* Posts by #define INFINITY -1

159 posts • joined 24 Feb 2016


The eulogising of The Mother Of All Demos at 50 is Silicon Valley going goo-goo for gurus again

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@illuminatus Re: A product of the time

What you might be missing is the comparison to Tesla and Edison. Popular culture has it that USA invented computers, just like Edison invented 'electricity'.

In other words, marketing, lobbying and brashness are the pillar of US 'ingenuity'.

BTW I'm not a Brit.

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@Glen 1 Re: Fighting the slide towards hagiography.

"According to FREEEDOM ..."

I'd paraphrase as 'according to CAPITTALISSM'. In fact a sliding scale on tax does suggest that too much money is a thing. Only, that sliding scale stops somewhere above two or three orders of magnitude what I earn...

Reasons for this? Lobby capital maybe?

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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Re: Does it phone home?

"Security and privacy are different things"

Quite right; but ignorance is bliss, and the experience must be blissful. As a previous poster indicated, they don't understand trusted roots and signing. Of course not--that's all in the cloud, isn't it? [1]

As Microsoft (and other USAian tech companies) _introduced_ viruses I don't see why they should be allowed to state that things like 'safescreen' are for our benefit. They only exist because of shit decisions in the first place.

Can I think of something better? Sure, but it ain't gonna be eye-candy. And that's why I won't compete.

[1] Surely a 'safe' browser should inform you every time the list of roots changes?

Careful with this latest Microsoft release – tug too hard on the threads and it tends to unravel

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Re: Ah, the Legendary Friday Register Snark...

I guess I'll need to recalibrate my sarcasm detection. My round --->

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Re: Ah, the Legendary Friday Register Snark...

Well that just took the fun out of the whole thing. Thanks.

I was coming here to express my thanks for the Linux comment, as I have always had the feeling that until I could compile all the binaries I had not completed The Linux Challenge (hats off to the founders of all distributions).

Telcos enlist Google, Amazon to help protect Europe's data from Big Tech

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@overunder Re: Shameless

I'm holding a course on irony. Click on the little arrow on the bottom left to apply.

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"There's hope then."

And hope for El Reg, if this pearl of facetiousness is anything to go by.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Re: Painter's 2nd Law of IT - Fixed it for you...

That's if you're using MS-Windows. cron doesn't need to be 'updated' when the root password changes.

Oh, you're manually updating certificates?

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Re: <strike>Acronyms</strike> Initialism

Wow, on a dot-uk site, no-one seems to have a copy of Fowler? This all falls under 'curtailment', and Britons do not need to keep their vocabulary in the Victorian era. Acronymn is a 20th century invention.

Pencil manufacturers rejoice: Oz government doesn't like e-voting

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Re: Security is not the issue

"The codes are long enough so that you cannot guess one."

Remind me what problem (of paper ballots) are we trying to solve here?

Oh yeah, gotta have me some tech, eh?

Falcon 9 gets its feet wet as SpaceX notch up two more launch successes

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Re: If only...

Sorry to spoil your day if you were going for downvotes with this. I am still learning. I will now repeat 100 times "A good commentard only upvotes comments about Tesla crashes on Tesla articles."

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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Have you not been reading these forums? If seemingly intelligent people take a party line (passed to them by news rags) on people who have undermined covert ops, thought-crimes 'are so yesterdaaay'.

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Re: Equipment interference

... pretty sure that happened in the 1940's and 1950's to all elements.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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@Teiwaz Re: "All of these images are both porn (at least to me)"

"You almost might as well try to correct the cracker/hacker mislabel."

Upvoted for the Ken Thompson reference.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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Re: Maybe copyright itself is an idea whose time has been and gone?

"Is it really too much to suppose that there might actually be ... "

Debate seems to be obsolete.

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@LDS Re: "Intellectual property is a "right" only insofar as the law says it is"

"And asking people to surrender their rights is totalitarian."

Have we all suddenly become fans of patents (because isn't that a clear example of IP)?

The debate around intellectual property has certainly taken some rather unexpected twists (and I would challenge anyone to make the bold claim they saw this coming 20 years ago).

European fibre lobby calls for end to fake fibre broadband ads

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Re: It's a start

You might want to take a peek at this news-site, which will keep you up to speed:


Sorry, we haven't ACLU what happened in sealed 'Facebook decryption' case, but let's find out

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@tfb Re: Gendered Connectors

Interesting point, and not universally accepted. But extrapolating from this, we could say the 'active' connector (involving spring loading) is female; this definition makes identification of USB 'sex' quite simple. If the spring is just there to hold the plug (ground connection) then the socket is still male.

Earth pins (in the socket) are just weird--anyone care to hypothesise (or explain) why they were invented?

