* Posts by israel_hands

153 posts • joined 19 Jan 2016

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Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

israel_hands

Re: Only Military??

The Founding Fathers DIDN'T TRUST militaries.

So fucking what? Their opinion on militaries is fucking irrelevant to the modern day. Primarily because they're all fucking dead and so haven't had a chance to revise their hallowed opinions in light of recent events.

And anyway, with the amount of money that's been spunked into the US military* it doesn't matter how many tooled up rednecks you've got roaming the countryside. Trust them or not, the modern US military is not going to get stopped by amateurs with access to AR15s and bump-stocks.

If only you yanks weren't so fucking scared of everything maybe you could step back and see that in an actual civilised country there's no need for everyone to go around armed. Because civilisation tends to imply that people don't randomly try and murder each other.

*The irony of the US military being so powerful is that it's driven by the same pathetic fear that keeps you all so beholden to the idea of gun ownership. Then again, your government (and by extension the arms companies that fund so many politicians) want you scared, because you're more likely to do stupid things...

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Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble

israel_hands

Re: The world isn't the US or the EU

I think you're getting two things confused here. ICANN is absolutely NOT the government and has no actual legal powers except those which are specified within it's contracts. While those may be legally binding, they're not the same as an actual law.

GDPR is (or will be) law. Which supercedes anything in ICANN's contracts as illegal contractual clauses are not enforceable. So this isn't a case of EU vs US law. This is a case of EU law versus a US corporation which is (attempting) to operate contrary to EU law.

The whole reason ICANN wants to retain the whois service is because of the pressure from the US copyright industry. As noted by others, whois is also widely abused by spammers and most registrars offer a privacy option that keeps details from the whois database anyway. If that were illegal action would already have been taken over it.

So there's essentially no issue with ICANN allowing registrars to ditch the whois requirement because a) it would be illegal for registrars to enforce it and b) the only gnashing of teeth will be from copyright-chasing lawyers and spammers.

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App devs bewildered by last-minute Google GDPR klaxon

israel_hands

If the instructions being reported in the article are an accurate reflection of Google's advice then they've already fucked their GDPR compliance.

One of the tenets is that a user refusing consent is not grounds for refusing access to the service unless the consent is required for the service to function.

This means closing the app and asking for permission again the next time the app is opened (and then closing it again until acceptance is given) is in violation.

EDIT: Beaten to it by someone who even linked the relevant ruling.

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Social networks have already violated the spirit of GDPR

israel_hands

Re: Erm

You've misunderstood something there, CodeJunky. The services you access are required to gain affirmative assent that you agree to them storing/sharing your data. IF you ignore the requests they've got to turn the data hose off.

But GDPR also specifically forbids them from tying data-sharing in with service provision (except where the data is absolutely required for the service). This means you'll retain your access to the service regardless of whether you do anything with the begging e-mails they're sending asking you agree to their slurp.

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Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti

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Data + Context + Analysis = Intel

I don't see any advantage for China in the reported sequence of events.

As it stands, directing an attack from their own military base is only going to provoke a messy diplomatic incident and, bearing mind idiot Trump's current hard-on for going after China, seems to serve no overt of covert purpose.

If they want to fuck with yank military air traffic they'd do better to distribute a couple of crates of high-powered laser pointers to the local disaffected yoot and get them to do the dirty work for them with no easy attribution.

If the Chinese really did launch the attack from their base then their only option, when discovered, would be to claim it was an "accident" during "routine calibration" of a new system. And there's still time for them to put forth such an explanation so I wouldn't automatically rule it out.

It also strikes me that attribution must be very difficult involving a laser-source fired over several kilometres. It won't be visible over much of its travel and the affected pilots will certainly be in no position to identify the source, especially at that distance during a night-landing procedure when they'll primarily be relying on instruments instead of direct visual observation (not that that will save them from being blinded by the dispersed beam of a powerful pointer flooding through the cockpit windows).

I just don't see any benefit for the Chinese to do this directly when they could achieve the same, if not better, results by letting someone else work the tools for them. And the attribution is definitely suspect. As others have pointed out, this smacks heavily of the Cuban "sonic attacks" that are much better explained by poor sanitation but that doesn't have the same Man From Uncle panache that grabs the attention of a fearful-by-design American public.

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Revenge pornography ban tramples free speech, law tossed out – where else but Texas!

israel_hands

Hate speech IS FREE SPEECH!

