* Posts by M.V. Lipvig

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One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

Yup. I, for example, have the requisite knowledge needed to cripple the entire US communications grid. Bam, down, and it would take a month or more to bring it back up. Problem is, if I didn't have this knowledge I couldn't do my job. Good thing I'm not a terrorist, or am I? I AM a US military veteran.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dhs-domestic-terror-warning-angers-gop/

No, I'm not a terrorist.

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

The longest journey begins with a single step. Sounds like the UK's journey towards totalitarianism might have begun in 1974. Just as it is impossible to see a person's destination from their journey's first step, the first laws to totalitarianism do not appear to be so.

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

Except when the news actually is fake, you mean. The problem with US news is that a large majority of news organizations are owned by very few people, and these people have made slanting the news according to the owner's political views mandatory. Take Trump, for example. Say he is walking by an orphanage that catches fire. Trump throws caution to the wind and charges in, combover flapping in the breeze behind him, and starts pulling kids out. He manages to save 6 orphans out of 20 before the roof finally caves in and he can no longer enter. The US media's headline would read as "Trump Watches While 14 Orphans Burn" Somewhere in the story, back on page A12, they might mention "6 orphans manage to survive." Nowhere would it be mentioned that Trump had saved the 6. Now, let's replace Trump with, say, Elizabeth Warren. The headline would read "Warren A Hero, Saves Orphans From Burning Building." Somewhere on page A20 it would mention 14 died. Aside from that, the story would read how Warren saved each orphan by kicking in doors and barehandedly flinging burning debris aside while dragging unconscious orphans out, at times performing CPR to keep the little tykes alive. Same situation, far different interpretations.

There was a glorious time in the US where, had this happened, the story would have been a statement of the facts only, with the entire story reported, with only names and gender references (he,she) being different. I miss those days.

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Re: I clicked

That only works for Clintons named Bubba.

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Re: Normal Person -> Terrorist

Some laws are more subject to abuse than others. A cop wants to bust you but has nothing to bust you on? He grabs your phone, clicks on alqaeda.com for you and you're gone for 15 years. Want to get someone in trouble? Borroa their phone, cruise to a terrorist site, then call the cops and report them. Found out your boyfriend cheated? I think you know the drill...

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FAIL

Wow, and Brits

claim to be afraid of the US judicial system. Terrorists can now put the entire nation at risk by putting out an ad to see a full spread of the Sun's Page 3 Girls that instead takes you to an Al Quaeda enrollment page. Bam, you're guilty.

Bad news for WannaCry slayer Marcus Hutchins: Judge rules being young, hungover, and in a strange land doesn't obviate evidence

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Re: Stupid things we do

Except, in the US it's not illegal to make guns and you can't be held liable for what others do with a gun you make. Guns are Consitutionally protected by the Second Amendment, and have many uses, but it won't stop you from going to prison for misuse. Creating malicious code is another story. It's not illegal to write such code as it's protected speech under the First Amendment, but if said code is used to attack other computers you can be held reaponsible for it in the US just as you can be held criminally responsible for yelling FIRE in a crowded area. Case law on both have been extensively tested, and this is how it works in the US.

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Re: It woz the drink wot did it. Oh, and all that neon, too.

None of that is a restriction on liberty. Anyone in any nation's legal system has their movements limited and anyone accused of using something to commit crime has theirnaccess to that thing restricted. US citizens mighy be told not to.leave town , for example. As a foreign citizen, he has the ability to leave the US forever and be beyond the Us legal system, which would require a lengthy and extensive extradition to get him back. Far easier to just not let him leave.

Doesn't mean they can't go ahead and use said thing, just means getting caught using it is a new charge. Drunk drivers lose their license to drive, but it doesn't stop them from driving. They get a whole new set of problems if caught, though.

Once he's clear of the US legal system, he'll be free to leave.

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"Ignorance of the law is no excuse" is a concept that is firmly entrenched in US law. Claiming ignorance as a foreigner might get you off a jaywalking charge but that's about it.

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Re: Sorry, but....

Uh huh, try claiming you didn't understand a tax law as defense with an IRS agent. The only thing you'll get is "I'm sorry about that. Your tax bill, with penalties and interest, is..." The best you can hope for with that claim is that they won't file criminal charges, and that will only work one time in your life. You can also expect regular audits for the rest of your life too.

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Re: Why in the name of god...

