* Posts by Kimo

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

Kimo

Who's warrant?

As I understand the AAG's position, he wants to be able to serve a warrant on a third party (the hardware/software company) to get access to information. Right now, there is a mechanism to compel defendants to comply with a warrant (contempt of court). But it isn't 100% effective, and trying individual cases is time consuming. Why serve individuals when you can serve tech companies and get lots of cases resolved at once? It also eliminates that pesky problem of individuals challenging the warrant instead of putting a gag order on the warrant so the subject never knows until they are hauled into court.

We have never required safe manufacturers to create a master key for law enforcement. Why should electronic devices be different?

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FBI iPhone hack lost forever, White House mobe compromised, SSH – and plenty more

Kimo

Re: Kelly's phone

Has anyone checked Trump's phone? As far as anyone can tell, he still has an older Android with no security modifications. What if those leaks coming from the White House are coming from insecure hardware?

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

Kimo

Fond memories...

...of the start of the console/PC wars. I had a C64 after my TI 99/4A. Friend had an Atari 2600. Good times.

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BOFH: Come on, PFY, let's pick a Boss

Kimo

I was hoping...

...for the ROBOT murder/suicide command.

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More are paying to stream music, but YouTube still holds the value gap

Kimo

YouTube better for some artists

This is something that I have discussed with a number of regional and niche bands. They never see any revenue from sales or streaming on Google, Amazon, Apple, Spotify, Pandora, or any of the other music sales/streaming sources, only the big names see any revenue at all. But they get enough traffic to get ad revenue on their channels from YouTube.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

Kimo

My machine counts...

...because the Edge button is right next to my Outlook shortcut. Hit the wrong one at least once a month. I really need to remove that.

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Mazda and Toyota join forces on Linux-based connected car platform

Kimo

Re: 3 years of supported apps?

Based on my experience with the system in my 2013 Prius, 3 years is too long. I just connect my phone to bluetooth and ignore the in-car apps, especially the Bing-connected navigation.

I only ended up with the satnav enabled car because you can't get a sunroof without it.

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Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed

Kimo

Re: Not unusual

Polaroid sold a professional film that produced an instant print and negative for medium and large format cameras. It was mostly intended as a way to check lights at professional photos shoots.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

Kimo

It's not so much the Doctor..

...it's the writing and showrunners that I've thought needed replacing for a while. Capaldi has had a few really good moments (chained up with Robin Hood was a joy to watch) but has generally not had great stories to work with. The actors in the role have been pretty good in general, but some got better scripts than others. Jodie Whittaker has done well in both comedy and drama, and I have no doubt she can handle the role well, given a good script and story arc. I have not seen all of the most recent series, but I liked what I have seen of the companions. I was getting sick of every companion being the most important person ever with some universe-saving destiny. I want to see more low-stakes but fun episodes, not super serious melancholy fatalistic musing all the time.

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

Kimo

Only slightly above the average price of a passenger vehicle in the us ($33,560) with a much better range than the BMW that only gets to 180 miles with add-ons that bring it to about $48,000. If gas stays low (currently $2.35/gal in Central Ohio) than maybe a bit of a hard sell. But the next spike in fuel costs will make these look very attractive as a commuter car.

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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

Kimo

Re: Plain label packaging

The internet does not make people stupid. They already were. Now they are just stupid on a bigger stage.

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BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

Kimo

Re: Software-Biz is a kind of drug dealing these days...

I was hired on to a museum that had a Unix catalog system that was on it's last legs (and was far too complex for the small organization that was trying to use it). My first task was to sort the problem and recommend either getting a version upgrade of the existing system (at substantial cost) or replacing it. When I called for a quote to upgrade, I found out that the price did not include migrating our data from the labyrinthine database to the new poorly documented version, which would cost as far as I could tell about $5 per record. We replaced it with a different system, and one of their programmers (who knew he was on his way out) helped us work with the new vendor to map and export the data.

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Kimo

Extinguishers can make a right mess to clean up.

On an unrelated note, always be sure that before you take your freshly restored MGB for a "test drive" turning donuts in an empty University parking lot, be sure to secure the fire extinguisher in the trunk.

