* Posts by Claverhouse

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Amazon Lex can now speak British English... or simply 'English' if you're British

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Re: American English is English

*For you Brits, that's kind of like a Glaswegian trying to tell someone from Basingstoke how to speak.

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A Glaswegian would never be so rude.

Not content with distorting actual reality, Facebook now wants to build a digital layer for the world

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Facebook Is In Our Prayers

Facebook promises they won’t go into restaurants or shops without written consent, and will never record in “sensitive areas like restrooms, prayer rooms, locker rooms, or in sensitive meetings and other private situations.”

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At least the prayer rooms are safe. Very nearly every British shop / firm / factory / farm / garage / restaurant etc. has one, and is very protective of it.

Relics of the past to be found in Oxford: A medieval friary, a Saxon wall, and... Windows 7

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Re: Westgate

As with all such contrivances, I should prefer the block to be razed and the Franciscan Priory to be restored.

What the hell is going on with .uk? Dozens of domain names sold in error, then reversed, but we'll say no more about it, says oversight org

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Just A Clerical Error

In every instance where they have been found to have made a mistake they will do the right thing.

Good: US boasts it collared two in Chinese hacking bust. Bad: They aren't the actual hackers, rest are safe in China

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I Weaponed Up *Good* In Castle Of The Winds

Wong Ong Hua, 46, and Ling Yang Ching, 32, face 23 criminal counts in the US, including racketeering, conspiracy, identity theft, aggravated identity theft, access device fraud, money laundering, violations of the computer fraud and abuse act, and falsely registering domain names.

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After a while it just looks like they scan their list of laws and throw darts.

On the other hand, stealing virtual game goods --- no matter the worth to sad gamers --- seems the ultimate in triviality for courts to judge.

That long-awaited, super-hyped Apple launch: Watches, iPads... and one more thing. Oh, actually that's it

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Re: Look, look. More shiny stuff

Innovation can only happen when somebody else has led the way.

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You can't analyse the environmental impact of a product range based upon how difficult it is (for an amateur to) repair alone - you would need consider reliability figures before you could arrive at any worthwhile conclusion.

As the previous poster [ AC ] suggests, the most environmental device is that with as long, durable, life.

Apple's environmental efforts have not been greatly admired, and grudging giving in to pressure, mostly from the EU, doesn't show heart and soul in best practices.

In 2006, Apple announced it would end shipments to Europe of certain products, including the eMac desktop computer and the AirPort wireless access point, as non-compliant with the European Union Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (ROHS).[177]

In 2007, Apple's Board of Directors recommended shareholders vote against proposals for adopting stronger environmental policies, like eliminating persistent and bioaccumulative toxic chemicals, assessing the phase-out of toxic chemicals such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs), and adopting a stronger e-waste "take-back" and recycling program.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Apple_Inc.

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Re: Norfolk (the English county)

Actually, here out east, more like 'fuck'. As in Nor-Fuck.

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Or for very elderly East Anglians of a rural bent: Noorrrrr-fuck.

Norwich for them was 'Naaaar-ridge.

Research into deflecting potentially world-destroying asteroids is apparently not a 'national priority' for the UK

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Again: Unction & Conceit

A UK Space Agency spokesperson said: "The UK made a record investment in European Space Agency programmes in November 2019, including £80m on space safety and security for missions on space weather and space debris. Our investment decisions are driven by our national priorities and commitment to delivering value for money."

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Just like the US Customs wanker grabbing earbuds the other day here: the second sentence could just as well be left off completely.

Even the prior sentence is full of smug boast. Is there some universal directive for American and British politicians and functionaries to always interpose self-congratulation and self-satisfaction into the simplest of announcements ?

Seriously.

S'like how now one is demanded to use self-laudatory phrasing discussing oneself on CVs etc., whereas in a more normal state people who spoke well of themselves were shunned. This is getting a serious problem and makes one feel one's living in the Soviet State.

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EDIT: add ref for the US Wanker:

https://www.theregister.com/2020/09/14/us_customs_earpods/

Bad apples: US customs seize OnePlus earbuds thinking they're knock-off AirPods

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As the Sirens Sound...

"CBP Officers are protecting the American public from various dangers on a daily basis," said Troy Miller, director of CBP's New York Field Operations

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Rogue Earbuds !!

The summer blockbuster writes itself.

