* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

1950 posts • joined 6 Feb 2015

Googlers fired after tracking colleagues working on US border cop projects. Now, if they had monetized that stalking...

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Re: I find the argument bizarre

Yes indeed.

It's a bizzare stretch to interpret “speak up if you see something that you think isn’t right” as "provided ample justification for tracking and scrutinizing their colleagues.". Though I suspect working for a company with blatant ehtical disregard and a wanton desire to track everyone and everything will bring out the same traits in certain individuals.

It's 2019 so, of course, there's alleged ad fraud to the tune of $1bn in tech pushed to doctors

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Re: There are no good guys in this story...

Welcome to the capitalist West. Distasteful as the other parties' actions may be, at this point it's only Outcome Health's actions that appear illegal.

No wonder Bezos wants to move industry into orbit: In space, no one can hear you* scream

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Re: "it'll work with little energy because you're going down, gravity-wise"

Breaking an orbiting (or arriving) object costs very little.

Braking it, on the other hand, yes that needs as much energy as getting the thing up to speed in the first place.

You're drinking morning coffee in 2019. These eggheads are in 2119 landing drones on their arms like robo-falconers

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I want what these guys are smoking to come up with those use cases.

Chancers keep buying up dot-UK company name domains: Got a problem? That'll be £750 for Nominet to rule on it

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UK would still exist, just smaller without the NI part.

The other 3 states comprising the UK aren't going anywhere. Well, not yet.

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Questions hang over Gatwick Airport after low level drone near-miss report

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Yes it is. For instance, consider the two innocents wrongly arrested during the Heathrow drone debacle last year. Look at the utter failure to trace the true culprit(s), or even to prove there were any culprits. Despite widespread alleged sightings no credible evidence has ever been produced.

The same would have happened had "something gone wrong".

Interpol: Strong encryption helps online predators. Build backdoors

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Re: So if they outlaw strong encryption...

Then the next step is obvious. They will proceed to argue, with a completely straight face, that their agents should not be bound by the encryption-weakening laws of mere mortals, since that would leave them open to risks of corruption, coercion, fraud, blackmail, identity theft etc.

Irony is what jail cell bars are made from, denial is a river in Egypt.

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Plus if platform encryption is weakened these online predators / terrorists / anyone the cops/government don't like will immediately switch to a less compromised alternative. Europol, FBI etc. know that of course but don't care because a few paedo's aren't the real target.

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Re: Here we go again...

That wooshing sound is you entirely missing OP's point as it soars majestically over your head.

Can't you hear me knocking? But I installed a smart knocker

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Re: There is of course a new approach here

Nah, you just have to eat them at home, not out and about.

UK Info Commish quietly urged court to swat away 100k Morrisons data breach sueball

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Do stores still have kitchen knives on open, non-secure display? I haven't looked recently, but I'd be surprised.

Then prepare to be surprised. My local Tesco has them freely on display; generally security-tagged but not locked away. Last I recall Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons are the same, but I've not been to any in the last few months so could be poor recall.

And no I don't call pinning a tag to it "secure". They're usually just pinned through the plastic packaging, which is easily cut away by your average n'er-do-well.

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Then it seems both Morrisons and KPMG could be liable. KPMG for mandating such obviously insecure practices, and Morrisons for failing to see that as a potential security risk and calling KPMG out on it.

Both parties failed to adequtely secure sensitive data by following poor security practices.

Infosec boffins pour cold water on claims Home Office Brexit app can be easily hacked

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Dons skeptical hat...

"The EU Exit: ID Document Check app is regularly tested by independent security firms against all known and emerging threats and adheres to industry best practice on security, performance and accessibility.

Does that really happen or are they just saying it because it sounds good and they know no one can prove otherwise.

Over a million people have used the app safely and we continually review our systems to ensure that it is kept safe."

Sounds suspiciously like "We've not heard of any problems yet so it must be secure, right?". That's not the way to do security.

I've had it with these motherflipping eggs on this motherflipping train

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I suggest people eating really stinky food in a confined space should perhaps be more considerate toward others.

