* Posts by Eguro

374 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Jun 2011


Funnily enough, FDA forbids Elon Musk's Neuralink human experiments


Do you want Borg?

Cause this is how you get Borg!

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


I'm calling it

Once the rules have quashed adequacy with GDPR, and the EU have ruled that this is the case, we'll have a huddle of politicians crawling atop on another to squawk that:

"This ruling clearly shows that the EU continue to act in bad faith when dealing with the UK. Our data protection measures are harsh, fair, and sufficient to protect the privacy of all citizens. The EU continue to show it's true colours".

Twitter claims Elon Musk bailed from sale with 'invalid and wrongful' reasons


Re: Pay up + interest

I thought part of the issue is that Musk can't just pay a billion dollars and walk away. Or am I wrong.

As I understand it he has to pay a billion dollars if the deal doesn't go through, but the deal has to go through unless some very serious things go wrong - all of which would be stipulated in the contract.

So he's kicking and screaming because it's the only way he knows how to try and create an illusion of something being wrong.

Twitter can, and seemingly will, take him to court and have the courts decide if there is any reason for the contract and thus the deal not to go through. If there isn't any reason, then whether Musk wants it or not, he's on the hook for the $54.20/share.

Remember Musk apparently waived any rights to due diligence via the contract, so some slight differences won't cut it.

Leaked Uber docs reveal frequent use of 'kill switch' to deactivate tech, thwart investigators


Re: So...

Not all UK publications are stuffed with great citizens it would seem:




Even here:


Near-undetectable malware linked to Russia's Cozy Bear

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Re: Cunning ?

But the email was clearly sent from the CEOs phone!!

Google resumes shoveling stuff into its 'Privacy Sandbox'


Re: Totally redundant tech.

Presumably, though, any webpage that displays an ad would have an interest in giving at least coarse topic information about their webpage. After all it's also in their interest for the ad to perform well.

Given time and enough visitors you could potentially refine the topic, based on which ads seem to perform well, all without having to know who clicked any ad, but simply knowing that a given ad was clicked.

Imagine a fiber optic cable that can sense it's about to be dug up and send a warning


Conceivably you could "upgrade" the digger so that it automatically shuts off when a signal is sent that it is about to dig into a cable.

Whether the cost savings from not digging into cables can offset the costs from multiple unnecessary stoppages remains to be seen of course.

Perhaps the stopper can come from digger-producers as part of the subscription you pay for your digger-use-license....

UK funds hydrogen-powered cargo submarine to torpedo maritime emissions by 2050


Re: £380K

Their website is neat looking. And it appears they have arrived at a prototype stage at least.

That might be a reason for the funding. Usually you like to fund either research or things that are close to ready.

If this might become economically viable, then supporting it now is a way to speed it up. The submarines seem smaller than the word usually conjures up - cargo capacity around 5kg.

There's a test run from London to Amsterdam slated for January 2022. Interesting.


NHS England's release of 'details' on access to Palantir COVID-19 data store: Good enough? We're in a 'dialogue' says national data watchdog


Re: NHS Data skills

Perhaps true, but that seems an even worse admission to have to make from the providers.

That might be what's causing the delay, they are trying to work out which response is cheaper.

Epic lawsuit's latest claims: Google slipped tons of cash to game devs, Android makers to cement Play store dominance


Re: Sounds like this case could lead to bigger things

Actual prison would work a lot better as a deterrent I think.

Oh no, a fine the size of my yearly salary? No problem, since I'm mostly paid with bonuses, stock options, and with other non-salary compensation.

3 years in actual physical jail? No phone, no laptop, no PA, no nothing.

That'll hurt.

All hands on Steam Deck: Fancy a handheld Linux PC that runs Windows apps, sports a custom AMD Zen APU and a touch screen?

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I am intrigued

My biggest caution is the controller part of it, the triggers and sticks.

I've had my fair share of controllers, and a sizeable chunk tend to develop issues with these components. Some after little use and some after mild use (that is to say playing excessive amounts of Rocket League). On a controller it's not too much of a hurdle. I feel alright opening that up to give some required maintenance of whatever sort I have laying around, but with a more expensive and advanced machine I'm not sure I'd feel quite so eager to engage in home-repair.

I could see myself forking over the cash, but I hope to see some information on replacement ease for these wear and tear parts. The machine won't last forever, but from my experience the computer bits won't be outdated before the controller bits will break - and that would suck.

For a Switch the controllers are separate entities - that doesn't seem to be the case with the Deck.

