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Anon biz bloke wins milestone Google Right To Be Forgotten lawsuit

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What is damming to a person's reputation is not that Google says something, but that Google has a link to a respected national newspaper saying something.

Google echos everything on the web, including pub-talk, junk in tabloids, comments, speculation, and blogs. No sensible person makes decisions based on Google's preview of an article, instead they click through to read the source of the news article and judge based on the reliability of that source.

Google is/has been an authoritative search engine -- it has never an authoritative source of facts.

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The correct ruling, in the sense of natural justice and rehabilitation, would have been for the judge to direct the plaintiffs to go after the newspaper with the incorrect/outdated information.

Google was just an easy target. These guys got a judge to go along with them and given them relief from Google's search results.

Do this a few thousand times and Google will go the way of Hotbot, Alta Vista, Yahoo, and all the other formerly essential seemingly preeminent now obsolete search providers.

Do this enough and we'll be looking up potential business partners and suppliers using other search engines, since Google will no longer be reliable.

If the newspaper article on the web was reporting inaccurate libel, then the newspaper article should be corrected.

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Re: The Government has Decided what is Relevant to You

Why? It happens every day. Everywhere. Everyone and their dog has embraced the

You say that about the government deciding what the truth is, but that assertion is only partly correct.

Historically the population was less, people seldom every traveled more than walking distance or riding distance from home, and we did business within a circle of a few hundred people.

The government did not have anything to do with it.

Further, we should not close the door on the world improving.

"Slavery. It happens every day. Everywhere. Everyone and their dog has embraced the idea".

Slavery is as bad an idea as letting judges or government bureaucrats tell us what relevant truths are. After all, it was judges and governments that once defined it as legal.

Trusting government to decide if slavery should be legal was a mistake the general population eventually overruled.

Judges and government bureaucrats decisions tend to be based on social class, occupation, gender, and sex.

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Apple iOS 11.3 adds health records for battery, people too

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Re: Jobs....

BS because:

1. Users of all the other rechargeable battery devices do not have the problem you're saying Apple eliminated any more than people who use old iPhones do.

2. In fact friends claim old iPhones have shorter battery life than most competitors. (I'm in Canada, reception tends to be poor here, which means the phones up the power of their transmitters more often. Conditions may well be different where you are.)

3. Many users could circumvent the reduced battery capacity by re-charging more frequently, but Apple chose not to offer them this obvious option, the option every other manufacture implicitly presents its users, and which people accept without complaint.

4. Apple made its money selling new models to fanbois using slightly older models -- not people switching to Apple from other brands.

This is a civil matter and proof beyond reasonable doubt (the level for criminal matters) is not needed. Apple's business plan, profits, and executive stock options depended on its phones making customers dissatisfied after a period of only a year or so's use. I argue that not just the balance of probabilities but also the preponderance of evidence is that Apple's business model is why Apple intentionally slowed down older phones without informing users that they had a choice to replace their batteries.

And now that the cat is out of the bag as far as the slowing down the processor when new models come out trick, they're having difficulty moving iPhone X.

"Apple throttled the processor performance to match what the battery could provide, which in principle is fine. What they forgot to do, is tell users they were doing it. And then when the 'slow' iPhone was brought into an Apple store, they 'forgot' to mention that a new battery would solve the speed problem; and presumably tried to sell the punters a new iPhone instead."

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Apple secretly slowed its processors in older model iPhones to boost sales of new phones

BS.

"A mismatch in power demand and supply can prompt an iPhone to shut down, so to guard against that, Apple secretly slowed its processors in older model iPhones to accommodate enfeebled batteries."

That they did this secretly without informing the user is all the proof I need to say that that Apple slowed down old phones to increase the sale of new phones.

If Apple had been worried about the batteries being weak, they'd have simply informed the user that the batteries were weak and that they had the option to replace them, or to slow down the processor, or to carry on as before but with more frequent re-charging.

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Politicos whining about folks' data rights ought to start closer to home

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Few of us have as much to lose via privacy violations as do politicians.

