* Posts by VinceH

1480 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009

Get off Facebook if you value your privacy, EU commish tells court

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"After the Irish data protection commissioner refused to investigate, citing Safe Harbour rules"

He does realise, I take it, that 'Safe Harbour rules' aren't about keeping Facebook safe from investigation?

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Re: Just leaving is no good

"if they still hold all your data. The EU need to force FB et al to provide an easy method to download/migrate your data and then delete everything they hold when you leave"

IIRC, Facebook does provide an easy way to download your data.

As for deleting all your data, when you close your account it gives you a small window during which you can reactivate your account, after which your data is supposedly deleted. Whether it truly is deleted is another question - but certainly after I quit they kept enough information to be able to offer some friends of mine other friends of mine as possible connections.

I said some months back in another El Reg discussion on the subject of Facebook that I was considering setting up a new account to see if it offered any of my old data to me (friends, at the very least). It didn't - but I didn't realise until afterwards that I didn't use the same email address as before, and minor details like my date of birth will be different than what I used last time around. Facebook might not (yet?) have successfully put two and two together.

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I helped Amazon.com find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

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Re: @Bill

"Either way, publishing it openly is the wrong thing to do. EoS."

Pfft.

I accidentally discovered a flaw on Amazon's site (the UK site, but it's possible the same thing applied to other sites) some years back that could result in duplicated/forked accounts with different access details. I couldn't cause it to happen again, so it might have already been fixed (just as it might be that I couldn't work out what caused it in the first place).

Therefore, since I wasn't aware if they had become aware of the problem and definitely fixed it - and because there may have been other people out there with similarly forked accounts (who, IMO, they should have notified if that was the case) I decided to contact them.

Amazon - or the Amazon twit I communicated with - really, really weren't in the slightest bit interested, and even shifted the blame onto me.

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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

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Re: Is it wrong?

"And they'd have to spend lots of money on marketing, to convince customers that for financial stuff they shouldn't search Google, but go to info.bank and go from there. That's quite a lot of hurdles to jump."

One of which is that once you've drilled into people that they shouldn't search Google for financial stuff and that they should use info.bank instead, they'll start searching Google to get to info.bank in the first place.

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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"Complaints have been mounting in the Apple Support Communities forum for a while, but have often been dismissed as a result of improper cleaning attempts and responded to with a link to Apple's cleaning guide."

Ah, yes, I well remember when the antenna problems led to Steve Jobs dismissing the complaints as a result of improper holding attempts.

Oh, wait, it was "you're holding it wrong" - same thing, but more to the point. Apple today just have no class with their responses.

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

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"Americans, who insist on putting the month before the day (crazy, right?) when it comes to date arrangement, celebrate the mathematical constant that frames our science and maths – 3/14."

As I tweeted this morning:

Today is Pi Day. The date corresponds with Pi, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter* - which is now 14.315 due to inflation.

* Actually, I didn't spot until much later that I actually said "the ratio of a circle's circumference to its ratio" - D'oh!

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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That's how I first started reading his books - I was convinced by someone to give Discworld a try a long, long time ago; after initially saying they didn't sound like my cup of tea, she was adamant that I would enjoy them, and I eventually caved and read the first one. I was wrong, she was right.

I therefore came to the Discworld party quite late, but I soon caught up, and read every one of them to catch up (in the right order) then bought new ones as they were published - and all were thoroughly enjoyable.

I have yet to read The Long Earth etc, but they're in my ridiculously large pile of unread books (or on order - The Long Utopia). I think I should shift them to the top of the pile.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Re: The BBC should have bought a stockpile of Pi's and gave them out

"> "BBC BASIC was for the expensive BBC Micro only."

No it isn't."

Time travel is not an option.

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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"If you can't hack it as"

Is that not just a variation on blaming the victim?

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Re: The term "pirate" is a propaganda coup

"well, only if burglary meant that someone never broke into your house, and never took away any of your property, and only much later did you discover that someone in a different house had the same things as you things you've put your time, effort and perhaps financial resources into creating, and you didn't want them to have the same things as you things you've put your time, effort and perhaps financial resources into creating, because they hadn't paid for them."

FTFY!

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Doh! iTunes store goes down AFTER Apple Watch launch

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Re: Next time use cloud

I think he forgot the irony icon.

Wait. Is there an irony icon?

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Dark matter surveys turn up new satellites … orbiting the Milky Way

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Re: Get it right

"Just a few hundred stars? Methinks we need a new term."

Yes, we don't want the same thing to happen to them that happened to Pluto. Considered a planet for so very long then suddenly demoted to a minor planet. If we call these things galaxies now, that's what'll happen - at some later date they'll be demoted.

"What about "midget galaxy?""

Fun-size galaxy?

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Holy Zuck! Facebook fraud suspect VANISHES

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Re: Has anyone thought...

"People use G+?"

Sort of. It's where Facebook users go when they want an undisturbed holiday.

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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I'm thinking that it'll be interesting to see how long it takes for iFans in business to try purchasing the watch on expenses - and I don't mean employees, but business owners, trying to put it through the books to claim back the VAT on the purchase.

