* Posts by sbt

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HP printer small print says kit phones home data on whatever you print – and then some

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Big Brother

Re: What sends this back?

Based on the list in the Ts & Cs, I'm guessing the app or driver. But it's easier to firewall the printer from the 'Net than filter specific apps on your source devices (particularly if the slurp is via HTTP/S). Then you have to blackhole the destination instead.

Repeat after me: Deny by default!

Boffins build AI that can detect cyber-abuse – and if you don't believe us, YOU CAN *%**#* *&**%* #** OFF

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Trollface

Whoa, hang on there! Do not mess with the tabulator.

Call me a nazi-paedo-scientologist if you like, but not a spacer.

NASA's lunar spy looks for hide-and-seek champ Vikram, Starliner test success, and more

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Stop

Please remain seated.

"...the recovery team managed to locate and prep a Starliner test capsule for hatch opening in less than an hour."

Probably OK as long as there aren't any crew that insist on immediately standing in the aisle as soon as the Starliner rolls to a stop.

UK Home Office web form snafu allows you to both agree and disagree – strongly – all at once

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Mushroom

Adams C+P

As much as I am a fan of DNA, this frequent (and in this case, excessively) naked quoting is getting old. I'm also a fan of Monty Python, Terry Prachett and other greats, but if you're just going to paste in a literary quote from a popular author with no context or comment, what is the point of you? Reddit is that way ->

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Facepalm

Radio doesn't mean Wireless any more. Wireless doesn't mean radio, either.

I wonder how many Web devs working today have ever seen the kind of radio unit where selecting one preset deselects any others. Haven't had one of those in a car for over twenty years now.

Vulns out of the box: 12 in 13 small biz network devices terribly insecure by default – research

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Pirate

Here at my home, where the Buffaloes roam...

I've relied on these sorts of "flaws" for many years to get shell access to these NASs with their otherwise locked-down and crummy Web interfaces, to install additional modules and tweak other settings. Obviously heavily firewalled and running my own local DNS, so not to worried about the risks.

Apple tells European Commission it's nutty for slapping €13bn tax bill on Irish subsidiary

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Ireland's taxes are within it's [sic] remit

Not when they break the EU rules on state aid, they aren't. Stop insisting this is about rates. It's about discriminatory "sweet-heart" deals.

I've lived in Ireland and the government should take the money. They need it.

Stallman's final interview as FSF president: Last week we quizzed him over Microsoft visit. Now he quits top roles amid rape remarks outcry

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Devil

Free energy machine

Lock this guy in a room with our martian friend and maybe Roberto de Ricochet and watch the sparks fly!

Astroboffins baffled as black hole at center of Milky Way suddenly a lot hungrier than before

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Obesity epidemic is a truly a universal problem.

"I can't help it, it's my gravitational constant!"

DNA-in-space archive could spark 'Upload Me to the Moon' croon boom soon

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Hardiman by name...

News flash, 3019: Like the famous cases of sperm donor clinicians back in the 21st century, it turns out the DNA sent to the moon all belongs to Mr. Hardiman.

Like a grotty data addict desperately jonesing for its next fix, Google just can't stop misbehaving

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Childcatcher

Give me the child...

...and I'll give you the man (with PTSD, sexual hang-ups and a fear of small, dark spaces). I think that's what Ignatius was getting at.

Anyway, not convinced that governments have adequately defined this lane that Google and co just can't seem to stay in. GDPR notwithstanding, it's still more like the wild west for PII at the moment.

Are US border cops secretly secreting GPS trackers on vehicles without a warrant? EFF lawyers want to know

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Re: Hank Schrader would be proud...

The one inside the gas cap on BCS was cooler.

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Big Brother

I've seen this on TV, I'm sure

Don't the bad guys just drive to the nearest truck stop over the border, and then relocate the tracker to another vehicle, which drives off somewhere else?

Pat Gelsinger vows to upgrade VMware's once 'bad' open-source rep to the 'very' best by 2021

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Megaphone

The very most

I think that's PR speak for "we're going to keep exploiting all the free code, but we recognise the need to make you less angry about it for the sake of our reputation and revenue".

Finally. Thanks so much, nerds. Google, Apple, Mozilla end government* internet spying for good

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Mushroom

"We will never tolerate...

...any attempt, by any organization – government or otherwise – to compromise Chrome users' data"

That's our job.

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)

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Re: Surprise! Surprise!

Yes, it seems like ICANN have finally had enough of this pesky kid.

