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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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NYC, LA mayors hammer Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

Sebastian A

Re: This deal would not cause less competition!

I've heard the same. They do not operate in the same areas, and have no intention to. They're like drug dealers divvying up turf. Let's let the two biggest drug cartels merge, seems like a great idea!

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Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

Sebastian A

admittedly

99.6% of the internet indeed consists of sites that offer no substantive content.

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Hack skirmish grounded Sony exec's flight after FAKE bomb scare

Sebastian A

These morons are operating on the same level

as the wastes of skin that tag buildings and fences, just in a digital way.

Hope their temporary infamy keeps them warm when they're sleeping on a cold slab in a cell. I have nothing but contempt for these little maggots.

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Google leaves STUPID vuln on Nest devices

Sebastian A

I can't be the only one

who thinks networking everything is not viable from a risk/reward perspective...

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

Sebastian A

Re: Just refuse to discuss it

@JB77 - It states he only recorded the last 8 minutes of the 20 minute call. There's 12 minutes of other hard-sell we ddin't hear before he started recording it.

To be honest, after 3 minutes of listening to that I was ready to blow my stack. I have no idea how he remained that calm for that long.

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Remember when Google+ outed everyone by their real names? Now Google's sorry

Sebastian A

G+ as an "identity service"

What a garbage coverstory. If you don't positively verify the identity of a user on signing up then you cannot be an identity service. I could have signed up as Robert Smith and their name policy would never have batted a digital eyelid, but no, if I were to sign up as Turnip McFondleballs the world would have ended?

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Kiwi ISP 'Slingshot' stones geo-blocked content

Sebastian A

This is a serious issue

I'm pretty sick and tired of paying 50% more than the US price for many Steam games simply because of publisher greed and their "Watcha gonna do about it?!?" attitude. it's not like NZ/AU incomes are comparatively higher.

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Own goal as World Cup Wi-Fi passwords spilled in newspaper snap

Sebastian A

He looks about 300% done.

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Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft

Sebastian A

Guess Microsoft can't make an omelet

without killing everyone's chickens.

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Kiwis get cracking with gigabit residential broadband

Sebastian A

Fibre's finally viable

I live in Hamilton and we recently changed from a 175GB/month ADSL/voice plan for $95/month to an uncapped 30/10Mbit fibre/VoIP plan for $99/month. It has taken a while before there was any point going to fibre since in my experience the limiting factor was always the data cap. Doesn't matter how fast it is if all that changes is how quickly I can hit my cap and get throttled to 64Kbit (yes, kilobits, approx twice dialup speed).

I've watched the shambles in Australia for a while now and it's disturbing that there are politicians who think so short-term. They're meant to be leading the country into the future but they're entrenching themselves in the past.

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PC-infecting chat demon quotes THE BIBLE to summon malware plague

Sebastian A

I'm gobsmacked...

that people still just blindly run this stuff. There really is no helping some people.

Now excuse me, I have to get in touch with Mr. Mboto, he's still having trouble getting my funds cleared. One more bribe to customs should do the trick.

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Bondi shark alert systems beams warning to nobody on Google Plus

Sebastian A

They really should develop a buoy to warn the sharks, since an encounter with a human is far more often fatal for them than vice versa.

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Kiwis unplug supercomputer after intrusion

Sebastian A
Holmes

Wait....

We have a supercomputer?

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Did hackers scoop source code from DayZ zombie game brains?

Sebastian A

For people who cheat

the fun comes not from surmounting obstacles and overcoming challenges, it comes from making other people throw their toys out of the cot.

When I started gaming on the second hand c64 we got, I quickly realised that if I cheated in a game I lost interest soon after. But we're not talking about that type of person here.

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US broadband providers holding last-mile traffic ransom, ISP alleges

Sebastian A

Let's see how the ISPs spin this

to try and make it look like it's in the consumer's best interest.

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

Sebastian A
Mushroom

On a side note...

The second screenshot in the article, that ClearType, doesn't that scrape anyone else's eyeballs something chronic? I can't STAND seeing red/blue edges on black text and I wish they'd let those of us who can see it, disable it system-wide.

