* Posts by anonymous boring coward

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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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The UK government has sent UK citizens to, for them, foreign countries on the basis of having, apparently, insufficient documentation (technicalities, in other words). They detain thousands of people on vague grounds. The government is in the process of destroying the economy in the interest of a few tax dodgers and their useful idiot xenophobe friends. The government has sent people to die abroad on missions with extremely vague objectives.

I can see them doing quite a lot to get their own way.

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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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Luckily, UK will soon have none of this EU-nonsense clout, and will be free too strike out on its own, and forge its many, many own laws. (Not red tape, much better laws, for sure.)

The first such law will be to always keep a suitable lubricant handy, in case US shows up.

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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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SUSE Linux Enterprise turns 15: Look, Ma! A common code base

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Re: not uncommon

"That's so wrong. If immigrants choose to live in your country, they should better change their lifestyle and adhere to local unwritten/written rules and really integrate with local people."

Sure. What is the opinion of the native Americans on the subject of floor labelling?

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Re: numbering

And where is Windows 9? Come to think of it, where is Windows 4, 5 and 6?

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Re: Cultural cloning and diminishing returns

"More of a Pratchett style, to be fair"

The problem with imagining it in a Pratchett style is that you'd have to imagine it in a style you have to imagine -which is fine by me, but can cause some confusion.

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Re: not uncommon

"Clearly, all vendors should avoid version numbers containing "six", because it sounds like "sex""

Oddly enough, in Swedish the word for six and sex is just "sex" -spelled the same and pronounced the same. Never caused a problem, or embarrassed anyone.

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"Based on an ad hoc survey of customers at the SUSE Expert Forum, SUSE reckons that around half of users will likely make the jump to the new version over the next 12 months."

So they aren't planning to have it install automatically if you close an obscure dialogue window by hitting the "X" then?

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No, Samsung, you really do owe Apple $120m for patent infringement

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Re: Who invented what?

"The first GUI driven desktop operating system? Nope. Not in-house. Licensed from Xerox."

It wasn't licensed. It was loosely copied based on what they could see at a Xerox tour. They may have poached some Xerox people later. Xerox, stupidly, went after Apple when Apple sued MS for copying Apple (at a much later stage). Xerox wasn't in the OS arena, and didn't really know what to do with it's ground breaking GUI tech.

Xerox themselves created their system inspired by Douglas Engelbart's NLS (from 1968!).

"The much loved OSX. Nope. Re-written on top of the Open Source operating system, BSD."

OS X is a UNIX-type system based on Next STEP, which was indeed partly based on BSD but with a Mach OS kernel. There are many such BSD derived systems. It has had extensive changes, and the graphics subsystem is unrelated to other Unix systems.

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Do UK.gov wonks understand sci-tech skills gap? MPs dish out Parliamentary kicking

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Re: All the government knows is that...

"This makes taxing them correctly easier for HMRC because making money is all they are really interested in."

Don't you mean "taking money"?

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Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build

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Basically Windows is on that bandwagon that games are: Make the utranerdy users salivate with apprehension about every little minor "enhancement". Adrenaline from the anticipation. Sad.

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Re: Needs saying!

"So every day more Windows 10 machines have been successfully upgraded to the April 2018 Update than the total number of Linux desktops running in the world."

And every day Android and millions of servers run Linux, not clunky Windows.

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Re: Wasted energy

Indeed. And we also have to pay for it with actual money.

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Re: The dark side of rolling releases

" The result would be a better version of the original."

Not entirely true.

Often hardware requirements increased for no apparent reason.

And the XP update system went from fast and slim to exceptionally slow and fat.

And even now in Win 10 it's just as slow and fat.

Windows update is major fail and embarrassment for MS. How can people (companies) keep coping with it?

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Re: Rolled out != working users

"Laptop - has the "desktop" issue and is currently a paperweight. I simply don't have time to do anything more to try and fix it"

Insert a USB drive with a linux distro?

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Re: "reflects perhaps misplaced confidence"

Feck me know or later?

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Re: A mess

My stable platform is now an older MacBook Pro. Runs very nicely indeed, and with many useful features that MS has failed to copy properly so far.

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P.S: I then had to roll it back, but at least that took less than one hour.

P.P.S: Why isn't saying anything at all, so any issues can be identified? Totally useless waiting for hours with absolutely no information. Not even knowing if it is progressing.

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Re: Sorry to report no problems on 11-year-old machines

"I will admit the xeon required some coaxing (online upgrade failed so had to use a thumbdrive)"

A new definition of "no problems".

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Of course it's fast. It's presented as just another update. Only it took 5 hours to install on my gaming PC.

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Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6

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Re: Mapping plan

"The people who devised IPv6 were NOT engineers - any sensible engineer knows the KISS principle"

I have to agree. Anyone familiar with v4 looking at v6 initially goes, "wtf is this?"

That's not normal with properly engineered stuff building on previous things.

And why is UN involved of all entities?

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Activists hate them! One weird trick Facebook uses to fool people into accepting GDPR terms

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Not a lot to be surprised about there really.

My LG phone gave me a rare update, which was all about privacy invasion.

I declined under threat of not getting any more updates.

But I haven't had a real update for over a year anyway.

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US judge won't budge over Facebook's last-minute bid to 'derail' facial biometrics trial

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Re: Reputational injury

Most FB users are just like smokers: Hooked.

They don't care if it's damaging, or not.

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You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same

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"The engine itself has yet to leave the lab at the Oles Honchar Dnipro National University in Ukraine and currently consists of a 20mm diameter fuel rod fitting into a 50mm combustion chamber."

So only months away from achieving orbit then?

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As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Re: Don't forget critics..

"NASA and the Russkis aren't stupid - they could and would have done it years ago if it made economic sense."

No, because they are used to dipping into that bottomless public purse.

You don't think a private company is re-using rockets because it's economically advantageous? What other possible reason could there be?

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Re: People are saying he should stop tweeting and go back to work on the assembly line

"The big auto makers have had over a century of experience at fine tuning manufacturing, production processes and logistics, you don't just replicate that overnight."

Defeatism. Why not? Poach the right people.

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Looks like they need to do a recall and replace some suspension components with redesigned parts.

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"More recently have you forgotten the fake chemical weapons attacks in Sryia? Or how about the Sailsbury incident, where the mainstream media were able to tell us who did it, with what within 24 hours? "

I don't subscribe to conspiracy theories just because MSM is lazy.

About BBC though, they are certainly not a balanced observer regarding Brexit. The don't do any thinking at all on the subject, and basically is hushing it down and sweeping all the massive issues under the carpet. Worst kind of government stoogees. Useless.

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"How's the media supposed to know when government officials are lying to them?"

Because they are moving their mouths?

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