* Posts by ma1010

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'Exploding e-cig cost me 7 teeth, burned my face – and broke my sink!'

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Was that vaper built by Samsung?

Just wondering.

Sounds like a hell of a lot of force to get from a small battery explosion. Perhaps it somehow shorted and dumped a bunch of energy into the heating element all at once, but even then it's hard to imagine getting that powerful a steam explosion from a tiny bit of liquid. Curious to see hear more about how something like that could happen.

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Good on Obama!

What Manning did may not have been the optimum thing, but I understand the horror he (now she) felt when viewing some of these documents (I was horrified by some of them) and the desire to publicize them as a way to put an end to what they revealed.

I think more good came of Manning's actions than harm, and am glad that Obama gave Manning a chance at having a life now.

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Valley techies to protest outside Palantir – Trump adviser's creepy citizen database biz

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But Trump said...

Okay, folks, let's review Campaign Promises 101: campaign promises are pretty much lies, m'kay? Trump (and Clinton, for that matter) made lots of promises which they had little, if any, interest in actually fulfilling. Election rhetoric is made for the purpose of getting elected. Once the candidate gets elected, the rhetoric pretty much goes into the bin. Sure, Trump said some scary things, but what evidence do we have that he plans to implement them?

If you've been following Trump at all recently, you can see that he's changed his tune already, even before he gets inaugurated. He's moving towards the middle of the road, which is to be expected if he has any hope of working with the majority of Congress (yes, including Republicans, most of whom are not really all that far right). I doubt Trump ever had any intention or desire to deport every illegal in the U.S. There are certainly some (criminals) we could do without, but most immigrants are fine people, and the U.S. is richer for having them here, and most people know that, even Trump. So no, I don't expect some database leading to 3:00 AM raids by the Stasi on the homes of illegal immigrants in the U.S. And from the attendance numbers of this event, it seems most other folks don't expect it, either.

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Trump fan Peter Thiel 'considering' CA Terminator role*

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Re: Been There, Done That

California Republicans tend to be the stupidest of the lot nationwide, for some reason. They had an opportunity to make a mark on the state a few years ago when all they had to do was agree to put on the state ballot a measure that would increase one tax during the economic crash in 2008. Not adding a tax, mind, but just allowing people to vote for it if they wanted it. They refused. They said they would agree, but came up with a ridiculous laundry list of demands on the Democratic leadership that was rejected. The Democrats replied by managing to put a different law on the ballot removing the Republican's former ability to block the state budget every year, so now California Republicans have been pretty much marginalized by their own stupidity.

I doubt Republicans will ever control either house of the legislature in the foreseeable future. However, it is quite possible for a Republican to be elected governor.

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The top doc, the FBI, the Geek Squad informant – and the child porn pic that technically wasn't

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Re: I'm not sure you can make the its not porn argument

You're almost right. However, a cop CAN go through your garbage without a warrant once you put it out for collection. There's a U.S. Supreme Court decision to that effect, California v. Greenwood, 486 U.S. 35 (1988).

Many, many cases have been solved by exactly that technique. I remember a case I saw recently where police solved a murder that way. They went through the garbage of a suspect in a robbery/homicide and found gloves and clothing that matched what a robber had worn as seen on video from the incident. That was enough probable cause for a search warrant, and they found enough more in the residence to get a conviction and take a killer off the streets.

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How Apple exploded Europe's crony capitalism

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Re: CRTs

In Clarke's book 2001: A Space Odyssey, those devices were called "newspads" and were only for receiving/presenting information, not sending it. They had no "phone" capability at all, much less videophone capability built in. There's nothing like a cell phone in either the movie or book, AFAIK. One place where reality outstripped science fiction.

However, in Robert Heinlein's book Space Cadet, written in the 1950's, there a scene where one of the characters gets a call on his "pocket phone," so I guess it's really just a matter of what a particular author dreamed up.

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CIA director AOL email hacker coughs to crime

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Re: Yeah, but

EXACTLY!

