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Firefox 72: Floating videos, blocking fingerprints, and defeating notification pop-ups

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FAIL

Floating Videos? Arrrrgggh!

That should be listed as a bug not a feature. With the exception of reFuckingCAPTCHA, I can think of few things more irritating on the websites of today than videos that start playing automatically and then follow you down the page as you scroll

Brother, can you spare a dime: Flickr owner sends mass-email begging for subscriptions

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Angel

Re: Why?

To be equally fair to the users; I think it's pretty safe to assume that SmugMug looked over the figures very carefully before buying. They'd have known what the outgoings were and obviously banked on being able to blackmail enough users into upgrading after the lifetime 1TB accounts were got rid of—which, in spite of SmugMug's dishonest statements beforehand, was obviously the plan all along—to make the purchase profitable.

The fact their scheme has so obviously failed is poetic justice at its finest.

Oh, and free accounts weren't a complete one way street anyway. Flickr puts adverts on free accounts. So, presumably they do generate some income

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Angel

Re: Why?

Before SmugMug bought Flickr, Flickr used to have free 'Lifetime' accounts with 1TB storage.[as well as paid unlimited storage Pro accounts].

When news got out that SmugMug were going to buy Flickr, many Flickr users raised concerns about what would happen to these free accounts. In response, SmugMug put out one of those weasely duplicitous statements, beloved of politicians the world over; "We have no immediate plans to make any changes..."

I'm sure you can guess the rest. Within about 5 minutes of getting their feet under the Flickr boardroom table, SmugMug announced that the free accounts were henceforth being limited to 1000 photos and if you wanted to keep the rest of your 'stuff' in Flickr, you were going to have to start coughing up $50 a year.

As SmugMug's grovelling email shows, enough people were pissed off about this to vote with their feet and bid SmugFlickrMug a cherry two-fingered farewell, rather than be blackmailed into staying. So FlickMuggerSmug have now been forced to get out the being bowl.

Ain't Karma a bitch?!

[Icon = ex-Flickr users, dizzy with hysterical laughter]

What's that? Encryption's OK now? UK politicos Brexit from Whatsapp to Signal

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Paris Hilton

Signal vs. Others

I can't find the source now but I thought I read somewhere a while back that 'those in the know about these things' didn't rate Signal too highly from a security standpoint, as it uses a "roll your own" encryption algo —which is generally considered to be a silly idea.

Same half-remembered source led me to using Wire [wire.com] when looking for an encrypted messenger as being: 1: Swiss based, 2: Uses tried & tested encryption algos, 3: Also open source

I'm not saying Wire is perfect [the mobile apps, especially, have bugs which have persisted for years] but it's pretty usable. I'm just wondering if Signal would have been a better choice?

Disgrace of Base: Scammy hordes force Keybase to end cryptocoin giveaway

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FAIL

F**k Keybase, Basically!

I was part of the Spacedrop from the start, having been a Keybase user for a couple of years. I agree this Spacedrop has been a fiasco, but putting all the blame on people who just signed up to Keybase because of the Spacedrop is a bit unfair. Keybase have behaved despicably throughout the whole process.

1: Keybase promised to distribute 2 billion Lumens, beginning in Sept and repeating every month until they were all gone. In reality there were only 3 Spacedrops; one in Sept, one in Nov and this last one in Dec. The October Spacedrop was cancelled due to large numbers of dodgy signups. And now the entire Spacedrop has been cancelled, after the Dec giveaway, with barely 300 million of the promised 2 billion Lumens given away.

Where have the remaining 1,7 billion Lumens ended up, I wonder? No doubt in a few bulging wallets belonging to people high up in Keybase.

2: Keybase actively encouraged Keybase users to "tell their friends and family" about the Spacedrop and also relaxed their initial restriction that the Spacedrop was only open to existing Keybase users with a Github account dating from before the Spacedrop was announced. So it's a bit rich of Keybase to basically say "Hey! Want some free money? All you need is a mobile phone number. Oh, and tell all your friends and family too!" and then act all surprised when lots of people take them up on their offer.

