* Posts by troland

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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"Yeah, stop reading us."

I didn't read the article. Took 2 seconds to see that it was SJW propaganda and outright lies, jumped to the comments, and yup, most readers feel the same way even with all the old readers you've lost - and SJWs you've gained.

You lost me a year or two ago. I've been reading a little this year but I've seen enough. This isn't journalism. You're not informing and you're not changing anyone's mind. All you're doing is driving half of your audience away, to more conservative echo chambers.

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Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

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Re: Just kill ALL code in a browser.

@bombastic bob

While I appreciate your sentiment, aren't browsers the epitome of mediocrity?

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Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?

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Re: What the TLAs must do to make it work

That might have worked, temporarily, in the Clinton era. Encryption is essential to commerce in today's online threat environment. Mandatory backdoors would be breached by botnets on day one. Damage would be mitigated by widespread noncompliance, though.

The spooks are probably just trying to push their surveillance agenda through the new UK and US governments, unaware that the populist conservative base is strongly against this.

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Re: FBI to @cryptoboffins

37 of 37 economists surveyed are all wrong, as usual. Just like the FBI's crypto experts. Enough is enough already. Real change is happening and none of these jokers can stop it.

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Tech giants' payouts go to everyone but affected citizens. US Supremes now urged to sort it out

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Re: Wrong penalty

We do. I hate it.

The solution is obvious to me: abolish all 'punitive lawsuits'. If someone has cheated you, you can only sue for money they themselves took from you or failed to pay, nothing more. For punishment, you must seek criminal prosecution and prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Then they can get prison time or heavy fines, paid into the general government treasury so that no one in particular benefits. This is especially appropriate when millions of people have been wronged in small ways.

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Registrar Namecheap let miscreants slap spam, malware on unlucky customers' web domains

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Re: Namecheap

I see. Innocent mistakes all around.

Shit happens.

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Re: Namecheap

> Could be a clue.

Cheaper than Netsol, not "too-good-to-believe" cheap.

I like Namecheap, unless they've changed recently. It looks like a site run by tech guys, not the usual get-rich-quick scheisters. It's just a bloody registrar with a boring UI that's actually usable. They don't waste money developing shiny bullshit and marketing useless extras to you.

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that it was just an innocent mistake, and that they tried to hush it up because it could take DAYS for the DNS to update if the bad guys were smart enough to set huge TTLs on those subdomains. That Graham guy made an irresponsible disclosure.

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ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t

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Ut oh

Let's all pray that the ASA doesn't notice El Reg's Playmobil shenanigans.

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Leaky credit report biz face massive fines if US senators get their way

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Re: No chance

Democrats write lots of bills that make wonderful headlines but have no chance of passage even when they control the White House and both chambers of Congress. This is so they can campaign on a record of "trying" to do the right thing. Horrible creatures.

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1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

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Re: Isn't it a small minority

While some of the minority is in the wrong, I bet there is a grain of truth here too. If you start doing anything not based on merit, you dissatisfy BOTH sides.

Absolutely. This 'social justice' bullshit is just ratcheting up the hostility. It's counterproductive and divisive. It breeds contempt for the 'protected' minorities. Professional victims hijack the company, competent white male workers jump ship to companies that don't discriminate, and any competent women/minorities who remain are tarnished by the appearance of preferential treatment. The company goes to shit, salaries decline, then they get pink slips and other companies will be very hesitant to hire them. Who benefits from all this? Nobody.

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Very true. I, for one, don't waste much time here anymore.

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Supremes asked to mull legality of Silicon Valley privacy 'slush funds'

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Good article. Nice to see that the author can occasionally produce something that shines a light on truly dubious practices without resorting to badly-targeted snark and nonsensical arguments.

Occasionally? Orlowski is one of the few journalists I respect. He may not be particularly popular with the audience here because he says things they don't want to hear (yet). He was one of the first journalists to criticize Google, and EFF, when they were the darlings of the technorati. And history has proven him right.

