* Posts by JustaKOS

1503 posts • joined 10 Mar 2010

Privacy watchdog ICO slashes its fines in half

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Re: " the ICO said issuing fines "left, right and centre" is not the way to safeguard privacy."

I'm inclined to agree with your last para, JasonB, but it does contain a fatal flaw : where on earth do you find someone with integrity in any area remotely related to government?

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" the ICO said issuing fines "left, right and centre" is not the way to safeguard privacy."

True. Jail time and/or loss of job and income for the high-ups in the guilty organisations is the only deterrent.

Failing that, how about the ICO investigate each complaint and, when proven to their satisfaction, publish the full details for all of us to see - exposing the guilty as thoroughly as possible?

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Rise of the Machines: ROBOT KILLS MAN at Volkswagen plant

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"So don't start with the Skynet, okay?"

Apart from that line, I thought the article was quite short and to the point, with no attempt at humour.

But that line was surely intended to provoke such responses as I've seen above.

For my part, I think it's way to early to find humour in someone's death, and certainly too early to imply that he may have contributed to his fate by being stupid in some way.

It is of great interest to all of us that the reason how/why it happened is thoroughly investigated and reported on. We're more and more expected to trust to machines and their programming out in the real world and we need the causes of such accidents to be fully exposed.

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Reg forums TITSUP?

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Yup

Response yesterday was crap and I got errors logging in. One post last night failed to appear.

Today, only one of three has appeared, and then after a long-enough wait that I was beginning to think that I had transgressed somehow and was being pre-moderated.

Of course, you may not see this response due to the problems ...

... Ah, they've appeared at last.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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And another thing ...

When I give someone the WiFi password I am authorising them to use my network. If they pass it on to someone else, that person is by definition an unauthorised user.

So this feature is facilitating - nay encouraging - unauthorised access to networks. Surely illegal in most jurisdictions?

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Banishment is the only way.

I can easily change the default, but I can't force any user of my network to do so as well. So I come to the conclusion that I cannot allow anyone with an electronic social life (I'm safe) - family member or visitor - to connect a Windows 10 device to my home network.

What a totally stupid idea, Microsoft. Given the security problems that it is bound to cause, you could at least have defaulted to OFF.

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Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from googleapis.com

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Ah, so I'm not paranoid after all

I've been purging the Noscript Whitelist for quite a while, just in case, like. I just felt that Noscript should mean exactly that unless I decide otherwise.

I feel a little bit vindicated now.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: Hard to say

I know 10130 is an old build now and that there are others that can be obtained by non-official routes, but that means that the majority of Insiders still won't have seen the latest - even if you and others think it's better.

The problem is the clear difference in opinion that has been evident all along - what does 'better' mean?

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Will it be ready? Maybe, but ...

Meeting Microsoft's own development plan is one thing, and it's possible to form an opinion on whether or not they have the time to fix all the known flaws.

The big unknown to me is whether or not the end result will be acceptable, by which I mean whether or not those who comment loudly on new OSs (such as us here) think it's OK. If they don't think it's OK, then Microsoft are going to have trouble selling this thing.

Issues that bother me, and that I see no sign of Microsoft rectifying include:

# Loss of control of updates and the clear aim to use home users as beta testers forever.

# The fact that privacy and data-sharing settings default during installation to "Come and get me, baby".

# The need for a Microsoft Account for many features to work.

# Perceived poor functionality and performance of many of the apps.

I will say this - its better than Windows 8.1 from the outer view, but what's going on behind the scenes does worry me a little.

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Hard to say

There's a lot in build 10130 that still needs fixing and until the majority of the testing serfs (Insiders) get to properly play with an updated build we won't know for sure if they're anything like on target.

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Cisco in single SSH key security stuff-up

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OK, so no random miscreant should be able to get in. That still leaves the hard-coded login credentials available to somebody who is not the owner of the appliance. A backdoor if ever there was one.

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Microsoft's new mission statement: It's all about doing MAGICAL THINGS

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Magic?

It would take a bit of magic to turn the current Windows 10 from the sow's ear that it is, into the silk purse that this plan needs it to be.

