* Posts by James O'Shea

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Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

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Re: Usenet (Newsgroups)

There's one particular idiot on USENET who has been trying to track me for at least a decade. (Yes, seriously. He has no life.) Unfortunately for him, that check-the-headers stuff isn't as accurate as he thinks it is, particularly when being used on a moderated newsgroup (hint: look up how moderated groups are set up in USENET) or when someone (me, for instance) is using a proxy. Especially when several other posters are using the same proxy. The idiot in question has accused at least six other posters of being my sock-puppets. Apparently he only paid attention to the headers he liked, and ignored headers indicating things like the newsreader agent or the OS; of the six, three were on Windows (Win XP, Win 10, and Win Server 2008 R2) and two were on Linux (Fedora and Gentoo) while one was on BSD. I was using a Mac. Needless to say, we all had different newsreaders. We had fun laughing at him. We all used the same (free) newsfeed, based in Berlin (yes, that one) and when he said that we'd been forging headers we pointed out that forging headers was a ToS action, so that if he had actual proof of that he should simply contact our newsfeed and report us. Nothing ever happened, but he did shut up about us being sock-puppets.

I found the whole thing to be great fun. I'm pretty sure that he didn't, but that was part of the fun.

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Re: I'm Curious

Google, the God-king of advertising, is a _socialist_, _leftist_, platform? Really? Can you support that?

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They could side load their app from a website. They could simply use a website, moderated or not. They could run a mialing list, again moderated or not. They could set up a newsgroup on USENET, again moderated or not. They could have their users not violate Google’s Ts&Cs. Launching a lawsuit is not likely to achieve nearly as positive a result as any of the above alternatives.

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Re: I'm Curious

No, they don’t. They have free speech, too.

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Apocalypse now: Ad biz cries foul over Apple's great AI cookie purge

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Amazon, for one, will remember who you are as soon as you log in, whether or not you have a single cookie saved. I know this for certain as I just logged in using a brand-new, just installed less than a half hour ago, browser on a brand-new, set up earlier today, account, on brand-new, delivered and set up in Mint this morning, hardware. No cookies or other bumf in sight, at least not until I went to Amazon and signed in. I'd say that any ecommerce site which can't keep track of your account without using cookies on your system is one you really shouldn't be using. What the cookies do is to keep track of _you_; if I kill tracking cookies and the like, then Amazon has no clue about what I do when I'm _not_ on their site. They can and will see everything that I do on their site, but it's THEIR SITE. If I log into another site using the same login, and if that site has an agreement with Amazon, then Amazon can see what I did there, too, and the other site can see what I did on Amazon. So I use different logins. Without tracking cookies et al Amazon would have to put effort into tracking me, where 'effort' is spelled 'money', and the rate of return for that is too small for them to bother. (Google would be a whole different matter, but there are ways to deal with them, too.)

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Sprint CEO straight out accuses Verizon counterpart of LYING

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Sprint around here (south Florida) had noticeably worse performance. The best I could ever get out of Sprint was 4-6 Mb/s. Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile all can manage in excess of 20 Mb/s. Sprint would also drop calls and have bad connections on a regular basis. And they had Verizon-level support. So, despite the fact that Verizon could get in excess of 50 Mb/s in spots and regularly got over 25, and had good call quality, I've dumped Verizon in favor of T-Mob and AT&T. They're slower and have poorer call quality, but have far superior customer service. Which, given that AT&T in particular has problems with their customer service, should say just how abysmal Sprint and Verizon are.

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Daily Stormer binned by yet another registrar, due to business risks

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Re: citation needed

"Yes I have visited the site to see for myself. The three quotes in my third paragraph were copied from it. I would have quoted more from that item but it was quite difficult to find complete sentences which didn't contain some form of obnoxious abuse."

oh, yeah, no doubt about that at all.

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Re: citation needed

"Did you visit the daily stormer website to inform yourself?"

I have. His statement is accurate, so far as it goes. The site is really much, much, MUCH worse than he made it seem.

"Or are you posting allegations (whether your own or a third-party) that may or may not bear any relationship to reality?"

Why don't you go and have a look for yourself, assuming that you can find them? It's getting to be a lot more difficult to keep track of them, which is A Good Thing.

