* Posts by Ben Tasker

1647 posts • joined 23 Oct 2007

Goddamn the Pusher man: Nominet kicks out domain name hijack bid

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Re: How about some grace time after expiry?

There effectively already is this embargo.

After your expiry date, they tend to wait 30 days before dropping your glue records. Then 60 days after that your registration is deleted. During that time you can renew, but no-one else can buy the domain - however, in the final 60 days you may have to pay an additional fee.

So that's 90 days after domain expiry, and after 60 days of outage that the opportunity arises for someone else to buy your domain.

And you get multiple, regular emails telling you that your domain is coming up for expiry, has expired and is in the grace period, is now in the redemption period, will be released, gone.

The timings are different (tighter) for .com and other TLDs.

I recently had all that with a domain I _wanted_ to let lapse. The repeated emails are kind of frustrating in that scenario, because you can't really miss them

My guess is that they hit the redemption period, didn't want to pay an additional £60 fee, so figured they'd wait for it to hit the market and then renew for 15.99 and lost that gamble.

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

> Sexually explicit videos and photos of *themselves and classmates* are routinely swapped at school.

And making me give Pornhub a copy of my passport solves this how exactly?

This is *exactly* the point. The measures are invasive but will be completely ineffectual. Kids already pass porn around on Facebook (not affected by the changes) and in the playground (not affected by the changes).

As you say, the focus should be on education not on wholesale blocking and privacy invasion.

It's a Christmas miracle: Logitech backs down from Harmony home hub API armageddon

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Re: "Harmony" ? Are you f**king kidding me?

> Either the system needs these calls to run properly (so why are they hidden?) or they don't, so why was any effort spent in writing them in the first place?

There's a massive difference between required to run properly and must be remotely callable.

Given they were able to stop the API from being remotely callable, in its entirety, it's probably safe to assume that while the endpoints may be needed, they're only needed for the box itself to call

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Re: Logically...with tech ....

> If you make an API available for external use, then you should expect it to be used. I not, then secure it appropriately to prevent its use in other manners. This is not misuse !!

I mean, I agree it should have been secured, but there is a counter argument here.

If you're implementing something that relies on an API that isn't officially supported (i.e. it's not listed in the public documentation) then you should expect that at some point it *will* change or be removed without any notification to customers.

Using private or internal APIs for your own ends can lead to some fun results and interesting implementations, but by definition they are not made, designed or maintained for your consumption.

It being exposed at all was one of the bugs they fixed. Them recognising the demand and working on making it available in a more supported manner is also the correct behaviour IMO.

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off

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Re: No more lock-in

Yes but his requirement was that it worked OOB, not that it would continue working.

So, requirement fulfilled and Logitech wins the contract. Anything else (like continued operation) is a chargeable change request.

That approach seems to work for Capita anyway

Lenovo tells Asia-Pacific staff: Work lappy with your unencrypted data on it has been nicked

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Re: Meet our CSO, Mr. Hindsight

Isn't hard drive encryption literally one of the features of many of the products Lenovo sell?

Good to know they're dogfooding it. Next we'll find out that it was in fact a Dell laptop

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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> You don't have to like the guy to recognise that the only solution is for the UK government to promise not to extradite him to the US.

No Country can realistically promise that when a request has not even yet been received. It's effectively putting your diplomatic relationship with another country at risk all to benefit one man, with no certainty of what the request is actually going to be.

If the US turn up and say "Him, he's a bit of a prick - give him here", then you'd feel more comfortable saying "yeah, he is. But no, can't have him from us" than if they turned up and said that some information he'd leaked had resulted in an attempt on the president's life, and he's being treated as an accessory.

Unlikely as the second one is, the point is that if you promise in advance not to extradite to the US, you run the risk of causing yourself a serious diplomatic incident because you have no idea how severe the charges are going to be in the eyes of the other state (or in fact their people).

That's why extradition requests are generally assessed on a per-case basis, and factor in the likely punishments.

Sweden couldn't possibly have issued a guarantee, and nor can the UK. It's a trope trotted out by Assange and his supporters to try and justify his position, when the reality is probably summed up this sentence in the article:

> wouldn't have guaranteed Assange's freedom outright

Unless he can walk out with a guarantee not to be arrested, much less do any time, he's going to stay put.

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Re: "Socially acceptable levels"

And there is the problem - the acceptable levels to the public will be zero casualties..... where what we should be setting the bar at is as good as a human driver.