Weird flex but OK... Motorola's comeback is a $1,500 Razr flip-phone with folding 6.2" screen

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Re: as a piece of design it was hard to beet

Thanks for that! Good thing my keyboard is spill-proof.

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Re: Want one

Feels like you're missing the point, and target market, of this phone.

It gives you the size of regular slab when open, with the portability and pocketability of a device half the size when closed.

Facebook iOS app silently turns on your phone camera. Ah, relax – it's just a bug, lol!?

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Re: WhatsApp too?

Try getting by in many parts of the world without their other product, WhatsApp.

You're actually serious, aren't you?

Has to be the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a while. Anyone who says they can't get by without WhatsApp has a severe neurological disorder.

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Re: Which is it

Balls. It's ok, you can say it. We're (usually) all adults here.

Section 230 supporters turn on it, its critics rely on it. Up is down, black is white in the crazy world of US law

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Re: I know this will kill Facebook and Youtube - but they are exactly the problem.

You say that like it's a bad thing.

Facebook will implode overnight if it has to regulate its content, moreso if it feels compelled to charge its users to cover those costs, which will be massive to effectively regulate the amount of content involved.

Any promises to extend rights of self-employed might win an election, hint Brit freelancer orgs

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Current tax system appears by design to be full of loopholes which those wealthy/knowledgable enough can use to game the system.

Modernising it risks closing those loopholes and making it harder to avoid tax. Which is exactly why it needs to be modernised. And exactly why, as you say, that'll never happen.

Astroboffins capture video of Mercury passing across the Sun's surface

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Pint

Not gonna happen again before 2032

Well, only from the Earth's perspective. That aside, the timelapse is spectacular! Science!

Controversies aren't Boeing away for aircraft maker amid claims of faulty oxygen systems and wobbling wings

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WTF?

Really? Brexit? WTF has this got to do with Brexit? What's wrong with people that they have to bring Brexit into completely unrelated discussions?

What is this, 1989? Laplink is still a thing and wants to help with Windows 7 migrations

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Re: external USB hard drives

Simply hew the binary of each image into a lump of granite. Chiselled out hollow for a 1, untouched space for a zero. Should last a good millenia or two.

Granted the write time isn't great yet, and storage requirements are a tad... weighty... but those are just implementation details. With a few hundred million of VC investment I reckon it's a goer.

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Re: Cables, CDs?

Ah now you see real men have so much testosterone the standard allocation does not suffice.

Yeah yeah, I'm going.

AT&T: We did nothing wrong in promising unlimited data that wasn't. We're just giving the FTC $60m for fun

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Re: CEO in Jail

I agree, but I suspect allowing the get-out clause of settling without admitting liability/guilt enables the US gov to make some money with minimal risk.

Putting the CEO and board in jail means an expensive trial which gov might lose, opening them to litigation costs and counter-suits.

The current state of play means gov gets some cash, has the appearance of taking punitive action, and the companies still make profit as the settlement is less than profit made from the infraction.

So everybody wins. Except the consumer, who is continually shafted. And this is why things are unlikely to change.

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Re: A suggestion for all telcos everywhere

And yet you feel compelled to qualify it as "limited unlimited", an obvious contradiction in terms.

Unlimited means without limits of any kind. Adding a qualifier indicates it's not unlimited, therefore it's blatant fraud to try marketing it as such.

This news article about the full public release of OpenAI's 'dangerous' GPT-2 model was part written by GPT-2

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Upvoted for the morbid creativity of your AI input sentences.

Boffins don bad 1980s fashion to avoid being detected by object-recognizing AI cameras

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Re: Great

Doesn't need manufacturers to help out, many drivers show their own... initiative... by sticking their satnav to the windscreen right in front of their face.

Worse still that's illegal but somehow these morons never seem to get pulled up by traffic cops.

GitLab mulls ban on hiring Chinese and Russian support staff because 'security'

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Jewish != Israeli;

The .amazon argy-bargy is STILL going on – and Uncle Sam has had enough with ICANN

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Re: Oh for God's sake

Amazon.amazon seems a tad pointless, but I can see how alternative TLDs could be useful.

