* Posts by Sebastian A

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The Great British domain name rip-off: Overcharged .uk customers help pay for cheaper .vodka

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It should just headquarter itself in the USA.

Sure, it might pay a few actual dollars in tax, but at least these behaviours are praised as virtues there, being a shining example of capitalism and how "the market" sorts out everything if it's just left to regulate itself.

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Dev teaches bot to talk spammers' ears off

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I guess it's worth a shot

Making every potential target financially non-viable to engage with can't be any worse than trying to educate people not to respond to spam. There's a constant flood of new idiots jumping online just waiting to be approached by a saviour proffering gigantic genitalia and a Google paycheck of $9,000 per week.

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And! it! begins! Yahoo! sued! over! ultra-hack! of! 500m! accounts!

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one of his clients had already seen dodgy activity on their credit card which had been attributed to the attack

"Look honey, that transaction from hotandhornypodiatrists.com must be because my Yahoo account got hacked. There can be no other explanation."

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2 in 3 Millennials block ads

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Re: Meanwhile, over at the Inq

Element hider addin can be useful for adblocking the panels they cover content with, if you really want to see it.

Usually it's an easy decision to make. I can't see the content without disabling adblocker? Guess I don't need to see the content. Bye.

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I'm 40 and every time I see someone browsing the net without an adblocker I almost have an allergic reaction. How can anyone live with that visual pollution?

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Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

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Isn't trying to lock people in via SA just as likely to give them the push they needed to jump ship?

If I'm weighing up options, adding some ridiculous contract term to one of them makes me far more likely to lean the other way.

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Anti-ICANN Cruzade continues: Senator Ted still desperately trying to defund US govt

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Re: Focus your hatred on Cruze, not on Republicans. He's 1 lone loudmouth.

I have to wonder, does he believe his own propaganda? Is he truly deluded, or just a liar?

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Google's Allo chat app hits a downside to AI: Bot must hoard private messages to train itself

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I have serious doubts about Google honouring any incognito or privacy settings at this stage.

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Remote hacker nabs Win10 logins in 'won't-fix' Safe Mode* attack

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Re: The fun never ends

Seems a lot of effort to go through when 10 seconds unattended can see you plug in a USB keylogger between PC and keyboard. Which works on any OS as far as I'm aware.

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British mobile AI 'bot perfecter stalked by Silicon Valley – report

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Re: AI will be fantastic

To be honest, I suspect any AI that can accurately be called that will be on the side of whatever corporation created (bred? imprisoned?) it and it will not be to anyone's benefit except their own.

Imagine a Google AI on your phone. Can you picture what little benefit you'd get out of that compared to what Google gets? To have it quietly singing ad jingles on your nightstand during your REM-sleep? To have it nag you into filling up at BP instead of Mobil with a hundred different very logical reasons despite the fact that the last time you stopped at a BP they treated you like crap and you just don't want to go there?

Now picture it instead being an AI controlled by your government. That strikes me as even more horrifying.

No, I think I'll wait for other people to test-run this stuff before I volunteer to give up any semblance of privacy or individuality.

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Fanbois iVaporate: Smallest Apple iPhone queues ever

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Most iFanBois have already been bled dry by yearly thousand-dollar phone upgrades.

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'Google tax' already being avoided, says Australian Tax Office

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Hands up anyone who's surprised. Nobody? Gee I wonder why that is.

Ask a politician to craft a law to fix an accounting loophole and I'd be surprised if you get anything more effective than a "please don't do that".

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Gutted: 6.6M cleartext creds, dox, breached in ClixSense site hack

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Surely any business that gets caught storing passwords in plain text deserves to be shut down no questions asked. How can this still be happening?

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Spam texters fined £30K

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Re: Whilst they might be wary of doing it too directly next time

"To make us look bad to potential customers and get investigated up the wazoo by you guys." maybe?

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Googler mad over cop scrap

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I am a great believer in hearing both sides of the story before deciding whose side I'm on but without seeing events firsthand I think it's going to be hard to get an accurate picture.

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Joke

Obviously guilty of "driving while non-white".

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Ted Cruz channels Senator McCarthy in wrongheaded internet power grab crusade

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Re: He clearly doesn't understand the First Amendment

Republicans only pay lip service to their supposed "small govt" goals. They'll legislate the shit out of anything if it stops (1) abortions, (2) black people voting, and (3) guns being regulated in any way.

Much like the most outspoken homophobes in their party are the ones busted at 3am in public toilets soliciting for gay sex... I mean "doing research on the dirty hommo secksuals."

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Oh honey...

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Wait, wait – I got it this time, says FCC as it swings again at rip-off US TV cable boxes

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Re: ...expose customer data

Cable companies are just hoping there won't be anyone technical enough to see through the techno-blather. They just want them to see "Privacy implications" and go "Whoa okay sorry we asked, as you were.".

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Call to kill FBI spying powers

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If another nation's citizen gets hacked by the FBI, surely that becomes an international matter? The US can't simply say "Oh that's legal by the way." and expect the other country to back off.

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Save us, Jack Dorsey!

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If twitter were to delete anything that could be considered as an attempt to influence someone's opinion it may as well shut up shop entirely.

Not that there's any point. I doubt anyone's ever changed their point of view based on a twitter post.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Re: Hopefully...

I get the feeling that the likes of Apple would rather destroy something than give it away.

(not that you can "destroy" an IP address, but they'll never let someone else use something even if they don't have a use for it.)

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Apple, Google back MS fight

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A secret court has ruled that a different secret court's ruling about a third secret court's validity stands. You cannot question the secret court. So says the secret court.

Feel safe now? No? Good. That's the point. You're supposed to feel scared. Scared people are easier to manipulate.

