* Posts by LDS

6499 posts • joined 28 Feb 2010

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Re: Do what Microsoft used to do...

Windows 8 and Windows Phone UI were excellent, well thought designs for a tablet and phone UI - much better than Windows 10. A very good improvement over the very outdated and limited 'Program Manager' UI still used by most phones and tablets.

They should have never, never been used on a desktop or server system which require a totally different UI.

Windows 10 Mail application is another example of a very bad design that trying to be modern became unusable. The same approach was used for the Outlook.com UI, which is now impractical and very slow.

Surface Studio 2: The Vulture rakes a talon over Microsoft's latest box of desktop delight

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"The alternative is a 12.9" iPad pro."

Actually the real alternative is a Wacom Cintiq or other specialized devices as such. They are expensive too.

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"possibly people that use it for video rendering"

I think it will be used more for showing the rendered video than actually rendering on it. It's also not a machine for high-end video editing where you may need reference displays that make this system look cheap (they can cost tens of thousands), plus dedicated editing consoles.

It's surely an interesting albeit expensive device when you need something with pen input, plus the dial.

Monitor color spaces don't make it a great photo editing station, though, it does support DCI-P3, but that's designed mostly for projectors and video, AdobeRGB is usually a better choices for photo.

Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab

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"The decentralisation stuff is really just a distractiion"

Most hype comes from parties who by default think you should not trust anything and anybody. Just, it means you should not trust the blockchain too - which is still an agreement from multiple parties, and if can control enough parties, you can control the blockchain. They believe the sheer number of the parties won't allow it, but there's actually no warranty about it.

Cryptography could allow to hinder frauds inside centralized systems as well. Obviously if you believe centralized systems should not exist because they are symbols of Pluto-judaic Masonic Lizards power, thatìs another matter.

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"The blockchain is the foot soldier of decentralisation"

"said Alex Mashinsky, CEO of lending platform Celsius Network"

Hope he has stored his password where his heirs could access them if needed....

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

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Re: Maximum Password length

I know a bank which limits a password to 8 characters, the first four of which needs to be numbers... I would really like to see the face of the person who decided it.

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Re: correcthorsebatterystaple

English is just one language only, and a password entry box doesn't care if the language is dead or alive... moreover some languages have far more words variations than English.

Want to know what 2020 holds? Microsoft has a little something for you

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Windows 10 is almost four years old...

.... and the new release pace didn't look to have brought much improvements in these years. I think fast pace releases and required test time just favour small additions that more interesting but bigger changes.

In many areas it even went backward - i.e. the email client became quite unusable. Edge will be killed because evidently its Chakra engine is a disaster (not a surprise, looking at the name). Cortana downplayed, after trying to put it everywhere in the system, with little success. Hybrid UI that is bad on both desktop and tablet systems. Acrylic developed at glacial pace, but it's yet to see if it will bring useful features to the UI or it will be another dead end, more visual sugar than real improvements.

And many users still use 7, ten years old, and upgrade when they have no other option.

Something is rotten in the state of Redmond?

OK, Google? Probably not! EU settles on wording for copyright reform legislation

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"But if someone with Google's deep pockets can't afford to play"

It's not that it can't afford to play, it's just it believes it can set the rules to sustain extremely high margine exploiting other people's work. It could be still profitable, even if not with those extremely high margins, if it plays by the rules. That's why the void can be easily filled.

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"Google would still be getting revenue from GB, the Middle East and Africa"

You imply that after Brexit UK will weaken its copyright regulations. Being UK a powerhouse when it comes to content creations which has worldwide appeal and bring a lot of revenues, I really doubt so.

Good luck then with revenues from Africa (great broadband there, eh?), and especially with Middle East, where in most states what you can access is strictly controlled... but sure ISIS videos could have a lot of viewers....

EU is shaping the 21st century internet, unlike US that think it would be nice to have it like 19th century Far West...

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Re: "cultural preservation uses" versus "a new mechanism on licensing on out-of-commerce works."

You've no right on someone else's work until copyright expires. If someone doesn't want to publish something anymore it's a full right of theirs. Stop thinking your are endowed with magical rights to own what is not yours.

YouTube is a money machine. It's not a cultural preservation system, and will happily delete whatever hasn't enough views if needed - it has no mandate to "preserve cultural values" - unlike some institutions - which would not slurp used data and slap ads on your faces to access such contents.

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"And Music doesn't?"

No, because if you publish you playing the game, you're not actually publishing the game - people wanting to play it will still have to buy the game.

