* Posts by teknopaul

404 posts • joined 11 Mar 2011


Looming EU copyright rules – tackling Google news article scraping, installing upload filters – under fire from all sides

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Re: It's safe to kick a dead horse

If you hire someone else to pull the trigger you shouldnt get away with murder.

Google have been making big of money out of lots small scale criminals. Knowingly. For years.

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Re: copyleft lunatics?

"Generally, the gimme gimme gimme 'Peanut Gallery' types never produce anything themselves"

Citation needed. The whole copyleft movement came from software devs very much into giving some of their work away while working for a living by selling other works.

I have never met a copyleftist who isnt into publishing their own work.

NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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Why is the fact that it is heading towards us a problem for visibility? Surly position of the sun relative to us is, but presumably thats fixable with a satellite in a solar orbit?

Huawei sales director nicked in Poland on suspicion of 'spying'

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I have huawei kit. I prefer to be hacked by the chinese govt than by the US.

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Re: Comparison

POTUS does not necessarily get what he wants no matter how much he rants. You're vote is not represented by one person alone.

Thank god.

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

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Re: html in email...

Email should use *markdown* or _commonmark_

* No need for two copies

* Viewer can be fancy if you like

* Editor can be fancy if you like

* It easy to see where links go

* No option to hide content ordo sneaky embedding

Or font tricks for that matter

Euro consumer groups: We think Android tracking is illegal

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Re: There is no real option to turn off Location History once it has been enabled;

"The correct way would be to leave it off unless I start using an application where I specifically want it to know my location."

When you buy a phone you should be able to use its location features without sharing your location to advertiser's and without being tricked into doing so by deceptive wording.

If you accept Google being tricky you hand too much power to them in return for to little to consumers. The more power Google have, the more money they take from you via the advertising costs that form part of the price of what you buy.

If Google give you a location tool in return for location data and you are fairly informed about the cost benefit this is deemed ok by GDPR. This is not the case because you are not faily informed. Neither the cost nor what you get in return. s. I don't think consumers are aware of the hidden cost of Google's tracking to product prices so I support the EU govt fighting on our behalf.

All Google have to do to comply is be honest.

If they are incapable of honest trading they should be fined.

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

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Re: Brittle software?

SPDY was pretty close to that. Made all browsers comparatively slow if they were following standards.

I know we have HTML/2 but Google over chrome implemented SPDY way before anyone else was able to do it.

I'm for reulation of some sort that creates a level playing field. The internet is not just a product these days, it is the market.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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Re: Ahhhh shoot!

"if law enforcement fired on the drone from outside the airport, into it..."

Clever! Wait till it enters the same airspace as planes taking off and landing and add bullets. Planes were grounded because of the drone not beforehand.

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

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Re: Shafting as a Service...

Google docs/sheets et al. Its free. Microsoft will find it hard to compete with that for consumers.

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Re: Never guessed...

Subscription Windows will be great. Open shiney new PC no Microsoft tax paid yet. install Linux.

OSIRIS-REx space probe catches a whiff of water on asteroid Bennu

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Re: Still a mystery?

TAGSAM is an uninspired name. The "Noodly apendage" would have been better if we can find an appropriate backronym

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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Re: Why so long??

Simple and cheap ph test should have been done. Love to know what the road side test is that can be so obviously wrong.

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours

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i n c r e m e n t a a a a l b a c k o f f f f f

Err heard of it.

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

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Re: This is good.

I thumbs up using standard usb 5v to power a pi. Wish my phones all did that.

Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans

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63 billion

Thats too much money.

Talk free market, walk Monolpoly.

Selling phones is not a natural monopoly. More and more the device that uses the internet _is_ the market.

'The inmates have taken over the asylum': DNS godfather blasts DNS over HTTPS adoption

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Re: Another step

Heartily agree. What privacy do we get by using ssl to to dns via

Whoever we use we go to the ip on port 443 shortly after the dns lookup anyway.

Spotted: Miscreants use pilfered NSA hacking tools to pwn boxes in nuke, aerospace worlds

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Re: Remember Kasperski Labs...

Re "Kaspersky seems to find security issues that no other security researchers find or report."

All security researchers find issues no one else has found or reported.

Otherwise they would be called security pirates.

Samsung's graphene batteries promise to charge five times faster – without exploding

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Re: Still not what customers really want

I seem to be regularly a couple of days parted from the bloody type c usb charger this phone needs.

London tipped to lead European data market. Yes, despite Brexit!

