* Posts by Oengus

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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Cue the EU competition watchdog...

Time to launch another anti-trust/monopoly probe.

This is just Microsoft flexing their "monopoly" position to remove user choice AGAIN.

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US govt quietly tweaks rules to let cops, Feds hack computers anywhere, anytime

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Here we go again

The merkans inflicting their ideas on the world.

What happens when the FBI (or another of the merkan TLAs) break into a computer in another country and get caught? Can they be prosecuted under the "victims" country's laws on computer misuse? I am sure that their merkan warrant won't have much standing outside of the USA.

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UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts

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Sadly in modern society it seems like self delusion is a bit of necessary job skill for being in obligiatory on the position description of any job with authority.

FTFY

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Heathrow Airbus collision 'not a drone incident'

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Re: Reality Check

I work on the top floor of a high-rise building and often see plastic bags flying past. You can watch them climb for ages. I can quite understand how they could easily get to these heights.

Why is it that people are almost always ready to jump to the "populist" conclusion. If there are stories of people behaving badly with drones the immediate conclusion is that an unidentified close call with an aeroplane must be a drone.

A drone that could reach the reported heights would be an expensive piece of kit that the owner would be most interested in keeping safe.

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Mozilla slings Firefox patches at flaw found by GCHQ's infosec arm

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Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton potential contenders for the US presidency!

Did I wake up in an opposite world today?

Nope it is just another example of how the world is turning on its head...

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The Internet of Things edges toward a practical reality

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Making Money

The hard part then comes in figuring out how to make money.

Easy - sell the chips.

Leave the data alone. Let the buyer decide how to collect the data and what to do with it. That way the buyer comes up with a business case for the chips/devices containing them. Don't factor in the data to the business case of creating and selling the chips.

If the customer wants you to gather and process the data from the chips, charge that as a separate service (this way you might even be able to make money from other manufacturer's chips).

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German prof scores €2.4m EU grant to crack software on your bicycle

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they're no more likely to fail than a brake cable is to snap

but it is much easier for most people to inspect the brake cable to ensure it is in reasonable shape and unlikely to fail than to check electronic circuitry.

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Its a bike...

batteries control vital functions such as brakes and electronic suspension

What is a "pushbike" doing with electronic brakes and suspension... ITS A PUSHBIKE...

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Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month

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Down Under

I wonder if It will ever get here (Vulture South). I think for the money it would be a very real option.

I might just have to get my niece to get me one...

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Apple will be grilled by Irish National Planning Board over €850m data centre plan

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Native Apples

Apple had previously said the Galway project "will recover land previously used for growing and harvesting non-native trees and restore native trees to Derrydonnell Forest.

I didn't know the Apple was native to Ireland...

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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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Not just IT

It isn't just IT that have the "Good enough isn't good enough" mantra.

Look at the other industries

Fashion: it was the latest and greatest last week. This week it isn't good enough.

Cars: Last years model was good enough for you last year. You need the latest one now.

Phones: I suppose they could fit under the IT umbrella (unless in my case where it is a phone not a smart phone)

Cameras: 24 megapixel isn't good enough we have a 26 megapixel model now...

Every industry is producing "Good enough for now". If they came up with perfect we would never need to buy another one and they would go out of business...

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Peril sensitive device

Create a peril sensitive device like the peril sensitive glasses from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy... The Screen blanks and an ear shattering siren plays through the earphones when it senses danger so the user can't see or hear the approaching danger (works particularly well with VR glasses).

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NSW Dept of Education IT system still in slow-motion collapse

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TAFE Student

I recentlty enrolled in a TAFE course. I completed the enrolment application and was advised, by e-mail, that I would be contacted within 3 working days to confirm. No contact was forthcoming. Fortunately, I had a direct contact for the teacher of my course and checked with him after 2 weeks. He advised that I had been accepted and was enrolled and apologised for the system problems.

Official channels have yet to advise me of the progress of my application (I am now 2 weeks into the course...)

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Bypass the Windows AppLocker bouncer with a tweet-size command

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Re: Impressive

"hey, what if I tried this ?"

I'll bet that is how a lot of expliots are discovered - people trying things that the original designer never dreamed of.

It might not take a huge amount of knowledge of the inner workings to discvover but to actually build, test and confirm a successful exploit is interesting. I have stumbled across a couple of things by accident (typing or selecting the wrong file name) that have turned out to be useful (no real exploits though).

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iiNet founder Michael Malone takes nbn chair

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Jobs for the boys

Malone's position obviously endears him to the government.

Why do you think he got the job. It couldn't be his mates rewarding him for supporting their lame Fibre to the Node network...

