* Posts by Eguro

334 posts • joined 29 Jun 2011

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

Eguro

Re: Every time you visit Google with Edge, you see an ad for Chrome

I just visited my local google. and was met with:

"Google recommends Chrome. Do you want to try it?"

in the corner.

And I am well and firmly inside the EU.

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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Paris Hilton

"want to levy more tax then draft better laws."

Isn't that what they're proposing?

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

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Re: inconsistent

It was falsely reported by ElReg, and others I'm sure, that he changed his story a week later.

The story we're now hearing is actually the story he told the police and courts on the day he was found. It happened behind closed doors at the courts, so the only publicly known story was the initial one about dropping her off.

I commented this same fact on the relevant article:

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/2/2017/08/22/private_sub_captain_says_reporter_died/#c_3268431

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Eguro

I believe his claim is that he panicked and sort of became suicidal.

I have no idea why he'd dump the body, but he apparently then sank the boat in some idiotic suicide attempt.

At least I think that's his version of events.

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Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

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Just a note. According to the courts he originally told the courts that she had died and he had buried her at sea, but due to closed doors that information was not revealed.

About a week later it was decided to release this information partly to end any discussions of searching for her, and what could have happened.

So he might initially (when he was pulled from the boat) have given one story, but - as far as I know - he has maintained the now-revealed version of events from the very first day in court - that is last Saturday.

http://www.dr.dk/nyheder/indland/retskorrespondent-peter-madsens-forklaring-skal-afmystificere-ubaadssagen (second to last section of this article)

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Europe's 'one patent court to rule them all' vision may be destroyed by EPO shenanigans

Eguro

For the love of...

Why can't these people just fucking work in the way they're meant to (or in the way we're told that they're meant to).

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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The aftermath will be interesting

In my eyes, it's nice to see the EU show some guts or - proverbial I guess - balls. Good job Vestager.

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Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

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Paris Hilton

Re: Excellent

"The only impact of anti-gun laws is to encourage bad people into using unbreakable private end to end gun"

I don't get it.

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

Eguro
Paris Hilton

Re: I'm in charge of me

Insurance?

Surely the makers of the automatic cars will be the ones who need to insure them?

You insure your car in the event you break it. If [CAR COMPANY AI] is the one driving it, surely [CAR COMPANY] should be liable if the driver wrecks it?

You might have to have a passive insurance for such things as doors in parking lots, weather events, keying etc. - but accidents while driving must surely be the responsibility of the driver - that is [CAR COMPANY]?!

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Google can't spare 113 seconds of revenue to compile data on its gender pay gap

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Facepalm

Re: S to the izz-J to the doppelt-V

Presumably whether employees are being discriminated against (in terms of pay) on a basis of gender is what the US Dept. of Labor is trying to find out - no?

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Google DeepMind's use of 1.6m Brits' medical records to test app was 'legally inappropriate'

Eguro

Re: Ha!

Well maybe it wasn't combined with Google products, but Alphabet products?

If something like that happened, however, it was obviously a rogue engineer behind it!

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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Solution seems clear

Make it so the loser has to pay his own lawyers plus pay the winner the same - or up to the actual cost of their lawyers.

So I've spent £25,000 on my lawyers - you've spent £50,000. No matter who wins the loser pays the winner £25,000.

I'm sure there are twists to work out, but that seems like it could provide a fair enough system, if implemented well.

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NFL is No Fondleslab League: Top coach says he'd rather use pen and paper than Surface tab

Eguro

I wonder if he'll be fined

League players have been fined for wearing the wrong headphones and similar, so I reckon it's possible.

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

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Forgive me for being a bit out of the loop...

But why exactly is his access to technology being place under scrutiny?

Did he meet the person, whom the police couldn't convince a jury that he had raped, online?

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EU says dominant Google ILLEGALLY FIDDLES search results

Eguro

Re: "Convince us you ain't"

Except that's not what actually said.

What was said was: We believe this is the way things are. We will investigate, and should it turn out, that we are right - we will take action. Should you have relevant information regarding our investigation (and if you're Google you'll likely wish to provide information to disprove the initial belief), then you now have the chance to prove that we're wrong.

