* Posts by DN4

128 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Jan 2011


Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption


Re: Mr Barack "Hope & Change" Obama

> They arn't ever gonna get to go to Uni, in the US, at the expense of the Taxpayers Dime. No matter how many times he makes that promise.

Yes, there are many reasonable laws/policies/... that are unlikely to be ever implemented in the US. The list is in fact so long that I do not want where to start... Your point?

US DoJ files motion to compel Apple to obey FBI iPhone crack order


Re: I am surprised ..

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania all communist? Such statement requires a staggering level of ignorance.

What rock you've been living under the last 20 years? Probably the only thing that would make your list even more silly would be the inclusion of East Germany (that ceased to exist in 1990).

BTW, lots of other countries on the list have various kinds of odd and hardly democratic but non-communistic regimes...

iPhones clock-blocked and crocked by setting date to Jan 1, 1970


Re: " date format between US mm/dd/yy and the rest of us should die in a fire"

> Anything that goes through many versions on my computer gets named 2016_02_14_filename.txt.

In mine it is stored in a revision control system...

LinkedIn sinkin': $10bn gone in one day as shares plummet 40%


Re: LinkedIn...

> Comment forums (like this one) are absolutely in the category of social media.

This would mean the moment a comment section is added somewhere, new ‘social medium’ arises. Which is ridiculously broad. You lose all the important distinctions between actual social media and ‘anything on-line and not completely static’.

Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC


Re: Sounds Really Clever?

The hard drive has nothing to do with it. Entire /sys is a virtual filesystem (with a bunch of other virtual fs usually mounted inside).

2015 wasn't about AWS. It was about everybody getting ready to try to beat AWS


Re: Do I need a cup of coffee?

And the percentages are odd anyway. From 1.05 to 1.5 is 42% increase, this one seems right, but from 1.1 to 2 the increase is just 81%, not 181%.

Telegram messaging app blocks some 'public' ISIS-related channels


telegram i remember them stop now stop

Refined player: Fedora 23's workin' it like Monday morning


Re: GNOME 3 = Mental illness

GNOME 3 is pretty braindead, but minimise buttons? Come on. Their only purpose was to placate Win 3.11 users. If you are looking for minimise button you do not have enough virtual desktops - or are not using them right.

SourceForge staggers to feet after lengthy STORAGE FAIL outage


Re: Malware

> SF is now a dodgy download site and should be blacklisted.

There's still lots of good software hosted on SF and from your comment I suppose you tend to use it to download binaries -- which important but somewhat auxiliary function of such site. And it's the one most fucked up on SF.

Anyway, what are the suggested alternatives that offer beside SCM some basic auxiliary stuff such as

- mailing lists

- forums

- web hosting

- download of packages/binaries



GitHub-like portal?

Whatever you say about SF, it has been here for much longer than GitHub and at some time (long ago) it was close to being ‘the’ open source hosting portal. Is it already necessary to introduce it to people as ‘something like GitHub’? Sad.

It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app


Re: The sad bit is

> the core idea of a taxi license is setting up some much needed frequent checking on drivers, their cars and their insurance

And what if I just don't care? When I was hitchhiking, there was no checking on drivers, their cars and their insurance either. I took the risk and it was my business to do so.

I am not defending Uber specifically, just saying the reasoning something must be regulated because it must be regulated because it must be regulated... is just nonsense.

So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white


Re: Can't we just employ the best people for the job

So then companies with homogeneous workforce (of any colour, gender and sexual preferences) will lag behind the diverse ones, eventually go bust and the problem will solve itself. No quotas necessary.

We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe


First, BBC has not been asked to remove any personally identifiable information, that's completely irrelevant here.

Second, the ‘right to be forgotten’ does not apply to the media, they are exempt. You can ask Google to suppress search results, you cannot ask BBC to remove the actual news.

Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises



> the Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem proves that a bandwidth-limited wave can be perfectly captured and reconstructed to be as smooth as the original.

Are you saying the music is a truly periodic signal, or that it is sampled in time from minus infinity to plus infinity or something similar? If not, how do you apply the theorem to get *perfect* reconstruction for finite non-periodic signals?

Of course, perfect reconstruction is not actually needed in practice. But that is a different matter and one has to go and do the hard work... Waving the sampling theorem in front of people is just bullshit.

Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown



I suppose the next step will be historical books about the Civil War that display the flag, or are they disallowed already?

What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress


Technically correct. The best kind of correct.

> Strictly speaking, the Brazilian and Peruvian governments do not have rights over the name "Amazon"...

Well, there is your problem. Problem for everyone except US companies, that is. If you write the rules to permit companies naming themselves or their product after some existing entities, trademark that and force the original entity ‘out of business’, what do you expect to happen? Names like Amazon or Apple should be simply forbidden. I wonder how the congressmen would be pleased with a company named ‘US Congress’...

Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?


Re: Speaking as a Scientist...

> We generally don't have root privileges on our machines...

So Macs have better workarounds for restrictions that make computers not fit for the purpose?

You have a problem.


What about us?

Here it is like half Windows, half Linux.

The dividing line goes approximately between people just using commercial software and people creating their own tools (the latter would not be considered normal users in an office but in a physics department it is different). While Macs can do both and there is usually a way to get most Windows and Linux software working, the appeal to people either locked deeply in Windows software or accustomed to open source environments and tools is kind of limited...

Don't believe the hype: When that DATA seems just too good


Re: Arse about face

> I ask for payment and get it.

Please list some examples of respectable scientific journals that paid you for publishing a paper.

Otherwise, I say utter bollocks.

The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change


Re: Consensus is not science

> Consensus is not science, and if you have to rely on it as a persuasion tool, you are not in a scientific debate, but rather a social one.

Well, this is unfortunately true only if we can reasonably falsify the statements by experiments. Which covers lots of science but not all.

For instance in pure mathematics, the purest of sciences, the consensus is everything. Yes, the theorems and proofs may be objectively correct or wrong. But that is something we cannot readily verify (leaving aside some simple cases). The only known method for checking them is that the original author tries to explain as well as he can and other people try to understand, go through and reproduce the proof. So at the end, mathematical proof is a social construct. It is verified by consensus, nothing else.

Private cloud has a serious image problem


Re: According to recent Gartner data,

> why would the toaster need to talk to the 'fridge?

For the person making toasts or storing milk in the fridge, there is no reason. But as the means of surveillance (and thus implicit control), connected toasters and fridges may come handy.

Unicode wonks are bringing home the BACON, as an emoji


Re: In a Pickle

> Is Unicode finally running out of code points that they need to start desperately pursuing re-use over clarity of expression?

Maybe just saving space for useful things...

Considering the development from :-) to these emoji things, they will be superseded again in a few years by something else, probably animated and making sounds or whatever -- and hopefully falling out of the Unicode domain.

And considering clarity of expression, if Apple shows ‚envelope with downwards arrow above‘ as ‚envelope with rightwards arrow at left‘, it does not get much clearer than that, does it?

You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up


Re: inkscape featues

You can set text-decoration attribute to underline in the built-in XML editor. Not convenient but frankly I cannot see discouraging people from underlining text as a bad thing...

Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath – solution or part of the problem?



> How can we express righteous outrage with Facebook or Google's relentless privacy assault, when we continue to hand valuable stuff over?

Your ‘we’ is not us.

Apart from Google Search that I indeed use -- cautiously, with blocking and with a reasonable idea what can be mined from the search terms -- I do not indulge in handing valuable stuff over. So how can *we* express righteous outrage? Easily.

What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'


Re: R. A. E.

Well said. And now please actually go read the article and find out that the breakdown includes the assembly cost.

Junk in your trunk is Amazon Germany's new delivery plan


Ingenious. I cannot imagine anything that could possibly go wrong with this plan...

What's broken in this week's Windows 10 build? Try the Start Menu, for one


Re: letters appear twice WTF?!

> one of the big advantages of Windows is that it provides a toolkit for things like input boxes

The big advantage over what exactly? Every relevant graphical environment has some GUI toolkit (often more than one) and there is even a choice of crossplatform toolkits...

What's 'appening with WhatsApp? '800 MEEELLION LOSERS* actively use us', says boss


Re: $19bn?

Producing actual useful physical products? My, that is so difficult. And lots of things can go wrong in the process. You must be crazy to invest money to that...

Because the server room is certainly no place for pets


> I've yet to see somewhere that wouldn't benefit from virtualisation, to be honest.

I suppose you don't work with systems that interact with control/regulation systems, measurement instruments, ...

Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets


Please no huge leaps...

Have not tried 4.12 yet but all the talk about major updates and huge leaps makes me nervous. If I do not want something from a desktop environment, it is huge leaps. In any direction. And XFce fulfilled this perfectly, with each version being essentially the same, just a bit better.

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr


Fried cheese

> use a decent blue cheese

Or camembert-like or smoked cheese or anything you like. If you want a strong taste, use this:


(warning: might be classified as chemical weapon in the US).



> I thought in Czecho, all food always came with beetroot?

No, that must have been some bad luck if you got everything with beetroot. It's true restaurants here tend to add all sorts of random vegetables to meals for no good reason, but there's more variety than beetroot. Often it's cabbage (of whatever kind and form) that I fortunately happen to like, but it can be really anything. Beetroot is actually relatively uncommon and used [properly] only in some specific meals.

