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TikTok NSFW if you work for the South Dakota government

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> TikTok doesn't just see user videos, it "collects search and browsing histories... plus ... stored on a device's clipboard."

Pretty standard fare for any old 'phone app

> Chinese national security laws compel companies operating in China to share their data with the government upon request

Whereas the US laws explicitly prevent anything like that, eh?

> The Chinese Communist Party uses information that it gathers on TikTok to manipulate the American people

The US party (parties!) have never, ever attempted to manipulate anyone, American or dirty foreign scum (aka "allies").

> Common criticisms against TikTok ... are that it is harmful and addictive, and contains misinformation

And competes in these important arenas with Good Old Yank companies like FB, YT, Twitter

Block Fi seeks bankruptcy protection as 'shocking' FTX contagion spreads

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Re: The crypto game stinks like a pile dog turds on a hot day

The YouTube gig is a good one. When the time comes to stop the shilling, they can just post a long rambling talking head piece, all about how they are being stifled because The Algorithm forced them to keep making videos about the one subject. So now they've decided to "keep their artistic integrity as content creators" and "regain their freedom to express themselves" by - simply buggering off, ignoring all the screams from their dupes, not needing to worry about making another post where they may need to backtrack on anything...

Then they can simply shop around for the next hot ticket.

Great way to make an easy buck; works for cryptopoop, Muskrat love, you name.

If only I could manage to spout the bullshit to camera without dissolving into giggles.

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Re: Hard Currency : pedant warning

> Right Roosta, we are going to grove our way out of here!

Grab that shovel, I've got a bag full of saplings.

This may be a very slow escape.

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Re: Hard Currency : pedant warning

Organic life-forms have no sense of fun!

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Re: Hard Currency

> artificial rubies have been made for years

And very useful they are, if you want to make a laser at home (make, as in polishing the ends etc, not just wiring up a laser diode).

I'd give a URL reference but I got the book from the library *way* before URLs were a gleam in Tim's eye.

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> From inception, Block Fi has worked to positively shape the cryptocurrency industry and advance the sector

Cryptocurrency is supposed to be all about rugged individuals getting away from Gubmint and sticking it to The Man, now it is a "sector" in the Military Industrial Complex!

> 150 cryptocurrency firms have applied for bailout funds from Binance, presently the largest cryptocurrency exchange

150 companies whose holdings are all in unicorns[1] "applying for bailouts", doesn't this really just mean they are buggered as well and are wildly hoping to pass on their imaginary friends to join in Binance's stable at whatever low, low price Binance decides to give them? Which in turn indicates that someone in Binance really believes that they'll be able to use the unicorns to corner the leprechaun market; pure madness as that is far too volatile[2] to ever be useful on the exchanges.

[1] other objects of fantasy are available

[2] as the gold can only be found at the end of rainbows and global warming is messing up the rain patterns.

Elon Musk picks fight with Apple for slashing advertising spend on Twitter

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Re: Give it a little more time.

> No, wait, it's called "Truth"

Pravda? Bit on the nose but Oh, So Very Trump.

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Re: The Muskrat fan club seem to think he'll be releasing his own phone to destroy Apple and Google.

> only one app at the moment

has been announced and is expected to be shipping in the first quarter of next year[1]; this app will be so cheap to run that it would be fiscal mismanagement to buy any other app.

[1] there is obviously no clearly accepted definition of "next year", there is a long tradition in our industry of "next year" changing its meaning historically.

'What's the point of me being in my office, just because they want to see me in the office?'

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> There's this thing called "evolution".

> So either your DNA evolves or you are history

Only your species can evolve. *You* are always history, along with your own unique DNA.[1][2]

[1] ignoring anything that propagates via vegetative cloning, such as management.

[2] or parthogenesis or regenerative fission or other methods less funny than calling management vegetables.

Telecoms networks could provide next-gen GPS services without the need for satellites

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Re: increased positioning accuracy is deemed to be worth the cost

> Legislators could outlaw it if they wanted to

You know that they don't *really* sit around all day making laws just for the fun of it, don't you?

