* Posts by nijam

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

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Re: Big Tech ?

> ... publishers, and they've always been the middlemen that ripped off artists ...

Shame I can't upvote this few more times.

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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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Nitpicking...

...but sometimes it has to be done. Loved to see the wonderful word "aught" used, but in that context "naught" (the opposite) would have been correct.

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Thunderbird is GO: Mozilla prepares to jettison mail client

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Re: Still around? TeeCee

> There's more to the email universe than imap.

Yes, there's SMTP. That is all.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Re: SO,

I'm not at all convinced by snaps - it's years (decades in fact, AFAIR) since the standard apt-based package manager gave rise to dependency hell, so that can't be a justification for it. It's much more likely that some ill-advised person thought "Microsoft updates are really good, let's do ours the same way."

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Re: One experience - some good some bad

Ubuntu's own website tells you *not* to upgrade 14.04LTS to 16.04LTS until the .1 release (due in a month or two). The standard upgrade system doesn't even offer the option yet.

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Romania suffers Eurovision premature ejection

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Re: I wonder

> ... the veiled sarcasm just isn't as funny.

Actually, I think it is - admittedly in a different way - and the other EBU nations seem to find our opinion of Eurovision incomprehensible either way.

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Europe's digi-boss tells YouTube to cough up proper music royalties

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Re: Let me translate this for you...

> ... artists get a higher return on YouTube ...

Maybe they do, for all we know. What's for sure is that their traditional parasites (record companies, music publishers, collection agencies) don't.

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Obama to admit Moon landing was faked?

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> Elvis isn't dead, he ...

... is just over-rated.

(Let the flaming begin, I suppose I should add.)

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Re: Overround (underround bookmakers fee)

> ... David Walsh is a billionaire courtesy of the bookies.

That doesn't mean the bookies didn't win, only that other punters lost. As pointed out earlier in the thread, this kind of "loss" for the bookies simply becomes a marketing cost, with the publicity helping to draw in more punters.

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Vinyl LPs to top 3 million sales in Blighty this year

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Re: No herby

> No pro engineer would bother to master from a lossy source.

Oh really? Analogue tape is *very* lossy, for example. If you read the specs, you'll find that the signal/noise ratio and the distortion level are both so bad that they are traditionally measured at different levels: S/N measured at peak recording level (even then it's rarely much better than 70dB) where the distortion level is high, and distortion at lower recording levels where S/N is very poor. Studio recorders use high tape speed to overcome some issues - including H/F roll-off - but at the expense of mangling the L/F frequency response.

There's much confusion over the intrinsic merit of the encoding, versus the implementation of that encoding, versus the engineer's ability to use it properly.

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Re: Nice to see....

> Occitan making a comeback?

Yes, it sounds much more mellow than modern French, even though I don't understand a word of it.

What an apt analogy.

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Re: Buying, not necessarily playing

> one hopes step 1 is actually paying musicians

You can hope all you like - it's still just paying the record companies.

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Music's value gap? Follow the money trail back to Google

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So what's new?

Simply that it's Google (Orlowski's bete noire) rather than the traditional liggers at the records labels, AFAICT.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: Apologies in advance to all Christians......

> ... why not grapefruit juice?

Because he was on statins, I imagine.

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> "To read it as religious doctrine would be little different from grounding a 'religious exercise' on any other work of fiction."

Exactly like every other religion, then.

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How Remix's Android will eat the world

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Re: "Remix OS with...

> I can't do shit with Android that I can do with Windows, and Windows is where the tools I need are.

Errr... Are you saying Windows is where the shit is? If so, it's scarcely news.

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Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

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Re: It is like a dog's walking on its hind legs.

> If they have the bash command line in Windows, it is one less thing for them to moan about.

No, it's one more thing to moan about. They already don't want Windows, obviously, so giving you a way to force them to have WIndows...

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Taking an artsy selfie in Stockholm? You might need to pay royalities

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Interesting that the annual fee was described as a few hundred dollars. We can be pretty sure that only a few cents of this would go to the artists concerned.