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

Eguro

Re: "...some voice commands may be transmitted..

Let's be fair. Riker would need to provide a command override to the privacy settings. Once his envy became apparent, and his knowledge was found to be too great, Picard would check the system and BAM: "Ensign Riker reporting for duty"

Further of course, the vessels of Star Fleet will be command vessels, and authorized personnel will need the ability to - within very strict privacy and command override protocols - to access information if it is deemed necessary for the safety of the people aboard and the integrity of the mission.

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

Eguro

Looks amazing!

Surely they'll save some battery life by not including internet access... right?

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Denmark mulls new EU-defying session-logging law

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It used to just be session logging of internet, but this time they want to add phone location to the list, which is just terrific!

Oh wait.. I meant terrifying!

The minister has also said that the police have requested these tools to do their jobs, but when pressured about who specifically, she wound up saying something like: "Politicians make the laws, and we of course confer with the police and relevant authorities, to make sure it's practically feasible" - aka; "I've never said that the police made requests".

I'm guessing it's the NSA pressuring to bring it back, so they will have less work to do with monitoring the Danish people... Or well I might guess that, if I were a crazy conspiracy nut, right.. heh..

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

Eguro

Re: A little outdated on our news are we?

Except the sites that had this done in May have just now been blocked at an ISP level.

I mentioned it because this article seemed to imply that "if something like that were to happen", despite the fact that it happened literally a day before this article came out.

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Eguro

A little outdated on our news are we?

"According to Danish digital rights group IT-Pol, the next step could be the furniture industry taking on Danish internet service providers in court to secure a blocking injunction. The industry is certainly going all out here – it also sought, and was awarded, an order for Voga to block even pictures of replica furniture."

Uuuh... This already happened: http://jyllands-posten.dk/livsstil/ECE7278991/Slut-med-adgang-til-netsider-med-kopimøbler/ (in Danish). Granted it was for other sites, but same issue entirely.

Note that in this case the british websites had been court ordered in May to do what Voga.com has now been ordered to do.

So by all means continue with the indignation, but fast-forward it a bit please.

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Nokia: Buh-bye LUMIA and cash-sucking handset pals... LET'S MAKE SOME MONEY!

Eguro

Re: Nice

Once whatever non-compete clause was in the deal with MS wears off, I'd look to Nokia re-entering the game. I'm hopeful as ever of a Jolla purchase :)

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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I'd probably not mind paying sites for an ad-free version (ad-free does not mean thank-you laden).

I would mind paying Google to pay sites for an ad-free version.

ElReg you could pave the way. However much you earn from ads per person/month = monthly subscription fee. That buys user ElReg lite. No ads, no trackers, no nothing. (granted it might cost a bit to set up - but think of the potential end result: "Vulture does, what Google can't")

Payment options should of course include crypto coins, paypal, credit cards - to suit the assorted mix of people on here :)

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

Eguro

It's nice and comforting to know, that Cameron will protect us from extremist material!

Public discourse, education, and tackling issues head on is always a waste of time. It's reassuring to know that we can simply ban extremist material, and then the people who previously held these views will realise the error of their ways, and embrace good ol' fashioned British values!

God bless David Cameron!

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FCC to Obama on net neutrality: We work for CONGRESS, SIR, not YOU

Eguro

Re: Posting copyrighted content into the public record

But are you able or even allowed to remove your comments from the FCC public record?

What if it was a politician who had been very adamant about destroying Net Neutrality, but after the fact, he'd rather have that be forgotten...?

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Danish court finds Pirate Bay cofounder guilty of hacking CSC servers

Eguro

That's all well and good...

The much more interesting development will be what company will be replacing CSC.

I mean surely trust in their abilities is at an all time low, seeing as the hackers had access for 4+ months!

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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

Eguro
Meh

Re: So why bother to send a letter of request to a foreign country...

I wonder how the US would react if a foreign national criminal investigation bureau hacked a hosting business in the US, because they either couldn't go through regular international routes - or because they couldn't be bothered to do so.

