* Posts by Splurg The Barbarian

53 posts • joined 2 Nov 2009


Electric fastback fun: Now you can surf the web from the driving seat of your Polestar 2

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its not Chrome but would anyone really want Google embbedded system in their car?

At least it's not Chrome, but would any right-minded pperson really want Google OS embedded in their car?

Surely there needs to be somaethings left that Google.is creaming data off of?

So it will soon be only kit cars, old defenders and what ever classic car you can get if your still allowed to drive them that aren't scanned, tracked and analysed.

Samsung wheels out new silicon that turns cars into 5G-fuelled entertainment hubs

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Re: What is a car?

Not really. Certainly in the UK/EU area the sim is enbedded into the car as part of an EU mandate that cars must have one from 2017 so that they can be in the future stoped.frrom drriving above the speed limiits. Its the whole other side of this with the constant telemetry going back to the manufacturer that gets on my nerves. Half of thisnis for the consummer, the rest is to enaable data transnfer back to base.

The concerning thing to me is the public awareness of it all, so many folk think the apps that they have for unlocking/locking their car l, viewing journeys etc connect to their car is frightening, they have no idea ita.connected to manufacturer then to their car. This is all a massive money spinner//saver for the manufacturer as the data they get off the cars is huge, saves them having to pay for research amd development teams.

The likes of JLR, VAG, BMW, Volvo etc are happy to engage on social media regarding their cars but go ssilent as soon as telemetry is mentioned. Also can be guaranteed every one of them breaks GDPR by not asking for explicit consent for this, either through dealers or direct.

The firmware is a good question, the more they make these vehicles connected, the stronger the possibility for hackers. Also this thing with over the air updates, loads of folk think is great, but I buy a car based.in what it's like to drive and use, then during ownership the system changee, its.not the car I bought. Then you get, like JLR are doing, apps pushed out (in JLR's case Alexa) which are completely unwanted and unable to be uninstalled. Who owns the car the consummer of the manufacturer?

They also lie about what they take off the cars, if you do question them and get an answer, its only journeys and location so you can find where you left it or theft tracker etc, but working for a poliice force in IT, I know folk who deal with Investigations who with a warrant can get almost anything the driver has done in the car ie accelorator usage, brake usage, speed, location, interaction with other car controls etc.

Go back 15-20 years ago and the only way to do this was stalking amd physical surveillance which was illegal, but now theres a "chip & internet connection" not an eyelid is batted.

Everything a driver pretty much NEEDS can be done without all this rubbish, decent sound system, a Sat Nav, bluetooth, prroper BUTTONS so you can press one thing the switch on/change a setting without taking eyes off the road.

Sorry gone off on a rant there!!

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

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Pretty much away to comment on the same quote. "They’re prioritizing ads, bundleware, and service subscriptions over their users’ productivity." That is EXACTLY what MS is about. Cash paid to them to download games to start menu that you cannot remove from your application in MS store on Home & Pro, the paid for links in Edge (only copying what Google has done with Chrome for years) and now this as it allows them more acess to user data & the telemetry you can't switch off outside of Enterprise is all you need to confirm this.

MS are far from alone, but as their product is installed by default on every new non Apple device, they really need action taken against them.

Give us your biometric data to get your lunch in 5 seconds, UK schools tell children

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Not much of a surprise

Our council in Scotland, will not let secondary school pupils buy school dinners without a Young Scot Card.

Now prior to joining secondary school my son was given a presentation about how great the Young Scot card is and all the great discounts you can get. They weren't told that the card number was a UCRN ( Unique Citizen Reference Number) funnily enough neither were the parents, the privacy/tracking aspect was not mentioned. My son & his felloww.pupils were all 11&12 years of age. This is under the age at which an individual is considered able and competent to consent to data collection under GDPR.

The Scot Gov have already had to climb down on a UCRN linking all Gov contact, Council contact, health records and so on. This system seems to be ID card & citizen tracking by the back door by focussing on kids and telling them about freebies. Funnily enough when questioned about this and whether or not they broke GDPR etc they no further questions cancelled his Young Scot Card.

Too many parents just go "OK" without question to these schemes, much like the general population with any privacy issues full stop.

Android OS vendor variants transmit data with no opt-out

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Its simple, there is no legitimate interest. That should be the basis for any device, be it a car, phone, games console, watch, television etc.

