* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…

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Surely if someone has gone to the trouble of masking their location and other measures to bypass a restriction

This reminds me of the people who think they can evade a shrinkwrap license by having someone else click "accept" when the software is installed. Not that I agree with or support shrinkwrap licenses, but so long as our legal system does it is quite right that they have shot down attempts to evade responsibility for them by deliberately dodging them by having your kid click OK. Using a VPN to evade a geoblock and then try to claim violation of the GDPR is the same sort of shady legal tactic that I can't see any reasonable court agreeing with.

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Re: Don't fret. It is all part of Trumps grand plan

I didn't see anyone denying that the US had higher per capita emissions, but that's not what Kyoto and Paris were about. They were about slowing and hopefully reversing the trajectory of growth - which the US has done. Granted kind of by accident since a way of extracting oil & natural gas that was previously locked up was discovered and natural gas is much cleaner burning in power plants than either coal or oil.

But regardless of why it happened, it is a good thing for the world that it did and it looks to continue and nearly all US coal plants are likely to be decommissioned within 20 years at current rates.

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Re: Don't fret. It is all part of Trumps grand plan

Individual people generate the demand for greenhouse gas producing products and services. If half the people in the US dropped dead tomorrow because of Thanos, a lot of power plants would be shut down, a lot fewer plastic bottles would be needed etc. so the greenhouse gas usage would be cut in half (actually cut in more than half, since it would mostly be the less economic coal plants that were shut down)

If instead, the population rises, there's increased demand for electricity, increased demand for plastic bottles, and the greenhouse gas output increases as a result. Ironically, Trump's anti-immigration policy (to the extent it prevents immigration either by making it more difficult or by making immigrants fearful to come to the US) would result in less greenhouse gas output by the US since the population will increase by less than it might have otherwise. Of course those potential immigrants who stay in Mexico or central America will do many of the same things there so it won't be a net win for the planet, just for those keeping score nation by nation.

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It isn't international companies that are locking out EU users, it is US companies. If they had a significant userbase in the US they would have no choice but to either comply or give up a good chunk of their market.

The more insistent people are that the GDPR "doesn't matter how the data got there" and enforcing it via extraterroritorial means (doesn't this always piss of EU residents when the US tries this...I guess you guys will stop complaining about that if you think it is OK when the EU tries it?) the more incentive there is for US companies that do limited business in the US (like US news sites) to simply lock out EU users.

I have to say, judging by the comments here, if I had a web site that might be visited by EU residents and collected data I'd block the EU as well. The potential liability (even through an accidental collection/retention of data) is too great to be worth it unless the EU is a major revenue source.

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Even if the EU thinks it should apply to EU citizens living in the US, good luck getting any enforcement of such a ruling by an EU court against a US company that has taken pains to block EU visitors rather than try to comply. How is a US website supposed to know that you are covered under the GDPR if you are accessing it from the US? That would be like a Muslim expecting Google to block images of Mohammad from searches by somehow magically knowing his religion (well, maybe that's a bad example, Google probably does know his religion...)

Speaking of Google, what are they doing to comply with the GDPR? They are probably the biggest potential violator there is.

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Re: Blocked by the Register ...

Well, how many people from the EU do they get on that ride each year? Maybe a dozen? Perhaps it isn't worth their time to worry that something they do on their website runs afoul of the GDPR, especially since the GDPR holds one liable even for unintentional violations.

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How can they require consent for location info

When location info is required for them to even KNOW whether their relationship with you is bound by the GDPR? That's a catch 22.

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the GDPR about storing info, not collecting it emphemerally like an automated script that geolocates you or figures out what browser you are using to determine what content to provide you. Otherwise accepting an IP connection from you would be illegal, because in doing so they learn your IP address!

