* Posts by Mephistro

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Schneier warns of 'perfect storm': Tech is becoming autonomous, and security is garbage

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One day, ...

... we'll have regulations for IT products regarding their security, safety and makers and sellers responsibilities. Said regulations wiil be sane, well informed, well enforced and with a potent bite, both in terms of fines and even prison terms.

Nah, I was jesting.

We'll have anti-gravity and FTL travel long before that!

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Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix

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Re: Hard as I try... (@ GrumpyOldBloke)

No need to criminalize anything. You make compilers that create only safe code -in the context of the discussed processor bugs-. and somehow force the OS to accept only executables created using these tools. the progamming standards just provides a list of things that safe executables can and can not do, and the compilers&such enforce said rules. The las step consists on the Hypothetical OS checking that the executables have been developed using these tools, probably by using some crypto-negotiation and similar dark magicks.

Does this make sense? Honest question.

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I'd like to add that...

... another effect would be millions of PCs freed of Windows 10 OSmalware. What's there not to like?

Farewell, WIntel, it was nice while it lasted. Don't let the door hit your etc etc ...

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Hard as I try...

I can't picture chipmakers fixing these vulns in hardware and comercialising the new chips in less than two years. The amount of work involved in updating the designs for most of their market niches has to be a humongous nightmare! 8^(

I'm curious about whether it'd be possible to create a Linux version that can't be affected by these exploits, if neccesary with the help of new programming tools and mandatory programming standards.

This situation has a good chance of turning hundreds of millions of old(ish) PCs into linux stations.

PD: We definitely need a Keep-On-Dreaming Icon! 8^)

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive (@ Shadmeister)

"Pure and simple vindictiveness."

No. Pure and simple logic. You'll likely agree that there's no guarantee that any country external to the EU will keep its political/military interests aligned with those of the EU in the future, and even if they did, giving them the set of "system's keys" would compromise Galileo's security in many unacceptable ways.

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Re: Well (@Codejunky)

"The UK doesnt want a border, the EU does, its their problem not ours."

Guess what happens when those "commie-pinko bureaucrats" in Brussels notice that the costs of maintaining a humongous border with the UK are not covered by the profits made through Commerce with the UK.

A soft border+hard Brexit would turn most of the UK's economy into smuggling operations, moving any goods into Europe. I don't think the EU will allow it, but even if they do (damn highly improbable thing imo), perhaps you should carefully consider the implications of most of your country's economy consisting of smuggling operations.

Imagine that instead of the UK it was Spain that had voted to leave the EU. Your country would do exactly what the rest of the EU countries are doing now to the UK and most people that in the Real World voted Brexit would probably be applauding with hands and ears!

I pray to the FSM that this shit doesn't happen in my country.

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Re: Well(@ Hans 1)

I'd also add to that list of murdered companies the IT ones, as their status as "GDPR compliant" will be abundantly discussed in the next years.

And a big implied facepalm for whoever helped to make this shit possible, including politicians, big media, social sites, ...

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Re: Well

"...German cars..."

Well, I see two possible scenarios:

- Soft Brexit: Things keep going as usual regarding tariffs and imports, with the -non trivial- difference that the UK has no saying in the EU laws and normatives. Germans continue selling cars to the UK.

- Hard Brexit: By itself, it guarantees that a good part of the UK economy vanishes or migrates to some EU country, together with most of the well off UK citizens and residents that can buy German cars.

So... you'll have to look for a different lever.

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The eyes have it: 'DeepFakes' bogus AI-meddled videos outed by unblinking gaze

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Re: Revenge of the AI

I'd gladly pay to watch that show!

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Re: I for one...(@ daggerchild)

".. will be practising talking into a camera without blinking."

A small amount of BMP* could help in that department.

And if the politician is less chemically inclined, he can paint a pair of eyes in his/her/its eyelids, and say/do whatever pleases. The only drawback is that he shouldn't do it while needing to keep his eyes open, e.g. as for walking, driving, using heavy machinery, preventing that sexy goat from bitting his/her/its junk off or hanging out with people that would rob his/her/its** blind at the drop of a hat, like most other politicians.

* BMP = Bolivian Marching Powder.

** After using it this Inclusive Language thing for several minutes, I like Inclusive Language even less. ;-)

You're welcome.

