* Posts by Credas

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Factories counter-punch Qualcomm in the gut as Apple eggs them on

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Evil

Making us have to choose between two such odious rent-seeking oligopolists is probably the most conflicting IP dilemma of all time.

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Juicero does to its staff what your hands can do to its overpriced juice sacks

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Re: staff get reamed

Too many startup companies don't put the money into engineering and design but into marketing. They usually go bust pretty quick. Those that put their money into the product first will probably survive.

The snag with that theory being that the technical content of the product is minimal, and the entire value is marketing-driven demand. No amount of investment in engineering is going to help when he whole business is basically marketing hype.

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Now here's a novel idea: Digitising Victorian-era stamp duty machines

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Re: "old and clunky"

Perhaps because you weren't talking about the kind of stamp duty that's the subject of this article?

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Fake Newspaper steals Reg design to spruik storage upstart

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Re: Superficial

If they'd [I]really[/I] copied El Reg it would look nothing like that - turn off your as blocker and you'll see what I mean!

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Behind the scenes of Slovaks' fight to liberate their .sk domain

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So many AC trolls

Who would guess that an article about Slovakia's domain name registration system on an English-language news site would attract so much disinterested comment from ACs? Or perhaps there's a less charitable explanation?

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Talk about a hit and run: AA finally comes clean on security breakdown

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It's not necessarily a bad decision to outsource something peripheral to their main business, such as an online store. What's really wrong is picking an incompetent supplier, and even when you apologise for the failing to take responsibility for their cock-up.

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Now Uber sued for textual harassment

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The tradition in the UK was been that civil litigation risks such horrendous costs that only the rich and powerful could afford to sue. This has been loosened a bit more recently with small claims tracks nd contingency fee arrangements, but the US is still in a class of its own when it comes to suing anyone on a whim for anything - but we're catching up fast, unfortunately.

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We'll drag Microsoft in front of Supremes over Irish email spat – DoJ

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Re: They dont want to use the MLAT.

It does seem extraordinary that the US government is attempting to assume the power to compel US companies to break the law in other countries. Sheer hubris aside, it puts those companies in an impossible position. I expect US companies holding data in Ireland, for example, have been working hard on readying alternative corporate structures where they don't have direct control of the foreign entity.

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

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Re: so well resourced

When that money was spent, he was more than just a bail jumper. There was a European Arrest Warrant on him, which we were obliged to honour.

You reckon the Met would spend £11m trying to enforce random European arrest warrants? Whatever one's sympathy for Assange, or lack of it, it's difficult to conclude other than that there's been a strong political dimension to this from Day 1 - which has only served to make his paranoid arguments more credible.

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Getting out of the embassy shouldn't be a problem - the 24/7 police presence was abandoned in 2015, when the total cost had already hit £11m. It's reassuring to know that the Met Police are so well resourced that they can spend that amount of money on keeping one bail jumper holed up, isn't it?

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Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

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Re: "NCA has people with skills like Caffrey's"

I think you'd getting confused about who the National Crime Agency are and what they do. Just because its name forms a TLA and it contains the word "Agency" doesn't make it a spook outfit.

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Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'

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Re: Have you ever heard of a politician...

Have you ever heard of a politician... who wasn't technically illiterate

Be careful what you wish for.

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EU wins approval to waste €120m on pitiful public Wi-Fi

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Re: Homespots

And which are only available to other BT customers or those paying for access anyway, and thus just reinforce BT's dominant position in the market.

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Ad watchdog bites Plusnet over 'unintelligible' radio ads

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Re: But no fine?

The ASA doesn't have the ability to fine anybody, just require changes to ads or stop them being published again.

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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But that's what you get when you put the boss of a tiddly low cost airline into a big, highly complex operation with a totally different value proposition.

Whatever you might think about his performance during this unmitigated balls-up, there's much more relevant experience in his biography than just running a "tiddly low cost airline".

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Good news, OpenVPN fans: Your software's only a little bit buggy

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Re: Those are bugs?

I think those are probably examples supporting the previous sentence, "Apparently, the project offers a bit of a tutorial for how to develop secure software" - they're certainly not bugs!

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BT to axe 4,000 jobs across the globe

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For the fibre roll out, what we need is a state body with a mandidate to roll this out with universial coverage.

Before you get too excited, ask someone who remembers what things were like when telecoms were last in the safe hands of a state monopoly, the GPO. The 1970s: party lines, six months wait for a phone line, and a choice of two handsets (admittedly, with limited colour options). Greedy corporations aren't the only ones who'll spend as little as they possible can on infrastructure.

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US Air Force networks F-15 and F-22 fighters – in flight!

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Re: Late to the party

You might care to take a look at the B52 and it's seemingly never-ending upgrades before throwing that particular criticism at the USAF.

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SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

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Re: $5M...

