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UK Government To Spy On Computers of the Jobless

pointyhat Typical British government rubbish (278 comments)

This entire scheme is crazy. Why?

Number one: not everyone has a computer in the UK believe it or not, particularly the over 40's.

Number two: every government run JobXYZ service only has minimum wage crap which is usually supported by government schemes or has chains of hundreds of applicants. Hiding these jobs behind a web site is just going to hide the problem.

Number three: it's obviously a cost cutting exercise so they can stick some more booths in the JobCentre sites and get rid of more staff.

Number four: There aren't actually enough positions to fill in the UK. We've automated or contracted everything out to other countries. People will be unemployed as they are not needed to keep the cogs oiled. Solving the employment problem in the UK is only possible by loom smashing now.

Number five: the government manage to screw up every IT project out there. This will be another victim.

argh.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Replacing a TI-84 With Software On a Linux Box?

pointyhat Re:Why emulate? (254 comments)

Actually the reason calculators still exist is that you can just use them without booting up, updating, installing etc. Its the same reason you have a television still rather than just using a computer to do the job. If calculators ever disappear, then this planet is doomed.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Replacing a TI-84 With Software On a Linux Box?

pointyhat Terrible solutions have been proposed (254 comments)

Realistically, CAS functionality is easier on paper and do you really need graphing? If you actually know what you are doing, pen, paper and a 15 year old Casio scientific is enough for pretty much everything. Failing that, grab a TI Nspire CAS. Very fast, does more than a TI84 or TI89. I use an HP50g myself but that's a different beast and my primary use case is RPL. Don't use a computer - you can't just grab it, use it and put it down.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft To Apple: Don't Take Your Normal 30% Cut of Office For iOS

pointyhat Re:Not actually 70/30 (724 comments)

Because it's harder to retrospectively fuck you over then as a license holder.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft To Apple: Don't Take Your Normal 30% Cut of Office For iOS

pointyhat As much as I hate Microsoft... (724 comments)

As much as I hate Microsoft, I'm behind them here. Perhaps they should just drop all their apps suddenly and promote the Android and Windows Phone versions?

about 2 years ago
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The Promo Bay Blocked By UK ISPs

pointyhat Blocked on O2 (132 comments)

It's blocked on O2.

My contract is up on 19th January. I will vote with my feet. I'll switch to Andrews & Arnold who publicly state that they don't censor, filter and track. It's a whopping £4 a month more.

about 2 years ago
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Researcher Finds Nearly Two Dozen SCADA Bugs In a Few Hours

pointyhat firewalls! (104 comments)

Everyone knows about the holes, including the manufacturers. They're designed to operate on controlled, private networks. Every time someone gets hacked, they should go after the implementors, not the vendors as they should factor security onto their site designs. I'm not excusing the manufacturers, just people need to know this is engineering and not infosec - people buy black boxes which do stuff and that's all that matters to them.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Mark Shuttleworth Anything

pointyhat Why did you insist on Amazon integration? (319 comments)

Why did you insist on integrating Amazon searches into the product despite users' concerns and complaints to the contrary? A large body of users including myself consider this to be abhorrent and a step back to the dark ages of sponsored software (remember Bonzi Buddy)?

about 2 years ago
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After Weeks of Trying, UK Cryptographers Fail To Crack WWII Code

pointyhat Re:No surprise there (263 comments)

Ha I actually weed myself. Thats the price of getting old.

about 2 years ago
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UK To Use "Risk-Profiling Software" To Screen All Airline Passengers and Cargo

pointyhat Re:Wtf has capitalism got to do with it? (222 comments)

Considering the economic model drives the social outcome, particularly where capital is pushed to controlling class, I'm pretty much on the dot. I did economics back in the distant past, so I'm not ignorant of how everything slots together.

These firms are very quiet about what they really do. The job description, company web site and agent were all pointing to something different. They were also pretty much avoiding trying to tell me what the job involved as well.