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Intel chip flaw: Math unit may spill crypto secrets to apps – modern Linux, Windows, BSDs immune

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Re: Floating point crypto operations?

I'm not an expert, but elliptic-curve cryptography sounds like it needs some floating point arithmetics.

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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

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GIGO indeed!

The post is required, and must contain letters! Yay!

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Re: Oath Hell too please (@ AC)

"Past 3 days, everytimeI open the browser (Firefox) it nags me to give my consent (or otherwise) before I can go to my homepage (Yahoo)"

I've suffered similar symptoms after Firefox upgrades. My workaround is to restart the computer. I guess the certificates store gets messed somehow in the update, perhaps with the help of Ghostery or a similar tool that, for some reason, I never remember to shut down before updating the browser. 8^)

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Re: A Living Legend

GO, MAX! GO!

If we ever met in the real word, I owe this guy a few pints!

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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Re: Why should a US corp have to jump through hoops...?(@ Loyal Commenter)

ROFLMAO++

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Re: VPN Hub

"You dont have to worry I aint some snowflake, I have a sense of humour. You guys regularly leave me laughing ;)"

I have a strong suspicion that at least sometimes that's totally intentional. ;^)

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@ WolfFan

If your company only keeps personal data "needed to provide your services" and doesn't share it with anyone else, you're totally kosher with GDPR. Otherwise, please geoblock Europe at your leisure. You'll save me the hassle of blocking your sites! ;^)

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Re: Why should a US corp have to jump through hoops...?

"...that whenever a citizen of an EU wants to hand personal data to an US based company..."

The "wants" part is meaningless without informed consent, and that's just what the GDPR provides. What data is being taken, whith whom it's shared and for which uses. Doing otherwise would be similar to allowing people to sell themselves into slavery by signing an obscure/incomplete contract.

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Re: Overreach (@ FrogsAndChips)

^This!

And "It's basically more rights for you, more obligations for them."...

It couldn't be otherwise, as in the old status quo, "We" had no rights whatsoever and "They" had basically no obligations!

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About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

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Re: Windows Schrödinger edition (Simon Harris)

"on the off-chance that it's going to cock things up."

I've a doubt regarding that sentence in your comment. Is it irony or sarcasm? 8^)

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Doom and Super Mario could be a lot tougher now AI is building levels

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Re: Is this good or bad?

The term in the industry is "procedural generation and has been around for quite a few years."

Hmmm... yes and no. Procedural generation usually works well for simple-ish games, like platformers and bi-dimensional games, as in "The Binding of Isaac" (a game to which I've been irrevocably addicted for several years). Even for these examples, the procedure has to be developed by a human who decides on the rules for the procedural generation, i.e. the programmers create the heuristics, which implies lots of thinking and effort if they want to make a good game.

Now, an AI creating the levels is a different beast altogether, in the sense that once the neural network has been created, it's very difficult to know what it's doing or why it's doing it, and hence it's almost impossible to tweak, debug or improve.

Frankly, I don't know for sure whether NMS's levels were generated using AI -as the company marketing department stated often- or are just procedurally generated, but I totally agree with you that the results were bland and boring. Ditto about Mass Effect: Andromeda and other similar games like Star Citizen.

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Is this good or bad?

Generating levels is an expensive task in man hours, but it also allows game makers to gain strong insights in how to improve games or how to create new and better ones. Everything including the programming tools, the game 'philosophy', game mechanics and playability benefits from to the experience gained by creating game levels.

I fear that using AI to perform this task will in the long term lower the quality of new games, independently of how good the AI-created levels are.

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Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive

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Re: “...hated us for being over-paid and under-skilled.”

"Bad practice to leave it like that for any enterprise machine for just this reason."

True, and that's the reason why I set the BIOS to start from the HD before leaving. I suspect the culprits were either the guys who had installed the machines two years before or the luser himself.

This history included several other juicy details, but they would make me -and the customer- easily identifiable, which is a no-no.

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“...hated us for being over-paid and under-skilled.”

I also have a bunch of histories like this one, and all of them proved without a doubt that the techies weren't the ones "over-paid and under-skilled".

