* Posts by Ole Juul

2452 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

CompSci boffins find Reddit is ideal source for sarcasm database

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Re: able to understand when a person is being sarcastic

I'd say that the people who use tags like /s and not don't get sarcasm either, since doing that negates the effect.

It is quite difficult for both machines and humans to distinguish sarcasm without context.

Perhaps therein lies the key, because nothing exists without context. Someone who doesn't get the context is probably not aware of their social or other environment in which the sarcasm is presented.

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Re: It is not that clearcut

Too clever by half.

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Re: systemd sucks

I've got two units here running Devuan Jessie 1.0.0-beta2 which I installed a little while back. Works fine, and in fact it was easier to configure to my own taste than Debian is. In my world, Devuan is a winner.

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Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

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Truth

is enemy number one

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Re: There is no one true browser

Indeed, it is just a matter of interface preference. I have a liking for Firefox because of some plugins that make it work especially well for me. Nevertheless, surely I'm not the only one who runs numerous browsers because many have useful features that I like from time to time. Why only use one browser?

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Tor loses a node in Russia after activist's arrest in Moscow

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Tor exit node?

Could it have been a relay? An exit node from home just doesn't make sense.

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US govt ceases fire in legal spat with Twitter to unmask anti-Trump 'immigration official'

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assumptions

Is there even any proof that the Twitter account in question actually belongs to an "immigration official", or even to a US citizen?

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An echo chamber full of fake news? Blame Google and Facebook, says Murdoch chief

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Echoes

The echo chamber gets bigger and bigger, but not much else is changing except who profits from it.

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Germany gives social networks 24 hours to delete criminal content

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Re: Enforcement?

"It's relatively easy for a website to serve content based on IP address,"

It is easy to pretend you got it right. In the real world you will see lots of European IPs showing in the wrong country. These databases don't always get updated either. Advertising is one thing, but there is no current mechanism that is adequate for any purpose with legal consequences. On top of that, using a VPN is common and getting very popular.

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

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Re: Dangerous

I'm actually surprised more people don't get hurt by these. I've got a big commercial compressor in my workshop and it does a nice job of cleaning old computers. It's also nice for cleaning the workshop dust off my clothes when I've been in the shop. But whenever I do that I can't help thinking just how easy it would be to get too near my eyes, or even more scary, my ears. I could end up deaf in a fraction of a second if I didn't exercise care. Anyway, I highly recommend a real compressor for cleaning out dust bunnies in old desktops and for regular keyboard maintenance. One just needs to exercise a little care and pay attention to just how much stress one is putting on the item at hand.

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Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

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owner

"Where does the owner of the document fit into this process?"

Owner? You mean Microsoft?

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Stop us if you've heard this: Cisco Aironet has hard-coded passwords

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Re: They will never learn.

"Really, some of these simply should be firing offenses."

They would be if they were working for a security business. I'm not sure what business Cisco thinks they're in.

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Sorry eh? Canadian mounties own up: Yes, we own 10 IMSI-catchers

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Re: Red Chinese Monkey Patrol

The red serge is their dress uniform. You very rarely see it because they don't wear that for regular work. This is what you see normally.

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Even in Canada

The RCMP has too much discretion in how they operate. You can't trust anybody these days.

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McAfee is McAfee again, promises security with kum ba yah

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Re: Together Is Power

Nonsense Is Power

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Schneider Electric still shipping passwords in firmware

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Do their buyers care?

From their site: "Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries." I'm guessing that the people who buy this service would rather not have their heads all muddled with the realities of the internet.

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

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Re: Got What He Deserved

Yep, he got what he deserved - and so did the company. They can all get lost as far as I'm concerned.

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NY court slaps down Facebook's attempt to keep accounts secret from search warrants

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swept up in the warrants

Metadata's a bitch.

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: I was hoping for more snarky comedy

"/me imagines some lawsuit because the instructions did not say that"

Don't give lawyers ideas. I don't want to start seeing stickers on everything (like ladders) saying not to sleep with them.

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Kremlin hackers suspected in assault on athletics governing body

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"So when will the world pull the Russian Internet connections to isolate the problem? Yeah... I'm trolling but . . . "

I get the trolling, but I've got a problem with abandoning the idea of the internet being a world wide affair.

