* Posts by handleoclast

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Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

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Bunch of management-speak garbage.

I hope El Reg got paid a lot to push this drivel at us. Because it sure as hell dented their reputation.

I suggest a CSS-style translucent overlay for this kind of article. Containing the words "Sponsored shite. Ignore" repeated several times on the page. Because otherwise it's easy to miss the fact that it's sponsored until you find your eyes glazing over and your soul departing your body.

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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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Re: I’m not sure I know any cheese puns...

Mountain Dieu!

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Equifax fooled again! Blundering credit biz directs hack attack victims to parody site

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Re: Why a new domain name?

A better question would by why equifaxsecurity2017.com?

Presumably because they expect to have a different major fuck-up in 2018. And yet another one in 2019. Etc.

Of course, this strategy will fail. So they'll have to register equifaxsecurity2018q1.com etc. Or maybe equifaxsecurity2018january.com. etc.

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Re: Tarring and Feathering

@StheD

Tarring and feathering isn't good enough. Here's my recommendation:

1) Use a rusty, blunt penknife to skin them.

2) Spray them with vinegar.

3) Roll them in salt.

4) Then really hurt them. The first three steps were just a warm up.

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Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

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Re: One of Androids Achilles heels

On my Wileyfox Swift, I found an app that would let me get at System UI Tuner (which Wileyfuckers "kindly" removed access to when they went from Cyanogen to Android). There are several apps that do this, few of them clear from playstore descriptions that this is one of their abilities. The least obvious, but one that gives the fastest, easiest access, is Dev Tools. There's a more obvious app, "SystemUI Tuner" but you need to faff about with ADB to give the app certain permissions (which is fine, if you can be arsed). The point of all this? System UI Tuner lets you fiddle with the navbar (be patient, I do eventually deal with your point).

I first wanted this to restore the cursor-left/right keys to the navbar. It's not as good as the ones with Cyanogen OS 13, because the cursor keys are there all the time rather than only when the keyboard is displayed. But they help. A lot. You need to find some suitable icons from somewhere (I used iconsdb.com) and try various sizes until you get ones that look OK. Then use UI tuner to bind them to KEYCODE_DPAD_LEFT and KEYCODE_DPAD_RIGHT with the appropriate icons. You'll also have to fiddle with the spacing to get it to look good(ish).

Which isn't what you moaned about. But this bit is. You can do the same trick (I used an asterisk icon for lack of anything better), and bind KEYCODE_SYSRQ. Why that one? Look for the SysRq key on a physical keyboard and look what else is printed on the key: "Print Screen." And that's what it does. Instant screenshot with one touch of a finger on a specified place on the navbar.

And I really did want those things, because I put my phone in a leather case with a TPU (polymer) base. Makes the physical power/volume buttons fiddlier to get at. I not only needed two hands for a screenshot, I needed long(ish) fingernails. Putting those things on the navbar made life a lot easier.

As did installing "Pocket Lock." I used orientation for the locking sensor (so I put the phone upside down in my pocket to lock it) and proximity for the unlocking sensor (it;'s a PIR sensor, so opening the leather case causes it to think my face is no longer near the phone, and that wakes the phone up). It doesn't just mean I no longer need long(ish) fingernails, it also means less wear on a physical switch.

That just left the volume. Which "Volume Notification" addresses. It puts all the volume variants (alarm, phone, bluetooth, etc) in the notification area. Not as quick or easy to use to deal with an "oh shit, I have to turn the volume down before people hear more of this really embarrassing stuff" situation, but OK for most other situations.

Downside? The navbar forgets to display the extra icons after a reboot. Those spots on the navbar still do what you told them to, the just don't have a visible icon any more. The rejigged spacing to fit those icons is still there. It's just that the icons have gone. So back to System UI Tuner. Which shows you the current situation, with all the extra icons. So all you have to do is save that, right? Wrong. You haven't changed anything, so it doesn't bother saving. So swap two icons (any two) around by moving one icon by its drag bar (an equals sign), and save. Then put it back where it was. And save. Sorted. Grrrrrrrrr. I don't know if it was Google or Wileyfuckers who broke that, but it's annoying.