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Re: I don't think many of the opt-in/out menus are legal

What's their incentive to do implement what the EU wants though if it is a US based site that doesn't see a lot of traffic from the EU? They go to a lot of expense so they can support page views that generate them significantly less revenue. It makes sense that they'd just block EU views, that's the easiest path, one that guarantees them no liability since they would be liable even if it was an honest mistake, and doesn't impact their overall business too much.

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Trump has nothing to do with the US fracking natural gas

I don't remember him ever even saying anything about natural gas during the campaign. He only "cares" about coal because that's the dying industry he wanted to prop up in a few states where getting coal miners to convert from their traditional democratic votes to him could make a difference. Didn't matter in a red state like West Virginia, but may well have pushed Trump over the line in Pennsylvania and Ohio (Hillary's comments against coal certainly didn't help her cause, either)

Unfortunately for the coal industry, not only is natural gas cheaper but even unsubsidized wind power is now cheaper than building a new coal plant. The only reason coal is still being burned in the US is because there are a lot of old coal burning power plants still out there, but no new "clean coal" plants are getting built. Over the past five years and through 2020 nearly a quarter of all US coal plants will have been / will be shut down. The rest continue to get older so it will happen to them as soon as they can be replaced with modern natural gas plants and wind / solar (solar isn't as cheap with or without subsidy yet, but as it continues to drop in price someday it will be)

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Yeah that lawyer is just an idiot looking for business. That's like saying I'm liable if you break into my garage and steal my car with broken brakes I was halfway through fixing, then crash become paralyzed.

I look forward to anyone trying that getting laughed out of court. And even if they found a stupidly sympathetic judge in Europe, good luck getting any such court order enforced in whatever part of the world the site resides!

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Why are you complaining?

The sites you can't access are ones that can't or won't guarantee they will follow the GDPR. If you want the GDPR, then you want such sites to identify themselves. Sure, you can wish they'd simply knuckle under and follow European law, but if an American (or Australian or whatever) site doesn't feel they get enough visitors from the EU to bother with, they made a cost decision that it is easier to cut you off than to risk liability. That's what you wanted, it isn't something you have a right to complain about!

WPA3 is the magic number? Protocol refresh promises tighter Wi-Fi security

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Re: New hardware needed?

My understanding is that the only part of the standard that might require new hardware is a longer key length option requested by banks/defense, but that should not be something that would prevent updating consumer equipment that wouldn't be used in such environments.

I'm hoping to see upgrades from DD-WRT but I think they're dependent on the vendors since some binary only wifi drivers are used - i.e. nas for Qualcomm ARM based devices etc.

Since 802.11ax is around the corner, and that's the biggest upgrade wifi has seen since the introduction of the 5 GHz band, if I can't get my AC68Us upgraded I'll just stick with WPA2 for a few years until we start seeing 802.11ax routers for under $100. The security of WPA2 isn't perfect but it is good enough for most of us - not like I'm too worried about someone expending a lot of effort to specifically attack me.

White House calls its own China tech cash-inject ban 'fake news'

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Re: Bah!

The same winning techniques that caused an American icon, Harley Davidson, to announce it was moving a bunch of jobs to Europe to avoid the tariffs his trade war caused the EU to place upon them! The EU and China are smart about the companies they are targeting - ones that are in red states or have a lot of red state support like Harley Davidson and exports of corn, wheat and natural gas.

If only there was a way the EU could target the Koch Brothers with a 25% tariff on everything they do, they'd put the reins on Trump within a hour!

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Re: Tired of Euphemisms

The examples you point to (and there are equivalent ones for democrat presidents) were pretty rare though. Past presidents would lie occasionally, and while you don't want to see presidents lie at least they were big lies ('Mission Accomplished') or irrelevant lies ("I did not have sexual relations") but Trump lies multiple times in a day, even about things he specifically said before.

