* Posts by Tom 38

3532 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

Rejoice! Thousands more kids flock to computing A-level

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I was thinking similar thoughts

So (helped by the El Reg hacks who linked to it) read some of the syllabus. This is a pretty decent course; it is not "Do shit in Office/Windows", its an intro to software engineering. For instance:

Understand and use the following appropriately:

• integer

• real/float

• Boolean

• character

• string

• date/time

• pointer/reference

Damn, I work with people who don't understand and use pointers properly.

As for the science, this is the difference between school and university. School is about learning how to do things. In A level maths, you learn how to apply techniques like integration/differentiation, statistical methods, vector equations for motion, etc. In university level maths, you learn how to prove those techniques. This computing course is about the techniques of programming; its not supposed to be about the theory of computing.

Computer science is not about programming. One of the most famous computer scientists said "Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes", and barely ever touched a computer.

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Linux 4.18 arrives fashionably late while Zorin OS shines up its Windows

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Re: Zorin OS

Even that's a bit of a tortured analogy, to be honest.

You do yourself a disservice, that's the best damn analogy I've heard! Zorin is to Ubuntu like a 2008 Tesla Roadster is to a Lotus Elise.

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Re: Zorin OS

It's named after the two Zorin brothers' surname (Russian-Ukrainian) who live in the Republic of Ireland

Obvs they aren't allowed anywhere near Silicon Valley

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Ad watchdog: Amazon 'misleading' over Prime next-day delivery ads

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Re: Tax

Lets have it then; in what way are they taxed improperly or not according to the law?

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Julia 0.7 arrives but let's call it 1.0: Data science code language hits milestone on birthday

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Re: Still,

You don't really have an option to change it in Julia, you can simply create custom array types that are zero based, which will be a lot of fun when you aren't sure what kind of array you are being passed, or if one person likes 0-based and another likes 1-based..

PS: All whitespace is meaningful. If the language itself doesn't take any meaning from it, the developers reading the code do.

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Make Facebook, Twitter, Google et al liable for daft garbage netizens post online – US Senator

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Re: C'mon!

I believe you.

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Re: It's the easy way out...

Because lets ask ourselves this simple question: what about the people who committed the 'crime' in the first place? Wouldn't it make more sense to hold them accountable for their own actions?

I would argue there are two sets of people committing a crime; the people who posted the illegal content, and those who host it and profit from it. All the social networks use algorithms to choose what content is displayed to you, it is not straight up UGC as they keep claiming.

If a photographer takes a privacy invading photo*, then they are/maybe committing a crime. If that photo is then chosen to be published by a newspaper, the newspaper is then also liable.

Certainly in EU/UK, the free lunch of claiming "Hey, we have nothing to do with what is there, its just user generated content" is almost over. They choose what gets displayed to you, and they profit from the ads shown alongside it; they will soon be listed as publishers** of that content.

* In jurisdictions where that matters

** perhaps an intermediate stage between "UGC" and "Publisher", but claiming "UGC! Safe Harbor!" is going going gone

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The internet's very own Muslim ban continues: DNS overlord insists it can freeze dot-words

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Re: shia.islam

Imagine if someone wanted to create a .christianity TLD.

Well, they had no problem approving .church, .bible, .catholic, .faith and .kosher ...

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Hmm

NT 4 was great compared to 95/98, but 2000 (NT5) was a pretty decent upgrade to NT 4, like somewhat better driver support.

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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Re: Firetruck?

s/(f)iretr(uck)/\1\2/gi

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Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help

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Re: Society Seems To Be Fragmeting or Declining in Standards

On other conduct, it appears fine for Khan the Mayor of London to lead calls for a derogatory blimp of Trump to be used

Khan did nothing of the sort, the protesters applied for permission to fly the blimp over Parliament Square, as have hundreds of other people this year. Their application was in order, the safety certificates were correct, and Khan quite rightly said that his role is not to decide whether it is a tasteful protest, just whether it is a legal one.

Of course that means Khan is fair game to be shown being fucked in the ass by an inflatable pig, that's not at all religious hate speech....

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Clean up this hot sticky facial-recog mess for us, Microsoft begs politicos

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Does anyone believe that Congress can define anything that is actually bipartisan?

