* Posts by veti

3118 posts • joined 25 Mar 2010

US regulators push back against White House plan to police social media censorship

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Re: Except ...

One thing that makes commenters look particularly clueless is when they imply that people who call themselves "anti-fascist" can't themselves be fascistic.

Personally I don't think that's the right word for them, but I do think "antifa" has something to answer for in the present state of US politics.

I couldn't possibly tell you the computer's ID over the phone, I've been on A Course™

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Re: Accidentally ordered 8 TONNES of oak planks.

I suppose that "why is the army throwing away 100,000 brand new top quality sleeping bags?" would be classified.

Huawei goes all Art of War on us: Switches on 'battle mode' and vows to 'dominate the world'

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Re: no longer required US components

I've never believed that he actually wanted to buy Greenland. Even apart from the "buying a country" thing, Greenland of all places? - the population is less than 20% white, and it has one of the most socialist systems in Europe.

The whole thing was just a diversion.

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Re: no longer required US components

I recommend buying a phone from any manufacturer whose name you haven't seen in the news in the last six months. When you buy Apple or Samsung or Huawei, you're paying for a premium brand.

My current phone is an Oppo, it's two years old and has given excellent service from new. And it was cheap.

Eighty-year-old US 'web scam man' on the run after pocketing $250,000 in Dem 'donations'

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The most depressing feature of this story

... is that, apparently, '.website' is a TLD now.

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students

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Re: BOFH potential for sure

Are you missing the bit about "high school"?

This is what schoolkids do. They gotta learn the boundaries sometime, it's not innate knowledge, of course they're going to overstep them. It's why we give them their own systems, so they don't damage anything important.

Dry patch? Have you considered peppering your flirts with emojis?

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Re: Maybe just stick to calling your mom in future?

'LOL' has never meant "lots of love", at least not in common usage. Of course a non-trivial number of people do use it that way, but only because they've never checked an appropriate lexicon.

Microsoft Notepad: If it ain't broke, shove it in the Store, then break it?

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Re: Blink... Notepad?


You're welcome.

Overstock's share price has plummeted. Is it Trump's trade war? Bad results? Nope, its CEO has gone bonkers...

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Re: Uncharitable

"Black Wednesday" was some four years before the euro was even announced, much less launched (which took another four years after that). There was not the slightest chance of Britain's joining it.

The seeds of Black Wednesday were planted by Mrs T herself, when she chose to enter the ERM at a moment when the pound had suddenly - and transiently - blipped up in value. She did this quite deliberately, on the basis that a strong currency would continue to impose good monetarist discipline on the UK; but, once she'd gone, it turned out the country wasn't really up for that kind of "discipline" any more, and so it wasn't sustainable.

'Hey Google, remind Greg the locks have been changed, and he should find a new place to live. Maybe ask his mistress?'

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Re: Dystopia, one improvement at a time

No need to wait, all the tools to create a bot for that are already freely available.

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Re: Dystopia, one improvement at a time

Preach it, brother. Maintenance is the hardest and most important part of the software life cycle, but also the least rewarded. (Because it's hard to sell, that's why.)

Until we can solve that, dystopia is kinda baked into the world.

You're all set for your long summer vacation. Suddenly a text arrives. It's the CEO. 'Data strategy by Friday plz'

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Text reply

"Good luck with that."

Donald Trump blinks in his one-man trade war with China: US govt stalls import tariff hike on Chinese phones, laptops, electronics

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Protection clears the field for locals - but it's far from clear that there are any who are waiting to work that field. If there are, then what's been stopping them for the past 30 years?

If the plan is to advantage them with special treatment, then a rational investor will discount that advantage as something that will probably be dropped as soon as Trump, or his successor, sees no future in it. Since Trump himself has absolutely no qualms about reversing his own policy, it would be the act of a moron to invest good money on the assumption that he'll stick to what he said.

Bit of a time-saver: LibreOffice emits 6.3 with new features, loading and UI boosts

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Re: Nah

Yeah, that explains why all those packages triumphed over their flashier rivals.

Oh, wait.

