* Posts by Bucky 2

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Mozillans call for new moz://a logo to actually work in browsers

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Non-Problem

Are there people who would type an invalid URL into an address bar and expect anything else?

I would recommend that such people immediately commit suicide to relieve the burden on society.

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Meet 'Moz://a', AKA Mozilla after it picked a new logo

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"has a journalistic feel reinforcing our commitment to participate in conversations about key issues of Internet health."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Oh, man. Thanks. I needed that.

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Boffins turn timid mice into psycho killers – by firing lasers into brains

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Psycho killer

Qu'est-ce que c'est?

Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far better

Run run run run run run run away

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Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

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Big Brother

Okay, here's my understanding of the sequence of events.

1) Someone puts a video on One Drive

2) That person posts that video publicly.

3) Automated software flags the public video as potentially illegal.

4) People at Microsoft, and contracted by Microsoft, are employed to review such flagged videos and determine whether they really are illegal

5) Some of these videos are at the absolute maximum of horribleness

6) Microsoft has counselors on staff to help reviewers deal with what they have seen

7) Reviewers are suing Microsoft for having seen what they have seen

I'm not entirely sure how reviewing a publicly-posted video violates privacy concerns.

I expect the case is all about Microsoft being liable for on-the-job injury. It's news because the injury is psychological instead of physical.

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Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

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To file a patent and then avoid using it is extremely perverse, and also extremely widespread.

This is probably not going to be an effective way to amend patent law, though--nor even get the patent office to do their existing job instead of pushing all the decision-making off to the courts.

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Drones will be able to carry 120GB footage of you in the shower if Seagate has its way

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I've been hanging my wang out the bathroom window for 3 hours now, and still no drones.

What am I doing wrong?

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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This product is important to me. My only worth as a human being is what I can get other people to do on my behalf, based upon how pretty I am.

This will give me the edge I need to out-compete others in the same profession.

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We've been Trumped! China's Alibaba is a 'notorious' knock-offs souk, says US watchdog

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Re: "fun words to say to mark your territory"

That's very well expressed. I hadn't thought of it quite that way before, but it makes perfect sense.

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

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Los, masculine, vegas (fields, meadows) feminine, so las.

Not the worst mistake in the world, but it does tend to increase a reader's skepticism. If such a simple detail was missed, how many of the more important details are wrong, too?

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Oi! Linux users! Want some really insecure closed-source software?

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Pornhub supports HTML5 video now, so I don't think there's a reason to install Flash anymore.

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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Re: Out of State

The memo reads something like "Stop fucking us over, and passing shite laws like an incontinent anus, stop dipping your filthy grasping paws in the till, and just do the basic job to a minimum standard of competence

Pundits have been saying this since the election. The problem is that it doesn't make a lick of sense.

If this were the memo, voting for Trump would be the LAST thing anyone would do. He pretty much embodies the very behavior this analysis says the Trump voter is trying to reject. No. That's what everyone ELSE wants. It doesn't define the Trump voter at all.

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Re: Out of State

Is there actually a politician alive who has the faintest idea what they are asking for when they pull these marvellous ideas out of their arses?

Don't underestimate people with power. Let's assume they know what they're doing. Then we also know that their stated goal is false, since the action they're taking is neither necessary nor sufficient to achieve that goal. Indeed, it's guaranteed to be an impotent gesture.

No pun intended.

So they're using this to tell their constituents that "we're on your side" while meanwhile being sure that the constituents remain frustrated and angry. In this way they can stay in power.

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

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Compulsory Security Audit

It needn't be mandatory. All you'd really need would be a "premium" device from some manufacturer somewhere that had this kind of audit done. It would cost extra, of course. Perhaps a lot extra.

You just need market demand.

If there weren't a demand for such a thing, then what you'd have are stores filled with cheaper, "home" routers pressed out of plastic, rushed to market on a shoestring, with few to no software updates as vulnerabilities became known.

Oh. Wait.

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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So this is what I'd do.

Go home and complain. Maybe bitch on social media. Or, you know, a forum like this. Maybe drink. Maybe watch cartoons. Definitely picture detailed visions of retribution.

Then back at work, write up an impact plan, and have the boss sign off on it.

Then, just do it.

