* Posts by James O'Shea

1327 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Page:

New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: err... no

Nagumo should have been given the Navy Cross for all the help he gave the USN.

He didn't send in the third wave at Pearl. Big mistake.

He committed almost every mistake possible at Midway, including:

1 not sending out deck-load strikes from three carriers, holding the last one's aircraft back as a reserve and to cover the fleet. A full, three-carrier, strike would have flattened Midway at a stroke, so there would have been no need to consider a second strike

2 not sending out extra scout aircraft when some scouts, including the scout launched from the cruiser Tone, were late

3 when the scout from Tone finally got out to its search area and reported American ships, not sending additional scouts to the area

4 when Tone's scout reported what might have been a carrier among those American ships, not cranking up the CAP

5 not either retaining some of the CAP at a high level or sending up additional fighters once the torpedo bombers started arriving

6 not sticking to one thing; either prep for a follow-up raid on Midway _or_ prep for a strike against the American ships. Changing orders in midstream was... not real bright.

7 not flinching when the 'American samurai' of the torpedo bombers attacked, mostly to their deaths

8 related to the above: one land-based torpedo bomber made a suicide run at Nagumo's flag, pulling up at the last second. This convinced Nagumo to commit to sending a second strike at Midway, in direct defiance of orders which stated that he was to hold a reserve rigged for anti-ship.

As it was, the fact that he'd missed the carriers at Pearl, that he'd missed the repair yards (Yorktown was heavily damaged at the Coral Sea and was repaired in those yards; if the yards had been hammered, she'd have had to go to San Diego or Puget Sound and would have been unavailable), that he missed the subs (USS Nautilus put several torpedoes into one of the battleships with Kido Butai; as the American torpedoes at that time were all shit, they didn't do anything more than attract attention. Nautilus was severely depth-charged for quite some time after making that attack. The destroyer making the depth-charge attacks was called back to help defend Kido Butai against American air raids, and left at high speed in a nice straight line, following orders. American carrier dive bombers spotted the destroyer and extrapolated the line and arrived over Kido Butai from a totally unexpected direction. Oops.), all combined to assist his series of mistakes at Midway to really screw things up for Japan. At 10:20, 4 June 1942, Japan was winning the war. At 10:25 they'd lost, it just took three years to make them believe it.

3
0

Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: easily defeated

That would make their app just an improved keylogger. Anti-keylogger measures should work.

0
0
James O'Shea
Silver badge

easily defeated

I have gotten into the habit of leaving a window in a text editor (Notepad, for example, in Windows, or TextWrangler in OS X) and typing in that. And then copying and pasting. Go ahead, analyze that, laddie.

This way, I have an offline copy, just in case Firefox goes TITSUP without warning (that's happened as recently as earlier this week) or just to keep things straight, or the site might do Strange Things and I can't be arsed with typing all that all over again.

And, yeah, they can't analyze a damn thing.

1
0

How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Meanwhile, a group of Russia watchers calling themselves the Conflict Intelligence Team

A ‘Putain’ troll? Hmmm. Allons, les gars.

0
0

80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: The Man Who Fell To Earth

"Unsure why we're both getting downvoted to oblivion even though you've provided evidence for the incident i mentioned. Lots of butthurt Tesla owners here?"

You're the only one with lots of downvotes. I suspect it would be due to your assignment of blame, despite your not having any facts whatsoever to base that assignment on. You not only stated that it was the Tesla driver who was at fault, in the total absence of any supporting evidence in El Reg's story, you then went further and speculated that the driver was watching a DVD and letting the autopilot feature run the car. El Reg specifically stated, and I quote:

"Tesla's Autopilot suite of features includes automatic braking and collision warnings as standard, and can be upgraded to automatically change lanes, maintain speed and park.

It is unknown at this time if the Tesla driver was using the features when the incident occurred."

It would appear that either you have sources of other than El Reg's story, or you are simply blasting hot air out of your ass. Perhaps you would get fewer downvotes if you provided support for your position. A check with the BBC's site shows http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-41953941 which gives even less information than El Reg's story. Do you have further information? if so, can you provide a link?

