* Posts by Bernard M. Orwell

927 posts • joined 12 May 2010

Page:

Senators call for '9/11-style' commission on computer voting security

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: Not The Real. Problem

Looking for how things might be rigged? How about this quote from Walden O'Dell, chairman of Diebold, shortly before the election that saw GW Bush returned to office...

"''I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president [GW Bush] next year.''

That is hardly unusual for Mr. O'Dell. A longtime Republican, he is a member of President Bush's ''Rangers and Pioneers,'' an elite group of loyalists who have raised at least $100,000 each for the 2004 race.

Conflict of interests, perhaps?

Sauce: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/09/business/machine-politics-in-the-digital-age.html?mcubz=0

6
0

Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: Cats are neither a solid nor a liquid.

"weird addiction to slot machines..."

Speaking as someone who once had the lovely job of writing code for such beasties, I can tell you they are the ultimate cheat machines. Anything labelled as a "skill feature" (You know, where you have to stop reels, nudge them, stop a lamp trail lighting at a given point to win a prize) have determined, before you push the button, whether you are going to "win" or not. This is why most of these machines are listed as Amusement With Prizes (AWPs) rather than slot machines, or automated gambling etc. The idea of automated gambling is strictly limited in the UK, though you'll note that the gloves come off the moment you step on a cruise or ferry.

I love these people who write books on "systems" for beating bandits, AWPs etc. They are so full of crap. The only rule that's worth knowing is the UK law on AWP return rates. Many machines are listed as having "Play/Return" rates upwards of 60%; some as high as 80%. What that means is that, in a given period of play (a day or a week for example, depending on local settings) the machine is likely to pay out the return rate. If a machine takes £100 quid in, then it'll pay out between £60 and £80. but the Play/Win rate will be WAY less; perhaps as little as 2%. That's the chance of you winning more than has been put in in a given play period.

Therefore, sometimes, you can watch a machine in a pub eat someones tenner and payout bugger all then you drop a quid in and win a fiver. All that's happened is that the machine has made a profit (£6 in this example) and you've won some of the last mugs money (£5).

Anyone who tells you there is a way to beat these machines, other than by camping them for days and watching the ones that haven't paid out for a while, is talking cobblers.

21
0
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge
Pint

Re: Cats are neither a solid nor a liquid. @Aladdin Sane

"There are several icons that are hardly ever used - just re-purpose those - how hard can it be?"

Nearly sounding like an end-user there! Let's do this properly. Submit an RFC as a non-standard change for CAB consideration, raise SRs as required on the back of that. Wait for six weeks. Send an email wondering where the change went. Wait three more weeks. Give up.

Job well done.

12
0

Developer swings DMCA sueball at foul-mouthed streamer PewDiePie

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: Perjury

"...And, PewDiePie has raked in millions? Really?"

Yep. He's currently worth $20m approximately. Don't underestimate the money making engine that is YouTubing/Streaming. If you're good at it, there is gold in them there hills.

[Source] https://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/actors/pewdiepie-net-worth

0
0

This article has been deleted

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge
Coat

Re: I am sure the plod had to probe deeply into this...

"It's lucky it wasn't a KFC..."

Because first there are hot thighs and breasts, but all you're left with afterwards is a greasy box to put your bones in.

23
0

Tomorrow, DreamHost will square up to US DoJ to avoid handing over 1.3m IP addresses of anti-Trump site visitors

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: Trump brings out the best in people

"No thats "The Blues"'

No, you need to have your nuts nailed to a tree first, then hang there for a few days. Then you *nearly* got the blues. ~ Willie Nelson.

3
0

UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents' mugshots

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: No Detail On The Accuracy Of System

"Facial recognition tracking - what if people at the time know about the facial recognition system, and then decide to wear glasses that disrupt the software ?"

Or, better and more weirdly still, straight from your favourite cyberpunk setting; https://cvdazzle.com/

1
0

Comp sci world shock: Bonn boffin proposes P≠NP proof, preps for prestige, plump prize

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

"That gives one solution. Not all solutions."

given the question about accommodation as posed, we only need one solution, surely? If that's a sidestep and ignores the actual mathematical conundrum, I would suggest the example question is flawed.

