* Posts by Thought About IT

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Which? That smart home camera? The one with the vulns? Really?

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Re: It's all relative

Are none of the smart home cameras on the market secure?

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Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far

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Re: Good news

Bye lads. I'd have paid like I did for Opera. But you are most interested with changing the logos/icons (three times in two years) than you are actually actually functionality that makes you different from "Chrome + some extensions".

What makes the difference for me is not having google spy on me.

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'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls

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France

When I'm in France, we get at least 2 robocalls a day on our house line - even though the number is registered at bloctel.fr.

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UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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Re: TL;DR

The level of ignorance about the effects of leaving the EU at the time of the last referendum - not least among the most extreme Brexiteers in the government - casts a long shadow over the proceedings. Holding a referendum on the terms of the negotiated agreement versus the status quo, now that people are much better informed, would be good for democracy.

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Re: TL;DR

The only possible way to get unfucked is to hold a second referendum with the option to stay in the EU. Maybe adding to the 800,000 who've already signed this petition to hold one will help.

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Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world

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Re: UK VAT Return

Any form of Brexit will bring with it a mountain of extra red tape and costs for business. How can this be, you ask, when the Brexiteers promised to slash it? Simple: when they say "red tape", they mean worker and environmental protection and no exposure of their assets in tax havens. Snake oil salesmen, the lot of them!

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US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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Re: how about

They have their own problems, as Al Gore will attest after losing to George W Bush due to hanging chads.

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Microsoft: The Kremlin's hackers are already sniffing, probing around America's 2018 elections

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Re: Russia and Who else? Talk to the NSA, FBI, et al.

Palyp wrote: "Don't buy the disinformation from Fox News, Breitbart, and Trump. The data is in the intelligence documents, not in the mouths of Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. And the truth has never been associated with anything coming from Trump's mouth. Get facts."

It's surprising how many downvotes this statement of fact incurred. I hope that the IT professionals doing that are not involved in designing software for self-driving cars or drones, where they have to take moral decisions about who to save in the event of accident or malfunction.

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British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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It's all very well weighing passengers' luggage, but there's a huge variation in the weight of individuals, so mass and balance calculations must have a wide safety margin. As most seat allocation is self selecting, the check-in staff can't even distribute the obese passengers to even things out. In that case you'd think that strain gauges on the undercarriage would provide a good enough estimate.

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Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

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It never takes long for articles like this to reveal those still in denial about climate change due to our greenhouse gas emissions. What evidence would ever convince you?

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

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Something in common

Climate change deniers, Trump supporters and Brexiteers all seem to have the same aversion to facts and in a Venn diagram they would likely be the intersection of all three sets.

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Murdoch to Zuckerberg: Cough up cash, nerd

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Re: Oh, where to start......

The best thing Zuckerberg could do to prevent further damage to democracy is to buy Fox News and then close it down. He could usefully follow that up by lobbying to repeal the legislation which allowed Murdoch to create Fox News in the first place.

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UK.gov admits Investigatory Powers Act illegal under EU law

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No longer laughing

I see you were only joking, but it's becoming ever harder to laugh at the clusterfuck called Brexit. There's credible evidence that "Gove and Johnson are pushing for hard deregulation under the cover of hard Brexit. With the European Research Group and the highly influential Legatum Institute on their side, the duo have demanded that the prime minister drop taxes and make a bonfire of the regulations that protect us."

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

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Paid for option

I'd pay for WhatsApp, if that was an option which turned off all data slurping. As it is, I won't install it, much to the annoyance of my family.

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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Re: Safety-critical updates?

"Logical conclusion - as soon as manufacturer is aware of a flaw that will require a safety-critical patch, they must order all affected vehicles off the road until the patch is available."

Actually, there is precedent for that with aircraft. There are many recorded incidents where flaws have been discovered which result in all affected aircraft being grounded until the problem has been fixed. To rub salt into the wound, the owners have to foot the bill.

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

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Re: Awwww shut up and quit your whining.

Surely it would have cost far less for Microsoft to pay the most popular app developers to port their apps than throw away their investment in Nokia?

