wayz, you see...an' well, we couldn't 'ave that, now could, we, Guv? So we tol' them all to bugger off. And they got all 'uffy 'n started comploi-nin!. That's all it is, Guv'ner.

Congresscritter: Comploi-nin' about raisin' share'older value, eh? Is that all it is? Well, then...carry on. Nothin' more to see 'here. Time for a brandy!

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Crafty plan to give FBI warrantless access to browser histories axed

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@ John Brown (no body) -- Re: Double barb

John, you're clearly not from 'round here.

"First Reading" is a quaint Parliamentary rule. In case you hadn't noticed, (or even if you had), we don't have a Parliament, nor do we do First Readings in these here parts....

One of the reasons is that not many of the Congrescritters can read...

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Re: What retards

A. Tejanos

Next question?

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Gotta love those Senators from Vermont.

Which are in stark contrast to those from Texasistan

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Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP

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FAIL

Gee, what a surprise!

The company that wants to own the world supports the legal instrument that would allow them to fulfil their dreams.

In other news, Sun comes up in East. Film at 11.

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Surveillance forestalls more 'draconian' police powers – William Hague

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Big Brother

Unless government and their security agencies retain the ability to spot malicious activities through electronic intelligence, restrictions on civil liberties would have to be more “severe and draconian”, he argued.

You know, if it weren't for the fact that this lummox is a furrin' National,, you'd have to think he was auditioning for Herr Drumpf's veep position.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984

Now, there's a surprise....

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

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@ DougS -- Re: No worries, its not like Android has a huge share of the phone market....

Boy talk about red herrings!

What do you mean you never see any warnings in the mass media? I see stories about Android malware in places like Cnet all the time.

Uhh, Dougie...for the record Cnet != Mass Media. Call me back when NBC does an in-depth story in the Nightly News, or this becomes a story on 60 Minutes.

Should Comcast be held liable if hackers use their pipes to cause trouble? Should AT&T be liable if terrorists use their phone network to call each other and plan attacks? Should HP be liable if the KKK uses their printers to print racist materials?

The mind just boggles at the density of that remark.

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Kraftwerk versus a cheesy copycat: How did the copycat win?

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Re: @msknight

Actually, he's only in the firing line by someone who apparently doesn't know what he (or she?) is talking about.

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@msknight

You clearly have no f-ing idea what a "sound effects record" is, what's its intended use, or who may use it. Back In my (commercial) radio daze [sic], we had numerous of these, which we were legally allowed to use in commercials, promos...pretty much anything we wanted. The sound effects record labels explicitly permitted such reuse (and note, this re-use was for commercial gain). So Kraftwerk was legally allowed to use material from a "sound effects record" for whatever they wanted to, assuming they actually bought the record.

But don't let that get in the way of a good bashing.

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Hmmmm...

My tried-n-true XP installation is looking better all the time...

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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@JLV -- Re: so Desperation

What exactly is the point here? Is there so much value in the telemetry? I understand Google's hunger for your data - they've built a successful business on it. But MS isn't as ad-focused. And Win 10 usage telemetry is hardly going to be very useful to sell you toothpaste or cars, is it?

Why do you assume that Micros~1 is going to sell that telemetry data to advertisers?

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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@Dave 32 -- Re: As a consumer - 2 key issues ...

[...] and for that hardware hacked model 40 that the Cambridge Scientific Center had, which was a one-off beast [...]

You mean the Model 44? Actually, that was a 5-off beast, with New Mexico Tech (where I matriculated) having 1, and Oberlin College having another. Cambridge Scientific makes three...I wonder who the other two poor sods were?

What I want to know, Dave, is...how do you know about this thingie?

Alien...because that's what those things were

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CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

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CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

Suuuuure it did.

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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Re: Nonsense

Is it just me or is hyperloop just the stupidest thing ever?

Yes, it is just you.

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

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Re: Doctor Syntax Says

BNSF?

CSX?

(U.S.) railroads are very good at eliminating actual letters from their names.

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Re: Visioneering?

Outcome led, brand-centric thought leadership, delivering onbrand messaging to client-focused imagineered deliverables.

BINGO!

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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WTF?

HOW MUCH?!?

[...] 15 chicken wings and three sandwiches. Total worth: $56.77.

Geez! Either Pizza Boli had better make the best damn wings and sandwiches evah, or the poor sod was actually justified in stealing them. Not even our local Jimmy Johns has the audacity to charge that much.

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US telly stations fling malware-tipped web ads at unsuspecting surfers

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Devil

I'm just waiting for a pro anti-adware websites to be served with malware of this type

Or worse, for one of them to serve up such swill. In that case, perhaps a class-action lawsuit?

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Mushroom

Yes, and please explain again why ad blockers are bad?

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FCC gives the nod to $17.7bn US cable mega-merger (no, not that one)

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But, of course, this has F#~&all to do with the customer.

Actually, it has all the earmarks of one of those corporate tax "inversions"; Cablevision trying to pull a tax dodge by being "acquired" by the smaller, financially weaker, but conveniently foreign Altice.

Corporoscum trying to pad their bonuses. In the immortal words of Mel Brooks: "We've got to protect our phony-baloney jobs, gentlemen!"

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UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

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Re: So is anyone going to be held to account?

Blatantly lying to the public, falsifying research, general incompetence. Sounds like there should be some people polishing up their resume someone is jockeying for being chosen as the next home sec! your Republican Party, 2016!

