* Posts by veti

2633 posts • joined 25 Mar 2010

Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

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Re: Debt to Society

I'm willing to welcome any fine for spamming as a step in the right direction, particularly as most people who matter seem to explicitly define spam as "commercial", therefore political messages are automatically exempt. So a "paltry" £30,000 fine is approximately £30,000 more than I would expect to see handed down in such a case.

Baby steps.

And seriously, you think anyone likely to even open an unsolicited email "from the editor of the Daily Telegraph" needs telling to vote Tory?

New HTTP error code 451 to signal censorship

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Re: IETF were not persuaded is was a good use of a limited number of status codes

An automated response by the browser - sure, but only when the server or ISP tells it "Error 451".

So basically, it's just relaying a message from the web server (or, just possibly, from one of the ISPs sitting between you and the website owner). As such, it's basically a political message, and about as meaningful as any other political message you can derive from a website.

Congress strips out privacy protections from CISA 'security' bill

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Re: What fucked up approach to democracy

Yep, this is the real abomination here.

Here's a thought: when passing a law, in order for legislators' votes to count, each voter in favour should be required to read the entire thing out aloud. And make recordings of themselves doing it available on YouTube.

I realise that wouldn't be exactly riveting viewing, but it'd be an excellent go-to resource for attack ads.

Canadian live route map highlights vulnerabilities to NSA spying efforts

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Doesn't surprise me

Reminds me of the time, circa 1990, when BT showed me how phone calls were being routed. Turned out you could be calling London from Newcastle, and your call might well be routed via New York.

15 years ago, when it was still somewhat possible to trace and attack spam, I spent time poring over email headers and traceroute results. And most everything passed through the same handful of networks, mostly US. (Although China also showed a lot of backbone, even back then.)

If you don't like it, you need to build some bigger networks. And then get your local ISPs to use them. I imagine the sponsors of this study are now appealing for cash, either government or private-sector, to support such an enterprise.

Still running IE10? Not for long, says Microsoft

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Re: How many corporate pages will break

We hear this every time MS drops support for anything.

Any PHB who tells their minions to code for a specific version of any software - should know by now what they're getting into. I don't see why Microsoft should be obliged to continue indefinitely supporting its customers' bad business decisions. (And I comment as one whose until-recently employer is still developing for Silverlight, even though it was a pointless choice for them even when it was new.)

TL;DR: Screw 'em.

Is Kazakhstan about to man-in-the-middle diddle all of its internet traffic with dodgy root certs?

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Black Helicopters

I'm pretty sure the Russians, as well as GCHQ, NSA and the rest of them, have thought about this one long ago. Heck, they've probably got draft proposals sitting in a drawer somewhere.

But they've all rejected it as either too blatant, or just plain unnecessary. GCHQ, I know, don't give a damn' about HTTPS - it's no obstacle to snooping, and they're not interested in censorship, so it doesn't concern them.

(The Home Office now, that's a different story. They'd be interested in the censorship angle, if they understood it. But fortunately all that expertise is closeted away in GCHQ, who are quite happy with their "unlimited spying" remit and don't want to draw unnecessary attention by getting involved with anything higher-profile than that.)

Facebook to Belgian data cops: Block all the cookies across the web, then!

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Re: Boo hoo, Schmuckerberg

Built it wrong? No, they built it exactly the way they meant to build it.

You don't imagine that architecture was the result of honest human error, do you?

Pentagon gets green light for WAR ... of web propaganda against IS

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Re: Seriously, if you're getting your information about current affairs from YouTube,

You've got to be kidding. The "evidence" is, "these people got richer, therefore they must've been doing something dodgy, and simultaneously these dodgy things were going on, ergo they must've been doing it"? That's what passes for investigative journalism in your world?

As for "not on the news in the UK because of UK libel law" - dangit, if only there were some way of finding out what foreign newspapers were saying! Wouldn't it be nice if they could put the information somewhere, where anyone who was interested could go and pick it up, complete with references to sources? Ah well, maybe our children's children will live to see such a marvel.

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Re: Big reason this'll fail:

Truth can help, but it's not an automatic cure-all. There are rules you need to follow.