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Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

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Re: They were unusable to begin with

Must have been written by the guys responsible for that abomination, Kies!

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: Windows 10 FAIL Creators Update

Ahem: learn to spell!

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Re: The end

No need to panic just yet. My MS Surface 4 still hasn't been automatically updated with the last Creators Update, so I don't expect to get the Fall update any time soon.

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Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal

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Re: DJI can't police this.

"The drone operator is at no physical risk, unlike the occupants of any aircraft it may collide with."

Got to wonder why I got 4 thumbs down for such a inarguable fact. Perhaps the perpetrators would like to explain?

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Re: DJI can't police this.

"Requiring manufacturers to make sure drone operators can't fly beyond visual range, or over certain altitudes is akin to saying car manufacturers have to make sure people can't drive cars with their eyes shut or break any speed limits."

Not quite. The drone operator is at no physical risk, unlike the occupants of any aircraft it may collide with.

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Civil rights warriors get green light to challenge UK mass surveillance

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Crowd Funding

It's disappointing to see that only 1861 people supported the crowd funding of this case so far. You can be sure the government will take an apparent lack of interest into account when they reject any changes to this draconian legislation. Too late to contribute now, but maybe later, if the costs aren't capped.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Re: I Think We Need The BBC

"the Sky fee is in addition to the BBC fee" - and you're paying to watch adverts, and increase the funds available to Murdoch to influence our politicians and get monopoly control of sporting events.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Re: The Internet again!

If for no other reason. May's instinctive support for mass surveillance should make anyone think twice about voting for her at this election. (I put it that way, because the election leaflet I received from the Tories was all about her, with the occasional reference to "my candidate".)

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Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

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The store is unattractive for developers ...

... because Microsoft take a 30% cut, which only makes sense for Windows software which is not already established in the market.

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WannaCrypt 'may be the work of North Korea' theory floated

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Naive Question

It's such a long time ago that I can't remember what, if anything, would break if an application developed for XP was run on Windows 7. Can anyone enlighten me?

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Re: Well-said, Simon

If the dangers of trusting Facebook with our data were not already apparent, this article reveals how their data were used to influence Brexit and Trump's election using techniques developed for psychological warfare by Cambridge Analytica.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: Yes but was it Snowden

Yes, it was Snowden's recommendation: https://whispersystems.org/

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Re: Heh

Maybe, but if being based in the US is your criterion for not trusting encryption, iPhones and Android are not safe, so we may as well not even try. theintercept.com came about as a result of Glenn Greenwald publishing Edward Snowden's revelations, so they are very strong on encryption and I'm inclined to trust their recommendation of Signal.

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Re: Heh

I'm not sure that they haven't already lost the technology war. See this short video about Signal at theintercept.com.

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Facebook decides fake news isn't crazy after all. It's now a real problem

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Re: The Thin End

The real news is that fake news which affirms belief can now spread at an unstoppable rate. If subsequently corrected at source, very few of the readers of the original will receive the update, so the fake news becomes established as fact. This is obviously very dangerous for democracy and scientific facts which we don't want to be true, such as climate destabilisation due to our greenhouse gas emissions. This obviously has to be tackled, but I'm not convinced that Facebook's approach is going to be effective.

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Tesla hit by class action sueball over autopilot software updates

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Re: Autopilot

I'm fully aware of what an autopilot in an aircraft does, as I fly with one. My point is that it must be constantly monitored, which is why I assumed that's the term used by Tesla's offering. It's not a driverless car, although at least one person is no longer around who assumed it was. Of course, the job of an autopilot on the ground is much more complex, which makes it even more important to monitor its behaviour.

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Autopilot

Autopilots have long been available in aircraft, but the pilot must constantly monitor what it's doing. Isn't that what Tesla are offering?

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In case you had forgotten, broadband body warns of risks Brexit poses to sector

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Here's What!

"Recommendations include keeping an alignment with European State Aid policy, offsetting a potential shortfall in funding for rural broadband networks, the possibility of state funding for a Universal Service Obligation, and a reciprocal agreement with the EU for UK consumers to continue to benefit from mobile roaming prices."

