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#Help. There's a STRANGER in my Twitter timeline

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Re: But isn't the entirety of www-land just rubbish anyway?

But are there cat pictures on the kernel mailing list? If not, count me out.

Paris, because she's the closest thing we have to cat icon. :/

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Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'

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Re: Complexity to the point of no return

"Who in Microsoft thought that it was a good idea?"

And who thought it was a good thing to launch bash when invoking one program from another?

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Yeah, another gaping back door. But at least this one isn't at ground level - you need to bring a ladder.

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Intel 'underestimates error bounds by 1.3 QUINTILLION'

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Re: God, keep me from harm and working on FPUs

And if your read the post, fsin et al are not worth the transistors; every library is using their own version. For those of us doing sums using a large number of sins given to us by mathematicians with no idea of the limits of practical hardware, these things matter.

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Activist investors DESTROY COMPANIES. Don't get me started on share dealings...

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...paging Tim Worstall....paging Tim Worstall...

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Google hauls Java-on-Android spat into US Supreme Court

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Re: apis can be protected, sometimes

But if a company says, "My API is copyright" is it worth the risk of taking them to court, or do you settle or go out of business? This would be the definition of "chilling effect".

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Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

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Re: This sounds like Windows 8 territory

Yeah, but MS got there first with a tablet too. And while I'm not a big Apple fan, you'd have to say that if any company were going to succeed at it, it would be Apple.

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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"Does anyone actually use those stupid style things that take up half the bloody ribbon?"

I use Libre Office.

We need an icon for smugness.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

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Re: I for one look forward to this

Thermodynamics for economists: the universe extracts rent from every transaction.

Alternate formulation: if you think you're making a profit, you've not accounted for all the externalities.

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Exceptional Doctor Who plots have always been the exception. Largely, it's re heated sci fi for a family audience. And that's true pre- or post- reboot.

But Nu Who had become a chore to watch; I was just hanging on for Matt Smith's charms. Not this series, however. Whether it's being daft or being serious, it's zinging. The Caretaker was so Whedonesque it could have been an episode of Buffy. And I love the screwball comedy that Clara and Capaldi are generating; it may not be deep but it does deconstruct how we judge people by appearance ("why is your face all coloured in?") and young children won't have really thought about those issues before. So its great.

People take Doctor Who too seriously. It's meant to be fun. At the moment it is. Enjoy it.

(And also, nobody mentioned Clara's outfits. How could you not want them all???!!)

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Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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There is going to come a point, sooner or later, where judges in different jurisdictions make conflicting demands about Google's global search results.

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

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Paris Hilton

I'm starting to feel sorry for Google. Politicians and lawyers can't reach the top shelf but they can make life miserable for the guy lending out a step ladder.

Paris, because "Paris, because..." has got old and I'm feeling sorry for her, too.

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Howard Shiplee SHIPS OUT of top job

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Re: Yay

"Will bring my own crayons"

Sure, but DWP get to keep them when if you're fired you resign.

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It's official: EU chiefs WILL probe Apple's Irish tax deal

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"Commish"? "commish"?!

Welcome, you're gonna fit in just fine here.

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Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods

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Re: Windows vs Linux

This isn't another "hole" in the fence; it's open back door into every vulnerable system.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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But if you can't tell the difference already, what "breakthrough" could possibly improve the experience?

I understand the urge to keep an "uncorrupted" "master". But I'm not sure its justified. (That said, when our phones all have terabytes of storage, we'll probably all use lossless.)

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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Yeah, one suspects fewer paths mean the code can be better optimised by the developers, the compiler and the CPU. But that's only a guess.

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Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

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Re: Oh $!#t.

"But I don't think it will affect anyone unless they're using OS X Server facing the Internet."

Until it skips through the firewall on a vulnerable device.

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Re: Good cables are better

"...provided you treat TB like your genitalia..."

I keep mine in the cloud. I think they should be safe there.

