* Posts by Dan 55

10226 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Razer offers freebies to gamers who descend into its coin mine

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On the upside

It's probably not as bad as coin mining malware which ends up frying your GPU if you use a laptop with terrible heat dissipation (i.e. most of them).

Telcos enlist Google, Amazon to help protect Europe's data from Big Tech

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Re: In other news...

"But oddly enough they'll only let me count the chickens one at a time" he went on to say.

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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Re: MS is secure?

The question you should be asking is why is Google Safe Browsing used by Chrome and FF worse than MS' version.

Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut

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Re: Just how...

Seems they've given up on regulating the entire Internet (odd that) and I guess the same address lists that are used to block pirate sites will have UK porn sites which don't verify age added to them.

Meaning you could probably get round this with a small ISP or changing your DNS settings.

So Something Has Been Done, with enough loopholes to get the tabloids frothing meaning yet another law in two or three years.

Britain approved £2.5m of snooping kit exports to thoroughly snuggly regime in Saudi Arabia

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With the pound constantly falling, the UK will have to run just to be able to stand still. Cue selling anything to any regime in the world, dismantling of the welfare state, getting rid of labour rights, etc... in a fruitless attempt to maintain GDP.

Microsoft to rule the biz chat roost – survey

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Re: That's the theory

No, it's a horrible thing with no useful filtering and it takes ages to paint the results or scroll up and down.

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That's the theory

Teams is free with Office 365, so for no additional cost enterprises gain unlimited message retention and search

Now try and use Team's UI to search for something.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Re: Dumbing down the general population

Probably not, but something like a running a residency database, using the tools available in EU Directive 2004/38 to control freedom of movement, and doing something about austerity might have addressed the main reasons people voted Leave.

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Re: Dumbing down the general population

I was also rather hoping that this country would re-discover its collective backbone before it was too late and that once a decision was made that people would put aside their differences and make the best of the situation. Naive, I know, but without trying we would never know.

As it is, the remainers (who lost the vote by the way) have done everything they can to undermine the process and spread FUD across the land. Bloody annoying.

This is the defining issue of this generation, by this issue I don't just mean Leave-Remain but any difference care to mention because so much was promised, and none of it in writing, and people ended up voting Leave because they were unhappy with their lot.

Putting aside differences and making the best of the situation seems to mean the other side should like it or lump it, and that's not going to happen. This is going to run and hamstring the UK for decades.

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Re: @ toilet duk

First paragraph says Dutch ID cards are not compulsory.

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Re: Dumbing down the general population

If you really wanted to keep your EU citizen status you could live for five years in Ireland due too the CTA and then apply for Irish citizenship.

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"Get over it"

Given that quote, Home Office disasters over the past year or two, and the spectacle of events like today in Parliament, that's reason enough to be against ID cards being introduced to the UK.

MPs and civil servants seem to have collectively lost their tiny minds. The last thing they should be trusted with is the ID card plans from a decade ago.

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Re: @ toilet duk

You should have gone on to explain that your Spanish tax return comes pre-filled (from loads of data sources) for maximum downvote fun.

Personally I think something like The Netherlands does, which is maintain a residency database without ID cards, is a reasonable middle ground.

Latest Google+ flaw leads Chocolate Factory to shut down site early

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The best thing Google could do

Make it open source, give it to someone who cares for it.

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Re: Dear fragile and wonderful academics...

The internet doesn't scale up well. It works fine with a few harmless academic types and undergrads, but when you scale it up to half the planet you run the risk of collapsing society.

You said you prefer anarchy to a police state on the internet, but the internet has real-world implications and you can't separate one from the other. If you have anarchy on the internet, you will more than likely have anarchy in the real world, and the same goes for police state. Russia realised this a while back and hence the Internet Research Agency.

You can't leave it to "law enforcement", there's too much to deal with and they can't even be trusted to deal with it properly (swattng).

The problem is how to put opinion back in its box without censorship (or as little censorship as possible). In more enlightened days opinion was not the same as fact, but now it is practically equivalent.

The easiest suggestion is for people to lose their anonymity when posting, but that is also not an option as it just means they're going to get doxxed.

I think Vince and Tim are glum because they've realised their inventions have turned out to be a Pandora's box and there's practically no way to close it.

