* Posts by Mike Moyle

1543 posts • joined 8 Feb 2007

TRUMP: ICANN'T EVEN! America won't hand over internet control to Russia on my watch

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Re: All hail the new Golden Don!

I had to scroll back up to make sure that it wasn't an AManFromMars comment.

Hey, uh ICANN. US govt here. You know we said we'd give you the keys to the 'net? Yeaahhh...

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Re: Who do you trust??

"If ICANN gets sued out of existence, it won't break the Internet. Somebody else will pick up their clerical work, and that's all that matters."

Actually, that's an interesting question. Suppose that, say, $RepressiveRegime were to sue ICANN over whatever they think they can make stick, demand a ludicrously large monetary settlement and win (Long-shots, perhaps, but not, I think, impossible.). Normally, if an entity can't pay a LLMS, the solution is to liquidate and/or turn over all assets to the winning party. Surely, in ICANN's case, the naming/numbering authority would have to be counted as an/their only asset and, thus, would be transferred to the victorious claimant.

COULD a $RepressiveRegime end up, essentially, owning the internet?

Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

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Re: I'm not so pessimistic

Well, as someone who lives alone, is just disabled enough that he can't get a driver's license, and lives in an area where the buses stop running about 8:30 PM and don't run at all on Sundays. I would probably be a prime candidate for a small autonomous "pod"-type car just large enough for me and a few sacks of groceries. It WOULD require a controller that could "learn" how to get into my driveway, say (touchpad display to draw a path one time from the street to where I want it to park once it reaches the end of its GPSed street routing...?) or learn the layout of various parking lots, but I don't see any of that as insurmountable.

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The question as stated always seems to assume that those are the ONLY two options -- hit the truck or hit pedestrians. In the real world, there are trees and lampposts bordering sidewalks that one might carom off to avoid both truck and pedestrians, there is the lane on the opposite side of the street that the truck SHOULD have been in, etc., etc. Reducing the argument to a binary problem, then claiming that binary thinking won't solve it seems rather simplistic to me.

Crocodile well-done-dee: Downed Down Under chap roasted by exploding iPhone

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Judging from the location of the burn, it seems like "Down-Under Chap Well-Done Down Under by..." might have been more appropriate, but maybe that's just me.

UK's 'Sir King Cash' card fraudster ordered to cough up £560,000

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"[I said no Johnny Cash puns – ed]."

But, if this guy is the flaming asshole that he appears to be, then clearly that makes him a "Ring of Fire"!

Russia reports RAT scurrying through govt systems, chewing data

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Were I the suspicious, cynical sort of individual (Which, of course, I'm not -- *a-HENH*!), two things would spring to mind:

1 -- Nothing pulled from the affected machines will ever appear on WikiLeaks, because that's not the direction in which J.Ass. seems to like to shoot, and;

2 -- Someone is going to start a whisper campaign that L'Affaire Snowden was all just a CIA ruse to get him in-country so the exploit wouldn't be traced past the border.

WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

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Re: “Schoolboy Plitics”

You missed the third option: That they actively WANTED to weaken an insufficiently progressive Democratic party in order to increase the chances of ushering in a totally disastrous Trump administration out of a "burn the place down and rebuild from scratch" mentality.

Cloud giants demand overhaul of America's privacy rules on overseas servers

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Re: Just no.

Just to confirm: are you recommending "ordinance" (legislation or executive decree) or "ordnance" (weaponry and/or munitions)?

VirtualBox 5.1 debuts

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I use VBox on an OS X host, since: A - It's free, and; B - I can keep it running in the background for, essentially, instant access to the one or two Windows apps that I need occasionally.

Also, I work for a small municipal government department and -- as far as I can tell -- the city's system seems to assume that any request coming from a Mac inside the firewall MUST be coming from a school computer lab and so blocks access to certain websites that I often need to access (Yes; I've tried changing the browser user agent, to no avail.). Going to the said sites via the VM works without a hiccup.

As usual, I'll give the latest version a few weeks to shake out before thinking about upgrading.

Alleged Aussie plum plucker pleads guilty to motel tissue swipe

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Re: Well....

Well done! (And the fellow in question certainly has been!)


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Re: Perhaps munched

I was thinking "Outback Oysters", myself.

Wannabe West Midlands gun smuggler jailed for ten months

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The source article doesn't mention how long he had been unemployed, what (if anything) he had worked at before and for how long, so he could have made his assorted purchases with money from previous employment. It's certainly possible that his funds came from irregular sources, but it's nowhere near as certain as you seem to think.

Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Ah. Thank you. The time period in question was late 1960s - early '70s, so I figured that it was possible that the French had changed their terminology -- although, it being the French, it DID seem unlikely.

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When did they switch to "nonante"? When I learned French ninety was always "quatre-vingt-dix".

