* Posts by Daggerchild

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systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

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Systemd is extremely useful!

I think everyone is completely misunderstanding how useful systemd is.

Everyone who doesn't want to look to the past, and who believe in following leaders with strong personalities and innovative legacy-discarding ideas, can all band together and sail off to create a new future.

Leaving everyone who actually gives a sh*t about good engineering in peace, while their ship catches fire, runs aground, and establishes some kind of Lord of the Flies cannibal tribe.

Put systemd in your interview questions for new hires, and leave the true-believers free to go innovate someone else into the ground.

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Re: Underscore?

@jake : I don't think that URL is saying what you say it's saying.

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China censors drop the soap operas, sitcoms

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Re: It's disgusting that regimes like this still exist in this modern world.

"I just want to point out that the U.S. achieved all of that without having all the brutality"

*splutters tea over keyboard*

I'm going to guess here that you're white...

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Re: It's disgusting that regimes like this still exist in this modern world.

They have several distinct advantages. A blank starting sheet, access to the state of the art of the west, more money than God, and the ability to freely copy anything their western contractors do in China and merge it with any other tech they copied.

This means they have no barrier to the nextgen tech the West won't allow itself to make due to those same IP laws China is laughing at.

The industriousness of the Chinese man in the street was demonstrated by Hong Kong. I'm not actually sure how many (if *any*) of the advances are due to, rather than in spite of, the Glorious Leadership.

I *do* however empathise with the Communist leadership - their entire system relies on keeping a *gigantic* dragon drugged and chained, at a fraction of its power, because if it were suddenly released, China would immolate itself and probably everything nearby. That they accomplished this gargantuan feat of Order is nothing short of astounding! That doesn't however stop it being a really silly thing to do. They basically live in terror now, looking at how fast this thing is growing, needing new chains every day.

Silly sausages. Humans have always moved forward through the illogical art of constantly almost falling over.

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Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

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Re: But did it do any good?

Oh I dunno - the cable monopolies seem to be getting value for money now :)

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Dahua cameras stung by Web interface bug

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Re: Should I trust a field or field length supplied by an outside source?

Content-Length: 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000........

See also, Content-Encoding: gzip; dd if=/dev/zero | gzip -9c -

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Google Cloud plays GTA in Snowball fight with AWS

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Re: What about security?

I would have thought that if you're paying Google to do exactly that, you'd be very annoyed if they didn't.

I wouldn't mind a Google Search page for our corporate Intranet. All I can usually find on any subject are a million mentions.

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Google must cough up contact info for 8,000 employees in gender discrimination case

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Human Instrumentation Project

There should be fascinating data here about the underlying reasons for pay discrepancies in the tech industry.

But I have a nagging feeling this isn't really about that.

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All hail AT&T! Champion of the open internet and users' privacy!

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You make it sound like it's a measured and considered response, instead of simply being a huge bonfire of anything Obama has ever touched.

It's very difficult to blame Obama through all the heat and flames, but I can't help but admire your continued determination to do so.

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Academics 'funded by Google' tend not to mention it in their work

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Re: I've seen...

"Not because of that, that's a strawman argument. It's because a "research" created for monetary reasons (=You are getting paid to prove a point, no matter how much lying is needed) is always bad stuff"

But... isn't saying the researchers are paid to lie, while also being unable to show that anything produced here *has* been a lie, an evidenceless construction, aka a strawman argument?

Out of interest, how many years need to pass after a Google donation to a public science body, before researchers sponsored by that body aren't considered to be 'bad stuff'? And by your own measure, is the sponsored report in this article telling the truth?

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Re: Insinuators Anonymous

"If the author has any skill at all, it's impossible to say if the results have any connection to reality. Or conclusion to the actual results."

To you, maybe. But to another in the field, you can make a name for yourself hunting down false reports and blowing their sh*t up.

These papers aren't going to disappear. They can be dug up at any future point and used to bludgeon Google and the sponsored researcher with. And Google's enemies would pay handsomely to see that happen.

It's much, much more cost effective in a battle to manufacture *real* ammo, not stuff that looks impressive but blows up in your face later.

So, I'll sit and wait for these researcher reports to be disproven. It shouldn't be hard - lots of people hate Google. I mean, wouldn't *you* like to prove Google is lying instead of just telling everyone they are?