Norton Internet Security antivirus update 'borked Internet Explorer'


Re: ?

Irony detector malfunction?

Blackhat: Michael Mann brings an informed cybercrime yarn to the silver screen



> Our cybercriminal blackhat hero Nick Hathaway is the hunky, chunky Chris Hemsworth...

And this is a good thing. If you are the hunky chunky type you can easily became a superhacker. It's just another superpower that goes along with flying, instant regeneration and shooting lasers from your eyes, and that's the message everyone needs to get.

For pity's sake, you fool! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it worse


Re: surprise- a translation company doesn't understand IT (@Bassey)

> We in IT must not overestimate our worth...

Even pure IT companies tend to have buildings, furniture, etc. So differentiating IT and non-IT based on that makes little sense.

I would like to see a criterion that can tell computer game development is an IT business while banking is not, if there is one. Buildings and furniture? Amount of non-IT expertise? Amount of core business carried out inside/by computers? How customers use/interact with their products? None actually cuts it.

Robot vacuum cleaner EATS WOMAN


Re: Sleeping on the floor?

Sleeping on the floor [level] is quite normal in some part of the world.

Snoopy Fujitsu tech KNOWS you'll click that link – before YOU do


risk analysis results

Random noise plotted with nice colour bars is still random noise.

Snowden SLAMS iPhone, claims 'special software' tracks users


tracking software in iPhone

Probably just baseless Russian propaganda. Also, it is probably true...

Alan Turing's lost notebook goes under the hammer


Re: Truing biography

> The problem with mathematical notation is that it is usually designed by accountants, physicists, and, of course, mathematicians.

That's not the problem, that's the stroing point. Mathematical notation is created (rarely designed) to express some concept consisely and in a way that helps *the person creating it* thinking about the concept/using it correctly. Anyone doing non-trivial math develops new notations all the time. If lots of other people find a particular notation helpful it sticks. It's a natural selection following the devlopment of the field.

The last thing we need is notation designed by cognitive psychologists who don't even understand the mathematical concepts. As for graphical design, notations are typically first created for writing by hand (scribbling, actually). The time for typographical refinement comes when (if) they do stick.

Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites


Re: What might be fitting

> Why just before a group of muslims?

Noticed the topic of the article?

Otherwise I agree. Although existential proof may not be sufficient; it's also a matter of quantity...

User flexibility without the risk


Re: Satire?

Reasonably expect.

Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?


Re: Apple's view

> You are not the copyright owner.

What the hell does any of this to do with the copyright owner?

When I buy a dead-tree book I own it. No problem including it in my Will. We only want the same for the non-dead-tree stuff.

HALF A BILLION TERRORISTS: WhatsApp encrypts ALL its worldwide jabber


Re: Welcome and useful

> The very fact that many messages are suddenly travelling encrypted means dragnet surveillance is much more difficult.

This in turn means more focus on getting the messages (and metadata) at the source, i.e. owning the devices. Not that it would not be happening anyway...

Crims zapped mobes, slabs we collared for evidence, wail cops


Re: Alternatively

> Innocent person wipes their mobile, unaware that they are destroying evidence.

And this complicated chain of events is something you say it happens often, or what's the point?

'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'


Re: "This is a false flag by /whichever agency/, probably NSA or something."

Yes, why bother, the main threats they need to focus on are whistlebowers, civil and digial right groups and such. 4chan can be a convenient scapegoat but the time doesn't seem to be right for that now.

Blood-crazed Microsoft axes Trustworthy Computing Group


Apple & Google competing on privacy & security

Thank you for the good laugh.

Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers


Re: I'm going to catch hell for this...

> don't work in a job that has a legal requirement to carry assistance dogs.

Or ensure that people allergic to dogs are considered a protected group... And lawyers will rejoice.

UK.gov eyes up virtual currencies, fingers red tape dispenser


Re: only a matter of time

...until we're all paying using gold, cigarettes, chicken eggs, etc.

Gmail gains support for non-ASCII email addresses


Re: More work

> ...and you don't speak English and you don't know non-Cyrillic alphabets and you use a Cyrillic keyboard...

i.e. any advanced use of computers is out of question for you, well, then you just use a contact list in your communication app. The little things with @s in them are not that important. They are some internal handles for computer geeks. You probably use social sites, not e-mail, to communicate anyway.

And if you have to you can still copy'n'paste an e-mail address when you see it even though you cannot type it. Which is excatly the situation *everyone* will be in soon.

ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION


There is a diference between, for instance, muder and negligience manslaughter even though in both cases someone is killed.

You can only *manipulate* the stock market intentionally. Otherwise you only affect it.