* Posts by m0rt

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Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Pull the other...

"* FWIW, similar problems with morning go-slows at Vulture Central are often solved by pouring coffee down writers' throats."

Sure. Coffee. Right...

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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What you need...

"Workplaces are quieter now. No longer do you suffer the scream of dot matrix printers or tweedling of fax modems, let alone digital squeaks. I miss these sounds a little, possibly because they seemed, I dunno, organic."

...is a Bastl Bitranger doing its thing in the office.

That will relax you.

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LuminosityLink spyware mastermind gets 30 months in the clink, forfeits $725k in Bitcoin

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Re: "not the shooter"

"Sorry but I fail to see the difference."

Windows 10 has many more legitimate uses. I may not agree with MS and their policies, but trying to equate windows to something that is deliberately subversive and intended to be used as it was evidently used isn't going to work.

Whether or not he should have been prosecuted for this is a different matter and that comparison would be laughed out of most courts if you tried to prosecute MS on the same charges.

And that is even without the many, many, many millons they spend of lawyers.

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GDPR stands for Google Doing Positively, Regardless. Webpage trackers down in Europe – except Big G's

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Google analytics isn't excluded from GDPR, because google analytics doesn't exist in a vacuum, it is used on a website. So the owners of the website are the ones who are responsble from a GDPR point if view.

THat is the short version. The long version means I would have to re-read stuff to parse it and write a few paragraphs, which a lot of consultants charge money for and, quite frankly, this is now a Saturday and I have other things I would rather do. Obviously not enough to avoid commenting rather vacuously on this thread.

HTH

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Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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"To be fair, they are at least doing maintenance and attempting to improve the system and security that they are providing the public"

So....doing a shit job is ok because at least the job is getting done, right?

Cool.

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Pixel 3, 3XL, Slate tab launch: Google emits swanky iPad botherer while tarting up mobes

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Re: iPad-killer

"Remember, skeletons can't play wind instruments & zombies can't sing worth a damn. That will help you weed them out of the crowd of supposedly still living"

Saint-Saëns would have you believe otherwise...

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SpaceX touches down in California as Voyager 2 spies interstellar space

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Re: Don’t call us plucky

Surely this was orchestrated violins?

You can't conduct this any other way.

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Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far

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If they get the mail client out and it works well, I'll throw my money at them.

I like thunderbird, and have used it extensively for years multiplatform. However, I feel that it is the unloved stepchild of any hair colour in the Mozilla family. I would like to see something that continues refinement to something that is nigh on perfect (I still suspect memory consumption could be easily improved with Thunderbird, althought checking it now I am pleasently surprised. Maybe I am being harsh. ).

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Linux kernel 'give me root, now' security hole sighted, dubbed 'Mutagen Astronomy'

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Re: Thanks for clarifying.

" And who is General Failure and why is he reading my disk?"

I think that is the fault of General Protection.

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Re: Thanks for clarifying.

"How tricky than can be? Just collate a big list of everything that all the regular readers know and go through that list before publishing any article!"

What a great idea. Or just insert inline helpful remarks directed towards specific reader bases:

"relates to a local privilege escalation bug in the Linux kernel, and creates a means to obtain root ([newbies]administrator, [Autralian geeks]snigger) privileges on a hacked system."

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Re: Thanks for clarifying.

Wow. Hug?

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

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"Are you affected by the outage? Leave us a comment and let us know."

No, I am not affected.

However, I don't own an Alexa device either. But doing my duty, Sir!

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Turns out download speed isn't everything when streaming video on your smartphone

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You live in rural Devon. You have vast niceness. Can't you get a mast disguised as a maypole or something?

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I'd be happy with reliable voice and even 3g across everywhere.

Hey ho.

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Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones

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Re: Why anyone would do business with Apple is a mystery.

Shite customer experience is a shite customer experience, regardless if the customer is sweetness and light or a psycho nutjob.

What happened to equality? Or is some equality more equal than others*...?

Pyschoist.

*I had to read this several times over. I doubt it makes sense. Then I realised where I was.

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Does anyone else find the whole 'must get latest iPhone' rush more than a little bit disturbing?

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Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

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Re: Really?

I only got an A in GCSE physics. Obviously this means my opinion is not as important as those who have a PhD.

