* Posts by Keven E

166 posts • joined 15 Sep 2015


COVID-struck holiday rentals firm Airbnb shacks up with ex Apple design honcho Jony Ive in multi-year deal

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" ... honcho Jony Ive ... "

All I can see here is... Jon Bon Jovi

Coronavirus outbreak triggered a rush of online attacks against retail loyalty schemes, Akamai reckons

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The year that wasn't

"It's why you should use a unique password for each site and service you use online..."

Not that most'll actually *absorb something from it... but in this year, things are a bit magnified and

showing us, once again, how much some don't know or care, really.

Pack your bags! Astroboffins spot 24 'superhabitable' exoplanets better than Earth at supporting complex life

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Re: Not the only issue

"...we'd probably find it fully occupied already."

If, perchance, they are less *civilized than whatever we currently attach that word to... it'll be the whole Christopher Columbus -vs- aboriginal Americans thing again, and if they are more advanced that we... perhaps we'll not be allowed to get close enough to find out.

Stock market blizzard: Snowflake set for £33bn IPO as valuation bubble keeps on expanding

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Re: " Warren Buffet, ...... is said to be considering a flutter." @JS19

"How things are simply made up and spread worldwide by media moguldoms in the service of systems that need them to share things made up by systems that need their services..."

The age of information<age of big data<age of information data... although increasing in quantity, certainly not in quality.

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

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I'll remember this one...

... the next time I really want to call someone a liar, but feel *obliged to obfuscate.

"...created a contrary impression, that impression is inconsistent with the contents..."

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

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Re: Solution in search of a problem

"...how incredibly convenient drones and 30-minute deliveries will be."

Other than HildyJ's emergency that becomes a real concern if it lasts more than 30min... and getting my pizza delivered (and certainly not from them that currently promise it) nothing delivered really reaches a level of *incredible... perhaps a pencil sharpener to the person with one pencil... maybe...

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

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Re: It's only who?

... that woman ...

Pardon my ignorance... Irene Adler?

Dell: 60% of our people won't be going back into an office regularly after COVID-19

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Re: So the next logical step is...

"...plenty of reasons ... a good selection of pubs."

Finally the truth!

"Always on video conferences? Why not?"

-See Above-

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Re: I get I'm in a microscopically small minority, but...

...And despite working for a phone company...

I find phone company employees rarely have good communication skills (or tools). Just sayin.

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Re: I would hate to own commercial real estate

"...but for 1/3 of that I'll be on standby, during which time I can literally do whatever I want as long as I can get to my laptop in under a minute."

Working in an office (now back to about 2/3 capacity), as I was before C19, most often needing to be the boots on the ground/on call... a good half of what I did originally was waiting for some thing/one to screw-up, jam-up or selfdestruct. Now I just do that other 1/3 from home.

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Efficiency gains

"Though we have team members juggling many challenges: parenting, caregiving, citizens and countries still grappling with surges of the pandemic, our employee engagement and productivity is at an all-time high. We are seeing a human transformation right before our eyes."

Perhaps finally discovering how much time is wasted commuting to and from... and socially interacting with cow-orkers... turning those inbetween *times directly into planned productivity... instead of responding to chaotica. Clearly not a service industry.

So... just 'Good' then? KFC pulls Finger Lickin' slogan while pandemic rumbles on

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Re: How about Medicinal Fried Chicken?

However, Cartman is spot on about the gravy.

Worldwide Google services – from GCP to G Suite – hit with the outage stick

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Out again...

...or perhaps still.

12 PDT

MIT apologizes, permanently pulls offline huge dataset that taught AI systems to use racist, misogynistic slurs

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Re: Copyright?

"This is a no-brainer justifiable faiL-use case."

Very *slippy... perhaps Freudian...

Living up to its 'un-carrier' slogan, T-Mobile US stops carrying incoming calls, data in nationwide outage

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Mid-Illinois all the way to Chicago still having *issues.

We're number... six. Analysis puts UK behind Switzerland and Kuwait in 5G adoption

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5G's of what?

"...the amount of spectrum available; commercial operator launches; the amount of network coverage; consumer 5G adoption; and the wider 5G ecosystem."

Are these all weighted 20%? WhenTF did 5g become an ecosystem?

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".



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