* Posts by Androgynous Cupboard

737 posts • joined 7 Mar 2012


Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

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Thank you for posting this Kieren.

After 25 or so years of televised mass slaughter in the US the media there is slowly coming to terms with the fact they are not simply reporting these stories, they are part of a feedback loop with the goal of performance violence. The "no platforming" approach of not focusing on the killer and not airing their views or even their name is their response, and I think it's excellent.

The rest of the world is likely to lag well behind the US in terms of slaughter, but hopefully we can learn one thing from their media experience. Everyone is aware Sky Australia are (apparently, still) broadcasting the murderers video - presumably that was his intention, so well done Sky Australia for lending a hand. But plenty of platforms that should know better have posted excerpts from his Manifesto including the "Notoriously Po-Faced" Guardian (to quote Ian Hislop, who knows po-faced when he sees it).

The murderer in question cited a UK-based mosque murderer and a Norwegian murderer as inspiration, so there's no doubt that this sort of fuckwittery has a global reach. I would very much like to see a global response by the media. I've seen the news in a lot of countries and I'm aware that's not going to fly everywhere, but the kind of country that tends not to show corpses on television should consider not airing the views of the people that make them.

UK joins growing list of territories to ban Boeing 737 Max flights as firm says patch incoming

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Re: Panic

> Visitors still go the USA even with the thousands dead from guns each year.

Some may. I don't.

Raiding party! UK's ICO drops in unannounced on couple of dodgy-dialling dirtbag outfits

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Re: Why stop there

A few years ago I was in a motorbike crash - enough to snap my bike into two pieces, but I walked away with a broken shoulder. My own insurers pushed me down the path of filing personal injury claims and when I said I didn't want to play that grubby game, they threatened to sue me for costs they'd incurred while working on the claim.

I ended up following the path of least resistance and going along with it as they had chronically undervalued my bike, but there was a very sour taste in my mouth from the whole experience.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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Re: Case not proven

Apparently several others would have called but realised they'd done it already.

Unless you want your wine bar to look like a brothel, purple curtains are a no-no apparently

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Could be worse

A wine shop down the road from us opened (which was good) and then applied for a variation in license so they could do wine tasting in the evening (also very good). As part of the licence application you're required to list all the hours during which you can accept orders for alcohol. They have a website, so it was "24 hours via the website".

It didn't take long before some of the thicker (older, bored, europhobic, borderline-hysterical) local residents were up in arms at the prospect of the 24hr nightclub opening in the 200sq.ft premises: "it's the thin end of the wedge I tell you". The bemused counciller who arrived at their frantic behest quite literally took one look at this veritable gateway to hell before approving the license.

Which all sounds very funny. But a letter writing campaign from people that can write faster than they can think isn't much fun if it's your business on the end of it. So I wish you luck, Mr Gilbert, with your judgemental neighbours. Sadly our shop closed, not because the neighbours continued their campaign of harrassment (they did) but because the owner turned out to be a bit of a wanker. And now I have to buy my wine somewhere other than next door. So no-one comes out of this happy.

TalkTalk kept my email account active for 8 years after I left – now it's spamming my mates

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Re: Are any of them any good?

Vote for Andrews & Arnold here. Had heard about them for years as being "The Geeks ISP" and thought I'd give them a try.

On the few occasions I've had to flick them a support email or call I've rapidly got back a terse response with exactly the information I need - and without the two pages of "thank you for getting in contact" boilerplate, which is surprisingly refreshing. Moved house with them (to same exchange), regraded line, got a block of static IPs, all stuff that would have filled me with dread with a normal ISP and all went off without a hitch.

Correction: Last month, we called Zuckerberg a moron. We apologize. In fact, he and Facebook are a fscking disgrace

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You've got to give the Tories a point for spinning this as well as they did. When they gave ground to the Lib Dems it was them showing their softer side. When it went the other way, it was the Lib Dems breaking their promises.

Considering they weren't actually in charge (you may remember they didn't actually win the election), the Lib Dems sure took most of the blame for the results.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo

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Funny. I spent the last 30 years getting some work done instead.

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi

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Re: Not Just a Store

I always thought this was were Maplin should have gone instead of folding - if they'd hired a few CS students, did demos of some of their kits (and updated them to use modern technology, like transistors) they could have turned themselves into a sort of maker-space lite.

Then I read this and realised they had already been dead for several years.

HMRC: We 'rigorously tested' IR35 tax-check tool... but have almost nothing to show for it

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I read the article.

If it's purely that took advantage of an aspect of the tax law that allows them to balance profits in one year against losses in another, I have no issue with that - it's an entirely fair law in my opinion. It sounds like they've done something more than that - there's a claimed £1.6m profit over 8 years, but how that's been managed I don't know. If it's been reinvested into the group, well, there you go.

