* Posts by Keef

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Three quarters of US Facebook users unaware their online behavior gets tracked

Keef
Headmaster

'It's time we have in internet test to see if people are smart enough to be allowed online like the old idea of people should have to take a test to see if they are smart enough to reproduce because there would be a hell of a lot less children in this world if an IQ test passing grade was manditory for parenthood and it in exchange would raise the worlds IQ average since only people that possess a minimum of the intelligence genes would be having babies though we'd let them all have sex but babies would be off limits.'

That's a very long sentence.

Should we have a test to see if people can use punctuation properly before being allowed to post on internet forums?

Should we introduce an arbitrary rule banning people who can't spell mandatory from some activity or other while we're at it?

Perhaps another test for people who can't differentiate between a plural and a possessive, see 'raise the worlds IQ average'.

I'm sure there's some punctuation problems in my post, it's just the nature of things when you're having a dig at someone.

Google to yoink apps with an unauthorized Call Log or SMS habit from Android Play Store

Keef

Re: 99.9% of all apps

Do you have any sources to back up your 99.9% claim?

Hey, don't bother looking, because your 1000% comment shows you don't understand percentages.

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

Keef

Re: a few misspelled words here and there are one thing

'to not see'

Isn't that a split infinitive?

US Homeland Security installs AI cameras at the White House, Google tries to make translation less sexist

Keef

Should I laugh or cry...

'negative matches will be deleted automatically.'

'DHS said it would be transparent about its process'

I think I'll do both because they will do neither.

Balance and all that...

OM5G... Qualcomm teases next Snapdragon chip for phones: The 855 with a fingerprint Sonic Screwdriver, er, Sensor

Keef

Broadcasters are already doing this.

As an example:

https://www.liveu.tv/lu600

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

Keef

The world turned colour much earlier...

Sometime in the 1930's

http://calvin-and-hobbes-comic-strips.blogspot.com/2011/11/calvin-asks-dad-about-old-black-and.html

Gartner to wearables biz: Through failure comes success!

Keef

Oh come on, stop it.

Whatever Gartner are paying you to run their stories you should shun the income and drop the crap they are peddling.

Your readers rightly disregard Gartner stories as crap.

If you continue to take the money knowing you are peddling bullshit you are no better than the scumbag advertising model.

Please do better El Reg, and start by never reporting any Gartner stories.

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork

Keef

Paint.

They'd better not break that!

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

Keef

Nice word

'winnowed'

I like that and will use it.

However, I find the easiest method of dealing with statements from the current racist, idiot bully incumbent POTUS is not to trust anything written or said. Fact check from several sources, occasionally he does get something right, I'm really not sure how though.

Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?

Keef

It just proves...

Most elected officials/politicians are just in in for themselves and are mostly stupid.

Most business people are just in it for themselves and are a bit less stupid than people who got elected to a position.

I use the word 'most' in both cases because there are exceptions, not all that many though.

Eye eye! AI could stop blindness, Facebook's after math, and how to get started in the ML biz

Keef
Coat

Re: Test

As your internet is up you can now start making plans for Nigel.

Facebook, Google sued for 'secretly' slurping people's whereabouts – while Feds lap it up

Keef

All sneaky stuff.

But I doubt much will change anytime soon and I also doubt most people are aware of this problem or the action being taken. Despite my efforts to educate most people still don't read El Reg.

But sadly even if this does get to court and change is effected I think the only way not to have your phone track you will be to leave it at home and switched off in a Faraday cage.

It would be nice if companies were open and honest, but let's face it that is not going to happen.

I hope some transparency for users does come out of this though.

EU aren't kidding: Sky watchdog breathes life into mad air taxi ideas

Keef

I agree Peter2:

'most roofs are designed to keep the rain out, not to support the unexpected impact of a ton worth of weight moving at a speed of ~50mph'

However, I'll just leave this here...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hometruths/dakotaonroof.shtml

Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

Keef

Re: And all we can do...

'Going in to the Referendum it was made very, VERY clear that it was a one-time vote with a binding result.'