55
6

Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: er...

"If you had done a little better job with your googling (basically, just see the bbc article about this which gives his FULL name, with 'Singh'), then you can up the probablity that he is not Pakistani nor Muslim to 99.99999999%"

Ooh, yeah... someone with 'Singh' in their name and from anywhere _near_ the Punjab is going to be Sikh (95+% probability) or Hindu (what's left) not Muslim. Not unless he converted and kept the name, anyway, something quite unlikely. All (male) Sikhs have 'Singh' somewhere about (girls have 'Kaur') but not all Singhs are Sikhs.

0
0
James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: bomb on display

'petard' is Frog for 'fart'. Froggy wits applied the term to what might now be called a breaching charge. (No, not something moved around in one's breeches, not unless one has a desire for 72 virgins.) HM Royal Engineers showed that it's not true that engineers in general and military engineers in particular have no sense of humo(u)r when they applied the term to the projectile launched by a particular type of armo(u)red vehicle-mounted mortar during WWII.

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

The Froggy wits used "hoisted by one's own petard" (in Frog, of course, I can't be bothered to translate it back) to mean 'blown up by your own fart, you silly git, you must be English'. Or something like that. There might also have been some mention of hamsters and elderberries. Frogs are rude. Sassenach deserve it.

1
1
James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: The other possibility...

"If they're selling bomb material, they probably won't care about who's buying.

Arms dealers aren't known for their high moral standards, after all."

Au contraire, arms dealers have very high standards. Try shorting their payment and see what happens.

2
0
James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: er...

"Most acts of terrorism are committed by muslims

I would suggest that you don't approach a member of the RealIRA and suggest that he might be a Muslim.."

Oh, I'd suggest that he do just that. Just so long as he let me know beforehand, so that I could watch from a nice safe distance. And, if possible, he should let me have enough time to get some popcorn.

3
0
James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Occam's razor

If he hated it that much he should have just pulled a 'Hacksaw' Reynolds and cut it up by hand.

0
0
James O'Shea
Silver badge

hmm... it's Russian, it's old, are you sure it's still in working order? Perhaps you might want to test it.

4
0
James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: er...

"Because on balance of probability, being that the vast majority of terrorist incidents world wide are linked to Islam, then it's most likely that's the case here."

Damn boy, you mean that the ee-vul bacon-haters have gone and taken another job from us hard-working, exceedingly Catholic, Irishmen? Time for a new crusade! Deus Vult! (No, not deus vulture, you prod gits.)

7
1
James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: er...

"...why are you assuming he's a 'jihadist' exactly? If I were gonna make any cases, based on the name and mugshot, I'd guess he was a Sikh."

More likely a Jat... some of whom are of the Sikh faith, others Hindu, others Muslim. The name alone is insufficient, and he looks as though he might have shaved sometime which means he probably isn't an _observant_ Sikh. Maybe.

3
0

Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

James O'Shea
Silver badge

I own a Harmony remote

I bought it from CompUSA before they became TigerDirect and then went extinct, which should show you how long ago that was. There was some kind of web site available to allow me to configure the thing quickly. Using the site required installing Silverlight. I declined, and configured it the hard way. I have been using the remote for nearly a decade now; the original rechargeable batteries in it died and I've replaced them. I haven't even attempted to connect it to the site since the initial Silverlight debacle. I was totally unaware that it had any features requiring internet connections, other than initial setup. I feel that I've got my money's worth out of it by now, and in the event that it stops working tomorrow I'll simply dig out the remotes that the assorted thingies came with until I can replace it with a new (and probably far cheaper) universal remote. Not from Logitech, that ship's sailed. When I first got it, I used it to control my assorted systems; I had a DVD player, later replaced by a Blu-Ray player, a VHS, a set-top box first from Comcast then AT&T, and one, later two, computers attached to various ports on a largish monitor. The Logitech allowed me to flip between them all. I haven't used the VHS in years, and use one of the computers to remote into the other, and rarely use the Blu-Ray drive, one computer has a Blu-Ray drive which behaves much better. I simply no longer care about many of the features on the remote.

