* Posts by deadlockvictim

839 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009


Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

Hi bombastic bob,

Are you of the opinion that poor people are poor because of their own failings and that the external environment has absolutely nothing to do with their poverty? Would you concede that there are systemic factors that severely hinder poor people escaping their poverty?

Likewise, do you believe that rich people are rich because of their hard work and endeavour *and nothing else*? How do you feel about the lazy rich? Does a lazy rich person deserve his/her wealth more than a hard-working poor person? It's hard sometimes to understand where Republicans (and I'll assume that you are not a Democrat or Naderite) stand on these matters.

I'm just curious.

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Google, Facebook and friends

(Wendy Hall) pointed to the impact and growing influence of China and Russia on our lives, highlighting their authoritarian impulses.

To be fair to China, the impact of Facebook's & Google's influence on our lives is not entirely positive either. Their motives are at best profit-driven and at worst power-crazed. They have their own agenda and I don't see them much different to Russia or China — powerful actors protecting and extending their space.

Microsoft says it's time to get serious about facial recognition rules: 'Laws and regulations are indispensable'

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Surely the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook must all have quite advanced face-recognition algorithms and hugely-trained data-sets by now. I would think that these would be the companies to go to if the U.S. Government had billions around to implement this technology.

My first thought on reading the headline, though, was that it was time for Microsoft to get serious about Windows 10. Concentrate on your bread-&-butter first before you go looking for lucrative contracts elsewhere.

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

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Re: Ethical behaviour

On build quality, I still have a Macintosh Performa 475 from 1994 around that I like to play Prince of Persia and Civilization on every now and then. It needed a new PRAM battery and all was well. Not bad for a 24 year old machine.

Apple co-founder and former CEO has the most expensive John Hancock on the planet

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Re: According to eBay

...crack open the case and look at the inside back face of the bucket...

The previous poster meant that you need to get a long Torx screwdriver (no. 10, I think) and loosen the screws at the back of the 1980's compact mac in order to slide the back case off (a.k.a. cracking the mac). They are about the depth of a compact mac (about 30cm long).

I'm sure that ye all knew that. I just want to avoid any unnecessary violence to old tech.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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If they are going to go full hog on removing obscene pictures, then they should remove all pictures of firearms too.

I know that ye Americans still need them in case the British ever invade again, but I think that you are safe for the time being. They have problems of their own that need sorting out first. And the firearms have created more than a few problems for yourselves, as ye may have noticed #AllLivesMatter.

(And this doesn't earn me downvotes, then nothing will...)

China doesn't need to nick western tech when Google is giving it away

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Re: Welcome to capitalism

Google's actions have made Google's shareholders richer. Isn't this the basis of capitalism?

That America (or anybody else) has suffered is the will of the free market.

Is it written into law that corporations are suppose to have the public good in mind?

Capitalism is about winners and losers. Google wins and others lose.

You might as well be suggesting that the socialists in Scandinavia have a point when you start tying corporations to national, state or local wellbeing.

Thanksgiving brings together Apple's Siri and Google Assistant

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James's Tech Reviews! Episode 1

For the compatibility of multiple digital assistants, I turn to James's Tech Reviews! Episode 1 for clarity:


1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'

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Re: Huh?

Bringing all of those children into the Temple *is* engineering, unfortunately it is just social engineering. And they aren't the ones doing the engineering...

A little phishing knowledge may be a dangerous thing

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E-mail Client

That 80% opened an phishing e-mail is not a surprise.

Most e-mail clients open the e-mail in a side-pane or in the whole pane on a small form factor device. I avoid reading e-mails on tablets, smartphones and the like because it can be difficult to tell well-laid out phishing e-mails from what the real thing.

Mouse-over the link to see where you wil be re-directed to.

US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

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Be careful when using that name, he is (well, was) the most evil person in the world. He's up there with Hitler. Just ask any devout American.

I remember some innocent asking in the IMDB forums if the animated film, 'Pirates! (in an Adventure with Scientists)' [1] asking if this film was safe to watch because Darwin was in it.

Now, there were some red-flags concerning the historical accuracy of the film, I will admit, but I wasn't swayed by his heretical message. I was too taken by The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate to listen the lies.