Absolutely and completely wrong. It was a non-binding referendum.

I don't like using caps but I guess most commentards will get the emphasis without me shouting.

300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

Keef

Re: Not to mention (still) upcoming Brexit

'I hope you all have boats'

Sorry, no boats allowed under Brexit.

Can't have the unwashed foreigners landing on our shores.

Can't have our clearly superior in every way nationals leaving.

Yay Brexit!

US and UK Amazon workers get a wage hike – maybe they'll go to the movies, by themselves

Keef

Re: The Calm before the storm perhaps?

It was a while ago but I had to go down to UPS near LHR to collect a delivery as tax was due.

They offered me the option of paying cash or card.

I chose card.

They told me the card machine was broken so I'd have to pay cash.

I really hate UPS, it seems others do too.

https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/ups-uk.com

They might be OK in the US, I have no idea, but the USPS do seem to come in for a bit of stick so they might still be crap but better than the alternative, Just guessing on that.

But in my area they are useless and I don't order from companies that use UPS for delivery and I always contact them know why they've lost my custom.

Keef

Re: The Calm before the storm perhaps?

I agree,

My latest waste of money was a '24 hour' watch:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GBSF8MS/ref=pe_3187911_189395841_TE_dp_1

Not readily/reliably available outside of Amazon.

Keef

I honestly don't know...

How anyone could live in the south east of the UK, let alone London on £10.50/hour.

People seem to manage it but it really can't be easy.

But once we have Brexit will all the UK nationals currently sitting in McDonad's talking shit about foreigners taking 'their' jobs will be flocking to fill those low paid jobs recently vacated by hard working, reasonably satisfied (?) immigrants who have a good work ethic and have paid taxes which more than cover the 'drain on society' the fucktard burger eating lazy shits in Maccy D's talk about.

I might t have gone off on a bit of a rant there at the end, and maybe at the beginning and middle too.

If some grammar pedants want to have a go at me for a lack of punctuation feel free, I'll take it on the chin.

Screwed SAP salesman scores $660,000 jury award

Keef

'Second, to be a great lawyer you really need to have absolutely no intelligence, moral compass or social conscience. The only thing that matters is how strong an argument you can make'

Almost right there FozzyBear, you need intelligence to be a lawyer. There are exams to pass and there is a lot of competition.

Intelligence - Yes

Moral Compass - No

Social Conscience - No

Making a strong argument (story telling) - Yes

Having had the misfortune to be in the dock and on the Jury I can't emphasise the STORY TELLING (sorry for going all bombastic bob there on y'all) enough.

That's how they make their money, they create narratives.

I've also had the misfortune to have to speak in coroner's court which although upsetting was a non-adversarial setting which to me seemed much better designed to getting at the truth.

Adversarial courts are about the best storytellers/liars/lawyers, not the truth IMHO.

Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

Keef

Re: A challenge for The Register

Upvoted.

I don't see those share buttons thanks to uBlock Origin but this also has the detrimental effect of denying El Reg ad revenue.

I'd happily pay to read if you'd let me El Reg.

You could leave an ad supported non subscribed option to keep the scummy ad revenue.

One Project to rule them all: Microsoft plots end to Project Online while nervous Server looks on

Keef

our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

By forcing change on you, moving things you understand and are used to to distant corners of the universe and removing features you like and find useful.

I guess that in some way is achieving more by making people work harder for no good reason.

OK, full disclosure, I've never used Project Online or Project Server, but I felt like sticking the boot in :-)

Buried in the hype, one little detail: Amazon's Alexa-on-a-chip could steal smart home market

Keef

"register their interest"

I wish there was a way to register my disinterest, other than not buying any of this crap of course.

Sometimes I'm glad I'm old. Not always, there were some advantages to having a properly functioning body.

I know da yoof (proper Dad speak as I understand it) are entitled to enjoy and make use of things my generation don't 'get' (I did when I were a lad, sorry dad), but all this IoT stuff is mostly bunkum and insecure to boot.

Maybe one day it will be okay, but given the mission creep by companies wanting ever more detail about my life I doubt it.

