* Posts by gratou

130 posts • joined 19 Jan 2009


Cloudflare explains how it managed to break the internet


Re: I'm curious

You missed the useful bit. It's not the 200 dollars. It's that there's not a *lot* of point in setting up multi-CDN if your authoritatives are tied to one of the providers that you're trying to mitigate against

Salesforce staff back an end to its relationship with NRA


Re: "How do we protect our 2nd amendment & our kids at the same time? "

Lol commie. The ultimate C word. Using it aure shows a complete understanding of the world.

Dear Europe, here again are the reasons why scanning devices for unlawful files is not going to fly


No you're not.. You're trying to see if they have known material.

Amazon puts 'creepy' AI cameras in UK delivery vans


Re: "the drivers need to be strongly incentivised to stop being antisocial bastards"

> and it will be changed

Wow it must be so nice to live in your lala land.

Taiwan, China square off over chip tech espionage laws


Re: Move Taiwan - If Possible

I know. Let's buy Greenland! /s

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop


Re: Linux "Desktop"

I'm baffled by this comment. Just the way windows installs printers makes Linux a champion of simplicity and convenience. Has your never needed to print?

New Windows 11 build boasts inbox updates and UI tweaks


Oh wow tabs. MS are so innovative and so not 20 years late.


RAID expansion comes to OpenZFS at last


It reminds me of Microsoft's threats against Linux for unspecified violations and their use of SCO to harass percieved competitors.

Use Zoom on a Mac? You might want to check your microphone usage


Re: Most of their Engineering still is

It's not metadata despite what the NSA says. It's data. Just like the contents is data, so is the time, duration, origin, destination, etc. All data.

Don't help spread the lie.

First they came for Notepad. Now they're coming for Task Manager


Re: Ms just does not know when to stop fiddling

While some settings fill up the whole screen and just have 5 lines of text

Alibaba splits itself into Chinese and overseas ops


Ali Express doesn't care about its the buyers. Its customers are the vendors. Maybe they'll change one day

In the meantime not really interested as i moved on.

Computers cost money. We only make them more expensive by trying to manage them ourselves


Re: Two unmentioned benefits

> data sovereignty issues (data can be limited to specific cloud data centers).

Unsure what you include in sovereignty but unless you use a small local operator your data is subject to the CLOUD act regardless of its location.

UK science suffers as lawmakers continue to dither over Brexit negotiations


Re: British institutions are left high and dry while science marches on without them

Yes but the scientists and their families are sovereign.


Or Franz Kafka

'Father of the Xbox' Seamus Blackley issues Twitter apology to AMD over last-minute switch to Intel CPUs


Re: I wonder....

It would have made a difference to AMD's coffers, and who knows where they'd be now with more RnD money then.

The old New: Windows veteran explains that menu item


Re: Always an important consideration

Funny how you say no telemetry for Enterprise but it isn't in the Home list of features. So sneaky. Just like MS thrn.

The M in M1 is for moans: How do you turn a new MacBook Pro into a desktop workhorse?


Don't make excuses. One single port available when charging is ludicrous.


So tired of the "premium" products getting fewer and fewer features. Likes phones ditching the earphone port after having ditched removable battery and more. On the plus side the Samsung galaxy A line is cheaper than the S line while being perfectly sufficient and featuring the beloved 3.5mm socket.

Apple is happy to diss the desktop – it knows who's got the most to lose


Re: "Legacy of single user on a disconnected PC"

>NT's better designed,

You meant the NT that could freeze for a second when you inserted a CD? Good one. Or do you mean its more recent W10 offspring that can still be crashed by Excel? Shite the whole lot. And I'm no fan boy. The competing offerings are far from perfect.

Facebook: Nice iOS app of ours you have there, would be a shame if you had to pay for it


Re: Oh really?

Not so sure. People love their fb sadly, which is why states have a hard time recovering taxes: the main means of leverage they could use (ban fb it in the country till it complies) is out if reach. So my hunch is that users are hooked enough thst a good proportion would be ready to pay.

Then they'd be customers of course, which fb doesn't want. The customer is king. Supposedly.

Origami... in spaaaaace: Inflatable folded objects discovery brings new meaning to blowing up buildings


Re: I could see a use for this

Great idea. Inflation would surely come from a compressed air cartridge.

Ship stranded in Suez Canal shifts, but not before spawning some choice tech memes


Re: Hold my beer moment?

That's fine. Different budgets. The bean counters still saved money and will get their bonuses.

Starlink's latent China crisis could spark a whole new world of warcraft


And it's cheaper too. One massive downside: the military industry suffers.

GitLab latest to ditch 'master' as default initial branch name: It's now simply called 'main'


Re: RE: Master / slave

Then they could change slave to servant and be done. And anyway, as if banning the word banned the practice. And as if having slave computers was unethical. Sigh...

Seagate UK customer stung by VAT on replacement drive shipped via the Netherlands


VAT is a small price to pay for sovereignty.


