* Posts by Khaptain

3570 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Android 11 lands with plenty more privacy preferences for Pixels and special Google friends first

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The Golden Rule

Never mix personal and professional data.. When a phone gets lost down the back of the couch or slips down the side of the car seat, and the IT Admin hits the wipe button because of company policy, tears will flow when that same telephone appears again....

PS : Apple find me or Track my phone aren't failsafe tools.

Help. The political process is corrupted, full of lies and state-sponsored deep fakes. Now Microsoft's to the rescue

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"Sadly, that minority, lacking in any moral fibre, are prepared to lie and cheat and do whatever it takes to grab hold of and retain power. This gives them an advantage over decent people - witness the fact that Trump lost the popular vote by a factor of 2.8 million, but through his dishonest machinations still managed to reached the highest office in the world - which will further amplify his power to repeat the trick."

So you believe that a socialist/Marxist system would improve things how ? If I have to choose between the lesser of 2 evils then Trump wins.... I really don't like Donald Trump but compared to what the world has seen within the Socialist regimes he is a far better choice than the Bidens or the Maduros.

Biden, as most people have now seen, is a puppet who strings are tweaked by the likes of Jeff Bezos, George Soros and Ted Turner. The BLM/Antifa movements think that they will own Biden, wrong, for they themselves are merely puppets for the aforementioned big players.

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"If you want to increase division in the world, foment racism, homophobia, sexism and violence, encourage nepotism,"

Woke ALERT....... a tortured and brain washed mind is a spouting it's bile..

For info : The overwhelming majority of people are not racist, homophobic, sexist or violent nor do they encourage nepotism. If you believe that they are then the problem lies with you.. Leave your keyboard for a couple of days and actually go talk with real people, not avatars or Twitterati and you will realise that the majority of people are actually good people...

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Muppet politics

All of the candidates are responsable, Trump is no more and no less responsable than Biden and the rest of the American system. They are all involved in these ridiculous "politics"..

It's a muppet game where every muppet tries to out-muppet the other using techniques that would make a muppet blush....

And I agree that Zuckerberg, Trump, Dorsey, Murdoch et al should be help responsible for fanning the flames..

Zuck says Facebook made an 'operational mistake' in not taking down US militia page mid-protests. TBH the whole social network is a mistake

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And then FB monetize from the platform so they definitely have a direct responsibility.

So... just 'Good' then? KFC pulls Finger Lickin' slogan while pandemic rumbles on

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Re: Stats

Where I live we can have alternative for the same price so why bother with the fast food.. It's not always faster and it's definitely not always satisfying.

Personally I prefer Thai Bao rolls with duck or some Belgian fries with samurai sauce and a fricadelle or two.... All around the same price, pretty quick but far more satisfying...

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A récent survey found that 1 in 30 people thought that KFC was slightly better than dog shit.

RasPad 3.0 converts Raspberry Pi 4 to a tablet – be prepared for some quirks

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Re: Absolutely amazing...

What's wrong with flashing LEDs on and off. Isn't that exactly what the computer your sitting in front off is actually doing at this moment in time....

A Gen 4 PI is far more powerful than my first computer so I don't see the problem.. With 8Gb of RAM it means they can run some serious OSs...

Someone please have mercy on this poorly Ubuntu parking machine that has been force-fed maudlin autotuned tripe

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Out of order

See title for grammar nazi fodder

Samsung slows smartphone upgrade treadmill with promise to support three Android generations on Galaxies

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Re: Meanwhile.....

I would suggest that the industry is doing fine, it's Politics and greedy businessmen that are a mess..

India to run optic fibre to 450,000 villages in 1,000 days and give 1.3bn a digital Health ID

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For health reasons ?

"Perhaps because the Health ID will create a fabulous trove of data"

If that treasure trove of data remains in the correct hands it will be wonderful for the people. In the wrong hands however it will be only be wonderful for that person.. What was the infamous phrase again "do no evil"...

I wonder which of the two will actually benefit ?

Me, cynical, a commentard on El Reg, never, I say, never.

