* Posts by steward

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Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

steward

Re: This could require a bowl of freshly made popcorn

MS and every other major computer company from the US West Coast relocates to Ireland. Simple, really.

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Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

steward
Devil

They need to work on the audio a bit...

In the clip, she sounds like a female version of an Anonymous decree.

Even Alexa is more personable...

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Dot-Amazon spat latest: Brazil tells ICANN to go fsck itself, only 'govts control the internet'

steward
Devil

Simple solution

Amazon should just change its name to Alexa.

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China's cybersecurity law grants government 'unprecedented' control over foreign tech

steward
FAIL

I guess they'll have to spin off other companies

Because if China is allowed to reverse-engineer Apple, Microsoft, et. al...

NATO and CERT are likely to construe those technologies as inimical to Europo-American security and block them from sale in the EU and US (and UK once the UK is no longer in the EU.)

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

steward
FAIL

Re: Hmmmm....

Well, you're certainly bombastically ignorant. Woodstock was a capitalist endeavor to make money off of hippies. The ticket price in 1969 dollars was $18 for three days ( $120 current USD, 93.24 current GBP.) The capitalists who sold the tickets were responsible for hauling the trash away.

People holding an event for which a fee is charged are responsible for cleaning it up, but sometimes they're fulla crap.

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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

steward
Devil

Things can be bought

Amazon market cap: $490 B USD

Ecuadorian debt: $ 25 B USD

Brazilian debt : $ 1.5 T USD

I think a monetary arrangement can be reached here.

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How to nuke websites you don't like: Slam Google with millions of bogus DMCA takedowns

steward
Pirate

Re: Simple Solution

Even better... since content providers have such an inflated estimate of value lost by infringement, turn it around. Amend the DMCA so that if a fake notice is sent out, the generator of the fake notice is liable for $10,000 in money damages to the recipient of the notice, plus legal fees, if any.

I predict a drop of 99% + of DMCA notices if that were to happen.

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Is it the beginning of the end for Visual Basic? Microsoft to focus on 'core scenarios'

steward
Pirate

Don't count any language out...

that has a widely installed base.

http://www.cio.com/article/3050836/developer/why-its-time-to-learn-cobol.html

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SHA3-256 is quantum-proof, should last BEELLIONS of years, say boffins

steward
Facepalm

And the two best known SHA-3/256 will still be

the hashes for "password" and "123456".

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

steward
Black Helicopters

I see the Crown is again evincing a design to reduce its subjects under absolute despotism

Just use TOR networks and a 'murrican server - the 'murrican courts have held this sort of thing to be protected by the US Constitution.

Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette, Inc. v. American Coalition of Life Activists, 290 F.3d 1058 (9th Cir. 2002) (en banc), certiorari refused.

http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1375479.html

NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co., 458 U.S. 886 (1982) https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/458/886/case.html

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OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

steward
Happy

I like "Horvendile"

but Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle might sue for copyright violation.

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Surge pricing? How about surge fines: Pennsylvania orders Uber to cough up $11.4m

steward
Alien

Re: Commonwealth

Actually it IS a state. The older states love to keep the older terms though. For example, in NJ, in colonial and early independence periods, only landowners who held their land free of any encumbrance could vote. Such people were called freeholders.

Most counties in NJ (a couple have modernized) are run by a government called the Board of Chosen Freeholders, an archaic term that dates to when only freeholders could vote. Even though that's long gone, the name remains - in fact, many in NJ don't know the origin of the name of the governing body and refer to the Board as the "Freeholders". (It gets even more confusing in Monmouth County NJ, where the seat of the Board of Chosen Freeholders is in a borough called "Freehold", better known for Bruce Springsteen.)

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

steward
FAIL

Re: Tax Technicians

"Ok, I get protecting "Engineer" and getting all stroppy about stupid titles using the word engineer (I for one get extremely narked off) "

Actually, "Engineer" - according to the OED - extends about as far as "Technician".

"4. With preceding modifying word: a person considered to have specialized knowledge or skills in a particular field, esp. one who attempts to influence or manipulate human affairs according to scientific or technical principles." (dates to 1720, referring to "spiritual engineers".)

" 5. An author or designer of something; a plotter, a schemer." ( dates to the 16th century with Middle English, with another quote from 1998.)

I think people worried about "protecting" words need to either take a chill pill or at least consult the OED first.

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steward
Boffin

Ever heard of the Oxford English Dictionary?

