* Posts by veti

3118 posts • joined 25 Mar 2010

Shock! US border cops need 'reasonable suspicion' of a crime before searching your phone, laptop

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Re: Well it's easy...

They may "have to justify" it, but a pint says they won't have to share that justification on demand with the bearer of said device.

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Re: A CITIZEN'S rights

The British "sex tourism" law is an exception to the usual rules, at least as applied in British courts. It's justified purely on the Think Of The Children rule. The only other law I can think of that the UK applies extra-territorially is for war criminals.

If you think laws don't apply to people who haven't gone through passport control, just imagine what would happen if you turned to the person on your left and clubbed them to death with your suitcase. Do you really think there's any airport on earth where you could do that, and not be arrested and tried by the local authorities?

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Re: No problem

No, "the System" backs the most powerful people. If you want to take down a president, you need more than cast-iron evidence and multiple taped confessions, you also need truckloads of cash to dump on senators' lawns. But if you just want to take down a nameless border security drone, all you need is one photogenic witness and a suitably motivated lawyer.

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Re: No problem

That's not what "reasonable suspicion" means.

Judge shoots down Trump admin's efforts to allow folks to post shoddy 3D printer gun blueprints online

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Re: Well...

Sure the US exports guns, but that export is strictly regulated. There's nothing incongruous about using export regulations against someone who exports guns without jumping through the hoops. That's what the regs are for.

The questionable bit is where it characterises "posting blueprints online" as equivalent to "export". That's the bit that should probably be argued through in a court.

The executive branch is limited in how it changes policy. It can be challenged if the changes are "arbitrary" or "capricious". There's been a lot of argument over the years about how you decide whether a change is either of those things, and there's a lot of things the court can take into account in making that decision. One thing is "did they announce the change in advance and allow for a reasonable discussion period before it took effect?" Another is "were people who made business decisions on the basis of the previous policy given adequate consideration and/or warning of the change?"

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Re: More guns = safer for everyone

Yep, that's the logic.

If anyone thinks that more guns makes for a safer society, but doesn't think that Iran and North Korea should be actively encouraged to develop nukes, then they haven't thought it through.

One thing I've gotta hand to Donald Trump: at least he's not that kind of hypocrite. He has actively encouraged the nuclear programs of NK and Iran.

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Re: More guns = safer for everyone

Uh huh. How 'bout linking to some reports about all these police mishaps?

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Re: More guns = safer for everyone

Kennesaw, Georgia: violent crimes 2016: 66.

Let's just compare that with some other cities of a similar size (~30,000 population).

Southgate, Michigan: 78

Marion, Indiana: 115

Garfield Heights, Ohio: 108

Martinez, California: 51

Lewiston, Idaho: 46

(All figures from www.cityrating.com.) So, not bad, but hardly the placid paradise you seem to be suggesting.

It takes a very special set of blinkers to see "not enough guns" as a principle cause of Chicago's problems. Violent crime in Chicago rose by about 40% during the 1960s and a whopping 60% during the 70s; it was as a response to this that the city effectively banned handguns in 1982, following which the rate of increase declined to less than 10% in the 80s, and crime actually went down in the 90s. Since the ban was lifted in 2010, and concealed-carry permitted in 2013, violent crime rates have increased again.

"More guns = less crime" may be true in some times and places, but at other times the opposite is true. You're not doing any favours, except maybe to the NRA, by pretending that this is a simple and universal law.

They terrrk err jerrrbs! Vodafone replaces 2,600 roles with '600 bots' in bid to shrink €48bn debt

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Re: €48.1bn??

I think you may be looking at the list of countries by external debt. That's only a fraction of the total national debt. (Size of fraction varies by country.) So I think the true position may be quite a lot lower.

I've had it with these motherflipping eggs on this motherflipping train

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Re: Oh boy.. An egg...

I don't believe you've ever smelled a durian.

There was an instance, just a few months ago here, where a whole six-storey office block had to be evacuated because someone left an inadequately-airtight durian, in a backpack, outside the building. I believe it was initially suspected to be a gas leak.

I'm still not that Gary, says US email mixup bloke who hasn't even seen Dartford Crossing

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Re: Can I get you to do Morrisons as well?