The current "legitimate interest" GDPR loophole is absolute bollocks and is purely a way for organisations to effectively bypass the spirit & intentions of GDPR.

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Exactly. Can someone tell me exactly why my car requires to phone home? It does after all have a perfectly good way of telling me when something is wrong, its called warning lights on the dashboard!!!

Since when did we all have to be nannied and monitored by whoever makes devices we own? My device my data and no manufacturer has the right to any data from it.

The first manufacturer to go back to the principle.of "make something sell it, wave it goodbye" to only make money from the sale of the item will have me supporting it far and wide.

Which? survey finds people would actually pay the online giants not to take their data

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Surely we pay enough already?

Surely we pay enough to Google already? For every Android device sold Google takes a minimum of $2.50 from the manufacturer up to $40 with an average of $20 per device.

There was a bit of a drop in devices sold in 2020 but still meant 1.05 billion phones. At $2.50 that's $2.625 Billion & at the average that's $21 billion.

From that I'd argue Google makes enough money without being a stalking, privacy invader and asking for more to respect individuals.

Google experiments with user-choice-defying Android search box

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Re: Question

Isn't that just the Google app. The widget can be removed but the Google app can not be uninstalled. You can disable it, but if you want to use a smartwatch Android Wear forces you to enable it to set the wear devices up although it can be disabled again afterwards. Same with that bloody assistant.

The Hotel California of eco systems, you can checkout but you can never leave.

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns

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Yup. Worked as a Forensic Computer Analyst for a police force, anyone using the phrase "child pornography" was always corrected. The phrase was never used in the department by us.

Pornography is legal and used by people for titillation. These are "indecent images depicting the sexual abuse of children". Always feel the term pornography diminishes a little the watching, collection,creation of these images.

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I certainly do not support Apple, far from it. I have many, many criticisms of Apple and the "cult". But anyone believing that Apple have been given a database of indecent images depicting the sexual abuse of children needs to give their head a wobble. The authorities, certainly in the UK which I have professional experience of the processes, have a national database of known images in which the hashes are stored NOT the images. This is what it is compared to and will be flagged up.

MS do this in their cloud offerings and have done so for at least a decade. The issue for me is the fact that it appears from the statement, that this will be done on the DEVICE, to images set for upload to iCloud. Also once the precedent is set for doing this on an individual's device what is then next?

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Re: I just scanned my phone

No you shouldn't with regard that specific question. Unless the image matches a hash value of a known image that is stored in the US image database then it won't be flagged up under any circumstances.

Microsoft do amd have done this on their cloud storage systems for at least a decade, but isn't really shouted about.

Will the system stay at that, and whether any on device processing regardless of the fact it is images that are to be sent to iCloud are the main questions I have.

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Re: Question

No comment on the rights or wrongs of this announcement, but in answer to your question very easily. The system from the announcement isn't using AI to scan photographs, it is comparing against a national database for f known indecent images of children. This has been created by uploading has values of.imahes.ffound by human examiners and will have been created over years. The idea behind them is it limits the amount of exposure examiners have to indecent images depicting the sexual abuse of children as they only have to deal with previously unseen images or edited versions of previously known images.

This is how it works in the UK, with the UK's image database.

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I would be very, VERY surprised if it is actually a database of photographs/images. It will mote than likely be a database of known hashes of offending images, which will be added to by law enforcement agencies who are examining hardware and identifying these images.

Same is done in UK with our version.

Euro watchdog will try to extract $900m from Amazon for breaking data privacy laws

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Re: "complaint by [..] a French privacy group"

The fact is is "a purely Luxembougish institution" is irrelevant. Luxembourg is a member of the EU and as such is included within the GDPR framework. It can investigate companies under the GDPR legislation the same as the Irish ICO. It has found Amazon guilty and has issued a fine. Actions like this under under EU laws are EU wide irrespective of whether the institution has an EU flag emblem. The organisation is an EU organisation due to being an official organisation from an EU country.

Amazon showing profits of $7.7bn could pay this without really affecting them, but at last its an amount that makes them notice.It could have been many times worse.

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Insider Preview, attempts to defend labyrinth of hardware requirements

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No Offline Account Support

Reading through that article and the list of minimum requirements and its not the hardware requirements that jump out, rather the fact it states Microsoft account required for Windows 11 Home.

