* Posts by Zog_but_not_the_first

1583 posts • joined 18 Feb 2014

Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Re: Doomwatch... The Plastic Eaters...

Ha! My first thought too.

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US, UK cyber cops warn Russians are rooting around in your routers

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Russians are rooting around in your routers

Er, how would I know?

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Google accidentally reveals new swipe-happy Android UI

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Wot I do...

For my last three smartphones, I spent the first hour turning off all the gesture gubbins. I can't stand it when the phone assumes I want to do "stuff" because I put it down in a certain way.

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The only way is Ethics: UK Lords fret about AI 'moral panic'

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Re: BS Detector redlining on a single article

Never mind all this AI malarkey. What we need to know is, "Is Wetherspoons' beer watered down?"

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What a time to be alive: LG and Italian furniture-maker build smart sofa

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Re: How to know which ones are jokes?

Quite.

In the 1982 remake of "The Thing", Kurt Russell would walk around with a flame thrower, pilot light twinkling, ready for some pyrotechnical action.

I'm beginning to know how he felt.

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What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently

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At the risk of becoming tiresome...

Computers and their associated equipment are NOT WHITE GOODS. People need a willingness to accept that a degree of competence and learning is required at least equivalent to that for driving and routinely maintaining a car.

Almost NONE of my friends have ever changed the password or updated the firmware on their routers because "they didn't know you were supposed to". And most of them have degrees.

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Facebook admits: Apps were given users' permission to go into their inboxes

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From this...

And the slew of other articles on security breaches today I conclude that the Internet is well and truly fucked. It is, isn't it.

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Facebook: Look at our latest bug bounty that proves we're serious!

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’Twas brillig...

...and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe

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Fear the Reaper: Man hospitalised after eating red hot chilli pepper

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Re: Not the worst of it

" anything with chunks of real chilli can get a bit "Chuck Berry""

Johnny Cash Shirley?

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Not the worst of it

Hellish symptoms from the chilli going in, but...

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UK.gov expected to quit controversial harvesting of schoolchildren's nationality data

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But....

We were only thinking of the children.

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UK 'wife'-carrying champion named

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What I want to watch...

Is the wife-carrying cheese-rolling crossover.

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Linux Beep bug joke backfires as branded fix falls short

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Junk DNA

I wonder how much "junk DNA" exists in software (bios through to large software packages and their supporting code)? I remember being able to trick a PC into prompting for "Press play, then any key" long after the era of cassette tape loading had passed.

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Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

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Magnetic Puns?

Fluxed if I can be bothered.

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Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector

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Re: Oh please

"Can you guys get Tim Worstall back please."

Please. Sometimes annoying, sometimes annoyingly correct.

I miss the old curmudgeon.

Speaking as one...

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a terrible leak of drone buyers' data

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Still reeling...

That "DronesForLess" is a thing.

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Facebook dynamites its own APIs amid data slurp scandals, wrecks data slurp applications

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Why Facebook etc., will win...

Actually, have already won.

I was discussing the latest revelations with a group of friends. One friend was cynical about the whole business claiming that Facebook was "harmless and fun". I asked to see her phone so I could go through her messages and photos so that I could "identify products and services of interest".

"No!" she said, moving the phone away from me. "That's private!"

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How machine-learning code turns a mirror on its sexist, racist masters

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Re: Conclusion is wrong

I have a problem with this too. The approach is far, far, too simplistic. Taking one or two words that may, or may not be, associated out of context can demonstrate almost anything (see also, "Give me six lines written by the most honest man in the world, and I will find enough in them to hang him.")

The classic example is the film review: "Exciting!" = "if you think this is exciting, you may enjoy watching paint dry". "A rollercoaster!" = "we can't understand why a rollercoaster appears in the title credits". You get the idea...

Stewart Lee was called out on a remark he made in one of his stand-up routines. He explained that the remark had a context, and that context was a 45 minute conversation with his audience.

I blame Twitter.

When I'm not blaming Margaret Thatcher.

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2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

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Paris Hilton

On a slightly different tack...

IIRC, Robert Crumb comics could be, er, quite distracting.

Paris, obviously, as she keeps on trucking.

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Facebook exec extracts foot from mouth: We didn't really mean growth matters more than human life

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Why are all the troll icons upside down?

Wait.....

The date.

Ah!

