* Posts by matt 83

45 posts • joined 25 Jun 2009

Mozilla security policy cracks down on creepy web trackers, holds supercookies over fire

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Re: Err didn't Microsoft get slapped down for this?

Microsoft were changing a default option that was supposed to be "no" to "yes". What Moz are doing is attempting to block hacks that get round blocks that various browser options give users.

EG, user clicks "delete all cookies" but some supercookie system puts back a bunch of those cookies because the operator would rather track you than allow you to give them the slip.

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain

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Re: "Apple had no duty to disclose the facts regarding software capability and battery capacity."

Don't think Rolls Royce view wikipedia as approved marketing material... They are famous for quoting things like engine power as "adequate" rather than giving actual numbers.

Say GDP-aaaRrrgh, streamers: Max Schrems is coming for you, Netflix and Amazon

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Re: sounds like...

Only a few organisations are required to have a DPO. Off the top of my head it's just government agencies and maybe healthcare.

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Re: Really?

Although if we did drop the GDPR we'd be locked out of handling EU data so that isn't likely to happen.

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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Choosing to kill someone is murder, shirly?

If I'm having an accident and swerve onto the pavement to avoid it killing a pedestrian in the process that would ordinarily be some kind of lesser offence or possibly I wouldn't even be changed.

I'd say to the policeman, I saw that thing coming at me and just reacted... I never imagined there could be that much blood.

OTOH If I said to the policeman, I saw that thing coming at me and saw there was a fat guy on the pavement and thought, better him than me, so I ran him over. Then the policeman could potentially arrest me for murder.

This is what R v Dudley and Stephens is about. You can't use necessity as a defence for murder so you can't choose to kill one person over another even if your own life is at stake.

Since the control software in the car is created by humans I'd have thought those humans would be the ones who would be prosecuted if the car chose to kill someone (NB "chose to kill" as "opposed to killed by accident")

At the end of the day though, if you get in a car you're the one choosing to take that risk. You are the one who should take the consequences of that risk rather than palming that risk off to those around you.

Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

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Re: Shame!

And French she spoke full fair and fetisly

After the school of Stratford atte Bowe,

For French of Paris was to her unknowe.

Inventor flames Reg, HP in memristor brouhaha

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look at the graph closely

the x axis is time and they are applying a sine wave.

a plot of current Vs voltage would have been a straight line just like we learnt in skool.

Carrier IQ VP: App on millions of phones not a privacy risk

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it's ok to sell child porn so long as you don't film it yourself? It's just a service you're offering.

Gadget Shop kingpin cuffed in nightclub 'toilet sex' incident

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yeah, but if the cops are WORKING there off duty what are they doing arresting people for "battery on a law enforcement officer" or "interfering with a police officer".

Using your public office to pursue a private enterprise sounds like corruption or abuse of power.

Newzbin2 pirates prepare to sink BT web block

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yeah, reminds me of the way antibiotics have been made ineffective by inappropriate use.

Bloke ordered to remove offensive numberplate

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that's what I thought

Apple to support reps: Don't confirm Mac infections

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I just wish it was not in a browser

I don't see what else it could be in though. Anything else would either mean the user would have to be installing things directly in the OS which would put things back to square one or creating a new application lay that was completely incompatible with everything that's gone before. That might be possible on phones where super cramped screen sizes mean all previous applications (including web apps) need tweaking (at the very least) to work efficiently (if at all). But Chrome seems aimed at PC format devices (with a bigger screen, and standard input devices) so having to recreate the wheel shouldn't be necessary.

If you accept that users are going to spend the majority of their time using the web browser part of any such OS it probably makes sense to give them only one thing to know about.

Though by allowing webapps to be cached for off-line use and this native code stuff google are doing they're pretty much just moving these problems from the OS to the browser. Hopefully it'll make root kits and the like a bit harder though.

Interstellar space 'full of Jupiter-size orphan planets'

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I'm more hopeful...

that the Star Maidens will turn up!

PARIS team to tackle the ultimate post-pint snack

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if you like this kind of thing

Try the taco fries from the Abrakebabra in Dublin. (say "yes" to pink sauce and cheese when asked!)

Slack bank practice creates opportunity for phone phishing scams

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Me too

I've had companies phone me up out of the blue looking for money and couldn't understand why I wouldn't hand over my card number to them then and there.

Meter readers also seem to think that some crappy ID card and a hand held computer are enough to prove who they are.

