* Posts by Credas

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Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

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Re: 01/01/80

So you're too young to have heard of POSIX? Or Unix, or just about any operating system other than Windows, when it comes to timestamps?

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Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

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Re: Maybe the company should relocate

If a US company eg. Enron / Bernie Madoff / Lehman Bros was allowed to work only with cloud data held remotely then they could tell any US agency with a US warrant or a freedom of information to get lost.

In which case the US government could use a Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement, which it has with Ireland BTW, to get access to the data in the foreign country - which is what it should have been doing all along. Just ignoring the law in other countries because it's data and you can isn't that clever an idea in the long term, particularly when it's unnecessary.

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Re: How nice of them

True; but what does MS have to do with this particular story?

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Mohawks fling patent infringement sueball at Microsoft and Amazon

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Christ on a bike......What the hell is WRONG with your country?

Are you referring to patents, or the appropriation of land occupied by the original native inhabitants and destruction of their societies?

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Breakfast at Jeffrey's: UK CEO admits Voda 'slightly lost its mojo'

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Are El Reg journos really this naive?

a message he's so eager to convey at a breakfast briefing hosted by the company that it almost sounds as if the lady doth protest too much.

Any Exec will have been rehearsed from here 'til Doomsday by their PR people on the briefing points to plug away at ad nauseam before being interviewed by a journalist. Surely someone from El Reg understands this?

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Openreach offers duct-off providers 'OSA Filter' instead of Dark Fibre Access

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I don't think they were ever being given the opportunity to put their own kit in the actual ducts. But certainly this grudgingly small massive concession falls far short of allowing them to connect their own kit to unlit fibre, and still leaves them almost entirely dependent on Openreach infrastructure.

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Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

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Re: LEDE

I've been saying since forever that patents and standards should be mutually exclusive.

Great idea, but who's going to do the hard work in the absence of a future source of income from patent licensing?

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Apple slapped hard with $440m patent bill in VirnetX FaceTime spat

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Re: "Cupertino idiot-tax operation"

Why change - what's different?

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Equifax's malvertising scare, Chromebook TPM RSA key panic, Cuban embassy sonic weapon heard at last – and more

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Re: This sound may break your brain

You'd think people affected might remember hearing that sound being blasted at them, but apparently only a few do, so I'm not sure how that, and the unattributed nature of the recording's origin, justify all the certainty under the "Sonic Weapon REVEALED!" headlines. ISTM that a rather more plausible explanation is in this Guardian article - but then that wouldn't fit in with the current Adminstration's anti-Cuba stance, would it?

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Oz military megahack: When crappy defence contractor cybersecurity 'isn't uncommon', surely alarm bells ring?

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Re: Relax ..

Correct, Australia is not a NATO member. So only half in the shit.

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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Re: "You shouldn't be putting the real answer in"

That's why you use a password manager, and always give them fake answers. That is what you do, isn't it?

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Star Wars: Big Euro cinema group can't handle demand for tickets to new flick

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Re: it's up, but doesn't work

Or they could just wait until 16 December, or 18, or whenever. It's not like the old days when cinemas were limited by the availability of spools of celluloid being couriered around the country - there's not going to be any shortage of seats.

I wouldn't even put it past an enterprising cinema chain to deliberately throttle the booking system to up the hype!

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So. Should I upgrade to macOS High Sierra?

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HEVC isn't that tough

The old i5-5200U (Broadwell) in the laptop I'm using right now can decode it perfectly well - as can my (much less powerful) Samsung TV for that matter! OK, the Gen 1 FireTV has a problem with it, but MacOS needs Skylake for this? Really?

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London Mayor backs talks with Uber after head honcho's apology

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Re: All those signatures..

Who ever said that TFL was independent of the mayor's office?? I always believed that the two were closely linked.

Well, quite. But in in licensing private hire vehicles, to use the Mayor's own words they're exercising a quasi-judicial function - so they have to behave independently. See the problem?

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Re: All those signatures..

You don't have to take any notice of Uber's PR to form the opinion that TfL's decision to revoke their licence does warrant a great deal of (independent) scrutiny. A body making quasi-judicial decisions suddenly reverses the position it took under a Conservative Mayor, to amazingly align with the views of a new Labour Mayor - the same body whose Chair is that self-same Mayor, and whose Deputy Chair is another Labour politician appointed by the Mayor. It hardly gives the impression of independence and transparency of decision-making, does it?

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Sigfox doesn't do IP and is therefore secure, says UK IoT network operator

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A benefit of being small...

...is that you're not worth targeting. If you grow market share though, as Firefox, for example, demonstrated, that all changes. Anyone recall the days when Firefox was hailed as being more secure than IE? Or when Macs just weren't vulnerable to malware?

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Sensitive client emails, usernames, passwords exposed in Deloitte hack

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Re: Well, duh ..

