* Posts by corestore

351 posts • joined 13 Jul 2007

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European Commission refers Ireland to court over failure to collect €13bn in tax from Apple

corestore

This is bad and wrong. Before you get all huffy and grumble about 'Apple' and 'Billions', think about the *principle* here.

Apple complied with all Irish laws. They paid all the taxes that were due under Irish law. They did nothing wrong and nothing illegal.

The EC now says those laws themselves were illegal - laws made by the Irish government, which has sovereign and complete responsibility for the laws in their country. THEY made the mistake; why should Apple pay the price??!! If there's any penalty to be paid, it should be paid by the Irish government - NOT by Apple.

If the EC can do this to Apple, they can do it to ANY company - big or small. Think it through.

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Out, damned Spot! Amazon emits Echo ball with screen, inevitable ever-listening mic

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It looks like...

A bedside Nest.

Can I hack it and put Linux and Hercules on it and run MVS on it? Time will tell!

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US Homeland Security Dept to collect immigrants' social media handles and more

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Re: We don't DO second-class citizens

Talk about pedantic; you entirely ignored the second part of the sentence referring to AJA internment - which made it bloody clear exactly what I was talking about.

I fail to understand how punishing criminals equates to 'second class citizenship' anyway; all countries do that in some form or another. UK has 'second class citizens' by your definition too - like that chap in the news not so long ago who got an 'order' requiring him to inform the police before he had sex despite the fact that he had never been convicted of anything!

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Re: We don't DO second-class citizens

You pick the *one single exception* which is written into the constitution; yes the president must be a natural-born citizen. Otherwise this is slam-dunk illegal. Government can't treat natural-born and naturalized citizens differently.

The disbarring voting thing applies to felons and doesn't distinguish between natural-born and naturalized so that's a complete red herring.

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"The new rules apply to naturalized citizens of the United States and new immigrants"

I'm a naturalized citizen and best of fucking luck; you'll need it if you try that with me. We don't DO second-class citizens; that last time we tried that was when we put Americans of Japanese ancestry in internment camps. All citizens are equal - natural-born or naturalized - and have an absolute right to enter the USA. Try this and SCOTUS will tie you in a pretzel.

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It's high time we extend Freedom of Information Act to outsourcers

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Massive DING there. And one of the biggest and best examples of why that should be is... internet censorship. Long ago the government outsourced the creation and maintenance of a secret list of 'banned' websites to the Internet Watch Foundation; almost all ISPs use that list to block websites. But since it's in the hands of a private organization the list is exempt from FOIA requests and cannot be independently investigated to see what's on it. That's absolutely bloody scandalous. Censorship is bad enough (IMHO) - but secret censorship is revolting.

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Don’t fear the software shopkeeper: T&Cs banning bad reviews aren’t legal in America

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"Some publishers even specify a fine – up to $25,000 in some cases"

I hate it when every jobsworth with a clipboard and a yellow waistcoat pretends they can 'fine' people.

A fine is a form of punishment which may be imposed by a court after a criminal conviction as an alternative to prison.

What these people attempt to do is issue *invoices*. Only the nature of the paper used makes them unsuitable for toilet paper.

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Monkey selfie case settles for a quarter of future royalties

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Re: There's an infinite number of monkeys at the door

Paging Mr. Hilbert! Mr. Hilbert to the front desk urgently!

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I fscking loathe PETA

This case for starters - but perhaps more importantly, this entire fscking thread:

https://twitter.com/BootstrapCook/status/905791298334023680

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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Put a small screen and a numeric keypad on the front...

...and you've also reincarnated the Nokia Communicator! Now that I would also go for.

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Scientists, free software bods still worried about EU copyright proposals

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An UPLOAD FILTER?!

Is this fscking CHINA?!

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Australia reviews defence export controls, perhaps easing cryptography research

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What an appalling law!

