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The .amazon argy-bargy is STILL going on – and Uncle Sam has had enough with ICANN

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Beware of the jaguar

Yes, that's why I thought mere leopards wouldn't bother the locals; but I did learn today that melanistic jaguars (i.e. black ones) are only about 6% of the population. For some reason, I thought they were the more common colouring.

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When money beats good governance

If you want to see the horror that is the current DNS infrastructure see:

https://www.iana.org/domains/root/db

This is pretty sad; stupid, too, to set up a global namespace without a decent mechanism for resolving disputes and protecting IP. They should have stuck to the ccTLDs.

Also ironic that .active is not active.

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"...going out of its way to make the public comment period difficult to find"

I was going to make a reference to "Beware of the leopard", but it's been done, and the Amazonians are probably not frightened of leopards, since they don't get them down there.

Mine's the one with the matching pith helmet. -->

Boffins hand in their homework on Voyager 2's first readings from beyond Solar System

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Pint

Have two.

One each. At least!

OneCoin lawyer trial kicks off in NY as cryptocurrency founder remains on the lam

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MLM === pyramid

Not seeing the issue with the reporting here. There doesn't seem to be a Ponzi scheme claim, which would be a horse of dissimilar hue.

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Worthless tokens

At least those paper tickets you win as prizes from arcade machines can be exchanged for crummy stuffed toys and other tat. Imagine being stupid enough and blinded by greed enough to shell out real money for something worth even less.

Heads up from Internet of S*!# land: Best Buy's Insignia 'smart' home gear will become very dumb this Wednesday

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We shouldn't have skipped the time when it was the Intranet of Things

Most of these things should work fine without having to phone home to some cloud service, if they were properly designed. Sure, losing the "turn off the lights from across town" feature would annoy some folks, but an open platform would have allowed folks to still connect over the net without needing a cloud service to broker access.

They announced September 6, so not much warning.

Baffled by bogus charges on your Amazon account? It may be the work of a crook's phantom gadget

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"...that seemed to be a one-off, a weird technical glitch that led to one isolated case"

Nah, based on the problem as described in the initial report, it looked like the tip of a massive f*cking iceberg.

This is why I don't let third parties store my CC details. I'll plug 'em in when I actually want to buy something.

Belgian city slurps mobile data to track visitors

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I have a strong cense...

... that in a few short years, the traditional decennial census will be replaced with annual "surveys", data harvesting/matching, and a within a few more years, constant monitoring. The government of the day will say, "we don't need to run the census; we already have all the data about where people are and what they're doing. Also the census is a legitimate purpose under the GDPR, so boo!"

'No more room for wars in the new world'? Who are you and what have you done with Microsoft?

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The war room is occupied

Interesting stance for a Microsoftie given they've just won the JEDI contract. To run wars. In the cloud.

Never mind monitoring dead crims, Ministry of Justice has just palmed Serco another £800m

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A quintessential inside job

Well, they clearly weren't worried about being able to escape justice at an opportune moment with a little help from their "friends".

Mine's the one with the prison van keys. -->

The UK's Civil Aviation Authority asked drone orgs to email fliers' data in an Excel spreadsheet

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It could cost £4m if they use Excel templates...

... but they'll be spending it on data cleansing before being able to load anything useful into (I assume) the central repository. Of course, maybe they'll just keep the spreadsheets on a laptop in a bottom drawer, in a folder on the desktop named "Beware of the leopard".

FYI, we're now in the timeline where Facebook decides who is and isn't a politician on its 2bn-plus-person network

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"Political", less so

A total ban is a quick and dirty solution. As you say, it's easy to distinguish paid and native if you're Twitter. But how to decide if "issues" campaign advertising is political? For example, NGOs with environment or social concerns; democracy advocates, etc.

You'e yping i wong: macOS Catalina stops Twitter desktop app from accepting B, L, M, R, and T in passwords

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It's a stupid bug, but...

... surely a quick work-around is to deregister the short-cuts when the login screen is shown?