[1] https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1430626/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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Re: Oh really ?

...IoT is a world of badly implemented useless or bad ideas.

So, IoT is a world of badly implemented useless ideas or badly implemented bad ideas.

Anything poorly implemented has the possibility to be really dangerous on the grounds that it has not been implemented according to specification.

It does depend on how one defines 'bad' and I assume the OP meant a poor implementation of an evil idea. I will admit that I'm not too worried, though, about poorly implemented evil ideas.

What a useless idea is, I'm not sure. Can ideas have no use?

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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it really isn't your hardware

Previous Commentard» it really isn't your hardware

The hardware is yours. There are patents and the like to hinder the theft of intellectual property but it *is* yours. You can throw the laptop off a cliff and Apple's primary concern would be about pollution. They will hope that you buy a new Apple product as well.

Apple's line stands with usage. If you use it as intended, they will look after you, often very well. Do things that are not intended, like installing other OSs, then they won't support you and support from Apple is often a reason people buy into the Apple ecosystem. Apple see their products as tasteful appliances ("I want it to just work"). It is the Jobsian mindser and this has been standard in Apple now for quite a while. I personally prefer Woz-ian view myself but this mindset hasn't really been present in Apple since the G5 and that was over 10 years' ago.

Tata on trial: Outsourcer 'discriminated' against non-Asian workers, claim American staff

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Re: Who would have thought

White straight male is still the demographic to be. Least negative discrimination and most positive discrimination. It's akin to be playing a computer game at the 'Don't Hurt Me' level of difficulty. Add massive wads of money to that and you get cheat mode.

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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Big space lasers

Dammit! If we've got big space lasers then we've got to start blowing things up.

How about the moon? That might take a while. Some of them asteroids maybe?

Or sharks? Why do no sharks have lasers on them yet? It might help them survive their seemingly movie-induced extinction.

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Re: Is it me ...

I do. I think that the chemist's down the road is far away.

Cisco swings the axe on permanent staff – hundreds laid off worldwide this week

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Time to buy Cisco stock then.

Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans

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Mr. Flibble's very cross

"The number of units sold in every quarter has not been representative of the underlying strength of our business," Apple CFO Luca Maestri told analysts on an earnings call.

This says to me that Apple's customers got it wrong and not Apple. Apple's customers didn't buy as many units as Apple had been expecting. Mr. Flibble comes to mind here: Mr. Flibble's very cross.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOE7qTAK87o

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Re: I would've bought an iPhone

JeffyPoooh» Switched to Android, which turned out to be trivially easy.

So now I'm Google's bitch instead...

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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Windows 10

rg287» The only Mac desktop users left are the ones wedded to the OS because of specific applications.

There are some who really, really don't want Windows 10 and whose Windows 7 support will be running out soon. Linux, I suppose, is in theory an option.

And if the machine would anyway have to be replaced, this Mac Mini is not at all a bad replacement.

Intel hits target: 27% of staffers are female? Apparently that's 'full representation'

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How about this

Article» The current diversity push began in 2015, when former Intel CEO Brian Krzanich chucked $300m at the problem, tying exec incentives to achieving specified goals.

How about this for a wild idea: rather than giving overpaid executives more money in order to get them to hire more women, why not offer more money to female candidates instead?

It's not especially fair, to be sure, but it might help to compensate the women against the rather female-unfriendly work environments that seem to exist in the IT-world.

Apple might be 'collateral damage' in US and China trade dust-up

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Trump & Apple

If I believed D.J. Trump to be a shrewd businessman, I'd be thinking now that this up-and-coming trade war was to put pressure on Apple to hurry up re-patriating her hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. Tim Cook has said that Apple will do this, but it happens is anyone's guess.

I'm not altogther sure now that even that would stop the impending tit-for-tat.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Re: Broken, yes... and not fixable.

AC» .......I could go on...........Did MS actually ORIGINATE anything at all?

Excel (née Multiplan) is a Microsoft original.

Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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Re: D'uh

I wouldn't be too hard on him for that. `

I have some sympathy for people who have been born into generations where painful decisions are requiring to be made. Had you been a youth in Germany in the 1930s, would you have gone along with the flow (as he did) or would you have been massively courageous and stood up and out, knowing full well that it might have earned you a trip to Belsen?

And as for cults, well, the top is the place to be.

I ship you knot: 2,400-year-old Greek trading vessel found intact at bottom of Black Sea

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Re: Leave it there

Assuming that the gold hasn't washed away, of course.

Tim Severtin recreated the Jason Voyage in 1984 and wrote a great book (1) on the subject. He had a master shipwright in eastern Greece build him a boat in the neotlithic style and he captained a crew that sailed the boat to then Soviet Georgia. And in the mouth of one of the rivers opening onto the Black Sea they came across locals who left sheepskins in the river to collect grains of gold as the river water washed through it.

(1) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jason-Voyage-Quest-Golden-Fleece/dp/0099461803

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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And then there are Spoonerisms

And then there are Spoonerisms, of which my favourite is 'cunning stunt'...

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: anti-crime

werdsmith» The house was never locked. One day we found kids in the pool in the yard, but they hadn't realised the house was open and had climbed the fence.

That is the only proper way to do it.

As a child, I would never have dreamed of entering someone's house unless I knew that I was allowed in, but climbing over their fence, well, that was perfectly OK. In the same way that I would never, ever steal from a shop but I had no problems helping myself to the apples from neighbours' trees.

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The late Terry Pratchett refers to these activities as anti-crimes and his example was breaking-in-and redecorating. Not too far from what actually happened.

It was a case of mistaken identity, I do admit. On that note, does an act have to criminal intent or is the execution of the act enough to be a crime? I suppose it depends on the act.

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Windows Insider: Hustle as a Service

The head of the Windows Insider programme likens Windows 10 to 'Hustle as a Service'.

Make of this what you will.

So, are we Windows 10 users hustlers then?

Former Apple engineer fights iPhone giant for patent credit and denied cash, says Steve Jobs loved his 'killer ideas'

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Re: It's MOULD, not mold

Outside the U.S. yes

'Mold' is the U.S. version of 'mould'.

I think that it is understood that he meant the lowly form of life rather the inverse form.

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How should patents work?

This fellow came up with the idea and Apple took him up on it. The idea belongs to Apple.

Is this enough to be listed on the patent?

The idea of mobile phones and smartphones was around in Star Trek in the late '60s. Should Gene Roddenbery be listed on the patents of smartphones to come?

I am not a patent lawyer. It would be good if someone with experience in this field would clarify what entitles one to a place on the patent.

VR going mainstream? Yeah, next year, says Facebook, for the third year in a row

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Someone needs to tell Mr. Zuckerberg that it's spelt 'Beeeelllion'.

New theory: The space alien origins of vital bio-blueprints for dinosaurs. And cats. And humans. And everything else

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brainiacs — my brain hurts reading this.

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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Re: Poor Jeff is so right, nobody takes his leftist hate pamflet seriously anymore

Regardless of whether it is sarcastic or not, it is true for many Americans.

Within a generation or two, whites may be less than 50% of the overall U.S. population and this scares the shit out of a lot of folk. What if they [1] do to us what we have been doing and continue to do to them?

[1] not us.

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Re: Poor Jeff is so right, nobody takes his leftist hate pamflet seriously anymore

Naive by name, naive by nature?

A couple of points:

1. I, too, find Fox News too close to the centre and afraid of taking a clear stand on the hard issues. Thank God we have Breitbart for the honest man's opinion.

2. I wonder how critical the Washington Post is of Amazon? Not very, I suspect.

3. I'm not sure if I'd want to make an enemy of Jeff Bezos. I suspect that he could destroy The Donald within a couple of years. Having billions at your disposal makes you very persuasive.

That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

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Re: 6 point plan?

You really are at the codeface there.

