* Posts by Craigness

1503 posts • joined 23 Mar 2010

Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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Re: Twitter's problem

The lack of a distinction between talking *about* someone and talking *at* them doesn't help either.

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Have you seen what BLM supporters say on Twitter? Given that and the facts of police violence (it's actually not racially biased when you consider criminality rates across races), we have to accept BLM is racist.

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Israel's security minister suckers Zucker for Facebook'ed killings

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Re: I have no love for Facebook...

Facebook is more than happy to work for Germany's security services, so why not Israel's? But there is consistency here - they support one and not the other and in both cases they are working for the interests of Islam.

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Russia, China fight UN effort to extend human rights onto the internet

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I'm with them

The UN has recently cosied up to people who want to use the "condemns violations against people for expressing their views online" angle to censor people they disagree with. They define disagreement as "violence" and "harassment" in order to get opposing views banned. There is no such thing as cyberviolence.

One of the censors works for Twitter's Orwellian "trust and safety council" which is currently ok with publishing a threat of gang rape against Farage's daughter, and is happy to host a similar threat against Sarah Palin (made a few months ago), but takes down criticism of the EU's migration policy within 24 hours.

Do you notice a pattern? This is not about ending "violence" or protecting people, it's about censoring people by claiming their words are violent. Certain words are never considered violent, because they target the people Twitter hates.

They are slow to deal with death threats against republicans too.

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/06/28/death-threats-made-to-republican-senators-remain-for-weeks/ Yes, it's Breitbart. It any of the publications which campaign against "online harassment" gave a damn about harassment of men or conservatives I'd have linked the their story about it, but they don't

This is the atmosphere that makes liberals think they can beat up Trump supporters and assassinate the man himself.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: Grey Areas

If a government makes it technically illegal to take non-harmful actions in order to refuse service to someone who will not pay for that service, then the moral thing to do is get the law changed, not shake down innocent people who have fallen into its trap. This is particularly true when the law is difficult to understand or interpret.

How are you better than a patent troll? You're a regulation troll.

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Re: Already apply

Have you ever paid Forbes for their content?

What do you think they might want to say to you?

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Re: Publishers could simply

Are you trying to get the law changed to make unharmful practices legal, or are you trying to shake down honest publishers who are just trying to make a living?

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Re: Grey Areas

If the user requests an ad-free page but the publisher does not provide ad-free pages then they should be allowed to detect the user's request and refuse it.

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"I have no right to force myself onto a web site which doesn't want me to use an adblocker"

This is why adblock-blockers should be legal. The EU should not give you a right you should not have.

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Re: Bull

Users consent when they visit the website. I didn't want to see your comment, but I took the risk when I came here.

If the information if not personally identifiable, is not stored, and is not used to track people then why should it be illegal?

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: LTS?

RTFA

"...no less an entity than GNU daddy Richard Stallman thinks Canonical is violating the GNU GPL because you can't blend GPL code and non-GPL code. The Software Freedom Conservancy agrees has form funding court actions that test the GPL..."

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Hillary Clinton private email server probe winding up – reports

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Re: @ AlexS

Clinton has been given $20million by the banks, Obama withdrew from Iraq and Afghanistan and handed them to ISIS and the Taliban. He and Clinton gave North Africa to the Muslim brotherhood and refuse to condemn its US branch, CAIR.

Who will clear up that residue and increase their standing?

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Re: Do not understand the issue

You still don't see. Others have had private servers for private emails, she had one for government business and sensitive information. People have got 20 years for far less.

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Re: @AC Classification Game

The deleted emails are a big problem for national security because the US doesn't know what China knows. All field agents have to be considered compromised.

