* Posts by Turtle

1476 posts • joined 23 Jan 2010

Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites

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Funny People.

You people are funny. First you pay hospitals to kill elderly patients by giving them bounties for putting those patients on the Liverpool Care Pathway. Now you have decided that patients who desire any degree of privacy deserve to get cancer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liverpool_Care_Pathway_for_the_Dying_Patient

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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@moiety

"NoScript" is exactly what came to mind as I was reading the article. If it doesn't support it then I can't even consider it.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Re: The Picture

Interesting photograph. I see that they took a random derelict right off of skid row and had him give the presentation. Why they couldn't be bothered to shave and dress him in nice clothes is a bit of a mystery, though. I guess they would have had to give him *two* bottles of Thunderbird in order to have him consent to that kind of treatment, instead of the one bottle that their corporate budget allowed.

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Wikileaks: We DO NOT approve of OUR secret stuff being LEAKED

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@ratfox

I accidentally downvoted you; I meant to give you an upvote. (It's *very* early in the morning here.) Sorry.

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Sex, androids and violence in Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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Same Old Same Old.

"But Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is a gruesome, grotesque noir story of a dismal future, where half of the world is considered disposable by the other half."

So pretty much the same as today. That *is* pretty dismal.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: "I've never heard of this sort of nonsense before"

"I've never heard of this sort of nonsense before"

I have. If memory serves, an early version of 12 Tone Systems' Cakewalk music/audio production software would, after finishing an installation, delete C:\Temp and all files in it - which was not a problem except if there was no C:\Temp folder, in which case it would delete C:\. And that *was* a problem...

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EU-turn: Greenpeace pressure WON'T mean axing of Chief Scientist

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Too much.

"Greenpeace and other lobbyists complained the job "concentrates too much influence in one person when that person does not adhere to our anti-science agenda.'”

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What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues

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How?

"Theory of Finance scribe and Nobel laureate Eugene Fama's answer – that economic theory insists it is impossible to predict such things – tends not to convince all that many."

Makes you wonder how he got that Nobel. Kinda like Obama got it, I guess...

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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@Daniel B.

"Yet no one judges all Catholics, or Christians based on these nasty people.'

I'm sorry but you're full of shit. There are any number of atheists (including on this site) that will take any behavior by or belief of any Christian or group of Christians and use it to smear all Christians.

It takes effort not to see that.

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Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites

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Not one of them.

There are people who might care about Anonymous' opinions; I am not one of them.

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Latest NORKS Linux and Android distros leak

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Pidgin English.

"He detailed the dirt-cheap Red Star Linux system which contained a modified version of the Firefox browser dubbed Naenara and an Apple-like Mail client renamed Carrier Pigeon."

"Carrier Pigeon"? Shouldn't that be "Stool Pigeon"?

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Dread Pirate Roberts suspect's defence holed below the waterline

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"(recovered from his laptop)"

"the allegation Ulbricht solicited murders is based not only on extensive records of communications between him and others (recovered from his laptop), but also transaction records between DPR and Silk Road user 'redandwhite'."

There are many circumstances in which a person would be wise to plea-bargain; but with the charges this guy is facing, even a plea-bargain is likely to get him decades in prison. (Although there have been people who have accepted 25 year, non-parole-eligible sentences for the sake of avoiding even worse outcomes at trial.)

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

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Ten Minutes.

"There are very many complaints and issues I have encountered when dealing with the creative types that are my user-base, but never have they complained that one storage system sounds better than another storage system."

I have been told - I never encountered it myself, possibly because I never worked with world-famous producers and engineers - but I have been told that one of the more important pieces of esoteric knowledge in the possession of such people was that, after booting the computer you needed to wait ten minutes because it sounded better after the RAM had a chance to warm up.

And I vaguely recall something about green magic markers on cds...

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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@as2003

"Even if the attacks did originate from North Korea, no one is discussing whether it was the work of a bunch of script kiddies or a state-sponsored group."

You think that the whole fucking world is just like your home town, don't you? Let me give you the clue that you so badly lack: North Korea is not like anywhere that you or anyone else on this site lives.

How could you not know this?

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Whew, US cellcos... Better find a new revenue stream, QUICK

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@Mark 85

"Monopolies live in their own world where they expect customers to pay whatever they want to charge. Seems that they have forgot about how a customer sees it."

I have seen the opinion that that's not really classical monopoly behavior, which would consist of keeping prices low in order to discourage competitors from entering the market, so making it a source of low but steady and reliable profits for the incumbent. Duopoly has different dynamics. As would captive markets in which the availability or dearth of substitutes is key. And then there is the inherent threat of government regulation, along with barriers to entry and imperfect competition. But these are all different things.

