* Posts by User McUser

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Both HPs allegedly axed people just for being old, California court told

User McUser
Pirate

I also used to feel that way.

But then I realized that I too will one day grow older...

Or die trying.

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Hacked hookup site Ashley Madison's security was laughable

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Re: Good

The placebo affect works in animals too.

Sorry but no, not really:

In general, for a placebo response to occur, it would seen require that the patient being treated recognize that there is an intentional effort to treat. Animals would appear to lack the ability to comprehend such intentions (other than they may not like a particular intervention). As such, animals would not be able to participate in placebo-generating experiences.

[Source: Is There a Placebo Effect for Animals?]

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Uber and Volvo take on Ford in race to launch self-driving vehicles

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Alert

Re: A race to the selfdestruction of big car manufacturs ...

I'll agree that cars in America have a 3% utilization implying that 97% of the time the car is idle.

The problem here is the fallacy that this is some sort of artificial limit - cars are used 3% of the time because that's how much we use cars each day. Once the rush-hour traffic gets to work or home then the vast majority of drivers are basically done driving.

Or in other words, most cars are idle most of the time because we don't need a lot of cars most of the time. The limited number of people who can take advantage of an idle car during non-commuting hours is very low compared to the number of idle cars available. At best your car will drop you off at work in the morning and then return home for your spouse/child/whatever to use before it picks you up again after your shift ends. It's highly unlikely that you'll hire it out to randos; with such a potentially high supply and low demand the price will be too low to be worth the bother.

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NASA dangles ONE MILLION DOLLARS for virtual Mars robots

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Re: Qualification Tasks 1 and 2 hahahahahaha

NASA spent millions on developing a pen

Actually NASA paid only $2.95 each for the original "Space Pens" they used (about $21 in 2016 dollars.)

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp

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VC vampire: Peter Thiel wants to live forever

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Go

Re: Thiel's been watching too much Simpsons?

A far more relevant quote would be:

Burns: "You know, it's funny, Smithers. I tried every tincture and poultice and tonic and patent medicine there is, and all I really needed was the blood of a young boy."

(Episode 7F22 - "Blood Feud")

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Someone (cough, cough VeriSign) just gave ICANN $135m for the rights to .web

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What a waste of money...

I'm sure the best possible name (obviously "spider.web") will already be taken so there's really no point is there?

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Exclusive transcript: WikiLeaks reveals ass call from a zoo

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what's known in law enforcement circles as an “ass call”.

In the States this is colloquially known as a "butt dial."

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Pokemon GO-ZILLA: Safety fears after monsters appear in Fukushima danger zone

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Boffin

Re: Why not

Iodine 131 has a half-life of ~8 days so there's basically none of it left in the exclusion zone.

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Church organist nabbed for playing glory hole in excelsis

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Re: Dear. God.

I can't imagine the number of Hail Mary's this guy is going to have to go through.

Um, zero? He's Presbyterian, not Catholic.

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GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal

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The difference is that Uber tells you "go to this location and take this person somewhere else" and if you don't do it, Uber will stop hiring you. They also set prices as they see fit.

eBay pretty much does not care what you sell or to whom you sell it or even if you sell the item elsewhere before the auction ends so long as you operate within the law and pay them the listing fees. You are also free to set whatever price you like.

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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WTF?

Somebody explain this please...

The offer price is supposedly £17 per share, which currently amounts to ~US$22.55.

ARMH is currently trading around US$66 which is nearly 3x the officer price.

So am I an idiot or is everyone else?

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Uber opens up on Oz deactivation policies, just a little

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Re: Ride Sharing?

Think Zip car. You call them up they deliver the car and you pay for the time . They even pay for the gas and insurance.

Still not ride sharing - that's called "renting a car."

PS: You ARE paying for the gas and insurance. What you meant to say was that they don't charge you *separately* for gas and insurance.

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Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

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64-bit Atom

Only two of the Atom branded chips (N270 and N280) are 32-bit (IA32) only.

All other CPUs produced under that moniker are 64-bit (AMD64.)

