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.
1841 posts • joined 10 May 2011
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.
"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.
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.
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!
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.)
"You could be talking about the extinction of the human race as birth rates plummet."
You say that like it's a bad thing...
Hang him high.
That's the way.
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.
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.
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.
Yep, like with smart TVs - try and get one that isn't these days. Or incandescent light bulbs. Or phones that are just phones. There seem to be 5 stages to this process:
1. A new version of something, now with built-in camera and microphone complete with monitoring phone-home profiling, comes out as an expensive, hard-to-get luxury.
2. The new version becomes trendy as all the hipsters line up to buy it.
3. The new version becomes commonplace and cheap.
4. The old version becomes an expensive, hard-to-get luxury.
5. The new version becomes effectively mandatory because the old one gets banned for "environmental" concerns or disappears since they aren't selling (because they were deliberately made expensive and hard to get.)
Voila! New lifestyle-data-slurping version in every home, car and pocket!
It isn't that far-fetched. I photographed a gum tree near the top of Mt Lofty from the North Adelaide horse paddocks, a distance of 13.6 km as the crow flies, using a Nikon Coolpix P900 and basic tripod. Conditions were a warm clear afternoon in South Australia's Mediterranean climate. It's quite easy to make out individual branches on the tree in the resulting picture, and the effect of heat haze, while noticeable, in no wise obscures the detail of the tree. And that's with an entry-level pop camera.
So with a decent lens and this sensor, given a plane flying high overhead where heat shimmer would be minimised, it's certainly possible.
Exactly. People in this country seem to forget sometimes that it was founded as a prison. Its constitution was written to treat its citizens accordingly!
is that it must be absolute and indiscriminate in order to be effective, because if it can be broken for one purpose it can be broken for any other. If it can be compromised to catch scammers, paedophiles and terrorists it can be compromised to catch whistleblowers, activists and dissidents. The flip side of that coin of course is that such systems protecting whistleblowers, activists and dissidents will equally protect the aforementioned scammers, paedophiles and terrorists.
There are other ways of identifying and protecting against criminals than tracking them through anonymisation services. Terrorists have to physically plant their bombs in public places and can be observed doing so. Paedophiles will try to lure children to rendezvous points and can be intercepted by operations like Perverted Justice. Police forces around the world will have to develop alternative methods such as these to track criminals, because compromising or suppressing anonymisation services in the name of reducing crime is simply not an acceptable solution.
David 132, are you me? That post reads exactly like something I would have written, I could not express my own thoughts about the direction computing has taken more succinctly than that.
I too have drawn my line in the sand, and the likes of Google and Microsoft et al will pry my computer from my cold, dead, rotted, maggot-eaten fingers. THIS far, NO further.
No cloud storage, no holding my software and data to a monthly ransom, no spying or monitoring or profiling of my habits, and above all no advertising in my private space. Not now, not ever.
Like moiety above, I'm in the process of transitioning to using Linux Mint. My biggest problem so far has been getting my copy of Cinema 4D R12 to run in it under WINE. People have been suggesting I switch to Blender, but I find Blender difficult to get my head around as its workflow is nowhere near as natural or intuitive as Cinema 4D's. Also I have 20 years' worth of 3D modelling work in C4D format, which Blender can't read.
But all this bullshit with Microsoft taking control of my computer is a powerful impetus to change. You're not alone. And reading your post is strong encouragement to me that I'm not alone either.
" But all (I hope) of the "telemetry" can be disabled via registry changes..."
Any changes to the registry to block "telemetry" will simply be reset every time there's an update, or if enough people start blocking it then there'll be a process that polls the requisite registry settings every X minutes and constantly resets them.
Windows 10 simply means you'll be entering into an endless war with Microsoft for control of your computer and your data.
No, I just know enough about psychology and the marketing industry to know that the more a company knows about you, the more effectively it can manipulate you into wanting to buy its products. Advertising is not just about letting you know that a product exists and where to buy it. Advertising is about finding ways to bypass peoples' conscious decision-making processes to make them want to buy the product. This is the backbone of the marketing industry. I know, because I've worked in it. I got out because the lack of integrity and ethics in that industry made me sick to my stomach.