If I forget to lock my house when I go out, that doesn't make it okay for some thief to walk in and steal my property. It would have been fine to let the fed know about their poor security, possibly even to publicize the fact, but then to break into databases, publish the data and send threatening messages and phone calls? That's way over the line.

Federal laws here are generally horribly draconian, but most of the time they will offer a reasonable plea bargain. Personally, I think he does deserve some punishment for his actions, partly as a deterrent to others, but I hope they don't go overboard on it.

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Forget aircraft – now cretins are laser-blinding ferry boat crewmen

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Re: Motive?

I don't begin to understand it, either. But there are lots of twisted people of this type. I think it's the same sort of mentality that writes viruses that just screw up computers and spreads them around to infect computers of people they don't even know. I've always wondered what the point of that was.

Perhaps more or less the same sort of motivation here? Just 5 year old mentalities playing with grown-up stuff, I guess.

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Google gives up YOUR private data to US govt – but won't hand over its OWN staff personal info

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As the article pretty much says

My irony meter is pegging.

I mean, this is GOOGLE, the guys who spy on EVERYBODY and want to know EVERYTHING about EVERYONE and who are happy to cough up anything they do know to Big Brother. But they draw the line at giving up data about their own employees, who seem to be the only ones for whose privacy they have the slightest consideration. Did someone say "hypocrites"?

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NASA plans seven-year trip to Jupiter – can we come with you, please?

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Re: Artifacts Express- opening soon in an orbit near you!

Just hope it's not a Thrint. You really would not want to wake it up. (See Larry Niven's World of Ptavvs.)

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Assange confirmed alive, tells Fox: Prez Obama 'acting like a lawyer'

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A pardon?

I have no idea what Trump will do, but I wouldn't mind seeing him issuing a pardon to Assange and, better yet, Snowden. Anyone who reveals illegal and evil activity should not be punished, but rewarded. After all, if some corporation were doing something highly illegal and pernicious, anyone bringing that to the light would normally be acclaimed for doing good by the public and government.

Unfortunately, that isn't how it works when it's the government whose nefarious behavior gets exposed. Then you get lots of jail time, which isn't really how it should be.

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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Re: Incredible (Talking Toilet Paper!!)

Well, it could be made by Sirius Cybernetics Corp. Then you'd get something like "Thank you for using this piece of toilet paper to wipe your ass today" or "Glad to be of service." How would you like to have to listen to THAT hung over in the morning after a bit of a knees up the night before?

Or, worse, they could have the sensors give you a status report, "Oh, it looks like you had a few Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters too many last night! And WHERE did you get that really nasty curry from?"

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Ruh-roh! Rick Ruhl rolled out of Ham Radio Deluxe in software kill-switch aftermath

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A step in the right direction

Getting rid of someone who thinks it's a good idea to blacklist people for publishing a review they don't like sounds like a great idea.

But I still have a problem with the new incarnation of HRD. The idea of anything ham radio related that requires the Internet to work -- well, isn't a key point of ham radio that it works when all else fails? In an emergency, the software isn't going to be able to phone home and see if it's okay with Big Brother for it to still work today. I'm generally opposed to the whole "phone home" idea for software (go ahead and call me a Luddite, anti-cloud, anti-SAAS, etc., if you like, because I am). And for anything ham radio (emergency communications) related, phoning home seems an especially bad idea. "Oh, sorry, I can't call an ambulance for the injured guy because my software can't connect to the Internet, so it won't control my radio!" (Fortunately in real life, there are other ways than using HRD to control a radio. But the whole "won't work if it can't phone home" thing still pisses me off AND is a really bad idea in a ham radio context.)

Okay, okay, I'm leaving. Probably some damn kids on my lawn I need to chase away, anyhow...

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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Time to prepare...

If these "Death Stars" are coming to pollute our skies, it's time to prepare the X-wing fighters and practice using the Force.

Mine's the one with the light sabre in the pocket.

