* Posts by nijam

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Re: Aladdin

> They'll want to monetise it somehow...

N..., No..., Nokia

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New UK drone laws are on the way – but actual Drones Bill still in limbo

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> What is a "drone" when it comes to this legislation?

Same as for all other new legislation - a Government spokesman brought in to make fatuous and ill-informed claims about the need for the legislation and to claim that it won't affect anyone except terrorists/paedophiles/tax evaders/...

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EU under pressure to slap non-compliance notice on Google over pay-to-play 'remedy'

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Re: Waiting for the EU is a waste of time

> ... fund reduced taxes for everyone ...

Hahahahaha. Hahaha.

No.

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Re: shipping it around

> What was wrong with old fashioned paper bags anyway?

By some measures (not all, obviously) they are worse for the environment, apparently.

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Re: Ringworld Calling...

> ... Ringworld creator's civilisation failed because of an errant bacteria being accidentally introduced that ate all of their superconductors.

As I recollect, it was not accidental - it was a deliberate act by a (different) alien civilisation.

Which somehow makes all this talk about enzymes and the (presumed) bacteria that produce them slightly more scary.

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GCHQ boss calls out Russia for 'industrial scale disinformation'

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Re: plus ça change ...

> unless you read ... the average person had very little knowledge of what went on behind the Iron Curtain

I think you might well know even less about it if you *did* read the Morning Star.

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Police chief wants citizens to bring 'net oligarchs to heel

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Re: Civil laws

> ... Plod just doesn't have the resources

They seem to have plenty of resources for lots of things that don't matter very much.

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Re: UK Laws are the problem

> ... if you lose then you may well find that YOU are having to pay the other sides legal fees as well as your own

It's not entirely clear how that is wrong, in fact. The intent is to penalise mendacious lawsuits, which are rife in the USA (or so I've heard).

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Hold the phone: Mystery fake cell towers spotted slurping comms around Washington DC

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> ... I am now wondering if there are any in Paris

Don't worry, I'm sure you haven't been left out.

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Cambridge Analytica 'privatised colonising operation', not a 'legitimate business', says whistleblower

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> ranged from the believable to the stuff of conspiracy theorists

Not all that much of a range, these days, it seems.

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Did the FBI engineer its iPhone encryption court showdown with Apple to force a precedent? Yes and no, say DoJ auditors

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Re: No right to conceal information

> There is no way to read the original court order to imply that it asked for anything remotely resembling a "universal skeleton key..."

And yet, as should be evident to all readers of this august journal, the court order was based on a request from the FIB that they knew full well could only be done in such a way as to be a universal lockpick. I'm surprised that even needs to be pointed out.

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IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again

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> if you had a Notes "evangelist" in the company you would find pockets of little Notes based apps all over the place doing clever (and sometimes not so clever)

Yeah, we had one of those. "Sometimes not so clever"? In fact, usually not so clever, we found.

> ... because there was no easy replacement for what those apps did

Our experience was that the main difficulty was in finding out what they did (what they were meant to do was often somewhat different), so they could be ported to an actually-supported system.

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Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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> If Facebook hasn't played the spam card yet, it surely will...

What? Surely Facebook *is* spam?

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Google to 'forget me' man: Have you forgotten what you said earlier?

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> Might as give up any attempts at rehabilitation.

In this particular case, it's been stated that the SELF-PUBLICIST gave interviews about his activities after being convicted. Rehabilitation may well have ridden off into the sunset at that point.

It may also be a sound reason for this case not to set a general precedent.

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Re: What DOES the EU Want Google to Be?

> The EU mandates a right to be forgotten as a general right.

It absolutely does not. It does not require newspapers to delete or censor their own articles, or even prevent people looking at them, for example.

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FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!

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> I'm assuming Apple will get their hands on one of these devices, figure out what zero-day it is exploiting and issue a patch?

I'm assuming Apple will get their hands on one of these devices, figure out what zero-day it is exploiting, and deny it's possible to exploit it.

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Trump’s immigration policies costing US tech jobs says LogMeIn CEO

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> They only go off script when you start being a dick

They only go off script when they start being a dick

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Re: Outsource the biggest overheads first...

> ...getting rid of staff because "we don't know what we're/they're doing" is an admission of failure in the company...

Getting rid of staff because "we don't know what we're/they're doing" is an admission of failure in the management.

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OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws

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> Like many here I was deeply involved in fixing Y2K issues

Whereas, like many others here, I was involved in wasting my time confirming that none of our software or IT equipment would be affected by the Y2K issues. (And just to make the point, I'll point out that it was repeatedly hyped as a "millennium bug", when it was merely a "century bug".)

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NASA on SpaceX's 2015 big boom: Bargain bin steel liberated your pressure vessel

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Re: the $5 part that blew up the rocket

> ... might only need, say, $100 of paper trail ...

Oh, how quaint! An optimist!

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Privacy folk raise alarm over schools snooping on kids' online habits

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Re: In Loco Parentis

> A school's monitoring of its pupils should reflect that.

Not quite equivalent to behaving like the STASI, surely?

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Slack cuts ties to IRC and XMPP, cos they don't speak Emoji

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Re: Slack? IRC?

> ... it's a no brainer.

I've never been quite clear what that is being used to mean. Is it "the obvious solution", or is it "only something a person with no brain would do"

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Administrator PwC chops Maplin staff

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The fact is that Maplin has been a "dead man walking" for years. All the commentards' diatribes about venture capitalists and the like is misplaced, because they are talking about symptoms, not causes.

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> 1) the stuff is not available on the internet

Actually, it probably is.

