* Posts by Trevor_Pott

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Microsoft creates its own movie moment with fancy privacy manifesto

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Re: Dear MS. Fuck you.

No, he's got a pretty goddamned good idea. Windows 10 violates my privacy against my will. So, for that matter, does Office (insttable) Office 365, Azure and pretty much everything else Microsoft ship.

More to the point - and this is really the only point that actually matters - none of us can trust Microsoft.

If there is a setting in Windows that says it won't ship my info anywhere, how do I know Microsoft won't turn it back on with a patch? Why, with all of my privacy settings set to "fuck off, Microsoft", does Windows still send data to the mothership? Wireshark doesn't lie, nor do my packet sniffers at the router.

How can I trust, if I use some Microsoft online service, that my privacy is sacrosanct? What if I'm a French journalist? Will Microsoft still feel perfectly blase about prying open my e-mail to deal with internal dissidents?

And how many times, exactly, do I need to tell Windows 7 that I don't fucking want Windows 10 before new patches stop re-enabling the download, pre-downloading it against my will and worse?

Microsoft has already cost me well over $100 in bandwidth charges by downloading stuff against my will through Windows update while using a MiFi at a conference. How can I possibly trust them with my privacy?

Microsoft cannot be trusted. And that makes every forced interaction with them a potential violation of our privacy against our will. They've done it before. They will do it again. They cannot be trusted.

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Tim Cook: UK crypto backdoors would lead to 'dire consequences'

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Re: Have all the haters from here moved to the Torygraph then?

ONE TIME and I never let me live it down...

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Re: Have all the haters from here moved to the Torygraph then?

"...Microsoft, with their recent Windows 10 intrusions, OneDrive bait-and-switch and the fantastically self-serving decision to remove the ability to manually setup Office 2016 to connect to an Exchange server. No auto-discover? Come back 1 year..."

Okay, now I gotta ask...do I have multiple personality disorder and are you one of my split personalities? Because that was eerily dead on.

Also: if you're the other occupant of this hideous shell, mind putting the cap back on the toothpaste at night, mate? I mean, really...

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US Congress grants leftpondians the right to own asteroid booty

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Re: "Oi! Who nicked the Sun?"

Dyson Spheres are impossible. Gravity would tear it apart. Even Dyson Rings border on the impossible, being only unimaginably infeasible.

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TPP: 'Scary' US-Pacific trade deal published – you're going to freak out when you read it

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Re: What is it good for? WAR!

How do you know what you are eating if it isn't listed on the label? Are you clairvoyant? Do you mine jake's hypothetical garden before disappearing for noon tea with him in his mahogany helicopter so you can piss on mere mortals from on high?

Remove head from sphincter, then post.

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I'm left libertarian, so I'm a social democrat with a strong belief in civil liberties and a massive distaste for authoritarianism, rather than anarcho-capitalist. For whatever little that is worth.

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Re: Eh?

I'd also like to note that El Reg writes "Overall, it's a good deal."

Completely and utter bullocks. It's 2000 pages of dense legal prose that's going to take people months to decipher, ESPECIALLY since it was negotiated in secret by special interests. We have NO idea if it's a good deal, a bad deal, or something in between for ANY of the countries involved.

I've been crawling over this 12 hours a day since it came out, and it's way the fuck worse than we (people who give fucks about civil liberties) originally thought. And it's doubleplus bad for Canada. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but my analysis of this directly contradicts those who believe that "overall, it's a good deal".

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go be violently ill.

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Google gets all lawyered up for ‘ambiguous’ EU anti-trust case

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How does the search engine make money if you take the advertising bit away? How does maps? Or, really, any of it?

Google is the advertising business. Everything else is just services they offer to get your eyeballs in front of advertisers.

Break something - anything - off from the advertising and it is dead. Completely and utterly. If that's your plan, have the genitalia to hand the staff their pink slips yourself. Look them in the eyes and tell them why they can't have jobs any more.

But don't for a second pretend that Google is "multiple businesses". It's not.

