* Posts by nijam

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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> That would appeal to what, 2% of the iPad's audience?

Exactly werdsmith's point - it's still not computer-like.

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Google parks old pay-to-play auction in front of European Commission – reports

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Re: "It may be the only game in town that people actually care to use"

> Nobody hindered you to use Mac OS, OS/2, Solaris, BSD, or the early version of Linux, or any other OS

Nobody's stopping you using Bing, etc., either.

> and without the EU ruling, Chrome would have gone nowhere.

Given that Microsoft delaying implementing the ruling, then applied it (but only in the EU, not the rest of the world, you'll be astounded to hear), then "forgot" and stopped implementing it... I don't believe Chrome would have been affected, although Firefox got a little benefit, it's true.

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Re: Curious to see the answer of the EU

> We've heard of it but never seen a working example.

Any intelligent AI (yes, I know that's what the problem is, but still...) would be able to interface with a satnav as well.

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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> PPE

"Politics, Philosophy, and Economics". Or, as the rest of us say, "unsubstantiated opinions".

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RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

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> "I'm not a hero," he said. "I was in the right place at the right time."

Yes, but it was "doing the right thing" that made him a hero.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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Re: Seen in the wild!

> Was it her browser of choice?

It was her browser of Microsoft's choice.

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Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

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Re: Personal experience

> I swear like a pig when I exercise

It's part of the workout, I think...

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: It depends on what you mean

> I use the East-Asian format (YYYY-MM-DD)

Nothing to do with East Asia. It's an ISO standard, (the 'I' standing for International).

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James 51:

Your English teacher was wrong. Moreover, your use of a comma *after* an 'and' is genuinely horrible.

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Re: Surely....

> comments in source code are a sure sign your code is not expressive enough

The best you can hope for with comments in source code is that they don't contradict the source code...

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: iPhone IX

> What is the advantage of a glass back supposed to be?

So they can claim the Google Pixel copied it.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Re: Sound

> I can tell the difference up to 48Khz, 20bit

It's far more likely that you're hearing the differences between the quality of different DACs than the underlying sample rate or depth.

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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Re: equal taxation

> I would claim that's exactly what they aim to do.

however, all they will end up doing is finding a new problem.

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Re: Just change the current tax laws.

> I'd have thought a single market would have a single tax rate.

You may have thought that. I couldn't possibly comment.

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> VAT just gets passed on downstream onto the Customers.

All taxes get passed on downstream onto the Customers.

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Oracle throws weight behind draft US law to curtail web sexploitation

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Re: The ad hominems in the comments are unworthy of commentards,

> but I thought we could all get behind changing the law so that actual cases of forced child prostitution and trafficking

It's already illegal. So a new law will achieve?

Thought not.

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Re: Aren't there already enough laws?

Standard knee-jerk reaction to an inadequate (or more usually, inadequately-enforced) law is to create another inadequate law to be inadequately-enforced. It never works.

Bored with Orlowski's hatred of the internet and ISPs yet? You should be.

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SpaceX sneaks in X-37B space plane launch ahead of Hurricane Irma

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> discretely decouple

Grrrr! If the parts are discrete, they don't need to decouple. You mean discreetly.

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Secure microkernel in a KVM switch offers spy-grade app virtualization

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Re: Proof of correctness proves what, exactly?

> the source matches the formal specification?

If the formal specification *isn't* the source code, it's a waste of ink.

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Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook

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Re: Homework on phones

> I used to do maths homework on the bus

Sounds even worse than doing it on an iPhone.

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Unable to give up on life on Mars, bio-boffins now thrilled to find boron

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No, no, they found morons in bars.

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Malware writer offers free trojan to hackers ... with one small drawback

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Elemental?

I suspect you might mean "elementary".

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UK council fined £70k for leaving vulnerable people's data open to world+dog

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Re: Fining public bodies.

> The taxpayers of Nottinghamshire will be, collectively, £70,000 out of pocket.

Peanuts. They've just been lined up to fork out over half a billion for a tram system that is not noticeably better than the bus services it didn't replace. (But at least it obstructs other road users, which I presume is the point.)

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FTC told to cough up informants' memos in Qualcomm antitrust row

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Re: What's interesting about this...

... so it's absolutely vital that Qualcomm must never ever find out what, specifically, the documents allege they have done. They must be found guilty!

Or have I misunderstood what commentards are saying here?

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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

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Re: Special cases

> ... such as 3:4:5, that have integer ratios in base 10

It's nothing to do with the base (either in your post or the main article).

They're integer ratios in every base. (Excepting the deranged case of non-integer bases, but you don't use those, I hope.)

