* Posts by Luke Worm

60 posts • joined 27 Jan 2014

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RISC-V business: Tech foundation moving to Switzerland because of geopolitical concerns

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Linux

Linux, Wikimedia, and others. Please move.

Dough! Jobs microsite for UK's data watchdog set hundreds of cookies without visitors' consent

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It's not _that_ bad, according to this test https://webtest.app/?url=https://microsites.hays.co.uk/jobs/ico/

Deepfakes, quantum computing cracking codes, ransomware... Find out what's really freaking out Uncle Sam

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Re: Tiny, invisible spies and saboteurs?

"Pretty soon every country and alliance that can self-source its high tech will do so."

I'm sure the Americans are already using all these technologies themselves, to maintain "world leadership".

Facebook's Libra is a terrorist's best friend, thunders US Treasury: Crypto-coins dubbed 'national security risk'

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Bitcoin, Ethereum and others are ok then?

The best and worst of GitHub: Repos wiped without notice, quickly restored – but why?

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It's again the 'mericans showing who's the boss.

Introducing 'freedom gas' – a bit like the 2003 deep-fried potato variety, only even worse for you

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Re: Freedom gas needs big ships

Communist? That's a long time ago. Nowadays they are more like extreme right.

Skype for Web arrives to bring the world together. As long as the world is on Chrome and... Edge?

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Linux

Stopped using Skype the day Microsoft announced buying it. No regrets.

You're on a Huawei to Hell, US Sec State Pompeo warns allies: Buy Beijing's boxes, no more intelligence for you

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Happy

"... we won’t even be able to co-locate American resources, an American embassy and American military outpost.”

A convenient way of getting rid of the 'mericans ;-)

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

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Did Facebook have an app like that for Android also? If yes, what is Google doing about it?

Apparently Google has a similar data slurping iOS app !

https://www.macrumors.com/2019/01/30/google-exploiting-apple-enterprise-certificate/

The lighter side of HMRC: We want your money, but we also want to make you laugh

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Re: too short to reach the post box

"The union first started its campaign to raise the level of letterboxes in 1958 and, while it was agreed by the British Standards Agency, it was never enshrined into building standards law. “

1958 !! Long before the EU then.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-46895002

Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election

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“Senior Americans aged 65 years and older” … like Donald J. Trump

US Homeland Security installs AI cameras at the White House, Google tries to make translation less sexist

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AI in Oval Office

.. was my first thought: Finally some I even if it’s AI

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Linux

Beautiful machine! Does it run Linux?

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg can't remember smear firm, but 'some of their work' crossed her desk

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Nothing to see here

Leaving anyway, takes the blame, gets a couple of million $ as “consolation”.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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3 more reasons that make me glad I totally dumped Windows after version 7 and never went to 10.

Very satisfied with Linux Mint and macOS.

Yes, someone had to say it.

Google cracks down on dodgy tech support ads

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I’m sure one president will say that Google is against innovation, blocking “fine people" and censoring free speech.

WPA3 is the magic number? Protocol refresh promises tighter Wi-Fi security

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New hardware needed?

Does WPA3 need new hardware or not?

Noticed lately that plenty of routers/repeaters are sold with big discounts… more to come, I suppose.

Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space

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Irony?

Normally we read about how there is too much CO2 in the world, causing global warming and all. Can’t it be bottled somehow?

Why the 'feudal' tech monopolies run rings around competition watchdogs

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Actions, not only talk

At least someone is doing something. Follow https://qwant.com and https://eelo.io

Priceless: The cost to BT for bothering you with spam? 1.5 UK pence per email

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Minimum fine for spam should be the value of one stamp per email.

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Big Data

Personalised ads, tracking of everything … that’s the details. What we’re talking about is Big Data, all the stuff all the apps collect about us. Here in Europe we’re much more safe compared with the US, where all kinds of data and databases are common merchandising.

But anyway, I have already supported https://eelo.io in Kickstarter. Now they have a Foundation set up.

By the way, as an European alternative, try Qwant.com as your search engine. Qwant is made in France, and I have it as default search engine since a year already.

Qwant Music was announced recently, and Qwant Maps is coming soon …

Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

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Re: It's a subtle plan

I can upvote only once, what a pity.

The Sun will blow up into a huge, glowing bubble of gas during its death

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Re: Disappointed

Exactly my thoughts when I read the headline in my RSS reader :-D

Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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Re: What would happen if Assange stepped out ?

I think the US / CIA would just send over one of their private jets to pick him up, with help from their British friends, and take him to Guantanamo. Quick and easy, no due process needed.

Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators

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What a pity, indeed. We have two Swifts, and on my recommendation there are two more Swifts and one Swift 2x in the neighbourhood. I was already thinking to upgrade to a Swift 2x (or “Swift 3") ...

Now, maybe Nokia 6 (2018) or 7 will be my next one.