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Encrypt voice calls, says GCHQ's CESG team ... using CESG encryption

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/about/company/contact/

US bureau chief Chris Williams has his PGP key listed.

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Quick as a flash: NVMe will have you in tiers

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Re: Coho DataStream Storage with NVMe flash as primary storage

What does anyone have to say about Coho storage? "Don't fsck with the fish!"

Seriously, though. As a theoretical exercise, I like Coho. They have a good product with some great ideas for hot to expand upon its use. I also have a soft spot because they're from V-Town, and anyone who can stomach living in that overpopulated pit of parking-free madness gets my respect.

But the truth is that I haven't tested it. I've seen it. I've gotten the whole spiel on how it works, their evil plans for the future, even been shown Coho doing some very impressive things. But I haven't run my workloads on it. I haven't thrown it in my lab and tried to make it cry. I haven't done to it the horrors that I visit upon the other storage that crosses my path.

If it does what they say, as good as they say, then it's fantastic scale out storage. But I don't know where the edges are. What its tics and mannerisms and variegated vicissitudes are. I don't know how to make it stumble, how to make it fall.

Until I know that, I can't really know what I think about the product. Only what I think I probably would think about the product.

There are dozens of tech journalists who exist to republish press releases or have theoretical discussions about something they've never touched. I exist to make every piece of technology I touch cry, even to die. Then to tell you where it will work and where it won't.

That being said, they do get positive feedback from customers. So it works really well for some folks, at least. That's a great sign. :)

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Re: nice work sir!

"Can you review the costs etc of moving from a smallish 1Gb Lan to 10 or beyond? This could prove very informative for those reading this article."

Done and done. Article is actually just getting tidied up now. I have a few articles on various networky bits in the hopper for this month. Stay tuned! :)

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Oracle Java 'no longer the greatest risk' to US Windows PC users

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The certification process being "look and feel like and be as broke-ass as Metro apps". The "desktop apps" that are certified in Microsoft's carnival joke store might use different APIs, but Microsoft forces them to be uselessly broken to the point that they are functionally no different than the useless Metro apps. And don't get me started on how this is a problem for companies wanting to distribute software internally only.

A YUM repo is superior in every possible fucking way to the Windows store. Every single possible way.

The Windows store - like Windows 8 and 10 - is a blight on the history of IT. I hope the damned thing digitally burns down.

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Windows Store only allows for broke-ass Metro apps, and Microsoft takes a scrape off of every sale.

Far fucking cry from Linux.

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Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges

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Re: Bullit County

"By that logic you'd be entitled to shoot down any 747 that flies over your house, which is clearly absurd.

What height are you going to draw the line?"

In most places the law says 400 feet. And blood good on this man for fucking that drone up. Doubly good on the judge for letting him. Finally some sanity regarding this drone bull.

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TalkTalk plays 'no legal obligation' card on encryption – fails to think of the children (read: its customers)

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Re: As I observed elsewhere in this illustrious mag

"I am not legally required to close and lock my door; but if I'm burgled, then I'm at least partly responsible."

No you're not. Not legally, nor morally.

The law prohibits you from entering my premises without my permission. The door being unlocked, or even open does not give you any rights whatsoever to enter. That is the law.

The law prohibits you from removing objects from my premises without my permission. The door being unlocked, or even open does not give you any rights whatsoever to enter. That is the law.

In Canada it is perfectly normal to leave doors unlocked, and many of us (Toronto doesn't count, ever,) do this all the time.

The same moral and legal concept applies to pretty much everything. A woman is not "asking for it" by wearing revealing clothing...or even no clothing at all. You have no right to touch or fondle her, let alone rape her. Nothing she wears (or does not wear) makes any part of your actions her fault.

These are not difficult concepts to understand. The burden of legal responsibility is on the individual who chooses to break the law. You do not "entice" someone into breaking the law by not employing devices or techniques designed to thwart would-be lawbreakers.

You simply can't run a society where people are legally responsible for the choice of others to break the law by not participating in an ever more expensive and unwinnable arms race.

