* Posts by Daggerchild

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Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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Re: Early symptom of the demise of $BIGCO?

Hah! My replacement deskphone is now about the size of a laptop, and this week it forcefully rebooted in the middle of a call in order to install patches. Because it is a laptop. That I only use to make phonecalls. The pills help.

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Google on flooding the internet with fake news: Leave us alone, we're trying really hard... *sob*

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Re: Lessons from Orlowski

"So, you are upset the article was written in such a way, that it presented the viewpoint of the author strongly enough that you had an emotional response?"

Naw, he's upset that it's dangerous to casually throw things from this height. Also, "Responsibility is proportional to influence" is inscribed on the weapon used in this beating. You didn't notice the crazy hippo?

"isn't that pretty much the objective of every author...ever?"

Er, no. Mined and refined clarity is difficult to make, expensive, and takes skill, and is also the lifeblood of civilisation. I come here to acquire that product. That you can use the same skills to just make popular opiods, while obvious, is not seen as a noble art where I come from.

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Re: Lessons from Orlowski

"Millions" buy quite a few warm bodies that still beat the crap out of any algorithm, because, you know, we're human"

I respectfully call this a pile of poopy. Have you tried moderating the realtime output of the human race lately? Also, have you *seen* humans? They're all biased closed-source algorithms!

You do raise a good point however:

"If you want to pretend to publish news you actually have to put the effort in, shocking as it is."

Should you be allowed to collate news if you don't have human editors? Is it news, or something else, something dangerous?

Should automated public reporting be banned? Should the realtime zeitgeist only be available to human reporters others subscribe to? It might be a way of forcing humans to pay for journalism before their apathy destroys its industry.

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Re: Lessons from Orlowski

For what it's worth I agree with you - I noticed a sudden recent souring of tone on this subject, so that I began making the same assumptions you did, and tellingly, this one is all about attacking the man, not the ball.

There is no point fighting though. Not here. This is a popularity contest, not an exam.

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Re: Lessons from Orlowski

Strewth. This is why I despair of my species. Here we go again.

All those toxic things we're being exposed to are humans. The technology lowers the friction and connects humans together faster. That is its job.

Now people demand that the technology filter the toxic humans out. But, it's not a filter. It never was. And it mustn't be. Demanding they create a working humanity-censoring engine is stupidly dangerous.

Why is hate so delicious these days? Where did all these restaurants of righteous outrage spring from?

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Don't worry about those 40 Linux USB security holes. That's not a typo

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Re: Wasn't that the primadonna maintainer project

"Linus has stated in public that he does not consider security vulnerabilities any different from other bugs. That's a pretty apathetic attitude..."

Your statement is insecure due to it having a vulnerable logical assumption in it.

Feature request: Post icon of Baldrick holding an iron.

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Re: Wasn't that the primadonna maintainer project

"It will be interesting to see how long it takes for this to be cleaned up"

USB has long been one of those things where switching it off in its entirety is good if you can do it.

There are many, many sub-drivers for different esoteric bits of little used USB kit in the kernel tree, that any USB device could bait into life then perhaps blindside. I like to prune the kernel build around here.

However, I don't think any of the other major OS's want to throw stones round here either. Does MS sandbox its squillion USB device drivers? Doesn't Apple's connector allow the device to DMA arbitrary RAM?

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Splitting off Google Shopping wouldn't fix the pay-to-play problem

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Wait a sec...

Is Google the only one putting solutions on the table here? None of the critics, competitors or the EU have anything workable? Have they defined any properties a solution must have?

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Transparent algorithms? Here's why that's a bad idea, Google tells MPs

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Re: The algorithmic model can be can be selectively tested with different types of input

You're basically describing why both white and black box testing exist. You can bring order to a system by crystallising it from a core (deduction), or wholly enclosing it and extracting disorder (elimination). And you use both if you're smart.

Open sourcers are fuzz-testing code they themselves wrote, because even the whitest of white boxes doesn't actually prove things as clearly as you'd think. The black box tests still find things. But effective black box testing is very dependant on the devious imagination of the guy writing the test cases. Fuzzing is just pot luck.

But while everyone's spitting on Google's arguments here, I'll point out that if I had access to the App Store automatic viruschecking algorithm, I could ensure it would never catch my daily malware. And if you had access to the search algorithm, you would use it to make your site appear as the top link for everything you could, wouldn't you.

There will always be constant recurring calls to open Google's search algorithm, because that is the best way to kill them (and Internet Search) for good.

