* Posts by Mike Moyle

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Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

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"I have a HTC wildfire that's fully working oh and it takes micro SD cards allowing it to be still used as a high capacity walkman and a handy back up phone. Can you put a Micro SD in an iphone 4 which was released at the same time ?

"Oh and my s2 galaxy is still going strong thanks."

Are they both running the latest Android system -- WITHOUT modding/jailbreaking? Because, as noted in the article, the Apple 6 is. The ability to keep up with security/functionality updates is a big issue for some of us. (Note: I have several Apple computers and an iPad, all of which are fully up-to-date, system-software-wise (My previous desktop was a Mirrored Drive Door G4 duallie that I used for ten years or so, or about two years after they stopped posting security updates for PPC systems.) My phone is a Samsung S8, updated from my old S3 because that one was no longer seeing updates and felt like it was slowing down, and I felt that I had better ways to spend my leisure time than fiddle-farting around with the internals. YMMV.

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Adobe Flash zero-day exploit... leveraging ActiveX… embedded in Office Doc... BINGO!

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"Adobe Flash zero-day exploit... leveraging ActiveX… embedded in Office Doc..."

Sounds like a player's guess in that new fun-for-the-whole-family game "(Haven't A) Clue"!

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

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Re: People are just assuming Apple's app ban was the reason

Exactly! Tumblr.com is still available on the web, so the only rationale for the ban is to get the dedicated "go to our site only" app back on the Apple store.

Were I the suspicious and cynical sort of individual (which, of course, I'm not!) I might think that Tumblr didn't want to lose the "walled garden" of having people accessing their website through an app that doesn't remind them that there are other content-serving sites out there.

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Dog with 'psychotic tendencies' escapes home to poop on his neighbours' pillows

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"...an apologetic Rick Didham exposed his Bichon Frise-Shih Tzu cross, Jack..."

A "Bichon Frise / Shits-You cross", surely!

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Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat

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Well, sounds like it was probably a typical frozen slab-of-cardboard-with-tomato-sauce-on-it thing, so probably not that great a loss.

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"I remember reading an article recently suggesting that this approach is being frequently used to set-up "pop-up" brothels."

I've assumed for a while that that's how porn movies get cheap shooting locations these days.

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Re: It always pays to carry a Micro-Uzi in a shoulder holster

We haven't risen against the robber capitalists, who are the ones actually screwing people over; I doubt the government has much to worry about.

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Forget DeepFakes. This robo-Rembrandt with AI for brains is not bad at knocking off paintings

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As others have noted above, getting the brush strokes right will be the important thing in duplicating art styles; and not just modern art -- my recollection from my art history classes in college is that "Rembrandt" (or whomever) used his paints texturally in, e.g., The Man in the Golden Helmet. Getting the AI to recognize when a color boundary in a photograph is due to pigmentation or shadow depth will, IMO, be a big step.

To find out where the technology really is at any given point in time, give an AI a really big 3D printer and a photo of a Jackson Pollack painting and see what it can do.

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Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe

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Re: The problem is that Apple is double-dipping

"I'm an Android fanboi because of things like fdroid, which sells open source apps only, and compiles them from source itself, so you can look at the source of the app you're running."

And, if that's what floats your boat, that's fine. The vast majority of the rest of the world has very little skill at vetting source code, and far less interest in wasting their leisure time doing so. It helps to remember that, statistically speaking, in terms of interest and ability in such things the majority of regular El Reg readers are outliers

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Bordeaux-no! Wine guzzling at UK.gov events rises 20%

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"so you might say there's been something of a Cabernet reshuffle.

You should burn in hell for that..."

I knew someone would jump on that, just as shiraz you're born!

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Thank $deity that week's over. Look, here's some trippy music generated from pixels of a Martian sunrise to play us out

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I was thinking that it had that bass-line drone, but it's no "Also Sprach Zarathustra".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0z_8Gj7wgE

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FCC Commissioner slams San Jose mayor for not approving 5G cells… then slams him for approving them

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I'm told that there is an old Russian proverb:

"Whether water is fresh or water is salty, shit floats."

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Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

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Re: Odd middle ground

"A tablet is a media consumption device with a bigger screen than a phone, that is all. Useless for productivity, despite the best marketing efforts of Apple and Microsoft.

Horseshit. That may be all it is for YOU, but I can go to a client's site, take photos, make sketches with pro-level art tools (Serif Software Affinity Photo, which I also use on the desktop, since I don't feel like renting Adobe Photoshop), create a quote and email it all in a PDF to a client before I get back to the office. I can troubleshoot relatives' computer problems (being the family geek) remotely with Team Viewer. I can even type long-form text files on the screen -- not being a touch-typist, the lack of a physical keyboard is utterly immaterial to me (although I, at least, have the intellectual honesty to admit that something that I have no need for MIGHT be crucial to someone else!) -- and being able to look at the keyboard AND the output on-screen at the same time works well for me.

