* Posts by LucreLout

2980 posts • joined 30 Jun 2014

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

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Re: Data not at risk?

Gross incompetence really needs to be added as an offence on the Computer Misuse Act.

That's Barclays knackered then; All their good staff left years ago. The only people still sheltering in the bungalow are those without the wits or the talent to escape.

Euro police forces infiltrated encrypted phone biz – and now 'criminal' EncroChat users are being rounded up

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Re: It's an interesting dichotomy

you can't trust an encryption system you didn't build yourself

I can't trust an encryption system I DID build myself. I mean, why would I? It's not like every bit of code I've ever written has been bug free.....

Beer, because its Friday and whispering in pubs is relatively low risk for most comms.

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: How did they learn he was Dalit?

Legitimate question here, I'm pretty ignorant of this facet of Indian culture. Can you tell by the last name? By a home address emergency contact in his records? Someone he trusted with that tidbit told the wrong person?

My Indian ex described it as being a bit like Gaydar. Not sure if that helps, but its how I understand it works.

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Re: General concern

You've been watching too much Monty Python. I have spent decades working in British engineering and have never seen any form of discrimination based on 'class'.

Try working in the City. Yes, it IS a meritocracy in parts, but try getting a senior role unless you're a BSD in the front office, or middle /upper class; you'll find the working classes are appallingly poorly represented - working class Northerners even more so.

Looking around the banks corporate hierarchy diagram, the main problem we have with diversity is related to class background.

Germany is helping the UK develop its COVID-19 contact-tracing app, says ambassador

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Re: £11.8M

I can't understand the alleged NHSX £11.8M costs.

Dido. Harding.

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whereas with the Nazi period they've been pretty good.

Pretty good? I think they've been nothing short of absolutely impressive in this respect rather than merely "pretty good". What more would you have them do?

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Yeah lets bring up WW2 constantly, its what lead to Brexit etc..

Brexit started as a result of Gordon Browns treatment of Gillian Duffy, and became a nailed on certainty due to the behavior of Guy Verhofsdadt and that drunk fella Junker in the run up to the referendum. Absent any of those people and Brexit would never have happened; The vote would have been unwinnable. Collectively they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

ignoring our use of concentration camps

Point of fact, we didn't just use them, we invented them.

We are not blameless in this world and often just as guilty of genocide

Sure, its all about timing - I mean, the Romans or the Vikings weren't altogether entirely lovely people, but when the Scandinavians bring it up (which is all the time) it doesn't mean they endorse the enslavement, rape and pillage of our ancestors, only that sufficient time has passed that its OK to make jokes about it. Same thing for us and the Germans about WWII - I mean, their country really really embraced learning from the mistakes of their past and I think most Brits respect that, which is why we can and do laugh about it.

2 world wars and 1 world cup is a fun song to sing at football matches, but everyone in the stadium has lived to see more Germans lift the cup than Englishmen and everyone in the stadium knows it too.

Details of Beijing's new Hong Kong security law signal end to more than two decades of autonomy

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Re: Severely endangering national security

They have always been crafters, not thinkers

I'm sorry but I can't accept that as a fair description of Chinese heritage. The Chinese invented everything from fired bricks to gun powder, the magnetised iron compass to bank notes, oil wells to fireworks, steel to tea to toilet paper. That's just the stuff I can see out of my window (the oil well is proxied by the petrol in my car).

Sun Tzu's Art of War is still a standard military text at every officer academy of every major army. Their martial arts are studied the world over. Thinkers scroll from Confucious to Sun Yat-sen. China has always been industrious, civilized, and creative. As a nation it has contributed much of value to the world.

Unfortunately right now its contributing a mistake, from which I hope it will learn. It's not the first nation to make a mistake in 2020 and I doubt it'll be the last. Another poster raised quite an astute point about differing cultural values and got hammered with down votes, but he's not entirely wrong and the differences should be respected.

Offering those that cannot live with these changes alternative residence seems like a peaceful way to depressurize the situation without bloodshed. Britain has given China a way to deescalate the conflict without losing face.

Only America could equal China in an armed conflict, and anyone who has played Fallout has probably had fair indication of what would be left in the event of all out war, only without the vaults, it may be an optimistic view.

Beijing's tightening grip on Hong Kong could put region's future as an up-and-coming tech hub in jeopardy

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Re: Welcome....

Why are you criticising China when you and your allies are doing worse things.

I haven't really criticized China. I've stated repeatedly that I love the country, its people, and its culture. It's one of my favorite places I've ever spent time. I have learned an awful lot from its people.

That doesn't mean that I don't think mistakes were made at Tienanmen or in the approach to HK today. We're all human and we all make mistakes. You don't for a moment imagine that I think my governments throughout my lifetime have been above reproach? They've all made mistakes. They've all got things wrong. For the UK, swap out Tienanmen Square for the Amritsar massacre. We're not above reproach, and I've never pretended that we were.

