Actually, the n word (nerd) is still quite popular.
134 posts • joined 26 May 2017
Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands
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.
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.
"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.
First they came for 'face' and I did not speak out because I... have no face? Then they came for 'book'
No it's not Russell Brand's new cult, it's Microsoft's Office crew rolling out their Save Experience
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?
Yet another reminder: When a tech giant says its AI listens to you, it means humans listen to you. Right, Facebook?
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
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.
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!
This weekend you better read those ebooks you bought from Microsoft – because they'll be dead come early July
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
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
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?
Germany mulls giving end-to-end chat app encryption das boot: Law requiring decrypted plain-text is in the works
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.
Let's check in with our friends in England and, oh good, bloke fined after hiding face from police mug-recog cam
How much open source is too much when it's in Microsoft's clutches? Eclipse Foundation boss sounds note of alarm
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.
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.