* Posts by Uffish

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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Re: "gets caught between conflicting"

What happens is rather painful and very messy, what else would you expect?

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Re: "a non-US Citizen who never spent time in the US"

@ Mr Gumby

You seem to be saying that non-US citizens unconnected with the US should not be spied on by the courts but US citizens living in the US are fair game. That's not the American way you know.

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It is not so much which government, more which organisation can be trusted with data.

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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Re:Stone Age customs

@ Voland's right hand

Sir, You are casting aspersions on the behaviour of dear (deceased) Queen Victoria regarding her grandson George, later George V, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India.

Apparently, and despite the fact that the arranged marriage was intended for George's elder brother who unfortunately died before the marriage could take place, the "backup arrangement" couple were immediately and permanently besotted with each other, so it was, sometimes, a slightly better system than you think.

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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Re: Armstrong

Niel ? Lance ? One of them is not the Armstrong you are looking for.

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Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

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Re: Proof?

@AndyS "We already know he used someone else's account, presumably for a test, before he left."

Well he was a sysadmin - but the the article only said that the biz alleges he used someone else's account to log in.

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Shadow Brokers crack open NSA hacking tool cache for world+dog

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Re: "wake of a chemical weapons attack on civilians"

Who made the sarin, who initially put it in shells/bombs, who stockpiled them, who has used them before (on his own population), who has directed a war that has cost so many lives simply because he couldn't face losing power, who stands to gain from terrorising the population in rebel territories?

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BOFH: Defenestration, a solution to Solutions To Problems We Don't Have

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Re: Sigh

My Physics teacher at school once said to the class, "I'll tell you something that will be useful for you in later life. I want to order four rheostats but if I do that the county council administrators will automatically cut the number to one, so I am ordering two dozen".

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: and things like chargers tend to have plastic prongs with metal tops.

Standard EU two round pin chargers are all plastic prongs with metal tops, at least going by the five different chargers I have in active service. I can't vouch for all the old wall warts in a box in the garage but the changeover to the current form started about twenty years ago (but still later than in UK).

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Google court filing names a second source for Uber's lifted robo-car plans

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We all make mistakes...

@ the unknown court clerk or secretary, or whoever missed out the last redaction -

Hope you're not getting too much flack for the error, it's a terribly easy thing to do, we've all been there some time or other...

Have a beer on us, and bloody well done!

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Re: in the direction of the USA...

Why am I thinking about what Lance Corporal Jones said?

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Facepalm

Gilmore's missive included this:

"...conduct an actual operational test of the F-35B onboard an L-class ship before conducting a combat deployment with the F-35B".

I admit that his report is way outside my areas of competence but it does seem that he is recommending that they should try out the plane on an L-class ship before going to war with that combination and not after.

I am beginning to get nervous about this program.

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WikiLeaks exposes CIA anti-forensics tool that makes Uncle Sam seem fluent in enemy tongues

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Re: Attribution is a myth

It might also be that a country's spooks have real reasons to think that the malware came from enemy 'X' but don't want to disclose their sources - hence "We found tell-tale signs of 'X' in the code".

Whatever the truth is, none of the spooks will have any interest in disclosing it so you just have to hope that your spooks are on your side.

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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Re: The key word is Mythical

Yipee-ky-yay iAy-caramba !!! It seems that I will be a designated potential usual suspect, I have made repeated visits to Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen and even the USA. Of course that was when a lot of people did that for straightforward, non-dodgy, international trade reasons or even holidays. Now I am planning a short holiday in the USA. Also I don't now have, and never have had, a social media account.

I expect that my faith in normal human behaviour will be justified and that the holiday will be great.

I could, however, imagine with YUGE outrage, that brainwashed goons will keep me and my wife locked up for several hours and then deport us, at our expense and ban us from ever again defiling the sacred ground of the USA. What do you think?

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That 'Trump lawyers threaten teen over kitten website' yarn is Fakey Fakey McFake Fakeface

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Re: Snowflakes.

Thank you for putting the comma in the quotation, at least now I can understand what they are saying. And you are right, it is hilarious - as is the whackatrump game.

Big win all round for the not-impressed-by-trump side whether it is a fake or not.

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Re: "someone you hate"

Not a tough call at all, just consider an objective judgement to have more value than a subjective judgement. You know it makes sense.

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King Battistelli's swish penthouse office the Euro Patent Office doesn't want you to see

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Being a technocratic placeman...

... is not a good career choice for being elected President of France; he might try for Mayor of Saint-Germain-en-Laye I suppose. Probably, if he succeeds in getting his successors well and truly hog-tied with red-tape and oversight, he will enjoy a peaceful retirement and the thanks of a grateful nation.

