* Posts by AdamWill

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Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi?

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run your own? really?

"For what it's worth, we recommend setting one up yourself using OpenVPN, Algo, or Outline, for example, if you know what you're doing."

This has always struck me as a bizarre recommendation for what's probably the major reason for using a VPN: making it look like you're somewhere else. After all, most people in the UK who want to look like they're connecting from the US probably don't own a house in the US they can stick a VPN server in. Or even have the means to run one out of a US-based colo or something. (Ditto Chinese people wanting to look like they're almost anywhere else, etc etc). Surely it's more practical to recommend a vaguely reputable paid provider for this case.

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If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Q&A?

"Microsoft says it'll sort out the issues "in the 2019 timeframe." That stunning Redmond Q&A at work again, we guess."

Er. Ahem.

1) It's "QA", as in "quality assurance". Not "Q&A", as in "questions and answers".

2) QA's job is to find the bugs, not fix them. Thus QA did its job just fine, it seems, since Microsoft knew about the bug. If dev decided not to fix it, that's all dev's problem. ;)

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We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

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Re: Does anyone use an IDE on RHEL anyway?

Believe it or not, yeah, they do. Last I heard, the RH desktop team was effectively self-funding, i.e. we sell enough RHEL licenses for desktop use to cover the cost of running the desktop team. It's not a huge business that's gonna set the world on fire, but it's a business.

For most 'typical' desktop users Fedora or Ubuntu is going to make more sense, but there are some specific cases where people really want a desktop distro with RHEL's lifecycle and maintenance policies.

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The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box

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Re: There is a reason ...

"Funny that I installed ubuntu 18.04 a few weeks ago and the fucking thing installed itself then! ( and was a fucking pain to remove)."

So I looked into it a bit more, and from a few references at least, it seems like Ubuntu has a sort of network configuration abstraction thingy that can use both NM and systemd-networkd as backends; on Ubuntu desktop flavors NM is usually the default, but apparently for recent Ubuntu Server, networkd might indeed be the default. I didn't notice that as, whenever I want to check what's going on in Ubuntu land, I tend to install the default desktop spin...

"LP is a fucking arsehole."

systemd's a lot bigger than Lennart, you know. If my grep fu is correct, out of 1543 commits to networkd, only 298 are from Lennart...

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Re: There is a reason ...

Well, it depends what you mean by "why bother with". Who's doing the "bother"ing?

If you mean "why bother writing it?", well, the systemd authors think it's a good idea and would *like* people to use it. So far, distros have generally decided not to adopt it. I'm just relaying facts here, I'm not sure why I'm getting flooded with downvotes. Everything I said is easily verifiable. Just go install a default Fedora or Ubuntu system and check for yourself: you'll have systemd, but you *won't* have systemd-networkd running.

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Re: There is a reason ...

That's why systemd-networkd is a separate, optional component, and not actually part of the init daemon at all. Most systemd distros do not use it by default and thus are not vulnerable to this unless the user actively disables the default network manager and chooses to use networkd instead.

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Just about nothing actually uses networkd

"In addition to Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Systemd has been adopted as a service manager for Debian, Fedora, CoreOS, Mint, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. We're told RHEL 7, at least, does not use the vulnerable component by default."

I can tell you for sure that no version of Fedora does, either, and I'm fairly sure that neither does Debian, SLES or Mint. I don't know anything much about CoreOS, but https://coreos.com/os/docs/latest/network-config-with-networkd.html suggests it actually *might* use systemd-networkd.

systemd-networkd is not part of the core systemd init daemon. It's an optional component, and most distros use some other network manager (like NetworkManager or wicd) by default.

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You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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I would...

...get on Twitter and have some fun explaining what CRLF actually *means* to baffled millennials who have never seen a manual typewriter...

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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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Re: "but also seems you weren't any better as a manager"

"The issue is it was impossible to held him to the deadlines. He agreed on them - and often I allowed him more time than a skilled developer needed - and then utterly ignored them, producing different excuses. Being kind and remembering him how important it was for him, the team and the company to deliver good code in time was utterly useless."

