* Posts by edge_e

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Flame

Once again I'm reminded of a little ditty from 1994

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waJLv46_N6c (Probably NSFW)

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When 'Saving The Internet' means 'Saving Crony Capitalism'

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Facepalm

That's pretty much my take on it too. The problem, as I see it, is that ISPs don't charge their customers enough to cover their costs. In the UK, you can probably trace this back to Freeserve.

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WannaCry prompts promise of extra cash towards NHS security

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Facepalm

with all patients who have already registered a type one opt-out (which objects to identifiable data being shared outside of their GP) honoured until 2020.

What happens after that?

I very much doubt I'm going to like the answer.

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The AA's copped to credit data blurt, but what about car-crash incident response?

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WTF?

Re: What planet is the Data Protection Act from?!?!

As a non-unionised heterosexual who, from what you've disclosed, doesn't have aids, you've probably nothing to worry about. Unfortunately there are still people in the world who will stigmatise those who fall into those catagories. As for your credit card number, it may cause you a headache for a short period of time while you wait for a new one.

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Just in time for summer boozing: Boffins smash world record for the most perfect ice cubes

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Holmes

Apparently it is a liquid, well a thin layer on the surface is.

https://www.livescience.com/32507-why-is-ice-slippery.html

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Facepalm

Re: so Desperation

No

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US court decision will destroy the internet, roar Google, Facebook et al

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Holmes

Re: In general, this approach sounds like a good idea.

When those with expertise get it so wrong,

https://www.eff.org/press/releases/important-win-fair-use-dancing-baby-lawsuit

what hope does your reasonable person have ?

Even if a reasonable person could tell an infringing item if they saw it, how many reasonable people should you have to employ to check?

http://tubularinsights.com/hours-minute-uploaded-youtube/

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Facepalm

Not sure what it means?

"undermine the interests of copyright owners by thwarting efforts that providers might otherwise make to try to identify and block infringing material that users submit for posting." Yeah, we're not sure what that means, either.

I'm pretty sure they mean that if this judgment stands, a site that current performs basic checks to see if user are posting infringing items may decide not to make these checks at all to avoid liability for missing something.

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Dyson celebrates 'shock' EU Court win over flawed energy tests

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Happy

Re: Petty?

I encountered one of these the other day. It dried my hands in seconds and even if you don't position yourself carefully, it's only a few drops.

It's also quite funny watching people trying to dry their hands like they would under a more traditional model.

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'We should have done better' – the feeble words of a CEO caught using real hospital IT in infosec product demos

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Facepalm

Who's permission?

Hindawi said that since 2015, his biz has always explicitly asked its customers if it could use their data in demonstrations and has obtained written consent.

And how many of those customers had freely given consent from their customers to use that data?

<edit> fixed spelling mistake in title

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Graffiti 'dying out' as kids dump spray cans for Instagram, Twitter etc

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Holmes

When I was a kid, wealthy and middle class teenagers weren't allowed to hang out on the street so probably didn't get the same opportunity to participate.

Maybe the internet is capable of bridging the class divide?

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An echo chamber full of fake news? Blame Google and Facebook, says Murdoch chief

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Facepalm

Re: Straw Man

Can't see a straw man in any of the comments preceding yours. Nobody has tried to refute anything said in the article. I doubt anything said in the article is new to anyone around here and I also doubt any around here disagrees with anything it contains.

The only thing of note is that somebody from a company renowned for being an immensely influential publisher who routinely publishes selective news and views is saying that "you should be concerned that we are entering an era in which these immensely influential publishers will routinely and selectively 'unpublish' certain views and news."

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Boffin

Re: Hillarious

I don't think it's about losing money from print sales, I think it's about losing their control of public opinion.

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How their GDPR ignorance could protect you from your denial

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Happy

Re: Conflict of legal requirements ?

I presume keeping data for the purpose of the audit takes presidence. The thing some companies fail to grasp is that just because they have the data for reason a, doesn't mean they can use it for reason b.

