* Posts by jake

11792 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

FYI: Faking court orders to take down Google reviews is super illegal

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Re: Sooo, they fined him less than he spent to do it legally

Who said anything about google, Kemosabe?

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Re: Sooo, they fined him less than he spent to do it legally

Remember, anyone searching on his name will find this story from now into eternity. Would YOU purchase anything of value from him?

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From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

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Re: Nah.

Everybody? Thank heavens for that. I must be doing something right if I have managed to convince all y'all agree on something :-)

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Re: Nah.

Why? SImple. Genetics. The strong survive.

Humans have been on this muddy rock for a couple million years. We've only been "civilized" for a couple thousand. Some would say we aren't civilized yet. Couple that short time with the number of years that a generation takes in our species, and is it any wonder that our basic tendencies are what they are? Give it another few thousand years and we may become a species you'd take home to meet YerDearOldMum ... but I wouldn't hold my breath.

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Re: Nah.

One wonders if my 10 downvoters realize they are trying to "bully" me into conforming to their world view with their votes? Hypocrisy? They may have heard of it ...

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Re: Ah i miss the old Polytechnics.*

"There's a huge difference between a BMI of 25.5 and 30+."

No difference at all, really, when you consider that BMI is pretty much meaningless. I am about 5'11", and weigh 212 pounds (15 stone to you Brits, 96 kilos to the more enlightened world). According to the BMI, I am obese with a BMI of just over 30 ... In reality, I am quite fit & healthy. My body fat percentage hovers around 4%. Another example: Da Governator in his Terminator body would be considered "morbidly obese" according to BMI.

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Re: It's probably not actually the memes themselves.

"Is that a parody of "

Kinda. More of a cover, with a twist. See here. Or, rather, hear there. No piano riff needed. Possibly NSFW (in which case you need a new job, you poor bastard).

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Nah.

All kids will always get ridiculed over one thing or another. It's part of growing up. It was considered normal up until the last couple of years, maybe a couple decades, when the namby-pambys decided to rename it "bullying".

Well guess what, namby-pamby? It's still normal, kids still do it, and there is precisely NOTHING that you can do to prevent it. It's a part of growing up human. Deal with it. The rest of us survived just fine, what's your problem?

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Re: It's probably not actually the memes themselves.

At least that damned boogie woogie[0] got us up off our asses!

That said, it IS bad parenting. When was the last time you heard a parent yell at their kids "GO AND PLAY OUTSIDE!!!"? And obviously, there is a lot of peer pressure to keep up with the meme o't'day.

[0] Personally, i dig that goddamn rock n roll, the kinda stuff that don't save souls; Ain't nuthin' good about it that i know, yea i dig that goddamn rock 'n' roll. (Thanks, Ivy. RIP Lux & Nick.)

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It's probably not actually the memes themselves.

More likely is that the sprog of humanity is sitting on their fat asses staring at the screen for hours on end, praying to Google that they don't miss whatever it is that the kids will be talking about at school on Monday morning.

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Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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Re: "the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

"I used to really love KDE, but it sadly lost its way from version 4 onwards, requiring a graphics chipset with quite some oomph at a time when many computers still didn't have one, making it (for the time) bloated and slow."

I keep hearing this, but my reality doesn't match the griping. I installed Slackware 13.0 on a (then) 6 year old laptop in 2009. It came with KDE 4.x. The laptop in question (HP zv5105) has low-end Intel graphics with "shared" 64megs of memory. It ran KDE 4.x quite nicely, and was my primary computer for 7 years.

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Re: "the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

"Is this change simply for change's sake?"

Essentially, yes. It's another example of what happens when Marketing makes Engineering decisions. Sad, isn't it?

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Re: "the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

"why does anyone use Gnome?"

They don't know any better would be my guess.

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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Re: Request?

Have you seen this page? It does kind of what you are looking for.

The only icon worth using is Beer. It is Friday, after all. This round's on me.

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Good news: Largest, most ancient known galaxy supercluster is spotted. Bad news: It's collapsing on itself

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Re: We have a problem

It's not a matter of "should" or "should not" ... it's a matter of "does" or "does not". Clearly it does. Now to figure out why.

Science Ain't it grand?

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Spotted?

I was hoping for a nice, fetching tartan!

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Tech hub blames tech: San Francisco fingers Uber, Lyft rides for its growing traffic headache

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Re: Humans are stupid...

Last time I looked, the pedestrial was obsolete.

Aerial Tramways cost too much in maintenance and visual blight, to say nothing of right-of-way concerns. Otherwise, they are probably a good idea.

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Re: 30 years SF driver here..

Shame you posted AC, your message is spot on. Saved me from typing it.

SF's biggest problem is that it caters to the very vocal minorities who are either politically correct, or green, or "downtrodden" ... if you can manage the trifecta, you can get away with almost anything.

Consider that SF is spending ~43K/yr EACH on the homeless population. And if a certain ballot measure passes (Prop C), they plan to double that. That's ~86K/yr for each and every homeless person in SF! And you wonder why they are flocking to TheCity?