Schrems can't throw collective sueball at Facebook but individual action OK

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A class action is possible only country by country, not EU wide?

Or did I misunderstand ?

National Audit Office: We'll be in a world of pain with '90s border tech post-Brexit

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Control

Never mind the problems, challenges and costs … we will have CONTROL !

</sarcasm>

Concerns raised about privacy, GDPR as Lords peer over Data Protection Bill

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Regulate fake news?

How do you regulate fake news? Make lying illegal?

Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

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Joke

Struts

Struts is Swedish and means ostrich. That's why everyone was hiding their head in the sand.

So what's in the new Windows Insider build? Bug fixes, an AR goof-around, and a font

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What? No new emojis? I thought that was an integral part of an operating system update nowadays

Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly

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No, it can even make you president.

Don't worry about Privacy Shield, it's fine. Really. I promise, says US trade watchdog head

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Re: Political theatre

Unfortunately you are right @ratfox. Theatre indeed, tragedy and farce simultaneously :-(

Comcast lied and now it must STFU: Its cable broadband is not 'the fastest' in the US

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If you ask Trump, he would say it could be true.

;-)

Super Cali: Be realistic, 'autopilot' is bogus – even though the sound of it is something quite precocious

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Re: Whoever writes these titles

Totally agree! Especially this one was excellent!

We live in a world where a 'Hamdog' burger hybrid is patented

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News?

Apparently this patent was granted in 2009, seven years ago. Why is it news now?

https://www.google.com/patents/USD584478

Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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Re: I don't get it.

This kind of sweetheart deal is considered illegal state aid according to EU competition rules.

UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Domestic?

"This power, if applied, would be imposed upon domestic CSPs by the new Home Secretary"

_domestic_ :-)

It just applies to the UK part of the internet. How intelligent!

How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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Dynamics

"The way things are supposed to work is that we're supposed to know virtually everything about what [government officials] do: that's why they are called public servants.

They are supposed to know virtually nothing about what we do: that's why we are called private individuals.

This dynamic - the hallmark of healthy and free society - has been radically reversed. Now, they know everything about what we do, and are constantly building systems to know more. Meanwhile, we know less and less about what they do, as they build walls of secrecy behind which they function. That's the imbalance that needs to come to an end. No democracy can be healthy and functional if the most consequential acts of those who wield political power are completely unknown to those to whom they are supposed to be accountable."

---- Glenn Greenwald

Nest bricks Revolv home automation hubs, because evolution

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Looking forward to the day when Tesla remotely bricks their cars, "because old and obsolete models"

French parliament votes to jail tech execs who refuse to decrypt data

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History

Use of encryption, such as PGP, was completely forbidden in France until 1996. Only in 2004 did use of encryption become totally allowed.

How many Surface power cords are a fire risk? 2.25 million in the US alone

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Aah, the always underestimated costs of failures in Design and Quality Control.

Most of the world still dependent on cash

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Yes, negative interest rates is one thing, transaction fees are the next. And then the government wants to tax every transaction. Without cash there is no escape, except: moving savings to another country, another currency, gold, silver. Of course, in such cases the government would impose an "exit tax".

Everything is recorded by VISA, your bank, Apple, Google, Facebook and others. All of course in the interest of a greater good (for others).

For fsck's SAKKE: GCHQ-built phone voice encryption has massive backdoor – researcher

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"Government-grade security"

I just love the real meaning of this phrase. Can't stop laughing ...

Bigger than Safe Harbor: Microsoft prez vows to take down US gov in data protection lawsuit

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TTIP

To further enforce this "everywhere in the world is the United States", Europe, as well as countries around the Pacific, will get dictated this TTIP agreement. Under the banners of "free trade" and "economic growth".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transatlantic_Trade_and_Investment_Partnership

The puppets in Brussels are of course following uncle Joe without much questioning.

Snowden bag-carrier Miranda's detention was lawful – UK appeal court

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Lawful and lawless

OK, so the police is off the hook because they followed the law. But the government/parliament need to redo their work because the law is unlawful (is that a word?).

You ain't nothing but a porn dog, prying all the time: Cyber-hound sniffs out hard drives for cops

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SSD?

Does Brody smell SSD's also, or only spinning disks?

What America's drone owner database could look like in future

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It’s like you must register your car but you don’t need a driver’s license to use it. Just click “Agree” on the screen (like for software licenses), put a sticker on your drone and off you go.

Microsoft capitulates, announces German data centres

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Isn't it Germany where CIA/NSA have their "listening stations" SCS, Special Collection Service, in Berlin and Frankfurt ?

Encrypt voice calls, says GCHQ's CESG team ... using CESG encryption

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Lawful interception?

How wide is the jurisdiction of this "lawfulness"? John in London and Tom in Leeds use encrypted communication service (VOIP or messaging) provided by an entity abroad, in Iceland or Switzerland for example; an entity that has no physical presence in the UK.

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