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  • May 26th, 2017 @ 12:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The limit?

    I had a quick scan of the Profumo scandal, and while interesting isn't part of the point I was trying (obviously badly) to make.

    The point I was trying to make is that brothels, and hence visiting one, is perfectly legal in Germany. Therefore there should have been no scandal surrounding partaking of a perfectly legal activity. No more than doing any other legal activity such as the examples I gave.

    I could see scandal in the same things as with any of the other activities - improperly charging the activity to government expense accounts for example. But that would apply to going to the opera or a football match as well.

  • May 25th, 2017 @ 6:12pm

    (untitled comment)

    I hope they have some conditions on the bounty like management-level staff at Blackbird are ineligible to claim. The bounty is getting to the point where it might be worthwhile for Blackbird itself to try and claim it themselves rather than continue litigation.

  • May 25th, 2017 @ 5:57pm

    Re: Re:

    What's to stop them from remerging same as before?

    Maybe some sort of review process could be put in place to assess any such mergers? To examine things like the effect of the merger, such as will it reduce competition in a way that will harm consumers?

    And if it finds problems with a proposed merger/takeover, maybe it could dictate conditions on the post-merger entity to protect customers, such as having to divest certain business units, or provide certain minimal services, to allow the merger to go ahead. If they don't agree with the conditions, it could prevent the merger. And if the merger goes ahead, it could monitor compliance and issue meaningful penalties and under color of law enforceable directions to enforce compliance.

    Maybe a regulatory body could be formed with the authority to perform such oversight? Call it something like, oh I don't know, the Federal Communications Commission? Something like that.

    Oh, wait, nevermind.

  • May 20th, 2017 @ 6:08am

    Re: Re: The limit?

    the Maltese Economy minister and his consultant visited a brothel in Germany while on government business.

    Not sure why that would be worth reporting.

    Would they have reported it if they went to the movies? A restaurant? A Play? Swimming pool? Museum? Sporting event? A bar?

  • May 16th, 2017 @ 6:42pm

    Re: Microsoft doesn't care about security -- only reputation damage

    And if they really cared, they would have coded, tested, and issued patches for Windows XP

    The WinXP patch released last week wasn't a new patch they had just created, it was a patch they'd created in February.

    Therefore they did create a patch for WinXP at the same time as they did the patches for other versions in February. They did release it, but only to those who had a paid post EOL-support contract.

    The patch details themselves note it was created in February.

    So while MS is correct in its castigation of the NSA (and the government), they are also partially to blame as they didn't do a general release of a patch they had created 2-3 months earlier.

  • May 16th, 2017 @ 6:30pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I'm confused, why are you linking this article to it's own comment thread?

    Or is this a RTFA! before commenting allusion? In which case I fail :(

  • May 15th, 2017 @ 6:48pm

    Re: AVN

    Yeah, I don't think I'll follow those links while at work... ;)

  • May 14th, 2017 @ 6:16pm


    Which were a result of the police activities.

  • May 14th, 2017 @ 6:06pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    That's the sort of thing that happens when you don't have regulations preventing some of those activities.

    People (in general, not saying you) running around saying "Get rid of regulation, let's have an open market" are the ones who enable that to happen and to keep happening.

  • May 13th, 2017 @ 4:01am


    This seems to fly in the face of those who like to claim third party liability. Does this make all claims against the prior entity null and void? If so, that is a huge loophole.

    Not at all, it means the purchaser of the assets isn't liable for activities carried out by the original owner. You have issues, you want to sue, go sue the original owner. If they still exist as an entity that is.

    An example used to teach this in a small business class I did decades ago:

    If you want to buy a restaurant, never buy the business. Buy the assets. Take over the lease, purchase the fittings, purchase the goods (crockery, cooking utensils etc), take over the phone number, buy the name, but do not buy the business.

    Doing this gets you all the assets of the restaurant, but not the liabilities. For example, if a week before you purchase the assets there is a food poisoning outbreak, you cannot be sued for it. The owners of the business that used to own the premises/assets you now have, are liable, and are the ones any lawsuit needs to be directed to, if they/that owning entity still exists and can be found.