A technician - according to the OED - is " A person knowledgeable or skilled in the technicalities of a particular field; esp. an expert in the formal or practical aspect of an art, sometimes with implications of a corresponding lack of creativity."

Quotes dating to 1833 (were there any USB ports available then?) relate technicians to fields including linguistics, music, dance, culture, and poetry. Strangely enough, no quotes relate to computers or electronics (the most recent quote being from 2006.)

It would seem that someone who criticizes the title "tax technician" is himself the generator of bovine by-products.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

steward
Holmes

Re: "He was found not guilty, therefore he is innocent"

If patients are not assured of confidentiality in talking with psychiatric personnel.. rest assured that they won't talk with them. They'll just escalate to violence instead.

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steward

Re: "He was found not guilty, therefore he is innocent"

If violent fantasies are banned, Quentin Tarantino better steer clear of the UK.

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

steward

Re: British Soil

Under the VCDR section 22 subsection 1 the Head of Mission can allow anyone from the Receiving State in anytime he or she pleases.

Or not. The receiving State has no rights under the VCDR. The sending State holds all the cards, unless the receiving State (the UK) breaks diplomatic relations with the sending State (Ecuador.)

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steward
Holmes

Re: He's on Ecuadorian Soil...

> The Vienna convention prevents us from going in without very good cause

Wrong.

Although the VCDR does not use the word "sovereign", it does forbid the receiving State from entering without permission of the sending State's representative, effectively cedng sovereignty over the embassy by the receiving State to the sending State (as the receiving State does not have what is known as "effective control" over the embassy.)

Article 22

1.The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter them, except with the consent of the head of the mission.

2.The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity.

3.The premises of the mission, their furnishings and other property thereon and the means of transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution.

http://legal.un.org/ilc/texts/instruments/english/conventions/9_1_1961.pdf

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steward
Boffin

Re: Actually lets be clear here...

@pffut :

Did you RTFA?

"the proposed Ecuador to Sweden negotiating an Agreement on Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, which was signed last December and provides the legal framework for the practice of judicial proceedings required."

Ecuador has stated that no Agreement on Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters existed until last December. Further, Ecuador has stated that without said agreement, there was no legal framework for the "proceedings required" - that is, the questioning of Assange by Swedish DA's while Assange is on the sovereign territory of Ecuador.

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Simply not credible: The extraordinary verdict against the body that hopes to run the internet

steward
Facepalm

Accountability won't exactly change

"A key concern with that move is that ICANN is not sufficiently transparent or accountable."

And the US Government is transparent and accountable?

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

steward
Boffin

Re: Nahh, the old Star Trek was for nerds...

"Any failure in the show after the middle of season 2 are all due to CBS, nothing else. Period."

CBS rejected the whole show because they already had a science fiction show, Lost in Space.

Star Trek (TOS) aired on NBC, even though CBS - realizing its error - eventually bought the rights to the Star Trek franchise.

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

steward
Devil

Considering it's possibly inappropriate due to events outside the UK...

And considering that the UK Foreign Secretary is now Boris Johnson...

It seems to fit quite well with the new modus operandi of the Foreign Office.

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Dear Tesla, stop calling it autopilot – and drivers are not your guinea pigs

steward
Facepalm

Planes have autopilot - doesn't mean they don't have pilots.

Commercial jetliners have had autopilot for decades. That doesn't mean they don't have a pilot and a co-pilot as well.

From CNBC: "The autopilot system relies on a series of sensors around the aircraft that pick up information like speed, altitude and turbulence. That data are ingested into the computer, which then makes the necessary changes. Basically, it can do almost everything a pilot can do. Key phrase: almost everything."

Anyone who drives a car with "autopilot" and expects it to do everything is an ignoramus and a fool.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

steward
Facepalm

Sounds like an extension of Brexit

Britain exits the rest of the world.

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EU wants open science publication by 2020

steward
Facepalm

Well, I guess...

If the Netherlands don't go through with, um, Netherexit like they're threatening to, Elsevier can find a friendlier home in the UK.

That's assuming that by 2020 the UK doesn't do BrRevolvingDoor and re-enter the EU...

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

steward
FAIL

An example of the type of incomplete reporting that may have led to Brexit

"Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation at 8:30am this morning."

No, he didn't. He said quite clearly that he will be resigning in approximately three months. The UK government is still in place, and (absent a vote of no confidence) will stay that way at least into September.

Just think of what the vote might have been if major media outlets reported things correctly...