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Dolphins inspire ultrasonic attacks that pwn smartphones, cars and digital assistants

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Re: Fixes

There's a much simpler fix, which costs $0.00, and which I have already implemented.: turn Siri off. It's simple that even a vice president can do it. Tap 'Settings', tap 'Siri', make sure that it's off. Problem done. I implemented this fix the very first day I got an iPhone with Siri.

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Flying electric taxi upstart scores $90m from investors

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'Horrido! Dicke Autos!'*

This https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heiligengeistfeld#/media/File:Hamburg_Medienbunker_01_KMJ.jpg is just one location which will be acquired and returned to its former glory, complete with 128-mm guns, and will defend der Vaterland from electric terrorfliegeren. Sie werden nicht bestanden!

(* 'Talleyho! Fat cars!' 1939-45 Luftwaffe-dayfighter-speak on sighting heavy bombers. Night fighter-speak was 'Pauke, pauke', 'kettledrum, kettledrum'. Der Luftwaffe, of course, ran the flak guns. Dicke Herman insisted.)

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Two million customer records pillaged in IT souk CeX hack attack

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Re: CVV code

If the site retained the CVV, it won't match. If they didn't, but do ask for it, then whoever has the stolen CCN can't use it at that site. If, on the other hand, they never ask for a CVV, then there can and will be shenanigans.

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Re: When a store asks for my mail or phone...

Meh. I usually use:

935 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20535

Ask for Chris

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The ‘security code’ 3 or 4 digit numbers will have changed. Some sites want ‘em, some don’t.

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Toshiba gets on my last nerve

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Toshiba gets on my last nerve

About six years ago my mother bought a new laptop. Because I knew who'd have to support it, I recommended that she get a MacBook, or, failing that, a good (read not particularly cheap) WinBox. She got a Toshiba Satellite L505. Like all Toshiba Satellites, the L505 comes in a wide variety of versions. She did not get one of the higher-end versions. IIRC it cost somewhere south of US$400. It shipped with Win7.

So, of course, I got volunteered to support the thing. I maxed the RAM, I cleaned most of the pre-installed bumf off it, I put her apps and whatnot on it, when the time came I installed updates as necessary and made sure to keep Win 8/8.1 and Win 10 far, far, FAR away.

Over time she reported that it seems to be allergic to wireless networks, as in some days it just won't connect to _any_ wireless network. It's not the networks, as other devices can connect. Doing the turn off the WAP dance doesn't work, not that I expected it to, as other devices connect. Turning the L505 off and back on would work... most of the time. So last week turning the laptop off and then on stopped working. Plugging in an Ethernet cable worked, so she could have network access, but she wanted _wireless_ access. So I went around and tried a few things.

I got out my trusty D-Link DWA-130 USB wireless stick, which is getting a little slow and elderly now but which always works, and downloaded the drivers for it direct from D-Link's site (possible because Ethernet worked) and installed it... and it didn't work. Hmm. Some kind of conflict? I turned off the internal Wireless. Nope. I disabled the internal wireless at Device Manager. Nope. I got drivers for the internal wireless from Toshiba's site and stored 'em on a flash drive, then deleted the drivers for the internal wireless _and_ the D-Link and reinstalled the D-Link. Nope. I deleted the drivers for the D-Link and reinstalled the drivers for the internal wireless, restarted... Nope. I shut down the L505 all the way, restarted... nope. I restarted one more time, and while it was coming up, called Toshiba support. Apparently Toshiba 'Support' for out of warranty systems, such as a six-year-old laptop, comes in two flavours: US$100 for single-incident 'support', or $200 for a years worth of 'support'. I hung up... and had another look at the L505, which was, of course, connected to the WAP.

I resisted the urge to dance on the laptop and gave it back to mother.

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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Re: "Until you go to court how do you know it's illegal?"

" But the senior managers better get more time than this engineer."

He _was_ a senior manager. He was, according to the article, "head of the VW's Diesel Competence unit in the US".

He is merely the most junior of the managers charged _so far_. And several of the others are back in deepest Hunland and probably won't be extradited, so they'll throw the book at those they have available. Next up: the GM for VW's poison gas production... ah, that is, 'environmental systems'... in Michigan, who was caught trying to bug out back to Hunland. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-concealment-idUSKBN14T1NG He was leaving the US, Florida to be exact, to go back to Hunland 'on vacation'. VW's marketing people are having a major problem. They're practically _giving away_ the product, it seems that sales are way down. This ain't gonna help.