You're sort of posing a false dichotomy here, though. There aren't only two choices: 1) scream abuse at people, 2) be kind to them and work around them at all costs for fear of upsetting their precious sensitivities. (In fact, ironically, in my experience it tends to be the case in broken situations that important people get to yell and scream all they like, while everyone else has to bend over backwards to not step on their precious toes).

It's perfectly possible to point out that the developer in question is not doing the job properly, and to progress from there to formal performance review measures and ultimately disciplinary measures if there really is a long-term problem, all without being abusive, hurtful or personally disrespectful. Millions of people manage to be involved in processes like this every day. It's not rocket science.

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Re: "a gentle word will probably achieve more than the f-bomb"

"I lost my temper - and yelled at him.

I got a reprimand by HR, but at least he asked to be moved elsewhere, where probably he's attempting the same tricks."

So, er, you're saying that yelling at him didn't actually solve the problem at all, but just moved it away from where you had to care about it? And that's a reason why it's a good thing?

"sometimes you encounter people who makes you steam, and you need to let the steam go out for your health's sake."

ah - so that's the *real* benefit. It was a benefit purely to you, never mind the consequences for anyone else. And hey, maybe you do need to let off steam sometimes. But why not let off steam at the wall, or a sympathetic colleague of choice, rather than yelling at someone, especially if it's not actually going to do them or the project any good at all? Why not consider not just "your health", but the health of the person getting yelled at, and the health of everyone who has to work in the context of the yelling?

If someone's constantly acting in a way that's a problem for the project, there are practical ways of actually addressing that problem. "Scream abuse at them" is not one of those ways. Also, AFAIK, in most of the cases where Linus lost it at someone, they weren't an ongoing source of problems in the way you describe in your scenario, they were just some poor rando who happened to get their commit reviewed when Linus needed to "let the steam go".

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Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy

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Re: Plenty of X220s on eBay

You can't really 'convert' a US or Canadian layout to a UK or other European one with stickers, as they're associated with actually-physically-different keyboard shapes. UK / European keyboards are generally 102/105 key physical layout, US / Canadian ones are 101/104. The two physical layouts have differently-shaped keys in different places, particularly on the right-hand end of the main key bank. You can't ever make a US keyboard feel like a UK one, no matter how many stickers you use or what remapping tools. :P

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UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

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Re: 'Fake news'

"A Labour MP leaked it.

I can't find the article unfortunately, I think it was either in The Times or The Sunday Times."

So...your response to an article about trying to come to terms with fake news is to:

1. Make a wild accusation ("Labour teaches its MPs to lie") and say this means it's pointless to even try

2. When challenged, stand by the accusation but say that you can't actually find any evidence for it anywhere?

I've just got to go call the Acme Irony Meter Service Department, cos you just broke mine.

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Re: 'Fake news'

"If it's fake, believable and intended to deceive or misguide I call it deception.

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Why not treat it a such?"

Given that 'deception' isn't a criminal offence...what would "treating it as such" entail exactly?

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Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised

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Re: 6000 civilian deaths

There is, of course, a significant difference in the current situation vs. the Vietnam War or the Second World War: they were actually wars. The "war" on terrorism is not. The US is not at war with Iraq or Afghanistan or anywhere else. Which only makes this all the worse.

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Re: ...... and physicists

"It's down to you to stop atoms being weaponized and chemists you do the same for chemicals!"

Well...uh...quite. Physicists and chemists have been struggling with this for decades/centuries (respectively). Haven't you *read* about how Oppenheimer and the rest of the Manhattan Project folks struggled with the implications and consequences of their work?

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Airbus UK infosec gros fromage: Yep, we work with arch-rivals Boeing

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Canadian *AHEM*

"given the former's acquisition of Canadian aerospace also-ran company Bombardier's C-series light airliner design"

I think you'll find Bombardier is an also-ran rail rolling stock manufacturer as well!

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SUSE Linux Enterprise turns 15: Look, Ma! A common code base

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Re: not uncommon

Around here they're called First Nations :P But yes, exactly what I would've riposted. (Along with noting that Chinese immigration to the western seaboard of North America dates back pretty nearly as far as European immigration here does...)

