* Posts by Suburban Inmate

522 posts • joined 8 Dec 2007

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Not content with distorting actual reality, Facebook now wants to build a digital layer for the world

Suburban Inmate
Black Helicopters

No Such Assurances

"Faces and car licence plates will be blurred"

Will that be before or after the No Such Agency (and friends) have been given a copy?

Butterfingers who don't bother with phone cases, rejoice: New Gorilla Glass 'Victus' tipped to survive 6ft drops

Suburban Inmate
Boffin

A butterfingered oaf writes...

Telling us it can survive a 6 foot drop doesn't really tell us anything without knowing the testing method.

I can tell you that my modest Motorola Moto G7 Power that I use for work has survived such drops to hard surfaces, aided by its bezel, discreet-ish factory fitted clear silicone (or whatever) case, and a £1.50 toughened glass screen protector.

Dude, where's my laser?

Suburban Inmate

Re: Not unbelievable

Indeed, as I recall from a making-of docu they had a chap with a cutting torch underneath the table, with no idea exactly where said manly bits were actually positioned.

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'

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Re: Sorry, not interested

I'm pretty much the same, but I'm at the final stage (I think) of the final boss (I think) and yes it's a bloody handful (skullful?) to keep track of all the resource management stuff when some arsehole Summoner is flooding the place until you find the git, but just whack it on easy and it's OK. Not easy, but OK.

Five years in the clink for super-crook who scammed Google, Facebook out of $120m with fake tech invoices

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Paris Hilton

Am I the only one with mixed feelings about him?

Feelings set 0: Naughty, fraud is bad, breaking laws is bad, some of that money probably ended up funding genuinely nasty people and activities. (unless he really operated alone and wasn't involved in nastiness)

Feelings set 1: You magnificent bastard!

Poor, poor mobile networks. UK's comms watchdog plans to stop 'em selling locked-down handsets

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Re: And the OS too

Agreed! While it's not for the masses, there's always the likes of Lineage OS etc. for us techie types.

Until it went buggerup Monday evening with the usual screen crapouts, I was running an LG G3 as my daily driver and for work.

The 'latest' stock from LG was a completely knackered heap of unusable turds. Lineage gave it life and usefulness again, but jeebus it was a ball ache just to get the bootloader unlocked.

Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil

Suburban Inmate

Re: Screw downvotes

"someone in the audience has continued a very loud, very long converation for 30+ minutes"

And nobody awarded them a ticking off/facking slap?

Contacts-slurping Android malware sneaked onto Google Play store – twice

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Big Brother

This happened to me!

I tried out an app, briefly, with newly minted credentials (email, etc) on my personal 'droid. It wanted permission for contacts, but I specifically told it in the app I did not want it to use them to search for other users.

Who did it suggest as fellow users? Why, only a bunch of folk lifted from my phone numbers, and others linked to them!

It was called "Face Book" I think.

Alexa Conversations: Amazon's AI assistant is about to get a whole lot more like Clippy

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Planes, fails and automobiles: Overseas callout saved by gentle thrust of server CD tray

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Re: "you cannot take a spanner onboard"

Meanwhile... *gestures at Stanstead*

Talk about a ticket to ride... London rail passengers hear pr0n grunts over PA system

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According to google

That then went on to become train in Middle English meaning "delay".

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers

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Joke

Re: The only conspiracy

Why not just cut out the middle (mostly) men and inject ethanol straight into a vein? The resulting cardiac arrest will at least get the job done quicker than the blackouts, starvation, civil war, and lack of medicines.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Trollface

Re: Not sure...

I can't speak for mice, but one of my gerbils decided to take a leap into the fish tank once and it was fine.

Until the cat got it.

As if connected toys weren't creepy enough, kids' data could be used against them in future

Suburban Inmate
Joke

Re: Reminds me of China

That'll be why that sodding battery charger isn't here yet...

Suburban Inmate

Reminds me of China

China's "Social Credit Score" system is similar, but it seems we're letting it be built piecemeal by companies and the state.

