* Posts by Florida1920

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Another career suicide as reporter leaves The Register for broadcaster

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What is "Sky"?

Oh, I see. Looks like a subscription thing. Well, good luck!

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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Oregon is weird

You can't pump your own gas in Oregon, it must be pumped by an attendant. Except between certain hours at gas stations a certain distance from populated areas civilization. The attendants don't clean your windshield or check your oil, and they hold down the lever 'til the gas runs down your fender, trying to get your purchase up to the next full dollar. New Jersey has the same stupid law, but they elected Chris ("Donuts") Christie, so what can you expect?

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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ski-jump deck

But no Olympic-size pool?

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FCC's Pai: I am going to kill net neutrality in US

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Words will hurt you

Trump's previous comments about immigration have helped derail his executive orders to regulate it. Pai's invocation of unrelated subjects, like preventing deranged demagogues from speaking on campus, may have the same result, when his attempt to rewrite history hits the courts. Which it surely will. This administration regime keeps acting like a dictatorship, and keeps getting slapped down. Fortunately, it's unlikely they'll endure past 2020.

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Alert: If you're running SquirrelMail, Sendmail... why? And oh yeah, remote code vuln found

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Re: Looks like it's fixed since the article published

When you see El Vulture circling, you'd better look alive!

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CompSci boffins find Reddit is ideal source for sarcasm database

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Facepalm

able to understand when a person is being sarcastic

Most humans don't get sarcasm!

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MEYER! SUES! YAHOO!

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Pix or it didn't happen

We need to see examples of Mr. Meyer's photos. There may be more to this story than meets the eye.

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Zuckerberg: Escape from the real world into my goofy make-believe science-fiction fantasy

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What Zuck needs

Is augmented empathy. The Way The World Is, you're more likely to see violence than social lalala on Facebook. Did Zuck ever look at Usenet back in the day? FB needs to find ways to interdict the violent stuff faster, before they try selling Zuck's 115th dream.

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Alert: Using a web ad blocker may identify you – to advertisers

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ScriptBlock

Went to Panopticlick with same extension settings I use everywhere, and it just sat there ticking, doing nothing. Had to successively allow four scripts before it would scan my system. Chrome + ScriptBlock, making the web great again.

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Burger King's 'OK Google' sad ad saga somehow gets worse

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Desperation

Fast food sales have been declining for a few years, so no surprise BK is trying to harness Wikipedia to sell their flame-broiled fat. They might try selling healthier food, but instead they've introduced hot dogs and some weird variation on fries, made with chicken, I think.

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US military makes first drop of Mother-of-All-Bombs on Daesh-bags

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Mushroom

"What it does is basically suck out all of the oxygen and lights the air on fire"

Sounds like Trump at a campaign rally.

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Back to the Future 2: Gasp! America's trade watchdog discovers the risks of 'free' movies

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FTC: Making America GREAT AGAIN

The Federal Trade Commission and the American Guild of Organists have reached a tentative settlement over rules that restrict competition. The guild will no longer restrain members from soliciting work as musicians and will stop issuing compensation schedules and model contract provisions.

The settlement, which is subject to a 30-day comment period, follows a 17-month agency investigation.

http://www.ftcwatch.com/tag/will-maxson/

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Typical greedy crims

Should have stuck to watching cat vids.

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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Avoid riots

In 2007 I was traveling by train somewhere in the UK. I sat in the Quiet Car, where some bonehead proceeded to get talking on his cell phone. The other passengers didn't stay quiet for long. You start letting people who MUST SHOUT when talking on the phone to use them on planes and the carpets will be soaked with blood. That's the best reason to ban them. Except for me, of course.

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Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'

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News flash

Mark Shuttleworth had a bad day. In other news, some people hate [name of OS].

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Mediaeval Yorkshirefolk mutilated, burned t'dead to prevent reanimation

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Re: "...how different the Mediaeval view of the world was from our own"

They have witches, we have (insert your choice here, I couldn't decide Melania Trump)

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Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

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Big Brother

Hope they like cats

When I'm away, my home PC is set to YouTube cat videos, autoplay ON. That should give Big Bro hours of pleasure.