Politicians would do well to remember that where data protection and privacy breaches are concerned, they live in glass houses.

Few of us have as much to lose via privacy violations as do politicians.

Politicians, political pundits, news readers, other public figures -- as the history of the past 10 years has shown, they've all got much more to lose from the publication of their communications than regular citizens.

And even when the communications of regular citizens are violated, the injury that occurs tends to affect the public figures we support more than ourselves. Think Hillary Clinton, think Donald Trump.

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FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!

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If you want to persuade the powers that be and the general public that this is dangerous

If you want to persuade the general public that this is dangerous don't do it using some complex argument about the police being a danger to public safety. Most people don't realize that. And most elected officials think they control the police.

To persuade the powers that be that allowing companies and government agencies to keep vulnerabilities secret is worse for them than the alternative.

Our insecurity is their insecurity.

- That our phones and computers can be cracked, Diane Feinstein's phones and computers can be cracked.

- If our phones and computers can be cracked, then the phones and computers of Republican and Democratic re-election campaign teams can be cracked.

- If means that the phones and computers of Goldman Sachs, the Koch brothers and George Soros employees can be cracked.

That our secret police can crack means their secret police can crack.

Our intelligence agencies can crack means their foreign intelligence agencies can crack.

Yeah, in Soviet Russia, in China, in the USA, even in Canada the police can kill you on video and generally get away with it. But that doesn't worry those in power since they think they control the police. Those in power would be/should be more worried that allowing these sorts of vulnerabilities to exist personally hurts them, their power and their wealth.

What GreyKey and Cellebrite are selling is the means for China to steal US trade secrets -- that is what our powers that be will care about.

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Re: "The problem is that the police has access to it."

"Currently, there are only two kinds of cops - bad cops and those who cover for bad cops."

Criminals, accomplices, and accessories after the fact?

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Re: "The problem is that the police has access to it."

"Would you like a world without law enforcement? Where only the powerful ones can enforce their own rules? And do you believe they will respect your rights to privacy, property, and life?"

Professional policing was invented by Sir Robert Peel in the 1820s. Civilization existed before then. Police forces are an optional extra, not something essential for the existence of civilization.

https://www.thebalance.com/the-history-of-modern-policing-974587

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This is more of a boon to America's enemies than to US police forces.

As Dale Carnegie says, "If you want to persuade someone, speak to them in terms of their own interests."

What US officials should be most concerned with is that the device and its techniques are easily available to foreign intelligence agencies for the purposes of spying on and interfering with US corporations, civilians, and political campaigns.

This is more of a boon to America's enemies than to US police forces.

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Woe Canada: Rather than rise from the ashes, IBM-built C$1bn Phoenix payroll system is going down in flames

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What do you think the sales commission on that is?

"CAN$460m has been spent on support and fixes."

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IBM declares it's the 'backbone of the world's economy'

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Re: The hubris - it burns...

IBM are a world leader in one area: mainframes.

IBM leads in mainframe hardware and mainframe operating systems.

Getting IBM to write the applications to run on your mainframe is something only fools and ex-IBMers do. Fortunately governments and major corporations employee a lot of fools and ex-IBMers.

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Re: Where will it end?

You also have the fact that with any of the major big outsourcing companies (not just offshoring companies), their company goal is to maximize their profits -- not yours.

- Driving other external competitors out internal of a client is a key goal.

- Driving internal expertise out of a client is a key goal. (Such a simple goal to achieve too: simply offer to hire the clients staff away from them).

- Internalizing documentation is a key goal.

- Ensuring a strong need for ongoing maintenance is a key goal.

- Building code that you can re-use on similar future projects with other clients is a key goal.

To an major outsourcing company, it is all about maintaining sales commissions by keeping the money train rolling.

The key skill isn't the ability to deliver easily maintainable systems with low error rates. The key skill is getting selling the client on accepting delays, escalating costs, and high maintenance costs.