Legislation is created in response to a perceived need; if there is no perceived need, everything is ticking along, why would the legislature bother? If you want to have a law to force BT unbundled from location then you can always act yourself - open a petition at least - make it clear that this is causing societal damage and that there is a *reason* to legislate against it.

Then you get commercial lobbyists involved and so on.

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Re: increased positioning accuracy is deemed to be worth the cost

Yes, making that a requirement to publish - you think that *that* isn't pointless? So long as the app can work, so what if the SDK used didn't expose the latest set of OS functions?

Or do you seriously believe that backwards compatibility is a Bad Thing?

If so, it will really pain you to know that I've got programs originally built on Windows 2000 that still run on my Windows 10 box and are 100% as useful now as they have always been. Even the ones with GUIs.

Man wins court case against employer that fired him for not liking boozy, forced 'fun' culture

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Re: Business 'gifts'

That was always a problem with Liz, she was impossible to refuse. You'd politely tell her "I have to say no" and she'd just tuck the gift into your overalls pocket with a cheeky little wink.

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Gifts received were all pooled and handed out in a draw just before Christmas. As the backroom boffins never had enough direct contact with The World Outside to be "gifted" anything, this was just jam to us.

But now you bring it up, it might have been a tad frustrating to have handed over the single malt in August only to get back a stapler in December.

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Re: Motivation

> Anyone that doesn't like the idea of corporates controlling their lifes in a western culture only need to look at how the other side of the world does things

If only there was some kind of middle ground...

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Re: Good thing today I’ve…

We Think Big here at Acme Corp; do you have what it takes to harass on a truly Global scale?

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Re: Motivation

> in the days of factory workers' holidays, the whole company would decamp to the seaside for one or two weeks of communal holiday every year.

And those holidays were the polar opposite to the "enforced fun"! Not only were they family affairs but the choice of the seaside came from the temperance movements and a paternalistic attitude from the employers.

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Re: Their "fun"..

Huh? Really can't tell what your reply to AC is trying to say; are you disagreeing with what the AC said? Or not?

Clarification?

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Re: Their "fun"..

Don't you remember a time when you asked a totally open-ended question and then complained when it was answered as such?

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"Don't impose joy"

Yikes - the idea that anyone ever had to say that once, let alone make it a rule! What kind of people even think that they can "impose joy"?

Then again, I've never been blessed with anyone explicitly talking about "UX" when I've been writing UIs; although one requirement was "must be fully functional whilst user is wearing gloves" and if they really, really enjoyed wearing their work gloves (and who am I to judge)...

Musk: Twitter will have 1 billion monthly users inside 18 months

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Re: On the rocks

Ok chaps, "Nearer My God to Thee", ONE MORE TIME!

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Re: The problem with bad journalism

> Every single one of my posts is as AC, simply to create more noise for those who genuinely have a reason to post AC to benefit from.

How very noble of you.

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Re: Track record..

So Mote it be.

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Re: Quick poll

Very true - hence the judgement call (including seeing *which* reporters/organs)!

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Re: The problem with bad journalism

Float and complex may break my mind but ints will never hurt me.

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Re: Quick poll

> graphic descriptions of non-consensual acts performed on children

"Oliver Twist", " Nicholas Nickleby", ...

> are being given to junior school kids to read

Hmm, aside from the sudden jump from "preventing" to "being given to" (no middle ground possible, eh?), if I may repeat myself:

>> definitely reinforce that if they find it scary no shame in putting that book down

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Re: Quick poll

> You know perfectly well why you're being downvoted: because you're challenging the locally accepted narrative

Gordon bennet, "locally accepted narrative" - will people like you ever stop banging on about this paranoid fantasy that "everyone is ganging up" and having secret meetings to define "a narrative" that we all swear allegiance to!

Don't care which "side" you think you're on, as just about anyone who needs to feel martyred starts spouting that bilge.

"Locally accepted narrative" - bilgewater.

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Re: Quick poll

> Preventing ... is NOT censorship

???

