* Posts by Swarthy

1647 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Koh-no! Silicon Lucy blocks Qualcomm from wriggling out of FTC's chip monopoly trial

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SEP = Standard Essential Patent

Maybe I should take the rest of the day off. --->

It took me a bit (I won't say how long a bit) trying to read it as "Somebody Else's Problem"

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Researchers blind autonomous cars by tricking LIDAR

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Re: Er ?

From TFA: "the braking distance is the distance required solely for braking". 55m is the "standard" distance to decelerate from 60mph to 0mph. It does not account for reaction times; the 55m is after the time seeing, processing, and reacting.

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US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

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Semi-relevent Heinlein quote:

"Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss."

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Researchers solve screen glare nightmare with 'moth-eye' antireflective film

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Is it sturdy enough

For the rear windscreen? I would love to see some AR coating on those, the reflections from them can be blinding.

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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Re: graphite?

It may be pointless after shipping, but I am certain that for a few hundred quid extra, a precision rotating ...

Screw it, I'm not that good at this (which explains why I still have to work for a living). He'll see you a pencil sharpener dressed up w/ fancy words and charge £x00 for it. Maybe £x000 for an electrical one with extra woo an' fancy words.

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Doormat junk: Takeaway menus, Farmfoods flyer, NHS data-sharing letter... wait, what?

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Re: "With your consent"

Won't all that additional exercise be good for your diabetes?
Ah, but the frustration would require a doubling of the Migraine Med dosage.

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Google, Mozilla both say they sped up the web today. One by blocking ads. One with ads

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Re: Hmm

@Ken Hagan

I really didn't want to upvote your post. The last thing we need is more advertisements. On the other hand, better methods of delivering them might make them suck less. On the gripping hand, a more efficient delivery system, with the concomitant reduction in suckage, would just encourage them to put in more ads until the suckage broke even (or had an overall increase).

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Ego stroking, effusive praise and promise of billions: White House tech meeting in full

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Re: But, but...

Well, So far most of Trumps activities seem directed at undoing everything Obama did, so I'm guessing the latter.

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Re: Sorry, citizens are not customers

Yeah, that line gave me a cold, sinking feeling in my gut as well. When I read Cook mention "Citizens as Customers", my mind could not decide whether he meant "consumers", "cattle", or "chattels".

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US is Number One! In sales register hacking attacks, at least

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Sign vs. PIN

I believe the signing vs. PIN is down to US credit regulations and fraud laws, I don't believe I've ever seen a PIN-enabled credit transaction.

I do know* that using someone else's credit card is not fraudulent, if you sign your own name; only if you forge their signature does it become credit card fraud.

*From personal experience with a "friend" having stolen an actual, physical card from me and using it. The nice policeman explained which of the transactions were fraud and could be prosecuted** and which ones were not.

**Not that the ever were, mind you, but they could have been. - Not that I'm bitter or anything.

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Chip & PIN vs Chip & Sign vs Swipe & <whatever>

What's actually really interesting is in the current transition from swipe to chip, is noting the priorities. I have been at several retailers who have chip-enabled terminals, but you have to swipe for debit. The credit cards use the (slightly) more secure Chip & Sign, but debit cards use the less secure swipe & PIN.

My guess is that the bank/merchant is on the hook for fraudulent credit purchases, but the customer is on the hook for debit. I can't think that the savings of keeping swipe for one would justify the cost of having two authentication systems, and it can't be regulatory, because some retailers use Chip & <x> for both; so I am forced to assume that there is some revenue generating cost saving mechanic in allowing customer-borne fraud.

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Hotheaded Brussels civil servants issued with cool warning: Leak

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Re: Is it hot in Arizona?

Worst I ever sat through was ~46C with probably 70-80% humidity. I remember one day commenting that it was going to be beautiful, because at 10 AM it was "only 110[F], it's usually 115 by now!"

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You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

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Re: Twin Earth ?

I would also point out that various probes have not noticed any planet at the L3 Lagrange point, and that L3 is unstable on the order of 150 years (IE something "resting" at L3 would only stay there for ~150 years).

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You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods

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Re: 18 for ramen and sprite

Oops. I had read that as Ramen and Spite. Which is what I lived on for the majority of my early 20s.

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Re: @jake -- Horrible store

Like TJ's, but without some of the more awesome selections and a lot more expensive (unless, I guess, you follow jake's example and just get the bulk-bin stuff).