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US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

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Re: Well if the US ships want the Chinese to keep out of the way

Further news: say bye-bye to the commander of US 7th Fleet as a direct result of theses incidents. http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/22/politics/uss-mccain-7th-fleet-commander-dismissal/index.html

And it does seem that something was seriously broken with McCain's steering. Not in the article, but notable, is that there was recently a huge scandal about shipyard kickbacks and bribes in that region https://www.stripes.com/news/us/another-navy-officer-pleads-guilty-to-taking-bribes-from-fat-leonard-1.483576 and there were concerns about how far up the problems went, and about the effect on operations. If McCain was one of the ships involved, and the reason for the steering problem was that inadequate or improper repairs or maintenance was carried out, then there's going to be a lot of senior officers getting a lot of serious prison time.

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Re: Well if the US ships want the Chinese to keep out of the way

"Um, think it's the US Navy getting in the way of others. The last two collisions the US boats were hit in the side."

All three of the collisions (Lake Champlain, Fitzgerald, John S McCain) were because something hit the US ship. Lake Champlain was hit by a South Korean fishing boat; the bridge crew on Lake Champlain saw the fishing boat coming and screamed at it on radio, but it didn't have a radio, and no-one on the boat noticed a 10,000 ton guided missile cruiser right in front of them. (insert joke about Asians and glasses here.) Fitzgerald was turning away, too late, from the containership when the collision occurred. No-one on the bridge thought to wake the captain, or perhaps the containership wasn't seen in time. In any case, the captain was asleep in his cabin and found out when part of said cabin landed on him, injuring him. The captain, the executive officer, and the senior petty officer ('boatswain', in the RN) are all on the beach now. I suspect that others will follow. John S McCain was hit aft, and seems to have almost made it out of the way. There also seems to have been a problem with the steering mechanisms, which are part of the systems controlled by... Windows for Warships. No, I don't know if there was a bluescreen, but if there was...

The last incident was when Antietam, a sister ship to Lake Champlain, ran aground in Tokyo harbor, in an incident remarkably similar to HMS Indomitable running aground while coming into Kingston, Jamaica, harbor in November 1941.

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Drive-thru drive-by at McDs after ice cream no-show, say cops

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Re: Sundae Morning Coming Down?

"> "This stuff is some chemical concoction that's never been near a cow."

We talking about their "ice-cream", or "beef"?"

It's Mickie Dee's. Neither the 'beef' nor the 'ice cream' has ever been near cattle. The 'secret sauce' on the Big Macs may have been produced by a bull, though.

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Here in South Florida we want two walls: one to keep the Cubans in Dade and one to keep the bloody Canadian snowbirds, especially Quebecois, out. Just one question: is there even one person, just one, anywhere in Canada who is still willing to try to teach Quebecois to drive? It's two months to snowbird season and I'm already getting twitchy, watching for blue-on-white license plates with fleur-de-lis. The only things which strike fear into the hearts of Cuban Cowboys or their female relatives, Las Latinas Brava, would have Quebec license plates. And that would be because Quebecois drive even worse than Cubans. It's not as if I-95 isn't Carmageddeon without them...

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Re: Flaunting a replica assault weapon in the US?

"I read the actual police report, linked to in the article. Both driver and passenger were black males."

Someone named 'Delhomme' in Delray Beach is almost certainly Haitian. 'Henry' isn't nearly as certain a marker, but could also be Haitian. Delhomme _and_ Henry in the same car in Delray probably means two Haitians. You gotta know your South Florida demographics. Dade is mostly Cubans, with a few South Florida Cracker whites and some South Florida Blacks, both sets of 'em huddling together 'cause they're a vanishing English-speaking minority. (you doubt me? Go to Hialeah, or Doral, or Kendal. Count the billboards in English. Don't hold your breath while looking for them.) The northern parts of Dade have some Russians, mostly Russian Jews, and a bunch of rich carpetbaggers from the North, mostly on the barrier islands. Broward is South Florida Cracker plus South Florida Black and a lot of ex Noo Yawk and Joisey Jews (hint: the sheriff's name is 'Israel') with some Cubas, a lot of Puerto Ricans, some Haitians, some Russians, lots of Jamaicans (the long-time mayor of Lauderhill Lakes was Jamaican, and he had sufficient local support that he built a cricket ground good enough to be a practice ground the last time the Cricket World Cup was played in the West Indies.)and others. Palm Beach is rich Yankee carpetbaggers on the coast and on the barrier islands, more Noo Yawk and Joisey Jews, especially in Boca and Delray, half the populations of Haiti, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, plus South Florida Crackers and South Florida Blacks. Very few Cubans, mostly 'cause everybody else came north from Dade to get away from Cubans. There used to be a lot of Jamaicans in Dade; Jamaicans who hadn't yet left Jamaica called Dade 'Kingston 17', there being then 16 postal zones in the Kingston metropolitan area. (New York was 'Kingston 18' and London was 'Kingston 19'; the spoilsports in the Jamaican postal service have, last I heard, created additional postal zones in Kingston, so this no longer applies) Most of the Jamaicans in Dade have moved north to Broward or Palm Beach to escape the Cubans.

