* Posts by John Lilburne

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Dark web souk AlphaBay shuts for good after police raids

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Silk Road rather than ...

Sometimes it is hard to tell one bunch of spivs from another.

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How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

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We need a ...

... thetan meter icon for posts like this.

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Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

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Re: Why?

Problem will be that changing an OS involves unknown risk. Some key software may no longer work, work differently in some way, or no longer interface with other systems. Fixing these issue can take large globs of cash. Much of the software in use will have been certified and require re-certification which will account for more globs of cash.

It ain't as simply as upgrading your home machine or the machines in some 10 desk office.

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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I don't recall that at all. You still have to click down to page 23 to find what you were looking for (OK maybe if you were on altavista it was page 24). But the search engines were all full of clickbait and spam. Not sure that it is any better today except that we are no longer prepared to look down to page 23 or wherever and just accept whatever dross appears on p1-2.

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Re: How have I been harmed, exactly?

For most sites that you visit ad sponsorship is irrelevant it pays pennies, which is why they are all trying to stop adblockers so that they can at least scrape a few shekels. Do you not see all the whines on the news sites employing you to take out a subscription? Almost every content creator and content creating site has lost out since they were conned into believing that ad sponsorship was a thing.

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

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Surely this could be argued away by a lawyer

The lawyer could argue that by taking the papers they were clearing away a public nuisance.

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When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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Re: The first pic

Marauding mobs of twitchers in pursuit of a rare bird can and have caused environmental damage, caused an affray, the death of the bird in question, and terrorised old people in their gardens. Those responsible for advertising and directing mobs to environmentally sensitive locations bear a responsibility for any damaged caused.

http://web.onetel.net.uk/~wcswift/

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Google plans to scrub 'inflammatory' and terror vids from youTube

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Those dastardly users not using the correct tags, what ever will we do?

Hmmm. In order to get the videos watched don't they have to advertise them in some way, with tags or descriptions?

Even if they are linking to them from elsewhere can't Google etc (who claim to know everything about everything) detect that YT video aaabbbccc is being linked to from sites glorifying in the death of members of group QQQQ.

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

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Re: A question

Coding styles mean that anyone looking at code in any editor, or on any machine within the organisation, see the same layout. That the layout doesn't change based on the vagary of which developers machine one is sitting at, or which editor they happen to use. TABs converted to spaces such that they adhere to organisational layout standards are the best way forward. Some sites also dictate a maximum line length, if DevX decides on TAB stops every 6 columns and the organisational standard is every 2 columns then

DevX's code is going to look to look like they've wrapped code at artificial places.

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

Better yet the site that you work at ought to have a preferred layout style built into the preferred editor that you use. If someone is wilful enough to change the style or to not use the sites preferred editor, for something that doesn't matter a jot, then they are probably wilful enough to subvert other standards too.

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Re: A question

No its because places that have enforce coding layout styles generally pay more than places where everyone can write their shit any which way they want.

HINT: Your editor should allow you to type TAB and have it replaced by the standard number of space (2,3,4, or 69) as appropriate to the layout style.

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Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

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Re: "NCA has people with skills like Caffrey's"

breaking into computer systems and 'stealing' other people's data.

I'm reliably informed that he could not have possibly 'stolen' anything as: Copying isn't theft.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeTybKL1pM4

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Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

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Re: I could be mistaken, but...

Not according to Cary Sherman of the RIAA. There is a video on YT with him saying that they don't give a damn about ripping for personal use. I think its this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhIWvyKd7C0

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Ehm. CDs haven't had DRM since the mid 2000s.

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You know this net neutrality thing? Well, people really love it

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The rise of AI marks an end to CPU dominated computing

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Re: Bloody AI's

Frankly AI is anything that cons a comp-sci geek for longer than their attention span (currently about 10 seconds).

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Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers

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It is the same old wikipedia cop-out:

Don't rely on anything on this site check somewhere else.

which renders the information on the site as useless.

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Booze stats confirm boring Britain is drying

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Less Booze More Crack.

What evidence is there that reduction in alcohol consumption hasn't been replaced by a increase in consumption of crack and/or skunk?

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Google's 'adblocker' is all about taking back control

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Take whatever whitelist Google provides and add it to the backlist. You won't be disappointed.

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An echo chamber full of fake news? Blame Google and Facebook, says Murdoch chief

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Re: News of the World

NOTW BAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!?????????!!!!!!!

Is an excuse for not thinking. In the past you published content that you mostly created yourself and drew in ad revenue as a result of having a limited print run. The ad revenue allowed you to create more content. If the content you were pushing was tosh then you ran the risk of getting sued over it or other wise picked up by toothless watchdogs.

Nowadays content that is created by A is scraped by B-Z and its dog. The print run is no longer limited and as a result the ad price per impression has fallen to near zero. The content creators have difficulty financing new content and as a result the quality has dropped. Google & Facebook don't care whether the content they are running ads against is original or 1000th hand, nor whether the ads are actually seen by a real person.