There are plenty of ways in which speech is restricted that you don't blink an eye at. You can't lie in court, you can't phone up a company and tell them you've planted a bomb, you can't threaten to kill someone, you can't tell the police your neighbour is a murderer, or just make up random lies about them.

None of those restrictions are unreasonable and adding racial hatred and inciting violence to that list is also completely reasonable. All of those restrictions exist to protect people from malicious arseholes. Don't try and claim your human right is being infringed if your only intent is then to infringe the rights of others.

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Amazon and Netflix join Hollywood to lob sueball at 'Kodi' service SetTV

israel_hands

Re: They're not suing Kodi

... it's equally saddening that it's comments and not the articles of this site who get it right rather than joining the gutter trash press in stooping to clickbait.

It's not the Register as such, it's the author's own bias. He's got a huge problem with various things including Kodi, Google, ad blockers, Google, Wikipedia, Google net neutrality and, oddly enough, Stephen Fry.

Some of his commentary is reasonably accurate, but mostly he just wants to grind his axe while clouding his nonsensical arguments in pseudo-intellectual bollocks.

If you really want to see him gnashing his teeth and wailing, get Stephen Fry to officially endorse Kodi.

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Ringworld Calling...

Read about this yesterday and it sounds amazing, hopefully they can produce it enough quantity to make it a viable solution.

Although, I am reminded of the fact that in Niven's Ringworld novels it's revealed that the Ringworld creator's civilisation failed because of an errant bacteria being accidentally introduced that ate all of their superconductors. There'd need to be some fairly tight controls around using this to avoid it getting out into the "wild".

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Google to add extra Gmail security … by building a walled garden

israel_hands

How?

How can they stop you taking a screen-grab of the e-mail and saving it? Or just grabbing a photo using another device?

And what company is going to be able to legitimately use self-deleting e-mail? There are all kinds of law regarding audit trails and data retention.

Not sure how either of these systems are going to appeal to anyone other than the likes of Uber and other scumbags.

Or rather, the idea may appeal but the reality will prove to be somewhat different to the blurb in the sales brochure.

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'Our way or the highway' warranty scams shot down by US watchdog: It's OK to use unofficial parts to repair your gear

israel_hands

Re: Goods in the UK &EULA

That's highly unlikely. There's no benefit to being seen stamping on consumer protection so it's a pretty suicidal position for an MP to take and would require changing quite a few laws that have been around for a very long time. Particularly the EULA garbage. You can't bind someone into an agreement they don't have a chance to read until after they've opened the box, and once they've purchased the product there's no reason for them to agree to anything after the fact.

As mentioned earlier, a moment of sanity.

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Backpage.com swoop: Seven bods hit with 93 charges as AG Sessions blasts alleged child sex trafficking cyber-haven

israel_hands

Proof?

@x 7: Any evidence to back that up? Not saying it's not true but just prior to the 2012 Olympics there was a huge fuss made by gov about sex trafficking which was quickly debunked by every fact-based study you could find.

As to the rest of the article, why the fuck are the cops patting themselves on the back so fucking hard? They've taken down a website and the associated ads. Number of children saved from sexual exploitation by this action: 0. Number of traffickers/exploiters arrested/proesecuted: 0.

Don't get me wrong, the fact that the shady cunts running the site seemed to not give a shit about people actively searching for sex ads offering kids is fucking horrific, but this seems like going after a big, noisy, soft target rather than the actual hard job of arresting the pimps and paedo's and rescuing women and kids from sexual slavery.

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Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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Xtree Gold was the mutt's nuts! I used to use it for cracking games on floppies back in the day, then sending them back in jiffy backs to some dodgy Swedish block who ran a BBS.

I was particularly impressed when I started opening Star Controll II source files in it using hex-view and could see all the ship designs in ascii.

Good times.

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An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive

israel_hands

Re: Better alternative

@andy_73 Even if faced with a stark "Agree to let us slurp your data or you don't get access" warning, most Facebook users will happily tick the box and go on their merry way. To the average person on the street, this is abstract, undefined stuff - "I don't read the ads anyway, so it doesn't apply to me".

No, most users will completely ignore the box, not bother reading the blurb, click OK and happily go on their way. That's the response of about 90% of users to anything like that. Which means Facebook don't get the slurp. Read the GDPR regs, they specifically ban any form of automatic opt-in, pre-ticked boxes or anything like that. Which means they're rather cunningly leveraging user apathy to provide default slurp-protection to the majority of people.

