* Posts by jaduncan

153 posts • joined 10 Feb 2010

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Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

jaduncan

Without putting through the order it's impossible to know if the backend checks; without that he'd merely have demonstrated that Chrome does indeed allow one to edit delivered website code.

I question your understanding of the bug.

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

jaduncan

Is the Daily Mail website closed for the day?

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UK gov draws driverless car test zone around M40 corridor

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Re: "that buyers of driverless cars"

Want to make a bet?

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Google to Chrome-plate our shops with creepy mood-sensing AI signs

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Re: Turn your damn phone off!

Two words if you care that much: removable battery.

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Tails Linux farewells 32-bit processors with imminent version 3.0

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Re: Sad to lose old hardware

The press release regarding Chrome specifically states that "we intend to continue supporting the 32-bit build configurations on Linux to support building Chromium". Reading between the lines, you probably won't get more Pepper Flash releases and also no more Widevine, but will get a browser. Not such a big loss for most Chrome apps.

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Felted! AI poker bot Libratus cleans out pros in grueling tournament, smugly trousers $1.8m

jaduncan

"Building a poker bot as good as Libratus is also a major task, as it requires a healthy sized supercomputer. Libratus probably won’t be playing anyone online anytime soon, as it costs too much to run."

Paging Dr. Moore. Dr Moore to the white VOIP enabled computer.

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

jaduncan

The real issue

Someone with that little clue is very easy to manipulate, and the FBI/CIA/NSA have a very definite list of what they want. He's already authoritarian, so I doubt this is going to go well with regard to civil and digital liberties.

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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Ironically, neither party mentions LG.

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Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

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Re: Some people think it sounds crazy, some don't

"wily orientals"

FFS.

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Heard of Brexit? The UK vows to join Europe’s Patent Titanic

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Re: "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers"

Given that the character saying it was suggesting steps towards establishing an autocracy, it suggests that you, the article author, and many others have rather missed the point.

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EU turns screws on Android – report

jaduncan

The claim that this is attached to Android itself isn't actually true, the bundling requirements attach to the Play apps. Manufacturers can and do run Android without them - Amazon in particular, but many Chinese manufactures do just fine whilst having Baidu search and apps bundled instead.

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'I'm sorry, your lift has had a problem and had to shut down'

jaduncan

For the love of all that is holy, please don't have strobing animations in the sidebar like the one used to advertise this.

a) Some readers will be epileptic;

b) for those that aren't (such as me) rapidly flashing stuff is distracting and annoying in exactly the same way as spammy adverts that do that are.

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Google's brand new OS could replace Android

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Re: Open Sourced or Binary Blob?

TIL that the Linux kernel is crippleware.

*Shakes head*

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Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass

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Missing option in survey

* Yes, I require/use assistive technologies.

Hurrah for unintentional ableism!

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No more Nookie for Blighty as Barnes & Noble pulls out

jaduncan

...and you bought in again?

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All-American Apple challenges US gov call for iOS 'backdoor'

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Re: Authority V Liberty

"And it is not just conceivable but likely that within 10-20 years, we will have technology capable of ferreting that information out of any head."

Heh. You're very much overrating the state of neuroscience.

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Rooting and modding a Windows Phone is now child's play

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Re: Warning: Actual Windows phone owner here

"because of it's security and sandboxing"

Which, of course, has been breached five ways from Sunday by the above software. This would suggest that the device was not all that secure.

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Top FBI lawyer: You win, we've given up on encryption backdoors

jaduncan

9/11 involved entire floors of banking staff being hit. It's NYC office space; I don't know why you'd expect there not to be banking tenants.

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Google wins book scan battle. Again. Can post pages online. Again

jaduncan

Re: I hope they've carefully scanned every page...

Publishers can put whatever they wish. They can't trump fair use, much as they have frequently failed to prevent resale through attempts to gut first sale doctrine via similar legal claims.

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Anonymous UK 'leader' fined for revealing ID of rape complainant

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Re: Twice?

"I am somewhat saddened by the number of up-votes this comment has received. We don't know all the details - who is to say that she was able to get away from this man, or that he didn't seek her out?

Either way, blaming a rape victim is never the right way to go - just remember, there is only one cause of rape, and that is rapists."

This man, of course, has not been found guilty of rape, making your comment quite impressively defamatory.

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

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"The only time I encountered this problem was with Google Docs, which, perhaps unsurprisingly, don’t work well in Edge. It's also surprisingly hard to change the default search engine from Bing to Google, which together with the Google Docs failure feels almost deliberate."

DOS ain't done till Lotus won't run?

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What the BLEEP? BitTorrent's secure messaging app arrives

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Re: keeps keys on the device....

"But Google and Apple back everything on your phone up to their servers - including all your passwords and encryption keys."

