And now I have a headache
168 posts • joined 27 Apr 2012
Look in the mirror
"Part of the problem with companies like Octopus, Romero argued, is that they provide automated scraping services to anyone, regardless of who they may be targeting, or why, and – crucially – without permission from the source site."
Says the company which provides a platform for anyone to spam any kind of content, regardless of who they might be targeting, or why.
And harvests data about anyone - crucially - frequently without permission from the individual.
I worked in the Netherlands years ago, in a company which allowed no external internet access, but had an internal translation dictionary to allow us non-Dutch speaking people to look up words and save us having to ask every five seconds what fields on a screen meant.
I was making an effort to learn the language and mailed my team lead a reply including a line of pidgin Dutch. He replied slagging my appalling grammar, I used the dictionary to look up the Dutch translation of a very mild insult (I think it may have been something like "fool") in response. I even took the precaution of checking the translation back to English first.
He arrived at my desk two minutes later looking quite shocked and explaining I could be fired for what I'd just called him, which was one of the worst words I could use in Dutch. Turns out the dictionary was a little too complete and the Dutch side included numerous not-quite-synonyms for each translation which in this case had ranged from the mild to the extremely vulgar, and of course I'd randomly picked the worst. Helpfully the English side seemed to have been sanitised so there was no way of telling that.
Lesson learned, don't rely on translation apps even if they're the company standard
Like eBay's chainsaw obsession
I haven't bought anything off eBay in at least 5 years, and even then it was just a few second hand games.
I logged in recently for some reason, so now they've started mailing me.
With no data to base their mails on, for some reason they've decided to just keep emailing me about chainsaws.
There'll usually be a couple of extra random things thrown in - last week was wireless headphones and a ceiling fan, this week it's a smartwatch or an iPhone - but the main focus every week is on eBay's determination to sell me a chainsaw.
Clearview's lawyer: "To be clear, Clearview AI does not do business in the UK, and does not have any UK customers at this time."
Clearview's CEO: “My company and I have acted in the best interests of the UK and their people by assisting law enforcement in solving heinous crimes against children, seniors, and other victims of unscrupulous acts”
That's pretty impressive considering they don't do any business there.
Singaporean regulator punishes biggest-ever data breach: Almost 5.9 million hotel customers' info exposed
Schools email marketing company told us to go away when we told them of exposed database creds, say infoseccers
Reminds me of the time I bought a new PC with a free year of Norton AV.
The year expired, I switched to a different AV, tried to uninstall Norton. Or even disable it.
"Please log in to access the admin screen ..."
"You can't log in as your subscription is expired. Click here to renew your subscription..."
The product as installed offered no way to remove it after your subscription had expired, without paying for renewal.
They did provide an "uninstall tool" as a separate download. But it was pretty well hidden on their website, took quite a bit of googling to find it.
The Sun is shining, the birds are singing, and Microsoft has pulled support for Internet Explorer in Microsoft 365
Excuse me, what just happened? Resilience is tough when your failure is due to a 'sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee'
Years ago on college work experience, we had an issue where users randomly couldn't log into the network. Seemed to be intermittent, the same user might be able to log in one morning, but fail after lunch. This went on for a week or two.
After a while I noticed the problems typically happened mid-morning, or a while after lunch, and came up with the theory there might be a limit on the number that could log in at once, with anyone after that being refused. Licensing issues and the like were above my pay grade, it was just based on empirical observation. A bit of trial and error and I reckoned I'd worked out what the limit was.
As it happened, we were building a new PC for the managing director. Keen to make a good impression, my manager had insisted we work through lunch to get it finished. Finished it shortly after lunch, tested everything including the login credentials, all worked fine. Manager breathed a sigh of relief.
I checked how many people were currently logged onto the network, saw it was at my expected maximum, and suggested we prove my theory by logging the MD off, me logging in on my own machine, and then if we tried to log him in again it should fail.
Manager was aghast at the suggestion, and insisted that we quickly deliver the PC to the MD while everything was working OK.
Of course if was about two days before the MD called to complain he was unable to log in, and somebody finally checked and discovered we'd hit our license limit.
