* Posts by MrZoolook

409 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Feb 2012


Biden's facing the clock to veto Apple Watch import ban after ITC patent ruling


Re: Its just someone wanting a slice of the action

It is, actually.

Supreme Court says Genius' song lyric copying claim against Google wasn't smart


Re: "the results were often character-for-character copies of song texts it hosts"

Eiffel 65 : "I'm blue, apple pie, Aberdeen, apple pie, Aberdeen, apple pie, Aberdeen, apple pie, Aberdeen, apple pie...."

Inclusive Naming Initiative limps towards release of dangerous digital dictionary


So instead of "man in the middle", one wonders if the more inclusive "person in the middle" would then be exclusionary to otherkin, kitty folk, attack helicopters,or other delusional species people use to describe themselves as.


Re: And by "solving" a non-problem ...

I remember seeing signs on British roads saying "Get in lane", which I always thought would be better pronounced "git". Especially considering the car in front being driven like it inevitably was at the time.


Re: Too Anglocentric

I once got into an argument with someone on a YouTube video about Lenny Henry. He called me out on the fact I said Lenny Henry was, among other things, one of the funniest black comedians on TV. He insisted I should've called him African American.

Today's old folks set to smash through longevity records


Re: Well of course...

"And people like them are putting my life at risk. I'm fighting breast cancer & (the next) red devil chemo mashes your immune system... But hey, let's not get immunised, let's go out with active cv19 infection. I can tell you Fibromyalgia, Carboplatin/Nab-Paclitaxel chemo, breast cancer and cv19 is *not* an enjoyable experience."

So, what you're saying is, they should be forced into medical treatment as a convenience to you.

Got it, you're as selfish as them. All you had to do was say that.

If we plan to live on the Moon, it's going to need a time zone


"The schedules looked funny in California"

Everything... EVERYTHING looks funny in California.

Possibly because everything causes cancer in California. But I'd argue it's more likely that California IS a cancer infecting everything in it, making those schedules look funny.

How to get the latest Linux kernel on your Ubuntu box


Re: Latest Kernal

Hard to fix it if the fix involves connecting to the internet, and the problem is you need a network card driver.

Say what you like about Windows, but I've never had it 'helpfully' tell me I need to download a network card driver before. Unlike a few times I tried some Linux distros.

German 5G network ban said to loom for Huawei and ZTE


Re: key parts of critical infrastructure might become dependent on foreign technology

"We all know that the US government is an unhealthy mixture of paranoid, batshit crazy (well, half of them)"

To be clear, with half of them blindly right, and the other half blindly left, they are ALL crazy. Anyone not identifying as centrist, by definition, is indoctrinated into batting one way or the other, rather than for reasonable debate on a subject.


Re: key parts of critical infrastructure might become dependent on foreign technology


Huge lithium discovery could end world shortages ... Oh, wait, it's in Iran


If lithium is the new 'white gold', does that mean we need to rename white gold to something else?

I propose we call it shite gold, because I've never been able to afford anything made with it, so it's as useful as shite anyway.


Re: Operation Iran Freedom

"So wrongdoings in the past couldn't have been stopped when they were occurring?!"

Not what he's saying. He's pointing out that until something has been done, that it can be stopped. But I'm sure you knew that and just wanted to sound clever.

I mean, if we use your logic, you're suggesting nothing bad has ever been stopped, right?

What was that about being naive?

Sensitive DoD emails exposed by unsecured Azure server



They used the same level of security, albeit digital, that they used with the documents in Biden's garage.

It's been 230 years since British pirates robbed the US of the metric system


As a Brit living in the US, I've heard many people saying that using Fahrenheit for temperatures is better because humans don't usually encounter temperatures outside the range 0 to 100°f, so outside that range represents too hot or too cold.

I've also heard people saying the Fahrenheit scale is more accurate, somehow. Apparently by people ignorant of the invention of the decimal point.

Neither argument makes sense, and when I tell them that, the potential for them to shoot me is the next thing they try using to convince me otherwise.

Firefox 106 will let you type directly into browser PDFs


PDFs..? Haven't we moved on to better things yet?

YouTube loves recommending conservative vids regardless of your beliefs


Re: Worth noting the dates

Yes, they did.

European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab


Re: Null and void

As a non-EU citizen, I'm disgusted that the EU can't abide by their own data security regulations.

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make 'the world a tiny bit more welcoming'


Re: we constantly change our use of language, master/slave white/black can and must change

It takes even less time and effort to just say 'sod off' and carry on using the words as they have been used previously.


