* Posts by Peter R. 1

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US House to vote on whether poor people need mobile phones

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Re: gummint shouldn't pay for anything

So by your reasoning people on welfare should not be able to use roads, community services, emergency medical help, or indeed get welfare, because all of this (and much more) is paid for by taking money from people who do pay taxes ?

Let me offer you this FREE piece of advice, my friend. To quote Mr. Jello Biafra : 'In the real fourth reich you'd be the first to go'. Enjoy.

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New York outlaws ticket-hoarding buybots

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Futile Effort

Most of the 'official' sources like Live Nation own sister companies created specifically for this purpose. The EU and some local governments are currently investigating them for these practices.

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You don't need no STEEENKING GPU, says Intel

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Bloody 'Ell

Not again. Please ? It doesn't work for serious graphics, and why would one want a Xeon for 4K streaming, pray tell ?

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BBC post-Savile culture change means staff can 'speak truth to power'

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When you're Jimmy Saville...

Got the Toy dolls bouncing round in my head now. If only they'd known...or maybe they did. Olga's always been a f-f-f-f-funny one.

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UK distributor Steljes goes titsup

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If they'd done that they would still be turning a handsome profit, no doubt.

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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Capital plan, Baldrick !

It would instantly do away with all those pesky password issues on locked phones because, well, of course Scroogle itself would be a 'Trusted Source'. Trusted by themselves, obviously !

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.6

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Would you like a game of Global Thermonuclear War ?

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Apple's iOS updates brick iPads

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Doesn't really matter

My iPad 2 has, after consecutive updates, become quite unusable. I just use it for the odd browsing or reviewing a document these days, but even that is like pouring molasses through a straw. The delays have become unsufferable.

The hardware is still fine, and the screen quality more than acceptable, but it only makes a fine paperweight these days.

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EU mulls €3bn fine for Google

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Our economies are in the toilet.

What with the refugee crisis, the wars in the middle east, and a gazillion politicians to feed.

We need all the money we can steal.

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Germans set to make schnitzel out of controversial Wi-Fi law

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A correct use of the Schnitzel reference would be that something undetermined is covered with something else to hide what is inside.

Which is probably what will happen to this law.

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Cities are investigating, workers are on strike, but it's not all good news for Verizon

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I can tell you exactly how things can get worse

Belgian prison guards are on strike. Inmate priviledges have been restricted to a minimum. A judge has now ordered that as long as these 'inhuman conditions' persist (read : as long as the strike lasts) prisoners are entitled to 1000 Euro per day (yes, you read that right) damages for as long as these reduced priviledges persist.

I'm seriously contemplating having myself incarcerated.

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

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Re: Why is "Call me Dave" Cameron telling me what to think?

"Surely as we elect the government they should follow the will of the people and they should present both sides of the argument to ensure a fair referendum"

Common misconception, but no. We don't live in direct democracies, but in parliamentary ones. Essentially, this means we elect representatives on the basis of -perceived- competence and give them a charter for making decisions for the benefit of the electorate, thereby acknowledging we ourselves do not possess the competence of dealing with these complex matters.. Even if that electorate does not agree with individual decisions.

What Cameron is doing is playing chicken, because he is afraid of committing electoral suicide when the government's decisions proves to be indigestible by the electorate, and he can't find a way to explain it acceptably the next general elections.

As fair and just as direct democracy sounds, in practice it is untenable.

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Archaeologists find oldest ever ground-edge stone axe

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Re: Whose was it...

Sounds like you have an axe to grind.

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Valley VC Peter Thiel becomes an official Trump delegate

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Re: I spot a trend here ..

Where does one apply toe become a registered sponge ? I wouldn't mind sponging some of his money.

I'm pretty sure I can come up with some 'foundational' (is this in any way related to fundamental ?) research in the field of physics and/or philosophy (ahem) to further positive impactednes of sentient AI development.

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Lenovo's European prez quits over 'serious strategic disagreements'

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Err...

Quitting over 'strategic disagreements' implies there is a strategy to disagree about.

The customer I currently work for employs Lenovo for their laptop needs. Apart from riddling new machines with bloatware and general excrement that has no place on a business system I fail to detect any strategy concerning product development, support, warranty or customer service.

Might one inquire what strategy they were actually disagreeing about ?

'Cost Saving' is in itself not a strategy. Nor is moving manufacturing around a strategy for said cost saving.

