* Posts by Pascal Monett

3470 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007

Wham, bam... premium rate scam: Grindr users hit with fun-killing charges

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Gotta love the excuse

"We do have safeguards but we serve billions of ads so something might slip through"

Translation :

"We can't be arsed to really ensure our users' security, so we just half-assed it and when it breaks, oopsie"

Computers do what they are told. If they are given the proper procedure to lock down incoming data, that procedure will be applied on ALL incoming data. Computers don't just skip something every now and then - not when they are properly programmed.

What Grindr is actually saying is that they cannot properly lock down ad security because they would be limiting the number of ads they can serve. Which, in turn, means that those ads are doing fishy things in great numbers, but Grindr prefers the revenue (duh).

Once again, consumers are left hanging in the wind in the eternal battle between money and security. And money wins every time.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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Re: all you have to do is type a couple letters and hit enter

And all a skiddie has to do is put some exe on your PC that starts with the same couple letters and you'll be launching it without even realizing.

All I have to do is launch the shortcut. Given that I have eyes and know how to use them, and given that I also know how to use Windows since 1995, it is not a problem for me. All the apps I need to launch have their shortcuts either on my desktop or in the taskbar. It's called organization, you might want to look that up.

Go on searching if that makes you feel superior, but leave me my shortcuts.

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Re: If you aren't using search [..] you're doing it wrong

Well bugger me.

Here I was still thinking that computers were supposed to simplify my life and that a shortcut was a pretty handy way of doing things.

Thank you for enlightening me. I will forthwith scramble all my possessions in all my drawers and cupboards, put my DVDs in the garage and my tools in the bathroom and spend the rest of my life wasting hours finding back whatever it is I might need to something I might want to do.

NOT.

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Re: looking for apps

I am willing to accept that people look for files, but looking for apps ?

Is this a case of not knowing what you have installed on your PC, or has Microsoft screwed the GUI up so badly that finding an application shortcut is now a case of Search or Die ?

Really, everything I read about Windows 10 makes me not want to lose Windows 7.

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Facebook kills pic of Mohammed weeks after Zuck's Je suis Charlie!

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You need to go and learn what Free Speech means. Libel has never been included in Free Speech.

Free Speech does not mean that you are free to say any inane thing you want, it means that you are free to state your opinion on subjects of importance, be it religion, state or law, without fear of retribution.

It means that you have the right to stand up in the middle of your Mayor's speech about some transformation of your town and say that you don't agree with it, and why.

It means that you have the right to choose who you wish to vote for without somebody beating you up for it. And if somebody does, you have the right to obtain justice through the Courts.

Free Speech is the foundation of a democratic society - one I suppose you are living in. So please educate yourself about the foundations of the country in which you live, because it's all the morons spouting nonsense about everything that are bringing civilization into the gutter.

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Powering the Internet of Stuff – by sucking electricity from TREES

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Well yeah, but to be honest power lines leak anyway, so it's not so much stealing as taking advantage of the spillage.

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There's life after Oracle, but very little left in Oracle's reseller channel

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Seems Ellison is forgetting a few basic rules about earning money

The first rule being : it's the small streams that make the great rivers.

Wanting to be on-site with the big accounts is all good and nice, but that does not mean that strangling everything else is a good move.

I understand, of course, that Oracle does not want to deal with small fry, but the Channel was there for that, except that now the Channel is running on fumes and will likely soon disappear.

Having your product in the big accounts is all nice and ego-building, but if you're only present there, you are at the mercy of a product change. Yes, big accounts have the Big Money that pays for fat contracts, but they also have the money to change their environment - and they will do so if they think it is cost-effective.

Oracle is, I think, painting itself into a corner. A comfy one for now, but a corner nonetheless.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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Re: Entertainment or documentary?

It is not a requirement, obviously.

However, when the marketing makes a point of making you think that they did something that is meant to show a historical figure's life, the least they could do is actually respect what happened in his life.

