* Posts by nematoad

1053 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009

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Trademark holders must pay for UK web blocking orders – Supreme Court

nematoad

Re: Good.

A sensible decision, much like the "polluter pays" doctrine.

If the content companies cause this process and the process costs money, and with lawyers involved it will, then those seeking to enforce their rights should pick up the bill.

Or are they so entitled that they feel that they are justified in asking third parties to pay so as to protect their revenue streams?

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USA! USA! We're No.1! And we want to keep it that way – in spaaaace

nematoad

Re: Just wait.

Yes, I should have said "manned missions" sorry.

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Just wait.

"but an adventure back to the moon elicits little excitement,"

Let's wait and see what the reaction is when the Chinese and the Indians announce missions to the Moon/Mars.

I can't see the "Land of the Free" taking that sitting down.

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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"A company that's known for supporting stuff for years..."

The trouble is that's not all it is known for. Lose trust and you lose everything.

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FAIL

Re: Shite

As ye sow so shall ye reap.

See also Oracle/Open Office.

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'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

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Mushroom

"... not being able to volunteer a social media profile can make someone the subject of suspicion in countries such as the US."

It's a good job then that I have absolutely no intention of visiting the USA. Alternatively they might try the only "social media" account I have ever had and checkout Friends-reunited. Good luck with that!

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Whois? Whowas. So what's next for ICANN and its vast database of domain-name owners?

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Happy

Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

"...but the IP lawyers will be very upset they have lost this resource."

That's all the justification I need to approve of the GDPR.

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Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

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Happy

Maybe.

Let's hope, that the Bearded One can make a better job of it than he did with Virgin East Coast.

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GCHQ bod tells privacy advocates: Most of our work is making sure we operate within the law

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Unhappy

Re: must be an error

"The biggest amount of work we do at GCHQ is to figure out how we can twist the letter of the law to our purposes," he said.

No need, the tame poodles at the Home Office will quickly run up a new law so as to shield GCHQ from any nasty attempts to hold them accountable.

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FPGAs for AI? GPUs and CPUs are the future, shrugs drone biz Insitu

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"...that can be problematic because they don't want their data going anywhere else"

OK, I get that, but with their increasing use of "the cloud" and off-the-shelf GPUs and processors how are they going to make sure that the stuff stays safe? They will have to trust in third party security and we are all aware that things can and do leak or are just plain broken.

If I was in the market for such assets I would want to be certain that all the data was under my control rather than spreading it all over the internet.

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Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control

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Re: It's maybe even a little worse

What are these computer chips of which you speak? I have never seen them.

Seriously, this whole thing smells to me like a solution looking for a problem. More complications = more to go wrong.

Ned Ludd might actually be proved right in this case.

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

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Re: I sincerely hope...

"I wonder if the eventual outcome will be a paid-for (with money) service?"

That would indeed be interesting. Then, perhaps, we will see just how much people value the services provided by Facebook for "free" as opposed to the punter having to pay real money to use FB's stuff. Another benefit would be that the user would become a customer and not the product.

Interesting times!

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Microsoft patches problematic OS to deal with SSD woes

nematoad
Happy

I paused my Windows updates in 1998 when I moved to Linux.

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Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

nematoad

Re: Email is fundamental to modern life

I don't know if it runs on anything other than Linux but Sylpheed has been my e-mail client of choice for years.

Lightweight and easy to configure I just hope that the devs can keep the project going.

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US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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Joke

Re: Copyright extensions need to stop

"It sort of says it all about "greed" and the music industry."

I don't want to be rude but you are repeating yourself.

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Did you even sweat, tho? Plaintiffs told to amend claims in Apple headphones suit

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Re: "lost faith in their ability to rely on... marketing"

"... but several have actually averred that they replaced and/or purchased the product multiple times, believing that the defects would be fixed,"

Yep, you can fool some of the people all of the time.

