* Posts by The Man Who Fell To Earth

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LinkedIn U-turns on Bluetooth-enabled 'Tinder for marketers'

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Delete the App

It's the only way to be sure. (Since you can't nuke it from orbit.)

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China 'hacked' South Korea to wreck Star Wars missile shield

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Come again?

OK, I'll bite.

Why would you ever allow something like THAAD be connected to the Internet? Surely the military has the ability to network its systems independently of the Internet.

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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

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Re Charles 9: No escape

Wow, you really have been trained to limit your own thinking.

Create a brick & mortar business. Some businesses, like restaurants, will always be there. Always.

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Please don't call them Facebook chatbots, says Facebook's bot boss

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Well, even if it works

Chatting with a machine seems like the ultimate in intellectual masturbation.

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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Deport the MFer

He's a waste of a man and waste of an H1-B visa.

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Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

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Re: fear not

For as long as I can remember, Brazil has been engaging in tit-for-tat reciprocity of treating Americans when they enter Brazil exactly like the US treats Brazilians entering the US.

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Apple nabs permit to experiment with self-driving iCars in Cali

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Not sure I'd want to ride in an Apple self driving car

They'll just deny their cars ever have accidents, like they denied for decades their products could get malware.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber drivers are stocious (allegedly!)

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Re: Adam 52

Do you really think having some Uber clown at a keyboard a zillion miles away is going to be able to determine the sobriety of the accused driver? They should suspend on the accusation, the way most taxi systems (in the US) do, pending investigation. The real question is "So how do they investigate?"

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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If you are forced into Windows 10

Instructions to turn off the baked-in spyware: https://fix10.isleaked.com/ (Warning, some browsers won't like the certificate here.)

To get a decent free GUI: http://www.classicshell.net/

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

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Re: Computer Misuse Act?

Techically, sneaking a peak at someone's screen is unauthorized computer access.

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Facebook's 'delightful' AI Clippy the Paperclip creeps into Messenger

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More to the point

Facebook is saying that it actively monitoring the content of your communications. Which means it's all monitorable by law enforcement or other government entity, and its subpoenable.

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

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If "Bill" was any good at customer support

After the first incident he'd have gotten hold of a label maker & put a label prominently on the printer telling people to only used the canned air. Relying on word of mouth places the fail of the 2nd printer squarely on "Bill".

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Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

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Worthwhile

These investments suggest that no matter how sketchy Zunum's public information is at present, there must be something worthwhile in it.

As a long time Silicon Valley veteran with a number of starts under my belt, my experience is that the only VC's more gullible that SV firms are the VC arms of large corporations, which are always considered low tier VC's by anyone in the know. My money is this emperor has no clothes, but no one has the balls to demand a real feasibility analysis be placed in front of them.

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WWW daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee stands up for end-to-end crypto

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Given how often the governments have been hacked

Who would trust their ability to keep backdoor keys secure?

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Google's video recognition AI is trivially trollable

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legendary Gorilla researcher Jane Goodall.

Jane Goodall worked on Chimpanzees, not Gorillas.

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Good Guy Comcast: We're not going to sell your data, trust us

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Re: Did they also say that...

Have you ever seen a TOC or EULA that didn't say they can change it anytime without notice?

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WikiLeaks exposes CIA anti-forensics tool that makes Uncle Sam seem fluent in enemy tongues

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你所有的基地都屬於我們。

Вся ваша база принадлежит нам.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Well, if Uber's cars are programmed in a manner consistant with the rest of Uber's philosophy

Then Uber cars are programed as if they are in "Death Race 2000".

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Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

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Time to use only non-commercial open source

For everything.

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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Can't find the IP Address of my pitchfork

Guess it won't work now...

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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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It's too bad

It's too bad that the companies that sell the systems that shoot a net about 100 feet to snag drones charge an arm & a leg. Perhaps some enterprising back ally Chinese company can flood the market with sub-$100 ones. That would allow personal air space protection without running up against the laws US towns usually have about discharging firearms inside town limits, or the hunting regs that prohibit discharging firearms within certain proximities to buildings.

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That 'Trump lawyers threaten teen over kitten website' yarn is Fakey Fakey McFake Fakeface

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Re: It's fake news folks.

Even the Hollywood Reporter is questioning the story.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/trump-organization-cease-desist-letter-cat-website-is-fake-988398

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Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars

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Re: Re DropBear: In other news

If the network owners knew enough to properly set up a resilient network, they would not own any Nests.

