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Mozilla's opt-out Firefox DNS privacy test sparks, er, privacy outcry

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Re: Interesting

Me too.

Neither google borg nor cloudflare.

My isp knows where I go anyway. So hitting their first dns does not add any more data leaks and probably does not go out to the Internet as much. Plus caching helps with that.

Mozilla have really lost their way of late.

Boffins unwrap bargain-basement processor that talks light and current

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So does this mean that systems can be built where, instead of only moving data from on chip registers into the processor, data from anywhere within "a few kilometres" can be moved in to the processor at the same speed? I. E. No need for map reduce or sharding?

'It’s not a surveillance program'... US govt isn't going all Beijing on us with border face-recog, official tells Congress

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Re: It's not a surveillance program

Dont worry folks. Given that you have fuck all chance of travelling with privacy these days it doesnt matter _how_ we sync your id to your google profile.

Google knew you were going on holiday before your smiling face turned up at the airport anyway.

Here come the lawyers! Intel slapped with three Meltdown bug lawsuits

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timing attacks

Cant you just reduce timer accuracy for untrusted code and get all your performance back? Not good for cloud use but is that no OK for the rest of us?

Or would that penalise the cloud so everyone making megabucks from it is trying to avoid mentioning this fact.

Will the stock market drop Dropbox like it's hot? Numbers say no

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Re: So where does the money come from?

Agreed, and the flip side of that is who would want to compete in a market with 2% paying customers, and a large established market leader.

Dropbox looks strangely stable on that context.

Not that I will trust them with my data. ;)

23,000 HTTPS certs will be axed in next 24 hours after private keys leak

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I dont trust any of these bastards

One day im going to build a browser with Zero root certs, no cert chain support at all. The three ssl certs I care about pinned and all the rest show a red icon, insecure!, since that is the truth of the matter.

Police deny Notting Hill Carnival face recog tech led to wrongful arrest

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If Snowden has taught us anything it's that if they can do it they are doing it.

The fact we know about it means nothing other than it's in their interest that we know about it.

Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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Re: Ditching XBL/XUL would mean Mozilla shooting itself in the foot

@teknopaul Thank you for a well-reasoned and useful post. These are becoming too rare these days and these types of contributions are exactly what Mozilla needs to hear.

Take note, dear trolls, to see how it's done.

Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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Re: Yay... maybe?

One perfectly good reason is that you are publishing HTML dont have any tracking cookies and have nothing at all to hide and dont have enough viewers to be a target.

I'm all for security where it is needed. I resent being bullied by Google.

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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Re: Proof of ownership?

The idea that criminals have no rights is disturbing.

If I hear someone is a convicted criminal I dont presume they are a bad person.

If DNA testing was involved in the conviction I dont even presume they are guilty.

This is grim, Vim and Neovim: Opening this crafty file in your editor may pwn your box. Patch now if not already

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Re: Disable "all"

Re: "Exectue stuff by design" modelines are for setting tab width inside vim and generally setting up vim for the specific file being loaded.

Be nice if my IDE did that!

Seems to me this is just a bug it the implementation. Its not like embeded VBA in microsoft docs.

Team America, world police, take down 37,479 counterfeit sites

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If a luxury goods market only works with huge cash spend by nation states policing the world. Let it die.

Protecting consumers from being ripped off with poor quality fakes is a more noble cause.

I don't think the help my poor Lamborghini's Street cred line is a vote winner.

Google slides DNS privacy into 'Droid developer stream

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Re: Weird

furthermore I have Android version that will not let me change for longer that one restart if wifi and ignore dhcp settings so the local network is broken on these devices. and google gets dns requests about my localnet that were never meant to reach the chocolate factory.

You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up

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Blind copying of other software featuers is risky. Patents exist.

In terms of FOSS projects GIMP is one of the best. Its 20 years old.

Replacing Save as [insert lossy format here] with Export to [lossy format] makes perfect sense to those that grok that png and jpeg formats involve loosing data.

Yahoo! starts $1.99 'watch list' to recycle old usernames

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Disgraceful disregard for security

I wonder how many other people out there have dead yahoo accounts with matching usernames at hotmail or other big providers with the old account as the fallback email address.

Thanks El Reg for highlighting this. The amount of private info I have in my cloud inboxes is scary.

I'll, er, get the tab? It's Internet Edgeplorer as browser pulls up chair to the Chromium table

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Its laugh they spent all these years trying to lock in customers to IE only to be bit by an inablity to change years later.

Microsoft news seems to be less scary than Google news of late. I wish them well. A modicum of competition can only be a good thing.

Experts: No need to worry about Europe's navigation sats going dark for days. Also: What the hell is going on with those satellites?!

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Re: Definitely Russian or Chinese hacking

GPS is critical infrastructure IMHO.

UK does not need GPS because the EU has got it covered, is like saying the UK does need tanks because Germany has got some.

Dont worry tho, there hasnt been a war in Europe since Ukraine 2019

Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

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Re: Loyal Commenter

The best decision to make is the right one, the second best decision to make is the wrong one. The worst decision to make is no decision.

This is why Farange supports another vote.