I'm not entirely convinced that that is where the bar is set. I think it's more the expectation that self driving vehicles should be as good (or better) than human drivers perceive themselves to be.

If you've been driving (say) 20 years and never had an accident, that's as much luck as anything. But most humans will assess that and see it as evidence of their own driving acumen (ignoring the fact that even the best driver can still be rear-ended - or worse - by a total pillock). Or, of course, they have been in accidents but it was totally the other guys fault (even if it wasn't).

So it's a high bar to meet.

I think the best you'll get in terms of acceptance for now, is there'll be 3 classes of driver

- Those who don't want self-driving cars full stop

- Those who want other drivers to be in self-driving cars (because other drivers are idiots)

- Those who want self-driving cars now (because they hate driving, or want safety improvements etc)

I'd hazard a guess that the majority of drivers probably fall into that middle group. They view their own driving as better than average, so you're going to have a really hard time selling to them on safety improvements because they expect the car to be better than their image of themselves - which means near perfect.

I actually have similar concerns to that but it's not so much an assessment of my own driving abilities that drives it. It's partly more based on observations of the quality of the code we see released in other areas by some of the companies involved (e.g. Google and Android) and much more driven by concerns about skanky companies cutting corners to make money (see Uber).

It doesn't mean we won't get there in the end, but it's a rocky path, and I think it's a lot further off than most of the players/advocates would like you to believe.

Microsoft: You looking at me funny? Oh, you just want to sign in

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Re: I Don't Get It...

> . You can have more than one key linked to an account, so do this

Unless you're using some tiny, idiotic service no-ones heard of like.... Twitter.... who've decided you can have just one registered at any time.

Most services are a bit more sane though, I've been using a set of KEY-ID devices for a little while too. My only complaint with them is how bright they decided to make the LED, so when you shift slightly you end up with a bright spot in your vision for a little while.

Scumbags cram Make-A-Wish website with coin-mining malware

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Is it me

Or does this article feel a bit more Daily Mail than El Reg?

> The time of year might also have had something to do with the filth choosing Make-A-Wish as their target

To be honest I'm not used to hearing "the filth" in a context that doesn't mean the Old Bill. In any case, doesn't feel very El Reg, and reads more like a Daily Mail outrage piece.

Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US

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> so its taken the US 8 years and a change of president to charge him in secret? It took weeks to tey to get snowden.

As others have noted in the thread, it's more than likely this charge relates to the Mueller investigation rather than Assange/Wikileak's earlier antics. It's in the right district to be related, and the timing's right (rather than years late).

But, yeah, either way, he's never going to shut up now. But then, he never was

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Re: Meh

> Too bad people judge him for the character he is and not for what he has done.

Or to put it another way, it's too bad that Assange took something good like the ideal of transparency driven by Wikileaks and then tainted it horrendously with his own character.

Facebook quietly admits role in Myanmar killing fields – but fret not, it will do better next time

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Re: Ethnic cleansing?

> So basically a rohingya militant group (aka terrorists) attacked the authorities, and the result of this is military intervention. Any country in the world would react in the same way,

Maybe go have a read of what's actually been happening.

And then have a think on how you, as a dictator, might also call it a "military intervention" in response to "terrorists" rather than use the term genocide.

There was an attack by Rohingya terrorists. The response seems to have been to go into villages and execute women and children, along with the men. And not always directly. They've also reportedly been going to non-Rohingya villages and encouraging the people there to go and do the dirty work instead.

In the first month, they managed to kill at least 730 children under the age of 5. There's also something of a tendency towards rape by the military too.

This isn't some justifiable security operation with a bit of collateral damage, it's an out and out clearance operation.

> Assuming this is correct, killing 25,000 and allowing 14 times more (700,000) to escape doesn't sound like very successful ethnic cleansing

It doesn't need to be successful to be ethnic cleansing, and it doesn't need to be successful to be wrong.

Dutch cops hope to cuff 'hundreds' of suspects after snatching server, snooping on 250,000+ encrypted chat texts

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Re: Oooh, clever !

> You don't NEED to put backdoors into encryption if you do it the way the dutch system was setup

Yup, if anything, this is an argument for why backdoors aren't needed.

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Re: "End-to-end encryption" isn't?

> So, not only were the comms not encrypted end-to-end

It's quite possible they were end-to-end encrypted *before* the Dutch Police got their hands on it, but relied on the server to aid in key exchange (or perhaps to specify some other important element).

