* Posts by Sebastian A

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BAE accused of flogging mass-spying toolkits to assh*le autocrats

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Re: Meanwhile in the EU and 5-eyes...

A terrible human rights record doesn't factor in as much as "pays their bills on time" record.

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WikiLeaks emits CIA's Wi-Fi pwnage tool docs

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Are there any people in the NSA who've had the epiphany "Wait, are we the bad guys?!?" yet?

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Netgear 'fixes' router by adding phone-home features that record your IP and MAC address

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Few people will turn it off, but I bet just as few actually bother updating the firmware on their router.

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Roll up, sysadmins, now you can join Windows Insider for businesses

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We're all just lining up for this.

Right? Aren't we?

Bueller.

Bueller.

Bueller.

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Racist Tesla staff drilled my buttocks, claims employee in lawsuit

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Thank you for posting both sides of the story. Far too often these days a media outlet will pick up a tale of woe and try to whip up some outrage. Then, the next day, it's forgotten about and they've moved on to something else, never giving the accused company a chance to present their side.

I won't make any assumptions as to what actually happened, I'll wait for the court case to be settled.

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Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS

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Re: But will Apple file suit against MS?

From that article: "Does Microsoft think we're stupid?"

No. It doesn't think we're stupid. It *knows* enough of us are stupid enough to put up with this. The others, who aren't stupid enough, can get lost for all it cares. We're not the target audience anymore. We never were. They don't care if we rant and rave and switch to Linux. We were never profitable. We expected improvements, stability, security. None of those things make Microsoft money.

The sheep, those are where the money is. They put up with ads, shovelware, and blatant scams. They're the ones who "upgrade" to a "pro" version when faced with a nag screen. The ones who accept all the optional programs with an install. The ones who never check the privacy settings.

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Manchester's Munee Hut, Eyebrow Cottage and fresh hot spam from Belize

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I'm amazed that sending this crap is still actually profitable. Why are people STILL purchasing spammed products and services? You have to know you're dealing with disreputable people, you must realise that the chances of getting what you paid for are low if they're not flat-out zero. Why does this business model continue to work despite more and more people being brought up with the internet and supposedly being tech-savvy?

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Google Chrome 56's crypto tweak 'borked thousands of computers' using Blue Coat security

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X blames Y, Y blames X, and the customer gets shafted.

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US Air Force terminates Predator drones. Now you will fear the Reaper

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Wow, a Cannon Fodder reference. I'm showing my age here (and so is Iain).

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GET pwned: Web CCTV cams can be hijacked by single HTTP request

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I've been disabling uPnP on the router for years, as I imagine many technically-minded folks do. But the millions of home users are left with no idea of the risks. :/

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Microsoft's Neon project to redesign Windows for nerd goggles – reports

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I'm almost certain that any VR or AR developed by Microsoft will be stealth-patched to include advertising on any available space. They've demonstrated with Windows 10 that they have zero respect for privacy so there's no chance in hell I'd ever let them augment *my* reality thankyouverymuch.

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No spoilers! Norway won't tell Snowden if US will snatch him on a visit

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So that's a "yes, they will." then.

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Stingy sapphire lens in Apple's iPhone 7 is as scratchy as glass

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If there was one thing Apple could claim it was quality over everything (including price competitiveness). I guess a 100% markup on each device wasn't enough and they've decided that surely the consumer won't notice a few compromises here and there.

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In the name of love, don't scalp your U2 aka Dreamfest tickets, warns Salesforce

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I'm assuming they were intentionally scalped? Perhaps a little too aggressive though, heck one of them lost his eyeballs.

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Badda-Bing, badda-doom: Microsoft search guru heads up giant's new AI boffinry unit

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Re: 41

Depends if they use any original Pentium chips.

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Shouldn't microsoft focus on utilising some traditional intelligence before going on some hopeless quest to develop the artifical variety?