If you upload a whole song/video, people will listen to/watch it without ever buying the song/video (but very few)..

Is it so difficult to understand?

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"BT can't be sued if you use your telephone to libel an MP"

Does BT makes a lot of money frorn those illegal calls? Or does VM profit from people driving its cars into crowds? The difference, if you look beyond your finger, is that YouTube business model is built on exploiting other people's contents - unlike VM that profits from making cars, or BT from people making legitimate calls.

YouTube is built to allow uploading illegal contents easy. VW cars aren't build to kill people (and if VM built dangerous cars it would be in trouble, as it is because it tried to gamble emissions rules), nor the BT network i built to harass people - and unlike YouTube, you can't have an anonymous telephone line easily.

So, OK - Google can ask users to register with their own identity as you have to do when you buy a car or a phone contract. So users uploading illegal contents can be tracked and fined. Just like you can be if you driver a car into a crowd, or harass someone on the phone.

Just, the YouTube business model won't work again....

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"the biggest ever public campaign"

Sure, like the FCC one *against* net neutrality....

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"And anyone who has that power should be elected by the people of europe."

In most EU democracies the government and its ministers are not elected by the people - the people usually elect the parliament and then a government is formed and voted by the parliament.

The EU commission is not that much different, but the fact that its member are usually chosen by the EU countries government and distributed among them - EU is not still enough integrated to work otherwise - so a compromise is needed.

Anyway, even in countries with direct election of the president or prime minister (but even in US people till vote for "Electoral College", France does elect its president directly...), then the government is formed by designating members (which may still need a parliament approval)

I see many believe "direct democracy" would work better than "representative" one, actually history shows that it usually leads to dictators and caudillos only.

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Re: "This tactic doesn't play well in the EU"

Are "bots outside EU" constituents?

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Well, if Google start to act like an authoritarian state obviously the Internet will be different. But in such situation, if Google pulls out of Europe, it just makes it better.

Anyway being a profit-driven corporation it won't.

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"In what sense is the EU Commission a democratic body?"

That is not controlled by a few shareholders like Google? That is not driven by profits for such shareholders only?

I suggest you a "Democracy 101" course, because you look very confused.

Amazon throws toys out of pram, ditches plans for New York HQ2 after big trouble in Big Apple

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Re: Union officials campaign against jobs?

Why they should like a company that explicitly said it was there to crack unions?

"“No, sir, we would not,” Huseman answered tersely, responding to Johnson’s repeated questions about whether the company would remain neutral if its employees tried to unionize.

(https://nypost.com/2019/01/30/amazon-says-it-will-oppose-workers-efforts-to-unionize-in-new-york/)

"“Would you agree to neutrality if workers at Amazon wanted to unionize?” the speaker of the Council, Corey Johnson, asked early on. “No, sir,” Mr. Huseman said.

(https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/30/nyregion/amazon-queens-nyc-council.html)

In more democratic countries, that question would have been not even needed. Amazon behaviour would be simply illegal.

Roses are red, Facebook will pay, to make Uncle Sam go away: Zuck, FTC in $bn settlement rumor

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Re: Hope?

I'm afraid that following the usual US settlement way, Zuck won't admit any wrongdoing, and will just pay what looks very much alike hush money. Not different from what happened to Google when it was found promoting the illegal sales of drugs.

It's very different from a fine with legal consequences because evidences are found, validated and made public you broke the rules.

Let's hope EU will follow a different path.

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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Why adsneed Javascript?

I repeat it. Why ads need Javascript? There's really no need unless they are not ads - but user data slurping front-ends.

Thereby, it's up to the ads industry - stop trying to exploit the user, or you will be blocked. Site owners should start to be aware of that. Otherwise your business model will become non sustainable.

It's now 2019, and your Windows DHCP server can be pwned by a packet, IE and Edge by a webpage, and so on

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Re: Is it Acrobat or PDF itself?

Books with a lot of images could become really ugly in ePub, with images appearing usually in the wrong position. Could be a lack of proper implementation, but I've seen it happening over and over.

Anyway quite useless for documents that must appear as they printed counterparts, and may need to be printed to have legal value.

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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Re: Wasn't this handled last time?

Sure, Japan was ready to surrender just like Germany was when Hitler was already in the bunker - some people were trying to contact US - but they too didn't want to accept an unconditional surrender, thus were trying to obtain what was not possible, - and moreover they weren't those with much power to force the military to surrender. There was no warranty Japan would have surrendered. Remember that even after the bombs the emperor had to force the unconditional surrender, and the imperial palace was attacked to hinder it. And the Hirohito recording never said "surrender".

