* Posts by Mephistro

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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

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"...said 'I' only 3 times and 'we' 45 times"

Which only proves that some highly paid campaign advisor 'edited' his speech or even wrote the whole of it. This replacement of 'I' by 'we' is the oldest trick in the speech-writer toolbox.

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CIA boss: Make America (a) great (big database of surveillance on citizens, foreigners) again!

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Dear American citizens:

Welcome to the GDR !!!

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'Beeeellion-dollar' mastercrooks in hotel, restaurant blitzkrieg

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True that!

It's either that they're trying to create a huge criminal entity or they are already controlled by one. ;-)

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

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Re: Livestream of media briefing (@ Norman Nescio)

"I can't access it as it seems to want to run Flash"

Their site must have been hacked, as it's trying to make me install a virus: "Get Adobe Flash Player"

On a more serious note, it's really sad that ESA still relies on Flash in this day and age!

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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Re: Muddling through (@ AC)

"...the crap they read on the internet."

Don't forget about the videos they watch on the internet. Oh, and testimony of two friends who visited UK in October -as tourists- and were harassed* in the train by two guys** when they heard them speaking in Spanish.

* Harassed verbally. The harassers were lucky there, as both my friends, a married couple, are accomplished martial artists and could probably have turned the two bullies into a bloody pulp in seconds.

** Yes, racists, xenophobes and fuckwits exist everywhere. The problem comes when you encourage them.

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Re: Muddling through

"...still complaining about us Bloody Foreigners as a group while being perfectly friendly on a personal level..."

You mean, like all those attacks on foreigners that have been quite common since the referendum?

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For Fark's sake! Fark fury follows 5-week ad ban for 5-year-old story

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To all those anti-censorship warriors...

...that are lambasting ElReg for not sticking it to the man and showing 'problematic' pictures on the site:

A single day without ads for ElReg (or any other similar publication) would be bad although not "terminally bad". But what if the blackout lasts longer? What if ElReg's contact in Google is on holiday or on medical leave? What if one of Google's supremos decides to punish ElReg for writing articles critical to Google now and then? What if it lasts a week, or a month, or three?

In my opinion monopolies are bad, and Google is becoming a "monopoly of monopolies" with such a huge amount of power that both their clients and competitors have no defence against them. Competence regulators should have acted on this a long time ago. (Some of them are doing it right now, but IMHO they've waited for too long).

So yes, I think ElReg is doing the right thing here, and whoever disagrees should consider carefully what he'd do in a similar situation. Would you risk your job or your company to make a fine point on politics? If you do it anyway, you could be cheered as a hero and receive lots of kudos, some of it from me. But you can't attack other people for not doing the same. I'd rather have ElReg informing us of serious issues and wining the serious battles, than see it disappear for publishing a picture.

If G wasn't such a big monopoly, Fark's defence (or ElReg or...) would be something like:" FU, Google! As we can't trust you or your services, we're signing with another provider".

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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Re: Sealand? (@ yoganmahew)

"Ta failte romhat..."

Is that Irish or Scottish? ;-)

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British military laser death ray cannon contract still awarded, MoD confirms

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Upvoted for the Akira reference!

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Re: operational in all weather

Not to speak of thunderstorms! Creating a path of ionized air wouldn't be exactly a good idea.

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Top-Secret-cleared SOCOM medics hit in 11GB govt database leak

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Re: Protomac (@ GrapeBunch)

I see it more like a contraction between Potomac and Prozac. A happy river!

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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"Quite how blocking his constituents' access to online X-rated filth is going to help this isn't clear"

Not only that! It also seems quite counterproductive, for obvious reasons.

Perhaps it's just that the politicians are trying to protect their investments in the local brothels. 0_o

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Crim charges slapped on copyright trolls who filmed porn, torrented it then sued downloaders

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re: People don't like lawyers

"But they do sometimes have uses."

True! I usually bury two or three of them every year under the flower beds in my garden. Don't need to waste a buck in fertilizers and my peonies have won several contests!

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Re: "Disgraced smut-slinging catch one in the eye from Uncle Sam"

And I'm quite pussytive it wasn't 'sushi' either.

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Officers of the court engaging in illegal activities

"The lives as practicing lawyers should now be over."

Please allow me to correct that typo:

" The lives of all practising lawyers should now be over."*

Here, FTFY!