If that's the case then they may have adjusted the server so that the client's unknowingly did KEX with the server instead (so that it could MiTM).

Even then, though, you'd hope that 2 clients that had seen each other before would then warn their owners that the other ends key seemed to have changed. The various "standard" OTR plugins you get for various apps all do at least that

> if I understand correctly, there was no way to securely exchange encryption keys, e.g., at a personal meeting between Alice and Bob, to prevent MITM.

I read it that way too - or at least, if there was a way it wasn't widely used (and probably wasn't the default).

That's fairly common amongst OTR libraries though, some won't even let you import keys from another system (so if you have multiple devices you end up with multiple 'identities'), so probably not too surprising.

Most, though, do provide a fingerprint for you to verify out of band, others let you use a challenge/response mechanism (again, out of band), and would show the fingerprint as unverified until you've told it otherwise. Perhaps that got dropped while they were customising it?

Can't find an awful lot of information on their implementation on the net, but with the very limited information that is available it does sound like they customised OTR and made it worse.

HSBC now stands for Hapless Security, Became Compromised: Thousands of customer files snatched by crims

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Re: There's no excuse...

So how many tokens do you carry around with you? I would change banks if I had to carry around a card-reader or token just to do everyday transactions

That, I think, is a big part of the problem/annoyance. If they'd all just agree to use something standard, whether a U2F token, TOTP or something else like that so that I can carry one dongle to rule them all it'd be much simpler.

I'd also be less worried about losing/breaking it because I could buy a second one and register it then keep it somewhere safe.

I do use 2FA, but the banks seem to have done a wonderful job of making it as inconvenient as possible without actually gaining much over other routes they could go.

Hell, some of them (cough HSBC) are trying to make it worse. When the battery ran low on my dongle, I had to fight them to get a new one because they wanted me to install their crapware on my phone to generate codes instead. And the HSBC app aint just a code generator, it's full access to your account. Fuck.... Right.... Off.

It's been a week since engineers approved a new DNS encryption standard and everyone is still yelling

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Re: The whole thing is just utterly depressing

> I'm sorry but that is the exact purpose of DoH, to take control away from the network operator and give it to the user, and to make inspection harder and more expensive.


> In your case as you are the one doing the snooping it is going to make things harder, but that doesn't make DoH bad for users.

And how's that aim going to be achieved when networks at Schools, Universities and Businesses all start intercepting HTTPS traffic?

If you haven't got their CA installed, you'll get a cert warning and have a choice - proceed with everything visible to a man in the middle, or don't access whatever you were trying to access. If you have got their CA installed, you won't even get that.

From a user's perspective, I'd say that's a pretty fucking bad outcome either way.

And as a home user, I potentially still don't gain anything. My ISP partners with Google and has some of their kit on-net, so when my DoH request hits that PoP, and a plain query then goes out from that (with ECS information attached, so they can see which subnet the query originated from), they're still going to know what I was querying if they're bothering to watch.

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Re: where are the implimentations ?

And what if you're doing split horizon routing? (Yeah, yeah, I know, I don't like it either).

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Re: Doh.....

For all the "but it looks like HTTPS" arguments, it's still fairly trivial to block the ones that are most likely to be used by the majority of people (i.e. Cloudflare etc). Block TCP 443 to and any others you can find on the net.

You don't, for a second, have to block everything. If you block enough to be inconvenient then users will likely start turning TRR off.

I'm not saying I support that approach, just that claims it's unblockable because it just looks like https are crap. A good traffic profiler will probably be able to start picking out likely TRR destinations too, so you could even auto-populate an ACL if you're willing to accept occasional overblocking.

The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month

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Re: Proud owner of a MI Max 2

Yup, I've got a Mi Mix 2 and it's probably the best phone I've had in quite some time. It's predecessors were all Samsung at a considerably higher cost.

As other's have said MIUI can be a bit quirky at times though

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: Devious masterplan?

> Are the Ecuadorans going to give him diplomatic protection to stop him being nabbed for bail jumping on the way?

They already tried/discussed reportedly, and failed, because the UK rejected it.

Remember, a country only *nominates* someone as a diplomat, the host country has to approve it. Funnily enough in Julian's case, that approval isn't likely to be forthcoming.

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Re: Lets Get Real

> Also he should consider that self-imposed incarceration "time served".

From his filings, he does consider this time to be "time-served".