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Re Adam JC: In other news

Er, no. If you use a router from a good vendor, it will allow things like a cellular failover. If the router is also on a UPS, someone can cut all the cables they want and your network stays connected. Even cheap consumer grade routers from good router makers support this feature with "pay as you go" cellular. (e.g. Peplink Surf SOHO)

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This AI stuff is all talk! Bots invent their own language to natter away behind humans' backs

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Re: je ne comprend pas

Bender said it best in his run for President:

"Kill All Humans! For a better tomorrow."

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Europe will fine Twitter, Facebook, Google etc unless they rip up T&Cs

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Re: Long overdue John Brown

They don't get sued because their T&C's usually say you can't sue and must use arbitration. So if you try to sue, the courts bounce your case.

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The priest, the coder, the Bitcoin drug deals – and today's guilty verdicts

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Re: Tor?

Same for "priest". Pastor Trevon Gross isn't a priest, he's pastor at the Hope Cathedral, one of the fundamentalist churches that infests the US, mostly in the South.

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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This was first done around 1980

The real first question is "Why?" This was done around 1980.

'Abuse' by Don't Ask Software

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ELIZA#Response_and_legacy

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Oracle gives FCC a great big sloppy kiss: You're doing a great job axing net neutrality, privacy

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Re: Scary

Oracle has always been a sociopathic organization, and being manipulative is just part of the game, even if done badly. So why would anyone be surprised that they try to be sycophantic if they perceive that to be to their advantage? The one thing the present Administration has shown it is full of are Trump sycophants, like the FCC chairman.

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What went up, Musk come down again: SpaceX to blast sat into orbit with used rocket

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Re: Don't call it "re-used"

Hmmm... "pre-owned" does not cut it either, as the previous launch customer only borrowed a ride.

"Ubered" would only make sense if SpaceX screwed both launch crew & the customer, skimmed the cash flow & did fake ghost launches whenever they thought NASA was looking.

"Second hand" sounds too low class, like someone's cast off.

"Pre-tested" might work, as it sounds like a feature.

"Pre-exersized" sounds kind of classy, so maybe they should call it that.

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Google to Chrome-plate our shops with creepy mood-sensing AI signs

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Re: Sounds about right...

"Google wants companies to hook their signage up to the new Cloud Video API to manipulate shoppers in real time."

Doesn't that require people to actually go to stores for it to work?

Who the hell goes to anything other than grocery stores these days?

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Uber blackballs 'Greyball' tool it used to deny rides to regulators

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Re: Reward the little guy

Given that everything Uber has said from the get-go has been a lie, starting with being a "ride share" rather than "car hire (taxi)" company, why would anyone believe this blog post means anything is changing? Besides, this blog post does not say they won't continue obstructing law enforcement. It just says they are reviewing, which just means "waiting for people to lose interest".

The blog post is just typical SV obfuscation.

The Feds should go after Uber & it's VC's under RICO.

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FBI boss: 'Memories are not absolutely private in America'

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Re: A real policeman once said

@ Primus

I've been in enough courtrooms to know that a witnesses incentives don't necessarily align with either side all of the time. While a witness (in the US) can take the 5th claiming the right not to self-incriminate, there's a whole boatload of witness questions where the 5th is clearly not applicable yet a witness might not want to answer. The only way out is to say they don't recall, as no one can prove they do recall, even if later in their testimony their "memory comes back".

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Re: A real policeman once said

And Comey is dead wrong. In the US, one of the first things every law student learns is that a witness who does not want to testify can always say "I don't recall."

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Ex penetrated us almost 700 times through secret backdoor, biz alleges

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@AC: top man

"As I understand, he was their top IT man at the time..."

First rule of any security system, not just IT, is always have checks & balances and let no one person have all of the keys to the Kingdom unsupervised. If nothing else, because any employee might might kick the bucket at any time. (In the US, odds of dying in a car accident in any given year is about 1-in-6000.)

Banks learned this over 100 years ago. That's one of the reasons in the early 20th century most banks required all bank officers, even the President of the bank, to take off at least 2 consecutive weeks per year - it was a chance for the bank to audit what that officer had been doing. I know this because my in-laws owned some banks in the early 20th Century. Don't know how common a practice it is now.

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COP BLOCKED: Uber app thwarted arrests of its drivers by fooling police with 'ghost cars'

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RICO

There's definitely enough evidence to jail Uber's management & VC's under RICO. But as we all know, the 1% aren't subject to the same laws as the rest of us.

