* Posts by heyrick

2628 posts • joined 20 Dec 2009

Ex top judge admits he's incapable of reading email, doesn't own a PC

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Re: Parties and judges

"clicking an icon (to start the E-Mail client or web site), then clicking some subject lines checkboxes then clicking "delete"... or clicking a subject line and reading the text off the screen... are simply not too difficult."

I beg to differ. Having taught other family members (who prefer to delete messages one by one as checkboxes are "confusing"), I would say that you understand this as I do because you grew up with it, you use it, it makes sense to us. To some people, some things are "simply too difficult" no matter how many times you try to explain (even with pictures and drawings and stuff).

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Google tells iOS 9 app devs: Switch off HTTPS if you want that sweet sweet ad money from us

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Re: Nice, Google, nice

No need for SSL to verify my site is mine. Firstly, it would be hard to write the same sort of crap as on my blog. And if it wasn't me...they'll just be reading somebody else's crap.

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Nice, Google, nice

So Google would want to downgrade my website for being http (no login, no controversial information, no justifiable reason to require encryption) yet they can't get their own act together on this? Bloody hypocrites...

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

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Downvotes ahoy!!!

Enough. There are way too many people coming up with way too many sick sad sorry excuses to try to justify this.

Yes, relationships can be messy, and yes some people may prefer to have sex with others instead of formally splitting up. But, you know, affairs and polygamy existed before the Internet. If this is a consensual thing, why not try to pull at a bar, supermarket, whatever, as opposed to a website that appears to exist specifically to hook up people in affairs. This isn't a regular dating site, remember. Try to keep that in mind....along with the obvious moral of the story - Internet security. Oxymoron.

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Wait, what?

Are you seriously suggesting that it should be okay to have extramarital sex because of the unexpected medical condition of your wife being pregnant?

Un-fucking-believable.

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What Ashley Madison did and did NOT delete if you paid $19 – and why it may cost it $5m+

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Re: Greasy

"then complaining when telesales phone them up. Idiots."

That reads as I'd need some sort of account with your company so you don't pester me.

Is it not unreasonable for somebody to expect a "full delete" to be exactly that? Including from whatever contact list your telesales uses?

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Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

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Re: Not much 'ice' to crack there then.

"These at least have a slightly higher chance of getting a S/W update once in a while."

Why don't we start a push to try to get World to reject IoT devices where the (entire) firmware isn't open source? Might sound crazy but try reminding people how often their mobile phone gets updated and ask if they are happy spending £££ for a smart fridge that will likely be forgotten in short order? We're used to changing phones often because the technology improves rapidly, but do people really think they'll change their fridge every other year?

Plus you are stuck relying upon GMail's login working onwards. How many older Youtube enabled devices no longer work correctly (or at all?) because Google periodically alters the API?

This is when the tech press needs to step up and say "either commit to support the device for its reasonable lifetime (about a decade minimum for a fridge) or open source the firmware - anything less, it is garbage no matter how shiny".

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Re: 25,000 patches sounds pretty bad, but...

"3. Some patches are patches of patches - remove again."

And how does one know without manually auditing every single patch? Let's say a whizz with awesome powers of concentration can check a patch in 20 seconds. That is 138 hours, or fifteen and a half days doing nine hour days. And making no mistakes. And taking no more than 20s per patch. And not counting any time for actually applying, reboots, etc.

The icon is surely how anybody would want to feel.

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Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

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That was downvoted?

It seems entirely sensible and reasonable.

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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Re: Karma?

"I don't think that all the schoolchildren who get bullied over this did anything to deserve it."

Oh, a "think of the children" post.

At the risk of garnering more downvotes, if a child's parent is on the list, they may well have bigger issues looming than whether or not they'll be bullied at school.

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"a hookup website designed for those who want to cheat on their partners."

For those account details that are real, I can't help but feel this is some sort of laser guided karma.

"any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities."

Typical lawyer seeing a narrow definition that fits their argument. Correct, there likely is no law against using a website to search out somebody else to hook up with, however following through with it is a little less pleasant and lawful and freethinking.

Or, put it like this, if you found your partner on the list (with valid billing details, not just an email address), exactly how much would you trust them even if they protested innocence? You don't necessarily know that they got off with a girl with bigger tits / bloke with bigger biceps (delete as applicable), but there is enough loss of trust to make the future very uncertain.

Freethinking? Lawful? I'm just going to call it karma.

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Google flubs patch for Stagefright security bug in 950 million Androids

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Re: Riight...

Update:

Samsung replied. Couldn't tell me what the upgrade actually contained and, worse yet, couldn't tell me about whether or not any vulnerabilities had been addressed.

Useful. I have no choice but to assume that my phone is vulnerable to everything that can affect standard Android 4.4.2.

