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Boffins get fish drunk to prove what any bouncer already knows

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Re: so they drink like a fish?

spiders on drugs? [I checked out that link, it had an interesting photo - "this is your web" "this is your web on various kinds of drugs" - the 'caffeine' one was appropriately 'tweeked']

Charlotte's Psychadelic Web. heh.

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Re: Hey!

everyone in the diet-science world loves to blame caffeine! (whereas I rely on it to stay awake - the world can be a really boring place, sometimes)

found this on teh intarwebs a long time ago: "It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion."

I should try the alcohol and taurine thing, though, just to make sure. You know, taurine is named 'that' because it comes from beef, right? So alcohol and a nice steak? Or maybe Tequila and an energy drink?

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Boffins blame meteorites for creating Earth's oldest rocks

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Re: Pedant Alert

I didn't know British singular/plural grammar rules were any different...

(as long as the 'singular they' isn't used, I'm ok with it)

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Re: Confused

wasn't the entire earth formed by a bunch of dirt, dust, and rocks colliding and collecting together to form a gravity well, and eventually the planet? So what's the point, here?

So yeah EVERYTHING was once 'a meteor'

I'm also not really happy with uranium vs lead isotopic dating. It more or less assumes that the lead content came entirely from the uranium. Unless we have a baseline of the content ratio from the exploding star that probably created it, you can only guess.

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Patch Tuesday heats up with pair of exploited zero-days squashed – plus 58 other vulns fixed

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Re: Far Too Little Much Too Late is a Sub Prime Action in a Failed Program

and who still uses anything by Adobe [that isn't a decade or so old] ?

Flash Player - people STILL use that?

Acrobat Reader - I bought a re-conditioned PC a couple of years ago [came with Win 7, 'while I could get one' basically] and it had Acrobat Reader pre-installed.

THE @#$%'ing THING WANTED ME TO LOG INTO IT AND REGISTER MY E-MAIL ADDRESS! Bit-bucket.

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Democrats go on the offensive over fake FCC net neut'y cyberattack

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Re: Pai is still damaging society

How many times does the liberally biased concepts that were labeled as "net neutrality" (which isn't neutrality) need to be explained before it becomes OBVIOUS that removing Obaka-era regulations from a 'bounds overstepping' FCC was a *GOOD* thing?

The intarwebs survived for a couple of DECADES without such regulation, which basically threatened to prevent someone from PAYING EXTRA to get prioritized traffic. That means EVERYONE EQUALLY MEDIOCRE. That's like SOCIALISM. Except, in socialism, "the elite" will ALWAYS 'get theirs'.

If ISPs can allow providers to PRIORITIZE, and they pay EXTRA to do it, or allow CUSTOMERS to "get priority traffic" at that higher priority (by paying extra), as long as the overall average isn't screwed over in the process, then EVERYONE will WIN. It THEN becomes a matter of choice, as to "which brand" you want, effectively. Otherwise we'll all be stuck with PRICE CONTROLS, effectively, and NO choice.

But this was about ONLY "the elites" getting THEIRS, and forcing "the masses" to have "the mediocre". THIS is the evils of socialist thinking, because you're not helping by trying to EQUALIZE OUTCOMES. Those who EARN more should be able to SPEND MORE to get BETTER. This is the incentive to EARN MORE. If there's no point in earning more, why bother? Then things start to stagnate, PARTICULARLY in the overall economy, and you ultimately get VENEZUELA.

Instead, I'd like to choose between getting a Chevy or a Cadillac. If I can afford the Cadillac, I should be able to get that if I want it. Or if I can't, get the Chevy. NO point in forcing ALL Cadillac owners to ONLY be able to get the Chevy.

That is, unless you're one of those anti-1% fascists SOCIALIST types...

(if you work hard, prepare yourself, take the risks, and BECOME "one of the 1%" shouldn't you be able to KEEP THE REWARDS of the preparation, hard work, and risks?)

Pai (and the Trump administration) is *RIGHT* about _REMOVING_ so-called "net neutrality" regulations from the FCC. It was WRONG to have done it in the FIRST place.

