* Posts by WatAWorld

1073 posts • joined 24 Feb 2012

'Whites are taking over': Race storm hits heart of Africa's internet body

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past racism is not a permit for current racism.

"It might never end, but hopefully time will marginalize it."

In Canada and the USA racism is far and away more acceptable today than it was in the 1970s and 1980s.

It is like after WWI. Racism was against the Germans for starting The Great War.

The Germans decided to blame the racism of Jews and other European nationalities for their plight. As far as other Europeans go, historians agree we unjustly shafted the Germans after WWI, so the consensus is there was something to that part of it.

So the Germans embark on a process of what we call in English "reverse discrimination" and "affirmative action" to displace the advantaged groups.

Nobody is saying that we've gone as far as the Germans did in 1939, but the Social Justice Warriors in Canada and the USA -- our SJW Brownshirts -- certainly have us somewhere in the early to mid 1930s, where Brownshirts battled Communists and openly hurled racial epithets against their country's designated victim group.

Mid 1930s I'd say. No war. Just legally mandated discrimination and open racial slurs against their country's designated victim group. And like today, there was some basis for German's feeling oppressed because of how oppressive the reparations payments were after WWI and the social deprivation this brought on their society.

Of course none of this justified what happened then. It doesn't justify what is happening now. And I'm not saying that things now are as bad as the late 1930s, let alone after 1939 or 1941.

What I am saying is that past racism is not a permit for current racism.

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Re: I smell graft

I agree there is a strong likelihood of graft, corruption, conflict of interest and corporate capture of regulators.

But that has nothing to do with it being African. Sepp Blatter is Swiss. The EU isn't run by Africans. The UN isn't run by Africans.

The problem is small groups converting public concerns and public property into private resources, and it exists on all continents (probably even antarctica).

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Re: both previous comments are valid but...

But not all Africans are black !

Get the 'Americanish' notion out of your head that North Africa is on some different continent and governed by some different registry.

And get the racist notion out of your head that what a tiny segment of the ultra rich did a couple of hundred years ago justifies sub-Saharan discrimination against other Africans and foreigners.

"African" is not a synonym for "non-white" any more than Asian is a synonym for "Chinese".

There are people in Africa who were oppressed by the slave trade, but (except for some Liberians) they were oppressed by other Africans.

The Africans oppressed by the European's slave trade now live in the USA, West Indies, UK, France, Belgium, and elsewhere. They were taken out of Africa over 100 years ago.

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Re: unfortunate but real legacy of race oppression

Apartheid was only in Rhodesia and South Africa. While the eurocentric think they make up all of Africa, those two countries are in actuality a small atypical drop in the bucket.

In fact Africa is pretty much made up of atypical countries.

It is like with Asia. I've read articles from the UK where the term Asian is used as a synonym for someone who is of Indian or Pakistani ancestry. Whereas in the USA, Asian often means Chinese.

We allow one ethnic group to appropriate the entire continent.

And further more, just like in Europe the racism is often strongest between neighbouring groups, groups that outsiders would see as different nationalities. Tutsi and Hutus, Zulus and bushmen, English and Irish, Germans and Jews, Parisians and provincials, and so on.

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I note that their board has only one member from Northern Africa.

I note that their board has only one member from Northern Africa.

As for legacies of racial oppression excusing anything:

1. Would it excuse us saying similar things against the Italians or French who historically enslaved us?

2. Would it excuse a Caucasian or black in China?

3. Would it even excuse a Jew in Germany today?

4. Would it excuse a Tutsi or a Hutu in Rwanda?

There comes a time when we must expect members of all races to grow up and act like adults, rather than excuses other races if if they were made up of small children.

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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I don't expect that those drivers will mysteriously appear in August.

I also don't expect MS is going to suddenly demand $110 for Windows 10 after pushing it on us so hard for all these months. If they start charging I expect it will be some token amount like $20.

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"this is only a problem because of forced W10 updates."

No this is a problem on Samsung's Android devices too, and MS has nothing to do with those.

MS is at fault of nagging people to do the update more than once a month. MS is at fault for not checking that compatible drivers are available. But most of the problem here is Samsung's greed.

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To answer question 1:

To answer question 1. MS has told us the sorts of changes they've made between Windows 10 and Windows 7. Obviously these changes are going to affect the usability of drivers that were always poorly written, and probably even well written drivers for complex things like video cards.