This smacks of trying to police something that every single person concerned knows is utterly unpoliceable and unenforceable - but nevertheless gives a handy charge to pull out of the folder on occasions when the government decides it wants to make an example of someone; that's clearly the reason it's on the statute book at all.

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Northern Ireland cops hired cybersecurity biz to ID critics on Twitter

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"Criticizing the police, while technically legal, will often turn out upon investigation to be linked with other offences..."

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Japanese sat tech sinks Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists' hopes

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Re: a matter of pride?

Big DING there. Nail, head, BANG.

A large part of the reason Japan is so determined to continue whaling is - IMHO - precisely because most people are pushing them so hard to stop! No-one likes being told what not to eat! Especially not in such a bullying judgmental way. Ignore them, leave them alone, and they'll probably give it a rest within a few years. Keep pushing them and they'll only get more stubborn.

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Re: I don't get it...

I tried it in Iceland. Wasn't bad at all; would definitely eat again. Tasted oddly exactly as you might expect - bit like a cow that had lived in the sea!

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De gustibus non est disputandum

Not sure why some people obsess over the diets of others. I'd sooner eat wild caught sustainably hunted *anything* than most 'products' of modern intensive farming. And it *does* appear that whale hunting at current levels of currently hunted species is sustainable.

I probably won't win many friends with this comment but it is what it is!

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Look, we know you're all hacking DJI drones. How 'bout a bug bounty?

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Problem I've encountered is software unable to distinguish between altitude and height-above-ground.

If I want to fly a DJI up the side of a mountain (which I do when filming volcanoes!) I will fly up the slope in a kind of terrain-following style, never exceeding a height above ground of - say - 50m - but the bletcherous ghastly firmware is too stupid to realise I'm not flying straight up in the air and imposes an altitude cap of 500m above takeoff altitude irrespective of the fact the bloody thing is STILL only 50m above the ground! It's no wonder people have to hack them!

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India responds to internet shutdown criticism... by codifying rules to make it legal

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"to ensure it is in accordance with the law – ie, that it was ordered "due to public emergency or public safety."

In what universe can public safety be enhanced by disabling communications?

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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That's more than a bit off. Creating code that's smart enough an engine can tell if it's been tested is pretty bloody impressive. Deserves reward rather than punishment; the punishment should fall on the company which took that code and misused it in production vehicles. Writing the code was no crime. IMHO.

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US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that's touched that mast

corestore

Why do they think they NEED to store that information long-term? It's transitory by nature!

As always, the best thing an organization which cares about the privacy of their customers can do is **not store the data in the first place**. If they haven't got it they can't be compelled to hand it over.

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What code is running on Apple's Secure Enclave security chip? Now we have a decryption key...

corestore

Surprised this was even secret. Isn't it a fundamental principle of encryption & verification that the key should be the ONLY secret?!

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Read IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's letter to staff: Why I walked from Trump's strategy forum

corestore

IBM owns the government.

Seriously.

Remember they don't sell their mainframe operating systems; they *rent* them.

Who owns your OS owns your operation.

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So you're thinking about becoming an illegal hacker – what's your business plan?

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"The basic difference is this: hackers build things, crackers break them.

If you want to be a hacker, keep reading. If you want to be a cracker, go read the alt.2600 newsgroup and get ready to do five to ten in the slammer after finding out you aren't as smart as you think you are. And that's all I'm going to say about crackers." - ESR

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We all deserve a break. Pack your bags. Four Earth-like worlds found around nearby Tau Ceti

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We've found Ceti Alpha... what?!

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Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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This is nothing to do with porn or child protection...

Remember when Cameron said that the police and security services needed - and would be given - the capability to know exactly which individual is using any internet-capable device at any given time?

Yeah. That.

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Oh how we laughed in NZ...

I live in the capital within sight of the parliament building... 6Mb/s and no chance of improvement for another 3 years!