Microsoft spills beans on release, pricing for folding fancyphone: Start your Surface Duo engines now

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I want one but can it replace a secondary, tertiary device, or even both

They look great, I would like to think that they work just as well ( albeit it is an "alpha" series device)..

As the title says I would love one of these if it could replace the Telephone and Tablet in my bag... a Huawei Mate P20 Pro , and a Huawei Media Pad Lite 10." both of which I really like using .... Now if it could honestly replace both devices that would be a fine device to own.

OS : I consider the primary device as my laptop...

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects

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Re: Ban all Homonyms!

With this new Woke crowd the words change their meaning on a daily basis. Everything has become a means of entrapment..

That will continue until the people get absolutely sick of it all and then the push back will begin.

If the SJWs/Woke Crowd don't like society then they are certainly free to create their own...

Go Woke, go broke..


USA decides to cleanse local networks of anything Chinese under new five-point national data security plan

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Re: aggressive intrusions by malign actors

Personally I am happy not to be an American as the choice of candidates is a bloody nightmare.

An orange megalomaniac vs a pensioner with dementia....

That's not what I would call a bright future whichever way you look at it..

China requires gamers to reveal real names and map them to frag-tastic IDs

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Re: Well that's going to be quite restrictive

Let's see if they keep PUBG or not..

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Don't worry, it's coming here soon too

With all the SJW/Woke/BLM movements, protests, bullying etc it really won't be long before our new Overlords will be advocating exactly the same thing..

The major Social Media platforms are already conforming to what can and cannot be said, so it's just a question of time.... And as long as the Big Corps continue to make money they will happily go along with it.....

No one is standing up against anything recently to what's to stop it happening sooner rather than later ?

Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple

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Greed knows no ends

Everyday I just hate this company a little bit more.

With the US election coming up, when better to petition regulators for a controversial way to chill online speech?

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Re: "The Fairness Doctrine would have made Fox News [..] illegal"


That title should have been :

"The Fairness Doctrine would have made MSM illegal..."

NBC, CNN, Fox news are all extremely tainted to a point where you're lucky if you get even 5% fact, with the remaining 95% pure conjecture...

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Of the 300 Million of so Americans how come Trump and Biden are at the top of the political ladders, Where are all of the Harvard and Yale geniuses, the actual thinkers and doers .... Is this really the best that the USA has to offer ? It's almost as though they want to write themselves off..

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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It works just fine for us

Except for a very old legacy app, for which we use Server 2003 + RDS to keep it running , everything else just works...Very little maintenance , much fewer reboots and multiple users per machine and no major problems with the OS..

Applications are a whole other ballpark, but not because of W10. For example we have far more issues with Office 365, mostly due to updates and and resulting sudden loss of compatibility....

On the whole W10 is a solid enough system...

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible

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Re: Were they lost from a catainer in the Pacific?

I didn't realise that Rubber Ducks came from the Arctic.

I learn something new every day :-)

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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Re: This PC subversion only idiotically makes things harder and more confusing for competent people

@Voltaire Voltaire

It appears as though you have been bitten by the Wokeness Mosquito.

Here is a little quote that might provide you with some thought for the day

Frederic Wilhelm Nietzsche :

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you."

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Re: @Khaptain - @aberglas - You had better take these seriously

I believe that one of the unintentional driving forces is Social Media..

There is a psychological effect that pushes the users to become evermore PC in order to portray themselves as being even more holier than though, this attracts attention, and "likes" and creates an infinite drive factor. Let's not forget who many o these people are, et's say that they are definately not the amongst the leaders of this world.... It doesn't take much to fuel a shitstorm on Social Media, a few well placed words aimed at the correct group...an bang...

