* Posts by veti

1556 posts • joined 25 Mar 2010

Strong and stable, my arse. UK wobbles when coping with ransomware

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Clickbait

1,054 companies across six countries - does not look to me like a solid basis for statistical comparisons between countries.

It's probably good enough for a decent "overall" international average, but the sample size in any one country is just too small to draw meaningful conclusions.

Nothing to see here.

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The opsec blunders that landed a Russian politician's fraudster son in the clink for 27 years

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"I was talking illegally while driving at the time but we got into action immediately."
Am I the only one who's noticed, this "assistant US attorney" has just confessed to a crime? Who's investigating that?

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Reminder: Spies, cops don't need to crack WhatsApp. They'll just hack your smartphone

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Re: What stops Apple and Google from buying a copy of this software?

The fact that it's not "for sale". It's developed by the likes of GCHQ or the NSA, and shared by them on a "maintain good relations" basis with those agencies they want to - well, maintain good relations with.

It's not a matter of verifying the buyer, but the only people you would even consider "selling" to are those who are already in your address book, for unrelated reasons.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: Now just notepad, and we can write off builtin apps completely.

When Windows 10-S becomes the only supported version, you will have a talking point. But as long as it's just an option, and not even a default option at that, I don't really see the objection.

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Re: Windows 10 FAIL Creators Update

I thought it was "Lean to spill!"

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@Fuzz Re: The end

Actually, the snipping tool isn't "there on all supported versions". It's in Windows 7-10, sure, but not in Windows Server versions.

What I use for taking screenshots is Greenshot. (getgreenshot.org), which beats crap out of the Snipping Tool anyway - the editing tools are both easier to use and more powerful.

But the point is, neither of these things is guaranteed to be available on every machine. Paint - currently - is.

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Re: The end

Windows Key

"snip" <Enter>

Have a downvote. Your instructions not only didn't work, they seem to have caused my left monitor to die. Thanks a bunch.

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Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

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Re: Exercising my 1st amendment rights ...

People play video games.

And "self-expression" isn't really relevant. The 1a also protects "the right of the people peacefully to assemble" - note that there is no limitation on this right, you can't prevent it merely because you don't like the medium used to bring people together.

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What then happens when cities and even whole states start demanding Pokemon Go not use their areas of authority for these games?
Then their legislators will have to explain to their voters why they can't enjoy this amazing phenomenon they've been hearing about everywhere else.

I'm sure some cities will go that way. (After all, to this day the USA has counties that pretend prohibition was never repealed.) But not most.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Re: @vetia This is a bad thing

@"no-one in particular":

How is this not censorship?

Serious question. Just because it's being applied to ads, rather than editorial, doesn't change the nature of it.

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Re: This is a bad thing

Yes, the "reinforcement of negative or unrealistic stereotypes" does harm society.

But then, so does censorship.

I'd like to know what rigorous study or analysis has been done to determine that the harm from one outweighs the other. I'd like to, but I suspect none has - because we're talking about articles of faith, not science.

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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Re: Let Pi = 3

You guys - the story author included - are reading way too much into this.

Nobody needs to "break end-to-end encryption". All they need to do is grab the mobile phone of the person sending or receiving the message, and it's game over. And when you're a government, you can do that sort of thing.

That's totally feasible, and also explains how the laws of Australia can override those of maths.

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Trump Hotels left orange faced: Hackers plunder systems for credit cards

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"Card security code"?

I thought that was never supposed to be stored in the first place, isn't that the whole point?

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Uncle Sam says 'nyet' to Kaspersky amid fresh claims of Russian ties

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What rock have you been hiding under, these past 15 years? "Trust" has been a dirty word at least that long.

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Is this a hotdog? What it takes for an AI to answer that might surprise you

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Re: So where is the hotdog?

Fortunately for us all, Chicago, Il, does not hold any kind of exclusive rights to define what is or isn't a hot dog.

I'll just leave this here.

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Samsung stalls Bixby launch because it am English not so good

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I always enjoyed "Do not dip switches".

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

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Re: a colleague skyped me..

Emojis need to die in a fire.

In fact, any and all auto-corrections - where you type one set of characters, and $SOFTWARE converts them into another character that it thinks you really wanted to type instead - need to stop right now. (I'll allow exceptions for common typos, such as "abotu". But even those need to be completely customisable.)

Don't change my text to emojis, don't auto-format my lists, and shove your "smart quotes" where the Windows don't open.

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Ego stroking, effusive praise and promise of billions: White House tech meeting in full

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Wow

"Almost the exact number we have created since my election" - either Trump is now taking credit for the entire GDP of the US, or the bribes he's been pocketing are even bigger than we suspected.

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Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

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Unintended consequences

Does this mean that unsecured http:// websites would be banned? So in order to own a website, you have to register with a certification authority? That's a step backward for privacy, right there.

What about Usenet, or plain old-fashioned email? Are those still allowed at all?

It seems to me that mandating encryption is every bit as bad as banning it.

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When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!

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Re: This will be tough...

Removing false, or at best misleading, information is not censorship.

