McAfee-As-A-Circus, more like it...
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Not a Brit, but I suspect that the answer is the same as the one the palace groundskeeper told the American tourist who asked how they kept the lawns so perfect: "Well, first off, you start 800 years ago..."
"When something interesting presents itself I think the primal urge to get a piece of the action is far stronger than vague notions of tactics or common sense."
"I want tell you about the town of Stockbridge, Massachusets, where this happened here. They got three stop signs, two police officers, and one police car. But when we got to the "Scene of the Crime" there was five police officers and three police cars, being the biggest crime of the last fifty years, and everybody wanted to get in the newspaper story about it."
iFixit gives the Apple ! 11 points out of 10 for repairability.
"...and the European Commission is still pondering whether they can be full members of the constellation or not."
Those'll be the Brexit ones, then.
Now THAT'S comedy!
I'm pretty sure that if one could get photos of everyone entering/leaving police headquarters at around shift change times that one could probably convince a certain class of persons to invest in a system that used unsecured surveillance cams to track, say, whether any of the photographed are in an area where the investors might wish to transact some business.
What's good for the goose is good for the gander, and all that.
Actually, that story IS full of it:
I mean, Assange was in the news yesterday; maybe McAfee was just feeling a bit ignored.
Wouldn't work... The rest would just decide that he was:
A -- Hypnotized;
B -- Drugged, or;
C -- A paid shill
...who's actually broadcasting from a secret NASA facility deep in Area 51.
"I have a trademark on brown so I'm warning people now, don't give me shit."
Well, since you're the only one allowed to use it, we HAVE to surrender it to you or be in violation of your trademark!
"I guess you’re happier as a cuck."
Someone who actually finds the word "cuck" a viable form of argumentation...
Well, that would explain the Anonymous Cowardice, then.
"* A person’s ‘true intent’ is unknowable to anyone but them.(...)"
And sometimes, not even then. Therein lies the problem.
"Open source technical projects, and especially stupidly complex projects are probably not the best place to fight gender equality battles. Judge people on the basis of the diffs they submit. Anyone suitably competent will have a solid reputation before anyone actually knows their racial background, gender preferences etc. This is true equality."
That would only work, I think, if -- when making one's FIRST code contribution -- a random alphanumeric identifier were assigned by an automated system to every contributor, and ALL contributions were stripped of ANY content except a description of what the code was intended to be -- e.g.; "Print Driver: [CODE]". For recommendations of code replacement, the description, followed by the code to be replaced, a divider, and the new code and a Reg-style up/down vote system. No arguments pro or con allowed, no Torvaldsian invective allowed, no input of ANY sort allowed except the pure code on which to decide. This wouldn't solve the problem of girls/minorities being steered away from tech by societal pressures before they even GET to this point, but if your argument is that project members will pick the best code regardless of its source then obscuring the source shouldn't do anything but make the code stronger.
"When the occupation is 100% self selective, then you can only rationally conclude that there is no block on anyone."
And we KNOW that it's self selecting because, of course, there is absolutely NO pressure for, e.g., young girls to get pushed towards dolls and cooking sets and away from science kits and construction toys... </eyeroll>
"Trump and co are the result of a disenfranchised majority."
There is no "disenfranchised majority". There is only a majority who is getting a minuscule sample of how it (as a statistical group) have treated anyone who is not them and is butthurt at being treated as anything "lesser".
**Insert scatological comment about Anonymous Cowards who endorse any comments below theirs, here**
...and make the judgement "$Penalty plus administration costs".
Personally, I think I'd be happiest if the court insisted that Google, in fact, needed to print out and mail 129 million four-cent checks and eat the expenses of doing so. It would probably STILL end up only costing the equivalent of a rounding error on their balance sheets, but the sheer annoyance to them -- and the lawyers who thought they had a sweetheart deal lined up -- would be worth it!
"So who's the new phish...?"
"'We prohibit developers from inferring or deriving sensitive information like race or political affiliation, or attempts to match a user's Twitter information with other personal identifiers in unexpected ways,' (Twitter's senior director of product management Rob Johnson) wrote."
Oh, they "prohibit" developers from inferring things.
Well, that's alright, then. Nothing to see here!</eyeroll>
"Now you've told us which professionals have some integrity - the ones you are trying to discredit."
...Unless that's what they WANT you to think, and making Ashur and Dunkelstein's credentials appear unassailable to the community by loudly and blatantly attacking them is just part of a longer-range plan...!
