* Posts by raving angry loony

1173 posts • joined 13 Dec 2008


IBM HR made me lie to US govt, says axed VP in age-discrim legal row: I was ordered to cover up layoffs of older workers

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Age discrimination in high tech?

So IBM is basically doing what every high tech company out there does when either hiring or deciding who to let go? <sarc>gosh, I'm so surprised.</sarc>

Huawei CFO poutine cuffs by Canadian cops after allegedly busting sanctions on Iran

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Re: Canadians as puppets

Canada and our governments have been America's bitch for decades. Hell, we even helped them overthrow the last Haitian government that dared try to implement some form of worker rights legislation to protect them from the American corporations operating there. So no surprise that our government is, yet again, bending over and doing whatever the US wants.

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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"Less sexist"?

Wouldn't it be "less sexist" if they ditched the gender-based stereotypes and provided naked maids/gardeners of whatever gender the customer prefers? Instead of limiting it to "women do housework" and "men do yardwork"?

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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Learn from your most pedantic profs

The one thing I learned from my most pedantic, most arsehole, most annoying, most fucking terrifying profs was "READ TO THE END OF THE INSTRUCTIONS. DAMNIT!". There is a reason those fucking goatfucking twats write exams that start "read to the end" and end with "only do question 1, which is "write your name"". That's exactly to avoid situations like this. Those profs were attempting to impart a lifetime of knowledge in an all too short timeframe. As Stargate taught us, the young do not always do at they are told. Learn from this.

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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Depending on the size of the company, it might take 3 months for the change management request to be approved by an I.T. illiterate management.

Facebook Messenger backdoor demand, bail in Bitcoin, and lots more

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Facebook privacy?

Their messenger app is already an invasive piece of privacy destroying crap. The cops don't need to break the encryption, they just need to subpoena Facebook to release their records. They'll have more than enough info on a particular phone if they do that.

The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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When the only solution...

...is to deep-six (sometimes with extreme prejudice) the corporate accountants who are obviously making bad decisions on subjects that should be left to engineers and technical people.

Corporate accountants: destroying the world 1/100th of a cent at a time.

America's comms watchdog takes on the internet era's real criminals: Pirate pastors

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Textbook example

Article is a textbook example of how to write with a particular bias in mind. In a very obvious way, since us geeks can sometimes stumble on more subtle arguments I guess? It's the type of thing I'd expect to see in the Daily Mail UK, not the Register, at least not in a news section rather than the opinion section.

I guess it's horrible that in the USA a government regulator actually consider treating everyone equally. Pirate radios have the nasty habit of stepping all over stations who actually paid for their little section of the spectrum. Doesn't matter what their message might be. And it's so unnecessary when they can just broadcast online and anyone interested can pick it up without all the problems.

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

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Re: You Just Can't Kill The Beast...

The difference is also that Multics was secure, and given the clients we worked with that security was a main feature baked into both the hardware and the operating system. Whereas today security is an afterthought that is loosely tacked on, if they even bothered.

But yes, the whole cloud computing model does somewhat resemble the whole central mainframe concept. Not just Multics, but CDC and IBM and others had similar models, although I admit to a bias towards Multics having gotten it more correct. But computing has always gone through these waves of "distributed computing", then "centralized computing", then back again.

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Surveillance state

So people bought a device that can (a) record their conversations and (b) call out and play that conversation for others and they're surprised that it does exactly that?

All code has bugs, especially since we live in a world where quality of code plays a distant second to quantity and adding new, untested features. Untested in any real sense, I'm sure they gave it a regression test or two. Maybe. Sometimes. If you're lucky. One of several reasons I quit the whole industry.

Definitely won't find me with one of those devices in my home. Sure, they can probably be convenient. Not just for the owner, unfortunately, but also for the advertising company that sold it, anyone that company has "deals" with, and of course for any script kiddie out there who relishes the fact that "security" in these devices is either tacked on as an afterthought, or even non-existent.

Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

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Correction: MS cornered the market by using quasi-illegal (actually, completely illegal in some places) business practices, from their "embrace, extend, extinguish" campaign to outright putting code in their OS to make rivals for their other products fail. Right from before there even WAS a "Microsoft" Gates and company cheated, lied, stole, acted like gangsters, and got away with it. Which is why they're dominant. They didn't do by being "better". They did by being "meaner".

US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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Called it!

I knew they were going to increase the limit before Walt Disney's plagiarized works became part of the public domain! That's what the USA *does*.

Then it forces, through various threats of economic retaliation, the various international organizations to do it first, so they can claim they're just "following international standards".