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SUSE pledges endless love for btrfs, says Red Hat's dumping irrelevant

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Unfortunately, Red Hat seem to suffer a kind of chronic, low-grade NIH-ness, which militates against btrfs.

And of course the flip side is that they're gung-ho about a stuff they've put into Linux themselves, no matter how unnecessary or even ill-advised.

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So what's in the new Windows Insider build? Bug fixes, an AR goof-around, and a font

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Re: Windows 10 Updates? What's that?

> Got a third-party AV package installed?

Got a third-party AV package installed? It will identify the update as malware.

FTFY

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Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life

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Re: People aren't terrible drivers.

> ... while doing lots of repetitive tasks

Actually, with a little experience, those repetitive tasks are mapped into "muscle memory" (i.e. our own internal automation system) - you can complete a long journey without recollecting ever having changed gear, for example. So the "repetitive task" part of your assertion (at least) is largely irrelevant.

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Re: People aren't terrible drivers.

> I recall reading ... these periods of driving are your safest

Because in retrospect they are - you would have been memorising "nothing" - specifically, nothing interesting, a normal journey that you've done many times before.

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> A vibration through the steering would work much better.

Wrong! My car has that - but on British roads, you can't tell whether you've drifted out of lane, or just over more potholes. There are other problems with it too, but the pothole thing alone makes it useless.

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WikiLeaks a 'hostile intelligence service', SS7 spying, Russian money laundering – all now on US Congress todo list

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> The damage done by WikiLeaks to the United States is clear

The damage done by the United States to the United States, and revealed by WikiLeaks, is clear.

Just saying.

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Did ROPEMAKER just unravel email security? Nah, it's likely a feature

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Re: Why Do People Expose Themselves With HTML E-Mail

> Immune to smart-arses with nefarious style sheets?

yes, that's what "old-school" means, in this context.

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Re: Err,

> If you need fancy formatting attach a PDF

I'd go further and say "If you need fancy formatting create a PDF, and then keep it to yourself."

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Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed

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Re: The outrage might be justified...

> ... something is offered in exchange of a service with a sexual connotation

You mean like marriage used to be?

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Re: Bah!

> Hash House Harrier

I thought they ran for pubs, not offices...

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> They're a sinister lot and need to be downvoted at every opportunity!

Some of them are merely gauche.

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British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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> all the best white hats learn their craft by having been black hats

... in exactly the same way that all the best people in the FBI used to be terrorists, etc, etc. Don't talk such nonsense.

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Q: How many drones are we bombing ISIS with? A: That's secret, mmkay

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Re: Wrong comparison

>... ISIS has an Air Force that can down drones...

An Air Force is not required for that task.

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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Re: Client support, we've heard about it

> But if your job suddenly requires you to do something, and you don't want to learn how to do it, ...

If your job requires you to do something, and you already know how to do it, and you have been doing it successfully for years, then I change the system so that you can no longer do it, ...

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President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

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> The Stormer is now a .onion hidden service on Tor.

The dark web, how droll.

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Intel CEO Krzanich quits Trump's Manufacturing Council over response to Charlottesville rallies

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Re: all it needs now

> ... fast becoming a huge liability to the USA

Becoming? Always has been, I think you'll find.

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Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

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> appear to buttress arguments that automation will lead to more unemployment

or, more realistically, that raising the minimum wage will lead to more unemployment

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Can GCHQ order techies to work as govt snoops? Experts fear: 'Yes'

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> Seems purposefully vague or overly broad in its reach

Bear in mind that most laws are designed (upto a point) to have sections which are vague and/or obscure, simply to provide long-term future employment to others in the legal profession.

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Re: Who cares?

> Just because something is technically legal doesn't mean it'll ever be used.

How delightfully naive.

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It's August 2017 and your Android gear can be pwned by, oh look, just patch the things

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Re: which will post their own updates in time, hopefully.

> Just had yet another security update for my Galaxy S7 Edge

Same with my Nokia 3.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: asshe but

> And the vast majority of them ...

The vast majority of the tiny minority who bothered to respond?

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Re: asshe but

> perhaps you should fire someone if they are a liability to your company

perhaps you should fire someone if they point out that your HR policies are a liability to your company

FTFY

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Windows Subsystem for Linux is coming to Windows Server

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Re: What?

> it directly intercepts syscalls and translates them into Windows kernel terms

The next improvement would be to bypass (then strip out as unnecessary) the Windows kernel stuff.

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FBI's spyware-laden video claims another scalp: Alleged sextortionist charged

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Re: Fingers crossed he rots somewhere horrible for it...

> Obviously the 100% certain way, though, is not to be an exploitative scumbag in the first place.

Recent events elsewhere suggest that might be an overly optimistic point of view.

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