* Posts by iron

1000 posts • joined 25 May 2017


Android user chucks potential $10bn+ sueball at Google over 'spying', 'harvesting data'... this time to build supposed rival to TikTok called 'Shorts'

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Google has apps that compete with TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram? News to me, not that I have ever used the aforementioned signs of the apocalypse.

Google to pull plug on Play Music, its streaming service that couldn't beat Spotify, in favour of YouTube Music

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So will I be able to remove the unwanted, unneeded and unused Play Music app from my phone?

Or will it still be classed as a system app that can't be removed but will get no more updates and be a huge vulnerability waiting to happen?

NSA warns that mobile device location services constantly compromise snoops and soldiers

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Does not help when personell go for their daily run in a non-secure location or even just travel to & from secured areas.

Self-driving car supremo Anthony Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in the clink for stealing trade secrets from Google's Waymo

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1. Steal trade secrets.

2. Sell to Uber for $680m.

3. Pay $756,499.22 fine.

4. ...

5. $679 profit!!!

Where did that money go? It can't all have been lawyer's fees.

Wrap it before you tap it? No, say Linux developers: 'GPL condom' for Nvidia driver is laughed out of the kernel

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Re: NVidia keep on trying

> Facebook developer Jonathan Lemon


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Re: NVidia has the money and manpower

> Facebook developer Jonathan Lemon


US drugstore chain installed anti-shoplifter facial-recognition cameras in 200 locations – for eight years

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Every passage I've seen that was generated by OpenAI’s GPT algortihms was obviously fake. It can almost make sense for two or three sentences but any more than that and it becomes nonsensical garbage. The lack of coherent thought between sentences and abysmal grammar make it easy to spot.

Then again I think I've just described most Reddit / Twitter posts and everything uttered by Donnie Orange so... YMMV.

Burn baby burn, plastic inferno! Infosec researchers turn 3D printers into self-immolating suicide machines

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Re: the real life physical dangers inherent in attaching all these home appliances to the internet

Since when is a 3D printer a HOME appliance?

I'd have a lot more respect for "security researchers" if they didn't all act like Chicken Little.

AI assistants work perfectly in the UK – unless you're from Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Belfast...

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> people outside of London may as well not speak English

For many of us, people inside London do not speak English. For example the word button has two Ts in it. It is not pronounced "bu-un."

I once heard a Canadian comic perfectly describe his problem understanding Scots accents - we pronounce all the letters. The less Alexa, Siri, etc understand us the better imo.

Oh, you shouldn't have: Microsoft whips up website for devs that makes it easier to moan about Windows issues

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> one issue the company cannot overcome is that compiling for iOS still requires a Mac

Technically releasing an iOS app requires compiling on a Mac. Since Visual Studio 2019 v16.5 it has been possible to compile a Xamarin iOS app on Windows and debug on an iPhone.

Arm China brands itself a 'strategic asset', calls for Beijing's help in boardroom dispute with Brit HQ

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Re: Well, that does it for Western companies investing in China

> Arm sold a 51 per cent stake in its Chinese subsidiary

Big mistake, now they don't actually control the subsidiary and Arm China can do what they want.

Spending on 5G to double despite the pandemic while legacy network infrastructure sector suffers – Gartner

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Except in the UK where we have to rip out most of our 5G in the next year.

Google allowed to remember search results to news articles it was asked to forget. Good

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Re: Why I love the Right to be Forgotten

Your story is of course the good reason why this law exists. However...

> It protects the normal people, not the dodgy politicians or crooks.

Most of the stories I've read about the RTBF involve convicted fraudsters trying to hide evidence that you should not allow them to run your charity / company / government. If you had RTBF in the USA I would guess the person who would use it the most would be Donald of Orange.

UK's NCSC reveals Premier League footie clubs to be ripe pickings for cybercrooks: One almost lost £1m to BEC attack

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> victim of a 'spear phishing' attack... diverted to a spoofed Office 365 login page where he entered his credentials, unwittingly passing his email address and password to unidentified cyber criminals."

If he was the victim of a phishing attack then they already had his email address.

VMware's flagship vSphere now in never-ending beta, if you're up for it

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So have they managed to exorcise Adobe Flash from their management tools yet?

Google forced to defend new trademark foundation as Knative community takes umbrage at 'neutrality' claims

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Everything I've read about this OUC sounds like it is designed to be as closed, opaque and unhelpful as possible.

Amazon's auditing of Alexa Skills is so good, these boffins got all 200+ rule-breaking apps past the reviewers

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Re: Skills?

If you have the all-listening ear of one of these devices in your home you can't call it "your own private home".

Sick of AI engines scraping your pics for facial recognition? Here's a way to Fawkes them right up

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Re: "16th century failed assassin Guy Fawkes"

Of course you're assuming Master Fawkes was guilty of the crimes for which he was executed. There is a strong possibility that Fawkes was a stooge fitted up by the King's spymaster to make himself more important. James was notoriously scared of plots, spies and witches.... hence the Scottish play.

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law

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Standard browser features can defeat these soft paywalls so I think it can be argued that they are no barrier at all. And, who is going to sue Google, Microsoft, Apple and Mozilla for including them?

The simplest way is 'open in private tab' or if you have Firefox with Containers (invaluable for keeping work + personal accounts on the same site separate) open in a container. Alternatively deleting the cookies form a particular site is more awkward but is a feature that is in all browsers and has been with us since the first cookies were baked.

