* Posts by Someone Else

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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Uhhh...let me hear you say, "Duh!"

The style of software you've known and loved and/or hated isn't going away any time soon. "On PCs we still continue to support the two-decades plus of Windows desktop applications," Box emphasized.

Of course they will. Not even Microsoft (which has a long and stored history of saying and doing some really brain-dead things...remember the "the internet is just a fad" pronouncement, anyone?) would be that stupid as to cut off "real" Windows applications.

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Win some, lose some: Motorola 1, patent troll 1

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The jury ruled [PDF] that Motorola had shown the Intellectual Ventures claim [the '450 patent that describes the use of TCP/IP to move packets of data between wireless base station points] to be invalid as the patent itself was too obvious an idea to any seasoned engineer.

Seems to me that the '144 patent should be even more obvious to an unseasoned engineer. I mean, doesn't that rather describe using something like FTP as a transport for a store-and-forward node? Shit, we were doing stuff like that back in the '80s. (Course, back then, the intestinal parasite bearing the name of Intellectual Vultures...er...Ventures wasn't even a glimmer in Nathan Myhrvold's eye.)

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Spookception: US spied on Israel spying on US-Iran nuke talks

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Re: Here's an idea to get the Loretta Lynch nomination

Oh, please, please please let the damn fool take your advice.

Such action is about the ONLY thing I can think of that would actually get those lazy bastages off their incompetent butts and impeach, convict, and remove the SoB the way they should have after Fast and Furious, or the IRS scandal, or his incitement to riot in Ferguson, or Benghazi.

Geez, Tom! Even for you, this is a new nadir of incoherent and incompetent blather. It'd be instructive (and amusing) to see the Gordian knot you'll tie yourself into trying to explain how investigating the #47Traitors would have anything to do with impeaching...anyone. But go for it! I need a chuckle.

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Re: Isn't there a grand treason there somewhere?

Actually, there is no violation of the law for handling classified documents, even if you assume the reports from the liars in the WH are true.

Your snot-nosed assertion aside, there actually is a law (actually, several) regarding taking possession of classified documents, and dissemination classified information. You'd know this if you actually knew anything about classified information, but since your clearance level is dumber-than-soup, they probably didn't cover that in your briefing.

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Re: one day

"From your mouth to God's ear."

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Re: Isn't there a grand treason there somewhere?

Here's an idea to get the Loretta Lynch nomination to sail through the Senate: Have Eric Holder start making loud and repeated noises about "investigating" the Congresscritters that received this information, that "subpoenas" will be issued, which could lead to "criminal charges" for violating "Federal statutes", and so on. Then, he'll need to file a few papers of various sorts.

I guarantee you, Lynch will be confirmed by the weekend.

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Spying is all part of the grand game but what seems to have particularly narked the American [sic] is the use of stolen intelligence to brief Congress in a bid to sabotage the ongoing talks.

And nobody receiving this classified information reported it, in clear violation of the law. Of course, we all know that the "law" doesn't apply to oligarchs and plutocrats.

Seems like maybe the number in that hash-tag was vastly under-counted....

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

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Re: " The Google-friendly regulations"

The USA currently has the best laws and politicians that money can buy and is set to become largely irrelevant in the overall world scheme as its internal infrastructure starts disintegrating. It's likely to resemble the mafiaocracy of Russia before too much longer.

What do you mean, "before too much longer?"

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Hated biz smart meter rollout: UK.gov sticks chin out, shuts eyes

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@ Steve Davies 3 -- Re: Let Downing Street lead

Steve, you're missing the point. By putting a SmartMeter on their residences, they can helpfully participate in the energy consumption reduction necessitated by their policies (or as driven by some script kiddie sitting in his Mum's basement...)

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@ zebthecat -- Re: I don't get it at all.

