* Posts by SolidSquid

608 posts • joined 13 May 2013

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Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

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Re: User needs

I could see this as plausable if they hadn't previously integrated the system search with Amazon, providing affiliate links which would make them money, as a default feature. Now I'm wondering if this really is just being helpful or if it's another way we'll find out they planned to profit

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Despite the headlines, Rudd's online terror takedown tool is only part of the solution

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This is my thinking. Daesh doesn't need to bypass it so much as make it unusable by getting so much material flagged as extremist it becomes useless. And that's not factoring in trolls who would do that just for the hell of it

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Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks

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Re: If I was an Apple lawyer

With the amount they could potentially charge apple for a near-infinite number of forks, I'd say they'd be happy to hire someone to code a script for them

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: SPECTRE..will not take kindly to be linked to a buggy CPU line.

Not being at Microsoft I couldn't say for sure, but my guess would be the scale of the problem. They might just not have enough servers to migrate people en-mass that way and have found it's quicker and less risky to have a small amount of down time to just patch everything immediately

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You Wreck Me, Spotify: Tom Petty, Neil Young publisher launches $1.6bn copyright sueball

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Re: Great

While there are problems with Spotify, the claim they knew Harry Fox didn't have the infrastructure to manage mechanical licences when they explicitly advertise themselves as being a specialist in that area is a bit questionable. It might well be that they knew this was the case, and they were trying to pull a fast one, but at the surface level it does at least seem plausable that they expected Harry Fox to be able to manage the licencing for them to ensure it was done properly, and it's Harry Fox who screwed up

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Unfit to plead before a US court? You may face 'indefinite detention'

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Re: CMA

Can't comment on GCSE, but it's covered in Computing as part of the Scottish equivalent, so I'd be surprised if it wasn't part of it

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Accused hacker Lauri Love's extradition appeal begins

SolidSquid

Re: Weid Legal System

Scotland and Ireland at least have always had their own laws, it's just that what was devolved has been expanded in recent years. Scots law in particular has been a thing since the union of parliaments and of the crown

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There's an extradition treaty our country agreed to previously where both countries agreed to extradite to the other if a crime was committed there. It's only recently that it's come out the treaty is somewhat lopsided (due to the constitution, they require evidence of the crime before extradition) and without the internet getting charged for a crime in one country while present in another wasn't really possible.

Basically the treaty is out of date, but nobody wants to re-write it and have to deal with the US

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Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself

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Re: Good!

Agreed, the follow up suggests he's actually considering the criticisms about his attitude and he provided a much better overview of what his issues were with it. As a result the security guys should be able to work to improve their work for the next release

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Re: A shorter term problem

If you quit your job you can't apply for unemployment, at the very least. I'm not saying I agree that it's a major issue, but if you do implement UBI you're going to see worker retention become more difficult. In the long run this could lead to better working conditions, but that'll take time

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MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

SolidSquid

Because as everyone knows, the way to successfully implement a major IT overhaul is to rush it through as fast as possible because politicians haven't been able to get their shit together

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Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

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Re: Sub heading should read

That'll be the appeal, that he was trying to apply to pay the corporate taxes and it gave him the child tax credits instead

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

SolidSquid

Surprisingly, given how often it's been mentioned, shouting fire in a theatre for fun has never been litigated before, so is still uncertain under the law whether it's actually a limitation. It was a comment by a judge in one of their rulings, but wasn't actually directly related to the ruling so was never actually investigated

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

SolidSquid

Re: Nice

Key word being "was", she cut it down to get as much as she could to pay the DUP off

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

SolidSquid

Re: Overstated importance of fans

'Survives' may be a more appropriate term

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An AI can replace what a world leader said in his video-taped speech. This will end well. Not

SolidSquid

Just need to wait now for someone to hijack a White House speech and get an impersonator to change what a president says to whatever they wanted them to say. "What do you mean, I said that? WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT WAS ON TV?!"

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Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

SolidSquid

Re: @ Steve 124 ID 10 T alert

"So if Trump blocks George Stephanopulos for being a weenie, that doesn't stop George Stephanopulos from creating another account to listen to Trump's tweets."

Pretty sure that's a breach of Twitters terms and conditions, so couldn't be used as part of a legal argument that he could still gain access.