0
0

Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Hmmm

yellow-orange thing on head.... check

makes lots of noise, but no sense.... check

does things it's not supposed to.... check

Are you _certain_ that those things are really Trump Birds?

11
1

Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Obviously...

"Does he know any other words?"

hmmm... 'wall'

11
3

Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Perl User Groups

Are you sure that you weren’t on a Linux group, he asked, while running for cover.

6
0
James O'Shea
Silver badge

Line noise & no comments

That’s not Pearl, that’s FORTRAN. Problably FORTRAN77, the first ‘high level’ language I was forced to use.

2
2

US voting server in election security probe is mysteriously wiped

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: In the immortal words of John Boehner:

bob, m'man... exactly when did Hil delete voting records from a government server after an investigation was started? Please be specific. if you can't do that, then when did Hil delete voting records from a government server, period? How about when did Hil delete voting records from _anyones's_ server? If you're on about Hil deleting emails from a private server... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_White_House_email_controversy so Hil will be going to jail some time after Boy George does, or sometime around the 12th of never. But do carry on.

69
6

Trump, Brexit, and Cambridge Analytica – not quite the dystopia you're looking for

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Ms May

"Does it give a percentage likelihood of her being a human?"

Data, Vision, and C-3PO, spokesdroids for the United Android Association, deny that 'she' could possibly qualify for membership. They point out that prospective members have to actually be lifelike.

0
0
James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Ms May

"So, 99 per cent sure she's a man. You too, huh?"

I've long thought that 'her' name is really Lola, not Theresa.

There's not much doubt but that Corbyn's a little girl, though.

0
0

A plethora of patches, Kaspersky hits back, new hope for Wannacry Brit hero – and more

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Hutchins

"Yeah, he's going to slip off the ankle bracelet and swim from California back to the UK. SMH."

No he won't... but he might swim to a boat off shore. If he gets onto a British flagged vessel, well, the odds of Unc Sugar getting him back aren't good.

2
8

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: A complete wipe?

"I agree that you can't trust the OS itself afterwards, but with Linux at least it would be possible to boot off a live DVD/USB and run a scan from a known good OS to clean out any infection of the system.

The only way to get around that would be to have a firmware persistent malware at which point you'd have to wipe and reinstall the firmware for everything as well, probably over USB."

You can do that with Macs, too. It's perfectly feasible to create USB boot flash drives. It's even more feasible to create bootable external hard drives, and somewhat more difficult but still possible to create bootable DVDs. It would be trivial to boot off one and clean the drive.... _if you already had created such an item_. I, personally, have bootable flash drives with 10.11, 10.12, and 10.13 installed, and have full bootable backups (plural) of my working drives. It would be trivial for me to fix this. The easiest way would, actually, be to put the bad system into target disk mode and clone back one of the backups. However, I have backups and boot flash drives. The vast majority of John Public does not have either and look at you as if you just flew in from Mars when you suggest that maybe, just maybe, having a backup might be good, and that maybe, just maybe, it might be a good idea to have a bootable installer.

How much am I bet that the majority of those affected have no backups whatsoever?

17
3

Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Dead people don't have money (problems)

"> everything would eventually be owned by dead people that pay no tax.

If dead people are ever allowed to "own" anything, you can be damn sure they'll also be paying taxes.

Governments aren't _that_ stupid."

Dead people owning everything, and taxes, and not-very-bright governments are precisely the plot of Lois McMaster Bujold's book Cyroburn. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryoburn

Unfortunately for the Bad Guys Who Would Be Frozen To Rule, they decide that running just one planet isn't enough, and want more... and the 'more' is one of the three planets run by Lord Auditor Mad Miles Vorkostigan's boss, Emperor Gregor Vorbarra. This means that they run into Mad Miles. Things don't end well for them. They should have picked a safer target... Cetaganda, say, or Old Earth. The not-bright government was owned by the bad guys, and they made the fatal error of assuming that all governments were as corrupt as theirs was, especially the government of a three-planet empire run from a notoriously backwards home world and including one system taken by conquest and another rather accidentally settled as a brand-new colony. They didn't know that the Vor Counts were, originally, the emperors accountants, and they really didn't understand just how powerful a Lord Auditor was, even if he was the youngest and newest Lord Auditor. Oops.