3: Keybase have completely ignored their users throughout this whole process. After the Spacedrop was up and running, the Keybase app was requiring people follow various verification procedures to qualify for the Spacedrop. It would then congratulate them for being qualified for the Spacedrop, before subsequently telling them they were ineligible, when they actually tried to sign up for it.

Keybase's Github account was full of dozens of 'Issues' about this [and not all from bandwagon-jumping scammers] with people asking what the hell was going on and posting various error logs from the app. Keybase did not issue one single response to any of these Issues. Instead contenting themselves with the [very] occasional smarmy blog post about how great the Spacedrop was and [again] encouraging everyone to tell their family and friends about it –even whilst presumably being snowed under at the time with scamming sign-ups, which they've since proved they were unable to prevent.

4: Keybase themselves were completely to blame for cocking this whole thing up. They've shown incredible stupidity in behaving like a man standing in the middle of the road waving fistfuls of money about shouting "Who wants some?!" and then wondering why he gets mugged.

5: After the cock-up, the way Keybase 'resolved' things was even worse. First cancelling the Oct Spacedrop and then cancelling the whole thing in December. So because they hadn't the wit or gumption to filter out the scamming signups, the honest folks get shafted [as usual!].

If Keybase really had no way of stopping scammers signing up, they should have done the honourable thing and rolled back the Spacedrop beneficiary list until it was as originally intended; existing users with existing Github accounts prior to the announcement date and just continued to distribute the remaining Lumens to those people. Instead they've spat the dummy, pocketed the remaining 1,7 billion Lumens themselves and are now left looking like a bunch of untrustworthy incompetent idiots, presiding over a tawdry bait and switch exercise.

NASA told to get act together on commercial crew vendors as chance of US-free ISS rises

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Spanked?

Twice today in articles on El Reg I've read of sums of money being "spanked" on projects. FFS learn to write sniggering schoolboy English properly! The correct terminology is SPUNKED, as in "wanked", "jizzed", etc.

No Huawei out: Prez Trump's game of chicken with China has serious consequences

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Holmes

Re: Disgusting

Will the ban actually prevent anyone using a Huawei device from accessing a Google service (eg. Gmail) or just prevent them from downloading the official Google apps to do so? I suspect the latter as the first would seem impossible to police. In which case there are better alternatives out there.

The ban might actually provide a bit of a boost to other software developers, if it prompts users to look beyond the Google offerings that came with their phone and seek out some alternatives. In most cases, the alternatives are far better.

For email, try AquaMail. Easily handles my many email addresses split across Gmail, own domains using Google's mailservers, Yandex and own domains using Yandex's mailservers.

OSMAnd+ provides as good mapping as Google Maps (better in remote and off-road areas), is much more customiseable and you can download entire country maps to your phone, without pissing about with Google Maps's silly area selection download. And its navigation is pretty decent, lthough it lacks the Googley stuff like weather and nearest junk food shop listings.

Wire is an encrypted messaging/video-calling/VOIP app, offering everything Hangouts (or whatever Google's offering is called this week) does.

Yandex browser or Kiwi browser are Chrome but with added support for extensions

PulseSMS is text messaging with built in backup and the ability to send and receive SMS through your phone from your laptop.

etc. etc.

AI can now animate the Mona Lisa's face or any other portrait you give it. We're not sure we're happy with this reality

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Headmaster

Wait Til Hollywood Gets Involved!

I've been predicting for years now that, as 3D rendering gets more lifelike and AI gets better at this kind of interpolation, the obvious culmination of mixing the two is going to be in the movie industry. Why bother paying hundreds of millions to the zzz-elebs of today when, for a fraction of the amount, you can have a walking talking, virtually indistinguishable from life, legend from the past appearing in your lattest blockbuster?

Humphrey Bogart, Marleine Dietrich, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Steve McQueen, etc. etc....

Their careers have only just begun!

Whisky business: Microsoft's spirited attempt to develop hooch with AI

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WTF?

Swedish?!.... Whiskey?!....

Mind you. Could it be any worse than that nauseating aftershave in a bottle the Americans have the cheek to call Whiskey.

Pushed around and kicked around, always a lonely boy: Run Huawei, Google Play, turns away, from Huawei... turns away

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Now! Now!

