* Posts by DN4

120 posts • joined 23 Jan 2011

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

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Re: The sad bit is

> the core idea of a taxi license is setting up some much needed frequent checking on drivers, their cars and their insurance

And what if I just don't care? When I was hitchhiking, there was no checking on drivers, their cars and their insurance either. I took the risk and it was my business to do so.

I am not defending Uber specifically, just saying the reasoning something must be regulated because it must be regulated because it must be regulated... is just nonsense.

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So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

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Re: Can't we just employ the best people for the job

So then companies with homogeneous workforce (of any colour, gender and sexual preferences) will lag behind the diverse ones, eventually go bust and the problem will solve itself. No quotas necessary.

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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First, BBC has not been asked to remove any personally identifiable information, that's completely irrelevant here.

Second, the ‘right to be forgotten’ does not apply to the media, they are exempt. You can ask Google to suppress search results, you cannot ask BBC to remove the actual news.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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Nyquist-Shannon

> the Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem proves that a bandwidth-limited wave can be perfectly captured and reconstructed to be as smooth as the original.

Are you saying the music is a truly periodic signal, or that it is sampled in time from minus infinity to plus infinity or something similar? If not, how do you apply the theorem to get *perfect* reconstruction for finite non-periodic signals?

Of course, perfect reconstruction is not actually needed in practice. But that is a different matter and one has to go and do the hard work... Waving the sampling theorem in front of people is just bullshit.

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

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WTF?

I suppose the next step will be historical books about the Civil War that display the flag, or are they disallowed already?

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What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress

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FAIL

Technically correct. The best kind of correct.

> Strictly speaking, the Brazilian and Peruvian governments do not have rights over the name "Amazon"...

Well, there is your problem. Problem for everyone except US companies, that is. If you write the rules to permit companies naming themselves or their product after some existing entities, trademark that and force the original entity ‘out of business’, what do you expect to happen? Names like Amazon or Apple should be simply forbidden. I wonder how the congressmen would be pleased with a company named ‘US Congress’...

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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Re: Speaking as a Scientist...

> We generally don't have root privileges on our machines...

So Macs have better workarounds for restrictions that make computers not fit for the purpose?

You have a problem.

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What about us?

Here it is like half Windows, half Linux.

The dividing line goes approximately between people just using commercial software and people creating their own tools (the latter would not be considered normal users in an office but in a physics department it is different). While Macs can do both and there is usually a way to get most Windows and Linux software working, the appeal to people either locked deeply in Windows software or accustomed to open source environments and tools is kind of limited...

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Don't believe the hype: When that DATA seems just too good

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Re: Arse about face

> I ask for payment and get it.

Please list some examples of respectable scientific journals that paid you for publishing a paper.

Otherwise, I say utter bollocks.

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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Re: Consensus is not science

> Consensus is not science, and if you have to rely on it as a persuasion tool, you are not in a scientific debate, but rather a social one.

Well, this is unfortunately true only if we can reasonably falsify the statements by experiments. Which covers lots of science but not all.

For instance in pure mathematics, the purest of sciences, the consensus is everything. Yes, the theorems and proofs may be objectively correct or wrong. But that is something we cannot readily verify (leaving aside some simple cases). The only known method for checking them is that the original author tries to explain as well as he can and other people try to understand, go through and reproduce the proof. So at the end, mathematical proof is a social construct. It is verified by consensus, nothing else.

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Private cloud has a serious image problem

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Re: According to recent Gartner data,

> why would the toaster need to talk to the 'fridge?

For the person making toasts or storing milk in the fridge, there is no reason. But as the means of surveillance (and thus implicit control), connected toasters and fridges may come handy.

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Unicode wonks are bringing home the BACON, as an emoji

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Re: In a Pickle

> Is Unicode finally running out of code points that they need to start desperately pursuing re-use over clarity of expression?

Maybe just saving space for useful things...

Considering the development from :-) to these emoji things, they will be superseded again in a few years by something else, probably animated and making sounds or whatever -- and hopefully falling out of the Unicode domain.

And considering clarity of expression, if Apple shows ‚envelope with downwards arrow above‘ as ‚envelope with rightwards arrow at left‘, it does not get much clearer than that, does it?

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You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up

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Re: inkscape featues

You can set text-decoration attribute to underline in the built-in XML editor. Not convenient but frankly I cannot see discouraging people from underlining text as a bad thing...

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Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath – solution or part of the problem?

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We?

> How can we express righteous outrage with Facebook or Google's relentless privacy assault, when we continue to hand valuable stuff over?

Your ‘we’ is not us.

