* Posts by Richard 12

2053 posts • joined 16 Jun 2009

Big biz bosses bellow at Euro politicians over safe harbor smackdown

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Wrong recipient

The US Government is the entity that breached the Safe Harbor treaty.

Would these companies blame their beancounters if one of their customers refused to pay for years and the head beancounter told them "We can't ship that customer any more stuff until they pay their bills"?

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In 2015, your Windows PC can be owned by opening a spreadsheet

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Re: Office 2016 - Mac updates

They're Full installers. Whole thing as on the original (maybe) DVDs.

Patching an existing install on a Mac is apparently "ungodly difficult"*, so all updates have to be a complete, full reinstall of the whole thing.

* At least, I cannot find any way to do it. If you, the reader know how, please tell! I really want to do it but it seems impossible.

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The Emissionary Position: screwing the motorist the European way

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They'll all have to change their cars

Well, most of them.

Diesels to Euro6 have been on the market since 2014, so some will already comply.

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How much do UK cops pay for Microsoft licences? £30 a head or £137? Both

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Traffic?

It's camera "enforcement" that's killed Traffic.

The beancounters can clearly see that a set of ANPR cameras can "enforce" many kinds of traffic offence so replaced most of the traffic cops with cameras.

Never mind that a traffic cop can do something on the scene, or spot a driver doing something silly or illegal before they actually crash.

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Re: buying an OS-less PC

Dell?

They used to do N-series desktops that came without an OS installed.

I'm not sure if they still do, but if you're buying 50, they will offer it!

However, as a supplier will obviously only offer hardware support if you do that, they can easily scare management away.

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'Safe Harbor': People in Europe 'can get quite litigious about this'

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Re: One option

And for what the US does about it.

The result of that case will either kill all US "cloud" providers forever, or permit them to have wholly-owned EU subsidiaries.

Yet the US TLAs do not see that - or don't care.

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

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The usable range is longer than you think

Sure, using most of the certified CE-marked readers, the range is only about 5-10cm

Using a high-powered antenna package, you can get several metres - this is used in other RFID systems, eg automated warehousing to count widgets on a pallet.

However, 5cm is still easily enough to swipe a few hundred cards while on public transport or walking down a busy street.

5cm thick trousers are somewhat less common than casual plate armour.

To some extent, one protection is to fill your wallet with many contactless cards so they all clash.

Or chain mail. That probably works too!

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VW offices, employees' homes raided by German prosecutors

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Re: Only the first tree

Also, I would hate to be a software designer for company x and wake up dead one day.

You mean "differently alive", surely?

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Understand 'Safe Harbor', Schrems v Facebook in under 300 words

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That would likely be unlawful

Alas, proving they did it would be difficult in an individual case, and impossible in general.

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Exposed Volkswagen 'n' pals get 2 more YEARS to sort out emissions

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Re: Of course they are given time

Indeed, if the real-world figures are even close to accurate, then demanding those limits in 2017 means no new cars in 2017.

At all.

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Search engine can find the VPN that NUCLEAR PLANT boss DIDN'T KNOW was there - report

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Re: Can't upvote this enough!

One-way serial is extremely common.

I've installed that more times than I can count!

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Re: Ignorance is not an excuse

Absolutely not!

If that switch was exposed, then only two positions would ever get used:

Maximum Fuel Economy

Maximum POWER!!

Neither of those are minimum emissions, by a long way!

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It's the white heat of the tech revolution, again!

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Re: "Democracy is the worst form of government, apart from all the others"'

You have never, ever encountered crushing poverty.

It simply does not exist anywhere in Europe.

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NOxious VW emissions scandal: Car maker warned of cheatware YEARS AGO – reports

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Re: Today VW ...

The new ones do.

Citroën refreshed the engines in all of them earlier this year, and now even the 1.6 litre takes AdBlue.

That said, it's pretty cheap stuff. Just in daft amounts - seems that the storage tank is not "warning level plus a whole number of bottles", so you either don't top it off or have to store a part-used bottle for a few months.

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

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Re: It is all about R&D

So how do we get there from here?

