* Posts by Ole Juul

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Singapore startup does an Uber on tech support

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Re: 2-3 hours?

Why would someone waste the money and the time needed to move data, re-install apps (assuming end user even knows how), and re-learn new workflows after buying a new PC?

I would guess because they don't know any other way and they like to get something new instead of fooling with something which they perceive as broken.

If you're responding to my top post, I'm just reporting what I see happening. Many people don't even know what an app is, let alone know how to move files around. That is just the reality for a lot of people. Note that people on this forum are very, very, far removed from the typical low end user who is likely going to be calling Fynd. We'll see.

I think that the low end is going to be the actual market. (work flow? haha!) My theory is that people who already know something about computers will not be interested in having somebody with no known credentials or background fix their computer for what is, in reality, real money.

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Actual market

Fynd's rates are “$80 to $150 per job”

Which is what I've seen people who (sometimes) know what they're doing charge. Clients do that once and next time go to Staples and buy a refurbished for $150 or a new one for less than twice that. People figure out these simple economics. Perhaps the numbers are different in Singapore, but one has to wonder what the actual market for Fynd is going to look like.

In any case, this could be fun to watch. From what I've seen, people who do low end and home PC work are none too competent. "Where are my files?" is a common question when the box comes back. Will the Fynd "geeks" do better? I think not.

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TALE OF FAIL: Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account

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Re: Openness Preferred

. . . and what they did to fix it.

I thought this was closed source.

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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"All eyes are now on the hacker's next move."

"The ability of our guests to enjoy the entertainment they choose in safety and comfort is and will continue to be a priority for theater owners,"

Without the Sony launch, I guess that's taken care of then. I have a feeling (and sincerely hope) that the terrorist angle is just posturing, but I'll be watching the hackers for their next move as my personal choice of entertainment. (Sorry Sony, no royalties there.)

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FCC to smack Sprint with $105m fine over 'cramming' – report

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Re: jail time

I don't think so. The unethical side of this business is too lucrative. Perhaps a case could be made against investors for being complicit and maybe some of them incarcerated too? .... Nah. That wouldn't do it either. However, if the government started practising forfeiture of money or assets gained through the proceeds of crime, then we might get somewhere.

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a rose by any other name

Why is is called cramming? Wouldn't most people just call it fraud?

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Why is ICANN rushing its 'UN 'net security council'? So it can be announced at Davos

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Re: Can someone interprete this to me like I'm 5 years old?

The US govt. has been trying to turn over the control of ICANN. Although there's some discussion about what control they have and how that can be done, no one has offered an acceptable (to US and others) idea until just recently. ICANN comes up with a plan that looks stupid, nobody really understands, and none of the important internet groups want to be involved with. Now the ICANN CEO is still pushing for something that no one supports (particularly those who's opinions matter). That's why I called him a bonehead.

Kieren McCarthy, the author of this article, covers ICANN and internet governance. I think rather well. Click on his name and you will see all his previous articles on elReg. Just look for ICANN in the title.

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Not looking good

Why is it so urgent that the ruling council be created when the organizations that would be expected to provide members are refusing to sign up?

Because Chehade is a bonehead. And he has risen above his abilities. He's not an Internet guy. He's a Chehade guy.

It's just a shame that when he takes the stage in Davos, Chehade will have to somehow put out of his mind all the objections from the internet's technical bodies, civil society, and the International Chamber of Commerce, and gloss over the multiple refusals to take seats on the very council he developed.

I suspect that the Davos attendees would not be particularly interested in that riffraff anyway. To my way of thinking though, the Davos crowd are not the people we should have anywhere near internet governance. This is not looking good.

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How does the US government run the internet? This is how

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I'm still suspicious

The 16-page slide deck . . . sheds light on what has been a contentious and largely secret process for the past 15 years.

Why the secrecy? When there is no shown security issue with disclosure, then one has to suspect that there is some hidden reason for keeping the information from the public.

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Banks, UK.gov must work together to beat cyber-nasties

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Re: I'm confused

I thought the UK gov owned half the banks, . . .

I think you got that backwards.

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Pirate Bay towed to oldpiratebay.org

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Greed

So...what's the real issue? Why the hell is this something that can't happen?

Greed makes people do irrational things. The classic "How to catch a monkey" illustrates this well.

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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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Re: Ah, Sony

Remind us again why we despise you.

And I'm sure they will. Again and again, until they're gone.

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Iranian CLEAVER hackers may DRAIN energy and defence firms, warn Feds

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Confidential report

Another FBI fundraiser.

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French space agency teams with Google for broadband balloons

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All?

There's no particular goal here: . . . But both organisations agree that balloons have the potential to deliver internet access to remote and otherwise hard-to-service areas, for the betterment of all.

I'm all for research to see where it goes, but the idea of covering hard-to service areas with this technology seems to have a flaw at this point in time. Hard to service areas generally have, by definition, few users. One high paying user could fund the use of this in special cases, but the idea of delivering internet "for the betterment of all" doesn't sound commercially workable since these balloons will likely be expensive. In any case, over time it may be that the cost will be lower, and the (presumably) lower latency than satellite will make it competitive for coverage of very large remote areas.