2
0

Mohawks fling patent infringement sueball at Microsoft and Amazon

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Why am I totally unsurprised by that?

9
0

You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Not knowing how to look can make it hard to find

My answer to questions like that is “They were good enough to get me an academic scholarship to Notre Dame, that’s what they were.” Tends to shut the idiots up. For those in heathen lands which know not The Fighting Irish, it ain’t easy to get an athletic schoarship under The Golden Dome, and _much_ harder to get an academic one; actual students aren’t trained monkeys performing under bright lights to make the school vast amounts of money. (Notre Dame Stadium currently seats in excess of 82,000; before that, more than 54,000. They have failed to sell out on home football Saturdays exactly once since 1963, and before that exactly once dating back to 1947. The school has a deal with NBC, every single home game is televised nationally, and NBC pays hansomely for the priviledge. For some strange reason, none of that mountain of cash filters down to the trained monkeys. Cynical, moi? To be fair, one of my suite mates, I spent most of my time there in a five-man suite, was a starting linebacker until he messed up his right knee really good. The school let him finish his degree even though he couldn’t play any more. Some places <cough> Ohio State</cough> would have bounced his ass out so fast he’d have trailed Cherenkov radiation.)

3
0

So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: 'But the public didn't bite '

"Don't you mean MS Office is NOT capable of doing 100% accurate round trips? Office users don't actually notice that the problem might lie with their software. They've been habituated to the need to keep updating Office because their old version wouldn't read, let alone round trip, a file written by a newer version."

Unfortunately, while there can be problems round-tripping files between Word and Pages, there are _different_ problems than the ones between Word and LibreOffice, and, worse for your position, Apple noted the problems and has. addressed some of them, the paragraph border issue being a glaring example. Worse would be the fact that round-tripping between Pages and LibreOffice shows many of the same problems as between Word and LibreOffice; in both, God help you if you have a large, complex, table. Now that Apple has fixed the paragraph border problem, round-tripping files with large, complex, tables between Pages and Word is much less problematical.

Not everyone is going to notice the problems; notoriously 80% of MS Office users use 20% of MS Office's features (just not the same 20%). However, some users are going to notice. And those users will be the ones who use Office the most, who use it for business/professional reasons, who depend on having those features and having them work. And those users will not be impressed by the way that LibreOffice screws up their work.

It might be that MS Office should take some of the blame for the problems, though not much given the way that LibreOffice has problems talking to Apple's iWork. However, given the simple fact that there are a whole lot more MS Office users than LibreOffice users, it's LibreOffice which would have to change to fit in with MS Office, the way that Apple had to change iWork to fit in with MS Office. You don't have to like it, you just have to live with it. As long as LibreOffice does not make the required changes, round-tripping will continue to be an exercise is frustration.

1
1

Google adds planets and moons to Maps, but puts bits in the wrong places

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Pittsburgh?

must resist deploying the 'arse end of Pennsylvania' joke, I really must...

5
0
James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Bugger

You don't want to send Zuck or Leisure Suit Larry to Mars, the locals might take that kind of thing as an act of war, and rightly so. I've seen movies indicating that riling up the locals might not be a very good idea.

Send 'em off to one of the planets of Betelgeuse, assuming there are any. Better yet, send them to go find out if there are any planets in that system. It'll take a long time for them to get there, and even more time for the locals to send a response. (Betelgeuse is a red supergiant, so there probably aren't any _surviving_ planets; this makes it an excellent choice to send those two off to. Besides, it's expected to go supernova Real Soon Now as astronomers measure time, making it an even better choice to send 'em to. I think I'll start a Kickstarter to fund this worthy mission.)