Set against that, no they don't.

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Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

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WTF?

90s comeback tours are going too far.

I thought I'd already seen all the Embrace, Extend, Extinguish hits a million times before.

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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Re: If Only Google Paid Better Attention To Android Security

To put it extremely generously, [citation needed] on the malware claim.

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Apple's strap-on will set you back just '$5,000' – what a BARGAIN!

jaduncan

Re: Gold-plated?

They make a lot of metal stuff. Not employing material scientists would be insane.

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

jaduncan

Re: Security

You cannot use it with a flat battery, which is rather potentially exciting when one considers that the nominal user might need it to buy their ticket back home or a coffee/charge at a local shop. It just makes the smaller battery look questionable for reasons other than the obviously undesirable camera wobble.

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'4chan may be just a sysadmin who knows his way around', claims so-called expert

jaduncan

This should be a hint to you that you're picking passwords that should be anything save the actual data.

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Are we there yet, are we there yet? Ballmer 'like a small child' upon buying basketball club

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Re: But LA to Redmond?

It doesn't work like that, there's no promotion or demotion. You have to apply to run a franchise.

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Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

jaduncan

Re: NHS air ambulances

The coastguards are a government body. You're thinking of the RNLI lifeboats.

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Surprise! Google chairman blasts EU's privacy ruling

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Re: So the attack has started

"Qui bono is a reasonable way of deciding probabilities."

When you say it that way it sounds much better than 'intellectually lazy ad hom'.

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Google's Drive SLASH, secret 'big upgrade': Coincidence? HARDLY

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Re: I don't understand!

"I had an IMAP server pointing at my home directory instead of just my email directory - everything over email, for free."

Everything about that sentence says end user ready!

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

jaduncan

Now he's decided to ship a Linux distro after all. Good MS times!

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Re: Looks really impressive

"Look up the General Belgrano."

Presenting a very small engagement from two decades ago may not be helping your argument.

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Facebook debunks Princeton's STUDY OF DOOM in epic comeback

jaduncan

Attacking the methodology of a paper is very far away indeed from an ad hom.

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ICO to focus only on 'serious, repeat' data-protection offenders

jaduncan

Great!

What the ICO needed was a more hands off approach and an increased unwillingness to follow up on complaints. Thanks government, I'm sure no industry lobbying took place there.

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Ross Ulbricht: 'Oi! Give me back my $34m in Silk Road Bitcoin booty'

jaduncan

No. They are likely to say that they are investment notes, as indeed the SEC have already said in several cases. A court is unlikely to argue with the SEC regarding this matter.

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

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Re: Speechless

Blocking gay and lesbian material but not heterosexual sites is also arguably a breach of the Equalities Act.

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Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

jaduncan

Yes, most companies just lie about their practices or aren't aware of just how casual marketing are with the databases.

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

jaduncan

Re: Warranties....

The manufacturer of the charger, assuming the power output is out of spec. I'm glad I could clear that up for you.

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Google WILL wriggle away from Euro probe... but THEN what?

jaduncan

Interesting

If Google Maps is not best in class, what is? OSM is the only thing I can think of that comes close.

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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Re: Undecided as yet

If you actually care then install a custom rom without gapps.

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Google's secret search offer to EU antitrust chief LEAKED by rivals

jaduncan

So to be clear, the complainants broke their own legal commitments and were presented without any criticism of that or their views? Good to know where you stand.

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Another 5 years on Nokia's patent CHAIN GANG for Samsung

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Actively managing their patent portfolio.

How the mighty are fallen.

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'It seems that the OSes and devices are based on the Devil'

jaduncan

Re: change the world and toss off the devil.

"Now, you've had a lot of offers of souls. Just wait a moment and listen to this option..."

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Murdoch: I'm a Jawbone fanboi - and it's going to help me live to 100!

jaduncan

"Murdoch admits snooping on OWN FAMILY in spy shock" ...*blinks*...Sorry, I thought I was a Sun sub for a second.

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Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report

jaduncan

Re: Hey Microsoft - here's an idea

There is no commercial use (or, indeed, any form of use) restriction in GPL at all.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

jaduncan

Re: KitKat, grey areas and clear English

On existing devices? Well, I'm glad that won't result in an extremely predictable class action lawsuit.

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Re: Thanks El Reg

Sony, oddly enough, are now becoming one of the most FOSS friendly phone manufacturers.

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F-16 fighter converted to drone

jaduncan

Re: And the first step towards Skynet has been taken...

Why involve a pilot at all?

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Re: By the time kids today are old enough to be pilots

> Situational awareness can never be inputted in code.

...you're already implementing the logic routines in neurons, there's no inherent barrier to doing it in silicon.

Never is a long time.

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