* Posts by NATTtrash

52 posts • joined 6 Apr 2019


Revealed: Facebook, Google's soft-money 'blackmail' to stall Euro fake news crackdown


Re: The only surprise is...

Although I'm tempted to agree with you on your description of American entrepreneurialism, I'm afraid I also have to remind you that this happens all over the world. Indeed, maybe it's that the US offers easier and more opportunities for this kind of business strategies, but I'm willing to bet a round of beers that it's more a human characteristic than an exclusive American one...

Wine? No, posh noshery in high spirits despite giving away £4,500 bottle of Bordeaux


Re: Wine is wine

Can I have a pack of crisps with that please?

Tesla driver killed after smashing into truck had just enabled Autopilot – US crash watchdog


Re: What's the point?

I've driven a car with that. It was intensely annoying, especially on twisty country lanes...

Hear, hear. Call me old fashioned, but all these "help systems" never seem to work on the roads I (have to) drive on. Maybe it works for lazy, "can't drive properly any way" drivers in countries with long, endless roads without corners, driving along at geriatric speeds (while drinking coffee and checking phone). I know I'm probably the odd one out, but just try to use even cruise control in European traffic. So good luck with all the other intelligent car tech. Maybe it isn't that bad that my S Railcard isn't that far away...

Let's check in with our friends in England and, oh good, bloke fined after hiding face from police mug-recog cam


Re: Is there a law for that?

I agree. BTW, did you spot the other curiosity in the Beebs Click piece?

When they asked members of the public what they thought of the multi million people scanning at a shopping mall:

Black guy: "I think it's an improvement over stop-and-search"

White guy: "I think it's kind of creepy"

Looks like they have different experiences with the plod. Who would have thought?


Re: WTF?

Indeed, very correct. That of course is one of the worrying things. Watching the BBC Click video, it is clear there is a "Play the game according to the rules. Oh, we defined the rules. Don't like our rules? Cover your face? We punish you for not liking our rules" approach. In plain English that translates to "You're just fucking sheep. Deal with it".

Furthermore, people in the Click piece all kind of suggest it's scattered field of different Dbases. Some suggestion points to linking and combining. But you can't tell me that the standard passport scan at the border for example is not included in this...

Thinking about it, maybe I should copyright my face. With all the FR going on, I can retire from the copyright license fees everybody is going to pay me. Don't want to pay? DMCA...

Prez Trump's trade war reshapes electronics supply chains as China production slows


Re: It's the economy stupid

The mind boggles! Things are changing so fast that I can't keep up any more!

So, if I understand correct...

So we borrow money to pay the hardworking midwest farmers hit by retaliatory sanctions...

That means that Trump, the Republican, the capitalist is actually a socialist/ communist? Because I think i can remember some discussions about "let the market sort it out", "state intervention", or even "state sponsoring". Accompanied by pointing fingers that was.

Then again, maybe The Donald™ is just doing this so he eventually can have his big (communist) military parade...

It's 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware


Re: Theres a big difference here

It was bound to happen, wasn't it? So many (sometimes so non-tech that it hurts) politicians moaning about the fact that (Think of the children!) we really, really needed a "governmental backdoor" or an "encryption with decryption keys supplied to us to safeguard the world".

Well, it has been quiet for a while on that front, and I suppose we now know why...

Actually, that flip phone is not that bad an idea. Sod WhatsApp, encryption and so on. Think about the fact that it will bring back the times that you only had to charge once every month. Will do wonders to the human carbon footprint...

Freaky photo flingers face fat fines for flagrant phallus flashing fun


Re: Potentially a good idea.

For voyeurism offenses, the government says miscreants could face not only jail time, but also fines and a caning.

Well, let's be honest, SG will be one of the 1st countries/ cities then where Airbnb participants won't have hidden cameras in the rooms (as in ElReg recently). Unless they like a bit of caning of course...

Amazon agrees to stop selling toxic jewelry, school supplies to kids, coughs up some couch change ($700,000)


Re: 'Top priority'

Wrong, the bottom line is the top priority.

