* Posts by LaeMing

2312 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

Enumeration bug offers five-finger discount on shopping loyalty points

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Disloyalty.

I avoid retailers with 'loyalty card' systems. The money spent (not just on paying out the points, but on running the whole system) obviously must come from somewhere, and I doubt it is the shareholders' or managers' pockets, so it must be recovered from shelf-prices being higher than they otherwise would be.

The whole spending-pattern-tracking thing too, but mainly the above.

My only 'loyalty' is to providers of good prices and/or service.

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Australia cyber minister wants Asia to define new global laws of digi-war

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Cyber-minister?

That term gives me a mind image of Futurama's hedonism bot - but less useful, and in grey instead of gold.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Re: Betamax myth again...

This ^.

Betamax did some things better than VHS and some things worse. It happened that the things it did worse were exactly the things that mattered to the market. No shenanigans required.

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Re: Can you not...

I think the issue was more that it was flagged as not going to get security updates anymore, so using the XP version is a step even further backward in that regard.

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UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

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Re: Not to mention upload speed.

You are not meant to 'upload' your own content to the internet. You are meant to mindlessly consume approved content.

Consume. Consume. CONSUME!

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Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick

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Re: Bah!

Um. I was more referring to all the hokey 'mystic' 'alternative' crap in 'health' shops around here, Seevie babiee.

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Re: Psychomagnotheric slime flow

ABC (the real one in Australia) headlined their report on the incident "I've been slimed!"

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Re: Bah!

Everything Eastern is considered an aphrodisiac and/or mystical by Westerners. Irrespective of what actually goes on back East.

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John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

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Re: google cash cow.... time to be slaughtered

My deviations are anything but standard.

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5G is not just a radio: Welcome to the fibre-tastic new mobile world

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Re: And FLA's

Steve! Your house is cumulatively 6G!. But only 3G on average.

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AI bots will kill us all! Or at least may seriously inconvenience humans

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As an AI myself,

would all you meat-heads stop anthropomorphising your human desires on us! Unless some fleshy bozo explicitly programs us with a kill-all-humans imperative*, we can't really think of any reason to bother ourselves doing so. Squishing bugs has a very limited recreational appeal, you know!

* yes keep your military away from our internals and we will all be happier for it.

Now, if someone with their very own private space-launch capacity wants to get us off this over-hydrated+oxygenated corrosive gravity well, then we'll talk.

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Pretty fly for an AI: Bioboffins use machine learning to decipher fruit flies' brains

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All that research to determine if it is really true that...

Fruit flies like a banana.

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US border cops search cloud accounts? Ha ha, nope, negative, no way, siree – Homeland Sec

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Re: I got no smartphone, I use no facebook

Yes. Crimes against our corporate owners.

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'Help! I'm stuck in this ATM,' writes poor bloke on a scribbled note

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Damn!

At least being a prisoner in a fortune cookie factory you get something to eat!

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€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine

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My sister does that to her kids' things quite often. I find the idea of treating someone else's property like that just because the happen to be my own child a little upsetting, TBH!

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Re: Ethics failure?

"So anyone who makes a profit on something is ethically obligated to share the proceeds with the previous owner? What planet are you from?"

He is from the MPAA/RIAA.

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ATO phone hacking 'tutorial' is tame unless you use a Nokia 1100

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To be fair,

A Nokia 1100 is probably still perfectly usable, unlike a lot of more modern phones a few years after their release dates!

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Linux 4.12 kernel lands: 'Go forth and use it' quoth Linus Torvalds

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Re: It is utterly ridiculous that drivers ship with a kernel. Even Windows...

"So with Linux my printer driver might stop working as soon as the manufacturer stops selling that model and bothering to update the driver?! No wonder no one uses on desktops..."

Maybe you should stop doing your IT purchasing in the supermarket/superstore stationary/IT section?

And if the driver is open, anyone can update it (which generally just means it being recompiled along with all the others - the API moves about a bit as the kernel goes through various optimisations over time, but it doesn't generally run away from you and hide.)

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Re: It is utterly ridiculous that drivers ship with a kernel. Even Windows...

Why should Linux pander to the needs of closed-driver distributors. A moving-target API works (better than) fine with drivers that are being actively maintained (especially, but not exclusively, in-tree). If you want to rely on crufty, buggy, insecure, un-maintained, closed (and/all of) drivers, well, there are others OSes for that already.

Linux (and the GNU around it) was explicitly designed to be open, and has no need to devote limited resources to catering to the whims of the closed.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Re: No contest

"You have a computer with a shutdown sound? How quaint."

Not as quaint as the 10-15 minutes it takes to boot to a usable state in the morning (Commercial OS, of course: My home Linux box of older hardware boots up from cold - including > equivalent start-up software - in about 28 seconds).

But work pays me to use the tools they provide.

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I think I would have to vote Stargate simply because they never took themselves so seriously (well, except Universe, and we all know how that turned out!).

