* Posts by Sebastian A

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TrainLink database popped

Sebastian A

I'd much rather my credit card details get pinched

than my personal details. At least the credit card is changed within a day.

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Flash. Arrrgh. Nimble sales down

Sebastian A
Thumb Up

Just popped in to say

I get the "Flash, AAAAAaaaaah" reference.

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MySpace 'passwords dump'

Sebastian A
Joke

Argh!

But I reused my MySpace password for both ICQ and Homestead! Now I have to change them as well!

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

Sebastian A

Re: so

One downvote from a Microsoft shill. I wish you could see who up- or down-voted anything just so you could work out whose pocket they're in easily.

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Toyota not shybot about whybot it will trybot the iBot

Sebastian A

Re: 5 Stars

There's a difference between "not having to like" something and putting a bounty on the users of it.

Hyperbole doesn't help in what's intended to be a reasonable discussion.

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Sebastian A

Re: 5 Stars

You do realise that making technology commercially viable will speed up improvements in it, right? If the only market for that kind of technology was wheelchairs it'd take a lot longer to evolve simply because the funds would be harder to get.

You may hate Segways and so-called "hoverboards" but they've allowed for this wheelchair to come back from the scrapheap.

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Mars satellites show remains of massive tsunamis that ravaged Red Planet

Sebastian A

Re: Isn't it time to start thinking in terms of Human Mission Support?

I'm sure that's always in the back of people's minds. We're not going to be able to stay on this particular dirtball forever. Haven't you seen the documentary Wall-E?

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Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation

Sebastian A

the same way they combine two high-risk mortgages together to form one low-risk bond! Geniousness!

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Verisign settles .security XYZ lawsuit

Sebastian A

Re: .COM is old hat

Old hats are the most comfortable.

If I'm looking for a business, I'll try a .com first, or the version applicable to my country. After that it's a search engine. There's no way I'm typing in whatever.xyz, or widgets.science, or companyname.newtld.

All these new TLDs are just a way of extorting money from organisations by trying to scare them into defensive registrations. Pretending they're useful for newer companies who can't get their desired .com address is pretty disingenous.

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How ING Bank built a bank-in-a-box in its private cloud and deploys it weekly

Sebastian A

Re: Uhm.. What year is this?

They clearly haven't developed anything new to crow about in four years.

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Microsoft kills Sunrise

Sebastian A

Eh I dunno, Google at least develop their own stuff to kill. Microsoft buys and kills other people's product.

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Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files

Sebastian A
Coffee/keyboard

Re: c****

Isn't there a yearly penis parade fertility festival though? Can't verity that at the moment, I'm not running that through a search engine as I am at work.

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Microsoft bods tell El Reg: We've re-pivoted open-source .NET Core

Sebastian A

Re: Re-pivoted

Re-pivoted? I didn't even know they'd pivoted it in the first place!

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

Sebastian A

Re: Telemetry Stays

Did they ever state it was temporary? I doubt they'd ever imply they'd give up the juicy marketing DB that it provides.

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Sebastian A

Re: Removed How?

Nah, after July it'll be replaced with nagware that tells you your PC is at risk and tries to get you to *buy* windows 10.

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29 years of data shows no mobile phone brain cancer link

Sebastian A
Pirate

A peer-reviewed study with citations and sources.

I'm sure it won't make any difference to the "OMG cellphones cause CANCER! I get headaches whenever someone's on the phone near me!" crowd.

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UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

Sebastian A

Re: Thumbs up

They wanted to use goatse but that didn't make it past the editors.

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Sebastian A

So is anyone going to be held to account?

Blatantly lying to the public, falsifying research, general incompetence. Sounds like there should be some peoplepolishing up their resume. What's the bet there'll be some basic "oops, you caught us, we won't do it again. No harm done, right?" statement and everyone will stay right where they are (if they're not given a promotion).

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Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs

Sebastian A

I've come to the conclusion

that Microsoft isn't worried about pissing off those of us who don't want Windows 10. We can either upgrade, or sod right off. They're quite aware that the noisemakers won't ever play along, so the best for them is to ingore dissenters so they don't draw further attention to them.

