* Posts by Oh Homer

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Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know

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Our propaganda is better than yours

Zuck is a fscking hypocrite.

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Web Foundation launches internet hippie manifesto: 'We've lost control of our data, it is being used against us'

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Re: "different [IP] each and every time I reconnect..."

Everything other than the ISP can be moved to self-hosting, and in certain areas of the developing world (and even in NYC, so I've heard) they've even circumvented that requirement via mesh networks, mostly out of sheer necessity due to the utter lack of commercial infrastructure.

But if you're going to leave the last strand of the umbilical chord intact (the ISP) then just pay an extra ten quid a month for a static IP, or use a dynamic DNS hostname service like NOIP.

In either case, you will have far greater control of your data, and thus there will be far less likelihood of it being "weaponised against you".

Again, people need to consider what is more important to them, the "ease and popularity" of prostituting themselves to the likes of Google and Facebook, or the "hard work" of living independently in freedom.

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We already have the solution

Two words: self hosting.

The bigger problem is not that the internet is being censored, spied on and sold to spammers, but that users just passively accept this abuse, whine about it, but ultimately do nothing about it, even though there is a solution.

They just don't like the fact that the solution requires them to make an effort, learn something new, and abandon existing commercial infrastructures, because their sheep mentality herds them towards what's "easy" and "popular", two considerations that are apparently more important to them than such trivia as free speech and privacy.

Oh well, apathetic people get what they deserve.

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Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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"should not rely solely on hardware encryption"

Always true, not just for SSDs.

No source, no security.

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal man sits on Steve Bannon design tech shindig committee

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Re: "would not invite Steve Bannon to the opening of a new land-fill site"

I would if he was the toxic waste being dumped into it.

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Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

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Odd middle ground

I get PCs. I get smartphones. But fondleslabs occupy that strange middle ground that doesn't make any sense to me.

I mean, it's too big to fit in your pocket, and you can't exactly walk around operating it with one hand while you open doors with the other, etc., but then it's also basically useless for productivity, unless you also carry around a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, at which point you might as well just take a laptop.

Maybe it has a niche as a portable video player while travelling by train/bus, but even that seems a little pointless if you already have a smartphone.

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Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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"Who should an autonomous vehicle kill in an avoidable crash?"

Well if it's avoidable then obviously the answer is nobody.

Next!

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UK banking TITSUP*: This time it's Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks

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"export to MSMoney"?!?

Why the hell are they using personal finance software that was abandoned nearly a decade ago?

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Openreach hacks full-fibre broadband prices for developers... Property developers, that is

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Re: "The council consider a domicile..."

Damn, this does not bode well for my hole in the road covered by a sheet of tarpaulin, unless I somehow get rid of my flattened cardboard box bed, rusty metal bucket toilet, and abandoned shopping cart BBQ.

I'll have nothing left but my iPhone XS Max. How the hell am I supposed to survive this winter?

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The end (of the flash boom) is nigh! But not before SK Hynix tallies up its record revenues

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Hynix Hijinks

Correction: "Hynix expects flash revenue to continue falling due to its recently legally enforced inability to engage in any further price fixing."

Until the next time, of course.

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The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box

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As anyone who bothers to read my comments (BTW "hi" to both of you) already knows, I despise systemd with a passion, but this one is more an IPv6 problem in general.

Yes this is an actual bug in networkd, but IPv6 seems to be far more bug prone than v4, and problems are rife in all implementations. Whether that's because the spec itself is flawed, or because nobody understands v6 well enough to implement it correctly, or possibly because there's just zero interest in making any real effort, I don't know, but it's a fact nonetheless, and my primary reason for disabling it wherever I find it. Which of course contributes to the "zero interest" problem that perpetuates v6's bug prone condition, ad nauseam.

IPv6 is just one of those tech pariahs that everyone loves to hate, much like systemd, albeit fully deserved IMO.

Oh yeah, and here's the obligatory "systemd sucks". Personally I always assumed the "d" stood for "destroyer". I believe the "IP" in "IPv6" stands for "Idiot Protocol".

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Raspberry Pi fans up in arms as Mathematica disappears from Raspbian downloads

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Just another [proprietary] pre-installed program

I always found it odd that the RPi Foundation championed open source and yet chose to bundle proprietary maths software instead of SageMath.

