* Posts by Someone Else

1820 posts • joined 9 Dec 2009

That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought

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@Jellied Eel -- Re: Shrug

It's creeping compulsion. Google exists to monetise people's private data. Auto-login simply makes it easier to profile 'customers' 'product'.

There, FTFY.

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US cities react in fury to FCC's $2bn break for 5G telcos: We'll be picking up the tab, say officials

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Gee, what a surprise!

So who is actually in favor of the proposals?

Well, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile USA – the three main mobile operators in the United States.

Gee, what a surprise! Eejit Pai-hole's patrons are all in favor of a plan to further line their pockets at the expense of urban (read: blue-voting) population centers.

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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: You're more likely, almost 3 times as likely, to be killed by a driver.

...especially in Wisconsin...

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@AC -- Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

*My* psychiatric state is just fine, and my historical and analytical skills are even better.

OK. I'll see your "historical and analytical skills" and your unsubstantiated and outlandish estimate of 140MM armed civilians, and raise you one B52 (without nuclear armaments).

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@Timmy B -- Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

Remember that this was written a fair while ago and the people that penned it may not mean what you think they do.

So? Antonin Scalia and all his "originalist" ilk spout that the Constitution should be interpreted by what was originally written. And then went on to do the exact opposite. Rank hypocrisy aside, the "well regulated militia" part is in the original text....

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@Arty Effem -- Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

" Join a militia first and show up every month for their meetings."

Because we really need militias, don't we(?)

Short answer: No. But joining a militia would satisfy that inconvenient and oft ignored (I'm looking at you, Antonin!) independent clause of the 2nd Amendment. So, not a bad idea.

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At this time, there is no indication as to what caused the murderous outburst and they have appealed for witnesses to get in contact.

Must have been all the video games Mr. Tong played....

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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@Spudley -- Re: There is no place for discrimination on Facebook

You may advertise for a builder in a DIY magazine, knowing full well that most of the people reading it are going to be men.

If that is indeed the case, then that is discriminatory. One would better advertise (not "invite") in a DIY magazine, knowing full well that most of the people reading it are skilled in construction, mechanical engineering, are part of the "maker" community, etc.

I know several women who know their way around CAD programs and CNC machines, and might just read such magazines.

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@dumber-n-soup AC

Exactly! Science has proved that chicks can't code. Fact.

Dumbest.

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Evah!

Not sure if you are simply a troll or a moron. Naturally, that could be an inclusive 'or'.

I make the assumption you know what an inclusive 'or' is...that may prove to be a stretch....

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@eldakka -- Re: In the current environment, women are too much of a business risk..

So I think the dichotomy here is not that these things happen less to men, it is that the men are less willing to admit it, to talk about it, to report it, to see it as a problem and not just acceptable work culture, than the women are. And this is wrong, the men should be just as willing to report these issues as the women rather than just sucking it up and "being a man". In my mind, you are a better man, being "a man" by having the guts to report issues rather than allowing them to be swept under the carpet, rather than accepting that that is the work culture.

Post.

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Week.

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Uh-huh...sure

"There is no place for way you should be able to find out about discrimination on Facebook; it’s strictly prohibited in our policies," said Facebook spokesman Joe Osborne. "We look forward to defending figuring out how to better cover up our practices once we have an opportunity to review the complaint.”

There, FTFY

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Click your heels, um, mouse thrice and you've quickly got Ubuntu on Hyper-V in Win 10 Pro

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Meh

Damning with faint praise

The mouse tracking was entertaining, too.

Upon further review, perhaps that wasn't praise, after all....

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Now here's an idea: Break up Amazon to get more shareholder cash

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Re: question

Toys 'R' Us.

That is all.

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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@ Doctor Syntax -- Re: Don't let the namby-pambys run the Kernel, Linus!

One has to conclude that having held that process together over so many years to produce a successful product he might be doing something right.

One can to the right thing the wrong way. I'm not sure the ends justify the means, even in Linux kernel-land. I mean, why not simply state, "Your fix is not going into the kernel, period.", as opposed to a 15-paragraph rant with f-bombs and s-bombs and a paragraph on the back of each one to be used against them in a court of law?

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@jake -- Re: "Kind? Why? I'd have fired his useless ass."

Unless you can point me at a company that will happily keep me on the payroll for not doing the job I was hired to do, of course. Note I said "company" not "government" ...

Dammit, jake, you just pre-empted my response....

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FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

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Gee, what a surprise!

