* Posts by SolidSquid

595 posts • joined 13 May 2013

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Re: Nice

Key word being "was", she cut it down to get as much as she could to pay the DUP off

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Overstated importance of fans

'Survives' may be a more appropriate term

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An AI can replace what a world leader said in his video-taped speech. This will end well. Not

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Just need to wait now for someone to hijack a White House speech and get an impersonator to change what a president says to whatever they wanted them to say. "What do you mean, I said that? WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT WAS ON TV?!"

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Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

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Re: @ Steve 124 ID 10 T alert

"So if Trump blocks George Stephanopulos for being a weenie, that doesn't stop George Stephanopulos from creating another account to listen to Trump's tweets."

Pretty sure that's a breach of Twitters terms and conditions, so couldn't be used as part of a legal argument that he could still gain access.

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Re: ID 10 T alert

The point this lawsuit is making is that it's no longer a private account, but rather one run as part of the official communications of the White House (which makes other White House officials having access significant). It's also not necessarily about them being able to tweet directly at Trump, but also about being blocked from the public discourse regarding what seems to be official government statements in the replies to the tweets that are made.

It might not be a completely clear cut case, but there's enough wiggle room there because of the way the account has been used that they might have a case, or at least will be able to get the law clarified on how government officials can use social media in their official capacity

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

SolidSquid

Re: Oh what a Gay Day...

As the Flinstones would put it, "We'll have a gay old time!"

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

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Re: Still don't understand this bullshit

Comey didn't tape anything, he typed up a written record of what he recalled from the meeting, according to him because what happened in that meeting had him concerned about whether the president was going to allow the Russian investigation to continue without interference.

Yes, Comey worked on behalf of the government, but he didn't work on behalf of Trump, and given he worked for *law enforcement*, I don't see why you wouldn't expect him to make notes if he had concerns about the legality of events, if for no other reason than so he could have an accurate record to run by legal to make sure it wasn't

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Re: @MiguelC -- Hook, line, and sinker!

Also one for him and, until recently in an entirely separate city, one for his wife

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Re: The Truth?!

That's gonna be one hell of a nap if you're not waking up until everything is over

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US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor

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Re: Hillary

They already decided Hillary wasn't guilty of anything, so why would they continue with this investigation when they've already made their decision?

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Disney mulls Mickey Mouse magic material to thwart pirates' 3D scans

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Re: @ Not also known as SC Solid DRM

It really is a strange movie, but a surprisingly good one. It was made by the guy behind the Saw films, apparently he self funded it with the money from Saw after pitching it prior to Saw and getting no support from any production companies

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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Re: not necessarily

Don't forget that larger pills have a bigger effect above a certain size, but smaller than that size and the effect is stronger than bigger pills are

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Re: Seen this with mobile phones on dell laptops

Didn't admit to anything, just stopped blaming people for it. Six and half a dozen really

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

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Re: So....restore from backup

From what I read in the Reddit thread, they tried to restore from backups and it failed. Seems they hadn't been testing the backups to make sure they could be restored and at some point the backups stopped working

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

SolidSquid

Re: Absolutely brilliant for local economies!

The current ban is on any electronic device above a certain size. It's largely reported as a "laptop ban", but also covers things like tablets and phablets. The concern seems to be people swapping out the battery for explosives, so it's likely the ban would apply to both

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Air Farce One: Trumping the Terrorists

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Re: you guys did not do enough Internet search

This was a claim made by a Defcon presenter iirc, but it was discredited as he claimed to have gone through the airplane wifi but that runs on a separate network. Also, while he claimed to be able to access some of the plane's instrumentation, he wasn't able to access the actual controls

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Re: Trump: Making America shit & taking the World with it.

Debatable. He might be giving his opinion on what would happen if Trump was shot, but that's not the same as encouraging someone to do it, which I believe is the line he'd have to cross to get a visit

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'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests

SolidSquid

Nah, if it was the Kerbal School of Safety then exploding parts wouldn't really mean much at all

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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Re: But but but.......

"Have not anyone cross examined or interrogated those women to confirm whether this was a honeytrap ?"