Yes it's a nice gesture by Wolfram, but still it seems contrary to the whole RPi ethos, a bit like the proprietary VideoCore IV graphics driver (a problem which has since been resolved, unlike the proprietary codecs problem, a.k.a. the MPEG-LA tax).

Anyway, I'm not suggesting that nobody should be allowed to run proprietary software if they want to (I do), but on the other hand there's a difference between end users choosing to do something, and an organisation founded specifically to reintroduce real computer science back into the classroom (and education in general requires open access to information) actually promoting something that restricts access to information.

/end Stallmanistic rant

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Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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"I’m cut off from important things I need!"

Ah, the battle cry of warriors bravely fighting First World Problems®.

Dammit, Janette, I wonder how you would've survived in the 70s. You know, pre-Internet. Pre-everything, really.

We used to have to walk 200 miles to work each day, and it were uphill both ways, etc.

But seriously, I fully sympathise with people paying for stuff that doesn't work, and strongly endorse the implementation of service level agreements to compensate you when it breaks, but unfortunately the plastic modern world in which we live would simply collapse entirely if legislators mandated that everything had to work perfectly all the time - or else.

So rather than whining about teh internets being brokeh again, as it (and everything else) is on an alarmingly regular basis, why not just chill out, drink a beer and read a good book?

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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"sunsetting" ... lol!

Read Google's blog, it's hilarious.

It's classic spin. Announce something that is in reality only negative, but using positive terms. They're "protecting", "improving", "support[ing]" and "strengthen[ing]", allegedly.

Right, I'm off to "sunset" my Google account. Might as well get ahead of the curve, to save any further surprises when Google inevitably pulls the plug on whatever else of theirs I stupidly depend on.

Oh well, goodbye dear misspelt googol.

There late was One within whose subtle being,

As light and wind within some delicate cloud

That fades amid the blue noon's burning sky,

Genius and death contended. None may know

The sweetness of the joy which made his breath

Fail, like the trances of the summer air

~ Shelley

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US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time

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Re: "Translation please"

fast

to abstain from all food.

Or in this case, to abstain from consuming any media, at least long enough to avoid being spammed by the orangutang that's taken over the White House.

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Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'

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Re: Socialists ... complaining that breasts are sexist

Hello, radical Trotskyist here.

Love breasts.

I think the confusion comes from the idea that socialists have an agenda for equality, and are wary that any differences between people, real or perceived, might be abused to cause harmful inequality,

Note, even the most radical socialist understands that inequality per se is not always harmful. If you have a million pounds, and I have a million and one pounds, that doesn't somehow mean you're going to starve to death, or even suffer in the slightest way, simply because I have one more pound than you do.

While there is certainly plenty of evidence that perceived or real (but trivial) differences between people do lead to harmful inequality (e.g. unequal pay for women that persists to this day, and more generally the so-called "glass ceiling" effect), the fact is that nothing we do will ever alter the fact that women do nonetheless have breasts, that the cause of discrimination against women therefore cannot possibly be addressed via those breasts, and that in reality the root cause of any and all inequality is an institutionalised problem, perpetuated by an extreme minority of powerful but increasingly geriatric dinosaurs, who thankfully will soon be extinct. And really, even they don't care that you have breasts, they only care about themselves, and see everyone else as subordinates, so they'd discriminate against you even (and probably especially) if you were a carbon copy of them.

Moreover the concept of "equality" is greatly and probably deliberately misunderstood by socialist-phobes. We don't want to create a planet of clones, we simply don't want people to die needlessly from poverty, while others lavish themselves in obscene wealth, deserved or otherwise. There's nothing in that agenda which suggests women aren't allowed to have breasts, nor that men are not allowed to enjoy them. I think you'll find that the rate of boob-related deaths worldwide is very close to zero, and certainly pales in comparison to death by poverty (e.g. 25,000 children every day, according to UNICEF).

If you're looking for the actual source of breast or any other sex-related tabooism, and indeed most forms of discrimination and causes of inequality, you need to look way over to the right, where the fanatically religious Conservatives live, and their equally contemptuous but more agnostic neoliberal counterparts.

