* Posts by nematoad

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It looks like tech-savvy drivers will have to lead connected car data purge

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Re: My solution.

"Don't drive anything manufactured after about 1970."

Why on earth pick 1970? My Mini Cooper S is from 1998 and does not have any "connectivity" so why not use a slightly newer car? Having a car as old as you suggest brings its own problems, parts, future regulation and general reliability to name just a few. God knows my Mini gives me enough problems and it's 28 years newer than your choice.

On a separate note there is one question that has been nagging me. Why all the emphasis on "connected cars"? As a believer in the old Unix adage "Do one thing and do it well", what's the point of having something in a motor vehicle offering so many threat vectors. Surely a car is a means of getting from A to B so why do you need to be "connected"? Is your life so busy and you so important that you need to be available at all times? Speaking for myself the answer is no and no. Indeed I view driving as a chance to remove myself from the demands of others and get on with the task in hand i.e. driving. That in itself is demanding enough without being infotained*.

* The idiot who coined this little beauty should join the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation up against the wall.

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Re: governments can always legislate

"No amount of legalese will ever change the laws of mathematics..."

Yes, didn't some Australian politician say that the laws of physics had to bow to the laws of Australia? I thought that he was a bit deranged but it looks like the contagion is spreading.

Give yourselves a pat on the back, top million websites, half of you now use HTTPS

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I'm not surprised.

I note with some amusement that the Daily Mail is one of the guilty parties.

That's probably because the editor and minions feel that HTTPS is a foreign plot to control the voice of the people and by not succumbing they have "Taken back control".

IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Re: Glorified proxy

"...offer services that either require ipv6, or work better with it."

I take your point, but when does such a decision morph from a carrot to a stick?

Much like MS denying the latest and greatest to anyone not running Windows 10 I feel that this is a very tricky line to walk, and beating someone over the head just because you want to "move on" risks alienating the very people you need to have a business.

Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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" If I don't comply they said they will install Windows 10 on me?"

Indeed a cruel and unusual punishment.

Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Re: Something wrong

No, that's the Great Pyramid alright.

The one with some of the casing left at the top is Khafre's. It's built higher up on the plateau so looks bigger but Khufu's is both taller and wider.

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Re: It was aliens wot did it

Yes, the "Pyramidiots" are still in full flight.

Just like Charles Piazzi Smyth the former Astronomer Royal for Scotland, some scientists get a bee in their bonnet about the great Pyramid and spout some appalling nonsense, and go around inventing such things as the "Pyramid inch" so as to validate their theories.

As a former archaeologist myself I would say to the present proponents of weird things in the Pyramid of Khufu.

"Don't give up your day job."

UK cyber security boffins dispense Ubuntu 18.04 wisdom

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Good idea.

"cut down on the admin rights..."

Yes, that's one thing that has always puzzled me about Debian based systems. Why is it that sudo is used instead of su? To me that looks like an invitation to meddling and the chance of doing serious damage to your system.

I use PCLinuxOS and their forum has a piece on the potential abuse of sudo and why sudo is not recommended for use in PCLOS.

See here

You can take off the shades, squinting Outlook.com users. It has gone dark. Very dark

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Not a good idea for me.

"Dark versions of interfaces are reckoned by some to be easier on the eyes..."

Not if you are my age. I struggle with dark themes and avoid them where I can. Physiologically your eyes let less light in the older you are. The cornea of a person of 60 will only pass a certain percentage of light to the retina compared to that of a person of 20.

Lack of contrast on some sites, I'm looking at you EVE Online, makes my life a misery. Black on white is definitely easier to read than white on black, or in Eve's case grey on black. Bah!

Brit tech forges alliance to improve cyber security as MPs moan over 'acute scarcity' of experts

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" ...no real sense of the scale of the problem or how to address it effectively".

No change there then.

See also: Brexit.

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Re: @Ledswinger

"...and even if it did the EU would need a slice for there coffers..."

