* Posts by Khaptain

3254 posts • joined 4 May 2008

YouTube is responsible for user content, says German court #1

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TPB + Google

Since the Swedish courts decided that TPBs owners were liable, it only stands the Google be found liable for the same thing, albeit by the German courts..

Brings back some nostaliga, Dead Kennedys anyone "Uber Alles, Uber Alles California"

VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

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Broken or badly configured

Reading from El Reg's article I understood 2 things.

1 : It's the protocole PPTP that is a problem more than the client/serveur.

2 : The clients are badly configured rather than broken which means that they could easilly be updated.

Neither of these look to be to difficult to repair but it definately requires action to be taken... I was glad to see that our system was not on that list.

Is there really a VPN solution called "Hide my Ass", I don't find their name very "inspiring"...

Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: "for the supported lifetime of the device"

Please don't use the word "Crapware" without first giving an indication of what you are talking about, please elaborate on the so called Crapware, do you have real world examples or smply those that you have heard about...

No-one is putting down "Linux Users", what is being put down is that attitude of Jake.... Jake does not represent "Linux Users" as a whole, case in point I use Linux on 4 of my home systems but my primary work machine remains a windows machine. ( not including a couple of RASPIs).

"Beards" is a relatively timid slant.. I am sure that most "Linux Users" are intelligent enought to simply brush their beards and forget the whimsical nature of the jest.

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Re: Looks suspiciously familiar

Have to agree with Michael, I am running two versions of Cinammon and neither of them look like W10, unless of course you mean that both OSes have a menu.... Like almost all versions of anything UI based currently in operation..

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Re: QOTW right here!

I'll wager a bet that that juvenile stoat was not covered in cinnamon either. If it had been, it would have been more of a cough than a spit.

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Re: "for the supported lifetime of the device"



You managed to use "Slackware" and "No muss, no fuss. It just works." in the same comment..

Try proving that by giving a Slackware ISO to a newbie and allowing him to install by himself with "No muss, no fuss." Please make a video of his facial reactions after he inserts the ISO and reboots the PC...

Nothing nicer that the following for a newbie:

"If you need to pass extra parameters to the kernel"

"please select your Keymap"

"Partition the disk".

As a reminder Jake, the thread is about the upcoming Windows 10 release not about yet another example of why people hate Linux Beards for being prudish.

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I can only presume that Microsoft will release an RTM that probably has less features than the PGP (Pleb Guineau Pig) version..

ie you get to test the Enterprise Version and they get the cut down Home Version that doesn't have the advanced, difficult to debug, release on time applications...

Pure supposition on my behalf because otherwise I have no idea how they will manage to pull of a Ready for the Unwashed version in only one month.

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Are you saying that you are surprised to finds bugs on Beta software ?

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"Personally I'm pleased I run no Windows boxen. Allows me to do something constructive with my life... :-)"

So you consider trolling Microsoft OS threads as something constructive ? Why would you even be remotely interested in reading a Windows 10 thread?

By the way, WTF is a "puter mechanic.."

Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

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Re: Mellow bunch, these Norwegians

I had to look up what a "mohel" was....

Here is the Wiki

A mohel (Hebrew: מוֹהֵל‎ [moˈhel], Ashkenazi pronunciation [ˈmɔɪ.əl], plural: מוֹהֲלִים mohalim [mo.haˈlim], Aramaic: מוֹהֲלָא‎ mohala, "circumciser") is a Jewish person trained in the practice of brit milah, the "covenant of circumcision."

Now all they need is a machete....

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The great unwashed

The article fails to state why the Norwegians are particularly vulnerable to Chlamydia. ( Outside of the not fact that they do wear condoms).

Are they particulary "unwashed" in the nether regions, or are they just "overly friendly" with each other..

The publicity looks to be a little bit boring, we need Remy Gaillard to spice things up a little.. ( NSFW - depending on how PC your company is)

Microsoft says Oculus Rift distorts world, grinds corrective lenses

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The MSR lens appears to bring detail and a lot of pixilation...

The normal lens keeps everything blurry.

I am not sure that I would like either, but to be fair, one would really need to test these first hand... 2 small images on El Reg could only be considered as derisory...

I still wonder who will be buying into Oculus, will it just be the hard core gamers or are there other valid use cases ?

Android's sun sets on Eclipse

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I have been learning/using Android Studio for the past week or so and I am actually quite happy to return to using a dedicated tool. Android Studio has some nice features which are agreeable to have , for example : automatic library imports, easy to setup emulators... One point to make, there are other Emulators which can be used, I believe that most popular, and also the one I now use, is GenyMotion which I find to be much faster than the inbuilt one... ymmv..