That said, a Government Department of Inter-Industry API's would probably be a good thing.

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Look out, Pepe: Martha Lane Fox has a plan

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Re: Martha Lane should get a proper job

"Don't silence your opponents, counter with a more valid/reasonable argument."

The last time I saw this it was being said by a Gamergater trying to attack that lady who had switched off her comment system due to the abuse, because they wanted, nay demanded, to be able to continue, in the name of fairness!

I've tried the "reasonable argument" thing before - every common neural labelling of an object, concept, or grouping, was disputed to first playschool principles. Even mathematics can be disputed if you demand convincing yet complex explanations loudly enough. Even agreeing on whether someone was alive or dead was a significant victory. It was fascinating. Depressing, but fascinating.

There are ways to construct and explore common thoughtforms, but all parties need training in it, otherwise you're just debating religion. Of course, then the word 'indoctrination' comes up and...

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Google, Twitter gleefully spew Texas shooter fake news into netizens' eyes

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The sacrifice must enter of its own free will

So, people don't like what they see in the metal mirror, eh? Well, we both know which side is solely responsible for changing that.

So, this realtime zeitgeist modification engine that people are talking about:

a) - it exists, is run by evil corporations, and should be destroyed

b) - it exists, is run by evil corporations, and should be given to $trustworthy_unbiased_imaginary_algorithm

c) - doesn't exist, and shouldn't exist, because a)

d) - doesn't exist, and should exist, because humanity needs to be protected

d) - doesn't exist, and should exist, because humanity needs to be censored

e) - doesn't exist, and won't work, because objectivity isn't even a human thing, let alone an algorithm.

f) - doesn't exist, won't work, but will be forced to exist anyway, whereupon everyone and everything will fight over control of it, forever.

The only way you'd get anything approaching a reasonable filter is to tag sources and readers with their various viewpoint polarities, to keep dissonant realities apart, which would of course just create unchallenged singularities which would then tear at the fabric of reality, AND mean everyone just handed over their own psych profile.

I prefer the unvarnished truth, with polarity tags/magnitudes/controls, so I can make my own filter, which will never happen.

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HMRC boss defends shift to AWS, says they got 50% knocked off

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Re: Of course not

You mean something like this https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/containers/ ?

Yes, except on your own PC, like chroot on Unix, jails in BSD, Zones in Solaris...

I've been given a commercial binary to run which I don't trust. I'm putting it in a Zone, and confining its cpu/mem/network/filesystem access. What do you do?

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Re: Of course not

"Unlike Google who's security isn't as good (presumably largely because they are built on *Nix and you can't block root access..."

That's an amazing pile of ground axes and bad assumptions you've got there. Bravo.

Out of interest, what is The MS equivalent of a Container, and how many reboots does it requires to use?

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How DeepMind's AlphaGo Zero learned all by itself to trash world champ AI AlphaGo

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Go mining

Has anyone seen any breakdown of the Go patterns it rediscovered, perhaps with some translation from a Go practitioner?

In particular, what patterns did it consider important, that the humans don't, yet?

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Night out in London tonight: Beer, Reg and platform wars

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Entropy

Can a sociologist establish a measurement for the 'temperature' of a group of individuals, and the 'pressure' they are under, and then establish, for each personality type, the number of impacts per time period and force involved in each, required to cause additional energy release from the individual, escalating the reaction rate, or whether the impact energy is absorbed causing deformation of the structure?

Funny how the same patterns can be found at different scales.

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Star Wars: Big Euro cinema group can't handle demand for tickets to new flick

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Cinemas + IT

While we're in the neighbourhood, what *is* it with Cinemas and their basic failure to grasp information display tech?

I once wandered into a a cinema on impulse and looked for the display of which films were up soon, and what those films were about.

There is no such display. They only have posters advertising things that they are NOT showing yet.

If you're lucky, you'll find the screen that cannot fit in the names and times of the mere half dozen films, and needs to rotate around them, while also showing something else. Nothing, anywhere will tell you what those films are about.

And after that I go to the snack section, and find they've installed new wizzbang displays which constantly rotate menus around between adverts (all monitors rain skittles or fill with pepsi, all menus lost) so there is nowhere you can look to get an overview of what you can buy. Oh, and the hotfood menu is a lie, that closed at 9pm. A paper printed menu would get them more sales.

And when I use my browser to look up local films in advance, I end up using Google's film search, because all of the cinema websites are slow and *terrible*.

