* Posts by Tom 13

7611 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

US officials confirm Stuxnet was a joint US-Israeli op

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@Ken Hagan: Yes we do.

But only because its such an obvious Big 0 missfire. The Idiot in Chief can't stop himself from spiking the football whenever he thinks he needs a war boost to win the "easily led" squishes. Whether it was "leaking" details on the actual killing of Osama or this it follows a familiar pattern: he beats his chest and some other poor sod doing the dangerous work get killed or jailed for it. Meanwhile Joe "Plagiarist" Biden goes on national TV and worries about the damage it might have cause The Big 0.

Online bookie can't scoop £50k losses made by 5-year-old

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Two idiots both blaming financial losses on the other idiot. Here's my fix:

Punter with the losses only has to pay half to the bookie. The other half goes to the government.

Punter offering the services only has to right of half the losses, but has to pay an equal amount to the government.

Problem sorted.

'Super-powerful' Flame worm actually boring bloatware

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Re: author licence to dismiss it as bloatware? that is infantile bloviating.

Too true. So I guess that mean the next big question is:

Is John Leyden now on the payroll of said spooks and spreading disinformation about the threat?

US reiterates resistance to ITU-Internet land grab

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@Yes me: There's always some damned fool out there who thinks anarchy is a good idea,

It never works out. Some government or governmental agency will always wind up in control. The trick is to pick the least bad of the options. The UN is now a parliament of dictators and whores, so that's not an option. The EU is getting ready to implode because you've got too many damned fools who bought the socialist lies. That pretty much leaves the US as the guarantor of an open internet. Get over it. We're also pretty much the only country in history that has made a routine of pulling our troops out of countries after we've had to smack down some damn fool dictator the rest of you idiots couldn't stop before we intervened.

Oracle case crippled after judge rules APIs can’t be copyrighted

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@Aqua Marina: Don't chase the wild goose chase of the encryption diversion.

What the judge has said in essence is:

because APIs expose the operation of the internals to other languages, they have a fair use exception from copyright protection. Since Oracle defined the header as part of the API, it also cannot be protected by copyright. Everything else you are reading is pure speculation about how this will be interpreted by other judges, assuming the current case stands after the inevitable appeal.

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@Paul Shirley: You had to do it didn't you?

Here I was enjoying a good rant against those thieving bastages at the ulta-huge megacorp, and you HAD to find one thing I'll have to give the credit for: they had the stones to take their case to court even though they were likely to spend more trying the case than settling it.

Frankly, I'd like to see more companies do that when they think they are in the right. In the long run we'd wind up with fewer nuisance suits. But then again I think you Brits have a losers pay clause that sort of limits that, whereas we 'Mericans don't.

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Re: Extreme? Well Oracle are taking a similar line in this case...

And why we crazy 'Mericans have those very useful "fair use" and "parody" clauses on our copyright laws.

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Re: Floored, I tell you

No, we know the decision will be appealed, we DON'T know that it will be overturned. It SHOULD be upheld, but there is always doubt when lawyers are involved.

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Re: A very welcome outbreak of common sense

I'd like to join you in your optimism, unfortunately I know our legal system and the players too well.

I expect Larry "I have more money than God" Ellison will charge his lawyers with finding a way to appeal the decision and have the judge's ruling overturned. I don't expect it to end until SCOTUS has ruled. I'd quote a famous Brit about what this is, but I won't offend you by getting it wrong.

Final countdown for NASA's NuSTAR X-ray black hole telescope

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Re: Principle Investigator???

Or maybe we just have a horrible author (or editor). The 'scope will obviously be used for both super nova and early cosmology work because that part of the spectrum is ideal for that work.

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Re: Poor choice of words

Given more comments, perhaps the article has been re-written by the time I read it.

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Re: At the center of each black hole is the event horizon ...

