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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

nukenerd Re:No, They Haven't Called Me (230 comments)

Until a local hospital calls you to let you know your kids got a broken leg...

And yet....... somehow we've been able to survive all this time without everyone having instant access to us.

Talk about your first world problems.

All the time "we" have been around (unless you or me are >70 yo) there have been phones. And back when there were not, hospitals were localised enough for one to have sent a runner or despatched a telegram for hand delivery to where you lived if things were life threatening. They did that sort of thing in those days.

Stop feeling guilty about the First World. Nothing to stop a runner being sent in the Third World (who largely have cell phones these days anyway).

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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

nukenerd Re:Keep them busy. (230 comments)

I run Linux but very often have Windows XP running in a VM for one reason or another. I would love one of these guys to phone me so I can fuck him around with my VM, but they never do. How does one get onto their list?

yesterday
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

nukenerd Re:overflow? (230 comments)

was the magic number 65536?

That's enough complaints for anybody.

yesterday
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

nukenerd Re:Presidential Oath of Office - how quaint (440 comments)

No it is not ridiculous. I regard my country as my home, albeit shared with the other people legally in it. As for "tearing apart families", it is immigration that does that because it is not generally whole families that migrate; it tends to be the men who migrate. The immigrants I know spend a lot of time (and CO2 emissions) travelling back and forth to their country of origin to see their families (and no, those families do not necessarily want to leave where they are).

As for you taking in girls and "sponsoring" immigrants, you clearly have an agenda. I am not sure what you are trying to prove, or is it just to wind people up? Or is it to knock the Naxi culture out of them by westernising them? Are you not yourself involved in "tearing" them from their families? Ironic that you give the Naxi link, it shows an admirable culture; don't you feel guilty about having a part in destroying it?

5 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

nukenerd Re:What? (440 comments)

You think that maintaining Mexico would be cheaper than maintaining a fence? I'd change tablets if I were you.

5 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

nukenerd Re:What? (440 comments)

What is the point of spending all this money to build a giant fence, when the net harm caused by illegal immigration is no where near the cost of the fence? ... This is like spending $100K on a security system that stops $5K of damage .. All this is assuming *that* illegal immigration is harmful on average.

It depends who is doing the calculation. If you are the boss of a cheap clothes factory I expect your calc will come down very favourably for illegal immigrants - favourable to your own pocket anyway which is where most people's calcs stop. OTOH if you are an out of work "native" it will come out unfavourably.

But it is not just money. Also needing to be taken into account are social factors such as the fragmentation of society, sex ratio balance, divided loyalties, the import of other countries' fueds and the attitudes of people who feel they have nothing to lose whatever they do.

5 days ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

nukenerd Re: Of Course It Was (355 comments)

With all of the Nazi scientists working on racial research, don't you think they would have come up with something that supported their worldview? They tried all sorts of things, and none of it holds up to any kind of scientific scrutiny.

The "Nazi scientists" were actually looking for differences between Aryans on the one hand and Jews and Slavs on the other. Africans, which is where this discussion started, were not even on the horizon as far as they (and most white people at the time) were concerned

about two weeks ago
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Practical Magnetic Levitating Transmission Gear System Loses Its Teeth

nukenerd Re:PBS had a documentary... (103 comments)

Forgot the fluid flywheel.

about three weeks ago
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Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

nukenerd Re:Space mining (116 comments)

Wouldn't it be possible to get some helium from Jupiter ?

Try the Sun. It makes loads of it and it's nearer too. Bring some back for me.

about a month ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

nukenerd Re:how much does that cost to build? (419 comments)

I don't think half the rail proposals I see in the US make any sense. A big reason why is: not elevated, and not fast enough! If its not elevated, why take it? It's merely a glorified bus with dedicated lanes.

You are not making sense (ie I don't understand what you are saying). Is this American language? Elevated, what's that?

