* Posts by Mephistro

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You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

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'There is no talent shortage'

On the contrary, there's a huge sortage, in the "managerial talent"* department.

*: Oxymoron alert?

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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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(@ Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik)

"teufel being an interesting option"

There's a name that inspires confidence! ;^)

"I wonder if other such kits have similar issues??? [...] ElReg's research idea???"

Don't bother, all of them do, at least potentially. Any product that relies in updates and/o external servers to function properly can receive the same treatment, when some management asshat decides to "create value for the investors" by ripping off their customers one way or another.

So, it's basically a Russian roulette, with few empty chambers. :-(

I, personally, favour the option of not buying -among other things- IoT tat.

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"...Sonos' spokesperson clarified that the company isn't offering a refund to all privacy policy holdouts. Rather the audio gear biz intends to work with affected customers on a case-by-case basis...."

Case-by-case, depending on what, exactly? Whether the customer is famous or not? Whether the customer is raising hell in some blog? Gender? Race? Distance from Sonos HQ? Zodiac sign?

This statement is as hollow and stupid as it can be. As most company statements that include the expression "on a case-by-case basis". Sigh...

After reading this article, Sonos is in the list of companies with which I don't want any business, ever.

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Look! Over there! Intel's cooked a 17-qubit chip quantum package

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Re: around the size of a US quarter

Better yet, translate it into Ningis and Pus.

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El Reg was invited to the House of Lords to burst the AI-pocalypse bubble

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Re: Minsky's "Weather analogy" pretty much nails the whoel "Deep learning" business.

That's the bad news. The good news is that by creating and analysing these simulations and their failures, scientists get hints of what other factors are affecting the weather, so, at least in theory, all this "parameter wrangling" can be slowly eliminated while, at the same time, scientists gain a better understanding of the 'real world climate' and simulations of a better quality.

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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Re: May...

I misread that as "May, a flea-bitten camel with diarrhea, defecates loudly on the Deputy Attorney General."

Bestiality, Scat and Brexit. Who could ask for more?

;^)

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Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

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Re: Flat Earth Society

"Maybe with Flat Football the players could simply kick each other instead of the Flat Ball."

That's an sport I'd gladly pay to watch!

And at the end of the match, there'd be several "flattened balls". Sports + Darwinism, what's there not to like?

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Oracle’s automated database is a minimum viable release - analyst

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So, giving absolute control of companies data to Oracle would benefit who, exactly?

Oracle, of course!.

They've probably discovered already dozens of ways of monetising data from the companies that swallow this.

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Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

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Re: And from now on...

Is a "Cathegory" a violent Catholic?

No, it's just a misspelling.

I'm ashamed!

I'll go and perform Sudoku now, to atone for my failure.

Happy now?

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And from now on...

... most remaining W7 users -a huge chunk of the market- will do their best to leave MS's OSsinking ship.

"First they came for the [Cathegory$]s , And I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a [Cathegory$],"

Values for Cathegory$

- Windows Phone developers

- Windows Mobile developers

- Zune users

- Bing Developers

- Windows 7 users

- Windows 8.1 users

... and probably another dozen products and services, at the very least.

Gee, it's incredible that the public and techies have lost all confidence in Microsoft! </sarc>

"And then they came for me, but I had already ditched all their products, so I told them to sod off! Fuck yeah!"

8^)

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Spy vs spy vs hacker vs... who is THAT? Everyone's hacking each other

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That was a nice article! Good, heady IT stuff.

And kudos to the Kaspersky people, as they seem to have made a good analysis that looks -to me at least- fact-based, instead of the usual politically motivated "reports"* you often find in this kind of issues.

*"Reports" translates in this context as "Misinformation".

;^)

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Ex-Harrods IT man cleared of stealing company issued laptop

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Re: Eh?

ROFLMAO

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Re: Eh?

"And what kind of "IT worker" can't even figure out how to wipe a hard disk?"

A salesperson?

And regarding "it has his National Insurance number on it", in the same paragraph the article refers to "personal files". Such personal files could include scans of his passport/driving license, list of passwords used in several sites, bank account data, list of favourite porn sites, "naughty pictures" pictures of his wife, "naughty pictures" of his sister in law or any other thing you can think of that could cause him to have his identity stolen, suffer emotional stress, suffer a traumatic divorce or...

