* Posts by Turtle

1675 posts • joined 23 Jan 2010

The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

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@Michael Wojcik

"Alas, sociobiology is alive and well. It's a convenient refuge for a particular type of sophomoric thinker who wants to ascribe simple, foundational causes to human behavior and sweep both complexity and ethical responsibility under the rug."

Your caricature of sociobiology (and, more than likely, evolutionary psychology) is also an example of "sophomoric thinking" - the kind that can not tolerate the idea that there might be any impediments to achievement of human perfection by political means. Because how could anything be true if Michael Wojcik (or Gould, or Lewontin, or anyone else) doesn't like its political implications and if it might prevent his preferred version of Utopia from becoming a reality?

Moreover your strident denial of the influence of genetically-programmed behavioral predispositions and its corollary that human behavior is freely manipulable forms the basis for the excesses of Communist Russia, Mao's China, Khmer Rouge - these being not unique but merely among the most excessive of many efforts by many governments (of many ostensible political tendencies) to regulate too many facets of individual and societal life.

And in the way that it posits an extreme hiatus between human beings and all other animal life, it's on a level with creationism.

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Re: Dating sites

"What I will say is that I did set up a fake female ID 'to see what would happen', and within minutes of setting up the account, without a photo, the ID was bombarded by other men, the number of messages went into multiples of 10 within an hour. That certainly did not happen the other way 'round!"

Reminds me of this: A guy in an irc channel I would sometimes go to, to told me he had changed his nick, logged on to a channel for lesbians, and was immediately inundated with private messages.

Sort of an interesting parallel.

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Re: "Women can use the site for free"

"What a failure."

That depends on your definitions.

Perhaps it was a success in that it enlivened the lives of some men with an apparently-plausible fantasy. This really needs to be taken into account, I am sorry to have to say.

One might well think that for at least some of the men using the site, this was about as close as they're going to get to a real woman and they were certainly under the impression that there were many desirable women on the site - because that's what the internet is; and that's what human imagination does.

(Example: note that for all the stories on this site, the pictures which accompanied the stories were all of young, well-maintained people - as opposed, for example and contrast, to grossly overweight people with questionable hygiene. Which do you think would be closer to the underlying reality?)

Or one might think that the website was a success - for the people who ran it - in that it made quite a bit of money: even the paid deletions earned them a good $4 million (rounding off to 200,000 deletions at $20 per.). It would appear that the website was a goldmine, but that might change depending on the legal fallout.

(In spite of the T&C's stating that some of the profiles were "created for amusement" I think that the fact that nearly all of the supposed women were non-existent goes far far beyond what such a disclaimer should allow them to get away with. Hopefully they will be made to disgorge, at the very least. This is a separate question from their culpability for letting the user data end up plastered all over the internet - such cases need to be punishable by imprisonment.)

Depending on one's point of view and definitions, the site might or might not have been a "success" but it certainly was a fraud. Even for me, having a very low opinion of the internet, the reality was astonishing.

As someone once put it: No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.

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Spaniard claims WWII WAR HERO pigeon code crack. Explain please

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IP over Avian Carriers RFC 1149

"IP over Avian Carriers (RFC 1149) is an Internet protocol for the transmission of messages via homing pigeon." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homing_pigeon also the following:)

"In September 2009, a South African IT company based in Durban pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a data packed 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country's biggest internet service provider, Telkom. The pigeon, Winston, took an hour and eight minutes to carry the data 80 km (50 miles). In all, the data transfer took two hours, six minutes, and fifty-seven seconds—the same amount of time it took to transfer 4% of the data over the ADSL." (ibid)

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Manchester skeptics annexed in hostile digital power grab

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Rather More Than A "Fault".

"Our fault was being naive enough to believe that no-one in our membership would behave in such a way"

This is a very telling remark. Indicative of profound self-complacency. It's the sort of remark that one would hear from a member of any cult-like sect in the same situation. Also the basis for any number of affinity frauds. Expect it to occasion no serious self-examination at all.

