* Posts by Adrian 4

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Re: Cat among the pigions but...

You can grep the output of a translator, but what if you're unsure where the process decided to log its thing and you want to grep /var/log/* for the process name ?

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Linux

And there's another thing ..

Does it remove that pulseaudio crap too ?

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Alaska dentist 'pulled out patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard'

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Re: My takeaway from this..

Or, indeed, specifying that dental surgery performed while riding on a hoverboard comes into the 'unlawful' category. I guess it's nice that a law covers such eventuality but you've got to wonder why.

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Doctor Who-inspired proxy transmogrifies politically sensitive web to avoid gov censorship

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What makes you think it's intended for NOK etc ?

The heaviest internet snooping is closer to home.

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Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

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Allegedly.

The point is, nobody really believes the swedish story. It appeared far too conveniently and hasn't been handled the way any reasonable police force without a political motive would have handled it.

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Re: El Reg - can you stop reporting on this cockwomble?

@Richard12 That's fine for Trump. But what about Assange ?

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Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

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no surprise

Maybe there was one of those 'I don't want you to share this information with your carefully selected partners' tickboxes on the license application ?

Coming soon

- worming tablet mailshots for dog licensees

- burglar alarm mailshots for people who've been burgled. Or who haven't been burgled.

- 'morning after pill' mailshots for women who've been raped

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Court favours Nexsan over EMC in Unity trademark squabble

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Isn't Unity the name of some game development kit ?

And Ubuntu's unwanted desktop ?

Don't they have one original thought ?

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UK.gov survey shines light on cybersecurity threats to businesses

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So what you're saying is that the most pressing concern is that users are idiots and fall for scams ?

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Google's cloudy image recognition is easily blinded, say boffins

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The snag with that is that it uses 50 year old back-office technology and not Ooh, Drones.

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Re: An alternative.

I use Palemoon, but I'm finding increasingly that site developers (eg google, slack) think it's just an outdated version of firefox and demand that I update it.

Being somewhat obstinate, I don't.

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BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call

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I rarely answer either of them. If it's someone legit they can leave a message - the spammers never do.

Getting really fed up with that one that starts 'With winter coming .. '. Don't know what it is, I recognise it in the first second and put the phone down.

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Who really gives a toss if it's agile or not?

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It's like any exciting new methodology : same shit, different name. In this case, one that allows you to pretend the tiny attention-span of a panicking project manager is a good thing.

When someone shows me they've learned the lessons of Brooke's tarpit,. I'll be interested to see how they did it. Until then, it's all talk.

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Twitter's motto: If at first you screwed developers over, try, try again, eh?

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Shouldn't Twitter be paying developers for making their platform more attractive ?

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Forget Mirai – Brickerbot malware will kill your crap IoT devices

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DOS ?

Sounds like a denial-of-botting, rather than denial of service. A vigilante for insecure Things.

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

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Re: Programmers should code for failures

A failsafe system always fails by failing to fail safe.

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Re: Close 'em down...

++?????++ Out of Cheese Error. Redo From Start.

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Google's video recognition AI is trivially trollable

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Re: "why the algorithm..such a heavy weighting on..only 2% of the footage."

it's possible that the algorithm weights frames according to its confidence in those frames. So if the tiger frames were muddied by surrounding distractions but the car shots were clear and contrasty, it would have more confidence in those images than the tiger.

This isn't really a bug, it's a complication in the tuning. Especially when given input deliberately intended to deceive. Human recognition is also prone to deception - so called 'optical illusions' - and is far more difficult to correct.

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Governments could introduce 'made by humans' tags - legal report

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Discrimination

What is it with this need to discriminate. These plans sound so much like the abuse of black workers in the 40s/50s. They're just creating a problem that will mature when the robots become sufficiently intelligent to understand the discrimination and object.

Learn from history and give respect to whoever's doing the work. Don't look for someone to despise.

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FCC saves Charter from threat of having to compete for customers

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Re: Are they trying to improve service or serve more people?

"The threat of government-mandated, uneconomic entry undermines the incentive for smaller operators to invest in expanding their networks to bring new and better broadband services to unserved or underserved populations," the group argued.

I guess that's why the protests are coming from the small providers then.

"The American Cable Association, whose backers include Comcast and Viacom, leads the charge, filing a letter [PDF] asking the commission to yank the overbuild requirement."

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D'oh! Amber Rudd meant 'understand hashing', not 'hashtags'

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FAIL

"People in power that don't understand technology make statements about technology that people who do understand technology rip to shreds."

Not just power and technology. You see it all the time in TV reports - take any subject you're knowledgeable about and watch a documentary on it. You'll be killing yourself laughing - or possibly just killing yourself - in no time.

This is because the only thing journalists know about is writing stories. And the only thing MPs know about are getting elected. And the only thing ministers know about is sucking up to other ministers. These are all specialist subjects and guarantee that the office-holders know nothing about ANYTHING else.

The establishment way of dealing with this is to have civil servant 'experts' who provide appropriate advice. What they're actually expert at is holding down a civil service job, because nobody who knows more is allowed to challenge them. Fail again.