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Multinationals hiding more than half a trillion from G20 tax collectors

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Re: Worstall

No need for corporation tax, as you imply.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/11/tax_systems_the_good_the_bad_and_the_completely_loopy/

"So, in terms of efficiency, it's not that difficult to design a taxation system. Start with land taxation, add on any Pigou Taxes we want (carbon, baccy, booze, pollution etc, we want these precisely because they do destroy certain economic activity), as much VAT as we can get away with and if we still need more to feed the ravening maw of government, income taxes and on up the list."

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In other words...

"how multinationals are avoiding having their pockets picking by G20 nations"

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Re: Well this answers one question

BND is taxpayer funded. You think they want to help people pay less tax?

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Google takes old Chrome versions on that long drive in the country

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Coat

Not A Problem

Windows XP comes with Internet Explorer 6 preinstalled so why is this even news?

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We're not killing Chrome OS ... not until 2020, anyway – says Google

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Re: create an image on a USB stick

Any old OS will have problems with certain newer software or API releases, and should not be exposed to the internet if it's not getting security updates. Whatever OS you're using, if the newer version has features you don't like, and the old one is not being updated, then you are out of luck. This is not just a Chrome thing, but you can install Linux on a Chromebook so Chromebook users have the same options as XP users. Using this as a criticism of Chrome OS is a fail. Ubuntu, Mac and Windows suffer exactly the same "problem".

"Google cloud services on your usb stick?"

No, it installs the OS on the laptop and you can access the internet if you want. The APIs which could fail if old APIs are dropped are the bookmarks and settings sync, and integrated Google Drive. Bookmarks and settings would still work on the device.

Google updated its Youtube apps so Smart TVs were not affected unless they were on old OSs which did not allow for updates to apps, which is what you're advocating.

Yes, restoring from USB does work.

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Re: and all your data is there!

The data remains your own. They have a license to access it on their servers for the purpose of sending it to you, which some people misinterpret as ownership on the part of the cloud service.

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Re: And you definitely won't get a Chrome Vista!

"If you didn't like vista"

Not sure what you mean by "didn't like" and "Vista"!?!?!?!

If you want to go back to an old version of Chrome it's easy: they supply an app which lets you create an image on a USB stick, so you just need to run that for a version you like, and you can return to it at any time. No security updates though, like with XP.

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Re: Wow apologists/deniers are out in force

They have stated "there's no plan to phase out Chrome OS". That's more than updating current devices.

The install base of android is irrelevant. If they create a single OS for laptops and phones which can run Android apps then they can roll it out to the android install base on new devices or as upgrades. This is basically what they did between Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich. They already have an android runtime for Chrome, so it's a fair bet that this could be on the cards.

OEM apps are not related to fragmentations, OEM skins are. They can preload their own stuff onto a non-skinned Google Android phone and have zero fragmentation issues.

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Re: Better late than never?

Google unifies in the cloud. Move from your laptop to your phone and all your data is there!

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Re: 5 years

"In short: end of all development for the platform."

The life support for Chrome devices is for the hardware, not the OS. The OS hits a new version every 6 weeks and is a gradual development, so you won't get a Chrome XP followed by a Chrome 7/10 several years later and be stuck without updates.

You *will* have no updates after 5 years, but there is no indication that development of the OS will end, and newer devices on the same OS version number will continue to be updated.

And you definitely won't get a Chrome Vista!

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5 years

The "guaranteed auto-updates for five years" remark relates to the support cycle for individual devices, which have a minimum 5-year support. It has no relevance whatsoever to their long-term plans for Chrome OS

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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

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Re: Never had this problem...

It's not a problem. You can just add as much storage as you want for YOUR data.

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Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant

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Re: It's the Viking thing

"For once"

Really, just one time? Do you realise that another time was the Sarah Sharp incident, where she made a personal attack, swore at him and in return he offered cookies?

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Re: God help linux...

There will be people checking to see if the work was done by someone from a protected class so they can ask Linus to resign for offences against social justice. All POC pull requests must be accepted.

https://archive.is/kLKc0

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Big mistake, Google. Big mistake: Chrome OS to be 'folded into Android'

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Re: Well, it worked for Windows

Hiding a desktop under a tablet UI didn't work, but adding a touch UI to the desktop seems to be going down well. I hope Google noticed that.