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Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months

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Haters gonna Hate

No stability problems. It's a bit slower than Acrobat. But there are fewer security holes. And its certainly not bloated.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Reading these forums makes me think there either aren't many IT jobs in Scotland or the Scottish IT workers are a lot more rational than the general population.

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@ I ain't Spartacus

I think the polls aren't counting:

  • voters who are concealing their 'no' vote because they believe it would be badly received by the people around them; cf the spiral of silence.
  • voters on the council estates who are planning to vote 'yes', and are difficult to survey.

In short, the polls are meaningless; it could be 60/40 either way.

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Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter

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Re: Actually this is an error I'd quite like to see more of.

Hey, at least somebody thinks I'm worth it!

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

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@Ted Treen

"The IDF uses its weapons to protect its people:"

Yes, and I am going to "protect" myself from the world: BY NUKING YOU ALL. HahaHAHAHAhahAHHAHAHAHAAAA.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: @Pax681 @Anonymous C0ward

No, not North Sea oil. They get most of that money back in extra spending. They may not get it all but, arguably, the surplus goes to Wales and Northern Ireland. Anyway, the loss of the majority of the oil (the rUK gets to keep ~10%) won't be catastrophic, even if revenues hold up.

And not Faslane either. It's nice to have and it will be "inconvenient" to relocate our subs. (And for that reason I'm sure we will get an extended lease as part of the negotiations.)

And other than that, what?

As I said, the rUK may well be worse off. But not significantly. And not to the extent that we need to bully the Scots.

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@Pax681

It's purely a case of London-centric business getting involved and trying to bully the electorate with more FEAR FEAR FEAR... that has been the staple of the NO campaign.

But why would the rUK want to bully Scotland into staying? Even if Scotland is a net contributor to the UK---and that seems to depend on who's doing the counting and what's counted---it's not a huge sum (as a percentage of GDP), is subject to the fluctuations in oil price and is set to decline as the population ages. So what does the rUK get out of keeping Scotland? You've definitely made a fair contribution to the union and I wouldn't kick you out, but the rUK is not going to be noticeably worse off without you. So why would we bully you? What have you got that we need to hang on to?

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Re: If they say yes...

But why would we want to?

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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Re: Wonderful

@regman1

Have we dropped the requirement that commentards pass a test on elementary LIE algebra?

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Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

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Plans within plans...

I've not read the books but I keep thinking that about the TV series. (Did someone mention Face Dancers? From Tleilax, perhaps?) They both deal intelligently(-ish) with religion, court politics, duty, betrayal and revolution. And Dune, with its feudal society, is very medieval in tone. There also seems to be a vague resemblance between Lynch's movie and the GoT TV series; if you said Sansa was a young Jessica I would believe you and Baelish could easily be a twisted Mentat.

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Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

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If Microsoft won't support the OS without being handed a fat wodge of cash, why should anybody else?

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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"The desperation to fill recruitment holes is leading to continued wage growth, which is creating a market that is both unsustainable and unrealistic”

Unrealistic and unsustainable for whom? I would argue the wage growth in executive salary is unrealistic and unsustainable but we keep finding money for it. Maybe we should divert some of that executive pay into into coal face jobs. Or perhaps dividends could be reduced to to pay for the people necessary to earn the money.

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

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Re: Out of cheese error

I don't have a passport, don't have a driver's licence and most bills are in the other half's name. Identity verification comes down to my birth certificate, a letter from HMRC and a bank statement.

And that was just to get a Library Card. (No, I'm not joking. But at least it doesn't have a photo on it.)

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DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

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Re: With incredible uptake of IPv6

@Michael, I think the OP was being sarcastic.

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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

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Re: On the flip side...

Yup, cyberwar gravy train.

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Good luck with Project Wing, Google. This drone moonshot is NEVER going to happen

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Re: Please remember that this is America.

