* Posts by LDS

9850 posts • joined 28 Feb 2010

Microsoft issues fix for Windows 11 Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: "... each new distro release"

No. Linux libraries have the nasty habit of breaking binary compatibility, because of course you can recompile. For example Anydesk was broken by Ubuntu 22.


Because libraries may also disappear between releases.

This behaviours are extremely irritating for users whose life is not dedicated to worship and cuddle their OS (only people using a penguin icon like that), and by helpdesks that doesn't to like to have to modify each configuration manually, until the next thing breaks.

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Re: "Search Highlights"

I don't understand why Microsoft needs a Stupid User Annoyances Department - and I would like to know who thinks user are happy to hunt for the way to immediately disable all this idiotic "services". Especially on business machines. Instead of fixing many glitches that weren't there in Windows 7 - like the Recycle Bin bugs.

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"to get the actual work done"

Unluckily it's still very difficult to get actual work done in Linux but in a few sectors - most IT related - which is not where most people work. So they boot Windows, open the applications they need, and the forget about the OS.

Unless Linux starts to appeal to desktop application developers, Windows and macOS have nothing to worry.

It's much easier to port games to Linux than many productivity applications. Especially they need API/ABI compatibility - they cannot be re-compiled with each new distro release.

It's a crime to use Google Analytics, watchdog tells Italian website

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Re: "a country without an adequate level of data protection,"

I guess it's even worse. It looks any right that wasn't in the mind of the Framers - who were sons of their time, with all their inevitable limitations - could be lifted by a Court lead by Talibans.

Which makes them very alike Putin and his mad dream of returning to a mythical golden age of Czarism.

Since a Privacy Right is not well laid out in the US Constitution, expect rulings that will give companies broad freedom in breaking citizen rights.

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Re: I quite like this judgement

No, because Analytics has a very large share of the market - the case was about Caffeina Media, but **all** other sites using Analytics have been given 90 days to comply.

Google: How we tackled this iPhone, Android spyware

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If you enter a house or car to plant a bug you can also try to plant evidences. Even a passive tap may be used to "construct" evidences if using just part of the recordings. That's why everything can be challenged in courts.

As technology evolves and criminals take advantage of it, law enforcement have to build their counter-measures too. Of course their use must be strictly controlled.

Moreover, are you using cameras and mics to protect your house? You may illegally break the privacy of others...

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Just like they could get help from different kind of people to bug a criminal? Locksmiths could help police to enter a house. A car repair may bug cars as well. A restaurant may allow microphone and cameras installed. Even kindergarten to catch teachers hurting children. Even intercepting deliveries could be allowed. ISPs may support sizing machines used by crooks and then used to "spy" on them.

How do you believe you can catch crooks? Especially some kind of crimes that like to lurk in the dark? Just waiting they deliver themselves at the local police office?

Of course if a court authorize such actions. The problem are laws like FISA that bypass court authorizations and parliament oversight.

"ould reasonably argue that if they managed to get the user to install something that gave itself unfettered access to the phone, said access could just as easily be used to plant evidence."

Sure. Then it's up to the investigators to support their evidences beyond any reasonable doubt.

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It's not different than implanting a bug to track and listen to criminals - which is usually done against the criminal wishes, and usually trespassing into private properties. Just, done under a warrant, it is legal.

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"why is Google documenting it"

Because stomping on Italian feet is far less dangerous than stomping on Israeli ones... it makes Google look good and people forget they let others do the same....

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Why? They do have already to comply with tap warrants. This is not much different. Doing it under the proper legal framework help to jail criminals. Otherwise it becomes authoritarian surveillance. Just like FISA or CLOUD Act.

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Re: Google's Threat Analysis Group

It looks they are doing nothing to stop NSO Pegasus as they did with this one....

Windows 11 22H2 is almost here. Is it ready for the enterprise?

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Re: What is it with people ?

Because people use applications, not operating systems.

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plus Vuescan

If you use already Vuescan or Silverfast they are going to support older scanners on Windows as well.

On the other hand support in Linux for high-end photo printer is abysmal - once again you need a separate solution like TurboPrint with the risk of losing a lot of features.

Anyway you don't have to to rely on Windows messages for supported hardware - it just means it doesn't have a driver ready - but the V600 is supported by Epson under Windows 11


So difficult to check on Epson site?

