* Posts by James 139

142 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010


Clock blocker: Woman sues bosses over fingerprint clock-in tech

James 139

Exactly. Identification not Authentication.

Just like at an ATM, the card is the identity, the PIN the authentication.

Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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"Can't do because..." is a generic cop out for "We wanted to use our reason, but it made us sound foolish or stupid"

Logically, those using it can present evidence as to why it is a H&S, EU or DP requirement, but I'd bet none of them ever can.

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

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Re: pretty much every single alpha/beta test

"What sells windows (apart from being pre-installed) is ability to run stuff even from 16 bit windows."

Good luck with that. Almost all PCs sold these days run the 64-bit version of Windows, which, natively. completely lacks 16-bit support.

That just leaves businesses making a choice between very legacy software and running modern, more memory hungry, applications within a limited address space.

'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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"Not only did every political party send me crap as soon as I was on the electoral register (despite opting out of the public version)"

That will be because they are part of a group that has access to the Full register, most political "entities" have access on request. It's quite a long list too.

The "public" or Open register is the cut down version sold to companies.

Man who gave interviews about his crimes asks court to delete Google results

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Re: So if I fall prey to NT2 ...

But how can you tell you've been discriminated against if someone decides to not use your services without you knowing?

You go searching for, lets say for arguments sake, an accountant.

You check them out on Google, so you get some idea if they are any good.

You find an old report about how they were accused, and may or may not have been convicted, of defrauding customers a long while ago.

Do you still use them? or do you pass them over without ever having spoken to them?

Oculus Rift whiffed, VR fanbois miffed

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Re: Enforced updates?


A properly signed binary will maintain certificate validity except where the certificate, or others in the chain, are explicitly revoked.

As GDPR draws close, ICANN suggests 12 conflicting ways to cure domain privacy pains

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Their policy statement lets you know, up front, what they want to do with your data. My brief searching about it suggests this is valid, and therefore IS a privacy policy.

They appear to be offering you two choices when it comes to data permissions, either accept it, or refuse it and don't use the card, their services or anything else they may be offering that requires your data.

By granting them permission, you know what you are granting them permission to do, it is their choice to be basically giving a binary choice. Hopefully other companies will offer a more granular approach, the old "allow us" and "give to 3rd parties" choices.

In theory, however, you should be able to write to them and explicitly revoke the use of your data with 3rd parties or even other businesses within their own group, except where they are legally required to do so.

UK PM Theresa May orders review of online abuse laws in suffrage centenary speech

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Re: It would appear...

Either way, it will be forbidden under the overly draconian and knee jerk changes that get made to appease the thin skinned.

It is quite definitely one thing to be rude or even offensive towards something someone has done or said, but quite another to make death threats or harass someone just for who they are.

This is why old Windows Phones won't run PC apps

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Re: It would appear...

And Microsoft dont, and wont, care about old legacy apps that fail to run.

You cant run ancient 16bit or DOS software on x64 Windows for example, and most of Microsofts more recent shifts have been towards UWP which means 1 program for x64, x86 and ARM without changes to the source.

UK ISPs may be handed cock-blocking powers

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Re: you just wait

I'm sure that Westminsters chief advisers on morality, Mumsnet, just slipped a note through No !0s door and policy was decided.

Mumsnet, if it was run by men would already have been proscribed.

Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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Re: Of dubious jurisdiction

Can we not just lump them all together and classify them as "Technologically inept twits that people keep electing" ?

Microsoft silently kills dev backdoor that boots Linux on locked-down Windows RT slabs

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Oh wait, I'm not upset.

To be upset, I'd have to actually charge my RT tablet, and want to run something else on it.

I don't see it as a big loss. Far better things to run Linux on than an old RT tablet.

Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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I am fully aware of that.

Hence the cheeky smile at the end, which I assume you misunderstood entirely.

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Heck, were doomed! A smart American...truly a sign of the apocalypse ;)

Yesterday: Openreach boss quits. Today: BT network goes TITSUP

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Depends how you count the "days".

15 hours is almost 2 "man days" based on an 8 hour day and 1 person.

Maybe with 1 trained person and 1 trainee that might make it 3 "man days" in 15 hours.

Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

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Re: Let me count the ways...

Exactly. In all senses too.

It's neither private, nor instantaneous, nor should anyone expect an immediate response.

The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

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Re: A question

Probably a combination of things, such as seeing the price people were willing to pay for a Cray.

As for democratisation, dont confuse available to all with achievable by all.

Infosec lady flings sueball at Microsoft over 'gender discrimination'

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Because its not at all even slightly discriminatory to act in favour of a minority.

Now, if only "positive discrimination" didn't have the word "discrimination" in it.

It also makes me wonder what the workforce make up is, both in the company as a whole and in each unit.

