* Posts by dbtx

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Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Trollface

the last thing

but they're still on the list, right?

'This collaboration is absolutely critical going forward'... One positive thing about Meltdown CPU hole? At least it put aside tech rivalries...

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combat? I said 'please'...

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gurng furwurd

please simply say "in the future" like we all did "in the past"

ACLU: Here's how FBI tried to force Facebook to wiretap its chat app. Judge: Oh no you don't

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N/M

oh, irony- I already forgot that they had done a right thing for some reason.

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They're in favor of stopping the flow of information. Is that what you meant by correct? They seem to be concerned about their privacy, so I'd call it something besides correct, anyway.

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"sensitive investigatory information is so thoroughly intertwined with the legal and factual arguments in the record such that redaction would leave little and/or misleading substantive information."

O noes! People will misunderstand and we are so sad and misunderstood already!

Samsung Galaxy's flagship leaks ... don't matter much. Here's why

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Re: No jack, Jack.

A free adapter isn't free; it costs you the proper use of that port. And if it's 3cm of a thing, it's more massive than the old jack and the DAC and whatever other discrete bits got "optimized" out. And being a dongly thing, it gets lost.

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Isn't it a bit self-defeating to sell a £799 smartphone that openly ignores the requirements of its own target market and lets the Archenemy define what is to be called the Right Thing?

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Just because Apple does something...

Of course not. Otherwise we'd all be ham-handling Bluetooth one-button hockey puck "pointing devices". But that only means MS, Logitech, Kensington, Targus, etc. didn't suddenly snap and start believing that we would all want that-- or that we should all want that, back then. Something went terribly wrong after that.

The D in SystemD stands for Danger, Will Robinson! Defanged exploit code for security holes now out in the wild

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Facepalm

slightly less horrible

There were only 3 that contained "advertiser_tracking_enabled" as seen in the traffic during that 35C3 vid. One was APKPure, which pisses me right off because if I wanted to use an app store that tracked me, I'd have kept all the Google crap. Second was Firefox, which is not even reasonable-- I am assuming it got corrupted by none other than APKPure, with which I loaded it. Third was LingoDeer, which IIRC also came from APKPure if not some other random APK-slinging website. None of the kool kids-- that I originally got through Google Play, saved, and later "adb install"ed-- had obvious traces. So there's your wrap-up. APKPure is Orwellian BS if anything ever was.

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strings

still a valid way to go hunting for traces of the Foolsbook SDK in various .apk, imo... I shall take this as a reminder that I had better get on with it.

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All software has bugs. Not all software has a disrespectful or even selfish strategy.

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Stop

this

Even if the implementation was beautiful, the design and the assumptions are still there governing the interfaces, which would have to be replicated, which is The Wrong Thing to spend time and energy on...

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want

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I also seem to be rather limited in my experiences.

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Re: 646464

"On 64-bit C compilers in Linux, "long" is a 64-bit type. On 32-bit compilers it is a 32-bit type... 64-bit Windows handles this differently, and keeps "long" 32-bit"

I would (altogether subjectively) expect that on a 32-bit compiler, int would be 32 bits, also int and long could never be the same size. So that's weird. Was int still 16 bits (back then) or something? And what's a 32-bit compiler anyway, an old version of a compiler (ca 2000) that cannot yet generate x86_64 code? Which compiler? Did they (Intel, GNU, etc) agree on when int would graduate? I know, I know. STFW. My point is, that kinda just raises questions.

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the harm

A few modern ARM chips aside-- plenty of 32-bit chips have terrible performance per watt, and of course your energy use includes the mandatory aircon during several months. I actually do like being able to run old stuff and not have to drop cash on "nice" things-- still running the Athlon II M300 craptop is a fine example-- but it's just not worth it over time. Right this minute it contributes to Operation Survive The <expletive deleted> Ohio Winter by spewing heat, but it's still the most useful form of energy, and the most expensive kind of heat, and the biggest waste, and I don't like it.