No, but compelling someone else to remove it - is precisely what censorship is.

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

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Re: When I was a lad ....

In my school we had no stall doors and there was no soap. Needless to say it had to be a pretty severe emergency to get me to use one. Especially since there was always some kid ready to smack me into the wall or throw water on me.

You had water? Luxury! In my school, if you wanted water, you had to wait for a nerd to come in and smack him into the wall until he cried!

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My unpopular career in writing computer reviews? It's a gift

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Re: Career advice

One word: Bitcoin.

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Re: Been there, sir

"don't know what happened to that voucher" - a likely story.

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In detail: How we are all pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered – by online biz all day

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Re: You are number 6

This, exactly.

The fact is, data about me is worth far more to Google than it is to me. I couldn't begin to monetise it the way they do. I wouldn't know where to start. So why should I begrudge it to them, when they give me a whole raft of useful services in return?

Yes, they know what I'm likely to buy. I still don't see almost any ads (thank you, Adblock), and those I do see are more likely to be of interest to me. Is that a bad thing?

Yes, they know where I live and where I work. I have no objection to them knowing that, provided I'm reasonably confident it's not available on demand to any old nutjob who asks - and I am reasonably confident of that. Yes, they probably know what I do for a living. They may know who I bank with, who I do business with, what sites I browse, what kinds of porn I enjoy. But I have faith that they're not going to use any of that information improperly, because there's no plausible way of making a profit out of it.

And sure, governments may be able to access it too. People have this fantasy about the secret police kicking in their door one night and dragging them off for re-education, or something. In the immortal words of Slaartibartfast: "That's perfectly normal paranoia, everyone has that." Face it: you're not that interesting. Not even your porn collection.

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DUP site crashes after UK general election

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"No coalition" is entirely possible, it's called a minority government. Nothing particularly groundbreaking about that as a concept, we've had 'em before, and some Europeans have them regularly.

A "no confidence" vote needs more than just defectors from those you're counting on, it also needs a solid turnout from everyone else. Depending on the cause and the opposition at the time, it's by no means guaranteed that Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems and Plaid Cymru could all be persuaded to support the same motion on anything without defections from their ranks too.

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Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires

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Re: Well look on the bright side

If Sinn Fein shows up, it will show them up for the biggest hypocrites outside the Tory party.

Oh, and the SNP - whatever happened to their "non-interference in English affairs" pledge?

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Re: What a mess...

I hear a lot of this "Corbyn has principles" meme.

Can anyone tell me what they are? Because as far as I can see, his policies are fed to him from his underlings. I've yet to hear the man himself state something he, personally, actually believes in.

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Re: Good riddance

Ye gods, really? I can't imagine anything worse.

Give me a toff boy with a history degree every time. At least history would help them appreciate why a fragmented government is a Good Thing.

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You know this net neutrality thing? Well, people really love it

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Lobbyists are powerful because they can deliver votes. One way or another. In their own right, they're nothing; their power is solely in how many votes their support can be bartered into.

If you can persuade a politician that a single issue is so unpopular that no lobbyist can outweigh the votes it'll cost them, then the lobbyists are powerless. That's what happened to Trumpcare Mk I and II, and will probably happen to Mk III.

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When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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Re: Actually seems reasonable to me

There's nothing to stop a park from putting up signs "No augmented reality games allowed", if it comes to that.

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Re: a Mortal Threat...to augmented reality games

The $1 million is in "general liability coverage". It's not a fee that you actually have to pay up front, it's an insurance policy that you have to take out against the likelihood of being sued at a later date.

Seen in that light, it's very reasonable. Probably not much more expensive than 3rd-party car insurance.

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Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

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Re: Real world underfunding

May, to give her credit (and there's a phrase I never thought I'd type), always denied the "£350 million" bollocks. So it's not exactly fair to try to hang that round her neck.

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Live blog: Fired FBI boss spills the beans to US Senate committee

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Re: Honest question

As any journalist can tell you, notes taken at or immediately after a meeting carry a lot of weight, if you ever end up in court.

Their strength decreases rapidly as time passes before making them, so it's important to make them as quickly as possible. If there's no dispute that the meeting took place, and if there are no other records, your memo - written immediately afterward - is likely to be accepted as the most authoritative account that's ever likely to exist.

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Re: Top-Posting?

Came here to say this. Seriously guys, how long would it take you to reverse the order of notes?

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Japanese cops arrest their first ransomware-slinging menace – er, a 14-year-old school boy

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Re: There is no excuse for this

So what's your suggestion, we should only go after the biggest criminals and leave the smaller ones alone?

No thanks. One perp stopped is better than none. Particularly as now there's an outside chance he'll straighten up and channel his talents into something productive.

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Ex-Waymo engineer pleads the 5th in ongoing Uber law fight

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Re: deny you adverse inference

Right, which is one reason why Uber told him not to do it, and cut him off when he did.

The other reason being, their best hope is to throw this one guy to the prosecutors and just pray that no-one has enough evidence to pin anything on the rest of the company. If they try to stand by him at this point, they would put themselves at risk.