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Re: ID 10 T alert

The point this lawsuit is making is that it's no longer a private account, but rather one run as part of the official communications of the White House (which makes other White House officials having access significant). It's also not necessarily about them being able to tweet directly at Trump, but also about being blocked from the public discourse regarding what seems to be official government statements in the replies to the tweets that are made.

It might not be a completely clear cut case, but there's enough wiggle room there because of the way the account has been used that they might have a case, or at least will be able to get the law clarified on how government officials can use social media in their official capacity

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

SolidSquid

Re: Oh what a Gay Day...

As the Flinstones would put it, "We'll have a gay old time!"

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

SolidSquid

Re: Still don't understand this bullshit

Comey didn't tape anything, he typed up a written record of what he recalled from the meeting, according to him because what happened in that meeting had him concerned about whether the president was going to allow the Russian investigation to continue without interference.

Yes, Comey worked on behalf of the government, but he didn't work on behalf of Trump, and given he worked for *law enforcement*, I don't see why you wouldn't expect him to make notes if he had concerns about the legality of events, if for no other reason than so he could have an accurate record to run by legal to make sure it wasn't

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Re: @MiguelC -- Hook, line, and sinker!

Also one for him and, until recently in an entirely separate city, one for his wife

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Re: The Truth?!

That's gonna be one hell of a nap if you're not waking up until everything is over

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US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor

SolidSquid

Re: Hillary

They already decided Hillary wasn't guilty of anything, so why would they continue with this investigation when they've already made their decision?

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Disney mulls Mickey Mouse magic material to thwart pirates' 3D scans

SolidSquid

Re: @ Not also known as SC Solid DRM

It really is a strange movie, but a surprisingly good one. It was made by the guy behind the Saw films, apparently he self funded it with the money from Saw after pitching it prior to Saw and getting no support from any production companies

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

SolidSquid

Re: not necessarily

Don't forget that larger pills have a bigger effect above a certain size, but smaller than that size and the effect is stronger than bigger pills are

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Re: Seen this with mobile phones on dell laptops

Didn't admit to anything, just stopped blaming people for it. Six and half a dozen really

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

SolidSquid

Re: So....restore from backup

From what I read in the Reddit thread, they tried to restore from backups and it failed. Seems they hadn't been testing the backups to make sure they could be restored and at some point the backups stopped working

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

SolidSquid

Re: Absolutely brilliant for local economies!

The current ban is on any electronic device above a certain size. It's largely reported as a "laptop ban", but also covers things like tablets and phablets. The concern seems to be people swapping out the battery for explosives, so it's likely the ban would apply to both

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Air Farce One: Trumping the Terrorists

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Re: you guys did not do enough Internet search

This was a claim made by a Defcon presenter iirc, but it was discredited as he claimed to have gone through the airplane wifi but that runs on a separate network. Also, while he claimed to be able to access some of the plane's instrumentation, he wasn't able to access the actual controls

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Re: Trump: Making America shit & taking the World with it.

Debatable. He might be giving his opinion on what would happen if Trump was shot, but that's not the same as encouraging someone to do it, which I believe is the line he'd have to cross to get a visit

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'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests

SolidSquid

Nah, if it was the Kerbal School of Safety then exploding parts wouldn't really mean much at all

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

SolidSquid

Re: But but but.......

"Have not anyone cross examined or interrogated those women to confirm whether this was a honeytrap ?"

That's something which would usually happen as part of the trial proceedings, which never happened because he dodged out of the country despite knowing he was wanted for questioning on additional charges (or at least his lawyer was aware of this)

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Re: Actions == consequences

Actually if he were sent over to Sweden under a European Arrest Warrant then Sweden wouldn't be permitted (under the terms of the arrest warrant) to extradite him without the permission of the UK. If it's true that the UK can't extradite him without the consent of Oz, I suspect this would mean we couldn't sign off on anything other than Sweden sending him to Oz or Oz agreeing to have him sent

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We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

SolidSquid

The rules are kind of... odd, since iirc it varies depending on why the police are stopping you (stop and account vs stop and search for example), but generally there's very little information you're legally required to provide unless you're under suspicion of a crime

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

SolidSquid

Re: What I find even more sinister...

