* Posts by iron

222 posts • joined 25 May 2017

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Avengers: Infinity War: More Marvel-ous moolah for comic film-erverse, probably

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Re: Must be my age

I'd take John Steed and his companions over this boring Holywood nonsense any day.

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How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

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Re: "get those taken down"

"if someone looks for "suicide" is better to return results about how to get help"

That might help someone considering suicide (unlikely but maybe) but it most definitely won't help someone who is researching suicide for other reasons. Say a journalist trying to find the average suicide rate. A search engine should not make value decisions like that but should just present the data, properly sorted and indexed.

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More than 87m Facebook profiles farmed, says second ex-Cambridge Analytica witness

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Re: "because, as upper class Brits, they did not want to front up the deal"

They didn't want to talk to the dirty commoner in case they caught something.

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

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Re: Bug, not a feature

They removed the first word from that corporate motto a long, long time ago.

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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

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What's an advert?

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Nope, you're still a transport biz, top EU court tells Uber

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Re: Europeans are so pragmatic

Uber?

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Apple store besieged by protesters in Paris 'die-in' over tax avoidance

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Re: Over 50% here must be one of those billionaire one percenters

Nah they're just typically bigoted, racist English people.

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Facebook back in court fighting claims it nicked British data centre IP

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Re: Reputation

Hahahaha that is not even their real corporate motto and FB are an order of magnitude worse.

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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@Korev

PS/2!?!? Modern luxury!

I still own a mechanical Compaq keyboard with a 5-pin DIN plug on it.

(admitedly it doesn't fit any pc I currently own but it might be useful some day)

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My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

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@Potemkine!

"I lost 3 kg in 2h"

Just coz you're a fat git...

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

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It has become so intertwined with how the world works

Not my world.

I don't have a Facebook account (or Twitter, Instagram, WhatSnap, etc) and have no compulsion to get one. Unfortunately the FB app has been factory installed on many of my smartphones but I always lock it behind a PIN so I can't accidentally open it and have blocked it from all persmissions so it can't send anything back to Zuckerborg HQ.

As for apps collecting data, that isn't required either. None of the Android apps I've written collect any data and I've avoided things like Application Insights because they have always sounded far too intrusive to me.

So it is entirely possible not to suck on Satan's cock, you just have to make the right choice.

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Facebook can’t count, says Cambridge Analytica

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"Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly."

So total extinction then?

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2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

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Re: Star Trek was a revolutionary interpretation of space that rejected the sci-fi conventions

Indeed Star Trek rejected SF conventions and instead went with a cross between a cowboy film and a submarine film... in SPACE! It hasn't improved much in the intervening 50 years or so.

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"Imagine the added emotional damage of a mother figure attempting to kill the 2001 crew and the residual misgivings that would have produced with the arrival of Siri, Cortana or Alexa."

I guess the author and owners of such devices have never watched a little known Ridley Scott film in which a female styled computer called 'Mother' is instrumental in infecting the ship's crew with a parasite that kills almost all of them. I think its called Alien.

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Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan

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the only way to win remains not to play

I win! *smug face*

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Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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FAIL

HaHa give it up F1

Virtual safety cars? Computer control? This is not motor racing.

Give it up F1, MotoGP does everything better than the parody you laughingly call racing.

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How do you make those darn code monkeys do what you want? Just give 'em a little nudge

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Call me cynical but

"We also have a celebration party every quarter and that has gone a long way to getting people motivated."

That would have the opposite effect with me, I would think you were having a party to avoid raising salaries or paying bonuses.

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Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!

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Re: Overheard Conversation in Parliament.

So she's actually very clever but portrays the image of a bumbling buffoon to put people off the scent?

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We need to talk, Brit Parliamentary committee tells Mark Zuckerberg

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Re: About time @Captain Hogwash

So we find him in contempt and if he ever visits the UK we arrest him as he steps off the plane, preferably in full view of the press. Just like the Yanks do to British security researchers when they visit the US.

