* Posts by iron

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When Facebook says you're not a good 'culture fit', it means you're not White or Asian enough – complaint

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Personally I'd think being not offered or hired for jobs at Facebook a good thing.

If I were offered a job at Facebook I'd turn it down through the tears of laughter.

Three UK: We're sending you this SMS to warn you not to pay attention to unsolicited texts

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Re: Can you explain...

MAybe she didn't open an account and has no idea why 3 are texting her?

Germany is helping the UK develop its COVID-19 contact-tracing app, says ambassador

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What you're missing is someone to explain to UKgov what Github is, what open source is, and why they should use it. And, again for the room of simians at keyboards that they refer to as programmers.

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Re: £11.8M

€20m is way over the top. As I've said before I could have apps for both platforms done in a week, solo. Let's call it two weeks to include backend and testing. Even at government contract rates charging more than 100k is ridiculous.

I'd say at least 19 milliom, 900 thousand pennies were wasted. But at least they have an app, unlike UKgov who will never complete a Covid app.

The internet becomes trademarkable, sort of, with near-unanimous Supreme Court ruling on Booking.com

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> The Court confirmed that the consumer is king when it comes to brand names, and if consumers perceive a term to be a brand name and not merely a generic or descriptive reference, then that name is entitled to trademark protection.

So to take that in reverse, because most people use the word Hoover as a generic term the company Hoover should lose their trademark. Dyson can now sell Dyson Hoovers instead of Vacuum Cleaners? I think not.

After six months of stonewalling by Apple, app dev goes public with macOS privacy protection bypass

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> The problem appears to be with Apple's Transparency, Consent, and Control sandboxing system.

You could have left the last two words out of that sentence. It would be valid for quite a few other Apple articles as well.

DDoS and dingoes: Australia to bolster cyber-defences with 500 hackers amid China spat

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> build more partnerships between industry and government

Until Scotty boy realises the laws of mathematics do trump the laws of Oz I don't see working out.

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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Re: Full-blown kakistocracy

> that report? Conspicuous by its absence.

RTFA. The wrong satellites is a knee jerk reaction without having even finished the report.

Not to worry, once Grommit has had his eyes tested he and Wallace will be the next men on the moon! (if only)

Apple: We're defending your privacy by nixing 16 browser APIs. Rivals: You mean defending your bottom line

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Re: What's the real use of a bluetooth API in a browser?

So you don't think there are any cross platform web apps that might need Bluetooth access?

How about a catering system that wants to print a reciept or talk to a kitchen display system? How well do you think it goes down when we tell US clients they can't use an iPad because Apple have crippled the Bluetooth in the exceedingly expensive devices they already bought?

> you can't do an app because Apple wouldn't approve it?

Well we could try telling customers that because they have iPads our 1% cut will need to be 31% so we can publish an app but somehow I don't think that is going to go well.

This is entirely down to Apple protecting their walled garden and it does break valid developer requirements.

PS: Flash is still with us today - it still exists, still gets updates and, annoyingly, some websites still require it to play video.

GitHub redesign goes mobile-friendly – to chagrin of devs who shockingly do a lot of work on proper computers

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Incorrect screenshot

The screenshot in the article does not show the GitHub mobile website but is from the GitHub mobile app.

Personally I like the new website design and have been using it on mobile and desktop since last week. But, I view all sites in dark mode, I doubt I would like the vast expanse of white that would be present otherwise.

California Attorney General asks judge to force Lyft and Uber to classify drivers as employees – or else

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Re: Less a Lyft and more a Heist

You are Dara Khosrowshahi and I claim my $100.

Detroit cops cuffed, threw a dad misidentified by facial recognition in jail. Now the ACLU's demanding action

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Re: The problem is not the AI, it's the police

A friend of mine who looked like a suspect on Crimewatch had a similar issue. He definitely didn't commit the crime which was in London because he was sat in my flat in Glasgow at the time. The local Police knew it wasn't him but several people shopped him so we both had to make statements.

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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Re: OpenPGP

And yet we still used OpenPGP. I myself downloaded and built the source.

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Re: stupidity out of ignorance or avarice

If you had used sentences so he could understand it maybe he would have agreed with you. As it is your original comment is unreadable.

Former UK Labour deputy leader wants to know how the NHS's contact-tracing app will ensure user privacy

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WTF?

I've said before I could have a working Google/Apple style Covid-19 app written for both platforms in 1 week. Well apparently I was over estimating, I recently heard of a webinar on how to write it in 24 hours!!!