GCHQ opens kimono for infosec world to ogle its vuln disclosure process

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I get the age-old spy vs spy--no stopping that and it means that spy agencies using vulnerabilities is just good foreign-affairs business.

Holding onto them indefinitely is unmitigated villainy.

AI snaps business titan jaywalking

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Re: Jaywalking

You none of youse know nuffin. Down here (where it went extinct) we have 'quagga crossings'. It's a bit daft as a pedestrian to look for legal crossing places, 'cause there you'll be guaranteed to have to risk your life. Anywhere else you can probably time it.

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Re: So they have an "AI" system dedicated to shaming jaywalkers ?

Chairman Mao he say "no trying to make silly of our government will be tolerated".

Sorry... one of the worst British comedies of all time, but still relevant.

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Re: "And by 2030, they will dominate the industries of AI"

Let us all take a moment to thank the vice called Greed....

IBM's Ginni Rometty snipes, er, someone for being irresponsible with data, haven't a clue who

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The online platform El Reg is definitely shaping my opinion. Time for regulatory intervention!

Doctors join wombats in sh!tting bricks to help parents relax about kids chowing down on Lego

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If I had swallowed one...

This article would've gotten it out.

I _did_ convince a friend (no children involved) to swallow a R50 note (about 2 pounds at that time)... and he subsequently retrieved it, and snapped it (after cleaning).

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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@not.known@this.address Re: Great Scott!

The children are taking the reigns. Woe to thee oh earth and sea. Life was totally shit, fucked up, miserable, when we were at the butt-end of those people... until we learned about, say, the French peasants.

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Re: Great Scott!

Isn't that now acceptable, because "LGBTQ"? Of course it then doesn't mean "LGB or T".

Lush scrubs its card-processing servers squeaky clean

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Re: Mummies Basement

Are you saying that you are a woman? I haven't really been paying attention or trying to deduce whether 'Anonymous Coward' even exists in our understanding of 'existence'... let alone being the worthy beneficiary of the pronoun 'man'.

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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Groan! It isn't the 'fattys and thickos' making this happen, it is the capitalistic system. I will refrain from mocking someone to whom this isn't as clear as freshly cleaned toilet (?)

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Re: Speaking of queuing..

Sounds a bit harsh to me... people who hunt for bargains often are, you know, cash strapped. Like maybe a few steps down the ladder from those who don't need to.

Tech bosses talk kids' books! Could they show a glimmer of humanity? You only get one guess

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Re: Devil's advocate speaking

The 'reasonable person' is not catered for by those concocting the responses.

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Oi! Had some good friends who went through the Waldorf system. Contradictory to corporate life, sure--but the alternative is a brick in the wall, aint it?

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Re: A more relevant book comes to mind...

'Starting in the early 1900's' ... minus a few years.

The Friend of the Free State....

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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"lousy t-shirt"

"I can't believe it's not butter" I'll sing as I'm flogged?

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg can't remember smear firm, but 'some of their work' crossed her desk

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Re: Research into critics

According to whose rules?

Then again, I suppose you live in a place where rule-of-law aligns with tolerance and consideration. Down here in Sunny SA....

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Re: "I don't think it's specifically antisemitic"

I think that happened years ago.

Facebook to appeal against ICO fine – says it's a matter of principle not to pay 18 mins' profit

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Re: I think this is probably just to keep Facebook in the news ...

Are the under 20's not now using another portal of the some vendor?

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Re: Zuck off?

Had to downvote... our memories are not _that_ short.

Can you trust an AI data trust not to slurp your data?

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Re: So they've already redefined the notion of AI

Dave Nutt... sacked?

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Re: "And now they're redefining the notion of ethics"

According to 'Fowler's', ethics is the principle, morals the practice; by which means it is concluded that ethical and moral (adjective) are much the same. Additionally that the term 'ethical' is often used because 'moral' has connotations of sexual 'misbehaviour'. Oh for the days UK public servants read and quoted these (thought-provoking, not necessarily absolutely definitive) sources.

Influential Valley gadfly and Intel 8051 architect John Wharton has died

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Re: iRMX -- RiP

And by a cosmic coincidence we began to believe that musical compositions and arrangements of computer instructions could be owned at about the same time. Weird huh?

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Re: Handy if you want to send a description of some technology to another civilisation.

Wouldn't the other civilization be inclined to assign the correlation to coincidence?

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@A.P. Veening Re: Economists

In 1889?

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Re: Reg Standards

Good idea. Reg standards go relative and us commentards are found killing off Great White Sharks or Adult Badgers when the average ratio goes out of whack.

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Re: My calculator is out of date

Well... there's a thought. The redefinition will make 'physical ratios' as constant as Pi. How many decimal places will Planck's be? It's a matter of choice right now.


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