* Posts by Captain Hogwash

1091 posts • joined 23 Feb 2009

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WhatsApp boss says no to AI filters policing encrypted chat

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Four Horsemen of the Infocalypse

I'm not sure why drug dealers and organised crime are always separated in this list. Are drug dealers disorganised?

60 million in the Matrix as users seek decentralized messaging

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Re: Signal + google

Look at the difference between the data collected by the two apps. Signal wins hands down. Whatever Google or Amazon gets is not tied to any identity.

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Re: Signal + google

You cannot be serious!

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Re: What I'd like to see

I also have a Jitsi server, PBX and SIP accounts, so all of the components are there. I just need some vision from the Jitsi client developers to make all of that happen.

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Re: It's dead easy to write one ... to almost anything else imaginable.

Could you point me to any resources which would help me do this or any that have already been done?

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I tried running my own Matrix server

It works but it's slow and I really can't see what it offers that XMPP doesn't. People will no doubt point to bridges but my understanding is that they still require accounts on the "foreign" services so a non-starter for me. I expect other members of the commentariat to re-educate me and I welcome it.

That emoji may not mean what you think it means

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Re: Eggplant

Hammond is for 60s/70s rock. Surely a Wurlitzer at Blackpool?

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Eggplant

I always thought this meant aubergine.

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

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Unhappy

You will own nothing...

and be happy

Tech world may face huge fines if it doesn't scrub CSAM from encrypted chats

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Re: If they can do why do they not tell us how?

To be compliant, all you'd have to do pn[sic] the client end when somebody attaches or receives an encrypted imagefile of any type is to check the imagefile of any type hash against a list of known child porn files we're looking for hashes, and if a match is found then flag it up to the police.

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Re: Client side scanning

Although whether or not this is actually the kind of material they will be looking for is uncertain. Even if it is, other targets may exist for the next administration, or the next, or the next, etc.

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Re: If they can do why do they not tell us how?

Client side scanning prior to encryption is what she's talking about.

I love the Linux desktop, but that doesn't mean I don't see its problems all too well

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Re: Computing smarts in the cloud

https://forums.theregister.com/forum/all/2020/09/28/eric_raymond_linux_beats_windows_prediction/#c_4117355

Murena and /e/ Foundation launch privacy-centric smartphones

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Re: Illusion

Which, physically, for most devices most of the time doesn't happen. If your software stack on the endpoints is open source, uses end to end encryption and the devices remain in the possession of their owners, it is very unlikely that "there is always going to be someone reading or watching your content."

If you or the other party in a conversation are specifically targeted by an agency of a nation state, of course, all bets are off.

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Re: Not worried about the privacy, but I like it.

I've been using it on various phones since 2018. It's good but the launcher is terrible - trying too hard to ape iOS. Easily replaced though.

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The most privacy-conscious people Liam knows are obviously not very privacy conscious.

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Re: Illusion

"there is always going to be someone reading or watching your content."

Not if you run your own end to end encrypted services.

Surf the web from your parked Renault: Vivaldi comes to OpenR

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Re: Megane specs kneecapped for UK models.

In the north they also make excellent cider.

UK spy agencies sharing bulk personal data with foreign allies was legal, says court

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Black Helicopters

Re: Lesser of two evils?

Maybe our favourite ally's prison-industrial complex is running out of fodder.

AI drug algorithms can be flipped to invent bioweapons

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Unhappy

Re: state level actors don't gain anything above what they have already.

Yet development continues.

Reality check: We should not expect our communications to remain private

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Indeed. We should expect our communications to remain private but we can not.

UK.gov threatens to make adults give credit card details for access to Facebook or TikTok

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Re: Dead Cat

I hope you're right because if they're serious and successful with this, VPNs will be next on the hit list. The problem with evetyone pointing out how this could be circumvented is that the enemy read the press too.

Crack team of boffins hash out how e-scooters should sound – but they need your help*

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The theme tune...

of the Dick Barton radio series.

APNIC: Big Tech's use of carrier-grade NAT is holding back internet innovation

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Re: It's the mobile networks that seem to be stuck in CGNAT

The fixed line providers are also, for the most part, stuck on IPv4.

Scam, pyramid scheme, environmental disaster: Vivaldi boss shares his thoughts on crypto-coins

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Re: Wall Street?