And don't get me started on the idiocy of the special case for copyright on photographs...

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

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> 3. You're responsible for your equipment

I will take no more care of equipment provided than do my employers themselves. E.g., since they've signed up for a "no claims" insurance policy (i.e. cover only for items costing over £2000 each) I wouldn't dream of putting it on my household insurance either.

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Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

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Re: Technically the stone is an obstruction in the public highway

> ... traffic calming speed bumps ...

A misnomer if ever there was one. Admittedly "traffic-enraging" doesn't flow off the tongue so well.

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Microsoft's Brad Smith on encryption: Let the politicians decide

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> ... there is no authority greater than moral authority.

But unfortunately morals and ethics are pretty close to being simply a matter of opinion. Courts uphold the law (or so we'd like to hope) and lynch mobs uphold morals.

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Adblock wins in court again – this time against German newspaper

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I wonder if the advertising industry would stop these stupid lawsuits if we all referred to things as "malware protection" or "bandwidth optimisation" rather than "ad blockers"?

Of course not, silly of me.

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Re: I keep asking and no one answers.

> Nobody in the mainstream media industry really has a clue

And that really says it all. It's their industry, why haven't they got a clue?

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Re: A hollow victory

> I tried this uBlock Origin of which you speak. It stopped the weather forecasts on the Beeb site from working.

(a) Why not go direct to the Met Office site, more informative than the cut-down BBC summary?

Maybe because (b) even on the (taxpayer-funded) Met Office site, uBlock Origin still picks off dozens of adverts.

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> Non-static ads are not just 'dreck', which is bad enough; they track you and are also exceptionally dangerous potential malware vectors.

The insidious ones just look static!

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> A number of UK newspapers are also testing this approach

Let them die.

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Boffins demo 'memcomputer', plot von Neumann's retirement

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@Paul A. Clayton

AFAIK whether or not NP-complete problems admit of solution in polynomial time remains an unsolved problem itself. I believe the weight of opinion says not, but that scarcely constitutes proof in the field of computability.

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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Re: It will have the same limitations

> VMS can do everything UNIX systems do under the hood. VMS was created as the main competitor to UNIX in the first place.

Wrong twice (at least). VMS was a new DEC OS designed, hand-in-glove with the VAX hardware design, to encompass the features of DEC's earlier PDP-11 OSes (RSX-11, RSTS/E, etc...) at a time when DEC viewed Unix as a minority academic project. It's arguable whether it could do everything that Unix could, given that, at the time, Unix's most attractive feature ("core competency" if you prefer) was getting the f*** out of the user's way. Finally, as commentards have already mentioned, it is also arguable how much if anything Windows (of any version) was actually based on VMS.

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Israeli biz fingered as the FBI's iPhone cracker

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Re: At last, some good news about Windows phones

> Too good to be true?

Or just security that isn't good enough to need such an expensive toolset to crack?

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Stevie Graham: Why I hack mobile banking apps

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> ... it diminishes the customer relationship...

I thought the banks had more-or-less completed that process over the last 50 years?

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Labour: We want the Snoopers' Charter because of Snowden

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Re: corbyn

> ... wasn't corbyn meant to be a superhuman man of the people ...

That's how he was marketed. It's not how he is.

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WTF?

Their reason for saying the government needs more surveillance powers is that somebody leaked the fact that the government has too many surveillance powers?

They're even more of a shower than the Tories.

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A Logic Named Joe: The 1946 sci-fi short that nailed modern tech

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Re: Libraries pah!

> ... she only thinks she knows everything...

You missed the other part of that, namely, "but she's certain that I know nothing."

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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Re: Sex is a marketing way to sell stuff? What a news!

> ... And it is a tad obnoxious to ...

And censorship is (or should be) a tad obnoxious to everybody.

In other news, Microsoft are still stupid.

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Snowden WAS the Feds' quarry in Lavabit case, redaction blunder reveals

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Re: "The guys trying to blow up your car, shoot you on the beach, ... are deffo bad guys."