I run Enterprise at home with it being the only version of 10 (not including Education which is basically Enterprise) that can be blocked from sending everything back to the mothership. Microsoft have been making it more and more "difficult" to refuse the online account over time and if one of these accounts is an essential part of this OS then there is no way I'd use or recommend this to others.

This is purely on point of principle as for me there should be an option for the owner of a device to not be an unpaid tester/data source or a continual income stream for MS. It would be back to Linux for me as my daily driver.

Android, iOS beam telemetry to Google, Apple even when you tell them not to – study

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It's this sense of entitlement that get's me

Google said....

"Modern cars regularly send basic data about vehicle components, their safety status and service schedules to car manufacturers, and mobile phones work in very similar ways," the company's spokesperson said. "This report details those communications, which help ensure that iOS or Android software is up to date, services are working as intended, and that the phone is secure and running efficiently."

A classic piece of whataboutery and entitlement. One we're speaking about phones not cars Google. And as far as I am concerned what car manufacturers do is not acceptable either! Car manufacturers take a damn sight more than that and in my view nothing should be sent back from my car full stop. The same as in a perfect world nothing would be sent back from my phone, computer, television, HiFi amp, Blu-Ray player etc.

It does need knocked on the head, unfortunately too many members of the public give it "nothing to fear, nothing to hide" and cannot see what the fuss is about.

As far as I am concerned once you have bought a product, the manufacturer loses all tie and rights to that product. My device, my data etc it is not there for a manufacturer (or OS creator) to use as a money making excercise, a way to avoid paying for test environments, or indeed global domination. Unfortunately its so ingrained in people now, they see it as normal, something that 15-20 years ago would have required covert surveillance, rifling through your possessions in secret, and any other activities that would have had a regular person convicted under current stalking laws, or at very least placing someone under fear or alarm. Its gone too far, can it ever be turned around now?

Glastonbury hippy shop Hemp in Avalon rapped for spouting 'plandemic' pseudoscience

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Sums up the current state of things...

"...It's strange that people will object to overwhelming evidence from the world's top health organisations, but have no qualms about lapping up pseudoscience or the spittle-flecked rantings of a bloke sitting in a truck on YouTube. "

Sums up nicely current society. Years ago, when you had to go to a research library or write a letter for information to be posted back to you, people read and check facts. Now you can access almost anything online, read up on almost any subject, fact check in a matter seconds all from the comfort of your own house, yet utter bollocks & mental gymnastics of the highest order proliferate.

By all means research, question, debate but base in facts. It's not too difficult these days.

I won't be ignored: Google to banish caller roulette with Verified Calls

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Re: Another reason to not update a Google app

My, someone must have sat down on a pin!

"Peace and quiet" the right to not receive unsolicited calls. More than happy to accept friends, family and those I have given my number to. Unsolicited sales, marketing can go forth and multiply.

If anyone thinks this has ANYTHING to do with "won't someone think of the elderly" , then they are living in cloud cuckoo land. This has everything to do with Google making money, by accepting money to have calls flagged as acceptable so that, in your case, the "elderly" will answer and say yes to shit they don't need because it's got a "Google tick"

This is a business that wishes to track everyone, collect, analyse and store personal data, sell advertising doing similar to Phorm, which was ruled illegal, but the principals of injected adds based in tracking is now the norm. I would struggle to find anything that the Google of last 15 years or more has done that has ever been done for altruistic reasons. Everything has an angle, and that points to revenue to Google.

You only have to look at all the "promoted" searches in a Google search to see just how good they are at stopping "scammers" from taking money from unsuspecting members of the public.

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Re: You missed the really evil/smart part though

Unless the reason is, returning my call, then they can bugger right off!

Sorry but for me if I want something (product, service etc.) I will phone them, until then they can leave me in peace. Any company phoning me for "offers", or selling me anything immediately goes to the bottom of the list, and most likely has lost my business.

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Re: "if a user sees the business's name then they are more likely to actually take the call"

Only because the call is being intercepted by Google to send and compare it to their database, before sending the matched name back to your phone. As far as I was aware that's an illegal call interception.

One of many on by default "features" disabled on my phone!

