* Posts by jelabarre59

1811 posts • joined 16 Aug 2013

USA decides to cleanse local networks of anything Chinese under new five-point national data security plan

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Re: @Julz

Judging by results proudly displayed on social media, some of them seem to be agents of Zeta Reticuli.

I think the term you're looking for is "Zettai Ryouiki".

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Re: Doesn't the US have a huge debt with China?

No bomb needed. Just stop shipping shiny iToys and watch the show.

Actually, I'd like that. It would make the obnoxious SJWs go into epileptic fits, and they'd finally shut the fuck up.

US voting hardware maker's shock discovery: Security improves when you actually work with the community

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Re: or...

And now that vote by mail is a hot topic again, volunteer ballot collection is a 'feature' that now the Democrats are pushing. They either forgot the last controversy. Or they think it's now their turn to fiddle with the results.

Knowing the current state of the Democratic party, I think that's *EXACTLY* what they're aiming for.

Greatest crossover of all time: Microsoft, Samsung preview Android on Windows via Your Phone app

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Android is its best chance, given that it has a more open ecosystem than Apple's iOS.

Well yes, I expect 95% locked-down vs Apple's 100% locked-down would make Android a "more open ecosystem"...

Google to pull plug on Play Music, its streaming service that couldn't beat Spotify, in favour of YouTube Music

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Re: Have tested this migration - some findings

Doesn't matter, I don't use voice controls at all. So the closest I would be saying is "Hey Google- feck off".

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Re: Don't think any user will be surprised

They've been rather aggressive for months at trying to push you across,

YouTube's tactics (along with their hostile adverts that interrupt videos mid-WORD) means I'm always on the lookout for YT alternative apps that kill the adverts before they can even load. Oh, and those fucking end-of-video cards.

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Re: First I escaped from iTunes

It's been a long time since I had MP3's on my computer.

Are you kidding? I still have vinyl. And cassettes. And CDs.

(OK, wise guy, I hear you asking if I have 8-Tracks too. I have some here, but they were so I could digitize them for someone else; they're not MY tapes. Just have to fix my player).

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Re: Anyone know how to buy through YouTube Music?

Harder to get the music I'm looking for, as they relied on the ever-so-sparse subset that Google Play or whyTunes would make available in the US. And buying physical copies means I'd have to set up a remailer from Japan (or get them sent to the Tokyo HQ of the company my brother works for, and have them forwarded in interoffice mail).

I'm perfectly willing to support the Touhou Doujin music scene, if I could just get the product.

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Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

I mean... being a music lover and all, you DID buy a phone with a microSD slot, right?

Any phone *WITHOUT* a microSD *doesn't* get bought.

Boeing confirms it will finish building 747s in 2022, when last freighter flies off the production line

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Joke

Re: Flying wings/bodies

unless the airlines take the next step in making air travel more 'efficient' by anaesthetising people at check-in and stacking them like cordwood.

Oh, I'm sure the airlines would like to see the development of usable cryogenic suspension. Freeze the passengers at the terminal, and palletize them by destination. No need for flight attendants, multiple stops per plane, easy loading/unloading (just forklift passengers as a batch). If they're not expecting to be picking up at any of the airports, just do a low fly-over and use a drop-skid..

Just hope they stack you on the right pallet. Think it's bad when the airline misdirects your luggage? Wait until they misdirect YOU.

911, I wanna report a robbery. Hundreds of thousands of stars stolen from a cluster. I think it was the Milky Way

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Re: There's heavy-ish, and there's heavier.

"After the Big Bang, the universe contained only the simplest atoms, like hydrogen and helium. Heavier elements, like calcium, oxygen, and various metals are only found in later generations of stars."

Or they could already have been strip-mined for the useful elements.

Huawei claims its alternative ecosystem to Google Mobile Services has 1.6 million devs, 73 million Euro users

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Re: Go Huawei

I kind of have mixed feelings on this. It's good to see a competing ecosystem to Google Play (although I wonder if they could have used F-Droid), but the more pressure put on Chinese companies, the sooner we might (might...) see the downfall of the CCP. Certainly need to see a reduction in their influence. That's worth some short-term loss on our part.

Sure, had it not been for cheap Chinese slave-labor we might not have the 'Internet of Tat' we have now, but that might not have been an entirely bad thing either.

With the US election coming up, when better to petition regulators for a controversial way to chill online speech?

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Re: About Time

Have an upvote from me. And this coming from a long-time Libertarian.

The idea of the exemption for the tech services like Google, FB, etc was to allow them to be *neutral* services, to allow the free flow of ideas and opinions (I figure if someone wants to espouse a stupid opinion, they should be allowed to embarrass themselves publicly).

But these companies have decided to interfere, to decide what is "goodspeak" and what is "badspeak". At the point when they decided to manipulate their content to match their own particular agendas, that's when they lost the right to be excluded from content responsibility.

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Re: More obvious signs ...

Sorry, the senility is in the OTHER camp. DT is just crazy.

But I'm *more* concerned about the puppetmasters that will be controlling the senile one.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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Universal?

