Never gets old, just like talkie toaster....
199 posts • joined 26 May 2017
Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?
Will there be no end to govt attempts to break encryption? Hand over your data or the kiddies get it, threaten Five Eyes spies
Flying camera drones, cuddly Echo gadgets... it's all a smoke screen for Amazon to lead you gently down the Sidewalk – and you'll probably like it
I'll keep living in my gloriously dumb home....
thanks very much. I have to put a key in the front door lock to get inside. The horror!
This is surveillance capitalism gone totally mad.
And of course there will never be any data breaches, cos they have the best suckurity systems in place on all their devices.
Adidas now stands for All Day I'm Disconnecting All Servers as owners of 'smart' Libra scales furious over bricked kit
Happy Hacking Professional Hybrid mechanical keyboard: Weird, powerful, comfortable ... and did we mention weird?
Not content with distorting actual reality, Facebook now wants to build a digital layer for the world
As Amazon pulls union-buster job ads, workers describe a 'Mad Max' atmosphere – unsafe, bullying, abusive
Re: There's a simple solution
I have bought precisely one book from Amazon, in 1998,when online shopping was almost cutting edge....haha. These days I support Australian businesses whenever possible. Amazon's business practices and treatment of its workers are now legendary, for all the wrong reasons.
Start Me Up: 25 years ago this week, Windows 95 launched and, for a brief moment, Microsoft was almost cool
You'd think 1.8bn users a day would be enough for Zuck. But no. Oculus fans must sign up for Facebook
I got Google's bullshit warning today when I went to youtube. They tell blatant lies to feather their own nest.
1: I don't give a shit what google wants me to believe. I can think for myself, thanks very much.
2: The thought of anyone being forced to pay Murdoch for merely linking to his bile ridden "newspapers" makes me want to puke.
Talk about feeling conflicted.
ICE to see you: Homeland Security's immigration cops tap up Clearview AI to probe child exploitation, cyber-crime
Whoops, our bad, we may have 'accidentally' let Google Home devices record your every word, sound – oops
Australia to force Google and Facebook to pay for news and reveal algorithm changes before they whack web traffic
After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good
Truly sad to see Olympus go. I've always been a Nikon guy, but those OM1s and 2s were beautiful film cameras.
I absolutely hate phone cameras. Farnarkeling around trying to hold the damn phone steady with your arms outstretched. Good for snapshots but blech.
Hopefully we still get real cameras for a long time to come.
After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors
How do you run a military court over Zoom? With 28 bullet points and a ceremonial laptop flunkey, of course!
If you're despairing at staff sharing admin passwords, look on the bright side. That's CIA-grade security
Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen
Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it
US lawmakers get a second shot at forcing FBI agents to obtain a warrant before they leaf through web histories
Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip
Fancy some post-weekend reading? How's this for a potboiler: The source code for UK, Australia's coronavirus contact-tracing apps
Well surprise surprise regarding the Australian app. No customer support, the developers not listening to or responding to legitimate concerns from other developrs, etc. Typical tone deaf government response to legitimate concerns.
And they wonder why the download count has stalled.
Unfortunately there's no app for fixing stupidity.
Australian contact-tracing app sent no data to contact-tracers for at least ten days after hurried launch
<smug mode>I absolutely bloody knew something like this would happen, given the government's shitty record on just about anything IT related.<end smug mode>
I will absolutely never download their knocked up over the weekend crap, despite Scotty's pleas.
I fear that a lot of the lemmings rushing to download it have no idea of the implications for their privacy and security.
UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal
India makes contact-tracing app compulsory in viral hot zones despite most local phones not being smart
Here in Australia, the government is dangling the carrot of earlier easing of restrictions being based on how many people download the covisdafe app. It is not compulsory to download, but that's a sneaky way of sort of trying to make it compulsory. Our PM even likened it to national service or buying war bonds. Seriously? And then there's this thought. https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/05/me_on_covad-19_.html
You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin
I wouldn't be without my mechanical keyboard. The thing is built like a battleship and the typing experience is great. It's black, it sits on my desk and just works. No stupid gaudy lighting nonsense or anything like that. It's probably hard to explain to someone who's never used one, but if you type a lot, then they are definitely worth the extra cash.
Australia's contact-tracing app regulation avoids 'woolly' principles in comparable cyber-laws, say lawyers
The government has made it clear that the server is here, not the US. No court order can be used to access the data, so law enforcement is barred from it.
Still, given the government's atrocious track record in the digital domain and the lack of source code so far, I am not downloading it.
They need to earn our trust, not take it as a given.
We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump
As I said in a post 2 or 3 days ago, the central problem is that the government has consistently and maliciously shafted people on a ton of issues, i.e. the 2016 census debacle, the appalling Robodebt targeting the most vulnerable, the My Health Record fiasco and the combined clustetfucks of metadata retention and encryption busting legislation.
Suddenly we are supposed to just trust them because there is a health emergency.
You know what would engender trust? Making the code open source, not just bits of it.
Governments of all stripes have an appalling record of safeguarding data, even with the best of intentions.
Law enforcement has already been knocking on the door, requesting access to data from the app.
No thank you.
Academics: We hate to ask, but could governments kindly refrain from building giant data-slurping, contact-tracing coronavirus monsters?
Re: In the Antipodean version...
The central problem is that we have been shafted over and over again. Metadata retention, the encryption back door legislation, the My Health Record fiasco, etc. Why the fuck would we voluntarily install a government mandated app, just because Scotty from marketing asks us to? Successive governments have consistently and maliciously undermined the publc's trust in them. Now they have the gall to tell us that this is a big "Team Australia" moment and to just trust them. Not. Gonna. Happen.
The Strayan' government is now openly talking about trying to get us to download the same type of app in a fortnight or so. Apparently at least 40% of us will have to do it for it to be effective. Yeah, good luck with that. IF there is ever a hint of this even remotely becoming mandatory, I'll unplug the smartphone and buy a $40 burner dumb phone. Good luck getting your spyware app on that.