* Posts by Mike Moyle

1543 posts • joined 8 Feb 2007

LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

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"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>

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Re: Good point but .....

"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".

Apple's latest financials are still pretty decent even though iPhone sales are slowing

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**Insert scatological comment about Anonymous Cowards who endorse any comments below theirs, here**

Let's be Frank: Bloke drags Google to the US Supreme Court over $8.5m privacy payout

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Re: Simple to compensate the vast majority of victims

...and make the judgement "$Penalty plus administration costs".

Supreme Court to dig into Google's very cosy $8.5m deal with lawyers over web search leak

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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!

Failbreak: Bloke gets seven years in the clink for trying to hack his friend out of jail

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"So who's the new phish...?"

Shocker: Cambridge Analytica scandal touch-paper Aleksandr Kogan tapped Twitter data too

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"'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>

ISO blocks NSA's latest IoT encryption systems amid murky tales of backdoors and bullying

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Re: Very helpful NSA

"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!)

Petty PETA rapped by judges over monkey selfie copyright stunt

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Revenge pornography ban tramples free speech, law tossed out – where else but Texas!

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Re: @rg287 "Basic common decency, sadly not so common these days."

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!)

Hello DARKNESS, my old friend. I've come to talk with you again... about a 10,000-pixel alien-hunting camera

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Re: Good to see your tax money being wasted on something

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?

Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Re: Doorways!

...and did our heroes end up accidentally infecting every world that they visited thereafter?

Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair's creepy grasp on US telly

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"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?

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"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.

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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."

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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?

'Housemate from hell' catches 24 new charges after alleged nightmare cyberstalking spree

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On behalf of decent Massholes everywhere...

...we don't know this dickwad and we don't WANNA know him!

Intel outside: Apple 'prepping' non-Chipzilla Macs by 2020 (stop us if you're having deja vu)

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Re: Makes a lot of sense

"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.

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Re: Why?

"...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.

Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

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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.

Skip-wrecked! Boat full o' rubbish scuppered in Brit residential street

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" "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.

BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....

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"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même merde!"


NASA fungus problem puts theory of 'Martian mushrooms' on toast

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Re: They came from outer space

Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in YOUR Laboratory!

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

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Re: Dates


"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:


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Re: Dates

"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!

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Re: Dates

"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.

Cyborg fined for riding train without valid ticket

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Re: Lawyer logic

As with any job, some days you just have to do the best you can with what you're given to work with.

BOFH: Honourable misconduct

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Re: who would play BOFH and PFY?

I always saw bosses more as this week's Number 2, myself.

Auditors and security bods may justifiably be considered redshirts.

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Props for the shoutout to the immortal Don (flabbadap flabbadap flabbadap... skglooosh!) Martin!

At last, sex trafficking brought to an end with US House vote on new internet law (Yeah, right)

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Re: The House passed it?

"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".

Why, why, Mr American Pai? FCC boss under increasing pressure in corporate favoritism row

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Re: "Sweet" Pai. So called because he keeps the regulatory environment sweet

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.

Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

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Re: Right ....

Go for the nuclear option: Mary Schneider, "Yodeling the Classics".


Chilly willies: Swedish nudie nightclub opens in -11°C to disgust of locals

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Re: Not my cuppa tea.

He couldn't get the free admission if he kept his collar on.

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Re: IT?

"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.

Apple Macs, iThings, smart watches choke on tiny Indian delicacy

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Re: I'm guessing this thread doesn't contain many contributions from people with Apple hardware.

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. ;-)

Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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Re: So did the accused admit his guilt?

"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.

Blackbird shot down, patent nuked by judge in Cloudflare legal battle

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Re: hmmm. Musical reference?

I think I'd prefer if they were "Carrion, my wayward son"!

Icahn't get right Xerox Fuji merger spoils, cries activist investor Carl

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Re: Just because he's a git, doesn't mean he's wrong

"I don't know the details of this one, and it could be a great idea, but I'd be shocked if it works out well in the long term"

And if I had ever heard of an Icahn deal that worked for the long term, I can't remember it now. He's always been about seizing control, stripping the corporate assets of every salable bit imaginable and leaving behind a burned-out husk with screwed-over employees and pensioners.

He's just pissed because either:

A -- This plan will work out, leaving him a minority player with no way to make his usual quick strip-mining operation work, or;

B -- They saw him coming and beat him with his own con.

Game of Thrones showrunners to make Star Wars flicks

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Somehow, "Mother of Speederbikes" just doesn't seem to have the same cachet...

Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you've turned off the GPS

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The impression that I got from the article is that users are never ASKED to authorize sharing of barometric data because handset/app makers don't consider that personally identifiable information. Hell, they may not even specifically intend to collect it, but simply don't NOT collect it along with temperature and other environmental data.

So "clueless users" criticisms might be misdirected, in this case.

Or, am I missing something...?

CLOUD Act hits Senate to lube up US access to data stored abroad

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Re: At least it's now more honest

I think that's why Microsoft, et. al., support this. They figure that their overseas divisions can argue that they have to abide by, e.g., EU data privacy laws and can tell the US gov't, "Let's you and him fight!" I think that they will argue that -- at least, as described here -- this law takes them out of the line of fire and places it directly between the respective governments.

Which is actually -- if you're going to argue this at all -- exactly where it should be.

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

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Have any Flat-Earthers ever "explained"...

...if the Earth is a disk centered on the North Pole, why it doesn't take several times as long to fly from, say, Sao Paulo to Johannesburg as it does to fly from Chicago to Zurich? On a globe, each pair is on a (very roughly) east-west line and are comparable distances -- in the 4500 - 4600 mi. range, while on a flat disk SP-JB should be at least twice as far, being 2 - 3 times further out from the center.

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Foolish, maybe, but probably not enough to kill himself.

He is, after all, "California man", not "Florida man".

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"All donors will be guaranteed to get a piece of cheese, that is if they can find me after I've run off with their money."

Grytpype-Thynne, is that you? (A-a-a-a-a-o-o-o-rgh!)

PC not dead, Apple single-handedly propping up mobe market, says Gartner

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Re: Not rocket science

"For example, editing photos, audio or video. The sort of Apps for these tasks aren't up to full-fat use. I've tried plenty of photo editing apps on my phone/tablet, but nothing comes close to Photoshop (or equivalent) running on a PC/Mac. Pro image editing means working with multiple layers, and there simply isn't enough oompf on a mobile device for that sort of work."

If you're on an iPad, you might want to look into Affinity Photo by Serif software ( https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/ipad/ ). They've done (always IMO) a damned good job of porting their desktop version to iOS. Layers, PSD support, good typography controls, and a lot more -- I'm impressed. (I'm currently evaluating their software at work, to see if we can drop our Adobe subscription. Based on what I've seen so far, I've bought copies for my home desktop and my 'Pad.)

Blockheads changing company names to surf crypto wave get a warning from the SEC

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Re: we have spirit yes we do we have spirit how about you

"US federal law now consists of about 96 bazillion pages worth of codes, which together span nearly 34 zillion volumes. If the spirit part ain't in there, either add it in or let it go (preferably the latter)."

Coming on a tech site, comments like this are (unintentionally, I'm sure!) hilarious. There are "96 bazillion pages worth of codes" exactly BECAUSE people look for every possible loophole to give themselves an advantage. Complaining that there are too many laws is rather like complaining that there are too many lines of code in a program when all that's really needed is a "Do What I Meant" button.

...Unless, of course, the intended argument is that cheating people is OK if they can't stop you; in which case the person propounding that argument is an ass.

In Soviet California, pedestrian hits you! Bloke throws himself in front of self-driving car

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Re: My first taxi ride in Paris

Also common in metro Boston, Massachusetts. We ALSO learn early to look both ways when crossing one-way streets.

FCC drops idiotic plans to downgrade entire nation's internet speeds

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"The 3% of the country stated in this article likely captures 75% of the population.

"Next, when looking at costs and speeds, realize that the sparsely-populated rural areas can be hundreds of kilometers from a large city. Do not try to compare the difficulties in providing services throughout the US to a country like GB."

Are you actually a closet Democrat? Because, usually, it's they who are accused of writing off wide swathes of "flyover country" when suggesting policies, and yet here you are.

Smut site fingered as 'source' of a million US net neutrality comments

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Re: I weep for my country...

"You mean the GOP who currently hold all the branches of power and are taking political control of the judiciary? That way lies a totalitarian state."

...and whose demonstrated rampant gerrymandering and voter suppression are intended to create a "Permanent Party".

What do Cali, New York, Hawaii, Maine and 18 other US states have in common? Fighting the FCC on net neutrality

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"The FCC – the nation's broadband watchdog..."

We had a dog like that once. Dad always said he was a great watchdog -- he'd watch someone steal everything in the place!

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