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Sony hackers PINCH early version of James Bond Spectre script

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Re: No, no and no

some of the Bond charisma has been lost along the way.

The bond is broken.

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Dark matter-hunting boffins spot EXCITING signal in X-ray spectrum

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Re: Old, debunked.

That'll be the IT angle then.

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FCC says taxpayer-bankrolled bumpkin broadband must be at least 10Mbps

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Let's hope

With AT&T and Verizon opposing, this regulation could actually limit expansion. Ten Mbps is a reasonable standard but without the providers on board it's not looking good. Let's hope the government gets even tougher so it will actually happen.

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Chum's house burnt down? Facebook mulls 'DISLIKE' button for that

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calling a spade a spade

What's wrong with just having a "sympathize" button?

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Finland ditches copyright levy on digital kit, pays artists directly

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How will this work?

First of all, I want to say that I haven't thought this through and hope it goes well. However, right off the bat I've got some questions.

This tax is applied to all goods, such as CDs, smartphones and mp3 players that are capable of copying digital content, regardless of whether the buyer has any intention of doing do.

OK, so we're talking about devices with storage as well as blank media. In my case I almost never buy finished and assembled digital devices and mostly just buy parts. Presumably I won't pay the tax on motherboards and RAM. I can see hard drives and tape being included. Although you can still buy punched tape, that presumably would just be considered absurd and the CNN operators who use it will not pay. Fine. More sensible would be USB memory devices. How about SD cards? I suppose those items are all fair enough. However, when a storage company buys some thousands of hard drives, will they pay per unit? Internet Archive and Facebook use a lot of drives. Could be an amendment is in order. Of course, I could just be speculating out of control.

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'I'm begging you to join' – ICANN's NetMundial Initiative gets desperate

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not the way things are done on the internet

These guys come from somewhere else. In fact they sound like sales people with only one goal in mind - get the sale.

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Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

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Re: Who pays?

Pet sheep, on the other hand, might benefit from it, I suppose.

Suppose indeed. :) But you are on the right track. There is no practical use for the professor's technology when dealing with a herd. He's trying to scam people. As for the price of sheep, that does vary from year to year. Around here the high quality ones actually fetch a decent price right now, and there is a demand for quality breeding stock.

Perhaps in the UK there is a need for idea men to come out from the city and tell sheep farmers how they need to run their business, and the way we do sheep farming here in Canada could also be different. This technology is not of use here. We use a sheep dog and no sheep get lost. Often a Llama is uses as well because they bond with the sheep, are dangerous to predators, and eat the same diet as the sheep. The professor is just trying to sell stuff to people who he thinks are gullible. We are not. I am indeed rural and involved with these kinds of issues. Also, I see I got a couple of down votes above (presumably from a couple of city bumpkins). That's fine, but I bet you don't know anything about animal husbandry and rural economy.

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Rural perspective

So, Professor Blair wants to come 'round and plant electronics everywhere. Well we've got enough pollution and crap left by city folk who come out here and figure they own the place. What would be better is if Professor Blair could find something to do at home. Don't worry, we'll be fine without him.

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US Congress in cash freeze bid to DERAIL global DNS handover

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Re: Sounds Like

Congressmen think they will have control of domains and a lot to gain.

That's probably true - except the part about them thinking.

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Re: Wouldn't it be funny if...

Anyone can build a DNS. - China's good at it!

They'd give us a good price for sure. And free shipping.

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Google+ to offer 'infinite' gender identity options

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Never mind the gender

Creative pronominals sound much more interesting - assuming that to also be a freeform text field.

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Net neutrality: Cisco, Intel, IBM warn FCC NOT to crack down on ISPs

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Re: Easily demystified

Good breakdown Gray. Actually, I'm tempted simplified it even more.

Them versus us.

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Chinese responsible for 85 per cent of website scams

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double whammy

As for the phishers' targets: Apple headed the list

Taking advantage of both the greedy and the vulnerable. That's gotta hurt.

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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a "vast" burden on electricity bills

I solved that problem a long time ago when I converted my router to propane. Now, I just sit back and watch the savings roll in.

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Keep your court orders to YOURSELF – human rights chief slaps US

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Re: Analysis

I fear "reflexive anti-American Eurocratic wankery" could be construed as arrogant American anti-European balductum here on the European side of the pond.

And on this side of the pond as well. It get's really tiresome.

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AliExpress patches account mass harvesting flaw

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Re: Neither here nor there....

I've used the site to get some very good buys. Yes, I get quite a few e-mails from them, but I don't look at that kind of stuff beyond to see where it's from. Anyway, AliExpress is a good place in my experience. They're part of Alibaba Group Holding Limited which, for those that don't shop on-line or get out much, is a Chinese company and very large by our western standards.

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GSMA denies latest Snowden leak

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They probably believe themselves.

However, there's no reason why anybody else would.