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FireEye intern VXer pleads guilty for Darkode droid RAT ruse

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@Bloakey1 Re: admin known as Sp3cal1st

"Might be tipping hat to military, SP3 used to be equivalent to E4 and was a master specialist as for Cal and 1st that could be unit stuff."

Naaah. He's tipping his hat to the version of Win XP that he's using: SP3.

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Facebook profiles? They're not 'personal data' Mr Putin

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A Truck. A Big One. A KAMAZ 5490, For Example.

"Facebook said it would not comment on the speculations, adding 'we regularly meet with government officials and have nothing more to share at this time.'”

That's the problem right there - and the solution is so easy! They only need to take a truckload of cash to one of those meetings, and then it would all work out the way they want.

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Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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Vengeance Is Theirs.

"Looking at the list of supported devices, there are now no Samsung TVs or BluRays from before 2012, and no LG BluRay players listed at all."

Planned obsolescence - with a vengeance!

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Why is the smart home insecure? Because almost nobody cares

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*I* Care. And In My Home, That's All That Matters.

"Why is the smart home insecure? Because almost nobody cares"

Well, *I* care. And that's why I won't be buying any "smart" appliances at all. Insecurity problem solved!

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Krebs: I know who hacked Ashley Madison

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@Anonymous Coward: Nearly 100% Fraudulent.

"the ultimate sausage party: This article explains everything with the data anyway. http://gizmodo.com/almost-none-of-the-women-in-the-ashley-madison-database-1725558944"

/speechless

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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@gerdesj Re: Cite

"If this is important enough then s/he who publishes first gets to claim willy waving rights."

It's not important, it's string theory, which some people confuse with physics. But it isn't physics, it's a failed research program culminating in the "multiverse" - a device to explain away the failure of the research program that spawned it. It represents a vast waste of intellectual and scientific energy.

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NHS site defaced with screed protesting Syrian conflict

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@Ralph B Re: Well, I see their point ...

"I mean, why hasn't the UK's National Health Service website ever spoken up against the three years of massacres that occur in Syria?"

Yes, but now that the website's been defaced, the whole world is going to sit up and take notice!

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Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

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@Dave 15 Re: They are probably right

"That the Russians and Chinese spy on their folk does NOT make it more acceptable that the UK spies on its people or the US spies on everybody"

If you think that the US is the only one attempting to spy on everyone or that the other countries only spy on their own citizens and residents of their own countries, then you are deluding yourself. They are all engaged in as much surveillance as they can manage.

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Re: Death To Spies!

"'Smert' Shpionam 'I think"

You are correct. I am not sure what the inverted caret over the "e" signifies but I have never seen it used to transliterate Russian. An unadorned "e" would have been both sufficient and correct.

The inverted caret over the second "s" however is commonly used to denote an "sh" but not commonly used in transliterating Russian; I have mostly seen it used in Eastern European Slavic languages written in the Latin alphabet where the letter with caret is native to the language. In other words, it gets the correct sound across, but in this case it's an eccentric and little-used way of conveying it.

The first word, "Smert'", (death) is one of those Russian words that can be written using characters from the Latin alphabet solely, like so: CMEPTb.

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Second Ashley Madison dump prompts more inside-job speculation

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Re: An ALM self-driving CEO?

"And why is 'a former commander of Unit 8200' commenting? If there is one thing I fear it's Israel-spook-affiliated things in the network. In bad cases, the PFY will be found having emitted a suicide note all of a sudden. NOPE!"

Maybe someone asked him. His opinions on matters like this would seem to have value. Of course, if you want to use this as more "evidence" of what you read in "The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion" and Henry Ford's "The International Jew" then nothing's going to stop you.

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Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

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@ Steve Crook - A Great Quote!

"Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales?"

An outstanding line from an outstanding movie! In fact I'd have to list it as one of the all-time great movie quotes. (I have read the play too but don't recall if that line was in it.)

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Candor.

