* Posts by Tomato42

805 posts • joined 31 May 2011


Public disgrace: 82% of EU govt websites stalked by Google adtech cookies – report

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Re: GDPR is a cookie own-goal

the directive is not stupid, it's their implementation of it that is stupid, and actually not in compliance

the GDPR is clear: the user needs to be able to reject tracking, the tracking must be opt-in, and unless it's necessary to providing the service, rejection of it must not cause the service access to be denied

but of course the markedroids need the graphs to masturbate over so they are trying out how far they can push and get away with

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far too many sites use ajax.googleapis.com and require them to even render any text content

Wondering why 'Devin Nunes herp-face' was trending online? Here's the 411: House rep sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him

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Re: Dim the lights

unfortunately, the US legal system is too crooked, the lie-ers can exclude anybody from the juror duty for showing half a shred of evidence for critical thinking or fragmentary spine

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not to mention that the statements weren't made by Twitter...

Swiss electronic voting system like... wait for it, wait for it... Swiss cheese: Hole found amid public source code audit

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oh, so they solved the problem of verifying that the voting machine is running the same code that the researchers reviewed? and made the process so simple that people that call ZuckBook "the Internets" are able to do this reliably? /s

Transcript leak: Inside Facebook's secret crisis meeting, where Zuck and Sheryl race to save social network's rep

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errr, El Reg, I think your passwords leaked to The Onion, you may want to change them...

God DRAM, that's a big price drop: Memory down 30 per cent, claim industry watchers

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Re: The article's reasoning doesn't make sense

I really can't imagine how you can be doing any work that won't be automated in few years that doesn't require or highly benefit from at least 2 screens

Insane homeowners association tries to fine resident for dick-shaped outline car left in snow

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Re: Power unchecked

the rules of the game are a bit shitty if they under-represent something like 60% of society; it certainly doesn't sound like democracy

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Re: Power unchecked

sorry, but I can't see a situation in which Farage with "reinvigorated" UKIP would have done more damage

> and only the Leave campaign got properly investigated. In any event,

"there were fine people on both sides"

"teach the controversy"

"climate since is not settled"

no, both sides are not the same

US Supremes urged by pretty much everyone in software dev to probe Oracle's 'disastrous' Java API copyright win

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the problem is not Google and is not money

the problem is the precedent it sets

Here come the riled MPs (it's private, huh), Facebook's a digital 'gangster' ('disingen-u-ous'). Zuckerberg he is a failure (on sharing data)

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Thank $DEITY that the UK Is leaving the EU now so it will be at most able to show a threatening finger to Facebook or block it completely. /s

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Re: Do what Microsoft used to do...

it was literally different times

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Re: It's not just designers

The thing is, that the UI actually should depend on the task at hand.

Task you do multiple times every day? it should be as quick to use as possible, with keyboard shortcuts out the wazoo

Task you do once a year? It should have a lot of documentation in the interaction screens themselves with multiple double-checks and confirmations.

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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Re: Yay landfill!

AFAIK, you can make your own tiles from OpenStreetMap data and put on some proprietary devices, don't remember if it was TomTom or Garmin though

Apple puts bullet through 'Do Not Track', FaceTime snooping bug and iOS vulnerabilities

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quid pro quo

they don't honour my DNT cookie I don't render their ads, seems only fitting

Yay, we got a B for maths. Literally, a bee: Little nosy nectar nerds smart enough to add, abstract numbers

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Re: You'd think people bright enough to train bees to do arithmetic

you forgot "YOLO" and to "yeet" out of here, impostor

Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you've turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral

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Re: Not even close

really? the Microsoft that is shipping Linux binaries now and has contributed hundreds of patches to the kernel is the same as the one that was saying that GPL is cancer and the that Linux is a "fad"?

"factually incorrect" comes to mind

Civil liberties groups take another swing at Brit snooping regime in Euro human rights court

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Re: Well ...

I am not even surprised...

It's like they don't know that American Exceptionalism has "American" in it

Grumble Pai: FCC boss told by House Dems to try the novel concept of putting US folks first, big biz second

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Re: Corporate Stool....

no, the previous FCC chairman was very much pro consumer

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

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over 50 people die across Europe because of drunk drivers every day and we collectively decided to do nothing about it

things usually have to become very bad before people say enough is enough

Seagate punts external PS4 drive at the millions who uninstalled their game libraries to fit Red Dead Redemption 2

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Re: Replace it

STATA2 is still 300MiB/s I highly doubt that the PS4 can consume data at this rate and given it has to work with rotating rust it definitely won't be too slow

Apple: Trust us, we've patented parts of Swift, and thus chunks of other programming languages, for your own good

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EU has no patent office. There is a European Patent Office, but it's completely separate from the EU.

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Re: ignoring the fact of Prior Art ?

"ignoring the fact of Prior Art ? "

ah, I see you're not familiar with the past not-work of the US Patent Office. Ignoring Prior Art is the raison d'être of the Patent Office

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos

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French diplomat: Spies gonna spy – there aren't any magical cyberspace laws that can prevent it

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Re: No, we can fix it

I already hear the screams "but but but money!"