Dating app for Trump loners commits YUGE blunder: It leaks more than the West Wing

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Their code is as good as their English

Shite like "ZOG's Nightmare" is what passes for a game in their hateful little echo chamber.

Uh, don't go looking for that on YouTube if you're at work. It's a white supremacist FPS.

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

Suburban Inmate

Banning proper crypto isn't the point

The point of this legislation isn't to wipe out strong crypto to thwart all those naughty 'terrorists'. The point is to make fishing expeditions routine and automated ("How did you know I'd be at this protest?"), and to make those using proper encryption stand out more.

After all, if you're making an effort about privacy, you must have something to hide from the regime our kind and beneficent government, right?

Facebook finally fully embraces GDPR – Generally Derailing Pages Recklessly

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Gimp

Might is right.

Ballsups happen to even the biggest firms, granted, but nobody should be surprised by the nature of their response; it's not like wastebook has to bother being accountable or responsible now that it's a global behemoth.

Who didn't see this situation coming years ago?

Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Big Brother

Why are they even asking?

Surely they already know who the subversives are, having snaffled their crimethink straight off the fibre?

Surveillance law slip-up in sight for staff stalking citizens on socials

Suburban Inmate

Re: Saying that .....

The odd benefit fiddler is nothing compared to the harm of having almost any government employed/contracted numpty permitted to go trawling people's online business on the flimsiest of excuses.

Remember when the regime had to call privacy invasions "anti terrorism" to foist more snooping on us?

Suburban Inmate

Simply follow sensible advice.

Never use your real name on the net!

Of course, none of El Reg's esteemed readership would ever dream of doing anything nefarious, but it pays to be cautious.

Its a good thing that there is clarity being applied here.

Activists launch legal challenge against NHS patient data-sharing deal

Suburban Inmate

Re: Illegal use of NHS is negligible.

With respect, I think you may have misinterpreted my comment. It was about keeping data internal to the UK health system, centres of excellence included, rather than leaking it to other regime departments.

Suburban Inmate
Big Brother

Illegal use of NHS is negligible.

Frankly, if someone needs emergency care then just bloody treat them and be done with it, like we already do.

For non-emergency stuff, why not simply furnish hospitals with a list of people eligible to go on their books, to be checked internally? No surveillance potential, of course, nor can anything even be gleaned from such a list as it covers everyone, everywhere. Also good for citizens and visitors on their own insurance. Exceptions can be handled as and when, as appropriate.

With info being sent to the regime* how long before they're catching Murderers? Fraudsters? Non-violent x/y/z-phobic gobshites? Ganja growers? People with unauthorised opinions? This is a one-way street no matter how slow we're going on any given day.

If this was really about money they'd simply enforce existing tax law and close loopholes. But turkeys, Christmas, etc.

* /reɪˈʒiːm/ noun

1. a government, especially an authoritarian one.

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, look out for must-have toys that are 'easily hacked' ♪

Suburban Inmate

Re: How far?

I live in a basic old terraced house in SE London, the type where the kitchen with a bedroom above sticks out the back, leaving a sort of dingy alcove.

With my LG G3 on my desk, by the rear window that looks out to the alcove next to the kitchen, I can still get music on my old 8 quid bluetooth headset on the front porch. About 15m and 2 or 3 brick walls.

I imagine a decent antenna and circuitry could at least double that to the middle of the road.

Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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Thumb Up

Same with 4oD

1. Turn off ad blocker.

2. Mute the tab for the ads at the start.

3. Un-mute and re-enable ad blocker when the program proper has started.

Not that they have anything to advertise at me anyway. I'm skint, and I most certainly have no need for, err, 'lady products'.

For Facebook, ignorance is the business model: Social net is shocked – SHOCKED – that people behave badly

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Essential addons if you must swim that open sewer

FB Purity, and some form of ad blocking like uBlock. Sorted.