The situation might be somewhat more complex than you realize.

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US tech titan CSC slapped with $190m penalty

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Fines This Large...

Any actions meriting a fine this large needs to have prison sentences to go along with it. Both for the responsible executives (for obvious reasons) and the board of directors (for, at the very least, negligence - a directorship is not or rather should not be free money to the the cronies of the managing execs and major stockholders.)

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OnePlus vs Micromax: Dream of Google-less Android now further away

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Re: Am I the only one childish enough

One could not think of a better way to ridicule Google Glass than that photo.

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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@Fatman Re: Sony manglement

That's all good as far as it goes but how much would it have cost to encrypt the passwords, for example, as opposed to storing them (and all the other information) in plaintext?

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@Shannon Jacobs Re:"criminally-culpable negligence"

"Seriously, you need to look at your EULA to see what happened to that concept. "

Do you actually believe that all the clauses of a EULA (or any other agreement, such as an employment contract) are legally-enforceable simply by virtue of the end-user having agreed to it? If you do, you are profoundly mistaken.

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Summing Up.

"Even after such major breaches, the company was still storing critical information in plain text and without proper encryption, and Sony management made a business decision not to invest in proper security mechanisms, despite repeated warnings from IT staff, the suit claims."

The situation is probably best summed up by the words "criminally-culpable negligence"...

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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@imanidiot

If the upshot of the global warming panic-mongering turns out to be the rehabilitation of nuclear power, it will have been a very good thing overall.

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Senator: Backdoor for the Feds is a backdoor for hackers

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@asdf

"Noble stand but unless it directly benefits Wall St. financially (actually does but they won't see it) its not going to get passed."

They see it perfectly well. You have maybe missed the various articles on this site about cloud service providers complaining that the Snowden leaks have damaged their business? Or that various countries are passing laws that their citizens' data must be stored in country and not abroad?

Did you miss that stuff?

And considering that this is Ron Wyden, a Google hireling, be sure that his essay and remarks were cleared with Google before being made public. Irrespective of what you think about what he is saying, the *reason* he is saying it, is that it will benefit Google.

"Bets here in the next six months poor Ron Wyden is going to find himself in some type of an embarrassing scandal?"

I will take any odds that nothing of the sort will happen. Unless you want to give me some real life examples...

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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@Codysydney

"I'd watch it for the gay elf orgy. Unless my friend at work was lying."

If I were you, I wouldn't be quite so sure that he's actually your "friend".

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@big_D

"The LoTR trilogy was very good cinema"

I rate these the most tedious movies I've ever seen. And I loved the books - well, I loved them when I first read them long long ago, in a universe... Oops, sorry. Whether I'd like the books if I were to read them now is a good question. And, although I liked the book very much, it would never even occur to me to see "The Hobbit" or any of its constituent parts.

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Mars was a WET mistress: Curiosity probes once-moist bottom

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@Trevor_Pott - Questions And Statements, Valid And Otherwise

Look at my original question: "I wonder how sure they are that the sediments could only have been formed by liquid water and not some other liquid."

Now let's look at your post. First you state "there are plenty of geochemical signatures that - to our current knowledge at least - can only occur with Mars having had a thicker atmosphere." And then - just a few words later - you state "This means that we no longer need to prove that it occurred; there is so much evidence that it did we can simply take it for granted.

So in the span of a few short words you've managed to go from the correct idea that scientific theories are provisional and subject to change (in consequence of the acquisition of better data, different interpretations of the data or of the pre-existing theories on which the theory under discussion is built, or simply in consequence of someone having newer and maybe better ideas), to the completely erroneous idea that science has arrived at something which you seem to think is very, very close to an incontrovertible truth.

That you think that we have arrived at a state where we are able to reveal the ultimate truth in this matter is laughable; I would be very surprised if any scientist actually involved in these matters would take the same view.

What you seem to be unaware of, is that a theory built on a series of high-probability statements becomes a lower-probability theory the more higher-probability statements it includes. Here: calculate the probability of a theory being correct if it is based on FIVE statements each with a 90% probability of being correct. Hint: the probability of five statements, each having a 90% probability of being true, all being true is a somewhat underwhelming 59%.

By the way, that's one of the reasons why astrophysicists, astrobiologists, xenobiologists, and their ilk, want more scientific space missions: because the certitude that you have is something that they don't have. You seem to think that "our current knowledge" has enabled us to arrive at The Truth.