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It's official: TLS 1.3 approved as standard while spies weep

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Re: no-brainer for sysadmins

The first thing _I_ thought of was, am I going to be *FORCED* to use a browser that has Australis and a 'hamburger menu' button? Because I don't want to be _FORCED_ into using FF 57 or later due to this...

(I really _HATE_ the Metro-Centric 2D FLATSO CRAPWARE)

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Dropbox plans to drop encrypted Linux filesystems in November

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if feature maintenance is a problem...

if feature maintenance is a problem, then re-design the thing so that maintaining such "features" is no longer required. Works on all platforms, using a common method. Simple, right?

How does 'rsync' do ITS magic? They should JUST do that. makes sense to me.

[as I understand it, rsync compares file size and SHA hash - if they differ, it needs to be sync'd - and source control systems have well-tested methods of storing/tracking version info if you need that, too]

this makes me consider that a paid-for github repo would make for good off-site backup, too... [or NOT github if you want a non-Microsoft solution]

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Linux 4.18 arrives fashionably late while Zorin OS shines up its Windows

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not sure if I want to fork over money...

not sure if I want to fork over money for a Linux OS to *STOP* looking like Win-10-nic. Devuan with mate, or Mint out of the box, is SO much easier.

When I read the title of the article, I had considered making fun of it looking like Win-10-nic, something about "windows 10 and Unity had a baby, and IT! IS! UGLY!!!" or something similar.

Now I'm just sad.

Just to clarivy: I believe that forking over money for something of value, like a support contract, or business-friendly features, is not a bad thing. RH and others have a business model for that. But like 'Lindows' aka 'Linspire' from a decade or so ago, subscription models to get UPDATES, or "pay extra for these features you REALLY want", are kinda bad. So yeah it's their business model I don't like.

at least if they do like Linspire/Lindows did, and convince some computer-makers to ship with their OS pre-loaded, you would know Linux supports the hardware and THEN just install whatever Linux flavor you want after it arrives. I did that with inexpensive Linspire boxen back in the day...

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Hello darkness my old friend, what happened last week in Redmond?

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Re: Skype? Ha ha ha!

"believes that another application is using the web cam"

that's just the spyware. you can ignore it being there. It won't watch you doing anything that you don't want posted on 'teh intarwebs' if you don't send 5,000 bitcoin to a particular wallet...

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Re: Dark Theme on Win10?

"Win10 is a dumbed down garbage GUI, designed for monochrome laser reports, not usability. Breaking everything they learnt about GUI from Win 3.1 to Win7. Vista or XP you could make it like Win2K / Win98 / NT 4.0."

Micro-shaft is WASTING THEIR TIME (and our patience!) by 'Majoring in the Minors' with their chosen "improvements" in the UI. See icon.

I would GREATLY prefer a 3D SKEUOMORPHIC THEME that doesn't have light blue on white as the default UI colors for the "The METRO" CRapps. How about a 'Windows 7' look? Or XP? Or 2K?

As for that light blue on bright white nonsense - here's some actual EVIDENCE of what I've been *SCREAMING* about for a while - it's VERY bad for your eyes!

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Re: SMB1: XP & Server2003?

It would make a LOT more sense if Micro-shaft were to ISSUE AN UPDATE for older operating systems to USE SMB2. How hard could THAT be?

Oh, wait - that means NOT forcing you into DOWN-grading to WIn-10-nic! Cannot have THAT, now CAN we???

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Re: containers

yeah about that 'moving to Azure App Service' thing...

a) why code for ".Not" at _ALL_ ??? (I *never* have; it's bloatware on steroids, at its best)

b) with Micro-shaft spinning around in different technological directions from week to week [it seems], why trust them to actually SUPPORT it longer than the 'fad' period?

c) you are being LEVERAGED. The strong-arm tactics will come out, soon enough. Look what happens in Win-10-nic when you try to NOT use a 'windows logon'. Best to avoid it entirely. You'll thank me later.

icon, because, facepalm at Micro-shaft for doing this

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Microsoft gets edge on AWS with Azure Stack for government

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Re: Full circle

I'm not against the idea of on-premesis cloud services [in fact I thought that' what it was SUPPOSED to be] but a "public cloud" is *HIGHLY* overrated, that's for sure.