From a shop/UI design point of view, cinemas appear to be completely, stark raving, mad.

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FCC gives Google's broadband balloons 'experimental license' in Puerto Rico

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Re: Uh oh

"I think it's called 'reap what you sow'"

That doesn't work when you're sowing it in their name.

"Don't forget, this is the outfit that told the world it should get over not having any privacy"

And that was a stupid comment by Schmidt IIRC, who I don't trust. But emotion and facts are different things, and Schmidt isn't Google, and what he says isn't what they do.

Point at things Google *do* rather than are *accused* of doing, and I'll take you more seriously.

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Re: Uh oh

Dude, seriously, Google are providing the link, not the traffic. That's run by (what's left of) the existing local telcos.

What does it mean for a forum when fear, hatred and false accusation make the most popular posts?

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

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Re: Lack of "cool"...

"Had Microsoft done the same thing as they had in the console market and dropped the "Windows" branding..."

Wouldn't work. How do I know? Well, I hold in my hand a Microsoft phone..

I stood in a datacentre, showed it sadly to a contractor, dialled the office, then showed him the unexpectedly ironic reboot logo. Sometimes when I receive phone calls, it stutters and lagdeaths because there's something spinning in the background. Sometimes when it gets an SMS it crashes.

I installed the Lumia camera app, and then lost control of the camera, because it fought with the default camera app, and different triggers started different apps. I had to Google to work out how to switch on the flashlight (download an app, naturally) and how to reset the Exchange plumbing.

It's not the Microsoft *LOGO* that's the problem. The problem is that if you removed it, you could still tell pretty quickly that this is Microsoft-quality software.

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Man with 74 convictions refused permission to fling sueball at Google

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Re: Shoot the messenger syndrome?

I'm not sure any of that matters. He's not pressing the right buttons yet. I haven't seen Right to be Forgotten invoked.

But above and beyond all that, he's a prime plonker for changing name, then Streisanding all of his old actions onto his new name.

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Google parks old pay-to-play auction in front of European Commission – reports

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Re: Curious to see the answer of the EU

If the EU actually wanted to solve this, they'd define a market product data interchange format and exchange. They'd be able to track and kill counterfeiters with it too.

They don't *know* what a fair solution is. They have just declared they will punish Google until, basically, Google make them feel in control again, by providing an unspecified something that's not guaranteed to even exist. Google's only solution may be to *never* integrate specialised search results in general search results, which makes everything dumber, as the future's on the other side of that tech.

Consider how an AI answers "Where's the nearest place to buy a good hammer" and how many competing map, location, shop, products, recommendation engines could be involved in a verbal answer?

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Competing is Anti-Competative?

An auction would, “simply create an additional anti-competitive barrier..."

So, what product property do they want to compete on and who measures it, if they don't want to include either money, or who the customer chooses to go to to find things?

It's a very strange state of affairs to fight over real-estate *within* a competitor's shop, and then complain that the shop owner has an unfair advantage.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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"work that I used to be able to do with a small device in my coat pocket."

Nokia Communicator?

Bingo. Have a pint :-) One of the few phones you could ssh in with, then write keyboard-symbol soup/shellscript in screen, without screaming.

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Driver legacy - source/specs

So, will we get enough source for its hardware/driver specs to be able to support it ourselves if the manufacturer goes under?

This is a concern for me. My backup phone is already an unsalvagable pile of decaying Android security vulnerabilities because the manufacturer didn't release enough data for anyone else to save it after they discarded it.

I don't *want* to have to throw this one away.

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Speaking as someone who's been waiting about a decade for something like this, and will bite your arm off for it, yes, there is a market, even if it's only "specialist".

And by specialist I mean people who pour data into computers, and need a proper input system, rather than passively drawing information from them, as 99% of people do. This market segment will always exist.

I now watch people who are oncall take their laptops with them to the pub, to be able do work that I used to be able to do with a small device in my coat pocket. Losing such devices was not progress.

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A furious think-tank boss, Google, and an academic 'fired' for criticizing ads giant

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Re: Google has peaked

"This story just happenned to coincide with a bunch of others about how Google has been being evil recently"

Strange - Google have always 'been evil'. And the Reg hasn't had many more "Opinion: Google are evil" pieces than usual, and Reg never misses chinks in the Googlearmor. What have you been reading?

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Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes

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Optical tracking of biochemical processes.

