* Posts by thejynxed

14 posts • joined 10 Jul 2007

HMRC told AGAIN to toughen up on VAT-dodging online traders

thejynxed

Re: Amazon

Corsair will do the same. PNY, not so much.

US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

thejynxed

People are worrying about websites when even their computer operating systems aren't in compliance. Every OS from Android, to Ubuntu, to MacOS/iOS, and Windows is in non-compliance.

Good luck making them comply, especially the people behind Ubuntu.

I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

thejynxed

Re: The particular issue around Open Source licensing

EULAs directly conflict with the codified right of first sale in the EU, which is why that assumption has merit, and as Valve found out, why they had to change certain things on Steam.

Sueballs flying over Facebook's Android app data slurping

thejynxed

Re: I'm shocked, shocked to the very core.

My phone never even had that much, and the app came pre-installed as a system service. Can't root this particular device either, best I could do was disable it. It's related services are not running, however, and I don't think they can on Android N or later once an app is disabled.

thejynxed

This isn't new news outside of them being finally sued for it. Slashdot and Reddit have discussed this ever since the app came out.

Verizon only cares about fiber, lets copper nets lapse into ruin – gripes

thejynxed

When dealing with FIOS (and most other types of FTTH installations), you'll have to look into having a battery backup system added in so that when the power goes out your connection stays lit. They don't volunteer this information to you of course, you have to ask Verizon about it.

As an aside to the other poster on down the line who questioned the legitimacy of the state over Verizon's infrastructure - I live in rural PA and can attest that yes, Verizon does let it get this bad. When my wife and I still had a landline we couldn't even rely on it in case of emergency, that's how bad they've let the copper lines go. It's a sad testament when you have to rely on cell phones for even 911 calling due to the intentional neglect of a multi-billion dollar company.

Facebook engineer bashes Google for Gmail block

thejynxed
FAIL

Oh really...

GETTHIS THROUGH YOUR HEAD: WE OWN THE DATA WE MAKE; WE OWN OUR AND THE OTHER'S INTERACTIONS *WITH US* -- OTHERWISE WE HAVE A DEAD END, 1/2 STORY ITEM WHEN WE MAY NEED TO RECALL SOMETHING.

FACEBOOK OWNS AN INTERFACE, NOT THE DATA THE USERS GENERATE.

^- Wrong. You agreed to a EULA specifying that Facebook can do whatever they like with your data within the confines of the EULA and applicable local law.

US school comes out fighting over webcam spy claim

thejynxed

Built-in Mics

You don't need to destroy it. A U.S. dime-nickel's thickness of poster putty over the microphone perforations will suffice to make conversation unintelligible.

You can also disable the microphone in your audio settings, for instance. You can probably even disable it or the part of the driver that uses it in Device Manager if you're using some version of Windows.

I know in the *Nix OSes, you can certainly disable it. Macs will be a tad more difficult I believe. Apple doesn't like users mucking about with hardware settings.

Google may exit China after 'highly targeted' attack

thejynxed
FAIL

Baidu

I notice how little mention was made to the fact that Google is the largest stakeholder in Baidu.

Even if they pulled "Google" out of China, they aren't pulling Google out of China.

What a show.

Paramount prepares to scale Dune

thejynxed
Stop

Yet another rehash

I'd rather they did adaptations of some of the later novels in the series. I'd much rather prefer to see the stories involving Miles Teg, the Idaho Ghola, and the war against the Honored Matres to yet another rehash of the first two or three novels.

Better still, would be if they got the same treatment as the tv miniseries from a few years back - CGI has obviously improved since then, so the effects could be even better.

Jimbo asks online folk to play nice, be civil

thejynxed
FAIL

Funny...

That these words are coming from someone who had a very public, and disagreeable split with a girlfriend on the internet.

We won't even get into how uncivil the upper echelon of Wikipedia can be, especially when you try to edit their pet pages (pages I might add, that generally contain misleading or outright false information).

Hackers declare war on international forensics tool

thejynxed

Firefox

Firefox uses quite a few bits from Internet Explorer to function. Try using Process Explorer once, and check what threads and modules Firefox.exe actually loads. It even loads your system's sound card drivers a second time instead of accessing the APIs properly. It's no small wonder that browser is full of memory leaks, when it does dubious things like that.

Windows itself also stores various information in the IE cache area, since IE is integrated into the OS. The Windows Search function, etc all stores query information, temporary .dat files, folder thumbnails, etc all in that same cache area. The normal Explorer.exe process also stores temporary data there, such as the icon cache for the system tray.

I know some website cookies, etc are hard-coded by lazy website developers to store themselves in that directory, as well, and Firefox does indeed access that area from time to time to read/write data.

BT blocks up to 40,000 child porn pages per day

thejynxed

As with all filters...

...take theirs with a grain of salt. Filters are unreliable at best. Child porn sites and other 'undesirables' on the internet often change IP addresses and host providers, some of them daily. Most are not even publicly published nor advertised, requiring invitations via instant message, email, etc to even get a site IP address to go to.

If any single entity would have a 'reliable' list, it would be Google from what the Googlebot crawls on a daily basis. As we all know, those SE bots crawl everything, even with robots.txt defined (that just prevents them from indexing the material, btw). Any list with manually entered addresses fail, and fail hard.

Oh, and for you folks there across the pond, this J. Smith person sounds like a right twat. Why don't you do yourselves a favor and vote her out on her ass next election. For someone like her to get in, it's almost like she Gerrymandered her votes or something.

Also, that agency someone mentioned above that REALLY is doing the work of saving abused children and arresting predators...that group you should all donate funds to or send them mail thanking them in support for their efforts. It wouldn't hurt to write editorials for your local papers either in support of the work they do. Those types of agencies are what we need more of, not the do-nothing types like the IWF (or frankly most of the US Congress and related governmental agencies).

No icon because there is nothing appropriate to choose from ( I suggest a pic of J. Smith dressed as the Wicked Witch of the West be added).

Dodgy anti-virus update bunfight goes to court

thejynxed

Chinese AV company....

...has programmers that need to learn how to code. It's a big no-no to include live worm/virus/trojan code within your main application structure. A simple buffer overrun or a bad jump and that code can go live on the machine that their software is installed on.

Kaspersky was quite correct in marking their software as potentially unwanted.

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