* Posts by JLV

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'Ancient' Mac backdoor discovered that targets medical research firms

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Re: "More secure than PC? Ha!"

> Careful, the Jobsian cult will be after you for such blasphemy.

Oh, I agree. Remember Mac Defender? "AppleCare employees were told not to assist callers in removing the software." (Wikipedia quote, true, but it was also all over the news at the time). Macs are more secure, due to their 'nix underpinnings, but Apple has sometimes been lackadaisical when it comes to security. They do seem to be getting a bit better. I guess they've figured out the ostrich defense doesn't look so good after all.

>The fact that this is at all newsworthy (compared to the uncountable hordes of Windows malware) tells you something.

True enough, but no reason to get all complacent either. I know I am always interested in Linux/OSX malware to get a sense of the risk for us non-Windows users.

Any recommendations for a good Mac AV/malware scanner? I've used Sophos and it was a real hog, always sucking up CPU for live scans. I am more interested in something that I can launch when I want, for example on a download. Not something that acts like a junior McAfee by being on alert all the time. Malwarebyte?

IMHO, the problem with Mac/Linux AVs is that they are a bit like the SWAT team in Luxembourg. Sure, they can talk the talk and look tough. But they've seen so little action that it's hard to know how they will react when the shit hits the fan. So it's not sure if their donut bill is worth it.

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Nadella calls for AI sector to move beyond 'worshipping' a handful of companies

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Ooooh. Pick me! Pick me!

Nuff said.

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Happy birthday: Jimbo Wales' sweet 16 Wikipedia fails

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Re: Citation needed

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salafi_movement

I can't remember how long it lasted, but for a while, it was entirely filled up with innocuous and harmless citations from the Koran and mainstream Muslim content. Nothing mentioned that was in the least bit threatening or coercive ;-).

Fortunately, because the goat-molesters doing the edits were totally brain-dead, it was also clearly recognizable as whitewash.

Bit like the Church of Scientology suing folk that publish their actual religious tenets.

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Re: Reference

which now has become a noun:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_citogenesis_incidents

Good article, but, in Wikipedia's defense, there is little a public-content based website can do to eradicate this problem. On their end, best would be to mitigate it as much as possible while keeping the openness that has fueled its mostly pretty darn good usefulness.

I'd be curious to know if Wikipedia has been improving in this regard. And what additional remedies could be applied.

StackOverflow & co has a partial solution: answer up/down votes.* But that relies on multiple answers being self-contained entries mostly edited by one person, not mingled paragraphs. i.e. it fits their content. And even then, you have the phenomena where the accepted answer turns out to have better alternatives but it gets stuck as THE answer.

My takeaway: Wikipedia as a quickie source is OK, as long as you are not doing anything too important/sensitive with the info or you know the subject somewhat. Unfortunately, journalists, by definition, have a higher duty to be factual than most people, but not always having the domain knowledge to weed out issues. So that leaves El Reg in the lurch - but at least they know that there is a problem.

* I recently took down one of my answers when several people pointed out it wasn't particularly clever. I rode out the first comment or two, but then figured more probably indicated a real problem.

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Promising compsci student sold key-logger, infects 16,000 machines, pleads guilty, faces jail

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Re: Another lost opportunity

Normally I am unimpressed by the tough-on-crime crowd. Crime needs minimizing but emotional pleas to throw people in jail for long durations for low-impact crimes is stoopid. A well-run country, to me, imprisons a low proportion of their citizens while keeping the others safe.

However, 16000 computers hacked and a substantial propertion of their owners likely having to spend time untanglingling identity theft is NOT victimless. High-reward white collar crime needs deterrence past what their lack of violence would suggest.

Hack _criminally_ for profit? But, wait, if you get caught, all is forgiven and you get hired to be a government hacker? Not much downside, izzit? That sounds pretty effin stupid to me. We also have enough ethics problems already with government spying. Without adding this kind of lowlife to the mix.

10 actual years? Too much. But 2-3 served, with a proper reinsertion program to have his legal skills benefit society and himself again? Sounds about right.

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Canada fines Amazon seven hours of profit for false advertising

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Good enough for me.

