* Posts by SundogUK

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Euro watchdog will try to extract $900m from Amazon for breaking data privacy laws

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Re: "complaint by [..] a French privacy group"

"This is one of the reasons certain UK businesses wanted out if the EU- they didn't like social responsibilities and labour laws."

You say that like you think it's a bad thing.

Huawei to America: You're not taking cyber-security seriously until you let China vouch for us

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Do not trust China. China is asshole.

London class-action sueball against Google is a lot like Epic's case except fandroids might win enough for a pint

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Re: Hypocrisy

Google aren't "taxing" anybody. They are not a government.

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Re: Vice-like grip

The cost is irrelevant. If people are willing to pay, it's worth it.

Activision Blizzard accused by California watchdog of fostering 'frat boy' culture, fatally toxic atmosphere

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Re: Toxic Racist Misogynistic Patriarchal White Males

The fact they asked Brianna Wu for comment tells you exactly where this article was going.

Survey of astronomers and geophysicists shines a light on 'bleak' systemic bullying

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Re: Biased nonsense

"Aine O'Brien, diversity officer of the Royal Astronomical Society"

What do you think she went looking for? And does it surprise you that she found it?

AWS gave Parler a chance, won't say if it talked to NSO before axing spyware biz's backend systems

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Re: Whataboutism

Rubbish. Parler did nothing to overturn the election result. They just operated a free speech social network where people said stuff that AWS disagreed with.

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Re: Is that good enough for mission-critical operations?

Why the fuck would they bother?

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Re: Wow Amnesty International

Amnesty International used to campaign on behalf of ALL prisoners of conscience. Now, not so much if you're even slightly to the right of Stalin.

Pipe down, Jeff. You've only gone where Gus Grissom went before, 60 years ago today

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Re: Do allow Bezos his moment of glory

He achieved with his own money what the US government achieved over 50 years ago using tax money taken from its citizens with the threat of violence.

FIFY

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Re: Do allow Bezos his moment of glory

I am a fan of his business practices... and his flight is an achievement and he should be allowed to celebrate. Hopefully it will result in cheaper access to earth orbit and, eventually, travel beyond that.

How many Brits have deleted life-saving track and trace app from their phones? No idea, junior minister tells MPs

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Re: Technology to the rescue

What are these "television advertisements" you speak of?

United, Mesa airlines order 200 electric 19-seater planes for short-hop flights

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Re: Why 19?

US Air regulations require cabin crew for 20+ passengers.

Biden order calls for net neutrality, antitrust action, ISP competition – and right to repair your own damn phone

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The Register - writing adverts for the US Democrat party, for free!

Hubble’s cosmic science is mind-blowing, but its soul celebrates something surprising about us

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We needed one Hubble and 11 spy satellites. I don't see the Russians or Chinese in any hurry to send up a replacement.

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Nothing humans build will last forever. (Except the Pyramids at Giza; they'll outlast the human race for sure...) Stuff will fail. Blaming it on 'budget cuts' is pointlessly political given the immensity of what it has already accomplished.

Amazon: Our carbon footprint went up 19% last year but we grew even more than that, so 'carbon intensity' is down

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Re: Big is better (?)

Seriously? To fix these problems, even if they aren't really problems, you would murder six billion plus people?

This always-on culture we're in is awful. How do we stop it? Oh, sorry, hold on – just had another notification

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"We need to stop our dependence on technology, and re-learn how to connect and interact meaningfully in the real world."!

I don't want to do that. Are you going to pass a law to force me?

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Re: Cattle

If there are 10,000,000 qualified engineers in the world and the world economy needs 5,000,000 your pay is going to be shit. Get used to it or do something else.

UK artists seek 'luvvie levy' on new gadgets to make up for all the media that consumers access online

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Re: redress the balance caused by people accessing ... online without paying for it directly

True but this cure is way worse than the disease.

Russia spoofed AIS data to fake British warship's course days before Crimea guns showdown

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Re: To sadly turn this political

The Russians regularly sail through the English Channel, at much closer distances to UK territory than the Royal Navy did here. We don't interfere because the UK respects the International Laws of the Sea.

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Re: To blatantly unnecessarily turn this political

"The point was that Trump stood up to Putin..." FIFY.

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Re: To sadly turn this political

Can we have that in English, please?

Campaigners warn of an 'algorithm-driven censorship' future if UK Online Safety Bill gets through Parliament

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Re: just a fucking moment

Did you actually read the article? The campaign against this is headed up by David Davis - one of those '...fucking right wing loons that whine about free speech all the fucking time.'