To sum up: your vacuous post and pompous disquisition on how science operates (in your limited understanding) really don't answer the question of "how sure they are that the sediments could only have been formed by liquid water and not some other liquid" Some essentially empty babble about "geochemical signatures" and "evidence stacking up" is empty handwaving. And although the earth might indeed be "one hell of a lab" it is not "one hell of a lab" for absolutely whatever needs to be found out - and it might not all that effective for finding out the natural history of Mars. It's possible that extrapolating from the earth to Mars might actually mislead us. This is what needs to be actually be discovered, not merely surmised.

Furthermore, asking how sure scientists really are of their theories is not - as you seem to think - some form of lese majesty against science. What is actually is, is a very valid question.

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@Grikath: Re: Rocks.

"which other liquid would that be then, pray tell?"

You didn't understand my question. It was a "question". I didn't ask it because I know the answer. I asked it because I would like to know the answer.

I did however understand your answer, which clearly told me that you don't actually know enough to answer my question - or, that you think that question is so naive as to be worth ridicule.

Here's my question again: How do they know that the liquid that created the features of Mars under discussion was actually water and not some other liquid (such as found on other planets and moons)?

Please, do one of the following two things: Either show me the evidence that proves beyond doubt that it was water and could only have been water, and shows that no other capable liquid could occur on Mars other than water (and since you deemed my question worthy of ridicule, I am expecting a very simple and obvious answer) - or, failing that, you can, alternatively, admit that you actually don't know enough to answer my question and that your smug superciliousness is due to your lack of understanding and knowledge.

Thanks!

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Rocks.

"Sedimentary rocks at Mount Sharp" that accompanies the article is an exceptionally beautiful picture. (Not sure if it has been "colorized" or if that is what the human eye would see if it were there in real life, though.)

I wonder how sure they are that the sediments could only have been formed by liquid water and not some other liquid.

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Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world?

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@Def: A good example of the misuse of statistics

" In fact the number of unemployed people in the US is more than triple the entire population of Norway. "

A good example of the misuse of statistics. As you yourself noted, the population of the US is 61.5 times greater than the population of Norway. Your comparison proves nothing. You can compare total population to total population - as you did earlier - or you can compare percent of unemployed to percent of unemployed, but a comparison of two completely different and unrelated metrics, total unemployed and total population, is simply disingenuous and misleading if not outright dishonest.

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Numbers.

"pictures of house numbers were obviously being used to improve google maps..."

Google can give me a house number if they want but they *never* get a right answer from me. I will *always* sabotage the answer, either by leaving out or, conversely, inserting a digit, or interchanging 1's and 7's, 0's and 8's, 9's and 4's, etc. The important thing is that the number they get is as different as possible from the actual number in the image. For example, changing 7038 to 7036 is not really worthwhile, but changing it to 138 is very satisfying indeed.

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US parking operator: YEP, hackers got your names, credit card numbers, secret codes...

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Free. As In "Free".

"Every organisation must understand the current avenues used to attack payment systems, but must also go beyond that knowledge to completely analyse their entire infrastructure to be certain that it is configured as intended, that security zones are properly configured and enforced, all network devices are hardened against potential attack, any network-accessible vulnerabilities are prioritised first for patching, and generally continuously audit the entire infrastructure to discover any violations of the security architecture before it can be exploited,”

Can they get this done for free?

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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In fact.

"If you change the base to 8 you can calculate pie as 3.1recurring alot easier to use"

As easy as pie, in fact.

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SUPER-SUEBALL heading IBM's way in Australia

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Pentagon.

"The project initially had a budget of AU$6 million...Things snowballed from there, with the project eventually costing well over a billion dollars...."

This is very very impressive. Not even the Pentagon could manage something like this.

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Weather Channel forecast: Bleak, with prolonged XSS

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What a coincidence!

What a coincidence! I had been using weather.com for years, but stopped about a week ago, after they rolled out their new, less usable site design, which lets you have even *less* information on the screen at one time than before - and "before" was already a disimprovement from their previous layout.

For some reason, website designers think that people go to websites in order to click buttons and play with gadgets than accomplish a purpose.

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Men, Women and Children: Shows how crap the internet is via the medium of crap film

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@cambsukguy

"I did say I was tolerant of dodgy plots. At least lots more people have now heard of Turing and mostly a positive viewpoint, hell, if Keira Knightly would marry him, he must be okay."

The Imitation Game is pretty nearly 100% bullshit. I doubt there are really all that many people who haven't heard of Turing as he's been the poster child for gay rights for quite a long time now. This movie is not about Turing to any significant degree, it's about a nearly completely fictional character who happens to have Turing's name.And there is nothing positive about the chief character first uncovering and then abetting a spy in Bletchley Park. Difficult to believe that the real Turing would have done that.

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'America radicalised me!' cries Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom

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Responsibility.