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Re: A fine plan

What matters to IBM's executives and sales people is not the long term good of the company, but the bonuses and stock options they can get for cutting costs over the next 1 to 3 years.

The long-term 10-20 year picture is simply not their problem.

Western nations have been outsourcing large quantities of IT jobs to India for over two decades. So claims I'm reading here that outsourcing raises salaries in a country so rapidly that it is only feasible to outsourcers must change countries every 5 years are clearly false. Thirty years is more accurate.

So what was a great place to offshore (ie a great place to exploit low standards of living) starts to see rapidly rising wages and rising staff turnover. Wage inflation in Mumbai, for example, is projected to be 10% this year, against local CPI inflation around 3.5%.

Also, remember: IBM's core business is sales. The senior sales people and their executives are considered individual valuable assets, not commodities. IBM counts on its ability to sell services based on it reputation for quality and cost effectiveness in tech services back in the second and third quarters of the 20th century.

They feel they sales depends on the sales skills of their sales team, and that an adequate sales team can use smoke and mirrors to continue selling any kind of rudimentary commodity technical skills to government and corporate customers based on what a great company they were from 1950 to 1997.

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even nVidia is bigger now

Yesterday I was reading that even video chip maker nVidia has greater market value than IBM.

IBM is a has been.

The days of working at IBM in order to share the glory and reputation are long over (at least on the software side).

What I learned working there is that IBM is a sales company, and that technical commodities (such as technical employees) are mere overhead.

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You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen

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Re: State actors = malware developers

They have widely used tools, tools they know will be discovered by the other side because they're used so much and so many people internally have access to them.

And they have tools kept in reserve and only used sparingly.

Given that each of our intelligence agencies has many times more people dedicated to finding such vulnerabilities and exploiting them than Google does, and that they've all been at this game far longer, I fully suspect that Spectre and Meltdown were discovered and have been used by some of those tools that have been kept in reserve.

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Re: State-sponsored actors

Amazing how of us overlook the fact of their own governments are doing stuff like this to their allies, even their own citizens.

Yes, the NSA, GCHQ, Mossad, more than any other intelligence agencies they're likely to have known about this for years, decades, or maybe even before the hardware first shipped.

That they're on our side doesn't mean we should leave them off the list.

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Re: Arm A53

"Raspberry Pis and mid-range Androids aren't affected by Spectre."

You aren't implying they're a secure solution are you?

Yeah single threaded non-speculative processors aren't susceptible to Spectre, but they're susceptible to many many other publicly known and still classified vulnerabilities.

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I wonder how many years intelligence agencies have been using spectre?

Something to think about.

I wonder how many years our and their intelligence agencies have been using spectre?

Is it just years? Is it decades?

Did they know even before day one of device production?

And if not for "White Hat Hackers", I wonder how many more years would have gone by where only intelligence agencies (and maybe a few chip maker employees) knew about Spectre?

The bug was there for over a decade and no free-enterprise criminal figured it out.

There is a near endless supply of *obscure* bugs and *obscure* vulnerabilities that have been out there for years and decades that no free-enterprise criminal has figured out yet.

And none of them will be an issue until some PhD candidate or Google employee does a paper revealing them.

Security by obscurity: It isn't only Apple customers who rely on that. We ALL do -- even the NSA, GCHQ, Mossad, 3PLA, and FSB.

(The word "obscure" as used in "obscure bugs and obscure vulnerabilities" is important to my meaning. Of course vulnerabilities a criminal could realistically discover and utilize should be revealed. Vulnerabilities that have existed for decades undiscovered -- how likely is it that with so many other easier vulnerabilities to find and use they'd have invested the time and effort into this?)

I'm not sure the answer. Where do we draw the line at "realistically discover"?

And what new vulnerabilities are introduced by hasty fixes? (And in this case "hasty fixes" being fixed down with less than 2 years lead time.)

And even fully considered and tested fixes, the added complexity they'll create, will those introduce new vulnerabilities?