Canada does have some rules about ads and prices. For example, you can't just say 'Sale -30% off' if the "discounted" price is your standard day to day price and you never change it. Retailers have been taken to court here, and lost, for doing so.

I am totally OK with them suing Amazon and taking only a limited penalty. The point is not beggar Amazon with punitive damages. Nor is it to hurt them hard enough to trigger them into endless defensive litigation. And it is most certainly not about introducing a lot of regulation about what a retailer can do - consumers should be savvy enough to figure things for themselves. Especially in low-consequence outcomes like where to buy basic goods. We're not talking life-critical medication here.

The point is to have them stop false advertisement, enforcing some basic honesty and covering the court costs. I'd say mission accomplished, if they desist. If they don't, sue them again and make a bigger news splash about it while doing so.

Name & Shame.

p.s. 'sides the metric isn't really about % of global profits. It's % of Canadian profit. Because Amazon would surely start worrying if it is was getting dinged <1% of profit in multiple countries. That adds up.

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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Pretty worrying appointments...

http://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/trump-asks-vaccine-critic-to-chair-committee-on-vaccine-safety/

Robert Kennedy Jr.

A Washington insider? Ah, most surely not.

Not that I agree with the "1933 started out just like this..." crowd. But the appointments so far have mostly been of two types:

- rank crowd-pleasers to deliver red meat to his supporters. see EPA, Justice... Kennedy.

- connected insiders like Giulani and the Goldman Sachs crowd. His family. Those, if anything, represent a massive bait-and-switch to his supporters, who were promised not to have the elites run things for them.

At this rate, I wonder how it's going to compare to CheneyBush's legendary pick of yes-men. And the consequences thereof.

#2s might be a screw-you to the voters, but they may be competent as well.

Re. #1: putting people with fundamentally incompetent views in charge... I struggle to see the upside.

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Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

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Re: old military wisdom has it ...

Not only that, Northrop later tried to resurrect it as the F20 Tigershark. Cheap and cheerful. Northrop did that on its own initiative, with their own money, reasoning it could make money out of a good-enough plane.

The USAF would not touch it - too cheap and did not go through their procurement (read 'not enough bacon being handed out'). Second and third world countries? "If it ain't good enough for the USAF, it sure ain't good enough for Pakistan!!!".

Taught those idiots a lesson! Never try to give the military good value if you can gold plate it.

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All this crap about the F35 reminded me of the F111

The F111 started out as a do-all, for everyone fighter/strike. It was even supposed to be on carriers*. In finale, you can see that it got kinda semi-deployed, but quickly ended up in specialized roles and in limited numbers and other planes ended up doing its jobs.

That this plane was a dud was mostly in my memory and wikipedia entries on military gear mostly tend to be sanitized as regards to failures. Then I went and found this little opinion piece that just screamed "F35".

http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.ca/2010/11/weekend-wings-37-f-111-aardvark-part-1.html

Basically, he posits that the project's main point of failure was that it pursued too many technological breakthroughs on the F111's development.

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Five new technologies caused the greatest difficulties. They were:

Variable geometry wings incorporating high lift devices;

Turbofan powerplants and associated systems and structures;

The need for new metal alloys;

A sophisticated, automated navigation and weapons delivery system; and

A novel crew escape system.

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Remind you of anything? New helmet, new engine setup for multiple configuration, jack of all trades, a weird new approach to monolithic logistics software...

At least the F35 ground crews have it easy. F111 fuel tanks had to be crawled into to clean them from the inside, breathing vapors all the while. Many of the mechanics have consequently been extremely sick.

* No Marines STOL version sought, a regrettable oversight.

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>Germans tanks were 5 times better

Check out Fury (it's on Netflix).

01:17:00 in, traipsing happily through the countryside. Action starts @ 01:18.

6 minutes of pure tank-gasm. Not a bad movie overall either. That scene had them taking the sole running Tiger left in the world out for a spin.