Oh the shock of the moral high ground.

about 2 years ago
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This Is What Happens When You Deep Fry a Frozen Turkey

pointyhat don't you have ovens? (164 comments)

What's the deal with turkey fryers? I've always done them in the oven.

about 2 years ago
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UK To Use "Risk-Profiling Software" To Screen All Airline Passengers and Cargo

pointyhat Re:I could have worked for one of these outfits (222 comments)

Well not strictly true. I'm not sure the Western propaganda is "fit for purpose" and derives from the cold war paranoia. They did some horrible things (just like the US and UK governments for example and the whole perpetual state of war), but they were mostly quite reasonable apparently[1]. My father, an ex East German shouted much worse things than that at them in 1976 after pissing up the side of a Stasi vehicle and getting arrested. As a repeated offender, he was gently booted over the border to West Germany then to the UK and lived in relative comfort until I came along and ruined it for him! He's always bitter that they kept his television as it took him 5 years to save up for it.

[1] My comment towards the prospective employer was to rile them up about it rather than be factual.

about 2 years ago
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UK To Use "Risk-Profiling Software" To Screen All Airline Passengers and Cargo

pointyhat Re:I could have worked for one of these outfits (222 comments)

Hardly. If you read about the Stasi, they were actually a self-perpetuating elite rather than state police. The moment you give anyone power, they devolve into an elite. It's an unfortunate part of human nature.

about 2 years ago
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UK To Use "Risk-Profiling Software" To Screen All Airline Passengers and Cargo

pointyhat Re:I could have worked for one of these outfits (222 comments)

Yes. I can see the religious programming now:

"Looks like Bin Laden" - HRESULT_FULL_CAVITY_SEARCH

"Has hook instead of hand" - HRESULT_FULL_CAVITY_SEARCH

"Darker than a bag of flour" - HRESULT_FULL_CAVITY_SEARCH

"Has Koran instead of Bible" - HRESULT_FULL_CAVITY_SEARCH

"Has Casio F91-W watch" - HRESULT_STRAIGHT_TO_GITMO

about 2 years ago
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UK To Use "Risk-Profiling Software" To Screen All Airline Passengers and Cargo

pointyhat Re:Wtf has capitalism got to do with it? (222 comments)

In a capitalist society, a divide develops and society falls into those who control and those who are controlled. This software exists to enable and reinforce that divide by criminalising people.

Regarding maturity, do you find it unacceptable that someone should be principled and express that verbally? Sometimes "fuck you" is the best answer.

about 2 years ago
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UK To Use "Risk-Profiling Software" To Screen All Airline Passengers and Cargo

pointyhat I could have worked for one of these outfits (222 comments)

A couple of years ago I went for an interview for one of these companies rather naively. Their product wasn't described as profiling, surveillance or monitoring but "adaptive security". After I finally cut through all the bullshit and worked out what they were actually selling, I bailed on it (with a proverbial "fuck you stasi bastards" and loss of the job agent). However I couldn't help noticing one thing:

The management staff were utterly convinced that this was the best way to go and that the entire world's problems were going to be solved by profiling in this way. I'm not talking about it being the marketing pitch, but actually some kind of crazy psychopathic paranoia about their own mortality in the hands of terrorists. I cannot fathom how these guys actually operate with this mindset at all. It was rather shocking actually and has permanently destroyed my acceptance of capitalism. It was literally like OCP or Weyland corporation were real for a few minutes.

Someone needs to legislate this out of existence because we're fucked if society ends up at the hands of nutjobs like them.

about 2 years ago
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The Linux Foundation's UEFI Secure Boot Pre-Bootloader Delayed

pointyhat I'm not sure I give much of a crap (179 comments)

It has been proven recently that the whole WinTel PC thing and the associated lock in is on its way out as UEFI Secure Boot would be as well. ARM and Linux is where everything appears to be heading. Look at all the Android tablets and phones, Chromebook, Raspberry Pi, Beagleboard etc. Even Apple is rumored to be looking at ARM for newer laptops and are throwing their own cores together.

It's only a matter of time...

about 2 years ago
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Is Oprah Cheating On Her Microsoft Love?

pointyhat Re:Paid off or what? (215 comments)

Metro is a disaster. Its a land grab/app store/advertising platform/cloud lock in spun as a major operating system upgrade. And they have the fucking cheek to ship it with our 800GBP server licenses. and I haven't even started on how shitty it is to use (I've used it for three months solid - it doesn't grow on you, well it does if you compare it to a wart.or a cancerous growth). For those of us who don't give a shit about 20fps, its a ball and chain.

about 2 years ago

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