I don't know what to think, other than that there is no way to have complete security on a connected computer.

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For 5 decades we've known no connected computer is truly secure

Intelligence agencies spy on intelligence agencies, so clearly it doesn't matter how hard anyone tries, there will always be vulnerabilities in systems connected to anything.

You want real security: Lock your computer is a bank-quality safe in a faraday cage room. Never remove it from that room. Never connect it. Don't transfer data by any means other than retyping.

We've known this for 5 decades. And still there are people out there who think "one more patch and it will be secure". No it will not.

There will always be some link in the chain of any useful system via which information can leak out.

Please stop implying otherwise.

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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

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Why am I instead reading strawman arguments in The Register instead of fact-based articles?

http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/10/19-insane-tidbits-james-damores-lawsuit-googles-office-environment/

Why does The Register carry so many strawman arguments on this issue? Why does it ignore people's own statements and evidence is going on?

What is wrong with The Register's editorial staff and what happened to journalistic integrity?

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1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

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Why am I not reading about this story in The Register?

http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/10/19-insane-tidbits-james-damores-lawsuit-googles-office-environment/

Why does The Register carry so many strawman arguments on this issue? Why does it ignore people's own statements and evidence is going on?

What is wrong with The Register's editorial staff and what happened to journalistic integrity?

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Android trojan has miner so aggressive it can bork your battery

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Pity that Google doesn't have a security department that can police what the company distributes

Pity that Google doesn't have a security department that can police what the company itself distributes and runs.

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Fridge killed my baby? Mag-field radiation from household stuff 'boosts miscarriage risk'

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To the link providing info on the technological friendliness of modern Amish people, I'll add:

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-life-expectancy-of-Amish-people

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Let's not have an irresponsible attack on science and scientists

"Yet NIOSH offers an out, as if to immunize airlines from lawsuits: "If you are exposed to cosmic ionizing radiation and have these health problems, we can’t tell if it was caused by your work conditions or something else.""

As if Trump wasn't bad enough, someone else's scientific literacy is in serious doubt.

NIOSH is simply acting responsibly in a scientifically literate manner. Specifically, correlation does not equal causation.

Everyone who has studied even basic introductory statistics knows that correlation does not equal causation. You need additional studies.

The cosmic electromagnetic radiation flight crews are exposed to goes up with hours flown. But so does the exposure to aircraft-base electromagnetic radiation. And so does exposure to carbon monoxide and other cabin fumes. And by traveling more, so does crew geographic exposure to strange foods, strange water, strange bacteria and viruses. More traveling means more time on a flight attendants feet, which can affect pregnancy.

Let us not attack NIOSH for simply stating scientific fact. Dozens of other factors tend to go up when hours flow, distance flown and average flight-time increase. Without further scientific investigation, nobody can simply pick out one and say it is responsible for the effect seen, not Donald Trump, not members of the news media.

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European Commission intervenes in Microsoft Irish data centre spat

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I wish the European Commission luck in getting any US court to listen to it.

"The DoJ added that, “if an actual conflict of laws were to arise, our judicial system is equipped to handle that scenario."

US courts have a dismal history when it comes to upholding even basic international law.

As well as the many trade disputes they have incorrectly ruled on, think of even fundamental things like the subset of Geneva Conventions the US signed, that the USA pledged its national honor to uphold.

What happened at Mi Lai? To heck with anyone's laws but their own.

I wish the European Commission luck in getting any US court to listen to it.

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Euro Patent Office ignores ruling and refuses entry to vindicated judge

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"I'm thinking that a quality news outlet would, by now, have revealed its sources,"

Good, because the ILO is not an EU body either. The ILO is the UN body delegated by the UN to deal with labour disputes.

"The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States , to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men."

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Re: Sources?

"I'm thinking that a quality news outlet would, by now, have revealed its sources, "

Quality news outlets do not reveal sources.

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Does the ILO's court have the ability to hand out contempt of court rulings and fines?

