* Posts by Notas Badoff

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IETF moves meeting from USA to Canada to dodge Trump travel ban

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Next year in wallmerica

A world-wide organization I'm a member of finally set next year's meeting, in Washington, D.C. The only way this makes sense to me, is that it will be so short a distance to go protest outside the Capital.

"You're attending a conference on 'religion' and 'violence'? Denied!" I'm not sure even the Canadians will be able to get there, to talk about their amazing work on non-violence and conflict resolution.

It may just end up being a two venue teleconference after all. (Hmm, I think that's the see-through wall Trump has been talking about?)

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

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Short-term memory

How many Americans know the ancestry of even their grandparents, much less great-grandparents?

For every single -ish or -ism trying to get to America in the past there were people actively opposing their ancestors. Every single religion, regionalism, language, or 'look', there were Americans hating them.

Why has this been forgotten?

Or... is it being 'celebrated'? :-((

We're the Benighted States of Unawareica!

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Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

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Deep time

Talk about Easter eggs. Is it possible that the definition of Unix time was influenced by someone French? La Marseillaise anyone?

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Google Chrome's HTTPS ban-hammer drops on WoSign, StartCom in two months

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Wo is me

Chinese pinyin for 'I' is 'wǒ'. Anybody remember if in the "product trademarking wars" Chinese companies simply tried working around the trademarks by using 'wophone', 'wopad', etc.? wophone.com seems null-terminated. (Mebbe Apple bought it?) wopad.com is for sale. wophone.net is too. Guess discerning customers wanted the "real thing" or not at all.

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

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Codiocracy

If someone ever wants to do movie along the lines of Idiocracy about code, development, projects, benevolent dicks for life, etc., there's a big part in it for this guy. Just doesn't *know* when he's being stupid kinda describes the casting, right?

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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You will appreciate what *we* say you should appreciate!

Recently Google 'updated' Google News to a new ~visual~ format. Each news item is now a 'card', with picture and headline and a few more bits, each 'card' about a half screen high. Material design? The total effect is a long line of billboards I have to walk down with a lead foot on the pagedown accelerator.

This isn't design. This is ego-ridden grandiosity repainting the screen using norovirus.

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Kaspersky repeats offer: America can see my source code

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Ave Senatus Populusque Russia!

Strange that I wonder if the stated aim of the US senators and the hidden aim of (cough) other governments just might align in some way. The goals might be diametrically opposed, but perhaps one group is aiding the other group without realizing it?

(I used to think I was cynical but the world just keeps on making me feel naive.)

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

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Have they tried...

turning it off and on again?

As in the site simply not serving those images for awhile, and then noting to enquirers that 'free' does have limits. 14 years and the users aren't amazed that the site is still there, might just need a little moola and 'free' has limits? It never occurred to them that they hadn't ever actually supported the delivery of their pictures?

Common sense has become noticeably rare.

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Search results suddenly missing from Google? Well, BLAME CANADA!

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Shootout at the OK court

At some point the transnational companies are just going to have to challenge all the authorities together to find a workable common sense solution.

My feeling is it would be a wonderful gesture (how many fingers?) for Google to say - okay, now searches for horse products will result in displaying only "Sorry, Canada says no".

That will give people a starting point for discussion. I could not predict where the discussions would end up, or when.

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WikiLeaks doc dump reveals CIA tools for infecting air-gapped PCs

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"Suspicion Deflection"

Oh if only they'd named it "Drop Bear" then they could believably claim it was one of them Asian nation states!

(Yeah, yeah, I know, but the American public wouldn't remember 'continents' ...)

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Re: Bleh

Until seeing in a recent article that there was a difference between the "aerodynamic side panels" versus the side-impact guards that prevent cars under-running the trailers, I thought they were the same.

But one is designed to save fuel, and is just a simple panel, and doesn't cost that much. The other will also save fuel, but has lots of structure behind it to stop cars from doing the guillotine thing.

