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* Posts by Fred Flintstone

2132 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009

US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

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Re: Scott Mc Nealy is right!

At least in the U.S. (in the civilized parts, anyways), they can't (legally) force you to hand over your passwords yet.

But that's the actual problem: they won't. They will go behind your back and ask your provider which means that you both no knowledge of the violation of your privacy, nor the ability to object and even act against it. You cannot verify what happens without your knowledge.

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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Wonder if the EU will follow now.

They already do: http://www.eionet.europa.eu/software/opendocument

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Re: Access databases will be inaccessible

Access databases will be inaccessible

Yes! Win/win!

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Re: Better but still a bit of a pigs ear

Have you ever tried opening a simple and fully standards-compliant ODT document in Word? It ain't pretty and the resulting warning messages wouldn't inspire much confidence in the average end use.

Opening data from a competing product and making it look bad, yeah, we have never seen that before, have we?

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HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert

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Re: You don’t just type 'Joshua' for full access.

Upvote for the Eddie Izzard reference :)

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Re: No, they're not sekret spying tools

@DMDeck16, Either that or that, eh? Thanks for clearing that up with impeccable logic and hard evidence.

Given your earlier, much more nuanced reply I will assume you ran out of caffeine there :) - I think the question is valid (although I'd be grateful if someone could point me at the docs which confirm that "Apple docco says there is no native way to do packet captures on iOs devices" because it's AFAIK pretty much a standard diagnostics tool on any Unix-alike platforms).

There is nothing wrong with raising questions, but I also agree with you that being all alarmist about it is stupid. However, that's what the press trained us to expect now - anything is either the end of the world or not worth reporting (reminds me of a clip that showed what a falling tea cup looks like in a US movie - it explodes - but sadly I cannot locate it on Youtube).

I would like to see this sort of work done on *any* mobile platform. The only functional weapon against subversion is transparency.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Devil's advocate....

Given the car dashboard modelling I would expect a light (in red) and a buzzer. In cars, critical warning signs do not appear in. a. way. that. would. require. you. to. w.a.i.t. f.o.r. t.h.e.m. t.o. s.c.r.o.l.l. past.

That does, however, require some basic understanding of design and alerting UIs.

Having said that, I do tend to dig in the manual for interesting details if I have a few minutes, because especially the radio tends to have all sorts of gadgets that can get in the way, like when you're driving along happily with some nice music and THEN THE TRAFFIC ANNOUNCEMENTS COME ON IN TOP VOLUME prompting a frantic grab for the volume control (and a near heart attack). If you cannot find a way to adjust that announcement volume (and it's often seriously hidden) you're left with the decision to forego them altogether or live with the risk of a heart attack.. It gets complicated if the manual is not in one of the languages I speak, though :)

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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"Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on handheld phone use by drivers"

Exactly right. Maybe I'm an exception, but I did actually stop using a phone other than with a headset, and even then I sometimes just kill the call if I'm in a dangerous spot. I had the aha moment a lot earlier than when the ban came in, mainly because I have been using mobiles for a *long* time (my first phone was a NEC P3 :) ).

So, from simply personal experience, the outcome of the study only makes sense with your re-interpretation :)

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Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

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Re: At least the banks can make a case for their money back

Or does this rule only works in one direction?

When has it not? Just curious..

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Re: Formerly, your gov. sucked - you moved to the US. Today, there is no recourse.

One simple question remains unanswered: do we actually need those agreements? AFAIK things work just fine, apart from the potentially annoying requirement of multinationals to actually follow the laws as they exist locally.

Ah, it seems I answered my own question there..

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Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee

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Re: Call the fire brigade...

I thought I'd raze the question

Upvote for brilliant use of language, grin.

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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

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Epic

It's unclear if the ICO fined the ICO or let the ICO off with a gentle warning from the ICO.

Hahaha - quality :)

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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Re: Priceless

I have just instigated a campaign to get the use of the word "metadata" back on track. The heinous misuse to mean "bits of data stored in the header of other data" has been irking me for a while, and I just recently realised that this re-definition of a technical term is at the heart of the recent surveillance unpleasantness.

Absolutely. Data about data is still, well, data.

The distinction is purely artificial when it concerns privacy.

The war on bullshit. You heard it here first.

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Microsoft's new 'Adam' AI trounces Google ... and beats HUMANS

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Re: Wait...

