* Posts by bigtimehustler

655 posts • joined 19 Jun 2013


Google tells court: Our rivals gave US govt confidential dirt on us to fuel antitrust case. Now we want to see it


Could they not get around this by saying they are defending themselves and using no outside council? It isn't a requirement, but you are still legally entitled to be able to defend yourself.

Let's Encrypt warns about a third of Android devices will from next year stumble over sites that use its certs


What does any of this have to do with installing a certificate? You can just do that on any a droid device. Problem solved, the information of how just needs to be made clearer

Today's tech giants won't be as naive as I was in DoJ dealings, says former Microsoft chief Bill Gates


And what would you prefer? Lots of mediocre browsers that barely work. Ultimately it takes millions of man hours to make a new browser that follows at least most of the standards and then even more time pushing what is possible further forward. Who is going to do that without any motivation to do it? If they wanted to, they already would. Why do you think even Microsoft has given in and moved to the same base tech?

Another Chromium browser for Linux? Microsoft Edge arrives in preview form, no love for Arm yet


Perhaps not, but if a QA finds a defect and in fact it is reproduceable on a mac or Linux system, that's definitely going to save me some time trying to debug it in a VM with all the networking nonsense of routing it to my real local machine, as that's where I'm running the code.

Brexit Britain changes its mind, says non, nein, no to Europe's unified patent court – potentially sealing its fate


It would be far better if the patent system was entirely subsidised by a percentage of the awarded damages. No one can provide their own lawyers, only court appointed ones, paid for by the funded patent system. That will level the playing field a bit and make the process a whole let fairer and self funded.

Apple sues iPhone CPU design ace after he quits to run data-center chip upstart Nuvia


Duty of loyalty, that makes me laugh, you mean the loyalty so many companies show to their employees if it doesn't suit. No employee owes a company loyalty, just as much as no company would expect to perpetually employ a person out of loyalty.

Not LibreOffice too? Beloved open-source suite latest to fall victim to the curse of Catalina


If you don't like this functionality there is a command line option which can be run which will restore the allow apps from anywhere option in the security preferences. Once selected, it works as before, allowing apps from anywhere. Just a bit of googling to get the info, no need to disable updates and throw the baby out with the bath water.

Online deepfakes double in just nine months, scaring politicians – and fooling the rest of us


Currupted individuals? This article is totally devoid of opinion I see. Who brought the writer back from the victoian era?

Careful now, UK court ruling says email signature blocks can sign binding contracts


I would take this one further, it's only the county court and this is definitely untested territory. There is no saying a higher court would read that the law was meant to be interpreted this way at all. It needs a definitive judgement.

Awkward! Bernie tells Bezos-sponsored event he'd break up Amazon and other tech titans


Well, I think we have just found out which two candidates will not be becoming president. For one, how much of the average US population actually cares about breaking up big tech enough to support a candidate leading with that theme? Secondly, the media resources these companies control, basically ensures constant negative press and leaks.

Musk loves his Starlink sat constellation – but astroboffins are less than dazzled by them


Nobody has yet solved the space junk problem, old "scientific" satellites cause just the same problem and all the other junk left up there over the past 40 to 50 years. This does seem a little like our junk is fine but not anyone else's junk please. A proper solution is needed to regulate space and what is in orbit where and what failsafe solutions are in place should a certain collision be detected. Not one group of space users telling the other to back off.

Aussies, Yanks may think they're big drinkers – but Brits easily booze them under the table


Clearly the state needs to intervene? Why? Let people live their lives, if that is what they want to do and it kills them, so be it. God, its not for some of society to decide what's right for the other. Freedom to choose.

Free online tax filing? Yeah, that'll soon be illegal thanks to rare US Congressional unity


Would you or the IRS then be allowed to write software which basically pre filled the paper form for print off and post? May sidestep this but still cut into the software companies profits.

You were warned and you didn't do enough: UK preps Big Internet content laws


Re: Soft censorship laws - realigning with China

Well, actually it is, thst is totally the definition of freedom. Its just a lot if people don't actually want that. Personally I don't want people to be able to do what they want, but I do want them to be able to say what they want. People not being able to speak doesn't stop them holding the views anyway, may as well hear them and know who thinks what.

It's alive! Hands on with Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser


Think long term? Are you serious? If what you say is true then they would have I proved IE long before Firefox arrived and even longer before chrome arrived, thereby heading off the massive market loss they experienced when these products launched. Today they would be the gate keeper of all the data had they done so.

Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf


Re: Terrorists rolling their own crypt

You do realise rolling your own can just be taking a few open source libraries, and implementing an app yourself by putting said libraries together in your chosen language. Set up a server in a suitably don't give a shit country to route messages and post some phones out to your torrorist buddies pre loaded with the software.