For some reason, you lot love 'em. So here are the many ThinkPads of 2018

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Re: L380 Yoga - Goldylocks MacBook Pro with ugly buttons

Its hard buying laptops without the windows tax.

The real question tho which I think there is a regcommentbot askng on all laptop reviews is...

"Does it run linux!".

Perhaps the regcommemtbot is disabled on thinkpad reviews because it does run Linux.

It all hinges on this: Huawei goes after Samsung with its own foldable hybrid Mate X

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I wonder how many companies send employees into the field with a phone and a tablet.

Postie often has two devices.

2000 might make sense if you are currently buying two flagship devices. Especially if you are writing software with support for two form factors or code to sync the devices.

Revealed: The 25 most dangerous software bug types – mem corruption, so hot right now

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The door is a-jar (gedit)

Java has jni. You can trash a String easily. I found such a bug in Google's Snappy compression lib.

I thought I'd get bug bounty since it was an out of bounds read. They refused to even fix it, with an RTFM in the close comment.

Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

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Re: relief arrived a long time ago

dir > file.txt

notepad.exe file.txt

Still does not work because the filesystem uses utf8 and notepad.exe is still notepad.

Vim.exe is part of my standard build.

All fixing the \n issue does is remind us how poor windows toolset is.

Oracle Linux now supported on 64-bit Armv8 processors

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Re: Don't trust it.

AFAIK "oracle linux 7 u 4" is rebranded redhat EL 7u4. Without support from redhat who build all the rpms but you pay for support to Oracle.

Presumably oracle remove MariaDB and insert mysql since they inherited the brandname from Sun for mysql but dont develop it.

Android P to improve users' network privacy

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I had a uni disertaion on "everything in linux is a file, discuss." About the ease on access to the linux system via posix file api.

Kids now will be writing "Google pwnd linux, discuss."

I wonder if chrome still knows your ip and every move?

Do you think Google considers themselves "Advertisers"?

UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

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Re: I would hardly expect precise targetting

"Fortunately I don't believe GCHQ could genuinely monitor everything regardless of the tin foil hat brigades comments."

Google "full take". You dont have to believe tin foil hat brigade you just had to take your fingers out of your ears during Snowdens revelations.

Cookie code compromise caper caught and crumbled

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Nodejs badly needs a standard library.

Trouble is node does not make money and npm corp. (Presumably) does.

Node was built on community engagement via npm so nobody wants a stdlib but still it cant be pit off forever.

Both Debian and Redhat provide curated libraries. That is a good start if you find npm a risk.

From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

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auto play videos

Is that going to include YouTube.

No didnt think so.

Since Google control your browser now too they do all this blocking and "safe browsing" stuff on competition websites but their domians are whitelisted. Handily makes their websites run faster too.

Reading chrome code at the moment and its scary what they get up to.

Everything's just fine at Google's mothership: $1.7bn EU fine, slower growth take their toll

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Re: That is called swimming in money

Not much they can do to increase advertising revenue now that be first page of google results is 100% paid content.

Wall street always expect growth. What if 30% of all digital marketing is the max you can cream from search? Looks like google aren't much good at anything else.

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

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Re: html in email...

Email should use *markdown* or _commonmark_

* No need for two copies

* Viewer can be fancy if you like

* Editor can be fancy if you like

* It easy to see where links go

* No option to hide content ordo sneaky embedding

Or font tricks for that matter

Don't let your dreams be dreams! Itty-bitty space shuttle to ride into orbit on a Vulcan Centaur

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Re: HL-20

Ten on the way back sounds handy.

If there are 6 nauts in the isis, were something to go horriby wrong up there it might be handy to be able to send up two more nauts and 2 medics and bring every body down safely

while they fend off the Alien invasion.

Need to automatically and securely verify a download is legit? You bet rget this new tool

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great idea

This is agreat idea, because RPM is so complicated that quite often people dont bother.

Software repos exist. But they all get sys specific kruft added till they are too complicated and people resort to wget.

Rget is kinda cool. Wish it wasnt.

You should be able make an rpm with something like

mkrpm foo.rpm .

Looming EU copyright rules – tackling Google news article scraping, installing upload filters – under fire from all sides

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Re: copyleft lunatics?

"Generally, the gimme gimme gimme 'Peanut Gallery' types never produce anything themselves"

Citation needed. The whole copyleft movement came from software devs very much into giving some of their work away while working for a living by selling other works.

I have never met a copyleftist who isnt into publishing their own work.

18.04 beta is as good a time as any to see which Ubuntu flavour tickles your Budgie, MATE

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Re: It's a pity

Nobody needs to replace office or windows.

The competitor to word is email, the competitor to powerpoint is video, the competitor to excel is write some code, the competitor to access is relational dbs are old news use nosql.

The competitor to windows is bash it is and always will be superior.

NPM Inc settles union-busting complaints on third try – after CEO trolled for ordering internal mole hunt

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Re: Alternatives


NPM mode of dependency management has got silly of late. You can download a package via NPM and download the same code 3 or 4 times in a sprawling tree of node_modules directories.

Somehow other package managers survive with "dont break shit" / "backwards compatibility".