(a) Improved utilization of multi-core CPUs.

(b) Power savings for portable devices.

(c) Memory usage reductions.

(d) Reductions in hard drive usage.

So MS had good reason for making its changes.

The thing is, MS should have detected that compatible drivers were not available before suggesting the upgrade.

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ANDROID: Samsung is no good at keeping delivering Android updates either.

Samsung is no good at keeping delivering Android updates either.

Samsung's position seems to be if you want the new version of the software you must buy a new version of the hardware.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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In high tech you expect to have failure and dead ends

In high tech you expect to have failure and dead ends.

If you don't have failures, it means you're not high tech, but rather your building what others have proven.

It is this way in aviation, automobiles, avionics, biomedical engineering, etc. Computers is no different.

The high tech companies will venture to make MP3 players and Palm Pilots.

Other companies will copy proven technology and make make pretty shinies.

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

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Security by obscurity is working pretty well for Apple customers

Any reader of The Register should years ago have come to realize that no complex hardware or software product is hacker proof. There is no real security.

Apple, Linux, they've all got gaping holes.

The only shelter is keeping a low profile and using rare products and techniques -- this is what Apple users depend upon on a daily basis -- security by obscurity. And it works pretty good for them.

Obscurity isn't real security, there is no real security. Obscurity is just another flawed layer, like encryption, like sandboxes, like testing, like manual code examination. They're all flawed layers. They all leave holes.

The thing is to have so many layers, each with holes small enough, that it takes too much time and effort for a criminal or vandal or publicity seeker to reek havoc.

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Pas de problème ... Quebec just passed a website blocking law

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Re: Who are these people?

Question:

What about the 'aboriginal sponsored' casinos? I assume they have them in Quebec just like the other provinces. Those are pretty much exempt from government control.

How are those casinos affected?

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Re: Ban them all

That is actually a brilliant suggestion. The law here says you have to do what the government tells you to do. It doesn't say you can't go further.

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We usually can't buy wine or beer made in another province.

Will Canada follow China and Australia? Is this the start of the Great Wall of Canada?

No.

It is more Canadian-style government mandated trade protection to protect local vested interests and local mega millionaires from competition based outside the province.

To protect local trade unions and industry, we usually can't buy wine or beer made in another province.

Canada is in some respects a looser confederation than the EU.

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Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

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Re: Languages

That is true. Even professionally translated documents, when they are for mass distribution need to be reviewed by an educated native speaker last.

There is simply no way you are going to teach someone who is not a native speaker to have educated native speaker fluency -- especially when that someone is not a linguistic specialist.

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The Americans would never fall for such a lame excuse

The Americans would never fall for such a lame excuse for hiring foreigners. They'd realize the real reason for not hiring locals is salary and overtime -- locals expect both, whereas migrants you can cheat.

"A report in the Irish Times said business lobby groups in Ireland believed thousands of job vacancies could not be filled with Irish graduates “because of their chronic lack of German and other languages”."

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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

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Re: I have to run Windows 7

So what are you going to trust now?

OS/X? Like Apple never jerked anyone around?

Or Linux, because Linus has such immense respect for computer professionals.

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People will do what they did before

Pay for a new operating system when they buy a new computer.

They'll pay for an MS operating system, a few will pay even more money for an Apple operating system, and an even smaller number will accept Linux, the OS that Torvalds has spent his life trying to give away for free.

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Re: The Last of Us

If you were an ordinary user you wouldn't be saying that.

Regular people are prepared to spend extra money to get Windows, or even more money to get Mac OS, rather than accept the Linux OS for free.

That is how regular people feel about Linux -- so lame they will pay money to avoid it.

They want something that doesn't require skill.

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I can't get my users to update until after the anniversary edition

I can't get my users to update until after the anniversary edition -- the current version simply has a look that is too cheap and plain. It looks too experimental.

It doesn't matter that Windows 10 runs great on my machine with even greater stability than Windows 7, and much greater combination of "security and efficiency" than any earlier Windows version.

MS would be doing itself a favour by extending the deadline to 4 months after the anniversary update comes out.

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

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Re: Too Many bad Movies

It used to be 8 characters was the limit.

A previous poster suggested words from a greatly reduced dictionary.

I don't recall words being advocated in the IBM and Univac worlds I worked in back then.

