* Posts by The Central Scrutinizer

134 posts • joined 26 May 2017


Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

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Actually, the n word (nerd) is still quite popular.

Join us on our new journey, says Wunderlist – as it vanishes down the Microsoft plughole

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There is a traditional old solution....

But Im guessing not too many people are interested in using org mode in Emacs. It's fecking awesome.

There is MobileOrg, although I haven't tried it.

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I honestly still wonder why anyone touches anything even vaguely Microsoft related.

I'll give you my Windows 7 installation when you pry it from my cold, dead hands (and other tales)

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You've got that completely arse backwards. Linux gets plenty of updates. It just doesn't force them on you and they get installed while you're working, are done in a few minutes and don't require a rebootathon.

Facts, not snide opinions.

Interpol: Strong encryption helps online predators. Build backdoors

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The rest of us use encryption to do our online banking, buy goods and services and hold perfectly innocent private conversations, because we don't want law enforcement spying on us "just in case".

The breathtaking arrogance and sense of entitlement on display in this week's TV interview should point the cops in a very specific direction, not at the population at large.

Facebook iOS app silently turns on your phone camera. Ah, relax – it's just a bug, lol!?

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Yeah, I just can't wait to give Facebook my financial credentials.

Come on, you can't be serious: Now Australia mulls face-recog tech for p0rno site age checks

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Re: Just another stupid thought bubble...

Yeah it's all smoke and mirrors with this lot. They have to be seen to be "doing something".

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Just another stupid thought bubble...

... from a technologically inept government that is intent on trampling over people's privacy.

I'm willing to bet that precisely no one will sign up for this. Oh yeah, put me in the porn database, so I can be a registered smut user. What could EVER possibly go wrong with that?

And have they ever heard of Tor, etc?

Seriously, the country is run by numpties.

Not LibreOffice too? Beloved open-source suite latest to fall victim to the curse of Catalina

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Re: This makes me happy

It makes me happy that I never bought a Mac.

And if you want truly "personal computing" these days, there is really only one option.

Telstra chairman: If those darn kids can earn $5m playing Fortnite, why can't execs?

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Boo hoo

I once had the gross misfortune to work at Telstra for 2 years. It didn't pay particularly well and management treated us like serfs. All I can say to John Mullen is.... shut the fuck up.

Euro ISP club: Sure, weaken encryption. It'll only undermine security for everyone, morons

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Re: Straya

The direct quote was along the lines of "the only laws that matter are the laws of Australia", but just as stupid.

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"Australian and US officials have asked the antisocial network and other companies to delay plans to implement end-to-end encryption across their messaging services and provide law enforcement with access to users' encrypted content."

Well, Australia currently has a government full of right wing, technologically clueless fuckwits. Our esteemed Minister for home affairs, Peter Dutton, once demanded that an unflattering picture of him posted on the Internet, be "returned".

That's the level of technical knowledge we're dealing with.

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Re: Not a moment too soon

Seriously? Oh you're an ac. Never mind....

Here we go again: US govt tells Facebook to kill end-to-end encryption for the sake of the children

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I can't help but wonder if Barr and all the other idiots clamouring for this have ever read "1984".

Time for the two minute hate to begin.

EU's top court says tracking cookies require actual consent before scarfing down user data

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My list of "never to be viewed again websites" keeps growing. Any sites that have those boilerplate notices on them go to /dev/null.

Loathed Aussie mining magnate Clive Palmer punts libel sueball at YouTube comedian

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Re: Fatty McFuckhead

Well, Fatty McFuckhead clearly has no clue about the difference between an insult and defamation.

First they came for 'face' and I did not speak out because I... have no face? Then they came for 'book'

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Re: Trademark for what?

Any and all software and hardware? Seriously?

Au my bog: Bloke, 66, on bail after 'solid-gold' crapper called 'America' stolen from stately home

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A pretty shitty theft....

ar ar.... yeah yeah I know....

I have no mouth and I must scream: You can add audio to wobbles in latest Windows 10 patch

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Never mind the quality, feel the width!