Does the ILO's court have the ability to hand out contempt of court rulings, fines and to jail those individual persons who ignore or unduly delay enacting its rulings? You know, like real courts can do.

If so, then now is the time it is the time for the ILO's court to start putting individual people in jail until the obey its rulings.

Benoit Battistelli

Benoit Battistelli's blindly obedient servant, the head of the EPO's security*

And if that doesn't do it, then next week the EPO's executive committee

* Since when did, "I'm just doing what my boss told me to do" justify refusing to obey a court order?

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IBM does what IBM does best: Raises the chopper again

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We should stop patronizing a company that doesn't patronize us

If IBM isn't interested in buying US, Canadian, and EU products and services, why should US, Canadians and EU product and service providers issue purchase orders for IBM products and services?

Why shop at a company that is intent on destroying the UK and US IT industries?

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Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there's still time to unplug it

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Re: 'Surveillance capitalism, that’s on us'

"I applaud Germany for banning spyware watches, but a lot more action is needed."

I'd applaud Germany only if it outlawed state spying on its own peaceful citizens.

I'd applaud Germany if it outlawed totalitarianism, instead of legislating it as mandatory.

Germany seems to have learned nothing from their experiences in the 20th century. They think the danger of Nazism is in the name "Nazi".

The real danger is in the violent totalitarianist beliefs groups like the Nazis, Bolsheviks, Maoists and Khmer Rouge held. The Nazis and Bolsheviks are merely historical examples of violent totalitarian groups. Such groups today bear different names.

Yes, I too would like to see corporate spying limited. But the threat of corporate spying is nothing compared to the threat of domestic spying.

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Accept the fact that the real threat to basic freedom is government, not capitalism

I worry much more about the people with guns, prisons and drones knowing every detail of our lives and beliefs than I do about whether companies trying to deliver us advertising we are interested in.

Sure, Google is currently trending towards supporting totalitarian authoritarianism with its endorsement of conformist group-think, cultural marxism, and silencing of dissenting peaceful political opinions (just like the original Bolsheviks and original Nazis)

But unlike the Bolsheviks and Nazis Google doesn't have its own force of armed thugs.

Our intelligence agencies and theirs do.

So long as Google (Youtube), Facebook, Apple and Microsoft do NOT start running government, they won't be running secret police forces, black sites. Sure they'll be de-platforming liberals (liberals are people who believe in tolerance towards the peaceful contrary opinions of others) but they won't

"disappearing" them in large numbers.

Assassinating large numbers of outspoken members of the public, that is a government thing, a thing governments controlled by violent totalitarian authoritarians do.

That could happen here. But if it does it will be driven as it was in 1930s Germany by totalitarianism and authoritarianism exported by intolerant student groups and radical political parties.

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Even more seriously everything these companies know about us will be known by intelligence agencies

Even more seriously, everything that these capitalist companies know about us will be known by intelligence agencies.

All of the habits and weaknesses of our future elected officials, jurors, judges, CEOs, professors, our (and their) intelligence agencies will know them because they'll have captured that information from the companies.

We'll become Chekist countries (countries run by their intelligence agencies and intelligence agency alumni) -- just as Russia is currently.

A spy agency wants more intrusive spying on the public it is supposed to protect and the legislators, courts, press that are supposed to regulate it -- with what they know about us regulators, the courts, and the press will just have to quitely grant them those outrageous additional spying privileges.

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US domestic, er, foreign spying bill progresses through Congress

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It may already be too late for legislatures to stand up to security agencies

It may already be too late for legislatures to stand up to security agencies.

Our security agencies may already have so much information about our politicians that our politicians cannot speak or vote according to their consciences or the public good.

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IBM offloads Notes and Domino to India's HCL Technologies

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Re: Interface Hall of Shame

"We criticise the product now for its defects, but why didn't said global corporations do their research prior to embracing it? Methinks that it is the sheep mentality: Such & Such Megacorp is using Notes, it must be ok to use it."

IBM salespeople were the highest paid in the industry. They could sell ice to eskimos.