Hey dudes, we need to start living together in Harmony: Huawei puffs up new distributed OS

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Re: Global Times

That's an invariable, and possibly inevitable, consequence of unlimited space for news. 24 hour, websites constantly updated etc.

Because the truth is, nobody can produce enough actual news to fill that time and space. And so they add "analysis" (read: opinion), which is way easier to produce, because otherwise the audience might change channels.

Compounded by copyright law, of course - which basically says that facts are free but opinions are valuable.

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Re: And of course, "no details."

China is doing plenty itself right now to persuade us all that it's evil. From Hong Kong to New Zealand, it's been throwing its weight around in a most undiplomatic way.

Presumably because the US has basically given up on opposing it in the Pacific, they figure there's no reason why not.

Neuroscientist used brainhack. It's super effective! Oh, and disturbingly easy

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Re: Quelle Surprise !!!

So... "abuse" depends on sure and definitive knowledge of the technology creators' purpose. OK, then we need to get everyone who invents or markets anything to state clearly what it's intended to be used for.

"Misuse" is when the impact on society is negative. Setting aside the difficulty of defining "impact", or even "society" for that matter, who decides whether it's "negative"? One person's "negative impact" is another's "long-overdue correction". And often, negative and positive consequences are inseparable from one another. For example, Google spam filtering has all but eliminated spam from most Gmail users' inboxes - but at a cost of an increasingly non-trivial number of false positives, stopping a lot of legit mail from getting through. Is that a net negative or positive? - how do we decide?

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Re: Quelle Surprise !!!

Can you propose some rules or criteria by which we could tell when the technology was being "misused and abused"? (Are those the same thing, by the way, or two different things?)

If you can do that, then we might be able to suggest ways of monitoring or even policing the use. But if you can't, if you're just relying on "I know it when I see it", then you've got nothing.

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Re: So I guess VR was just a blip in history

Today's "VR" is like gaslight, circa 1860: it's a crude technology that clearly has much better alternatives, and will be replaced just as soon as those are up and running properly, but in the meantime - here and now - there's money to be made from it.

It's easy enough to combine the sensory input with paralysing the body so that it can't hurt itself, even though the brain still thinks the body is responding. That happens to us every night.

Chap uncovers privilege escalation vuln in Steam only to be told by Valve that bug 'not applicable'

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Re: Running a gaming PC without local admin rights is frustrating

Because Valve wants to control your games completely.

I don't know what sort of games you play, but in mine, it's common for my mod list/order, or other aspects of the config, to change. Personally I manage all that through separate, non-Steam software in the form of mod managers and editors (which do, indeed, bring up a UAC prompt every time something changes); but Valve would dearly love to bring it all in house, and have been making tentative moves in that direction for several years now.

And to do that, they want the player to be able to mod the game while it is running - which means, no UAC.

They say piracy killed the Amiga. Know what else it's killing? Malware sales. Awww, diddums

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Re: This reminds me on Son May

Being a non-signatory to Berne doesn't mean there are no copyright laws, merely that the country retains the power to set and change its own copyright laws as it sees fit.

Taiwan has its own copyright law, which applies broadly the same rules as Berne. I haven't tried to parse it in detail to see what the differences are, but it's certainly not true to say that "duplication of copyrighted works is perfectly legal in Taiwan".

And it's also not true to say that infringing copies can be freely imported from a non-Berne country into a Berne one. If that was the case at some time in the 90s, then that's because US law was a hopeless pig's breakfast (plus ca change...) and simply couldn't bring itself to implement the Berne rules. (Bear in mind that the US itself only ratified the Berne Convention in 1989.)

F-B-Yikes! FBI bod allegedly hid spy camera under desk to snap coworker's upskirt pics

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Thanks, Reg

For the mental image of upskirt shots of J Edgar Hoover.

Even if the cross-dressing stories are untrue, he was still the proud owner of the biggest collection of soft porn to be found anywhere outside the Playboy mansion. Seems like he would have sympathised with the aim, although that may have been overruled by disdain for the incompetence.

