* Posts by iLuddite

81 publicly visible posts • joined 24 May 2015


STOP! You – away from the keyboard. There's no free speech in our China


one world

"new Chinese cyber-security law...shares ideological roots with the British...Powers Bill..."

Interesting choice of words.

More research needed.

If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear


had successful Win10 weekend

I dissuaded three people from installing Win10. I was nefarious about it - I showed them the 'privacy' policy. Occasionally, it's good to show your friends that you care.

Unlock and start General Motors cars with a $100 box of tricks – hacker


seriously, we take your security

Just add one more to the historical list:

It's unsinkable.

Just go down the road, you can't miss it.

The cheque is in the mail.

My Computer.

Free apps.

We only want to keep you safe.

We take your security seriously.

Ubuntu defibrillates 14.10 for one LAST patch


Re: Why on earth?

The photo scored a triple entendre. The main story is 'bug fixes in hand', the 'bugs' are big, and the name of the next distro may include Weta, but please not.

The formal use of "bug" would not include Weta, but in the wild, the word includes crickets, crabs, and sci-fi aliens for the xenophobic. Why use a joke icon when you have photographs?

YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin


more than a planet

Active geology, atmosphere, seasons and several orbiting moons may qualify it as a planetary system, not just a planet. Sometimes size does not matter.

John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’



I think the more interesting element is the possibility of the exposure of 'high' officials who have played the "if you have nothing to hide..." card while supporting more pervasive snooping laws.

Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey


requiem for TOR

Sad to see what has become of TOR. It seemed such a good idea once, the ability to avoid the scrutiny of dictatorships.

Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars


supply and demand

If markets generally operate on the principle of supply and demand, who is demanding connected private vehicles? Several people I have talked to are apprehensive of the idea, and I do not personally know anyone who is eager to expose their private vehicle to the open Internet. Phones, laptops, GPS - wonderful, but not the brakes, please.

I have not purchased a new vehicle recently, and of anyone who has, I ask, did you have a choice of connected or not? Is this all supply-side?

Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA


THE solution

Grow SmartPeople.

Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times


Re: Wot?

"...the term for leaving bits of equipment inside a patient..."

Found some:

Unretrieved Device Fragments(UDF)

Retained surgical instruments

Retained foreign objects

Unintentionally retained foreign bodies


Medical malpractice (from legal site)

I have not found one specific to robots, so I propose URF - Unretrieved Robot Fragment, because it sounds only a little painful.

America's tweaks to weapons trade pact 'will make web less secure'


it can work

Just have the beheadists, the Russian mafia, and Anonymous sign up, and you're good.

Your poster guide: A fascinating glimpse into North Korea's 'internet'


Re: Judging from the photo

"we are receiving $450,000,000 to your account..."

"we arr receeving $450,000,000 to your acount..."

FTFY, and your idea may have fixed the balance of payments problem mentioned by thames.

CVS shutters photo website in credit-card hack attack scare


more articles needed

One about a database that has never been cracked would be refreshing.

Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed


the tech will be fine

The EULA will be the killer.

Loan application data hacked, company responds: Meh, not our customers


customer or not

The company accepted, required, confidential information. If it was shown that security was lax, I expect "not my problem" to fail.

Hackers invade systems holding medical files on 4.5 million Cali patients



there will be a memorial for the final uncracked database.

Citizenfour director Laura Poitras sues US for years of border security harassment


@Matt Bryant Re:"by her own admission"

It appears that you have swallowed the innuendo -

"by her own admission"

"breathlessly repeated"

"cannot hide behind"-

and spit up libel- "also of funding at least one terror group" - to go along with your puerile insults. By chance, are you auditioning for Fox News?


Re: Matt Bryant Re: "champagne socialist"

Well, I do not know if she drinks champagne or if she is a socialist. I would not particularly care if she was a drooling champagne socialist, or a drooling whiskey-swilling teabagger. The situation just seems to be a (so far) milder version of the McCarthy era, where innuendo and secret information rule. If the government has evidence of a crime, then she should be arrested. If not, she should have the right to know the reasons for this apparent harassment.

Vociferous criticism of government is one of the best features of democracy, is open to all, and is not treasonous. Having rich parents is definitely an asset when taking on the government, but hey, she was born that way. I've seen worse rich kids.


the more things change...

Freedom of speech folks - the new 'commies' for the 'new world order'.

New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on


on target

3 billion miles. I will never, ever play darts against space probe folks. Might as well just offer up the pint now.

Google joins Bluetooth snoop pals with iBeacon rival tech Eddystone


Seeing as this will shoot holes in privacy, it must be named after the Eddystone rifle. I suggest you let the colonials pinch the name on this one, as it will likely be a bad word before long. Yes, the rifle was pinched also.

China makes internet shut-downs official with new security law


China races past the West

I agree with the civil rights groups on this. Much of the language is so vague that it could criminalise almost anything. Article 9 should win an art award for vagueness: Category - Police State Horror.

Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue


Re: "...mockery..."

@Mahatma Coat

"Pfft. I can drive for two days from my home town in Queensland and I'm still in Queensland. Bigger place."

Roads that bad?:)

Hacking Team: We're the good guys, but SO misunderstood. Like Batman


fawlty assumptions

My opinion describes reality, therefore your opinion is insane drivel.

