* Posts by Loyal Commenter

2292 posts • joined 20 Jul 2010

SHIFT + F10, Linux gets you Windows 10's cleartext BitLocker key

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Re: What bug?

We are at war with EurasiaEurope, we have always been at war with EurasiaEurope.

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: Don't worry: it won't affect the bad guys

How about compared to deaths directly caused by government policies? *cough* IDS *cough*

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Re: Canaries

Even the Stasi didn't spy on everyone.

Having visited the Stasi museum in East Berlin, you'd be surprised at how many people they did spy on, and how many people they had on their payroll doing it (IIRC, it was in the hundreds of thousands). It could be argued that the unwieldy nature of this sort of paranoia was what caused the Soviet Union to collapse.

Those who fail to learn the lessons from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them, and all that...

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HTC and OnePlus spruce up flagships for Santa's sack

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Re: start all new phone aritcles

I still have my two-year-old M8 as a spare. That still has good battery life...

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Re: start all new phone aritcles

Yes, this is daft - the HTC 10 has one in the top, this new version appears not to.

So, the HTC 10 Evo would appear to be a worse phone than the HTC 10 it is supposedly 'refreshing'. Coupled with the choice of processor, it's almost like HTC are trying to copy Microsoft Windows and Star Trek films with the idea of every other one being crap.

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Re: start all new phone aritcles

The HTC 10 has a SD slot, but no removable battery, I'm assuming this revision is the same.

FWIW, I have one, and am happy with it.

The battery life is excellent, and will easily last a couple of days unless you're constantly using it to hunt pokemon, so the lack of a removable battery is less of an issue than it used to be, with for example, the One X.

Oh, and the camera is surprisingly good, even in low light - it's the first phone I've had where the camera is actually better that the wide aperture SLR my partner drags around to gigs.

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CompSci Prof raises ballot hacking fears over strange pro-Trump voting patterns

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Interesting definition of a landslide victory you have there...

...Where one candidate gets more votes (by over a million IIRC), but the other wins because of an archaic counting system.

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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Re: Finally!

All I'm saying is that if there is a big saucer shaped metal thing under that ice, don't dig it up, and if you do, have flame-throwers (and Kurt Russell) at the ready.

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Trial date set for Brit police 'copter coppers over spying-on-doggers claims

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Re: Police in court?

@Jemma, it sounds like you have had some unpleasant run-ins with some nasty individuals working with the Essex constabulary. Unfortunately, it is a job that can attract a certain type of person, and this can colour people's perception of the police and the important job they do. South Yorkshire police have a history of employing these people, and there is a long and unfortunate history of racism and discrimination in forces such as the Met. This isn't helped by corruption and cronyism (South Yorks, I'm looking at you again).

On the whole, however, most police officers are decent people doing a difficult job, often dealing with violent and dangerous people, with a severe shortage of resources (thanks to Frau May and the economic fantasy of austerity put forward by our current Govt). Most people, when they report a crime, are met with a pleasant and understanding response (and this has been my experience), if the police actually have the resources to give one. However, if you happen to have a less pleasant interaction with a copper (for instance being arrested whilst drunk, or incorrectly accused of a crime), this is going to colour your perception of what they do. As I say, this isn't helped by historical racism and discrimination (now mostly, but sadly not entirely gone). At the end of the day, the police are just people too, with all the faults that other people have. I certainly wouldn't want to do their job for long, unsociable hours, dangerous work, and mediocre pay.

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Re: Police in court?

Put you tin-foil hat away; it's not unheard of for police officers t be prosecuted, and convicted of crimes, as well you'd know if you'd even bothered to do a cursory search on google.

It's also not that common (given the total number of officers), and understandably so, since most police staff are well behaved individuals, and have to undergo rigorous pre-employment checks in an effort to try to make sure that this is the case.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Future Toilet?

I can't up-vote this enough

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Irish eyes are crying: Tens of thousands of broadband modems wide open to hijacking

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Re: "except for IP addresses"

I was about to point out the same thing. It's not like IP spoofing is a thing, is it?

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BOFH: There are no wrong answers, just wrong questions. Mmm, really wrong ones

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'Pharmaceutical grade' refers to purity (99%+ with known impurities), not intended use!

...and the OP probably meant benzene (C6H6), not benzine (petroleum distillate)

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

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The liberal/left is the beneficiary of peace in Europe, not the cause.

Identify the author of the following quote, then go and hide back under your post-truth rock...

“I am an English Liberal. I hate the Tory Party, their men, their words and their methods.”

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Re: Post-truth

And we all know how 1984 ends, don't we? Well, those of us who've read it in its entirety, which I'm not convinced is a large fraction of those who quote it.