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

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Re: Cabbage

Correct me if I'm wrong (not that I need to say it) but aren't the buttons a way of saying "Feel free to approach me to chat" without the wearer needing to verbally accost randoms in a fruitless search for stimulating conversation?

IE feel free to read the paper, futz with your phone or stare blankly at the back of the head of the person in front of you if you like, this campaign won't affect you.

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Internet of Things security? Start with who owns the data

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Re: The problem is a lack of imagination...

The issue is that they're not looking at the bigger picture. Boil a kettle, and it's one tiny inconvenience for one person. Boil 50 million kettles at once, and you bring the nation's powergrid to its knees, and not just for three minutes.

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After AT&T's crushing blow, FTC tells Senate it wants its balls back

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Do consumers have any rights left in America other than the right to consume?

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The Great British domain name rip-off: Overcharged .uk customers help pay for cheaper .vodka

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It should just headquarter itself in the USA.

Sure, it might pay a few actual dollars in tax, but at least these behaviours are praised as virtues there, being a shining example of capitalism and how "the market" sorts out everything if it's just left to regulate itself.

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Dev teaches bot to talk spammers' ears off

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I guess it's worth a shot

Making every potential target financially non-viable to engage with can't be any worse than trying to educate people not to respond to spam. There's a constant flood of new idiots jumping online just waiting to be approached by a saviour proffering gigantic genitalia and a Google paycheck of $9,000 per week.

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And! it! begins! Yahoo! sued! over! ultra-hack! of! 500m! accounts!

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one of his clients had already seen dodgy activity on their credit card which had been attributed to the attack

"Look honey, that transaction from hotandhornypodiatrists.com must be because my Yahoo account got hacked. There can be no other explanation."

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2 in 3 Millennials block ads

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Re: Meanwhile, over at the Inq

Element hider addin can be useful for adblocking the panels they cover content with, if you really want to see it.

Usually it's an easy decision to make. I can't see the content without disabling adblocker? Guess I don't need to see the content. Bye.

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I'm 40 and every time I see someone browsing the net without an adblocker I almost have an allergic reaction. How can anyone live with that visual pollution?

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Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

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Isn't trying to lock people in via SA just as likely to give them the push they needed to jump ship?

If I'm weighing up options, adding some ridiculous contract term to one of them makes me far more likely to lean the other way.

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Anti-ICANN Cruzade continues: Senator Ted still desperately trying to defund US govt

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Re: Focus your hatred on Cruze, not on Republicans. He's 1 lone loudmouth.

I have to wonder, does he believe his own propaganda? Is he truly deluded, or just a liar?

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Google's Allo chat app hits a downside to AI: Bot must hoard private messages to train itself

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I have serious doubts about Google honouring any incognito or privacy settings at this stage.

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Remote hacker nabs Win10 logins in 'won't-fix' Safe Mode* attack

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Re: The fun never ends

Seems a lot of effort to go through when 10 seconds unattended can see you plug in a USB keylogger between PC and keyboard. Which works on any OS as far as I'm aware.

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British mobile AI 'bot perfecter stalked by Silicon Valley – report

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Re: AI will be fantastic

To be honest, I suspect any AI that can accurately be called that will be on the side of whatever corporation created (bred? imprisoned?) it and it will not be to anyone's benefit except their own.

Imagine a Google AI on your phone. Can you picture what little benefit you'd get out of that compared to what Google gets? To have it quietly singing ad jingles on your nightstand during your REM-sleep? To have it nag you into filling up at BP instead of Mobil with a hundred different very logical reasons despite the fact that the last time you stopped at a BP they treated you like crap and you just don't want to go there?

Now picture it instead being an AI controlled by your government. That strikes me as even more horrifying.

No, I think I'll wait for other people to test-run this stuff before I volunteer to give up any semblance of privacy or individuality.

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Fanbois iVaporate: Smallest Apple iPhone queues ever

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Most iFanBois have already been bled dry by yearly thousand-dollar phone upgrades.