Upon seeing the tracers, my kids went "Star Wars! Star Wars!". Not sure how I think about that... a compliment to old school Star Wars esthetics getting something right? Seems fairly well researched otherwise. Musta sucked big time gang-rushing Tigers, using flammable petrol/gasoline-burning M4s mounting short 75s...

re. the tank production figures. Germany did not, strangely enough, really fully go to a war economy until fairly late in the game, 43? Hitler was trying to pull a Rumsfeld and carry out an invasion on the cheap. Second, German industry and military had a lot of issues with standardization. Vehicles would be produced in small amounts, but would not use standardized parts. The military would constantly have the stuff tweaked, but not in very production-efficient ways. So many many models of AFV, planes, .... And the logistics of spares were dreadful because of the high material variability. When people say that strategic bombing did not slow down Nazi production, they lose track that by 43-44, Speer had taken over, knocked heads together and that Hitler had finally gone on full war economy. So, yes, production would have gone up. Whether strategic bombing achieved much is still another debate though.

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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hold on, guys, this is brilliant!

$20 to unblock. But... you need to be registered as unblocked. So... up your ID goes on:

www.nd.gov/porn_pervs/registry/public/<SSN*>-<username>

What? Not happy? $50 more gets you on

www.nd.gov/porn_pervs/registry/secret/

Worried that your better half finds out? $100 gets you deleted from the registry**.

Then again, you could save yourself the hassle and add your name (SSN not required here) yourself to

www.nd.gov/permitted_for_research_purposes/senators/

* What? The SSN is needed to disambiguate identical names.

** I heard the old team from Ashley Madison is consulting to set up all-in-one registration, security and user revenue maximization services. So, the North Dakota tax take could go way up, at very little cost.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: Seamen spread over California

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Re: Baby steps to Skynet, or Berserkers

More prosaically, the bigger short term risk is that wars which do not impose a morale/popularity cost, because there are no coffins coming home, could go on for a long long time.

If the enemies are themselves robots and machines, both sides are just wasting money and resources.

But if it's people getting killed at the other end, then we risk letting ethically dubious foreign policy goals drag us into never-ending conflicts.

There is thankfully little ethical ambiguity with going after ISIS. But look at Vietnam/Cambodia. Or the Central America death squad proxy wars in the 80s (which were bloodless to the US public).

Haldeman, he of 'Forever War', wrote 'Forever Peace', about precisely this kind of remote kill/no home casualties war and the way governments can keep them going. Quite prescient, considered it was written before 2001 and our Predator/Reaper era.

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Re: Daniel Suarez - Kill Decision

Second Suarez.

I read Daemon and its sequel and it was an amazing mix of cyber paranoia and grassroots-against-the-system a la Fight Club mixed up with an RPG game worldview.

Not high literature, I am afraid. But really good near-future thriller SF.

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A smart cluster bomb system? The regular cluster bombs are kinda semi-banned now, but mostly because they tend to become landmines, with all the civ casualties that causes. Fewer, but smarter, bomblets could be set to detonate on a miss.

In terms of the concept, rather than the current vehicle, this could also be the future of SAM / AA drones. With enough onboard "AI", anything that doesn't IFF as a pal could be ganged up on by powered autonomous drones. Not good for penetration/airstrikes, but it ought to keep enemy flyboys well away from defended assets. Think ME-163s, but more numerous and without a pilot to kill.

This is why $50M+ strike aircraft seem a potentially risky long term bet.

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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no way to tell?

Since our hearing is generally peaking at 20khz, seems most sound repro systems don't go much above that.

But, assuming (no idea) live human voices actually carry recognizable higher harmonics, could devices not use special microphones that recognize their absence and therefore infer that it's listening to a recording or broadcast?

As an added bonus, folks with Monster cables or the $30K stereos could still get dinged!

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D-Link sucks so much at Internet of Suckage security – US watchdog

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Re: Cheap - Reliable - Secure ... pick any two.

>so quit complaining

BS. There's no reason the stuff has to be so toxic. FFS you can probably pick up wrt54s w better software.

It's like saying "your car was cheap so who cares if its gas tank ruptures on rear collisions?".

'sides, one thing we've been learning with DDOSs lately is that this kinda crap presents risks beyond it's immediate owners.

