* Posts by Fungus Bob

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

Fungus Bob

Re: Basic or Full ?

Still worlds apart. You can *completely* opt out of data collection in Ubuntu. The information collected is easily readable by a human. You cannot opt out of data collection in Windows and the information collected is not easily human readable - the screenshots of the data viewer look like something only a programmer could decipher. Hardly understandable by Grandma.

Worlds apart on what data is collected too. Ubuntu would collect this:

*Ubuntu Flavour

* Ubuntu Version

* Network connectivity or not

* CPU family

* RAM

* Disk(s) size

* Screen(s) resolution

* GPU vendor and model

* OEM Manufacturer

* Location (based on the location selection made by the user at install). No IP information would be gathered

* Installation duration (time taken)

* Auto login enabled or not

* Disk layout selected

* Third party software selected or not

* Download updates during install or not

* LivePatch enabled or not

* Popcon would be installed. This will allow us to spot trends in package

usage and help us to focus on the packages which are of most value to our users.

* Apport would be configured to automatically send anonymous crash reports without user interruption.

The list of stuff Windows collects exceeds the word limit on Reg comment posts.

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Fungus Bob

Re: Basic or Full ?

Erm, yes.

The link you posted was for something only available to "Windows Insiders", whatever those are.

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Presto chango, crypto buyo: You're travelling like El Reg's gang of nerds

Fungus Bob

Re: SatoshiPay...lumens...Kraken...?

And if the Financial Times is behind their own paywall, I pay them and not you. If I value their content enough to pay for it ahead of time.

Or is SatoshiPay supposed to be some sort of alternate universal paywall for sites that charge for access? If so, the same problem exists for you as for every site behind a paywall - they are too much bother.

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Fungus Bob

Re: SatoshiPay...lumens...Kraken...?

What's in a name? Absolutely nothing.

Unfortunately, there is nothing (of value) in SatoshiPay, just like there was nothing of value in flooz and beenz - you have no unique selling point, you solve no problem, therefore, the inconvenience you add to a simple financial transaction gives me nothing so I am unlikely to even consider your service. Your oft repeated example of buying one article instead of the book is a non-solution to a non-problem as I can simply go to the Register and print the article a lot more easily and with less expense than the jumpitty-hoopity nonsense I'd have to go through to use your payment service.. Having all the Geek Guide to Britain articles gathered together into a book which may be paid for easily using existing payment methods is something of value as it is more convenient than collecting the whole series myself.

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SatoshiPay...lumens...Kraken...?

Reminds me of flooz and beenz

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Within Arm's reach: Chip brains that'll make your 'smart' TV a bit smarter

Fungus Bob

Re: Now you know why Zuck tapes up the front-facing cameras on his gadgets.

Register this as the user (NSFW)

https://www.amazon.com/Loftus-International-Inflatable-Judy-Doll/dp/B001BXZTDS?psc=1&SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-vivaldi-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B001BXZTDS

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Fungus Bob
Facepalm

practically every device in future will include a camera

Why in Hell's sphincter do you assume that?

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Fungus Bob
Terminator

Re: Weight Decoder ??

"I'm not sure the human body can burn them as fast as I can drink them though."

Perhaps you should trade your puny human body for an inhuman body...

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German IKEA trip fracas assembles over trolley right of way

Fungus Bob
Trollface

"And spending an eternity in Hel would be a bad thing because?"

Because of her fiery pit...

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NASA’s new exoplanet-spotter survives sling past the Moon

Fungus Bob
Devil

Would be fine as long as Gary Larson did the liner art

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You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

Fungus Bob
Coat

You also can't tuna noodle casserole.

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Wanted that Windows 10 update but have an Intel SSD? Computer says no

Fungus Bob
Devil

Re: Looks like we have an MS fanboy

Not the QC team, just SatNad and Gates.

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Can't wait for Linux apps on Chrome OS? And you like stability? We'll see you in December, then

Fungus Bob

Re: Why????

ChromeOS *is* Linux with a locked down user interface and app store. This is how Crouton allows you to run ChromeOS and Ubuntu simultaneously - you're just switching user environments.

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Fungus Bob
Trollface

Of course its 'command limes' - no lemons in the open source world...