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Wasps force two passenger jets into emergency landings

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Joke

Re: I'm torn...

Tell it to the White Anglo Saxon Protestants.

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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

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Re: No more nagware?

No, by the 30th we will all be receiving emails stating that 'due to the great success of the free upgrade Microsoft will be extending their offer to december 31st.'

After that, rince and repeat.

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'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

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My inlaws kids noticed a had a cabinet full of square carton sleeves containing black plastic circular discs with a hole in the middle. I thin they are still trying to find out what it is I'm guarding so zealously.

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EU set to bin €500 note

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The usual bollocks from the Euros

The ONLY reason they want to bin the 500 Euro notes ( the 200's are next) is they live in a terrible fear that with the exceedingly low interest on bank and savings accounts, people will start taking their money out of the bank and putting it under their mattresses again (sadly, with modern foam mattresses it is impossible to hide your money inside them without creating uncomfortable lumps).

When these notes have disappeared, the road is clear for the banks to start implementing negative interests, making it too unpractical to store even smaller savings.

It is for the same reason they are systematically lowering allowable cash purchase amounts, so you have no other choice but to use banks.

Being a conspiracy theorist does not mean you are wrong.

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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Good news !

The choice for the Reps was between a religious nut and a regular nut. The people chose the regular nut. Very wise choice.

Yes, it would have been preferable to have a nut-free choice, as lots of people have allergies and such, but one takes what one can get.

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3-in-4 Android phones, slabs, gizmos menaced by fresh hijack flaws

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Droid security ?

I've owned a Sony Z1, and now a Moto Style, and I've never ever had a privacy score of over 60% according to Bitdefender. The only way to make these things secure is to switch them off and remove the battery, possibly with a crowbar.

I'm quite convinced this can also be used as a measure for Droid security. In my case, about 57%

Unfortunately, I fear the other manufacturers don't score any better.

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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Oh Boy !

"In certain cases, where efficient online platform-markets have become the benchmark, the central role played by a limited number of established online platforms can lead to adverse effects for their users – by they businesses or consumers – through imbalanced relationships and the potential for unfair treatment. They may also potentially limit competitors’ innovation capabilities."

This one really has it all, hasn't it !

- efficient

- benchmark

- online platforms

- potential for unfair treatment

- innovation

I haven't a clue what the the blazes he's on about, but I'm pretty sure he just scored big in the bullsh*t bingo stakes.

Good thing the article explains things somewhat.

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Microsoft headhunters seek Linux folk for secret open source unit

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BSOD ? I'm sure they have a substantial budget set aside to incorporate them.

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Mitsubishi 'fesses up: We lied in fuel tests to make our cars look great

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There's another one coming

In todays news, Belgian (Flemish) news operation VRT has conducted tests on certain Opel Zafira diesel models (Vauxhall in the UK).

They found one that had not been touched by Opel since February 2015 (before the VW affair), and an identical model that was in for service in October 2015 (after VW)

Although the servicing dealer said the software was NOT updated in October, two independent tests have allegedly shown NOx emissions of the October car were still over the manufacturers stated values to the tune of 200+ mg NOx per km, while the untouched car measured over 800 mg NOx per km.

I think we haven't seen the last of this.

On the VW front, it is now claimed the 'emission software tweaks' used by VW were actually developed by Audi, but never used by Audi themselves.

VW has allegedly offered 4000+ Euro settlement to every US VW diesel owner of an 'afflicted' car. In Europe, however, owners will be lucky to get a free software update. Any monetary settlement will disappear straight into the Eurocrat's coffers never to be heard of or seen again.

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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

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Re: OOh missus! - engineers carry tool cases

They're repairpersons now.

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Surprise! Magic Kinder app could let hackers send vids to your kids

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I inadvertantly ate a Kinder easter egg last week

I don't know what it tasted like, but it was definitely not chocolate as I know it. I suspect a great number of kids will be in need of some serious head shrinkage therapy once they find out what the real stuff tastes like. And they start wondering if maybe their parents didn't love them.

I'd use the 'Joke Alert' tag, but I'm not sure I'm joking.

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Trump carded again: Hotel security aced

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Dear Mr. The Donald

The solution to your security problem is as simple as it is Obvious, because you yourself, in all you omnipotent magnificence, have already thought of it :

Just build a great wall around your security systems. and ask the Mexicans to pay for it, which they will obviously do without complaint, mainly because you are such a nice person.