Even back in the 1970s a mix of numbers and letters was encouraged. But there was that 8 character limit and the 30 day duration, supposedly based on the duration that would make it too likely someone would be able to brute force the password by typing.

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No words in any language

It is even worse than that. Remember that to modern password cracking software a lengthy word has the complexity of a single character -- entire words are tried the way old cracking software tried characters.

To be effective against modern cracking software, passwords must not contain within them words in any language.

So we should be asking users to remember truly random strings of over 12 characters.

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What, no free GCHQ sponsored password registry?

I'm a bit surprised the GCHQ and NSA haven't gotten together to create a free password registry/manager for people, a la LastPass.

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Some history

Yeah, changing passwords on a monthly basis has not made sense in a long time.

A bit of history. The original premise (as told to me in 1978 or so) was that passwords were 8 characters, true on IBM mainframes of the day. It would take a month to brute force the 8 character password. (Remember, a brute force attack back then meant a lot of manual typing.) So we mandated changing passwords once a month.

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Sysadmins won't like it?

Sysadmins won't like it?

Yeah, sysadmins won't like it because they used to be the only people not forced to change passwords -- they won't like it because everyone will have the same privilege.

Some sysadmins.

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Swedish air controllers debunk cyber attack disruption theory

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What it means is the problem might be bigger than we thought

"down to the effects of a solar flare" -- that doesn't mean we should tolerate a repeat outage. What it means is the problem might be bigger and more complex than we though, since it is of natural origin and not man-made.

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Windows 10 Mobile races to summer with useful facelift

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Re: Yes, we get it. MSFT BAAAD!

I'll do it for him David:

"Say what you like about Microsoft, but it has created a really worthy successor to the Japanese game show Endurance. Microsoft’s perpetual beta test programme “Windows Insider” overnight delivered new code with which to torture the most hardy contestants."

That's the sort of thing I'd expect from a non-technical publication.

If you've chosen the beta stream you have only yourself to blame for what you're going through.

If you find bugs in the production stream, then you have a valid complaint.

And a release is only "stabilized" when support for it ends. That is how it has been in IT for the past 35 years at least. "Stabilized" means abandoned and no longer supported, no further fixes, going all the way back to IBM OS/VS1 days.

Overall, I really enjoy Andrew's articles. And generally I enjoy his humor. It is just occasionally this sort of thing creeps in.

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If you're tired of seeing betas, switch to the stable stream

It "ticks" me off when people voluntarily choose the beta stream and then complain that they get beta versions with bugs.

You cannot complain about bugs in the beta stream -- you can and should document them and report them back to the vendor.

If you're in the beta stream you should be trying to do things that expose bugs.

Bugs in the stable stream, yes those we can complain about.

Complaining about bugs in the beta stream indicates ignorance of how progress is made.

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

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Remember, Linux led the way on giving away an OS for free

If MS could get enough people to switch to Windows 10 it would save MS maintenance costs on Windows 7.

It is about saving money.

Remember, MS is not the only company giving away an OS, Linux does it too and Linux did it first.

Marketshare.com says 99 Windows user for every Linux user. It seems people are more scared of Linus than they are of MS.

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Re: Learning or just trying a different push??

Very nice, but there are 99 Windows customers for every Linux customer.

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Although 97% of desktop computer users prefer non-Apple OSs

Although 97% of desktop computer users prefer non-Apple OSs, and 99% actually shell out mony rather than accept Linux's free product, MS would do well to remember that selling apps is easier when potential customers don't have to worry about security.

Apple and Linux are dismal examples of marketing.

Linux can't even give its product away. Apple sells less than one copy for every 20 copies MS sells.

However, there is little money in trying to beat zero sales.

Set the bar higher.

If you really want to rack up app sales, then deliver a better product. Deliver a product people can trust on the OS people want. Apple and Linux can't. MS can. But to do that MS has to improve security.

Yesterday I deleted 12 apps from my Chrome and Firefox browsers and 6 from my Calibre e-reader because vulnerabilities discovered in Firefox allows apps to take advantage of security accesses granted other apps.

MS needs better security than Mozilla and Google.

To get intelligent people to buy and use apps on computers customers care about (need security on), MS needs to ensure security.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Hardware marketers have only themselves to blame

Hardware marketers (and their marketing and chattering fanboys) have only themselves to blame for slow sales of PC, laptops, and over the next few years, tablets and phones.

