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43 posts • joined 27 Mar 2012
Aww, a cute mini-moon is orbiting Earth right now. But like all good things, it too will abandon us at some point
Assange lawyer: Trump offered WikiLeaker a pardon in exchange for denying Russia hacked Democrats' email
Oracle staff say Larry Ellison's fundraiser for Trump is against 'company ethics' – Oracle, ethics... what dimension have we fallen into?
Re: You have (the right) to remain silent
I think we are all missing the point here. It's not about freedom of speech. This is about not doing something you told everyone you're not going to do (in your code of ethics).
However, on skimming though the document, it doesn't actually seem to prohibit what he is doing. It bands pressuring someone to vote a particular way or to contribute to a cause. You can't use company resources without running it past the legal department. You can't do politics on company time or expenses. You can't bribe a politician to win a contract.
So unless, I'm missing something, or Larry hasn't told his legal team - he is probably in the clear.
Judge Vulcan-nerve pinches JEDI deal after Amazon forks out $42m to pause Microsoft's military machinations
Interesting. Yes the Java API that Oracle is claiming copyright ownership of, does indeed copy names and ideas from other places, including the C standard libraries.
I'm pretty sure I first encountered the C "index" function for finding a character in a string in 1985 in K&R (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_C_Programming_Language). I always thought it was poorly named. Java's version (called indexOf) is here: https://docs.oracle.com/javase/8/docs/api/java/lang/String.html#indexOf-int- and works in exactly the same way - returning -1 if the character is not found.
Google Maps gets Incognito fig leaf: We'll give you vague peace of mind if you hold off those privacy laws
Loss-making $15bn hipster chat biz Slack suddenly less appetising to investors as it predicts deeper losses
Re: Oh no
I'm not sure I follow your argument.
Yes, it is your prerogative as an informed individual to not care which private details are collected about you and who they are shared with. But this is the reason why others might feel alarm.
And yes, cookies do make the web more useful. Although the role of governments in this story is that the outside organisation mentioned above, has found some government websites are riddled with cookies unrelated to their function. Making the web less useful by incompetently coding their own sites seems unlikely - but I could be wrong.
However, the bit I don't get is: why is your use of an ad blocker relevant? Especially as you seem to imply that ad tracking cookies make the web better.
Re: Oh no
Hmm. Not seeing the ads is not really the issue.
Suppose you go to a site to get information about abortion. Using cookies these companies will detect this and add that to your profile. Later your profile may be leaked, leaving you the target of anti-abortionists.
Suppose that in the future, we do not have such a benevolent government. Perhaps, our reading of The Register at that time will be seen as dangerous, and we all get sent to the gulag.
My browser tells me that on this page there 2 cookies from doubleclick, 2 from google, and 2 from regmedia, even when the 3 ads are blocked.
Re: Mail held overseas probably belongs to a non-US citizen
> If the US government starts using US companies to extend its jurisdiction to other countries ...
The article says:
> the messages can be accessed remotely from Google HQ in Mountain View, California, USA, so, basically, you can bet your ass it's under US jurisdiction.
Which would imply that it doesn't have to be a US company, just that the content is accessible from somewhere in the US. Of course, if this is deemed to be legal, then the opposite could also be assumed to be true. That content on servers within the US, which could be accessed from elsewhere (say Google's Moscow office), would be legally accessible in those jurisdictions.
Re: Why is this shocking?
> Please cite, as Google NEVER said that. If you actually believe that you need to unplug from the internet, as you are clearly too thick to use it.
OK, always like a challenge ...
> ... Always new ... You're always among the first to receive software and security updates ... And you'll have the freshest, fastest version ...
https://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/nexus/5x/ (as of today).
Hmm. That wasn't much of a challenge.
> Because the US government does not control the banks in the way China does, by a long shot. Roughly the same in Europe, really.
You assume that China is making its central bank do this. Which may be true, but wasn't stated in the article. However, the headline does seem to imply it.
I'm not sure whether it is the Federal Reserve or PBOC that you are likening to the various European central banks, but is theory they all play the same role. The central bank is supposedly independent, sets base rates and issues the money supply. So adopting a digital currency would seem to fit within the remit of the Peoples Bank of China, the US Federal Reserve, Bank of England, Danmarks Nationalbank, the European Central Bank, ... if they really wanted to do this.
Then yes, lending banks would probably feel forced to add it to all the other currencies they handle.
Perhaps these people are really genuine about helping society identify good and bad people. Perhaps they simple don't understand that the bad people have access to the internet as well. There are some really unpleasant people out there that are going to abuse their efforts.
I think that's really sad.
Igor. IGOR!!!! Fire up the random person generator. Attach it to www.fakenamegenerator.com and let's get this database full of crap. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Hurrh. Hurrh. Hurrh. Hurrrr.
"I guess none of these things are intrinsically bad, ..."
Until you discover that friend$ are matched up with their credit scores and the gaps filled in by association. You really shouldn't have friended that bloke who did a runner with the church collection.
Yes, I know you ticked the privacy option, but that doesn't apply to finance company who pays good money for the data set.
And yes, I know you don't believe this happens. I wouldn't have either until I talked to the developer whose was writing the code.
Re: RE: I just did a test with a "Hello, World" executable, and it was 5K in size
Quick! Embed it in a web page and enter the 5k contest [the5k.org] ...
Oh wait. Seems they don't run that anymore. Perhaps, no one cares how much bandwidth programs take. Never mind, let me have a go...
echo "Hello, World"
Wow, 21 bytes
Re: TOR users beware the 'Enigma effect'.
... and Room 40 obviously.
Given that The Onion Router relies on the user encrypting the traffic for each node along the selected route, each node should be unaware of what lies beyond the next node. The dangers are:
+ the traffic leaving the exit node is transparent to the exit node if HTTPS hasn't been used.
+ that the complete series of selected nodes has been compromised, and your destination can be determined.
+ that your ISP or some agency detects you connecting to a TOR IP address and determines meaning from this.
+ that the encryption algorithms we use today have secretly been broken.
"You know Old Boy. We've got a load of those damned Enigma machines that we captured from the Jerries. The Germans swear by them, and I believe the Ruskis are giving them a go now. As a friendly power would you like a few? Got to keep those communications hush, hush - wink, wink - what, what?"
> host your own [mail server] where? It wont stop them knocking on the door and grabbing your servers due too "unspecified terrorism charges"
Well Yemen is proving to be popular. The USA only approaches by drone, and when they do - they generally kill the neighbours' kids. So a little money into the benevolent fund that Al-Qaeda runs for the widows and orphans (in lieu of compensation or even apology from the US government) and you should be pretty safe.