But no judge will, or should, agree with that. It's self-imposed incarceration at a location of his choice, and the accused doesn't, and shouldn't get to call the shots. At the far more extreme end of that, you could murder someone and then go live in an embassy (hopefully a more luxurious one) for 30 years then walk out and claim time served. Would anyone agree that was right?

I wonder if there's a risk that a judicial review of his current circumstances in Ecuador could in fact result in a conclusion that there's no grounds for offering him asylum, and that that offer should be withdrawn? Seems a bit dangerous to play whos-cock-is-bigger with the government that's providing the walls between you and arrest.

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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Re: Was on 123, moved to FreeParking, then to Heart Internet

> Heart Internet are another part of the GoDaddy Hydra along with 123.

Indeed. In fact, if you look closely, you'll see they even use the same VAT number :)

Find these, er, appealing? UK.gov takes red pen to spy court rules, asks for Parliament's OK

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Re: But not the European Court of Human Rights.


I suspect he was thinking more of things like asking where our employment rights have gone post-brexit, and when the NHS will see the funny money promised to it, and why farmers are worse off.

China's clampdown on Tor pushes its hackers into foreign backyards

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Well Done

So in clamping down, what the CN Government have done here is help ensure that data stolen from Chinese businesses is now available to an international audience instead of being largely restricted to a domestic market (of sorts), so non-Chinese actors have easier access to data they can use to target Chinese citizens and businesses (and, potentially, the Gov itself)

That sounds like a goliath step backwards to me, though it'd obviously be spun as "we caused 90% of Chinese hacker forums to close" instead. Another lesson in why it's important to target the behaviour and not the medium.

Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

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Re: Who gains by this ?

> What would a country gain by hurting Bloomberg ?

I'm not saying it definitely is this, but if a country were already engaging in a trade war with China in an attempt to bring manufacturing home, then using a credible(ish) story like this to undermine confidence in the Chinese end of the supply chain could prove rather beneficial.

There's a rather large country in that position, who's administrations over time have been known to be less than bothered about generating misinformation to achieve perceived gains. Such an immoral administration would probably have no issues in conjuring up some credible 'sources' too - particularly when those sources are simply talking about having seen reports, pics etc rather than providing them to the targeted news organisation.

By all accounts, it would not be the first time Bloomberg has been played by Govt leaks.

Google is still chasing the self-driving engineer that jumped ship to Uber

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Re: Spazturtle

> But he isn't calling his burger a McBurger to use your comparison, he is using his knowledge of how McDonald's make their burgers taste good to make good tasting burgers at his new job.

Having walked off with copies of all their recipes and designs for any proprietary cooking kit they've developed.

If I go to a new job and use my experience, that's fine. If I turn up with a copy of the ticketing system, the revision control system and future design plans from my old company, that's not fine.

They're not hounding a guy that's simply using his experience, they're chasing a guy that downloaded drives worth of their internal documents and then, effectively, tried to flog them onto a competitor (throwing himself into the bargain). Had he worked for someone else and tried to gain the same information, the phrase that would have been used is Industrial Espionage.

That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought

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Re: Well, that's it

So your recommendation is that he does nothing and continues to feed data directly into their system?

It may not make a different to Google, and doesn't stop them using the data they've already gleaned (and the bits of data they will still manage to glean), but being an arse and criticising someone for deciding to stop wilfully handing over data does no one any favours, least of all you.

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Re: Well, that's it

> I have killed my Google Play Store account.

Music or videos?

If the former, have a look at Subsonic. I got pissed off with Play Music a few years ago, so spun up an instance of Subsonic on a VM and haven't really looked back. The only thing is, the free app for Android is was a bit shit, so I paid £3 for an app called Dsub instead - there's probably some iOS alternative if the subsonic app for that misbehaves

'Incommunicado' Assange anoints new WikiLeaks editor in chief

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Re: "Legal ways"

After penalties, subject can then make his own way to the country of his choice, with whatever extraneous risk (not our problem) that might entail.

I think we tend to prefer to deport people in Assange's position after they've finished their porridge. Assuming there isn't a new EAW in the meantime, that means we'd ship him back to the country he's a citizen of - Australia.

Of course, the egotist would probably take to Twitter and claim we've brought back transportation as a punishment, but what are you gonna do?

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Re: installed a jamming device ????

You can't just jam "inside" the embassy easily as radio waves typically go through walls unless you've redecorated with a layer of tinfoil behind your new wallpaper. That'd make an "effective enough" faraday cage which would screw with a laptop or phone enough without actually inconveniencing people inside the embassy too much by stopping the use of wireless totally.