Lying all the way to the bank, and fuck the rest of the world. America, the pirate country, helping the London Company of Stationers cancel the effects of the Statute of Anne.

eBay has locked me into undeletable Catch-22 trap, complains biz bod

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unregulated rip-off site

EBay is just another example of an unregulated business that makes up the rules it wants as it goes along. From stripping all funds from "linked" bank accounts, to this type of bullshit, anyone using EBay is just asking to be fucked with a rusty chainsaw by one of the most unethical companies around. Sure, it can be profitable - until they take a dislike to you for ANY reason, and then it's bend over and kiss your money goodbye.

Sneaky satellite launch raises risk of Gravity-style space collision

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Works in the USA too. Just the price is higher, usually. Although there's a remarkably large number of Senators for sale at bargain-basement prices.

Your connection is not Brexit... we mean private: UK Tory party lets security cert expire

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Just remember, a truck that's just gone over a cliff is also "strong and stable". Maybe not very aerodynamic, or likely to survive the sudden stop at the end, but it's definitely "strong and stable"...

That said, meh, it's only a website. It's not like the Tory faithful understand what those are anyway. Telegrams and pigeons, isn't it?

Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

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Who are the pirates?

Papers whose researchers used public money for the research should not be hidden behind the paywalls of corporations that feed, like parasitical slugs, on their work. Some might call it piracy. I call it "about fucking time".

Private researchers can do what they want. But if the research was paid for, even partially, by the public, said public should be allowed to read the results without paying a disproportionate tax to a parasite. A very wealthy parasite.

Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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Re: Fuck Mozilla and its "bend over and let us fuck you" attitude

Well colour me blue and tickle me a wallaby, Waterfox works with all the extensions I need! I'd tried Pale Moon but it didn't work well on my system. Hadn't even heard of Waterfox and hadn't thought to look. Have a beer on me (and if you're ever on the west coast of Canada, I'll make it a real one... although letting me know might be problematic...)

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Fuck Mozilla and its "bend over and let us fuck you" attitude

The second that Mozilla decides to fuck over any of the extensions I use (specifically, Ghostery, Privacy Badger, uBlock Origin, and above all NoScript) is the second that I have zero more use for Firefox. Those extensions are the ONLY reason I use Firefox (now ESR version). If they force me to have to put up with an unusable web full of shivering and flashing images or text or popups or other crap that can and does trigger migraines and nausea, that some bozo in marketing thought was a good idea, then Firefox, Mozilla, and the rest can go jump in the manure pit. The ability to block that shit is the only reason I still use Firefox.

No idea what I'll use, I might just have to just stop using the web. Which will probably do wonders for my productivity, assuming I can get around the lack of access to information sources I need.

KFC turns Japanese bath tubs into party buckets

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For reference, one of the most "traditional" Christmas meals in Japan is KFC. Since "Christmas" is just one of those foreign fads for the most part, why not?

For fanbois only? Face ID is turning punters off picking up an iPhone X

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Great. So Apple is going from 'you're holding it wrong" to "you're bitchy resting face wrong". Or maybe they'll say "hey, you should smile. Or we won't let you use your fucking phone, bitch".

Count me out.

How DeepMind's AlphaGo Zero learned all by itself to trash world champ AI AlphaGo

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Next game is obvious...

"Would you like to play a game?"

"How about global thermonuclear war."

Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

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Fuck Chrome

Between their deliberate breaking of privacy-enhancing tools, and this, and a bunch of other things, anyone running a browser created by and for a major advertiser is just asking for spam, privacy issues, and other crap.

Redmond's on fire, your 365 is terrified: Microsoft email outage en masse

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Re: Told you so

"so are all of them wrong?"

Quantity doesn't mean they're right. Anyone who complains that an online service is down (in this case I presume it means they can't read archived emails) means they're using the wrong tool and should have been using an "offline" email reader in the first place. So every single one of those people who complained is wrong, yes. Those who didn't complain (or didn't notice) were probably using the right tool for what THEY need. In which case no, those people were not wrong.

Email, however, is a special case since it is by definition "online" - as in you can't GET email if you're not "online" (pedantic exceptions left as an exercise to the pedants...). So sending/receiving emails wasn't covered by my statement, as I note in the disclaimer "and that software has a local, offline, equivalent,". Trying to read previously received emails? I stand by my statement. I don't care if the service is "free" - there's ALWAYS a cost involved.

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Told you so

Any time someone tells me that they want to put some software "online" because it's "better", and that software has a local, offline, equivalent, I tell them to go fuck themselves and find an alternative that isn't so idiotic.

Because if I can't access tools that I use every day, I want it to be MY fault and something I can fix, not the fault of any of dozens of possible culprits who will all shout that it wasn't their fault while my business can't do any work.

Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

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In saner countries...