Also a note on the reservation fee - that fee counts towards the purchase price, so it's mostly there to ensure that you're serious about it and discourage fake reservations, as per the Deck FAQ:

"Does the reservation fee count towards my Steam Deck purchase price?


Good news: Google no longer requires publishers to use the AMP format. Bad news: What replaces it might be worse


Re: Use Bing!

It's DeepL for me with regards to translation...

Of all the analytics firms in the world, why is Palantir getting its claws into UK health data?


Re: entirely personal capacity

I'm reminded of a rogue engineer in a certain tech company as well.

The Epic vs Apple trial is wrapping up, but the battle has just begun

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Re: The lawyers have more paydays coming


Free installer on the app store, buy the game with the installer afterwards.

OMG! New free speech social network won’t allow members to take the Lord’s name in vain

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Well the meaning of "the field" can always be narrowed to ensure you were right.

It might pose a challenge to some, but they truly are the most secure not-entirely-free-speech-platform-funded-by-a-shitty-pillow-maker.

Google screwed rivals to protect monopoly, says Uncle Sam in antitrust lawsuit: We go inside the Sherman parked on a Silicon Valley lawn


Re: The default search on the default browser on the default operating system on every PC...

If Apple could just raise their prices to make up the lost revenue, then Apple would already have raised prices to that level. Otherwise Apple is currently leaving money on the table.

The point that almost everyone would choose Google anyway leads naturally to the question of why Google is wasting all that cash on being the default search.

Seems like not only Apple, but also Google is happily either leaving money on the table or throwing money away for no reason.


Re: re: So, why pay billions then?

We all know that the truth of why they are paying billions to be made the default is that it works to keep people using Google..

This fact does fly in the face of this initial defence offered by Google.

The defence is basically that nobody is forced to use Google and it's super easy to change, so people would just do that if they wanted something else - thus Google is actually what people choose (aka they aren't forced).

Which would imply that - given Google is obviously what people prefer (given that they don't switch even though it's super simple - see paragraph above) - people would do that super easy thing and switch the search to Google if Google wasn't the default.

But in that case it sure seems like a massive waste of money to pay for exclusivity deals, so why do they do it?

Epic Games gets itself epically banned, launches epic Fortnite death match with Apple over App Store's epic 30% cut


You realise that the other game platform wouldn't have that game that Epic bought exclusivity for, right?

You realise this was all done to avoid having to actually compete against Steam - and therefore actually having to make a decent product or do something that helps us - the consumers. I would like competition between marketplaces - to encourage cheaper games, better features etc., but that's a fight that Epic is scared to go into; hence the exclusivity deals.

It was and is a horrible practice, that should not be encouraged.

Irony isn't dead... Facebook sues EU on data privacy grounds for requesting too much personal data


I'm not American, so it might simply be differences between cultures, but why on Earth does the employer (Facebook) have information about employees including:

"medical information, personal financial documents, and private information about family members of employees."

None of that seems like it would be particularly relevant (or even legal?) for an employer to possess?

IBM == Insecure Business Machines: No-auth remote root exec exploit in Data Risk Manager drops after Big Blue snubs bug report


Re: And thus is why hackers profit...

Blood and organ donations usually don't pay, because that creates unwanted incentives.

"Well Grandma is probably on her way out, and that nice Mr. Edward Vil says he'll pay us $10,000 if we unplug her now."


"I need food. Someone buy my kidney!"

The only comparison I can see would be the developers of these programs purposefully putting in exploits for their mates to "discover" later on. That might be happening, but surely there is some tracking happening. "Herbert, this is the 14th flaw found in your coding", so doesn't seem like it would be a great move.

You could approach developers of companies to pay them to include vulnerabilities for you to discover, but then you have to figure out how much you'll likely get and I doubt the amount you'll be willing to hand back is enough to get developers to intentionally make bad code.

Watch as 10 cops with guns and military camo storm suspected Capital One hacker's house…


Re: I'm confused.

10k computer is more likely her room mates having no idea.

"This computer is worth more than you make in months!" she snarled.

"Okay, sheesh" - two months later - "and her like $10.000 computer or whatever".

Crowdfunded lawyer suing Uber told he can't swerve taxi app giant's £1m legal bill


Re: Who is ultimately responsible for collecting/paying the VAT

He obviously can't get a billion pounds from Uber on the grounds that Uber hasn't paid VAT.

He can get a legal ruling that states, that Uber must pay VAT, which means they will owe money to the UK who will be getting the billion pounds. For him it seems that will merely mean that he can claim the £1,xx on a returns form somewhere in the bureaucracy.

