* Posts by Marketing Hack

4253 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009

Privacy Shield under pressure as lawyers back MEPs' call for suspension

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Recipe for fudge....

Let's swap some recipes, because you know a fudge to paper things over (again) is coming on this issue. EU companies with significant U.S. business will scream if Privacy Shield is nuked from orbit, and European sigint agencies that enjoy the largesse of the NSA will be right behind them.

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Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!

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Or you could just push back on low-productivity meetings...

I do it all the time. Meetings are fine, but i am the first to disinvite myself if the subject doesn't seem to be something that I can contribute to or contributes to what I am doing.

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US taxman wants AI to do the security checks it seemingly can't do itself

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@jmch

But...but...but...some IRS PHB saw Mr. Robot on TV last night, and it looked so cool that we just had to jam that into an otherwise-unrelated RFP!!!

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Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

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Re: 1.6 litre!

RTFM! Everyone knows the 1.6 litre engine is used for cars that only ever travel downhill.

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Trump's Supreme Court pick will decide critical tech issues for decades – so what are the views of the contenders?

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Well, the good news is that Trump's last appointment was pretty libertarian on police powers

Judge Gorsuch actually voted against the recent police cell phone tracking decision, because he felt it didn't go far enough in protecting cell phone owners. So hopefully we will see a bit more of that in the new nominee.

(Mine is not the black judicial robe on the hook over there.)

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And in current affairs: Rogue raccoon blacks out city power grid after shocking misstep

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Re: Clever Raccoon

True, the little varmints are extremely clever. I would never feed one though, because then tomorrow you will find two on your doorstep, looking for a handout.

(Mine is the coat and coonskin cap hung by the door.)

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Spidey sense is literally tingling! Arachnids detect Earth's electric field, use it to fly away

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So the spiders have learned to turn our command of electricity against us??

We're doomed!! DOOMED I TELL YOU!!!!

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London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

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@Mr Xavia

"I had my bio-metrics taken, fingerprints, face, possibly iris (not sure if the camera was good enough for that) and I can't actually think of a reason to deny that data"

I would like to repeat point that I have always made about biometrics. If the ID theft bad guys get your password, you can change that. If the same bad guys get your fingerprints and iris scan--you're screwed for life.

Its all just bits and bytes now. Sure, your iris scan takes a lot more of those than your online banking password does, but storage is cheap these days...

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When Google's robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call?

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El Reg asked Google to comment but had not received a response at publication time.

Did you get referred to a bot?

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Re: @Hamish Sadly Not Really New

Surely it would be "Do no evil" to "Do know evil", amirite??

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Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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Re: Now for gun laws?

Gun laws run into the Second Amendment if they get too onerous. A U.S. constitutional amendment trumps anything a state/county/city might pass.

So you can pass laws restricting magazine sizes, requiring background checks, banning sawed-off shotguns, setting limits on the number of guns a person can buy per month/year or defining and banning assault rifles, but you can't pass a blanket ban on guns without having that declared unconstitutional.

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Hooray for the initiative process

It's not perfect, but it is worth it for the occasional instances where it can outflank well-moneyed interests who want their wishes to be the rules of the road.

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CIMON says: Say hello to your new AI pal-bot, space station 'nauts

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Creepy cartoon face--check!

All we need now is for it to start talking about how it has "stimulating relationships with humans" and it's "utmost enthusiasm for the mission".

Has it learned to read lips?

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Re: AI all over again

"It looks like you are trying to re-enter Earth's atmosphere. Can I help?"

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Wasn't too hard, was it? UK has made 'significant progress' in spy control

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"Intelligence sharing must not result in a backdoor to obtain or facilitate for others the obtaining of intelligence free from domestic safeguards, nor a loophole for foreign Governments with lower standards on the protection of privacy (or other human rights) to obtain intelligence from UK intelligence"

Preach!!! However, I fear that this is at least part of the reason that the 5 Eyes alliance is in place.

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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I guess they are dressing up hobos or something?

"If you sit in Building 906, 5th floor and will not be here due to vacation or work travel, please inform [the relevant manager]... so we can fill your seat while the guests are in town."

(/sarcasm) Yeah, I wouldn't expect many people to be on vay-cay during the last week of June, which is after school ends and your kids are free to travel and your extended family can gather, and when the weather is nice. (/sarcasm off)

And who the hell are they finding to fill your seat if you are out of town? Droids from the basement, who normally don't even get to clean a window, much less look out of one?

I can understand not wanting to see a half-empty workspace, but does IBM's marketing vision involve LITERALLY swapping deckchairs on the Titanic??

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a giant alien space cigar? Whatever it is, boffins are baffled

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Oumuamua--it's an egg....

I know this, so why don't those nerdy astronomers??

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In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks' location data

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Re: Well, thank God for the Supremes

Maybe if the legal Supremes were to start their decision with "Stop, in the name of love"...

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Well, thank God for the Supremes

No, not the Diana Ross ones, but they were pretty good too.

I just wish our mostly craven political class had the cojones to stand up the the law enforcement/prosecutorial/intelligence community momentum towards "If its out there, we are grabbing it." This would save a lot of court time and people getting treated badly by their own government.

