* Posts by Flip

80 posts • joined 6 Feb 2013


Uncle Sam wants to read your tweets, check out your Instagram, log your email addresses before you enter the Land of the Free on a visa


Re: What about the antisocial?

Depends on your age. If you have grey hair or little hair (for men, anyway), it's reasonable to not have a social media account. If you're a young adult it would be very suspicious not to list any.

Key to success: Tenants finally get physical keys after suing landlords for fitting Bluetooth smart-lock to front door


Terms and Conditions and Conditions and Conditions...

I used to read ToC's, and if they sort of made sense then I accepted them as a condition of using whatever website, account, app, etc. But the other day I was waiting for a package from UPS, and was encouraged to open an account with them so I could get a more precise delivery window (other than "today").

There was a box to check next to the line "I was given enough time to read and understand the ToC's", so I took a look at them. 97 pages.

I didn't bother setting up the account.

Ex-Mozilla CTO: US border cops demanded I unlock my phone, laptop at SF airport – and I'm an American citizen

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Need more court challenges

I would love to see more people challenging random border searches esp. re: unlocking cellphones and/or laptops. I know it's not up to "regular folk" who can't afford the legal expenses individually, but having help from civil-liberty organizations is a way to go. Unfortunately this would paint a pretty big target on people's backs and make it tough traveling in the future.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster


I've chuckled over these for years

Demotivational Posters

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...


Re: What ever happened to ...

It went to the same place that telephone quality of service metrics have gone since the widespread adoption of cellular communications. Most people just accept poor service, dropped calls, loss-of-signal, etc. as the norm.

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data


Re: "privacy is not absolute"

Agree. Sharing your private thoughts is where it gets tricky.

Irish priests told to stop bashing bishops


Re: Calgary.

That would be Calvary

Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting


I'm Curious

Does Google have to accept every app submitted to the Play Store?

Commonwealth Bank: Buggy software made us miss money laundering


Re: Denominations

"In Canada the largest is was $1000. However, any account with more than 10,000 cash is flagged regardless of transactions taking place."

And it looks as though any transaction involving old $1000 bills will get noticed. More info here:


Zero accidents, all of your data – what The Reg learnt at Bosch's autonomous car bash


Re: Nut Bush City Limits.

I hope you don't live in Hanoi.


Green software blacked out Australian State


Or something like



Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid


No offense

intended, but am I the only one who, upon glancing at your username, misread it as "triticale"?

Canada asks citizens: How would you like us to spy on you?


ROT13 for bad guys

Here's one of the questions from the survey:

"How can law enforcement and national security agencies reduce the effectiveness of encryption for individuals and organizations involved in crime or threats to the security of Canada, yet not limit the beneficial uses of encryption by those not involved in illegal activities?"

The only correct answer to this question is that it is not possible to do this.

McDonald's sues Italian city for $20m after being burger-blocked


Re: The real reason

The restaurant can be built to fit the surrounding architecture; search for an image of the McDonald's in Banff National Park. No towering arches because of building restrictions. 'Course the fare is the same, er, food.

Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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Re: Weird

@David 123: Thank you for that link! Very interesting subject.

Police raid India call centre, detain 500 in fraud probe


Recently in Canada

A new Canadian was targeted in a tax scam and was convinced enough to purchase $3,900.00 in iThing gift cards.

Luckily she realized after second thoughts that she was being scammed, so did not mail the cards. It took a while, but the drugstore reimbursed her for the iThing purchase.

In another story, the same thing happened to a senior citizen, but the drugstore clerk knew enough about the scam to question the purchase of such a large dollar amount of gift cards, and convinced the senior to contact Revenue Canada to verify that she was not in arrears.

This scam has been going on for at least a couple of years in Canada.

Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station


Re: Musk seems to be losing it

"Seriously though how do you keep that many people entertained for months?"


Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes


Re: If something is free...

What are the numerous *nix distro providers after then?

Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order


Re: Parking Ticket

How can you be issued a ticket if they can't prove it was your car? If your car was not there, they don't have a picture of your licence plate or VIN, so how could they issue you a ticket in the first place? Do they send out tickets to everyone with a (for example) red car?

Is there paper in the printer? Yes and it's so neatly wrapped!


Re: Locked in? BTDT.

No emergency exit?

OK, we've got your data. But we really want to delete it ASAP



"...data...bin it. Irrevocably and verifiably."

How do you verify that data does not exist anymore?

Netflix and not chill



the 25% fee increase had something to do with it.

Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP


Re: It still amuses me..

Sure they can. Just watch CSI Cyber...

Edward Snowden denies making a deal with the Russian secret service


Re: Asylum for Snowden

Snowden wouldn't take it even if it was offered. I suspect that he knows Canada would ship him back to the US if requested to do so.

'Cops KNOW WHO I AM and I don't believe their hearts were truly in the shootout'


Wouldn't it be fun

if John McAfee was a GOP candidate in the current American election debates? Take that, Trump!