"Spotify is constantly innovating and evolving its service to deliver the best possible experience for our users."

And by "their users" they mean those corporate entities who pay to "use" the information that Spotify extracts from their subscribers.

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Ashley Madison wide open to UK privacy lawsuits, claim lawyers

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Here's What I Was Hoping To Find Out.

How about explaining the means by which the statement "anyone suing for breach of privacy could expose themselves to greater risk of divorce proceedings" implies that "ALM customers are dirty, dirty cheaters". 'Cause that's some bizarre logic there.

And as for your statement "I don't think that married men on the site are going to step forward at all." - I'd like to hear why married men wouldn't step forward, because I expect that your answer would be something along the lines of "anyone suing for breach of privacy could expose themselves to greater risk of divorce proceedings". But you can prove me wrong.

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Users And What They're Using.

"With all the extra publicity, Ashley Madison is only going to be getting more users.."

I'll tell you what kind of "users" they're going to be getting: drug users. Because any man who will sign up with a sleaze site having that kind of track record, and whose clientele is 90% male, just has to be on drugs.

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Re: Wait a minute

"'anyone suing for breach of privacy could expose themselves to greater risk of divorce proceedings.' Ok, ok, the clear editorial stance on this issue is that ALM customers are dirty, dirty cheaters."

You don't think that stating that a person attempting to sue ALM and therefore publicly admitting to having used the site in order to have an adulterous affair would be risking the wrath and resentment of their spouse - both for the adulterous intentions and the subsequent public humiliation? To me, the statement that you criticize seems like a very straightforward statement of fact, as opposed to a moral judgement.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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@Mark 85 Re: The seem to be going in an unsavory direction...

"I guess it's time to go have a look at the various flavors of Linux."

Guess again., If none of Microsoft's Win 10 shenanigans up to this point haven't gotten you to actually move to Linux then there's no reason why this particular shenanigan should be the deciding factor.

If Win10's "updates are installed without your consent or even knowledge" feature hasn't put you off, then why should *this*? Because you want full information about updates that you have no choice about having installed? And because you need detailed knowledge about updates that you won't know about at all?

Or, to put it another way: If you swallowed everything up to now, you will have no trouble swallowing this too.

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Ex-Prez Bush, Cheney sued for email, phone spying during Olympics

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Gimmicks.

"When in office, Anderson was a vocal opponent of the domestic surveillance program carried out by the government and was a fierce critic of George Bush. He called for Bush's impeachment over the Iraq War and has been active in investigating cases of surveillance overreach. '

This guy was the fucking mayor of Salt Lake City. And he's not the only politician that uses this particular gimmick.

For example: where I live, we have a city council that likes to pass resolutions on world affairs. Because it's much, much easier to pass resolutions and rename streets than to ameliorate the housing shortage, skyrocketing rents, barely-functional school systems, the high cost of public transportation, corruption... Shit like this gives the voters the illusion that their local elected representatives are doing something when, in fact, they're not. You know: "The school's are unsafe? But we named a street after Nelson Mandela! So everything's good."

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

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Taking A Dump On Users and Operators Alike.

Does this second dump make it more likely that the "hack" was actually an inside job? That this might have been an inside job was mooted in an earlier story but the possibility seems to be been either forgotten or, perhaps, dismissed. If dismissed, it would be interesting to know why.

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The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

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Re: "The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?"

"If I had to guess I would say the majority never cheated on anyone using this site."

Considering that 90 to 95% of the sites users were men, I'd have to figure that very few of the men were successful at all - and if a woman needed to register here, I expect that, unless she was shall we say a professional and this was a way of finding new clients, then she was nothing worth bragging about, either. I feel kinda bad for such.

I wonder if the site's owners can be sued by people whose names showed up in the database but who never actually registered but rather who were registered by someone else using their name and email. And by people who paid to have their information deleted yet wasn't deleted - they'd seem to have a good case too.

Also waiting to see if this turns out to be an inside job.

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"The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?"

"The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?"

