* Posts by Steven Roper

1773 posts • joined 10 May 2011

Webcam spyware voyeur sentenced to community service

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Re: "Popularity"

Agreed, but when the "smart" things replace the "normal" things so you no longer have a choice, what do you do? Try and buy a TV set that isn't a "smart" TV these days. Eventually, this "smart" shit will encompass everything from your lightbulbs to your washing machine, and you won't be able to avoid it.

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PGP Zimmermann: 'You want privacy? Well privacy costs MONEY'

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Re: What you pays for...

Pretty much what I was going to say, except you got there first.

My statement to Mr Zimmerman is that there are these things called RIGHTS. Nobody pays for rights. Ever. We have a right not to be enslaved. We have a right not to be assaulted. And we have a right not to be unaccountably spied on. Those are RIGHTS, Mr Zimmerman. They are not commodities to be bought or sold, they are inalienable properties of the human condition. That means they apply equally to everyone, not just those who can afford your price for them.

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Hey, Facebook – these are the new Like buttons you should have used

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Re: UMMM

Well, as to the "fresh air" ones - we hardly need those for El Reg, since the Reg doesn't take over people's lives the way Facebook does. And the other emojis I think are adequately covered by the existing icons - Fail/Facepalm for Idiot and Umm, for example.

That said, we do need a Click Bait icon because this is something El Reg is occasionally guilty of, and as to the Privacy icon - the ability to put certain commentards on ignore could be worthwhile, although I personally think that doing so would reduce the liveliness of some the arguments we have here. So I'm none too sure where I stand on that one.

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Tiny Robot Smartphone: Invasion Earth 2016 – prepare to be facially recognised humans

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Re: It's an awkward shape

Which makes it all the better for doing so.

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Swedish govt appeals court decision guarding thepiratebay.se domain

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Re: Wake up!!

"...in 2 hours?"

The justice system works swiftly in the future now that they've abolished all lawyers!

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What about countries that hate the USA?

I'm surprised no pirate site operators have looked at countries like Iran (.ir) or North Korea (.kp), since both of these countries would love a chance to hoist a middle finger to the US and its globalist copyright regime. Iran in particular openly pirates Windows in its government offices and its universities and schools have proudly declared their use of infringing copies of Western textbooks and software.

And while both regimes are highly censorious, they could readily block access to the pirate domains to their own citizens while giving the rest of the world free access to them. If the pirates spin it as enabling corruption and decadence to undermine the "Great Satan" as well as highlighting the damage it would do to Western economies these countries would be on board like a shot.

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If you wanted Windows 10, it looks like you've already installed it

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"please publish!!!!!"

Not mine, because I haven't refined mine enough for public release, but if you want a kill script that does the same job try this one.

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I've removed the Windows 10 malware from at least two dozen computers in the last month. All my friends and relatives who come to me when their computers play up have complained "my computer keeps telling me to install Windows 10, make it go away!" - and I've put together a kill script that rips out all the unwanted KB updates and removes the Windows 10 install folders on the C drives.

The problem is, all these people have their computers on automatic updates and every so often Microsoft simply sneaks in more Windows 10 shit and puts it back again. And I can't put their computers on manual update and tell them to only select and install updates marked as "Security Updates" since some of these people can just about manage to turn the computer on and click things with the mouse. I'm beginning to think about writing an application for them to run on their desktops and laptops that connects to my server and fetches the list of KBs and other shit to be killed every so often, so I can update it as needed and get them to run it once a week or so.

I feel like I'm going to be condemned to fight this fucking war for the rest of my damned life. At least once 2020 rolls around they'll have to choose between Windows 10 or Linux Mint. When that happens anyone who goes with Windows 10 won't have me looking after their computers from that point on.

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Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

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@Someone_Somewhere

If your mentality prevailed in the general economy you would be paying royalty fees:

- to your mechanic every time you start your car;

- to the architect and builder of your house every time you unlatch your front door;

- to the plumber who fitted your toilet every time you flush;

- to the electrician who wired your house every time you turn on a light or an appliance;

- to the textile manufacturer who wove your carpet every time you walk on it;

- to the vendor of your computer every time you use it. Oh, wait, Microsoft have now seen to that.