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Re: Conflict of legal requirements ?

Since the only way that somebody should be added to a mailing is if they have given their explicit consent, how could they be added again by a newbie?

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

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Re: so Desperation

Nothing to hide, nothing to fear:-

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/09/post_office_admits_false_accusations_after_computer_system_cockup/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/video-shows-us-police-officer-taser-and-pepper-spray-african-american-man-who-had-suffered-a-stroke-10274072.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

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Do you use .home and .mail on your network? ICANN mulls .corp, .mail, .home dot-word domains

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Facepalm

Re: Completely.e

been there, done that

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Planned 'cookie law' update will exacerbate problems of old law – expert

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Facepalm

Re: But...

You still have flash installed ?

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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Boffin

Getting bored of pointing this out

One's views on socialism/capitalism have no bearing one's views on totalitarianism/libertarianism.

https://www.politicalcompass.org/

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Apple's macOS is the safer choice – but not for the reason you think

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Terminator

Ouch!

But in the meantime, we will just have to rely on Apple's control freak tendencies to keep us safe through developer disinterest.

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You know IoT security is bad when libertarians call for strict regulation

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Re: Your role in a movie is coming soon

I think it needs to be instead of the airbag :)

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edge_e
Boffin

Re: Your role in a movie is coming soon

Firstly in response to pccobbler:

What has where you sit on the libertarian/authoritarian axis of the political got to do with where you thoughts lie on the communist/capitalist axis? https://www.politicalcompass.org/

Regarding the whole seatbelt thing, people have differing risk perception. The trouble with making things safer is those who who felt safe anyway will now behave in a riskier manner.

Put another way, how close would you drive to the car on front if you had a six inch spike protruding from the center of your steering wheel?

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Roses are red, violets are blue, fake-news-detecting AI is fake news, too

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Stop

Roses are red,Violets are blue

the next Reg headline's

about GNU

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UK's lords want more details on adult website check plans

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Re: Trump icon

any of these but with whiter teeth

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=annoying+orange&t=lm&iax=1&ia=images

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Flight 666 lands safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

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Facepalm

Re: damn

50 comments and nobody asked if the pilot was called Eddie?

Come on people

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Why the UK is unlikely to get an adequacy determination post Brexit

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Unhappy

Re: Who cares?

When the Nazis came for the communists,

I remained silent;

I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,

I remained silent;

I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,

I did not speak out;

I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,

I remained silent;

I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,

there was no one left to speak out.

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El Reg just saved your Wikipedia Xmas

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Happy

Re: The hard-working volunteers do it because they want to be right.

My first xkcd thought regarding wikipedia is this

http://xkcd.com/978/

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Did EU ruling invalidate the UK's bonkers Snoopers' Charter?

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Merry Christmas

You better watch out

You better not cry

Better not pout

I'm telling you why

the government is tapping your phone

They're making a list

And checking it twice;

They're gonna find out

Who's naughty or nice

the government is tapping your phone

They're tracking all your browsing

They're reading all your mail

It's all being stored by your ISP

And will end in security fail

They know where you drink!

They know where you drive

you make it easy as

you login to wifi

the government is tapping your phone

They're tracking all your browsing

They're reading all your mail

And if you join the green party

you're going to grow a tail

You better watch out!

You better not cry

You better not pout

I'm telling you why

the government is tapping your phone

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Itchy-fingered OnePlus presses refresh, out pops value champ 3T

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Happy

Re: Also you can not set it to be mute but allow music to be played

Currently listening to music, doesn't seem to matter which position the slider is in , it doesn't stop.

Regarding app notifications, you can set individual apps to have priority notifications and put the switch to the centre position.

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Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov

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Big Brother

Re: Dear Mrs May

Dear Chairman May

FTFY

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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

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Facepalm

Re: So who's to blame?

That's exactly what I was wondering. If Chromecast can cause the router to reboot/reset then clearly it can be achieved for the lols. I wonder if it can be made to run arbitrary code while it's at it?

