* Posts by Circadian

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Got a problem with trust in AI? Just add blockchain, Forrester urges. Then bust out the holographic meetings. Welcome to the future

Circadian
Coffee/keyboard

That's not a report...

... That's buzzword bingo!l

Hydrogen-powered train tested on Britain's railway tracks as diesel alternative

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'@Inventor of the Marmite Laser

I was very tempted to hit the “Report Abuse” button for that - I think I sprained something groaning. 1

Microsoft leaks 6.5TB in Bing search data via unsecured Elastic server. *Insert 'Wow... that much?' joke here*

Circadian

The majority of the data concerned “customer” ids (ad id, device id etc.) which are not very compressible...

Adtech's bogeymen are tracking everything - even your web visits to mental health charities, claim campaigners

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Re: It's for charidee!

Don’t forget chuggers. And the way that charities are doing their best (worst?) to get money via direct debit - sometimes even refusing cold hard cash (for “reasons”).

Most big-name charities *are* businesses now, including the high-salary directors with big bonus plans.

Hold on to your hats, Net Neutrality version 2 is on its way courtesy of Trump and the FCC's moves on Section 230

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Stop

Re: A dumpster fire in the making

@Maelstorm

If you think that political speech should not be censored, then there needs to be a law along the lines of “truth in advertising” - anything that is not backed by evidence or facts would not be published. (And dayum, I really wish the UK had something like that in place.)

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Trollface

First Amendment site

If the government truly wanted a site that follows first amendment principles, then they should simply implement their own. Having a government-run system should at least provide the rest of the world with a laugh...

Zuck says Facebook made an 'operational mistake' in not taking down US militia page mid-protests. TBH the whole social network is a mistake

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Mushroom

@cornetman

“... throughout the entire remainder of the encounter, they seemed calm, patient and pretty professional...” kneeling on his neck for 8 fucking minutes. Seriously? Is that the standard you are holding police to? Personally, I hope for better. (And yes, most are better, which is why it’s important to remove the bad ones.)

Facebook apologizes to users, businesses for Apple’s monstrous efforts to protect its customers' privacy

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Re: Facebook Tracking

@Dave 126

There *was* a government agency for nudge. It was privatised at a cheap rate with the dept. bosses transferring with a nice block of shares... (allegedly, can’t be arsed to check back Private Eye for details) Still making most of their money from government contracts of course.

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong

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Happy

Re: Lightening the mood a little...

@RyokuMas

Thank you.

US govt proposes elephant showers for every American after Prez Trump says trickles dampen his haircare routine

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Joke

Re: The problem with water consumption limits is..

As I heard a Londoner comment once “what you complainin’ ‘bout the water for? It’s been passed by the bleedin’ queen!”

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Trollface

Re: Ah well...

@igotout

Sorry, but the correct term for that sort-of white fluid is nut juice... (remember not to gargle)

NHS tests COVID-19 contact-tracing app that may actually work properly – EU neighbors lent a helping hand

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Thumb Down

Re: Like to have an expert check the privacy statement & app

@Gordon10

The only way to find out how much to trust the app is to read and understand the code. As a population, not many have that skill (though the readers here are skewed higher). Then, of course, you need access to the code, and verification that what you see is what was used to build the app distributed. Trust in this government is very low - it has been caught lying far too often already.

As hospital-based infections set to rise, best not change the vendor behind the system that tracks them, hm?

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Re: I

An infection-tracking system that needed to be modified to track an infection... so complicated and proprietary that it would be difficult to move from. I wonder where the approver for purchasing this service works now, and for whom?

Mozilla warns more Firefox website breakage to come because devs just aren't checking for SameSite snafus

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Devil

Re: does my browser have this enabled or not?

@ilovecookiez

I’d blame windows 10. Still, I blame win10 for everything, even the Mojave instance...

Here's why your Samsung Blu-ray player bricked itself: It downloaded an XML config file that broke the firmware

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Mushroom

@charles 9

Just distribute the drm laden crap on the disks that cause the problem in the first place. The Blu-ray system is customer-hostile, and requiring an internet connection for updates is shitty.