I'm'a gonna guess the one with lots of metal costs enough more that it won't be implemented until required by law.

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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Hey, did you know the editor could do that automatically?

"... is the equivalent of an extra 2.4 years of experience in terms of salary expectations."

Haven't looked at the survey yet, and don't know whether this fact can be extracted, but is it just possible that using spaces correlates with an extra 2.4 years or so of experience?

That it might take an extra couple years to discover how to make your favorite editor expand tabs to spaces as you type - so there is are no extra characters to type - is disturbing but I could believe of some I've worked with.

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When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!

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Re: Not so easy...

No one can learn from history if it is erased bit by bit, labeling this bit mistaken and that bit misattributed. Some plumber named Bonaparte should not be able to claim his toilet fixing skills have been slandered and his business impeded by the phrase "that was his water loo".

The right to be forgotten *must* be very judiciously applied, or else no one will remember when we weren't at war with Europa.

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Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

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WTF?

What they heard...

The company cares so much about your ongoing experience with iPhone that it had to thoroughly test the new file system so that it would be trouble-free for all our customers.

(That the method chosen would be a bowel-loosening suggestion at any other company doesn't matter, their bowels are quite reinforced, shored up with Apple's bulging egos.)

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Has riddle of the 1977 'Wow!' signal finally been cracked? Maybe...

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Hey, what's that smell?

" Astronomers will continue to check the results to see if other comets exhibit the same behavior."

They do. This article already said "... and that other comets also emitted similar emissions."

And another article at phys.org also mentions "To verify their results, they tested readings from three other comets, as well, and found similar results."

So comet poots raised a stink cuz they didn't know who dunnit. Now we'll be watching for those 'cropdusting' jokers.

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Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course

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Some edits

"Next year, Boeing is planning to do some test flights with an autonomous airplane, albeit one loaded with pilots and engineers rather than passengers valuable people like executives."

"The industry is also facing a severe shortage of pilots people will to work for low pay under insane conditions, so Boeing every company is looking for a high-tech solution."

The above is a generic statement that fits *every* industry these days, yes?

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Science megablast: Comets may have brought xenon to Earth

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U-Xenon, U-Xe, Pu-Xe - waw?

At first, and from the description, I thought you shirely meant "Ur-Xenon". (I am of an age having read German science articles in, y'no, German)

But 'U-Xenon' appears to be something different again from article's description. U-Xenon aka U-Xe is the four isotopes that can be generated by fission of uranium. Pu-Xenon / Pu-Xe from plutonium.

What the paywalled article might have been talking about is the opportunity to derive the evolution of xenon isotope abundances, using to captured U-Xe/Pu-Xe in zircons of 4Gya, as opposed to later atmospheric proportions, and then back-tracking to see if posited original proportions match those primordial as supposedly preserved in the comet.

Or something like that... (sure wish science wasn't paywalled)

Edit: found another summary article at Phys.org. But why am I suspicious that author says 'silicon' when I'm thinking 'zircon'. Sure wish science wasn't unsurely interpreted....

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US spook-sat buzzed the International Space Station

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Those remote workers...

... you have to check up on them to see if they're really doing work during paid hours.

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Axed from IBM for remote working? Don't go crying to HPE

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Missing the point

"... that in order to right lighten the ship at her newly severed enterprise company, employees need ..."

Isn't that much clearer now?

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Microsoft/IBM/HP are where they are now because of where their best (former) employees are now...

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Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law gets six months for hacking sweary super-chef's computer

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Re: Something seems off

I'm thinking Windows and SMB shares... Do a 'dir', a couple copies, read those a bit, then another 'dir' might have to reauthenticate, and so on. That kinda thing?

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Japanese cops arrest their first ransomware-slinging menace – er, a 14-year-old school boy

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Hey 'kiddo', is your hairline receding? Hahaha...

@ma1010 "but a little quality detention time and a lot of forced community service..."

