* Posts by Claverhouse

103 posts • joined 15 Jun 2012


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Moar Power !

Hulce hopes internet users make the ecosystem better by recognizing good behavior. "I'm convinced that rewarding sites that deliver positive experiences is the path forward," he said. "Let publishers follow the money from there."

Never understand how the Market worshippers reckon the producers automatically work out where a blockage is that's stopping them making more money.

They may just as well decide to determine slowly loading pages for consumers need more scripts and heavy images to improve the experience.

Oh Snapd! Gimme-root-now security bug lets miscreants sock it to your Ubuntu boxes


God, the anti-linux freaks are out of their box...

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure


Maybe next time an idiot kid goes into an animal pit, let them go with a degree of dignity.


Re: Maybe we should save the panda and instead let ourselves dwindle into extinction.

They seem to have survived, like most species, without humans, for millions of years But when humans start taking over, wild animals die.

I was reading about ranching in the American West, and not merely the cattle and sheep were destined to be murdered by us, but at least 16 other species were massacred at random to ensure the increase in cattle and sheep for the profit of the rancher.


Eventually some of the wild creatures remained, where they had once been only killed by other non-humans in a fairly balanced ecology, in order to provide targets for the hunting crowd.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs


I hope that any entity inane enough to install such repulsive checks will NOT use the software of this greasy firm pushing it.

Boss of venerable sect with millions of devoted followers meets boss of venerable sect with... yeah, you get the idea


The problem with LGBTI is that it is not inclusive enough.

You might consider: LGBTQQIP2SAA or LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP or even LGBTIQCAPGNGFNBA. But even they don't capture the full range - hence the little + that is often appended at the end of these acronyms to signify, "While we haven't added you to our list, we consider you a vital and cherished member of our group - except if you are male, especially if you are a cis male, doubly especially if you are white cis male."



I generally throw in an F for our furry friends, another L for the Leather lovers, and AB for Adult Babies: who are the Next Big Thing for ordinary folk to get hot and bothered about defending their guaranteed rights. There are many of them over there, and they are coming, Father Abraham, as fast as their prams and strollers can carry them.

Yanks apparently have 31 genders, for those who use that demented word.

...just as Smith likely steered clear of the Inquisition or some of the far more recent and far more horrible things that some church representatives have got up to.

Paedophilia, alleged, is no doubt a mortal sin, but using the rack on people and/or setting them on fire like a good old-fashioned American Lynching strikes me as worse.

High-speed broadband fiber in America: You want the good news or bad news first?


Like anybody cares what the governing assemblies of random unimportant American States are called.

Nor do I keep a list of laws passed in provinces of Papua New Guinea, or the town halls in Japanese Prefectures.

It's 2019, and a PNG file can pwn your Android smartphone or tablet: Patch me if you can


Re: Great

Screaming abuse is a well-known motivational tool that not only works, but improves morale.

US lawmakers furious (again) as mobile networks caught (again) selling your emergency location data to bounty hunters (again)


Re: Why are you so surprised? Ajit Pai is serving his constituents very well.

Why are you so surprised? Ajit Pai is serving his constituents very well.

I don't see why ye Americans are so angry, a majority of ye, no, a majority of the electoral colleges voted Republican and this is what Republicans do. This is democracy, American-style. Why are you so surprised? Ajit Pai is serving his constituents very well.

Exactly. And as a noted hater of democracy I must say it's insane when THE PEEPLE SPEAK and democracy's true believers are displeased with the result --- whether Trumpikins or mad old Hillary; isn't that what you wanted ? The Peeple to 'Choose' ?

As for this little git, I must say that the alleged opposite to Trump, the 'Cool' and 'Able' Big Chief Sit-On-His-Hands seemed incapable of signing the needed protections into law, as much as he was incapable of creating a durable Health Settlement; so maybe, when the Democrats have control, they can actually do things instead of pissing and moaning into the wind.

Born-again open-source enthusiast Microsoft rucks up at OpenChain


Re: Hmmm

I do believe they are quite sincere.

However, as in 19th century comic stories, the wary minister rejoicing in the drink-sodden old thief who is saved, takes good care not to let him near the key to the communion wine.