McDonald's AI drive-thru bot accused of breaking biometrics privacy law

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Re: Success Rate

Two completely different things and AFAIK there is still no evidence you can contract COVID-19 from touching surfaces.

Facial recog firm Clearview hit with complaints in France, Austria, Italy, Greece and the UK

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Re: Who hasn't?

"open and caring human societies"

Which ones are these then? I am not aware of any...

Uber drivers can now unionise after ride biz recognises GMB, one of the UK's largest trade unions

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Well that's Uber done for then. And all those drivers who loved the flexible approach to working with them.

Google employee helped UK government switch from disastrous COVID-19 strategy, according to Dominic Cummings

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Re: Hang on

I cannot up-vote this enough...

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Re: Hang on

"The cabinet are all businessmen..." Your very first point is bollocks. They're pretty much all lawyers.

Man found dead inside model dinosaur after climbing in to retrieve phone

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Re: Alternative explanation

"...weird lack of empathy."

You're new to the reg, aren't you?

Singapore orders social media to correct Indian politician’s allegation of local COVID-19 variant

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Re: So evolution is real then

Well no. Evolution is a theory. The evidence we are seeing does support the theory accurately predicting what will happen but it is still just a theory. And how you got from that to a generic rant against Fox/US Republicans I have no idea.

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99

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Re: No TV

He's a rock singer. Sanctimonious twattery is what they're for.

Beloved pixel pusher Paint prepares to join Notepad for updates from Microsoft Store

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Re: I'm pissed off...

VLC Media Player is your friend:

https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

What happens when back-flipping futuristic robot technology meets capitalism? Yeah, it’s warehouse work

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Re: exactly the sort of thing we want machines to do.

"Life as the child of hand-loom weavers probably wasn't idyllic, but there were few risks from high-speed machinery."

but still died younger.

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Re: exactly the sort of thing we want machines to do.

Trying to plan how society should develop always ends up worse than just letting people get on with it.

Ex-asylum seeker with infosec degree loses discrimination claim against UK cyber range provider after storming out

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Re: winding up

If you can never fire them, you don't hire them in the first place.

President Biden weighs in on Amazon unionization efforts, warns giant to steer clear of threats, coercion

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Re: Unions

Like, I am free to negotiate a contract with an employer without union interference?

Singapore changes the rules and will now use COVID-19 contact-tracing app data in criminal cases

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Re: "Singapore is a parliamentary democracy"

This is simply not true.

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Re: Is anyone really surprised ?

Oddly enough, if there is any government in the world I would trust to do this, it would be Singapore.

I can 'proceed without you', judge tells Julian Assange after courtroom outburst

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Re: Blackmailed

XY is XY

XX is XX

I don't give a shit about your delusions. What is, is.

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Re: Blackmailed

He still is.

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Re: What a weapon...

He is not being tortured and he is not facing a death sentence.

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

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Re: The UK is a nation?

To quote Wikipedia:

"The Ireland national rugby union team is the representative national team in the sport of rugby union for the island of Ireland. The team represents both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom."

Not content with distorting actual reality, Facebook now wants to build a digital layer for the world

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"mass surveillance by a megacorp is a form of violence as well."

No it isn't. It is WRONG but it is not violence. The only people who say shit like this have never been on the receiving end of actual violence. I hope it never happens to you but if it does, you will see the difference.

Ad blocking made Google throw its toys out of the pram – and now even more control is being taken from us

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Re: The rise of Facebook and the slow death of journalism is due to online ads

"...which always seeks to maximise profit and minimise costs."

You say that like it's a bad thing.

Boffins from China push quantum computing envelope for 'supremacy' in emerging photon field

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Is the register taking money from China now?

A tale of two nations: See China blast off from the Moon as drone shows America's Arecibo telescope falling apart

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Re: Amy Coney Barrett

Cretin.

When it comes to taxing tech giants, America is out, France is in, Canada and Indonesia are going their own way

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It is too simple. If you have a revenue of 1 Bn but a profit of 1 M, a 10 % tax will kill you.

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Re: Conceptually not bad but ...

"The bottom line is that the economic prosperity of nations is to a certain extent inevitably a zero sum game played by countries against each other."

No it isn't.

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Re: Conceptually not bad but ...

"Fortunately, as was found out in Ireland, national commercial advantage will always come first."

FIFY.

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