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Re: BBC thread

"anybody seen the BBC thread about this?"

Ha! My favourite comment so far about the Apple Watch is one I've just read on that thread:

"I think that the Apple Watch is not as useful and practical as a Pebble. It is also much more expensive, I got mine from the beach..... FREE." - Testaclese the tautologist

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Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

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Re: Remove watch when ahem browsing

"I spotted the remark about the watch having Apple Pay and Siri on it - just a suggestion here, but it's probably not a good idea to be surfing any paid-content sites where the word 'yes' is used repeatedly... dare I ask if the watch has motion sensors which might be used to detect such erroneous acceptances...?"

According to Robots Read News, Apple advice against that for an entirely different reason.

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Actual photo of a fanboi's desk in preparation for the event.

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

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Re: Hmm...$10,000...

"Do we need watches to tell the time?"

Some of us do, yes. Sometimes none of those convenient ways to tell the time are available - it depends on the person, what they do, and where they go.

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Re: Sundial?

Well if they did, at least there wouldn't be questions over battery life.

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Robots Read News - Scott Adams

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Re: Hmm...$10,000...

PRG 80L

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Auction of a live gTLD could pave way for domain-name shakeup

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Re: dot slash reisen

Spending a penny harks back to public conveniences (starting in the mid-1800s?), where a penny had to be inserted in order to unlock and gain access so that you could, well, spend a penny. :)

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Re: dot slash reisen

"If people continue to refer to a period as a dot, they usually refer to a hyphen as a slash."

What strange logic is this? The first time I've ever heard or read of anyone referring to a hyphen as a slash is in your comment. As a dash, sure, but never a slash.

To me, a slash is either a / or (preceded by "taking a" or "going for a") yet another euphemism for taking a piss, taking a leak, flushing the buffers, hosing the porcelain, draining the main vein, spending a penny, going for a tinkle, letting it out the front door, draining the radiator, and so on.

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Re: The big problem (and risk) is connectivity

Amen.

With the security issues we've seen so far, not to mention the potential privacy issues, and the risks that both of these bring, I don't see any incentive to bother with any of this internet of things guff.

As I keep saying, for me it's more of a potential internet of unwanted things: iOUT!

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With a camera in the fridge...

"You'll be able to check that the light actually does go off."

No, you won't! It's a con!

The light will have to come on whenever you access the image from the camera - at least, that's what they'll tell you - so you still won't truly know if the light goes out, and instead have to continue taking it on faith*.

* All hail the holy instruction manual, for it doth decree that the light comes on for thee. Or something.

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Top Euro court ends mega ebook VAT slash in France, Luxembourg

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Re: Writers

Actually, the VAT changes do indeed do precisely that - because they now have to register for VAT in any EU countries into which they make any cross border sales; the threshold on this is zero.

The "simple" alternative is to use the VAT MOSS schemes, but in order to do that they need to be registered for VAT in their own country. Here in the UK, a provision has been made for this situation - such people can register for VAT in order to use VAT MOSS, but not have to pay any VAT on domestic sales until/unless they reach the UK threshold, but they still have to correctly deal with VAT on cross border EU sales.

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GoPro cameras' WiFi security is GoAmateur

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"Love to know if anyone else actually understands what the vuln is, how the thousand credentials were harvested, or basically wtf the article is talking about."

Follow the link to Chernyakov's actual post on the subject - it makes it a lot clearer.

It looks like the Go Pro cameras offer their own WiFi so that they can be controlled from a smartphone app when out and about. Chernyakov borrowed a friends camera, but his friend didn't know the WiFi settings, so he followed the procedure for "resetting" the WiFi settings, which resulted in a file download from a URL including a numeric token.

From what he said, the zip file is supposed to be put on an SD card and put in the camera; rebooting the camera then causes the WiFi to be reset. However, Chernyakov opened the zip file, and found a file inside that contained the camera's WiFi settings (probably taken from the smartphone app, which sends the info 'home' - i.e. the reset procedure involves making the camera match the app).

He therefore guessed changing the token in the URL would result in him downloading other people's Go Pro [app and therefore camera] wireless settings; testing that theory proved it to be correct.

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EasyGroup continues bizarre, time-travelling domain crusade

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"The company then went to the law courts, where it was told again that it did not have the rights to the word "easy"."

Someone should point this out to Peter Jones, who seems to think Apple have the right to the 'i' prefix. He and easyGroup would be a marriage made in heaven.

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Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

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"Users would have no reason to suspect the whirring of an optical drive indicated unknown software was running, making this a potentially nasty attack handy back door for companies who wish to repeat Sony's (CD) mistake."

FTFY!

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It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

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Re: ... allegedly, you are not allowed to backup your legit copy…

"But maybe the US of A simply anticipates dictating future international laws and preemptively ensures that the world is compliant."

FTFY!

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W*nkers of the world unite to SAVE THE PLANET one jerk-off at a time

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Shame Apple didn't think of this - then that quote of Tim Cook's about people in meetings would have been funnier:

"It's quite funny to be in a meeting at Apple and ten minutes before the hour people get [it] up and start moving around, but people like it."

