* Posts by Greybearded old scrote

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Guess the most common password. Hint: We just told you

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Hell yeah.

Anyone who blames the people (hi Pascal) haven't read enough Donald Norman.

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Re: XKCD Rankings?

OK, I will then.

Someone has to say it: Voice assistants are not doing it for big tech

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Re: We recieved one as a gift from a family member

Can you disable the listening, or does it just not respond?

FTX disarray declared 'unprecedented' by exec who cleaned up after Enron

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Your 2nd paragraph applies to almost all money. Those banknotes are in the minority.

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FAIL

Inevitable

Riley Quinn says that, "fintech" is a euphemism for "unregulated bank." (Can't find the original, but Cory Doctorow frequently quotes him.)

Hey, they wanted to get away from all those inconvenient rules and regs. They got what they asked for.

Evernote's fall from grace is complete, with sale to Italian app maker

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FAIL

Found an interesting explanation recently

It's been dubbed the trust thermocline.

Just follow the instructions … no wait, not that instruction to lock everyone out of everything

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Re: Poor flake

No, El Reg was always about both. Or haven't you ever read BOFH, SFTW or Stob?

GitHub's Copilot flies into its first open source copyright lawsuit

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Really

Just vote with your (virtual) feet. Other code hosting services are available.

Oh yes, you let them hold all the metadata hostage didn't you?

Multi-factor auth fatigue is real – and it's why you may be in the headlines next

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Yes. Don't think you can change your people to suit your computers. That has failed over and over.

Possession of a yubikey (or similar) beats possession of a phone for the second factor, not least because the phone number isn't terribly difficult to steal either.

As for locking out after N failures, I prefer rapidly increasing delays to successive attempts. It encourages the attacker to move on with less inconvenience to the user.

Version 252 of systemd, as expected, locks down the Linux boot process

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WTF?

Free as in Freedom

How does all that cryptographic stuff relate to the ability to compile your own? Do we get to approve our personal key? Or have they tivoized the whole thing?

For myself I can't be arsed with all that, but having the option is still essential.

NASA uses space station dust sensor to map 50 methane 'super-emitters' on Earth

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Re: It's unfortunate

I'm down to less than once a week, and two days without any type of meat.

I rarely bother with the meat substitutes, that stuff is firmly in the ultra-processed category.

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Joke

Didn't mention

What about the huge methane plume coming from Westminster? Thanks to all the elected crazies talking out of the wrong 'un.

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Re: It's unfortunate

Kill the gut microbes and you'd starve the cattle, that's how they can digest the cellulose that we can't. Apparently some types of seaweed in the diet does work wonders though.

Also the chain is carbon dioxide -> plant matter -> methane. As described in the article that's far from neutral due to the more powerful effect of methane. Even if you allow for some of the carbon going to grow the cow.

Oops, web trackers may have leaked 3 million patients' info

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Re: Nobody cares

Well they tell themselves it's for performance. In reality the web is typically at least as slow as back in the dial-up era, if not worse.

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Re: Google is all seeing

And Privacy Badger. Belt and braces.

Collapsed Arecibo telescope to be replaced by school

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I'm not sure HS2 is the best example. I'd have preferred to see the money spread around the network so everybody benefits.

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Couldn't agree more. In the early '70s Carl Sagan listed several space exploration projects that were costed to be within the cost over-runs of some defence projects. In other words you could fund a pretty good space program on the defence department accounting errors.

Loathsome eighties ladder-climber levelled by a custom DOS prompt

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Bruce Tognazzini wrote that leaving off the cursor keys was a deliberate decision. It forced new (they all were) developers to write for the Mac UI paradigm, not simply reproduce terminal applications.

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Yeah, but the Mac engineers had secretly included the option for more than 128k. Which I hear was used for the original "Insanely Great" demo.

AI recruitment software is 'automated pseudoscience', Cambridge study finds

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Re: Human-like AI

Q: "Why do you want to work in psychotherapy?"

A: "Because the voices told me to."

Microsoft and Meta promise facehugger PCs piping cloud desktops into VR headsets

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Re: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz

Probably 3D Imax, which is how I saw the original Avatar. Damn, it looked gorgeous, shame the alleged plot was just a stream of tired old cliches.

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Just maybe

I've occasionally speculated on using HMDs to get an enormous virtual screen. We never did get the best bits from Sun's Starfire movie prototype.

You thought you bought software – all you bought was a lie

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Re: Sometimes you have to pay

Sometimes, but then most people aren't running a factory.

And then the rest of your staff might benefit from heeding this advice.

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Re: It looks FOSS still needs very long rants to explain why users should switch...

"If you don't make money from selling software you need other sources of revenues - like hoarding and selling user data"

Because nobody knows of a company doing both, do we?

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Re: Perfect fidelity

"Remember the pain that the X11 config files were in the early naught-ies?" Luxury!

In the early '90s I had to calculate mode lines from the horizontal and vertical frequencies. With the knowledge that I could destroy the screen if I went very wrong.