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Special delivery: Activists drop 100,000 net neutrality complaints on FCC

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Re: Be careful...

So if I'm a new VoD startup, how do I compete with Foxtel's cosy arrangement with Telstra?

You call them up and get your own arrangement.

Let's face it, unless you're trying to set up a YouTube type of service (that is, user provided videos), the only real barrier to entry for creating a Video On Demand service is the cost of licensing the content. The internet connection(s) are probably the least expensive part.

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Thunder struck: Apple kills off display line

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Good riddance...

I hate those things least of all for the fact that they use a combined data and power cable that is NOT user replaceable.

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Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

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Facepalm

Burying the Lead

The real news here is that if you have a dog and a gullible enough sheriff you too can have $10,000.

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Apple starts clock on HTTPS app rule

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HTTPS is great...

But please also make sure you check and verify that the certificates involved are the ones you're expecting when you make that connection. Doesn't do much good to encrypt the data if your DNS gets hijacked and you're redirected to the bad guy's server without noticing.

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Bendy see-thru mobes? Materials scientists make nanofilm advance

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Re: Meh!

I always liked the way the Globals had two pull-stops on the screen. Pull it out half way for normal use, or all the way for side-by-side apps or a wider single app.

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: I need info

I just revoked the System's and Administrator's NTFS permissions on the GWX folder which blocks it quite nicely.

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65 million millennial blog bores' Tumblr logins ... for! sale! on! darknet!

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Re: "Password is dead" meme is spreading

Then what do you do with people with bad memories?

IMHO a strong password that is written down (and hidden in your wallet/billfold) is better than a weak password that the user can remember. Or else use a password vault I guess?

The number of in-person hacking attempts is almost zero these days when compared to the number of online automated ones. Unless your login has some special privileges then any ne'er-do-wells just need *an* account but not necessarily *your* account.

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The Schmidt's hit by the fan: Alphabet investor sues Google bigwigs over EU antitrust ruckus

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Re: That's silly

They made something like USD$4.2Billion in profit after taxes just this quarter (Q12016). So yeah, $7B isn't going to be a problem for them.

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Big Cable uses critics' own arguments to slam set-top box shake-up

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Standards

The new proposal, the NCTA argues, is the same: it has the FCC requiring cable companies to use a specific format and make it available to others to build cable boxes. In effect, setting that format in stone.

Defining and establishing technological standards is part of the FCC's raison d'etre. Why is the NCTA pretending that it doesn't know this? Standards create a level playing field so that everyone* has equal opportunity to succeed or fail.

And I am so tired of multi-billion dollar companies pretending that they can't have slightly lower profits without claiming that this will destroy everything that is right and good in the world and threatening to never invest anything into anything ever again like pouting children.

[*] - For varying definitions of "everyone" natch; obviously I'm not going to go out and start a cable company next week without having won several lotteries in the intervening time.

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Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

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I just verified that I'm right - I just updated my Oculus software to the new version and Steam VR still works with it as does VorpX.

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On Friday Oculus broke its word and instituted DRM (digital rights management) controls on its virtual reality headset, blocking non-approved games from its kit.

My understanding of this change was that they are blocking non-Oculus hardware from displaying Oculus exclusive titles. AFAIK they're still allowing 3rd party games and such to use the Rift.

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French authorities raid Google's Paris HQ over tax allegations

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Trollface

Re: SOP

Realistically isn't this what we all do?

You pretend that you're an Irish citizen in order to reduce your taxable income in other countries?

Corporations have a much easier time dodging taxes because they can use shell companies and other accounting shenanigans to shift numbers between different columns on the spreadsheet until they sum to zero or whatever numbers suit them at the time.

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Forget high-powered PCs, mobile is the future of VR, says Google

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Don't need a high-end PC...

Just a high-end smartphone... Which will probably cost just as much as a high-end PC.

Also, I'm not terribly keen on having a potentially explodable Lithium battery in such proximity to my face. Speaking of which, VR is a resource hog - heavy CPU and GPU usage will very quickly drain the battery of any smartphone light enough to be worn for any length of time.