San Francisco's administration has been totally and utterly fucked for a LONG time. Somehow they have managed to loose track of priorities. Hopefully what's going on in Washington will get the sane voters off their fat asses and into the voting booth in November ...

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Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist's worrying disappearance

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Re: @amanfromMars 1 .... and Heavenly Manna Mamas and Papas

Hold my beer, I'm going in ...

amfM, you can assign meaning to any grouping of words you chose. However, it doesn't necessarily follow that your assigned meaning has any bearing on reality, n'est-ce pas?

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. —Lao Tzu

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Re: Catch 45

"Rouge killers"

He was polished to death? Gives a whole new meaning to rubbed out ...

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Re: There are Futuristic AI Forks in Roads to be Travelled though, ...

They've been saying that about AI/ML/buzzwords o't'day since long before I got to SAIL. Near as I can tell, we're no closer than we were in the 1960s. Me, I'm not going to lose any sleep over machines taking over ... for the simple reason that they cannot. 'tis impossible. Unless they control their own batteries and spare parts, that is. Machines are info-rich and entropy poor.

As for politicians, it's been the same at least since man invented writing. So same ol' same ol, and again nothing to lose any sleep over. If you're really worried, at least most people in the so-called "Western" world have the option of getting off their fat asses and voting ... and even when they get it dreadfully wrong, they have the option of rectifying the mistake every couple of years.

So the answer to your angst, amfM, is to vote. And then vote some more, until you get it right. And then keep voting to KEEP it right.

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Re: Lets face facts

"Ruthless, no-nonsense" is a tautology, at least in this context. Somehow I suspect the OP thanks his (her?) lucky stars that he (she?) doesn't live under such a regime. Either that, or it didn't think it's comment through ... which would be my guess, given past posting history.

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I think that bed started getting soiled when Reagan was in the White House, and most presidents since have contributed to the pile.

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Re: Catch 45

"Should the American people not hold this president up to this level of expectation?"

As an American, I don't hold this president up to any expectation other than continuing to demonstrate that he's an ass-wipe of the first order.

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One wonders ...

... if the middle-east in general will ever grow up and join the 21st century. Probably not ... from here it looks an awful lot like they actually enjoy the feuding between cousins. Bloody daft, I calls it.

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There will be no escape once Twilio snaps up SendGrid in $2bn deal

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Re: SendGrid

Not drains, sewers.

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Amazon Prime Music turns the volume down a little too much

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"In a reminder of a golden age when we still had physical media,"

Reminder? Some of us never bought into the whole "cloud" hype in the first place ... especially not for something as easy to manage as music! I mean. honestly, you HAVE to be online to listen to your tunes? Really? What flavo(u)r was the koolaide?

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Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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Wincenter was OK, at least for the thin client set. Surprisingly, DESQview/X was a rather good option for remote GUI support of Windows boxen using *nix as the admin box. Spendy, though.

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telnet was standardized in 1973. NCSA's version ran on DOS in 1986. Wall Data's Rumba was in wide use on corporate Windows desktops by 1990.

Maybe not RemoteDesktop[tm], but certainly remote desktop capability.

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"I would say how did the emails get that far anyway but this was back in 2000 anyway so I suppose that answers that."

By 2000, real MTAs had been dropping malware long before it got anywhere near userspace for over a decade. Milters (introduced in 2000) and the like made it easier to admin. Toys like Exchange were never really considered an option by professionals.

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Re: Still baffled

"at how noone sued MS for damages at the time."

Read the fine print. MS' code isn't even guaranteed to work as advertised when used as intended. It's use at your own risk, at least according to MS's own EULA. You HAVE read the EULA, and fully understand it, right? And your corporate lawyers have vetted it as OK for use by your business, right?

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Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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WTF?

"Which is *not* really "a very sensible thing to do" in my estimation."

Why the fuck not? It's my computer, and those are my files! I should be able to place them anywhere I like without the OS destroying them without so much as a by-your-leave. No matter how much you try to pretty it up, Microsoft made a rookie error, and fucked up big time. Yet again. Lather rinse repeat.

First rule of OS updates: THERE IS NEVER A GOOD EXCUSE TO DESTROY USER DATA!

Questions for Microsoft apologists: Do you have a complete, verified backup of your user data? Are you sure? Have you tried to restore from that backup? Can you access that backup if your Internet connection is down? Can you access that backup from any OS you choose to use?

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Re: After 43 years in the business ...

"Management and Marketing would love to be able to just sell the promise alone, profits would surely be up, and along with that, management bonuses."

Selling nothing more than a promise happens so often in the world of computers & networking that we have a name for it: Vaporware. Wiki claims it was "coined by a Microsoft engineer in 1982", but I remember the term being used at Berkeley & Stanford at least ten years earlier.

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Re: And that lost data ?

"How do MS restore that, pray tell."

They don't. It's all your fault for running Beta code. Read the fine print.

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After 43 years in the business ...