And, oh, a Mickey Dee's in Delray would almost certainly be mostly staffed by Haitians.

If the Orange Maniac builds his wall, he'd better run part of it up on the South Florida coast. Though, if the number of H-2B visa holders working on Trump properties throughout South Florida is any indication he _likes_ Jamaicans. Doesn't much care for Cubans, though, which figures.

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PayPal, accused of facilitating neo-Nazi rally, promises to deny hate groups service

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Election Time

"There's an election coming up for local offices later this year, and Congressional elections and more state and local elections next year. I will be voting, and not for anyone who supports these morons."

I'm registered Republican. I shall be staying a registered Republican precisely so that I can vote in primaries against anyone who supports nazis and the klan. This would, of course, include the sitting president. Should a nazi-supporter get past the primaries, I'll be voting for anyone the Democrats put up. Anyone. Even (sigh) Hilary. Even the likes of Alcee Hastings, now a Congresscritter, but formerly the only the sixth Federal judge ever impeached. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcee_Hastings

Yes, I'll go that far to do what I can to keep nazi scum at bay. I've voted conservative all my life; even Caribou Barbie wasn't enough to keep me from voting for McCain. Except... Romney was a non-starter, and no power on Earth would make me vote for Trump. (Yes, the last time I voted in the UK I helped Milk Snatcher Tatcher into office. Say what you want about Maggie, she wasn't Romney or Trump.) As a direct result of the Orange Maniac's actions, I'll be voting the straight Democrat ticket, at least until he and all who support him are out of office. I'm sure that I'm not alone.

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Russia's answer to Buckminster Fuller has a buttload of CGI and he's not afraid to use it

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obviously fake pix even for CGI

It can't be Russia, there's no Ladas in sight in any of those pix.

I used to drive a Lada, once, long ago; the Communist Italian imitation Fiat lacked acceleration, couldn't climb hills, had a top speed of around 80 MPH downhill with a tailwind, and (shockingly for a Russian, sorry, Soviet, vehicle) didn't have a heater. Or air conditioning. He was, however, indestructible. I miss him. I once was in a collision with a Toyota; the Japanese tin needed a new front end, Captain Scarlet's superior Soviet Steel construction meant that he had a slightly bent bumper. There'll be Ladas still on Russia roads for decades. No Ladas in those pix. That ain't Russia.

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HBO Game Of Thrones leak: Four 'techies' arrested in India

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"The main question is when will Trump condemn the white walkers?"

Never. It's right there in the name. They're _white_. Got blue eyes, blonde hair, they're proper Aryans and so deserving of his support.

"I think he's secretly in favour of winter."

Snow's white, too. And, given his denial of climate change, you betcha that the Orange Maniac just

_loves_ winter.

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Ancient IETF 'teapot' gag preserved for posterity as a standard

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Re: Instant of Tetleys?

only barbarous savages or coffee drinkers, but I repeat myself, would even consider instant 'tea'.

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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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Re: "why Blacks are such fast runners?"

"Probably due to eugenics as a side effect of the slave trade. The slave traders picked the strongest "specimens" from Africa and shipped them to the Americas as slaves."

