* Posts by DavCrav

2426 posts • joined 19 Nov 2007

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: Aspergers

"That's what's called libertarianism by fascists."

It's his Linux. If you don't like it, you have three options:

1) Fork it;

2) Fuck off;

3) Moan incessantly on social media and lead a hate campaign to try to force him to resign for the sake of his own health.

Which one is the intolerant, illiberal one, do you think?

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Re: Rainbow haired

"Prejudice and persecution of people with rainbow-colored hair ? Really ? Is that a thing now ?"

Well, prejudice and persecution of red-headed men, yes. Orange-haired men are on the giving end of the prejudice and persecution at the moment. Not sure about yellow-haired people, and so on down the list.

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Re: Aspergers

"Why should anyone have to put up with such behaviour?"

They don't have to put up with it. If they don't like it, then off they can fuck.

What is the problem here? He doesn't pay them, he isn't running a business, he's not a politician. He's a guy with a really large computer package to maintain, and you are sending him shit code. Hand-crafting an e-mail that tells you your code is shit and you must be shit for submitting it at this stage, while making sure not to offend your delicate sensibilities, takes a lot longer than writing "Your code is shit. Sort it out or get bent." And he doesn't have the time to run after other people's feelings.

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Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

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Re: or in the case of a hospital

"the bottom row of tapes on every rack were wiped by the buffer..."

That sounds like a....buffer overflow.

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Git it girl! Academy tries to tempt women into coding with free course

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"In a bid to encourage them to make the move – or just develop new skills – the academy is offering free coding classes in Ruby to coincide with National Coding Week."

I thought you wanted to teach them programming? Cocking Ruby. Why don't they learn JavaScript as well?

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The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh?

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Re: Secure Web Sharing without ads or tracking

"And people still call them Marlboro Lights, even those too young to legally smoke when the name was legally changed (to Gold Pack). "

Wait, you mean they aren't called Marlboro Lights? I don't smoke, so evidently haven't kept up to date with name changes.

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Re: Secure Web Sharing without ads or tracking

"- It's called a Mac. The "Macintosh" died two decades ago, around the Apple-NeXT acquisition and subsequently, Mac OS X."

My Dad still calls BT the GPO. There comes a time at which you just give up trying to correct.

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"Good, hopefully they'll all f*ck off and it can go back to how it was before. [...] At least here it's still manages to keep high level of civility but then most here started on 9600 baud modems and below."

I started on 33.6k. Should I fuck off? Just checking.

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Google Chrome 69 gives worldwide web a stay of execution in URL box

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Re: BBC Autoplay ?

"(and for who posting pictures of text instead of text is basically a big "fuck you")"

I have pictures with text on my website. I have also given them an alt-text, that is whatever the text is. Because

1) I'm not an utter bellend who hates the blind, and

2) I believe it is literally illegal not to now.

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UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

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"Remainers really are going to have to take responsibility for all three of those."

Fuck off. You broke a vase, and are now saying the exasperated cleaner trying to sort out your mess should take responsibility, while simultaneously trying to make her job harder at every possible turn.

"Gina Miller managed to string the whole thing out by around a year with pointless and meaningless legal challenges for no better reason than she didn't like the result."

And, you know, because it was the actual law. One important point from the court case is that Parliament will decide on the deal/no deal outcome, and can force through other changes against the will of the Executive if need be.

"Chequers is what happens when you have remainers negotiating Brexit. It's logically absurd - you don't let the people who think we can't possibly succeed without kowtowing to the rEU negotiate how we leave it. Negotiating from a position of fear never produces your best outcome."

This is your utter delusion. Britain has no fucking cards to play in this negotiation. We have set ourselves on fire and are now trying to run around grabbing others.

"Leavers don't want chequers, they want a clean break and WTO rules while we sort out a realistic trade deal"

Shut up about the WTO. I will have to shout because you are obviously a bit mutton. THE UK IS NOT IN THE WTO. We are actually having to apply to rejoin the WTO, and are doing so right now. This will involve splitting up lots of quotas between rEU and the UK, and other countries are objecting, including the US and Australia. They want their pound of flesh just to allow us to join the organization Leavers seem to think we are already in.