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Riight...

Samsung just pushed out an ~90MB update to my S5 Mini. I have contacted them to ask what the update fixes, but now have to deal with the fact (if they reply with any actual detail) that if they think they've fixed Stagefright...no they haven't? Marvellous.

(be nice if we were properly informed in the beginning as to what the update updates)

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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Apple is not really at fault in how it set up AirDrop

Yeah, it pretty much IS.

If you set Contacts Only and it reverts to Whole World upon you accepting something from a non contact AND allowing the device to receive AND DISPLAY without the basic "do you want to let this happen" prompt, then Apple has made such a cock-up (pun intended) of it that it just isn't funny.

Bluetooth pairing can be a pain, continual prompts can be a pain, but looking at fail such as this, it reminds me why such "hassles" are desirable. To allow me to transfer data between devices but keep your shit off my phone. Which part of that is too hard for Apple to understand?

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Patching a fragmented, Stagefrightened Android isn't easy

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Re: Ha ha ha ha haah hah haaa

Sony? My last year device is stuck with Android 2.3.something. Don't know if Samsung will be any better but at least my current phone is running an android from this decade!

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Another day, another stunning security flaw in Android – this time hitting 55% of mobes

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Re: Permissions?

I think Play Store needs the scary permissions as it seems to be a half assed way of updating some back end stuff without a full firmware update

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Re: Deniers?

"your use of the derogatory term "denier" self-identifies you as a non-credible hack"

Speaking only for myself, but you would probably consider me to be a denier. Thing is, I'm not really.

The climate IS changing. Any fool can see that weather is "most X since records began" a little too often for comfort.

What I do deny is our (humanity's) involvement. By reducing some emissions and taxing more we can make the problem go away? Yeah, pull the other one, it has bells on it.

By all means strive to be more efficient, but take steps for the inevitable as well.

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Sane people, I BEG you: Stop the software defined moronocalypse

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And having more, lots more, training offers for it post-school.

Didn't the Americans answer that with parts of the DCMA? Otherwise known as the ostrich approach. See no evil, hear no evil...

https://www.eff.org/wp/unintended-consequences-under-dmca

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Driving drunk is an obvious stupidity. Coding insecure software is not the same thing. People may not be aware of the potential risk to an attack vector they never considered or don't have experience of [1], plus large projects are split across many people and a potential flaw may take but a tiny hiccup in just one piece of code.

1 - For example, I know nothing about SQL injections but I'm not that bothered as I don't do anything with SQL...

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EFF's Privacy Badger will block snooping ads and invisible trackers

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"Privacy Badger will attempt to provide some incentive to snoopers by whitelisting services which have agreed to the standard."

The complaint I often hear for ABP is that certain services are whitelisted, which can be turned off. And if devs go too far, a project is often forked with a "pure" version.

Badger will whitelist services. Can we choose not? When will somebody understand that I am NOT happy allowing unknown code from unknown sources for unknown reasons just to punt some rubbish I wouldn't buy.

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W3C's bright idea turned your battery into a SNITCH for websites

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Seriously?

Somebody needs to give W3C a slap, then the browsers that actually implemented this.

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

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I'll take the holiday thanks.

Where I work we are told that the company cannot provide plans more than two weeks in advance due to order fluctuations etc. I don't personally believe it but that's the rule. With summer holiday of three weeks, one for winter, and one some other time (usually our discretion), I know that there will be some consistent times off (right now!).

Without this, I reckon we'd work every day that isn't a public holiday, we'd burn out before our cash pile amounted to anything and no doubt some change in government policy would rule that the extra pay for holiday can be counted as a part of our wages, not in addition, hence we lose. Again.

Cynical?

It's hard not to be when the employer's union is practically writing the legislation these days...

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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Re: Wheezer

Wheezer?

Mine had this on it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqL1BLzn3qc

(goodness, I've just realised it's been about twenty years since I last watched/heard that - I now feel positively ancient)

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Re: Windows vs Linux

"so you accept the changes on the privacy policy by continuing your use of the computer" - that sounds like every single update to iOS or iTunes or...

Here's our new policy, read all fifty pages of tiny text, then agree with it. It's even better with the iOS update, there's no way to say "eff off, no". You accept the new terms or your iDevice is a bit screwed since it has already upgraded and is showing you the terms before it'll let you use the upgrade...

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BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps

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The description of the monitors reminds me of a bloke I used to work for

A bit of a poser, liked to brag about his abilities, wanted to have better hardware, didn't have a clue. I'm sure you've ALL met that sort.

So he starts off with 640x480 to one of those dreadful IBM 14" monitors that had inches of black around the edges of the tube, like it just wasn't able to fill the screen properly.

Then he got himself a proper 15" monitor.