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Another reason to not update a Google app

I have a big issue with what Google is, has been and will be doing with the phone app. This current idea follows the trend. Google has its phone app will tell you who is phoning you, say a business not stored as a contact, or alert you to possible fraud. To do this the villainous as slinger has to have the phone app send the data relating to the call ( the number), match it to what ever database they have and send it back to your phone so it can display the name. All before your phone rings. Isn't that "call interception"? Isn't that illegal?

They have waived the "shiny-shiny" at the stupid masses who have left this, on by default, feature active. Look it tells you who is phoning, it does, and what other call details are passed to Google to store, analyse and sell?

This new thing is an extension to this, and entirely unwanted. Who cares if it's a verified business, if it's unsolicited then they can do one! Just more excuses to earn money from $h1t advertising by a company that cares not one iota about privacy and the right to peace & quiet!!

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles

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Re: Interesting

Also Norwegian for church is "Kirke", same with "bairn", "braw" for example.

"Efter" to mean after is the same in Swedish and Danish, "etter" in Norwegian.

"Flit" , as in to move house is "flytte" in Norwegian."Hoose" is "hus" Norwegian, Swedish & Danish".

There are many others, there is an awful lot of Scots with links back to Scandinavia.

Oh what a feeling: New Toyotas will upload data to AWS to help create custom insurance premiums based on driver behaviour

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Re: That's settled, then.

Need to add, Tesla, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Land/Range Rover, Audi, Volkswagen amongst many others.

Pretty much every car that has an app allowing you find your car, lock its doors, see journeys etc is sending data back. Sending back accelerator use/pressure, braking speed, location etc . Sorry but if these manufacturers want to make cars that work well, then employ testers to test them, do not use the paying customer as a "free" test base.

If you went back 15 + years ago, to get that day would have evolved someone waiting outside you house, recording when and what doors were opened, following you recording your speed, route, if you indicated, when you braked etc. They would have been charged with at least a Breach of the Peace, by putting an individual into a state of "fear or alarm". It's done by computers and internet so it's all ok now!!! HTF have we got to this??

Android 11 will let users stop device-makers from killing background apps, says Google

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Kill all background apps

I'd much prefer an option that does this. The amount of apps that open up an run unnecessarily in Android is quite astonishing.

Allow me the option without having to root a device, to stop apps running in the background unless I give explicit consent to them doing so.

Pan-European group plans cross-border contact-tracing app – and promises GDPR compliance

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Re: How can location knowledge maintain privacy?

They did. Although only if you are sharing location history, although aren't location history and permissions not absolutes to Google.

How much of that was for altruistic reasons.and how much to say, look what we can do with this data for you, don't legislate, you need this type reasons.

The public by and large do not care. They have been brainwashed, by the likes of Facebook, Google, hell almost every manufacturer of a device connected to the internet that its normal.

Computer, deactivate self-destruct system requirement, says Sonos... were it on a starship in space, and not a smart-speaker slinger

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Re: Surprised Sonos survive?

Not having to use Alexa or Nest devices sounds like a very good idea! To be fair though Sonos probably data slurp too.

Easiest way is just use dumb systems or simply add a Blutooth receiver.

I do not, however, understand why "smart speakers" require a connection back to Sonos etc. If all they are being used for is multi room with the source being from a LAN device? If it is being used to connect to Spotify etc why not just have it do it from a device using aptx Blutooth. Minimises slurp and doesn't matter what the speaker manufacturer does.

My NAD C368 amp has a BluOS adapter for internet streaming and as far as I can make out works this way (happy to proved otherwise)

Unlocking news: We decrypt those cryptic headlines about Scottish cops bypassing smartphone encryption

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Re: What state is the device left in at the end of all these shenanigans ?

Exactly the way it went in. Worked in cybercrime dept for 5 and a half years and in that time no phone or tablet that came in left in any state other than the same it came in.

The only way that would change is if it requires a chip off examination. Which would require a forensic examination by the qualifies examiners of the cybercrime dept. For that to be done it wouldn't be an investigation into a crime that was proportional to that type of examination, and there would more than likely be some form of other corroborating evidence that would make that type of examination necessary.

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Re: Fail to see what the fuss is

In that case then it has already been normalised.

I stand by the commemt.