America's 5G auctions will make someone a fortune – but for whom exactly, and who pays?

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Who pays?

Ultimately the consumer, through higher charges. It's an indirect tax, and add on the RoI for the financiers providing the debt to purchase the spectrum. The goal should be the most efficient allocation of spectrum, not the maximum government windfall, where 'efficient' means consumers in each market get a quality service at sustainable (not super-profit) costs.

There are too many monopolistic biases in telecommunications to run an unregulated market. If only the FCC* were competent enough to manage it.

* The middle C stands for 'captured'.

'Don’t be so concerned with your image'... US prosecutor lets rip on Uber for hack cover-up as pair plead guilty

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Glad it was Uber and not the DoD. $100k to $148m is quite the escalation.

When JEDI goes live, I wonder how much Microsoft would be willing to stump up to keep a breach quiet that might jeopardise their continued engagement with JEDI from the certain $1m to the hopeful $10 billion?

WhatsApp slaps app hacker chaps on the rack for booby-trapped chat: NSO Group accused of illegal hacking by Facebook

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"... a misuse, which is contractually prohibited."

Oh, well that's totally fine, then.

That useful tools can be used for bad purposes applies just as much to back-doors as it does to end-to-end encryption.

Is HONK nothing sacred HONK? It's 2019 and an evil save file can pwn much-loved HONK Untitled Goose Game

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Honk if you want to go faster

It could be time to update Postel's law: "...implementations should follow a general principle of robustness: be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others."

Too liberal* and you get f*cked.

* Not talking politics here, obviously

Google goes full Anti-Flash-ist, boots Adobe's insecure monstrosity out of web search index

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The lowest common denominator

Well JQuery's only 13 years old, so that's impressive. I'll say it again. As a web developer, not a graphic designer, I used flash for video. I used CSS/JS for layout/dynamic content. And HTML tables before that.

Flash was and is horrible and proprietary but if you wanted people running different browsers to see your stuff, choices were limited.

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Cross platform embedded/streaming video

As a web dev of roughly two decades ago, but not a graphic designer, I'll just point out that Flash owned the early embedded video space until HTML5 appeared and plug-ins weren't needed anymore. In fact, video sites such as for TV catch-up were the last hold-out for me until I stopped bothering to update and enable the plug-in and its absence was no longer noticed.

It's back: The mercifully normal-looking Moto 360 smartwatch

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As common as it was

Yes, it probably came up more frequently in conversation when folks actually made the transition. I may be a bad example since I wasn't fond of wearing watches before phones were common-place. They were always getting in the way when fossicking around in engine bays, etc.

It may be a generational thing, but I expect that folks who don't embrace the phone shift will stick with the watches. They're probably not in the market for a smart watch, though. It may also be location dependent; I mostly see health monitors on folks around here, if they're wearing anything on their wrists.

I'm ignoring the stupid economic darwinism factor where folks pay thousands for effectively the same function because it's some famous brand name, as with luggage and attire.

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Paris Hilton

I stopped wearing a watch as soon as I had a mobile phone in my pocket over 20 years ago...

... and seemingly every device in my house got a clock display. Now they're everywhere when you're out in public; bill-boards, stations, shop windows...

I expect I'm too used to it to ever go back to wearing one. There would have to be some kind of ultra-compelling, as yet unheard of use case.

What's the time in Paris? -->

Remember the big IBM 360 mainframe rescue job? For now, Brexit has ballsed it up – big iron restorers

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Just quietly...

You're thinking of the fortectomy; Pianos are too soft.

I hope they find a suitable transporter; I've been following their adventures with interest.

Mine's the one with the harmonica in the pocket. -->

USAF spaceplane back on Earth after mystery 2-year jaunt in orbit. Jeepers creepers, what has it been doing up here?

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Folding the thing away again

If they start with the sharpest creases first, they'll be fine.

