341 posts • joined 20 Jun 2011
Mozilla doubles down on anti-tracking tech: It'll be tougher for wily ad-biz cookie monsters to track Firefox
Brilliant Boston boffins blow big borehole in Bluetooth's ballyhooed barricades: MAC addy randomization broken
When 2FA means sweet FA privacy: Facebook admits it slurps mobe numbers for more than just profile security
...we didn't expect this to happen, did we?
I deleted my FB account many years ago when they started to try and force connection information to be linked to group pages and preventing it being kept in separate 'silos'. No way should any, any company be telling us they will do whatever they want with our private data. We should have final say, always. If laws need to be made to force this to be so, then so be it.
Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office
What about Windows 10 that Office is sitting on?
Surely the telemetry of both Office and Windows 10 is of concern here, not just Office?
The easiest way to comply with GDPR is to not collect the data, or at a minimum give us back the ability to say 'no' to data collection of any kind. I'm hoping this will focus some attention on Windows 10 and have Microsoft put back the ability to stop telemetry from the OS, and with all the update screw ups, maybe give us back update control too?
It all 'worked fine' up until Windows 7, so maybe if it wasn't broken, it didn't need fixing.
I combine NoScript with Privacy Badger, AdBlock Plus, clearing my Firefox browser history completely on exit, and using a password manager (KeePass with Kee add-on). This way there is far less chance that I'll be hit by a nasty. Not impossible, I realize, but the 'attack surface' is much smaller.
I have one of these. I like it :)
My main niggles are that the sim card and sdcard slot are combined, there is only one speaker (as far as I can tell) and there's no notification LED.
Apart from that, it's working fine, battery lasts ages if lightly used as I do, but I would imagine could hold up for a day of medium-heavy use.
For those of us who didn't fall into the trap... I guess we'll just keep our automatic updates turned off and watch the industry news carefully to see if they try pulling that crap again.
Hear, hear! I have now installed LM on a brand new lappy. Win XP 64 bit and Win 7 32 bit in VMs which can be backed up and easily restored should MS try that trick again.
The Win 10 install that came with the machine is on the HDD but that's been removed and replaced with an SSD for LM. I've made a clone of the HDD just in case I ever need to restore and use the Win 10 install, and eventually the 500GB HDD will get put in a caddy as a useful little* backup source.
God, when did 500GB become 'little'? :lol:
Re: "in America at least"
I was thinking along the same lines. Here in the UK (and EU) there are unfair contract terms acts (1977, 1999, etc?) that include words like 'reasonableness' in relation to terms in contracts between consumers and businesses. It basically means silly terms and terms which try to undermine existing rights basically cannot be enforced in a court of law.
We have a term in some transactions here - "sold as seen" - where sellers try to sell products and not have the responsibility for them actually working. It works with secondhand sales between private non-business transactions, but when it comes to any business-to-consumer sales, it is actually completely meaningless except in the case of property (i.e. buildings such as houses, etc). But funnily enough most buyers think it's legal and have no redress against a business using it when the thing they bought turns out to be faulty.
Still not going there
Win 10 is currently what I have to use at work, and to be honest, as an OS it works fine despite the schizophrenia that is control panel (two different places, still?)
But on my own PCs (personal or business) I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole. The data collection policies of Microsoft are just too much like malware. Give me the option to completely turn it off, and proveably so, and to be able to permanently reject unwanted updates, and I'd happily reconsider.
Until then it's Linux Mint, and VMs with older MS OSes (if only I could get the updates to install properly on them without 100% svchost.exe usage for days on end).
As for the 70% accepting full telemetry, I doubt many of them even know that they're sending data to MS. Of those that do and keep the setting at maximum, they've probably bought into the Cortana thing, which requires way too much personal data to be shared with MS in order for it to work. Most people would probably be very uncomfortable with it if they really knew just where the data had to go in order for Cortana to work.
Re: No microSD port?
At the price, I stopped reading after I read that it had no expansion option. For me, even if the microsd slot is inside the phone, it's an essential. If I want to move data between devices then I'd use USB-OTG anyway these days. The internal card means I can have my entire music library on MP3 in the phone on a 128GB card with headroom, and don't have to keep plugging in a USB card to either move files onto the phone for listening, or listen via the USB card directly (which uses more power).
Still not 'buying' it
I have a new laptop coming with Windows 10 on the HDD. The HDD will be cloned to a 'backup' file (using Acronis) and that file buried deep within my file store. Then the HDD will be wiped for other use.
Then I will fit a replacement SSD which will have Linux Mint installed on it. From there, I'll install Win 7 in a VM so I can do the few software things I need to that Linux can't handle.
Win 10 won't even figure, because I cannot trust Microsoft won't grab data from me they simply shouldn't (confidential documents, passwords, etc), even on their 'basic' privacy setting. Also, with the forced updates there is too much risk of destabilizing the PC and leaving me without an essential work tool. OK, those updates don't have to be installed straight away, but even after 18 months there remains the possibility that components of the OS could be removed that I use (Paint, anyone?)
So even with all my reservations about the Linux having too much reliance on CLI, I'd rather tackle that fight than the whack-a-mole with Win 10's lack of privacy and unpredictable results of the updating.