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USA can afford golf for Trump. Can't afford .com for FBI infosec service

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Re: That the Fibbies are less than competent is a given. . .

In short Trump can easily play 2 to 3 rounds for every time Obama played one round.

You think Resort Owner Trump isn't billing the US government for President Trump's (and his entourage) use of the resorts? The government is building him a helipad at Mar-a-Largo. You think they'll tear it up when he gets kicked out of office, or let him keep it so he can add it to the resale value? This guy is the biggest swindler ever to disgrace the office of president, and we've had a few.

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Re: Tomatoe or Tomato that is the question Ketchup or Red Sauce? ;-)

If you look at what he's done in the first 65 days since being in office, he's done a lot

If you count failing in two campaign-promised major initiatives, all the while making up conspiracy theories to cover his ineptitude, doing "a lot," I suppose you're right. Most people, however, expect something more from a president.

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If fast radio bursts really are revving up interstellar sailcraft, here's the maths

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if you really want to go fast ... have a big laser in space

What if the Sharknado trilogy wasn't fiction, but was a warning?

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Redmond's on fire, your 365 is terrified: Microsoft email outage en masse

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Childcatcher

The coffee machine broke, too

Bad day in Redmond.

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US Marines seek a few supposedly good men ... who leaked naked pics of a few good women

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Diet deficiency

They're obviously not putting saltpeter in the potatoes anymore.

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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Do you think they'd believe me

If I told the truth: I don't have any social-media accounts. Fortunately, I'm a U.S. citizen, and thus exempt from all this spying.

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$350m! shaved! off! sale! price! as! Verizon! swallows! Yahoo!

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Verizon, one buy away from the Fail Trifecta

They have AOL and Yahoo! Who's next?

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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Re: http://www.adequacy.org/stories/2001.12.2.42056.2147.html

Love the links!

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Haven't deleted your Yahoo account yet? Reminder: Hackers forged login cookies

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'incident fatigue'

Is what you get every time you read about Yahoo!, Adobe et al.

Cure ---------------------------------------->

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Revealed: 'Suicide bomber Barbie' and other TSA quack science that cost $1.5 billion

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Learned from Mossad?

I went through a similar "casual conversation" with a nice young man at the El Al terminal at Newark Airport in 1997, before even being allowed to get my boarding pass. The flight was Newark-Stansted-Tel Aviv. After a few minutes of "conversation," the NYM would walk away to consult with an older man, then return for more chatting.

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RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

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On the ceiling while trying to gain control

Used to happen to me most Friday nights.

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

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We have a capitalist economy

Right away, the GOP wants to roll back securities regulations imposed after the latest market crash, and roll back environmental regulations that save lives as well. It should come as no surprise that capitalists are going to act in their own best interest when Cheetobrains rocks the boat. And they'll get their way. Did you honestly believe we have a government "of, by and for the people?"

The recent imperial orders regarding immigration are perfect examples of how Cheetobrains operates. He throws out a diktat that surely will be squashed by the courts. Then he "negotiates" back to something almost as egregious, but which looks "reasonable" in comparison with the original thrust. Silicon Valley will get what it wants, and so will Cheetobrains. All he wants is to remain in the spotlight. If he has to keep playing Celebrity Asshole to do so, what does he care? Thinking is such a bore.

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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Re: Congratulations you've won a trip!

"Wait, did you say Mexico? I was asked never to return to Mexico. There was some trouble with the cartels and some explosions..."

Best one yet. Have a few ----->

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

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Those sharks

With or without frickin lasers?

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To Hull with the crap town naysayers: UK Culture City's got some amazing... telecoms

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Down by the riverside

The FSM, seen climbing out of the river in the photo, has blessed Hull. Pasta be unto them! (And beer.)

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Trumping free trade: Say 'King of Bankruptcy' Ross does end up in charge of US commerce

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The message is clear

Buy you kit now, while you still can afford it.