'Cloudy' for when it makes sense. PRIVATE cloudy so that a large organization can manage it without being evil-spy'd upon on or slurped. But, NOT for your day-to-day operations. No. Distribute that and process it LOCALLY [even if it means frequent to-the-cloud backups for safe keeping].

But yeah if gummint were using the PUBLIC cloud, it'd be like "slurp wars", "Slurp vs Slurp" etc..

Can you imagine gummints telling MICROSOFT to "not SLURP us" or LOSE the contract???

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Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Re: Pulling a freight train with a tricycle

heh, that image only works properly if it's the guy in the yellow raincoat from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

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Re: Twice as good

how long before 'secure boot' blocks attempts to install REAL Linux on a chrome book?

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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to improve people's experience

deserves its own icon, like 'for the children'

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Re: Nobody saw this coming?

"This is the way the world works these days."

because too many "sheeple" roll over and let it happen

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Re: Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to

reminds me of THIS

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Re: Inner Space?

"Outer Space starts at 100km up, which isn't even past the atmosphere... so where/what is Inner Space?"

Somewhere in the vicinity of 'Uranus'

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Re: Star Fleet

"Actually, the problem being addressed here is that the USA already has a "space force" of sorts. The problem is that it is distributed over several armed services and government agencies with no central coordination."

Kinda what I was thinking too.

Back in the 80's I was indirectly involved with GPS development. The sub I was on had GPS gear literally "tie wrapped" on top of certain cabinets, wired into the ship's antennas and communications systems, etc.. GPS/Navstar was a Navy project as I understand it, but the Air Force was probably in on it as well.

In any case, having a single military service that's directly responsible for space-based "things" associated with the military is probably a good idea. The Army Air Corps became the Air Force in the 1950's as I recall. So now it's just another branch of the military service that specializes in space-based things.

Perhaps we'll see some actual space ships that can take off, orbit, land, refuel, and do it again, and again, on regular missions, like airplanes. With people flying them.

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What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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and this appears to be

yet another example of what's horribly, horribly wrong at the core of Silicon Valley aka "Silly Valley".

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Surprise, surprise. Here comes Big Cable to slay another rule that helps small ISPs compete

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Re: Time for Pai to hold out for some more stock options from Big Cable

If a gummint official EVER profits from his position like that, he deserves the jail time for insider trading and unethical conduct. There's a Congressman who was recently indicted with charges over similar kinds of profiteering. I forget his name, just remember reading about it on Fox News.

Jokes aside, I doubt Pai will be profiteering from his position at the FCC. If he ever does, he'll deserve the consequences.

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Re: So the FCC gets to make the decision.

de-regulation is usually better. I used to hear similar kinds of screaming decades ago when, in california, there were 'fair trade' liquor prices, set by gummint regulation, intended to "protect" liquor stores from those competing drug and grocery and even convenience stores that could ALSO sell liquor. Decades later, after the government-based price fixing was removed, and free market restored, I don't know of ANY liquor stores that closed because the grocery and drug stores could charge 'whatever they wanted' for liquor. In fact, I think it got BETTER for everyone, if I remember correctly. i was working in a drug store at that time, and remember the first "on sale" ad that went out after 'fair trade' went away. It was pretty much ALL brand-named liquor and wine and beer on sale that week. And the liquor stores didn't go belly up because of the "no more price fixing". In fact I wouldn't be surprised if THEY did even BETTER afterwards.

Point: free market works. gummint needs to get out of the way.

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How evil JavaScript helps attackers tag possible victims – and gives away their intent

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Re: What if you don't allow JS at all?

"there are dozens of others."

Excluding things that exploit Intarweb Exploiter, (aka Microsoft's Internet Explorer}, can you name some please? Because the last time I checked, methods that use fonts or graphics files have been patched, long ago. At this point you would be required to actively visit an exploit site and enter information (like a phishing site), rather than having them run in background (using script or other 'executables') and harvest it somehow. Or steal your bandwidth. etc.

For the IE-specific exploits, the list may still be pretty long. It may no longer include ActiveX though. It's why I don't use IE. In fact, I don't web surf at ALL with a Windows OS. It's part of my 'Safe Surfing' rules, after all.