For the moment things are looking good, hopefully they will remain that way.

I have and still enjoy using Eclipse and will continue to do so for Web projects.

KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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Re: lightning? bah.

"electro-stormage hitting something not in contact with the earth? riddle me this ... how often do airliners get struck? pretty danged rare."

Well, according to Scientific American, aircraft are actually hit quite often, at least once a year..

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There no need to ask.....

Unfortunately it was just after the phrase "speed - 1 km per second" which was said in such a very cool manner...

Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

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Personally, I wouldn't like to looking down the wrong end of a .308 hunting rifle. It would only take one more beer before the challenge becomes a vocation.

Courtney Love in the crossfire! Paris turns ugly over Uber

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Now do the UberLawyer

If you want to see the laws getting changed very, very quickly, Uber just needs to make an app called UberCunt.

UberCunt will put you directly into the hands of a Cunt, a cheap freeloading lawyer... A la "Better Call Saul", they won't garauntee the quality but they can garauntee that he will be a cunt.

Whoops, there goes my data! Hold onto your privates in the Dropbox era

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Re: TLDR - Urgent

I don't know how tough the Greeks are but one thing I do know is that the Scots are much more careful with their fionances..... cough cough what debt cough cough 1.9Billion cough cough peanuts cough cough

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TLDR - Urgent

Please change that terrible image, I can't tell if it's supposed to be a very short techno kilt, or a very digital Spartan garment.....

Ahhhhh, my eyes, my eyes, I can't undo that nasty image. Electronics in the testicular region are never a good thing...

( The Author must be some kind if closet Goatse fan)

Second agent takes plea deal in Silk Road misconduct case

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Plea deal or not

Just allow the man to occuy the cell next to Ulbricht for the next 25 years without bail..... He deserves nothing more really.

Ulbricht was on the wrong side of the law from the beginning - so he got sent to jail for a long time when he got caught.

The agent on the other hand, used his "cops" badge as a means to levy something illegally.. He should get sent to jail for even longer...otherwise Justce stands fro nothing....

He deserves just as much as Ulbricht.....The courts made an example of Ulbricht, the same level of punishement should be given to the Agent.. both were profiting from the same crime after all.

Or do Agents have some kind of Deity status that allows them to walk free when commiting serious crime?

US is the world's botnet mothership, says Level 3

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Re: Continent vs country


Page 6 of that report definitely cites the "United States" as the greatest generator of C2 traffic.

Although on page 7 things become a little bit more confusing

"While nations around the world are represented in the top 10 global offenders list,

the regions generating the highest levels of C2 traffic are Europe and the United

States. An average of 20 percent of the C2s we tracked were based in North America

with a nearly equal amount launching from the Ukraine and Russia combined.

Western Europe1 and the United Kingdom contributed another 12 percent of C2

traffic. Latin America was the source of only 2 percent of the overall C2 traffic."

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Who owns the botnets

Whether or not they are in the US or elsewhere is not half as important as is "who is controlling/governing these botnets".

Some suggestions

The NSA playing havoc with the world.

The Mafia etc

The Chinese/Russian/Bulgarians/Syrians.

The Farc Rebels

The British ( they are a bunch of sneaky bastards) ?

The Mossad or Shin Bet ?

The Illumunati ? ( ooooohhhhhh, I can hear than damned music in the background, I think it was one of those Apple Garageband tunes))

So many possibilities ....so many stories

Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

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Re: Vulture

Tim did you really need a mike for an audience of 8....

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Is that a vulture on the shelf in the top left hand corner ?

And no-one looks cool with a telephone clipped to their belt. Or at least I think it is a telephone, probably a Blackberry but I could be wrong.. ( Or is it a beeper)

This time we really are all doomed, famous doomsayer prof says

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Re: Obligatory xkcd


So there are about 5 kilos of human for every kilo of goat. ... Was there a hidden steganography message that I didn't see or is the image some form of charade ?

There is a relevance to this article somewhere but unfortunately I still don't get it

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Be careful folks, he only needs to be right once..... Ironically though he won't be around to gloat if he does manage to get it right

Vicious vandals violate voluminous Versailles vagina

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"I mean, the exhibit could be called, "sore throat", and nobody would have been any the wiser."

Yes, I agree with you, but nobody would have found any interest if it had been a "sore throat"..