If the Trustworthy Computing unit had 10% women, I'd expect more men to get pay rises and promotions, simply by numeric break down. If it was 50%, then I'd expect it to be equal.

Shadow minister for Fun calls for Openreach separation

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Re: Question

*raises hand*

I'm connected to a rural exchange, one with farmers near by, and get 76Mbps as OR upgraded *ONE* of several cabinets to fibre.

No idea if any actual farmers can get that, theyre probably all on the end of very long lines or on the other cabinets.

But ... but iOS 9 could BLOCK my Ad-Block, dev squeals

James 139

Re: "either the best possible landscape for Safari extensions, or the worst"

There are only 10 possible outcomes.

REVEALED: TEN MEEELLION pinched passwords and usernames

James 139

Re: OMG quick!

I pretty certain, at least last time i checked, that horse, staple and battery were all in the dictionary.

James 139

OMG quick!

Someone ban dictionaries, the damned things are full of passwords!!

Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: Nice catch 22

I liked the bit where Facebook said they are "not in a position to resolve a dispute", they know most people cant, or wont, bother getting legal on them, so its a clever fob off.

Perhaps Facebook are under the impression that as part of any take down, the claimant also tells the other party that they have made the request.

Lords take revenge on revenge porn publishers

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Re: Swings & roundabouts

And, of course, theres bound to be plenty of reverse-revenge too.

You break up, your ex posts pictures of themselves, from an account pretending to be you, because theyre an insane psycho/bunny-boiler.

Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

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Oooh excellent idea!

I'll get right on it!

UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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Re: £58m lost revenues

The £58million has been derived by the usual method, "out the arse".

Probably some non-accounting, non-financial exec at that.

Sometimes, very very rarely, and only because its at some ludicrously low price, will I buy a digital copy of an album I already own on CD.

That said, I do like Amazons approach, if you buy the CD, you get a digital copy to play/download automatically. Even Apples iTunes Match is going some way towards common sense.

Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list

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Re: Get a proofreader.

The BBC news website is often just as bad.

Incorrect words, inaccurate numbers and even duplicate words.

They also appear to have mislaid their thesaurus, as every event they report on apparently "triggers" something else.

Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows 3.1's blue screen text

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Re: Give rhe devil his due .,,

The best one I ever saw was

"Error : No Error"

Although personally, I'm fairly sure most errors should read "Error: Something you can do nothing to fix has happened, just go google the following '0x80001234' and then do something else".

Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Re: Not so sure KickStarter is any better nowadays

Embrace+ by any chance?


Rubbish WPS config sees WiFi router keys popped in seconds

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Same here. Current router has been reconfigured to use the WPS button as a WiFi on/off button instead.

It becomes very annoying when something requires UPnP to work, I'm sure its useful for the average low grade consumer, but I know what im doing dammit!

UPnP would be much better if you could control what was allowed to use it and/or when it was active, I really dont want random bits of software opening up my firewall without me knowing.

Facebook needs to defend Austrian privacy violation case

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As with most things legal -

"Ignorance is bliss, but not a legal defence"

Its not like you cant read the T&C, and I'm sure Facebook and others do notify people if there is a change, the media/tech websites certainly do if they dont.

Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

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Re: Law of non-reciprocity

No, wasnt SoFA, thats an agreement between nations.

It was the ASPA, the American Service Members Protection Act, brought in to protect US troops from the International Criminal Court.

It even allows the President to use force to free US troops being held by the ICC, regardless of guilt.

James 139

Re: Law of non-reciprocity

Indeed, the US is very much against anything happening to them, whilst at the same time doing exactly the same thing to everyone else.

And if the US law isnt up to it already, they will rush in something that shields them.

The "our troops can do no wrong" law, i forget the actual Act name, is a good example of this.

Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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Obviously its e in both cases, as "terrorism" is the bestest thing since sliced bread as everyone can be arrested for it without warning or proof or legal basis.

That is, until it gets into the media, the police get embarrassed and have to admit they were wrong and issue a full apology to Jonny, where in next time he does the same thing they dare not do anything incase they either end up in the media again or in the ECHR accused of infringing his "human rights".

Devs angrily dismiss Absolute Computrace rootkit accusation

James 139

Insidious menace

Damned thing is a pain in the ass.

My Dell came with it, just the BIOS part, and even though I've disabled it in the BIOS, it still keeps installing its evil sneaky service and drivers.

I say evil and sneaky because it tries to disguise itself as part of Windows, using a service name similar to the RPC service.

UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Re: Well

Its worse than that though.

The people with common sense and technical knowledge DO speak out, regularly, just the Government doesnt listen because the hysterical screaming nutters from the "think of the children" brigade just start shouting and screaming louder even though they are in a minority.