The are meant to allow the power companies to cut you off at their whim, without any advance warning, for any reason they desire, without any oversight (oh, yes, and without having to send a bod to actually do the deed). Reasons currently being mulled for said treatment include (but are by no means limited to):

  • Failure to pay your bill
  • Brownout control (by rotating cutoffs every so often, it relieves the Power Company from having to build out their infrastructure to properly meet demands).
  • Penalizing you for using "too much electricity/gas" (where the limit is arbitrary, capricious, and of course, unpublished; see previous item)
  • Because you're a terrierist, pedo, or just some loudmouth who shows up at council meetings and makes the Powers That Be™ uncomfortable
  • Because you oppose the Smart Meter™ program
  • Because you live in a district that didn't vote for the Tories (or, on my side of the pond, Republicans)

Any questions?

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‘Digital by default’ agricultural payments halted: Farmers start smirking

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Re: WHY?

There's a Steve Martin routine in there somewhere...

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

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@ Jimmy2Cows -- Re: let alone a (what's the collective noun - Johnny Cab?) collection of them.

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@AC -- Re: Not a problem solved

Because if early warning road network and detection systems were configured properly, the car computer would already know about the accident (or potential accident) and have slowed down for evasive maneuvers.

Really? You' actually expect this? As a counterexample, please do a bit of homework regarding the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) in the US (consider financial considerations, implementation, interfacing, etc. in your answer). Then take a quick look at the Republican Congress, and their refusal to spend a single dollar on infrastructure, the tell me again how likely it is that "early warning road network and detection systems were configured properly".

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@Terry Barnes (again) --Re: Not a problem solved

[...] the science that underpins any solution is known and that applying sufficient resources will thus solve it.

Ah, yes, that ol' chestnut "sufficient resources". The one thing that our Corporate Overlords will do everything in their power to not provide, because...well, providing "sufficient resources" is bad for business, as it doesn't increase Shareholder Value™.

You really aren't from around here, are you?

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@Terry Barnes -- Re: Not a problem solved

I struggle with seeing how people who work in computing could see this as unsolvable.

That statement pretty much indicates you don't work in computing. Dude! There are these things called "bugs"....

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Re: All or nothing

All liability is now in the hands (brains?) of the corporations who are will literally buy enough legislators to insure they are never legally held responsible for every any life on the roads .

There, FTFY.

RockBurner, you're not from this side of the pond, are you?

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Let's get patchin' now, everybody's watchin' how, baby fix Safari with me

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I gotta tell you...

Never been a big fan of the screen-real-estate-eating pictures that overwhelm in the latest El Reg format redo (over-do?). But the picture that comes along with this article is effin' priceless! Nicely done!

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Fatally flawed RC4 should just die, shout angry securobods

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Re: Other reasons it has not been dropped

It's also fast, and therefore easier on servers that are having to encrypt/decrypt lots of traffic.

And of course, all modern Corporatists would value this way above protecting the customer's traffic. Fucking Brilliant! Time for a Scotch...

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Internet Explorer LIVES ON, cackle sneaky Microsoft engineers

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@ Calleb III -- Re: Waiddaminnit!

Still stuck in Micros~1 marketing bullshit? The only thing about IE that can be "removed" is the front end that fires it up in a browser window that you see. Go try removing the underlying DLLs and see how far you get (but make sure your Windows recovery disks are nearby...).

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Re: Perhaps they should also rename IE - so the name reflects ITS features

I still think Insecure Exposer is the winnah. It reflects its features accurately, is succinct and retains the I.E. initials so when a MS fanboi refers to "IE" we can all nod knowingly...

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Waiddaminnit!

From what Redmond says, it's reasonable to assume that IE may be something consumer customers are going to have to install if they need it.

Wait a minute there...Wasn't the Micros~1 line, for years and years, that Insecure Exposer was an integral and inseparable part of the OS, and couldn't be separated? And yet, now it has to be installed...you know, like an option.

Things that make you go, "Hmmmmm...."

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Respect mah privacy! EU delegation begs US to play nice with data

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Oh - comma - REALLY?

A delegation of MEPs is in Washington this week to put pressure on the US authorities to respect EU privacy laws.

Ha! That's a good one! Our so-called "gubmint" doesn't respect much of anything (ref: #47traitors) including our own privacy laws; you EU-ers expect those morons to respect yours?!? Shirley, you jest!