It's no good saying "in 20 years we'll have a great system", because I for one expect to live through those years and want a decent standard of living throughout.

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Re: Not only a perfect example of overstated bias, but

Germany imports much of its baseload from Poland, where they burn coal.

They have successfully exported their soot, sulphur, CO2, radioactivity, etc to next country downwind.

You can't help but admire the sheer balls of it - most people couldn't be that evil.

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Misfuel?

I keep hearing about this, but I don't know anyone who even knows anyone who's actually done it.

The diesel nozzle is wider than the petrol one, so it's pretty obvious.

Seems like an unwarranted fear.

My current diesel's manual even says it has an "anti-misfuelling" device that claims to makes it physically impossible to do. No idea if that's actually true, but it is certainly plausible.

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Re: Political nukes

You mean roughly double what we pay for coal electric, roughly 1/3 what we pay for solar PV and considerably less than what we pay for wind electric.

Nuclear isn't cheap, but it's cheaper than the alternatives to burning coal.

The UK already relies heavily on French nuclear plants - and we need more

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We saw the future: Apart from the bath apps it looks like the past

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Re: One born every minute

From hipster suppliers, probably not.

They can be built to last that long, but "artists" rarely pay attention to the actual workings of their designs.

It is good to see that they appear to be using the L70 figure instead of the larger (but useless) L50 though.

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Re: NI Parasol £2900????

Or add $2 of waterproof self-adhesive LED strip, £2 worth of frost and a £10 12VDC power supply to an existing parasol and get something identical.

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MoJ admits to splashing out on 2.3 MILLION Oracle licences

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Re: Licensing

Idiots.

Start a serious project to move %large item% away from Oracle and onto an open database system.

Oracle will either rapidly drop their price, or you'll begin to get away from their lock-in - and have experience for the next one.

Either way, the taxpayer wins.

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Techie finds 1.5 MEELLION US medical records exposed on Amazon's AWS

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Re: Remember, this is REQUIRED.

And as you're USian, that means that you will lose everything you own and go bankrupt should you, or anyone you care about get sick or be seriously injured.

That's what the health care reforms were intended to prevent.

Insurance is for losses you can't afford - and USians can't afford illness.

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Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

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They absolutely are

For a start, if they don't meet the limits they can't be sold at all.

Some taxes are based on emissions figures, which clearly affect running costs and so have a disproportionate effect on the choice.

Also, not all "low emissions" buyers want a hybrid. Hybrids have poor figures for long, even journeys, often much worse than the "plain" version due to extra battery and drivetrain weight.

A good diesel easily outperforms a good petrol hybrid for this type of use.

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Re: One surprise...

No, because the average diesel driver isn't in a hurry to wrap their vehicle around a lamppost.

In general, the large petrol engines are bought by drivers who want to accelerate hard, brake hard and otherwise try to almost, but not quite kill themselves and a few bystanders.

The large diesel engines are bought by people who want to tow caravans.

So petrol are dangerous, diesel are inconvenient.

The smaller engines of both kinds are bought by the majority, who don't really care and just want a nice car to travel in.

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You want the poor to have more money? Well, doh! Splash the cash

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Re: The child sized elephant in the room

At some point, we *do* need to get the average family below 2.0 children - or to put it another way, the average offspring-per-person below 1.0.

Otherwise the planet is not going to be able to provide sufficient (insert stuff here) in the future - infinite population growth is obviously not sustainable in a closed system.

The part that really should worry everyone is that we don't know what the carrying capacity of the planet is.

We may only find out once it's been greatly exceeded for quite some time, which will have pretty hideous results.

A lot of people think we've already exceeded it. This may or may not be true - the error bars are large - but we cannot be that far off.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Fancy a ham and cheese 'dry tree trunk' sarnie?

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Re: Rare Bacon ?

Looks cured to me.

Also, this is the first one I've decided to make at home. Looks great!

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You want to DISRUPT my TECH? How about I DISRUPT your FACE?

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Disruption cannot be sold

Disruption means "A new product or service that nobody predicted".

Thus it's obviously not something that any consultant can possibly provide, and therefore anyone trying to sell it should be introduced to the stairs BOFH-style.