Anyway, that's your problem sorted. Along with a few problems you never knew you had (or may never have).

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How's that 'turnaround' year going, Capita? ...Sheesh, sorry I asked

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Re: Oh well, there is a silver lining

It can't be long before Capita in the UK is just an HQ office

Indeed. They've outsourced their outsourcing to India. Who will, one day, outsource their outsourcing to China. At some point, after shifts in relative economic strengths, China will outsource their outsourcing to Crapita. Ouroboros. The symbol for manglement with its head so far up its own arse it can lick its own tonsils.

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You've been baffled by its smart thermostat. Now strap in for Nest's IoT doorbell, alarm gear

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It's cheaper,

since this will sell mainly in the US, to hire an illegal Mexican immigrant. No wires. Good facial recognition. Deters burglars by simulating a human presence (the people who hire illegal immigrants rarely regard them as human beings, so would regard it as a simulation).

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AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next

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Re: Feed this

If you're on a mobile, use emojis in your password. Half the time the keyboard switches to emojis for no damned reason anyway, so you might as well use them.

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Re: Feed this

Bonus tip.

Do not, under any circumstances, give out your "porn star" name.

A popular question on social media, I'm told. You're supposed to construct it from your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name. Examples: Fido Farrage or Tiddles Trump.

A nice little bit of fishing to entice the answers for commonly-used security questions for password resets.

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Chap tames Slack by piping it into Emacs

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Re: This looks cool but...

I remember having to explain to somebody who should never have attempted to use Vim in the first place (he was a graphics guy) how to save and exit.

No problem, right?

Well, I was explaining over Yahoo! Messenger.

Still no problem, right? In fact it's better than the spoken word, because he could see the actual characters. No ambiguity about whether I meant ":" or "colon" (five keystrokes).

Well, that depends. ":wq" is one way of saving and quitting. But if you're lazy (like all good programmers) you save a keystroke by using ":x".

This was Yahoo! Messenger.

Which interpreted ":x" as an emoticon.

So I gave him a kiss.

Gah!

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Boffins discover tightest black hole binary system – and it's supermassive

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Re: I'd like to name them "Vic & Vince" Vega

Shirley, Donald Jr. and Eric. Because they're very dense.

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Congress battles Silicon Valley over upcoming US sex trafficking law

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Re: Out in the open

I find myself wondering why anybody would want to shut down back page when it's encouraging criminals to give themselves away to LEO. They're saying "Here I am, arrest me for all the things I'm doing that are already serious crimes." Sure, they're the stupid ones, but they still commit nasty crimes and need to be stopped. And they may have connections to some of those smart enough not to use backpage. Keeping it open makes it easy to find these scumbags and take them down.

Tin foil helmet time...

Suppose that you were a politician with a predilection for under-age sex slaves.

Suppose that you don't use backpage yourself, but you know others IRL who share your tastes and who do use backpage.

Suppose that you realize that those others are drawing attention to themselves by using backpage, may be picked up by LEO, and may divulge your name in an attempt at a plea-bargain.

In that case it would be in your interest to get backpage shut down and the whole mess swept under the carpet of the dark web.

Nah, that's too silly to believe. It's far more likely that the politicians are too stupid to understand why it's a stupid idea. Or they know it;'s a stupid idea but also know it will get them a lot of votes from people who are too thick to realize it's a stupid idea.

Then again, Dennis Hastert (or Cyril Smith, on this side of the pond)...

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Viacom exposes crown jewels to world+dog in AWS S3 bucket blunder

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Re: Why help Viacom ?

Three words: The Daily Show.

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Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

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Re: Spits

I prefer swallows.

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Re: Brexit

@Prst. V.Jeltz

There's nothing wrong with having "digital" in your job title. I was recently promoted to "Digital Tea Boy." No change in the pay, but an impressive job title that sounds good to the people I encounter in the pub. "Ooooooh, digital. Very impressive. Fancy a shag?"

Mind you, there was a time when the women who fancied me had to be drunk or mad. Now they have to be both. It's a sign of age.

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

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Re: Non-rational

For some reason, people talk of Pyrrhic victories as though they were a bad thing.