VPs of Finance and VPs of IT of the day (themselves mostly enthusiastic non-tech ex-sales yesmen) didn't stand a chance of making a good decision for their companies.

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No price? HCL was smart enough to not pay for this old stuff.

The article mentions no prices?

So, at least HCL was smart enough to not pay for this old IBM stuff.

I think IBM is like Apple: primarily a sales & marketing organization.

The difference being that Apple makes easy to use products that are sometimes up-to-date with the times.

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Australian senator Pauline Hanson wants devilish scam calls to flash '666'

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Re: Pauline Hanson

He's/she's using an ad hominem attack.

- Doesn't have a valid argument against the idea.

- Can't debate the points others have made that T-Mobile and Android store have working apps that already do exactly this -- proving that it works.

I wonder if he/she realizes she's negging a "big government" "government regulation" proposal?

I'd expect Trump supporters to be against this on the grounds of big government and more government regulation.

Is Trump supporting what those personally attacking this Pauline person are?

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Re: Mr Bell, your child is dead.

They may not have a choice. They may be in a call centre and:

1. The phone on their desk has no externally visible phone number.

2. They're grunts, their managers are monitoring them electronically to see that they're constantly busy, and if they're idle or on break more than 5% of the time they get sacked.

So it is a deadlock. If you're in a similar grunt level job where you're constantly busy and can't be interrupted you'll never connect, unless one of you calls the other at home. (Or communicate by email.)

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Re: Mr Bell, your child is dead.

<<"That's what voicemail is for."

You trust your telco to store confidential messages on their servers?>>

The security conscious can still get their own answering machines. That is what I have.

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So it works. Probably the only reason US and Canadian telcos don't all do it now is the royalty fees on the patents.

I'm not in the USA, so may I ask, is T-mobile is in a competitive market place? Is it offering this as a feature to boost market share?

If introducing this service is only going to be prompted by companies seeking competitive advantage we'll never get for landlines unless there is legislation.

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Re: I propose another use for 666.

<<"I suspect Pauline Hanson has D-K"

Hmm ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DK ...

Dorling-Kindersley>>

<<So she's too stupid to realise she's an idiot. OK. That fits.>>

It is likely anyone using D-K in an ad hominem attack in an argument is themselves suffering from D-K.

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Re: I propose another use for 666.

<<So, the bank rings you to tell you you're getting close to your overdraft limit, so you put the phone down and dial *666#. Fourteen other people also do the same, and now your bank can't ring anyone to tell them they've hit their overdraft limit. >>

Yes, 15 is too low a number. We don't expect politicians to work out the details, and when we do (and elect mostly lawyers) it is a huge mistake.

It should be a percentage of the calls the calls completed are reported as *666.

Since not everyone is community minded enough to take time to dial *666, some study and tweaking will be required.

The percentage might initially be set at (say) 30%, with a minimum of 15 completed calls reported as *666. As public interest declines, reduce the 30%.

As others have said, there are services that do this for cell calls in the USA. Experts can check there to see what problems and issues need to be avoided.

Also to see what patent fees they'll have to pay.

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Re: I propose another use for 666.

>But surely '666' is the Australian emergency services?

>(Yeah, yeah, I know that joke probably only works in the UK...)

That joke works even better in the US.

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Re: I propose another use for 666.

"I suspect Pauline Hanson has D-K, she is a nasty racist character"

Even nasty racist people can have good ideas. Which is why ad hominem (i.e. personal) attacks are invalid.

If you want to disagree with an idea, it is best to argue the idea, rather than stoop to the level of those you criticize.

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Re: I propose another use for 666.

Telcos don't get revenue for connecting spam callers in the USA or Canada. We pay for local service, not for local calls.

And we still get telephone spam, even when signed up for the "do not call registry" -- although not as much here in Canada as they do in the USA.

I like the idea of extending some of the smartphone apps to telephone companies and landlines.

We don't all live in tiny overpopulated countries with really excellent cell service.