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I'm shocked...

...to discover that apparently women have breasts.

Outrageous.

Such obscenities should be surgically removed, in order to not serve as temptation to closet perverts in denial like me. Clearly this is women's fault for having the audacity to be born female. How dare they defy the laws of PC sensibilities by having bits that go wibble-wobble.

The human form desperately needs to be streamlined into some shape that can in no way be interpreted as having reproductive capabilities, or even the merest suggestion of offering any kind of pleasure, aesthetic or otherwise. The pinnacle of human development will be the attainment of an utterly joyless existence as androgynous robots.

But before that happens, please, just kill me now.

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Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Alexa is down because

Jeff Bezos' earpiece fell out.

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Nameless Right To Be Forgotten Google sueball man tries Court of Appeal – yet again

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Re: A new Dickens novel?

Close, it's actually Keyser Söze.

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iFixit engineers have an L of a time pulling apart Apple's iPhone XS

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If you think that's hard...

Try opening an Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti FE.

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HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

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On the other hand...

Printer prices are heavily subsidised by ink/toner cartridge sales, so using third-party cartridges and/or refilling using third-party ink is a bit like getting a phone on contract, running off with it after only one payment, then getting Muhammed at the market to unlock it for you.

Then again, printer manufacturers probably shouldn't be selling these things at a loss in the first place, then duping people into buying expensive cartridges for life. They should just be honest and admit that the printer you just paid £15 for in Tesco actually cost £80 to manufacture, then charge a more realistic price.

But then deception as a business model seems to be par for the course these days.

Personally I think it's way past time we consigned dead-tree technology to the bin, next to fax machines, floppy disks and VHS tape recorders.

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Holy macaroni! After months of number-crunching, behold the strongest material in the universe: Nuclear pasta

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Nuclear pasta

Sounds like my spicy bolognese.

Coincidentally, this also causes the shedding of gaseous layers.

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App-y, app-y, joy, joy: Pain-free software installer Flatpak (kinda) works on Windows Subsystem for Linux

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Re: "pulse audio died a horrible death in the 4.4 kernel"

Actually that was OSS not PulseAudio, the latter of which has never actually been in the kernel (since it's not a hardware driver, it's a sound server that merely processes output from drivers), and the former has in fact been disabled by default for years.

Personally I just use ALSA with a simple asoundrc config that gives me access to the hardware DSP and equaliser, something I was never able to figure out with pulseaudio. If I can remember that far back, I'm pretty sure this was trivial to do with OSS too, before it jumped the shark by going proprietary and everyone abandoned it.

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Pulseaudio not present on WSL

Finally a good reason to switch to Windows.

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Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

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Catch 22

1. Nobody uses IPv6 because nobody supports IPv6

2. Nobody supports IPv6 because nobody uses IPv6

3. Goto 1

Seems like we need a compelling reason to switch, some dire emergency, such as running out of IPv4 addresses, for example.

Oh wait...

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...

Meh, there was a time that I'd have been deeply offended by that sort of comment, but actually I'm now at the stage where I too am sick of PC culture, and that's coming from a proud socialist who believes in equality above all.

I think I'd have used the "Stasi" analogy rather than "Gulag", though, which makes more sense. Or better yet, "thought crime". There comes a point where the pursuit of fairness actually crosses the line and becomes, ironically, unfair, due to overcompensation. And PC culture today is unquestionably overzealous, in my opinion. But it's difficult to be too critical of something that was initially justified and started out with good intentions.

It sorely needs to be tempered with some common sense, though. The fact is that we absolutely need the explosive Linus Torvalds' and Gordon Ramsay's of this world, without whom we'd be a much poorer society, in the important cultural sense. You need to balance equality against mediocrity, or else the whole point of equality becomes meaningless.

I guess I'm just becoming more centrist and less socialist in my old age. I suppose it's the inevitable consequence of hindsight.

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You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Re: "BluRay player is not connected to the Internet"

The Blu-Ray standard mandates that players must support key revocation from disc, and new movies not only add new keys but revoke old ones ... automatically and without recourse. So even if your machine never connects to the internet, you can lose the ability to play older titles, unless you avoid ever playing any new titles.