Your obedient servant,

Pete

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Speaking in Tech: Batman vs Superman... absolutely sucked

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Re: Anyone

74%, actually. But when they announced Affleck was going to be Batman I knew the mushrooms had gone off. Ben Affleck ? Seriously ???

The amazingly good news is that I have discovered Deadpool.

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Teen tricks leaky Valve into publishing hot new Steam game: Watching Paint Dry

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Sure beats...

...waiting for Half life 3. Much more exciting, this.

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Amazon WorkSpaces two years on: Are we ready for cloud-hosted Windows desktops?

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Re: You can't fix this kind of stupid

According to Ron White you can't fix any kind of stupid.

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A 'hundred million' Truecaller users vulnerable to privacy bug, security bod says

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I am a Truecaller user

and can categorically state True Caller CAN NOT 'search and identify any phone number', or, at least, not identify it. Unless someone has identified it for them first. I don't know what being able to 'search any phone number' actually means.

What it does do most excellently (and this is why I use it) is block calls from callers that hide their phone number.

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

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To quote the unsurpassed Sir H. Appleby

Very droll, Bernard.

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Comms 'redlining' in Brussels as explosions kill up to 30 people

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Re: Not only in the capital

Mij GSM was back up around 16.15 local, and my mum called to see if I was alright (she knows I'm in Brussels every once in a while). About 10 minutes after I hung up I got a cryptic message on my phone stating 'your service is now restricted' or something to that effect, and they pulled the plug again. Possibly they found something somewhere and decided to play it safe, but that is pure speculation on my part.

Internet cable is running full speed right now, and 4G looks OK, but I'm on wifi so I'm not sure.

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Re: Not only in the capital

Comms seem to be back up around Brussels, although they are a bit sketchy at the time of 15.15 local.

To the person who downvoted me for reporting : thanks, I really needed the reality check after such a fine day.

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Not only in the capital

GSM network is dead many miles around Brussels. I'm 30 miles out, and although 4G works fine, voice is dead as a doornail, and someone calling my landline said they haven't been able to reach me on mobile. They got the mesage 'correspondent can not be reached'.

Photographic evidence from several sources looks quite horrific. I fear I will be waking up in a different country tomorrow.

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

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Re: I've had a rather productive weekend.

All El reg has to do is ask politely and I will endeavour to oblige;

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I've had a rather productive weekend.

Did two things with computers.

- Built a quick and dirty 'Hackintosh'. I'm going to be faffing around with it a bit in the next few weeks to see if I like it for daily use.

- Installed Mint on my main box with a swappable drive. So it boots native. Installation was extremely painless and fast. They also include 'commercial' drivers for the GTX980, and the thing is blisteringly fast. Hardware wise I'm chuffed. Then I tried to install Cairo, which went fine, and proceeded to add some shortcuts to it, which is kind of arcane and clunky. But I'll get there.

I'll still have Windoze on another drive on for the occasions where I need specialized software like autocad, valve calculation software, storage tank software and other stuff I need every now and then. When push comes to shove I can run that off the portable (it's a very good portable)

But I have decided I'm going to make a real go of this and see if I can separate myself from Microsoft in the next few months. I truly hope I persevere this time. Who knows, maybe I'll do something with Wine or something to see If I can get completely shot of it.

Even if I fail, It won't be for the lack of trying. Wish me luck.

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Feds tell court: Apple 'deliberately raised technological barriers' to thwart iPhone warrant

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Re: There Is No Freedom In China

Yes, it was the land of the free and home of the brave. But then they started exterminating the braves, took the resources from the remaining ones and put them in piss poor reservations so they could be equally free.

And let's not forget 'they' were largely European immigrants, and Europe had been doing just the same for a few hundred years in South America, the Far East and later Africa.

Completely off topic, of course, but I just thought I'd mention it anyway.

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Flying blind: F-35's radar software fails in the air

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It displays the message 'game over - please insert a coin'.

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Microsoft gets into the advanced intrusion sniffer game – but only for Windows 10

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From personal experience

After a substantial amount of research, including published reports, interwebs tests, and a hands on test of 9 commercially available AV packages on some 5 different machines over a period of 2 weeks, I can conclusively, unequivocally and definitively state that :

MS Defender (latest version) is the worst of the bunch by a substantial margin.