+1 for KeePass.
I switched to KeePass from Roboform when Siber System's Android app for Roboform turned out to be cloud only.
While the move to KeePass wasn't entirely straightforward (as Roboform's export to HTML is crap) once done it's been fine. I do only use it for passwords and safe notes though. I don't use it for filling in credit card details on websites as I prefer to do that manually anyhoo.
Also, I think most businesses are thinking that all their users can be forced to cloud if they're presented with that as the only option. It's similar to the way Microsoft forced Windows 10 on users, by effectively killing the older systems by not supporting updates on newer processors running older OSes.
Re: Ooooh, goody...
Few people in the world want a stripped down OS that doesn't update drivers, software and security.
Duh. it's not about NOT updating stuff, it's about having control of the updating instead of it being MS who just forces out updates as if PCs were XBoxes (which I have no problem with getting 'auto' updated due to the limited uses such gaming consoles are used for). PCs are tools of the trade and need to remain functionally capable of what the user needs them to do and without loads of adverts getting in the way. Had MS created a suitable, stable, secure version of Win 10 for small business and professional users (who all have confidential stuff to deal with in the shape of their business accounts) then this problem would simply go away.
Re: A question
I still have to code in VBA (don't ask) and that creaky, old system uses tabs to insert spaces, and iirc it does so anywhere in the line (though I don't have an example to hand right this minute to check for sure).
I use it at four spaces, though I've seen two, and even three used by other developers.
Do I get paid even £43K? Like hell I do :(
Re: This is all very well, but........
People can make their own choices, but when they decide to spend money and not save for retirement should stop complaining about what they have to do later in life. Problem today is people want it all. To spend all their money now on living life, whilst still expecting others to fund their later life/retirement. Either live life a little less and save more, or accept some compromises later in life.
While I have some sympathy for the views expressed, people working in minimum / living / low wage jobs are supposed to save for retirement how exactly?
This is what I was thinking - if wages are staying down, and for quite a lot of people that's far below the median*, then how are they (we) supposed to save for anything, let alone a pension? Minimum wage, even the Living Wage Foundation's living wage, isn't enough to be paying for pensions out of it while there's massive rent or mortgage to pay (that's if you can even find a place to rent these days).
*The median, which, by the way, at around £26K hasn't changed much in 15+ years, or so it seems, while top level wages have gone stratospheric, meaning there are far more low paid jobs in this economy than there were 15 years ago.
MP3, I'll be back in fashion when the hipsters ironically adopt it.
I'm fine with it as long as the compression is kept to a minimum. Hell, I still use Winamp Pro (on a Win7 partition as it won't see the CD drive on WINE in Linux Mint for some reason) with LAME set to VBR quality 0 and the bit rate from 32kbps to 320kbps and it works. Far smaller file sizes than FLAC and when listening on the move or with other noise around it sounds fine to my uneducated ears.
The thing we should really remember is CD is a 'compressed' format too - with arty farty facts as well. It's 'only' 16 bit and 44.1KHz, so a fair bit of the original sound of a performance has been lost. But that gets us onto the merits (or otherwise) of HD formats like 24bit 96KHz, etc, which will probably just end up with us all flaming each other...
Businesses using Enterprise versions of Win 10 seem to be allowed to stop an update completely if they don't want it, and can stop all (or nearly all) of the telemetry, but consumers are considered to be fodder for advertising and constant destabilizing updates.
I'll stick to Linux Mint and Win 7.
...Microsoft offered a paid for version of Win 10 that could have all the telemetry home calling switched off, and allowed proper user control of updates, then Win 10 would get more installs (and if you don't like the interface, use something like Classic Shell?).
Instead MS seem hell bent on this demented trajectory of 'We want your data! All of your data! Now!'
Re: Once again, the open-source Keepass is being ignored
I noticed that too. The factor that might have put them off is that Keepass itself isn't an Android app or even arguably a Linux one being that it needs mono to work. There are Android apps that can connect to a Keepass database such as Keepass2Android (the offline version of which I use) but I suppose they could be said not to be popular enough to feature compared to the online vaults that seem to get more mentions when password managers are covered in news reports.
"Security UI is hard" - not. It's all this mucking around trying to take over our devices and make things full screen all the effing time and trying not to have any 'chrome' that's causing the problem. Leave users to decide whether they want full screen or not, and never force them to accept popups or full screen views. Oh, and let them have at least some 'chrome' around a window to keep things a bit more sane.
Re: The only black avatar in the series
He's not actually the only black character in the series. In Gears 3 there's also Jason Stratton, a COG soldier, and Aaron Griffin, a 'civilian'. Both available as 'skins' to use in multiplayer as well as being story characters.
Also, Gears has a history of having a number of ethnic characters around so it's not like they don't pay attention to what are increasingly inaccurately called 'minority' ethnic types.
While I think that automation of various kinds (mechanisation, robotisation, artificial intelligence) will have an increasing impact on our routine jobs, right now I agree with the bit in the article that stated:
The researchers caution that other factors not evaluated in the study, such as outsourcing, trade, and changes in policies, may play a role in affecting labor market participation.