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IT contractors behind IR35 calculator to leave HMRC... because of IR35

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changing opinion

From the FA :

"One contractor, who had previously worked for the Intellectual Property Office, said all its IT freelancers had been deemed within the scope of the legislation. That is despite having initially been found to fall outside by HMRC's self-assessment calculator."

From the HMRC tool result :

"HMRC will stand by the result given unless a compliance check finds the information provided isn’t accurate.

HMRC won’t stand by results achieved through contrived arrangements designed to get a particular outcome from the service. This would be treated as evidence of deliberate non-compliance with associated higher penalties."

So how does that work, then ?

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Bloke is paid to scour hashtags for threats, spots civil rights boss's tweets, gets fired, sues

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eh ?

What on earth is an "open source Twitter profile" ?

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So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

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Alert

You can help hit them where it hurts

Apparently the fight back has started.

https://www.gofundme.com/searchinternethistory

has already raised $100,000 to buy the browsing histories of the politicians who voted this through.

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Windows 10 Creators Update: Clearing the mines with livestock (that's you by the way)

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Re: Metered connection mystery

As is the USB tether to my phone, which looks like an ethernet connection.

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The evolution of ransomware: How a nuisance turned into a business menace

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Business transaction

“There is the obvious moral and ethical question of whether you want to be paying money to a cybercriminal. But if you show yourself as someone who will pay, you are all the more likely to be targeted again,”

Sounds just like the approach of a few 'legit' software companies.

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Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

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WTF?

WTF?

I'm curious to know how this was argued.

Did they blatantly propose the law by saying marketing always trounces privacy, or did they have some weasel words to hide behind ?

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EE scrap connection fee... to hike broadband and telly packages

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Re: They're all getting away with it

"The former state monopoly defended the move by pointing to its competitors' recent price increases."

So it's not that they must, but that they can.

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Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

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Did they remain with Eircom or change again after that experience ?

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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FAIL

Cheap, flimsy, breakable

You never bought anything from MFI, did you ?

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UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

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Maybe Hancock's making fun of Rudd. Could be a bit of a comedian.

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BT hit with £42m fine for Ethernet compensation delays to competitors

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Re: Which reminds me...

We did. We (the public) outsourced day to day decision making to paid lackeys, viz. Parliament. And now they're screwing us over, just like all the others.

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Re: Which reminds me...

That's a bit unfair,. laying British Rail's failings at the door of British Telecom.

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UK.gov departments accused of blanket approach to IR35

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self-employment check

The self-employment checking site claims HMRC will stand by its result if the inputs were correct. How does that stand up against an employer coming up with a different result ?

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Sources: Misco SOLD to Hilco Capital, care home for the distressed

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Management

I wonder if they considered putting the good managers in France in charge of the whole lot.

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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And are aware that the level of encryption now becoming widespread is a direct result of invasive government spying.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: Doesn't matter any more?

1985 ? How do you get that ?

I don't believe there's been a politician worth his or her salary during my entire lifespan.

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We're 90 per cent sure the FCC's robocall kill plan won't have the slightest impact

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Re: WHITELIST

Isn't that what Truecaller does ?

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Re: Spoofing ?

So what you need is authorisation for spoofing, such that the trail doesn't go dead : only organisations which are verified as being able to show logs of forwarding are allowed to spoof the caller ID.

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Spoofing ?

Why is caller ID spoofable ? Seems like a bug that needs fixing.

I appreciate international calls are more difficult given that you may not be able to force the foreign telco to fix things, but I don't see why UK & US telcos can't validate their callers.

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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Has Mr Trump never visited any of those countries ?

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Uber president quits, says company's values inconsistent with his own leadership style

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Re: What the heck is a president?

Public face, aka Fall Guy.

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Shine on, you crazy Eind minds: Boffins fire out 43Gbps infrared 'Wi-Fi'

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Re: There's no consumer use case for this

And 640K should be enough for anyone.

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Face down in a Shoreditch gutter: Attack of the kickstarting hipster

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Hushme

I think that Hushme looks great.

Should be compulsory for all the phone users in the office.

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Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

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Re: Heil Merkel.

Maybe outlets publishing fake news, hate speech etc. should be, like the papers, required to publish a retraction in equal placing to the original.

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Re: Hasn't history taught us to think twice before appeases the Germans?

Social media sites aren't 'the internet'. They're just the tabloid end. Clean them up and leave the rest alone.

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Family of technician slain by factory robot sues everyone involved

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Re: Customers are vital part of the getting rich process.

It's not forgotten. It's called the 'tragedy of the commons' - once there are enough people in the system, they work to rip each other off (rely on other higher earners to buy the cars) rather than supporting it themselves.

Corporates, being the sum of their boards rather than individuals, kept away from this for a while. But they learnt to employ their requirement to provide shareholder value as an excuse for no-holds-barred greed, so they went the way of the rest.

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

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Re: Users confuse complexity with entropy, no?

How long is it going to take to type that on a squitty little phone ?

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