Want my guess?

I don't think they are jamming in the true sense of the word.

If you want to keep him off Pret's wifi, there's a far easier route. Get some CISCO (less extortionate brands are available) wifi access points and configure them to send disassociate packets for any SSID which isn't yours. Then don't let him on your own wifi.

Given large hotel chains used to do this at conferences, I don't see any reason why an Embassy wouldn't also consider it.

It wouldn't help with 3G/4G, but then the patchy coverage we get from the mobile telcos might be sufficient enough for that. Though, I guess you could run a Femto to provide connectivity in the embassy (overpowering the main signal) and strictly control what devices can associate to that.

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Re: "Held"

<conspiracy> Maybe the Ecuadorians are now preventing him from leaving and no one has realised? </conspiracy>

You're right. They have cut off his comms, so how's he supposed to book an Uber now?

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Re: Dumb question maybe, but didn't see it mentioned yet...

Presumably, the Ecuadorians

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Re: "Held"

More to the point, even if you accept that he's being arbitrarily detained by the UK (I don't), they'd be the ones holding him. But it's Ecuador who let him in, and would totally let him leave, that have cut off his comms.

So even in his own distorted world he's being held AND kept incommunicado, not being held incommunicado. The "captors" in his tale aren't stopping his communication.

But, then he's never been able to acknowledge his part in any of this - it's all about trying to twist the view to convince people he's some innocent being picked on. It's that constant spin that makes it increasingly clear what a heap of bullshit it is he's been shovelling the whole time.

US cities react in fury to FCC's $2bn break for 5G telcos: We'll be picking up the tab, say officials

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Re: Pronunciation

> So how exactly do you pronounce Pai?

I believe it's generally pronounced as /kʌnt/ or Kor-Upt

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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Re: Poor Jeff is so right, nobody takes his leftist hate pamflet seriously anymore

> I see you didn't reference the Washington Post article itself anywhere, so let me help:

I see much like the referenced article, you didn't bother to read the rest of my comment given that I did reference it, including providing a URL.

> Regardless of what the article might say,

Strangely, when discussing the written word, it tends to matter what those words say.

> I'm not sure that the last two years over-rides everything that has happened since the industrial revolution began. But maybe it does, maybe he is the evil god of hurricanes.

You seem unable to grasp that there's a difference between "He's complicit" and "He's the root cause". You can be complicit in a crime without being the one to commit a crime, for example.

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Re: Poor Jeff is so right, nobody takes his leftist hate pamflet seriously anymore

> That's what Bob was alluding to in his admittedly florid prose.

It was Naive who posted it originally ;)

> It's a well-known tenet of the Left that those who "deny" global warm... excuse me, "climate change" have the blood of future billions on their hands,

Well, yes. If we as humans are impacting the climate - which looks damn near certain - those who try to deny it (particularly those who do so in pursuit of short term profit) do potentially have blood on their hands. It might even amount to the blood of billions, in a worst case scenario.

You can try and make this a left and right thing if you want, but the actual differentiator is that those who seek short term profit by denying climate change do not give a fuck about what happens to future generations. It really is that simple. That the feckless, money driven sociopaths seem to be drawn to the American right is an ancillary point - I don't think being right wing makes you one of them, but being one of them probably does make you lean heavily right.

Then you've got the feckless idiots who listen to these profit driven feckers. A good number of whom fall in demographics where (outside of lottery wins, strokes of luck) their descendants will be more heavily impacted by climate change (not being rich enough to protect themselves more).

So yeah, they potentially are complicit. Needing to be punished is something else, of course, but only a complete moron would deny that those people are complicit if it later turns out they were not only wrong, but knew it and were lying to make money.

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Re: Poor Jeff is so right, nobody takes his leftist hate pamflet seriously anymore

> Washington Post claims president Trump is a sorcerer creating storms.

That is nuts

> https://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/09/13/nolte-from-terrorist-hurricane-creator-wapo-ramps-hate-campaign-against-trump/

Oh wait, that's your source?

OK, I put my internet condom on and followed your link into the stink.

Brietbart claim this - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/another-hurricane-is-about-to-batter-our-coast-trump-is-complicit/2018/09/11/ccaed766-b5fb-11e8-a7b5-adaaa5b2a57f_story.html - is blaming Trump for the storm.

What is actually says is Trump is actively trying to downplay human-caused climate change, which is capable of increasing the severity of weather events.

