Re: Time-based cookie clearing
There is a Firefox addon called “auto cookie delete” or something like that. That does pretty much what you just said
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No idea what MS are up to - apart from the obvious tired idea of buying a company that has an interesting and popular product, and then running it into the ground with “enhancements” and “innovations” that make it utterly unusable - but Trump really is a cockwomble of the highest order. He wants to ban tiktok because it’s slurping the private details of good ol’ God-fearing AMERICANS (never understood why one is supposed to be afraid of ones chosen deity, but I digress). And he might well be correct in his assessment - I don’t know - but at the same time he (in fact the US gov in general) couldn’t give a gnats bollock about googlies, faecesbook etc etc doing exactly the same thing and selling the details of good ol’ God-fearing AMERICANS to the highest bidder.
What a messed up “free” country they have there
For many years, GEC and Marconi were populated at the top by useless ex-army colonels or some bloody lord Farquhar and the like and it was perpetuated when they retired on lovely pensions. It was nepotism personified.
BAe is exactly the same but somehow managed to hang in there. Of course when I say “somehow” I mean the same ex-army top bods have lots of friends in government. Which happens to come in very handy when some low life tries to expose the open secret of bribing the Saudis. Now that was rather inconvenient. Good job the government decided it “wasn’t in the National interest” to actually admit publicly what anyone working in that area had known openly for decades; they even used to figure bribes into the project budget (not a joke. Not made up).
Can’t comment on Canada and the US but here in the UK we have a strong tradition of treating industry as something you scrape off your shoe.
Thatcher very famously stated “we don’t need a manufacturing sector. The country can survive on service industries alone” (I paraphrase).
And so 30 years or so later you end up in a situation where you have lost almost all your top talent, and the manufacturing companies that are still trying to make something of worth are unsupported by government and ignored by the banks (now THERE’s a worthwhile “industry” - very nice suits and shiny boardroom tables, and none of that demeaning “manufacturing” nonsense).
On top of that we allow any industry of any worth at all to be sold to (literally) anyone - Arm probably being the latest high profile example. But that should come as no surprise - we don’t even own our own water supply any more in this country (and allow said water companies to run up huge debts just so they can pay out a nice dividend to shareholders and pay their “top” peeps big money - it is quite literally a scandal but that’s another subject)
In the meantime we happily POUR money into China so that it can make stuff for us and fund its military that it might want to use against us in the near future.
Really. It’s not rocket science. It’s bloody depressing. But it’s not complicated
Another option is uMatrix - gives fine grained control over what you will let your browner do and read (and which cookies it will accept), on a per-URL basis. It’s a faff and takes time to set it up so that stuff you’re interested in still works, but if you want fine control it’s difficult to beat
I find it strange that the standard contractual clauses were not also struck down. Surely, any data transferred under them is also subject to US government snooping in the same way as under privacy shield. It’s not as if Joe Public has any say in what “standard contractual clauses” their bank/anti-social hangout/on-line supermarket/whatever signs up to
Thanks for the explanation. It seems a bit of a badly chosen name though; one likely to cause confusion.
I mean, Hitler was well known to like fine art. But if I started a fine art club, I probably wouldn’t call it “The Hitler appreciation society” - it could give the wrong impression
Arm should never have been sold to a non UK peep in the first place. If the uk gov has any sense at all (*) would repatriate it. And you could extend that sentiment to a boat-load odd other tech industry, starting with the now sadly long lost Inmos.
(*) Oh hang on - I’m seeing a flaw in my plan
I get all the arguments for DoH but the more I read the more I’m thinking what is the f’ing point?!
If you want genuinely secure DNS then build or find a secure service. However big a bow you stick on it, DoH is NOT such a service - it’s utter bollocks that has been and will continue to be bastardised by the tech industry to circumvent any perceived “security” it ever had (which, in practical terms, is fuck-all)
When I look at this mess and add it to the growing list of (mostly) tech companies that behave in an abhorrent way, one things bubbles to the top - they’re all American - I’m thinking faecesbook, MS, Googlies, etc etc... the list goes on
Is this a culture thing? “I am an American therefore I shall behave in a shockingly bad, amoral way”? Or is their regulation so non-existent that it allows all this shit?
Yes it will cost money. But ANY solution will cost money.
And it may not be perfect but assuming the parents lock down their kids’ phones, it could cut out the vast majority of smut on little Johnny’s phone. Which is 100% more that is achievable at the moment.
Anyway, if googlies don’t like it, it gets my vote!! With bells on.
I used to work on this stuff (TV streaming) and my overriding opinion of it was (and still is) that the majority of the complexity in this regard stems from broadcasters having an inflated opinion of the value of the content the produce. ITV player is probably the best example of this - the complexity involved in streaming an advert, breaking off to show a bit of a program (eg emerdale or corri) and then going back to an advert (sarcastic? Me!?) is bonkers complicated. I can’t remember now, but it involves something like 2 or 4 certificate servers, plus the actual content streaming servers (one for the adverts and one for the program) and the chain of stuff that has to happen for it all to work is nuts!
And all this complexity is mostly because ITV don’t realise (or don’t want to admit) that todays emerdale/corri is tomorrow’s virtual chip paper (when did you last see a thriving black market in corri episodes? Nope. Me neither).
