* Posts by Snowy

326 posts • joined 29 May 2009

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The world is becoming a computer, says CEO of worldwide computer company Microsoft

Snowy
Flame

That's Microsoft's way of saying we're not like Google or Facebook.

Or they could just cut back on the data collection. It should be up to me to turn it on what I want to share and not have hunt around to turn it off!

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'Computer algo' blamed for 450k UK women failing to receive breast screening invite

Snowy
Megaphone

Re: Important correction

Another correction but one of omission rather than error, you can still get a breast screening after you are 70 just you have to ask rather than being automatically invited. (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer-screening/faqs/)

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No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before

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Facepalm

Re: They'll grow up

@1 hr LucreLout

The sums also do not account for putting money into a workplace pension.

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DIY device tinkerer iFixit weighs in on 15-month jail term for PC recycler

Snowy
Coat

Disc worthlless?

Surely the disc where worth nothing without a valid OEM CD key?

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When SecureRandom()... isn't: JavaScript fingered for poking cash-spilling holes in Bitcoin wallets

Snowy
Facepalm

Audit it all

If your going to write "Secure" code it would be a good idea to Audit all the code that includes any others people's code you are using (and libraries) is also secure?

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Geoboffins believe gigantic volcanoes kickstarted Mars' oceans

Snowy

Re: "the water would be at least 280 and 85 meters deep"

That would be feet as 280 feet is about 85 meters.

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Phone-free Microsoft patents Notch-free phone

Snowy
FAIL

Re: Hey You! You with the phone without a Notch!

Nobody did that is why the article reads "A patent application published yesterday" rather than "A patent granted yesterday"

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We need baby Googles, say search specialists… and one surprising VC

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Megaphone

Next they could break up Facebook

Make it split the sharing stuff with your friends from the spying/data mining/advertising parts.

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Does my boom look big in this? New universe measurements bewilder boffins

Snowy
Coat

Looking at it differently

The Planck’s mission used leftover cosmic microwave background radiation to map the sky just after the big bang and got 67km per second per megaparsec. The second study improved on previous Hubble results by including more stars and peering 10 times farther into space and got 73km per second per megaparsec, differs from Planck’s by 9 per cent.

Considering if when you look further away it is further into the past then instead of speeding up it is slowing down?

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NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun

Snowy

@Kaltern

Or they make their own ammo

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Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL

Snowy
Megaphone

Re: So silly...

I agree something is fishy about this, just what that is time will tell. The problem is by the time people figurer what that is could be too late :/

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

Snowy
Holmes

Re: Ok, but 'why' though?

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

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Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

Snowy
Facepalm

It is start.

It is a start but in of itself has little to no reals science or as you put it:

[quote]However, the study is better seen as preliminary work than a resounding smackdown, and there are a number of caveats that need to be considered before you ditch your lunchtime bag of crisps.[/quote]

There seems to be a lot more of these "questionnaire" style of study, they can identify an area that needs a lot more study but in of itself tells use nothing. Name any food and there is likely to have been a study of this type that has said either it is good or bad for you!

As for "ultra-processed foods " it is a bit like I could say salads are bad for you, but fail to tell you what is in the salad or what dressing was used.

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Still not on Windows 10? Fine, sighs Microsoft, here are its antivirus tools for Windows 7, 8.1

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Facepalm

Supported until January of 2020.

Sure it is, if it was truly supported then you would have added this ages ago and not with so much reluctance.

OKay so it is extended support which seems to translate to "We would rather not support it, but it would look bad to dump it"

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2017 tablet market trended towards torpor

Snowy
Joke

or maybe

@djstardust it was 25 half devices

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

Snowy
Joke

NASA does it mean...

Never Archive Scrap All?

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FYI: Processor bugs are everywhere – just ask Intel and AMD

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Facepalm

Ship it now...

patch it later, increasing a thing for both Hardware and software.