"Age inappropriate" is a fascinating phrase - ok, a few books may cause nightmares and disturbed sleep is not good (so tell the child that, maybe give a watered down example - definitely reinforce that if they find it scary no shame in putting that book down). But otherwise the "inappropriate" seems to mean "I realise I ought to discuss the book with the child, maybe provide some background material - nah, too much work, books should be like TV - Anodyne is Appropriate."

A child "asking awkward questions" or wanting a tricky book explained to them is a child that is learning.

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Re: Quick poll

> I don't need you to "point this out"

Hmm, earlier you called downvoting

>> people who just try to silence whatever they don't agree with

Yes, you really *do* need to have things pointed out to you.

> The fact that you're starting from a false premise rather illustrates the point being made.

Odd, doublelayer's response certainly seems to be in line with what you wrote; maybe you want to be clearer in your writing in the first place?

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Re: Track record..

"Woke" is a shibboleth?

How are we supposed to be pronouncing it then? "Woo-kay"? " Whookeey"? "Chumley"?

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Re: Quick poll

> I wonder how many do the "report to moderator"

Who knows? Even if a comment is "reported" what is the likelihood[1] that it'll result in the comment being removed? It is still a rare thing to see that a comment has been so removed (and, yes, it does leave a "this comment had been deleted" message so please, no claims that comments have vanished without a trace[2]).

[1] Though I do get a feeling that likelihood has gone up since the Yankification of El Reg but I have no solid figures to back that up

[2] Ok, true, you only get one "this comment..." left visible when the comment and the entire tree of all its replies are zapped by the mod.

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Re: So more users less advertisers

> Twitter is normally baked into Android phones

Really?

Not calling you out on this, just it isn't on the (very) few I've had so I'm interested to know how many actually do suffer from that ailment.

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Re: So more users less advertisers

So now I have to cheer on *Apple*[1]?

Aaargh, cognitive dissonance rising, does not compute, Norman co-ordinate (clunk, beeep)

[1] loved the ][, fascinated by playing with Lisa, appalled by reneging on Apple Corps agreement

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Re: Possible if not 1 billion distinct users for 1 billion accounts

Amazing - the downvoter didn't even have the wit to, say, accuse you of encouraging the use of sockpuppet accounts.

You'd think that they'd at least *try* to bolster their muskrat love with a few words.

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Re: Quick poll

or

C) Spend some time looking for the source of the "reportedly' (in this case, the FT article) and the number of various other reporters jumping on the story before making a judgement call on how likely it is to be accurate.

(Hint: the El Reg article didn't use the word "cuss")

US chip war could hurt the West as Beijing moves to ramp up its own industry

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Re: Don't buy it

You recognise the existence of a Western (let's be honest, just Yank) hegemony - and you then want us to applaud the idea of *protecting* said hegemony?

Bog off.

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As the US is clearly intent on encouraging China to improve their fabs, we can assume that the US is going weary of their burden as planetary rulers and are working towards handing that role over sooner rather than later.

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Re: Don't buy it

relevant?

Twitter search spam campaign hides China riots, researchers say

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Re: $2.4 apiece is that important to Musk?

> Can't do that either. Apple T&C include a ban on offering items at a lower price elsewhere.

Which just gives Elon another rod to beat Apple with, how dare they restrict his Free Speech rights to use different numbers! Did I mention he is a genius?

/s

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$2.4 apiece is that important to Musk?

Going after Apple for their "monopoly" on Twitter Apps is hardly going to convince Apple to buy any ad space from him. If he "wins", is the $2.4 apiece he gets back from Apple for each blue thingie *really* going to be worth more than the lost ad revenue?

Wonder if he'll figure out (he *is* a genius, after all) that the Twitter app is something that he also owns and he could just make that charge $12 per blue wotsit. That way, he will get the full $8 (plus a bit) that is his rightful due (!) *and* at the same time he can "punish" Apple by pointing out that Android users get it cheaper, then they'll all give up their iThingies because Twitter is *that* important! /s

Meanwhile, Musk is, of course, ignoring all the psyops fake news about Chinese interference, because he can plainly see that if you search for "Beijing" (spelt just like that) then of course you'll see entries about the protests and no escorts at all. Right, back to the important stuff: Apple could drop the Tesla ap, yes, they could, really, honest, that is clearly a blow against democracy.

