* Posts by Charles 9

10415 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Big Internet warns FCC's Pai: We will fight you all the way on net neutrality

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Re: not all packets are created equal

Thing is, that extortion can work BOTH ways. Google and Facebook have their level of power because they're perhaps the 2 most-demanded services on the Internet: to the effect they're like prerequisites. Sort of like how Disney can demand so much from the cable companies because it happens to own ESPN: THE most-demanded cable channel out there. If cable companies start closing their doors to Disney, customers start closing their wallets and looking for other providers. Similarly, Verizon and the rest know they can't really extort Google and Facebook because they minute they try to block access, customers start looking for a new provider.

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Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...

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"You can't buy yet another round of flaming sambucas if you don't have enough cash, whereas there may be temptation to swipe that contactless card..."

You forget the bar tab...

Also, cash transactions above certain values are increasingly considered suspicious.

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"But for the millions of users working at home, or in small businesses, there really should, in 2017, be messages that at least tell the recipient where to look for the source of the error."

No, they're just as problematic as the corporate lemmings. Indeed, perhaps more so since you're more likely to find the "know-it-alls".

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Re: Local bowling club does signs right

Then someone comes along and pisses-and-misses with the toilet seat down. When called out on ot, he replies, "I'll pisses-and with the seat up as soon as women pisses with the seat up."

PS. In response to the sign, he replied he came for the piss soup anyway.

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Not as up to date. Plus there's the lack of traffic data or automatic detouring. Saves time when there's an accident a few miles ahead and you want to evade the two-mile-long traffic jam you can't see yet and would rather not because then it's already too late.

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Re: You lost my sympathy right here:

"Money works, and places which don't like being paid with money won't get paid by me - not petrol stations, not <insert preferred supermarket chain name here /> and most definitely of all, not pubs. (Being of a sensible disposition, I never buy coffee from coffee shops in the first place, because it's five times the price of making it at home and isn't as nice.)"

One, what happens when NO places take cash anymore due to a rash of counterfeit notes being passed around or some other reason like government-mandated tracking?

Two, what if your home has hard water, making it rather hard to make a good cup of coffee at home?

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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Re: There seem to be two main sorts of mobile phone users

You forget Type 1B: the type who have no choice but to keep harping about their pointless business activities...because they're being ordered to do it from up top.

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Re: erm,

OK, so who paid the bill in the end? And I wonder how the rest of the board felt about that level of expense (I think the modern equivalent would be if the VP demands guaranteed 24/7 access regardless of your location to request something like an Iridium phone).

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Probably not. SOMEONE will come along with a medical condition that precludes being suspended with fatal consequences. AND he or she will be of critical importance to someone else.

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Re: Just wait

That won't help because both devices will be IN the cage now. Besides, the plane's metal shell acts like an attenuator already.

Besides, the proponents will just say wrap the cargo hold or containers in a Faraday cage and you solve the cell phone bomb problem while still allowing conversations.

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Re: Thank goodness.

But NOT ZERO, correct?

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Re: Ajit Pai: "Even a broken watch..."

"Still others are inconsiderate but can be easily shamed into doing the right thing - and these are exactly the people such announcements would target: those who rely on no one actually calling them out."

And then there are those who think rules are made to be broken. Tell them not to do something and they'll just do it even more.

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But can't holding loud conversations in a cramped tube of metal with over 100 people in it ALSO become a matter of safety, especially if people ACT UP, like has happened plenty of times without any cell phone aggravation?

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Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores

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Re: I'll buy it

Really? (1) How come there are only Garbage reports on WINE's compatibility list? (2) What about Battle.net's threat to ban WINE users which dates back to WoW?

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Re: Steam

Goes both ways. You can't play WoW on a console, or any of the Civilization games, or the Witcher series. And Overwatch separates by platform so PS4 players can't challenge PC players.

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Re: This "or" That ?

Well, them's the breaks. If you wanna play WoW, you gotta pay up, and that's just for that one game.

As for Xbox Live, it covers all Microsoft gaming products still in operation. It even provided benefits to Windows Live before the system was deprecated. So it will cover the Scorpio.

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"That passthrough requires the xbox to be on though... which is a massive pain in the arse."

