* Posts by JLV

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EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

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I am sorry Dave, I can't let you watch Westworld. You are behind your quota.

Might I suggest movies by Eric Rohmer? You haven't watched any and he's worth an extra 25% quota bonus. Or Alain Resnais' Marienbad.

Nope, I don't recommend La Femme Nikita or Grand Bleu. Besson's @ -20%.

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FCC revised net neutrality rules reveal cable company control of process

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>politicians

Methink calling Pai a politician is an insult to politicians.

What I wonder is, are some of the other bigwigs in the Trump cabinet so transparently acting in favor of their lobbyists and special interests? I mean, we are highly cognizant of Pai's, pretty unbelievable, degree of bias.

What are the other ones up to? What's EPA dude, the one who wanted it gone, up to? What about Mr Obamacare replacement? Rewritten as per the biggest HMO donor? I can hardly see how anyone would be worse than Pai but since he's not been dressed down, you figure that he's following script.

I wonder when the people who elected Trump to re-empower them from Washington and economic decay will wake up and smell the coffee. Not anytime soon is my guess, but it will hurt when they realize they've been sold a bridge.

If you read Ars, which is much more US than Reg, their commentards are even more rabidly anti Trump than here.

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Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

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Re: GVFS sounds super dumb

>Clearcase (contender for the worst source control system ever

Contender? You're being unduly generous and magnanimous. More like so far ahead that no one else is in the same game.

Add to it quite possibly the worst GUI ever inflicted on users. And the crappiest and flakiest backend Windows services.

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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>"passive" safety systems that do not require human intervention

Hmmm... does anyone know if these are aiming for a failsafe system, in the original sense of the word?

One thing that remains worrying about nuclear reactors (and I approve of nuclear energy) is that the designs all pretty much posit active control and safety. You'd instead want a system that can't sustain a reaction, much less a thermal runaway, when it fails.

For example, a car, if it loses power, can in most cases be expected to cruise to a stop. An airplane can somewhat be glided to safety (fly by wire and hydraulics loss aside). A helicopter on the other hand is a bitch to land safely and that's pretty much inherent in their design.

Problem seems to be that our current reactors are like helicopters, not cars. They have multiple redundancies sitting on top of a design that requires active control and cooling to keep it in a safe envelope. You'd want to be able to say "no more control => no more fuel/reaction => shutdown". That's a very different aspect than how much staff you need. And it's also unrelated to making it 100% safe in case bad guys fly an aircraft into it or there is a massive earthquake. Or tons of other metrics like nuclear waste production. It might still spew some crap around and make a limited mess, but it shouldn't increase its heat production on the way there. All it is concerned about is minimizing the consequences of worst-case scenarios which is really something that needs doing, IMHO.

That's not what we had, at all, with Fukushima or Chernobyl. And I find mooted similarities in design with submarine reactors hardly reassuring in that context. But, yes, nuclear energy has enough PR and financial challenges that going back to the drawing board may not happen in the West.

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Re: We're already being asked for email addresses at the till

>purchasing with cash, because I strongly object to all this unwanted invasion of privacy

Be warned, citizen: only those with something to hide want to remain anonymous. You are now on the double secret probation watchlist!

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Has AI gone too far? DeepTingle turns El Reg news into terrible erotica

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Chill. The point of using porn textual content is that it is often repetitive in its descriptions, with a narrow vocabulary and context. And, within that framework, it is considered acceptable by its readers.

No, it's not "solve hunger on Earth" level AI, but it is more interesting than classifying cat videos, IMHO. True AI is probably still at its "20 years away" stage, just like fusion always is. So weak AI efforts is where it is at right now.

'sides "world hunger solving" isn't going to be fixed by a linguistics AI researcher, izzit??? So what's your point, exactly?

Would it help you if it was straight porn? It certainly would help me if I was working on it, but that's just my preference ;-) I also suspect that part of the reason for that choice is that straight porn may not have as many high profile writers with large body of "oeuvres".

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Next stop...