Naah, the emphasis must always be on dissuading the other stupid kiddoes. So...

"It is obvious to the court that you grievously lack the maturity expected at even your young age. Your delayed maturity being the problem, it is the court's determination that your age of maturity will be fixed at 30 years of age. Until then you may not have any of the privileges of adulthood, including auto licenses, ability to execute contracts, such as renting abodes, having an independent bank account, ability to purchase alcohol, or being without the daily supervision of adults as authorized by the court. Barring grant of petition to the court, you will remain residing at your parents abode until age 30."

No jail time at all, just jail them at home. Parents would become *very* interested in 'maturity', yes?

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Australia to float 'not backdoors' that behave just like backdoors to Five-Eyes meeting

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WTF

"From time to time we do expect our privacy to be breached, ..."

It quite boggles the mind that anyone in a 'free' 'democracy' can say this. That they do is the result of a process apparently not sufficiently remarked upon.

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Partners tearing their hair out over Dell EMC invoice system borkage

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Scads!!

"... blaming the delays on "a higher than anticipated demand" from its newly combined customer base."

Really? So allasudden you're getting 3 or 5 times the number of transactions than you've ever seen before? Is there any possible reading of that statement that doesn't make people guffaw?

If PR people can't identify embarrassing phrases, what were they trained to do?

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

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... and one for you.

So if I've have one account for family, and a different one for work pursuits, and another for boring dev-related stuff, and a completely different one with a piquant and misleading username for boasting about my nefarious activities, I just give them the first three? That'll be helpful to them, right?

Actually, I'm thinking giving them the dev-related (nerdarious?) accounts should be required for all H-1B visas. Even if no guarantee they're good at dev, at least it's evidence they can successfully pretend to competence?

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Nvidia: Pssst... farmers. Need to get some weeds whacked?

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Re: mutations will adapt to look like real crops

@lglethal re: silly argument

"Crop mimicry in weeds" pub 1983 in Economic Botany

Vavilovian mimicry

Just because you don't know about the boogie weeds doesn't mean they don't exist.

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IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

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Fuzz testing

Since you Simon zeroed in on that word again I think I'm thinking what you're thinking, that the absurdity would have been even more transparent if they'd said "... accelerate the benefits of cognitive rational technology services for our clients around the world."

Or intelligent, or beneficial. Actually any of the other words that managers might actually understand would serve also. As it is re: management 'cognitive' is a foreign word to them, almost best defined as "what you ain't."

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Redmond puts wall around Windows 10 for Chinese government edition

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An OS built ...

for Hòumén's? (see 后门)

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PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

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P-p-p-p-pull my finger

Oh c'mon, get three font designers together with a hip-hop artist and they'll shred this argument to pieces with a catchy rap diss to boot. The only similarity I can see is the near match in color. And that just says it doesn't have to be the color green - blue is a color made for lawyers! (Apologies to those who remember the Samsung S3 launch)

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Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

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Mixed Reality?

It amazes me that Microsoft cannot see themselves as others see them. It seems their persistent outlook consists of "Missed Reality".

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US court decision will destroy the internet, roar Google, Facebook et al

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Re: You're twisting words El Reg...

TBH I thought the problem with the statement was the missing word:

.... which means internet companies are NOT liable for what their users post online ...

Or did I double-ROT13 my mind's understanding (again)

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CERN ready to test an EVEN BIGGER gun

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A little side action?

I'm still boggling at "hydrogen with an extra electron". Sex-changing neutrinos are fine with me, but how the heck did they change the laws of physics? Scotty said it cannae be done!

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Oracle fires Java warning at IBM and Red Hat

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Re: Too many options...

@sorry, what? "@boltar, how do you get innovation but by iteration, speculation and plagiarism?"

Java did so spectacularly badly at this I reference them as a badly managed language.