Make it clear that everything you say is subjective. Everything. Don't just "tell us the truth is the truth because it's from Authority". Tell us how you know it. Tell us what you, personally, saw and were told, and who showed and told you it. By all means comment on the reliability or otherwise of your sources, but make it clear that this too is a subjective judgment on your part.

That way, if it later turns out that the things you reported were not true, you personally haven't lied to us - you've merely relayed a lie told to you by someone else. And since you made it clear at the time that's what you were doing, your reputation is still intact.

It's very tempting, as a journalist, to claim credit for Uncovering The Truth, getting "exclusives" and "exposes". But the sad fact is that approximately 90% of the "exclusives" and "exposes" you see in the press were hand-fed to them by someone who was being paid to promote a particular point of view, and then they suckered some journalist into putting their own name on it.

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That would be testimony to the fact that Putin is taking online propaganda seriously, and has been for some time. The Russians support a substantial body of full-time nerds, to make sure all anti-western talking points get a good airing on YouTube and everywhere else they can reach.

Seriously, if you're getting your information about current affairs from YouTube, you are going to get a very strange view of the world. It has all the disadvantages of old-fashioned journalism, but without the reputational bias and quality control.

It's sad. We've successfully (and correctly) taught people to be sceptical of what they read in the press and "official" channels - but when those same people see YouTube comments, they take them as undisputed truth. There's a moral in that somewhere.

Open source Gov.UK is 'example of UK soft power'

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Re: Trail blazers

Given that a shiny, brand-new steam locomotive in Babbage's day would set you back about £1500, and its counterpart today is somewhere between £1 and 2 million - even the amounts haven't changed that much.

Babbage spent the Victorian equivalent of £170 million, on what was basically a two-person project.

Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

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Re: Not only in Ireland

If a retailer in South Australia isn't giving you at least 5.3c/kWh for solar energy you feed back into the grid, they're breaking the law.

Reference.

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Re: Not only in Ireland

Wonga is the wrong comparator.

Your electricity company probably gives you a "prompt payment discount" if you pay your bill within the due date. So the interest rate they charge is calculable as (prompt payment discount %) per (period between invoice date and due date).

Charge them interest back at the same rate. That's fair.

Europe didn't catch the pox from Christopher Columbus – scientists

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Re: Don't forget the chocolate!

You're just trying to goad someone into asking "what's yaws?", aren't you?

And as for your last point - you're telling us that we can also thank Columbus for diabetes?

Terrorists seek to commit deadly 'cyber attacks' in UK, says Chancellor Osborne

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Surely the correct answer is to ensure that vital national infrastructure has sufficiently hard defences, and sufficient redundancy, that it can't be successfully attacked online.

If we don't have that redundancy and security - if hacking a substation somewhere really would endanger lives - then we've got bigger problems than cyber-security. 'Cuz substations fail all the time, for reasons that have nothing to do with terrorism.

Hold on, France and Russia. Anonymous is here to kick ISIS butt

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@ironically Anonymous Coward

Your error is in seeing 'Anonymous' as a group. It just doesn't have that level of organisation.

Think of 18th century pirates. Some of them would habitually get together into small fleets, but at other times each ship would sail independently. There were pirate havens, where they'd occasionally get together and hobnob and get their fix of land-borne necessities, but then they'd go their separate ways in search of separate targets.

That's 'Anonymous'.

There's no entry requirement, no membership roll, no exit process. And no leaders. To say that "Anonymous as a group is doing something" means no more than "a bunch of people have decided to do this, and they're calling themselves 'Anonymous'." Then the very next day, another group could get together with precisely the opposite aim in mind, and they could also call themselves "Anonymous", and there would be no way of telling - even for members of the groups themselves - which group had a better claim to the label.

So if you persist in thinking of 'Anonymous' as a single group, there's no wonder its actions don't seem to make coherent sense.

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"Anonymous" isn't a political group, and it doesn't have "leaders".

It's more of a herd thing, really, and it has bellwethers.

GPS, you've gone too far this time

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Re: How far off? @Gomez

Actually, no. If you think about it, a "random variation" is more likely to be on the outside of any given bend than on the inside (because the outside, by definition, occupies more than 180 degrees of the circle around that point).