Tribesmen of Gor

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

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Re: civilian Intercept

Actually you can read a pretty good book on Predator use by a former operator. Think of them as good at opportunistic surveillance/static target kills, but they have lag and launch-time-to-kill characteristics that might make them hard to use in a high tempo hot war against a peer enemy. 30 sec flight time for a Hellfire at their usual engagement range for example.

https://www.amazon.com/Predator-Remote-Control-Afghanistan-Pilots-Story/dp/0760338965

Countries should really ditch F35s, buy some good enough gen 4 like a Rafale, F18 Super or Gripen. Save money and keep an eye open on whats coming out of the gen 6 in 10-15 yrs time. Coincidentally that matches timeline on what capabilities autonomous air superiority drones might start to show as sneak peeks - an entirely different breed, totally unrelated to the current lot.

And what the China relationship will require - a friendly enough China does not warrant a trillion $ jet procurement mainly geared towards military industrial pork. And an unfriendly China will require a whole lotta more professionalism in said procurements than has been displayed to date in either F35s or with catapult-less carriers.

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Payroll-for-contractors company named at centre of AU$165m tax scam scheme

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You gotta wonder about cleverness here. OK, you have a good scam going. Too brazen to be even noticed... short term.

But you should know it will catch up to you someday. So, lay low, steal $5-10M, then get out and move to a nice sunny place chosen for its lack of extradition agreements with your homeland, decent healthcare and things to do - you'll be staying there for a long while.

No, instead you stick around, amass huge amounts of high visibility bling that should catch the attention of any self-respecting tax authority. And just wait to be sent to a long vacation @ Club Fed.

Duh!

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You'll get a kick out of this: Qualcomm patents the 'Internet of Shoes'

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One hopes a clever USPTO clerk, cognizant of the infinite stupidity of this application, gives it the boot.

In fact EL Reg should file it under Bootnotes as well.

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You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

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Re: Deathly silence

You know, this hack was in my mind as I downloaded Sublime Text 3 today from their site. Sublime doesnt publish hashes but I did a shashum of the download anyway. iTerm then allowed me to google up the hash and a hit came back from an AV vendor that that hash was associated with my particular build of Sublime.

As to you, think before inserting hoof in mouth. If you download malware and sudo up your full admin credentials to confirm its installation, that's going to be very hard for the OS to keep from blowing up, innit? True on Linux, Windows and, yes, OSX.

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Samsung TV YouTube app's getting removed. What replaces it?

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Samsung TV YouTube app's getting removed. What replaces it?

My Samsung TV's Hub update (yeah, well, that's one bit of kit Samsung does love to send updates to, always convenient when you wanna watch a show) is warning me that the YouTube app is gone by the end of June.

I think it's Flash-based somehow, so I can understand replacing it. Except only removal is mentioned, not replacement.

http://www.myce.com/news/samsung-removes-youtube-app-smart-tv-models-2012-82000/

Anyone know what to expect there? It's a 4-5 yr old TV and that's taking out a big chunk of functionality. My expectations are low. They've already nuked their perfectly ok iOS remote control app for it and have replaced it with a completed emasculated POS that can barely adjust the volume. And it's not like they have a decent Android app either, despite fielding dozens of TV-related apps.

Any ideas? Besides not buying Sammy in the future, that is?

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Made for each other! IBM awarded $700m outsourcing gig to cut costs at transport giant

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>funded by taxpayers in its homeland

To be precise: Quebec played along with a bit of industrial policy and funded them. Not Canadians at large.

Nice to know about the exec bonuses though. What a bunch of tossers. Ever increasing greed by execs is a pox in the face of workers, shareholders and in this case taxpayers.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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+10. I dont get why some mobile OS, to remain unnamed, don't differentiate between phone search and web search.

If I type 'wifi settings' in a phone search box, I presumably want to find my phone's wifi config widgets. Not an effin search for those terms, unrelated to my phone model, across the internet. How useful is that??? If I wanted a web search, the browser exists for a reason.

A cynical person, not I, might believe that Google, to name no one, is panicked at the idea that they might miss that bit of extra insight slurp about you ;-)

BB10 gets that and so does iOS. My Nexus 5 sure as heck doesn't.

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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...and letting the patent die after its allotted time, rather than tweaking a formula and re-patenting the whole shebang as "new" - (cough), big pharma, (cough).

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Dead?

Last I checked, Google Play and Amazon were selling mostly, if not only, in mp3 format.