Yes, I can understand that's mildly annoying, but asking for $5 million shows him to be nothing more than a money grabbing twat.

To be fair, that's probably only $1,000 for him and $4.999m for the legal vultures really running this claim and looking forward to that third home in the Hamptons.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

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Re: Aussie Judges

If you read the judgement linked to in the article, the EFF didn't defend the action in Australia, therefore judgement was awarded to the plaintiff by default - it would have worked in exactly the same way in the US. This isn't a case of an Aussie judge making a stupid decision, it's just that if you don't defend a civil action then it's decided in the plaintiff's favour. It's also worth noting that the judge didn't include any batshit-crazy requirements to remove any references anywhere on the web, just things the defendant has direct control over.

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US ATM fraud surges despite EMV

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I just really don't understand why chip & PIN is such a problem in the US. It's been universal in Europe (except for certain overseas visitors) for so long now that I can't even remember when exactly it was introduced, with very little fuss and bother. I'm certain Americans are bright enough to remember a 4 digit PIN, so why are their retail and banking industries so reluctant to use a technology that has been demonstrated to reduce fraud in Europe and elsewhere? Mystifying.

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Bloke is paid to scour hashtags for threats, spots civil rights boss's tweets, gets fired, sues

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Re: Confusing Article

The bit that confused me was the idea that #blacklivesmatter, apparently with no other threatening context, is interpreted as an subversive and anti-government. Am I to take it, then, that official US government policy is that #blacklivesdontmatter?

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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Re: Colour me surprised

Amber Rudd: Cheltenham Ladies' College, followed by History at Edinburgh.

Andrew Marr: Loretto School (an independent school in Musselburgh, East Lothian), followed by English at Cambridge.

And you're surprised that an interview between those two involved no coherent questioning and a total lack of understanding of encryption, secure messaging, and related subjects?

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

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Tor?

I know Tor is intended to conceal the user from other observers, but I had no idea it's capabilities extended to concealing any mention of it from a news item that actually mentioned it in the bye-line.

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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@ tr1ck5t3r:

Your nurse has just been on the batphone to me - TAKE YOUR MEDS!

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Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim's name

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Re: Wait! What? They have our MAC Addresses?

You can blame WebRTC for leaking your internal network IP address - isn't progress wonderful? Easy enough to disable in Firefox ("about:config”, set “media.peerconnection.enabled” to false) if you don't need it for peer-to-peer conferencing.

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

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Re: See MS *does* love Linux

Seems so; it was the GWX fiasco that prompted me to push W10 into a dual-boot option that's only (rarely) used if there's no other way of doing something. Which means that "Unfortunately the only way to disable the promo blaster is as follows:" isn't really the case for me any more. :-)

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What a Flake: Congress mulls trashing privacy rules, letting ISPs go to town on your data

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As an outsider, I have to say it's staggering to witness the brazen obeisance of your supposed representatives in Congress towards Corporate interests. Just how broken is democracy for them to feel secure behaving in a way that disadvantages the electors so badly and so obviously?

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Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil

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Re: Screw downvotes

If all prisons were miles out in the sticks then maybe jammers would be OK. But in Britain they're mostly surrounded by legitimately mobile-phone using neighbours, who probably wouldn't appreciate being returned to 20th century comms. IMSI catchers seem to be a more proportionate way of tackling the problem.

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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

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Re: Please do this TfL.

If a cabbie (of any sort) can't communicate with the passengers then what hope of you of getting to the correct destination.

Well, since you put in your exact destination when you book the ride then you've a pretty good chance. Even without that, I've always managed well enough in other countries where I didn't speak the language, as do non-English speaking passengers here. The tiny subset of English needed by a taxi driver doesn't really justify GCSE standard - fortunately for quite a few English-born taxi drivers as well.

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

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You just know how this is going to go

The Predator is a bit heavier and has a similar speed to a WW1 Sopwith Camel that carried 4 small bombs for ground attack. Subsequent aircraft were heavier, and faster, and more expensive, and had a greater weapons payload, and now we have the F35. The Reaper is heavier, and faster, and more expensive, and has a greater weapons payload than the Predator...

Unfortunately it's far easier to add stuff and increase weight (and cost) than to follow William Bushnell Stout's maxim.

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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Re: This will impact others as well

The lack of a clear policy to not hose the company? I very much doubt you required any guidance on that.

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Get this: Tech industry thinks journos are too mean. TOO MEAN?!

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Re: had a good guffaw

With the web rammed with sites churning out quick industry press release cut & paste jobs as cheap ad-boosting clickbait, and mainstream outlets employing unremittingly positive "correspondents" like Rory Cellan-Jones as tech boosters, I reckon the tech industry gets an easier ride than just about any other.