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Come on, you can't be serious: Now Australia mulls face-recog tech for p0rno site age checks

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Their reach (around) exceeds their grasp ... of reality

Ah, politicians. Their desire to control things far outweighs their understanding of how things actually work.

Never surprised but always disappointed to get confirmation that here Down Under, stupidity is on par with the best in the world.

What a bunch of dopes! Fancy Bear hackers take aim at drug-testing orgs

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In Russia, the government votes for you!!!

Based on events in 2016, I'd say they understand how voting works just fine. I don't think the cognitive dissonance required to love their country and their government allows them to actually rebut this sort of commentary; thumbs are cheap.

Soon, they'll be nice and cosy behind a firewall with their mates in the CCP.

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Not surprised that these crackers are aligned with those cheaters

So sad what Russia's become under Vlad the In-failer.

Dammit Insight! You just had two big jobs to do on Mars and you're failing at one of those

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It's basically a jackhammer

Thanks for this insight. I guess I was being somewhat flippant all around; an auger style tool would obviously be a significantly different design and would need something to work against (but then, the current mole seems to, too).

It's pretty ambitious to aim for 5m into soil of such unknown composition. Heck, we have enough trouble getting a clear run digging holes for planting trees around here.

Anyway, I wish it well!

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"Unusual" soil conditions

How TF they know what the usual soil conditions are if this is the first hole?

They should have put an auger bit on it.

Amazon is saying nothing about the DDoS attack that took down AWS, but others are

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Just as well JEDI went elsewhere!

"These are not the DNS servers you're looking for."

In other news, a temporary cease-fire took effect in the latest middle-east conflict as US forces were unable to access their fire control systems due to a back-hoe operator's error in West Virginia. The enemy used the outage as an opportunity to re-occupy areas captured in recent days by U.S. forces and bury their dead.

UPDATED: The government has denied reports the back-hoe operator was recruited as an agent by the enemy however investigations into recent suspicious payments made into the operator's bank account are on-going.

Samsung SpaceSelfie Galaxy-bearing balloon photobombs Michigan home the hard way

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High altitude balloon?

So maybe the incident in Roswell was just a early viral marketing stunt.

Like the Death Star on Endor, JEDI created a ton of fallout and stormy weather in cloud market

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"... execution is important and I sure wouldn’t want to be that staff."

Nor me. Well, you'd have to be pretty desperate to resort to execution as a way of motivating people, pour encourager les autres, but in this case I have no objection.

Your kids will be glad a UK government-funded robot will be changing your nappy and not them

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Two legs good, four wheels bad

Sod this human farming lark for a joke. If I can't do for meself, I'm out. A quick one-way trip to Switzerland beckons, if necessary.

The moment I'm forced to have a listening/recording unit in my home to monitor me (never mind assist me), that's the moment to get out with a bit a grace and dignity.

Mine's the shroud with no pockets. -->

Google claims web search will be 10% better for English speakers – with the help of AI

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Why not ERNIE?

Not the wife, the best friend; Extrapolation of Related but Non-Interesting Esoterica.

I'm not Boeing anywhere near that: Coder whizz heads off jumbo-sized maintenance snafu

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1990's MS VC++ was pretty ordinary as well

As well as a couple of bugs with templates to do with const parameters and failing to instantiate classes with template inheritance, I found a long-standing off-by-one bug in the library's istream width() modifier, where it would give you 1 character less than the specified width. The error lasted at least from 4.2 and wasn't fixed until version 8.

Pentagon beams down $10bn JEDI contract to Microsoft: Windows giant beats off Bezos

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Popcorn'd be a nice change from the bully beef and bathtub gin ...

... we're up to with the saga of Brexit. It's like the interminable "will they, won't they?" relationships on day-time soaps.

The eagle has handed.... scientists a serious text message bill after flying through Iran, Pakistan

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Morrrrrdorrrrr!

Sounds more like Kevin Bridges describing a collection of crows.

Time to check who left their database open and leaked 7.5m customer records: Hi there, Adobe Creative Cloud!