Yes.

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Holes found in Pocket Firefox add-on

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Semantical Objections.

"... the popular Pocket add-on bundled with Firefox"

I have to take exception to calling Pocket a "bundled add-on", because it's actually baked into Firefox and can not be removed, even though one can remove it from the toolbar. But that only hides it; it's still there.

And how popular is it, actually? Aside from the circumstance that every Firefox installation is burdened with this crap, how many people actually use it?

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FCC: No, Dish, you're not a 'small business' so forget the $3bn price cut

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I wonder...

"The last such auction brought $45bn in total for the government."

I wonder what they spent it on.

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Rambus decides to enter the semiconductor chip manufacturing game

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@John Savard Re: Uh

"If Rambus manufactures components that are compatible with current memory standards, won't they have to enter a patent cross-licensing pool?"

No, not if they manufacture standards-compliant devices which by definition require the use standard-essential patents, which patents must turn be licensed by the patent-holder to anyone who wants to implement the standard which requires those patents, on a FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) basis, meaning basically that anyone who wants a license to use the patent can get one, and everyone pays roughly the same very nominal rate for its use, and those royalty rates usually have cap to them, so that no one will pay a total of more than a certain amount for using the patent.

A patent will only become part of a standard if the patent-holder agrees to license it on a FRAND basis.

There is no requirement that the licensee agree to cross-license any IP to the holder of standards-essential patents nor is there any implicit agreement the the licensee agree to forfeit any right to sue the license-granter for using the licensee's patents etc.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reasonable_and_non-discriminatory_licensing

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A Rich And Complex Sense Of Humor.

"'Somehow we got thrown into the patent troll bunch,' Black told the WSJ. 'This is just not the case.'"

Oh I see he's got a rich and complex sense of humor. Just like, for example, John MacAfee.

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Spain triumphs! Fascist anthem hails Spanish badminton champ

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Triumphantalism

"Spain triumphs! / The anvils and wheels / sing to the rhythm / of the hymn of the faith."

That's actually kinda Marxist-proletarian, with its chiliastic imagery of the triumph of industrialism and the toiling masses.

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Testing times as NASA rattles Mississippi with mighty motor burn

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@Paul Crawford Re: new technology...

"I hope some commentards will check, but I figure that if you had a 2km rail gun on some suitable mountain and were running at 3g sustained acceleration your meat-sacks would survive fine and you would be doing about Mach 1 at the exit point where (hopefully!) the chemical rockets take over 11 seconds or so in to the whole process."

I don't know if this is either feasible or useful but one could launch a vehicle via this method without a crew, and then send the crew up separately in a roman-candle type rocket or whatever other mode of conveyance won't necessarily kill them. Doing so would allow the rail-gun launched vehicle to be optimized for the strengths and survivability of the hardware as opposed to the weaknesses and survivability of the flesh and blood crew, who would rendezvous with their vehicle in space. This might enable the launch of larger vehicles and cargoes although economies of scale (budgetary and/or engineering) might or might apply.

Of course there would be a need to engineer the rail-launched vehicle for the launch itself as opposed to being engineered for space-travel proper - two profoundly different sets of engineering requirements. But as a cargo carrier to get materials into space to build a large space-faring ship, it might be useful.

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Choke on it! Brit police squeeze pirate site advertising money trail

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@Pascal Monett Re: ‘fishing in a cesspool’

"Do they really think that people searching for wank fodder are going to pay attention to ads ?"

No, of course not, but if the ads are there then the ad networks and the websites get paid just the same.

Lexus might be a luxury car but clearly they're not smart enough to indulge themselves with the luxury of having admen who know how to spend money wisely.

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Re: Redmond's not been super-responsive of late.

"Who really owns your copy of W10 then?"

(Let's assume that we all know that the question is...) "Who really owns your license to use W10 then?"