Now, it's true that I spend a lot of my leisure time using my iPad (9.7") and my Samsung Tab 4 (7") for consuming content -- try reading with severely nearsighted sixty-mumble-year-old eyes on a moving city bus on a laptop or phone! -- but saying that that's ALL a tablet could POSSIBLY be useful for is just flat-out wrong. I can't drive so, for instance, I might consider a motorcycle to be a frivolous toy, good only for cruising around for amusement. But I had a friend years ago who couldn't afford a car, so rode her motorcycle year-round -- including in New England winters -- to get to her third-shift job after the busses stopped running at night. For me, a motorcycle had no use case -- for her, it most certainly DID.

There are myriad people who have use-cases different from yours or mine. Many of them may be niche cases -- as I will admit MINE is -- but, when you come right down to it, EVERY individual is a niche case and if you can fill a lot of niches, you can have a solid industry.

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'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat

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Re: It’s all a conspiracy

** I'm not sure a probe could get around his head.

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From today, it's OK in the US to thwart DRM to repair your stuff – if you keep the tools a secret

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I'm expecting to see ads for "Novelty 'Hacker Costume' Toolkits (For novelty, costume purposes only!)" for sale in the back pages of Popular Mechanics and PC World magazines soon.

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Re: DRM didn't protect anything, ever.

"It's rather amusing when studios threaten the large ISPs/Telcos, as the latter companies could solve the problem permanently by BUYING the studios with small change from down the back of the sofa..."

Comcast tried that with Fox. Didn't work. Maybe they should have used a bigger sofa.

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Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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Perhaps Norman would have been more accepting, had you written: "And so we will formally need to, erm (sic), give notice that we're changing the shutdown date in December."

...Norman seems a sic sort of individual.

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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: TheUnregister

"Julian himself would be the first to defend a person's right to freedom of expression."

...unless it inconvenienced or prejudiced HIS interests; then it's right out!

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/wikileaks-assange-complains-hes-victim-of-leaks/articleshow/7139648.cms

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Spotted: Miscreants use pilfered NSA hacking tools to pwn boxes in nuke, aerospace worlds

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Since these were "leaked" and are now found being used in the wild...

... the NSA can claim plausible deniability for the listed attacks on Russian, Iranian, and Egyptian nuke and aerospace targets.

(...or that's what I'd think if I was a cynical and suspicious sort of person.)

(...which, of course, I'm not.)

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Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Re: hyprocrites

"The keyboard warriors here who lack the same level of courage or morals should be ashamed. Things are this bad because no one else stepped up to the plate."

...says the AC.

Who SAYS irony is dead?

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What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

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Re: 6 downvotes and counting

"Reminds me of an old joke. You know why rich people drive Jags, but REALLY rich people drive Bentleys ? Well, everyone can own ONE expensive car, but maintaining a rolling fleet of three and having a mechanic on the payroll is what real money is for..."

A friend owns and operates an auto service company here in the States that specializes in Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Land Rovers, and Jaguars, as well as Mercedes and BMWs. He has often said "If you know 30 people who own British cars, you've got a reliable monthly income."

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Google taking action against disguised code in Chrome Web Store

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Re: Unreadable code

"As the number of developers approaches infinity, the likelihood that bad code will be misidentified as obfuscated code approaches 1."

Well, if Google can't tell the difference and bans both of them then, really, everybody wins, right?

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Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Welcome to the club!

Lesson learned: NEVER decide to "clean up some old files" at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon. You WILL look for shortcuts and it WILL bite you on the ass.

This was back in the mid-'80s, while I was using/adminning Unix boxen with a "Beginner's Guide to Unix", or some such, in hand because -- while I was the Art Department's tech-geekiest member -- I was not a programmer. Fortunately we were a beta site for the machines so;

A -- Having called the vendor Friday to announce my stupidity, our rep was in on Monday morning before I even got there, re-installing the system and recovering the work files, and;

B -- A short time later, the company updated the software to include a GUI for admin tasks, taking the command line out of the hands of fumble-fingered amateurs. (Gee, I wonder what inspired THAT decision...?)

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Sunny Cali goes ballistic, this ransomware is atrocious. Even our IT bill will be something quite ferocious

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Re: "Never forget your (insert name of weapon system here) was made by the lowest bidder"

"If the Congresscritters thought it would save a few cents they would probably demand the Navy manage with a couple of abacuses between the fleets..."

Not true! They'd only do that if they had abacus manufacturers in their districts (who were major contributors).