"I know remainers are firghtended by that idea, but that's just mostly because they don't understand economics, trade, or finance."

Right. So the CBI knows nothing about economics, trade or finance, but you do. What's your plan on sorting out an MRA with the EU? Do you think we should have one? Because NTBs seem to be a bit of an issue with JiT production. The EU can just say 'no' to everything, and then we have no certification for flights, nuclear materials, and several other things.

All airports in the UK shut down. All nuclear plants shut down. The Eurostar shuts down. Massive delays on ferries. No UK-registered lorries leaving the UK at all. Little if any food making it into the UK due to no flights.

This is what actual no-deal, as in clean Brexit is. It's literal suicide, as in millions of deaths. You seem in your fugue state to be talking about a basic deal that sorts out all this sort of stuff, but with no trade in place. EU says no until Ireland is sorted out, which means trade needs to be in place. EU says no hard border in Ireland. Where should we put that border, you leave-voting fuckwit? You voted leave, you tell me where it should go.

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"This is a comment that should not have begun with an apology.

Why do people use this pre-apology structure for their comments? I never fucking apologise for anything I write. Don't like it? Downvote me, I don't give a shit."

It's a pre-apology because you are about to tell someone they are an utter moron. The idea is to soften the blow a little bit first, like a pillow you put over someone before you shoot them in the face.

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"Or maybe, now I'm just speaking from personal experience here so what would I know - we HAVE travelled beyond Dover, like, before the EU was the EU and that we regularly travel BEYOND the EU and know that travelling isn't in any way difficult - or better yet we work with people, companies and do trade outside the EU and have had enough of people talking utter utter nonsense about things they plainly don't understand."

Let's use an analogy of a car club.

You own a car. Then you join a car club. For a monthly fee, you can borrow a car whenever you want. They sort out MOTs, insurance, repairs, and so on, so you can just get on with driving. Yes, of course you pay for all that, but someone else deals with it. You get rid of your car, because you don't need one, turn your front driveway into a garden, and everything's great.

Your kids keep are moaning at you: why are you in this stupid car club? It costs you money every money, but if we owned our own car we wouldn't have to pay a fee. Finally, their insistent wittering means you call a family meeting. Everybody gets one vote: car club or back to owning your own car. You and your partner vote to stay in the car club. The three children each vote to leave it. I mean, they have no idea about this stuff, but one person one vote, right? So fine, you tell the car club you will leave.

You give your two months' notice. Your kids keep shouting about driving to some sunlit uplands, asking why haven't we just left car club yet. "Why don't we have a car yet?" they shout. "We used to have a car, how hard can it be? Just buy a car and let's go!" But it's not that simple, is it? As an adult, you know that first you will need somewhere to park your car. You used to have a garage but you demolished that to make way for a summerhouse for the kids. You tell them the summerhouse will have to go to make way for the garage. "You didn't tell us this before we voted to leave car club! No, summerhouse stays!" they shout. There's nowhere else to park the car, you might respond. "We made a democratic decision to leave car club, and that's what we should do. Why are you trying to frustrate the will of the family?" OK, fine, we'll come back to where to park the car.

We'll have to cancel this year's summer holiday though, because we need the money to pay for a new car. "What??" they shriek. The youngest child says "but my brother painted "£350 sent to car club every month. Let's spend it on toys instead" on the side of my bus. Nowhere were the setup costs of this alternative arrangement mentioned.

If we don't sort it out soon, at the end of the two month period, we won't be able to use the car club car to go to the shops and buy food. "You always wanted to stay in car club, Remainer. You are sabotaging this. Can't we have a clean exit from car club?" OK, you say. Do you have any suggestions of a reputable dealership to buy the car from? Maybe we can lease one from the same place the car club gets their cars? Edward Evans Automobiles, I think they're called. "We voted to leave car club! That means no deals with EEA either!" The middle child says "well, actually I wouldn't have minded staying with the EEA cars, they were all right, but that wasn't an option at the family meeting."