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Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

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Re: baffled boffins not helpful

This is The Register and you have just just made a "politically correct" statement. One pound into the swear box please!

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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Re: A company ...

... that obsessively collates information about users of it's services. I know that is its business model and so I shouldn't be surprised but I believe Google's behaviour is dysfunctionally creepy, so as far as possible I don't use it.

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That CIA exploit list in full: The good, the bad, and the very ugly

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Re: "Nothing to see here, folks, move along..."

@ Tom Paine, you wrote:-

"If there was evidence the CIA were trying to influence, say, domestic UK politics in a significant way, there'd be an uproar, and rightly so."

My personal belief, without any proof, is that the USA has influenced UK domestic politics and there wasn't an uproar. Mind you, they are usually very good about not leaving evidence.

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Re: " US elections don't work... "

Please note that this commentator is truly pissed off with stupid merkins 'explaining' their constitution to each other. Get a life guys. Start doing something useful.

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Move over, Bernie Ecclestone. Scientists unearth Earth's oldest fossil yet: 4bn years old

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Re: ' so the bible is a hoax '

If you are going to rant about religion please include a modicum of intelligence in your arguments. For example, the idea that the bible (or Buddhist texts, or..etc) were created as hoaxes is laughably improbable. Say that they are simply philosophical, psychological or even scientific theories from the past if you wish, but let's have less of the alt-rationality please.

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Honeypots: Free psy-ops weapons that can protect your network before defences fail

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Re: " incident becomes SO common"

It becomes "an issue". You know what an issue is, you see them in the news.

The thing is, most people want a decently good life, and take an interest in things that might aid or hinder that aspiration.

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Intel Atom chips have been dying for at least 18 months – only now is truth coming to light

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Re: "Apple will give you a new phone when its broken."

That should read "Apple will give you a new phone when its broken within a very short time period from the purchase date".

My experience of Apple products is that they really don't suit my lifestyle.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

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Re: looking to buy the DVD's

Given that all the shops round here have stopped selling CD/DVD players I guess selling DVDs is last years business plan.

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Re: Raid the local steakhouse freezers...

I would if they had bought up the exclusive right to sell steak in their area.

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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@Lars

"If you want to compare 'head of state' in the USA and the UK" you should have more understanding of the matter than you display.

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

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Re: " accurate to within 1.8 nanoseconds"

If the clocks use the 12 hour system and not the 24 hour system then the stopped clocks will be accurate to within 1.8 nanoseconds, very briefly and only once every twelve hours.

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Re: Explain! Explain!

Something to do with taxes and teabags I think.

About maps though, the UK Ordnance Survey are indeed very nice and practical but the Swiss maps are works of art and, fortunately, much more reliable than their space-going clocks.

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Tech moguls dominate Oxfam's rich people Hateful 8

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Re: spending billions on "selfish things"

Bill Gates had a great idea and made millions from endless versions of DOS, Windows and their Office Suites etc. Tim Berners-Lee had a great idea and gave it to the world.

One is a squillionaire, the other is not - funny old world isn't it

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The richest 10%

Only eight people, I thought, someone like the BOFH could have the lot of them gift wrapped in carpets and rapidly disappearing in a lime pit over a weekend given a bit of planning time. OK, it would only result in some wealth distribution at the very top, but at least it might start encouraging philanthropy.

And why stop at such a small number of people, why not the whole top 10% - surely a doable number for a suitably Machiavellian charity? Then I looked at the figures, you only need 60 or 70 thousand USDs of net wealth to be in the top 10% of wealthiest people in the world - help, my mortgage is paid off, I'll be on my own hit list! The top 10% own about 80% of the worlds wealth.

TLDR: If you are in the top 10% of wealthy people the moral obligations on you are much the same as those on a billionaire.

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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So he really was a genius...

... and a damned fine man.

Thanks for the obit, it shows that the little glints of brilliance we perceived were part of a brilliant whole. An inspiration, and much missed.

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Amazon's first live drone delivery flew last week in Cambridge, UK

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Re: " It's not rocket science"

Ever heard of the Range Rover?

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Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for

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Re: "the original Star Wars movie"

If you want to enjoy a movie you have to block out the inevitable crappification from the money botherers, the stars' quirks, the script re-writers committees and whatever else is involved in movie making.

Then you have to work out if the enjoyment is worth the effort. For me, seeing the first Star Wars, with 20th century switches doing fabulous things (hyper-drive, shields ...) and jedi swords, special effects and all that, was great fun and worth the ticket price but the story lines and drama of the whole Star Wars series has always been too overdone for me.