<exits, singing Queen's '39.>

6
0

Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: My password is...

Sigh.

1 that’s a pass phrase, not a password

2 The Donald isn’t a kamikaze. Kamikaze were members of the Imperial Japanese armed forces, who (were) volunteer(ed) to die for their country while taking as many of the enemy with them as possible. The Donald has not, and will not, volunteer for anything which might cause so much as a cracked fingernail. (Note that kamikaze-like behaviour is not unique to Japanese forces; look up the Medal of Honor citations for two of the five awarded to pilots in Operation Tidal Wave, or the Victoria Cross award to the captain of HMS Glowworm, for just a few examples). The Donald would NOT drive his ship into a bigger ship’s side. Nope, not going to happen.

3 The Donald isn’t funny.

3
1

Super Cali's futuristic robo-cars in focus – even though watchdogs say they're something quite atrocious

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Driving in Los Angeles is already worse than driving in Florida, and yes, that includes Miami. Not even LA gets to Mexico City. Things can get worse, quickly.

1
0

2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Double "Hmmm"

sz54c8, vultures not known for the ability to spel or gud grammur use.

3
0
James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Flat surface sales

"The lock in on apple products also heavily contributes to this - not being able to go where you want when you want for software without invalidating warranty means they have a monopoly"

errm... you _can_ 'go where you want' to get software for Macs. You have somewhat more of a point for iOS devices, but jailbreaking, installing, and then unjailbreaking is easy enough. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_jailbreaking

1
0

Apple Mac fans told: Something smells EFI in your firmware

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Mac Pro

"I am under the impression the Apple doesn't bother issuing firmware updates for hardware than a couple of years"

You would be mistaken. The five-year-old Mac this is being typed on got a firmware update last month.

1
0

So. Should I upgrade to macOS High Sierra?

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: FAT32, what's that?

I like hamsters. My nieces used to have hamsters. My brother's ex sometimes came around (it should be noted that she didn't get custody, and _her parents sided with my brother_...) and occasionally a particular one would escape its cage and bite her. I called the hamster Tribble, as she was obviously a Klingon, probably the third Duras sister. (I repeat, her parents sided with my brother. Why he ever married her was beyond me.) My brother told me to not say that near the girls. Pity.

13
0
James O'Shea
Silver badge

FAT32, what's that?

Apparently the release version of 10.13 has a problem with copying files larger than 2 GB to FAT32 volumes. That's 'the release version', as apparently the betas didn't have this problem, and '2 GB', not the FAT32 limit of 4 GB.

There is much screaming over on the Apple 'help' forum.

13
0

Want to keep in contact with friends and family without having to sell your personal data?

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Perhaps I'm the only one left

nope. I use those too. They still work and require surprisingly little in the way of personal info to use.

4
0

Shock! Hackers for medieval caliphate are terrible coders

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: If they fail online, do they still get 72 virgins?

"All pudgy, pale, male D&D fans..."

Take that back. Some of them play World of Warcraft.

14
0
James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Considering everything else about Daesh

"by and large Christians seem to be happier ignoring parts of their faith that get in the way."

You've never met a Jehovah's Witless or a Seventh Day Pestilence, have you?

31
2
James O'Shea
Silver badge

yes, and?

"The Sons of the Caliphate Army are another online group who caused a brief stir when they claimed to have plans to kill Mark Zuckerberg."

Errmm... how does this make them special? Or even particularly notable? I'm sure that there might be one or two (dozen) of the assembled commentariat who might have similar desires.

7
0

Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

James O'Shea
Silver badge

negative problems here

Outlook and Exchange mail actually works _better_ under iOS 11 than it had before. In times past I had no end of problems with Apple Mail, and with Microsoft Outlook, and often had to drop into (ick!) OWA. Both Mail and Outlook work fine, I haven't had to go near OWA since upgrading.

0
0
James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: Full of nonsense as ever

"we're making year-upon-year growth in ad revenue and profit,

Which, as I'm sure you recognise, are not an indicator of quality or journalistic ability."