In what way would he ever have any standing to get VAT money from rides others have bought from Uber (Or should that be from their respective Uber driver who is in no way an employee of Uber?)?

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'


Re: Just say "Yes Sir"

- No you are not under arrest. No you may not see a lawyer. Yes you did provide us with the code to open your laptop, but you'll have to provide us the code to your well-encrypted cloud storage container as well - national security you understand. No you may not use the toilet.

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request


Reusing is better than recycling, right?

Here's a link to my comment in the previous article about this story:


And here it is in full:

"There seem to be details missing in this piece?

As others have pointed out Huawei are surely free to trade their own products to Iran, though possibly (I don't know) at the cost of being able to do business in the US?

As far as I know the issue is, that Huawei have been allegedly circumventing a ban on selling US-products to Iran, by selling HP products to Iran via a separate company (Skycom) - one where Weng was briefly a board member, and which at least at one point was entirely owned by a management company owned by the Huawei parent company.

There was a news report of this way back in 2013 already:


Huawei CFO poutine cuffs by Canadian cops after allegedly busting sanctions on Iran


There seem to be details missing in this piece?

As others have pointed out Huawei are surely free to trade their own products to Iran, though possibly (I don't know) at the cost of being able to do business in the US?

As far as I know the issue is, that Huawei have been allegedly circumventing a ban on selling US-products to Iran, by selling HP products to Iran via a separate company (Skycom) - one where Weng was briefly a board member, and which at least at one point was entirely owned by a management company owned by the Huawei parent company.

There was a news report of this way back in 2013 already:


YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul


Re: Too hard

Is this not a situation where capitalism might actually be good for something?

YT: "Well we'll just leave the EU then!"

EU: "Oh noes... What should we do"

Group of EU Citizens: "We'll start our own streaming service with blackjac... a slightly altered system and the possibility for content creators on YT to also upload to our service for both the EU audience and beyond."

YT: "But that'll mean videos on your platform will be viewable by both EU and non-EU citizens... That's a better value-offer for content creators than we're offering... Oh no!"

YT melts away/fixes itself.

(or maybe an existing platform will do it. Whatever)

US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years


Re: Copyright, Patents all screwed.

How's about author's life + 50, but no more than 70?

Get the best of both worlds - though perhaps author's life + 10, but no more than 30 might seem more reasonable to me.

If your song suddenly resurges after 30 years, then hopefully you'll have other ways of supporting you by then - and you can still take the band on tour, since the original creator ought to attract a crowd (assuming the song is popular enough).

FBI chief asks tech industry to build crypto-busting not-a-backdoor


Who keeps inviting these guys to speak at conferences?

Could you not give their seats to someone else, and maybe just play a video recording of the last time they talked - if you insist on having these "points" being made?

Ethics? Yeah, that's great, but do they scale?


Providing ethical tools for people to consider their actions is a good thing.

We should, however, also be careful that this is what is being done.

It can easily turn into talks or courses, where ethical theories are discussed, but really we're just looking for a plausible way to defend current practices - perhaps with a few tweaks to make us all feel as though we've really changed for the better.

Awareness and tools are great, but putting a pseudo-ethical veneer onto a field is not.

Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men


Re: Funny how...

I think you all misunderstood me.

I know SJW stands for Social Justice Warrior.

I meant to ask: What does "SJWing" - as a verb - mean in this context? What exactly are the Google staffers doing that can be described as SJWing?

If I am to go by one of the replies I've gotten, it means Google has employed people who "end up unemployable".

I was asking for some specifics to help me understand what the comment was meant to say. Do Google hire people to simply roam around doing SJW stuff - and in that case what is that stuff specifically and why is it good or bad - and why do Google think it worth paying someone for?

I ask, because until there's some actual meaning placed to the term SJWing, it's a catch-all into which we can all pour our best or worst interpretations, and then argue endlessly because we aren't arguing about the same thing at all.


Re: Funny how...

What does SJWing even mean?

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


Re: @dan1980


You are probably correct - but my comment is for harvesting upvotes for a future, as yet undetermined but most assuredly nefarious, purpose!

Mua ha ha ha


Re: @dan1980

Just a note for Bombastic Bob.

I actually got through your entire first post, but I simply could not for the second.

You do REALIZE that writing LIKE this, just makes READING more annoying, RIGHT?

IT'S not HELPFUL, and it DOES not actually give emphasis to the WORDS. It's just ANNOYING for any "reader".

So what happened with the patent judge and the Euro Patent Office?


