* Posts by Keven E

150 posts • joined 15 Sep 2015


Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer

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Re: No Mention yet?

Keyboard monitor interface error.

UK.gov sits down with mobile big four to formalise plans for rural shared 4G network

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G wiz

Yep, the bul****ters *here are hard-selling nationwide 5G coverage... even when they clearly don't have that with 4G.

What's inside a tech freelancer's backpack? That's right, EVERYTHING

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Right next to the duck tape

"1 bird-beak"

I imagine it's what I call "duck-bills'.

Never thought we'd write this headline: Under Siege Steven Seagal is not Above The Law, must fork out $314,000 after boosting crypto-coin biz

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Seems more like...

... a bootnotes article.

Social media notifications of the future: Ranger tagged you in a photo with Tessadora, Wrenlow, Faelina and Graylen

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... like Sven

Mom and Dad thought it made a point of not being Irish.

... and now try it without stressing the *ven.

Beer necessities: US chap registers bevvy as emotional support animal so he can booze on public transport

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Re: The service animal scam is about to come to a very abrupt end

Just not an open container.

Does a screw top seal that deal?

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

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Dr Falck does not have a chip on her shoulder, despite the fact that the whole idea behind the book stemmed from the fact that as a child she was offered a place at a school for gifted children but her mother turned it down because she feared it would result in her becoming socially difficult.

Kieren barely finished that when spewed <drink of choice> all over the screen.

BOFH: I'd like introduce you to a groovy little web log I call 'That's Boss'

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Re: Most people have nothing interesting to say on a regular basis.

"The gradual decline into self-aggrandising dementia..."


Since the FCC won't act, Congress finally moves on robocalls by passing half-decent TRACED Act

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Re: The huge, almost unanimous 417-3 vote

Three blind *mice... cowering in a corner... everyone pointing... laughing. #sad

Taxi for Uber: Ride-hailing app giant stripped of licence to operate in London

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Unfortunately, Uber in Chitown has cut into and therefore reduced the number of cabs freely hailable on city streets.... very noticeable to me who ain't touching Uber with an 11 foot app... cab drivers say about 50%.

Of course, the previous Mayor/brother? is a big investor (IIRC)... and the police were told to not give Uber drivers the "time of day". To bad, based on how I see moving violations daily (not just illegal but just plain stupid or dangerous)... we coulda cut into the city budget deficit!.

I truly enjoy the freedom/chaos of a random cab hail.

Judge shoots down Trump admin's efforts to allow folks to post shoddy 3D printer gun blueprints online

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Re: AC

“Giving people this power that can be used for criminality ends up with a force for good,” he argued. “More guns in the hands of more people leads to a lower crime rate. I'm interested in the challenge, not the ethics. What we are doing is traditionally sound … maybe I'll go to Hell for this, but I think it's a good thing.”

This is more of an "argument" he's having with *his self.

NSA to Congress: Our spy programs don’t work, aren’t used, or have gone wrong – now can you permanently reauthorize them?

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Re: The United Scaredycats of America


Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket

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The 20 sided sign...

... means there's a perpetual D&D game at the next right.


Methinks the yeild (3 sided) sign is a bit more urgent than the no parking (4 sided) sign... maybe not. Also, it slowly morphed into a red one (no longer yellow).

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... at the top of my lungs... standing right next to the window of someone pretending to operate a vehicle.

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Re: Pedant alert

"...you MUST come to a full and complete stop..."

When I do that myself I'm quite weary of that arse tailgaiting me *anticipating me not doing that... and I'm not a slow driver by any means. Good luck being a pedestrian on a side street in Chitowne.

I won't believe anyone is safe by default.

Pack your pyjamas, Zuck: US bill threatens execs with prison for data failures

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The last line of the bill says:


Nothing in this Act may be construed to preempt any State law.


So State laws would preempt it? Even if with smaller fines? Or would that just mean *if it ever gets to the FTC level of enforcement. What's the point of law I'm missing here?

Junior minister says gov.UK considering facial recognition to verify age of p0rn-watchers

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Re: Umm - yet another poorly thought out idea

The monkey's consent or that someone's?

BOFH: The company survived the disaster recovery test. Just. The Director's car, however...

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Re: Simon is on top form again!

"Which explains how someone managed to empty the boardroom drinks cabinet," the CEO says drily.


CEOs beg for America-wide privacy law... to protect their businesses from state privacy laws

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Well said, DS. (exactly the quoted section I was gonna rip one over)

Can you download it to me – in an envelope with a stamp?

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Re: Who got the wrong census?

"24 - And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons."

Pigeons had thier chance.

Big bang theory: Was mystery explosion over New York caused by a meteor? Dunno. By a military jet? Maybe...

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" ...cyclists with head-cams?"

Recording all *your own traffic violations (too) might be a deterrent.

