* Posts by Mephistro

1971 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007

Canuck privacy commissioner to dig into Uber data breach

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"...CA$100,000 for a failure to do so..."

Make that the fine per individual affected by the breach and we'll take it seriously. If this is a fine 'per breach', then it's just a mockery, targeting only small business and allowing big companies to keep doing as they please.

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Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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So...

...no railways in Oregon, eh?

Seriously now: I think the issue here is that the state has appropriated the word "engineer" and given it the meaning of "chartered engineer" instead of its more common meaning, i.e. someone who has completed an education in engineering. Now, imagine a professional engineer -certified or not- from another state who sends a mail to someone in OR giving professional advice as an engineer and identifying himself as such. Could he be fined or even charged with some sort of interstate fraud? Ridiculous, isn't it?

Easy solution: swap the "engineer" term in Oregon legal system for "State Certified Engineer" or similar, and make the title compulsory for professional engineers working and residing in Oregon. Fixed!

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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

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Two monopolistic behemoths ...

... fighting in the mud! Who needs to pay for streaming video when there's this entertainment available for free?

;^)

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Viagra's Irish plant STILL giving local men and dogs stiffies (not really)

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Re: And this is a problem ?

"Although why 4 hours was never clearly explained."

Easy peasy: If you practice sex for four hours or more, non stop, you run a serious risk of setting yourself on fire. It's science.

You're welcome!

:-)

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Dentist-turned bug-biter given a taste of freedom

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Re: One should be very careful

I'll follow your advice and not comment about Patterson Dental's Eaglesoft bugs and security issues or the risk for patient's privacy caused by said bugs, and I'll advise people in other forums I visit to do the same.

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"...another of the release conditions is that he submit to a mental health assessment."

For the sake of balance, the FBI boss who ordered the first raid should be similarly assessed. Just saying.

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Android Wear hardware boss bails

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Re: I'll wager 80%+ of fitness bands gather dust in drawers...

"Like the gadget the "Predator" creature uses..."

Or like the PipBoy from the Fallout franchise!

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Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

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1.2 Kg only?

There are professional models far heavier and sturdier than this; think 30Kg, including lots of aluminium, carbon fibre and batteries. I ***hope*** that any drone bigger than the ones from the study will be automatically banned from airports.

Also airliner_windshield != Light_aircraft_windshield, and airliner_jet_engine != Light_aircraft_propeller.

If one of the drones in the American study hits a light plane's propeller, there is a good chance that said propeller will get bent or even broken, as the impact with the blade would happen at higher speeds, due to the fast rotation of the blades.

And re:terrorism: You don't need explosives to cause serious trouble during take off or landing. You only need a plastic bag or a party balloon filled with paint.

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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"The issue of thumbnails is also strange."

Not so strange if the MP tried to cover his tracks by deleting the full size pictures and clearing his browsing history, but forgot to clean the browser's cache, where the thumbnails would be stored.

"I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy"

8^)

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BT lab domain grab – 17 years after cheeky chap swiped 'em

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Re: Runaround

And don't forget the ugly canned music!

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Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools

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"Microsoft-signed code [...] will not be affected."

Why???

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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

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Re: I am leet hacker (@ Frank Ly)

"They are now on scihub.org"

No, that's different stuff. scihub.org contains only a few publications with titles in the format "American Journal of This and That". Inside the page, the last letter in the site name is not a 'b' but a 'ß', as the German 'long s' or whatever it's called. Even with the 'American' monikers, all the content seems to have originated in the Middle East.

In my opinion, that site is dodgy as Hell!

What seems to be the real stuff is in sci-hub.bz.*

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* As Mr. Yank Lurker wrote ten hours ago a few comments below this one. :-)

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Sorry 'strange physics' fans, IceCube finds the Standard Model stands

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"...100 trillion pass through a human body each second."

I'm going to apply for a patent on personal neutrino turnpikes. Soon I'll be swimming in moolah! MWAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!

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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

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@ AC

"...and then I get it from fleaBay - normally the same one."

I tell you, this refurbishing thing is going too far!!!

Yes, yes, I am leaving already.

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Re: @ Mephistro (@ Technical Ben)

I'm in Spain, and we have a few sim-free telcos with nice offers as well, although their market share is not too big yet. Regarding the costs of renting the big telcos' networks, there is a legal cap on what said networks can charge, based -if I remember it correctly- in a percentage of what big telcos charge to customers -for the use of the network alone, without including other products or services.

IMHO the SIM-free telcos can earn some serious €€€ with the remainder of that percentage, due to their lack of overheads.

On a side note, I was under the impression that most Western countries had similar laws regarding landline and mobile telephony, so if any fellow commentards can confirm or deny this assumption of mine, I'll be grateful.