Meanwhile, in more sane countries (ie: Canada) use of genetic testing for discrimination has just become illegal. A result the insurance companies are attempting to call "unconstitutional", of course, but hey, they lost this time. For once. No thanks to the leadership of the current party in power, mind you, who was willing to let the country bend over and take it up the arse. But thanks to the backbenchers, those people without power, who almost all voted against their own party because sometimes sanity wins.

Then again, the US "healthcare" system is terminally broken. Their next revolution can't come too soon, I'm tired of their sick and twisted shit getting exported to other countries, or at least trying to be.

Get orf the air over moi land Irish farmer roars at drones

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Re: Aircraft?

and why aren't they filing flight plans like every other fucking AIRCRAFT pilot has to do?

No they don't. Not for VFR flights in uncontrolled airspaces for GA recreational flying.

Well fuck, so much for that argument.

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If they're aircraft, then where the fuck are the pilot licenses of the drone operators, and why aren't they filing flight plans like every other fucking AIRCRAFT pilot has to do?

If they aren't aircraft, then they're pests, and should be allowed to be shot down whenever and where-ever they trespass.

Needs a good anti-drone system. Bird-trapping system, net thrower, something "legal". If nothing else, he can pay for the system by selling used drones. "Slightly bruised".

Zut alors! Uber wrecked my marriage, fumes French businessman

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So much money?

If the fine doesn't hurt, it's not a deterrent. At all.

Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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Right wing hypocrisy.

Two issues:

1) amazing how a group so focussed on "law and order" is so willing to bash and denigrate the very laws they claim to support. Total and utter hypocrisy.

2) if they wanted to protect the USA, perhaps they should have banned travellers from countries whose citizens have actually attacked the USA in the last couple of decades. Namely Saudi Arabia. More hypocrisy from the right wing Trumpites.

The really scary thing is they're considering sending Sarah Palin as ambassador to Canada. Can we build a wall around the embassy? Please?

Oculus gift: VR biz to cough up half a billion dollars for ripping off software copyright

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Re: "Oculus products are built with Oculus technology"

I think you mean: Oculus wouldn't be where it is today if they hadn't ripped off 9500+ people for over $2 million with the promise of an open VR platform, only to turn around and give a glorious "fuck you" to everyone who chipped in on kickstarter.

Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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That's two.

OK, that's twice now that I've found an Orlowski article worth the electrons it was published with. The world is going to end any time now, I know it.

Canada fines Amazon seven hours of profit for false advertising

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Re: Dear Canada...

Amazon donated plenty. $1 million is a paltry "fine", not even a slap on the wrist, more of a "we know you did wrong, naughty naughty, but we're not going to make it hurt. The "Competition Bureau" in Canada is more concerned with making sure corporations make as much profit as possible rather than anything resembling consumer protection.

TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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Luckily, Scotland is exempt from the problem, since the systems can't understand the accent anyway.

ie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGxKhUuZ0Rc

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They're going to have to start every news program with "Alexa, delete yourself". Bet they've got safeguards against THAT though.

Seriously, VMware? Two bugs in the week before Christmas?

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Re: If you saw how sausage was made ...

"If you saw how sausage was made ... You would never eat it."

Yeah, I never understood that. My suspicions are triggered when I CAN'T see how the sausage is made. I want to see what went into my damn sausage. I want to know the person making it knew what they were doing. I want to know where the ingredients came from. I want to know that those ingredients weren't mixed with some dead cat found on the road. If I can't see how the sausage is being made then I'm not sure I want it. Which is why I prefer to make my own, but I'll also get some from people I trust.

Now, are we talking meat sausage, or software sausage?

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Damn, beat me to the "on the n'th day of christmas" joke. Meh, yours was better anyway.

Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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OK, who still thinks that anonymity isn't required any more because hey, if you're done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide? Or do those people consider publicly voicing disapproval to be "doing something wrong that merits being penalized"?

Far as I'm concerned any corporation or government official that lobbies for an end to online anonymity is little more than a jackbooted corporatist or police state enthusiast, who just wants an easier way to crush any and all dissent. And the punters who support that view are just pinheaded idiots without a clue.

Uber's self-driving cars can't handle bike lanes, forcing drivers to kill autonomous mode

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Why surprised?

Uber's ENTIRE business model is based on ignoring the rules until they can browbeat local legislators into changing the rules. If some local jurisdiction says "your self-driving cars are unsafe", obviously that jurisdiction is just getting in the way of revolutionary change and new paradigms in transport. It's Uber's whole schtick, right from the beginning. Instead of working within the rules they'd rather run them over. Just like cyclists, pedestrians, and anyone else who gets in the way of the "new paradigm in transport".