What in the world caused you guys to think that a giveaway of an operating system designed for existing computers would boost PC sales? You were always dreaming in technical based on the fabrications of your own imaginations.

It wasn't MS, it was yourselves and your peers in hardware and industry news who deluded you.

A new version of Windows designed to run on existing hardware is no more likely to boost hardware sales than a new version of Linux or OS X.

If you want to boost hardware sales you have to give us new hardware that does stuff old hardware won't.

Virtual reality, now that will likely boost hardware sales.

It is not of Linux and Microsoft to sell hardware. It is your job. Nobody is going to do that for you.

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Apple stuns world with Donald Trump iPhone

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Apple start your xerox machines might have been appropriate

Apple start your xerox machines might have been appropriate.

It has been a long time since Apple lead smart phone technology, except in innovative new case colors.

Sizes? Samsung lead and Apple followed. Except now.

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Feds raid 'extortionist' IT security biz Tiversa, CEO put on leave

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I'm wondering how the FBI made its selection

I'm wondering how the FBI made its selection.

I mean, the IT security industry seems mostly to be extortion. Find one of the inevitable vulnerabilities and extort money from either the vendor or the vendor's clients.

Security vulnerabilities are inevitable in complex software, witness how easy it is to find vulnerabilities to OS X, iOS, Android and Linus.

Security vulnerabilities can no more be totally avoided that someone can create a vandal proof 'main battle tank'.

Vehicles, including main battle tanks, depend on police and guard services to protect them from vandalism.

There is no way to prevent bricks though windows, keyed door, and knives through tires. Useful visual operating systems are simply too complex to be bullet proof.

It is like bank vaults. It is impossible to build a burglar proof bank fault. What insurance companies require is that your vulnerable 18" steel reinforced bank vault be connected to an alarm system that can summon police from a station no more than 15 minutes away. (Thermic lances take 15 minutes to penetrate steel reinforced concrete.)

Security lies in having police forces to interrupt criminals before they can succeed in completing their crimes.

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

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Re: Another ...

Yes, and all those gaming industry salespeople trying to pretend that a discussion of the uncontested journalistic misconduct of "complete and total lack of impartiality and lack of full disclosure of conflict of interest" is a discussion of "equal pay for equal work".

Salespeople should refrain from pretending to be journalists.

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Re: @John

"Or the child could get my looks and her brains" after which the whole audience had to laugh it out ;)

That is a rip-off of George Bernard Shaw:

http://shawquotations.blogspot.ca/2015/04/a-child-with-your-brains-and-my-looks.html

"This definition, of course, must have borrowed from the anecdote alluded to in Hesketh Pearson’s Bernard Shaw: His Life and Personality (p. 310-311) when “a strange lady giving an address in Zürich wrote him a proposal, thus: “You have the greatest brain in the world, and I have the most beautiful body; so we ought to produce the most perfect child.” Shaw asked: “What if the child inherits my body and your brains?”"

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Only a totalitarian would expect to be pandered too all the time.

"As an ex-pat Brit in Canada, I still find it quite embarrassing"

@skelband, I'm an expat Brit in Canada too. I'm

"also" a libertarian.

Let us face it, different companies try to appeal to different clienteles.

It is the antithesis of libertarianism to assume that all companies are trying to appeal to a single group of consumers.

Large companies have ads and events that appeal to (suck in) one set of consumers, while ignoring another.

Imagine running ad advertisement in Arabic in Israel. Or Muslims in France. You're going to turn off people outside the target demographic.

That is how the real word is. You do one ad to target women consumers. And other ads to target men consumers.

Only a totalitarian would expect to be pandered too all the time.

Yeah, sometimes companies are going to sponsor TV programs and advertising that pander to someone other than the "14 to 23 year-0old female" demographic group. Now you know how it feels to the rest of humanity 95% of the time.

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Re: Not great but ...

Yes "John Bailey". I assume you agree it is a pretty banal observation, since you don't present counter-evidence.

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

@"David Webb" who posted:

"@Big John - I was going to try and list all the possible different genders that are available, other than Male/Female. I then checked how many keystrokes on average there is MTBF and yeah, screw it."

As a transphasic 'female of center' masculinist transient asexual species-neutral polyphobe, I resent your attempt to simplify the reality of the meta universes regarding alternate realities of esoteric hypertrophic sexuality.

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

Exactly !!! Look at women's clothing and perfume advertising?. Does it not exploit sex?