But the principle is the same anyway, no matter how much you wind. Take any path and add random perturbations to it, and it gets longer, not shorter. That's the principle behind fractals. The only way to make it shorter would be to remove perturbations, and the odds of achieving that by random adjustment are infinitesimal - like improving an audio signal by adding white noise.

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Re: How far off?

The whole point of this story is that the errors don't "average out", because it's a systemic bias. The distance will always be measured as longer than it actually is.

It's easy to see why:

- Draw a straight line between two points

- Select 4 points, equally spaced, along that line

- Now, apply a random error - a small displacement in a random direction - to each of those 4 points, and draw a new line linking the ends of the line via the 4 displaced points.

No matter how small the random error is, the net effect is to create a path that's longer than the straight line.

And the same applies if you start with a non-straight line. It would be a one-in-a-million level coincidence for the random errors to produce a path that was shorter than the one actually traversed.

Microsoft quietly slips out patched patch for Outlook – in camouflage

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Grumblemutter fonts mutter email mumble plain text growl mutter preview snort Outlook back to basics.

Also, get off my lawn.

UK citizens will have to pay government to spy on them

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Re: Why are the ISPs making such a fuss?

Incorrect. What the IPB asks for is - extremely vague, but by any reading it's a great deal more data than just IP addresses. It's "whatever data can logically be separated from the 'content' of the message".

That could include, for instance, the complete TCP/IP headers of every packet sent. That's a metric crapload of data. If you download a movie, for instance - call it 6 Gb of data, it wouldn't be surprising for 1 Gb of that to be packet headers, which may have to be stored - or may not, but nobody will know for sure until a court rules on the subject, and it'd be a rash-to-the-point-of-reckless ISP that assumes it won't be required.

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Re: The people voted this Tory government into power @Sir Alien

Yeah, to blame this on the Tories is to forget Jack Straw, David Blunkett, Jacqui Smith, and all the other thugs who've got us to this position in the first place. They've all wanted to do this kind of thing.

The Home Office has been completely taken over by the spooks and, worse, the police.

I think this may be an inevitable consequence of the way we structure our government. A minister's job, like a manager's, is to balance the pressure they get from "above" - in their case, from the cabinet, parliament, and "the public" - against the pressure from "below" - the agencies they're supposed to be controlling. But the "above" pressure is coming from people whose attention is split every which way, whereas the "below" people are singlemindedly focused on their task. So unless the minister is personally inclined to be hostile to those agencies (in which case they wouldn't get the job in the first place, and if they did the cops would probably go on strike) - they'll win that contest every time.

If anyone can come up with a viable alternative structure, in which the police et al aren't "controlled" by a single full-time agency, we might have a prayer of getting them back on our side. But until then, we're screwed.

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Re: Who the heck else did we imagine was going to pay for it?

But at least McDonalds will be paying extra for their wifi connection.

I think we can all agree that's a win, can't we?

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Who the heck else did we imagine was going to pay for it?

Either it'll be UK citizens as taxpayers, or UK citizens as borrowers...

... or UK citizens as internet subscribers.

At least this way it affects the people who are actually incurring the cost (i.e. internet users), rather than all those innocents who don't even have a connection.

Again, I hate to side with Theresa May of all people - but on this story? She's absolutely right. If this nonsensical, counterproductive and generally completely lunatic thing is going to be done, then internet subscribers are exactly who should be paying for it.

GCHQ director blasts free market, says UK must be 'sovereign cryptographic nation'

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It's a challenge

GCHQ - not unjustifiably - has a lot of pride and confidence in their ability to hack other peoples' security. Basically, anything that's on the market now - they can break, with a minimal amount of effort and occasional cheating.

So he's saying "Go ahead, use the best encryption you can find/be bothered with. It won't bother us, but it will make things a bit harder for everyone else, which is exactly the way we like it."

Every so often, someone comes up with a new and clever form of encryption, and then it may take GCHQ some weeks or months of effort to figure out how to break it. That would be a window of opportunity during which you could have real privacy from them, at least temporarily, and that's what the Home Secretary - being, as required for the job, someone whose intelligence compares unfavourably with a dead cane toad - wants to abolish.