That's something which would usually happen as part of the trial proceedings, which never happened because he dodged out of the country despite knowing he was wanted for questioning on additional charges (or at least his lawyer was aware of this)

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Re: Actions == consequences

Actually if he were sent over to Sweden under a European Arrest Warrant then Sweden wouldn't be permitted (under the terms of the arrest warrant) to extradite him without the permission of the UK. If it's true that the UK can't extradite him without the consent of Oz, I suspect this would mean we couldn't sign off on anything other than Sweden sending him to Oz or Oz agreeing to have him sent

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We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

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The rules are kind of... odd, since iirc it varies depending on why the police are stopping you (stop and account vs stop and search for example), but generally there's very little information you're legally required to provide unless you're under suspicion of a crime

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

SolidSquid

Re: What I find even more sinister...

Facebook makes *heavy* use of tracking cookies and ad networks to create user profiles. Most likely they used that to identify the machine as owned by someone who had visited those facebook pages (or something along those lines) and so recommended them. Or even if it was just one of them Facebook would have pulled the data of who else you might know out of that person's profile

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Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

SolidSquid

Given they've said he was refusing to produce things via his lawyer, I'm curious what the other side of this argument is. From the letter, they first claim that no justification was given for refusing them, but then they say that his lawyer insisted requests were made in writing (which doesn't seem unreasonable for legal documents) and that they claimed not to have anything to provide based on their reading of the supoena. Doesn't mean they didn't do anything wrong, but it does suggest there might be more to this than just "we're not telling you nothing!"

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

SolidSquid

Re: Just teach them Python

I'd probably go with both python and C# so they get experience of two different languages, including a compiled one. That should expose them to a decent range of programming concepts while also giving them two languages used in industry already. Much as I'd like to encourage C++ or something else a bit closer to the metal, you'd spend a lot more time on getting them through the initial setup than I think would be worth while

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Fitbit hit on Pebble kit cost just 20 million quid? Oh s**t!

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At the end of the universe there will be nothing except a stack of Nokia 3310s

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Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

SolidSquid

Re: Is an Australian even allowed to run for Parliament?

Also he'd have trouble doing any of the usual duties an MP has, like running surgeries where constituents can bring their problems to him, when he can't leave the embassy. Being an MP wouldn't prevent his arrest or even his extradition as far as I'm aware

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Opportunity rover gets bored of spot it's explored since 2014

SolidSquid

Actually it was mis-communications when getting parts manufactured abroad, primarily the americans worked with the American standard football field and the third parties worked with the UK football field standard

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Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

SolidSquid

Re: Lets find something to be offended about

So from what I can understand of this, racial and gender based discrimination is natural for humans is natural because the majority of humans fall into a particular category of psychology, and therefore it's good to discriminate. Also women are destroying the country by having too much power and not having enough babies, assisted by "parasitic primitive culture" immigrants.

As far as the psychology goes, it looks like an attempt to map a largely abandoned ecological theory about how different species ensure survival, either having lots of offspring or investing a lot in their offspring, onto socio-political ideas and conspiracy theories about the suppression of "K-type humans" which don't actually relate to the raising of children (which seems to be all this theory dealt with)

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

SolidSquid

In this one case I'd actually disagree. I've got an aunt who's completely non-technical, got herself a nice laptop to replace an old desktop and found it so difficult to use she's largely made do with her tablet. After showing her classic shell to make it more like "what she had before" she's actually using the laptop again. Even for non-technical users, the extent of the changes in 10 are a pain in the ass

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Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment

SolidSquid

Sounds like an over-reaction from the Drupal guys if I'm honest. Unless that kind of thing was showing in his attitudes outside of occasional, fully consensual, events, I don't see how it has any impact on whether he's able to do his job or treat others fairly

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

SolidSquid

Re: VLC?

US prisons have an incredibly strict lock down on outside communications, at least in part because of the money they make off of phone calls home through the prisons systems. As far as the prison is concerned, pidgin and voip is probably more serious than the porn or a lot of the actual crimes as far as they're concerned

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Trump's govt hiring freeze means there's no US Privacy Shield chief: We tracked down the woman filling in for now

SolidSquid

Seems like quite a sensible pick for the role. Wonder how long she'll get to keep it

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Law Commission pulls back on official secrets laws plans after Reg exposes flawed report

SolidSquid

I don't know what her position was on this particular legislation while she was in the home office, but May has certainly been in favour of pushing for more powers for intelligence agencies with less transparency. I'd be surprised if she wasn't part of the team that drafted (or at least managed the drafting of) this bill

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NY court slaps down Facebook's attempt to keep accounts secret from search warrants

SolidSquid

Re: A warrant is a warrant

As I understood it, the company is required to retain the data until this is resolved, otherwise it could be considered contempt of court amongst other things. I agree they shouldn't be able to abuse the process, but until it hits the supreme court they have a right to keep pushing it.