If you think about what a black hole really is, you'll realize that your description is actually as ridiculous as his. We don't really have words to describe what happens once you pass the event horizon. It is only accurately describable with equations. And we aren't quite sure what they mean on "the other side" of the event horizon where space has negative curvature, assuming of course the equations are continuous and not bounded at the event horizon.

I will grant that the author did not use the usual words seen in literature describing black holes.

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Re: Poor choice of words

Of course, it would be less confusing if you read what he wrote instead of what you claimed he wrote.

Assange loses appeal against extradition to Sweden

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Re: If this really is a conspiracy

I'll go you one further and play the game. See I'm one of dem dar evul 'Mericans the foilhats are afraid are out to get JA. Truth be told, I'd like nothing better than to see him swinging at the end of a rope for all the people he's gotten killed with his ill-conceived plans to bring the free world into conformity with his personal ideology and without benefit of a vote. So here's the deal. I'll assume I want that to actually happen and I'm some hidden spider deep in the spy web able to spin unbelievable plans and make them work. We'll assume I actually managed to manipulate the two morons in Sweden into pressing false charges against him. We'll assume I've got a master plan to subvert any UK objections to extraditing him and running rough shod over Sweden. Would I want to bring him to the US?

Are you FRACKING NUTS?!?!?!?!?!?!?

I bring him to the US and I've got a London city-sized cadre of ACLU lawyers who've been salivating for decades for a case like this. It's got everything:

- a common man hero of the people trying to bring corrupt government to heal.

- "proof" of said corruption in the leaked documents.

- a conspiracy to have him extradited under false pretenses

- an international consensus that he ought not be tried for a political crime (the fact that he facilitated the dissemination of classified information not withstanding)

- and IF I send him to Gitmo where we can waterboard the SOB, I've handed that cadre of ACLU lawyers the perfect opportunity to get SCOTUS to finally overturn centuries of established law vis-a-vie spying, war, and acts of war.

If I want to do anything to him I want him to die in a high speed car crash in the chunnel, except I hear that's already been done.

Or maybe I could get some operatives to get him drunk, then drive the car off a bridge, and the next day the operatives could claim they dove and dove and dove but couldn't do anything to rescue him. No, that's been done too and they'd never let ME get away with it.

Best then to just rendition him to Saudi Arabia where they know how to deal with his crap.

Of course, if I were going to rendition him to Saudi Arabia, why bother with all the legal wrangling? Far easier to send the black helicopters, snatch him, blow up the building, blame it on Israelis posing as Yemeni terrorists, and deliver him to Saudi Arabia.

Icon for obvious reasons.

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@Ben Tasker

Your recall is accurate as far as it goes. The problem is in that caveat. You are missing the elapsed time between the events, which IIRC is not days or even weeks, but a couple of years. As in the "non-consensual conditional sex" happened years before the complaint was filed. Long enough for Assange to have made a name for himself and be seen as someone from whom you might make a lot of money if you could sue him. From a law enforcement point of view I have a problem with that. Admittedly I'm conflicted on this, because from a schadenfreude point of view, I'm immensely enjoying watching a Progressive get caught up in his own corrupt web. If it weren't for the fact that some other poor and honest schlob can get caught up in the same trap, I say let Assange deal with his comeuppance.

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@Dazed and Confused

Right, that matches my read. But that makes the law in the country requesting the extradition an ass, not UK law. No need for UK law to collapse because another country bolluxed up theirs. Also, Assange knew the law there when he did, as he was a citizen. He is therefore responsible to it. He's the one who has kept putting it off for over a year. Given he claims to be 'speaking truth to power' at Wikileaks when it's other people's lives at stake, it seems only fair to me that he should go 'speak truth to power' when it is only ability to move about freely at stake. The only thing for certain is that UK law can't sort out injustice from another jurisdiction, particularly one with which it has numerous treaties and obligations.

Friends fooled by Facebook Timeline 'removal tool' scams

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Re: sites or ads?

Given some of the links I'm seeing posted by various "friends" probably both.