Kleber said Privacy Sandbox is all about "partitioned identity," adding: "We're trying to transition to a web in which the site you are visiting might have its own personal notion of some information about you like what you've done while visiting that site in the past but there's not a way to take one site's notion of what it knows about you and another site's notion of what that site knows about you and join them together."
But surely that’s straightforward? If it’s beneficial to me then I’ll be willing to create an account on the site and then they’ll be able to track me by that on their site.
"FLoC is about... ways to do ad targeting when third-party cookies and the profiles built based on them are not available any more," said Kleber.
Ahhhhh, there we go. So this is no way beneficial to me, it’s purely about you trying to continue retaining profiling information to sell ads, without explicit user opt-in. Good luck with that. Not.
Holy margins, Batman: Pandemic tech prices balloon as demand outweighs stocks and suppliers get greedy
Can't get that printer to work? It's not you. It's that sodding cablin.... oh beautiful job with that cabling, boss
Got an IT support call on Monday morning saying "My printer's not working" back when people had their own individual printers plugged into their PC.
Down to the desk, check all the basics - printer is plugged in, turned on, no error lights flashing, print a test page, etc, all fine.
Try to print from the PC, nothing.
Took longer than it should have for me to check the cable from the PC to the printer wasn't loose. It wasn't loose, it just wasn't there.
It had been there on Friday because I'd been dealing with another issue.
Pointed out that the cable was missing to the user, who immediately exclaimed "Well I didn't take it!" - a surprisingly quick and strident denial from somebody who hadn't been accused of anything. Between that and the shifty look, they clearly had.
I didn't care, just grabbed a spare cable, but I always thought it was a bit weird, as if the guy had decided on the Friday he needed a printer cable for home, but hadn't really thought through exactly how that was going to work on Monday morning.
Rogue elements: Hades and Loop Hero manage to draw on the same legacy while having very little in common
Desperate Nominet chairman claims member vote to fire him would spark British government intervention
Huge if true: If you show people articles saying that Firefox is faster than Chrome, they'll believe it
Ever wanted to own a piece of the internet? Now you can: $1 for a whole gTLD... or $2.8m if you want a decent one
Great sales pitch
Every TLD listed has a "How much are similar domains worth?" bit - which just gives the estimated value of the corresponding .com (e.g. .guitars is compared against guitars.com).
Surely this just underlines the fact that the .com is far more valuable than the vanity TLD?
And a far more accurate measure of value would be how moany domains are there for the TLD x price per domain.
So .country has 1000+ domains @ $29 so you're expected to bid $300,000 for something currently taking in $29,000/year.
While country.com alone is worth $450,000
There's a reason these things are being auctioned. You'd be better off buying Bitcoin. Or Gamestop
Missing GOV.UK web link potentially cost taxpayers £50m as civil servants are forced to shuffle paper forms
Quixotic Californian crusade to officially recognize the hellabyte and hellagram is going hella nowhere
Re: And also started deviating from it
The MS vertical space thing drives me mad. If I want to use pivot tables in Excel my work laptop, I have to collapse the ribbon, as otherwise I can only see a single field at a time in the pivot definitions. Yet while the ribbon is collapsed, clicking on a menu item shows it, but a compressed ribbon with much less whitespace. Which is actually the ideal compromise, but there's no obvious way of getting it.
Eventually discover I can simply change the ribbon layout by the obvious solution of selecting "customise the quick access toolbar", and ticking "Touch/Mouse mode", which then brings up a new menu with options for "Mouse" and "Touch", which control the amount of whitespace on the ribbon. Despite none of the relevant menu entries giving any indication they're related to the ribbon. How intuitive.
That's not to mention the number of times they've totally redesigned the ribbon since they first introduced it, moving stuff around between categories or to different tabs under different icons, necessitating a quick google rather than spend ten minutes hunting for infrequently used options.
If they can't be consistent about general settings, there's not much hope for accessibility.
This x 1000.
Based on the Firebase performance of 1bn reads per minute at 0.06 per 100K, that's $600 per minute.
If your "budget limit" is only an advisory limit that triggers an email, that's $600 of charges for every minute before that mail is read and actioned.
That's just ludicrous if there's no option for an automatic hard cutoff after a certain limit.