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

Keef

I must admit I was getting a tad weary of the 'Cupertino idiot-tax' line a while back.

But given recent product releases and associated pricing I say:

Keep it the f*uck up, Kieren.

The phrase seems more relevant now than ever.

And judge Lucy Koh seems to be handling a lot of major cases quite sensibly from what I read on El Reg.

When is a patch not a patch? When it's for this McAfee password bug

Keef

From the linked blog...

'Until recently, True Key was bundled with Adobe Flash and required users to opt-out during installation.'

A plague o' both your houses!

‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow

Keef

Re: "Working to track down the culprit"

And there was me thinking It was Jeremy Corbyn or one of his predecessors or cronies.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45030552

Error Canada: Airline tells customers to reset mobile app after attack

Keef

Minimising the problem?

'There are approximately 1.7 million Air Canada mobile App user profiles, and our investigation has determined that approximately one per cent or 20,000 profiles may potentially have been improperly accessed. We are contacting potentially affected customers directly.'

If I was one of the ~1% I don't think I'd take comfort in that statement given the details leaked.

I'm not one of the ~1% and I'm still angry about it,

OK, I'm always angry, but there was a bit of an upward blip in my anger reading that shit that tries to make out it isn't really much of a problem. It really could be for someone.

Campaigners call for immigration exemption in UK's Data Protection Act to be scrapped

Keef

Re: What will actually happen ...

Whilst your rebuttal of ACs comment may be technically correct - the best kind of correct (TM Number 1.0 (Futurama)) Dr. S. I still like the sentiment behind ACs comment.

Can I upvote two seemingly contradicting posts?

Turns out I can :-)

Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug

Keef

Re: And as always

Fair cop, I didn't process the article fully before spouting off in the comments section.

Downvotes gracefully accepted.

Keef

And as always

Absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence.

Not that I've ever used Superdrug, but now I know this I will never give them my custom.

I don't care if it was a third party that leaked, the data was entrusted to them.

I hope GDPR can have some impact on their business.

Now that's a fortune cookie! Facebook splats $5k command-injection bug in one of its servers

Keef

'Say what you will about Facebook'

Since you asked, I will.

Let's not use it.

Cheers,

Keef.

OMG! Battle looms over WTF! trademarks

Keef

Re: WMUWIO

Sorry to tell you this ATC.

But it will never be over. Never I tell you!

As long as we have the pincers of evil (marketing and lawyers) we are all doomed to suffer this game being played out again and again.

The reason I'm sorry to tell you this?

You have just agreed to sleep until the heat death of the universe, just think of the life you could have led were you awake.

Oh, hang on, can I join you in blissful, ignorant slumber? No touching I promise, but at least I'll not have to listen to Brexiteers telling me how good things are going to be once the UK has fucked itself.

The last bit is personal opnion and I'm willing to admit I might be wrong. The other stuff, I think I've got that right.

Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

Keef

Re: This just underscores that patents are crap

I sort of agree, but US patent law is the major problem, not patent law in general.

London fuzz to get 600 more mobile fingerprint scanners

Keef

Not stored?

'the fingerprints are not stored and are automatically deleted from scanners once they have been checked against the databases and the officer has logged off the device'

If they are not stored why would they need to be deleted once the officer has logged off the device?

Shirley if they are not stored no deletion would be needed. I call bullshit.

As they clearly are being stored on the device there is no mention of what happens to that data *before* the officer logs off. Download to a server, then delete from device once logged off?

I just don't trust them.

Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

Keef

Re: Shivaun Albright

Why would her nationality or parentage matter to you? Or to anyone else on an internet chat for that matter.

I can understand a medical professional wanting to know, if there was a serious illness involved that would necessitate paging Dr. House, but otherwise I'm bemused by your statement.

Just curious as to why you think it is relevant, please let us all know.

Keef

Not a printer I know...

"HP is committed to engineering the most secure printers in the world."

But I once had a HP scanner, something along the lines of a HP Scanjet 4370 Photo Scanner.

I can't remember the exact model number but a google search for that model looks similar to the one I had.

