* Posts by localzuk

1098 posts • joined 25 Jul 2011


Epic vs. Apple Australian side quest allowed to resume


Re: "its contract with Epic requires the two companies to conduct litigation in California"

I don't get those sorts of clauses. Surely the laws of the country you're selling in apply also? You can't just opt out of Aussie law being applicable surely?

South Africa's state-owned energy firm to appeal after court rules Oracle does not have to support its software


No sympathy here

So, Eskom bought into Oracle's services - a company renowned for its litigious behaviour and sharp licensing, then proceeded to play fast and loose with the licensing?

And now, they're trying to force Oracle to support them for services they haven't properly paid for? Do they realise that Oracle could take them to the cleaners for the blatant license breaches?

Facebook appeals ruling that it stole tech. So, Italian judge issues new judgment: Pay 10 times the original fine


I'm sure they're hurting from it

An entire 35 minutes worth of revenue, using last year's figures.

Court orders encrypted email biz Tutanota to build a backdoor in user's mailbox, founder says 'this is absurd'


Re: Who does all this remind me of?

Thanks @Claverhouse. My sarcasm detector just exploded.

Judge strikes down another attempt by President Trump to force a TikTok US sale


Re: Cheese

So your suggestion to Chinese authoritarianism is for the rest of the world to stoop to their level? That seems detrimental to our way of life...

Compsci guru wants 'right to be forgotten' for old email, urges Google and friends to expire, reveal crypto-keys


This seems like its trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist

The problem being described seems to be that people might hold someone to ransom for their email conduct, but the question should be "what email conduct is ransom-able?"

If someone stole my emails, they wouldn't really have anything to blackmail me for - I don't go around emailing things that are dodgy. There may be some stupid content that others have sent to me in there somewhere, but that's on them for not behaving properly in the first place.

Live by the motto that anything you send is permanent, and you'll be much safer.

Software engineer leaked UK missile system secrets and refused to hand cops his passwords, Old Bailey told



Has the law requiring that ever been challenged? It seems like it would be a ripe target for a challenge to me.

Brit accused of spying on 772 people via webcam CCTV software tells court he'd end his life if extradited to US


Equivalent crimes?

Surely, as the UK and USA have equivalent crimes on their lawbooks - the UK Computer Misuse Act and the US's Computer Fraud and Abuse Act have similar punishments - why would the USA want to waste their time with this? The UK govt can prosecute and punish the guy to pretty much the same level as the USA would.


Diplomatic immunity is irrelevant - as the USA can waive it at their own leisure. It is not a permanent get out that the USA can say "ah, sorry, she had immunity and there's nothing we can do".

Countries waive diplomatic immunity for their overseas diplomats all the time.

5 months later, 37.7% of Windows 10 PCs are running the May 2020 Update... Wait, people are still on 1809?


Takes a while...

Migrating everyone to new releases takes time. Realistically, for many organisations, they would only have the capability to do this once a year. I know where I work, we don't have time to dedicate to testing a new release every 6 months.

Its why when I look at our stats, most of our clients are on 1803 or 1903. We've only just started rolling out 2004 - but rolling it out to all the old machines will take time, as we prefer to do fresh installs rather than upgrades too.

Uber drivers take ride biz to European court over 'Kafkaesque' algorithmic firings by Mastermind code



So, Uber say they manually check the firings, but the question that would show how well the humans doing it understand the reasoning and outputs of the system is - how many of the decisions by the system are rejected by the human part? If every decision is basically rubber stamped by them then that is not really a manual check. Its a box ticking exercise.

New Workspace for your WFH office? Nah, it's just Google shooting G Suite with the rebrandogun


Re: Cheese

Did the company do any training? Or did they do what I suspect most such transitions do, change and just tell the users "tough"...?

NHS COVID-19 launch: Risk-scoring algorithm criticised, the downloads, plus public told to 'upgrade their phones'


Re: Cheese

@Tom 38 - But that isn't the point of it. It isn't a "get a test because you've been near someone" app. It is a "you've been near someone so you should isolate" app.