"Traitor! Enemy of the family" the eldest, loudest child shouts, with his stupid floppy hair getting in his face. "We go somewhere else to buy our car." What about servicing, MOTs, repairs, all the other stuff? We don't have those contracts with local garages any more. "Get new ones!" shouts the floppy haired kid. "We should be able to do a better deal than car club. After all, we don't need some of the things that car club needs, so we can get a discount." But garages don't generally do discounts to individual customers, only for bloc bookings. Besides, the biggest two local garages, Honest Donald's and Definitely Not A Thief Xi's, don't look that great for a customer on their own.

We've spent all this time arguing about where to buy the car from, what shape the border on the end of the driveway will look like after we pave over the front garden, and lots of little things like this, that there's only a week to go and we haven't even arrange to have the driveway paved over, never mind bought a car or sorted out the insurance. Two of the three kids keep saying it'll be fine. It turn out they have a local taxi service's number, so they'll be all right, but everybody else might well be screwed.

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US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted

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"Dunno, on what I watched I didn't hear any Nazi slogans, but I sure saw a lot of screaming and instigating of violence by antifa"

Were you watching Fox News by any chance.

In case you missed it, here's a photo of a genuine, full-sized Nazi flag being carried around in Charleston.

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: I bash google when possible

"until you divide by zero..."

That's fine as long as you also multiply by zero, and do it well. It's the basis of calculus.

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Re: I bash google when possible

"I'm all for google bashing, but I don't think having a small banner, offering their browser, on their webpage is the same as M$ detecting a competing browser being installed on their OS and sending in Clippy to rag on your ass is the same or even slightly similar."

I agree. As does the article, which said:

Having an operating system detecting the binary of an installer starting up and suggesting an alternative is, admittedly, another level.

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

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Re: FUCK

"But I'll settle for plain old "Fuck Off" at a pinch."

Happy to oblige:

Martin Creed repeatedly saying fuck off.

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"She then makes a leap of logic – and faith in a civil service that earlier on she didn't even trust to set up a streamlined set of websites"

Having been dealing with the Government Gateway this morning, I also don't trust the civil service to set up a streamlined set of websites.

"Ah, the reason you cannot activate self-assessment with that User ID is because the Government Gateway single log in uses multiple log ins. I know that all services appear on the screen using both user IDs, which are both tied to the same Unique Taxpayer Reference, but you cannot use the one you use to do tax-free childcare to also do self-assessment. But don't worry, we will reset your password. Here are the first six characters of it displayed on a website, the other six are sent to you in an e-mail, you cannot change it, but don't write it down anywhere."

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Brit armed forces still don't have enough techies, thunder MPs

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Re: Do we need an army?

"A more fundamental question is "Do we need an Army" in the sense of armed forces who, at the end of the day, are there to kill people when the government orders.

Yes, there may be a need for defensive armed forces, and for a bit of UN peace-keeping. But perhaps by moving to a Defence and Emergency Force we may ease some of the problems."

I was thinking about this. People talk about nuclear disarmament, but I wonder if the better plan is nuclear sole-armament. Disband the armed forces, except for a few thousand for internal emergencies and special forces, but have a tip top nuclear triad that can strike anywhere. Invade if you want, but I only have one possible action: turn your country into glass. I also have a few thousand SF guys to shoot you in the face if the glass thing doesn't work.

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Oracle tells students: You're not going to solve the world's problems – but AI and ML might

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"I STILL hate the term artificial intelligence...intelligence is intelligence. If it is artificial then it just gives the appearance of being intelligent but it isn't really. So we are better saying 'Pretend Intelligence'."

Isn't it more artificial as in 'not naturally occurring'? Like artificial snow, artificial diamonds, etc.? Artificial snow is snow, it's just not naturally occurring.

So AI is definitely A. As to whether it's I, that's a whole different question. The answer to which is 'no, of course not. Are you even paying attention?'