I am politically correct, therefore you are incorrect.

We're the good guys, therefore anything we do is OK. If you disagree, you might be the bad guys.


WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?


Re: WTF?


NSA snooped on German chancellors for DECADES: Wikileaks


Re: Ich bin ein Berliner

Ah, but bill 36 was in character. The French have no word for 'gaffe'.



It seems that everyone except the terrorists are being spied on these days.

'I'm COMING for you, DIRTBAG!': Ex-Sony chief Smedley to Kid Lizard hacker


likely being unfair

Whenever I see the name SONY, I remember rootkit, Sysinternals, and 'what problem? No one knows what a rootkit is anyways'.

Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other


healthy business plan

Go jogging with iPhone owners. Stumble often.

Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?


ok, then

Standard business strategy: identify a need and fulfill it. So this is just a... um... just a...hmmm...Just who needs what here?

Security world chuckles at Hacking Team’s 'virus torrent' squeals


oh, cruel people

Is there no sympathy for those who may lose their 'legitimate' business?

Hacking Team hacked: Spyware source code torrent blurts govt customers



Is no one safe?

China hacks 'everything that doesn't move' says Hilary Clinton


Brazen campaigns well.

Adam Smith was right about that invisible hand, you know


Re: biting the invisible hand that feeds it

This is good. T.W. throws a compliment at Marx and is criticized for being Freidman-inspired. When he disparages Keynes and compliments Freidman, he is called a Lefty. His explanations are called rants. I think Mr. Worstall is not here for our benefit. Rather, he comes here to practice skin-thickening for his political life.

As to economics on a tech site, what sector is more involved in global trade than IT? IT enables global trade on a massive scale, is traded globally, tallies global trade, suffers out-sourcing, down-sizing, expansion and competition according to global economic factors. Your next chip_drive_OS_security bits are subject to global economic(and political) happenings. My long-ago Middle East posting is now filled by someone with English as a second language - global labour trade (some will work for less). I for one like to hear about politics and economics, especially as to how they affect IT. I would even like a bit on the menu bar for just that.

Now That's a rant, not an explanation:)

Samsung, Oppo collared in smartphone bloatware probe


China wants to protect its citizens

Well, sure. Right. Of course. Just as the NSA does.

More likely, the offending installs interfere with the PLA installs; or the personal data profits have been leaving China.

China has a long history of being nice to its citizens.

Giddy Google Glass gazers, beware! FCC filing obscures view on new gadget


At Google. Aimed at Google.

Ha. Perhaps I should just request glasses.


I want one too

No, no, not the kit; the ""request for confidentiality" missive".

Mine would be aimed Google.

David Beckham fakes bewilderment to flog mobiles to Yanks. Fakes?


Re: Well, yes, but ...

There are two 'wrongs' here. The fine print at the end of the ad belies the notion of truth in advertising. The other is the weird notion of people following Beckham around, hoping for enlightenment :)


was bewildered

It's ok now. The fine print at the end of the ad cleared it all up. Beckham is trying to give advertising a bad name.

WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France


geopolitical exam

The NSA does Not spy on which of the following?




D) all of the above.

Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time


In Lightning Rod sales, but didn't buy one himself?

(Other useful information: National Geographic warns that your surge protector will not stop 100 million volts.)

Space station cabbage: To boldly grow where no veg has grown before


Re: Hell =

Ah, but the view. There are a lot of people willing to give that 'hell' a try for a few weeks or months, even if the cabbage is 56 million US$ a head. Just keep curated streaming music out of it;)

Benefits: gardens in space will tick off the we're-out-of-food-all-going-to-die lot, and necessitate a PARIS IPO.

Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware


Re: solution?

"...until I mentioned the EULA said I could get media just for asking."

You found a customer BENEFIT in the EULA ? You deserve a ribbon for your badge, awarded for success in the 'needle in the haystack' campaign.

Google's new free music service is classic Google: Take someone's idea and slap ads on it


Re: All we love about Commercial Music Radio.

"On a website. What could go wrong ?"

The curators could start talking to you.

GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT


on the other hand

The alphabet agencies cannot protect government data, cannot help corporations protect their data, and apparently cannot knock barbarians off the internet. Perhaps we over estimate them.

BlackBerry boss vows to keep making phones


Re: I know there's still people buying them

"Not sure what it says about their customer Base."

I would guess it means that you do not have to be a genius to appreciate a sensible, secure phone that does not have a bucket full of free spyware.

Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles


Re: "This is fantastic news ... FOR SCIENCE!!!"

"Devil's advocate thought"

You know you just founded another 'doomy' cult? Now there will be end-of-the-world, don't-touch-the-comet protests;(

Two foreigners, a desert and a jeep full of bank statements


spam source ?

"Del Rio and Plano, Texas always seem to be where junk mail originates..."

Texas has TOWNS devoted to junk mail? Hmm...are they well defended, do you think?

Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?


there goes the neighbourhood

8 hours in and no disparaging jokes? Right.

It takes a statistician to make numbers look drunk. It takes a politician bearing numbers to make a statistician look sober.

It takes a statistician to find that 95% of criminals eat bread. It takes a politician to ban toast.

Statisticians toss out outliers. Politicians toss out lies.