* Posts by Mephistro

1610 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007

Glassdoor spaffs users' email addresses in bcc fail

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Re: Questions

What astonishes me is that CC is the default, instead of BCC. If you use BCC when you should have used CC, you only need to resend the email, perhaps with a small note of apology. If it's the other way round..."It's raining shit, Hallelujah...".

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World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go

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"No message from the Druids?"

Fuck the druids! I want to hear the FSM's Church opinion!

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: To think that... (VinceH)

Have you tried updating the BIOS? I remember having read about a similar problem in some forum a few years ago, and the guy fixed it with a BIOS update.*

*Note: Unless it's one of those Chinese no-brand laptops they sell in the 'net, in which case you're probably screwed.

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How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

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Re: Yikes!

"Looks like our friends over at JAG have got their work cut out with this one."

Yes, they're sending a commando force to Germany! To investigate the matter, honest, Guv.!

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Did mock cop bot trot on fraught tot? Maybe not

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Re: That bot looks suitably menacing

'...why doesn't it have "cop bodycams"...?'

Because the robot keeps disabling them and claiming they're malfunctioning!

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Boris Johnson 'NIGHTMARE'

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As some German politician said...

"After this, I wouldn't be surprised if they appointed Count Dracula as Health minister"*

*Or words to that effect, as this is a translation of a translation.

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Software bug costs Citigroup $7m after legit transactions mistaken for test data for 15 years

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"...and it must pay the largest penalty to date for blue sheet violations."

Seven million dollars? You fucking kidding me?

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European Commission straps on Privacy Shield

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"...a short guide for citizens explaining the available remedies..."

It'll be short, indeed!

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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Re: Interesting

" ...share where you got that info from."

God told him, obviously.

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

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Re: Gaping chasm

"...it's full of _____ and ________"

Yeah, the similarities with a brothel are just amazing!

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Re: It's not just Twitter

"...has to be quite deflating to anyone..."

Kudos to you, Mr. Zanshin, for your extremely accurate use of the word 'deflating'!

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Ad agency swipes 'unnamed bloggers' for calling out its cynically fake 'save a refugee' app

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"...so there is not even the hint of impropriety or a question of our integrity."

HA HAHA HA HAHAHAHA etc. etc.

These feckers should leave advertising and go into comedy!.

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Bloke 'lobbed molotov cocktails' at Street View car because Google was 'watching him'

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The guy is clearly a nutter!

He owned a VW Touareg, FFS!!!

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Maybe China's on to something: Clickbait articles now need to be 'verified' by officials

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Re: Already happening folks!

"Like the story of the ETIHAD crew visiting France..."

I found this regarding that incident. An interesting read. Lots of similar articles in aviation sites, if you care to Google them.

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Re: Already happening folks!

Have you tried the Internet Archive?

Use the date when you read it and some text/names you remember from the article, and please post the link if you find something, and thank you.

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On the other hand...

... Trump and Murdoch would love to have control of this Ministry of Truth.

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Sterling's post-Brexit dollar woes are forcing up tech kit prices

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Re: and yet still (@ veti)

"@Mephistro: nice strategic use of cutoff points there"

Ehh... yes and no. The page only allows for fixed periods of time-day, week, month...- counting back from the present. If you use the sliding bar below the graphic to move/change the length of the time period, it doesn't show on the linked URL.

So I revisited the page and checked again for that time period and... the graph didn't even look like what I remember. :-(

Possibilities, in order of relevance, as perceived by me:

1- First and foremost, I screwed up! If this was the case, it was a honest mistake. Could be that I didn't press the chart refresh button. Actually I was a little bit surprised that the € had recovered so fast, but didn't bother to check the graph's data.

2- Being ~2 AM and in the weekend, the site could be using old data or test data. Next time I link one of these websites, I'll make an screen capture and store it, just in case.

3- The Illuminati did it!

I'll go and commit seppuku now.

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Re: and yet still

Right now (2016/07/02), Euro/dollar exchange rate has recovered the levels it had before the Brexit referendum. It's even higher now!

http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=EUR&to=USD&view=1W

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UK.gov wants to fine websites £250,000 if teens watch porn vids

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Re: To be honest, who cares?

"If you put her brain into a Jackdaw..."

That's a great idea for a Kickstarter project!

Perfectly doable, as long as you add some padding so as not to allow her brain to bounce too much inside the bird's skull.

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From the Department of Redundancy Department:

"UK.gov wants to fine websites £250,000 if teens watch porn vids full stop."

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: Windows only for games.

ROFLMAO!

