* Posts by DanceMan

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

DanceMan

Re: Mixed feelings

"The ongoing problem that Big Content has experienced has come from their trying to manipulate markets - segmentation by country etc. They have been very slow to grasp the idea that that doesn't work in the modern world."

Corporations can shift your job overseas, but woe betide you if you want to view something from out of your area.

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Get the Canuck out: Vancouver vows Airbnb, Expedia crackdown

DanceMan

Vancouver has a serious housing problem, both in cost and availability. Land is somewhat limited, by the sea on the west, mountains north, the border south. Housing being built is primarily expensive condos beyond the reach of the young, and a significant amount of that has been bought by foreign buyers as investment and sits empty. The now-former right wing provincial gov't brought in an easily got around foreign buyer tax of 15% that had a momentary effect. This is another attempt to deal with the situation.

And the situation is bad. Young professionals have been moving away, because of the cost of housing.

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One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

DanceMan

Re: Not knowing who or what KH is

I had to google her too. Appears to be a Brit version of Anne Coulter

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DanceMan

Re: bear in mind I'm frequently wrong but NEVER in doubt

Bob, I didn't know you read el Reg.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

DanceMan

The Canadian Perspective

There is a similar movement in Canada, primarily from the far right and expressed by some Conservative politicians (mostly rural) that wants to kill the CBC. CBC has already been hurt by years of Tory budget cuts and the appointment of Tory stooges to the CBC board.

In Canada the CBC is funded from taxation, so support does vary with income and we have none of the odious effects of your license model.

Personally I don't have much use for CBC tv, but CBC radio is a treasure. I also watch some DV, France 24 and NHK World and I think there is a great value in national broadcasters. CBC radio produces much programming that would *never* be produced by the private sector. I shudder to think how bad our news could be if corporate media were all we had left. I saw some of your Brit newspapers shown on DV or Fr24 the day before the recent election and I had no idea media could sink so low.

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Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network

DanceMan
Joke

Non-IT pigeon story

In the 1980's Brian McMaster Welsh National Opera time there was a production of Cunning Little Vixen, an animal allegory, that had a small comic interlude of three housewife pigeons, bandana tied around hair, apron over housedress, leaning on brooms, smoking and cackling to each other. Combined with the experience of a rental home with a roof dormer infested with pigeons who shat a huge pile right where they roosted, my image of pigeons ever since has been of an urban rubbie, cigarette dangling out of its beak, rummaging around the sidewalks and panhandling the passersby, "Got any bread crumbs, buddy?"

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Ex-NSA bod sues US govt for 'illegally spying' on Americans: We drill into 'explosive' 'lawsuit'

DanceMan

Okay, I'll play.

20/1 Found dead in the passenger seat of his patrol car, with a rifle. Ruled suicide.

Historical precedent: a Texas Ranger investigating LBJ for corruption.

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Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

DanceMan
Mushroom

Re: "Leaker"? No !

"someone who publishes the content of private conversations"

But it's okay if you tweet it?

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Break crypto to monitor jihadis in real time? Don't be ridiculous, say experts

DanceMan
Stop

Re: before we can imprison someone

Who says prison?

Monitoring bracelets, travel restrictions -- there are many other options. What has May & co. actually done to protect you?

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Has AI gone too far? DeepTingle turns El Reg news into terrible erotica

DanceMan
Thumb Up

Thanks, Simon. The Guardian obit is a brilliant bit of writing.

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

DanceMan

Re: The best article I've read to date on WannaCry

Thanks, RobHib

I join you in recommending others read it.

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Debian bins keys assigned to arrested Russian contributor

DanceMan

Terrorists

I noticed while watching "A French Village," which I highly recommend, a six season series about an occupied French village during WW2, that at least by the English subtitles, the German occupiers referred to the French resistance as "terrorists." Makes you think twice when you hear the word.

So if you're a furriner and we don't like you, we'll accuse you of spying. If native, a terrorist.

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How Ford has slammed the door on Silicon Valley's autonomous vehicles drive

DanceMan

Re: I would expect that the AfterMarket people would love this

"Then there are the insurance companies who have an interest in you driving everywhere at a snails pace."

I'm with Steve on this issue. If the vehlicle's driving data can be accessed via the internet, Big Brother Insurance Co. will be using the data to jack up rates.

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

DanceMan

99.9 per cent hydrogen

and 90 times the mass of Jupiter.

Careful with that match Eugene.

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60 slow-mo A-bomb test videos explode onto YouTube

DanceMan
Coat

Blowed up Good

Blowed up real good!