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not uncommon

it's not uncommon at all. Where I live (Vancouver) there's a very big east Asian population...so my building has no floor 13 (western superstition) *or* floor 4, 14, or 24 (eastern superstition). Sure makes your buildings seem taller from the elevator...I bet it's a pain in the ass for the builders, though.

In a sense it's more understandable than the western '13' superstition, because it's a linguistic thing: there's an element of superstition to it, but it also just feels uncomfortable even to a non-superstitious person to be saying something that sounds exactly like "death" all the time. It'd be like if your boss was called Deathy McMurderface or something. You *do* say the version number of the software you're using quite a lot.

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US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

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Re: George III

"@Kane : you laugh, but..."

You realized you just painfully explained exactly the thing Kane was joking about, and giving his audience enough credit to *understand* that he was joking about it, right?

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Re: We expect 100% occupancy during the visit

isn't "a fun and vibrant team of marketeers" the fifth circle of hell?

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Jimmy Hill feted in Shoreditch

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Re: Did you know...

Meanwhile, the Kansas concert in Chicago is cancelled, but the Chicago concert in Kansas will go on as planned.

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Oracle Linux now supported on 64-bit Armv8 processors

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Re: Where is the Oracle Instant client for ARM ?

"It was on this very journal that I read stories about Linus T's enswearified rants about ARM devices and non-discoverable buses. I'm guessing that nothing yet has changed in the world of ARM SoCs to change that state of affairs." aarch64 is generally somewhat better than 32-bit ARM there. Especially with server-class hardware as opposed to dev boards.

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What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave

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we're not freaking magical wizards

Overall a good article, but can we please give up on this annoying and patronizing attitude?

"Working in IT is a magical, mysterious, and wonderful task. To the normals, it seems like the computers are demons machinating against them, but us nerds know they're just like big puppies pouncing and growling to get us to roll around on the floor. We bond with them, and we start to dedicate ourselves to the machines."

It's bullshit and it's been bullshit for a long time, and it's harmful, because if you believe it you believe you're some kind of magical wizard and no-one gets to tell you you're full of shit when...you're full of shit.

We're just people who have some expertise in a particular area and work in that area. We're not magical wizard gods. This isn't Snow Crash. Lots of people have expertise in a particular area and work in that area. My brother-in-law fits windscreens. I haven't got a fucking clue how to fit a windscreen. But I don't think he thinks of himself as a Windscreen Fixing Wizard God and me as a "normal". He's just a bloke with a job. So are we. Can we please stop thinking of ourselves as powerful sorcerors with unique knowledge interacting with a mysterious power and just think of ourselves as people with a perfectly commonplace specialist job, just like millions of other people? We're *all* "normals". Get over yourself.

(We also are, let's face it, pretty fucking bad at our speciality, aren't we? Windscreen fitters more or less have it figured out. I am yet to hear of a case where someone got their windscreen replaced, then thirty miles down the motorway it smashed into a million tiny pieces and cut them to ribbons, then the investigating authorities found it had been broadcasting their personal data to the world up until then. Yet this is more or less what we seem to do to everyone all the time...)

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'90s hacker collective man turned infosec VIP: Internet security hasn't improved in 20 years

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bzzt yourself

"BZZZTTT!! 1992 is *not* pre-internet"

did you try reading *the next goddamn sentence of the quote* or did you just skip immediately to the comment section with a big smile of anticipation at just how fucking clever you were about to prove yourself to be? That's pretty fking insufferable, you know. Jesus, just keep it in your pants and read the context.

"This is pre-internet, 1992. If you were on the internet then you've [either] got a corporate or academic connection. I was working at Lotus at the time and I was dabbling with understanding the internet..."

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Hmmm.

"We the geeks and nerds ran things, we were like gods. The world and his wife all bought a PC or a Mac and they had no idea what to do with any of this kit. We strode the world like colossi"

Yes, and look what "we" did. Bit more critical introspection might go a long way there...

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Open Source Security hit with bill for defamation claim

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Re: Freudian slip?

Note, the article author beat you to this, and did it more subtly too. :P

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call the fire brigade

"The security software biz may persist but the Electronic Frontier Foundation hopes to prevent the firm from prevailing."