I love China. I respect the Chinese people. But I do think the current projection of strength is misplaced and unnecessary, that's all. I'm honestly sad that all you've taken from my posts is criticism. That wasn't how I intended it to appear, and I'm pretty sure the upvoters of my comments didn't interpret it as one-sided criticism of China.

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Re: Welcome....

The Brexiters are still cheering that they can now tell any foreigner they like to fuck off. I can't see them welcoming another 3 million.

I voted to leave and I welcome them here - I even wrote to my MP about the idea months ago. I realize many remainers will disagree with my view that leaving the EU allows us to build a more open global Britain, but that is my hope. There's a whole world out there of opportunity, cultures, people, and possibilities.

My wife is an immigrant and I've not desire for her to "fuck off", as are many of our friends. All of my friends have married partners from elsewhere in the world, so I have to say I think you're generalizing unfairly.

This isn't about Brexit, its about doing the right thing by people we made a commitment too. Don't we all want our country to do that?

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Re: Welcome....

Bit odd replying to my own post, but they've only gone and done it!

Well done Boris et al, regardless of who you vote for at elections, I think most people would agree offering a route to full citizenship to all affected is the right thing to do here. It enables us to meet historic moral obligations, hopefully without antagonizing China, while giving a choice to the protesters.

Hopefully it'll allow a little pressure out of the situation and produce an opportunity to avoid further escalation and bloodshed.

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Re: Welcome....

We didn't back in the day when we stripped them of their UK residency rights before handing Hong Kong back. So why do you think in these anti-immigration times BoJo will roll that decision back?

Different times with different people in power. Mistakes of the past can and should be learned from.

I think Boris will open the door to it as a debt of honor and because we have no wish to watch 100,000's of young kids get massacred on telly. Educated and driven young people are going to be in demand the world over soon enough, so why not here?

I quite agree with another poster that many, most, maybe even all would not take up the offer, but I think we owe it to those people to offer the chance. I expect other nations will open their borders too.

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Re: "we need clarity on what the laws will involve before we can decide anything"

Firstly, thank you for responding with your reasoning. Interesting stuff, but I'm not sure I agree with it all.

It matters a very great deal because the law will be a Hong Kong law with prosecutions managed by the Legal Department of Hong Kong Government and administered in turn by an independent judiciary

Sounds great. I'm not sure why that requires Carrie Lam (who I have enormous sympathy for because she's in an impossible position) to select which judges preside over these matters. Just keep in mind that she is appointed by Beijing herself.

This manoeuvre from Beijing is a direct consequence of violent protests last year

I agree, and it will end them just as surely as sending in the tanks did in Tienanmen square all those years ago.

in the absence of which there is no reason why the PRC would want to interfere with the HK system

If I recall correctly the protests were brought about precisely because Beijing interfered with the HK system making it easier to extradite people to the mainland.

Tienanmen Square was more than a generation ago, China has changed.

Not so long ago in my memory, having watched it on TV myself. I too thought China had changed, and up until a few years ago I would have agreed with your statement that it had. China has a wonderful heritage and has given the world many great gifts, but the way dissent is dealt with has always seemed to me to be stronger than was required. In free and fair democratic elections I honestly think the ruling party would spank any opposition because their system of governance (50 year plans etc) does have a lot going for it, and they are popular with the people.

The World has changed Xi Jing Ping will NOT want to taint his legacy

Then respectfully he should see that the whole world recognizes China's strength and requires no demonstration of same. The young of HK do not want to live as part of mainland China, and China has no need to force them. Time, patience, and openness will bring the two systems closer together - there is no requirement for one to crush the other.

Without a doubt China is one of my favorite parts of the world and I have always held a deep respect and love for its people and its culture, if not always its politics - the same I could say about America, I guess.

To me this feels like a mistake, but I am not Chinese, nor have I even visited HK, so I'll bow out here with best wishes for all involved to find a peaceful resolution.

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Re: one country two systems agreement

That would be the agreement bequeathed to Hong Kong by Chris Patten

If memory serves it was originated by Deng Xiaoping. I'm happy to revise my view on that if you'd like to point me at a source?

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Re: "we need clarity on what the laws will involve before we can decide anything"

What laughable nonsense.

Its very rare that Pascal & I agree on anything, but we do here. Please would you consider expanding your answer so I can better understand your reasoning?

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Re: "we need clarity on what the laws will involve before we can decide anything"

It was never a question of if. It is now. If you value your freedom, you need to go elsewhere. Because, when China decides to "reeducate" the remaining Hong Kong population, well let's just say blood will be involved.

I've always had a love of pre-communist China, the culture, and the people. But sadly, I think you've hit the nail on the head here, which is why I for one am pleased that we are making ready to open our borders to those we left on condition of the one country two systems agreement that is now in tatters.

I still love China and its people and would dearly love to go back one day.... but their current leadership are projecting strength by force where there's no need - we can all see China is strong without any requirement of demonstration.

