* Posts by Teiwaz

3284 posts • joined 19 Oct 2011

Here come the riled MPs (it's private, huh), Facebook's a digital 'gangster' ('disingen-u-ous'). Zuckerberg he is a failure (on sharing data)

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Re: The Hypocritic Oath


Any judgements on fake news should start with the main wielders, the politicians and (what at least has been known since the early eighties as) spin.

Colouring bad news to lessen the worst aspects has a certain fair enough, but what was ankle deep has now reached the hocks, and they wallow contentedly in it, oinking incessantly as they ingest it and crap it out on the public.

Facebook is a monster of a gossip mill, I was going to say totally without ethics, but knowing how it started, a touch more negative than positive. However it's the everyday humdrum citizen who buys into it, even feeds the monster.

Those most up in arms about it, traditonal purveyors of news, and politicians with a claim to the last word of authority (albeit laughably sometimes) are those feeling most threatened, and that's never a good arbiter of necessary action.

If a stronger ethical regulatory body is needed anywhere, it's in politics.

Take your pick: Linux on Windows 10 hardware, or Windows 10 on Linux hardware

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Re: Year of the Linux desktop?

"I don't I miss how young I felt in 1995."

That depends on how young you were in 1995. It's a relative term.

Possibly, but from my experience '95 to now, if I were now age in 95, I think I'd still miss the energy and the lack of an increasingly crusted and jaded mindset from watching the world and politicians repeat obvious mistakes of the past and call it progress.

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Using five years before written...


Is someone still using Xfree86 then?

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Re: Year of the Linux desktop?

I miss 1995

I don't I miss how young I felt in 1995.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

The UK passed its first "prevention of terrorism" act in 1974, and yet somehow it's still legal to campaign and even protest against government policies.

Just don't try too close to the seat where it might inconvenience 'important people'

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

No it doesn't. That's just vintage lefty doublethink.

Not quite. Authorities have proved quite recently (not that this hasn't always gone on in diiferent labels, from traitor to heretic to blasphemer) with the lazy application of the term terrorist to new crimes or old that, even if an activist would avoid tactics that threaten life directly, they'd still be labelled terrorist in an attempt to colour public opinion in the favour of authority.

Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you've turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral

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Re: Not even close

really? the Microsoft that is shipping Linux binaries now and has contributed hundreds of patches to the kernel is the same as the one that was saying that GPL is cancer and the that Linux is a "fad"?

I think it's a Microsoft that have admitted they can't just ignore it, badmouth it, or bury it in lame twisted lies and fearmongering. The Penguins have wandered into the park Microsoft saw as theirs and crowded close to their picnic, is close to running all the kiosks and threaten to invade their wine-bar.

Microsoft have chosen to invite them in instead, and ensure as many uses of the penguin as possible also fill their coffers.

All the patches most likely do no more than serve Windows/Linux interoperability, and do so to the benefit of Windows and MS. That's not love, that's exploitation.

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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Re: This Identity thing is the key

To be honest though, I feel this sentence could be considered as standard boilerplate to be appended to any and all articles about UK government/politicians.

Should be carved over the doors to Parliament.....

Going out...

...and going in, amended from 'actions' to 'words' because these numpties always seem to be interviewed on the TV and need reminding....

Brexit-ready BT sits back, watches profit rise in CEO's swansong quarter

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Re: "It is too early to estimate the size of any potential impact"

Anyone for buying parachute futures?

There's probably more profit in getting a monopoly on access to high bridges and buildings.

Apple: Trust us, we've patented parts of Swift, and thus chunks of other programming languages, for your own good

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Re: Hatsune Miku

Twenty - do you not remember Boney-M or Milli Vanilli??

Vocaloid is a good tool for a certain type of angsty teen with budding music talent they might not otherwise discover.

There's been quite a few that have gone on to real music careers (mostly Japanese though, Vocaloid never sounds quite the same in english).

Possibly what gets used more is MMD for music videos.

Data flows in a no-deal Brexit are a 'significant' concern – MPs

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We haven't had a responsible government for years

The current government has got to be a new low. If the May deal were were a little plastic square for one of those 'shape fits hole' tests, the examiner would have given the examinee a slap round the back of the head by now for repeatedly trying to fit the square through the triangle hole.

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Re: What's with it with you guys commenting????

You bring brexit into every forum!

Inevitable, it's settled into every pore in the country, clogging it up with the same greasy palmed ooze on the hands of most politicians and every cabinet hound.