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Re: Post-truth

I agree with everything but the 'overtaxed'. I am a top-rate UK tax payer

It's not you that's overtaxed. It's those that have to pay the same council tax, food, fuel and energy bills as you but earn half your take-home pay.

If you're a top-rate tax payer, unless you only just fit into that tax bracket, you're more likely to be undertaxed...

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

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Oh No Dabbsy!

Don't stir up the 'ripperologists'!

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Re: Seriously, "effulgent"?

I take it you've not heard of the 1989 album by Ozric Tentacles, entitled, "Pungent Effulgent"?

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TalkTalk teen hacker pleads guilty as firm reveals £22m profit jump

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Corbyn style self-righteous?

I'm sorry if having respect for the basic rule of law makes me some sort of fanatic in your eyes. Personally, I think mob justice and blind vengeance are things best left in our past. Playing the emotive, "think of the elderly Alzheimer's patient" card does nothing to explain how encouraging vigilantism against someone (guilty or otherwise) would prevent this sort of crime from happening. In fact, all it would do is consume police resources protecting innocent bystanders from mobs.

Maybe you should step down from the high horse, take a few deep breaths and consider why we have things like due process, and read up on why the sort of thing that you are suggesting is proven to be a very bad idea.

Here's an example from the Paedo hysteria stoked up by the right-wing press of a few years ago

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And this is why he cannot be named; because his parents would have to move and change their identities to get away from mob justice from dicks like you.

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UK Home Secretary signs off on Lauri Love's extradition to US

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Re: optional title

Point 2 applies pretty much in the UK as well, unfortunately.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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Suddenly the solar panels on the roof of the sports centre opposite me make sense...

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Swedish prosecutor finally treks to London to question Julian Assange

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Re: Bah!

Good point, I stand corrected.

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Re: Bah!

I'm assuming that the folks in the Ecuadorian Embassy have asked for the questions to be submitted to them in advance, and that these are the ones to be put to Assange.

By the sounds of it, the Ecuadorians are the ones who will actually be asking the questions, on behalf of the Swedish prosecutors, and if the answers are not satisfactory, Mr Assange may find himself no longer their guest. At this point, it'll get interesting, as the UK Plod will pick him up and hand him over to the Swedes, but not before British judges hand him a short custodial sentence for jumping bail and fleeing the country (which he would have avoided if he hadn't definitely committed that particular crime).

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I doubt that you'll find much on Trumps mail server - he doesn't know how to use e-mail.

Of course he does, he writes beautiful emails, the best emails, they really are incredible!

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The sharks of AI will attack expensive and scarce workers faster than they eat drivers

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Isn't this why Universal Basic Income is an increasingly popular idea?

When there are not enough jobs to go around, but humans still need food and housing, a tax on businesses' profits could fund this (maybe with special focus on those with fewer employees but higher profits, such as Amazon, PayPal, et al). It changes the economic equation, by increasing the cost of automation, thus putting a negative feedback on the trend towards unemployment.

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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Re: Not just the users though

To be fair, how do you know it is your ISP that is bouncing the emails, and not his? All your ISP's helldesk operator is doing is asking for the evidence so they can confirm what you are saying, because users often talk complete bollocks...

Maybe ask your customer to forward the bounced email onto the helldesk operator? Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

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Re: Ah Education

I've an Honours Degree in Physics and a day job of solving complex IT issues

I've an honours degree in chemistry, a masters degree in chemistry, fifteen years experience working as a professional software engineer and a firm grasp of grammar (including how to identify and correctly capitalise a proper noun). If we're playing the "most qualified wins" game, then I win, and you are wrong.

QED

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It is to the sort of Daily Heil readers that work in LEAs

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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Here I am thinking that those left-over bits are probably supposed to be inserted somewhere to prevent the wobbling...

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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Re: This is based on unwarranted assumptions

You are assuming that Teresa May would like to keep UK in the same conventions.

I'm pretty sure that derogating from international obligations that have been enshrined in UK law through an act of parliament requires assent from parliament, rather than unilateral action from the 'prime minister' (a figurehead with no real legal standing beyond being the leader of a single political party within the commons, if you read your history books), even through 'royal prerogative'.

If only we had some sort of legal test case to press home this point...

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

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Re: Sceptical, but...

Ablation sounds like a more sensible explanation than new physics. At least that's what Occam told me.

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@DJO

Proton != Photon

...Although given the preponderance of typos in this article, the author may have meant photon, just like they probably meant xenon gas, rather than old Intel processors.