[ Though a sizeable section of the American audience will spell it 'Rouge'. ]

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[ As well, why are they so fucking pompous and self-congratulatory ? ]

Wow, you guys have so much in common: Oracle hotly tipped to power TikTok’s operations as Microsoft deal rejected

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Microsoft, He Says:

...To do this, we would have made significant changes to ensure the service met the highest standards for security, privacy, online safety, and combatting disinformation,

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For one brief moment I took that as them reforming their own abysmally low standards rather than those of the putative Microsoft-TikTok.

Mark Shuttleworth to revive Ubuntu Community Council after body shrinks to single member – Mark Shuttleworth

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I'm running Mint 18 right now, since that's the last KDE Mint ever minted. Ideally I always use OpenSUSE, but the later iterations don't easily install on an ageing computer; always found Ubuntu a little too slick, and I could never forgive them for the modernist abortion known as Unity.

However Mr. Shuttleworth has done great stuff for Linux, and I wish him well. But with the welter of distros out there *, maybe it's time for Ubuntu to concentrate mostly on the business sector as with Red Hat.

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Most new distros seem to be designed as security distros, which is a little dispiriting...

Another month, another cryptocurrency exchange hacked and 'millions of dollars' stolen by miscreants

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Re: a bit naughty

A number of small companies wouldn't be able to swallow a loss of $5.4 million. Not like one can invent money out of thin air.

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They must be doing well.

Sorry we shut you out, says Tutanota: Encrypted email service weathers latest of ongoing DDoS storms

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I Hadn't Even Noticed...

... Then again I usually only check my email twice a day.

Or less if I can get away with it.

Cops called to Singapore golf club after 'wrongdoers' use scripts to book popular timeslots

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Unsporting.

Just ban them for foul play.

The power of Bill compels you: A server room possessed by a Microsoft-hating, Linux-loving Demon

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Re: the demon earth @regadpellagru

The Telefontornet structure itself however, appears to be a magnificent example of Northern Gothic...

Three middle-aged Dutch hackers slipped into Donald Trump's Twitter account days before 2016 US election

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Re: ExVet

Oh my. So terrifying: I remember the endless, hysteric, severe, measured screamed warnings before his inauguration four years ago about how this unstable, mentally ill, stupid maniac would blow up the world with those awful nuclear weapons in months.

Evidently time for a replay.

Stop asking for Amazon, Google and Microsoft cloud with 'no justification': US Library of Congress told to drop its 'brand-name'-tastic RFP

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Re: Standard practice

Your last sentence breaches patent law, and is an unauthorised penetration/leak of security. Our client D. Cummings is prepared to sue on behalf of his agency, and his clients who commissioned this work, for spoiling the final phase of 'Brexit Funday IV: The Final Reckoning'.

DPL: Debian project has plenty of money but not enough developers

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Re: Ubuntu et al

Well, I doubt if having masses more money would actually hurt, with the caveats of the real problems too much money can ensue --- any more than it would hurt any institution or person.

They might get more volunteers if wealthier and considered more stable.

Still, the point about commercial companies which profit from the work throwing a little back is valid.

Same as the much ballyhooed Heartbleed bug that showed according to the usual vermin the infinite dangers of Open Source; whilst having not much effect comparatively. When only a handful of volunteers were able to work on OpenSSL as many multimillion entities profited from their work whilst not giving anything back.

Tech ambitions said to lie at heart of Britain’s bonkers crash-and-burn Brexit plan

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Re: I think Trump got it right...

<sighs>

Trump had Epstein kicked out of his vile resorts for molesting people. It was honest Bill Clinton who took around 27 flights to Jeffrey's fantasy island.

The Pee-Dossier by a slimy old British spy was as reliable as Russiagate.

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Re: Torres let ARM slip due to Brexit..

He can take the long view, having been born in 1766.

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Re: Things were worse in 1990 ...

And 1994...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Ninety-Four

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Re: Oh yes. Building up "National champions"

Isn't that what hedge funds and private equity groups are there to do ?

I can 'proceed without you', judge tells Julian Assange after courtroom outburst

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When The Verdict Is Already In The Judge's Drawer

Why bother with these years of trial ?

He is going to be extradited to his doom; the US 'Courts' will find him guilty; and he will serve his sentence --- although those who scream about him would prefer alongside the old murderess Hillary that he be droned --- as so many people have been droned by American presidents before.

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Re: Blackmailed

Kinda overblown hysterics to compare the things alleged against Assange to mass murderers...