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US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

steward

"We'll see how well that goes"

I believe you're using the Internet. That's an American invention. (Yes, a Brit in Switzerland put the web layer on top of it, but the Internet was developed by the US DOD.)

Modern electronics rely on the transistor. Cell phones would look pretty funny if they had to use vacuum tubes

How many Brits have walked on the moon?

And then there's the inflatable tank, which helped the US save Europe's ass again in WWII, because Europeans can't even write a treaty that doesn't guarantee another war. (Hint: not enough arable land in Germany to support population, Treaty of Versailles banned most factories over the US' objections.)

Apple computers. IBM computers. UNIX. C. Windows. Total Quality Management. GPS (another DOD project.) FAX (in 1925!) Solar cells. Digital networks.

Cardiac pacemakers. Glucose meters.

And if American companies are stopped from bringing in foreign workers under false pretenses to drop wages, you'll see a lot more of this.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

steward
Boffin

Re: Excellent

Protestantism is not a single sect, unlike Roman Catholicism. Protestantism is an umbrella term for literally thousands of sects who accept the Roman Catholic New Testament but interpret it differently.

Anglicanism, by and large, is a form of Roman Catholicism that lets the monarch get divorced (although I've never quite understood why, with Henry's precedent, Edward VII had to abdicate - as leader of the Church of England he should have been able to exempt himself just like Henry VIII did.)

The sects based on the writings of, respectively, Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and Wesley differ so widely in belief that referring to "Protestantism" as a single entity is ludicrous at best.

Nothing mything here. Move along.

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RBS and Natwest online banking goes titsup

steward
Pirate

Maybe they got the MARKETS confused with their SERVERS

RBS has predicted a major market crash this year.

Maybe they actually meant a major server crash, but misread the internal memo.

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FAA introduces unworkable drone registration rules in time for Christmas

steward
Joke

FAA to regulate bullets?

"The FAA claims that the 400-foot rule is a "misperception that may originate with the idea that manned aircraft generally must stay at least 500 feet above the ground," and claims it has authority over all airspace from the ground up."

So if a bullet is fired outdoors, it travels through airspace from the ground up. Maybe gun violence in the US could be cut down if all bullets had to be registered with the FAA.

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NZ unfurls proposed new flag

steward
WTF?

This looks like some sort of plot out of Mordor.

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Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC

steward
Windows

I realize it may be a challenge, but...

I'm sure Microsoft will rise to that challenge as it as done in the past and make Windows and M$ Office run 100 million times slower...

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Grow up, judge tells EFF: You’re worse than a complaining child

steward

Re: Somebody better arrest me then

If your daughter is a minor you are exercising your parental rights. It has nothing to do with matters of law. Stop whining.

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Amazon Echo: We put Jeff Bezos' always-on microphone-speaker in a Reg family home

steward
Go

Volume granularity

"volumes are not granular enough"

I suppose they could make it 1 to 100, but until that happens... the feature exists manually by turning the top of the device, which acts as a giant volume control. ;-)

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Smartphone passcodes protected by the Fifth Amendment – US court

steward
Devil

Re: in the meantime, passcodes are protected

And only in the Eastern District of PA - other Federal courts are not bound by the decision.

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You're FIRE-D: Amazon quietly extinguishes its failed smartphone

steward

Amazon screws a great idea up - again

We've got Apple apps. We've got Android apps. We've got WinPhone apps.

How many app developers were going to write for a specialty Android fork (that is, FireOS)? Answer: Not many.

I finally upgraded from a dumphone to a smartphone. I would have gone for the Amazon phone except for one thing: Amazon cripples so many Android apps, it's app-surd. Very annoying too. There are so many basic functionality apps out there that my Kindle Fire tablet won't run.

Amazon, once again: trying to eat the whole thing, only to starve in the midst of plenty.

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Google's new parent Alphabet owns abc.xyz – and, yup, there's already an abc.wtf

steward
Facepalm

alphabet.google?

I guess Alphabet could register alphabet.google . But does this mean Alphabet will eventually try to get an alphabet TLD?

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

steward
Boffin

So what's the chance...

that an asteroid will do us in before global warming causes the sea rise to swallow up most of Britain?

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Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

steward
Facepalm

Re: How to cancel?

