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194 posts • joined 24 Feb 2016


International politicos line up to get shot down by Facebook

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Re: Now they know how it feels.

@Jim, those drugs you took--much as they made your style impressive back in the day--are showing now.

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Re: The tax man cometh

Sad but true. Long live Burton!

European Union divided over tax on digital tech giants as some member states refuse free money

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Technicalities aside (looking at the downvoters of OP), 'None of this grandstanding considers the obvious counter-strategies the digital companies will adopt.'. Any arguments?

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Re: Life's not fair

VPN anyone?

Facebook quietly admits role in Myanmar killing fields – but fret not, it will do better next time

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@AC Re: Ethnic cleansing?

You. Have. Got. To. Be. Joking.

Dollar for dollar, crafting cryptocurrency sucks up 'more energy' than mining gold, copper, etc

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Amen brother--but you're speaking to the converted (no pun intended).

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First comment to compare Al with BTC -->

Some cursory searches suggest that 35kWh will cost $14 US in Iceland. Another tax-the-poor scheme?

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: Michael Faraday got my vote...

Sounds great! How do I test the theory of tectonic plates for myself?

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Re: astrology????

Nope, Newton wasn't a conceited prick who looked down on people who looked upwards in their own way--as that is what he was doing anyway. If you can't look at the sky without being able to resist the thoughts of what others think--fueling your self-conceit by the fact that some thoughts are wrong and yet unify the thinkers of them--then you truly belong with those who never do look up.

Google logins make JavaScript mandatory, Huawei China spy shock, Mac malware, Iran gets new Stuxnet, and more

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Re: So not, Google

The thing that really struck me is the association of 0.1% with the word 'tiny'. Design-by-telemetry will make 'advanced technology' a big fucking joke, and we'll be wondering why we gave up the simple life of cattle, spears, a warm fire--no stupid decency laws requiring us to bow down to Gucci and the likes--and periodic wars when the good life increased our numbers excessively (where we can die a soldiers death instead of being subjected to mental examination because we haven't elbow room to enjoy the fruits of nature), before the year 2030.

Dear Google,

Normal developers are happy with 1 user of their software. You are willing to turn your back on--at a guess--close to a million users who think Javascript is a piece of (I'd say codswallop but I'd feel compelled to look that up first) whatever is left over after the vultures (hi El Reg, no offence) and hyenas have had to look for other prey.


Someone who needs a better alias

Great. Global internet freedoms take another dive as censorship and fake news proliferate

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A thought experiment

Governments that control their media and create stories to show the leadership in glowing colours are allergic to the term 'Fake News', surprisingly enough. But we'll go along and believe that it is even possible to increase censorship when it is already total, and throw mud at a bland term for government curated media.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Re: Summation

"Could there be a better description of capitalisms failure?"

Downvoters of this must've been paid.

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Re: Don't blame the Serbs

"British fears of German Naval strength"

Naval strength built with no other purpose than to rival Britain.

Some still recall a telegram to Kruger--some realize military old-salts are ignored only to the enemy's advantage.

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Re: If not I will deport the videotape to all your contacts.

I beg to differ... SSD's need defragging just as much as a spinning platter drive--just that the order of magnitude of access means you don't notice the fragmentation. Also the writes required would deteriorate the life.

Have you never heard of memory fragmentation?

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Re: Racist?

> golden ticket

Unless you're one of those who pick recyclable cardboard and plastic from my rubbish bin--and I take my hat off to them--I'm willing to bet (a small amount... according to my means) you're middle class like the rest of El Reg commentards. Which suggests you're somewhat naive when your reading steers you to see the members of the modern pseudo-nobility as one of 'us'.

And 'white' isn't a race. Englishmen are saxon mongrels--the lot of us (I could equally call myself a Nordic mongrel).

Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

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@Doctor Syntax Re: And all we can do...

You probably have a better education than me, judging by your posts. I've been playing catch-up over the last decade or so with gutenberg, archive.org and wikipedia. One thing is certainly plain to me--Britain is in a cleft stick.

Having climbed to the peak, it is a jump to certain death either way. Have another referendum and you can never take your Parliament at their word again--unless the referendum was as plainly stated as ‘Did you vote in the last referendum and do you believe you were misguided when doing so?' And if yes, what else than to sack parliament?

Instability lies in your future. Instability lies in my present though (former colony which cut off its nose to spite its face). Our Parliament have never followed through, and we all just wait for the next step down the ladder of anarchy. You're welcome to come here, but Englishmen are not much liked (word of mouth, you know).

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Wrong person is announcing this

Branch-readiness "targeted" is the new beta.

Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

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"branch readiness"

I had switched one of my machines to 'Semi-Annual Channel' and checking for updates doesn't offer this one; another machine has the default 'Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)' and it is busy installing now. I point this out as the article doesn't mention these channels.

WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

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European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

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Re: Barcelona?

Chronology though?

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Re: So...

@Mikerahl - what problem are you trying to fix by changing the law?

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Re: Barcelona, Spain

... I would point out that the government of Catalunya declared the country independent ...

Ah, good old UDI; always results in a thriving economy.