Icon because I was just wondering what the next one will be about.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Prior use ?

Ezra Pound (Lustra, 1916):

Winter is icumen in,

Lhude sing Goddamm,

Raineth drop and staineth slop,

And how the wind doth ramm!

Sing: Goddamm.

Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us,

An ague hath my ham.

Freezeth river, turneth liver,

Damm you; Sing: Goddamm.

Goddamm, Goddamm, 'tis why I am, Goddamm,

So 'gainst the winter's balm.

Sing goddamm, damm, sing goddamm,

Sing goddamm, sing goddamm, DAMM.

(a parody of the the 13th century song "Sumer Is Icumen In").

And all sing "Goddamm, DAMM the fartwits at HBO".

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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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Re: "a cylinder"

I thought that Apple decided that inward facing offices were very much higher status than outward facing, and that all the windows were curved in both the vertical and horizontal directions.

Ahh, donuts !!!

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

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Re: Finally

So the security services have a law which sets out what they are allowed to do (you know, licensed to kill etc). No doubt it is the bare minimum of what the security services really, really need to keep this country safe (with bulging dossiers supporting each and every claim, all secret of course).

The only good point is that it presumably makes pulling the wool over the Minister's eyes a little harder.

Of course, whether it has that effect or not is a secret.

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US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

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President elect Trump

If Trump succeeds and, (speaking as a non-American), doesn't indulge in huge abuses of American power as GWB did - what is to worry about. So far his electioneering seems to have been unconventional but reasonably honest, if a bit brutal.

If he truly is an incompetent, he will be assigned a team of minders and the political establishment will set like rock around him - so we should survive the one term he will be allowed.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: Not much of a chemist then?

If I order some fish and chips and eat a few of the chips whilst waiting to pay, the notes I pull out of my wallet and hand over are likely to end up carrying more than trace amounts of oil, and my preference is for chippies that use beef dripping. I would imagine that cotton/linen notes would soak up more oil than plastic notes.

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New Euro-net will let you stream Snakes on a Plane on a *!#@ plane

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Working on a plane

I was never able to get a good look at both the screen and the keyboard of my laptop (I can't touch type). Usually had a much better view of the top of the head of the passenger in front. This was true for both economy and business classes. On the rare occasions of first class travel I was too busy scoffing the delicious nibbles and drinks and multi-course meals ever to think of working.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Re: The Universe has Always Been Here?

The universe didn't exist before I was born. It evolved a bit during my childhood but more or less settled down during my middle age. I have no proof of anything more than this. It may, or may not, outlast me, I don't know.

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New state of matter discovered by superconductivity gurus

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Re: Advanced science or gibberish?

@cuddles

Thanks for the explanation, much appreciated. Specialist jargon can sometimes be completely impenetrable without a bit of help.

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Sequence Reversal not Time Reversal

Thank you for that idea, I shall cling to it like Linus to his blanket, or a different Linus to his swear words.

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Re: "breaks time-reversal"

To the Editor,

Sir, one of your journalists has left the phrase "the new phase enters a completely different structure that breaks time-reversal" in an article with no other comment or explanation.

Will you please see to it that some explanation in the most prosaic and banal terms is introduced as soon as possible since I am very much afraid that otherwise my brain will explode.

Yours truly,

Perplexed of Tunbridge Wells

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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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Re: "their own intelligence"

My take on the subject is that intelligence is the result of natural selection, good or bad luck in choosing one's parents, good or bad luck as a foetus, nurture, environment and choice.

"Random undirected changes over millions of years" is an intentionally misleading phrase.

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More money than sense.

"Researchers at Facebook have attempted to build a machine capable of reasoning from text".

That says it all really. Cretins.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Luddite

A middle eastern office loo - standard row of standard cubicles. A bit too skimpy-USA-style for my liking but needs must when nature calls - and it was, urgently.

Sat down, reset the intestines to factory fresh and looked for the loo paper - there was none, not even an empty holder. There was however a standard shower attachment on a flexi-pipe with hot and cold taps. I had one, slightly used, paper tissue in my pockets.

You don't have to be a luddite to long for home comforts.

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Google declares victory for its Wifi router before it's even shipped

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Re: Wire is good

"my smartphone and my tablet don't work" . They make little gadgets for situations like that. Of course if you want secure communications you probably wouldn't be using a smartphone or tablet.

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Hackers electrocute selves in quest to turn secure doors inside out

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Re: They're still alive after electrocution?

They're a couple of cool cats. (Useless at high voltage engineering, but cool).

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

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Re: Casting pearls before swine.

That would be the New Testament.

The Old Testament is full of advice against arguing with fools but doesn't openly call them swine.

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