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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

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Power to the "People"?

Juan Cole explains:

You may be confused, as an English speaker. Trump, a billionaire real estate developer and serial grifter who founded a phony university that defrauded thousands, has appointed a cabinet of billionaires and multi-millionaires, the wealthiest and most elite cabinet in American history, which even includes the CEO of petroleum giant Exxon-Mobil.

How, you might ask, can he represent this coup by the super-rich as ‘giving’ power ‘back to’ ‘the people’? The people wouldn’t even be allowed on the grounds of the gated communities where Trump’s officials live.

The confusion arises from thinking in English instead of 1930s German. “Das Volk” or the people was a mystical conception for the German far right. It comprised the German people as an organic whole, uniting great landlord and lowly peasant. The great German corporations, too, were said to be expressions of “the people” (Hence the German automobile company Volkswagen, now led by perfectly nice people but not so much in the 1930s). The phrase comes into focus if you understand “the people” as “white Protestants and some lately admitted ethnic Catholics” who are united across social class (though of course led by their billionaire betters), and who stand in contrast to the cosmopolitans, the mixed-race people, infiltrating minorities, the socialists and others bent on diluting “the people” and subverting its prosperity and power by kowtowing to foreigners.

http://www.juancole.com/2017/01/translating-inaugural-original.html

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CIA boss: Make America (a) great (big database of surveillance on citizens, foreigners) again!

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Re: Additional requirement that didnt make the story was

Congress needs to pass laws requiring that any presidential directives must be >140 characters and sent in one lot. That will put the brakes on Tw-ump.

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Meet 'Moz://a', AKA Mozilla after it picked a new logo

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The next Big Thing

CHRØME

Next we'll hear Moz://a is building a new headquarters.

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Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

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Re: Enough Whining.

Windows 10 is the way to go -- if you've got work to do.

And yet, so many of us are working now (well, not at the moment), using Windows 7, and having no problems.

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Promising compsci student sold key-logger, infects 16,000 machines, pleads guilty, faces jail

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Northrop *Grumman*

http://www.northropgrumman.com/Pages/default.aspx

Not "Grummond"

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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Childcatcher

OMG he's running Flash

'Nuff said.

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Re: Aaand it's gone

EDIT: Actually it's still up, just that the name doesn't resolve any more

(209.238.99.227)

It's only in English and Spanish. Rudyevich must have taken it offline to add Russian.

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Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

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I vaguely recall

A concept browser from about 2000 that had floating links from past page loads swimming around the window. And some other, forgettable, stuff. It may have used a Java engine. It was cranky on my Win98SE machine of the time, and didn't offer anything more than entertainment. Ad-free, pop-up-free, Flash-free content, folks. That's what we need.

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New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

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"Help us fix things"

Turn off the snooping.

That is all.

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Asteroid nearly gave Earth a new feature, two days after its discovery

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Biggest fish fry in history

If it hit an ocean.

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Is! Yahoo! dead?! Why! web! biz! will! rename! to! Altaba! – the! truth!

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$55 million for failing

There is no justice.

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Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

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Re: What an incredibly simplistic mathematical model.

I've always wondered where all the zombies in the woods in Walking Dead come from.
The nearest Trump rally.

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CIA director AOL email hacker coughs to crime

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Yeah, but

Exposing incompetence WRT online security, okay. Sending threatening calls and otherwise harassing public officials? Epic. Fail. Hope he had fun while it lasted.

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El Reg just saved your Wikipedia Xmas

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uBlock Origin

Wikipedia had banner ads?

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Prez Obama expels 35 Russian spies over election meddling

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"next week"

Trump will put off getting the intel briefing until next week? Wow, that's presidential --NOT!

SAD!

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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Not the worst thing that happened this year

There was a method to prevent Windows 10 from invading your PC. Unfortunately, there was no way to prevent Trump from invading the White House.

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Netflix US Twitter account hacked

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Happy

Traditional media is good

(Such as El Reg.) Otherwise I'd never know what was happening on "social" media.

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