Indeed. And with the risk of being served with a "really grumpy old person" icon, I personally think the solution is not that difficult. While calling the bluff on all those "We take the <foo> of our customers extremely seriously" statements.

Let's start by reinstating direct, non-negotiable supplier responsibility. Supplier being the person selling it to you. So you buy with Amazon, THEY are responsible. Like it used to be before all these "helpful" portals and services popped up. With nice big, bottom line influencing fines like @A.P. Veening says. You know, nothing personal, just to ensure seriousness. Oh, and let's shift the obligation to "prove" who is at fault to the supplier. And let's reinstate the silly practice that a sale is a simultaneous exchange of valuables (aka let's pay them when you have the product in hand and had the chance to "inspect" it is what you really want). Let's charge the carbon footprint that all that convenient product moving has. Let's treat Amazon as a real employer, holding them accountable for all involved, paying them normal minimum wages, legal contributions, on normal contracts, working normal hours. Oh, and yes, in the country where you live (and not some country where there are enough kids anyway). Let's, let's...


Re: If I were a betting man...

Amazon never used to be like this

Rubbish. Amazons biz model has always been like that, and their behaviour in this one is no different. As other "modern" services, their biz model revolves around cutting costs, responsibility, indemnity, product quality, or even other obligations like certain labour legislation in some countries. Fact however is that others have grabbed Amazons platform (with Amazon saying "not our responsibility", looking the other way while taking their considerable cut) to exploit customers hunt for a bargain. And thing is, by now, companies that interpret (local) rules, expectations, and (dare I say) culture in a self service way are so big, that they now can leverage, demand, and rule. So, whether you let Amazon supply your kids with Pb and Cd pencils, whether you burn your house down with a non-certified cheap Amazon ("It looks just like an Apple!") charger, or the missus had all those different size shoes delivered by the non-minimum wage, outside legal working hours, no social security, no employment contract, "independent entrepreneur", remember that Amazon is indeed brilliant... because they were so smart that they figured this out before anybody else, and now have you and I (still) ordering with them anyway.

Timely Trump tariffs tax tech totally: 25 per cent levy on modems, fiber optics, networking gear, semiconductors…


You beat me to it, I had the same thought...

Buy Apple XS: $ 1149 (which is a "bargain", since it's given as a "promotional" price?).

Add 25% == $ 1436.25. But then again, it's not that Apple buyers aren't used to sudden increases in price.

It's a feature! Just let a Genius explain it to you!

And yes, as others have said here: of course it's not the Chinese that pay. It's you (Americans). Not once, but three times. Once when you buy a Chinese (produced) product, when you pay the US taxes over the increased price product you bought, and when your tax money is spent to pay for the policy that is now executed in your name...

What's that? Uber isn't actually worth $82bn? Reverse-gear IPO shows the gig (economy) is up


Re: PT Barnum

Uber's primary 'advantage' is their app...

Yeah, maybe that's what people want to believe when they think Uber. But by now many taxi companies have an app, and, let's be honest, that's the marketing cool-aid Uber wants everybody to believe. Sure, their app was new. But what (they figured should) really bring(s) the profits is... the fact that they found a biz model that cuts cost. To the max. And since somebody, anywhere always pays (NOTHING is for free), they made a science of letting somebody else pay their bill. Just like other alternatives elsewhere (think about the changes in postal services, construction workers, logistics/ trucks, and so on), if you can cut pesky obligations, like employment contracts, social security obligations, local labour law stipulations, or even other cost (just ask a cabby what a license costs), it means money in the bank. For Uber. Not their "personnel" of course. And, as always, customers don't give a toss who pays the bills, as long as it's not them. That's how much humans care about anything if it involves themselves. And yes, Ubers genius was to "have an app for that" so they can line everybody up efficiently to be picked up by an "independent entrepreneur". Oh, and this of course without risk for, or guarantees by Uber. Smelly car? Detour to inflate price? Got raped? "Oh, sorry, we're just providing a service..."

Airbnb host thrown in the clink after guest finds hidden camera inside Wi-Fi router


Re: Airbnb....