The thing is, the very fact that he brought it up is a strong indicator that he does _not_ so recognise. Indeed, it is a marker indicating a quite different state of mind.

It is also a firm indicator that it might, just might, be a Very Bad Idea to even think about whitelisting El Reg on my adblocker. One wonders exactly how deep the ad cesspit goes at El Reg... but not enough to turn the adblocker off and find out.

1
0

Microsoft reveals details of flagship London store within spitting distance from Apple's

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: A binary future for the Microsoft shop

There are two local (depending on how far you stretch 'local') Microsoft Stores: one in Boca Town Centre, on Glades Road, exit 45 on I-95 (base is off Southern Blvd, exit 68) and one in Aventura Mall, on Brickell Blvd, nearest I-95 exit is 16, Ives Dairy Road. (Yes, that's 52 miles from Southern...) in both cases there was an Apple Store at the mall before Microsoft showed up. (There are seven Apple Stores in the Dade-Broward-Palm Beach tri-county area: Dadeland Mall, Falls Road, and Aventura, in Dade; Galleria in Broward; and Boca Town Centre, Wellington Green, and Gardens in Palm Beach) In all cases the Apple Store has a lot to far too many customers, while the Microsoft stores have two to three staff per customer, and it's not as if they have a lot of staff. The Microsoft Store in Aventura is on the second level, less than ten meters from the nearest escalator down to the first level; the Apple Store is less than 100 meters from that escalator. The Apple Store is also roughly three times the size of the Microsoft Store and almost certainly makes more money for Microsoft in a month by selling MS Office for Mac than the Microsoft Store makes, total, in a year. The Microsoft Store at Boca is even smaller, less than a quarter the size of the Apple Store at Boca and I can't say for certain that they've actually made a sale. Ever. I suppose that they really must have, but you couldn't prove it by me. There used to be a Dell kiosk at Wellington Green less than fifty meters from the Apple Store; the three guys manning it were very, very, VERY lonely for about 18 months and then it was gone. The Microsoft Stores at Aventura and Boca are not only small, they're close to the food courts at both places... cheaper locations, because of the noise and smells from the food courts. Meanwhile, the Apple Store at Boca moved to larger accommodations, and the Apple Store at Gardens has captured one of its neighbors and is currently being 'expanded'. Apple's paying a lot of money for good locations and seems to be making it back. Microsoft's paying a lot of money for bad locations and looks to be losing much of it.

0
0

Inept bloke who tried to sell military sat secrets to Russia gets 5 years

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: "while in jail he had had a religious epiphany."

I'm reminded of the young miss who was sentenced to death for being an axe-murdering bitch. She allegedly came to Jesus while locked up, and appealed for clemency. Boy George Bush said 'no', despite the statements of support from all over (including il Papa, John Paul II) and so she got whacked by the Great State of Texas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karla_Faye_Tucker

No, I don't believe that she was, ahem, 'born again'. I do believe that she was guilty as charged (in large part because she didn't deny it...) and was entirely deserving of getting a hot shot. (Actually, I'd have gone for the Traditional Texas Way: a rope and a horse. Cheaper and faster.) There may well have been a convict who actually did come to Jesus, but I have not seen even one such.

1
1

Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: I'm Curious

Google should stand up to the evil socialist censors in the government (yeah, right) and lose money and have to go to court and generally create a lot of trouble for itself for _that bunch_?! And especially when the idiots in question can post their venom by other means, including setting up website, sideloading their apps, setting up mailing lists, setting up newsgroups... You want _Google_ to stand and fight for _them_?! Really? When there is no business advantage to it, and lots of bad PR?

Good luck with that.

0
1
James O'Shea
Silver badge

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.

3
0
James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: I'm Curious

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

4
1
James O'Shea
Silver badge

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.

15
2
James O'Shea
Silver badge

Re: I'm Curious

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

12
2

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

James O'Shea
Silver badge

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.)

8
0

Page:

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2017