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Re: I don't think you can blame Facebook

Yes you can, and I do. The new look should have been opt in, not force fed. If they'd done that, there wouldn't be a problem.

Study: The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate

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Sociologist eh?

So there was never any chance of hard data anyway.

How to keep your money safe if the euro implodes

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@I ain't Spartacus

Two huge mistakes in as many paragraphs.

First off, DEVALUING your money is the drastic step, not printing money, which is the usual step, and which never works no matter how often it is tried or how convoluted the scheme to keep the machine in perpetual motion is. If you don't understand this, shut up until you can pass Econ for pre-schoolers.

Next up, in a similar fashion you get the Greek situation wrong. They are stuck having to leave the Euro because the worked themselves into an economic death spiral. While it might be accurate to say there would be fewer problems in Greece if they'd never been in the Euro in the first place, that would be for countries other than Greece and only because there might have been clearer signals to the morons with their both feet planted firmly on the accelerator of low interest loans to people with no means to pay it back. It would still pretty much suck if you were Greek because absent the kind of difficult economic reform they've just gotten done rejecting again you can't turn the economy around. It's simple mathematics that you can't support 60% of your adult population on 40% for your workforce. If you actually apply a little bit of behavioral analysis you quickly realize you can't support 30% of your adult population on 70% for your work force either.

And the worst film NEVER made is...

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@Colin Critch

"We now return you to your regularly scheduled film. There will be NO further interruptions of Amazon Women on The Moon."

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Re: Highlander II was an epic Failure of a film! Glad to see it on the list

You know, you'd of thought the producers would have gotten the point. I mean, how many times did the actors tell them:

"There can be only one!"

Motorola Mobility loses to Microsoft in German patent battle

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Re: Breaking up something large is PATENTED?

The idiots at the patent office I kind of sorta understand. What I don't get is the idiot lawyers Motorola employed to defend themselves. I would think that prior specific art out to exist from the days of pagers. I distinctly remember that was exactly the method they used to send long messages. To the point that they broke messages in the middle of a word to meet their text length requirement. Surely Motorola made some of those and they ought to constitute prior art.

Chrome spends a week at the top of the browser charts

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Re: Article layout looks mangled in chrome.

And FF. So I think it's safe to say it's the article that is fscked and not your browser. Or mine. Or the first guy who mentioned it.

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Re: why Vista gets slated so much

bpfh nailed it in the post above yours - if the hardware was specific for the first release of Vista you were okay. If you were trying to upgrade existing hardware, including some top of the line kit, you were likely to be fscked.

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Re: Windows list

If you're gonna do a list, do it right.

Windows 1.0 - Such a complete piece of crap it made Windows Bob look good.

Windows 2.0 - Passable, but still mostly crap. Only use it if there isn't a DOS alternative.

Windows 3.0 - Decent. Handled most DOS programs without trouble.

Windows 3.10 - ??? I've hear of it, never seen it.

Windows 3.11 for Workgroups - What's with the name? Basically 3.0, but with added bits to support Novell.

Windows 95A - Utter crap. More install disks OS/2 when it came out, so there was no way to finish an install. And if by some miracle you do manage to make it through all the disks, god help you with the IRQ and address issues.

Windows NT 3.5 - Sorry you moved to slow and missed it.

Windows 95B - On CD, what a lifesaver. Reasonably solid until Intel broke it with the new chipset. Fortunately the internets eventually dispersed information about how to work around that snafu.

Windows NT 4.0 - Yo, gamer, move away from the OS. Rock solid stable. Unless you want to install Lotus Notes. God help you if you want to install Lotus Notes. Really, rat poison would be quicker and far less painful.

Windows 95C - Stable, but most folks don't recall it. I think it was the IE 4 release.

Windows 95D - Stable.

Windows 98 - Stable. Not actually a lot different the 95D except... Hmm, is somebody suing MS about that IE add on that came tacked on the end of the 95 B-D installs?