Don't ditch PowerShell to improve security, say infosec agencies from UK, US, and NZ

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Re: Good

You like complicated, difficult, one-side relationships, it looks...

Spain, Austria not convinced location data is personal information

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Re: Some authorities in Europe

The issue is really that big companies have lost the GDPR round, and now are trying to lure privacy authorities to make it ineffective. The Irish DPC is trying to slow everything down so much any complaint is ineffective.

Others like Spain and Austria look to take a stance that with much probability won't stand in courts, but it means you need someone like nyob to challenge such decisions in a court, because most citizens don't have the resources. And meanwhile they can do what they like with data.

You also see the attempts to put ICO in UK under government control, denying its independence.

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Re: Start to publish politicians, judges and other "VIP" location data...

Actually, they are trying to sell the idea they can do whatever they want with the data because they are not personal data. The fact the casus belli was the request of person to know what data they have matters little.

The fact that someone else may have used the phone is irrelevant - in this sense a car may be driven by someone else, a computer used by someone else, an account used shared with someone else.... just the probability is low enough all of those data can be used to track a single person effectively - and the onus to demonstrate those data are not personal should be on those hoarding the data, not vice versa.

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Start to publish politicians, judges and other "VIP" location data...

... and just see how they immediately become Very Personal Data.

Wi-Fi hotspots and Windows on Arm broken by Microsoft's latest patches

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"test this crap before they push it out to their users"

Pushing out to their users is actually the test - the actual leadership of Microsoft has an utter contempt for users that are just guinea pigs for Azure.

Cookie consent crumbles under fresh UK data law proposals

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Re: Straightforward solution

It's happening. Many sites, Google included, are being forced to offer a simple reject choice instead of forcing users to go through multi-click processes to reject tracking cookies.

Still nobody forced companies to use cookies dialogs, the could have chhose to honor the do not track flag or make cookies opt in in a separate page. They have chosen that way because they wanted to annoy people as much as they can to force them to accept cookie.

GDPR requires informed consent before tracking. Just as long as you 'work with the industry' instead of setting the required rules to protect citizens' rights, the industry will try to water down any rule as much as they can.

So you don't 'work with'. You listen to their opinions just like any other party involved, and the decide, even if the industry doesn't like it. There is no fundamental right to easy money exploiting others.

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"The government will work with the industry"

Should be read "the government will bow to the industry"....

Microsoft readies Windows Autopatch to free admins from dealing with its fixes

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<sarcasm>WSUS is s dream to configure and manage

Right. It looks cobbled together by Dumbai interns and never improved from then. There are utilities to improve it and you wonder why MS never thought to apply the same patches.

Don't understand the need of this tool if it does support only desktop Windows and is not integrated in WSUS.

SpaceX reportedly fires staffers behind open letter criticising Elon Musk

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Re: Unclear on this whole employment thing

Yes, for the same reason Musk should not speak about his companies without abiding to SEC rules.

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Re: "we will strictly uphold our no A-hole policy"

Isn't he a defender of free speech with no limitations and boundaries? Or he believe the right applies to those with a billion or more?

Musk can't tweet about Tesla without lawyer approval – and he's still fighting to end that

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Re: Potentially an interesting legal case

What it is interesting is that if he could win this, all NDAs signed by Tesla, SpaceX and StarLink people would be invalid, because of course no US law, including contract law could be used to deny free speech, coudn't it?

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Re: Advice from Twitter?

The problem is there are hordes of journalists ready to re-launch everything they read on Twitter, for fear of missing a scoop.

Interpol anti-fraud operation busts call centers behind business email scams

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Re: Now for the fake Indian call centers

Telcos do make money from those scams. Someone is enabling those Indian scammers to call your mother, not for free. They won't do anything unless the law forces them, and even then they will look for workarounds if the money are worth the fees.

Bill Gates says NFTs '100% based on greater fool theory' amid crypto cataclysm

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Re: NFTs have no intrinsic value whatsoever, but have sold for multiple millions.

Not only. The painting itself marks a deep change in painting style - it's "innovative" - far more than NFTs.

Consultant plays Metaverse MythBuster. Here's why they're wrong

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"where they fill a room with LED screens"

Fahrenheit 451?

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"excited to engage in a digital experience with their favorite brands"

Yes, but probably they are only these ones: "Over half of people who attend virtual lifestyle and luxury events" - which may be a lot among the McKinsey people acquaintances, but far less in the general population, thanks to heaven not everyone lives to worship some brands.