It's called blaming the victim. Look it up.

Now, that said, Talk Talk should have goddamned well encrypted everything. Not due to legal obligation, but because it is a minimum best practice for the data they handle and as such a mark of professionalism.

Now, if we - as a society - believe that the arms race has gotten to the point that we must mandate minimum security measures, then by all means do so. An open public debate leads to laws and those become the laws we all must abide by. It becomes a universal cost of doing business.

But don't blame the victim. You are not in any way responsible for someone breaking into your house. That's on them. They made the choice.

If, however, you are guarding other people's things in your house, your duty of care to those other people may mean that you take precautions against the cold hard realities that there exist people who will break the law.

Are you capable of understanding the differences?

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WikiLeaks leaks CIA director's private emails – including his nat sec clearance dossier

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Re: HOLY DOT SHIT @Fred Flintstone

Not just the Yankee/Israel alliance...the Saudis don't like them much either...

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So what's the internet community doing about the NSA cracking VPN, HTTPS encryption?

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The power consumption that could be seen from fucking space probably would be a bit of a bitch though. If you're cracking 2048 bit encryption with a quantum computer you are either using space fairy dust or enough liquid helium to make CERN shit planetoids.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hands out shares to remaining staffers

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Re: What do all those people do?

I did the maths once and came up with a need for about 250 people to run Twitter, with a "I could find work for" up to 1000. More than 1000, however, is just nuts.

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The 1% is being split up amongst the employees directly. It is going to an employee fund. (Pension? Something else? I can't recall.) That fund will then leverage the shares as part of its portfolio in order to continue growing cash reserves for whatever it is that employee fund's purpose is.

Now, this only matters if either

A) Twitter pays dividends (direct cash injection into the employee fund)

B) Twitter's stock ameliorates (growing the value for the employee fund) and it can then sell some shares to realize that value or

C) The employee fund can borrow against the theoretical value of the shares and then it can reinvest that money into something that actually does pay out, and does so at a rate greater than the repayment costs of the loan.

Finance!

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Exactly. In no universe do you need 4000 employees to run fucking Twitter. Even the 8% cut is not enough. Not by far. Twitter is massively, massively overstaffed and horrifically badly managed. Man, the things I could do with that company were I in charge...

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California enormo-quake prediction: Cracks form between US boffins

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I was in South San Francisco during the Napa quake and you practically had to peel me off the ceiling. I live on a nice, stable craton for a reason.

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VMware adopts cloud-first-for-new-features vSphere update plan

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Re: ram failure not an issue

I have RAM mirroring and online spare in my Supermicro gear. Have for some time. I expect that since this is a feature o the Intel chipsets now it will be in Dell gear, Lenovo fear, Intel gear, etc.

There's nothing special about HP except the high prices and shitty support.

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Radio wave gun zaps drones out of the sky – and it's perfectly legal*

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Re: Return to sender.

For what other uses are these devices actually used by people? It seems to me invasion of privacy and outright idiocy dominate the use cases in the real world.

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EMC traditional storage decline accelerating

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Re: Disk drive evolution will kill traditional storage

Please explain how we will all survive without tiering.

Do it by explaining where the metric merry merciful fuck you will get enough flash to replace planetary disk consumption.

Thank you.

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No change in US law, no data transfer deals – German state DPA

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Re: Let me get this straight

Or they're an ex-pat who is still (technically) a USian, but is also a citizen of another country. In which case they're both.

Or maybe they're one of hundreds of thousands of people who were born in American while their family was on vacation and were thus made "stealth" USians against their will (or the will of their family members) and are now hounded across the globe by the IRS for a lifetime's worth of taxes, despite never having set foot in the US.

I know you probably don't know about those sorts of things, but they aren't jokes. The "stealth" citizenship is a rather miserable fucking problem where I'm from that has caught up a largish % of our population. People try to (for example) go to Vegas with some friends and oh look you're on a list of Us citizens that owe a lifetime's back taxes and you never even knew you were a citizen. Now you can get trapped in the country until you pay.

Awesome.