Windows 98SE - Amazingly still stable. Added a bit for larger HD support.

Windows 98ME - Puke, Vomit, Hurl! Who tried to rework this shit from the 1.0 disks?

Windows 2000 - Stable, but god help you if you are trying to upgrade and existing system. Backup your data and do a clean install. Merges Gamers into the NT fold. And you best make sure your drivers are certified. God help you if they aren't.

Windows XP - Stable, plus the drivers work. Finally.

Windows XP SP2 - What's a firewall? Otherwise just like XP.

Windows Vista - Puke, Vomit, Hurl! Cough! Gak! Who tried to rework this shit from the NT 2.0 code?

Windows 7 - Okay, so you finally got the drivers working. How come 64-bit is still for shit? Haven't you guys been working on that code fork since XP?

So as you can see, there isn't any infallible pattern to what releases are good.

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Re: It's usage though, not installations

sometimes there's not a lot of difference, especially when the install automatically changes it to the default. My mother would be one of those. Absolutely no idea what she's using, and doesn't care either, as long as it gets her to her games.

Personally, I can't stand the damn thing. FF is my main, but I use Opera and IE depending on what I need.

Google in the clear on Oracle patents

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@Turtle: I guess you missed the IMPORTANT bit in the linked article.

You know, the paragraph where the jury foreman admitted that having decided that there was no Fair Use argument, he was only able to browbeat two additional jurors into agreeing with him. I mean you already missed the even more important bit that the judge told them to assume something he hadn't ruled about yet, so why would a minor detail like that get your attention.

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Re: "I suspect it would have been cheaper to settle"

One of life's great truisms is that by the time any issue goes to court, both plaintiff and defendant have already lost. All they are fighting over are the scraps that remain. The only people who come out with more money than they went in with are the lawyers [includes the judge(s) hearing the trial].

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Re: Common sense prevails somewhere in the US legal system at last!

Don't get too excited. Given the companies and financial resources available to them for this case, this one ain't gonna be over until the Fat Ladies all the way at the top of the court system sing.

Attack of the clones: Researcher pwns SecureID token system

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OK, so it is pointless vis-a-vie your run of the mill drive-by script kiddie,

but what about the spook who can only get access to your system today but wants to be able to know what you are doing 6 months from now? Spooks aren't exactly know for strictly linear logic.

SpaceX does what it HASN'T done before: Dragon in close ISS flyby

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Re: Surely

I believe if it were being measured in metric units it would be 2.5km/1.55 miles.

Google warns against ISPs hard on web filth

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Re: TalkTalk's Heaney

And it seems entirely prudent to me that some parents in the fight to protect their children would engage professionals who understand the ins and outs of the internet far better than they do to block things they don't want their kids to see. Parents should be experts in parenting, not how to block things on the internet. The point is not to have the government make the decision, and always have it as an opt in not an opt out arrangement.

SpaceX Dragon, first private ship to the ISS, launched successfully

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Re: A single success does not a successful design indicate.

True. But it's not so much the design we are celebrating as it is that for a change it looks like all the PHBs have been sent packing and the people in charge are following the right processes. So even if the current design fails, it will be a true engineering failure from which something will be learned, the design will be modified, and the project will continue with even better equipment.

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Re: neatly side-step

Not really. Private industry still has as many foibles as government, just different ones. They need to do it for the least cost practical and still have to take some political decisions into account. And there's always the chance some egotistical manager will demand that some schedule be kept or someone will lose their job. (Where private industry will be better is that they don't get to side-step the blame quite as adroitly as politicos do.) That's part of why the Big Thumbs Up to SpaceX for following correct engineering processes. They too could have chosen to ignore them.

I concur that government run space agencies will eventually go the way of the dinosaur, but more because of their inherently more efficient processes. I commented some time back on a related issue that one of the advantages of the private project was that it looked to have sustained fiscal and planning backing instead of the start, stop, redo jerking of government.