Sounds like the definition of Wall Street and banks and cryptocurrency.

FTFY

Signal CEO Moxie Marlinspike resigns, leaves WhatsApp co-founder to run things until a successor is named

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WTF?

Re: "recommended by the Electronic Frontier Foundation"

Where on that page was any particular app recommended? Signal, WhatsApp & Wire were listed as examples of software which offer end to end encryption but no particular recommendations were made.

China: Bars app that often hosted dissenting conversations

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Not to derail the conversation, but ... "effect."

UK competition regulator to Meta's Facebook: Sell Giphy, we will not approve the purchase

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will Meta pull services

That would be the best outcome.

>and wait for the masses to scream at the authorities to rethink the situation

If so, I hope they're waiting a long time.

FYI: If the latest Windows 11 really wants to use Edge, it will use Edge no matter what

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Re: raise the issue with their local antitrust regulator or to switch to Linux

Both!

Computer scientists at University of Edinburgh contemplate courses without 'Alice' and 'Bob'

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Latin!

Windows 11 in detail: Incremental upgrade spoilt by onerous system requirements and usability mis-steps

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Re: "design paradigms from those devices could successfully carry over into a new Start"

She's so 20th century

She's so 1970s....

Fairphone makes wireless earbuds less foul, by charging batteries carefully

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Re: Instead you've got to use wireless earbuds

Or a set of usb c headphones?

UK MoD data strategy calls for social media surveillance on behalf of 'local authorities'

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Re: Is this even constitutional?

Peterloo?

BT sued by representatives of the dead over unbundled landline market abuse claims

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Coat

Re: Bad company overcharges everyone by $5

I've always found their album prices to be in line with everyone else's.

BT Wholesale wants the channel to give SMBs a nudge before copper sunset in 2025

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Re: No mucking about with home broadband or wifi passwords

How will your local devices talk to each other? You intend making them all internet facing?

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Re: unable to sustain a 128Mb/s DSL connection

Did you mean Kb/s?

Brits open doors for tech-enabled fraudsters because they 'don't want to seem rude'

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Re: Anyone got any experience?

You get an automated "Thank you" reply.

LA cops told to harvest social media handles from people they stop, suspect or not

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Specificity

Do they just ask for "social media IDs" or do they ask for FaceBook IDs, Twitter IDs,....?

If the former, how does one know which things they mean?

Do they want to know that I'm Captain Hogwash on this forum?

The list of forums could be very long for some people.

Facebook gardening group triumphs over slapdash Zuck censorbots

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Headmaster

>"usually spelled without the "e" at the end"

So hoemophone but not hoemonym. Good gag though.

Brain-computer interface researchers warn of a 'bleak' cyberpunk future – unless we tread carefully

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Re: considerable interest in using electronics to read peoples' minds

Here comes the flood.

Windows 11 gets chatty as Teams integration turns up

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Headmaster

Re: I'm waiting with baited breath

What do you hope to catch?

Hundreds of irate UK Parliamentary staffers sue IPSA over 2017 salary spreadsheet publication snafu

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Re: The judge is wrong

This! It seemed obvious to me as I read the article.

America tops ITU's Global Cyber Security Index, UK in tie for second with Saudi Arabia

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I have. There is no difference. They are ranked equally.

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Re: "How would you rank the difference between the UK and Saudi Arabia given that they have the same score of 99.54 ?"

In the same way as it is customary to rank two sprinters, horses or match anglers who came in at exactly the same time or weight behind the winner. That is why Estonia is fourth.

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"Estonia, for example, ranked third"

Fourth surely?

America world’s sole cyber superpower, ten years ahead of China, says Brit think tank

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Re "which government in their right mind would allow their citizens to..."

...collaborate with like minded others and undermine their tyranny?

UK's Vodafone network runs trials on standalone 5G in London, Manchester and Cardiff

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Coat

EMF "nightmares"?

Unbelievable!

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request

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Re: Pedant alert.

I much prefer it when bands drop the definite article. It would have caused a few problems for The The however.

What Microsoft's Windows 11 will probably look like

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Re: Why bother?

Home users.

Funny how Sir Tim Berners-Lee, famous for hyperlinks, is into NFTs, glorified hyperlinks

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Re: "He praised them as a way of “avoiding central control,”"

I'm still struggling with this one.

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