"iteration, speculation" was thoroughly used for multiple versions as Sun said "let a hundred regexen bloom!" Wasn't it Java 5 or was it Java 6 that *finally* 'introduced' regex support? After half the population had bought one of hundreds of expensive badly implemented commercial packages, with the other half still laboriously hand-coding text parsing routines contributing to a large part of the early security flaws Java apps were(?) famous for.

"plagiarism" is a fabulously good thing when it improves your particular tool of choice. After hemming and hawing for years they finally ended up approving a basic PCRE engine. Frabjous fuck. It was a toy language until they recognized basic interfacing with the external world.

I'm remembering/thinking the community process was ideally started to identify problems outside Sun's myopia. Ah, regular expressions in JSR 59 in Java 1.4, the 5th Java release, and first under the community process.

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Fake news is fake news, says Google-backed research

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Re: It's all in the wording...

The one comment echoing my own thoughts, and its already been downvoted. Sheesh,

Google narrowly defines the problem as "It's not the Internet, Stupid. It's the Stupids, Internet!" Um, yes, but where does that leave us?

(Someone asked me a while ago for another bit of less than disagreeable response to the present situation: "It will be educational for many". Seems it will happen, as even the president gets a missed education in how the courts can interfere in his latest great idea. It is called the Constitution. Those couple amendments some treasure highly were appended to much more that all should treasure.)

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

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"schools don't need much, just office apps."

And so I was dumbfounded when they say "only store apps" and "office available in store 'soon'". WTF?

Show me an auto and then say tires available 'soon'? This baby's going nowhere!

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Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

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Re: Well, if it is pure discrimination

What do you think the "HR" in "HR 158" signifies? Maybe the import of the sentence "The changes that so concern Collison hail from rules implemented during the Obama administration." escapes you? Congress writes the laws that the administration then has the duty to 'implement'.

The "pass a law and I won't do it" stunts didn't have much chance before (perhaps) the current administration. Recently, around 85% of appointed executive branch positions still weren't filled. Maybe the tweeter will be able to plead 'inability' to implement laws he doesn't like? Is that a strategy?

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

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Re: And some banks are starting to use

And so engage the bank spokes-organ in a minute or two of conversation ending with the question "do you bank here also?". Then ask if they know the famous quote by Richelieu, mentioning that that now equates to roughly a minutes conversation.

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MEYER! SUES! YAHOO!

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Re: Well Played

Me, I was ready to suggest they change the title to

MEYER! SUES! YAHOO! !!

but now I see it should have been

MEYER! SUES! YAHOO! ?!

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Mozilla abandons experimental Aurora Firefox channel

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Re: Six week release cycles... (Yay!)

The argument for fast cycling is well-served by example of the new CSS Grid feature. Even the industry was amazed that all the browsers ('cept Edge of course) implemented Grid support within one month of the specification becoming a recommendation. Instead of the usual uncertainty "when will we be able to use it?", support was turned on "in an instant" and was available last month! Poof! ('cept MS of course).

Apart from the other, visible missteps by the browser developers, supporting progress quickly on standards is very very nice.

BTW: I suspect the browser people laid appropriate emphasis on getting CSS Grid out there partly from embarrassment over how badly CSS Flexbox faired. Not all standards are equally useful. :-(

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

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Re: term limits

People who use the internet voted for this guy 19 times. I really think it should become a 'thing' for election districts to be shamed by what their representatives do. "Milwaukee doesn't want you to have privacy."

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UK boffins steal smartmobe PINs with motion sensors

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Simples

Enable the Javascript API only when the browser is active and the particular tab is active. Just like the browsers are now throttling Javascript execution within hidden tabs to save battery. APIs are implemented within the browsers, so the browsers must add on the needed security considerations.

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

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Re: I like agile

Wanted to give you an up-vote as "velocity" vs. "speed" is exactly the sleight of hand that infuriates me. We do want eventual progress achieved, as in "distance towards goal in mind", right?