Ultimately, no matter how much personal pride I take in a job well done, these are not my computers, and I do not own this business.

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

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The Locker Room Protocol

Also known as "bare it and share it."

If there's no expectation of privacy, then the fair thing to do is to make sure that I get to know everything about you that you get to know about me. A naked dude looking at my dick is just curious. A fully clothed one is creepy.

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US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

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Re: Elector allocations

The two state-wide vote on who won the state. The rest vote based on who won their district.

That would be the way things would be if the "tyranny of the majority" issue (the thing about populous states bullying smaller states) was a genuine concern. Indeed, all it really does is create a "tyranny of the minority" in its place. It's self-evidently a non-solution. The founding fathers weren't obvious idiots, so we have to look elsewhere for the explanation.

A better guess is that it is a gambit to make sure that a hand-selected group of "cooler heads" (or perhaps "wealthier heads" would be more accurate) would ultimately be in control of large elections.

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Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

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Re: SO VERY TRUE!

From what I've seen of younger MBA's, the logic circuits are all left in place, but the course material shorts them all out.

I don't think that's a new thing. In college, if you asked someone "What's your major?" and they replied "Business," it always meant you were dealing with an idiot.

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What's the first emotion you'd give an AI that might kill you? Yes, fear

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Carrot and Stick

You'll want pain and the anticipation of pain (fear) to create an aversion to doing the wrong thing. But you'll also want pleasure and the anticipation of pleasure (desire) to create an attraction to doing the right thing.

This is assuming you can control all stimuli. Otherwise you'll teach the wrong thing.

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China cites Trump to justify ‘fake news’ media clampdown. Surprised?

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That's kind of the problem, though, isn't it?

The underlying presumption of Western-style democracy is that voters will vote according to their own best interests.

What if you had evidence that a large percentage of folks were able to be manipulated to vote against their best interests? How would you engineer around that?

In the US, we have the Electoral Collage. China's choosing the censorship route. In both cases, it amounts to a kind of Roman Senate of privileged individuals charged to save people from themselves.

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New state of matter discovered by superconductivity gurus

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A common example of a phase change is water freezing to ice.

The reason the editor made the author put this in there is why we can't have nice things.

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

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The leaderboard dudes at beauty.ai are all pretty funny looking

In a general sort of way.

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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

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Re: Why Hour of Code?

Yeah, they cut all that stuff. "Unnecessary," don't you know.

Those classes were called things like "shop," "auto mechanics," and "home economics."

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Living with the Pixel XL – Google's attempt at a high-end phone

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I don't think I could recommend to anyone that they buy a new phone that wasn't waterproof.

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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I thought "Daesh" was the way folks from Massachusetts pronounce "Darsh."

If you connect to that SSID, you're going to have a bad time.

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Google makes it to third base with Home digital assistant

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Yeah, but can you attach it to a talking fish? I want one that attaches to a talking fish.

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Quest celebrates first day of independence from Dell with layoffs

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Chief Business Operations Officer

How very DARE you.

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Boffin's anti-worm bot could silence epic Mirai DDoS attack army

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Shouldn't admins bear some responsibility for some kind of good-faith effort to keep their devices secure and up to date?

I'm thinking something along the lines of ST:TNG's first-season episode, "Justice."

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Job ad asks for 'detrimental' sysadmin

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Re: Mice Pies

Totally off-topic, but why can't I find cat treats that are mouse-flavored? Or, you know, maybe canary-flavored?

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Dirty COW explained: Get a moooo-ve on and patch Linux root hole

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Real life happened! Let's call for blood! Festival! Festival!

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Galaxy Note 7 flameout: 2 in 5 Samsung fans say they'll never buy from the Korean giant again

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Never is such a long time

I probably won't buy a Samsung phone in the near future, but "never"?

I think 40% of the people surveyed are being hysterical.

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GDS shouting matches so severe team takes to talking by hand signals

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What's the hand signal for "The guy going to the pub is a hot dish"?

Or does that create an unpleasant work environment?

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Re: And so, a whole new class of crime is created

Fun fact.

Some scholars say that 1984 was intended to be "understood" as a simple transposition of digits. The unending war was supposed to refer to WWII neatly segueing into the cold war.