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Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount

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Re: The law is there for a reason, it’s to stop companies inundating people with unwanted messages

I'm thinking a baseball bat. With nails in it.

I see you've met Lucille.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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It is the only way you will ever hear the sentence, "Theresa May is appealing."

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Re: Thursday's explosive anti-Brexit judgment

"This is your decision. The government will implement what you decide."

And did that leaflet have the authority of an act of parliament behind it to say that what it promises must be enacted?

Didn't think so. That makes it worth exactly the same as every other four-colour-glossy piece of junk mail being pushed through my letterbox. Possibly less, as it seems politicians don't have to obey advertising regulations.

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Re: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

the banana law which some remain voters seem to think is a lie because it is so unbelievably stupid

It's a lie, because Boris Johnson made it up and it has no basis in fact.

Those other things are all things we could, if we wanted to, manage through the EU, by engaging with Brussels via the means of electing sensible MEPs, rather than sending UKIP fuckwits who seem more interested in claiming that the heart surgeon sat behind them has never done a useful days work in their life (Nigel Farage's 'maiden' speech), or reverting to their early years as schoolyard bullies and fighting each other.

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WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

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Re: Safe?

Why would you ever want to support a language that requires the application to perform its own memory management?

What happens when there's a memory leak? Presumably, it has its own virtual address space inside the browser, which it would be trivial to maliciously consume. When the browser's memory runs out does it request more from the OS and expand to fill the system memory (and page file)?

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EU announces common corporate tax plan

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Re: I guess this explains why we are leaving.

Ah. the "anyone who doesn't think like me is a fool" argument so often used by left wing morons.

Irony overload?

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Re: I guess this explains why we are leaving.

Maybe they looked at the people on the other side of the debate?

People like the London School of Economics? The Royal Society? Trade Union leaders? Universities? Business organisations?

Enough of this 'debate' bullshit. People were clearly influenced by the biased coverage of minority interests dressed up as their own by the right-wing media. In the real world, away from the Daily Mail, Telegraph, Times and Sun, everyone who actually had an opinion was voicing it along the lines of 'Brexit will be a bad thing'. It's a pretty obvious example of those who shout the loudest being the ones you should listen to the least.

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Re: I guess this explains why we are leaving.

Not the ones who voted, just the ones who lead the campaigns, like Boris, who was born into wealth and land ownership, and Nigel, who is a rich ex-banker. About as 'man of the people' as you can not get.

What I can't understand is why anyone was fooled into thinking these arses represent anyone's interests other than their own.

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Re: finally a brexit benefit (for EU)

Where do you get shit like that from.

Exactly. My is that this would require majority consent from the EU parliament, which is comprised of representatives of all the EU nations.

You know, I think we have a word for this. What was it again? Oh yes, 'democracy'.

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I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

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You could just stop in the right point in the Earth orbit and wait for Mars to get to you fall into the sun.

There, FTFY

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New measurement alert. The Pogba: 1,200Pg = NHS annual budget

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Re: Pg and pg

Actually I like θgb

Pronounced thetag-b?

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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If they've maintained the 'essential character' of the original

How come those modern minis are almost the size of a hummer, with apparently no sense of irony when they stick the badge on the back?

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Probe boffins: Two balls deep in Uranus's ring

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Re: if NASA is't interested in nether regions perhaps ESA is

Even better than that, they could call one of these moons Bottom, since Uranus' moons ARE named after Shakespearean characters.

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May blocked plans to bring in more Indian IT workers – Vince Cable

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Re: We soon won't need them

And the fact that we import around 40% of our food means the weak pound will make food prices go up.

Don't forget the WTO tariffs we'll be paying for all the food we import from Europe once we can't have free trade with the EU because we are 52% racist.

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There IS a lack of social housing, entirely due to the sell-off of council houses, blaming this on immigration is daft.

Exactly. This is why the government should be spending on social housing, which if nothing else, is a short term investment to take people receiving housing benefit (which costs the state a lot of money) and put them into low-rent accommodation that they won't need benefits to live in.

Of course, if you look at where the housing benefit money actually ends up, then you'll realise why the Tories will never build social housing (hint to the slower reader: it's them and their donors)

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Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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Well, apparently Ayn Rand called it a "magnificent job of theoretical exposition." Given that pretty much everything that Ayn Rand said was total egotistical bollocks along the lines of 'greed is good', I'd take that as an indication that this guy was talking bollocks too. Also he died in the mid '90s, so I'm not sure anything he said is necessarily still applicable to 21st century reality.

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Openreach split could damage broadband investment, says BT's chief exec

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Openretch should be dragged as far away from the grasping hands of BT execs as humanly possible. Only BT execs disagree...

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