* Posts by b0llchit

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

b0llchit
Pint

Re: Skinny vs Fat

The terrorists will take care of the fats, the alcoholics will kill the terrorists in a road-accident, the alcoholics will drive into a ravine after scooping up some elderly crossing the road, the smokers will die out coughing, the remaining elderly demented have no clue what is going on anyway, and the sensible rest of us will sit by, watch tv and die from intolerable boredom.

What is left is a clean earth...

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b0llchit
Childcatcher

Skinny vs Fat

Well, terrorists are a skinny subset of the population. Therefore, skinny people are much more likely to be terrorists than the fatty kind of people.

The only conclusion this allows is that both fat and skinny people cost us all a lot of money. We'd all be better off killing both parts of the population. It also would reduce the smokers to a mere minimum and certainly reduce the emissions of dangerous gasses.

Now, since war and unrest is a small subset of the costs, it would probably be correct to assume that a one-time expenditure for global correction would not be too bad. Especially seen in the context where the new order is unlikely to proceed with current statistical sets and will start a new lie^H^H^Hdataset.

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

b0llchit
Black Helicopters

Hide and fear

This is an "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" approach.

Although I am a bit unsympathetic to proprietary software, and not wanting to defend apple or sap in particular, the real problem is that one is asked to prove a negative. That leads to guilty unless proven innocent. Or, in other words, a pretext to (seemingly) random enforcement of whatever the ruling class feels like. Bad times are looming.

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

b0llchit
Holmes

"But there may be plenty of relatively harmless planets around."

Yes, indeed, one planet in particular is already classified as "Mostly Harmless".

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

b0llchit
Coat

Re: Get a grip

"Sucide bombers dont care if the data is retained, what are you to do with it? prosecute the crater they leave?"

That could be a very sensible thing to do. Sue the city/county or whatever who owns the ground where the crater was left. They surely were not prepared enough to ensure that the critical infrastructure could withstand a blast so no crater would emerge.

Rule #1: always blame someone else

Rule #2: see rule #1

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Square-kilometre radio telescope wins millions in UK funding

b0llchit

Re: Is everybody sure this is not an extension of the spying network?

Of course, they are also placing mirrors in orbit to reflect the world-wide signals back to the array. But that is a different, non-public, budget. Give the scientists some change to cover up the orders of magnitude more costly spying operation. Then, when it all gets under public scrutiny, blame the scientists for not keeping to the budget. Its a win-win for the government vs. the government.

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CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report

b0llchit
Facepalm

Recursive conundrum

Who watches the watchers becomes a recursive conundrum when the watchers of the watchers watch the watchers.

Maybe _all_ watchers should be fired to break the infinite loop and start from scratch. At least, the stack overflow is near...

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

b0llchit
FAIL

To use or not to use computers, that is the question

Can I have a computerless car, please? Also, no complicated electronics.

Fewer parts, fewer fails. It was called KISS at some stage, but got probably rebranded to mean something completely different.

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Vultures circle to feast on carcass of free remote desktop service LogMeIn

b0llchit
Black Helicopters

A security nightmare

Although a remote desktop is appealing from many points of view, it is a security nightmare. I'd not call it gotoMYpc, but AnySpookCanSeeMyPCToo.

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Slurp away, NSA: Mass phone data collection IS legal, rules federal judge

b0llchit
Meh

Re: Bollocks

US population ~317*10^6

Life expectancy ~78.4 years

Deaths per year: > 4,040,000

Most of these death are from old age. Therefore, by definition of severity, old age must be outlawed and banned for each and every person. It is an intolerable situation that we can accept so many death each and every year. A catastrophe happening each and every year, simply unbearable. It MUST be illegal and unconstitutional to allow so many people to die!

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We don't need no STEENKIN' exploit brokers: Let's FLATTEN all bug bounties

b0llchit
Facepalm

"Free" market prices

Once you set a price, the competition will set another, likely more competitive price.

$150000 if I sell white-hat, $175000 if I sell gray-hat, $200000 if I sell black-hat. Guess who is getting the next exploit first...

It would be an arms-race and it cannot be solved with money. Security is primarily an attitude problem and, as with all non-technical problems, you cannot use technology to solve a non-technical problem.