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US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

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Not their call

If the warrant is "over broad," Amazon can appeal that in court. You can't just decide "oh, no, I don't want to play" when you get a warrant. If there is something wrong with the warrant (which I'm not able to judge), then I hope Amazon pursues that avenue and wins.

On the other hand, If Amazon wants to refuse because they don't want everyone knowing that they're eavesdropping and recording everything said in an Alexa-equipped house, then I wouldn't mind seeing Jeff Bezos in jail on contempt charges. It rarely happens, but there are precedents for that sort of thing for corporations that think they're above the law.

It would be nice to know just how much those voice-activated gadgets "listen" to regular conversations. I want to know if they are sending data out of the household, and if so, just who is collecting that data and why. I suspect most El Reg readers are savvy enough to not want a voice-activated device in their house without knowing that much about it.

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Spotty battery life costs Apple's MacBook Pro its gold-star rating

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Not the first time Apple has "fixed" problems this way

I seem to remember something like this back when Apple had those defective phones -- that is, the ones all the users were holding wrong, of course. I remember reading that Apple modified the phones' software to show more phone signal strength "bars" with the same (weak) signal to make users think they'd actually done something to fix the problem. Eventually, they did admit the problem, but at first were trying to cover it up. Perhaps they'll eventually cop to this one, too.

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

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I say let him walk home NOW

Toss this silly wanker out of the plane. Yes, with a parachute -- I'm not that evil. But really, sometimes human stupidity just seems to know no bounds.

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White House report cautiously optimistic about job-killing AI

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How to get richer

How do the 1% continue to get richer once they have - effectively - all the money?

Looking at history, specifically the Middle Ages when that was kind of how things were, I'd expect the 1% to start robbing each other, or invade another country. I suppose that could provide entertainment for the 90% out of work (the other 9% being servants of the rich). Of course, the 1% will usually find a way to get the 99% involved in their wars.

There might be a way to make such an economy work. Perhaps something like in James Hogan's Voyage to Yesteryear could be possible someday, although I don't really see how to get there from here.

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I won't use them.

I never use self-service check outs. I have a job, and I want other people to have jobs, so I always go to a human clerk, even if the line is longer. Other people need to make a living, too.

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Amateur radio fans drop the ham-mer on HRD's license key 'blacklist'

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Re: Sounds like time for a total boycott on them

You point about internet connectivity is VERY valid. I am involved in emergency communications (EMCOMMS) and use HRD (version 5) on a laptop in the field to control a radio in a portable station I built and can take anywhere (has it's own power supply, etc). If I had to have Internet connectivity to use the software (which I don't with the older version), it would be totally useless for EMCOMMS because a basic principle of EMCOMMS is you need to be able to work without *ANY* other infrastructure. Software that requires an Internet connection would be a total non-starter for EMCOMMS.

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Re: I use Ham Radio Deluxe

Thanks for the link to shackbox! I will give it a try.

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I use Ham Radio Deluxe

And never had any trouble with the current regime. That's because I use the original, free, version by Simon Brown. He invented it and owned it until he sold the software to this lot that owns it now.

Any hams who are having trouble with the new regime or software can freely download and use the last free version of the program, version 5.24. Just google "ham radio deluxe version 5 download." It may or may not have all the bells and whistles in the newer (paid) version, but it works perfectly for me, controlling my radio, providing a great logbook, a very good digital comms package, fully customizable "favorites" and many other useful features. Unfortunately it requires Windows, but runs very well in VirtualBox with Windows 7.

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Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?

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Inherited a pr0n computer

A while back, I went to work as the "IT guy" at a medium sized business. My predecessor was the son of the Controller. The computer in my office was slow, buggy, infected with a browser hijacker (and many other nasties) and had a had drive chock full of pr0n. It was categorized, even, with categories including "bestiality."

Of course, the install disks were missing, so I had to clean it up the hard way. First, delete the swags of pr0n, then spend a couple of days to disinfect the other nasties. Never mentioned it to anyone else at the company, though.