Otherwise, they should call it differently, change the names of the characters and the name of the location. THEN they can do what they want, and slap on a "based on the life of . . " in the credits like they usually do.

If Ray was appreciated at the level it was, it is because they didn't go entertainment with it, they respected him and his life.

In this case, they obviously didn't, and I won't be seeing it because of that.

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Re: "gaze on the lovely Ms Knightley"

That depends. Has she started eating again ? Or is she still a stick figure ?

I prefer my women with a bit of meat on their bones.

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If you treat the plot as fiction you might as well watch True Lies.

At least there's some explosions in that one.

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Game over? Sony FINALLY offers compensation to MEELLIONS of PSN hack victims

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Don't worry, the lawyers will have gotten plenty.

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Microsoft: We bought Skype. We make mobiles.. Oh, HANG ON!

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Re: How many times can they get it wrong?

Um, Skype was being peddled to the masses long before MS got its grubby fat mitts on it.

Anything that is wrong in Skype today was already wrong five years ago, so lets not blame MS for absolutely everything, shall we ?

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China 'upgrades' Great Firewall. Oh SNAP! There goes VPN access

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You should move to Somalia right away. I'm sure you'll be happy with all the freedom they have over there. Last I heard, there are no laws at all.

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

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Well, one must admit that Microsoft is very used to displeasing people.

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ATTACK of the FLYING MOUNTAIN: 2004 BL86 goes by like a BULLET

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If we're cherry-picking destinations I wouldn't mind "quantitative easing" of Washington D.C.

Um, am I flagged by the NSA now ?

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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This is a problem of procedure

The fact that ContentID "can be a bit wonky" is not the problem.

The fact that ContentID's results are accepted by all companies involved without human verification is.

The proper procedure should be :

- claimant finds possible infringement with software tool

- claimant checks the possible and draws up a list of infractions

- YouTube receives claim and verifies its veracity and well-foundedness

- YouTube now has authority to block the video and notify poster

The actual procedure, of course, appears to have done away with both middle steps. Once again, humains have replaced their brains with blinking lights.

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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Re: "we need to buy a new set every three years or they go out of business"

Well they're going to go out of business, because I'm not working to keep them in business.

I watched all this HD hoopla with disinterest because I have a very good TV set that works fine and I don't care that it may be getting old, it works.

Then the 3D craze came and I got fed up with it all.

Now they're talking 4K ? Tell you what, when I need a new TV, I'll choose something. Meantime, just leave me out of it.

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SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS

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Um, those scrolls were instantly carbonized in the burning cloud from Hell vomited by the Vesuvius.

A rise of one or two degrees average on a global temperature that remains well below 100°C is not going to change much for them now.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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I agree with everything you said

Shall we start a Curmudgeon's Club ?

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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@ Pen-y-gors

Sorry, but the quote specifically concerns the lifetime of "the device".

An OS is not a device. He's talking about hardware.

Your mention of EOL of Windows versions is clearly off the mark.

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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"Developers are always thinking of the next million sales"

Really ? Wow, I must really be missing out.

I'm not thinking about the next thousand, I'm thinking about the first thousand.

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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Re: we shouldn't stand for it

We're not standing for it.

We're all slouched on the sofa in front of the telly.

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Re: "either BBC programmes would be worse or the licence fee would go up"

Lets not kid ourselves, eh ?

The license fees would go up and the programmes would get worse.

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Re: an act of God

God created Man in His image, with free will and intelligence.

So stop expecting God to clean up the mess we made ourselves. It's our business, not His.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Political parties have been pissing various people off for decades, or even millenia if we go back to the Greeks.

That has never made them unelectable, unfortunately.

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Sony hack was good news for INSURERS and INVESTORS

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Right, but that's what they call "intellectual" these days.

Which is why Firefly got cancelled. It was too smart for almost everyone.