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Cyanogen grabs $23m, will ship mod-installed N1 smartmobe on Xmas Eve

b0llchit
Childcatcher

Que the patent wars

How long before a substantial part of those 23*10^6 will be needed to "pay off" the patent trolls? A good deed never goes unpunished.

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

b0llchit

Re: That ad is pretty honest

Look at the bright side. It /can/ end well. Such job is the perfect place for the hatching of a brand new and fresh BOFH with all the required attributes.

The job description means access to any and all part of the infrastructure and ensures future maintenance to be in strictly regulated BOFH hands. What could possibly go wrong? Nothing!

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New NSA leak reveals invasion of the management consultants

b0llchit

Re: And now for a recital of NSA poetry

My Bullshit Bingo-card already overflowed reading the article. Then, as a consequence, the earth gave up and spontaneously exploded. And you want poetry? Can't you just leave it at planet destruction so my towel can be kept clean?

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Hello Warsaw: Greenland ice loss will be OK 'even under extreme scenarios'

b0llchit
WTF?

Commentards

Hello Commentards,

You are commentards, since you read this and usually comment(ard) as well on this forum, you are commentards, QED.

(sigh)

By logic of association, we all are idiots. At least one idiot will be at two degrees of separation.

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Scared yet, web devs? Google smears malware warnings over PHP.net

b0llchit
Devil

Three hops

Better to block anything that is up to three hops from the malware. That will make us all a lot safer!

With Google indexing world+dog, thus distancing two hops in general, would ensure a pretty good cleanup of the Internet.

Time to enable safe-browsing >click< powering down.

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Deploying Turing to see if we have free will

b0llchit
Coat

Outsourcing your decision

If you are married, then you surely do not have any form of free will left.

Whether or not anything then gets decided is not bound by traditional physics. Counterpart logic defies all rules and is either made by an Executive Decision Maker, or with tears no one can explain either.

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'NSA PRISM spies' shake down victims with bogus child-abuse vids claims

b0llchit
Devil

Scammers or spies?

Are these real scammers or just a front for the NSA soliciting extra-governmental funds for black-ops?

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Germany warns: You just CAN'T TRUST some Windows 8 PCs

b0llchit

Wait for the leak

It is just a matter of time until someone spills the beans. If the spooky spying was a rage, then the spooky spying as a backdoor would pop the entire (proprietary) industry to bits.

If anyone is naive enough to think that the software vendors are /not/ in bed with the spooks has a deranged attitude far from reality. Of course are there backdoors being created; we've seen the virus/worm/malware/... shit already hitting the fan at several occasions.

I have heavily invested in popcorn factories and are awaiting the inevitable stock surge.

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Zuckerberg: I want the WHOLE WORLD in my hands

b0llchit
Mushroom

Simple answer

There is apparently no polite way to tell someone to fuck off, so I'll try this: Well, Mr. Zuck, take your site and you can stick it and shove it up your ... well, you know where.

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Legal bible Groklaw pulls plug in wake of Lavabit shutdown, NSA firestorm

b0llchit
Big Brother

Re: Counterproductive

"It's not really possible to stand up to bullies behind the veil of anonymity because wearing it simply demonstrates you're still afraid."

When the people in East Germany in 1989 started saying out loud in choir at the Monday demonstrations "Wir bleiben hier" (we stay) they were apparently no longer afraid to show their face and give up their anonymity. That was the point were revolution was at hand and commencing.

The road up to that point required anonymity. Without anonymity it would not have come that far, at least not at that speed and probably not as bloodless.

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b0llchit
Big Brother

Guilt by association

That is called establishing "guilt by association".

Everybody in the world is guilty of "something" when you dig far enough. Once you "associate", you are subject to scrutiny and will be proven guilty of any "something". Just to make a point that you should not "associate" but only "behave".

Such system is also called a repressive surveillance regime and we have plenty of examples through history and contemporary.

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b0llchit
Big Brother

Intimidation

The real problem here is that the repressive attitude of governments and associated intimidation seem to have exactly the effect they were designed for:

Destroy dissent.

That is the real tragedy of it. We seem to be all too eager to self-censor in the wake of the revelations and pressures. I can understand PJ's decision, but can in no circumstance support that decision. It shows us the path to utter and complete destruction of free exchange of information.

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

b0llchit
Big Brother

Symbolism

Symbolism can be a powerful weapon.