People should only be getting a test if they have symptoms. The government have been saying that repeatedly.

Yes, this concept will lead to more people isolating, but in the greater scheme of things it is the right way forward. Isolate for 2 weeks, if no symptoms, you're good to go.

So, yes, you're still being selfish.

'Mindset reset' contributes to £1bn extra costs and another delay – 2 years this time – for Emergency Services Network


Re: Coverage

So 3% of the country won't have emergency services coverage by "radio". That's ~7250 km2 of land without coverage. Roughly 3x the area of Greater London, or about half of Northern Ireland.

That's a lot of coverage gaps!



So, if this all relies on the 4g network, how are they going to handle coverage in the many rural areas of the UK where 4g just doesn't exist, and would be prohibitively expensive to roll out?

Imagine working for GitHub and writing a command-line interface for the platform, then GitHub makes an 'official' one


Re: Microsoft GitHub

You've got it backwards. Hub is the one that is aliased - hub being the one created by one of their employees. The new one isn't.

Who cares what Apple's about to announce? It owes us a macOS x86 virtual appliance for non-Mac computers


Never gonna happen

They didn't even allow this when they abandoned their line of rack servers, they're unlikely to do it for their client devices.

UK and Japan agree to free trade deal that excludes data localisation requirements


Re: Cheese

I think the Co-op in my village sells more cheese than that.

'Azure appears to be full': UK punters complain of capacity issues on Microsoft's cloud



How Microsoft seem to be the only cloud provider struggling. Not heard of AWS or Google struggling to scale.

Even down to their productivity suite, I've seen no end of issues with people on Office 365 - Teams being a big issue. Those people using G Suite don't seem to have faced any of those sorts of issues.

A consequence of Microsoft leveraging legacy systems (Exchange, Sharepoint etc...) with fancy modern skins, vs from the ground up built solutions at Google?

PC owners borg into the most powerful computer the world has ever known – all in the search for coronavirus cure


Re: Academics

I think you may not understand how scientific and medical improvements are made... It is nerds that do that. Mostly in labs, yes, but there's a lot of computing that goes into it all these days. So, yes, the "nerds of the world" are going to rush in and save everyone. That's their job.

How does Monzo keep 1,600 microservices spinning? Go, clean code, and a strong team


Re: Wow

Great, so you used to have one giant single point of failure... And we know how well that worked out for many banks like Natwest...


Re: Wow

Does that not apply to pretty much everything? A human body is just a collection of cells with no "thing" at the center. Pop enough of those cells, and the "human" disappears.

EU court tells prudish IP office to fack off for balking at 'fack ju' trademark application


Spending your life tiptoeing on eggshells because a phrase *may* offend one group or another is not realistic, nor sensible. Lots of things offend lots of people. The reality is, context and intent always matter - and this wasn't intended to be offensive in either of the ways you or the IP office took it to mean.

London's top cop dismisses 'highly inaccurate or ill informed' facial-recognition critics, possibly ironically


Re: How do we combat this?

Legally, you are correct. Sadly, legality and reality don't always match. What actually would happen is you would stop, as not stopping might cause them to try and detain you by force by making something up. Your only recourse is after the fact. If you have been detained without due cause, you can complain/sue. It is always inadvisable to ignore a police officer telling you to stop.

Don't Flip out or anything, but the 'flexible glass display' on Samsung's latest pholdable doesn't behave like glass


Protected when closed?

"When not in use, the Galaxy Z Flip folds in half, with the screen protected from the usual sources of scratches and nicks that are the inevitable byproduct of encounters with keys and coins."

This isn't really true either, courtesy of the rather large gap between the 2 sides when its closed. Could easily have coins or keys slide their way in there.


Which is plastic - acrylic.

Early adopters delighted as Microsoft pulls plug on Mobile Backend as a Service. Haha, only joking – they're fuming


Companies relying on an "alpha" product?

Say it isn't so... "Preview" means "not production yet". So, building your entire business off that seems a little risky to say the least!

