* Posts by Hubert Cumberdale

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Cloudflare explains how it managed to break the internet

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Re: More than just their users affected

I like NextDNS. It's also the last layer of defence in my DNS-based ad blocking.

Micron aims 1.5TB microSD card at video surveillance market

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"never nude unless in a group"

Erm...

End of the road for biz living off free G Suite legacy edition

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What did people expect? I've been trying (albeit not completely successfully) to de-googlify my life for some time, and to do that (surprise surprise) I have to pay other people money to give me similar services. Evidently, Google couldn't turn these people into enough of a product to make it worth their while.

Cookie consent crumbles under fresh UK data law proposals

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Re: Britain leading again (?!!)

It looks a bit like you might be on your own there.

Internet Explorer 11 limps to the end of Windows 10 road

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Re: Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well

I see your pedantry and raise you

"...alas poore Yoricke I knew him Horatio,"

from the first quarto. (Although the number of times he hath bore/carried me(e) (up)on his backe apparently varies from twenty to a thousand).

Makers of ad blockers and browser privacy extensions fear the end is near

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Re: Does anyone need more justification

I can only hope this may lead to a resurgence of people switching back to FF when they realise what Google wants the internet to look like. (I'm not holding my breath though.)

Cable cut blamed for global four-hour internet disruption

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Reporting non-urgent crimes via Twitter? Seriously. The phone is still a thing.

Dear Europe, here again are the reasons why scanning devices for unlawful files is not going to fly

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Re: From Sir Humphrey's Playbook

"The Council of Europe ... also uses (and originated) the same flag as the EU."

Indeed! This is why the Gov's nationalistic attempt to effectively ban the flying of EU flags* has failed.** As such, I'm flying one all weeked to celebrate our ongoing membership of the Council (of which HRH appears to be a fan).

*See here: "Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the flag of the European Union is no longer included in the list of flags that do not require [planning] consent."

**"The full list of flags that do not require consent [includes] ... The flag of the Commonwealth, the United Nations or any other international organisation of which the United Kingdom is a member." i.e., including the Council of Europe. D'Oh!

UK opens up 'high-potential individual route' for tech worker immigration

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Re: With respect, that's bollocks Sir

My experience: I had a small issue with my heart last year. I spoke to a doctor on the phone that morning, saw them that afternoon for physical checks, and I had comprehensive blood tests taken the following day. Within a few weeks, I'd had a full echocardiogram at my local hospital, which thankfully showed no problems. This is just one example – I've had other similar experiences, as have many people I know.

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Re: With respect, that's bollocks Sir

In the UK, nobody has "no other choice but use private healthcare". You're just lucky enough to be able to afford it.

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Re: With respect, that's bollocks Sir

I say that's bollocks. You have a choice. Despite the Tories' best efforts, the NHS isn't struggling that much.

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Maybe we should be recruiting from the EU. Perhaps we could even have some kind of reciprocal arrangement involving free movement or people and goods.

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If they're Americans with life-threatening/-limiting problems that they can't afford to get treated at home, then we should probably be granting them asylum anyway: they'd be at a clear risk of harm in their own country.

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I hope they find some way to ground these high-potential individuals before they let them near any sensitive equipment.

Australian digital driving licenses can be defaced in minutes

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Re: A country

To be fair, Neighbours had more than run its course. And most of the people watching it were in the UK anyway: it's us who didn't want it enough.

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Re: I'll have your ID, then...

(Or those, like me, who just don't want or need one: I have enough technology at home, and I sit in front of it all day. I don't need a full computer in my pocket when I'm out for a walk in the hills.)

Ex-spymaster and fellow Brexiteers' emails leaked by suspected Russian op

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Yes, it's a rant (of which there are plenty on here). But I'd say it's very much on topic: it's questioning the motives of the Ruskies for leaking this, considering their previous apparent desire to encourage Brexit. As to whether or not it's bollocks, as noted, this would be a matter of differing opinions.

