* Posts by Sebastian A

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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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Google password fill effort could kill Android malware's best tricks

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Didn't Lastpass just get compromised, losing users not just one password but all of them?

Get your extra-large baskets here, perfect for all your eggs! Now with extra-shoddy handles!

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'Clock Bomb Kid' family sues

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Suing for $15m in "damages" after the kid got to meet the president? Now you know they've assimilated, that's a truly American thing to do.

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Big Red alert: Oracle's MICROS payment terminal biz hacked

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Old-fashioned physical crime just doesn't compare anymore to these digital shenanigans. Why skim a card at an ATM when you can just compromise a payment system at its global root and effectively skim a million cards? It's staggering.

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Thermostat ransomware

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I know the focus in these cases is on the individual unit, but we also need to look at the greater picture. Get enough devices like this under your control and you can cause some serious issues for a power grid. Just turn everyone's heating on full at a time of low demand...

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More VW cheatware 'found'

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Time to pick up some cheap VW shares in the next few days?

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Thankfully you can fully control the update channel on all versions of W10. Just turn off all updates until Microsft sort it out.

Oh wait...

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Facebook spam canned

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But... spam is already canned.

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Mozilla 404s '404 Not Found' pages: Firefox fills in blanks with archive.org copies

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As long as you can turn it off, I'm fine with it.

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New York jerks face $25K fines for hassling ex with fake caller IDs

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Re: CallerIDFaker.com

The only thing I can think of is for callcentres to test their inbound call routing with it. Even then that's tenuous.

I'm sure there's some barely-plausible reason somewhere that that site uses to stay in business.

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But it does pay to be broke?

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Australia hires former head of controversial UK care.data plan

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The care.data rollout sounds very similar to the Windows 10 rollout. Are you sure he didn't do some moonlighting at Microsoft?

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Baddie addies

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Adblocking isn't just a personal preference anymore, it's a vital security precaution. The industry really needs to change if it expects to survive, let alone thrive.

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Crocodile well-done-dee: Downed Down Under chap roasted by exploding iPhone

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In the lycra, the skin-tight lycra, the li-ion burns tonight...

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I do appreciate that he was emphatic about what caused it. Like he knows exactly what's going to happen once the media gets a whiff. I'm sure it won't stop some news outlets publishing sensationalist headlines line "iPhone firebomb injures cyclist!".

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Firefox to block crapware

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So, no more Java downloads (with optional crapware). No more flash (with McAfee and Intel garbage). And no more anything-at-all from Cnet.

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Microsoft also sought to win back users who disliked the dual personalities in Windows 8

Except they haven't managed to get rid of the bipolar nature properly. There's still two different control panels. And now there's two separate browsers as well. And they don't even share favourites.

It's still a discordant mess.

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OK, we've got your data. But we really want to delete it ASAP

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Knowing which data is eligible for deletion...

is most of the work. You have to make sure it's filed/classified/tagged correctly when it's active. Of course, most IT people aren't in a position to tell management from 5+ years ago how to tell their staff to manage documents.

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Black Hats control Jeep's steering, kill brakes

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Why?

Why can a car without any self-drive or collission-avoidance tech even turn its own steering wheel?

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Didn't Microsoft get raked over the coals a decade ago for their licensing agreements with major OEMs? The type that went "You will ship Windows on *all* the PCs you sell, or you won't get to ship it with any."

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Don't use a VPN in United Arab Emirates – unless you wanna risk jail and a $545,000 fine

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Re: Legitimate use of VPN fine?

You're breaking the law by using a VPN, so using a VPN is breaking the law while using it to break the law while you're connected to a VPN illegally. Simple.

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Bought a GTX 970? Congrats, Nvidia owes you thirty bucks

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So what was their excuse? 4 billion bytes is kinda close-ish to 3.5GB (well, not really, 3.72-ish) but it's not like you can claim that 64 render outputs is just a slightly rounded up version of 56. :/

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Captain Piccard's planet-orbiting solar aircraft in warped drive drama

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Whatever happened to those paint-on solar cells that were all over the news a few years ago?

Also, look at the hippies downvoting information. Fingers in years, "I can't hear you nyah nyah" solar will save the world. Not with current tech it won't.

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Halve the CO2 emissions, sure, until the time comes to dispose of end-of-life solar panels.

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Pokemon GO-ZILLA: Safety fears after monsters appear in Fukushima danger zone

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Re: Why not

Because radiation levels are too low to cause any actual harm. You could eat the topsoil there and you'd die of boredom before experiencing any symptoms related to radiation.

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Florida Man cleared of money laundering after selling Bitcoins to Agent Ponzi

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Re: Hmmm....

Just curious, can bitcoin be confiscated under "civil forfeiture"?

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PHP flaws allowed God mode access to top smut site

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Or... and hear me out here...

"Google intern hastily locates security vulnerability in Pornhub site to justify his frequent visits to the site to Google HR."

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Official: AMD now stands for Avoiding Miserable Death

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Re: Not celebrating yet but...

Yep. I haven't bought an AMD chip in a little while but I certainly appreciate their presence in the market. Keeps Intel innovating and keeps their pricing honest.

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Verizon kicks its punters

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Are they still considered customers if there are zero alternatives? I think "prisoners" might be a more suitable term.

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EFF declares anti-piracy DMCA unconstitutional in new legal showdown

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So what you're saying is that knee-jerk overreaction laws put in place by tech-illiterate politicians after being heavily lubricated by parties with a vested interest can sometimes not be that great?

Say it ain't so...

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300k Turkey govt emails leak

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Yep. Blocked for trafficing in stolen material. Not because it could weaken the newly-refreshed support they have from the people. Makes the coup attempt look almost convenient in its timing. Like 9/11 for Bush.

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Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

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Microsoft has announced it will add five new features – some experimental - to the TCP stack it will ship in Windows Server 2016 and the Anniversary Update to Windows 10.

Am I misinterpreting the anniversary update? Is that not a live branch thing? If it's just a way of saying "It'll be rolled out over time to machines after the anniversary update has been deployed" then you're probably correct. I assumed it to mean it was part of that update landing in August but not yet being tested beyond Redmond's walls.

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