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NSA: SO SORRY we backed that borked crypto even after you spotted the backdoor

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"A fair reading of our track record"

A fair reading of your rack record clearly indicates that you have no regard either for the Constitution of your own country or for any sense or moral at all. You are just the visible tip of the iceberg of paranoia and ends-justify-the-means attitude that has forgotten what made the USA a great country and has brought it to a state one step above African dictatorships.

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In truth, I totally agree with you.

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Stop viewing Facebook at work says Facebook at work on Facebook at Work

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Re: "Away 153 days"

Yup, sounds like what my status will be on Facebook At Work.

Don't care who says so, I'll never use it. And I'd like to take advantage of the opportunity to state that my professional life is NOT like my personal life and I do not want to mix the two.

If I want to be social with people I see 50 hours per week, I don't need a fucking ad server Big Brother Zuckerstein product to help me.

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And with all that you have time to post here ?

You must be one of those elusive "multitasker" types.

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It's hacker jihad: Islamist skiddies square up to Anonymous

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Al Anza Ackbar!

Thanks ! I will be using that in my online battles against zombies.

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Euro security agency says MORE crypto needed in gov policy

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Re: "needs to be encrypted in order to ensure that it is private"

Even then, you're never sure it cannot be intercepted and decrypted by someone with the means to do it.

That used to be an issue only for big corp, those who had commercial "enemies" with pockets deep enough to support the costs of decryption of the day. These days, those with the means don't necessarily need to have the motive. When governments are listening to everybody by default, it's no longer a question of motive.

On top of that, PCs are more powerful than ever, meaning encryption needs longer keys to remain an efficient barrier.

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Global PC market's not dead, it's just resting – Gartner

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Thank you for the correction.

I've learned another thing today.

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Waiting with baited breath

I eagerly await the day that we will hear of the triumphant return of the PC based on soaring sales - only to find out that all those sales are in China and India and the "First World" market is as stagnant as a frog pond.

I wonder how they will spin that as good news ?

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Confusion, fear and growing pains: ICANN bigwig spells out gTLD headaches

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I comprehend perfectly well. This jerk really thinks that actually respecting his own charter and being called on his backroom shenanigans makes him "more accountable than anything else on Earth".

I believe that that is a perfect illustration of this.

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"being more accountable than anything else on Earth"

Wow. Just - wow.

You'd think that ICANN has responsibilities on par with the White House, deciding the fate of the world.

Reality check : you're handing out TLDs, you prick, and most of them have less utility than my garbage collector. Take it down a notch.

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Disney, McLaren and National Rail walk into bar: Barkeep, make me a Wearable

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From here, looks like the Titanic all over again

I just love to think of hotels having to manage customer bracelets on top of all the rest. I wonder just what the customers are going to think of the scheme. Will they feel like they are treated as cattle ? All those high-level execs and VIPs are expected to jump at the opportunity of being tracked in real time ?

Funny, I get the feeling that there will be a very frank and net rejection of the scheme.

Unless they guarantee free (and effective) WiFi if you wear it. Then I see a widespread adoption followed by much rejoicing.

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Attackers planting banking Trojans in industrial systems

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@ Ivan 4

Glad to know your security is so tight.

Now tell me, do you really think your company is a typical case ?

I wish it were.

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Computers know you better than your friends

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What a wonderful vision of the world

In The Future (tm), recruiters will only interview candidates that correspond to their corporate culture. The Police will use predictive analysis to follow people more likely to commit infractions. Insurance companies will tailor premiums to your social rating. Entire neighborhoods will only accept newcomers if their Facebook Profile Indicator is in a range corresponding to their own tastes.

And everyone will be automatically subscribed to Facebook at birth by law.

But what of those people who exhibit anti-social behavior (i.e. not being appreciative of this wonderful, safe, cosy environment provided by the Bureau of Governmental Statistics), you ask ?

Why do you ask that ? You don't want to be a burden for your friends and family, now do you ? Of course not. You will now be transferred to a Social Reeducation Facility of your choice for processing. Be seeing you !

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Yup, and we voted them in.

Democracy needs a reboot.

