* Posts by Spanners

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Anonymous Amazonian demands withdrawal of face-recog kit from sale

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Re: If you don't like it then resign

So basically, if you dont like helping bad things to happen, you can go and starve?

Anyone who can remember Sunday (Saturday or Friday) school will not remember being told to run away when people are doing wrong. I think it went something like "Don't join in and stop it happening."

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Russiam music?

For years I have felt that Russia produces excellent music, Red Army Choir, their folk music and so on

It is nice to see that this tradition us still being upheld!

Rather than ringtones though, I think this is, IT dept, hold music fodder!

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

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Re: Microsoft points to a golden future where...

Oink Oink Oink...Whoosh!

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Re: Windows Insider: Hustle as a Service

'Hustle as a Service'.

Am I correct in thinking that one US meaning of "hustler" could be what one might politely refer to as a working girl? If this is how MS see themselves, this could explain a lot...

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Norwegian Style

My late brother in law used to tell of how the "chef" on a Norwegian ship he worked on used to deep fry them!

Makes the southern English habit of boiling them for a week sound healthy...

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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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His support of a despised minority

Steve Jobs came across a universally despised group, adopted them into his plans and gave them generous regular income.

They are called?

Lawyers

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Re: Rude

@iRadiate

That is a brilliant word you have invented - hipocracy. A government of horses!

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: No one asked the question yet

The USA, like Russia, feels that it's laws cover the whole planet. The fun bit is when the domains overlap!

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Re: Appropriate Limitations?

The police in the US kill people who don't pose a threat and claim "I felt my life was being threatened" and all too often juries accept that

That will only work if they can prove that they knew that the drone pilot was black.

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Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

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Re: Stupid

Anyone interested in a copy of Windows 98?

Is that like Windows ME? Or is ME a medical condition?

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Using Microsoft's Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations? Using Skype? Not for long!

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Re: "face the wrath of bean-counters"

It is high effing time beancounters faced the wrath of sysadmins.

That would, over a few years, be the total end of Microsoft as a business. MS is only the force it is today because they took lots of IT illiterate executives out for treats, "special seminars", golfing weekends etc. I was too far down the tree to influence much of the IT response but I saw people further up very much against it being told that this was what we were doing, because it was "better". They are there because beancounters put them there.

It would not instantly be the end of MS but it will be certain to end up out of its dominant position and Bill Gates will need to sell his stock it he wants to stay in the worlds richest group...

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Google taking action against disguised code in Chrome Web Store

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Re: It's not Google's job to police malicious code. They are not our masters.

People who police things are not my masters.

In my country, the police are part of a group called "public servants". They police all sorts of malicious stuff - burglars, murderers, thieves and so on. This does not make them my masters.

Do you consider the police around you to be your masters or even wannabe masters? If they are your masters, you live in a police state.

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Manchester nuisance-call biz fined £150k after ignoring opt-out list

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Re: overnment is planning to make directors personally liable

...after that they'll have to find some other excuse for their incompetence...

I suspect that, unless we have a different group in charge, they will fix upon some particular ethnic group. Any different party will blame the conservatives. They will have to think of something else.

Perhaps they will blame middle eastern people, perhaps the Welsh. It is unlikely that they will blame themselves. That is not how sociopaths and narcissists function...

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UK.gov looks to data to free people from contract lock-in doom

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Re: We have the technology and the standards

By "accident" of course!

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Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

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"deliberately, and carelessly"

deliberately, and carelessly, taken his eye off the ball

Well, deliberately anyway. Farts actions are not necessarily careless. They should be if there is any intention of benefitting his country. His actions are very calculated - perhaps not by him though...

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While the UN laughed at Trump, hackers chortled at the UN's lousy web application security

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Additional recording needed

Has anyone got a link to the audience? It would be good to see how much was in amusement they were laughing and how much was caused by panic, fear, sympathy to US citizens and smirks from the Russians...

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Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

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@FreddyF

We may be remaining physically located in Europe but lots of Quitlings would rather be part of the USA.

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You dont need to be American to have a .com domain

A .com address is not really a US domain. They have their own country code .US

Just because few of them are proud enough of their country to use it doesn't mean they haven't got one.

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Re: Couldn't have said it better myself

"It's exactly this sort of nonsense that drove many in the UK to vote for Brexit in the first place."

Well, that and ignorance and racism.

Gullibility played its part as well.

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Re: Well that's the end of the .eu domain

just to get at the Brits as punishment for Brexit.

Well our politicians are telling them that a majority of people in the UK want nothing more to do with them. That could, reasonably, be taken as a considered insult and they are responding.

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Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges

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Re: then it becomes their only method of communication not by choice

...cell phones...