Also, as mentioned in the article, while the case is still ongoing Facebook has already handed over at least some of the data under threat of contempt of court, so this seems to be related more to future cases rather than the warrants that started the case

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Re: A warrant is a warrant

In fairness the reason they were in court was to challenge the warrants as invalid, not because they were ignoring them. The ability to challenge a warrant and have it reviewed by the court is as much part of the legal system as the warrants themselves

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Ofsted downplays site security concerns

SolidSquid

"Up until now, we have opted for a non-disruptive approach, based on the 'implied consent' of users,"

Pretty sure 'implied consent' is explicitly disallowed under the rules the government passed a while back regarding storing cookies. Interesting to see the government still isn't sticking to those rules, while expecting others to

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T-Mobile US CEO offers kid a year's supply of chicken nuggets for switching from AT&T

SolidSquid

Only in Scotland

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Oracle says it is 'committed' to Java EE 8 – amid claims it quietly axed future development

SolidSquid

Re: Die Java Die

I don't think they are, Java is *incredibly* unpopular with a lot of the programming community, at least in part because of the overly verbose syntax and bloat

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

SolidSquid

Re: Female Privilege

In all fairness to Hillary (which isn't saying much), the FBI have also previously stated that this was a state of affairs which previous secretaries of state also had in place, it's just Clinton is the first to be investigated for it. It doesn't *justify* her doing it, but it does explain why the FBI might be reluctant to pull her in over it (they'd have to pull in at least the last two secretaries of state as well and explain why they didn't investigate/charge them)

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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"Only UK or British citizens and residents can create or sign a petition"

Just to check, does that mean you have to be both a UK citizen *and* a resident, or can it be an either or thing? A lot of ex-pats are still citizens and will be worried about the idea of splitting away from the EU

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Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

SolidSquid

I'm confused what this is even supposed to achieve, are they just looking for any flash drives and will the search them for porn? How exactly do they get a warrant for that, given the dog couldn't possibly sniff out just drives with porn, or specifically illegal porn? This just... what?

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Microsoft cancels Remain speech after death of Labour MP

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Re: Bill Gates supports Remain

And on the other side you've got Nigel Farage, Rupert Murdoch and Boris Johnson. Frankly there's arseholes on both sides of the argument, so you're better ignoring the supporters and looking at what the actual effects would be (and what evidence there is for them)

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Re: Shitstorm V2

As someone in Scotland who experienced the independence referendum first hand, it wasn't even in the same league as the bullshit that's being spouted during this campaign (although it's quite funny to hear the same arguments being trotted out by the Brexit camp as were by the Scottish independence camp)

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

SolidSquid

Re: Really?

OX App Suite is another option, it's available for free and can be hosted on any Linux box, provides the same kind of functionality as Microsoft Exchange and their HQ is in Germany

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Re: What's an encryption product (in this context)?

Bugs in OpenSSH would be more bypassing it rather than backdoors, as far as I was aware what they're after is people building in ways to bypass which they notify the CIA etc about and then keep there, rather than rightly fixing it as a bug

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

SolidSquid

Re: So random...

The crashes seem to come from new issues rather than existing ones, so they're gradually improving their functionality. At the same time this was a successful commercial launch of the geostationary satellite mentioned, which means they still get paid.

The main reason for pushing for re-usable first stage is to cut the cost of launches enough they can launch at a significantly reduced rate over the Russian rockets, meaning large amounts of business. Worst case they can't get the reusable stages working and have to push their prices up for launches

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Re: RUD

I believe they're only partially tax payer funded (in the sense that NASA is providing assistance in the hopes of getting to use the Falcon 9 to cut the cost of their own launches), with a large proportion of their funding coming from the launch of satellites like the geostationary one which went up in this launch.

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TWELVE YEARS of US Air Force complaints lost in database crash

SolidSquid

If a BOFH is involved they're probably the ones who deleted the complaints. Oh sorry, "tested" the backups of the database

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

SolidSquid

Re: wait....... what?

It doesn't go into escrow because you don't get it back unless you take the cops to court and prove that the funds aren't the result of criminal acts. They don't need to take you to court, they just have to have a "suspicion" it was obtained through criminal acts. It's a bizarre idea, given it's essentially pre-trial punishment without even *needing* a trial, but that's what they consider reasonable search and seizure apparently

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