* Posts by adnim

1575 posts • joined 11 Apr 2007

Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

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@David Re: Has anyone read

Have I used Google services?

Most of Google is blocked at the router.... googletagservices, google-analytics, doubleclick, googleadservices, googlesyndication, googletagservices. Unfortunately ajax.googleapis.com is allowed, it breaks to many websites if blocked.

Other Google services such as gstatic and googlemaps are allowed on a per site basis. I sometimes search using Google. I did write a scraper similar to Scroogle for search but Google keep changing the tags around their search results and I got fed up of updating my code.

I use a Gmail address for registering at websites, I last checked mail there over a month ago. I only allow Google to set session cookies. So I guess the answers is yes I do use Google. I don't think they use me much though.

Citing the bad practice of one company as an argument for the bad practice of another seems illogical to me.

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Has anyone read

and understood Microsoft's privacy policy?

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/privacystatement/default.aspx

It will require jumping through hoops and installing a 3rd party software firewall (ingress/egress) to keep your data private.

A default install will allow Microsoft to log all your keystrokes, read all you communications, log all websites you visit, scan all your files and record everything you say ... I am not sure yet if Cortana listens if it is not addressed. I would be interested in finding out if one disables all of the operating systems snooping ability, what still gets sent to Microsoft.

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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Re: idiotic attitudes all round

Anthony, I don't know why you were voted down so much. Perhaps it was... "nobody trusts Microsoft" when it is apparent many do.

I did trust Microsoft to earn me a living and they did for so many years with Windows. If Windows just worked I wouldn't have managed to pay my mortgage. So they are, were in my case good for something.

Have an up vote in a vain attempt to redress the balance.

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Happy

Face it

Windows 10 is not ready for release.

I am going to pop a blank HD into my kit and install it onto that for just one reason... I play games in windows and the alleged extra performance of DX12 will be appreciated. I want to check it out.

No doubt this will be a frustrating experience as I try to stop the OS talking to Microsoft without breaking anything. Why would I want my OS not to talk to MS?.... It is my computer, its my data it has fuck all to do with Microsoft how and what I use my PC for. And have no intention of being a beta tester for MS.

Windows 10 is free for several reasons:

It is no real improvement over Win 7. It is broke and Microsoft expect users to beta test for them. MS want to emulate Apple and lock people into a Microsoft ecosystem. Microsoft want every windows users to become their bitch.

I supported Windows from 3.1 through to Windows Vista. Fortunately during the debacle that was Vista I was made redundant due to business closure. Now that I am self employed I have choice and no matter how lucrative fixing and supporting a fucked up Microsoft OS might be, I prefer an easy life... Goodbye MS, don't let the door hit ya ass on the way out.

I really shouldn't show glee at someone else's misfortune but this is Microsoft and I am pleased as punch at this train wreck... I do however have a modicum of sympathy for the victims of Windows 10 and Microsoft's business model. The same kind of sympathy I have for those that cross a busy road without looking.

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So just WHO ARE the 15 per cent of Americans still not online?

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The

smart ones

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Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

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Finding a parking space is easy...

Just drive on to the M25.

By the time self driving car tech is mainstream there will be no space to drive let alone park.

I was going to use a joke icon but it ain't that funny.

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Boffins' audacious plan to blow up aircraft foiled by bomb-proof bag

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My feelings are mixed too... I prefer my intestines

not to be mixed, especially with the local environment.....

Testing should have been done at 29,000 feet with the cargo hold pressurised to the equivalence of atmospheric pressure at 5,000ft. Preferably with a full passenger compliment of marketing executives, patent trolls and lawyers, just in case the calculations were a little off.

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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Optional

And so is your trust in ...

Humans are fallible, they may have families to support and protect, they may have drug or gambling habits. They might do things that lead them open to blackmail.

Even if the hardware and software is secure, the human that has access might not be, never has been and never will be.

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TITSUP: Apple Music, App Stores, iCloud, iTunes, Radio, iBooks

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@AC Re: I hadn't noticed

"Copying CDs to music players is illegal in the UK. You have to buy the same content again or face 10 years in jail in the UK."

Not sure if you are being sarcastic or not.

However.. Thank you for the advice and ensuring my future liberty.... Deleting gigabytes of flac and mp3 now. </genuine sarcasm>

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Meh

I hadn't noticed

I buy content in the form of CD's It can't then be deleted from the media/devices I then choose to transfer it too.

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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Once my

2002 Focus falls apart... I have had it from new and it don't look or drive much different. I will buy a car I can root and lock down or another 10+ year old car.

If someone else has or can gain control.... including manufacturers it ain't yours...

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An EPIC picture of Earth, sunny side up, from one MEEELLION miles out

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Joke

Perhaps

they do not obey the Pauli exclusion principle.

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Everything I see is Windows 10, says Microsoft's SatNad

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None

of the above. I will never trust any cloud service.