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'Google tax' already being avoided, says Australian Tax Office

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Hands up anyone who's surprised. Nobody? Gee I wonder why that is.

Ask a politician to craft a law to fix an accounting loophole and I'd be surprised if you get anything more effective than a "please don't do that".

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Gutted: 6.6M cleartext creds, dox, breached in ClixSense site hack

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Surely any business that gets caught storing passwords in plain text deserves to be shut down no questions asked. How can this still be happening?

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Spam texters fined £30K

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Re: Whilst they might be wary of doing it too directly next time

"To make us look bad to potential customers and get investigated up the wazoo by you guys." maybe?

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Googler mad over cop scrap

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I am a great believer in hearing both sides of the story before deciding whose side I'm on but without seeing events firsthand I think it's going to be hard to get an accurate picture.

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Joke

Obviously guilty of "driving while non-white".

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Ted Cruz channels Senator McCarthy in wrongheaded internet power grab crusade

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Re: He clearly doesn't understand the First Amendment

Republicans only pay lip service to their supposed "small govt" goals. They'll legislate the shit out of anything if it stops (1) abortions, (2) black people voting, and (3) guns being regulated in any way.

Much like the most outspoken homophobes in their party are the ones busted at 3am in public toilets soliciting for gay sex... I mean "doing research on the dirty hommo secksuals."

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Oh honey...

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Wait, wait – I got it this time, says FCC as it swings again at rip-off US TV cable boxes

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Re: ...expose customer data

Cable companies are just hoping there won't be anyone technical enough to see through the techno-blather. They just want them to see "Privacy implications" and go "Whoa okay sorry we asked, as you were.".

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Call to kill FBI spying powers

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If another nation's citizen gets hacked by the FBI, surely that becomes an international matter? The US can't simply say "Oh that's legal by the way." and expect the other country to back off.

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Save us, Jack Dorsey!

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If twitter were to delete anything that could be considered as an attempt to influence someone's opinion it may as well shut up shop entirely.

Not that there's any point. I doubt anyone's ever changed their point of view based on a twitter post.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Re: Hopefully...

I get the feeling that the likes of Apple would rather destroy something than give it away.

(not that you can "destroy" an IP address, but they'll never let someone else use something even if they don't have a use for it.)

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Apple, Google back MS fight

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A secret court has ruled that a different secret court's ruling about a third secret court's validity stands. You cannot question the secret court. So says the secret court.

Feel safe now? No? Good. That's the point. You're supposed to feel scared. Scared people are easier to manipulate.

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Appliance-maker Liebherr chillin' with Microsoft, prototyping another Internet fridge

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Okay, own up. Who's asking for these features? Surely they don't think this kinda crap up in a vacuum. There must be some market research company surveying people and getting enough responses that say "Sure, I'd just love Microsoft to spy on my fridge contents to tell me when the milk is past its best-before date. When can I buy one?".

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Re: cant see much

Wait until professionals analyse everything and issue an official report? Where's the fun in that. It was obviously an ISIS sniper trained in rocketry by North Korea and smuggled near the facility by the molepeople firing a prototype rifle provided by aliens!

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Dropbox: Leaked DB of 68 million account passwords is real

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And *this* is why you properly salt your hashed passwords. I'm talking to you, LinkedIn, MySpace, etc etc.

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Vietnam hotel DB leaks cards

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Pffft, don't be silly. "Silverland1".

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Samsung's million-IOPS, 6.4TB, 51Gb/s SSD is ... well, quite something

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Hnnnnnnnng.

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

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Re: Easy mistake to make?

"We don't negotiate with terrorists...we simply pay whatever price they set for their oil."

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Our pacemakers are totally secure, says short-sold St Jude

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Thankfully the US will soon have a president who'll hold Wall St to account for these kinds of shenanigans. Oh wait...

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