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Amazon warns you have 30 days before Music Storage files bloodbath

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Re: It's a whooping

@charlie-charlie-tango-alpha

Absolutely! Why? Just why? Spotify (with ads) is great for exploring new music, but if I like it, I buy it. More often than not from eBay for a couple of quid. Rip, store and enjoy.

Although I have to admit that it's fun spotting who on the Tube has a music streaming account and just lost their Internet connection.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Starbucks is on notice: Expensive milky coffee is something quite cancerous

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The driving force?

Lawyers, just lawyers.

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

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For God's sake, why?

I've been at a complete loss to understand why we have a Gadarene rush by manufacturers, legislators and technical-commentators-who-should-know-better to try to convince us that self-driving cars are just around the corner.

Until I remembered a quote (source forgotten) that described cars as one of the instances of real freedom available to ordinary people. Once, we're all in self-driving pods, that disappears.

See also, "smart" meters.

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Please no Basic Instinct flashing, HPE legal eagles warn staffers

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Sounds like...

The stuff they tried to bludgeon into me in a million management courses.

I'll get my (long, modesty-preserving) coat.

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Facebook to extend bug bounty to cover data leakage, sever ties to data brokers

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Just a couple of rogue engineers...

Move along folks.

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Internet of insecure Things: Software still riddled with security holes

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IoT?

IoS please.

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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Good old Office 2007

I never thought I'd write that.

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Cambridge Analytica 'privatised colonising operation', not a 'legitimate business', says whistleblower

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Will they get away with it?

Yep.

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UK smut overlord declares age checks should protect users' privates

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Why not?

Sign in with Facebook?

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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

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Re: I hope this starts something

It won't.

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Criminality...

The new normal.

Picking this bloke's pocket.

Because I can...

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NASA fungus problem puts theory of 'Martian mushrooms' on toast

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I want some...

Martian sausages.

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Fake news is fake data, 'which makes it our problem', info-slurpers told

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So, did Freddie Starr eat the hampster?

Or not.

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Recording Industry Ass. says vinyl and CD sales beat digital downloads

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Let's not forget...

The concept of an album. A set of tracks that were meant to be played in sequence.

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Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

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Just to be clear...

There. Are. No. Self-driving. Cars.

Driver aids, yes, but no cars.

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UK Court of Appeal settles reseller's question: Is software a good?

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A digital watch?

What pray, is a digital watch?

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Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!

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Alien

Someone call David Ike!

The lizards' lair has been found!

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Hip hop-eration: Hopless Franken-beer will bring you hoppiness

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Whatever next?

Orgasm-free sex?

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That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything's fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook's great! All good in the hoodie!

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The saddest thing of all...

Is that people will swallow this and "move on" without a moment's reflection.

I hate to use lazy symbolism like "sheeple", but you know...

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Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

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Re: This could be the start of something beautiful

Now where are those rogue engineers?

That's better, nothing to see now.

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Unfortunately...

A hydra has more than one head.

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Geoboffins believe gigantic volcanoes kickstarted Mars' oceans

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Re: 3.7 billion years ago

You wouldn't catch me holidaying there.

No atmosphere...

I'll get me spacesuit.

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Facebook suspends account of Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

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Challenge the lizards...

At your peril.

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Nest reveals the first truly connected home

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Abandon hope...

All ye etc.

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Boffins find sign of water existing deep into Earth's mantle by looking at diamonds

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Re: Non standard oddball unit "miles"

" It doesn't do barleycorns, rods, poles, links, chains, furlongs, and perches though."

There's a red exercise book for that...

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NHS Digital heads accused of being 'suppliers', not 'custodians' of UK patient data

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"Weirdly the little people seem to like it - because they keep voting it in."

Depressingly true.

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@James51

Us "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered! My life is my own!"

Them "Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!"

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Super Cali neutral traffic bill makes web throttling bogus

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Re: Please stop the "Super Cali" meme.

Please don't.

There's still a lot of tread on that tyre.

And what's with the Geocities reference?

Don't! You! Mean! Yahoo!?

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WhatsApp agrees not to share user info with the Zuckerborg… for now

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Turns light on...

... and the 'roaches scuttle away into the shadows.

Turns light off...

... and they crawl out again.

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Mozilla wants to seduce BOFHs with button-down Firefox

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I'd be happier...

If they did something about the OS for my "smart" TV that they lost interest in after trumpeting it as the "next big thing".

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