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

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Re: Florida Man, the world's oddest superhero

Hey, give him a break. Beholding the vast wasteland of human stupidity that is Florida Man* surely can cause a momentary lapse of grammatical reasoning. Bit like seeing a Shoggoth up close.

* I read the dead granny sex toy thread too and my IQ dropped by about 25.

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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

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In other news...

The mayor of Sheepsville, Mr. Wolf, has passed a city ordnance banning doors on barns.

Think of the children lambs if there was a fire!

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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Re: I have actually thought of an IoT that might be useful

You should also KickStart it and have like 10 social media experts/activists on staff for every engineer/coder/QA!

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People can be dimwits.

Exhibit A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTGjZx9PiL0

This is comparing 2 sous-vide cooking device. Both are roughly similar and both have smartphone based apps (I assume to monitor and start/stop cooking remotely).

The reviewer chooses one over the other, because it is a bit sleeker. Sleeker because... it has no manual controls of any kind on it. So, a $200 kitchen device that can only work if its wifi works and if your phone wants to talk to it. Which of course puts you at the mercy of the manufacturer updating the app whenever a mobile OS update requires it.

What could ever go wrong???

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Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

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Re: Launch it!

Great thinking. That's also a metric that could be applied to our old friend the Man on Mars expedition. Luckily that hasn't consumed much $$$ to date, but it's bound to guzzle it as soon as NASA gets serious about it. Unless the space budget greatly expands, which I doubt, other space projects will suffer.

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

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And, yes, taxpayers _somewhere_ are funding this critical research.

Goes well with the $20 anti-porn chip law in South Carolina, does it not?

Sometimes, I get the reason for all the cynicism about guvment being a waste of money, despite most everyone rather liking public services like education and health.

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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

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Re: All very dubious

>their rates are going to rise

Maybe or maybe not.

If folks abandoned Java (which I rather doubt in practice, so much inertia), because of the implications of this article, this would mostly happen on the company/demand side.

On the programmer/supply side, there is no direct effect from a sudden cost increase on the language. So, demand might fall faster than supply.

Certainly, an aggressive enforcement of fees on Java itself would not do much for Java use on new projects. Actually, I can't think of any pay-for mainstream language, though there are plenty of pay-for stacks and programming environments. Barring an aggressive enforcement of these licenses, will the extra revenue justify the FUD that's likely to come out of it? So I am unsure why Oracle is pursuing this.

This muddleness is not entirely Oracle's fault either. Most of the licensing doubts around Java date from Sun. And an incapacity to make $ out of Java is part of what drove Sun into the ground.

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Re: All very dubious

May "the COBOL of the 21st century" become "the COBOL of the first 20 years of the 21st century".

Gives clever people 3 years to leave.

Seriously, using non-free parts intermingled in a free download to gouge? With no way for a good-faith user to tell? Heck, the good faith user wouldn't even know to look. A new low, I couldn't find a slimebag to compare that approach to. Even a pusher's "the first hit is free" is more honest in comparison.

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Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m

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Maybe a tad more useful holdout

http://boppin.com/delmar.html

Guy made money in Vancouver, set up house as low income tenant hotel. Big utility compmay wants land. Guy says he wants to give back to community. Still going on, decades later.

Personally, it'd make more sense to sell and redo the same charity elsewhere, but I can see the principle behind his thinking.

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Microsoft's Edge to flush Adobe Flash in Windows 10 Creator’s Update

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Or installing their crap app if on iOS. Why Apple provides them with that hook eludes me. Just checked, at least Android doesn't do that.

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Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for

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Re: Now if someone were to film Ian Banks culture novels

Use of Weapons FTW!

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If you bought a dildo in Denver, the government must legally be told

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Re: Why not just dollar value?

>Maybe different rates for different products?

Hmmmm, not sure here. Yes, you have different rates for different products. But systems usually track that by entering the tax jurisdiction's own tax codes. i.e. do you really think Colorado's tax system is going to parse products' descriptions?

if descr.match("dildo") then 5.5%

Upvoted you, you're on to something. But if the goal is to collect sales tax, raw descriptions aren't that useful, except to forensically audit evaders. In which case, they could just encrypt them until the tax agency gets an access warrant*. More useful would be a dump of all the descriptions vs the attributed sales tax code and that not even purchaser-specific, but vendor-specific. In order to see if a vendor isn't systematically under-charging tax.

