* Posts by Fred Flintstone

2601 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009

Germany calls halt to Facebook’s WhatsApp info slurp

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Re: Stop using Facebook and WhatsApp...

Copyright is removed because AFAIK FB TOS says uploading the image you "lose" copyright (or something alike), and you're liable, not FB, if you upload someone else copyrighted images for which you have no right.

That's not how FB gets away with it. The reason it has not gotten itself into trouble yet is that §506 (the "Criminal offences" chapter) of US Copyright Law talks about interfering with copyright notices with fraudulent intent, which is nigh impossible to prove in court. If FB was using the images to sell something there could possibly be a case, but just showing them with stripped EXIF data is not enough to trigger the "intent" aspect, even though it potentially removes data of the original rights holder.

That said, given the "gimme" clause in FB TOS where they can do whatever they want with images submitted it's probably not a good idea to put valuable content on Facebook anyway :).

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Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash

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Re: Now what my wife needs...

Is one of those Lexus that can drive a bit by itself. She has had THREE accidents this year (some not her fault). So, if Google wants to have a sucker participant to further improve car driving (who will sound the horn an any opportunity) I can easily volunteer her. I just got the 6 month insurance bill at over $1200. Bummer!

With the present state of self driving it'll be the equivalent of getting her a Ford Pinto with Firestone tyres..

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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From the linked Torygraph report: "The driver later had to go to hospital and was prescribed antibiotics for the pain."

Maybe it's time to explain to this reporter why his painkillers don't seem to help? :)

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Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

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Re: Connected Rockets?

Hope the Falcon 9 has resilient comms

At least it doesn't have any ABS or folding door mirrors :)

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Naked, drunken Swede assaults chicken shed after 60th birthday

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I just think..

.. Google screwed up when translating "hen party"

:)

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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Re: The 'quality' of its printers was enough to do that

I was also surprised by my old Canon bubble jet which I pulled out of the loft a few weeks back (it's been there since about 1998). I turned it on and, without changing the cartridge (in the interests of experimentation), printed a test page. Astonishingly it worked.

The Canon BJ 130 (yes, they were a tad unfortunate in their naming :) ) was the first inkjet I had, and it was simply magic after years of aural assault from dot matrix and golf ball printers. I had it with added tractor feed, and that's something I miss - a long listing on folded is just so much better visually (and you could run a box of labels through it too without any worry of jamming). It was *really* quiet - it didn't do the clunking house keeping modern inkjets do (I'm sure there's a reason for it, but that doesn't mean I like it :) ).

It was also dead simple, which is probably why yours still works. Wonderful bit of kit.

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Re: "Skorobogatov claims it took him 4 months, "

For the first go at the problem.

Future ones would be a couple of days once he has his technique and tools down.

Ah, you may have managed to justify the $1M price tag after all: it's taking into account the number of ruined iPhones in the process to perfection, and even in bulk they don't come cheap.

:)

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T-Mobile USA: DON'T install Apple's iOS 10, for the love of God

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I have a number of devices, so I tend to stick a public beta on the oldest one and see what happens. In addition, I never upgrade without making a full backup first, but that's because I'm old school - mistakes can always happen..

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Sorry to hear that :(.

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Luxe cable crimper

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I don't know about your jacks, but the Cat6 jacks that I bought for my house don't need the wires untwisted either. They're also simpler.

Do you mind sharing which ones you used? We soon may be looking for some new office space, and it widens our options having the ability to cable ourselves (not to mention that some runs must be under our control due to what they carry). I thought it looked interesting, but I share the suspicion with another commentard that the ones on display may be considerably more expensive (partly because we have to pay for that video :) )...

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So how do I get my own infomercial on the reg disguised as an article ?

If you have something that's genuinely interesting you just need to contact El Reg. After all, that too is news. Or is a new phone not a new product then?

As for the specific product, it is definitely interesting. I have made enough connections over the many years using Ethernet to appreciate anything that speeds up the process and makes connections less of a hassle without adding too much to untwisted length - of course, assuming it doesn't double the costs of an installation. I'm going to have a more detailed look at this, thanks for the article!

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Using a thing made by Microsoft, Apple or Adobe? It probably needs a patch today

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It just illustrates how poor software programming is these days.

