* Posts by The obvious

121 posts • joined 28 Sep 2011


Adtech's bogeymen are tracking everything - even your web visits to mental health charities, claim campaigners

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Re: Oh, I've got a better one than that...

This also applies to all the political parties too.

If you’re google and you want to lobby the government, that seems like a useful bit of information...

Teen charged after allegedly taking food delivery biz for a ride: $10k of 'fraudulent refunds for stuff not delivered'

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Re: Subway & Uber Eats

If you want to know who’s responsible, follow the money... The company responsible is always the one you paid.

Chromium devs want the browser to talk to devices, computers directly via TCP, UDP. Obviously, nothing can go wrong

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Re: What happened to Do no evil?

It was only ever really “don’t get caught”.

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Meet the new IE4...

...same as the old IE4 but with Google.

Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data

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Re: I must be missing something...

About half uses “;”, so not comma-separated at all?

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Re: Wrong tool for the job

If scientists can’t manage to find/use the import wizard where you can tell it that that A specific column data is text then I’m not sure there’s hope for the human race.

USA decides to cleanse local networks of anything Chinese under new five-point national data security plan

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Re: don't want to be sued for slander either...

You won’t be - slander only applies to speech. Libel however...

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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Re: I would LOVE to be able to use Linux

As far as I’m concerned you aren’t missing anything, the best place for Linux is /dev/null - the ecosystem is pretty toxic and really needs to go have a good think after the likes of the debacle that is systemd...

We're suing Google for harvesting our personal info even though we opted out of Chrome sync – netizens

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Re: Strange People...

When go ogle controls 90% of search, how are people supposed to find anything else/better. It’s almost as if they are abusing their monopoly and need to be split up.

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It was never really "don't be evil"

It is (and remains) “don’t get caught”.

What evil lurks within the data centre, and why is it DDoS-ing the ever-loving pants off us?

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Re: TomTom Updates (2025 update)

“ the days when things were written specifically for Chrome.”

Chrome: the new Internet Explorer.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?

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Re: You Don't Love Retargeting?

There’s a significant difference between facebook and google though. You can choose not to give facebook your data, quite easily. Whereas with google it is impossible to just (for example) sinkhole their ASN and have done with it.

Macs, iPhones, iPads to get encrypted DNS – how'd you like them Apples?

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Re: Big G

By privacy they meant private from everyone else, not from them apparently...

Huawei's EMUI 10.1 update shows Chinese mobile giant hunkering down for the long haul without Google wares

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Re: So...

There will be plenty of value in providing those services or the all-seeing googly eye would not be interested in sharing theirs with other companies.

When open source isn't enough: Fancy a de-Googled Chromium? How about some Microsoft-free VS Code?

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Re: Vivaldi?

Google “safe browsing“ is enabled by default in Vivaldi. I mentioned it in the forums but a lot of people seem to think that google respect their privacy...

Kinda goes without saying, but shore up your admin passwords or be borged by this brute-forcing botnet

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Re: It is appalling

Because “It is open source and runs on Linux so it’s secure.”

I’ve been told that in those exact words.

No more installing Microsoft's Chromium-centered Edge by hand: Windows 10 will do it for you automatically

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Re: Déja Vu

Now people only write pages to work in new IE4 - Chrome.

Google+ replacement ‘Currents’ to end beta and debut in G Suite on July 6th

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Another product for google to burn

I give it 500 days...

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Re: Oh, you can opt out. Trust me.

Oh really? Block Google’s ASN at your router for a week, then tell us if you can really opt out...

Google: You know we said that Chrome tracker contained no personally identifiable info? Yeah, about that...

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Re: GnuTzu - Proxy

Why do you think google invented hsts and hpkp?

House of Lords push internet legend on greater openness and transparency from Google. Nope, says Vint Cerf

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Re: We're Google ...

“We’re Google and if you want anyone to hear about your party next election then you had better be awed at our technobabble...”

'An issue of survival': Why Mozilla welcomes EU attempts to regulate the internet giants

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Vivaldi the chromeskin. I use it too but it’s worth remembering as there lies the problem. Browser engine diversity protects standards and we as a community seems to have forgotten the browser wars.

Google burns down more than 500 private-data-stealing, ad-defrauding Chrome extensions installed by 1.7m netizens

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private-data-stealing and ad-defrauding is OUR job.


the all-seeing googly eye.

RIP FTP? File Transfer Protocol switched off by default in Chrome 80

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Re: Guess I'm a fossil, then

Google’s rationale is “can we virtually wipe every implementation off the planet?” or “can we harvest loads of juicy data to make a profit?”

If both of those are “no” then in the bin it goes. If they manage the first, and the second is still “no” *then* they bin it...

Sketchy behavior? Wacom tablet drivers phone home with names, times of every app opened on your computer

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Re: Pi-Hole

They’re feeding google analytics... given that google are the absolute worst bunch of data thieving bastards known to mankind outside of the TLA’s, any pi-hole list worth using should be blackholing them into oblivion already.

Microsoft's on Edge and you could be, too: Chromium-based browser exits beta – with teething problems

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Woop-de-do, another chromeskin...

If we wanted/needed another crappy chrome-skin then there are a bunch of options. Checking code against multiple render engines was a useful thing to be able to do. I guess we learned nothing from the browser wars after all...

What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?

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Re: But How ?

Android devices will attempt to bypass the given DNS server to connect to DoH. Certain apps on iOS are also doing it too.

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Re: add this to Chrome...

You’re assuming that the worst privacy abuser of the lot would add this feature... interesting.

Linux in 2020: 27.8 million lines of code in the kernel, 1.3 million in systemd

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Re: Putting it bluntly,

I’m ok with that, can’t come soon enough. Fits in perfectly with my linux policy...

