* Posts by Credas

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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

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Re: Consumer Watchdog?

Recent? Started up in 1985 actually.

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Clients say they'll take their money and run if service hacked – poll

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Quite - TalkTalk lost hardly any customers as a proportion of their customer base, despite it being very easy to switch broadband suppliers.

The gung-ho talk about class action lawsuits also illustrates how little you can rely on survey responses, since the scope of these in the UK is very, very limited and wouldn't apply to this kind of incident. Do they think lawyers are just showing restraint in not having brought any actions to date?

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Netflix and fill – our coffers: Canada mulls taxing vid streaming giant 5% of subs cash

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Netflix aren't going to walk

If it happens this is going to end up being 5% of their Canadian, not global, revenues, and that's not going to make Netflix walk away from the Canadian market. They hardly put up a fight when they got landed with paying VAT in the UK.

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

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"on the UK island of Jersey"

Oh dear, you're lucky the inhabitants of that Crown Dependency are so laid back, and separated from the UK by a fair amount of sea...

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Android-rooting Gooligan malware infects 1 million devices

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Re: Social Attacks

Seriously however, a lot of these problems would go away if people just spent a minute thinking, instead of indulging in knee-jerk reactions.

Since they have to either be using third party app stores already against every recommendation from reputable publications, or follow a list of instructions to enable installation from unknown sources (which in turn triggers dire warnings from the OS), I would say that anybody infected by this has to have spent considerably more than a minute thinking about it. Crap decision making certainly, but they are thinking about it.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Presumably this is more "think of the children" stuff to justify extending compulsory age verification from the porn sites used to justify the law to now include social networks. And what could possibly be wrong with forcing Facebook et al to semantically scan every message posted, in case one of those teens tries to write something dirty?

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Drive-by web nasty unmasks Tor Browser users, Mozilla dashes to patch zero-day vuln

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Re: context

Even better, treat Javascript as a convenience option that's blocked by default, and only enable it if you choose to take the risk for a specific site and use.

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Trial date set for Brit police 'copter coppers over spying-on-doggers claims

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So how can recording or watching a crime in itself be a crime?

If someone's committing an offence it doesn't suddenly make it impossible for them to be victims of a crime; you presumably wouldn't have suggested that someone nicking their wallets, say, while they were "distracted" wasn't committing a crime?

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

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No one is saying you can't have fast broadband out in the sticks, just don't expect the rest of us to pay for it.

Does that mean I can get back the £80/year that I'm paying Thames Water for the London "super sewer" that's of fuck all use to me, then? No, of course not - national (or regional) infrastructure is a shared cost.

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Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

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Re: Wheels within wheels.

The theory I like best is that yet another streaming service setting up on the basis of a couple of "must see" series that will supposedly be sufficient reason for you to cough up yet another £8 a month will just drive piracy increasingly into the mainstream. Is anybody really going to subscribe to every streaming service in order to watch one or two programmes a week from each?

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Re: The question is...

If your new partner is surprised that you previously had a sex life then you've probably got worse problems than spammy marketing emails.

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Surveillance camera compromised in 98 seconds

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Re: @Gene

If you are going to have IoT (Internet of Trash) devices, its a good idea anyway to isolate them to their own VLAN and block Inter-VLAN routing so they can't see the rest of your network.

Entirely agree. But how many ordinary punters would have a clue that this is necessary, let alone any idea how to implement it (even if their crap ISP router allowed it).?

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The encryption conundrum: Should tech compromise or double down?

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Re: Stupid is as stupid does

Unfortunately the mindset that cannot grasp that secret backdoors are mathematically incompatible with secure and strong encryption also can't grasp that the US doesn't have a monopoly on the mathematics of encryption, and therefore doesn't understand that the only encryption they'll actually succeed in weaken ing will be that available to US citizens in the US.

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Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

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Re: Interesting ...

With regard to the interior noise, maybe the idea is to only use the rear fuselage-mounted engine for take-off/climb/acceleration, and cruise on just two? Admittedly that's a pure guess as the technical content of the article is so poor ("ungainly" at low speed, no mention I could see of its actual top speed, and surely the range of any aircraft can be doubled by refuelling???) and there's no link to anything more informative.

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Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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Re: Questions

700 million is the number of phones any of Adups software is installed on, not (necessarily) the number this particular spyware is on.

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Navy STEALS? US sailors dispute piracy claim

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It may be more detailed but it doesn't paint a better picture of the USN's behaviour other than to allege that the duplication was permitted while negotiations for additional licences were ongoing - licences which they didn't end up buying. You also know the government's run out of decent arguments when it trots out sovereign immunity as a possible defence.

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Your body reveals your password by interfering with Wi-Fi

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I'm not saying this is BS...

...but I'd want to hear a lot more about the specific setup and geometry they were using before assuming it isn't.

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Re: Interesting but <<<Hype or Fact>>>

Well it could be Fact - if the GDPR Regulation was in effect. But since it won't in effect be until 25 May 2018, it's actually Hype.

