* Posts by Mike Moyle

1662 posts • joined 8 Feb 2007

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: 22nd Amendment

"Would you mind backing up that assertion, that Trump has discussed repealing term limits? Can you show some sources for that?"

It was one of those comments that he throws out at random, and he followed it up over a couple of days in his usual fashion:

Step 1 - Make outrageous comment.

Step 2-A - If no one responds, double down and start the "Well, a lot of people are saying that..." comments, or;

Step 2-B - If it gets pushback, claim that he was:

i - only joking, or;

ii - doing it to show up how unfair the [press | liberals | Democrats in Congress | other countries' leaders] are to him (and, by extension, to America).

Here's at least one instance:


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Re: Muhwahaaaha ha

The thing is, though, that I'm not sure Pence could be elected; I don't think he'd have the "I'm as batshit crazy as you" vibe that Trump energizes his base with. Sure, he'd get the evangelical death-cult votes, but without the "very fine people" in the alt-reich getting the belly rubs that Trump has given them and Pence hasn't (AFAIK( they won't be as eager to vote for him.

He's really just not as good at blowing that dogwhistle as Trump is.

Pablo Escobar's big bro and former accountant sues Apple for $2.6bn over FaceTime bug

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"Apple -- It Just Narks."

Sorry... Couldn't resist!

OTOH: "The reseller apparently assured him that the "iPhone simply cannot be exploited and will never be vulnerable to future exploits"."

So shouldn't he be suing the RESELLER...? Or do they not have enough cash on hand to make it worth his lawyer's time?

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Re: Oh dear

If we're going to ban "sources say" without any identification of the sources, can we also ban all "...well that's what people tell me" comments, as well?

And "lots of people are saying...." comments?

And maybe even, "I get calls all the time..." claims?

I mean: If we're going to insist on identifiable sources for all public statements then we should probably get those taken out of the national discourse, too, right?

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Re: Oh dear

"It's getting hard to satirise various countries leaders these days. It appears like art imitating life."

When Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson wrote their brilliant "Illuminatus" satires back in the early '70s, the biggest problem that they had, according to their later Playboy interview*, was that they were writing about U.S. and Russian administrations that were stupid, venal, and corrupt, and every time they thought that they had come up with something totally bonkers, Nixon and Brezhnev would top them.

Plus ça change...

* Yes, I actually DID read the articles**.

** Sometimes.

Incredible how you can steal data via Thunderbolt once you've taken the PC apart, attached a flash programmer, rewritten the firmware...

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Re: A reason for all the glue?

I was thinking this exact thing -- It seemed to me that glue assembly in super-thin/small form factors meant you probably couldn't fit the requisite bits inside, anyway. It's likely to be your big, easily-repairable, modular machines that would be at most risk.

Nervous, Adobe? It took 16 years, but open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape now works properly on macOS

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Since the person was a total CAD/graphics beginner and wasn't going to need 3D,I was recommending that we try her on LibreCAD.

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2) Inertia is a powerful thing in business. No matter how good product B is, if the company has been using product A for the last few years, they're not going to change unless they have absolutely no choice.


You forgot:

4) IT departments that have the responsibility for keeping the organization's system's up and running and take the blame when they're not, are loath to bring any new possible points of failure into the mix without either; A - exhaustive testing (for which they often don't have the time or other resources) or; B - The name and address on file of the ultimately-responsible source of the potential vulnerability that they can pass on to the legal beagles if things go flooey.

And, yes -- part of that is mired in the inertia noted above: "Better the devil you kniow...!", because, with Adobe, et.al., they know the hoops to jump through, etc.

But they ALSO know who to blame and -- if necessary -- who to sue if things go decidedly pear-shaped. With OSS like, say, Red Hat Linux, companies know that the service contract that they're paying for means that, if things SHOULD blow higher than up, there's probably going to be someone at the other end of the phone line when they call, and that there's someone that they can throw under the bus when they're called on by the higher-ups: "They've been doing this for N-years, they should have caught this bug LONG before now, we did our due diligence..."etc., etc. With all-volunteer, decentralized software, who do you point at, who do you go after to recoup the expenses of cleaning up the mess? There's no one and it's probably coming out of your already-stretched resources.

Trust me; as one of those that so many of the El Reg commentariat like to refer to as the "colored pencil crowd", I've run into this with trying to get, e.g., FOSS drafting software for a property manager in our department (because BESIDES being the graphic designer, I'm ALSO the department alpha-geek) who doesn't need the considerable licensing expense and learning curves of full-fat AutoCAD or ArcGIS to take an existing map and say "Put a driveway here. Put a hedge there." But IT won't install software if they can't absolutely nail down the provenance and chain of responsibility for it and, with a VERY limited number of IT grunts supporting the administrative systems of a city of 100,000+, they don't have the spare resources to vet and support a bunch of randomly mismatched software installations all across the system. So there WILL be limited customization allowed, and those WILL be from a VERY limited number of VERY well-established companies.