Note*: That's how I misread that line in your comment! ;-)

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"Disgraced smut-slinging catch one in the eye from Uncle Sam"

There was a Japanese word for that, but I can't remember what it was. Something about buck cakes, I'm seemin' to recall. Definitely, not 'kawaii'. No, it wasn't 'sudoku' either...

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Houston, we have a problem: 'App dev stole our radio station'

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There is these consultant types...

... who access the premises by shouting "Disruption! Cloud! WEB 3.0! Internets!!!..." and leave them carrying in their sacks everything that wasn't bolted to the floorboards, in exchange for creating a path of destruction and bankruptcy for the company.

God bless their souls! ;-)

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London's Winter Wonderland URGENTLY seeks Windows 10 desk support

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Re: Just...

Why the joke icon?

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Climate change bust up: We'll launch our own damn satellites if Trump pulls plug – Gov Brown

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@ Pompous Git (was Re: @ eric halfabe (was "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not (@ itzman)))

"The internal pH of the shelly fauna is as affected by the pH of seawater as my wife's blood pH is affected by her rinsing her hair in vinegar. That is not at all."

Yes, and as shelled fauna and coral polyps are immortal... oh, wait...

And of course what happens in the interface between the growing part of the shell and the seawater has no importance at all, eh?

And changing the water's pH absolutely doesn't affect the availability of nutrients for the shelled organisms or the abundance of minerals to be used when building the shell.

What's next? The world is a disc balanced on top of four reproductions of The Donald's hairdo?

Regarding the vinegar thingy, I'd suggest you this easy experiment: Fill a vat with warm salty water. Put you feet into the vat and let them there for half an hour or longer. See if there is any strange taste in your mouth. (hint: there will be)

You can replace the salt with a generous amount vinegar in the experiment, but don't sue me if your toenails fall off or dissolve. :-)

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@ eric halfabe (was Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not (@ itzman))

"The oceans can only become acidic if the earth runs out of rocks!"

Citation required. Take your time.

Reasons for this statement of yours being utter rubbish:

Most rocks in the ocean's floor are calcareous deposits. Guess what happens when you put calcareous rocks in acidic -i.e. containing lots of H2CO3- seawater. Nah, I'll save you the effort: part of the calcium combines with other elements and forms more stable salts that precipitate as solids. Therefore more CO2 than the amount 'neutralized' gets freed from said rocks. It's exactly the same process that shells and coral skeletons -also made of calcium carbonate- undergo. Lots of studies about this, some of them dated almost a century ago. Google them yourself, as I don't consider saving you from your ignorance one of my priorities.

"Most of those peer-reviewed studies were total rubbish where eg researchers chucked large doses of hydrochloric acid into the water to see how fish or coral reacted"

Bullshit. Such studies exist but are not a majority. The ones I'm talking about are the ones where water samples are taken, analysed, and the results correlated with the state of sea life and geological formations in the area. If you doubt this, google the relevant words and take a look at the first pages of results. Somehow I got this hunch that you won't do it, but will come back here to spew more BS instead.

"...peer review [...] is a crock."

Of course! Every scientific research should be reviewed and authorised by you and your pals instead. Much more unbiased than all those conspiring scientists, eh?

Asshat.

"Now I know you are a nutter!"

ROFLMAO

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Re: Well done California (@ Big John)

Another example of this would be the birth of Scientology, which is based on some jape made by L. Ron Hubbard. I also strongly suspect that Scientology is not the only religion originated by a joke! :-D

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Re: Well done California (@ Big John)

"Mephistro, was your sense of humour surgically removed at birth?"

I reckon that there are online discussions -often related to religion, ideology, race and lately also climate- where jokes can be taken as statements of fact by some of the less intellectually gifted readers, and, alas, cause said readers to take very bad decisions. As an example: The supposed support of Pope Francis for the Trump presidential campaign, which even being clearly a hoax has probably given Trumpf a few hundreds or even thousands of votes. ;-)

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"califorinia: 100:1 they never launch a single climate satellite"

They didn't need to as those activities were carried out by the Federal government. Now that the Donald's aim seems to be destroying said federal activities, it makes sense to look for alternatives, as a big chunk of California's economy relies on climate.