Almost £5k for a deskslab: Microsoft's Surface Studio 2 hits UK


SSD Mistake

I've always thought Microsoft labelled hardware was pretty solid, unlike their wretched software --- however on the spec page the only difference given between models 2 and 3 is 1TB SSD or 2TB SSD for another £500.

Since a 1TB SSD can be had for £120 and a 2TB SSD for £250, from Ebuyer, it looks like their maths is as poor as their OSes...

I won't bother hunting and reporting more Sony zero-days, because all I'd get is a lousy t-shirt


One's True Reward is in Heaven

Money goes, but a T-Shirt is forever.

Civil liberties groups take another swing at Brit snooping regime in Euro human rights court


Re: Well ...

"There's a Labour/Momentum plan to impose a single party state"

I'm looking forward to any evidence of this claim. Sounds like the kind of thing we all ought to know about, can you post links, quotes, video evidence, reputable reporting of it? For such a massive statement there should be literally tons of evidence. No? Perhaps you're talking out of your arse then?

Do you not read the Daily Mail ?

Oh dear! Amazon's facial recognition is racist and sexist – and there's a JLaw deep fake that will make you want to tear out your eyes


Since any bloke can now claim to be a woman - keeping the beard, hairstyle and male clothing is fine - it's hard to see how any system could tell who is what

Now we need security tech that can provide windows into men's souls to determine reality; or to determine what the subject 'thinks' is reality; or what the inquisitor 'thinks' is reality; and what do we mean by the concept 'thinks' anyway ?

Thanks for all those data-flow warnings, UK.gov. Now let's talk about your own Brexit prep. Yep, just as we thought


Re: a second *binding* referendum and cancel the madness that is Brexit.

Easy. Hard brexit, no NI border (UK side) and that is the default position unless the EU is willing to negotiate reciprocal agreements. There we go, easy.

It's always good to savour the brexiteers' insight that, by leaving, Plucky Little Britain now has the EU by the short and curlies, ever more desperate to dance to our will.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish


Re: "Hospitality"

Well, every human needs their potty changed, like it or not. It is not something that only affects those funny old rulers.

Nor are we grateful to those vital sewerage workers who eventually empty all our 'potties'.

Team America tries to crash Little Rocket Man's Joanap botnet from within, warns owners of infected boxes


We Rule The World !

Apart from all the self-congratulatory carpet-munching American agencies deliver, with important words like 'state-sponsored' or 'terrorist', it would be nice to see some of their evidence that links such hacking directly to the North Korean government.

And in the linked article: '"We have a long memory and are fully prepared for the day when he will be arrested," said a DoJ representative, adding: "It is one thing to name a group and quite another to say we know who did it and name them. The message is: you can't hide from us."

Sounds even better in Stalin's voice...

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees


Pulling Old London Down

The solution is to take all the money dumped into 18th century commuter technology which is becoming less and less useful for many people, and put all that money into roads and parking facilities.

It costs a lot less to build a road than dig a subway... and if there is an issue with the road, or a vehicle on the road, the other vehicles can divert. On a subway, the entire system for the entire line grinds to a halt.

Furthermore, while subways and buses can move people - at least those with no mobility or health or schedule or location challenges, they are much less capable of moving 'stuff'.

Although jolly to imagine Londoners in 1720 using subways and buses... maybe there is limited space to build 'more' roads in places like London.


Re: Congestion is about work not transport

London is a lovely place to get around - either using pubic transport or driving - outside the daily congestion peaks due to people getting to and from work. By making travel difficult and expensive at these times there is an incentive to switch your work habits

The trouble is pubic transport already is difficult and expensive.

Microsoft decides Internet Explorer 10 has had its fun: Termination set for January 2020


Re: Browsers

Definitely a moratorium on UI/UX changes.

I get a lot of crap from sites ( and Mozilla's nauseating attempts to wipe out all their past browsers ) for using a Firefox 45 --- and even this is too modernistic for me, even with Classic Theme Restorer : but a/ I use Linux and magically avoid malware ( and yes, I check to avoid giving it to non-linuxians ) and, b/ I use the internet a lot, and there's no way in hell I'm going to stare at filthy fugly minimalism all day, it's bad enough most websites went over to Fat Slab.