It used to be said that "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM," because companies trusted that they knew who to get on the blower to get problems fixed in a timely manner. Today, that can probably be extended to "Nobody ever got fired for licensing [Microsoft | Adobe | Oracle | RedHat | ...]."

With all-volunteer FOSS...? Not so much. But don't get me wrong; I LIKE and use FOSS where possible at work and at home and I wish nothing but the best for the Inkscape developers. But if they're looking for big uptake from big commercial/government establishments of their all-volunteer-all-the-time software, they probably shouldn't hold their breaths.

Proof-of-concept open-source app can cut'n'paste from reality straight into Photoshop using a neural network

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Re: I've no idea if it's particularly useful

"Useful for learning engineering skills, not much else."

For a programmer, possibly; for a potential end-user, probably not. If it's faster/more accurate than manual masking then it's potentially money in the bank.

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Re: OK, I'll bite.

"...for those of us who wouldn't run Adobe code if they paid us to run it, can I use the image editor of my choice?"

From paragraph 3 of TFA:

"Support for other imaging editing programs in the works, we're told."

Google is a 'publisher' says Aussie court as it hands £20k damages to gangland lawyer

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The problem with that argument is that it assumes that Google has no indexed articles that mention that the charges were dropped. If they DON'T, then the argument might hold water; if they DO, and they are available with an appropriate search then, as far as I can see, they plaintiff has no case.

Insert requisite "IANAL" disclaimer here.

Facebook sort-of blocks anti-quarantine events – how many folks are actually behind these 'massive' protests online?

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Re: Typical of Failbook

Your evidence...?

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Re: Big rant, lots of capital letters...

Terrorism can be caught simply by being in the presence of a terrorist at the grocery store?

Violent crime can be caught by being on the bus with a criminal?

No...? Then they're really not the same as a quite contagious virus, now are they?

False Equivalency on offense -- ten yard penalty and loss of down.

Vodafone chief speaks out after 5G conspiracy nuts torch phone mast serving Nightingale Hospital in Brum

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...or at least always refer to them as, e.g., "mast-er baiter Woody Harrelson".

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle

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Re: Must have grabbed on hard

"For obvious reasons the force required is set quite high to stop simple accidents, on the basis that when you really need to pull it you'll be motivated to do it as hard as you can until something happens."

Well, if he was grabbing it to hold himself down during negative Gs, there's him pulling upwards on the handle, while his mass (and anything he's holding onto) is ALSO being accelerated upward.


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Re: I see lots of good luck here

"Although the cost must have been considerable. I bet a replacement Rafaele cockpit canopy and ejection seat doesn't come cheap."

I'm sure the vendor requesting the "joy" ride will be getting a bill from the air force for the cost of same.

...which expense will be rolled into their next government contract.

...which will eventually be paid by the French taxpayers.

Plus ça change...

Not only is Zoom's strong end-to-end encryption not actually end-to-end, its encryption isn't even that strong

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Re: Why do so many businesses seem to need video?

"re: 'People tend to look at the image of their correspondent'

That's an etiquette thing, people will adapt over time."

...and once the isolation is over and we're all back to physical interaction, the polite thing will be to look at a point six inches over the other person's head when conversing.

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?

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Worm weirdness

A friend, back in the late '70s - early '80s had a disposable cigarette lighter that he had apparently bought on a tour of the Cape. It was lying on the coffee table one day and, curious about it and not being familiar with the worm logo yet, I had to ask him what VSVN was.

Astroboffin gets magnets stuck up his schnozz trying and failing to invent anti-face-touching coronavirus gizmo

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Re: What a hoot(er)!

'S not funny, McGee!

Got your number? Maybe. 118 118 Money shutters website after spotting an intruder

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The personal loans business...

"was launched by US parent group kgb (a privately held, New York-based company) "

A financial services group, owned by persons unknown, named for a ruthless secretive organization who specialized in subversion, murder, and less savory business practices...

Well, that doesn't feel sketchy at all.

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit

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The patent holders will simply point out that, as noted in the article, they offered a royalty-free license to the testing company. By doing so, they have made the patented tech available. Thus they are not "withholding" their tech and, if anyone dies, it's not their fault.

Given that, the rest of your argument falls apart, legally.

In case you want to flee this wretched Earth, 139 minor planets were spotted at the outer reaches of our Solar System. Just an FYI...

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All these genre comments...

...and no: "Here's how it is: The Earth got used up, so we moved out and terraformed a whole new galaxy of Earths."?


Oh, we may have found the COVID-19 silver lining: Coronavirus pandemic halts Xerox hostile takeover of HP

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Re: Well that's new

I'm assuming that it's because HP stock has fallen to $17/share and Xerox is on the hook for $24 per if HP's stockholders were to suddenly decide to say yes. That sort of thing might induce a bit of sphincter-puckering for Mr. Icahn.

