* Posts by Big John

3181 posts • joined 28 Oct 2009

FCC: Oh no, deary me. What a shame. Too bad, so sad we can't do net neutrality appeal during the US govt shutdown

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Re: Why "net neutrality?" Simples.

> "Corporations will always act against the public good when there is profit in doing so."

I'd say "usually," but you have a point. However, if a corporation is perceived to be acting against the public good, will that not affect their profits? You appear to be assuming they can act in perfect secrecy when we know that isn't the case.

So there is a legitimate alternative to top-down government control, at least in theory. In fact, isn't this sort of public shaming of corporations a primary tool of politics because it IS so effective? I put it to you that NN is being pushed for reasons other than the stated ones, and they are mostly political in nature, not of the "gouge the public" sort.

Further, I assert that NN and other proposals of the kind are made because some people find it much easier to envision fast and effective change via government fiat, rather than grassroots organizing and bottom-up efforts. Note that while there are some good arguments for NN, there is no real public call for it, just a lot of loud political activism, much of it engendered by the large tech companies that stand to profit from it handsomely.

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Re: Please explain: why do we NEED this so-called "net neutrality" again?

I could say the same about you. I'm in the minority here, but this forum is not representative of the public in general, and elsewhere it would be you on the defensive, not me.

I would prefer to argue points. Many here do that, and they sometimes make me re-consider my own position, but some just shake their fingers and basically tell me to shut up. THAT is what I don't bother to listen to.

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Re: Please explain: why do we NEED this so-called "net neutrality" again?

Trying to reason with one-dimensional name-callers is pretty hard too.

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Re: Please explain: why do we NEED this so-called "net neutrality" again?

Some US customers have only one choice due to remote geography, but most are that way because of local political corruption preventing true competition. The solution is not to socialize the system but to stop the corruption.

But it's ever so much easier to enact a top-down federal takeover than do the hard work of rooting out corrupt political arrangements. It also furthers certain peoples' agendas much better.

Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn

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Re: "They wouldn't have seen any rings."

Three out of four gas giants have rings currently, so it's safe to assume they're created and destroyed fairly regularly.

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Re: Distant Origin

> "For some reason you restrict your interpretation of other people's understanding of the primary driver of climate change to SUVs..."

Wait, there's only one primary driver of climate change? And we know this how? Consider how little we really know about our complex, highly interconnected climate system. Claiming it has a "primary" driver at this point is less than wise.

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Re: Distant Origin

> "It was an excellent episode showing the issues with narrow mindedness and doctrine. It took us a while to shake it off..."

You sure about that? Seems to me those qualities remain in abundant supply. Humans are masters of self-delusion and will remain so until evolution or human fiddling causes major changes to our genome.

Diplomat warns that tech industry has become a pawn as politicos fight dirty

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Re: Wrong way round?

> "Trump is a symptom, not the cause."

If President Trump is a creature of Google's and Apple's making, why then does nearly everyone at those companies dislike him so intensely?

That's a joke of course. The big tech firms had nothing to do with Trump's success, except to take advantage of the good economy that has resulted from the tax cut and the elimination of so many onerous regulations settled on the country by the previous admin.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Re: One ring to rule them all?

When they add that third monster loop the whole thing will be called "The Snowman."

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Re: One ring to rule them all?

Obligatory XKCD.

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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Unhappy

Re: The room doll was removed

Um, where was the "room doll" housed? In the closet? Did it pop up out of a cabinet or descend from the ceiling on wires? Or... was it walking around freely...? Aren't all these possibilities very disturbing?

I suppose it was probably just molded into the wall somehow. With eyes that followed you everywhere...

Computing boffins strip the fun out of satirical headlines

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Innterrupted defense mechanism

Considering how few human comedians are actually funny, and how often even those lose their touch, the idea of training what's basically a bunch of logic gates to do it successfully seems very far fetched. I would insert a joke here, but I won't live long enough to travel that far.

*taps on glass* Hellooo, IRS? Anyone in? Anyone guarding taxpayers' data from crooks? Hellooo?

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Re: There's a simple solution to this

> "Part of his base think the government is too big..."

What was your first clue, Sherlock? Have you checked out the size of the Federal bureaucracy lately? It's been growing like a cancer for decades and even Trump's attempts to pare it back haven't done much good. And he's the ONLY one who even made an attempt.

It used to be that liberals didn't like the government. When did that change to love?

Huawei and Intel hype up AI hardware, TensorFlow tidbits, and more

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Re: Deepfakes

That's what makes Tina Fey so "convincing" as Sarah Palin.

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Re: Deepfakes

> "Well, Tina Fey was a more convincing Sarah Palin than Palin herself was."

Finding Tina Fey "convincing" says a lot more about you than it says about Palin.

Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election

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Re: Red herring

Yes, rightwingers these days are famous for shouting down the opposition whenever they show their faces. We own the all the colleges, and we says what goes.

Notice the problem with what I wrote?

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Re: I'm not their consumer but

> "...someone who keeps posting a list of Republican office holders who are child molesters. And I don't know which cases are accurately stated but I assume that those who are known to be child molesters are the ones that we don't have to worry about."