I just have it set to "friends feed" to keep in touch with people, rarely ever look at "Pages feed".

Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

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That's not UBI

UBI isn't a wage, it's a baseline income for all, just covering the basics. Unlike a means tested benefit there's (virtually) no administrative overhead, since that balance is naturally 'built in', and it doesn't discourage people from seeking work for fear of losing benefits.

Finland is reporting positive things from a trial.

Oh and don't forget to take UK employment figures with a pinch of salt.

Suburban Inmate
Black Helicopters

Tax the firm not the tech.

If we could make sure $BIG_CORP paid the tax it owed, at a reasonable rate that doesn't permit it to steamroller smaller competition, that would be a good start. Add to that enforcement of environmental responsibility, a living minimum wage (i.e. no need to be topped up by tax credits, etc), and keeping their grubby fingers out of politics.

The elephant in the room is that even with all the advances in productivity, tech, knowledge, and all the rest... We're backpedalling in living standards and politics. Food banks and homelessness on the rise, house prices an utter piss take. This situation is getting worse and is neither natural nor accidental.

Where's our 4-day week, Universal Basic Income, and personal jet packs with friggin' laser beams? Call me paranoid if you want, but I get the feeling the world's uber-wealthy just might not be running the economy for the good of all mankind.

It took DEF CON hackers minutes to pwn these US voting machines

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Black Helicopters

Go wrong?

I thought traceless fiddle-ability was the whole point of electronic voting?

How the Facebook money funnel is shaping British elections

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Big Brother

It's not that Democracy is a bad system

It's more that it has been overpowered by 'free market' extremists and to hell with the little people and basic common sense. We've been reduced to little more than cattle in service of The Sacred Engine.

Little surprise then that a leader who (for all his faults) wants to improve our lot has suffered an unceasing barrage of establishment screeching and shit-flinging.

Android apps punched out by Judy malware

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From time to time I get a stupid redirect to some ad shite (e.g. £500 voucher for Sainsbury Supermarket [sic] survey), usually when I stray from my usual few sites on Chrome. Would that be this or is it just the ads in the pages?

Zuckerberg: Escape from the real world into my goofy make-believe science-fiction fantasy

Suburban Inmate

Re: Direct brain interface

FB *is* the backdoor... Maybe better described as a front door in this scenario?

Which, if your opinions on the tory regime are anything like mine, will soon be the only front or back door you have left in one piece.

Suburban Inmate
Mushroom

Re: Zuckenberg the high priest of the new Technocracy

As soon as I read about facetard AR yesterday I couldn't help but think "Oh splendid, moar stoopid ads, which this time I can't block!"

I do use facespook, but with the equivalent of a NCB Hazmat suit, comprised of Privacy Badger, uBlock, and FB Purity. (superb extension that allows many many tweaks and modifications)

Get fscked, Zuck.

Blighty's £1.2bn space industry could lend itself to tourism – report

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Thumb Down

I'll pass.

I'm not sure I want to risk taking a zero G parabolic flight, much less low earth orbit, in a rocket replacement bus service.

Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

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He might have been on to something (but clearly wasn't)

Cannabis has been shown to have an effect against some types of tumour cells, and there's a few anecdotal reports. There's also a load of things besides cancer it's good for.

It would cost a fat wedge more than $47 though.

User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

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WTF?

A Motorola phone, after a repair place failed.

Needed a new charging port, which I was unable to fit, not having a fine enough soldering iron.

Another fault? I thought it odd there seemed to be writing inside the microSD slot. Yup, the repair kiosk numpty had somehow managed to replace the back with the mSD still in the slot. Which was now pretty much buggered. I managed to rescue about 2.5 jpegs from it.

Suburban Inmate
Childcatcher

Re: Charlie Brooker

Here's a little gem I hunted down one bored afternoon. It caused Concerned Mothers™ to get in quite a flap.

Dr Helmut Werstler's Cruelty Zoo

Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard

Suburban Inmate

They're not messing with t'internet. It's just delivering the data. The DRM is at the source and the players.

