* Posts by jake

7395 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

Oh no, startup Massive Analytic unleashes 'artificial precognition'

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::yawns:;

James Parry was doing this in the early 1990s.

HappyNet is still a joke ... Unfortunately, Bozos abound anyway.

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Canned laughter for Canadians selling cans of air at $15 a pop

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A fool and their money ...

... etc.

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Prepare to be Thunderstruck: What if 'deuszu' ISN'T the Ashley Madison hacker?

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@Valeyard

"only the neckbeards"

Kindly define "neckbeard".

jake, old *nix hacker, no beard, not Anonymous ...

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"For all we know, Zu may be a dog on the internet."

No. Dogs are not allowed.

STR, win a beer.

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Google bods reform DEMOCRACY in coconut or vitamin water quandry

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The chocolate factory wants to make individual votes a "product"?

Good gawd/ess.

Is the NSA aware that they have competition?

As a side-note, I drink tap water.

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IT Got me depressed

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@ forbistim

"the world change so fast, we sometimes can not keep the pace with time."

For "world", do you perhaps mean "tehintrawebtubes"?

Quite honestly, "the world" is still functioning exactly the same as it did before "Flag Day", when we swapped out NCP for TCP/IP. That was 01/01/83.

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Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep

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@ Ivan 4 (was:Re: Nobody make offroaders any more)

Here in California, I'd say pre-1970. Post smog-control vehicles have absolutely zero low-end torque, and you're not really allowed to futz with it if you want to keep it street legal. On the bright side, I just bought a 1964 CJ5 that should match well with a Ford 300ci inline 6, T-10 transmission, a couple of Dana 60 axles, and a NP-205 that I have been hording "just in case".

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It ain't a Jeep ...

... if it can't make the Rubicon run.

Corporate braggadocio not withstanding.

EOF

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US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018

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For ground ("close air") support?

I'll take the A-10 against anything heavy. Harrier AV-8B for everything else.

Seems the USMC agrees with me.

Semper Fi.

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Drum roll, please .... Results are in for the collective noun for security vulns

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@ JonP (was: Re: The actual collective noun is "Malware".)

"malware is something that might use or cause a vulnerability"

The very vulnerabilities are malware in the world of ones and zeros.

Multi-national corporations[0] releasing untested code on the GreatUnwashed are the cause of this blight. In my opinion, of course.

[0] Cupertino, Redmond, wherever google et alia claims to live, etc.

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The actual collective noun is "Malware".

Short for "Malevolent [hard|soft|firm]ware"

Covers pretty much everything, and has done for decades.

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What time is it Oxford Dictionaries? How about almost ‘beer o’clock’

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Re: @jake @Graham Dawson (was: English is rubbish...)

I know that, Graham. You know I know that.

You've been reading me long enough, do I really need to add a TIC icon?

"modern high German" is a nightmare. Don't believe me? Try translating English[0] technical documentation into it. Personally, I refuse ... Makes for more of a headache than trying to translate technical documentation into French, and then getting it past the French grammar Nazis.

[0] Note that "Germanic" is not an actual language, rather it's a collection of kludges, like all modern languages (except French, apparently).

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@CAPS LOCK (was: Re: English is rubbish...)

Of course not! In German, words make up themselves!

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@Graham Dawson (was: Re: English is rubbish...)

"You crack wise, but think of English if it had a wordstogetherstuckform."

Sez Grey Home David's Son ...

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Mkay ...

... was common around these here parts (SF Bay Area) in the 1960s.

I got "beer o'clock" and "0-beer thirty" from my Uncles, who first ran across 'em at Pearl Harbo(u)r before the USofA entered WW2. I am certain they are much older than that.

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

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Early riser, saturday morning, Sears Point:

"I thought I was in Sonoma for the Indy car race!

"Nobody told me there would be TARANTULAS!"

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New low for humanity: ONE BEELLION lost souls log on to Facebook in one day

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"sapiens" is from the Latin word for "wise"

I propose a new clade for so-called "social" media users: Homo Puerilis

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

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One wonders ...

... how much harder "A Journalist Who Just Happened To Find This Interesting" could possibly back-peddle faster.

