* Posts by Sebastian A

127 posts • joined 2 Apr 2012

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Facebook sad-nav: How to put depressed chums on internet suicide watch

Sebastian A

So you share something with your friends

and the next thing you know some internet quack is poking around your history?

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Firefox 36 swats bugs, adds HTTP2 and gets certifiably serious

Sebastian A

Have they stopped

screwing with the UI? I'm utterly over "fixing" things with every update, or waiting days or weeks for addon writers to tweak things back to how I like them. I'd rather run an outdated copy than go through that frustration all the time.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

Sebastian A

"The company had one of the most valuable brands in the computer business and wants that back."

Don't it always seem to go

That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?

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Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?

Sebastian A

Excellent logic

"It should be legal to do it, because we're gonna do it anyway, but that way you can't complain."

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Samsung in second SSD slowdown SNAFU

Sebastian A

Well dang...

I have one of these drives but never ran performance tests after the initial ones just after the install. I'll need to re-run them to see how bad it is. In hindsight, things do seem somewhat slower but I'd always blamed that on the inevitable aging and bloat of the Windows install and apps rather than the drive itself.

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The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

Sebastian A

No mention of the reportedly short length?

5 hours and change for a playthrough? Doesn't seem like value for money to me.

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Obama turns back on spooks: 'I'm on the side of strong encryption'

Sebastian A

Call me paranoid...

But am I the only person who thinks the NSA's vocal opposition to encryption is all for show, and they've already compromised the back ends of almost anything worth looking at?

If the NSA bleat about encryption, then people will assume that means they can't see the comms, and will feel secure planning their next terrorist attack via the usual channels. If they suspect the NSA already has access they may commission custom comms which would be more problematic to spy on.

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Mozilla's Flash-killer 'Shumway' appears in Firefox nightlies

Sebastian A

So which is it?

Shumay or Shumway?

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Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU

Sebastian A

Re: Not metadata....

They've also admitted that they'd be compelled to hand over all data (not just metadata) in the case of a valid warrant being served. So, backward-accessible wiretapping now available in all homes, free with purchase of a corrupt judge.

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Sebastian A

WTS: 15 year old 29" CRT TV

Watch TV without being watched. Free rabbit ears aerial.

Starting bid, $1000. Shipping, probably as much again.

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Win! The Ultimate Cash 'n' Carrion Survival Kit

Sebastian A

Terms & Conditions

It refers to "the above terms and conditions" but there aren't any there. There's a two-line disclaimer, but in these days of phonebook-sized tomes of legalese, I hesitate to assume that's all of it.

Still, unlike the chocolate one, this one doesn't say you'll farm out my details, so I've entered. Thanks!

I suspect shipping to NZ would cost more than the loot itself though.

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Avast there: MEELLIONS of Androiders scuttled by 'adware' game app

Sebastian A

The miscreants involved...

will no doubt resurface as another company with a slightly altered name, and be able to submit similar crapware to the Play store with no problems. I'm no Apple fan, but at least their walled garden has fewer slugs crawling around in it.

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Bluetooth-enabled miracle washing orbs? Are you kidding?

Sebastian A

Re: Kickstarter "Staff pick" badge

I'm not taking a jab at the Vulture staff, just the Kickstarter one.

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Sebastian A

Kickstarter "Staff pick" badge

Thanks for making it clear that I can freely ignore those in the future.

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NASA: Give us JUST 0.5% of the federal budget and we'll take you to MARS and EUROPA

Sebastian A

Good grief...

Literally one percent of the US military budget (approx $6Bn) could keep NASA expanding the boundaries of human knowledge, but noooo. Killing people is far more important.

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'Revenge porn' law to arrive in spring – MoJ

Sebastian A

Vaguely-worded legislation

seems to be the norm these days. Why bother anticipating edge cases when you can just waffle something together so that it's easier to misuse later?

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Call Gordon Freeman! Apple to build $2bn 'data command center' – BLACK MESA?

Sebastian A

Wouldn't it be

Off-white Mesa? Or maybe Rounded Mesa?

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

Sebastian A

What we call a victory for common sense

really just means that Marriott & co didn't offer enough money to the right lobbyists.