Oh, and extra bonus? You can't renounce your citizenship (that you didn't know you had) until you pay up. And even after that, you can't renounce anyways because you have to be classified as mentally competent to renounce your citizenship, but that determination is made by the people administering the paperwork, and one of the reasons they can (and do) declare you mentally unfit to renounce your citizenship is that you want to renounce your citizenship!

You see, by USian logic you have to be crazy to want to not be a US citizen so you obviously can't be mentally competent when you apply to renounce your US citizenship.

And, of course, the US claims legal ownership and jurisdiction over every aspect of every US citizen's life, even those that don't know they are citizens.

Double awesome.

The point is, there are a lot more things in the US and outside of it that are dreamt of in your philosophy. Maybe it is worth investigating these and learning some things beyond what you "know".

You'd then quickly see the world isn't binary. For example, it is entirely possible to be a USian, hate the shit out o that backwards ass country, and not be self-flagellating at all. Because your USianness is in fact unwanted legal imperialism and you consider yourself a non-USian.

But you are a USian. But you're not too.

The world. Grey. Shades of.

Learn.

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Re: Let me get this straight

"Do the EU REALLY want to gamble on that, given the attitude of the people in charge there?

Probably the only thing worse than bending the knee to imperialists would be to tick off a nation with lots of nukes and nothing else to lose (meaning it would be willing to go MAD)."

Where's the gamble? The US is not militarily superior to a bunch of fucking poor people in the goddamned desert, let alone the fully up to date militaries of the EU. The EU, Russia and China combined (which would probably include most of South America and Africa, quite frankly, because China has been making a LOT of friends there lately) would crush the US like a bug. A shitty little irrelevant bug.

NUKES? If the US fires their nukes then everyone else who's got them will fire them (and that is rather a lot of countries at this point) and then pretty much all the "superpowers" are rubble for the next 75 years.

Even the Americans aren't that stupid.

And hell, what if they are? If they are really that arrogant, short sighted and filled with unrelenting hubris best to get World War 3 out of the way now while there's still some oil to be had. Oil is a cheap source of energy and it will be vital to rebuilding after we've blown all our major cities to hell and gone.

If we wait until the US burns it all then rebuilding is going to be completely awful for everyone and a hell of a lot more people will die because we can't keep the hospitals powered or the farms ploughed.

Now, ideally, we don't have ourselves a merry little war. That means we can keep complicated and high maintenance power technology like nuclear power and large hydro working. That means we can transition to a post-oil economy in a relatively smooth manner and we can probably avoid that whole "not having enough power for critical infrastructure" bit.

But it comes down to having to have a war then best get it over with soon.

And for the record, there's no goddamned difference between a "partnership of equals" with the Russians and Chinese and kowtowing to the Americans. Except, you know, that the Russians and the Chinese actually just might abide by the treaties they sign and might even be somewhat trustworth whereas the Americans don't, won't and aren't.

Actually, come to think of it, I don't understand why we put up with those barbarians at all.

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Re: Let me get this straight

After all, the USA can reciprocate, if not in customers then perhaps in other diplomatic matters, such as military support (that could hurt if Europe is forced to go it alone against a chest-thumpin' Russia).

So you want the EU to align with Russia and China against the US?

$deity you're thick. Even for a nationalistic yankee moron, that's dumb.

The US isn't that important. You only have the relevance you do because you have the allies you do. You cannot go it alone against the whole fucking world.

But I would dearly love to see you try.

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Android users left at risk... and it's not even THEIR FAULT this time!

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Re: Cambridge boffins

I have yet to EVER see ANY Android device with Malware, so these "boffins" just made themselves look like total chumps.

I clean an average of 6 devices a week each with various forms of malware. Maybe you're not as representative of the industry as you think?

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Crypto cadre cloud-cracks SHA-1 with just $75k of compute cost

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Re: "Compute" is a verb

Go is a noun. I've heard it used as a replacement for "awesome". I.E. "That is very go." Typically used in the context of fast cars by the sorts of people who drive souped up Mazdas and drag race on city streets late at night. Increasingly common usage in Western Canada.

