* Posts by TimeMaster T

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Today in tortured tech analogies: Mozilla lets Firefox loose in the hen house, and by hen house, we mean the tracking cookie jar, er...

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Re: Can one remember the present?

I think we're safe as long as he isn' t trying to wake them.

Allowlist, not whitelist. Blocklist, not blacklist. Goodbye, wtf. Microsoft scans Chromium code, lops off offensive words

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I just /facepalmed so hard I think I bruised my self.

so whats next? is MS going to start filtering Office360 documents and Outlook mails for "inappropriate content" ?

Everyone remembers their first time: ESA satellite dodges 'mega constellation'

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Re: Dodgy Excuses


You'll wake them


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Re: Sounds like another step towards realizing "Wall-E"

I though exactly the same thing when I read the article.

$30/month email upstart Superhuman brought low with a blast of privacy Kryptonite

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Re: Tracking Pixel

Similar story for me as well.

After 10+ years as a member of a local Aquarium/ocean research institution and always reading their emails about upcoming events and the latest happenings I was floored when I got a "we notice you haven't been opening your emails" a few months back. Checked the emails source and found the tracking image.

I let me subscription expire last month. Kind of sad really, I liked the place and supported the research they do but if they can't respect my privacy they don't get my support.

There's a scarily good 'deepfakes' YouTube channel that's quietly growing – and it's freaking everyone out

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Plausible deniability

"reasonable doubt" is now a certainty in any case in criminal cases where the primary evidence is pictures/videos, unless other irrefutable evidence is presented that substantiates the charges .a lot of criminals may go free.

But the worst part to me, is a lot of innocent people are going to get their reputations dragged into the mud or worse because of this.

Pandora's box has been opened, this technology is here and we will have to adapt to it.

What a meth: Elderly Melbourne couple sign for 20kg shipment of drugs, say cops

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Re: Kind of reminds me of my grandparents

Fun fact: almost all bird seed mixes have Hemp seed in them. They are supposed to have been treat so as not to sprout but the odd seed does get through sometimes.

Apparently Canaries and other songbirds won't sing if they don't get it. It has also been cited as a possible contributing factor to the decline of wild songbirds in the USA.There used to be a lot of Hemp grown in the USA before 1937.


Easy-to-hack combat systems, years-old flaws and a massive bill – yup, that's America's F-35

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Battlestar Gallactica

I would think the reboot of BSG would be a better cautionary tail to point at.

Pretty much the entire Colonial fleet gets wiped out because all the high tech networked and interconnected flight systems on just about every military craft from Battlestars to recon ships gets remotely hacked and shutdown by the Cylons. Then nuked while floating dead in space.

Searching for Skylab: Even the most casual astro-nerd will revel in this respectful elegy to unsung space history

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NASA could have saved it.

NASA had a booster module in development that would have raised Skylabs orbit and kept it there for years. It was supposed to be launched on a Titan II launch body, it would have attached to Skylab's docking ring and not have needed anyone to actually be there to install it. But the atmospheric drag on the station increased faster than expected, the booster module got stalled by the funding committee for various political reasons so nothing got done and the first real space station ever put in orbit was lost.

I still remember going out one night a few weeks before the station burned up and watching it pass over head, a faint point of light moving slowly across the sky. Looking back on that night and knowing what I know now about why the station was allowed to fall and the way the station has been ignored and forgotten* I get a little ticked off, it was such a wasted opportunity for the space program.

* seen several timeline of the events and milestones of Human spaceflight, they mentioned everything but Skylab. Given how extensive they were I find it hard to believe the omissions were an accident.

Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat

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Re: Police are investigating?

"Because they're Canadians, the most polite and friendly nation on the Western Hemisphere."


Based on my experience Japan has that title for the Eastern Hemisphere :)

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Re: It always pays to carry a Micro-Uzi in a shoulder holster

@sed gawk

Afghanistan was, and parts of still are, a "Developed" country before the USSR invaded in 1979, then the Taliban, then the USA. Contrary to what people seem to think it is not a huge area filled with nothing but goat herders.

Never underestimate the effectiveness of localized guerilla forces against a large trained military group, even in "developed" countries.

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Re: It always pays to carry a Micro-Uzi in a shoulder holster

I don't own a gun because I want to overthrow a corrupt government. I own a gun so I can protect my family and myself when someone else tries to overthrow the government, or any other time the rule of law fails.

I live in an area that gets the occasional BIG natural disaster, the sort that takes out utilities for extended periods of time. I have supplies set aside for such times so my family and I are OK for a up to 2 weeks in a worst case scenario. Those supplies also include a gun and ammo, so that when, not if, someone else who could not/did not set aside supplies comes looking for my supplies, and anything else of value that catches their eye, I will be able to ensure that my family is safe. I know from experience that most of the time looters will simply move on to easier pickings when they see that you are armed, even if they are armed themselves.