A safer bet is to always rip your Blu-Rays with something like AnyDVD HD, then store the rips on a media server like Kodi, thus avoiding the whole DRM debacle altogether.

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Do the right thing

I don't exactly consider myself a career criminal or a cheapskate - I spend vast amounts on tech - but at the end of the day when the industry at large is screwing you, it's hard to have any qualms about screwing it back.

So my attitude is that, as far as I'm concerned, I'll only pay for Content® (love how they capitalise that, BTW) that I feel really deserves it, and "pirate" everything else, basically on a try-before-I-buy basis.

Let's be honest, 99% of the Content® out there is utter garbage anyway, entirely unworthy of your hard-earned readies, and even the remaining 1% is grossly overvalued IMO.

But no matter what I buy or how I obtain it, I always make sure I have a DRM-free local copy to keep and use forever, and frankly to hell with anyone who objects to that. It's hard to have any sympathy for a bunch of billionaire con artists who rip you off with bait-and-switch and double - nay multiple - dipping scams, where they gleefully take your money over and over again for exactly the same Content®, but leave you holding a big bag o' nothing.

Under the circumstance, my conscience is clear.

I look forward to the day that the likes of the Federation Against Copyright Theft add these bait-and-switch Content® stories to its propaganda material - you know, for balance.

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Seagate passes gassy 14TB whopper: He He He, one for each of you

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Re: "real SCSI or SAS"

Well, first of all, even finding an SAS drive these days is like trying to buy a floppy drive, unless you happen to work in a data centre (which I don't), and I'd imagine that even they have a hard time finding any. Surely they're all using SSDs by now anyway, if for no better reason than to drastically reduce power consumption and thus costs. I dread to think of the power bill for a data centre filled with 15k drives in 2018.

Second, the few SAS drives I actually managed to find at retail all looked rather elderly, meaning they use older and much slower technology, and were ridiculously expensive. Did I mention that I can't afford expensive storage?

Third, NVMe M.2 utterly destroys SAS in both speed and price, and also unlike SAS is readily available.

As for tech wearing out... welcome to the 21st century. Nobody cares. People now regard tech like polystyrene cups. It has to be as near to free as possible, and just barely good enough to get the job done to the required specifications (i.e. fast), before chucking it in the bin and starting again with a new cup.

It's sad but true, and the rationale should be self-evident: in this era of austerity nobody can afford the luxury of genuinely high grade products, and getting things done quickly and cheaply is simply an unavoidable necessity.

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Nice, but...

These days I'm more interested in speed than capacity. Ultimately I'd rather have tiny SSDs than massive HDDs. It'd be nice to have something that's both big and fast but, you know: big, fast, cheap - choose two!

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Benchmark smartphone drama: We wouldn't call it cheating, says Huawei, but look, everyone's at it

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Huawei man!

Giz a deek at them bench things cos there's a reet fettle.

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TSB goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Surprise Users, Probably

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Have another one...

TSB, we're the Terrible Service Bank.

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What happens to your online accounts when you die?

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Society devolving back to feudalism

Not just in America, but pretty much everywhere, we're becoming a society of tenant serfs who never really get to own anything, but only have the temporarily privilege of using things in exchange for labour. The only difference between now and the days of actual feudalism is that today this exchange is usually indirect - i.e. you work for one entity, but use the money earned from that to pay the "rental" fees for, increasingly, your entire existence - not just your home. More direct examples include prostituting yourself to advertising in exchange for "free" apps and online services, again none of which you own or have any control over (a fact that will only bother you when they pull the plug, or when they ban/demonetise/censor you for violating their arbitrary "terms").

And the primary driving force behind this devolution is intellectual monopoly. It's literally enslaving us.

This bothers me in principle, because the idea of working for nothing but the ability to pay bills is not only utterly demoralising but literally slavery. In practice it'd bother me more if I had children, because I'd be painfully aware that not only would they be born into this slavery but I'd also have nothing to bequeath them, since you can't bequeath rented property.

But as someone with no children, and frankly unlikely to ever have any, whatever little property I have will simply end up in a landfill site when I die anyway, so it's probably pointless me having any. I certainly won't be in a position to care about what happens to my digital footprint after I'm gone.