As clogged as the roads up from the ports of the south will be within two months.

On the 'every cloud has a silver lining' front though, it'll make adventuresome wayward immigration by dinghy across more difficult, given the barricade of parked freight that'll be queued up round the coast waiting for processing by ledger, ink and quill 'cause certain systems aren't ready/broken/overbudget but'll be delivered anyday/awaiting sign-off.

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Re: Scaremongering

Until the end of the year means they have time to organize everything

By organise everything, you must mean sign hastily and badly put together trade agreements with every Lion and minnow on the planet as possible whose only advantage to the UK is another 1++ on the count of trade agreements.

We live in momentous times with huge political changes implemented on the whims of a badly put together survey, unfortunately we have political Lilliputians attempting to implement it.

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Re: Scaremongering

a grace period probably until the end of the year on border controls, so no empty market shelves for now

Well, that's a relief. We can worry about the empty shelves in time for christmas.

That's fine then, the government will already have plenty of armed troops on the streets by then, enforcing 'the will of the tory elite carpet baggers electorate'.

Florida man's deadliest catch forces police to evacuate Taco Bell

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Are we absolutely sure....

That it wasn't a Wow-Wow Sauce storage misadventure?

Whoops! Wrong link!

UK-EU infosec data sharing may not be KO'd by Brexit, reckons ENISA bod

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Re: Remember the vote!

Nope, I think the various interested parties will all line up behind the party when pushed, especially when besieged by a rival party, and the good of the nation can be shored up afterwards with some belt tightening and another IT project that is sure to wave the magic wand this time.

Hell, all the PM has to do at this point is mollify a small group of loonies from a marginal part of non-mainland U.K. that probably won't be part of the country in forty to sixty years....

The only thing that's going to fix things is more cross-party cabinets, then they can spend their time bickering and only dealing with vitally important matters and stop hassling the country with trivia like brexit and mandated age verification.

Better off moving the government to the Isle of Wight, or better still Azkaban, (it doesn't? can't we build one?).

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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I have to conclude...slow news day???

That this concern may well be empty fear-mongering.

We've had a .SA for some time, and there has never been a squeak of concern for it being co-opted due to the former existence of the Sturmabteilung

I have to admit, personally I think it's because it's so much harder a word to spell, never mind pronounce.

Open sourcerers drop sick Fedora Remix to get Windows Subsystem for Linux pumping

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Re: Seriously ...

Shit, well, there goes the uptime league tables then.

Colour us shocked: Google in €50m GDPR fine appeal bombshell

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Re: Can the fine be increased?

Could it dismantle the EU? They do say corporations have a lot of control these days, we know they do in America and America likes to change governments to their liking.

Good grief, don't know where to start on that one.

Let's just say, trying that will likely end with a couple hundred 'Gilet jaunes' bearing down on you, or Google.

'Nun' drops goat head on pavement outside Cheltenham 'Spoons

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Oh, no! Mr. Tumnus...!!!

No need to be fauning.

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Reminds me not to eat there.

'I don't like goats anything'

- The I.T Crowd

couldn't find a vidclip, sorry.

Want to spin up Ubuntu VMs from Windows 10's command line, eh? We'll need to see a Multipass

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Re: backward concept

Another way of running 'Linux on Windows......

It just seems to me to be another example as to how the world in general has everything ass-backwards.

OK, I don't use Windows an awful lot, but when I do, I seem to be put through at least a reboot or two before I can start, and one other during the course of the day, for one reason or another.

We all love bonking to pay, but if you bonk with a Windows Phone then Microsoft has bad news

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Re: Lost me at the headline

Some of us might love paying to bonk, though!

We all pay for that...... One way or another.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Re: common knowledge innit?


Kumquat Rat Monkey more like.

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Re: I'm not saying it Hobbits,...

... but it's Hobbits.

Personally, I think'ses it's ring-twisted river people.

....because they'ses precious.....

...and explains a lot about the human psyche.

...and male pattern baldness.

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Re: Many mysteries

I agree talking about humans in terms of race is stupid. We are all just walking bags of mostly water :)

Agree up to the 'walking' bit.

Not in my experience of mankind - not unless they can avoid it.

Ever feel like all your prayers go unheard? The Catholic Church has an app for that

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Re: Holding an (holy?) iPad...

Well if they don't have a Windows PC, and they don't have an emulator, then they have to follow the Pope's advice:

The pope encouraged Catholics to turn to Our Lady when facing difficult situations, and to echo her words, “They have no wine.”

