* Posts by nijam

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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Re: Madness...

> Is there any technology that can cure childhood?

Yes, it's called parenting. Like common sense, it also is being steadily eliminated, of course.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: Road tax?

Don't be silly! The Road Fund Licence (which the government have repeatedly tried renaming, to support their pretence that it was not introduced just to fund roads) will stay with us. Your per km/mile charging will be added on top of that, to cover the loss of the exorbitant excise duty on road vehicle fuel, VAT on road vehicle fuel, and (of course) VAT on the excise duty on road vehicle fuel. So your figures are probably about 10% of what the real charges will be.

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Heartbleed, eat your heart out: VENOM vuln poisons countless VMs

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Re: Remediate?

I thought they meant re-meditate with it.

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POW: Smut-seeding copyright troll slammed as 'extortionate'

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Re: Criminal?

> Isn't this straightforward blackmail, and hence a criminal offence?

A bit more like a protection racket than blackmail, surely?

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

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Re: Weak forever or strong tomorrow?

Yes, I used to that stuff for several years. So now my knees are f@@@ed and I can't cycle and can only just manage to climb stairs. Fitness isn't quite as good for you as some people think.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: We don't vote for parties...

> Because you don't. Locally maybe, but on a national level the local-representative election system

> the UK uses will heavily skew the seat distribution on even minor differences in voting totals.

> Because the local winner takes all, and only needs a marginal victory to take that victory, the

> system ensures that a "majority" national government representation will always be an actual

> minority by votes.

That is true of PR to exactly the same extent as it is true for FPTP.

How so? Because, at the end of it all, there is only a single government, and only a minority of voters voted for it* (as opposed to any other potential goverment). PR just gives a different kind of minority goverment and - no surprise - is supported mainly by parties who believe they'd do better than they do under FPTP.

* Unless you live in a single-party state, then all the votes cast will be for the governmment.

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HP lifts lid on Autonomy lawsuit claims, but Lynch cries BOLLOCKS

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Re: The Enron Defence

> An audit is about giving a "true and fair view" of the financial statements ...

Not strictly correct, it's about *confirming* that the accounts (which may be produced by the company itself or by external accountants, who in turn may be the same accountants that do the audit) give that "true and fair view".

A significant part of that confirmation lies in checking (at least some of) the information provided by thoise being audited.

> (In a former life I was a Chartered Accountant.....)

Me too.

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Re: How is this legal?

> ... it is illegal to use your mobile phone in a petrol station for fears of it causing an explosion ...

There was never evidence of an explosion risk. There *was* evidence that mobile phones interfered with the pump metering/monitoring systems, so you could get more fuel than the cash register realised. I.e. another fake safety concern wheeled out to achieve something unrelated to safety, just like this latest proposal.

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When THINGS attack! Defending data centres from IoT device-krieg

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Re: I'd like to announce....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bureau_of_Sabotage of course.

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REVEALED: The 19 firms whose complaints form EU's antitrust case against Google

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Re: What about Amazon?

> I'm surprised they are not on the list.

They aren't on the list because they're perfectly capable of competing without needing EU help. Unlike the no-hopers and MS stooges on the list, in other words.

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Watch out for the products that have snuck in behind your back

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Re: Not just IT, but largely

Indeed, there are too many organisations where the IT department has the exact same features as a Denial Of Service attack.

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What is the REAL value of your precious, precious data?

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A little oblique to this article, but...

It would be interesting to speculate what would happen if the Data Protection Act went a little further - as you might logically consider it should, in fact - and specified that personal data is irrevocably the property of the person (i.e. the data subject), and consequently organisations (all of them*, not just Google, Amazon, or whoever else the good commentards deem inappropriate this week) need to licence it to use it.

That licence could be for a fixed period, say a year, after which it would have to be renewed, so that the data owner/subject could validate it as accurate, relevant, and so on (as already specified in the DPA). All at the licensee's expense, not the data owner/subject's, of course.

Just a thought.

* EU, HMRC, GCHQ, all spring readily to mind, I'm sure you can all add to the list. No need for any of those pesky exceptions for government organisations, either.

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

nijam

Smart TVs - they aren't actually smart, you know. They just seem that way compared to the people who buy them.

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Hybrid IT? Not a long-term thing, says AWS CTO

nijam

You say "cloud", I hear "billowing toxic fumes".

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Monopoly

Sorry about this, but felt I had to do it...

Why is there only one EU?

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nijam

Re: but...

> The fact that Google presents you with their shopping results ahead of anyone else's, and often in lieu of anyone else's clearly shows they know what you want to see but chose not to show it.