He won. That's better than losing.

Now can I be in charge of the nuclear arsenal? Pretty please.

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On the beach

Others have mentioned documentary works on how close we came to destruction. I'd recommend Nevil Shute's On The Beach for one scenario of how it would all turn out if it happened. Even the film made of it is worth watching.

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Re: Non-rational

There's a phrase for that sort of irrationality: cutting off one's nose to spite one's face.

People often accuse me of being like that. They're wrong. Very wrong. I'll happily cut off my face to spite my nose.

Which makes me the ideal person to put in charge of a nuclear arsenal.

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Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

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After following some links

I now know that to deal with OPC remotely you have to open all the larboards in the firewall.

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DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

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Re: Elephant in the room

@Charles 9

And what kind of crisis can you manufacture to remove the retroactive restriction?

Terra-ists. They hate us for our freedoms. That's why we're taking away your freedoms. So the terra-ists won't hate us any more. That's why we have to retroactively remove the bits of the Constitution that enumerate our freedoms.

Simples.

Hint: see the horribly-contrived acronym that is the USA PATRIOT Act.

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Bank for central banks admits decentralised cryptocurrencies are a pretty good idea

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Re: I'm somewhat confused.

Cash has the property that it doesn't leave an audit trail.

If you buy stuff from, say, Tesco and pay with cash (notes/coins) they record the transaction for financial purposes, they record the items for stock control, but they cannot record who paid for it (unless you also present your Club Card).

If you buy stuff from, say, Tesco and pay with debit card, credit card, cheque, or similar, they record who paid for it even if you don't present your Club Card.

Cash is essentially anonymous. Yes, it's possible to record serial numbers of notes and perhaps get some sort of trail, but it's a lot of work so used only in cases of serious crime (supposedly).

Apple Pay, Paypal, etc. do not give anonymity. There may be some steps taken to (try to) ensure security, but not anonymity: there's a trail showing that debit card X paid Y pounds for product Z from supplier W. They're not cash, just another way of conducting a debit/credit card transaction. Even if you use a debit card to put beer tokens into your Paypal account then weeks later use those beer tokens to buy something on Fleabay, there's a trail that wouldn't happen with cash.

Note that cryptocurrencies are not perfectly anonymous, just as cash isn't. With enough monitoring in place you may be able to figure things out. But cryptocurrencies are a lot closer to being "cash" than Paypal is.

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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Re: Rolf

I see I have four thumbs down on my post about my Rolf Harris impression. I understand why. My Australian accent is atrocious.

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Re: Rolf

People stop talking to me after I do my Rolf Harris impersonation.

I unzip my fly and then say "Kin ye till whit it is yit, kids?"

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A todger, a 2.5kg dumbbell, the fire brigade... and the inevitable angle grinder

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Re: Ummm - I fell...

Such regulations would mean that testing would need to be carried out.

Tests for holes in the cases of electrical equipment, to ensure that somebody can't touch live parts, require the use of a British Standard Finger (yes, there really is such a thing).

Your proposal would require the creation of a British Standard Penis (by this I don't mean Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson or Tony Blair). Which might be a very useful test item because it would have prevented the famous Hoover Dustette Penile Mutilations (it's warm, it vibrates, it sucks, it aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrgggggggh).

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Sure, HoloLens is cute, but Ford was making VR work before it was cool

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You've changed my mind

For a long time I thought VR was totally pointless. I now know that is not so.

So my opinion now is that VR is mostly pointless. There are valid use cases, like this one, but most of us will never have a real need for it (outside of games). Most of the attempts to sell it to the general public as a must-have are bollocks. But this was impressive.

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

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Re: What will she actually do?

What is left for her to do, since Microsoft pervades just about everything in one way or another, is to collect her pay cheque each month.

£180,000 per year to sit on your arse being recused. It's a very nice job, if you can get it.

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

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Re: "Loosed"

You're right. It's horrible. Where's it all going to end? Before you know it, you'll get things like:

The bonds of heaven are slipped, dissolved, and loosed

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As if he had been loosèd out of hell

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As many arrows, loosed several ways,

We cannot allow our pure English language to be contaminated by "loosed." We must preserve our proud Shakespearean heritage, after all.

