* Posts by fidodogbreath

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

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Voice command is cumbersome and inefficient

The reason people talk to The Computer in sci-fi movies and TV shows is that watching someone type is boring, and would require explanation for the audience to follow the story.

But somehow we have latched onto "talking to the computer" as the Coolest Thing Ever. Yeah, there are a handful of specific use cases for it; but as a general way of communicating with a machine, voice is slow, error-prone, and annoying to everyone around you.

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Re: Bah!

Indeed. I'd refuse to buy it if it could NOT play Mark Knopfler / Straits...

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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Preventing autoplay with HTML5 seems to be more tricky. Hopefully, we'll have good tools to prevent that aberration in a few years.

No lie.

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UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

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Re: Another report by ignorant people.

He slammed the report for failing to understand the basic difference between [...] availability and actual take-up

Well, it's government. Seems more likely that they're "pivoting" to a different question, in order to endorse a pre-ordained conclusion which was not supported by the data.

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systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

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Systemd is not (just) an init system. That was just the story that was told to get their foot in the door during a time of init-system transition.

Sounds like an NSA / GCHQ / Five Eyes operation.

Hmmmmm....

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Re: Alternate

Or just avoid Systemd.

I'm amazed that 10 hours elapsed before someone posted this.

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US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

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We've been doing this to our pets for close to two decades.

We also make our dog go out in the back yard to take a crap. He doesn't seem to mind, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea for me.

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China censors drop the soap operas, sitcoms

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Big Brother

Re: It's disgusting that regimes like this still exist in this modern world.

these remarkable achievements [...] would not not have been possible without the political stability bought at the cost of brutal suppression of the political and cultural dissent

Yes, it's awesome how Chinese citizens can enjoy riding on a smooth new road on their way to an indefinite prison term for unspecified crimes against the state. On-time trains are another great benefit.

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US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called

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Holmes

the intelligence community had told him that although an undetectable bomb could be made for laptops, a remote trigger could not

Um, someone with the skills to build an undetectable laptop bomb could probably gin up a similarly undetectable timer.

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Death to strap-ons, says Intel, yet thrusts its little AI stick into us all

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Kudos for the headline

Could this be the age of Peak Reg?

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Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

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You have a wide ranging opinion of what "recently" means

Fair point. Our recent change was more like abandoning the pretense; or, how we learned to stop worrying and love the corruption.

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The prime minister is paid a basic salary of £150k, and is expected to make the rest up in bribery, corruption, tax evasion, and privatisations that boost their own property portfolio.

We recently moved to that system in the US.

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Two-factor FAIL: Chap gets pwned after 'AT&T falls for hacker tricks'

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There will ALWAYS be a way to admin override the settings and reset them.

Suppose I use Authy or similar to generate TOTP codes and my phone is lost, stolen, or broken. I'm well and truly screwed. (Yes, I know about backup codes, but storing them securely so that they can be accessed from anywhere in an emergency without the 2FA device is problematic.)

So here's the conundrum of 2FA as it exists now:

* If there is no way to reclaim accounts without the 2nd factor, you're in a world of hurt if you lose access to the device.

* BUT -- if there is a way to talk customer service into doing a password reset, then it's not really 2FA because you don't need the 2nd factor to get control of the account. So what's the point?

It's fashionable so say that people should use 2FA for everything now. But doing so is not without risks, and those risks are rarely mentioned...until a story like this comes along and reminds us that the weakest link is always the wetware.

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Biometric data stolen from corporate lunch rooms system

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Corporate blackwhite has bad bellyfeel

The linked Avanti Markets Data Incident Notification is brimming with the usual corporate newspeak that means the exact opposite of what it purports to say.

"Avanti Markets deeply values the relationships we have with money of individuals who utilize kiosks supported by Avanti Markets."

"We treat all personal information in a confidential the cheapest possible manner and are proactive clearly incompetent in the careful handling of such information."

They're also setting up a hot line. Prediction: your call will be very important to them, and their menu options will have recently changed.

But don't worry about Avanti, though; they'll be fine. They're lawyered up ("We retained [...] outside legal counsel to assist"), and their TOS requires customers to use arbitration, which will pretend to listen to both sides and then rule in favor of the company. However, victims can look forward to some lame credit monitoring from the lowest bidder.

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Jaw-boned: Wearables biz Jawbone shuts down

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Overpromised, underdelivered, saturated

The closure may also be seen as a sign that the once-hot wearables market – as recently as 2015, fitness trackers and bands dominated the CES show floor – is now dying on its arse.

My guess is that it's market saturation: everyone who wants an inaccurate Bluetooth-enabled step counter already has one.