Add that Japanese naively tried contacts through Russia, and Stalin deliberately downplayed and dismissed the approaches because he wanted to gain as much as it could before Japan surrendered. Also, if US had been forced to invade Japan, it would have meant they would have needed to weaken the European front.

Japan had already plans to resist a US invasion on the main islands. It would have been a huge massacre on both sides.

Russia was already stealing US bomb secrets, it didn't built it because it was launched on Japan. It would have built it as soon as possible anyway - and how fast they could show how much they spied - and it had stolen already a much needed B-29 to copy.

The Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombs cut the war suddenly, and Stalin plans were broken, as he declared war on Japan "too late" - a fact that tells that even Stalin wasn't able to assess the situation and didn't believe Japan would have surrendered quickly, or would have declared war well before.They waited until August 8, which was the last available day - they were bound to declare war on Japan within three months after Germany surrender.

The Nagasaki bomb was the result of different events. Japan didn't understand quickly enough what really hit it, and on the other side, US military was eager to try the "other" bomb - remember the two bombs weren't identical - the first one used uranium, the second plutonium.

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Geostationary satellites can only be put in a restricted "belt" around the Earth equator - just having satellites there won't be useful to calculate your position in different places around the globe - you need to "triangulate" (let's keep it simple) using signals coming from different directions to minimize errors.

Moreover, depending on latitude they would appear quite low in the sky, and their signal would be easily blocked by mountains and buildings.

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Re: Ireland is no California when it comes to sunshine.

Maybe they picked an Apple and removed the SD slot in recent models. With phones reducing their sales, I'm quite sure they were tempted to plan more obsolescence into the devices. Anyway, they should be careful about how long it takes for a device to become "obsolete" - if they're greed and kill devices too early, they will reduce their sales even more.

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Does anyone still use them?

Yes. Unlike phones, they are dedicated devices and do one thing only, usually better. For example, they are not interrupted by phone calls - which could be a real issue if you're navigating in some complex area., and have no background processes that could slow down processing.

I also like small phones, but use a GPS device with a far larger screen. When they are properly car-integrated, they can also get more data - i.e. the car speed when the GPS signal is not good enough, and also can use an external antenna for better reception.

You may also have maps for many countries, and won't need a data connection when abroad. Now most offer "lifetime" maps, if you drive quite often to new destinations, a dedicated GPS is usually better than a phone.

Object-recognition AI – the dumb program's idea of a smart program: How neural nets are really just looking at textures

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Re: No surprise...

Would you like an image of you to be tagged as "bear fur" just because your beautiful hairs are dark and curly? It's that kind of bias that becomes quite offensive.

I would tag you with another word, but I can't write it here.

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No surprise...

It's how a site I upload sometimes image to tags them - the curly hairs of a black model have been tagged as "bear fur" - which is quite racist also. In another a man with a white beard and dressed in black was tagged "skunk" - which is quite offensive too....

At least it was good I can see tags, but not the people I share the albums with. Most of other tags are very off the mark too - my photo are not exactly common "snapshots" so I guess systems trained from far more generic images fail spectacularly as soon as the images are outside their knowledge - and yes, it looks biased on textures.

First they came for Equifax and we did nothing because America. Now they are coming for back-end systems and we're...

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So they took almost three months to notify people involved?

It took so long to delete any evidence that could put the full blame on them?

Never mind that naked selfie scandal... Brazil lights the, er, kindling, dot-Amazon saga roars back into life

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Re: Incongrous footnote, p.s.

Because they drive the wrong vehicles, see what happens if you happen to pilot an helicopter for Bezos... the tips are far, far higher...

Ever yearn for the Windows 95 shutdown sound? TADA! There's an Electron app for that

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"The download, clocking in at nearly 280MB"

A remainder why Javascript sucks... it would have taken more than half of the 512MB disk I run Windows 95 from....

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi

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I wonder what many people will think...

... about that other fruity logo and the strange phones they sell....

It's OK, everyone – Congress's smart-cookie Republicans have the answer to America's net neutrality quandary

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"Ah, well, what is an 'emergency' or 'security' service?"

Evidently, those need to be defined, and their management as well. I don't think any actual law in US or elsewhere is designed to define them and their management inside an IP network, since most of them were handled on their specific networks previously, but maybe emergency number calls.

But today we see ISPs trying to make money out of those services trying to convince state and authorities that they could be managed on their networks - why deploy your own radio networks for police/firefighters/ambulances/etc. when you can use our own 4G/5G/etc. and free some preciouossssss spectrum we get and then resell at higher prices?