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Judge holds Uber's feet to the fire over alleged Waymo tech theft

Kimo

Probably because the self-driving division is the point of Uber. They use human drivers now because (1) the tech isn't ready and (2) they are building a huge database of driver and consumer behavior that will help them to build a better automated system without those pesky contractors asking for a cut of the fares.

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

Kimo

Re: He'd have been OK if he was a train driver

Because steam engines really needed engineers to operate. On a steam train you could tell who the operator was by the whistle, as one of the first tasks that a new engineer was given was to design a train whistle, which they switched out every time they took over a train.

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Kimo

Re: Not regulated?

My father was employed as an Engineer in Oregon without a college degree (but with a few decades of experience in large plant automation).

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This ferry is said to weigh 250 cows. We say that is actually 20,600 Lindisfarne Gospels

Kimo

Diary or beef cattle? Please be clear when specifying units which system you are using.

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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

Kimo

Re: Next Timelord

I always wanted Romanadvoratrelundar to have her own series. In the current Whoverse, there is a female Doctor clone running around that we never hear from...

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Kimo

Re: Tom Baker

I read that as Sir John Lennon school the first time.

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Kimo

1. Martin Clunes. Can do comedy and be a right asshole.

2. James and Oliver Phelps. Ginger this time. Twice.

3. Ingrid Oliver. Osgood? Osgood. Osgood who?

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AI and robots? Will someone think of the jobs, says HPE CEO Whitman

Kimo

We just need to require that robots receive a salary, have an AI that includes a desire to own artisinal products, and a requirement that they all have a direct connection to Etsy.

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US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

Kimo

Re: Interesting...

Arkansas has single party consent for recording. So conversations including the homeowner could be recorded, but conversations where the homeowner is not present would be a violation unless one of the other parties agreed.

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Russia accuses hostile foreign powers of plot to undermine its banks

Kimo

If you know your banking system is about to go tits up, blame the foreigners first.

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

Kimo

Be more concerned...

...that intelligence sharing exposes more data to Russia. That's a very real concern that warrents limiting what you give us.

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Russian hackers target MH17 journalists for embarrassing Putin

Kimo

Re: Bellingcat

I read everything in the soothing voice of Morgan Freeman. It makes it impossible to be upset at the news.

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

Kimo

Maybe. But if you give "up to" for my postal code, which covers the edge of a large city and extends out into the countryside, only the urban part can get the "up to" speed even if they pay a premium for it. The rural folks don't have the infrastructure going to their homes to carry the "up to" amount no matter what they are willing or able to pay. Anything above street level is misleading, because the equipment can vary widely within an area the size of a postcode.

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

Kimo

He who smelt it dealt it.

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Sprint learns that a 'rebate' includes paying people money

Kimo

More like win-win-win. They have held on to the money for 5-13 years, depending on the age of the claim. That can pick up a good return as investment/interest income, not to mention general inflation making the rebates worth less than they were at the time they were originally owed.

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False Northern Lights alert issued to entire UK because of a lawnmower

Kimo

Instead of asking maintenance not to mow around the sensor, how about not sending an automated alert unless more than one array picks up a signal withing a short period of each other? A single anomaly should go to a live human for verification before going out as an email blast.

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This MySpace investor keeps spamming Google with lawsuits – and the ad giant just wants him to stop

Kimo
Holmes

Check his MySpace page for updates...

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

Kimo

With my Asus laptop, it was clearly the BIOS that was the problem. Which does not factor into the Windows 10 Upgrade Adviser, so MS kept saying I could upgrade, as long as I didn't care about things like booting.

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Calling all hipster... *hic* hip-hip-storians! Craft beer job spotted

Kimo

Put hipster in scare quotes...real hipsters drink PBR.

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Kimo

Bugger. I actually wrote my dissertation on brewpubs, but a three-year gig ain't worth picking up and moving. Especially when you look at what that salary will get you in DC.

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BOFH: I found a flying Dragonite on a Windows 2003 domain

Kimo

Re: Erm...

Maybe last night was not the best time to overthrow the Brotherhood of Steel's authoritarian rule in Fallout 4 using elements of the Minutemen military...