Since these paywalls rely on cookies on MY computer I would counter that they placed the cookie without my permision so who should be suing who here?

An axe age, a sword age, Privacy Shield is riven, but what might that mean for European businesses?

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When an organisation's only customer interface is via Facebook or Twitter I will not deal with them.

UK.gov admits it has not performed legally required data protection checks for COVID-19 tracing system

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Re: But of course

> Do you seriously think it would have been any different under the Corbynistas?

Maybe not but COVID-19 has shown that here in Scotland, over the water in Northern Ireland and doon a bit in Wales we all have more competant governments than the UK. If only the UK could have as competant a PM as the First Ministers of the devolved Parliaments.

Finally, made it to the weekend, time to breathe, relax, and... Cloudflare's taken down a chunk of the web

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Downdetector was down? lol

Ew, that's unsanitary: SEO plugin for WordPress would run arbitrary JavaScript inputs instead of scrubbing them

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Enable 2FA... blah... blah.

Excpet that will not help at all with problems of this sort. It would help if companies provided relevant advice rather than trotting out the same tired old lines.

Born in the USA: German-speaking users fail to take up SAP's acquired business apps

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Re: Maybe Germans are just cheap??

If they were cheap they wouldn't be using SAP. More likely the US written software doesn't translate well, assumes periods for decimal points and puts the date in Mickey Mouse order.

Report: CIA runs secret cyberwar with little oversight after Trump gave the OK, say US government officials

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If Iranian hackers posted details of millions of US bank accounts online the US would, rightly, be calling for their arrest.

But apparently it's ok if you're with the CIA.

Can we just cut them off from the rest of the Internet? Pleeeeease. As a bonus we wouldn't be able to read the caveman rantings of the orange one.

Twitter mass hacking: Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg, Biden, Obama, more hijacked to peddle Bitcoin scam

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Exactly. I can never understand why people send them fake money in EVE but to send real money? Crazy.

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lol it's a Jita local scam irl

Mozilla unveils $4.99/month subscription-based VPN, says it won't hang onto user logs

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Re: Endpoint stickiness

Great idea. I find FF containers invaluable for separating work and personal accounts on the same service, enabling me to login to both simultaneously. Being able to set a specific VPN config for a container would be really useful.

Cornwall councillor suggests authority paid £2m for Oracle licences that no one used on contract originally worth £4m

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Since when was it standard to pay for software that is in development? By definition you can't use it yet because it is not ready.

What if the project never leaves development and you never get to use it? Are you supposed to pay for this unused Oracle software forever?

Apple and Google, take note: Newly enacted EU law aims to protect developers from arbitrary decisions of tech giants

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Most of the stories I've read about apps that were removed from Google Play or the developer's account terminated apparently without good reason are untrue. There is usually a very obvious breaking of Google policy, often involving trademarks the dev doesn't own or releasing multiple copies of the same app with minimal changes. Cute graphics that appeal to children with content that is not allowed for children is another common issue. The devs rant and rave on Twitter or Reddit and say they were given no reason for removal. But, the reasons are both obvious and contained in the email Google sends them that they don't bother to read properly.

I have no tolerance for such people. They make the rest of us look bad and increase review times for legitimate apps.

With a wave of Nokia's wand, behold as your 4G network magically becomes... 5G

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I wonder if the changing situation with Huawei is what makes this viable now when it wasn't before.

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

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Re: NEVER put your home address in your GPS!

Do you not know where you live? Can't you remember the route you took to get to wherever you went?

I've never used or needed a SatNav and it always amazes me how other people can't anywhere without one, even places they go every day.

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Re: As I read that

As I read it the problem was with the user. He thought the "self-destruct button" would do the job but forgot he'd signed up for a 3rd party service. It is not Mazda or TomTom's fault he didn't cancel the service.

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?

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> * I know there's a way to report this, but I can't remember what this is

Email unfortunately, the worst possible solution.

Digicert will shovel some 50,000 EV HTTPS certificates into the furnace this Saturday after audit bungle

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> How many bank websites will go down this weekend?


> So I'm guessing about 40% of the UK population could potentially be without money this weekend.

Why do you need a website to get money? I just use a cash machine.

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You were given 5 work days to do the job. If you complete it on Friday you don't have to work Saturday.

Would you prefer they announced it on say Wednesday meaning it must be done by Monday and only giving you 3 working days to complete?

Never mind rail and ports, let's help DPD... and, er, Amazon: UK gov and ESA call for ways to slap logistics with 5G stick

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Re: For those of us on the wrong side of the pond...

A delivery company operating in the UK.

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs

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SpaceX never wanted to land on water, that was a NASA rule for some reason. SpaceX wanted to use thrusters to land just like the Falcon 9 first stage but NASA said no.

Why Boeing are allowed to do it I have no idea.

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Re: So what happened?

You're about 10 years too early. The damage was done when Boeing management, who used to be McDD management, decided to divorce themselves from engineering and move almost 2k miles away. The Atlantic has a very good writeup on how Boeing got into this state:


High-flying Microsoft exec jumps to Magic Leap as CEO. No, we haven't got that the wrong way round

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Re: Lying right to the end

Actually if you don't read El Reg then Magic Leap has pretty good press. They wowed old media, bamboozled several celebs and had Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney describe Magic Leap One as "really a magical piece of technology that is the missing link towards making that experience possible."

Of course anyone technical sees through the hype but their press is not all bad.

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world

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Re: Does the Big D.T. talk to mayors at all?

Except that didn't really work in NZ did it?

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)



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