Look, I'd be overjoyed if I thought that work I did for companies back when I left school meant they had to keep on paying me for the rest of my life and my heirs and assigns for 70 years thereafter, but unfortunately I don't get that privilege. I could have retired at 22 and lived off the royalties for all those car dashboard facias I once die-cut in the factory I worked in. But I work once and get paid once, which has been the basis of trade since the Stone Age, until people figured out this neat trick of Work Once Reap Many called "copyright."

Yes, artists should be paid for their work. Once, at a fair salary, for the hours they put into making it, just like the rest of us.

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Scary Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty signed off

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Any politician signatory to this sham has intentionally and knowingly sold his country's sovereignty to foreign corporate powers and should be charged and tried for high treason.

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Beard transplants up 600% for men 'lacking length elsewhere'

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That question is why reading that article gave me the shivers. I now have Pythonesque visions in my head of two burly blokes hammering on my door in white coats going "Hallo sir, can we have your beard? Come on sir, don't muck us about!"

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AdBlock blocker biz bought

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One thing that people seem to be missing

All these adblockers use standard blocklists. Whether it's Adblock, Adblock Plus, Adblock Edge, UBlock, UBlock Origin or whatever, they are only as good as the blocklists they employ. Without a blocklist, an ablocker is useless.

Most adblockers use lists like the EasyList, ABPindo list, Fanboy's Ultimate Block List, etc. EasyList is the most commonly deployed one and the first one to come up when you set your filter subscription. These lists are updated whenever the ad companies set up new domains and servers, to keep those servers blocked. But the bottom line is, it is the list, not the adblocker, that controls the actual blocking.

So my thought is, when an adblocker company sells out to advertisers, they must set up a hidden "counter-blocklist" that disregards whatever blocklist is subscribed when it comes to certain ad servers (in much the same way Windows 10 ignores the hosts file for certain Microsoft telemetry servers.) It can't be the blocklist itself that's compromised, otherwise it would be impossible to turn on total blocking of all ads in the adblocker.

Which leads inevitably to the conclusion that sooner or later the ad companies will approach the blocklist maintainers, rather than the adblocker makers, and dangle some cash. If they can compromise a major blocklist like EasyList and get their ad server taken off it, that would affect ALL adblockers that use that list, Adblock and UBlock alike - for the price of one bribe instead of several to different adblocker makers, and at the same time remove the ability to turn on total blocking of all ads in any adblocker.

Of course, the moment EasyList sells out it opens the door for an alternative list to take over. But even if it did, this would mark the beginning of yet another endless update war that we'll have to fight to keep control of our computers and internet experience.

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Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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Re: "it lost most of its atmosphere for reasons not yet discovered"

I thought the major cause was Mars' lack of a magnetic field to deflect the solar wind from ablating the atmosphere.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: Email keyword sniffing? We'd NEVER do that!

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THANK YOU!

"they use all of those data to ensure I pay the highest price they can calculate I will pay, using all those data against me, and showing me skewed search result to ensure I won't access lower rates."

Mind if I steal that, mate?

That argument is the perfect response to all these people who want or accept profiling and tracking because "I don't want to see ads for shit I'm not interested in," and aren't convinced by the info-selling or psychological-manipulation aspect.

Now I can tell them, "Yes, OK, you'll see ads for shit you want, but they'll also use your data to work out the top price you'll pay for it and hide cheaper options from you!" Arguing from the hip pocket will be a lot more convincing than arguing from mind-bendery.

Oh man, I am so going to rip some people I know a new arsehole with this!

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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Uh-oh... we've been spotted, guys!

The phantom El Reg SJW downvoter is on the prowl!

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Re: It's not real

" It's like we live in a society where misandry is just background radiation and men are disposable!"

I wish I could upvote you a thousand times just for that line. I've personally encountered that "background radiation" on multiple occasions while out and about, despite supposedly having this putative "privilege" which apparently renders me, as a white male, both immune and blind to all forms of discrimination - which is exactly why I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about feminism and political correctness!

