* Posts by ecofeco

2673 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010

Philip Glass tells all and Lovelace and Babbage get the comic novel treatment

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YES!!!!

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

I've been following this comic on-line for years. Simply brilliant is what it is.

If you are not familiar with it, do so right now!

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Verizon FLICKS FINGER at Netflix with skinny à la carte-style TV package for fibre munchers

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Re: Business as usual then...

I think you are right, Ragequit. That's what it looks like to me as well.

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DWARF PLANET Ceres beams back SUNNY north pole FROWN

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Stargate.

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Slack raises $160m from investors, gets mega $2.8bn valuation

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Hmm, looks interesting

I just went to their website and this looks like one of those better, free alternatives to Skype and Lync I was talking about.

But $2 BILLION worth of cool? Dunno about that.

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Lack of secure protocol puts US whistleblowers at risk, says ACLU

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Lack of HTTPS is the problem?

Whistleblowing in the US is literally risking your life and freedom.

Lack of HTTPS is a very TINY part of the problem. Being a whistleblower in the US is the next best thing to being Satan incarnate. In a Baptist state. In church.

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Transparency thrust sees Met police buying up to 30,000 bodycams

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Re: Can't wait for...

"(Well, I can at least dream, can't I? They can't film that. Yet)"

Well yeah, they sorta can. This was 4 years ago.

Be afraid. Be very afraid. (for more references, search "scientists able to record dreams video")

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30,000 body cams

Several thousand "mysteriously" malfunction.

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Well played!

Hilarious article. Well done!

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ICANN banked $60m from dot-word auctions. Just what exactly is it going to spend it all on?

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Holmes

What will they spend it on?

Is this a trick question?

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'Hackers racked up $$$$s via the Android Play Store, and Google won't pay me back'

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I see "blame the victim" is still popular here

Susan Harvey may not be the brightest pencil in the drawer, (and you all know how much I just lurve CA) but if the facts bear her out, then she was still robbed.

Since bait and switch, self service, default opt in and usury have become legal in the US, blaming the victim, instead of realizing these news laws are crooked as hell, seems to be the standard response.

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

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embedded engineer?

Is this the mythical engineer that gets sex regularly?

(really they just fucking make up stupid fucking phrases, don't they?)

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Bluetooth SIG launches dev studio to encourage development

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Fixed it for you

Give me your lightbulbs, your locks, your net-enabled forks yearning to be PWNED!

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Someone PLEASE stop patent trolls' stroking their favorite tool, cries Google and friends

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The biggest patent trolls ARE the corporations

The biggest patent trolls ARE the very corporations complaining about it.

Sure, there are skeevy scammers out there, but your day-to-day, year-after-year theft of patents IS done by the corporations.

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Nokia to take $6bn bath on Navteq following AlcaLuc purchase

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Re: Bell Labs..

Weep at wonders past.

at&t history videos starting from the first days of film

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'Arkansas cops tried to hack me with malware-ridden hard drive'

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Re: Occams razor

With cops, ALWAYS assume malice.

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Re: Whoa, whoa, whoa ....

You give WAY, WAY too much credit to law enforcement.

Many forensic "labs" in the US have been proven to falsify and constantly bungle results. Lots of civil lawsuits costing local governments lots of money because of this.

But solidsquid nails it. It was a drive provided by the cops to begin with.

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Re: Agree with your line of reasoning

"Chances are the cops that wanted this had no idea how to do it and asked the local 12 year old script kiddy to help them"

This is the way I would bet.

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Would not surprise me

This would not surprise me at all. America is all about being "all up in yo bidness."

Privacy? Rights? Maybe in Russia.

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Re: Traditional corruption

This explains everything. Why am I not surprised?

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Re: They're just upset

Mike for the win!!!

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Re: "there have been challenges"

Nailed it Pascal. Upvoted.

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Typical California attitude

California is the state that pioneered the entitlement "not my fault even though it really is" lawsuit.

Screw them. How is it Apple's fault the school did not ensure security nor verify the software?

Yet another reason I hate California.

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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Uh oh

This might be a bad move. There are literally MILLIONS of websites and mini applications within websites that require Java. A LOT of them with VBCs. (very big companies)

Combine that with millions of people who have no clue how to fiddle their settings and you are suddenly looking at a LOT of very unhappy people who will do what they always do: take the path of least resistance and ditch the thing that changed everything.

As for more work, the only extra work I see is the helpdesk having to turn it back on.

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Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now

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Bullocks and more bullocks

Both Skype and Lync are crap.

Ditch them both and try some open source solutions.

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Troubleshooting feature on Cisco routers is open to data-slurp abuse

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Cable pr0n?

Nice accompanying picture of some serious cable pr0n. I think I've only seen one set up in my life that actually looked that nice.

If only only they all did. *sigh*

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Sticks and stones may break my DRONES – but I'm worth $10bn, laughs China's 'copter giant

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What's so special about them?

Seriously, what's so special about them compared to what seems like the other umpteen thousand other R/C quad copter makers?

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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Resorting to stage tricks now?

Old stage trick diversion. Nice try HP. How's the rest of the train wreck working?