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NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades

Fungus Bob

Re: PLEEESE go back, just for our sanity.....

The B Ark...

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Fungus Bob
Alien

Re: NASA returning to the Moon? Again?

Do you want Space Cats? Would Space Cats make you happy?

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Fungus Bob

How 'bout Boris Borisov?

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Social networks have already violated the spirit of GDPR

Fungus Bob

Re: Next-gen to the rescue

If you use Facebook, then *you* are the Facebook generation...

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Microsoft reckons devs would like an AI Clippy to help them write code

Fungus Bob
Windows

Re: Ah the good old days of Microsoft

Not going to be any new versions of Bob. Writing Code is Serious Business so the new product will be Microsoft Robert...

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Adobe, 'hyper personalisation' and your privacy

Fungus Bob
Coat

Re: "People are buying experiences, not products"

Union Jack is sexist without a corresponding Union Jill...

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Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux

Fungus Bob

Re: Microsoft will truly endorse Linux...

"While most people only use 10% of the features, they don't all use the same 10%"

People keep saying this but they never ever back it up with anything concrete.

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New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

Fungus Bob

Re: Are you suggesting that coconuts migrate?

What else floats?

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Microsoft wants serious, non-gaming developers to make more money

Fungus Bob
Trollface

Re: Math Is Hard

A five percent smaller value of zero.

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NSA sought data on 534 MILLION phone calls in 2017

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Now *that* would be useful...

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Silicon can now reconfigure itself with just a jolt of electricity

Fungus Bob
Boffin

Nothing new here...

Ever since the invention of the transistor one could always reconfigure silicon with a jolt of electricity. Granted, it was usually transformed into a very, very teeny, tiny micro-miniature slag heap, but it was still reconfigured!

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

Fungus Bob
Devil

Re: And how is this MSFTs fault?

Windows ain't done until Chrome won't run...

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Texas residents start naming adopted drains

Fungus Bob

I'm surprised nobody suggested

Alligator habitat

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UK Parliament roars: Oi! Zuck! Get in here for a grilling – or you'll get a Tower of London tour

Fungus Bob
Unhappy

Re: And some 40 million citizens using your thing

My thing would wear out long before that...

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Irish High Court slams Facebook's conduct, smacks down bid to drag out data probe

Fungus Bob
Trollface

Re: Getting the feeling

Why are you feeling dot com billionaires?

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Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

Fungus Bob
FAIL

Re: Of course they'll come back

"how do you feel about Barrack Obama doing exactly the same Facebook mining in 2012 during his reelection campaign, and bragging about it too?"

Because the Obama campaign did not do *exactly* the same thing. A couple of excerpts from an article on politifact.com:

"The Obama campaign created a Facebook app for supporters to donate, learn of voting requirements, and find nearby houses to canvass. The app asked users’ permission to scan their photos, friends lists, and news feeds. Most users complied.

The people signing up knew the data they were handing over would be used to support a political campaign. Their friends, however, did not.

The people who downloaded the app used by Cambridge Analytica did not know their data would be used to aid any political campaigns. The app was billed as a personality quiz that would be used by Cambridge University researchers."

"Obama operatives used Facebook data to get users to send their messaging for them, according to Eitan Hersh, a Tufts professor who wrote Hacking the Electorate, a book on Obama’s microtargeting strategies.

Facebook friends lists, tags and photos allowed Obama operatives to identify a person’s close friends, which they then matched with offline public records. (Was this person likely to vote for Obama, but unlikely to get out to vote?) They then told the app users which of their friends they should send campaign messages to.

Cambridge Analytica dialed up what Karpf called the creepiness factor. They combined the survey results with the Facebook data to create psychological profiles they then sold to campaigns. The idea was, if the firm could discover how these people thought, they could target ads toward them.

Cambridge Analytica then sent targeted ads to the users on their database as well as users with similar profiles, identified by Facebook’s Lookalike tool. The friends of the app users weren’t being targeted by their friends, but by the campaign itself. In other words, the consenting middle man was gone.

In his research, Hersh found that neither tactic was greatly effective at persuading people to vote."

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2018/mar/22/meghan-mccain/comparing-facebook-data-use-obama-cambridge-analyt/

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No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before

Fungus Bob

Re: IT angle?

