* Posts by Vector

532 posts • joined 21 Feb 2011

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Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

Vector

Re: Symbiotic relationship

" they'd end up punishing their own userbase as much as they'd punish Uber"

Apple's userbase can use other ride sharing services, ones which, hopefully (possibly vain, but still), have more aboveboard and legal business models. Uber, on the other hand, needs to be seriously smacked upside the head for their continuing practice of doing whatever the fsck they want regardless of laws and ethical behavior.

The idea that we can't punish a company operating illegally and unethically simply because some people like it is ludicrous.

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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

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Re: So?

"...I'm switching our entire business to macOS and the Apple ecosystem for everything..."

So...your solution to the Windows lock-in problem is to replace it with the Apple lock-in problem?

Now you've locked yourself into software and hardware.

Expensive hardware at that...

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PACK YOUR BAGS! Boffins spot Earth-size planet most likeliest yet to harbor alien life

Vector

Re: Even if we could get there, somehow

"we'd just have to wave to them from orbit."

...while they laughed at how fragile we are...

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Overcharge customers, underpay the serfs. Who else but Uber (allegedly)

Vector

Hmmm...

This sounds like more rules, and we know how Uber feels about those.

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FedEx will deliver you $5.00 just to install Flash

Vector
FAIL

Re: I may do it....

Do you really need to print that much? 'Cause they ain't givin' ya 5 bucks, they're giving you a credit you can use at checkout...

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GiftGhostBot scares up victims' gift-card cash with brute-force attacks

Vector
Devil

Boy that's gonna really suck for all them ransomware kiddies demanding gift cards for the unlock code.

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New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

Vector

Re: Same Old Tricks?

"If you can buy a 4G MIMO cellular modem with a built in GPS/GLONASS chipset for $5, I'm sure Apple's procurement execs would love to hear from you."

I doubt it since that price is probably about right. I did a spot check on the interwebs and, though this is not a comprehensive survey by any means, I found a Qualcomm LTE modem (just the chip) for $10.60 each in lots of 10! Didn't look at the specs, so although probably not as capable, I'm fairly confident that Apple, with their buying power can get the chip you describe at about 5 bucks.

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Fix crap Internet of Things security, booms Internet daddy Cerf

Vector

Re: I hope "the answer" isn't EVEN MORE gummint...

"My own belief is that SOME gummint (i.e. liability laws)..."

I believe liability is all that's required. Make the producers responsible for the safety and security of their products just like we do with other industries. As mentioned above, you have to affect their bottom line or nothing will happen. Liability laws will do just that.

Where to draw the line is probably the biggest debate.

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

Vector

As affirmed by the "Citizens United" decision, corporations are people enough to be granted constitutional rights which would include the right against self incrimination. To my mind, corporate structures should exist purely for financial indemnification and nothing more.

Of course, virtually every time a corporation gets sued, they settle "without admitting fault," so maybe the fifth amendment is irrelevant for them anyway...

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Vector

Re: so Desperation

"The difference is that when such a sumbag's ext HDD is decrypted, they seemingly stand a good chance of being jailed. Whilst an honest ordinary upstanding member of society such as yourself wouldn't."

This assumes that governments are steady-state, which is often not the case. Today's fine upstanding citizen can quite easily become tomorrow's undesirable as the winds of change flow through the corridors of state.

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Vector

Stop treating corporations as people and you wouldn't have that problem.

"That won't help..."

Yes, it would. If corporations are not people then corporations have no fifth amendment right to assert.

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"Scores of companies now encrypt their data," Terzian wrote. "In the EFF’s alternate universe, these companies are effectively immune from discovery and subpoenas."

Stop treating corporations as people and you wouldn't have that problem.

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

Vector

Re: Good way to lose customers

"Unwanted audio adverts is the killer application..."

Heh, first time I've hear of a killer app killing the product!

And I'm aghast at Google's response. Talk about tone-deaf.

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Google deploys flamethrower on Android ad-fraud apps

Vector

"Google didn’t name any apps it had expelled..."

And so, yet again, we're left to wonder if we have any of these "bad actors" on our phones. Probably a case of the horse already out of the barn, but still, I'd uninstall an app if I knew that it was up to no good. Not publishing the list just leaves us scratching our heads...

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President Trump-themed escort services may soon open in China

Vector

Re: More income that he won't pay Tax on???

"What's fake anymore? What's real?"

Allow me to clarify.

Fake news: Any news item the President doesn't like.

Real News: Any news item the President does like.

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CIA hacking dossier leak reignites debate over vulnerability disclosure

Vector

"...so critics are actually arguing that the government should spend millions on vulnerabilities in order to disclose them to vendors."

Why, that sounds like a marvelous way to spend taxpayer dollars since I always thought my tax dollars were supposed to work for me!

"Security pundits fear that information exposed in the release will allow cybercriminals and less capable nation states to up the ante."