He doesn't care what the truth is, when he changes his mind that's his new truth as far as he's concerned. Attacking "fake news" is just another way to help maintain and expand the division between the fools who believe in him and the rest of America. He knows he's guilty of a multitude of crimes, and Mueller will already have more than enough evidence to impeach and jail anyone else, so he and his state run media outlet Fox News have been laying the groundwork for calling all the evidence against him fabricated in hopes of continuing to use the presidency to enrich himself for his full term. And maybe longer, depending on whether the democrats are smart about who they nominate and how they run their campaign.

A volt out of the blue: Phone batteries reveal what you typed and read

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Re: If someone is able to open my phone

Dunno about Android, but what you describe isn't possible with an iPhone. You can't copy the Touch ID or Face ID info from one phone to another since that's saved by the Secure Element which is part of the SoC. If someone silently swapped my phone I'd know because it would no longer recognize my face. If the failed to copy the MAC address I'd also notice, though that should be simple to clone.

Yeah yeah I'm sure someone will say "the CIA could find a way" and possibly they could, but again I'm not personally concerned that the CIA cares about me to the degree they'd go to such a large expense. They'd be better off kidnapping me and threatening me with XKCD's $5 hammer. I'll tell them whatever they want to know!

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If someone is able to open my phone

And insert hardware of their choice, I think this battery attack is WAY down the list of what I'd need to worry about. Luckily the odds that someone will care about what I do enough to go to the expense of any attack that requires getting hold of my phone and modifying the hardware inside are extremely low!

Whenever I read stories like this I feel good, because the researchers are really grasping at straws to come up with something. KRACK or MELTDOWN, this is not!

HTC U12+: You said we should wait and review the retail product. Hate to break it to you, but...

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No real difference between IP67 & IP68

IP67 means 30 minutes submersion in water up to 1 meter, IP68 means 30 minutes submersion in water over 1 meter (the manufacturer is supposed to say what depth)

I suppose theoretically if it could handle 3 meters it could survive a drop in the pool but I doubt the extra water pressure would harm a typical IP67 phone if you went in after it quickly - though in either case the chlorine (or salt in the ocean) is a potential issue the IP ratings are silent on since it is "fresh water" only.

Ubuntu reports 67% of users opt in to on-by-default PC specs slurp

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Re: Installing in a VM

They said "only one CPU" not "only one core". So I think that covers all laptops and most desktops. The remainder are servers, which would generally have at least two CPUs.

In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks' location data

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Re: Orin Kerr is posting on the subject.

If the justices are picked for being libertarians it is ironic given that an authoritarian like Trump is about as far from a libertarian as you can get. Not that he really cares about the judges he picks, beyond them making his base and the real billionaires who provided all his campaign finance happy. His base wants anti abortion pro gun judges, and that's about all they care about. The Kochs want judges who will let corporations run roughshod over the environment leaving someone else to deal with the consequences.

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Re: something missed...

If they were raised with Trump it would only serve to have him cut the person from the list. Trump sees himself as a "law and order" guy, and sees that in very black and white terms. Cops are good, and should be able to do whatever they want to get their man (unless their man is Trump himself, or those he favors)

Remember what he said about Apple in their little tiff with the FBI a couple years ago? Trump obviously would disagree with the Supreme Court ruling and if he's made aware of Gorsuch's action might have a bit of regret that he picked him over one of the others on the list given to him.

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Re: something missed...

I doubt any of those advising Trump on his selection even bothered to look into Gorsuch's voting record beyond seeing enough to conclude he would vote their way on abortion and second amendment issues. The rest is irrelevant to them. Looks like we got lucky with him, hopefully there are some other nice surprises to make up for him possibly voting to overturn Roe v Wade someday.

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Re: Gorsuch's dissent FTW.

The funny/sad thing is that most of the people who are voting specifically to get conservative (or in fewer cases, liberal) justices are doing so for only two issues. Abortion and gun rights. If they care about privacy at all it is way down their list of priorities, and they'd gladly give it up to get justices who will go their way on those core issues.

Its almost to the point where I wish we could have two courts, one to handle the hot button politically tinged issues, and one that handles everything else - where the justices appointed to it are appointed because they are great legal minds like used to be the case until the "moral majority" started a crusade for appointing justices who will overturn Roe v Made.