This "kiosk" business does NOTHING AT ALL DIFFERENT to what police forces across the UK have been doing for at least 15 years. It gives the police access to NOTHING THEY HAVEN'T ALREADY GOT ACCESS TO at the moment nor what they have had access to for at least 15 years in case of normal mobile phones and less taking smartphones into account.

This IS hand-wringing and woe is me by people misunderstanding what is going on.

Police CANNOT just take your phone when asked, the same.as they cannot just walk in your house and look around. The mobile phone examinations will be EXACTLY the same it has been back in 2009 when I joined at the time my local plods cybercrime dept.

All that is changing is the fact that rather than waiting months for an examination, unless it jumps the queue, it will be triaged at a kiosk. At the kiosk no data can be extracted and stored. In the case of witnesses' or complainers' devices the PIN/passcode will have been provided, as it allways has been. In the case of accused it sometimes is, sometimes its bypassed as it has been for years.

The phones are only taken from accused if it is felt that it is likely to contain evidence, ie stalking, domestic abuse cases, rape and sexual assualt, grooming, drug dealing missing persons etc, where it is suspected to have been used during an RTC. Any examination that was negative is not kept, only the positive are. Only the relevant data is extracted ie call data, texts or messaging. If its not required for the case its not extracted or looked through, the cybercrime departments simply do not have time.

I had issues with a few things we were asked if we could do, which we refused and I believe they still do. But a cannot start an argument with this on what is makey up guff, as everything that folk are complaining about that could happen is exactly what happens and has been happening for years.

The sad comments about me and SNP is a bit much. I am no fan of what has been done to Police Scotland and the kool-aid swallowed by the media and masses regarding 1000 extra officer amongst others.

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Re: What if..

You would either personally or via solicitor put in a request for damages to the police. Actually dealt with one for a laptop I examined. Thankfully in that case it was fully photographed & everything documented. When it was looked into the device had been "fiddled" with subsequently with different hard drives etc and could be proved.

In your case if the phone did not work, and you had not been found guilty nor had an order confiscating your productions due to the type of case, then it would be treated the same as going through the wrong address' front door. If valid some form of settlement would be agreed.

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Re: Extracting encrypted data?

True, but the story is on a UK force being Police Scotland. There would have to be very good reasons for going through with a prosecution on this .

Lets say, hypothetically, some kit has been found and examined, contains indecent images of children. One device is encrypted, accused doesn't hand over key. Why? Although evidence has been found to suggest a user of equipment ( can never but bum on a seat!) has comitted a crime, evidence very strongly points to accused, he tales.his chances that the up to 2 years will be less than would receive if data is seen from encrypted drive. In cases like that there is the fear that it could be hands on abuse of identifiable victims.

Now i hate the "think of the children" garbage spouted by many to to.cause.fear, alarm and justify draconian measures, but where other evidence is available and in cases like the above example I can see its benefit. It also why it is only used , certainly in my experience, as an option under advisement where there is genuine concern.

Its an "absolute power corrupts absolutely" type issue but as long as the nutcracker is used for the nuts & the sledgehammer is only used when the wall absolutely must be broken through then its OK, but only used in that way.

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Re: Let me get this right

When did you do your XRY?

Used it throughout my time in Cybercrime dept. Almost all of the XRY extracts of Android were done without changes. Left at the end of 2014 & haven't kept up to date with the latest versions of XRY since not long after.

Besides even something has to added to a device, or indeed you have had to manually examine a device, as long as it is documented, photographed or videoed as we did then there is no issue, also remember that in Scotland corroboration is required. There can be one examiner as lead but everything done has to be corroborated and signed off by a 2nd examiner too.

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Re: Extracting encrypted data?

Remember under RIP(s)A amd RIPA in England & Wales refusal to supply an encryption key when asked, includes phone locks, can lead to up to 2 years in jail.

It's not used very often but the power is there.

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Fail to see what the fuss is

Firstly cards on the table, i work in have previously worked in a cybercrime department in Scotland both pre and.post Police Scotland creation. I no longer work in the department, seeing more naked children in a year than a pediatrician sees in a career causes you to escape while you still have your sanity.

I fail to see what the fuss is. Simply nothing that these kiosks do is new. They do not give the police more rights nor more access to data than they already have currently nor more than at anytime in my time there (I started there in 2009).