Sure, it's not perfect, but it is ubiquitous, which sure beats a brilliant format that plays nowhere and can be acquired nowhere. Of course, you could buy CDs and rip - I tried FLAC for a while - but face it, with all the record stores pretty much gone, that's a major hassle.

Besides, my liking of music, and appreciation for various genres, far surpasses the quality of my hearing - it's about the music, not the .0001 vs .00001 harmonic distortion. Going to concerts too often certainly doesn't help there.

The patent died, long live the format.

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Giant spawn hammer on Antarctica map. Thanks, Google Waze

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FWIW, Ian McDonald's recent New Moon SF trilogy has a big "King Dong" that enterprising teens have engraved in the lunar dust using buggies or whatnot. 100km high IIRC. You can see from Earth with a telescope.

Good series so far. GoT + Dune + The moon is a harsh mistress in inspiration.

"Spawn hammer"? The inventiveness of the English language all languages in describing sexual organs never ceases to amaze.

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Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

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>won't be known for sure

which would be consistent with "back channel inquiries" taking place ;-). Not saying it's the reason but...

Corbyn effed up their Remain positioning and looks dead in the water for it. Hence the election call. Libs could suck in votes from Conservatives and Labour on that issue. What are their usual score ? Low double digits? What's the downside, if they don't come of as amateurish by having Brussels disown the attempt?

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Apologies for sticking my nose into UK poltics but... if the Libs have no chance as is, why not just explicitly campaign on cancelling Article 50 and Remain2?

It might be a bit awkward with Brussels, but that place has fudged awkward votes and referendums before - remember the 2nd Irish EU constitution vote, the one with the "right answer". They'd probably love to fudge this massive problem back under the rug.

I dunno if it's representative of UK at large but El Reg's commentards are definitely less gung ho after Brexit's win than before the vote. Can't help that trade wo free movement turned out to be less attainable than claimed. And the honorable PM now seems rather well set for a hard Brexit, partially for domestic electoral reasons.

It wouldn't be a perversion of the democratic process and ignoring the will of the people as regards last year's referendum if the Libs was explicitly campaigning on repealing 50 invocation. And it might earn them a bigger slice of votes. The only real risk is making a hash if Brussels doesn't respond - some discrete back channel inquiries beforehand should clear that up.

If they lose, and Brexit turns really sour later on - "Well, at least we tried" and better positioning and ammo in next election.

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WannaCrypt ransomware snatches NSA exploit, fscks over Telefónica, other orgs in Spain

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Re: Smug mode

>The body of the message usually gives enough clues as to the legitimacy of the email

Actually, if you can be bothered, get into the habit of adding some personalized content when you share links. Something that is recognizably yours.

"Dude, this reminds of that time we had that really bad beer", rather than just "check this out!".

It's not uncommon for infections to spread via email contacts. Make it clear it's actually you and get your friends to understand you appreciate the favor returned.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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>You might not now but in medieval times it was the best way of becoming rich.

Four score dozen ecus, or your sorry ass will be encrypted in my oubliettes.

I oscillate myself between wanting to see:

a) the lowlives targeting hospitals getting frisky with an iron maiden.

b) strapping whoever is ultimately responsible* for XP still being used (or at least networked) naked on a horse, daubed with honey and released near a huge swarm of deer flies.

* yeah, I know it's not necessarily the sysadmins' fault, but somewhere, some people, either incompetent IT or managers, decided it was acceptable to connect an OS that is now 2 yrs out of even extended security support to wider networks.

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Re: For the phone scammers ...

>cost-benefit analysis of wasting time on people

That's funny, because studies have hypothesized that their 419 Nigerian Prince brethren purposefully sprinkle in glaring mistakes and typos. Or at least found it didn't hurt:

If you weed out all smarties in your, cheap, first round of fishing, you lose less time with folks who see through you after you've spent more time grooming them in personalized contact.

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All that free music on YouTube is good for you, Google tells music biz

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not convinced

By its nature youtube is not an optimal choice for actually listening to music for a long time. Sure, you can stream it to your stereo or download or whatever. But can you go out for a jog/road trip on it? Without getting data'd to death? Seems rather easier to torrent if you're a determined leech.

On the other hand, it is a very good way to casually look up a new artist. The problem I have with the Spotifys of this world is that $10/mo for an evolved FM station experience doesn't seem like that much value, compared to Netflix. And it is not as easy and casual to just randomly look for a new artist when you hear about them.