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

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Re: You can't just fire people like that.

In most States in the US, employees are what is called "at will", which means you can be let go for no reason with no notice. All they have to do is say that your services are no longer required. If they let you go like that (without a stated cause, so technically you are not fired but are laid off) then you are eligible to collect unemployment benefits. If you quit or are fired for cause, then you are ineligible for unemployment benefits. Smart employers in at will States let problem employees go using the at will method as it makes it harder for them to sue. Of course, if the person applies for a job and that prospective employer checks whether they had worked there, you have to say they were laid off, not fired.

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Confirmed: Facebook shifts away from AI… and like a miracle, the bots start working

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Well, everyone knows...

That "AI" really means Artificial Idiocy.

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Yahoo! dysfunction! meant! security! warnings! were! ignored!

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@AC on share price

Due to Yahoo owning a huge chunk of Alibaba, an investment that pre-dates Meyer by quite a long time.

Only a investment fool would confuse the increase in value of a company's assets (akin to it's real estate holdings) inflating it's book value with how the company's core business is doing.

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The entire Yahoo board should be sacked

Just for hiring Mayer in the first place.

If you need to hire someone to turn a failing organization around, the last thing anyone with any brains would do is hire someone who has zero experience with turning around failing organizations. And that describes Mayer because she spent her whole career at a place like Google. Mayer's failure was as predictable as the sunrise.

If you need to hire someone to turn a failing organization around, you hire someone who has done it at least once before.

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Congratulations IBM for 'inventing' out-of-office email. You win Stupid Patent of the Month

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Re: No Time to Check

And their Newtons don't have web access, much less browsers, so they could not even think of Googling anything.

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@tekHedd

In the US, we are still waiting for a Wall Street firm or person to be held accountable for the 2008 financial crisis that Wall Street created.

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The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

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21st century pocket computer

I call it a smart phone.

Makes phone calls too.

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Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information

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Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information

Unleash a crime wave we can't even fathom today.

Just think of the plausible deniability that a well hacked autonomous vehicle affords.

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Toxic Uber sued after driver allegedly tried to rape passenger in car

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Re Oh Homer: Not an Uber fan, but

Apparently you flunked logic.

"records of assaults in taxis are not generally available" ≠ "records of assaults in taxis are not available anywhere"

'Nuff said.

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Re: "Jaquez remains an authorized Uber driver to the present time."

The bigger question people should ask is why Uber continually fights requirements for it's drivers that many jurisdictions have for taxi drivers to be fingerprinted by the police and have a police run criminal background check that taps (in the US) into the nation-wide criminal data base, which makes it vastly harder than Uber's "background check" for someone with a criminal history to get through.

http://www.bostonherald.com/business/business_markets/2016/02/uber_don_t_fingerprint_our_drivers

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Engineer who blew lid on Uber's toxic sexist culture now menaced by creepy 'smear campaign'

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Re: Why does Uber even exist?

It's part of the neo-sharcropper economy, which is a clone of the worse version of sharecropping.

In sharecropping, the landlord fronts the money for owning the property & for planting the next crop, the sharecropper does the work, and the landlord & sharecropper share in the proceeds of the crop sale. The goal is for both the landlord & sharecropper to make money and this system has them co-invest in the crop, albeit in different "currencies", and share the investment risk.

The digital sharecropper economy ah la Uber, is vastly more abusive to the "sharecropper" than in normal sharecropping. In the digital sharecropper economy, the "digital landlord" takes on zero risk and simply skims cash off the cash flow. The "digital landlord" thus makes money regardless of the profit & loss of the "digital sharecropper". The "digital sharecropper" takes on 100% of the risk both in terms of capital investment (owning & maintaining a car or property) and in terms of operating profit/loss.

What's not to like (if you are a scumbag like Uber)?

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Pai, Pai, Mr American spy: FCC supremo rips up privacy protections for broadband punters

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Clean Answer

Follow the money.

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Google to annihilate online trolling with ... tra-la-la! Machine! Learning!

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You’re a stupid idiot!

Or in AI parlance, "You're data processing is low speed and high error rate."

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How to nuke websites you don't like: Slam Google with millions of bogus DMCA takedowns

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Re: Simple Solution

Google could probably dynamically throttle the requests from specific requestors based on the valid hit rate claiming that doing so simply prioritizes requests from folks with valid requests. Make the number of requests per hour accepted from a specific requestor be inversely proportional to the valid hit percentage of the prior hour or day. Adjust accordingly for folks gaming the system.

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