Ten points for sneaky vocabulary burn, there. Excellent work.

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Re: How can it possibly be worth that much?

"Last lot of figures I've seen shows $140m in profit in 2016, up from $90m in 2015, and $70m in 2014."

Those numbers were *revenue*. Not profit.

https://twitter.com/EricNewcomer/status/809809075756273664

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-15/github-is-building-a-coder-s-paradise-it-s-not-coming-cheap

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Re: RIP Github

"Didn't the new owners stop doing that?"

Mostly, I think, yeah. Sourceforge is probably not actively evil any more, it's just...awful. The sites for SF-hosted projects are horribly laid out and stuffed with ads, and their repository hosting is also painfully slow, you can usually make afternoon tea and read War and Peace in the time it takes to check out anything moderate sized from an SF-hosted repo.

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?!?!?!?!?

"There are other alternatives – such as...SourceForge..."

ahahahahahaahahahah

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

*stops to mop up flood caused by tears of laughter*

AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHA

hahahahahahahaha

that's a good one.

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Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark

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Re: What A Time To Be Alive

yeah, in a funny way this is kind of a *good* news story: at least they didn't design it so stupidly that it sends all your local requests to the internet Just Cuz, thus leaking unnecessary information *and* ensuring local control would go down in a scenario like this.

Low bar, I know! But I suspect at least some IoS products wouldn't clear it...

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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the queue to punch this guy...

"The avocado is so au fait at the moment, it definitely pops"

OK, that guy has *got* to be a plant. If not, the punchin' queue forms right over here. A quid a pop.

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Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

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"Run Bi-level train cars - sure you have to raise the height of the odd bridge or lower the rail grade that goes under them, but that's all relatively cheaper than these interesting schemes - and hey presto you just doubled your passenger capacity."

As a Brit who moved to Canada, er, I have to say Canada doesn't have much to teach the UK about passenger rail. The UK rail network may be a bit tatty around the edges but it still kicks the stuffing out of anything we've got over here.

We can only run double-decker passenger cars in North America because our tracks are in such terrible shape the trains can't go very fast. Try it on the West Coast main line and you're just going to get bits of carriage all over the place in a hurry.

Dunno which bit of Canada you're in, but out here on the West Coast, there are Amtrak trains and the Sounder trains down in Washington state that run double-decker cars. The maximum speed of the Sounder system is apparently 79mph. The Superliner cars used on Amtrak have a rated maximum speed of 100mph and I don't know if I've ever *been* on an Amtrak train that managed 100mph; the two west coast trains, the Coast Starlight and the Cascades, again top out at 79mph, seems to be some sort of pattern there.

Pendolino trains on the WCML run up to 125mph, so yeah, not gonna work.

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Re: Wacky?

They successfully suckered you into reading the article and leaving a comment, for a start. Which, you know, is sort of their job, them being journalists and all.

So...trebles all round?

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Re: presumably...

"There goes Beardy's promise of it costing "about a third of building high speed rail" then! ;-)"

well yes, that part does seem like utter and complete nonsense. I have no idea at all how you could possibly cost building underground rail by *any* method whatsoever lower than building surface rail. That's just obviously silly.

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presumably...

"Not to mention where would you route this in a crowded country like the UK? Hasn't Beardy noticed that HS2 has been massively delayed by all the objections from folk who don't want the thing anywhere near where they live?

well, you can argue that's an advantage for the hyperloop idea. If you can build the tube via tunnelling (not cut-and-cover) you could arguably put it in far more places, with far less objection from nearby surface-dwellers, than you can put surface rail. This is after all why we have the London *Underground* in the city centre, rather than sending trains through Leicester Square at surface level...

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Chief EU negotiator tells UK to let souped-up data adequacy dream die

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Re: Ha

"Didnt the EU cry about us not being clear on what we want?"

Yes. That doesn't mean that once we *are* clear on what we want, it is automatically the case that we get it. There are multiple requirements! I know, no-one told us it was going to be this hard, that we'd have to come up with negotiating positions that are *both* clear *and* vaguely sensible and remotely palatable to the other side, you know, the one that's in by far the better position in the negotiations. Terrible.