Further to your comment, I'd agree that it is now probably too late for them to play the sexism card. If they were going to do that, they should have done it right off the bat the moment the shitstorm started. But yes, too late now.

What surprises me though is that pop-culture feminists like Anita Sarkeesian didn't immediately jump on the opportunity in their behalf. Someone like Sarkeesian could easily have blown this up like a H-bomb and gained a pile of publicity for her Feminist Frequency as well as for the Peeple app makers!

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Re: It's not real

"Before you know it they'll be on documentaries talking about their experiences being "women in tech""

Exactly what I'd been thinking - I'm completely staggered they haven't thought to play the sexism / institutionalised-misogyny / patriarchy card to counter all the abuse they've been copping. Even if it's overplayed these days, it would still start a Gamergate-like shitstorm that would drown out the original issue in a welter of feminist / antifeminist screaming. This would then leave them free to release their app with the full backing of the media and the powers-that-be that inevitably pander to the feminists in these sorts of cases.

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Bezos' BAN-HAMMER batters Chromecast, Apple TV

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Re: Toucan play

Except that Amazon probably have a million different patents on every possible online shopping method and the resulting sueball would benefit nobody but the usual parasitic IP lawyers.

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FBI: We unmasked and collared child porn creep on Tor with spy tool

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Re: Could someone let Director James R. Clapper know...

Hmm, that is weird. I never noticed the icon, I suppose I've seen them all so many times on here that they no longer register (fnarr fnarr!)

Just tested it and El Reg still have icon selection locked out if you select AC. And you can't call your account Anonymous Coward either. Must be a bug as you say...

Edit: Also just noticed the AC has removed his post. So now I guess we'll never know!

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Re: Could someone let Director James R. Clapper know...

"Somewhat unsettling twang of authenticity to that. Speaking from experience?"

Takes one to know one. At least I put my name to my posts when I take a swipe at someone.

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Re: Could someone let Director James R. Clapper know...

"Not if they kept Javascript/Flash disabled like it should be by default."

The problem is an increasing number of websites simply don't display anything other than a "This site requires Javascript / Flash enabled" message if you have Flash and Javascript disabled. For my part such a message simply guarantees that site doesn't get my custom, but a pedobear cruising for cheese pizza wouldn't have a whole lot of options in this area. And if the FBI site gave him a couple of tasters with the promise of a whole lot more if he enabled Javascript or Flash then pretty much any pedo would do it without hesitation.

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Solar panel spammer hit by UK’s biggest ever nuisance calls fine

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Re: Wot, no names?

Much as I'm inclined to agree with naming and attacking those responsible - I detest telemarketers as much as anyone does - I find I cannot support this idea.

I'm strongly opposed to internet lynch-mobs and vigilante justice in any form and for any reason. If I condemn feminists for lynch-mobbing rocket scientists to grovelling apologies for wearing girl-depicting shirts, and ruining the careers of IT techs for making jokes about dongles, then I equally have to condemn people for employing the same methods for attacking telemarketing executives, however attractive that may seem. It is when we have our convictions tested like this that we discover whether we are hypocrites, and I do my damndest not to be one. Because the one human trait I detest above all else is hypocrisy.

So I have to say, identifying and storming the executives' homes with torches and pitchforks is not the answer. That said, I do feel the justice system has failed in this case, and it is when the justice system falters that vigilanteism flourishes.

What needs to happen is not a fixed fine, but instead an approach like that Finland takes towards speeding fines - a fine painfully commensurate to the income of the offending party. So instead of being fined a fixed sum against the company, the executives should be fined, severally, at a percentage of their income painful enough that they're going to be living on packet noodles and toast for a year or two at least, in addition to a significant percentage of the company's revenue. The fine should hurt everyone involved, not just be able to be written off as a running expense.

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Oz regulator warns VW: cheatware scandal could cost you millions

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Well the government will get some defect revenue from drivers anyway

If the cars are "unroadworthy", watch out if you drive a VW from now on, because the cops are going to be handing out canaries like cookies!