In normal conditions, he could have talked to a friendly Harrods IT guy, asked him to erase or recover the files and fix the issue easily and legally. Unless, of course, the working environment was very "toxic", or the IT support was outsourced to some Third or Second World country where Privacy Protection laws are not all they should be. If any of this was the case, asking the Harrods IT bod would be like walking nude at 3 A.M. in a marginal neighbourhood with a big bullseye painted in the arse*.

*:Can't end well! 8^)

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HPE server firmware update permanently bricks network adapters

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"...outsourcing hard at work again? or loss of common sense?"

The first is a subset of the second.

;^)

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European Commission refers Ireland to court over failure to collect €13bn in tax from Apple

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Re: "laws made by the Irish government, which has sovereign and complete responsibility"(@ LDS)

^This!

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The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

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Re: OpenSource (@ GrumpenKraut)

"The world discovering the "quality" of your code base."

That boat sailed decades ago!

;^)

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ISIS and Jack Daniel's: One of these things is not like the other

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I know who did it!!!

"He asked his neighbours who had sent the letter but, unsurprisingly, none of them 'fessed up."

It was Herr Magoo!!!

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We went to Nadella's launch of Hit Refresh so you didn't have to

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Re: Will it be viewed cynically as corporate propaganda?(@ imanidiot)

"A Preacher fan, Mephistro?"

YES! I was also following the comics. Both are GOOD, And I'd advice you to read also the comics -if you haven't done so already- after the TV series ends, of course, as to prevent spoilers. Lots of corrosive black humour, lots of fun. :-)

Heads up: If you like this show, you'll probably also enjoy "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency", loosely based on the book by dear & missed Douglas Adams.

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Re: Will it be viewed cynically as corporate propaganda?

"Once a soul has gone to hell there's no way back."

Unless said soul belongs to Eugene "Arseface".

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Brit prosecutors fling almost a million quid at anti-drone'n'phone ideas

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Phones? Easy peasy!

Femtocells controlled by the prison authorities, with a list of authorized IMSIs. Temporary visitors can obtain a short lived authorization -a few hours- so they can communicate with the exterior in an emergency. Add a network of directional detectors to immediately pinpoint unauthorized calls so the wardens can immediately identify any intern trying to make a call, possibly with the help of the prisons surveillance cameras. This should be balanced by inexpensive 'controlled' landline calls so the interns can call their families at a reasonable prize.

The drones? Birds of prey trained to attack drones, helped by a network of directional detectors in the outer walls looking for the frequencies used for controlling drones, detecting their place of origin and probably interfering with the control signals. For drones controlled by mobile phones, see the first paragraph.

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US yanks staff from Cuban embassy over sonic death ray fears

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Re: I'd bet my monies on...

"Maybe not for smartphones and tablets since they will be equipped with microphones designed to work in the normal range of human hearing. "

I read in ElReg a few weeks ago that a group of boffins were using harmonics and other similar tricks to detect ultrasounds with mobes. The acceleration sensors have been used already to detect infrasounds. Not sure this method would be precise enough for this particular context, though.

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I'd bet my monies on...

... some viral infection or light food poisoning. Both can cause short term symptoms like the ones listed in the article.

And it'd be trivial for the USA to deploy sound analysers able to identify sonic attacks. Hell, they could probably do it with an app for smartphones and tablets! If they haven't done this already -or they have, but haven't detected said weapon- it's probably because this 'sonic weapon' is just a load of BS that goes well with El Cheeto's plans for Cuba.

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At last, someone's taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips

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"...he failed for several days to address the devastation in Puerto Rico and then spoke repeatedly about its debt problems rather than the humanitarian crisis..."

Holy shit!

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¡Dios mío! Spain blocks DNS to hush Catalonian independence vote sites

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"...on the grounds that the Spanish government Constitutional Court had determined the referendum to be illegal."

FTFY. A small change, a huge difference.

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Boffins take biometric logins to heart, literally: Cardiac radar IDs users to unlock their PCs

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"2026, when a change of heart will mean a pretty bad day"

As opposed to nowadays, when having your heart changed is like a picnic in a sunny day!

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Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

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Re: That logo

"My granddad and half of my granduncles are probably spinning at 10k rpms in their graves"

Don't think so. That logo belongs to the Guardia Civil, that was created in the XVIII Century and has used it (with style variations) since then, even under the Spanish Republic.

And take in account that the fasces and that crap didn't have the same meaning in the XVIII they do nowadays, as Fascists and Nazis appeared in the XX Century.

On the other hand, they've got lots of other reasons to spin in their graves. Sigh.

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Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

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Re: We've all been there.