Police sieze a phone as per the law, or take witnesses'/complainer's phone with their permission. Reporting officer tells examiners what they are looking for (images, sms, other messaging,internet data, calls etc) phone is examined and the relevant info extracted and handed to RO.

These new kiosks will allow devices to be triaged see if it has relevant info on it (exactly the same access to the phones that Police forces all over UK have) unable to changed, store move etc. the data. If it contains something then it is sent for examination.

As witnesses'/complainers' devices could be months before examined before being found irrelevant this should hopefully stop innocent people.wanting to help or victims of crime being inconvenienced.

In my experience, if your not driving on the phone, downloading images you shouldn't, stalking, abusive messages/calls, selling drugs, sending unsolicited dick picks, or grooming etc underage kids the police have no interest in your phone. Our department used to refuse loads of requests as not relevant, over reaching or best evidence can be got from elsewhere. It will still be the same here, it may be triaged, bur cynercrime may still refuse the full examination.

There has been a lot of hysteria, hand-wringing and so on about this. My only concern is those that will be triaging may not have enough experience/knowledge to accurately translate what they receive from the initial exam.

Boeing aircraft sales slump to historic lows after 737 Max annus horribilis

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Re: It's not just the 737...

My reading of it was that while Barnett was there working on the airliner, a new leadership team who had overseen the military projects arrived. This NEW team put the pressure on the commercial project team to lower the standards of their work. It was the commercial project team that had the higher standards and were told to cut corners by the new military project team that was now in charge.

The stories coming out of Boeing are truly frightening for a "respectable" company. But then again when you see some of the things they have got up to historically, have they ever been "respectable"

Ring of fired: Amazon axes multiple workers who secretly snooped on netizens' surveillance camera footage

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Re: Why did they do it?

I think the reason is the usual isn't it? The old they need access to data so that

"...we can improve our.service to you and make your website experience more personal to you"

Which translates as

"... We couldn't be arsed testing this product properly like companies used to do, so.we'd like to use our free testing system, ie the users, to see that it actually works as it should. We'd also like to access data and video so when can analyse it and sell off what ever we can find a buyer for because it makes us a ton of money"

Transfer that to almost every product or service these days, its an absolute joke.

Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and... sticky keyboards?

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Lemonade would have been bliss compared to my childhood next door neighbour. They hadn't long got two cats when one of them pee'd all over his Spectrum +128.

He didn't notice until he went to use it noticed the smell and they keys being "sticky"!

Tesla has made a profit. Repeat, Tesla has made a profit – $143m in fact

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Re: Smart Summon used "more than one million times"

Often wondered why people seem to be OK with this. Tesla know where every car they've sold is at any point and what speed, when its used etc. Speaking to an owner, you can disable it but your GPS won't work. How true that is I don't know.

Its also funny peoples reactions to this. I saw someone on a forum, when having Tesla's data tracking pointed out to them, respond with

"when people say that I tell them its not a car, its a computer on wheels, so of course they will. What's the problem?"

The fact that folk think it's normal for computers & computer related companies is very worrying.

I see your blue passport and raise you a green number plate: UK mulls rewards scheme for zero-emission vehicles

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Re: Taxis

That's because the mark 1 Leaf has a truly horrendous range of about 90-130 miles tops, real world 70-105 or so, new one does 168-239 depending on model. Real world probably a bit less.

Most new model EVs do 250 + real world probably from 215/220 upwards.

One of my colleagues at work as a taxi driving friend. They shifted to a Leaf 3 years ago and can not believe how little the running costs are now compared to his diesel.

One question about this will this apply to hybrids (plug in or otherwise)? If so can see a lot of those bought for lower company car tax burning fossil fuel while gaining the benefits. I had an Outlander PHEV as a personal car and binned it early for a diesel as the petrol mpg was poor and I could only get 17-23 miles of EV range (seemed to be an issue where some were really poor on EV while others were much better even with the same driver & driven in same way).

Class-action sueball over refurbed iThings will ask Apple what 'as good as new' means

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Re: That's ridiculous

No one is going to replace devices that are a couple years old with brand new ones. When you have insurance on your car that's been in an accident they promise to use new or like new parts, but no one expects them to supply you with a whole new car!

And then your car, with its 8 year body work warranty that you have 6 years left on, has no warranty at all anymore.