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Please forgive my ignorance as a U.S.-ian, but I thought that invoking Article 50 was the filing for divorce part and that the referendum was just the screaming "I wish I'd never married you!" part.

US House to vote on whether poor people need mobile phones

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Re: gummint shouldn't pay for anything

Assuming that you're serious and not just trolling then please answer this:

If -- as is required under the law -- the poor are supposed to be searching for work so they can get off of welfare (i.e., "other people's money"), and they can't afford a cellular or landline telephone, how the hell is a potential employer supposed to contact them?

This is nothing more than a Catch-22 bill sponsored by a grandstanding Congressthing "poor-shaming" and playing to his conservative base in -- surprise, surprise! -- an election year.

Lester Haines: RIP

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A fine writer and -- more importantly -- apparently, a good man.

May his family and friends find strength and love in this hour of their loss.

Blessed be.

Prenda Law's copyright-trolling shakedown scam slammed AGAIN

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"...forced to watch the entirety of what they were posting as bait, on an endless loop..."

On a system where they have control of the volume, but it only goes *DOWN* to 11.

...and scratchy speakers.

...that drop out randomly.

(I find that it's the LITTLE touches that are SO important!)

UberEats into food delivery with new app launch in London

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It seems to me that, the more Uber expands into on-demand deliveries, the harder it should become to defend their "it's all just about SHARING, man!" stance.

Austrians are most likely to bare all on beaches

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If it weren't for that "Ahab" guy following me around (and not in a good way) when I go to the beach...

Crafty plan to give FBI warrantless access to browser histories axed

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Re: Fucking Browser Intruders

...But I *LIKE* tits...!

Digital ad biz is fraudulent by design, complain big brands

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Somewhat off-topic, I suppose, but nonetheless...

Every time one of these advertising-related stories comes up, I am always reminded of a scene from E.E. "Doc" Smith's 1950 space-opera novel "First Lensman".

Virgil Samms, the first wearer of a telepathic device -- the Lens -- has traveled to the planet Rigel 4 to meet with a native off that planet. A car has been sent to take him to the meeting. The car is without windows, since the Rigellians have, instead of sight, a "Sense of Perception". Samms, using his lens, goes en rapport with his Rigellian driver:


The darkness vanished; through the unexplainable perceptive sense of the Rigellian he could "see" everything -- he had a practically perfect three-dimensional view of the entire circumambient sphere. He could see both the inside and the outside of the ground car he was in and of the immense space-ship in which he had come to Rigel. He could see the bearings and the wrist-pins of the internal-combustion engine of the car, the interior structure of the welds that held the steel plates together, the busy airport outside, and even deep into the ground. He could see and study in detail the deepest-buried, most heavily shielded parts of the atomic engines of the Chicago.


The car travels down a highway towards the meeting-place...


"What are those mounds along the streets?" For some time Samms had been conscious of those long, low, apparently opaque structures; attracted to them because they were the only non-transparent objects within range of the Rigellian's mind. "Or is it something I should not mention?"

"What? -- Oh, those? By no means."

One of the near-by mounds lost its opacity. It was filled with swirling, gyrating bands and streamers of energy so vivid and so solid as to resemble fabric; with wildly hurtling objects of indescribable shapes and contours; with brilliantly flashing symbols which Samms found, greatly to his surprise, made sense-not through the Rigellian's mind, but through his own Lens:


"Advertising!" Samms' thought was a snort.

"Advertising. You do not perceive yours, either, as you drive?" This was the first bond to be established between two of the most highly advanced races of the First Galaxy!

Letters prove GCHQ bends laws to spy at will. So what's the point of privacy safeguards?

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Once again, officialdom demonstrates that the phrase "government oversight" can and does have two radically different meanings.

Hooves in spaaace: Goat Simulator goes galactic

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For anyone still unclear, there's a documentary film by Paul VerHooven that explains it all.

... sorry.

Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller

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Re: Headline revamp

Thai Man Snakes Out Toilet the Hard Way.

'Acts of war in a combat zone are not covered by your laptop warranty'

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Re: Enjoyable read but...

Once you finally get through the touchpad options maze and get a live person on the line, YOU DON'T HANG UP -- even under sustained enemy fire.

A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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"Sorry, Officer... I can't show you my license because I'm using my phone to record this traffic stop!"

Hilarity ensues.

Aussie wedges spam javelin in ring spanner

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Did he make the classic mistake of trying to use a metric wrench on an imperial head? 'Cause that'll do it every time!

Hey, YouTube: Pay your 'workers' properly and get with the times

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“The rising flow of royalties that should be nurturing artists and labels has slowed to a trickle..."

What he was THINKING, I'm sure...

Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

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Requisite "The Princess Bride" reference:

"It is inconceivable that..."

"I do not think that word means what you think it means."