I'm wondering why ICANN is dragging this out. At least I was until the ongoing costs of appeals was mentioned, then it all fell into place. ICANN don't want to resolve it. They're quite happy to let both sides duke it out while the money rolls in.

Boffins hand in their homework on Voyager 2's first readings from beyond Solar System

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Re: Gravity...

"Look at a photon, it is divisible..."

It isn't...

Wait a sec though... aren't a lot a photonic quantum entanglement experiments based on splitting a single photon into two photons, each with half the energy of the original...? Ergo a photon is "divisible" in some ways.

Just not the ways the OP believes, and this doesn't mean the rest of their... uh... "analysis" (to be generous)... is any less bollocks.

I cannae do it, captain, I'm giving it all she's got, but she just cannae take another dose of bullsh!t

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Re: This

Well said.

'Don’t be so concerned with your image'... US prosecutor lets rip on Uber for hack cover-up as pair plead guilty

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Or the erstwhile legal powerhouse that is Shotgun, Bastard and Dribble.

Smartphone market's lifeless corpse twitches slightly in first sign of growth for two years

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Re: 350,000,000 sales = 'Lifeless Corpse'

I feared Windows Phone was stretching its rotted claws from beyond the grave. Dog help us all.

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Re: 350,000,000 sales = 'Lifeless Corpse'

It's always about the growth. Static sales figures don't grow shareholder value, irrespective of sales volume.

The Feds are building an America-wide face surveillance system – and we're going to court to prove it, says ACLU

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Re: "the FBI has a larger database of over 640 million faces"

Way to add to the discussion. Thanks for your invaluable contribution.

Delayed, over-budget smart meters will be helpful – when Blighty enters 'Star Trek phase'

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Trollface

I say carry on with normal operations. If someone's stupid enough to glue themselves to something heavy, powerful and mobile then more fool them.

The UK's Civil Aviation Authority asked drone orgs to email fliers' data in an Excel spreadsheet

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able to recognise existing competency frameworks

The fact CAA bods weren't already aware of these "competency frameworks" reveals their own degree of incompetence in these matters.

Xiaomi the way to go phone: That would be with a 108MP camera by the looks of things

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Re: Real world use

Mainly willy waving. Could make digital zooming a bit better, zoom in further without quality loss. But mainly willy waving.

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Pawning?

Not sure if you meant that, or was it pawing, fawning, or perhaps even whoring (themselves)...?

Boffins blow hot and cold over li-ion battery that can cut leccy car recharging to '10 mins'

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Re: However this will be addressed and it affects less people than you may think.

Umm... how?

And it will affect a lot more people than you may think, on the simple basis none of us can think or every situation that might be impacted.

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Ssssh! No one's allowed to point out the giant elephant in the room.

[Torn between '"Flame On" or "Joke Alert", but "Flame On" seems appropriate to the article]

WhatsApp slaps app hacker chaps on the rack for booby-trapped chat: NSO Group accused of illegal hacking by Facebook

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FAIL

Re: "... a misuse, which is contractually prohibited."

Have to wonder what action they could take? Tut a bit and send a strongly worded email to their point of contact in whichever agency is at fault. There you go. See? We took action.

'Earworn Wearables' will save the day (wireless earbuds, but cool name for your D&D halfling)

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Re: "The Tragic Journey of Earworn Wearables"

And you're posting on a tech site???

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Terminator

Re: Make chips that bleep when garish color combinations are being chosen

Sounds like Clippy for Clothing.

"I see you've gotten dressed in the dark again. Would you like me to call the fashion police?"

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Re: Does my arse look big in this?

There's nothing smart enough to safely answer that quesion.

UK ads watchdog slaps Amazon for UX dark arts after folk bought Prime subs they didn't want

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Re: What are my chances

Since we're being blunt, if you thought you were going to buy more stuff then didn't, well... that's not really Amazon's fault.

If you'd paid monthly to see how it goes you'd only be one month in the hole. Doesn't seem likely they'll refund you, but I hope they do at least partially.

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Re: Thought I'd been caught out

Point and laugh. People need to realise when they're being stupid, or they'll remain so forever. Maybe try learning something instead of believing what Facebook said.

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