In this part of the developed world, they haven't generally been called that for a long time!

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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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Re: Rocks are the same...

what are the relative levels of natural radioactivity?

Its well known that granite gives a higher background count. As Edinburgh Castle is on a volcanic plug, I think the surrounding area will have come out of it.

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Can it be scripted?

Can one script settings in Chrome flags?

This is certainly something I would need to turn off in every device I come across. There are a couple of other ones that I am already doing.

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Everything DM gets direct message slap: Marketing biz cops £60k ICO fine

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Re: Pay the fine?

Will they actually pay the fine, or just just do the usual: close up shop, reopen under a new name and start spamming all over again?

I think there may be something in the GDPR about that.

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Re: No way.

And if the good guys turned out to be corrupt, what chance the current ones ?

Who are the good guys? I do not trust Our, the US or anyone else's' spooks definitions of the good guys.

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@vir

allow only good people to decrypt message intercepts.

The trouble is that I do not always include the CIA, NSA etc in my list of good guys.

Generally, I include them under "criminal organisations".

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Anon man suing Google wants crim conviction to be forgotten

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Due Dilligence

If someone is about to invest money, they are supposed to check up on things. Removal of such information from view stops this. If Google UK becomes unreliable because of this "right to be forgotten" people will have to check somewhere else.

Also, someone who is rehabilitated should not go back to the same area. For example if they were done for biting someones ear off during a rugby match, they should keep away from rugby pitches. Similarly, if they were done for dodgy financial activities, they should keep away from that line of work.

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Re: Google

It's not necessarily responsibility they want to dodge. Like many large corporations, especially ones from the USA, they see it as their moral duty to pay as little tax as possible and act accordingly.

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Two years later and it still sucks: Privacy Shield progress panned

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"Less progress has been made than expected"

I find that phrase suspect. Surely they expected little to zero progress?

They would have been better saying something like "a satisfactory amount of progress has not been made".

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Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

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Standard stupid exchange rate.

I could understand paying a little more than the US for a device if it was for valid reasons.

£850 is just over $1.100 right now according to Google. You can't put it down to tax since both those prices will be before tax.

It isn't necessarily additional transport costs as they are not necessarily made in the US.

I'm struggling to thing of whatever this 30% surcharge is caused by - apart from stupidity.

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AI sucks at stopping online trolls spewing toxic comments

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Possible Explanation?

So computers are not great at dealing with offensive language, sarcasm, irony and humour. Is this because so much development happens in the USA? I have come across a lot of people from there who have the same problems so it seems unsurprising.

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Golden State passes gold-standard net neutrality bill by 58-17

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Re: no surprise

socialist liberals

Those words have different and incompatible meanings. Which do you mean?

Or do you mean "socialists and liberals" which seems to be common shorthand for anyone who thinks that anti-fascist means far left.

PS anti-fascist includes the far left, socialists, liberals, center-right and classic conservatives.It may include libertarians but I've not met many real ones

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It's a net neutrality whodunnit: Boffins devise way to detect who's throttling transit

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Can it tell...?

How well does it differentiate between overloaded systems, system failure, configuration errors and deliberate poor performance?

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Keep yer plastic, says analyst: eSIMs aren't all they're cracked up to be

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Do not want.

In fact, "do not want" is not strong enough.

"Really, really want not to have this" is a better description.

Phone companies across the world look to the US to see how customers can be properly abused and locked in.That is why they talk enthusiastically about the iSIM. It will enable them to tell us what we want.

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Winner, Winner, prison dinner: Five years in the clink for NSA leaker

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Re: Reality Loser

...the democracy that is the UNITED States of America...

..the Democracy that the United States of America WAS...

FTFY

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Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts

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Keyboard Overflow Buffer

The sound made by a PC when you hold a key down long enough is recognisable.

I had several people sure I had CCTV cameras pointed at them after telling them to take things of their keyboard before they told me the problem!

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A third of London boroughs 'fess to running unsupported server software

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The FoI – a glorified sales pitch

I have come across quite a few of these. You get a request that is a thinly disguised pitch for information so that someone can try and sell you stuff that you clearly aren't looking for.

This gets the whole idea of the FOI Act a bad name. That beloved public figure Tony Blair allegedly said that passing this was the worst thing he did whilst in power. I am not convinced of that but it is certainly used for purposes very different from what were originally thought of for it.

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: What's wrong with "contacted"?

replaced by iWords that are nice and shiny and make marketers look smart and professional.

Those words don't make anyone look smart or professional. The use of misunderstood US "sports" jargon and management speak to replace perfectly good words just makes people look silly.

Whenever I get messages containing this rubbish, my automatic reaction is to wonder how this could be put better. In meetings, I act as if they have been rephrased. For example, instead of "step up to the plate", I may say "volunteer" if that is what they actually mean.

