* Posts by Graham Dawson

1907 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

UK's surveillance regime challenged in landmark European court hearing

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Yes, they do.

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Fines for crossing roads while TXTing enacted in Honolulu

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Re: Need in UK

No it isn't. Bicycles are legally road vehicles and should be used as such. That means obeying traffic rules and signs.

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Phone crypto shut FBI out of 7,000 devices, complains chief g-man

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@Lee D Re: Weak Logic

We aren't.

The ECHR isn't part of the EU. EU member states are independent signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights - by virtue of their membership of the Council of Europe - which establishes the Court amongst other things.

Other notable signatories include Turkey and Russia, for what it's worth.

But regardless, we aren't leaving the ECHR.

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Google slides text message 2FA a little closer to the door

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The article is wrong. Google sends a coda via text which you enter as part of the log-in process.

The insecurity stems from the fact that it's possible - however remotely - to intercept the content of that text.

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Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

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Re: How nice of them

It's getting difficult to tell google and microsoft apart these days.

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Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

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Obviously they're receiving it wrong.

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Foiled again! Brit military minds splash cash on killing satellites with... food wrapping?

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Re: What about...

It's not the cost, it's the weight. Every m/s you gain at launch is so many kilos extra of payload you can loft to orbit for a given weight of fuel.

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Patch alert! Easy-to-exploit flaw in Linux kernel rated 'high risk'

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Re: Yeah but

I misread that as ASMR.

Though, if I'm honest, I wouldn't be surprised if systemd had a "module" that whispered gently in your ear to send you to sleep at night.

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Facebook U-turn: React, other libraries freed from unloved patent license

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First time anyone has had reason to say that in years.

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Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

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Then they should remove twitter. It has the exact same issue of loudmouth trolls and hategroups (like isis) that was used to justify removing gab. If one is against the rules, both are. If one isn't, neither are.

That's the core of gabs case. Google are using their monopoly control of the app market on android to pick winners and losers between otherwise legitimate competitors.

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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@Spanners Re: Additional comma

Is called an Oxford comma because it is required in Hart's Rules for Compositors and Readers at the University Press, Oxford, aka The Oxford Style Manual.

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What about spam spam spam chips and spam?

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Perfectly acceptable in a list.

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Atlassian kills God, rebrands as a mountain, a structurally unsound 'A' or a high five

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Re: Perhaps they're two joss sticks leaning against each other

Your upvotes are at 11 as of this post. I want to upvote more, but...

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Give staff privacy at work, Euro human rights court tells bosses

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The echr is not an eu institution! This ruling applies to any member of the convention, not just the eu, and we will remain part of that convention when we leave the eu.

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UK.gov unveils six areas to pilot full-fat fibre, and London ain't on the list

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Re: Two Britains?

Yes. Very special.

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Brazilians waxed: Uni's Tor relay node booted after harvesting .onions

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Re: Self-important little pricks

There's a huge gap between a TOR node knowing what .onion has been requested and lacking anonymity. The node doesn't know who requested it, just that it was requested by a previous node.

There wouldn't be much use in a router if it couldn't route traffic.

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Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life

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Pretty sure that was the joke.

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US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

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Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action.

Better invade the tanker and liberate its oil, just to be safe.

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Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

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Re: Arkanoid was legally made

Only for trademarks. Copyrights don't need active defence to remain protected.

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Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

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Re: Same old, same old

Honestly that's a preetty big USP for me, though it'll likely never live up to the N900. Or the N9.

Such a wasted opportunity...

However, since I'm shortly in the market for a new phone, I will likely consider this one.

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The future of Python: Concurrency devoured, Node.js next on menu

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With some trepidation, I must inform you that serverside javascript is already popular.

I work there from time to time.

Hence the trepidation.

ETA: I can't tell if I'm being downvoted for shittalking server-side JS for for saying that it's popular. (It is. This is probably terrible. Don't shoot the messenger.)

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Re: " ..call a spade a spade..."

Accepted by whom?

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WannaCry vanquisher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to flogging banking trojan Kronos

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Re: Framed?

Keystone cops, not keystone pipeline.