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This is your captain speaking ... or is it?

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Re: WTF?

A long time ago (not long enough) and on a network all too close to us (US), it did exist. Once.

You can read about it at the link below. You can even watch it. Not recommended. You have been warned.

http://www.starwarsholidayspecial.com/

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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More Magic Technology

Brought to you by our brilliant politicians. Put it on the shelf next to the advanced crypto that's unbreakable by any foreign nation state -- but easily read by the cops here.

And while you're at it, how about reviving that law making pi = 3.0? That would sure be a help for kids in school - make those math problems easier, you know.

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Give us encrypted camera storage, please – filmmakers, journos

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Re: no! Fairly pointless, really

Well, those banana republic cops could just insist that he die trying to decrypt it. And if he truly cannot accede to their demands, well, that will just be the worse for him, won't it?

Off to MiniLove! Room 101 for him. Or maybe just a bullet in the head.

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Fairly pointless, really

And even then, it may not withstand the threat of rubber-hose cryptanalysis or a $5 wrench.

If you're dealing with a (mostly) civilized country, they will have the resources to crack the encryption if they really want to (think NSA or GCHQ). If you're dealing with a banana republic, they'll fall back on, shall we say, more forceful decryption techniques.

If I was a journalist, I'd remove all the "good" pics from my camera and fill the memory with cat photos and vacation snaps, putting the "real" stuff elsewhere. Then you MIGHT have a chance to get it through customs, but probably not, and if you get caught trying, expect the worst.

Big! Big! Big! Big! [see icon]

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Symantec sets legal wolves upon Zscaler

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The IT Corporate lifecycle

We've all heard of the life cycle of software. Submitted for your approval, the IT Corporate Lifecycle:

1. Startup with new ideas

2. Innovation and growth

3. Giant - dominates its area

4. Past its prime - complacency - arrogance - stagnation - infighting - beginning to fail

5. Patent Troll

6. Oblivion

Looks like Symantec is at stage 5. Hopefully stage 6 soon.

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I was a robot and this is what I learned

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Re: It can never succeed beyond the novelty stage

Yes, but you're overlooking the fact that it's a matter of preference for many of us. Some people, such as yourself, enjoy traveling. And that's good. Me, I'd rather take a beating than spend a packet on cabs and tickets, not to mention the horror of TSA or whatever gestapo occupies the airports, not to mention the crowds, the l-o-n-g walks (or runs if you're trying to get to that connecting flight with moments to spare because your incoming flight was late), ludicrous prices of "we've got you" food and drinks, lost luggage, the rude wankers you have to deal with everywhere, and all the other "pleasures" of travel. Also, I get claustrophobic and really uncomfortable in large crowds, which I think telepresence would help alleviate.

There's also business reasons in favor of this technology. Think of the savings in travel costs for a business that's footing the bill for the travel/hotel/food.

I don't see events going out of style due to this. You'd still have to pay to attend the event, albeit via "robot," so the event organizers can still make a profit. It's also a business opportunity for those providing the robots. You won't get a packet of swag to take home, but that's the only real downside I see.

There will always be a lot of people who relish travel, and many others may feel that using telepresence is just too "creepy" or just not for them. But for those physically limited or who just really hate travel, something like this could be really wonderful. And the fees for "renting" a "robot" would probably be a lot cheaper than traveling, so telepresence could make it possible for more people to attend an event distant from their homes.

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Algorithm advance alleviates AI amnesia

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Ladies and Gentlemen, we are DOOMED

Obviously, if they figure out how to make AI systems remember everything like humans do, then the machines will become as smart as us! Everyone can see that this is horrible because -- uh, because -- oh, crap!

Sorry, I forgot what I was going to say...

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BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland

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Probably easier to do than autonomous car driving

Given that other aircraft do have transponders (unlike cars, trucks, pedestrians, animals, trees, etc.) and the sky is less crowded then most urban roads, I'd expect it would be much easier to create self-flying aircraft than self-driving cars or trucks.