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Facebook, Mozilla and Craigslist Craig fund fake news firefighter

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You be the judge.

"The interesting question is what is going to be defined as fake news?"

Some papers just seem to have a different slant on life. Here's a National Enquirer headline I saw at the checkout many years ago.

Dwarf Poses As Baby, Gets Adopted By Blind Couple

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a matter of choice

Those that care to know the truth have little problem discerning, and tend to choose different sources. Those that don't care will buy "fake news" because they like it.

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DDR5 to jump off the drawing board in 2018

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June 2018 is not far off

What I want to know is when will I be able to use/afford it on my computers. I've still got plenty of DDR3, and I see it's still very popular. If it's going to be in less that 2 years until DDR5 is common then it would seem that DDR4 is going to be a losing proposition unless there's a big price differential.

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Good Guy Comcast: We're not going to sell your data, trust us

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Re: Did they also say that...

What they didn't say is that they won't change their mind or "forget" what they said.

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Trump sets sights on net neutrality

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Someone tell these guys.

There really is a difference between business strategy and democracy.

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Facebook, Google, etc: Yeah, yeah, we'll work on the nasty stuff about bombs – but we ain't doing no backdoors

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Motion Picture Production Code

This was a voluntary code which some Catholic convinced Hollywood to follow for 40 years, starting in 1930. Will we see this kind of thing again? It's starting to look like it. I don't expect that standards will go back to having married couples in twin beds again, but the fact that it will likely apply to all public communion is very bad.

It's also interesting that the Production Code was done "voluntarily" in order to avoid the government stepping in.

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Is this a solution to Trump signing away your digital privacy? We give Invizbox Go a go

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there's always another way

I'm not sure you understand VPN and Tor usage. :)

Use port 443 to your VPN and the ISP can't distinguish it from regular https traffic. Use the VPN to carry the Tor traffic past the ISP and you can use Tor without them being able to detect it.

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Re: OK - now it's up to the US congress to ban VPN, HTTPS, Tor

What you the really paranoid need is for the VPN's to

1) run to endpoints in different countries

2) switch between those endpoints every minute or so.

And that's exactly what companies like proxy.sh offer with their multi-hop technology. They're not cheap, but they're good and trivial to set up. In fact I'd ague that it's a lot easier for a non-techie to set up than what's on offer in this review.

Yes, I've tried their service, but currently prefer to just use a cheap VPS as a single point VPN to browse though. That's cheap and easy for someone with a bit of tech interest, and good enough for me.

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Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

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This will not go well

Actually, I take that back. It will go very well for some criminals who can't wait for this to happen fast enough so they can get to work.

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Today's WWW is built on pillars of sand: Buggy, exploitable JavaScript libs are everywhere

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choices

If the plan is to make good web sites then JavaScript is the wrong solution. If the idea is to make lots of things work quickly and then run away, it is a great solution.

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Naming computers endangers privacy, say 'Net standards boffins

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privacy still hasn't caught on

It seems a bit risky to use private information in a name that's intended to be broadcast, locally or otherwise. But yes, I've seen it on things like routers with the owner's name in the SSID.

I've always named my computers so I can access them without having to memorise IP addresses, something which will be even more needed when the more complex IPv6 becomes common. However, since my personal system uses only three letter combinations they're not going to carry useful data if they leak outside the network.

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US-CERT's top tip: Hack your crap Netgear router before miscreants arrive

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Re: 3rd Party Firmware

Tomato Shibby here. I've had a lot of routers and I've rarely even looked at whatever was originally installed on them. Why take a chance with written-for-profit proprietary software when there are perfectly good solutions already?

That said, most users are not going to be aware that there are better solutions or how to implement then. My theory is that they believe that the vendor knows best, and that is rarely the case with consumer routers.

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Sad fact of the day: Most people still don't know how to protect themselves online

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conflicting desires

A big problem is that there is a conflict between on-line security and the desire to be part of what is popular. Regardless of your skill level at protecting yourself online, it becomes easier once you learn to say "no" to a lot of things - especially peer pressure.