But necessary due to HDCP, meaning any kind of bridge device must be active to work. I believe those Google TV boxes had the same issue. But as for the power use, has anyone actually checked the One's power usage when it's just idling? I know from experience that electrical usage in PCs can vary significantly between humdrum desktop use and full-on gaming, rendering, or encoding jobs.

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Re: I'll buy it

If a Wii has enough oomph to do it, a Pi3 should cut it just fine.

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Machine vs. machine battle has begun to de-fraud the internet of lies

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Not really. A tiny little disclaimer that not everything in the contents is true is usually enough, if the Weekly World Lies was any example (IIRC, they didn't stop because they got into legal trouble, they simply weren't selling anymore).

As for Sunday Sport, what's that (consider this writer is American)?

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Re: New Turing test needed

But anonymity is the very thing that allows for false news that impresses on the stupid who can outvote you. IOW, there are negative consequences there, too.

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Re: More cat belling....

Really? Better the default, which is not values at all? Remember that the average person is very impressionable, and there are more of them than us.

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Re: Consider the source(s) of your beliefs about Syria and Assad

"No one in their right minds would use poison gas in Syria except as a false flag operation."

Don't assume everyone who uses poison has is in their right mind. Plus, what if it's being used strategically on the assumption it will be interpreted as a false flag attack when it's really not? "I know you I know," eh?

"Its tactically almost useless and strategically a disaster."

Please specify why, particularly in regards to a target population/area the user cares little about, meaning indiscriminate casualties don't matter.

"It has marginal use as a terrorist weapon."

But what about as a state weapon? Again, against a target the leader doesn't care about.

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Re: New Turing test needed

What next? A license to use the Internet? No more anonymity?

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Re: But ... but ... but ...

But how can the dog not be allowed if he's not allowed to not be allowed?

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Charles 9
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Perhaps people are getting starved because PRINTED fake news has been declining since the Weekly World Lies went out of print. I kid you not, people once PAID for fake news. Makes me think people prefer it to the real thing.

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UK boffins steal smartmobe PINs with motion sensors

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It's times like this that make me think the Web is going off the rails. How do people feel about a campaign to take the Web back to its passive roots?

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Intelligent robots can walk the walk – but if they can't talk the talk, we can't get along

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Re: Not truly intelligent

But these kinds of things usually aren't learned in the way we think learning to be. They're SUBconscious in nature, picked up in ways we don't acknowledge. IOW, how can we teach a computer intuition if we don't understand it ourselves?

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Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

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Re: Content licensing breaks everything

What if it's something LIVE you want to watch? Most of these never get seen again, not even on DVD/BD.

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Re: Content licensing breaks everything

It would be nice, but all the media distributors know it would KILL them, so they're forcing everyone into captive markets. After all, if the most-demanded show is under your control, you can dictate terms. It's just that no one really knows from week to week what that show is, so they have to pick and choose.

Unless the viewing audience gets more buying power than the distributors (and that's gonna be a tall order since contracts can easily run nine figures), the status quo will continue.

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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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Re: Yes, well, Linux distros --

That eventually solidifies into corprolite. And I think most corprolites turn WHITE...

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Charles 9
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Re: Bunch of...

JUST Civ V. For each one you can cite, there are probably two that will never see Linux, and odds are the two are going to be higher profile as well.

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Re: I live on that estate

If the answer was "yes," what would you do, then? Especially if you have to buy a new computer in the future, Win10 is the only option available, and you depend on Windows-only software to function?

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Re: Bunch of...

So if you're a professional gaming clan who competes on Overwatch for money, they're basically a bunch of spineless losers for being forced to use Windows (since it supports no other PC platform and most professional leagues require PCs--no consoles)?

How about instead of dissing everyone, find a way to freeze Hell and make mainstream developers code for Linux and provide a solid, mature professional-quality PC gaming system without having to use anything Microsoft? And remember, Valve's been trying the same for a number of years now with little to show for it and even various top-end companies (like Bethesda Softworks, who made Fallout 4) shunning Linux for various reasons (too fragmented an ecosystem is Bethesda's reason).

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Re: Can someone write a "Fix" for MS snooping?