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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Article» Moorhead hoped the telemetry will predict hardware failures, identify insecure or non-compliant apps, diagnose performance issues – such as problems with “bloaty drivers or the myriad security layers” – and help administrators get “the right kind of device to the right person.” ®

Let me re-write that for you:

Nadella hoped the telemetry will increase ad revenue, identify users with greater accuracy, diagnose price-performance issues – such as problems with people trying to turn telemetry off (the fools!) – and help marketers get “the right kind of device to the right person.” ®

First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

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Re: Download


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Does anyone know if these builds can be downloaded as an executable, like the SPs of yore, if so, where they can be found?

I don't fancy leaving a machine on for a couple of hours while Windows Update does its thing online. I'd rather install the build offline.

You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Article» Whether or not it's easier than smacking the laptop owner with a two-by-four until they give up their login password is, well, an exercise left to our more sociopathic readers.

They are *executives*.

Think of Dilbert's boss and all of his bosses.

Actually just think the c-suite in general.

Think about your last payrise.

What would the BOFH do?

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Obligatory xkcd

AC» And you wonder why people pirate ?


Back up a minute: Veeam database config snafu exposed millions of customer records

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Article 13 pits Big Tech and bots against European creatives

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Re: bad law

LWD» There's every chance Trump is going to come along and threaten to remove America and all American content from The Internet if The Internet doesn't stop threatening American interests.

It would certainly make the Internet a much less appealing place [1] and children might actually go outside and play, God forbid.

[1] or not. it depends on how you roll.

Boffins bash Google Translate for sexism

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Re: If I talk about firemen in general, I will consequently use masculine pronouns,

When talking about firewomen in general, I will use the feminine pronoun. I don't know if I prefer 'firemen' becoming gender-neutral or saying 'firemen and -women'. Is Penny in 'Fireman Sam' a fireman or firewoman? Firefighter, perhaps? I'd rather though that the whole cartoon was called 'Fireman Penny' and have her as the central character.

In the German-speaking countries, it has become common in print to see jobs in the feminine plural (with a capital I in the middle to denote the common plural). This is represented positively though. Thieves and other miscreants don't get this treatment.

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What's the problem here?

If I talk about nurses in general, I will use feminine pronouns on the grounds that the vast majority of nurses are female. Is this wrong?

If I talk about firemen in general, I will consequently use masculine pronouns, for the same reason.

One hundred years' ago, there were almost no female doctors, now, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that women are in the majority in the medical profession. I certainly now regard the stereotypical doctor as female (except The Doctor, who was, and shall remain, Tom Baker). The omnipresent masculine default pronoun hasn't held them back in this field.

Maybe young women just don't want to become engineers.

Are the authors of the study suggesting that one randomly chooses masculine and feminine pronouns when talking in general about professions and trades?

Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores

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Re: How Does Cloud Work Again?

Bomb. Bob» the cloud would work better if Micro-shaft could write EFFICIENT CODE like they USED to.

When was this exactly? I've been using Microsoft products since Excel v2 on the Mac way back in the early nineties. And even then, Microsoft products were resource hogs.

When I think about it now, there are only 2 Microsoft products worth paying for: Excel & SQL Server. Maybe Windows Server.

I do agree with the sentiment of your post though.

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Re: Down for me at the East Coast

No access to Sharepoint? Oh dear.

Microsoft takes a pruning axe to Skype's forest of features

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I know it's Apple and I know that you have to have iDevices (or possibly a newish Mac) to use it, but I do like FaceTime. It is simplicity itself to use and since Skype has been given the Microsoft treatment (namely «improved»), I prefer FaceTime.

I had the misfortune to try and use Microsoft Teams some months back. Myself and one of the techies spent 45 minutes trying to get it to work with a client in Spain before we gave up and I caleld her on the phoen instead.

Lyon for speed, San Francisco for money, Amsterdam for fun: the best cities to be a techie

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Re: Any Reg readers living in Amsterdam right now?

AC» #5. What's the cost of living like, how does it compare with Dublin?

Almost everywhere is cheaper than Dublin.

If you are used to paying rent in Dublin, then you'll be able to afford Zürich, Munich and many other affluent European cities. They do speak Foreign here though.

Google goes bilingual, Facebook fleshes out translation and TensorFlow is dope

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Scientific Research

They'll need a mighty big tube to get some of those, em, fish needed for, em, scientific research through.

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