Now we get justices appointed because they are young enough they can stay on the court for decades, and their voting record is so hyper-partisan that there seems little chance they might moderate their views as they get older. Whether they are the best possible choice for a judge on the highest court in the land is irrelevant to modern presidents.

Hardened Azure logins, softened containers, leaky encrypted images on Macs – and more

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Re: Can somebody explain the iOS attack?

The 'long string' might include the <enter> key, since it is coming as if from a keyboard. Seems like an easy thing for Apple to fix in iOS 12, to add to the security improvement of the one hour USB lockout.

Canadian utility makes blockchain upstarts bid for their ravenous rigs' electricity supply

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Re: Won't somebody think of the planet...?

If the kettle had lower than atmospheric pressure inside it, the water would boil at a lower temperature and thus use less energy (assuming the energy to lower the pressure was less than the energy saved by not heating it to 100C)

I don't drink tea so I don't know what effect this would have on one's tea, but it seems like it might be - I mean obviously no one is drinking tea at 100C...

Big Cable unplugs Cali's draft net neutrality protections yet AGAIN

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Not sure how I feel about zero rating - its a competitive advantage for services the ISP is offering, but at least abuse of that could be dealt with via the FTC on anticompetitive grounds. But what possible excuse, other than "I was bribed", can there be for allowing ISPs to charge websites a fee to avoid being blocked?

California's net neutrality legislation will be useless and toothless, we better hope New York can do it right or Comcast and AT&T will have their way and control what people are able to see and do on the internet. No other single state is large enough to have the kind of clout that would have national repercussions if they required net neutrality of companies they do business with.

Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum

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They're not "locking the lightning port after an hour", they're locking the USB port data functionality only. It will still have Lightning functionality (i.e. audio, video, etc.) and be able to receive power via USB but won't pass USB data after it is has been an hour since it was last unlocked with the password (unlocks via face/finger don't count)

This prevents companies like Cellbrite from using various undisclosed USB / iOS hacks to bypass its security, but doesn't impair usage by the phone's legitimate owner. The only inconvenience the owner would experience is when he has it plugged into a computer for iTunes or transferring photos or whatever he'll have to enter his password on the phone once an hour.

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Re: Err ..

According to rumors about Apple's wireless charger that has been delayed again, apparently it contains an A* SoC just like iPhones, Apple TVs and HomePod. There's no reason I can think of why you'd put something that powerful in a simple charging mat, so it is obviously something more.

Whether that "something more" is wireless power at a distance ala Energous, or some sort of very high speed near field communication that would obsolete the need for a physical port even for a connection as high bandwidth as 4K HDMI, who knows. It will be interesting to see what it is, and what it needs that computing power for.

US Supreme Court blocks internet's escape from state sales taxes

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Re: Er ....

Most likely we'll see many online sites other than the biggest send you to another site for final checkout, like they do if you checkout using Paypal. That will let someone else do the calculation and take on the liability if they're wrong.

I'm a little annoyed that I will no longer be able to buy stuff from eBay retailers, newegg and so forth without sales tax, that probably saved me a few hundred dollars a year. But I suppose if I owned a brick and mortar retailer that had to compete with that I'd pretty pissed about paying sales tax and property tax only to have locals shop online because I couldn't afford to match their pricing so it should help prevent physical stores from disappearing entirely.

Mate, have a Flutter on the Darts: Google's mobe app toolkit for Fuchsia, others emerges

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Are we 100% sure Google officially stated that Fuschia will replace Android? AFAIK they've been developing this and said it would scale from IoT devices all the way to phones and laptops. Are people deciding that's what it must be?

Replacing Android has more to do with what Samsung and LG want, not what Google wants. If big Android OEMs don't like the idea of handing over even more control to Google, they might continue selling Android phones. It isn't like Google is going to pull Android off the market when Fuschia arrives. Given that it would start from scratch app-wise, even if the OS is better in other ways its success wouldn't be assured.

