* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?

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No there is only a correlation

It needs more study but it appears that cat videos may be an automatic response to excessive bullshit posted to the net. along with Gartner it appears that Fox News, and most CEO speeches to share holders are linked to the problem.

In order to return the proper cat video balance to the web we need to work to reduce the amount of bullshit posted every day.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

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London cops

Are all at parties or cracking down on bad websites?

Apple, Intel, Google told to stop being tightwads and pay out MORE in wage-fix settlement

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They settle for some pocket change, admit no wrong doing, The lawyers take almost all of the cash.


Intruder alert: Cyber thugs are using steganography to slip in malware badness

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Re: The export Table from a Lurk sample

Yes, hidden inside the DLL file. How did the DLL file get on the computer? They make a point of telling us how the OLD version is spread, but then go on to tell us how the new version hides, and how it updates. Nothing about how it is spread.

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So how do current versions get installed?

"Early versions of Lurk spread through an HTML iFrame on compromised websites that relied on a Flash-based exploit (CVE-2013-5330) in order to infect the computers of passing surfers."

How do current versions install? The stenography stuff is just for updates and commands after it's already installed.

eBay bans CD sales of metal band Burzum, citing offensive material

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Can I complain?

I find Justin Bieber to be offensive, can you block all his stuff? He promotes the hatred of Canada all around the world. His loaded diaper pants are offensive to babies everywhere.

Beware WarKitteh, the connected cat that sniffs your Wi-Fi privates

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Wide open?

The local cable monopoly Rogers uses crappy* cisco routers that provide both a secure(ish) and a wide open guest network that requires you to open a browser and enter a password to get any place. Of course that makes your traffic open to sniffing too.

*The two people I know that have them have to reboot them a few times a week.

Clock ticking for Surface 3 as Microsoft preps for globo-launch

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Re: Surface

"the ability of the device to replace a tablet and a notebook in the corporate world actually demonstrates a saving to most businesses."

Most businesses that have a tablet to replace... so almost none.

Everyone's an IoT expert but now there's a certificate to prove it

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I think they need a catchy name.

Come up with an acronym of IdIoT should work...

Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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Re: Ah, but you see

"Trying to take my own argument and swap it around, actually just puts you in an even worse position"

But I never said Wikipedia was right. I just said that playing with the photo didn't affect the copyright of the original photo at all. Your post is a classic straw man.

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Re: Who takes the picture?


So, under this particular law, the ape owns the copyright.

Unless Slater paid the ape (in Bananas?) to commission the photos.

Can a monkey own something? If no is there something in the law that gives the camera owner second dibs over the general public. If yes who is the monkey's agent?

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Ah, but you see

So if I take your photos, and transfer the images to a computer, select the best ones, crop them appropriately choosing suitable proportions to frame the image, did any post-work on the photo to make it look its best, and then submitted it online to the world itself. Then they are mine now?

Sorry don't think so.

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Monkies / apes can take photos

I remember a chimp on a national geographic special that used a polaroid camera to take photos. The chimp picked the subject, aimed the camera, and took the photo, then waited for it to develop. No different then teaching a child to take a photo.

Not the same as an automatic wildlife camera at all.

So clearly the copyright belongs to the ape.

Unless the law states that copyright can only be held by humans. Or the ape is property and like a slave all the apes property is the owners property.

I don't see anyway the copyright can belong to the owner of the camera.

London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Jolly good work.

I wonder just how much it costs to rent the City of London cops for a day?

Do you pay in cash, booze and parties, or free trips to "seminars" some place warm?

Do you need to be a member of a special club, or can anyone rent them?

Google's 'right to be forgotten': One rule for celebs, another for plebs

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One rule for

"Beyond that, abstract consideration, however, our economic interest does not have a practical or direct impact.”"

This request came from a hotmail address. Reject.

This request came from a lawyer... might cost us money. Approved

This request came from a lawyer for a guy we don't like. Approved, make sure the press find out.

This request came from some ass that thinks their important. Approved, massively overblock.

Verizon to FCC: What ya looking at? Everyone throttles internet traffic

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Re: the fair way..

I disagree. As long as it's clear and predictable it's ok. At least if you have a choice. My cell provider gives me just what you call plain wrong.

I get 5 GB data, if I go over I might be throttled. But I will not have to pay extra.

The big three in Canada are still back in the days of small cap, stupid per MB charge if you go over.

What is plain wrong is saying they will throttle you based on unknown criteria so that they might as well say "if we feel like it".

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Re: "everybody does it"

But Mom, Billy did it too...

Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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In Canada they have created a service to report the finding of child porn anonymously because reporting it to the police can result in them taking all your gear at best.

UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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Problems with laws like this

There is no defence. It's just do you have picture? Yes, guilty. Of course if your important they can decide that it's not in the public interest to proceed with charges.

I expect they were told that if they didn't plead guilty they were going to jail.

I expect they were doing something the cops didn't like, maybe taking part in a protest, or worse taking photos of cops breaking up a protest. Now they have nice two year conditional discharge so they better not do anything else important people don't like for the next while. It would be interesting to know what the unrelated matters were.

Multifunction printer p0wnage just getting worse, researcher finds

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Just a small sample

Of the proposed internet of things to come.

Oracle cold bath shrinks Larry Ellison's pay package

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he cut his official salary to $1 a year

It's hard to avoid tax on a fat salary.

Crumbs! Holiday phish based on genuine hotel booking surfaces

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Outsourced data processing maybe?