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m

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Re: Tiny mammoth

yes, there's hoping that this is just the slap on the wrist before real fines start getting put forward

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Re: a mammoth €50m

yes, surely those are mimmoth fines!

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Re: re: There is no Refuse option available.

except that profiling users is not integral part necessary to even show ads, let alone show the contents of the website

and as it is not integral to providing the service, it requires informed and optional consent from the user according to GDPR

and this is exactly why google was fined

Huawei and Intel hype up AI hardware, TensorFlow tidbits, and more

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it seems to me like the term is being thrown around... I didn't see anything that a bit of colour correction and fudging with playback wouldn't achieve.

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: Oh God

illegals enter through legal ports of entry, and even then, most of them (about 2/3) don't even drive or walk into the US, they fly in to the US.

ah, why I even bother, for conservatives facts never matter, it's always about feelings

Amazon takes aim at MongoDB with launch of Mongo-compatible DocumentDB

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It's the Embrace step, I wonder when they will take the next two...

Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election

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Re: Or, just maybe...

...Or the Earth is flat, or the moon is made out of cheese.

also, you do know that there's a third option? the "I don't know"?

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Re: Respect my authoritay

It's not different with the post-soviet states, where you knew that the media was lying to you. Yet it's primarily the old generation that support the likes of Orban or Kaczynski who use fake news to further their agenda. Hell, they commonly use the same rhetorical devices!

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who would have thought that part of population most upset about the world changing around them and least flexible when that change is inevitable would look for any kind of consolation that "it's not me, they are wrong" /s

it's sad, really

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

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Re: People stil falling for the fake email.

Just say that you are from a TLA, for most folk it sounds scary enough.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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Re: No interference?

It's a misconception, there's no "China Export" mark: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=P-2007-5938&language=EN

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

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Re: Yeah...

as if Repugnants haven't been mocking Obama's Tan Suit, his choice of mustard and Michelle's bare shoulders

Ah, right, I forgot, people in science and entertainment are allowed to have an opinion on politics only if it agrees with Repugnant world-view.

> Any society can easily determine its rulers by understanding who they're not allowed to mock

> So if not him, who exactly is ruling you?

clearly, it's the kids with stage three cancer

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"did complain that it was unethical and immature"

I'm quite sure that "unethical" and "immature" are the least significant offences that Agent Orange has committed.

So you want to archive our enterprise data? Well, let's see where you fall on Gartner's magic square...

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Google has no "ability to execute"? The same Google that effectively has no size limit on gmail mailboxes? That Google?

I know we listen to Gartner mostly for the laughs, but this is just pathetic.

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

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Actual efficiency?

"While converting heat to electricity is inefficient, that loss can be overcome by the potential cost savings – storing heat is 50x to 100x cheaper than storing electricity, the researchers say."

actual numbers for that? missing. wonder why...

thermal solar already struggles to be competitive with PV and while electric heating is close to 100% efficient, the extraction would have to be an order of magnitude better than thermal solar

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Re: "cheaper"

as if there were no massive industrial disasters related to coal, oil or gas...

we would need to average one Chernobyl a year for nuclear to be in the same ballpark of deaths caused per MWh of electricity produced as the above three

Identity stolen because of the Marriott breach? Come and claim your new passport

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they state that those are numbers before deduplication

not all receptionists bother to search for a customer in the database when checking-in

In case you're not already sick of Spectre... Boffins demo Speculator tool for sniffing out data-leaking CPU holes

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Re: Refund

and you checked that those "reputable places" don't run on AWS or other IaaS infrastructure?

yes, you are wisely limiting effects of those vulnerabilities, but that doesn't mean you are unaffected by them, even if your endpoint is secure

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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no, they are going to outlaw CO₂ thus solving Global Warming once and for all

Once And For All!

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US was big so it could strong-arm crypto makers in the 90's to implement "export grade" crypto, a mistake we most recently paid for this year, almost 20 years after it was deemed unnecessary

somehow I don't see Ozzies to be this "successful"

No, you haven't gone deaf – the Large Hadron Collider has been wound down for more upgrades

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@navidier so you haven't been forced to upgrade the OS when the software running on that OS is not yet verified/fixed to support the new version?

that sounds exactly like the thing the MS users have been denied

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those are boffins, they didn't make the mistake to use Windows in the first place

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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Re: "I have already found that the content ID filter"

there's also the other side of ContentID, the one that flags videos that include CC0 and public domain music for copyright infringement. The one that gives you no way to really escalate it when the claimant "disputes" your claim that using CC0 music really isn't copyright infringement.

requiring ContentID on everything only gives power to people that can hire a lot of lawyers – publishers – not small content creators

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Re: Reminds me of a Doctor Who Christmas epsiode

Unlike the publishers that have manipulated the other side of the argument?

And I underline publishers, it's not the authors that reap the benefits

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Isn't it bad?

Isn't Article 13 the same Article 13 that both Cory Doctorow and the Electronic Frontier Foundation consider "extinction-level incident"?

yes, Google is a corporation, but that doesn't mean that their priorities can't align with priorities of regular citizens


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