* Posts by iron

437 posts • joined 25 May 2017


Amazon's creepy facial recog doorbell, Facebook open sources machine learning code and much more

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Re: What Is Wrong With Knowing Who is Visiting Me?

And how about all the people who just walk past, never knock on your door, but get profiled by Amazon just because your door bell could see them. All without consent.

Ethical and moral issues aside it probably breaks GDPR.

'Exclusive swag' up for grabs as GitLab flings bug bounty scheme open to world+dog

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Dark ones are the best.

Oh and now I want a Curly Wurly but have no idea where I can buy one. :'(

UK white hats blacklisted by Cisco Talos after smart security code stumbles

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"no fee was charged as is consistent with Cisco Talos' policy"

Sounds like a protection racket to me. Don't cross Talos or you might end up sleeping with da fishes.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Re: Why?

Hipster douche bags obviously.

Have a gander at this: Amazon agrees not to act as Silicon Valley's foie gras dealer

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In what way does this law protect consumers in California?

This a duck protection law and nothing more.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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"people were perfectly happy handing over their data to tech giants"

People were also perfectly happy to vote for Adolf Hitler, watch the Black & White Minstrels Show and let their kids hang around with Jimmy Saville. Why should we copy 'people'?

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

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"prescriptions – something easily achieved "in the real world" by taking a photo on your phone and sending it via SMS."

Dear Ms Stokes-Lampard, DON'T FUCKING DO THIS! You have no idea of privacy and have just shared the medical details of a patient (a prescription) with your mobile company, their mobile company and possibly others in transit. Please report yourself to the ICO for breaching GDPR and the GMC for breaking your oath.

Consumer group attempts to lob Safari workaround sueball at Google... again

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Re: Who had the loss?

So just ignore the wrong things that Google are doing and let them destroy the last vestiges of a free society because to do otherwise would benefit lawyers? Interesting priorities you've got there wee man.

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss

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> many developers would be relieved to see a reduction in target platforms

But, the intelligent ones will decry the loss of diversity and promotion of a monoculture leading to worse malware issues.

Gartner to wearables biz: Through failure comes success!

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"sensors in their high-end footwear ranges that measure wearers' activity and performance"

WHY? I can understand professional athletes having a use for that but for normal people what is the point?

I really wanted to find a use for this year's crop of new smart watches but couldn't find a useful feature among them. Heart rate, number of steps walked, wave your arm like a mad man to pay for things, etc... its all nonsense I do not need and would not use.

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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" found... beneath the vehicle's floor"

Who keeps legal things under the floor of their vehicle? Sounds to me like there is more to this story than the people involved are admitting.

Another Hancock-up? UK health secretary appears in piece about controversial GP app

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He's just a typical dumb Tory who thinks we can't spot the strings of his puppet master but, just like the 80s, it is obvious to anyone with half a brain.

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google

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Well said Ms Rice, probably the only sensible person in the room.

CubeSat buddies, like those sent to track Mars InSight landing, can be used in future missions

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"softball-shaped X band radio"

And what shape would that be to non-Yanks?

3ve Offline: Countless Windows PCs using 1.7m IP addresses hacked to 'view' up to 12 billion adverts a day

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"controlled over one million IPs... would only install on systems that weren't running security software"

That's a worrying couple of phrases.

Peers to HMRC: Digital tax reforms 3 days after Brexit? Hold your horses, how 'bout 3 years...

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Because JSON is the current hotness.

If my recent experience is anything to go by, if it was local government they'd be looking for csv and not providing a schema so you have to guess what each field represents.

Congrats to Debbie Crosbie: New CEO at IT meltdown bank TSB has unenviable task ahead

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Re: Don't worry, DevOps will sort it out

Yeah get DevOps going on that bank code, then it can break every night automatically.

Google swallows up DeepMind Health and abolishes 'independent board'

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Britain’s National Health Service?

> Google has placed itself at the heart of Britain’s National Health Service

Has it really? All I can find are articles about some London trusts working with DeepMind which barely qualifies as NHS England & Wales and definitely does not include Scotland. There is no such thing as Britain's NHS - NHS Scotland is separate to England & Wales and always has been. As usual El Reg ignores that and writes an article that at best tells me nothing and at worst misleads me into thinking NHS England policies may apply to me.