I agree with sabroni; why not? This is an argument I run into continuously, which is extremely convenient for "services", but issues of "customers" (the ones paying the bill) only get resolved by the grace of said services it seems. Kind of fed up about that.

And let's be honest, that is one of the grips of the ongoing digitalisation of a lot of stuff of course. Since in this case for example, Airbnb offers something, makes money with it, but never has "feet on the ground" but does it from somewhere on the other side of the world, you have no person to communicate with really. Think about it: hotel with "noisy neighbour? Go to Reception, talk to somebody, they are on it, or maybe you get a new room. Noisy Airbnb neighbour? "Could you put it in an email please?" And the money is always already gone and the customer has to jump through hoops to get it back (if ever). And that, together with the more and more expanding MITM principle of services, this will get only worse...

Not so nice news on a, let's say for example, FaceBook news wire? Sorry, we are just a service...

Rubbish article on Ebay/ Amazon? Sorry, please refer to the "original" vendor.

Or even...

Person: I'd like to report this crime... Police: Ah, OK, can you please fill out our online form?

Person: I'd like to complain about this/ that issue? Bank: Ah, can you send our complain to support@yourbank.com? We will send you an automated email with a ticket number and get back to you (when we feel like it)!

</old git dipping feather in ink>

If the thing you were doing earlier is 'drop table' commands, ctrl-c, ctrl-v is not your friend


Shortcut curious...

I notice a lot of people around me use CTRL+V and CTRL+C. Then again, my muscle memory always seem to go towards CTRL+INS SHIFT+INS. Had a discussion about that once (in the pub, where else) with an admin who was positive that the short cut people use are an indication of their "computer birth", a result of the system they first started on. Now, I started on VAX terminal, nothing fancy, just WordStar then, but for the love of God can't remember whether I picked it up there. Then again, it makes you wonder... I think we came to a conclusion, but can't remember any more what it was (I did say it was in the pub, right?)

Taylor drift: Finally, a use for AI emerges? Cyber-smut star films fsck-flick in Tesla with Autopilot, warns: 'I wouldn't recommend it'


Re: Peeks or perks?

The nine-minute clip (and, no we aren’t linking to the video, find it yourself) has a whopping 1.9m views and counting on the world's most popular porno site.


The nine-minute clip (and, yes we are linking to the video, so you don't have to find it yourself) has a whopping...

A day in the life of London seen through spam and weak Wi-Fi


I'm also assuming here that you are American...

Nope, sorry. Try again... Let me give you a clue. It's an island and we eat a lot of fish but no rice... ☺


Don't get me wrong, I love you guys to bits. But the British food..? Spleen? Really? Never got used to that affection for disembodied organs. But then again, if we're talking nourishment anyway...

Hey, those warrantless smartphone searches at the US border? Unconstitutional, yeah? Civil-rights warriors ask court to settle this


Re: As a non citizen..Nothing new. Its always been that way. Everywhere

Nope. Although I follow your reasoning, I don't agree. I'm old enough to have lived through the times you're describing, but don't recognise it, nor do I think it is any kind of justification or excuse for civil servants behaving like that. And I'm not even using difficult words like "humanism" (and yes, that would be the US meaning of the word). Nor am referring to the general assumption from the 70s/ 80s that being "right of centre" said something very clear about your general intelligence.. But I suppose that's what we get when we think it's a great idea to teach our children something about the world... by teachers with guns strapped on in front of a class room.

Lucky for you, he is more generous than I am. But then again I'm probably a SJW right? And a feminist. And all those other words so popular nowadays on the interwebs which don't need to be spelled because they can be copy-pasted. I only hope for you that he is less prejudice and more objective than I am whenever, by chance, he needs to unblock your arteries... </rant>


Re: As a non citizen

I know it's a tongue in cheek remark, but the real irony is that concerning these kind of things Germany scores higher than, let's say, the US and Blighty. You just have to compare their CCTV policies for example. But...