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Re: Eh?

The courts ARE there to serve justice, they're ultimately the best hope for it, and they often succeed - though less than hoped for.

If this saga ends with 'cy pres awards' deprecated in favor of plain old government fines, that's justice enough for me.

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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

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Re: and not based on their individual merits?

You'd think he'd be able to find a job based on his "merits".

Given his newfound notoriety, what he's doing is the highest and best use of his time. It should be financially rewarding for him and beneficial to the public at large.

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Re: What does SJWing even mean?

Rule of 'Likes', Trial by Twatter, exile to Goolag.

When the courts reject your fucktard ideals, you go to war. Social media witch hunts, New McCarthyism, online censorship, "Anti"-Fascist riots. JUSTICE!!!1!!

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Biggest Tor overhaul in a decade adds layers of security improvements

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Re: The future...

That's got to be one of the features they were just kidding about.

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Couple fires sueball at Amazon over faulty solar eclipse-viewing goggles

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Re: My eclipse glasses were recalled by Amazon

My understanding is, if you stare at the sun for more than 1-2 seconds - which an eclipse will tempt you to do! - the light will cause heating and chemical changes in your retina, and the damage occurs over a period of hours or days. A glimpse will cause you to see spots temporarily. Staring for several seconds will have the same effect, but the cells will die in a matter of hours leaving you with long-term damage.

And according to the internet... It's called solar retinopathy. It heals within a few months if you're lucky. Symptoms are obvious: holes in your vision (apparently the brain only compensates for the foveal blind spot). Eye doctors can see major damage with diagnostic imaging, in which case you can't say the patients are making it up.

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Re: A special place in hell, just for me.

It was a HUGE marketing frenzy. The "news media" hyped the hell out of it and the scammers making cheapo eclipse glasses piled on. How can you blame the sheeple for not wanting to miss a ~ once-in-a-lifetime ~ natural wonder?

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Re: Halfway happened to us

Typical bait-and-switch, an all too familiar Amazon/Ebay experience.

At times Amazon is great - you get exactly what you wanted, and quick. But it's a gamble. I've been burned enough that I avoid it unless I NEED something I can't find anywhere else.

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Re: Get out the popcorn

Customers can sue Amazon, and Amazon can hunt down the manafacturers to recoup its court losses, but won't get anything from fly-by-night scammers in China.

Reputable companies will refuse to do business with dodgy companies - or distribute dodgy products - that expose them to massive liability, reputational damage, or criminal prosecution. If Amazon routinely turns a blind eye (d'oh) it deserves to be DESTROYED.

Ebay, Newegg, Steam, Apple, Google, and many others have entered the "3rd-party marketplace" business. They seem all too happy to take a hefty cut of 3rd-party sales while doing precious little to earn it. Some of them obscure the fact that the seller is a 3rd party, and most of them fail to identify and remove bad actors in a timely fashion. Time to face the consequences.

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Privacy-focused search engine DeepSearch slinks out of hiding

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Prototype

Yes, it gives stale search results. Apparently they're using the test dataset from http://commoncrawl.org/ as mentioned in their blog because crawling is the easiest part a search engine. Nonetheless, it's a good start if it's truly decentralized and can scale up to compete with Google.

They use an interesting definition of "artificial intelligence" to mean there's no human intervention in the ranking algorithms, thus no censorship, no cadre of biased employees to feed the beast, and much lower costs. If that's workable it could open up much-needed competition in the search market. Lofty goal though.

I wouldn't worry about them getting sued. Open source search engines Lucene and Xapian have been around for years, they're widely used, and the algorithms are unlikely to be encumbered by patents.

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Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Re: What would be far more useful is a list of architectures that I can trust.

Here you go:

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AccuWeather: Our app slurped your phone's location via Wi-Fi but we like totally didn't use it

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Re: Rolling BSSID

> That would be pretty simple to implement in DD-WRT / OpenWRT...