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UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi effort: A 'masterclass in incompetence'

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Government press release announcing report:

"Report on Disclosure and Barring Service calls it 'A masterpiece...'"

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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Re: "opt-out was probably the best choice"

"if you have enough non-PII data on someone, then you can identify the person who generated it. And it's been shown repeatedly that "enough" such data is a shockingly small amount."

well, the definition of "identify" there is somewhat subtle, isn't it? You can *fingerprint* them, yes - in that if you see the same data profile again, you know it's the same person. But you don't actually know *who they are*, in the sense of 'this is Joe Bloggs of 41 Lark Terrace'. All you know is it's the same person (or, rather, the same computer) that sent the same profile before.

The bar to actually *figure out where that computer is and who owns it* is somewhat higher. Facebook and Google can do it, of course. I can't see how Canonical possibly could, from this data.

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Re: Ok, I concede

"As long as you opt me in by default into anything, opting out is all you're going to see from me, even if your goddamn survey is going to magically save all Somalian children forever. ASKING is fine; the moment you PUT YOUR FOOT in the door and assume consent I'm reaching for the shotgun, pal."

I hate to break it to you - but you're a tiny minority. That's why Canonical did this. They need representative data.

Lots of internet commenters say the above, but most people don't actually behave that way, as anyone who's ever designed a system like this will tell you. If you make it opt-out, very few people opt out. If you make it opt-in, almost nobody opts in. That's human nature, apparently. That doesn't mean it's *right* to make things opt-out, of course. It can't answer that question. It's just a fact: opt-out always results in more participation than opt-in.

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How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked

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good looks

"The revelation comes as Facebook is trying to rehab its image in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Having another Cambridge-based outfit caught harvesting details from millions of users is hardly a good look for Zuck and Co."

Also not a particularly good look for the university, is it? I'm surprised how little that angle's really been pushed in the press so far, but maybe that'll change now...

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No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before

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Re: Frankly,

"and it fucking cures cancer"

No. No it doesn't.

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unwarranted scepticism

"but unlike the wise scienticians who get paid to tell us what's good for us, we are not health "experts", are we?"

well, no, you're not. That's sort of the point. Your frame of reference for not considering four pints of beer to be binge drinking is...well...that you like beer, apparently? Whereas the frame of reference the scientists are using is...a well-publicized recent history of high quality, huge scale studies which pretty solidly indicate that drinking at that rate is damaging to your health.

So: yes, they're the experts. What this means is they're right.

You don't have to *like* it. You don't even have to drink less because of it: you are entirely free to decide that the benefit to the You Right Now of drinking large quantities of beer outweighs the benefits to Future You of You Right Now *not* having drunk large quantities of beer. It's your choice. But you don't get to just scoff and say "well obviously they're wrong to say it's bad for me cos I like drinking beer so they must be wrong".

This column is going to age about as well as one from the mid-70s scoffing about this so-called "lung cancer research"...

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Another quarter, another record-breaking Tesla loss: Let's take a question from YouTube, eh, Mr Musk?

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Re: If you skip that preliminary step and like to play with fire to scam the investors ...

Well, that number needs a bit of context. I don't *think* it's literally the case that it costs them $22k more to build a car than they can charge to buy that car, exactly. I think the analyst just took the overall company's losses and divided them by the number of cars produced during the same period, I think. It's not an invalid number, but it's not exactly precise, either, as it's really counting in things that don't have anything directly to do with the precise work of building those individual cars, like R&D and marketing costs.

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Ahem! Uber, Lyft etc: California Supremes just shook your gig economy with contractor ruling

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Do they have to be either?

It sort of seems to me like this is difficult for the law (in many places, not just Super Cali) because the law is required to decide whether gig economy victims^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hworkers are employees or contractors. The law can't make up an Option C: it only has those choices.