Anyone who thinks they're too smart to be manipulated in this manner is deluding themselves. These people spend their lives studying how the human mind works, how to analyse people's expressions, voice tone, idioms, body language, interests, hopes and desires, and how to exploit that information to get said people to do what you want them to. And the more personal information that can be gathered on you, the more effective those analytics and manipulations are going to be. Unless you keep a constant, relentless and indefatigable guard upon your behaviour and decisions, you will be taken advantage of. Ever end up buying something and later on wondering why you bought it? Congratulations, you just got manipulated.
I know that nobody is interested in my personal dreams and hopes in and of themselves. I'm not so full of myself that I think the world gives a rat's arse about who I am or what I do. But analytics software does. It digests all the information about me and every other person on the planet, and then spits out a recommended action designed to elicit the desired response. Right now, it's in its infancy. And these marketroids are going to continue refining and developing this software to find the best way to manipulate millions of people into buying their products. And the more personal data they can gather to play with, the easier that job becomes.
That's not paranoia. That's just plain life experience and logic, coupled with the knowledge gained from a few years in marketing.
Now that's just from a marketing perspective. It's not even going into politics and the risk of having your life ruined by those who don't agree with you. Ask any atheist living in Bible-belt America what the price of being discovered as an atheist is. Ask any Muslim in an Islamic theocracy what the price of employing critical thinking in the direction of their faith is. Ask anyone who has dared to publicly express a politically incorrect view what it's like to have a Facebook army of SJW crusaders descend on your employer and your home and ruin your career and your life.
As long as we are all sitting in judgement of each other (and I'm just as guilty - remember my comment in my previous post about people whose political views don't align with mine?) there is a real risk that any invasion of privacy on my computer could reveal things about me that would offend some people - and some of them may well be motivated enough to make my life a misery because of it. Again, that's not paranoia; there are some real bastards out there. I've had to deal with some of them.
So it's not unreasonable that I don't want anyone probing into my private data, whether I think they're interested or not. There are just too many manipulators and sociopaths and busybodies and do-gooders out there. And I don't trust Microsoft, or anyone else, to respect that privacy.
Because for them, profit and power will always supersede all other considerations.
Windows 10 is changing the rules in a long-established usage space, Facebook and mobile phones aren't.
From the first days of digital mobile phones, it's been a given that the carrier, if not the phone manufacturer, give themselves unrestricted access to whatever you put on it, and my usage habits have developed accordingly.
That is, I never put anything on a phone that I wouldn't put on a phone company's front counter. I never look at porn on a phone, or keep a life journal, or record all the unspeakable things I'd like to do to people whose political views don't align with my own, or any other kind of thing we normally keep to ourselves. I use a phone to communicate with people, find answers to questions I don't mind asking in public, and wake me up in the morning, nothing more.
But my desktop computer usage habits developed in the old Sinclair and Commodore days. My computer is my private playground, where I can freely express my innermost thoughts, feelings and desires, pursue my art, explore my ideas, enjoy my fantasies and create my worlds. It is mine, and mine alone. It is the one place in the world I can let my guard down, the one place in which I can be truly free, the one place I can relax and don't have to worry about being monitored and controlled and manipulated. It is not for anyone else to see into my computer, or to interfere with how I live my life in it.
With Windows 10, Microsoft are trying to intrude into my world, to pry into a part of my life I don't want shared with others, most especially not some nosey corporation trying to discover my weaknesses and vulnerabilities in order to exploit them for profit. What I do on my computer is none of Microsoft's fucking business, or anyone else's. Nobody gets inside my mask. That's why I'm so adamantly against bullshit like cloud storage, SaaS and all the phone-home crap that has been trying to sneak into my computers of late. It's got to the point where I now have a separate machine for internet access and all my internet browsing is done via anonymising VPN and a horde of anti-tracking, ad-blocking, cookie-futzing, profile-fuzzing browser addons.
