* Posts by Potemkine!

546 posts • joined 9 Jun 2017


A Christmas classic: Cloudera founder asks staff to stay another day

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"Idiots dare everything. That's how we recognise them"

Britain approved £2.5m of snooping kit exports to thoroughly snuggly regime in Saudi Arabia

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Bloody bastards. All of them, from the coders who made the software to the ministers allowing the sell. They are all accomplice of the tortures and murders to come.

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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Re: Overlords

"A lie told often enough becomes the truth." - Vladimir Lenin

I thought the quote was from the orange Pinocchio?

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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"Privacy Officer" at MS

What a joke.

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago

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Please correct

"2.6 billion years ago" -> " 2.6 million years ago"


Super Micro says audit found no trace of Chinese spy chips on its boards

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"Slander! slander! some of it always sticks"

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when company tells you they have looked at their own product and found nothing wrong, you *have* to take that news with a grain of salt.

In the article: now the company says it has the results of a third-party investigator on its side.

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Saving democracy

The only way: education, for anyone and free for all. There's no democracy without education.

Learning to people to think by themselves, how to detect fake news, not to rely on one source of information, it's the only solution, no technical mean nor laws won't be able to do that in a reliable manner.

"I'm not sure anonymity and democracy are completely compatible."

I disagree, 'Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority'.

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon

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Chinese space program is impressive, and should deserve more publicity, even if China was designed as the new Nemesis by the orange Klown.

The search for He-3 reminds me of 'Odyssey 2' when the Chinese spaceship lands on Europa to find water for its propulsion system... Arthur C. Clark was really a visionary man

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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So, the idea is UK extraditing the Russian Proxy to Sweden, Sweden extraditing him to the US, soneither Ecuador nor UK violate their word?

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: The right attitude

users can also be absolute morons too.

I know that first hand!

Nonetheless, even with morons you have to find a way to explain them. I never said it was easy ^^

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The right attitude

When somebody does not understand, then it was not explained well enough.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Paris Hilton

MS Edge? What's that?

Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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"Wooops" score:

Robots: 1 - Humans: 4,987,499,187,921,198

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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When someone writes "bulk EI is likely to be only sparingly used", read "bulk EI will be massively used".

The British Home Office was warned about its crappy data management – then Windrush happened

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Re: In occasions like this...

it will lead to riots like the French ones


Estonian ex-foreign sec urges governments: Get cosy with the private sector on cybersecurity

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So, a Social Democrat asks to work with private companies, and Right-Wing Conservatives "let the private sector sink or swim."... Has anyone doubt about the End of the World coming?

Huawei CFO poutine cuffs by Canadian cops after allegedly busting sanctions on Iran

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Re: Canadians as puppets

it's beyond stupid of the Canadians to play this game as American puppets.

Ever heard about 'Five Eyes'?

Pencil manufacturers rejoice: Oz government doesn't like e-voting

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At last...

... common sense wins. It happens so few times, it has to be noticed!

FYI: NASA has sent a snatch-and-grab spacecraft to an asteroid to seize some rock and send it back to Earth

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In which city was the movie recorded?

He's not cracked RSA-1024 encryption, he's a very naughty Belarusian ransomware middleman

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If "unethical" meant "illegal", many lawyers, bankers or mechanics would be in jail.

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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"It's pretty disgusting, wouldn't you say?"

Like many things, but as long as it is between consenting adults I see no reason why that should be outlawed.

Aversion of some people for everything related to sex is either hypocrisy or a first step towards extinction.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

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"Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber"

I know the resemblance is striking, but it isn't nice to nickname Trumpy the Klown's daughter like this.

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Re: 1970's black-and-white

The 1970s weren't black-and-white, more of a Fuji knock-off Kodachrome colour.

The 70s were orange and brown. At that time, no need of a screen for a kid to stay awake with such a wallpaper. 40 years later, I'm still allergic to this color combination.

Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch, finance VP Stephen Chamberlain charged with fraud in US

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Just in case they do not know what to answer...it's trendy in those days

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands

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Do we collectively have so little regard, not just for the land we live on, but ourselves, to think that this is any way to act?