Watch as 10 cops with guns and military camo storm suspected Capital One hacker's house…

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Re: A little sensationalism?

Yeah, except that they found the guns when they were searching for something entirely different. The warrant has to "particularly describ[e]... the persons or things to be seized".

Unless the warrant they were using specifies "any arms potentially belonging to the landlord, who is not a suspect in the present matter", they're inadmissible.

Cambridge Analytica didn't perform work for Leave.EU? Uh, not so fast, says whistleblower

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The whole premise is, previous inquiries have found this way because - crucially, in their opinion - CA didn't get paid.

These new revelations - confirm that, sure enough, CA didn't get paid.

So I'm still wondering why anyone thinks it's a big deal.

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Re: No One Cares

The thing about the Russians is, there's no way of knowing what they spent on their campaigns. We've only heard about the advertising spend with Facebook (and even that number has been revised upwards at least once).

But that was only a fraction of the total. Much more important was the time invested by a team, of unknown size, of full time Internet trolls.

How many full time employees did each US campaign team have on social media? That's a number you can probably find out, if you want to dig a little. But how many did Putin have? Good luck finding that.

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Re: No One Cares

Just curious, how does the "rogue bunch of prosecutors" story mesh with the "completely exonerated" story?

Both are utterly completely false from top to bottom, but I'm still curious how it's possible to believe them both simultaneously.

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Re: Hi, Mitch

No, it's not. They said Trump had about a 30% chance.

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So Arron Banks gave money to UKIP, who... kept it?

I may be missing something, but I don't see how that amounts to a smoking gun for Cambridge Analytica.

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Re: No One Cares

It doesn't matter what crimes you commit, so long as you win.

Fixed that for you. If you lose, that's another matter. But to a winner, anything is permitted.

That's a problem, because politics only works at all if people respect at least some of the rules. And if you think you don't like politics, just wait till you see the alternative.

What's the last piece of software you'd expect to spy on you? Maybe your enterprise security suite? Bad news

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Re: Stop spying on me!

This is one of the important differences between US and European regimes. In Europe you have an explicit, though limited, right to privacy at work, even from your own employer.

Satellites with lasers and machine guns coming! China's new plans? Trump's Space Force? Nope, the French

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Re: Anti-Satellite isn't that hard

"Cascade is putting it a bit strongly, I'd say. Sure they would make low earth orbit a substantially more dangerous place, but if you're just hitting a couple of satellites and then waiting for debris to take care of the rest - we'll, that's likely to be a long wait.

Decades. Long enough for your movement and its cause to be long forgotten. So the strategic value is pretty much zip.

Screw MSPAC, man: Not in our name, Microsoft staff tell firm's political donation vehicle

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That was one of Thatcher's reforms. Before then, there was no option.

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Err.. How so? Microsoft just asked for the law to be made clear. Where's the hypocrisy?

Backdoors won't weaken your encryption, wails FBI boss. And he's right. They won't – they'll fscking torpedo it

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Re: Why do you need backdoors

Well, that rules out kiddie porn and terrorist plans right there. What exactly are they looking for, then?

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Why do you need backdoors

... When the front door is so easy to kick down?

I have nothing against the feds doing whatever it takes to crack any system that is physically in their possession. Once they've - done whatever they need to do to seize it from its owners, they can go nuts.

If they're not willing to do that, fuck right off.

And that's my idea for a compromise.

Azure consultant to sue Google for linking his cached pics to cloned site, breach of copyright

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Google is a publisher. The whole purpose of copyright law is to control publishers. I'm glad someone is, for a change, using it appropriately.

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Re: I don't understand all the ramifications, but...

You're making it up as you go along.

No, models do not have special legal privileges. Photographers might sign restrictive contracts to work with them, but that's purely voluntary on both sides. Like any contract.

Airbus A350 software bug forces airlines to turn planes off and on every 149 hours

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Re: Could be worse.....

Happens all the time. The entertainment system is not considered critical, so frankly I'm surprised when it lasts a whole flight.

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Re: Why is there a choice?

