* Posts by Jamesit

110 posts • joined 21 Nov 2014


Not API: Third parties scrape your Gmail for marketing insights


Extensions like No Script will block the adblocker blocker.

Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash


Re: Apologies

Not in BC (I think the rest of Canada has a similar act)the Apology act allows one to apologize without admitting guilt.



1 In this Act:

"apology" means an expression of sympathy or regret, a statement that one is sorry or any other words or actions indicating contrition or commiseration, whether or not the words or actions admit or imply an admission of fault in connection with the matter to which the words or actions relate;

"court" includes a tribunal, an arbitrator and any other person who is acting in a judicial or quasi-judicial capacity.

Effect of apology on liability

2 (1) An apology made by or on behalf of a person in connection with any matter

(a) does not constitute an express or implied admission of fault or liability by the person in connection with that matter,

(b) does not constitute an acknowledgement of liability in relation to that matter for the purposes of section 24 of the Limitation Act,

(c) does not, despite any wording to the contrary in any contract of insurance and despite any other enactment, void, impair or otherwise affect any insurance coverage that is available, or that would, but for the apology, be available, to the person in connection with that matter, and

(d) must not be taken into account in any determination of fault or liability in connection with that matter.

(2) Despite any other enactment, evidence of an apology made by or on behalf of a person in connection with any matter is not admissible in any court as evidence of the fault or liability of the person in connection with that matter"

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off

Thumb Up

Re: They should stick to mice and keyboards

I used alkaline batteries from a dollar store and only had to change them twice a year. I paid $20 for the mouse and it lasted about 5 years. Was easy to take apart and clean too.

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight


Re: Mixed feelings

Meat without animals.


It could work. I wonder how it tastes.

Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut


"It should start off with "When a man loves a woman very much...""

I would word it as "When two people love each other very much..."

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot


Re: what the people want

I think a live action Road Runner would be great.

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME


I just did a reinstall of XP Pro and had no problem activating, however I'm having trouble getting the updates. MS changed the update URL.

Florida man won't be compelled to reveal iPhone passcode, yet


"Is this person a minor or a grown man?"

The article says:

"The defendant, a minor referred to as G.A.Q.L in his petition against the State of Florida"

Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November


To make search faster, why can't the search just read the filenames from the MFT? As far as I know all files are listed there and should be able to be read quickly.

Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors


Re: You already know what happens next... is a Google open DNS.

'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls


I wish I had. Next time it happens I will.


It happens in Canada too I've had several calls from them saying their from Canada revenue agency, Amazon and westjet a few hotels too.

one time I even got a call from myself, my name and number was on the call display.

Bug? Feature? Power users baffled as BitLocker update switch-off continues


Re: It's moments like these

TrueCrypt is available from Gibson Research Corp. here: https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't


Re: Steam handles games differently

"I've noticed that sometimes a game will vanish from the steam store when a license expires. It stays in my library though for me to re-download."

GOG does the same thing and all the games and movies are fre from Digital Restrictions Management.

Plusnet customers peeped others' deets during system upgrade


"We take the protection of our customers' data extremely seriously, and have informed the relevant authorities."

No, you don't. If you did you would run the update on an identical test server to check for problems like this. If there are none then you upgrade the live server.

VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant


What a great way to make sure nobody books any more events at properties owned by MGM.

A great way to Disrupt an event!!

Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users


"collection of browsing information is only done to check a site against Web Security's global blacklis"

When the browser is opened download the block list and check for updates every X minutes and check against that.

Nothing needs to be sent to a remote server.

US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old


Re: Old joke!

Where I live in BC the ballots are marked with a pen and scanned to count the vote, the paper ballots are available for a recount or auditing.

Why aren't elections done that way in the US?

Linux kernel 4.18 delayed: Bug ate my rc7, says Linus Torvalds


Re: Linus should really learn from Microsoft

Linux isn't Unix. Unix is an OS and Linux is a kernel.

Prof claims Lyft did a hit-and-run on his ride-sharing tech patent


”It does seem odd, however, that Dickerson has only sued Lyft, not the much larger (and richer) Uber. Could it be he's trying salami tactics on the ride-sharing industry?”

Uber could afford the legal fees to get the patent invalidated, Lyft might not be able to.

All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure


Re: 1993

sounds like a great job for Mega-Maid!!

Fukushima reactors lend exotic nuclear finish to California's wines


Re: Worse than anti-freeze!

DHMO is highly addictive!! Once you start using it you can't stop or you DIE!!!

Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres


Re: Outrageous!

Where I live the price is about a 1.45/litre

Facebook, Google, Microsoft scolded for tricking people into spilling their private info


Re: None of them does

"They all require a consent to marketing and selling data to provide a service. There is no opt-in."

You opt-in by using the service. To opt-out, don't use the service

Easier said than done though.

Privacy needs to be easier to protect

Apple takes $9m kick down under after bricking iPhones


Re: Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch,

"If the third-party used a touch sensor which was not recognized then the phone was not repaired to its original state. End of story"

The replaced touch sensor is perfectly fine , however because it's not an Apple approved sensor the firmware won't work with it installed.

