* Posts by Shart Tank

83 posts • joined 18 Oct 2015

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

Shart Tank

You are missing the point!

Yes, you can disable GPS, plant the phone on someone else, inject false data, turn it off, etc.

What you are missing is that once the idea that it is compulsory to carry your mobile phone for tracking your location for the safety of the children and accepted by society as the normal, then new laws will inevitably crop up that will close any gaps.

Then the conversation won't be about being tracked by _your_ government all the time, but how to stop "a few" from avoiding the eye of the keepers of societal order.

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Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke

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Re: Bit of a giveway

'Then we'll get on our scooters without helmets and they won't be able to give chase.'

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GoDaddy exiles altright.com after civil rights group complaint

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Re: Look

Microft's windows updates incite violent behaviour and they're still there.

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Godaddy by extension now supports any site on their system.

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LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

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That feels unwelcoming and unfriendly. Please report to HR.

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Ahem! Uber, Lyft etc: California Supremes just shook your gig economy with contractor ruling

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the "third status" idea is dopey

The idea that there are two sets of interests banging up against each other is inaccurate. Companies should blink first because individuals have very short time frames like needing to eat and pay bills at human scale, and not being able to do things like sit on their hands by underwriting an unprofitable unit with money from a profitable one. Preferential option for the poor. I don't trust the "dependent contractor," line of thinking, where someone says, we should design a third status. Not if it's going to be tongue in cheek and subject to lobbying by companies, which it will. You say "done right..." but it won't be. Err on the side of giving small-time humans more- we have the shorter timeframe relative to the imperative nature of our bills! And we are the ones who are subject to signing unfair agreements because of the need to do things on that timeframe, and then subsequently feel chilling effects and Stockholm syndromes towards our workplace, because we continue to need the work. That's why duress is a thing. "There is nothing so unequal as equality among unequals."

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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9V, not 7V

Perhaps 7-volt is a typo? The Nest website says that a standard 9V battery can be used to temporarily power the door lock.

https://nest.com/ca/support/article/How-to-lock-and-unlock-the-Nest-Yale-Lock-if-the-battery-is-drained

"If you need, you can use a 9 Volt battery to temporarily charge the lock, so you can enter your passcode on the lock’s keypad to lock or unlock it."

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What wedding cake would an engineer make? A LEGO one

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Big Brother

As someone who wrote a token ring parser for a network monitor (LANWatch), I thought token ring was a cool technology. The hard part was tracking down the specification (in the days before you could buy everything online). After a bunch of phone calls, I eventually found you could buy it from one of IBM's Librarians.

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Sysadmin left finger on power button for an hour to avert SAP outage

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"Forced windows update"

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Re: Typed 'Reboot' where ... ?

You must be new to this....

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I protest! Anything past trumpet winsock is modern!

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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

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Re: o2 - uk

Mr Fawlty would approve.

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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Re: Where else?

Surely there's an opportunity to brand that spoon.

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Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

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> > in Notepad (or whatever the equivalent was in 1992)

> There were vi clones around at the time.

In the late 80s, I was using an emacs clone called Lugaru Epsilon on MS-DOS PCs.

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The many-faced god of operational excellence, DevOps and now 'site reliability engineering'

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The special snowflake developers don't want to do on call? Is that it?

And someone else will be there to deal with the shitty code they put out?

How's that motivation for not putting it out there in the first place?

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GOLD! Always believe in your role. You've got the power to know you're indestructible...

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Re: Utter utter Bastard

Haha, "GOLD" !

Yes, I have it in my head now also, but I enjoy that song and am grateful to that utter bastard. I liked it enough to use one of the tenuous communal logins to comment...

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GoPro exits drone market and slashes jobs amid sales warning

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It was clear they were going to fail when they went for drones instead of a next gen camera.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux is coming to Windows Server

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Hmmmmm... Microsoft or systemd...