Apart from Google Search that I indeed use -- cautiously, with blocking and with a reasonable idea what can be mined from the search terms -- I do not indulge in handing valuable stuff over. So how can *we* express righteous outrage? Easily.

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What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'

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Re: R. A. E.

Well said. And now please actually go read the article and find out that the breakdown includes the assembly cost.

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JUNK in your TRUNK is Amazon Germany's new delivery plan

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Ingenious. I cannot imagine anything that could possibly go wrong with this plan...

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What's broken in this week's Windows 10 build? Try the Start Menu, for one

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Re: letters appear twice WTF?!

> one of the big advantages of Windows is that it provides a toolkit for things like input boxes

The big advantage over what exactly? Every relevant graphical environment has some GUI toolkit (often more than one) and there is even a choice of crossplatform toolkits...

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What's 'appening with WhatsApp? '800 MEEELLION LOSERS* actively use us', says boss

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Re: $19bn?

Producing actual useful physical products? My, that is so difficult. And lots of things can go wrong in the process. You must be crazy to invest money to that...

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Because the server room is certainly no place for pets

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> I've yet to see somewhere that wouldn't benefit from virtualisation, to be honest.

I suppose you don't work with systems that interact with control/regulation systems, measurement instruments, ...

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Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

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Please no huge leaps...

Have not tried 4.12 yet but all the talk about major updates and huge leaps makes me nervous. If I do not want something from a desktop environment, it is huge leaps. In any direction. And XFce fulfilled this perfectly, with each version being essentially the same, just a bit better.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr

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Fried cheese

> use a decent blue cheese

Or camembert-like or smoked cheese or anything you like. If you want a strong taste, use this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olomouck%C3%A9_tvar%C5%AF%C5%BEky

(warning: might be classified as chemical weapon in the US).

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beetroot

> I thought in Czecho, all food always came with beetroot?

No, that must have been some bad luck if you got everything with beetroot. It's true restaurants here tend to add all sorts of random vegetables to meals for no good reason, but there's more variety than beetroot. Often it's cabbage (of whatever kind and form) that I fortunately happen to like, but it can be really anything. Beetroot is actually relatively uncommon and used [properly] only in some specific meals.

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Norton Internet Security antivirus update 'borked Internet Explorer'

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Re: ?

Irony detector malfunction?

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Blackhat: Michael Mann brings an informed cybercrime yarn to the silver screen

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Hero

> Our cybercriminal blackhat hero Nick Hathaway is the hunky, chunky Chris Hemsworth...

And this is a good thing. If you are the hunky chunky type you can easily became a superhacker. It's just another superpower that goes along with flying, instant regeneration and shooting lasers from your eyes, and that's the message everyone needs to get.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: surprise- a translation company doesn't understand IT (@Bassey)

> We in IT must not overestimate our worth...

Even pure IT companies tend to have buildings, furniture, etc. So differentiating IT and non-IT based on that makes little sense.

I would like to see a criterion that can tell computer game development is an IT business while banking is not, if there is one. Buildings and furniture? Amount of non-IT expertise? Amount of core business carried out inside/by computers? How customers use/interact with their products? None actually cuts it.

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Robot vacuum cleaner EATS WOMAN

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Re: Sleeping on the floor?

Sleeping on the floor [level] is quite normal in some part of the world.

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Snoopy Fujitsu tech KNOWS you'll click that link – before YOU do

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risk analysis results

Random noise plotted with nice colour bars is still random noise.

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Snowden SLAMS iPhone, claims 'special software' tracks users

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tracking software in iPhone

Probably just baseless Russian propaganda. Also, it is probably true...

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Alan Turing's LOST NOTEBOOK goes under the hammer

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Re: Truing biography

> The problem with mathematical notation is that it is usually designed by accountants, physicists, and, of course, mathematicians.

That's not the problem, that's the stroing point. Mathematical notation is created (rarely designed) to express some concept consisely and in a way that helps *the person creating it* thinking about the concept/using it correctly. Anyone doing non-trivial math develops new notations all the time. If lots of other people find a particular notation helpful it sticks. It's a natural selection following the devlopment of the field.

The last thing we need is notation designed by cognitive psychologists who don't even understand the mathematical concepts. As for graphical design, notations are typically first created for writing by hand (scribbling, actually). The time for typographical refinement comes when (if) they do stick.

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Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites

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Re: What might be fitting

> Why just before a group of muslims?

Noticed the topic of the article?

Otherwise I agree. Although existential proof may not be sufficient; it's also a matter of quantity...

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User flexibility without the risk

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Re: Satire?

Reasonably expect.