Swiss cops will 'tolerate' World Cup rabble-rousers – for 60 minutes


"...cautious so that the party remains beautiful until the end of the event,” they concluded."

So at the end of the event the party can be ugly?:-D

good to know.:-)

BlackBerry Key2: Clickier, nippier, but how many people still want a QWERTY?


Re: Battery

On the Keyone it's sealed. I hope they make one with a replaceable battery.

Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet


Re: Last time this happened...

I just watched the Mayday/Air Crash investigation episode and the replacement bolts were one size diameter too small. The old bolts were too short.

Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park


Re: I, for one, welcome our insectile overlords...

I heard it was a moth in one of the mark 1's relays.

Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings


Re: relief arrived a long time ago....

In notepad++. Works great for me.

Planning on forking out for the new iPad? Better take darn good care of it


"The people at iFixit concluded: "Adding up zero waterproofing + a non-replaceable charging port + zero upgradability + glue throughout = repair nightmare."

Please read the article again.

Hackers pwn Baltimore's 911 system?! Quick, someone call 91– doh!


Re: Hacking 911

At a phone booth on a noisy road.

Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam


Re: Best Buy

After reading this I will never shop at Best Buy:


31 August 2017 (Water at $43 a case)

Shame on "Best Buy" stores for price gouging on bottled water in and around Houston.

Generally you shouldn't buy bottled water in the US. When a contaminated flood has made tap water inaccessible is one of the exceptions.


Hansa down, this is cool: How Dutch cops snatched the wheel of dark web charabanc



" Portugal's decriminalization of using illegal drugs, together with plenty of treatment and other support for users that need it, has almost eliminated the main secondary problems that drug use causes in other countries.

Don't assume that all use of illegal drugs is a problem. There are plenty of people that sometimes use marijuana and it isn't a problem at all. Marijuana should be legal, not merely decriminalized."

I agree with this solution to the drug problem, alcohol prohibition didn't work and when it was ended crime went down. The same thing will happen with drugs. Maybe not outright legalizing at least decriminalizing.

I think marijuana should be legalized.

Pharma bro Martin Shkreli to miss 2024 Paris Olympics


Great news. I wish it had happened sooner and for the drug price hikes.

Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian


" 'You don't spell background-color with a U,' and walked away."

How else do you spell colour?

Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site


"But ultimately, the only choice people have is to not read, set the ads free or let them mine Monero."

I don't get the nag screen with uBlock Origin and NoScript.

How about having a "tip jar" that people can put a couple of bucks in using PayPal or a similar service?

Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre


Up here in Canada people play violent video games and we don't have as many mass shootings, there have been a few but far fewer.

Gun control laws are needed to prevent unstable people from having easy access to firearms.

Former ICE top lawyer raided US govt database to steal aliens' identities


"Raphael Sanchez betrayed that solemn responsibility and abused his official position to prey upon aliens for his own personal gain," said Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan in a statement, adding that we should not let one bad actor mar the work of ICE – which generally involves rounding up undocumented aliens and booting them from the US.

ICE is already doing a great job of that. Including young girls after surgery, defendants after a trial and DACA recipients showing up at their immigration meetings.

Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google


Google: fsck off. This is a really bad idea.

BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support


It's also called an octothorpe.


Now that's taking the p... Sewage plant 'hacked' to craft crypto-coins


"PCs in an OT [operational technology] network run sensitive HMI [human-machine interface] and SCADA [supervisory control and data acquisition] applications that cannot get the latest Windows, antivirus and other important updates and will always be vulnerable to malware attacks."

Then access should be limited to intranet only.

edited to add "to"

Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness


Remember that this program only tells you what Microsoft wants you to know. I'd like to know what it doesn't report.

Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?


Re: Stable Door Bolt Etc.

Noscript can block the ad-blocker blocker.

Data-slurping keyboard app makes Mongo mistake with user data


"This included the name, email address and location, along with IMSI and IMEI numbers, IP address, phone spec and OS details, and links to user's social media profiles and photos. It also slurped 373 million names and phone numbers from the contacts of over six million users."

“There is no sensitive data there, we are not collecting\storing \sending any password or credit card information,”

if the data mentioned in the first quote isn't sensitive, I don't know what is.

First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks


In the USA you're better off using a PIN, The police can compel you to unlock your phone with biometric ID but not with a PIN.

NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy


Re: Contempt of court?

"Proof that the system has been fixed will be provided very prmptly then."

The system IS fixed, that's the problem.

No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news


Re: The film "Idiocracy"

From the IMDB trivia page

"Upon its initial release, writers Mike Judge and Etan Cohen insisted that they did not intend for the film to be a satire of modern life. However, the writers changed their tune over a decade later. Due to a particularly contentious and unpopular presidential campaign season in 2016 and social developments in the United States, Judge and Cohen admitted on social media that they fear that portions of their film are coming to fruition."

Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus


Re: Why would Chrome have the privileges required?

Most people running Windows are using an admin account which is basically root.


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