Seriously, dude/tte, you could have stood on roof roof & yelled "I'm tired of my spouse!" at the top of your lungs. Would have been simpler and faster, and none of your colleagues would have been any the wiser.

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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Re: Jesus

"Jesus reads Slashdot."

And "The Baby Jesus" pees and craps himself & cries a little. Like all newborns.

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Seems to me the FBI itself has been trying to "glum down" the USofA ...

... ever since Jayne Edger Hoover took the helm. Hasn't exactly worked, now has it?

One definition of insanity is "doing the same thing, over and over, each time expecting a different result". By this definition, the FBI is clearly an insane organization, and has been for decades.

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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

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The thing about Palo Alto is ...

... It was designed & built as a bedroom community in the 1950s. Yes, the University Avenue and California Avenue corridors between Bayshore (now Hwy 101), the rail line, and The Farm (Stanford) existed back before WW1, and have large, expensive houses built by Professors at Stanford along them. But most of the town was built roughly during the Korean war.

The town planners decided that "the great outdoors" was important. Thus places like Mitchel Park, Rinconada Park, Foothills Park, and later the Astradero preserve (etc.).

My parents bought their house for US$12,000 in 1962.

Nice place to grow up. Nice place to live, as a kid.

Then the Intel 4004 happened ... Students at Stanford, Berkeley, San Jose State, Mission College, and San Francisco State, already noting that the Bay Area was a nice place to live, decided to stay here after graduation.

The word got 'round. SillyConValley became a "location". Many of the Engineers graduating from the above schools decided to stay and set down roots, regardless of where they came from. Most PaloAltans had no issue with this. We love our multiple ethnicities, for many reasons.

About 1980, a certain group of people who believe in numerology decided that the 94303 and 94306 zipcodes were "good luck". They out-bidded each other into purchasing nominally $120,000 properties into $450,000 properties.

The entire over inflation of property values on the mid-peninsula was driven by high-tech, and people from all over the world discovering that it's a nice place to live, having a reasonable degree, and the tech-boom providing really good wages.

Trying to describe this phenomena in terms relating to a 2000+ year old London is an exercise in futility. Palo Alto ain't old enough for that kind of thing.

Most native Palo Alto citizens aren't insane. Some of the imports might be.

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Re: Free Market Consistency

"or does the wealth of the area lead to the good schools becoming a self-fulfilling prophesy?"

Yes.

Palo Alto native, born at Stanford Hospital.

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Re: The issue is tha building on 'virgin' land...

"... is far cheaper than buy, demolish old buildings, clean up and build new ones"

Uh, no. Clearing land is clearing land. The cost is always the same, virgin or not. Bring in heavy equipment for a day or three, haul off the unwanted to a landfill. Houses, trees, brush, concrete, asphalt, whatever, it's all the same cost when clearing land for re-use. And in fact, older properties bring in the specter of asbestos and lead-based paint, which is REALLY spendy to clean up.

For the record, a major cost of developing land is infrastructure. Water, electricity, gas, sewer. If these already exist, the developer is ahead of the game.

I could tell you how I know this, but if I did you would probably shoot me.

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Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

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Am I the only one ...

... who has noticed that anything labeled "smart" is targeted at people who have absolutely zero idea how the technology works, and thus are the most vulnerable?

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Geeks on quest for world's most pointless YouTube video

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Mike Flugennock (was: Re: Why?)

In other words, "the pumps don't work because the vandals stole the handles".

On the bright side, "you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows".

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Why?

Are their lives so shallow/meaningless that they can't come up with their own pointless drivel? Honestly, the mind boggles.

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And it begins: Ashley Madison bonk-seekers urged to lawyer up

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Once again:

TehIntraWebTubes[tm] was built as a research network, designed to research networking. It was (and is) designed to share information, not hide it. Anybody who assumes otherwise is completely unclear on the concept.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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"significant windows 10"

Isn't that an oxymoron? Just askin'

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Raspberry Pi gains new FreeBSD distribution

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Re: Cool.

"have you been on holiday"

No. Making wine. Crush is happening early this year in Sonoma & Napa.

"or have the moderators simply been removing all of your posts?"

Not all of them, but a good portion of them. I suppose it makes them feel good about themselves. Why? I couldn't tell you.

::shrugs::

To each their own. Onwards and upwards ...