The issue here is the neo-fascists of the ultra-right wing "third wave feminists" (who are not feminists at all).

These ultra-right wing feminists (and other members of the ultra-right wing "regressive left") are bent upon enforcing their interpretations of what is tolerable and what is acceptable.

And they totally ignore the fact that they're words are "triggering" those of us who've lived through WWII and the Cold War.

They're totally ignoring the fact that -- by their own standards -- they are re-traumatizing those who suffered at the hand of conformist totalitarians, after they were imprisoned in concentration camps in Europe and in Asia.

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Re: "You just didn't like the entertainment"

"On the other hand, the sort of people who view sexual exploitation as "entertainment" tend to be permanently single."

No. They tend to be the wives of sports superstars who've been sued for half their assets by people whose claim to that money is their gender.

Make no mistake, women are not so hugely different from men as you think.

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Re: the usual suspects complain

When I game I often take on female characters, which I have no doubt means your statistics claim I'm female.

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Is The Reg really going to join the ultra-right wing extremists?

Is The Reg really going to join the ultra-right wing extremists of the regressive "left"?

Is The Reg really going to advocate for ignoring what the customer base is?

Is The Reg really going to advocate against companies supporting "campaigns against breast cancer" that ignore all other forms of cancer?

Is The Reg really going to become a fascist newspaper that argues for the totalitarianism of (not feminism) but "third wave feminism".

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European Patent Office extends olive branch to furious trade unions

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Obviously gross mis-management

Obviously gross mismanagement.

Any company that allowed something like this to go on for so long would have faced a series of successful lawsuits followed by a shareholder revolt.

Any democratic institution that allowed something like this to go on for so long would have been voted out of office by citizens.

That is the problem with the EU, it is anti-democratic, it is an oligarchic bureaucratic autocracy.

The UK is but one of many EU countries whose intelligent citizens generally realize that the EU is destroying democracy and must either be vastly restrained or left.

Only those who stand against democracy support a stronger EU.

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US Congressman calls WIPO 'the FIFA of UN agencies' at hearing

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I would be upset that the USA is taking it upon itself to police a UN agency.

But the sad fact is that UN agencies and the UN itself have proven to be utterly and completely unable to police themselves.

It isn't just the WIPO.

To me the most galling are (A) the UN agencies dealing with famines and poverty, whose officials stay in 5 star hotels, and (B) the abuse of the archaic 'old boys network' idea of diplomatic immunity to permit drunk driving and sexual assaults. (A) is more common than (B).

In Europe there seems to be a thirst for increasingly undemocratic bureaucratic imperialism (literally imperialism in its strict sense).

It is great that at least one nation is stepping up to the plate and taking action to reign in the unelected bureaucrats that would destroy our democracies.

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Tor users are actively discriminated against by website operators

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Re: Useless

You might not mean it, but the phrasing gives the impression you'll only consider actions that solve all your problems.

Life is not so easy. Removing FlashPlayer doesn't fix java vulnerabilities and vice versa. You didn't need me to tell you that. Often separate problems require separate solutions.

That single solutions don't fix everything doesn't make them useless.

In reply to, "Years ago I thought it might be wise to block IPs in the Tor exit node blacklists. That's useless against all the attacks coming directly from pwned Wordpress sites nowadays, however."

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In Canada on very cold days many of those who work or play outdoors wear ski masks.

I live in Canada and on very cold days many of those who work or play outdoors wear ski masks.

However we have the common sense not to walk into a bank wearing a ski mask.

Of course a person can forget, and that is unfortunate. But Canada is not other countries and mostly you simply take the ski mask off and you can do business.

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Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

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It seems Linux lacks a feature these so-called power users are finding they need.

""Linux is actively being used by power users who can not or do not want to use Windows because of a lack of features, and now, those (paying) users who used Skype for both Business and Private purposes are dropped by Skype."

It seems Linux lacks a feature these so-called power users are finding they need.

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Ransomware scum infect Tinseltown hospital, demand $3.6m

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Re: Bastards

(Although why critical equipment is accessible from the internet God only knows)

That is a little like saying, "It is the banks fault for being robbed, they have a front door onto main street."

Or perhaps, "It is your own fault your car got keyed, you parked it in a parking lot."

However, yeah, our industry is so morally bankrupt you do have a point. Even personal injury lawyers, the world's second lowest life forms, don't shove innocent victims under buses the way some in our industry do.

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