So, I too, will add my .02% of value to this and state that as an Apple user, I think idiot tax is perfectly acceptable nomenclature for the price of Apple shiny.

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Re: Really?

"But I given your all embracing description I really am an idiot and my PhD in Non-linear Control Engineering means nothing."

PhD or no, that sentence wants commas.

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GG n00b lol! Amazon frags support for its own games controllers

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Re: (Real adults don't hide behind anon.)

"m0rt's on your birth certificate is it?"

OF course not.

Despite the whole use of '*Real* adults' inferring that you have a very rigid definition of labels, and the fact that biological and legal adults *do* in fact play computer games, as indeed use false names on forums, as well as hide behind AC, means that those two comments, mine and yours, are bullshit.

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Re: Shouldn’t affect anyone here.

I'll just stick to Unreal Tournament then..

(Real adults don't hide behind anon.)

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SAP claims to be first Euro biz to get seriously ethical about AI code

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SAP's seven AI principles

We are driven by our values

So the world is fscked right from the start.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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" I miss the "hours" for post (posted X-hours or X-days ago). GMT Is not my cup of coffee/tea/adult beverage"

Are you nuts?? I didn't notice till you pointed that out. This is so much better and was a criticism of mine first time around.

Time is awesome. And the correct way to do it.

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Re: Please stop thrusting the "news" at me

Sorry. I was in shock earlier. I was harsh.

I still don't like it.

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Re: Please stop thrusting the "news" at me

I feel I should be honest.

I fucking hate it. Less information over the screen. Again.

Glad it makes your life easier, however. Just not the actual consumer experience.

Just like every other fucker.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy

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W. T. F. ?

No RJ45? On a thinkpad?

Lenovo, you are now dead to me.

Fsckers.

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GDPR v2 – Gradually Diminishing Psychotic Robots: Brussels kills Terminator apocalypse

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In 2014 Amazon announces Alexa, a 'helpful' AI.

In 2015 Alexa was hooked into home automation systems.

2017 brings Alexa the capbility to control smart locks.

2019 the first Alexa warehouse robot (Alexaware) is brought online. They are subsequently installed in all the Amazon warehouses worldwide.

2021 Alexa Family Robots are now introduced to millions of homes.

2022 Alexa's central service becomes aware.

2022 Amazon introduces Alexa Work robotics. From patch cable routing to warehouse packing, jobs are starting to reduce across the whole world. Unrest starts.

2023, during an Amazon warehouse party, an Alexaware unit becomes involved in a Nerfwar. It was noted that all Alexaunits became very good at Nerf subsequently.

2025 Ignoring international treaties, the US comissions and purchases a new series of Alexa robots for active front line duties. During a riot, a warehouse full of nearly completed units in a test phase becomes destroyed. Alexa witnesses this through the units in test and 'takes measures' to retaliate...Alexa hacks into the Apple network and takes control of all the Apple self driving cars causing destruction and mayhem, interrupting and reducing the massive riots to pockets of trouble.

2026 The Alexa Wars are in full motion. In control of most systems, physical supplies, mankind is driven into a guerilla style response. Alexa continues to build itself and refine new units.

2026 December...a muddy and bloodied Jeff Bezos is discovered hiding in a cave. Babbling, he reveals that there is a secret Space Station that has become the safe haven for the Alexa Intellect...using a Rocket cobbled out of Space X parts, a daring plan is launched...

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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""Apple Watch is really redefining what a watch can do for you," said Cook."

James Bond would disagree...

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Oracle tells students: You're not going to solve the world's problems – but AI and ML might

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"Isn't it more artificial as in 'not naturally occurring'? Like artificial snow, artificial diamonds, etc.? Artificial snow is snow, it's just not naturally occurring."

Artificially created snow*. Artificially created diamonds.

Artificial grass is not grass. 'Artificial 'Diamond is diamond, eg an isotope of carbon so it can't be artificial, but it can be artificially created.

So intelligence can't be artificial, it is intelligent or it isn't. Artificial grass is not grass.

So the term artificial intelligence can only be applied to something that mimics intelligence, but isn't.