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FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

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Why do the work ourselves

Yes, if we're able to go to a federal judge and make a showing of probable cause that you are a foreign terrorist, a spy or someone engaged in serious criminal activity and you're using that device to do that.

So if we can't are too lazy to convince a federal judge to give us a warrant we'll just phone our mates in the NSA and get them to provide as much data as we want (related to the case or not) and our other mates in the FISC will ensure that no one can complain.

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Dutch PGP-encrypted comms network ‘abused by crooks’ is busted

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Re: What's next?

I swear it feels like we're living back in the 19th century.

I would have thought more like the Dark Ages.

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Australia admits to running offensive cyber-ops team

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So that is where they hide the budget for their Mass Surveillance program. "We gather all of this intelligence to be able to better protect you from the bad people (terrorists, paedophiles, criminals)" I can already forsee being touted as the justification.

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Magnitude malvertisers spew 400 attacks from abused Scot ad firm

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Not only should we be running ad-blockers but NoScript as well.

When the advertising industry gets its own house in order I might consider unblocking ads.

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Prof squints at Google's mobile monopoly defence, shakes head

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The problem I have with the Google way of doing things is that I can't choose to not have the Google apps/services installed. I want to uninstall the Youtube App or the Google+ app or even Chrome to save space on my device. I can't. They are forced on me. I don't use them. I use other browsers. If I want Youtube I can always use the browser interface. Google forcing maunfacturers to include all of these services and not providing (for example) the "Play Store" as a separate service is the core of the issue. If I don't want to use the "Play Store" App, why can't I use a Browser to access "https://play.google.com/store" and then download the particular application I want?

I have an android tablet that I use to lookup reference items on-site. I don't want location services on it (I have a GPS and mobile phone that will provide that). I can turn off location services but I can't remove them. I would rather free up the limited storage by uninstalling these google properties that I am never going to use.

Google is using its "monopoly" position to force these unwanted services/apps on us and we can't avoid them.

BTW Apple is no better except that they don't claim to be "Free" and "Open".

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Mitsubishi 'fesses up: We lied in fuel tests to make our cars look great

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Re: Only 10%?

so that you know that a car with an official consumption figure of 70 mpg will be more efficient than one with a 60 mpg figure

You only know that it is more efficient for the circumstances of the tests conducted. Under different driving conditions the results can be vastly different with the "Less efficient car" actually performing better than the "more efficient car.

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

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Re: Those of us in other countries

if they have the technical ability

and you can bet your hide that if they don't have the technical ability they are working towards achieving the necessary technical ability.

Lately it seems that the only things the government are protecting are their jobs.

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US government sued by activists looking for backdoor smoking gun

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questions the extent to which the FBI and NSA wish to extend their powers to gather and retain communications collected during investigation mass surveillance.

Hogan did, however, end up granting the two agencies' motion to continue their intelligence-gathering mass surveillance operations.

FTFY

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Clucking hell! Farcical free-range egg standard pecked apart by app

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Simple App

Have an app that tells you that the politician is lying... It only needs to detect movement of the mouth.

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Peak Cable looms: One in five US homes now mobile-only for internet

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Downunder

Meanwhile in the land of the antipodes it s unlikely that people will be able to switch entirely to mobile internet while the telcos charge exorbitant rates for mobile data. Let me see you keep up to date with the live NRL or AFL matches on a 10Gb per month plan (extra data available for $10 per Gb).

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Big Content seeks to ban Kickass Torrents from Australia

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I was at a venue recently and went to download something. I was informed by the splash page that he site I was attempting to access was in a forbidden category.

I started TOR and refreshed the browser and up it popped. 10 seconds to bypass the block.

As to the DNS blocking at the ISP... I haven't used an ISP's DNS in over 10 years.

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Censorship FTW! China bans Paris Hilton, minor Kardashians et al

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But bear in mind that a similar ban in the West would likely have meant

We wouldn't have such nuggets of entertainment as

Big Brother, Biggest Loser, Survivor

Idol, The Voice

Dancing with the stars ... </sarcasm>

The world of television would be a much better place

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NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock

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Re: >something to tell the grandchildren

correlation between "amount spent on traditional wedding" and "length of marriage"

It is an inverse relationship.

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

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Re: "Out of print" is a mortal sin

The only thing is that authors should be able to opt-out.

Google should honour the authors request to not be included in the catalogue.

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How long will it last

handed Google a monopoly that it's unlikely to want to improve

With the Google propensity to drop projects that it can't get a good return from, how long will this one last?

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Chrome add-ons just became less scary, security-wise

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“Prominent Disclosure Requirement”

Now when will Google publish the same for Chrome and Android (and all other Alphabet properties)?

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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Little black book

Being single myself, I think I would have made a note of the people involved in my little black book for future possible dalliance (assuming that would align with your moral/ethical compass).

