* Posts by The Central Scrutinizer

353 publicly visible posts • joined 26 May 2017


Vietnam to collect biometrics - even DNA - for new ID cards

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Re: Coming to a govt building near you

At lunch with a friend yesterday, she told me that she had nothing to hide online and anyway, she has incognito mode in Chrome. After I finished choking on my burger, I explained that she did have things to hide as she does banking online. I also told her about how incognito mode actually works.

She laughed hysterically and then turned a peculiar shade of grey.

It's time we add friction to digital experiences and slow them down

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Re: Totally agree

Your 486 was a dog of a machine.

If you are having the problems you say you are, then you clearly have hardware issues. Systemd is just your scapegoat.

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Re: THIS!!!

You can have good, quick or cheap. Pick any two.

Mozilla CEO quits, pushes pivot to data privacy champion... but what about Firefox?

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I've been using Firefox forever and will be for the foreseeable future. It works perfectly well and I never have a problem with not being able to Interact with websites. Banking, government, whatever, all work fine.

This article just sounds like someone venting their displeasure about Firefox. I for one will never join the Chrome lemmings.

That's not the web you're browsing, Microsoft. That's our data

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, it would betray a hierarchy of horror that goes well beyond browser burglary to asking fundamental questions of Windows as a trustworthy operating system.

No shit. Since when has Windows ever been a trustworthy operating system?

JetBrains' unremovable AI assistant meets irresistible outcry

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Is AI writing The Register articles now?

Checking grammar before publishing would be handy.

Japanese government finally bids sayonara to the 3.5" floppy disk

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Could someone copy the Internet onto a floppy for me?

For offline reading, you know.

Top Linux distros drop fresh beats

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Re: Style is optional

Mint is a boring OS. It boots quickly and sits there doing what it has to do keep things running smoothly. It's so boring that most of the time I forget I'm even running Linux. That's my definition of a proper OS.

Tech billionaires ask Californians to give new utopian city their blessing

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Wipe out more farmland for suburbia. It's just what the planet needs!

Study: Thousands of businesses just love handing over your info to Facebook

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I quit the Suckerverse when it became absolutely infested with gambling ads. Funny thing is, I've never been to any gambling websites ever. So much for "targeted advertising".

Researchers confirm what we already knew: Google results really are getting worse

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Re: The Singer not the Song

Startpage is fucking useless these days. Yeah, scroll past the damn ads at the top and then try and decide which useless link you'd like to click on.

Microsoft suggests command line fiddling to get faulty Windows 10 update installed

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Re: your time is worth nothing

That's an amazing claim to make from the viewpoint of this Linux-centric forum where you spend hundred of hours choosing between distros and desktops, never you mind working out hardware driver issues.

Er, no, actually. Hundreds of hours? No.

Hardware driver issues? No.

Install the OS and required apps and run. Simple. In 10 years of running Linux I've never had a system level problem like MS seems to have on at least a weekly basis.

Not even poor Notepad is safe from Microsoft's AI obsession

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The only formatting I ever need is a new paragraph every x number of words. I have my Linux editor's spell check turned on because it's really handy. I don't even bother using the menu system because keyboard shortcuts are so much faster.

Almost 10 years of not using Windows and I definitely do not miss it. I kinda feel sorry for people having to put up with Microsoft's garbage.

Facebook, Instagram now mine web links you visit to fuel targeted ads

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Re: Nothing more annoying

You need to relax there pal. Get a grip.

Study after study has shown that there is no such thing as anonymised data.

But, hey, if you want to surrender your privacy and security to the corporations, good on you!

The excuse that it's too hard, not worth it blah blah will come back to bite you in the arse one day.

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Re: Nothing more annoying

So you are happy to be spied ón everywhere you go on the Internet. How incredibly naive of you.

I'll complain again and again and again about surveillance capitalism, because it's immoral, unethical and possibly illegal. So, you know, there is that.

Just because you're so flippant about your own online privacy and security, don't expect anyone else to be.

You might want to think of the consequences of that.

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Re: Nothing more annoying

That rather misses the point that the bastards using surveillance capitalism as a business model are desperately trying to normalize it.

Xerox prints pink slips for 15% of workforce

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Re: The Document Company

You should have seen a 9700/4135 series machine run. 120 pages per minute, double sided.