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ZTE sends 400 million hostages, gets back in business stateside

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Re: Hmmmm

Please feel free to pick apart my rational and include what he's done for Russia

He has alienated the rest of the world against America, reducing its soft and hard power. A weak America means a stronger Russia.

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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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Ahem

result = (f(x) for x in input)

result = [x for x in result if x]

No point in having that extra list around wasting memory!

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Re: Reinventing a more limited wheel

[(x, y, x/y) for x, y in ((x, f(x)) for x in input_data) if y > 0]

The new syntax is using less characters. This appeals to many programmers but I thought Python was not such a language.

At $JOB, that would immediately fail code review. Nested list comprehensions are hard to comprehend, particularly compared to assignment expressions, and disguise their purpose. Lets run through how many PEP-20 violations that is - its ugly, its complex, its nested, its dense and it has poor readability.

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Re: Reinventing a more limited wheel

I would be fascinated to hear how you would do the following in one line of idiomatic C using commas.

Well newlines are optional, and there is no limit on the number of statements per line, so pretty easy.

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Crime epidemic or never had it so good? Drilling into statistics is murder

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Re: The law is wrong

We could easily allow being at home as a defence to the charge. If someones breaking into your home and you grab a knife,

Even in your home and against a burglar, the circumstances in which you arm yourself can matter. For self defence to be a valid defence, you have to be in fear and not seeking retribution. A while ago, a man broke in to a house, tied up all the family members and started torturing them to "tell them where the gold and the safe was" - there was no gold. Eventually the dad got free, and the thief ran off, however the dad then armed himself (with a bat I think), chased after the thief and beat him senseless.

Because he wasn't in fear of his life, and at that point wasn't acting in self defence, he got a fairly stiff GBH sentence.

Can't find the story now, pretty sure it was in Birmingham...

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Smyte users not smitten with Twitter: APIs killed minutes after biz gobble

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They then "made the difficult decision to wind things down right away” which included giving zero shits about the people with whom there were preexisting contracts and obligations

I think you've misunderstood why the decision is difficult. If they cut off their clients in breach of contract, they will be liable for a certain amount of compensation. If they don't cut off the clients and collect the data, they'll be liable for a much larger amount of fines.

The decision is difficult because they both cost money.

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Yubico snatched my login token vulnerability to claim a $5k Google bug bounty, says bloke

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Re: Donate

The pressure to, "be a man," comes from society, which is primarily male driven. Each man has the ability to define themselves on their own terms, rather than try to live up to what society tells them to be (other men, usually, through workplace banter, etc.)

This "mens problems are mens fault, and so are everything else" attitude is not helping your argument, and then followed by this hideously sexist paragraph:

I'm a full supporter of men being part of the family, playing a proper part in their children's upbringing... I smile to myself whenever I see a man pushing a trolley around the supermarket, exchanging funny faces with their kids in the trolley...

GTFO. That's called parenting. It's as condescending to men as saying this about female developers:

"I'm a full supporter of women being part of the IT development team, playing a full role in the development of software... I smile to myself when I see a women submitting a code review on github, exchanging comments with their peers...."

It's sexist when you take something that either gender can do, and make some aspect of it out of the ordinary for one of the sexes. The solution to sexism in the workplace is not more sexism.

So if you see a woman being bullied, do everyone a favour and support her.

If you see someone being bullied, do everyone a favour and support them.

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Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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Re: In the time it takes to update win-10-nic...

As per /usr/src/UPDATING, you shouldn't run installworld prior to booting your new kernel. The recommended process is:

1) make buildkernel buildworld installkernel

2) Reboot to single user mode with new kernel and old world

3) "mergemaster -Fp" to prepare /etc changes

4) make installworld

5) "mergemaster -Fi" to apply /etc/ changes

6) "make delete-old" to remove old files

7) Reboot to your fully updated system

Also, since this isn't 2008 any more, you could also just run freebsd-update(8)

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Docker Hub security dissed, dodgy container image data damned

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For instance, if you want to build a python -manylinux wheel (a binary package that will work on, wait for it, many versions of linux), the current specifications say you need to do it on a CentOS 5 image.

There's lots of shit like that out there.

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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

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Re: You do not need evidence against Russians

We didn't steal it from the Palestinians, we stole it from the Turks.

How's California?

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Brit drone biz Sensat notches up 29km remote-control flight

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Love the sub title

Personally I don't like the idea of Amazon Paveway!