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Curious. I admit that the chap(ess)'s post is not particularly witty or entertaining (and I concur that the value of the apparent wordplay is limited), but I'm not quite sure which of the house rules you think it's breaking. It doesn't look like trolling to me (at least, no more than your reply does). It's probably worth you noting that "A differing opinion does not make reasonable grounds for reporting a comment. You may end up getting flagged if you continually file unwarranted reports."

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I would guess it was down to either: (a) an inadequate password, or (b) the use of local malware/keylogging to obtain the password. Doesn't matter how secure the mail app; if your means of access to it is not secure then it doesn't make much difference. And you only need to get access to one of the accounts to see a chain of emails (as suggested by the reply above). Perhaps 2FA may have helped here.

Beijing needs the ability to 'destroy' Starlink, say Chinese researchers

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Re: Musk machine

Do you mean an amber herd like this? And I'm guessing this is what you mean by Muk's machines.

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The idea of a "Musk machine" sounds horrible, however you might interpret it.

It's 2022 and there are still malware-laden PDFs in emails exploiting bugs from 2017

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Re: @My other car WAS an IAV Stryker - "PDFs can also include clickable links"

I'm not comfortable allowing Adobe Reader to do anything.

Safari is crippling the mobile market, and we never even noticed

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CSS? Tha' dont know tha's born, lad. We 'ad to hand-roll frames in Notepad – FRAMES I tell ya! An' we were 'appy!

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Re: Forbidden Fruit

(Not to be confused with Malham.)

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Re: Meh

Firefox.

Start your engines: Windows 11 ready for broad deployment

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Re: Refusing to allow local user accounts is going to be a big issue

See: https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10 for simple ways to minimise (but probably not prevent) their spying.

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Yes... I'd say it's less "Start your engines" and more "Batten down the hatches and prepare to fend off boarders!"...

Seriously, you do not want to make that cable your earth

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Re: Bee-sting ?

Neither have I – my personal understanding of the colloquial use refers to something else entirely (and it's often used unflatteringly[/misogynistically], though I gather that certain websites have it as a USP – there's a niche for everyone I guess).

Researchers find 134 flaws in the way Word, PDFs, handle scripts

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Re: I hate Adobe more than anyone else here

Book burning is indeed a fairly desperate tactic that's generally applied by totalitarians, and it doesn't have an equivalent here (nobody is deleting your posts). It's better to let people say what they want, call them out when they're talking nonsense, and hope that maybe they'll either get the message or simply go away. Downvoting is probably more equivalent to people not wanting to buy your book in the first place.

To quote you,

I often get a lot of down votes ... from people who don't know what they are voting on... Even when you explain it they will down vote you.

Has it occurred to you that maybe people know exactly what they're voting on, have understood you perfectly, and still think you're talking nonsense?

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Re: I hate Adobe more than anyone else here

Perhaps you can go away and stop spouting nonsense that tends to get heavily downvoted (with a few exceptions, but even a stopped clock...).

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One of the first things I do is not install Acrobat at all. There are plenty of better, less-bloated alternatives now.

BMW looks to quantum computers to speed R&D

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BMWs have indicators?

FAA to airlines: 5G-sensitive radio altimeters have to go

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Re: What a surprise

You're sort of right: the deaths are very much not funny. However, everything is fair game for humour.

I feel completely impotent regarding current affairs such as Putin invading Ukraine and claiming they're the fascists (hilariously terrible), the present UK government being a bunch of privileged, ignorant, self-serving pr#cks who know nothing of the hardships of the general populace and who have blithely killed thousands of people in various casual ways (e.g. by underfunding the NHS while lining the pockets of their old Eton chums) without even really understanding what they've done (terribly hilarious), or the US apparently allowing a tiny, narrow-minded, right-wing branch of what they claim is "Christianity" to dictate not only what consenting adults should be doing behind closed doors but whether they should die in a back-street abortion clinic (admittedly, just terrible).

Just because something is extremely serious, that doesn't mean it can't be the subject of humour: sometimes it's the only weapon we have left to fight incompetence, injustice, or downright evil.