Anyone can create a smear sheet to damage the political opposition, and anyone can chose to repeat those lies. Yet in the recent #MeToo movement nearly every man exposed as a creep was a well-known Democrat supporter. That's a fact, not something made up and posted everywhere by partisans.

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Re: Or, just maybe...

You're not going to make many friends here by mentioning such things. Most posters at the Reg automatically follow the PC line without thinking about it too much. I've tried to do what you're doing and the downvotes just pour in like the sea. I think it's because most techies are not very interested in politics, so they're only exposed to ideas found in the major media, if that. Oh, eventually a lot of them will age a bit and wise up a bit, but that takes time.

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Re: Or, just maybe...

I've been downvoted 18329 times and counting, for posting just like you do. Better get used to it. Oh, and better be careful when your points are really strong, because that's when the deluge starts, oy.

Funny tho, on those occasions I rarely get any responses, just a lot of downvotes.

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Re: Red herring

Most people in the US view most Europeans as hopelessly far to the left. It's all relative. And who says jihadists are on the right? They want to control what people think, just like a lot on the left with their PC culture. Us righties prefer to live and let live, even if some people behave in "bad" ways. We may disapprove, but we don't actively try to force other people to "be good." That's just a meme the left pins on us as part of the culture war.

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Re: Red herring

It's shouldn't have to do with those things, but it does. The mainstream media have swung very far left in the last 70 years, and now that there are sites like Breitbart to counter their spin they've pretty much thrown off the mask.

People who say "Breitbart and Fox are all lies" are saying that because the media THEY view are reporting in a way that looks the opposite. I happen to view both sides, and I see lying on both sides, but it appears the MSM are now lying quite a lot more than Breitbart. Others disagree. I understand.

Funny tho how all the major media lying scandals, where "reporters" are caught outright fabricating stories, seem to come from the left-leaning media and not places like Breitbart or Fox. Der Speigel is just the latest in a long list of such scandals occurring in publications that definitely aren't on the right.

If the big bold liars are attracted to left-leaning news sites primarily, why would all the small lies be coming from the other side? It doesn't seem likely.

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But the dig was, and it mentioned them by name, so weren't they explicitly included anyway? Besides, they were included for no apparent reason except to provide "fan service" for the majority of posters here. Webcomics readers will know what I mean by that.

But you are right, it's not relevant to the article per se. I just get tired of the usual insinuations that "rightwing" automatically means "bad." I used to respond this way more often, but I got downvoted so often that measures were taken to curb my "enthusiasm." It made me angry at first, but now I realize it's made me a better poster. I have to be careful not to step over the line too far, or whammo!

So now I, as a Righty posting on a Leftie site, pick and choose, and try to be subtly subversive. It seems to be working, so far...

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Feh

People just get tired. I'm sure you know what I mean. Re-learning things is very difficult after a certain age, and takes serious commitment. I don't blame people for relaxing and letting others take over. To be honest the idea gets more seductive every year.

But I'll never submit! These young pups are stupid, stupid, stupid! The whole world is rotting from the head down! Things were so much better in the Good Old Days!

Where's my remote...

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> "Said sites did not include the usual roster of Breitbart, Fox News, et al routinely accused of making up stories..."

Yes, routinely accused by the likes of the Washington Post, the New York Times, Der Speigel, and CNN. All straight arrows who only occasionally get caught inventing stuff about conservatives.

Typical! You wait ages for a fast radio burst from outer space, and suddenly 13 show up

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Bursting bubbles

They say FRB's are named for the detection date, but if astronomers start getting lots of them, that will need to be (ahem) updated. Still, it's way cool that the universe still has curve balls to throw at us! I'm old enough to recall when we thought things were starting to settle down. Hah!

Chinese rover pootles about... on the far side of the friggin' MOON

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> "Sad you find them worthless."

That was clearly sarcasm. Even AC's are capable of it.

If you've been dying to run some math on a dinky toy quantum computer, IBM may have something for you

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Joke

Let's see your proofs.

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Re: How did they predict the development thing?

I agree with your assessment. FTA:

"The qubits that make it so powerful lose their properties within 100 microseconds – and that time falls off significantly with any introduction of vibrations or temperature change."

The more important fact is that each additional qubit increases the instability exponentially, and there seems no way around this due to the quantum nature of reality. This is why IBM's quantum computer has only 20 qubits; They've approached a hard, built-in limit, not unlike the speed of light.

I see it as a good thing. It preserves the utility of public key encryption, and who knows what else? I for one would not relish going back to the days of physical couriers transporting crypto keys all over the planet, with briefcases handcuffed to their wrists. Online retailing is just too convenient!

Hands off that Facebook block button, public officials told by judges in First Amendment row

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Re: I am curious to see how this works out.

> "A recently elected congresswomen called out the representatives and senators who hold dual American and Israeli citizenships..."

Wow, so merely being Jewish means one is a citizen of Israel? So why can't all Jews worldwide vote in Israeli elections? That's messed up!

