* Posts by Flip

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Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

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I'm Curious

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

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Commonwealth Bank: Buggy software made us miss money laundering

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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:

http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/the-hunt-for-canadas-1000-bills-there-are-nearly-a-million-left-most-in-the-hands-of-criminal-elites/wcm/5827c613-4297-43fa-9eb1-2dd768a3ca1c

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

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Re: Nut Bush City Limits.

I hope you don't live in Hanoi.

http://time.com/4417357/hanoi-vietnam-motorbike-downtown-ban/

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Green software blacked out Australian State

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Or something like

this:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-air-world-battery.html

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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No offense

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Thumb Up

Re: Weird

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

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Police raid India call centre, detain 500 in fraud probe

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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.

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

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Re: Musk seems to be losing it

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

Sex?

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Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

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Re: If something is free...

What are the numerous *nix distro providers after then?

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

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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?

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

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Re: Locked in? BTDT.

No emergency exit?

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

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Verification

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

How do you verify that data does not exist anymore?

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Netflix and not chill

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Maybe

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

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

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Happy

Re: It still amuses me..

Sure they can. Just watch CSI Cyber...

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Edward Snowden denies making a deal with the Russian secret service

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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.

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

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Joke

Wouldn't it be fun

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

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

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Facepalm

Lobbyists

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.

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Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable

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Joke

Re: No googling?

http://xkcd.com/627/

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

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Re: Robot Wars?

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

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

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Picard?

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.

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Footie fracas: MYSTERY DRONE waves flag, incites Balkan brawl

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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.

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Kmart apologizes to customers after month-long security breach

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Re: NSA's job

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

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Man brings knife to a gun fight and WINS

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Re: You Have Twenty Seconds To Comply

Some would disagree with you:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/quanto-s-killing-prompts-call-for-law-to-protect-police-dogs-1.1929909

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Feds: Cheeky scammers are impersonating us in criminal capers

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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.

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

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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.

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

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WTF?

Enforcement

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?

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

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Stop

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.

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Re: Canada

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

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

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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.

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Chap builds rotary dial mobile phone

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Re: Dialling 999

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

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Kaspersky warns of IMPOSTER mobile security apps

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Joke

Hmmm

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

Hard to tell from the real thing.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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@southpacificpom

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

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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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?

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The IT Crowd tops BAFTA nominations with four nods

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Re: Lend Lease, please

All four seasons are on Netflix. Enjoy!

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

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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.

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

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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).

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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Re: cosmetic dr's and surgeons terrify me

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

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Robo-termites will stack boxes IN SPAAACE

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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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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

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Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question

As this comment was not submitted on a stone tablet or piece of paper, you must agree that computers are handy things. An improper software setting points to a manufacturing issue rather than a computer problem.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Phoneless Phreedom @DiViDeD

Those that "merit the help" likely walked off a cliff while looking down at their smartphone instead of where they were heading.

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Re: So does this ban smart-watches?

We have the same "without due care and attention" law in Canada, but the police complain that it is too hard to prove in the courts. It now appears that police want laws that are specific and easier to prove if broken, such as "using a cell phone while driving".

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Trio allege in court: You sold our ZIP codes, Apple, now hand over $5m!

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Say No

If asked for personal information not required to complete the purchase, say no. Lots of retailers routinely ask for addresses and phone numbers in order to mail out flyers, but you can decline to provide it.

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Mars defends: HUMANS to SEND UFO to Red Planet by 2016

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RAH

"Well that is a recipe for disaster...."

Or for the creation of Michael Smith.

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The Colosseum, Hagia Sophia, Tower of London... and, er, Steve Jobs' GARAGE

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Re: Ridiculous

Capitalism is a religion in the US. Some may consider Jobs to be somewhat god-like.

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Wanna sell a phone in New York? Better have a receipt

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Another Option

Service providers could simply refuse to activate smartphones without proof of ownership, such as a bill of sale. Just like having to provide a bill of sale before being able to register licence plates on a motor vehicle. This would kill the black market demand, assuming the demand is for functional phones.

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