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TfL to track Tube users in stations by their MAC addresses

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Holmes

Re:Wouldn't the tracking be better off by using the Oyster...

That tells them where you joined and left the network.

It doesn't tell them which route you took, whether you missed your stop or if you met up with a mate in Richmond as you made your way from Euston to Victoria

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Build your Type 26 warships next year? Sure, MoD – now, about that contract...

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Facepalm

Have they finished the aircraft carriers yet?

see subject

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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Re: Because people will stick their hands in the doors

That's exactly what people do. Your analogy is a bad one though because the attendant in an un-automated lift would likely see you coming and wait so the lift experience didn't change for the occupants of the lift or the person arriving slightly late.

When the kids work out the new rules for chicken, I'll be getting the popcorn in.

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IoT insecurity: US govt summons tech bosses, bashes heads together

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Boffin

Re: Up to ISP's to block

Like the roads - the Internet has some tools/clueless individuals on it - but it'd be a pretty lonely place to be if it were filled with just us geeks.

I'm pretty sure the roads would be much safer place without those who don't understand momentum and braking distances.

While you are right that it is down to us geeks to make it "just work", the trouble is, just like cars, the safer you make it, the more idiotic the driver becomes.

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NHS patients must be taught to share their data, says EU lobby group

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Re: Who cares what the EU group think?

the UK government won't be able to claim whatever they come up with is because of the EU

I bet they do

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You've been hacked. What are you liable for?

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Thumb Up

About time too

Hopefully this will lead to companies taking security seriously or, better still, not collecting information they don't need in the first place.

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A robot kitchen? Whatever. Are you stupid enough to fall for this?

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Re: £100 a week for a year with Tesco's delivery service comes in at about £26,000 cheaper

Doubt the robot comes with Marmite either. On a serious note though, Unilever trying to hike prices by 10% when a significant number of their products are made in the UK, from materials sourced here, should be treated with outrage. For once I agree with Tesco.

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Unhappy

well that's all double plus ungood

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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Big Brother

Re: eh?

I'm sure they'll override that setting at some point in the future

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Printers now the least-secure things on the internet

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Facepalm

Do printers really need to be connected to the internet?

How often do you send something to a printer that you don't have physical access to?

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UK Labour man Owen Smith: If you wanna be a leader, you gotta stop with that lens

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Headmaster

Given that one of their former chappies

you seem to have confused Labour with NuLabour.

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Lawyers! win! millions! in! bonkers! Yahoo! email! snooping! case!

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Facepalm

Re:So, in this case the class action has resulted in a success

Whilst I'll admit I'm not that familiar with US law, it seems to me that the complaint was that Yahoo were scanning email contents without permission and the result is that yahoo paid a bunch of lawyers and are continuing to scan email content without permission.

Could you explain how this is a success?

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Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug

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What I want to know is

Was the battery capacity monitor written by the same guy who did the file copy dialogue?

https://www.xkcd.com/612/

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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Linux

Re: What are the real alternatives to Skype

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

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15-year-old security hole HTTPoxy returns to menace websites – it has a name, logo too

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WTF?

From the linked article

"The Proxy header is undefined by the IETF, and isn’t listed on the IANA’s registry of message headers. This means there is no standard use for the header at all; not even a provisional use-case.

Standards-compliant HTTP clients and servers will never read or send this header."

So why isn't it blocked in the default configuration ?

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Free concert! Against TPP?

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Unhappy

Re: Shameless Plug

It truly was

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Isis crisis: Facebook makes Bristol lass an unperson

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Facepalm

Re: Isis IS another stupid label

iSis

there we go , now apple can sue them

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Alleged Brit hacker Lauri Love bailed amid US extradition battle lull

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Boffin

31 and ,still a student

Maybe he spent ten or so years working before university

You're never to old to learn

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Facepalm

have you taken a look at the charts for the Euro?

so what you're saying is a ~3% fall is almost identical to a ~13% fall ?

maybe you should refer to this

GBP vs Euro

Edit: note to self, read the replies before posting

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