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Internet cash-point boss says 'no thanks' to ICANN's web power grab

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What me worry?

There was no platform, mission statement or stated open source approach.

The NMI sees no reason to trifle with such petty matters. They're above that kind of thing.

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Linux software nasty slithers out of online watering holes

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What does this really mean?

They do say that a regular user with limited privileges can launch it, and it can intercept traffic and run commands. However, to me that is meaningless when not accompanied with even a hint as to under what circumstances. The attackers can "run commands of their choice", but surely they cannot do that on all and sundry machines with any particular setup. Perhaps I'm missing some detail but surely the researchers are aware that not all Linux setups are the same. If all kernels, setups, and hardware configurations are indeed vulnerable, then they should say so. If not, then I feel that it is irresponsible of them to insinuate that to be the case.

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Orion hacker sends stowaway into SPAAAAACE

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security researcher who found and exploited a vulnerability

Maybe I'm just a bit thick at the moment, but I wouldn't mind if the author told us something about that.

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Dutch lawyers seek to overturn data retention

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Re: Evidence based government might be a good start

Where I live we are hundreds, if not thousands, of times more likely to be killed by our police than by 'terrorists'.

And you still call them "our" police? Time to change the vocabulary, me thinks.

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Stupid humans and their EXPENSIVE DATA BREACHES

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It's poor workman that blames his tools

“What these statistics demonstrate is that training alone is not the answer", according to Pepper

I disagree. I think what this demonstrates is that human error is the biggest problem. More secure software can no doubt improve the situation but training is still at the top of what needs to be looked at. However, I imagine this fellow would rather avoid the training and buy more software instead.

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Internet RFC overseer snubs ICANN and co's web power grab offer

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doublespeak?

Indeed, this reminds of the SCO saga. I hope Darl is not involved in this.

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'Identity skills shortage' will be problematic for Verify ID. (So not the TECH FAILS, then?)

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Re: Centralisation?

You yo continually and you yo a database.

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Quantum computing is so powerful it takes two years to understand what happened

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Re: So what is it? *

Pics or it didn't happen.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Where are all the keys?

You only need one - the ANY key.

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Device fingerprinting tech: It's not a cookie, but 'cookie' rules apply

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Re: Lie to them

@ Terry Cloth: Firefox has a plugin, Random Agent Spoofer 0.9.3.1, which does fixed or random agent spoofing. It works, and it's a good start, but there's much more to identify you.

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Re: @Ole

@Allan George Dyer: I don't think turning off Javascript is enough. Brewster's Angle Grinder is right, it's a difficult situation. Look at this EFF web site and you will see that you are very identifiable. According to them 1 in 4 million. I recently just decided to spoof my OS and browser because it became clear to me that the number of people who would have the combination of just those two bits of information were less than the number of people in the world who would have my exact first and last name.

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Re: @Ole

I don't presume to know the way but I don't think we need to assume that we will all be using the same browser and OS version in the future. It seems to me that TOR style browsers could become a norm. Perhaps the ISP could play a role. Of course there are downsides to such an approach but many of us are already using VPNs to overcome at least some of those. My feeling is that if I'm not logged into some place (like here) or using a bank, then nobody needs to be able to identify me. Don't you think that can be done?

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Re: good idea, difficult to enforce

Like using encryption to prevent snooping and filtering to prevent spam, in the end it's going to come down to users protecting themselves. I'm glad the EU privacy watchdog is looking at this, but encouraging browser developers to address the issue might be more productive.

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

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Re: Can't be dolphins at that depth.

There's lots of other groups that would sink that low.

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ICANN and co U-turn on permanent seats for 'net 'UN Security Council'

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Re: Have they tried turning their initiative OFF and then ON again?

Some things work better if you just turn them OFF and leave them that way.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Mnay thanks to everyone posting

. . . old, disabled, strapped for cash, or just really fucked off with the Microsoft and/or Apple softshit efforts available in the shops.

I fit every one of those and FreeBSD works for me in that regard. And, as per your suggestion, I looked at the Eldy link. I grew up using a typewriter, and Eldy is just too far beyond my GUI skill level. As for your "none computer literate students", perhaps it would be a good idea to help them learn, rather than putting effort into dumbing them down. Old, and/or disabled, people may be smarter than you think.

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Re: Do Not Want

Bang on h4rm0ny. I'm glad to see by the upvotes that others thought so too.

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Re: Where is the off switch?

Luckily network manager's documentation includes an off switch. The bad news is it doesn't work.

I'm seriously hoping that Devuan dumps network manager as well. As time has passed, lots of things with Linux have gotten better, and quite a lot has gotten worse. Why can't we just stick with the better bits? I'll be trying the first Devuan version when it comes out. In the meanwhile, I'll stick with FreeBSD which is where I retreated when Linux started getting too irritating.

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SUPER-SUEBALL heading IBM's way in Australia

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Was it a health payroll project to begin with?

It probably started out as a newsletter ($6 million sounds about right) and then the project grew from there as more ideas were added to the brief.

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