Apple ebook price-fix row: Stiffed readers inch closer to $450m windfall

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Re: I only want to know one thing.....

For the same reason a book printed in Canada sells for less in the US.


Defending your digital rights? Then you're a Nazi, says the Open Rights Group

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Samsung faces down TAB and smartphone MOUNTAIN HORROR

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Re: Oldest problem in the book

Yes, join CDs and flat screen TVs.

Maybe if they make them 3D... that worked so well for TV.

You, Verizon. What's with the download throttle? Explain yourself – FCC boss

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Except the whole unlimited thing.

Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

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Re: For a specific value of "many"

I have an iPod touch 2nd gen that I use in my car as a music player. That was my last iDevice. The iPod touch Gen3 was released a couple months after I got it and it was not very long before app updates were not available.

On the other hand my 20 year old speakers (with wires!) still work fine.

Maybe Apple should just buy Sonos, it sounds like they fit well together.

Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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Already have a smart meter

We got them in Toronto some time ago. The real use is so they could charge us more then double during peak period of the day so we will do our wash at night or the weekend. But once people switched to save money they started increasing the off peak rates faster then the peak rates so it's now less then double.

If you save money they just raise the rates to make up the loss.

Apple 'sapphire glass' fronts for iPhone 6? It's NEWS to SUPPLIERS

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But this gimmick costs Apple money

Not like the brilliant shortage of first white iPhone and then Gold iPhone.

KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

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It's pretty much impossible to discover this feature,

Hay, stop copying windows 8!

What FTC lawsuit? T-Mobile US touts 10GB, $100 family-of-4 plan

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Re: Not quite

I don't know if I'd want to share a data pool with a teenager...

Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg

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Re: Just close your accounts.

I still have a couple uses for it, but it's not going on my phone with the permissions they want. If I really need to access it I'll use the website.

Google's Canadian 'memory hole' to continue

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Re: Comment comment comment

So what happens if a US judge tells Goggle not to remove the links.

ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Re: Ball Ox

Good thing he didn't guess some politicians email password.

In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

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The real surprise is that they didn't tack on some totally unrelated junk.

Audio tech upstart DTS takes on Wi-Fi speaker juggernaut Sonos

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Missing a bit here...

and it’s one of the mandatory audio formats in the Blu-ray Disc standard along with Dolby and PCM.

ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links

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using data processing to create a profile of someone.

Google is not creating a profile of someone. They don't have special access to data like a credit agency.

They don't know if you pay your bills on time, or have a mortgage, or how much you owe on your car loan, they will not know you bounced a cheque unless it went to court and became a public record. A credit agency has very specific types of data from specific known sources. Google has millions of bits of random crap, that's why you need a search engine in the first place. Your comparing apples and rocks.

Only famous people will get anything like a profile because there is so much public info available on them, but you still will not know how much they owe on there credit cards.

If you google my name there is nothing that is actually me until page 17, and you would still have a hard time telling it was me if you didn't know me. On page 19 there is a story about a guy that streaked a football game, wrong city and a few years too young but might be bad if someone thought it was me... can I request that it be removed? How would google know it is/not me?

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Yes, there are several years of case law.

Oh, right. Google (and all the rest) are going to hire a team of lawyers and maybe a retired judge to examine each request and compare it to existing case law, decide what applies in each case.

Get real.

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"Google should remove links that are old, out of date or irrelevant and - significantly - found not to be in the public interest."

What is old?

Do you want Google, Microsoft and friends to decide what is irrelevant or not in the public interest?

Is there some standard test for what is in the public interest?

However, the ruling continues to be a load of crap.

How is Google the polluter?

Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530

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MS replace the profitable feature phone line they burned by supplying free OS to no-name Chinese phones.

Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: This isn't what you think it is.

They may get something from a University or such that is not paying "project managers, admin staff etc" who will be quite happy with a million.

Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Re: I think...

My dad used to pickup train cars loaded with new cars being shipped from Canada down to the US, cars going all the way to Florida or Texas still had sticker prices thousands less then the same car sold across the street from where it was assembled.

When the Canadian $ went down, book prices went up (even when printed in Canada), when the Canadian $ went back up, prices didn't drop at all, but they did stop printing both the US and Canadian price on the books.

They just charge as much as they think they can.

Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch

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Re: Please...

They took all those old ideas and added "on a mobile device" to get new patents, now they can do it all over again with "on a wearable device".

ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US

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Re: Good to know

No you are reading it wrong.

It's more like...

If you are not a multinational with offices in the US you can piss off.

EMC boss Tucci’s last battle: Stopping a forced VMware selloff

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short-term value

Rape the assets and walk away.

Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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pr0n was actually rather popular

Or maybe it's the other stuff that they block as well, things like online translators that might be used to get round the filter.

Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

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Re: So many redundancies

It's the standard easy way to make the stock go up, at least for the short term. Good for an executive bonus at least. See HP.

Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

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Re: I'm guessing she's there because of the fiasco that is...

No, I expect she is looking into ways to get cash back into the US without paying any tax.

EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'

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Re: Never mind that

What victims?

You want Google or Microsoft deciding what is in the public interest?

This whole thing is as dumb as a bag of hammers.

Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

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I don't see what the size of the offended party has to do with it.

Because large corporations wrote this thing. It's going to be setup to work for large corporations with teams of lawyers on staff. In the same way a corner shop can't assign their trademarks to a postbox in a tax haven the way Starbucks can.

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