If new iterations had the aspect of browsers c2012, when they just did the job they were asked, I would upgrade or adopt gladly --- apart from Google's Chrome, whose wretched engine, inferior to Google's puppet Mozilla [ Fx and Seamonkey ] or the old Opera, has destroyed the Web in Google's image.

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

Black Helicopters

Farewell to Registrars

'My dear children,

By the time you read this I shall be dead, my dear hosts, for whose kindness in resuscitating me I assign all rights in any and all registrations I hold, will be taking care of my funeral obsequies, and at my request burying me in an unknown grave, saving you any agonies of visiting my tomb --- remember me well !'

Come to think of it, and I may say how refreshing to hear all that new stuff about the Nazi Republic --- especially since high-minded newspapers like the Mail in England and scholarly cable networks in America have a vow of silence on that unpleasantness --- I recall that in a book on WWII in Italy our Security Service ( prolly M15 ) took over an Schutzstaffel station somewhere in the hills, but inadvertently put their own initials up, leading to some mistrust from locals...

You like HTTPS. We like HTTPS. Except when a quirk of TLS can smash someone's web privacy

Black Helicopters

I still have never understood why browsers were designed to identify themselves [ or their individual users ] in the first place.

When you buy petrol, the pump doesn't identify your car.

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax


Re: Chaos

I case nobody remembers, Microsoft used to make a N version of windows version for the EU without IE and media player, maybe they still do, it is hard to tell because, after all, nobody ever bought it.

IE and Media Player are still the No. 1 apps for all households with a trusty AOL disk.

Guilty: The Romanian ransomware mastermind who infected Trump inauguration CCTV cams


Apart from the Windows Failware, it's nice that the Imperial Power merely has to raise a finger and the fawning countries beyond the far-flung empire fall over themselves to surrender their citizens for [ effectually life ] imprisonment.

The amusing bit is that Americans would genuinely gobble with rage and express a real horror thinking of it happening under Czar Nikolas I, or in the Byzantine Empire back in the day.

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)


Morose Little Gits

God, Google are stupid.

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: Gaileo was willy waving

Given GPS was available to us as US allies, it was hard to see why we needed to duplicate it: no European military could conduct a major military operation without US support, even ourselves and the French, and if you wanted to re-establish that capability, a "new GPS" would not be what you would start with: you would fill out military logistic support organisations, start running large military exercises again to rebuild the "corporate knowledge", and increase ammunition and spare part holdings to increase readiness. You can understand why Baidu and GLONASS were built, but not Galileo.

You do understand that America won't be around in 100 years, and that American World Military Dominance will prolly go in 50 --- as has happened in the end to every other dominant power, even those with far stronger polities than that of the USA ?

Soon or late the rest of us have to make our own accommodations with shifting power and our military positions --- even if every other country too shape-changes and adopts new political systems --- so, it is better to stick to near Europe than an alien far power such as America or Russia, whatever the cost to our realizations of loss of importance.


America... 'Mistah Kurtz, he dead' : More people worship the rising than the setting sun, as Pompey Magnus told Sulla Felix.

Golden State passes gold-standard net neutrality bill by 58-17


Re: no surprise

@bombastic bob

no surprise that the socialist liberals dominating the state gummint of Cali-Fornicate-You have ONCE AGAIN passed legislation to CRAM THEIR AGENDAS up our as down our throats, so typical of "the left" to FORCE EVERYONE ELSE like that...

Always good to hear the voice of FREEDOM! ringing Loud and Clear.

I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections


"Must Is Not A Word To Be Used To Princes, Little Man"

Actually, just say fuck them, and find better sellers.

Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'


Anything but that...

"...use location to improve the Google experience when they do things like perform a Google search or use Google for driving directions."

STOP saying you do fucking crap to improve things, you bloody, bloody fools.

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force


Re: Inner Space?

@21st Century Peon

It was a *great* movie. It's got Quaid buck-naked in the street, some none-more-Eighties nightclub stuff from Meg Ryan, a perfectly cast Martin Short turned up to 11, The Cowboy, and a Sam Cooke-heavy soundtrack. Not to mention beating "Predator" to the Best Visual Effects Oscar (though reasonable minds may differ on that call, it definitely deserved the nomination).