Oh, really? So, why, exactly, would it be that be why so many of the top distance runners in the world are East Africans? (Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Eritrea...) Hint: the majority of black African slaves in the Americas came from _West_ Africa; slaves in the Caribbean and North America mostly from the Gold, Ivory, and Slave (duh!) Coasts in the Bight of Benin and surrounding areas, while those in South America largely came from what's now Angola as well as the Portuguese areas in and around the Bight of Benin. Still West Africa, though, and while many West Africans and a lot of East Africans are Bantu-speakers, Ethiopians and a good chunk of Kenyas aren't. The Bantu-speaking group is rather like the Indo-European-speaking group: there's a whole lot of 'em, and the ones at the far ends (West Africa, northern East Africa, South Africa) ain't particularly closely related to each other. There isn't, and wasn't ever, a monolithic 'black race', any more than there ever was a monolithic 'white race'; see further 'Indo-European Language Group' and why it's called that. You might want to reconsider your position.

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Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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"This is where our country should be stepping in, the evidence should be examined by the home secretary and they should be told to either try him or return him."

Good luck with that. The Feds have him, the UK gov has zero point zero repeating leverage. There is simply no way that the Feds can be forced to give Hutchins up short of sending the SAS to Las Vegas to bust him out.

"I also believe that should work both ways and you should also be tried in the country where you committed the crime"

that's not going to happen. For one thing, the legal systems are too different. For another, the Feds have him and HM Gov has absolutely nothing to trade for him. Literally all they can do is send someone from the nearest consulate to stand and watch the Feds do whatever they bloody feel like doing. HM Gov simply cannot do a damn thing.

" with recompense to the victim if appropriate regardless."

one problem that those who think the way you do have is that y'all managed to convince the UK gov to NOT extradite McKinnon and Love. This means that the Feds will be _certain_ that if they let Hutchins out of their grasp they'll never see him again. And they know, from previous examples (see, for example, the Frogs who blew up Rainbow Warrior) that odds are that there would be no trial in the UK if Hutchins were to be allowed out. For one thing, UK public opinion would crucify the gov if they tried... and both HM Gov and the Feds know this.

Nah, he's fried.

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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Re: Prescott Bush Found Guilty of Trading With the Enemy by Senate

"Big Bush was rushed though flight school, "

ah... no. He did a nine-month (split into three sections, one of one month, two of four) training course in 10 months. I say again, he did the _nine_ month course in _ten_ months. It is entirely possible that the extra month was just the breaks between sections. I doubt that there was a rush.

"ditched his bomber miles from the target,"

after his aircraft was _hit by hostile anti-aircraft fire_ he got as far away as possible from the folks he'd just bombed. Japanese troops weren't well known for their forgiving nature, so I suspect that this was merely prudent.

"killing his two crewmen"

One was killed by the anti-aircraft fire, one had his parachute fail.

"and returned to save the family name and become a Yale

Skull & Bones traitor."

O-kay. so who peed in your cornflakes?

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wrongo

There ain't no such thing as a 'USS George W. Bush', and there never will be. There _is_ a USS George H. W. Bush, named for the youngest pilot in the history of the USN. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_George_H.W._Bush

If this gross error is not corrected most immediately, we shall dispatch the Mango Mussolini to Britain and make you keep him.

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Sorry, psycho bosses, it's not OK to keylog your employees

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Re: But viewing porn in Germany is ok

"Kindly tell them that doing this is exceedingly stupid. Getting caught is one of the rather few ways to earn immediate termination, no realistic chance of fighting back. In practice this is about as bright as stealing stuff. Don't."

Oh, there are idiots who think that they've come up with new ways to bypass security. They don't seem to understand that most of their new ways are merely new to them. There are also the idiots who try to steal stuff, ranging from office supplies (pens, paper, etc.) on up, not realising that the beancounters keep track of _everything_. And that there's a few beancounters who are there specifically to watch the other beancounters. Minor stuff, no-one seriously cares about. Major stuff will result in someone being hauled out in handcuffs. Enough minor stuff over a long enough time can add up to major stuff. One lad thought that it was unfair for him to be fired for taking a few reams of paper. He'd taken $400 worth of paper, one 500-page ream at a time, over the course of nearly a year. (We buy paper by the box of 10 reams. A box would be about $25-50, depending on quality. $400 worth of paper is a _lot_ of paper.) Around here, $300 is the lower limit for Grand Theft, so he _could_ have been charged with a felony instead of merely escorted to the door. When he complained and mentioned the word 'lawsuit', HR mentioned the phrase 'felony charges'. He shut up and didn't let the door hit him on the ass on his way out.