Large scale vaginas/vulvas appear to more readily attract the unwashed and the curious.

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"I'm trying to get a job as an El reg proofreader, OK?"

I didn't think that El Reg used proofreaders.

(P.S. Shouldn't that 'r' be in uppercase)

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Re: YELLOW paint?

Now that's an interesting place to put 3 large scale "orifices"....

It one thing to turn your head when driving along a straight road, it's another to do it when you are on a roundabout....

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Re: Finally!

Froggy fools foul famous fake fanny

Sharing Economy latest: Women's breast milk is the new 'liquid gold' of the internet

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Re: Mmm...

I've never seen a more appropriate pseudo.

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Re: Straight from the teat.

@khaptain Apparently each mother comes with an official tasting unit created with every new production run.

Who the fuck downvoted that, it's a witty and merits a chuckle or did you not understand the comment.

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Re: They must be hungry

It's all a question of cleavage appetite.....

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Re: Caution advised

I didn't know that fathers could breastfeed...

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"pays to have his milk swallowed"


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Straight from the teat.

Can this now give rise to a new measurement, for example : Mammalian Cubits.

It would also be interesting to know how they qualify and guarantee the quality. Do they have an official "taster"....

El Reg have only done a half arsed job, the photos are "absolutely essential" in this article...

'No evidence' Snowden was working for foreign power says ex-NSA boss

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So finally Snowden was a good thing or not

Like most of the massive behemoths that the governmental institutions create it is necessary to give them a bloody good shake from time to time in order for them to avoid imploding.....

The Snowden affaire has given them a little shake, quite a big one really, I wonder if it will be enough to waken up all these civil servants from their civil slumber.

These institutions appear to have too much slack and I always wonder who's interests they really serve. I hope this serves then as a reminder that they are a public not a private service..

DuckDuckGrow: Privacy search soars 600% after Snowden dumps

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Yes, I wondered about this too.. Piggybacking Google et al will be fine until Google closes the tap....

Duck Duck are not a search engine, they are more of a search engine federator/filterer which is definitely not the same thing...

Everyone actually benefits from Google, Business and Users, the price to pay is your "habits"... If someone came up with an ad-free search engine that you have to pay but were guaranteed privacy for then I presume that no one would pay.

Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Or the colour of our skin, or our genders, our weight, height, eye colour, breathing pattern, ionic distribution spread etc etc

We will always find a means to segregate, it's in our nature.

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Description of the thief

The police have issued a description of a man wearing a large furry hat, what appears to be dreadlocks ( 2 of), has only one leg, impeccable lock picking skills, capable of hopping very silently, speaks Yiddish and has a severely bad taste in shoes.

Now that cant be to hard to pick out, in fact I think I can see him trying to escape

POD RACING: SpaceX will build the Hyperloop railgun tube-way – you bring the ride

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Re: No human will ride

So instead of a sticky Garfield stuck on the window, it will be a real live kitty going through 6Gs of acceleration.. Could be amusing to see how what happens when someone re-opens the pod door..

Here kitty kitty, my eyes, my eyes..... where's my shotgun.

Has marketing grabbed the IT reins at your company?

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Board-room woes

I truly hope that the meeting is not in that room with the space invaders wallpaper and that green psychedelic painting.

Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Re: How do the manage the fuel

"I'm curious. What sort of person reads The Register, but doesn't know where Voyager 2 gets its electric power from? (Isn't that in the GCSE science curriculum?)"

The kind of reader who doesn't study much about space exploration.. and who is probably a lot older than you might think..

Being Scottish we didn't have GCSEs and we certainly didn't have a "science" class. We had Chemistry, Physics, Engineering Drawing and Mechanical Engineering.. none of which included any mention of Voyager 2 or it's power source. At least not when I was in School, although things may have changed since.

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Re: How do the manage the fuel

Thanks for the answers, I must admit that most of that is completely, and I mean completely, over my head...

And all that was 40 years ago.....before the interwebs and interplanetary communication......

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How do the manage the fuel

I am amazed to read launched in 1977 and still has years of fuel left.

What kind of fuel is used on these craft, is it nuclear or carbon based and how are they actually propelled/steered?

FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

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Re: Because....

"True, but irrelevant. The point is whether a particular technology tends to facilitate a negative outcome to the point where any positive effects are negated"

"facilitate a negative outcome" - Sorry, you lost me here, "Nothing" can facilitate a negative outcome more than thought, so let's ban evil thoughts..

"we routinely shot up livestock carcasses"

I hunt, therefore I shoot live animals, yes, I know that damage that hunting caliber rounds can do.

