* Posts by croc

178 posts • joined 29 Nov 2009


Uber, Lyft struck by sue-ball, no, sue-meteorite in California after insisting their apps' drivers aren't employees



Back in the late 1980's I was contracted to Exxon's IT department in Houston. The assignment was ended by a federal law that was passed declaring that if a contractor spent more than x % of their time working for one company in a given year then they were assumed to be de facto employees of said company. While I grumbled over that at the time, (as did many contracting agencies) looking back I think it was a fair call and should probably still be the rule of thumb for determining contracting / employee status.

NSO Group: Facebook tried to license our spyware to snoop on its own addicts – the same spyware it's suing us over


Why do you want to know the dimensions of my anal sphincter? Hulio? Zuck?

What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?


"Knowing everything about a user does not make them a better customer. Offering a better product and better service at a better price - that might. And you don't need analytics to tell you that."

You seem to have misunderstood your Economics 2020 classes... Knowing everything about a user makes them a better product. The issue is not blocking tracking, but making the sale of personal information illegal - with serious fines awarded to the users Go after the rot cause and make it unprofitable.

Log us out: Private equity snaffles Lastpass owner LogMeIn


Re: Any full feature alternatives?

try radius...

Chinese chip giant calls on US tech to help out with Trump tariffs – not a quid pro quo, obviously


"We've always been at war with eastasia"

Back when China first opened up, companies like Walmart pushed many businesses to utilize Chinese manufacturing to help the Walton's make more money. As did much of the tech sector. Problem is now apparent - we have handed over many of the keys to the manufacturing sector to the Chinese, Scot-free. Hoist on our own petard, so to speak. Blame falls into the lap of capitalism, and the 90 day short sighted thinking that this entails. Trump, using his 'Big Brain' has decided that China suckered the manufacturing sector, when in reality the manufacturing sector made its 'own goal' from sheer greed. There will be no easy fix for this problem.

The Outer Worlds: Ever wished Fallout 4 was more like New Vegas? Here ya go... in spaaace


Welll, at least it is not too buggy...

And that is not a bad thing. However, I paid pretty good money for this, enough to make me think that it was going to be a AAA title. What I got was a smalld-world game with game play seemingly aimed at the ADHD stricken, acne infested mid teen crowd.

The concept is sound, the mechanics are there, but for the money it needs more story, more quests and deeper characters. Think of this as buying a book, but only getting chapter one. Pretty disappointing, really.

Trump attacks and appeals 'fundamentally misconceived' Twitter block decision


Doral to host next G7?

Now we know the actual reason that Trump wants the G7 at his own property. He can pick and choose who he lets in at his own establishment, regardless of their standing. Macron, for instance, or Trudeau... Not to mention news organizations. And who gets camera time... Who ... the list of what could be controlled due to the owner's rights is endless.

And the cherry on top is all the money Trump gets to make personally...

Backdoors won't weaken your encryption, wails FBI boss. And he's right. They won't – they'll fscking torpedo it


Re: Stalin would be so proud of him

Oh... Are you referring to the Clipper Chip? And how did that story go again?

Open-heart nerdery: Boffins suggest identifying and logging in people using ECGs


Remote Detection with pacemakers...

It is little known, but some pacemakers can be remotely interrogated for things like checking ECG patterns and adjusting the pacemaker accordingly... If the pacemaker belongs to a 'person of interest', (+ - 10%) the pacemaker can also be 'LoJjacked' for convenient apprehension.

Cyber-IOU notes. Voucher hell on wheels. However you want to define Facebook's Libra, the most ridiculous part is its privacy promise


Re: Investors are "pouring in" a pittance

Think about this... If you are of average intelligence, half the people around you are dumber than you.

When it comes to Facebook, never bet against the stupidity of humans.

'AI is not the cause, it’s an accelerant. The pace of change is challenging' Experts give Congress deepfakes straight dope


How do you do a "deepfake" of someone that speaks mostly in lies and the rest of the time only utters nonsense...? I am of course speaking about the orange-haired CIC of the USA.

These boffins' deepfake AI vids are next-gen. But don't take our word for it. Why not ask Zuck or Kim Kardashian...


The problem with technology is, if it is available it will be used. The problem with people is, half of them are dumber than the average...

You're responsible for getting permission from subjects if you want to use Windows Photos' facial recog feature


You take my picture in public, as part of a group scene (say at a beach or a crowd crossing the street, or as a spectator in a packed sports venue) fine. You PUBLISH that photo, not so fine. You publish that photo and make money, where's mine. You publish MY photo on Facebook, you have just signed your own death sentence, mate...

Oh dear. Secret Huawei enterprise router snoop 'backdoor' was Telnet service, sighs Vodafone


All this hoo-haa aimed at Huawei, and no one is making a big deal about the IoT threat. Given that much of the IoT thingys are made in China... Not to mention many of the mobile handsets, including Trumps favorite unsecured iPhone....

How politics works, part 97: Telecoms industry throws a fundraiser for US senator night before he oversees, er, a telecoms privacy hearing


Re: The more things change, the less they really do.

When Walmart is the only store in town it is hard not to.