Safe surfing:

a) use NoScript or its equivalent, as restrictively as possible

b) NEVER use a Microsoft browser

c) Avoid web-surfing while running Windows

d) *ALWAYS* be logged in as a NON-PRIVILEGED user when web surfing

etc.

(not perfect, but generally effective)

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Re: What if you don't allow JS at all?

and THAT is why I *ALWAYS* run the 'NoScript' plugin, except for those SPECIFIC web sites that for some reason I must use (let's say certain electronics parts suppliers), and their clueless "developers" require so damned much scripting via so many different CDN servers (_AND_ google metrics shhhtuff) that it's pathetic, and hard to 'allow for this session' all of the time because I do _NOT_ want to 'permanently allow' anything from google, and so I have a 'special browser' [named in a pejorative sense] set up JUST for THEM, that runs in a 'special' login context and deletes _ALL_ _HISTORY_ when I close it.

Javascript on the web is EVIL, NOT NECESSARY (use HTML5, CSS like a *REAL* developer), and RIFE with exploits, tracking, slurping, ad-targeting, yotta yotta.

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FreeBSD has its own TCP-queue-of-death bug, easier to hose than Linux's SegmentSmack

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high bandwidth sites

high bandwidth sites are probably the most effected. I expect those who have poor connection speed won't see any visible changes. Maybe a few spikes in CPU from some attempts to DDoS but that's about it.

The early fix simply surfaces the sysctl setting, apparently for this variable:

static u_int tcp_reass_maxqueuelen = 100;

by surfacing it as a sysctl setting, the sysadmin would be able to tweek it. However you'd need the first patch to be able to tweek it at all, and THEN the subsequent patch (which does not yet exist) to REALLY fix it.

Maybe I'll ask some of the devs on IRC - I hang out in a dev channel and do kernel-related stuff for FBSD on occasion. But by now I'm sure they're tired of being asked.

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New age discrim row: Accenture, Facebook sued by sales boss for favoring 'new blood'

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"a long-term relationship with any new employee"

one that's easily terminated at the next layoff

One-sided deals are the worst kind. A win-win always works better, and 65 does *not* mean *retirement* ! It could mean that, but shouldn't, in my opinion, not when people live to be in their 80's.

(I'll still be working until I'm dead, and then contract out as a ghost, during my "retirement")

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Re: Urban

"and pay them less"

and get what you paid for. So it's a question, to these Pimply Faced Bosses, do you want a bunch of mooks, licking your boots when you walk through the hall, or do you want people who are willing to say "no" and get things done RIGHT the FIRST time?

It's amazing how smart the older people seem once you're one of them, heh.

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Re: Difficult to stop

if the discrimination were PURELY based on age, I would agree. However, benefit of the doubt suggests several other factors also, not the least of which is the *type* of experience or the tendency to not work as many hours or want too much money. THAT being said, 60 isn't that far away for me. And those who hire me must pay me what I'm worth, and so I'm not willing to accept anything that I'd have quickly accepted 20 years ago [and at a fraction of what I'd earn now].

Then again, my own claim to fame is that I actually get things DONE, in less time. So as a contractor, paying me twice as much per hour is actually a cost SAVINGS... and that's because I've had a lot of experience, which tells me ahead of time what works, what doesn't, and what's a complete waste of time to try (even if it 'feels' ok). "Been there, done that, better to do it THIS way and get it done."

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Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

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"They're probably addressed in a private range, but they're still exposed to the internet."

especially if some clueless intern went and enabled 'uPNP' on the router/firewall (so his torrents would work better?). Or, if your printer has IPv6 enabled... (and your ISP supports it, and your firewall cluelessly allows incoming print requests to connect to it - because in theory, [nearly] all IPv6 addresses are publicly visible and exploitable without proper firewalling to STOP it)

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Re: Not a printer I know...

I've got an older OfficeJet 'all in one' and there are newer versions with similar names and numbers listed on the patch page, but mine is NOT listed.

Does this mean my device is immune to this particular bug? Or does it mean that HP doesn't give a rip about me or my printer?

