* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business

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Which is why we haven't had a war since Korea, we have had a whole bunch of not-wars almost conitnually

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Re: ...

There is terrorist activity in these countries now. His ban affects people born in those countries 50years ago.

Iranians who have lived in the USA since 1979 are unlikely to have moved there after the revolution because they were fans of a future anti-Iranian Sunni extremist terrorist group.

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Canadian telco bans a little four-letter dirty word from texts: U B E R

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Re: why - How ?

How did Fido manage to implement a working sms filter?

Have they got an intern or did somebody bring their kid to work day

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Boffins build laser satellite data link

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That's not a moon

Isn't the orbiting battle station supposed to fire the giant laser at the planet?

Did somebody have the plans the wrong way up?

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Why does it cost 20 times as much to protect Mark Zuckerberg as Tim Cook?

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Re: Larry has a lot of homes.

Even if he only uses one - somehow he has to pay fees for all of them .....

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Re: Its the telescopic lense evaluation.

Is there a Grand Theft Auto mod ?

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BillG wears glasses so nobody will hit him and Balmer is protected by a hail of nuclear armed chairs

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Re: In Fairness to Zuckerberg...

Although there are several 1000 Oracle customers around the world who would dearly like to meet a Mr Ellison in a dark alley with a lead pipe

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Choose your enemies

While it is unlikely that a programmer, driven mad by years of dealing with little-endian memory, will seek out the CEO of Intel. And I don't imagine there are many Samsung loyalists strapping Galaxy notes to themselves and trying to blow up Tim Cook

Mr Zuckerberg faces risks of mad right-wingers who think Facebook is part of a democrat conspiracy, mad left-wingers who think Facebook is a corporate invader of privacy. Then even madder even righter wingers who think he is a secret zionist conspiracy and even madder even lefter wingers who think it is a fascist government conspiracy.

Then there are all the people who are just driven mad by cat videos.

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Uncle Sam probes SpaceX – but crack nothing to be alarmed about, we're told

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Thanks for the Stephen Carver suggestion. DuckDuckGo his "Goto 2015" conference talk on the shuttle and Nasa corporate culture

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> Instead they went with a 'It hasn't blown up yet, it must be safe'

The same statistical basis for my safety of Russian Roulette study

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Perhaps SpaceX could lean from Nasa how layers of management can transform an engineer's 1:100 risk of an accident into an official 1:300,000 risk with only the aid of Powerpoint

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Re: Is it wise

Compared to POTUS on twitter?

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Trump's immigration clampdown has Silicon Valley techies fearing for their house prices

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Re: Well, first, the order has been rescinded by the courts...

That's not the problem - the problem is the arbitrary nature of the order, no details, no legal opinion, no rules.

Did he intend this to stop British holiday makers in Costa Rica being able to fly home via Florida? Did it apply to US citizens? What about joint Canadian/US citizens? Nobody knows - it was upto individual officers to make a ruling.

Who knows what the next arbitrary ruling will say? All muslims on the no-fly list? Or just US citizens born in certain countries, or perhaps all foreign born Americans?

Or perhaps merely companies employing foreign born or muslims will be banned from government contracts or just defense contracts. So perhaps firms will have to start letting them go.

The childish reaction to the court ruling might make people worry. What if the next executive order is interpreted by some heavily armed branch of government as a "who will rid me of this turbulent priest"

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AI vuln-hunter bots have seen things you people wouldn't believe

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Re: Impressive

The really impressive system was the one which ignored the competition, hacked the conference twitter account and sent messages declaring itself to be the winner to all the news media

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Humanity needs you... to build an AI bot that can finger rotten headlines

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Re: How is this a problem?

Because they probably don't have an API to slurp all their data to an external database - even if it is just for analyzing it

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US tech giants take brave immigration stand that has nothing to do with profit whatsoever

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Some is. Tata importing 1000s of "consultants" from India on company transfers or Disney replacing entire work forces with H1Bs

But there aren't 1000s of unemployed chip designers, physics lecturers, machine learning experts who would enter the labor force if only living wages were available.

Yes you CAN get those staff by paying more and outbidding somebody else and poaching their staff. But that doesn't work for the entire market - the US doesn't rely on foreign doctors because doctors are underpaid.

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Re: I thought these were tech companies?

Microsoft Research's biggest labs are Cambridge and Bejing

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Re: "welcome the changes your administration has made in recent days."

No need, we can just ban freight containers and go back to the dynamic labor market of "On the Waterfront", then getting rid of back hoes should revitalize the rural ditch digging industry

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Re: I thought these were tech companies?

Especially for Apple, I understand that all their valuable (and taxable) IP is created in Ireland - I wonder why they need anyone in SF at all

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Brexit White Paper published: Broad strokes, light on detail

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Re: halcyon 50's ideal

>The Famous Five series. Up until the day when I realised that each and every one of them has the same plot. Still, good times...

My objection was the geology. They were always finding tunnels and potholes that were always perfectly dry. They never had to wade through waist deep freezing water or have it continually dripping from the roof down their neck

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Re: Good ol Liechtenstein ehh. They are going to help us.

Although it isn't clear if, post Brexit, we can actually export Redcar to them

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Re: Business must be delighted

Funny how the USA and UK avoided a deep recession by following commie-liberal Keynesian economics and the commie-liberal Eu stuck to proper right-wing Austrian school austerity and crashed.