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Re: One step closer

Why did you cut off the part where I said "in reference to courts"? Is that nice?

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Re: One step closer

If choosing a conservative judge is "stacking," would choosing a liberal one be "unstacking?"

BTW, the usual definition of the word "stack" in reference to courts is to add MORE seats to the court, the way FDR tried to do, not filling existing vacancies the way Trump and every other president has done.

Please don't try to redefine perfectly good words, okay? It confuses the issue for no good reason.

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WTF?

Re: Presidential private thoughts

"A" poll? And only 25% "agree" that Trump should nationalize the media under his rule? Pathetic. Any push-poller worth his salt can easily arrange a poll that shows at least 40% calling for Trump to be put to death, just for being too orange!

It is to laugh.

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Re: Presidential private thoughts

It depends on what is an "announcement" of government policy. It all seems very subjective. I guess we'll have to let a judge decide, which will then lead to having higher judges decide on THAT decision.

I'm wondering when we allowed the judiciary to make all our laws for us. Wasn't that supposed to be the job of elected officials?

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Re: Also facebook

It would be nice if FB would be upfront about censoring conservatives, instead of shadow banning them like they do. If it's okay to censor, it should be okay to do it where people can see what's going on.

Low-power chips are secret sauce behind long-life wearables

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Re: Lower end

> "I'm happy with my portable hourglass."

Hourglasses will never be truly portable and practical until they find a way to miniaturize the sand grains. Alternatively they might introduce some sort of clockwork mechanism that allows only one grain at a time thru the neck.

Oh wait...

New Horizons snaps finish buffering: Ultima Thule actually two dust bunnies that got snuggly 4.5 billion years ago

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I didn't need to read that.

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Re: Great News!

> "Of course in Sci-Fi movies, asteroids are all over the place..."

No, they are usually said to inhabit "asteroid fields," whatever those are. Generally they're located directly between the protagonist and the intended destination.

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Re: He'll be back again some day?

> "...my money's on an interstellar scarf."

Looks a lot like cosmic grout.

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Big End and Little End.

Forget 2019's tech biz takeovers, here's the mega-merger everyone's talking about: Milky Way and LMC, coming soon

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Boffin

Future Sky

There's an über-cool Future Sky video that simulates the merger of our galaxy with Andromeda from the solar viewpoint. Enjoy.

It's the end of 2018, and this is your year in security

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Meh

Re: A Question for Mullers and Mullahs Alike re Future Years in Play

Maybe amanfromMars doesn't want impatient readers commenting on his thoughts, such as they are. Perhaps the ones that get past the first sentence might actually consider those thoughts, and not just laugh them off.

Not that they can't be subtly amusing, mind you...

It's a lot of work, being popular: Apple, Tim Cook and the gilets jaunes

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Re: Apple business plan

> "...sell nothing and make everyone pay for it by law."

So, carbon taxes then.

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Re: Apple business plan

My ancient Ipad 2 is chugging along just fine, while being used daily. Okay, it's primitive by today's standards but it works fine for surfing, and my admiration of its durability increases with every year that goes by. I do have a folding cover and a stick-on screen film for it that's as old as it is, but still.

Techie basks in praise for restoring workforce email (by stopping his scripting sh!tshow)

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Re: Recursion is difficult

It doesn't end. It's recursion all the way down.

2018 ain't done yet... Amazon sent Alexa recordings of man and girlfriend to stranger

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Re: More questions than answers...

> "...toy Yoda."

I saw what you did there.

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More questions than answers...

What is the current legal status concerning Amazon's collection of Alexa request audio? Are they supposed to delete all such audio after finishing a request?

I'm wondering if they want to save requests in order to better deal with future interactions. But they have to parse that audio during a request anyway, so presumably all they would need is the parsed data, not the actual audio.

Also, the fact that they freely disbursed the audio at all means they didn't consider it a big deal to have it in the first place. I'm totally confused. Did they save audio merely so they could comply, and if so, with what? Does the GDPR require this?

Slap for Slack chat app after US, Canada chaps zapped in Iranian IP address map whack

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Weaponizing potential

"...Slack’s Electron client is so CPU hungry..."

I'll say, 15% CPU when it's doing something, on my Linux box anyway. But what torques me off is the ponderous half-gig of memory it feels it needs. That's more than Firefox with fifteen tabs open! And it's double what Skype consumes, oy.

"Slack" should be prefixed with "cut me some" I think.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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Re: "this ought to be labelled an editorial."

No, the word typically used in the US is "Editorial." What part of the US are you from, may I ask?

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Re: "this ought to be labelled an editorial."

Very true, but I'm not sure you realize that word "Comment", in front of an editorial, does not signify it to be an editorial to many readers in the US. I didn't realize it myself and I'm fairly well read.

Of course I would not dream of requesting an alteration in the standard form, seeing as this is a Brit publication written for Brits; Just wanted you to know there is some confusion going on across the pond regarding terminology.

Scrubtastic end to 2018 as SpaceX, Blue Origin, Arianespace all opt for another day on Earth

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Wow, that link about Jack Parson is kinda mind blowing. I had no idea.

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