Irish roll out obligatory drone register

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Re: What is a drone? What part is registered?

I would guess that the people drafting the law have actually thought of this scenario. It seems pretty obvious. But the people writing eye-grabbing headlines about it - are likely not to go into these kinds of details.

So go read the bill itself. Or ask a lawyer who has an interest in the topic, they've probably already read it. You're unlikely to find the answer on El Reg.

UN privacy head slams 'worse than scary' UK surveillance bill

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When you say "should" and "need" - could you be a bit clearer about where, exactly, these imperatives come from?

As I see it, advertisers can target and track users, therefore "need" doesn't enter into it. They will. In exactly the same way as I don't need to respond to your comment, but I am.

Ditto ISPs: they don't need to log anything, but when the commercial competition is between those who do and those who don't, which group is going to survive and thrive? My bet is, the ones who collect more info.

As for "should" and "should not have" - says who? As I'm sure you know, there is no logically reputable way of deriving a "should" statement solely from facts: you have to add some sort of moral/ethical premises, which are independent of facts. And there's the rub. Not everyone agrees what those "should" rules are.

What the Investigatory Powers Bill will mean for your internet use

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Quite. I just clicked on the Google link, to "Visit my Web & App Activity Page", and it asked me to log in. So I'm thinking it doesn't know who I am.

I'm under no illusions that Google could work that out, if they wanted to, and very likely they already do that in a number of systems. But there's still, as yet, no single joined-up system that actually links and tracks all that information.

Facebook! You've got 48 hours to stop tracking people

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Re: You get the cookie if you click

A cookie that tracks my usage of this site, so that this site can customise itself to me, is one thing.

What Facebook tracks is my usage of countless sites that have nothing to do with Facebook. And I don't even have a Facebook account. And I don't keep cookies.

Yay, more 'STEM' grads! You're using your maths degree to do ... what?

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Re: Huh?

That "bewildered look in their eyes" is called pain. It's what you get when you realise you're talking to someone who doesn't know the difference between the floating Arctic ice cap, and glaciated land masses, such as most of Antarctica, much of Greenland, Alaska, bits of Canada, Russia...

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Re: Bah!

Do you really want the government to dictate what is and isn't "acceptable" content for degree courses?

Cryptowall 4.0: Update makes world's worst ransomware worse still

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Re: Slush fund generator

In 'state sponsored' terms, this would be pretty small potatoes. For comparison, the UK - itself a second-rank player in intelligence - spends about £2 billion a year on the whole field, so one-third of a billion over several years doesn't really compare.

No, this is organised crime at its best worst most typical.

Verisign warns new dot-word domains could make internet unstable

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Re: Mitigated

This, exactly. In retrospect, I should've seen earlier that the change would upset Versign, and chalked that up to the 'benefit' side of the ledger. There had to be some positive outcome.

Terror, terror everywhere: Call the filter police, there's a madman (or two) in town

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Re: Filtering and removing

Yeah... I really, really hate to be put in the position of seeming to side with Theresa May, but...

This "educate people properly and they'll see through the propaganda" mantra? This is not a new line. It's been put forward time after time, most famously by John Stuart Mill but it predates him by a long way. It's never worked.

See, it's rooted in the basic liberal fallacy - the idea that that everyone is fundamentally the same, and if they see things differently from you, that's just a failure of education.

Sadly, it ain't so. Some people are too stupid to understand the arguments. A much larger number simply won't listen to them, for a whole range of reasons. And an even larger number have personal priorities, motivations and allegiances that your model simply doesn't account for. They're not "against democracy" because they fail to appreciate its fundamentally inclusive and benign nature: they're against you because you represent the bourgeoise/white/adult/Americanised/establishment/insert bogey-group of choice that they've been taught to despise, and there's nothing you can say that they won't immediately brand as propaganda - in much the same way as you'd probably regard a story from, say, Fox News.

No degree of "education" short of wholesale brainwashing can "cure" extremism. It's not a disease. It's a much deeper problem than that.