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Re: Insinuators Anonymous

"And you really believe they aren't lying on _that_? Really, this is pathetic."

Erm. You're not making a very persuasive argument considering they're all talking about publicly available funding records.

If you want to play that game, how do you know the people hiding their funding from you while making this report aren't lying to you about people who hide their funding making reports full of lies?

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Re: Insinuators Anonymous

Er, from the line that followed yours....

and I'd read this story elsewhere where they'd actually included Google's response to this, pointing out the statistical shenanigans.

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Re: I've seen...

"Look! Over there!!! Other bad stuff!!!!!!!"

Heh. Note how you 'just know' this stuff here is 'bad stuff', without reading it, because a guy in a funding mask tells you it is.

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Insinuators Anonymous

Heh. So, *actually*, 74% of the people funded by Google say they're funded by Google. That's evil!

The rest of the report is anyone who has received funds from anyone who has *ever* received funds from Google. Minor omitted detail there. So basically if Google ever donates to someone who donates to you, you're a sock puppet. Don't argue.

And whatever you do - don't *read* any of these papers. No, don't make you *own* mind up.

And don't look behind the curtain for the voice telling you Google is evil. Because, unlike Google's funding habits, you *can't* work out who's paying for this one. See Google? This is how you're *meant* to do it. Bwahahahaha!

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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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That's nothing!

Using only readily available consumer equipment, people are already uploading clips of Trump saying things that are absolutely ridiculous!

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Guess who doesn't have to pay $1.3bn in back taxes? Of course it's fscking Google

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So..

Does that mean they're finally going to fix all the loopholes in European cross-border taxation that everybody and their Liechtensteinian coffee supplier are running container ships of cash through?

Google are really going to have to learn how Politics works.

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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if cost == 0 then panic

"something that could have significant implications in future as computers use artificial intelligence to capture and create images."

Oh hell, there's far more than that in that Pandora's box. People are already working on auto-scientific-research systems and Big Pharma already spend a lot of time patenting every molecular variant near their Precious to prevent anyone inventing anything nearby..

Imagine if the Patent Office got the same number of autopatents as Youtube get DMCA takedown requests, with the same level of validity?

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When 'Saving The Internet' means 'Saving Crony Capitalism'

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Re: Utility vs Service

"they all should care about the class of message contained in those bits" - ... eh? Why?

The lorry analogy breaks down if Netflix are already paying per byte to push their traffic into the Internet. The costs are already perfectly and inescapably proportional to the 'wear on the roads'. Is someone saying they aren't?

QoS might be worth discussing, but only for live video/audio, as nothing else needs it (including Netflix), but nobody's really talking about that (although perhaps they should). That doesn't leave much else on the table.

I thought the net neutrality debate was fairly straightforward. It's this: http://www.three.co.uk/go-binge/shows

Yes, you have other streaming providers, but if you use them, we'll bill you a feckton. Your decision. Feel free to compete for customers who get electroshock if they try and leave us.

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Multics resurrected: Proto-Unix now runs on Raspberry Pi or x86

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Re: Anything we should steal ?

From what I remember about it, its APIs had versioning built into the interfaces. It was designed for live-upgrade.

The components would fall back to the latest version each understood, and as the opportunity arose they would fall-forward to newer versions. I think it's one of those things that is theoretically a good idea, until you start involving humans.

I mentally filed all this under the image of a kitten tangled in string.

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Waymo now way less: Robo-ride upstart drops patents in Uber battle

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In related matters..

Not seen any mention in the Reg about someone landing a palpable patent/trade-secret hit on Google's balloons.

https://www.wired.com/story/the-lawsuit-that-could-pop-alphabets-project-loon-balloons/

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Google blows $800k on bots to flood the UK with 30,000 'articles' a month

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Re: They came for the journalists, but I was not a journalist...

It's a larger problem than Google - the system *used* to require cleared and maintained paths to deliver data between places, as collecting, cleaning and distributing information was too costly and time consuming for an individual. Groups would band together to push through together.

Now, any old hamster can stick up a shiny website and be just as accessible as any other data source, including the professionally grown ones. The entire system has switched bottleneck from pushing data out, to pulling viewers in. The giants are now straws in hayfield. The zeitgeist is free, and flowing downhill..