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Can't wait for Linux apps on Chrome OS? And you like stability? We'll see you in December, then

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Unhappy

Re: It seems quite perverse, must admit but...

" Just love the approach Google took."

The trouble is that will not be all they took. Or don't you value not be followed around the web?

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Score one for the bats and badgers! Apple bins €850m Irish bit barn bid

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I see.

"...underlined our need to make the State's planning and legal processes more efficient."

Or in other words, "Let's try and ram this through despite local opposition."

Checks and balances are essential if we are to stop big corporations just taking anything they want.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Unhappy

Re: Microsoft’s business models require stealing and reselling personal data

"...the users who will find a new operating system."

Sadly, the truth is that most users don't even know that there are alternatives. As far as they are concerned Windows is the only way due to the bundling of Windows with a new PC. Remember the bullshit being spouted when it was said that buying a PC without Windows was illegal?

So, much as I wish people would go out and get an alternative, due to the brainwashing and FUD most people won't/can't get off the MS treadmill.

Oh, I agree that MS's execution leaves a lot to be desired but when did that ever change?

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Royal Bank of Scotland decision to axe 160+ branches linked to botched IT gig – Unite

nematoad

Re: Yet again...

"...like Barclays has been. "

No, I think you mean Lloyds/TSB.

Barclays got a suspicious loan from the Middle East so that they could avoid state intervention, This is currently being investigated.

We all know what happened to the TSB.

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DRAM makers sued (yet again) for 'fixing prices' (yet again) of chips

nematoad
FAIL

Wot?

"As of today the company has not been served and does not comment on active litigation,""

OK, the company might not comment on active litigation but if they have not been served then there is no litigation active or otherwise to stop them answering some questions.

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Apple's QWERTY gets dirty leaving fanbois shirty

nematoad
Unhappy

Strangely enough I was watching that yesterday, and I thought that what Rossmann says about customers coming in with broken iThings and still keep coming back for more. "That's not rational, that's religious."

Apple are a quasi-cult. No matter how badly Apple stiffs the customer with shoddy build quality, poor customer treatment and extortionate prices the true-believer will always return no matter how much they are out of pocket.

With a base like that you could be the worst company in the world to do business with and yet still turn a hefty profit.

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

nematoad
FAIL

Me too!

I'll have what ever it is the government are smoking.

They are living in a fantasy land where £13Bn projects can be conjured out of thin air and along with the "magical thinking" over topics like the Irish border I seriously doubt that this bunch are capable of negotiating their way out of a wet paper bag.

If I had the chance I would take Old Bill's* advice and "Find a better 'ole to go to" as I can see the train crash starting to happen here in the UK.

* A popular cartoon figure from the Great War drawn by Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather.

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State spy agencies 'outsource surveillance' to foreign partners – campaign group

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Unhappy

Re: BIt late...

This article has to be the biggest "statement of the bleedin' obvious" ever.

We have suspected for years that domestic laws preventing the surveillance of citizens could be by-passed and it appears that this is only too true.

The people drawn to the "intelligence community" seem to be devious manipulators with the attitude of "the end justifies the means", so of course they will collude and find ways to get around any attempts to rein them in.

The real scandal is in the failure of those people we elect to run our countries to hold these agencies to account and control their wilder inclinations. It make me wonder what's in it for the politicians or if, like J. Edgar Hoover, the spies have enough dirt to actually control their theoretical masters.

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Apple unleashes FoundationDB as an open source project

nematoad
Happy

Oh.

"...project contributors have to be treated with respect."

Why break the habits of a lifetime?

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You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

nematoad
FAIL

Bah!

"Ignorance of the law is no excuse."

No, but not being gifted with telepathic powers that allow you to see what's in the documents before reading might be.

The people who are presumably breaking the law in this case are those who failed to redact sensitive information before publishing it. If I were one of those affected by this I would be taking aim at the bureaucrats not some teenager.

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NHS Digital execs showed 'little regard' for patient ethics by signing data deal

nematoad

Re: Huh?