Will they be able to do it? Well, as has been said often, California would be the 6th economy in the world, up there with France, and, trust me, France can launch lots of satellites both alone and integrated in the ESA. Now that I think of it, collaboration agreements between the ESA and California would make a lot of sense in this scenario.

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Re: Well done California (@ Big John)

"how Moonbeam is going to keep the satellite over California at all times"

Nice soundbit. Incredibly stupid, also. If you really think that global climate research can be carried out by studying only California, you probably should watch again Sesame Street, several times in a row.

And even if you wanted a satellite to study only California -e.g. to obtain data about fires, surface temperatures, humidity and plant coverage in said State- there are two revolutionary, never carried out before, state of the art concepts that you may not be aware of. Namely, Geostationary satellites and satellite constellations. This may look like Science Fiction to you and many of your fellow deniers, but strong evidence suggests it's perfectly doable. ;-)

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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not (@ itzman)

"Sadly their effect on climate - essentially zero - has also been demonstrated for many decades."

What has been demonstrated for many decades is the existence of several carbon sinks and heat sinks that to this day have kept the issue relatively in check by acting as carbon and/or heat buffers. The deniers side claims that those sinks will hold for ever against anything we throw at them, which is clearly contrary to all the currently available data and also to elementary logic.

Just to give an example, one of these sinks -probably the most important- is the oceans, which have been capturing and storing carbon for thousands of millions of years, causing climate to support life as we know it. The bad news is that this carbon sink is already failing, causing the oceans to acidify very noticeably, as proved by many -scientific, peer reviewed- studies.

This acidification is caused mainly by CO2 dissolved in seawater, and has caused already noticeable and well documented effects*. There are very strong hints that for this particular carbon sink, the tipping point may already have been reached. There are many studies regarding how this acidification is affecting coral reefs (which store teratonnes of carbon in coral skeletons), sea animals shells (ditto), and phytoplankton (that stores huge amounts of carbon in microscopic algae's bodies, frees a big fraction of the O2 we need to breath and is the base of the oceans food chain).

So, yes, in this context, "Deniers" is a pejorative term, but also very precise, as they are denying lots and lots of very strong scientific evidence. Whether they're doing it because they're stupid, scientifically illiterate, just crazy, or have vested interests in the matter and don't give a shit about the consequences for the survival of life on Earth -including human life- is a different matter. If you define yourself as an AGW denier, the next time you feel ill you should ignore all this Science thing and go straight to a bloodletter, for the sake of consistency.

Note*: as an example, I provide you with a few links to peer reviewed articles and studies (there are many many more, google them yourself) regarding the effects of human activity on coral reefs:

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/expeditions/the-effects-of-climate-change-on-coral-reef-health/

http://208.180.30.233/lib/reefs_endangered.071214.pdf

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/coralreef-climate.html *

The last link includes a nice graphic explaining the issue in very simple terms. If you disagree with any part of that graphic, please explain why. Else, STFU.

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Standing desks have no effect on productivity, boffins find

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Re: Use poles...

If there aren't any Poles available, can we use other Eastern Europeans instead?

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

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Hmmm...

"The Martinellis no longer live there but they did as kids when their father bought the land back in the 1940s..."

So the second generation of the family are either in their seventh decade or dead, and -given the size of families in that era and in the seventies- there are probably a few dozen owners/inheritors nowadays and therefore each of them will receive a pittance.

In my opinion, it makes sense for them to either keep the property or wait till Google rises the offer to, say 70 or 100 millions. The part about sticking it to Google is an added bonus! :-D

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Symantec sets legal wolves upon Zscaler

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Dear Symantec:

Please drop dead already!

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Is your Windows 10, 8 PC falling off the 'net? Microsoft doesn't care

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Re: T0ssers!

"Can't make dog food from dog shit."

I once had a dog that would disprove that statement!

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Re: Stuff like this...(@ Joerg)

"Soon Visual Studio will run on Windows10 only. The Kinect SDK doesn't work on Windows7..."

Surely these Microsoft policies will help them in selling those two products.

Yeah, like fuck!

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Re: "Cumulative updates" strikes again

"Isn't it about time Vole realised that..."

Hehe, had to look up that one:

" any of various small rodents (Microtus and related genera) that typically have a stout body, rather blunt nose, and short ears, ..."