WTF? Google has *never* shown me their own shopping results. Nor, I'm delighted to say, have comparison sites ever come near the top of my searches. (Comparison sites are usually just a list of sponsored links anyway, they just don't admit it.)

So what are the rest of you doing that makes these things into an issue?

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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Re: You're all wrong!

> It's obviously a memristor.

Are you saying there's nothing in those either?

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Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

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Re: The mind boggles.

@ Cuddles

Completely agree. Some of the recent studies on diet - exemplified by those with result that suggested the 5-2 diet - suggest that our bodies have actually evolved to starve to death; i.e. if we aren't starving, it's evidence we're eating unheathily.

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nijam

Re: Worn by the "worried well"

As I recall, there was a section about this near the beginning of "Three Men In A Boat" so it's not exactly new. The new part is that we are now making such paranoia power-assisted.

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Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now

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Re: Yeah, it's great but...

We use Lync at work and it doesn't work fine. Why not? Because it requires you to push your head right up Microsoft's silo, and we have some non-MS kit. The Apple version is poor. The Linux version is non-existent - with a firm promise that it will remain so. The WIndows version works mostly, kind-of (I remember laughing in disbelief as it popped up a message about a missed phone call *whilst I was in the middle of that call*).

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Why are enterprises being irresistibly drawn towards SSDs?

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Re: Where's the value?

For rotary rust, it's the 24/7 that makes it reliable. Spinning up/down (and the power changes to do so) is what kills them.

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Re: Wristjob

Why wasn't "One off the wrist" included amongst your voting selections for for the device name?

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Dell System Detect update vulnerability exposed

nijam

> "remediated"

Does this mean they're also too stupid to be able to spell "remedied"?

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Boffins: Large Hadron Collider NOW movin', we're getting down and crush groovin'

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Re: sucking up the funding

> CERN costs peanuts compared to the money wasted on the things that kill people ...

... or even on the 2012 Olympics. Still, at least we got a legacy from that. (Smirk.)

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Locally Integrated Menus back on Vivid Vervet’s menu

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I expect (it is likely that) systemd will (eventually) work (more-or-less) as it is intended to, whereas the SysV 'init' files have already evolved to a working state.

The problem with systemd is that there are crucial conceptual defects in its architecture, and the motivation for the project is to fix flaws that I don't believe really affect anybody, and could be fixed equally well with a little thought in the 'init' based system. Systemd flaws start with petty irritations such as the completely unnecessary use of non-text log files (which at least gives evidence that its designers had no interest in Linux or any other Unix-based OS) right through to entangling it in library code that has no apparent relation to process management.

The fact that systemd may eventually handle some boot-up or some hardware component "better" is a weak justification for the misguided design.

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Tidal music launch: Pop plutocrats pour FLAC on rival Spotify

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> Do iphones support FLAC now?

No, that niggling little "F" means that Apple will not tolerate it.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Re: Headache eh?

I also hope it gets worse - maybe the kind illustrated in Cronenberg's "Scanners" movie would be apt in more ways than one.

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nijam

Re: That Dutch MEP nailed it pretty much

> What must be worrying intel agencies is that 'using encryption' will soon be useless criteria ...

This is so naive. Are you saying that honest folk don't use/need encryption for (say) online banking?

Encryption has never been the preserve of criminals (unless you include that fact that it was "security agencies" that were the first major users).

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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

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Re: So... The Reg editorial line is in favour of geo-blocking? Didn't see that one coming.

> The Reg editorial line is in favour of geo-blocking? Didn't see that one coming.

I did. It's an Orlowski piece, so inevitably embodies a rather wonky view of copyright (namely that is an excellent legal framework allowing middlemen to rip-off creators and consumers alike).

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Re: "People speak different languages, the group reminded Kommissar Ansip"

> They already have it. ESPERANTO...

No, despite claims to the contrary, Esperanto is very obviously a dialect of Spanish.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Is this a lost in translation

Hmmm... my daughter failed her first driving test, according to the examiner because she didn't speed up after leaving a 30mph limited area. We checked afterwards, and there was no sign indicating the end of that speed limit.

And the overhead speed limit signed on motorways near alleged roadworks or "incidents"? More often than not they are wrong, plain and simple. Any works here finished days ago; the incident - if ever there was one - was cleared hours ago.

In short, you can't win. As the old saying has it: the French invented the motor car, the Germans developed it, and the British tried to ban it.

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'All browsing activity should be considered private and sensitive' says US CIO

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Re: A government official backing encryption by default??

> Somewhere David Cameron is having a coronary.

Why? He would have no idea that making a goverment website secure would require encryption! After all, that would imply that the government are terrorists or paedophiles... Oh.