You know how much disruption it causes, to hundreds of thousands of people, when a whole fleet of planes is grounded? Even briefly (and we don't know how brief it would be)?

That's an order that only goes out when they find something really dangerous. This hazard is easy to manage, once you know about it. Indeed, if it's been in service for two years without anyone noticing, that suggests it's pretty easy to manage even if you don't know about it

Low Barr: Don't give me that crap about security, just put the backdoors in the encryption, roars US Attorney General

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Re: Big Business vs. Individuals

The endgame here is to ensure there will never again be an administration that he doesn't agree with. That's the logical trajectory of US politics right now.

That's why the Supreme Court has disclaimed all interest in gerrymandering, and the last act of the outgoing Rep state governor in Wisconsin was to sign a law stripping his own office of powers. If you really believe, as increasing numbers of these scumbags do, that the other side is Evil, then you can't allow democracy.

(And yes, the Democrats are moving the same way. Arguably the only reason they're lagging is because they're the underdogs, so have more to gain from pluralism. If Americans can't get over this, the country is finished.)

Brussels changes its mind AGAIN on .EU domains: Euro citizens in post-Brexit Britain can keep them after all

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Re: Do you want a second referendum

The European elections were subject to many of the same flaws as the original referendum, plus several more that it didn't have. It's hard to interpret a vote - even for the Brexit party - as unequivocally about Brexit and nothing else.

I would favour two more referendums, to be held a week apart. The final referendum would be "should we leave or remain?" The penultimate one would be "If we vote to 'leave' next week, should that mean 'this deal' or 'no deal'?" And both referendums should be considered as binding on parliament, on the strength of a simple majority.

That way everyone would have the chance to vote for what they want, and it would be clear which of the three currently available options they were voting for.

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Re: .fu


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You are missing the point, which is that a .uk TLD is only useful if you're scamming - sorry, I mean serving - the UK market. You may be based in Nigeria, but that TLD will give a useful false sense of familiarity to only one market segment. It wouldn't help you scam, e.g., Germans or Americans.

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Re: Do you want a second referendum?

You make a strong case for a second referendum. Was that your intention?

Apollo 11 @ 50: The long shadow of the flag

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Re: The most expensive dick swinging contest in history

I assume that people who post AC are usually trolling (i.e. don't really believe what they say), unless there's an obvious alternative reason.

That goes for you too.

Literally braking news: Two people hurt as not one but two self-driving space-age buses go awry

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Re: Not sure? Why not?

Wraparound cameras would capture some but not all of the relevant data. You'd also need to examine the LIDAR logs, and rerun the decision algorithm to see if it thought that pigeon over on the left was in fact a small child who was about to run across the road...

At some stage, you start wondering "how much data is enough to analyse 95% of incidents, and how much more would we need to spend to figure out that last 5%?" And likely come up with numbers that make a city council look a bit thoughtfully at their budget.

Those facial recognition trials in the UK? They should be banned, warns Parliamentary committee

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Missing detail

Could the committee suggest what a satisfactory "legal framework" would look like, and how we would know if we had one?

Elon Musk's new idea is to hook your noggin up to an AI – but is he just insane about the brain?

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Where's the privacy policy?

If people are upset about web servers accessing their cookies and the NSA tapping their Skype calls, how are they going to feel about Elon frickin' Musk reading their thoughts?

Literally rings our bell: Scottish eggheads snap quantum entanglement for the first time

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Re: Scotch eggheads???

The difference is that Deutschland and francaise are foreign words in foreign languages. Scots and Scottish, however, are perfectly cromulent English words used by native English speakers speaking English.

300,000 edgy folk pledge themselves on Facebook to storming supposedly UFO-tastic Area 51

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Shooting at one guy, who was given plenty of warning, is one thing. (If that even happened. Can you link to a report?) Shooting at a huge crowd of people who might, for all you can tell, include your brother and your mother, is something else entirely.

If nothing else, it would guarantee a one way ticket to federal prison for everyone concerned. Even in Trump's America, you can't just turn military weapons on a crowd of unarmed civilians - not without starting a real war, anyway.


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