I still can't figure out why he needed all that paper. What in God's name was he _printing_? I hope it was worth it...

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Re: But viewing porn in Germany is ok

"On your work computer I've heard from co-workers over the years as web monitoring was verboten"

That would be a Really Bad Idea(tm). Web monitoring may be forbidden, but there are many, many, MANY ways to detect porn-viewing, not least by having the gateway or whatever check IPs against a Bad Site List. I can do that on my network at work, and have set up a 'acceptable use policy' which is handed out to each new hire. I also have a nice 'acceptable use' screen pop up whenever anyone logs into the Active Directory network (there are a few things that AD is good for. This is one.) so that users can't say that they weren't warned. I don't monitor web activity. I do monitor the list of IPs. And certain IPs are blocked at the gateway. And the only VPN which can be used on _my_ network is the company's VPN, all others are blocked. (I had to go so far as to block my fav proxy/VPN site, Hide My Ass, 'cause some users were abusing it. Now _I_ can't use it on the company network, either. This annoyed me. The user who caused me to have to block HMA suffered.) I don't care if some user is a porn hound and likes to torrent German and East European porn (yes, there was one lad who really liked German shit and piss porn, and another one who was really fond of Russian double and triple anal. And you probably don't want to know about the boy who was fond of pony porn. I'm not making that up). I do care if they use up my bandwidth running their torrents, and I do care if the copyright holders track the torrent to my IP and complain. Those who try to access 'inappropriate content' at work get one warning, and then they're gone. And I get to define what 'inappropriate content' is, 'cause it's MY BLOODY NETWORK.

Now, if they bring in a hotspot from a cellco and connect their personal system, laptop, tablet, whatever, to the hotspot, then they can do what they bloody like, so long as they're on break when they do it. There might be problems with HR ('hostile work environment') but not with my network, so I don't care.

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Re: This seems similar to the global snooping (encryption) issue.

"The idea that evidence that was obtained illegally should be deemed magically "invalid" is utterly mad and it amazes me that so many people seem to accept this bizarre idea."

'Evidence' obtained illegally includes things like http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/20/us/baltimore-cop-allegedly-planting-evidence/index.html which was done because the cops _knew_ that the 'bad guys' were guilty. (Another example: the socks in the O.J. case, the ones with blood stains on the _inside_ and with crime lab blood preservatives in the blood... https://www.quora.com/Was-O-J-Simpson-framed-by-the-L-A-P-D) Cops fabricate evidence all the time. Having rules means that they can't always get away with it. (Just _mostly_ get away with it.) You cannot, you simply cannot, have people break the law in order to enforce it and still have a law enforcement system which has public respect. Which is why in large parts of the US and the UK a substantial proportion of the public lack respect for law enforcement. Why, I'm sure that I've seen evidence of such a lack of respect right here on El Reg.

"You want murderers released into the community because an incompetent (or perhaps corrupt) policeman didn't follow the correct procedure"

Yes, I do. Either the law is there for everyone, including cops, or it isn't. And if it isn't, then there will be trouble. If the cops can do anything they like to create or 'find' any evidence they need, then any 'suspect' will _know_ that he's in for it as soon as plod knocks on the door. Which means that, as he's gone anyway, might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb, and he'll tend to meet plod with a shotgun.

Carry on.

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Re: Message to the Home Secretary

No, for God's sake, no. Don't do this. Just think: T May. No undies. The horror. The horror.

(Those who want to think of B-liar or Gordie instead, go ahead. I will not be joining you.)

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UAV maker swipes at sponsor of opaque Qinetiq drone study

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Re: Bah.

"Missile's decision making process - "Shall I lock on to the tiny point that is a few degrees above ambient, or the giant ball of fire over there". Jet engines run rather hotter than drone motors, you'd end up shooting yourself down."

that would be why you get a lock on the target _before_ you launch

"Trying to hit an Inspire 2 from a motorised 50-cal turret would make for better in-flight entertainment than any of the movies though."

make them work for the gongs. And replace '50 cal' with '30-mm chain gun', just for Biggles, I mean giggles.

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Apple removes VPN apps in China as Russia's Putin puts in the boot with VPN banlaw

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Re: How far will this go ???