So here they're using a privacy sledgehammer to kill a fly that isn't even in the same room.

* not really a warrant - tax agencies are above needing those, of course - but at least initiates a formal audit

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Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

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Re: ,So there's an online fix for not being able to get online?

That kinda hits the Powershell vs cmd.exe dilemma though.

Since El Reg's doomsday warning about cmd.exe being put to pasture I've finally had a go at PS. For complicated sysadmin stuff, like real functions with computations and environmental access, ps is arguably a bit ahead of bash. But, for simple stuff, like a 'ls | grep foo' you have to struggle through the implications of 'everything is an an object, not text'. That makes it way harder than bash for quick and dirty adhoc commands, lots of reading to do. Not to mention that scripts are disabled by default.

If users couldn't get a grip on cmd they are gonna be totally lost with powershell.

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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Re: Fatman He doesn't understand

Dang, I upvoted Matt. Does not compute.

Yeah, and let's not forget JFK almost got WW3 going with the Cuban missile crisis. Even as the US was playing pretty much the same games with their missiles in Turkey. JFK, who was on a Senate Defense committee, campaigned in '60 on a supposed missile gap (to the detriment of the US) while the opposite was true. Which, given his committee he was perfectly aware of.

Too bad he got shot, his death gives his crappy policies a shine they don't deserve.

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Re: billions lost?

There are plenty of reasons to lose 3% of your value if...

- the product at hand is about as useful as a rasher of bacon at a bar mitzvah*, but happily contributes 20% of your revenue. Before it reaches volume sales. Nice.

- the tweeter has a large influence on purchasing decisions for said product at your biggest customer.

- other customers have privately had doubts, but have been told to toe the party line by the lead customer.

I don't think scuttling the F35 will make up for all the mess The Donald is likely to make. But doing so would be a small start.

My actual expectation that it will either be cancelled or seriously rationalized? Very limited.

* I wonder if the Israelis are paying full price for those F35s. Or if they got them, wanted or not, as part of the yearly US military aid packages. Israel is usually rather clever about their weapon procurement - they can't afford BS near as much as everyone else on their military budget. For example, workable (cheap) UAV combat drones were an Israeli innovation.

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Bill Gates joins $170bn climate change investment club

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Re: Trumpity Trump

So great having you argue against climate change. Does much for the credibility of human-induced climate change skeptics.

Inconvenient, the fact that you are not, I would guess, actually specialized in climatology... (or in keyboard caps management).

Let's say Joe Random PhD in Climatology took a look at a non-trivial program that one of us wrote. Or, maybe examined a network that one of the sysadmin readers configured and maintained. Joe Random, being a clever dude who knows some programming/sysadmin, then says "this is shite, I know how to do this much better". Just because, well, he's smart (or claims to be) and has an opinion.

Would any one of us accept Joe's opinion at face value? We might, if Joe was criticizing an individual, known to be weak, programmer/admin and brought in some hard facts.

But let's say his opinion went against the general accepted practices of the programming/admin community as a whole. And based on fairly basic arguments that any practitioner in the field would have thought of (70 year cycles, face palm, why did no one think of that???). Let's say in fact, that 95% of practitioners thought his approach flawed.

Then, oh.... we might also think that Joe didn't know what the f**k he was talking about.

Just sayin'

p.s. this ain't total BS either - apparently the scientific community codes a lot, but often in not particularly efficient ways - it's hard for most people to master complex subjects outside their field, witness the dev vs ops divide.

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Beancounter nicks $5m from bosses, blows $1m on fantasy babe Kate Upton's mobe game

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not entirely accurate

Worse, much worse.

Dimwit wastes a cool $1million playing a game fronted by Mariah Carey.

http://venturebeat.com/2015/09/14/mariah-carey-commercial-debuts-for-game-of-war-fire-age/

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DDoS script kiddies are also... actual kiddies, Europol arrests reveal

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Re: Prevention campaign

>poster or a powerpoint?