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"(El Reg wonders when a similar plan for blockchain will surface – tech firms sure could use some help with that)."

Something involving a washing machine and a fridge-freezer talking to one another without the householder's knowledge. I'm surprised you didn't see it, it was on TV.

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2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

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Re: Problem-solution dichotomy

"Number of times a car has been stolen * huge inconvenience of such. Versus:

Number of times a stressed parent holding has used keyless fob to lock vehicle after their brood has exited the vehicle * convenience of such.

Weighing of pros and cons requires numbers."

In the McLaren's case, I doubt there's all that much room for a brood.

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"Tesla added it plans to add the security researchers to its Hall of Fame."

Is that a euphemism for "call them paedophiles on Twitter"?

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Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita

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"You'll come home from work to find your driveway and front yard dug up. A too-cheerful guy will be there to inform you that per your work order in their systems, the mains gas service you requested is ALMOST in place. It will only be a 4-5 business days until the required parts arrive so they can complete the installation, they'll need access to the inside of your house until then, and the computer says that your first bill that includes your 11,000 Sterling installation charge will arrive in a couple weeks."

Thames Water recently dug up the front of my driveway to add a stop cock to the house water supply. I found this out when I came back home and asked why they had dug this deep hole. "We can't seem to find your water pipe", they said. I replied, "well, you might have trouble there. It enters through the back garden. And already has a stop cock."

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Re: If ever there was a time... to get your facts right

"99% efficient? I don't think so, but feel free to provide evidence to correct me."

The inefficiencies would be lost as, well, heat. So it's as efficient as the insulation is. So I can well believe 99%, although I'd play it safe and say 97%.

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Boffins bash Google Translate for sexism

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"Modern Italian (probably the nearest thing to a direct descendent of Latin) has a different issue. Pronouns are gendered, but take the gender of the object, not the subject. So english "His House" would take a feminine pronoun to match the feminine "La Casa" - the house, whereas "Her Apartment" is masculine."

I think most do that, no? Whenever I translate sentences into other languages in my head, I always get worried. And in this case I cannot use Google Translate to check! I think it works that way in German, French and Spanish.

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"Just go back to using Latin where you can be safe in the knowledge that all farmers and sailors (and tables) are feminine!"

Sailors and farmers are masculine in Latin. Table is feminine. All three are first declension.

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It's here! Qualcomm's new watch chip is finally here! Oh, uh, never mind

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Re: Battery life depends upon battery capacity - Really?

"Battery life depends upon battery capacity - Really?"

Product will be charged after charging.

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"Loyal Android Wear users"

You incorrectly spelled 'user'.

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British Airways hack: Infosec experts finger third-party scripts on payment pages

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Re: @John Leyden / ElReg: Can you please get the headline changed?

"So the headline is technically correct."

The best kind of correct.

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MPs' proposal to cash in on public-private algos given a solid 'maybe'

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Actually, this gets quite depressing.

Liz Kendall has a degree in history and then was a politician. Stephen Metcalfe was a printer.

First scientist! Carol Monaghan did a degree in laser physics, then became a science teacher at a school. I mean, I'll take whatever I can get at this stage.

Damien Moore did a history degree and then was a store manager at ASDA. Neil O'Brien did PPE and then became as far as I can tell a political parasite. Martin Whitfield was a lawyer and primary school teacher.

Graham Stringer is the only actual genuine scientist in the group. He studied chemistry, and then worked as you know, a scientist.

In future, the S&T Select Committee should just be Graham Stringer, with occasional visits from Carol Monaghan.

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The chair is Norman Lamb. He was a solicitor before becoming an MP. His science connection is that his father was a professor and his great-grandfather was a famous mathematician.

The next one on the list is Vicky Ford. She was a banker, but is married to a doctor, who's almost a scientist. Both of her parents were doctors too.

Third on the list is Bill Grant. He used to work for the Fire Brigade. And he likes motorbikes, which have technology in them, so that's the link I guess?

Darren Jones is next. He's the closest to science that I have found, because he has a degree in something sciency. Human bioscience, followed by work in the NHS for a while, and then, well, solicitor.