That reminds me of an old Red neck joke :)

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Re: RE: Stainless Steel watch backs

the stainless steel has a negative reaction to prolonged exposure to my skin

I rather like your ability to wreak revenge on hardware. We'll have to keep you around when the War on the Machines finally breaks out :)

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Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

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Re: I for one

Got wee little hands eh? Don't let it get you down. Surely that fact would make your willy look bigger.

Upvote for humour, grin, but he does have a point. I've had the various options in my hands (no, phones, focus :) ), also in Android form, and there is a point where you have to decide that certain functions are best relegated to a tablet instead.

I need to have a phone on me, but I don't really want to scale up my pockets. I would be FAR more interested in a phone that had a battery life beyond the attention span of the average Sun reader, but apparently that never makes it as a design criteria..

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

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Re: My hopes are dashed

I was hoping "EXACTO" would be a pedantic superhero, flying from error to error righting (and writing) wrongs like "Banana's on sale".

Ah, a sort of grammar nazi on steroids. Love it :)

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Re: Tom Selleck must sue!

Or Angelina :)

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Google Ventures opens new fund in London

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Re: I've created an app....

I've created an app....

...it puts an icon on the screen and when you push it, it does nothing, absolutely nothing.

Nope, there is prior art :)

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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Re: @ Jasper Hamill

That was somewhat compensated for by similarly tagging the originators of this filtering:

a wide-ranging coalition of prudes, parents and pastors (yes, I saw what he did there)

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Re: Willy W*ankers Chocolate Factory

Pron is a multi billion dollar interweb revenue stream that Google has not tapped in to yet.

That we know of. You won't be able to Google for it, you see ..

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Think Google Glass is creepy? Wait until it READS YOUR MIND

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Mind reading, if it is going to work with sufficient accuracy and subtlety, is actually really cool

I personally cannot wait for the day when they try to read my mind. It'll take a while to purge that and reboot the whole show, trust me (evil grin)..

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: Prevention or cure

My property is surrounded by cat owners, and being the only garden in the area with no cat or dog presence, means that mine is the one they all come to

Sounds like you need to buy a Ford Ka :)

(my personal favourite is the pigeon one, though).

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Re: Actually, this is a solved problem.

Alternatives to the electronics are garlic essence, Jeyes Fluid and sticky materials of various sorts.

Hmm, now if you could get paintballs containing garlic essence you'd have the perfect solution, and it would also help against vampires. You know, just in case..

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'iPhone 6' survives FRENZIED STABBING. Truly, it is the JESUS Phone

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Re: He's not hitting it the right way!

Ah, the good old laws of mechanical engineering..

Measure with a micrometer

Mark with chalk

Cut with an axe

If it doesn't fit, use a larger hammer

If it breaks it needed replacing anyway..

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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We switched to Draytek a long time ago, and I also use it at home. Also has the option of jacking in a 3G/4G USB stick in it with a SIM card so it can use that as backup circuit.

Simply good kit.

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

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Re: Same here...

We had a courier tried to deliver something but no-one was in so he threw it over the back fence and left a card to say it was safe in our back garden.

Ours didn't leave a card and logged it as "delivered". I'm pretty sure if I hadn't been on their case less than an hour later it would have been "delivered" at some pub instead and the supplier had to do the insurance thing. They even made up a signature..

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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Love the instant consensus here

Every single first comment hits on Access :)

A worthy end to the week. Bottoms up!

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DOH! Google’s internet of things vision is powered by… Mac OS

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Re: Chromebooks are for consumption

Oh and they are bloody good for consuming the web too !

Oh? I thought that was Suarez?

:)

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

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Re: Everyday performance

Is what the machine is about - there's little the average joe needs above and beyond a 1.4ghz i5 that can boost to 2.7ghz (and with the form factor, it'll likely stay there for far longer than the MBA will) regardless of what the benchmarks say, but the average joe doesn't want to spend £1000+ on a domestic appliance. 8gb of RAM by default won't hurt either.

I think it's more a lower cost route into OSX, but IMHO ill conceived. Not that I'm keen on paying a lot, but for a bit more money you get a lot more performance so I personally can't see the point. Over the usual lifespan of these machines, £200 more is worth the investment.

This thing strikes me as the OSX equivalent of the iPhone 5C - that too was met with at best a "meh" from the market, and deservedly so..