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do you really think that the government turning off all the phones is not going to be followed by Twitter storm of "hey, my phone was turned off !" ?

That depends on how long the phones stay off...

New York City sues T-Mobile US over 'abusive sales tactics'

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Would've could've should've

"The complaint "could" have come at a better time for T-Mobile US..."

That depends.

Biz forked out $115k to tout 'Time AI' crypto at Black Hat. Now it sues organizers because hackers heckled it

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Re: Accurate and Infinite Prime Prediction from Novel Quasi-Prime Analytical Methodology

Would anyone choose "quasi-prime rib" when the prime rib is right next to it?

'Hey Google, remind Greg the locks have been changed, and he should find a new place to live. Maybe ask his mistress?'

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Re: Hey, google ...

"Assistant users will only be able to send reminders to people in their Google family group or people who have accounts linked to the same Smart Display or speaker and who are both Voice Matched and listed in the initiator's Google Contacts database."

Too many parameters... nobody's a match.

How to avoid getting burned at Black Hat, destroyed at DEF CON or blindsided by Bsides

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Survey says

It's likely the feds are co-opting the surveillance *overload that is installed for every square inch of every location in LasVegas to catch pics, etc of everyone there... bring *them all together... save time, process later...

US border cops' secret racist Facebook group a total disgrace, says patrol chief. She should know, she was a member

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Re: Fun times we are in

"...several of those have been placed on administrative duties pending the results of the investigation."

There are only so many "administrative duties" to go around... I wonder how many of them include trolling facebook for illegal activities...

Facebook staff sarin for a bad day: Suspected chemical weapon parcel sent to Silicon Valley HQ

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Re: ...equipment designed to inspect all incoming mail for toxins and other nasties.

Well done, Ken M.


And what is that first picture (of 3 on twitter) clipped into this article... but an empty street in anywhere USA with one person walking across the street? *Crews? <snicker>

UK's MoD is helping itself to cops' fingerprint database 'unlawfully', rules biometrics chief

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"It's also of dubious use saying it was this or that public body."

Although different law enforcement bodies have been gathering fingerprints for different databases for quite a long time, I figured it's all essentially one big one by now... somewhere... at least the national one... data a'int going down the chain and perhaps nor is access (good idea), but.

Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook in crosshairs: Politicos stick monopoly probe into Silicon Valley

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Re: That's a Bargain!

We need to stop calling them lobbyists.

"Sugar daddy"... perhaps "briber"... or just "john".

FCC boss blesses T-Mobile US-Sprint merger amid sketchy promises, lashings of incoherency

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Classic political redirect

Last week...Pai's all "I'm active against robo-calling.... look at me doing something for consumers!".

FCC promises, yet again, to tackle robocalls. Translation: Expect six more months of waiting

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Re: Limited block lists?

Presumably the system is just pasting on some random 4-digits in place of the last 4 of your own number.

Exactly my experience. That leaves 9990 or so left.... a slight, but real remote possibility I'll care about missing a call from one.

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Limited block lists?

"...carriers are against block lists because a potential for abuse exists that can result in good phone numbers being blocked."

Isn't this abuse only a possibility if we all share a list? I see some carriers limit the amount of blocked numbers per line so they don't have to *actually manage one/them, but I thought that block lists were resident on the phone itself... if they aren't I'd imagine they should be... and transferable between phones.

Just pass a law allowing each line's block list to be unlimited.... imagine the size and and thruput of that/those database(s)!

Hate e-scooters? Join the club of the pals of 190 riders in Austin TX who ended up in hospital

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The right to be stupid

"In my experience the vast majority of cyclists are fine and generally play by the rules. "

I dunno know what *city you are talking about, but the exact opposite is true here in Chicago. I've never seen any bike rider actually stop at a stop sign... except for the one that hit the back wheel of my bike because I stopped.

All that being said, there's clearly a bigger issue with drivers and pedestrians doing thier *thing while trying to read the phone in thier hand... something, it seems, being a scooter rider will, perhaps, not allow... although I'm sure some will just stubbornly insist on one-handed operation... proving the applicability of the word "wanker".

Keven E

Re: Elevators are even better

Horizontal *elevators... more commonly known as trains.

Now you can officially dox Scrabble players, thanks to the new dictionary definitions

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we don't need no stinking rules...

One could only look up one word per turn from an agreed upon dictionary, yet someone else looked it up (so the requester couldn't find/see two word spellings on that page), and if it was a good one, you had to use it... otherwise no penalties for your one research request.

Everyone got a last, in order turn to dump a word after the first person out of tiles.

You couldn't dump all your tiles.... max 6.

All multiplier (letter or word) spaces were reusable... made for a lot of prefix and suffix additions.

