* Posts by Someone Else

1550 posts • joined 9 Dec 2009

UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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@william 3

I assume you're talking about the nimrod who would propose such ridiculousness, yes? No? Then you must be talking about yourself.

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When encryption is outlawed...

...only outlaws will have encryption. By definition.

Good luck wi' dat!

I thought you guys on the right side of the Pond were not quite as stupid as we Colonist have recently become. I guess I was wrong about that.

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Re: We're already being asked for email addresses at the till

nimrod@blowme.com

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Don't gripe if you hand your PC to Geek Squad and they rat you out to the Feds – judge

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@Hans 1: I don't know what side of the pond you live on, but over here in The Colonies, we explicitly have no obligation whatsoever to report crimes, or anything else, for that matter.

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Re: offers $500 bounties

"I'm gonna Geek Squad me a minivan!"

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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Untied Airlines

Maybe they are too big to not fail?

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Just so we're all clear on this: Russia hacked the French elections, US Republicans and Dems

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@Palpy -- Re: And Trump just fired James Comey --

What we need now is a new Deep Throat.

How do you know we don't already have one? Or more?

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Also spracht Der Lügenführer

From his twat...er...tweet:

Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows- there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russia and Trump.

Donnie, there is a world of difference between Mr. Clapper having "no information to share", and there being "no evidence". But you already knew that, since you "know words", and "have all the best words". So I guess you're just lying to us. Again. As usual.

Maybe that's why "no evidence" was in quotes?

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S is for Sandbox: The logic behind Microsoft's new lockdown Windows gambit

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Re: Windows Store, oh goody!

I just upvoted bombastic bob. What's next, Republicans and Democrats living and working together?

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@big_D -- Re: Windows Store, oh goody!

That makes a poor experience for users who don't know how to use a PC and don't know how to download and install software [...]

As a developer of SW that runs on a PC, anybody that "doesn't know how to use a PC and doesn't know how to download and install software" wouldn't be one of my customers, anyway.

How stupid does someone have to be?

Well, we on this side of the Pond elected Trump, and you on the other side of the Pond are about to (re?) elect May, so I guess that question might not be rhetorical.

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It's a question worth asking: Why is the FCC boss being such a jerk?

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Sure wish El Reg would focus on the tech stuff and cease auto-smearing the US President and all who support him, as if we were not quite human. We are.

Two responses:

1) So are we, but you'd never know it from listening to the right's designated bloviators (including certain posters here...a category you yourself fall into more often than not).

2) Depends on who you ask...

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@chuckufarley -- Re: But these people aren't stupid

Then perhaps there can be compromise and with compromise comes effective government.

Compromise is bad for business.

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In short, the head of a federal regulator, who has to oversee serious and complex tasks and find the optimal solution to a wide range of issues that affect tens of millions of people, is increasingly acting like a dick. But why?

Could be because he is a dick?

Occam's razor, folks....

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Republicans go all Braveheart again with anti-net neutrality bill

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Self-aggrandizement Central

Otherwise known as the US Senate.

This is simply puffery, because the Repo's in the Senate do not have the votes to pass this over a filibuster, and they know it. But the Republicans are known for never passing up an opportunity for vapid posturing, and this is surely one.

Morons!

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Loadsamoney: UK mulls fining Facebook, Twitter, Google for not washing away filth, terror vids

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@tiggity

I think the Tories would be in a frenzy if massive fines were aimed at UK companies for promoting woman's equality / rights.

I dunno. From this side of the Pond, it seems that there some Torries (much like some of our Republicans) that would be quite alright with that.

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Of course...

The report comes just weeks after an attack in the heart of London left five people dead and many more injured. That incident led to numerous criticisms of the role of social media companies in hosting extremist material and a quick meeting of tech companies with the prime minister that was criticized for achieving nothing.

Yup...I'm sure that your blokes in Parliament there on the right side of the Pond will come up with a proper, objective, repeatable definition of "extremist material" that won't trample on anyone's rights, copyrights, or property rights. No doubt at all....

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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@allthecoolshortnamesweretaken -- Re: Nice pun

Is this good enough? ---->

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Re: Nice pun

Downvoted you for the FORTRAN reference. Yes I know it was a joke, but some things are just not funny!

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Organized crime!

{eom}

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Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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Legal adult content

Despite repeated warnings, parliament has failed to listen to concerns about the privacy and security of people who want to watch legal adult content.

There's the rub, then. A good portion of the populace (Trump voters, Brexit voters, Le Pen voters, other associated Neanderthals) want nothing more to make the phrase "legal adult content" an oxymoron.

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Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

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WTF?

And this what to do with Linux, again?

<crickets />

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Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

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Re: Can anyone tell me

Sure. And Rose Mary Woods accidentally hit the Record button, too.

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Can they get Herr Lügernführer tRump? In one fell swoop, they could redeem themselves from a PR standpoint, and find a favored place in the history books forever!

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Tell you what...

Haul Suazo into court. But first (or at least at the same time)...haul Herr Lügenführer tRump into the same court for failing to release the Flynn Russia documents that Congress has requested.

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FCC's Pai: I am going to kill net neutrality in US

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Good light?

The fact that it was the head of the FCC discussing the opening of a new public policy process is a sign of just how far President Trump's style of fact-free name-calling has extended into the federal government. It does not show Ajit Pai in a good light.