Coming back to the original subject: suspicion/ intent is very much in the eye of the beholder. During a professional trip to the US to visit a congress 2 months ago, I travelled together with a colleague of mine. We both have the same nationality (by birth), passport, academic credentials. We're both about the same age, and both were invited as key note speakers. Only differences: he's male, and he's coloured. At the US border, I was whisked through. He was taken apart, questioned where he bought his passport, whether he really was a professor, if somebody could confirm that, where he was from originally (the by birth thing didn't register), whether he used drugs, whether he was Muslim (note, not what is your religion), whether he was gay, why he spoke so good English. Trouble became even worse when he was ordered to hand over his phone, and it turned out to be an old dumb flip phone one. They kept him for hours, drilling him on "where his real phone" was. And, "if he is this big shot professor" where his laptop was (by chance, I had it, bundled up with all other congress stuff). After 3 hours they released him. The organiser of the congress tried to clarify and apolise. Nothing was ever heard of it again. We later joked about it with a beer that it probably is about time to retire...

UK is 'not a surveillance state' insists minister defending police face recog tech


Hurd also said it would be too much work for police to obey the law.

So, making sure they don't bore themselves, because they have nothing to do any more, would it be an idea if every citizen did a GDPR information request?

Microsoft promises to boil down its lengthy and confusing privacy controls… in 1,500-word announcement


Re: Surprised there is anything to gather.

Well... April 2019 DESKTOP/ LAPTOP (Platform Share%)

Windows 87.44%

Mac OS 9.74%

Linux 2.16%

Chrome OS 0.33%

Unknown 0.32%

BSD 0.01%

Because it's an industry standard!

Because it's essential for work!

Because I can't play games if I don't have it!

Because that's what it came with!

I assume we've all heard these (and many more) arguments. I know it sounds like exaggeration, but we all know that there are people out there that still believe they can't open emails if they don't have Windows. So..


Re: Microsoft said it would split data gathered into "required" and "optional."

It's obvious that you have NOT listened to users...

Why do you assume this is in response to what users have expressed? Maybe it all has to do with rather "unfavourable" legal developments, a sideward glance at slurper-friend "the big G", seeing that they have to decrease their annual profit statements due to a rather big bill they were presented with, and then having the discussion...

"Thank you everyone for clearing the time on your no-doubt busy schedules. It looks like the current environment is somewhat unfavourable with some new challenges that have emerged. Not only for us, but especially for our share holders. The SWOT here makes it very clear. It looks like we have to start an intensive communication strategy, marketing some minimal required changes to our product to ensure continuity and profitability [...]"

So, to use more marketing language, where did you get the idea that this had anything to do with "customers", "customer needs", or "customer satisfaction"?

Chinese dev jailed and fined for posting DJI's private keys on Github


Re: He said..?

You're right, that would do it...


He said..?

My girlfriend begin to break up with me, woooo, my family are broken. Fuck!!! What are terrible things!


Local reports, apparently quoting the Chinese state prosecutors, quoted the dev as having written on Twitter: “There is no intention to disclose the secrets of Dajiang" and "I regret that I have no legal awareness, and I am willing to bear the corresponding legal responsibilities."

Remarkable difference in language proficiency this is.

Source of both message he is?

Huawei, Huawei. Huawei, Huawei. Feeling hot, hot, hot: US threatens to cut UK from intel sharing over Chinese tech giant


Why would that be bonkers?

On the other hand, it is an extraordinary thing to consider, bonkers even: that the US intelligence services have infiltrated the UK government at the most senior levels to the extent that cabinet ministers would put foreign interests ahead of their own government.

Bonkers? Really? Why would that be so extraordinary?

There's NordVPN odd about this, right? Infosec types concerned over strange app traffic


Re: Spidey sense

...in the list of "other stuff that will be installed"...

Hmmm, that indeed sound like a dependency thing, something calling for sysD to be installed.

And yes, you're absolutely right. Week end has other priorities! --- --- --->

Real life experience shows however, that brain utilising/ wrecking issues are best left until Monday afternoon... ☺


Re: Spidey sense

Not using Nord, and not defending them but:

Might it be that it's looking desperately for SysD's systemd-resolved.service and/ or openvpn.service but can't find? (which are crap BTW because they leak DNS like a bucket without a bottom, but hey...). Then again, it could also be that something in Devuan points in the wrong direction (e.g. whatever "networkmanager" you're using..?). Did you see this behaviour also with other VPNs, e.g. an open/ free (academic) one for test purposes?