Sony: 'PSN attacker exploited known vulnerability'

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don't worry

the BOFH will decapitate him with PS3 specially modified with shurikens

BBC engineers see PLT knocking out DAB

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but they don't have ring mains in Belgum

Nude Florida man in gunfight with police SWAT robot

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this is England.

more news on the dog please!

FBI asks for help to crack mystery code in 12-year-old murder case

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re I don't feel so bad now

Not really, the only reason these notes are difficult to decode is that they aren't very long and we have no idea what they contain.

If there was a lot more of this code available and you had a rough idea what even a tiny amount of it contained cracking it would be simple (probably).

So a unique coding system like this is going to be pretty good for paper notes you keep in your pocket and destroy after you're finished with them but not much good for keeping records (since you can make a good guess at the contents of some records) or keeping large amounts of data (as that would give more information about the code being used).

I'd be interested in knowing how well modern code breakers would fair at working out what Egyptian hieroglyphics mean without the Rosetta Stone. Seems like a similar problem but with a lot more text available.

New 'supercritical' generators to boost nuclear output by 50%

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how much is this like a magnox reactor then?

Gates: Killing the internet is easy

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Re USA companies can also...

I'm no expert on the US legal system but I'm pretty sure there are things like "martial law" and "a state of emergency" that allows the government to do whatever it likes in the event of rebellion or invasion.

Of course keeping the government in line is why you guys also have the right bear arms, but if anyone has more guns than the American public it's the American Army ;-)

Tory MP accidentally endorses... German pr0n site

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it's not all google translates fault

while I LOLed at your comment...

I don't think it's supposed to make sense in german either, it looks like some kind of google salting attempt. Creating a page full of unique text and porn keywords with lots of links to the sites being promoted.

Perhaps "postal 2 single player" is a typo for "portal 2 single player" and people playing that are a prime market for german porn?

EMC employee filched $1m worth of hardware

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sounds like

the bofh just stitched up the pfy once and for all!

Popular sites caught sniffing user browser history

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at the very least

It allows them to know how long you were looking at the page.

Without it all the know is that you loaded a page at X and loaded another at Y. With this they can see you loaded a page at X and spent 5 minutes actively looking at it then stopped and finally loaded another page at Y

A young and pretty Linux server OS that takes a bit of work

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while you can install zentyal as an all in one it's designed to be modular so you install it across as many servers as you want.

Even if you don't want to separate everything out to different servers it's pretty easy to use the firewall to select what's available on any particular interface.

Motorola lands 16-patent countersuit on Microsoft

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long live

patent Armageddon

Researcher outs Android exploit code

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I think his point is that android needs a system for patching that doesn't involve upgrading the whole OS in the same way windows update or apt-get upgrade works.

This would allow phone manufacturers or google themselves to release security updates without having to wait for the networks' marketing departments deciding what default wallpaper and crummy apps they want to push on users.

In theory there shouldn't be anything stopping the latest webkit code going into android 1.5 etc.

I'm a bit surprised google didn't plan for this from day 1 as selling phone manufacturers subscriptions to a security update service is an obvious way for them to make money from hardware sales.

Microsoft steers OEMs away from putting Phone 7 on Tablets

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the reason they want you to use win7 instead of phone7...

is that if win7 is on your tablet they'll be able to sell you a copy of Office 2010 as well and that's the real cash cow these days.

If phone7 is on the tablet then it'll be an arm machine and Office won't work.

Also phone7 is likely to be a little light on features which may not show up that much on a phone where the screen size limits what you're actually going to use it for, but on a tablet it'll probably look very anaemic.

Hackers hijack internet voting system in Washington DC

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the only thing I could come up with is that the app had been given a user account with full read/write access to the whole DB.

The actual voting app would only need write access to a table storing votes cast and read access to a table of voter IDs (random numbers that another table not accessible to the app could tie to actual voters names and addresses).

You'd have to post that ID to a voter and have him enter it (rather than name & address) when he casts his vote.

At least that would stop a hack on the system revealing voters' ballots.

Software dev turned rogue trader gets jail and €4.9bn fine

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"excel spreadsheets"


BlackBerry bows to Saudi Arabia

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but why if...

someone has his own BES or BES Express does it have to be in Saudi, what's to stop him having the server somewhere in the world outside Saudi legal reach? Or is this the definition of a competent terrorist?