Pai's speech mirrors the same language that has been used by large cable companies to argue why any such state net neutrality bill would be illegal.

And why shouldn't it? I mean, he has to get his talking points from somewhere; it's not like he can come up with this garbage himself. Why not have them come from his patron?

The shit doesn't fall far from the anus.

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Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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How can you expect a leader to function if people are going to do things like that?

A leader only functions when people do things like that.

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@overunder -- Re: Poor Jeff is so right, nobody takes his leftist hate pamflet seriously anymore

You can't say shit here!

But...but...but...you just did.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Happy

Well...

I can live with it. The Kshiny is at a manageable level, and at this point, it doesn't look like an ADHD-addled Millennial designed it, so good on you for that. I do hate change for change sake, and the whole concept of designing for a handheld that will also "work" for a 3-screen desktop installation is anathema to me, at least. But you didn't bugger it up completely, so... we'll give it a longer look-see for now.

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: Speak To Cortana

Were it to be this easy:

User: "Cortana, fuck off!"

Cortana: "OK. Fucking off." <click>

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Re: Dear Microsoft

Au contraire, if you wrote and posted that on Windows 10, the are reading it and listening. Whether they are paying attention...well, that's a different story.

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Re: Don't want to use Edge?

How many times do we have to say 'You cannot polish a turd'?

Well, actually, Mythbusters proved you can polish a turd. But in the end, you still have a turd.

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@JohnFen -- Re: Another weird feature in 1809 (current release)

Just for clarity: when I said "Windows 10 is worse than shite." what I meant was "Windows 10 search is worse than shite."

Actually, I think you were right the first time....

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Re: An ode:

Find the way to push your wares

Free from mindless craft cruft

There, FTFY

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@revdjenk -- Re: Block IE and Edge

That is the difference between an operating system, and Windows.

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Re: "don't need retrained to use Windows 10"

If those mouth breathers actually did switch from XP directly to Win 10, then they came from an environment where the Windows Explorer didn't have a Ribbon, and all the applications, utilities, etc actually had buttons that were readily recognizable and accessible as buttons, and actual colors for things, and scroll bars that were actually visible, so the users knew that scrolling was an option, and a version of TuWord that that didn't try to hide its functionality behind a "simplified" interface, and....

In other words, enough change-for-change's-sake to drive a true mouth breather to call Tech support for help. I bet you're sooo glad you're not on the receiving end of those calls.....

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@Lusty -- Re: Dear Microsoft

I know, not a popular viewpoint; downvote away.

Done.

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Re: If www doesn't matter,

More like Institutional Stupidity, a well known by-product of American Business practice; It many cases, completely indistinguishable from Natural Stupidity

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How Microsoft of them

The move apparently cuts down on unneeded "trivial" characters that normies and techies alike shouldn't, according to the browser's developers, worry about in 2018.

Yes, of course. Just like Microsoft, YAN hi-tech firm knowing more what's better for you than you do..

Fuckheads!

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No, no, you're all wrong. That's not a Kremlin agent. It's someone with 'inauthentic behavior'

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Re: Sheryl Sandberg was/is considering a run for President

The fact that she is eminently unqualified for that job notwithstanding.

It's not like that hasn't happened before....

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Skype can now record your 'special moments' in front of the computer

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Oh, Suuuuure!

The Register has contacted Microsoft to learn what security measures are in place for the cloud-based recordings and will update if a response is forthcoming.

Don't hold yer breath! But were there to be a response it would either be:

1) All user's "special moments" will be kept with the highest level of security and privacy Microsoft can provide.

2) All user's "special moments" will be mined for location, and product information, and can and will be sold to the highest (and probably second highest) bidder, verbatim, at our sole discretion.

Answer 1) will eminate from the marketdroids, and will be a complete fabrication. (C'mon, "highest level of security and privacy"? From Microsoft??? Shirley, you jest!) Answer 2 will be the truth, and will never see the light of day unless leaked from an internal Microsoft memo.

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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Re: Small Basic

Upvoted for the PDP-8 reference, and the fact that you apparently knew the difference between PDP-8 BASIC, and FOCAL.

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You can write FORTRAN in any language!

See title above.

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From the article:

Also hitting public preview is an online version of Microsoft’s spare-time project, Small Basic. The language, aimed at inflicting BASIC on students, celebrates its 10th birthday in October [...]

To which one would reply:

I is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.

--Edsger W. Dijkstra

Although, the vast majority of "students" these days could give a flying fuck as to who Dijkstra was, much less what he said...all to their eternal detriment.