"Go" has indeed been nouned.

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VW offices, employees' homes raided by German prosecutors

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Re: To be honest...

No question there. It behooves us to limit both as much as we can. Other companies can do this. It isn't an either/or proposition. Either CO2 is reduced or NO2 is reduced. Both can be achieved.

VW chose not to. That's the point here.

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Re: To be honest...

Carbon Dioxide is fucking poison, you git. How about we put you in a room with a gas mixture that is 72% Nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 5% carbon dioxide, and 2% trace gasses (primarily Xenon) and see how long you survive, hmm?

CO2 is poison. Full stop. That your body can tolerate low levels of poison without dying doesn't make it something you can ignore.

Worse, CO2 isn't the fun kind of poison, like ethanol. At least ethanol gives you happy fun times before the massive headaches, vomiting, nausea and death. CO2 goes straight for the "overwhelming migraines", "inability to focus", "crippling nervous system pain" and then, finally, mercifully, death.

Please don't parade your ignorance of science around in public as something of which you're proud. It's embarrassing enough that you've got the dumb, pride in it's possession is just mind-boggling.

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Pitchforks, torches, and awful quotes – we read what Cisco's CEO said

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Re: Two authors and "I/me" in the article.

Mystery is: wrong item picked from dropdown menu. Sorted, and thankee.

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HP creates laptop for SITH LORDS

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Re: I'd like a Klingon version

I've got a Krenim notebook: damned thing won't stay in temporal sync with the NTP network.

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Mozilla to boot all plugins from Firefox … except Flash

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Goodbye firefox.

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Silicon Valley fights European Court of Justice ruling with small print

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Re: Makes no sense

"Then why did this ECJ decision take over a decade?"

Because Europeans aren't obsessed with doing things fast they're obsessed with doing the right thing.

Americans don't even know what that is any more.

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Re: Makes no sense

"Those who needed the Safe Harbor rather than any of the other exemptions can no longer do so, but presumably can now sue the Commission for any costs in relocating to Bulgaria or Argentina and losses during the transition that are directly attributable to not correctly implementing a directive. That sounds like a large bill for the Commission, or rather for EU taxpayers."

Only an American would be so unbelievably fucked up that they believe corporations should be allowed to sue governments for the cost of complying with the law. Your mind is fucking disgusting.

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Don't want to fork out for NAND flash? You're not alone. Disk still rules

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Re: Give it time

I have. I depth. SSDs still make no sense outside of Tier 0 and some Tier 1 apps. They make no sense at all below Tier 2. Even at Tier 2, hybrid is the way to go.

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US tries one last time to sway EU court on data-slurping deal

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Re: India

Better Marx than Rand. And better what Adam Smith actually wrote, in his totality than what Americans think he wrote, by only paying attention to one part of one book. And better proper regulated social democracy than the lot of 'em.

Oh, and there is, at any point in time, a fixed number of jobs available. That may change from moment to moment, but there are not going to be more jobs available than are required to get things done. If you aren't paying locals to do those jobs, you're just shipping money out of the country.

Ultimately, what matters is the net flow of money into the country. And by net flow, I don't mean "squirreled away into the bank accounts of the ultra rich". I consider that functionally out of circulation, and trickle-down-your-pants economics is a fucking farce. The ultra rich don't really reinvest all that much, especially lately. They just camp on the damned money and it is thus functionally out of the economy.

What is the net money available for use by the bottom 95% of the country? Is that increasing year on year, decreasing, or staying more or less the same? Adjust for inflation and divvy up per capita and we can start to have a real conversation about the economy.

Next, we can have a conversation about how globalization depresses wages in first world nations, but how it has led to the spread of laws and regulations that emphatically prohibit the hoi polloi from benefiting from globalization through the legalization of the "grey market". Wages go down, but the price of goods under copyright doesn't. Wages go down but the cost of pharmaceuticals doesn't. So on and so forth.