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If Anonymous 'pwnd' the Daily Stormer, they did a spectacularly awful job

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Re: Forcing the Underground

Arguments with extremists rarely convince them to change their ways. In those situations, you argue to convince the audience.

Giving extremists the ability to speak in the open is often the best way to turn people against them.

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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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To me, this feels like the moment private eye jumped on the mmr-causes-autusm bandwagon. Never mind the facts, there's a scandalous narrative to perpetuate! It's frustrating to see a once great publication joining the gurning ranks of the outrage merchants, but it seems to be an inevitable path for every media organisation these days

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WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI

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Re: Apparently he does other thing for a living as well.

The indictment is a statement of charges. It doesn't contain evidence - indictments don't deal with evidence, but merely claims of unlawful activity. As such it's about as solid as a politician's promise.

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Re: Also Wannacry?

He's a security consultant. It's quite literally his job to "investigate" malware. Unless you were a retail theft prevention consultant, your childhood escapade isn't remotely comparable.

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Or - and I hate that the world has made me this cynical - wannacry was cooked up by the NSA or some other US TLA and now they're getting a biut of payback for it being shut down so quickly.

The incompetence, malice and pettiness of US spy orgs all have precedent.

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Everything you never knew about mail: The Postal Museum opens

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Nah, they've locked that away in a back room. The correspondence it was distributing from the other, saner universes was causing too much distress.

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Re: "weaved"

That's an example of the constant regularisation of irregular verbs.

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Re: Morse Code

That's the RNs job.

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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FAIL

Too late, I notice what autocorrrupt has done...

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To be fair, it dies have done positives.

It isn't written in nodejs, for instance.

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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

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Re: Admit it

Sometimes we deserve it.

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Semiconductor-laced bunny eyedrops appear to nuke infections

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Re: Resistance

Think of it as a human developing an immunity to being shredded by thousands of tiny knives.

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

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Re: a septic tank is small

You can tell which is congress. Nobody with a brain would put a septic tank at the top of a hill.

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Crashed RadioShack flogs off its IPv4 stash

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Re: Whatever happened to the great migration to IPv6?

Hardly excess. Capitalism manages scarcity fairly well - and that's the problem here. IPV4 addresses have become scarce and are becoming more scarce by the day. This shuffling of a shrinking pool of addresses isn't providing any sort of excess, it's merely turning the car crash into a gentle stop.

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

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Re: Maybe they are not fixing it because...

The perceived advantage is that a bunch if formerly separate components no longer function unless systemd is present, due to poettering et al rolling those components or similar functionality into systemd or infiltrating unnecessary dependencies within them. See udev, dns resolving and dbus for examples.

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Re: Temporary Apple Fanboy Here

I'll drink to that.

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Poettering's arrogance is the reason the "project" refuses to address it. He will insist that clear, replicable bugs aren't actually bugs and that people are just using it wrong.

We're past microsoft and into Apple territory now. "It just works", as long as you hold it right.

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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The pushback against systemd is because it takes what were independent systems and rolls them into a tightly coupled monolith. The independence of those prior systems was their greatest strength - the more independent those systems are, the less opportunity there is to bring down the entire OS by crashing one of those systems.

systemd can claim to be modular all it wants; the fact that you can take down the entire OS via the init with a malicious dns response is a fucking travesty in this day and age. It's the sort of thing that even Windows left behind at the turn of the century.

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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

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Re: I'm done with Windows.

That advice essentially amounts to "turn off the update service", followed by laborious manual checking every day. That is not in any way acceptable.

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It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists

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Raed it again.

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The nuclear launch button won't be pressed by a finger but by a bot

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They made that joke because he'd already run. He's run on and off since the 90s.

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Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon

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Re: The Jetsons had a solution

He also worked two hours a day, three days a week.

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T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices

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Re: Nice!

Or they might announce that Google voice is just a beta and is being discontinued in a month.

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

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We didn't need it. The usmc top brass wanted a replacement for their version of the harrier, so we decided to build a carrier around that planned replacement rather than go back to regular carriers and much cheaper conventional airframes.

Basically everyone involved decided to be an idiot and pick the most retarded way of doing things, as usual.

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