That would probably qualify as hacking and aggravated identity theft.

Uber CEO compares pedestrian death to murder of Saudi journalist, saying all should be forgiven

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Re: He makes an intersting argument which is bogus.

Leadership changes. Today's goodwill is tomorrow's grudge.

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Everyone likes to hate on Uber

But how many of us are still holding out against all of their apps?

If everyone who claimed to hate their ethics stopped using their services, Uber's shares would not be going up.

Any promises to extend rights of self-employed might win an election, hint Brit freelancer orgs

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Re: Parental rights?

Why is that "scaremongering"? Isn't that exactly the kind of EU over-regulation that approximately half of the Tory party - specifically, the half that's now running the asylum - has been fulminating against since the Single Market began?

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Re: Tories?

That would come under "unfounded assumptions of higher productivity", then.

If the worker isn't getting sick pay (etc.), then they're not really getting more money because they have to accrue against all those eventualities (which is more efficiently managed at aggregate level by a business, rather than individual level). It may feel like more, but that's a dangerous illusion.

Training and equipment? If the worker needs those to do the job, then they need it regardless. If they don't, then we're not talking about the same worker.

As for line management - that's another way of saying that self-employed people have to do a bunch of unpaid overhead work for themselves. So, basically it's shifting time costs from the employer to the employee. Again, the "more" money to the employee is an illusion. It also assumes that all managers (including both line managers and accountants) spend more time on managing their direct reports than they do dealing with contractors - that may be true, but it's far from self-evident. Someone has to check all those invoices and timesheets...

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Re: Tories?

Hang on... If the employer saves money, and the worker gets to keep more money, and the Treasury gets more money... how does that work exactly? Is this the secret planting spot of the Magic Money Tree, or are you just making unfounded assumptions about higher productivity?

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Re: Parental rights?

Don't think about the Alistair Dabbses of the world, think about the Uber drivers. It's not just taxes, and it's not always the worker who is doing the dodging.

If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is: Nobody can decrypt the Dharma ransomware

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"The highest number ever factorized [...] is 21".

That seems a bit underwhelming, even for a quantum-computing claim. My six-year-old knows her seven-times-table too.

Congress to FCC: Where’s the damn report on mobile companies selling location data?

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Re: US Politics

The legislation has been in place for 20 years, it's Section 702 of the Telecommunications Act 1996. And in case you missed it, they first requested this investigation back in February. If the FCC doesn't think it's competent to produce such a report, it should have said so then.

But nice try at muddying the waters there.

Ex from Hell gets six years for online stalking and revenge pics rampage at two women

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Unfortunately, then the person who took and sent the picture in the first place is also in big trouble.

What do you get when you allegedly mix Wireshark, a gumshoe child molester, and a court PC? A judge facing hacking charges

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Re: "Her computer"?

A lot of people buy and use their own computers - with the cooperation of their work IT teams, obviously - even on a corporate work environment. We don't know whether the judge was such a case, but it's possible, and the "my computer" defence suggests it.

California’s Attorney General joins the long list of people who have had it with Facebook

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And by "had it with", you mean...

... "been fucked by"?

Have you been naughty, or have you been really naughty? Microsoft 365 users to get their very own Compliance Score

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Re: Let me get this straight ...

The kind that bases their entire company library on Sharepoint.

Communication, communication – and politics: Iowa saga of cuffed infosec pros reveals pentest pitfalls

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Re: Due diligence

"The state of Iowa" can't just grant permission to break into anything they like, just because it happens to be in Iowa. If I were an Iowan householder (read: voter), I'd want to be very clear about that.

In this case, it seems pretty clear that the sheriff's real target is the state-level officials who authorised the test. If he can establish that the guys who did the breaking-in were doing something illegal, then it follows that the people who commissioned them to do it were, at the very least, accessories to that. I don't know what local politics are in play, but I'm pretty sure that's the goal here.

Beardy biologist's withering takedown of creationism fetches $564,500 at auction

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Re: Darwin is still a very naughty boy ...

True. As early as 1868, Cardinal John Henry Newman was trying (not entirely convincingly, but still) to defend Darwin's theory (as applied to humans, even) as being perfectly compatible with scripture and church teaching.

