* Posts by ThatOne

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Hi-de-Hack! Redcoats red-faced as Butlin's holiday camp admits data breach hit 34,000

ThatOne
Devil

> IT security should be built on the assumption that humans are dumb

IT security is built on the knowledge that law is lenient, customers have very short memories, and thus that those breaches don't really matter in the end. All right, Butlin will get frowned upon by the powers that be for a day or two, they will get a small pile of abuse mail from the victims, but does all that matter to them? Not really. What matters is the money not wasted in educating low-wage temps who will be gone before long anyway.

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

ThatOne
Devil

> "Make a new photo album from all the photos I took of lizards while in Australia last year"

Where is the profit in that?... Those lizards won't pay to be on top of the list, so it would be a total waste of money to implement such a thing.

Apparently you misunderstood the point of personal assistants: They exist to make profits, not to make the world a happy place.

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Funnily enough, no, infosec bods aren't mad keen on W. Virginia's vote-by-phone-app plan

ThatOne
Joke

If it's just about "cheap & simple"

Call a number, listen through the introduction, then press "1" for the first candidate, "2" for the second, and so on.

I'm pretty sure vote participation would soar to really unprecedented heights...

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Top tip? Sprinkle bugs into your code to throw off robo-vuln scanners

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WTF?

Non-developer wondering

Won't those "chaff bugs" make the program less stable and prone to exploding randomly?

Of course a program incapable of running is 100% secure, since it can't be exploited, but what about the usability? When I buy a program, I mostly buy it to get work done (but that's maybe just me). *scratches head*

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Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

ThatOne
Joke

Compelling, isn't it?

So, they promise to prioritize battery power to display ads, leave the brightness as you've set it, monitor your actions to round off your marketing profile, show you ads for other apps when there is any excuse, and to use any text you might select to display contextual ads. Wow.

I think I might buy me a new phone just to get a slice of that pie...

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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

ThatOne

IMHO obvious why

The factual robot is passive and task-oriented, so one assumes that, having no further orders, it will simply remain on standby like a computer.

The chatty robot on the other hand is active, and thus has to be actively constrained.

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One is an appliance, the other a pet. Appliances don't need to be constrained, and their inner workings are often non-obvious (remember subjects telling they were worried switching it off would compromise the test). The pet on the other hand is an independent organism we are used to dominate and control, no matter their begging. Switching the chatty robot off is in the line of putting the cat/dog outside for the night, for instance. Begging is expected, and thus inefficient.

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Arm reckons its 'any device, any data, any cloud' IoT tech has legs

ThatOne
Facepalm

As the AC above said.

IoT is just a means to sell cheap gadgets to the clueless, and make a quick buck revealing data about them to marketers and criminals. Unfortunately it's the latest big craze, there is lots of money to be made with IoT, so there is no way it will go away, ever.

Only thing we can do is educate people we care about (children, parents) so they don't become part of the statistics.

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ReactOS 0.4.9 release metes out stability and self-hosting, still looks like a '90s fever dream

ThatOne
Happy

Does it run old Windows games? That is the important question (for me)...

I'm looking for something more hassle-free than Wine (on which stuff runs often slower than on native Windows XP/7) for running older games I still play.

I'll keep an eye on it, although its glacier-like pace does worry me a little. I might not be there anymore when it reaches beta...

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How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

ThatOne
Devil

Re: JFGI...

> What's he going to tell CIO's? How to make a massive misjudgement [...] and leave quickly before he can be blamed for the consequences?

Well, that's all they need to know, isn't it...

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Friday FYI: 9 out of 10 of website login attempts? Yeah, that'll be hackers

ThatOne
Devil

Follow the money

> abandon traditional credentials completely in favor of physical and biometric authentication mechanisms

And how is that more secure? It isn't (in the end there are still 0s and 1s going through the wire), but it requires expensive gadgets one can sell to the suckers...

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Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter make it easier to download your info and upload to, er, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter etc...

ThatOne
Facepalm

So, it's easier to steal information now?