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> Chrome OS is a glorified browser with a linux kernel.

No, it's a full OS with "an actual app ecosystem, broad vendor support, etc" as you claim for Android. Dell, Toshiba, Acer, Asus and Lenovo make Chromebooks.

> Android...ships with Chrome. So anything that can run on Chrome OS can be quite

> trivially supported on Android as well.

No, because they would have to port the API and find a way to get extensions to fit into the UI. Chrome on Android is a very inferior product from a user perspective. Android laptops exist, and they don't sell well.

> Which is why Chrome OS never made sense from the very day it launched.

It made sense then and even more so now, with more support and management capabilities.

> ...you can get a similarly priced laptop that is not crippled.

No, because a $200 Windows laptop cannot be relied on to anything that you couldn't do better on a Chromebook.

> This is why Google's latest hybrid laptop and tablet, pixel c, already ships with android.

I doubt it. You can already get Android laptops, but very few actually do.

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Re: Wow, plenty of morons here!

That article doesn't shed any more light on the matter, it says the number of platforms will be decreased, and not decreased.

From the Verge:

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The move marks an effort at Google to reduce the number of independent platforms it has to maintain, sources said.

A Google spokesperson has confirmed to The Verge that both Chrome OS and Android will continue to exist; Chrome OS is not being "killed."

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The Verge opposes ethics in journalism. Don't give them clicks.

https://archive.is/2GQSU

Those guys deserved their downvotes. Not knowing Chrome has an API and repeating the tired old (and wrong) "spyware" comment are not useful to anyone!

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Re: How could be an OS designed to keep your data away from you "secure"?

You don't need to give any data to Google, or even to visit any of their domains, in order to use a Chromebook. Other than automatic updates, you could block them at your router and have no problems.

Using a Chromebook means you don't need to give any data whatsoever to any website, ever.

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Re: The end result will be an all-encompassing OS for mobile devices and notebooks,

Ubuntu?

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Re: One less ...

> The "less" is this case is connected to the one thing, a singular, not all the remaining things.

"Less" here is related to the number of things we stared with, compared with the number which remain. There is 1 fewer (or 14% less, which makes no sense because Chromes are whole things).

> A thing cannot be fewer.

There are to be fewer Chromes. It refers to the remainder not what was taken away.

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Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

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Gendered abuse

"Bro" should be recognised as a gendered term of abuse and is not appropriate for a file extension, like the N-word. But asking a feminist, as the guy on the Mozilla forum did, if Bro was allowed, is like asking the KKK if the N-word is suitable as a product name. They should have asked a men's rights group instead. We can use Bro between Bros, but feminists should refrain from using it.

Tech does indeed have a sexism problem, and it will remain until the feminists leave us alone.

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Linux kernel dev who asked Linus Torvalds to stop verbal abuse quits over verbal abuse

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Re: Probably not going to help increase the tiny percentage of female kernel contributors

Linux would lose more if the SJW movement starts attacking the men, claiming women are oppressed, and demanding equal representation in commits. Just having women come in and demand Linux development become a more female space would be detrimental, because the way they make a space female is to institute "harassment policies" which are always used to harass people in the dominant race and gender groups when they refuse to bow to further demands.

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Re: It's fine...

"her apparent squeamishness about swearing" was not apparent in the thread where she entered the conversation by mischaracterising what was going on in the conversation as "violence" and complaining the behaviour was "Not *fucking* cool," which was apparently the first f-bomb in the thread.

http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=8123533&cid=50664697

To her credit, she didn't "seriously think everyone else should change" at this point:

> Yeah, just try yelling at me about this. I'll roar right back, louder

Linus...that MONSTER...ignored the abuse and praised her fortitude. What an awful manager!