Reminds me a story of a dance teacher. A student had foolishly come in with a colour-changing-dye t-shirt, that was a fad at the time.

"Excellent!" said the teacher, setting them their practises. "If that thing hasn't changed colour by the time I come back, you'll keep going!"

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Re: Time flies like an arrow.

Funny you mention that old joke. The last time I saw it, it was being used to drive AI natural language processors completely nuts. It has about 9 different parsings or something.

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Google, propaganda, and the new New Man

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Re: Lying is always bad propaganda, because it deceives and misleads the people

*MWU HA Ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaa*

But, you see, civilisation is *made* from deceit! We tell each other lies about things being better than they are, so people arrive expecting it, or demanding it, or doing something about it, and, with sufficient numbers, they can even bring it into existence.

Some call these lies 'dreams'. Collect enough of these, and you may call it a 'culture'.

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Oracle staff report big layoffs across Solaris, SPARC teams

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Nixless?

How many viable commercial *nixen are there left? Solaris is mid seppuku. AIX I assume still ticks in dark places. Apple's creature probably still counts, but that's not really a server thing. I can't think of any others really.

What does it say about commercial software 'innovation' that just about every serious business is now reliant on an utterly uncommercial entity they would have mugged and left for dead if they could.

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Criticize Google, get fired: Spotlight spins on ad giant's use of soft money

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Re: Take the king's shilling, you do the king's bidding.

"You cast white guys as the villains, and they are villains even without their own knowledge."

"Villains" is your word not mine. I'm just using this as an extra bit of probabilistic weighting. I notice you are attacking me instead of denying it though, possibly because it's accepted knowledge?

If over-reading negative connotation into single words in my multi-component opinion is causing you offence, maybe you should stop doing that?

"There is nothing I could say that you could not counter with such a dirty tactic. Just give it up."

Uhuh. Meanwhile, you "just know" that "Google are evil", and are accusing others of unjust auto-villainisation. I don't think "dirty tactics" are the reason you are having difficulty with my opinion.

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Re: Take the king's shilling, you do the king's bidding.

"Have I described your statement accurately?"

Not really, no. I'm just factoring in how women are treated in tech, by men, subconsciously, on average.

Then I cross referenced with the male mind type likely demonstrated by the strategies in the previous points, and added in the known fact that they are also strongly opinionated, and may be leading a pack.

The "Google are evil, therefore stop thinking" end of the probability spectrum is well covered. I'm just going to explore the rest, just in case, y'know, large crowds of angry people aren't reliable evaluators of unclear events.

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Re: Take the king's shilling, you do the king's bidding.

I'm reading up on this and, well, it looks like Lynn kinda pissed off his boss while she was busy trying to milk Google for more.

And was building a separate powerbase within her organisation.

And may have countermanded her web takedown.

And if, during this mounting disagreement, he treated her "like a woman"..

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'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption

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Scotland: Invade. Please.

So, the only people who won't be spied upon, are terrorists. Gotcha.

But if you use something they don't understand, isn't that also effectively encryption?

So, how long before you can be arrested on suspicion of inventing?

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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Re: clean air laws are a joke

It's a crying shame we don't all live in hab-domes (yet) so you can't be forced to put your lungs where your emissions are. That'd make for fun reality TV.

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Hash of the Titan: How Google bakes security all the way into silicon

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Re: Dear Google

You're going to have to switch tack. Google may be the symbol of the problem, but no way in hell are they the ones you should worry most about. There are things out there that have developed tech to pierce Chrome's Incognito mode, and they aren't Google. Even bringing Google down may only make things worse.

Users have basically lost control of their apps/browser. You have no idea who it's visiting, what it's giving others, where they are, or who they're working with. Every time an app/extension is installed, you individualise, and become more identifiable, and your attack surface increases.

You wanted detailed instructions? To lie to your enemies, you'll need to lie to your browser, about the machine it's on, the timezone, the time, the clockdrift of your PC, your history, your latency, your network topology, your bandwidth and packetloss, your hardware media acceleration, etc.

And you need to tell a different lie-set for every separate site you told a Truth to. There. This is the true depth of the swamp you live in with Google. But Google didn't make this swamp, and it won't go away when you kill them.

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So you're planning on outsourcing some enterprise security

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Re: Go for it!

As a probable competitor I can assure you, we are doing just that.

I believe I will be training my foreign replacement soon. Heh. Fine. I think 15 years of trying to save someone from themselves is enough of my life wasted.