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INTERNET of STUFF: Google to replace old Dropcams for $0.00

Sebastian A
Big Brother

Not a lot...

They need this to maintain compliance with the NSA backdoor policy they're subject to after a secret court handed down a judgement that they're not allowed to mention.

I won't bother with AC, they know who I am by now...

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What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

Sebastian A

Unfortunately...

it reads like something written by someone in a Sunday-evening alcoholic stupor. "no example of the project slowing down"? "14nd"?

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

Sebastian A

The most screamingly obvious use for augmented reality...

has to be advertising. So no, I don't think I'll be getting too excited about this until the time you can get an AdBlock plugin for it. Otherwise every square meter of my house is going to be wallpapered with ads. Tailored to my location and browsing history too no doubt. Spend a bit longer than average on the shitter, and you'll get bombarded with ads for all-bran and hemorrhoid creams. Sitting in traffic? We'll turn every white van in your sight range into billboards for mass transit.

Age has made me cynical, but this cynicism has served me well recently, I won't make much of an attempt to suppress it just yet.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

Sebastian A

Re: Nobody talks to Cortana

When I see terms like "Tightly integrated" in regards to a feature I don't want, it just makes me shudder. That thing's gonna pop up every time I try to search for anything anywhere, isn't it?

Definitely going to be adding some Microsoft addresses to the firewall as well. I don't need every word I say anywhere near my PC to be in an NSA-queryable database.

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Notorious skin-flick master Max Hardcore goes limp over namesake dot-com

Sebastian A

Why the US government decided not to profit from its property is uncertain, although it's not hard to hazard a guess.

If I'm feeling charitable I'd guess that they decided that publically auctioning off a porn domain would look bad, but I'm just as likely to assume they forgot.

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Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

Sebastian A

Looks like Mozilla's greatest security concern...

should be that their users are not updating due to unwanted UI changes.

Sounds very similar to what's afflicting Microsoft.

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'Yeah, I'm like, SO backing Microsoft over Google, YAH'

Sebastian A

I don't know if anyone really cares who wrote it. Your posting history or reputation doesn't ameliorate saying something spectacularly smart or dumb.

You have the right to be offended by things other people say or do. But merely being offended doesn't make you right, or them wrong.

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'Our AI systems must do what we want them to do'

Sebastian A

That is my very clear view and if I am prime minister after the next election I will make sure we legislate accordingly.

You heard the man. Do NOT re-elect him. We need to send a signal to western leaders that we're not willing to trade privacy for some illusion of security.

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

Sebastian A

Yeah yeah, I'm an ancient fossil...

but to me it's just another wire to cut in whatever car I end up getting.

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Mmmmffll-CHOMP: I won? Reg reader to have CHOC-TASTIC YEAR

Sebastian A

Re: Tasting notes?

Oh, orally, that's where I was going wrong...

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Sony Pictures in IT lock-down after alleged hacker hosing

Sebastian A

Re: Inside Job.

Not necessarily. Publishing some valuable information that can be confirmed as legit is a good way of showing you're not bluffing. It's the equivalent of sending a severed digit from a hostage.

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Craigslist pushes punters to YouTube, hacker site

Sebastian A

Expected to be rickrolled

...left disappointed.

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Can’t be TRUSTe-d? Online privacy firm coughs $200k to settle 'deception' charges

Sebastian A

I'd always viewed those logos with some skepticism anyway

But this confirms that they're entirely worthless.

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158 new malware created EVERY MINUTE

Sebastian A
Paris Hilton

Hah

"including the so-called celebgate, where nude photos of actresses and models hosted on Apple’s iCloud service were leaked"

Yeah no that wasn't "celebgate" but nice try at revising history to be a bit less crass. It'll always be called "The fappening".

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

Sebastian A

Re: Computer Misuse or Data Protection ...

Corporations are only people when it comes to rights, not responsibilities.

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Sebastian A
Facepalm

Thanks Adobe, problem solved

Because the fact that it was unencrypted was the problem, not that you're spying. Right?

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Yahoo! finally! releases! Flickr! app! for! iPad! BUT! shuns! Windows! fans!