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Judge makes minor tweaks to sex ban IT man's order

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"There is no requirement for an alleged perpetrator to be found guilty of anything before the SRO punishment can be imposed."

SOPOs

ASBOs

Football banning orders

TPIMS

Criminal asset confiscation

Serious Crime Prevention Orders

Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Orders

Public Spaces Protection Orders

Need I go on? The number of ways in which governments have extended the 'order' state in the last ~20 years is beyond comprehension. The number of circumstances in which the proving of guilt is entirely optional and the lack of a guilty verdict is no obstacle to punishment is beyond frightening.

You're not sleepwalking into '1984'; you've been there for some time. The frogs are well and truly boiling.

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EU U-turns on mobile roaming fees: No 90-day cap after all

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"In the latest proposals telcos operators will be allowed to question customers whom they suspect are buying a cheap sim card in one country and using it in another country with higher phone bills."

Errrr why? Aren't there single market rules here? Isn't this precisely analogous to the clearly-established right to use cheaper decoders and subscriptions sourced elsewhere in EU to watch football? What questions will they be allowed to ask??

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Australian universities drop tech services to dodge metadata retention obligation

corestore

You know a point I've never seen in discussions about data retention anywhere in the world? How a *lack* of metadata can be used - or rather misused.

Let's say you're very privacy-minded. You always use TOR and other end-to-end secure protocols - riseup.net for email etc.

So you have no - or virtually no - 'data retention' footprint. There's no metadata; just encrypted traffic to obfuscated destinations.

"OK boys... give us a list of everyone who's using your system but *doesn't* have any metadata... let's take a real hard look at them to see what they're up to... that's our list of suspects right there..."

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Nest offers its thermostat in three new pretty colors!

corestore

But can we still root it and turn it into HAL? This is serious.

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OpenBSD 6.0 lands

corestore

Well I'm really more of an anti-VAXxer...

I don't care what people say...

36 bits is here to stay...

%DECsystem-10 continued...

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corestore

Bugger.

So I won't be able to run it on my VAX....

http://www.corestore.org/VAX780.htm

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Cops to let the private sector chase after cybercrims' assets

corestore

Not another one...

Where do we start?

ASBOs

Football banning orders

TPIMS

Sexual offence prevention orders

Criminal asset confiscation

Yet another addition to the list they've been working on for the last 20 years or so. A list of circumstances where the proving of guilt is entirely optional - and the lack of a guilty verdict is no obstacle to punishment.

I'm fucking glad I left this God-forsaken country 20 years ago. Place is going to hell in a handcart.

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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He's not been charged with anything. They just want to question him.

Is there any good reason they couldn't have simply questioned him on Skype at any time in the last few years if they really wanted to?

Assange is a prize plonker with an ego the size of a small planet - but his present circumstances are just suspiciously convenient.

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Android's latest patches once again remind us: It's Nexus or bust if you want decent security

corestore

It's Nexus or bust - full stop!

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

corestore

This is nothing to do with porn or child protection...

Remember when Cameron said that the police and security services needed - and would be given - the capability to know exactly which individual is using any internet-capable device at any given time?

Yeah. That.

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Re: The Govt filter for stuff we shouldn't see.

Ahh but there isn't one you see; the government left it to the IWF to maintain the blacklist. And of course since they're a private organization they're not covered by freedom of information laws so the blacklist stays secret...

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Florida man sues Apple for $10bn, claims iPod, iPhone was his idea

corestore

DynaBook... 1972 version... https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmG-wgiVAAAR-4Y.jpg

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You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives

corestore

It's astonishing what shows up on eBay. A few years ago I bought an SGI Onyx system. The previous owner had bought it at some auction but never got it powered up.

I got it powered and attempted to crack root by booting single-user - only to find it was protected by a BIOS password to prevent that. I devised a hardware crack to bypass the BIOS password; got it booted single user; wiped the root password - and discovered it was an ex-NASA system with all their 'interesting' data still intact - lots of user accounts... Oracle databases... fascinating stuff. But very very naughty by NASA...