It's very hard to show Pai in a good light, because cockroaches tend to run from light to hide in piles of filth, generally of their own creation.

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A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country's true nature

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Re: Tempature

Nah, couldn't have been Doug and Bob, because Will Godfrey forgot the obligatory ending punctuation, "eh?"

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Re: Derogatory Term du jour

Well, US, doesn't quite get it. CSA is better (Corporate States of America, without the obligatory suffix, "Inc.")

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"Avoid getting sucked into Trump's vortex,"

Best advice anyone could give anyone else.

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Re: Website dev

The web is not a "beautiful, flexible, powerful mess", it's just a mess.

Pretty accurately describes web programming in general, I wot....

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@ Hollerithevo -- Re: Web con - often, not always

Yes, there are a lot of half-backed web agencies out there who churn out the standard fare and don't build right, but there are a few of us who still believe that offering a superior service is worth it, not only for the client, but also so that we can look ourselves in the eye every morning.

Looking yourself in the eye every morning sounds like it hurts!

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Write, as I have, about Firefox and you receive the usual slew of critics who demand to know why Firefox matters? Who cares if Firefox continues to exist? This is often accompanied by "Chrome is better! Chrome is all we need!"

Except that Chrome sux0rz!

Recently got force-marched to Chrome and all my nicely tailored stylings and force fields around the browser that I had set up for Firefox were gone. Trying to recreate them in Chrome is a real headbang; some of then just don't work anymore (due to insufficient or non-existent plug-ins; I'm talking to you, NoScript...).

Plus, Chrome, for all its vaunted rendering prowess, is just plain fugly.

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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: I think what he was trying to say...

But wasn't that cake a lie?

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Re: Just wondering...

Yes, but if Sensenbrenner and his ilk had their way, the voting would be secret, and no results would be bandied about to the hoi-polloi. It would just come down like an edict from $DEITY

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That would appear to reflect the argument put forward by the Republican party that less government equals more competition – but unfortunately it is an argument not borne out by the facts.

Facts, schmacts! Who needs facts? Sensenbrenner is a Republican, and the facts are what he'll tell you they are, and you'll be damn happy about it, too!! They'll be no independent thought around here, goddammit!

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Minnesota, Illinois rebel over America's ISP privacy massacre, mull fresh info protections

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the White House said in a statement that Trump's advisors "would recommend that he sign the bill into law."

Given who #KomradePresident's advisors are, I'm surprised they'd stop at that...why not let ISPs sell your first born child into "indentured servitude" for a buck?

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

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@hoola -- Re: Comparing real and virtual world

Prepare for downvotes but there appear to be some very different standards being applied here.

Here's one!

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@Doctor Syntax -- Re: To be honest...

An injury to the finger could be a problem.

"Nice finger you got dere. Shame if sumpin' was to happen to it...."

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

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@Dave 126 -- Re: Good design my a***

The ultimate triumph of form over function. Marketing: 1, Rest of the World: 0.

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

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@AC

The "trump" gene again - it springs up everywhere.

Including those who downvoted you....

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Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

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No. that's what they say, but as we have come to learn, the Republican Party is also the party of lying sumbitches, and evidenced by its new, titular head.

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After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition

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Re: ...still not quite complete for C++11 and C++98

Or how about the feature in C++98 that you can't pass a non-const reference to a temporary object in a function call. They still can't get that one right in 20 years, and that is not some esoteric unimplementable thing like export....

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What's NOT new for Visual Studio 2017

An ANSI/ISO standards compliant C++ compiler. Micros~1 still can't seem to write a fuckin' compiler.

Hey, what happened to the capability floated for VS2015 to replace their standards-phobic compiler with something that actually conformed, like clang, in the VS environment? Didn't notice that capability mentioned in the story. Was that pipe dream dropped, like so many other good ideas, or was the author just not interested in pursuing it?

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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@ Sir Runcible Spoon -- Re: openpgp

I can't imagine what the down-voter is disagreeing with here, it's not like you were even voicing an opinion - just 'flat fact'.

Ahhh, but my dear Sir Spork...this is the Brave New World of Alternative Facts....

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@Rich 11 --

They will have been properly briefed by the experts in their departments and decided to publish anyway: this is the right of politicians.

The EU is now getting its first taste of "alternative facts".

"Welcome to the NFL, kid!"

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You actually think your bog-standard bureaucrat is going to understand even that? My, my, you're a trusting soul....

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Re: Two options

This is probably going to be politically incorrect, and/or just crass, but ...

Making a backdoor available in security is the digital equivalent of making a backdoor available in sex.

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Well, there you go again....

Once again, as is depressingly predictable nowadays, we find yet another example of your bog-standard bureaucrat being dumb as a sack of hair, and pleased as punch about demonstrating that fact in front of people.

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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@Youngone, in some US states, refusal to present ID upon demand is a misdemeanor.

Pretty sure those aren't the states where Voter Suppression ID laws are in force....

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Re: This has been a policy since at least 2008

What part of a "proposed" adding of a line to a form equates with requiring its disclosure?

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Re: the majority of Americans do not want this bullsht

Since when does what the "majority of Americans want" (or don't want) matter? It's only what the fat-ass 1/10th of 1% want that matters; the rest, in the immortal words of Jefferson Airplane, "doesn't mean shit to a tree".

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