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IBM: Hey, Intel and pals. Look on our massive patent pile and despair

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I very much doubt that IBM - or any other company, really - is in the business of improving life on this rock.

Some things they do may have an effect on that orientation, but the primary goal is always the same : to increase shareholder satisfaction, i.e. to make more money.

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Had a data breach? Well, SPEAK UP, big biz – Obama

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Hang on - it's only "plans" at this point.

If the legislation does pass, either these "plans" will have been entirely forgotten, or there will be so many loopholes around the wording that they may as well not have been included at all.

We're talking about Big Money. Nothing gets in the way of Big Money, especially not the Law.

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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Re: "legislation to keep tabs on jihadis was much more important than any civil rights issues"

No it is not. The entire reasoning for our society is based on the notion of civil rights - taking them away voids everything we believe in and everything we fought two World Wars for. Our way of life is ours to decide and should not be influenced by social or religious considerations from people who don't live with us.

Of course, that also means that we have no right to go abroad and impose our views on how other people should live. Maybe if we didn't do that so quickly, we'd not have this problem in the first place - but it's too late to change that. We do need to stop doing that, though.

In any case, I strongly encourage you to publicly respond to your MP and remind him that he was voted in his position as a representative of the People, not as tool for the Government.

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Re: Illusion

An internal review ? No.

Given the documentary "Yes Minister", we now know that an internal review is just to bury the problem, not solve it.

What is needed is a fully open external review of security procedures. That is the only way we will know what the buggers are doing, what they're doing wrong and have a chance to correct it.

But, National Security, so it'll never happen anyway.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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This is ridiculous

I highly doubt that companies are going to agree to migrate their work base every 7 years just because MS says so.

Desktops are going out of fashion, and with them is going MS's influence. MS will have to resolve itself to being just an OS provider, and the OS is going to have to resign itself to the back seat. Where companies are concerned, what is important is the applications, not the OS.

We are at the end of the upgrade treadmill, but MS apparently hasn't got the memo. The days when upgrading last year's hardware was justified by performance increase are gone and with them, the need to have a new OS for the new hardware.

MS : you need to make an Operating System, not a Consumer Experience. Get the bells & whistles out of the OS, so that upgrading one does not impact the other. Make your code able to update the kernel as the hardware evolves without endangering the apps that are needed. And, while you're at it, make the UI fully configurable.

We want to USE our computers, not watch your installation screens.

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Top senator blasts US Homeland Security for leaving cyber-drawbridge down

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"fighting money counterfeiters"

Don't forget that that is the mandate of the Secret Service. You know, the guys who also have the protection of the President in their list of duties.

In other words, par for the course for US agencies.

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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Sorry, but if a man is to be denied his birthright to freedom, I prefer it to be because there is incontrovertible proof, not because some official from a 3-letter agency declares he is highly confident that said man should be put in jail.

And the fact that the FBI states that IP addresses are a strong basis for its opinion does nothing to reassure me that he actually knows what he is talking about. He would need to demonstrate that he had proof that said IP addresses had not been spoofed before I even started to begin to give credit to this White House mouthpiece' drivel.

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

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The Universe is vast

And its distances are totally incomprehensible to the regular human being.

Consider that astronomers are regularly talking about our "galactic neighborhood" - meaning the group of galaxies that are closest to us.

This has nothing to do with understatement, and everything to do with you not being used to the distances and concepts. Not a slur on your knowledge or intelligence, far from, but when one's job is to look at data coming from the nearest galaxies who happen to be up to a trillion light-years away, I guess that one does end up considering them in a different light and talking about them in such a way.

So, considering that a group of stellar systems less than 2000 light-years away are in "our neighborhood" seems perfectly reasonable, when you realize that that distance is less than 1.7% the diameter of our galaxy.

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Given the total lack of intelligence and knowledge of its posts, it might as well be.

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Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' gamers are being 'antisocial', moan players

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Well done !

I know where you got that quote from ):D

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