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About tqk

Sometimes, for rent: Used Programmer/Analyst & (Unix/Linux/BSD) System Administrator. I've umpteen years in IT, 15+ years as a self-employed contractor. I like perl. Since ca. 2009, I've been pretty much coasting disillusioned. I'm still optimistic (not dead yet), but no longer beset by illusions.

"I'd like to change the world, but I don't know what to do, so I'll leave it up to you." -- Ten Years After.


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  • Nov 25th, 2015 @ 3:50pm


    The secret to surviving on the Internet isn't to refrain from being stupid, or hiding your stupidity behind anonymity. I'm not sure either of those are completely possible.

    I'll quibble with that. One, it's easy to refrain from being stupid on the net. Just shut up, and no-one will know you're stupid. However, if you're smart enough to do that, are you really stupid?

    Two, anonymity doesn't hide stupidity. It just keeps it from being attributed to you. You'll still look stupid (or your posts will), but for some people, not having to wear it personally is good enough for them, and the point is to annoy people, not add anything to a discussion. It's like that little kid yelling, "Mommy, mommy, look at me mommy, mommy, mommy!" "Yes dear."

    I wish forums would do a word count on posts. Anything less than X words or lines? To the bit bucket, Batman!

  • Nov 25th, 2015 @ 2:46pm

    People are obviously becoming a lot more stupid this century. Who's poisoning the water supply?!?

    I'd be more worried about people impersonating others by using their names.

    Such as "the Standard’s editor, David McCumber"? Oh yeah, that'd be horrible! Did you actually read the article?

    Except, who the **** would believe that the screen name on a forum post is that *actual* person, or actually that person's name? You don't really think my parents named me "tqk" and that's on my birth certificate, do you?

    I guess David McCumber is going to be in a lot of trouble when the FBI sees his post recruiting for ISIS, or offering hitman services, or selling illegal drugs/weapons, right?

  • Nov 25th, 2015 @ 1:50pm

    Re: Ads

    The fact is, many businesses rely on ad models to support their costs ...

    Yes, they do and there's no problem with that. Their problem is when they insist on enforcing everyone to accept that model, and that's their self-inflicted problem, not mine. If they don't want to talk to me, they don't have to, just as I don't have to listen to them and they've no right to force me to listen, because come on! No-one has ever had the right to *not* be ignored, and objecting to me ignoring you is an unreasonable assumption on your part. Sorry ad people, you're doin' it wrong.

    They're just hurting themselves. Burying their heads in the sand isn't hurting me in the least.

  • Nov 25th, 2015 @ 1:22pm


    is there something like a paywall blocker?

    Go to article, slam into paywall, cut+paste story title/headline into search engine, click on most reasonable looking link. That usually gets me past any paywall to the story I originally wanted to read. It only takes a few seconds. If it doesn't work for a site, you didn't really need to bother with that site anyway, and you and they can happily ignore each other in the future. Then (ideally) they join the dinosaurs and the planet has one less overly self-important a-hole to worry about.

  • Nov 24th, 2015 @ 4:18pm

    Anti-SLAPP? How about Anti-STUPID?

    "Come on, judge. This is just stupid on its face. The First Amendment says so. Throw it out!"

    "Can't argue with that. Case dismissed!"

  • Nov 24th, 2015 @ 3:43pm

    Armed robbery!

    Cloak it how they will; use what language they will; civil asset forfeiture is neither more nor less than legalized theft.

    I prefer the term "armed robbery". Call it what it really is.

    It's just incredible that anyone can justify confiscating less than $200 cash from somebody on the pretext of drug crime. Who keeps voting in these "tough on crime", "war on drugs" politicians? Don't these politicians give one hoot what their stupid laws result in?

  • Nov 23rd, 2015 @ 6:16pm


    I was personally surprised to learn that GCHQ invented encryption.

    Next up in the dock, all those bastards from Bletchly Park! Those a-holes are the ones who really started this avalanche!

    Fairly stunning performance this, even for Britain. This sort of performance used to get you laughed out of town. If Monty Python were still in business, they'd have been bunged into jail long ago with nitwits like this in charge.

  • Nov 23rd, 2015 @ 5:51pm

    gnupg attachments anyone?

    Also, naming Hotmail and Google is wrong as well, as neither Hotmail nor Gmail currently offer end-to-end encryption in a manner that anyone really uses.

    Besides, has she never heard of email attachments? Just wait'll she hears that I can use gpg/pgp to encrypt any text file, then attach it to an email sent via *any* email provider. We'd better lock up Stallman, Torvalds, and de Raadt now, and all of Microsoft and Apple.

    Do people who write newspaper articles these days no longer read newspapers? Are they only watching Twitter and Facebook instead now? You'd think someone writing newspaper articles might have heard about the OPM hack along with the hundreds of other stories (eg. Ashley Madison!) about bad guys getting into places they shouldn't have. I agree, this is about the dumbest, most content-less, most air-headed article on encryption I've ever heard of, and that's saying a lot considering the garbage Comey and Cameron have puked out lately.

  • Nov 23rd, 2015 @ 4:22pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Do you want to be shot in the left leg, or the right leg? 'Not being shot' is not an option

    We basically broke ties with Britain, the French Beheaded Folks!!

    In the first case, we wind up with The Empire of the USA teaching its people geography by invading other countries willy nilly. In the latter case, they wound up with an Emperor, Napoleon, who tried to invade Russia. Kinda, sorta the same result.

    It seems both of those are losing (or pointless) strategies. However, at least Mr. Guillotine was entertaining (and the French "upper classes" certainly deserved their comeuppance). It also kept the French out of the British' hair for a bit, which I suppose was good.