" we still ended up with an accidental death"

So someone didn't follow procedure resulting in a death, do we blame the inanimate object or ht eperson handling the said object.. Every year on building sites people are killed for the same reason, it's not the equiment to blame unless that equipment fails...which is extremely rare on a gun.

"...or a bomb, nerve gas, arsenic, anthrax ...all of which could be argued to fall under the definition of "bear arms"."

Exactly my point, if you ban guns you have to ban everything else. Just banning guns changes nothing.

"It has every importance because people are fickle and emotional creatures. Essentially, if you make it difficult to kill someone there is a chance that tempers may cool and common sense be restored."

If such were the case, then again we should be banning knives and a thousands other implements too.

"However some people are just bad tempered drunks. The vast majority of gunshot victims aren't targeted by relentless, dedicated assassins."

Case in point, I was in a bar in London when a drunk guy decided it would be a good iea to stick a pint glass in my face.. Let's just say that I still have a nice reminder of the incident.

So now we will ban glasses in bars and every one should drink from rubber cups at a distance of 2m....

"Of course not. Killing people is what soldiers fundamentally exist to do. It would be as daft as taking explosives away from quarrymen."

And yet even before the days of the gun, Soldiers still managed to do their business.

"Killing people is what soldiers fundamentally exist to do"

I believe the definition is more along the lines of defending their country.... Soldiers are people by the way....With our without guns they know how to kill.

"However some people are just bad tempered drunks. The vast majority of gunshot victims aren't targeted by relentless, dedicated assassins."

In that case, ban Alcohol, which is the cause....

After you ban guns and killing continues what will you blame then, the true cause always resolves to that of the killer i.e. Human Beings......

Guns are just a means, they are not the cause..

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Re: Because....


Never ever make the mistake of believing the guns kill or that guns are dangerous because inherently they are not...

People are dangerous and people kill, with or without guns......

A gun is an inanimate object, just as is a hammer, an iron bar or a stone.

By your own point of view we should also ban martial arts and anything that could be used to harm others... In that case people would have to remain at home all day long because all homicides are caused by people not by inanimate objects...

If someone intends to kill another, the tool that might be used or not has no importance... All that matters is the intention and the determination.... Someone intent on killing will always find the means....

There were no guns around during the mythical bilblical period, or more historically before the 13th century and yet killing has always been a favorite pastime of the powerfull overlords...

Dont you see the connection, some people are simply bad, and their objectives will always be obtained regardless of the means that are available..

Do you think we should also remove guns from soldiers ?

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Re: Because....

The Gun Debate in the USA appears to have become just another tool in the arsenal of the politicians to actually avoid discussing much more important issues.

It makes for great media coverage and yet it only represents a nano percentage of the death toll.

The rights and wrongs of owning firearms and the 2nd amendment debate are merely smoke and mirrors whilst the real issues are ignored.

The 1st question that should be addressed is why people feel the need to defend themselves. Who or what is creating this fear ? Is it because violent crime has gone up, OK what is the cause for this crime.

How much is caused by the inequality that the greedy politicians and corrupt businessmen have created ? Can't we address these issues first ?

Just how does one go about resolving Human Greed ?

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Some more stats before you ban Guns because there are a lot of other things to be prioritised

1 : Coronary Heart Disease = 370 198

2 : Lung Cancer = 156 250

3 : Lung Disease = 144 636

4 : Stroke = 128 974

5 : Alzheimers = 84 000

6 : Diabetes = 75 576

12 : Suicide = 41 143

18 : Road traffic = 34 946

27 : Homicide = 16 000

You are far, far, far more likely to die from one of the other 26 causes than you are from being murdered with a firearm. And those homicide figures are not necessarily firearms related.

The FBI states that around 65% of homicides are firearm related.

From the approximate 1.4 Million deaths per year, homicide represents around 1.14% and therefore firearms related deaths about 0.74%. And in this 0.74% there are a high percentage of suicides, gang related violence and accidental deaths.

In other words, guns are very unlikely to be the cause of your death in the USA unless you are a gang member, have suicidal tendancies or don't practice safe handling methods.

Whilst heart disease and cancer collectively represent around 90% .

So let's ban Fast Food, Television and the MEDIA before we ban guns.

All figures were extracted from http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/usa-cause-of-death-by-age-and-gender

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Re: There is a great deal of

I often wonder how many the major powers are hoping that this IS thing will escalate a lot further.....

Wars are always good for the economy...

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