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Triple glitch grounds ALL aircraft in New Zealand

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Computers go Tits-up and Humans just calmly carry on without them, and without incident.

That's the sort of machine-related story I like.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Going back to 7

Historically the evidence would suggest that going back to 7 or 8.1 would be OK. There is confusion here I think because, just as with the 'free for insiders' issue, questions have been asked and no-one has come back with a concise Yes/No answer.

One thing that raises suspicions that the upgrade is irrevocable is the language used by Microsoft : the license is not transferred to Windows 10 but, rather is consumed by Windows 10.

For what it's worth, I suspect that the transfer will be one way, or at least reversion will involve a bit of effort.

That's a non-simple answer to a simple question. I hope that satisfies nmy downvoters above.

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All this confusion is entirely focused on the Insider Preview builds, so just ignore it. If you're concerned about free upgrades from Win7/8.1, then nothing has changed - you can still screw your PC up if you want to.

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Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

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WTF?

Eh?

The idea of a watershed is that after the set time children are presumed to be in bed.

So, what will children be doing after 10 in their bedrooms? Apart from the obvious things, they'll be on their computers. And therefore free to download the stuff anyway.

Strange.

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Redmond: IE Win 8.1 defence destroying hack ain't worth patch, natch

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And the solution is?

... upgrade for free to Windows 10, of course.

And if it's not fixed there, there's always Spartan/Edge.

I'm sure Microsoft consider that they've already provided the solution to this and all future Win7/8.1 exploits, so why bother fixing them elsewhere.

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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Automatic Upgrade

If Windows Update is on Automatic then a Win7SP1 or Win 8.1 machine will be quietly updated to prepare it for the Win10 upgrade, and the "Get Windows 10" icon will appear in the Taskbar.

I've disabled this whole process as I have absolutely no intention of giving up Win7 for Win10, but I understand that you have to actively initiate the upgrade when the time comes.

However, given how sneaky Microsoft have been about putting in the "Get Windows 10" icon and all the other deceptively named updates that it needs, many people have expressed the suspicion that Microsoft will decide to upgrade people whether they've asked for it or not.

For my part I don't think they will - it would be a truly epic fail on their part as I'm sure millions of users won't have a clue how to deal with the upgrade and will be left with a machine that they cannot use.

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@Hellcat - Re: 'registered MSA connected to their PC'

You must be holding it wrong

Uncommonly polite for this place. I think I have been misled (a) by crappy error messages from the OS when trying to de-link my MSA from one account and link to another and (b) the clear statement from a MS engineer on the forums that it was so. That engineer was swiftly corrected by a moderator as it turns out.

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"... cover their backside"

I'm inclined to agree. It is telling, I think, that on the Insider Hub it was still giving the original text of the announcements - without the tweaks.

I think Microsoft would be foolish to treat the Insiders who have stuck with this thing for months with exactly zero gratitude : they would find a lot of people leaving the program with pretty firm 'anti' feelings, as opposed to staying and eventually (maybe) coming to appreciate their vision and spreading it.

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Re: 'registered MSA connected to their PC'

I believe it means the MSA used to register for the insider program, enabling you to download and install Windows 10. What they are now saying is that insiders will have to use that MSA to login to their PC if they wish to continue getting upgrades on the Insider program.

Having a local account and then logging in to Outlook.com will not be good enough.

An interesting point not touched on anywhere is that (at least so far), Win10 will only allow one MSA to be linked to a PC. That means that a Win10 machine cannot be fully used as a multi-user machine (eg two people using it with separate accounts having separate MSAs).

They really do seem to be going down the path of treating a PC as simply another device (like a phone) linked to a MSA.

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Re: Optimal?

What it means is that the OS will be hamstrung unless you use a MS account to sign in, as many of the Apps require a MS account (even Calendar, for God's sake).

You can use it without a MSA, but it will not be worth it.

As for the main point of this article : screw you, Microsoft. I think I'll just wipe my VM, cos I sure as hell am not junking Win7 for this glorified mobile phone OS.

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NIST issues 'don't be stupid' security guidelines for contractors

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Ah, I see now

I've been wondering how the US could have been so lax in its security standards as to allow Manning and Snowden to do what they did. I didn't realise that processes and procedures that are very familiar to Brits just haven't been issued (or at least followed) over there.