Instead of having to work through the whole dataset and assemble the pieces, you can now download everything in one handy, well-indexed block? That will definitely speed things up for data thieves!

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Who's leaving Amazon S3 buckets open online now? Cybercrooks, US election autodialers

ThatOne
Flame

Re: "...including the audio files to be used in robocalls to voters..."

> Do robocalls even work anymore?

Have robocalls ever worked? "Oh a tape recorder is calling me. I just have to take its opinion into consideration!"

I'm usually quite annoyed with people wasting my time; I'm doubly annoyed if they think I'm not even worth paying an underpaid call center slave to do so.

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Ransomware is so 2017, it's all cryptomining now among the script kiddies

ThatOne
Happy

> But no details of how that's done or how one might guard against it, unfortunately.

Why, buy Check Point solutions I guess.

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CIMON says: Say hello to your new AI pal-bot, space station 'nauts

ThatOne
FAIL

> it's thought CIMON may be useful as a plastic pal that's fun to be with.

Those things you usually hide in a drawer, under the clothes... You don't let them float around.

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UK Home Office sheds 70 staff on delayed 4G upgrade to Emergency Services Network

ThatOne
Devil

Well, there has always been layoffs when things go bad. In the old times one called them "scapegoats", now it's "redundancies", but the goals remain the same: First to show management is doing something, and second there is the hope one of those scapegoats will take the curse with him and away from you.

In the present case their priority is to convince the stakeholders that they are still on top of things and that the situation will improve shortly. (If it doesn't improve, they will say they lack staff and hire some new people, to fire later on.)

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Another staffer at mega-hacked Equifax slapped with insider trading rap

ThatOne
Unhappy

Re: And another low-hanging fruit for insider trading

> it looks like the CEO, et al, will not be facing criminal charges for some reason...

Obvious reasons: he's a man of wealth and influence. Has friends who own him favors. Can pay efficient and expensive lawyers. Is in the right old boy network. In short, he's untouchable.

Laws are only for those who can't afford to be above them...

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NASA eggheads draw up blueprints for spotting, surviving asteroid hits

ThatOne
Facepalm

> how to prepare for the danger of impacts from asteroids

Stick head in sand, I guess?

It's all NASA can afford to suggest anyway, since I guess that new task will come with the required budget cut. Oh, sorry, I forgot; "Work smarter, not harder", that alleviates all budget issues of course.

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UN's freedom of expression top dog slams European copyright plans

ThatOne
Pirate

Who benefits from the law?

The whole point of this is most likely to shift the fault from the penny-less end user to the more solvent internet platforms: You'll definitely make more profit from suing (for instance) YouTube than from suing little Johnny, 12... So I guess they certainly won't drop the idea, not matter what people (or even common sense) say.

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What got breached this week? Ticket portals, DNA sites, and Atlanta's police cameras

ThatOne
Big Brother

Re: hmmm

> all webcams should have a led lit when active

All webcams should have a manual lid. I wouldn't trust a LED, there is certainly some way to remotely deactivate it. A layer of opaque plastic in front of the lens is the best and only 100% reliable protection.

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Juno finds some lightning on Jupiter is the polar opposite to bolts here on Earth

ThatOne

Choice of words

How do you "map" what is after all just a very thick layer of clouds? "Exploring" would be more adequate I guess. You don't expect any features you see to be still there in [large amount of time], you just hope to get a general idea of what's happening down there. Isn't it.

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Help, I'm being held prisoner in a security camera testing factory. So please read this...

ThatOne
Joke

The best deterrent is to have a professional film team waiting by your door, armed with professional film cameras and some decent lighting. You can be sure no burglar will try to enter your house.

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Knowing Your Customer: You need to, but regulation makes KYC extra-crispy...

ThatOne
FAIL

Doubts?

> Does this mean AI is being over-sold?

Weeell, now you asking... It does remind me of that fairy tale about the emperor's new clothes.

So, what does the article say? Don't blame AI for not being efficient, people don't know how to use it? Oh, so if they knew, it would? A pity we'll never know then.

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Whois? Whowas. So what's next for ICANN and its vast database of domain-name owners?