GitHub to require two-factor authentication for code contributors by late 2023

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Logitech's sales plunge 20% as demand for PCs slows

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Re: Are you sure it's not because of poor quality?

Interesting: I've had an M570 in daily use for more than three years, and I've replaced it's single AA battery exactly twice. Never given me any problems at all (apart from occasionally getting a sticky ball, but that's my fault for using it while eating... </eew>).

Mozilla browser Firefox hits the big 100

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There are nearly half a billion active users of Start news feed, says Microsoft

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Re: Until they turn it off

The first thing I do with Edge (okay, the second thing after downloading Firefox) is something like this:

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cd "%PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Microsoft\Edge\Application\8*\Installer"

setup --uninstall --force-uninstall --verbose-logging --system-level

It would be very nice if I didn't have to, though. And the first thing I did with Windows 11 was avoided installing it in the first place.

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Re: Count me in

Switch it off. Just switch it all off! Can't stand that stuff.

HPE uses blockchain for distributed machine learning models

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Wow, that headline's really got all the important buzzwords of the zeitgeist. Careful – people might try and invest in you for some reason (without knowing exactly what any of it means).

Apple's self-repair service finally launches after months of silence

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When I saw "self repair", I immediately imagined a Terminator-style device remoulding itself from liquidy metal after being shotgunned. Wouldn't put it past 'em... although if it really "absolutely will not stop until you are dead", that might dent their sales model a bit.

Microsoft fixes Point of Sale bug that delayed Windows 11 startup for 40 minutes

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Lidl's PoS terminals still seem to be running some version of XP fairly successfully (recognise that beep?). Or am I mistaken?

Google Docs' AI-powered inclusive writing auto-correct now under fire

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Re: Orwellian nightmare

I would say that the sensible version of using inclusive language can be described as "not being a dick". However, the definition of this will also vary depending on who you're talking to... this is why there is no one version of what you're "allowed to say". The problem, as I see it, is the interpretation (in some quarters) of people's words with an absolute lack of nuance and from a default position of expecting to be offended (especially, as has been pointed out, on behalf of others).

Personally, when it comes to handing out judgement of other people's use of language, I try to be rather niggardly.*

*Go on, someone take the bait: I dare you.

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Re: Orwellian nightmare

Language does matter: would you, for example, consider saying "sexual deviant" rather than "homosexual"? Phrasing can shape beliefs and understandings (see Chomsky), and I doubt that many people would argue that referring to people with a particular range of skin colours using the n-word is completely fine and will have no effect on societal attitudes.

Unfortunately, some people certainly take it too far and seem to seek to be offended. While I agree that there's a lot of nonsense around, I think it's important not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. (Can I say that?)

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"He's witnessed booms and busts in the technology industry..."

If they're mic booms then I guess he must've spent some time on set during the filming of those busts.

Buying a USB adapter: Pennies. Knowing where to stick it: Priceless

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Re: Lost dog pictures

If that were true, why would it say "do not cover any drive holes" on them? Or do they not say that any more? (I got bored of looking that closely at hard drives a long time ago.)

Microsoft hikes prices for non-profit customers, ends on-prem software grants

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Re: over the past few years our competitors have increased prices, in some cases aggressively

Technically, it's an increase of NaN percent.

South Yorkshire to test fiber broadband through water pipes

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Leaky pipes?! You were lucky. We 'ad to drink t' sand off t' floor! And we were 'appy.

Client demo in 30 minutes. Just what could go wrong?

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Re: What's in a name?

I manage to do it on my Beryl without the need for a Pi (not that you can get hold of one right now anyway...).

Microsoft slides ads into Windows Insiders' File Explorer

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Re: What's the problem?

There are ads on here? I haven't noticed them...

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Re: @b0llchit - Commercial vehicle at a Price per View

If you don't like ads, well that's too bad for you.

Or you could just block them at your router/pi-hole. It's not that hard.

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