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Web ad tried to make my iPhone spaff a premium-rate text, says snapper

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Re: Loaf of bread

@ Mitoo Bobsworth

Ba-dum-tish!

New keyboard, please!

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Re: Loaf of bread

And how much were you paid to post that steaming pile of shite, AC?

Filtering adverts has about as much in common with stealing bread as taking a dump has to do with driving a car.

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Re: Bah!

Yes, but El Reg must know their tech-savvy userbase contains a much higher percentage of ad-blocker users than most news sites. Yet they don't discourage or block said ad-blocker users; rather, they tacitly encourage them. Despite doing so, El Reg manages to make enough money to pay their staff by convincing advertisers - who, given the industry they're in, should also be aware of this - to buy adverts they know very few will ever see. Pretty clever of them actually!

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Aussie students set to hack cloud biz to hell

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Shhhhh. Something something MALE PRIVILEGE something something something PATRIARCHY something something. Check your privilege.

But if they had a similar set up for encouraging more men into the school teaching field - an area in which men are severely underrepresented - there'd be hell to pay. Because something something MALE PRIVILEGE something something PATRIARCHY something...

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Find shaving a chore? Why not BLAST your BEARD off with a RAYGUN

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"Not the best business model I've heard of."

Or the vendor will adopt the Microsoft/Adobe business model and charge you a monthly fee to continue using the razor. Failure to pay the monthly fee will result in intermittent operation of the laser, leading to patterns forming adverts being cut into your stubble as you shave.

A sensor in the razor connected to the cloud will also detect what brands of soap, toothpaste and deodorant you use, as well as phoning home, tracking and profiling your shaving and morning ablution habits for the purpose of advertising to you the same soap, toothpaste and deodorant you already use.

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NEW ERA for HUMANITY? NASA says something 'major' FOUND ON MARS

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Re: @Steven

"Why assume that everything will also go public?"

First, that doesn't answer the question of what motive NASA (or the government) would have for suppressing the discovery of life in the first place.

As to it going public, even if NASA wanted to suppress discovery of life for whatever reason, asking Congress for more money to investigate said discovery would very quickly result in a whole lot of beancounters asking "But what do you want the extra money for?" There would certainly be a lot of leakage from that!

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Re: Come on..

I recall somebody once saying that if NASA was going to falsify anything, they'd have more reason to falsify discovering life in space rather than suppressing it, because such a discovery would guarantee a raft of funding to investigate it further. What motives exist for suppressing the discovery of life - bearing in mind the primary motivator of all large-scale human decisions is making more money?

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Re: It'll be a rock

My money's on it being a rock as well.

With a fossil of some kind in it. Or at least some markings that could be interpreted as a fossil.

It's unlikely they'll find life now, but since Mars was supposed to be warmer and wetter in the past it's entirely feasible that they could discover fossils of life that existed back then.

Either way, it would still answer the age-old question of life evolving elsewhere once and for all, and it would profoundly change our perception of ourselves in relation to the universe.

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Oz propaganda lists 'alternative music, environmentalism' as TERROR THREATS

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"The reason we have to label "alternative" music, left wing views, etc as extremist is because our government seems to be scared to point out that the threat we face is from Islamic extremism."

This highlights an interesting dichotomy; that left-wing views are held to be a cause of extremism given that it is the political Left who advocate for Islamic immigration in the first place. It's particulary surprising since one of the most fundamental tenets of the Left is "intolerance of intolerance." Thus we have all these buzzwords - racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic, xenophobic etc - to identify the various forms of intolerance that they tell us must be opposed.

But Islam, generally, is intolerant of other cultures. Yet by saying this I will be accused of being intolerant - "Islamophobic" I believe is the word. But the evidence is there for anyone to see. Simply look at the social conditions that prevail in any country in which Muslims are a majority of the population. Look at the laws imposed on those countries. I challenge anyone here to name one country in which Muslims are a majority, that allows women to dress as they wish, to consume or sell alcohol or pork products, to eat, drink or smoke in public during Ramadan, and to promote any religious beliefs other than Islam.