These are good conversations to have. Ones about the net effect of all this Randian bullshit. That net effect, by the way? Not good.

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Hand-cranked ‘DDoS’ floors Thai government website amid protests

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Re: The Land of S̶m̶i̶l̶e̶s̶ Kim Jong-Un Jr.

Assad is responsible for over 95% of deaths in Syria during this war. The rebels about 4%. ISIS about 1%. They are not the threat western media makes them out to be, and they are NOTHING compared to the monster that is Assad.

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Re: The Land of S̶m̶i̶l̶e̶s̶ Kim Jong-Un Jr.

Sometimes killing people is necessary. You may not like it, but that's the reality of the world.

Take Assad in Syria, for example. Him, you kill. No hesitation. There are plenty of others. People who aren't capable of reason. People who can't talk things out; whose drive for power or sheer sociopathic inhumanity will never let them be talked down.

You may not like it, but I hope you're grown up enough to recognise the truth of it.

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Want cheaper AT&T gigabit service? Move to a Google Fiber city

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Re: Goes without saying...

"How many of us would work as hard, facing no pressure, as we would facing it?"

What an American work ethic. Goddamn.

Many of us work with hard because we take professional pride in our work. As has been proven time and again, "working hard" and "being well remunerated" have fuck all to do with one another. So whether or not you work hard shouldn't depend on how likely or not you are to be replaced: it should be a point of professional pride. Always do the best you possibly can.

Now, that doesn't mean you don't go looking for a better job every now and again, but it does mean you don't slack off just because you think you can get away with doing so. Or, you know, so grownups behave in most places I've been.

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KARMA POLICE: GCHQ spooks spied on every web user ever

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"Well unless you are a crim, what have you got to hide?"

Jean Charles de Menezes had nothing to hide and they fucking murdered him for it.

What about Alan Turing? He shouldn't have had to hide what he did have to hide and that ended pretty damned badly too.

We're not so different today. Are you interested in being next?

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'Self-deleting' Mexican ATM malware let sneaky miscreants slurp cash

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Re: What if these incredibly creative criminals

Are you kidding? Worstall would never advocate something that actually benefited the people instead of the 1%. He would want anyone who did anything that ever threatened the utter dominance of the 1% melted in public, all while claiming that it was "for the greater good". Then he'd demand deregulation so that the 1% could stimulate the economy by paying us all less all through the magic of "the invisible hand".

Robbing the rich in order to buy shiny shiny thus actually enriching the majority is essentially Worstall's antiparticle.

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How can we manage this internet thing? The Euro gov needs YOU

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Re: Geo-blocking

Bullshit. It's about time globalization started benefiting the people instead of only corporations.

There are no good reasons for charging different rates for something based on where someone resides. Period.

There may be good reasons for not offering services at all based on geographic location. The only two good reasons I can think of for not offering services based on location are:

1) "It is a government service that, by definition, is only available to residents of a given location (as opposed to those services which are available to citizens, and thus should be accessible from anywhere).

2) "Selling this product or service is illegal in the target location". This can include conforming with export laws as well as conforming with local sale laws.

"I want to make more money" is absolutely not a good reason for geo-blocking. If you consider that to be a valid reason, I hope you evaporate with expediency.

Either globalization levels the playing field for consumers as well as producers or we should not have it. Period.

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SimpliVity saddles up the lawyers, sues rival Springpath

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I know next to nothing about the lawsuit. SimpliVity is very purposefully not saying much about it: their lawyers have rightly told them not to and I have not asked.

What I do know is rather a great deal about their storage system. It is not a "hashed key storage system". Or, to be more precise, describing Simplivity's storage as a "hashed key storage system" is a bit like describing a car as "a door handle with some accessories". It is rather more involved that your typical NoSQL setup (which is basically what a hashed key storage system would be).

When I think "hashed key storage system" I think things like what WinFS was supposed to be: essentially, a database, but with a rich index. SimpliVity's underlying storage is to a database as a database including fully modern HA, DR and incremental forever backups are to a standard paper filing cabinet.

