* Posts by BrownishMonstr

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Wi-Fi 6 isn't signed off yet, but boffins are already teasing us with specs for venerable wireless tech's next gen

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Re: Is that a hedgehog in your pocket?

Ermm, no.

Covid-19 came from a Chinese person who time-travelled from the future, where people are immune to different diseases than us.

True story.

Some lucky web developer just scored $20k to scour Facebook out of Neil Young’s website

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Re: $$$

Except they have a lot of users so you're making registration easier for those users, they have one less thing to remember and don't need to provide the website with all of the required information. The website may be able to get more info than needed.

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Re: $$$

I suppose it would be like using OAuth, you don't want to maintain the credentials for security reasons, so outsource it.

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

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Six people disagree with you. I suppose you should choose to be a dickhead, unless it's for your benefit; but even then, maybe not.

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Re: Horsehead Nebula is OK

Isn't that supposed to be:

'The horse says..."No"'.

Pay ransomware crooks, or restore the network? Guess which way this city chose after weighing up the costs

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Re: I wonder if...

I agree, there would be another type of cost for paying, in that the criminals are more likely to do it again.

Imagine if the Government made it illegal to pay the criminals the ransomware fee. I wonder if companies would still pay, or criminals would resort to something else.

India awards apps that offer citizens Microsoft and Google alternatives

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Re: Must be election season in India

1337 means LEET, no?

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Re: Must be election season in India

Thing is, whilst it seems silly, I would advocate for a similar EU-wide approach.

There's nothing worse than your personal details going to another country, especially one that likes to think it can do anything it likes with it.

You wouldn't want to be "outed" if your community is against you being gay, or whatever your secret is, and your life could be in danger. I don't think spies care about your life, their information is more valuable than Shitebag#1337.

Microsoft confirms pursuit of TikTok after Satya Nadella chats to Donald Trump

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Re: Microsoft Teens...

With a planned release of "Teens for Business".

Irony isn't dead... Facebook sues EU on data privacy grounds for requesting too much personal data

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I think if I was to start a company the documents would contain made up synonyms for the the big, bad words.

What evil lurks within the data centre, and why is it DDoS-ing the ever-loving pants off us?

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Re: SMTP ddos

How do you know he didn't mean the chap's ethnicity? He could have very well be born in the UK.

Most people refer to ethnicity as "race", and "Indian" would generally refer to people from the Indian sub-continent. So depending on what was meant, "Indian" could refer to the race.

UK govt finds £200,000 under sofa to kick off research into improving mobile connectivity on nation's crap railways

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Please, Sir, could you spend that on t' Norf?

Only EU can help us, pleads Slack as it slings competition complaint against Microsoft Teams

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Re: Slackbot is the worst

Our team is using, er, Teams* on the free-tier. We were using the free-tier Slack prior to WFH, however we needed the conferencing abilities that Free-Slack didn't provide (yes, we're freetards). As we are a financial company, BYOD is against company's policy so WFH is new for most of the team, as most don't have a company laptop.

Slack does feel more polished, or equally polished in a different way. But then my perception of Teams might just be having to work via Remote Desktop.

* See what I did there(?). Yes, fuck all, actually.

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Re: re: Which product had more bells and whistles is irrelevant.

I thought the issue was with electron---but I could be wrong. Am I wrong?

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I think the organiser has to remove you--at a guess, anyway.

Shocked I am. Shocked to find that underground bank-card-trading forums are full of liars, cheats, small-time grifters

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Maybe the admin is just a good guy, a cyber-age Robin Hood.

Or just a twat.

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Re: And there's another

He's never heard of a diff.

UK formally abandons Europe’s Unified Patent Court, Germany plans to move forward nevertheless

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Re: advantages all backwards

I was going to write a passive-aggressive response, but I shouldn't.

The whole point of the patent is to allow people and businesses to put their ideas into public and give them some protection in doing so.

If the fee was too high for normal people (without the big bucks) to patent ideas it could prevent them from submitting their wonderful ideas.