'It's really hard to find maintainers...' Linus Torvalds ponders the future of Linux

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Trollface

Re: I wonder why?

Is that a “potty”/“Poettering” reference?

Brit police's use of facial-recognition tech is lawful, no need to question us, cops' lawyer tells Court of Appeal

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Big Brother

How pervasive is cctv? How easy is it to connect the software? How much are they drooling...?

At Mozilla VPN stands for Vague Product News: Foundation reveals security product will launch eventually, with temporary pricing, in unspecified places

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Re: This all comes down to trust ...

@jad

Guess that means you trust your ISP as all your traffic would be seen by them. There are tales of less scrupulous providers (I recall from the USA where they were selling advertising options based on customer traffic at one point) where use of a VPN is to try to protect yourself from your own ISP.

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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Unhappy

Re: And the moral of this story is ...

@Evil Harry

Why is the “bad apples” homily so rarely completed? “One bad apple can spoil the entire lot.” And that is a big problem with the police force - the protection of their colleagues means that the bad apples are not removed. I know it’s human nature to want to protect “your own”, but given the powers the police wield, bad apples *really* need to be removed.

We really doing this again? Rumour has it that Apple is nearly finished developing augmented-reality glasses

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Devil

Name?

Surprised it’s not called an iGlass (or, in honour of the Google nickname, maybe the iHole).

Former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman calls on UK govt to legally protect data from contact-tracing apps

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Joke

Re: Oh what a tangled web we weave!

Ah, that might explain it. Compared to the current US government, Hitler is just a liberal left-wing commie...

(Do I really need a “/s”?)

Project Reunion: Microsoft's attempt to tear down all those barriers it's built for Windows developers over the years

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Windows

Re: Borkzilla looking for a new foot to shoot

I wonder what effect this will have on wine’s ability to run Win “apps”? Does it make the move to Linux while maintaining necessary Win-based programs harder?

Don't trust deep-learning algos to touch up medical scans: Boffins warn 'highly unstable' tech leads to bad diagnoses

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Facepalm

What the fucketty-fuck?

They are using AI systems to alter images? AI is barely capable of recognising images (actually isn’t...), and some idiots are proposing using AI to “touch up” images that peoples’ lives depend on? Adding or removing details at the whim of an algorithm that is not transparent in its operation. Those bastards really only care about the money...

House of Commons agrees to allow Zoom app in Parliament, British MPs will still have to dress smartly

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Gimp

Re: How soon before ...

With the current crop of non-entities in parliament, how would a “deep fake” be any different from “ordinary fake” currently on offer?

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

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Trollface

Re: Perfect Timing

When it comes to quality, Dyson’s vacuum cleaners blow and the hand dryers suck...

Throw a sofa at this guy with your mind. She's in Control. Oh look, now I've learnt to bloody fly. She's in Control

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Linux

Re: New (again) to gaming here

@Andy Non

Recommend you grab Horizon Zero Dawn. It can be set to a very forgiving difficulty, and has a very interesting storyline (though as an open-world game, the story is slow to play out). It’s often on sale and is a pretty good introduction to console gaming.

From WordPad to WordAds: Microsoft caught sneaking nagging Office promos into venerable text editor beta

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Re: To be fair...

Oh for an “upvote +1000” button!

Greetings from the future where it's all pole-dancing robots and Pokemon passports

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Happy

@jake

I don’t think you really get the humour here. “... razor wire pic” has no sexual innuendo, vulgarity or lewdness. All you’d feel is a little prick... Oh. Carry on.

Boeing, Boeing, gone! CEO Muilenburg quits 'effective immediately'

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Trollface

Re: Oh, don't worry chaps...

@A. P. Veening

Such as the FAA?

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

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Pint

Re: I think she's trolling

@Rameses...etc

“Trollvertising” - thank you, that’s a keeper!

Americans should have strong privacy-protecting encryption ...that the Feds and cops can break, say senators

Circadian
Coffee/keyboard

Re: "authoritarian regimes [...]

I have but one upvote to give...

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Gimp

Re: Whenever Lindsey Graham and Dianne Feinstein are involved in a debate about crypto ...