On the document count

I could easily imagine some earlier points in the meeting simply having additional documents added, which then shifted the numbering of the documents, in order to preserve a progression from 1-X instead of going 1-15, then 22-26, then 16-21.

So if that's the only evidence of personal tampering - in this particular instance - then I find it somewhat lacking.

That being said, I hope Battistelli is punished and the EPO brought back to some semblance of sanity.

Also I can't help wondering what's in document 18 (now 23), since it seems like it must be relevant to the case, but apparently isn't? Perhaps it's a sign that the linear progression I speak of above isn't actually relevant...

Canuck privacy commissioner to dig into Uber data breach


Re: "...CA$100,000 for a failure to do so..."

Or make it a percentage based fine with a minimum amount if the percentage is lower.

5% of annual revenue or CA$100,000 - whichever is higher.

Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series


Re: Could go either way

Moria could work.

But I think you'd need to make the whole thing an anthology series.

So you get 2-4 episodes focusing solely on one aspect of the story.

Moria storyline could run through everything since the Hobbit up until "Mellon" (heard in the dark after a "time passes" sequence, at which point a door cracks open and the episode ends), without having to keep apace with other stories being told.

It'd be less restrictive and so long as they don't write themselves into a corner (Whoops, forgot that person X was shown during one anthology to do this at this time - now we need X to do something else at the same time), it could be quite enjoyable.


Re: via some sort of fantasy magic resurrection handwaving...

You just start of the series with the creation myth by Eru, then you append the slight change that Eru - like all great composers - did not create just a single masterpiece.

Tada - Alternate timeline, do what you want!

Paradise Papers reveal Apple moved bits of biz offshore

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Invest heavily in exterior decorations - check

Force slaves to mimic merriment on a nightly basis - check

Haul off wagons of empty pots in the morning to simulate cleaning - check

Haul in wagons of empty pots in the afternoon to simulate filling your stock - check

Wait for rich dude to demand an estate swap - check

Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!


"Software vendor/car manufacture could/should be required to prove that the recipient car has successfully installed the patch "

But the issue would be, that the insurance company claims you didn't have Patch 1.0001 installed, you'll say you tried, but the system didn't work, and software vendor will claim that you probably didn't try because see how many other times it did install without trouble.

It's in the interest of both insurer and software vendor that you didn't try to update - so if you did you best have a video recording of your attempt.

The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury


So that's why they can't seem to understand things on the first go??

Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas


Re: Of course, the DoJ will win

If the case originated with Obama's administration, can't we be almost 100% sure that Trump will be against it?

Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff


Hopefully your puck tester will remember to test

if the voice differentiation can be fooled.

If parents limit the usability of the device for children, then surely those children will try to imitate their parents' voices to undo this, no?

Will there be some kind of codeword or will it simply be voice for id?

"No no, it's mom speaking. I just have a cold"

Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?


Re: Every time you visit Google with Edge, you see an ad for Chrome

I just visited my local google. and was met with:

"Google recommends Chrome. Do you want to try it?"

in the corner.

And I am well and firmly inside the EU.

Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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"want to levy more tax then draft better laws."

Isn't that what they're proposing?

Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall


Re: inconsistent

It was falsely reported by ElReg, and others I'm sure, that he changed his story a week later.

The story we're now hearing is actually the story he told the police and courts on the day he was found. It happened behind closed doors at the courts, so the only publicly known story was the initial one about dropping her off.

I commented this same fact on the relevant article:



I believe his claim is that he panicked and sort of became suicidal.

I have no idea why he'd dump the body, but he apparently then sank the boat in some idiotic suicide attempt.

At least I think that's his version of events.

Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found


Just a note. According to the courts he originally told the courts that she had died and he had buried her at sea, but due to closed doors that information was not revealed.

About a week later it was decided to release this information partly to end any discussions of searching for her, and what could have happened.

So he might initially (when he was pulled from the boat) have given one story, but - as far as I know - he has maintained the now-revealed version of events from the very first day in court - that is last Saturday.

http://www.dr.dk/nyheder/indland/retskorrespondent-peter-madsens-forklaring-skal-afmystificere-ubaadssagen (second to last section of this article)

Europe's 'one patent court to rule them all' vision may be destroyed by EPO shenanigans


For the love of...

Why can't these people just fucking work in the way they're meant to (or in the way we're told that they're meant to).

Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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The aftermath will be interesting

In my eyes, it's nice to see the EU show some guts or - proverbial I guess - balls. Good job Vestager.

Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

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Re: Excellent

"The only impact of anti-gun laws is to encourage bad people into using unbreakable private end to end gun"

I don't get it.