Google is probably just after a clean fact/event broadcast system - that would match their mentality. Anything more complex is just a muckspreader. I have no idea how journalists will survive in a world where bots, fakes and frauds massively outnumber them and nobody wants to pay anything for their products.

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Re: So, never another Watergate?

I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of the FBI stabbing Hillary in the back, then getting itself stabbed in the back, by the guy who blocked the US from his meeting with Russia, and wants obviously-needed investigations into his Russian-contacting people dropped..

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America's net neutrality rage hits academia

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Re: It's fairly safe to say..

"Elites motive is to screw the people."

HAH! Zoom out a bit. The US *people's* motive is to screw the people. Trump voters want immigrants blocked, muslims banned, illegals thrown out, refugees ignored, NATO extorted, coal resurrected etc. They want other people to suffer in their stead. These aren't the elites - this is the base. This runs from bottom to top, and is now on full display.

The drive to poop on anyone they can subjugate has been in America's DNA since well before its independence. The whole of the US is now a snake eating its own tail, pooping in its own belly, and becoming enraged at its meal's blatant attempt to poison it.

It's ridiculous that it's now gotten so bad now that it's actually oozing out of the head. Within a few years America is going to rip its own tail off. Buy shares in all of those private US for-profit jails, now. There's money in the losing side's slavery fully legal, enforced, unpaid, manual labour.

I have a fiver on the non-gun-owners being the losers. Them educated 'elites'.

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DeepMind needs to think about the broader implications of its tech – report

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Re: Google want personal information the way a junkie wants heroin.

That's too simple a take - Google are absolutely addicted to finding things out, but they're not like Facebook who deliberately reverse engineer your social circle. They pretty obviously have a different core drive: Shiny Problems.

e.g. If I lie to Google, they believe me. They don't want *me*. They want to know what I *want*.

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Cause of death: Exposure.

I had no idea this latest PR wound was inflicted by the watchdog they themselves hired. Hah!

"DeepMind had failed to carry out enough public engagement" - Oh I'd say the public are pretty engaged right now.. :)

"not all the 1.6 million patients were aware their identifiable data was being used" - Eh? I thought this was anonymised data? It's almost impossible to get a grasp on what this is all about when everyone's saying it's different things.

This stands a good chance of becoming a good solid template for all the others (desperately avoiding the torchlight) to use, assuming it survives the liquid fire being poured on it, and the lynchmobs.

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Google DeepMind trial failed to comply with data protection – ICO

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Re: Deep Mind keeps the learning though?

"So back to you."

Er, okay, as requested, I invoke Godwin's-law-level of ridicule. On the one hand, lots of dead people, on the other hand... anonymised retina scans. Why did you do that?

"you could delete the source information (as you've clearly stated they now have the tool) and you can also prosecute everyone involved and fine the hell out of the companies involved."

Er, who said they weren't deleting the source information? And prosecute for what? Deepmind just got investigated to death, and weren't being evil. But people are angry that the facts aren't backing up their assumptions about Google cackling and rolling in cash made from their stolen data. People want blood!

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Re: Deep Mind keeps the learning though?

Heh. I'd settle simply for informed debate right now. Treatment doesn't require consent. But the doctors were NOT meant to be using it for treatment. Not treatment needs consent. But kidneys. Go figure. ICO went figure. But ICO no kill Google? ICO wrong! Kill Google! Hulk SMASH puny debate!

I'm digging up stuff that said Deepmind had access to a lot more data, but only in the sense every other medical researcher does, so, anonymised, in an armored silo, with a hard deletion date.

The hysteria is palpable.

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Re: Deep Mind keeps the learning though?

Well, we now have a tool to detect imminent kidney damage.

But we hate Google, so let's delete it, so they have to make it again, in exactly the same way, but with less data, because people are now afraid of it, so it may not work as well.

In other news: Doctor Hulk SMASH puny disease!

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Re: Part of the article is missing

Well, I'm glad all the other software suppliers to the NHS are under equivalent scrutiny, and this isn't actually the same kind of contract the Trust uses for each of them, he says sarcasticly.

Who knew anon-mapped retina scans were such a blackmarket goldmine?

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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FAIL

Kids today...

A dangerous fridge in space, on a tech forum, and no mention of Cowboy Bebop?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_97M0tV94CM

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Europe seeks company to monitor Google's algorithm in €10m deal

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Wanted: Fox to watch henhouse.