Hmm... Aqua Marina... exactly how does Reichfurher May and company plan to do anything if I were to, oh, create a few PDFs or RTFs or EPUBs of books containing such instructions and email them to people in the UK? Or placing them on a FTP or even a web site? Or just parking them on a USB thub drive and putting it in my pocket as I stroll past Customs? Is she really going to scan all inbound email, troll every site everywhere on the Internet, scan every thumb drive in every pocket, suitcase, or whatever? Really? Because I can see a few ways to have a lot of fun with them while remaining completely within the law.

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Microsoft Surface laptop: Is this your MacBook Air replacement?

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Re: Still in two minds about the ports..

Andy... in 13 years my old USB devices will be dead and I won’t need old-style USB ports. Right now I have zero point zero USB C devices. Apple’s new laptops have zero point zero old-style USB ports. This means that I would have to use adators to make my existing devices, which ALL MY OTHER COMPUTERS WORK WITH, work with a new Apple laptop were I foolish enough to buy one. Apple does not ship even one adaptor with the new laptops. Either I’m supposed to abandon my old stuff, and compatibility with my existing computers, or I’m supposed to buy adaptors. A simpler solution would be to buy a laptop which has one or two old USB ports and one or two USB C ports, or which ships with adaptors, and use that.

In a few years it won’t matter so much. I’ll have a few adaptors, and many (most?) of my old USB devices will be dead anyway. Right now it’s a big deal.

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Andy Rubin's overhyped and underdelivered Essential phone out 'in a few weeks'

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Re: "Sprint, the US' fourth largest and rapidly failing telco"

I used to own a phone on the Sprint network. I have moved that number to AT&T.

Around here, Sprint was:

* the slowest network; three bars of LTE would be 4 Mb/s down, 2 Mb/s up. while three bars of T-Mobile was 20-30 Mb/s and three bars of AT&T right now is 25 Mb/s.

* the least reliable network; I had dropped calls all over, and multiple dead zones where I couldn't make calls because I had no connection. In multiple areas I could make calls, but the connection was so poor that one side or the other or both had problems understanding what was being said. This rarely happens with AT&T or T-Mobile. Note that for years I used Motorola and Samsung flip-phones on T-Mobile, and had a brief (not nearly brief enough) fling with Android also on T-Mobile, and had Samsung Windows phones on Verizon followed by iPhones on Sprint and AT&T. I'm pretty sure that the problems were not with the phone. (Except with the Android phone on T-Mobile. That was the phone, alright. I've never had so much trouble before or since. I've had no problems with the iPhone which replaced the Android.)

* the network with the worst customer service. They declined to admit that there were problems, even when the call they were on was breaking up due to a bad connection. They declined to admit that their network coverage was bad even when it was impossible to get better than two bars and there were dropped calls from inside their own stores. (That's stores. Plural. I demoed the problems at three stores locally, while showing that T-Mobile had no such problems.) They promised to call back and never did. They promised improvements in the network, notably new towers, which never happened. And they really, really, REALLY hate the though of an unlocked phone, possibly because such a phone would probably be headed to another cellco's network; it should be noted that my phones with AT&T and T-Mobille are both unlocked and were from the moment I got them, though admittedly AT&T tried hard to avoid that. Sprint customer service was actually worse than Verizon's, and I'd left Verizon for Sprint in large part because of Verizon's customer service.

AT&T and T-Mobile both have their problems, but they're both faster and more reliable than Sprint, though not as fast as Verizon. Their customer service is not quite as bad as Sprint's or Verizon's. I've had a number on T-Mobile for more than a decade now, during which time the other number has moved from Verizon to Sprint to AT&T. I've tried all four of the Big Four. T-Mobile and AT&T are the least objectionable. It is remotely (very remotely) possible that I might move a number to Verizon again. It is extremely unlikely that I will ever again do business with Sprint. Yes, they're that bad.

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They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!

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Re: A Stonking Year???

For those of us old enough and who either were in Empire & Commonwealth artillery 1939-45 or had relatives who were, a ‘stonk’ was a technical term involving 525-yard frontages and lots of noise. Barbarians, such as infantry officers and Americans, tended to misuse the term.

I remain a devout apostle of the sainted Ian V. Hogg.

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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

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Re: Objection!

Not I.

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Re: City class names are ok

Ask General Galteri how much he enjoyed his encounter with She of the Iron Handbag.