... one would think they'd grok the need for a proper QA department. Deleting user files? Really? And NOBODY in Redmond caught it? Where I come from, that's a stop the presses, shut down the line, everybody drop tools show stopper ... even if the concept is just hinted at by outside beta testers.

I question the sanity of anybody who still champions Microsoft. Seriously, guys, how many times are you going to let 'em shit all over you before you yell "ENOUGH!"? There are plenty of options out there that don't cause headaches every time the wind blows.

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Russian 'troll factory' firebombed – but still fit to fiddle with our minds

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Re: You cannot troll a troll.

If you feed the trolls you get to keep them.

If you don't want trolls, don't feed them.

Thus the phrase "Bad troll, no cookie".

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Re: Don't be silly.

"a 'good troll' will find your IRL info and dox you, subscribe your IRL e-mail address to multiple irritating lists, use a dozen sock puppets to ridicule everything you say, try and crack your firewall, post your company info on a business review site and give you lousy ratings, and if they're REALLY good, sign you up for receiving lots of junk mail. And, subscribing you to dating sites for bizarre fetishes."

None of that is trolling. That's spoiled rotten teenagers being antisocial, subconsciously wishing their mummies would punish them for their bad behavio(u)r. Hormones are an ugly thing when held in close confinement.

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Re: Separated by a common language...

"And where in the world is that English girl I promised I would meet on the third floor?" —Gary P. Nunn

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Don't be silly.

Of course you can troll a troll. You just have to be a better troll, that's all.

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: @jake

Did the great Bill Watterson teach you nothing? Verbing weirds language. Weirding is not a bad thing, especially in informal writing/speech. Unless you lack the humo(u)r gene, of course, in which case I feel very, very sorry for you.

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Re: US Police killing people

Grunty, it might be atrocious, but there is very little this Yank can do about your cops. I have enough on my plate in this country.

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I have no idea about UK cops.

I was discussing personal observation of US cops. Sounds like the cops in the UK need a LOT more training before being allowed to use firearms!

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Re: US Police killing people

Toronto police officers, Nov. 7, 2015.

https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2017/03/23/toronto-police-cleared-in-death-of-man-tasered-eight-times-in-bathtub.html

I was unaware of the case in Milwaukee.

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More than a third of Euro IT pros worry about keeping server lights on

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So, paraphrasing ...

Cloud firm says clouds are good, and anybody who is anybody should have their heads in the clouds? No thanks, I'll pass. At least when I roll out hardware myself, I know exactly who to blame when it goes TITSUP ... and if I should ever lose data (when, not if!) I'll be happy to take the blame. Hasn't happened yet, though. Properly installed systems don't lose data. Clouds? Not all that good a record, from what my newer clients are telling me ...

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Yep.

"Experience ruining a small group of VPS server for eCommerce website as a web developer"

That's been my experience with "web developers" trying to "help" with the hardware, too.

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SpaceX touches down in California as Voyager 2 spies interstellar space

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Re: Presumably you're not using ...

"The kernel of the Internet started as a US Department of Defense project. The DoD was worried about internal communications during a nuclear attack on the US, and they wanted a distributed system that would be able to work around damaged areas of the network."

Incorrect. In The Beginning, the first two nodes of what became TehIntraWebTubes were at SRI and UCLA, conceived, designed, implemented and run by students and professors. With no Pentagon oversight, input or anything else "intellectual". Money, yes. Oversight, no.

The "designed to survive nukes" is oft repeated, but completely untrue. ARPANET was just a research network designed to research networking. The "nuke" myth came about much later than I started mucking about with it. How long ago was that? Well, there were fewer than two dozen nodes on it. The term "internetworking" had not yet been coined. Cerf & co were probably a year or so away from contemplating the project which eventually became TCP/IP.

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Re: Lack of Astonish!

"64KB RAM I think on them,"

Computer Command System, 4096 18-bit words; Attitude and Articulation Control System, 4096 18-bit words; Flight Data System, 8198 `16-bit words (there are two of each of the three computers, not necessarily for redundancy).

"with a tape drive for storage!"

Two digital 8-tracks, 1280 megabits, primarily used to buffer acquired data before the long, slow transmission back to Earth. Also not necessarily redundant.

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Re: Nominally ??

"The Americans speak a nominal English nominally, unlike the rest of the world which does it properly."

FTFY

(signed) A. Yank

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Re: Lack of Astonish!

"car safety has noticeably improved every year"

And the fun of owning and operating them has diminished. Modern cars are boring.

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Sun billionaire Khosla discovers life's a beach after US Supreme Court refuses to hear him out

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Re: As Woody Guthrie wrote....

It's not just Californians. As Canadian Les Emmerson of Five Man Electrical Band wrote:

"And the sign said

"Anybody caught trespassin'

Will be shot on sight"

So I jumped on the fence and I yelled at the house

"Hey! What gives you the right

To put up a fence to keep me out

But to keep Mother Nature in?

If God was here, he'd tell you to your face

'Man, you're some kind of sinner'"

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