Personally, I think it will be a while before they can really come up with safe self-driving cars. I'd expect to see practical autonomous aircraft sooner than autonomous cars.

Another poster asked could such a plane land on the Hudson Thames? Well, quite possibly yes. Any competent pilot has emergency landing locations in mind at all times, and I'd expect an autonomous aircraft to be programmed accordingly. The key difficulty I'd see there is avoiding other objects (especially small boats or flotsam) on the water or, in the case of a highway landing, vehicles on the roadway -- much the same problems facing autonomous road vehicles, and problems aircraft rarely face. But perhaps it can be done properly. Time will tell.

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Outlook.com is still not functioning properly for some Microsoft punters

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Why not use something that works?

I used to use Bluebottle, and after they went away I switched to fastmail.com.

They have a nice web interface if you want to use it. I use Maildroid on my phone with IMAP, and Thunderbird at home with a POP3 mailbox. It just works.

Have never had a problem with fastmail. I very rarely had short-term problems with Bluebottle, over several years.

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And with one stroke, Trump killed the Era of Slacktivism

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So true

"People who sneer about “flyover states” don’t get very far when the 'flyovers' don’t need to listen"

Yes, indeed, it was all those "flyover states" that elected Trump. Their opinions and votes DO count, no matter how much smarter all those "Lord Bong" types in Silicon Valley think they are. If you REALLY want to change the way the country is going, you need to engage in a dialog with others and not just talk to the like-minded and down to those who don't already agree with you.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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Which goes to show..

That there's no situation that's so bad on its own that government intervention can't make it much worse.

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Kotkin: Why Trump won

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This article is right on

Kotkin makes some very good points here. Trump won because people are sick of the elitists who run both political parties. Trump won the nomination very much over the opposition of the Republican leadership. As I've said, people are sick and tired of the usual suspects running things.

On a related subject, Trump's victory is amazing because he had to overcome a concerted effort on the part of almost all the mainstream media to defeat him. Most of our media was so pro-Clinton, it was ridiculous.

When I was a child (long ago), news broadcasters had a code that they would (and they seemed to try to) present just the facts and not slant or spin stories politically. There was probably a bit of bias here and there, but it wasn't a major thing. Nowadays, the mainstream media very clearly has their little agendas. They couldn't be more obviously slanted than if Dr. Gobbels was in charge of a Federal Department of Propaganda (albeit with a very different agenda from Gobbels himself, of course). Major news organs in this country nowadays are more about entertainment and political propaganda than information. There's hardly even a pretense of "balanced" or "unbiased" reporting.

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Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

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Why Trump? People are just sick and tired.

Many, many people in America are sick and tired of the "usual suspects" running the government. With the usual Republicans and Democrats, there's really not a lot to choose between. The real key is who contributes the most, and that would be the big corporations who are the ones mostly pulling the strings of the marionettes in Washington. Many people in America are looking for something different, and Trump certainly is something different. He's rich enough that he won't be for sale to the highest bidder, which is a point in his favor and distinguishes him from most of the folks in Washington.

I am not familiar enough with British politics to have an opinion, but I've seen a fair number of people lodging similar complaints on social media about the Tories and New Labor being a bit Tweedledum and Tweedledee, so maybe our Rightpondian friends have similar problems?

Will Trump be a disaster? I don't think so. There's a LOT of inertia in Washington, regardless of which party officially controls Congress. And a lot of Republicans do not agree with Trump and may oppose him in Congress. And then there are the courts. So don't expect to see concentration camps for illegals or a "Great Wall of America" or other such nonsense. Also, please consider that we don't even know what he REALLY wants to do. Anyone who confuses campaign rhetoric with reality is naive, and I doubt we have too many of that sort reading El Reg. We don't know what he wants until after he takes office. Maybe we'll all regret him being elected then, but for now I have a "wait and see" attitude.

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Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users' browsing histories

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Trust is like Sincerity

And once you can fake that...