In The UK, in most big cities, it is crazy to drive a commute by car and nearly as crazy to use a bus, even with dedicated lanes. The dedicated lane system breaks down at junctions, and there are stops every few yards where scores of people get on and off, all fumbling with money or payment cards. For a fit person it is quicker to get off and walk. Anything involving the public road is just slow, slow, slow. You talk about "slow" commuter trains, but they are going at the speed of light compared with road traffic.

Not quite knowing what you mean by elevated, perhaps you are thinking of trains as things sharing the road with cars. In the UK we call those trams, and trains are things with their own dedicated infrastructure, whether at ground level, on viaduct or in tunnel, with nothing else in the way, such that the only restriction on speed is the engineering.

about a month ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

nukenerd Re:But is high speed rail a *good* public investme (419 comments)

yeah, it's called "public investment", each person pays a little bit so that everyone can use the thing, think "public roads"

Unfortunately, a real and serious difficulty with high-speed rail is that each person doesn't pay a little bit, they pay a small fortune, while in practice only a relatively small number of people will ever benefit directly from the faster travel times.

And you can say that about road and motorway building too. Living in rural Wales I don't get any direct benefit from new motorways or road widenings in, say the Midlands; nor do most people living in Newcastle or Scotland for that matter. I could even do a reductio ad absurdum of your argument by extending it to say that even if I do use a 3-lane motorway, I get no benefit from the two lanes I am not using. Building HS2 is like having more lanes of motorway.

Whether there is really any benefit in building either motorways or high speed railways is another matter. I have always doubted it. When I see a motorway I am always left wondering how it is that so many people can be in the wrong place and needing to get somewhere else. Usually, when these things are built, people just start travelling longer distances, like my company centralised (closing its regional offices) in the 1980's when a lot of new motorways were completed (the M25 in particular) - explicitly because "travel times were reduced". In fact it took longer to reach most destinations from the central office than it had done from the nearest regional office before they were closed. Staff numbers were not reduced anyway.

about a month ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

nukenerd Re:stupid germans (419 comments)

Can any other country boast a top political leader who has a STEM leader . . . ?

Mrs Thatcher had a chemistry degree and before full-time politics she worked in food technology. But the irony was that she came to preside over the destruction of Britain as a leading technical nation. It sems she hated technology.

Psychologically, I have seen this explained as, her having changed careers (science to politics), she was inclined to look back in contempt at her former one. A bit like her having made it into a man's world (as political leadership was back then) she famously looked back in contempt on other women. You can imagine her wanting revenge for having once been the lab junior, making the tea for the others etc, as we all did once.

about a month ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

nukenerd Re:Most people don't object to public breast feedi (350 comments)

Humans don't naturally expose a huge amount of breast, since they don't become large naturally. It's only with the advent of adequate medicine and an abundance (excess?) of nutrition that some women find themselves large mammaries

On the contrary, from your argument, it sounds like it was small breasts that were unnatural (underfed and ill). In fact, I have known obese women with small breasts, and slim women with large ones (if you don't know any women, look in some porn websites, you will find all combinations).

Let's just say you're not doing well with your arguments since you're not very well informed about the subject of women. (Which should have been obvious, this being /. and all...)

Actually he was talking about dogs, mostly. His point about women was that they stand upright and their front has breasts on it (of some size or other) if they are of post-puberty maturity - do you dispute that?

Perhaps you prefer Homer Simpson's description of women : "Like a refrigerator, - about 5'2" high and give you beer". It leaves the breasts out of it.

about a month ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

nukenerd Re:Most people don't object to public breast feedi (350 comments)

I've fathered 2 children so far through sexual reproduction. And at no point do I remember breasts playing a fundamental role in that process....... you could just as easily argue that my steady job, calm demeanor, personal hygene habits, and social skills are all fundamental in sexual reproduction.