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israel_hands

Re: Better alternative

I remain unconvinced by the idea that regulation will save us. It's like the idea that a sugar tax will make us stop buying sugary drinks - if only nanny were more strict with me I wouldn't be such a terrible person.

But what is has done is caused a load of companies to voluntarily reduce the sugar content in their drinks in order to reduce them below the levels where the tax cuts in. Which has a net benefit and doesn't cost consumers anything. Turns out if you threaten a company's profits they're perfectly capable of taking responsible action. Who knew?

GDPR is a similar idea. Facebook is, by rights, going to have to ask every single European user for permission to store/share their data, explain clearly why, how and what will be used for, and explicitly and specifically state who it will be shared with. And it can't be opt-out. Knowing the apathy of most people, they'll get confronted with a wall of text and hundreds of options regarding privacy-invading data slurps and walls of text explaining each one and they'll simply click OK and close the window. Leaving all those options un-ticked and Faecebook shit out of luck (and data).

I'm not sure about the comments in the article that's it too difficult to cut off Facebook. I've never used it and never will and have found it very easy to avoid doing so. When people ask why I don't use it I explain it's shit and invasive and I've already got phone, e-mail and even a functioning mouth for archaic low-bandwidth vocal comms.

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AI can't help without your data, says Gartner, so share, share, share!

israel_hands

Typical Gartner Fuckwittery

The idea of sharing more data in a situation where the likes of Google, Facebook, et al, are already building shadow profiles on people who deliberately avoid using their products is so out of touch it's untrue.

It also flies in the face of the current legislative trends. GDPR is coming in precisely to give people more control over their data and to force theses unstrustworthy bastards to remove it from their systems.

And the examples he gives are exactly the sort of situation that would sound good (to an idiot) but fall apart as soon as you start to think about them. Automatic airport taxis? What if I've parked my own vehicle there, or organised a lift, or it's not even my flight, just a reminder about when a friend/family member/colleague is landing.

As to automatic renewals, that would only ever benefit the insurance brokers as they are notorious for jacking up renewal prices because they know most people at too complacent to shop around. So much so that in England insurers now MUST clearly show the difference between their previous quote and the renewal quote and actively recommend that customers shop around for a better price (which they will almost certainly get). The RAC just got done this week for failing to do so.

I wish I was surprised that Gartner don't have the awareness or technical understanding to see that letting opaque algorithms act without human oversight and intervention is nothing less than a recipe for disaster.

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Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

israel_hands

Re: "meta"

you could simply have looked up a word you don't understand before suggesting that others are talking shit. They weren't.

I understand what the word means. It's the context I was questioning. Particularly when talking about fiction "meta" is typically used to describe specific plot elements that reference other works, over (or under) shadow the overall themes or otherwise play around with the "reality" of the fiction. Not simply referring to an adaptation, for which we already have a perfectly useful word. As an example of what I'm talking about, Ready Player One has some fairly "meta" elements, in that it's about a computer game that's about a computer game. And lots of stuff about Rush, obviously. By contrast, Lynch's adaptation of Dune is just an adaptation with lots of the plot cut out for time/convenience, etc.

As to Stephenson, it's not the size of his books I don't like, it's how shit some of them are. I'm sat in my living room with 4 bookshelves holding about 500 books total, another 10 or so plastic crates of books currently stored in the loft. This includes a LOT of sci-fi including pretty much everything the likes of Peter F Hamilton and Alistair Reynolds have put out. So it's not as though I'm scared of reading massive tomes, or dealing with hard-SF (Peter Watts' Blindsight is so hard he provides a bibliography and footnotes at the end explaining the science and is one of the most interesting books I've ever read).

I loved Snow Crash and, to a lesser extent, Diamond Age. Zodiac and Interface were both great and Cryptonomicon was brilliant in a good many places. The Baroque Cycle annoyed me about halfway through the first book and I didn't bother reading anything else of his until I picked up SevenEves on a whim and sincerely fucking wished I hadn't. Terribly written, massively expositional in an incredibly boring manner. I didn't get more than 2 or 3 chapters in before I was burned out on watching him describe the entire history of a plant pot and then history of everyone who had ever interacted with it or so much as fucking glanced at it. Which is a pity because from the cover blurb I really, really wanted to see what happened when they got back to Earth and found how it had been changed.