/s

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Re: @Geoffrey W

@Dave 126

What you say about dual boot is correct for some distros. For RHEL/CentOS there is more pain involved. They don't ship with the filesystem component needed to access a Windows partition. Once you realize that's the problem, you can add the necessary component. Of course, since the installer couldn't access any files in the Windows partition, it didn't add Windows to the boot menu. Here's where systemfuckingd fucks up again. Instead of being able to edit /etc/grub.conf as you used to in an initd setup (editing very, very carefully) now you have to run obscure commands with unfriendly syntax to rebuild the boot menu. It can be done, it's just no longer as easy as it was a few years ago thanks to systemfuckingd fuckery hitting GRUB and Red fucking Hat deciding not to ship with the component needed to actually read a Windows partition.

I can't say I think much of the new, "improved" RHEL 7 installer, either. Lots more ways to fuck up and have to re-install when you realize you forgot to do something. The old one used to walk you through everything step-by-step so you'd remember to set things up the way you wanted. The new one has been Lennarted (if he wasn't actually responsible, one of his acolytes must have been) where it's all a big menu and if you forget to walk through all the options you'll end up with defaults that you didn't want.

I think I'll be moving to Devuan next time. Or Mint, if they still offer an initd boot (apparently you can't get rid of every last trace of systemfuckingd but you can at least have initd back, for now).

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Re: doorstops

I've never ended up with a doorstop. But I have had a few near doorstop events, especially when re-purposing old hardware.

The most important thing is to upgrade the BIOS (or UEFI) to the latest version. Obviously, do it first, because even if the h/w manufacturer provides a Linux-friendly updater (most do not) if your Linux is borked you can't run it anyway.

That probably won't eliminate all chance of bricking, but it will make it a lot less likely that you end with a doorstop. My last near-doorstop event was where I forgot to update the BIOS first.

Come to that, even with my near doorstop events I could still boot Windows Live or Windows install from CD/DVD/USB (which one depended on the age of the machine). And eventually I would get something that would successfully install and boot a version of Linux that was still within long-term support (I remember one case where CentOS 6.1 refused to work but CentOS 5.7 was fine).

Yes, you may experience a near-doorstop event when upgrading from one major version of a distro to another, quite possibly for BIOS-related reasons. Then you'll have to re-install the version that worked. Or find a Windows Live/install CD/DVD/USB so you can update the BIOS.

Theoretically, you could use the h/w manufacturer's BIOS updater under Wine. The last time I tried, the manufacturer refused to admit the model/serial number of PC existed so wouldn't even let me have the updater. But they did have an exe that would auto-identify the machine (which I thought might bypass crappy model identification and get me a result). The auto-identifier fell over under Wine. YMMV.

As for install from USB, it's certainly possible. Gone are the days when you needed a special tool on Linux and deep understanding of the occult incantations to make a bootable USB. These days you can just use dd on Linux to copy the ISO image straight to the USB and it all works. Of course, Windows doesn't have dd so you need a special tool and to jump through a few hoops (this may have improved since last I looked) but it's possible. Similarly, Live DVDs and/or USBs are also possible.

To forestall the moaners, a little... Most PC manufacturers only ship Windows (a few, like Dell, ship mostly Windows). They make damned sure Windows works with their BIOS. But Microsoft also needs to make sure Windows works on what is out there. So Microsoft puts in workarounds for flawed BIOSes in the wild. Linux doesn't have the luxury of h/w manufacturers collaborating with them in this manner, so is written for BIOSes that do what they ought to do in the way they ought to do it. Linux may add a few workarounds if one of the coders encounters a problem with h/w he or she has, but the resources aren't there to check against every computer/BIOS ever shipped. Would that things were different, but they aren't. So make sure your BIOS is up to date before installing Linux. Hey, you make sure your BIOS is up to date anyway, don't you?

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Senators call for '9/11-style' commission on computer voting security

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Re: Not The Real. Problem

@etatdame

Your maths and reasoning are almost as bad as those of the original anonymous coward...

You pull figures out of your arse, without justifying them: "so say 120,000 of those are of voting age and assume a pool of 1,880,000 people eligible to register to vote."