What price security? Well, for the US ban on Huawei/ZTE kit it's around $1.8bn, and you're going to pay most of it

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Re: The long game

I really doubt if Opium made 'helpless addicts', the most noticeable effect was making them less productive. As for the moral issue of selling drugs to those who want them, by the start of the 20th century the Chinese were then producing 85% of the world's opium [ 35,000 [ long ] tons --- same government which objected to the foreign devils doing so.

And around 1879 the British and Americans and every other importing country reached the peak import of 6,700 [ long ] tons [ 14,560,000 lbs ]. To a population nearing 500,000. Which would be .47 of an ounce each yearly.

Bearing in mind the dubious statistics of temperance and anti-tobacco fiends, which ignore the fact that whilst a population might drink 1000 gallons of whisky a year, many people don't touch the stuff, leaving some to do the heavy lifting by drinking 12 X the average: one can conclude only a small proportion of the 'Chinese people' were in danger of buying imported opium [ if they could afford it on a coolie's wage ], any more than most of the population ever saw a westerner back then.

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https://www.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=d47b1239e6194ebdb3cb24dec2dd77c3

Brexit border-line issues: Would you want to still be 'testing' software designed to stop Kent becoming a massive lorry park come 31 December?

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He keeps on doing that.

Larry Ellison abruptly pulls rug from under philanthropy foundation after two years to 'focus on COVID-19 fight'

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Re: Oh, so now he's focusing on something ?

This.

In the Age of Kings, when they limited the power of over-mighty subjects they were accused of lopping down the tallest poppies, but they were then acting in the interests of their subjects as well as themselves.

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Another perspective on Billy-Boy's fabulous generosity --- which just touches on the fact the capital never seems to go down even as he gives massively to pharmaceuticals that other branches of his empire are invested in:

https://www.thenation.com/article/society/bill-gates-foundation-philanthropy/

He saves more in taxes by giving than most people will ever have in their bank account in a lifetime *, and by depriving the State of the disposal of such monies evolves NGOs into parallel states.

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Larry flies straight compared to Gates.

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* $4 billion by Gates' own estimate.

'We're not claiming to replace humans,' says Google, but we want to be 'close enough' that you can't tell it's a bot talking

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... and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which

And eventually all their sought for 'customers' wishful to speak to bots, will be bots also...

Snowden was right: US court deems NSA bulk phone-call snooping illegal, possibly unconstitutional, and probably pointless anyway

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Doesn't Really Matter If The Data Is Useless

Data-Gatherers Want All Data.

Anyone else noticed that the top countries for broadband speeds are well-known tax havens? No? Just us then?

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Blairite NuSpeak

Never really understood what 'Stakeholder' meant...

As Amazon pulls union-buster job ads, workers describe a 'Mad Max' atmosphere – unsafe, bullying, abusive

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Re: scum

From elsewhere, the lucky winners:

In exchange for 25,000 new jobs, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are offering Amazon nearly $3 billion in incentives and grants.

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If the City gave $3 billion of it's own money to Welfare, Animal Charities or Women's Shelters, it would be a wicked waste: Billions can only go to the deserving.

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Re: scum

Bezos must be lining someones pocket to get away with this.

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Elected officials will bend over backwards to accommodate the wealthy, who promise to bring jobs and wealth to their fiefdom --- as with building sports stadiums in the US for wealthy team owners [ which promised benefits fail to materialize ]. It's not even bribing the officials, nor breaking democracy: it is a function of democracy.

See how Bezos held the HQ2 Games:

As of October 23, 2017, 238 proposals had been submitted and received by Amazon, representing cities and regions from 54 states, provinces, districts, and territories. The only U.S. states that did not have a locality that submitted a formal proposal were Arkansas, Hawaii, Iowa, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming. The Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Saskatchewan also had no regions submit a bid, along with the Yukon Territory.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_HQ2

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"Self-Criticism and Ruthless Exposure of Their Own Shortcomings" --- V. I. Lenin Mandated

Amazon has apparently hard-coded a five per cent failure rate into its system as a way to constantly drive performance improvements. Even if everyone in the building – headcount numbers vary from 300 to 600 in warehouses – works equally hard, there will always be a bottom five per cent who are written up, according to those we spoke to.

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I vaguely recall reading of the same sort of process at Microsoft, 'Stack Ranking' on looking it up. There had to be least ranked employees in any rating and those so selected were the losers simply because it was pre-decided there were to be losers...