Suppose that all you care about was your F@H score-- you intend to run some ballpark figure all the time no matter what. Which CPUs and GPUs are going to cost the least --up front? --over the course of two years?

And why does EVERYTHING run faster and use less RAM? It can't always be true but it always gets trotted out and I'm tired of it. I remember when an old GCC took forever to compile something like KDE because it had started using swap space-- before GCC switched over to its C++ implementation, that never happened. Yet everyone "knows" C++ is what you do in order to be more faster and more better. It's really irritating.

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

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s/ironic/sarcastic/

but yeah it was obvious to some and not to others.

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I rather doubt there was any such assumption... the very same people also/frequently/STILL gravitate toward FoobCake. The good news is that quite like that Trump-loving dude's international tool and die operation, we will all stop circling the drain, eventually... when the radius reaches zero.

HMRC: We 'rigorously tested' IR35 tax-check tool... but have almost nothing to show for it

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Why can't you blame the devs?

Because they might be forbidden from fixing problems they knew about, and bosses are ignoring issues getting raised, because --as the story often goes-- "there's no time-- ship it!" It looks like they just want something that appears to work. Also we have no idea how much documentation was produced and then binned.

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it

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Joke

"The world has been shaken up by the disclosure; was that necessary and helpful?"

It seems someone had gotten too comfortable about the foundation under all their ${everything}, so yes, they and their reputation needed to get jostled a bit, and if everyone feels it then everyone can remember-- kind of like "informed consent of the governed" or something approximately as quaint. If that reputation survived (due specifically to some responsible behaviour as opposed to widespread ignorance), and someone learned to be less hubristic, then yeah that seems pretty helpful too. I could be saying this 15 years ago about MS and it wouldn't be spelled very differently. (but 15 weeks ago they're doing even worse things. that's the joke)

Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results

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Mushroom

"bunch of people who are looking to be offended in order to supposedly legitimize their efforts to control everyone else's speech and behaviour."

It's just the dark side of democracy. If you can deceive the majority and they put their weight behind you...

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Coat

...use of 'edge-triggered' because trigger is a trigger. Oh, so much trigger, someone should write an angry letter or something.

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Re: I know of one good use for Bluetooth

Try "wireless presenter" or "presentation remote", at any big-chain office supply store (or Newegg, or Amazon).

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That's not sufficiently inclusive. Some just like to watch.

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Re: I know of one good use for Bluetooth

The BT ones don't even necessarily need a dongle since your machine might have that radio already, but those with a proprietary dongle (e.g. nRF24L01+ radio) are transparent-- just a USB thing with mouse and/or keyboard endpoints. Guess which one I like? The one that works already as a generic HID with every system down to KolibriOS.

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Big Brother

Loving Leader / Faithful Follower

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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I thought about that, but neither of my parents ever have the original. They contribute to a unique derivative work, and assign the copyright to me, using their right to make partial copies of their own. IMO we *must* all get our own because as often as we exist we are legitimately making copies of copies of copies. And then, sometimes, yet more derivative works.

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I want the exclusive copyright on my own DNA. What button do I press?

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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Re: Why not just

have your buyer's remorse, get over it, put the bug in the microwave?

US watchdog legal fight against Qualcomm and pushy chip deals closes with argument over how awful lawyers are

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Joke

...the 4th guy ducked.

Jennifer Milici seemed pretty cool until I remembered she's a lawyer. So it must not be absurd at all, and this sort of thing happens on Sesame Street all the time, and they call it a bar exam...

I helped catch Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht: Undercover agent tells all

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the Original Post about the original DPR

In the meantime, the caption was changed and makes a bit more sense. Suddenly, my OP does less of that, in fact it has very little purpose, but I can't change it. (sigh) Oh well, here's a thing

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Reusing "frosty", sigh... the One True Problem strikes again

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Pirate

The original Dread Pirate Roberts?