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Google's Nest flings HALF an INSTAGRAM at Dropcam buyout

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And there we go ..

.. Google homeview is almost there.

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US spanks phone-jamming vendor with $34.9 MEEELLION fine

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This stinks of NSA interference. Do you honestly believe that emergency services couldn't use a non public bandwidth?

Don't forget that the public still has a need to contact emergency services through regular channels. Which a jammer, well, jams..

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London commuter hell will soon include 'one card to rule them all'

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Re: The Chinese already have this.

Christ, I'd almost forgotten about that. Shows you how long I haven't been there.

Thanks for the reminder :)

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Han Solo headed for lengthy stay in bacta tank after Bay Door Control cockup

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Re: Apologies - pure speculation to be found here...

"repaired"?

:)

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Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think

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Oh, don't worry, they know you're there.. :p

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Microsoft challenges US gov over attempts to search overseas data

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Re: Access to a datacenter facility in Dublin ..

Epic, I like it.

if you have nothing to fear you have nothing to hide

Sure, that's why we cannot see the personal details of the Google and Facebook owners, nor of senior people at Microsoft or politicians in the US - it's nice they explain themselves that they do indeed have skeletons around. It's rare people are that open, so appreciate it.

Isn't Bill Gates an honourable knight of the British Empire servering Queen and country

I have a bit of a problem with the meaning of "honourable" in this context, it doesn't appear to mean what I understand it to be. It's sometimes hard not to be a native English speaker..

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Google: Why should we pay tax when we make 'intangibles'?

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Ads are not tangible either..

.. so why should we pay for them?

Just curious, that's all.

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Treating it like a couple of people you can say "Google are..." is laughable

Now now, I didn't take you for a grammar nazi (right as you are, though) :)

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Marc Andreessen: Edward Snowden is a 'textbook traitor'

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Re: "I thought they were spying,"

Quis?

The custodes' mates, of course. Duh.

+1 for that one :)

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

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Re: Others breaking the law

Actually, EVERY "free" WiFi provider in London with a few exceptions like Starbucks too - with BT you actually don't get service until you agree they can abuse your details for spam, sorry, "marketing" which is MHO entirely in breach of the coercion part of Data Protection.

Come to think of it, I think I made screenshots. Time to get busy, methinks. Where is that template again?

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Myspace: Where are you going? We still have all your HUMILIATING PICS

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But do you *want* to work for a company whose HR department is staffed by people like that?

Hmm. I suspect they won't tell you in your face why they are rejecting your application.

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YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X

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the ability to clip my windows to each side of the screen

Maybe try Popup Window from CatalysTwo? It's a bit fickle (works really on about the last screen pixel of the edge) but once you have it set up it's very helpful IMHO.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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Re: Not so smart; desperate housewife is desperate.

I don't seem to recall Jobs presenting snake-oil-merchant slides to diss the competition

I agree - it was always seen as bad marketing to give competitors airtime. Personally, I found it a bit petty (but I'm not a marketeer, clearly :) ).

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French Hacker Legion is West's foremost snoop squad says Robert Gates

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Re: *cough* *cough* *cough*

The Merkins are still pissed off that the French don't seem too bothered with the bluster and merely throw cows at them from the castle walls.

Massive upvote for the Holy Grail references (and on a Friday as well :) ).

Must dig out my copy of that movie and watch again..

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What's up, Zuck? Facebook asks Brussels to probe its GIGANTIC WhatsApp deal

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Not really, all that lobbying's got to pay back sometime...

Actually, it is. FB is using the Art 29 working group as a single access point to all regulators, basically doing the exact opposite of Google who ignored them and is now facing problems in 27 countries simultaneously and independently. So that is indeed a very smart move.

Having said that, I hope FB gets given a firm "non" - through WhatsApp they have acquired the mobile number of practically everyone in the world without permission.

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Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

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Re: Don't Panic!

Sadly, Firefox is about to be compromised from a different angle. Which reminds me, any statement by Google on this?

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Re: @Mark 85 - Is Google following in Apple's footsteps?

"embrace, extend..."

Been saying it for months - Google is the new Microsoft, just with far wider reach...

You're a bit behind the times then :) To be honest, I was too slow too - I should have spotted this the moment they uttered that don't be evil rubbish. The moment a company feels the need to state it's not evil, you know it's doing something that has worried them about that perception, otherwise they would have just let their actions speak for them.

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