-- the BOFH (slightly paraphrased)

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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Re: Or, for a double whammy

I knew a young fellow (mid 20's) in the legal profession who loved his Red Bull and vodka drinks. He ended up with serious damage to his heart from it. He had to lay off the booze and caffeine completely. He wasn't yet 30.

Folks: JUST DON'T DO RED BULL AND VODKA. The caffeine and booze don't cancel each other out, but the two can cancel YOU out.

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F-35 'sovereign data gateway' will stop US reading pilots' personal data? Yeah right

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Next: Warplane As As Service (WAAS)

The F-35/365 is now available on a WAAS contract for a low annual fee of only $50,000,000! Additional charges may apply, such as fuel, weapons, spares, wear and tear, crash damage, etc.

<ALERT KLAXON>

"I'm sorry, Dave, but I can't start the engines since your air force hasn't paid this month's WAAS installment to my builders. To proceed, please insert $4.167 million or the equivalent in Euros into the illuminated slot."

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Crashed Schiaparelli lander's 'chute and shields spotted

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Re: Come on now...

Can't see why anyone is having trouble with this. Extra craters or discoloration? It's very simple. The Martians, in self-defense, fired a volley of SAMs at the intruder. Unfortunately, some of them were defective and exploded on launch scattering bits of burning fuel and oxidizer. Extra craters and discoloration explained! Despite this setback, they did kill the invader, though, which is something we should think about before trying to invade their homeland again.

I'll be back in just a minute. I can feel that the government people are starting up the rays again. Need to get my tinfoil hat on.

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See that red spot on the chart? Sail over it and you'll find a Russian sub

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Making real war more like a board game -- in a sense

There is one vast difference between playing a war game on a board and the real thing: knowing who is where - particularly the enemy, but sometimes even friendly forces - and what they're doing. On a board, you can just look at the pieces and know the overall picture. In real life, it's anything but like that. In a real war, it's very difficult to piece together fragmentary reports to get a clear picture of what is happening out there. That picture can easily get distorted from reality, which can lead to disastrous mistakes by misinformed commanders (among many other things, think "friendly fire.")

This new technology appears to be trying to fix that problem, pulling in information from many different sources, including drones, and putting everything together into a map that the commander can look at and know who and what is where. This sort of information is a very good weapon in and of itself, a really major advantage for you if the other side doesn't have it, and an epic fail for you if the other side has it and you don't.

Of course, I'd like to see a world in which there aren't any wars. But if we want to have a strong defense in case it is ever needed, this sort of technology is an essential game-changer to have in your possession.

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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Yes, it IS a game of chicken.

In the part of town where I live, idiots often cross wherever and whenever they feel like, with no interest in what the rules might be. When they start to do that in front of me and I have the right of way, I look right at them and keep the power on. (In reality, I'm not going so fast I CAN'T stop, but let's not give that impression.) Mostly they stay where they belong out of a desire to not become roadkill. But even then you get kids that look back at you and act like they're going to jump out in front of you, just to see if they can scare you into swerving or locking brakes up. They find that amusing. And THAT'S when they know there's a really good chance of them being DOA if they did it for real. What happens when they KNOW the car will slam stop to avoid them?

The poster above who mentioned "stand and deliver" is exactly right. If we wind up with automated cars that stop at the slightest provocation by a pedestrian, we'll either have to have police round these idiot pedestrians up and penalize them severely enough to make them stop (zero chance of that around here), not use automated cars or learn to enjoy having cars slam on the brakes suddenly for yet another idiot, sitting in traffic jams and being robbed while sitting there.

Or maybe add a manual override -- and then we're back to where we are now.

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Belgian court fines Skype for failing to intercept criminals' calls in 2012

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Enough with the profanity!

Okay, I can live with f**k and s**t and m********ker and such.

But c'mon, we have to have SOME standards. Please moderate your language! I mean, using the word Bel***m is just so unhoopy!

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Let's praise Surface, not bury it

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Re: Your looking at the market wrong

Have an upvote! You are so totally right!