I find women's breasts a huge (sorry) part in my sexual "process", and if it is only Western society that has caused that attitude (as some have said here) then - bring it on. Many women themselves are also turned on by their own breasts, as part of their own arousal. I had a busty GF who would get a breast out to admire it herself in a public place if there were no people about - I would tell her off about it. You are missing a lot if women's breasts mean nothing to you (or your partner); I am feeling sorry for you..

However, some women do not have much to show in the breast department, so it is just as well that there are guys like you who will be quite happy with that.

about a month ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

nukenerd Re:Astonishing grasp of the obvious (350 comments)

I know a woman who refuses to ever wear a wedding ring. She doesn't like the European position of women as property, and the band as a shackle.

Is she unattractive perhaps?

I know women who are not married but do wear one most of the time because it is at least a partial deterrent to unwelcome men pestering them. Not all men are deterred, but it does make a worthwhile difference, they tell me. They are attractive women.

I (male) am married but I don't wear a ring because women don't "pester" me, and I am not sure I would not wlecome it if they did. Women don't tend to pester men anyway unless they look like Brad Pitt in his prime.

Thus it is largely a practical matter. How you get the idea of it meaning "property" out of this is beyond me. Does a necklace mean property too? A bracelet? Most women like jewelery anyway (some wear rings on all fingers and toes), and it all needs to be attached by some kind of "shackle" or it tends to drop off.

about a month ago
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Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

nukenerd Re:Step one. (162 comments)

What I'd like from MS is an apology and a statement that they will take their company in a new dirrection.

Not enough by miles. How about they let a team of independent financial assessors evaluate how much they were able to over-charge customers by virtue of their monopoly position, and cost other companies. Then pay refunds to all those people and entities.

about a month ago
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Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

nukenerd Re:Step one. (162 comments)

the real issue is the corrupt standards bodies, sure it would be great if MS stopped but it would be better if those corrupt people were ousted so that you dont just get somebody else coming in to manipulate them.

You are showing incredible ignorance. It is Microsoft who corrupt them. It is not as simple as corruption by handing out bribes. With Microsoft occupying the posiition it does, the corruption is more based on fear - of potential loss of business.

In the OOXML affair, it was noticed by Microsoft that companies in the relevant field could join the national standards committees fairly easily. They therefore got their partners around the world ( a "Microsoft Partner" has a formal association with Microsoft) to join these committees in sufficient numbers to outvote the existing regular members.

The regular members were not corrupted, they were outvoted. In some countries, the dozen or so regular members arrived on the day of the vote at the usual small meeting room to find it already packed out with newly joined "Microsoft Partner" members. Some of the regular members could not even get in the door. These new members were never seen again after that vote.

Being a Microsoft Partner is essential for the business of many of them (they get pre-views of software and technical support. They would not dare to ignore a Microsoft request such as joining their national standards committee, so no money was being handed out. Perhaps extortion is a better word after all.

5 isnt an issue. even with secure boot they mandate that it must be able to be disabled, locked/broken bootloaders and closed drivers are at the behest of hardware manufacturers, not microsoft. you just seem a bit confused on who develops what.

No confusion here. The point with secure boot is that while it can be disabled if you have the technical nous (don't worry, I shall) it deters a casual user from trying out Linux and parhaps liking it. That is what Microsoft are after and they have a part in the affair.

about a month ago
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Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

nukenerd Re:Step one. (162 comments)

Nobody is saying what microsoft did is ok, but the incompetence of the ISO has allowed this to happen

Perhaps incompetence; it was the fact that no-one had ever forseen that anyone would play the dirty trick that Microsoft did. I hope they have fixed it.

I am interested in yacht racing under rating rules. The yachts can be of different design, but there are rules to make the yachts competative with each other. Like you can have a certain sail area but of any aspect ratio. But every now and then someone turns up with a yacht of a design that exploits a loophole in the rule, and everyone (often even the owner) agrees it is cheating and the rules are soon amended to block the loophole. It is similar in F1 car racing.

That is what Microsoft did - found a loophole - but the result has been far more catastrophic than a wrong yacht winning a race.

about a month ago

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