* Posts by Steven Roper

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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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"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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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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Disney's light-bulb moment: build TCP into LEDs for IoT comms

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Re: You might not have a choice

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!

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Look! Up in the sky! It's letters on a plane read with a 250MP camera

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Re: With what lens and what atmospheric conditions?

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.

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Australian opposition wants laws to protect private smut

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Re: Rights!

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!

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That's a Tor order: Library gets cop visit for running exit relay in US

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The problem with any anonymising system

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.

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Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

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Re: "Personal" computer no more

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.

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Windows 10 to grow up, turn extra enterprise-y beginning this month

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Re: I'm linking rollout to a h/w refresh

" 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.

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OFFICIAL: Zuck's BIG in-your-face Facebook Messenger SHOVE finally pays off

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Re: and people are worried about Windows 10?

"Paranoid, much?"

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.

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Steven Roper
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Re: and people are worried about Windows 10?

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.

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Reg reader shares AshMad blackmail email about which he gives 'zero f***s'

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Re: Dear blackmailer

My response, if I were bothered to give one, would be more along the lines of:

Dear Blackmailer,

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.

Kind regards,

Ramsay Bolton,

Lord of Winterfell, Warden of the North.

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Astroboffins EYEBALL 13 BEELLION-year-old galaxy far, far, farthest away from Earth

Steven Roper
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Re: The usual definition of "observable Universe" includes being observable.

" 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.

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Oz public service reminds staff: don't use work e-mails on 'affair' sites

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Not grounds for dismissal, no

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...

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

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Re: "A Close Call Gromit!"

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:

KB2505438

KB2670838 (Windows 7 only)

KB2952664

KB2976978 (Windows 8.x only)

KB3021917

KB3035583 (This is the bastard that puts that "Upgrade to Windows 10" icon in your systray)

KB3075249

KB3080149

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Can't get a woop, woop! Twitter gives politicians nice Gaffe-Delete button

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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.

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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Re: Interesting, and probably accurate way of putting it

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!

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