Part of my problem with Stephenson is that I read an article he wrote in which he railed against the "Cult of Brevity" which basically consisted of him slagging off people who writer shorter novels. It just came off as him being a giant cock-womble because he writes huge novels. Characterising other writers as members of a cult just because their books come in at least than 1200 pages is monumental arrogance and ignorance on his part. Borges could, in 6 pages, extrapolate a more interesting idea than Stephenson's ever managed. There's nothing wrong with long or short works, there's nothing inherently right with them either. They all depend on the story itself and the teller of said story. To accuse someone of failing simply because they write novels under or over a certain length is a ridiculous position for a writer to take.

Also, he was behind the Kickstarter for Klang which is is one of the most monumentally stupid ideas I've ever seen. For him to claim to understand swordplay and then suggest that waving a plastic controller in the air (with nothing stopping you moving your "blade" even though in the game it's been blocked by your opponent) is more realistic than just mashing buttons shows a massive failure of logic and/or imagination. Oh, and you were supposed to fight at 2/3rd speed in order for the game to remain synched to your movement.

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israel_hands

What fuck is this "meta" shit? Do you just mean a film adaption? Is that not just called an adaptation?

The entire article just seems to mention the fact that sometimes books are made into films, some of those are sci-fi books/films and some of the are good while others are shit.

Not exactly keen insight.

Oh and I really hope they don't bother turning SevenEves into a film. That was the most interminable piece of shit I've had the misfortune to try and read. A pity as Stephenson used to be quite good before he disappeared up his own arse.

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Shhh! Don’t tell KillBots the UN’s about to debate which ones to ban

israel_hands

Re: Plasma rifles

Only what you see, buddy.

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Donald Trump whines and dines Oracle co-CEO Catz – reports

israel_hands

stunt nuts and mushroom grips

Sounds a lot like my penis.

On-topic, I've no idea why he thinks a postal service being used to deliver posted items is so terrible, unless the service is running at a loss, in which case that wouldn't be Amazon's fault but whoever sets the prices.

Then again, suggesting Trump "thinks" about anything rather than just running verbal diarrhea based on whatever whatever he was last told by one of his carers is a bit of a stretch.

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Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

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Still Not Getting It

MS obviously still don't understand that aiming for a "unified design" across different devices just means gimping everything down to the weakest feature set.

The differences between interacting with a tiny touch screen and a full desktop with keyboard/mouse are so fundamentally different that trying to unify the pair of them will only ever result in at least one set of users getting a terrible experience.

I don't how understand how they can be so thick that they haven't realised this yet.

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It's baaack – WannaCry nasty soars through Boeing's computers

israel_hands

Re: The important question

...but because we don't know how they got the virus in the first place.

The Grugq put a post on his Medium blog about this, referring to how when WannaCry first hit it was fairly well targeted but because the software is designed to traverse systems it revealed a "hidden network" of connected machines due to things like permanently open remote connections to/from vendors etc.

It could well be that one of Boeing's suppliers got hit and the ransomware got into their systems through a VPN tunnel which is something of a worrying thought for a government/military contractor.

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There are 10 types of people in the world, but there is only one Melvyn

israel_hands

Worth the price of admission alone for reminding me of Borge's phonetic punctuation. Haven't heard that in years.

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That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything's fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook's great! All good in the hoodie!

israel_hands

Re: "Don't worry Folks, everything is fine"

"How do you access Facebook without the internet?"

Directly from mobile network via feature phone apps built into those phones.

Those phones and data plans cost money. Your argument is as clueless as you are.

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israel_hands

Re: "Don't worry Folks, everything is fine"

YES! Internet access costs, but "Facebook is Free."

How do you access Facebook without the internet?

Your entire, um, "argument" makes no sense. If you don't believe people will ever move beyond Facebook then I suggest you go and look at how popular MySpace is these days. For a while that was extremely popular too. Others have tried pointing this out but you seem incapable of understanding that things that were once deemed essential are eventually superseded.

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Privacy folk raise alarm over schools snooping on kids' online habits

israel_hands

Re: Privacy? What's that?

@Lee D

From what you've said it sounds like it's overall a "good" tool and the idea of flagging certain keywords, restricting/blocking others isn't automatically a massive invasion of privacy. The example you gave is exactly the sort of safety net this sort of thing should be used for,

My issue (and yours too, by the sounds of it) is that it's too much of a blanket demand without anyone with any technical knowledge involved in constructing the details of the demand itself.