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Re: It always pays to carry a Micro-Uzi in a shoulder holster

"It never pays to carry a gun."

I have to disagree.

Over the years I have been in two situations where carrying a gun saved my life, or at least kept me from being seriously injured. In both cases I did not have to draw my weapon, once it became known I was armed the threat to my safety ended.

Guns are tools, just like a car, if you are careless or don't know how to use them properly they will end up injuring or killing someone.

What does need to be addressed however is the sub culture that considers the use of deadly force to be an acceptable first response to any disagreement or conflict. Social programs that reduce poverty, improve education and provide job opportunities do more to reduce violent crime overall than gun control laws.

2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations

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This might be the best thing since sliced bread

GPU's good enough for gaming but not so great at bitcoin and other non gaming applications will bring the price on high end gaming graphics cards back down to something more reasonable.

The bit miners can create a niche market for dedicated "BmPU" (Bitmining Processor Units) that I'm sure someone will seek to corner.

You always wanted to be an astronaut, right? Careful: Space is getting more and more deadly

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Containment efforts

Maybe the rest of the Cosmos is trying to prevent the infection that is "Humanity" from spreading beyond Earth.

Apple's new 'spaceship' HQ brings the pane for unobservant workers

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Is it just me?

Every time I see a picture of the new Apple HQ I keep expecting to see a big "Kawoosh" of a wormhole vortex come out of it.

This happening to anyone else?

Vatican sets up dedicated exorcism training course

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Need their contact info ...

There has been a Succubus hanging around my place for the last couple weeks and I need to tell these guys to stay away regardless of the complaints by the neighbors.

'Repeal hate crime laws for free speech' petition passes 14k signatures

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My view

You should be able to get up on a soap box on any street corner and start speaking your views, even if you say that Gay's should be stoned, Jews should be gassed, US President Trump should be impeached and local zoning laws should be changed to allow a brothel next to the church. The only restrictions on public speech should be in regard to interference with local business/private dwellings, bothering people in their homes or other non-public spaces, disturbing people late night, etc. (personally I would also like a noise ordinance to keep Public parks reasonably quite, you could still stand there in a sandwich board and speak at a normal volume). If I don't agree with the person speaking I can ignore them and walk away, or ask them to move from in front of my business/home.

"Free speech" should be about expressing you views without fear of censorship, no mater what you want to say. Putting limits and restrictions on what can be said, no mater how repugnant those opinions may be, goes against the entire concept of "Freedom of Speech".

I think it was US's "Founding Father" John Adams who said that when defending freedoms you will often have to defend those who are repugnant, because that is where the erosion of freedoms will begin. The restrictions will first be targeted at those on the fringes that no one will object to, and then it will grow. If you say nothing when they come for the Neo-Nazis eventually there won't be anyone left to speak out when they come for you.

I'm fully aware that my view on this is more than a little simplistic, idealistic, and naive to the point that it will beggar some peoples minds but it is how I see the topic. I would rather have someone venting their hate for X publicly and being ignored than them keeping silent and letting the hate fester and build until it actually harms someone.

I will now step down from my soap box. Thank you for your time and have a good day.

FCC backtracks on helping with neutrality fraud investigation

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Anyone else?

Does anyone else think this sounds like the FCC is just stalling till after next weeks vote to kill net neutrality?

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: it's already doing 17.46 km/hour

17.46kps really isn't that fast when compared to light speed at 300,000kps, so any time dilation can safely be ignored. The dilation only becomes meaningful when you get up to higher fractions of light speed.

According to Relativity time will slow down even when you just walk to the corner store. Its all about how fast your moving relative to another point of reference.

Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware

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Perfect timing ...

"It was unfortunate timing"

I wouldn't say that, it was perfectly timed to support the whole "Russians did it" narrative being pushed by the US Government.

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Re: Cheapskates?

Because they were cheap ass consultants who didn't want to spend the money on fully licensed MS software but were also to lazy to get Libre/Open Office.

I've encountered that in many small businesses I've done IT work for over the years. One time there where 4 of 5 machines running hacked Solidworks CAD software and ALL the machine (23 total) were running hacked installs of MS Office 2003. I brought this to the owners attention and he told be "I've already given MS enough more money, they aren't getting anymore from me" and my favorite line was "It's too expensive" when I brought up the Solidworks (each license was something like US$40K at the time). About a month later he had me spec out and purchase a new US$ 3500 desktop system, and he asked me if I could download a 64 bit version of Windows instead of paying for it. I was laid off fairly soon afterwards because "the network is running so well we don't think we need a full time IT guy anymore". I thought about tipping off the BSA but the boss wasn't worth it.