Just imagine an Icelandic police force hacking GoDaddy (only US host provider I know o.0) to get to an Icelandic citizen they believed had an illegal server/service running through them.

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

Eguro
Facepalm

"Hoffelder claimed Digital Editions 4 slurped and leaked the metadata of all the ebooks on his system – not just the ones read using the application. Adobe said this shouldn't possible, but has its developers checking again to make sure this isn't a bug."

I'm sure it was just a rogue engine... programmer!

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Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

Eguro

Re: What about encrypting calls?

To be fair, most people probably don't think about it at all.

They either assume emails are secure or they haven't given it any thought.

A shift towards encryption as default - anywhere it's feasible - could be a good thing.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

Eguro

Re: So, can we assume then,

Think of the money saved from the federal budget.

Sure it's too bad for the people kidnapped and their families, but that's what you get for encrypting your phone I guess.

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Re: Knowing the difference

I came to comment on a similar note.

"We all want and need privacy, but this doesn't mean anonymity."

I mean he's not necessarily wrong. I don't have to have anonymity, but I do want privacy.

Unfortunately it has more or less been shown that the only way to obtain privacy is through anonymity.

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German data commish makes a Hamburger out of Google

Eguro

Re: Give them a chance?

Well if I were somehow able to actually trust the search engine, then sure €10/year wouldn't be unfair.

Buuut... Current climate = You can't trust it if it's government/EU run, and you can't trust it if it's privately owned.

Sooo.. NGO-NPO search engine?

Then of course there's the problem that you can already get search engines that are more or less free from profiling.

What you want is a search engine that does profiling, but doesn't use that for any other purpose than serving your searching needs. Maybe even does a split-search, where the left side is based on your profile, and the right side is profile-free.

Of course then there's data security to worry about.

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

Eguro

"It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy."

Oh I'm sure it is. Currently though, it seems to require a rather loose definition of adequate protection...

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New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality

Eguro

Sooo there should only be exceptions regarding culture?

Should we feign surprise when culture turns out to be big music and film business?

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

Eguro
WTF?

Re: But will it make a difference?

Well.. I'm not Veti, but the opening sentence of the article on my browser is:

"At the weekend, actress Emma Watson gave a well-argued and reasoned speech to the UN calling for better relations between the sexes."

The gender of one person is identified - Emma Watson.

Did you see the word "sexes" and think; "Well that implies something, I guess"?

The inclusion of 4chan trolls and taking that angle is probably in order for this article to actually be suitable for ElReg - aka; Emma Watson talking about feminism isn't tech news. Emma Watson being targetted by internet trolls because of her talking about feminism is.. sorta.

There's no need for anyone here in the comments to explain why internet trolls relate to feminism, because if you read the article then it's nicely explained why it relates. Internet trolls are making a fuss over a feminist speech - tada, link established.

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Net Neutrality? Hold my coffee, I got this: FCC says it's still considering all options for Open Web

Eguro

That would seem like one of the riskiest strategies you could use.

I mean... surely there's some serious federal offences involved in identity theft on such a massive scale?

And you think the ISPs have bad PR now?

Also sending that many emails would only prolong the process, risking further publicity for the issue, and possibly more pressure on the FCC to actually protect the people of the United States.

Much better to do it as quickly as possible, and then deal with the fallout once the law has been boug... passed!

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Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

Eguro

A ray of light

While Activision Blizzard have certainly had some annoying shit happen in the Blizzard department (The term "always online" more or less covers it), it's nice to see that like a good poker player they know not to chase money already spent.

Since they say they won't be focused on MMOs, I suspect a 3 vikings mobile game to be imminent (with a nice set of micro-transactions of course), perhaps a new franchise of some sort, and possibly some renewed focus on the Warcraft movies (aka building it in to a franchise for further money making plx!)

See how quickly I diminished the ray of light I pointed out.. Damn this pessimistic view of gaming that I have felt pushed to adopt.

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Facebook's Oculus unveils 360-degree VR head tracking Crescent Bay prototype

Eguro

Re: headphones

"It shouldn't be too difficult, or expensive, to fit a small USB camera to the front and have a small swith that you operate to have 'real external view' fed to the front screen."

