* Posts by Mycho

2267 posts • joined 28 Mar 2007

GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

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Re: Am I sensing a horse-cart situation here ?

As I understand it, the question was "Do we offer our support?" and was asked by the GNOME foundation.

I've yet to see any announcement from Purism that they've accepted anything more than the publicity. Feel free to correct me.

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Tempted

If it looks like it'll happen I will consider chipping in to improve the availability of smartphone drivers etcetera.

Continues breathing normally

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Is it conference season or something? Politicians are talking more bollocks than usual.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: Since <CTL><ALT><DEL> forced a reboot

As a child I once held Break down with a book until I could save what I was doing, because it only forced a reboot on release and I caught it in time.

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Congress battles Silicon Valley over upcoming US sex trafficking law

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Re: Targeting

Careful. Mystic Meg was part of the sex industry once upon a time.

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Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

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Trollface

As one of the surviving parts of Gawker, Gizmodo is a good choice of moral authority to judge other companies by.

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Equifax UK admits: 400,000 Brits caught up in mega-breach

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Re: CIO & CSO Steps down

I guess she came over from the RIAA.

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Re: More spying?

Sophos actually seems to be selling those long thin post-it notes as branded webcam covers.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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Wrong wording

"See if you can surreptitiously get a hair" would have probably been legal, since people drop hairs everywhere they go. "Grab a hair off her" is borderline and the judge deemed it on the wrong side of the line.

Rather like the number of politicians that privacy advocates have fingerprints from. You don't tell people to grab their hands and force them against things, you suggest acquiring the plastic cup they just binned. Heck, a cup hrc had drunk from would probably have enough dna for this arsehole's schemes.

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

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Re: involuntary manslaughter?

What is the standard in Danish law for abuse of a corpse? I'm beginning to suspect that will become the more significant charge.

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@Downvoters

I don't blame you, Jack the Ripper captaining a submarine is too awesome to diss the way I did.

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Re: Almost inclined to believe him

You actually manage to seem less credible than him. Well done.

Also note that I did say that his story results in him being guilty on all charges. Just due to being a crap sub captain rather than the next Jack the Ripper.

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Almost inclined to believe him

Of course you have to add that he panicked, realised he was responsible for her death even if it was accidental and decided to cover the whole thing up by mutilating the corpse.

So he becomes guilty of manslaughter by means of wilful negligence and defiling a corpse.

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

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Python courses plug stack overflow

I've taken a couple of python courses just because it was something I didn't know. Both of them suggested stack overflow as a good place to ask questions.

So it's hardly surprising that stack overflow gets a lot of python questions.

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A furious think-tank boss, Google, and an academic 'fired' for criticizing ads giant

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Re: What have you been reading?

The mainstream media.

Sure, us Reg readers have known this for a very long time, but the ordinary folks outside our bubble have been noticing this latest swathe too.

Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part. I'm not magically more objective than other humans. Time will tell.

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Google has peaked

I don't have an opinion on the rightness or wrongness of anything. This story just happenned to coincide with a bunch of others about how Google has been being evil recently. Maybe they can turn it around but for now consider selling Google, they're in decline.

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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

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Re: Fail to see

It's Scotland. The footpath is higher than the house and so the top of the five foot box is about the height of the window.

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France to tack weapons onto spy drones – reports

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Re: RAF Warrington

They probably got the name from someone living in nearby Quarrington.

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Vivaldi boss: It'd be cool if Google went back to the 'not evil' schtick

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Re: anti-competitive practices.

Nobody passes a law to force people to do things everybody wants to do anyway.

The fact that companies naturally want to engage in dirty tricks is why dirty tricks get outlawed, from insider trading to anti competitive practices.

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Big Tech slams Trump on plan to deport kids

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Re: OBAKA

Still wondering what OBAKA stands for, if only someone would loan me the secret alt.right decoder ring.

It stands for "I watch too much anime and think Obama is dumb"

Baka = Japanese for dumb. Hope that helps.

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'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption

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Re: What about private ciphers?

yamalka berlinite shelters Diann saussuritize amos circumgenital Scotch-Irish well-crested foins extrorse metagalaxies dueful phrampel biospheres incapacitator unsplendidness dampers Weltschmerz snookums dung-cart nondegeneracy eliminant phyllorhinine nitrosurea sparkplugging brulyiement Erastianize aventails boondoggle ugly-tempered

You take that back!

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Privacy-focused search engine DeepSearch slinks out of hiding

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Re: Seems to be a search engine for Wikipedia at the moment

Seconding that. I searched for BBC News and the first page was all wikipedia links.

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Criticize Google, get fired: Spotlight spins on ad giant's use of soft money

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Welcome to the future, it's broken

I guess this one wasn't so easily libelled as anti-diversity.