And I wouldn't assume Fuschia would fix Android's fragmentation issues - a lot of that has to do with the wide array of hardware out there and companies that aren't interested in updating drivers for their old hardware. If it is a true microkernel it would help, but everyone always plans to use a microkernel right up until the time they keep getting beat in benchmarks by big kernels running on the same hardware (i.e. a Fuschia vs Android benchmark contest) especially with stuff like graphics. Running graphics drivers in user space will NOT be good for gaming...

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Early developer landrush

Since Google is pushing Fuschia as the replacement for Android, I don't think anyone is going to be caught off guard by it getting big the way they were when Apple introduced the App Store for the then few million iPhone owners.

HPE CEO pledges $4bn Edge R&D splurge

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They gotta sell new kit

They (not just HP, but the IT industry as a whole) are always going to sell the "next big thing" and it will always be something that's a totally different direction than what they were selling you a few years ago.

"Don't buy standalone servers anyone, you want blade servers"

"Don't set up servers dedicated to a task, you want a private cloud"

"Don't ship all your raw data to the cloud, you need edge computing to do the heavy lifting before it reaches your cloud"

I wonder if next they'll try to tell people that you should have servers dedicated to a task so you can be sure critical tasks get sufficient performance, and we'll be back at standalone servers again...

Verizon promises to stop selling its subscribers' location data... for now

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Re: Much ado...

That's IP geolocation data. Everyone knows that's mostly worthless, but that's not what Verizon et al were selling. They were selling your location as triangulated by their cell towers. Your Wordpress site was not using that far more accurate data.

Securus was getting the triangulation data, not the worthless geolocation data web sites get based off IP addresses.

UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties

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Re: Compensation

So no incentive for them to work hard to get service back up unless they are getting close to the 24 hour mark, I guess.

Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

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Apple Watch

While it looks like a 'failure' or at best a niche product, that's only because it is measured against the iPhone monster. Tim Cook said the Watch business was about the size of a Fortune 300 company. That's a business the size of eBay or Netflix! I should think many companies would be hungry for even a small piece of that.

That said I still don't see the need for a smart watch. I own an iPhone but have no plans to get a Watch, and while I work out a lot I haven't ever really desired a fitness band. I don't care what my exact heart rate is. If I can feel it pounding and I'm breathing hard I know I'm getting a good workout regardless of what the numbers might be.

Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?

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We need one way ethernet

The ethernet guys need to create a one way networking standard for stuff like this (SCADA being another good example of something that needs one way networking, though RS232 is usually reasonable for its data rates) This would get them off the drudgery of creating this never-ending soup of 2.5, 5, 25, 40, 50, 100, 200, and 400 Gb ethernet over multiple types of fiber and copper media...can't understand why there are ANY copper media standards aside from twisted pair!

I saw some designs for one way ethernet cables for fast ethernet - you needed to fool it with voltage on the return path so it wasn't as simple as cutting wires but doable and would work perfectly well for a protocol like UDP that doesn't need acknowledgement. Having a serial cable as a side channel for checksums and requests to resend when checksums don't match would turn the "U" into a "R" without needing two way communication on the network link.

And that is definitively that ... for now. 5G's carrier features frozen

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It won't be any faster on a bits per Hz basis than LTE, and there are only minor improvements in signal. The main benefit of 5G is greatly reduced latency as compared with LTE.

5G is being treated as a big deal talking about 'fast fast fast' not because it is any real advance on that front, but because a LOT of spectrum is being opened up for it, especially in the 28-39 GHz range.

Just as LTE has not really advanced in speed much once it hit 150 Mbps, with subsequent increases all down to how many MHz a single client can grab, 5G will be able to gray MANY more MHz at once from those wide open Ka band regions and thus go even faster than LTE.