Companies do need to be able to spot a disruptive technology before they get disrupted, and follow Kodak.

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Re: "People resist change"

Change always has a high cost.

So you have to be able to prove the change is worth the cost - to the people who actually bear that cost.

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Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

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Re: Computer Misuse Act?

The EULA is irrelevant.

It's the definition of a take-it-or-leave-it contract, with no discussion possible. There are multiple UK legal precedents stating that any clauses a reasonable person might not expect are null and void.

Aside from that, if you've explicitly said "I don't want the upgrade", then MS laying claim to that bandwidth would appear to be unauthorised use.

At least, it does to this potential juror.

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Computer Misuse Act?

Is there a lawyer in the house?

Should I be writing to my MP and asking him to demand a Microsoft representative explain exactly why they think this is legal?

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Hacker mag 2600 laughs off Getty Images inkspots copyright claim

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No. There is no requirement to chase copyright

There is a requirement to chase after trademarks, as a registered trademark can be lost if not "protected".

This is because trademarks are intended to be held perpetually, while copyright is intended to expire and thus requires lobbying of government to extend.

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It's still 2015, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a webpage

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Fonts are programs these days

Not sure if they're Turing-complete, but not far off.

I wonder if anyone has done a denial-of-service via fonts yet. The parser can't solve the halting problem, so I wonder how it guards against a font taking too long?

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US cop goes war-driving to find stolen gear by MAC address

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Caution

Your (3) is a "Prove you are innocent"

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Photoshop for 40 quid: Affinity Photo pushes pixels further than most

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Re: Let me know when it works on computers.

If they have, then they've also decided not to support professional computing on Mac anymore.

Mac used to be huge in certain "artistic" industries.

They've now got to the point where many formerly "Mac-only" software products have gone "PC-first" because there's no Mac hardware suitable to run them on.

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Re: Let me know when it works on computers.

Aside from that, if Apple continue along their current hardware design trajectory, there will be no usable machines available for sale capable of running this software.

There will be nowhere to plug in your stuff!

Gigabit Ethernet is long gone - need a dongle, burning a port that could have been a monitor or a USB storage device.

Their latest has effectively no ports at all - as you need an adapter for USB and have to unplug the PSU.

Apple hardware is no longer professional, it's poseur - looks before use.

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So Quantitative Easing in the eurozone is working, then?

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The issue with deflation

Is that it encourages hoarding and discourages investment.

Example:

If you believe that an item X that you desire but don't need yet will be cheaper in 6 months time than it is now, then you are likely to wait those 6 months.

You'll only buy it now if you're desperate or otherwise unable to wait.

If everything is going to be cheaper in six months, then everyone waits as long as they can before buying anything.

This badly affects the cashflow of companies selling the stuff, and it's cashflow that really kills companies (not debt or liabilities). So unemployment goes up, and all kinds of other bad juju.

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Re: Fiat currency?

No, it's worse than that.

A "Fiat currency" has value because we agree it has value.

We agree it has value primarily because our (respective) government(s) say it does.

If enough people lose confidence in our governments, the value of the money falls (exchange rate changes). If it falls far/fast enough, everyone loses confidence in it and suddenly it's no longer of any value at all.

This is what happened in Zimbabwe.

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Friday beers scam up 240 percent, inflicts $1.2 billion in damages

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Re: Out of date Email database

Nope.

It only has to work once in a million emails - possibly even less. Email is incredibly cheap to send - they can send a million every Friday for practically nowt and if just one business falls for it, the scammers still win.

What's needed is for the victims to come forward (I suspect most don't) and press wire-fraud charges.

We get many of these scam attempts every week, even including phone call ones - I've had a lot myself, though being a mere pleb they're barking up the wrong tree to begin with.

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So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?

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Re: Not so much public ownership but public wealth creation

The National Grid was extremely significant though.

Built and expanded throughout the 30s to 70s, it finally brought standardised electricity to most of the population and industry - instead of the myriad of slightly different and incompatible systems scattered around the country and even individual cities that existed before.

Massive infrastructure like that has a huge impact.

It also has nothing to do with unions or high marginal tax rates.