Give BAE a kicking and flog off new UK warships, says review

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Canada, again.

Just sell them to Canada. The governments here will buy any kind of crap, so long as it's not "made in Canada". For some reason, if it's "made in Canada", the Canadian governments won't touch it, no matter how good it is.

Has Canadian justice gone too far? Cops punish drunk drivers with NICKELBACK

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What if...

...the people they're arresting were drunk driving after a Nickelback concert? Or drunk and disorderly at a Nickelback party? What will they do then, I wonder?

Blu Vivo 6: Top value trendsetter marred by Chino-English mangle

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Does the low price include the Chinese spyware? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/15/android_phoning_home_to_china/

Also curious as to why the article makes zero mention of such issues in Chinese-sourced android phones, if for no other reason than to say "we checked, and it's not there". Who do you REALLY work for, Orlowski?

Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Science? What happened to "hypothesis" vs "theory"?

Odd. When I was first introduced to science, and in the many years I worked in various fields, if an idea was proposed but hadn't been tested yet it was called a "hypothesis". Only AFTER it had been tested, and the tests repeated and verified, would it be called a "theory".

Based on this article, they haven't tested this hypothesis yet. Why does the article keep calling it a "theory"? In science, and presumably science articles, "theory" means "scientific theory" which in turn means "a tested and verified hypothesis".

Looking at the abstract (sadly, I've lost access to many research databases since changing careers. Fucking paywalls on publicly funded research, but that's another rant.) they don't seem to claim it's a "theory". They just claim to have developed a predictive model that might now be tested.

So either the scientists themselves are misusing the terminology in various interviews the author has seen and copied, and they're just repeating that. Or perhaps the author of this article is a scientific ignoramus with zero respect for proper terminology. Or perhaps the rules have changed since I learned this, and the anti-science frauds have won when they claim certain scientific theories are "only theories" and therefore equivalent to their completely non-scientific "theory"?

Which is it?

Stay out of my server room!

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Ah yes, telling a director that no, they can't do whatever they want then blame I.T. if something breaks.

Good fucking luck. I've yet to meet ANY "director" who understands that they have to follow the same rules as everyone else. The only real choices, in a real world, are "suck it up" or "quit". Because the "director" will never, never learn. They don't have to, they're the "director". They're never wrong, and they're never at fault.

(replace "director" with everything from "senior management position of your choice" to "owner")

Trump hires very best, greatest net neut haters to head FCC transition

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Re: Factual errors

Looking a little bit deeper, it seems Jamison worked on Sprints lobbyist team, which makes him "a former lobbyist", regardless of how you might want to spin that particular datum. All the copy I've seen for Eisenach says he's "worked for Verizon and others", which seems accurate. He's been paid, and paid well, to support the interests of his clients. Both might not be the legal definition of lobbyist, but it certainly meets the general definition of "getting paid to win favour from politicians". Calling them lobbyists seems fair and balanced.

The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?

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Was it that bad?

Abso-fucking-lutely YES it was that bad. Yet another international agreement that allows corporations to override local rules set by democratically elected legislators. There are too many of those already, TPP was one of the worst of them.

I hope it dies in a fire. Along with every single fucking traitor to their country who pushed for it, regardless of which country they're from. Because that's what they were, traitors, selling out their countries, their communities, their neighbours, all for the illusion of money.

Don't get me started on what I REALLY think of it and the people who were pushing it.

Russia to block LinkedIn over data domiciling issues

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"wrong office"

Because of course there's no such thing as inter-office mail or even couriers when an entire country tells you that no, your business won't be allowed to operate in that country unless you follow the rules. I wonder which jobsworth at the "wrong office" decided that no, they could just ignore it because hey, it was sent to the "wrong office".

What a bunch of fucking tossers. LinkedIn, that is. Russia will probably be better off without them.

US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Re: Wall Building

Damn, Tim Warren beat me to it. Oh well.

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Re: In late breaking news......

Canada has enough people who sponsored a brick. Now all this site needs to do is collect and build...


Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

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Trump Trifecta

The REAL "trifecta" is that in a few months, Trump and the Republicans who put him in power will control the Executive, Legislative, AND *Judicial* levels of their government. Once they get around to nominating and confirming the most regressive judges possible to their Supreme Court. So it's not just the Presidency and Congress (Senate and House). It's a REAL trifecta.

In other words, there will be very few limits to the crazy that Trump's crowd will be able to inflict, because Trump's crowd will be in control of every level of government.

A very, very scary thought.

Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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If they stick a SECOND hockey puck nob on it, it might actually be useful as an etch-a-sketch. Will it clear the screen if you turn it upside down and shake? Or will it just crash?


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