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I worked for Xerox back in the 80s and 90s, first servicing small copiers, then the 9400 series, then moved to the Electronic Printing division, where we looked after the 9700/9790 series and beyond. Fun times.

Those laser printers were basically a license to print money. Big mail houses used to print things like phone bills for telcos and much more.

I've occasionally wondered since I left how "The Document Company" was fairing.

I guess I know now.

Court hearings become ransomware concern after justice system breach

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Re: Fishy phishing?

I can't think of any particularly sensitive, secret court proceedings of late in Victoria. Usually they are public affairs that get reported on freely by the media, so there are no real secrets to access.

Internet's deep-level architects slam US, UK, Europe for pushing device-side scanning

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Also, what if you use a laptop or desktop PC?

Good luck getting people to install your crapware.

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There's this, here in Australia.

God help us all and save us from these dickheads.


Google Groups ditches links to Usenet, the OG social network

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I remember having lots of informative and friendly, not to mention occasionally very funny, exchanges on a certain computer graphics group on Usenet , way back when.

It's a part of the Internet I still occasionally miss.

Veteran editors Notepad++ and Geany hit milestone versions

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Re: EMACS or death

It's funny, you know. I picked up Emacs 5 or 6 years ago as an exercise in Linux geekiness. I found it incredibly frustrating. I binned it after 3 weeks of getting precisely nowhere. Then I tried Atom. What a mess. Slow to read/write and apart from the "pretty" interface, I hated it.

I went back to Emacs and made a concerted effort. And I got to the point where I could actually use it and started to appreciate how powerful it is. Now I use it pretty much every day and am extremely productive with it. I never use the mouse with it, so I'm not futzing around in menu bars, etc. and I can get a lot done very quickly.

At this point, I can't really see myself ever changing to another editor.

X/Twitter booted out of Australia's disinformation-fighting club

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Re: False premise

You'll continue to put your own warped spin on things ad infinitum it seems.

Get your head out of the sand and try to think critically for once in your life.

You also seem to have racist tendencies. You brought up Ireland and the Algerian angle. What the hell has that got to do with the referendum here in Australia?


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Re: False premise

She did not call No voters racist and stupid. Stop spewing shit and do please link to your "evidence".

As far as Dublin riots are concerned, WTF? You'r not well, are you?

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Re: False premise

NO. She did not call No voters racist. She called the No campaign out.


Big difference. Again, get your facts right.

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Re: False premise

No, Marcia Langton did not say that. You're twisting it up again. Stop shit talking.

Oh I'm smug? Pot meet kettle. You do post an awful lot of drivel here, don't you?

Ah you've just called yourself out as a Trumpist. Well done. Is that you Donald?

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Re: False premise

You're spreading nonsense too.

The Yes vote advocates never said anyone who planned to vote no was racist. Peter Dutton played the race card when he repeatedly claimed that a yes vote would "re-racialise the country".

There was plenty of information about what a yes vote would mean. Clearly you couldn't be bothered to educate yourself about it. I'm guessing you never even read The Uluru Statement From The Heart either. The only people frothing at the mouth were no campaigners and disinformation wankers, who claimed all sorts of garbage would happen if the yes vote got up.

Do try and provide some facts in future.

Share your 2024 tech forecasts (wrong answers only) to win a terrible sweater

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Zuck finally grows a moral backbone and stops spying on everyone, ditto Google.

Governments worldwide realise that encryption is actually a good thing and stop trying to back door/outlaw it.

Richard Stallman gets appointed as Microsoft CEO and makes Windows open source. Thousands of programmers around the world turn it into a bulletproof, functional OS that has zero spyware in it.

I sign up for an X/Twitter account.

Firefox slow to load YouTube? Just another front in Google's war on ad blockers

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Since YouTube demanded I turn my ad blocker off (I got the 3 strikes and you're out treatment) it's become a truly shitty experience. I swear, if I see another damn ad for Grammarly....

Telco CEO quits after admitting she needs to carry rivals' SIM cards to stay in touch

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Jesus ****ing Christ, not Gladys. No no and no.

If she takes over, I really will be leaving Optus. Yeah and thanks for the gratuitous extra data I can use before the end of the year... not.