Not one for defending Hammond, but there's a marked difference between a relatively small UK based construction company that makes a profit some years and a loss in others managing it's taxes, and a massive multi-national essentially buying its way out of the tax system by funnelling all the profit to a country where they've negotiated a sweetheart deal.

Things that make you go .hm... Has a piece of the internet just sunk into the ocean? It appears so

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Re: .UK or .GB??

My understanding was the Ukraine had a claim on ".UK" which is why the UK's ISO3166 code is, somewhat inaccurately, GB

Presumably this extends to the kind of organisation that would look to ISO3166 for reference, like the Olympics.

Crypto exchange in court: It owes $190m to netizens after founder 'dies without telling anyone vault passwords'

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Re: Bullshit

Despite her best efforts.

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos

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Yes, to things that he cares about. That's the problem with taxation of course, it gets spent on stuff you don't care about (which may be invading Iraq, poor black people, the long term unemployed, family planning, whatever).

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Fortunately not from first hand experience, but close enough. For prostate cancer for certain, and many other types of cancer I believe the advice in the UK is get treatment on the NHS. Even if you have private insurance, they will advise this as you will get a better depth of care and better specialists.

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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Re: I guess it's a good time

Or Windows

The reductio ad absurdum is complete, you can stop now.

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

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Re: "environmental terrorists"

Environmental activists they may be.

But intending to terrorise someone is surely a fairly key aspect of being a terrorist. If that's no longer the case you're left with a word roughly equivalent to "someone I disagree with".

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Re: TMP=temporary? I hope not!

And if you continue to misuse it the punishment is 20,00 lines!

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Re: TMP=temporary? I hope not!

Far beyond the seas, there are strange countries filled with wild men that use decimal points where you would use a comma, and vice versa, when formatting numbers.

Dark matter's such a pushover: Baby stars can shove weird stuff around dwarf galaxies

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Re: One undisputable property of "dark matter" ...

@Milton's "4MꙨ Gorilla"

Thank you for using one of my favourite glyphs, the "Monocular O" from biblical Cyrillic. In my opinion it's only bettered by the "double monocular O", or Ꙭ, and that wins purely because it looks like boobies.

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

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Happens at a corporate level too

http://yeslab.org/project/salzburg is worth a read. They even got a feature film out of it, which is pretty funny.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Long term use of Paracetamol can cause vicious, long term headaches too I believe.

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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Google's infrastructure is generally considered to be on the large side.

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Re: The problem with that is...

As I understand it, booting from BIOS in 2018 requires all sorts of horrible hacks to get it to work with modern hardware - it's early 1980s technology after all. Just because it's familiar and these hacks exist doesn't mean that continuing to use them is necessarily a good thing.

The Great British Curry: Put down the takeaway, you're cooking tonight

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I'm rather fond of doing a proper curry from scratch and I could never work out what they did in the curry shop next door to make them all come out in 8 minutes tasting exactly the same. Now, I know their trick: as above, plus a pint of sunflower oil.

Also, if you can't tell Halloumi from Paneer, even half cut, you should probably see a doctor. Something is very wrong.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Re: Anyone see the drones ? Anyone at all ?


You've been posting here for two days now saying they don't exist, and frankly, even without your attempts to shoehorn in your anti-immigrant rants it's getting a little tiresome. Why don't you change it up for a bit and rant about vaccines or 9/11 being an inside job?

Either half the Sussex Police force, several hundred journalists and the 50-odd people who have reported sightings are all in on the worlds most incoherent false flag operation or you're wrong. Perhaps you should stop typing for a minute and consider what it is that makes you doubt everyone else but not yourself, despite presumably being nowhere near Gatwick. You're all noise, no signal.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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I did a round of home-made port once. Best bit was the label; from "South London Estates", the tasting notes included "best drunk from a paper bag when hope is lost".

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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Re: How desperate are you folks getting?

So true. Probably being spread by a pesky Ukranians, now they've finished filling the Black Sea with Cholera. And whatever did happen to the Skripal's cat?

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I can't decide whether to upvote you for being correct, or downvote you because nothing related to this sorry tale could ever be worthy of an upvote.

Remember Misco? Staff win protective award at employment tribunal

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If its got no assets to pay staff then it's been trading illegally. You have to wind up before this point. I'm a bit rusty on the insolvency act but I think it was staff first, then HMRC (although it could be the other way around).

(edit: whoops, forgot the highest priority: the insolvency practitioners themselves. no matter what, they get a slice of cake)

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

Or alternatively, Parliament shuns the deal and its revision and - unable to push it through - she reluctantly calls a second referendum to break the impasse, at which point the slim majority of the country that can perform basic maths votes to remain and she walks away, holding up her hands and saying "I did my best" while privately thinking "thank fuck for that".

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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My flatmates once replaced a burned out bulb with another burned out bulb, then sat in the dark for a week waiting for me to come back from a trip, as they wanted me to call the electrician.