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Fast-spreading CopyCat Android malware nicks pennies via pop-up ads

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Re: I feel retarded

Perhaps you should ask Google that question. After all, they are responsible for the software especially any mods made to the Kernel that may (or may not have) contributed to this and other vunerabilities.

Android versions prior to Nougat also run older versions of the Linux kernel.

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Re: Google itself is the reason for sideloading

So there is deliberate malfesance on the part of Goolge involved that forces end users to do side loading and get their desired Apps.

I believe it's the app developer -- not Google -- who specifies the Android version and device compatibility for an app.

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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Social disease

the redesign imagines Skype as a youth-oriented social media app along the lines of Instagram or Snapchat, rather than a staid business communications tool

Right. Milennials can't fart without sharing it on Twitstagram, reviewing it on Yelp and Google, and tagging friends with the vapor cloud so FB can show them a movie about it next year. But apparently we still don't have quite enough social network integration...

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Re: Surprisingly Unlike Microsoft

@vir: I'd give you more upvotes if I could. But rules are rules, so the best I can do is a virtual beer...

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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The classic response to this is that surely the fact they have now denied it means that it's true or they wouldn't have bothered denying it.

And the lack of evidence is proof of the cover-up.

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Whoa, bad trip, man: Google workers' info exposed during travel-booking software hack

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Google employees' privacy violated?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It's the thought that counts: Illinois emits 'no location stalking' law

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Happy

Problem solved, then

On to the next crisis of modernity.

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Spies do spying, part 97: The CIA has a tool to track targets via Wi-Fi

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Re: Oh no!

Google and Microsoft don't have armed drones (yet).

Pretty sure Amazon does, though...

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Re: This is an old technique....

Android has had this for years. It's called "View WiFi connections" + "Full network access"

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Privacy, consent laws under 'unprecedented strain'. We need a data-watcher watcher

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We need a new political party that looks out for the people and not the corporations or government themselves

Corporations do not "donate" to campaigns out of altruism or love of democracy. It is an investment, and they expect ROI.

Money talks, and power listens. Don't have money? Here's some bread, and a free circus ticket. Now GTFO before I call security.

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Verizon!-owned! Yahoo! bins! AT&T! IDs! for! Tumblr! logins!

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My understanding is that it's the other way around; i.e., this change originated with AT&T, not Verizon.

AT&T used to outsource its customer email to Yahoo, meaning that you could log into Yahoo mail (and other purple properties) using an AT&T email address in place of a Yahoo ID.

AT&T began disentangling itself from Yahoo some time ago; however, the process gained new urgency when Yahoo got bought by AT&T's largest competitor, Verizon. Part of that is disconnecting their account system from Yahoo, since AT&T likely sees that as giving Verizon a potential back door into their customer list.

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Amazon pulls snouts from all-you-can-eat cloud storage buffet

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Re: Bah!

Or Jazz drives, for those with larger storage needs.

Now all we need is a computer with either a parallel port or a SCSI port...

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Priming the pump, feeding the beast

Based on the Amazon Drive and Prime Photos Terms of Use, it appears that the main reasons they offer unlimited photo storage are to (1) harvest EXIF data, and (2) gain loads of samples with which to train their facial- and image-recognition algorithms.

It's not clear what they do with this information. However, I think it's safe to assume that they do not spend jillions to collect it, store it, collate it against your purchases and web surfing across all devices, and store it for eternity purely to make your experience better.

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The open source community is nasty and that's just the docs

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Re: Have they surveyed other groups?

The nature of IT attracts sociopaths, always has.

No it fucking doesn't.

Is someone updating the witnessed / experienced numbers?

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Re: Have to agree.

Got serious abuse which descended into personal attacks on the main discussion board and very nasty PM's when I suggested improving the documentation on a MySQL function.

You were in the wrong chat room. That one was abuse. Arguments are in chat room 12A, next door.

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Partners tearing their hair out over Dell EMC invoice system borkage

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Three big lies

"Dell EMC takes these issues very seriously," he said.

The check is in the mail.

I'll respect you in the morning.

Your call is very important to us.

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Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

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Re: XFCE on Mint

+1 for Mint XFCE. Fast, unobtrusive, low RAM overhead for a GUI, and it runs great on anything from a Core 2 Duo on up. There are lighter distros, of course, but IMHO Mint XFCE hits the sweet spot for footprint, performance, and functionality.

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

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Re: Would you allow your website to serve ads that you would be held responsible for ?

All kinds of print media used to contain ads which were indeed "served" in the same printed pages the content was. Didn't seem to be a particular problem.