Even more annoying than the prices @ Whole Paycheck is the clientele (and staff). I had never heard "Namaste" sound so much like "you fucking peasant!".

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Science megablast: Comets may have brought xenon to Earth

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Re: Comets? Why bloody comets?

Katamari Damacy ?

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

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Re: The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries

Numbers 14: ("Mad Science" means never stopping to ask "what's the worst thing that could happen?") and 32 (Anything is amphibious if you can get it back out of the water) also seem to apply here.

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Retirement age must move as life expectancy grows, says WEF

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Re: Earth to the WEF ...

"That's the price you pay for not actually buying your house when you can afford it"
Assuming:

1) That you ever could afford to buy a house. I could, and did, but some never can; even without spending on booze and avocados.

2) That the money you need to "keep a roof" is rent/mortgage. Even if the house was bought and paid off, you may still need a significant chunk o' change for: maintenance, property tax, repairs (weather/catastrophe/vandalism/accidental damages), and/or insurance.

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Re: Advantages?

Also, by locating the large hunk of temporary mass (satellite + rocket) at the Center of Mass for the plane, the CoM doesn't change (and with it flight characteristics, like not flying in circles) when the payload gets launched.

If one were launching 2 satellites at a time, a single fuselage would be preferred, as the gobs o' mass could be balanced on either side of the CoM. Bu that would take a much larger plane.

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NASA Sun probe named for solar wind boffin Eugene Parker

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Re: Oh man, they missed out!

With a carbon composite heat-shield, it probably will be black. --at least it will be after getting scorched by the thermosphere of the sun.

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NASA boffins find an explanation for Saturn's wonky moon

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Re: Side note (@ Pirate Dave)

Ramen.

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Tech firms sends Congress checklist of surveillance reforms

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Re: They're Not Wrong

I trust the government more than I trust these companies because there's the law that should prevent them from abusing my data.
Should being the operative word. I think the gist of this article (and the complaints in Congress) is that the law is being "interpreted" in such a way that the security services are not being prevented from abusing data.

Scenarios like the TLAs sucking up everything because "It's not collection until it's looked at" then the FBI scans the data without a warrant because "It's not new data" are what are worrying people.

The data companies are more trustworthy, in that you can trust them to do whatever they can to make a buck; the TLAs are less trustworthy because we don't know their motivations.

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'President Zuck' fundraiser opens for business

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Re: Fundraising, WTF?

That implies that Zuck has a soul to keep.....

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Attempt at building kinder, gentler Reddit downvoted off the Web

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Re: How do you pronounce this?

Mairzy Doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey...

So the site should have been pronounced "lamzy"

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

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Re: @Halfmad -- I don't mind beeps, I don't mind music.

Even more annoying than the volume difference is the variable split-second gap between the music and the "Your call is important" that makes you think they've just answered. The really Evil bastards will stop the music, ring, pause.. and "Your call is important", and go back to the music.

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'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

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Re: No infrared excess

My guess is that there was a planet in an unstable orbit that went inside of it's Roche limit and is breaking/has broken up. Iron-rich parts of the planet are falling into the sun and, iron being an energy-suck for any nuclear reaction, are slowing the star's fission, causing a dip in emissions. The dip lasts until the iron is fissioned or accelerated and ejected.

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PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

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Re: Tingleize it!

Your attempt at Tingelization is a bit light in the saurian Sodomy department. But it is better than I could do.

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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Re: How about....................

I don't see that you'd have to choose the name, that would only apply to one, when now it's Qantas-Interruptus.

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Project Gollum: Because NHS Caring means NHS Sharing

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Re: And another thing ...

HHGTG icon? I thought we already had one. --->

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Proposed PATCH Act forces US snoops to quit hoarding code exploits

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Re: Who are you?

AMfM is still as non-sensical as always. It's just that the world is catching up. Between Brexit, Trump, T. May, and the TLAs running rampant, AManFromMars is comprehensable in comparison.

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Japanese researchers spin up toilet paper gyroscopes for science

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Re: プライバシーを守るって

Well trolled!

Since you can't as AC, allow me. --->

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Go, GoDaddy! Domain-slinger decapitates email patent troll in court

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Re: Troll loses on court.....