WTF is UK Gov doing???

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Re: Islington?

> the beer cheapish.

Hahahaha. In London? No it wasn't.

Once again, racial biases show up in AI image databases, this time turning Barack Obama white

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All the keys on my keyboard are black.

Your point?

Apple launches incredible features everyone else had more than a year ago – this time for the 'smart home'

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Big Brother

Soon I won't be willing to vist anyone's home until they provide me with a signed statement that they do not own any constantly listening spy devices or facial recognition cameras.

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps

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Apple can't make ARM chips either. They don't own a fab.

Apple can design ARM based chips and then TSMC can make them.

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Re: Rosetta

So during a period when apps need to be translated from one architecture to another you think that extra overhead would be best handled by an underpowered, low spec machine?

Can I interest you in a bridge? Just one careful owner...

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

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5G also causes missing words syndrome

> the fifth gen tech was blamed social media-driven fake news linking 5G cellular technology to COVID-19.

Needs some more words or it is not a sentence. I'm guessing the word "in" but it could be something else.

Russia lifts restrictions on Telegram messenger app after it expresses ‘readiness’ to stop some nasties

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> Just what Telegram has promised to do in return for blocks being lifted has not been revealed.

So everyone ditch Telegram then. It is no longer secure or trustworthy.

Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

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Re: Firewall chicken

Blocking chunks of the internet does nothing except annoy people, block potential customers / users and give you a false sense of security.

40% of phishing attacks come from C&C servers in the USA - by far the vast majority. Are you're going to block USA IP addresses from your networks?

The top six phishing C&C locations are USA, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, France & UK. Well done your 'clever' IP blocks prevent none of them.

Stats: https://www.csoonline.com/article/3153707/top-cybersecurity-facts-figures-and-statistics.html

Hey NYPD, when you're done tear-gassing and running over protesters, can you tell us about your spy gear?

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Re: Liar, she hit a traffic light

> Seriously WTF using mounted police against a crowd.

You've obviously never been to a football match. Controlling crowds with horses is standard operating procedure for UK Police every Saturday. And, those are peaceful crowds who aren't protesting, rioting or looting. (generally)

Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez

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Re: Microsoft still at it

Do you go to the Disney store and complain they don't sell anime merchandise? Or a Nike store and complain they don't sell Addidas? Yeah you proabably do.

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Re: Damage the hard drive?

It is complete bullshit. There was no uninstaller for IE so you couldn't uninstall it. You could run any web browser you want without removing IE. And if you decided to delete parts of the operarating system (the IE files) it might cause Windows some problems running but in no way would it damage your hard drive. Whoever that "expert" was should not be given column inches in a respectable publication like El Reg. Let The Verve spout his shite.

A memo from the distant future... June 2022: The boss decides working from home isn't the new normal after all

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Re: Yes the juniors are being dumped-on again

I'm saving money and losing weight because I'm not spending it on travel, coffee and a huge lunch any more. I eat less and more frequently when I'm at home.

WFH is perfect for an antisocial hermit like me.

ServiceNow slammed for 'tone deaf' letter telling customers contracts can't be tweaked as COVID-19 batters businesses

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Surely that can't be legal. If I were one of their customers I would be aksing my lawyers for the correct way to stop paying them and tell them to "Get Tae!" asap.

I work for a company that supplies a SaaS system to caterers, cafes and restaurants. Obviously all of our customers had their business fall of a cliff but where they have been able to continue at all we have renegotiated contracts and billing terms to keep as many of them as working businesses and customers as possible. Seems ServiceNow would rather their customers go bust.

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)

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Re: NHSX devs apparently superior to Google devs

You are Matt Hancock and I claim my £10.

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Because then you and I would be shouting about Google and Apple slurping people's health data. By banning all COVID19 apps not written by a sanctioned government department they side step awkward issues like that and having to police a deluge of fake health apps. This is a good thing.

Smartwatches win the consumer tech sector for Q1 2020 as locked-down folk take up fight against corona-carbs

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FAIL

> Samsung and Garmin have built upon Google's Wear OS foundations, but Fitbit maintains its own software ecosystem.

Wrong. Samsung use Tizen for smartwatches, not Android.

For years, the internet giants have held on dear to their get-out-of-jail-free card. Here are those trying to take that away

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None of your ideas stop the problem - Trump inciting violence and racial hatred, attempting to game a presidential election via Twitter and claiming it is illegal to hide, block or ban him.