I bought a brand new car & I've told the insurance company when I took it out that I wanted to put it to manufacturer approved bodyshop so that it didn't get refurb parts and its bodywork warranty wiped out should the worst happen. If they said no, I went elsewhere.

Wouldn't expect a brand new car, but would expect new parts, due to its age and value.

HOWEVER a better example is my car BREAKS DOWN under warranty, I take it in and the dealership/manufacturer decide to repair it with 2nd user parts, then I am going to be very cheesed off.

Maybe if Apple made the devices more serviceable the complainant, could have simply received a brand new battery allowing him to keep his ,only used by him & bought brand new, device.

Side-splitting bulging batts, borked Wi-Fi... So, how's that Surface slab working out for you?

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1 year warranty? I don't think so...

Always amazes me when companies trot out the old favourite "1 year limited warranty", especially as under EU law every device sold in EU must carry a 2 year warranty. Plus if you are prepared to dig your heels in,some are a pain but some are very good with this, there is the sales of goods act That covers you for 5 years in Scotland and 6 years rest of UK.

While it can be difficult to prove the fault is a manufacturing defect, the number of folk affected says it might be, goods must be of reasonable quality. If things don't last as long as reasonably expected, a repair or replacement at manufacturers/retailers expense is the fair option.

I would argue.that any fondleslab costing roughly £1000 should reasonably last a good number of years.

Management at work saw fit a couple of years ago to buy a number of Surface Pro 4s. The amount of them that are now dead is incredible. Thankfully they have listened to us "monkeys" and will.no longer be purchasing any more of them.

Usenet file-swapping was acceptable in the '80s – but not so much now: Pirate pair sent down for 66 months

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Usenet, that brings back memories. Used to use it when I started at Uni. Great source of mod and midi files,none of that new fangled MP3 nonsence!

Shut the barn door: UK data watchdog tells MPs mass slurping by firms is a huge risk to privacy

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Re: Tell people *why* the slurp is bad for them

Same here. Its that or "I have nothing to hide". Unfortunately I already have a FB account created back in 2007, I hardly use it but its too late they already have details. I've told folk that the Cambridge Analytica scandal is not a one off, its the norm. Every thing they did FB were told to stop doing years before. You tell them how does FB afford to give them that service for free? Don't care.

Spend half my time telling folk to check privacy settings, app permissions, data farming etc. Speak to folk about Alexa and youget the stock, "it only listens when I say Alexa". Youask then if thays the case how does it know you've said "Alexa"? Youcan almost see the struggle to work that one out! The average punter simply doesn't care,the corporates know that. If the public looks like starting to care, just watch the new trinkets come out.

We are basically at the stage of wondering how to stop a big boulder coming down the hill with a few pointy sticks, sadly.

It's all in the wrist: Your fitness tracker could be as much about data warfare as your welfare

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Re: No, no, no, no, no!

The bloody annoying thing is the model I've got is the only one that does FLAD at the price point. Currently called them out about it on their Twatter feed & actually getting somewhere, slowly with them. They want the discussion out of the public though, funny that eh? I did ask if they would refund me the purchase cost as it is them I feel should be out of pocket rather than the retailer, but they did not take me up on it yet.

With, for example, a Fire Stick I can understand why Amazon would know what I watch as it is linked to my account and they are supplying me a service and need to know what to send to my account etc. It's also my choice to use that, and I can limit what data they can take from the stick without losing service. That's not to say they are saints by any stretch. But this TV situation I think is extracting the urine.

These type of things require more noise and people to realise exactly what these companies are up to and the consequences. Give them an inch and they take a yard!

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No, no, no, no, no!

Not sure if that title is obvious enough! This data collection has to stop. It has to be looked into. When did it become acceptable that because something is a "computer" (smartphones, tablets, watches, TVs cars etc.) that the manufacturer can monitor its use, see what you are doing when using it etc? When did seemingly intelligent people decide yes I don't mind being tracked by a corporate identity yet in the same breath criticise governments for doing the same?

For instance, not long bought a new Sony TV. It had reviewed well had features I wanted and advertised that it would have Dolby Vision added via an update. Tried to update in last few days and I can't because I rejected the "privacy" policy which told me they wanted to access every program/file watched, details of every device connected, how long it was used for, when it was switched off etc. As a sensible person I said no. I don't want a "smart" TV. Because of this I cannot use the TV as advertised. No mention of this in reviews, advertising etc, only after it is unboxed and used.

