* Posts by Dan 55

7967 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

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Re: jltallon

There's something called the Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Cataluña (Catalan High Court of Justice). There's one for each autonomous region and they never knowingly rule against central government.

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Re: Curious Spanish attitude

Should the rest of the UK have voted on Scottish independence or the rest of the EU voted on Brexit?

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Re: Curious Spanish attitude

There has never been an independence referendum in Catalonia because Article 2.

There have been referendums held by town councils with no legal standing, a region-wide referendum which was rebadged a consultation after it was declared illegal, and elections where the parties said that if they're elected they'll carry on the independence process.

This is the first one where Catalonia has said it's a referendum on independence, it's going ahead, and they'll declare independence if there is a majority vote for it.

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While we're here, you might also want to change puntoCat to puntCat as "punto" is a Spanish word.

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Re: Scottish one

Well, they're already arresting regional politicians for sedition and fining them €12,000 per day.

The local police run by town councils and regional police are loyal to Catalonia, the national police and civil guard are loyal to central government. If the referendum does go ahead, I'm guessing there's going to be lots of videos of what's happening at polling stations floating round social networks.

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That was a privately owned domain registrar not wanring to having anything to do with propogating hate speech.

.cat is publically owned by the region and is being ordered to drop content because central government doesn't like it.

What would you think if there was Scottish referendum information published under a .scot domain and UK ISPs DNS blocked it under orders from central government via a friendly judge? Then later on of it was republished under other domains like .eu and .com and they were blocked too?

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Re: Curious Spanish attitude

The Constitutional Court says that there has to be a constitutional change to Article 2 (Spain is indivisible) before there can be any independence referendum and that a constitutional change also requires a referendum... a nationwide one.

The king has to convene the constitutional referendum, he can only do that if the president propose that he do it, and that can only happen after a majority vote in parliament.

Because there are the two big nationwide parties in parliament, that's never going to happen. Even if parliament did propose a constituional referendum, it wouldn't pass anyway as people elsewhere in Spain would vote no. They don't particularly like Catalonia, but they don't hate them enough to kick them out either. Or maybe they do hate them a lot and the worst thing to do to them would be to not let them leave. Who knows.

So, whenever this comes to a head, the President always pops up and says an independence referendum is illegal because Article 2.

What I don't quite understand is there was a constitutional change in 2011 during the economic crisis after pressure from the EU which said that Spain must prioritize paying its debts over spending. There was no constitutional referendum about this.

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Re: Fluffy.cat?

The a website on the .cat domain has to have some link to Catalonia or the Catalan language or culture, which is probably why you've never heard of it.

Not sure how fluffy.cat qualifies. Perhaps they let it scrape in because it says "more Catalan content shortly" in Catalan at the start.

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Re: Information is a dangerous good

Yes, there is a government, a judiciary, and separation of powers.

In cases like these, as we can see, nominally, in a BT/Openreach kind of way.

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Re: Information is a dangerous good

Not much separation of powers. The police or interior ministry spot a domain, gets on the blower to a judge, judge issues a court order to all the ISPs to block the DNS.

This is abusing a law designed for copyright theft or hate speech.

They'd have better luck distributing short URLs, e.g. TinyURL or goo.gl, via Twitter and having those redirect to an Amazon or Akamai address so they can reach everyone who doesn't use OpenDNS or Google DNS.

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Re: Basque complication

The two regions are separate.

The problem is central government doesn't want greater autonomy for either region because the other one will want it too.

In that respect the Basque Country has a little more fiscal autonomy, it collects and passes the money to Madrid whereas Catalonia gets the money collected by Madrid and is then given its share. Catalonia has been trying to get the same deal for years but is told they can't have it.

If Catalonia does actually get independence (doubtful this time aroubd), that immediately will cause a problem with Basque Country because some there will want independence too.

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Want to keep in contact with friends and family without having to sell your personal data?

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Re: Who handles the video streams and pictures, and how?

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We may change this privacy policy. If we make any changes, we will change the Last Updated date above.

There is no Last Updated date, either above or below.

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It really needs to be sold globally.

If not, um, what's the point.

The advantage is it's granny proof.

But for everyone else, we just need the software, instead of having yet another device kicking round taking up space and eventually landfill.

Perhaps they could bundle the device with a year or two's service and access by software only from x other devices. Someone could pay a subscription after that to keep the devices going. Grannies with Loops would always have access, they just couldn't talk to anyone else with their own devices if they don't keep the subscription going... how's that for corporate emotional blackmail.

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Shock! Hackers for medieval caliphate are terrible coders

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People who want to kill other people for stupid sky fairy reasons are not clever

Who knew?

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How Apple is taming the ad biz. Just don't expect Google or Zuck to follow

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Try the Self-Destructing Cookies add-on, which deletes all cookies belonging to a domain a set time after you close all the last tab or window. That way they can't be built up if you leave the browser open for days or weeks and sleep the computer.