Oh and of course patching comes under Configuration Management. Persuading Management and end-users that certain systems have to be frozen and only changed under a bureaucratic process is a pain, but that's no excuse for being lax about it.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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"The government has already vowed not to introduce a levy on copying music."

For once, I have to say that I agree 100% with the government's position. Seems strange to be saying that, but they can be right at least once.

I of course am only referring to copying for the sole purpose of converting one's own purchased material from one medium to another for personal use.

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Three exposed Brit's privates with sloppy survey code

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Data Protection

I'm beginning to think that the time has come to treat all such security breaches as if they were deliberate and hit the fuckers with consequently higher penalties.

Though I suppose that would just mean a slap on both wrists.

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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"What's clear is that the younger generation is communicating in new ways,”

Well, such has always been so. And then the younger generation eventually grows up and realises that a common form of communicating is necessary for a society to exist, and gets with the (old) beat

Why screw with what works just to please fans of a passing fad?

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EU steps (marginally, tentatively) towards new data protection law

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Re: The best Data Protection approach

Ahh I suppose I was being a bit naive.

Might I be allowed to correct my statement to read

"...absolutely necessary from the victim's perspective for the sole purpose of furthering the service offered"?

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The best Data Protection approach

What with Spooks sniffing, advertisors monitoring, various miscreants hacking and stupid laws that only slap companies and governments politely on the wrist when they get it wrong, I just don't feel Data Protection is a realistic proposition.

For me, the best method to protect the public's data is to not collect it unless absolutely necessary.

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Top Eurocop: People are OK with us snooping on their phone calls

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Re: "Society accepts that this is a reasonable way to run a democracy"

I believe you overestimate the collective intelligence of modern society.

Hmmm I think you've hit on the main reason for the bastards getting away with their stuff.

If you put the question to people as individuals then I believe you will get the view I stated. But as you say, collectively society does tend towards a lower level of intelligence.

Depressing.

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"Society accepts that this is a reasonable way to run a democracy"

Er .. no.

The public generally accepts interception of calls to/from specific people and when there is reasonable suspicion that the call may be related to criminal activity and subject to judicial oversight.

Society doesn't accept blanket eavesdropping on the off-chance that something criminal is revealed. The gentleman is talking through his arse.

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Eugh

"The only way to get around the festival and pay for stuff is to use this system. It’s not possible to opt out of this."

Not a great leap from this to what was always my main concern about a national electronic ID system - the eventuality that a card would be needed for every little transaction.

Why not just stamp people at birth and be done with it.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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" self-selecting “Insiders”" and "Fanbois"

I confess to the former appelation, but not the latter. I signed up to the Insider thing to see what Microsoft were intending, and to make use of some spare cores on my laptop (with VirtualBox).

I've been very critical (both here and via the feedback app) of features that I think are just crap.

I sure as hell ain't a fanboi and, judging by some of the comments on the Insider forums, there's a lot of others like me.

On this issue, it seems that what they are planning is to not put icons for open applications from all workspaces on the one taskbar. As long as the taskbar clearly shows the open applications for the workspace currently being displayed, then it seems sensible.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: DVD Playback

I don't think it is coming back as a part of Win 10 : "Watching DVDs requires separate playback software" means, I think, that you're going to have to buy a 3rd party product.

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Guinea Pigs

Windows 10 Home users will have updates from Windows Update automatically available.

Interesting to note that that the home users will be used as Guinea pigs (or is that Beta Testers?) for future updates, while the Pro & Enterprise users have the luxury of being able to hold off and wait to see what happens.

TANSTAAFL, I suppose.

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Long, sticky summer ahead: Win 10 will be with OEMs by 31 August

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@Neil Alexander - Re: New task bar thing-a-ma-jig has appeared. Win7

Your argument is tired and boring. On the contrary, Windows 10 actually goes a long way to restore a lot of the Desktop.

Tired and boring to you perhaps, but I'm being honest. I've really tried to see what is advantageous about Windows 10 for me and have finally come to the conclusion that the many ways in which it differs from Windows 7 are consistent with an attempt to provide the same experience as users currently get from their Mobile (and Tablet) OSs - mainly Android. And that is not something that I want or need from a desktop machine.