ThatOne

Re: Personal vs business

> it shouldn't prevent someone from publishing their own data if that's what they choose to do.

It doesn't actually. I fail to understand your point.

GDPR does not say "you can not publish your own personal information even if you want to", that would be stupid and pointless.

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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

ThatOne

Re: Major Overreach

> Well thats not an AI then is it?

It depends on who you ask, a scientist or a marketing person...

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ThatOne
FAIL

Major Overreach

If I were them, I would try to learn to walk before attempting to climb the north face of Mount Everest.

Humour requires to understand humans and their social conventions. It's the unexpectedness of the statement which strikes us as funny, and an AI can't possibly know what is considered as "expected" by humans. Today, in 2018, AIs are good at processing data, not at understanding it.

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Adobe, 'hyper personalisation' and your privacy

ThatOne
Facepalm

Reality? We've heard of it.

"People are buying experiences, not products."

Marketing drones are repeating to each other that customers actually crave for "personalized experiences", which is newspeak for targeted ads. So, what is going on? They are trying to convince world & dog of their own relevance: "Customers like targeted ads! We provide the best targeted ads! Buy from us!"

We now have ads about ads. What about ads about ads about ads? With a little chance society could soon exile all marketing, SEO and other parasites on a desert island where they can sell their "talents" to each other and leave humanity alone to do constructive things (and sell products, not experiences).

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Heir to SMS finally excites carriers, by making Google grovel

ThatOne
Devil

Re: I prefer paying

> this article makes it sound like RCS is primarily a means by which companies would communicate with me. There's exactly no chance that I'll pay for that.

Come on, you know you want that "personalized, high quality experience", aka targeted advertisement you pay for and give your personal information to...

(And if you don't, they'll just keep pretending you did. They know what's best for you.)

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Waymo van prang, self-driving cars still suck, AI research jobs, and more

ThatOne

Re: Dumb drivers

> Cars? Why on earth cars?

Because the automobile industry is highly competitive and there are heaps of money to be made building the car 2.0. Trains, not so much.

Autonomous cars are not a solution to some existing problem, they are a means to reshuffle the automobile market.

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The Rocky Planet Picture Show: NASA Mars InSight ready for launch

ThatOne

Re: 30th space wing?

> why Earth and Mars have similar cores, but act differently.

Size matters?

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It's World (Terrible) Password (Advice) Day!

ThatOne
Joke

Or just use "1234" since your login & password will be stored unencrypted on a public server, and will thus rather sooner than later end up (with any other private information you provided) in one of the hacked passwords databases... What's the point of having a $20000 key when the door is made out of plywood?

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AI boffins rebel against closed-access academic journal that wants to have its cake and eat it

ThatOne
Unhappy

Blood suckers

There is no cake here, only pure greed. Scientists are bound to publish, it's publish or perish, which is the reason there are a lot of vultures (unfortunately not Register-like ones) circling over them, trying to make money from every aspect of scientific publishing, requiring money both to publish and to access the published articles. The big loser is the scientist, who usually isn't really rolling in gold.

The best and only rational system would be a no-cost publishing service labs can access for free, being thus able to keep an eye on what is happening in their research domain. Unfortunately this doesn't create any profit, so it won't ever happen. On the contrary, the profiteers will keep tying down the market to make sure nobody can avoid paying them.

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You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

ThatOne
Unhappy

Unequal contest

Apparently it's way too easy to make a scapegoat out of someone when you're in power: After all this kid did visit their website and did download information he shouldn't have access to, didn't he. No reason to dwell on the fact that secret information was freely available...

One could consider there was no way he could had known part of the documents weren't properly sanitized, one could even mention entrapment in this context, but well, I guess he can't afford a lawyer good enough to avoid him his bitter scapegoat destiny. What's 10 years of your life compared to some civil servant not getting bothered...

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

ThatOne
Stop

Re: Phone book

> If GDPR is going to force phonebooks to be empty then it's simply silly

You've got it backwards. Actually GDPR is saying that you should be asked if you want to be put in the phonebook, the phonebook editor can't publish your address and number if you don't want it. I don't see which sane person can see that as a problem...