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Australian central bank says 'speculative mania' and crime fuel Bitcoin

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Re: Mining new coins

"I may have got this wrong, but I am under the impression that it is not a matter of supply and demand - I think that it becomes harder because of the maths of probability: the chances of mining a new coin gets less and less the more are mined, and so it becomes computationally harder to get a guaranteed income stream"

It becomes harder to mine the more mining power the network has. It does not depend on the number of mined coins. The network adjusts the difficulty to keep an average rate of one block in 30 minutes.

The only way to increase your mining payout is to increase your relative share of the mining power. If all miners would agree to switch of half their miners, energy consumption would drop but so would the difficulty of the mining process.

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Language bugs infest downstream software, fuzzer finds

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Re: Real languages don't add bugs

So, you manually write all the machine opcodes and do register allocation and memory management in a spreadsheet?

Every library will have bugs. Bugs in standard libraries will have more wide-spread effect.

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Your attention has value, personal cryptocurrency will advertise it

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Can I cuss if it's on topic?

Fuck Gary Becker

Fuck Human Capital

Fuck the neoliberals

Fuck new rapacious manifestations of the first three, on the internet

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Just wanted to say that everyone saying we should cull our native fauna is a complete waste of space. If I have to share the planet with you, you can share it with some native birds.

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Google slides DNS privacy into 'Droid developer stream

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Unhappy

Not in Public DNS yet :-(

I'd use it if 8.8.8.8 were accepting RFC7858-Connections.

DNS-over-TLS (if run on port 443) is a stupid yet practical way to get around braindead DNS service in hotels. The more expensive the hotel room, the crappier is their network service.

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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Happy

Re: Turkey is a NATO country.

"OK, maybe not the planes they wanted, but that's not really the politicians concern."

For some reason, I read your comment in the voice of Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, small-cell law is bogus. School IT outsourcing is also... quite atrocious

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never mind the Super Cali headlines...

... just write more headlines about Steely Neelie.

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Concerns raised about privacy, GDPR as Lords peer over Data Protection Bill

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Re: The ICO is hopeless

Just be quiet and pay your annual ico registration fee ;)

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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

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Re: Free market

I am no fan of the Orangeutan and I am no fan of the Horsey.

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the world is eating software

if software can eat the world, the world can also eat back.

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'Alternative network provider' CityFibre boosts sales 36%

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the reseller ISPs are useless and the only competitive pricing is on the cityfibre GPON product - which is far less than ideal and doesn't seem to offer a subsequent migration path.

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How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

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Re: Alternate Title

Possibly will work given he's obviously an AGW freak.

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: A venerable workhorse

> Well, anyone round Cambridge (UK not USA) will probably have seen/heard

> Snoopy knocking around. It's a C130 that for a long time (still?) had a huge

> engine on it as a testbed for Airbus.

Airbus uses an American-made C130 for testing? Don't they have any of their own planes they can use for testing?

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Daily Stormer booted off internet again, this time by Namecheap

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Coffee/keyboard

Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz

So... basically he is asking for new laws to strictly define what content to host and where to draw the line, so he doesn't have to make a decision himself?

Isn't that the bad kind of governmental meddling?

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Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?

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host file

yes these should be reserved but a hosts file before - an often 3rd party dns - isn't a bad thing

also .localdomain while we are at it pls

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Space Duck 2.0 is New Horizons' next destination

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Flying from Pluto to Donald Duck?

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Will use Firefox till death. I refuse to submit my whole life data to Google. (anymore than it already is)

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if it took you fifteen seconds to save a bookmark then there is something seriously broken with your pc, not Firefox's fault.

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Researchers blind autonomous cars by tricking LIDAR

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> Even with the basic systems on cars today a similar attack can be carried out and for less money. Some already have been for instance:

> Drop a concrete block off a highway/motorway bridge

Years ago (possibly 30+ years ago), I remember reading an SF story that involved self-driving vehicles on highways and bored people tossing Christmas trees on to the road and then watching traffic grind to a halt because they couldn't cope with the obstruction, especially if the trucks were driverless.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

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Re: "de-toxing its culture"

Their name has obvious resonances of ubermensch, so it's been like a sneering from mini-Nazis for the past several years. Absolutely no one at the company or the company's investors can pretend that this resonance sailed over their heads. It just so happens that they are resonant of ubermensch, while disrupting underwritten paratransit and showing contempt for the disabled people who rely on it. You are exempt from Godwin's Law on the merits of the situation.

