* Posts by WatAWorld

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Third time lucky: ICANN beats off .africa ban

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One can only wonder at the motivation of ICANN staff and council.

One can only wonder at the motivation of ICANN staff and council.

What would motivate them to try and pull this off?

They must have been motivated somehow.

How did ICANN progress so quickly to exceed FIFA in apparent absurdity and subterfuge?

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'Maker' couple asphyxiated, probably by laser cutter fumes

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no warning of toxic gases then, just aesthetics and housekeeping issues

"dust, debris and smell" no warning of toxic gases then, just aesthetics and housekeeping issues.

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Promising compsci student sold key-logger, infects 16,000 machines, pleads guilty, faces jail

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Re: Programmer prosecuted for selling key-logger

Why pick on MS when Apple and Google do it too?

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2016/06/apples_differen.html

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2987479/security/your-privacy-and-apple-microsoft-and-google.html

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Re: Programmer prosecuted for selling key-logger

That is why "legitimate" sellers pretend to be selling their products for "testing purposes" for us on one's own and one's clients machines.

If you actually admit you're selling the keylogger for illegal intrusion purposes then you're committing a crime.

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Re: Another lost opportunity

Despite what it seems reading the news, the US military is not actually looking to upgrade the skills of serious criminals so they can be better serious criminals.

They don't hire known murderers for Seal Team 6, as an example.

They want people who will commit crimes, but only when following official orders.

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Kaspersky fixing serious certificate slip

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Which is in error, the first or the last line of the story?

The story came out on the 4th and says Kaspersky is going to fix the problem.

But the last line of the story says Kaspersky fixed the problem on December 28th.

Which is it? They can't both be correct.

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The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

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"lies told by people whose sole task is to weave a stories that justify their salaries

"lies told by people whose sole task is to weave a story that will get you sent to prison or fined thousands of pounds"

I prefer, "lies told by people whose sole task is to weave a stories that justify their salaries by sending people to prison".

Justifying salaries and building internal empires, that is what the civil service excels at.

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Netflix and fill – our coffers: Canada mulls taxing vid streaming giant 5% of subs cash

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Re: Hey look everybody! My VPN started working with US Netflix again!

Grade%, what would you guess Netflix offers in Canada compared to what it offers in the USA?

It has gone up. I'm guessing Netflix Canada now 30% of the number of titles that Netflix USA offers.

Netflix has never even really tried to succeed in Canada.

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To be Canadian is to be Shafted by Your Government

These are the same people that got our government to tax CDs, DVDs, USB sticks and computer memory (alone or in a device) to be taxed with the proceeds being sent to them, through the various Canadian guilds and Canadian associations of corporate copyright holders.

Earlier our wonderful government negotiated a free trade agreement, NAFTA, with the USA that didn't require free trade. No, manufacturers and importers are allowed to set special 'country prices' for Canada and it is legal for them to ban inputs from competitive sellers outside of Canada. For home electronics, for example, we generally pay 30% more than Americans. For bathroom products 20% more, and so on.

Sad thing is, our press here is so meager, there is so little competition, newspapers and TV stations don't even bother to do research and reporting. Government is free to curry favour with special interest groups, including special interest corporations by ripping off the middle class to give more money to mega- and multi-millionaires.

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Google's Project Zero tweaking Microsoft, because it did fix a bug

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Flash Player update came in for MSIE before it came in for Google Chrome

In Canada, at least on my computers, the Flash Player update came in for MSIE before it came in for Google Chrome. The update didn't come a day later, after I sent a complaint email to Google.

However, I've worked in very large companies and usually they can't do anything in less than 2 months.

And MS has it even worse because of the vast number of companies whose products need to be integration tested and potentially modified when MS makes a change.

Witness Kaspersky complaining about how little time MS gave it for integration testing.

It seems a shame that inexperienced non-programmer types with no regard for the organizational complexities of an operating system can reduce reliability for all of us by setting unrealistic deadlines for programming professionals.

If the software maker seems to be ignoring you, formally disclose to your country's CERT. If your country's reports back that it is being ignored and that you should do a full disclosure, then do the full disclosure. Anything less is worse than being an ambulance chasing lawyer. (Ambulance chasing lawyers don't create clients by pushing people under buses.)