Arguably, the fee should be reduced (or waived) for people who cannot afford it, or even for everyone. You want people to put their ideas into the public, even if they don't have the expenditure to see it through to production. Big businesses can then buy the patent from the owner, who are able to see it through to production.

Geniuses are just born into rich families, it's just that they have more opportunities to share their ideas.

Worldpay stops turning in the UK, leaving trail of thoroughly miffed retailers and customers

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Re: Testing

Except you receive a bug report of something not working, but you expect it's because the required data doesn't exist in the 3rd party sandbox account, but you still spend hours because you don't want to be wrong.

FYI Russia is totally hacking the West's labs in search of COVID-19 vaccine files, say UK, US, Canada cyber-spies

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Re: In summary

Did racism and football-hooliganism come out of religion or Government? (Sure there's a possibility but I imagine it's low).

There's caste-ism in India, which I doubt came neither from religion nor Government, though the latter may exacerbate the situation.

Humans can only have a limited amount of people in their bubblesphere, people they care about. It's human nature to split ourselves into groups and distrust anyone else. There will always be bad actors who will want to deepen the divide for their own gain, whether or not they are members of the Government.

tl;dr:

Humans are shitty animals.

€13bn wings its way back to Apple after Euro court rules Irish tax deal wasn't 'state aid'

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Re: Corporation Tax should be 0%

He implied the smaller businesses will be harder affected than the big ones.

UK smacks Huawei with banhammer: Buying firm's 5G gear illegal from year's end, mobile networks ordered to rip out all next-gen kit by 2027

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Re: TL;DR:

Err..What?

I don't think the British Government have had a change of heart over Huawei as much as they feel they've been forced to reconsider their option. Especially when it would increase costs and delay the 5G roll-out. Costs might not be too important, but they wouldn't want 5G to be rolled-out late, not when it's the equivalent of waving your big dick to the world in full display.

Microsoft to take a break from Edge releases: Hits pause button to align with Chromium

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Re: Just curious

I have the new edge installed and it's very similar to Chrome (obviously). I even managed to drag a tab from Chrome to Edge.

But to answer your question, no I don't use it.

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO

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Re: He may have been taught, but Mr. F**ktard didn't learn a thing...

So, nothing short of suicide/death would be a better apology?

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Re: He's not an imigrant

He's saying it the way some people perceive it to be.

If you are white some people won't see you as an immigrant and won't say "fuck off back to your own country".

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

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Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

Do you have to encourage the application to work better?

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Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

Because the obscenity filter required it not be present.

You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. Fujitsu tells 80,000 of its Japan employees: From now on, you work remotely

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The only benefit could be a shorter commute. I don't know if that would offset meetings (easier face-to-face), your desk requirements (will hubs have good desks), and whatever else (free tea/coffee, secure drawers, which I don't lock but trust my colleagues not to rummage through).

Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a 'CDN' for some Javascript

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Why is that? So the person who learnt the lesson can now take it to another company?

I don't understand why we always want a person's head when it's a single mistake made public. It's warranted sometimes, but not all.

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Re: Data not at risk?

Isn't it obvious. They did an investigation using the way back machine to see if anyone retrieved the details.

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer

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Re: "HR" - there's your problem.

I knew that comment would come, it was something I was thinking about myself whilst writing it. But I was so pissed off with the way some companies think swapping people wouldn't have any effect I just wanted to have a moan.

But I agree, I think even professionals can sometimes feel they can't move jobs.

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Re: General concern

Yay I'm sub-human. Could be worse, I could also be from Burnley.

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Re: "HR" - there's your problem.

Which is fine because then my employment is me providing a service to the company and if I feel wronged, I will discontinue providing that service.

An employee is just a contractor with additional benefits.

An unfortunate bit of product placement for Microsoft as Liverpool celebrates winning some silverware

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Re: Clarification

Hm..death matches. There are those black-friday and pandemic fights, however.