(Note to self: Stop at grocery store on way home from work tonight -- Almost out of tinfoil!)
So (assuming you have sex at all) you do it only in the dark under the blankets? Because causing your partner to see you naked would be indecent exposure, right? (OW! I think I hurt my eyes from rolling them too hard!)
The project cost $811,000. That's less than one round-trip to Mar-A-Lago on Air Force 1.
Hell -- Would $811,000 even qualify as a rounding error in the military budget?
...and did our heroes end up accidentally infecting every world that they visited thereafter?
"As to the "not identify their actual ownership" charge. It doesn't stand up."
Do they clearly identify "Part of Sinclair Broadcasting Corporation" in on-air station identification breaks? Does it appear on the identification slides?
Then it's not really the same thing, is it?
"So what? I read the text (at ThinkProgress); there is nothing in it that would have raised an eyebrow if it had appeared in the New York Times which, as a matter of fact, employs a full-time staff member (Margaret Sullivan) whose duties include receiving comments about incorrect, incomplete, or biased reporting."
Oh... So if the New York Times publishes a slanted editorial piece, You *KNOW* that it came from the Times' editorial board, or from the person whose byline it ran under, and they *TELL* you whom to contact *AT* the Times to complain to...?
Now, if you see an editorial that you disagree with from one of the three Sinclair stations in Syracuse, NY, or the four Sinclair stations in Wichita, KS, or the seven covering the Redding, CA area, how do you contact the home office that required their local news anchors to read it without attribution? If the local newsreaders were allowed/required to bracket one of the "must-reads" with something like: "The following is an editorial from Sinclair Broadcasting, the corporate owner of Station [CallLetters] and does not necessarily represent [CallLetters]'s point of view," and "The preceding has been (...). Comments or corrections on this editorial can be made to [PRFlackName] at [SinclairContactAddress]," I would have a lot fewer problems with the company's apparent intention to flood local markets across the country with different-looking fronts for the same agenda.
As it actually IS, though, I have major problems with it.
Ooops... didn't notice in time: The appropriate sentence in the first paragraph in my post just above should read:
"...Sinclair owns 33 ABC affiliate stations, 27 CBS affiliates, 22 NBC and 47 Fox affiliate stations."
Here's the thing: Unless you go looking, Sinclair may not show up anywhere on your local Sinclair-owned station. Many of them are affiliate stations of the national broadcast networks -- WPRI in Rhode Island, for instance, is an NBC affiliate while KDSM in Iowa is a Fox network (not Fox News) affiliate. In fact, Sinclair owns 33 ABC affiliate stations, 27 CBS affiliates, 2 NBC and 47 Fox affiliate stations. Further, in many cases, they own multiple stations -- often "fronted" by competing networks -- in the same market. And, since most affiliate channels are just that -- voluntary affiliates, not owned and operated by the national networks, their local editorial slant -- as in the case of the Sinclair-owned affiliate stations -- may not match the views of the owners of the national networks with which they are affiliated, although many people (like yourself, apparently) assume that they DO march in lockstep with the national branding on their identification slugs.
Now, I would have less concern if companies owning multiple stations were required to declare that ownership with every station identification slug -- in fact, IIRC, when I was growing up in the '60s, this was the case. The local NBC affiliate's slide included the call letters and channel number, the NBC logo and, in one corner, "A Westinghouse Broadcasting Company",or some such, identifying the company that owned the chain of stations of which it was a part.
(...This was also a time when station editorials ended -- by law! -- with some phrase like "This has been an editorial from [CallLetters]'s General Manager [Name]. Station [CallLetters] recognizes its responsibility to present opposing points of view from responsible spokesmen," and then would DO SO when called on it... Don't even get me started!)
The point of all of this is that, currently, one company can own APPARENTLY competing stations in one market, not identify their actual ownership of those stations to the viewers, present matching viewpoints that appear to come from opposing sources, not identify the ACTUAL source..., AND are no longer required to present genuinely opposing points of view.
...and according to some people, this is all a Good Thing (TM) because "Unfettered capitalism is Good and regulation is Bad, m'kay...?"
Does that clear everything up?
...we don't know this dickwad and we don't WANNA know him!
"Photoshop emulated on Arm ? Are you nuts ?"