Has someone made a dictionary of this newspaeak? I have certainly seen people playing BS Bingo.

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Big Tech turns saboteur to cripple new California privacy law in private

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Re: Private Piracy, Arrr

There's no incentive to do things for "free" anymore

That is a very important thought behind Open Source. A lot of people got together to make everything from operating systems (linux and others) to software that can be used in offices (Open Office).

Some people manage to make profits from Open Source but you can still get it free despite a lot of work by Fat Cats and their friends.

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How's that encryption coming, buddy? DNS requests routinely spied on, boffins claim

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Re: Lets get real

Every DNS lookup in the EU is proxied via GCHQ

For a few months more anyway. Anyone that leaves the EU is likely to be marked as "dodgy". GCHQ would need to be a bit more surreptitious.

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Brit banks must disclose outages via API, decrees finance watchdog

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@Uberior

unlikely to be employed by RBS is you were Protestant.

A relative of mine was/is a protestant and a couple of years ago retired at the end of a, full length, successful career in the RBoS. Perhaps that bo***cks did not get to the northern isles?

FYI - what post-retiral work does senior bank staff want? He is a tour guide in a distillery!

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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@Dave 126

I'm confused as to your considering it a status symbol.

Many iPhone users consider them to be status symbols.Why should any of us disagree?

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Re: IEC

American Customary Units include such delights as

Ma favourite - the acre foot.

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Patch Tuesday heats up with pair of exploited zero-days squashed – plus 58 other vulns fixed

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Re: Far Too Little Much Too Late is a Sub Prime Action in a Failed Program

Microsoft patching holes in its DODGI Operating Systems

Now that is a backronymn begging to be created! How about

Data

Oriented

Disclosure

Generating

Interface

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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Re: How High?

Goes for some of the islands too.

Coming from Orkney, I am quite familiar with very windswept trees as you describe. However, we have "normal trees" in sheltered places try googling "happy valley Orkney" and looking at the pictures. No apple trees there as far as I know though.

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Re: How High?

The north is not as treeless as you think. No trees up the hills but there are some in the glens (valleys) in between. I suspect that there are fewer in Caithness though.

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Had some in an old coalshed

A few years ago, I saw wasps flying into and out of some planking at the top of an old coalshed. There were non inside but I was sure I could here rustlung up in the roof.

I blocked the knot hole with "plastic wood" which some of you may remember from woodwork lessons in school. A few days later they were comming out of a different hole so I blocked that one and then went round and blocked up others. No more wasps around.

A couple of years later, we were getting some work done and they were going to replace the roof. I told the people doing it. When they got the roof off, I had a look. It was larger than my head and apparently full of dead things that could still sting you.

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It's official: TLS 1.3 approved as standard while spies weep

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How can we be sure?

There is a, non zero, possibility that the CIA, NSA or some other criminal organisation will have slipped in a "not a backdoor" that they can share with their corporate owners and their chums in other spook groups across the world.

Mind you, with that much paranoia, there probably already are innapropriate weaknesses in the previous versions

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Re: The US has a superfluous force anyway

Same as many other countries who have a separate marine/naval infantry branch

As far as I know, the Royal Marines were regulated by the Admiralty even though they follow the army rank system. I understand the French do something similar

The US Marines seem to be a complete, standalone, system. Most armed forces have some aspects of other branches. The Royal Air Force has the RAF Regiment amd I knew someone who worked on their fast boats. I spent some time with inantry assault boats and vehicle ferries (think pontoon bridges with 4 outboard motors). None of those are separate parts of the armed forces. Why are US naval ground forces not US navy?

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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"Do not want" is not strong enough.

Identifying this as something I do not care about would be innacurate.

I really consider this something that not having would be far superior to having.

For comparison, some phones have an FM radio. Some people want and use it. I have had it on phones in the past bur other than trying it out I didn't use it. It's presence is not a sale point to me but I would not consider it a negative. I would consider Bixby as something that will weigh against my purchasing something.

Bixby is the latest example of what I have heard called "crudware". Software that does not do anything new, unexpected or even better than what is already available but can mess with it. The worst example I can think of is the Samsung calendar. I add an appointment on my phone and it does not show up in my Google Calendar so I am not reminded of it.

I think the first example I came across was the "hubs" on my GS2 long ago. For example, they gave me the opportunity to jumble up my Gmail, text messages, instant messages and so on. Instead of having reminders that I had 4 emails, an IM anf a text, it would just say I had 6 messages. That doesn't seem to be there any more. They just need to get rid of the other alternative functionality and I might consider Samsungs' excellent kit again.

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