Someone's getting a free trip to the US – well, not quite free. Brit bloke extradited to face $2m+ cyber-scam charges

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Re: Crime doesn't pay?

Maybe criminals can't get normal jobs --- in most civilised countries --- because they have criminal records.

Sounds like the black helicopters have come for us. Oh, just another swarm of FAA-approved Amazon delivery drones

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Re: I've ordered Amazon same-day exactly once

Maybe the drone can land and detach a miniature robot to interrogate all persons in it's way --- armed, no doubt, since this is Amazon --- which once satisfied, can trot back to the drone and be picked up and seated for it's next mission.

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Re: I've ordered Amazon same-day exactly once

Not in the East of England they don't.

Since I smashed my arm I've seen two hospitals [ which number I could before count on one arm before the accident ] with normal doors, and I'm utterly amazed that automatic doors aren't mandatory *. Particularly when they are wheeling a bloke on a stretcher through.

I have no doubt American hospitals are superior though in most aspects.

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* As should be WC doors; very unhygienic to push them open, even before the present pandemic. I always tried to push the part of the door less touched.

When Irish screens are borking: Ticketing trip-up for Dublin-based Windows 10 IoT terminal, but at least it's not XP

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Re: Dear God

My Linux Mint never nags. [ Mint 18 since that was the last KDE they offered; and I'm not in a position to update to a new KDE OS right now. ]

Up on the taskbar is a little shield to check for updates, with a tick on it, it turns a different colour when there's an update --- which is entirely optional to download. So one has to actively seek out updating, not have it blare it out at you or stop the machine.

Brave takes brave stand against Google's plan to turn websites into ad-blocker-thwarting Web Bundles

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Re: To Sum up...

Perhaps, but Facebook is eminently avoidable: on the Internet, Google is not.

Facebook apologizes to users, businesses for Apple’s monstrous efforts to protect its customers' privacy

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Re: Facebook Tracking

Thank you: this nudged me to register to opt out.

Even if I believed transplantation good; their change to have the state own one's organs spurred me to do the opposite.

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https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-your-decision/refuse-to-donate/refuse-donation-form/

Forget your space-age IT security systems. It might just take a $1m bribe and a willing employee to be pwned

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Re: Old and romantic notions

... or Sheldon Adelson, best buddies with Donald Trump, at least when the latter doesn't go unhinged and tell him off.

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Caesar's wife must be above suspicion.

Relying on plain-text email is a 'barrier to entry' for kernel development, says Linux Foundation board member

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To Misquote Samuel Butler

O God ! O Microsoft !

Utes gotta be kidding me... University of Utah handed $457K to ransomware creeps

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On The Other Hand...

Most American Universities are floating on a sea on money that would dwarf the income of a small nation --- particularly Stanford ( $6.5 billion ) and California U ( $7.5 billion ). Utah U has an endowment of $1.225 billion and a budget of $4.83 billion. This payment is nothing to the wealthy --- which in the present world includes most of America.

I recently referenced an article by Matt Taibbi, in a 2009 piece * he explained Obama gave $306 billion to Citigroup in the bailout after appointing Citigroup people to Team Obama. He was widely applauded for this by his fellow countrymen, but the fact is this is an unimaginable sum for most people. The University has to consider the best outcome, and very very often the best way to solve a problem is to throw money at it.

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The president, Dr. Ruth V. Watkins, makes more than this in base pay each year, $537,245.

Maybe they could invest in paying their lesser workers --- including IT staff --- rather more than the least they can get away with.

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* https://www.commondreams.org/news/2009/12/13/obamas-big-sellout-president-has-packed-his-economic-team-wall-street-insiders#

We've heard some made-up stories but this is ridiculous: Microsoft Flight Simulator, Bing erect huge skyscraper out of bad data

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Re: It is all about AI

...and plonking a block of flats in the place of Buckingham Palace.

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Wasn't that in the last Labour Manifesto ?

Reap it in the family: Four brothers accused of cheating Amazon out of $19m in wholesaler fraud caper

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Happy

Good Luck to Them

But the article doesn't really say anything about the perpetrators other than their names --- Yoel, Heshl, Zishe, and Shmuel Abraham --- and ages. I would have preferred a little more background

Someone please have mercy on this poorly Ubuntu parking machine that has been force-fed maudlin autotuned tripe

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But now there's a free bee in the thread.

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Re: Huh?

Prolly the name of the store.

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Re: Huh?

Sometimes said 'Ach'.

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