Vole~=Microtus~=Microsoft

The part about a stout body, blunt nose and short ears also fits well! ;-)

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Ransomware scum offer free decryption if you infect two mates

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A perfect business plan

Because once someone infects his mates, he can be blackmailed into bankruptcy, regardless of whether said mates paid the miscreants or not. An endless supply of fun, as the guy/company that collaborates in this scam will land in hot water, legally speaking.

Seriously now, If someone is not keeping proper* backups of his data, it means that either the data wasn't worth the effort or that the data was doomed anyway, so no worries, eh?.

Note*: proper backup= Hanoi Towers scheme + off site backups + regularly testing the backups.

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The Dread Server BlackBerry Enterprise is no more

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Re: Not too fearful (@ Sloppy Crapmonster)

I think that the point the OP was trying to disprove is that nowadays a sysadmin has a chance bigger than a snowflake in a nuclear blast of receiving training for a new product, paid for the company he/she is working for. If you disagree with this, you should either a) get out more and meet more people or b) keep on slowly destroying the company you work for and asking for more bonuses.

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Guess King Battistelli's plan to fix the Euro Patent Office. Yep, give himself more power

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Re: Word association

Anything to do with "Defenestration"?

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Re: Do they not have...(@ AC)

"Also with all countries having to agree to remove him..."

At first read I also misinterpreted this paragraph in the article: "...who can only be fired before his term ends by the collective will of the EPO's 38-member state Administrative Council".

It's a little bit convoluted, but the way I understand it, it means that the Council as a whole has to reach a decision, not that every member of the council has to agree with the decision.

I'm not in the mood to study the EPO rules* and find whether this is the case or not, so the article might need to be corrected.

Note*: Not now nor never! :-P

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US Supreme Court slashes Samsung's patent payout to Apple

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Re: Yes, but it has FOUR corners! (@ Marketing Hack)

I think you should go further and make your phone with two corners and a half or even two corners. Bigger savings!

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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Re: Get with the program!

"...I don't know whether their offspring can continue breeding or are sterile..."

There have been 2nd generation hybrids, descending both from 2 hybrid parents and from a hybrid plus a member of one of the original species. The important part here is that the hybrids -both second and first generation- a) are very scarce*, and b) produce very 'fragile' offspring that could not conceivably survive and reproduce in natural conditions.

My point here is that in those natural conditions, lions and tigers are effectively two different species with a gnat's-fart-in-a-tornado chance of passing genes from one species to the other, so at least under the Population Genetics definition, they're two different species. On the other hand, the shared physical characteristics, the fossil record and the genetic evidence point very clearly towards a common origin**.

* Both species are geographically separated and hostile to each other in natural conditions.

** For a better example of recent speciation, consider "Clines" and Darwin's finches.

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Euro Patent Office prez 'a disgrace to France'

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Re: Not unusual

"Under the unusual make-up of the EPO, it has legal immunity from the laws of the countries in which it operates"

There's a lot to chew in this paragraph! I wonder how long till King Battisteli starts using slave workers.

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Trump's FCC will soak net neutrality in gas and toss in a lit match

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By pure chance...

... the companies owned by Trump will receive lots of big fat contracts from telcos in the next few years.

Seriously now: Sorry to tell you, Americans, but your country has been pwned.

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Clients say they'll take their money and run if service hacked – poll

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Re: Gut reaction

"switching to a new provider means that you're jumping to a provider who's not been breached and most likely will be in the future."

The problem with that approach is that if everybody follows it and remains with the breached providers, there will be absolutely zero reasons for providers to improve their security. "See? No consequences. And it's cheaper! Moar bonuses!!!"

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UCam247 tells El Reg most of its cams aren't vulnerable to GET vuln

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Good...

With that letter he has gained lots more respect and confidence from the public than those companies whose strategy in similar cases consists in:

a) Deny everything.

b) Sue whoever found the bug.

c) If that fails, blame the user.

d) Grumpily recognize the issue.

e) Take a year to fix the bug.

f) State that "Lessons have been learned".

g) Wash, rinse, repeat.

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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

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Same thing here.

For me, the ideal outcome of this would be:

- Some of the account holders pay the blackmail and some don't.

- Some sue the bank for lack of due diligence.

- The bank is investigated by all the relevant authorities and the account data is available for all tax agencies in the world.

- The account data is leaked to the public. Everyone involved -bank and customers- is named an shamed, and prosecuted/heavily fined for tax evasion. Politicians involved get the boot.