There, they're, their. With that choice you have a one in three chance of being right

Spoiler alert:

It's their in this case.

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Re: it is only fair that we fine some of theirs back!

"the UK fined Facebook half a mil (how they must be laughing now)"

That was the maximum the ICO were allowed to fine Facebook under the regulations at the time. Now with the GDPR it's a percentage of the offending company's turnover. 5% if my memory serves me correctly.

So no, it wasn't because the ICO went easy on FB, they had no other choice.

Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants

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He means "sealed"

"it's English Jim, but not as we know it."

One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface

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Yes, yes, yes, that's all very well but will it run Linux?

Didn't I see that MS "loves" Linux or is that pushing things too far?

UK.gov is ready to talk data safeguards with the EU – but still wants it all

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All this shuffling around, requests to be half-in half-out of many of the EU agencies like Europol and Euratom. Convoluted schemes to prevent a hard border in Ireland, admissions that we will all be worse off when the UK leaves, not to mention Galileo, makes me wonder why we should bother if all we are going to do is lose out.

What I want to know is what's in it for the likes of Nigel Farage, Arron Banks, Boris Johnson and the rest of that scurvy crew? Some like Lord Lawson are openly showing that they are hypocrites having recent applied for a a 'carte de séjour' so as he can remain in his luxury abode in France. There must be something really big in it for the others to sell the country down the river like they are.

Do you really want your kids' future in the hands of Capita? Well, too bad

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Re: Why?

The question that should be asked in this continuing fiasco is: Qui bono?

What ties has government got to this bunch of shysters or is it the case that they have got some kind of "kompromat" over our beloved leaders?

You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Re: 'Some of us stopped being The Product some time ago'

We're doomed I tell you, aye doomed.

Alternatively switch away from Google, Facebook, Microsoft et al. You might like it.

GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

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Re: UI elements that make it obvious what they do?

" Make them the same colour, its going to be far to confusing if the user can tell where one control ends and another starts."

Ah, you must have been playing EVE Online. There everything is either white or pale grey. You can't see a bloody thing and have to rely on muscle memory to work out where the controls should be. It drives me mad and all I got when I mentioned this to CCP was that it was an attempt at "unifying" the look. The result is cold, impossible to read and a complete disaster, just as you have described.

IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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Re: He was the top salesman in the group

"When I'm on a plane I will take a safe and boring pilot over a dynamic agile guy with edgy haircut any day of the week."

There is a saying in aviation circles: "There are old pilots and bold pilots, there are no old,bold pilots."

Looks like IBM missed that.

A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years

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"Could always use PlayonLinux"

One problem with Playonlinux, there is very litlte help available. I've tried without success to join their forums and have tried to contact them directly. Nothing heard. Also don't try asking for help with POL at WineHQ. I made that mistake and got a very dusty answer. It seems that the people at Wine don't particularly care for those at POL.

The short answer is: POL is fine if it all works. If not you are mostly on your own.

Trademark holders must pay for UK web blocking orders – Supreme Court

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Re: Good.

A sensible decision, much like the "polluter pays" doctrine.

If the content companies cause this process and the process costs money, and with lawyers involved it will, then those seeking to enforce their rights should pick up the bill.

Or are they so entitled that they feel that they are justified in asking third parties to pay so as to protect their revenue streams?

USA! USA! We're No.1! And we want to keep it that way – in spaaaace

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Re: Just wait.

Yes, I should have said "manned missions" sorry.

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Just wait.

"but an adventure back to the moon elicits little excitement,"

Let's wait and see what the reaction is when the Chinese and the Indians announce missions to the Moon/Mars.

I can't see the "Land of the Free" taking that sitting down.

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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"A company that's known for supporting stuff for years..."

The trouble is that's not all it is known for. Lose trust and you lose everything.

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Re: Shite

As ye sow so shall ye reap.

See also Oracle/Open Office.