I haven't bothered looking further down.

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$200bn? Make that $467bn: Trump threatens to balloon proposed bonus China tech tariffs

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Re: The cost of theft

">You build a consensus and present a united front.

The important thing with China is that it is not a democracy and can afford not to care about niceties such as united fronts. That is why Tibet is in its present situation."

As the rest of my comment clearly implied, the consensus you build is international. Then it's World vs China in a trade war, rather than Trump vs World, which it is now.

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Re: The cost of theft

"That is a massive assumption for which there is no basis. Chinese companies are famous for outright piracy and the tech transfer is also sanctioned by Chinese government, something Trump has protested but EU is hesitating about, most likely since they do not want to be seen to support Trump."

China steals everything that isn't nailed down. This is true. How do you stop them? Not by going full retard and attempting to raise tariffs unilaterally. You build a consensus and present a united front. The EU chafes at Chinese exo-scale theft as well, but Trump had to be a massive dicktwat about everything, and got everyone's backs up. You'd think someone who wrote a book about dealmaking was at least mildly good at it, but you know, Trump is too stupid/corrupt to get it.

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Re: 'understand' does NOT mean 'agree with socialists'

@Bombastic Bob: do you ever get bored of being so wrong? You type endless drivel, so it's not a one-line troll and watch the fireworks. I mean Jesus, go and get a hobby. Well, a different hobby.

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Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges

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Re: Emergency service

"But this 'power failure' argument doesn't wash. Most people have a cordless phone at home, which, guess what, has a base station that isn't battery-powered, and will not work in the event of a power cut."

I have a cordless phone, yes. I also have a cheap corded one in a box upstairs. In case of, you know, a power cut.

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Vodafone hounds Czech customers for bills after they were brute-forced with Voda-issued PINs

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Re: 1234 as a pin

"Surely what counts here is the ease of web-based brute-forcing rather than a specified "1234" PIN. If the pins were computer generated with an even distribution, then trying any particular PIN combination would have been equally successful."

So obviously no. The point is, all of the PINs are 1234, so you have a 100% success rate if you guess a mobile number correctly and the person hasn't changed it. With random PINs you would have a 0.01% success rate (1 in 10000) after you guess the number correctly and it wasn't changed.

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European nations told to sort out 'digital tax' on tech giants by end of year

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Re: taxation vs economic activity

""Corporations" don't pay tax. It's the people who OWN the corporation [through stock, equity, etc.] that pay the tax. Many of these people are regular working stiffs with a retirement portfolio. Think about it. And if a tax increase on a corporation causes them NOT to hire [or to do layoffs], you get what you deserve, more people demanding unemployment compensation."

Fine, but these are corporations based overseas, so it's wealthy foreigners who would pay the tax.

I'm not too bothered about making American hedge fund managers pay tax on the profits shovelled out of EU markets.

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"I'm pretty sure that UK will act unilaterally about this pretty soon. Once they're out of the EU, there's no reason for them not to tax the UK profits of EU companies, is there?"

More than that, the whole Irish double Dutch sandwich with extra ketchup bullshit won't apply any more.

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Anon man suing Google wants crim conviction to be forgotten

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Re: Right to be forgotten

""And society judges people rehabilitated once they have served their sentence or paid their fine"

Arguably, "Society" does not. Bleeding heart left-wing politicians, maybe.

A conviction for fraud, for someone who seeks to raise funds from the public? He can f*ck right off."

I suggest you look up the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, and then come back and apologize.

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Lyon for speed, San Francisco for money, Amsterdam for fun: the best cities to be a techie

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Re: Any Reg readers living in Amsterdam right now?

"However, most Dutch people learn a bit of English in school. (this should change after Brexit)"

Bet you it won't.

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Re: "No homebrew" is NOT elitist

"How about something encouraging like: "Well, when it comes time to check your algorithm, make sure that [short description of mathematical algorithm or procedural test] does [whatever result you should get for good encryption]

Otherwise, it sounds like the usual negativity ninnies. Just sayin.