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Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

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Re: That's not too bad

So you'd be happy for a video of you going to the toilet being available for someone else to watch? Really? If you *are* happy with that, then we should treat your previous posts with the contempt they deserve.

Why is the police officer in the toilet with me?

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Re: That's not too bad

"Surely a nurse or technician with special training would take such a sample and not the beat cop that responds at the scene of a crime."

No. "Beat cop" is called "response" because they respond to anything turns up.

Huh? Camera or not, the police officer that responds to a crime is NOT going to be collecting evidence - that's a crime-scene technician or detective's job. You don't want evidence tainted or damaged by someone who isn't properly skilled and allow a criminal to escape justice based on a technicality do you?

"And again, most likely the kid is going to be handled by an expert who knows how to explain things to little kids."

No. You really have no idea what you're talking about.

If you say so. I happen to personally know a CPS (that's Child Protective Services) agent and he does this sort of thing all the time. The police call CPS when they have a child in a situation like this because CPS agents have the knowledge and experience that the police officers don't.

"I don't see how it being recorded is somehow a problem"

Then you really need to see more people in emotionally stressful situations

Well then I'd need a video of it wouldn't I?

What's the scenario here that has you so worried? So cop tells family that their grandpa is dead and then the camera like blows a raspberry at them or something? Or does it just start immediately uploading to YouTube and leaving racist comments?

Seriously though, how does the presence of a camera recording these events ruin or complicate them?

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Re: That's not too bad

You might be ok, but I bet you're in a minority.

Well I also have no issue with those things, so that's two to one so far...

How about when taking the intimate sample from the rape victim? Think she's going to want that on video?

Surely a nurse or technician with special training would take such a sample and not the beat cop that responds at the scene of a crime.

Or explaining to a four year old why mummy is in the ambulance and daddy is being taken away for a while.

It's a passive device on the officer's uniform - not a camcorder with bright lights being stuck in your face so I don't see why this would be a problem. And again, most likely the kid is going to be handled by an expert who knows how to explain things to little kids.

Or whilst asking the local "youth" to grass on the rival gang members

I guess maybe? But then again, what's the issue here? Do you think the gang members will get a copy of the tape in order to take their revenge?

Or passing granddad's death message.

Again, what's the issue here? Sure it's sad to tell someone their relative is dead but I don't see how it being recorded is somehow a problem. It isn't as if the footage will be broadcast.

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User McUser
Coat

Whatbout the cop who inadvertently looks through my living room window and gets a view of the inside of my house? This is creepy state surveillance by the backdoor

Welp, I guess it's curtains for you then.

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Help! We're being crushed, cry billionaire cable giants

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WTF?

3rd Party Cable Boxes already Exist

I haven't had a cable company issued box since at least 2000. My TiVo does everything including "Pay Per View" and "On Demand" video using the existing FCC mandated CableCard standard.

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America edges closer to get-a-proper-warrant-to-read-my-email law

User McUser
Devil

Looking out for #1

In a rare display of bipartisanship the US House of Representatives has passed the Email Privacy Act (EPA) in a 419-0 vote.

Bi-partisanship had nothing to do with it! They just realized that *their* email would also be easily obtainable via subpoena without this law. There are a lot of skeletons to be found in those closets I'd imagine.

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Dutch PGP-encrypted comms network ‘abused by crooks’ is busted

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Go

Why not go further?

How much further can we take this argument? AD INFINITUM ABSURDE!

-Post office? Yikes, someone might send a letter about drugs! Shut it down!

-Internet? Obviously that one's right out.

-Talking? *!gasp!* People might say all sorts of things to each other by transmitting vibrations through a gaseous medium! Guess we'll just have to puncture your eardrums and cut out your tongue and vocal chords, you know 'cause of the possible crime.

-Sign language? Oh my, better start chopping off hands... Actually, let's pop those eyeballs out too - you might see something else we don't like or use a complicated blinking code to exchange secret drug messages!

