* Posts by Scoular

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Jeep hacking lawsuit shifts into gear for trial after US Supremes refuse to hit the brakes

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Re: Bogus Bovine Excrement

We have little real choice about using the Internet, like electricity decades ago it has become a practical necessity of normal life.

Buying a vehicle with network connected risks is not (yet anyway) at that point. Buyers had real alternatives and may well have decided not to purchase a Jeep.

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History not favourable

History suggests that if companies can find a way to betray your trust they will.

Then we have the non company hackers.

We have managed so far without network connected vehicles so we have to consider the possible advantages against the fairly obvious disadvantages.

Uncle Sam fingers two Chinese men for hacking tech, aerospace, defense biz on behalf of Beijing

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Rather a lot of pot and kettle work going on recently.

All countries have people trying to find out anything interesting about other countries. It may not be nice and friendly but it sure is what has been happening fora VERY long time.

The pretence that only those other evil people do such things is absurd.

The best approach is to require government and business to get serious about security. In my experience management has low to no interest because it costs and that may lower executive bonuses.

US told to appoint a damn Privacy Shield ombudsperson already or EU will take action

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And foreign governments are not too keen on being treated as US puppet states even where they are like one or two Pacific countries.

nbn™ isn’t fixing HFC, it’s ‘optimising’ it

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Or the stupidity of politicians

Politicians who decide they should make technical decisions totally out their field of expertise and make a right mess of it.

When you are dumb in the mind the whole body suffers. In this case the whole country.

Australian SigInt spooks won't get power to spy on locals

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Do it anyway?

If the actions of other agencies are any indication what will actually happen is they will do it anyway and just not tell the public about it.

Australian government plans to do a Facebook on citizens' data

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Ingorance is bliss

Given the ethics of government and business I want them knowing as little as possible about me.

Any data they have is more likely to be used against me than for my benefit.

They are much the same as Facebook or Google in their attitude

nbn™ CEO blames copper for performance problems

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Politicians should keep out of technology

In fact politicians should keep out of everything they do not understand.

Stick to ritual abuse and generally stupidity guys you excel there.

Transport for New South Wales told to stop tracking oldies, students

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Re: as it should be

Surely one or a few people behaving badly is not justification for an agency to collect personal data on a class of users most of whom do not behave badly. Particularly when it does not require the same information on all users.

Perhaps the government should lock up all footballers because some of them behave badly enough to get locked up too? Seems to lack a little fairness to me.

Will the defendant please rise? Utah State Bar hunts for sender of topless email

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Terribly American

Terrified of tits.

Enjoy a good machine gun game or movie as family entertainment.

Funny lot.

We should pass laws to make Google's life hard! Oh no, sorry, did we say that out loud? asks IBM

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Self interest yes but is there a vaild point too

IBM has not been above bad behaviour by a long way but perhaps they do have a point in suggesting the newer competitors are even less ethical.

If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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It is a human power problem

The basic problem is that when humans get into a position of power, lawyers, doctors or politicians and the very rich they all gradually assume that they are right - always right and cam do whatever they want.

Hence the behaviour described here and also the failure of communism and now democracy. Both might have worked except for the fact that those who got to the top became unhinged and totally self absorbed.

If we want to get the world stable we need to address this issue. For politics one possibility is shorter maximum terms. The complaint is that that does not give them time to get things done - precisely.

Robot cars will kill London jobs – but only from 2030, say politicans

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Re: It's a conspiracy!

Basic rule of life;

NEVER volunteer any information to any business or government agency unless you have to and even then be as careful as possible.

Anything they know is more likely to be used against you than to your benefit.

A few millennia of human experience in one line.

Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

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Re: 2018: "But it was on Autopilot!"

Wrong country it is NZ.

OK silly in either case

Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

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Wake me up when someone tells us what these are going to cost and if there is any real reason to believe that enough people want one.

You can sell some of anything and there is a ready supply of suckers but this might need suckers with money and for the trendy ones it may lack appeal. Even footballers prefer to crash their own cars.

Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Why have unprotected cables there at all

The birds are well known to enjoy what they do and if the active cables are protected why bother putting in spares and not protecting them.

It has all happened before The SF BART system suffered from cables being destroyed by gophers so all the buried cables had to be dug up and replaced by the armoured ones which should have been used in the first place.

Being a dumb cheapskate costs money.

Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

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If they succeed than US software will be at a disadvantage elsewhere in the world.

Anything known to Apple, Microsoft, Facebook etc is automatically known to the US government is not a good advertising line.

Flight Centre leaks fliers' passport details to 'potential suppliers'

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It is a fair bet that many companies and government bodies are only too willing to 'share' data with others and not ask too many questions about the potential uses of the data.