Calm down everyone. You're arguing about nothing

Obviously Charlie Clark meant to say: "...Seeing as Huawei sells most of its phones in China WITHOUT Google Play Store..."

Take that, America! Huawei flips Trump & Co the bird after reporting double-digit % rise in sales and profit

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Re: Savaged?

>>so much more convenient.

What would be convenient would be if El Reg allowed people to compose posts using Markdown or even [god help us!] BBcode, instead of this continued insistence on having to use prehistoric HTML. Who the feck can be arsed adding 'proper' links, formatting, etc. when it involves that much typing?!

Not heard owt bad about Huawei, says EU Commish infosec bod

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Re: All thin foil hat chatter about US aside....

"...At least the Amis don't steal copyrighted information from European companies or engage in state supported piracy, spying and hacking on the scale China does for years now...."

How soon we forget:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/08/nsa-tapped-german-chancellery-decades-wikileaks-claims-merkel

Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true

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Windows

Re: Useful Drinking advice

That's always worked for me. In my experience, there are two types of boozer:

TYPE A –will throw up there and then, once the stage of having drunk too much is reached. As this often involves puking in pubs, clubs or over other people's carpets, parents or pets, the TYPE A boozer, as s/he ages and matures, learns to avoid such public embarrassments by usually managing to stop drinking just before the room begins to spin and vomiting becomes inevitable.

The TYPE B boozer on the other hand, never throws up on the actual night. So s/he can drink and drink until barely able to stand and still want more. However, the TYPE B boozer will then spend most of the next day throwing their ring up and generally feeling like death.

In our house, I am a TYPE A and the missus is a TYPE B. So it makes for some interesting boozing sessions. At the first hint of a room spin, I'll think "Uh-oh! I'll puke if I have any more" and will switch to fizzy water. Whereas the missus has no inner cut-off switch at all and will drink for as long as someone puts a fresh glass in front of her.

Next day usually involves me bustling round the house feeling completely fine, while she lies on the sofa cocooned under a duvet, only emerging briefly every half hour or so to throw up in a basin.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Stupid Yank Phrases

"...Micro-shaft has DOUBLED DOWN on..."

One of many many stupid American phrases which make me want to head-butt holes in walls. How the fuck do you Double DOWN on something. Doubling by it's very nature means there's twice as much of whatever it was, as there was before. So it's Doubling UP.

And don't get me started on "I could care less", "awesome" or "reach out"!

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism

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WTF?

Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

I've lost count of the number of times I've seen companies whose website has a company domain name but whose company email addresses are @gmail, @yahoo, @aol, @btconnect.... etc. etc. I always wonder who they hired to setup their website that either didn't tell them or didn't know that, having the domain name, they could now use it for their email accounts too.

Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea

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Or Sophie

You almost beat me to the punch. I came here to pour cold sick on the idiotically twee stories that keep popping up telling us how AI bots "think" things or "want" stuff.

Here's a classic example from Re-Tweet Central [formerly known as BBC News]:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/42122742/sophia-the-robot-wants-a-baby-and-says-family-is-really-important

Ad blocking. All fun and games – until it gets political: Union websites banned by uBlock Origin

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Trollface

I'd Like a Filter...

...That blocked any website which used the words:

AWESOME --as a universal adjective to describe anything remotely pleasant

SUPER --as a universal adverb for adding emphasis to any adjective

and

REACH(ED) OUT --as a universal replacement verb for 'contact', 'email', 'speak to', 'phone', etc.

I realise that as a result of this, I might have to browse the internet without being able to access 99% of American and wannabe American websites, but I'm sure I could cope!

Xiaomi waggles Mi MIX 3, the first smartphone packing 10GB RAM

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Large Objects of No Desire

Maybe I've just reached that awkward age, but the more advanced phone technology gets, the less I want to upgrade:

Stupidly big screens, notches, fingerprint scanners, idiotic multiple-cameras, eavesdropping AI, press-sensitive screens, pointless 'premium' materials. Every one of the latest fads is something I'd actively NOT want on any phone I was considering buying.

Namecheap users rage at domain transfer pain, but their supplier Enom blames... er, GDPR?

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Namecheap. Arrogant? or Incompetent?