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Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

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Of course the Irish government knows full well that the only reason the likes of Apple and Dell placed their operations in Ireland was because of the extremely generous tax treatment they received, and if the EU Commission unpicks the Apple deal there could be a rush to the door. So it's €13bn now versus a continuing stream of cash from a host of other tax "minimisers".

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Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches

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Good thing there's no way to get around Google UK demoting these search results...

Ah.

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Google bellows bug news after Microsoft sails past fix deadline

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Re: Security is Job One at Microsoft

They didn't need to drop "do no evil", because their motto was actually "don't be evil". Which was still a pretty stupid motto.

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BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

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Re: HR managed involved was led out of the building in handcuffs

Far more likely, it's bollocks.

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Facebook investors yell at CEO: Get the Zuck out of our boardroom!

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Re: Good practice

The Zuck is the founder, and creator of the business and the chairman of their board. It's still his company, he wasn't hired by the board, he made it.

When he's sold out 72% of the shares it's long since ceased to be his business, whether he founded it or not. It's precisely this sort of conflict, reinforced by the fundamentally corrupt use of different voting- and non-voting share classes to enable him to retain control, that makes it essential for shareholders as a whole to be represented by an independent chairman.

TL;DR version: you shouldn't expect to sell the company and continue to run it however you want.

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Good practice

In parts of the world where corporate gods are less revered, it's actually considered to be bad corporate governance for the roles of chairman and CEO to be combined - the CEO is meant to be the hired help running the company on behalf of the shareholders, the chairman represents those shareholders.

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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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It depends what you want. If you want a specialised A-to-Z style road map then Streetmap is definitely the one to go for. For general purpose mapping, including satellite overlays, then Google Maps is better. Personally I think it would be a bit daft if a road map was presented as part of a general search in preference to a general purpose one, unless the user had specified that in the search term.

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FireEye execs exit, following hundreds of staff restructured into redundancy

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I love the smell of management bullshit in the morning...

Actually, no I don't, but if I did then this article would leave me contented for a week.

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Boeing's 747 to fly off the production line for the foreseeable future

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Is UPS really that clueless?

Obviously not. Personally I very much doubt that any freight companies (particularly large ones like UPS) rely on "the Internet" as their source of information on manufacturers' production plans.

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US watchdog sues Qualcomm for 'bribing' Apple to swallow chips

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Re: Heard this one before??

I don't think anyone who's done business with Qualcomm will be surprised by these allegations.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: End of the TV Licence

Also doesn't the Beeb need to actually stop outsourcing, build quality in house production teams & writers to have good content? Like they used to have when they were x10 better than USA garbage. Funny Netflix, Sky, Amazon etc are growing their own production teams and facilities?

Well, yes, but they were forced by the government to do precisely what they have done, because the poor little independent production companies were effectively shut out of bidding for BBC work. Very few people seem to notice how many of the BBC's major programmes now end with a "Produced by xxxx" tag, right up until there's a GBBO/C4 moment affecting their favourite programme.

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Well done Ofcom

Brilliant idea forcing every little (globally speaking) local company to create their own streaming platform. Whoever came up with that one should be forced to watch the clunky low-res ITV Player for a few hours a day, followed by playing a few rounds of will-Channel 4's-player-actually-restart-the-programme-after-the-ad-break. Sky et all must have been pissing themselves.

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Oh Britain. Worried your routers will be hacked, but won't touch the admin settings

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Re: Why the surprise?

Totally agree; roughly one person in six understanding the jargon of home router/access point interfaces sounds about right - surprisingly high if anything. And also with this from the article:

it feels as if routers haven’t been designed with your average consumer in mind. Usability is generally poor, and changing something as simple as a Wi-Fi password can require you to go through multiple pages and acronyms.

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Has anybody ever found anything useful in the text spewed out in a BSOD? Genuinely curious.

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

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There are two sides to this argument

The mass media in general (not pointing at El Reg here) have in the past shown themselves to be prepared to publish inaccurate, vexatious and harmful articles about individuals, safe in the knowledge that only corporations and very wealthy individuals had the resources to bring a defamation action. It's this behaviour that fuelled the demand for regulation.

Naturally publishers have a deep-seated antipathy to anything that smacks of government regulation of the press, along the lines of Ofcom for broadcasters. That's why they were offered the alternative of self-regulation through "independent" industry-led bodies. If publishers aren't prepared to sign up to any form of regulation, even the carrot of fairly toothless industry-led ones, then they can hardly be surprised that a stick is being put in place as a backstop.

If you have a better idea of how to constrain the likes of Murdoch and Dacre from treating individuals like crap then I'd love to hear it before rushing off to sign a "leave things as they are" petition.

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FM now stands for 'fleeting mortality' in Norway

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Re: DAB+

Hey, great idea - let's follow the TV model and obsolete our radios every few years as well. Did you have a date in mind for sunsetting that old school DAB+?

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