"Socially responsible companies wouldn’t want to bamboozle their users..."

But financially responsible companies would.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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@bazza Re: Irony

"Their own staff are a valuable beta testing resource, yet they're not using them for this purpose"

Of course not. Their staff has *real* work to do.

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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

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As usual...

As usual, demands for equality turn out to be demands for preferential and discriminatory hiring practices.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Bucket "T"

" I started with the chassis of a Mk. VI Bentley that had been in a field (forming part of the fence) for 15 years. It had the rear axle, the front suspension and nothing else. It was also considerably lightened; not for racing but by rust. You can imagine the first steps – strip bits off, sandblast chassis, paint, refurbish bits, bolt back on."

Reminds me of a very old track by the Who, "Bucket T" which goes :"Found her in a barn in Tennessee / Paid five bucks for my Bucket T / Took me three years of sweat and blood / To clean off all of that Tennessee mud..."

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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Re: Thicker ice is a sign of increased temps

"'Get Ready for some tin pot science' I prefer 'pot still' science. Let me explain...."

*I* think it's "pot head" science and I don't think that there's any need to explain.

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US taxmen won't say WHY they're probing Microsoft. So Redmond is suing the IRS

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Meanwhile...

"The biggest corporate tax evader in the history of the United States should not only be dissolved, but all those founders and board members, whether knowingly or not, be placed in prison for no less then twenty years for their crimes. The IRS will be closing the doors on this company soon!"

Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth...

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Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app

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Close.

"Wolfe is said to be close to one of Bumble's reported financial backers,..."

Wink wink nudge nudge.

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Onions

"Google is running the subscription system on a "very limited" trial run. The handful of participating sites include The Onion..."

Oh, I remember The Onion! I used to go to their site pretty regularly but that was a long time ago. Before they started to put less and less stuff to read in favor of more and more stuff to watch...

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Vocabulary.

Irony Alert: note that I used the same spelling that's in the article (in spite of that fact that it was changed after I posted my comment.)

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Vocabulary.

"As you'd expect for a book aimed at preteen doll players this isn't Hemmingway."

Why not? The vocabulary's too extensive for it to be Hemmingway?

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What should America turn to for web advice? That's right: GOV.UK – says ex-Obama IT guru

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Emulating the UK.

"Pahlka's solution while back in the Bay Area is to try to push a sense of civic duty onto Silicon Valley's best and brightest: 'There has been an economic boom but it's not benefiting everybody. The idea is to get people to think that it's your duty to go into government, even for a short time, in order to fix things.'"

Clever. She's appealing to the very people who are themselves the "root cause" of why any economic booms are not benefiting everyone. In fact those are the people who set up their own bus services for their employees only. And who are pushing low and even middle income people out of that very Bay Area where she evidently gave her harangue. Their idea of how to "fix things" (as exemplified in the Hargreaves aka the Google report) is to give themselves every greater freedom of action at everyone else's expense. When they're not burning through venture capital they're evading taxes. That's what they're best at. There's a reason that Libertarianism is so popular in Silicon Valley - they want everyone to work for semi-starvation wages, in a world where you can either drive for Uber or work in an Amazon warehouse. We could have more people like Andrew MacLaughlin - working for the White House by day and illegally consulting with his former comrades at his former employer, Google at night. And in the day, too. Well whenever he damn well feels like it.

And emulating the UK is exactly what we don't need for fuck's sake! Do we *really* need more boondoggles like smart meters, or forcing everyone to share their medical records, or teaching kids how to code to insure a larger (and therefore lower paid) cohort of programmers for their future employers in the tech industry? Do we need to expropriate all our photographers and make sure that Google can use all the IP it wants both at no cost and at the expense of those who created it?

Stuff like this scares me, it really does.

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Fake antivirus scams: It's a $120m business – and alleged ringleaders have just been frozen

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@Coen Dijkgraaf

"<joke>The only way to be sure is to nuke them from orbit</joke>"

Or, let's say, confiscate the proceeds of the swindle and put the perpetrators in prison for a long, long time.

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Mozilla re-negotiates Google multi-million dollar sugar-daddy deal

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Not Very Closely At All.

"'This doesn’t couple us very closely to Google,' he said, 'and we don't need air to breathe or food to eat either. We are idealists and consequently above all that.'"

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Adobe appoints former Reg man as open-source chief mobile lead

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Maybe...

"Adobe appoints former Reg man as open-source chief mobile lead"

Maybe they didn't know.

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Hacker Hammond's laptop protected by pet password

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Re: 1, 2, 3, 4

"The shield code is 1, 2, 3, 4. That's the same code I have on my luggage"

I actually laughed when I read this.

Thanks!

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