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Re: European data market

"Since the EU tends to frown on the marketing of personal data, Brexit would increase London's importance in this sector"

If uk biz knew how to make money out of such data uk would be a buyer.

As it is uk gives data to google and facebook and they make the money.

This is the digital equivalent of having your natural resouces sold off cheap.

Your not "in the market" if you are the product.

Salesforce supremo Benioff buys Time magazine for $190m

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good idea

The "Rare Groove" of publishing.

I'd get a reprint of 10 different. Wired editions that predicted AI is about to change the world.

And private eye 1 thru 100. See if anything has changed.

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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news designed to distract?

Stupid issues like this neatly cover up the ongoing real modern daybslavery issues in US prisons.

Take time to inform yoysrself on the strike if you have seen this and not that.

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Re: Reg

El Reg without comments? I shudder at the thought.

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Re: Full URL

Re"No one even checks if it matches."

I very rarely dont check. I start typing into ff address bar. check that the url is found from history and then select. I rarely write full urls. I dont let fake urls into my history and i clean my history if it happens.

I dont use chrome because they send off what ever you type before you get a chance to correct a typo.

Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: Optional...

Lots of US readers on the reg these days. :)

What do you need a gun on a mars rover for, that in case you find life?

Drink this potion, Linux kernel, and tomorrow you'll wake up with a WireGuard VPN driver

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Re: Why?

"These days, you'd be lucky to get away with a 4GB USB stick.."

I agree with the sentiment.

Linux can still be efficient if you compile with only needed stuff. Check a base rpi for example. ~4Mb for the kernel.

I checked some kernel devs responses to the WireGuard submission, crypto people specifically are not very happy with current state of the patch. Interesting reading. They too dont want duplicated code or bloat.

Linked from HN comments that published this yesterday.

Seems to me the developer of this code is a bit bolshy and might get slapped down a bit before this patch gets applied. :)

I personally see no problem with crypto stuff in userland. Imagine heartbleed in the Linux kernel.

'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist

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Re: The universal law

Enterprising young hacker should have rewritten the software on the xevive to publish the password when entered, copied the encrypted data, faked a hack with incorrect data, returned the device and claimed the prize.

No doubt John would have, to some fanfare on stage, entered the real password on the device to prove it was never hacked. Hacker gets sms with real password opens wallet, profits a cool quarter of a million.

I feel a plead... a plead for speed: FastMail naps amid network blunder

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nice outage

After reading this I'm switching to fastmail.

Sick of Google owning my identity. They have threatenend to close my email account before due to a policy change.

I've tried running my own email server: it is more effort than 30€/yr.

Dixons Carphone: Yeah, so, about that hack we said hit 1.2m records? Multiply that by 8.3

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I dont think companies should be allowed to hold full credit card data.

If they couldn't they would have to invent some simple app that requests you credit card for monthly purcheses that takes a one click response on a phone to send, for example, the back 8 numbers off the card.

If you used it, this app would have your own cc numbers in your phone to support it. Each hack would result in one half of a cc number exposed instead of ten million full ones.

Big companies, and them charities that take regular payments from granny, would not like it. But consumers would be happy to be asked politely before money is taken off them.

Mamma Mia! UK film fans forced to Q as Vue's website craps itself

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I imagine because the British enjoy queueing.

Its not often website makers rebuild the experience of waiting inline for a ticket.

Only a British company would develop this feature.

I used to enjoy waiting in line in the rain for a ticket to the show.

I'm going to buy from Vue while standing in the shower with a waterproof mobile phone to re-live that experience.

Vue should consider adding a feature where you dont necessarily get a ticket at all after that wait. Offering instead a link to a caf next to a bus stop on the way home.

UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

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Re: I would hardly expect precise targetting

"Fortunately I don't believe GCHQ could genuinely monitor everything regardless of the tin foil hat brigades comments."

Google "full take". You dont have to believe tin foil hat brigade you just had to take your fingers out of your ears during Snowdens revelations.

Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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Re: stuck on HTTP

"nobody can point to people using HTTPS over HTTP and state that it's *less* secure."

Nobody suggesting bricking up the windows of your house is less secure.

Security where its needed.

A house with glass windows is not in-secure. Its just a house and not a prison.

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Re: Yay... maybe?

One perfectly good reason is that you are publishing HTML dont have any tracking cookies and have nothing at all to hide and dont have enough viewers to be a target.

I'm all for security where it is needed. I resent being bullied by Google.

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

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Served by the 228ml




Windows 10 IoT Core Services unleashed to public preview

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tried and tested windows update

I defo feel tried and tested by it.