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AI is all trendy and fun – but it's still a long way from true intelligence, Facebook boffins admit

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AI intelligence a long way from being real intelligence

Which means AI intelligence can currently only be used to replace CEOs?

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Donald Trump confirms TPP to be dumped, visa program probed

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Re: Actual question

The executive branch (under the president) negotiates foreign treaties and the president signs them.

Then to come into effect properly the foreign treaty has to be ratified by the Senate.

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

"Under the treaty clause of the United States Constitution, treaties come into effect upon final ratification by the President of the United States, provided that a two-thirds majority of the United States Senate concurs."

Note that the USA often makes use of "Reservations, understandings, and declarations". on treaties, things that state the USA's interpretation of the treaty. If you go looking you'll often see these clauses say things like, "The United States of American understands this treaty as not in any way restricting its ability to [do what it has always done/do whatever it wants/carry on as before]".

I used UN Treaties for examples, because they can be found easily on the web and they're usually easier for us laypeople to understand than trade treaties.

For example:

http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/usdocs/civilres.html

which makes the USA's signature on this treaty arguably meaningless within the USA

http://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/ccpr.aspx

Another example:

https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=IV-9&chapter=4&clang=_en#13

for this treaty:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CAT.aspx

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Re: YES!

100% for certain, if elected Clinton would have done what was good for her herself and her fellow mega millionaire friends on the TPP.

She was the face of stable change and continuing the USA's bipartisan War on the Middle Class.

(The question now is whether:

a. Trump will be no better than Clinton and now join the war on the middle class.

b. Or will be he impeached for whatever. Or

c. Will he join Sanders and Warren to fight almost the entire rest of Washington work to end the War on the Middle Class.

Reading earlier today, perhaps the various FCC appointments he makes and approves may be our first real indication of which path he chooses.

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are you saying all American programmers are too stupid to learn?

" the local talent aren't skilled how you need"

It is kind of racist against American programmers to think they are too stupid to learn yet another programming language or methodology on top of the three they already know.

From what I've personally seen a few times, befriend a co-worker on a work permit and you'll find some unfortunate person learning the programming language whose smooth-talking American salesperson lied to the client about them already having 3 years experience in it. And they're working 4 hours daily unpaid overtime to make up for that salesperson's lie.

An employer knows for certain if his own person has the work experience. And sales people from outside agencies can lie very smoothly.

Probably 95% of work visas are for persons with routine skills that could be picked up by a local programmer or analyst in less than 3 months.

The other 5% of work visas are genuinely needed for people working for employers on projects of such short duration with such rare skills they are only needed in the country for 6 months or fewer months, less time that it would take to train someone local to do the job.

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Re: oh yea..

Our tolerance for those who speak and write English as a second language is probably why English took over from French as the world's lingua franca.

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Re: oh yea..

How would an MBA or CFO see this?

I think this way.

For skilled jobs it is always cheaper for an employer to let some other company or a country do the training, and you just hire the trained person away.

Plus hiring skilled people away from developing countries hinders the development of the developing country's own competing industry. Meaning you have a side benefit of smothering cheaper competition.

The cost of tossing current citizens and immigrants out onto the unemployment heap, the costs of benefits/welfare is born by taxpayers in general, not the company in particular.

Also bringing people in on work permits lays the groundwork for later moving that business sector offshore completely.

So it is shareholder and executive greed, greased in some countries by campaign donations to those who decide visa quotas.

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A mission statement is NOT a plan

A mssion statement is not a plan:

"The Department of Defence's Cyber Strategy already lists “Defend the U.S. homeland and U.S. national interests against cyberattacks of significant consequence” as one of its three missions, so it is unclear exactly what new plans Trump expects."

That is just a mission statement.

There probably is some kind of plan -- last year's plan at best.

What year-old plan to defend against cyber warfare is adequate?

Was the plan ever adequate? Reading the register, I doubt it, there are simply so many undiscovered holes out there in every useful operating system, and probably also the microcode for every useful CPU and large scale general purpose packaged software.

Plans against cyber warfare will always be iterative and never perfect. There will always be new holes to discover. Until one day AI eliminates all humans*, there will always be holes in large software systems.

* Not human programmers. All humans.

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

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*all* the leavers have racist opinions ?

Pretty much every human on the planet has racist opinions of some kind or another.

The thing is we overlook racist opinions we agree with on the basis of 'facts' and 'statistics'.