So I would advise my fellow readers of ElReg giving this scheme a wide berth untill such time that professionals who know a lot more about this stuff than I do have a chance to take it around the block a few times.

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Cook moves iPhone debate to FBI's weak ground: The media

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Re: It's not often I agree with Apple but...

I strongly object to the use of the strawman acuusation here. It implies 2 rhings, namely that :

a. I disagree with the OP, and

b. I am doing so on the basis of a false argument, or even a lie.

Both are incorrect. First of, I do not per se disagree with the OP. But a lot has been written and said about this case so far, and none of the arguments seem to hold any water in a legal context. Now, you may disagree with the law, and at this point I'm not sure I like it very much, but It seems to me the case and the car analogy are not very different, namely, in both cases a Judge requires the examination of a system locked by an alleged perpetrator to determine if evidence can be found. In both cases it is not sure the evidence is to be found inside of the system (be it a locked Phone or a locked car) or even if such evidence exists at all.

I can not however but observe that a big stink is being raised in the case of the Phone, while the opening of other posessions of alleged perpetrators is conducted on a daily basis.

At this juncture I do not understand the difference between the opening of a physical safe to extract analogue information or the opening of a digital safe (read Phone) to extract digital information.

Which is what I was trying to sollicit an opinion on. Unfortunately, in vain.

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Re: It's not often I agree with Apple but...

Ok, try this.

A murderer is gunned down while on a killing spree in a school.

The FBI is on the case and soon the car is located in the school's parking lot. In the car information could well be found concerning the perpetrator's motives and/or accomplices. Or not. There may also be stuff inside it that has absolutely no relevance to the case. Holiday snapshots. Used condoms. Take your pick. Or not.

Unfortunately the car is locked. The FBI fears the user (read: alleged murderer) may have installed a booby-trap. The car may burst into flames when it is opened by irregular means. Equally unfortunately, the key seems to be missing. It may have gotten lost in the fracas, or the user may have purposely destroyed it.

So a Judge orders the car manufacturer to open it with a key that they do not possess at this time. They have, however, the information to fabricate it in short order, since they have the car's build sheet.

The car manufacturer invokes the first amendment. Because the key does not open the lock directly, but instead sends digital information to a programmed ECU inside the car that sends an open command to the locks. (It may be a bit of a stretch...go with the flow.)

How would you respond to them ?

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Google human-like robot brushes off beating by puny human – this is how Skynet starts

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Re: Asimov's Laws

It all breaks down when the robot becomes 'aware' and no longer considers itself a robot but a sentient lifeform.

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Reminder: How to get a grip on your files, data that Windows 10 phones home to Microsoft

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Pint

I think it was the bravest of Gauls (although it could've been Ghouls), but I'll have the beer anyway.

Cheers

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"Here come the Belgians"

You rang ?

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Android users installed 2 BILLION data-stealing, backdooring apps

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I think I need to get off the train.

I'm spending increasing amounts of my time scouring websites, manufacturers pages, digital publications and more to keep up to date on the warnings concerning problems with the software and firmware in my PC, my phone, my car, my router, my NAS, my TV and every other bit of kit that seems to have some vulnerability exploited every other day.

It's turning into another fulltime job.

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Latest in Apple v FBI public squabble over iPhone crack demand

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According to the FT

Sir Bill of Gates has now waded in...against the stream.

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FBI says it helped mess up that iPhone – the one it wants Apple to crack

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Re: Cook is just grandstanding

And another one, just for the helluvit

b. Consent to Use of Data: You agree that Licensor may collect and use technical data and related information—including but not limited to technical information about your device, system and application software, and peripherals—that is gathered periodically to facilitate the provision of software updates, product support, and other services to you (if any) related to the Licensed Application. Licensor may use this information, as long as it is in a form that does not personally identify you, to improve its products or to provide services or technologies to you.

As long as it is in a form that does not personally identify me...yeah right...

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Re: Cook is just grandstanding

/Quote/ Well in that case you will have no problem posting links to said documentation and EULAs will you? /end quote/

Yes, if course...

Just one example, from iTunes,

Apple may only use this information and combine it with aggregated information from the iTunes libraries of other users who also opt in to this feature, your iTunes Store purchase history data, aggregated purchase history data from other iTunes Store users...(cut)

... Provide recommendations regarding products and services to other users.

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