* Posts by Geriant

18 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Feb 2017

Don't mean to alarm you, but Boeing has built an unmanned fighter jet called 'Loyal Wingman'


Re: If MS wrote the OS for it..

And, obviously, it would be called "Loyal Wingdingman".

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is


Re: Purposeful != Deliberate

You could just write "purposely", which would do the job nicely. But, when it's trendy to use shit(ty) English there's not much that can be done about it.

I'll consult my dictionary momentarily while careening wildly down a hill, then get back to normalcy.

Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network


Re: A culling program

I dunno. There were several bajillion passenger pigeons in North America -- and they were culled to nonexistence.

Comet 67-P farted just as Rosetta probe flew through the gas plume


"Not into science at all." -- not what was said.

"Thornhill is an idiot and was proved wrong on every count at 67p." -- Yep! 97% of cosmologists would agree with you there.

Slimy Scoble signs off from job, seeks seclusion and treatment


A friend in need ...

“Even as I find the need to step away from him professionally, I am doubling down on him as a friend.”

And fair enough, too! What are a couple of minor behavioural aberrations between friends?

How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it's called the USA Liberty Act


Re: The meaning of words

"The USA Liberty Act is to liberty as the Australian Liberal Party is to liberalism."

... or, for that matter, as the Australian Labor Party is to labour / socialism.

Joint Committee on the NBN splits, as National Party member sides with opposition


"The company is yet to install FTTC in anger."

On the other hand, it (or the article-writer) has no trouble spelling fibre-to-the-kerb incorrectly. (This isn't North America -- yet.)

And, while I'm being a spelling Nazi, it probably wouldn't hurt to spell Sussan Ley's name correctly, either.

Facebook let advertisers target 'Jew-haters'


Re: @AC ... Cambridge Analytica

"Chum, hate to break it to you... Trump won because he was the lesser of two evils."

Not so sure about the rest of your post, but have a beer for that line. It says everything that matters.

Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'


Re: Did you expect anything else from Apple?

OMG!! That is just soooooooo yesterday! LOL

Daily Stormer binned by yet another registrar, due to business risks


Re: The Paradox of Tolerance summarizes my opinion:

"If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all."

Noam Chomsky

If you approve of censorship, you need to be pretty confident that the person doing the censoring is doing so in a manner of which you approve. But, I suppose, any number of real-life and would-be dictators are fully in agreement with that sentiment.

I'll concede that behaviour (i.e. doing things) needs to be regulated, but the only test for speech should be where it is either calumny (calculated, lying libel) or uttered with reckless disregard as to whether or not it is true.

As Sir Stanley Unwin pointed out: "The enemy of subversive thought is not suppression, but publication: truth has no need to fear the light of day; fallacies wither under it. The unpopular views of today are the commonplaces of tomorrow, and in any case the wise man wants to hear both sides of every question."

US prosecutors demand data to unmask every visitor to anti-Trump protest website


Re: The clue is in the domain name

To add a quote in support ...

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

Theodore Roosevelt

While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February


Re: Munich city now planning to move ALL their Linux desktops back to Windows

If you are dealing with a workplace filled with capable people for whom computers are tools they have to use, just TRY getting them to think about how to adapt to Libre/Open Office, Linux (any flavour) or anything even slightly dissimilar to the MS-based environment to which they are accustomed.

As long as people retain the God-given right to never have to think about computers, elementary operational safety and basic responsibility, there is minimal likelihood that any innovation -- no matter how good -- will achieve a significant level of acceptance.

Facebook in the dock: Web giant faces trial for allegedly ripping off data center blueprints


Commercial ethics?

"Everybody steals in commerce and industry. I’ve stolen a lot myself; but I know HOW to steal."

Thomas Edison

I suppose that if you are going to filch other people's ideas (or reasonably suspect that you may be accused of doing so), it helps to have deep pockets.

On the other hand, having deep pockets makes you a natural target for patent trolls and other parasites. It's a tough world!

Zuckerberg: Escape from the real world into my goofy make-believe science-fiction fantasy


Re: Fuck

Absolutely agree with your Facebook sentiments, but do you REALLY aspire to immortality?

Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals


Re: Great news

What's that got to do with Donald Trump?

National Audit Office: Brit aircraft carrier project is fine and dandy... for now


Re: If...

a picture paints a thousand words, then why can't I paint you?

Trump's cybersecurity strategy kinda makes sense, so why delay?


Re: "Responability" without authority (to make it stick)

According to Stanley Baldwin (with a leg-up from Mr Kipling), power without responsibility has been the prerogative of the harlot through the ages.

On the other hand, responsibility without power would seem to be the prerogative of the scapegoat through the ages.


Re: He didn't sign it

Six-syllable word.