@ST

Sadly, the results are not predictable. As the old saying goes, they* only need to win once - and they will keep hammering away until they get what they want. So, eternal vigilance and endless patience needed. Good luck with that in these attention deficit... oooh look - squirrels!

*they - feel free to define as you will.

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Unhappy

Re: If they were *really* thinking of the children...

@bombastic bob

Unfortunately, “think of the children” as (ab)used by politicians is almost always about the current darling tykes - “you don’t want *anything* slightly bad happening to your preciousssss do you?”. If people considered your interpretation then this planet wouldn’t be as messed up as it is.

Advertisers want exemption from web privacy rules that, you know, enforce privacy

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@Claverhouse

No, no, no - depending on the genders, they may breed. Sodomise them. With a rusty axe.

A short note to say I'm off: Vulture taps claws on Reg keyboard for last time

Circadian

Loved your reporting - hope your next gig allows the freedom of El Reg to, uh, express yourself.

Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

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ICANN latest: Will the internet be owned by Ted Cruz or Vladimir Putin in October?

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Happy

Re: How about a disinterested NGO that all governments love about equally?

Actually I think you are on the right track - since we don't want power-crazy humans to be in charge of this, we *should* assign it to an AI in an independant organisation to handle. So... AIIANAAI.

Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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Re: Police State or anarchy

Wish we had Lewis Page to provide some details of what type of charge is required for bomb disposal - I would have thought quite small, and not something capable of killing a man through armoured vest. Which begs the question - how is it that a police force has ready access to an anti-personnel explosive device? Or am I wrong and the bomb-disposal charge is actually very powerful?

Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

Circadian
Windows

These days, need minimum download bandwidth just for Windows 10. Govt missed a chance to specify minimum guaranteed upload, a common weakness in many packages. This is again needed just for Windows 10...

Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

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Re: The underlying point is deeper

@ Christian Berger

I should really not comment until after I've had my coffee and come round a bit, but... you are still a fucking idiot. Yeah, shows I'm an uncouth bitch, but I don't really care. The stupidity in your posts just goes beyond what I can put up with.

The point of all this is not defence against just black-hats, but against government abuse. Servers are always-on. Get a warrant (assuming they can even bother with that anymore), wander into datacenter and grab the relevant server image and copy of the memory. Full access (relatively) trivially. Even if you host your own, an always-on server is relatively simple to get full access to.

Your uses of mobile also seem very limited - the only usage shown in your examples is to browse web-pages. Mobile phones are capable of a lot more than that, including media, games, books etc., with access to the majority independant of internet access. Your scenarios go back to a dumb device that can do nothing without a connection. There are still people who get drop-outs and end up in places with no signal, or no cheap way of connecting to the internet.

Server operating system, plus terminal host - unfortunately, any way you wish to spin that, that is another operating system - plus comms channel ALWAYS required, and to get the full security of custom keys, both server and device need to be fully in your control to get the keys shared. No, the attack surface is pretty high, even if you trust the individual components more yourself, you are talking about all three to be fully secured with no vulnerabilities. The next aspect is who maintains the patches for the two devices and how do you trust them (I assume that you are not claming that the code for both needs to be maintained by the user)? Especially for what is supposed to be a mass-market, "consumer" device.

And your last point? Sounds like you agree with what I said about trust in the vendor.

Damn it - think the coffee is starting to kick in. I don't think we are so far apart about wanting there to be better security for everyone, just that I feel your vision is much too far a step backwards and rules out too many useful scenarios for a smartphone - which is after all a very portable computer - and you overestimate servers and underestimate smartphones. So to finish, I apologize for calling you a fucking idiot.

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Mushroom

Re: The underlying point is deeper

@ Christian Berger

you are a fucking idiot. Here's some simple maths for you - how many operating systems do you have to get right for a secure smartphone as opposed to a semi-smartphone + a server that has to do everything?

Further practical considerations involve a communication channel between them (also nice MITM opportunities there)? With infinite free bandwidth? That is always available?

From an attacker's perspective, a server that is always on will always have password active in memory - much easier to access than a smartphone that has been switched off.