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... to our soon to be new citizens. We are no longer able to stand up to the economic or military might of China, but we can still do the honorable thing by those to whom we made commitments. Your first beer here is on me.

'It's really hard to find maintainers...' Linus Torvalds ponders the future of Linux

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Re: I wonder why?

Under a minute for the downvote! Awesome! :-)

You should see how fast mine arrive!

I write decidedly subsecond software for a living and I'm not sure I could write something that reacts that fast.

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Re: I wonder why?

Care to try again without the hyperbole, Mr/s Lout? It's unbecoming.

I'll take that as agreement that you've not though through your position here and that you don't actually have an answer. Which rather begs the question then, why post?

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Re: I wonder why?

Essentially, the vast majority of the folks bitching about Linus getting sweary HAVE NOT been subject to the swearing. In other words, they are upset on behalf of other folks

So your considered view on all those middle class folks at the BLM racist rallies is what exactly? They're not black so they shouldn't comment? Really?

In other words, said prima donna / drama queen doesn't play well with others, and insists on doing it his/her way.

Are you talking about the developer or Linus here? Its really hard to tell.

And you commentards who haven't actually spent any time contributing to the kernel, your opinions on the subject are completely worthless.

I look forward to near deafening silence on the subjects of taxation, economics, finance etc from the vast majority of commentards then, whose closest experience of any of them is user level rather than developer level (working in the City).

Sorry, you just don't get to gatekeep what people talk about or whose opinions have a value. Pull your head out of your arse and stop trying to copy Linus - you don't have the talent and I for one wouldn't put up with it even if you did.

I'm honestly not sure you've thought your post through very much before writing it. Try to expand your line of reasoning into other aspects of your life and see if it still works for you. It won't.

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Re: I wonder why?

What sport do you and your team play?

Writing software for HF Algorithmic trading for a bank you have heard of, mostly. There's quite a lot of money on the line so every lesson is expensive, but regardless of the cost of a mistake, if you punish it instead of learning from it you're much more likely to have someone repeat it.

If the person that screwed up is around to tell the story then everyone joining the team learns to avoid the error. Our team is all in the one boat - if we crash into the rocks everyone goes under but if we make it to port then we all get shore leave.

Or are they a team as in horses?

No, but they are led by a donkey.

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Re: I wonder why?

Linus' potty mouth notwithstanding, let's not forget that some of this shit is hard

Some of what my team do is hard too, but if someone spoke to a member of my team in the manner described by the person to whom you responded, I would take a dim enough view to invite them to a non-discretionary meeting to adjust their attitude.

People do their best work when they're supported by those above them in a hierarchy, and where mistakes are learned from rather than punished. Every shit boss I ever had or have ever seen has had the same poor attitude to 'subordinates' as described by the OP. They all had their "reasons" and they all had excuses, and while Linus is undoubtedly smarter than most crap bosses, he's still got a crap boss attitude.

That he has achieved a lot is beyond question. Could he have achieved more? Maybe.

University of California San Francisco pays ransomware gang $1.14m as BBC publishes 'dark web negotiations'

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Re: So, nothing important was encrypted

a million bucks should get you a pretty good backup system. HELLO ? It's time to WAKE UP. You ARE going to be targeted, so you might want to think of spending a few hundred thousand on proper backup procedures before you have to spend a million on the good will of a fucking criminal scumbag.

Indeed - though that is possibly not the most important reason you might need the backup. I mean, the criminal scumbag has just encrypted the data, so there's a chance of recovery. No backups puts you one fire away from total loss. Or maybe a flood. Or an earth quake. Or a theft. Or an equipment failure.

Big Tech on the hook for billions in back taxes after US Supreme Court rejects Altera stock options case hearing

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It isn't remainers baying about uncontrolled immigration.

No, you just want to keep it limited to prioritising the white folk over everyone else. Racist, yes.

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You have already been given several reasons by other commenters, you just ignore them or dismiss them without actually refuting them

No, I haven't. I've been given this excuse by other remainers but no actual reasons. Come on, you're the one making a scene about it, so state your reasons for wanting to be in the rEU. The remain campaigns economic predictions ALL turned out exactly opposite to what they had predicted, so you can't make a case on those.

From the exodus of manufacturing

There's been no exodus of manufacturing - the work has been moved here! See Nissan closing factories all over Europe but not here.

to half our exports suddenly being less competitive thanks to tariffs imposed by our biggest export market

Only about 7% of our exports go to the rEU. What's the other 43% you think will gain tariffs? You're forgetting the balance of trade deficit with the rEU that means any tariffs they apply we can afford to directly refund to our exporters and still make a profit due to the tariffs we'll be charging them.

Our fishing industry, so beloved of people whining about sovereignty, currently sell most of their catch into the EU...