I don't even trust that my own servers are beyond hacking and I like to think I know what I am doing.

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Large Hadron SMASHER: Boffins BLOW OPEN the PENTAQUARK's secrets

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Five

sided quarks, cool.

As for Gell-Mann ... "If I have seen further than others, it is because I am surrounded by dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants."

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Google says its AI will jetwash all traces of malodorous spam from your box

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Meh

I guess my gmail boxes will

now be forever empty.

I only ever use gmail for registering at websites that I suspect would sell my email address to third parties or spam me anyway.

Now if everyone did the same thing, I could delete mail sent from gmail addresses from the mail server instead of downloading them. Unfortunately some people use gmail for legitimate reasons.

What Google really need to do is clamp down on those that use gmail to send spam, that would be far more helpful than filtering it after it has been sent.

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DOUGHNUT (donut?) and whale FOUND ON PLUTO

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Not looking down...

but in a few 10's of thousand years he may well be part of your great x 10^3 grandchildren.

Nature the great recycler

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Samsung, Oppo collared in smartphone bloatware probe

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As much as I

feel that a device (any device) should be supplied with the OS and basic apps only... Apps that are essential to getting full functionality from said device... It is the sole choice of the manufacturer what they install.... However, full disclosure of what the apps do, what data they collect and send and how to completely remove them should be mandatory.

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

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Facepalm

Sigh

Upgrade to 10 is NOT a critical update. And although I can accept that Microsoft would want it to be a recommended update, it really should be an optional update.

All it needs is that little box to be unticked by default, such a simple solution.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

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Re: Autorenew is the next thing the EU should crack down on

I would go a step further...

The word "free" should not be used for any product or service where the consumer has to provide something in return. Be that a credit card number or even something as simple as an email address.

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Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

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Cortana popped up a dialogue box...

explaining that the microphone “was not designed for Cortana”

Shouldn't Cortana, having come after the invention of the microphone, be designed for microphones?

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

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Meh

Two self driving cars...

avoid each other. Or... Two "uncrashable" cars don't crash.

mkay.. Someone might find this newsworthy.

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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Something to do with....

the memory span of the average media consumer or indeed the average human.... It also explains why as a species we continue to make exactly the same mistakes.

I have a memory and wonder why Arthur Daley didn't make it to the TV list

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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Re: Guessing games

There will come a time when the words ... "I vaguely remember Microsoft" drift into obscurity.

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

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Anyone with integrity...

wouldn't deal with Apple.

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Apple no-pay-for-plays streaming risks indie boycott

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"One of these days... I'm going to cut you into little miracles

"...An honest man finally, reaped what he had sown

And farmer in Ohio has just repaid a loan.

It's a miracle" - Roger Waters

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Vintage Ask toolbar is malware – and we'll kill Jeeves, says Microsoft

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Microsoft Advisory:

"Older versions of software can restrict or limit your control over your search provider. It can prevent you from disabling or modifying your search provider,"

Fair enough...

Now where's the advisory that tells how Windows 10 can restrict or limit your control over your search provider and can prevent make it technically difficult for you to disable or modify your search provider? Or indeed what where and how it searches?

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Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 YEARS away

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Re: ??

The profits from the energy companies go into the pockets of share holders. The use of smart meters is of no real benefit to the consumer but, due to the redundancy of meter readers/data input staff and their support infrastructure, the energy suppliers will make tremendous savings and even larger profits.

So why again is the tax payer financially supporting private business?

The argument for supporting the banks had at least some reason but this is simply stupid.

Four of the "big six" energy suppliers in the UK are French, German and Spanish owned. Only British Gas and SSE have UK parent companies and they are all very profitable indeed. So why the fuck is the UK taxpayer paying for upgrades to the energy supply network of privately owned companies?

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'Draconian' French Charteur des Snoopeurs gets senate approval

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Unhappy

They is...

only playing catch up.

As much as I hate to be a defeatist. The monitoring, storing and mining of communication data will be uppermost in the minds of ALL those that govern nations (it's all about being in control). And they will do it regardless. Laws will/are being changed and new laws are drafted to compensate for any breaches of established law.

No matter how much the law abiding disagree, those that govern nations have drawn up laws which ensure that those whom do disagree and are in opposition, appear to be the very thing the laws were drawn up to protect "us" against. Kinda scary... If I speak up and criticise am I an insurgent or a terrorist?

Nothing to fear, nothing to hide?

I will have nothing to fear and nothing to hide when the rest of the people on this plant are as tolerant as I am.

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Mad John McAfee: 'Can you live in a society that is more paranoid than I'm supposed to be?'

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Re: Paranoid consumers and schizophrenic vendors

Hi,

Society does exist, it is the sterile, stagnant way of thinking, consuming, conforming and obeying that governments world wide want their respective voters or conquered victims to adhere to. That's what is meant when a politician talks about society.