White House turns to Big Tech to fix coronavirus blunders while classifying previous conversations

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"I am sure they have been. Lessons will be learnt."

If there's any justice, the next president not named Trump will declassify any records of the deliberations as part of the post-mortem (as it were) of the U.S. government's response and How To Do Better Next Time™.

Latest bendy phone effort from coke empire spinoff Escobar Inc is a tinfoil-plated Samsung Galaxy Fold 'scam'

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The folding phone is only a stopgap...

...until they can get one that can be rolled up.

Alleged Vault 7 leaker trial finale: Want to know the CIA's password for its top-secret hacking tools? 123ABCdef

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Re: "intensely embarrassed by the loss of some of its most valuable weapons"

He claimed things like ICs, lasers, fiber optics were among the tech that passed through his office.

His claim is that, as selected U.S. researchers showed an interest in [technology] his office would approach them with "foreign technology", the source of which had to be kept on the down-low, but which they could examine and see if it gave them any clues as to how it could have been manufactured. If they could reverse-engineer it, they could publish and patent under their own names, and since they were already known commodities in their fields and were on the record as working on the problem, no one would question the narrative.

FWIW, it IS verifiable that Corso was in Army Intelligence from 1945 onward, was a staff officer on the NSC under Eisenhower, and served in the DoD's Foreign Technology Office from 1961 - 1963, which COULD be reconciled with the developmental histories of some of the tech he claims.

Also, it should be noted that the FTO's day-to-day job was researching and assessing foreign technology of all types and liaising with industry and academia on ways to adopt or negate, as needed, the foreign tech advantage so, again, they were a known commodity in the field. Seeding the Roswell tech was (allegedly) just the most compartmentalized part of the job.

Finally, as I noted in my original post, it COULD just be that Corso was wearing his hat braid too tight.

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Re: "intensely embarrassed by the loss of some of its most valuable weapons"

Some years back, I read a book by U.S. Army Col. Philip Corso (ret.) who claimed that his job in army intelligence involved doling out the contents of a locked filing cabinet kept in his office in the Pentagon which were allegedly bits of tech from the Roswell UFO crash. The bits would be seeded to universities and industry researchers from the "Foreign Technology Office" to be reverse-engineered and commercialized with a clean paper trail.

How much of this is true and how much the result of Corso having the braid on his cap a little too tight is left as an exercise for the reader, but I recall one comment that that always rang true to me regarding Army's opinion of the CIA's security hygiene. Supposedly only Corso and his commander knew about the contents of the cabinet because (IIRC) "...if anyone else knew about it then the FBI would find out about it and if the FBI knew about it then the CIA would learn of it and if the CIA knew about it then EVERYONE would know about it!"

...Plus ça change...

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Re: That's Amazing!

Well, of COURSE the locks on his luggage would be [suit | brief] case sensitive!

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage

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Re: . . .and then companies have the utter gall to complain about lack of employee loyalty. . .

"There is a great deal of talk about loyalty from the bottom to the top. Loyalty from the top down is even more necessary and much less prevalent." – George S. Patton, Jr.; "War As I Knew It"

Starship bloopers: Watch Elon Musk's Mars ferry prototype explode on the pad during liquid nitrogen test

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Re: Wasn't planned

"Maybe the liftoff was good but they botched the landing. Maybe a score of 5 out of possible 10 points."

"'Vunce ze rockets are up, who cares where zey come down? Zat's not my department,' says Werner von Braun!"

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Re: Wasn't planned

Even without engines, they DID achieve liftoff with the first model; that should count for something, right?

Talk about making a rod for your own back: Pot dealer's seized €54m Bitcoins up in smoke after keys thrown out with fishing gear

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You can't be too careful!

"He decided to spread his wealth across 12 new accounts and transferred exactly 500 Bitcoin, worth almost €4.5m, into each of them."

...and split those wallets across the MtGox and Quadriga exchanges, for added security...

Would-be .org gobbler Ethos Capital promises to keep prices down in last-ditch effort to keep $1.1bn deal alive

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Re: Grrrreattttt!

"Oh wow, 10million for community projects!"

And let's not forget; that $10 mil is deductible off of for-profit Ethos's taxes. (It's small, but every little bit helps, dontchaknow!)

Microsoft's little eyes light up as Oscar-winning Taika Waititi says Apple keyboards make him 'want to go back to PCs'

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Oscar vs. MacBook

According to an acquaintance of mine who's in the biz, while the Academy won't charge you to put "Oscar™-winning <JobTitle>..." in front of your name, actually getting a statue to put on your mantel will cost you a couple of Gs, IIRC. So he may already have spent the money that would have gone for that new MBP.