(BTW I didn't downvote you.)

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ThatOne

What's the problem here again?

I wonder. It's not like they want to introduce 100% anonymous registrations, is it?

As far as I understood this, the point is that, much like for car registrations, you can't just check the name and address of the owner of some car - if you have a serious reason to want this information, you'll need to go the legal path.

In which case it won't be very different from what's already happening today: In the recent years I haven't seen many smaller domains which hadn't the owner's information filtered out. Apparently the big difference is it won't depend anymore on the registrar's goodwill, but will be a legal requirement.

Isn't it? (Genuine question)

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Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables

ThatOne
Facepalm

Highly unlikely to work

Unless you have chosen the most convoluted way possible to steal Aunt Mary's chocolate cookies recipe, computers tend to be connected to the same grid in bunches. How do you separate the power consumption pattern of a single CPU among a dozen computers in an office? The noise level is just too high, even if you filter everything out (HDs and fans kicking in, LEDs going on and off and all that) but CPUs.

At this point I have a more likely data exfiltration warning: Sleep talking! What happens if some employee talks in his sleep, bad guys are recording him, and he starts blabbering something confidential in his sleep? Danger! Danger!

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Googlers revolt over AI military tech contract, brainiacs boycott killer robots, and more

ThatOne
Devil

> "As with other technologies banned in the past..."

...we can choose to ignore the banishment if doing so can give us an edge over the adversary. Standard procedure since WWI.

Protest as much as you want, they will do it: AI soldiers have unlimited attention spans, don't need sleep, and they don't even know the meaning of the words "qualms", "feelings" or "remorse". Who cares if they have some bugs, nobody is perfect, and the public has been long trained to the notion of "collateral damage". As long as it doesn't happen near them they don't really care, and after all, on TV the nice man with the expensive suit said it's to preserve freedom. Who can argue with that.

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Don't let that kid with the teddy bear into your bunker!

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Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

ThatOne

Re: How would it feel?

> some of us humans have a good sense of direction

Yes, but the thing is, all birds have it, not only some fortunate ones.

On the other hand you might say that this is most likely a result of ruthless natural selection, those birds which aren't good at navigating getting lost and removing themselves from the gene pool.

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BTW, somebody else finds it cute that someone called "Finch-Rodriguez" studied finches? Birds of a feather and all that?...

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2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

ThatOne
Terminator

Re: HAL

> If the systems we create are truly 'intelligent', then they will develop their own ethical guidelines, just as we do.

Ethics aren't as much a result of intelligence as a necessity for life in society, something an AI doesn't have or even need to consider. You can't expect an AI to grow ethics all on its own, especially since commercially ethics are a handicap: AI will be rather trained to focus on "do as I say" than "do the right thing". Nobody cares about an ethical AI leaving to save the world. What you want, and will pay for, is an efficient, reliable and loyal slave.

Besides, a base AI would be a pure intelligence, devoid of feelings, because feelings is something tied to a body and to natural needs and functions. Without animal instincts there is no fear, hate, love, compassion, sadness, joy (and so on). There is only cold and perfect logic.

Now given this might be a little creepy for the wetware, marketing will most likely give the AI some semblance of "humanity" (note the quotes), but it will clearly be a pretended and very superficial "humanity". It will be like the smile of that salesperson wanting you to buy their tat: A means to a goal, in this case not to frighten the customer too much.

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Mozilla rejects your reality and substitutes its own … browser for VR and AR goggles

ThatOne

Re: Holodeck

> when I can stand in the middle of the holodancers in the music vid and join in

This would require that the program you view has been built for that feature, and that won't happen because it means lots of additional cost for no additional profit.

I remember in the beginning of the DVD (or Blue-ray?) one of the marketing blurbs was something along the lines of "you can interactively switch cameras and view the action from a different viewpoint"... Have you met one DVD/BD allowing this? Of course not, because it would cost money to shoot everything with additional cameras (not to mention the special effect issues).