Sorry. You do realize these apps collect (B)SSIDs of all wifis in range? Everyone would have to do this for it to work. Not happening.

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Biz sends apps to public cloud, waves 'bye to on-premises server folk. NO! WAIT!

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Re: Where do Server Support people come from?

As a developer, I'm not interested in being on call to fix other developers' garbage whenever it breaks, whether it's running in-house or in the cloud. I've had enough of that with full-stack websites. I like building things, dammit, not fighting trash fires.

With the proliferation of "Web 2.0" crap over the past decade, ordinary businesses gradually shifted from static content to interactive web/mobile apps backed by fragile 1st- and 3rd-party infrastructure services. Perhaps it's time for a strategic purge of unsupportable infrastructure.

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Re: Correction

> No-no-no! The correct term is "skills shortage".

Translation: We need more Indian H1-Bs!!

They're the only ones with 10+ years experience in 2015 technologies!

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The future of Python: Concurrency devoured, Node.js next on menu

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Re: Python 3 split over?

That's the problem, Ken. Python3 made just enough breaking changes to annoying programmers, without fixing major design flaws.

I still use Python (any version) for small things where it's convenient. The stability is nice. But I haven't taken it seriously as a language since the 3.0 release.

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The cheek of it! Beach bar owner shoots nude bather in the booty

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Caravaggio beach?

Reminds me of Caravaggio cheese. It smells exactly like ass crack.

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Outage outed: Bing dinged, Microsoft portal mortal, DuckDuckGo becomes DuckDuckNo

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Re: YaCy

Yes, it's the right idea, spreading the load across everyone's self-hosted installation. Unfortunately, like nearly all open source search systems, it uses the Java-based Apache Lucene engine. The only major alternative engine is Xapian (C++) which is something of an also-ran, but is notably used by Fastmail.

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Re: switching to Google

Enjoy the censorship.

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Hey America! Your internet is going to be so much better this January

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The *previous* government gave them money and failed to hold them to account. Talk about corporate welfare.

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Re: The answer should be Yes and Yes

The US has had ~25/3 mobile for 5 years in moderately populated areas and highway corridors. Frankly even 25 down is overkill unless you're streaming 4k video, doing bandwidth-intensive work, or using horribly bloated websites.

Why does bandwidth always have to get faster? Why can't the software/web industry ever PURGE ITS BLOAT?

P.S. - Commentards' favorite webcomic guy thinks mobile broadband is the best nowadays - https://xkcd.com/1865/

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> That happens a lot with this author.

Yes. When did El Reg, a once rather conservative British tabloid, become a Democrat partisan rag? And what happened to Orlowski?

R.I.P. El Reg icon please ->

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Re: Amplex

Whatever the FCC was doing for the last 8 years didn't work. Rural areas are worse off, with degrading DSL service, not even 3G cellular, and some people stuck with dialup. State-funded rural broadband projects have been tied up in bureaucracy and mismanagement the whole time. At this point 10mbps sounds amazing.

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Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

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Re: Ocean ridges

The 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo actually caused global cooling. Nothing to do with CO2.

However, the newly discovered Antarctic volcanoes could still be inconvenient for global warming alarmists if it turns out that they, not global warming, are responsible for the melting ice sheet.

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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Ads? This is AIDS

The resemblance is uncanny.

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So you're thinking about becoming an illegal hacker – what's your business plan?

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Re: Are there any security researchers left in the UK?

That would explain why a UK rag is running an article about transitioning to illegal work...

Honestly, it sounds like a crap job. It's boring, repetitive, low-paying unless you hit the jackpot, which is unlikely now that everyone's doing it, and there's nothing quite like watching your back 24/7 always wondering which of your coworkers is an undercover cybercop.

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

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Re: Rookie mistake.

Was it a mistake or a brilliant trap?

Either way, he baited Google into proving its hypocrisy and revealing its extremist social agenda for all to see in a top news story that won't go away.