I've done a lot of looking into this sort of thing, and I am very wary of both pro-Islamic and anti-Islamic agendas here. I no more trust, say, the EDL or Take Back Australia as a reliable source of information than I would trust an IS or al-Qaeda site. Mostly my sources are government travel-advisory websites, such as smartraveller.gov.au, legal institute websites such as austlii.org, and news events examined across multiple sources ranging from al-Jazeera to the BBC.

Without exception, smartraveller.gov.au provides warnings such as "women should dress modestly in public", "it is illegal to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours in Ramadan", "possession and sale of alcohol is illegal", "public displays of affection may cause serious offence", and "homosexual relations are not socially acceptable / are illegal and may attract the death penalty," among others. These warnings are given in relation to every single country in which Islam is the predominant ideology - without exception.

And all this is on a neutral, unbiased, government travel advisory website. What other inferences can possibly be drawn from these observations, other than that Islam is generally intolerant of other cultures and ways of life wherever it has gained majority?

I know that I will likely cop a lot of downvotes for saying all this. But I'm not being hateful or racist here; I am not advocating excluding Islamic immigrants or suppressing Islam, I'm merely pointing out that all the facts indicate Islam being intolerant of other cultures despite claims made by some of its adherents that it is a religion of peace and tolerance. The observed facts do not back up the claims. So if we are to allow this ideology to take root in our democratic countries, it must be unequivocally made clear to its adherents that intolerance of our way of life, our freedoms, will not be tolerated, now or in the future.

So I find it paradoxical that the political Left, which claims to be intolerant of intolerance, so vehemently defends a clearly intolerant ideology - to the point where it would sooner alienate a sector of its own supporters rather than point the finger at Islamic extremism. And the obvious whitewashing of this issue in the pamphlet referenced in the article, while plainly referring to Islamic religious radicalism yet avoiding unequivocally naming it, merely highlights this very paradox.

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Official: North America COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses

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The next war

won't be fought over oil, water or natural resources. It will be a mass invasion of the country with the most IPv4 subnets and the weakest military.

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Cesspool 4chan sold … to former owner of Japanese cesspool 2ch

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Re: Free speech, so long as you're not an SJW

"The thing about free speech sites is that one has to also accept that if the site is being overrun by people who think people there are being dicks, then maybe people are being dicks."

So by that statement I can infer that you think gang-war tactics in flooding a site with political rhetoric is acceptable? I wonder if you would still think so when the tables were turned; that is, if 4chan were to raid a Jezebel forum with misogynistic commentary en masse, to the point where they drowned out the topic of discussion in every thread, you would call those "overrunning the site", "trolls."

The reason SJW is a pejorative term is because such people are, first and foremost, hypocrites. The term itself refers to the Authoritarian Left - those who have decided that the world must be run a certain way and relentlessly attack, using the same tactics they condemn in others, anyone who goes against that agenda.

Fighting for peace is like fucking for chastity. SJWs may have a noble objective, but their employment of hypocrisy and bullying tactics in trying to achieve that end is sullying the end by the means. In other words, they are acting exactly as the fascists they are so fond of condemning did - they are justifying their means by their ends. They aren't making any effort to understand why people think and act the way they do, or to accept that they have differing worldviews; they have simply created in their minds an "ideal human" - a non-misogynist, non-homophobic, non-racist, lets-all-hold-hands-and-sing-happy-clappy-songs angel - and are forcefully trying, by bullying, shaming, and destroying others, to fit them into their predefined mould.

And people are fighting back, as they have fought against everyone throughout history who mistakenly believed in the perfectibility of human nature.

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Not surprising that he's finally packed it in.

Gamergate is what killed 4chan, more than anything else. After the Zoey Quinn affair came to a head last year, the site devolved into a left-vs-right political shitfest that drowned out everything else.

Poole then made it worse by replacing the /pol/ and /b/ moderators with SJW friends of his new girlfriend who then immediately banned any anti-feminist or pro-gamergate posts, while allowing the pro-feminist ones to flood every thread. Any form of politically incorrect humour or jokes brought down the wrath of the SJW horde within minutes. Every "hot chicks" thread got derailed by screams of "stop objectifying women!" while gay/male porn threads went unchallenged. And the traditional "tits or gtfo" earned an instant permaban.