But privacy is the way forward. The article says "Europe has put privacy at the heart of its approach – but with what impact on its economy?" There is no impact on its economy, the impact of no privacy is in the US where there is something built on a castle of sand, an aberration, another bubble waiting to pop.

Trolls and bots have no interest in privacy, real people do. People shouldn't be stalkable across the Internet, shouldn't have every post open to the world, should be able to mark replies to their posts as unwanted and unwelcome meaning something is done about it. Hopefully it'll lead to proper debate being promoted and trolling and bots being deleted.

In 2018, Facebook is the villain and Microsoft the shining light, according to techies

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Some what does MS do with the data?

And it has refused to undertake in the business model of our times – gathering and selling your users' data to the highest bidder - quite as badly as others it seems.

The best way to refuse to undertake in the business model of our times is to not collect the data in the first place. Windows 10 is an about-face compared to previous versions (unless you allowed the telemetry updates to be installed on 7 or 8.1). If they really aren't selling it, what are they doing with it?

Whatchu got for us this week, Microsoft? Skype, Powerpoint tweaks and – oh – another foldable

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Subtitles AKA voice recognition on everything

Yeah... time to look at alternatives.

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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What is wrong with British society that the highly wealthy have lost the ideals of philanthropy?

The British aristocracy never did philanthropy. Industrial revolution businesses did, but that age is gone as the likes of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google show.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Re: The passing of an age

You're confusing me explaining the way things currently are with my support or otherwise for it.

If MS were to drop IE then there'd be less tethering enterprises to MS, therefore they won't drop it.

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Re: "work with anything other than Chromium"

You've been played by Google.

There's an old CSS call which everybody agreed was depreciated. Browser makers therefore didn't waste time on optimising it, except for Google who optimised it on Chrome and made YouTube's design call it a lot.

In other words Google are using their web properties to push people towards their browser.

The solution for Firefox is an extension which makes YouTube use the old page design which doesn't have this CSS call.

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Re: The passing of an age

I don't think they can get rid of IE 11, firstly it's the only browser left that can run Java and secondly there's far too many enterprise websites (i.e. slapped-together crap that has never seen an update) that depend on it.

They might rename it to Intranet Explorer though...

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Re: Unsuitable owner

Given the UK up until now hasn't really cared who owns stuff, just that someone owns it, it's a bit late in the day to get precious about foreign-owned utilities.

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Seems to be many problems are down to large organisations not being able to use Outlook calendars or a big calendar on the wall with garish-coloured post-it notes.

If the beancounters can get something done by a certain date, why can't the IT monkeys?

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: It's 2018

Using a computer is a life skill now, so if people can't use one it must be deliberate.

Imagine learning to drive a car, but then every so often someone changes your dashboard and controls around for no good reason. Also lately some controls will be invisible until you actually touch them when they appear.

Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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this appears to be a honest to goodness accident

Of which there seem to be quite a few...

I didn't see anything in the story that substantiated any specific wrong doing by Amazon at least in this instance. Is there more to the story than portrayed?

The Guardian have just started a new series of articles: The Amazon Diaries

Ooo shiny! First Visual Studio 2019 sneak peek here in time for Chrimbo

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Re: It always makes me smile...

People recommending vi for coding were presumably lucky enough to find a job which pays well for writing variations of Hello World.

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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SaaS - Software as a Shitshow.

NHS supplier that holds 40 million UK patient records: AWS is our new cloud-based platform

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Having trouble reconciling the headline for this story with this other one:

Foreign hackers have tried to access the genetic blueprints of thousands of NHS patients, say officials

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Re: Shifting patient records to the cloud requires approval from NHS Digital

NHS Digital have no say over trusts at all, they definitely have no say of GP practices, the majority of which are private businesses. As it stands it is always best to check facts before you go off on a rant.

So what are they there for then?

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Re: You're stuff is going in the cloud regardless of this.

Of course. If it's not because 1) the IT dept can't make basic services work so employees have to work around the problems created by the IT dept, it's because 2) the IT dept themselves willingly outsource everything to Office 354 or 3) someone starts and has to make their mark.

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All 40 million records spill out of an open S3 bucket...

It's the wobbly Microsoft service sweepstake! If you have 'Teams', you've won a lifetime Slack sub

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Re: Teams as an "upgrade"

Teams comes with Office 365 whether your like it or not.

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Re: Who would notice?