Billy Bob Thornton

Mine's the bib overalls with a copy of Farm Film Report.

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

DanceMan

Re: First one to mention Nazi's

Leave Erdogan out of this.

If this proposal about fake news were to be enacted, would Erdogan's German Facebook page consist of a lot of white space?

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DanceMan

Re: Canada debating a bill that would criminalize Islamophobia

Untrue. While this has been controversial, it has been reported numerous times in Canadian media as not being a legal proposal, not legislation, but more an expression of condemnation or opinion.

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Canadians can file online tax returns again after emergency outage

DanceMan
Coat

Great Photo!

Is that Dudley Do-Right or Corporal Renfrew?

As I sat in my lonely log cabin on the 14th floor of Mountie headquarters.......................

Mine's the one with a BB linked to CBC radio in the pocket.

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Family of technician slain by factory robot sues everyone involved

DanceMan

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

Henry Ford understood this at the beginning of his career when he decided to pay his employees a high wage at the time, so they might afford to buy his product.

Seems to have been forgotten now.

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US Marines seek a few supposedly good men ... who leaked naked pics of a few good women

DanceMan

> "I also felt this notion was actively encouraged by the system in order to brainwash the troops into following orders."

>>You do realize the US Military is all-volunteer? I suppose you were in some other military against your will?

I too have gleaned that a large component of conventional military training has the objective of getting troops to follow orders. This has nothing to do with whether troops are volunteers or conscripts. It has to do with getting a bunch of individuals to function as a commandable unit..

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1.37bn records from somewhere to leak on Monday

DanceMan

Monday where?

It's already Monday in Japan.

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

DanceMan

Fake Linux

Why run a fake copy when I can run the real thing?

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Who will banish spy-cam drones from US skies? The FAA doesn't want to do it. EPIC disagrees

DanceMan

Craignez l'aigle

Pretty sure it was on France 24 I saw this yesterday. They are training a very large species of eagle to attack drones. I was half-watching while on the computer so missed the specific intended usage but think it was for large events such as around stadiums -- can't remember airports being mentioned but that would seem to be another. The training involved edible drone shapes to condition them to see drones as food. Beware the (reaper) raptor!

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LUNAR-CY! SpaceX announces a Moon trip-for-two it'll inevitably miss the deadline on

DanceMan

And the others?

What about China and India?

China plans an unmanned mission this year that will bring back samples, a more difficult feat than flying a couple of tourists around the moon. That''s far more likely to actually occur on schedule.

No complaints about the SpaceX news, but it would be useful in the summary of other efforts to have mention of the ones from Asia as well. China has put a rover on the moon. India has put an orbiter to Mars. Be nice not to have to search for the reminders.

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Toxic Uber sued after driver allegedly tried to rape passenger in car

DanceMan

Re: Not an Uber fan, but

"This is a modern company (Uber) with a very bad stench to it."

Uber and Ola (an Indian competitor) drivers are currently on strike in India over low "wages", allegedly half that of taxi drivers. Uber continues to lose money worldwide while undercutting the competition in order to drive them out of business and gain monopoly.

Bad stench indeed.

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EU privacy gurus peer at Windows 10, still don't like what they see

DanceMan

Re: Win 7? Uh-oh...

I use DWS, which makes changes that block the data slurping.

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

DanceMan

Re: the other 63 million citizens

"are they not also tasked with considering the will of the other 63 million citizens?"

Those silent or non-voting types weren't considered on Brexit, so why here?

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Samsung fans flames of burning Galaxy Note 7 mystery

DanceMan

Who goes under the bus?

Perhaps the family's son who was just charged after 22 hours of questioning in the influence peddling scandal? Killing one bird with two stones?

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

DanceMan

Reusing a booster

I take it we're still waiting?

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Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality

DanceMan

Left-wing American news organisation CBS

In which alternate universe?

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Crims shut off Ukraine power in wide-ranging anniversary hacks

DanceMan

If I wanted to hear Putin's BS I'd watch RT. It's interesting to note that unlike NHK, DW, or France24, almost nothing on RT is about Russia.

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Ex-soldier pleads guilty to terror crime after not revealing iPhone PIN

DanceMan

Re: Something fishy about this story

"Apart from Kurdish militants being killed in France, I have not heard anything about crimes involving Kurdes in France ... have a source ?"

Not a proper source: it was an element in a French police drama called Spiral (Engrenages.)