At no point does it suggest Trump is a "sorcerer creating storms", just that he's a callous cunt who tweets semi-sympathetic stuff whilst laying waste to stuff that might help reduce the impact. That is, when he's not busy tweeting about himself in the aftermath.

Of course the Washington Post article is quite long, so it's no surprise that a Brietbart dweller might not bother reading it, even if the basis of it is only one paragraph long

Yet when it comes to extreme weather, Mr. Trump is complicit. He plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks. It is hard to attribute any single weather event to climate change. But there is no reasonable doubt that humans are priming the Earth’s systems to produce disasters.

UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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Re: To anyone pro-Brexit

> But the cost to trust in politics would be massive.

The cost to trust of screwing up implementing Brexit is also huge too though. For all the shit May has pulled, there's no denying she's in a fecking awful position.

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Re: Remind me...

> I would suggest the current crop of MPs carefully consider their actions in the last few years and those to come, if they fail to keep their promises

There was a column written fairly recently suggesting that _if_ Brexit goes really badly wrong, and unrest spills out into the street, it might be unwise to be in the country for some of the more visible/memorable Brexiters. Particularly if those who are rioting used to support your position.

Hopefully it's not going to get anywhere near that bad, but if I was Boris (in particular), I'd be giving it long hard thought.

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Re: Reality check

Further up the thread, someone linked to the case of "Brainstorming" being termed politically incorrect.

Within the results of that statement is something that really underlines your point:

> However, in the survey, 93 per cent of people with epilepsy did not find the term derogatory or offensive in any way and many felt that this sort of political correctness singled out people with epilepsy as being easily offended.

The knee-jerk "we must protect them" without giving them any say, is itself potentially offensive.

I try not to offend, and will apologise if I have legitimately offended, but I never try to judge what might and might not offend someone else beyond the bleeding obvious.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Re: Next change in line


There's too much white on the frontpage (and on the site in general). Let me choose a dark design and it's less likely to strain my eyes when I'm just barely woken up.

Not sure I like the borders on the tiles either. But again, might look better with a dark theme.

First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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Re: "people already hand over masses of info to private firms"...

> Quite possibly but the key point to remember about this is that data taken in this way is taken by force. It was not voluntary.

If anything, her observations are arguments on why Governments should clamp down *more* on this data collection, rather than arguments for the Gov joining in.

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Re: "people already hand over masses of info to private firms"...

> I rather fear that the reality is that you have handed over more data than you think.

The wise position for any privacy-conscious person to take is to assume that that is in fact true. They've already collected unknown data, so be aware that anything you let slip - however innocuous - could be used in combination with that unknown data.

For me, it's basically the same mindset as when dealing with security systems. It's not IF there's a breach, it's WHEN.

It's September 2018, and Windows VMs can pwn their host servers by launching an evil app

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Re: So adblockers are now strictly necessary

>you must block all adverts.

And images. The site your one might be malicious, and one image is all it takes.

In fact, to play it safe, find a windows build of Lynx and be done with it.

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Re: Brain-dead

> No, Client/Server is not the same as Master/Slave.

To be fair though, "Primary" and "Secondary" is not the same as Master/Slave either. Primary implies that it'll be used first (say by a front-end), which isn't necessarily true. You may in fact spread your reads across a Master/Slave.

Parent/Child is also different to Master/Slave in some instances, as it implies that the "child" was spawned by the parent. If you've got Master/Slave replication on your database instances (for example) that's almost certainly untrue. For processes we already tend to use parent/child anyway.

I'm not opposed to the discussion as such, it's just I think it's a bit of a waste of time - especially given the "improved" replacements don't seem to apply nearly as broadly.

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> Fifty years ago, people missing a leg, or an eye were called "cripples".

FWIW, I still refer to myself as a cripple (though my leg is faulty rather than missing). That's unlikely to change either - I have had people tell me I should refer to myself using different terms, but they never seem able to explain how it *isn't* offensive to tell me what terms I can use to refer to myself.

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> You still need to pay for the same capacity with the other company, plus their profit margin.

And factor in that prices will rise whenever they need to show "growth", or otherwise please the shareholders.

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Re: Are electric car charging points that important?

> I would have thought 'adequate parking space' and/or 'cost of parking' would have much more relevance. It is no good being able to charge your green statement if you can't then park it,

Seems fair to me. But, in that case, a high number of charging points should probably detract from a cities score - the more charging points there are, the more spaces have been effectively dedicated to leccy cars and are unavailable for you with your ICE.

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