You missed one: "sons of unwed mothers"!
One of my favorites is "misbegotten son of a syphilitic goat" - Not least because of the fingernails-on-chalkboard effect "gotten" has on some linguistic snobs.

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Could US appeals court save us all from 10 years of net neutrality yelling?

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Role-based permissions? I seem to remember that being a thing when I was studying InfoSec. I think that role-based legislation would be an outstanding way of defining accountability and responsibilities, without defining technology or picking winners/losers.

If you do X, you are answerable to Y; if you commit A, B will decide your chastisement. If it is implemented as "Duck Rules" (IE: "It looks like one, and quacks like one") it may even help curtail some of the more egregious arguments from CableCo's that they are, and at the same time are not, utilities. (the particular case involved not rolling out more network because they were under no obligation, not being a utility; but also blocking a competitive install, because as a utility, they were contracted as the sole provider of infrastructure in the area.)

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OpenWRT and LEDE agree on Linux-for-routers peace plan

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Re: Doesn't bother me

Well, as my tweaked router (Tomato) is a WRTG54....

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FBI boss James Comey was probing Trump's team for Russia links. You're fired, says Donald

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Do you hear the people sing...

Singing the songs of angry men...

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Re: We await "shāh māt".

Personally, I await Shai-Hulud

That would certainly Spice things up. It is good to see another Maker of dry jokes.

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Re: "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns"

Austin Powers did it first...

Only in the Apple meaning of "first". Bikini Girls With Machine Guns was a UK hit single in 1989, 8 years before Austin Powers. Now the album was re-released in 2001, with Bikini Girls With Machine Guns (live) as a bonus track, so an Apple attorney (or really, any patent lawyer) <u>could</u> argue that Austin Powers did it "first" (if you paid them enough).

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Microsoft's .NET-mare for developers: ASP.NET Core 2.0 won't work on Windows-only .NET

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Re: Technology

How do you get "a properly irritated honey badger"? Because as Any Fule Kno: "Honey Badger Don't Give a Shit."

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Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia

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Re: Old joke

The Fuchsia's bright...

What a mauve-elous pun.

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'Crazy bad' bug in Microsoft's Windows malware scanner can be used to install malware

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Re: So now we can only hope...

Er, such as?
Avast!, Avira, AVG, Comodo, ClamAV ... Basically Anything that isn't MS Security Essentials, McAffee (the software), or Norton.

"Better than Security Essentials" is a fairly low bar to trip over.

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Amazon tweaks so-called 'assisted suicide' publishing contracts to ink EU deal

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Re: A Monopsonist is...

Amazon is have aspects of both a monopolist and a monopsonist. They are monopsoiled.

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It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

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Re: @Gene Cash (@ Lord Beavis)

You should double check your math.

0+1+(-0.5)=0.5, which rounds to +1, at a minimum it floors to 0.

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How would you pronounce 'Cyxtera'?

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Re: Rebranding

I read "private equiteers" as privateers, as I believe was intended.

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Republicans go all Braveheart again with anti-net neutrality bill

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Re: Bah!

Going by that logic, maybe we should re-brand. "The People's Democratic Republic of The USA" seems to raise all of the appropriate red flags, while removing all meaning from "USA".

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Net neutrality blowback: Cities say no. Court says whoa. Trumpster blames Canada for not going slow

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Re: "Do not expect much thought or effort to be given to any other perspectives"

I think this phrase totally characterizes the Trump administration US politics.

You were not quite cynical enough.

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Zeiss, ASML hit back at Nikon in chip-printing patent row

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Re: Should have renegotiated that patent deal.

If they don't all hang together, then they will surely hang separately? I think I have heard this somewhere before...

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

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About to be?

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Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

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Bollocks to your Bollocks!

And why should I, or Jim, have to get/buy a thick towel (because, I just have those those lying around the office), rubbing alcohol, nitrile gloves, cotton swabs, cotton balls, and a surgical mask? If your system is so messed up that it needs those things, then you had best supply them. I don't (officially) know where to get that kind of stuff, I don't work in medicine or hazmat remediation.

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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

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Re: "What if we make it possible to hear through your skin?"

By the pricking f my thumbs....

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Google's healthcare cousin to stick 10,000 human guinea pigs under the microscope

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Yeah, but it's the VA

They have the problem that their prospective guinea pigs keep keeling over before they get an appointment.

"The VA - Giving veterans a second chance to die for their country"

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