It's time for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 to die (die, die)

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Re: Requiring old stuff to meet KEY new requirements is routine in the physical world

Generally old buildings don't need to meet ALL current fire codes. They pick and choose (it is up to JHA)

Retrofitting old buildings with sprinklers is very expensive, and generally isn't enforced, at least not for all types of occupancy (i.e. might be for hotels, but not for offices)

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Re: Needing TLS 1.0 is not a surprise

I'm sure someone will say "but almost all devices are able to update themselves these days" and while that may be true (ignoring the concerns over devices you never directly interface with updating themselves silently through a black box process) the problem will be that the vendors won't deliver updates.

If you had purchased a device in 1999 and it guaranteed updates for five years (better than any Android phones you can buy today, so probably pretty unlikely to see a guarantee like that for IoT) it would be stuck with TLS 1.0 when the updates stopped in 2004. While that might not be a worry for a throwaway device like a light bulb, something that you typically would keep using a lot longer like a "smart lock" or thermostat or fire alarm panel is likely to be woefully insecure during most of the time you own it.

Who's going to know - and if they do will they care - that most of their "smart home" tech is wide open to attack, even if they bought a brand name willing to give a 'really great' five year support guarantee?

Fraudster admits she was OPM dealer: Leaked US govt staff files used to bag cash, car loans

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Its not just for plea deals

The threat of long sentences is also to get them to roll over on other criminals. Since the person convicted here did so to the tune of five fellow conspirators, according to the article, her sentence is likely to be towards the short end of that range (especially if someone else was the mastermind)

Apple hauled into US Supreme Court over, no, not ebooks, patents, staff wages, keyboards... but its App Store

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These guys are saying that because Apple has the only app store to buy iOS apps, that Apple is able to charge 30%, but the commission would be lower if there were alternatives.

Google has the play store, but there are third party app stores for Android apps. Google charges the same 30% commission. If their logic was correct, Google would not be able to charge a 30% commission due to the "competition" from those third party app stores.

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mark the life of Slack for Windows Phone

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Re: Surface Phone? How many attempts is this?

They still haven't realized that compatibility between a person's phone and their PC is pretty much irrelevant, so they keep hoping they can make a Windows Phone that will leverage their near monopoly in operating systems.

Google says Pixel 2's narcoleptic display is being fixed in June update

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Re: So... where are all the class action lawsuits?

Fewer customers and less news coverage means most people who have this problem probably feel like they're the only ones.

Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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Automotive security

The owners of cars make it even worse. Next time you are a bored passenger in a car in heavy traffic, pull out your phone and scan for Bluetooth stuff in the area. Won't take long before you find a car with a Bluetooth ODB II module left plugged in. Hands up anyone who thinks Bluetooth is secure, and wouldn't mind driving a car that gives strangers access to their ECM while driving.

It would be nice if they'd warn you on the package to only connect it for diagnosis, but one of their marketing points is that you can get access to all sorts of data while driving. They just don't tell you the dangers of leaving it plugged in given that Bluetooth security is far from perfect. Or at least there was no such warning on the one I have, which is wifi (for some reason iOS doesn't work well with the Bluetooth ones) And of course while we all like to think wifi is secure, there's a reason we're now waiting for WPA 3 to appear, but even if I had one that was WPA 3 when that standard is finished I wouldn't think it is worth it to leave that plugged in and possibly trust my life to WPA 3 security!

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Re: SCADA systems running windows

So fairly secure, then?

Pretty sure a DOS 3.0 PC has never been successfully attacked over the internet, so you could make the argument it is better than any of the other OSes (Win98, XP, 7, 10, Linux, OpenVMS) mentioned in this thread in that respect...

Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

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Re: "So Hillary was suppose to know what she was doing was wrong but not James Comey?"