Right. But they couldn't blink, move, play sound and video, slow down my page turns, block my view of the article until I sign up for their newsletter, track me through my entire life like a cow with an ear tag, or infect my kitchen table with malware.

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Identity management outfit OneLogin sugar coats impact of attack

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Remediation

The blog says the company is "actively working to determine how best to prevent such an incident from occurring in the future and will update our customers as these improvements are implemented."

"OK, team, we've changed the database admin password to P@ssword1234. Twelve characters, upper and lower case, special character, and numerals. The password meter says it's super secure now. Don't worry about writing it down; on your way out you can pick up a pre-printed Post-it note for your monitor."

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Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

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Re: “Today was a great exercise in our whole team coming together to solve a singular problem.”

Unfortunately, yesterday was a great exercise in their whole team coming together to create a singular problem.

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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Re: If it got interrupted...

...then a BOFH and PFY will soon get (yet another) new Boss.

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Internet of snitches: anyone who can sniff 'Thing' traffic knows what you're doing

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Missed opportunity

The paper stops short of telling manufacturers to quit collecting data unnecessarily, which seems an obvious first step to The Register.

Right; because Internet companies would immediately stop surveilling users collecting usage data to improve the user experience, if only some random researcher would tell them to.

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Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been

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Re: Not so fast

Did I miss anything?

7. Disable WiFi.

Any app with "view available WiFi connections" and network access can geolocate you based on the SSIDs and signal strengths of nearby WiFi networks. This works even if location services are disabled. All they have to do is exfiltrate the SSID data and match it to database info on their end, instead of reading it from your device. A VPN will not protect you from this.

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Big Brother

Has anyone ever bought anything on the strength of a web advert?

Thanks to the miracle of AdGuard, I never even see them.

With that said -- Google can fsck off and die. I'm sick of the unblinking gaze of the panopticon. From now on, if they want my info they'll have to steal it (as described in this story).

I've gotten rid of most of our Android crap, and the rest will be gone soon. I'm in the process of disconnecting from almost all of their web services (including Gmail). I can't believe I was stupid enough to give them so much data for so long.

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After stiffing us with Trump, Weiner 'fesses to underage cock shot rot

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Re: He forgot something important.

He didn't mention anything about God or Jesus helping him to get through this.

God, perhaps. Probably not Jesus, though, since Weiner is Jewish.

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I came to grips [...] I hit bottom.

So, business as usual, then.

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Re: Hipsters

You're only a true hipster if you've carved the LP out of wood from a tree you felled and lovingly butchered yourself

You can actually hear the higher authenticity of hand-carved, artisanal audio, but only when it's played through sustainably-grown, fair-trade bamboo speakers.

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40,000-plus AT&T staff threaten to strike Friday

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some of whom average from $115,000 to $148,000 in total compensation

So, now we know that the highest-paid union employee at AT&T makes $148K and the second-highest-paid makes $115K (including benefits).

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Proposed PATCH Act forces US snoops to quit hoarding code exploits

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Oversight

They should create a secret Patch Court, where only the NSA is allowed to present arguments and approval is granted 99.9% of the time. Then the rule of law will truly be upheld.

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Cryptocurrency miner found armed with same exploits as WannaCrypt

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I know if I went down to our datacentre right now and saw someone with shades, a hoodie pulled over his head and that expression on his face [...] I'd call security!

A real spy would try to blend in: pasty fluorescent-light complexion; ill-fitting, clay-colored pleated chinos with last year's model Samsung phone on a belt clip (rooted, of course); un-ironed white shirt with bits of Cheeto dust on the cuffs; and a desultory tie from the sale rack (but only if required by the dress code).

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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Hmmm

United's PR boss must be praying for death at this point

Uber's former PR flack is looking for work. Given her extensive recent experience with conflagrant trash receptacles, United Airlines PR would be a perfect fit for her.

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US spymasters trash Kaspersky: AV tools can't be trusted, we've stuck a probe in them

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Re: Wow, that's pretending at its finest..

I met Eugene Kaspersky for a private conversation in Paris and I personally cannot picture him as a government stooge

I have no idea whether these Kaspersky allegations are true; but as a general rule, spies don't act like spies. That's kind of their thing.

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Re: Better them than US (see what i did there)

I would rather have my info flowing to Russia than the US.

Great news! Now you can have both.

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T-Mobile USA sued by parents after their baby dies amid 911 meltdown

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Re: Dunno about Texas

In CA, it's because the city / county / state gov't is spending so much on lavish law enforcement retirement benefits that they can't afford people to answer the phone or respond to calls.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Re: I wonder...

If this Ban is less about Passenger Safety, and more about containing those with Camera Phones

That would be a much more likely scenario if it applied to phones...

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