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

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> banks take to take a dim view of customers handing out at ATMs for longer than a few minutes

Banks sure but what about all those ATMs sitting by themselves in a shop or service station? Or those many locations where the bank closed the branch but left a machine so customers still had some access to their money? Without trying I can think of several local ATMs that are not built into a wall, have no one watching them and no CCTV except for any camera built into the ATM itself.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: So the police bear no responsibility ?

> I can't see this happening so easily in countries with strict laws.

Yeah there's no way the police in London would gun down an unarmed Brazilian plumber on the tube for no reason.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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Sounds interesting but without a headphone jack or SD card forget it.

In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype

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Re: REAL Net Neutrality Is Specific To Non-Cellphone Internet Access

And blacking out sites like Wikipedia worldwide to protest a little American issue is perfectly reasonable behaviour? Maybe you should re-adjust your viewpoint before writing frothing-at-the-mouth comments like that one?

Vulns in online shopping toolkit WooCommerce can blast a hole in your WordPress security

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Needless to say, admins should make sure they never, ever run WordPress.

Google: All right, screw it, from this Christmas, Chrome will block ALL adverts on dodgy sites

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I have no problem with advertising, my problem is with tracking every viewer of an advert as they move from site to site around the net. That is the real abusive advertising and Google are the biggest abuser. Call me when they decide to block every ad on their own platform, then I might consider unblocking them at my end.

Carlo has a head for apps and a body (tag) for rendering: Google takes on Electron with JS desktop app toolset

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Requires Google Chrome and could break any minute when they push update #125348? No thanks.

BT: We're stocking warehouses with kit ahead of Brexit to avoid shortages

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Re: A timely reminder...

You do realise Scotland is part of the UK? For now at least.

UK data watchdog fines Facebook 17 minutes of net profit for Cambridge Analytica brouhaha

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"no evidence to suggest UK Facebook users' data was in fact shared with Cambridge Analytica... access to CA servers so that we are able to audit the data they received.”

So they didn't receive any data but you want to audit the data they received? Someone needs to learn to lie better.

Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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91%? lol

"91 per cent of better-off adults claimed to have basic digital skills"

And 90% of them are fooling themselves.

Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

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Re: The simplest answer is usually the right answer...

"If the Chinese haven't tried this, it begs the question why not?"

Because it would be extremely difficult, expensive and once caught all that investment would be lost. It's orders of magnitude easier and cheaper to use flaws in software, firmware and Intel's hardware to accomplish the same goals.

Stroppy Google runs rings round Brussels with Android remedy

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Re: UK needs the EU

You can't vote out the civil servants who would take massive back handers from Google in the form of directorships when they retire from the service. The politicians just think they are running the asylum.

UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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Re: VPNs @theModge

"soon every last one of us will look like a terrorist as far as GCHQ is concerned."

We're already all terrorists according to GCHQ, NSA, etc.

Samsung: Swanky hardware alone won't save a phone maker

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My old S6+ is still receiving updates, I got one last week when I turned the phone on to do some testing. So that's at least 3 years, what more do you want?

Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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Re: "I’m an engineer, I work in IT..."

"I can’t enter my property I only have the App!"

ROFL What a muppet and to compound it he told the world what a muppet he is!

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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"What are the downsides to abandoning the ISS aside from a gap in the science data?"

The end of the ISS.

The ISS has a low orbit that skims the atmosphere reducing its speed and thus the height of its orbit, without constant station keeping it will literally fall out of the sky. It also requires constant maintenance to keep it functioning. Abandoning it for several months would mean abandoning it permanently.

Fourteen months is doable. Valeri Polyakov spent 437 days and 18 hours on board Mir in the mid 90s.

Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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Re: using Apache for several years to open .doc attachments

Funny, I use Apache to serve web pages...

Workplace services-flinger Sodexo pulls Engage website after division hit by malware smackdown

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"undetectable by leading antivirus software" - Norton doesn't count guys.

"A team of CREST-approved security specialists" - I don't care what toothpaste they use.