I assume this was directed to me. You can do the same, leave your MSNBC parroting elsewhere. See how that works? I don't even watch Fox anything other than The Simpsons. YOU are a huge part of the problem, getting mad at anyone expressing a different opinion than yours, attempting to shut other people up if theu don't agree with you and claiming that "you must be letting Fox do your thinking for you." As a Conservative minded person, I can allow for others to have different opinons than mine no matter how ignorant I consider them to be, because in my mind everyone is entitled to have and express thrir own opinions on any topic. It's a shame that Liberal minded folks are unable to do the same.

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Pint

Re: Why in the name of god...

Ehh, it's still nice here. I can go whole hours outside my house without ever appearing on GovTV, which is not something your average Brit can do. The way you guys are going, in another 20 years you're going to have mandatory toilet cams that make sure you wipe in the legally prescribed way, and that you don't use more that the legally defined amount of paper. I mean, isn't that the true goal of IoT?

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Mushroom

Re: 18 months he has been held ...

Fail to get enough prosecutions and you can lose your job as a prosecutor. Under the US legal system, only a win counts and those that win the most, earn the most. Justice is considered "nice to have, but hardly necessary."

Explosion, because it should not be win or lose, it should not be money talks, it should be justice prevails.

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Re: Isn't that part of what it means to be British?

Nah, you have to go through the process as though you were born in another nation. Once naturalized you are a citizen again, unless you did something stupid and became a citizen of a nation the US doesn't allow in. Interesting fact for military members, renounce your citizenship, military retirement goes bye-bye forever.

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

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Headmaster

Thanks for the most excellent replies, folks. That makes a lot more sense than the whole "try over and over" thing. A bit scary too, that they can get access to a string of characters that they can work over until they have a match, then log into an account first try. Methinks I will need to change important passwords more often. I've already been doing the multiple unrelated words for years, use the less common special characters and keep my passwords on a list only people who get into my house can access. In addition, my security questions have zero accuracy so anyone who knows me can't guess. They might know where I graduated high school, but that won't help them know that my security question "Where did you go to high school?" is answered with "quicklime and carpet."

Going to have to assume that they have some powerful computers, or perhaps using botnets lets them crack these passwords in considerably less time than days per password, like that horse password is suppposed to take 18 days. Sorry, I'm just not a computer guy.

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Something I don't get, and perhaps someone can enlighten me. How does this even work? Any time I type in a wrong password 5 times, my computer locks me out for 5 minutes. After that 5 minutes, do it wrong 5 more times and it's 15 minutes. Howncan they run through umpteen dozen thousand wrong passwords in a couple of hours if 5 wrong passwords locks you out for 5 minutes?

Google's stunning plan to avoid apps slurping Gmail inboxes: Charge devs for security audits

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Trollface

Re: "The answer is more granular control"

Data That Is Not Shared With Google??!? We Can't Have That!!! Off With Thunderbird's Head!!!!!

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Re: Business before pleasure...

So what you're saying is that this is the foundation for Google's casket. Excellent. People have had free Google for years, paid for by data slurpage far beyond anyone's imagination. Now that people are getting it through their thick heads that personal data is quite valuable, they are no longer going to be satisfied with just getting email for their data. However, nobody is going to fork over good money for something they've never paid for.

Bye Google, it was (not) nice knowin' ya!

Ivan to be left alone: Russia preps to turn its internet into an intranet if West opens cyber-fire

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Trollface

Re: Clientside Loopback Protection.

"You can't jam an RJ45 connector into a USB socket, "

Sounds like somebody needs a bigger hammer.

Cisco sues lawyers on its own side – for bigger slice of capacitor price-fixing settlement pie

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Re: Lawyers suiing lawyers....

Lawyers are like the Sith; there must be at least two. Otherwise, how would you sue?

Go big (with our bandwidth) or go home, Verizon: Texas mulls outlawing 911 throttling after Cali wildfire fiasco

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"In an emergency situation, the prioritsation of emergency services over general SLA is what should be enshrined in law."

It is. By law, if I see a trouble ticket with the correct coding come into queue I have to put what I am doing aside and start working the emergency services circuit immediately even if it means putting the circuit I am working on aside, even if I have field technicians on the phone with me. These tickets are color coded in the ticket queue to make them easy to find.

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Re: Has anybody asked ...

Nope. Verizon doesn't have business and government sales droids working out of high volume centers like consumer products. They have dedicated sales teams whose only mission in life is to take care of their specific customers before, during and after the sale. Therefore, their sales droid should have known of the requirements for the FD and had them on an appropriate plan. So far as cost goes, Verizon makes more per line on commercial lines than on consumer lines, and more on government contracts than on business contracts. So no, Verizon could have sold them an appropriate plan, including emergency full access on demand including a number to call to get full throttle for emergencies.

