* Posts by Big John

2999 posts • joined 28 Oct 2009

Democrats go on the offensive over fake FCC net neut'y cyberattack

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Re: Some of the above?

> "Nothing I see here covers the zilliions of obviously fake comments called out by people whose names were used fraudulently, mostly on "form letters" and in favor of Pai's actions (and the telecom biz)."

This site has a detailed analysis of the 2014 FCC Comment controversy, specifically the FCC-released comments collection itself. Basically both sides made heavy use of automated form comments, so you cannot say it's just the anti-NN people.

Considering how public debates like this usually run, I'd say the majority of those comments came from the left.

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Re: Thank you for a balanced article

It does seem less visceral than usual. However, near the end is this:

"And the FCC should be embarrassed. Particularly over the fact that FCC leadership consciously ignored a clear majority of comments that were opposed to its plan because it wasn't in their interests to do so."

Personally I'd rather not see US policy making turned over to whoever can gin up the most comments, calls, or whatever. It's inherently biased towards the noisiest among us.

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Microsoft's Chinese chatbot inspired by images to write poetry

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That's what they want you to think.

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US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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Re: I wonder why it always comes down to money?

Doesn't Mao's Little Red Book say that "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun"?

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Re: Dry Erase Results

> "There will be some, in areas where the Democrats have a chance of winning ... the election result, who voted etc will all be prepared prior to the election taking place"

That's been SOP in Chicago for well over a century.

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I checked, and only five states still use electronic voting exclusively, and some of the rest have a hodgepodge of paper/electronic voting, but the bulk now have paper only or paper-receipt machines.

Overall, the trend has been away from, non-paper voting in the US. I mean, right?

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Re: how about

Optical paper ballots are becoming the norm. They are very easy to tabulate, and easy to deal with by voters, being similar to all those school tests we took in the same manner.

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Only for purely electronic voting machines. That's why there's been a big move in the US generally away from those machines and back to ones with paper trails. Still won't stop vote cheating tho, but cheating will have to be done the old ways, here in meatspace, where we have a chance to catch them up.

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Criminal justice software code could send you to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it

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A golden opportunity

Any dis-proportionality in outcomes is proof of systemic racism. So, if law enforcement is going to use programming to do their job anyway, it's time to make sure the programming enforces equal sentencing outcomes for all races, regardless of any dis-proportionality in violation rates. Yes, this means whites will need to be incarcerated at rates higher than their proportional rate of infractions, but that's what we need to do to achieve a colour-blind society.

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Revealed: El Reg blew lid off Meltdown CPU bug before Intel told US govt – and how bitter tech rivals teamed up

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Re: and?

> "But...Not telling the US Government about known flaws is surely a sensible security precaution?"

That's debatable, and it stands in contrast to this FTA:

"An audience member introduced himself as a Lenovo staffer who was briefed of Meltdown and Spectre ahead of the planned disclosure date, and he denied the Chinese government had been made aware of the issue in advance. By his reckoning, only a couple of dozen people at Lenovo knew about the issue, and all were based in the US, apart from one developer in Japan."

So Lenovo did know, and yet we are to assume they too withheld that information from the Chinese government? I don't know. If I had to bet, I'd go the opposite way.

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How evil JavaScript helps attackers tag possible victims – and gives away their intent

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Re: Comma Operator

> "But, does that count as evasion or just obfuscation?"

I'm not, um, sure I, um, understand your... ah, question...?

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Denial of denial-of-service served: There was NO DDoS on FCC net neutrality comments

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The commentors here can't even remember that NN was imposed by President Obama via his guy at the FCC. No legislation was passed by Congress.

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You're trying to be reasonable, but for many this issue has gone beyond reason.

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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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Re: Yeah...

R2D2 never got switched off...

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Castaway hacker guilty of sedating children's hospital computers

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"...after being blown off course, he and his spouse had to be plucked from the water by a Disney cruise ship..."

What's that you say? He lost his (getta) way? Okay, he may have his heart in the right place, but his brain appears to have gone off course.

SKIPPER!!!

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Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Re: Brown note

A few inertial dampers scattered around your house could eliminate that unfortunate resonance, or at least shift the resonance away from the 'danger zone.' Doesn't do much for the odor, tho...

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Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown

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Re: The Fake President is the epitome of Greed

> "Whatever happens I don't think that the USA will ever recover from Trump's destructive behaviour."

The only thing President Trump is destroying is the Left's plan to reshape our culture in their PC image.