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Re: Communications service providers have a critical role

@AC: That "millennia worth of drivel" has kept the peace in Britain now for 300 years, which is considerably longer than any other country I know of. As for "able to kill a Scotsman in broad daylight (if you do it with a bow and arrow and it is in York)" - is one of those urban myths that would be hilarious if it weren't so scary. Just try it and see how far you get. You must be able to find a Scotsman in York you don't like. "Burning weather forecasters and witches" - again, this is just drivel made up by someone who knows how to generate eyeballs online.

The "Bill of Rights" of 1689 is all about the rights of Parliament, not The People. The only significant personal right we've lost since then is the right to keep and bear arms.

Britain has a constitution, thank you very much. Since "written constitutions" became fashionable in the 18th century, those major countries that have adopted them - think France, America, Spain, Germany, Russia - have been through all kinds of hell. Britain has been a beacon of stability. If you seriously believe that "a f*** constitution" equates to "a civilized country with law and order", you're not paying attention.

BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

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Re: Copyright Licensing

Rubbish. The BBC is quite big enough to negotiate its own rates for that kind of licensing, it doesn't have to take anyone's a la carte offering as the last word.

The real answer is that the BBC makes a lot of money by selling its "content" to foreign broadcasters, and it has contracts with them that specify it has to forbid people from watching it directly. After all, why would I put up with Prime's crappy ads in Dr Who if I could just grab it on iPlayer instead?

It's about protecting the cozy cartel of broadcasters, at the expense of the great unwashed. As usual.

Ireland moves to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins

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Do you not remember the £1 note? A scrappy, tatty, sorry, worn little thing it was. The £1 coin was a big improvement.

The very first £1 coins were minted in 1983. Occasionally, if you keep your eyes open, you can still see one dating all the way back to that year, still in circulation. Try that with banknotes.

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Re: backdoor inflation

Indeed, here in NZ the smallest coin is 10c. And things are still priced to 2 d.p.

It's really quite rare to see people paying cash, though. EFTPOS and credit cards are king. My bank account still has an odd number of cents in it.

Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Re: Patching tuesday - the new peril

3083710 is one of the infamous "updates to update Update". There's no way to know precisely what it does. Deny, but don't hide - I'll look at this one again tomorrow, assuming if it screws the world up, I'll hear about it by then.

2952664: "Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7". Yeah, if I were running Win 7 I'd come looking for that when I want to upgrade and not before. Deny.

3035583: "Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1". You have to be kidding. Deny.

2999226: "Update for Universal C Runtime in Windows": Only needed if you're running either Win10, or Visual Studio 2015. Deny.

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Re: Tool

You really don't have to download and run a tool from a random website. Not if you know what regedit is.

1. Create a text file in your text editor of choice.

2. Type in the following:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx]

"DisableGwx"=dword:00000001

3. Save it as "fuckoffWindows10nagware.reg". Make sure ".reg" is the real extension, it doesn't have a hidden ".txt" or something following - if you're reading this site, I assume you know about filename extensions.

4. Right-click and "Run as administrator". If necessary, confirm that "yes", you do want to make changes to Windows.

5. Problem solved. Have a nice day.

Fingerprints, facial scans, EU border data slurp too tasty for French to resist

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Re: Charlie Hebdo

@James: I'm sorry to hear you live in such an undemocratic country that you're not even allowed to vote anyway.

In the UK, though, it's not that unrealistic to stand as an independent. It's not expensive (well, it'll take a fair bit of your time if you take it seriously, but that's optional anyway), and it's not even unheard of for them to win.

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Re: Charlie Hebdo

In the UK, you can vote "none of the above" - very loudly and emphatically, and with much more power than a regular vote - for the fairly reasonable price of 500 quid.

I'm serious. If you feel that strongly, do it.

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Lying sacks of frogspawn

If it's about "overstayers", then what possible reason could there be to include EU nationals? There's no such thing as "overstaying" for them.

The people proposing this aren't even giving us the elementary courtesy of making it at least superficially plausible. I mean, there are plenty of potential supporters who don't mind suspending incredulity a little, but you've got to make it at least possible to do that. Don't say "I am lying through my teeth" out loud.