For Foxit's sake: PDF editor biz breached, users' passwords among stolen data

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And stupid is as stupid does.

"Foxit is also enforcing password resets on its users with a hard 20-character length limit, saying this would make new passwords "strong enough".

No it's not Russell Brand's new cult, it's Microsoft's Office crew rolling out their Save Experience

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Re: Why I only use LibreOffice and linux

Ha h! I'm loving Linux and the free software world more and more. Been using it exclusively for several years and man I don't miss Microsoft's bs one bit. I know I know, people need to use MS products because of lock in etc, but MS seem to have seriously dropped the ball.

As somebody else has pointed out, there is no cloud. Would you store your data on your friend's computer, so that you can only access it when their computer is switched on?


GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

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I never really liked the name because it just sounded weird. A real fork that addresses the UI and usability issues would be great. Oh, and one that doesn't take 10 years to complete.

As browser rivals block third-party tracking, Google pitches 'Privacy Sandbox' peace plan

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Whenever I see a whiney little message pop up about me using an ad blocker on a website, I never go back.

Foot, meet gun.

Don't trust Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, boffins warn: Zuck & Co know that hash is king

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Re: I'd rather stick a fork in my eye....

Then those organisations simply won't get my money.

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I'd rather stick a fork in my eye....

than let that zuckwit have anything to do with my financial transactions. Not. Gonna. Happen.

Microsoft Notepad: If it ain't broke, shove it in the Store, then break it?

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Re: You just couldn't help it!

Geeezus Electron.... Like that god awful Atom editor. Slow as whatever you want to call it. And bloated as helll.

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Blink... Notepad?

Even 20 years ago I thought it was a bit shit. Well, MS is in the turd polishing business.

Yet another reminder: When a tech giant says its AI listens to you, it means humans listen to you. Right, Facebook?

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Welcome to Dystopia.

Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions

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Re: Not heard of Linux then?

"Just you wait. MS will be coming out with their Linux (again) and everyone will jump on the bandwagon. The only caveat (picked up from Oracle no doubt) will be the subscription fee for everything."

And your evidence/rationale for that would be....?

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Re: Old timer

And here's silly old me using Emacs in org mode to create virtually all of my personal documents on my Linux box.

Gave up Lightroom when it became ransomware and still use Photoshop CS2 under WINE from time to time, although GIMP gets the job done most of the time.

About the only time I use Libre Office is to open documents that people send me.

Haven't touched MS Office in quite a few years.

It's official: Deploying Facebook's 'Like' button on your website makes you a joint data slurper

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Re: No f in button?

So el reg is being complicit in the data slurping it's reporting on. My irony meter just exploded.

It's so hot, UK needs to start naming heatwaves like we do when it's a bit windy – climate boffins

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The mercury is rising, expected to hit a sizzling 32°.

That's just an average Summer day here. Back in January we had a day of 41,followed by a day of 45.

Now that was scorching. Walking outside was literally breathtaking.

UK Home Secretary doubles down on cops' deeply flawed facial recognition trials

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Re: Slide into a surveillance state?

Huh, in New South Wales some idiot politician (can't remember his name, they all look and sound the same) is totally CONVINCED that all public transport passengers will be travelling and paying fares by submitting to facial recognition technology. Of course we will all meekly agree with that because nothing could ever go wrong and there would never be a problem with being tracked and surveilled!

FBI and immigration officials trawling US driving licence databases for suspects

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Re: FBI Mugshots

There are some places I'd love to visit in the US, but with all the aggressive border protection in place, is it really worth the effort anymore? Even perfectly innocent US citizens get treated like criminals on their way back in.

This weekend you better read those ebooks you bought from Microsoft – because they'll be dead come early July

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Paying customers who subvert digital restrictions management are breaking the law but companies that screw those same customers are not. Welcome to the locked down world of rented software, where your hard earned money actually buys you nothing. DRM restricted crap will never live on any of my devices. I have this quaint idea that when I pay for something, I actually own it. It's making my move to open source software some years ago look smarter every day.