Compared to setting up a .deb repo and creating debs which is a sinch and pretty solid tech.

Installing software on windblows is always an annoyance. Uninstalling is worse or impossible.

Most apps realise its worth rolling your own update system compared to what comes by default with windows. Which is pretty much nothing other that a page of links to various uninstall.exe applications.

I do understand there is more to msi infra. If its got anything why do most if not al windows app devs avoid it?

Microsoft's 'room-scale' Ginormonitor probably not as big as a room

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Re: Surface hub

Silly machines we have in every office. Mad money and they have crippleware office on them. E.g. Does't support powerpoints with svg graphics.

You pay 20g for powerpoint you kinda expect it to have all the bells and whistles.

no idea why they skimp on their own software.

Really hard to save your work too. The os is crippled too. only option is to email a version every now and again.

Apache Cassandra at 10: Making a community believe in NoSQL

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And then apparently instagram released Cassandra on a rocksdb backend.

The circle is a spiral

GitHub to Pythonistas: Let us save you from vulnerable code

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Re: What?

Github underestimated how much the OS community dislikes Micro$oft.

PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

None of your team ever arrived late at a skype meeting because of a forced update?

Never had to hang around for that "dont close your laptop now" message?

Never had staff at their desks doing nothing while "critical updates" that didnt bother to ask you how critical your work is, decide for you, and install themsevles?

Does your dev house do production support?

I bet they keep thier PCs on all day and dont risk reboots. Unless there broken soundcard drivers demand it and then they do so with fingers crossed the bloody thing will come back up again before a call.

Presumably you've never got on a plane and had Microsoft tell you not to turn your PC off while the air host/ess politely reminds you you are legally obliged to.

Maybe your team sits at desks and it does not matter if they work or not?

Thats not a common usecase.

Azure Dev Spaces has hit public preview, so El Reg took it for a spin

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Re: Docker for Windows - bit of a fail

Tell pro/enterprise === dev to Linus or KnR or RiscV peeps.

What does the B in BSD stand for?

This is exactly why Microsoft's recent claimed love for open source should be taken with tablespoon of salt.

Google’s Android Emulator gains AMD and Hyper-V support

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docker relatrd?

Microsoft did a clasic embrace extend and f you, with docker on hyper-v imho.

Install it, and all your vbox virtualization breaks.

Not surprised it was much demanded to run Docker and android vm on the same pc. Wonder why peeps bother with Docker on hyperv tho when you know your being microshafted in the long run.

Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

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Re: Beware Manglement with DHCP laptops

What year was this?

I cant imagine working at a place without dhcp where you could not start work until an IT turned up.

Pi-lovers? There are two fresh OSes for your tiny computers to gobble

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noob boot

Not sure i like the idea of a pointy clicky initial boot process. My raspberry pis dont have keyboards or a mice. I do hope they have considered those of us that leave our pies in the attic.

Oracle Linux now supported on 64-bit Armv8 processors

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Re: Don't trust it.

AFAIK "oracle linux 7 u 4" is rebranded redhat EL 7u4. Without support from redhat who build all the rpms but you pay for support to Oracle.

Presumably oracle remove MariaDB and insert mysql since they inherited the brandname from Sun for mysql but dont develop it.

Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering

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Re: MTBF vs Blast Radius

Where I work we have never had five hours of down time ever.

Budget Surface 'spotted' in Microsoft's crystal ball

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Re: RT reborn?

After years of reading paper magazines with that anoying curvy dip in the middle of the two pages... Apple produce an electronic magazine that has a flat screen.

Microsoft years later patent the electronic magazine reunited with annoying unreadable bit in the middle.

Seems likely they will be ahead in this segment until Apple's notch reaches the bottom of the screen.

Facebook tells users to report crappy customer service from advertisers

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Re: Delete themselves

Word. Facebook is the epitome of a faceless corp that refuses any contact from consumers.

Devuan ships second stable cut of its systemd-free Linux

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systemd free Ubuntu

I'm running a full Ubuntu server OS without systemd.

Install Ubuntu into an lxc container then rm /sbin/init and symlink it to your init system of choice.

So far works fine for all my servers, rsyslog, sshd, nginx, ngircd, xtomp, ii, cron none of which depend on systemd even if they come with systemd boot scripts in ubuntu.

Systemd is installed but not one service is started.

Clearly you have to do your own resolv.conf and boot scripts for your init system. In my case this is oneliners in /etc/rc.local

US govt mulls snatching back full control of the internet's domain name and IP address admin

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Kill Whois and go back to having meetings.


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