How many others are like this? Why are they doing this? Simple, in this day and age companies no longer R&D properly, no longer test products no check they work properly. They sell half assed attempts and then strip all usage out of the device as we are their testers. They also make a fortune selling our data. We are commodities to them, no oversight, nothing.

How has this happened, to many people giving it "nothing to hide nothing to fear" or distracted by the shiny-shiny. Hear about an idea, think it's good without every thinking of the consequences and the monster that has been released. Amazon and Google have convinced alledgedly intelligent people to place a listening device into their homes and hand over cash to them for the (dis)pleasure.

So again, no,no,no,no,no. Needs to be far more fightback against this creeping, nay marching corporate surveillance society.

Rant over.

Want a good Android smartphone without the $1,000+ price tag? Then buy Google's Pixel 3a

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Re: Google to host videos ...

Could add the A2 6gb 128gb especially if bought from China. Rather have that and it's Android One too.

The Pocophone is a cracking piece of kit for the money, far better value than this Google device.

BBC engineers see PLT knocking out DAB

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Works OK for me too

Moved into a new build home last year, no way the missus would let me drill holes and run cable, so for my HTPC and XBox360 I have a homeplug upstairs to connect to the router downstairs. So far I've had no issues and a DAB radio is used every day in the kitchen without any interference.

Had missed the stories of interference with these devices, knew about leakage etc but will maybe run a few tests, but as said so far everything works a treat and no issues at all for me or the neighbours(I did ask them though when I fitted it).

Police expert caught with abuse images

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Sex offender register

He was added to the sex offender register for 10 years

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Couldn't happen where I work

Under normal circumstances the images must show a sexualised content. Most of those images that you kindly suggested I "Googled" could be classed as concerning but concerning images don't make a case. It would have to be taken in context of the investigation.

For instance if someone was a naturist they would not be done for having naturist photographs and nothing further would be taken, however if the person had, and it could be shown to have, an interest in sexualised images of children then these could be used as concerning images but would not form the basis of a charge. You can't be charged with concerning images all they are are images of concern do to the behaviour shown.

It is very hard to get into specifics in a public forum but images that I referred to, certainly in the geographical area I work in have to be of a certain "standard" that would allow me to stand by the comment I made earlier.

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The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

There is no crime of "looking at images" it is one of "possession" and a crime of "creating"(which includes when an image is saved onto PC/media etc it is "created")

You can not prove who has looked at images downloaded unless there is a camera recording the act but you can tell the difference between a file that has been downloaded and one that has been downloaded and accessed at a later date.

In these cases the press never has the full evidence reported, there is usually far more than "these were on the computer"

A possession offence does mean something, you don't get 14 months and the sex offenders register for 10 years for nothing!

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A bit of reality

Who watches the watchers? This man was not involved in investigating any thing in relation to the Police, he was purely working for them in connection with the HR department. Comments 1 and 3 are to be frank a little bit strange but hay ho!

What is a level 5? Well it is publicly available information level 1 is erotic posing, level 2 is solo masturbation or sexual activity between children, level 3 sexual activity between an adult and a child, level 4 penetrative sexual activity, level 5 is bestiality,masochism/sadism in relation to a child.

so "Apparently you can be caught with the most serious type of image, a "Level 5", without anyone having a clue what a Level anything one is" is complete nonsense. You may not know what the levels are but there is NO WAY you could be done without knowing what you had was not legal!

"Don't the police have in-house 'expertise'?" They do as do all large organisations but sometimes a new system or what ever requires some more staff on a temp basis and consultants or similar are employed. If your referring to E-Crime units which this man did not work for then yes they do.

If that sounds a bit defensive, I work for a Police Force doing computer examinations and rather sadly 90% of the work I do involves looking at indecent images and videos of child abuse (NOT porn, as porn can be "exciting") and let me tell you some of these are pretty horrific, and not once have I wanted to download and watch these for fun! Some of the comments do come from a level of understandable ignorance but it is a bit wrong to slate us in the job we do when most people could not do 6 months of this type of work never mind the years I have done.



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