Their fishing industry sells most of their catch to us. Its a trivial deal to sort out once we have the main trade deal done. You seem to misunderstand that leaving the rEU means we won't be trading with them. We will, the trade deal just determines the level of tariffs.

So when the head man himself says that Nissan Sunderland is "unsustainable" in the event of No deal. Well... what? Do think he never said that? Thats its somehow lefty propaganda? Do you think hes lying? Just trying to get a handout? Do you think hes an EU plant? or do you just not care?

In the City we call that talking our book. You can see the brimming confidence he has because he's shuttered his rEU plants and brought the work to Sunderland. Its not what they say, its what they do. Do you just not understand reality, or are you trying to look through it because it doesn't fit your racist little europhile views? Are you actually so dim that you listen to what he is saying, see that it doesn't fit at all with what he is doing, and then just dismiss that as what exactly?

All of the evidence to date backs up the Leave campaign and destroys all economic arguments advanced by remain. That is why I'm still waiting to hear why you want to be in so badly. What specifically is it you think you gain from being in? The answer is nothing, you're just making much sound and fury signifying nothing because you don't want to accept defeat. The future is laughing at you - you're the modern flat earthers, and it is you that is immune to evidence.

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Just out of interest, what would it take to convince you you were wrong?

Well, after 4 years, hows about a single real world reason why anyone would want to remain in the rEU?

There are no economic arguments you can advance because you lost them years ago, so give us just one actual reason to want to remain. One tangible benefit to most peoples lives. In 4 years of asking, no remainer has ever been able to come up with one, so go ahead, break the mould. Have an actual reason that you want to remain that isn't based on being a frieghtened little racist europhile, and we can take it from there.

You won't have a reason though, remainers never do....

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Remainers have given many many good arguments for staying.

Name one then!

The economic arguments advanced byt he various remain campaigns have been rubbished both by all credible economists and by factual experienced reality every year since.

There has been no good argument for leaving.

If you ignore for a moment all of the economic benefits of leaving, then for a starter you would have:

Freedom from the ECJ's willful misinterpretation of the ECHR to allow terrorists to fight deportation for decades while inciting murder on our streets.

Ability to sign our own trade deals (7 years to do a deal with Canada - 7 years!!)

I'll stop there for now as its clear to all you don't have an argument on these grounds

Less protections for the workers.

And yet every single major protection enjoyed by workers was already in place before we joined the rEU, and nobody has proposed changing the legislation much less actually set out to do it. You're making stuff up or regurgitating propaganda spoon fed you by your union rep.

No tax loophole fixes

The rEU is WHY so many tax loopholes exist. I work in a division dedicated in its entirety to industrial scale tax avoidance and I can tell you for an absolute certainty that leaving or remaining will have flat dead zero impact on our business. We will have to restructure a few trades because we're leaving and that makes it marginally harder to avoid taxes than remaining in, but the effort on that has already been done.

Hell even the strongly held racist argument isn't based on facts.

Yes it is. Remainers are racists who seek to prioritise the access of white people to our economy over those of a darker skin colour. Leavers want to trade with the whole of the world, not just little europe.

The EU is seen as an economic threat by Russia and the USA.

No it isn't. The EU is seen as a joke by Russia hence their annexation of the part of it not in NATO. The USA are far more focused on the challenge of competing with China and the rest of Asia than old europe which is economically less relevant every year.

Japan will never give us a deal like the one the EU has. Nor will anyone else. Economics 101

Dreaming I see. Go do economics 101 and report back.

You're the one who said that England was equal in power to the EU. That's what I was laughing at.

I was being kind and assuming you'd not be so deluded as to consider the rEU our equals. The whole think is a ticking bomb ready to explode. It won't be here 10 years from now, not in anything like its current form.

Anway, Scotland will leave the UK, followed by Ireland, and the Wales.

No they won't. Scotland can't afford to leave the UK, they'd be bankrupt in less time than it takes you to tie your shoelaces.

England will be the last to rejoin the EU, but they will.

There's not going to be an EU to rejoin. It's over. The whole world is laughing at you and you still don't see it.... frightened little europhiles. You're a joke. Without google I can pretty much guarantee that you, like 99% of remainers, can't even name all the rEU presidents much less state in a nutshell what they do.

You want to remain only because you're frightened of change. Its why you've STILL not been able to think up a real world reason to remain after 4 years of trying. You lost the argument, then you lost the referendum, then you lost a couple of elections, and another vote, and still you don't see that you're on the wrong side of history. The future is laughing at you.

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You are in for a shock. In 10 years time, we'll be back in the EU, and using the Euro - and that will all be due to the arrogant little englander brexiters.

10/10 for trolling, 0/10 for accuracy. There won't be an EU to be part of 10 years from now. At best its 50/50 if they make it through next year.

At least you admit "England";s arrogance. "Equal" partners? Nowhere near.

I'm sorry, but if you think Scotland or Wales are England's equal then you're positively delusional. If you think the failing and shrinking rEU is going to stop shrinking in terms of global relevance then I have a bridge you may buy.