Complex automation won't make fleshbags obsolete, not when the end result is this dumb

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Re: Lied to – by a computer

"Automation brings two things front of mind in most people: A) that it will put it us all out of work, or B) rise up and kill us."

Perhaps we'll be *out of work if we are dead.


A coworker sent me an email regarding our itinerary where she mistyped/misidentified the departure date as Wednesday the 15th (+ time of departure), when, actually Tuesday was the 15th, and without any adding a specific internal link or event to a calendar... Google decided they would put that incorrect information into both of our calendars into that Tuesday. The correct departure date was Wed. the 16th.

Two wrongs don't make a right, and one wrong and one right still make a wrong.

Parents slapped with dress code after turning school grounds into a fashion crime scene

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Re: I'd ban North Face clothing.

... and anything POLO and Canada Goose expo.

As Alexa's secret human army is revealed, we ask: Who else has been listening in on you?

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The original issue rears its ugly ears

Calling something *smart because it's connected to the internet...

... same b******t as "big data" providing "intelligence".

Survival of the "marketing dept" fittest has entered, once again, into

another level of granularity.

Back to drawing board as Google cans AI ethics council amid complaints over right-wing member

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It's been said

For those that haven't seen this one... just so we don't repeat repeating ourselves...


The s**t just hit the fan... cuz they threw it right at it!

Lend me your ears and AI will play with your brain: Machine voice imitators outsmart us

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Re: So the sounds, but what about the content.

In 1981 or so... just before CD's came out to the general public, a dozen or so of us music students were dragged down to Universal Studios (famous in Chitown) and brought into two engineers booths. In the first one they said to "listen to this". We then moved into the booth next door and they said "now listen to this". We all agreed the first one was better. Much better.

It turned out the first one was analogue recording, the second one was the same recording converted to the new CD format. Granted we were all *seasoned listeners, but that is the point. Since digital recording (albeit the early ones were the worst) there are pieces of the spectrum that just aren't heard and therefore not really expected or trained to be heard by anyone in the general public, and haven't now for the most part of the last 40 years. Generally its the existence, not as primary, but clearly some flavor, subtlety adding overtones and timbre missing which today nobody is aware of its lacking.

The voice is a quite complex sound and the nuances of language, timing and timbre is, as far as I'm concerned, best left for humans to experience with others.

Saying "machine voices outsmart us" is as relevant as "is it live or is it Memorex?".

Googlers, eggheads urge web giant's bosses to kick top conservative off its AI ethics council

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Re: Proving the well known Google Bias once again

Let's not forget.... Google is an advertising company, not a tech company.

Forming an external committee is an attempt at ligitimizing any bul***t and/or definitions they'd like, but still being touchy-feely *looking, being *involved in tech related things and calling thier ability to promote those that give them the most money something near intelligence (artificial or not), while still being able to distance themselves to a certain extent when that bull***t does hit the fan.

LOL EPA OIG NDA WTF: Eco-watchdog's auditors barred from seeing own agency's cloud security report by gagging order

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Public government?

Perhaps they just don't want those security flaws made public as to invite *attacks they prolly know will be successful, the fixes for which will take months to apply to all of the affected systems.

And, of course, the GOP don't wanna sully the good name of Nixon who started it... other than eliminating the whole thing... <blank stare>

Ransomware drops the Lillehammer on Norsk Hydro: Aluminium giant forced into manual mode after systems scrambled

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Re: Cyber insurance

How can we trust the data the actuary uses to determine risk and ultimately the price? <snicker>

This ain't AI, it's a goddamn arms race – but US shouldn't get too heated, Congressman warns

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"The problem is how do we use AI in a beneficial way that's evenly distributed"

Not one that a capitalist system will seek to *actually resolve.

The whole article reminded me to pull out my bulls**t bingo cards.

Overhyped 5G is being 'rushed', Britain's top comms boffin reckons

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I'll wait...

till ours go to 11.


Uber driver drove sleeping woman miles away from home to 'up the fare'. Now he's facing years in the clink for kidnapping, fraud

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It's a taxi ordering service

The US Attorney still calling it "ridesharing" is perpetuating the same BS we usually refer to as "fake news".

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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Old hat

I leave this link to a *document that had covered this issue a while back...


(apologies for the odd source... but they do show the main 3 pages)

Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf

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Re: Politicize all teh thingz!

Thumbs up to you Bogle. So many don't seem to get this is a serious issue that needs a complete overhaul.

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It's optimistically hardened

All the above comments... but nobody pokes at this from the article?

But with computer brain interfaces looming, he believed our personal thoughts could be up for grabs to anyone with a court order.

Thanks for the depression... now I know I'll fail these *tests!

- and -

Overall there was optimism that the world was heading in the right direction on some topics. Election systems are getting hardened...

If we just kept it hard (paper trail) we wouldn't have to get back *harder.



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