A) If the CIA is buying these exploits, wouldn't it be a bit naive to assume that no one else has a checkbook.

B) Equally simplistic is the idea that the folks the CIA bought the exploit from are the only ones to discover it. This is not a zero sum game and it's also not like guarding nuclear secrets where you need hard materials in addition to knowledge (OK, you need a computer, but...).

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Your next PC is… your 'Droid? Remix unveils Continuum-killer

Vector

Re: Luddite here

OK, you're a Luddite. :D

Maybe we could dig up an old PDP 11 for ya. I hear they were never going to be replaced by any microcomputer toy like that upstart Apple makes.

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Tosh in deeper financial doo-doo as banks crank up the pressure

Vector
Joke

Would someone please tell me what Daniel Tosh has to do with IT!?

Every time I see one of these articles, I have just a moment...

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

Vector

Re: "only block those [..] who have never entered the country previously"

"Every last White American Idiot is an immigrant from some other country..."

No, most white American idiots are descended from immigrants, though some actually are immigrants.

I, myself, am a native American (I am not indigenous but I am native). My grandfather and his mother and sister were immigrants, but I was born here and have never known any other home.

This, in fact, is a large part of the problem: people in the US forget that we are largely descended from immigrants and those nouveau natives now want to keep the country to themselves.

But even with all of that, this new idea of forcing people to surrender access to social media accounts is ludicrous! It's as much an invasion as asking for the keys to your car or house!

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

Vector

"...making firewall changes that cut off all their traffic..."

TBH, if you haven't done this at least once, you're not a true admin.

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THE SCHMIDT HITS THE BAN: Keep your gloves off AI, military top brass

Vector

"machine-learning research needs to be out in the open under public scrutiny, not locked away in some secret military lab"

Yeah...

Good luck with that.

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Judge green lights Microsoft vs Uncle Sam gag order case

Vector

Re: The Cloud..

Which is why I refuse to use cloud storage. That and the whole MegaUpload fiasco. I feel sorry for all the legitimate users of that service.

My data is mine! If the government wants to see it, they need to serve me with a warrant!

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Vector

Re: you can't sue Uncle Sam

No, it's yet another modern privacy catch 22. The only parties that have standing to sue can't because no one can or will tell them that they have standing.

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Comcast lied and now it must STFU: Its cable broadband is not 'the fastest' in the US

Vector
Trollface

Trumpisms

I believe you meant to refer to "alternative facts" rather than "alternate facts."

I know Trumpish can be a challenging language, but precision is key!

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More tech companies join anti-Trump battle, but why did some pay for his inauguration?

Vector

Agreed. If they had made the contributions after the travel ban was instituted, charges of hypocrisy might be justified. Sequence of events is important here.

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Human memory, or the lack of it, is the biggest security bug on the 'net

Vector

Re: "sneak a key logger"

"Option #2 is access an encrypted database of passwords over an encrypted connection behind a firewall on a system running antivirus and other security software, with the remote possibility that all of those security measures might simultaneously fail"

We were talking about using a password safe on a smartphone which fails many of the above conditions. I looked at the obfuscation system you referenced and it looks like a fine way to guard passwords in the safe but it does nothing to protect the password to access Keypass itself. That is the real issue.

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Vector

Re: "the only available computer is communal"

Your smartphone is "communal"?

No...

But your smartphone is connected to that great community in the sky known as the internet. As soon as someone can sneak a key logger on to it, all your password are belong to them. Not just for the sites you use from that phone, every password in your safe!

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Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

Vector

Re: Once again, a distorted and misleading article

Methinks you did not properly understand the article. El Reg is not saying that the stock is down, they're saying that analysts (well, one analyst, at least) predict the stock will be down.

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Oracle sues its own star sales rep after she wins back $200k in pay fight

Vector

"Oracle, which requires salespeople to agree to binding arbitration to avoid costly disputes in court, is unhappy that an arbitrator ruled against it. So it is suing one of its own employees..."

So...it's binding unless the corporation that forced the arbitration doesn't like the result.

nice...

<sigh>

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Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity

Vector

Re: nothing like pissing off your friends

"Can they continue to sell the Pixel at iPhone prices? Can they beat Apple at their own game?"

Probably not. Apple won't be able to maintain their prices either, more than likely.

Smartphones are a commodity now. If the PC business is any indication (and I think it is), when tech becomes a commodity, the Chinese take over and the margins fall through the floor. We can already see the beginnings of this with phones from ZTE (like the Axon 7 mentioned above), Huawei, Oneplus, etc. They've got phones that do most (meaning the vast majority of) tasks just fine for prices starting at 2/3rds less and going down from there.

Apple and Google might get some traction from status since smartphones are something you carry with you and can wave around smugly, but I doubt that will last long.

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Verizon is gonna axe its 'unlimited' data hogs

Vector

To all the wireless carriers...