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Teenagers think Doritos are cooler than Apple

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Scanning down my RSS feeds ...

... I thought this was a dailymash spoof. Poe's law in action.

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Google promises policy review after several big brands pull YouTube ads

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Maybe its not 'the ad industry' but simply Google?

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YouTube TV will be huge. Apple must respond

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Since when did Google ...

... have any licenses for this? Currently the FCC has told them to get stuffed that they can't just steal teh content and stick it on their own boxes.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/26/congress_wants_fcc_to_snuff_out_googles_tv_landgrab/

Basically this article seems to be just another instance of Google trying to co-opt tech journalist into its mission to steal the worlds content.

Andrew Orlowski has plenty of articles here on the subject.

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Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information

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Re: So...

"Everyone read newspapers, and watched television because, well, what else could you do to stay informed?"

For the vast majority their access to information has decreased whilst their access to bullshit masquerading as information has increased exponentially year on year.

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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Re: As I said before...

It ain't the ads. It is tracking that comes with them.

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

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There is a lot of hype around ...

... the Internet of Things in the market"

Indeed there is. And there is also a lot of hype about Agile techniques, and Google cloud too. So scored a hatrick.

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NZ High Court rules US can extradite Kim Dotcom after all

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Re: One Key Issue

The answer is that the WWW operates in all jurisdictions simultaneously and as such is subject to all of them. The trick is in getting any particular jurisdiction to round up those you consider miscreants and hand them over.

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SHOCK HORROR

... 300+ pages outlining why copyright violations are a form of dishonesty and have been so considered for more than 100 years.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, fake-news-detecting AI is fake news, too

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It has nothing to do with opinions and belief it has to do with making shite up. The Mail isn't known as the Forger's Gazette without reason.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/labour-scorns-untrue-daily-mail-reports-1311828.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/mh370-search-daily-mail-report-untrue-information-not-malaysian-police

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/article-2456835/Corrections-clarifications.html

http://politicalscrapbook.net/2015/10/health-regulator-blasts-daily-mail-for-false-unsafe-nhs-claim/

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What we want to know is whether a particular domain is likely to play fast and loose with the truth in order to further its agenda. It is the overall thrust of the site and how it treats inconvenient facts that is the issue, it doesn't matter then if any one article is wholly true, or wholly false. This is a much easier determination than trying to ascertain the truthiness of any particular article.

Daily Mail - Mostly Bollocks

Independent - Not quite as much bollocks as the above.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

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Re: Said it before, will say it again

"why in the world would you cling to a failing business model rather than try to improve your offering (and so reduce the raw numbers that that %age translates to)."

For all the bullshit, over the last 20 years, there is no business model there is no business model that competes with "everything free". Neither Ad supported nor subscription services work. Ultimately no one that makes content can survive in a 'free content' eco-system.

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Re: Said it before, will say it again

"f the specific thing you do want to watch is at your fingertips, from the moment you decide you want to watch it, that is incredible service."

Spoilt self-entitled brat.

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Re: Said it before, will say it again

"then still only be able to access 10% of what you can get through Kodi streams."

There simply isn't enough time in the day to watch the 10% never mind the other 90%. The entire argument that I can't get X on service Y is bullshit. That you can't get steak and chips from a vegetarian restaurant, isn't an excuse to sneak into the local steakhouse and raid their freezers.

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Re: You need to ask why people do it?

"But most people will pay for content if it is easy and good value."

Where is the evidence for that?

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Re: Said it before, will say it again

Spotify doesn't have a working business model. It is currently $1B in debt to investment bankers, is losing money monthly, and can't service its existing debt. Periodically it runs to ask the US government to make the bands that create its products cut the price.

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Prepare your popcorn: Wikipedia deems the Daily Mail unreliable

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Re: Irony

Indeed it isn't the Daily Mail, otherwise known as the Forger's Gazette, and the Daily "Hate" Mail. That said wikipedia citations/references are mostly dead links, or uncheckable, should you manage to do so they rarely support the factoid that they are attached to, and there is no guarantee that the reference is the most credible one either. For that you need subject expertise which wikipedia lacks in spades.

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Euro bloc blocks streaming vid geoblocks

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Re: 2018?

And courtesy of Bill Cash we can buy petrol in peck, and carpets measured in chains.

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Vapists rejoice! E-cigs lower cancer risk (if you stop smoking, duh)

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Many of the people I know use it as a substitute for fag. They have no desire to quit and switched when they could use the things in the office, pub, and restaurant.

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Facebook's dabblings in TV suggest Zuck isn't actually a genius after all

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What music I've bought via itunes sits on my LAN and I can copy it to where ever I want. However, I mostly buy CDs and those play on TVs, computers, stand alone HiFi equipment. and can be ripped to whatever device I like. Now I have no interest in Apple Music, spotify, Google whatever, or any other streaming/subscription malarkey because those things are truly rip offs.