In context, I rather love the irony of you posting that twice :)

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Elon Musk says SpaceX Falcon 9 fireball investigation is 'biggest challenge yet'

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How about investing into the core business like decent editors, moderators and decent image recognition for monitoring content instead.

Zuckerberg will do that the very instant you'll explain to him how that is going to make him more money than the controversy of leaving it in place does. I can't see it happen otherwise.

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Google hover-drones to drop burritos on campus

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At last, new targets!

Clay pigeon shooting *does* get boring after a while..

:)

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What's up, Zuck? FTC to probe Facebook for WhatsApp phone number mega-slurp

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Why the deafening silence from the EU on this?

I'm surprised we haven't heard a peep from that side of the world. You'd think that after Facebook vs Europe/Max Schrems, Facebook would be on a probationary watch list.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Re: Have you stopped beating your wife?

The issue with most of these ideas is that they require El Reg to first drop editorial standards, which I (a) don't think they will and (b) would find regrettable because that would land them in tabloid territory.

Not a good idea IMHO.

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More banks plundered through SWIFT attacks

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Re: "Money" disappears?

Not a problem, the "fractional reserve" will become fractionaller.

Upvote for what you inflicted on the English language there :)

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Notting Hill Carnival spycams: Met Police rolls out real-time live face-spotting tech

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Have a look at this then..

At the end of September is the Security exhibition in Germany's Essen, and apart from exhibitionists you can find dodgy stuff like a camera that auto-tracks faces. No idea what it does with multiple faces, but that's what facial recognition is for if you can couple it to multiple feeds.

This *needs* regulation, but done by people that have a clue, which by default excludes the people who currently make it.

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French, German ministers demand new encryption backdoor law

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Re: Dream On

Bernard Cazeneuve is from a smart family. Presumably, as the thicko of his generation, he was shuffled off into politics.

I wish I had more upvotes for this superb sarcasm.

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Google tells popup ads to p*** off on mobes

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Re: Hey Googly...

The real motivation is for Google blocking online crap is that it's not Google's online crap.

Exactly. May you receive many, many upvotes.

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Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

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"a – seemingly – kindler, gentler Microsoft"

I'll have what one of whatever you're drinking.

Meh. Not really into hallucinogens. Mine's a Guinness, thanks :)

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My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Re: sunnies after dark ?

Combined with a focussed-EMP device to blow up the sound system of the car that drives round near my house with some dance crap at 5KW.

May you receive a thousand upvotes..

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Re: Sunglasses After Dark

I like it :).

I reckon people that wear sunglasses after dark must be easy to identify, by the bruising..

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Re: ECHR

The current PM has already expressed a preference for leaving the ECHR.

Rather predictable, given her activities at the Home Office..

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Robo-buses join the traffic in Helsinki

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Re: 10 km/hr

Somehow that scene from Austin Powers with the Steamroller comes to mind.....

I was more thinking of the the Deadpool Zamboni scene :)

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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Re: The best diet for weight management I've seen ..

OK, I found it - enjoy!

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The best diet for weight management I've seen ..

.. was in a John Hart Studio cartoon. They had a Wizard of ID cartoon where the Wizard helped someone lose weight by giving him pills, to be taken 8 times a day on an empty stomach :-).

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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Re: From the article...

No. Their legislation had to be amended to facilitate this

I suspect you quoted the wrong part, unless you have found any new legislation covering air fresheners in which case I want a link :-).

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Re: Does this count?

Actually, you will only have found whatever has been speculated. What seems to have been missed by all and sundry (for, against and neutral) is that the story of the women has not yet been told in a court of law.

The only party that has been relentlessly in the press is Assange, and methinks he doth protests too much for there not to be another, as yet untold angle to this.

There is a reason that Assange seems to be more frightened of his previous beloved Sweden than even the UK legal system, and we all know that the BS about fear of extradition to the US is just that, BS, because that was a LOT easier in the UK.

In all the gigabytes spoken, speculated and argued about this, the actual story from the two women themselves has not been heard. Not because it was drowned, but because it has as yet not been told, at all.

It may pay to keep that in mind.

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Re: i know but...

we're not leaving Europe. We're leaving the European Union

It's a pity, actually, I would have loved to see the return of British engineering ingenuity to make the former happen. Not quite sure if the Eurotunnel would survive the move, though.

:-)

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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Re: UFO....