The moral? Even when someone can afford it they will cheat because they want to save a buck or two and don't care how they do it.

80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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I have to wonder.

If the story had been

"80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Lamborghini Huracán"

would anyone care?

Any car, with auto-pilot or not, can hit and kill someone if the driver isn't paying attention. Even if the Tesla's autopilot was engaged and working perfectly the driver was not paying attention to the road and thus is to blame, not the car. I believe Tesla makes it quite clear that the driver should not take their attention off the road even with the AP engaged.

As a driving instructor once said "There are no 'accidents', its always because someone wasn't paying attention"

Robot granted Saudi citizenship has more rights than Saudi women

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Re: Of course it has more rights than a Saudi women.

"When will women have better rights?


1 day after the country runs out of oil."

Uh, no. No they won't. The lack of women's rights is related to the religions and culture of the area, not the amount of oil there. Even before Islam took hold in the area women were treated as property and that will not change until there is a fundamental change in the cultures that consider women to be property.

Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

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MHD engines will NEVER be used for a Military "Stealth sub"

Back around the time "Hunt for Red October" came out I had co-worker who had done some contracting work for the US Navy, the sort where he couldn't say more than "I did some work for the Navy awhile back". After seeing "Red October" asked him what he thought about MHD engines and he told me that while they might find a use in civilian ships eventually they would NEVER be used in a military sub because using a HDM engine would always reveal a subs location.

A MHD engine may be silent but they have large and easy to detect magnetic signature that would reveal the location of a ship from a surprisingly large distance away. Since both "Hunter" and "Boomer" class subs rely on not being detected using something like a MHD propulsion unit would be avoided at all costs.

How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it's called the USA Liberty Act

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Re: Do they seriously think that owning a Glock is a greater guarantee

I can understand your viewpoint but remember that whatever freedoms you have now where more than likely secured for you by the use, of or threat of, a weapon at some point in the past.

That said the American obsession with guns is a bit disturbing, but it is not the guns at fault. One of the core issues is the culture that glorifies and promotes violence as an acceptable first response to any disagreement.

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Re: Do they seriously think that owning a Glock is a greater guarantee

"A single Glock, no. 10 Glocks, absolutely yes."

The only problem with that is you can only use a max of two of them at once.

Developer swings DMCA sueball at foul-mouthed streamer PewDiePie

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Re: Perjury

funny thing about free speech is your going to hear stuff you don't like.

As soon as you say it is alright to censor someone because you don't like the intolerant racist shit they spout then you become just like the many tyrants of history and today who would silence any speech they disagree with.

If you don't like what someone is saying don't do business or associate with them, but don't try to shut them up. Let them speak loudly and widely so everyone will know exactly what sort of person they are.

I for one would rather have the racists and other intolerant extremists saying exactly what they feel like saying. Makes it easier to know who the bigots are.

As the old saying goes, “I wholly disapprove of what you say—and will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Re: The mind absolutely boggles.

"They are not very smart,"

Never underestimate the intelligence of your opponent. The reason the TLA's keep doing this kind of BS is because they believe everyone else is too stupid to care or powerless to do anything about it.

And sadly, they are for the most part correct.

Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Re: Take away apps/functionality with an OS update?

"... do we now have to start worrying what MS is going to take away with each OS update?"

Yes. Yes you do.

US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

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Re: Note to users...

"When they start putting these in newborns, I'll be very afraid!"

I'll be afraid when the they start requiring them for anything, right now they just worry me.

"Then again, chipping convicted felons might not be a bad idea."

Once a person has completed their sentence they should not continue to be punished for their crime.

Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m

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There are some things money can't buy

While I can think of a lot of things I would do with 7 million there are also some things that I wouldn't sell for anything.

Glad to hear there are others who don't value money above everything else.

Sadly those who do value money will do whatever it takes to get it from those who have it. I wouldn't be surprised if some new city regulation or ordinance gets passed that will either force the land to be sold, or simply seized, shortly after some "contributions" to the local city government.

Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama

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What would be really funny ...

What if the investigation reveals that the there was hacking, and it was to inflate the number of votes Hillary received in an attempt to ensure she became President?

HMS Illustrious sets sail for scrapyard after last-ditch bid fails

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Will anyone be suprised?

Why do I have a feeling that this ship will not be cut up for scrap?

Will anyone be surprised if it gets transferred to some other country, retrofitted, renamed and recommissioned?

I hope there are some safeties in place to prevent something like that.