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USA is home to largest number of data perves, study finds

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2nd only to China

The US is second only to China when it comes data theft/hack buggery.

It must be galling.

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Because the server room is certainly no place for pets

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Re: Old crap is more like it

You nailed it Paul, (it was a rhetorical question, but that was a good explanation)

Other reasons:

- the asset manager is a slacker

- their supervisor is a slacker

- the actual owners of the gear don't want to be perceived as throwing the equipment away.

- the accountants are trying to maximize the depreciation writeoffs as long as possible

- the board can't agree on who should get the salvage rights (friend? relative? shell company?)

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Old crap is more like it

The last place worked I was assigned to help asset management clear out the store room. It was the size of a 10 car garage and literally filled to the rafters.

I estimated at least $2 million in 5+ years old gear was finally shipped. That was just the first round.

Almost every place I've worked has this same problem. Why is that?

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Activist investor Jana Partners calls for Qualcomm break-up

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Ya don't say?

Breakups and sell-offs of IP have destroyed almost every company that has followed that path.

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China weaponizes its Great Firewall into the GREAT FIRE CANNON, menaces entire globe

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Re: its all gona get worse!

As for the Chinese phones, there really are no choices. 85% of ALL, ALL consumer electronics devices are made... in China.

No matter whose name is on it, it's Chinese. Hon Hai ring any bells?

As for the rest of your post, yes. God only knows what backdoors are lurking in our devices.

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More comeplleing evidence for IoT and cloud

Surely this and all the other mounting evidence shows this is a great time to go all in on cloud and IoT, right?

Right?

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Twitter yanks firehose from DataSift, other resellers

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So the circle jerk is over for some?

So some metric wankery is affected by some other metric wankery? Trying hard to feel sorry for anyone affected by this.

Nope. Not feeling it.

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

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Re: mi.taylor@elsevier.com

You need review mirrors. It isn't rocket surgery. Rules of the road say YOU are responsible for being aware of your surroundings.

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Blaze it: US drug cops taken to court to ensure all dragnet snooping records are destroyed

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If I break into your house or car, but don't steal or break anything, were you harmed?

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The DEA

The DEA was the wedge that eventually negated and rescinded all the civil rights gains over the last 200 years up to and including the 1960s civil right movements.

War on Drugs my ass. War on your bank account and your rights (goodbye 4th Amendment).

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

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Clever

That is all.

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Bad news everyone: Cybercrime is getting even easier

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Easier?

So this would be a great time to buy into more cloud and IoT, right?

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Everything's code, 'zero tolerance for assholes': Yup, it's ChefConf

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Market babble aside

What do they do again?

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Quantum makes the leap into money-saving archiving

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I see what you did there, El Reg

Or am I the only one?

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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Seems a bit of reach

Not impossible, but it seems any impact is going impart those same chemicals.

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The Internet of Stuff is a gigantic ultra-perv robbery network – study

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IoT and the cloud

What could possibly go wrong? It's not like anyone is stealing MILLIONS of on-line identities almost every month, is it?

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Non-American nerds jam immigration pleading for right to live in the US

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Re: Rather interesting

<"H1B employers can't give lower wages to H1B holders, immigration law mandates a higher wage to avoid "taking them over a US citizen".

The law means nothing to them. They can and do pay lower wages and they do not, as also required by law, make much effort to hire citizens first.

There are even paid consultants to show them how to do all this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCbFEgFajGU

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/01/1198459/-H-1B-Guest-Worker-Fraud-and-the-Lacking-Skills-Scam

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Aw, snap! How huge HTML links can crash Chrome tabs in one click

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Malicious?

Or just piss poor coding? I vote for the latter.

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NetApp layoffs loom as biz 'operationalizes strategy', 'prioritizes investments'

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Operationalizes strategy?

They just make up words, don't they?

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To defend offshore finance bods looting developing countries of their tax cash

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Re: To put it simply....

"This isn't actually possible. So, fortunately, it's not true. Mean hourly wages in the US are $25 (OK, $24,8x). In the UK £14 or so."

Do you actually do any research?

"Mean" is irrelevant when the wealth gap is as huge as it is in the US. The wealthy 1% are so rich they skew and distort even the mean.

The us workforce is 156 million people of working age. 72 million earn less than $500 per week. That's almost HALF of the entire workforce. Now remove the wealthy 1%. Now remove the next 10%. Those are the folks who make $200K or more per year.

What's left? It sure as hell isn't a mean of $25hr. And their wages have NOT kept up with inflation for the last 35 years.

Yet they have the highest productivity in the world, while receiving the worst benefits (if any at all), the least worker protection, the least amount of paid holidays, sicks days and vacation and the weakest of pensions.

US workers are in fact, more productive than the much vaunted Japanese worker.

Google "us wealth distribution" Click on the charts. Do your research next time.

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Can't patch this: Mozilla pulls Firefox encryption feature after just a week

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derp derp

That is all.

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Re: Hmmm

Chrome browser, not Chrome OS.

2 different things. I use all three major browsers daily.

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Hmmm

Add Libre/Open Office, FireFox and or Chrome, 64GB (or larger) SD and this is the perfect cheap field PC.

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