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Adobe really are a bunch of amateurs

I particularly enjoyed the one where a licensing screw up meant they had to make the CS2 versions available for download without checks. It was nice to upgrade from Elements 3.0.

Google's Chrome Web Store under fire for shoddy service and cryptic policies

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The consistency of blancmange

That is, consistent with how Google treats devs on their App store.

They justify locked-down stores for third-party software by claiming to prevent exploitation of, and harm to, the users. They fail at that, adding insult to the injury when they exploit and harm the users themselves.

Republican senators shoot down a triple whammy of proposed election security laws

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Yes, No bypass

Yes, I knew bills have be passed through both chambers and reconciled as necessary. But I was wondering why you'd start at the hard end, when (I assume) a bill passed in the House should have more chance of being "taken seriously" in the Senate? Sorry for the confusion in my question; I didn't think anyone would think you could bypass either.

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Kill bills 1, 2 and 3

Seems doomed to failure, and there seems to have been clues that they'd be knocked out. Not a left-pondian so may be missing something, but if it's so easy to kill bills in the senate, why didn't the sponsors get their party colleagues in the house to introduce them there?

Is it just posturing and publicity seeking, particularly from the presidential candidates?

Icon; closest available to katanas >>>

Big Red tells crypto-coin publication: One does not simply call one's website 'OracleTimes'

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... they have to defend their trademark in order to keep their trademark

Rival trademark applicants often use neglect as an argument in their favour. It's pretty reasonable to let folks use neglect to challenge since the value of a trademark is very much bound up in continuous usage in the marketplace rather than more concrete attributes like novelty or originality.

Also, Oracle's mark would be limited to IT related fields which presumably the cryptidiots are expecting to play in. Shopping centres and the other examples in the article would be unchallengable by Oracle unless there's some IT connection I'm not seeing. Also, since they're using the compound "OracleTimes", not just "Oracle", it's not a certain win for Ellison & Co.

Two astronauts conduct a successful spacewalk, world+dog lose minds

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Just raising a glass...

... to some top-notch boffinry on those Van Allan probes.

It's hard to play the under-promise/over-deliver game when the costs are literally sky-high and funding is hard to get, but these folks played it well in an ultra-harsh environment.

Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope's Click to Pray eRosary app

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Buffer over-run in transubstantiation.c

No, I think his encyclicals would get stuck in a loop and his host connection would go stale.

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Noughts and prayers

Clearly, the church can't rely on the doctrine of infallibility when it comes to code. OK, anything.

Google lashes out at DoJ, Oracle as it asks US Supremes to sniff Java suit one last time

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It's Goliath vs. Goliath

I need an underdog to root for.

As always, the lawyers are the real winners and I'll be damned if I'll be rooting for them.

Mine's the one with the brief in the pocket.

A History of (Computer) Violence: Wait. Before you whack it again, try caressing the mouse

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It's a mystery wrapped in an iron bar

I'm guessing a star post, though not sure what the circumstances would be to introduce one to your parcel.

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The tine of a forklift wielded like a scalpel

My worst was receiving a PC that had been shipped internationally on a pallet with a bunch of otherwise non-delicate items. Somehow a forklift operator had managed to run one of the tines of their forklift through the original cardboard/styrene packaging and deep into the interior of the PC case, just above the card slots.

Fortunately this was in the days when there was a lot of empty space inside PC cases and despite destroying the case, the interior components were unharmed (aside from a remarkable curve introduced into the PCB of the graphics card). However, it all still worked, drives included, running happily in a new case for 3 or so more years.

Junior minister says gov.UK considering facial recognition to verify age of p0rn-watchers

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Celebrity masks not just for knocking off banks anymore

Now also for knocking one out.

Recession averted!

Good news – America's nuke arsenal to swap eight-inch floppy disks for solid-state drives

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They're down to board level repairs ...

... based on the linked article, though. And they're outsourcing to civilians. There are limits, even for IBM, it would seem.

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