Like that today. Like that in the 1930s. Like that during the crusades. Like that in the iron age. Probably like that in the stone age too. People overlook their own racist bigotry because they see it as factually and statistically valid.

The question is what actions they take based on them? Most regular people aren't involved in hiring or selecting who goes to which school. Racism is more dangerous when educated people and people with power engage in it. And so many people with BAs (and in the UK, PPEs) are treated as if they are educated in knowledge.

Education in promulgating establishment and counter establishment dogma and myth is not education in knowledge.

I'm using the international English definition of race, not the Merriam-Webster definition of skin color. Taking skin color as race has been widely and totally discredited by science, since skin color varies randomly too much.

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And you've got a panel of supposed 'disinterested and impartial' judges who maybe

And you've got a panel of supposed 'disinterested and impartial' judges who maybe aren't.

It is pretty hard to be disinterested on an issue where you think the value of your investments and landholdings will be greatly affected by the decision, let alone the investments and landholdings of all your family members and friends.

The number of junior UK judges who'd be impoverished enough to meet the disinterested and impartial bar on the issue would be zero, let alone UK Supreme Court judges who have a lifetime of possessions and friendships.

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Fake News exists in major 'well respected' news publications too

1. An example of fake news from close to home:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/21/hacker_dishes_advanced_phishing_kit_to_hook_clever_staff_in_10_mins/

"to help penetration testers" LOL.

Seems to me it is to drum up money for security dudes by creating widely available tools that create the environment necessary for hiring them.

If the objective was to enhance security on the web these so-called testing tools would leave behind some sort of serial number or indelible trace that would lead to the registered purchaser of the 'testing' product.

2. One could easily come up with fake news examples from the NY Times and Washington Posts during the last election:

a. Every single poll in the last 2 weeks that showed Clinton headed to overwhelming victory.

b. The political items summary after the Republican Primary was over that showed a couple of articles on Clinton, a dozen articles on the yesterday's news of the Republican Primary, and one article on Sanders indicating how Clinton was better. And this making people think Sanders wasn't campaigning went on for over a week.)

3. The Guardian is even worse, what with articles stating without question or editorial remark that "all men are racist", that "all white people are racist" and that "only white people are racist".

That is the thing with fake news, genuine media outlets become full of false news because so often reporters and journalists either start to personally identify with sources.

Major 'well respected' news organizations full of it, but like the rest of us they don't see their own failings.

Of course comedy on a comedy website is relatively harmless compared to propaganda from a 'well respected' news site.

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Apple bans benign iOS spyware detection, security info app

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Apple wants to do better than Yahoo at maintaining its privacy

Apple wants to do better than Yahoo at maintaining its privacy.

When Yahoo's product leaked personal details people found out 2 years later. Apple wants to be sure it can keep its secrets longer.

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Some! at! Yahoo! knew! about! mega-breach! as! early! as! 2014!

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Re: It! Hurts! To! Read! These! Titles!

Unlike normal people, when our omniscient, omnipotent and infallible overlords get fired they get a bonus.

Her golden parachute for when she 'messed up' was probably negotiated at the time of her hiring to be in the 10s of millions.

And unlike contracts for the rest of us, the contracts for such important types are usually worded to stand up even if the messing up was an intentional criminal act on their part.

How else could you ever get someone to take such a job?

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US govt mulls DNC hack

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Re: What response?

Bingo !

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Or monitor all of Russia's internet communications to the outside world.

Oh wait, the Americans already do that. And not just to Russia but also to America's allies and to Americans themselves.

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How can Americans complain about their enemies hacking then when Americans hack their allies?

How can Americans and Obamaites complain about Russia hacking their enemy when the USA not only hacks its enemies but its long-term loyal allies, NATO and NORAD partners, and even its own peaceful citizens?

Government leaders and government organizations should expect to be hacked by enemies. Even mid-sized governments have the resources to protect themselves from enemies.

It is ordinary people who need protection from hacking.

And you should not hack your friends. It is beyond far impolite. (Seriously, if you hack your friends and allies you have a really perverted idea of what friendship is.)

It would not surprise me if the American definition of hacking turned out to be similar to their definition of terrorist: more dependent on who is doing it rather than on what is being done.

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WD gives My Passport spinning rust drives a lick of paint

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Hairdressers and telephone sanitisers.