(BTW, did you know that if you consider the population density of England (not the entire UK) England has the highest population density of any non-city state in the EU?

With Scotland, Wales and NI, you're #30 of all EU countries. With just England you're first except for the City States. You even beat the Netherlands. Check it for yourself on WolframAlpha.)

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'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption

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Lack of encryption jeopardizes politicians more than most of us: look at Clinton

Dale Carnegie said something to the effect, "To convince someone to do something, we have to frame it in terms of what motivates them. And in order to do that, we have to be able to see things from their point of view as well as our own. "

One the groups most jeopardized by lack of widely available private encryption is politicians, like Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, and Theresa May. In Clintons' and many other cases, that jeopardy is with lack of security on their personal email.

Another of the most jeopardized groups is political candidates. And candidates are generally stuck using the deeply flawed and vulnerable civilian communications and telephone products regular civilians do.

Yeah, restricting encryption makes life easier for our security agencies, but likewise it makes life easy for the other side's security agencies, organized crime, and political opponents.

Yeah, journalists care about how restricting encryption affects them. And yeah, businesses worry about how restrictions on message security reduce their ability to keep trade secrets from competitors. Similarly with academics racing to publish papers ahead of their competition at other labs and schools.

But what really matters, what will decide things, is whether politicians see restricting the availability of effectiveness of encryption makes life hard and embarrassing for politicians.

Make politicians aware that their security is our security. Make politicians aware that government agencies that want to make it easier to spy on civilians are making it easier for everyone to spy on politicians, candidates, and constituency workers.

Politicians have to be made to realize that spy agencies against encryption are spy agencies against democracy and in favour of a chekist regime.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chekism

"Chekism (from Cheka, the first Soviet secret police organization) is a term to describe the situation in the Soviet Union and contemporary Russia, where the secret political police controlled everything in society"

Our security services will control everything, especially politicians.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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I vote to add the clearly bigoted Kieren McCarthy in San Francisco.

You cannot condemn people for holding beliefs you disagree without being called a bigot. You can debate their beliefs, freely, but you cannot merely observe they hold a belief you disagree with and that make them dreadful.

So I vote to add the clearly very bigoted Kieren McCarthy in San Francisco. For a long time bigotry has been standard in the USA, only who is doing it and who they condemn varies. It is so entrenched there the bigots don't even realize they are themselves committing a dreadful evil act when they speak, post or write.

Oxford English Dictionary definition of bigot:

A person who is intolerant towards those holding different opinions.

Merriam-Webster definition of bigot:

a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/bigot

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bigot

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Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro

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Re: A job in the Ecuadorian embassy?

It is at this place:

WikiLeaks, its publisher and its journalists have won many awards, including:

The Economist New Media Award (2008)

The Amnesty New Media Award (2009)

TIME Magazine Person of the Year, People’s Choice (highest global vote) (2010)

The Sam Adams Award for Integrity (2010)

The National Union of Journalists Journalist of the Year (Hrafnsson) (2011)

The Sydney Peace Foundation Gold Medal (2011)

The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism (2011)

The Blanquerna Award for Best Communicator (2011)

The Walkley Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism (2011)

The Voltaire Award for Free Speech (2011)

The International Piero Passetti Journalism Prize of the National Union of Italian Journalists (2011)

The Jose Couso Press Freedom Award (2011)

The Privacy International Hero of Privacy (2012)

The Global Exchange Human Rights People’s Choice Award (2013)

The Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts (2013)

The Brazillian Press Association Human Rights Award (2013)

The Kazakstan Union of Journalists Top Prize (2014)

As well as nominations for the UN Mandela Prize (2015) and nominations in six consecutive years for the Nobel Peace Prize (2010-2015)

https://wikileaks.org/What-is-Wikileaks.html

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Re: Obligatory xkcd

That is a bigoted US-only legal definition of free speech.

Most of us are not in the USA.

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Re: Well...

This morning. He works from the embassy.

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