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Google Spain raided by Agencia Tributaria in latest European crackdown

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"It's normal that there would be no fine if Google can convincingly claim..."

True, but we'll never know if that's really the case, as the negotiations were secret.

"What is unreasonable is the law that makes it possible for Google to book all their sales in Ireland..."

No bigger truth has been said. But these loopholes have been known for years and the Powers that Be don't want to close them. :-(

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"In cases like the UK one, I'd have little doubt that Google simply tries to apply the rules as best it can. Any savings are minimal (what's 13M to Google, after all, over 10 years !) and the cost of working through the case with the IRD possibly exceeded any potential savings."

Perhaps you'd like to amend that paragraph, or delete your comment, as it shows that you have no effing idea of the issue discussed. For starters, it's not "13 millions over ten years", but 13 millions for each of those years, totalling 130m. To add insult to injury, this is not the amount Google should have paid in taxes. That amount is a variable whose value is unknown, as the UK govt. and Google made a secret agreement that resulted in the 130m from where you, somehow, took your figures. Yep, 130m in taxes for many billions in sales, and no fine nor a comprehensive investigation on the means by which Google managed to pay such a low tax. Sounds about right, doesn't it?

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Re: why tax corporations at all?

"Just have the stock-holders pay tax on the dividends as 'income'."

That'd be fine, were it not for the fact that your suggestion would work a charm for syphoning tax money from the country where the money was earned -e.g. Spain, France, 'Murica or the UK- to the place where the stock-holders "reside" -e.g. Bahrain, 'Murica or Bahamas- without accounting for the use by Google of the infrastructure -e.g. legal frameworks, police, transport, health, education...- provided by the country where the earnings were made without paying a dime for the privilege. What could possibly go wrong, eh?

And by the way, here is a badge of honor for you!.

HAVE a nice DAY!!!

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Brexit-bored Brits back to bashing the bishop after ballot box blues

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Re: Mabe we could try for Europe Version 2 (TL;DR)

A few important details:

"Of course that means tearing down the stinking corrupt edifice that was built for the aggrandisement of failed politicians and being content with our own local stinking corrupt edifice for some time"

For decades, most measures proposed for making the EU corrupt edifice less corrupt were frontally opposed by the people in charge of your local corrupt edifice*. So, instead of acting locally first and electing a government intent on putting pressure on the EU to fix the issues, 'you'** chose to rage quit without anything remotely resembling a sane, informed debate on the consequences of the Brexit or its alternatives.

Germany and France, 2017...

That was far more probable before the Brexit referendum. Right now EU citizens -including UK citizens- can see more clearly the consequences of such a populist measure on their everyday lives. I don't think anybody is queuing up to organize a similar referendum, except those types whose contact with reality is mostly orthogonal, like Le Pen and their ilk.

When a major EU politician refers to the referendum result as a contagion...

...he/she is wrong. See the paragraph above.

But yes, the Brexit will set an example for the rest of Europe. A powerful negative example. Thanks for that!.

As for the actual notice, I'd wait until after the next general election...

The European commission has already stated that they themselves will invoke Article 50 if the British govt. drags its feet for too long, so as to minimize uncertainty and economic harm caused to the EU by the delays. So you can wait till hell freezes over, but in the end it won't matter, as others will take that decision for you.

Disclaimer: I think there is still hope for 'us'***, but lot of people will have to back-pedal and do a lot of hard work to undo the damage. It goes without saying that both British and Europeans are needed for this difficult task. And if they succeed, it may help bring about all those changes to the EU workings that most Europeans want.

Note*: Who have been blocking any proposed changes to the workings of the EU that would make it more democratic. E.g. tax havens in Europe (of which the UK owns several), a different method for electing the EC and many many more examples.

Note**: Here, when I say 'you', I mean the UK government, the UK political class, the UK media and the UK public.

Note***:'us' with a similar meaning to the above note, but replacing UK with the EU, of which the UK is still an important part.

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Bacon is not my vodka friend

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He, you beat me to it!

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@ Ol'Peculier

Marmite, peanut butter and plutonium.

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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Re: Loving windows? (@ Charles 9)

That still means you need a Win7 install for the machine..

Yes, the one you already have, plus another one from a retired PC (lots of those out there, if you know were to look), or a discounted one from some vendor getting rid of their stock, or in desperate cases one of those 'activators' (illegal, but what the hell!).

Plus more games going forward will be oriented toward DirectX 12, which is Win10-ONLY.