Well this is just a sci-fi story waiting to happen!

How do you know if the switch actually worked, or if it just started it's real purpose - matrix-style enslavement!

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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

Eguro

Re: Time to update and backup

http://notch.net/2014/09/im-leaving-mojang/

Well - he's not sticking around :)

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Eguro

Coming soon

The new MineCraft MMO - MCMMO!

It's MineCraft, but now with a subscription fee! Huzzah!

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

Eguro

Re: Has anyone given thought to the fact that...

You are of course right!

I have once or twice felt threatened by humans, so now the only reasonable action is to assume that all humans are threatening psychos who want to harm me.

How about instead we acknowledge that it isn't unheard of, but more information is required before making a judgement.

In this case - where he apparently drew a handgun during a protest - I would expect there to have been a bunch of witnesses. Surely it would not have gone without remark if he hadn't had a gun.

I'm also a loss for motivation for the police officer. "Well... They're already rioting because of a dead guy, one more couldn't hurt"? Or is it "Did I remember to put bullets in my gun today? Only one way to find out I guess".

I'm not saying he couldn't have had a motivation for doing it - and I'm not saying things went exactly as it is being claimed. I'm just struggling to understand why he would shoot - and "only" wound - someone during a protest.

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Eguro

Re: @Eric Olson

Well unless he was resisting with some version of a weapon - stabbing or shooting for instance - I'd say the selling of smokes is the only one of the two likely to lead to deaths (at least deaths of other people), meaning that being killed for resisting arrest is actually even worse...

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Holmes

Might just be me,

But I can't stop thinking of the wonderful work environment that'll be promoted by the implementation of security measures after this.

That'll be sure not to plant more dissatisfaction with the work place.

It's all those lovely cases of "I really just need that one file - why the hell am I not allowed in there without Keith watching over me"

(Sherlock cause it's the closest I could get to a magnifying glass)

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BitTorrent launches decentralised crypto-fied chat app

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Re: Targeted vs. opportunistic

Precisely. The point must be to make mass surveillance economically or "strategically" infeasible

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Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch

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Go

The race is on to start up twatch.com!

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Street View Wi-Fi slurp nightmare: US Supremes snub Google's appeal

Eguro

It would be interesting to see how much money Google has had to fork over in total due to this "rogue engineer"

I'm guessing it isn't enough to be certain that no more "rogue engineers" engage in legally shady practices.

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Mobile SIM chip-makers 'will be fined by EU' for price-fixing, say sources

Eguro

Re: Question

I'm just going to reply so I can find this place easier later, when some wise sage has answered the question. Sorry I couldn't be of any help :)

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

Eguro
Meh

I don't think I know anyone who has ever viewed a film and - as the place was being shot up, or the wake was progressing slowly and mournfully - gone "Those curtains - my God they are fabulous. If only there was some way for me to identify their brand and purchase some for myself."

And frankly I don't believe that happens - and if it does I don't believe it happens enough to justify this gizmo.

If I am to be distracted from whatever content I am consuming (that's the correct lingo, right?), I do believe I'd prefer it be by cake and coffee or something along those lines.

As much as I love advertisements, I do believe that the money being paid to make those ads should help negate the costs for me for consuming content. So unless using this wonderful new invention means I'll be getting Netflix for free, I can't see this being anything I'd use.

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

Eguro
Unhappy

http://www.baekdal.com/opinion/how-inapp-purchases-has-destroyed-the-industry

He really isn't...

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Eguro

Re: Who?

There could also conceivably be parents who buy some of these things for their kids.

"If you clean your room all week, then we can buy that engine upgrade for your super car"

Or something of that sort.

I mean it's at least possible

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Slippery Google greases up, aims to squirm out of EU privacy grasp

Eguro

True to a point.

That point being when Google - doing this as standard - winds up with the inferior search engine.

"All I can find on Google about person X is that he's a fine upstanding citizen. Yet Bing/Yahoo/Duckduckgo/Startpage etc. etc. give me info about that scandal a few years ago. I knew I hadn't gone senile - I did recall X being involved in a prostitution ring."

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