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Verizon worker strike now in its third week

Sebastian A

So what is this best offer of theirs?

A $0.12/hr payrise, a slightly better brand of instant coffee in the break room, and removing the single-ply tp from the toilets? (No, they're not replacing it with something better, there just won't be any tp).

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F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

Sebastian A

Re: Mayday! I have flight stability and weapons arming problems!

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe it's stable without the computer systems. It cannot glide under manual control.

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Samsung tightens smart home kit security after curious bods prod apps

Sebastian A

All IoT manufacturers seem to follow a similar development cycle.

1) Imagine semi-useless device

2) Rush to market with minimal development and zero consideration for security.

3) Wait for researchers to poke holes in it everywhere.

4) Patch the most obvious flaws while no doubt leaving major issues behind.

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Brazil shuts WhatsApp

Sebastian A

So the normal users of the app have to suffer the power trip of some conceited judge? I doubt it'll have as much impact on WhatsApp as it does on the app's users in Brazil.

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Chrome edges out IE for desktop browser crown

Sebastian A

I'm kind of surprised that Firefox is so far behind. Could be attributed to their constant UI fiddling maybe?

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

Sebastian A

Re: Get used to it.

But that's what I want from an OS. Sit on my hardware, making it useful for apps I actually want.

I don't want it to come with thirty pieces of mal- and spy-ware, I don't want it to make MY hardware a platform to project third party advertising into my space, and I don't want it to waste cycles doing anything I haven't specifically asked it to do.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

Sebastian A

after July it won't be free...

I only hope. That way the nagging may stop.

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German nuke plant viruses

Sebastian A

Is conficker still a thing?

Wasn't the vulnerability that that exploits patched about a decade ago?

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OneDrive shrinks

Sebastian A

Re: opt out and being devious

Probably habit more than anything.

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One million patients have opted out of Care.data

Sebastian A

Re: "The opt-outs have been applied retroactively from April 2014"

The way I interpret it, is even after opting out your data is still shared, just not in a way that leaves you identifiable.

Supposedly.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

Sebastian A

Re: Seriously though,

But not impossible...

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Hand over our code to China? We're no commie patsies, Apple cries

Sebastian A

Re: As a ratio?

That doesn't explain Singapore and Australia though.

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Sebastian A

Re: As a ratio?

Exactly what I was wondering.

We can probably assume similar uptake rates in most western countries. That would make the information request as a ratio to population:

Germany:0.14 per thousand people.

US:0.012 per thousand people.

Australia: 0.12 per thousand people.

Singapore: 0.34 per thousand people.

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FBI's PRISM slurping is 'unconstitutional' – and America's secret spy court is OK with that

Sebastian A

Those of us in other countries

may laugh now, but you can bet your hide every government on the planet is doing similar things if they have the technical ability.

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Toshiba notebook disk drive slims down. You like that, gamers?

Sebastian A

Which laptop manufacturer is going to say "Sure, we'll save a few cubic cm by using this drive and making sure we can never fit one from another manufacturer. Sounds like a great idea!"?

Actually, that's exactly what'll happen and the poor bastard who has to repair it out of warranty will have to phone the owner and say that instead of a cheapie replacement they have to stump up for one that's half the capacity and twice the price.

Bitter, me? Nah.

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Google's 'fair use' mass slurping of books can continue – US Supremes snub writers' pleas

Sebastian A

I simply do not understand copyright anymore.

On the one hand we have Google, which to me (the untrained spectator) looks like it's bulk-stealing books from everyone and everything that has ever written anything. And the Supreme court says that's fine.

Then on the other hand if I download a single movie or MP3, I can be sued into financial oblivion for somehow destroying hundreds if not thousands of livelihoods.

What am I missing here 'cos there's obviously something I'm not seeing.

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URL shorteners reveal your trip to strip club, dash to disease clinic – research

Sebastian A

Re: Beware Pron ahead

I used to use longurl.org to expand shortened URLs back to full so I could see referral codes or other bollocks before clicking them, but as of a few days ago that seems to have disappeared. :/

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Malware in email surges

Sebastian A
Paris Hilton

Am I the only one...

who did a double take at the company name; Retarus?