Unidentified Fool's Object? Yup.

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US.gov to open-source made-to-order software, allow contributions

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Re: Good!

I can raise you one on voting ..

Vulnerabilities in electronic voting are actually very, VERY old news (think 30+ years) with a surprisingly aggressive resistance to any openness. If you look at the work that people like Dr Rebecca Mercuri have done on the topic you can only conclude that no government actually wants a trustworthy election process..

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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Re: People don't listen

I tell people all of the time that "Social Media" is a treasure trove for nefarious individuals. The usual reply is "It won't happen to me" or "I am too smart for my information to get out". When will they learn. If businesses can make money out of their information the business will sell it to the highest bidder (or anyone that is prepared to pay what is being asked).

Yes, those smart people who don't realise that even if THEY are careful, they cannot prevent the abuse of that giant barn size backdoor in privacy law: you can't prevent your "friends" giving away your data. That was, for instance, in my opinion, the goal of WhatsApp et al: grabbing address books.

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Harvard gives solar batteries performance-enhancing vitamins

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I think the main importance here is the ability to store excess generated energy to cover peak usage, a main issue with solar and wind energy.

Interesting development indeed. I just hope it doesn't vanish quietly like so many of these other breakthroughs..

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Man sues YET AGAIN for chance to marry his computer

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Back to Star Trek..

"It's life, Jim, but not as you know it"

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

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Re: MS leaving a bad taste in the mouth ... again

I very much doubt they have reflections.

Comment of the year IMHO :).

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Israeli researcher fans fears: here's another way to cross the airgap

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Re: I already have a solution...

Is that the entire Frankie goes to Hollywood back catalogue on loop?

Hey, you have a point there. I think we finally know what was really behind that free U2 album from Apple ..

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Re: Money burning a hole in your pocket Sat Nad?

Well, to be fair the article did mention that ... "Microsoft’s investments haven’t always paid off."

Actually, can anyone here think of one that did?

MS-DOS?

:)

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

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Re: XKCD...

To my surprise, xkcd lists cheese as a liquid

In my experience, with a good Camembert that is simply a matter of time..

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Rats revive phones-and-cancer scares

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Well, duh ..

.. given the nature of the study you should have smelled a rat - literally.

:)

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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Re: " will have to to beat off stiff competition"

I rather like the double entendre embedded in that sentence - an El Reg classic, as it were.

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Hate Windows 10? Microsoft's given you 'Insider' powers anyway

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They may hear but will they listen?

Somehow you made me think of "You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave" :)

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Toyota not shybot about whybot it will trybot the iBot

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Re: in theory...

Toyota's ability to utilize manufacturing economy of scale should deliver pretty consistent quality at a lower price point than Kamen was able to offer before.

.. provided they source the right components. It's not (yet) been reported in the UK press, but they've just had to recall another 1.6M vehicles in the US as they had Takata airbags fitted (it's about vehicles manufactured between 2006 and 2011). That brings the total recall (Hi Arnie) for Toyota to about 4.7M vehicles, but that's not where this story ends.

(if case you're wondering, the problem is that high exposure to humidity can cause these airbags to explode with too much force, which results in shrapnel being thrown into the interior).

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Apple's iOS updates brick iPads

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Re: Re Six Years

In England its six years as defined in the Sale of Goods act

It's been replaced last year (Oct 2015) by the Consumer Rights Act (click on the link for quite a good guide to its implications), but as far as I know there has never been talk about an explicit 6 year term but a more vague "reasonable expected duration" for something to work (I think, don't have the time to look it up right now).

That is one of the things the new Consumer Rights Act addresses with a tiered rights model that now also includes digital content, delivery periods and even services - worth a read as price reduction penalties can reach up to 100%.

What is significant is that this Act also incorporates Unfair Contract Terms aspects such as hidden charges and imbalance of rights. This could get quite interesting for subscription based services that don't deliver...

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Re: Doesn't really matter

Whatever it is IT kit just seems to slow and die over time.

Ah, so I'm not the only one to experience electronic kettle fur. It's weird, though, I can't quite work out if it's just my perception (getting used to the speed) or genuine..

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Typewriter for iPad review

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Uh oh..

Cue iPad repairs because people have smeared TippEx over them :)

Joking aside, I like this in a steampunk sort of way, apart from the price.

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