So from that perspective, we've been living "1984" before most of us were born.

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Oh Snap! How intelligent people make themselves stupid for Snapchat

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As good as it gets

Just think of Twitter. Then take away reason and accountability.

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Brain plague or estate agents? I know which I'd prefer in Virtual Reality

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Re: You fancied Wesley Crusher????

We hated him because he depicted what we all understood as a teenaged living hell as though it were some kind of utopia. It was a betrayal.

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Report: NSA hushed up zero-day spyware tool losses for three years

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Re: Relevant

Underestimating an opponent by likening him to a child is an egregious tactical error.

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Despite IANA storm, ICANN shows just why it shouldn't be allowed to take over internet's critical functions

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Re: Someone remind me, why exactly are they going to be running the internet?

@WatAWorld:

I'm reminded of a quote from Family Guy: "Even true things, once said on Fox News, become lies."

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Microsoft sues Wisconsin man (again) for copyright infringement (again)

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Stealing from a thief is still stealing.

Whether MS is doing bad things or not is irrelevant. And I'd argue piracy feeds the monopoly--not opposes it.

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Greybeards beware: Hair dye for blokes outfit Just For Men served trojan

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I use Just for Men (apart from jet black, they also sell mouse brown). I can't imagine what might possess me to visit their web site. It's not like combing goop through your hair requires a lot of study.

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Sniffing your storage could lead to sensitive leaks, warn infosec bods

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I've never tried to sniff my own storage. I doubt I'm flexible enough.

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Chubby Chinese students refused top bunk

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Kinda makes sense

If you take it as a given that the bunk beds are poorly built and not maintained, then limiting the upper bunks to the smallest students is probably a simple safety concern.

They are still a developing nation. There are only so many resources to go around.

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Beautiful, efficient, data-sucking Smart Cities: Why do you give us the creeps?

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We're going to have to burst Huawei's belief in the Platonic ideal. Perhaps make them take freshman Humanities again, and require a passing grade this time.

The problem with the Philosopher King is that such a person doesn't exist in real life.

We distribute power rather than concentrate it not because it's more efficient, but because it's safer.

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SETI searchers: We still haven't found what we're looking for

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Crap. I'll have to pay up.

My money was on the break room microwave.

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Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

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Never is such a long time

I suppose we could evolve beyond the need for cars (with "evolve" and "beyond" being suitably elastic in meaning--for example, we could go extinct) before we ever achieve confidence enough in automation to allow a car to do the driving for us.

But I still think it's an especially bold statement.

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Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that

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Season Specific

The condom delivery is impractical in the summer. Outdoor mailboxes can get very hot, and latex degrades when heated (the reason you're not supposed to keep them in your wallet).

I suppose if you live in an apartment building with indoor mailboxes AND you care, for some reason, whether a retailer you see in person knows that YOU know what a wang is used for....

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

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Re: You're still most likely to be killed by your own kitchen

I know.

It keeps saying that, over and over, in my dreams: "I will kill you...I will kill you..."

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Robot babies fail in role as teenage sex deterrents

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Re: millions of years of actual babies havent dissuaded

That's what they were trying to prove: Sex is fun.

It's just one of those pieces of science that proves something we've always kind of thought was obvious, but had yet to be tested under laboratory conditions.

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Judges put FCC back in its box: No, you can't override state laws, not even for city broadband

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Not as dramatic as it seems

All that really happened here is that a particular government agency with very specific powers was called upon to do something, and that something didn't actually match what they have the power to do.

Like calling the DMV because your car caught on fire. Bless the DMV for trying to help, but really, you need the fire department.

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Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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If this were a plot element in a movie, it would be hilarious. I'm picturing Seth Green pushing a button, and all the cars within 10 city blocks unlock, and all their doors fly open.

Then a parade of Mini Coopers filled with gold zoom by on the sidewalks or something while the New Yorkers get out of their cars and start swearing at each other.

Good times.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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It's not really ads for products themselves that bug people (well, me).

It's the fact that web ad companies are different from TV or radio advertisers. They spy on us. And then web advertisers become indignant when they are criticized for spying. Like WE'RE robbing THEM somehow.

Sorry, no. You have to have morals to claim the moral high ground.

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