'If people can encrypt their cell phones, what's stopping them encrypting their PCs?'



rely on such ignorance in order to push their agendas past congress or parliament. It would be nice if those holding the purse strings or making the laws could make informed decisions, but probably too much to ask.

Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable


'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?


Re: Robot Wars?

I feel the same way about the use of "drones" to refer to quad-copters and such.

Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody



This is obviously intended as a send-up of the Kirk, Picard and Riker set of Starfleet officers, always looking to get on intimate terms with the crew and/or any passing aliens.

Picard? I must have missed those episodes.

Footie fracas: MYSTERY DRONE waves flag, incites Balkan brawl


Re: drones huh?

"every radio controlled flying toy is a "drone" now? I guess all those RC "robot wars" shows actually did melt the brains of the youth watching them.

If it isn't autonomous, it ain't a drone."

Thank you.

Kmart apologizes to customers after month-long security breach


Re: NSA's job

No, there is no hope; the banks never lose.

Man brings knife to a gun fight and WINS


Re: You Have Twenty Seconds To Comply

Some would disagree with you:


Feds: Cheeky scammers are impersonating us in criminal capers


Guilty Conscience

I'm sure that only a person who has actually been up to some murky activities would ever actually follow through with this. Everyone else would ignore it and/or report it.

Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE


Re: Speedo?

Twice a year I have to remember how to change the radio clock - something best done while parked.

The actual instrument gauges, on the other hand, are easy to scan and interpret while driving. Monitoring the gauges is actually taught by driving schools - a quick glance to confirm everything is ok, then back to the road.

Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names



Don't use it myself, so would someone please explain how the real-name policy is enforced? Is a credit card required for registration now?

Or was this story a case where an existing user's name was demonstrably an assumed name, thereby prompting a response from Facebook?

NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless


Re: Security

And yet... All of the banks haven't been mysteriously stripped of all assets. Somehow, all of the banks' clients still have all their deposits and investments. Miraculous!

Do you think that all the banks in all the countries other than in the U.S. would pass the same type of scrutiny? I'll bet one or two would balk as well, and more than a few wouldn't pass the more stringent security tests.

No one has a monopoly on security.

Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad


Re: Canada

Maybe it's because folks don't typically hold the coins against their bare skin for 4-6 hours per day.

Amazon snubs FTC: We'll see you in court over kids' in-app cash blowouts


Upgrade Password

How about the credit card holder (mom or dad) setting up an "upgrade password" when the game is purchased so that the kids playing the game have to at least ask for permission to upgrade? I'm assuming that there would be a clear indication of the charges to be incurred before agreeing to the charges.

Maybe that's more of a game delevopment idea rather than an Amazon idea, but you get my meaning.

Chap builds rotary dial mobile phone


Re: Dialling 999

According to this document, it is called a "Finger Stop". ITT Repair Manual

Kaspersky warns of imposter mobile security apps



"...infect devices or simply fail to do much of anything once purchased and installed."

Hard to tell from the real thing.

Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them


Re: Poor understanding of optics

Tosh or not, once I figured out how to change my e-readers to display white text on a black background I've enjoyed using them more.

Anti-theft mobe KILL SWITCH edges closer to reality in California


Good for the owner

IMEI blocking, or whatever it is that service providers do, makes the handset less valuable to potential buyers who want to use the device as a phone. A kill-switch to brick the phone makes the handset less valuable to potential data thieves.

Speaking in Tech: 'I get told to wear makeup by other women'


Re: men get told every day to conform

Depends where you live. If you live in a "western-ish" democracy you have it relatively better than those living in a dictatorship, no matter what flavour you are.

I agree that being told to wear a suit is a first-world problem and not a big one at that.

Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy



But we can always use Google to search for "what happened around me today?"

France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours


9 to 5

"For today at least, however, French workers are free to switch off their phones and log out of their email the moment they leave the office."

They couldn't do this before? Unless it's in their contract to be available 24/7, why wouldn't anyone in any country do the same?

The IT Crowd tops BAFTA nominations with four nods


Re: Lend Lease, please

All four seasons are on Netflix. Enjoy!

Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad


Re: Well done

You don't inherit a netflix account or frequent flyer status

No, but you might want to cancel the deceased's monthly credit card charges. A death certificate would likely allow an executor to do that.

Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court


Re: Not in the UK.....

Move to Canada and join one of the police departments here. I've met quite a few officers from the UK and they seem quite happy with the working conditions, other than the weather (-30 deg C at the moment).

Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze


Re: cosmetic dr's and surgeons terrify me

For some docs it has been superseded by “Make more money”.

Robo-termites will stack boxes IN SPAAACE


I mis-read the title...

...as Robo-termites will attack boxes...

Which brought to mind the idea of using swarms of autonomous robots to chew up the space-junk in orbit.


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