Also others may have different usage scenarios from yours - having a fully portable fully functioning computer (after all, that is what a smartphone is) allows them to do things directly on the device without needing connectivity.

Go back to playing "snakes" - or have you never moved on from that?

After saying all that, your paragraph 2 is very accurate. We are in the position where we have to absolutely trust the smartphone software provider, and we are completely at their mercy regarding updates. There may be some niche players trying to provide secure smartphones using open systems, but are expensive and may still be hit with a writ they have to comply with.

So I think ultimately it ends up with "who do you trust"? Or maybe distrust least? Or do we simply have to learn to live in a panopticon and the consequences of what that will do to the sanity of the inhabitants?

I guess I'll just leave quoting the words of wisdom of a wise old man. "We're doomed I tell ye - doooooomed."

Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

Circadian

MV = PQ = WTF?

Just checking - but from your description MV = PQ is not an actual equation describing a mathematical expression, but a desired target (like e.g. Moore's Law - a rule of thumb to target, not a "hard" equation)?

Crafty fingering could let Apple Watch thieves raid your bank account

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Re: I think...

@ malle-herbert

You'd hope to. The reality is different. See Ted talk (less than ten minutes) on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZGY0wPAnus

(And @ tmTM - yes you're right :)

Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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Flame

Re: The reason they are so keen on deploying smart meteres...

From article: Smart Energy GB responded to the IoD report, claiming the IoD "does not understand what’s needed to secure Britain’s energy infrastructure for the future."

From the point made by John 48 - this is because successive governments have failed to plan for the future, and so we are likely to not have enough power to go around shortly. So the plan is simply to force-switch-off ordinary punters power when supplies get a bit limited. I'm certain that there will be certain addresses that will be exempt from this, but I'll leave it to others to guess which ones that the powers-that-be decide to grace.

SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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Re: Leave it out

Re: "Why not meddle in the stuff that needs fixing, ie. tax evasion/avoidance". As far as the politicians are concerned, it's already working perfectly. You and I are paying all the taxes while they and their paymasters get to avoid them.

Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

Circadian

Nice straw man

"...what lingers is the image of the American consumer who doesn't even realize his or her Netflix stream has been blocked, and simply (presumably) stares at the screen".

The way it would really be done would just be via degradation. Dropped packets, occasional freezes, stuttering. Stuff that would be hard to track down and prove responsibility for. I'm reasonable technical, but I certainly don't have the networking knowledge or tools to be able to track and prove that type of degradation. So instead of a completely failed service, there would be a perception that (say) Netflx doesn't give as good a service as (ISP company X)'s own competing service. Or at least wouldn't unless Netflix ponies up some readies ("nice streaming service you have there. Would be a pity if some packets got... dropped").

However, in spite of that, I enjoyed the article. Nice to make it clear that the judges were basing their decision on how the law was framed (such that the FCC were overreaching their remit) and that it is the responsibility of the law-makers to resolve this if they wish FCC or some agency to have those powers.

Europe MPs: Time to change our data-sharing policy with US firms

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Re: Ban dragnet surveillance data for use in domestic law enforcement

<sigh>Stop falling for the lies. The "use against terrorists" is only an excuse to get the powers, and not the real reason. Once the data is gathered, regardless of the reason deployed (or, as it seems for NSA and GCHQ, without any reason given - they just did it because they could) it can and will be used for any other reason that someone in power (or even access) can get away with.

Think on this - look at the information Snowden has given us. Now consider what a bad actor could have done with the data that he had access to. If the data is there it will be used and abused.

Never mind bungled Universal Credit rollout, Maude wants UK to be 'most digital' gov by 2015

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Joke

Re: After the General Election

Ah, more people hoping for a hung parliament. There's also an opportunity to bring significant income to the country as well - sell lottery tickets for the role of hangman....

NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

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Re: ANOTHER opt-out?

You will have to continue opting out until you give the "correct" answer.

Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

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Childcatcher

Speechless

If the children are so young that the parents do not want them to have access to sex-education sites, then why are they being allowed onto the internet unsupervised?

I don't know what to say. And before long, I may not be allowed to say what I want.

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