Dear God, what more do people /want/?

Meg Ryan buck-naked in the street.

Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party


He Just Wanted Love

Any near-sighted pig nominated for the house of commons would be nervously looking around his/her shoulder constantly for the fat figure of The Demon Butler grinning happily behind.

Still, I expect Dave to be in the house of lords within a few years, nominated in gratitude by the new prime minister, the Tyrant Trump of Demonland's Vicar in Britannia Magna: Lord Protector Nigel Farage.

The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs


Re: Booting time


Other advantage is things are where you left them.

Or in KDE System Settings, Startup and Shutdown/Desktop Session tick Restore previous session

Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections


Storm in a Tea-Cup

If sinister Russian manipulators under the direct control of Svengalian Dread Vlad post 'I Heart Teletubbies' on Democratic party websites, and therefore gun-totin' morons in the Midwest immediately vote for Trumpertino because they hate Teletubbies, or something, the main thing is those voters exercised their votes as they decided.

The main point of democracy is not what information was available to the voter, nor how that should be controlled or fed to him according to anyone else's beliefs, but that he made that vote according to his wishes.


Democracy is in my view a wholly ridiculous religion, and I prefer complete monarchism, but if you are going to believe in it and promote it, for God's Sake do it in truth to itself, and not to how you think people should vote.

When it comes to America, I'm just grateful they're not setting light to people in the streets any more: squabbles over what morons post on Facebook are minor.

Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised


Obama was a particularly evil old bastard, but so is Hillary and so is Trump.

America wants their presidents to be fully representative, so killers.

Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service


Re: Missing the obvious


Wel, if the people who would benefit from the leaks being fixed would be prepared to pay for their benefit, it would happen fairly quickly.

I am open to correction, but I think most householders and companies already pay for their water supplies --- which is really a compulsory tax since there are bad consequences to going without water permanently: something which escaped the dotty mind of the old loon Thatcher --- and expect utilities to do their jobs without extra one-off donations.

Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons


@Prst. V.Jeltz

I think they should have made him go caving and crawl through a twisty 6" height passage , and then see if he still thinks a mini sub is a good idea.

Give the devil his due, he watched a lot of late '50s and early '60s documentaries from Disney on miniaturization beforehand.


Re: Pugwash 2.0?

@Mark 85

Therein is the problem. Just because one "side" doesn't do those weapons doesn't mean someone else won't either. Now if there were something like a treaty that actually worked....

Treaties made by one president can be immediately abrogated by an incoming president I'm told.

Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever


Flip Alone

I have no great need for a Smartphone, and most look pretty much the same, boring black and oblong; but it will no doubt come --- only however when one is in the excellent flip-phone, clamshell, form of the Razr. If ever.

I don't see any point in buying stuff I think ugly. Designers are far too stupid to stick to what works.

Will this biz be poutine up the cash? Hackers demand dosh to not leak stolen patient records


Re: "takes the safeguarding of personal health and financial information seriously"


"takes the safeguarding of personal health and financial information seriously"

No you obviously don't, you blatant liars.



This, burning like a 1000 suns.

I was just reading about something entirely different; the theft of some nuclear bits 'n bobs in San Antonio a year ago, and the thought instantly struck me, people in charge of such stuff --- and presidents above --- inevitably blurt 'Our safe-keeping is the best in the world' and 'We go above and beyond' etc. etc..


To ensure they got the right items, the specialists from Idaho brought radiation detectors and small samples of dangerous materials to calibrate them: specifically, a plastic-covered disk of plutonium, a material that can be used to fuel nuclear weapons, and another of cesium, a highly radioactive isotope that could potentially be used in a so-called "dirty" radioactive bomb.

But when they stopped at a Marriott hotel just off Highway 410, in a high-crime neighborhood filled with temp agencies and ranch homes, they left those sensors on the back seat of their rented Ford Expedition. When they awoke the next morning, the window had been smashed and the special valises holding these sensors and nuclear materials had vanished.

No-one would ever trust me with implementing such logistics, but even I can see the first 3 mistakes they made just in the 2nd paragraph alone...