I bought it when XP was near end of life and as an early adopter of Win 7 I found the drivers (or any of their 'feature' software no longer worked under the new operating system.

It is a long time ago I know, but their website clearly stated there would be no updates and Win 7 was not supported for the rather expensive scanner I had recently bought.

I worked around it by using the TWAIN interface in IrfanView, which I have donated to.

I'm still an IrfanView user, I am no longer a HP user/purchaser.

I'll have two pints of Blockchain Brew and a half of Cloudy Bollocks

Keef

Maybe El Reg readers, maybe not.

'CAMRA’s servers buckled under the load of Register readers seeking tickets'

As a CAMRA member I was offered a discount nowhere near the amount El Reg had negotiated.

I shared the article (not just the code) with a few friends who are CAMRA members but probably not El Reg readers. Maybe they shared further amongst their circle of friends and so on.

Whilst I appreciate El Reg's discount (which I personally couldn't take advantage of as I'd already bought my ticket) it might be better PR for CAMRA to offer paying members a better discount than you can get from reading an online tech rag?

No disrespect to El Reg or CAMRA, just my thoughts.

The End for Fin7: Feds cuff suspected super-crooks after $$$m stolen from 15m+ credit cards

Keef

Re: The USA ...

I like the LD50 and postal research you've done.

I haven't checked it but I'll trust most El Reg commentards.

I do however think that only foolproof way to avoid extradition for international poisoning is to have the privilege of being Mr. Putin.

Maybe I should have gone AC for this one?

2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

Keef

'Hopefully without recourse to a progress bar of randomness'

https://xkcd.com/612/

Brit comms providers told: You must tell people when their cheap contract's about to end

Keef

Re: What about new builds?

I'm not sure about complaining at such a high level with Citizens Advice.

It might work but I have no access to the organisation as I live in the London borough of Ealing and they have no presence here.

All the neighbouring boroughs Citizens Advice have phrases like this:

'Citizens Advice can only help people who live in the London Borough of Hillingdon.'

'Citizens Advice Harrow can only help people who live in the London Borough of Harrow.'

'We can only provide a service to RESIDENTS of the London Borough of Hounslow.'

I like the caps in the Hounslow one, like you need to be shouted at when you are failing to find the help you might need.

So Citizens Advice as an organisation seems to be unavailable to me.

That's not say they are at fault for not providing a service in Ealing and I'm not criticising Citizens Advice, Ealing seem to have their own advice centre.

But contacting Ealing Council is usually an exercise in futility.

They've done pretty much everything in their power to make themselves unavailable.

No phone contact for most services, emails never replied to, you get the idea,

When I did recently report a fly tipped fridge using their phone app I started getting spam emails from them. The unsubscribe link in the emails did not resolve so I couldn't use that.

I emailed complaining about the spam but as usual I got not reply, the spam does seem to have stopped though.

I believe a rant like this should be closed with the line:

Now get off my lawn.

UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

Keef

Re: Yup.

'well, I'm of the position that people should be able to say whatever they want, as long as its not blatantly libelous and/or slanderous'

Maybe look up the difference between libel and slander bb, It is impossible to say anything libellous.

As an aside, given your propensity for CAPS shouldn't you at least be Bombastic Bob?

I know appropriate capitalisation might not be your thing, and changing your name would lose you all those downvotes you must be so proud of.

UK English spelling is libellous, not libelous, so excuse the different spelling between the quote and my contribution

BT boosted by punters and sport – as it preps to squeeze subs harder

Keef

I bought BT Sport (shame on me I know)

I wanted to watch The Ashes around Christmas/New Year and for me it was only legally available on BT Sport.

So I bit the bullet and paid for a year's subscription.

Big mistake.

When I had problems (there were many) and tried to contact them I nearly always got through to an Indian call centre where I couldn't make myself understood, nor could I understand them most of the time..

When I finally got through to a UK call centre I was given a very useful piece of advice.

Call the phone number on your bill not the one on the website. Calling the number on the bill does in my experience get you through to a UK call centre.

So if you are still with BT that might be useful advice for you.