At least they didn't say they take their user's security seriously, etc.

Microsoft's elderly .NET Framework shakes stick at whippersnapper Core while Visual Studio drops another preview

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Re: there can be multiple versions of .NET Core , .NET Framework is not so fortunate

.Net 2.0 and 3.5 run on the 2.0 CLR, the various 4.x flavours all run on the 4.0 CLR. So when MS release a new 4.x version it replaces the previous 4.x version but leaves 2.0 (and therefore 3.5) alone. Why they abandoned allowing multiple framework versions (beyond 2.0 and 4.x) I have no idea.

Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

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It's an important news story that affects British business (because AWS). NCSC are simply carrying out their mandate.

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

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Having some experience of chip and pcb design and having worked with contract manufacturers I highly doubt Bloomberg's story. Sure its not impossible but it would be a damn site easier to compromise the firmware, IME or just use a flaw like Spectre or Meltdown.

Sendgrid blurts out OWN customers' email addresses with no help from hackers

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Even if they persuaded Google, Bing, etc to ignore these pages they can't stop a hacker from writing his own spider to crawl their site and index these pages. No crawl headers and robots.txt can't be relied upon, that was standard advice 25 years ago and has not changed.

California cracks down on Internet of Crap passwords with new law to stop the botnets

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"Battery powered smoke alarms go off every year when the battery runs out – what if other devices emitted a similar alarm once a year, requiring you to check and install any updates before the noise stops?"

That device would be thrown out of the window and the manufacturer black listed. Smoke alarms generally go off at 4am, when I'm sleeping, and I'm very angry when woken early.

Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

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"Switched on by default is a useful clipboard history, which will stash plain text, HTML and small images and is accessible by hitting the Windows key and ‘V’. Sometimes the little things can be the most welcome."

Yeah very useful when I go looking for passwords people have copy & pasted from Keypass et al.

Facebook gives third-party apps the all-clear

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Re: Interesting impact of the GDPR 72-hour deadline:

Well prior to working at Facebook they worked as a Fries Technician at McD's.

Ever used an airport lounge printer? You probably don't know how blabby they can be

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If you're worried about privacy why are you printing something on a device you do not control? For that matter why are you connected to a public hotspot in the first place?

UK ruling party's conference app editable by world+dog, blabs members' digits

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It occurs to me that by editing someone else's profile Neil Claxton (@MintRoyale) has breached the Misuse of Computers Act and then advertised his crime on Twitter. I hope the Tories send the rozzers round to teach him not to be such an idiot.

A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

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Hahahaha. In 1997 Maplin staff knew nothing unless you needed to know which batteries are AAA or which cable would connect your Sky box to your telly.

In the early 90s I enquired about a summer job in my local Maplin. The manager looked at me in disdain, probably caused by my long hair and biker jacket, and asked "Do you know anything about electronics?" in his most condescending tone. I replied "I've just finished the second year of my MSc in Electronics and Physics. Do YOU know anything about electronics?" Needless to say I didn't get a job.

Crypto-jackers' best pal Monero resets the 'days since a critical bug' counter back to zero

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Or put it on the internet for everyone to take some.

Oracle pours a mug o' Java 11 for its addicts, tips pot of Binary Code License down the sink

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They've managed fewer improvements in 6 months than Visual Studio & .Net had in the last month.

"There are a handful of useful language additions like new string methods for removing empty spaces – strip(), stripLeading(), stripTrailing() – and determining whether a string is empty or not – isBlank()."

Java didn't have those yet? ROFL

That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

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“In your greenfield you can introduce a microservice architecture so that the developers and new applications can use the latest technologies, build tools, frameworks, and methodologies to help the business innovate and adapt quickly.”

Nice marketing speak garbage quote. WTF does this shit even mean?

ServiceNow confirms relational-ship with MariaDB: We're protecting our toolchain

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NoSQL upstart MariaDB?

MariaDB is a drop in replacement (pretty much) for MySQL. Maria is now almost 10 years old. In what way does that make it a "NoSQL upstart"?

(I am aware it is possible to change the table format to a NoSQL type but that is not the default and does not make it a NoSQL upstart.)


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