Judge orders FBI to reveal whether White House launched 'Tor pedo' torpedo exploits

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Re: This just got "interesting"....

"Witch Hunt"


A very scary film because it really happened. 36 innocent people people convicted and sentenced in one of California's biggest child abuse/pedophile cases. 20+ years later 34 of them had been released, the last two died in prison after serving 14+ years of their sentences.

Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: I've said it before

Thus speaks the MSCE "IT Professional"

Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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slight correction

An "assault rifle" as legally defined is full auto and used by military and LEOs.

An "assault weapon", which is what the gunman had and has no standard legal definition, is a semi-auto civilian version of a military assault rifle.

Just being pedantic but this always ruffles me off when people mix up the two.


Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

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Hang on ...

Doesn't the USA have some Federal level laws about unauthorized access/use of a computer or some such that can get a person put in jail for 20-life?

Oh, wait, just remembered the police are exempt from following the laws they are supposed to be upholding.

never mind.

Minecraft marketing mods miff Mojang

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Re: Regain a little dignity...

Just installed it. Thanks for the link :)

ISS pump-up space podule refuses to engorge

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I wonder

could it have gotten cold enough in there for the air in the tanks to liquefy?

No, it couldn't be that simple. Someone would have thought of that an installed heaters to prevent it from happening it there was a chance of it being a problem.

Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

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well ...

The ME262 does have a nice set of nacelles.

Iraq shuts down internet to prevent exam cheating. The country's entire internet

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Re: Loss

Ah, but what about the time wasted checking if FB is back on line every two minutes?

Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

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So ...

Putin wants a bigger missile.

Why does the word "compensating" come to mind?

Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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Building a rocket is not new. Its just doing the math, drawing some blueprints and building it.

What is impressive as all Hells to me is the programming needed to pull this off.

I used to teach real time embedded programming and from a RTOS programmers standpoint this is just Freaking incredible.

Serious Kudos to the SpaceX team that wrote and tested the code.

Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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Super conspiracy mode : ON

What if the chicken wing theft was just a false flag operation to get a stingray activated in an area that contained a "person of interest" (terrorist, civil rights lawyer, environmental activist, etc.).

Sure, they could have just used a Stingray without a warrant, and risked getting anything they collected thrown out later as tainted. BUT by getting the warrant to use the device they can say the data collected against the "person of interest" was not illegally acquired since it was the result of a legal search using the Stingray device that just "happened" to pickup some other data. Sort of like a cop using a warrant to search a house for a stolen coffee maker and finding a few lines of cocaine that belong to a visiting friend on the kitchen table, sure its outside the scope of the original warrant but still admissible.

After all, they didn't catch the wing thief did they?

Super conspiracy mode : OFF

mines the grey trench coat with the graphene/kevlar/tin foil composite lining and matching hat..

F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

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Re: This is how the US is preserving its air superiority

Fun fact about the USA. The original Constitution only authorized the Navy/Marines, it forbid a standing Army and of course the Air Force wasn't even imagined.

A Civil war, some amendments and technological advancements later and the USA now has everything their Founding Fathers didn't think a good country should have.

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Re: This is how the US is preserving its air superiority

"The F-35 is destined to be a very expensive laughing stock around the world."

Don't you mean

"The F-35 is a laughing stock around the world."

Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

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Re: What a criminal waste of helium

Most of the "issues" were caused by bad design choices. The Hindenburg was covered in a paint that was effectively thermit and had thousands of gallons of diesel fuel on board. All the hydrogen was burned up with in the first 90 seconds, and the hydrogen fire burned UP, it was the burning diesel fuel that fell down.

Watch the video of the Hindenburg again sometime, and remember that Hydrogen flames are nearly invisible.

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Re: What a criminal waste of helium

They could always switch to Hydrogen.


These are unmanned units so loss of life is not an issue, except possibly when taking off and landing. What made the Hindenburg so deadly was not the gas it used but the highly flammable paint it was coated with and all the diesel fuel it was carrying. With a properly designed gas envelope and equipment pod there is no reason it couldn't be at least as safe as what they currently use.

Most people reactions to using hydrogen are just like their reaction to nuclear energy. Hydrogen==Hindenburg!! nuclear==Fukushima!!, both cases the problem was caused by poor design choices, not the core technology itself.

Something else I just thought of. It might be possible to use condensed water from the air and some of the solar energy to keep the gas envelop topped up so the "on station time" might be extended. This is just an off the top of my head idea, I don't know what the rate of gas escape is and all the other factors that need to be accounted for but it might be something to look into.

Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

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Chuckle ...

This is what you get when you make your software dependent on a closed source proprietary software package that you don't have direct control over.

Sucks to be Adobe right now, glad I don't have any their stock.