Perhaps a better example would come from the Hamiltonian Path Problem: given N cities to visit, how can one do this without visiting a city twice?

8
1

FBI's spyware-laden video claims another scalp: Alleged sextortionist charged

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: 15-30

"I'm rather disgusted with the amount of people on here that support those who commit crimes against children."

So, I am against the crime of prison rape and reject revenge as a just process, so therefore I am a supporter of those who commit crimes against children?

Do you know what a false dilemma is? Logic fail, that's what.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_dilemma

4
0
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: 15-30

Justice is based on four pillars with imprisonment as a measure available to those tasked with administering justice. Reformation, Protection of the public, Punishment and Deterrant.

What you, and many other commentards, are focused on here is Revenge. It isn't justice is it? Revenge, in fact, can be considered a crime in and of itself; taking law into your own hands. Now, you might say that when the law fails what you believe is its duty then its fine to go mob-handed and vigilante, but that's just anarchy; what you and your neighbor believe is punishable are likely to be two different things quite often. Fundamentalist nutcases and mass shooters are revenge types, taking retribution or delivering punishment to those that do not conform to their thinking.

Revenge is not a hallmark of a civilized society. Revenge is reactionary and not logical.

15
2

WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: Bernie asking him to confirm or deny

"Actually, that is incorrect. Whilst he is on US soil and charged in public court he has exactly the same rights."

Wasn't there a recent change to US law that suspended constitutional rights within a specified range of the border? Such as at airports etc?

Update: Further research would indicate that its the fourth amendment rather than the fifth that is often ignored, so your point is indeed taken. A judicial note on the fifth amendment indicates that it applied "in any criminal prosecution."

https://www.aclu.org/other/constitution-100-mile-border-zone

https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/238/how-does-the-us-constitution-apply-to-aliens

1
0
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge
Facepalm

Re: Oh dear... maybe

" it's OK to share code that can be used for criminal purposes because it can be used for legitimate purposes as well."

OMG! we'd best stop selling C# and C++ compilers immediately just in case they are used by evil people!

3
0
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: asking him to confirm or deny

"It is the Fifth Amendment ."

5th amendment doesn't apply as he's a foreign national and not a US citizen. He has about the same level of rights as a Guantanamo in-mate. ie, none.

1
1

Google diversity memo: Web giant repudiates staffer's screed for 'incorrect assumptions about gender'

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge
Trollface

Re: The token conservative spoke out!

"Let me guess, you're a white male?"

Hey! Don't you go presuming this persons gender and race based on their name! that's discriminatory! They can choose the gender they want! He can identify as an eskimo if he wants!

9
1
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge
Headmaster

Re: Dare I say

"and if you can't be assed to spellcheck your CV then your not likely to work hard"

You're

36
0

WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge
Headmaster

Re: Good info.

"innocent UNLESS proven guilty"

Actually, neither Unless nor Until is correct. In both UK and US law, the actual law states that the legal process must "Proceed from an presumption of innocence". Subtle alteration in the wording, but amounts to the same thing.

8
0

Cardiff did Nazi that coming: Hackers slap Trump, swastikas, Sharia law on e-sign

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge
Pint

Re: Sarf Wales

"And they were amazed anyone would want to keep drinking after nine on a weekday. "

You have clearly never actually been to Newport.

4
1

Steve Bannon wants Facebook, Google 'regulated like utilities'

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: YOS!

Thinking we may have missed the subtle satire in your post.

4
0

UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge
Joke

"Unless it's a non-sarcastic dig that it's "Peppa Pig", of course"

Great... now it's making them illiterate too.

0
0
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge
Happy

I'll admit, there are some things my daughter watches that will put me to sleep in a heartbeat, but Pepper Pig was a staple in our house for many years. The trauma has stuck with me.

It also taught my daughter to expect me to be a stupid bumbling fool and my wife to be the decision maker in all things.... ....more than usual, that is.

