* Posts by MrZoolook

395 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Feb 2012


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!

Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps


Re: Not eating the bits at the bottom....

Bacon Streaks were good for that.


If women don't want orange crap on their fingers...

... they shouldn't insert them into Donald Trump!

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack


Re: Still looking for an electronic lock...

"a startup that wanted to help people that lost their house keys"

Maybe I'm missing something, or this is the point you're making, but if I lose my house keys, how would I be able to let this company scan my key to get a copy printed at all?

The company might just be better off scanning keys into a database 'before' customers lost their keys!

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it


Re: The Golden Age of flying is over

"I object in principle to paying for a seat except long haul."

So, you expect short haul seating for free?


Re: The Golden Age of flying is over

I was shocked when I came back (to Britain) from America on a 2 leg journey, with my changeover at Boston.

Somehow, the US's 5 hour security checking (or queuing) system, which I went through twice on this journey) failed to spot the pressurised can of Axe deodorant I inadvertently packed in my carry on luggage.

FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces


Re: allways the negative, never the positive.

"There's no rush, Holly."


Re: The child angle

I still shudder how calling someone an asshole can be treated as a racially motivated crime if anyone, even someone not involved, 'perceives' it as racially motivated.

Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1


Re: Desire...

It wasn't either of them. It was Dr Richard Kimble.


Another radical idea

My stepdad used to work for Maplin. He tells us that they routinely took out the included cables (be they USB, Scart, or HDMI) from boxed goods, specifically so they can sell them to you as add-on sales.

Perhaps an extension of bundling required cables in each device, should be a change in law to make it illegal for a firm to remove them to steal... er... generate extra sales.

The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall


Re: I think the first person to come up with a way of doing that could make a fortune

:I think the first person to come up with a way of doing that could make a fortune

Not sure about that, sounds complicated, I think it will take four or five attempts before it works properly.


That kind of instability will likely be an additional non-essential part of normal operating capacity... I think we should call it something now to help identify it.

Lets call it Java.

'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie


If only...

If only there was a way to select employees based on something other than a requirement to fill minority quotas, mistakes like this might not happen.

Some kind of merit based system, maybe?

Congress battles Silicon Valley over upcoming US sex trafficking law


Re: Nothing will change until this is changed ...

"The simple fact is that yelling 'FIRE!' in a crowded theatre most assuredly is protected speech."

I understand this is conceptually theoretical, but I'm pretty sure if you cause panic in a public place (and potential harm to others) by falsely and knowingly yelling "FIRE!", the free speech protection no longer applies.

At least, that's according to:


"if a court can prove that you incite imminent lawlessness by falsely shouting "fire" in a crowded theater, it can convict you."



"And in fact the line from Justice Holmes in Schenck v. United States is "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.'"



"In that situation, you aren’t being punished for your speech; but for creating a commotion that violated the rights of other people."



"The most commonly used example of disorderly conduct is yelling "Fire!" in a crowded movie theater when you know there is no such threat. Because people in the theater can suffer injuries as they trample over one another to escape, the criminal charges can be pretty serious."

Granted, any punishment is for public disorderly conduct, or endangering life, etc... but if the right to falsely yell "FIRE!" was protected, you would assumedly be immune from any prosecution.

Brit folk STILL not getting advertised broadband speeds – survey


Not the only one

I was told I'd get 40Mbps, and I get 40. That's fine.

But I'd be rightfully pissed off if I was getting anywhere near what my previous provider could muster, a mere 0-4. I think in those circumstances (ie: sold 40 but getting no more than 10% of what I pay for) I should have the guaranteed right to pay only 10% of the bill.

I get some factors may affect the ability to get the max advertised speed, but a tenth of the projected speed? Nope, that's blatantly lying and mis-selling!

Amazon recalls dodgy solar eclipse shades that offer no eye protection


Just a thought...

One wonders how previous occupiers of Starship Earth viewed eclipses before without their eyes melting, or whatever.