There is a Santa! BT prises remnants of InLink from jaws of administration

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Re: Back to phorm?

Seems to work for google...

'Supporting Internet Explorer is hell': Web developers identify top needs – new survey

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Re: "Should we all just use (say) chromium"

When Opera is and even Edge is about to be a crappy chrome-skin anyway, we pretty much are... it’s not looking great for standards.

Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data

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Dido Harding...

...as in the same Dido Harding who presided over TalkTalk when it was getting hacked?

I have the utmost confidence our data will be completely safe, secure, and not abused in any way... not!

WebAssembly gets nod from W3C and, most likely, an embrace from cryptojackers online

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Everything old...

...can be made new again.

ActiveX is back again for the edification of those people who didn’t learn the lesson the first time around.

Cue sandbox escape CVE’s in 3... 2...

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, so the EU is investigating Google to get some more money in its hat

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Re: $40.6bn in earnings before tax

I’d quite like google to pull out of the EU. It’s about time we techies learned not to keep creating new tech monopolies.

Talk about a ticket to ride... London rail passengers hear pr0n grunts over PA system

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Re: Tube

Modern trains largely drive themselves. It's more just a responsibility thing of having a human to deal with the things it can't (and for that human to prove that it has not gone to sleep.)

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Re: Cockfosters

not Babe Station?

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Paris Hilton

TFL drivers

...change at Baker Street.

(Bootnote: for those outside the London bubble, it is the only station where you can switch from the pink to the brown line.)

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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The biggest security risk...

is risk to my supply when some fat-fingered Herbert at my supplier (or possibly another supplier) disconnects my supply for no good reason (or when they fuck up the billing, which wouldn't be the first time that's happened.)

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Re: There are plenty of reasons NOT to use IP

1) yes there are but that's not an unfixable problem and it should be sorted from a perspective of public safety

2) multicast is your friend

3) yes, fair point

4) pretty much all mobile handsets support IPv6 today, if the networks are still dragging their heels after over 2 decades then that's a very different problem and ultimately they aren't going to fix it without demand

So basically there aren't lots of reasons, there's one - the cost of internet access.

Cisco cancels all YouTube ads, then conceals cancellation

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Dear Cisco

That's a lot of traffic we send your way... it would be quite a shame if anything happened to it.


Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed

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Re: win10

Because google and apple have never been caught illegally slurping da.... oh wait. Talk about from the frying pan into the fire.

Watchdog growls at Tesla for spilling death crash details: 'Autopilot on, hands off wheel'

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Walter had complained to his Tesla dealer...

"...about how his car swerved unexpectedly several times when passing the area where the accident eventually occurred."

It never at any time occurred to him that may it would be a good idea to drive manually through that area?

'A sledgehammer to crack a nut': Charities slam UK voter ID trials

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Labour *DID* bring in an ID Card system, it was scrapped by both the Tories (on financial grounds) and the Lib Dems (on the basis of civil liberty/privacy concerns).

Had it been merely an ID Card which establishes that the owner is who they say they are and a PKI cert so the owner could do the same for online transactions (exactly as they do in many other countries) then we'd probably still have it and there wouldn't have ever been a problem for most people. It would be quite useful for the homeless I'd have thought (once their ID was initially established, which is not always trivial).

Unfortunately that is not what we got... instead what we got was a vastly overreaching biometric database that logged every time it was accessed (forever) that could not be proved wrong in court (leading to an effective end-run around habeas corpus), that broke the web of trust based around other forms of ID, provided a single point of failure/weakness for identity theft and was really a multi-billion pound boondoggle for whoever got the backhander from Crapita.

Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

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I loved my 930 too, there are still things you could do *really quickly* with it that you simply cannot do with the iShinyThing (which is what I moved to when the battery just died one day, and landfill android never really appealed.)

Many of the layouts were just intuitive, connecting to APs was a doddle, the built in social media integration from early on was just something else and I really liked live tiles.

Ultimately what killed it was politics, they could have got over the kernel pain eventually - but the phone guys weren't in Nadella's 'tribe' and anyone who knows about the inner workings of MS will know that the tribalism is fierce and the victors are rarely gracious.

Google asks browser rival Vivaldi to post uninstall instructions

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re: Sooner or later

I'm pretty sure that with the goo's AI plans that it won't be hugely long before they ARE the government (if they aren't already in all but name...)

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Black Helicopters

Re: Optional

In true pantomime style OH, YES YOU ARE!!!!

Because even when you're not logged in, the all seeing googly eye knows who you are and what you're doing (you dirty sod!)

Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there's still time to unplug it

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"there's still time to unplug it" - are you sure about that?

I tried it once, blocking google and all their other insidious services (entirely) is utterly impossible.

Don't believe me? Try it for yourself. The products you directly use, search, mail, maps are easy switches. The products you don't see (like analytics) you can lose easily. What about the stuff another site uses? fonts, api's etc all of a sudden things get very complicated!

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Re: What now

What's the first thing that user does with that Linux (before they consider sacking you and going back to windows), they fire up a website that reports all their activity back to google's giant data hoover.. Sometimes choice is an illusion.

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Re: 'Surveillance capitalism, that’s on us'

Interestingly the whole debate you bring up centres around the products we choose to use, the bigger concern is surely the ones we don't and that we can't choose to avoid, try to decide you won't use any google services, blackhole their ASN at the gateway and see how long you last trying to get anything done online... it's a fun experiment if nothing else to determine how reliant you are on them.

OnePlus 5 x T + five short months = Some p*ssed off fanboys

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Looks for dustbin icon...

...or maybe a garbage truck for some more android based landfill-fodder!



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