* Posts by anonymous boring coward

2071 posts • joined 21 Jan 2015

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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Big sign: FOOD HERE!!! --->

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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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"As a young physicist at CERN, Sir Tim saw that valuable information was being trapped within institutions… Sir Tim gave the technology of the web to the world for free."

Wasn't it CERN paying his salary? So CERN gave it away for free, just like the actual TCP/IP protocol comes from DARPA.

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30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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Re: Face facts

"Should have used crooked Hillary's email server"

Some kind of Ironic posting? Or do you sit stuck in front of Fox Propaganda all day?

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"Still there, still in use as classrooms. They were put up as a temporary measure while I attended, to allow the decoration/refit of another area."

Which is why I have so much confidence in the politicians. I'm sure Brexit will be a resounding success... If we can only push through the initial famine.

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Re: oxymoronic

" given the large scale compromise of agents, why was it not shut down sooner?"

Presumably they gathered intelligence for a long time without acting on it. That's what I would do in their shoes.

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Re: soon it will be Facebook

FaceBook Intelligence: FBI?

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Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

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have. ffs.

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Dot-com web addresses prices to swell, thanks to sweetheart deal between Uncle Sam, Verisign

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Re: Say what?

They never cost $50 per year, unless you stupidly wanted to pay that.

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Re: .com is for international companies

"An Apple iPhone 10 costs about $240"

Sure. Labour is free, as are factories, and development costs.

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Re: .com is for international companies

Bollocks. I've used a .com email address for 20 years. On and off for commercial purposes, in my name.

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Re: Verisign runs a monopoly

I'm sure the .com addresses are disproportionally populated by "globalists" (code word for "jews").

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Re: Can someone explain this to me?

I think it must be marketinggobbledygook?

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Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO

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Have they heard of this thing called "encryption"?

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It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer wrecks some AMD PCs

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Re: 64bit AMD x2 in full use - before this MS patch

I have a bunch of older AMD CPUs here. What are you after?

Free for postage if it fits.

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Russian 'troll factory' firebombed – but still fit to fiddle with our minds

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Brave/stupid person. Capital offence doing that in Russia, even when it failed.

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Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Re: Calls and Email

Yeah, your kids won't thank you for that. Having to hide it from all the other kids...

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Re: Nah mate - *this* is the ultimate secure, classically designed phone

With an analogue signal going on a copper wire to some exchange, via cabinets by the side of the road? Hmmm...

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I don't think I could do texting with that keyboard. Hated those days.

Had a Nokia with a full qwerty physical keyboard, just so I didn't have to try to text with 0-9 keys.

Also, how often do we actually dial an actual number by tapping it in?

Apart form that it's a nice idea.

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

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Re: Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Perhaps a better analogy would be:

Who needs a self-driving Tesla, when you could drive your old traditional car by hand?

And as an added bonus, keep your head on your shoulders.

Yeah.. Premature technology...

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Yes, of course that's how it's supposed to work. Key word here is supposed.

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Re: Disability

"gluten free foods are made viable for the people who actually need them because of the idiots who just use them because they're the current thing"

Bad example. GF intolerance is far more common than you might think.

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No, not affected.

But I don't use voice activation -i.e. open microphones to the mothership.

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All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure

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"when will man first step foot on mars (if it hasn't already, queue conspiracy theories)?"

That's right! We haven't been to the moon, because MSM claims we have. (And a few others too)

But since we claim not to have been to Mars, we have actually been there in secret.

It all makes sense now...

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British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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Re: Amadeus

BMI?

Why should a tall person get a discount?

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Re: Big fines are just a cost of doing big business

So you think EU should hurt anyone selling phones now, instead of just Google?

Doesn't sound like a good idea to me.

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Re: ....we are approaching a time of living in "interesting times"

Just let the legal professionals do their jobs, and you use whatever phone you are a fanboy of.

The less you worry about it, the better for everyone.

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Re: ....we are approaching a time of living in "interesting times"

"it is antitrust becasue apple wont let anyone else make an apple phone"

Huh? Is Mercedes "antitrust" because they won't let anyone else make Mercs?

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Re: You can't fork Android

"looking forward to a native Android experience on a Pixel 3"

So time to reward Google for their practices?

I'm staying away from Google hardware after the Nexus 7 went bad so fast.

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Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something

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I get that a blockchain can be reliable technology in the case of something like Bitcoin.

But if we have 1 million blockchains for various trivial purposes, wouldn't that make them just as unreliable as any other technology? Who is going to verify it all and pronounce authenticity?

I admit to little knowledge in the area, so don't hesitate to put me right.