No, because most of it is now embedded into system-level signed DLL's (basically tamper-proofed). And odds are the addresses where the telemetry goes are the same ones where we get the security updates.

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Charles 9
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Re: Just block it

But don't those addresses also block Windows Update, meaning if a zero-day warrants an emergency update, you can't reach it?

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Charles 9
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Re: Come on ..

"At some point there's going to have to be something else than having to suffer the digital rape that's windows 10. I know little about WHY on earth anyone would do this to themselves. I got on Mint , Steam , PlayOnLinux and never looked back. All the stuff i need to do can be done with a trustable OS ."

Except play the likes of Overwatch, Fallout 4, and Mass Effect: Andromeda, among other headliners. If your buddies are playing Windows-only WINE-unfriendly games, you're locking yourself out. And it's not like the geeks have been trying to make them work, but things are now getting so sophisticated that it's not really worth trying anymore. Look at where ReactOS is stuck.

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Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

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By my book, it's isn't an OD until it's past the point of no return, meaning death must result. Otherwise, it's just a high but recoverable dose.

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Charles 9
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"Watch out for ingesting rather than inhaling. Easy to OD..."

Given the substance, I'd be amazed to find ONE verified death directly attributed to it, regardless of intake method.

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Re: "I read it in a book"

Trouble is that experiments can't help on matters of faith, which by definition can neither be proved or disproved.

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Re: Expensive Laughter I wonder

I'm surprised Google hasn't already countersunk for vexatious litigation, which would mean if Google wins the PLAINTIFF has to pay Google's court costs.

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Forget Mirai – Brickerbot malware will kill your crap IoT devices

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Re: Telnet really?

He's talking the VENDORS. Though they're probably as clueless as the end users as well.

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Re: telnet??!!?

WONTFIX. They say to install dropbear instead.

That said, firms using busybox in release hardware should be pressed to compile their versions NOT to have the telnet daemon included.

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Re: telnet??!!?

What is telnet more or less than a simple raw connection to an address and port accessible to a console? Heck, you can connect to a web server's port 80 and, knowing the right sequences, pretend to be a simple web browser. Telnet will never go away because it's essentially the building block for any other socket-based protocol.

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Then why don't you hear about Kirby and Electrolux vacuum cleaners anymore, despite them being among the most reliable vacuum cleaner brands in history? Reputation can have some meaning, but it can only go so far.

The consequences would have to be more severe for most bling customers to take the step up. And that's assuming the more-expensive brands don't get hit, too, staining the entire industry.

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Unlikely as it would probably cost less to do a fly-by-night and reappear a few weeks later under a new name.

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Re: Is it just me who is secretly applauding this...

"And the oft touted argument of price competition between vendors really doesn't come into it. There's no point in being a penny or two cheaper than the competition if nobody's buying your product because it's known to get bricked."

Unless, of course, THEY'RE getting bricked, too, meaning you're damned if you do and damned if you don't.

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Uber responds to Waymo: We don't even use that tech you say we stole

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Re: Judge

Correct. Fifth Amendment can be invoked anytime the answer to a question can in turn be used against him/her in any future criminal proceeding. It's even been used (infamously) in Congressional inquiries (and those aren't trials, either).

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

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Re: Luddite Whining

Because the Fourth Estate is a myth. A news agency is like any other business: its main goal is to make money to keep itself operating. All else is secondary (wish it was, but it would take a law to do that and even then there are no guarantees). If the Elite pay the bills...

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Take that! FCC will hand net neut to FTC – reports

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Re: No.

To those who think breaking up the likes of Google is going to be any big help, look at where AT&T is today. It's once again one of the biggest telecom companies in America. The problem is that telecoms is a utility, and utilities have a natural tendency to consolidate due to a number of issues such as infrastructure issues.

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Cops, Feds spaff $100m on Stingray cellphone snooping gear – and there's sod all oversight

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Re: Hunting Stingrays

"You'll probably want to do all this stuff on a secondhand mobile phone with a PAYG SIM bought with cash in a corner shop with no CCTV ."

Good luck finding such a shop. A CCTV at the till is SOP for most shops (no matter how small, thanks to $200 DIY kits) to help with identifying hoodlums and robbers.

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