Eh, there's no vindication when you do something wrong and someone else is doing the same wrong thing. Though it might have been an argument against prosecution had she been prosecuted (the "everyone in government is doing it, why am I alone taking the fall" argument)

She was doing it to avoid leaving a paper trail because she knew she was going to run for president and didn't want a bunch of investigations dogging her. Ironic, isn't it, that instead of having a few congressional committees getting hold of her work emails and finding nothing of note, instead ALL her emails both work and personal were released the world, and the main thing of note found was her improper use of private email! If she'd done the right thing, she most likely would be president.

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Re: "So Hillary was suppose to know what she was doing was wrong but not James Comey?"

The funny thing is that he offered a weak excuse, which reminded me of the weak excuse Hillary offered. Her excuse wasn't good enough to stop him from berating her before saying the FBI wasn't going to charge her, but apparently his excuse was good enough to keep using GMail.

Its the same "I know better than anyone else" attitude that let him overrule established DOJ guidelines and precedents by making public details of Hillary's email case while it was under investigation, berating her when he announced it was closed, announcing it was reopened a week before the vote, while not making details of Trump's already-ongoing Russian collusion investigation public.

Those DOJ rules exist to take the decision making of an individual out of it, so everyone is treated equally. Had both investigations been made public, or both remained secret, at least the treatment would have been even handed. But his "I know better" policy prevented even that. And yet there are still some republicans who claim Comey favored Hillary!

Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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Yep, it got easier and easier as technology continued to progress. I downloaded a DJ app for my iPhone a while back intending to fool around and see what it can do but never got around to it. Maybe this weekend I'll check it out now that its top of mind again.

The ironic thing is that while I correctly assessed that being a skilled DJ would matter much less when computers could do the job for you, I totally missed that a small number of DJs would be able to make millions of dollars a year in the future. Not that it would have helped me had I chosen that as a career path - it isn't about skill it is about star power. Unless Paris Hilton really is such an amazing DJ that she's worth $300,000 for a night's work!

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Re: Instant lockout

That would make it kind of hard to connect to a computer, since the phone is going to go to sleep (and lock) after a minute or two.

The one hour delay isn't a problem because it starts from the time you last unlocked your phone with a password. It has been at least a couple days since I last unlocked my X (supposedly you need to unlock with a password every 48 hours to re-enable Touch ID / Face ID, but I find it sometimes goes longer so I'm not sure exactly how this works)

That means if the FBI broke down my door right now, and grabbed it out of my hands just after I had picked up my phone and unlocked it with my face, even if they had a Cellbrite machine with them and plugged it in immediately it wouldn't work. They'd have to get lucky and raid me within an hour of the time I last typed in the password, and then only have the remaining part of that hour left. i.e. I unlocked it with a password 45 minutes ago, they have 15 minutes to try to brute force my password. And good luck to them, because it is a password not a passcode so the Cellbrite won't work for them anyway!

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Ah well I knew the days of being good with the turntables were numbered when a friend who ran a mobile DJ company showed me his latest toy - a Numark board that had two CD players with pitch control and a "mix" button. It was only a matter of time before the million monkeys took over all but the priciest venues because few patrons can tell a live performance from a computerized or pre-staged one - they might notice a blown mix but 1) not realize it means the DJ is performing live and 2) prefer the "perfect" pre-staged one anyway.

I never liked re-using the same mixes very often unless they were really something, so I was always doing something different. I'd make cassette recordings for people for $20 for whatever I happened to play during that 90 minutes. It was always fun to listen to the next day, since I was usually so drunk by the time things got really hopping I couldn't remember what I'd played. I learned some of my favorite mix combinations listening to what I'd drunkenly come up with the night before :)

Swiss cops will 'tolerate' World Cup rabble-rousers – for 60 minutes

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Re: No baths at night?

Anyone who does that will find the deposits created by urine "mellowing" overnight require occasional muriatic acid soaking to clean the U-bend - otherwise the porcelain becomes less smooth and the brown things don't always flush down so well.

Been there, done that, not worth it. Besides, if you have a female in the house they'll overrule "letting it mellow" anyway :)

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