But, Wine Is Not an Emulator.

I know for a fact, that the Church I was emotionally blackmailed into attending as a child used Ribena*.

And I know a Born again in Ulster who claimed to beleive all references to wine in the bible actually referred to fruit juice!!!

Looming EU copyright rules – tackling Google news article scraping, installing upload filters – under fire from all sides

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copyleft lunatics?

So these would be copyleft lunatics then? The wording from the article sounds to me like he means copyleft extremists, not that all copylefters are lunatics.

Generally, the gimme gimme gimme 'Peanut Gallery' types never produce anything themselves (hence no empathy with the situation beyond their own wants), so calling them 'Copyleftists' looney or otherwise is a stretch of the largest magnitude.

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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while sitting on a beanbag in the middle of an art installation at Tate Modern

Surely the Tate's a bit of a potential 'poseurs palace' - I can think of no better place to run into someone looking to harvest an apple or two from the unwary.

Time to update the Winslow apple.

McKinsey’s blockchain warning irks crypto hipsters

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Re: Blockchain

I think the issue is, that while it'a a solution looking for a problem; it's a very convincing solution.

ergo, there must be a problem looking for it.

A desperate to be solved problem, a lucrative and very profitable problem.

It's not so much follow the money as chase it in this case.

Bloody Ferengi.....

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It's 2019, and it's still a solution looking for a problem???

Bipartisan Kumbaya: President Trump turns Obama's open govt data policy into law

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Re: Who gets the gold star?

Yes, it is indeed called the Johnson Space Center, not the

'cause apollo looked like someones johnson?

US Department of Defense to fling $1.76bn at Microsoft

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Re: Make America Great Again

This may be why no-one has voted on it yet. Whilst to me, a real English speaker the sarcasm is funny, I'm wary of up-voting it for fear of encouraging the Trumpites.

NB, Trump was once a bourgeois euphemism for Fart. Now it's literal.

And yet, not a one has suggested that the money could be used to build a wall instead?

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

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Metadata shortfall?

As you suggested, most people look at any given picture and merely skim the text, actually absorbing and processing none of it.

Given full and accurate details down to size and material composition is largely irrelevant if the wetware is just going to ignore it.

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

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I expect the experiment is lacking that human touch, and oh, insanely vast amounts of money as a social and romantic lubricant.

Just for EU, just for EU, just for EU: Forget about enforcing Right To Be Forgotten outside member states

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Re: EU being sensible again...

I can't recall the UK government ever managing to string this many words together on any mildly technical subject.

On the Contrary, The UK government have indeed managed to string an awful lot of words together on technical subjects.

...The just haven't yet managed to make any coherent sense, since they can't tell the trendy marketing bollocks from the actually important technical keywords.

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Re: The Right to Suppress your population more like...

How would this even work ? EU retards. This is information control by the EU on

their own population in its early stages... what, they gonna ban VPN's next ??? They say China blocks most the web from its citizens,, they wanna go down that road too ???

RTBF is the right of an individual not to have old no longer relevant information that is not in the public interest popping up on Google Search results, and, as I understand it, requires Google to ensure that such information no longer appears on search results.

It just makes the information harder to reach, it does not remove it.

There are no governmental Winnie the Poohs here. Save your righteous paranoia for where it matters.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Crazy

I think the universe can wait on fixing a telescope until we have PROPER BORDER SECURITY.

Are you saying those on the south side of the border can't use boats?

The UK has 20 miles of water isolating it (at least as much a hurdle as a wall) - yet there's still an illegal immigration problem.

Best option is to turn your country into a shithole no one could possibly want to live in - luckily, with Trump - your well on your way already.

Windows 10 Insiders sent on quest deep into Registry to fetch goblet of Reserved Storage

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Re: Reserved Storage

avoid losing their data when your fucking OS kicks the bucket AGAIN

But it's YOUR OS too, if you've chosen t use it.

Might be less yours than previous versions, what with the rampant hard to switch off nastiness, the force fed updates etc.

You knew what you were buying, it's not a new brand, you knew who and what you were dealing with, yet you went ahead anyway....

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Re: "environmental terrorists"

Terrorism could reasonably be described as causing damage for political goals.

Well, that's a dangerously anti-democratic definition. Are you a member of the Cabinet?

By that, any mostly peaceful protest, becomes terrorism if it affects commerce or some opportunistic lout breaks a window due to the over-stimulation....