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Cool.

Ta.

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Parallels Desktop 11 brings Windows 10 and Cortana to Mac

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Marketing on drugs.

Never a good idea ... if you have a clue about security.

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Boffins identify world's (possibly) first flowering plant

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@Doctor Syntax (was: Re: puzzled)

You missed the most important member of the Rose family: Garlic.

My wife grows the Ranch's garlic in her Rose Garden. Most people don't get it ;-)

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Has anyone lost 37 dope plants, Bolton cops nonchalantly ask on Facebook

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Oh, that's where I misplaced those.

jake, in Sonoma California.

(Plod, world-wide, is fairly clueless, in my estimation).

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Donald Trump dumps on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

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Agree on the H1-B comment.

That said, I'd volunteer to take a dump on Trump on national TV. That asshole needs to see the working end of the proletariat's assholes.

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Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley

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Re: Palo Alto is weird.

"Mr Curtis, perchance?"

Nope.

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Palo Alto is weird.

I know. I was born in Stanford Hospital, raised in Palo Alto (with a side-trip to Yorkshire for me "O"s and "A"s). The first house I bought was in Johnson Park (North of University Avenue, West of Middlefield Road and South of San Francisquito Creek). Purchased for an exorbitant $US140,000 in 1980. Sold for an astonishing $US1,500,000 in 1995. It's on the market now for $US2,750,000. (Seriously? A .25 lot, three bed, single bath, attached single car garage, bungalow? Really? WTF!)

Palo Alto it is the epitome of "melting pot". For whatever reason, some folks who have emigrated here seem to think that zipcodes make property more valuable than they really are ...

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IoT security is RUBBISH says IoT vendor collective

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More succinctly:

IoT so-called security ... isn't.

One wonders how many of the engineering staff working on IoT were born before 1990 ... Back in my day (pre so-called IoT, of course), the conversation went something like this:

Management: MARKETING SEZ WE GOTTA SHIP IT!!!!

Engineer: Sorry, it's not ready to ship. I'm not signing off on it.

Marketing: BUT YOU HAVE TO! WE HAVE ADVERTISING READY!!!

Engineer: Ok, Marketing, YOU sign off on it.

Marketing: BUT WE'RE NOT QUALIFIED TO DO THAT!!!

Management: Now, now, Engineer. Be nice to Marketing. They have ADVERTISING!!!

Engineer: Then you sign off on it, Management. I'm not going to.

Management: We could FIRE you for this insurrection!!!

Engineer: Go ahead. Then you'll never have a working product.

Management: ::sputter::

Management: OK, WE'LL HIRE NEWLY MINTED ENGINEERS TO SIGN OFF!

Marketing: Yeah! That's EXACTLY what we'll do! (BTW, what does "sign off" mean?).

Management: (It's a technical term. I don't really get it either. Don't worry about it.)

Marketing: (Thank heavens for that. Ignoring technical stuff is easy for me.)

Engineer: Good luck with that, guys. I'm taking early retirement. Have fun.

RIP DEC

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Queensland boffins ponder Scramjet satellite launch plan

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Out of curiosity ...

... who is funding this particular scramjet effort?

It's a GREAT idea, and will certainly be functional eventually, but today? Spendy, spendy,spendy. Lots of cash going into the ocean. Can the UOQ justify this all by itself?

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Dead Steve Jobs' life and times are being turned into an OPERA

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Lovely.

Steve's spinning fast enough to power all to iFads world-wide.

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Yahoo! parties! like! it's! 1999! with! retro! billboard! revival!

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"surprise and delight"? Really?

Everybody who enjoys the blight of billboards, please stand up and make yourselves known.

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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Plumbing's easy.

Fresh water is input.

Pipes move it about appropriately.

Grey & black water get shifted as needed.

Leaks are easily fixed, thanks to the UBC in your jurisdiction.

It's not exactly rocket science.

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IBM and Apple sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g e-n-t-e-r-p-r-i-s-e b-u-y-e-r-s

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@ VeganVegan (was: Re: Back in 1984, who in their right mind)

In 1988, working for a third-party company, IBM and Apple tried to recruit my team into the Taligent/Pink kludge. I have a T-shirt that has the IBM logo of the time superimposed on the Apple logo of the time on the front, and the words "Your brain, on drugs" on the back. We were informed that if we wore them at work again, we'd be fired.