17
1
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge
Megaphone

About bloody time too!

I've been harping on about this for years and years. Now, let's take the next step and deal with the same problem in childrens television programming where it goes without saying that men/fathers are always shown as stupid, incompetent comic figures whilst women/mothers are wise, always right and competent at everything.

Pepper Pig, I'm looking at your producers.

50
3

Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge
WTF?

uhhhmeeeeriiika!

"arrested earlier this month in Thailand ", "email address belonged to a Canadian man", "investigators stormed Cazes' house in Bangkok", "Other houses were found in Phuket, Cyprus, Antigua and Barbuda and added to the asset seizure.", "He sought – and achieved – citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda ", "He even sent money from Thailand through Liechtenstein to Cyprus".

America, World Police. Fuck Yeah.

4
6

Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: ID 10 T alert

"Notice that it is the Declaration of Independence and not the US Constitution, so doesn't pertain to this case."

It is the founding statement of intent and principle of your nation. Or is it just bullshit words?

It's make your mind up time, America.

0
0
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: ID 10 T alert

".. If they were, These principles would and actually could be applied to "all people"."

"We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

- US Declaration of Independence"

I'm finding it amazing how often I have to quote this to Americans. Notice how that very famous paragraph doesn't say "....that all AMERICANS are created equal." it says "All men".

1
0
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: ID 10 T alert

"ID 10 T alert"

Good of you to use that as your post title, just to warn us you were posting.

1
0

UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

"I read that legislation somewhere in the pipeline will allow businesses to sue the government for lost revenue due to their changing the rules."

That was part of TTIP, which I understand is now dead in the water. This is a good thing.

0
0
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

"Also will tumblr be included..."

Or Reddit, Imgur, Pintrest, Google, Facebook, DeviantArt....? Or are they, de facto, not "porn sites"?

1
0

Trump to world: Forget moving to America to do a startup

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

He just doesn't want the competition coming in. After all, it'd only take *one* good idea from an entrepreneur and they'd be 100% ahead of him.

5
0

It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

"How long before your sex robot has your browser history and knows what you have looked for on PornHub, it can then offer you whatever fetish is in your browsing history even if you are too scared to ask your robot directly."

Dunno. That wasn't the result when my wife found my browsing history. Oh no, not at all.

14
0

Civil rights warriors get green light to challenge UK mass surveillance

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: It's not often I agree with the folks at Liberty

"hence my suggestion that it [IPA] is restricted to only the security services."

So, who exactly, we must wonder, are these 'security services'? MI5? MI6? GCHQ? Cobra? Metropolitan Police? Local Government Response teams? The NCA? Embassies dealing with foreign powers? the NHS? FiT Police Teams? The Cabinet? The Ambulance Service? The Gambling Commission? HMRC?

Well yes, all of those as it currently stands... .

..AND their "selected partners in the private sector". Read that again. Selected Partners. Private Sector. That'd be all those out-sourced service providers we all love then. G4S, Serco, Atos, Capita. I'll be a pound to a penny that they have clauses in their supplier contracts that let them "sell" that data to their own "partners" too.

yeah, here's my tenner to the kickstarter.

0
0

Five-eyes nations want comms providers to bust crypto for them

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: Breaking News: Water is wet

"uses old-school style cyphers to hide the messages inside innocuous looking plain-text internet posts?"

Like UseNet?

2
0
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: Germany

"Agreed: A court order that enables state-sponsored-hacking to infect and control a suspect's device to capture information before/after encryption is different from weakening encryption in general. It will not enable mass-surveillance."

Unless, of course, you don't assume that one court order is for one subject. It's simple enough for a single court order to permit the surveillance of very, very large numbers of people. Ask FISA for details. (though they may refuse to admit how many people are affected by their rulings, only the number of rulings themselves).

0
1

UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

"would being dismissed out of hand as a pompous, self-obsessed and talent free clown put you off?"

Didn't stop May, Trump, Hunt, Farage, BoJo.... etc. etc.

0
0
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

"I presume you have submitted the evidence you obviously have to the police?"