Any effect on the economy is already considered damage if the government doesn't think they caused it.

Before you know it, wearing a bad suit outside an expensive fashion emporium is terrorism.

Lets stick to terrorism being causing or threatening loss of life. To prevent plod from extending terrorism to include batty stressed housewives shoplifting sprees.

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Re: "environmental terrorists"

Lets face it the tree huggers have "form" in respect of various stupid, risky and obstructive actions - climbing industrial machinery at coal power stations, gluing themselves to various commercial and government buildings

Going by that list, it's mostly putting their lives as on the line as what they are trying to protect.

Any drone big enough to have a hairy scruffy type strapped to it would be hard to miss I'd think.

Doesn't really fit the M.O.

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Re: At least people can take comfort from the fact that ...

Do these MPs understand that 'no deal' isn't an option (i.e. something you choose)? It's just what happens when you refuse everything else,

Probably out of fear that Reese and the Exit means exit group will vote for No Deal with all the same ferver of the radicals yelling admiral ackbar and lighting a fuse in a packed public space.

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Re: Where are the UFO's?

Everything is a drone sighting these days, why can't old fashioned alien saucers cause an alert anymore?

Maybe no one believes in flying saucers these days, while they do believe in drones.

When the human brain sees something they can't grok, they invariably jump to the most recent myth on the popular gossip circle.

I don't think sightings of unrecognised flying things in previous centuries prior to the concept that the earth was not the centre of creation was either drones or aliens - possibly witches, demons or angels or other [fill in religious cultural bias of your choosing].

Y'know how you might look at someone and can't help but wonder if they have a genetic disorder? We've taught AI to do the same

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Re: Is this the

The improved version of phrenology is when you have the "correct" bumps engineered into your head by a guy with a hammer so that you get the personality traits you want.

Ah, you mean Retrophrenology

You can go into a shop and order an artistic temperament with a tendency to introspection and a side order of hysteria. What you actually get is hit on the head with a selection of different size mallets

- Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

Bish, Bash... gosh! Good ol' Bourne Again Shell takes a bow as it reaches version five-point-zero

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Re: "Trusty command interpreter"?

Debian-like distros usually ship with dash, not bash as the default shell, and its executable is literally a tenth of the size.

Good point, having switched from Ubuntu a while back, I'd forgotten that - Ubuntu has followed suit (being a Debian based distro) since 6.10.

I assume in testing on Ubuntu that was taken into account?

Real-time OS: Ordnance Survey gets snuggly with Intel's Mobileye

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Re: Disappointing...

I'm very disappointed in you all.

I think it's due to the pent up need to rant that was stymied by lack of good incendiary over the festive period.

Needed a good Political piece to let that out before the blatant invitation to innuendo was published.

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Re: Ripe for the picking

sponsored by BowWows, the Corgi's choice

Don't you mean BowWows, by Royal Appointment

You don't see those added to labelling anymore? Aren't Hello magazine doing their job of finding out which pile cream elderly member of the R.F. are using to combat the effects of too many photo-ops next to cold stone walls in kilts...? (that's the people in kilts, not the stone walls - although with some of them, it's hard to tell the difference I know).

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Re: Personally, I'd rather they fixed the fucking potholes.

rather than sprinkle "autonomous mapping" shit all over them.

I guess I'm a weirdo.

Well, sounds like O.S. have their shit together - The local councils don't seem to

Perhaps you should start a campaign for the O.S. to take over managing Road Works for the entire country....

Such a vastly inflated organisation would invariably become a fat quango struggling to cope with the overload in no time - i.e. almost a true Government Department.

Amazon exec tells UK peers: No, we don't want to be dominant. Also, we don't fancy being taxed on revenues

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A "mystique" has built up around the term "algorithm", she added, but went on to say that "it's just maths" and Amazon's tracking of customer activity was "the same as old retailers counting footfall".

How come then, tracking in order to sell me more, results in ads for things I've already looked at and dismissed for a similar product or already bought?

The only mystique is that some businesses still seem to think that this method works.

NHS England claims it will be all-digital within the decade

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Re: creating joined-up systems

*It resulted in one female patient being given erectile dysfunction cream for an eye condition causing considerable pain and additional treatment needs, hence costs.

You know what they say about Doctors handwriting....

But I have to question what kind of 'no questions asked' chemists didn't question the prescription vs. any application instructions/customers gender.

Not necessarily digital would have prevented this had the confusion been over similar packaging and inattentive pharmacy staff.

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