That's why the only machine I'll have Windows 10 on is a working machine designed purely for the purpose of making sure my apps and websites work in it, and to keep me updated with what others are using so I can fix their shit when it goes wrong. For my private machines I'm using Windows 7 with all the telemetry and phone-home updates removed and blocked, with one running Linux Mint + Wine as a testbed until I get all the programs I'm used to using working on it, and until I'm comfortably familiar with it. Since Microsoft aren't getting the fucking message, I'll be going elsewhere.
My phone may belong to the world, but my computer belongs to me and me alone, and always will.
My response, if I were bothered to give one, would be more along the lines of:
Having received your demand for X amount of bitcoin I would like to inform you that I would consider it a more sound investment, to spend 5 times as much hiring a hacker to hunt you down, and a hitman to torch your house and rape your wife and kill your kids while you watch before gouging your eyes out with a blunt butter knife and skinning you alive with a rusty razor blade soaked in sulphuric acid, before posting the resulting video to YouTube as a warning to other blackmailers and scammers that stealing from me doesn't lead to a happy ending.
Lord of Winterfell, Warden of the North.
" I dropped a socket down there several years ago and I've never been able to find it."
Sounds like your car's warp core might have been designed by Romulans.
But if you do work in the public service and use your work email to sign up to an "inappropriate" site, you'll likely find yourself transferred to an office in Meekatharra or Wilcannia...
If you want to make sure you've excised all the Windows 10 crap from your system, you might want to go into Windows Update/Installed Updates and uninstall and hide the following updates if they're present:
KB2670838 (Windows 7 only)
KB2976978 (Windows 8.x only)
KB3035583 (This is the bastard that puts that "Upgrade to Windows 10" icon in your systray)
I notice that Twitter is simply removing API access to the "deleted" tweets rather than actually DELETING them. So there's a clear agenda here, and what Twitter is doing by this course of action is tantamount to censorship. Hopefully the transparency sites will be able to whip up some sort of scraper that collects pollies' tweets and backs them up outside of Twitter's control.
Once you put it online, it SHOULD be permanent. Otherwise you're setting the stage for the Ministry of Truth on a global scale.
Then try to match the etymology to those who self-describe themselves as "liberal."
The 5 downvotes to 1 upvote you had for that comment also illustrates the judgmental mindset of the modern "liberal", a species that seems to be infesting El Reg's comment boards rather a lot of late. I've given you another upvote for it, but I fear the hivemind will gang up on me as well as you. At least we can take pleasure in knowing we're pissing the sanctimonious bastards off!
And how old are you, Anonymous Gutless Twat, 8?
Anyone caught using ransomware deserves to be slowly tortured to death, preferably by methods involving the use of a rusty hacksaw blade and a drum of battery acid. These fuckers are the scum of the Earth, and if I were ever to get my hands on one I would gladly serve some hard time for what I'd do to the bastard.
For one thing, you can publicly disagree with privately owned news media and not get hauled off to a re-education camp.
No, you just get doxed by a howling Facebook social-justice vigilante mob who then spamflood your employer to get you sacked, picket your house and ruin your life for the hideous crime of political incorrectness.
It is claimed that this level of monitoring helps to maximise student engagement, keeps students on task, and allows teachers to personalise teaching plans to each individual student.
It also teaches them to get used to the idea of being routinely monitored whenever they're on a computer, thus fitting them admirably for their future lives as good little robots in the Surveillance State.
Maybe Iain Thompson is a closet planetophile? ;)
"Rockets are simpler, cheaper, and generally easier to implement for any SCRAM jet munition application."
The difference is that rockets are limited by the Tsiolkovsky rocket equation (which in layman's terms states that the faster you want to go, the shitload more fuel you have to carry plus a metric fucktonload more to get back) and SCRAMJets, being designed to operate in a fluid medium rather than by reaction thrust, aren't limited by this equation.
Being able to achieve rocket-like speeds without the concomitant rocket-like fuel requirements would be the main driver behind all this research into SCRAMJet technology.
One little problem is that the water from the poo & piss will always be less than the water that the poor people take in.
But there's a device to condense water from air that could make up that shortfall. No one solution is a panacea, most problems require multiple solutions to be implemented, and this is a prime example.