So no, immersion in anything but games specially made for immersion is not going to happen, at least not in a large, commercial scale, no matter what the peddlers of VR/AR stuff try to tell us.

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ThatOne
WTF?

Right there with the special web browser for dogs & cats

> I would be really interested in seeing what could be done with a 3D interface to the web

Me too, because I can't imagine any really compelling use. The web (at least the one I use) is >90% text, which is much better viewed in 2D. Now you could make all those flat pages arrive spinning in 3D space to justify the 3D sticker, but is it really necessary? To me it sounds like just another solution looking for a problem.

There is only one valid use case for VR/AR browsing I can see: Porn...

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One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

ThatOne
Stop

Re: Mutant 59

> a key enabler of internet abuse [...] is that too much stuff is free

Your solution might work for email, since spam relies on sending spam not costing anything, but it won't prevent the profiling and data slurping. There is no reason to think that if people paid a monthly fee to use Facebook, Facebook wouldn't want to collect all that yummy information anymore. I just can't imagine some high ranking C-grade saying "no, that's way too much profit, our shareholders will complain", can you?

There are actually a lot of examples of companies who collect user profiles despite their product already costing money. I think you vastly underestimate human greed.

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No chance of flying too close to this: Icarus, the most distant star seen, is 9bn light years away

ThatOne
Joke

Nice to see something that is even further away than my next pay raise...

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Hacks Fifth Avenue: Crooks slurp bank cards from luxury chain Saks

ThatOne
Devil

Re: Owned by Hudsons Bay Co.

When getting hacked starts costing them more as the security investment needed to avoid it.

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Facebook exec extracts foot from mouth: We didn't really mean growth matters more than human life

ThatOne

Translation 3: Let's make sure next time they can't trace it back to us.

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Shaking up the Nad Men: Microsoft splits up into 'cloud' and 'edge'

ThatOne
Devil

Re: AI Ethics Unit?

> I'd never previously associated Microsoft with ethics. And still don't.

It sounds like a standard legal unit with an euphemistic name, something which will help Microsoft not to fall foul of any laws (GDPR was explicitly mentioned) during its never ending quest for user data.

You know, like "Customer Support" is the department supposed to fend off dissatisfied customers.

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Six months on, and let's check in on those 'stuttering' Windows 10 PCs. Yep, still stuttering

ThatOne
Coffee/keyboard

> You do realise Win7 licenses are *readily* available from numerous places on the interwebs?

One can probably find easily (more or less trustworthy) licenses, but finding a certified-not-shady-at-all installation CD is a lot more difficult. I wouldn't trust some ISO found at some random fly-by-night website on the Internet.

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ThatOne
Unhappy

Still, lots of games I play don't run very well on Wine. :-(

Biggest regret of my life is not having bought a Win7 license back then, license I could now stick in a VM for those games which don't like Wine. Hindsight and all that...

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NASA stalls $8bn James Webb Space Telescope again – this time to 2020

ThatOne
Facepalm

Once is accident, two is conincidence, three is enemy action, isn't it

> a transducer was found to be incorrectly powered [...] used the incorrect solvent [...] valves had to be stripped out and replaced [...] catalytic heater was also accidentally "overstressed"

Sounds like there is a whole team dedicated to breaking expensive things. Not a specialist, but this doesn't sound like the right way to do things to me...

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We need to go deeper: Meltdown and Spectre flaws will force security further down the stack

ThatOne
Facepalm

That doesn't sound good for our wallets

> "While patching is good, that doesn't address the core issue which is at some point you need to upgrade your hardware,"

Oh my. We had the planned obsolescence due to failing hardware, now he invented planned obsolescence due to security issues...

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Mozilla pulls ads from Facebook after spat over privacy controls

ThatOne
Devil

Re: Mozilla isn't the only one pulling ads.

> more than a few advertisers are pulling their ads from FB

Rather, a few advertisers are doing some public virtue signaling to reassure their clients.

Of course they won't cut the bonds with Facebook, Facebook is their pal, they work in the same industry, they understand each other. They are just taking some distance (publicly) for a month or two, so they can claim "ethics" in their communication.

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