You think election meddling is bad now? Buckle up for 2020, US intel chief tells Congress


Just to raise a bit of a stink....

Trump is Putin's bitch.


Re: @TomG -- Vast oversimplification

Yes, but... You only need to buy one, two tops, Electoral College Representatives to win the prize...

The original idea was that "\the people Sir, are a great beast" Paraphrase from Alex. Hamilton... So, once all the votes were in, the states appointed a representative to go to Washington, meet, and hammer out who should actually be the next Pres... Irrespective of who actually won by popular vote. Kept out the riff raff you see. This was indeed a ruling made for Alex to get him to sign off on the continuance of slavery.

But then, history is all bullshit anyway and only my first sentence has any veritas....

Say what?! An AI system can decode brain signals into speech


As one that has had a total glossectomy (tongue removal) for cancer treatment, I hope that this works. An iPad is no substitute for speech. Mostly because people, on the whole, are just too damned impatient. Assholes all. (the average rate of speech is 125 words to 150 words per minute... My typing? 25 words per minute on a good day if you don't count typos....)

However, on the philosophical issues, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Or, try this one: I think, therefore I am. And I can still clap with one hand, and a glass is half full or empty depending on how thirsty I am. A glass of beer, on the other hand....

So go ahead. Make all the jokes you can about this significant research. I have already put myself forward as a guinea pig.

Senator Wyden goes ballistic after US telcos caught selling people's location data yet again


Re: Instead of piecemeal legislation

I hear that the south of France is nice this time of year....Not part of Five Eyes, either. Nice. The town, that is....

Facebook flat-out 'lies' about how many people can see its ads – lawsuit


Zuckerberg for President!!! After all, "they trust me. Dumb fucks"

Microsoft: The Kremlin's hackers are already sniffing, probing around America's 2018 elections


Paper Ballots.

Why Google won't break a sweat about EU ruling


I would much rather that the EU take on the OEM's locking some 'features' down to the users' detriment - Samsung, and its Facebook lockdown as an instance.

When Google's robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call?


Re: If its mission critical

A group of scientists built a box with four ways out, differing complexity, to test the intelligence of gorillas. The first gorilla promptly bashed his way through the box, using none of the designed ways.

As to the whole 'cloud' bit... If you don't own the infrastructure that you make money from, then you deserve what you get. Just ask Mr. Dotcom's clients.

Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS


"People just submitted it ... I don’t know why ... they ‘trust me’ ... dumb fucks"

It is my self-appointed job to forever remind people that leopards never change their spots.

That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything's fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook's great! All good in the hoodie!


Re: <<< Isn't it time for Kalanick 2.0 to go >>>

"Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuck: Just ask

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don't know why.

Zuck: They "trust me"

Zuck: Dumb fucks

Instant messages sent by Zuckerberg during Facebook's early days, reported by Business Insider (May 13, 2010)"

A timely reminder...

FCC levies largest ever fine: $614m on Verizon (that's about three days of profit for telco giant)


I think that bandwidth auctions should include a use-it-or-lose-it proviso. Two years should be adequate.

5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing


If I remember correctly, there is an article in the US Constitution that seems , on its face, to be about revolution. I think that it is the Second Amendment, the Amendment that is also responsible for the fact that there are more weapons in the US than people to fire them....

Now, I am not (and would never) advocating a new Revolution. And I do not live in the US.

However, you all know what you should do.....

Kotkin: Why Trump won


Trump KNEW that he was going to win, the fix was in. Putin, for just a few hacks on a few machines in a few key states, has bought himself a brand new puppet. It will be interesting to see which way the strings are pulled.

Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary


And we've been banging on about SCADA devices for how long?

Shirley, SCADA devices are even more critical to lock down. Have we done so? Well, pretty sure that the Iranians have, but the rest?

Bang on all you want.

CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive


Put the IG in contempt, jail him until the drive is found. After all, it is good enough for people suspected of other crimes, and this crime amounts to almost a treasonable offense. (The War on Privacy...)

Snowden WAS the Feds' quarry in Lavabit case, redaction blunder reveals


I ran a search for the word 'snowden' in the comments and did not run out of fingers....

As to all of the folks getting all nationalistic, philosophical, or just playing devil's advocate... When it comes to humankind there are no truths, there are no facts, so just get over yourselves. Better and worse are just two words made up in the human mind.

Terrified robots will take middle class jobs? Look in a mirror


Terrified Robots...

The REAL reason we can't allow robots to ever have any AI... Poor bank droid....

DC judge rips into the NSA over mass surveillance


While most of you are not aware of the facts, (as they are highly classified) the NSA has stopped many hundreds, if not thousands of attacks on American soil as well as around the world... End our programs at your peril.

How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year


Re: wsusoffline - win

Well, if that approach is good enough for Microsoft, why not you?

Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT


Nice article, and a fair number of well-reasoned comments. Kudos to David 123 for his '"Personal" computer no more ' comment.

That said, I keep seeing all of these comments about MS' 'telemetry'. I've worried some over this, enough to run Wireshark for some fair few hours, and I canot see much of this actually happening 'in the wild' as it were. Can someone with more packet analysis experience than I please chime in regarding all of this telemetry that I am not seeing?

Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions


Idiots... They tried to 'go for gold' in one huge grab, generating several huge headlines along the way. They should have learned from Facebook ("They trust me. Dumb fucks.") and only made small grabs to eventually reach their goal. But since they didn't (and have now telegraphed their whole future agenda to the world at large, WRIT LARGE) they will now have to pull their horns back in for a few months - at least. THEN they can go the timeless proven way to acheiving their privacy-busting goals, one small step at a time.

Hire some better psychanalytical types this time, OK?

The US taxman thinks Microsoft owes billions. Prove it, says Microsoft


I don't think that being in existence for about 1 more year gives MS that much of a head start...

Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours


Re: Meh or just a me too service?

"Since subscribing I have not bought a single album so saved money each month. I have also discovered a load of artists I would never have done and developed an interest in Folk Music that I never listened to before.

Worth every penny that I (DON"T) spend on it." Fixed your statement to clarify its meaning....

Too bad about those new artists, eh. Guess that they can get along just fine without you, yeah...

Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker


I once had a new manager bring in a coffee cup that had printed on it: "Me Boss. You Not." I soon had another new manager...

Sadly, Apple cannot be swept under the rug quite as easily as that for having a BAD ATTITUDE! It is interesting when people of the calibre of Swift do rub Apple's nose in it. Apple, we all know that you ARE the 900 pound gorillla... You don't have to act like it. Its not like paying people fairly for their labour is going to bankrupt you.

Let downloads roam free, says ACCC


I just love how 'Global' applies to Business (Murdoch wants Global reach) but not to Consumers (Murdoch wants to be able to sell A in markets A, B, and D, but market C either has to pay more, subscribe to a 'bundle' or possibly not get 'A' at all.) Murdoch is only one example...

No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over


"A result of this is that the usual estimate is that 80 per cent of the women who have ever lived had children while only 40 per cent of the men did. We see echoes of this in even modern populations when they're put under stress: the ratio of boys born to girls falls. In famine, for example, a child is likely to be undersized as a result: but it's going to be easier for an undersized woman to have those desired grandchildren than a runt of a boy."

I think that the author and I live in different universes... In MY universe, the number of (human) males that have ever conceived children is something Very Close to 0%, where in the author's universe it seems to be about 40%. And in MY universe that percentage does not vary much, if at all, even if the foetus is under-sized... Males conceiving and carrying even runts to full term is still Pretty Close to 0%.

Kaspersky Lab hits back at Bloomberg's Russian spy link hit piece


Not that it matters, but I was born in the US. So I am an American. I have not lived there in about two decades, so there it is.

I have a Huawei router. It MIGHT have a backdoor built in, to the Chinese spy agency du jour. However, since I live in a 5 eyes nation, I can be pretty sure that the NSA has a 'tap' into my chosen ISP, or rather ANY ISP as they have tapped one end or the other of the Southern Cross cable. (My best guess is somewhere in Hawaii.) So why would I be worried about the Chinese? I also use Kaspersky AV. So why would I be worried about the Russians? Are the Chinese or Russians going to 'disappear' me? Can't really imagine. Are any of the US three-letter agencies likely to? Percentage-wise, I'd say that the chances of that happening are 1000% better... And, it would be LEGAL! Now, if I were Chinese or Russian I might feel differently. But frankly, I REALLY DON"T have anything to hide from either the Chinks or the Rooskies. As well, I have nothing to hide from the Yanks, either, but I still worry more when I cross the US border than the Chinese or Russian borders. Isn't that a shame?

'Just a kid' Zuck's word is his bond ... but NOT in his backyard, lawsuit claims


"They trust me."

"Dumb Fucks..."

Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers


Try 'Browser in the Box' (BitBox). It should be the required browser for the tinfoil hat brigade...


Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event


It would have been nice to have seen an analysis of what Win 10 actually is bringing out new to the preview. I guess I should have looked to see who the author was before I started (hopefully) reading the article.

Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook


Re: "right to freedom of expression"

""Quite the opposite, ALL civil rights are granted by government."

Correct. It galls me when heated discussions about the most "basic" rights (right to live, right to freedom ect) almost always end up with someone using the phrase "God-given""

I'd make the point that 'rights' as such do not even exist until someone tries to limit them. Much like air, everybody used it but no one ever questioned it for many thousands of years. Therefore, it did not really exist, it was just there. So too with, say, 'Freedom of Speech'. Gog and Magog went around 'f this' and f that' and Gung (the tribal leader) finally had a gut's full and said 'Gog, Magog, I hereby forbid you to express the 'f' word. Thus began expression, by the limiting of it.

Huawei? Apple and Samsung's worst nightmare, pal


Re: Whose worst nightmare? Samsung's! Not Apple's.

Ah... That would be Australia's Aborigines, I believe... ~50,000 yrs. and counting.


Re: Consequences - just like the US

"The consequences of offshoring to China were so predictable that calling them "unintended consequences" would imply staggering stupidity on the part of managements."

I prefer the more politically correct term "90 day tunnel vision".

Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10


Get the current release build number right before you whinge about things that might never be...



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