I would hope that would not apply to most people.

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal biz gets £35k legal costs delayed

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Jet Set Levy

Gets crushed by Monty Python's giant foot in the Nightmare Room.

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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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Re: Android garbage

Short answer: money.

In fact I've found that the answer to most questions is money.

The long answer would take several volumes, but without going into too much detail:

  • Android's obscene bloat is primarily due to Java, which is typically chosen so that people who aren't really software engineers can use point 'n drool toys to produce large volumes of crap very quickly, then sell it equally quickly (i.e. money)
  • Android has been deliberately designed with a "read only" mentality, for lots of reasons (all bad), but mostly to prevent you removing highly lucrative bundleware (i.e. money)
  • Memory management isn't poor on Android per se, it's just that it's such a bloated pig (including the apps) that you might just as well be running Windows. Moreover, Android apps are explicitly designed not to be closed. Ever. Everything on Android is a "service", mostly so it can spy on your every move and send "telemetry" back to the mothership for resale to spammers (i.e. money)
The usual mantra pedalled by bloat apologists is "RAM is cheap", which ironically is no longer true, but even when it was, it was still an offensively stupid excuse.

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Re: 256 bytes

Luxury. We had nowt for 8 years 'till we got a whoppin' 200 bytes o' RAM.

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Small footprint OS

If Google really wants a small footprint OS then it should probably stop using Java and switch to asm instead.

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Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

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Re: Bloom filters

According to Wikipedia: "the more elements that are added to the set, the larger the probability of false positives."

Yikes!

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Fanboi and/or Patriotic Rhetoric

It's just silly.

Here's what you need to know: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, your government and basically everyone else with the money, power and resources ... they're all out to screw you. All of 'em. Period.

The only good guy in all this is We the People, and the only way we're not going to be meat for the grinder is if we walk off the farm and form a direct democracy, minus the oligarchs.

In the realm of technology, that entails DIY hardware (via makerspaces), open source software, and self-hosted alternatives to online services.

Yes it's more effort, but then you need to decide which is more important to you: convenience or freedom.

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Former NSA top hacker names the filthy four of nation-state hacking

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Re: Land of the Incarcerated

No, no, no. It's the "Land of the Free to Be Incarcerated (for three consecutive minor offences, mostly involving the personal consumption of recreational narcotics)".

See, this is the plan. Make life as shit as possible for at least 80% of the population (including poverty that forces kids to join the military just to get the ticket they need for further education, thus traumatising them for life and turning them into drug addicts and/or mass shooters).

Then start a "War on Drugs" ... the very thing these trauma victims need to cope with their state-induced trauma, culminating in the victims all being locked up in private, for-profit prisons.

That way the warmongers get:

  • To pillage the resources of whatever country these kids have been sent to wage "war" with
  • Kickbacks and "campaign funding" from Lockheed Martin and other Military Industrial Complex / War Economy players
  • Vast amounts of taxpayers money in the form of DEA funding, once those traumatised kids come home and become junkies
  • And they get to confiscate all the proceeds from drugs hauls
  • And best of all, the traumatised junkie victims of this state-operated gang warfare then become cash cows in private, for profit prisons, or in other words ... slaves

Profit!

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Dropbox plans to drop encrypted Linux filesystems in November

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Re: Easy solution...

"they've got access to the unencrypted datastream"

I'm pretty sure they have no access to the unencrypted virtual mount point, since that is only available locally, unless that is the directory you're sharing with them (which you shouldn't). If you're only sharing the raw encrypted data then that is all they see.

Accessing your own data from multiple systems is simply a matter of using the Dropbox share as the source for the FUSE loop mount, having some EncFS implementation (available on all platforms, AFAIK), then providing the correct password. Again the unencrypted data should only be visible locally (unless your system has been in some other way compromised).

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Easy solution...

  • a) Don't use Dropbox
  • b) Use EncFS to encrypt the directory you're sharing with the NSA Dropbox (this also works under Windows)

If you choose the latter, you probably want to share the underlying encrypted directory, not the unencrypted virtual mount point. That way the NSA Dropbox will only see a bunch of gibberish files with numerical names and unintelligible encrypted contents.