IMHO NodeJS, run by the Linux foundation, should distance themselves from NPM.

YOUR Cisco VoIP phone is easily TAPPED, warns CompSci prof

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phine fun

our office has cisco phones with security totally off by default. you can take control of any phone with a nice xml over http api. no need for hacking just rtfm. one day im going to make all the phones in the office simultaneously get a call from the boss. i just not got around to it.

And we're back live with the state of the smartphone market in 2019. Any hope? Yeah, nah

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I think generic phones are good enough right now.

If someone can squeeze in a projector that works in daylight.

An ebook reader on the back.

I'd buy an audio geek phone with 4 line in, 4 line out out, 4 mics plus wired headphones and hdmi.

gpio connectors might be handy for hackers.

4 usb connectors anyone

Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

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Good news that flat is dead. Flat with depth is an obvious nod to googles material design. If you didnt happen to have a windows 3.1 background, flat ui was like where have all the buttons gone? All them millions of pixels and none used to help you work out what was clickable or swipeable or prodable.

Trump’s new ZTE tweet trumps old ZTE tweets that trumped his first ZTE tweet

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Re: Tips and corrections:

Tip and correction here: its actually not easier to use that link since its a mailto: link that breaks on my phone which haa no email configured and I had to F12 the page on a desktop PC to submit a typo. Bit of a palavour.

Link to a web form would be better. IMHO

You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early

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who fixes the fixes

if the bug fix is not a complete fix sooner its known the better. Delaying any fix delays all responses including other mitigation that might be possible. like not using that browser in some particular high risk situation.

its foolish to presume that you're the only people that know of a bug. imho.

Scientist, war hero and gay icon Alan Turing is new face of the £50 note

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Re: "The theory" is a bit too strong

Re "don't pretend there's any actual intelligence behind it"

Depends how you define intelligence.

Number one on google is "the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills."

Current AI techniques and applications can be called artificial intelligence by that definition.

If you define intelligence as "creative thinking" then maybe not.

Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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Re: stuck on HTTP

"nobody can point to people using HTTPS over HTTP and state that it's *less* secure."

Nobody suggesting bricking up the windows of your house is less secure.

Security where its needed.

A house with glass windows is not in-secure. Its just a house and not a prison.

'Crazy bad' bug in Microsoft's Windows malware scanner can be used to install malware

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Re: Meanwhile MS is messing with Windows Update...

no, but, I know indians that use the term cousin for first second and third cousins once twice or thrice removed, so a use it a lot more than other English speakers.

Pretty clear that is what was being referred to, and its use above clearly snide/racist and certainly out of place on this forum.

Registrar Namecheap let miscreants slap spam, malware on unlucky customers' web domains

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company to is a dns service

I think the problem is with DNS not hosted websites. I have my names registered there, not a lot I can do to see if im a victim other than googling my domains looking for stuff that is not mine.

Namecheap are the only ones that can fix this mess.

Ubuntu savaged by rivals infected with fondleslab fever

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touchy subject

touch friendly OS on a laptop or netbook with keyboard and mouse is annoying. long mouse click, really stupid idea. ubuntu on mobile?not if they don't get the basics of hci right.

unity get the screen space issue right, for the weigh reason, first unity was operatable with keyboard only, next ver needs a touchscreen, doh!

Microsoft concedes to Mozilla: Redmond will point web API docs at Moz Dev Network

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Re: MDN? Never heard of it.

Don't blame Mozilla for you not looking further than the first hit in Google.

They are offing a decent free service, you choose to go for an advert laden one, fine.

The reason MS and Google care is because people like you are writing bad web pages.

And Mozilla is writing good ones.

FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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crime rates going up?

Or reporting of crime going up because victims feel safe/able to report it since they have it on video?

Police statistics are damn lies, I remember when the clean up rate in my area rather embarrassingly went from 90% to 102%.

Real crime rate is unknown. Only stats are crime as viewed by the police.

Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price

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Reading this on a huawei phone

Recommend the handset to all my mates with flagship fatigue.

Fact is huawei are run as a coop, that makes them, like, voluntary commies! The worst sort. Its unfair.

If they just had a board of fat cats to layoff half the staff every couple of years and then try to recover it would be a level playing field.

Accused hacker Lauri Love's extradition appeal begins

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Re: Commit the crime, then do the time...

With that reasoning it would be justified to shoot you to deter people from fraternizing with criminals. No trial needed. We only have your word that you were not a sympathizer.

In the long trial by a sensible legal system with ends other than deterring crime by fear is a good idea.

Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people

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Re: Open source is leading to single source

"dreamed for years about ONE OS to rule them all"

You could not possibly possibly possibly be more wrong.

The entire point about OpenSource is that each person can have their own OS. With just the stuff _they_ want. Nothing less and, nowadays more revelant, nothing more than what they want.

Google’s Android Emulator gains AMD and Hyper-V support

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docker relatrd?

Microsoft did a clasic embrace extend and f you, with docker on hyper-v imho.

Install it, and all your vbox virtualization breaks.

Not surprised it was much demanded to run Docker and android vm on the same pc. Wonder why peeps bother with Docker on hyperv tho when you know your being microshafted in the long run.

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