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China to identify commentards with real‑name policy

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Re: I admit being curious about the identities of some...

If you knew my real name you'd discover there are many hundreds of us, some very highly placed. Not me but some of them are. Others work with naked women every day, also not me...

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Re: I wonder

I understand that Robert E Howard's Dark Agnes stories were only released because killing himself made any of his unpublished stories hot stuff, but the one that was finished off by another writer ruined the character and I think he would have hated it.

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Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Good to hear that Dmitry Sklyarov is still giving the powers that be a headache or two.

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Boffins bust AI with corrupted training data

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Re: Hanlon's razor

The part of the model that cannot be evaluated is the part which is created by studying the training data.

A system created using a list of biometrics from authorised people and a list of random people's biometrics cannot reliably tell you all the biometrics on the training data set, so if someone was bribed to add Putin's biometrics to the authorised list just before shipping, you might never know.

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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Re: Steve Bannon, is that you?

No, it isn't. I suggest you take a break and come back when it doesn't seem like Steve Bannon is sending you secret messages through tech site comment threads.

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Re: Alt-right is a stupid term

Alt-right is just another attempt to pretend that the left-right scale actually stood for something.

Like the emperor with no clothes on, people can't admit that they were fooled by such a pathetic attempt to map out political differences using only one variable, so they continue to bend it, often literally, to fit the reality it fails to describe. They are mostly afraid that if they point out it doesn't work then people will think they're stupid.

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Re: Remember when...

Nothing, no right, no liberty, was ever won by the people by means of solely peaceful protests.

Platitude.

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Re: Remember when...

I remember when being anti-fascist didn't involve dog shit at all.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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Re: Redundant Systems

Oh, that one.

How many people confuse synchronising data between computers with backing it up? I've seen that mistake so many times.

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

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However you say that in French.

Bof!

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So essentially...

Left vs Right is a French plot to destabilise English-speaking democracies to that we revert to the level of eating snails.

It's well on the way to working.

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Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified

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Why?

Seemingly part of a plan to make sure it wouldn't float.

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Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

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Re: Something worth remembering

Not to mention that if you do find a perfectly clear stream with nothing nasty looking growing or living in it, your first consideration ought to be whether that's because it contains pesticides.

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Starting to make sense.

The Beeb is now saying that the body was deliberately mutilated and the submarine is believed to have been deliberately scuttled.

So he faked an accident and killed her, reasons to come later. His only mistake was underestimating our ability to recover corpses from the ocean.

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Something worth remembering

Being dumped in the water for several days can dismember a body. It's odd for it to have successfully removed all the limbs, but it's not beyond the realms of possibility. I'm personally aware of one headless body being found who had died from natural causes and fallen into a stream. Incidentally, don't ever drink from mountain streams, you don't know what's polluting it half a mile upstream.

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Whatever the truth is...

It will be bizarre as all hell.

I can think of several potential explanations, none of them make sense and that includes the cold blooded murder scenarios.

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UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

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Re: "Hostility or prejudice"

Might be hard to unpick or know exactly where you stand from a legal viewpoint, but "Hostility or prejudice" is pretty clear. Keep these to yourself and you'll be fine

Perceived hostility of prejudice.

This is a good catch, it doesn't matter if you actually wrote anything wrong, if someone read it that way the law applies.

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Tommy Robinson is smart enough to work around this kind of limitation.

Katie Hopkins... pass the popcorn would you?

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What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit

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Re: She. The researcher is a she.

Some people get that completely distracted when they see a cat...

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Re: 800kg? What's that in Reg units?

It's almost 0.9 great white sharks.

Converter

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Re: What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP?

Virus protection is needed!

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Re: So Mr Darmore, girls are not fit for IT?

Here's a better article that makes his main point, which is one of supply and demand.

I’m An Ex-Google Woman Tech Leader And I’m Sick Of Our Approach To Diversity!

Trigger warning: She's teaching her preteen daughter Python!

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Re: Second picture?

That may actually be a war kitteh

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Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis

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What are people downvoting?

Sorry but this "not exactly censorship" argument is something that is userd in order to try and excuse silencing gay rights and I'd rather the stormy arsewipes or whatever their name is didn't get to justify it by having the same thing done to them.

They'd love silencing gay rights to be their final legacy.

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Re: isn't there a limitation

Yeah, the Metro is to progressives what the Daily Mail is to conservatives. An over the top parody taking itself seriously.

Still, it seems that the TfL story has a grain of truth at least.

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Re: isn't there a limitation

Where? The Daily Mail?

The Metro carries it.

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London cops urged to scrap use of 'biased' facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

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So it only works on old white men then?

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