Queensland Police want access to locked devices

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The real risk

In Queensland the statistics indicate that citizens are more likely to be killed by police than by terrorists.

That may change of course but police everywhere have a long history of wanting more power and less to no scrutiny of their activities.

Windows 10 nags, Dirty Cow, Microsoft's Linux man love: The Reg's big ones for 2016

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Re: Windows 10 upgrade suvivor

This week I shifted another now happy user to Mint Linux. The Windows 7 updates problems had become so annoying she became happy to abandon Microsoft. Found that the world does NOT revolve around MS after all.

Melbourne man arrested for broadcasting fake messages to pilots

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The problem is that any sentence will not act as a deterrent to those with autism.

They are simply unaware (depends on severity and that is highly variable) that what they are doing is not advisable. It is not malice they just do not comprehend the consequences of their actions as 'normal' people do.

There is a genuine problem and governments around the world can find the money to lock people up for decades but never the money to avoid the problem by helping families with a person with this quite genuine problem. Families with an autistic child have problems, families with an autistic teenager have bigger problems and they just do not go away.

Upstart bags $2.5m to help put the brakes on self-driving car hackers

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Re: All or nothing

Have you considered programmer stupidity or lack of knowledge or experience with the complexity of actually controlling something in a complicated and changing situation.

I think many are underestimating the task and overestimating their own brilliance. It may happen but it is going to take longer and cost a lot along the way.

Humans are actually quite good at adapting and it is really hard for a programmer to think of every possible situation, Just jamming on the brakes when confused is a long way short of elegant engineering.

Dirty diesel backups will make Hinkley Point C look like a bargain

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Wind power in South Australia

Wind power has some obvious problems but it was not the cause the the outage in South Australia.

There was more than adequate generation capacity available, the problem was transmission towers being blown over because there was too much wind.

Unexpected and unprecedented storms were the problem. South Australia has traditionally not experienced cyclonic winds so built somewhat lighter transmission towers which have been adequate until now. I bet the new ones will be stronger.

Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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Re: @ Jonathan 27

Mint will work just fine, I have had it running on similar hardware for a year.

No Win 10 crap thanks, bye bye MS.

Cooky crumbles: Apple mulls yanking profits out of Europe and into US

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People annoyed fancy that

Tim is annoyed but not half as much as the people who have finally started to wake up that the system in place for the past 40 odd years has actually not benefited them, just the rich.

Hence we have Brexit , Trump and similar politicians emerging around the world. Many of them barking mad or incompetent but desperate people try desperate remedies.

The 'Establishment' needs to do a quick review and actually get on with serving the people as they claim to do but have not.

Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

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Re: It used to be called

Lost hope might be more accurate.

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Loose something you never had?

Advertisers are not loosing anything actually, they are missing out on something they would have liked to have.

Anyone who ever bought a lottery ticket has had that experience, or almost everyone.

Many of those sites would vanish without trace and without loss to anyone but the operators if viewers had to pay and that would probably be a good thing.

Australia's broadband policy is a flimsy, cynical House of Cards

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Sold down the drain

We have been sold down the drain for cheap short term political gain. We will pay for this stupidity for a long time.

Do it properly and do it once is good engineering. The half baked desperately cheap short term is always long term stupid.

Bruce Schneier: We're sleepwalking towards digital disaster and are too dumb to stop

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Do governments care anyway

Or are they likely to be happy to have another way to gather information on their own people whilst also exposing them to attack by others. Politicians are woefully ignorant and happy to stay that way as it lets them hold absurd beliefs comfortably.

I suspect governments want systems as leaky as possible in the belief that if they only have a little more information all problems will be solved. Those iPhones for example.

Reminder: How to get a grip on your files, data that Windows 10 phones home to Microsoft

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If Microsoft was sincere and honest

If Microsoft was sincere and honest they would give users a clear and full explanation of what data they wanted to collect and allow users to decide how much they wished to share including NOTHING THANKS.

They they would actually do as the user requests.

Recall: Bring out yer dead and over-heating Microsoft Surface Pro power cords

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Re: Are "electronic" components involved in the failure?

Not all cables are equal.

The amount of conductor is very important and copper is not cheap so using less saves a few $ and makes the cord more flexible too.

The fact that the cord to your electric kettle does not get hot is irrelevant to the Surface problem.

Australia and America working on global no-state-hacking pact

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The US will agree and get on with 'Business as Usual'

The US has a very poor track record of observing the treaties it imposes on weaker parties.

https://chomsky.info/ "Failed States"

No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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I am not convinced it is hard to boot Linux.

I bought a new ASUS Z170 motherboard and latest CPU and memory.

Installed Linux without a hitch, using it here right now. Not a problem in a few months of use.