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US computer-science classes churn out cut-n-paste slackers – and yes, that's a bad thing

Kimo

Re: Been that way fror a long time in the US of A

Back in the early 80s, my high school had two computers (one Apple II, one Heathkit) and four dial-up modems to the district mainframe. With a limit on the number of students who could actually use a computer at any given time, we spent a lot of time learning logic first, and diagramming programs before we turned them into code. That basics of logic has stayed with me while languages and programs have come and gone.

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

Kimo

Re: What an absolute

Android N on my SHIELD tablet and my NEXUS 5x both have Galley and locally stored photos. They do offer Google cloud back-up (I think it was on by default) but not in place of Gallery.

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Kimo

Re: If proof is needed...

On the other hand, my Asus G51 gets locked into a perpetual reboot and can't find any storage media during the Win 10 upgrade. I really don't expect them to release new drivers and BIOS for a six year old machine. I wish MS would stop trying to push the upgrade because their compatibility check obviously isn't taking the BIOS into account.

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Republicans move to gut FCC and crush its net neutrality crusade with paralyzing budget rules

Kimo

Re: GOP throws hissy fit, tries to end party

Like rural electrification. What a disaster that turned out to be.

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Politician claims porn tabs a malware experiment, then finds God

Kimo

I could never vote for a man that admits...

...to using Yahoo search.

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Lyft, Uber throw Texas-sized tantrum over Austin driver law

Kimo

Can't afford $50/driver for background checks, but can afford $5 million to fight the requirement? Do they have 100,000 drivers in Austin? That would be about 1 in 9 people in the city...

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Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'

Kimo

Been there, don that, the FAA shut it down

There was a short-lived serviced that would airlift (most of) a 12-pack to ice fishing shacks in Minnesota that ran afoul of FFA regs.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/04/the-faa-shuts-down-beer-delivery-drone/

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Big Cable threatens to sue FCC: You can't stop us ripping off customers

Kimo

Re: Why do we need cable boxes at all??

I'm a Humanities person. Maths ain't my thing. And it was late. So yes, it was a year's worth of charges, not 6 months.

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Kimo

Re: Why do we need cable boxes at all??

Two reasons:

1. Because cable companies operate on a model that gives lower rates to new customers and hits them with surprise increases after the first year. The hardware acts as a barrier to switching companies. You have to wait for WOW to come install their kit and then wait for Time Warner to pick theirs up (for a fee, of course).

2. It's hella profitable. I was paying $5 a month for an outdated cable modem for my internet, so the last time I switched carriers I bought a better model for $60. Half a year's charges paid for it. On a two-year contract, that's a huge profit. And odds are good that the modem you have came off someone else's two year contract.

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

Kimo
Headmaster

Just a point of clarification...

"While the big names in the technology have yet to make public statements on the matter, their pressure group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has come out against the Burr-Feinstein bill, saying it "strongly urges" Congress to think again."

This passage implies that Congress has thought at least once. Removing the last word would be more accurate.

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Zombie SCO rises from the grave again

Kimo

Full text of the appeal...

BRAAAINSSSSS!!!!!!!!

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'$5bn for Slack?! I refuse to pay!' You don't pay – and that's its biggest problem

Kimo
Linux

Never paid for Slack?

I paid for Slack on a set of CDs back in the late 90s. It was my go-to distro since it was designed to install the core and add on, instead of having to remove parts you don't need from Suse or the other major distros.

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Bill Gates can’t give it away... Still crazy rich after all these years

Kimo

There are a lot of people on the list that, agree with them or not, have spent more time thinking about policy in various forms than Trump. No matter what you think of Gates, he's done a great deal for world health but has been conned by the charter school movement into doing some real harm to education.

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David Bowie: Musician, actor... tech admirer

Kimo

Re: Techie???

When he worked with Eno on the Berlin trilogy you couldn't walk into a shop and buy the tech they were using and just plug it in. It was often bespoke equipment and cobbled together set-ups. He incorporated tech and production techniques as music technology evolved and also helped to advance other musicians that embraced syths and electronic effects (Eno produced Devo's first album after Bowie met the band). He explored electronic art and film making, Add that to his early interest in computers and the internet, and yeah, he was a techie.

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Kimo

Re: Bah!

I have the Berlin trilogy as a playlist. Running through it again today.

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