Is that a stiffy disk in your drive... or something else entirely?


Re: Mount





Ahhh, bless... Reminds me of one of the hospital secretaries in the 80s folding up an 8 inch floppy, jamming it in a 5¼ drive as good/ bad as possible, "getting" (diplomatic phrasing) it out again, and putting the crumpled thing into the hand of the person who requested it. I can see him staring at the folded disk, then at her, at the disk again, and then his eyes widening when she said that she could put it under a stack of books if the folds bothered him...

Thank you, your DNA data will help secure your… oh dear, we've lost that too


Re: Night porters

The real advantage of the old-fashioned night porter was that, after letting you & your colleagues in and turning on the lights in the lounge, he would bring you drinks & coffees from the long-closed bar.

Especially when you started talking, and found you were all students (we on congress), albeit from different countries. Nothing more world-peace-enhancing, and people-unifying than all getting drunk in a half lit hotel lobby/ bar. The one night porter I'm thinking of, a pimply, white-faced one in the US, told us he took the job because "the peace and quiet was ideal preparation for exams". Then again, when more students from all over the globe joined our impromptu gathering, he stayed and was a perfect host. When we exchanged emails later he shared with the group that his experiences the night before the exams were actually much better than the results of the exams itself the next day. Bless...

Zuck it up: Facebook hit with triple whammy of legal probes, action in Canada, US, Ireland


Re: Arguing with a regulator

True. But what is worrying is not Facebook is doing what it's doing. FFS, it's a company, so it will push it when it can to make more money.

What is really, really concerning are the allegedly intelligent members of our species who still go to bed with them to start with. And then give them everything, including the kitchen sink. Only because they are told "It's convenient!", "Don't miss out!", "Everybody is doing it!", "We do it all for free because we're boy scouts and want to improve our world!" and "Of course you can trust us!".

Internet industry freaks out over proposed unlimited price hikes on .org domain names


Re: Domain names are all pointless

Not sure I agree completely, but can see where (s)he is coming from... Not that it would be something revolutionary or new. After all, if you're old enough to remember paper telephone directories, you know what this could encompass. And yes, there's Google (and others) but this is not an "objective" listing, searchable phone-book-style, but somebody trying to maximise its personal benefit/ profit by manipulating the listing and its users.

Then again, there's also a downside, real-life realisation here. Everybody who has satisfied their curiosity about, or knowledgeability on the "Dark Web" (or knows a friend of a friend who told them about it, but of course would never go to the underbelly of...) must have noticed that onion addresses aren't very helpful either. So yes, objective, old-school phone book address listings could work, but, as everything, this has to be executed properly to work. And with the current day fixation on profitability over usability this seems unlikely...

ood new, fanbys. Apple spds up n-str McBook latop kyboad rpairs, ccrding t hs leakd mmo


Re: Stopgap at best

You're absolutely right: Apple will only do something when there is a (class action) law suit looming. Louis Rossmann has shown that already like a zillion times for all kinds of fruity hardware flaws, including the keyboard issues going back years. As he also did with regard to the repair policies. But then again, as CBC News Canada also showed on hidden camera, "geniuses" rather wave an iPad in your face to show you you're better off buying a new iDevice™ (because it "can't" be fixed, you're better off investing in a new Apple, although Louis fixed it under 2 mins for free!). I personally would rather bring the repair to a real technically knowledgable person like Louis, but we all know you have to be a genius 5 weeks away from where you yourself are to be allowed allowed to even touch the iNtimatePlaces™.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update thwarted by obscure tech known as 'external storage'


Re: Working fine for me

Might be just me, but I think I can remember my dad (builder, restored "National Heritage") telling me when I still had pigtails, that the first thing a good tradesman does, is choosing/ making sure he has the the best tools. Subsequently, you can tell how good a workman is by looking at this tools. He also told me that you can always tell the skill of the worker by the state of this tools. For example, see a bricklayer who needs extra muscle to lift his tools because because they were (never) properly cleaned, better not hire. Later, I found during my own career that his wise words also applied in surgery, and I can't see why it wouldn't apply to IT. So, let's turn it around: you call yourself a good workman because you chose "the tools" you mention here?