Linode: Back at last after ten days of hell

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They were out of luck anyway weren't they?

Windows 10: What's coming in 2016?

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Re: Plan B

I switched to Mint a few months ago and am happily staying there.

A VM with Win 7 gives me the ability to use the few Windows only programs I need to run.

I have had to work with Win 10 supporting the usual friends and family group most of us have and really do not like it, particularly the snooping of course. I value my privacy. I have - nothing to hide/done nothing wrong - but our government and companies sure cannot say that.

Huawei who? We probe the sleeping storage dragon's brains

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We are the best!!!

"Of course the growing Chinese market, who are fiercely loyal to Chinese goods and brands is a massive driver in Huawei storage sales."

Never seen a similar attitude in other countries then!!!!

Google engineer names and shames dodgy USB Type-C cable makers

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Depend on a cable?

Surely in a sane world the charger would be self protecting including from a dead short, it is quite possible to do.

Similarly at the other end the device should limit the current drawn to whatever limit the designer intended and that is also possible.

Why would anyone in the right mind depend on a cable from an unknown supplier to protect their expensive kit. The pullup resistor as part of a signaling scheme? Why not have that in the device so you know it is there.

LG uses sucky logic to force Dyson admission its vacuums suck badly

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Wasn't it claimed of that august English company Joe Lucas that the only product they made which did not suck was a vacuum cleaner.

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LG no longer Less Good

LG has actually lifted its game a lot in recent times, they may be worth another look

Who gets Teslas made and throws Apple shade? It's… MUSK!

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Re: Seems that he must view Apple as a threat

In some places there is a legal concept of puffery. A statement which is so evidently not serious to a reasonable man is not grounds for legal action.

Given the perpetual tendency for American overstatement his statements may be regarded as normal business and he did not actually name any individual so probably has grounds for ducking and weaving anyway.

China cuffs hackers at US request to stave off sanctions

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Are the Chinese just doing to others as has been done unto them?

No country can really honestly stand tall and claim the moral high ground although a few will try.

Is Windows 10 slurping too much data? No, says Microsoft. Nuh-uh. Nope

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Re: Mint does not demand sys admin skills

It comes up and asks if you want to do things yourself of just let it wipe the disk and set up everything for you.

The let the installer take care of it approach produces a workable system with a user interface familiar enough to XP/7 users that you can get right down to playing rather then struggling to set things up.

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Also switched to Linux Mint.

Having reached the limit with MS snooping I an writing this on a new ASUS Z170AR under Mint.

Wine happily runs most of the Windows programs I need. A couple of VMs allow me to have environments needed for working with some products I support.

Recommended folks, definitely worth a try. I have been using Unix and Linux on and off since Unix came from AT&T but Mint does not demand sys admin skills. I have a few friends interested in switching too after having had a play with MInt.

NBN cable rules spark electricity network push-back

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Re:The cables on poles are mostly fibre

Not around here they are not Richard. life in suburban Brisbane involves a lot of overhead communications to the home.

Australia the idiot in the global village, says Geoff Huston

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And when the data store gets hacked - highly likely we will find out where our politicians mistresses can be found amongst other interesting things. Then it may be found to be unnecessary to keep all such personal information on everyone.

The only comfort is that they will have so much data that they will be unlikely to be able to analyse it sensibly.

Australian online shoppers and Netflix to be fully taxed in 2017

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Bound to work

I expect that the companies will adopt the same high standards of honesty and ethics as the Australian government.

Australian telcos won't get red tape relief says Brandis

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There has never been a question about the honesty of the Australian government.

We all know!

Asian worries for Samsung and Apple as local brands chop up the market

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Re: Apple's market is cyclical

Every manufacturer has a cyclical product line ans they and competitors release new product. Nothing new there.

What we are seeing is a product maturity effect as the rate of new and useful features declines the second string manufacturers catch up and compete on price. This is a threat for Apple and Samsung which have been at the high priced end of the market. Apple has the fans who will continue to pay more but Samsung is less secure.

We will benefit by paying less for decent phones as they become just another commodity.

Apple needs to come up with something new and stunning, always very hard to keep doing that.

Fiat Chrysler recall BLUNDERING could lump carmaker with $105m fine – report

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Re: Dose of Reality

At the very least give the owner control and the ability to turn any such tracking and monitoring systems off, and properly off, not just hidden.

What ever happened to those constitutional rights?

Optus tells Department of Comms to sit down and shut up

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Big business and right wing governments are always in favour of competition and deregulation except when it conflicts with their interests or beliefs.

They they seamlessly switch to being proponents of orderly marketing or some other euphemism for regulation designed to serve their interests. Always in the public interest of course.

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