"Me first and don't give a fuck about anything else" is trendy nowadays. The consumer culture led to egotism being the norm... "because I deserve it"

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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Hell is other people

We got three calls from the same user complaining her headset was not functioning... three times we told her it would work better when pressing the button "On" :doh:

HP's Neon Dion says if anything goes wrong, it's totally Intel's fault: CPU shortage may hit PC maker's financials

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Intel shortage

Got the same warning from DELL about Intel's 8th gen CPU shortage... expected to be fixed in Q2/19

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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The crocodile promising to become vegan.... ROTFL.

Lies and deception are the basement of any intel operation.

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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Office 361

and counting...

Capita seeks new networking chief: Up for it?

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Total ablations of soul and moral dignity required.

1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'

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Being brainwashed by a brand so young, I don't call that being lucky.

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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Re: everything YAML-fied? [just, no]

VB isn't and never was a programing language! I even wonder if it can be consider a language...

2 thumbs up & 13 thumbs down

For the moment, 2 real developers and 13 believing they are, still counting....

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Re: everything YAML-fied? [just, no]

VB was *especially* a 'moving target' from 1.0.

VB isn't and never was a programing language! I even wonder if it can be consider a language...

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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Are you crazy Malheureux! If people stop buying crap, economy would collapse!

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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Trump lies, knows he lies and doesn't give a fuck about it. He knows that the people who believe him already live in an alternate reality. If he claimed there's an ongoing attack from Moon inhabitants, the Trumpists would unload their AR-15 shooting at the Moon.

What matters to him is being acclaimed by some, even if it means being considered idiotic and unreliable by most. That guy is like a 5-year old in need of constant attention, he will do anything to get the spotlight.

If newspapers were stopping talking about him for a week, he would declare war to China just to be in the headlines again.

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg can't remember smear firm, but 'some of their work' crossed her desk

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Lies, damned lies and facebook PR

What could we expect from Face de Bouc except a weaselish pseudo-justification?

Well that's just spliffing: UK Amazon merchants peddling Mary Jane

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At what age, can I choose how to live?

Are we children?

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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During a travel in China, my boss was offered a wireless keyboard... I asked him not to use it ^^

Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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In a statement, a Microsoft spokesperson told us: "We are committed to our customers’ privacy, putting them in control of their data and ensuring that Office ProPlus and other Microsoft products and services comply with GDPR and other applicable laws.

I wonder how the people working in PR are able to look at them in a mirror without puking? Ablation of moral conscience probably helps.

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Thank you for this column, it made the boring meeting I was trapped in a little shorter. Even if I had many difficulties to keep myself from having the same reaction as you had with the "date the model..." affirmation.

Trump in Spaaaaaaace: Washington DC battles over who gets to decide the rules of trillion-dollar new industry

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"Trump in Spaaaaaaaace"

How can I contribute to the project?

Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know

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Face de bouc

Face de bouc was built on the exploitation of the worse sides of human beings. From an arsehole don't expect anything but shit.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean hackers won't nuke your employer into the ground tomorrow

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Re: Paranoid

Even paranoids have enemies.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: Hollywood bollocks

Complementary data:

In 2017, cops in Netherland shot at 23 people, killing 4 (1 for 4,250,000 inhabitants). At the same time, around 1,000 people were killed by cops in the US (1 for 325,000 inhabitants).

Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao

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Re: Wikileaks and Trump?

How about we just assume Fa[e]ceb[ook,itch] and You[t,b]oob is FULL OF FAKE NEWS (and trolls) and be done with it?

No-no-no-no-no. If it's on the Internet, it's true. Like in newpapers. Or TV.

France: Let's make the internet safer. America, Russia, China: Let's go with 'no' on that

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Re: "And I also have a bridge to sell you..."

never forget Hitler was elected

Technically, he wasn't. His party was the first one in number of elected members but didn't had the majority (33% only). Without the support of the conservatives and the refusal of the Communists to join with the Socialists, he wouldn't have been chosen as Chancelor by the German President.

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Trumpy the fascist Klown aligning himself with China and Russia? No kidding...

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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This is not limited to IT stuff only. I had for decades a towel holder meant to be placed on a specific form of heater. For decades I had never the use, all the flats I was in had incompatible heaters. I threw it away. A few months later, I moved to a house were it would have been useful :doh:

My mom uses to say that "objects are mean" - She's absolutely right.

Data flows post-Brexit: 'Leave it to government to make sure you've got a smooth run in.' Er, OK

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As one of our former miniters said,

"Promises are binding only on those who believe them".

A rare example of a politician being honest.


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