The UI is actually worse than Skype for Business's, and it's everything's written in corporate matey-bollocks speak.

The voice codec is marginally better so there is that.

If you ever felt like you needed to carry 4TB of data around, Toshiba's got you covered

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Re: Bah!

Have you updated the drive firmware?

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Seacrate? I think I'd prefer a lump of coal.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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Youtube is nowhere near as bad as the rest of the internet, if anything it one of the tamer places.

Mexican drug cartels, ISIS beheadings, and sketchy cartoons are tame? Parents, if they do let their kids see YouTube, have to constantly fight YouTube's suggestions?

Other video platforms are available, there's nothing intrinsically special about YouTube that warrants the current free-for-all and there's a lot to get bothered about. If YouTube were closed down tomorrow, the good parts would find somewhere else.

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The useful stuff is a mere drop in the ocean of shit. Just look at YouTube's front page.

GOPwned: Republicans fall victim to email hack

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Re: The Russians are Coming!!!

See also: hijacking of yellow vest movement in France, efforts to spread it to Germany.

And I think the worst thing is, I'm not really surprised at all by it.

And lo! Tim Cook becometh tech Jesus. But with more awards

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Re: The "right" thing?

"We've only had one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence," He said. "You have no place on our platforms. You have no home here."

We're living in strange times if a) this is news in the first place, b) he said it in the first place, and c) there responses calling for "anything that is not specifically illegal should be publishable".

Not every publisher should be obliged to publish Mein Kampf if they don't want to. The majority of people wouldn't even want to read it. And we wouldn't be in a good place as a society if they did.

Everyone can and should exercise discretion using common sense because extremes aren't a good thing. We seem to have forgotten that.

Microsoft: New icons, new drivers, AI! Everything is awesome!

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Apple just had the kext signing thing making hardware obsolete but even so there's a workaround.

Lately MS just can't leave drivers alone. There have been nearly as many updates to drivers since Windows 10 was launched than in the whole history of Windows since before Windows 10 (6 vs 8).

Which developer is going to keep on top of that? MS needlessly makes hardware obsolete, which is irresponsible given what we know about the environment.

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AI or document search?

Microsoft continued the policy of continually updating its bread-and-butter productivity suite, Office 365, by whacking it repeatedly with an AI stick for collaboration purposes. [...] If you write to-do items (by, say, writing TODO: finish this), the word processor will automatically track them and allow writers to navigate back to the correct spot.

Has AI learnt how to jump the shark yet?

Surface Book 2 afflicted by mystery Blue Screen Of Death errors

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Re: I'm certain now

Of course it can. Imagine the number of hours, meetings, and so on which went into the new Office icons (there's even a damn video for them) and multiply that by everything Microsoft do.

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Re: The elephant in the back seat

I can see Tesla eventually making drivers having to play a game of Simon to prove they're awake and then drivers will crashing when forced to take over because they're not aware of what's going on on the road because they're concentrating on the game.

US Department of Defense to sling an estimated $3.17bn at Microsoft resellers

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And it still BSODs just like Windows 10 Home.

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: @jimmypage

All the Go Home Vans did was make it more acceptable to tell foreigners to go home.

Look where we are now, people voting Brexit to kick the foreigners out.

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Re: Actually, this may be a well-disguised win

You'd think so, but the Home Office have found the time to be the modern-day inquisition. Finding people who everyone, including the people themselves, thought they were British for decades, aren't really British, and removing them.

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Re: my respect for Mrs. May has actually risen.

Christmas will be cancelled if the rumours of further can-kicking are to be believed.

Warning: Malware, rogue users can spy on some apps' HTTPS crypto – by whipping them with a CAT o' nine TLS

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The boffins tested OpenSSL, Amazon s2n, MbedTLS, Apple CoreTLS, Mozilla NSS, WolfSSL, GnuTLS, BearSSL and BoringSSL. And they were able to downgrade all except for the last two, BearSSL and BoringSSL.

Shame they didn't test LibreSSL. Seems an odd one to miss out.

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Re: It's time to start over

Off the top of my head non-C derived languages are SQL, Haskell, Python, and R. I really doubt they can cure all of IT's ills.

Or maybe you mean ADA, COBOL, FORTRAN, LISP, Smalltalk, Pascal or other legacy language which on which to build the future of IT? Sinclair BASIC?

Bad programmer's gonna program bad no matter what the language.

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