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Re: Sanity Check

Yes, but now we know what to with the egg of drunken alien: Fry it quick before it hatches.

w/apologies to Leslie Fish


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Re: A great step forward

Yep. And when the waterbags ignored the engineers warnings or overrode the computer decisions for PR (read 'political') purposes, we wound up with really bad jokes about alternate meanings for NASA (e.g. Need Another Seven Astronauts). Big Thumbs up for doing it right even if no lives were on the line for this specific mission.

What's copying your music really worth to you?

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Andrew, here's the problem with your suggestion.

While on the surface, it may seem reasonable because it follows from existing law and past practices, there are entirely too many people like me in the general populace.

While I despise the freetards who pirate crap even more than the record companies who have raped me for years on the price of music and having to repurchase it when formats shifted or media wore out, that doesn't mean the record companies don't live in the basement of the outhouse as far as I'm concerned. If you are selling me a LICENSE to the music, I damn well expect it to be a full license, with full transferability to any media I choose, and that you are going to provide me with replacement media at the cost of manufacturing the replacement media if it breaks or wears out.

Unless that happens, they're just another highwayman. Okay, a highwayman with a special dispensation from the government to steal, but theft it remains.

Apple scrubs dirty iCloud data centre with second solar wash

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The only solar that's green is maybe the one

that heats your water. Other than that the byproducts of solar manufacturing make coal clean by comparison. It's just you SEE the coal pollution and not the solar pollution, which is actually far more toxic.

Iran threatens to chuck sueball at Google over missing gulf

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Re: My Suggestion..

No, no we wouldn't. Truth is we'd rather just bomb the whole thing into a glass parking lot and be done with it, but it seems to be an important place to you Europeans, so we let it be, well at least as much as we can.

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Re: why should English speakers change from the centuries-old usage of "Persian Gulf"?

Because somewhen between 1945 and now we lost the pair we use to have. If we still had a pair, we'd have told them to sod off a long, long time ago.

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Re: Bug Dumb Guy 555

Nah, I heard his wife permanently turned off the CAPS LOCK on his PC so he won't be posting for a while...

Smoke-belching flash drive self-destructs on command

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Re: rubber hose and pliers.

or Colombian prostitute, as the case may be...

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Re: Remember this is not intended for Joe Bloggs users.

Go! Get away from here! Shoo!

There will be NO serious postings in this thread.

Facebook and IM apps abused to spread social-climbing worm

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Re: THAT bored / sad and lonely?

No, they really are that greedy. I'm sure there's some click fraud involved somewhere, and that can be quite profitable.

Whitman said to be planning massive HP job cuts

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I didn't realize HP had that many employees in Greece.

Adobe sucks on Oracle brain drain for HTML5 game gain

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Could be good, could be bad.

Depends on which way the culture transfer goes. Given the relative sizes of the cultures, I'd say the odds are bad. But then hey, I thought the odds of a Facebook IPO were bad.

Why GM slammed the brakes on its $10m Facebook ads

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Re: Not quite on topic

Well, the market droids focus on the explosive growth of FB, deftly avoid mentioning their revenue stream, then compare them to Google. Throw in a little "and Google are losing the social media wars" and the unsuspecting mark is well set to be separated from his money.

I only wish there were far fewer institutional investors in the pool of unsuspecting marks.

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Re: Simplest explanation

And even if they should produce something that isn't crap, so many of us 'Merkins are still so pissed at Government Motors over the government buyout we wouldn't buy one anyway.

Pirate Bay struggling to get on feet after DDoS to the knee

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Re: I was just stating the obvious.

Except that you are also obviously wrong. While it is true they have real motive, they are not the only ones with real motive. The sites they "counter-hacked" have real motive too. And those sites probably don't have lawyers with an aversion to doing things which are blatantly illegal. RIAA only do so when they think they can buy off the law first.

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