Large Redmond Collider: CERN reveals plan to shift from Microsoft to open-source code after tenfold license fee hike

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Linux just works, no regular (if ever) system crashes and no spyware, crapware, bloatware or forced updates that bork your system.

There is a truckload of good software out there. Linux doesn't have Photoshop.... so what? I suppose some people enjoy being locked in to a never ending software lease, having money constantly sucked from their wallets by the Adobe vacuum.

Linux is way more than just barely usable.

But hey, everyone should use what works for them.

US border cops confirm: Maker of America's license-plate, driver recognition tech hacked, camera images swiped

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The US Customs and Border Patrol today said hackers broke into one of its bungling technology subcontractors – and made off with images of people and their vehicle license plates as they passed through America's land border.

Moi, worried about privacy? Noooo.

Like using the latest version of Microsoft Office? Love Offline Files? Not for long!

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Microsoft has been characteristically tardy in responding.

ke surpreese

We ain't afraid of no 'ghost user': Infosec world tells GCHQ to GTFO over privacy-busting proposals

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This is becoming like Groundhog Day. The same shite repeated over and over. "Responsible encryption" yada yada. It's a binary proposition. Either there is encryption or there isn't.

I keep banging on about this to anyone who will listen, but no one cares. Mr and Mrs average computer user have no fucking clue what this means for them. As long as they can post their trivia on social media, who cares, right?

ProtonMail filters this into its junk folder: New claim it goes out of its way to help cops spy

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Re: Snoops

And as the Tor people say, the more people who use services like these, the LESS we will all stick out. What you're effectively saying is "don't rock the boat".

Germany mulls giving end-to-end chat app encryption das boot: Law requiring decrypted plain-text is in the works

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Re: More madness

Yeah, well, exactly. Governments worldwide are shit scared of the Internet and anyone who actively avoids online surveillance.


This is the shit that's coming thanks to a government near you. Australia, leading the world in online stupidity. Makes me ashamed at times.

Fixes for Windows 10 arrive (for Insiders, soz) and covers are pulled from Edge for macOS

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It's all too much for my Linux attuned brain to comprehend.

Headsup for those managing Windows 10 boxen: Microsoft has tweaked patching rules

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Re: apt-get update

Usually takes a minute or two and and then you keep on working. Simples.

I've been out of the Windows ecosystem for several years now and it sure is nice to have an OS that just works.

Let's check in with our friends in England and, oh good, bloke fined after hiding face from police mug-recog cam

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So now the police can fine you for not wanting to be surveilled? That is totally screwed up. I wasn't aware that being annoying was an "offence". What is the world coming to?

How much open source is too much when it's in Microsoft's clutches? Eclipse Foundation boss sounds note of alarm

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Steve Ballmer once called Linux a cancer. Maybe they're trying to cure it from the inside.... bahahaha.

You were warned and you didn't do enough: UK preps Big Internet content laws

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Once again, Australia sets the gold standard


I can really see this being effective - not. Rushed, ill conceived and rammed through parliament without any debate at all. I can really see the US extraditing Facebook and Google execs out here to face criminal charges over content on their platforms. Again, not.

Prepare yourselves for Windows 10 May-hem. Or is it June, no, July?

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Hmm, a complete misunderstanding of the Linux ecosystem on display here.

Linux is vastly technically superior to Windows. Everyone does use it, actually. They just don't know it. You know, all those Linux servers worldwide that serve up billions of web pages every day?


An operating system that can run for literally years without re-booting.

No forced upgrades shoved down your throat.

An OS that just gets the fsck out of your way and lets you get stuff done.

As a former Windows user, I'm a truckload happier using Linux these days than I ever was using MS stuff.

Ex-Mozilla CTO: US border cops demanded I unlock my phone, laptop at SF airport – and I'm an American citizen

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Re: This is the thought that wakes me up in the middle of the night!

Cleese, I warned you about this!

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Re: Non-slurpable software

Just ask the Australian government about that.

They're doing their best to make it illegal.



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