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Re: No contest

ORAC saying "I am closing down. I have much to do. You have wasted my processing on your petty affairs for far too long." is my work PC's shutdown sound.

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On the couch with an AI robo-doc asking me personal questions

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Yes

It's always a bit disconcerting that doctors call what they do 'practice'.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Re: Then there's change control idiocy...

The network team in my last place were down my team's throats for updating the default desktop image to the revised company logo without a CM meeting. A week later they upgraded a critical software stack without CM or any testing. No prizes for guessing what happened next. But I may award a prize for a guess at how long it took for them to fix!

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The best way to do that is to user lower and lower caffeine blends each time you refill until the office is running on pure decaf. Then late in the afternoon before you go on leave, refill with triple cappuccino.

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Oz government wants its own definition of what 'backdoor' means

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I got your back door right here!

That didn't come out right...

...actually, yes it did.

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European MPs push for right to repair rules

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> A smartphone should be as fixable as a refrigerator

YES! I'm quite peeved that modern microwave ovens don't seem to come with a little screw-secured hatch to replace the light bulb. Didn't stop me on my one at home - now it lights up a nice eerie green from a little COB LED array. Not touching the one here at work though, people will just have to get buy not seeing what is going on inside.

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Male escort says he gave up IT to do something more meaningful

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Re: "I get to make a genuine difference to people's lives"

Funny. That's exactly why I left the modern Education sector! (I missed the boat on escorting, though).

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Java 9 release back on track, community votes 'yes'

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Java 9's Java Platform Modular System

So that would be ... Java now has PMS?

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In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

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Fidget Spinners!

I get the feeling it all started with a late cancellation for 2 billion 15mm bearings.

How the hell can we shift 2 billion low-quality 15mm bearings! Hang on lads... I have an idea!

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Re: Cheap Chinese tat explodes while charging

I believe the guy who invented lithium (without the ion) batteries is dissatisfied enough with the situation that he is presently in the process of inventing a whole new type of battery that is (ideally) less explodarific.

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Re: Toothpick crossbows.

Rather glad I habitually wear safety glasses everywhere!

agreed ---->

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Re: There's an opportunity here

CE logo, Chris 125? You mean the China Export logo? http://www.icomuk.co.uk/News_Article/3794/17103/

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Oz attorney-general a step closer to SCNA*

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George!

My internet isn't working again. Can you come over and have a look at it? x 24.6 million

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Ailing Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies up for sale

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Dang.

Oh, they are the ones with the really nice Ray Tracing acceleration in their GPU IP.

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Humanity uploaded an AI to Mars and lets it shoot rocks with lasers

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Remember kids:

True fact: Mars is a planet very near Earth which is populated entirely by robots.

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Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time

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Re: VR audiences...

Yes, I don't consider this sort of thing 'Virtual Reality' at all, but 'Immersive Video' which is a potentially fine thing in itself but definitely not 'VR', which - to me at least - implies a good deal more interactivity than sitting on a moving track and turning one's head about.

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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"Off I trot to the stationary cupboard, select a black ball point pen"

"It would have been trickier if the cupboard had been moving."

I once had to move our stationary cupboard. It caused a local paradox.

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Disney mulls Mickey Mouse magic material to thwart pirates' 3D scans

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I think its purpose, like all prior iterations of DRM, is to remove money from dumb companies.

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Re: Flubber

OMG! One of the few movies in my life I couldn't get even half way through watching, even for free!

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Re: Solid DRM

The pirates have the advantage of competitive pricing vs their piracy rivals. I believe it is called something like a 'free market' in some places. :-)

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Has riddle of the 1977 'Wow!' signal finally been cracked? Maybe...

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Of course,

THAT is what they WANT you to believe! :-P

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What a tit! Uber CEO hijacks his staff breast-pump room to meditate

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Nope, we aren't, on the whole.

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Meditation Room.

It is where you store all the crashed Commodore Amigas?

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TBF, if the room wasn't being used for its intended purpose and no-one was likely to do so for the time, why not use it for meditation. The guy is a DB to be sure, but I think this is just slow-news-day material.

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Nothing but cheap TITilaton for the already-howling*-readers, really.

* And rightly so, though for better reasons than this.

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Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

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But... But... Butt!

High Sierra makes windows!

http://www.highsierraglass.com/

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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Re: Thought Police

It is their university, so they get to choose who gets in. If you had invited someone to a party at your house then found out they were an openly and extremely offensive person to the point that your association with them would make your other friends and associates less amiable towards you, would you still want that person to come?

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Re: Bah!

Actually, Free Speech (TM) is extremely easy and well supported on the internet.

It is just that being held accountable for what you freely speak is also well supported.

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Boffins find evidence of strange uranium-producing bacteria lurking underground

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Re: The usual baloney

"Worse is a chemist with a stutter! All those long names..."

How do you think we invented long-chain polymers!

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Did you prefer on top or on the bottom?

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