I keep buying cartridges for the thing, I have to bend the paper 'just so' or it won't feed, I don't use it much so I have to hand-clean the print cartridges every couple o' months, but the scanner works fine with XSANE on Linux+BSD systems and there are CUPS drivers that actually work properly.

And I've only ruined one printed check within the last few years due to a print cartridge that went dry just as I was I printing it. I had a spare cartridge handy, though. I knew it was going to happen eventually.

In any case, getting a NEW printer+scanner+fax not only requires additional $, it means dealing with driver incompatibilities _AGAIN_ and CUPS is a determining factor as to whether I'll even CONSIDER a newer printer model... and XSANE for scanners, too.

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Alaskan borough dusts off the typewriters after ransomware crims pwn entire network

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Re: Matanuska-Susitna ransomware infection

yeah we all can pretty much interpret/know that the ransomware 'ran under windows'. however, it's worth pointing out that if you use a utility (one like rsync) to back up files to a Linux box, FROM WITHIN the Linux box, such that it reads files from remote systems but does NOT allow those remote systems to write TO it, and does so in a manner that can restore files 'to a 'point in time' (i.e. the July 12th version of that particular file, before it got encrypted by malware) then having live systems doing daily backups isn't so much of a security risk, keeping them "on all of the time".

However, I suspect in THIS case that such backup/recovery/disaster systems were, in fact, ALSO running windows...

So yeah the basic model here would be for a Linux box to use standard utilities, maybe Samba, maybe rsync, or maybe some 3rd party backup software, such that the backup server PULLS the data [and does NOT get data PUSHED to it], and then LOCALLY files it someplace in a manner that allows for getting back "the state of things on a particular date/time". Anyway that's my $.10 on it, and a Linux server running those backups with its own security context could help to prevent network-wide malware from infecting the disaster recovery backups.

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Re: Backups Infected

I can see the possibility of incremental backups turning into excremental backups if they don't do frequent "everything" backups in between...

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Re: Using Old Backups

"a network-wide share that housed executables needed to be read-write (or the applications used demanded it) "

Ack.

I've griped at Micro-shaft before about putting WRITABLE files *anywhere* within the 'C:\Program Files' tree... MANY TIMES before. At one time, they were doing this with SQL Server, actual database files within that directory tree. The problem of writable 'executable file' directories goes right back up to the source, at Micro-shaft, where they had DESIGNED IT THIS WAY.

In any case, that kind of hindsight won't fix the specific problem at hand (the ransomware encrypting things and spreading itself) nor get the data back. And if the machines hosting the various services are compromised, then malware with admin-access could simply do 'whatever' and not be stopped. So even with proper practice of "nothing writable in directories with executables in it" the admin-level access by the malware would overwrite things anyway and bypass all of that.

It doesn't stop me from figuring that maybe, JUST maybe, the original vector _WAS_ something so simple like user-writable executable file directories. There was an 'outlook express' virus/trojan that did something like that, a while back, now wasn't there? And MSN Messenger (on by default) spread the thing, as I recall...

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Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Re: I can see where this will lead

"Plenty of black/dark androids in Star Wars"

already done in "Rogue One", and THAT (reprogrammed imperial) 'droid was a total hero!

As for the "research" that suggests racist/sexist/name-your-bigotry behavior towards 'droids, I call B.S. on most of it. Without actually seeing the droids or how they interact with humans, I'd STILL say that "uncanny valley" is a BIG part of how people respond to them.

There is a somewhat natural aversion towards people who are different, a result of thousands of years of genetic predisposition that most likely caused races to form in the first place (and many millenia ago, was PROBABLY a survival mechanism favored by natural selection). Nowadays, people are generally taught to overlook this predisposition for obvious reasons. However, this predisposition ALSO results in the 'uncanny valley' effect when deailng with 'droids, particularly when the 'droid is close to human, but not quite.

I suggest that if the racial makeup of the bots is equal (3 droids, 3 different races), the racial makeup of the survey should ALSO be equally representative of the 3 droids. This is for the basic reason behind the 'uncanny valley' effect, that "being different" is behind the attitude people will have towards a droid of a given racial appearance.