The beauty of this solution is that it works with absolutely any Cloud service, regardless of whether or not they support encryption.

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Ad watchdog: Amazon 'misleading' over Prime next-day delivery ads

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"1 business day after dispatch"

I get hit with this all the time. One of the worst offenders (an Amazon marketplace vendor) recently accepted a "next day delivery" order from me which it then sat on for two days before finally processing ... on a Friday night. The courier then received their instructions on Saturday, and of course did nothing until Monday. They finally picked up the item on the Tuesday. It got as far as Glasgow on the Wednesday, and eventually arrived at my house on the Thursday, exactly one week after I placed the order.

"Next day" my arse.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Re: The Gnome Underpants have arrived!

Oh, and those buttons that look like they were painted in a hurry by the receptionist before being boxed, using coloured Tipex...

Jeeezuz.

And the fact that basically every Speccy game licensor has blacklisted RCL, leaving them with nothing but what looks like readers' submissions from Sinclair User.

OTOH, there's something about this fiasco that's very British, in the Carry On / Victory Gardens sense. It's simultaneously quaint, comical and highly embarrassing.

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The Gnome Underpants have arrived!

Apparently RCL doesn't understand what a business plan is. They seem to have missed the part where you need an actual product design, or at least something more tangible than the vague notion of what it might be, before you seek funding and make promises to build it.

To me it looks like a bunch of clueless amateur retro gaming enthusiasts secured capital without anything even remotely resembling any forward planning, then sat on it for ages whilst doing essentially nothing. With all that money just sitting around for so long, it was inevitable that the cookie jar was going to end up being raided for "business expenses", where the only "business" being conducted was personal shopping sprees and piss-ups.

So now, with no money and still no product design, and the law breathing down their necks, RCL has slapped together something that could have been constructed by a 7 year old in the Raspberry Pi Club at school.

This is way beyond unprofessional. It's criminal fraud, and RCL's directors (assuming it even has any) should be prosecuted.

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Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK

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"future prosperity"

Sorry, but I'm not especially interested in the "future prosperity" of companies that manipulate people with deceptive branding. "Brands" being passed around like lumps of meat in a butcher's shop is of no benefit to consumers, who only end up disappointed with something that has absolutely nothing to do with the original product. Worse still, it actually tarnishes the memory of classic products, making them less desirable to retro enthusiasts.

Productising names is perhaps the worst idea of all, in the dark realm of intellectual monopoly. The fact that it is then further abused to stop people selling genuine products at lower prices (the so-called "grey market"), is only further evidence that this morally questionable business model is probably not really conducive to our "future prosperity".

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Ecuador's Prez talking to UK about Assange's six-year London Embassy stay – reports

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Re: "rape charges sound like bollock"

They certainly are, given that Sweden's definition of "rape" in this case is a broken condom, a fact that the Assange haters conveniently gloss over.

Oh, and the fact that the two women involved were laughing and talking (and texting) about him like a piece of meat to be passed around the butcher shop, and continued to see him, after supposedly being "raped" (by the evil burst condom).

Everything else on the Assange haters' shortlist is simply the consequence of that bullshit, although presumably their real motive is sympathy for American war crimes (or certainly a total lack of condemnation of them, whilst apparently being more outraged by condom misdemeanours).

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So much hostility

Yes, Assange is a bit of a cock, but let's not forget that all he did was expose some pretty blatant atrocities. Save your hostility for that.

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Here's why AI can't make a catchier tune than the worst pop song in the charts right now

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The reason

The reason machines can't produce music (as opposed to just sound) is because it's an expression of emotion, which machines lack. Emotion requires empathy, which in turn requires sentience. So in order for machines to compose music that is meaningful, they'd need to know what they are, know what they like (and dislike), then care about it enough to have an emotional response to it, before translating that response into sound.

Good luck with that.

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Mushroom

It's 2018 and ...

People still don't know how to use email correctly.

Everyone goes into the "To:" header. Everything is in bloody HTML. Replies are upside down, not selectively edited for brevity and context, and infested with a mountain of company policy footers, which multiply like rabbits with every reply.

Email needs to die. Not because there's anything wrong with it (well, there is, but that's not the reason), but because people are too bloody stupid to use it.

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