> 3) the staff are key to the selection process

I take you haven't actually been in a store recently

> 4) buying across internet is otherwise impracticable - DIY materials (pots of paint, length of 2 by 4)

DIY and builders merchants do online sales and they deliver

> 5) browsing is fun (allegedly) - garden centres etc

I refute that allegation

> 6) I need it now!

... so I order online instead of having to wait until the store opens? (Maybe you closer to that particular store than I do, though.)

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Info Commissioner tears into Google's 'call us journalists' trial defence

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Re: Both sides are wrong here

> Thompson and Venables WERE given the right to be forgotten by the trial judge...

...which makes a mockery of the system.

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Good luck saying 'Sorry I'm late, I had to update my car's firmware'

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Re: And the reverse is...

> Even Microsoft waits for you to log off/shut down before borking your system.

No, they install the bork first, *then* tell you to "restart to bork your system" (may not be the exact wording of the message, not sure).

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Re: OTA Updates for Cars

> Down to controlling the radio.

Indeed. Out of interest, why is the radio even on the CANBUS?

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Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

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> Wonder what happens when the thing misses its target and then goes off hunting for another nice lump of orbiting metal to hump with?

Or, more plausibly, falls back to earth...

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Re: Finders Keepers

> No you cant sell it, it still is owned by the Chinese govt.

Doesn't it count as an "unsolicited gift" under UK law, or am I thinking of something else?

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British clockwork radio boffin Trevor Baylis terminally winds down

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Re: Optional

> I'm too fed up to tell you why you are so wrong bringing this up (YET AGAIN!)

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> So here is a Wiki article

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> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_patent

Can't help noticing that the link very clearly says "patent". So your point is?

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Google: Class search results as journalism so we can dodge Right To Be Forgotten

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Re: "its in the public interest to know of old business fraud"

> I'm quite sure Google pick up the fight with a very dislikeable person

No, it's (once again) a dislikeable person picking a fight with Google.

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Chilly willies: Swedish nudie nightclub opens in -11°C to disgust of locals

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> how do you breed depression and broken souls?

Religion.

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4G found on Moon

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Re: My hopes and dreams, dashed.

> Critics reported that the coffee was out of this World, but unfortunately it lacked atmosphere

Unlike terrestrial Starbucks, which just lack atmosphere.

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EU aviation agency publishes new drone framework. Hobbyists won't like it

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Re: "what is the distinction?"

> The distinction is they never created much trouble

How is that a distinction, unless you are taking anti-drone hysteria as fact?

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Hubris, thy name is Oracle: So, cloud is still totally for nerds, right?

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Re: Call me a cynic..

> The cloud is PAYG

Company accountants have always loved PAYG, for a variety of reasons. Basically it means they can budget for stuff they don't understand.

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New Google bias lawsuit claims company fired chap who opposed discrimination

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> Please list them.

No, that would be offensive.

Is this whole discussion an episode from a Kafka novel?

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Bright idea: Make H when the Sun shines, and H when it doesn't

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Re: Hydrogen is a terrible

> I can summarise the current EU and government policy direction as "Do renewable stuff. Don't ask us how, we don't have a fucking clue."

I suspect that's not quite correct; surely the policy is more likely to be "Do renewable stuff. Don't care if it's possible, just do it."

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Re: Molten salt ?

> ...probably deter potential thieves.

Based on the numpties who nick cable, they probably would notice until they spilt molten copper all over the place.

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Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

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> ...less than the energy wasted from devices in standby

Hmmm. I suspect the devices mentioned in your link are rather out of date .... and probably were before that article was written. My own measurements suggest that the widely publicised figures about standby consumption are (deliberately, and in some cases substantially) exaggerated.

Whether or not standby consumption is waste at all is a separate issue from how much standby consumption there is, of course.

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Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct

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> You have to put the onus on people not to offend

You have to put equal onus on people not to take offence. But that's more difficult because taking offence is now a viable business model.

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Boffins: If AI eggheads could go ahead and try to stop their code being evil, that'd be great

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What a meaningless discussion. What it boils down to is that AI will have to be able to tell right from wrong. But for our choice of what's right, not anyone else's.

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iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

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Re: So Someone Learn me....

> ... but the price agreed will have been based on a volume number ...

Are you suggesting that a company the size of Samsung won't have set the unit-price of the contract to depend on volume?

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Re: Nice idea, but...

> (Shouldn't be that hard, just keep the glass tilter, and add a hydraulic pump arm to the top.)

... and stop chilling the stuff... oh, it's lager.

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Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

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Windows Phone - not so much a burning platform, more a damp squib.

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: What's a bro-grammer?

A pejorative term coined by some person or group with an axe to grind.

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We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too?

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Re: So drive a..

> ... Fiat car which does not include the tech and will run for years

Are you sure Fiat is what you meant there?

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Getty load of this: Google to kill off 'View image' button in search

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Re: Bad bargaining

> ... a story with a stick image ...

What's brown and sticky?

A stick.

Sorry, I couldn't (be arsed to) find a stock image of a stick.

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Facebook gets Weed-whacked: Unilever exec may axe ads over social network's toxic posts

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Not that I'm a fan (or even user) of Facebook, but surely there some irony in a Unilever marketer making these criticisms. Perhaps what was really meant was "Facebook advertising is too expensive"?

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Until last week, you could pwn KDE Linux desktop with a USB stick

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Re: Is KDE still a thing?

> What is wrong with these people?

Chasing the fads that smartphones (and yes, Windows 8) conned people into thinking were trendy?

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Are you an open-sorcerer or free software warrior? Let us do battle

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Re: @Jim C - GPL is not freedom at all.

> What did they offered in exchange for BSD ?

BSD is not under the GPL, but under the BSD licence (remarkable coincidence, don't you think). So using what Apple did to criticise the GPL (which would have stopped them at least partly) is really quite odd logic.

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