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Dems push Ryan to vote to help save America's net neutrality measures

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Re: 86% of Americans agree with *THEM*? Since *WHEN*?

ISPs should get out of the way. They should not insert themselves between us and the world.

Inserting themselves between me and the rest of the world is what I pay my ISP to do. If they stopped doing that, I would be very unhappy.

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Re: 86% of Americans agree with *THEM*? Since *WHEN*?

I think the Demo[c,n][r,R]ats need to stop it with the DISHONESTY.

I downvoted you for your RE. Are the "Demo,,ats" really that dishonest?

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Nominet throws out US corp's attempt to seize Brit domain names

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Re: Tucows One Goat?

and a big naan, all the salad, no onion, garlic sauce.

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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Re: Be smart

Be smart, host the repository yourself

It's far easier to use managed services than to manage them yourselves. We used to manage everything ourselves, it was a nightmare as the infrastructure team could not keep up with the number of systems they have to maintain and update.

I know what you will say - well why didn't you hire 3 more sysadmins? Suddenly all those free things cost you $250k a year in staff costs and $50k every 3 years in capex. When you balance it up, getting a better quality system that also replaces JIRA, Fisheye and Jenkins for 200 users for $48k a year is compelling.

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HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition

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Re: DR

A data centre is not a cloud. Putting things in a hosted server in a data centre is not putting things in the cloud.

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Don't read this, Oracle... It's the rise of the open-source data strategies

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Re: 'Nuff Said

In June 2012, he wrote this puff piece on MongoDB. 3 months later he was hired by 10gen (now called MongoDB Inc), where he had "several areas of responsibility while at MongoDB, including corporate strategy, business development and corporate marketing" and "Added marketing leadership in December 2013, covering web, corporate marketing, community and communications. Shifted business development in May 2014 so as to focus full-time on marketing. Helped to cement MongoDB as the second-most discussed (and top-4 most popular) database"

Make your own minds up whether this article has any bias in it.

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Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6

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Re: Mapping plan

1.4 million routes doesn't really sound like much to me for 2022.

It's the exponential part of it that is the issue, 1.4 million in 2022, 2 million the next year. The more we squeeze IPv4, the more fragmented IPv4 space becomes, and more routes are required.

As an example of an affected router, 3 years ago the thick end of $20k bought you a Cisco 7600 series, which has a hard limit of 1 million IPv4 routes/512k IPv6 routes (IPv6 routes takes twice as much space, your choice on how you split it), and 512k IPv4 FIBs and 256k IPv6 FIBs - ruh-roh.

That router is EOL/EOS, but still supported by Cisco until 2022 (assuming you keep paying).

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Re: Mapping plan

In my naive mind I would think that a 32-bit address for IPv4 need only take 1/2^96 of the 128 bit IPv6 addresses to work, or around 1.3e-29 of addresses. What have I missed?

Its to do with how they map them, and how the routing to those mappings absorb or make unusable other addresses.

The point of IPv6 is not simply more IP addresses, it is designed to make routing and routing decisions easier and more logical. Current IPv4 routing requires a global routing table of ~800k BGP routes, which is expected to grow to ~1.4 million routes by 2022, as the fragmentation of ranges requires even more routes.

IPv6 on the other hand is intended to be given much larger allocations initially, which drastically reduce the number of routes required. IPv6 is expected to have no more than 130k routes by 2022 (not because it isn't used!).

That follows on to FIB table size. IPv4 FIB tables are expected to grow above exponentially, reaching 1M entries by the middle of next year, which is the magic number of entries that many routers will go "pfffft" at, and start dropping traffic or using excess CPU.

IPv6 isn't a magic bullet, but it is designed to fix these routing issues that affect the core internet, and this proposal aims to piss all over those designs in order to simplify migration - in effect making IPv6 just IPv4 with more addresses, but still with all the complexity that IPv6 needed to solve these routing issues (but not solving them).

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OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right

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Re: Missing from review

There is no bloatware at all - its pure Android apart from some stock Oneplus apps

But when I replaced OxygenOS with LineageOS on my oneplus2, battery life went from 10-14hrs to 18-24hrs (it needs a new battery).

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The 90s called

They want their 3D charts back

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US-China trade war is back on: White House repeats threat to tax Middle Kingdom imports

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Re: Lunatic

... of clangers

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Trump’s new ZTE tweet trumps old ZTE tweets that trumped his first ZTE tweet

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Re: no confusion here

Because you made the silicon and you therefore control what's in the silicon.