"We all have difficult days in that department, but five months would certainly be a stretch."

The other day I suffered this issue. Subjectively speaking, it seemed to last more than five months!

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Hi Facebook, Google, we think we might tax your ads instead – lots of love, Europe x

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Re: @ AC

"that's tax evasion and that is already illegal"

And that's precisely what happens with 90%* of those "imports" nowadays. That is for 'goods' but for 'services' the situation was/is? even worse.

*note: I remember reading a report on the subject a few years ago where they said that the amount of fraud was higher than that, but the situation might have improved in the last years. One can always hope...

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@ AC

"So what the EU is saying is that they are not taxing their own people enough and want more money"

I think we should look at it from another angle: rising the price of internet-acquired imported goods and services -e.g. through VAT or a VAT like tax- would make small local sellers and brick shops more competitive. Nowadays these small-ish companies have to compete against Internet companies that don't pay any VAT.

Just removing this difference would at least give a chance to local small startups and brick-and-mortar shops.

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Crap cracked fat-attack Pact app chaps slapped in pact backtrack infract

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Enjoying your public/private beach, Mr. Khosla?

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Re: Understandable but Problematic

Charging the Internet companies with policing 3rd party generated content is like ordering the road maintenance crews to, "while they are at it", control traffic and issue traffic fines.

It's not their fucking job!

If the govt. wants to police the forums, OK, but they must do it themselves.

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Re: UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to craft ‘auto-takedowns’ for terrorist ...

I suspect that to be an insider job.

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Re: Proof

Do you want more proofs?

Then consider this: All public statements by TM, when analysed, behave like very small vampires left in a sunny patch. They go "Proof!" and vanish!

That's a lot of proofs!

8^)

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GitLab freezes GraphQL project amid looming Facebook patent fears

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Facebook trying to do the right thing?

WHAT KIND OF WIZARDRY IS THIS!!!

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Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

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Re: I'm unsure

"Massive Arseholes 2 - Set of utter Bastards 2"

Excuse me for a minute, but I need to immediately create a dozen ElReg sock-puppet accounts so as to be able to upvote your comment a dozen times more!

;^)

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This is proof that...

...the old saying "It takes one to know one" sometimes fails.

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Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

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Re: Black is Black

"When did it become de rigeur to use tiny, pale grey text on..."

Nowadays we call them Millennials, but thanks to the use and abuse of mobes and tablets, in a decade they'll be known as "The Mr.Magoo Generation"!

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Re: inserting a clause that encourages users to remember to put the seat down afterwards

"Therefore I propose a Location Oriented Observational System Extended to All Takers - LOOSEAT."

Sorry to tell you, but this has been done already. Often. Mostly in Russia.

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Re: I'd suspected this for years.

Ooppss!

I forgot the second link!

Dear Twelve Rabid Weasels of SFWA, please shut the fuck up

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Re: I'd suspected this for years.

Thanks, Mage!

A little bit of Googling using "Chaos Manor" provided me with a very interesting history I didn't know!

How Jerry Pournelle Got Kicked Off the ARPANET

From what I gleamed from the page linked, I'm afraid that the "HW abuser" in your comment doesn't mean "Hardware Abuser".

I suddenly feel less sympathy for the late Mr. Pournelle. :-(

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Congress battles Silicon Valley over upcoming US sex trafficking law

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Re: "Two wrongs don't make a right." tl;dr.

"So, what's your solution to keep young women from being bought, abused and murdered ?"

I'd propose this:

10 Keep the site working under LEAs control for a certain period of time (a short period, a week or two at most).

20 Identify both sellers and buyers. There are tools that will identify a perv's IP and even pwn his devices.

30 If there is a suspicion that the life of one of the victims may be in immediate danger, rescue her or him immediately.

40 At the end of the intended period, do a massive sweep, save the victims and catch hundreds of criminals. Send them in for many decades/forever.

50 Keep the site working and you'll be able to catch even more criminals.

60 At the same time, many buyers and sellers that suspect the site is compromised will find a new website to do their business. Infiltrate and control said site. Or even create it yourself.

70 GOTO 10

I'd be very surprised if this method -that I didn't invent, as it has been used already in the Silk Road case- didn't produce a crop or two of hundreds of dangerous criminals every year.

Every criminal retired from the streets would probably save several victims in the near future. This is specially true for the sellers (or pimps) and the for craziest buyers.

I understand that with such an emotional issue, the "kill everything with fire" approach comes instinctively, but in this context it's not efficient at all for saving the victims and preventing more crimes.