Google to build private trans-Atlantic cable from US to France


Re: Google braced for giant Android fine from EU

"The commission's approach... would mean less innovation, less choice, less competition, and higher prices," Google global affairs chief blogged.

Although we must all be worried about Google not making enough money, this fear-mongering crap is getting a bit passé, and rather evokes repulsion than sympathy.

I don't really see any great harm in slower innovation ( aka less money flowing to Google and the others ) considering the phenomenal progress made in the last century, plus the fact by 'innovation' they mean another Facebook app;

Choice is diminished progressively, not an enormous concern, whilst Google and say, Microsoft, are never synonymous with 'choice' anyway;

Ditto competition --- ( and on the other side of the world from Europe, in the Land of Competition there seems to be a dearth of choice even between internet providers across America );

Higher prices ? the usual bogey. Which rarely seems to eventuate with them lowering prices.


I might take Google more seriously as an internet keeper if I hadn't discovered last week that Chrome/Chromium doesn't even respect the hosts file..

Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics


Wrong Type of Leaves

There's an opportunity here for some bright sparks to invent some form of cooling computers.

British businesses should ask how they do it in California.

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?


Smart meter installation engineers in France have been given unprecedented legal rights to enter private properties without permission, break open locked energy meter cabinets and fine citizens who deny them access.

I don't know about countries outside Europe --- like America, where private companies are given rights governments are not --- but in Britain I'm utterly certain anyone connected with electricity ( or gas etc. ) supply, governmental or utility, retains a complete right to enter your properties, examine/remove/alter your meters, and do anything necessary: all without warrants.

A little thought will reveal why this tyrannical overreach is a necessity.

Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025


Re: Rolling in cash

@Steve Davies 3

The BREXIT Dividend will be spent on the NHS as was promised by BoJo and Farage and co. Infrastructure will never see even a bent penny of it.


Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres


Any British people here complaining about petrol taxes have the solution in their own hands: vote Conservative and they promise to slash all taxes.

Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

Black Helicopters

That's why me and the good lady wife will never dream of buying them foreign cars. Or cars with foreign ownership. And never go to abroad. Once we're out, there will be no reason for any of us to ever talk to cheating, lying, foreigners. Keep informed, read the Daily Mail.

Buy British !

IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row


Re: millennial

@John Brown (no body)

But it's just one facet of the obsession with labelling "generations".

I don't especially recall generations being given labels until we started getting drowned in US TV when cable and satellite came to the UK. It seems to be more of a US trait to label everything with a "kewl" tag and the desperate need to be seen to be in with the "in crowd" means the take up of faddish labels or "kewl" shortened words like 'shrooms etc spreads like wildfire once the "role models" start using them.

Well, there was those American people of an age to live through the Second World War who gratuitously dubbed themselves as The Greatest Generation...

UK.gov IT projects that are failing: Verify. Border control. 4G for blue-light services. We can go on



Don't worry, the government reckon that they have very nearly agreed on what their negotiating position with the EU will be. Probably.

Bebe: Oh, there're so many to choose from. Kneeling, crawling, grovelling. I'm sure he'll pick the right one.

Frasier. The Zoo Story.

US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots


And why not ? That pile of whining crap on freedom was written by a little shit who wouldn't even free his personal slaves when friends offered to compensate him for doing so. Hard cash.

BBC Telly Tax heavies got pat on the head from snoopers' overseers


Re: Yes, we watch TV. Even the BBC.

Re: Yes, we watch TV. Even the BBC.

@Barry Rueger

The operative word in that paragraph is "honest." As far as I can tell the phrase "I never watch TV" is code for "I torrent lots of crappy American sitcoms, so I'm cool."

Not well thought out, since people who say they never watch TV would generally either not watch anything at all --- such do exist --- or refer exclusively to broadcast TV, properly excluding use of recorded material such as VHS or DVD etc..

And in some cases they might do that precisely to avoid paying the broadcast tax --- and not give a fuck about poor starving producers, directors, marketing people et al..

[ It's kinda difficult to feel sorry for the financial woes of people in the BBC and say, C4, who abet the government's assault on the Welfare State, now having the chance to feel good about not taking state aid themselves and passing peacefully to that Great Beyond. ]


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