"MPs (the government) have voiced serious concerns about NHS Digital (a public organisation which is beholden to the Department for Health"

Not quite. Members of the government are members of Parliament, Commons or Lords but not all members of Parliament are members of the government. Otherwise you would have Jeremy Corbyn in government as well as May, Gove, Hunt etc.

It's really a case of the right hand and the left hand not agreeing with each other.

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Unhappy

It only makes sense.

"... only allows confidential data to be shared in the case of serious crime."

Yes, but in the mind of the current government any foreigner is potentially committing a serious crime simply by being in the country.

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UK rocket-botherers rattle SABRE, snaffle big bucks

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Re: That's good, but...

@ Lars

It would appear as if someone not only got out of bed on the wrong side but also, like Worzel Gummige, forgot to put on their thinking head.

An ad hominem attack is no answer to the points I was trying to make. What you seem to have failed to grasp is that I was not claiming that Britain is solely responsible for all the great discoveries, inventions and developments in the world. The point of my post was that the UK is very good at coming up with clever new ideas but pitifully poor at turning them into a source of revenue.

As for the state of my children's minds that is irrelevant. They are long grown up and now responsible for the moulding of their own children's characters and minds.

You may gather from the above that I am annoyed at the tone of your reply, and you would be right. When I was at University I was trained to attack the other person's ideas not them. It seems as if this idea has somehow passed you by.

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Unhappy

That's good, but...

We see this time and again in history.

Britain develops new technology and someone else comes along, takes what we have found, commercialises it and makes a killing. Look at the Comet, the first jet airliner. A brilliant project that was damaged beyond repair by design flaws that allowed Boeing and others to take the lead and look where we are now. Then there's computing. Colossus was years ahead of everyone else, and yet where is the British computer industry today? Nowhere. I could go on and on.

It seems as if we are an inventive nation but when it comes to making money out of our discoveries and inventions we are nowhere to be seen.

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Can't view memes on London-Southampton train? It's the worst line for mobile coverage

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Happy

Re: Where are we going?

"...if it's 2018 on the mainland, it's 1918 on the Island."

Close but no cigar. The trains are from 1938 as Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese says, Ex Northern Line I believe.

I did notice that at least some of them have been given a new lick of paint recently so not quite as shabby as in the picture.

And yes, that is a shot of Ryde Esplanade station and what that has to do with the London to Southampton route is anybody's guess.

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

nematoad
Facepalm

Look on the bright side.

Perhaps we can use some of the £350 million a week we send to the EU to support our space industry.

Not looking so good now is it, Mr Farage?

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OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws

nematoad

Re: At what point...

Ah, but how much damage could the security people do as against the "ordinary" citizen?

A lot in my opinion, and I reckon Linus has this right in calling out this "look at me, aren't I clever?" attempt.

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Fun fact: US Customs slaps eyeglass taxes on optical networking gear

nematoad
Joke

Re: Not just US Customs

"Fans, Vacuum Pumps and Air Compressors".

Well, what's wrong with that? Fans move air about whether they are hand held, mechanical or electrical, don't they?

OK. I take your point, but you know Customs agents are devoid of common sense or imagination. Though they do seem to have had a sense of humour.

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Unlucky Linux boxes trampled by NPM code update, patch zapped

nematoad

Oh!

Sudo, isn't that the work-around so that anyone can pretend to be root?

What's wrong with su? At least that way you have the root password and not some distro developer. Personally I could never see why sudo was not considered to be an accident waiting to happen.

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Just can't catch a break, can ya, Capita? Shares tumble 40% amid yet another profit warning

nematoad

Re: Dividends vs Pensions?

",,,they are complex investment portfolios that rely heavily on dividend income..."

OK. So that makes them the owners of the company. If they are willing to accept the benefits of ownership it's a pity that they don't seem so keen on the responsibilities. Like keeping the management under control and waving through the so called "incentive plans" the people at the top use to line their pockets whilst letting the rest of the company go to the wall.