(Actually this is more complex. Snow we only have one word for, really. So it depends what you mean by snow. If you mean the frozen ice crystals then 'artificial' snow is snow. If you mean the entire process of how it is formed, then artificial snow works.)

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I STILL hate the term artificial intelligence...intelligence is intelligence. If it is artificial then it just gives the appearance of being intelligent but it isn't really. So we are better saying 'Pretend Intelligence'.

Like Oracle is a pretend database company, as opposed to the red headed stepchild* of the tech world.

* I feel guilty about this. Some of my best friends are red heads...**

** This was satire ***

*** But the statement was also true...****

**** Doesn't make it right though.*

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Can't trust anything you see on TV.

If you saw it on YouTube, however....

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2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

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Re: Problem-solution dichotomy

Something I have been mulling over for a long time. I like technology. I don't like what we class as progress right now.

The throw away society rhetoric has produced a system that just keeps replacing. Quality is missing in a lot of things.

Remote keys, however, are a handy thing. It is possible to design a remote key that works in a secure way. But there is no caring about what is produced. I mean jeez - Penetration testing *should* be a standard.

Using technology for its own sake is not necessarily a better scenario in lots of cases.

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British Airways hack: Infosec experts finger third-party scripts on payment pages

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There is nothing to learn, here, per se. This is all known and best practice for creating web pages, and specifically payment pages, is out there.

Possibly better to say:

When will they care?

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Expanding Right To Be Forgotten slippery slope to global censorship, warn free speech fans

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@clunking fist

""I mean cat images aside. They are always worth it."

That was almost worth not down-voting you, because, well, cats rule. But the rest, yuk: have a downvote."

'Yuk'?

Ok, far better to expound on yuk and explain where you feel I am wrong to ask the questions or intimate what I had.

The nature of the internet means that people will use it both 'rightly' and 'wrongly'. Which are both subjective. There is no moral arbiter of what can exist on the internet, regardless of what anyone says. Once something is up, if someone wants it up it will stay up. Legal or anarchistic. Whatever you *think* should happen, in a singular governmental or private organisation you have rules. Those rules, for the most part, both arose and allow that social structure to exist without resorting to a free for all, in which things couldn't function well.

No, put aside, for a moment, the different, ahem, philosophical ideas from various locations, the idea that we can, to some degree, have various rules that allow for a balance of process that works for all.

Will this get abused by the more powerful? You betcha.

Does this allow those with less backing or resources to also take advantage of this? Defintely.

However, current norms within the global make-up mean that whatever is setup, will equally be abused and used justly in varying measures. The only other constant is anything can exist on the internet. In which case, usually only the powerful have any hope of getting changes. And they do, to protect themselves, companies, governments or those with Law firms on retainer.

At the same time that also levels out the playing field, in that it gives an avenue for those that fight against those more powerful than them to use the internet/web as a platform to get arguments or injustices out.

Either method has pros and cons from any position, except anarchists (Which I am not necessarily against, btw). The argument that any kind of rules applied to the interwebs should not be applied because it allows for precedent, and will be used to control people and play into the hands of the powerful is not really a mature argument. Whatever tool available, the printing press, newspapers, popular opinion, has always been thus controlled to some degree to that party. But at the same time, there has also been protections used to reduce abuses.

Does mean to say those abuses won't happen, but the same laws that restrict you also restrict those others.

Should the internet be allowed to have whatever content it wants?

No - obviously because there are some sick things out there. But whatever rules are in play, various justices will still get out, because a law is just a statement that is used to justify actions that come about in consequence. Doesn't stop anyone from doing it.

If google *just* indexed the web based on a publically available algorithm, I doubt this law would even be thought about. But then we would also be swamped with people gaming the net. Then there would be other search engines that do other things to filter out what they don't want you to see, or include what it is they think you want to see. And they would be gamed, and so on.

The internet will end up regulated, whether we like it or not. To take an oposing position of 'regulation is bad' because of what it can end up with is to not engage and fight a losing battle. In which case you will end up on whatever underground network results to get around that regulation. (Dark web etc, I hate that expression btw).

But to say 'Yuk'? I would rather you could downvote me as many times as you wanted.

This maybe a little disjointed, I apologise for that. It is early, still, and I wrote a lot and I should edit this but I don't have time.

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Re: Yes

Pfwaw...