Irony's lost on old Pope Francis: Pontiff decrees fake news a 'serious sin'

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Unfortunately Atheist most often means Antitheist. If you argue ... let the labelling begin!

Virgin Hyperloop pulls up the biggest chair for Branson, bags $50m, new speed record

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African or European?

Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked

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@Tigra 07 Re: Their ideo of racism is probably different from yours...

"Free speech must remain paramount"

Amen to that! And if you are not going after all other potential platforms for those holding extreme views, you're simply displaying a pantomime. And if you are ... (*).

* Are we allowed to debate this here El Reg? I'm only about 6 years from getting my badge so wouldn't want to risk it based simply on a hypothetical debate which might offend someone.

SCOLD WAR: Kaspersky drags Uncle Sam into court to battle AV ban

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Re: it's its not it's

Here you go, it's Christmas soon.

I think I just plagiarised an earlier commentard, so you may return the favour.

PHWOAR, those noughty inks: '0.1%' named Stat of The Year

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Re: 99 percent

"... to sell OR to insult ..."

What's the breakdown?

FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

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Fill in the blanks! Everyone can play!

“ … something-wing whinge-site Something something … “

The search for the 'next billion' users also targets the first billion

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that use 'shortcuts' not accessible to cars and trucks

So Google is now promoting 'illegal' actviity, blatantly? Does India have official motorcycle-only routes, or is this a case of pandering to people who simply ignore the rules (and the law-keepers have given up)?

NiceHash diced up by hackers, thousands of Bitcoin pilfered

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Re: Move on, move on, nothing to see here....

This is Madness!

No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

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You know that's not what is meant by zero emissions.

Not so sure that's fair... like if I said, "you know that people believe zero emission means green, and green means good for the environment." Maybe you don't. Maybe they don't.

Quentin Tarantino in talks to make Star Trek movie

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"if found guilty"

I don't think that matters anymore - your career is doomed if someone 'higher' than you points a finger at you. Then the media-machine takes over and no-one will ever admit to liking your work even if acquitted.

Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

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Re: "may not be fatal"

"I suspect vocabulary ... "

Well yes, that's a simpler way of putting it. And I should've taken the trouble to accent. Did I mention we're off-topic?

Downvotes to this post are permitted on account of the incorrect icon.

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Re: "may not be fatal"

I'd love to meet the down-voters. I suspect logic is not their forte.

Oops: LinkedIn country subdomains SSL cert just expired

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Err, yes... sometimes it is. Agreeing with Mr. Disgusted above that 'expired' and 'invalid' are (very) different. The latter means MITM is trivial - in the former case only with the domain owner's private key.

Night before Xmas and all through American Airlines, not a pilot was flying, thanks to this bug

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Re: 1.5

Weird. Two opposing views, both only with upvotes.

Wouldn't want to spoil that; this post is magnanimously given to the impulsive downvoters.

(BTW I agree with the first poster, but isn't it always thus?)

The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI

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Damn I just upvoted you!

SpaceX 'raises' an extra 100 million bucks to get His Muskiness to Mars

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Re: I guess, yeah, His Muskiness is kinda --

As above, not to knock the comment otherwise - but how do you break a rating system like that?

Facebook, Google, IBM, Red Hat give GPL code scofflaws 60 days to behave – or else

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If you are referring to McHardy you'll need to do some more homework. He is far from 'the competent one' - more like a vampire.

Fake-news-monetizing machine Facebook lectures hacks on how not to write fake news that made it millions

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Re: Facebook implemented a set of guidelines - and you won't believe what happened next!

Thank you.

HMRC's switch to AWS killed a small UK cloud business

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Re: HMRC, I salute you!

Two commentards have (thus far) failed your IQ test, methinks!

'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

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Re: Not only for fatalities

"... riding a bicycle in a manor ..."

What if it's my bloody manor?

Watchdog slams HMRC, Amazon over 'dismal' response to UK biz hurt by online VAT fraud

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Re: Tax

Name your country of origin, @Rono666! Then I'll decide my vote.

Linux kernel community tries to castrate GPL copyright troll

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It may help the more skeptical reader to have the details:


30 strong fingers but still no happy ending for robotic back rub

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Same as English. But we've been taught (at least I was) to use "Sir / Madam", "His / Her", etc...

ah, I see you may have read it incorrectly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Od1f0IjMyo

NBD: Adobe just dumped its private PGP key on the internet

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I'm tempted to hit that down-arrow... but:

diff -u el-reg-articles white-hat-crap

- has not returned a request for comment on the matter,

+ has not answered a request for commentary on the matter,


- moment. Namely, key rotation and internal public-private

+ moment. Namely, key turn and internal public-private


Make sense?

US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: Size matters?

Didn't know that was only around here.

Magnetic memory boffins unveil six-state storage design

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Re: A bit off - tips and corrections

@AC that was a bit more than a typo though. And I think some of us reading such an error here will wonder, "is it just me?"

Girls outpace boys in US IT and engineering test

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Re: @ fred 32

Okay, I'll accept that comment with regards autism. However, read my comment again: I'm not in favour of quotas.



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