There once was a biz called Bitbucket, that told Mercurial to suck it. Now devs are dejected, their code soon ejected

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Re: I think Git has proved the more versatile DSCS.

Versatility's not top of mine either, but if you want me to learn your product with a high barrier to entry (common to DSCS's I think), it's got to be a useful daily tool at a variety of scales/platforms/applications.

Every day, perfect niche tools die a lonely death.

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Re: I liked Mercurial better. Glad I went with Git

Nah, I don't flatter myself I could have beaten back the tide of the network effect, if that's what it was. The best product can still win, if it's a free choice. I think in the case of Git vs. Mercurial, it was ecosystem factors like Github that pushed it over the edge.

Anyway, Mercurial may have been easier to learn, but having used it since, I think Git has proved the more versatile DSCS.

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That was a close call.

Hard to believe I agonised over Git vs. Mercurial back in 2012. As a DSCS newb at the time, I liked Mercurial better. Glad I went with Git since it seemed the likely winner.

Four more years! Four more years! Svelte Linux desktop Xfce gets first big update since 2015

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Re: Better than a tablet? Disposable?

Reassembly's not bad at all. Releasing the keyboard and the zif connector for the SSD is fiddly, though. Have been using one of these for the last 11 years as headless e-mail/web server using jails. Upgraded to 1.5 GB ram and added 16GB SD card, running FreeBSD for those multi-year uptimes. I bought two for redundancy, but the primary one has run without a hitch on a UPS, save every 5 years or so I had to de-dust the fan.

On-topic; Dev and test for this environment is all VMs running XFCE, arguably the best choice for BSD desktops.

Pentagon says ethics complaint against JEDI mega-cloud is a non-issue. Its Time Lords say: That is not logical

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Subs are mostly harmless.

Yeah, I often wondered what Internet trolls actually get paid to do. Question answered.

Canonical adds ZFS on root as experimental install option in Ubuntu

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Holmes

Re: @AC - The SFC can kiss my taint...

> Apple is a notorious consumer of BSD licensed software.

And thank zot they are; gives the non-expert access to a Posix userland. And ports.

Of course, it is outrageous what they charge for the OS and the free upgrades! I can't count what I've spent in the years since, keeping my 2011 unit up-to-date.

Meanwhile, the BSD folks keep working away garnering support and contributions based on the quality and utility of the results, not enforced by licence terms.

GPL is great for stand-alone applications, but its tainting issues (hence the LGPL), make it a difficult choice for tightly integrated systems like kernels and OSs. I'm sure when the Hurd arrives, it'll all be fine.

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Coat

Re: The SFC can kiss my taint...

> I'd have to rely on your professional work.

Could it be any worse than MS's recent efforts?

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Trollface

The SFC can kiss my taint...

2-clause BSD all the way, baby!

Brit regulator Ofcom put at helm as hosting platforms threatened with hefty fines for violent videos

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Devil

Re: When will this end?

> New arrival knife wielders

I have clearly underestimated the threat posed by infant chefs.

One person's harmless japery can be another's night of LaserJet Lego

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Re: Heavy...

Heard the same story about Notre Dame after the recent fire. Probably won't use the trees, though.

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Facepalm

PC LOAD LETTER

I think it was three countries in the world that didn't use A4, but no, the default had to be...

It was years later I found out what PC stood for.

Alexa, can you tell me how many Chinese kids were forced into working nights to build this unit?

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Unhappy

I am shocked.

Not that I needed another reason not to buy an eavesdropping device.

Neuroscientist used brainhack. It's super effective! Oh, and disturbingly easy

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Re: Eternal life is thus possibly within reach

Just you. There's nothing remotely satisfying about sliding a "long" deep into four otherwise complete rows.

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Re: Tin foil helmet

Pfft. Get a load of my lead fedora. Yes, I have always been this height.

Apple loses FaceTime patent appeal again. And again. And again. And again. And again... yes, it's the fifth time

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Re: As much as I love bashing Apple...

Well, it's an interesting chess set you've got there, for sure.

France seeks science-fiction writers to help futureproof its military against science-fact

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Re: A trade delegation of angry Hungarian winemakers arrives...

That sounds like Adams. Or Brockman's snowclone: "I, for one, welcome our new <insert name here> overlords."

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Trollface

A trade delegation of angry Hungarian winemakers arrives...

... and is mistaken for an advance detachment of invading Bavarians. France surrenders quickly.

Enjoying that 25Mbps internet speed, America? Oh, it's just 6Mbps? And you're unhappy? Can't imagine why

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The NBN isn't great, but lies about performance aren't the problem.