Nah, they can just use the aptly-named Bombastic Bob's ode to "real hackers". See below.

Stanza it up as rap. That'll do the trick. Fer sure.

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Moscow says writing infrastructure attack code is a thought crime

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Excellent, excellent, comrades

Now, perhaps, the .ru domain will be less 419-y? Or maybe it doesn't count if your code is used to steal $ from elsewhere?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Re: spread the news of these dicks

Hmmm....Thinking.... thinking... How to protest? Ah, yes, Femen!

Generously-bosomed young ladies modelling T-shirts

Winter is coming

Come and take this off, HBO!

That means they are already infringing on the TnA in GoT, so clear need for a takedownoff. Need to find the dragon angle somehow.

p.s. I don't know about HBO as a whole, but the lawyers who made this stupid call really, really, need to find themselves a purpose in life other than stereotyping the joke about 5000 lawyers at the bottom of the sea.

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Re: overhaul?

Agree. I distinctly remember the IOC hounding a long-standing local business out of its "Olympic Pizza" name, when Vancouver hosted the 2010 games.

Corporate bullying in these matters isn't very productive. There is enough tension already between "valid"* and "invalid" (above) defense of trademarks that pointlessly reminding people of the overreach of DMCA et al is liable to result in a well-deserved backlash at some point. How else do you explain single-issue parties like the Pirate Party scoring more than a few freetards' votes?

* On the other hand, some nitwit real estate promoter set up a brand-spanking-new "Olympic Realty" in Whistler just in time for the games and was all surprised when she got nailed.

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Bloke sold cash register code to restaurants that deliberately hid sales from taxmen

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Re: Liability?

What about the purpose of letting me watch _my_ legally purchased movies on the device/os of my choice?

Besides, one's a minor infraction, much as RIAA/MPAA would like Gulags for them. The other is just ripping off everyone who's dumb enough to pay their taxes .

Should I type more slowly?

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Stung by Dynamics 365 hike? Microsoft has a deal for you... just don't expect much

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Re: Nice stereotype in the image

Don't be an ass.

No one with an ounce of common sense is gonna think this article wants to stereotype black people.

This is a "sleazy salesman" pic. Which happens to have someone of the black persuasion. People who are not even really associated with this stereotype. Now, I could, kinda, maybe, get your drift if there was a stereotype linkage between the person's ethnic group and what was being criticized. i.e. xxx people being cheap, yyy people beating on their women, zzz people being something or other.

Or, should all negative types automatically be represented by whites? Males, preferably? Not saying that as an angry white guy - we don't have it too bad overall and my fellow white dudes elected Trump, so that's kinda embarrassing.

Just... think before you type. With black men getting shot by police so frequently, there are many more relevant issues to be concerned about than insisting on white-washing every single article for political correctness.

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

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Re: The artists could fix the problem

On the TM gougery side of things, not the scalper/tout bit, that's the core problem. TM is way too dominant in this market. Introduce real competition and prices will go down. They should not get away with exclusivity contracts.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/arts/music/string-cheese-incident-takes-on-ticketmaster.html

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Re: When I think of Ticketmaester..

Hmmm, even small venues showcasing more eclectic artists tend to use TM. You really struggle to avoid TM altogether.

I tend to do on-location pickups or TM outlets pickups. Less $$$ that way, usually 10-15$ cad. I also often just go to a show and buy tix from random folk whose buddies can't come. Usually at about face value. Not ripped off to date - fraud's not worth it on 60-70$ events.

But, yeah, Kanye/Kathy Perry/Gaga and $150+ face value concert tix are a lot of what's wrong with live events nowadays. Well, that and KP couldn't sing her butt out of a wet toilet paper bag. At least you avoid that if you go see smaller artists. But not neccessarily TM :(

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Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

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lessons not learned, users not listened to

I won't go as far as saying anything, complimentary or not, about 10.

But one thing that is easily noticeable is how much of a Vista Window 8.x turned out to be. It should have been the big sibling in the popularity contest. Not Windows 7, a much better Windows, but one that is also 7 years old and would have been replaced years ago by 8, if 8 didn't suck.