How about a tacit confession of collusion? Buckle up and watch this BBC clip. Once you've done so, understand that it was part of the body of evidence against parliamentarians that caused an inquest to be opened. An inquest that was deliberately derailed by T. May and co. She "lost" records more than once, had the chairperson removed at least twice and finally, quietly closed down the inquiry.

yeah, pretty sure there was sufficient evidence for plod to proceed.

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

[Transcript for those who can't watch YouTube right now]

A short extract from the Michael Cockerell documentary 'Westminster's Secret Service' broadcast by the BBC in 1995.

Tim Fortescue was a Whip under Edward Heath between 1970 and 1973. In the documentary it was revealed that the Chief Whip kept a little black 'dirt book' which contained information about MPs, and this was used as a method of political control.

"Anyone with any sense who was in trouble would come to the Whips and tell them the truth, and say now, "I'm in a jam, can you help?" It might be debt, it might be a scandal involving small boys, or any kind of scandal which a member seemed likely to be mixed up in, they'd come and ask if we could help. And if we could, we did. We would do everything we can because we would store up brownie points. That sounds a pretty nasty reason but one of the reasons is, if we can get a chap out of trouble, he'll do as we ask forever more."

5
0

Russian hackers selling login credentials of UK politicians, diplomats – report

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: What Is The Policy For MP's E-Mail ?

"It's a privileged communication so should not become a matter of official record. That's why the intelligence services are not supposed to tap MPs' communications; a point which is widely misunderstood."

If this were true, then doctors and other medical professions should be exempt, and, arguably, so too should lawyers, priests (inc. Imam) and financial advisors.

That rule ONLY serves MPs.

1
0

Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: strum Stick to business

"he/she relies on consensus amongst those who have studied those theories....." Sorry, but that is a complete load of cobblers. "

Once in a blue moon I have cause to agree with Matt Bryant. Today is one of those days. The Scientific Method has no room for "consensus" as scientific evidence. It demands experimentation and analysis of results. Good scientists will accept findings from experimentation that refute their theories and still think of it as science, they won't bend the data or adjust mathematical models until the data fits the theory.

Explanation by consensus alone is the domain of religion.

1
0

Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: It only gets worse

"surely you'd feel compelled..."

Careful there, it almost looked for a second as though you expected logic and reason from a right-wing voter and we all know that doesn't work.

10
1

Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

I've found the magic money tree! It was here all along!

There's £85bn being handed over to corporations in corporate welfare; incentives, tax breaks, grants and so forth. That's quite a lot of money, isn't it? That's more than the "bloody spongers" welfare bill, isn't it? Now, suppose we don't give them those breaks, what happens? Oh yeah, the conventional wisdom says that they'll leave the UK... "Screw you guys, I'm going home".

Seriously? Let's think about that a second. Large corporations, who don't pay taxes and get huge sums in corporate welfare are going to stop doing business in the UK? Amazon not delivering? Starbucks not making coffee? in the sixth largest consumer market in the world? Yeah, right, sure. They'll all be prepared to lose millions per year from lost business just to stick to a principle. Corporations are clearly well known for not being guided by the almighty bottom line, eh?

And if I'm wrong and they do? Well, we're not making any money from taxing them, and we'll save money by not giving them welfare. Off you go, I say. Bye, bye. I also don't think it'd be very long before other business, perhaps even home-grown UK ones, would step into a market breach suddenly left begging. People still want online junk ordering and crappy drive-through (sorry, "thru") coffee you know, no reason why a UK new starter couldn't fill that gap and create jobs (not off shored, even!) in the process.

lack of tax income from multinationals and corporate welfare handouts dwarf the costs given in Labours manifesto; it dwarfs the cost we currently pay in benefits to people who actually need it. Top it all off with a tax hike for the 1% wealthiest and/or a 1p increase in income tax and we could easily fund all of the suggested programs and more. We might even have a few bob left over for other projects, like, say, education and enterprise intiatives for SMEs.

So, stop pretending the money isn't there because its just being given to the wrong people and the wrong causes.