It looks McKinsey thinks the metaverse is just a huge shopping centre for the brands-addicted people.

Yet people don't go outside to shop only. It will be hard, for example, to get your favourite food and beverages in the metaverse, and even if they may think about digital slaves on bicycles to deliver that, it's a far different experience.

Apple dev roundup: Weather data meets privacy, and other good stuff

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Re: "without associating coordinates with personal information"

And its map application download images directly from satellites.

When privacy is at stake, people should learn to read the classic PR stunts. The fact that the "weather app" doesn't maps location to PII, it doesn't mean the phone itself doesn't (just look at the iBeacon documentation...). Those who control the OS has far more power than each app - they can collect data well before an app has a chance to see them.

Unless someone shows me a document where it is written explicitly - otherwise it's just another frequency of its reality distortion field.

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"without associating coordinates with personal information"

Of course. It already knows where the user is, it doesn't need the weather requests. Again, those who control the mobile fully already have the information third party apps try to gather. So they can paint some lipstick on the pig hoarding data.

Cloud services proving handy for cybercriminals, SANS Institute warns

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"Report it to them … so cloud providers can help make this better"

It's still revenues for them... <G>. If they abuse dept. is as good as most ISPs, reporting will be useless.

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

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"But it (mostly) doesn't matter which widget library "

No, actually it does matter because otherwise you get each application with a different look & feel, with controls that doesn't behave the same in subtle ways. Interaction among different application and the OS becomes much more cumbersome.

"it will bring in the necessary libraries as part of its installation"

That another Linux issue that brings compatibility problems when the "necessary libraries" change their ABI/API at will - and each distro may be only compatible with specific versions. Moreover if they are not OS standard libraries you start to enter the GPL hell for non-open source applications.

"UI widgets might look slightly different in different apps"

It is a problem especially when they **work** slightly different and or developers have to try tricks to make them work the same way, or users will be baffled why something that work in a way in an app works differently in another.

"certainly Windows has previously been (possibly still is) guilty of having programs using all kinds of wacky interface libraries"

True because they are aimed at the kind of users who likes bells & whistles, like multimedia players. But for example nVidia much more standard UI Control Panel was much simpler to use than AMD ones.

As long as Linux does its best to keep desktop application developers away, its user base will be small. Still it can thank Microsoft which is quite busy trying to alienate its desktop users too....

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Re: It all comes down to money

Evidently you don't know how "corporations" buy licenses. They don't use the desktop license bundled with the PC, nor they buy PC with bundled licenses. They don't buy at Walmart or Amazon, end they do buy licenses separately.

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" it will attract rent-seeking corporations"

ROTFL! It did already. Who do you believe pays Torvalds & C.? What do you believe runs Google, Facebook, Amazon?

Actually, they can exist at this scale only because Linux exists and its open source. And thanks to the GPL they don't have nor to pay much many developers, nor they have to disclose the code that really matters to them.

Linux it's mostly a server OS exactly because those companies need a server OS - they don't care at all about a desktop OS. They don't sell OSes so they don't care at all about development of a desktop OS. It's not a surprise that many developers at those companies use a Mac.

So, sorry, you never kept Linux for yourself...

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"variety...is a feature, not a problem"

It's a problem for application developers. Linux lacks a coherent "desktop" API, and a coherent widget set, which means a coherent GUI, and simpler development.

That's important for desktop apps developers. With Windows you can compile once and deploy the application on any Windows desktop - even older ones unless you use some specific API available only in latest system and you have very good chances your application will work on future releases unless you made something really stupid.

Android was successful because it brought a common API for applications. So once you write one, you don't have to care what "distro" of Android it will run on. ChromeOS used the browser as the desktop API.

People use applications, not OS nor desktops. They will use the OS which runs the application they need. Linux right now runs mostly applications for some kind of software development and system administration. And not everything can be replaced by a web application.

Without applications, no users...

The Register talks to Microsoft's European cloud rivals about getting a fair deal

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"Curiously", Nextcloud aimed at one of the main competitor of its product - and that running on a desktop OS - ignoring Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, etc. Probably because they are interested in the office space.