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@ BigAndos

'I read that as "Make SIM only contracts a shed load more expensive".'

True, that's what will happen, knowing the telcos managerial ethos. But it'll be a huge error, as it will open the doors for small, inexpensive, SIM only telcos. Nowadays, the phone "renting" model is a huge barrier for small new telcos to enter the market, as it forces on them a ton of personnel, bureaucracy, service centres, CSR facilities and 'shops' where the punters can "purchase" the phones.

I expect this to evolve into another situation where big companies greed -big telcos greed in this case- cause them to repeatedly shoot themselves in the foot.

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A bit of common sense ...

... at long last! There's still hope for mankind!

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You, Google. Get in here and explain all this personal data slurping – Missouri AG subpoena

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Re: Missouri GDP ~$230B - Google market cap ~$720B.

Why buy a state when buying a ton of politicians will suffice and is far cheaper? $100m per state and they could be stealing all their users data and also ass raping said users weekly without any interference from the authorities.

;-)

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Re: "Investigative subpoena"?

Perhaps the article has been edited after your comment, but now it reads "Hawley claims there may be evidence that Google manipulates its search results to favour Google-affiliated websites over competitors' websites. " and gives a few examples, regarding "Lyrics" sites and "Restaurant Reviews" sites.

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Prepare for round two...

...where a Google-friendly AG will launch a similar investigation against Facebook.

(Note to self: Add 10 Kg. of popcorn to the shopping list. There'll be shortages.)

8^)

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Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Re: When will they learn (@ AC)

"...means that someone is going to spend hundreds of dollars making a fake face of someone whose head they somehow got a 3d scan of, ..."

If they can sell the iPhone online as a 2nd hand unit for $500 or more, that's a very good margin. This would be a typical task for some "specialist" who takes a nice cut for every phone unprotected. The 3d head scanning thing can be done nowadays with a software that uses several pictures or a video as input.

"...a phone that's probably going to be remote-wiped before they get that far..."

Unless the thief has a "Faraday Envelope" to take the phone to the Specialist's "Faraday Room".

Not all criminals are dumb, and some of them are clever and adapt quickly. You usually don't hear about this kind of crims in the news. And because of this -In my opinion, at least- Apple is at fault here.

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Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

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Re: Inject printers cheaper than Laser printers (@ Clod)

I totally agree! And Laser has an added benefit: Inkjets have a tendency to clog their pipes and die if they aren't used for a few months.

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Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

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(@ Terry 6)

"...seems to run tech stories after they have appeared on El Reg..."

Spanish TV channels seem to be doing the same thing lately.

Go ElReg! Go!

:^)

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Jet packs are REAL – and inventor just broke world speed record in it

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Re: The Corliss Resolution

"and I'll go like a fly hitting a windscreen, not with my pants on fire."

You're lying!

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US domestic, er, foreign spying bill progresses through Congress

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"Why are the people's representatives knowingly blocking efforts to stop their government from spying on their own citizens without going through normal legal processes?"

Blackmail, obviously!

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$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'

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Re: Give Credit where its due

Well said! We're so used to seeing companies "running with the money" that when we see one acting with some honesty, we immediately suspect some malarkey.

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Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech

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Re: WipEout

Yes, but it would pay for itself quickly, with the interests.

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Male escort forgot pregnancy protection, scores data protection instead

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Re: I feel sorry for the child

"Only if it is from an unlicensed sperm bank, otherwise there is a specific exemption in the law covering it."

So can an individual register as a licensed sperm bank? Asking in behalf of a friend.

;^)

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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A new month...

... a new F35 failure story!

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US voting server in election security probe is mysteriously wiped

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What I find difficult to believe is...

... that the plaintiffs' lawyers didn't subpoenaed the shit out of the State of Georgia regarding that particular server and the backups.

They should have called Saul instead!

8^)

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WhatsApp? You still don't get EU privacy laws, that's WhatsApp

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Social media platforms and wolf packs (short rant warning!)

I don't personally use social media platforms, but whenever I have to interact with them in behalf of one of my clients, I feel dirty. FB, WA, Twitter... all of them are machines designed to create echo chambers, disseminate lies, develop wolf pack -or lynching crowd- mentalities and control the hoi polloi.

I find 'commercial data slurp' almost tolerable when compared with the above, although it's clear that the same data will have both commercial and political uses.

In short: "Kill with fire!"

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Google and Intel cook AI chips, neural network exchanges – and more

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"...computations to be implemented as fixed-point multiplications and additions while allowing for large dynamic range using a shared exponent..."

Intel seems to have ripped a page or two from the Stonesoup Group, the people that made Fractint!

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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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