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You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's MY fault?

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Do they have to book the screen, chairs, and tables too at your place?

If you don't tell them how it works, they're not going to know. Playing a game of "guess the right question to ask and then I'll answer you" is not fun for all the family.

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First big Privacy Shield review has ended – and yep, it's great! Just don't ask about mass spying

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If it were the ECJ reviewing Privacy Shield every year it would have been a different story.

For a start it's got a name which makes it sound like it's a fake antivirus product. That's.suspicious in itself.

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

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Well that's a shame. Return to sender so it costs them.

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Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

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Re: But disruptive is good

Can you also give them unsafe work clothes to wear like sharp bowler hats?

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Re: 40,000 drivers out of work

Edited. There's no Lyft in London.

There is MyTaxi though (Hailo). That'll do instead.

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Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

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Re: Great News

How many cat videos per second will fit down the inner-tube?

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Re: I'll get my Côte

But has someone told MS and Facebook that Bilbao is not in France?

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Researchers claim ISPs are 'complicit' in latest FinSpy snooping rounds

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Re: VLC + WinRar

I guess the ISP can redirect the page with the MD5 on to somewhere else too.

You'd need to compare versions from several different places I guess.

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Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

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Re: Bunch of management-speak garbage.

Perhaps they might not be too keen on keeping it real and living in bedsits.

They put "Sponsored" as the first word under the headline, we get to read something amusing, hopefully it doesn't repeat as much as the DevOps sponsorship, that's how it works.

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Well, not after the W7 stealth telemetry update.

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How could that be remotely true when W7 CEIP is just off/on and W10 telemetry has four levels, none of them off, and full W10 telemetry allows remote login from MS which CEIP never did.

Also the privacy policy suddenly became 45 pages long on W10's launch.

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Especially as the delay toggle in the Windows Update settings panel is wired up back to front, according to commentards in another W10 story a few days ago...

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: Bill Rewriting History again

Oh, so it is.

Real mode, eh? Jumpers for goalposts.

http://www.os2museum.com/wp/ctrl-alt-del-myths/

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Windows 3.11 was usable, if you stuck to running one program at a time just in case. Using any browser to view a page with too many images or messing round with Word/Excel/Powerpoint too much could make it run out of memory, freeze other programs, or crash.

I learnt to save after every couple of paragraphs the hard way.

Practically any other comparable system of the time did things better.

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more than could be said if certain other o\s's had got on the market first.

A usable Windows arrived pretty late. The Amiga with pre-emptive multitasking and nice GUI had just about crashed and burned by the time Windows 95 arrived. That's how late to the party they were.

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Re: Bill Rewriting History again

Ctrl-Alt-Del is detected by the BIOS and generates an interrupt. That's IBM's fault.

It was billg's decision about what to do with that interrupt, if anything, so he is responsible for that. In DOS he chose a reboot. In Win9x he chose a task manager. In WinNT-based Windows he chose to use it to progress through the log-on screen and go to the lock/log off/change password/start task manager screen once logged in.

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Re: Many Smaller Companies Would Love....

Can't be done. The time machine needs Ctrl-Alt-Del too.

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BREAK

You needed to hold down Shift too, so that was a two-fingered salute.

One key would have been too easy to press and Bill claims modern machines have that as a more obvious function - which machine is that?

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macOS High Sierra more like 'Cry Sierra' for Mac-wielding beta testers

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Re: Does anyone really....

Given this converts your hard drive to a new filesystem, it's probably best to skip 10.13 completely and wait till 10.14(.3)...

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Re: Hard locks attract workarounds, workarounds become a honeypot for malware.

Yes. You do understand the kext doesn't work in Sierra but Apple could have easily supplied a working kext but decided not to.

That's why people have to change some hardware in a 2007-2009 iMac, so it works with Sierra's more limited range of drivers.

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Re: Hard locks attract workarounds, workarounds become a honeypot for malware.

If they just shipped them with the right drivers then the problem would be resolved in most cases.

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More are paying to stream music, but YouTube still holds the value gap

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Elsagate

Perhaps Andrew could look into this too (search for that word and you'll find enough info about it).

Really sketchy stuff uploaded under the guise of children's videos that even finds its way into the YouTube Kids app. They appear in the suggestion list and get autoplayed.

How difficult is it to for Google to clobber an entire channel dedicated to Spiderman Getting Elsa Pregnant or Bad Baby Gets His Fingers Cut Off or Ritual Sacrifice in Minecraft or worse?

I guess Google have worked out anything is acceptable for monetisation.

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UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

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PSA: For the confused

The markets have decided that Brexit in March 2019 is a bad thing. They want clarity from the government and assurance that in future international trade will work similar to how things are done now and they're not getting it. The pound has plummeted accordingly now in anticipation of that event.

Thanking you.

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AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next

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I'm OK

They'll never guess bringbackdarkmatter!

Anyway, this is yet another reason for disposable e-mail addresses, at least until the AI cottons onto the prefix.

