Re: "The problem is complex"
Upvote for the seed of a really interesting idea.
The question, as ever, is "how?"
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This morning's news on BBC radio, facebook have taken it down over copyright. So I was, erm, wrong.
This morning's commentary on that news: facebook were asked to take it down not over copyright but over misrepresentation and fake news. So I was, erm, right.
The more disreputable elements of the Tories now crying unfair over being singled out. If this gets taken down over copyright - as opposed to fake news - then why doesn't every other use of BBC material get taken down for the same reason? Technically they would appear to be right, at least while facebook hold on to that copyright story.
 Not a tautology. They may all be thoroughly disreputable since the Stalinist purge of the moderates, but some are still more disreputable than others.
I'm not one of the downvotes (only just read the article), but the simple explanation of Farage is he's a media personality.
Back in the days before anyone took him seriously, he got more BBC airtime than any (other) politician, even media-loving then-prime-minister Blair. And for the first decade or so, Farage's airtime was uncritical - lacking the probing questions journos ask of serious politicians. That's where he got his momentum from. And still has much of it, even since the journos started treating him like a real politician and asking the questions he doesn't want to answer.
Oh, and talking of blatant censorship, there's certainly precedent. UKIP's working-class predecessors the National Front and BNP never had airtime even when they had electoral success. The difference with UKIP is that an era of white immigration enabled them to detach their agenda from the "racist" label that had successfully marginalised earlier nationalists when the immigration they opposed was non-white.
When I moved (about three months ago), the agent gave me a bottle of well-chilled prosecco along with the keys.
Quite apart from having lots to do, it was too early in the day for booze. I just put it in the corner of the kitchen before returning to my old house (where all my stuff still was for another week or so before the actual move). It's still there, awaiting an excuse to open it. On a couple of occasions I've had dinner guests and served them something better, such as regular wine suited to the dinner.
Maybe I should take it to the next bring-a-bottle event where I can offload it anonymously?
This was a Unix person. So presumably someone who believes in always scripting a job? Yet here he didn't until after the incident had happened. Is that not utterly out of character?
Possible diagnosis: burnout. A Unix engineer who is a pale shadow of his former self. I know all about that - at first hand.
I'll raise a pint for rescuing the situation.
There seems to be pressure for openness coming from some of the forces of Political Correctness. They expect it to show a "gender pay gap", and help deal with it.
Could be interesting. I wouldn't care to anticipate the outcome, except to note there are sure to be lots of anomalies at the individual level, and it'll lead to lots of redefining of what counts as 'comparable' or 'equal value'.
I've said before that I don't understand why so many open source projects are incorporated in the US.
Some years back I heard a conference presentation where MySQL addressed that question. Cultural reasons why the project had to have originated in Scandinavia, but also why it had had to move to the US for growth to happen. Events that led to a profitable buyout in the US.
I was only partially convinced by the presentation (was that WayForward Technologies' Reason speaking?), and I don't recollect details. But it kind-of fits with the US being home to so much.
Wow, I hadn't seen that story. Thanks for posting.
Bit of historic perspective on that story. I just listened to one of Trollope's Palliser novels dramatised on t'wireless yesterday. In which Lady Glencora describes the fearsome power she exercises over Ministers, MPs and other powerful people through their wives, by the threat of striking them off her invitations list. Clearly Apple's behaviour was well-known back in the mid 19th century!
I suppose in a sense we could trace it back at least two and a half millennia to Λυσιστράτη - though she was perhaps more grass-roots than in the position of established power of Apple or Glencora.
Boris bikes? Should in principle be quickest for many journeys.
Once upon a time I tried to figure out how to take one out. Couldn't see any lights on them: do I need to bring my own? And it wasn't entirely clear how to pay. Nor what happens if I get one out and it turns out to have a problem.
 OK, not very hard. It was dark and cold at the time, and in reality I'd left just enough time to walk.
Talk ceased to be intrusive as soon as it could be confined to a window, which could then be attended to at my convenience. So about 30 years ago. But maybe that relies on the talker not being the boss-from-hell - I never had a talk-happy boss.
As for SMS, where's the problem? So long as you turn off any silly noises that notify you of them at moments not of your choosing.
ISTR it was as recently as the mid-90s that "xhost +" ceased to be a default, or that "cat fart.wav >> remote:/dev/audio" required privileges.
Surely playing sillybuggers around the network is a rite-of-passage for students, bored hacks, and the like.
Even today you can have a bit of fun. For example, type an RTL language (and charset) into IRC and spread confusion!
?זה יעבוד כאן
کیا یہ یہاں کام کرے گا؟
OK, no it won't work here.
Many years ago, I was negotiating my departure from a company, while also working on preparing a system for them to demo at an important expo.
I added an easter egg to that. Would only activate on the date() of the expo, and would display an embarrassing message. Took it out when our negotiation reached a satisfactory outcome.
Haven't we all?