Namecheap annoy the feck out of me by insisting on sending out their domain renewal reminder emails using US style short dates (or "arse over tit dates", as I call them)

Say you have a domain which expires on 6th March 2019. You'll get an email from Namecheap a few weeks before saying "Your domain expires on 3/6/2019" —which you naturally read as "3rd June". I've actually missed the deadline for renewing a domain in the past, because of this.

I've contacted Namecheap about this on numerous occasions, both by email and through Twatter, over the past few years and they point-blank refuse to do anything about it. One reply on Twatter said "We are a US company so we use US date format".

I concluded therefore that either Namecheap are quite happy to see their customers from outside the US go (as I will be doing with each of my domains that comes up for renewal) —or their web engineers are so incompetent that they are actually not able to change their email template so that it uses an unambiguous date format

Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?

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Re: Adventures in a NEW Android 6 Phone

Another thumbs up for AFwall+

If you ever doubted Google was spying on everything you do; root your phone, install AFwall+ and block Gboard [the built in keyboard] from phoning home. Then sit back and watch in disbelief as AFwall+ blocks it from making dozens of attempts to connect to dozens of different IP addresses, almost every time you type something in an app.

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Re: Most people think Chrome is the ONLY browser...

>What are people's suggestions for a decent mobile browser?

I use Yandex Browser Alpha. It's very stable. Has Text Reflow a la Opera and plugin support too. And, unlike Firefox, it's not so slow continental drift gives it a nosebleed.

Gotta use the Alpha version though. The release and beta versions don't support plugins, for some odd reason.

Oi, drag this creaking, 217-year-old UK census into the data-driven age

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Re: Data protection.

>>Great if you're a historian, economist or into family history...

Except when, for some reason, a huge American commercial enterprise [ie. Ancestry. com] seems to have somehow managed to be appointed gatekeepers of this info and are allowed to charge us for access to it —profiting from selling us back the data which our ancestors were legally obliged to provide.

[One of the reasons I refuse to fill in any of these census or census-like forms]

Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

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Headmaster

>60 uk pounds fine for hovering in a UK car park for 11 mins with abundant spaces

Pfft! Just don't pay it.

You only need to pay up if you get a ticket from the police, traffic warden or local council parking official for parking on public land [ie streets, bus lanes, etc] when you shouldn't have. You've committed a [civil] offence.

Parking on private land [as is the case with all these supermarket, retail park carparks, etc] the worst you *may* have done [and even then it depends on specifics like signage, etc] is commit a breach of contract, which is a private affair between you and the owner of the land the carpark is on. If they want you to pay up, they'll have to bring a private court case against you and no-one is going to be daft enough do that for the sake of £50 or £60.

So, damn their eyes to Putney Bridge and laugh in their stupid faces. There's bugger all they can do,

It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs

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Re: Firefox really is the worst

Plus one for Yandex Browser.

It seems to be a re-skinned version of Opera so, if you like Opera, give it a whirl —especially if, like me, you want to run the same browser across all your devices.

It's the only Android browser (outside of Firefox) that supports extensions* (both Opera and Chrome ones). But, unlike Firefox it doesn't run like a slug on mogadon

*[the extensions code is currently being rewritten. So, only the alpha version supports them at the moment]

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Joke

Re: @ Florida1920 Confirmation checkbox needed

Don't worry. reCRAPTCHA is much more straightforward:

https://stiobhart.net/2018-01-14-recraptcha/

Beer hall putz: Regulator slaps northern pub over Nazi-themed ad

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WTF?

Carr Crash

>We wouldn't be making war jokes if their grandads had fought harder*.

>* With apologies to Jimmy Carr

I'd recheck your attribution. i find it hard to believe Jimmy Carr's ever said anything that funny.

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The Best Policy for Everyone...

...is *never* to say *anything*, *anywhere*, *ever*. Just to be completely sure you don't give anyone any reason to take offence. Which, apparently, automatically makes you a criminal these days.

And, just to pre-empt anyone objecting to this comment, I'll be on Twitter in five minutes, posting a grovelling apology.