A bit of inside knowledge never went astray.

(Mines the one with the little black book in the pocket.)

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Job ad promises 'Meaningless Repetitive Work on the .NET Stack'

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I had to do a quick check. I thought it was my job being advertised.

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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Drawing attention

I learned a long time ago... If someone has set something up to make everyone look in a particular direction; look around fast... There is something else going on that they want to draw attention from.

What else is happening that is getting little (or no visibility) that they don't want put under the microscope.

(or possibly these guys are just really dumb)

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This headline will, in part, cost pepper-spraying University of California, Davis $175k

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Right to be forgotten

Couldn't they just file a "Right to be forgotten" claim over the incident and have it removed from search results...

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Australia should be the 'Switzerland of data', Cisco head hacker says

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Sure you can send all of your data to Australia. It will be safe from hackers because no one will ever be able to access the data because of our slow overloaded connections to the outside world.

Mine's the one with the 4G dongle in the inside pocket.

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

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Fashion accessories only have a limited useful live

Its not the "life" of the product. Its the time that Apple amortizes the cost over when working out how much they think they can gouge for their overpriced kit. They come up with a number that they think the suckers their customers will see as an acceptable annual value and multiply by their expected fashion accessory life to determine the sale price. After the "life" time the marketing will convince people that they have a hopelessly unfashionable accessory and need to update their look wth the latest gadget.

Paris because she is the ultimate fashionista...

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

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Business opportunity

"No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." Mark Twain

Never were truer words spoken. Particularly in this case. I think we should setup legislation in a country that guarantees the availability of strong encryption and ensures that there are no backdoors. If we can couple that with low company taxes I am sure that a lot of high tech companies will want to setup there.

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UK Government Digital Service links with Australia's Digital Transformation Office

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Governments learn from the mistakes of others - I don't think so.

"GDS has a five-year head start that Australia can learn from"

Knowing our government and their track record it is more likely to be "five years of mistakes to catch up on".

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Websites take control of USB devices: Googlers propose WebUSB API

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FAIL

Re: You've gotta be joking!!

I have already experienced new products that by the time you install them the URL for the driver has been changed and you have to manually hunt for the drivers/software on the vendor's support page. The drivers are still there it just is impossible to find them because the web designers are too lazy(/incompetent) to leave a redirect on the original URL.

This issue doesn't only happen with drivers. Embedded support pages/help links often move but that is another topic for discussion...

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Re: Where to begin?

I hate that when I download an installer (e.g. for a Web Browser or Anti-virus package) I can't take the downloaded software to another PC that isn't connected to the internet to install because it is really just a "stub". I really don't want to have to connect to the Internet to do everything.

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Privacy Shield in doubt

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Facepalm

the pact does not include sufficient ANY REAL protections

FTFY

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FBI, Apple continue cat-and-mouse game over iPhones in New York

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Re: Moving off shore

i saw something over the weekend about legislation that had just been passed in the US blocking companies from merging with other companies and moving off-shore. Pfizer were saying that the legislation was passed to effectively block their merger with an Irish company and moving off-shore. It would probably have a similar effect on tech companies trying to move off-shore.

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NBN shenanigans: someone wants broadband speeds hidden

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Statistics

In words attributed to a former British PM...

"Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics".

Why would anyone want to hide the availability/takeup of higher speed connections on the NBN? It wouldn't be anything to do with the fact that there is an election looming in Oz...

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Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?

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Mushroom

The UK sent some radioactive material to Australia in the 50's and 60's. They detonated it at a couple of locations. Surely adding a few hundred kilos there will make little difference.

Australia should grasp the opportunity and create a Nuclear waste dump and recycling plant at Maralinga on the ground contaminated by the UK atomic tests and charge countries to store and process their nuclear waste.

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

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Black Helicopters

Probably but Farcebook is a US company operating across many jurisdictions so not answerable to the laws of any jurisdiction unless compelled to release information secretly to the TLAs by the use of orders from secret courts that come with warnings not to tell the customer that their privacy has been compromised.

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There's oil in that thar … Chinese space probe?

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Re: Another idea.

It doesn't matter how hard you squeeze a politician - you can't get anything out of them.

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Apple faces €48.5m fine from furious French

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"Apple did not respond to a Reg request for comment on the matter."

And we are surprised by that how?

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Barbie-brained Mattel exec phell for phishing, sent $3m to China

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Blonde moment

A Mattel executive having a blonde moment... Who would have thought.

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Contactless payments come to in-flight entertainment units

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Gotcha

You can do without (or take your own) in-flight food/drink and in-flight entertainment. I am waiting for the airlines to start charging for in-flight toilets, try doing without them for a long haul flight... maybe the first visit will be free but subsequent visits will cost...

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