In one of them, I fixed the issue in a little over 30 seconds after being subject to five minutes or so of verbal abuse. The user was a middle exec that seemingly had been flapping his trap in the office before I arrived, because when I was leaving the premises, the company manager came to have a word with me complaining about the quality of our service. I patiently and politely explained him the issue -a CD-ROM in the optical drive unit was causing an "Operating system not found" message-, and for a moment I feared the manager would have an apoplexy, with his face turning bright red and all, till he apologised to me and left for the user's office, probably not to give him a promotion. This interchange happened in the company's general office in front of two dozen workers or so, and on my way to the door I saw several smiles and even a wink.

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Good news: AI could solve the pension crisis – by triggering a nuclear apocalypse by 2040

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"The Japanese are hardly likey to sacrifice their lives for their honour and country..."

As was proven without a doubt when they realized that continuing the war could lead them to their total annihilation. Actually they preferred to sacrifice other people's lives, but when that failed to produce the desired results, they didn't have a plan B.

;^)

Seriously now, I hope that nations finally learn the trick of learning from past mistakes, because otherwise we're all screwed.

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Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister

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Re: Don't Panic!

ROFLMAO++

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Ass-troplastic! Printing parts from p.. er... human waste

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Polyhydroxybutyrate

This was the stuff my Rötring sets were made of, and they had some shit-like smell.

Trivia: Butyric acid is produced in great amounts by gingko 's fruits, and that's the reason why they don't plant male and female ginkgo trees together. Except in my city, where the City Council fuckwits did just that and caused the main street to stink like an outhouse for 3 weeks each year.

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They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

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Microsoft is the Anti-Midas of IT

Every product they touch they turn into shit!

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Microsoft: Yes, we agree that Irish email dispute is moot... now what's this new warrant about?

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Re: Moot

"Moot: The noise made by a cow that has swallowed a vuvuzela."

You're welcome!

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Re: I'm an European citizen and I hate Brexit and its perpetrators, ...

And you think that ignoring the will of the majority "bodes well for our democracies"?

Sorry, but your straw man is a stillborn. You'll have to make another one.

What I think is that one of the sides (pro-Brexit) fed you -as in "you, the British public"- almost exclusively with a deluge of manipulation, misinformation and downright lies, while the other side told you mostly the truth, although in a clumsy and disorganized way. The Remain side didn't hire media manipulation outfits to reinforce your preconceptions and target your -"you, the voters"- psychological traits by caging you in in a myriad echo chambers, something they managed to do using lots of your stolen private personal data.

...and spent vastly more than the Leave campaign

A big difference is that the Remain side did it by legal means and telling -mostly- the truth, while the other...

As for the money spent... you aren't factoring what's owed to Murdoch and other similar scum for their role in this shebang. Unfortunately when you finally learn about the true price paid, it'll probably be too late to do anything about it.

Seriously, mister Grout, if after all these months of information regarding the consequences of Brexit you can't still see how you have screwed up, perhaps it's you the one who hasn't got a clue about what a democracy is/should be.

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Re: I'm an European citizen and I hate Brexit and its perpetrators, ...

Mmhh... I agree that brexiteers are to blame, at least partially, but given the unprecedented campaign of traditional media and social media manipulation perpetrated by the likes of Murdoch and Cambridge Analytica, there are far more important culprits.

This doesn't bode well for our democracies. Our only hope is that this error will teach Brits -and the rest of Europeans- a few important lessons regarding the trust we can put on some media outlets, social media in general, and politicians giving easy solutions to complicated issues, in such a way that the next wave of populist maggots is received by "we the people" with a huge salvo of rotten vegetables.

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Addendum:

The ideal outcome would be that the EU backs down on this statement in exchange for some worthless trifle, like, say, the heads of BJ* and NF.

* Note: Not our Big John!

;^)

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I'm an European citizen and I hate Brexit and its perpetrators, ...

... but still can't see how this move could be described without using the words heavy handed, bullish and stupid!

I hope this is just a move to apply more pressure on the ongoing negotiations, and that the EU will drop it as a token of good will before the final exit agreements are signed. Crossing my fingers on that one, though. 8^(

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Let's go to Mars, dude: Euro space parachute passes maiden test

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Re: Wtf

I think I peed my pants a little bit.

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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Re: the post-Brexit relationship (@ Chris G)

"...and picks up anyone lacking knicker elastic, who is willing to accept a drink."