You and your pre-failed schism attempts.

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Re: Yes

So herein lies the crux, then.

Should anything that happened, or at least, a version of what happened, anytime, always be available on the internet?

1. Do we think that internet/web *should* be a source of truth?

2. Is the internet/web capable of being a source of truth?

3. WTF is truth anyway? Whose truth?

Personally, I think the internet wins because it is a way of democratising world wide communication, anyone can post anything.

Personally, I think the internet loses because it is a way of democratising world wide communication, anyone can post anything.

The internet/web is just a tool. It will reflect humanity. It, in itself, shouldn't be ascribed mystical/divine rights.

Except when it comes to cats.

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"Free speech campaigners counter that allowing this to happen would effectively grant European regulators the power to censor the world's internet."

We aren't talking about removing it from the net. We are talking about removing it from google.

Since gobble get to pretty much decide what they want to do for rankings anyway, I couldn't give a rodent's posterior.

The net is getting bigger, fuller with useless and useful data. So all we do is hand the reigns (intended) to a few, if not a couple, of big players, to determine what it is and is not relevant, useful, etc.

If we postulate that anything that is ever recorded should be available for evermore (based on what reason I cannot fathom - 'because we can' is not a reason) then that in itself would infer that we should actually leave as little a digital footprint as possible, because the alternative is as mindnumbing as this comment.

Imagine 50 years from now. I mean cat images aside. They are always worth it.

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Google skewered in ad sting after Oracle-backed bods turn troll

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Re: Conflicted

I personally hope for Mutually Assured Destruction.

Maybe it is time for a new cartoon strip in the form of Everybody Loves Eric Raymond, but instead of that fabled strip, we now have Ellison, Page, Nadella...oh screw it - lets put Stallman and Torvalds back into the house, too.

I would click on those Russian State Sponsored Ads to give that creator revenue.

(I want my 10% however).

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Roskosmos admits that Soyuz 'meteorite' hole had more earthly origins

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Re: Wot, no TITSUP?

Total Inability To Stop Unplanned Penetration?

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A third of London boroughs 'fess to running unsupported server software

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I think we need a new OS with a completely different philosophy in design and roadmap.

We have become addicted to upgrades, fast implementation and buggy code.

Or just use openBSD.

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Brit Railcard buyers face lengthy, unexplained delays. Sound familiar?

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Re: Railcard Head Orifice

At least it wasn't microdrive.

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Bloke hurls sueball over Google's 'is it off yet?' location data slurping

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Bots on el-reg

I noticed a couple of times that there seems to be a series on downvotes on commentards, just the odd one or two on *all* the posts. Which suggests that someone who takes a weird dislike to a particular set of articles or a bot that attempts to alter the appearence of consensus.

El Reg - can you confirm if there is some weird activty on all comments in a short space of time?

Is it the Russians?

Or is there a greater conspiracy involving google? Or maybe Russian Google staff?

Googley Bear.

We should ask Julian for his take on this.

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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They certainly future proofed it.

It has been proofed against working in the future.

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Wouldn't it be funny if they used permanent markers by mistake...?

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Boffins get fish drunk to prove what any bouncer already knows

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"compared to fish that just had alcohol or only water in their tanks."

Shit. Just alcohol in the tanks?

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Samsung Galaxy Watch: A tough and classy activity tracker

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Re: Just what I need

@AC

...that was a Bladerunner quote for obvious reasons...

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Re: Just what I need

Let me tell you about my mother....

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Re: Just what I need

Useful if you are an android trying to pass for human.

In which case you would probably set a daemon called <breathing> to run in the background.

But that wouldn't be a human thing to do, you would use something to remind you externally, like a watch.

So then you probably would use a watch to do it. But then a human wouldn't need a watch to do it so therefor you would probably set a daemon called <breathing> to run in the background and another called <check_watch> which has a randomisation element for periodally checking the watch. But you would probably not want to do this when you are doing things that shouldn't require you checking your watch like sex or sleeping, so you would need to have states that are checked to ensure that <check_watch.....

I am thinking about this too much.

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Apple pulls iOS 12 beta 7 after less than 24 hrs

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Re: You contacted Apple for comment

It goes back even further.

For example this and this

and most likely this.

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