Now, would be really clever to get UWP to work in a sandboxed environment on Android, Linux and MacOS, just to get a couple utilities/games not available on some combination of those platforms. (Such as you, iTunes; I don't want to have to dig out my 10 yr old MBP to buy music, or that abominable Roblox game that my daughter insists on playing, and the Roblox devs suck at development at all levels).

Reply-All storm flares as email announcing privacy policy puts 500 addresses in the 'To' field, not 'BCC'

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Re: Reply All

Please remove me from this thread

http://www.unsubsquirrel.com/ (I'm sure there are people who understand the origins of this. See also: https://github.com/c3d/unsubsquirrel )

We're suing Google for harvesting our personal info even though we opted out of Chrome sync – netizens

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Re: Uncontrolled Data Harvesting

This then gives you the next problem, how exactly do you split up what they already have. Just giving the same data set to each split does not help.

Delete all the data and make them start over? Now THAT would be a punishment they would notice.

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Re: Strange People...

How could you even get addicted to Chrome? It was crap compared to Opera the day it landed and very little of the interface has changed, from what I've seen

A few years back I had tried using Google Chrome on the MSWin7 company laptop for a remote position I was working then. It loved to crash the tab/window simply by opening the browser. I had gone so far as to make it's "home page" a blank HTML file (only containing the HEAD and BODY tags) and it would crash at first load every time. And then, since we did a lot of screen sharing for our geographically distributed team, the remoting tool put a toolbar right at the top of the window. Since GChrome on MSWin insists upon placing it's tabs in the Title Bar (precisely where it does NOT belong), I couldn't see most of my tabs because of the remoting toolbar. And even when not screen sharing, once you had 10 or so tabs open, you'd have nothing to show the title on the current tab, as the tabs blanked out where it's supposed to display.

I brought this up on the GChrome "Support" forum, and they effectively told me "that's how it's going tpo stay, tough shit, live with it". I don't remember if there was some particular reason I *had* to use GChrome (I didn't have administrative access on the laptop) rather than Firefox. GChrome continues to be an abomination in SO many ways.

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

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FAIL

maybe the point

One could think maybe the EU were trying to make a point about excessive data collection? Although I expect as far as Failbook and their ilk are concerned, they'll completely fail to get the point being made, or they will and just won't care.

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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Re: Both in the news - Gates vs Drumph

OK, so:

Bill, Donald, Bill, Donald, Bill, right?

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Re: Gates' problem

Of *course* they're space aliens. There was even a moonbase, orbiting supercomputer, and a secret base under a movie studio to fight them.

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I actually preferred MSWindows 2000. The candy-ass interface on MSWin XP was a sign of abominations to come.

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But at the end of the day it's a fuck sight easier to use WORD than some of the shit that was around in offices in the early 80s.

WordPerfect was a far better, far more efficient pord processor to work with. Nothing else has properly replaced it. Certainly far better for troubleshooting and fixing messed-up documents. It's once Corel bought them it got seriously fucked up.

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I don't have to like the guy (I don't, see above) but respect is most definitely due for his charitable efforts.

Not ALL of his so-called "charitable" efforts. I dislike some (most) of his political agenda even more than I despise his inOperable System.

Microsoft wants to show enterprises that Edge means business, rather than the thing you use to download Chrome

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Downloader

Using Edge as nothing more than a way to download Google Chrome? HELL no. I use Edge as a way to download Firefox.

(actually, if I can, I just copy over some Chocolatey scripts to a new machine and automatically download/install everything I want that way)

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Re: I maybe stuck in my ways but...

I don't know, Bing has it's uses. Such as when I have to send yet another complaint to Google, I suggest they could do a search for the technical solution through Bing.

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

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And if you're talking about some group within your organisation, like a project team - you have to ask "does your team have a team in teams that I should join?"

So you could say it's team-ing with problems?

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but the API

I'd beel a little more sympathy for Slack if they were a little more open on THEIR end. Quite simply, the UI for Slack is shit. For IRC (and Sametime, back when I had occasion to use that) I could have it write the channel traffic to log files. If I needed to look up old information, a simple Grep would often find what I needed.

Slack? No, sorry, you need to use our crap search that really can't find anything. Scrolling back? Yeah, maybe a day or two, then it ****SLOWLY**** has to retrieve one more day's logs at a time. If you didn't paste some useful tidbit right then, it's lost forever.

They ONCE had an API so you could have maybe had the chance to make a better front-end, but they killed that one right off. You can make add-ins, but you have to run them WITHIN their crap interface.

And let's not forget the abomination known as "Threads". Makes it impossible to follow the flow of a discussion when it makes you open a buttload of sub-threads which you cave to move back & forth between, losing the full flow. Properly there should be a way to flatten those threads, but Slack thinks you shouldn't be allowed to make it work with your own workflow.

And the notification sounds? You can't add your own custom ones, which means that since their built-in ones are nearly inaudible, if you have bad hearing you can never hear them.

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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Re: I find it offensive...

...that we are forced to use (American) English in programming. I demand that all programming is availble in all written languages and are fully interchangable, depending on personal preferences.

We need to re-write all source code in some form of hypertext unicode, so it can be dynamically re-rendered to the particular preferences of the person coding or reading it.