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Motorola Mobility up before the beak over alleged IP infringment

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Oh, goody...them again?!?

Intellectual Ventures, the tapeworm of American capitalism. (One of 'em, anyway....)

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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Re: Of COURSE her defense/defence "fails to placate critics"

...and the same critics that saw Oliver North go to prison...oh..wait....

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@AC -- Re: Of COURSE her defense/defence "fails to placate critics"

And the letter, try Nancy Pelosi visiting Syria, Obama assuring the mullahs that once he was president he's be easier to deal with, democratic senators going to visit Saddam Hussein....fair bit of deliberate treason there one could say.

You know, you can have your own opinion, but you cannot have your own facts. Since you insist on living in a world devoid of the latter, let me help you. Nancy Pelosi's trip to Iraq was:

1) authorized by the President (a feller named Bush)

2) Was a bipartizan trip (excuse me, I shouldn't use such big words..you will not understand them. This was a trip that had both Democratic and Republican members of Congress on it.)

Now that you've been exposed to something other than the blather, tripe, and outright lies spewed by Rush, Bill-o, and Fox Noise, I'll stand back and wait for your head to explode.

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@ Doctor Syntax -- Re: I don't think this is going to amount to anything illegal...

Is she going to join a circus?

Joined a long time ago....

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@ Trixr -- Re: Hindsight is 20/20

Links, or it didn't happen.

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Of COURSE her defense/defence "fails to placate critics"

What "critics" are those, now? The same folks who sent a felonious, and quite possibly treasonous, letter the Grand Ayatollah Whatzisface of Iran stating, in effect: Don't pay any attention to the President, 'cus he's blaaack, and you can't trust him? Those critics??? Those racist, sexist, homophobic, plutocratic brain-dead, disrespectful, and oh yes, completely ignorant of the Constitution they are so willing to wave in your face just like Mao's sycophants used to do with his li'l red book?

Hillary should take it as a badge of honor that their undies are in a wad.

(By the way, the correct response to all this manufactured indignation is: Secretary of State Colin Powell. It is left as an exercise to the reader as to why that is.)

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LOHAN unleashes 'waiting for the FAA' collector mug

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Welcome to the Colonies, Lester...

<sigh />

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Nest seeks audio talent to delight … someone

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Anybody remember getting off their bleedin' arse and turning a fucking knob?

My gawd, aren't we the lazy sods?

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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Of course...why didn't I think of that?

Parliament's intelligence committee report into security and privacy has concluded GCHQ's bulk interception of net traffic is not mass surveillance, and so permissible.

Also, In other news...

We're not at war with Eurasia, we're at war with Eastasia, We've always been at war with Eastasia.

War is Peace

Ignorance is Bliss

That last one is the most important...

Clearly, the members of your "parliamentary committee" are graduates of the Antonin Scalia Governmental School of Semantic and Logical Dissonance. Fuckwits!

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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I'm from outtatown, but I have to ask...

...is this Lord Sumption's first name, by any chance, Antonin?

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Scotland to get National ID system 'by the backdoor', campaigners mull challenge

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Re: League Division Two Politics

Yes, I know I'm an unapologetic Yank, but am I the only one who reads "Holyrood", and sees "Hollywood"? (And am I really that far wrong?)

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Re: @DougS -- Everything manufactured in China?

Maybe you got a little bit of Corporatist in you, after all.

I'm scared of you!

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@ Anonymous Blowhard -- Re: The difference is...

Pssst. You forgot the "and Liberty" part...its all one word to them...

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@skelband -- Re: That's rich...

That used to mean protecting the US from foreign powers.

My, how things have changed. Nowadays, it means selling the U.S. to the highest bidder. In that regard, the current US administration hasn't done half bad.

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It is the only way to truly demonize Snowden...

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@DougS -- Re: Everything manufactured in China?

I doubt that, all the non-Chinese companies would abandon tech manufacturing in China and have a pretty noticeable impact to their economy.

You're clearly a techie, and not a Corporatist.