I thought a lot of this fuss was because Trump ordered ZTE to be forbidden from buying things from the US, and the thing they mainly bought from the US was their silicon.

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Re: da drumpf! da drumpf!

He pulled out of the Paris accord because the U.S. must make MORE concessions than ANY OTHER COUNTRY

The Paris accord is about reducing the amount of pollution we all emit. The USA has to make more concessions because the USA pollutes more than everyone else...

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Re: da drumpf! da drumpf!

Trumps dealing has mostly been in to renegotiate what have already been negative trade agreements and for the most part he has managed to get exactly that.

He hasn't negotiated any trade deals! He's started a trade war with China that he thinks he will win (in fact, he thought that would be enough to force them to do his bidding, showing his naivety) but he hasn't actually agreed one trade deal anyway.

He said the NAFTA renegotiation would take four months, and there was a congressional deadline for it to be done by May 17th - how is that one going?

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Ex-staffer of UK.gov dept bags payout after boss blabbed medical info to colleagues

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Re: What?

What tosh, of course you can - "First and final warning".

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Re: that isn’t free choice

Pretty much yes. You can pay with anything you want, but there has to be a monetary value placed on it for tax purposes.

So you're saying I can't pay for it with sex then :(

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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Re: "opt-out was probably the best choice"

PII is a very specific legal term from the US about HIPAA. GDPR defines PD, Personal Data, which covers more things than PII.

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HTC U12+: Like a Pixel without the pratfalls, or eye-watering price tag

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Price

You put the price of a Pixel, and the price of a U11, but you don't think its worth putting in the price of the U12 you are reviewing??

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Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Re: Business leaders

The fact that is article appears in the Reg is the point of contention.

The article is on the register because, once again, an American goes nuts and kills a bunch of people, and once again their politicians line up to blame software developers. That's a cut and dry IT angle right there.

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Re: Business leaders

Did you know there were 288 posts on this topic (289 now), and you've posted 37 of them, or ~13%. Don't shoot me, but does this topic hit a nerve?

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Re: Can't deny reality

I could totally believe that in the US you will be required to have a license to procreate sooner than you will be required to have a license to buy a gun.

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Re: It really is stunning

And, no one who owns a gun takes that ownership lightly.

Quite bold to talk for 50 million households - it seems at least one of those households didn't care too much, and left the guns available for other members of the household to borrow without them without noticing. I would call that "taking it lightly".

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IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Mushroom

You decide that you want to put an FTP service up so that your aunts can see all the old photos that you've been digitising.

I'd rather kill hundreds of thousands of people to free up some IPv4 addresses than guide my aunts through accessing photos over FTP.

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EU considers baking new norms of cyber-war into security policies

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Re: Good luck with that

Coventry does have an unpleasant effect on most civilians.

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US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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Re: Copyright extensions need to stop

The general rule needs and should be that once the copyright holder is dead all of his work should be public domain from the next year after (paperwork takes time).

So if someone comes up with something amazing, and they happen to die in an accident the next week totally nothing to do with Disney, Disney can just use it as public domain the next year?

Do you want hordes of recording industry assassins stalking our musicians?

Creation + min term OR life, whatever is longer.

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Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

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Re: Oh Sorreee! Sorree!

I dunno, its not complete nonsense (apart from OP's examples). A better example would be Whatsapp. If I want to share media I've taken with people through Whatsapp, then I must grant Whatsapp the "Storage" permission. This doesn't give Whatsapp permission to read my media, and write received media to a particular folder, it gives it permission to create, read, update and destroy any user file in any location.

Effectively, if you want to be able to share media, you also have to open all your data to the app in question and trust that it won't look in other places.

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10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

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Re: "rapid removal of abusive and objectionable material"

The Tories may be Rudd-less, but they are definitely not rudderless.

There are in fact 7 different Tory rudders on the good ship Blighty - some people even have their hands on more than one rudder. There are also several engines, mostly operating in opposite directions and pulling the boat apart.

The captain just stands by the wheel murmuring "strong and steady, strong and steady" whilst the damn thing spins like a catherine wheel, and her crew keep tying her shoelaces together.

Rudderless would be a fucking improvement.

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