IT council chiefs ditch Sadville after splurging £36k

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"statue of a black horse"

surly they mean a white elephant >.<

Aussie police probe Google

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legally, no

you do not have to protect your valuables...

but if you went out leaving your front door open and got burgled then you insurance probably won't pay out.

Though I think there is a far stronger case for blaming insecure wifi users for "unauthorised access" than requiring them to shut or lock the door of their house to prevent burglaries . After all your equipment is broadcasting an offer to connect to your network beyond the boundaries of your property (your SSID), if someone accepts that offer your automated system (DHCP) then facilitates the connection... so the crime wouldn't have happened without your help.

Is it illegal to walk up to a man in the street who is wearing a Rolex and a short sleeved shirt and say:

"could I please have that Rolex your wearing"


It's only a crime if you swipe it without permission or bash him over the head and rip it off his wrist.

If he just says "sure, here you go" you've just got yourself a nice new watch!

Also if someone intercepts what you send over an unsecured wifi network from the street then I don't see how that is different from walking passed a window while someone is shouting and overhearing what they say. You're the one who put the information in the public domain you're the one to blame for someone seeing it.

The fact that many people aren't able to setup their own equipment is not that surprising but if your negligent in doing something you might be held liable.

Not that I'm advocating a free for all for war drivers... if you find a Rolex laying in the street you aren't allowed to just pick it up and keep it. It just seems to me that a standard unsecured wifi network is a lot closer to an invitation than a watch laying on the ground.

Can't find a smartbook to buy? Blame Adobe

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"Difficulties encountered in persuading Adobe to create a Flash implementation for the iPhone's OS and hardware combination - or maybe just the cost - is almost certainly why the Apple device has always lacked the capability"

So Adobe were never really serious about flash on the iphone and the only reason Steve told them they couldn't have it on his system was that they weren't developing it anyway???

AMD adds Black Edition to Phenom range

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I think so, but I'm not quite sure

Windows plagued by 17-year-old privilege escalation bug

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"17 years to be found"

no it has taken 17 years for this vulnerability to be made public. Who know how many people have been using this before now.

Doctor Who fans name best episode ever

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bah, everyone knows the best Dr Who is War Games

Virgin Media 'overwhelmed' by broadband customers fleeing BT

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out of the frying pan

and into the fire

Unmanned German sperm dirigible 'to fly within days'

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how will they...

stop the Swedish lesbians from steeling it?

Taiwan consumer org 'froze' Dell bank account

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RE: betting sites

In the UK (and probably most countries with a similar legal system) betting contracts are NOT legally enforceable anyway. The only reason bookies ever pay out is that people wouldn't bet with them if they didn't.

Sure a price on a website is only an "invitation to treat" but that means they can only say "sorry sale cancelled we cocked up" they can't say "oh wrong price... that'll actually be another £100"

it's the offer at a higher price that's an issue.

If doing that sort of thing was OK then everyone would advertise one price and then sell at another and it would be chaos!

AVG update gags iTunes

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"a recent virus database update resulted in iTunes being detected as a Trojan by AVG security products"

sounds fair to me!

Mitsubishi to build range-extended hybrid

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I'd guess that they need the space in an SUV body to fit all the extra stuff that comes with having two power sources in the car AND still have cabin space left over for passengers and luggage. (after all the Prious isn't exactly a small car, it's a lot longer than a Rav4 etc which is important for parking)

Also being a hybrid is only really going to benefit city driving where speeds are usually < 30MPH so aerodynamics aren't so critical.

Personally I think this approach of being primarily electric with a petrol/diesel generator has got to be the way forward. Surly the generator and engine can be heavily tuned to run efficiently at a specific RPM rather than having to change revs as it would if the engine was coupled to the wheels like it is in a current hybrid.

Perhaps they could even add some kind of intelligent cruise control for motorway use that linked to the satnav to give you the highest cruising speed given the charge in the batteries/recharge rate Vs what hills your approaching.

Finally it allows them to sell a few "green" SUVs to rehabilitate the general SUV market for their very not green cousins

PC repair shop caught trying bank fraud

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And this is why

You should always clone the drive of any PC brought in for repair BEFOR looking for porn etc!

McAfee false-positive glitch fells PCs worldwide

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RE: daftvader

If a machine has Sophos installed then it isn't open source ;)

Microsoft strikes back at Outlook 2010 rendering grumbles

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