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Warrant-less email snatching by cops, Feds under threat by draft law

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Flame

Hang on a tick, what did that say?

Under the new EPA legislation, Microsoft and any other cloud provider would be entitled to ask for a warrant from law enforcement before handing over a subject's emails.

"Entitled" to ask? Not "law enforcement is required to get"?!

So if my email provider didn't care they could just go "meh" and hand over all of my email without any reason or cause just because some cop or G-Man asked for it?

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Uber hands over info on 12m passengers, drivers to US officials, cops

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Location, Location, Location...

[...] taxi companies were obliged to provide a paper log with rough pickup and dropoff locations; now they are told to provide GPS coordinates.

I'm all for privacy, but is there really *that* big of a difference between "Corner of East 75th Street and Park Ave" and "40.773006, -73.962301"?

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Oculus, why do you need to record our every move? Al Franken asks

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Re: Inserted Adverts

For a while Sony was playing ads during the "loading" screens on some titles. I saw it myself in the game "Wipeout HD". See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wipeout_HD#In-game_advertising

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FreeBSD crushes system-crashing bug

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Pint

Re: Friday afternoon, is it?

I just got back from the pub, is it just me, or does that sentence not actually make sense?

It's one of those "I shot an elephant in my pajamas" parsing issues that make English such a great language.

The vulnerability is of the "heap overflow in the kernel" type, rather than there being a "heap overflow" in the "kernel vulnerability."

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Windows

Block via NTFS permssions - Easiest Fix I've Found

I just changed the NTFS permissions on "C:\Windows\System32\GWX" and that's stopped it cold on my Win7 Pro boxen. It blocks the GWX executable from starting *and* prevents new updates from being applied.

Set yourself as the Owner, disable inheritance, delete all existing permissions, explicitly set Deny All for SYSTEM and "Trusted Installer", and Deny All *except for* "Change Permissions" to yourself and the built-in Admin account so you can undo this later (should you so desire) but can't accidentally install one of the offending updates.

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These Chicago teens can't graduate until they learn some compsci

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Megaphone

Re: One credit?

Computer work ain't for everybody. One wonders what would happen if they decided to make all the kids get one credit in metal-working, wood-working, auto repair, logging, fishing, gardening, cooking, swimming, animal care, bread making, institutional laundry, framing, HVAC, and paving

I don't know about you, but that's basically how my Jr High/High School experience worked.

We had to take two semesters of Home Economics (cooking, sewing, nutrition, and other basic domestic skills), 4 semesters of Industrial Tech (woodworking, basic construction and engineerring principles, internal combustion engines, and metal work skills including 3 types of welding), Physical Education every semester (baseball, football, American football, tennis, golf, bowling, swimming, track-and-field, and more) and that was just Jr. High (6th-8th grade.)

In High School we had a choice of additional curriculum including Farming related classes, various trade-related courses in Electronics, Carpentry, Plumbing, automotive tech, Computer programming, Radio/TV, and more.

So a few kids who aren't going to ever write a single line of code outside of that class are forced into taking it. So what? I took all sorts of math classes that I rarely use, chemistry, physics, biology, and history are likewise rarely used in my everyday life, if ever. Shall we eliminate those as well?

I strongly believe in exposing children to as many different and diverse courses as can be squeezed into their education. Principles in different disciplines can be applied to other areas - you may never write a single line of code but the Boolean logic you learned from your CS class can be applied to installing two wall switches to control a single lamp (an XOR circuit) in your future job as an electrician.

Finally, did it not occur to you that there might be kids out there who don't know that they want to be a programmer until they sit down and start programming and find that they're really good at it?

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Verizon only cares about fiber, lets copper nets lapse into ruin – gripes

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Joke

Verizon's Official Response

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHgUN_95UAw

"You see, this phone system consists of a multibillion-dollar matrix of space age technology that is so sophisticated -- even we can't handle it. But that's your problem, isn't it? So, the next time you complain about your phone service, why don't you try using two Dixie cups with a string? We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."