Sebastian A

Can't blame Yahoo, it has to be about market share. I'm sure now that iDevices are covered, they can dedicate some resource to the runt of the litter.

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Whisper chief: 'We're not infallible but strive to do right by our anonymous users'

Sebastian A

Once you start interpreting things as pessimistically as you can, you're probably close to what it actually means.

...it claimed to only retain data for a limited period of time.

Unless they've managed to guarantee their own existance for the rest of time, then any data they collect will only be retained for a "limited period of time".

Limited by the heat death of the universe.

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'George Orwell was an OPTIMIST. Show me a search history, I'll show you a perv or a crook'

Sebastian A

Re: Why does Microsoft want people to stop talking about Windows?

If you'll read the full article on that, it appears Microsoft had wanted to target specific comments on the videos in question, supposedly ones spreading compromised keys, or download locations for hacks etc.

So it was most likely a poorly formatted request, or poorly interpreted by Google. And since no human being has any QA input into these processes these days, computer says "boop" and nixed all the content.

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Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

Sebastian A

Once I was able to locate these terms and conditions (link doesn't work properly on the entry page, it's at http://whitepapers.theregister.co.uk/tac/3563 ) I couldn't confirm whether there were any country restrictions. Those might not bother people from the more favoured lands, but those of us outside the US and Canada excluding Quebec, or mainland Europe more often than not find ourselves ruled out.

That said, even what little there is in the way of terms and conditions leads me to think "yeah, not worth it for some pretentious chocolate, thanks."

Gift horse, open wide please.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

Sebastian A

When you treat everyone like criminals...

They may respond by behaving like criminals.

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Let down by a lousy UberX driver? They probably skipped the 'optional $65 customer service training course'

Sebastian A

What's that expression?

Pay peanuts; get monkeys?

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Facebook apologizes for binning accounts of drag queens

Sebastian A

"Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity."

Holy hell, whatever happened to a healthy work/life balance? Allowing people to freely speak their minds without real-world repercussions can be a bad thing but it's also hugely therapeutic. In some oppressive regimes it'll actually save lives.

This guy needs to get off his high horse.

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Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

Sebastian A

Surely with such a tenuous link between whatever storyline is in the movie, and the original game there's really no reason to call it Tetris? Do they think that the association between a decades-old puzzle game will drive people into movie theatres to see it?

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

Sebastian A

So...

"We will carry forward all that is good in Windows,"

Were they not doing that with previous releases?

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Euro chiefs: Hi Google. Here's how to REALLY protect everyone's privacy. Hello? Hello?

Sebastian A

In the last few years

we found out that banks are "too big to fail". Now we can conclude that Google (and no doubt others) are "too big to be regulated".

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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

Sebastian A

There's little wrong with the bones of Windows 8.

The UI is a disaster though.

They could have simply fired the UI team, taken the internals of Win8, and reskin it to get something much more palatable.

The mere fact that "it's not Windows 8" will move a ton of copies, since the whole "every second version is crap" pattern is widely believed.

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Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share

Sebastian A

My new work laptop has a touch screen.

And Windows 7.

A colleague tried to touch it to do something, he got a rap on the knuckles. Keep your greasy mitts off the damn screen.

So what if 11% of laptops shipped with touch screens. How many of those are actually being touched? I doubt it's even half.

Touch on laptops/desktops is a failed tech, already being made obsolete by gesture. Write it off as a niche solution and move on.

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Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks

Sebastian A

Apple offers customers the option of closing the stable door

Horse nowhere to be seen.

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Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

Sebastian A

Until proven otherwise

I'll take Minecraft v1.8 to be the final version, much like there was no Indiana Jones movie after The Last Crusade.

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Gang behind '1.2 billion' megahack ransack is pwning our customers – hosting firm

Sebastian A

So if this list is out there....

How can I find out if any credentials for any of my by-now-hundreds of logins for various sites and services are on them?!?

(edit: legally, that is. Or do I have to torrent it and look for myself?)

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

Sebastian A

"They posted the images to the Reddit '/b' image board from where it was quickly circulated on social media sites including Reddit."

Reddit has a /b? Oh the horror.

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