    However, if you buy the business, you are liable, because it is the business that is liable, and you now own the business.

  • May 13th, 2017 @ 2:55am

    Re: Internet of Unsecured Things

    The problem here is that you are forgetting that phones are computers.

    An Android phone is a Linux computer, therefore you can install the same types of software (SSH, nmap, hacking tools etc) on a phone. Therefore a phone is just as effective a hacking tool for that type of intrusion as a laptop.

    And they are still allowing phones on.

  • May 13th, 2017 @ 2:50am

    Re: Re:

    Not if they install firmware malware, such as in the firmware of the HDD/SSD/USB/WiFi/Sound/Display/BIOS/Thunderbolt/any other embedded device.

    Or, even more extreme, actually install additional devices inside the laptop.

  • May 13th, 2017 @ 2:45am

    Re: Re:

    With US-cuba commercial flights available, someone could fly to Havana

    Huh? That defeats the point.

    The problem is at the US end. You do not want to be on-board a flight that takes off from or lands in the US. Therefore you wouldn't want to take a US-Cuba flight.

    You want to be driving/walking/boating across the US border, not flying.

  • May 13th, 2017 @ 2:39am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:


  • May 13th, 2017 @ 2:30am

    Re: Re: Re: It makes sense...

    Wearable computing?

  • May 8th, 2017 @ 8:47pm

    Re: Since the Trump controlled FCC

    Comcast wishes to apologize for any convenience you may have experienced.

    That made me LOL.

  • May 8th, 2017 @ 5:39pm

    Re: Re: Re: How does software even do this?

    They probably didn't do a real-world user throughput type test.

    They probably tested that every individual task/case type can be entered, and probably did automated throughput testing (the system can process x-number of transactions/hour).

    But they probably never got an actual average user to sit there with their daily load and see how long it would take them to process, from a human/user perspective of entering data etc, a normal full days load.

  • May 7th, 2017 @ 5:59pm


    If the victim was reacting that badly to drugs, why did the police transport him to the lockup and then wait for 2 hours before calling for medical assistance?

    Surely they would have called for medical assistance immediately they felt the need to tase the victim to protect them from themselves, before they'd begun transportation?

  • May 3rd, 2017 @ 8:29pm


    Parts of point 1 are only valid for someone who already has a subscription and does not have the appropriate software already installed.

    If you use the appropriate products there is no 'searching' for the torrent (or NZB). There are products out there where you just enter the TV series you want, and your preference(s) on quality, and they will automatically download each new episode, or an entire season, as it appears online, you don't have to go searching for them. You can even get it to send out notifications - email, IM, to Kodi - each time it has completed a download. So once set up, if you leave it on 24x7, it'll just go fetch the episodes for you, download them while you are in bed, at work, or watching other shows, and then tell you when it's done.

    Also, unless something has changed in Netflix recently, it is a streaming service. Which is another way of saying watching it while it downloads, then deleting itself immediately afterwards. A streamer may not know that's what's happening, but technically that is what happens in the background. Which means you have to do download it every time you watch it. If, for example, it's a 4k 1-hour (well, 43-minute) TV episode, say 3GB in size, if you watch it 4 times (say u watch it, then the partner, kids, housemates, again when friends are over, etc) you have to download it each time, using up in this example 12GB of data for what should have been a one-time 3GB download. Sure, it might not matter if you are on a truly unlimited plan, but those seem to be disappearing quickly in favor of metered plans, and have truly high-speed broadband (above 50Mbps) so you don't interfere with others using the connection, but those are available in pretty limited areas nationally.

    I know people who HAVE Netflix subscriptions, but still use software such as above described for automatically downloading 'pirate' versions of what is available to them on their Netflix subscriptions, because they find it easier and more convenient to have a copy of the episode locally, saving quota and bandwidth.

  • May 2nd, 2017 @ 10:45pm

    Re: Horror of horrors

    I thought that about the "a cemetery" bit. I mean, I think it would be quite nice and peaceful to have a cemetery nearby or bordering the property.

    From my experience, cemeteries are little frequented, quiet places, and usually well-maintained and quite pretty (flowers, trees, lawns etc).

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