The article is about the USA. Neither democracy or freedom have a home there.
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Trump's Supreme Court pick will decide critical tech issues for decades – so what are the views of the contenders?
Bracken, what an ass
"Hire 50 people under 30 who know what an API is."
For a start that is age discrimination but lets put that aside. When hiring for the Treasury the last thing we need is a bunch of millennial fuckwits who think an API can solve the country's problems. What the Treasury needs is to hire people who understand economics and taxation.
Re: Can anyone shed light on how the recommendation soundbites are obtained
Some of them are probably quotes about other Patterson books and some of them will be cleverly edited from a negative review. For example Harlen Coben may have said "I read it in one gulp, you will too. It's that bad!" and Lee Child may have said "Delivers big time yawns, not the political thriller of the decade." but by careful omission those quotes can be made to sound positive.
If your ISP is injecting ads into the content of sites it is your problem and your responsibility to change ISP, nothing to do with the websites you visit. Perhaps try paying a decent sum for your internet access instead of going with the cheapest bargain basement option.
If your TV went on fire would you expect someone from the BBC to come fix it?
Meh why bother
"those tests are worth running because Android P restricts access to some interfaces not supported in the Android SDK"
Except no user will have P for at least 6 months after it is "released" by Google. If I couldn't test & fix any issues within 6 months I'd give up programming and go busk or sweep the streets or something.
"destruction of the businesses code and data"
"We would have lost everything – years of work"
So the only copy of the code was on the live servers in Google's cloud? I find that hard to believe but if it isn't just hyperbole then they deserved to have their code & data deleted to teach them about backups.
In what way would having a better working relationship fix the fact that Intel make chips that infringe Qualcomm's patents and Apple put them in their phones? Intel would still be infringing and Apple would still be using these chips and no one would be paying the license fee they are supposed to pay.
"KaiOS is unashamedly a feature phone platform"
"Google will invest in KaiOS Inc to ensure search, YouTube and Maps come to KaiOS devices"
"KaiOS is only just rolling out app stores for developers. Coders write in HTML5 and CSS."
I don't think Google or KaiOS understand the meaning of the words "feature phone", a not very smart smartphone is not the same thing.
Re: I don't think many of the opt-in/out menus are legal
Most of these systems I see are not legal because they are opt-out, call the link to the opt-in/out screen "more information", label Google Analytics cookies as "required" and don't offer an option to disable them or just plain don't allow you to opt-out at all.
My current favourite is www.cycleworld.com (a motorcycle website). They have gone to the trouble of implementing CookieBot which is normally a compliant solution but they have deliberately hidden the button that allows only necessary cookies, wilfully breaking the law. They even illegally state:
Of course the idiot's have hidden the button using CSS so you can just use browser dev tools to enable it again.
I think it would be quicker to make a list of websites that are actually compliant with GDPR than one of illegal sites.
"you cannot avoid Facebook easily."
Nonsense. I have never been a member of FB and have never used any of their services. I do not have to do anything out of the ordinary for that. Sites that use FB login usually also provide other options such as Google and MS, if they only provide FB then I wouldn't want to use their garbage site anyway.
If you meant its almost impossible to avoid them building a shadow profile on you from your idiot friends' contact lists and photos, beacons and like buttons on 3rd party website, etc then I agree but that is not what you said.
Re: Review it.
What is the point in reviewing something that may not ship to the public? If they fix the issues before any sales then a review that mentions them will be wrong. If you ignore the issues based on the promise of a fix and they don't fix them then that review will be wrong. Better to wait and see what actually ships to customers.
I'll be glad to see the back of Carphone Warehouse. I have refused to use them and advise other people not to use them ever since I tried to buy a phone from them but ended up the victim of identity theft perpetrated by Carphone Warehouse that they then tried to blame on me. Disreputable, despicable and untrustworthy at best, hopefully the company will fold sooner rather than later.
"getting people off Facebook isn't a terribly good idea because not being able to volunteer a social media profile can make someone the subject of suspicion in countries such as the US"
So the correct thing to do is reinforce that behaviour? No, the correct thing is to encourage these morons to stop thinking of Facebook as something everyone should and does use.
* I do have a vested interest here as someone who has never had a FB account.
Facebook stockholders tell Zuck to reform voting rules as data scandal branded 'human rights violation'
the assembled group applauded his entrance and exit
Idiots. If you want to enact change you need to make Zuck feel disliked. You should have booed him on and off the stage. Only once he realises being CEO of Facebook doesn't automatically make everyone in the world his friend will he even consider change.
Re: At some point....
Because your non-problem has via Facebook and CA contributed to Brexit, Trump and god knows what else. Because we never gave these people consent to record our personal information, track and profile us or the purpose of showing adverts. Because given free rein the ethically challenged, Randian CEOs running most big IT firms will exploit you as far as they can just to gain an extra dollar. I could go on.
You may not have recognised the problem but that does not mean there was no problem.
Re: Being honest about data-collection isn't an option anymore is it ?
I've visited several websites in the last week who asked if I wanted to allow required cookies, personalisation cookies, tracking cookies or advertising cookies using a simple dialog. These sites made it easy to select my preferences and (assuming they actually act on my choices) complied with GDPR simply and effectively. They actually make me want to visit those sites again, unlike Dell or WD with their huge lists of companies they set cookies for whom I have never heard of that lost them business when I closed the tab in disgust.
Re: I dont really understand why i need 5g at all (Lee D)
30Mbps down 4G might be enough for your household needs but it most definitely isn't enough for mine and what of a house with several teenage children?
That said I don't need even that on my phone, most of my bandwidth is used by other devices.
Re: The more I listen to the EU...
Err no. In what candy coloured fantasy universe of unicorns and rainbows would it be acceptable to quit something and still be a part of it? If you quit a club you can't still take advantage of member benefits. This is just another example of the UK government sticking its head in the sand and singing "lalala I can't hear you" to itself while the adults look on in bemusement.
" if actual permission granularity was provided in the phone OS by default"
If you actually knew how to use your phone you would find it is. Doesn't even matter which OS you prefer, both have had individual permissions for apps for a couple of years now and you can even continue to use most apps with a less than complete set of the permissions they request.
Re: What planet?
Particularly when it comes to NHS data this could be dangerous. Imagine people not going to the doctor because they don't want their health details shared with Google, Facebook, Experian, etc. If such behaviour catches on it could help turn a small virus outbreak into a national pandemic!
You can shove it where the sun don't shine
"All it takes are some Lumens – which can you can purchase via quick credit card or PayPal transaction from SatoshiPay – and a SatoshiPay wallet that is generated for you, on the fly."
Not only have I never heard of this particular scamcoin but I wouldn't buy them if I had. Plus there's apparently a Facebook requirement?!? WTF? Do you read your own articles? I do not now, nor have I ever had an account on Facebook and any product or website that requires it is banned in my house.