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Who's that at Ring's door? Why, it's Skybell with a begging cup, er, patent rip-off lawsuit

Snowy
Joke

Just add...

A smartphone element to an old existing patent and shazam as if by magic you have a new patent for the modern era!

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Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

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Facepalm

Hmmm

A film from a short story can work, but a series from it is a bit of a stretch?

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We have standards, says 3GPP as group starts to lay groundwork for 5G

Snowy
Joke

The first line should have said.

The first standards for 5G have been agreed, meaning industry can press ahead with hyping up 6G/

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No one saw it coming: Rubin's Essential phone considered anything but

Snowy
Coat

No other camera app available?

[quote]Google Play reports a mere 50,000 download of Essential's Camera app so far, the Android Police blog notes. This doesn't paint the full picture, but it can be assumed a fairly complete one, barring a few brush strokes*.[/quote]

An odd way to count sales, considering when you connect to the play store they knows what phone you are using!

So rather than count some app downloads they could say how many of the phone had been to the play store instead?

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US Section 702 spying rules get deadline extension until April

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Joke

Lincoln said it!

[quote]In the context of the Civil War, Lincoln also memorialized the sacrifices of those who gave their lives at Gettysburg and extolled virtues for the listeners (and the nation) to ensure the survival of America's representative democracy: that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from ...[/quote]

Sadly he lost the page on which he defined who or what the people was.

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No 2017 bonus for you, HPE tells employees

Snowy
Joke

Re: Dissapointing

The bonus is you do not have to work for them anymore.

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Huawei's Honor 9: The only mobe of its spec asking 'why blow £500?'

Snowy

Re: why blow £500?

Showing the same price on Amazon too.

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Parity: The bug that put $169m of Ethereum on ice? Yeah, it was on the todo list for months

Snowy
Facepalm

@Martin Gregorie

That would a good but for the problem they do not have the 513,774.16 coins spare to give away.

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

Snowy
Facepalm

If only we had cycle lanes that were not a narrow strip on on the left hand side of the road where the drains hide, more commonly called the gutter.

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DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

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Facepalm

[quote]"Various secure variables (cryptographic keys that allowed access to DXC procured Amazon Web Services resources) were hardcoded into a piece of work being shared between multiple teams and with the project architect."

Then on September 27, a member of the technical team created a personal space on the public Github, and the code was loaded to this unsecured repository that allowed individuals as yet unknown to access and use it.[quote]

Hard Coding cryptographic keys into anything sounds like a very stupid thing to do the unsecured repository just let it out into the wild.

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Manic miners, hideous hackers, frightful flaws, vibrating mock cock app shock – and more

Snowy
Go

Re: Bitcoins?

@Pen-y-gors

I believe not as it was the special "multi-signature Ethereum wallets " that had the problem and not all the wallets used to hold Ethereum

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Chrome update kills unwanted ad redir... WIN A FREE iPad!!

Snowy
Coat

Re: How is that different from NoScript?

That is not due to NoScript but the number of off site scripts some web sites seem to need to display content. Even the simple Google.co.uk as scripts from 5 different domains.

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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

Snowy
Facepalm

Take a picure

Then write some text over (maybe in red), will this nice software still find a match?

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Jeff Bezos sells one million Amazon shares, makes one billion dollars

Snowy

Unless I'm missing something 16% is hardly a controlling interest.

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Picture this if you will: Facebook trousers $77,794. Every. Minute.

Snowy
Holmes

I do wonder

if this will mean they will pay more or less taxes.

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Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech

Snowy
Holmes

Re: Are these clever people so thick?

Indeed if you have to be fully engaged and ready to take over at a moments notice you may aswell be driving it!

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Camera company, huh? Snap's nerd goggles look destined for landfill

Snowy
Coat

Re: Estimating that the number is 250,000, that's over $30m worth of stock.

Or less if you have to pay someone to take away and dispose of them.