Xerox hopes wining and dining HP shareholders will convince them of takeover


Still seems to be the wrong way round

Xerox buying HP still seems to be backwards. HP should counter with an offer to buy Xerox.

Not a Genius move after all: Apple must cough up $$$ in back pay for store staff forced to wait for bag searches


More billionaire bulls**t

Why do companies behave like this? What is this gonna cost them, as a percentage of their yearly profit? It'll barely be more than a rounding error realistically. Yet, the goodwill they destroy by behaving like this is worth far more. Why not treat your employees well, and get them working loyally for you?

You know the President is able to shut down all US comms, yeah? An FCC commish wants to stop him from doing that


Re: The ultimate authority

The issue isn't the authority itself, its the checks and balances, the oversight that is the issue. All such authority should be subject to review and be able to be overruled by other elected officials. So, in the US Congress and the Courts should be able to review it.

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard


Re: "Standard" and changeability

The type G plug is pretty much the best design for safety in the world. Why the heck would we change that?



"The report argues that competition in the charging connector space has created €14bn of estimated consumer value between 2012 and 2018. Any top-down attempt to enforce a standard, it reckons, would create €1.5bn in estimated consumer harm."

What a mess of a claim this is. What is "consumer value"? Consumers haven't earned €14bn from charging connectors in 6 years. No, what they mean is the consumer has been charged €14bn in this time, and a standardised approach would save €1.5bn.

Co-Op Insurance and IBM play blame game over collapse of £175m megaproject


Sabadell in a few years time?

Seems to happen far too often with IBM... Wonder if we'll see this with Sabadell in a few years time...

Stolen creds site WeLeakInfo busted by multinational cop op for data reselling


Re: The lawyers are going to make some money

S46 makes it a crime to encourage or assist in a crime. So, effectively in this case it'd be the digital equivalent of handling stolen goods.

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes


If they don't return to service? Boeing goes bust.

Go on, eat your fibre, new build contractors. It's free! OpenReach lowers limit for free FTTP connections


Re: Wot if you live in a flat already?

That doesn't even make sense anyway! Why wouldn't they want to install into an MDU or MOU, if there are going to be 20+ lines connected? What does it differ if its a 20 apartment block vs a 20 building development?

Apple calls BS on FBI, AG: We're totally not dragging our feet in murder probe iPhone decryption. PS: No backdoors


Surely all this posturing is pointless

What does the law say about it? Is there a law in the US requiring Apple to put a backdoor in their phones? No? Then the government should be working with Congress to put such a law in place.

If Congress disagrees? The govt is out of luck, and should move on. Dragging Apple's name through the mud over it doesn't change the law. All it'd actually do is end up with Apple taking the govt to court due to them being lied about by the AG.

What can we rid the world of, thinks Google... Poverty? Disease? Yeah, yeah, but first: Third-party cookies – and classic user-agent strings


Realistically, they don't care about the first 2. Only the last one. As those are the ones paying them.

Problems at Oracle's DynDNS: Domain registration customers transferred at short notice, nameserver records changed


Why is Oracle still a company?

I'm struggling to think of any positive thing Oracle have ever done. Every company they take over, they drain of all good will and ruin. Every product they release, they create a labyrinthine mess of licensing to deal with. Why do they have any customers left!?

Globo PC sales up for first time in 7 straight years – but market still 25% down on 2011


Re: Desktop PCs will be around for long time yet

"The majority of bank employees are call centre, branch front of house, or HR/other support. None of those people need or want a desktop, just that’s been the legacy heap of junk given to them."

Hang on, what should those people have then? Call center staff? Why would they have anything other than a desktop? It isn't legacy to give them a desktop - its what the job needs.

HR? In my experience, most HR people sit in an office all day. Why would they need something different to a desktop?

Front of house? Most bank branches I've seen have service desks, with security glass over the front. Why would they have anything other than desktops? Not so easy to use an OMR or coin scales if you're hovering about with an iPad...