Plus, you have plenty of free internet FM stations that most certainly don't allow lookups but otherwise scratch my online music itch.

Take Lana Del Rey - I don't even know where she plays except for YT. The alt rock stations I usually listen to don't carry her. She's definitely made it big starting there and I've bought her stuff since even though it is way out of my usual listening holes. But you hardly ever hear her much except on the internet.

This is no way a defense for the user-uploaded crap. Many artists upload on YT, but it should be their choice, not forced on them. IMHO, 1st takedown request is free, 2nd+ means that Google, with its vaunted ML skills, should know "hey we've been asked to take this song down before".

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TensorFlow: I want to like you, but you're tricksy

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Re: The ML is the least interesting aspect of TF

could you perhaps post a pointer on where to find out more about the deferral mechanism? I have limited interest in ML so not about to deep-dive in their doc or code.

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Microsoft backtracks: 'We are going to support .NET Framework with ASP.NET Core 2.0'

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Semantic versioning to the rescue

Couldn't MS solve all this by using semantic versioning? We all know the joke about MS products v1 and v2 being useless and you only taking it up on v3.

In semantic versioning anything before 1.0 is really up for grabs and a shifting sand of behavior that may be changed up to 1.0.

So, this kinda blunder? Easily addressed, by Net Core 0.4 or 0.5 naming. And then we can stop making fun of v1 MS products.

But that's not all. MS can also innovate for semantic versioning. Take Silverlight and other kinds of MS abandonware. They really need a new numbering system indicating they'll quite possibly kill it really soon down the road. I propose starting with negative numbers - a few years down the line bump it up to 0.1 when you are serious about it. Silverlight -2.0, Windows RT -3.0. Windows Phone (7 - 8). Even hardware: Zune -5.0,

Kidding aside, they do deserve kudos for listening and eating crow. MS has a long way to go to restore trust from all the times they cut down branches developers were sitting on. Hopefully this about face is the start of a trend rather than isolated common sense by a few of their upper managers (not holding my breath). Taken individually, junking dead end stuff makes sense. Do it too often however and your aggregate problem is that developers won't trust any of your new tech.

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HPE dumps Grandpa Software in Micro Focus care home, hightails it

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>Micro Focus to turn around an unloved business.

Are you talking about the Micro Focus that used to charge three arms and two legs for COBOL compilers? Probably still do for all I know.

turn around bleed white captive markets

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IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

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new proverb?

'no-one ever got hired for buying IBM'

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Re: Nobody got fired for buying IBM-

Perhaps, but I also seem to recall that in their early days HPs had a well-deserved reputation amongst PC enthusiasts about being less compatible than most. BIOS, extension cards, chips, that kinda thing.

Kinda like Sony.

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Just so we're all clear on this: Russia hacked the French elections, US Republicans and Dems

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just getting started

Seems to me we are still living in amateurish times.

What would it take for a nation state to completely cover its tracks?

- no "native language stuff" in code or comments

- offshore teams - base your dudes in, say, Malta or Cyprus, not Moscow. No IP geo tracks that way.

- encrypt comms to team and "need-to-know". Just like mushrooms goes the saying. Heck, don't comm via digital means at all.

- start from clean OS downloads from open source. Add malware from crims as needed

- use criminals rather than your cyber soldiers

- muddle up the money trail to your team.

If you add this, and other operational security I didn't think of, how could anyone truly know who's pulling the strings? Could say, Russia "frame" China vis a vis the West? How would we trust our own govs?

I don't see any great reason to doubt Russian involvement in this instance, but the scope for misdirection and possibly even false flag ops is getting bigger all the time.

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Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

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Re: Noobs

>US's invasions of Afghanistan

yes... the USSR's invasion of Afghanistan was a total success

Sorry, agree with your points in general but couldn't resist ;-)

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Re: Seems presumptuous to blame Le Pen personally

>The Russian sphere of influence

Don't disagree with you, but the Warsaw Pact was largely imposed on most of its members. The Russians believe they should have a say in their "near abroad" but not many of their former vassal states agree nowadays.

