* Posts by Stripes the Dalmatian

31 posts • joined 10 Apr 2017

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise, politicians will philander... And US voting machines will be physically insecure

Stripes the Dalmatian

Re: Why is this so hard?

A fundamental requirement for a secret ballot is that nobody can prove who they voted for. That defeats coercion and bribery.

Also, why pay for a machine that prints ballot papers when voters will fill them in for nothing?

iOS 13 leaks suggest Apple is finally about to unleash the iPad as a computer for grownups

Stripes the Dalmatian

So, having re-invented the netbook, when are they going to actually patent it?

We fought through the crowds to try Oculus's new VR goggles so you don't have to bother (and frankly, you shouldn't)

Stripes the Dalmatian

Perhaps I'm being naive...

...but, once you are involved in doing something, is VR really more immersive than just using an ordinary screen?

Maybe immersiveness is more to do with what psychologists call flow experience.

To maintain that state, you need to see past the technology you are using. My impression of VR is that it's nowhere near fluid and transparent enough to avoid drawing attention itself and 'breaking the spell' by introducing distractions.

Mobile network Three UK's customer details exposed in homepage blunder

Stripes the Dalmatian

Only four out of three 3 customers complained? That's nearly 100%, at least!

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

Stripes the Dalmatian

Re: Wow, it's almost...

@The Original Steve

Useful tip: when you find yourself arguing that 'binding' and 'non binding' are the same thing, look up Cognitive Dissonance on Wikipedia.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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Re: Slightly wrong.

By 'referendum', you mean the non-binding opinion poll that is two and a half years out of date? The one that gave no clear mandate for anything?

Seems like a weak excuse for sacrificing the sovereignty and economic future of the UK. Particularly since it doen't even represent the views of the British people in 2018.

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work

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Re: Someones noticed at last.

Bring back netbooks!

Grubby, tortuous, full of malware and deceit: Just call it Lionel because the internet is MESSY

Stripes the Dalmatian

Re: Misguided Idealism

The internet originates from the US government's interest in creating a communications system which could reliably survive a major nuclear war.



Latest F-35 flight tests finish – and US stops accepting new jets

Stripes the Dalmatian

Re: Billions for an "aircraft carrier"....

"the US government dictates to the UK where supposedly British-owned aircraft will have their engines overhauled: Turkey, that well-known bastion of democratic stability"

Taking back control, innit?

Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

Stripes the Dalmatian

Re: Hmm

"played chicken there once too often"

I think that's called 'playing hedgehog'.

'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

Stripes the Dalmatian


...you're not already interested in the persons at either end of the encrypted communication, why do you want to decrypt the message? If you are interested, why not capture the message before it's encrypted or after the recipient has decrypted it?

VPN logs helped unmask alleged 'net stalker, say feds

Stripes the Dalmatian

Re: PureVPN has some explaining to do

"We do NOT keep any logs that can identify or help in monitoring a user’s activity."

But, being unable to identify the culprit from the log data is not the same as being unable to identify the relevant log data for a known culprit.

Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

Stripes the Dalmatian

"Some of us have a distinct antipathy to Lysenkoism"

You just don't, though - that's the problem!

Openreach pegs full fibre overhaul anywhere between £3bn and £6bn

Stripes the Dalmatian

It sounds a bit like the water industry to me. We are all told we must pay higher bills to pay for investment, but, so far, we don't seem to be getting the share certificates representing our investment.

UK government's war on e-cigs is over

Stripes the Dalmatian

Re: Jesus, NO!

@ John Brown (no body)

Is anybody claiming a 'right' to insist that you must eat tomatoes?

Don't tell me what to breathe, and I won't tell you what to eat!

Stripes the Dalmatian

Re: Jesus, NO!


So it doesn't contain any actual smoke?

Nobody said or implied that it did.

It does contain a known carcinogen and various irritants.

I am amused by the self-righteousness and victim mentality of people who think that being too weak to give up smoking excuses being selfish.

PS: I found that the best method was to stop buying cigarettes!

Stripes the Dalmatian

Re: Jesus, NO!

@Richard 81

If passive smoking can harm people, how is vaping not going to do? I find the vapour from these machines extremely irritating, much more so than actual tobacco smoke.

In a few years we may find out what the effect of super-heating a mixture of nicotine plus cheap synthetic flavourings is.

Academics 'funded by Google' tend not to mention it in their work

Stripes the Dalmatian

I've seen...

Microsoft attempt to 'manufacture a synthetic "grassroots" legitimacy for a policy issue' (against Google, as it happens) and now Oracle is coming over all self-righteous! It's a dog against dog battle among these companies, but some dogs are uglier than others...

Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

Stripes the Dalmatian

Where does this leave Microsoft?

MS Office achieved a dominant position in its field because:

1) Microsoft used its inside knowledge of its own operating systems to give Office a performance advantage over competitors, and

2) Microsoft leveraged its monopoly of the OS market to exploit that advantage.

Microsoft still gets away with charging inflated prices for its software because of the advantage it gained from using its monopoly to stifle competitors.

I'm sure that affects thousands of times more people than could care about not using specific shopping comparison sites (because, let's face it, historically all shopping comparison sites were useless crap that nobody visited more than once.)

Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

Stripes the Dalmatian

Re: The long-term cost no one talks about..

Retrospective legislation to unpick PFIs and deal with the scum profiting from them would get my vote (and perhaps millions of others?) That would be a rare example of good populism.

FCC revised net neutrality rules reveal cable company control of process

Stripes the Dalmatian


This is what regulatory capture looks like.

It's a question worth asking: Why is the FCC boss being such a jerk?

Stripes the Dalmatian

Re: Bigger Government is never the answer

Without regulation a free market is about as likely to persist as a vacuum at sea level.

Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

Stripes the Dalmatian

Javascript: the obvious choice...

...because closures and prototype based inheritance are just what you need in an introductory programming course.

Subpostmasters prepare to fight Post Office over wrongful theft and false accounting accusations

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Re: Words

It's amazing how many people think that 'liking the idea of refuting' something is the same thing as 'actually refuting' it.


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