FYI: Yeah, the cops can force your finger onto a suspect's iPhone to see if it unlocks, says judge


Re: Doesn't compute

Here the data is the call's contents. The conversation. That's what (they claim) they don't have. Not the call itself.

Other data about the call, on top of contents, is date time duration etc.

Data about the call itself:




Byte-stream contents


Nb bytes


Data about the concersation:

Name of caller

Name of recipient

Languages spoken

Speed of speech

Nb of pauses




Now they didn't get the second set of data but they sure get the first one. But one.

Anyways. Potahto potayto. One thing is for sure. The so called metadata is at least as useful to them (and unwelcome to us) as the conversation itself. So saying "it's just metadata" is pure deception. It's very much data. And private data too.


Re: Doesn't compute

>its specifically data that describes another piece of data.

Except it's not in this case.

Metadata is: The duration is expressed in seconds.

Not: The call lasted for 57 seconds.

Metadata is: The IP addresses are in the IP V4 format.

Not: The visited website was

Metadata is: The time is using a 24-hour clock.

Not: The call was made at 20:53.


Microsoft says it found 1,000-plus developers' fingerprints on the SolarWinds attack


Yes but they are good attacks.

Can we exhale yet? EU set to rule UK 'adequate' for data sharing in post-Brexit GDPR move


Re: curious to see

I was thinking the same thing. Being aligned with the US and with the EU is impossible. Choices will have to be made. The wellbeing of the citizens will come first I'm sure.

President Biden to issue executive order on chip shortages as under-pressure silicon world begs for help


Or you have to regulate.


Oh we screwrd up offshoring and pocketed the savings for years, now please give us more money so we can undo the totally unexpected damages this off shoring policy caused.

British owners of .eu domains given an extra three months to find a European address


Re: Good read

Also BoJo following Trump's "just a flu" line until he got it himself


Re: Good read

Very small nation? You mean second GDP in the EU.

Propping up? You mean special terms and special rebate,


Don't scrape the faces of our citizens for recognition, Canada tells Clearview AI – delete those images


Re: Clearview.

And issue arrest warrants for their executives.

Windows' cloudy future: That Chrome OS advantage is Google's to lose


Re: Apples and oranges

You can install MS office from the play store nowadays. So chromebooks do what the vast majority of people use their PC for: browse the net, watch movies, basic office work. The issue sems to be that most people buy a chromebook because it's the cheapest possible PC. And therefore the hardware is usually crap.

Chromium cleans up its act – and daily DNS root server queries drop by 60 billion


Re: Truer words...

Having separate search and address fields was too simple.

Indian government slams Facebook over WhatsApp 'privacy' update, wants its own Europe-style opt-out switch



They can choose whom to sue



Just write your own legislation with x% of income fines, India, instead of throwing a tantrum.

If you're a WhatsApp user, you'll have to share your personal data with Facebook's empire from next month – or stop using the chat app


Re: Does this apply here?

Opt in or else is allowed. You needn't accept. It's opt in by default (ie opt out) that's disallowed.

Windows might have frozen – but at least my feet are toasty


Re: Only once

And the alarm goes off when it triggers. Stupid language it tell you...

$900bn coronavirus stimulus bill includes $600 for most Americans, $50 in monthly internet subsidies, $1.9bn to help rid the US of Huawei kit


Re: Pardon me / Pardon you

You put BJ on the wrong list


Re: Please, ANYONE: help with critical details---

I'm sure many people know the contents. Those who wrote it and those who told them what to write.

Pure frustration: What happens when someone uses your email address to sign up for PayPal, car hire, doctors, security systems and more


Re: Doesn't just happen with email

Your existing provider will sort it out for you. They want to keep you. At least where I live.

Companies toiling away the most on LibreOffice code complain ecosystem is 'beyond utterly broken'


Styles are an utter mess in MS word.

Brits may still be struck by Lightning, but EU lawmakers vote for bloc-wide common charging rules


Re: 'Standards can be revised'

Who's Banana?

Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan



Furthermore, the fact that prophet is not to be represented is quite recent. There are many muslim paintings showing him. You can easily google them.

MWC: The good, the bad ... and the Galaxy S5


Re: Lacking new ideas? Features I want

And dual sim. And keep the plastic body, it doesn't mind being dropped unlike fashionable shiny metal that will crack the screen without fail.


Lacking new ideas? Features I want

Gimmicks like video pause on eye movement is not one of them.

Waterproofness is (thanks sony).

Screen usable in daylight (no useless 4K thank you very much)

Theft/loss prevention that works.

For car use, GPS navigation that works and dashcam feature would be great too,

A bluetooth standard that is standard (can't ne used in a VW system)

Better camera image stabilisation and low light performance.

Dual Xenon flash.

I love apple's "save the entire phone" backup.

Built-in DLNA for streaming

The self healing rubber of the Nokias

And the usual like better battery life ( I like the b&w screen on low battery) and of course keep removable battery and SD slot

Australia puts digital frontier at heart of national security plan



Not: who's

It is not difficult, really.



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