You do, at least, state that you're assuming that the nationwide 80% eligible to vote actually register therefore the same figure holds for Chicago. But surely Chicago has the number that did actually register, so your assumption starts to look like it was made to conceal the real figure.

You do, at least, state that you're assuming nationwide figure of 60% turnout ought to apply to Chicago. And then complaining because it doesn't. You need a hell of a lot more than that before you can jump from high turnout to voter fraud.

As others have said, Chicago historically has high turnout. Of course, that could be caused by historic voter fraud, so that's not really evidence either way without further research.

But we do know the red states have a long history of voter suppression. They aim to prevent those who are likely to vote Democrat from voting. And have a lot of success. They mainly go after the poor, because the poor are more likely to vote Democrat. Of course, there's a strong correlation between poverty and dark skin colour, so it gets exposed as racism, when it's exposed. But it's still happening. So if we looked at turnout county by county and state by state, we'd find turnout is lower in the red states and a lot lower in poor counties in red states. That voter suppression brings the average US turnout down. So Chicago's higher turnout is at least partially due to not suppressing votes by the poor.

So, you're full of shit. Just like the original AC. You bring in needless assumptions. Just like the original AC. Your logic is crap. Just like the original AC. Were you both home-schooled by Betsy DeVos?

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Re: Not The Real. Problem

What universe do you live in?

First you claim more votes cast than registered voters. Ummmm, how? You have to show that you're a registered voter at the polling station or they won't let you vote. There's a fiddle factor at voting time due to provisional ballots, but they get checked and are disallowed if the person was not entitleed to vote. So, yes, technically some small fucking fraction of those who turn up to vote will be unregistered and get provisional votes, and some of those provisional votes will later be accepted.

How do you then get from a turnout of 60% (your estimate) to 400,000 fraudulent votes? 60% of fucking what? The population of Chicago in 2016 was 2.7 million and either 60% or 40% of that is more than 400,000. And how does that relate to whether any of that 60% were unregistered? What proportion of that 60% were unregistered? And what proportion of that 60% were unregistered but entitled to vote as opposed to unregistered because they were not entitled to vote?

How the fucking fuck do you get from that 60% turnout to 400 fucking thousand fraudulent votes? The maths doesn't add up. The logic doesn't make sense. It's complete and utter bollocks.

You are either Kris Kobach or Donald Trump because you're out of your fucking mind and lying your socks off.

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Re: skirting patents

Upthumbed. Repeatedly, even though it doesn't actually make a difference. But you deserve multiple upthumbs for finding an article with such an atrocious pun in the title.

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Re: A word can be patented ?

Oh wow! Words can be patented! That's fantastic news.

I'm gonna patent "patent troll." And then enforce the patent at every opportunity.

The beauty of this scheme is that after the initial court cases, people are going to start calling me a patent troll. Violating my patent. Woooohoooooooooooooo!

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Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

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Electrophorus electricus

Should, of course, be Electrophorus electricus. Please respect scientific typographic conventions. Species and genus should be italicised.

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Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

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Re: Want to tell us why you use Gab?

Ummmm, by some definitions, this place right here qualifies as social media. You're interacting with others in a media-based format.

Of course, given some of the people who hang out here, at times it's more like antisocial media, but I think it still scrapes in under the social media umbrella.

YMMV. HAND. And other social media type acronyms.

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Red Hat beer and burger box brouhaha: Would a pint help you wash down the containers?

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FTFY

We'd happily pretend to watch a webinar for free beer & burgers.

There you go. Fixed.

Actually, I'd login to the damn thing and point the camera at the cat.

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AWS users felt a great disturbance in the cloud, as S3 cried out in terror

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The cloud is the answer to all your problems

Or, to put it more correctly:

The cloud is the problem to all your answers.

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Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

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West Wales White Elephant

Ah, West Wales Airport at Aberporth. ICAO designation EGFA.

Except it's not really at Aberporth, it's at Blaenannerch.

But it's used by Qinetiq for drone flights, and Qinetiq are at what used to be (and still partially is) MoD Aberporth.