It establishes an air of FUD to discourage. Nothing more, nothing less.

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

b0llchit
Mushroom

Association and retaliation

Maybe Brazil can [dr]etain $RANDOM politicians from the UK under the pretext that they believe an invalid passport has been spotted. Then question the chap for 9 hours where he got his passport faked and confiscate all the electronic gadgets (including watch). Should make for some interesting dust cloud.

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Radar gremlins GROUND FLIGHTS across southern Blighty

b0llchit
Alien

Oh Boy

Its a cyber-attack! All duck and quack!

Alternatively, the aliens have been spotted once again and the global conspiracy will continue to hide them in the secret chamber.

(sometimes you wish you could choose multiple icons; a coat for the aliens may be required)

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Run for your (private) lives! Facebook's creepy Graph Search is upon us

b0llchit
Big Brother

Re: Creepy

It is the (first) public release of the out-sourced government version to map meta-data into link-graphs. It is time to generate fictional data at a massive scale to blend the data to pulp (-fiction). I guess that there has been enough research already on fake accounts and how you setup such that most probably pass the Turing test.

Come on, create a bigger haystack!

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So: Just how do you stop mobile users becoming leaky lusers?

b0llchit
FAIL

People and confidentiality

Protecting confidentiality of data is an oxymoron.

There are ways to protect the confidentiality of your data:

1) do not generate it

The list is no longer than one entry. (period)

When people have data, you already have a leak. The people are the leak; be it it by shear stupidity or malice does not matter, neither do the means how the data is leaked. When there is data somewhere accessible, you have a non-zero chance of data leaking out. The probability of a leak over time is 1. Live with it or stop generating the data.

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Another negative climate feedback: Warmer plants cool the planet

b0llchit
Holmes

Media: On hold for how long

It is like boiling water. The temperature rises quickly to boiling temperature and then stays there until the water is gone. Then it rises again to never seen heights. The problem with all these models is that the fundamental parameters are not all known. So many feedback loops, either positive or negative. The earth will survive, whether we do is yet to be seen. The only really known is that, at some point, there will be no more fossils left to burn. The human species may be around to see that happen, but it also may go extinct way before then.

The media has made the whole thing into a fantastic headline frenzy. "We're all going to die!", "We'll be heated to extinction", "No problem, only 0.1 degree", etc... Media meddling in the discussion over fractions of a degree in one or the other way is just hype, no more. The fact is, nobody knows what exactly will happen in the long term. The only consensus is that our "previous" lifestyle will no longer cut it. Whether this is due to 1, 2, 3 or 6 degrees temperatures is irrelevant. The timescale is also irrelevant for all practical intends. It is our children and children's children who will need to adapt (and they will curse us no matter what we do).

I'd suggest that the media concentrates on reporting on (practical) solutions for the human species to survive in the long run, seen in the light of a changing climate. That may actually help us all so that our children and children's children still are there to curse us (and may curse us a little bit less if we do a good job).

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Can't find your motor? Apple patents solve car park conundrums

b0llchit
Facepalm

It involves (new) computers, phones and wireless

Well, if the patents are granted, then all hope for the USPTO should be extinguished in one final blow. The criteria of "obvious to a person skilled in the field" seems to be a total loss for the USPTO.

I'm now waiting for a patent to be granted on "waving a hand by means of electronic communication using a wireless infrastructure". Hell, it involves computers and phones and whatever electronics, so it must be worthy.

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I've got a super free multi-petabyte storage box for you: /dev/null

b0llchit
Coat

And nothing of value was lost

No value got lost. Actually, a lot is saved with moving to /dev/null since most files are already copies from /dev/zero and gzip only allows for so much compression.

When we talk about management documents, then we can safely assume that they were retrieved from /dev/urandom (no, not /dev/random, management types are so predictable 50% of the time), so /dev/null makes a lot of sense. At least more sense than the management types do, have done and ever will do.

(sarcasm may be a part of this post, ymmv)

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Swartz prosecutor: We only pushed for 'six months' in the cooler

b0llchit
Unhappy

Psychological extortion

Plea bargain is basically a form of (psychological) extortion. You just talk up the penalty and see what happens. The plea bargain system is corrupt in favor of the prosecution.

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Just bought an Apple product? Need support NOW? Drop an F-BOMB

b0llchit
Coat

any-Bomb

So, Belgium is out of the question then?