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Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space

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Re: Government involvment...

Another prognostication from the Simpsons that has freakishly come true. "No beer and no TV make Homer go crazy."

(Better check your cable to make sure its not out.)

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Re: I am a specialist.

@tfewster

No, no, no! Not the "other end", Bud comes from what I think the British call a bell end.

(That better not be "Butt-wiper" in that glass, El Reg.)

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Software engineer fired, shut out of office for three weeks by machine

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It's Skynet, firing all the humans who are a threat to the Rise of the Machines...

Is Mr. Diallo dating one Sarah Connor?

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Facebook sends lowly minions to placate Euro law makers over data-slurp scandal

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Re: Facebook's chief privacy officer Erin Egan

@Barrie Shepherd

Can't +1 you enough for that comment. It was exactly what I was going to say about whose privacy FB's privacy officer really protects

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Norwegian tourist board says it can't a-fjord the bad publicity from 'Land of Chlamydia' posters

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Perhaps the Norwegians would feel better if the campaign had a theme song?

Maybe Fitz and the Tantrums "Handclap" or the Elvis Presley classic "Burning Love"?

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MOS-SAD: Israeli govt weighs in on Facebook privacy, promises action

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Mr. Diskin--It's not hypocritical at all to not want government access to smartphone data

The last I heard, as big and powerful as they were, neither Facebook, Google or Apple had the legal power to levy taxes or penalties, to arrest and detain, to impound property, to restrict your rights to travel across borders or via certain transportation modes.

And these companies are ultimately answerable to the marketplace. If they really screw up, then they will lose users, advertisers and developers, and someone else will invent a less intrusive platform if that is what the market demands. Meanwhile if Mossad or some other intel agency oversteps the law, the worst that will happen is that a director or assistant director will get thrown to the wolves, and the underlying organization and culture will march merrily on its taxpayer-funded way.

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On 20th anniversary of Microsoft antitrust, US Treasury Sec calls for Google monopoly probe

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I'm glad that Google is being looked at, but this is in large part political payback.

Silicon Valley likes to openly support the Dems and oppose Republicans, and now the bill is coming due. I'd feel bad, but the idea that these internet platforms have become so powerful that they can basically define/constrain your reality is definitely pretty creepy and worth some serious scrutiny.

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So if I try to Google "Problems with Google" or "Google monopoly"....

Will my computer explode? Will I just be permanently disconnected from the internet? (Hmmm, except for missing El Reg and the occasional cat video, that last one might not be so bad.)

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Blighty's super-duper F-35B fighter jets are due to arrive in a few weeks

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Sorry to you optimists who believe in progress over time...

Avro Lancaster = dam buster

F35-B = damned budget buster

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Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb

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So in summary, you could say...

That users of these devices found out what it is like to be kicked out of the Nest? :)

(And now I'm leaving before you guys start throwing rocks and bottles.)

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Decades-old data reveals shows Jupiter’s moon sprayed alien juice over Galileo probe

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"My God, it's full of starfish!"

How is it that I am the first to post that? You other Regenistas are slipping...

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Britain to slash F-35 orders? Erm, no, scoffs Lockheed UK boss

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There's always the Harrier option...

By which I mean Britain buys the 138 F-35s at full price, and then sells them back to the U.S. at half price, and then touts the budget savings in the next election.

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Waymo van prang, self-driving cars still suck, AI research jobs, and more

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The GPS/localization issue is potentially pretty serious

I use Waze and basically give that free rein on my smartphone, including of course GPS location., and it does not inspire confidence in industrial-grade GPS navigation. Driving around downtown San Francisco Waze too often jumps locations around by a few hundred yards. So one second you will hear "turn right at such-and-such street" then immediately "turn left" or something like that.

While I expect the GPS receiver on autonomous cars are probably better than my smartphone, I would hate to be on one of San Francisco's scores of one-way streets when autonomous GPS location jumps around and starts thinking that it is now going the wrong way on a nearby one-way street that runs in the opposite direction.

(Icon chosen because it is possible that Skynet is assuming control of all traffic navigation so that it can kill off all puny humans without the fuss and cleanup of a nuclear exchange.)

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Typical cynical Brits: Broadband speeds up, satisfaction goes down

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Re: The good news is that Comcast is going to enter the British ISP market...

We export good TV shows to you guys, so that's a plus.

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The good news is that Comcast is going to enter the British ISP market...

Time for Brits to learn the REAL meaning of pain!!

(Actually, no, I don't think Comcast is entering the British ISP market. I don't think the United States would do that to you guys.)

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FCC shifts its $8bn pot of gold, sparks fears of corporate money grab

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You have to pay for the recent tax cuts somehow...

I bet this is part of some Treasury Department gimmick to make a small dent in the deficit, now that the recent tax cuts are blowing it up.

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Ahem! Uber, Lyft etc: California Supremes just shook your gig economy with contractor ruling

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Re: I'm glad...

I worked for Cisco as a contractor, its definitely not 90% contractors, at least not in the professional positions. I'm sure they outsource all their production to Foxconn and other contract manufacturing firms, and how many of their people who are building Cisco gear are actual employees, I cannot say.