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Re: Anyone else have bricked WD Passports...????

Now there is "news we can use". Like with the previously mentioned awkward sub-standard USB socket placement. Those are technical points that are relevant to purchasing decisions. Color is not.

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Help Desk: Q: What kind of disk drive do you have? A: Blue

It sounds like one of those blond jokes half my family hates.

LaCie? You don't have to compete with LaCie because LaCie portable drives have SeaGate drives inside. No technically competent and experienced person will rely on a Seagate drive, they are only reliable enough in redundant arrays.

Excuse me sir, what color of computer are you looking for? Oh, yes, and what color mouse?

(That said, I wish power cables weren't all black, having different dark colors would make sorting through my surge protectors at home easier.)

What techies want to hear about on portable disk drives is shock protection, durability, physical size, capacity, price and *warrantee*.

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Re: These drives should be banned..

If they do then those sensors they would be one of the main selling points. There is nothing in the specs or sales literature to indicate that they do, so the sensible thing is to assume they don't.

https://www.wdc.com/products/portable-storage/my-passport.html

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Microsoft warns Windows security fix may break network shares

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Re: Fast Ring?

Why the heck would anyone install a preliminary Industry Integration Test Version of software on a production computer?

The only fault I can see on MS's actions is not putting the text "Industry Integration Test Version" in big yellow letters on a bright read back ground on the desktop and start menu.

I suppose they figure if people don't read the warnings before installation they won't read the warnings later. But that overlooks that one person might install the test OS on the computer and an end user might come along later completely oblivious to it being a test system.

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I have no sympathy for reporters who don't know what a test system is.

I have no sympathy for journalists reporters who don't know what a test system is.

Why cross out where you note that people running Insider Rings have volunteered to be guinea pigs? Volunteering to be guinea pigs is exactly what they did.

They're running Industry Integration Test Versions of the operating system and they should darn well expect there to be bugs.

The only people I would feel sorry for are those end users who had a sysadmin unprofessionally install a test version on an end user computer for production use, and for readers subjected to the writings of reporters who don't know what test versions are.

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US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

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IPv14 will work in ALL the various realities because it will use quantum IP addresses.

You call getALLaddrs passing an infinite array with elements of infinite bytes to accept the infinitely infinite results.

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Re: the Register ... no IPv6

So you tunnel your IP address. Doesn't that mean that you're hogging both an IPv4 and an IPv6 address? That's not a solution.

Also, why would home users go to the complexity of tunneling? It is just another point of failure.

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Aren't most of us on IPv4 because our ISP only supports IPv4?

Aren't most of us on IPv4 because our ISP only supports IPv4 for our geographic location?

For home users, Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 in default configuration seem ready to go with whichever IPv is connected, whatever the router and ISP provide. (I've never tested it though.) ISP goes to v6 and we automatically go to v6 -- except maybe for the NAT routers. But then the NAT routers are usually owned by the ISP.

There is no sense on trying to sell to non-decision makers. If the 3 federal governments in North America want IPv6 then they must mandate a transition to IPv6 -- companies are not going to voluntarily forgo profits.

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Mozilla tells Firefox OS devs to fork off if they want to chase open web apps vision

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Doubtful that someone running an old unsupported OS is keeping their browser up-to-date

It is really doubtful that someone running an old unsupported OS is keeping their browser up-to-date.

The browser isn't going to fix the security holes in the OS and hardware.

Mozilla will have statistics on what OSs it's latest browser versions have been installed on. Are any of the last 3 versions running on XP and Vista? Yeah right, none. I couldn't imagine otherwise.

If people are content to run their old computers on unsupported old software, the web browser will be just another piece of old unsupported software. They can keep running the old versions.

Don't make life more complicated that it actually is.

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STUN hack could help admins choose between 'net links

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The next big DDoS protocol

From the article it seems STUN could be the next big DDoS protocol.

Hopefully there will be a refinement that ensures that doesn't happen.

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‘Penultimate’ BlackBerry seen on 'do not publish' page as fire sale begins

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Sheesh, Apple has done this for years

Sheesh, Apple has done this for years and has had great success for most of those years.

It makes sense for Blackberry to emulate their business model.