Neither the Anglican nor Catholic churches ever condemned Darwin's books or his theories. (Plenty of individuals did, but plenty others spoke up in their defence, so on balance - a wash.) The only people really offended were those who insisted every word of the Bible must be literally true, which is to say, fundamentalist churches that prize blind faith over reason.

PSA: Turning off silent macros in Office for Mac leaves users wide open to silent macro attacks

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Re: Boeing

It's not impossible, just difficult.

You need to make it harder to buy votes. Stop political advertising, make it illegal for politicians or their supporters to pay for publicity of any kind.

It'll require a constitutional amendment, but that's not impossible either.

Cambridge boffins and Google unveil open-source OpenTitan chip – because you never know who you can trust

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Re: Trust and Google in the same sentence

Trustworthy hardware is in Google's own best interest. From their point of view, this is a way of neutralising the inbuilt advantage that Microsoft and Apple have from being literally in control of the hardware.

It leaves them all with no alternative but to compete for data, on level terms, in the online world - i.e. Google's home turf.

In a world of infosec rockstars, shutting down sexual harassment is hard work for victims

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Why would you want a "rockstar"?

"Rockstars" are notorious for every kind of bad behaviour. This is true in the musical genre that gave us the term, and it's an inherited trait in every other business that lets itself be beguiled by the same idea. By definition, they are people to whom the usual rules don't apply.

Hackers, similarly, are often motivated by a dislike of rules. In some cases they try to act as if they don't apply, and have to be harshly reminded that they do, by those of us who value our peace. Many hackers secretly, or not so secretly, aspire to "rockstar" status as a sort of superpower that will allow them to transcend the frustrating limitations of mere mortals (which explains why that godawful sophomoric bilge The Matrix was so popular in certain circles).

I will never willingly work with anyone who considers themself a "rockstar", or who aspires to be one. While this rule may make me miss out on a 1% chance of getting insanely rich, it will also spare me a 99% chance of getting brutally abused and/or set up to take the fall for a sociopath.

I cannae do it, captain, I'm giving it all she's got, but she just cannae take another dose of bullsh!t

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Re: "People will always argue over truth"

No, that's another example of the same confusion. The "facts" we can agree on are that the Earth is here, has been here for some time, and it seems to change somewhat over time, thus leading us to infer that it was very likely markedly different in the past. Oh, and that there exist stories that describe "creation" of the Earth.

But "God created the Earth in six days" is not something that can be observed at first hand, it requires interpretation of the observable facts. This particular one relying on a specific written account being true (and many others being false).

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Re: Depends on what you eat

Correction: in the Great Horse-Meat Beat-Up, it wasn't "mince" that was mislabelled, it was products containing mince. Mostly, beefburgers and pasta sauces. The "mince" sold by supermarkets was (as far as has been revealed, at least) fine. Which chimes with your point about more processed food being dodgier, but not so much about local butchers being more trustworthy.

Your local butcher may indeed make their own burgers with locally sourced mince, but probably not their own bolognaise.

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Re: "People will always argue over truth"

Ah, common error. You're confusing "truth" with "facts".

We used to agree about facts, but differ about how to interpret them (truth). What's happened in the past few years is that "facts" have become inseparable from interpretation, nobody believes in "objectivity" any more.

That's not long division, Timmy! China school experimented on pupils with mind-reading tech

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Re: Hummmm... wut ?

Yup, that's a well-buried lede right there.

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"Decent teachers and well structured lessons" are great.

But not every teacher is that good. Heck, I hear almost half of them are below average! And even the best are often grateful for what help they can get.

Top American watchdog refuses to release infamous 2012 dossier into Google’s anti-competitive behavior

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Re: Headline from the future (or Onion headline from today)

The committee can only issue a subpoena if the whole Senate has asked it to conduct an investigation into - something that the subpoena would be relevant to. I don't know if any such investigation is currently open.

If not, then it's not just members of the committee, but the whole senate that would need to be squared.

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Re: Meh

The comparison would be valid if Ford started buying up and maintaining roads, and some time later it was found that any vehicle that wasn't a Ford would sustain damage when it drove along it.

Google made its name as a general-purpose search engine - not as an index of Google products.

