* Posts by nijam

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Sure, encrypt your email – while your shiny IoT toothbrush spies on you

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Re: Orwell

... I don' t see that happening in Western countries.

Who told you not to see it?

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Did water rocket threaten Brum airport Airbus?

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Re: proper posh notw (was Strongbow?)

... they have Coventry postcodes, and claim to be part of Solihull

The posh parts of Coventry all claim to be somewhere else - the poshest say they're in Warwick

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Five reasons why the Google tax deal is imploding

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Re: Damit

> Osborne has made me agree with Andrew Orlowski...

No, I think tabloid misinformation has made you agree with Orlowski.

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Linux Foundation quietly scraps individual memberships

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Re: Disappointing

> I'm really tired of listing to people whine about systemd.

Well, you should follow the strategy of the systemd developers, and just never listen.

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Eight budget-friendly 1TB SSD data packers for real people

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> ... people wouldn't buy it

Hmmm... maybe techies wouldn't, but people? People went for the soldered-on (i.e. non-expandable) option big-time in phones, why would you think otherwise for computers?

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UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

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Re: I lost track at some point...

> So did home taping kill music in the end or not?

No, the record companies killed music.

Just to be absolutely clear, none of this funding would go to musicians anyway. It would go to record companies, vanish into "hollywood accounting", and so on.

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Serving up IT on a silver platter, also known as ITSM

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And when everything's been incorrectly automated...

... and no-one can get anything at all done, or find out who can fix it, or is authorised to?

I ask from bitter experience with an organisation who thinks glossy marketing brochures for such products are enough to base the purchasing decision on.

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Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

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Re: "for free"

> ... "free, gratis and for nothing"

At least that's a valid form of emphasis by repetition, even if it is very, very irritating.

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Re: Protip

> ... t the number is not in service, and wipes it from it's database.

There is no database or list, they seem to dial numbers at random. Or in sequence. Or something.

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UN privacy head slams 'worse than scary' UK surveillance bill

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Re: HumInt and SigInt both require wisdom

> Confirmation Bias IS Normal Human Error.

Yes, confirmation bias is normal human error, but it is not the only normal human error. Other human errors exist, and some of them are not biased.

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Re: "Reading is fundamental" too....

> ISP's have to log activities because YOU voted for the idiots who made that a law that they collect the info...

Blaming the politicians here is superfluous - notwithstanding the law, that snooping has been going on without oversight for ages. The crooks are the ones who are scamming politicians into believing the law is needed.

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Boffins switch on pinchfist incandescent bulb

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Re: "waste" heat?

> Still at least you didn't copy the bit from the Daily Telegraph's "science editor" who described the incandescent filament as emitting black-body radiation...

In the visible and IR spectrum, the filament does indeed emit radiation that is very close to the black-body spectrum. So there's no need to be be snarky about the "science editor"!

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Re: I wonder how Swan would feel

> It's already in production in some halogen lamps, albeit in a simplified form.

Yes, the generic term is dichroic.

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ISPs: UK.gov should pay full costs of Snooper's Charter hardware

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Re: Depressing.

> Labour - all flavours - are instinctively every bit as authoritarian as the Tories

Much more so, historically. It is easy to forget - given the ranting that ensues about anything the current government does - that in the grand scheme of things they are essentially centrist (as were Labour before Corbin started pushing them leftwards).

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

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Re: My (grumpy) prediction for 2016

> It may pump your PC with malware

If you're on Windows, you've got malware. Just get used to it.

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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Re: "more modern and global cultural touchstones"

touchscreen tombstones, presumably

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Feeling abandoned by Adobe? Check out the video editing suites for penguins

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Proof at last that smartphones aren't actually smart, they just seem that way compared to the people who use them.

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Forget anonymity, we can remember you wholesale with machine intel, hackers warned

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Re: Source Formatting Opinions

Hooray, another person who thinks Python is a half-century leap backwards! (Although not *quite* as bad as makefiles, where it mattered whether the indentation done using TABs or SPACEs).

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Neither indentation nor comments are necessarily as useful as is widely believed - for example, most languages have pretty-printing available, after all.

In fact, the best you can hope for is that the comment/indentation is not inconsistent with what the code actually 'means' to the computer.

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Apple introduces new regime, hands more control to investors

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A really dumb idea. The 3%/3year requirement means only big investors will get a say. And what do big investors want? Big profits, short term.

Idiots.

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Hollywood given two months to get real about the price of piracy

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Re: Out on a limb here

> ... very difficult for them to figure out how much they lost ...

No it isn't, they lost nothing. The set of people who pay to watch movies is pretty well completely disjoint from the set of people who don't.

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Philips backs down over firmware that adds DRM to light

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> ... MS really are quite good with interoperability ...

What? No, definitely not.

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Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him

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Re: Safe to assume

Except, as many commentards have already pointed out, this stuff has observably had no effect on security. So, it's not a "security matter" and they're free to comment (unless they have something else to hide).

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Re: Curious

> 'you should not mind being spied on if you have nothing to hide'

Yes, have an upvote, and here's a suggestion - publish the names and address of all intelligence and police staff (and contractors, just in case). If they're not doing anything wrong, they have nothing to hide.

No publication => obvious deduction.

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

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Re: Meh

> Can you imagine the data rate you'd get in the middle of the South China Sea?

Fast 4G, if you're near enough to Hong Kong, presumably.

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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

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> It's possible I may be overthinking this.