It also leaves open the option of massive amounts of abuse if, for instance, an under-funded school (aren't they all?) in a rough area (socio-economically deprived, in trade-talk) ends up with a "creepy IT guy" who then abuses it. To what could quite easily be a horrific level (think of a cross between the Rotherham stuff and that guy who compromised-then-blackmailed kids into committing abhorrent acts and got nailed for it recently).

It's all about balance really, and unfortunately our current (and many prior) governments and both mentally and morally unbalanced.

You're bang-on about GDPR not stopping it either, as much as I champion the intent behind it and (hopefully) its execution there are some worrying loopholes. Governments can add in their own exemptions for specific cases and there's no chance of something that uses a demonised vision of the internet combined with think-of-the-children rhetoric getting overturned.

However, I'm fairly sure I'm correct in thinking that the current law doesn't mandate biometrics and I can still kick up a royal stink about it should my kid's school try and impose it. And I certainly won't let them monitor anything emanating from my house or a device I'm responsible for. That being said, BYOD is for fools and I'd have to strongly question any school that hopes letting a host of variously malware-infected devices onto their network, not to mention enterprising script-kiddies/proto-hackers looking to demonstrate their chops and build some notoriety.

EDIT: To directly contradict what I said above about such tools in schools being broadly a good thing (albeit with a list of caveats longer than my unusually-generous manhood):

The entire PREVENT strategy is among the most ill-targeted, segregationist and fear-mongering policies I've ever fucking laid eyes on.

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French competition watchdog aims probe at 'overwhelming' ad power of Google and Facebook

israel_hands

I thought it was pretty shit, and I still enjoy Allo Allo jokes. But I didn't bother downvoting you.

Not sure why the upswell of Franco-rage, I wish more governments would look into what those companies are doing. Unfortunately most governments aren't worthy of the name.

They've got a monopoly on ads and data and they're abusing their position massively. The level of ad-monopoly they've achieved is a direct result of the data they've stolen from people, even those who have never had an account with them. It's the moral equivalent of those scumbags who run distraction burglaries on the elderly or convince them to spend their life savings on unnecessary and badly done "repairs" to their homes.

Future generations will look back on our attitudes to personal data in the same way we look back at medieval peasants.

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La, la, la, I can't hear you! Apple to challenge Bose's noise-proof cans

israel_hands

Re: I've always found

Also, by releasing good quality headphones Apple can continue to make their case for ditching the 3.5mm audio socket. Audio over Lightning can do something that 3.5mm can't: supply power to active noise cancelling headphones.

That's not true at all. Sony's Xperia phones use 3.5mm jacks that provide power to active noise-cancelling headphones. The trick is it's not just the usual 3-rings, you get an extra couple of rings to carry the sound from the microphones in the headphones. Lovely sound quality too and if you plug them into a standard 3.5mm jack they still work fine, just without the noise-cancelling effect.

I tried a pair of Beats before but the sound quality was shit. They'd just ramped up the bass drivers at the expense of the original music. Made everything sound too bassy and anything with a lot of bass in originally became a wall of squelch.

I don't expect Apple's own-brand stuff to be any better. All of their headphones I've tried have been of comparable quality to Poundland jobbies and a hell of a lot more expensive.

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Miner vs miner: Attack script seeks out and destroys competing currency crafters

israel_hands

Thanks for clearing that up

Pre-infection, the attack script checks whether a target machine is 32-bit or 64-bit and downloads files known to VirusTotal as hpdriver.exe or hpw64 (they're pretending to be HP drivers of some kind).

It's this kind of insightful analysis that keeps me coming back to this place.

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Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse

israel_hands

Re: Phone design

I've already got a pair of gloves like that. Woolly gloves with Bluetooth connections, mic in the little finger and speaker in the thumb.

I can confirm that you look like an absolute legend when using them.

I think the reason the phones seem "boring" is because there is actually an ideal form factor for them, based on current tech limits. And as others have said, from a phone OS I want stable boring and resilient. Bells and whistles are more likely to cause problems and introduce flaws. It's bad enough when you buy a new PC and have to strip out all of the OEM cruft that they use to bloat it out and (in my experience) slow it down while adding useless bullshit. The difference being that unless you root the phone, you mostly can't delete the bloatware.