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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" it seemed the main obsession in the 1980s was to have a small-screen portable TV that could live in the kitchen or the bedroom"

Any coincidence, do you think, with that being when home computers really took off, and parents might have wanted to watch TV while the monsters wanted to use that Sinclair/Acorn/Commodore/Atari gizmo they'd pestered them into getting for Christmas?

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Re: are you sure ?

"mines a 5 yr old Panasonic 50" and it's just the right size"

My parents have a 50" jobbie - also Panasonic, IIRC, and it's just right size for their living room (in fact, they probably could go a little bigger if they wanted, before it gets silly).

I have a 32" Hitachi here, which is, again, just the right size - and I don't think bigger would be practical. It doubles up as a monitor - and, TBH, it's not very good at that. None of the computers that are connected to it, whether by VGA or HDMI, give a great picture, but instead a bearable one. As a TV, though, it does very well.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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I'm sure it's best appreciated in the original Klingon Urdo.

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Guess who filed most Euro patents in 2014? Yep, still Samsung

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Although that does indeed sound like Steve's patent, I think it's he that should be suing you - his invention didn't make you fall off the ladder. It's more a case of you've used his idea without permission or payment.

(Though I'm surprised Apple didn't get there first - there's clearly "a mobile device" involved here.)

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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"But this is precisly a cloud operation! The TV should be able to work without phoning home first"

Only if you take the view that everything on the interwebs is the cloud. I don't - and I therefore certainly don't class "phoning home" as a cloud thing. Although, as this case shows, it is as much of a bloody nuisance.

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"I've made my views on the "cloud" quite clear here."

This isn't so much a problem with the "cloud" - from the description given in the story, it's more a problem with crap phoning home and throwing a hissy fit if it's unsuccessful.

But I do agree with you about cloudy crap in general.

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P0wned plug-in puts a million WordPress sites at risk of attack

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"bad news for the folks who've downloaded the plug-in 1.3 million times."

Why would they do that? Is once not enough?

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Re: Clangers

"Nope, their dustbin lids weren't shiny."

It's not the dustbin lids reflecting light. The clangers in question have left their doors dustbin lids open and their lights on.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Re: Well I thoroughly enjoyed the advert. Oh, yes!

"What was it advertising again?"

A teleportation device that, whenever you receive a phone call, teleports the phone to one of your pockets so that it is within earshot as it rings.

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Love rats show sex while drunk will sober you up, say boffins

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"in the rats, “too much” turned out to be the equivalent of a bottle of vodka"

What, each? =:o

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Tweak comms laws or Facebook 'n' Twitter folk will be treated like CRIMINALS

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It covers electronic communications, doesn't it? If so, that means it's illegal to send a text message to your other half to say you're working late when you're really engaging in coitus with the receptionist down the pub.

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Ads! People! love! ads! in! their! apps! Please! use! ours! cries! Yahoo!

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Re: Fuck ads and all who serve them up

"If I come back and search for a DVD, however, I'm unlikely to still want to know about lawnmowers."

And I certainly don't want to know about the same lawnmower that I have already bought, with the suggestion to buy it again.

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Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

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Re: Archimedes

You appear to be confusing what I/Jess said ("it works [very/rather] well") with something we didn't say ("It's wonderful, and perfect, and completely safe and secure")

There are some people who somehow seem to believe the latter, but most sensible people using RISC OS knowing full well that it's full of flaws, far from perfect and lacks any real security. We use it because of the point that it works very well, and has a reasonably consistent and neat user interface (though there are areas in which it could be improved).

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Re: Archimedes

"RISC OS on the Pi works rather very well."

FTFY, Jess!

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Re: Lord Sugar != Sid James

I thought it sounded just like him.

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Re: The privacy policy says it records video too?

Here, too - and I'm glad I wasn't the only one who picked up on this:

"When users interact with ToyTalk, we may capture photographs or audio or video recordings (the "Recordings") of such interactions, depending upon the particular application being used."

Recording and uploading what a child says is bad enough - but photographs and video?

Being generous, it's possible the terms are generic and used for more than one product, and that this doll doesn't have a camera. But it's still worrying, not least because it suggests other products might.

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UGH... opposable thumbs are so tiresome! Why not mount your iPhone on your face?

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Re: LOL thorough review!

"Unless it was your case?"

Er, you did read what he put in strike tags, didn't you?

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Re: Awesome.

I was thinking more that this might be the real reason the watch is called the Apple Watch, and not the iWatch.

This could carry the iWatch name - although (despite being a fully paid up member of the anti-Apple club) I think it would probably have been more suitable for Google to have used the name instead of Glass.

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Re: Shackleton

"I was too old to apply but given the choice between dying on Mars and dying on Earth, I'd pick Mars."

I agree - but not when it comes to this project.

Mars One may be thinking of the bigger picture, of exploration, of furthering our boundaries - but with a reality TV aspect to it (and with some candidates that, as the article suggests, look like they are being picked for that aspect), not to mention the disputed scientific research and funding questions, I find the whole idea very off-putting.

That doesn't mean I won't watch the TV show, though: I've never watched a huge train crash before.

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