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Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

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Re: "Why do people still use Chrome?"

"Won't be long before I do buy a tin-foil hat.."

Buy?! But then they'll know you have one!

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Brexit campaigner AggregateIQ challenges UK's first GDPR notice

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Re: An amazing coincidence

".AIQ continue to deny that they are linked to SCL, the parent of Cambridge Analytica and yet their registered address is identical to SCL Canada's office.."

Don't know about elsewhere, but offices buildings in Delaware in the U.S. host hundreds or thousands of companies in registration addresses of convenience. In Delaware's case, being the second-smallest state in physical size, they apparently decided that business incorporations are the most remunerative cash crop per acre and offer companies tax incentives to register there -- often in a mail slot in a lawyer's or accountant's office. Could the building in question be one of those?

https://www.businessinsider.com/building-wilmington-delaware-largest-companies-ct-corporation-2017-4

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UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

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Brexit Condoms

"Formerly Known as French Letters"

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The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt

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Re: Great stuff

Big minds do big things; small minds don't

A reporter once asked Henry Kissinger, when he was teaching at Harvard, what it was like being in the genteel ivy-covered halls after having walked the corridors of power, managing earth-shaking conflicts. He replied with something to the effect that it's pretty much the same, except that in academia the battles are so much more vicious because the stakes are so much smaller.

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Berkeley bio-boffins' butt-blasting belly-bothering batt-teria generates electricity

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"Hello, customer service...?"

I'm trying to charge my phone and I can't remember: Do I swallow the anode and shove the cathode up my ass, or is it the other way around?

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How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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Re: Ahhhh ... flashbacks to a holiday in France,

And here's me, thinking that the easy answer is to put head and one arm through the lanyard and let it hang at the side and just swing it up in front of me if I want it. I guess I just don't have a properly techie mindset.

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Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

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If it WAS an astro-/cosmonaut...

...I expect the story to show up in "Who, Me?" someday

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Top Euro court: UK's former snooping regime breached human rights

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Re: So how long until this?

"Why do retired senior US intelligence officials get to keep their top secret security clearances? Why are they entitled to on-going briefing on top secret matters when they're no longer working for the government?"

There have been cases of former intelligence officers being called in to consult in "This is what we THINK is happening, but you've dealt with this guy face-to-face -- what do YOU think is going on?" cases. For that, they need clearances to get to look at the raw data. I don't necessarily think a clearance should be revoked at the instant that someone leaves a TLA, but I can see a case to be made for a sunset clause: after n-number of years, that sort of interpersonal data becomes too stale to be useful and clearances should be allowed to lapse.

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Boffins bash Google Translate for sexism

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"(The paper) also cautions that because the Google Translate code is subject to ongoing revision, the research results, gathered in April 2018, may not be reproducible."

Right... Hands up, all you researchers who wish YOU'D thought of this dodge...!

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Wannabe Supreme Brett Kavanaugh red-faced after leaked emails contradict spy testimony

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Re: "Critical national security need outweighs the impact on privacy"

"Do they understand they are transforming US exactly into that model they fought in the cold war?"

Of course they do, with the understanding, "But it's OUR police state, so it's okay!"

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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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Re: Work out-of-work

"Wonder then at those who would bring the entire office in person to your family holiday!"

Linus's new definition of "Kernel Panic".

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Benchmark smartphone drama: We wouldn't call it cheating, says Huawei, but look, everyone's at it

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Re: Isn't this easy to fix?

Seems to me that the solution is to run benchmarks continuously until either the battery runs down or the phone cooks itself to death and publish those results alongside the battery life under normal use.

It puts the benchmark and battery life numbers into a usable context.

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

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So far, 27 Roscosmos employees have confessed to drilling the hole.

More confessions are expected shortly.

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Russian volcanoes fingered for Earth's largest mass extinction

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"We need to figure out what the dynamic is here that initiates million year long volcanic events."

...a really killer vindaloo? (Well, there have been times when it FELT like a million years...)

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Voting machine maker claims vote machine hack-fests a 'green light' for foreign hackers

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"So, um... (you knew this was inevitable, didn't ya) ...voting based on blockchain, anyone?"

If the energy consumed in bitcoin mining is any indication, then voter apathy might be the only thing that would keep blockchain-based voting from bringing entire national power grids to their knees.

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Android data slurping measured and monitored

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"'As we repeatedly point out, Apple makes its money from selling overpriced hardware'

It's all about the money, money, money - they don't really give a toss about YOU, just your pocket."

Back in the '70s, an aftermarket automobile oil filter company ran a series of ads featuring a supposed auto shop mechanic extolling the virtues of their product. The tag line was "You can pay me now, or... Pay me later."

Plus ça change...