We do have independent testing by end-user devices though (SamKnows whiteboxes), similar to those used in the reported US study. We have also sold-off one government owned monopoly wholesale provider with crummy infrastructure that treats its retail customers like sh!t for $60 billon(ish), and replaced it with a new one, but at a cost of $50 billon (2019 estimate).

Not sure about the "most technologically advanced nation in the world" claim. Isn't that Estonia?

You'll never guess what US mad lads Throwflame have strapped to a drone (clue: it does exactly what it says on the tin)

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Mushroom

Re: "clear debris from power lines"

I can recall. From 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOgzobqcq1M

Literally rings our bell: Scottish eggheads snap quantum entanglement for the first time

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Boffin

Re: Nice symmetry.

Not 'in the know', but I found phys.org's article with diagram a bit clearer than El Reg's article:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-scientists-unveil-first-ever-image-quantum.html

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Thumb Up

Nice symmetry.

Reminds me of that other recent "first ever" image, of a black hole.

Loose tongues and oily seamen: Lost in machine translation yet again

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Brexit, pursued by an ear.

Bon chance, M. Dabbs, on your continential adventure. Watch out for falling garlic.

Go fourth and multi-Pi: Raspberry Pi 4 lands today with quad 1.5GHz Arm Cortex-A72 CPU cores, up to 4GB RAM...

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Unhappy

Unobtanium!

This is great news, except for the fact that I can't find an Australian supplier with stock available within 90 days.

Still I remember waiting a couple of months for the original model B in 2012.

Bollocks or brutal truth: Do smart-mobes make us grow skull horns? We take a closer look at boffins' startling claims

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Boffin

Re: Bollocks.

What's that old saw about correlation and causation?

Probably impossible to prove in the long term; Too many smartphoners will die in accidents due to inattention (drivers and pedestrians) before scientists can collect long term data on the spurs, skewing the results.

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Re: Bollocks.

Well, publishing standards seem to be at an all time low. The journal "Science" won't even accept for review a replication study that failed to reproduce one of their most widely referenced articles on political orientation and fear response.

See: https://slate.com/technology/2019/06/science-replication-conservatives-liberals-reacting-to-threats.html

And I haven't even mentioned Elsevier. Whoops, too late.

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Bollocks.

The study authors themselves concede "we have no direct evidence".

There's a reason why my cat doesn't need two-factor authentication

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Re: Problem exists between steering wheel and ...

Sorry, didn't realise I had to be any more plausible than the venerable Dabbs.

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Problem exists between steering wheel and ...

Just a thought, but if the keypad was on the other side of your car to the driver's side, perhaps you were trying to enter via the exit?

Remember those stolen 'NSA exploits' leaked online by the Shadow Brokers? The Chinese had them a year before

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Big Brother

It's not a secret any more, it's information

Stay calm, citizen! Once the government-mandated backdoors have been installed, these tools will no longer be needed. And there is, of course, absolutely no chance that a target will be able to discover how the backdoors work when they are used against them.

Taylor drift: Finally, a use for AI emerges? Cyber-smut star films fsck-flick in Tesla with Autopilot, warns: 'I wouldn't recommend it'

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"We're not holding our breath..."

That's a different kind of autoerotica.

It's springtime for Springtown as Seagate rains nearly £50m on Northern Ireland plant

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Re: How big are they?

Not a typo. The wafers are that big. Many thousands of heads will be fabbed on each wafer before being split off for attachment to the read arms in the drives.

All's fair in love and war when tech treats you like an infant

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Give it time...

When Amazon introduce their next innovation, "Instant warehouse pickup", we'll be back where we started.

We don't know whether 737 Max MCAS update is coming or Boeing: Anti-stall safety fix delayed

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"Safety is our first priority"

No, it isn't.

And I can think of at least 346 people who would agree with me.

FBI boss: Never mind Russia and social media, China ransacks US biz for blueprints, secrets at 'surprisingly' huge scale

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Re: He may not think that end state is "sustainable"

True. TPTB want you to forget that the time period in which it's been possible for them to monitor your private communications is incredibly short in historic terms; an abberation due in large part to the primitive nature and "wild west" development of telecommunications from the telegraph down (a century or so). Mass surveillance even shorter (a decade or two). It's not and should not be the norm.

Considering the actual risk from terrorists, vs. all the other crimes that are committed, you know the proponent is being disingenious when they use the "need this law/power/technology to stop terrorists" argument. At least use a real problem like domestic violence or something.

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