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Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

Snowy
Coat

While the cake it not fix it

It did bring to highlight that too many people had access to the server room and they could do stupid things in there. It did in the end make someone fix the to easy access to the server room.

The end result was the cake did indeed fix it :)

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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

Snowy
Holmes

Changed hands 3 times

and loaded up with debt each time to pay for it, hardly surprising they are getting in to trouble

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Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

Snowy
Holmes

Sure

What one command disables another turns back on again.

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Ghost in Musk's machines: Software bugs' autonomous joy ride

Snowy

Re: Really??

@Jonathan Richards 1

As far as I can see they still call it "autopilot" when it should be considered more an advanced form of cruise control.

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How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it's called the USA Liberty Act

Snowy
Holmes

Something with Liberty in the name.

Is in the same vein has a country with democratic in its name. For example Democratic North Korea.

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Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

Snowy
Joke

Maybe instead of simulating the universe they just created one to observe :)

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

Snowy
Joke

Well...

They are similar and contact with either of them is not going to have a good ending!!

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For Facebook, ignorance is the business model: Social net is shocked – SHOCKED – that people behave badly

Snowy
Holmes

Funny

They take no responsibility for ads then complain that people block ads!

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Nothing to see here, folks, literally... Citrix mysteriously pulls NetScaler downloads

Snowy
Alert

Re: Um...

I think the idea is the CCleaner compromise was used to compromise some Cisco's system. Which in turn allowed NetScaler downloads to be compromised.

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UK Data Protection Bill lands: Oh dear, security researchers – where's your exemption?

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Facepalm

Ripe it up and start again!

[quote]The document runs to 218 pages, with 194 clauses, 18 schedules and 112 pages of explanatory notes, and - as has been pointed out by many observers, parts of the text - like this eye-crossing sentence: “Terms used in Chapter 2 and in the GDPR have the same meaning in Chapter 2 as they have in the GDPR” - are fairly Kafka-esque.[/quote]

If a 116 page document needs 112 page to explain it, it is not fit for purpose and needs to be binned and started again from scratch!

We need laws to be clear and easy to understand not so complicated. The more complex it become the more clauses it needs to fill in the holes those complexities makes!

Also if this is replacing GDPR it should state those terms and not quote a something it is replacing. What happens when Euro rewords GDPR, is the old or the new version?

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Auto-makers told their autopilots need better safeguards

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Facepalm

Still say

[quote]While still evaluating the NTSB report, the electric car-maker added that “We will also continue to be extremely clear with current and potential customers that Autopilot is not a fully self-driving technology and drivers need to remain attentive at all times”. ®[/quote]

Maybe they could start by not calling it an Autopilot and call it something that would make it clear it is something to help you drive not do it for you while you ignore the road!

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Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack

Snowy
Facepalm

I have a nexus direct from Google

Still not going to get update as it is over 2 years old :/

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Amazon crowd-sources new HQ location, Bezos tells mayors to woo him

Snowy
Joke

Re: Take a note from Omni Consumer Products

Yes but can they afford the big tax breaks that Amazon so badly needs to survive? /sarcasm.

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Wonder why Congress doesn't clamp down on its gung-ho spies? Well, wonder no more

Snowy
Holmes

If I was paranoid

[quote]Between now and the end of the year, a second critical battle between the spy agencies and Congress is going to play out as the NSA and FBI desperately try to retain the ability to spy illegally on American citizens, and lawmakers assess how far they should push back and limit those actions.[/quote]

I would say that some terrorist event is going to happen right before a vote on this?

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80% of IT projects in public sector delayed due to IR35 – report

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Facepalm

I think not

So 20% told the truth about why the project was delayed and the 80% pinned the failure on IR35?

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Snoops 'n' snitches auditor IPCO gets up and running

Snowy
Facepalm

Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Indeed about of indepent as my left leg is from my right, may look separate but ultimately connected to the same body.

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