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Re: 25GB though??

Nope. Unlimited means unlimited, and throttling data is limiting it. If I have an unlimited plan that means full throttle 24x7x365 usage should be available to me. If Verizon doesn't want me to do that, then they shouldn't be selling unlimited plans. Selling a limited plan as unlimited is fraud.

Amazon throws toys out of pram, ditches plans for New York HQ2 after big trouble in Big Apple

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As long as they stay on a coast

We don't want that disaster in middle America.

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Re: Fleet

A PC station wagon?

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

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Megaphone

Re: @Loyal commenter:Remember Y2K?

Considering the lies were flowing hot and heavy from both sides, it's safe to say they cancelled each other out. People vote the way they want to vote, even if they later claim otherwise. I always find that when someone says "They only voted that way because they didn't properly understand" or "They voted against their own best interests" that it's the person speaking that had the real problems. The problems are the vote didn't go their way and they can't comprehend that other people have different opinions and different priorities than they do.

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Re: @Loyal commenter:Remember Y2K?

Nah, if they were clever they would have SHOWN UP AND VOTED. Only 37 percent of the British electorate voted to leave while 35 percent voted to stay. 28 percent were so clever they stayed at home. When you don't vote, you are agreeing to whatever gets decided, and don't have the right to complain if it doesn't go your way. The vote is valid because everyone had a choice on whether or not to vote, and it was so well advertised even we on the other side of the planet knew the vote was coming. Our media wouldn't shut up about it before, during and especially after.

If you didn't like Brexit and didn't vote, let that be lesson to you next time a vote comes up. I have no dog in that fight, but I think Britain will do a lot better out of the EU than in although it's going to be a rough couple of years until it's all sorted out.

Party pooper Microsoft pulls plug on Party Cluster

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FAIL

And this is why I'm anti-cloud.

You set up your business to run in one, get everything up and operational, then the provider decides to pull the plug. Bam, all your hard work just went up in smoke and if you don't migrate quickly enough, so does your business. I'd rather pay more and maintain my own systems than save 5 bucks today just to go out of business the minute someone else decides it's not profitable enough.

Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you've turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral

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Re: Not even close

Invite them in, or is this the extend and explore phase with extinguish fast approaching? Learn how it works, contribute code to it, then later contribute code to make it buggy compared to Windoze. Whoever manages Linux, I hope they're paying close attention to M$ contributions to make sure they aren't weaving a web inside that will destroy it from within.

Nearline disk drive demand dip dropkicks Seagate: How deep is the trough, how deep is the trough?

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Pirate

I put the blame squarely on M$. I really need a new computer, and need Windoze mainly because I can't program and have never gotten Linux to work for me, but Win10 is such a mess. I'm stuck with it at work, which is really the greatest thing ever when I'm in the middle of testing a circuit just to have my computer shut down for updates every week or so with no way of stopping it. I'll put up with that at work but there's no way I'll tolerate it an interrupted pron session. So, I'm stuck with (and to) my gunky old laptop.

Pirates, fer they be boarding from the rearrr to force me bootin! Arrr, that be stingin, matey!

Trolling in the Reg's forums... we mean, er, 'working' on the train still rubbish thanks to patchy data coverage

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Re: 3G is good enough...

Ah, let them watch cake gifs, eh?

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Trollface

Re: Warning

So whacher tryin ta say here is Bill rode a lota trains, izzat whatcher sayin there bub?

Wells Fargo? Well fscked at the moment: Data center up in smoke, bank website, app down

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I like fscked better than fcuk anyway. It implies "two" things.

It's OK, everyone – Congress's smart-cookie Republicans have the answer to America's net neutrality quandary

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A better way is to split service providers from content providers, then make it a rule that selling the service means you provide a pupe of a set size and the customer has access to upload/download the maximum bandwidth purchased 24x7 for a flat monthly rate. My internet provider sells service this way and they are making money hand over fist while charging a (relative to other providers) reasonable price. 80 a month, 9MBPS down, 4MBPS up. It's enough to stream movies and play streaming games at the same time. Since they aren't content providers, they don't go for any of this prioritization crap and the service works great. A service provider should not care, or be involved in, any content I browse.

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Re: I've always wondered...

That is like saying your neighbouts kids can breath air, how does that benefit you.

No, it's more like saying your neighbor's kids have priority access to air while you have to wait for them to finish breathing before you can breathe, how does that benefit you.

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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Where I work, if you want a cup you bring your own and if you leave it in the break room the cleaning staff tosses it. It's a great system.