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Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

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Re: illegal

"As in taking something and depriving the owner of it. Copyright violation is not theft, copyright violation is copyright violation."

Copyright is the right to determine who can legally own a copy of something... It's kinda right there in the name. Copyright, in the U.S., is a property right, and property rights are defensible in court, even if the property in question is not physically removed (e.g., trespass).

Further, appropriating the fruits of someone else's labor without their consent constitutes "theft of services", or doesn't the U.K. have that one?

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Apple shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, to find gambling in its Chinese App Store

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Re: Why not ban Forex Trading Apps?

There are Forex Traders? Those things haven't been made in years; I wouldn't trust them, myself.

Are they at least MIB or have they been used?

...there's REALLY a market for those sorts of things? Ewww...

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Internet overseer continues wall-punching legal campaign

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Re: Anglo-Saxon....

Not a linguist by trade, but my understanding is that the Normans had picked up a lot of Romanized terms -- as one does when trying not to appear a parvenue after invading the West. Meanwhile, the Angles/Saxons/Jutes kept much of their language, generally not bothering to learn more than the minimum British needed to get their message across*. So, in the end, their words tended to be short and their sentences direct, until their Romanized brethren showed up with their posh talk and fancy grammar.

Thus, for instance, the Anglo-Saxon serfs butchered sheep and deer, while the Normans ate mutton and venison, the poor shat while the rich defecated, etc., so the rule of thumb became "If it's monosyllabic, it's Anglo-Saxon, if it's polysyllabic, it's probably a Norman import."

* -- This also explains why English is the rare language that, in general, doesn't gender its nouns: The British nouns had gender but the invading Saxons, et al, couldn't be bothered to learn them, so they just didn't. "Bring food!" was clear enough to get the job done, so that was it.

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Juno this ain't right! Chinese hackers target Alaska

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Re: A note to you Brits

Juneau, I was just about to make that point. Have one of these for getting there first! ---------->

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Congresscritters want answers on Tillerson's rm -rf /opt/gov/infosec

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Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

"Instead of defending them with some ridiculous "whataboutism" as though the kettle wasn't as black as the pot. If it's not criminal because it's in the past, why the current fuss about past actions by the Cheeto?"

Because he IS in the office right now and his historic pattern of behavior is relevant to anticipating possible decisions on the future direction of the country, unlike a failed candidate who has no ability to set policy.

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Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

"Somebody forgot to tell Hilary about cybersecurity as if her homebrew server was ever secure."

And if this were a Clinton administration, your comment might be relevant. As t is, it's just whataboutism to distract from the issue at hand.

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Is Apple going ease off its HomeKit chokehold? Sure looks like it...

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Re: I say no

"I would love to know what slurp there is from when you turn your light on....

"This slurp nonsense is getting embarrassing"

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/10/internet_of_things_encryption_snooping/

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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"... taking it from a website with no indication of copyright)..."

The bottom of every page, apparently, has a menu of notice pages, including for "Impressum/Datenschutz", or "Information / Privacy Policy". The fifth paragraph down has the copyright blurb and website contact information (quoted below, from Google Translate):

"© The copyright for all texts, photos and the design lies with schwarzaufweiss or the authors. All rights reserved. Despite great care, we can not completely rule out mistakes in content. Therefore, all information is provided without obligation and guarantee by schwarzaufweiss or the respective author, who also assume no responsibility and liability for possible errors. Disclaimer: Despite careful control, we assume no liability for the content of external links. The content of the linked pages are the sole responsibility of their operators.

"Internet travel magazine schwarzaufweiss GbR

On the Schevemoorer Heide 13

D-28325 Bremen

Tel. 0421/74837

E-Mail: webmaster@schwarzaufweiss.de

Umsatzsteueridentifikationsnr. DE 219058189

Authorized representative and responsible person according to § 5Tmg .: Helmuth Weiss

Webdesign: Stephan Eigendorf & Helmuth Weiss"

So, while they don't tell you who holds the copyright of a specific asset on the site, it tells you who your first contact to get that information should be.

I found this in less than two minutes and ich sprech keine Deutsch.

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Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

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Re: "Alt-right moron"

"that's obviously the opposite of "Oxymoron"."

Remember: They're only "Oxymorons" as long as they're breathing. Personally, I'd prefer "Deoxymorons".

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Re: False flag attack

...because the self-righteous (self-reicheous?) have never been shy about identifying themselves as the "saved", "awake", non-kool-aid-drinking, red-pill-taking World Heroes(tm) that they think they are.

On the other hand, if someone or some group of someones WANTS to pay $280 each (plus attendant expenses, if any) for a chance to get an ass-whuppin' in support of a false-flag operation, who am I to say no?

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