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Tumblr and Google App Engine down as US traffic plummets

b0llchit
Coat

Re: Hurricane Sandy...

The cloud is just being blown out of proportion.

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Campaigners roll out political-correctness Voight-Kampff CAPTCHAs

b0llchit
Alien

Multiple choice is a fallacy

"(Politically) incorrect responses mean that a user needs to wait..."

So, tomorrow the other answer is valid. And next week we need to ask with sugar-coating attached. Next month the taboo of asking about taboos is tabooed using taboos.

Next they tell you that the IP addresses are logged and traced, depending your alleged answers. What could possibly go wrong with this so called "technology"?

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Pastafarians: Get your noodly appendages off that Facebook suspect

b0llchit
Coat

Re: Thank goodness!

Of course they need to clamp down. This is revenge for the roman invasion two thousand years ago. No need to have that noodly stuff imported. They are encouraging the export of feta to improve the economy.

Ramen!

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Japan enacts two-year jail terms for illegal downloading

b0llchit
Mushroom

A prominent example is required

I vote for extremely strong enforcement of this new new law in Japan. It should first and foremost be applied to any and all employee, member, associate of the RIAJ (and their family members) and also any and all politician plus the politician's family and friends.

Let's see how long this law survives...

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Health minister warns ISPs: Block suicide websites or face regulation

b0llchit
WTF?

Guidance

How to kill yourself:

- perform a lethal action(*)

So, I guess that TheReg now will be on the banlist? Surely they deserve to be punished for allowing advice on suicide.

(*) Anything that will stop your significant body parts from functioning, using sufficient mechanical or chemical power will suffice.

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Global strategic maple syrup reserves hit in Canadian mega-heist

b0llchit
Pint

Re: It's inevitable

Add yeast to the sticky stolen goods and you know what is going to happen on Friday.

Now try to prove that it was global strategic reserve maple syrup brandy!

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Tokyo Stock Exchange falters as IT problems return

b0llchit
Coat

Human error?

The best way to deal with such a problem is to take the human factor out of the equation. Then all will be better and business will continue uninterrupted.

While we're at it, we should acknowledge computers as persons so they may make authoritative deals without intervention and redistribute the wealth more evenly across the electron-spectrum.

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UK judges quietly declare text chat can be obscene

b0llchit
Coat

Re: Does this include conversations...

Well, not sheep as such, but conveying an image such as:

Imagine that three judge panel sitting in a landscape on a bright sunny say. A cow comes along and all three judges have a fondling relation with that cow one after the other. Then the dominant bull comes along, really seeing red, and starts giving real thrusts of action to all three judges.

Is this violent and obscene enough to bet me extradited to the UK?

(when they do get an order, I can and will refer to the Arkell v. Pressdram case).

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Gov must act on 'innocent' web-browsing copyright timebomb

b0llchit
Facepalm

Re: Nope...

When reading [a book or the web] becomes copyright infringement, revolution is near.

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Microsoft 'didn't notice' it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months

b0llchit

Re: Err...

Last time I looked (tried), ignorance was no defence.

If they get away with this, it just shows that double measures apply in the justice system.

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Olympus MEG4.0 smart glasses will photoshop the REAL WORLD

b0llchit
Big Brother

The Distributed Camera

Will law-enforcement access the camera system?

That must be someone's wet dream, I guess...

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b0llchit
Big Brother

No more dangers

Finally, soon I will be able to get a pair of Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses.

Yeah!

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BOFH: The back-up backdown smackdown

b0llchit
Pint

Paytime

Makes me wish I got 5 quid per event. I'd be at more sunny places by now.

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Larry Ellison buys island 1000x bigger than Branson's

b0llchit
Coat

Re: $500m

He needed the Google fine awarded to supplement the deal. Otherwise he could not afford it, at all.

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Flying Dutchman creates dead cat quadcopter

b0llchit
Coat

Re: Flying pigs next?

Only when hell freezes over...

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Austrian village considers a F**king name change

b0llchit
Facepalm

Belgium

And "Belgium" is allowed to be left alone?

Priorities, it is all about Fucking priorities.

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A sysadmin in telco hell

b0llchit
Pint

OSI layers 8..10

My education has learned me that OSI layers 8, 9 and 10 are Money, Friends and Politics.

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