There's no guarantee the UK's future will be bigger than its past, but we can 100% guarantee that if we remained in the rEU it would have been significantly smaller. The rEU is less and less relevant on the world stage in terms of economics - its share of global GDP has been dropping off a cliff for the past 2 decades. Von der Lyin' and the demented Belgian are no part of solving that, nor is the deluded Frenchman capable yet of grasping that the money tap is turned off. It won't be long before they have more presidents than members..... Is it 5 now, or do they have 6.... its all just so forgettable.

And yet still, still 4 years on from the vote, no remainer has been able to give one single good reason to be part of it. Not one. They lost every economic argument years ago, so there's only the social side left, and for 99% of the population that was always irrelevant to their lives.

Spare some change, guv? UK's CCTV regulator pitches for £100k budget increase

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How much can it cost...

..... to waive through yet another request with "If its not the bogs or the lasses changing room then of course you can have another camera"?

If the nuclear materials regulator was half as permissive as the CCTV folks, I'd be glowing in the dark by the time I got to work.

(sorry folks, I'm making a point not being scientifically accurate - learned much about radiation over the years from fellow commentards!)

Brit police's use of facial-recognition tech is lawful, no need to question us, cops' lawyer tells Court of Appeal

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Re: Mask

Damn! Now you've given me a good reason to wear a mask!

I have a Priti Patel face mask, for this and other reasons.

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Re: This is legislation which affects everyone, immediately and continuously

It should not be decided by a judge as to whether the legal framework exists in which it can be used, but rather a citizen wide vote - and a non-vote counts against it

Sorry, but that's a naked attempt to queer the pitch and you know it. You're trying to assign the votes of those that don't care enough to vote tot he outcome you desire. Conventionally non-voters are considered to have sided with the majority, not some pre-ordained outcome you're trying to get.

I think we both know the winning side in any straight count will be for CCTV and monitoring, because people are scared, they're ignorant, and they assume there's no downside for themselves. Kids these days want to be watched, by anyone and preferably everyone. We'd get outvoted in a second because the young not only don't care about their privacy, but they actively want the opposite.

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Re: Keep a straight face.

If the tech actually worked, then the very nature of what it is meant to do makes it more intrusive. You have CCTV that can track everyone whose face it captures. How can that be anything but more intrusive?

It's not more intrusive, its simply more efficient. They already have a CCTV operator that can track your every move, what this does is automate and industrialize it.

I can see it now some plod has a grudge against someone, partner playing away from home, feed their image into the system to track where they have been.

There's easier databases to do that with already and properly serious consequences for abuse which is identified often enough to be a deterrent.

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Re: UK police use of facial-recognition tech is lawful, no need to question us

While we don't have any right to privacy on the street

While I agree that you are broadly correct, there are limits to this.

Lets take an ordinary sex pervert (me here after) and a hot as a thousands suns 23 year old blonde (Blonde here after and man do I hope I have the e no e thing the right way around). I walk past Blonde in the street and think "nice, I quite enjoy looking at her" and figure since I have an hour to kill, I'll follow her about looking at her, because she has no right to privacy in the street, right?

Ok, so far so creepy, but lets expand this. Lets decide that I think Blonde is someone of interest to me (say as an extra curricular shag or whatever) but that Blonde doesn't actually know I've decided this. I then take to following Blonde about for a few hours a day, day after day, because, well, I can.

Now we've gotten really rather creepy, but wait.... I'm not that kind of creepy, I'm worse. I decide that I really want to know more about Blonde so I start doing reverse google searches on photos I've now taken of her face, and I start trying to eaves drop her phone conversations and steal glances at her phone to try to put a name to the face. I then optimize my enjoyment of what I'm doing by following her instagram, twitter, facebook, etc etc because I like automating stuff and now I don't have to walk around. Maybe I automate extraction of exif data from the images and throw that at a map, just for fun. My fun, not Blondes.

That right to privacy has to interrupt me somewhere down the line. Or it should. My behavior here isn't what we'd consider normal, right? The only thing Blonde did to attract all this surveillance, monitoring, and investigation was walk past me in the street looking nice.

And yet, swapping out the sex pervert for a CCTV operator and you substantially have the same thing now. Throw that into a searchable database and its the same as me setting up a whatsapp group so my mates can also appreciate Blonde.

I understand that the state is exempt from a lot of things for a lot of reasons, but we should all have some level of privacy on the high street, even if only after a sensible number of days has expired. I mean, had CCTV been ever present in my younger days, the searchable database would throw up some seriously dubious fashion choices on my part...

Activity undertaken by the state should be understood at the public level. Every tourist in America is photographed and fingerprinted at the border - you accept it when you enter. In their defence, they're completely open about that and the data they retain, so why aren't our police?