They've just asked for a commercial company to define 'fair' for them, so they can fine Google whenever that company says Google isn't.

There are a number of companies that would *pay* the EU to be able to control what Google is allowed to do.

Oh, and of course, it's not the EU's fault if the result is garbage. Next year they'll just open another tender for a watcher to watch this watchman.

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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Re: Hang on, all y'all ...

@rtfazeberdee

I notice that just about every post you've made here is to slag off people pointing at systemd's flaws, without providing explanation.

I can only *hope* you are a troll, because if you're a systemd supporter then you are justifying everyone's assessment of systemd's Microsoft-like culture and fanbase. Attack opponents. Push territory. Tribal Conquest, without remorse or mercy.

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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Information Integration. How now?

The Google Map snippets are next I guess.

If the object sought consists mostly of metadata that is best displayed in a different manner (location = map, product category = product list) and other people make money from providing an interface to this data type (map providers, product comparison providers) then Google cannot integrate their metadata view directly into your search result as it favours their metadata provider (i.e. themselves).

The problem, is nobody else can integrate their metadata search engine into Google's results. Nor is it entirely sane to demand it be possible. That leaves only one option: This system may not exist. Anywhere.

So it is more or less forbidden for the public to have an integrated search system that morphs the result to match the best display form for the data form found.

If the EU had provided a way to still make such a system possible I wouldn't be quite so annoyed, as the future was meant to be down that road, but now it's roadblocked. Forbidding unfairly integrated data assistants probably also has implications for Google Home/Alexa and those other speakerthings.

I hope someone is tracking how much money all these competing shopping sites now make after the Google-integrated results are canned. I somehow doubt it'll be a Billion bucks...

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Let's go live to the 3rd circle of Hell – and see what Comcast and Charter are screwing up

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Re: It's sad

Ooh, that's given me how-to-be-an-evil-megacorp ideas.

No, they didn't give *anyone* orders to damage their competitors. They are entirely and provably innocent of that charge!

They just reviewed the incompetence complaints filed against each of their contractors, and then *repeatedly* sent out a select few of them to certain points to dig up and visually inspect cables.

MWUhahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa!

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Google to remove private medical data from search results

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Re: Strange....

"Deepmind is not a chess player"

Hah! Wrong because...*googles*...... goddamnit..

#include <std/quotes/futurama/technically-correct.txt>

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Re: "no opt-out for patients who do not wish to share their data."

Strewth. It's like nobody even cares what Deepmind and the Trust are *actually* doing.

By all means. Block Google from processing your medical data. Tell Google directly. They will agree. That will confuse the hell out of you.

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Re: Abusive Megacorp

You say that, but.. what have they done with user data that is evil? All I keep hearing is that "everybody knows" it's evil. Asking for clarification gets angry responses.

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Re: Strange....

"And since when did Google become a medical research institute?"

*migraine*... Almost nothing you just said they're doing, they're doing. You didn't even get their name right. And you got upvoted.

Deepmind, the chess player, has a set of anonymised eye scans. It checks for a condition, and gives the result to the doctor, the only one who can de-anonymise it.

Point at the bit that is evil, or the bit I got wrong. And if you tell me that the evil is actually silently hiding over there in the shadows where nobody can disprove it exists, I swear to Murphy I will cry.

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Strange....

Is it my imagination, or is this trying to make a scare story out of two things that are agreed by all involved to be A Good Thing?

There's a lot of referencing and self-referencing 'alleged to', 'was reported to' and 'people say was'. There's a feedback loop here that's not healthy for the Zeitgeist considering the below:

If you check, you find that the Deepmind growl by the regulator was about the paperwork - users data-consented only for treatment, but the app was officially only for non-treatment testing, but the doctors *were* using it for treatment, so .. ?

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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

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It's the latest ransomware. If this gets installed on your computer it will save all of your important data in an impenetrable format, making it almost impossible to get it out.

I believe in some cases you even have to pay a subscription just to retain access to your data.

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

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Per lacer yabetz!

In the red corner we have the Royal Guard Captain who stabbed the Red Queen in the back, to place King Canute on the throne.

In the other red corner we have the same Mad King who stabbed the Royal Guard Captain in the back for not stabbing Liberty and Freedom in the back.