Basically, anyone who pays for a copy or is granted a copy for having met the conditions for receiving a free copy. That Microsoft can revoke anyone's license on a whim might be enjoyable to write, say, or think, but doesn't have anything to do with events in the real world, where revoking someone's license to use Windows without really, really good reasons will mainly net Microsoft various lawsuits. I can't imagine that it could be done on any basis other than case by case.

This is essentially independent of anything in the EULA - because commerce is commerce and the EULA takes precedence of no laws whatsoever.

Additionally, in spite of anything in the EULA to the contrary, tech companies can not unilaterally, fundamentally, and substantively change the terms and conditions in the EULA. The EULA is (or perhaps it would be better to say "may in fact be") a contract but only insofar as it is binding for both sides. If they can broadly and substantively change the terms and conditions at will, the EULA becomes binding only on the end-user, and therefore can not be a valid contract.

Furthermore, while some terms and conditions in a EULA might be enforceable, others might not. No EULA is 100% enforceable merely in virtue of having been agreed to. Each provision must be enforceable and no provision of a EULA can conflict with the laws of the relevant jurisdictions. (Conversely, invalid clauses in a EULA do not necessarily invalidate the entire EULA.)

Of course, tech companies puts those terms and conditions in the EULA in the hopes that most people will be fooled. And although most people never even read them, there are plenty of people who fall for them. As we see.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconscionability

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contra_proferentem

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_form_contract

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illusory_promise

Comic Relief:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-ridiculous-eula-clauses-agreed/

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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@Joey M0usepad Re: @Mage Lotteries

My Original Post: "'A tax on the poorer people usually.' The problem with calling it a "tax" is that no one is obligated to play."

Your Reply: "'The problem with calling it a "tax" is that no one is obligated to play.' ok so some metaphors don't bear close examination" - Neil Pye"

I've actually rethought my position on this. I've decided that it *is* a tax - but not necessarily on the poor. It is a tax on stupidity and magical thinking - which are not necessarily related and are not necessarily found together.

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Huge explosion kills 44+ in China, blasts nearby supercomputer offline

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Re: Talk about risky locations..

"There's a good reason many operations should be well-away from residences... but this routinely gets ignored by companies and planners alike in europe, let alone other parts of the world which are more cavalier about safety standards."

If I correctly recall, one of the factors involved in the Bhopal Catastrophe was that the plant was built in a safe (i.e. non-populated) area that later became populated - a shanty town grew up around the plant.

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ZUCK OFF: Facebook nixes internship after student embarrasses firm

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Relativity.

"Facebook, however, displaying extreme chutzpah, told Khanna that it had withdrawn his internship offer. The reason? His blog post did not reflect the 'high ethical standards' which it expects of its interns."

It's all relative. One man's "high ethical standards" are another man's "low-to-non-existent ethical standards with a large dose of brazenly hypocritical sanctimoniousness".

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Get thee behind me, Satanic mills! Robert Owen's Scottish legacy

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@Tim Worstal Re: Social agenda

"Pay or conditions a bit over market average will enable you to pick and choose who you employ. Henry Ford got it with his $5 a day (nope, it were nowt to do with the workers buying the cars) and the tech companies all get it with those ever spiralling wages for engineers."

From what I've read (if I am recalling correctly) the actual problem that faced Ford was the very high turnover in his workforce and he realized that that was costing him far more than increased wages would cost. I believe that the "pick and choose" aspect / advantage was secondary to the high turnover in the workforce problem.

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NASA primed for 9-minute live test of mighty rocket motor

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@Slacker@work Re: "Brain"

"You're forgetting the press release was for the American market..."

...from the American space agency. So perhaps you'd be so good as to give us some examples of kind of press releases that the UK space program issues. For example, I can't for the life of me recall the press release they issued when the first Brit walked on the moon. Perhaps you could refresh my memory?

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Stop taking drug advice from Kim Kardashian on Twitter, sighs watchdog

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@DrXym Re: Start handing out fines

"The FDA should be slapping her with a hefty fine instead of a stern warning. "

She could go to court to have the fine quashed, especially as she has a defense that would guarantee her victory: she could plead ignorance.