You'd think lockdown would be heaven for us layabouts – but half the UK has actually started 'exercising more'

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Re: Snowflakes....

a lot if younger folk are sharing accommodation with other people, and have restricted room for working from home

No different to sharing your house with your family. Working from home usually requires a laptop or other PC which don't take up much space.

I asked if she was back in the office, and she said no, she was at home, a flat shared with three other people and only one ethernet socket - in the living room.

Plug a wifi router in then? I mean, if all you try to achieve are problems then you'll make your life very hard. Try to find solutions instead.

Additionally, lots of young people have children and no separate work space.

Its not just the young - I have young kids and no separate workspace, or in fact workspace at all. I'm camped in the dining room, which is the main thoroughfare in my house.

It is nearly impossible to work in those conditions.

I'm calling BS on this. I'm managing fine, and so are my fellow Gen X colleagues with kids at home.

I mean, yes, I do get disrupted during the day, but as I'm not commuting I simply throw a few extra hours at work over the day to keep productivity high.

Its all about mentality. I see challenges to be overcome on my way to victory. Too many young see made up microaggressions, insurmountable problems, and would rather wallow in defeat than strive to win.

If it sounds harsh, well, it won't be half as harsh once the last of the wave 2 boomers retire and gen x join them on the beach; you're going to have to solve for yourselves because we won't be there to fix it for you in the future.

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Re: Snowflakes....

Are you OK Glen 1? Are you having some sort of problem today? Only the first half of your ranting screed of a response has nothing at all to do with my post to which you seemingly responded.

Your apparent defence against being a snowflake is to rant about wokiness while referencing a bunch of things my generation and the ones before fought for and won, and that yours had handed to it on a plate.

Lets move on to your second half, which is at least tangentially connected shall we?

its called market forces. The managers didn't have to say yes to those demands, but they did.

They do if they wanted to recruit anyone. When the tide goes out however, you see who is swimming without trunks, hence the traditional RIF no longer applying. Gen X should be about to get cut silly in the post-covid pull back, but so far to date its the overpriced millennial's facing the executioner. I know and have explained why that is. You disagree, so why is it you think it's happening? Try to be rational rather than emotive.

The trendy coffee/wine bars spring up because its where their market *is*, not the other way round.

And yet you're still wrong. Camden, Clapham, Angel, etc etc were all cool and trendy before any millennial every set foot in them. Brixton has been up and coming since before I was born, not because the first millennial's moved in.

Spoken as someone who has obviously never lived in a house share.

Spoken like someone that last lived in a shared house 2 decades ago and is still close friends with is former housemates. If yours don't like you, well, that might be for a reason, no?

Young folk are more likely to be in hospitality or retail than any other industry.

The age group you've defined as "the young" are mostly in continuing forms of education and as such many will not be employed at all, those that are will likely have been bar work or waiting tables. That citation of yours however provides no evidence at all to refute the statement that those working in hospitality or retail are a tiny proportion of the young. They're dwarfed by those in education.

Show me a student that doesn't have a job today, and I'll show you someone who is being bankrolled by their parents.

Some are, some aren't. A lot will be part supported by loans and part supported by mam n dad.

In conclusion, your worldview seems to be of someone who doesn't think the world has changed in the last 30 years. It has.

I know - I built a lot of the change I wanted to see.

Your view seems to be of someone born yesterday, who expects that because his parents didn't ever tell him "no" that nobody else should, or that you can't just have what you want right now because you're worth it.

it's not just "young people" with these newfangled viewpoints

Its not a "new fangled viewpoint", its a full blown incarnation of doublethink. Do I side with the lesbians, or the transexuals? Do I despise discrimination in all its forms, except against the old because I hate boomers? Its symptomatic of not having the experience or the intelligence to think through a viewpoint properly, based on facts rather than emotion, and then being prepared to change your mind when the facts change.

You've a lot of growing up to do, and unless you let go some of your empty headed ideals, you're going to find it a painful process, or worse still end up like Jeremy Corbyn. A bitter, failed old man, with nothing in his life but might-have-been's and hatred of the successful for no better reason than you never had the drive to join them.

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Re: Bending the elbow

Bending the elbow

is a form of exercise. I've definitely upped my number of reps.

Weights & measures.... its like weights & cardio, but without the sweating.

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Re: Snowflakes....

You're being wilfully silly here.

Partly yes, partly no - there is a real problem with the young just being far too fragile for life, which is entirely self inflicted by their own dumbass behavior. If the only adversity you've ever faced is some made up "microaggressions" and as a result you've turned out soft as clarts, well, you're going to have to toughen up because you have no other options - we simply can't support you in your fantasy world when reality bites.