We are all individual, that doesn't stop us looking out for one another. That sentence from Maggie although imbuing a sense of self importance to those that hear it, is also divisive. A nation of individuals is far easier to control than a like minded community of many thousands or millions.

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Re: Paranoid consumers?

Yes... I see the distinction. It is sad that people are not society.

Please don't see this as a sarcastic insult through a play on words.. It is a sardonic view of the system to which we acquiesce.

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Paranoid consumers?

'Can you live in a society that is more paranoid than I'm supposed to be?'

The problem is John that is isn't.

Much of the society you talk of are device users, the vast majority of which are just lay (IT wise) consumers. Now consumers are not really paranoid at all, at least when it comes to the data they enter into devices that they think they own and have been led to believe are private.

If the average user/consumer understood what the device they think they owned was capable of and actually read (perhaps got a lawyer to help understand) the terms and conditions they agreed to, they would be very paranoid indeed!

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Chlorine gas horror leak at Apple data center puts five in hospital

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Re: Quart in a pint pot

in an excited Homer Simpson voice....

"Because this is magical, fairy Apple-land"

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Meh

Re: I'll upgrade...

After I am convinced it will not wipe the restore partition on my laptop. And then, if I can install a third party firewall and discover that there is still sufficient function left after I stop it talking to Microsoft, I may just keep it long term. My win 7 restore partition will remain until I am convinced that this is not a bait and switch scam.

To be honest the ONLY attraction of this OS is Direct X 12. And curiosity as to how much user data win 10 will actually want to send to Microsoft. I can't see any other benefit (other than it allegedly being a little quicker) to me personally and my usage patterns to warrant a change.

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Enjoying the Spring? Microsoft has 13 ways to fix that

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Re: What's

Netflix? ;-) Don't use that either

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Joke

What's

Silverlight?

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HAHAHA! Go on, HOST YOUR NEWS on FACEBOOK, FOOLS!

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Re: "better experience"

New improved version/recipe/flavour.

Better/improved experience.

More desirable content.

All these claims are usually true.... As far as the provider is concerned.

They are not so much clueless fuckmuppets as half truth telling, uncaring profiteers.

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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Re: If you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear.

I have nothing to fear...

Providing I always agree with and support those doing the snooping.

As long as I do not show dissent.

As long as I always acquiesce no matter what legal injustices are done.

As long as I capitulate.

As long as I don't complain

As long as I make no stand for the oppressed and down trodden in the face of state accepted legislature.... I have nothing to fear.

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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Still lovin....

My NP400X4C....It has a 250Gb Samsung Evo 840 now though. The silly 128Gb Sandisk is making a 2Gb, 8 year old Conroe laptop running Mint seem modern.

I work on a laptop, I watch HD content on an HD screen.

Regarding the Magsafe.. Now that was clever.

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Too much Appley WRISTJOBBERY could be BAD for your HealthKit

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Meh

When should I stop caring?

"Users of Apple's healthcare data app platform - intended to allow developers access to healthcare info collected via its wristy watch gizmo - could be left wide open to security exploits"

No problem here then... I am an empathetic human but my empathy has its bounds..... tough shit!

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

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Big Brother

Re: "The primary purpose of the software is to pick out keywords in recorded conversations"

"But don't real people use code words instead of 'bomb', 'president', 'roadside', 'cell', 'payment' etc?"

Or steg pgp encrypted text into the picture of a kitty and post it on Facebook, Pinterest at al.

It would be an interesting exercise to actually do this to see what happens. One might find out if the NSA/GCHQ spend time and resource running kitty pics through statistical analysis. I would imagine that for known suspects they would run every media file sent/posted to the web through steg detection tools.

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Holmes

Yup

Can't see Cameron being prime minister again, I expect he will bomb this time and votes for the Tories may tank. Still I would like to take a shot at Mr Cameron's job

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VOTERS! This Election: Vote #Smart, Vote #Digital

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Stop

People who do not want

to be politicians and/or MP's are the only true personalties suitable for the task.

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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I use this

DVB Viewer

link will open in a new window

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

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Staged release?

they used to call it patching

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Wordpress munching contagion turns Linux servers into spam bots

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@ Jim 59

And more often than not it is poorly coded plug ins that are the infection vector, not Wordpress itself.

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What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'

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Meh

The true value

of the Apple watch like most Apple products is in the price, imho this is the only value of the Apple watch.

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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@ Dazed Re: Come on guys

To be honest Dazed I have been building computers since the early nineties and 9 times out of ten it has been the software. Hardware does fail but that is so, so easy to diagnose. Software making it look like the hardware is faulty is something else entirely. But I agree I have wanted to kill hardware because that is what presents the results of faulty software to my perceptions and as such usually takes the brunt of my anger.

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