Two million recordings of families imperiled by cloud-connected toys' crappy MongoDB

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FAIL

Face. Fscking. Palm.

For the sheer predictability of this omnishambles that was clearly obscured by dollar signs in the eyes of whoever signed off on the Bad Fucking Idea.

I haven't caused any kids, but if I had I'd never let anything like this anywhere near them.

Conviction by computer is go, confirms UK Ministry of Justice

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Somnio (2016)

Must find a source for that and watch tonight...

Apple ordered to cough up $2m to store workers after denying rest breaks

Suburban Inmate

So, given the really utterly piss-taking forced obsolescence of their latest offerings, added on top of their control-freakery and questionable business ethics (suicide nets, anyone?) I have to ask: Apple products - Why?

I used to tell clients that asked that they were very well made and the software/app environment very polished, plus the support is there. But charging £silly for a repair that could be done for £silly/4, while doing everything it can to deny third party repairs, on devices that are designed to develop faults... Nope.

Bill Gates joins $170bn climate change investment club

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Nice one.

Makes me feel a little better about that one time I actually paid for a copy of Windows. ('98 OEM from a computer fair, if memory serves)

Copyright crimefighters FACT change tack after Hollywood calls The Terminator

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Unhappy

TheBox.bz

Way back in the day, it usually thrashed the kecks off iPlayer and co. in every way: Lead time, dl speed, file quality, choice of formats, no adverts, no DRM and arbitrary expiration. Most modern streaming services can't hold a candle to how good that place was the best part of a decade ago.

GDS shouting matches so severe team takes to talking by hand signals

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Devil

Re: After reading this I started making hand signals too

Chairmanperson? I think shock collars would be more economical.

EFF dinks HP Inc finks in rinky-dink ink stink

Suburban Inmate

Indeed. In fact years ago I remember these sort of things were passed off as bugs. How times change!

It is also insane from an environmental point of view. I have a Deskjet D5160 so HP have almost certainly not released a firmware update for that in aeons, let alone since I last fired it up to print something. In fact I so seldom print that my worry isn't the refilled carts being detected but them drying out so far that even an isopropanol paddle can't revive them.

Where was I? Oh, right, yes, the environment! Selling equipment as a 'loss leader', such as an inkjet for £20 encourages waste, i.e. unnecessary upgrades. Skewed markets are rarely any good for the consumer or the environment.

IMHO, HP and chums should be regulated to sell the goddamn printer and make a profit there by having a competitive product for the price. Then they are free to sell their carts and try to make a profit there by having a competitive product.

HP, If some folk aren't too bothered by slightly 'downmarket' inks and re-used print heads then perhaps your cartridges are just a smidgen overpriced? By all means gouge the hell out of corporates on a service contract, until a competitor comes and outcompetes....

We want GCHQ-style spy powers to hack cybercrims, say police

Suburban Inmate

Re: And of course ....

Well then don't break the law and they'll leave you alone!

Oh, hang on, maybe not...

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone." - Hamface McPiggyfiddler

Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

Suburban Inmate

ANOTHER facetard essential

Gratifying to see them lose a few bucks from their mountain of moolah!

I already had faceberk's latest shenanigans blocked anyway: I wouldn't internet without AdBlock, Privacy Badger, and on facespook this little add-on: Fluff Busting Purity.

It's like developer options for the zuckernet.

Smartphones help medicos, but security is a problem

Suburban Inmate

Re: Private comms? There's an app for that.

"But if your concerns are more about commercial secrecy than being sure to have stopped the NSA or GCHQ, then it is way more user friendly than PGP."

To be honest, considering that "the line between government and corporations isn't blurred; it simply isn't there any more" (quote from "The Corporation" iirc) I wouldn't say there's much of a distinction if you're a big company or nipping at the heels of US corporations.

Suburban Inmate

Private comms? There's an app for that.

Quite a few apps for that, as it happens.

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