There are other issues too, of course. Maybe some of it stems from the idea that people would use their “smart” TVs to do their shopping etc etc. Of course nobody does because it doesn’t work very well compared to using a laptop, or even a phone.
And being able to download updates needs the device to trust the source (oh the irony!)
Oh, and Of course there is the matter of a lack of forward thinking :-)
... whereas in some “higher level” (scripty) languages I can think of, the program doesn’t crash - you just get gibberish or because undefined variables magically come into existence!! That’s even harder to debug. At least when c crashes, you can get a core dump out of it which often points to the problem pretty quickly
“... tech industry needs software performance engineering, better algorithmic approaches to problem solving, and streamlined hardware interaction”
I read that and my first thought was “shame the world seems to be migrating to stuff like python“
... only to have the issue highlighted a couple of paragraphs down. It’s been said zillions of times before of course, but hacky scripty language’s like Python that pay no regard whatsoever to how the underlying hardware works are the reason we all use multi-GHz multi-core power-eating monster computers - just to do a bit of word processing.
Hacky scripting languages have there place but things would work a lot better if the authors of the bigger (in size and/or time) python applications learned to use a more effective language that runs (for example) 47 times faster!! What a pile of shite modern software is :-(
Ok. I’m not a Windows person at all so I admit I might be missing something here. But...
MS are making a fuss about a terminal program? In 2020? That’s about, errr... 60 years after it was pretty much nailed on Unix and VMS and just about every other OS of any significance.
“....have until the end of June to switch to a supported language”
That’s ok then. I mean, who can’t fluently learn a new language in a month? Duh!!
Oh, and of course you need to tell everyone you might be writing to to do the same. Otherwise they won’t be able to read your letters.
It’s bad enough when “English” is taken to mean the Americanised mangled version, with no option to change it to real English.
And in true MS style, “consistency” is taken to mean “lowest common denominator” (because we can’t be arsed to do a decent job of it)
I consider myself a “long term” c person - 30+ years, and I’ve never got along with the 0 == x thing. It just doesn’t read right and makes my brain turn itself inside out. Mush easier to just write the thing correctly (x== 0) in the first place. I can’t remember the last time I accidentally used a = instead of a ==. Probably about 29 years ago
Firstly C does not have a steep learning curve. It’s really very simple and logical and if someone in the software field doesn’t get it then that probably tells you all you need to know about their abilities and education.
As for there being less stuff written in C, I think that is, quite frankly, bollocks. There is a gargantuan amount written in C. You just don’t know about it and you don’t see it. But it’s there.
The problem I have with any of this is that on the face of it, it may be a good idea. But (and it’s a huge but) the tech industry has such a shockingly bad reputation when it comes to privacy and generally being decent and honest that even if someone could show me that the apps themselves are 100% secure, I STILL won’t subscribe to the idea. Because the app security is only half the problem. It’s what happens to the “secure” data afterwards. And the answer too that is nobody knows apart apart from the tech companies and spying governments that will have access to it. And neither of those parties are honest enough (at all!) to tell the truth.
And anything that uses googlies analytics is, by definition, insecure and privacy-invading. So the app can’t even get past the first hurdle
While I’m all for meaningful variable and function names, the only thing that helps with comments is actually writing comments.
And please don’t go down the “self commenting” argument - it’s bollocks and perpetrated by lazy people who can’t be arsed to document the (usually crappy) software they write
Sooooooo... if the contractors are all evading tax and being generally quite naughty then that's BAD, isn't it?
So, yes, of course, you want to (indeed are compelled for the good of the nation) to clamp down on their behaviour. Can't let these thieves and vagabonds carry on like this!
Buuuuuut.... if you are prepared to delay such obviously important action against these terrible contractors, then ....errrr ....doesn't that show that HMRC are either;-
1/ Happy to allow this terrible crime to go unpunished. Surely, that can't be right can it? I can't think of any other examples where the govt have a plan to stop crime but then decided it doesn't actually matter any more. That would be very odd
2/ HMRC don't actually believe that what the contractors are doing is actually THAT serious? In fact, it's perfectly legal within the normal bounds of business law, and HMRC is and has been talking complete bollox all this time and are actually just on a witch hunt
So, which is it HMRC?
“These repeated allegations from a commercial competitor don't stand up to serious scrutiny."
I think you’ll find the allegations stand up to any kind is scrutiny. Googlies is and has been taking the piss for many years. Just why the EU didn’t slap a massive GDPR penalty on them as soon as GDPR became law is unfathamable. Same goes for faecesbook (obvs).
And, as a side note, Googlies always answer these “allegations” (aka facts) by pointing out that users can change the settings in their accounts. But this does absolutely nothing to address the issue of them stalking people who do not have and have no wish to have any kind of account with them.
As Chris G points out, the problem with DDG (at least the last time I looked) was that it's not regionalised. It is hugely US-centric. And I'm not convinced it's even that good, despite all the fuss that seems to be made about it.
For Euro-centric search (actually, just non-US-centric!), you're better off trying something like Swisscows, or MetaGer or Qwant (other search engines are available).
I used to use StartPage until I found out that it it had got bought-out by some US advertising outfit, or something like that - can't remember. Anyway - not recommended now - it's gone to the evil googlies-esc side - don't use it.
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