* Posts by trenchfoot

14 posts • joined 25 Dec 2013

Unearthed emails could be smoking gun in epic GDPR battle: Google, adtech giants 'know they break Euro privacy law'


Re: RE: I understand advertising is necessary.

Generally with luxury goods, designer perfumes and so on at one end of the scale and things like commodity food and clothing at the other, that probably holds true. But I think a significant ad-spend occurs in lots of "essential-for-the-consumer" markets where the competition is just fierce and there is long term benefit in customer acquisition for the vendor.

Look at mobile phones and telecom/ISP advertising (most of us would say those are pretty essential in this day and age) where the marketing spend is phenomenal. Insurance is probably another example.

Doesn't mean I want to see those ads any more than other people's of course, and I block them all democratically.




job done.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time


Re: Half a World away

right on the first point, but I fear probably wrong on the second. It's just going to inspire the stupid mare to push it through here too.

Holy Crap! Bloke finishes hand-built CPU project!


"I have to find some kind of home for it at some point because I want mine back"

Science museum really should be interested in this (if they're not I shall stop taking my kids there forthwith!) What an amazing thing to have done, well done indeed sir.

Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog



Does this differ significantly from the service StartCom have offered for some years (and who I use for a few small domains)?

I've not found any major devices or browsers without their CA cert installed as a trusted root, but the process for getting the certs - which you have to renew annually or half-annually - is a bit more of a pain than this one sounds.

Node.js sysadmins, get ready to patch


"Mikeal Rogers told Infoworld there are so far no exploits for the bugs in the wild."

erm, knows that for certain does he?

And it begins: Ashley Madison bonk-seekers urged to lawyer up


Joking aside

Surely a massive, bankrupting class-action payout, regardless of who gets what out of it, is the best thing we could all hope for. Finally, it might just send the message to all the other millions of corporate morons that this security of information thing might actually be important.

Anti-privacy unkillable super-cookies spreading around the world – study


"And there's nothing you can do about it"

Tor? Plenty of good options (on Android at least) for mobile these days. I use Orbot which can act as a transparent proxy for a lot of HTTP using apps without rooting the device. Simple to install and use, even for a non-techie.

Facebook flings PGP-encrypted email at world+dog. Don't lose your private key


Csss.. yvxr gung'yy ernyyl jbex!

Swedish National Font marches to the sound of whalesong


Ever more surprises

"It’s audacious to choose such an obvious symbol as the foundation for an identity, but I’m proud we did so..."

Just when you thought "creatives" couldn't get any further up their own arses..

Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U


Re: class

not really.. I bought a phone for the lad from a p4u shop a few days ago. Researched models online, called the nearest store to where I work to see if they had the one I wanted and it was charging on my desk 20 minutes later. Same price as Amazon, 120 fewer hours waiting for it.

Boffins invent LUMINOUS PIGS again, glow-in-dark bacon sarnies presumably imminent


Pigs! (or it didn't happen)

Just what they've always wanted! ISS 'naut duo unwrap new space fridge


Re: Trevor_Pott: Air Con?

yes. I know. It was supposed to be mild humour, hence the smiley at the end of it. Looking forward now to your scientific debunking of why cracking a window open in space might not be a great idea or why there are no corner shops at the ISS (let alone ones that are open for Christmas). :-)

Hope you're having a good one.


Air Con?

When the temperature outside is approaching minus two hundred and seventy odd, you wouldn't have thought that air conditioning would be their biggest concern would you? :)

Merry Christmas all.


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