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Microsoft: We have a bullet ready for 12 competencies

Sebastian A

Re: "...take advantage of the unprecedented demand we’re seeing for Windows 10..."

Since they're countil Xbox ones as an installed Windows 10, you can take whatever number they're claiming and deduct about 19-20m from that.

Then work out how many of the copies they're counting have been supplied to manufacturers as a license but never installed (downgrade rights, unsold equipment etc) and numbers will start to look more like actual rather than marketing hyperbole.

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Dear Windows, OS X folks: Update Flash now. Or kill it. Killing it works

Sebastian A

Re: Get the content^H^H^H^H^H^H^H producers to kill it

They don't make money off the player, but they make money with the bundled crapware it comes with. Two separate pieces of foistware today. Guess they're quite happy with frequent vulnerabilities. Makes people download their latest steaming pile more often. More chances to accidentally fail to deselect the shit they offer with it.

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Oculus, why do you need to record our every move? Al Franken asks

Sebastian A

Oh just shush

And tick the "I accept" box already. You can trust corporates to not misuse your data and of course safeguard it from people who might. Track records on these matters are exemplary, why would anything change?

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming this summer

Sebastian A

Re: Will this be when there's a mandatory update for Windows 7?

Replacing a paid-for OS with freeware against my will sounds like something that'd get them a class action. I'm sure they'll just keep applying more artificial limitations to Windows 8.1 and earlier to "gently encourage" the move.

That said, any word about when the "free" upgrade is going away? Personally I expect they'll extend it indefinitely and cite "high demand" for it...

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Stagefright flaw still a nightmare: '850 million' Androids face hijack risk

Sebastian A

The update channel on Android is fatally flawed

There are too many parties involved, and too little incentive for the manufacturers that are dragging their feet to move faster. Older handsets (by which I mean anything not current gen) are neglected as a way of encouraging end users to upgrade to the latest and greatest.

I'll still never buy an Apple device though. Wonder if my Nokia 3310 still works. Actually, why do I even ask, of course it does.

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Apps that 'listen in' to your mobile get slapped by US watchdog

Sebastian A

Name and shame

I'm tired of hearing about stuff like this and then not being able to figure out whether any of the apps I have are affected.

It might be innocent until proven guilty, but at the same time if someone's accused of rape you don't let 'em go back to their teaching job until the case is resolved.

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

Sebastian A

Re: Finally confirmed my belief...

Anything that's that persistant has to be doing something nefarious. They obviously don't trust Windows 10 to stand on its own merits, and this campaign of harassment is only making me determined to avoid it. I had originally figured I'd wait a few months before installing it but now... Hell no.

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Snowden WAS the Feds' quarry in Lavabit case, redaction blunder reveals

Sebastian A

I wonder...

Do the bad guys know when they're being the bad guys? Does everyone think they're the good guys and the other guys are the bad guys?

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Cisco leans in close, coughs, whispers: If you want 100GE for 40GE prices, I know a person...

Sebastian A

You know someone's expecting to get a bollocking for something when they go full AC to post it.

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What do you think of the upcoming Microsoft Hololens ?

Sebastian A

I'm skeptical

But that's just my default state these days.

All I can imagine is that every flat surface of my environment would get plastered with inapplicable Bing ads.

AdBlock for Hololens would be the first thing on my shopping list.

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JavaScript daddy's Brave ad-blocker hits Android, Apple stores

Sebastian A

Just installed it

Seems to work, but the full adblocking functionality isn't available on anything less than Android 5, so not great for older devices unfortunately.

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Black Monday: Office 365 down and out in Europe

Sebastian A

Don't worry

five nines is just a recommended uptime level.

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If you're reading this on your phone, pray you're in Singapore

Sebastian A

NZ's LTE networks are only fast because...

Nobody is using them.

There aren't any unlimited data plans here. "Casual" data rates run at up to NZ$90 (US$60, €53) per gigabyte. On-account data is a bit cheaper at roughly NZ$20 per gig (depending on bundles etc).

"Here, have some fast data. Don't you dare use it or we'll take your house."

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