Defense against the Darknet, or how to accessorize to defeat video surveillance

Paris Hilton

Re: Hawaiian shirts

Don't get me wrong, I'm always in for some tiki styling, but...

Looking at the YT video, it seems to be "height dependent". If the "vinyl album cover" picture is moved up or down, recognition seems to kick in again. Most effective seems to be "crotch high". So maybe we should all get those print knickers and walk around (outside where CCTV is) with those on and nothing else to "interfere" the revealing effect.

Oh, OK..? Really..?

Google rolls out Android Easter Egg for Europe – a Microsoft antitrust-style browser, search engine choice box


Free up that space!

But the more important question of course is: can we now deinstall all these Google apps (without rooting) that are not used and occupy space needlessly? People (like ratfox says) might want to know...

Microsoft president: We said no to Cali cops' face-recog tech – and we won't craft killer robots

Big Brother

Re: At least Microsoft had some sense to understand the limits/problems of their technology

You know, in some kind of way I do understand companies seeing an opportunity to make more money here. After all, they are companies, and that's what companies do. What is more questionable is public servants contemplating to face scan (all) their citizens, no matter what, just because they can and feel like it. It wouldn't surprise me if, at some point, they come up with a law that it illegal to cover your face...



Oh dear...

Let 15 July forever be known as P-Day: When UK's smut fans started being asked for their age


It being all digital and such may make it look all shiny, modern and new, but if you think about it, it's probably more a blast from the past:

Something for the weekend sir?

We know you all want to shove AI where the sun doesn't shine. And that's exactly where it's going – detecting prostate cancer


And on top of that: a HCP can only diagnose something IF the (potential) patient sees them. Of course we can go on and on about all kinds of scanning and "check up" initiatives, but epidemiology just shows that many, many cases are missed, just because the patients where never seen (in time). That's why it is all very good and well that AI (groan) and MRI can do the good stuff, but never should, can, or will replace the simple GP palpation when an OTAR* comes in with a runny nose.

Oh, and a quick heads up for you gentlemen: I know that the general attitude is that is will heal itself? Well, news flash, some stuff just don't. Don't get it why you men are always so anal about it...

*OTAR == Old Timer At Risk

Did someone forget to tell NTT about Brexit? Japanese telco eyes London for global HQ


Re: Invalid comparison with Sony

It is less dramatic if you read some more detail. But tax does seem to play a role here according to Sony. For the full story here:



(Both Dutch and cookie-wall)

In short:

[[]] In the 60s Sony established an EMEA HQ in the Netherlands

[[]] 15 years ago, they decided to split it up and move "some parts" to Berlin and London.

[[]] Officially, on the Sony org chart, the Netherlands remained the EMEA HQ.

[[]] This is mainly a "formal", or "paper" relocation.

[[]] Official Sony statement: "This is done to ensure continuation when UK leaves EU"

[[]] Official Sony statement: "Move is also done with tax in mind. Sony is worried that UK after Brexit will be seen as a "tax haven" under the very strict Japanese tax rules".

[[]] Panasonic did the same (i.e. move from UK to NL).


Re: Makes sense

What about cheap real estate..? I mean, with companies leaving that would leave empty buildings right?

Then again, it isn't all that bad right? Come on guys, let's take a X week break. It's not that there is any current biz that demands our attention...

The curious case of Spamhaus, a port scanning scandal, and an apparent U-turn


Re: Spamhaus has been a problem for years

Rubbish. I've even seen them block perfectly legit IPs. I can remember them blocking ProtonMail for example about 3 years ago (Please forgive not remembering when exactly... Korsakoff kicking in I'm afraid...)