Also it's funny how Germans like to protect their pharma, chemical and other sectors intellectual properties very hard ("open sourcing" Covid vaccines? NEVER!!!!!) but are very keen on exploiting software open source, since they could never create a thriving software industry in Germany beyond SAP and little else, to avoid to invest there really.

I'm very favourable to open competition, and software licensing prices must allow it - but it can't be an excuse to bend the market from favouring one side to the other. I'm also very favourable to open standards (as in a remote storage protocol) for iteroperabilty, far less in forcing everybody to open their code - which is actually greatly helping the cloud Goliaths to exploit smaller companies.

"Digital sovereignty" then is another matter than needs to be regulated accordingly to citizens' rights, especially since bad laws like the CLOUD Act stand, and companies outside EU can't really safeguard citizens' data as GDPR requires, no matter how many "safe harbours" or "privacy shields" they can devise, unless the other state laws don't provide the same level of protection.

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Re: The elephant in the room

Amazon offers its Amazon Drive service as well, often tied to its Prime service...

Behind Big Tech's big privacy heist: Deliberate obfuscation

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I have a friend who is fully aware of that, but he can't stay away from the fashionable items they sell.

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"Europe's GDPR was most likely an outlier"

No, it shows the difference between EU and US, and partly, UK (although you have also Orban and not only him in the EU...).

In EU privacy is a people's right, a citizen one, not a "customer" one. Having suffered some dictatorships shown how dangerous is losing privacy. Also, companies are not regarded to have all the rights just because they make money. Call it the socialist heritage somewhere, or the catholic one in other places, whatever. Lobbying efforts are powerful, but they don't always win.

US meanwhile lost the anti-trust will it had at the beginning of the previous century, and started to look at people only like "consumer", non "citizens". Only "shareholders" look to have rights.

Taiwan bans exports of chips faster than 25MHz to Russia, Belarus

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"What would stop a country to buy chips from Taiwan and then sell it back to Russia?"

That they will be sanctioned as well. China itself is trying to keep on business as usual while trying not to incur in the effects of secondary sanctions.

Smuggling some Prada bags in is easy, millions of chips is not. Oligarchs will keep on getting their iPhone, iPad and Macs - but their companies won't be able to source thousands of PCs and other devices.

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Re: Digital Cameras?

"Pictorialism strikes back" - or "finding new ways to sell our crappy cameras and lenses".

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Re: Digital Cameras?

This time they don't have German camera factories to loot....

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composed of Transputer chips.

I've read Transputin chips... <G>

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"An arithmetic logic unit of 32 bits or wider"

Which rules out 386 either... I've some floppies with 16 bit and 8 bit applications they may like... if they are not under sanctions too...

Brute force and whiskey: The solution to all life's problems

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Why a "retired farmer"?

Except being in some cruel minds "expendable" - was an old man better suited to the task, than one of the technicians?

46 years after the UN proclaimed the right to join a union, Microsoft sort of agrees

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Re: Why companies feel the need to setup and join trade and lobbying associations...

Of course. You can have German-style unions that usually work mostly in the interests of workers, or you can have UK/Italian/French style unions which are often direct offshoots of political parties and try to enforce just political ideology onto any company regardless of the specific situation.

Companies will try to lure union leaders, as well political parties will try the same when they are big enough. When unions lose focus on being workers representatives, and their leaders just look for privileges, the worst occurs. "Animal Farm" is a good reminder.

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There may be a few people that for some reason are highly regarded inside a company, and are pampered because of that. Many others may not be so lucky. The issue is they have the same basic rights. Even at Amazon I guess there are employees management care of, but they are not the packaging and delivery ones.

Without which the company can't function.

Taser maker offers electric-shock drones to stop school shootings

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"particularly in old Westerns"

Actually, in the best Western movies the "heroes" are usually unwillingly to shoot unless there's no other choice, and shootings are not frequent. The "evil ones" usually use their guns far more. They have good plots and dialogues, and do not revolve around shootings.

Then there are many B-movies and the horrible "spaghetti Western" (which is an Italian idea) with much more shootings because of lame plots, and to appease the public looking just for that. Later Western movies, late '60s and early '70s are much more violent.

Anyway there are researches showing that in the "Wild Old West" guns inside towns were much more regulated than in actual Texas - but the "lawless" ones.

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"Personally, I'm glad to live in France, where this kind of nonsense"

Think about a lot of jilet-jaunes armed with AR-15....


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