> ... theoretical physicist on something completely outside his field of expertise?

Just because it's not theoretical physics doesn't mean it's outside his field of expertise. The defect of religion are apparent to anyone who chooses to look, to read a history book, or generally speaking, to be reasonably-well educated - in other words, it's in many people's field of expertise.

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Apple iPhone GPU designers Imagination axes 20 per cent of staff

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> a top-selling RISC platform.

They did OK, but I don't recall MIPS ever being a "top-selling" RISC platform.

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FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy

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Re: Sad that this is even an issue

> ... FAA is forced to step into the toy-drone fray, which they clearly did not want to do.

Wrong, and wrong again. They *weren't* forced to, and they clearly *did* want to.

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> What's actually happened in the UK is that they added to the existing laws to account for the technical differences between ordinary RC model aircraft and drones.

Well, yes, except that it was unnecessary in the first place to include those technical details (that e.g. distinguish between drones and other RC flying vehicles).

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Storks bin migration for junk food diet

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Re: Are they sure its just food?

> We're talking long term averages here.

Oh no, more climate fallacies. The article makes it clear this is a very recent phenomenon, not a "long-term" one.

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Yahoo! kills! search! APIs!, games! and! Astrology! site!

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> .... we’ve decided to make the following product decisions.

WTF? Semi-literate business-school jargon. No wonder they're struggling.

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UK fella is a multimillion-dollar cyber-hustle mastermind – US DoJ

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It says something about the world we live in that the headline made me jump to the conclusion that once again, a US court is going after someone just because he's foreign. As I read the article, that initial reaction waned somewhat, but still...

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Linux fans may be in for disappointment with SQL Server 2016 port

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> ... the next version will be implemented using sed and awk

You jest, I hope. Many years ago, in the days when I still had a modest amount of spare time, I wrote an SQL parser in awk, admittedly as a joke. Well, it amused me for an hour or so, anyway.

PS If you can write awk properly, you don't need sed, of course.

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Computer says: Stop using MacWrite II, human!

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Re: TROPPUS TI

> ... human tendency to make almost *any* word a slang term for something naughty!

Scunthorpe!

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

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Re: The Terrible...

> People who need to manage a lot of emails in some complex way find web interfaces just clumsy and too slow, while projects like Thunderbird are losing traction - because most of those email clients had been targeting the generic use and not the enterprise one.

Of course web interfaces are horrible, and they aren't even email. But I must totally disagree about Thunderbird and "projects like it"; I receive enough work emails to justify about 150 (sub)folders and maybe 60-70 filter rules, and neither Thunderbird nor Evolution have a problem with handling that.

Contrariwise, Outlook is a pile of poop, and such integration as its components do have is both inscrutable and unreliable.

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

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It's easy to deal with the demand that you don't write it down when being read the password over the phone. Simply keep interrupting at random points in the password with the phrase "sorry, I can't remember what the first letter was, can you start again, please?"

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Feds tell court: Apple 'deliberately raised technological barriers' to thwart iPhone warrant

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Another FBI lie - they *know* (and knew before the original writ) that it is theoretically impossible to make the requested software apply to only a single phone.

Claiming other iPhones will remain secure is like claiming someone is still a virgin because they only been fu??ed once.

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Solus: A welcome ground-up break from the Linux herd

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Re: Solus stands on a few less shoulders than others

> Solus stands on a few less shoulders than others

The way the article reads suggests to me that the headline should be "... fewer and lesser shoulders ..."

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Re: But...

> Have you even used systemd, or just read about it in forum posts by idiots?

Yes, I've read lots of of forum posts by idiots who think systemd is a good idea.

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With Facebook shafted, India now belongs to Google

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ao;dr

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GCHQ: Crypto's great, we're your mate, don't be like that and hate

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> Okay, that covers* morals. What about ethics?

Morals and ethics are apparently (given the substantial divergence from person to person, let alone nation to nation) are little more than personal opinion, sadly.

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