Get your shit together.

YouTube cares less for your privacy than its revenues

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I use YouTube purely for information on certain topics (yes, really). I have my favorite channels that I visit semi frequently plus some others that seem worthwhile having a look at.

YouTube has been bitching at me for some time now to turn my ad blocker off, and now it seems it will refuse to play any more videos for me until I do.

My response is very simple. FU Google. I'd rather go without than participate in your craptastic ad infested shitstorm of an "experience".

Google bins integrity API that looked more than a bit like horrible DRM for websites

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Re: This has only two purposes...

Seeing as you mentioned ad blockers, YouTube is now refusing to let me play videos because I have the temerity to be running one. I use YouTube as an information resource for 3D graphics techniques, so wtf am I supposed to do now? Give gogglebots the ability to play me endless ads while I'm finding information, I guess?

The enshitification of the Internet continues unabated....

Australian video-streamer lets users opt out of ads for burgers, booze, and betting

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Re: Maybe finally a use for "AI"?

That's the best idea I've heard for AI usage yet.

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I'm an avid SBS On Demand viewer. They have some fantastic TV shows on, especially the so called Nordic Noir stuff.

We are suffering an absolute fucking plague of sports betting ads on TV here. They are impossible to avoid on any commercial TV station. A recent report stated that a million ads had been aired on TV in the last year.

Good on SBS for at least doing something about it. Is it perfect? Of course not, but it's a start.

The battle between open source and 'sort of' open source is as old as software

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They are still selling the software, just under a different model where you constantly fork over cash.

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"The days where you can sell software are almost over."

Oh really? Tell that to Adobe et al.

Infosys co-founder calls for youth to work 70-hour weeks

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Yeah, come work for Evil Corp, make us rich and slowly kill yourself in the process. What an arsehole.

US launches official probe into Cruise after pair of pedestrian accidents

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In the pantheon of catastrophically stupid ideas, so called "self driving" cars is right up there with the worst of them.

Just.......... no, no and NO.

Can open source be saved from the EU's Cyber Resilience Act?

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What metaverse do you live in?

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So how does the EU think they are going to "enforce" this on people outside the EU? It seems to be classic arrogant EU overreach.

Twitter further restricts free tier with option to limit replies to verified accounts

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And people still use Twatter ... because?

Russia to ban all VPNs – again – says senator

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"The senator said the ban's intent is to stop Russians getting access to all inappropriate material" - such as the truth.

It looks like you’re a developer. Would you like help upgrading Windows 11?

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Re: regularly wipes any registry settings changes on the assumption they were inadvertent

You're looking for non existent Pigs on the wing....

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Microsoft has started to deliver Windows 11 23H2, aka the "Moment 4" update, bringing a host of changes – including an option to set up the OS in a configuration intended to delight software developers.

Windows already allows users to specify how they intend to use a PC when they boot Windows for the first time, then loads software Microsoft thinks is apt.

Good grief. I stopped reading right there. My Linux distro (as they all do if I'm not mistaken) just installs itself and then gets the fuck out of my way.

GNU turns 40: Stallman's baby still not ready for prime time, but hey, there's cake

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Re: 1991

I'm not sure whether that's meant to be comedy or you're just being stupid.

Mozilla calls cars from 25 automakers 'data privacy nightmares on wheels'

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It's total lunacy

When oh when will all these data sucking, privacy invading aholes ever learn?

"If you don't give us absolutely everything we'll just disable your $50, 0000 car. So there." With that kind of customer hostile attitude, they deserve precisely zero customers.

Farewell WordPad, we hardly knew ye

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Re: Kids nowadays ... Sigh!

I'll never stop using Emacs. I can blitz my way through text files in nanoseconds.

We're about to hit peak device count, says HTC veep, as AR takes over

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Re: I needed a good laugh.

All the talk about self driving cars is rubbish anyway. They were invented ages ago.

They're called taxis.

Europe's tough new rules for Big Tech start today. Is anyone ready?

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"Clarity on how orgs moderate content and a requirement to present their algorithms for scrutiny is also required"

Seriously, presenting their algorithms for "scrutiny"? By who, the clueless politicians? It seems that the EU is absolutely 100 percent committed to breaking the open Internet.