Facebook makes *heavy* use of tracking cookies and ad networks to create user profiles. Most likely they used that to identify the machine as owned by someone who had visited those facebook pages (or something along those lines) and so recommended them. Or even if it was just one of them Facebook would have pulled the data of who else you might know out of that person's profile

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Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

SolidSquid

Given they've said he was refusing to produce things via his lawyer, I'm curious what the other side of this argument is. From the letter, they first claim that no justification was given for refusing them, but then they say that his lawyer insisted requests were made in writing (which doesn't seem unreasonable for legal documents) and that they claimed not to have anything to provide based on their reading of the supoena. Doesn't mean they didn't do anything wrong, but it does suggest there might be more to this than just "we're not telling you nothing!"

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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

SolidSquid

Re: Just teach them Python

I'd probably go with both python and C# so they get experience of two different languages, including a compiled one. That should expose them to a decent range of programming concepts while also giving them two languages used in industry already. Much as I'd like to encourage C++ or something else a bit closer to the metal, you'd spend a lot more time on getting them through the initial setup than I think would be worth while

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Fitbit hit on Pebble kit cost just 20 million quid? Oh s**t!

SolidSquid

At the end of the universe there will be nothing except a stack of Nokia 3310s

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Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

SolidSquid

Re: Is an Australian even allowed to run for Parliament?

Also he'd have trouble doing any of the usual duties an MP has, like running surgeries where constituents can bring their problems to him, when he can't leave the embassy. Being an MP wouldn't prevent his arrest or even his extradition as far as I'm aware

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Opportunity rover gets bored of spot it's explored since 2014

SolidSquid

Actually it was mis-communications when getting parts manufactured abroad, primarily the americans worked with the American standard football field and the third parties worked with the UK football field standard

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Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

SolidSquid

Re: Lets find something to be offended about

So from what I can understand of this, racial and gender based discrimination is natural for humans is natural because the majority of humans fall into a particular category of psychology, and therefore it's good to discriminate. Also women are destroying the country by having too much power and not having enough babies, assisted by "parasitic primitive culture" immigrants.

As far as the psychology goes, it looks like an attempt to map a largely abandoned ecological theory about how different species ensure survival, either having lots of offspring or investing a lot in their offspring, onto socio-political ideas and conspiracy theories about the suppression of "K-type humans" which don't actually relate to the raising of children (which seems to be all this theory dealt with)

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

SolidSquid

In this one case I'd actually disagree. I've got an aunt who's completely non-technical, got herself a nice laptop to replace an old desktop and found it so difficult to use she's largely made do with her tablet. After showing her classic shell to make it more like "what she had before" she's actually using the laptop again. Even for non-technical users, the extent of the changes in 10 are a pain in the ass

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Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment

SolidSquid

Sounds like an over-reaction from the Drupal guys if I'm honest. Unless that kind of thing was showing in his attitudes outside of occasional, fully consensual, events, I don't see how it has any impact on whether he's able to do his job or treat others fairly

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

SolidSquid

Re: VLC?

US prisons have an incredibly strict lock down on outside communications, at least in part because of the money they make off of phone calls home through the prisons systems. As far as the prison is concerned, pidgin and voip is probably more serious than the porn or a lot of the actual crimes as far as they're concerned

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Trump's govt hiring freeze means there's no US Privacy Shield chief: We tracked down the woman filling in for now

SolidSquid

Seems like quite a sensible pick for the role. Wonder how long she'll get to keep it

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Law Commission pulls back on official secrets laws plans after Reg exposes flawed report

SolidSquid

I don't know what her position was on this particular legislation while she was in the home office, but May has certainly been in favour of pushing for more powers for intelligence agencies with less transparency. I'd be surprised if she wasn't part of the team that drafted (or at least managed the drafting of) this bill

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NY court slaps down Facebook's attempt to keep accounts secret from search warrants

SolidSquid

Re: A warrant is a warrant

As I understood it, the company is required to retain the data until this is resolved, otherwise it could be considered contempt of court amongst other things. I agree they shouldn't be able to abuse the process, but until it hits the supreme court they have a right to keep pushing it.

Also, as mentioned in the article, while the case is still ongoing Facebook has already handed over at least some of the data under threat of contempt of court, so this seems to be related more to future cases rather than the warrants that started the case

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Ofsted downplays site security concerns

SolidSquid

"Up until now, we have opted for a non-disruptive approach, based on the 'implied consent' of users,"

Pretty sure 'implied consent' is explicitly disallowed under the rules the government passed a while back regarding storing cookies. Interesting to see the government still isn't sticking to those rules, while expecting others to

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T-Mobile US CEO offers kid a year's supply of chicken nuggets for switching from AT&T

SolidSquid

Only in Scotland

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