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Re: Splendid response

Careful what you wish for. If there's just one thing I've learned in 50-odd years, it's that things can always get worse.

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Re: There is no Internet B

I'm pretty sure we reached that point already. You seriously think there's another 20 years of life left in the Internet we have now?

US Air Force inks deal with Raytheon on Windows 10 (and other) support for ARSE

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Re: Sounds great, but...

My former boss was less than overjoyed when he realised his job title had become "Analytics Manager".

The Feds are building an America-wide face surveillance system – and we're going to court to prove it, says ACLU

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Re: Hypocrites

Do they? I haven't seen that particular call out.

Just take a look at the carnage on Notepad++'s GitHub: 'Free Uyghur' release sparks spam tsunami by pro-Chinese

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Re: Why do businesses try to avoid politics?

It makes sense that boycotts are a preferred weapon of the left. To make a boycott effective takes collective action - a large group of people acting together, rather than one person taking a stand. The right-wing equivalent would be lawsuits.

Harassment campaigns, however - such as this story is about - those come from both sides. Organisations like 'moveon' and 'media matters' are merely the left-wing equivalents of Breitbart or the Daily Caller. The thing about "the left" is that it needs to mobilise large numbers of people to do anything. "The right" can generally get the same result just by spending money.

As for "bullied by the left", the choice of words there is telling. "Bullying" is what the strong do to the weak. If you feel your team is "bullied by the left", that means you feel your side to be weaker than them. Why do you think that is? And if it is true, then why isn't Donald Trump in jail yet?

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Re: were branded "criminals" by Spanish officials

They'll be called "Scots".

The Scots have already had one independence referendum, with the full participation and blessing of the UK government. It's hard to imagine what would stop them from having another, once the dust from Brexit has settled. Comparison with Catalonia is silly.

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Re: Chinese people who have been brainwashed into thinking that Westerners have been brainwashed

If you "like the way you were brainwashed", that means the brainwashing was effective.

FYI, we're now in the timeline where Facebook decides who is and isn't a politician on its 2bn-plus-person network

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"Advertising" is pretty clear, it's the bits that someone pays to have displayed to your users when they're following #something. That's different from the tweets themselves, nobody is naive enough to imagine you could ban politics from those even if anyone wanted to.

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Au contraire, there's a lot you can do within the constitution. Anti-trust law is one thing. Laws that regulate the behaviour of publishers (which is all Facebook is) are another.

In the last 30 or so years, the USA has completely dropped the ball on anti-trust. Compared with Europe, US citizens are paying more, for less choice and poorer services in, say, broadband and mobile services, because it's allowed local monopolies to develop. And the same thing has happened online: Facebook and Google have conned politicians into seeing them as like national flagbearers or champions against supposed European or Asian competition, which means they get supported rather than slapped down.

Europe's digital identity system needs patching after can_we_trust_this function call ignored

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Are there any figures on

... approximately how many people have ever tried to use this system? Are we talking 50, or 50 million?

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This plan is baked in to the Home Office. It will keep coming back until it gets implemented.

But the article makes no mention of a "single" national ID. Passports, driving licenses, NI numbers - these are all different things, why not use any one of them?

UK ads watchdog slaps Amazon for UX dark arts after folk bought Prime subs they didn't want

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Re: In the interests of balance

I dunno, fascism can be very popular.

That's one of the biggest arguments for keeping democracy on a tight leash. We've seen it played out on both sides of the Atlantic since 2016.

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Re: My Dad got caught by this - many times

You can always complain. The question is, to whom?

Who's the leakiest of them all? It's the UK's public sector, breach fine analysis reveals

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Re: Trust

When your private information falls into the hands of scammers and criminals, what difference does it make whether it got there by malice or incompetence?

With apologies to ACC, I suspect sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice. (And I'm damn' sure that malice is sometimes disguised as incompetence. See Donald Trump's CV, for instance.)

I'm not Boeing anywhere near that: Coder whizz heads off jumbo-sized maintenance snafu

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Re: 737 MAX

The whole reason for the problem was that Boeing wanted everything about the MAX to be the same as for older 737 models. So I'm sure the passenger-level safety information was the same. Thus saving airlines the expense of maintaining an extra set of - well, everything really, but certainly including safety instruction cards.


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