[Sauce] https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/06/benefits-corporate-welfare-research-public-money-businesses

3
1
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

"I Googled Labour's manifesto but the only hits I had were for "The Magic Money Tree And Other Fairy Stories"

Turn the page and you'll see "The Bus That Lied and Got Away With It" and "The March of the Orange Morons". You can find this and many other stories in the "Bumper Book of Fascism" by T. May and Friends. Reprints in "Voting for Dummies".

31
5

You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

"the court decided that copyright holders have to "consider fair use" before sending takedown notices "

I wonder how this law will end up sitting with the companies that run web-crawlers on sites such as YouTube to identify copyright content? As I understand it, these bots are let loose to find *any* video that has no copyright information on it and then immediately slap a takedown notice on them in order to provoke either royalty payments or a copyright infringement claim regardless of whether there is a legal claim or not, and seemingly ignorant of fair use rules. Anyone have any direct experience of this issue?

1
0

Capita call centre chap wins landmark sex discrimination lawsuit

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: Nice to see a win in favour of equality of treatment!

"specific and accurate"

Cheers mate. This is the crux of my argument with the feminist movement, especially the so-called "second wave". Whilst feminism is often presented as a singular concept, in practice it is far from that. Feminism is an entirely different thing depending on your social and cultural viewpoint. If you're living in one of several middle-eastern countries then your feminism is likely to be focused on the treatment of women in politics or society, if its India then FGM may be your focus, in LA its likely to be whether your campus toilets are gender specific or not, in NYC its about man-spreading, and in London its about the wagegap. Feminism means a lot of different things to different people and its only defining attribute is that its about women. If you take Feminism to mean equality (another poor word that I eschew in favour of egality, but that's perhaps for another post.) then it diminishes the value that it has; ie that it becomes representative of all instead of being focused on issues affecting women alone.

Personally, I believe that a lack of egality underpins nearly all social issues, from race to gender to religion to class and only when we recognize that each member of our human race deserves the same opportiunities in life will we begin to break down these artificial borders that divide us. I think of this movement as an egalitarian one.

1
0
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: Nice to see a win in favour of equality of treatment!

it's not feminism, it's egalitarianism - the accordance of equality of opportunity to all regardless of gender, race or social status.

feminism is about advancing action to address the social inequalities that pertain to women specifically, in a similar manner to racism being about addressing inequities due to racial prejudice.

9
0

Congressman drafts COVFEFE Act to preserve Trump's Twitter tantrums

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge
Coat

Re: It's a good idea

"No, it was Bill Clinton's "pearls of wisdom" that were swept under the carpet...."

Those that didn't end up on a certain interns dress, that is.

1
0

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

Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

"What's your address? I want to nominate your garden"

There's a distinction to be had here, chap, between private and public access to property.

I don't have the legal right to enter your garden to take pictures, for example, but there's no law to stop me taking a picture of your garden from outside the boundaries. You could of course put up a fence to prevent me doing so, that's your right, and I'd have no legal right to circumvent that fence to obtain a picture, but as it stands, if your garden is 'on view' in a public space, I can take a picture of it.

1
0
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge

Re: a Mortal Threat...to augmented reality games

"A counter-counter argument for you"

When a city plays host to a major sporting event, and thousands of visitors descend on said metropolis, who is liable for the cleanup? The sporting club? The owners of the venue? The City authorities? Is a surcharge applied to the ticket price to cover the *anticipated* costs of damage and litter?

If some of those attending such an event then cause criminal damage to the civic amenities in public areas, who is liable? Do the authorities pursue those committing the damage or the club hosting the event?

2
0
Bernard M. Orwell
Silver badge
Facepalm

"If this stops future Pokemon Go games I'm all for it."

Why? Don't you like Pokémon Go? I get that.

Personally, I f'in loathe football. All those crowds in the city with their stupid chanting and drinking.. and the damage and litter they cause! Utterly unbearable.

If this stops future football games I'm all for it.

[In case you missed the sarcasm, there is some there if you look hard enough.]

7
0

Page:

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2017