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FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

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Experience required: 10 years in clicking

"Of these, manual review by an intern revealed that about 7,000 were..."

They made an intern review 12000 websites? Yowch. For their sanity, I hope they knew how to script.

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Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack on Google Fiber

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This is a job for a Glasshole!

As it happens, auditing manual work is *exactly* what Google's glasses found a successful niche in.

Not that they'll even touch a cable for another decade. AT&T will drag this out as long as inhumanly possible, while they reconstruct the FCC to nuke Google from orbit.

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Waymo fleshes out self-driving car tech with hardware that goes soft at first sign of trouble

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Autoflaccidation!

or is it autoautoflaccidation.. or autovehicularflaccidation?

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US military spies: We'll capture enemy malware, tweak it, lob it right back at our adversaries

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Pressing military matters

Yes yes, but will the National Defence of the USA involve further weaponisation of cutesy Anime girls? :

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/07/29/wikileaks-releases-manual-for-linux-implant-aeris/

<Insert penetration joke here>

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If Anonymous 'pwnd' the Daily Stormer, they did a spectacularly awful job

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Terminator

I now have this fantastic image of Google Analytics engineers salivating over the data feed, shoveling it into their latest AI, turning the raw sewage into an essential safeguard for mankind!

"T1000, if you ever agree with any of these people, kill yourself"

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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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Re: "why Blacks are such fast runners?"

So what you're saying is America needs to enslave the Whites to weed out their poor breeding stock? Hell yeah! Make America Great Again!

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Google. You may have to up the timetable.

Hello Google. I know your Secret Project people have their hands full with the Grand Legal Navigation Engine, but it looks like you may have to up the timetable on the project beyond it. Things are beginning to get out of hand.

I'm talking of course about the Great Internet Argument Engine - a discussion forum where people are only able to exchange viewpoints by assembling digraph structures of basic concepts, and sending them to attempt to adhere to or replace things in a World View. This should collate World Views that actually hold together in a stiff breeze.

The energy involved in the Brownian motion of Internet Argument at the moment suggests any thought structure is more likely to be bashed apart than crystallise anymore. We may not have much time before the Internet fully ionises, and everything becomes flames.

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Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

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Re: it's not ... anonymised... is it?

I don't have a lot of confidence identifiable patterns can be obscured in a lot of cases.

e.g. Can you identify a Commentard coming from a different IP without logging in? Quite possibly, if they're interested in upvotes to their posts, have mutually exclusive activity times, no interest in things they've already read, excepting comments, which they click through to so fast you know they already read the article etc.

If it's my job to make sure patterns can't be found, well, if looking is illegal I think this goes in the same bucket as possessing hacking tools, so you can test your own shields. You can be thrown to the wolves at any time. It's really no fun being one of the good guys.

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Forget Iran and North Korea. Now there's another uranium source

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Re: Arm chair musing

I was wondering if the mini-black was needed too, but my musing was whether the neutron star would hold together if the star whipped past another one, or swung close enough to a conventional black hole, to momentarily mess up the spherical crush and make it spooge its guts out.

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Big Internet balks at fresh effort to crack down on sex trafficking

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To layer on the analogy, you have to remove the swastika if it's against the law and you know about it, e.g. a neighbour told you. That's the current state (AIUI IANAL ETC). It's still legal to otherwise just stay indoors watching the telly.

What I suspect this does is, if one of the neighbourhood kids is an asshole, daubing your walls repeatedly, then not patrolling your walls regularly checking everything against a changing list of symbology, becomes dangerous. It becomes safer and simpler not to have walls.

You're reading this on a wall.

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I have a cucumber to sell you. It has cute yellow spots. It's not very long.

If you aren't 'in the market', how do you know which terminology is evil? e.g. Pizzagate. And God in heaven do you even want to get involved in moderating the seething masses and guessing their mind if you run a small company?

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Oh they almost certainly do use it to start their hunts. And they are probably pissed off at this attempt to scatter the pigeons which may only result in less children getting rescued.

But as with all politics - it's not what's true that counts, it's what's seen.

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If you love your email standards, SMTP your feet: 35 years later

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GOTO 10

It's a testament to the complexity of the application server/cloud stack these days that I'm seriously considering automating an information interface to users via email, like we did in ye olde days (who remembers FTP-by-mail gateways?). That's a doddle to write, and small enough to actually be securable.

All I have to do is work out which mail encryption/authentication works for people using Outlook....

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