I always thought that the statute of limitations only applied if you weren't wanted in connection with a crime. For example, if you steal someone's car and nobody knows it was you, then after a time you can't be charged for it. But if you steal the car and the police want to question you about it, then simply evading the police for that time doesn't invoke the statute, because you were a person of interest from the start.
At least that's how I thought it worked. Otherwise you'd have criminals of all stripes hiking it off to sketchy countries for however long knowing they can return with impunity after the statute time is up, which would make a mockery of any justice system.
Zuck has discovered we no longer need to waste time and money putting keys and locks on our houses and cars, because a simple sign saying "Thou shalt not steal" stuck on the front works perfectly to deter thieves, burglars and carjackers.
Canning the guy because he wrote code that "violated Facebook's terms and conditions?" Give me a fucking break.
I think the last time I heard someone call me "Doper" was in middle school, sometime around the onset of puberty. Ah, childhood memories. I guess that reveals your mental age, if not your true one.
And of course we all know that America is that great bastion of love for privacy, freedom and dissent, no?
Snowden seems to like places which have little regard for privacy, freedom or dissent. Snowden seems to like places that don't suck on America's balls and thus would sell his arse to them at the first opportunity. FTFY.
She's doing the human race a favour.
If anyone is stupid enough to follow her advice and consequently kills themselves AND their future offspring, then Darwin's principles are operating perfectly in helping to ensure the continuing improvement of the human gene pool.
How do you arrive at a figure of 443m? That's tiny for a black hole of that mass. I banged together the following PHP to check it:
//Calculate the Schwartzschild radius of an object of 50,000 solar masses
$msun = 1.989 * pow(10.0, 30.0);
echo sprintf("%1.4f", Schwartzschild(50000.0 * $msun))." metres";
$g = 6.67384 * pow(10.0, -11.0);
$c = 299792458.0;
return ((2.0*$g*$mkg)/($c * $c));
This gave me a figure of 147,696,147.6723 metres or roughly 150,000 km which is about right for a supermassive black hole. Given that the very page you linked in the article gives the Schwartzschild radius of the Sun as 3 km, your figure seems way off.
If my working is wrong, I'd appreciate you showing me where. Otherwise you might want to revisit your own working and update the article?
Preferably leading to the public executions of the entire board of directors.
I can assure you, we will NEVER migrate to using cloud or all the rentism that it entails. We've already moved our entire office over to using LibreOffice because we refuse to have our work held to ransom by Microsoft's Office365 "pay whatever we demand per month or lose access to your work"
business theft model. Our art department is also migrating to open-source software very nicely, albeit with some gripes from the old-timers who prefer Photoshop and InDesign over GIMP and Scribus.
Our work will never be held to ransom by cloud service providers, and I'm certain we're not alone in thinking this whole rentism bullshit is completely unacceptable. No amount of propaganda-spewing cloud salesmen will ever convince me otherwise, no matter what psychological manipulation shenanigans they try to pull. NO MEANS NO.
"Security = out of date technology."
Yep, this. With the recent spate of ransomware attacks, given the fact that ransomware silently encrypts and decrypts files for a long period before locking you out and demanding the ransom (so as to encrypt backups as well) my colleagues asked me how we could ascertain if we were infected with ransomware, given that it's indetectable until it triggers.
My response was to set up an old Windows 98 machine (because it lacks the NT kernel modern malware requires to work) not connected to any network, and to have everyone in the office save a text file onto a thumb drive and try to read it on the '98 machine. If it can't because the file has been silently encrypted and the malware can't install itself on the '98 machine to disguise this fact, we know we've been infected and can begin recovery procedures.
So far we haven't been, mainly because I've promised to go Ramsay Bolton on the arse of anyone I catch clicking a link in an email, opening an attachment or plugging an unauthorised USB stick into our system!
Well, given that everyone I know, including even my ultra-law-abiding parents, are now hooked up to VPNs (predominantly Private Internet Access) and use them pretty much all the time, much good may it do Abbott and Co to spy on us. What's even funnier is that by enacting intrusive data retention laws that made everyone in this country jump onto the VPN bandwagon, the Abbott government has effectively also hobbled its internet filter as well. Our politicians are so incompetent they can't even oppress their own people efficiently!
sudo killall -9 Autopilot