Also the users would just go elsewhere where they can actually open an account, see the vast swathes of people who didn't join Google+.

Facebook's $500k deepfake-detector AI contest drama: Winning team disqualified on buried consent technicality

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> Like all bureaucracies, Facebook must have parts that are super-anal about privacy

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Good one.

Scalability, reliability and availability: Three things the AWS Summit for EMEA struggled to get right

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FAIL

Dear Ben Chodor... bullshit.

I was unable to watch the keynote, could not get the Breakout Sessions index page to show up for the entire "conference" but did figure out how to join the sessions I wanted without it. Mostly. All those sessions had at least one pause of over 60 seconds leading to me refreshing the page. At the end of the conference I tried to watch a session from another track, the button said "Watch On Demand" but I was then told to wait 30 minutes?!? At that point I gave up and went back to work.

Compared to the performance of MS Build a few weeks ago you failed. You failed bad.

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

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FAIL

So the story here appears to be CEO of company doesn't mind proving he's a total idiot in public.

Apple charge 30% on the AppStore. So do Google on Play. This has been the case since day one and everyone knows it.

Pay it or don't publish on those stores.

Boffins find that over nine out of ten 'ethical' hackers are being a bit naughty when it comes to cloud services

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Re: "fake credit card numbers"

No it wouldn't. You'd just get a trade in security tokens to replace it.

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FAIL

Bollocks headline

> Boffins find that over nine out of ten 'ethical' hackers...

> "We did not collect any demographic data, so we can not tell apart an ethical hacker/pen-tester or malicious hackers,"

If they did not ask any questions to distinguish the hat a hacker wears then they cannot make the statement in the headline.

NY Attorney General warns Apple, Google to police COVID-19 tracing apps in their souks – or she will herself

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Re: from Germany

That might work in Germany but in the UK I will not ever install an app that gives the government my location at any point. And, I will not wear a spy device on my wrist that tells the government (or Apple/Google) anything about my location or vital signs.

Extending Healthkit would have taken longer and possibly required an OS update. I think you'll find Apple didn't go that route partly so they could get the COVID app spec ready asap so apps could be written quickly and partly because they wanted a common spec with Google.

Not so nice, we investigated them twice: EU opens double whammy of inquiries into Apple's biz practices

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Holy flying pig Batman!

Apple replied!

Whose side you on, Nominet? Registry floods .co.uk owners with begging emails to renew unwanted .uk domains

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Re: Is this Fraud?

Sounds like extortion to me. And conspiring with registrars to commit extortion.

Australia's contact-tracing app still basically borked on iOS, says new bug report – and GAPPLE API version tested

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Re: some tech journalism please

Having had a look at the GAPPLE api I estimated a week to get an app up and running on my own. Unfortunately I'm not a government so neither of them would let me publish it but that shows the sheer incompetence of government IT programmes.

ESET rushes to defend rival Malwarebytes in legal war sparked by vendor upset at 'unwanted program' labeling

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Re: Only 2016?

I was surprised they didn't add McAfee to the list.

It looks like you want to browse the internet with Chrome. Would you like help? Maybe try Edge? Please?

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My personal desktop has never had a Chromium based browser installed. They are not necessary. On the rare occasion a site doesn't work in Firefox it won;t work in Chrome either.

My work box has all the borwsers but that's just for testing, Firefox is still the only browser I use in anger.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Where will it end?

Fire up the intertubes and head to Pornhub for some mainbaiting!

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Re: Master copy

> On what basis do you state it's not based on master/slave?

On the basis that there is no slave branch and lots of other meanings for the word master, many of which are more relevant to the usage in question.

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Re: Master copy

No, its making non-racists angry and thereby perhaps creating some new racists.

RIP ROP, COP, JOP? Intel to bring anti-exploit tech to market in this year's Tiger Lake chip family

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Intel... hardware... security... No, please STOP!

I'm laughing so hard my sides are splitting.

Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick Airport drone debacle score £200k payout from cops

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So that's a nice round million quid wasted on this nonsense. They should make the chiefd constable pay some of it.

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches

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Re: It's an unknown

You can't send images by SMS, that would be MMS.

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Re: It's an unknown

Emojs are sent as UCS2 text, that can cause a lot mere segments to your text than old GSM.7 but they are not sent as MMS unless your message is exceedingly long. Unless by 'emojis' you meant stickers or gifs.

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