The economy and trade seem to be going pretty well (for the US anyway) and as for war, I don't see major conflicts springing up everywhere like we were told would happen. These things are why Presidents are elected, not to be strictly "honest" at all times.

Besides, most of Trump's lies are really just goofing/trolling on his critics. I think he learned that technique from the media...

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Re: Trump 'not normal' FCC Commish reveals

Isn't it odd how progressives have somehow become the bulwarks of the Establishment? It warn't that way when I were young!

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The Solar System's oldest minerals reveal the Sun's violent past

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Re: Highly volatile noble gases?

> "IMHO, "highly volatile" is one of those terms that are greatly overused in the popular media."

Well. the media IS pretty gassy...

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: They Live....

Polarized lenses work by blocking horizontally polarized sunlight, which preferentially reflects from low flat surfaces like water and asphalt. ALL polarized glasses do this. If car displays are being blocked it must be because they emit primarily horizontally polarized light.

If that's true, why are the manufacturers doing this? Could they not have chosen to make screens polarize the opposite way, or is there some technical reason that isn't done?

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Alien sun has smashing time sucking up planets

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Re: Saturn...

> "This is probably something that happens for a brief period in all star development..."

Very brief, if we're seeing substantial dimming every couple of decades. On the stellar development timescale that's extremely rapid activity.

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Fukushima reactors lend exotic nuclear finish to California's wines

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Re: " researchers at the University of Bordeaux Centre d'Études Nucléaires de Bordeaux-Gradignan"

I suggest California and France hold another wine-off, this time a blind radiation tasting. 'Topes rule, baby!

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Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!

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Right? It's not enough that management is hanging overhead like vultures, now the office tools themselves will get into the act. Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more (we hear everything).

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Fresh cup of WTF with lunch? TeamViewer's big in Twitter's domination-as-a-service scene

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The category for this article is "Bootnotes," which apparently means anything goes. A quick squiz at the bootnotes category is most instructive.

Anyway, you can just ignore that category and you'll be fine. I think. But don't quote me.

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Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

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Re: 1.6 litre!

"Is that the starter motor?"

No, it is the mighty powerplant for an offroad car meant to hold up to seven passengers. Yeah, seven in Japan maybe. If they are school girls.

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United States, you have 2 months to sort Privacy Shield ... or data deal is for the bin – Eurocrats

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I thought Trump was Russian, not German. Oh, and it's spelled "Herr" not "heir." Proper spelling makes cheap insults look a little less cheap. ;-/

But hey, at least you didn't play the "Drumpf" card...

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Feds charge Man after FCC boss Ajit Pai's kids get death threat over net neutrality axe vote

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Re: He commited a Felony

I've noticed this coarsening attitude to violence toward others as well. It's the result of demonizing them for mere political disagreements, something the left does routinely these days.

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Re: He commited a Felony

> "Just goes to show that the jackassery of of Pai successfully triggered further jackassery."

So if someone does murder Pai's children, it will have been provoked by Pai's evil policies?

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Oracle, for one, says we'll welcome our new robot overlords: '90%' of you will obey an AI bot

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Re: What are they smoking?

> "...maybe but for the rest of us and especially those who comment here?"

Umm, so you see all commenters here as a subset of the general anti-Trump crowd? And all in total conformance with your type of thinking? Sadly (for you) that is not the case.

A few of us do think for ourselves and we most assuredly do exist. ;-/

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Re: 1,320 "HR leaders and employees."

In that order.

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New excuses...

"Don't blame me, blame the AI!"

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CIMON says: Say hello to your new AI pal-bot, space station 'nauts

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Can't be too careful

I suppose they're trying it out in orbit in case something goes wrong...

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Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

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> "What a way to screw up."

It certainly had some incredible sound effects. That's the mark of a true klutz. Think 'Jerry Lewis' on a good day.

It must have sounded kinda like this...

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled

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> "... he can't afford to resign."

He can't resign because his job is just that, a job. The management are supposed to be similar to officers in the military, entrusted to handle company matters properly, and are considered to always be on probation. If they fail to maintain personal standards they are expected to walk away on their own.

It's elitist, yes, but it's how society has arranged things forever, so I guess it works, sorta.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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As long as they still have toes...

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Devil's Advocate

As a deterrent to opportunistic sneak thieves it should work well, assuming it never becomes a common item. Trouble is, the price. Usually such low level protection is low cost as well. Apparently it's meant for the boutique crowd who only care that it's fingerprint-ready. Presumably such people aren't that concerned about monetary losses anyway.