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DanceMan

Re: Something fishy about this story

I am curious about the state of Kurdish society. We tend to see them, through our Western media sources, as the "good guys," though I think French media also see them as coercing financial support through crime in France. Anyone have a good link to learn about religious tolerance, etc., in Kurdish controlled areas such as northern Iraq. Short of evidence to the contrary, I've thought the area of northern Iraq and eastern Turkey might benefit from a Kurdistan.

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Tell us about that $1m horse, Mr Samsung: Bribery probe slips deep into South Korean giant

DanceMan

South Korea vs USA

"So, South Korean Rich and Powerful get prosecuted for corruption, but the US Court System can't even come close to doing that? Interesting."

There were massive street protests every week for some time to bring this about. No equivalent in the US, at least not since the anti-Vietnam war marches of the 70's. If US citizens protested in same % of population, there would be consequences.

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Passengers ride free on SF Muni subway after ransomware infects network, demands $73k

DanceMan

Re: if everything else fails

``But it's very unlikely to happen - if everything else fails (plane runs completely out of fuel, for example)``

This is exactly what just happened to a Brazilian soccer team. It didn`t end well.

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US Director of National Intelligence legs it

DanceMan

I note no Republican voices on this committee asking tough questions or standing up for American citizens' rights to privacy. Or calling out Clapper for bald-faced lying to Congress.

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

DanceMan

Re: Neccessary

"Perhaps this will turn out to be a very useful lesson for the US electorate."

Or not. They elected GW Bush twice.

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Re: U.S. debt exploded under Obama

Have you forgotten the state of the economy when Obama took office? Facing a real possibility of another great depression?

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

DanceMan

"but the government decided to scrap it and give all the data to the USA free of charge. This approach was followed quite consistently until the UK had no military aircraft industry left"

In Canada the Avro Arrow, same approach, same result. In the early to mid-fifties, Canada had its own straight wing fighter jets, equivalent to the US T-33's. When the Arrow was cancelled, US aerospace firms conducted hiring in motels near the factory.

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DanceMan

Re: Military Procurement

Military procurement has been a mess in Canada for decades spanning two very different governments. Doesn't seem to be simple to get it right, or efficient.

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

DanceMan

Re: A word on what science is

"The average person has so little tolerance for running into unknowables that they invent fictions the moment one appears."

This belongs in the Trump comment thread.

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I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

DanceMan
Joke

Re: low gravity environment leads to reduced sagging

Might also work for aging members (pun intended) of the male species.

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No matter who becomes US president, America's tech giants are going to be quids in

DanceMan

Re: I think the general idea is that people pay tax, and companies aren't people.

Companies are people (Citizens United) when it suits them, and not when it doesn't.

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Just what Europe needs – another bungled exit: Mars lander goes AWOL

DanceMan
Mushroom

There shouldn't have been a KaBoom!

Landing on that planet has not proven easy.

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The exploding Note 7 is no surprise – leaked Samsung doc highlights toxic internal culture

DanceMan

Suicide rates by country

Recently heard or read about suicide rates by country. Guess which developed country is far above the rest? Now I know why. Even including third world countries, Korea is #2 overall. Stats here if you're interested from the WHO:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_suicide_rate

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Queen Lizzie awarded good behaviour medal

DanceMan

Dept. of Silly Hats

Nevermind, well done Liz.

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

DanceMan

Re: guess where the clown sparky put the detection head

Placed right outside the main bathroom, where warm steam sets it off. Disconnected and replaced with a battery alarm down the hallway outside the three bedroom doors.

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Amazon supremo Bezos' Blue Origin blows its top over Texas desert

DanceMan

Re: Formula 1 drivers routinely walk (or at least limp) away from 50+g crashes

All professional race series mandate the use of a HANS device (Head and Neck Restraint System.) This device sits on the shoulders and is held down by the shoulder belts and prevents the neck injuries that rapid deceleration or the violent tumbling described in the article can produce. I doubt the occupants of this capsule would be wearing one.

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FCC death vote looms for the Golden Age of American TV

DanceMan

Re: Golden age my foot

After I cut the cord I discovered a sub-channel of the PBS station I can receive OTA here in Vancouver, MHz Networks, which carries European dramas in the evenings. "A French Village" (Un Village Francais) is a series that follows life in an occupied French village in WWII. It is simply superb and I highly recommend it. In French with English subtitles.

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Edward Snowden's 40 days in a Russian airport – by the woman who helped him escape

DanceMan

Re: All politicians are basically the same

"All politicians are basically the same and in the game for themselves no matter which party they belong to."

Sick of hearing this untruth. There is no shortage of the type of politicians you're describing, but to tar them all this way is simply not true. Someone who pays closer attention to politics will figure this out, instead of spouting populist nonsense.

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