Except MoD Aberporth isn't at Aberporth, it's at Parcllyn (if you're English, you probably don't know how to pronounce that Welsh double-l).

Anyway, West Wales White Elephant used to be an MoD airstrip. A very short one. But like much MoD stuff, it was sold off by Thatcher.

So the new owner/operator of WWA/WWWE/EGFA conceived of a scheme to suck vast quantities of grants from the EU teat.

Part of that scheme required extending the runway (which happened).

Extending the runway involved diverting a chunk of A487 (that happened) and rerouting the minor road from the A487 to the "airport" (which happened).

That minor road passed right by the end of the existing short runway so had a warning sign and traffic lights "Give way to low flying aircraft." Gone, but not forgotten.

And the justification for all this sucking at the EU teat was that the increased air traffic would justify building a big hotel nearby (with a large injection of EU money), to deal with all the visitors coming to the new prestigious "airport." Which didn't happen. No new hotel, several years on.

Not many additional flights, either. Just drones. But at least they have a long runway now. And if the hotel ever gets build, they'll be able to park the drones in it, because there will be bugger-all humans staying in it.

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New Horizons probe awakens to receive software upgrade

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I remember

I remember twiddling network interfaces on a remote server which didn't have ILO.

I remember restarting networking.

I remember shitting myself.

I remember phoning the data centre in a panic.

I remember getting a bollocking.

I don't think I'd want to be in charge of upgrading software on New Horizons. They don't make underpants big enough.

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Shoddily-set-up Elastisearch hosting point-of-sale malware

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Another cloud success story

Switch from hard-to-manage servers to easy-to-manage cloud. It's so much better in every way.

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Trello boards the desktop with Mac and Windows apps

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Re: I Know I'll get down voted

@LesB

Sounds like something I'd prefer to avoid, really...

But you can use Gravatar to add a funky, kewl, witty avatar. Doesn't that make it seem so much better?

No?

You're right. It's like tying a ribbon around a turd. It may look a little better after doing so, but it still smells and it's still a pile of shite.

Yeah, I'll get downthumbed for that. I don't care. If you had the ability to force me to use Trello again, then I'd care. Right now I'm happily untrelloed. And enjoying it.

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Speaking in Tech: Dell and EMC – one year after they shacked up....

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My only regret

Is that I could never be arsed to listen to this mindless shite to find out how bad it was. Just the written blurb in the Reg postings were enough to bore me to death. Now I'll never know for sure. But the three comments which preceded mine give me a pretty good idea. I'll live with the uncertainty over whether it was a 9 or a 10 on the scale of utter crap.

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Regulate, says Musk – OK, but who writes the New Robot Rules?

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Re: Working out what AI is thinking and why

@John Riddoch

Your argument is valid. Only one minor correction: it's not just about AI. It's also true of humans. "The most powerful computing resources available" (your words) but it can be a bit of a bugger figuring out why they did what they did. Even when you ask them, they may not know.

According to one school of thought, we don't know why we do things. We do something because one part of our neural net decides to and then our consciousness comes up with a reason why we did it. This is particularly true of children: remember when you did something wrong, adults asked you why and your answer was that you didn't know? The adults refused to believe you (they must have forgotten similar events in their own childhoods), so kept pressing until you invented a reason. As you grew older, you invented reasons more or less automatically (because you had become used to having to explain your actions) and eventually adopted the delusion that those invented stories were why you did something. Neurologists have shown that the bits of the brain involved in conscious thought come into play after the bits responsible for performing actions.

So yeah, to quote you again, "transparency isn't their strong point." Or ours. Unlike AIs, we are capable of inventing explanations, but invention is all that it is. Informed speculation about our own actions, with more knowledge of internal state to go on, but it's still speculation not fact.

The best we'll be able to do with AI is keep a record of all the inputs. That will at least tell us if the AI is at fault in a given situation and then we'll have to find training that eliminates the error.

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El Reg is hiring an intern. Here's the lowdown...

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Telecommuting

So how come telecommuting isn't an option?

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ICO slaps cab app chaps for 10-day spam crap

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Re: And this is why people we have spam.

@VinceH

You want more people to report spam? Easy.