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Huawei guns for Apple with Mac-alike Matebook X

israel_hands

Re: So close!

I'm reading this right now on a Satellite Pro. It's a battered beast of a laptop but it's got a full numpad and I just wouldn't buy a laptop with out one. A separate USB numpad just isn't as useful as I rarely use this machine on a desk. If I'm going to sit at a table/desk I'll use a full-fat desktop machine.

This Huawei machine does look quite nice but it's too small for me to want to use it as a primary machine, despite how well-specced it is.

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He's cheesed it! French flick pirate on the lam to swerve €80m fine, two-year stretch in the clink

israel_hands

Re: This:

@I ain't Spartacus: I didn't say nobody would pay for it, I said I won't pay for it. And I've been hearing for about 30 years how pirating is "threatening future film production" which is obvious nonsense as pirating has risen dramatically with the advent of digital content and sharing and yet it seems like there are more TV shows and films being produced than ever. And the quality seems to be consistently on the decline as well.

It's simple really. If they want my money all they have to do is produce stuff that's worth watching (i.e. not the same hackneyed shit with uni-dimensional plots and characters) and sell it at a price that means going to cinema with the missus isn't almost half our weekly household food bill.

If they won't do that then I won't bother paying for it. And it's extremely rare I find the inclination to watch anything these days. Aside from the occasional TV show that's playing in the room I'm sat in and I'm paying maybe a quarter attention to, I haven't watched TV for about a decade. Last film I went to the cinema to see was Force Awakens and I only did that because my son was desperate to see it. For the time I spent sat watching that pile of lukewarm shit Lucasfilm owe me considerably more than I'd ever be able to pirate from them.

So it's not eat my cake and have it. It's more like, eat the cake, feel slightly sick, wish I hadn't eaten it, and certainly don't want it after that.

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israel_hands

Re: This:

You seem one of his users pissed off because you can no longer enjoy pirated contents - pirating is still stealing - you steal revenues - and thereby a crime.

Bollocks. Pirating isn't stealing. Copyright infringement yes, which is a civil matter, but not theft. No one's been deprived of anything (except me losing a few hours of my life for putting up with whatever shit the missus has convinced me to watch with her). You can't "steal" theoretical revenues, especially if there is absolutely zero chance of me spending money on the shit, regardless of whether I can pirate it or not.

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

israel_hands

I'm with the rest of you. I use Amazon workmail for my personal (and my family's) accounts, through my own domain and the web-interface disables anything but plain-text by default. Makes it easier to weed out shit I'm not interested in, if the message looks garbled with loads of tags visible it generally gets junked.

I've also set up my Outlook client for work to send/receive in plain-text only, despite occasionally getting stick from the boss for not slapping the massive "branding" images and various bullshit social media links in my signature. I just point out that HTML e-mails are a security risk and I count disabling that shit under the category of "being a good neighbour".

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Talk down to Siri like it's a mere servant – your safety demands it

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Unconvinced

Without any citations for the supposed case at the start of the story this is very hard to believe. Seems more like a FUD scare-story that tend to do the rounds in offices, usually something about getting carjacked at a petrol station using some convoluted scheme that people must be alert for.

For a start, how did the supposed "master" scammers get enough recordings of the grandson's voice? That takes more than a Facebook trawl to gather. Also, I doubt that Adobe software is able to render speech on the fly which would mean the scammers would need to script the entire call beforehand and hope they aren't rumbled when the target deviates even slightly and receives a nonsensical reply. Finally, while the software may be able to impersonate someone's speaking voice, does it come with a built-in tearful-and-distressed filter you can apply to it?

I'm a bit disappointed at the Reg for letting something as dubious as this appear, especially without a single citation to an original source for the story. This sort of material is more suited to The One Show or the Daily Mail, surely.

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Elon Musk's Tesla burns $675.3m in largest ever quarterly loss

israel_hands

Re: So which car manufacturer do you shill for?

All the other manufacturers are still in the process of destroying Tesla. Including Tesla itself, via it's burn rate. Other manufacturers are ramping up production of their own EVs, and it's suppliers are helping.

You don't seem to realise, that means Musk is winning. His stated goal wasn't to make as much money as he can, or even destroy the other manufacturers. He wanted to make electric cars mainstream because he wants to kick-start a sci-fi future and get us away from depending on fossil fuels. That's also why he makes solar panels and massive batteries, so we don't need to rely on coal-fired powerplants to fuel EVs. It's also why he open-sourced loads of Tesla patents, so that other companies can produce their own EVs and improve on the designs.