Really, heads should have rolled over 8. Should have been all Robespierre, a bloodbath, with anyone associated with making the Metro look decisions on Windows 8 shunted off to the Gulags. From the senior UI designers to the marketers to upper management of the Windows product line. Anyone who misread consumer and business sentiment to that extent and signed off on it.

Then the new blood wouldn't have been so stubborn in foisting upon us another set of really undesirable traits - telemetry and the forced upgrade. I mean, how exactly do you manage to transform what should have been a goodwill exercise - a free Windows upgrade - into yet another PR disaster? Take away those 2 deplorables and Windows 10 would be perceived very differently. Easily solved by cutting them away, it's not like they had to do extra work to fix things.

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No, Andy, AWS and Oracle aren't in a database death match

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Directly? No. But as a showcase for postgresql? Which has an Oracle compatibility mode off-cloud? Good way to get exposure. Again, not for migrations but rather for new, secondary, projects at first.

Being free and rock-solid, postgresql can easily operate in supporting roles, as long as IT people have some familiarity with it. AWS will help, though the folks on it are likely already savvier than the typical "oh, just put it on Access" crowd.

Mind you, easier installation and admin would go a long way to help postgres. It's not really hard, but you do have to look under the covers a bit.

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Chap creates Slack client for Commodore 64

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Re: Fake Story

>something I could knock off in 10 minutes.

You slacker. I could do it in 30 seconds, with my right hand tied my back and blindfolded to boot.

Kids these days.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: Jeremy Hunt

Perhaps he could even change his first name to Mike to make it more obvious.

How much money would be spent, for what benefit? This from a supposedly right-of-center government?

I do favor tough punishments in cases where someone does revenge or blackmail porn. Including when minors do it to other minors.

But that's not the same thing as putting up huge guardrails at great cost to protect people from their own stupidity, is it?

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Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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Re: @JLV - Over reaction?

I deeply regret Trumps election. Not 'deplore' cause I think this, and her we-won in her campaigning when The Donald was on the ropes probably did her in. Hillary might have made a good prez but she sure sucked as a candidate.

But I don't appreciate the deep alarmisms, the what to do in a dictatorship (linked to in another post), the calls for resistance and civil disobedience. This popular vote vs electoral college thing is as stale as my socks - that's the US electoral process is set up for better or worse. The wrong man was chosen but it was done democratically. Let him govern and wait to see what comes out first. After all, not all of our countries have always been clever in our recent votes, neh? And Marine Le Pen has a good shot at scoring quite high this time.

I expect our PM, Trudeau, to swallow his pride and get along as he can with our biggest trading partner. If and when that _really_ goes against our principles and values, I also expect him to stand firm. But do so for pragmatic reasons not just to grandstand.

For now, let's see what comes out. 4 years of Trump may teach US voters that simplistic throw-the-bums-out populism, whether from Bernie or to the right, can be all smoke and mirrors. Ditto a not quite as hoped Brexit European negotiation outcome for UK voters.

I think the main reason for people like Trump and Farage winning is our relentless drive to out-shout each other in griping about how corrupt and incompetent our elected representatives are. Governing is not as easy as some think and electorates are fickle. Easy fixes have usually been done, what's left is either hard to do or hard to pass legislation for. Actual corruption? Throw them in jail but otherwise let them govern until the next election for fucks sake.

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Re: Over reaction?

>the 52nd or 53rd or something state?

Depends on how you sort. Probably in top 5 states if going by PISA score / education rankings ;-) Definitely more if _your_ IQ is averaged in.

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Has Canadian justice gone too far? Cops punish drunk drivers with NICKELBACK

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irony, thy name is Donut Cop

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/nickelback-singer-convicted-of-drunk-driving-in-b-c-1.758164

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

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Re: First Flight Challenges

Oh, I dunno. If you average in the F35's reliability with all the others you'd see we haven't progressed quite as much.

I know, that's a bit like a MS rant in the midst of a Linux article - not that we ever have those - my coat.

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