Putin needs to stir s&*t up because at core Russia is a near bankrupt, corrupt, country and he hasn't delivered much good to his people. So electoral trickery, home and abroad, playing on nostalgia for Soviet era "greatness", xenophobia, foreign enemies and gtetting in bed with Orthodox bigots are all in the game plan.

However, I also think that Putin should have kept his powder dry - too much of this blatant crap and he's risking not having the desired effect.

I used to think he was at least fairly non-corrupt himself and just a control freak. However we are slowly learning that the top Russian govt folks have skimmed tons of money.

Le Pen, whatever her numerous other faults are, deserves special oppobrium for licking his butt. I refer to taking Russian $ for her party. Something that she controlled, unlike these hacks which are not provably her idea.

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Don't waste your energy on Docker, it says here – wait, that can't be right...

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bring it on!

The math that is...

"Simply running dockerd idle induces a 2 watt difference in average power".

This is the only quantitative info in this article. But it, crucially, it does not give us a the baseline : +2w out of 20, 200, 2000?

@Ken mucho txs for the clarification but it should have been in the original article. We can handle it.

As to uselessness attributed to academics by other commentards...

assuming those academics didn't use too much time coming up with those numbers, we now know more than before even if that comforts us that the inefficiency doesn't matter all that much. At the scale where really big data centers guzzle watts, that's a nice to know.

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S is for Sandbox: The logic behind Microsoft's new lockdown Windows gambit

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Re: Sorry

>Heieken to beer is like that of windows 10 to privacy

Uncalled for.

Heineken ain't the greatest but it's not a totally bad choice if there's no microbrew around and you need to make do with mass produced/big brand beer.

There's a fine line between being a beer snob and just being a snob.

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135 MEELLION Indian government payment card details leaked

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Reminds me of a short story in W Gibson's Burning Chrome. The story's hacker protagonist has specialized in screwing poor Africans out of their money:

While they don't have much to steal there are many of them and they are badly protected.

India needs to up its game there if they don't want to emulate Bengladesh's Swift miseries.

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LinkedIn chatbots to help with 'important conversations'

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Re: This will help

MS should buy an online dating site and turn loose its "helpful banter" bots on it. Makes about as much sense as a Linkedin bot. And probably better ROI than on that 26B$.

Satnad, pls note the joke icon, I ain't serious.

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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Re: Bye bye Android

Regardless of OS-level security, a phone is much more likely to end up lost and in someone's physical possession. Or on a dodgy WiFi.

I don't do banking on mine either.

Google fail. My (broken) Nexus 5 considers itself up to date @ Oct '16. When my BlackBerry Classic dies, that just comforts me Android's not in the cards. Pbly an iPhone SE though I woulda given a highend camera Lumia a try instead if MS was more competent.

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Male escort forgot pregnancy protection, scores data protection instead

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Re: A bit of German

Here are some Jacques Dutronc lyrics, from Les Playboys:

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Ils travaillent tout comme les castors

Ni avec leurs mains, ni avec leurs pieds

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They work just like beavers

With neither hands nor feet

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Dunno about pregnancy, but according to South African President Jacob Zuma, you should also take a shower afterwards, it prevents AIDS.

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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To be clear: the _article_ is informative. The _stupidity_ is Oregon's engineering guild's.

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>nanny

I was gonna write a stinging rebuke... but you are right. Learned something

(missed it cuz my car will easily cross the state on a full tank).

I still rather like Oregon, from afar, but this makes it seem that, regrettably, common-sense economic liberalism isn't high on their menu.

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The stupidity of the subject of this article aside, by most of their laws, Oregon is actually one of the saner and more liberal (in the old sense of the word) US states, esp for one that is fairly rural.

Exhibit A, but by no means the only one: 46.1% Trump, 48.2% Clinton.

,, B: assisted dying law since 1997.

,, C: Portland is a cute, very walkable city, an early launcher of the microbrewery beer rennaissance and has a kick-ass Impressionist collection (many top-tier originals) in their main museum.

I don't live there, rather 700k directly northwards and see no reason to single them out as esp stupid.

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Re: Bureaucracy

Nice.

I already knew one reason the French and Americans have a tetchy relationship with each other - an innate conviction that they are each the start and end of civilization and God's gift to others on the planet. Whom all others should emulate.