Luckily for me when they hiked the prices that gave me a get out on my contract which I jumped at.

When I cancelled they asked me if the increase in price was the reason for me wandering off in to the distance. The only enjoyable part of the whole BT 'experience' was telling them no, I'm leaving because your customer service is terrible. I can easily afford to pay I just won't pay for a bad service.

Ah, that feels better.

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

Keef

Re: Not Ads, but chuggers

Problem not solved if you work night shifts and the knock at the door wakes you up.

Putting a notice om your door asking people not to disturb you doesn't work.

They always think their cause is more important than your sleep.

I no longer give to any charities unless I'm at a funeral where the family have requested a donation to a particular charity that means something to them. I think that's an appropriate exclusion to my rule,

Ecuador's Prez talking to UK about Assange's six-year London Embassy stay – reports

Keef

Re: Preferred Option

I like your narrative Dear AC.

Should it come to pass it would be interesting to see if Auntie (AKA the BBC) would be interested in partaking of 'live televised raids of all celebs' given the recent court rulings on their coverage of the police action on Sir Cliff's residence.

I'll have that Benny Hill tune in my head for a while now, thanks for that.

Prof claims Lyft did a hit-and-run on his ride-sharing tech patent

Keef

I think that was probably in the hack's (sorry if that's pejorative Shaun) mind when writing the article.

I thought it was implied, I read it that way without it actually being written.

Of course, I could be wrong, as usual :-)

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

Keef

Not an ale name but a bit of a story about booking a ticket for the GBBF.

When I booked my tickets the following questions were a mandatory condition of purchase.

Where did you hear about the festival?

How often do you go to the pub?

How often do you drink real ale?

I complained to CAMRA as I thought this might be in breach of GDPR and did get a quick response saying the conditions on questions had been removed. I checked and they had been.

I also commented on the 'I agree to the above waiver' options as I thought that might not be clear to many people but was told that couldn't be changed as the wording was set by eventbrite and CAMRA had no way to change it.

Well done El Reg on such a big discount for readers, as someone who has paid to been a CAMRA member for over 35 years (with the odd year break now and then before I paid by direct debit) I got nowhere near that discount! Bit miffed about that if I'm honest.

Cheers!

Airbus UK infosec gros fromage: Yep, we work with arch-rivals Boeing

Keef

Re: Farnborough International Airshow in Surrey

Upvoted.

Maybe that's El reg doing some sort of security through obscurity?.

Can't believe I missed that one but I have just finished a night shift.

Good to see you didn't use the mailto: to correct the error :-)

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

Keef

To follow shortly...

A new SyFy movie.

Now if only there was some way to attach lasers to flying spiders?

That could be the sequel.

Good research though. Like so many things you read there is the 'why hadn't anyone thought of that before' thing.

Because it's not obvious I know, but I still sometimes react with 'I could have thought of that'. I just never have and probably never will.

But I've had 2 ideas for terrible SyFy channel movies, does that count?

Sadly I already know the answer.

US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

Keef

This could be solved by...

Everybody not using social media.

A dream I know but I'm fed up of twitter/FB et al being used as contact points by companies.

If that's the only way for me to interact with them then I won't, and they won't get my custom.

BTW the The Liberty County Vindicator website tells me this when I visit from my ISP in the UK

'We recognise you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) including the EU which enforces the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore cannot grant you access at this time.'

But again this easily bypassed. and having done so I wish hadn't, it is a dreadful mess of a website.

High Tech Concern: Struggling HTC to slash a quarter of workforce

Keef

Another post to be deleted by a mod...

'All the job cuts will be at its plant in Taiwan, where 1,500 people – roughly 22 of the total workforce'

Missing % sign somewhere or are they getting rid of 22 really hard working people?

And, yes, I know about the 'Tips and corrections' link but it's a mailto: and I don't have an email client installed so it doesn't work.'

Why not make the Tips and corrections open a box I can post my tip and/or correction to. Not that hard and it would stop me posting corrections like this that will no doubt be deleted by a moderator.

Just sayin'

Cheers,

Keef.

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