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Re: Let me see.

Unfortunately, Uber has every opportunity and likelihood that it can put enough distance between itself and this guy that he's the one who takes the fall, and they get to walk away with only superficial damage.

The American business system is pretty much designed to allow this - companies throwing lone employees to the wolves and walking away. It's a kinda mirror image of the British system, which is designed above all to protect the people at the top, even if the company goes down the khazi.

(Because one doesn't want one's old pals from Eton and Oxbridge trying to mooch off one when their careers go titsup, that's why.)

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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Re: Can someone with more knowledge on the subject answer me this:

The result was so close that you can reasonably claim just about everything swung it.

But none of that makes a difference. The rules are the rules, the game is over and there's no plausible way to replay it.

Does it raise doubts about the mandate of the current bunch of rulers? Yes, but frankly if you didn't have quite a lot of those sorts of doubts already, you're (a) not paying attention and (b) unlikely to be persuaded now.

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

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The clause "Names and dates of birth for all current and former spouses, or civil or domestic partners" - implies that they've thought of that. I wonder how many spaces there are on that part of the form.

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Are you suggesting that US law should apply immediately to anyone, worldwide, who even wants to travel to the US? I thought we were against extending extra-territorial jurisdiction?

Once they're on US soil (or, probably, in US airspace, not sure how that law works), then we can start talking constitutional protections. Until then, they're not relevant.

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Healthcare dev fined $155 MEEELLION for lying about compliance

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They're getting off lightly.

The flip side of "self-certifying" that you comply with something is, you put your name to it under penalty of perjury. They could have been jailed for that.

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New 'Beaver' web server has exactly ONE user outside China

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Re: Usage Stats

There's nothing inherently wrong with IIS. It's a popular choice particularly for smaller companies who simply don't want to shell out on someone who can roll Apache when they already have dedicated admins who know quite enough to configure IIS. If you're some 20-employee workshop or database firm or plumbing supply stockist or pizza shop, then you probably already have all the expertise you need to create and host your own IIS website, whereas using Apache would be a whole new learning curve.

And that's a perfectly honest niche, there's nothing wrong with those sites. They're not going to rival Twitter or Amazon anytime soon, but as a shop window for the business, they're fine.

I really don't know about platforms for new serious commercial or interactive sites. Maybe IIS is holding its own in those markets, maybe not. I suspect not, just because if someone is putting that level of investment into a website, they're likely to budget for a real professional to manage the hosting.

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TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.

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Re: Ha Ha

If Seth Rich gave anything to Kim Dotcom, then Dotcom would have published it to the world himself, and he would have done it months ago. Now there's a man who doesn't know the meaning of the word "shy".

And if Kim Dotcom has any actual evidence, he could be a lot more convincing.

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Re: Looking forward to the wiki dump

@John Brown (no body): he's not. He's never been concerned about that, and the USA has never applied for it.

What he's concerned about is having to do jail time in Sweden. Everything else is just a blind, because - and brace yourself for a shock here, I know it's hard to believe - Assange is a born poseur.

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Re: Ha Ha

He hasn't flopped on every issue from his campaign. Merely those that promised to benefit ordinary Americans, like cheaper/better health insurance, infrastructure spending, bringing back factory jobs, draining the swamp. If you voted for him on those grounds - well, the more fool you.

But some issues he's been steadfast on. Cutting taxes for the rich, specifically himself and his family, he's pretty firm on that. Appointing a conservative to the Supreme Court. Being anti-abortion. Increasing military spending. Basically, everything the Republican party orthodoxy is into, he's right there beside them, because he knows he needs their support.

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US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments

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Re: Sue?

They should certainly try suing the FCC for defamation, since it's publicly, falsely associating them with a political position they don't own.

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Congresscritters float benefits for gig workers

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Of course the companies like it

Get the federal gov't to pay benefits for their workers, so they don't have to? I imagine Lyft et al will love it.

It's no different from WalMart helping its greeters to claim food stamps. Anything's better than actually paying your pesky workers what they're worth, amirite?

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FCC revised net neutrality rules reveal cable company control of process

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That's Trump's genius. He's identified that the general hatred and distrust of politicians has now reached such levels that you don't even have to pretend to be motivated by anything other than naked greed, now. Indeed, if you do have any other motivation, people will trust you less because they assume you're lying.

It's just one of the ways in which he has successfully broken American democracy, and I don't expect it'll be repaired quickly.

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Re: Clueless govt...

Oh yeah, because Labour would be so much better. From their manifesto:

We will always provide our security agencies with the resources and the powers they need to protect our country and keep us all safe.

Granted, there follows some bromide about preserving civil liberties, but you know what? - the Tories have that too.

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8 out of 10 cats fear statistics – AI doesn't have this problem

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I don't think we can blame this on "politicians". Everyone and her dog abuses statistics.

And there are many ways to fudge numbers if you don't know how, and don't have a deep understanding of anything. One of the problems of statistics is not just that it's easy to do them wrong, but that it's actually really hard to do them right.

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