* Posts by Woodnag

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Britain has likely missed the boat for having a semiconductor industry

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Semis

There seems to be an underlying presumption that customers will come in droves to buy whatever ICs these new UK startups come up with. Brexit doesn't help with selling to EU, which has NXP and ST anyway, the US has consolidated to TI-ADI-Microchip. Since UK industry is mil-aero, needs to be hi-rel and rad-hard products, which is a high ASP but tiny volume market.

Doctors call for greater scrutiny of bidders for platform that pools UK's health info

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Re: Scurnity

Palantir have been promised the contract, because US drug industry will get the data as a result.

Light getting shone on the deal just delays it until it can be granted when no-one is looking.

There is no accountability.

Koch-funded group sues US state agency for installing 'spyware' on 1m Android devices

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Re: What about the mandatory installation of Facebook?

Since all apps are always running, I wonder if FB uploaded your contacts between the OS upgrade and you deleting it?

Elon Musk issues ultimatum to Twitter staff: Go hardcore or go home

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...work 3 times longer for the same pay

Elon hasn't brought up the across the board pay reductions yet, has he?

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fire you or quit

When laid off, Twitty has to pay towards your unemployment benefit claim...

Germany says nein to Qatari World Cup spyware, err, apps

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So a cellphone is mandatory to enter the country...

...just think about it.

Go ahead, be rude. You don't know it now, but it will cost you $350,000

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Re: You get what you order

The smallish firm that does my personal tax started a scheme that customers prepaid an estimate of the fees at the start of the tax season. Those that couldn't afford that dropped out, and that included the problem non-payers that were the reason for the scheme.

Breached health insurer won't pay ransom to protect customers, warns of more attacks

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NHS?

Nearly. They have a deal with Palantir, who grabs it and then hands out our personal data willy-nilly.

Apple patches actively exploited iPhone, iPad kernel vulns

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Exploit

All I need to know is whether the exploit requires JS to be enabled in Safari for it to work.

Note that Mail doesn't have a setting to disable email html processing - please advise if I'm wrong...

Firefox 106 will let you type directly into browser PDFs

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Security settings?

So if the PDF has security settings disallowing editing, commenting etc... will FF still allow it? Breaking the security PW is easy - Elcomsoft Advanced PDF Password Recovery (APDFPR) does it in a fraction of a second. Not so trivial to break a PW needed to open a PDF, mind you...

PayPal decides fining people $2,500 for 'misinformation' wasn't a great idea

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UsForThem?

You don't like UsForThem's speech, so that counts as "reason(s) they were blocked"?

Post-Brexit 'science superpower' UK still hasn't appointed a science minister

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Re: Headline to come...

...with the reliable switch made by MK. Oh, wait...

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The country that couldn't be bothered to retain ARM...

...just wants the pretense of trying.

Australia asks FBI to help find attacker who stole data from millions of users

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Gov-run IDaaS

If it's a Gov-run IDaaS, then when (not if) it is breached, the denials and coverup will be immense.

In any country.

Look who's fallen foul of Europe's data retention rules. France and Germany

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Re: So basically...

...when the state has in depth data on everyone, every prosecution becomes a selective one. And deterring political activists becomes very easy.

Cisco SMB revolution: selling hardware with no subscription required

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Maybe they know that the patchable life isn't very long?

https://www.theregister.com/2022/09/08/cisco_routers_vulnerability/

No subscription, no implied ongoing security patching obligation...

Mozilla CSO demands fines to curb Big Tech surveillance

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Instead of fining the company, senior management should be fined

Not if the company pays their fine.

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"financial penalties are a meaningful way to move the needle"

Nope. Because the fines are lower than the profit, and don't cause the transgressions to stop.

Custodial penalties are a meaningful way to (etc)...

Ad blockers struggle under Chrome's new rules

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Manifest v2-based extensions will stop working in Chrome...

You are fine. The extensions won't actually stop working, but simply not be supported in later versions of Chrome. So set yourself up with a nice install of ungoogled Chromium from Woolyss, and don't upgrade it.

Amazon expands end-to-end video encryption to battery-powered Ring devices

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Video only accessible on specific devices?

So how to submit a video to, say, a court as evidence is it can only be viewed on a phone?

Amazon drivers unionize after AI sends them on 'impossible' routes

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Glasgow hands out about as many traffic fines as the whole of London...

...but only to cars registered to English addresses.

Nadine Dorries promotes 'Brexit rewards' of proposed UK data protection law

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UK rejoining the EU?

EU will insist on UK adopting the Euro as a condition of re-entry, which won't happen.

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GDPR teeth

This is to provide a haven in UK for FB when IRL is finally forced to apply GDPR.

Then there will be 10 years in the courts with FB & UK arguing that the new UK data laws offer adequacy with GDPR when the whole point of the new UK data laws is to allow the likes of FB to pillage data just like in the US.

UK's NHS goes to market for $2b HR and payroll system

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Re: Who created this monster?

Fujitsu then? After their great work with the GPO...

Or Palantir, since they have their tentacles in the NHS patient DB already?

Amazon has repackaged surveillance capitalism as reality TV

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There's also the elephant in the room that hasn't been discussed...