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Google diversity memo: Web giant repudiates staffer's screed for 'incorrect assumptions about gender'

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Re: I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it

Actually a lot of Googlers are calling for the author to be fired. The political climate there is extremely one-sided.

And go read the memo yourself before you call it "reprehensible". http://gizmodo.com/exclusive-heres-the-full-10-page-anti-diversity-screed-1797564320

What I find reprehensible is the extreme leftist groupthink in Silicon Valley.

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Re: Dare I say

The root of the problem is: there aren't many women/minorities willing, available, and qualified for tech jobs, particularly in high-pressure Silicon Valley. This is a result of personal priorities, culture, upbringing, and education (or lack thereof). It's a socially and genetically self-perpetuating condition. Expecting those companies to change it is hopelessly naive.

Furthermore the dominance of privileged 99%-white 'social justice' jerks in Silicon Valley is repellent to racial minorities who adhere to more traditional cultural norms. They are part of the very problem they're ranting about.

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Big Internet balks at fresh effort to crack down on sex trafficking

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Re: @jonfr

> Sex trafficking is a problem, it just isn't nearly as bad as many claim.

Says who? To my knowledge, sex crime in general is rampant. I've heard it from girlfriends who were victims, from a friend employed in the district attorney's office, in all the news about pedo priests and teachers, kidnappings and disappearances, sex trafficking busts. In this matter I believe the news because direct sources corroborate it.

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Re: Worst Way Possible

And I usually agree with him, but not this time. These are all red herrings. Backpage IS a top-level perpetrator running its own ad network, they're public ads so don't cry about surveillance. Surely there are other sites like it, operating shamelessly in the open, protected by a legal loophole.

I say, at least make it difficult for them. Force them onto the dark web. And legalize voluntary prostitution.

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Re: Completely unnecessary

They actually did all that with Backpage.

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Re: (@ AC)

Sex trafficking isn't voluntary prostitution. It's young girls, mostly, kidnapped and forced into sex slavery.

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This bill is badly needed. Even if the Backpage bosses go to jail without it, remember: it took 7 years to take them down. Nothing will ever change if it takes 7 years to bring down the next Backpage.

I've read the bill. It's refreshingly clear and limited. Shorter than this article, actually. It simply clarifies that the CDA doesn't give internet companies a free pass to look the other away when their services are used for sex trafficking. Particularly when it's willful as in Backpage's case.

As for Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, et al: if they censor users at all - which they do - they MUST crack down on sex trafficking. If that puts them out of business.... excellent.

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No vulns. No hardwired passwords. Patchable. Congress dreams of IoT: Impossible Online Tech

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Re: @AC ... @Gene Cash

Cut to the chase -

If you can't build your IoT rail signaling system 100.00000% secure, don't build it. Go back to square one.

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

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Re: 95% done or 95% of the work remaining?

100 years to do the first 95%.

Should only take about 2 millenia to complete the remaining 5%.

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Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

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Re: Linus' biggest mistake

Nobody's forcing anyone to use Linux. I believe MacOS has a microkernel if that's important to you.

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Re: Google

Mad props to Linux for telling those Google kids to get off his fucking lawn.

I too am sick and tired of corporate dweebs shitting up open source projects with their Java-esque assembly-line mentalities, their PC safe-space victim complexes, and last but not least their world domination agendas.

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The lady (or man) vanishes: The thorny issue of GDPR coding

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Re: What of micro-businesses, clubs & societies

> It's not really that hard to read

Upvoted for deadpan humor. That's an 88-page wall of legal text with massive paragraphs in 8-point font.

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Re: Never happen in the US

Funny, I've been coding similar things in the US (and Canada) for a couple of years. Several states passed data protection laws which indirectly upped the ante for companies gambling with security in a characteristically American way: lawsuits. Furthermore I expect the Trump administration to crack down ten times harder. I assume they've already found the authority under existing law and are busy collecting evidence against the worst offenders.

Web security practices being what they are - utterly worthless - the only way to win the Personal Data Mining Game is not to play.

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