Well, that just opens the door wider for Serif Software's Affinity Photo program, which has Photoshop-level capabilities and currently runs on iOS, MacOS, and Windows. (...and SELLS for $50 -- no subscription needed!) (Serif ALSO makes an Illustrator competitor -- Affinity Designer -- and is working on a page layout program to compete with InDesign. I'm hoping to get my employer off the Adobe Cloud crazy train as soon as I possibly can!)
Trust me: If it means losing their market, Adobe will adapt.
"...this could be the prelude to the demise of Apple. Or at least of the Macintosh."
If it is -- and I'm not convinced that it is, mind -- it won't be because of low outside development or niche marketry or code incompatibility or any of the other "This will be the end of Apple, just like I've been predicting for the last 20 years!" reasons that most people give. It will be because this time they don't have a Steve Jobs-level obsessive beating Apple's engineers brutally about the head and shoulders demanding that they Get It Right. Love him or hate him, he had a vision of what he wanted and was -- well, "ruthless" is such a HARSH word, isn't it...? -- let's say "determined" in getting it from his designers and engineers.
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that Microsoft's response is going to come from the Ireland business unit saying that they are waiting for clarification from the EDPB re: their duty as a business operating in Europe and holding data on EU citizens. That should stall things for another couple of years, at least.
" "It never ceases to amaze me the lengths some people will go to fly-tip..."
Particularly since they can move so much FASTER than cows and don't make as satisfying a "thump" when you DO manage to tip them! I guess it's the challenge of the thing.
"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même merde!"
Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in YOUR Laboratory!
"That very sensible convention was invented by WHO (the drs; as inb World Health Organisation; not The Dr.)"
The WHO may have standardized on the practice and format, but the practice itself predates them.
A 1928 letter from Marc Chagall, albeit with a slightly different format:
"I always thought it funny that Americans use MM/DD except for "4th July" when they celebrate Independence Day....... by using the format we use here (UK)."
We actually use them both interchangeably; either "the fourth of July" or "July fourth". Note that all words as above are used in the former case and no interstitial "the" needed in the latter; "4th July" or "July the 4th" just tend to sound wrong on so many levels!
"In which context? In any technical context they are both bad because they're ambiguous (as are year abbreviations YY) and this is the big problem with Americans using the abbreviation in technical contexts and why we have an ISO standard (of course, not without its own problems). Outside of a technical context then you might as well write out the month name or three letter abbreviation. MAR-14 or 14/MAR or whetever."
Back when I worked a tech pubs job where I had to co-ordinate our materials with our branches in the UK and Australia, I got in the habit of denoting the month in Roman numerals. Still do it to this day for most purposes. I'm mostly out of that field these days, so I don't know if it's still done but it used to be quite common in scientific publications.
As with any job, some days you just have to do the best you can with what you're given to work with.
I always saw bosses more as this week's Number 2, myself.
Auditors and security bods may justifiably be considered redshirts.
Props for the shoutout to the immortal Don (flabbadap flabbadap flabbadap... skglooosh!) Martin!
"The guy who believes in deconstructing the Federal Government and the return of State rights and governance."
...except for when he and his AG, Jeff "Keebler" Sessions, DON'T believe in states' rights and local devolution, vis. marijuana legalization and "sanctuary cities".
Were I the cynical and suspicious sort of individual -- which, of course, I'm NOT! -- I might suspect that part of the problem is that Pay was put into his current position by a man who gives every indication of distrusting anyone who appears as though he might be more intelligent or more competent than himself.
Go for the nuclear option: Mary Schneider, "Yodeling the Classics".
He couldn't get the free admission if he kept his collar on.
"The make-out room should rather be seen as an open lounge."
...and, in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Julian Assange is reconsidering returning to Sweden.
There's your IT angle.
FWIW -- I had surgery earlier today and am on painkillers, which may explain why I was loopy enough to open this in Safari on my IPad Pro (IOS 11.2.2). If all these posted glyphs have been generated correctly, then -- at least under the conditions listed above -- the bug apparently doesn't happen in Safari. The article DOES say that Apple's chat app is affected, but maybe people don't generally use that to comment on El Reg. ;-)
"An open window, at court, is the difference between breaking and entering (a crime) and entering to dick with you (...)
Hence one is a crime the other would be a civil case at best..."
I don't know how things stand where you live but around these parts "Criminal Trespass" and "Illegal Entry" are still criminal, not civil, offenses. They may be only misdemeanors while B&E is a felony (combining within itself, as it does, both trespass AND property damage), but still criminal.
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