If the droid is extremely human-like, enough to get past the uncanny valley effect, it shouldn't matter at all what race the robot appears to be. HOWEVER, if the droid is falling into the uncanny valley, AND appears to have a different race, genetic disposition may 'kick in' and cause humans to react MORE negatively towards bots that appear to be of a different race, especially if the racial features are 'hard' rather than 'soft'.

So a more 'African looking' black female 'droid would be more likely to trigger this with white or oriental people, as opposed to a 'droid that looked like Condoleeza Rice or Michelle Obama, not because of "being black" but "being different enough" in combination with the already-present 'uncanny valley' features.

Someone should've done a few more studies on this, 'droids in general, etc. Give it a green face with purple hair, oversized ears, and thin lips, and see how THAT goes (still human-looking, but different enough to push it into the uncanny valley).

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First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

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Re: Uh, am I the only one

"rare, fleeting, impossible to predict, rarely repeat, and yet intense enough to notice when you go looking for them in the data."

Just to point out, when you pass two frequencies through a non-linear situation, perhaps magnetic or gravitational lensing, you get the 'heterodyne' effect, i.e. 'beat frequencies', the sum/difference of the originals.

It could be we're getting bursts of THOSE. [added: the difference in thermal energy between 2 stars, for example, might end up as ~500Mhz]

As much as I'd like it to be an alien civilization using radio for communications, it's so ineffective across vast distances of space that an alien race capable of coming here OR even communicating with us would be using something a lot faster, maybe even a method based on quantum entanglement.

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re: Communist leaders and their sensitivities

Every leader, most likely, has *something* for which they _SHOULD_ be made fun of. Whenever there's a leader you can NOT make fun of (whether for political correctness or political oppression reasons) there's something *seriously* *WRONG* with that picture...

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Seriously? I never knew that...

"the common man over there treats their censorship as much as a joke as we do."

Seriously, I never knew that... probably because it's *censored*.

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Pentagon 'do not buy' list says нет to Russia, 不要 to Chinese code

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Re: Protectionism vs. security

An "N.I.H." posture with respect to national defense should be considered 'prudent'.

And open source stuff could simply be 'hardened'. BSD comes to mind, in that regard. Linux too, if the GPL is simply ignored for national security reasons. But if it's kept a secret, nobody would know [or disclose it] so there ya go.

As for anti-virus and security tools, if it's closed source and NOT a U.S. based company, and/or phones home with any data, it's by definition 'insecure' and shouldn't be in use by the military or any government agency that deals with classified information.

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Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown

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Re: Trump 'not normal' FCC Commish reveals

compared to 'normal' politicians, I'll take "not normal" *ANY* day.

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The internet's very own Muslim ban continues: DNS overlord insists it can freeze dot-words

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Re: Well....

how about .semprini ?

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Re: Playing with fire

wasn't that already done (sorta) with .onion ?

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Re: Too late

I'm sure there are other religion-based TLDs out there. I found '.guru' and '.yoga' but most likely they're not in reference to eastern religions at all.

One reference suggested 10 TLD's were "religious" but I didn't want to wait for their slow scripted site.

The place I searched was gandi.net but they don't have EVERY TLD (just the vast majority of 'em from what I can tell). Notably did NOT find '.christ' or '.zen' or '.buddha' or '.hindu' or anything similar.

But as for NOT registering '.islam' etc.: if terrorists and/or jihadists were to get '.islam' TLDs wouldn't it make it easier to TRACK them? Seriously someone isn't thinking very well...

/me points out that if believers in Islam use '.church' it would be just as applicable as a christian religion. And I saw several TLDs listed in foreign lingos and so I couldn't read 'em, so maybe they're at least slightly religious? Anyway, I think ICANN wanted to avoid this entire thing, but I say open the gates and let it all happen, equally.

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UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

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Re: 'Fake news'

"The Labour party recently held a workshop teaching its MPs to lie in order to smear opponents."

In the USA this is called 'politics as usual'. it's most common every other October. Surprise! I think it's been this way since the beginning. Extra points for mentioning "for the children" (see icon).