Make it so that a portion of the fine (if there is one) is split amongst everyone who reported the spam. If there are too many people or the money is too low to divide it sensibly, have a draw to determine the winner (or lucky 3 or whatever).

You'd get shitloads of reports then.

Hmm, you'd probably also get a load of malicious reports too.

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Re: Animated poo is one of the last things any sane person would ever want to see!

@TRT

You started it. You posted a video. I have no choice but to retaliate with the nuclear option. Not entirely suitable for work.

Cake?

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Re: Bristol Stool Chart

@Simon Harris

If you're impressed by the Bristol Stool Chart then you'll be overwhelmed by this (not entirely suitable for work). The Top 20 puts the BSC to shame. Especially the guy at what I hope was one of Donald Trump's golf courses.

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Re: Apple has redrawn the poo emoji

There are many representations of poo. There are even many animated representations of poo (or representations of animated poo, if you prefer).

Here's the description of one. See if you can figure out what it is (answer at end).

Imagine a dog laying a dog egg. A rather round one. Impressed by this, the dog decides to lay a second egg on top of the first. This second egg is given a slight sculpting on top, by artistically crimping it off using the anal sphincter. The double dog-egg works wonders and starts dancing around.

Yes, it's EDF's "Zingy" mascot.

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Bosch wants crowdsourced data for future connected cars

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They've been making other things, too.

My Wielyfox Swift reports various Bosch sensors. Some of them are obviously software-derived versions of others (game rotation and rotation, for example), but there's at least 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis magnetic field hardware.

The sort of thing I'd once have expected from Ferranti (had they not shot themselves in the foot), Marconi (had they not shot themselves in the foot) or Smiths Industries. These days I'd have expected Japanese, Taiwanese, South Korean or even Chinese manufacture. Instead it comes from the German equivalent of Lucas.

They have to be damned good at it to undercut the oriental companies.

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

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Re: The Paradox of Tolerance summarizes my opinion:

@Geriant

You hit the nail on the head with the Chomsky quote.

Bugger Popper's paradox. Even if he's right, he's wrong. If you decide you won't tolerate intolerance then you're intolerant. Simple as that. There are other ways of fighting intolerance than becoming intolerant yourself. They may ultimately (in the very long term) be ineffective, but in that case both options lead to the same end and the only question is do you get there by keeping your principles or abandoning them.

To the argument I'll throw in John Stuart Mill's On Liberty where he argues at great length that we should never censor minority views. Go read it.

I'll also throw in Voltaire's example. He wanted his enemies to publish their opinions so that he could destroy them using their own words and arguments.

I'll toss in a cliche too: "Sunlight is the best disinfectant."

Implicit in the freedoms enshrined in certain jurisdictions regarding speech, religion and political views is that you have the right to be wrong. Not to do wrong but to think wrong. You can think and say what the hell you like. There may be legal consequences if what you say is defamatory or if it incites criminal acts, but otherwise your speech should be legal (no matter how fucktarded it is).

Almost orthogonal to this is the first amendment to the US constitution. That applies only to the government. The government cannot apply prior restraint to speech (they can't prevent you saying anything). The government may deal with your speech post facto if, for example, it incites violence. The courts, so far, have mostly held that the first amendment prohibits the government from prosecuting you for saying something they don't like (mostly, because books saying that marijuana does no harm have been prosecuted in the past).

Individuals and corporations, in general, are not constrained by the first amendment. You can say what you want but you can't make a company rent you a megaphone to say it. Freedom of speech is not freedom to force others to hear it or to force others to sell/lease/give you the tools you need.

Different considerations would apply if the internet in the US had "common carrier" status. As I understand it, it doesn't. So registrars and hosting companies can discriminate against certain customers.

For those who think censoring nazis is a good thing, consider the current US gov't. It comprises people who like neonazis (or at least pretend to so that they can get votes from neonazi sympathisers). It comprises people who think abortion is always bad (even for incest or when both mother and baby will die if an abortion is not performed). It comprises people who think universal health care is bad (and are defunding advertising to get people to sign up for Obamacare). It comprises people who think global warming is a hoax. Do you want to set a precedent of censoring internet speech to these people?

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