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Valid logins to your workplace are on the net, right now

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It will take the loss of business to get Android phones updated

It will take the loss of business by phone makers and telecos to get Android phones updated

If Google and its customers (the call phone hardware companies and telecos) don't get with it ensuring that Android systems are promptly patched end-client companies will start requiring (maybe even providing) either iOS or Windows Phone on any bring-your-own devices allowed on the network.

Android OEMs and lazy telecos are probably the only hope MS has of getting Windows Phone to prosper.

But really, why would a teleco care what the OS is on the phone it is selling? Android, iOS, Windows Phone, they'll sell what the end-customer is willing to pay for. The profit is similar regardless.

Maybe Google should either give up on Android or make mandatory timely fixes to security vulnerabilities part of its license agreement.

But does Google make enough money off of Android to care? Or is it just a prestige "we make an OS" thing with them? Anyone here know for sure?

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Despite IANA storm, ICANN shows just why it shouldn't be allowed to take over internet's critical functions

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Re: Never understood why there were two organizations in the first place

IANA was a US agency. It was and is under the US government.

IANA was broken off from the US government so it could be handed over to an international body.

ICANN is the international body that came along to take IANA off the USA's hands.

After a handover, ICANN will likely consume IANA so that IANA can never be taken away from it. Then they'll be just the one body, where IANA will be a department within it.

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Re: I don't get it...

It has. It really doesn't matter what techies think of ICANN. What matters is what politicians and the mainstream media think of ICANN.

And what politicians and the mainstream media think of the IANA handover to ICANN is based on argumentum ad hominem, ergo decedo.

Sadly politicians and media 'political analysts' think that multi-dimensional beliefs, like political beliefs, can be reduced to a scalar, the left-wing/right-wing scalar.

Keeping IANA controlled by the USA is a 'right-wing extremist' view.

Letting ICANN run IANA is a mainstream view (i.e. left-wing extremist view).

If your cause is labeled right-wing you might as well give up and go live in the wilderness, because the entire right-wing has been outed as totally being a bunch of trolls on every issue there is (by the left-wing trolls, people who own the only credibility these days).

Most techies have enough math to know that reducing a multi-dimensional value to a scalar for comparison is invalid. We remember being told in grade 9 (or your national equivalent) that such a procedure is mathematically and logically invalid. But politicians, political analysts and political journalists have forgotten whatever intermediate math they sat through in school.)

Delaying the handover of IANA to ICANN is not an issue on the left-wing/right-wing axis.

Preventing handover would not be on the imperialist/freedom axis either, because the current options are one imperial power (the USA) or another (ICANN bureaucracy). Sticking with the USA is not liberty.

But the proposal is DELAYING the handover until there is a nationally independent democratic organization to take control, a replacement to ICANN or an totally re-done ICANN. So delaying the handover for another year, even two years, is on the imperialist/freedom axis.

I think that is why the right-wing adopted it and the left-wing rejected it, they were going by the world "freedom". "Anything freedom" this year is right-wing and the left-wing says only trolls will support it.

Sadly the cause of delaying the handover has been taken on by the right-wing, and just because of who is handling the cause it will be rejected -- argumentum ad hominem, ergo decedo.

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Someone remind me, why exactly are they going to be running the internet?

Because we're told only 'right-wing extremist loonies' like Ted Cruz oppose the handover.

And we know Ted Cruz is a 'right-wing extremist loonie' because his counterparts on the extreme left-wing tell us so.

Just because someone is unlikable and unpopular and disagrees with you on things doesn't mean they're ALWAYS wrong.

Without serious modifications before the hand-over ICANN is going to follow in the evil footsteps of FIFA and the IOC.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Re: Where's his missus?

Except that the video shows him passing entire rows of unreserved seats, vacant side-by-side pairs across the aisle from vacant side-by-side pairs, as he gets on the train. That is what was in the first car, before he went to the second car, the one whose photo The Guardian, er The Reg choose to post.

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Is Corbyn another version of Tony Blair or another version of Donald Trump?

"Meanwhile, an unopposed Tory Government is running the country off the rails entirely"

You raise a red herring.

The issue of whether Corbyn has the moral fiber to lead is central to Labour's current lack of leadership.

Is Corbyn a grandstanding egotistical goof who embrasses ideology to futher personal power?

Is Corbyn another version of Tony Blair or another version of Donald Trump?

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Re: On the CCTV and breach of privacy policy issue...

Jeremy Corbin released the information himself in a lie.