Either your plan is unlimited or it's not! Period. Don't point me to all the crap in the fine print.

In this case with Verizon, apparently it's a 200Gb plan. That's a lot of data, but it's still not unlimited.

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Why don't people secure their IoT gadgets? 'It's not my problem'

Vector

Re: @oldtaku - And consumers shouldn't be expected to

"... nobody is in the business of providing software upgrades..."

Make them responsible for the damage their lack of concern for securing the devices they put out causes and you might find that bottom line changing drastically.

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Uber to Cali DMV: Back off, pal, our 'self-driving cars' aren't self driving

Vector

Uber's philosophy

Rules!? We don' need no stinkin' rules!

We're innovators!

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Everything at Apple Watch is awesome, insists Tim Cook

Vector

Re: Just let me

Yeah, this does look a lot like a repeat of the Newton. Interesting product searching for an audience while being massively undercut by a "good enough" competitor.

Looks to me like History is slowly repeating itself and this time, there's no Saint Steve to come to the rescue.

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US Supreme Court slashes Samsung's patent payout to Apple

Vector
Angel

@BigJohn Re: Yes, but it has FOUR corners!

I'm sorry, but since your corners cannot be discerned, your damages will be increased by infinity.

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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

Vector

Re: Maybe consumer groups...

"Maybe non pilots don't understand how little an autopilot does in the air..."

So, then, perhaps non-pilots shouldn't use a system called autopilot in their cars.

"Maybe they need to look at human vehicles for their standard, not to some vision of the cars of the next generation(s) expecting those to materialise without first passing through this generation..."

But do we really need to test this generation on public thoroughfares?

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Re: 98%

"It's hard to legislate for the 2% of 'tards who can't be bothered to RTFM."

No...it's not. It's simple really. DON'T ALLOW IMPLEMENTATION OF BETA SYSTEMS IN VEHICLES USED ON PUBLIC ROADS!!!

I'm all for self driving cars but Tesla has jumped the gun in releasing this semi-autonomous system to the public. If even one person can misconstrue the name or significantly misuse the system, then that one person poses a hazard to navigation.

Much as I want a self driving vehicle, all of these semi-autonomous steps along the way to that goal are going to add up to a nightmare on the highways.

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

Vector

"Pure apple porn."

Silly goose! That's what the internet is for!

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Software licencing gets easier in the cloud? Not if your name is Microsoft

Vector

Re: "How do I get what I'm getting today and pay the same?"

But, but, but..! They said you get More Features!

...so if you have everything you need, too bad, you're getting useless crap and a higher bill.

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Oh joy. You can now buy a gold plated quadcopter drone

Vector

Re: I understand it is just a very thin layer...

Yet still enough to blind pilots when the idiots fly where they're not supposed to...

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Four US states demand restraining order to stop internet power handover to ICANN

Vector
Black Helicopters

Re: They know what it is and how it works

That and also "who put them up to this?" and "why only those 4 states"?

I find it rather interesting that this is being spearheaded by the Texas AG, a post formerly inhabited by Ted Cruz, and the arguments sound amazingly similar to those he put forward in his little committee hearing on this contract.

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

Vector
Happy

"Those who know a little - think they know everything."

Oh! You mean teenagers!

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What says Internet of Things better than a Bluetooth-controlled smart candle?

Vector

So...a corollary to rule 34:

If it exists, there's a version with a network connection.

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Samsung intros super-speedy consumer SSDs, 'fastest M.2s ever'

Vector

Sigh...

My poor laptop (which really isn't that old) only has mSATA slots.

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Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

Vector

Isn't it time...

So, this is yet another article which makes me wonder at what point we, in the US, come to understand that an internet connection is as important to modern life as roads are and proceed with nationalizing the infrastructure. There are too many examples like this where profits dictate access.

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Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

Vector

"We shouldn't have to delve into the innards of the OS just to get it to obey our instructions."

Ohhh...you thought it was your computer. Silly boy...

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Russia tells Google to cough up some loose change in Android monopoly probe

Vector

Freudian Slip?

"We are confident that the requirements pursuant will provide an opportunity for the development of competition in the mobile software market in Russia, which will benefit our customers."

Shouldn't that be consumers?

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Hackers unleash smart Twitter phishing tool that snags two in three users

Vector

Re: Responsibility to train users

Here's your training in a nutshell:

Just. Don't. Click. On. Dodgy. ShortURLs. People.

URL's can be difficult for the average person to parse, but at least a full URL can be semi-reliably vetted by the domain. ShortURLs could lead anywhere.

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Fun fact of the day: Network routers are illegal in Japan

Vector

Re: First Rate!

it "violates the law, but seems not illegal."

So...it's a quantum law?

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: Telcos try to kill net neutrality

Vector

Re: Those poor innocent profits..

"Based on that, it's just not possible for Americans to have nice things."

We can have nice things. We just have to pay a not-so-nice price for them.

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