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"Chen's LinkedIn profile reveals he has a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree in postmodern philosophy from Fuller Theological Seminary."

Is it April 1st already?

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Pi-lovers? There are two fresh OSes for your tiny computers to gobble

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Re: Very nice.

"We also know that geolocation data is relatively easily de-anonymized"

No kidding! A trace leading to your own door, every day. With no motion during the night...

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Feds charge Man after FCC boss Ajit Pai's kids get death threat over net neutrality axe vote

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Re: He commited a Felony

Something can be consequential and still be morally or legally wrong. It often is.

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I think you'll find that it's the law that's right, and not Pai in particular.

Don't give him credit when none is due.

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Re: He commited a Felony

"So if someone does murder Pai's children, it will have been provoked by Pai's evil policies?"

Only if that was the case.

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When Google's robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call?

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"what's your backup plan, and your exit stratergy"

Sounds like using the cloud is a bit like a SEAL team extracting a hostage.

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Relying on The Cloud.

The Internet of Hackable Things.

Artificial Stupidity making critical decisions.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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Re: Made it here first!

"Drug" is a very weird word in English.

In my native tongue a "drug" is something that influences your perception of reality somehow, or simply puts you to sleep (temporarily, or forever).

Insuline and such are medication (or medicine), not "drugs". A "drugstore" would be a quite shady place indeed!

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Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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"We think there's a set of ramifications that's really difficult to understand," said a Google spokesperson, adding: "User privacy needs to be thoughtfully balanced against legitimate business needs."

Yeah, really hard for them, perhaps.

Whose business is that, then?

Come to think of it, there is no need for any balance at all, really. Privacy could be 100%, and it would be just be fine by me.

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Chrome sends old Macs on permanent Safari: Browser bricks itself

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I love my oldish MBP, but dread the day that Apple decides that it's not worthy of the next OS upgrade. That's the one major issue I do have with Apple: Planned obsolescence.

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GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…

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Re: Don't fret. It is all part of Trumps grand plan

Don't act the fool.

Water isn't a pollutant either, but you can still drown in it.

Too much CO2 will feck up our planet so much that you will wish you had more pollutants instead of CO2.

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Re: Don't fret. It is all part of Trumps grand plan

"It has dropped its CO2 output greatly - almost entirely due to fracking for natural gas."

Kindly explain how that works? Natural gas creates CO2 when burned, just like any other carbon based fuel.

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A volt out of the blue: Phone batteries reveal what you typed and read

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I bet a clear power draw signature like that depends on stuff like spell checking and auto completion being on.

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On Kaspersky’s 'transparency tour' the truth was clear as mud

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Re: Seriously?

"a government ran by a pseudo-dictatorship which invades a peaceful nation and runs hundreds of thousands of people out of their home at gunpoint."

Now you are slightly harsh about the UK government. But only slightly.

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Amazon, eBay and pals agree to Europe's other GDPR: Generally Dangerous Products Removed from websites

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Re: Dangerous?

Many countries use a combination of a percentage of the speed limit, and a maximum overspeed (for example 20mph) before losing the license. Hefty fines long before those limits.

Assuming you ask about the signposted speed limits, I guess making them suitable to the road conditions, but also taking into account other road users, would make sense. Especially now when drivers expect not to have to think at all, and just keep to the posted speed limit (as a lower limit) regardless of visibility, other road users, and so on.

So, yes, more nannying because drivers don't do their own assessments any more.

Also: Drivers should be forced to take a "pedestrian experience course" walking along some heavily trafficked B-roads. That should scare the sh*t out of them, and give them a valuable lesson. Might help with the obesity epidemic as well.

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Re: Dangerous?

Obviously, if people habitually go 15mph above the speed limit, lowering the limit will have an effect.

If people completely ignore the speed limit, it won't. This is where policing comes in.

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Re: Dangerous?

Speeding on the roads is not "Liberté". It infringes on everyone else's road use, and their liberties.

Walking along a B road here in the UK, drivers going well above the speed limit look like they have seen a ghost when they see a pedestrian. I couldn't even imagine cycling along that road.

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"does that mean Amazon etc.. are liable because they were aware of the danger?"

No, but I'm sure some American will sue Amazon claiming exactly that.

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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All I have to say is "Ctrl-Alt-Del".

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Re: How can it possibly be worth that much?

Yeah, Beats was "only" 3bn.

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My take on this is that a few get billions of dollars for the work done, for free, by thousands of people.

What do the the contributors get? Those that actually made Github worth anything at all?

Not only did those thousands do the work for free. They also gave it away to be re-used for free.

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