How do Ring know which are the fun videos to broadcast after getting permission?

They trawl through ALL OF THEM, initially automated, then people look at the shortlisted ones to finalise selections, all without explicit permission.

Exactly.

Zoom patches make-me-root security flaw, patches patch

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Don't Zoom have any competent security testers?

I find it unbelievable that a company as large as Zoom couldn't even patch an externally disclosed flaw properly on the first release. Doesn't the word 'release' have any meaning in terms of testing and quality to Zoom?

Missing an exploit, sure, it happens. But the initial flawed patch release should entail a consequence to the senior manager who signed off the release.

Microsoft asks staff to think twice before submitting expenses

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Re: M$ looks to be pinching pennys

Companies making big noise about tough times ahead? Sounds like a way to discourage employees from asking for COLA pay raises.

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Microsoft managers personally paid the bill to feed and water staff at a company picnic

So... Microsoft managers paid the bill for a company expense from their *taxed earnings*, while for Microsoft that would have been simply another cost?

Engineers on the brink of extinction threaten entire tech ecosystems

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Re: 6 here!

We lived in cardboard box in middle of road, and radio had the mutt's nuts because we couldn't afford a cat's whisker.

1.9m patient records exposed in healthcare debt collector ransomware attack

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You forgot:

"Data security is one of PFC’s highest priorities"

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What do you mean, "are they?"

Palantir already had access to UK health data, to name just one.

Microsoft tests CD ripping for Media Player in Windows 11

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Re: Innovative

The innovation is passing the CD title back to their server as part of your surveillance history.

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

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Re: So who is responsible for fixing the heated seats if they fail?

You don't licence hardware: you buy it or rent it.

If the heated seats hardware is part of the car purchase then any mods you do which don't violate copyright are your business.

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So who is responsible for fixing the heated seats if they fail?

Who actually owns the heating hardware?

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So when a used car is sold...

...it needs to be very clear what is being sold, and what was simply being rented by the seller.

HavanaCrypt ransomware sails in as a fake Google update

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HavanaCrypt ransomware sails in...

How exactly?

UK signs deal to share police biometric database with US border guards

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They must destroy...

...but the info is passed to USA (etc) on receipt, so that's just a red herring.

IBM settles age discrimination case that sought top execs' emails

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"systemic age discrimination" vs "systematic age discrimination"

It's pretty clear that a word has been chosen that can be argued to mean something later that is not what we understand it to mean now.

That the mouthpieces confused the two is interesting... which one was the word that Legal told 'em to use?

Misguided call for a 7-Zip boycott brings attention to FOSS archiving tools

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Re: I like 7Zip.

Imagine the protests if it was suggested that UK or USA random individuals should be penalised for their country's illegal incursions into Iraq, Syria or Libya, or the recent murder of that Iranian general.

UK govt considers invoking national security in Arm IPO saga

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Nope

Acorn was around before the BBC Micro (System One, Atom...) and Sophie is an exceptional engineer.

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So now ARM is suddenly a national treasure?

UK gov didn't give a toss when SoftBank bought it.

All SoftBank have to do is move the HQ from Cambs to USA first, then sell it.

Just posturing.

Cookie consent crumbles under fresh UK data law proposals

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consent-to-cookies button

Don't blame Schrems for consent-to-cookies buttons. They're illegal too. See https://noyb.eu/en

UK government still trying to get Arm to IPO in London

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A bit late...

UK gov could have prevented the Softbank acquisition if it really cared. All words, no action.

Uk gov prefers companies like Cambridge Analytica.

Google calculates Pi to 100 trillion digits

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Re: They'd get a shock...

When someone PIs around, is the result checked against the previous output as far as poss.?

Campaigners warn of legal challenge against Privacy Shield enhancements

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The UK isn't under GDPR any more

UK is under the Data Protection Act 2018, not GDPR, since Brexit.

However, to process EU data, UK has to follow GDPR as does the US.

Of course UK will break GDPR, while loudly saying it isn't, similar to Ireland protecting FB. But at some point the EU will say 'enough' and data flow to UK from the countries subject to EU law will be illegal under GDPR.

Google's FLoC flopped, boffins claim, because it failed to provide promised privacy

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There's Chromium...

Ungoogled version for Win here: https://chromium.woolyss.com/

John Deere tractors 'bricked' after Russia steals machinery from Ukraine

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If I owned a piece of equipment?

If the manufacturer can remotely and unilaterally brick something you bought, then you don't own it.

GParted 1.4: New version of live partition-manipulation tool

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Re: Drive imaging...

TFA says "use GParted to copy the Windows partitions to the new drive. Switch the disks, use Windows' boot-sector repair function, and the job's done."

Why is the repair function needed if the image is a bit for bit copy? Including the ID?

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Drive imaging...

I've always used DD to make a backup image of a drive, either directly to a same size or bigger drive, or as an image file. Great for moving a computer to SSD.

This with Windows drives some using Bitlocker and some VeraCrypt.

I just boot to a Linux live USB and geddonwithit.

Never had to do a Windows repair afterwards.

What am I missing here?

Cybercrooks target students with fake job opportunities

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Web security tools...

... I'd add to not have any financial apps installed, or log in to any financial services, on a phone.

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