[and I'd be interested in what tests you WOULD recommend]

icon, because, I hear from negativity ninnies all of the time. It's irritating at the least. Why discourage those with enthusiasm? Instead, point them in a direction that's actually HELPFUL."

1) Start by reading Silverman 1 and 2. That will give you some idea of the Mordell--Weil group of an elliptic curve and what on earth is going on.

2) Read Ireland and Rosen. It's a basic book on some modern number theory.

3) Do a PhD in number theory. This will take a few years, but you'll get a good solid background in number theory, which you'll need for the next bit.

4) Overturn a century of modern mathematics. Most of modern mathematics rests on the idea that there are no general purpose algorithms to attach problems of a standard kind. For example, no there is no general procedure to solve Diophantine equations, or to solve the halting problem, and the decision problem. With these in mind, mathematics now becomes something that cannot be given as a list of instructions, but is much more intuitive, and then sometimes counter-intuitive. Solving problems requires ingenuity, not simply reading off a checklist.

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Re: Wack a Mole

" "Nobody should "homebrew" crypto." That is a very tired and elitist attitude.

You are basically saying that everybody is stupid, except you."

Nobody should do their own cryptography because it's difficult. It's absolutely an elitist attitude, because difficult things need attention, experience, and talent. If you homebrew it, you are highly likely to have none of those qualities.

I don't see why 'elitist' is a bad thing. People rarely go round saying tripe like 'Brain surgery isn't too hard. It's a very tired and elitist attitude to say that you shouldn't homebrew neurosurgery'.

Just as an example: you should choose primes a and b for your public key. How do you protect against a Fermat attack? You want an elliptic curve for your shiny new cryptosystem. Do you want it to be supersingular, or not to be supersingular? Should you assume the existence of a discrete log oracle when doing complexity analysis for your new system?

All of these questions are stupid, and the answers are incredibly obvious. Here's a less obvious one: you want some random noise somewhere. Will an LCG do, or a QCG, or does it have to be 'more random'? Rolling your own random number generator is incredibly difficult.

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We're all sick of Fortnite, but the flaw found in its downloader is the latest way to attack Android

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Re: 'Bypass the Play Store and this is what can happen'

"Epic rolled their own, and it bit them."

Bollocks. The same mouth took a bite out of Google Translate. So exactly who didn't screw this one up?

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Re: re: Bypass the Play Store and this is what can happen.

"Yup. industry standard. Epic pay Apple 30%.

Point being what ?"

The Mafia and the Yardies take 30%, therefore it's fine?

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Give yourselves a pat on the back, top million websites, half of you now use HTTPS

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Re: I'm not surprised.

"Just because a site doesn't need a secure connection to serve its pages, that doesn't mean you should assume you're safe when you visit it."

Since they were talking about the Daily Mail, I think the bad actors have already injected nasty stuff into the pages. In fact, hackers are likely to make the page better, not worse.

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UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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"And where's the threat supposed to come from since the Soviet army bankupted [sic] the USSR?"

I don't know. You could try asking the people of Georgia, the Crimea, Ukraine, Estonia, Moldova, and so on, where they see some military threat.

"De-escalation is a very reasoanable [sic] tactic."

Then you will support the UK pulling out of NATO, as mission accomplished, right?

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"Get back in your box, Donald. Leave international affairs to adults who understand what the phrase 'long-term interests' means."

It's not in the UK's long-term interest to leave the EU. But if we're going to do that, we seriously need to be saving money. Long-term interests are one thing, but spending billions on international aid and Europe's defence when we will need that to pay for medicine and food for the destitute millions is not a good idea.

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"The UK Government has found it difficult to understand that if one stops being a member of a club, one loses access to that club’s facilities."

Considering we are still part of NATO, it's more like telling the fire service they aren't allowed access to your water to put out a fire in your building.

I have no problem with the EU chucking the UK out of Galileo, but then the UK (and the US) should send a bill to the EU for their defence (and their defense), and if it doesn't get paid, pull out. It's just a form of insurance.

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