You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

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Damning With Faint Praise

>Ubuntu 17.10 was quite simply one of the best releases of the year and certainly the best release Ubuntu has put out in a good long time.

and, a few paragraphs later:

>Canonical pulled Ubuntu 17.10 downloads from its website last month due to a "bug" that could corrupt BIOS settings on some laptops. Lenovo laptops appear to be the most common source of problems, though users also reported problems with Acer and Dell...

See title!

Military alliance NATO adopts official hymn

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Trollface

NATO Anthem?

I thought they already had one; "The Star Spangled Banner"?

Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Facepalm

Re: How to Take The Fun Out of Life in Three Easy Steps

1: Fail to appreciate that there's a difference between "affectionate ribbing" and hate speech

2: Completely lose sense of humour

3: Take offence [usually on other people's behalf] at the slightest opportunity --even when none was intended

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Windows

Re: National scandal

>>Next up : Low alcohol Buckfast...

Pah! --Buckfast was for sophisticated lightweights who couldn't handle Mundy's

UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

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Big Brother

Plus Ça Change

>> A tiny minority of fuckwits will wish to fly their drones wherever they please, the majority of drone owners are sufficiently sensible

This is pretty much a template for British government policies down the years. Insert almost anything you like for "XXX":

1; A tiny minority of fuckwits will wish to XXX, the majority of XXX are sufficiently sensible

2: Government outlaws/licenses/legislates XXX and completely ruins it for the majority of sensible people

3: Minority of fuckwitts ignore bans/licenses/legislation and carry on their XXX fuckwittery as before

4: Government makes wodges of cash from licensing / prosecuting / taxing sensible people who still want to do XXX

5: Amount of undesireable XXX activity unchanged.

Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Unhappy

Re: I Always Find It Irritating...

>>Assuming that a distro could meaningfully be described as belonging to a geographical region, I imagine that it would be constrained by the localisations of the individual software packages that it contains...

I'm not so much talking about the individual packages which make up the distro. I agree with you there. Those will be dependent on the original developers. I'm talking more about the stuff they do have control of, such as their websites & documentation, etc.

Linux Mint and lead developer is based in Ireland, while Ubuntu's Canonical is based in UK. Yet both use American spelling on their websites. Linux Mint has an American flag icon next to the "English" selection on their website's language choices and Ubuntu has a "Software Center" as part of their distro.

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I Always Find It Irritating...

...when European Linux distros use American spelling throughout their interface and websites.

Bit bum-licky, if you ask me

[Yes. I'm looking at you Mint and Ubuntu]

Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Re: Yes, it's mad mad world.

>>I've seen more stupidity in a single thread on YT than I've seen anywhere else in my life...

For a long time, I was of the same opinion. But, believe it or not, the comments on news items on rt.com are even more moronic.

Surprise: Android apps are riddled with trackers

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Google Are The Worst of the Lot

I regularly get notifications from Google popping up on my phone, inviting me to review my stay at this hotel or meal at that restaurant, merely because I've been walking near them, on my way round town.

I've also got AFWall+ [Android firewall] installed, which is blocking anything which doesn't obviously need to be able to connect to the internet. You wouldn't believe how persistent Google's GBoard keyboard is at trying to phone home. Almost every time you enter text in a web form, or within an app, AFWall+'s notifications that it has blocked GBoard start appearing --and GBoard will keep trying on about a dozen different IP addresses, before it gives up.

It seems tantamount to having a keyboard with a keylogger built right in.

As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

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FAIL

So, No Other Google News Today, Then?

Hmmm... two stories about Google so far today and no mention of the fact they've announced they're going to start "de-ranking" [nice euphemism!] stories from Russia Today and Sputnik News to "make them harder to find":

https://www.rt.com/news/410444-google-alphabet-derank-rt

Even the BBC managed to mention it briefly, in passing. But obviously censorship of points of view which deviate from the party line is only newsworthy for El Reg when those nasty Russians or Chinese do it.

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

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Re: Was always going to happen.

>I'm so glad I've got a Mac, they're virus free doncha know.

Came here for this comment. Wasn't disappointed.