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Re: Mach 5-6 Russkie missiles

The hypersonic Russian missiles typically climbed to a high altitude, accelerated to high speed, acquired the target, and dived steeply to make their attacks. The 'cloud of plasma' would block their sensors only in the last few seconds of the attack, not nearly enough to matter.

Much worse are the Mach 3 Russian missiles, of which there are several varieties, surface ship launched, submarine-launched, and land based, and some of 'em have been exported to China, Iran, and India. Those missiles don't have the range of the big hypersonic missiles but don't need it. They are designed to be launched from close in, giving the target 20-30 seconds to detect, identify, target, engage, and destroy them before they hit. Mach 3 at sea level is about a kilometer per second. 20 seconds flight time would be beyond ASROC range. If a sub were to go to periscope depth, pop a half dozen missiles out and dive deep again, a T26 would have an interesting time.

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Re: We need this because...

Most intriguing,

"Maybe it's those damned "Commies" in Russia? You know, that country ruled by a hard-line Conservative who probably has more in common with Trump than Stalin, which is basically under siege by American military bases, and has waged war on the UK or any western nation a grand total of ... never."

In the first place, the main diff between Adolf der Aryan and the Georgian Man of Steel was the body count each racked up and the size of their mustaches. Joe's was bigger in both. And I guess that Poland and Finland aren't far enough west for you. Joe and Adolf split Poland up between them; Poland still hasn't got back it's eastern half, though it did get a chunk of Germany in exchange. The Finns lost a chunk of territory, too.

"Or maybe it's China, the world's most capitalistic "Commie" state, which basically supplies the entire planet with most of its goods, and again has waged war on the UK or any western nation a total of zero times."

So I suppose that Tibet, India, and Vietnam (and I mean the Socialist Republic of Vietnam) don't count 'cause they definitely aren't Western? How about the Uighars in what's now the Chinese far west? They don't count, either, eh? As for China's trade policies... look up which country was Germany's #1 trading partner throughout the 1930s. Hint: the name starts with a 'F' and ends with an 'e'.

Sigh.

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Don't let this snap-drag-on: Qualcomm waves white flag to Apple

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Re: If they settle with Apple

If Apple gets a good result from suing Qualcomm, and it seems they will, then any other Qualcomm customers who don’t sue to see if they can get something at least as good are run by incompetents. It’s not Apple’s fault if they don’t take action.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Re: Long ago and far away...

I can take being the butt of the joke so long as I have the Ultimate Power ™. Kneel before me... ah, I’m not doing anything in particular, dear.... yes, dear, whatever you say, dear... SWMBO says that

I have to go now.

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Boffin

That would be because yogurt is not food. It is a disgusting mass of bacerial byproducts, even worse than honey, a.k.a. bee vomit.

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Re: Quite Right!

“No more party political broadcasrs from the Tory party then”

He said a ‘good’ woman. That leaves T May out, as she’s good for nothing.

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One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure

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Re: So the other 75%

That’s the problem; they already bought it. With _your_ tax money.

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That’s what I thought, too. Just a quarter are in trouble? Someone’s got their thumb on the scale.

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Ummm... you might try looking up Opium Wars. While the First Opium War was run by the (Dis)Honerable British East India Company, the Second involved HM Gov (and the Frogs, and the Yankees, though the Yanks mostly tut-tutted from afar and held HM Gov’s coat.) The point behind both Opium Wars was, of course, opium and its sale to Chinese citizens. For some reason the Chinese government objected to foreign devils adicting their subjects (that was _their_ job) and first John Company and later HM Gov objected to the restraint of trade. The Frogs and the Yanks wanted a piece of the trade, too.

Since then HM Gov has turned a pretty penny on tobacco, and alcohol, and assorted other drugs. And so has every other gov except possibly Utah and Saudia, and I have my doubts about them, too. ‘Tis a bit late to sprout righteous indignation, laddie.

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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Hmm...

It's a Dalek and got all depressed now that Dr. Who is a girrrl and wanted to wash the girrrrl cooties off but forgot that it couldn't climb stairs.

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

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Re: Wishful Oxford PPE & Classics + Crapita thinking

"Cornwall will ask to join as an associate member and the smuggling will start again.

Nope we'll be "wrecking""

Too late. It's been pre-wrecked.

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