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IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities

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Re: French Engineering

Yes, that well-known French company Philips... Probably best that you do say no more if that's the extent of your knowledge.

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Finns chilling as DDoS knocks out building control system

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Indeed; according to the reports in Finnish the systems restarted soon as the network cable was yanked out, which is probably where it should be left if the system can't cope gracefully with loss of internet connectivity. Sheltering behind a firewall isn't really a long-term solution to that flaw, it just ups the volume of traffic needed to pull the trick off next time.

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Google makes it to third base with Home digital assistant

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Re: Same wake word for all devices, really?

Agreed; it's bad enough having a tablet and a phone competing to deal with a query, without some "home assistant" joining in to add a third copy of a reminder for Aunt Gemima's birthday to your calendar. I can see why a trigger phrase has to have some characteristics like a variable intonation and distinctive rhythm so low-powered devices can pick it out of the background, but surely it's not beyond the wit of man to devise a user-defined phrase quality checker and let us choose our own?

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Build your Type 26 warships next year? Sure, MoD – now, about that contract...

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Re: Have they finished the aircraft carriers yet?

The shipyards in Scotland have - that's kind of the point of (announcing and re-announcing) the orders for offshore patrol vessels now and then the Type 26, to keep those shipyards working.

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Accessories to crime: Facial recog defeated by wacky paper glasses

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Re: It's your civic duty.

I've still got no idea just how good this technique is, as I'm struggling to parse "with up to at least 80 per cent success rate".

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: Great phone - but dodgy support

Fast forward 11 months and (1) I am still being spammed by Wileyfox and (2) I am still waiting for the free screen protector I was supposed to get when I registered.

I know this sounds like a silly question, but are you sure you don't already have the screen protector? I bought a Storm and was wondering where it was in the box, then noticed that it was actually pre-fitted!

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EU announces common corporate tax plan

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Re: finally a brexit benefit (for EU)

If handing over control of their (corporate, for now) tax policy to the EU Commission is something that the remaining EU members want, then it sounds like it's a Brexit benefit for both the EU and the UK.

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Wi-Fi commuter fears

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Re: news?

Unhelpfully, simultaneous with good advice about the necessity of using VPNs when accessing public wi-fi hotspots being promulgated, just about all of those I've come across recently actively block VPN traffic - presumably because think of the children, evil pornography might besmirch their systems, terrists, etc. Sky manage to do this even while having a help page telling you to use one of the VPNs they're blocking!

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Oh joy. You can now buy a gold plated quadcopter drone

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More then 20 large

A pedantic point, but "large" is a reference to a $1,000 bill, not (yet, anyway) £1,000.

I suppose hordes will now descend to tell me that they've used large for a grand all their lives, as did their fathers and grandfathers before them...

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Banks don’t give a 2FA

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Whoops!

It's a shame that while (rightly) castigating banks for their failings, Which? couldn't even get the link to the results of their tests right on the webpage the article links to, so I still don't know how individual banks compare. At least they have a nice custom 404 page, though. :)

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Dynamic IP addresses are your personal property, CJEU rules

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Hello |FNAME|, this is the Obama-bot Drupal chat module speaking

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Seems strange

I'd have thought they'd do whatever they could to keep quiet about the fact that millions of Facebook messages to the President, some of them possibly even carefully considered and/or literate, are actually processed and responded to by a bot. Obviously a moment's thought about the numbers involved would be enough to realise that this must be the case, but it still seems odd that they'd pull side the veil and proudly admit to it.

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Dutch govt ordered to use open standards for comms from 2017

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Interesting definition of popular

Not all parliamentary moves in the Netherlands have proved so popular. Earlier this week, the state's Senate passed a strict net neutrality position that would bar preferential internet traffic completely. The local T-Mobile office has already said it will sue over the rules, and industry associations are up in arms.

I'm sure large corporations like those would agree that the net neutrality provisions are unpopular (within they cosy club). I would suggest that what the 17 million people living there think is probably a better measure of their popularity, though.

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Europe loves to pay by bonk* - survey

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Re: "Holidays and electronics"

There does not seem to be a £30 limit. Or at least there isn"t when using Natwest and Apple Pay.

Scarily, you're (almost) right. It's up to the merchant to set the limit they accept using Apple Pay - NatWest don't impose a limit. Most merchants use the standard contactless £30 limit, but there's nothing to stoo a travel agent, say, accepting payments for thousands.

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Re: "pay by bonk"

I agree - I don't believe for a second that 43% of Brits are using NFC mobile phone payments regularly. I've seen plenty of people (myself included) making contactless card payments, but never a phone. Either this "online survey" was addressing all forms of payment that happened to involve a mobile, or it was a self-selecting group of Apple/Android Pay Monthly fanbois who also happen to live in London and use the Tube.

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Nuke plant has been hacked, says Atomic Energy Agency director

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Canada's nuclear plants will run minicomputer OS PDP-11 for at least another 30 years. Try finding anti-virus software for that!