Google in Dutch: Privacy changes BREAK data law, says Netherlands

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Re: You might not use their services

Cookie and site blocking plugins can go some way to making your life less googley, google analytics is on my NoScript never allow list for example.

But every so often, some new google site pops up, or you use gmail and forget to sign out.

Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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Lowest common denominator

"We don't think for ourselves, maybe they don't trust us to think for ourselves as human beings, I don't know."

Probably right, but they're not paid to think, they're paid to be fast and efficient rather than waste time thinking and as some employees probably can't do both at once, all have to be treated equal.

If the warehouses were smaller, it would be automated, people are still sometimes cheaper.

Private UK torrent site closes, citing 'hostile climate'

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Re: Unfortunate

"Just don't sit on it. If you are unwilling to continue providing it to the public, through whatever means you want, then it should become public property."

Which is exactly how patents should work too.

You should patent something to give you a head start on producing the item, as a means to recoup R&D costs, or licence it to someone else thats willing to make it, not sit on it so no one else can make something vaguely similar.

Its interesting though, that from the other perspective, ie when the public has something they dont use, we get told "use it or lose it".

Bigger frames make Wi-Fi a power miser: boffins

James 139

Re: say wot ?

Depends how you look at it, technically its an Internet of Packets, but packets are made of bytes and ultimately bits.

Kids LIE about age on Facebook, gasps Brit ad watchdog

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Re: Go ahead please... block social networks by default as well.

Again, thats the problem, almost the entire majority of the country do not go looking for things like that, and as such do not require a block to not look at something theyre not looking for.

It has nothing to do with thinking anything that is illegal should be legal, claiming its all about child material is the weakest and most feeble argument thrown about by screaming hystericals.

Driving over the speed limit is illegal, taking illegal drugs is illegal, but neither of those require someone appointed by the government to spend all day with me checking i dont do either of those things.

Either way, implementing filters only makes people complacent, when really education and taking responsibility for your or your childrens activities would be far better as those determined to access illegal things will always do so whilst the rest of us suffer snooping on our non-porn, non-illegal web usage.

James 139

Re: Go ahead please... block social networks by default as well.

Its not the right to access streaming such content that should be at issue, its the right to personal freedom, freedom to make choices for yourself and also the freedom to accept responsibility for the choices you made.

Just because something is available, doesnt mean it becomes mandatory to watch it, doesnt also mean others should make the choices for you, if they did, id start demanding they stop showing religious programs on TV.

Hooker in Dudley man's car 'just helping to buy tomatoes'

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Re: Good Pricing!

*shrug* I confess, I watch TV and sometimes the dramas/soaps have such story lines, assuming Hollyoaks qualifies as either of those two.

James 139

Re: Good Pricing!

Thats what im wondering too, 20 quid sounds very cheap based on how its portrayed on TV.

Of course, its entirely possible she wanted more and he was 20 short.

Admen's suggested tweaks to Do Not Track filed straight into the bin

James 139

Re: DNT is a mirage

Excellent plan, that alone should destroy Facebooks entire business model.

Man sues Apple for allowing him to become addicted to porn

James 139

Re: Chancer

Depends, if it was an iOS device, maybe it corrected or predicted his typing based on previous use of the F word.

Google 'disappoints' US congressman over Glass privacy controls

James 139

Re: Go tell a policeman

Depends where youre located.

If its a public place, plod has no powers to stop you nor do they have the right to see or delete the images, unless youre taking pictures of certain things of a "national security" nature.

That said, its still good practice to at least listen to the officer before making sure youre on public land and continuing.

NYC attorney seeks mobe-makers' help to curb muggings

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Re: Block by IMEI

I think some of the reluctance to block by IMEI is that a savvy criminal will have the IMEI changed, and blocking it will be pointless, not to mention each network would have to block it, not just the one it was originally on.

Quite why IMEI numbers can be changed is a mystery in itself, and worse still, theyre not necessarily globally unique, although with more people roaming, I'd imagine the newer handsets were.

T-Mobile UK punters break for freedom in inflation-busting bill row

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Re: It appears they are trying to lie their way out of it...

I think thats the key point, consumers assume its a fixed-price contract, but the operators sell you a fixed-term contract.

A quick glance at T-Mobiles T&C for the 24month plan starts with a sentence about you "promise to stay with t-mobile for 24 months", not a mention of the price being fixed at all, but I do wonder just what they say to people in stores.

Of course, hopefully some investigation and kickings by Ofcom (yea right lol) will eventually force them to be fixed-price like consumers assume.

Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow

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good to see that once again people misunderstand the Raspberry Pi.

Its an "cheap educational device" for learning and experimenting with, not a home micro desktop PC.

If it doesnt offer the power and speed you desire, youre not using it right, simple as.


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