Indeed, on the Isle of Wight, 1938 was only a couple of decades ago!

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Re: It's not that unlikely

> after the Empire was taken down, there would be a significant period of chaos, where major programmes like warship building would probably be put on hold.

Possibly more to the point, the Empire was much more miltaristic (or at least had a much larger military budget) than the Alliance.

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Lettuce-nibbling veggies menace Mother Earth

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Re: To date I have never heard of occupational exposure to tomatoes being a concern

> ... but I don't react to poison ivy

Is that just because you aren't growing so much of it?

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Re: Celery!

> Doesn't it take more calories to digest celery than it contains?

I recall once hearing that about eggs as well. Probably in relation to hard-boiled eggs, I expect.

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Volkswagen blames emissions cheating on 'chain of errors'

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Re: These is no such thing as a "Defeat Device"

> ... encountered in normal vehicle operation ...

In other words, *not* in a test. So the regulation you quote means that what VW are alleged to have done is actually OK after all.

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Re: These is no such thing as a "Defeat Device"

> ... The latter is fraud.

By that argument, so is revising for an exam.

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Mozilla backs away from mobile OS as Android looks invincible

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> Microsoft had 'smart phones' a dozen years ago, and even they weren't first.

Surely that should read "...and they weren't even smart"?

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Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees

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> Freedom and tolerance will win through. It has to.

Unfortunately, though, it doesn't "have to". We'd very much like it to, but the whole of recorded history suggests the odds are against it.

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US government pushing again on encryption bypass

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Re: They just can't stop themselves, can they?

> The assumption is that people, left to their own devices, will do bad stuff.

And - for emphasis - the people who do the most, and the worst, bad stuff are governement agencies.

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Eurocrats deserve to watch domestic telly EU-wide, say Eurocrats

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> I think Mr Orlowski underestimates the number of people affected

I think he has no interest whatsoever in the people, only in the income of the distributors ("rights holders" or whatever).

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Facebook wants a kinder, gentler end for SHA-1

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> ... harm users in developing countries

Hmmm... what would really harm users in developing countries is being dragged into the mess that is facebook.

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Brit-American hacker duo throws pwns on IoT BBQs, grills open admin

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Re: Australia

I think they're refererring to West Island

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Spotify mulls Swift change of policy – we can stream Taylor, but we'll charge

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Slightly a tangent, but I think it's very likely that I've heard some of Taylor Swift's songs. The fact that I can't remember them makes spending actual money on that product a questionable choice.

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Re: One day the millenials will ...

> Back when I used to own CDs I'd easily spend more that $10 a month on music, and I've have to buy an entire album and then sometimes discover it was shite - that's wasted money.

Except you could sell it on, because under that model you were acquiring "property".

Sky TV? No.

AA Membership? No.

TV License? Tax, not optional.

Etc.. etc.. etc..

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Re: Go Taylor

> Practically no artist in the music business gets paid a big advance. What they get up-front is spent on recording/filming videos etc. and it all has to be paid back before the artist makes any money.

Yes, the "advance" is a scam. The money is provided (nominally) to the artist - who, as you say, immediately has to spend it on record company activities. When it comes to royalties, however, the record company takes a cut ... to cover record company activities.

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Work on world's largest star-gazing 'scope stopped after religious protests

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Re: Motives

> ... another excuse to bribe a perfectly good project

I think the word you need is "extort", not "bribe", but still a good point, the whole thing comes across as a protection racket, pure and simple.

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Re: Move it to Atacama...

> ... there are less stupid people

And fewer stupid people too, I'd guess.

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Re: You'd think an all-powerful omnipotent being

> ... an all-powerful omnipotent being ... Would be able to stand up for him/herself

Indeed, but since there are no such beings, we must call upon eco-protestors to help.

PS all-powerful == ominpotent, BTW

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Re: Due Process

> ... the reason for the halt to building was the lack of due process

My reading is that that was the judicial excuse to get the mouthy protestors to shut up.

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Ponmocup is the '15 million' machine botnet you've never heard of

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Re: Interesting...

> Perhaps you missed the ...

... fact that the post was about how eagerly some articles pick out android as the root of the world's evils, not about the malware itself.

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Brit hardware hacker turns Raspberry Pi Zeros into selfie slayers

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Selfie-stick (n): A stick for hitting people who are taking selfies.

Seems a much better idea.

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Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

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Re: Nylas N1

No SMTP, no IMAP! So, not actually an email client, then.

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Re: Somebody's already taken the reigns

What on earth does DAV have to do with email? It's not part of IMAP or SMTP, after all.

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Microsoft wants to be your phone company, at least for voice

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Re: Skype “a verb synonymous with...”

> Lync ... actually works and is good.

Agreed that SKype is dire, and far worse since "Back Door Man" (apologies to the Doors, for whom it meant something quite different) engulfed it. But I definitely don't agree about Lync, now with the logo (but nothing else) changed to read "Skype For Business" sometimes.

We use Lync here, or, should I say, try, struggle, and generally fail to use it here. Is there anything quite so odd as being told that you've missed a call whilst still in the middle of that call? Par for the course with Lync, evidently.

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European Patent Office fires up lawyers over claims of cosy love-in with Microsoft

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Re: Microsoft and apple money

> the same EU that implemented the anti-trust case against the microsofties over IE bundling...

...but didn't bother enforcing it for more than about 10 minutes? Yes, that EU.

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