Of course, pulling out of Europe means we will no longer have a say in future changes to those policies, or the implementation of new ones. Economic survival means we'll just have to do what they say. That's what Brexiters call taking back our Democracy.

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An echo chamber full of fake news? Blame Google and Facebook, says Murdoch chief

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Re: Hillarious

Indeed, if you like fake news, it's available in abundance in Murdoch's publications and Fox News.

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In the land of Google, Holocaust denial, death threats – all fine. LGBT? Oh, no, that's sensitive

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Difference of opinion

"Calling a difference of opinion and policy a "delusion" is revealing."

Holocaust denial is an opinion as it runs counter to the facts. Much the same applies to anthropogenic global warming.

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NASA swerves serious cash cuts – but Earth climate probes, asteroid snatcher face axe

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"Much of the data I've read about takes that big yellow ball we orbit out of the maths. Is it a factor or not? What drove previous climate changes? These are things we need answers to as far as climate change."

All those issues and more have been researched by scientists, before concluding that our greenhouse gas emissions are the forcing factor for climate change. The fact that you haven't read about it indicates that you are getting your information from sources specialising in alt facts. Try Berkely Earth, which was originally funded by the Koch brothers, until their expectations were crushed by the results of their research.

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Re: It's not a cut, its streamlining

Well, Bob, you've certainly convinced yourself. Now all you've got to do is convince the scientists who actually understand what they're talking about and your Nobel prize should be assured!

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Re: It's not a cut, its streamlining

Well, I suppose that as the AGW deniers in government can't dispute the evidence, the best payback for their paymasters in the fossil fuel industries is to stop collecting the evidence which is measuring the effects. I suppose those with a sociopathic personality won't be bothered by the implications of what they're doing, as long as the money keeps rolling in.

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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Re: partial denial

That's the thing about a conspiracy theorist: no amount of evidence will ever change their mind. It's alarming that the president of the USA is one.

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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

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Re: Soooooo

If the balls-up over the NI hike is anything to go by, get the Daily Mail on side and the Treasury will instantly fold (or May will tell them to).

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Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears

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Selfish reason

Hope they weren't made by Bose!

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After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition

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Re: Unimpressed

I'm still downloading it, so haven't tried it yet, but from the description, the difference is that by hovering you don't need to move the cursor position to see the scope of a block of code.

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Oh UK. You won't switch mobile providers. And now look at you! £5.8bn you've lost

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GiffGaff

I can only get a good signal from O2, and found GiffGaff while searching for a SIM-only contract. I like them because I can terminate with 1 month's notice, and I can change the contract details each month (if appropriate), based on my actual usage for the previous month. The only downside is that calls from other European countries are not inclusive.

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Prepare your popcorn: Wikipedia deems the Daily Mail unreliable

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Re: Climate Change Whistleblower

Indeed, under Lewis Page, El Reg was part of the AGW denial echo chamber that includes WUWT, the Mail, Telegraph and GWPF. As they have not duplicated Rose's "research" here, it seems that El Reg has sensibly decided that the consequent loss in credibility is no longer worth it.

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Sky fattens up broadband subs as it hovers above Fox's open mouth

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Re: The Mouth of Hell ?

I abandoned all hope when Trump won.

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Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity

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Doesn't make sense

"hardly anyone upgrades Android from one major version to the next using OTA updates. This poses a mortal threat to Google"

Surely their programmers can write code capable of delivering adverts to old versions of Android?

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Climate change bust up: We'll launch our own damn satellites if Trump pulls plug – Gov Brown

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Re: Global warming is an industry not science

maxpower, I hope you don't write software, because you're hopeless with logic. The fact that the climate has changed in the past, without our help, in no way precludes it from changing in the future, due to our greenhouse gas emissions. Global warming is caused by industry, not science.

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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not

"What I know is that all the major governments are actually doing is to use it as an excuse to add even more to my already ridiculous tax bill." - Dave 15

What is your evidence for that assertion?

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Re: Hmm

I couldn't make sense of that, and Google translate failed, because it couldn't guess which language to translate from. Do you code in a write-only language like Perl?

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