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Australian government apps access smartmobe cams but 'don't film you'

Sebastian A

It doesn't "misuse" the data...

Misuse implies using it for something other than it was intended. I bet they're using it exactly for what they intended.

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Facebook UNVEILS VEIL for 'anonymous' logins

Sebastian A

I never watched Lost. Everyone raved about it. Then it turned out to be crap, and I went into smug mode.

I never signed up to Facebook. Everyone else was on it. Now it's going down the toilet. Smug mode reengaging in 3, 2, 1...

Pessimists are never disappointed, only ever pleasantly surprised.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

Sebastian A

If I wanted Chrome...

I'd use Chrome.

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Hate it already

Am I really in the minority in that I like a bit of stability in my UI? I don't want everything to move around every 3 months as another version gets released!

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Über-secure Blackphone crypto-mobe spills its silicon guts

Sebastian A

And if you even look at buying one

you'll be on all the watchlists you could ever dream of.

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Kim Dotcom extradition: Feds can keep evidence against Megaupload mastermind a surprise

Sebastian A

As a NZ'er

Guilty or not, likeable or not, I'm glad these processes and systems are getting a rigorous testing. I'm pleased that he has access to the funds to contest these things so that us peons will know how it works and what's valid and what isn't. Too often are these laws dropped like the proverbial ton of bricks onto some poor sap who has zero options to fight it. Governments have come to expect meek compliance from people and it's heartening to see him make them work for it.

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

Sebastian A

Re: I invite the US and the other 5 eyes partners...

As a resident of one of the 5 eyes countries, I don't like this shit happening any more than anyone else does, but there's nothing I can do about it. Whichever bunch of jackasses I vote in, they'll all happily keep doing this stuff.

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CIA hacked Senate PCs to delete torture reports. And Senator Feinstein is outraged

Sebastian A

Why are they talking about this

...and not just firing the whole damn management structure and starting from scratch? How corrupt does an organisation need to be to warrant a full redo for f's sake?!?

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Security researchers uncover three-year-old 'RUSSIAN SPYware'

Sebastian A

What bothers me the most

is that nations on any side don't seem to be in a rush to set up a set of rules around cyberwarfare like this. It's the wild west and they seem happy to keep it that way.

Until someone's powergrid collapses I guess. THEN there'll be some hurried steps to put together a set of Digital Geneva Conventions.

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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

Sebastian A

I only need to know one thing...

Where's the option to disable it?

There is one, right?

Guys?

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Dating app spent months as STALKING app

Sebastian A

Not familiar with Tinder...

But this functionality strikes me as more of a "no strings attached anonymous sex" app than a dating app.

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Ghostwriter: Assange™ is NARCISSISTIC and UNTRUTHFUL

Sebastian A

Character assassination doesn't change anything

So what if he's a paranoid narcissist? Does that make the data he's facilitated the distribution of any less valid?

The pessimist side of me (okay, the dominant side) expects that this is just prep for taking him out, making sure he doesn't become a martyr in the process.

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Syrian Electronic Army slurps a MILLION reader passwords from Forbes

Sebastian A

This hasn't been about Syria

in a long time, has it?

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Malware-flinging Linksys vulnerability confirmed as a HNAP1 bug

Sebastian A
Pint

Uneasy feelings

The Internet of Things, increasingly complex software/firmware, and seemingly no improvement in the average users' nous leads me to think we're heading into a golden age of worms and malware. Time to get in to the security biz, everyone and everything's going to need these services.

Golden brew for a golden age.

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New Zealand

Sebastian A

Whaleoil's a right-wing propaganda spewing joke. That anyone bothers ddosing him only gives him more credibility. Idiots.

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Angry anti-NSA hackers pwn Angry Birds site after GCHQ data slurp

Sebastian A

I can't help but think

that the more the members of these entrenched political systems try to suppress information and fight to hold on to their excessive power, the more they hasten the inevitable backlash and, quite possibly, revolution.

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