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It's the precarity, stupid!

(Just an expression, Reg., I would not call you stupid lest I become the truly stupid!) It's the precarity. It's the contingent work! It's the 1099! It's always been the 1099! It was illegitimate, cheating nonsense in 2011 and it's illegitimate, cheating nonsense now. This is an interesting development, and Uber touches upon the entire rainbow of kinds of outrages, but most of those outrages trace back to the 1099! Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, Sidecar, Homejoy, Handy, Spoonrocket, Postmates, Luxe, crud like Gigwalk, Deliveroo (I don't know the UK as well), and the rest of the menagerie of animal names are equally assholish even if they are branded as the "nice" startups who love labrador retrievers, empathize with you neoliberally and feel your pain, and not the "mean" ones who are known for kicking your shins and causing the pain in the first place. So I hope that not too much will be wrapped up with one personality. Kalanick sets a low bar - two cheers for the other 99% of misclassification practitioners who don't love Ayn Rand but are still trying to exploit unemployed people and cram entrepreneurship down their throats to make a phony arm's-length relationship.

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Headmaster

Re: Right, $50 of bars will stop a 4000lb car going 74mph.

"The wiki article you link to is for REAR impact guards"

It's actually about all types of impact guards and mentions that while rear guards are mandatory through a EU directive, side and front guards are regulated by UN/ECE R73 and R93.

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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Chrome 58 is out now. It shows apple.com and epic.com correctly. (A few minutes ago, 57 on my computer showed them as bogus URLs).

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Proprietary: Pure sticks to flash module design, becomes a direct flasher

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Too funny you say there is no innovation. Did you read: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/13/pure_drops_to_fifth_overtaken_by_ibm/?

Pure coming in from nowhere and taking 5th place for flash is an endorsement of their customers trusting their products.

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Alternative vet Quartermaine exits Daisy, Daisy...

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british left waffles on falklands

It was amusing trying to parse this headline. I thought Alternative vet Quartermaine was something like an alternative blood lab called Theranos. I rolled my eyes and thought, would those damn disruptors please leave the sick animals alone? But no, it's their mission to break up the power of the incumbent veterinarians' cartel. It would be funny, except I'm sure there actually is a startup like this. The vets are all precarious freelancers, or as Quartermaine prefers to refer to the community, "Quarties."

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Virgin Media suspends 4 staff over misreporting connections

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Coat

Should Virgin be talking up penetration rates?

Just seems to be some odd wording to my unwashed ears.

Ok, ok, I'm leaving already. Don't push me...

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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

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FAIL

The whole cloud rests on a single turtle

The dashboard was not the only central AWS system affected. The console and API also seem to rely heavily on the US-EAST-1 storage with increased errors rates when trying to deploy elsewhere or change entries in Route 53.

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Axe net neutrality? Keep the set-top box lock-in? Easy as Pai: New FCC boss backs Big Cable

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Re: Unfortunately for big cable, pretty soon they'll be swimming in competition

That should be easy. The partner services are on a whitelist and get preferential full-speed access while everything else gets lumped into the same few-kilobits-per-second bucket routed via overloaded peering points.

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Linus Torvalds says Linux 4.10 just 'blew up' as rc6 bloats

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A newsgroup is not better. Mailing lists can be filtered and sorted into folders to the receiver's liking, can be accessed on multiple clients syncing the read/unread/tagged status. A newsgroup requires the same name everywhere without any server-side support for flags and tags.

NNTP is mostly dead. Mailing lists rule.

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London Ambulance IT system hit by three outages in last year

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Joke

Wir schaffen das

Don't worry. Germany will protect Poland against any hostile invasions.

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Turns out there's a market for marijuana... plants' video surveillance

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Potential liability risk?

Could Quantum be risking Federal liability, or even massive asset forfeiture to the profit of the Trump administration, by advertising their products for something that while claimed to be legal by the states, is still a Federal felony to produce?

Or is this story just the product of creative journalism?

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