AI snaps business titan jaywalking

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Re: Jaywalking

Being wary of french drivers is wise wherever you live. They can be tricky to spot in your rear view mirror, at least until they pull back a few feet.

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Was wondering when you'd cover this

I think it's one of the most interesting tech stories of the year to date.

* Will we see US companies throwing their toys out of the pram and refusing to come at all, or arriving with burner laptops/phones in the same way security-minded folk do when going to the states?

* Will the US gummint equally throw their toys out of the pram for a foreign country daring to assert their will over a US-based money spinner?

* Will the UK finally grow a backbone when dealing with the US? Ha, just kidding on that last one.

Peers to HMRC: Digital tax reforms 3 days after Brexit? Hold your horses, how 'bout 3 years...

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Re: VAT? Huh! What is it good for?

£125 billion. That's what it's good for. I think axing that shortly after we've told 6m or so tax paying European workers to fuck off home might be a bridge too far myself

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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Re: I am a bit disappointed ...

You shouldn't name a broom, you risk becoming attached to it. The same goes for any cleaning product really - before you know it you have empty bleach bottles sitting around because you can't face breaking it to them that they're off for recycling.

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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Any language where the amount and flavour of whitespace is significant should be strangled at birth. Sorry python folk, but it's just not on. Braces are useful for more than holding up your trousers

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

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Re: “Oh look, there's a drone”

Reread the bit where the guy said "I only realised there was a helicopter there when it switched on the big light", revisit your tail rotor comment, then imagine your family are on the ground beneath the helicopter. Done that? Good. Still all fine?

Woke Linus Torvalds rolls his first 4.20, mulls Linux 5.0 effort for 2019

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Linus Torvalds, Master Signwriter

I was reading his comments and kept hoping at the end he would add "PS. FUCKING POX-RIDDEN COCKWOMBLE" or somesuch. In fact if he did I'd probably subscribe to the LKMS, just for the bantz.

Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian

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Spare a thought for the translator

Here's a copy of his pre-wikileaks site: https://cryptome.org/iq-org/IQ.ORG.htm.

Turning that into english is hard enough, let alone spanish. Amanfrommars may have found his antipodean... well, his antipodes.

Budget 2018: UK goes it alone on digital sales tax for tech giants

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Re: Brexit coin

Try the new Brexit coin! Accepted in 52% of shops everywhere! OK, not in London, but everywhere else.

'We broke a few things and will continue to do so... in a careful way' – Oracle's Reinhold on Java renovation work

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Re: The high levels of change seen in other languages is exactly what kept devs at Java ...

Could not have put this better myself. I've just had to post an article for our customers explaining that now applets AND Java Web Start are both dead, we have no means of "light" deployment for them. They now have to handle deployment themselves by distributing an application.

Applets I get but JWS I do not - it feels like it was killed because Oracle couldn't be arsed to maintain it anymore as it was no longer shiny. Over the horizon we have JavaFX slated to lose support in 2022, Swing in 2026. It's a wholesale abandonment of the Desktop, on a relatively short timescale.

Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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Norman Mailer

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Re: Christian values from the source

Nice versus what? Nasty? Don't leave us hanging!

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: Americans Don't Know...

The Profanasaurus is amateur hour. This is how it's done properly.


Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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Re: I'm new to Ubuntu

Actually after 15 years on macOS I am considering jumping back to Linux. Back, because I ran it when I had to roll (and patch) my own kernels to do so.

Why? It feels like the quality has gone. Stuff used to "just work", and work brilliantly - Snow Leopard stands out in my memory as a high point. But now... time machine fails so often my trust has gone. I'm unconvinced I could restore from backup to a new machine when required. iTunes breaks virtually every rule of user interface design that has ever been written. Login for various online systems seems to work, or not work, depending on whether the cloud is having a good day. I can't delete or move certain things around in / unless I reboot to some sort of safe mode, even as root. If I upgrade my Macbook I have to lose USB-A. And, most significantly, despite half a lifetime in UNIX I can't diagnose and fix anything because I haven't got any f*ing documentation, logs or source code to help me through.

So I've ordered a comparable laptop and will be testing Linux on the Desktop. I'm going to give Ubuntu and Mint a spin I think and see how it plays out.

Design and money are not a factor. This is an engineering decision - I suspect I will spend less time trying to get Linux working properly than macOS.

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Re: @SVV Please, someone set up a GoFundMe

Hi, it's the Internet here. I think you'll find it's spelt cat GIF, not cat CIF.

Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

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Re: Why go public?

The intelligence services have been playing "we own you" for as long as they've existed. I imagine demonstrating this publicly is quite satisfying.

UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Re: RE: Mooseman

She has an impossible hand. She is literally trying to ensure free movement of people and goods across the Irish border while, at the same time, restricting the movement of people and goods across the border.

I would almost feel sorry for her if she wasn't the one continuing to maintain that there's a solution.

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: The best solution seems to be Starbucks

How can there be a best solution that ends with you having to drink Starbucks coffee?


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