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Re: America

Yes, it is what they do, which is precisely why I haven't set foot in the US since 2002. (I used to go a couple of times a year, up to then.)

No, it's not good enough for us. Not good enough for them either, if only they'd think it through. Fat chance of that happening though.

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

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Re: EU not interested in protecting the people from their gov'ts....

@AC: Who the data is about, is not really relevant, except in that it establishes who has standing to sue. An American citizen who lives in France and provides his data to a company in Belgium? - their data is "protected", for whatever that's worth, by the European directive, and the person's citizenship is irrelevant. And anyone who lives in the US is subject to - and protected by - US law, regardless of citizenship. (The 14th amendment makes it unconstitutional to make special protections only apply to "citizens".)

The issue is that if you give consent for anyone in the US to access your data legally - then that person can be compelled under US law to access that data without your consent, e.g. to pass it on to the NSA, regardless of any local law elsewhere that says they can't. That's the case Microsoft is fighting right now.

As for who is "entitled to privacy" - that's easy, no-one. Or everyone. It depends on what you mean by "entitled". And "privacy", come to think of it. To me, "privacy" means that my personal shit is shared only with my knowledge and consent. When I do stuff online, I know spooks can track it, and by the act of doing it online I could be said to "consent" to that, and therefore my privacy is not really being violated. QED.

And what I'm "entitled" to is what the law, as interpreted by the courts, says it is, no more and no less. My entitlement, and yours and everyone else in the worlds' - changed with this ruling. That's why it's a big deal.

Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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Re: not rushing to judgement

And with that, you've moved beyond sarcasm into the high ground of irony. I salute you, oh quarrelsome pigkeeper.

Now you can be tracked online by your email addy. Thanks, Google!

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Re: @Theodore, Feelings.

I don't hate advertisers. They're just playing the game by the rules we set them. Capitalism says "sell stuff", they do what works to make that happen, and that's not bad, it's what keeps us all in tea and crumpets.

I hate advertising.

A 'net without advertising would be a 'net without 99% of its content. Obviously there'd be no Google, no Chrome, no YouTube; less obviously, also no Wikipedia, no Steam, probably no Reg, in its current form at least. And certainly no Netflix or competitors, because we'd all be downloading stuff at 56 kbps if we were lucky.

You may be fine with that. I would. But sadly, most of our contemporaries wouldn't. And money talks.

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Carry on Googling

Oddly, I don't really have a problem with this. If I'm logged into Google, I kinda assume they're going to do stuff like this. What's new, as far as I can see, is that they're trying to get advertisers to pay more for it.

On the list of things I blame Google for (manipulating search results to promote their own products, maintaining far more information about me than I ever thought I was letting them collect) - this doesn't really register. As you were.

Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech EVER

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Re: Poverty is caused by...

Imagine a world where "poverty", defined as "people having less than 10% of the median income", was eradicated.

Now, in this world there are still going to be people on or just barely above that 10% threshold. But hurrah, because no-one is below it, so "poverty" is gone, right? Except that on the very same day this victory is announced, one of those "on the line" people has a baby. And now the income per person for their family - assuming 2 parents, no previous children, and no change to earnings - has gone down to 6.67% of the magic median figure, and behold, "poverty" is back.

The only way to avoid that would be either to pay a substantial government benefit to everyone, from birth, or to redefine your goal as bringing everyone above a substantially higher basic threshold - say, 25% of the median as a stable state, with the goal of never dropping below 10% under any circumstances. Both of these answers introduce significant new challenges of their own.

I'm not saying it can't be done, or that it shouldn't be done. I'm saying that the simplistic answers and slogans thrown around the subject are just that - simplistic - and should be treated with disdain.

Happy birthday to you, the ruling was true, no charge for this headline, 'coz the copyright's screwed

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Re: checkbook -> chequebook

Just because it's a story from America, doesn't mean it should be published in American. You don't expect stories from Russia to be published only in Russian, do you?

A real publication has its own editing standards, which will dictate how words are spelled when there is more than one "standard" spelling. E.g.. But it's a bit much to expect El Reg to employ subeditors to actually enforce standards like those, so here we are.

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