You can now add they _both_ have head-up-the-rectum bureaucrats aplenty.

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Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

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Re: Low tech

>So's stealing somebody else's country

I too dislike Israel's failure to negotiate in good faith. But surely you are clever enough to realize that Hamas' missiles mostly provide a fig leaf to Israel no negotiation stance? As well as subject Palestinian to more Israeli bombing, thus breeding more Hamas supporters?

The world should boycott, as happened to South Africa, until 1967 occupied territories are withdrawn from and the afferent UN resolution 242 implemented. No need to atone our Holocaust guilt on the backs of the Palestinians.

Despite that, I also support Israel's right to self-defense.

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Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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>It's about perception, not about actually doing anything useful.

+1

To paraphrase Bruce Schneider, "morality theater".

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Re: Anything in there about religious sites ?

They grow up, become MPsPM, and then pass legislation like this.

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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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How safe is IE?

I suspect the core browser is relatively safe under most condition. So, not significantly worse than Chrome or Firefox, though not as good as Firefox + anal NoScript.

However, historically, MS has always pushed tight integration between products/OS/data (weren't we treated to a little HTA-runs-wo-protection-on-Word recently? Very 90s stuff)

Because of that I don't know if there is enough of a moat between IE or Edge and the underlying Windows OS. I suspect it is way better than in the old days, but I do know that Firefox or Chrome are not treated preferentially by Windows.

If the browser's protection (and NoScript) fail, there is an extra layer where Windows might possibly/maybe/blue moon catch the attack and I expect that extra layer to be even more porous with IE/Edge because of MS's desire for integration.

That, and I plain don't like Edge, for example that you have to jump hoops to display a bookmark toolbar by default - I don't want to rely on a search wizard all the time.

Firefox 1st, Chrome 2nd, Vivaldi 3rd. Edge a very distant 4th.

I.e. (no pun intended) the Windows Explorer blending into Edge/IE referred to in the article is not a feature in my view, it's symptomatic of extra risks.

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Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

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"Honest, guv, all our rides are in Luxembourg".

Anytime you figure Uber-dislike has peaked, it comes out that they are doing yet some other reprehensible crap to justify people hating their guts.

Now, I know they're not, by far, at the profit-making phase of their little adventure yet. No sirree.

But, what do you want to bet that there will be plenty of shady justifications for all of Uber's profits, when/if they arrive, being generated in Luxembourg or the like, in order to avoid tax anywhere else?

I'll forego the joke icon because I wouldn't put it beneath them.

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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

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@Tom 64

>I avoid those 3rd party bloatware fests like the plague.

I can only agree with disdain for the attitude that layers modules on top of modules, from essentially unknown developers and with also unknown commitment to maintenance, for the most trivial of tasks in JS (or Python for that matter). This what got them the left-pad fiasco. So, yes, 100% with you there.

However, taken to the extreme, you are also foregoing all the ES6 (i.e. "modern JS") goodies. Normal class OO semantics might be just be syntaxic sugar on top of prototypical inheritance.

But basic building blocks of non-trivial modern software like import/exports are not supported by core current JS in browsers. You need either an in-browser module loader or a something that packages it up on the backend. And ES6 support in the large is also reliant on a backend pre-processor, pending full browser support.

And, are you telling you'd cook up something with the functionality of ReactJS/Vue, d3, or even the much-maligned jQuery from scratch? Cross-browser? Pull the other one.

There is a large grain of wisdom in what you say, but it is far from the complete story, though it does make for a brilliant soundbite ;-)

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: FFS...

@Ketlan

Not one to let something useful get in the way of a good prejudice, are you?

Seriously, if you use something like the Ubuntu or Unix SO @ https://askubuntu.com/ https://unix.stackexchange.com/, you'd find that their up/down vote system probably weeds out the real basement dwellers. Not endorsing Ubuntu per se, just a pretty busy SO forum.

Now, of course, if you don't think through your questions that downvote system might also swat you ;-)

i.e. for every 1 rabid FOSS/Stallman/Linux/GPL commentard on El Reg, there are probably 3-4 who do use Linux w.o. being twats about it. And some might even point you towards a Windows-like Linux stack*. I wouldn't know, I don't use desktop Linux much, just the command line.

* I assume you don't mean Windows 8.x-like ;-)

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