This predictably led to a mass exodus of long-term /b/tards to alternative chans, dividing the userbase and spelling the end of 4chan's dominance of the internet underground.

Sadly, this means the political mudslinging has infested the other chans as well, so what used to be a great source of black humour - the main reason I originally went to such sites in the first place - has sadly passed into the pages of history, flooded under a tsunami of progressive-vs-conservative hate war.

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Shock: Smartphone app to protect kids online does quite the opposite

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Re: Dirty minds

Absolutely this.

I've shut down these "Think of the children" crusaders in many an internet forum by simply pointing out that those who shout the loudest are usually those with something to hide and are just desperately trying to publicly prove otherwise. Then the more vehemently they deny it and attack me in response, the more they prove my point!

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The irony is that Windows 98 is surprisingly secure in many ways precisely because of its obsolescence. Pretty much all modern malware requires the NT kernel libraries to run, and won't work in Windows 98 for this reason. Of course that doesn't preclude some hacker port-scanning your machine, but drive-by downloads of things like ransomware, spyware and keyloggers are largely ineffective!

That's not to say that using Windows 98 is a valid security solution of course, just an interesting side effect of using such an outdated operating system.

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Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

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"I'm not any ad person's target audience. I don't buy stuff from ads."

I'm exactly the same. Never once in 20 years of using the internet have I ever bought something by clicking on an embedded advert.

I've bought loads of stuff online, but when I do I go looking for what I want. I get onto Google and I type in something like "buy Nikon P900 australia", and start clicking search results and comparing prices.

Marketing droids MUST drop this idea of brainwashing people into buying shit they don't want or need. The harder they try, the more people oppose them, because these delusional fucks can't understand that people don't like being pushed and manipulated.

Instead, they need to figure out how to capture the search market - people like myself, who when we are actually in the market to buy something of our own volition are willing to look at deals being offered. But when I am not in the market, no amount of shoving ads in my face is going to make me buy your product. All it's going to do is piss me off to the point where I will NOT buy your product even if it's the best one at the best price.

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Blood-crazy climate mosquitoes set to ground Santa's reindeer

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Mosquitos can kill large animals, and not just by spreading disease

I remember seeing back in the 90s, a documentary on TV about the northern jungles of Australia. At one point they showed clouds of mosquitos, actual banks of cloud formed by the things, preying on a herd of buffalo. One of the buffalo dropped dead after this cloud of mosquitos passed over it - dead from blood loss and the sheer volume of anticoagulant pumped into it by billions of mosquito probosces.

If there's one species this world could well do with the extinction of without wrecking the food chain, it's these bastards. Anything that eats mosquitos can easily survive by eating other flying insects.

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The ONE WEIRD TRICK which could END OBESITY

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Re: It is not portion size which matters

"food must be eaten or tossed out in the garbage in the UK restaurant culture."

There's a similar thing here in Australia too. It's because there's some stupid bloody 'elf 'n' safety law that allows the eatery to be fined for letting people take away food meant for dine-in.

Most restaurants, however, will disregard this law - but not all. So it doesn't hurt to ask; there's a good chance the restaurant will tell you they're not supposed to let you take the food but will give you a container and look the other way regardless.

Few will actively refuse to let you take the food. The main exception is buffets and smorgies - mainly because they don't want people loading up a week's groceries from the salad bar and walking out the door.

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AWS cuts cloud storage price to UNDER a cent per gig a month

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It doesn't make any difference

I don't care if they drop the price to under a cent per petabyte per decade, it doesn't change the fundamental issue. Which is that they can hold your data to ransom because it's stored on a machine not under your control.

Who's to say that once you've become dependent on it and stored all your work on it, that they won't jack up the price knowing that you're now hooked? Every two-bit street drug dealer knows this gambit, and anyone who thinks that major corporations are any more ethical is deluding themselves.

Then there's the issue of solvency: what if the cloud hosting provider goes bust? Too bad, you just lost all your data eh? Sorry about that, but shareholders and creditors come first.