'Toxic' WIPO catches flak as US congressmen call for Gurry's head

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Whistleblowers against "them" = GOOD!

Whistleblowers against "us" = BAD!

Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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Re: Init freedom

...Well, innit?

E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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"E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians"

It's true. Every time that I started smoking again, it was because my aggravation level had gone into LEO and my options had narrowed to: A - Have a cigarette, or; B - Beat one of my co-workers to death for being an idiot/tool. A puff or two on an e-cig keeps me from buying a pack of cancerettes (which I *WILL* smoke all of, even after the immediate impetus is removed), and then another, and another(..) and allows my co-workers all to go home at the end of the day with their internal integuments intact.

Counting just them, that's some thirty lives that have been saved on a regular basis by e-cigs!

America edges closer to get-a-proper-warrant-to-read-my-email law

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"... the unanimous vote will put extra pressure on the upper chamber to pull its finger out and get the legislation enacted."

It would be lovely if SOMETHING could!

Redback sinks fangs into Oz builder's todger

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Re: IT?

Because, fortunately, it wasn't



The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Re: Lazy Devs

"Now though all web devs are trying to out do each other by having the flashiest sites///"

As a print designer, I hear you brother! I have long said that there are two types of designers: those who design to get information to the end-users and those who design to impress other designers. The examples that I always used were Popular Mechanics magazine was an example of the former and Wired as the latter.

Sysadmin given Licence To Perve shows why you always get it in writing

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Re: Surely he could have found a desktop

"I can't help thinking that the test plan document listing all the websites, searches, and language filters could provide entertaining (and possibly educational) reading..."

Back in the early '70s, Massachusetts and the city of Boston were trying to shut down Boston's "Combat Zone" adult entertainment district. Part of that task was proving that various shops were, in fact, selling obscene materials to the public. For any trial, the courts have to post a public notice announcing that on such-and-such a date, in such-and-such a court, so-and-so will be tried for this-and-that and telling anyone who might have an interest in such a legal action to contact the court or appear at the time and place specified. I happened to be bored and reading the classified ads in the Boston Globe and saw -- to paraphrase Tom Lehrer -- the juiciest, spiciest, raciest legal notice that it has ever been my pleasure to read. Because, you see, in order to prove that the vendor was selling obscene materials, they had to list -- without elisions of any sort -- the TITLES of every book, magazine, 8mm loop, etc., that they were going to present as evidence. These ads are always in something like 6 or 7 point type and my recollection is that this particular ad had to be four column-inches long, at least! I don't know who submitted that legal notice or who composed the type for it, but they did me a POWER of good, I can tell you that!

FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

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"We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone."

$12.95 for the crack, $1,199,987.05 for the lawyers.

Dutch PGP-encrypted comms network ‘abused by crooks’ is busted

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Highways are abused by criminals, too.

...and in cars that are OPAQUE to law enforcement. Shut 'em all down!!

Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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Indeed -- A sufficiently bushy beard can hide a multitude of chins.

(Accept the word of one who knows.)

This headline will, in part, cost pepper-spraying University of California, Davis $175k

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Re: That reminds me...

I was thinking that maybe she could do a fund-raiser for the school and the admin. Maybe get some other celebs who have had feuds with social media and do a group fun-raiser... Call it "(S)kool Aid" or something/

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"The cop doing the spraying repeatedly told the students that they could either let the cops go or be sprayed."

If so, then perhaps he could have been better justified if he had acted against the ones standing and blocking their exit instead of the ones who were sitting down and in custody. This strikes me as akin to the old National Lampoon cover: "Buy this magazine or we'll shoot this dog." Just a thought...

Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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"A prisoner could just as easily read the works of Vonnegut or Heinlein and claim it as his holy book, and demand accommodation of Bokononism or the Church of All Worlds.”

And your point, Your Honor...?


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Re: This is the kind of nonsense

@ Kurt Meyer: I'm from Massachusetts -- around these parts we learn to look both ways before crossing a one-way street but I've lived places (New York, Los Angeles) where this is, apparently, considered abnormal. "Common sense" varies from place to place.

Texas Attorney General charged in 32-bit 'eco-friendly server scam'

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Re: God doesn't want me to take your money

@ Voyna i Mor:

Sure it is: "I believe this will help me get your money."

Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?

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Re: Why not send it into space...

Store it in a dump on the moon. What's the worst that could happen?

Commentard April Fool decries Blighty's dodecaquid

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The brilliance comes when someone can be skeptical because it's April Fools' Day and can STILL get it wrong!

That's master work, right there.

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Re: Harsh indeed...

I think that there's an upside and a downside to your argument.

Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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Re: iSIS

"Could the coins, rather than being just a lump of metal, actually contain some kind of chip?"

They've chipped Her Maj? My, your Royals certainly don't get the respect they used to!

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