The tendency truly started in the 60s, it just wasn't very ingrained at the time. It grew slowly up until a point where Whiteness and Wokeness have become studies within universities and subsequently some of the those students have now entered the workforce where they are now practising their new Wokeness skills. It has become a skill by which one an bully others whilst retaining the moral high ground, ( this is actually false but it what they believe)

At the end of the day it's the new found greed for power, governed by the ignorant and pushed and goaded further by the extreme left. The extreme left , Antifa etc have realised how useful this Wokeness crowd can be and have jumped onto the band wagon in order to use them as a driving force for their own Hard/Extreme Leftist agendas.

Industry is scared of bad media attention and are therefore bowing down in front of our new Neo-Religious friends, this will be something that they will come to regret.

And during all of this volatile period what improvements are we actually seeing for those that the White Knights are supposedly supporting, absolutely nothing... It's business as usual for those on ground level..

( Except for the very quiet few that now have access to 100s of millions of dollars in donations, strange how we don't hear about how those funds are "actually" being used).....

It's my rant ...... I am happy either way, if you agree or if you don't....

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Re: @aberglas - You had better take these seriously

This is the coming of the NeoMarxists and we all know how well the Marxist countries are doing..

I am seriously considering emigrating again in order to avoid the total clusterfuck that this is going to bring.

Twitter Qracks down on QAnon and its Qooky Qonspiracies

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Re: These nuts are really something special

Twitter only want to keep the Ban Button in their camp. They want to control the politics as they see fit, end of story...

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How can one prove that is not a Democratic strategy ?

Twitter hackers busted 2FA to access accounts and then reset user passwords

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Re: nonsensical ?

Mea Culpa

I just reread the article and now I see what you mean, I agree that I misread the article. They are/were talking about the bad guys and not inside admins/devs..

I stand corrected...

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Re: nonsensical ?

"This is not a 'must' not a 'might' situation."

That should read

This is not a must but a might situation..


We know what the hackers did, they had inside men ( by intention or by coercion), what we want to know is what they are doing about it and why measures were not already in place to avoid this kind of possibility.

They can't just sit on their asses thinking these kinds of problems will just go away...So there is defiantly a "must do something" element.

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Re: nonsensical ?

'May' should be replaced by 'have' as their is obviously work that needs to be done.

This is not a 'must' not a 'might' situation.

IBM profits cratered 46% last quarter. But its share price is up ~5% because Wall Street expected that to be worse

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Re: New buzzwords

Not so new, I worked for a large Insurance company 12 years ago and they were already meeting where CAPEX was being bandied about as a managerial buzzword..

So they date at least 12 years ago and probably a lot more.

Hey there, want to break into computers like an Iranian hacker crew? IBM finds 40GB of videos that include how-tos

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"Justin Sun, CEO of BitTorrent and founder of the Tron Foundation, has put out the call for a $1m bounty "

There is something ironic about the CEO of 'BitTorrent' putting out a bounty against hackers...

Apple warns developers API tweaks will flow from style guide changes that remove non-inclusive language

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"Git is a perjorarive term used for older people. Which is far worse than a term that someone may misunderstand and take offence at- it's a term intended to be offensive."

Why should something be renamed because it is offensive ?

using your logic : I am greatly offended by your request, should we have you removed ?

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Black or black

In my mind the notion of black being a negative stems from a very basic principal, that of "Day + Night".. As human beings we fear the night as it is the moment in which we are most vulnerable due to the fact that we partially lose our most prominent sense, that of sight.

Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries says it's built its own 5G kit and hopes to sell to all comers

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Home buying

Is there a valid reason, that here in the west, we have a major problem building our own kit ? Have we lost our know-how is is there something else afoot ?

ReactOS hits a milestone – actually hiring a full-time developer. And we've got our talons on the latest build to see what needs fixing

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Very negative approach

That really was quite a scathing review....

Burn baby burn, infosec inferno: Just 21% of security pros haven't considered quitting their current job

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Re: Where to get competent staff?

Before you can find and eventually become capable of using competent staff, there is one far more important element to consider, competent management.

If your N+1 asks for a certain established level of security but your N+2 is asking for another then the only guaranteed outcome is failure.