'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

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"... not being able to volunteer a social media profile can make someone the subject of suspicion in countries such as the US."

It's a good job then that I have absolutely no intention of visiting the USA. Alternatively they might try the only "social media" account I have ever had and checkout Friends-reunited. Good luck with that!

Whois? Whowas. So what's next for ICANN and its vast database of domain-name owners?

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Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

"...but the IP lawyers will be very upset they have lost this resource."

That's all the justification I need to approve of the GDPR.

Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

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Let's hope, that the Bearded One can make a better job of it than he did with Virgin East Coast.

GCHQ bod tells privacy advocates: Most of our work is making sure we operate within the law

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Re: must be an error

"The biggest amount of work we do at GCHQ is to figure out how we can twist the letter of the law to our purposes," he said.

No need, the tame poodles at the Home Office will quickly run up a new law so as to shield GCHQ from any nasty attempts to hold them accountable.

FPGAs for AI? GPUs and CPUs are the future, shrugs drone biz Insitu

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"...that can be problematic because they don't want their data going anywhere else"

OK, I get that, but with their increasing use of "the cloud" and off-the-shelf GPUs and processors how are they going to make sure that the stuff stays safe? They will have to trust in third party security and we are all aware that things can and do leak or are just plain broken.

If I was in the market for such assets I would want to be certain that all the data was under my control rather than spreading it all over the internet.

Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control

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Re: It's maybe even a little worse

What are these computer chips of which you speak? I have never seen them.

Seriously, this whole thing smells to me like a solution looking for a problem. More complications = more to go wrong.

Ned Ludd might actually be proved right in this case.

Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Re: I sincerely hope...

"I wonder if the eventual outcome will be a paid-for (with money) service?"

That would indeed be interesting. Then, perhaps, we will see just how much people value the services provided by Facebook for "free" as opposed to the punter having to pay real money to use FB's stuff. Another benefit would be that the user would become a customer and not the product.

Interesting times!

Microsoft patches problematic OS to deal with SSD woes

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I paused my Windows updates in 1998 when I moved to Linux.

Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

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Re: Email is fundamental to modern life

I don't know if it runs on anything other than Linux but Sylpheed has been my e-mail client of choice for years.

Lightweight and easy to configure I just hope that the devs can keep the project going.

US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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Re: Copyright extensions need to stop

"It sort of says it all about "greed" and the music industry."

I don't want to be rude but you are repeating yourself.

Did you even sweat, tho? Plaintiffs told to amend claims in Apple headphones suit

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Re: "lost faith in their ability to rely on... marketing"

"... but several have actually averred that they replaced and/or purchased the product multiple times, believing that the defects would be fixed,"

Yep, you can fool some of the people all of the time.

Can't wait for Linux apps on Chrome OS? And you like stability? We'll see you in December, then

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Re: It seems quite perverse, must admit but...

" Just love the approach Google took."

The trouble is that will not be all they took. Or don't you value not be followed around the web?

Score one for the bats and badgers! Apple bins €850m Irish bit barn bid

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I see.

"...underlined our need to make the State's planning and legal processes more efficient."

Or in other words, "Let's try and ram this through despite local opposition."

Checks and balances are essential if we are to stop big corporations just taking anything they want.

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Re: Microsoft’s business models require stealing and reselling personal data

"...the users who will find a new operating system."

Sadly, the truth is that most users don't even know that there are alternatives. As far as they are concerned Windows is the only way due to the bundling of Windows with a new PC. Remember the bullshit being spouted when it was said that buying a PC without Windows was illegal?

So, much as I wish people would go out and get an alternative, due to the brainwashing and FUD most people won't/can't get off the MS treadmill.

Oh, I agree that MS's execution leaves a lot to be desired but when did that ever change?

Royal Bank of Scotland decision to axe 160+ branches linked to botched IT gig – Unite

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Re: Yet again...

"...like Barclays has been. "

No, I think you mean Lloyds/TSB.