Unfortunately my reading the definitions and checking around leads me to think that you've got the words 'speed' and 'velocity' reversed above. Where's that nit-picker's icon....

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Huawei faces UK sales ban if it doesn't cough up 4G patent tithes

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Re: Somthing wrong with those numbers

Looked at PDF and that's the numbers! Huawei not terribly unhappy I think. Grasping IP company very unhappy I hope.

Please reassign this judge to family court. Mommy and Daddy want to argue over monetary sillys? Pittance for you and pittance for you and court ordered trust fund for kids education contributed to (heavily) by both combatants. No "scoring points" with this judge!

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Can Canada sue?

A question I have is how many flights from distant lands first land in USA before then allowing passengers to connect to flights to Canada, Mexico, South America, etc. If there is consistent heavy pressure against every furiner, even transiting ones, then there are only two avenues open for response. The Canadians could start requiring airlines to have direct flights to Canadian airports. Or the Canadian could bring action against the USA for imposing a blockade on air travel.

If you can't get to a country without going through another imposing onerous roadblocks, what do you do?

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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

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Side effects

And here I was going to congratulate you at how your background processing somehow made FireFox run more smoothly, using much less CPU.... Oh dear, why is it running better?? An April Fools trick by Mozilla?

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Cisco reports bug disclosed in WikiLeaks' Vault 7 CIA dump

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Internal documentation - If it reads like a joke...

fix that component!

This is one of those functional results from having all processes documented that no one credits. First you have to have someone research/investigate and write it all down. At that point some quiet words might be had, resulting in an updated release. Else during the documentation review with at least one warm-brained tech in attendance there might be a burst of laughter, and a change order. Otherwise, when the code/mental defect is eventually found, the words aren't quiet and nobody is laughing.

Who's looking for the "apocryphal stories" in your company?

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Tech titan pals back up Google after 'foreign server data' FBI warrant ruling

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Foresight

Somehow I think it is a 'likely' that this judge has never been further east than Martha's Vineyard. Nor will they ever.

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Stop the press: Journos not happy losing jobs to journo bots, say journos

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Bots... bots who need data / Are the luckiest bots in the world

The Chinese bot creating 100s of articles undoubtedly was just massaging the masses of data about Olympic events, competitors, times, rankings, etc. into easily scannable tables and lists. Wu-hu bot!

Contrast that with economics numbers. Even more voluminous and impenetrable. You could format it for display however you like, but that isn't really going to help anyone read it except for some economists. You need analysis of complex interrelated data, and with respect to higher-level understanding of how all the relationships affect each other, before the meaning of developments becomes clear(er).

Simply spewing a larger quantity of data about car crashes, pistachio prices, murders and missing cats is not going to inform people. It is going to leave more confusion in its wake. Which is going to allow every motivated blogger and radio personality to fill the gap with their own self-serving analyses.

More real data without valid neutral interpretation at the source will expand fake news.

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Congratulations IBM for 'inventing' out-of-office email. You win Stupid Patent of the Month

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Not money... patents go poof

For every stupid patent challenged as invalid and found so, the sponsor of the challenge gets to take away / invalidate / noop one other patent - their choice of which one.

Is some patent costing your company a gold ingot a year in licensing fees? Find another, indefensible patent from the predatory company, challenge and win, and you get to invalidate their pot of gold!

Now that would make a real patent war! Bwahaha!

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One IP address, multiple SSL sites? Beating the great IPv4 squeeze

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Terminology

I'll add these exciting new terms to my educational materials. Double thanks!

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Vice News YouTube video commenter set for retrial over 'menacing' posts

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Blame culture

Thing is, if nothing had been done, and then said cretin *had* done something, everybody would have been screaming for even *more* heads in government and police services.

"You should have done something about such an obvious threat!!" "How could you ignore those death threats?!!" "What does radicalised mean to you!??!"

If he does something, blame the police and judges. If he "did nothing", blame the police and judges.

Society has a "kick me" sign pinned on back.

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