To me this is a bit of a problem because they're not *really* either. Of *course* they themselves would like to be considered employees (at least for the purposes of deciding how much they should get paid and whether they're entitled to protection from being arbitrarily fired and all the rest of it, if not necessarily when it comes to the question of their working hours). And of *course* the companies want them to be considered contractors, because that means the companies basically have zero responsibility to or for them whatsoever. But neither of these things seems to be what they, in actual fact, *are*, which is something in the middle. They're obviously not contractors in the traditional sense: no-one sets up as a Self-Employed Stuff Deliverer and then negotiates for Stuff Delivery Contracts with these companies. No. There's clearly a much more involved relationship going on. But it's clearly not *really* quite employment either; while they obviously deploy the argument cynically, the companies *do* have a point that they don't have as much control over the working circumstances of these workers as they would over those of a traditional "employee".

So it seems like requiring the courts to resolve this dilemma is sort of setting them up to fail. What *ought* to happen is that legislatures should be drafting new legislation that covers *what these workers actually are* - whatever term they want to come up with for that - and addresses it specifically, with appropriate rules. It's not actually *necessary* for the state to declare these folks to be 'employees' in order to grant them appropriate protections - it could just pass a law that defines them as a group, gives that group a name, and grants appropriate rights and protections to that group. Done right, it could work out better than trying to twist the rules about employees to apply to them, even.

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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Re: On another topic...

Well, yeah, there's the nice little sanitized bit where there's the BBC office and the Lowry and some bougie canalside apartments and stuff. And then there's the rest of Salford!

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On another topic...

...ever since the BBC and the Nasty Party conference (ugh) moved in, Manchester's really not that bad. I grew up there in the 90s and it was a right shithole, but now I actually quite like it when I go back, at least where the hipsterization hasn't got *too* far out of hand. Still a hell of a lot cheaper than London, too. Give it a try, you might be surprised. (You're still going to want to give Salford a miss, though.)

No-one ever offers me any bribes. What am I doing wrong? Anyone got any tips?

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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"but it's still the pinnacle of racing. The speeds achieved are INSANE and only the LeMans LMP1 class comes close, even the slightest error can mean these guys miss a brake point, clip the inside curb on the apex then lose the back end on the exit ending up in the gravel or the wall"

Yes, but that doesn't mean it's particularly interesting to watch, that's the thing. All those things are perfectly true, but watching it happen still winds up being dull as hell 95% of the time. This is not at all unusual, is it? 99% of people wouldn't want to watch the 'pinnacle' of software engineering played out in real time for two hours. Or tax accounting. Or sewer maintenance (actually that'd probably make a pretty good History Channel show...)

All of the following things can be true at the same time:

* Building a fast F1 car is insanely difficult and expensive and technically advanced

* Driving one fast is extremely difficult, dangerous and skilled work

* Watching it happen is boring

Weirdly enough for me one of the bigger blows recently was the removal of pit stop refuelling. All the arguments for it make perfect sense - remove a non-actually-driving-a-fast-car-fast factor from being able to influence race results, avoid people having to handle large volumes of highly flammable fuel at ridiculously high speeds in close proximity to extremely hot race cars, etc. etc. - but at least when we had refuelling strategies and more potential for pit stop mess-ups it gave the commentators something to talk about for the 15 laps at a time when absolutely nothing else of interest was happening and added a bit more unpredictability to keep you watching after lap 2...

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Also

"F1 yawn. MotoGP, rally cars, sidecars or the hillbilly OZ V8s offer far more entertainment"

Also more entertaining than F1: that channel that just shows a fireplace the whole time. Also, reading the minutes of European Commission subcommittee meetings. In all the official languages.

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Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security

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"Surely standard security updates are common code across all devices?"

Nope, not really, due to the fact that the boundaries between 'what Google looks after', 'what manufacturers look after', and 'what third parties like driver vendors look after' have always been terribly fuzzy in Androidland; there just isn't a reliable shared core bit of Android in all Android phones which Google can update directly and which no one else touches. Phone manufacturers cook up their own system images from the Android sources and all sorts of other bits, and then it's up to them to re-build the things with updated Android components when Google sends updates out to the Android trees. If the manufacturers don't, you're just not getting those updates (unless you run a third-party ROM).

Android One is (in part) an attempt to address this, but there aren't many Android One devices available outside the developing world, and they aren't that desirable.

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