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TalkTalk scam-scammers still scam-scamming

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"Jackson requested to cancel her contract due to her lack of trust in the company, but was told she'd need to pay £247 to leave early. "Despite it being an 18-month contract which I began in 2013 and have not since renewed."

I hate it when it gets difficult to tell the fake scammers from the real scammers...

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

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Or... time?

I recall reading a fascinating new theory - or conjecture - that turns everything on its head: it suggests that the apparent observed change in rate of expansion which lead to the necessity of inventing this unobserved and perhaps unobservable 'dark matter' and 'dark energy' (perhaps the mythical 'ether' of the 21st century?) is just that - an *apparent* change; the true underlying mechanism is that *time itself* is slowing down and will - eventually - stop entirely. It's an elegant conjecture certainly.

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EU bureaucrats claim credit for making 'illegal online hate speech' even more illegal

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Funny no-one else seems to have spotted...

"Spokespersons from all of the IT companies added that they already follow the code of conduct and work hard to promote counter-narratives."

Since when has it been the business of Twitter FB et. al. to "promote" ANY political "narrative"?!

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Kazakhstan wins bid to get Mega IP address info on state secrets hackers

corestore

Re: Mega has been dubious from the beginning

Well if it's something you *really* need to be kept secure you (obviously!) encrypt it yourself using a cipher you're confident in *before* you let it anywhere near Mega or anywhere else!

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corestore

Privacy-Conscious?

"It is a particularly sharp loss for the firm which bills itself as a privacy-conscious file host."

A drum I've banged many times before; the best way to be "privacy-conscious" is to **not keep log files in the first place**. If you haven't got the data you can't be forced to turn it over.

Mega should be able to respond to this subpoena by handing over an *empty envelope* and saying "here - this is everything we have..."

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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Re: Snake Oil

"You won't have many intermediate stations along an high speed line, because they may also require the train to slow down while passing by for safety reasons"

Not so - in Japan they often have this on Shinkansen lines. Four lines through the station; two next to the platforms for stopping trains - and two in the middle for non-stop services that blast through at full line speed. Quite a sight!

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$6bn and that needs government money to fund it?

The biggest technology project of the 1960s was Project Apollo.

The second biggest technology project of the 1960s was the IBM System/360. IBM totally bet the company on it... bringing it to market cost IBM $5bn - and that IS in 1964 dollars! $35bn in today's money...

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FCC urged to pause its fight against America's $20bn cable-box rip-off

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Don't wait for the FCC...

Just reverse engineer the damn protocols and put them in some Linux media player setups... I've been banging this drum from time to time for over ten years and I'm astonished no-one has done it.

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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Re: Sedan (definition?)

Not a hatchback IIRC; this thing has a traditional boot.

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Re: Bizarre

Errr you do know you can get a refund of the deposit at any time for any reason?

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GitHubber wants to revive the first Unix in a PDP-7 emulator

corestore

Oh.

A few years ago I corresponded with DMR about precisely this project.

He mentioned having those listings; we pondered whether it would be

practical to get them machine-readable and try to get them loaded and

booting on one of my pdp-15s to recreate an operational 18-bit Unix...

but ultimately decided it was impractical at the time.

And from 2007...

"Post by Dennis Ritchie

Was there a PDP-9 [Unix] port? Mr. Ritchie, sir?

Yes, Ken moved the -7 system to both the PDP-9 and PDP-15

just to try them out. Minimal effort, just some new drivers, no

effort to take advantage of extra features on either. Total time

they actually ran was probably measured in hours or a few

days at most. One of the machines ran a step-and-repeat

camera for making IC masks.

And all that software is presumably long gone along with the PDP-7 version.

Oh, well."

Glad he was wrong. Nice to see those listings have survived and surfaced. Maybe one day I WILL get them running on my pdp-15 :)

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