Deloitte remains deeply committed to ensuring that its cyber-security defences are best in class,

Depressingly, the continual and dismal parade of breaches at organisations that really should know better suggests that they may well be.

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Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

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I recall seeing plenty of pictures at the time of the sides of RN frigates ripped open by those Icelandic converted trawlers fisheries vessels. Thin-skinned they weren't.

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Want to keep in contact with friends and family without having to sell your personal data?

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Re: Perhaps I'm the only one left

At 65p just for the stamp, you probably are.

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From the Dept of the Bleedin' Obvious... yes, drones hurt when they hit you in the head

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Not a great comparison

A safety standard, they observe, "does not imply that products are injury-proof. People still die in car crashes and football players still occasionally die due to head injury."

People using roads and (American, presumably) football players accept significant risk because they benefit from the activity. The risk they'll tolerate from things that have little to no personal benefit to them - like drones buzzing over their heads - are much, much lower.

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Why the Apple Watch with LTE means a very Apple-y sort of freedom

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Freedom calls.

Unfortunately it just gets number unobtainable from Apple Watches, it seems.

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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so it certainly feels like a tax to me when I write out my cheque to HMRC every quarter

Except you collected that VAT from your clients, didn't you? You may have a reasonable complaint about being an unpaid tax collector, but you're not the one paying the tax.

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FireEye pulls Equifax boasts as it tries to handle hack fallout

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First registered in 1993, and still active now, so not really an option. :-)

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44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

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Re: So the bodies using this service have been passing them information in the process?

You don't appear to understand how credit reference agencies work, or you wouldn't be at all surprised that as part of the deal their customers (companies who provide credit) give them information on how you behave, such as missed/late payments.

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Daily Stormer binned by yet another registrar, due to business risks

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Re: Quick note from easyDNS

That is basically what capitalism is all about.

It would be a bit easier to believe that this was just a hard-headed business decision if your CEO hadn't felt the need to include "as a man in an interracial marriage with a mixed-race child...". I can readily believe that business risk was a major consideration, but it seems pretty clear that it wasn't the only factor.

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Surprising nobody, lawyers line up to sue the crap out of Equifax

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Re: Insider trading?

I presume you lot on your side of the pond are familiar with what a secured credit card is.

Nope. I'm assuming for now it's some kind of pre-loaded, no-credit card?

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Equifax mega-leak: Security wonks smack firm over breach notification plan

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How is their response "good"?

A special purpose sign-up site with a domain name (www.equifaxsecurity2017.com) that couldn't look more like a phishing site if it tried, offering one pathetic year of "you're fucked" notification and no compensation. And you're not even their customer in the first place!

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Facebook ran $100k of deliberately divisive Russian ads ahead of 2016 US election

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Re: Where's the substance?

Likewise the leave campaign should have received a severe spanking for accepting goods from Cambridge Analytica without declaring it.

Since they deny ever working for the Leave campaign or any organisations connected with it, and are suing the Observer for making the allegations, it might be a bit premature to be dishing out any spanking.

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Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

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Re: To be clear...

Ask any salesperson in the insurance industry about a little policy called clawback,

That's entirely different - that's about recovering commission paid for sales (insurance contracts in that case) that were then cancelled. This Oracle case isn't about cancelled sales, it's about unilaterally changing the commission scheme after the fact to reduce the amount due to the employee.

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TalkTalk plans to bail on mobile in major shake-up for beleaguered biz

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Triple play/quad play bullshit aroma recognised at last?

I've never understood why it's been such an article of faith that consumers are just begging to obtain every kind of vaguely telecoms-related service imaginable from one supplier. Apart from the terminally lazy, overpaid and clueless (who admittedly may be a sizeable market segment), surely everybody is going to realise at some point that their oh-so-convenient quad-play supplier is actually astonishingly bad at up to three of those services, and want to bail? Perhaps I'm not cynical enough, though...

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Brit aviation regulator is hiring a space 'n' drones manager

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Should not burst into uncontrollable fits of laughter when a minister mentions the "British Space Exploration Programme"

Don't worry, they never will. They're careful just to talk about the "British space programme" or "British space business" as they know that any form of words that excluded Sky and its TV service would make the magnitude of remaining British space efforts look a bit ridiculous.

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UK not as keen on mobile wallets as mainland Europe and US

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Re: Combined use?

and the added protection for higher value transactions

This (for UK cards); it's seriously unwise to use a debit card for payments over £100 if you have any doubt whatsoever about a retailer - even more so when card surcharges are banned shortly.

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China to identify commentards with real‑name policy

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Re: Scanning Utility bills.

I refuse repeated requests form one credit card company and the local water utility to switch to electronic billing solely because of this kind of stupid "paper copies of bills" authentication requirement. What it's meant to prove, other than an unfounded faith in the security of the Royal Mail delivery system, I have no idea.