I predict Google's next purchase will be a company specialising in armour plating. Or perhaps camouflage (aka "blue paint").

Seriously? It will be sending live data back to Google. Shoot it down and your mug shot will be emailed to law enforcement. And thereafter there'll be one less gun nut on the street. Everybody wins!

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SHARE 'N' SINK: OneDrive corrupting Office 2013 files

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Re: Assuming this is an encryption issue

Please, stop victim blaming.

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Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media

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Re: "It undermines the rule of law if laws are unenforceable"

Odd, because that doesn't seem to have stopped the last few governments from passing all sorts of unenforceable laws which look good in the media...

The point of all those laws is to makes sure you are guilty of something if there is ever a need to lock you up. Simples.

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

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Re: Not surprising

I use C++ because TEMPLATE META PROGRAMMING! Truly, it's one of life's greatest pleasures! Oh shit, I may have outed myself as a crap programmer. Thanks for my coat, I always wanted to be a writer anyway.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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"Innovation" might happen best in a "market", but it doesn't need to be a capitalist market: imagine $invention, the telephone say, had been invented in a post-scarcity world. (Magic aliens have given us replicating machines that replicate anything we create.) You could have created a bunch of them, cost free, dumped them on the world and people would have found their own use for them, different to Bell's. That has nothing to do with The Market, as conventionally understood.

You've also cherry picked inventions, too; a hoover or a washing machine are used as intended, 99% of the time.

I also know I've overlooked the infrastructure. And we can have arguments about whether that's best provided by the state, non-profits, or private enterprise. But having a network doesn't control what we do with the phone.

And, of course, we are now using "the phoneline" (the internet) to listen to concerts...

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Re: What about the Arapaho?

Catebaik.

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Re: Breakthroughs

I wear glasses. I don't wear a watch. So I know which wearable I'm more likely to use.

And the scope for Augmented Reality is massive.

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NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess

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The goldilocks version doesn't sit still, but keeps on dancing away.

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Slapdash SSL code puts tons of top Android Play Store apps in hack peril

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@mirobaka

"After all, if there is one consistency between iOS and Android, it's poorly coded apps."

Repeated market tests shows consumers won't pay for quality code.

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Re: Interesting statistics

Do not tell my boss that the crappier the coding, the more popular the app.

Serious Answer: I would guess that the top 1000 are more likely to be ad supported, and so more likely to be using the buggy advertising libraries, than the remaining 9,000

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

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To inject some much needed levity into this thread...

"anti-democracy, loyal to the Caliphate, harsh on kuffar".

That's exactly how my dominatrix advertises herself, too.

Thanks for my coat; I have an appointment and I will be sore whether or not I miss it.

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Think crypto hides you from spooks on Facebook? THINK AGAIN

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Re: German Tank Problem

No. The German tank problem would be estimating the total number of posts when only a few can be seen.

This is just fingerprinting. The timing of posts to $SocalNetwork in the last $ReasonableTimePeriod are unique. (Even if you've only written one post in the last month, there won't be many single posters who've posted at the exact same second you did.) So if you know when a suspect is sending TCP data, then you can search $SocialNetwork for posts made at the same time. It will be easy to correlate that with one account.

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Don't think you're SAFE from Windows zombies just 'cos you have an iPhone - research

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It's not much more fun on OSX.

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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Re: "with a competent operating system, these machines were essentially bomb proof."

@Hargrove

Your Windows' folder isn't full of the "operating system"; it's full of libraries and applications bundled with the OS. And that's what most of the updates are for. If you want things less complicated---and there is definitely merit in reducing the attack surface--then try a Chromebook. If that won't do what you want, then you need the complexity of the Windows' folder.

You actually don't see many OS level bugs reported. Mostly it's application vulnerabilities. Even Heart Bleed happened in userspace without needing to penetrate the kernel.

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Re: wrong on two counts

Humanity tends to act in the best interests of the individual human concerned.

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