Ford and the rest of them trying to crush Tesla by making EVs is like threatening to throw Brer Rabbit into a briar patch.

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israel_hands

Re: Unwarranted Trumpanzee

You haven't called out a criminal though, have you? Your only example is frankly laughable and does nothing to challenge my earlier comment.

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israel_hands

Re: Unwarranted Trumpanzee

You keep throwing those claims around. What crimes, exactly, are you accusing Musk/Tesla of?

Or is it just more of your bullshit right-wing frothing?

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

israel_hands

What to use it for:

World domination, obviously.

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Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

israel_hands

Re: Do you know who I am?

I've always found the best response is "No, but I bet you're going to tell me."

Takes the wind right out of their sails.

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RIP Ursula K Le Guin: The wizard of Earthsea

israel_hands

She was simply amazing. The Word For World Is Forest is one of the best books I've ever read. Achingly beautiful and terrifically moving.

And I loved the Earthsea books when I was approaching my teenage years. I think I may have to dig out my copy tonight and sit down to read it with my son.

A sad loss. The field is lessened without her.

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What's GDPR? Survey suggests smaller firms living under rocks as EU privacy regs loom

israel_hands

Re: Might be of interest if you're puzzled

You've answered your own question there. If there's a legal investigation ongoing and those e-mails form part of it then the reason for accessing the data isn't "business interest" it's "legal compliance".

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israel_hands

Re: Might be of interest if you're puzzled

I really need to stop posting on this thread.

@JohnFen: I highly recommend reading the ICO guidance on it. What you need to do is think about the outcome they're driving at (which largely comes down to only holding onto data for which you have explicit permission and a legitimate reason, regularly checking to ensure you still have permission, and not passing anything on without explicit permission). If you get the intent of the regs in your head, then you should be able to map out the data you hold and decide how to handle it. It's hard to be more specific without knowing your situation, but the comments I made above about why the regs seem so vague is true. You're supposed to do the work to fit in with the outcome they're legislating for. It may seem unreasonable to you, as a person, to get saddled with that, but from an outsider's point of view, it's not unreasonable to assume that a company will act within the new rules.

Doctor Syntax gave some good advice above also, don't discount what he's saying.

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israel_hands

Re: GDPAhhh

Honest truth is that if you have been acting reasonably under the DPA (or European equivalents) you will probably manage just fine under GDPR.

That's not even remotely close to being accurate. Under DPA you can get away with all sorts of stuff that are now explicitly outlawed. Automatic opt-in for one is extremely popular under DPA (and compliant) but an absolute no-no under GDPR. That's a single example and there are loads more changes that will make all sorts of stuff that is commonplace now extremely difficult. Selling data to advertisers is another good example. They have to get your permission for every entity they sell your data to. And explain who's getting it, what they're getting and why they're getting it. They also have to delete it upon request. And you can simply refuse.

I do agree that it will generate lots of scummy companies taking advantage of the FUD regarding the legislation and selling people overpriced shit advice. But that's true of pretty much any situation like this, and I'd rather have to put up with them (and educate people to avoid them, idealistic, I know) than do without the protections GDPR is bringing in.

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israel_hands

Re: Personal information

Check out the ICO Guidance (sorry, can't be arsed to find the link right now but it's not hard to find).

The main area it comes down to for B2B is, as far as I'm aware, if you're trading personal data you absolutely must get explicit consent to do so, explaining what data you're passing on, to whom, and for what purpose. If you're receiving the data then you need to put in some checks to ensure they've done the above (or make them sign something stating they have and accepting all responsibility if they haven't).

The other side is that companies have to regularly (although the timeframe isn't explicitly defined it leans heavily towards what individual data subjects consider reasonable) check back and ensure they still have permission to store/use such data.

So if you're receiving the data you'll at the very least need to have a way to remove specific elements of it upon request (which will be relayed by whichever company you're getting the data from). If you're passing it on yourself then you're on the other end of the transaction so should look at automating a way to send requests out to companies you pass the data to. And probably some sort of signed agreement from them to say they'll abide by deletion requests.

I'm not an expert though, so for fuck's sake don't take the above as a policy statement. It's just an idea of what you'll need to be thinking about. The ICO site is a good place to start reading though.