Is it a bird? Is it Microsoft Office? No, it's Onlyoffice: Version 7.2 released

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Re: but if you prefer something ... more like Office 365

It's not only about price. It can also be about retaining control over your own data, or having a choice if the software supplier takes a path you don't like.

Then there is the warrentless surveillance of course.

Serious surfer? How to browse like a pro on Firefox

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Re: Not for me, I'm afraid.

Degraded memory goes with the beard colour.

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Re: Not for me, I'm afraid.

Easy to get it back. Right click on the tab bar or tool bar. There's a check box labelled 'Menu Bar.'

'I Don't Care About Cookies' extension sold to Avast

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Re: Or

More recent ones have a 'Reject All' button, since they've finally got the message that the law requires rejection to be no more effort than acceptance. (El Reg hasn't, hint hint.)

Otherwise COM fills in the form, flipping all the switches to 'Reject.'

The sites that say 'Accept or sod off,' well there's no technical fix for them.

Like others here, I also have FF configured to drop all cookies at the end of a session, but I want my 'Hell No!' to appear in the site logs.

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Hmm

If the "I Don't Care" users truly don't, why are they worried about the privacy implications of this sale?

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Or

I use Consent-O-Matic, because I do care. It's not dealing with all of them yet, but it says a clear 'No' to many.

I disagree that cookies are harmless, and remember that it's not just about cookies. It's about all tracking technology.

Want to know the future of FOSS? You can look it up in a database

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Licenses

I can't agree with your comments about licenses, because what is ideal depends on what you value.

Some want to maximise usage, so they might go with BSD or MIT. SQLite is even just public domain.

Some value the code remaining free, so they prefer GPL.

Your non commercial usage license would be to maximise your chances of charging for the software I'd guess. But it blocks much reuse, Debian couldn't touch it for sure. If the Linux kernel had kept its original non commercial use license it would have been unlikely to have conquered the world as it has.

Better to give away the software and charge for some service that depends on it I think.

Meet the CrowPi-L – a clever, slightly rustic, Raspberry Pi laptop chassis

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Less than convinced.

I can get a reasonable second hand laptop from the local pawn shop for ~£250, processor included. So unless it actually must be ARM based why buy this? Buying used is far less polluting too.

Sorry and all, I'd like to see this sort of thing do well.

Amazon has repackaged surveillance capitalism as reality TV

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Re: Sorry, but

You don't invite the monster in.

Late I know, but I couldn't find the right clip.

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Re: Sorry, but

At least one member of my own family says she'd cheerfully live in such a panopticon if it would prevent one murder. She says that while I'm still talking about commercial rather than state surveillance.

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Re: Apathy is the problem

I think criminal damage is considered worse than implied intrusion into privacy. Although, as already pointed out, post-austerity police officers have no time left for such small fry.

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Re: Sorry, but

sf/invite the monster it/invite the monster in/

What is it with my typing these days? That wasn't even the right hand. And I just had to correct a similar f..f..foul up in this one.

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Sorry, but

Ordinarily I'm very suspicious of blaming the victim. But this time, really? Anyone who ever saw a vampire film knows that you don't invite the monster it.

Python tops programming love list – but if you want a job, learn SQL

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Really?

All the ads I've seen in some time favour ORM experience over SQL. I'll leave out my standard rant about square peg/round hole mapping.

PanWriter: Cross-platform writing tool runs on anything and outputs to anything

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Also

I haven't tried it in many years, but Lyx is still a thing.

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Heh heh...

"Actively cultivate Stockholm Syndrome." Apoplectic rants from vim|emacs fans in 3...2...1...

Big Tech is building the metaverse of its own dreams. You don't want to go there

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Re: It is inevitable and a lot of sci fi movies predicted it well.

Just hope it's not the prediction from Star Trek The Cage/The Menagerie.

We were promised integrated packages. Instead we got disintegrated apps

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Re: I've given up on my phone for reminders

Because I got moaned at for missing texts I set my beep to a blast of guitar from an Alice Cooper track. I don't miss beeps any more. My ring tone startles a few people too.

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That was fast: MetaGuard emerges as an 'incognito mode' for the metaverse

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Re: "Coincidentally, VRChat has its own premium subscription ..."

Well it co-incides. Whether that is by accident or design is an exercise left to the reader.

(We need a nasty-minded old cynic icon (or would that get over used?).)

Open source VideoLAN media player asks why it's blocked in India

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Re: Geniuses in the Indian Government

You might be forgetting the politicians' syllogism:

Something must be done

This is something

Therefore this must be done

Epson says ink pad saturation behind 'end of service life' warning on inkjet printers

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Re: Brother

Yeah, I use a local independent printer. When she retires I'm not keen on explaining my legal but not always accepted subjects.

For the odd thing now and then I go to the library. (My town still has one!)

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Re: Brother

How are lasers at printing photos these days? It's very rare that I want anything else on paper.

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