A long time ago, when I was a wee tyke, new car models were a BIG DEAL. People got excited about the new car models coming out each year. Very many people (including my father) bought a new car every three years. Why? Because back then cars wore out faster than today, and the new cars were often significantly better (as well as being styled differently - a bit of planned obsolescence there) than the older cars.

It was an upgrade cycle, the same thing that drove PC buying in the 90's, what with upgrades from 286 to 386 to 486, etc., each of which was a significant improvement over what went before. (And driven also by MS's tendency to bloat their software to the point it barely ran -- until you upgraded. I well remember successive versions of MS Office bogging down until the hardware upgrade.) That's not the case with cars or PCs anymore, hence the "knee" in the growth curve where it flattens out.

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I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

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Re: A never-ending study on how to mess up humans...

Yes, we do need a better energy supply, that's for certain.

However, putting the materials up into space to build a "2001" type space station is not fantasy. Those who read the rest of Clarke's books would tell you the material came from the moon and was launched into orbit using an electromagnetic catapult, which is not at all fantasy. There are plenty of materials there, and the moon's lack of air and lower gravity make such a scheme very feasible for getting materials into Earth orbit.

One would have to figure in the cost of setting up a lunar colony (not cheap) and mining and building a catapult there, but once it was a going concern, the per kilo cost of putting material into Earth orbit would be a fraction of using rockets (even SpaceX ones) from Earth.

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ARM: Hold my beer, we'll install patches for your crappy IoT gear for you

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How can we fix this?

One thing that MIGHT help is if there were laws making manufacturers of IOT tat responsible if those devices get p0wned. That would motivate them to sign up with ARM's (or some other similar) patching scheme since they don't want to get sued by DYN or whoever got DDOSed this week. Or their customers who lost money due to no Internet connection.

Perhaps governments should also implement (as others have suggested before) the idea of implementing an international standards testing organization to security test and approve all Internet appliances before they can be sold. That should at least get rid of the hard-coded passwords and other "please p0wn me" crap so often baked into such tat.

It's scary to want more government regulation, but is there a viable alternative that will get the manufacturers together on sensible security? IOT as it stands now is a complete disaster and needs serious fixing. Yet at least some people seem to want these gadgets, and we need to do something to try to mitigate the inevitable damage.

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AT&T buys Time Warner for US$85.4bn or 1.25 Dell-EMCs

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Re: Where on earth did they get the cash?

AT&T overcharges for everything. They always have. They are experts at padding bills. That's why I don't use them anymore. My phone/Internet is from a small company that makes a small profit off me whereas AT&T provided the same services for $30 more a month, every month. Multiply that by a hundred million or more and see where it gets you.

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DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again

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ENOUGH!

You know, this is really enough of this crap. What's the point? It's like the assbags that went out and wrote viruses and sent them around to screw up computers of people they didn't even know. What was that for? And now why try to bugger up the whole Internet?

I'm not smart enough to figure out a solution (and there may not be one), but it seems to me that something should be possible.

Technically, we need some geniuses to figure out a way to trace this crap back to its source. Politically, we need international treaties which provide that anyone who screws up the Internet, regardless of where they are, will be arrested and tried for it. Once found guilty, give them a nice, LONG prison sentence. And maybe a permanent, non-dischargable judgment (for many millions) that follows them around for the rest of their life to make sure they're pauperized to the point they can't AFFORD a computer.

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Smoking hole found on Mars where Schiaparelli lander, er, 'landed'

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It's WAR

"Good Evening, Gentlebeings.

"As we are all aware, the Earthlings have attacked us, bombarding us from space without any warning or provocation on our part. I have ordered our military forces to prepare a massive counter-strike. I now ask you to declare that a state of war has existed between Mars and Earth since the time of the Earthlings' nefarious attack."

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Two new dinosaurs walked from South America to Australia, via Antarctica

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But..

Back then, Antarctica wasn't covered in ice. It was temperate. Of course, that doesn't mean your movie idea isn't a good one...

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