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Re: Clarification

Isn't it just like saying "we won the war" when you were never a part of it. You identify with that team/community so you feel their victory is yours.

I personally don't watch football, I tried to as a kid but couldn't stand it for more than a few minutes, but I wouldn't say it's weird. Especially not when your hard-earned money goes on to buy your favourite team-branded clothes, season tickets, and whatever else that would go on to support them (i.e. their inflated salaries).

Arguably, one could say exclusively shopping at Asda would mean you should therefore see their success as yours, but that sounds silly.

It's now safe to turn off your computer shop: Microsoft to shutter its bricks-and-mortar retail locations worldwide

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Re: Track record

Microsoft has had some great ideas and could have succeeded, but they're fucking indecisive.

The best they can do now is to create another Brand with Microsoft's investment, but keep its identity far away from Microsoft, to the point where most consumers won't know it's Microsoft. In fact, keep MS's hands away from it and let the company fail/succeed by itself. It could be roaring success if done right.

Detroit cops cuffed, threw a dad misidentified by facial recognition in jail. Now the ACLU's demanding action

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Re: What database was the AI searching?

You would think the police would be just as terrified as another copper could access their details.

After working within an industry, I realise how trustworthy those operating within it are, hint: not very much. You see mistakes and questionable things, and you realise things, things you wouldn't imagine.

Do coppers, having seeing how other officers act, not think it could happen to them. Do they not pay more attention? Or do they look after their own kind? If the last one, that is extremely terrible and I personally would have zero trust in them.

Fire the fuckers that do that.

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Re: The problem is not the AI, it's the police

What is defined to be an average, white man? Blue eyes? Blonde hair? Loves football? Is neither posh, nor too poor? Born and bred in Manchester? London?

An average white man can be discriminated against depending on who is doing the discrimination, whether they are an elite who looks down on "grubby northerners", or indeed if the discriminator isn't white (there was a school where Muslim teachers were being hired/promoted and others would get the boot).

As per my handle, I'm not white, but I would much prefer the world to be fair to all, including the poor, than to a select few.

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Re: The problem is not the AI, it's the police

Well, it depends. Which white man?

California Attorney General asks judge to force Lyft and Uber to classify drivers as employees – or else

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Re: Radio Rentals

Perhaps not if you had a cab company's logo on---as a user, you wouldn't want to be charged different one day to the next.

CSI: Amazon.com coming soon to a screen near you

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Re: Hit where it hurts

In my eyes, Amazon has lost reputability. If something was important, or there could be severe consequences if using the product was fake, I would generally buy it from elsewhere, for example ointments.

I still buy shit products from Amazon, but I haven't a clue if they're fake or just, well, shit. When I was a kid everything seemed to have worked much better.

Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez

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Re: Microsoft still at it

But wouldn't the analogy be you couldn't buy some cartridge for some disney product that didn't pay disney a license fee?

Or like asking Sony why you have to pay them a fee to distribute a game, which you developed, on disk using your own money?

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Re: Microsoft still at it

Regarding the Apple Store, at least on iOS they all use Navigator/WebKit, so they will all render the Web page the exact same. The only difference is they may sync your bookmarks, passwords, etc with the desktop equivalent.

No surprise: Britain ditches central database model for virus contact-tracing apps in favour of Apple-Google API

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Re: Had to happen

Wait, you're saying HMRC can do something very successfully if they pull their finger out of their arsehole?

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches

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Re: It's an unknown

You're certainly correct, but who cares about naming the protocol when you're just a user.

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Re: It's an unknown

Not for me, it costs when sending images via SMS.

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Re: It's an unknown

WhatsApp used to be a paid for service, free for the first two years then a couple of quids for a year or so

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo

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Re: Here's a an option, go retro!

How much of an option will that be when the games' online servers are taken offline or repurposed?

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I hate we can no longer download demos. Like seriously, if your game is that good, let people have a taste of it.

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Re: useable desktop replacement

Wasn't that the PS3? And US army bought a load for that exact reason?

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