I think we all know the scenario whereby the call comes in from the Big Boss about how urgent this latest document is for the company and that he must be given access to X, Y or Z immediately, thereby knocking security back to nothing.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

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Re: There's this thing about language

"Changing the words for established terms doesn't do anything except make things that used to be clear less so."

This is exactly the point of the exercise, they want to create confusion, they want you to be in a permanent state of doubt.. It's straight from Orwell "four legs good two legs bad"

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Re: Hackers, Schmackers


"It ain't the words, people. It's the intent behind them. Period."

Surely the difference between Black Hat Hacker and White Hat Hacker is the intent as you yourself mentioned above.

For the majority here, we understand immediately from Black Hat Hacker that the intention was quite different from White Hat Hacker . Whereas simply stating "hacker" creates an ambiguous role..

University ordered to stop running women-only job ads

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Re: Peterson and Neitzsche

Just a little piece of Neitzsche which is so relevant to current events. It comes from

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

"And these words I say to all overthrowers of statues. Surely it is the greatest folly to throw salt into the sea and statues into the mud. In the mud of your contempt lay the statue, but precisely this is its law, that out of contempt life and living beauty grow back to it! It stands up again with even more godlike features, seductive in its suffering, and truly! It will yet thank you for overthrowing it, you overthrowers!"

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Peterson doesn't describe the contemporary world, he simply describes mankind has it has been for hundreds if not thoudans of years of years. This is why he so often cites the great philosophers, as their wisdom has stood the trials of time.

Read a little bit of Neitzsche and you will understand that what you call modern is not modern at all. You are simply repeating the past.

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Agreed , Jordan Peterson various discussions on equality bring to light the impossibility of creating a truly equitable solution. How does one determine where the "divisions" end. Do we create equal divisions by colour, height, weight, sex, intellect, number of children, birth sex, identified sex, hair colour, number of missing teeth etc..

Agreed with the OP, a job should simply be given to whoever has the correct qualifications and is actually capable of doing the job. Anything else will simply lead to a general decline for the employer. Equality would run the business into the ground.... How can we advance if jobs based on criteria other than merit..

Apple launches incredible features everyone else had more than a year ago – this time for the 'smart home'

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What's the true cost ?

Let's look at the situation from the opposite point of view : What do I lose by not having this tech at home ?

With intelligent life in scant supply on Earth, boffins search for technosignatures of civilizations in the galaxy

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Re: Evidence?

"Actually I think they're searching for Americans."

That would be an alien non-intelligent lifeform then.

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Re: Good luck with that

The answer to that would depend on your own interpretation of varying Metaphysical concepts.

Socrates and Newton might have differing opinions.

Alternatively and away from philosophical viewpoints I would personally agree with the proposition that 42 is probably the answer.

Russia lifts restrictions on Telegram messenger app after it expresses ‘readiness’ to stop some nasties

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Änd the legacy stuff ?

I wonder if he now has access to previous messages or is it just the upcoming ones....

Dear Telegram, I have the following proposition to offer you, a free vacation for you and your future generations to the Gulag of your choice or the encryption key ?


Vlad the decryptor ( President of the United States of Russia and the World)

Internet blackout of Myanmar States that are home to ethnic minorities enters second year

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Re: And others

I can easily imagine that the Great Orange One has already drafted up his first process for restricting Internet Access to the various naysayers of the nation... Certainly after this weeks apparent TikTok Ticket fiasco.

For years, the internet giants have held on dear to their get-out-of-jail-free card. Here are those trying to take that away

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If Twitter remain objective then they can't be sued, it's when they take a political stance that makes things interesting because then they become a lobbying party and as such need to be held accountable.

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Re: If only...

Better the lawyers than Jack Dorsey.. and that's saying something.

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Re: If only...

Twitter already enforce their own policy, it is just not a very good one, let's just say that is appears to be towards the radical left.

British Army pulls up its SOC: New regiment to do infosec work even civvies will recognise

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Leet Hackers Corp

In order to be successful at defense you also have to be good at attack. This would essentially require that the Army, train or employ quite a few Leet Hackorz...

I wonder how they will go about that ?


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