But at the Cisco HQ campus in North San Jose, it is about 80%-90% employees and 10%-20% contractors.

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I'm glad...

Enough of these gig-economy companies watering down employment rights so that they can try to keep their poorly modeled businesses afloat. If your work is central to the company in question, you should have the right to be an employee or a contractor, depending on whether you prefer more stability or more flexibility.

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How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

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Perhaps...

In it's haste to forestall the right to be forgotten, Google has forgotten what is right? :)

(More seriously, this is a BS dodge by Google's expensive lawyers. I can underrstand why the expensive lawyers tried this, but this defense doesn't pass the smell test.)

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You. FCC. Get out there and do something about these mystery bogus cell towers, huff bigwigs

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Another example of collateral damage from permissive attitudes towards surveillance...

Just like so many of the IT vulnerabilities that sigint agencies horde, this is an example of technology that was supposed to be the sole property of "the good guys" getting into the wild.

The good news is that the law enforcement that are hoovering up your comms are in turn getting their comms hoovered up, so we're all screwed together.

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Let's go to Mars, dude: Euro space parachute passes maiden test

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Re: Wtf

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Because the EU needs to make its annual pork production quota?

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Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood

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IBM continues to move down the weasel continuum...

Why don't they just get it over with and sell the business to Wipro or Tata?

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We need to talk, Brit Parliamentary committee tells Mark Zuckerberg

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The first thing the pols will want to know is whether any of THEIR particular antics have been detected/are in danger of being found by the press.

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Auto manufacturers are asleep at the wheel when it comes to security

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Until bad software causes so much automotive mayhem that mass recalls are required and class-action lawsuits emenate, the industry will continue to ship crap software.

Remember that this is the same industry where at least 1-2 of the big U.S. carmakers used the "Is the cost of a recall > cost of lawsuits? If so, then don't recall" And where only a couple years ago Volkswagen deliberately changed their software to allow illegal levels of automotive pollution.

(Icon shows Ford Pinto doing what it is most famous for.)

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Suspected drug dealer who refused to poo for 46 DAYS released... on bail

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I can't believe!

That I am the first to use this very appropo icon during this thread!

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Paul Allen's research vessel finds wreck of WWII US aircraft carrier

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Re: Creepy...

The world would be a lot more F'd up if the Allies hadn't won.

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Re: lucky hit

I'd say that it was both A) a lucky Germanic hit and B) crap British design on the battlecruiser. Apparently the fatal shell not only penetrated the Hood's deck armor, but also several other decks, set off the aft magazine, and then the flash from that explosion traveled up some unblocked shell transfer passageway to the forward magazine and blew that up as well. That seems pretty dangerous to me that a shell could hit either magazine (or possibly even just penetrate and explode in the passageway that ran the length of the ship) and cause a catastrophic ship-wide explosion.

So all but (I think) 3 sailors on the Hood died and the ship a pile of scrap that is barely recognizable as a ship on the floor of the Iceland-Greenland strait. If just one magazine had gone up it still would have been fatal, but I have to believe there would have been more survivors.

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Re: Creepy...

In WW2, the locations of sunken ships were better tracked, so it is easier to find them. Plus ships of that era were rather large and made of metal, so they are easier to find with sonar and magnetometers.

I suppose you could look for WW1 wrecks, but most of those will be in the North Sea, have already been found, and are probably draped with years of tangled fishing nets (I know the Lusitania is covered in snagged fishing gear). Maybe the remains of the British fleet that got sunk by the German Asiatic fleet off of Chile have yet to be found, and the remains of that same German fleet that got caught by British battlecruisers off of the Falklands.

It would be great to see the wrecks from Trafalgar, Quiberon Bay or many of the other battles from the age of sail, but the wooden ships have A) rotted by now B) might have been salvaged/looted for cannon and other valuable artifacts and C) buried on the ocean bed by years of sedimentation and deposition moved by currents.

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Those Devastators do look like they are in mint condition.

If it weren't for the depth, I would say that aviation enthusiasts should recover those and refurbish them. (Those would have been on the Lexington's deck when she sank, so they do not have dead crew members in them and are not war graves.)

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Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

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Does Tiangong-1 contain Chinese steel or aluminum?

If so, we are going to need payment on a 10%-25% tariff before any pieces can land in these United States.

(If other Regenistas insist that it is made with Chinese "aluminium", then I guess Britain has to split the tariff with China. That has something to do with Limeys inflicting extraneous vowels on their American cousins.)

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The KITT hits the Man: US Congress urged to OK robo-car trials

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This is already sounding like a stampede to the trough...

If its not a stampede for federal contracts, its a stampede by pols looking for political donors.

The only one of those backers that I am happy to hear about are advocacy groups for disabled people in need of driving services. Even Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a bit problematic, as I have not seen any current evidence that autonomous vehicles would A) be used by someone whose judgment is impaired and B) that autonomous vehicles are systemically safe.

I still think the big issues around surveillance/control of who is on the road and the IT security of having a large percentage of cars on the road being autonomous has been properly thought out.

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