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You must be yolking: English pub to launch eggstravagent Yorkshire pudding

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@wolfetone

Not from where I'm sitting.

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Gartner's top tip to data crunchers on the eve of GDPR? Don't be creepy

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Re: Problem is - Firms still see Uber + FB-Cambridge-Gate etc, as a role model

The bigger problem is the idiots that still use Uber, Facebook, etc. If they didn't have any cutomers / members then they wouldn't have any data to sell.

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Google to 'forget me' man: Have you forgotten what you said earlier?

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"Your correspondent was the only journalist present for large parts of both cases."

Good on you for being present to cover the whole case. It is very interesting and will set an important precedent.

Shame on the rest of your profession, especially the newspapers, for not bothering their arses. Fie for shame!

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NHS Digital heads accused of being 'suppliers', not 'custodians' of UK patient data

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Boffin

Re: the Digital arm of the UK's National Health Service

I was just coming here to say that. It always annoys me when Reg articles talk about "the UK NHS" because there is no such thing or even just "the NHS" because I have no idea if what they are talking about affects me in Scotland (usually it doesn't).

(and presumably Wales)

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OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws

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This whole thing stinks to the heavens and I'm not talking about AMD's security. A company I've never heard of, a report that was published without responsible disclosure, no POC code, no CVE numbers, the vendor given 24h notice yet a random security researcher (who I've also never heard of) was supposedly given a week with the report and POC code... Meanwhile some investment company is citing it and calling for people to sell AMD stock? My local fishmonger smells less fishy.

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Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mobile deja vu?

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If the Samsung model was actually available in the UK I would buy one but it isn't and the specs of the others are all crap.

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IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again

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Clearly you've never used Notes / Domino.

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Age checks for UK pr0n site visitors on ice as regulator cobbles together some guidance

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Hopefully they will be using the exact same system. I can still access TPB and all the other supposedly banned in the UK torrent sites without using a VPN.

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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"Windows 10 S... running only apps from the Windows Store

"We expect the majority of customers to enjoy the benefits of Windows 10 in S mode,"

Since the majority of users have many non-store apps and few if any store apps I predict almost no one will use it.

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Facebook Onavo Protect doesn't protect against Facebook

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"I do hope they are being respectful of user privacy..."

Hahahahaha BONK!

Sorry laughed my head off, give me a moment to screw it back on.

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'A sledgehammer to crack a nut': Charities slam UK voter ID trials

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Re: Scandinavia

Hey Adolf Mac piss off with your fascist ideals, they have no place in a free and democratic society.

Plus how do you suggest banks collect these photos and biometric data when most people don't have a branch conveniently nearby and some banks are online-only?

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ESA builds air-breathing engine that works in space

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@A Non e-mouse

The email link for corrections? If you use webmail or don't have an email client set up for some other reason it is completely useless. It's long past time El Reg had a convenient web form for corrections rather than relying on email.

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Rhode Island proposes $20 porn tax. Er, haven't we heard this before?

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@Czrly

Blocking 'Mein Kampf' is not the same thing as blocking the whole Gutenberg catalog and is perfectly understandable since it is illegal in your juristiction.

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

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Apple or Bose? Either way they are going to be shit.

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10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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Happy

A borrowed ZX81 was my into to programming before my dad bought me my beloved Speccy. Looking back 35 years later, old Sir Clive has a lot to answer for! Including a lot of happy memories. :)

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Swiss see Telly Tax as a Big Plus, vote against scrapping it

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Good Value

"a voluntary licence fee would look like good value compared to Netflix"

Bullshit. My Netflix subscription costs me less than £100 per year, that's approx 2/3 of the cost of the license fee and includes a lot more films and programmes I want to watch than the BBC have on TV or iPlayer. And, I don't have to put up with adverts telling me how wonderful it is to have a compulsory telly tax.

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Re: BBC from the days of Yes Minister and Spitting Image - yes

So you'd be happy to pay the license fee for 80s ITV?