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Louisville says yes to Google Fiber. Funny story: AT&T, TWC didn't want that to happen

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Go

Oh FFS...

overzealous installers run the risk of damaging TWC's data lines when laying the new cables.

Really Time Warner? *That's* your fake reason?

I'll say this - when a regional FTTP company started installing fiber in my subdivision, I noticed that my existing Comcast service mysteriously started working better. I dumped them like a hot rock anyway (cause fuck 'em) but it is amazing what even the prospect of a little competition can do. Now I get twice the speed for basically the same price I had been paying.

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

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Meh

Re: Not that hard actually. @McUser

OS/2 2.0 shipped in April of 1992 and Win3.1 in March of the same year. So technically you're correct.

But given that Win3.1 was a glorified window manager running on top of DOS and OS/2 was a fully object-oriented GUI there's not really even a comparison between the two.

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User McUser

Not that hard actually.

It's hard to imagine the enormous leap that was Windows 3.1

Unless of course you were a Mac, Amiga, or OS/2 user at the time.

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Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

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Why not let the Indians figure out what they want?

Leave them be to sort this out for themselves and offer advice only when *asked* for it. The Indian people have to find the appropriate Indian solution to an Indian problem.

We can all argue about what's right or wrong for them but let's face it - virtually none of us are going to have to use whatever system ends up in place. So why should our dumb opinions even matter?

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You, FCC. Do something about these overpriced cable boxes, yells Bernie Sanders and pals

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Re: cable card

Cox cable charges me $3/month rent for each of my two cable cards.

That's funny - Comcast pays *ME* $2.50/month for having a TiVo. It shows on my bill as a "customer owned equipment" credit.

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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FAIL

Re: Take down all road signs...

Think of it this way. You install a safe in your home [...]

The analogy of a safe implies that you are trying to protect something when that was not the situation in this case (that is, the Britt Dekker case.) The better analogy is more like putting the photos in a cardboard box behind a bush on the public sidewalk in front of your house and hoping that nobody stops and looks inside it. This is security through obscurity and it doesn't work. A hyperlink in this context is a guy pointing at the bush and saying "Hey look, there's a box full of photos behind that bush."

If a file or resource is on a publicly accessible HTTP server then assume that anyone in the public can access it and plan accordingly. The modern hyperlink is at least 36 years old ("Mother of all Demos" not withstanding) so if you don't understand the fundamental rules that this entails then get off the Internet.

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

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In college I had an IT job supporting the faculty in an advisory capacity rather than a support capacity (eg: how to use their software not fix it when it broke, though I also did that since the main IT group couldn't be bothered to do *anything* in a timely manner - but I digress.)

Anyway, my boss at the time told me this amusing anecdote from his days in the trenches:

Back in the time of big iron and dumb terminals, he got a lot of support calls reporting the users "computer" was broken. Since the "computer" was just a VT-something-or-other with a display and a serial line going to the mainframe, for most issues there was no real reason to physically visit the user's desk - just login to the server and fix whatever the problem was. But that's no fun. So sometimes he would tell the users to not touch their terminals and he would be there shortly to work on it. After fixing the real problem he would come into the room and while holding down the battery test button on his pager (which would make it beep) he would wave it back and forth over the "computer." After a suitable time he would stop and tell the user to "try it now." He said that the look on the user's faces when their problem was apparently solved by the magic beeping device was priceless.

I've always held that for the vast majority of users computers are just Arthur C. Clarke style magic.

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Apple’s retail chief: ‘Touching customers’ key to retail success

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Trollface

Re: How about touching a REAL UK Keyboard?

I have to spend at least 10 mins remapping all the keys!

It takes you 10 minutes to open the Keyboard System Preference, click the + button at the bottom of the "Input Sources" panel, and choose the "British" keyboard layout?

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In this Facebook and Google-owned world, it's time to rethink privacy

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Flame

PAY for privacy?!

If Facebook (et al.) want my personal information because it's worth money to them, then why don't they PAY ME for it. And just giving me access to the platform is NOT a form of payment - that's merely the harvesting mechanism.

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