It's kind of like those stars embedded in the sidewalk on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame". You get "awarded" a star after you agree to pay for it and sign a contract to see that it's maintained in good condition. Let it get shabby and suddenly someone else gets "awarded" a star in your spot!

Parks and recreation escalate efforts to take back control of field terrorised by thug geese

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Re: "if there's something winged in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call?"


Windows 7 will not go gentle into that good night: Ageing OS refuses to shut down

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Re: "Less well supported"?

"This is Microsoft we're talking about - the Comcast of software pushers."

Oh, now, even for bashing Microsoft, that's harsh!

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

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Re: Due diligence

Had an acquaintance in college -- Jack N. Box. (Nice fellow -- a little jumpy, but who wouldn't be...?). When people commiserated with him over his parents' naming proclivities, he pointed out that at least they'd had the decency not to hyphenate their surnames when they married. His mother's maiden name was Hatt, you see.

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Re: Vanity names?

When our sprog was percolating, lo, these many years ago, She Who Must be Obeyed and I decided to pick one "normal" name and one more unusual one -- not totally weird, mind you, but something classical or mythological or some such that may have been common in the past but was currently out of favor. We figured that that way, when the said offspring got old enough, s/he could choose the arrangement that best suited his/her desires. It happens that, in the end, she chose the mythological over the mundane and preferentially uses it to this day, but she still has all of the options available, should she change her mind.

Oi! You got a loicence for that Java, mate? More devs turn to OpenJDK to swerve Oracle fee

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Re: "The declining popularity of Eclipse is notable"

"Remember when a lot of people said IDEs were a commodity and after Eclipse there was no need to develop another?"

It's still software -- Has there EVER been any such that SOMEONE didn't feel the need to design one that works "the right way" (i.e.: HIS way)?

Researchers reckon 500k PCs infested with malware after dodgy downloads install even more nasties from Bitbucket

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Re: Instant karma

Serif Affinity software:


EU tells UK: Cut the BS, sign here, and you can have access to Galileo sat's secure service

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Re: And then there is the question of national ego


(elaborate Gallic shrug)


Iowa has already won the worst IT rollout award of 2020: Rap for crap caucus app chaps in vote zap flap

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Re: This reminds me...

"Of course, the US is the one country where almost all conventional voting is carried out using closed source electronic voting machines"

I count myself lucky to be from one of the states that still uses paper ballots.


Your mobile network broke the law by selling location data and may be fined millions... or maybe not, shrugs FCC

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"Donald, is that you?"

Absolutely not! It's publicist John Baron, who is totally NOT anyone named Donald!!

ICANN't approve the sale of .org to private equity – because California's Attorney General has... concerns

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Re: Good

Thank you, Bob, for another well-reasoned, not-in-the-least-ad-hominem (ad-statem?) comment.

Let's hear it for Bob, everybody; wasn't he delightful?


Russian super-crook behind $20m internet fraud den Cardplanet and malware-exchange forum pleads guilty

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Re: So good they named it twice.

They charged him with one count (at least) of access fraud (doing it himself) and one (at least) of conspiracy to commit (working with/facilitating others to do it).

With the "conspiracy to commit" conviction in hand, should they manage to catch anyone else in the group, the Feds can lean on him to rat on his co-conspirator, with the carrot of reducing his sentence. That might not have been possible without establishing that he, in fact, HAD conspired with the prospective "X".

Xerox names the 11 directors it hopes will oust most of HP's board and put $33bn hostile takeover to shareholders

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Re: Gordon Gekko takeover

It won't take anywhere near that long, since Icahn's strategy has perennially been to lumber the victim with the debt to pay for its own unwanted takeover, strip-mine it of anything salable to pay dividends to the stockholders, and leave the husk to declare bankruptcy and screw the employees, retirees, and other unsecured debts. It'll all be over in a year or two.

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Re: Interesting list

"PS it's 'au fait'."

To be absolutely fair, I don't think we know Mr. or Ms G's ethnicity.


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

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Re: You don't eat your support animal!

Well, he "was apparently given a (now removed) tracking number for his faithful friend," which implies to me that only the one for which he applied was approved, just the same as how one couldn't really claim that some dog picked up off the street was the same animal as one's fully-trained service dog.

Who honestly has a crown prince in their threat model? UN report officially fingers Saudi royal as Bezos hacker

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"They also call for greater controls over 'the unconstrained marketing, sale and use of spyware' and a 'moratorium on the global sale and transfer of private surveillance technology.'”

I see their point but, honestly, I'd rather have some way of seeing, in clear, some vague approximation of what the current state of the art is in surveillance tech, rather than let ALL advances in it be done in government agency black projects without any reasonable chance of oversight.

...or am I being naive?

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Re: Mandy Rice-Davies Applies ..... MRDASNAFUBAR

amanrommars1; is that you?


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