I really don't want to get in to attempting to describe the technical bits here in the comments. There exist no pithy buzzwords that actually capture what SimpliVity is doing. There are no simple hand waves to easily facilitate smirks of dismissal. To explain SimpliVity I really need to marry graphics to words. And I'm doing so. It has been my major project for the past week and will be for this next week.

What SimpliVity is doing with storage is honestly quite clever. It's also tricky enough to really get at first. Most people are tempted to dismiss it as something they already know because that makes it simple and it prevents them from having to admit that there might be something that they don't already know.

Storage experts who are motivated to actually learn - and learn in detail - usually need an hour or so to fully grasp what's going on. Once they do there is quite literally an "aha!" moment where you can see (or hear) the "click" of understanding. This is followed by silence...then usually an "oh shit", as you realize that what SimpliVity has in their storage platform is a couple orders of magnitude more awesome than the simple hyperconvergence they're using it for.

And it absolutely, 100% is worth patent protection (assuming SimpliVity's nerds came up with it first). And this is me saying this. I am Andrew Orlowski's antiparticle. I'm usually the guy crapping all over intellectual property overreach.

I had my "aha" moment about a month ago. I knew more about SimpliVity storage than most, but I got my hour with the brain trust and that really let me grok what's what. I then had the honour of being included in a conference call with a number of storage industry luminaries as they went through the same process and each of them had that very same "aha" moment followed by a "wow".

These are the cynical fucks who pend their lives tearing storage companies to shreds. I didn't exactly think anything wowed them anymore.

So, yeah...there's a little bit more to it than "hashed key storage system". In fact, your broad categorization attempt is exactly why I want to take the time to explain it properly.

We're all so bitter and jaded. So full of ourselves and ready to inflate our sense of self worth by stomping on others. We've become a society of people who define ourselves not by what (or whom) we like...but by what (or whom) we hate.

But here is something cool. It's proper nerdy tech. It's the sort of thing that made me like computers, oh so very long ago. Before the help desking and the printers and the cloudy bullshit and Microsoft Licensing ruined everything.

Sitting in that room at VMworld, scribbling diagrams on a paper easel and finally getting what I can only describe - in the olden sense of the word - as a truly legendary hack...all the bullshit just melted away. The past 20 years of my life, all the stress, all the worry, all the every day frustration and pain...it just vanished.

I was a kid again, and I was truly marveling at the possibility of a technology.

I haven't felt that way since I was first shown Mosaic, and I truly understood what the World Wide Web would mean.

Now: maybe it's true that I'm just a naive so-and-so who doesn't know enough about the world. I usually think that getting dozens briefings on virtually every new technology in every field on the planet has rendered me jaded. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I still have rose coloured glasses.

But this particular storage tech is one that made me feel like me again...even if just for a moment. So for that reason alone, it's worth the time to do pretty pictures and putting real effort into doing it justice.

Maybe - just maybe - I'll convince one other person not to cheaply categorize and dismiss SimpliVity's technology, but instead to delve deep and reach the "aha" moment of their own. If I can "pass it along" to just one person, I'll feel like I've done my job. :)

Long winded, I know. I'm avoiding sleeping. Alas, my rant is done and it off to the facepillow for me...

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Um....no. I will explain in more detail soonish. Working on the deep dive.

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Only paying for Microsoft software that you use? It's coming

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Re: Perhaps MicroSoft are looking at this the wrong way 'round...

Sorry, my original comment was direct at Sandtitz.

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Re: Perhaps MicroSoft are looking at this the wrong way 'round...

K: Are you American or a Briton by chance? The blatant disregard for privacy strikes me as being something that is fairly common there, and baffling just about everywhere else.

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Re: @Pascall Monett - This transitional period is fascinating

Why do I need Active Directory if I all my apps are tied together with OAuth? AD is a solution to a specific problem, but no longer the only one.

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Are Seagate and NetApp in denial or in de hot seat?

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"NetApp continues to be dismissive of the long-term competitive threat of emerging storage vendors"

<Yoda>That is why you fail</Yoda>

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