Screw the badgers! Irish High Court dismisses Apple bit barn appeals

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Galway != Galloway

>That is why it is in Galloway in the middle of f*** nowhere

Someone else needs a geography lesson. Galloway is in Scotland

我的天啊! China gives Weibo users a week to use their real names

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Re: Theresa's getting her ideas from somewhere...

>>shady maneuvers of suppression by China, Russia, the countries that turn off cell service...

Yes. Thank God nothing like that ever happens in the good ol' freedom-loving West.

[cough! cough! Pirate Bay, Silk Road, Daily Stormer, Stormfront, etc..]

Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

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Best Description I Ever Read of Python....

..was:

"It's like pseudo-code that runs"

As a non-professional programmer who, every now and then, has to knock something together to accomplish a repetitive, long or tedious process, I love that aspect of Python.

I don't code regularly enough for huge chunks of the syntax, outside of the basics such as conditionals, loops, functions, etc to stick in my brain. But, most of the time, I can pretty much cobble together something that works well enough for my needs in pretty short order, because the syntax is so straightforward and there are usually already lots of modules out there which do all the things I need to do.

Very often, all I'm left with is the task of lashing a couple of modules together with string and sealing wax and setting it running.

What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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Wake me up...

...when they release a Linux desktop with some usable graphics software [and, no, The Gimp isn't within a million miles of being a 'Photoshop competitor']

...and when one of the Linux file managers approaches a similar distance of being as useful as OSX's Finder.

And I say that as someone who thinks OSX Finder is mediocre in the extreme and who would run Linux full-time at the drop of a hat, if I could get some serious [graphic design] work done with it.

But, in its infinite wisdom, the Linux community has decided that; unending internecine warfare over shite that no-one outside of a few geeks cares a jot about [SystemD, GTK, etc] and providing "choice" in the form of 57 crap versions of any application [in order to massage 57 egos] rather than cooperating together to produce one or two quality applications —is the way to win converts.

Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

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Re: I just want to point out

BTW —my "same here" above referred to finding "...Firefox fucking unusable on Android". But unfortunately, due to the vagaries of The Reg's idiotic 'random shuffle' comments system, it appears after people praising Firefox, so looks like I'm saying the opposite.

Just thought I'd set the [extremely unimportant] record straight.

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Re: I just want to point out

Same here [re Firefox on Android]. Luckily my phone is rooted and I have AdAway installed which does it properly [and system-wide] by blocking ads/etc at the hosts file.

So I can use Chrome [or any other apps I want] and still never see any ads

Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

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Re: We use base 10 for a reason

>I did O-levels (pre GCSE!) in the good old pounds, shillings and pence days. I had to learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide sums in pounds, shillings and pence

I was a kid in the 1970s and just started school the year before decimalisation. I remember our 'times tables' books went up to 12, but we only ever were taught multiplication up to 10 times.

I guess learning to multiply by twelve was, all of a sudden, no longer a required skill, bit they hadn't updated the text books yet.

BTW: being a child of the decimal era, I always just thought that pre-decimal coinage was just another example of the previous generation making things unnecessarily complicated. It wasn't til much later in adult life that it suddenly occurred to me one day that 12 is divisible by 2,3,4 and 6, whilst 10 is only divisible by 2 and 5 —and I realised there was a method to the old folks' madness, after all.

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Re: Three-valued logic

The USSR did quite a lot of work on 'trinary' computing, back in the 1950s:

https://dev.to/buntine/the-balanced-ternary-machines-of-soviet-russia

CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper

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Alert

Real Men Use the Command Line

I use Duplicity and back up to an Amazon S3 bucket, with the archive files automatically moving into Amazon Glacier after 30 days. I'm quite selective about what I back up, so my archive is just under 90GB. But my last monthly bill was something like 47 yankee cents.

The downside is that; retrieving stuff would require unfreezing it from Glacier and back into the S3 bucket again, which is quite slow and a lot more costly. But, since this backup is only the supplemental 'braces' to the 'belt' of my local NAS backup, I'll only have to call on it in the direst of emergencies.

In the meantime, I have the security of knowing that backup is there, for a few pennies a month.

UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

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Joke

Re: Indie

>But Welsh is easier than Irish!...

Come off it. At least in gaeilge [Irish], we allow use of the occasional vowel!

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