I'm distressed to see a journalistic publication that I'd formerly respected claiming that there is no public interest in revealing politicians lies.

I dare say, if this had been a Conservative politician lying this lame excuse of privacy agreements overriding national interest on issues where the individual involved had waived privacy -- it would never be brought up.

Pure partisanship on the part of the press ignoring standard press reasoning because they want to protect their ideological leader from legitimate debate and exposure as a liar.

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Gee a newspaper ignoring industry standard 'public interest' reasoning

Gee a newspaper complaining about private info being released.

Isn't the standard reasoning "public interest". You print what is supposed to be confidential because there is an over-riding public interest that overrides standard procedures.

Without the 'public interest' reasoning every newspaper in the UK, USA and Australia would be blank, because privacy rights extend to everything government does that involves members of the public and government employees.

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Why did The Reg not show the other carriage with the mass of empty unreserved seats?

The Reg's selected photo shows the second carriage, where most seats were reserved.

It was the first carriage that had the mass of unreserved seats, including entire rows of seats.

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Business users force Microsoft to back off Windows 10 PC kill plan

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Re: What will it take to get people to switch to Linux?

It is a reflection on the state of Linux and the public image of Linux that it can't give away for free a commodity that normally costs $100.

I do not doubt that if Linux took over consumer desktops that we'd find it had a many vulnerabilities as Windows 95. That is why specifically targeted organizations (defense establishments, banks, and high tech) generally using Windows when they can -- most of the holes have been discovered because Windows has been checked over far more thoroughly than MacOS or Linux.

The 'security by obscurity' that comes from using a less common product evaporates when you're a special target for which organizations will develop custom code.

But if you disagree, and you might well be right, then it points even more strongly to the Linux teams' images and marketing skills. Torvalds should completely step back from being the public face of Linux.

Personally I think it is a mix of Linux having far more holes than Linux fanbois think and Torvalds corporately unacceptable image.

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The press release seems to say that OEMs have backed down. They're paying for it.

So I followed the link you gave us

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/11675/windows-7-windows-8-1-skylake-systems-supported

and I see a different story than the article gives:

"For each of the supported systems listed on the OEM pages, the OEM has committed to additional testing, regular validation of Windows Updates, and publishing drivers and firmware for Windows 10 on Windows Update which will help unlock the security and power management benefits of Windows 10 once the systems are upgraded."

That is, the OEMs have backed down. They're paying for special support by writing the drivers and doing the necessary testing. That is how I read what the press release says.

But oh no, the hardware types have got to bash MS.

As I explained to the MS bashing hardware types, regardless of what hardware sales executives like to say, it is not MS's business to sell computers.

'Gosh' knows, if your customers decided en mass that preferred (or at least were prepared to tolerate) Linux you'd en mass ditch MS and install Linux.

Any failure to sell hardware is hardware vendors fault. Especially since hardware vendors have their choice of multiple operating system vendors.

PC and hardware isn't selling because hardware is not providing new useful features that make old hardware obsolete. A smaller desktop computer does not mean the desk itself can be any smaller. And in a typical office switching from florescent to LED lighting will save much more energy at much less cost than going from a Core i3-nnn to a Core i3-5nnn.

Hardware vendors will shortly find their laptop and phone sales declining for the same reason, although not declining as much because portable stuff is much more likely to physically break.

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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I see MS making money the way software companies make money, not the way search companies do

I expect that MS will shift to making money the way money is made off of Linux.

An increasing portion of the revenue will business clients paying for training, support and additions to the operating system.

It will also make an increasing portion of its revenue from cloud services.

Apple, Adobe, Sun (and Java), Mozilla, they all make money advertising other people's products, and MS does too.

But I don't see MS going down the path that Google did and becoming primarily an advertising company.

For one thing, MS is widely used in governments, businesses, classrooms and they'd loose that business if they tried pushing ads in the volume Google does.

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Re: What's next for Windows 10?

"No. Google pushes ads at you when you ask it a question, it by and large leaves you alone the rest of the time. MS controls your desktop and so can interrupt you whenever it feels that it won't cause you to hit the screen. "

1. You're ignoring Chrome, and

2. You're running an Ad Blocker on Youtube so you don't see the constant inundation of advertising.

3. AdWords -- that is Google. Google does advertising on maybe 80% of web pages served up.

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