I've even put it into error messages. "*** BUG xxxxx: this cannot happen". True at the time of coding it; not necessarily true in the face of future modifications.
It's useful, too. One case in a big open-source project came back to a user forum with a user who happily had a good attitude to it all. As anticipated, an update had indeed happened that created a new code path. From memory, that was an error-handling function, that handled every plausible case in a case switch, so when someone introduced a new error code it was handled by reporting the BUG.
Should surprise noone.
Like so many things abused by advertisers and marketers (not least the WWW itself), DNS delegation has been widely used by techies for many years for entirely legitimate purposes. In fact DNS delegation is older than the WWW - though back then aliases were (by convention, at least) CNAME records, rather than very-slightly-naughty duplicated A records that proliferated from the mid-1990s with the rise of Virtual Domains.
A similar story can be found in email headers, if you look up the quaint distinction between "From" and "Sender" headers, when we trusted that they wouldn't be abused, and forging them was a student prank.
I'm having no "smart" tech in my house whatsoever.
I wouldn't be without my smart technology.
Like the machine where I just put my dirty washing in, press a start button, and it comes out clean. Or the one that cleans my floors for similar effort. Or even the one I use for reading El Reg.
Like (I would expect) others here, I get a variety of notifications of my tax rebate. Some of them from authorities to whom never paid tax in the first place: most commonly the US IRS.
Separately, I also get a genuine tax rebate from HMRC most years: the biggest have been in the £10k ballpark - which is more than I earn in a less-good year! Those just arrive automatically in my bank account, without any need for a claim beyond filling out my self-assessment.
Talking of which, I need to do that. Haven't hurried this year's tax return, 'cos the rebate will be peanuts - as in ballpark £10 without the k.
Yep, the first part definitely takes the longest. You gradually get into the Ikea mindset and understand WTF they're on about. It's kind-of learning a language in miniature.
 or perhaps instantly if you're a bright twelve-year-old with intellect unclouded by age.
I just a couple of weeks ago assembled my first Ikea furniture. An epic four-segment wardrobe, 275cm (9 foot) width, with lots of interior parts. 33 packages in the delivery.
It was truly a pleasure to find myself working with flat-pack furniture that was genuinely well-made. No having to force things because the alignment is a millimetre out, as I've been accustomed to with flat-pack in the past. Just stuff that fits where it's supposed to.
And it works. Not to mention looking much better than any wardrobe I've had (and I'm not generally a fan of any 'modern' looks).
Yes of course that's a stock picture posed by a model: isn't that true of pretty-much every Reg article? So why spell it out for this one in particular?
I'm impressed that Nigeria locks its fraudster up for 24 years: in Blighty if he greased the right palms he'd be at large and possibly on track for the Honours list. But less impressed at the lack of security at his prison.
Reads to me like part of the budget buys patents so they don't fall into the hands of someone evil who will abuse them. Is there a problem with that?
It might raise questions over how such patents are selected and valued, but in the absence of a specific instance under discussion, that feels like angels on pinheads.
Marketing list, spam ... that means no earlier than late '90s. By which time, surely Windows had long-since beaten NotWindows into an old relic?
Around the turn of the century, I had an office, with a NotWindows man just downstairs (let's call him Fred, for that was not his name). He serviced a set of regular clients, many of whom were just beginning to discover email. And they wanted email paper trails (sometimes literally on paper) that NotWindows couldn't provide.
So for several of Fred's clients, I ended up setting up a Linux mailserver with a set of custom scripts to meet their needs.
This was of course the era when M$ was absolutely evil in a big way. I suspect, but don't know for certain, that Windows would've been no better than NotWindows for Fred's Clients' needs.
But ... but ... it wasn't called BP when they mounted that coup against the democratic government back in 1953 and installed a western-puppet despot.
That could be consigned to history and mostly-forgotten, if it wasn't for the West's much more recent oppression of them. Like sponsoring our (then-) regional henchman Saddam Hussain to attack them in his most brutal war, and like the US rejecting all attempts by Iranian governments (starting with Khatemi in the 1990s) to build bridges and normalise relations.
I'd be delighted. Long overdue. Of course it should be offset against a reduction in some more evil tax: for example, the employment tax they call "national insurance" that falls heavily on both hardworking people and productive business.
Wasn't it 1973 we had a price hike of more than 100%?
Isn't the UK case still ongoing? Though Reg reportage seems to have dried up these last couple of months (attention span of a ****)?
The UK case is a civil case, so not entirely comparable to what the 'merkins want. In terms of criminal cases, the UK is pretty-much a free-for-all for serious fraudsters provided you feed the system. Our so-called Serious Fraud Office is routinely out-lawyered by anyone with real money and 'Establishment' connections. And in case of any doubt, the Attorney General (our MP Geoffrey Cox) can block them indefinitely even prosecuting a case without giving any reason, as he's still doing in for example this case.
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