I worked for NET, an early wide-area voice, data & video multiplexing firm (over leased T1(E1) and T3(E3) lines). Funniest thing is, we used Sun computers internally and we resold Sun systems outfitted with our network management software. IBM bought our OEM Sun kit[0] to manage their global networking needs. We had no Apple gear anywhere on the campus, to the best of my knowledge. Even Marketing used Sun gear ... Most secretaries & middle management used microsoft-based PCs & Netware (as was the norm in that timeframe).

[0]Yes, IBM used Sun gear to control their WAN. My NDA has expired ;-)

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Why does it take 8 hours for my posts to be approved?

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Re: @ diodesign (was: Comparison)

"If something is rejected, just let it go."

That's all OK and fine. Your forum, your rules ... but why are posts that aren't against ElReg's published policy&procedure being rejected on a regular basis?

"It's the fact that we don't have time to read every comment"

Ah. I see. It's my handle, not my content. Again, your forum, your rules.

"and we do want every story to be accurate. So if you hide corrections in the comments, we may not see it, most readers won't see it, and it's a losing situation. If the correction is spotted, and the story fixed, the comment loses its context and becomes confusing."

So no biting the hand that bites the hand that feeds IT? Here I thought funny typos are funny, always (I've had my share of mea culpas and laughed at them myself!). Sure it's not thin skin?

"It is so much more efficient to email us if you spot something bad."

When posting such a comment in public, it's only when I spot a funny. Otherwise, email. From year dot. And it's not "bad", it's usually a typo that the splel chequer OKed.

"It's like posting a serious bug report in the app store reviews section on a popular app."

What's an app? I'm not exactly a consumer ... I use computers, not toasters.

"Ta. I am always in the SF office."

I'll let you know next time I'm in SF ... If you're heading for Sonoma or Napa county, let me know. If we both have time, I'm more than happy to meet face to face over a beer :-)

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Re: @ diodesign (was: Comparison)

Case in point, my reply to:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2015/08/03/lottery_chief_resigns_after_winning_combo_partly_broadcast_on_live_tv_before_random_draw/

How was that anti-ElReg policy & procedure on commentard posting?

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Re: @ diodesign (was: Comparison)

"You keep bitchin' on and on about moderation, which is noise"

Only after (an) immoderate moderator(s) started rejecting my posts. Think about it.

"and you post corrections when you should email corrections@thereg so we can fix them ASAP."

I only post "corrections" to the forum(s) when I see a funny/punny side. See my reply to: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/17/new_horizons_surface_of_pluto/

It's never malicious. Are you sure skins aren't thin?

"Many of your posts are allowed through."

True enough. If you're ever in the SF office, drop me a line. I'll buy you a beer.

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Re: @ diodesign (was: Comparison)

"Surprise! We don't."

Care to comment in public on why many of my posts (over the last year or so that I've been on "the naughty step") have been rejected, despite not being against ElReg's published policy and procedure on posting?

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Bound to happen: BIND bug exploits now in the wild

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Slackware patched July 28th.

Thanks PV & team.

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Chechen women swindle ISIS via social media: 'We need roubles to join you xx'

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SHIT!

Why didn't Capital Hill think of that? Soak 'em out of money with the promise of virgins here on Earth! Gawd/ess knows there are any number of proliferate self portrait "sharers" out there. A little mild gimp manipulation to hide the (maybe not so) innocent, and Bob's your Uncle :-)

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OS X remote malware strikes Thunderbolt, hops hard drive swaps

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Re: Doh!

"If there are, it's the fault of the software designer designing that "BIOS""

I think you mispleled "the fault of the project manager, ruled by marketing, defining the specification that the poor kids attempting to write code need to follow".

Remember, kiddies: This is all in the name of "ease of use". Marketing has spoken.

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

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@ Tom Chiverton 1

"I thought only terrorists had something to hide ?"

Hi, Tom. Might I point out that you don't have a plate glass exterior wall in your shower, and you do have drapes in your living room & bedroom? Hopefully there is a door between the toilet and the rest of your house. Privacy isn't always covering something illegal.

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