Evidently if those services are moved to IP networks standards and regulations must be developed to ensure they are effective and porn viewers with deep pockets don't hinder other more important services.

The technical options are known - what is required is a regulatory framework.

Including one that doesn't allow incumbents to cut out new entries because their traffic is highly prioritized and others' packets arrive when they can.

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Re: I've always wondered...

Emergency data may be far larger than you think. For example, a surgery crew that could need data about you, including imagery, stored in another hospital. It could be blueprints of a large building firefighters need to enter. It could be video feeds so people in charge of decisions could have all the data they could. Air traffic control authorities are experimenting with remote-controlled airports...

Security data may deliver for most time data which are not important - but when they catch something that required immediate action, they suddenly become emergency data. Just, that decision may not be made at the edge, but only when data are received and processed - so they may still need some kind of special treatment to avoid excessive delays.

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"would encourage more infrastructure to be produced with that revenue"

Wrong. They will be able to earn more money with less investments in infrastructures. As soon as the network saturates, increase the prices for prioritization instead of improving the network. It's cheaper, and as customers has no options, they will be forced to pay.

Actually, that already happened in the past when there were actual monopolies - for a long time telco preferred to keep call prices high - especially the long distance ones, but in many countries they billed by the minute/second even local ones to avoid people kept lines in use for a longer time - to cut down on the needed investment to increase the number of calls. Some people were even connected with lines that allowed only one customer call at a time among two or more, again, to save on infrastructure.

When you're able to set the prices, you will try to squeeze as much as you can from the actual infrastructure instead of spending for an improved one.

Another example? In Italy the ex-incumbent and owner of the copper network is complaining that the new company which is deploying fibre is not letting it to get enough return of investment on its (quite limited) VDSL deploy on cables that for a lot of houses are over forty-fifty years old (and were already paid many times over), and is trying to put its hands on the other company to delay fibre deployment, as its plan was to spend little to deploy some cheaper VDSL to meet the new minimum broadband requirements, and avoid to deploy the far more expensive FTTH - and keep on screwing the customers with lower quality connection (good luck to get decent VDSL speeds on longer and older cables).

Capitalism "work" - but now always in the right way - especially when the power of the involved sides are really imbalanced. It could work just to extract more money from the base and accumulate them at the top, giving shitty services in exchange. It happened, it happens, and will happen - as long as there aren't rules to make the system more balanced.

"The store with the high prices" does it slow down stores with lower prices? No, it doesn't - straw man argument.

Would you like a power/water/gas system with consumer prioritization, where people with more money than you can in some situation cut those supplies to you? Maybe because they have to fill a swimming pool and who cares if you can't have a shower maybe after an hard work day? Or have a party and who cares if you can't have enough power and water to make your laundry and cook your meal?

Class envy looks now to be the domain of those who believe that having some more money gave them more rights, as they think they're really a separate class which special rights. Just like before French Revolution, and rolling heads.

Allow that - which is truly anti-democratic - and you'll push people toward Marxism, which was the wrong answer to real existing big inequalities.

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Re: I've always wondered...

Paid prioritization is a non sense. I can understand prioritization of traffic based on type of service, i.e. emergency/security services having highest priority, probably some priority for VoIP traffic and after that some live streaming. Streaming that can be buffered doesn't need high priority. Anyway, links should allow enough bandwidth for other services, and avoid saturation but for emergency services if needed.

ISPs are already able to sell different level of services restraining available bandwidth, if inside it they are also able to set packets priority it would become very difficult for customers to understand what they buy and at what price. Which is exactly what telcos are aiming at.

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Re: Net Neutrality Wall: We Must Stop All Mexican Packets!!!

Norwegian packets are socialist packets. They should be stopped before US gets healthcare for everybody. Actually, US internet needs a MAGA bit. All packets without that set must be stopped by the border concrete/steel fireWall . Just like China.

Defaulting to legacy Internet Explorer just to keep that one, weird app working? Knock it off

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Re: I've always felt uncomfortable with this statement

Serial over LAN is not much useful to manage the BIOS, access the Lifecycle Controller, or that naughty OS called Windows when for any reason remote desktop doesn't work.

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Re: I've always felt uncomfortable with this statement

HP 1920 switches don't have a full CLI (there's an unsupported way to enable something alike - but it's fully undocumented).

iDRAC allows access to a virtual KVM and other features which is difficult to emulate in a telnet shell...

High-speed broadband fiber in America: You want the good news or bad news first?