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I'm sorry, but...

"Crashy McCrashface" FTW!!!!!!

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Re: business won't comply

[...] the entities to have most benefit from strong encryption are organised crime, corrupt governments and money-launderers who can transfer assets untraceably.

So that's why the Drumpf "government" is so keen on this!

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@Alister -- Re: Tide, stop coming in!

Your post couldn't help but remind me of the "Bear! Stop eating my kayak!" clip...which resulted in the same general result.

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Won’t patch systems? Never run malware scans? Welcome to the US State Department!

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Hmmm... didn't a former head of the State Department run her own email server?

Could be that this is why?

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Net neutrality haters spam Californians with annoying robocalls

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@A. Coatsworth -- Re: Shocked! Shocked, I say!! NOT!!!

As someone who lives in the left hand side of the Pond, but waaaay south of the border, I have NEVER heard about several of these megacorps. Hopefully, my life will continue as usual if I don't even take the time to DDG Eli Lilly or Koch.

I envy you....

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@Geoffrey W -- Re: Shocked! Shocked, I say!! NOT!!!

Being of Brit descent, I get their peculiar form of humo(u)r. Kieran's bylines are from the San Francisco bureau, so I would have expected that all that wry British Sarcasm would have been washed out by now, replaced by good ol' Yankee in-yer-face, smack-em-down, confrontational humor. YMMV.

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Shocked! Shocked, I say!! NOT!!!

From the article:

Well, you'll be surprised to hear they are not who you imagine. Unless you equate health insurance companies, oil companies, drug companies, banks and car manufacturers with civil justice.

Kieran, you're from this side of the pond, so please excuse me while I correct you: Nobody on this side of the pond who has ever received a robocall would be surprised by this. Nobody!

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Windows 0-day pops up out of nowhere Twitter

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Re: Burning_this_is_fine_dog.jpg

No, it's China, in the bathroom, with Dept o State email server forwarding [...]

Sounds like you just won Clue, the Millennial's Edition!

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As porn site pounds hard on piracy laws, Cox pulls out prematurely

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Be careful what you ask for , Kieren

A change to the DMCA's safe harbor provision may be the next big adjustment for the internet.

Be careful what you ask for. In this Mickey Mouse1 era, the changes you get are very likely not what you'll want.

1 Irony definitely intended...

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Android data slurping measured and monitored

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Google Analytics is used by more than three quarters of the top 100,000 most visited websites (including the one you're reading), [...]

...and has been duly blacklisted on every browser I use (including this one).

We need a middle-finger icon to be placed right next to the Big Brother icon....

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Security MadLibs: Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV

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@FlamingDeath -- Re: The S in IoT stands for security

Maybe a law is needed, [...]

Don't let the commentard with the provocative handle "thepenisyoulove" hear you say that...

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Python wriggles onward without its head

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Now seems like the perfect time...

...to submit Python for ANSI and/or ISO standardization. It would have two positive effects: 1) it would remove any freneticism about updating the language, allowing updates on a even schedule (like C++, with its 3-year language updates), and 2) would give it a sense and feel of maturity.

(I can hear the hue and cry now: "Standards committees are nothing but political forums...blah, blah, blah...." Yeah, like a BDFL isn't a political position?)

You want adults in the room? Formalize the process -- it makes kids grow up real fast.

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Hello darkness my old friend, what happened last week in Redmond?

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@onefang -- Re: Skype - what is going on

I guess you are talking about Signal, which has a desktop client that runs under Linux at least. I think it runs under Mac OS and Windows to [sic].

That's true...if you also have it installed on an Android or iOS device (RTFM). So, if you don't (or can't) install it on your "smart phone", you can't use it. As such, it is not really a replacement for Skype after all, as Skype has no such requirement.

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Re: Skype - what is going on

Everyone I now know has made the switch to Signal + LinuxMint.

You neglected to mention Android or iOS, one or both of which are required to use this. So it is not really a replacement for Skype after all.

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What's in a name?

Now referred to as 19H1 rather than Redstone 6 [...]

19H1 sounds like a new strain of the flu.1

1 Truth in advertising, I suppose...

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Surprise, surprise. Here comes Big Cable to slay another rule that helps small ISPs compete

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@jelabarre59

I'm not sure I like the concept that the responsible people might be comfortably dead. Given who theses bastards are (or were), I think I'd prefer them to be most uncomfortably dead.

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