"Curious", said Alice, and tried to wake up, as a gun cocked behind her. "Nice pussy you've got there. We may have to seize it" said the fat twins Freedom and Liberty. "Let's see its entry papers. Don't worry, we only shoot the people who are afraid of being shot."

Alice couldn't help but notice that having a pussy in this world seemed to make everything much more complicated than perhaps it should be.

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EU regulators gearing up to slap Google with €1bn fine – reports

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Re: "We disagree with the European Commission's argument"

I'll still be waiting for the practical logic behind the decision. It will have an impact on integrated data analysis. i.e. Big Data.

If you must outsource part of an internal decision, to competitors, or integrate their backends into your backend, that's going to get real messy real fast.

When you ask a droid in a scifi movie to answer a question, or acquire something, or get a job done, there's a hell of a lot of potentially competing data sources and suppliers that want that droid's opinion to be theirs.

On the flipside, UK is leaving the EU soon, so Google may not have far to evacuate.

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Look who's joined the anti-encryption posse: Germany, come on down

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The Irony Curtain

Do you know what Putin could do now to *really* *REALLY* piss off the West? Go straight!

The crown of Freedom and Justice is rolling around the floor right now as Trump stuffs his face in the trough and May shrieks from behind her barred door.

If I remember my history lessons correctly, proper law and order was only established after the elites started getting annoyed at the murders/corruption etc mucking up their neat empires, and began forcing it down from on high.

Putin could do that if he wanted to, he has the power and the personality. To steal the West's glorious name, their reputation - that would so horribly fitting right now.

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Goddamnit

Here I am trying to be a good, responsible, law-abiding citizen, and it's getting harder and harder as it seems they also want me to be a gullible idiot.

So, I have to blow holes in my own shields, and hope nothing bad gets in, while being spied upon by multiple global entities all of whom have competing interests, some cripplingly corrupt, some paranoid with a hair trigger, some leaky as a sieve, some hosting 'guests' they know nothing about yet.

Not to mention that since my job can involve Defence against the Dark Arts I may indeed be discussing weaponising attacks against large corporates to see if we can break the shields. No avenue for misunderstanding there. Already avoiding trips to Arkham America.

Meanwhile at home I want to watch Expanse 2, or Game of Thrones, or something else my friends are watching, and each goddamn thing needs a different subscription to a different service I don't otherwise want in return for owning nothing while ultimately paying more. I have already had one cancel my subscription because they suddenly decided they now wanted more personal details than I wanted to give them.

And if I backup something I do actually own, seeing as I already own things that have degraded to death that I still want to watch, does that still make me a criminal? I've lost track! How long before purchasable physical media itself disappears?

Will streaming media encryption be exempt from the backdoor laws? Betcha 5 bucks it will be.

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BMW climbs into IBM Watson's cloudy connected charabanc

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Google: Watch the professionals do it

Now, see, this is why it's not Google I'm worried about. Google could do this stuff, but they don't think like this.

IBM are trying to stalk ahead, stake out and set up Amazon-grade market singularities for valuable data markets. They are actively going out and pulling together processing chains of data-producers, processors and consumers, selling them the vision to make them hold still, and then sewing the parts together.

At no point do they expose themselves to the public. Where Google gets roasted in the open, IBM keep at least one party between themselves and the public at all times.

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France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

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With Great Power YadaYadaYada...

I would like to propose an addendum to the law. If Government is found to be misusing this power, the Prime Minister must donate a pint of blood within the week for each occurrence.

Should we run out of Prime Minister, the requirement descends down the chain of command towards the individual who made the decision.

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Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?

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Re: Too bad for her the Nazis are defunct nowadays

Oh if you read some of the things US law enforcement is doing and getting away with, I'm guessing she actually had a promising career as a proud 'protect and serve' armed arresting officer in several US states, or as an ICE or TSA agent.

I want to see her psyche eval. I love finding out how amazingly broken things come about.

What I'd *really* like to see is how the personality-type distribution of America is changing. There may be a darwinian advantage to psychopathy in the modern emotional-pain saturation-bath that is modern media overload.

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HPE ignored SAN failure warnings at Australian Taxation Office, had no recovery plan

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Re: Anywhere? Really?

I'm guessing it's a bit like saying that when you neglect someone to death, the exact domino sequence of randomly accumulated faults involved in finally overloaded the living system, will 'never have been seen before'.

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