Turn me up some: Smart speaker outfit Sonos blasted in complaint to UK privacy watchdog


You're getting old...

You know that you're getting old when you do remember buying equipment that didn't require any registration, monthly fees to ensure continued operation, were for you to (decide what to) do with, didn't stop functioning (optimally) past a predetermined OEM set EXP date, allowed easy battery exchange, allowed repair (has screws in stead of glue?) to start with anyway, didn't require (or even has) an app, needed no (unrestricted) net access to be able to function, or required a DNA and pee sample before you were allowed to buy it in the 1st place...

'We didn't ought to 'ave trusted 'em. I said so, Ma, didn't I? That's what comes of trusting 'em. I said so all along. We didn't ought to 'ave trusted the buggers. But which buggers they didn't ought to have trusted Winston could not now remember.

You were warned and you didn't do enough: UK preps Big Internet content laws


Re: Seems a bit mixed

I agree, we do have regulation currently. The UK initiative, although launched as unique and ground breaking, follows in the footsteps of the legislation already in force in Germany currently. Although the latter seems to focus more/ specifically on hate-speech, it too is legislation that requires "the internet companies" to ensure the compliance of their users (content).



Then, further reflecting the egocentric and overly aggressive communication that has become a norm online...

Jeez Kieren, sounds like you have been hanging out (here) with grumpy old men for too long... ☺

(You are right though).

I know what EU did last summer: Official use of Microsoft wares to be probed over slurp fears


So, when it is NOT a stupid, average consumer...

The move is at least partially in response to a report commissioned by the Dutch government that found that the software giant's Office Pro Plus application suite, which includes the likes of Word and Outlook, was collecting all manner of data and stashing it on US-based servers.

Gasp! Who would have known!

That got regulators a little hot under the collar since such activities are very much frowned upon under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Really? Only because there is GDPR?

Users can alter the amount of data slurped by Microsoft's productivity applications (assuming they can find the settings) but not easily turn it off completely.

format c:

A Microsoft spokesperson told us: "We are committed to helping our customers comply with GDPR, Regulation 2018/1725...

Well, didn't you pass the online course "How to write standard marketing statements with common used, risk avoidant statements in 5 minutes" with flying colours! But, news flash: You don't have to help your customers to comply with GDPR. You yourself are not exempt, and have to start of by "serving your customers" with a product that is compliant with all and "other applicable laws" to begin with. Perhaps, in stead of assuming you have to help your customers answering questions, maybe you should start answering yourself?

It's alive! Hands on with Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser


Because they think long term, even if we want to deny/ ignore that. First, a (new) computer is a one-stop-shop full install for Jane/ Joe average, and not many tinker with "scary" installs. So, the browser (and its pre-sets) will be used. And that means that the telemetry in the long run will pull in the profitable part of the business. As we all know here, the money is made with data of course...

US government tells internet body to hurry the funk up on privacy


Indeed. And as Kieren describes, this is a remnant of the "early days" of the internet. After all, when people we playing around with their Mosaic and Tripod accounts, creating/ registering family websites for their holiday snaps or quirky hobbies, the idea was that the internet was for everybody, connecting people, creating a global village. I clearly remember companies scratching their heads "what to do with this new internet thing". Remarks referring to "abuse@example.com" and such other details show an experience and approach, assuming a "corporate internet", ditching these earlier ideas.

In the end, the only thing that counts is that there is legislation (GDPR) that applies and has to be complied to, something that between continents sometimes is difficult to comprehend (admit?). And for the long run, it is really about time that the global internet is governed by an international/ global in stead of some national institution.

One step forward and one step back for Apple's privacy campaign with latest Safari build


Re: ping

I'm no expert, but...

Nonetheless, ping is presently supported in the major modern browsers except Mozilla's Firefox, which dropped support in 2008 and hasn't looked back.

And Moz works without any issues as far as I can see. So...?

Chinese hackers poke the Bayer, but German giant says it withstood attack


Re: Doctors orders ....

Yes indeed... "From the company that brought you heroin..."

Not to mention the "pleasant" IG Farben products they made during WW2...


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