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Re: Purity Spiral

Reminds me of the Babylon5 episode "Infection". There was a world where the religious and military extremists created a bioweapon to kill anything not a "pure Ikarran". But being based on extremist ideals, it ends up wiping out the entire Ikarran population as well. https://babylon5.fandom.com/wiki/Infection

I just look forward to these people to get their own personal Robespierre Moment

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Meanwhile in China

And in a similar story, the Chinese Communist Party has declared new terminology for source code to use from now on:

"kill" is to be replaced with "falun-gong"

"Abort" is to be replaced with "uyighur"

Mexican cave relics suggest humans were populating the Americas up to 17,000 years earlier than thought

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Re: There are probably even older settlements

That, and the London Underground hasn't dug a tunnel under Hobs End yet, so they haven't found the spaceship.

Here's why your Samsung Blu-ray player bricked itself: It downloaded an XML config file that broke the firmware

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Re: Rookie mistake

I would vote for both, with some emphasis on the latter.

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Re: New market

Outside these hallowed columns the public will happily sell give away their personal data for the chance of a slightly more colourful version Candy Birds or the like.

You sure it's not Candy Boy?

Companies toiling away the most on LibreOffice code complain ecosystem is 'beyond utterly broken'

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Re: Personally...

gotta be careful though. A pond here, a pond there...

You mean like...

Chips for Huawei are fried: TSMC stops shipping parts to Middle Kingdom mega-maker this September

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Re: re: becoming more and more like the old USSR

This won't end well especially if the current POTUS gets re-elected by some miracle (or vote rigging)

As opposed to the severe shit-storm of Seniile Joe and his puppetmasters?

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Re: The sooner Trump is out of office the better

Yep - we can't be having people being paid reasonable wages. Bloody commie ideas.

It isn't the wages. It's the overbearing and sometimes (often?) contradictory regulations being dumped upon the companies *and* citizens at an ever increasing rate. Can't do business with both hands and one foot tied behind your back while blindfolded.

This week of never-ending security updates continue. Now Apple emits dozens of fixes for iOS, macOS, etc

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Re: Huge updates

But basically it's easier to replace whole binaries rather than apply patches.

Easier for **Apple**, not so much the people who have to download and install the bloated sack.

Imagine surviving WW3, rebuilding computers, opening up GitHub's underground vault just to relive JavaScript

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Re: @Cuddles - Post apocalyptic visions of what?

I would recommend you to read Isaac Asimov's Nightfall. It's frightening and depressing at the same time.

But **DON'T** watch the movie. A complete abomination on the premise that missed the point by a few dozen parsecs.

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Future generations will be interested, especially in the more mundane examples. They probably won't use it it in production, but it will still be of historical interest.

Historical, or Hysterical?

Apple warns developers API tweaks will flow from style guide changes that remove non-inclusive language

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only noticable now

You know, if some thin-skinned, offense-excuse-seeking little dimwits didn't get their generic-undergarments all in a bunch, most of us wouldn't even take the "offensive" meanings of these terms. Now that they've brought it up, NOW is when we'll start thinking of those heretofore-forgotten meanings. Sheer brilliance (not!!!).

Oh, sorry, can't use the term "dimwit"; "dim" might be offensive to under-powered light bulbs.

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And the woke brigade gradually take control of the future......

At this rate I don't think we'll HAVE a future.

Besides, we can't talk about "the future". It might be offensive to the "future-challenged"...

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Re: Black or black

P.S. Let me propose again that master/slave be replaced by dictator/minion.

Or my suggested alternative, "seme/uke".

Mozilla unveils $4.99/month subscription-based VPN, says it won't hang onto user logs

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Re: Always a fox in the hen house...

I would not want T-rump babysitting my kids!

Would certainly be far better than the shit-show we'd get with Senile Joe, and whatever puppet masters will have their hands up his ass making his mouth move.

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Re: TBird

My TB has been working fine for the last decade, what's wrong with yours?

For starters, I have to shut the client down at LEAST once per day, otherwise it will drag itself AND the entire system down to a standstill (and this is even on Linux; I would normally expect that behavior only on MSWindows).

But I've thought selling an email service would be a nice way for them to gain regular financing, as the Mozilla project was too busy on various dead-end projects to continue supporting Thunderbird.

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TBird

But what ever happened to the plans to boost Thunderbird's budget? I recall some idea tossed around for them to host email services (and it would be worthwhile to go with them for the service if it ensures the Thunderbird email client stays around). Right at this point I'm actually more worried about them than Firefox.

You call Verizon. A Google bot answers. You demand a human. The human is told what to say by the bot

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But that's when I go out of my way to find EVERY possible email at the company, sales, press contacts, etc. And CC them all on a nasty message.

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Re: I can hear the conversations already

The f'ing MBA's are a bunch of idiots.

But isn't it redundant to say that, about **ANY** MBA?

As the FCC finally starts tackling its dreadful broadband maps, Georgia reveals just how bad they are

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Re: I am shocked.

I'm shocked, *shocked* that there is lying going on in the FCC...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbPi00k_ME

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