* Posts by Someone Else

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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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Re: REM?

Surely the way to indicate a comment is with an asterisk in column 8?

No, no! It's a 'C' in column 6! Enny fule no dat!

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@DavCrav -- Re: Well there is a point to this

Well congratulations! You've just written a very detailed comment that is not one fucking bit better than the code it purports to elucidate. Lots of ratchet-jawing about "do this, don't do that", but not one syllable as to why we think it should be n+1 when it is really supposed to be n.

Don't dislocate your shoulder patting youself on your back.

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Philando Castile death-by-cop vid mysteriously vanishes from Facebook

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Re: America

Scares the fucking shit out of me.

Yeah, me too...and I live here!

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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@ Oliver Mayes

What about forums, where anyone is allowed to comment, will this board be reviewing individual comments before they're allowed to be displayed?

Well, Just in case this should come to pass, I'll need to get this in fast:

Fuck

Shit

Piss

Cunt

Cocksucker

Motherfucker

and

Tits!

...and Tits doesn't even belong on the list!

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Listen, you guys on the right side of the pond...

After the choices you have "nominated" for PM, I don't evah want to hear one phoneme of bitching/whining/tut-tutting/etc about our choices for President. You have explicitly disqualified yourselves from any high ground (moral or otherwise) in that respect.

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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@ Pompous Git -- Re: How about...

Call me a conspiracy theorist if you like, but I do not believe for one instant that several thousand emails no longer exist.

I'll pass on the epithet, but perhaps you should ask Colin Powell about emails that no longer exist. I understand he is quite the expert in that domain.

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The keyword there is "reasonable"

At a press conference Tuesday morning, FBI director James Comey gave a lengthy description of the investigation his staff had carried out, focused on whether Clinton has mishandled classified information, and concluded that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring a case based on the evidence.

And then you have Republicans....

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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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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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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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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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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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