These are more likely to be affecting us now than the automation of jobs. But the automation will come even if it takes a decade or two more. And the world's population is still increasing...
Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'
Well, this kind of 'apology' seems about as much as we can expect from MS these days. An actual proper apology would have included recognizing the truly crappy way they have treated their customers, and then changed their attitude and approach to the way they do business to correct that treatment. Personally, the only apology I will accept is to fix Windows 10 to make it possible for me to have control of my PC again with regards to updates and data privacy.
64GB Micro SD only?
I'm slightly surprised they're saying the memory is only expandable to 64GB. Surely the SDXC spec allows far more than that, and should certainly cover the currently available 256GB micro SD cards?
I don't seem to be able to download a spec sheet for the Swift 2 + from the wileyfox website. The link just ends up at the checkout page with a Swift 2 + already added to the cart.
Edit: to ask if CyanogenMod 13 allows for xprivacy to be installed?
As others have said, I'm not surprised at this news. Microsoft knew there were going to be problems after the XP to 7 resistance, which was why it became a malware pusher in order to force users on to Win 10.
What they actually needed to do was make a product that users wanted. One that doesn't spy on them (or at least allows the user to choose to block ALL spying), and doesn't try to change itself without the user's consent (NO forced updates AT ALL). If the rest of the OS was then designed and coded to actually be a joy to use and control, then users would flock to it. Instead they've sought out alternatives: some like me to Linux Mint; others to Apple; still others ditching PCs altogether and just using their oversized smart phone or tablet.
With Win 10 as it stands (as a designed-to-use-cloud-and-force-users-to-do-so OS, instead of cloud being a choice for the user), Microsoft are the designers of their own demise.
Re: When UBER loses the Appeal
A bit of six of one, half a dozen of the other.
If they lose the appeal, and if they pull out, I would anticipate that apps like Hailo for proper licensed hire drivers will fill the gap. Any driver with Uber who seriously wants to keep doing the job could just apply to become a private hire driver and work within that set of regulations, which should (though I could be wrong) comply with employment law already.
What will be more interesting is how, as per the article, this affects the overall 'gig' economy here in the U.K. bearing in mind we'll come out of the E.U. soon and be in a position to make an independent decision on how such businesses operate here. Will we choose to become a 'gig' economy country, trying to be innovative and 'ahead of the game' but at the same time denying reasonable stability to our workers; or will we be overly protectionist and end up with too much power in the hands of the workforce, leaving businesses unable to operate effectively? Six of one, half a dozen of the other.
Jeez. Just how long will it be, and how much pain do we have to go through, before the companies that make any kind of coded kit, from toasters to PCs, realize that the first action in any code is to make it secure? It seems probably never in the case of when, and not even when the pain kills the patient in the case of what has to happen.
...Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices division, said he was “humbled” that 400 million people had chosen Windows 10...
????????? I think that needs fixing...
...Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices division, said he was “humbled” that 400 million people had accepted the rogering up the arse that is being forced on to Windows 10...
Oh, and while I'm at it, when I'm gaming I prefer to play the game, not to keep pausing every few seconds to check my social media shit.
The more I read about 'delays' with XPoint, the more I feel Intel and Micron's initial announcement in 2015 was a bluff of sorts to try and steal the game from the likes of Nantero and their NRAM. I reckon Intel are trying to tie up the various vendors into their tech as much as possible, hoping that any competing NVDIMM tech will have a harder time getting adopted.
We do seem to be missing one point: while it is true that new jobs can come out of new technologies, it does appear that many of our 'new' jobs are virtual in nature. They don't actually produce physical product. They're either service (face-to-face or voice-to-voice) jobs; or information jobs (producing content or such like). For the service jobs, not everyone can do 'people jobs' well (I'm one. I have suspected ASD yet to be diagnosed). For the information jobs, most distribution of information is now virtual, and the consuming public does seem to like such content for free. The result of mainly service job types being available can be that if there are many people seeking work then the value of those jobs that remain goes down, giving low wages and leaving less for consumptive spending which means less products being sold, etc, etc. The result of an unwillingness to pay for content is less income to be made, leaving the same low wage problem and consequent lower consumptive spending. Yes, for some of those jobs advertising can take up a bit of slack, but when consumption goes down (which the entire world is facing right now) then it can't do the job of keeping people employed.
Re: The UK is not educating people in Tech...
The employers here don't train properly because they're afraid that all that training expense will go to waste when their newly trained employees get head-hunted by the company next door who couldn't be arsed to train and instead let the other 'gimberts' do it.
It doesn't help that DWP is divorced from the Business Training and Skills department. By keeping those separate, there are a batch of people on the dole (like me) who want to re-train in relevant I.T. skills, but there's absolutely no will in DWP to even take notice of us.
But, I have to say that all these businesses complaining about Brexit actually happening is a bit ripe. If they'd respected the citizens of this country by not outsourcing all their jobs, and making sure they got paid at least a living wage, then perhaps we* wouldn't have voted to leave the E.U.
*I voted remain, so that 'we' doesn't technically include me.