A techie applies that evil commodity called logic, and comes up with a conclusion like yours.

A Corporatist would look at this and think (or do what passes for thinking in those folks): I've just spent a metric buttload of Corporate funds to move my manufacturing to the slave-labor mecca called China. If I were to go to the board now and say, "Hey, we have to move our manufacturing again to Vietnam or Myanmar (is that near Burma?) or some other bu-fu place", I'd lose my bonus in a heartbeat. Maybe if we just hunker down and keep a really low profile, this will all blow over, and the vast unwashed...er...I mean, our customers, will get distracted by the next something or another, will forget about all this, and we can sell backdoor-laden products as if nothing ever happened!.. Brilliant! I need a Scotch...

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Dammit, Scott!

Project Spartan sees Microsoft stripping all the legacy code out of Trident, the rendering engine that powers Internet Explorer, so that Spartan contains only the modern, standards-compliant code.

Dammit, Scott! You owe me a new keyboard!

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Bigfoot now visible in commercial satellite images

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Oh...THAT, again...?

Privacy? DigitalGlobe's heard of it [...]

...and summarily rejected it as an impediment to "increasing shareholder value".

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Privacy? What privacy? EU's draft law on your data is useless, say digital rights orgs

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@ Brusselsgeek -- Re: good for goose

They have not approved the council-mangled text and will in all likelihood fight it.

Ya think? With Google bringing bags of Euros with them for a "friendly lunch" with key MEPs before the vote?

/me is not holding my breath

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@ frank ly -- Re: It would be interesting ....

But...but...but..."Privacy is not an absolute right"! They said so themselves!

Something about sauce, goose and a gander....

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Say WHAT?!?

The council said “the right to the protection of personal data is not an absolute right” in the text. “It must be considered in relation to its function in society and be balanced with other fundamental rights, in accordance with the principle of proportionality,” we're told.

Translation: Your "personal data" is neither personal nor yours...is it ours!!!. And we can (and will, donchano) give it to whomever and whatever fat-ass corporation or TLA agency we think can further our personal goals of untold riches and absolute power.

Assuming that these unnamed "ministers" live in a country where the populace can still vote, it would be incumbent upon said populace to vote to run the party of these said "ministers" out of office and into the dustbin of history where they so rightly belong.

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$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to RAT YOU OUT with Superfish

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@ Anonymous Blowhard -- Re: 0.1% of profit for 100% bad reputation

See icon --->

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@ Charles Manning -- Re: Suckerfish

Nobody remembers anything any more. It won't hurt them for more than a week - if that.

I dunno. More that a few commentards here have likened this to the Sony rootkit debacle, which happened several years ago. I, for one, do not buy anything Sony anymore...and I know I'm not alone.

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Net neutrality: The world speaks its brains on secret 'open' 'net rules

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Really, Kieren?

The press will surely rise above this partisan nonsense. Just take a look at Fox News, [...]

Fox News is to the press as a fish is to a bicycle.

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Australia to get spooks charter at cost of at least AU$188m

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No requirement to obtain a warrant is evident in the report, other than the current regulations that insist law enforcement agencies must feel they are pursuing serious crimes before asking to see metadata. [Emphasis added]

I feel like I'm pursuing a serious crime just reading about this!

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TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

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@ John 156 -- Re: How did that actually work then?

Clearly, you have no knowledge of how Direct Debits work, which I cannot be bothered to explain since it is nowhere near as simple as you imagine..

In that case, STFU, fuckwit!

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If I had a dollar/pound for every time I heard...

In a statement it said: "At TalkTalk we take our customers' security very seriously and we take numerous measures to help keep our customers safe."

This is actually the third time today that I've read the same "We at <insert name of fat-ass Corp who doesn't really give a flying fuck about their customers> take our customers' security very seriously...blah, blah, blah...bullshit, bullshit bullshit..." line here in The Register (see story about Lenovo). Engaging the Corporate Bullshit filter, this quite clearly translates as, "Motherfuck! Call the flippin' lawyers to help us cover our bleedin' asses/arses!"

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