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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

coofercat Re:If true. If. (151 comments)

As a spectator, I wonder how many of the recent presidents I can think of will/have written or said anything as insightful and eloquent as any of the quotes above.

Expanding it out the senate - even with all those extra stuffed shirts to choose from, how many now?

6 hours ago

"ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads

coofercat EULA (77 comments)

I hope they have a good EULA ;-)

6 hours ago

A Look At the Firepick Delta Circuit Board Assembler (Video)

coofercat !headphones (43 comments)

I don't have my 'phones handy, so had to watch with the sound off. The video doesn't show the machine actually working, which makes it a pretty boring watch. Hell, even the guy in the checked shirt looks bored talking about it.

I know us geeks aren't great at PR, but if you've got a machine that does something and you're at a trade show, then make sure your machine runs 24x7 - even if it's not your machine and it's just an incidental part of what you do, it's still better than leaving it idle.


Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

coofercat Re:Chrome? (357 comments)

Wasn't there some bug where Chrome left your microphone on and used Google's text-to-speech to listen in on everything you said? (

I'm sure Firefox has some "duh!" bugs too, but I have to say, this Chrome was was pretty awful.


The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

coofercat Re:Dismantle DHS (190 comments)

...and be sure to spread that malware that uses Tor for command and control. Even your elderly neighbour could be a terrorist! Add to the fact that she gives sweets to the kids that come around asking if they can get their ball back from her garden, and you've got a paedo-terrorist. They're the worst kind of all.

about a week ago

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

coofercat Re:Actually, (242 comments)

You're confused who the 'leaders' are. It certainly isn't the politicians, and it was never the people.

about a week ago

Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

coofercat Re:Advanced? (95 comments)

...and a few other places besides. The toilets at my work are probably the first place these people should be looking.

about a week ago

Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

coofercat Re:We should add our own encryption??? (176 comments)

You realise dropbox is free, right? Why should they do something expensive like offer encryption on a service that is (a) free, and (b) for sharing files. Sharing's hard if your stuff is encrypted, and sharing is the source of most of Dropbox's value.

If you want encryption, then fine, do it yourself. You obviously know that your stuff won't be indexable or shareable so won't be calling for support or slagging Dropbox off online when you find indexing and sharing not working.

There's room to suggest Dropbox should offer a pay-for encrypted service. The thing is, no matter how well they do it, it'll always be vulnerable to government interference, and it'll never be fully trusted anyway. BYO means no government interference and trust *for the relatively small number of people who care* without raising the costs too much for the multitudes who don't.

about a week ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

coofercat Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

There's a difference between doing something as a service that you're paid for by others and something you do for yourself. Having taxi drivers, or lorry drivers or whatever recorded is different than having private car drivers recorded.

I'm not saying your point is wrong, but it's more complex than you make out. You do make a good point about the data only being accessible in an accident situation, as opposed to in some non-event that the government decides is important enough call an "emergency requiring that we listen in".

about two weeks ago

Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

coofercat Body armour? (45 comments)

If you're one of the first predators, why would you need body armour? (and no, I didn't RTFA)

about two weeks ago

Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek To Control the Internet

coofercat "amplif[y]" sanctioned messages on YouTube" (117 comments)

This is why the volume of ads is higher than the programmes they're in. Damn you GCHQ, I don't want your new soft drink, I want my freedom from tyranny!

about two weeks ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

coofercat Re:foolproof (244 comments)

In other news, they're also dusting off all their old bottles invisible ink, newspapers with holes cut so you can see through while 'reading' and that box of old fake moustaches and noses from the basement. From now on, be on the lookout for anyone reading a paper from the 1960s sporting a massive nose neighbour. Extra points if they're writing into a notebook with a pen that appears to have run out of ink.

about two weeks ago

Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

coofercat Re:Still a problem .... (91 comments)

The better solution is to use a Windows Phone. You can be sure no one will want to buy that on ebay ;-)

about two weeks ago

The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

coofercat Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (364 comments)

I have no idea what I'm talking about here, but how many "modern air wars" have there been in (say) the last 50 years? The Falklands war is one - how many more have there been? How many do we expect in the next (say) 50?

It seems to me that conflict is getting smaller. That is, it's less about taking over entire continents and more about killing a few people at the train station to get in the media and get some fear going. AFAIK, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan used some air support, but there was no "air war" as such (maybe some people trying to shoot down planes, but that's entirely different from dog-fighting).

That said, if another state of reasonable size was to decide it wanted another state's land, then things scale up quite quickly. However, how much of that really causes "air wars"? The issues in Ukraine suggest that the implications of state-based action is more financial than it would be military.

When the Eurofighter project was in full swing, I wondered the same thing - I mean, how many times do we think we're going to need such a thing? That said, it came up with (what looks to me at least) as a pretty cool aircraft with some cool tech inside it. Shame it's all classified :-(

about three weeks ago

UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

coofercat Re:What if... (353 comments)

I always fancied "fuck you copper, this is a fit-up - I ain't going canary!". Speaking of which, my work computer's just told me my password is about to expire... ;-)

about three weeks ago

Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

coofercat Re:Dubai has bigger problems (265 comments)

The real problem is the people in Dubai don't like the Flintstones. Thankfully the people in Abu Dhabi do.

about three weeks ago

Single European Copyright Title On the Horizon

coofercat Re:Maybe something sensible? (94 comments)

We can expect millions of euros spent on months and months of wrangling to try to keep the most corporate-sponsored parts of the plan to be kept in whilst wording them in such a way that they don't look so corporately sponsored. All the features that the ordinary people of Europe might want will be watered down in wording that looks like it's all good but actually gives no power to those clauses.

If you want shitty legislation, you've really got to pay for it. If you want good legislation, look elsewhere :-(

about three weeks ago

The Billionaire Mathematician

coofercat That's nothing! (96 comments)

I'm a mathematics genius too. I counted all my money, and I've managed to amass 23 billion pounds, just in my wallet (and that's after I bought lunch). That doesn't include all the money in my penny jar at home and the stuff that's down the back of the sofa. If we add all that, I'm pretty sure I'm the second richest person in the world.

about three weeks ago

How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

coofercat Solution (104 comments)

Whenever I lose something, I go back to wherever I last saw it and retrace my steps. Have they tried that?

about three weeks ago


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About Coofer Cat

coofercat coofercat writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I'm a chap from London, UK, trying to make his way through this ole' life as best as possible.

I've been a sysadmin for most of my professional life, mostly playing with Sun systems, latterly more Windoze and Linux though. I'm quite good at "getting things to work" - that is, making things work they way they ought to.

At the moment, I'm working for my own company, Pre-Emptive Limtied. It's a small company that makes appliance based products, the first of which is a search engine. We make use of open source products and "glue" them together with a bit of development and a proprietary administration and usability layer.

In my spare time, I can often be found boozin' in pubs, or scaring off the opposite sex. I've also got a blog.

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