* Posts by BlueTemplar

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'An issue of survival': Why Mozilla welcomes EU attempts to regulate the internet giants

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Re: @Jamie Jones

Lol, "EU unfair to corporations" ?

If EU was *actually* fair to corporations (i.e. really treated them according to their good/bad behaviour), the GAFAM would have been kicked out of EU in the last few years, just like Huawei was in the USA...

Throw a sofa at this guy with your mind. She's in Control. Oh look, now I've learnt to bloody fly. She's in Control

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I don't think I've ever liked a 3rd-person shooter, and am very wary of games that are also released on console, but this has me interested !

Mozilla locks nosy Avast, AVG extensions out of Firefox store amid row over web privacy

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Re: stop using avast

Linux

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Re: fajensen

Snowden ?

Though since Avast is a Czech company, maybe it *is* paranoid...

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Hmm, Flattr ?

Is this why Flattr isn't on Firefox store (anymore) ?

(Of course Flattr has been *very* upfront as to what they collect and why...)

EU wouldn't! Uncle Sam brandishes 'up to 100%' tariffs over France's Digital Services Tax

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Re: To see such a regrettable fellow holding a position of power is normal in a shithole country

"square miles of land", seriously ?

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Re: Wrong argument

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/all/2019/12/03/us_threatens_retaliation_in_french_digital_tax_spat/#c_3930211

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Re: How about politicians make simpler tax codes / laws?

Well, since transnational corporations are basically a threat to the sovereignty of non-home countries, yes this seems to be a good idea to me !

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Re: US labour laws = unfair competition

I think that you're deluded that a University is even supposed to provide job training...*

(Only the company can really do that, not surprising that the last University semester is generally spent in an internship...)

*well except for PhD's of course, where at least some of the students are expected to become researchers themselves.

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Re: Wrong argument

EU original founders (France+Germany) are pushing for a EU-wide tax harmonization :

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-france-tax-harmonisation-idUSKBN1JG1RB

If this works out, eventually the Single Market will also be a Single Tax System - IMHO, as it should be, as the current system can be gamed too easily.

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Re: Wrong argument

These won't last forever. And one country breaking them might cause a landslide...

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Re: Wrong argument

"Always" is a very long time. For instance at some point some countries might just decide to forbid doing commerce with countries classified as tax havens - in fact if I'm not mistaken the EU already has various penalties against tax havens, though their definition of "tax haven" seems to be very forgiving...

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Re: Wrong argument

Why not ? (If you classify managers and such as "workers" too...)

It's Hipp to be square: What happened when SQLite creator met GitHub

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Re: I hate Git

Which ones ?

Have you tried Pijul yet ?

Its Patch-based model fixes the issue of cherry-picking being fundamentally broken in Directed Acyclic graph models like Git (, and I also assume Fossil, Mercurial, etc. ?)

https://tahoe-lafs.org/~zooko/badmerge/simple.html

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Because Fossil is equivalent to Git + GitHub rather than just Git ?

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Re: A different model to most.

The right tool for the job !

(Git is especially well-suited for large projects with hundreds of "drive-by" contributors... for small projects, more appropriate SCMs are available ?)

Mayday in Moscow as devs will be Russian to Putin mandatory apps on phones, laptops, TVs

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Re: Could be worse

There's already a copy of Shariki on most of them !

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Re: What next?

Well, to be fair, USA most likely basically "owns" any computer with Google / Microsoft software, or Intel processor, wherever it is in the world - so even if the Russians would do that, they would still be kind of playing in the small leagues...

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Re: And now the serious moment is at hand...

That would make them traitor to the state and a dirty Kapitalist ! No wait, dirty Kommunist ! Urgh, I'm lost here...

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Re: "the company cannot tolerate that kind of risk"

Well, Google *did* pull out of China...

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Re: New Voice APP

Well, we can only *dream* about that in Europe, can we ? :/

Larry leaves, Sergey splits: Google lads hand over Alphabet reins to Sundar Pichai

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Re: Cast into the memory hole

Just wait until they shut down Google Books and delete its 25M archive...