Hint: Spitting Image was not a BBC programme.

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You get a criminal record! And you get a criminal record! Peach state goes bananas with expanded anti-hack law

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Re: Not Surprised

Barely literate? Ever hear the old one about people in glass houses?

> I get watch the annual follies up close every year.

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Samsung's Galaxy 9s debut, with not much other than new cameras

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What?

"The eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is fractionally faster, on-board memory although there's an upgrade for Micro-SD capacity from 256GB to 400GB."

What on earth is this sentence trying to say? Several words about the memory appear to be missing.

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Symantec ends cheap Norton offer to NRA members

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Mushroom

Out of the fire, into the fire

"Dear Symantec, attached is a copy of my receipt to McAfee I think I have convinced 27 people so far to do the same as me"

ROFL. Did you really hate them that much that you persuaded them to use the one AV that is worse than Norton?

#FriendsDontLetFriendsUseNortonOrMcAfee

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Voice assistants are always listening. So why won't they call police if they hear a crime?

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Big Brother

the stupidity of humanity

Well done NSA, GCHQ, et al you have convinced Mark Pesce that 1984 is a blueprint for the way society should work. I've only been up an hour and already I'm depressed about the stupidity of humanity and our society, as if Mondays weren't bad enough so thanks for that.

I would never allow Alexa / Siri / whatever device in my home to spy for its owner Amazon / Apple / etc. If they spied for the authorities as well I'd go out of my way to disable them in other people's homes too.

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Software shortcuts: Pay down your tech debt. It's time to fix a price

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Agile is no panacea

Agile is no panacea. Having worked there I can tell you the Scottish NHS went agile about 10 years ago yet it hasn't prevented: "outmoded systems that couldn’t be made to work together, partly the result of years of programming decisions"

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Europe's Unified Patent Court fate in the balance amid German probing (yes, Brexit is in the mix)

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Benoit

Hahahaha. Sorry I was laughing at your name.

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Talk about a MINER offense! Crypto-cash crafter clashes with T-Mob US in hipster haven

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Didn't I read about this 2 weeks ago on another site? Snails and tortoises think you're slow El Reg.

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Coinbase, Worldpay, Visa play blame game after dosh vanishes from crypto-fans' pockets

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"I have to be late on bills, I have to borrow money,"

If your finances are that tight you shouldn't have been gambling on ponzicurrency in the first place.

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Depending on the size of the glass that head is somewhere between a bit big and providing a pint that is criminally under sized. For crappy lager anyway, you don't get foam like that on a nice ale.

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UK.gov's Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws

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If the UK had more lax data protection rules than the EU it wouldn't make a difference. Anyone wanting to do business in Europe has to comply with GDPR no matter where in the world they are based so UK businesses would end up with two different data protection schemes that they have to comply with, making the whole thing cost even more than it will with GDPR alone.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

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> Linux vendors packaged their distress into "Workstation" and "Server" editions

Lol I'm still laughing at that unfortunate autocorrect typo.

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From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

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And of course they leave out the worst thing about adverts. Sure flash, video, noise, interstitials, etc are all annoying but trackers are evil. But trackers are how Google makes its money so they get a pass.

Screw you Google, I wouldn't use Chrome if it was the only browser available and I will not remove my privacy protection and allow your evil tracking.

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Samsung needs to eat itself, not copy Apple's X-rated margins

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Re: Huawei?

I got news for you, OnePlus are already spying on you:

https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/10/never-settle-oneplus-found-collecting-personally-identifiable-analytics-data-phone-owners/

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

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Non issue

"What deepfake is to video, Adobe VoCo – its "Photoshop for audio" – does for speech."

So this isn't an issue then. I've seen these so called deepfakes and the video neither looked like the actress it was supposed to be nor did it look like a genuine video. If Adobe VoCo is as good it probably makes speech that is supposed to sound like Joe Pasquale sound like James Earl Jones.

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