Only three years ago many games suffered the consequences of jumping to DirectX 11 too soon, and I don't think the game makers have forgotten that expensive lesson. And take in account that DirectX 12 support doesn't only depend on having the right OS, but also on having the right graphics card.

most games REQUIRE Internet access to run (usually because it's an online-oriented game)

A set of firewall rules allowing the system to access only the affected game servers and game update servers will fix that part.

...you're one smart vote surrounded by ten stupid votes...

Yeah, but regarding this issue, smart votes count much more than stupid ones, as these smart votes belong to power users and IT professionals, the guys that give advice to users and enterprises on IT policies and spending. As proof of my statement, please consider the market penetration (<20%) of W10 after one year of MS giving it away for free, FFS!. If Satya Nadella was Japanese he'd have committed seppuku sometime around February this year! :-)

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Re: Loving windows?

"When there are more mainstream GAMES for Linux than for Windows, THEN they'll pay attention"

No need for that! Linux, a windows 7 VM without access to the Internet for most 'serious' stuff and lightweight games, plus an alternative Windows 7 boot without Internet access for very demanding games and you're good to go until 2020 at the very least. And thanks to MS and Windows 10, by then many many more serious apps and games will have been ported to Linux.

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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@ Timbo

"I've yet to see a "speaker cable" that uses optical technology"

Optical fibre "sound cables" are quite common. Not sure about 'speaker cables', though.

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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Re: Passport, driving licence validity(@ Conrad Longmore)

Why all those downvotes? Unless all the parties involved act as responsible adults -something really difficult in this context, as has been already demonstrated to exhaustion with all this Brexit brouhaha- the best you can expect a priori is a chance similar to flipping a coin.

Please consider a similar scenario, where Scotland leaves the UK. Would be Scottish citizens allowed to use UK passports in the remaining UK territories? Same thing here.

And before someone starts talking about the economic interests involved, please take in account that all the parties involved -leavers,remainers and the EU itself- have shown a marked tendency to shoot themselves in the foot, repeatedly.

Of course, an easy solution to this issue would be the UK govt. swapping the old EU passports for the new UK ones for free and with minimum hassle for citizens. But again, past experiences don't give too much hope of this happening.

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

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Visiting America?

No, never!

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Re: Lingua Franca

"Vietnam for one"

Hence the expression "too beaucoup".

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@ T_o_u_f_ma_n

"Sadly other countries still struggle with even bilingualism"

In Spain nowadays children are taught English since the nursery, and some time around age 12 they have to choose a second foreign language, usually French. Sadly, these programs begun just a few years ago and the results will take decades to become noticeable, but even so, it's a good start.

And I'd be really surprised if the countries you listed weren't doing the same thing, with the possible exception of France! ;-)

A question: What's the French word for 'chauvinism'?

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UK digi strategy on ice post Brexit results - sources

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Re: All is not lost yet (@ nematoad)

Regarding the expats, I was aware of that, and the issues with mail voting. I just didn't want to write a 2.000 words essay on the subject! :-). Anyway, there are lots of long-term expats in Europe, usually retired people living in Southern Europe. And they should have a say on this. And I don't think said expats have gone native, as I personally know several of them who have been in Spain for one or two decades and they have learned just enough Spanish for shopping and going to a restaurant, when they don't do all their shopping and their drinking in British owned/speaking pubs and shops! They watch British TV and read British newspapers, also.

And regarding the 16-17 years old... please can someone explain to me why they were given the vote in the Scottish referendum and not on this one? Was this just gerrymandering on steroids going wrong... or going right?

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All is not lost yet

After a few months of suffering the short term effects of the Brexit referendum an being informed at large of the long term consequences, the public -including most of those who voted leave- may well start massively asking for a new referendum, with the exception of some hopeless fuckwits and sickos, of course.

A good argument for this approach would be the way that two important groups of voters -British expats and youngsters age 16 and 17- were denied the vote. I'd very much like to know the rationale for the exclusion of those groups. Another argument would be the massive amounts of BS spewed -mostly- by one of the sides of the debate, and the role played by news outlets, massively pro-leave.

On the other hand, if Boris or Theresa are left in charge of the proceedings, they'll probably try to sabotage any efforts in that direction, each for his/her own reasons, so Cameron and the Tories should choose the new PM very carefully or even call for new elections.

If we're really lucky, this brouhaha may even kill the British exceptionalism in the UE and help reform the UE and make it more democratic. A win-win in my opinion.

Whichever way things go, I wish you the best of lucks in these trying times.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: And there's more (Chris G)

"...with a nice bottle of red and a bag of popcorn..."

Chris G, you're doing it wrong! You should be sitting "with a nice bag of

red (poison) and a bottle of (liquid) popcorn"!