(On occasion I've gone with the side that's the least irritating with the negative ads)

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Re: Yup.

well, I'm of the position that people should be able to say whatever they want, as long as its not blatantly libelous and/or slanderous, or in any other way illegal [like advocating riots or other crimes]. But the grips on that kind of thing are rather loose, and so you'll see occasional things that might offend you. Oh well. Grow a thicker skin, I say.

The thing about Fa[e]ceB[ook,@#$%] being as large as it is, accused of filtering news in a way that favors their own interests [whatever that might be], is what's apparently at question here. I say 'no filtering' and leave the liability with the individual posters. That's the simplest way to avoid quelling speech while simultaneously giving FB [and others] the means by which they can do T.O.S. bans as necessary. If that means banning every conservative or right-winger off of their network, I say "their loss of revenue". I certainly don't need FB for _MY_ news, nor google for my searches. Or whatever.

But you know, business is business, and politics is politics. The smart business owner will realize this and NOT "play politics". Everyone's money is the SAME color. Welcome, valued customer!

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Re: POSIX

Interix/SFU/SUA/whatever - I tried, REALLY TRIED, to make it work so I could build things with it. But X11R5 was just TOO out of date, and autotools didn't have the capability of handling the lack of compatibility. And writing those changes myself proved to be a frustrating (if not impossible) task.

Didn't even have 'tar' - only 'pax', and pathetically didn't support a lot of things (like compression).

I gave up on it. Cygwin just works better.

As for Windows NT needing 16Mb of RAM: compare that to Win-10-nic, which seems to run poorly with 100 times as much RAM... especially 'the Metro' / UWP garbage.

I had the unfortunate experience of having to create a virtualbox VM running Win-10-nic to test an application on. I had an easier time installing the latest ReactOS (multiple crashes, and looping in the 'OOBE WELCOME' menu thing. After (effectively) disabling audio (switched to the AC'97 driver, which apparently isn't supported at ALL), I was actually able to install it. Then I went to give MS feedback on how pathetic something worked, and the performance of the UWP text box was SO bad, I coudl type LITERALLY! TWICE! AS! FAST! as the text rendering of what I'd typed. Meanwhile, CPU on _TWO_ _CORES_ was being _MAXED_ _OUT_ the _ENTIRE_ _FREAKING_ _TIME_!!!

I'd take that old clunky NT 3.1 *ANY* day over CRAP-WARE like Win-10-nic.

Oh, and my windows application ran JUST FINE (even though I had to test it to make sure). I'll need to fire that thing up ocasionally to test it out AGAIN and AGAIN, of course. But I think I'll "unplug" the virtual network drivers when I do it, so that it doesn't spend unnecessary time and bandwidth UPDATING itself whenever I do it... and use a diskette or CD image to transfer the application EXE file whenever I test it. Heh.

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FBI boss: We went to the Moon, so why can't we have crypto backdoors? – and more this week

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Re: "...True, but a REAL blackmailer would provide proof..."

I got one of those blackmail e-mails today, demanding 300 bitcoin or something. The FBI got a copy of it on their on-line complaint web site (with mail headers). Yes, NOTHING is too good for our new special friend!

It's the best thing to do with it, forward to whatever law enforcement agency has jurisdiction. And the "you can't find me I'm in another country" taunt at the end was laughable, at best.

[I wonder how many people received this e-mail, obviously a bulk mailing]

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Re: @LeeE -- Man on the sun

RE: Tungsten melting point, temperature on the sun's surface

Well in theory as the metal vaporizes, it absorbs latent heat of fusion from whatever material it's attached to (and/or being heated by) - think of the heat shiield on the Apollo spacecraft as it was coming back to earth.

But other materials would make a better heat shield. And they would be consumed, rapidly. So there's an obvious time limit involved.

So it's possible, but not practical.

That of course is a complete distraction to the original point, the absolutely STUPID comparison of 'man on the moon' to 'back-doorable encryption'. How about this Mr. FBI dumb-dumb: FREEDOM. PRIVACY. SELF-RELIANT SECURITY. SELF-DEFENSE. yeah you don't want THOSE either, do you?

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Western Digital wonders why enterprise isn't keen on its solid-state drives

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lower prices, higher quality

this will nearly always help with your sales figures. 'business 101'

icon because it's obvious

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