The *original* wasn't anywhere near the film, having long since retired and handed over the title to an underling, who then did the same... some DPRs later, "the" DPR was our Westley, as in the frame. This says 'identity-switching' but DPR *was* the identity and the thing that got switched was the meatbag using it.

You like JavaScript! You really like it! Scripting lingo tops dev survey of programming languages

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You don't want to sell me Java Scripts

you want to go home and think about your life.

Ouch, Apple! Plenty of iPhones stuck in tech channel. How many? That's a 'wild card'

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folding

I've got the game box folding in order to heat my bedroom without being utterly wasteful about the most useful form of energy we have. Something tells me the phone could be made to do it but the battery won't like it...

Disk drives suck less than they did a couple of years ago. Which is nice

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Facepalm

rm capt_obvious_rant && echo

That's depressing.

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how much earlier?

They were rather solid 10-20y ago-- I still have the 320GB SATA disk I bought for the AthlonXP machine (iirc). It moved around, visited a gaming box which was turned into a HTPC then torn down... now it's mostly a cold store and I forget what's on it. But it works. The 500GB drive I got not long after, was sacrificed -- donated its PCB to a friend's near-identical drive which had a bad time. That one was a single volume with no MBR, all but filled with the one copy of lots of personal stuff after I setup LUKS, until I blew out the header with fdisk or something. Fun fun.

But then Seagate assimilated Maxtor and the word on the street was their drives got crappy all of a sudden. So I quit buying Seagate. Did that change in the meantime?

Colour us shocked: Google in €50m GDPR fine appeal bombshell

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with no gapps, APKs

This is what I have; to answer the question, I very probably still have a few of them snitching on me back to Facebook just by using their SDK. Still need to find out which ones... could setup MITM like these guys. Well, since they already showed me what I'm looking for, I can also just start unzipping and strings | grep.

Facebook didn't care if your kids ran up gigantic credit card bills – lawsuit

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Re: Is there a scammier corporation

Monsanto, for suing farmers that somehow ended up with copyrighted DNA in their own non-(intentionally)-GMO crops and seed banks.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Love it. Hope it remains useable, somehow.

If Waterfox isn't working out for whatever raisin, I'll try going back to Palemoon (which I think is missing out on some neat options FF+CTR afforded you).

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Australis.

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m

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Unhappy

cookie warnings

Yeah, for something so horribly modern, that's getting real old. I hate following links to read articles and getting those stupid popups *everywhere*... they invite me to not use their site if I didn't like that, but since I had already *been* to the site, they had already dropped a cookie or sniffed others or whatever. And I wasn't going to come back or look around, and the ONE article I wanted was already rendered on my screen. So.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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"We know that

s/know/believe/

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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much-adored

There's a fallacy that refers to using the elevated status of a Conscious Decision as the justification for any specific decision, but I forget the technical term.

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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Make the age for viewing porn, the same a for sex.

Yes! Of course! Now how do you verify the age and maintain privacy? It's got to be simple enough. Come on, we put people on the moon! We can DO THIS THING!!

I know, let's integrate a DNA sampling device on all network-connected consumer information-processing devices that takes a blood droplet from a button like a fingerprint reader and then analyses it --but dutifully ignores all the personally identifiable, severely private genetic information-- and just looks at whether your telomeres are sufficiently truncated for you to be "old enough". That'd work great!

I bet we can get Google and Microsoft Research to race each other for the first consumer-available implementation for Windows and Android respectively-- and it'll be OK, those guys are all about privacy! They even said so!

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Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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I think it was just the Almighty's idea of a joke: maybe Trump was thinking about coffee, maybe not, but some coffee might even have prevented that post.

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Congratulations on assuming covfefe was ever intended to be a word before it became world-famous typorrhea.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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lie detector

Presumably none of them can sense whether you are lying to yourself and believing it and/or manufacturing confidence that you are right about something.

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