Re: you can try and help

Proof, else you are a liar.


Re: @Yet Another - Problem is

"YOU are aware that black means bad and white means good in that sense, right?"

Blackboards, those things that used to be used to... you know, educate people, were bad?

I think we understand why you think the way you do, now. You refused to be educated because of the evil blackboards that were oppressing minorities... (sigh)

Oh ****... Sudo has a 'make anyone root' bug that needs to be patched – if you're unlucky enough to enable pwfeedback



... Linux just works.

It's Black Hat and DEF CON in Vegas this week. And yup, you know what that means. Hotel room searches for guns


Re: Firearm Justification!

"Firearms are designed to kill, therefor saving lives is not what they are designed for. People think they need guns for protection."

Clearly you have never sat in a tent, late at night, and listened to a bear two meters away, waiting to see if it was going to come through the canvas.... with a rifle in your lap, as I have.

Nor have you spent the night in the woods, surrounded by a pack of wolves, and hoping you have enough wood to last till daylight, as a friend of mine, who got a bit turned around coming home, did.

Nor have you had to deal with a wounded bear, big enough to have paws the size of dinner plates, the rest of matching size, as my uncle did on more than one occasion.


Get this a lot in the MGM hotels in Vegas?

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!


Re: Ambiguity; not in this case.

"in the US you can shoot someone dead for simply stepping onto your property"

Liar. You still need a good reason.

Postmen/delivery drivers have 'implied consent' until you tell them you remove it. If a kid kicks his ball into your yard, you are not legally entitled to shoot them as they come up to your door asking to get it back. If a car breaks down on the road outside your house, you can't just kill the driver for asking to use your telephone.

Just 3 examples of how your statement is wrong, and there are many more.

Christ alive, if someone with your attitude is allowed firearms, it really does prove that the psychological checks they are supposed to carry out don't work.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10


Re: What the hell is a jiga byte??

To paraphrase DeNiro, Fuck DeNiro!

Pluto is more alive than Mars, huff physicists who are still not over dwarf planet's demotion


Re: It's a big round ball wizzing round the sun innit?

Pluto's orbit is so far off the ecliptic plane, that it goes nowhere near Neptune's orbital path. It is correct, however, to say that it does approach the sun nearer than Neptune, because its orbit is so elliptical. This is in common with comets, as much as anything else.

Top UK court to rule whether 4.5m Brit iPhone fanbois can sue Google over cookies


How does one "pay themself" anyway? Surely, the net result would be zero income or outgoings...

... I'll get my coat.

President Trump broke US Constitution with Twitter bans – judge


Re: First Amendment Violation?

"It's not Trump's feed. It belongs to Twitter. Never, ever, forget that you do NOT own anything that you post to so-called "social media". It belongs to the company running the servers."

Well, if its not his feed, and it belongs to Twitter, Trump shouldn't have been named in the lawsuit. And, further, it is Twitter who should've been sued. So, the judge erred on that count, and the appeal will fully dismiss the findings of the first hearing.

So, now we've established Trump is innocent, and the court simply found him guilty through corruption, the judge involved and the prosecutors should be sacked immediately, right?


Re: First Amendment Violation?

Indeed, as a non-American, I just see this as a CNN type of tactic to have a dig at him... "because I don't like him" instead of it actually being some valid thing.

They can read his posts, and can comment on the official POTUS account, so what's the deal? If he just copy/pastes stuff from @POTUS to his personal feed, it's just representing his personal views.

That he blocks them from replying on his personal feed, and is now under fire legally for doing so, tells me that the courts want to effectively tell us that blocking anyone from replying to anything posted by anyone, is now illegal.

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network


So VOIP 'is' a viable choice in an emergency?

Pretty much what the title says.

VOIP services always tell us that we shouldn't rely on them in an emergency. Now BT are effectively saying they are?

Which is it?

Parents blame brats' slipping school grades on crap internet speeds


"Respondents, whose children do homework, were asked ‘In terms of accessing the internet for homework and educational content'"

Context is key.

These surveys might as well say that 100% of non-educational Internet usage is non educational, so the Internet isn't educational.

Or that, 100% of educational use of YouTube is educational, with the inference that YouTube is an important educational tool. Obviously that's ignoring the fact that 99.9% of YouTube is non-educational, which flies in the face of it being useful for education.

On the whole, these types of surveys are set to prove something the survey setter believes, with wording used to come to a specific goal.