I see it as the iPhone of locks.

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Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix

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Re: To Stop Futures and Derivative Plays as Presently Planned for the Past ..... Believe in Miracles

"Daily Zeroday News" sounds intriguing, and it actually exists!

https://www.hackerone.com/zerodaily

That's more than enough to terrorize any Status Quo.

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Re: Savings

As a Yank I don't see what you Brits are complaining about. Any US programme of this type would easily cost 10-50 times as much.

And let's look at the results. For that billion swords (over twelve years), roughly 10% of the drones have suffered unscheduled dis-assembly and are lost. The rest are presumably still flying around. Okay, their actual combat experience is quite limited, but they do appear to be simple surveillance drones and are basically meant to surveil locally, methinks. ;-/

If you are a government setting up the kernel of a huge future fleet of Eyes in the Sky, using a new tech, you will expect teething issues and new models that fix problems encountered in early rounds. A new tech with a ten percent attrition rate over twelve years is not that ugly, and is in fact barely adequate for acquiring decent failure data!

I'd have guessed at a considerably higher failure rate myself...

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Re: or just flatten Wales?

> "...so there's nothing to bump into."

You're forgetting the z-axis...

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Dems push Ryan to vote to help save America's net neutrality measures

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Re: 86% of Americans agree with *THEM*? Since *WHEN*?

> "...the paymasters have been, up until now, Google, facebook and the other big corporations. The change will mean other big corporations will control the tubes."

Yes, rather than the ones which are currently starting to dominate the political dialogue of several big countries, by virtue solely of their position as gatekeepers.

Frankly, the idea of giant entities having that much say-so in our lives, AND permanently wangling themselves a cushy broadband deal via government interference just doesn't sit well with me.

Let the providers do what they've been doing so far, and watch them like hawks. If injustice occurs it will get fixed at that time, not before there's actual wrong doing going on, as NN attempted to do.

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Re: 86% of Americans agree with *THEM*? Since *WHEN*?

> "...you are being played by those who do."

It couldn't be that some of them actually earned enough to buy those things? Statistically, most people with nice stuff earned it or have a parent who did. Even yachts and helicopters. Heck, they need those items just to reach their islands!

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Signal switching

"In issuing the 2015 net neutrality rules, the FCC delivered a message that the choice of what consumers can access online, and the speed at which they can access it, should be kept solely in the hands of those consumers, not the big broadband providers," the note reads.

When was it decided that the FCC's remit is to send political messages via regulations, rather than Congress doing it with law? Isn't that really Congress's job? And if it is, why should anyone pay attention to political signaling by a federal bureau that, presumably, was doing the bidding of the president at that time?

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Japan's asteroid-hunting robot Hayabusa2 has its prey within its sights

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Why copper?

I seem to recall that comet impactor was also copper. Is there some advantage using copper over some other substance? I assume it has to do with spectrography. Would any pure metallic element suffice?

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

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We more or less sorted the funding problem when we voted for an un-ashamed patriot to replace a passive community organizer.

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Re: Consequences

> "...But once he'd been killed, no one in Congress dared to besmirch his legacy by shutting down his pet project."

You may not be aware of the very strong feelings in the US surrounding the space race with the Russians. JFK's legacy was totally irrelevant by the late Sixties. Only later, when it became clear the Russian space effort was being left behind, did anyone suggest throttling back the NASA budget.

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Re: Build The Wall!

And how will this "wall to Mars" be utilized? People only know how to ride fences, not walls (apart from Humpty Dumpty). Hmmm, maybe Martians do know how to ride walls...?

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Japanese fashion puts the oo-er into trousers

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I agree, it's not a flap, it's a holster. Only symbolic so far, but just wait...

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NASA makes the James Webb Telescope a looker with a heart of gold

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Re: Ssshhhhh!

Consider that Trump's old digs at Trump Tower are reputed to be nearly all gold or gold-plated, including (presumably) solid gold loo flush handles. One has no doubt there are gold mirrors, in several sizes. As has been stated, such golden extravagance is relatively cheap if confined to (admittedly tawdry) gold plating.

Of course all that cheap gold could just be just Trump "posing" for effect, with the family living in more subdued apartments nearby while allowing the press to ogle the opulent "living quarters of the super-rich" out front.

Trump isn't that complicated, really.

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