Try finding a virus that would both be capable of infecting a PDP-11 and that would be detectable by the anti-virus software you can't run!

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Cyanogen mods self away from full Android alternative

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Re: There's a definite market ...

Funny, my Cyanogen OS phone (Wileyfox Storm) doesn't have any MS apps at all, except for Skype that I installed myself from the Play Store. No Cortana, no OneNote, nothing. Certainly doesn't feel like MS is "tied very deeply" into my phone.

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Skype for Linux users can crash-test video calls in v1.10 Alpha

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Guess we'll never know...

... what the balance was between coercion, inducement, and cold, hard cash that the NSA and friends has to use to persuade Microsoft to spend all that money on Skype, just to turn it into a buggable and bug-riddled me-too server-client telephony app.

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Robots blamed for wiping 10 per cent off the value of sterling

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Fortunately these asinine automated trading crashes tend to get corrected pretty quickly, so the exchange rate's currently back at around 1.24. How we've let real world assets like currencies, stocks and shares be used as nothing more than casino chips in a massive gambling operation is somewhat mystifying.

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Zilog reveals very, very distant heir to the Z80 empire

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Still alive & kicking

To this day the Z80 lives on in a host of humble embedded applications, from disk drive controllers to police breathalysers. Slightly ironic in that it was originally intended for such embedded applications, before finding fame as a CPU in early personal computers.

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Fake copyright site infuriates Indian government

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Re: Why not

From a quick look their problem is that it isn't really a "fake" site or pretending to be a government agency, it's just providing a service of very questionable value and not mentioning that you can go direct to the government copyright office yourself. Rather like the hordes of unofficial passport and driving licence application sites we're plagued with in the UK, that seem to put most of their effort into getting higher up the search engine rankings then the official sites.

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Windows 10 market share fell in September

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Re: Margin of Error

Those figures appear to be within margins of error, so don't mean a whole lot really.

Indeed, why El Reg persists in conducting monthly "analysis" of the noise contained in someone's over-precise Excel spreadsheet cells is a mystery. Presumably the near-universal use of teabags now in place of loose leaf tea has killed that particular alternative analysis method, but a bag of chicken bones would probably be equally accurate.

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Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls

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To be fair, they clearly weren't doing anything that would have actually impeded his breathing. It certainly didn't seem to affect his ability to struggle, or to run off when given half a chance. I thought the security guard was very restrained in the circumstances.

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Re: Dijon

I'm not surprised - a nutter clutching a solid steel pétanque ball, and clearly happy to use it, is not someone your average shop assistant can safely "have a go" against.

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Zuckerberg to spend $3bn+ to rid world of all disease by 2100 (Starting with Facebook, right?)

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Sense of proportion required

This is all very nice, and thank you the Zuckerbergs, but the lofty ambition of ridding the world of disease is hardly likely to be achieved by splashing $3bn around three US universities, in fields cherry-picked by a privacy-loathing social media geek who seems to think that biology is just a messy form of software that needs debugging.

By comparison the Wellcome Foundation alone has an endowment of over $23bn, and its funding priorities are decided by real medical scientists.

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Great British Great Bake Off gets new judge

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Re: The BBC is skint?

Given how much the IOC demand for the TV rights, £28m to actually screen them would be a drop in the ocean.

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Re: The BBC is skint?

All flights first class? Really? Any source for that that's not the Daily Fail?

Personally I'm delighted that it's one of the few major sporting events that's still available FTA in this country, rather than being sucked into the paywalled extortion machine that's Sky Sports like all the rest.

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Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug

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I'm slightly puzzled why Apple haven't bought TomTom. Apple's own mapping is slightly rubbish,

Probably wouldn't do much good, since TomTom provide the basic mapping data for Apple devices already. Apple sprinkle over their magic fairy dust combine this with data from other sources, to make their maps richer, and therein lies the problem.

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

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As has been mentioned previously, the BT Openreach estimator that's available to wholesale suppliers is pretty accurate. Mysteriously that isn't exposed to the poor bloody consumer, who instead is fed the simplified away-with-the-fairies "up to" numbers. I wonder why?

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Printers now the least-secure things on the internet

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Re: If he had a clue about the situation...

The point isn't that the printer itself could burn the house down, it's that if it's readily compromised then it can be used as a point of access to all the other devices on the network, including those IoT things that potentially could be used to cause harm.

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

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Re: Well, bears in the woods etc.

Unfortunately for your argument, the basis for funnelling profits made outside the US through Ireland, and it's extremely generous tax treatment, is the notion that the Irish companies own the ex-US IP rights. The result is that Ireland makes a small but (for them) decent amount of tax, at the expense of every other country where those products were actually sold, and Apple pays stuff all by comparison with "normal" companies. Nice deal if you can get it.

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Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that

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Re: If this is the culmination of the knowledge of the human race

I'd be OK with this as long as every button also triggered a request to the Soylent Green Feedstuff Collection Service. Or possibly just self-detonated.

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