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Special delivery: Activists drop 100,000 net neutrality complaints on FCC

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Re: No journalists were harmed in the publishing of this story.

"...print your complaint on a lobbyist."

... with a rusty tattooing needle. A manual model, not those modern 'electrick' ones!

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Hacker, Bromium donate $30,000 in bug bounty cash to charity

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Thumbs up for Bromium as well!

Other vendors should take notice. This is the way to treat researchers discovering bugs in your products. Definitely, suing them is not the way to go.

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US House to vote on whether poor people need mobile phones

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Re: Welcome to America...(@ ac)

"2013 Gallup gross median household income"

The devil is in the details. If they have to pay for their (private) healthcare /health insurance, and said healthcare costs an order of magnitude or two more than what Brits pay to the NHS, and pay $100 prescription bucks that in Europe cost a tenth of that, and the only way to settle an abuse by a health insurance company is to engage in eyewateringly expensive and time-consuming litigation, perhaps the Brits are better off than the USAians. And the cost of living in all but the biggest cities in the UK is probably lower than the cost of living in Mississippi.

In the USA a single -serious- medical problem can bankrupt a well off family in months. Many people with chronical diseases simply can't afford the treatments. Working parents have to pay for nurseries or domestic service...

Every benefits program can -and will- be abused, but that's not the important part. The important part is how good those programs are for Society.

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Karma...

If this law gets passed, I wish on this Austin Scott to suffer a serious accident in an area where nobody has a phone for calling an ambulance.

Who in his right mind would vote for this futwick?

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You lucky creatures! Mammals only JUUUST survived asteroid that killed dinosaurs

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Hmmm...

The extinction rates could be very different in areas further away from the Chicsulub impact point. They should probably repeat the study in other parts of the world before jumping to their conclusion, IMHO.

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Meet the 1,000 core chip that can be powered by an AA battery

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Re: You could inline that VLSI*. Maybe find out more before clicking "publish". (@ AC)

"...275,000 transistors (on a 1500-1000nm process)."

Funny, I don't remember the I386 having the size of a pizza box.

Shouldn't that be "100-150 nm process"?

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"...the chip can execute 115 billion operators a second..."

So this is the end for unemployment in IT in the whole Galaxy, isn't it?

Hmmm... wait...

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You Acer holes! PC maker leaks payment cards in e-store hack

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Re: Personal records siphoned off from online store (@ Tessier-Ashpool)

"That would explain why it only happened for a certain number of time-limited transactions."

For "more than a year"???

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Re: Bah!

"Radio waves take three hours to get from stupid to where these morons do business."

Straight to my quotes/scrap book, with attribution!

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Re: Missing the point again (@ Charles 9)

"It can help you reduce the number of incidents but that's it."

Nothing we can device and develop will ever give us a perfect protection.

What I described would give users a 'sane' level of protection, without breaking that delicate balance between annoying your customers and protecting them, and without costing an arm and a leg.

Now, someone should do something about all those methods to pwn a stolen smartphone. In the case of Android, it should include serious changes in the way it addresses security, including a working full disk encryption, IMHO. The same is true about Apple, but up to a lesser extent (and with the full disk encryption side more or less covered), as proved in the San Bernardino iPhone unlocking case.

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Re: Missing the point again (@ Charles 9)

"Once Tor is in use, the source IP can easily be masked without a way for the banking app to know it's turned on."

Would it be that difficult to make the app in such a way that it only communicates with the Internet through 'normal' https?

So, while it's working, the app closes access to a big list of Tor nodes, does some other clever checks, e.g. symptoms of DNS Constipation, and if it considers that the connection is still not safe, disallows itself to communicate with the bank's site, then close the connection, stop blocking the tor services and browser, send user a message to please stop temporarily (not remove!!!) any app that has anything to do with the tor network.

This mechanism would have the advantage of addressing the problem not only for this program, but for other future programs that provide access to the Tor network. And nobody's rights would be stomped*.

It's not rocket science!.

While I was writing about "stomped rights", I, for unknown reasons, recalled this quote from Fallout Tactics:

"Look Joe, I've been hookin' here for fifty years now. My ass has seen more rubber than a dead rat in the middle of Route 66. I thought I've seen just about everything, but then these robots come in and they kill all my customers. Now the only time I lay on my back is to go to sleep."

:-)

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@ AC

"Especially if you're paranoid about alphabet agencies"

And don't forget the Alphabet Company!

While writing this comment, I noticed that Google's mothership's name was kind of a hint.

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When Capita job ads go BAD

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Re: Hertfordshite?!? (@ Bob Vistakin)

Hmmmhhh...

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