Then there's security and confidentiality. Suppose someone high-up in the cloud provider decides that your new design for a solar power generator should go to profit their corporation instead of you, you little upstart? Or if someone decides to go on a little fishing expedition, or a hostile ex befriends someone who works at the cloud company, or...

Yes, cloud has its uses. If you have data that you want to share with multiple people, such as a file locker, then it's just the ticket. But as a secure archival and backup system? No bloody way. Nothing beats storage on your own machines at your own sites under your own control. Not even cloud that only costs pocket change.

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Bloke who tried to get journo killed by SWAT cops coughs to conspiracy charge

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If you want to ruin someone's life

Why risk swatting and being arrested for filing false reports and such? All you have to do is ring CEOP or any similar child-protection agency with an anonymous tip-off that your target has a pile of kiddy porn on their computer.

That way there's no legal blowback on you even if the target's computer is as clean as an operating theatre, because sexcrime accusers are guaranteed protection under rape-shield laws and the like, and the cops turning up and carrying the target's computers off in full view of the neighbourhood, plus the standard guilty-by-accusation name-and-shame of the ensuing trial by social media, will ensure the target's reputation, career and social life are completely destroyed, guilty or not.

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

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I like you. May I add...

I hope some sadistic bastard finds you, [Insert name of carbuncle on the backside of humanity here] and locks you in a cellar where he starts sawing off your extremities, at random intervals ranging from 5 minutes to 5 hours, 1 centimetre at a time, with a rusty blunt hacksaw blade dipped in sulphuric acid, beginning at the tips of your fingers and toes and working upwards, while repeatedly dosing you up on crystal meth to enhance your nerve sensitivity and preventing you from losing consciousness, and sealing the resulting wounds with hot wax so you don't die of blood loss, and thus makes it last a minimum 3 months of screaming, unrelenting, excruciating agony before he finally lets you die, you fucking cunt.

I have a sick and vivid imagination. And I watch/read too much Game of Thrones and its ilk.

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Re: Let's talk about youtube pre-roll ads

Making ads "relevant" is the reason behind all the tracking, spying and profiling. I personally would rather put up with irrelevant ads than be profiled and exploited. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

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BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

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Re: Evidence-based conclusions?

"Is she married? To What?"

Probably to some male-feminist misandrist mangina whiteknight cockroach like Michael Flood, or Allen G. Johnson.

(If you don't know who these maggots are, try googling them. Make sure your stomach is empty and bowels voided first.)

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Re: Concerns? It's little wonder methinks.

"You could be talking about the extinction of the human race as birth rates plummet."

You say that like it's a bad thing...

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Heartland hack: Russian bloke coughs to role in 160m credit card theft

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Devil

String him up

Hang him high.

That's the way.

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SEC takes $30m pound of flesh in newswire-hacking scandal

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I don't know which is more obnoxious

A Ukrainian company unscrupulously engaging in insider trading, or the USA applying its laws in other sovereign nations with no possibility of representation from the citizens of those nations.

I hate unscrupulous corporations as much as anyone, but if the USA wants its fucking laws to apply to me, then I damn well demand the right to vote in USA elections and to have a representative in their Congress. Otherwise those arrogant bastards can go fuck themselves.

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Don't bother buying computers for schools, says OECD report

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You don't need new computers

If you're simply using them to access information, type up documents and perform basic graphics functions, an old Pentium running XP will do the job as well as anything else. Using a multi-core processor with gigabytes of RAM to run a web browser and word processor is akin to using a mining dragline to dig your backyard veggie patch.

Schools would be much better off investing in better teachers and teaching methods, than needlessly upgrading technology that does nothing more than what they have already.

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It's not broadband if it's not 10 Mbps, says Ovum

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As I understand it

Broadband isn't specifically related to speed, it's the method of transmission used. Narrowband means that the signal is transmitted at a single carrier frequency or on a single channel. Broadband means the signal is transmitted over multiple carrier frequencies or channels. You could have a connection running at 300 baud but if it's over multiple channels or carrier frequencies it's still broadband.

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