* Posts by Alphebatical

21 posts • joined 18 Aug 2016

New Facebook political ad rules: Now you must prove your ID before undermining democracy

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Re: It's always the fault of another

The Trump campaign will have its place in history, but I can see the Clinton campaign as a part of the core curriculum for poli sci students for generations to come. She managed to screw up just about everything - including a few things most people wouldn't even think could be screwed up!

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President Trump broke US Constitution with Twitter bans – judge

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Boffin

Re: Twitter a public forum

> "Twitter can ban your account if you break the T&Cs."

If Twitter is officially declared a public forum - and this ruling would seem to do so - then no, they can't. There are well-established rules regarding public fora and many of the reasons they ban people for run afoul of them; this is especially true in California, where Twitter is based(and where they're currently being sued over this exact issue).

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One year late, US senators act on fake net neutrality comments that drowned the FCC

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Pai was already under investigation for his sweetheart dealings with Sinclair. Without a flood of supportive comments, he'd probably be in the clink by now.

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GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We'll extend Europe's privacy rights worldwide

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Facepalm

Re: "Microsoft has said it will...

They were fighting Uncle Sam due to legal reasons, not out of any concern for privacy. Had they been asked what they considered properly, they would've been tripping over themselves to hand over anything even remotely related.

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Great Scott! Bitcoin to consume half a per cent of the world's electricity by end of year

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Re: What a load of bollocks this bitcoin is!

> Can someone provide a viable use-case for bitcoins? Not just a fanciful one, but one that makes even a tiny bit of sense?

Not anymore, which is why Bitcoin Cash was created: to return to the original idea of a decentralized currency.

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Software development slow because 'Most of our ideas suck'

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Mushroom

Re: CI/CD = PB

> Perpetual Beta

If you let the software reach beta, you're doing it wrong. Each commit must go into production the second it hits! Think of all the experimentation you're not doing if you're waiting for "deployment procedures"!

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Real fake scam offers crypto-coin to replace frequent flier points

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I think Bitcoin demonstrates the biggest problem with cryptocurrency: anything that gets popular can clog its network with transactions, causing transaction fees to skyrocket to the point where it's no longer a viable currency and just a vehicle for speculation. Altcoins address this issue by processing more frequently and using bigger blocksizes, but time will tell how much any network can handle.

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Tesla forums awash with spam as mods take an unscheduled holiday

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Boffin

Re: That sandwich is an abomination...

McDonald's unleashed a video once of how they film the burgers for their ads. One of the tricks was that you have to deliberately misstuff it in order to display all the yummy goodness inside. Given the look of the picture, the same technique seems to be at play.

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Pointless US Congress net neutrality vote will take place tomorrow!

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"But even though everyone knows it won't pass, the fact that it only requires one additional vote to pass the Senate has led to seemingly endless commentary pieces on how it actually might pass because it only needs one vote."

Are there any senators that haven't said anything or taken a side? If there are, I highly suspect at least one found out that there were already fifty votes and is keeping quiet in order to be the Big Damn Hero. After all, people might like heroes who never let the evil reach the city, but they love and remember the ones who stop it at the gates.

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NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades

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Trollface

Re: "may have failed"?

Well, he finally got to meet his favorite actor.

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Legal tech startup tries to haul 123-Reg to court over 24-hour backup claims

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Holmes

You can always take a snapshot of the snapshot using other archive sites. I'd post links, but my work firewall blocks them.

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Europe fires back at ICANN's delusional plan to overhaul Whois for GDPR by next, er, year

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Thanks, Obama!

ICANN was under the United States Department of Commerce until just a few years ago. It might not have formally been a government agency in and of itself, but it might as well have been. Since it was never hurting for money, there was never any real reason for it to change until this particular hammer fell and reminded them that governing the internet doesn't insulate you from the will of government bodies.

That said, I've gotten the impression that we wouldn't be having this conversation if ICANN were still owned by the USDOC, since they could make an argument that they were an official regulator. It certainly would've been more entertaining to watch, at least.

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Android apps prove a goldmine for dodgy password practices

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Facepalm

Re: XKCD has been totuting the complexity angle for years

"it takes next to no time at all to defeat the xkcd approach, even when the words are random; it was already defeated years ago - can't remember where I read about it and didn't make a note of it because I never used it anyway precisely because I said to myself "Real words? No way!", so I can't point you to it but, believe me, it wasn't simply phrases/lyrics that were of next to no use but any and all real words (in any and all languages), even with no spaces and/or punctuation."

I remember that article., The sole "evidence" he presented was to point out that dictionary attacks exist(with no further details). He then went on to pimp his self-named method for almost all of the article, giving me the impression he was mainly driven by ego. I immediately discarded it as worthless.

That said, I don't know of any comparison of the strength of the xkcd method to what people actually do, which is all that matters. Let's not make the perfect the enemy of any possible improvement.

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It's April 2018, and we've had to sit on this Windows 10 Spring Creators Update headline for days

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Re: Beefed up Cortana

> Is it coincidence that "Cortana" is an AI character in Microsoft's Halo game franchise?

It's a bit well known that's where the name came from(like Edge's working name of Spartan). They just didn't change it for launch(unlike Edge).

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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FAIL

> nissan.com

If you'd bothered to actually visit your link, you'd realize that it does, in fact, belong to an American company.

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Brit Lords start peer-to-peer wrangling over regulating the internet

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WTF?

Are you sure you're not thinking of the primaries? Because picking a candidate from party members is sort of the point.

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Politicos whining about folks' data rights ought to start closer to home

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Re: It's just data warehousing all over again

Mother Jones ran a rather lengthy article on this whole imbroglio. It turns out the leaked data wasn't very effective in affecting the campaign: Cambridge Analytica pretty much conned everyone who worked with them and produced little or no usable information for the campaigns.

Presumably that article was written by the Russians.

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WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

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Stop

Ermm... I'm pretty sure lying to open a bank account is an FBI matter the same way that property damage is a policy matter. I think you mean it's not worth prosecuting, though I imagine it'll appear on any indictment they eventually cook up for him.

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Red Hat acquires Permabit to put the squeeze on RHEL

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Boffin

Re: Beer

Most configurations use an initramfs. You don't need any FS compiled into the kernel to boot.

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Steve Bannon wants Facebook, Google 'regulated like utilities'

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Facepalm

Re: pseudo-debate in desperate search for clicks

Fun fact: regulation of interstate commerce is handled by the federal government.

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Tech support scammers mess with hacker's mother, so he retaliated with ransomware

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Boffin

Re: Don't get too happy

At my company, all customer-facing call center agents are on non-permanent VDIs like this and most programs used are actually webapps to begin with. They do have a mapped network drive to store some documents, but rebooting the VDI nixes the program(assuming a strange program is allowed to run) and their files can be recovered with Previous Versions. Even with Windows, you lose nothing.

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