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Grab 'em by the pussy! Trump's lawyers 'send cease-and-desist letters' to a KITTEN website

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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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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

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IoT = Internet of Traps?

Now it all makes sense.

(Internet of Trash would too.)

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Three quarters of Oz science grads can't get science work

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R & D

One of the big issues is modern "entrepreneur culture" is that it is really "flash in the pan culture", so the idea that to continue being innovative in the long haul requires a company invest in R&D has largely been lost.

The best R&D as well as Product Development teams (in my experience), have a sprinkling of science & math majors mixed in with the engineering majors.

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Talk about a slow pour: Oracle now brewing late Java EE 8 for July 2017

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Re AMBxx: Does anyone really care?

I wasn't talking about the plugin. We don't allow Java on any machines where I work for security reasons. Same with Flash.

Ok Oracle employees, continue with the down votes! Adobe folks have a reason to join the Oracle folks.

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Does anyone really care?

Who allows Java on a machine these days? Might as well have a honeypot sign on the machine.

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SpaceX blasts back into the rocket trucking business

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So, when are they going to reuse a booster?

That's the real proof that landing boosters has value.

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'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

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Don't be evil

Google dropped that back in 2015, and changed it to "Do the right thing".

"Don't be evil" wasn't vague enough.

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do to their fellows, because it always coincides with their own desires." - Susan B. Anthony

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In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

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Re: Just look at Uber's CEO

Given how abusive Uber's business model is, basically a clone of the worse possible version of sharecropping, why would anyone expect Uber to treat it's employees with respect?

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You know IoT security is bad when libertarians call for strict regulation

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Re: Former libertarian

Just having an International organization, maybe the IEEE, come up with standards that allows manufacturers of IoT (Internet of Trash) to claim something like "IoT Security 1.0 compliant" on their devices would be a good first step. Maybe add a 3rd party testing requirement for certification. I am sure the likes of TUV would love to add something like this to their testing services. This would quickly get some standards made by people with a clue into place that transcend borders.

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'We need a new Geneva Convention to protect all citizens from snoops'

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How old is that picture?

Is that an old IBM 5140 in the foreground of that photo of Brad Smith?

The IBM 5140 was released in 1986.

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Bruce Schneier: The US government is coming for YOUR code, techies

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Re: Well, maybe we should not put software in everything

@ Tomato42

An optical data diode, where an LED blinks at a phototransistor, especially where each side of the optical link has a separate power supply, is pretty damn good as a "one way" data link. There are even analog versions. They have been around for decades, usually as a form of "opto isolator". You can even find power supplies isolated this way. In the early 1990's, I worked for a company where for EMF shielding purposes, we bought power supplies that basically were a laser fired up an optical cable into a solar cell. The output of the solar cell was locally voltage regulated & filtered. Isolated the power supply damn well from the mains, as there wasn't even a common ground..

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Well, maybe we should not put software in everything

Car's critical control systems don't need to have Internet access. If it needs updating, require a cable so it can be isolated from all the car electronics that do have remote access, like the radio.

My phone does not need to talk to my fucking toaster, refrigerator, MixMaster, light bulbs nor my door knobs. Nor to my pace maker. Again, need to offload data from a medical device? Require a cable or very very near field (encrypted) if it's an implant.

Just because one can put software in a flower pot to make it "smart", doesn't mean doing so does anyone any good.

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Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs

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Re: Let's Hope...

The whole singularity & cyborg stuff that comes out of Silicon Valley is a classic example of the engineers disease of thinking that "anything outside of my expertise must be trivial". The pinnacle of Biomedical in the US is located in the Boston area, not Silicon Valley. You don't hear this nonsense out of Boston* because people in the biomedical field know that even making a decent single electrical connection to a nerve that doesn't go south in a couple of weeks/months is a long way off. Doing that à la Borg ain't just around the corner.

*Ray "Mr. Singularity" Kurzweil started Kurzweil Computer Products in the Boston area, but knows zero about biology. Which is why the likes of Google hired him, since they suffer from the "anything outside of my expertise must be trivial" as an organization.

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Get orf the air over moi land Irish farmer roars at drones

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Or you could Build A Net Gun

http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-A-Net-Gun/

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Windows 10: What is it good for? Microsoft pitches to devs ahead of Creators Update

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Re 1Rafayal: The use case for W10 is now very small...

Universities tend not to qualify for Enterprise versions of Windows 10

That is clearly wrong. I've been a faculty member at my present University for a very long time, and all Windows installs we've ever had were Enterprise versions (NT, XP, Vista, 7, they skipped 8, now 10) that the University had site licenses for. Our W10 is Enterprise. Would have been better if the powers that be had gotten the Education version, as it is pretty much Enterprise w/o Cortana.

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Liar liar pants on fire!

All I know is that I was told for over a year that Windows 10 Enterprise had all the spyware removed. Yet this week we upgraded a bunch of machines to Windows 10 64-bit Enterprise at my University, and after the upgrade of the first machine, it had a full complement of spyware installed and active. We then had to go through it turning it all off (https://fix10.isleaked.com/). The rest of the installs we used the customized settings that turn most, but not all, off at install time. But you still have to manually turn off the spyware in Edge manually.

So in answer to the question "Windows 10: What is it good for?" My answer is "absolutely nothing".

I can't imagine how bad the liability must be for any law firm using Windows 10, given the client confidentiality issues.

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Elon Musk joins anti-Trump legal brief

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Er, no

See my post above.

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Re: Chilling

More to the point, "damaging to their business" isn't a valid legal argument in a National Security case. It really comes down to whether the EO violates the Constitutional Rights of people covered by the US Constitution. It's already clear that the EO does not violate any laws on the books, nor violate any separation of powers aspects of the Constitution.

The American Bar Association website has had a lot of discussion about all of this.

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Teach undergrads ethics to ensure future AI is safe – compsci boffins

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Wrong target

It's not the code monkeys who need ethics. They're just commodities. It's the MBA's who give them their marching orders who need ethics training.

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Vizio coughs up $2.2m after its smart TVs spied on millions of families

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It's official!

According to the FTC, privacy is only worth 20 cents.

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Why does it cost 20 times as much to protect Mark Zuckerberg as Tim Cook?

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Buffet & Gates?

I'd like to see where Warren Buffet & Bill Gates would be on this list. They are both richer than anyone on it, yet not as big of assholes.

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Update or shut up: Microsoft's choice for desktop Skypers

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Re Oengus: Another Cloud con

Skype's now heading to a cloudy architecture, the better to allow M$ to track your chats and target you.

Skype's now heading to a cloudy architecture, the better to allow governments to intercept your chats and target you.

FTFY

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