You're right that Windows 10 goes a long way to restoring the desktop, and I can see myself being able to use it satisfactorily for what I do these days, but that will only be if I can use it without connecting to my Microsoft Account.

If I seem to have a downer on Windows 10 it's not because I'm a Microsoft Hater or an anything-else fanboy. it's because I've tried my best to love it but have found it to be unloveable.

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ADs or not, the aim is to have you using the app store to buy apps, hence the Microsoft account through which, if you so wish, payment may be taken. The experience will be very familiar to android users.

As well, though, it is essential to facilitate the vision of 'The same Windows across all your devices'. Fine if that's what you want.

If you don't then it is still possible to login and use it without a microsoft account - though I fancy the experience will be somewhat lessened.

I come from the point of view of not wanting my desktop to hook up with everything else, so I see no advantage at all in moving to Win 10. I will stay with 7 until it is no longer viable.

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Re: New task bar thing-a-ma-jig has appeared. Win7

In the name of all that's holy, DON'T TOUCH THAT ICON!

Not yet, anyway. It's still a piece of crap and offers no advantage over Win7 unless you actually want a Mobile OS on your desktop.

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MIT's robo-cheetah leaps walls in a cyborg hunt for Sarah Connor

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Don't worry - I'm sure the power lead isn't long enough for them to get far before pulling it from the wall.

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Mozilla signing vetted add-ons as thoughts turn to security

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@msknight - Re: Firefox in the footsteps of Chrome

"Is it unscrupulous to design an application which blocks or interferes with the content stream between web site and end-user? (ie. ad blockers) ?"

I'd say not. Now if an application interfered with the content stream contrary to the user's wishes, or interfered with the web site itself, then yes it would be.

I take your point, though - it's all a matter of definition, and interfering with a revenue stream might be considered a no-no.

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

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Re: Tea Bags For All Brews?

"If Windows 10 really is a great package and really will run properly on slightly older hardware and if it really will bring forward new benefits some of that will translate into new hardware sales."

That's the main issue, I think. For some it probably will be a great package but for most (in my opinion, of course) it won't be. From what I've seen so far it isn't a great advance on Windows 8.1.

Add to that the potential PR disaster they're going to get when people unthinkingly take advantage of the free upgrade from Windows 7 and find they've lost Media Center, and it's hard to see anything positive for future PC sales.

Still, we might find hardware prices dropping to clear the unbought stock.

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Google launches native Android Smart Lock password manager

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"A security boon for the masses"

Eh? How will apps being able to automatically pick up previously entered passwords enhance security?

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Google puts Android on a diet, names it after the first thing it sees under the sink ... yes, Brillo

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Cool

Seriously, the concept of Brillo and Weave, together with phones for the UI, and how it all fits together seems really neat.

But yet, I really can't see me caring one bit about whether or not it comes off. It seems a high level of sophistication to solve problems that, for most people, just aren't there.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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A truly awful comment, (original) AC. We all learn by discourse, no matter that some people have wacky ideas.

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Microsoft: Cortana not exclusive to Windows – it loves Android, iOS too

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Re: nice... "cross platform" approach

Seems so, but from the tone of their forums I fancy they're fully embracing the "cross user" approach.

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Amazon sighs, may slip hands into trousers to pay some UK corp tax

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"...may slip hands into trousers to pay some UK corp tax"

... but they didn't say whose trousers.

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'The Google execs, the journalists, plus Brit and US spybosses in a cosy mansion confab'

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Re: "... it's not that sinister" ??

That Google, Apple, and others are taking part isn't necessarily bad news, but a sign that they might be asserting the rights of their users

...or asserting their rights to profit from their users?

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"... it's not that sinister" ??

I dunno about that. You don't have to be a tinfoil-hatter to find something disturbing in a cosy chat between spooks and representatives of the tech companies that know so much about the rest of us.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Too old to remember

I have no hope of remembering all of the passwords that I need these days, still less of remembering answers to questions.

So I use gibberish throughout and write it down in my little black book. Perfectly OK wrt on-line threats, but of course burglars are remotely a threat.

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