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It is a good thing that Elon has a sturdy grasp on reality

Oh, wait:

https://nitter.net/elonmusk/with_replies

"This is a battle for the future of civilization. If free speech is lost even in America, tyranny is all that lies ahead."

AWS joins the water positive gang, claims it will be there by 2030

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Re: So my house is water positive

Prove to them that you always send the excess back in potable form and maybe they'll cut you a deal.

Japanese convenience store chain opens outlet staffed by avatars and robots

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Sounds good

After the ongoing Twitter shitfest, this scheme sounds totally wholesome and in no way strange or creepy. Even after misreading and for a brief, wonderfully weird moment, thinking that the few remaining human staff would be wearing full-size avatar costume uniforms.

Although, after a moment's reflection, perhaps the speaking shelves is veering towards a Talkie Toaster experience: all together now:

"We don't want muffins, no toast, buns, baps, bagets or bagels, no croissants, no crumpets, no teacakes, no potato cakes and no hot cross buns! And definitely no smegging flapjacks!"

And, to round it all off, you reply:

Blockchain couldn't stop TXT spam in India, regulator now trying AI

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What about spam leaving India?

Any chance that we'll benefit from this, perhaps by reducing the number of messages from Microsoft Support about the virus they just found on my PC?

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plenty of unregistered telemarketers haven't signed up for the regulator's app

Good Heavens, who could possibly have foreseen *that* outcome? You would think these people care not one jot for the law!

Rapscallions[1] indeed.

> implementation of UCC detect system

Actually trying to detect the spam? Sounds like something they should have been attempting sooner.

On the other hand, using "ML(Machine Language)" - good for them, they should be able to make it run fast without all those silly HLL abstractions; but what will it do for their delivery dates?

[1] sounding properly like El Reg there, house point all around.

RIP Fred 'Mythical Man-Month' Brooks: IBM guru of software project management

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MMC light brown edition

Was required reading at Uni; a copy of the anniversary edition sits on the shelf above my monitor (next to all the important books, like Dan Dare reprints - the other computing books sit to the side, in places of less reverence).

You despair that most PMs haven't read this? When I worked for a PM software company there was my copy and, IIRC, only one other programmer who'd read it! And the dev team was outnumbered by the PMs who went out to customer sites, as well as handling us. A great bunch of people but sometimes...

Farewell to Fred, glad to see that his work is available as PDF so we can make sure that everyone gets their own copy.

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Re: 6 to 8

Let's not forget bit-slice machines and the joy of being able to have a 12-bit machine; or, for that matter, the very widely used 4-bit microprocessors (ringing any musical doorbells for you?).

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Re: the eight-bit byte

Don't forget tayste, playte and dynner (2, 16 and 32 bits)

http://catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/P/playte.html

ISS resupply drops off experiments for life in deep space

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Re: Private Space Labs

We are safe, just so long as none of the advertising execs read SF, as those crazy fools keep working out exactly how to scrawl ads over the skies and heavenly bodies - and then the idiots *publish* the instructions!

Icon: pass over the one with a moon in the pocket, it has the word "Chair" burnt on it; must get around to finishing that. Yes, they are large pockets.

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Moon Microscope?

And everyone, from NASA down, is going to studiously ignore the fact that the case clearly reads "Mini Me"?

Worried that we're going to do something unseemly, like demand to know when the ISS is getting sharks with frickin' lasers attached to their spacesuits?

US Justice Dept reportedly checking AI rent-pricing biz RealPage

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purposely built to be legally compliant

Translation: we knew that it would push the rents up (but only if all the landlords bought a copy/subscription, boosting our profits as well), so we put time and effort into pushing the letter of the law just as far as we possibly could.

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