I mean, they asked people whose children used the Internet for study, and only wanted answers relevant to educational use. Completely ignorant of children who don't use the Internet educationally, and those who don't use the Internet at all.

Frankly, I'm surprised such a massive number of respondents said their kids didn't study on the Internet, when a prerequisite seemed to be that your kid DID study online.

Please, Hammond ... don't hurt 'em: 'Suggestions' time for UK digi tax clampdown


Re: Not such a good idea

"If utility A needed to dig up the road, then the council contacted all other utilities and asked if they had any work planned in the area, if so , do it at the same time."


Privacy folk raise alarm over schools snooping on kids' online habits


Re: Not a new problem

"someone discovered the racing game easter-egg in excel 2000 which was a sort of developer credit roll. And being part of excel, it couldn't be removed."

Which is why it won't be long until school computers have keyloggers intentionally installed, and that brings a whole new darker privacy concern than we have here.

But, thats the breaks you get for abusing school property, I guess.

Sheer luck helped prevent mid-air drone glider prang in Blighty


Surely the brick would be bounced out of the way of the window...

Oi, drag this creaking, 217-year-old UK census into the data-driven age


Remember this comment when you wish to draw a pension, and you suddenly about-face and give them every snippet of info they want so you can start drawing it.


Or just under 1/4 of an "NHS Post-Brexit budget increase", but that doesn't exactly roll of the tongue.

BBC Telly Tax heavies got pat on the head from snoopers' overseers


Re: Ex-BBC reporter makes it into IT journalism

Glottal Stop... I had to see a doctor about that!


Re: Magical Detector Vans

"due to my tendency to move apartments once the council tax people had started to get stoppy"

You mean you evaded paying council tax?

Two minor points.

1. Why the fuck should everyone else pay for services you undoubtedly used, and yet you think you shouldn't have to?

2. Now you have revealed yourself as a tax dodger, much like the corporations who eventually get a 90% discount on unpaid tax, your story seems somewhat less than credible.

RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics


Re: Well at least Homebase

The only Homebase I heard of, where cuntstomers expected to go in with a shopping list, give that list to staff, and go sit in the foyer while somone else did their shopping.

Just as well I never worked there.


Re: Well at least

Componant for hobbyists. You only need 1 capacitor? As far as I know, nowhere else sells that shit individually. Only a few pence last my mate remembered.

They'll even give you a 10% student discount on those 3 pence items... no joke.


Re: Well at least

I'm putting this comment on the same pedastool as "Guess she don't like the cornbread either" in Aliens.

A masterstroke in contextual humour.


Re: Well at least

"4 - Massively marked up cables and connectors"

Actually, my issue isn't with this, since you could just not buy them.

No, my issue is with stolen cables. My mum bought a TV that clearly advertised on the box that it came with an HDMI cable, only to have the pushy salesman try to sell her an HDMI cable.

Turns out that Maplin, and I've since found out other vendors, remove bundled cables SPECIFICALLY to drive up add on sales.

That is why I've never shopped there.

Stop slurping NHS data to enforce immigration laws? Not on your nellie, huffs UK Home Office


Re: Tricky

Informal immigration? You mean illegal, right?

It took us less than 30 seconds to find banned 'deepfake' AI smut on the internet


Re: Ooopss

"they had managed to find information on how to kill people with a car."

Running over them would seem to be both pretty effective, and easier than more elaborate ways.

I'd think the fact this is such common knowledge, pretty much nullifies any attempt at praising them for a 'job well done'on the subject.

TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps


Unless I'm mistaken, people don't get a choice in who they buy water from. It might not be a national monopoly, but each smaller regional water company is still a monopoly in that region.

Google's cell network Project Fi charged me for using Wi-Fi – lawsuit


Re: Is it sooo hard...

"Why the **** should she have to pull her cell phone out & turn off cell data?"

Pointing out the obvious... so that she doesn't use cellphone data when she's as home.

Have some personal fucking responsibility, or are you OK with being pigeonholed with the same kind of idiots who run lawnmowers over their kids, then sue the manufacturer because the handbook didn't specifically tell them not run the mower over their child?

Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!


So, short version, the guy was right even back then.

Cool story!


Re: GlamCabs

I was thinking ---> https://youtu.be/8rRA8GYzU8E

Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America


"He will have to live the rest of his life in the UK without travelling anywhere to avoid extradition case in another country."

So what? He's committed espionage. If he wanted to enjoy the freedom of travel afforded to law abiding citizens, he shouldn't have done it.

No sympathy here!