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The West's cloud giants toss escape rope over Great Firewall – and China's not happy

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Not really - what China is doing is protect its own psychopaths, not defending itself against other nations' psychopaths.

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We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

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Re: Choice not control and enforcement

Absolutely not. Either it's for sale, or it isn't. Why should you know or care where your customer is?

If you don't want to sell, that's OK. If you do, that's also OK.

If you want to sell to "them" but not "us", that's not OK. If you want to sell to "them" at $1 and to "us" at £10, that's not OK.

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Re: I believe you're wrong, read it again. I plan to.

> Surely not logging it means that it won't be written down as much?

Surely logging it means that it will be chopped down and sent to a sawmill?

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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Re: Once it's registered?

> "ICANN has nothing to do with content." ...

... and a great deal to do with discontent.

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Re: And you think those numbers are not spoofed?

> When you get a nuisance call, you press the "jettison" button. The call is transferred to a system which marries it with another random "jettisoned" call.

Better yet, to a premium-rate number set up for the purpose ... one that never hangs up.

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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Re: Pure sophistry

> The security services try to distinguish between surveillance & collection.

That's fine ... until they look at what they've collected. In that moment, collection and surveillance become one and the same. Did they mention that?

OTOH, if they don't look at what they've collected, they shouldn't waste resources collecting it in the first place. And if they're collecting stuff unnecessarily, they should have their budgets cut (like everyone else).

But anyway, who believes what they say now?

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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Re: Hmmm

Excellent point - tax avoidance is a fantasy promulgated by HMRC and other branches of Government, and there is no meaningful way that it can exist in reality. Tax is what the law say tax is, end of. All the stuff about "avoidance" boils down to the HMRC saying the law makes them look foolish, having a tantrum about it, and attempting to extort tax the law says they aren't entitled to.

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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Re: oh well

> Hmmm yes binary logs, that was a bit of a fucktard decision wasn't it ?

Yes, and an obvious one. Just think what other fucktard decisions are hidden inside the parts you've not yet seen.

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MENOPAUSAL KILLER WHALES are wise old birds, trick-cyclists claim

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Maybe they, not we, are evolved from the Pak?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protector_%28novel%29

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Re: Aeropress

Whether or not you get crema from an Aeropress seems to depend on the water temperature, AFAICT. Whether or not you want pretentiously-named froth on top of an otherwise-perfectly-good cup of coffee is entirely another matter.

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Privacy? What privacy? EU's draft law on your data is useless, say digital rights orgs

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Re: good for goose

Excellent plan - I'd go further, though: after that first phase, the new rules are then extended to members of the police and security organisations for two more years, and so on - I'm sure we can all think of a few groups of deserving cases for a few further phases...

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iHump? Apple buys Camel Audio – report

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A quick search reveals that Camel essentially shut down at the beginning of the year. Apple may have bought it - probably for peanuts - to get a brand-name, a patent ($DEITY forbid), software to build into one of their own products, or simply a (small, admittedly) user base.

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Give us a week to GUT Superfish, begs Lenovo CTO

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Re: Exploring a wide range of options..

> "... Superfish was only installed on kit aimed at consumers"

meaning

"Superfish was only installed for customers who were unlikely to be able to defend themselves."

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Re: Captialism got rid of Racism!!

> Do you really think dividing the world into good guys and bad guys is a good way to understand it? Do you really think it's that simple?

No, but Marx did. That's why Marxism is, as previously mentioend, stupid.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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...and Godzilla isn't a jet-setting "do as I say, not as I do" doom-monger

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It's not the cloud: The problem lies between the chair and the computer – Gartner

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Re: I read that as.

> The key benefits of cloud ... are around on-demand scaling and cost transparency...

Very, very few businesses need a significant amount of on-demand scaling. And cost transparency? On the one hand, it's the exact opposite of transparency, you really have no idea your money will be spent. On the other, it's transparent because you get a trivial invoice saying what you've bought and how much you have to pay. But you're likely to pay dearly for that budgetary simplicity.

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SWINGBELLIES! Take heed AGAIN: Booze shortens your life

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Re: Sadly

Unfortunately the same criticism can be made of the studies that show moderate drinking is OK. The most notorious example being the study that counted ex-alcoholics as teetotallers, but all papers of this type suffer from similar, if subtler, errors.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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destroying jobs?

> For half a century IT has been destroying jobs. The legions of clerks and secretaries responsible for the maintenance of post-War ‘Organisational Man’...

I'm not convinced by this. All the "clerks and secretaries" have simply moved into adminstration, where they cope with a lack of useful work by the simple expedient of creating useless work, writing it up as "policies", and getting the rest of us to waste our time in turn by writing up how we are complying with the policies. At least, that's what seems to be happening in every organisation I deal with.

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