  • Nov 22nd, 2015 @ 8:24pm

    Re: Re: against the law to wear anything on your head

    The whole point of her protest is that the law WAS changed, to accommodate religious requirements for headgear.

    And that is wrong, and we shouldn't be going there!

  • Nov 22nd, 2015 @ 8:11pm


    But they don't need to allow it in an ID photo.

    You're completely missing the point, which is, "why is your government the final arbiter of who you are"?

    Really, who the fsck are they to say who you are?!? FFS!

  • Nov 22nd, 2015 @ 7:55pm

    Re: Re:

    Yeah, we need more women in tech.

    Little known fact: women are infinitely more capable of twistedness than men are. This is not a sexist complaint, just an observation of their superior skills/powers. Be thankful they don't always want to use their powers. We'd be toast if so.

  • Nov 22nd, 2015 @ 7:47pm

    Re: Our Pasta

    I've been trying my damnedest to avoid reading this once seeing it in the RSS feed. YOU NUTBAR Timothy!@!!

    Our Pasta, who “Arghh” in heaven, Swallowed be thy shame. Thy Midgit come. Thy Sauce be yum, On top some grated Parmesan.

    Stop, please stop! My ribs are hurting.

    Geez. I'm as atheist as the best of 'em, but damn, Timothy, there should have been a lot more "sorry, giggling break" interspersed in this story.

    I now am compelled to make a pasta dinner, with lots of parmesan, THANKS TO YOU YOU YOU YOU whatevers.

    And I'll love it. Okay, I guess now I'm accepting it's a holy mission. I'm on a mission for god. Everybody whip out your copy of Blues Brothers and play along.

  • Nov 22nd, 2015 @ 7:13pm


    Who appointed you in charge of deciding how much money Elsevier should forego based on your morals?

    Who appointed Elsevier in charge of deciding what scientists' published results would cost other researchers to keep up on on and continue their research?

    The Jews have a great word for this. It's chutzpah.

    You sicken me moocher, hanger on, know nothing person. I don't want to share a planet with the likes of you. You're a predatory a-hole which none of the rest of us wants to be here. Die screaming in a fire. Consider it an act of humanity. Or, just go away. You won't be missed.

  • Nov 22nd, 2015 @ 6:59pm

    Re: Characterizing a billion dollar industry as fap-media

    "fap-media"? Er, wut? I'm an old fogy, so have no idea what you're really trying to say.

    However, you strike a vein. Think math. Isn't that easy? There's no heavy lifting. There's no "things trying to kill you." It's just thinking, and learning concepts and stuff that's been figgered (okay, figured) out (long ago) then using it. So, why isn't the planet drowning in math geniuses? It should be, if what I said above is correct.

    Aside, I would never think to go to Google to find pr0n. Does that actually work?

  • Nov 22nd, 2015 @ 3:58pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    The Accuser has filed a false DMCA notice. Please support me as I move to have his intentionally false DMCA claim prosecuted to it's fullest.

    Get in line, loser. Why should we care about yours when we've never cared about any others'?

    Hoser. Whiner. Self-entitled idiot moron. What turnip truck did you just fall off of? Sheesh. You're not Hollywierd. You expect us to listen to you?!? Or anybody? Obviously, you're just ignorant of how the law works, fool.

    People! :-O

  • Nov 22nd, 2015 @ 3:46pm


    Worse, he's an idiot about the law.

    Worse, we're making idiots (or ignorant nobodies) judges now. You'd think if he didn't actually know anything about the Internet or tech. (as in, ever use it or see any point in learning about what it is beyond it interrupting his kid doing his homework), he should recuse himself. He thinks the EFF and ACLU are just babbling about tangentials? Really? Shouldn't something be done about that? I think so.

  • Nov 22nd, 2015 @ 3:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: The other smokescreen


    Funny guy. :-) I'd vote for that. All of you bastards, back to Europe and start over. Watch out for the natives this time. They're wise to you and pissed about how they were treated last time.

    However, for those playing along in the at home version of the game:
    none came from Syria.

    Ah. Ah! So all of that paranoia about refugees "cummin ta takes ar jerbs" was just paranoia? Good to know. Take that, neo-Nazi preserve the homeland a-holes!
    Instead 55, or 80.9%, of the individuals concerned are US citizens, including 44 who were born in America. The rest include six born in Bosnia, four in Uzbekistan, three in Somalia and two in Sudan.

    What? No British?!? David Cameron, WTF are you going on about!?!

    "We have met the enemy, and it is us!" History just keeps on repeating itself, damnit!

  • Nov 22nd, 2015 @ 3:07pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Adele just sold 900,000 albums in one day.

    Don't care, I doubt I ever will, and never heard of her. What's she get out of it? Ten bucks, or is she still trying to pay off her marketing, promotion, and recording expenses debts to her label? Poor Adele, a sucker born every minute.
    The record biz isn't going away, dumbass.

    It's already dead for me. You'll never see a penny of mine, and every day there'll be more people thinking like me. There's plenty of artists out there doing great stuff who aren't signing their lives away to legacy gatekeepers who're trying to corrupt democracy in their death throes. Artists don't need to sell their souls to labels anymore thanks to the net. Of course, that's why the MafiAA wants to kill the Internet. You don't have a clue how to compete against them.

    "The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end, highness." -- Gladiator.

    Die screaming in a fire. You won't be missed.

  • Nov 22nd, 2015 @ 2:28pm

    Re: ?????????????

    Just a typo alert, assuming TD cares to want to fix it:

    Focusing on censorship rather than tracking simply drives those conversations and efforts underground where they can still be used to influence people, but where it's much harder for government and law enforcement ot keep track of what's being said.

    Sorry for making your head spin. :-P

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