I knew beforehand that Donald Trump would appear in this thread sooner or later!

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CEO of smartmobe outfit Phantom Secure cuffed after cocaine sting, boast of murder-by-GPS

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Nice!

Now the FBI can start applying the same logic to the NRA's "big sponsors". Any statement by weapons makers or sellers regarding e.g. stopping power, range or shooting cadence can be used as evidence of criminal intent!

(Take this comment with a grain of salt. 8^)

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Tor pedo's torpedo torpedoed: FBI spyware crossed the line but was in good faith, say judges

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"...the good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule may apply to warrants that are void ab initio..."

What happened to the "fruit of the poisonous tree" doctrine? And why does the USA bother to have a written constitution (plus amendments) when the Government can wipe its collective arse with it whenever it pleases?

Paedophiles today, dissenters tomorrow.

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US cable giant tries to wriggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

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"... that the alleged activity happened before it took over Spectrum/Time Warner Cable."

Even if this statement is true I was under the impression that when a company is sold, the buyer doesn't get only the assets, but also the liabilities. Was I being too optimistic?

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Former ICE top lawyer raided US govt database to steal aliens' identities

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Re: Ok, but 'why' though?

"Why you ask could be the greedy sociopaths can never have enough!"

Here, fixed!

Seriously now, if a lawyer with such an important station starts stealing from the poor and destitute, he deserves to spend those four years hanging from a wall in his cell, head down!

Ditto about those billionaires that do similar things in a more legal-ish way, but with the same ethical subtext. Conscience? Yeah, they have heard of it!

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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Re: What is the actual fucking point?

"I'm trying to avoid chickens."

Why? Do you feel bad about them or have you been served an ASBO?

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"All you need to do is build extremely long elastic bands..."

Joerg? Is that you??

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South Wales cops crow about facial recognition arrests on social media

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Re: Big Sister

"And the police is caught with her in bed in several indecent postures"

For a moment there I thought that "her" was T.May. Excuse me while I take my mind bleach.

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Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack

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The best thing that can be said about IoT...

... is that it's very entertaining!

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Google takes $1.1bn chomp out of HTC, smacks lips, burps

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I think G is shooting its own foot here

Making their own brand of hardware will cause Google to be seen by other phone makers as a menace. The kind of control that G has over Android would make it really easy for them to put said phone makers out of business, in a similar -but not identical- way to what Ms did in the nineties when they weaponized Windows against Novell.

If G starts selling aggressively its hardware, they might see most of the Android market share vaporized in a few years, when other phone makers choose a different OS for their products. Probably a different Linux derivative for phones and tablets.

One can only dream...

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GitHub shrugs off drone maker DJI's crypto key DMCA takedown effort

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Re: Any idea?

"Why would drone owners want to remove the geofencing feature?"

"Because they can."

And "Because of terrorists" would, for once, make sense also.

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RIP Ursula K Le Guin: The wizard of Earthsea

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The Word For World Is Forest...

... was the 1st SF book I read, when 6. Read it twice in a row (so I could understand the most difficult parts :-). This was the beginning of my addiction to the genre. Since then, I've read most of what she wrote, and enjoyed it to the last line.

Thank you for that and for all your books, Ursula. STTL

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'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

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Hmmm... martial arts using marital aids...

Sounds interesting.

Tomorrow morning I'll register the names "ButtPlugchaku" and "Vibra-jitsu", just in case. 8^)

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Home Office admits it sent asylum seeker’s personal info to the state he was fleeing

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Re: AC Cognitive Dissonance (@ Dan 55)

"...and Jonathan Schwatrz's "Ah, the reflexive bleat of a Leftie do-gooder" reply... you couldn't make it up!"

I thought nobody else had noticed.

If this is the way J. Schwatrz treats someone who thinks like him, I don't wan't to know what he does with those who disagree!

;^D

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

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A way to protect customer's data would be to use a chat/voice app and create a temporary "chat usr ID" for the customer for each and every order, so if the delivery person has trouble finding the address or there's any other issue, customers can be contacted through said app and user ID without jeopardizing their privacy, as the temporary chat user would be erased after a fixed amount of time or when the order is fulfilled.

This would fix the issue with phone numbers and FB accounts but, sadly, it would do zilch regarding the customer's street address. :-(

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