Amongst other reasons, if you close all of these sites, the criminals will communicate by other means, as they did in the mythical times before the Internet. They'll go dark and the only way to identify and arrest the criminals will be through physically infiltrating their cells.

Another problem with making this kind of sites disappear is that said sites could operate from countries where American Laws don't apply (snark). Blocking the server's DNS would take the site down in the USA for a few hours, until the owners obtain a new DNS or proxy and distribute that new DNS using steganography or code words in some public forum or another.

A particularly nasty issue with this law is that it'd seem that nobody has bothered to precisely define the term "Sex Trafficking" ans include said definition in the law. Actually this part means that the law will be used and abused to put pressure on companies and individuals. As has been pointed out by fellow commentards, this would allow TPTB to have an absolute control over freedom of speech in the Internet.

If adult voluntary prostitution is included in the definition then all this law will do is harm the true victims, the prostitutes.

Thanks for you attention, sorry for this brick of a comment.

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Daily Stormer binned by yet another registrar, due to business risks

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Re: The Paradox of Tolerance summarizes my opinion:(@ Geriant)

"If you approve of censorship..."

If this censorship were being carried out by a government, I'd mostly agree with you and Chomsky (who, coincidentally, IMO is both a genius and a nice person). What we're seeing here is a different beast, i.e. Society performing censorship against groups it considers evil.

If someone puts up a website defending kiddie fiddling, rape or the Holocaust, he/she can expect to receive a similar treatment, and with good reason.

I know, I know. Sometimes this mechanism is abused/subverted, and there are countries were it's used to crush minorities and dissenters (e.g. most Muslim countries). But in the case of Western nations some Societal censorship is good. You have to draw the line somewhere. Nazis and the KKK, FFS!

Regarding Unwin's quote in your last paragraph ("The enemy of subversive thought is not suppression, but publication...) I find it al little bit naive. In recent* times, we've seen several examples of how deluges of misinformation and hate speech can decide the result of elections and referendums.

Note*: And also in not so recent times. The rise of Nazism in Germany is also a good example, even though back then they didn't have Internet.

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The Paradox of Tolerance summarizes my opinion:

"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them."

(Karl Popper)

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

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"Under Russian laws and according to Kaspersky Lab's certification by the FSB, the company is required to assist the spy agency in its operations,"

So the Russians have their own "All Writs Act" and "National Security Letters", don't they?

I wonder in what position this leaves American software makers. If I were in their boots, I'd start stockpiling lube. Just in case. 8^)

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我的天啊! China gives Weibo users a week to use their real names

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"...censor information that did not reflect 'core socialist values'..."

Core socialist values in modern China??? What else?

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EU court must rule on legality of UK's mass surveillance – tribunal

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Two small corrections:

"...witnesses shills from the spy agencies 'speak persuasively of developing fragmentary intelligence..."

"...or otherwise, the Grand Star Chamber..."

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HSBC biz banking crypto: The case of the vanishing green padlock and... what domain are we on again?

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Re: worrying that I had clicked on a bad link from Google

It could be that he simply typed hsbc in the address field expecting Google to fill the rest of the address based in his former visits to that page. When he noticed the domain change and the http: header, he probably thought that Google had served him a tainted address instead.

This seems to fit well with Mr. Jonson being an IT guy.

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Google puts the last coat of polish on Chrome 61

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Re: Google's UK Privacy Check up. A 35 step process to hell, to set, what are just 5 toggles.

This happens to me whenever I clean cookies using Ccleaner or similar products.

Now, one would expect his security preferences to be stored with his Google account, not in his cookies!

I think Google is being 'cunning' here, giving us a total of three options:

1- Leave Google's security settings as they're by default.

2- Never delete our cookies (which in turn probably will facilitate Google's data slurping regardless of the security settings)

3- Spend some serious amount of time setting up the security options every time the cookies are deleted.

There's also a fourth option, but this one is not offered by Google.

Seriously, when a company starts playing this kind of games with its customers, it's time to ditch said company ASAP.

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Addendum:

I just saw the article titled "Microsoft won't patch Edge browser content security bypass". The subheading also included the "Not a bug..." meme.

There seems to be a tendency here: to boot, companies wiping their posteriors with users privacy and security.

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"WebUSB was pitched as an easier way to set up USB devices"

What could possibly go wrong?

No, this concept will cause a a pwnfest, but that's not a bug, it's a feature.

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