"You scratch my back etc."

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Unhappy

Re: Panic stations!

"...we see senior execs opt to retire early or jump ship before it finally goes down."

A pity that the bastards won't pulled under by the weight of their wallets.

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Ubuntu reverting to Xorg in Bionic Beaver

nematoad
Unhappy

Re: Just to be clear...

"Like it or not, Wayland is the future, and a number of distros have already made the leap."

Or, "Resistance is futile!"

Now where have we heard that before?

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Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness

nematoad

Re: Well done, MSFT!

"The obvious thing for both companies is to offer not just more transparency, but to give customers a choice."

I'm sure that they do. The trouble is that the users are not the customer the ad slingers are. The users are the product.

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F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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Happy

Re: VAAC 35 knot relative speed ?

"...a seven-degree angle relative to the boat," Andy said"

I didn't realise that the F35 could land on a submarine.

You can tell that he is in the RAF not the Navy.

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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

nematoad

Re: Discuss

"Are you basing your statements on distrowatch clicks? lol"

Do you have an alternative source?

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WTF?

Discuss

"...making GNOME Shell the de facto standard Linux desktop."

Citation required.

Looking on Distrowatch Ubuntu is sitting on 1490 hits per day whereas Linux Mint is on 2615 and I don't suppose that many people running Mint are using anything other than Cinnamon or Mate.

This piece sound like a panegyric to Gnome and I for one would like the figures to back up the author's statements.

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

nematoad
Unhappy

Hold on.

Don't get too complacent.

From reading some comments and posts both here on El Reg and elsewhere it seems to me as if a blunderbus approach to fixing these snafus is being contemplated.

Even though AMD have said that their CPUs are only affected minimally from what I have read all CPUs will be targeted by the patches whether they need it or not. So that AMD and ARM will be slowed down as well as Intel stuff.

Now it may well be that I have got hold of the wrong end of the stick, and I hope I have, but if true then a lot of collateral damage will done and we will all suffer from this mess.

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Nvidia: Using cheap GeForce, Titan GPUs in servers? Haha, nope!

nematoad
Mushroom

Re: Whats Next?

"...to discourage potential misuse of our GeForce and TITAN products..."

Aye, there's the rub. It's not their bloody product after you have paid out good money to buy the thing, it's yours.

If you blow it up or fry it what's that got to do with Nvidia?

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Oracle's Safra Catz joins Mickey Mouse board

nematoad
Unhappy

I see.

"Oracle's Safra Catz joins Mickey Mouse board "

But I repeat myself.

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

nematoad
Unhappy

Re: Rotten to the core

"...and yet the current employees have acquiesced, and continued to work there. What does that tell us?"

That these people need a wage to put food on the table, pay the mortgage etc.

Do you really hate Uber so much that you want to punish everyone connected with this rotten organisation? That's unjust and unfair. Like every human organisation there will be good people and bad people working there. It's just that in this instance most of the bad sorts seem to have risen to the top.

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Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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Unhappy

"...rubber tyres are overrated anyway."

So is the spelling by the look of things.

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MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

nematoad

Gah!

With all the complications now coming in to view, stuff like this, the NI/Republic border, financial passporting and so on I'm beginning to think "Why bother?"

Funny that none of this was mentioned in the Referendum campaign and which finally focussed on immigration and the mythical "£350 million"

What really gets me is the thought that if it really does go pear-shaped and we are reduced to a third party supplicant at the EU's door will we be able to hold those responsible to account? Probably not as they will, most likely, be spending more time with their money in the likes of the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda or the Channel islands.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

nematoad
Happy

Re: Such is life. Have a look around - it's a constant race of arms.

"My amp still works on the mains 240V,,,"

<pedant> They changed the voltage a while back to 230V so as to be in line with the rest of the EU. </pedant>

I don't know if that will change with Brexit though.

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