The real reason the young are doing worse during lockdown is that they're more less likely to be able to access furlough

You're going to need to supply some evidence for that view because....

as gig workers, students etc

Most Uber drivers are over 25 as are most Lyft drivers, most deliveroo, most gig workers in fact. and since you can't be furloughed from not having a job, putting students here was just plain silly.

more likely to be put on furlough if eligible

Yes and that is for many reasons. One of which, in software development at least, experience matters an awful lot more than what the young misconstrue as "talent", leading to their generally having demanded salaries way in excess of their actual abilities. Where once some oldster like me would have been given the bullet to preserve a team of 3 or 4 younger engineers they're working with, now you only get to save 1.5 to 2 of them, and they can't manage the same workload as an experienced developer so its cheaper to get shot of the young.

more likely to be living in cramped city centre housing

By their own choice and doing because they want to be able to walk tot he bars and coffee shops and work rather than have to take the train for example. So whose fault is that really?

more likely to be sharing with people

So they have their own little community already then. They're complaining why?

less likely to have a garden

But much more likely to have a whole range of city center parks to go play in.

less likely to be able to work from home

That one you'll need to explain because it makes no sense - the ability to work from home depends on the job not the age of the person doing it. Sure, some sectors such as hospitality do have a lot of young staff and are down the swanny, but that's a small proportion of the young.

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For 18 to 24-year-olds, 36 per cent reported being irritable "quite a lot" and 8 per cent "all the time"; 30 per cent said they were distressed "quite a lot" and 31 per cent said they were upset "quite a lot". The over-65s were much more chilled. Only 10 per cent said they were distressed "quite a lot", with very few saying "all the time" for any of the listed negative feelings

Lets just reformat that a little:

18-24 36% irritable a lot - so 3 x more likely than the boomers

65+ 10% irritable a lot

18-24 30% distressed quite a lot - so 30+ x more likely than the boomers

65+ ~0% distressed quite a lot

18-24 31% upset quite a lot - so 31+ x more likely than the boomers

65+ ~0% upset quite a lot

So broadly speaking the young aren't coping and the old are doing just fine. It turns out then that sitting about in some coffee shop circle jerk inventing genders, dreaming up ways to be oppressed, and generally moaning about old people doesn't prepare you for life. Who knew?

Your country needs you to sit on your arse and watch telly - I mean, you're not being shipped to the trenches, you're not being conscripted into the army, you're not even being asked to do a hazardous job. You're practically bloody immune to Covid and your moaning about it more than those in the death zone.

Sorry kids, you're going to have to toughen up a little because you just don't have any other actual options. It's no good moaning about the boomers when your generation can't even handle staying home for a few weeks - you can still spend endless hours writing garbage on twitter and faking up a lifestyle in instagram, while pretending to influence your followers (who are mostly just dead accounts set up by bot networks anyway), or just stream yet another box set on netflix. You won't make it through your peak suicide years (35-45ish) in anything like your current horrifically incapable lifestyles.

which goes to show what ... getting a gold-plated pension can do for you, right Baby Boomers?

I think you'll find today's public sector workers still get the same solid gold pensions they always did, with just one or two of the smallest tweaks thrown in. It's the rest of us that are still suffering Gordon Browns first act as Chancer of the Exchequer.

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Re: "course the entire point of meditation is to not move around and just relax"

Actually, the point of meditation is supposed to be working towards enlightenment. Stasis and relaxation are merely means of entering a state where the mind becomes more receptive.

Oh really? And here's me thinking the point of Yoga is to give crafty 20 something guys a limitless supply of bored 30 something housewives to play hide the sausage with. Consider me enlightened.

When one open-source package riddled with vulns pulls in dozens of others, what's a dev to do?

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Easy and yet ...

...the author completely overlooks the problem of scale.

The problem is easy to express. Software development today typically makes use of packages from online repositories. A developer sits down to create a web application and starts by installing libraries from npm.js (more than 1 million JavaScript packages to choose from), Maven (for Java), NuGet (for .NET) or PyPI (for Python).

You can't objectively compare packages in NuGet with packages in npm. A typical NuGet dependency graph may go a few levels deep but it'll usually terminate there. A typical npm dependency graph can go between 10,000s and 100,000s of layers deep and pull in gigs of code. Its like comparing an itchy nose to being shot in the face with an elephant gun loaded for rhino. With proper frameworks like .NET or Java you can achieve an awful lot of work very quickly just using the vendors own packages, whereas with JavaScript you can't.

Secure computing is anathema to JavaScript, so if its on your list of requirements, then you simply can't use node - it would require a total redesign of npm and the JavaScript language specification before you could ever hope to make it secure as its all insecure by design.

How many times now has a node package gone stale because the maintainer has gone to jail? Died? Got bored? The damage is impossible to calculate and your ability to update a package for a known vuln depends on a maintainer often 100s or 1000s of packages deep doing some work first, and so on up the stack. JavaScript is a great language for teaching kids to code, but once you seek to be a professional you need to learn a professional language.

Fintech biz Wirecard folds into insolvency like two pair against a flush. Good luck accessing your chip stack

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Re: He could hardly be acting alone

It's difficult to believe that only one person in the company would be aware that the numbers were not real.