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Re: Business must be delighted

Yes we are now free to export British cars to Japan, British wheat to Canada, British wine to Australia, British hamburgers to America and British hobbits to New Zealand

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New measurement alerts! Badgers, great white sharks and the Lindisfarne Gospel

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>Offensive to whom?

In the case of the total jub that just became POTUS - just about everyone

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Re: Recycling forces

But force isn't conserved.

We need a force conservation movement

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Particle accelerator hacked: Boffins' hashed passwords beamed up

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Victorian atom-smashing facility

I don't think being in Victoria makes it Victorian.

Unless of course it is a Victorian atom-smashing facility, with big brass levers and giant steam hammers to smash atoms - which I secretly hope it is.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: CIA phone number

Outside normal business hours just speak into the light switch

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Re: Can't be a single movie

It will just need some minor changes:

The real story is about the brave miners reducing dependence on foreign spice to make Arakis Great Again - and a bunch of no-good hippie protesters going on about destruction of sandworm habitat.

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Re: Can't be a single movie

> Especially as the terrorists are "future Muslims" of Arabic Bedouin culture

Although with blue eyes - so you just have to make them blond as well and the Americans will be alt-right behind them

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Let's replace Ethernet with infrared light bouncing off mirrors!

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Re: Air quality

Of course it should, we have a five-9s uptime guarantee - I don't care about a little fire, I've got ads to serve!

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Re: The good and the bad...

Or a single central ceiling mounted reflector hub. Something ball shaped and covered with small flat mirrors that rotates?

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Netherlands reverts to hand-counted votes to quell security fears

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Re: It is not the voting, it is the counting

>There is no open-source voting software?

Being open source doesn't help unless you can verify that the code being run on the machine is the same as the source in your hand. Perhaps they will let you install your own build before you vote ?

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Re: Wait... Wut?

> the voting machine manufacturers tell everyone not to worry

They certainly don't - they sue the researchers under the DMCA and get the story pulled

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

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Re: Excellent news! At least for --

>That wont be a good thing unless the democrats offer up good choices,

They probably don't need to - demographics are on their side.

When they are in the situation where they can already win the popular vote with zero white support then they only need to wait for a swing of Republican leaning (but Trump offended) Asian/Latino voters and the continual depopulation of the midwest.

Then the GOP end up like labour losing Scotland - it's almost impossible for them to win, however poor the opposition. If the Dems can ever get a vote for Washington DC there would never be another GOP win.

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Re: Excellent news! At least for --

The irony being that he might do something stupid enough to really damage the Republican name and keep them out of power for a generation.

If the democrats can paint them as Republican policies rather than Trump policies.

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Re: Here's another view

We have to ask ourselves -

What kind of world are we leaving for Keith Richards ?

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Re: Less regulataion? How dreadful!

Lets start with the FAA.

Why do I have to take turns on the runway like some bunch of socialists?

I say whoever doesn't blink gets the take-off

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Re: When?

As soon as 51% of Repubicans think they will get more support from their campaign funders (sorry voters) by opposing him than supporting him

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Don't worry, America: Elon Musk says he'll have a word with Trump

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>Thus, we see the dawn of William Gibson's cyberpunk future, where governments have been replaced by mega corporations.

A choice of the current administration or Toyota running the world ..... let me see ....

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Re: Insane

It's the same "something must be done" mentality you get when politicians make technical security decisions.

A list of people to subject to extra security when flying = good idea.

Preventing 3 year old American children with the same name as long dead journalists on Nixon's enemy list, flying to Disneyland = stupid

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Re: Insane

But the guy in the pickup truck with the gun rack thinks that Saddam Hussein and Iran did 9/11.

The purpose of this ruling isn't to prevent terrorism - it's to protect votes

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Re: Musk 'n' Trump

In the Hyperloop, poppies entwine

With cattle trucks lying in wait for the next time

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With net neutrality pretty much dead in the US, your privacy is next

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Https

It's too late for ISPs, if all they see is that stereotypical American connects to Youtube and Facebook how much data can they harvest?

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Boeing's 747 to fly off the production line for the foreseeable future

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Must have been an interesting meeting.

Trump: The price is ridiculous and I'm shaming you on Twitter

Boeing: Then we will shut down 747 production, layoff the workers and blame you. Plus what are you going to buy to replace Air force one - a Tupolev?

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Trump decides Breitbart chair Bannon knows more about natsec than actual professionals

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Or Twitter could just stop sending his tweets.

If they got bots to reply to him, he might not notice that he has been overthrown

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Re: It will be yet another war soon

However with his nationalist policies and alienating the military it is likely to be the USA that he declares war on

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Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'

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Re: Bodyguard cards

Have them, they are called chromebooks.

For extra points get one with an ARM cpu - couldn't run a virus if you wanted them to.

Running windows on a pubic web browser terminal securely is like making a fire extinguisher out of magnesium - you COULD do it safely but it's tricky and there are easier ways.

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Re: Problem with Anti-Virus

It wasn't users who invented a standard Windows graphics format that allowed executable commands to be placed in the image header and ran them when the image was viewed.

If HW had the same attitude to security you would have computers that caught fire or exploded if you looked at them funny.

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