> Come to the dark side, Sarah. We have cookies.

https://lkml.org/lkml/2013/7/15/374

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Re: Torvalds is a dinosaur (personally)

> One can only wonder...

The product would be awful but the mailing lists would be a welcoming, inclusive hugbox with puppies and ball pits.

> Linux would have 65% market share...

That's down to the marketing and the UI of the desktop environment. Blame GNOME and Debian, not Linus.

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Re: all moot

> When confronted he would produce reams of documentation of minor infarctions by others

Microaggressions! For when you're not being victimised but it would be convenient if you were.

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Re: It's called "hospital humor"

Nobody would deny that it's possible to be mean on the internet. Problem is, it was Sarah herself that was mean, rude and wrong.

http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=8123533&cid=50664697

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Re: to quote from Bill and Ted

It's better than github's "be excellent to each other but if they're white you don't have to be" code of conduct.

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Re: /. dug up some interesting dirt

So she's abusive and supports abusers (block bot and Adria Richards). Exactly what I would have expected to see. Women In Tech (TM) are toxic, but women in tech are cool.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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Re: It's not real

I'm not sure they'd get far with the sexism card for a couple of reasons, primarily because this is already too big and criticism has come from all sides and all genders. But it's interesting that people on twitter who highlight the groups they think will get targeted by users of the app will only cite protected groups - women, minorities, LGBT etc - and never men. When Lulu was launched (an app for women to rate their dates) there was an outcry because women worried "what if guys had an app like this" rather than "what if guys get bullied and abused by users of this app". It's like we live in a society where misandry is just background radiation and men are disposable!

Never mind that men are the group most likely to receive abuse online, and most people who target women are women! The UN recently launched a program to prevent the online victimisation of women by men (the least prevalent form of abuse, but the most important because it fits with their sexist ideology) which demands governments force websites to be responsible for the content they carry, even if it is created by users. Peeple cannot use the sexism and abuse cards because the latest idea to protect the poor little vulnerable women would out them out of business!

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Re: generally i don't like to see businesses fail

They got a $50,000 government grant.

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Re: Irony

IVF is not so much like GMO. It's more like buying a carrot which has been planter by a farmer instead of one which grew naturally.

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Re: What was the business model here?

They said they got $50000 from "the government". Someone on Twitter asked which government, and which department. They claimed not to be able to tell them, then accused them of bullying.

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Re: only one suitable comment

"And that is exactly why you should never join such a website"

The beauty of this website is that you don't even have to join it! Your worst enemy can create a profile for you*, add a story about how you lost your job because of allegations of abuse, give a fake phone number so you never find out about it**, give you 3 stars so the review goes live instead of into your inbox for 48 hours***, and thereby make your life a lot more difficult.

It's a bully's wet dream.

* they'd need to create a fake facebook profile (or use their real name) but this is not difficult

** unless facebook has an API which verifies profiles, names and phone numbers, and Peeple use that API (for safety, never give facebook your phone number - or use their apps, because that gives them permission to know your phone number)

*** you'd obviously have to say something nice as well, or people with think you gave an abuser a positive rating

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Five things that doomed the big and brilliant BlackBerry 10

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Priv buttons genius

If Blackberry's side-button configuration on the Priv is their only legacy it will be worth it, just so I don't have to accidentally turn my tablet off when I'm fumbling in the dark round the back of the device trying to turn the volume up. Or when I'm walking with my phone in my pocket and have to feel for the off button, then slide down a bit for the volume, but not too far or it will go quiet. Changing the volume when you're trying to turn it off is a lot less of a hassle than turning it off when you're trying to change the volume.

And the keyboard is good too. Reminds me of my Zaurus. So does their recent success (or lack of it).

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Patreon patrons: It's password-reset time

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Re: Can't even bolt the stable door

"putting your account into a private mode, not deleting your data."

Seen that before, on a err...dating site... a friend of mine frequents. Hope nothing bad happens to my friend.

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