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Re: Microtrenching can go far deeper than four inch

Horizontal drilling is another technique which again is feasible in some situations and not others. In a town close to my workplace, a woman was killed when a gas line was hit - the gas went underground until it surfaced in an house basement, where it exploded and brought down part of the house. One issue is too many town, especially smaller ones, have no idea what's below their roads and where. Very few invested in GIS applications to map utilities and other underground infrastructures to make such deployments both faster and safer.

Re-using existing ducts whenever possibile would be the smarter way, especially since fibre can run along power lines without interference, and using far less metallic parts, is also less prone to oxidation.

Most deployments here are being done in such a way, but just because the company owning the power lines has decided to enter the fibre business. Still, they use other techniques wherever needed, as the existing ducts may not always fit the fibre needs.

However if a state believes an high-speed network infrastructure is a critical one, should enact regulations to ease its deployment reusing existing infrastructure as much as possible to speed up deployment - turf guarding and increased costs will just delay it.

After all when roads, railways or other infrastructure are built often some people will be forced to give up something - I don't understand why it can't happen with fibre too. While badly deployed fibre like the Google's one will just become wasted money and time.

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Microtrenching can go far deeper than four inch

AFAIK, it can reach 1-2 feet, depending on the machinery used, and the soil type.. Anyway, is just another technique that makes sense in some situations and not others. Reusing existing ducts is evidently cheaper and at less risk of cutting the fibre while doing other works. But done right to deploy fibre when other techniques would be just too expensive or impossible to use it's a valuable option.

It looks Google went the cheap way and cut corners to cut investments, and found, not surprisingly, it didn.t work. It's more difficult to reuse other people's work for nothing outside its data centres....

Almost £5k for a deskslab: Microsoft's Surface Studio 2 hits UK

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Re: Workstation prices for consumer hardware, no thanks

That's not a competitor of muscle workstations, nor consumer hardware, it's more a device aimed at people for which a "convertible desktop" with pen and disc input make sense (or just to show off, off course). If you're a designer, architect, graphic artist, engineer, etc, this can be useful, at least to impress customers, even if the heavier work could be done (maybe by other people) on other hardware.

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery

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"You can use it fine with no images, sure, but minimal text?"

The title of an article and the source is enough for me - it will tell me if the article is about what I'm looking for... well, ElReg titles may require some exegesis...

"I also think it should not be possible to charge for linking to a page."

As long as they link only, and don't extract enough content to make going to the linked page irrelevant...

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No, it's more like taxing photocopying of magazines and putting those copies next to your ads to lure people there...

Leaky child-tracking smartwatch maker hits back at bad PR

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Re: Reductio ad absurbam

I'm quite sure that assessment was the usual paperwork saying the device used the correct frequencies, didn't violate any transmission power limits, and abode to relevant standards. Nothing to do with "cybersecurity".

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Re: "But, at this stage, this security is not 100 per cent available"

Sure, especially if your hardware/software is designed to be non updateable and you never thought to release updates anyway because they have a cost....

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Re: "But, at this stage, this security is not 100 per cent available"

I think that if the vulnerability was in something that allowed to find expensive cars and drive away with them easily, much more people would be much more worried than about children...

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"Is it worse to have a 0.01% chance of the kids watch being hacked"

And how do you keep that chance that low?

If you want an example, you have a far bigger chance to be poisoned by food in US than in EU.

Why? Because EU stricter regulations about food safety keep that risk far lower than in countries with laxer regulations. Sure, you can wait the number of poisoned people becomes high enough before acting, or you can prevent poisoning by checking before, prevent dangerous food reaching people, and recall it as soon as it is identified.

The risk won't be evidently 0 - there will always be people trying to ignore rules, and other factors - but it will be still far lower than if rules, checks and recalls didn't exist.

Nobody is saying this kind of device should not exist - but it must exist in a safe form - to keep risk at the lowest possible level. Otherwise to save a few euros most devices will be far riskier.

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Re: "But, at this stage, this security is not 100 per cent available"

Between "could be hacked only by determined skilled hackers with enough time and resources to find a a previously unknown vulnerability" and "can be easily hacked by a casual script kiddie" there is a big difference.

If you can't understand it, you should stay away from any kind of software development.

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"But, at this stage, this security is not 100 per cent available"

OK, but 99%? 90%? at least, say, 85%? Something only very skilled, and very determinate hackers can break, with a lot of effort?

This guy looks to deliver something with about 1% security, if not less. And the reasoning "Achieving 100% security is impossible, so no security is the same thing" is really fallacious.

Start to fix you issues, and show the system is secure enough, then complain...

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