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/04/the-tragedy-of-google-books/523320/

Iran kills the internet for its people's own good as riots grip the Middle Eastern nation

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Re: Some facts to add

It gets more complicated when there's foreign influence... remember what the US did to Iran which resulted in their current government ?

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Re: Is every dictatorial regime stupid?

Well, sounds like Egypt started out by making the same mistake, considering their recent history...

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Re: Connection from fuel prices to Primate Strange.

Well, yes, fossil fuels account for most of our wealth. And so we've been living above our means for decades - the people that can afford to drive a car every day are certainly NOT "poor" by worldwide standards. (But I'm not going to discount their feeling of being "trapped" either - by definition, it takes a very weird type of person to go against social norms !)

Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much

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Re: French newspaper website liberation.fr uses a tracker

The ironic/funny part that El Reg missed is how this discovery seems to have initially originated from Liberation.fr boasting about being the first news website that doesn't track its readers, which obviously pissed off the technical-inclined news websites that did it years ago, and so pushed them to dig around to try to find some mistake with those claims :

https://reflets.info/articles/liberation-a-traqueur-vaillant-rien-d-impossible

(in French, paywalled, but the partial text from that article and the previous ones should give you the idea !)

Big Tech leapt on the blockchain bandwagon but its applications are stuck in cryptocurrency

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Joke

Re: Coffee chain

Yeah, and they can use those GPU's to roast the beans !

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Git ?

Git is technically a blockchain. (Yes, I know, this is arguable.)

But it means that it out-competes to insignificance a whole class of use-cases for "bitcoin-derived" blockchains.

SPOILER alert, literally: Intel CPUs afflicted with simple data-spewing spec-exec vulnerability

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Re: A simple mitigation

Well *FUCK* those websites !

(Replied after disabling 1-rst party scripts in uMatrix here. Still works. Great job TheRegister !)

Using WhatsApp for your business comms? It's either that or reinstall Lotus Notes

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Re: No choice

Signal is the least bad of the bunch, but still suffers from the lack of interoperability (aka "federation").

(Also, using your own servers - required if you want the best security - might be poorly supported ?)

The XMPP (aka Jabber) protocol is the way to go (using OMEMO for end-to-end encryption).

Notable programs supporting it are Pidgin (desktop),

Jitsi (with the additional feature of cross Windows-*nix video calls),

Conversations (Android, free on F-Droid)

and ChatSecure (IOS).

Smartphones gateway drug to the Antichrist, says leader of Russian Orthodox Church

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Re: "And the beast was given a mouth uttering blasphemous words: 'We value your privacy'"

"We value your privacy" as in "Your private data has a lot of value to us" !

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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I managed to update mine - had to use an USB key though... through a USB adapter!

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They aren't so bad...

That's not my experience - I was impressed with the performance of the Asus Transformer I had to use for a week.

(The USB-B mini ports and the bluetooth keyboard were clunky though...)

Your issue seems to be that you expected to be able to run the full bloated MS Office on it (and got baited into it).

For heavy stuff like that you need a Surface Pro - which costs FIVE TIMES MORE !!

(The right tool for the job...)

Hope you're over that New Year's hangover – there's an Adobe PDF app patch to install

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Re: Case for a Minimalistic PDF Reader?

I'm fond of SumatraPDF... but it would seem that it's the PDF specifications themselves that are the problem !

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

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Re: How To Do Encryption IN THE REAL WORLD

AFAIK Office (and AdobePDF) are closed-source software, so you can't be sure there are no weaknesses/backdoors. And considering the last decade, you should assume that there *are*.

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Re: Evolution EWS

Are you sure that isn't Microsoft's fault for not properly using an open standard ?

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Re: Better Exchange support would be more welcome

Aren't those proprietary protocols ? Why would Thunderbird devs want to touch *that* !?

Can't unlock an Android phone? No problem, just take a Skype call: App allows passcode bypass

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facepalm

Why would you expect a "browser-based VOIP/Video Conf" to work well ?!

The Web is not the place for Apps - use a dedicated program, for god's sake !!