British cops told to scrap 'discriminatory' algorithms in policing

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Re: @ Graham Cobb

Wait, gun crimes? In LONDON? How can that be? I thought the only guns welcome in England were shotguns, and then you had to prove legitimate need?

Crypto exchange in court: It owes $190m to netizens after founder 'dies without telling anyone vault passwords'

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Re: Show us the Body ...

Yes, but you need to reverse the order. After all, YOU are the only one with the key, and are the only one who can check to see if the money's still there.

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Re: Crypto-busting test case

5 times the value? I'm guessing the multiplier will be a wee bit larger than 5.

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Re: Bullshit

The one guy with access dies in a third world nation? Bet he was cremated there too, or "sent down the Ganges." No body, no death.

Nor does his wife have to be in on it. He's dead, his will gave her all* his stuff, she's free and clear with enough to get by, and he's doing the L Ron Hubbard**.

*Obviously not the 137MM

** Buy a 50 foot yacht, then sail to the middle of the Atlantic with a dozen hookers 300 pounds of coke and 130MM in suitcases in the hold.

Fujitsu pitched stalker-y AI that can read your social media posts as solution to Irish border, apparently

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So instead of saying "Quite." they'll be saying "Quite, eh?" eh?

No to England being a US territory. We don't want an empire, nor do we want to be the world cops. Disclaimer - I am merely a US citizen, not a US politician.

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'

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When you buy one you'll be signing a paper accepting full responsibility for it. When you ride in one as a cab you'll see a disclaimer stating the owner of the cab is not responsible for anything. Of course.

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Re: Missing the obvious

Two points from your post -

1. Unless there is a safety and liability mandate attached, I would rather guarantee my safety by owning and driving my own car. I can see for-hire autonomous cars never being maintained beyond the minimum required to keep it running, not being even cleaned out, ect. If a car is delivered to you that is unacceptable for any of these reasons, and you reject it, will the company be required to send another, or will they just send the same one since it's closest? How many times can you reject before they stop responding, or blacklist your number? And finally, how long before they decide that the car must be run at max capacity, making it into a minibus while still charging you the single rate? This is already done by some taxi companies now, and it'll be a lot easier for a company to do this if they aren't face to face with an irate customer.

2. Autonomous or owned, the main problem continues to be congestion. Either people will be waiting on traffic or waiting on cars. Plus, cars will be empty half the morning and half the evening moving people to and from work. A solution to both would be requiring in-town businesses to adjust open and close times to spread their hours out. In other words, no more 8-5 for everyone. This would lessen congestion during rush hour across the board.

This raises 2 more points, will The Boss be understanding that you couldn't get a car early enough to be on time? And will you be required to pay just your time in the car or also for the car to travel from the city center to your house? How will you even know that the car even HAD to come from the city? The car might have dropped a mid shift worker off a block away, but you still get the charge.

A lot to work out still yet, and they haven't even gotten the damned things to work yet.

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Re: Missing the obvious

Just as a cyclist takes more damage against a car, a pedestrian will be more injured in a bike crash. Any footage would be proof of self defense, since he said he only does it when the bike comes too close to him.

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Re: Missing the obvious

I think the switch happened when the cyclist made a disparaging comment about motorists by saying he couldn't wait until autonomous cars take over, opening the debate to whether cyclists are any more competent than motorists. And, they are not.

From Firefox to fired cocks: Look who's out to save you being shafted by insecure Internet of Dingalings – it's Mozilla!

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Windows

So, you can't

have a 3-way if you use the kGOAL Kegel Exerciser, because it avoids third-party data sharing? Nice, I guess... seems kinda limiting...

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery

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Re: Ah, capitalism at its best

I've had a similar problem on my Samsung Android phone since the last update. Open a new window and it opens to Google, not duck, even though duck is my home page. Rolled the last update back, problem disappears. Then I tried getting Firefox on, but for "some" reason I keep getting kicked back to the Google store, which won't allow me to load Firefox.

OK, Google. Music in 2019 isn't what it was, but Play nice, will ya?

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Re: All the best music was written before 1988 anyway

I dunno, limiting myself to everything made before 1988 means I could listen to music 4 hours a day for the next 50 years and never hear the same song twice. Music has been made ever since man first beat one rock against another and went OOOOK OOOOOK OOK OOK, OOK OOK OOOOOOK OOOK!

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Coat

Nice

A bug with good taste. A bug with great taste would not allow music made after about 1988 to be played.

Mine's the one that goes with the parachute pants and supermoussed hair...

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