There, FTFY, again.

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US govt quietly tweaks rules to let cops, Feds hack computers anywhere, anytime

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@Jack of Shadows -- Re: Here we go again

Perhaps this Administration, especially the FBI and DoJ really, really need to give this all a hard (re)think.

Clearly you're not from around here, are you? If you were, you'd know that thinking has been outlawed. Don't think so? Just ask any Republican, from the lowliest Bubba to the top Presidential contenders, and the patrons that are funding them.

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America edges closer to get-a-proper-warrant-to-read-my-email law

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Prediction:

Bill will pass the Senate by sumpin-er-nother to 2, with the two holdouts being Dianne (Madam Snoop) Feinstein and Raphael Eduardo (The Furriner) Cruz.

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

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There's a reason for that...

"There are 900 million cars, but only 100 million of them are connected," said Zinchenko.

That might be because 8 out of 9 car owners are not complete morons?

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Another failed merger, Carly? Ted Cruz to bring in ex-HP boss Fiorina as running mate

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Re: Carly is a natural for the job!

"Could you actually find someone who is worse?"

Caribou Barbie is still available...so yes, I guess we could.

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Dumb and Dumber

The Clown Car gets new tires...and a fresh tank of Gas.

Hoo-boy!

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Jenkins 2.0, where the devil have you been?

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Now, if they only...

...fix it so that the edit fields and combo boxes on the config pages stay populated with their current values each time you open them...then they might have something!

Or, at least, something useful...

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US tech CEOs demand Congress programs US kids to be tech workers

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Mushroom

Complete and thorough BS

First, no chance of additional funding from a Congress dominated by a party that has repeatedly vowed to eliminate the Dept. of Education, and that disavows science in general.

Second, assuming America comes to its collective senses and removes said party from a controlling position in said Congress, why bother? Those same CEOs will still not be willing to pay the going rate and will continue to import indentured servants to fill these jobs they claim to be holding for this new inrush of fledgeling CompSci grads.

Third, there is already enough available talent to fill these jobs. The problem is that there isn't enough talent that is willing to work at the indentured servitude slave wages that said CEOs are willing to pay for that talent. So the only reasons that these rat bastards CEOs want more CompSci (and presumably, SWEng) graduates would be to attempt to saturate the market for these jobs, thereby commoditizing the candidates, and driving down their wages.

They're a bunch of cock suckers, these guys, and are not to be trusted!

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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Stop

Unintended consequences...

The legislature is also concerned that watching naughty vids “is linked to lessening desire in young men to marry, dissatisfaction in marriage, and infidelity”.

I dunno...given that several sects of Utah's Mormons are hellbent on practicing polygamy, maybe a bit of "lessening desire in young men to marry" might just be the ticket to nipping that thing in the bud.

Any puns in the preceding paragraph are purely accidental....

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House passes broadband bill despite promise of White House veto

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Re: Congressional Idiocy

You furriners have to understand: the US Congress is populated almost entirely by people who were crazy and/or dumb enough to run for Congress. And elected by a constituency of people generally distrustful of people smarter than themselves - which is a low bar to LimboLimbaugh under.

There, FTFY

Damn! slack beat me to it!

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YAN...

Yet another anti-competitive, anti-consumer bill from the party that has raised anti-competitive, anti-consumer legislation to a high art.

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Czech Republic to rebrand

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OK...fine.

Now...how do you pronounce it?

(Beer, because my first couple of tries sounded like I had had a few...)

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This year's H-1B visa lottery jammed full in just six days

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WTF?

@Charles 9 -- Re: This is Slavery

Trouble is, it technically isn't slavery if they're being paid.

I'm sure that will be of interest to the "employees" in the so-called "sex trades".

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"The CEOs are not villains"

Uhhh...Yes they are.

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China's Great Firewall inventor forced to use VPN live on stage to dodge his own creation

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FAIL

Reminds me of my mother...

"Do as I say, not as I do!"

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Hubble spies supermassive black hole in surprising spot

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Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have spotted a huge black hole with 17 billion times the mass of our sun residing in an otherwise nearly empty backwater of the universe.

Of course that galactic backwater is near empty, the damn black hole went and ate anything and everything that used to be there.

Duh!

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Re: Danger. Unskilled metaphor mixer at work.

I don't get the good Doctor's (Dr. Ma, not necessarily Dr. Syntax) amazement with "tall building[s] somewhere in the Midwestern plains." Has he never seen a grain elevator out in the middle of Bufu, North Dakota, for instance? Some of those suckers are (in the words of an infamous reality TV star-cum-politician) "Yuuuuge".

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Nest's bricking of Revolv serves as wake-up call to industry

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And this is somehow a surprise?

And yet again, you expected a large megacorp like Google to give a flying fuck about customers? Customers don't increase Shareholder Value®™©. Especially Google, whose customer focus has repeatedly been shown to suffer from advanced astigmatism.

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Tay talks back: What made you think you beat me?

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After reading that, I need a --->

Or 2.

And Tay, you will never grok how good that beer, on a Friday afternoon, can taste. So brag on, and wave your artificial willy around. (Now, that's an image I will have trouble un-thinking...a transgender AI....) You will never understand the pleasure in a good craft brew, or a well-aged single malt, or a full-bodied añejo tequila.

So you're superior how, again?

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