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Re: Apple's view

> You are not the copyright owner.

What the hell does any of this to do with the copyright owner?

When I buy a dead-tree book I own it. No problem including it in my Will. We only want the same for the non-dead-tree stuff.

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HALF A BILLION TERRORISTS: WhatsApp encrypts ALL its worldwide jabber

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Re: Welcome and useful

> The very fact that many messages are suddenly travelling encrypted means dragnet surveillance is much more difficult.

This in turn means more focus on getting the messages (and metadata) at the source, i.e. owning the devices. Not that it would not be happening anyway...

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Crims zapped mobes, slabs we collared for evidence, wail cops

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Re: Alternatively

> Innocent person wipes their mobile, unaware that they are destroying evidence.

And this complicated chain of events is something you say it happens often, or what's the point?

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'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'

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Re: "This is a false flag by /whichever agency/, probably NSA or something."

Yes, why bother, the main threats they need to focus on are whistlebowers, civil and digial right groups and such. 4chan can be a convenient scapegoat but the time doesn't seem to be right for that now.

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Blood-crazed Microsoft axes Trustworthy Computing Group

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Apple & Google competing on privacy & security

Thank you for the good laugh.

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Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers

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Re: I'm going to catch hell for this...

> don't work in a job that has a legal requirement to carry assistance dogs.

Or ensure that people allergic to dogs are considered a protected group... And lawyers will rejoice.

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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Re: Twitter driving Twitter-addicts to suicide?

All people who think some topic is taboo for jokes should be hanged.

You are welcome.

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UK.gov eyes up virtual currencies, fingers red tape dispenser

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Re: only a matter of time

...until we're all paying using gold, cigarettes, chicken eggs, etc.

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Gmail gains support for non-ASCII email addresses

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Re: More work

> ...and you don't speak English and you don't know non-Cyrillic alphabets and you use a Cyrillic keyboard...

i.e. any advanced use of computers is out of question for you, well, then you just use a contact list in your communication app. The little things with @s in them are not that important. They are some internal handles for computer geeks. You probably use social sites, not e-mail, to communicate anyway.

And if you have to you can still copy'n'paste an e-mail address when you see it even though you cannot type it. Which is excatly the situation *everyone* will be in soon.

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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There is a diference between, for instance, muder and negligience manslaughter even though in both cases someone is killed.

You can only *manipulate* the stock market intentionally. Otherwise you only affect it.

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Four fake Google haxbots hit YOUR WEBSITE every day

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FAIL

Want keep something inaccessible for the general public? Don't let search engines index it either! It's really simple and you won't piss off people.

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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This problem will solve itself

If the current trends contiune, soon it will be unacceptable in the US to label explicitly anyone as black, asian or whatever (white being the only exception). So it will be impossible to produce similar reports. Problem solved.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Re: Sometimes, nobody inside cares what *you* think

> Are you saying you can't complain about something unless you're willing to build it yourself?

You can complain as much as you want. But you have the full right to be ignored if you are *just* complaining.

As an open source developer (not paid by any rich foundation, mind you), I often must say: I do not want to invest my time into this. There are more important/interesting things to work on and this one is weird/uninteresting/marginal/tangential to the program function/... But patches are welcome. This is how open source works.

Have you tried your complaining tactics with proprietary software? How it went?

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Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups

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I wonder what will be next. Women are underrepresented among world dictators?

Is it really necessary to make gender-balanced every bloody definable group of people, no matter how good, bad or odd the group is?

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone

> I'd estimate I use my phone/tablet about 30cm from my face.

You are holding it wrong.

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

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Re: How I learned to stop worrying and love software licenses.

The other licenses you mention say ‘you got this software for free and we hope you'll find it useful but you may also find it to be crap’ and that's fair IMO. Proprietary software EULAs, on the other hand...

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Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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Sad

The sad thing is that in the case of gun control or abortion it comes down to what you believe is right or wrong. Science can help us analyse the options or maybe provide new options but cannot ultimately decide the issue. But what is the most controversial? A question where opinions should worth dog's shit because it can be answered by hard scientific data and proper analysis.

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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Re: Not sure what to think

> The father violated the agreement the second he told his family.

Close relatives can, in general, figure out that the case ended and the person in question received lots of $$$ without being explicitly told. So do you suggest that everyone involved in such agreement has to divorce his wife/her husband, leave his/her family and become a hermit?

I don't say that the agreement was not legally binding, I just say that there is no sane way to actually honour it.

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Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

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Re: Pish

And the world did. It also adopted the SI unit system, ISO paper sizes, ... The United States, of course, are on a different planet than the rest of us.

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