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: Not even close

Yeah, sorry, but this "responsive design" fad is nonsense.

It's just not possible to make a single user interface that works as well on a tiny, fat-fingered smartphone touchscreen, as on a widescreen mouse & keyboard PC.

There are multiple ways around it, like using separate, dedicated programs for browsing news (RSS feeds) and writing comments on mobile.

Or have a very simple, standardized layout that lets the browser do the job... (also, hiding the pictures is certainly a job for the browser's side !)

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: Alternatively...

Indeed !

And the way that you explain something is going to have a dramatic effect on how well the other person understands it.

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Re: The right attitude

Well, could be older people that used a mouse without a scroll wheel for a very long time, to the point that it's an ingrained reflex to hunt for the scrollbar?

(Though someone *should* have explained them the point of Page Up/Down keyboard keys at some point, so...)

Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

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Did you knew ?

40% of Google Play apps are sending data to Facebook !

https://thenextweb.com/facebook/2018/03/26/facebook-tracking-present-41-popular-android-apps/

US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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Initially, in the US, copyright lasted only 14 years (and could be extended after that for another 14 for a fee).

Curiously, 14 years is also what some (modern) économistes have found to be the ideal copyright duration...

Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

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Not to mention that libre software is not necessarily free! (It's actually not recommended.)

(Especially when you take support into account.)

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Re: So, they think they'll make computers like phones

"However, if you have a working surface and you're tired of windows, the one I was working on managed to run Linux quite well, with no driver issues."

Which one? I was told that Ubuntu drivers were a disaster for anything "touch-related" on the Surface Pro 3... which is annoying because I have an ever harder time to justify running Windows to myself.

Great Scott! Bitcoin to consume half a per cent of the world's electricity by end of year

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Re: Faecesbook and Twitter et al?

"Watts for twats!"

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Re: Great Scott

"I bet a good percentage is spent on, say, displaying white pixels on computers for Google's home page.

On World Eco day they once went black and estimated the savings worldwide and it was a significant chunk."

Source?

This doesn't make sense, most displays are LCDs these days, and those don't consume less by displaying black... (because the fluorescent/LED backlight is always on)

Android devs prepare to hit pause on ads amid Google GDPR chaos

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We are stuck with [advertising], unless you want hobbyist/free stuff and lots of paywalls.

No we are NOT stuck with it.

Flattr makes micro-payments automatic, depending on what websites you visit :

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/30/eyeo_adblock_interview/

https://flattr.com/

Cisco cancels all YouTube ads, then conceals cancellation

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Re: the YouTubers that are getting hurt

"Maybe some of those Youtubers should try doing what BigClive does: don't rely on Youtube ads to cover costs, explain why it works better for him and his viewers if the money needed to buy coffee and cookies doesn't pass through Youtube, and hope it works out OK. Everybody here is aware of BigClive, right?

Or maybe more prospective YouTube starlets could repeat what some lowlife have achieved with the help of the Daily Mail this week: use the Daily Mail's 'news' coveragel to provide free advertising of dubious videos set in dodgy London shopping malls (and worse), thereby enabling this stuff to reach an audience that wouldn't normally even know such videos existed ("Barbara Streisand effect" gone mad)."

Exactly. I've never heard of BigClive. I *have* heard of a YouTuber disrespecting a corpse.

https://locusmag.com/2016/03/cory-doctorow-wealth-inequality-is-even-worse-in-reputation-economies/

"Whuffie [a fictional reputation-based currency] has all the problems of money, and then a bunch more that are unique to it. In Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, we see how Whuffie – despite its claims to being ‘‘meritocratic’’ – ends up pooling up around sociopathic jerks who know how to flatter, cajole, or terrorize their way to the top. Once you have a lot of Whuffie – once a lot of people hold you to be reputable – other people bend over backwards to give you opportunities to do things that make you even more reputable, putting you in a position where you can speechify, lead, drive the golden spike, and generally take credit for everything that goes well, while blaming all the screw-ups on lesser mortals."

I feel that there's many parallels to hoarding YouTube subscribers, "likes", and view-based income trough advertising...

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