Barclays got a suspicious loan from the Middle East so that they could avoid state intervention, This is currently being investigated.

We all know what happened to the TSB.

DRAM makers sued (yet again) for 'fixing prices' (yet again) of chips

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"As of today the company has not been served and does not comment on active litigation,""

OK, the company might not comment on active litigation but if they have not been served then there is no litigation active or otherwise to stop them answering some questions.

Apple's QWERTY gets dirty leaving fanbois shirty

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Strangely enough I was watching that yesterday, and I thought that what Rossmann says about customers coming in with broken iThings and still keep coming back for more. "That's not rational, that's religious."

Apple are a quasi-cult. No matter how badly Apple stiffs the customer with shoddy build quality, poor customer treatment and extortionate prices the true-believer will always return no matter how much they are out of pocket.

With a base like that you could be the worst company in the world to do business with and yet still turn a hefty profit.

Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Me too!

I'll have what ever it is the government are smoking.

They are living in a fantasy land where £13Bn projects can be conjured out of thin air and along with the "magical thinking" over topics like the Irish border I seriously doubt that this bunch are capable of negotiating their way out of a wet paper bag.

If I had the chance I would take Old Bill's* advice and "Find a better 'ole to go to" as I can see the train crash starting to happen here in the UK.

* A popular cartoon figure from the Great War drawn by Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather.

State spy agencies 'outsource surveillance' to foreign partners – campaign group

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Re: BIt late...

This article has to be the biggest "statement of the bleedin' obvious" ever.

We have suspected for years that domestic laws preventing the surveillance of citizens could be by-passed and it appears that this is only too true.

The people drawn to the "intelligence community" seem to be devious manipulators with the attitude of "the end justifies the means", so of course they will collude and find ways to get around any attempts to rein them in.

The real scandal is in the failure of those people we elect to run our countries to hold these agencies to account and control their wilder inclinations. It make me wonder what's in it for the politicians or if, like J. Edgar Hoover, the spies have enough dirt to actually control their theoretical masters.

Apple unleashes FoundationDB as an open source project

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"...project contributors have to be treated with respect."

Why break the habits of a lifetime?

You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

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"Ignorance of the law is no excuse."

No, but not being gifted with telepathic powers that allow you to see what's in the documents before reading might be.

The people who are presumably breaking the law in this case are those who failed to redact sensitive information before publishing it. If I were one of those affected by this I would be taking aim at the bureaucrats not some teenager.

NHS Digital execs showed 'little regard' for patient ethics by signing data deal

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Re: Huh?

"MPs (the government) have voiced serious concerns about NHS Digital (a public organisation which is beholden to the Department for Health"

Not quite. Members of the government are members of Parliament, Commons or Lords but not all members of Parliament are members of the government. Otherwise you would have Jeremy Corbyn in government as well as May, Gove, Hunt etc.

It's really a case of the right hand and the left hand not agreeing with each other.

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It only makes sense.

"... only allows confidential data to be shared in the case of serious crime."

Yes, but in the mind of the current government any foreigner is potentially committing a serious crime simply by being in the country.

UK rocket-botherers rattle SABRE, snaffle big bucks

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Re: That's good, but...

@ Lars

It would appear as if someone not only got out of bed on the wrong side but also, like Worzel Gummige, forgot to put on their thinking head.

An ad hominem attack is no answer to the points I was trying to make. What you seem to have failed to grasp is that I was not claiming that Britain is solely responsible for all the great discoveries, inventions and developments in the world. The point of my post was that the UK is very good at coming up with clever new ideas but pitifully poor at turning them into a source of revenue.

As for the state of my children's minds that is irrelevant. They are long grown up and now responsible for the moulding of their own children's characters and minds.

You may gather from the above that I am annoyed at the tone of your reply, and you would be right. When I was at University I was trained to attack the other person's ideas not them. It seems as if this idea has somehow passed you by.

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