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We need to talk about Granny: She's way more likely to fall for phishing

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As we age ...

... we decline in certain cognitive areas,”

How does this mitigate against TEH YOUFS tendency to be off their heads on booze and recreational drugs?

In any case a few months ago an other report from Microsoft said that YOUF were more susceptible to being scammed:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/20/millennials_easier_bait_for_tech_support_scams_than_baby_boomers/

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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Re: Sadly

Didn't Trump say he'd have screwed Diana? given half a chance? Perhaps Harry will go after him with a shotgun.

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Re: Sadly

Maybe not, but the top 10 are unlikely to try putting their hand up the skirt of her great-grandchildren's mother.

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I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the API key

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Re: Whats the point of an autonomous tractor?

"Sure , if you cut down all the rainforests and turn every bit of available natural wilderness into farmland."

Nope! There is plenty of available land without cutting down rainforests and converting wilderness. Rainforests and wilderness conversion does not occur in order to feed local people but for cash crops. The Amazon is being logged for construction materials in the USA, Japan, and Europe. Large tracts of land in Africa are producing roses. Indonesia is chopping down the rainforests for palm oil production and hardwood exports. Not to feed people.

http://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/stop-deforestation/drivers-of-deforestation-2016-palm-oil

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/forests/amazon/logging-in-the-amazon/

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Re: Whats the point of an autonomous tractor?

The world is capable feeding 10 times the current population. The issues are whether the right crops are being produced. So things like devoted large tracts of land on Africa and South America to supply the cut flower market, or growing loads of mange tout in Kenya rather than local staple crtops. IOW it is all about making money rather than feeding people.

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I live in a rural area, and for the last 15 years the wifi broadcasts include "milkingparlour" "cattlepens" "poultry house".

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Chinese bloke cycles 500km to get home... in the wrong direction

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Some 10 years ago a co-worker made a bike from Kidderminster back home to Northern Thailand on a bike he found abandoned in the company bike shed. It got stolen in Samarkand. Trip took him 5 months.

http://kidderminstertothecaspianbybike.blogspot.co.uk/2006/11/stolen-bike-and-central-asian-heatwave.html

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Re: If only all coppers were so nice

OTOH back in the 70s went to see The Who in Wolverhampton, gig ended and made way back to train station just as they were closing (2230). Had day ticket so dived under barrier and went to waiting room. Mates weren't quick enough and got stuck on other side of barrier.

A little bit latter some officious railway bod turned up and wanted me out. Refused, next I can see him gesticulating and complaining to some Transport Cop. Cop comes over and asks to see ticket and I explain the issue, and how I'm not giving up a nice warm waiting room. Cop smiles and walks off, railway guys runs after him still complaining at cop that couldn't give a shit.

At about 0200 my mates find there way through the barrier. Railway guy more incensed. At about 0400 another railway guy appears and says there is a staff train stopping here in 5 minutes get on and keep your heads down so that he don't see. It will get you into New Street Birmingham and you'll be OK there.

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Top UK judges rule: Government can't pull the Article 50 trigger alone

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"indicates determination to ignore the narrowness of the vote ?"

Since the vote opinion polls have consistently shown that about 60% of the UK population approve of the EU. That is why the press etc are screaming loudly, they know that as time goes on and the full impact becomes known brexit will be dropped.

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David Davis is expected later today ...

... to propose 42 days detention for anyone who does not agree with the government's idiocy.

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Happy birthday: Jimbo Wales' sweet 16 Wikipedia fails

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Re: Citation needed

"not in the next print, no, the very next time Joe Public accesses the article."

You aren't up-to-date at all. Britannica no longer has a print version.

However, you are assuming that Britannica has an equal number of egregious errors to wikipedia in the main subject areas. It does not.

Jagged85 should be the antidote to any assumption that wikipedia has any concern over errors. Jagged85 made 10s of thousands of edits to more than 8,000 articles. Many of the edits were entirely made up. He even invented an entire school of philosophy. The wholesomeness of his edits were questioned a number of times but his prolific number of edits gathered supporters and defenders. He edit articles in Mathematics, Medicine, History, Literature, and Philosophy and by 2010 it was understood that many of his 64,000 contributions were bogus. So bogus in fact that many people said that the articles he had worked on ought to be taken back to stub status. However, wikipedia just couldn't bring itself to stub such articles as Number Theory and many other core articles. So they made a list of all his edits and asked people to check through them, and so people did for a couple of weeks until they got bored. 10000s of edits remain unchecked to this day. So what happened to Jagged85? He was allowed to carry on editing for a few more years until he was found to have been falsifying articles on Video Games at that point he was banned.

Back to up-to-date-ness wikipedia is not uptodate and can never be. It must always lag behind the likes of Britannica. The reason being is that wikipedia cannot react to new data until after it has been published in scholarly journals, that takes time. Whereas a subject expert in some field of Quantum mechanics can update the Britannica article with the latest research as soon as it is accepted by practioners in the field.

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