Indeed. The level of outright fraud here requires a massive degree of complicity on behalf of the staff, or career ending ignorance on a gross misconduct scale on the part of those same staff.

Its much like your Mrs deciding you're going to live the lifestyle of the Rooney's, only without any actual income to support it - you'd probably reasonably notice your position wasn't backed up by anything real, right?

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I have some sympathy for the Icelandic government’s position, as I suspect the liabilities were larger than they were able to cover.

That being the case they shouldn't have allowed their banking sector to grow so big, and I say that as one who works in the City. There's no requirement to have an open ended balance sheet, and the Icelandic government could readily have bought protection for themselves in the form of a CDS or other such instrument.

You can't take the profits then run from the losses while allowing your own citizens to effectively draw out other countries money, which is what Iceland and IceSave did. I have no sympathy for the Icelandic government because the situation was played for and got, and they deserve to continue paying the higher price for their bonds than they would otherwise have done had they not defaulted on their obligations.

US govt: Julian Assange tried to recruit hacker to steal hush-hush dirt and we should know – the hacker was an informant

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Re: Just a polite request with an uncertain air of positive expectation?

Is it true observation and compliance with a D notice is discretionary and voluntary and not mandatory?

No, they're mandatory, hence observed when sent.

There's no way for assange to do what he does under the cover of journalism in the UK because it would never be permitted.

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Just put him on a plane already

This could blow a hole in Jules' I'm-a-journalist-not-a-spy defense.

Journalists know what a D notice is and they observe them when so served. Clearly then, assange can't claim to be a journalist, not credibly anyway.

Among those who Assange was said to have directly contacted was Hector "Sabu" Monsegur.

This guy is fast becoming the gift that keeps on giving. Its just a shame he didn't realize what his kids meant to him before he became an asshat hacker, got caught, and then became a snitch. How many lives has he helped ruin?

I mean, I have no tears for assange - this is played for and got in every respect - but perpetually relying on Sabu to snitch is putting all their eggs in one basket. If he gets overturned just once for lying then all the cases are in doubt.

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Re: Legal jurisdiction

Remind me why US law should extend to people (such as Assange) who weren't in the US or hacked systems in the US?

Why do you think it wouldn't?

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

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No manual check? They were right there!

“I hope you all don’t think all black men look alike,” Williams said he told officers during his interrogation behind bars. “The computer must have gotten it wrong,” an officer replied, we're told.

Ok, the computer got it wrong. It happens. However, it seems to me that there were a pair of police officers there that could have performed some sort of visual check against an image before arresting the guy.

I do want to take a moment to unpick what "all look alike" really means though... Lets flip the situation first so the usual suspects don't shit their pants over it.

Take a country with a predominantly black population with a significant white minority.... say south Africa. Lets say the criminal in the cctv is a white man, and a couple of black police come to my door.

Are they there because they're racist? Maybe, maybe not... The fact that they have identified a man eliminates half of the population. The fact that they have identified a man of the correct age bracket eliminates roughly another 75% of what remained. The fact that they identified a white man eliminates probably about 90% of whatever is left.

We've got quite specific quite quickly in that while that description may match 3% of the population, both I and the actual criminal are definitely in that 3%. Likely the computer has narrowed it further, to similar build or facial shape for instance, but there's no evidence of that available.

It should absolutely not be enough to arrest someone for without manually checking the pictures because it could be transparently obvious it isn't me just from a glance, and I have every right to expect them to perform the check before taking further action. They do, however, have every right to come to my door to do the check.

"When I look at the picture of the guy, I just see a big Black guy. I don't see a resemblance. I don't think he looks like me at all," Williams told NPR.

Regrettably, if the Shaggy defence worked then the prisons would be empty.

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Re: "the guard didn’t witness the crime personally, was relying on CCTV footage......

You forgot ... "walking around with an offensive wife"!

We're all guilty of that Sir. Much as we love 'em now, they're going to be someones mother in law one day......

Sorry to drone on and on but have you heard of Ingenuity? NASA's camera-copter is ready to head off to Mars

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Re: Why

Didn't they put in on the top?

Its getting carried on what amounts to a car. The car needs to land wheels down and balance, so you want as much weight as possible between the axles and as low down as you can get it while preserving your ground clearance requirements. Same reasons you do it on a good race car.

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I can't wait to see the first footage of a successful flight.

I am stupidly excited about this given my general ignorance of the physics, astrophysics, chemistry, engineering, etc that has gone into this. We already have a car on another planet (2 if include the moon buggy), and now we're getting a helicopter.

One of the saddest realizations I had this year was how few more space missions and launches I'm likely to live to see (making it through another 30 years will be ambitious). There's just something epic about them all....

Russia returns to space tourism and offers a first citizen spacewalk

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Trip of a lifetime....

... I mean, Greta will have a meltdown so that's a definite plus, and you're in space for 2 weeks actually floating about and possibly assisting with science n stuff.


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