"photos of me with an inflatable sheep sellotaped to my crotch, a double-D bra tied around my head, a stolen policeman's helmet jammed up my arse and -- most embarrassing of all - a pink hotpants cocktail in my hand"

Three words - foe toe shop

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Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish

Fungus Bob
Windows

Re: "Keep clicking, Windows-lovers! It's bound to come along soon."

To all those bashing Microsoft's QA process,

Don't you think your expectations are just a wee bit unrealistic. C'mon, this is as good as Open Sores Software gets!

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BOFH: Guys? Guys? We need blockchain... can you install blockchain?

Fungus Bob

Re: Does it even lift?

It lifts *and* separates!

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Astroboffins discover the stink of eggy farts wafting from Uranus

Fungus Bob
Coat

Can't believe that nobody commented on the picture yet

Ooh, such lovely rings around Uranus...

Mine's long enough to keep Myanus covered.

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DON'T PANIC! America's net neutrality won't be ending today after all

Fungus Bob

Foreplay

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In not terrifying news at all, Google just keeps on growing: Revenue, profit, headcount up

Fungus Bob

Re: Brawndo's good for plants

Are you suggesting that Google has Electrolytes?

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Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

Fungus Bob

Re: What about the artists?

What artists?

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Windows 10 Springwatch: See the majestic Microsoft in its natural habitat, fixing stuff the last patch broke

Fungus Bob
Trollface

Re: In the old days

"Now we just hope nothing's been too badly broken."

Sorta like dealing with an aging prostate....

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

Fungus Bob

Re: Keyless entry for residential property?

"And look how many "secure" cars are stolen using tech to by-pass the keyless security,"

While I agree that the security in the product may just be imaginary, the new car security systems are usually bypassed with a flatbed tow truck. It's a bit more difficult to tow a house.

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McDonald's tells Atos to burger off: Da da da da da, we're lobbing IT ...

Fungus Bob

"I'm assuming of course, the McD haven't switched the beef to some cunning combo of potato and flavourings...."

Oh, come on now! It is common knowledge that McDonald's all-beef patties have been made from only the finest kangaroo meat for decades.

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Chinese web giant finds Windows zero-day, stays schtum on specifics

Fungus Bob

Re: What are they good at ?

They're good at the same thing Cadillac was good at in the 1980's - badge engineering.

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

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

Fungus Bob
Unhappy

Re: First time I felt old...

I did, but I still felt old.

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Fungus Bob

First time I felt old...

...was 25 years ago working at a place I shall only refer to as 'Chinaman Joe's PC Emporium'. One day I said something about vacuum tubes and the 22 year old girl who did the office stuff got this puzzled look on her face and said "What are vacuum tubes?"

Where's the old fart icon?

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Fungus Bob

"Is it me or does it smell vaguely of boiled cabbage and urine in here?"

No. You're the only one smelling vaguely of boiled cabbage and urine...

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Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

Fungus Bob

Re: its like the leads at the back of my desk at work.

"I have a theory -- a theory which is mine --"

As do I - poltergeists.

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Fungus Bob

"Why does the OP deserve all these downvotes?"

For not understanding Murphy's Law... (maybe)

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Mad Leo tried to sack me over Autonomy, says top HP Inc beancounter

Fungus Bob
Trollface

Re: As the old saying goes..

Well, the money *was* there and now it's gone!

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Signal app guru Moxie: Facebook is like Exxon. Everyone needs it, everyone despises it

Fungus Bob

Re: The only real tool here is Mark Zuckerberg...

"I disagree. Mark Z isn't the tool, the users of facebook are. Each and everyone of you / them."

Gotta disagree here, the following definition of tool certainly fits the Zuckerborg:

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Tool

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Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

Fungus Bob

Re: Optional

"I think these providers miss the point of the Pentagon. Its Not to provide large monolithic companies with a constant revenue stream."

You must be new around here...

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Fungus Bob

Re: JEDI Cloud

The force can have a strong influence on the weak minded:

BOFH: "You don't need to see his login credentials..."

General 1: "...We don't need to see his login credentials"

BOFH: "These aren't the files you're looking for..."

General 1:"...These aren't the files we're looking for"

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