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israel_hands

Re: Reminds me of PCI Compliance

Totally unfit for purpose, totally unenforceable, total bollocks.

I'm going to have to disagree with you there, chap. In fact I'd go so far as to say you're talking out of your arse.

The rules are easily enforceable and have hefty penalties attached, especially for wilful breaches. The reason the rules may seem vague (and from your comments I'm assuming you haven't read any of the ICO recommendations for instance) is that they're legislating for an outcome and not against a specific business model, which is the most sensible way of framing legislation, especially in an area as broad as data protection.

The reason you wont' find anything in the recommendations or legislation that specifically matches your use-case is because you're expected to do that work yourself. If you feel you need to hold data about a person the onus is on you to work out how to do so within what's legally permissible. I see that as a benefit and it avoids the whole stupidity of the EU cookie legislation which failed miserably because it didn't think far enough ahead to how people would implement it. GDPR is a lot more robust than that.

And it's not about "double opt-in mailing lists" it's about giving people control over how and where their data is stored, for what purposes and who can gain access to it. And also, (and this is the part I particularly like) a company can't refuse service to someone if they won't share their data. That part is what's going to make it harder for Facebook et al to keep the data hoover turned on. They can create whatever "privacy tools" they like but the simple fact that they can't opt people in to data sharing should cause them a massive headache. Think of it like this: Day 1 of GDPR, Facebook has to untick all the privacy and data-sharing boxes for all users in the EU. Most people (even if due to inertia alone) won't be bothered to go in and opt themselves in to all that shite, so the boxes will remain unticked. And Facebook can't refuse them access to their account if they don't opt-in. They can only refuse a service without data-sharing if that data-sharing is essential to the service functioning.

Now plenty of companies may think they can just get away with carrying on as before, but that just leaves them open to being hit with fines that should be a worry to any organisation, no matter how large or small.

To use the cookie situation as an example, currently the rules are utter bollocks. You just get told they're using cookies and have to accept it or not use the site (or block them with varying degrees of success and lost functionality). Under GDPR they'll have to ask, you'll have to opt-in (pre-ticked boxes and opt-out boxes are outlawed) and if you don't you'll still get to use the site anyway.

I see it as a massive step in the right direction. It won't be perfect but will be so much better than the current rules. And it should also help to reduce all the bullshit ad-targeting that goes on, and those shitty Facebook buttons that track everyone across every site they visit.

So you asked for some counter-examples, and I hope the above gives you something to think about.

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You want wires with that? Burger King backs, er, net neutrality

israel_hands

Re: Well, Thank The Heavens

You and the other Trumpanzees are a stark example of the truth behind those words.

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Electric cars to create new peak hour when they all need a charge

israel_hands

Re: I've been pointing this out for years.

Does their supply drop out at night when there's no wind?

What makes you think there's no wind at night? Where do you think it goes after sunset?

And as to that meaning a supply is not 100% renewable, you might look into these things called "batteries". This may blow your mind but they allow you to store generated energy and use it later.

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Someone is touting a mobile, PC spyware platform called Dark Caracal to governments

israel_hands

Re: israel_hands

Yeah, I've been caught out by something similar myself. Now I tend to colour-code windows to make it easy to tell them apart.

@Diodesign: That sounds fair enough, we've all done similar I don't doubt. I did think it was pretty shocking compared to the normal standards around here. Maybe this tale should get cross-referenced to On-Call?

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israel_hands

This article is in serious need of being properly edited. Paragraphs that don't follow on from the previous one, words and even entire sentences repeated. I'm surprised this was put live in it's current state.

EDIT: And it's been completely rewritten. Perhaps the hacks here need the same 10 minute cooldown between submitting something and it being visible to everyone else.

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Beer hall putz: Regulator slaps northern pub over Nazi-themed ad

israel_hands

Re: Mel Brooks

How the fuck is anything other than the original ad banned by this? Are you deliberately trying to blow this out of proportion just to have something to whine about?

The original ad has been banned, for the reasons stated in the article. No other depictions of nazis are affected and, in case you didn't understand it from the name, the Advertising Standards Agency can only ban adverts.

Stop getting your knickers in a twist and trying to make this into something it isn't. The original ad was cretinous and judging by the other ad run by the same individual mentioned in the article, the bloke running them is some sort of cunt anyway.

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