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Re: A bit simplistic

I'd argue that all economic theories are simplistic.

The socialist ones are possibly the worst, as they assume (almost) everyone is happy to be a "worker bee".

The capitalist ones are possibly the worst, as they assume (almost) everyone cares the most about accumulation of wealth.

Reality is neither of these things.

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Win10 Insider build 10532: Avoid if you run Chrome 64-bit

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Re: Corporates

Corporations are legal persons, with many of the legal rights and responsibilities of actual persons.

Some of that is a necessary legal fiction - if a corporation does something that harms you or your property, there has to be a way for you (or your loved ones) to sue the company and for the state to hold them to account.

That's the cost of Limited Liability - in some cases no individual human can be held legally fully responsible, so the company is - and thus the company directors.

For example, In corporate manslaughter cases, the company is prosecuted. I'm not sure what consequences lead from that though.

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Re: 16 GB is pointless

I've got a 16GB phone. Just over 3GB free space.

For me and users like me, it's plenty.

For others, it'd be nowhere near enough, which is fine - and why I really think every phone should have an SD-Card slot, so you can drop in whatever extra space you need, and increase it for very little cost if your needs change.

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Spaniard claims WWII WAR HERO pigeon code crack. Explain please

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Re: Howt to heap shit on your own head

Signing or not is irrelevant, though nationality is.

That said, it's pointless self-aggrandisement anyway.

They used one-time pads for this encryption.

Make two identical lists of totally random code:value pairs, send one out to the field and keep the other for decoding.

As long as your one-time-pad generation system is truly random with sufficient entropy, and you can keep both pads secure, it is genuinely unbreakable.

Inconvenient though, as once the pads are used up, no more messages until you can get a new one to the other party.

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Associated Press sues FBI for impersonating its site to install spyware

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Re: Is AP angry because FBI hindered a big piece of news?

So it'd be ok for them to use your details to honeypot somebody in this way?

Perhaps someone violent?

Even ignoring everything else about it, this appears to be blatant copyright and/or trademark infringement, which under US law is punishable by multi-billion-dollar* fines.

Not to mention unnecessary. A blank page that redirected to an actual AP story would have been just as good.

Also, how many people ended up with this malware installed? Such a drive-by infection would get any vulnerable systems that happened to visit, so it's rather unlikely that the nominal target was the only infected computer.

(*Only a slight exaggeration)

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BACS Bank Holiday BALLS UP borks 275,000 payments

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Re: "Bacs is aware of an isolated issue affecting one of its member organisations"

Translation:

"One of customers has properly ****ed up, we're pretty sure it's nothing to do with us but not certain enough to invite the lawsuit."

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Windows 10 market share growth slows to just ten per cent

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Re: At what cost

They lost the phone API war a long time ago.

It was lost before they even started, and they even deliberately sabotaged themselves just to make sure.

When they partnered with Nokia, they could have supported Qt (at that time it already supported Android and Meego/Meamo). When they launched WinRT, they could have allowed people to develop for it under Win7 for free.

They did neither of these things. They made it expensive and difficult to develop for their new platform - so guess what, nobody did.

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Re: Dear Microsoft, good luck with that.

Seriously? Ads in solitaire and minesweeper?

They've gone mad.

No corporate facility is going to accept that, and none will pay to remove them either. What are bored receptionists supposed to do?

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Second Ashley Madison dump prompts more inside-job speculation

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It's a dangerous business model to begin with

If your business is based around helping people do stuff that their partners don't want them to do, sooner or later one of those partners will find out and create Consequences for you.

Some of those people will even be willing to break the law to cause those Consequences.

- It doesn't even matter whether it's familial, business or "business", partnerships you're affecting.

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Re: What theft?

Copyright theft could only be fraudulently arranging to have the copyright assigned to you (or your stooge) instead of the rightful party.

It'd pretty much require a team of lawyers to perpetrate that theft.

Copying something when you don't have permission from the copyright owner is "infringement".

Words are important, copyright law says so.

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Re: I must be to young

Dabbs isn't very good at it.

I know some very good ladies who would be happy to give him a lesson.

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