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Appliance-maker Liebherr chillin' with Microsoft, prototyping another Internet fridge

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Okay, own up. Who's asking for these features? Surely they don't think this kinda crap up in a vacuum. There must be some market research company surveying people and getting enough responses that say "Sure, I'd just love Microsoft to spy on my fridge contents to tell me when the milk is past its best-before date. When can I buy one?".

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Re: cant see much

Wait until professionals analyse everything and issue an official report? Where's the fun in that. It was obviously an ISIS sniper trained in rocketry by North Korea and smuggled near the facility by the molepeople firing a prototype rifle provided by aliens!

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Dropbox: Leaked DB of 68 million account passwords is real

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And *this* is why you properly salt your hashed passwords. I'm talking to you, LinkedIn, MySpace, etc etc.

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Vietnam hotel DB leaks cards

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Pffft, don't be silly. "Silverland1".

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Samsung's million-IOPS, 6.4TB, 51Gb/s SSD is ... well, quite something

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Hnnnnnnnng.

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

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Re: Easy mistake to make?

"We don't negotiate with terrorists...we simply pay whatever price they set for their oil."

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Our pacemakers are totally secure, says short-sold St Jude

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Thankfully the US will soon have a president who'll hold Wall St to account for these kinds of shenanigans. Oh wait...

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Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

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It's starting to look less like citizens and protectors and more like animals and zookeepers. Does a chimp get to complain? No, if they act out they get segregated.

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"Citizens of Peach Trees. This is the law. Disperse immediately or we will use lethal force to clear the area."

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Touchy iPhone 6, 6 Plus chips prone to breaking down and giving up

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SPeaking of which, did you get one of Kanye's new shirts?

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Facebook backup, anyone?

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Can't you just email support@nsa.org and get them to send you a .zip file of all your public and private posts off Facebook?

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North Korea unveils its home-grown Netflix rival – Manbang

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I have to wonder if they're making themselves a laughing stock internationally on purpose, to undermine their very serious image as a ruthless totalitarian dictatorship that starves its citizens and brutally represses any attempt at improving their lives.

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Twitter suspends 235,000 'violent extremism' accounts

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So does that cover only accounts promoting violent Islamic extremism, or also your garden-variety 2nd amendment pro-violence racists and cishet-hating militant pro-castration feminists?

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Scared of mobile banking

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Re: The real problem is why it's only 36%

Ditto. I went to install my bank's app at one stage and reviewed the permissions list. There really was no point in listing it, it should have just said "Everything.". I queried them on it and received the following response.

Thank you for your message regarding the *deleted* Android mobile app.

I have provided details regarding the permissions that the app requires for your reference below.

• Coarse and fine (GPS) location data

This is used for the map functionality and the find nearest ATM function.

• Identify phone call status

This is used as the app has the function that allows customer to directly phone the Bank from the app.

• Read contact data of all my personal contacts

This permission in required to allow customer to select a mobile number and email address for people in their contact list to make a Pay to Mobile/Email function available in the mobile app.

If there's one company I should trust in any way you'd think it would be my day-to-day bank but no. I've literally never been in a situation where I've been away from home and thought "Hey I really should schedule this payment *right now*, it can't possibly wait until I get home.".

My next phone will be selected on the ability to control app permissions granularly. Maybe then will I reconsider installing more apps. If they fail from not having GPS or camera access then I don't need them and they'll get uninstalled.

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Monitoring software dev ordered to face wiretapping suit

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Got busted by the hubby tryin'a get yo dick wet in his girl? Lawsuit time!

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Intel teases geeks with 2017 AI hyper-chip: Xeon Phi Knights Mill

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Optimised for something that doesn't exist yet. You can tell that the marketing drones have been busy.

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Watt the USB-C logo?

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Well thankfully there's no way some unscrupulous manufacturer of nasty knockoffs will take this logo and apply it to their kit. None at all.

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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Re: They have to be joking

So they're saying "We'll do the hard part, designing a horrible UI, now some manufacturer just needs to do the easy part, creating cost-effective transparent monitors. Voila!"?

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DoJ preps criminal charges for VW over Dieselgate

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Can we please not -gate it. Please? Maybe call it DieselDeception? DieselDishonour? DieselDisgrace? VolksWangle?

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POS malware stings 20 US hotels

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I think it might be prudent to travel only with prepaid cards for then ext, oh, decade or three?

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IBM used dud DoS shield for failed online census says Oz PM

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So what is it? "It was a DDOS" or "There was no DDOS"? I'd bet 2:1 that the person lying is the politician.

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Little choice in fast US ISPs

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Don't worry, the market will sort this out. Yay unchecked capitalism!

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Samsung: Hackers can't pwn our NFC payment kit. No way, nuh-uh, not true (Well, OK, maybe)

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Saying your technology is unhackable (unlike everything that has ever come before) is at best hopelessly optimistic and at worst criminally misleading. The best you can say is "We've implemented protections against every known and hypothesised attack and are continuosly improving our defences as new exploits come to the fore." Of course that's not as peppy as "We're unhackable!" but it's also not as stupid.

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Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

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These kinds of stories make me wonder if we're not in the "great filter" stage of civilisation now. Where all other civilisations in the past have managed to wipe themselves out. We have the capabilities, certainly.

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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Re: Errrmmh....

The problem here is obviously that people aren't letting facebook profile them thoroughly enough. Please fill out the following twenty-six page survey regarding your shopping habits, personal finances and sexual preferences so we can more closely match you to our advertisers.

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Re: Just one

I've worked out that missing out on the occasional birthday party is a small price to pay for not having to put up with facebook. Real friends will text me if something's going on.

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