- After a time the hackers get caught and... Screw that! The hackers earn several million € and get scot-free and either retire and live in luxury or start their own (honest) business. All in all, they've made something good for society and they should get some reward.

I'll keep on dreaming. Sigh.

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Re: Who's responsible?

"Is the sub-editor on holiday?"

Yes, he is. His temporary replacement, Mr. Yoda, is taking care of things now.

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'Mirai bots' cyber-blitz 1m German broadband routers – and your ISP could be next

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Re: Soulhand (@ diodesign)

Totally agreed. A proof of the ISPs nuttiness in the following paragraph from the link:

"Back in the days when Eir were Eircom and they used Netopia modems, port 7547 was blocked to every IP address except those assigned to Eir’s management servers. This meant even though the Netopia modems had bugs, they could not be exploited. Inexplicably, Eir do not do this for their newer modems. If they did, these bugs would not have been exploitable."

ISPs know -mostly- how to do things right, but they just don't bother, as any breach in the service will have little consequence in their baseline. This won't change till ISPs and router makers become legally liable for lack of due diligence regarding security of the products they sell/hire/install. Yeah, I know, pigs breaking the sound barrier over the snowy landscapes of hell in a month with six Sundays etcetera etcetera.

By the way, I tried to create a free Shodan account without success. My guess is that either your article "slashdotted" them or they are being DDOSed. :-D

Such a marvellous time to be alive!

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Meet the Loughborough 'emo' boffins who predicted Trump's victory

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Re: Recount in Wisconsin?

From the link you provided:

"There is a deadline for any candidates to demand a recount, and they need to pay fees to file a request."

Holy shit! So the system was designed from the start to never have to do a recount. Two millions and a half per recount per state? With a deadline? It's nuts.

The icon is for whoever made/approved this law. For you, a thumbs up for providing the link.

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

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"Airbus flies new plane for the first time"

The article's title is wrong! Airbus has flown new planes many times!!!

Yes, yes, I'm leaving already.

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Pre-Trump FCC – get a grip on mobe data caps, racist Stingray spying, urge Dem senators

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Re: The cheek!

"So what DID Jamison mean by 'original motivations' anyway?"

Don't know what he meant, but IMO the original motivations for the creation of the FCC were to protect communications from things like spectrum land grabs, interference, monopolies gouging the consumers and similar crap, in such a way that society as a whole profits from these improved communications. These motivations remain today and are even more important today than 82 years ago.

"The intarwebs best serves the world by remaining an ANARCHY"

That depends on the definition of anarchy. Wild West style anarchy is when the big guys are either fighting among themselves -and usually harming/killing lots innocent bystanders in the process- or conspiring to rob, enslave or murder the general public. In the real world, to prevent this kind of situations, you need some government regulation, oversight and enforcement. Where it not for governments regulation and the FCC and similar entities, we'd probably be having this discussion in a BBS accessed through an eye-wateringly expensive 14,400 bauds connection.

If you don't agree with this, please try to replace the word "intarwebs" in your comment with "banking", "industries", "army", "hospitals", "food production", "firefighting" or "law enforcement" and see where that takes you.

Not saying that the FCC and comms regulations are perfect. My point is that without the FCC and regulation the situation would be far far worse than what is now.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: A question for connoisseurs...

Thanks for the info! With this knowledge, I'll re-activate my plans to visit Japan one of these years. :-)

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"...it's normally a fire and forget device."

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A question for connoisseurs...

Given that the 'tap' that produces the water jets and the air vents are in a place that is extremely likely to be in frequent contact with faeces and urine, and given that said vents and water jets have mobile parts and (ehemm) orifices -where bacteria and organic matter can accumulate and reproduce- ...

...Are these Japanese toilets really more hygienic than standard crappers? To me these high-tech toilets sound a bit like the stick in a water bucket that the ancient Romans used and shared in public toilets instead of loo roll. As other fellow commentards suggested, a bidet or even a fast shower would be far better than these Japanese technological wonders.

IMO -though I could be wrong- these toilets are a solution in search of a problem, that -as is usually the case- can/will cause more problems, like, e.g. having your eggs parboiled and your "old cigar clipper" *slightly burnt.

*The icon is for the whole article, but I'd like to add two or three more "thumbs up" for this expression. :-D

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