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Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

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Re: No server side development, no Unix

Well, there's Javascript which can be used as a server-side development language

Sir, JavaScript on the server is like a dog walking on its hind legs. It is not done well, but you are surprised to find it done at all.

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I had a problem so I decided to program in Java. Now I have a ProblemFactory.

The old ones are the best.

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No server side development, no Unix

Meh.

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Pirate Bay digs itself a new hole: Mining alt-coin in slurper browsers

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Re: Yay for browsers and JavaScript

Well it does make sense really, you're running remote code from anywhere and you can't be sure it's not malicious or bug ridden.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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Re: Rendered irrelevant by the iPhone X...

Upvoted for the thing about Father Christmas and because Samsung software is atrocious. Their first fingerprint scanner software dumped the fingerprint as a BMP in a world readable file. No matter how shiny the hardware (if it doesn't have battery problems, and I'm not just talking about the Note 7), you wouldn't get me to buy anything Samsung.

Except the washing machine because that wasn't my decision, but it unsurprisingly gives cryptic error codes and sometimes forgets where it is in the program if you pause and restart.

My work phone is a Samsung, was given to me for free, and it's sat unused in my drawer because it's bollocks. Heavy, slippy glass back that's going to break if you look at it wrong, crappy software you can't uninstall.

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Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

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Re: Ha

Hang on. So I ask a legitimate question and you call it 'whataboutery'. So you post the above?

"I still wonder what they got bribed with. Do you know?" is the same kind of loaded question. No proof but it paints whoever it is in a bad light.

If someone high up in an important EU country involved in the trade negotiations says the trade negotiations are dead, they're dead. Are you objecting to the fact he's German or something?

Trump isn't too sure about the trade deal, in January he was keen, from April to July he wasn't very keen, at the end of July he was keen again because "You Don’t Hear The Word Britain Anymore", and in August he said he wanted to dismantle NAFTA. I don't think you can say what you claimed based on his ramblings.

That Walstall article was written before the agreement was signed. It was signed later in the same month.

We already have countries interested in trade deals.

If they are, it's because they know the UK is desperate.

If you want proof the UK is desperate, try this quote from the Canadian media...

"And as Britain turns to Canada and other nations to try to shore up its trade networks, its negotiators face a similar problem: everyone knows they are desperate for a deal. [...] And this Thursday, Canada will gain precisely what the U.K. is now on course to lose: free trade with the European Union."

You see, it's not just an EU media conspiracy.

Why do you think inflation is a good thing with stagnant wages in an indebted economy?

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Re: Ha

I assume that means you also dont know. Since we are talking trade and it was highly valid to the point I wonder 'whataboutery' answering the freaking question instead of brushing it off because you dont like it?

Has Rees-Mogg stopped beating his wife? I don't know, you don't know, but I'm going to pose the question anyway.

Wasnt it really that Obama wanted a successful deal, the EU was gagging for it as it isnt a bad thing to want, Obama sticks his nose where it dont belong and Trump takes the offer away from the EU and hands the offer to the UK.

No, TTIP died at the end of August 2016 then Trump cancelled it so he could say he cancelled it, much like Trump wound up all those advisory councils after everyone left anyway.

To bypass this issue the EU was considering leaving that part out of the proposals for the vote and then resolving it without the members permission.

It seems the EU, Canada, and Japan have agreed to set up a Multilateral Investment Court.

What are you talking about? We dont need a fancy agreement to trade with others outside the EU. And at WTO tariffs things outside the EU will already be cheaper. That is before deals.

The UK really needs tariff free trade to replace the tariff free trade it has now with the EU and it needs it ASAP. Everyone knows the UK is desperate. To get that it has to offer something like visas (quote: "senior diplomats and Indian government officials warned Ms May’s refusal to reform visa restrictions could scupper her hopes").

You say it hasnt failed you so far yet you keep railing against something which has so far been pretty positive.

Let us count the positive things...

End of list.

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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Re: EU must be joking

No, you had a deal with a restaurant and you paid 19 pounds and got 35 pounds worth of food. You can't then stop paying 19 pounds and claim you've saved 35.

The EU became the framework for funding, standards harmonisation, and so on. Now the UK is leaving the club it doesn't get a say in funding, standards harmonisation, and 1001 other things. On the other hand, clubs cost money to run and you've saved club membership. It's pretty logical.

But the UK actually likes most of the things in the club and now it's trying to get access to them without joining the club. That's quite difficult to do and probably turns out more costly than just having a weekly subscription to the club and getting unlimited use of the facilities.

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Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

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The silver coder version of message-passing

differs from other implementations in that, instead of transmitting information from the sender to the receiver, it instead transmits a packet of anti-information.

This protocol seems to be implemented on the Daily Mail, both forums and CMS.

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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Re: Results speak for themselves.

MS could use potty-mouth Tay for the race commentary, I'm sure that'd be equally successful.

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