You are doing the opposite I think - making out that real work is only done on mobile devices and not desktops. The reality is that in the majority of businesses, desktop PCs still rule supreme for working on. Laptops and tablets are often "extra" items as well, and some more modern businesses have swapped desktops for laptops with docks etc... but overall, go into ANY office building and you'll find desktop PCs. Go into your local mechanic workshop, and they'll have a desktop PC at the front for invoicing. Go into your local doctor's surgery, and every office will have a desktop.

Thought 5G marketing was bad? Cable industry sticks with ridiculous 10G branding as another year rolls around


Re: Yay! 10 Gigabits!

Ubiquiti do the Unifi US-16-XG for about $550.

It's cool for Brit snoops to break the law, says secretive spy court. Just hold on while we pull off some legal jujitsu to let MI5 off the hook...


Consequences are for the proles

We've long known this - whilst the law may apply to the rich, powerful, ministers, prime ministers, spies etc... What actually matters is the consequences.

The reality is that the organisation that would bring any prosecution is controlled by the government - the CPS. They have absolute control over this agency, as part of the executive. If something is determined to be covered by "national security", at the sole view of the Attorney General, who is appointed by the government of the time, then it is entirely up to them whether it goes ahead.

Well, unless someone pays for a private prosecution that is... Ha.

With a majority like the one Boris Johnson has now also, it would be very difficult for anything to stop a change in the law also. So, the Supreme Court's powers are still limited by the government.

Brother, can you spare a dime: Flickr owner sends mass-email begging for subscriptions


How have they innovated lately?

One thing with the big name sites that grow from strength to strength is that they are regularly adding features, improving quality of life, etc... What has Flickr added lately?

Deadly 737 Max jets no longer a Boeing concern – for now: Production suspended after biz runs out of parking space


Re: MCAS seems like a bodge

I wonder which has cost them more? Getting a new airframe certified, or having to have their entire fleet of this model grounded, along with having to stop production, and renaming the thing? Not to mention, the outcome of any lawsuits against them.


MCAS seems like a bodge

Is it me or is the entire MCAS system idea a bodge to fix a design flaw? Seems a bit like the drinking bird on the Simpsons pressing Y to vent gas etc...

Surely, Boeing should have fixed the actual design problem with the jet?

Capita unfurls new consulting arm. Hmm, what shall we call it?


Perception issue

I don't get that. Company has a problem with thinking they're crap, so they launch a new business with the same name. Why!? Everyone will just think "eugh, more of the same".

Just like Natwest launching their app only bank "Bó". Great. Nice fresh name (even with the hilarious connotations of BO from the name). But, no, they advertise it as "Bó by Natwest".

Why do they think Natwest, the brand linked to the bank that has major IT outages constantly, would be a great way to advertise this new service? Come, use our new IT only bank...

Where's our data, Google? Chrome 79 update 'a catastrophe' for Android devs with WebView apps


A potential scenario. You're a vet, out on a farm on a welsh hillside. You vaccinate a bunch of cows. You've done half the herd and head back to the office for the end of the day. Once you get back, your phone connects to wifi and Android goes "ooh, updates" and downloads Chrome 79. You then open the app up, ready to do its sync, but your data is gone.

Cops storm Nginx's Moscow offices after a Russian biz claims it owns world's most widely used web server, not F5


" verbal agreement"

Worth the paper it was written on.

Capita lights One Revenues and Benefits bug bonfire: ALL reports older than 12 months to be ignored


We had a company that did this with our bug reports...

Open for 14 months. Moved to a different supplier. Only way forward! Time for councils to vote with their wallets, or more accurately, our wallets.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games


Re: But on the other hand...

Beef burgers, pork sausages and dairy milk are animal products.

Last I checked, having a veggie burger doesn't change beef burgers from being beef burgers. Pork sausages still exist and having Linda McCartney Veggie Sausages doesn't change that.

It doesn't damage the "meat" market having those names.

People don't get confused between meat and non-meat burgers/sausages. Saying it is "passing them off" is nonsense. Glamorgan sausages, which don't contain meat, have existed since the 1800s, and people don't confuse them for meat products.



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