Can't unlock an Android phone? No problem, just take a Skype call: App allows passcode bypass


Re: How is alphagoog off the hook here?

Is it really hard to stop this? In the case of contacts when the device is locked return an empty list of contacts to the app, in the case of photos, apply the same logic and the same to everything else. That's the easiest immediate solution, done properly, throw an exception and let the app deal with advising the user the device is not unlocked. Done even better, ask the user to unlock when the request to access these resources is requested by the app.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers


One thing if it was such a simple cock up, how did sorting a certificate take 24 hours? Should have taken an hour at most to realise that was the problem and a further hour to install the sorted out certificate.

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


Even if it was the original suggestion of 23 pound, who cares? The vast amount of the population will not notice that over a year. I mean, it might buy you one bit of pick n mix a day. Remember also, thst most people make no savings as they continue to use energy the same as pre smart meter rates, some don't even have batteries in the display. So given the extra cost on their bill for the rollout they are actually worse off.

European Union divided over tax on digital tech giants as some member states refuse free money


If they have no offices in Europe how exactly are they going to enforce this? A company could just not pay it.

SMBs: We don't want to spoil all of this article, but have you patched, taken away admin rights, made backups yet?


You have a point about admin access, however, when your company is involved in developing software, that is hard even for large scale organisations to avoid. Most installs of software in such a closed down environment are done on a white list basis using signatures. If you are developing desktop software and need to create an installer or test an installer or run any other software that is unexpected as far as signatures are concerned because you wrote it yourself, then result is usually they give you admin access, anything else prevents you being productive.

GCSE computer science should be exam only, says Ofqual


To be honest, I don't agree with the point that it's OK to look up resources because people do in the real world. If you examining a basic skillset, which a gcse is, then you want them to know all of that ideally without consulting other resources. Experienced programmers look up resources for complicated things, for day to day basics, they know it. I can't believe a GCSE is even covering all the basics, let along going beyond them.

Florida man won't be compelled to reveal iPhone passcode, yet


I agree passwords are the most secure, but most face recognition, modern ones anyway, analyse your iris too and so require your eyes to be open. I really doubt they are going to pin your eyelids back while they scan your face so in reality thst particularly biometric is probably mostky safe too, unless you've done some diabolical crime.

Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian


It's obvious what he will do, stay till after August next year then leave, the punishment for skipping bail as a first offence in the UK will be basically nothing.

All through the house, not a creature was stirring... especially Samsung smartwatches: Batteries empty at 3AM


You realise as a developer, trying to improve a product, that info really can be invaluable. So no, don't disable, just read what it sends and make and informed choice.

Google is still chasing the self-driving engineer that jumped ship to Uber


Paying in stock, well, Google accepting stock makes sense because it gives them ownership over any advances and therefore future profits the stolen information may provide. If it gives no advantage Google lost nothing, if it gives an advantage then Google also profits.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question


Re: Phones too

Never going to happen in the UK, employment tribunal would be the first stop. Deducting from wages for something you can't prove wasn't accidental would land the employee with a nice bonus compensation for loss of earnings.

Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link


Re: Pirate radio stations could not just say forget the past

Isn't your reasoning a little off here? I would say the model pirate radio stations used actually worked, it forced the authorities to open up the airwaves to non government controlled entities to broadcast. So the example you used actually shows a very worthwhile breaking of the law to achieve a better situation.

PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage


To be honest, PETA are a terrorist organisation with little care about anything but their own aims, which, in many cases are not actually in a creatures best interests. It would also be better if PETA actually accepted evolution and realised we are actually part of the planet and not invading aliens.

Dark web souks are so last year: Cybercrooks are switching to Telegram


Re: Law Enforcement vs Encryption

That is only an agreed angle when terrorism is involved...

Businesses brace themselves for a kicking as GDPR blows in


Re: Even more incentive to bury it.

The fine is up to, i think you will find it will be the high figure if it is covered up, and much lower figure if it is owned up.

Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble


Whether or not you agree with hiding personal details from random whois searches or not. This does highlight an unresolved issue, if one country or group of countries creates legislation making something illegal and yet following that law would be illegal in a particular companies home country, what on earth is going to happen? It will happen one day, and no one has a solution. Every country can not have it's own way over every company in the world, it just won't work.

UPnP joins the 'just turn it off on consumer devices, already' club


Re: another lesson

You say it's not required, but if game developers are relying on P2P I'd say it is required if that is what you want to do, play the game. You may also be using torrent software for any number of download/upload reasons, I wouldn't say using torrent software should require you to understand networking.

Life isn't as clear cut as, it's not required, turn it off, when in fact people are using it making it required for them.

IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere


What are they going to do when their monitors also connect via USB? It's going the way that everything is. Soon you won't be able to just turn it off.

Chap charged with fraud after mail for UPS global HQ floods Chicago flat


Even if this got through initial checks, I'm amazed nobody thought it odd that UPS Global HQ would want all its mail delivered to a random guy in a residential building. I mean, come on, nobody thought we should probably call them on this one and check.

UK.gov expects auto auto software updates won't involve users


Re: Harder than the trolley problem

You mean like a mobile phone software update? Where there is precisely one hardware configuration to test against, they do tests then release and have to stop the rollout due to unexpected issues. Happens all the time, why would you think a car any different? When in fact cars do have customisations, both manufacturer installed and otherwise.

High Court gives UK.gov six months to make the Snooper's Charter lawful


Do you not think they will just drag this out till we leave and the transition period is over, then vote on a law change?

IETF: GDPR compliance means caring about what's in your logfiles


How is this enforceable on someone running a website outside of the EU who does not have an office in the EU. They can say it applies all they like, but ultimately their only recourse is to block the website and that can only be done at individual national country level. Otherwise they can carry on collecting and selling an EU citizens data forever.

US government weighs in on GDPR-Whois debacle, orders ICANN to go probe GoDaddy


To be honest i find someone having to put their own details of who runs it publicly available as a barrier to every idiot putting up a site that they wouldn't want to be known as them. Lets face it, what is wrong with it? If you are a company, it will be your company address anyway, only in the case of personal users is it their home address (if they have again, not hidden it on a domain they can hide it).

To be honest, why should the rest of the world comply with a law Europe has developed. Why should the US, Asia anyone else? They should just tell Europe, go ahead, take every internet company who doesn't comply to court, lets see how long that takes you. I think this again comes down to the problem, one countries laws can not change and force other countries to comply, yet on the internet, it often does. Thats a problem that has no easy solution.

Equinix CEO bails after ‘poor judgment in employee matter’


This article is actually an example of what is currently wrong with this movement. Not every employment issue transgression is a sexual one, no matter how salacious an article you want to write, neither is every hint or suggestion something has happened actually true, unless i see them in court.

Electric cars to create new peak hour when they all need a charge


Re: Record Downvotes?

You think? Money will always buy a petrol car if you have 100 grand to splash on one. There will always be enough petrol because most people won't be using it and the government won't be too bothered as it won't include too many people.

It will only be the poor that are forced to do a certain thing, as always.

Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash


Re: Where's the Elon Musk Attack Brigade today?

That is what it is called on a plane, does that mean the pilot can get drunk and sit in the back? No of course not.

Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools


Makes sense

I don't blame them personally, as a company developing software when the software crashes it is you who gets blamed, not some side loaded code interfering that caused the crash. Why on earth would any company want to allow their software to crash more than it should because corporate IT departments install AV that is shit.

Google DeepMind 'learns' the London Underground map to find best route


Re: Ah, the tube is not so simple...

It will one day know, much as it knows which roads are busy all over the country in real time. Monitor how fast people are moving by their phones and tell the people behind them that this way is a no go due to a sudden slow down in the movement of those people over the norm for that area. Take that into account with historic data and this evolving AI research and you have something that will pretty accurately tell you which way will be the quickest route through the network, or in fact, even a walk on the pavement.

Actually, yes, Samsung, you do have to pay Apple $120m


Re: An idle fantasy

They would ban sale of Samsung devices which infringe the patents past and present in the US, possibly also arrest Samsung execs working/living in the US for contempt of court.

French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules


This one kind of catches me in the middle really, on the one hand they don't have to develop an app for apple products, on the other apple have a large market share. The thing is though, they have a large market share because the apps customers want are available on the devices, if they stopped being, apples market share would plummet over a 2 year phone buying cycle. It is actually app developers as a collective that hold the power, if only they could unite...

Why we should learn to stop worrying and love legacy – Fujitsu's UK head


Re: Working on legacy systems is a career dead-end

Then I would ask, why are you staying to the bitter end? Much better to leave on your own terms, than to be suddenly without a job!

Met police commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks


How would this be enforced? Fraud happens, they ask if your software is up to date, you say it is, then update it.

FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy


Are they not entirely missing the intentions of the flying object here? It is often the case a drone, operated by a human is actively seeking out being close to planes. Birds however, are randomly just around in the area and may hit a plane or a plane hit them by chance. The two things are not comparable in the way they have compared them.

This is like suggesting that because there are far less missiles flying around in the air than birds, birds will hit planes far more often than missiles.

Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder


Re: Legal Liability?

That is down to the person who says it, not the medium it is transmitted on, otherwise facebook would be in court every day for slander. If you say something on this app that is not true, you fall foul or the slander laws, not the app.



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