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@Crisp Re: Drugs for morning sickness...

Whether she's heard of thalidomide or not, she'd be glad to hawk it if someone paid her to.

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Aussie bloaters gorging on junk food 'each and every day'

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Food Pyramid.

"Theobromine is an essential nutrient!"

That's why chocolate is at the very top of the food pyramid, along with fried potatoes and ice cream.

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Germans in ‘brains off, just follow orders' hospital data centre gaff

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@aBloke FromEarth Re: Probably air con fear

"Germans are notoriously anti air con -- they say it 'makes you sick'. Although I've never managed to elicit exactly which illness that is."

Fan Death. The compressor makes the fan in the unit even more lethal than it would otherwise be. So their ability to recognize the increased danger of air conditioners as compared to mere fans shows a very good understanding of bio-mechanics. Kinda.

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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@David 132 Re: This comments thread is missing something

"But less facetiously... is there anyone around who would care to offer a thoughtful, reasoned, non ad-hominem argument as to why this data-gathering behavior of Windows 10 is no big deal?"

Here it is: Because everything that you want to protect has already been compromised by your smartphone and your favorite search engine, and by whatever web-based apps and email services and "social media" that you and your friends use. Yes indeed: you didn't do this all on your own: you've had some help from your friends. Because that's what friends are for.

I'm still on XP and all that I know about Win 10 has gotten me thinking that maybe I ought to upgrade to Win 8.1 for the sake of running the latest games and the two mission-critical apps that I need and for which there are no alternatives. I use no social media whatsoever and do not have Facebook or Twitter accounts. I don't use a smartphone either.

I haven't like the way the IT world it going since Windows Media Player 9 attempted to introduce a marketplace into my OS. (Oddly - to me at least - when Apple turned their desktops into storefronts via iTunes, Mac users loved it.)

I might use Steam occasionally but I always use the Offline feature. Some years ago, EA tried to give themselves the right to index the contents of my hard drives and sell that information to third parties, so I have never and will never use Origin. Ever.

For enterprise the matter might be different but the fact is that the privacy that most people will forfeit by using Win 10 has already been willingly abandoned long, long ago.

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@W. Anderson

Having read about Windows 10 I am considering moving to some flavor of BSD. I would never, ever use Linux. And do you know why? It's because I've had two decades of reading ads spammed from scumbag Linux evangelists like you.

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Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

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Re: Laugh all you want..

" ...billionaire boy could not have asked for a better marketing campaign."

Or maybe not. I wonder if Luckey can sue for defamation of character.

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@diodesign Re: Please no more stories like this...

"Let us out of the cage.'

Only if you agree to get into the barrel.

Oh the humanity!

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FBI may pillory Hillary with email spillery grillery

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@Dan Paul Re: Only to be expected (For good reasons)

If she wasn't corrupt and dishonest, she'd be a complete non-entity.

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Samsung looks into spam ads appearing on Brits' smart TVs

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@Stumpy Re: Easily solved.

"Easily solved ... just don't buy a smart TV."

The name tells it all: they are called smart TVs because they can so easily outsmart their users.

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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@Ole Juul Re: remember a strong 30-char pw?

"only 10 years sounds like negotiation."

Well it ought to - the article says it was the result of a plea-bargain and there's a link to a pdf of the actual agreement.

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Lights out for Ada Initiative – women's group closing shop

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@Charles Manning

"How is it that the medical profession managed to transition well, but others have not?"

Malpractice lawyers. Because... they make it impossible to hire the incompetent - irrespective of the gender, race, ethnicity, to which the incompetents might belong. The cost of malpractice insurance and the size of the awards frequently given by juries make it too expensive to hire them.

On the other hand, if a software company hires a few incompetents and organizes them into a committee to - just to take an example at random! - redesign a Start Menu, and they mess it up, there are no real consequences. So a software company can hire incompetents. And some software companies take full advantage of this by hiring no one except incompetents.

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