And a little while after, as it just wasn't impressive enough, he upgraded to a 21" (or was it 23"? I think Iilyama or something like that?) monster that made the lights flicker when it was turned on.

All the while, with a 640x480 resolution from the computer - icons big enough that the dead could see them. With my glasses off, I could see every pixel. As for a higher output resolution, he never asked and I never volunteered.

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Open source Copyright Hub unveiled with '90+ projects' in the pipeline

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Imagine if a Facebook rival emerged that didn’t require users to surrender their rights,

Isn't that required so that Facebook (etc) can actually serve up your content to ask of your so-called friends?

According to the law, you have the right of "copyright" in the content you create. You can upload stuff to third party sites but then they could not pass it on to anybody else, which would make things like sharing photos a bit pointless. So this giving up of rights to the provider you are using is a compromise; and surely better than suggesting that by uploading content, it enters the public domain in some manner...

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Google to French data cops: Dot-com RTBF? Baiser ma DERRIERE

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And so the FAIL continues

Where it is far far simpler to bash Google and devise stupid "right to be forgotten" legislation than to do something about the original content that is likely far far harder to get removed.

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"why should citizens throughout the world be subject to the EU's laws, they have no ability to vote or be represented in such courts"

Funny. Replace "EU" with "America" for a taste of reality.

The pendulum swings both ways and both sides need to get their shit together and understand that what's in another country is in another country...

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Americans care more about EU data protection laws than the French

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On Google Play

The product information says "1+ downloads". That's really sad.

On the plus side, it doesn't appear to want loads of unnecessary permissions.

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Wanted: beta testers for El Reg’s Android app

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Re: you do need a G+ account

The requirement of G+ is a dealbreaker for me too.

Shame there can't be a "here's the APK, have fun" link on El Reg itself, along with a forum here for discussing the software. And don't talk to me about "unknown sources" - for anybody involved in a beta test ought to know how to turn that off, and anyway it isn't as if Google exactly curates the applications on Google Play - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/22/android_malware_badnews/

I guess, then, I'll wait until the release version is available.

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Sue us for Safari ad tracking? You'll be lucky, peons, cackles Google

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Google had argued that UK court system had no jurisdiction in this case

Were some of those affected British? If so, then UK courts will have jurisdiction.

Fuckwads.

Financial harm is a red herring anyway. How does one attach a monetary value to being tracked and profiled with no specific right of access to that information or the right to correct it, assuming you can even figure out who it is collating this information or what conclusions they may have drawn. Isn't this against EU rules in the first place? Anyway, how can you claim damages from what you don't know? The fact you don't know doesn't mean it might not be potentially damaging...

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

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Oh look.

Something else that's probably a one module patch that Android can't do because its update mechanism is shit and requires all of the manufactures and carriers to be complicit in making compete and full updates of everything just to perform this one small change - and most just aren't interested (old model = no profit).

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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Re: Have they still not.....

So those of us who use one of these gizmos for checking guttering and stuff in hard to get to places should lose out because some assholes think it is funny to fly by a real plane?

Fine - ban drones. I'll agree to that...on the proviso that you agree to my demand - ban cars. More people have died due to intentional acts of harm committed by drivers than any from drones. Then when you count the injuries and deaths due to inattentive morons and substance abuses it is extremely clear that the only purpose of a car is to slaughter people. Right?

Or maybe you can accept that a headline generated by a dumbass or two absolutely does not represent the majority.

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Fee per receiver vs licence fee

Has anybody crunched the numbers on this? TV in the living room, TV in the bedroom, TV in the kids room...

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Fragmented Android development creating greater security risks

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Isn't the real problem here...

...that it is damned hard / impossible to update important parts of the core without issuing a completely new firmware upgrade?

Just imagine if Patch Tuesday was "here you go, now just reinstall Windows". Every time.

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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

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Re: Poor insurance risk

"Why do your insurance company even know that happened?"

Perhaps the small print that basically says that any damage caused to the vehicle that is not reported risks invalidating your insurance?

I suspect the behaviour of insurance depends upon the country. We were involved in a minor crash - pulling out of a car park some inattentive person pulled out afterwards and smacked into the side. An accident form was filled in, an assessor came and looked at the car. The door was fixed and the bill sent to the other company. Our insurance didn't change as the positioning showed it was clearly not our fault.

On the other hand, this country is a bloody nightmare for priority on the right, which is highly inconsistent and can change in a town by town basis so that a tractor can come out of a barely tarmac coated minor road on to a major road with a 90kph speed limit and the tractor has priority. Insane.

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Here in France

It is common practise in this situation to put the hazard warning lights on if you are the last car stopped. If somebody comes up behind you, you turn yours off and it becomes their problem...