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Theory, meet reality

I'm sure platooning could have a significant effect on fuel consumption/emissions - in countries whose motorways have junctions 20+ miles apart. However that's rarely the case in the UK, so the platoon's likely to spend most of its time spreading out before junctions to let other vehicles in, and forming up again afterwards - just in time to open up again for the next junction 5 miles on. However since this little project has been politically driven from the start (an Osborne obsession), it seems unlikely they'll ever admit it if the result is "meh".

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Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone!

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Re: Holocene Extinction coated with nano-diamonds !

I assume you have a link for this?

I assume from this hopeless expectation that you've not come across this fool before, then.

I'd thought there might have been a connection between their recent absence from here and someone with a tenuous grasp of science and facts being preoccupied with a new job in Washington, but it seems not.

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British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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Re: Wannabe Air Guitar Heroes

Aint that right, boys and girls of an ailing and failing second class state.

From the right side of the pond it it isn't that clear which is the state you're referring to.

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

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You also missed the exclusion:

the releasor is not aware of the release and cannot reasonably be expected to be aware of it (i.e. the waiver clause in the document appears in such a way that it is unlikely to be read by the releasor)

Which is rather pertinent in this context, wouldn't you say?

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British Airways waves Bing dong: At least it's not a tech cockup

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Re: Is their marketing slogan...

At least they displayed some sense of humour about it - unlike Microsoft.

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I say, BING DONG! Microsoft's search engine literally cocks up on front page for hours

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Re: @FSM - "A Microsoft spokesperson told us the Windows giant has nothing to say."

It's a pity they passed up the opportunity to show they could actually see the funny side, and instead felt the need to just reinforce the stereotype of them being humourless corporate drones.

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Intel CEO Krzanich quits Trump's Manufacturing Council over response to Charlottesville rallies

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Unfortunately if you read Paul 135's previous posts it seems likely this one was intended to be taken at face value - improbable as that may seem.

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Re: Response time

It seems there is nothing worse than disloyalty or failing to praise Trump. Nothing. Putin knows this and is hardly criticised at all. Kim thumbs his nose at Trump's piss & wind bluster and is threatened with nuclear annihilation. It's like being in a playground.

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Waymo fleshes out self-driving car tech with hardware that goes soft at first sign of trouble

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Fingers crossed

Hopefully the automation that's just proved inadequate to prevent an impact will be up to the job of correctly assessing that impact and not inappropriately turning my safety cell into a floppy concertina.

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Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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Re: As much as I hate nazis...

The irony that there are actually people here arguing that some parts of their society should amongst other things be disbarred from expressing their opinions or engaging in politics, because they're fascists, is profound. The way to deal with these people is to show them up for the odious losers they are, not resort to the kind of authoritarian repression they would argue for - and in the process turn them into some kind of glamourous oppressed resistance. It's not as if they argument should be hard to make - simple demographics mean the attraction of a white supremacist/KKK/neo-Nazi "movement" is always going to be right out on the margins.

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US prosecutors demand data to unmask every visitor to anti-Trump protest website

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Re: What's missing from this story?

So... has Dreamhost actually filed a motion, or whatever it is they need to do, to resist the order legally? Or are they just blogging about it and aiming for martyrdom?

Well, since you've presumably actually read that blog post, you'll know that they have made an appropriate legal response. As well as blogging to inform the general public about how their government is trying to suppress any political dissent.

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UK mobe network Three launches legal challenge over spectrum auction

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A better question...

WTF did Ofcom do nothing to stop mergers resulting in one player in a supposed 4-player market having 40% of the available spectrum - and only reducing that to 37% this time around?

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US military gets authority to shoot down citizens' small drones

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shoot them down around airport approaches

If you have a safe way to do that, I suspect a fortune beckons!

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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Re: Handy . .

Presumably it's targeted at he American market. Along with Wit and Irony detector bots...

I'd wager it can't distinguish between irony and sarcasm. Not least because of it's place of origin.

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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Never mind the manpower

the manpower demands on the already overstretched Royal Navy have caused some observers to question whether she is really worth it

At least you can recruit and train additional people in a reasonable time if the will's there. However with the paltry number of frigates and destroyers available to act as escorts it'll essentially take the entire Royal Navy to protect the thing.

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Forget sexy zero-days. Siemens medical scanners can be pwned by two-year-old-days

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Re: I'm not sure if the hackers are the worry in this case

I wonder how long your ill-inforned smartass attitude would last should you actually find yourself in need of a scan for a tumour, say?

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

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Re: Calling your b***s***

Not only that: from extensive experience of working in office environments within a couple of hundred metres of ATC radars back in those times, while they certainly inserted regular bursts of noise in VCR recordings and the like they had zero effect on PCs, monitors, or any other IT equipment we used. This tale makes a nice story, but so does JK Rowling.

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