They seem a little confused about the offering themselves. I have cloud and 'infinite' music storage and 'infinite' photo storage via my Prime membership. They're not sure if these will become new charges above what they charge for Prime. The 2nd rep I talked to was almost sure that Prime will include all these goodies in a bundle, but that the new plans were for people who just want that and not Prime (I would suppose such people would be people that don't like e-readers or 15% discounts off already competitive prices for groceries and over-the-counter medicines.) He did escalate it as customer feedback to get an email out to Prime members explaining what's changing - or not.

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Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops

steward
Boffin

Wouldn't it be simpler...

Just to create a hand-delivery section in Cisco to transport items to their sensitive customers, instead of entrusting it to any third party, not to mention dead drops?

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

steward
Pirate

Phase III and repurposing

Governments really should take a step back. There are many "non-profits" raising money to "cure cancer." For example, according to Forbes magazine, the American Cancer Society takes in USD 935 million / year; and Phase III costs about USD 40 million. I think they can well afford to test four or five drugs - that is, if all their employee salaries aren't as high as their most highly compensated employee (USD 2 million.)

Repurposing: the standard - at least in the US - for anti-anxiety prescription medicine is alprazolam (brand name: Xanax.) It's off-patent, so it's dirt cheap for insurance companies to cover. There's a non-benzodiazepine drug available that does the same thing, Lyrica, which will not be off-patent until the end of 2018, so it's still expensive. The EC approved it as on-label for anti-anxiety, but the US FDA, protecting the insurance companies (while harassing doctors for prescribing benzodiazepines) will not approve it except for its current use as a pain reliever for fibromyalgia.

Hmmm. Maybe insurance companies could fund Phase III for off-patent drugs, to save money on expensive cancer drugs...

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We can change a bit from 0 to 1 WITHOUT CURRENT, say boffins

steward
Facepalm

This would be much more interesting from the IT angle

if some sort of time-to-market had been gleaned.

Are we looking at 200 TB SSDs in a year for 40 quid, or 10 TB SSDs in 3 years for 60 quid?

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

steward
Pirate

If tax is based on the purchaser location

then it would seem to me that this law could potentially affect non-EU sellers.

And since it's difficult for small businesses to comply, that would effectively raise a trade barrier around the EU for non-EU sellers.

I have contacted my representative and Senators in the US Congress, as well as the President, to investigate this matter and take reciprocal steps if necessary.

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NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA

steward
FAIL

Another great reason...

to forego movie theaters altogether, eventually forcing studios to first-run movies to the home.

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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

steward
Pirate

It's not 4th Amendment, it's Article I, section 8!

Attacking the infrastructure of another country - like Iceland - doesn't have anything to do with the 4th Amendment. It's an act of war against Iceland, and the FBI doesn't have the power to declare war - only Congress has that power.

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

steward
Joke

"The ancients"?

If we're dealing with the ancients here, I want to know if they found a Stargate, Merlin, or Excalibur...

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'I think photographers get TOO MUCH copyright for their work'

steward
Holmes

The bill from the plumber

Although I think copyright needs to be revised - in the US, it can last more than 100 years greater than the patent for a life-saving drug - I take issue with:

"Me thinks photographers get too much copyright for what is often 1/60s work"

There's a story of someone who had a clogged pipe and called a plumber. The plumber went to the pipe, hit it once with a hammer, and the pipe unclogged. He then presented the customer with a bill for $100. The customer said "That's ridiculous, you spent 10 seconds hitting a pipe with a hammer. I want an itemized bill." So he got one:

Hitting pipe with hammer $1.00

Knowing where to hit $99.00

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

steward
FAIL

Achtung! Frau Merkel!

Pot. Kettle. Black.

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Amazon snubs FTC: We'll see you in court over kids' in-app cash blowouts

steward
Boffin

They don't have a customer service number because *they call you*.

There's this thing called a "hypertext link" in their help section. You click on it, click on call me immediately, and get an immediate call. Most people have no problem finding it.

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Aaah, what's that smell, Nook? Yes, it's death: Barnes & Noble to jettison e-book biz

steward

AJ,

It's nice that you haven't spent any money on Project Gutenberg books on Nook.

I bought an edition of The Wealth of Nations, and discovered once I e-opened it that it was a Project Gutenberg book. It's illegal to sell those. I contacted Nook and asked for a refund, and they said it was not refundable under any circumstances. (And they said they had no intention of investigating the provenance of the person that marketed it to them, or of pulling the book.)

So, after having had a B&N membership card for over 20 years... I switched to Amazon. They have superior customer service; too bad that B&N forgot that customer service was important.

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