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Ex-MIT prof jailed for 'making experimental film' about bank robbery. In a bank. Without saying it was a film

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Wait, the guy robbed a bank...

...and only got a grand?

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

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Re: The way I read it

Photo backup does exist. I don't have Google Photos.

Settings - Accounts - Google - Google+ - Auto backup

It's in there. At least, on my phone it is.

First thing I do is turn that crap off. I got stung years ago when my phone helpfully shared my WiFi key "by default". Now I disable all the auto backup stuff during the journey from the phone shop to home...

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'I'm COMING for you, DIRTBAG!': Ex-Sony chief Smedley to Kid Lizard hacker

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Dear Mr Smedley

I get it, the guy is a dumbass (other words are available) and you think the sentencing should have been harsher.

Does this justify an immature angry foot stamping that is not in the slightest bit befitting a man of your stature?

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EU net neutrality deal miraculously keeps everyone happy

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Re: EU Fails Again

The point here is not so much what the rules are and how they may be worked around, but rather enforcement.

If flouting the rules may cost several days of profit then they might be followed. If it is a hundred euro "fine" then this might as well be written in invisible ink.

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Les Américains order a MEEELLION doughnuts ... from French baker

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Re: how the baker is going to deliver

I live rural enough that our house is wired up three phase and our water (that we do NOT drink) is pumped up from a well.

With that in mind, I can tell you that the rural French would react in horror if the bread is more than a few hours old - even at breakfast. Hell, it goes gummy in no time in stone farmhouses, so fresh bread is important. Most communities have a bread oven, not that there are many who know how to use it these days. Who a baker decides to pass off older bread on can make our break their business (protip - anybody with an iPhone won't know the difference; upsetting the granny brigade will be a slow and painful demise). Old bread is good only for "pain perdu" (or the peasants, in olden times).

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Re: how the baker is going to deliver

The key word is INDUSTRIAL baker. They'll probably freeze them.

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THIS MEANS WAR between USA and Japan! GIANT ROBOT WAR

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Hmm...

Unless the Japanese one is a humanoid shape that flies in an improbable manner and wields a katana the size of a tower block...

...they just aren't putting their hearts into it.

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French privacy cops snarl at websites over crap EU cookie warnings

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Re: BULLSHIT! [was:: CNIL? Yeah, follow your own rules, dumbasses!]

@ Pierre - it would be useful if you actually visited the link given.

1. Can you please define "continue to browse"? The message, which is not a bad translation from French but is given IN ENGLISH exactly as written, implies that by using the CNIL website, you are giving consent to third party services. It is better than some in that you can personalise the cookies, but does it work? I set DailyMotion to Deny then followed a link from CNIL to a DailyMotion video (tutoriel pour les achats en ligne) and ten session cookies were set by DailyMotion, plus an LSO (persistent Flash cookie) from static1.dmcdn.net containing video player settings and a session ID. So much for CNIL's Deny option.

2. You will notice that the message and personalisation options go away when you navigate around the site. This is because CNIL creates session cookies in the form of _pk_id.#.#### and _pk_ses.#.#### (where # is a number), these seem to grow as you visit the site, switch languages, etc. I have three pairs at the moment. There is also a cookie called "tartaucitron" (ho ho) which records the so-called preferences for DailyMotion and YouTube.

3. Yes, they are session based, but it seems that there is too much going on to be anything other than CNIL tracking your behaviour on the site.

4. This only happens if you have JavaScript enabled (ie, not using NoScript etc). That you saw the message means that you had the cookies set. It happens sometime as the page is loading when it calls http://piwik.cnil.fr/piwik.php, and it appears to pass if you have realplayer, wma, director, flash, Java, gears, your display resolution, plus how many milliseconds it took to fetch the page body; and the reply is a 1x1 image, plus cookies. All of this without obtaining your consent.

Maybe if you took as long looking at the site as writing your reply, you might have noticed this.

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CNIL? Yeah, follow your own rules, dumbasses!

"If you continue to browse this website, you are allowing all third-party services"

http://www.cnil.fr/english/

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So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

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Re: Why is...

"I've never hired or rejected anyone because of skin colour"

My mother in Maryland in the 70s. She did a test, came second, and then was refused the job because second place was reserved for a minority.

T'was a crap job and forty some years ago, but there's an example. I'm sure there will be others.

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Why is...

...it necessary to fulfil some sort of racial/gender quota? Isn't it more important to hire people based upon their ability to do the job?

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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@ RegGuy1

Linux ain't happening here. I tried a recent Ubuntu on my box and though it correctly detected my computer's fancy dancey sound hardware, there was not a single sound. Not a peep. As I watch DVDs and such, not having sound is a deal breaker.

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Pirate MEP pranks Telegraph with holiday snap scaremongering

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Just out of interest

How does this sit with the Orphan Images thing?

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