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Do you use .home and .mail on your network? ICANN mulls .corp, .mail, .home dot-word domains

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Alternate DNS roots

Anybody can set up DNS servers, and they do. ICANN's arrogance is going to work against them as time goes by and the already growing alts are just going to gain momentum.

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Kid hackers break XSS defences, find hack hole in 2 million websites

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It's a Google thing. From the site: "To be the moderator for this comment box, Log in to your Google account before you copy the code."

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Japan tries to launch satellite on rocket the size of a telegraph pole

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Telegraph pole?

I'm old enough that I didn't have to look it up, but where do they actually still use telegraphs?

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Is your Windows 10, 8 PC falling off the 'net? Microsoft doesn't care

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Re: It's all a bit farcical, isn't it?

That would probably work well for home users, with limited devices on their LAN and the privileges to set networking on the machine.

Sounds like you thought I meant a static IP rather than a static address for DNS. There is really no reason to have your DNS continually reset. Use the same one all the time regardless of the size of your network. Not changing is what I meant by static.

All the downvotes I got up there are presumably from people not thinking I meant static DNS address. Not sure why anybody would think that though, as it doesn't make sense.

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Re: It's all a bit farcical, isn't it?

I don't do Windows support, but if I did I'd suggest setting a static address. People would do well to learn how to take control of their DNS anyway.

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Meet Hyper.is – the terminal written in HTML, JS and CSS

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Re: Toy

It's obvious why someone would make something like this. It's cool. But I can't imagine why anybody would use it in practice.

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Icelandic Pirate Party sails away from attempt to form government

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government wanted

Have you tried putting an ad in the paper?

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My name's Jeff B and I'm here to say: Canada's getting an AWS region around the way

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benefits?

use green energy, the company reports that its data centers in Canada are 99 per cent powered by locally sourced hydroelectric power

Also no doubt uses the freshest high quality Northern air for cooling. And I expect vitamin E will help keep my data from ageing. Seriously, I'm probably not alone in wondering what the real product is here.

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US think-tank wants IoT device design regulated, because security

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Regulation on IoT

Such think, much tank.

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Real deal: Hackers steal steelmaker trade secrets

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Re: Why exactly is a blast furnace online?

To save money on proprietary updates from the software vendor. It's how the world works. Companies buy services from other companies and when it comes to software that needs to be updated daily to take market conditions into account, it's not in-house resources. So, the bottom line is that a blast furnace needs to be directly responsive to sales and market conditions. A blast furnace has a huge lag time in response so it's not like operating many other machines. I hope that answers you question.

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Say bye-bye to net neutrality next year, gloats FCC commish Pai

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Re: "Just whose side is this guy on?"

"You know, something in the $100k a year for half a days "work" a week."

You can't be serious. Although the hours are longer, truck drivers and miners make that much. Surely he'd expect an executive level salary, even for half days. But then again, we're talking USA with it's, soon to be even more, depressed economy. (Disclaimer, I'm in Canada)

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Body cams too fragile for Canadian Mounties – so they won't be used

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You do realise that the "red surge" is for ceremonial use right? They don't wear that stuff on normal duty.

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Re: Hmmm ...

"Funny that they don't get cameras from the same place as the other police forces that are rather happy with them."

And it did look like some US police forces were happy with them precisely because they were prone to breaking so there was plausible deniability.

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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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Re: "This is a satire of Silicon Valley ideology, "

It's not satire. It's similar to scientology and people actually internalise those values. Besides, if it was satire, the trailer wouldn't have made me vomit.

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Microsoft says LinkedIn will make Trump, Brexit, voters feel great again

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Where's my money?

If I had a dollar for every time Microsoft does something that I find distasteful . . . . .

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England OUT (of Euro 2016, not the EU) tops Twitter year

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miffed

The article fails to mention the sport in question. I had to do a search to find out.

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Canada asks citizens: How would you like us to spy on you?

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Re: Done.

I'm still working on it. It's hard to send the right message without just telling them to f**k off, which they wouldn't understand any more than they do the actual internet issues. This form is written with a mind to get the answers they want.

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