* Posts by NoKangaroosInAustria

30 posts • joined 15 Jan 2020

Unvaccinated and working at Apple? Prepare for COVID-19 testing 'every time' you step in the office


Re: If, and I stress the IF ...

>With your logic, if someone refused to buy a Trabant, you would scream at him that he's anti-car.

Yes. Absolutely. Thanks for proving the opposing party's point.

According to Wikipedia, the Trabant came out in 1930s in Eastern Germany. Or to put it differently, it was the first and only car available there at that particular point in time and place (Place = Communist East Germany behind the Berlin Wall)

So if you were refusing to buy a Trabant at that time and in that place because you were holding out for

something better even though there wasn't anything comparably good available - then yes, that would make you anti-car and entirely anti-reason.

Dallas cops lost 8TB of criminal case data during bungled migration, says the DA... four months later


Re: "data migration of a network drive caused [...] deletion"

rm -ff Starr /*

... looks about right to me.

Mine is the one with the Unix manual in the pocket.

Dutch watchdog fines Booking.com €475k after it kept customer data thefts quiet for more than 3 weeks


Re: One Good Thing

Exactly. It's in the GDPR.


Re: OnlineWhatsit.com

Came here to post the very same comment - happened to me a few years ago in Switzerland that Booking.com had reserved a fixed number of rooms at price CHF x whereas the hotel's going rate was CHF x + quite a bit more. I ended up booking through Booking.com. Back then they used to have warnings like "only 2 rooms left!" displayed in red warning letters on the website.

This developer created the fake programming language MOVA to catch out naughty recruiters, résumé padders


Re: Wait till you read my book on...

I can't wait to read it so I can tell everyone else that I am superior because they don't know Simple Hypervisor Integration Technology.

Homo sapiens: Hey you, Neanderthals! Neanderthals: We heard that


Re: Hominoid

Exactly! Oh I almost forgot, Ben 10 says to tell you that he (Bigfoot) prefers to be called "Forgeti".

Mine is the one with the Omnitrix in the pocket.

Microsoft president asks Congress to force private-sector orgs to admit when they've been hacked


Re: California has almost this

Ah yes, the famous POSL that the US has for data privacy matters - "Pieces of Scattered Legislation".

California is purportedly comparable to GDPR in terms of stringency of user protection.


Re: I see......."Blame the Victim"......where have I heard that before!

RE: "GDPR is a joke".

You have a right to your opinion of course. And while you are free to think of GDPR as "a joke", a couple of companies would strongly disagree. Please refer to this website that tracks GDPR fines: www.enforcementtracker.com


Re: "it’s the only way we’re going to protect the world.”

Sorry to contradict you, but, that's not entirely as easy as it sounds. IANAL, but GDPR Article 33 ends as follows: "Where the notification to the supervisory authority is not made within 72 hours, it shall be accompanied by reasons for the delay."

My understanding of this clause is that it doesn't absolve the data controller of their reporting responsibilities but merely extends the 72hr window to whatever the data controller can argue was a "reasonable" time period to prevent/mitigate risks to rights and freedoms of persons and so on.

If (or rather when) the breach eventually becomes known and the controller can't sufficiently justify the risks that they purportedly were mitigating whilst violating the 72 hours rule, well - let's just say some bigwigs@data-controller might have a harder time collecting their undoubtedly well deserved bonuses.


GDPR been there done that

So, we have this thing in the EU called GDPR which does just that. Now who's got egg on their face?

/snark mode off

Yes, I know gloating is unbecoming but considering the amount of anti-EU=Anti-GDPR postings the past year alone, this feels good.

And TBH, I think California, New York and IIRC 2 or 3 other states individually have somewhat similar and strict regulations to varying degrees.

The Linux box that runs the exec carpark gate is down! A chance for PostgreSQL Man to show his quality


yes, that's exactly right. It even logs the changes which occurred due to apt-get updates, though I have to confess that I am not entirely sure what would happen if I tried to revert any of those changes.


"... But to find stuff like the broken config files while you've still got a reasonable chance of remembering why they were changed and what they ought to look like..."

<= This is exactly why i adopted etckeeper a few years ago. I sleep better now.

Smartphones are becoming like white goods, says analyst, with users only upgrading when their handsets break


Re: Not a lot of new features?

My phone has that and I think it's awesome!

And since I choose it specifically for being an Android One phone, it has the added benefit that I'm still getting security updates even though the phone came out July 2018.

I'm currently on Security update status of 1. December 2020. Contrast with my previous Huawei that basically stopped receiving updates half a year after i bought it.

Btw, it's a Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite. Downside - it doesn't have the best Camera. Basically any of the Samsung Galaxy Phones I have owned had a better camera.

Flash in the pan: Raspberry Pi OS is the latest platform to carve out vulnerable tech


Re: Attaching a tractor-fed Epson LX-80 dot matrix impact printer was the height of luxury

Me neither. Working from home (lockdown) and Skype-ing with colleagues means I screen share if i need to show or discuss something with a colleague - which means no printing.

I honestly haven't printed anything for work for about a year now.

As UK breaks away from Europe, Facebook tells Brits: You'll all be Californians soon


Re: Hmm

Haha! I posted first then read your comment :)

Now i'm beginning to wonder if I should have responded.


Re: Hmm

You wrote: "EUGDPR prevented Facebook from implementing Anti Suicide measures."

I provided you with a link showing that they had less than stellar motives for developing the tool which would have violated the "informed consent" provisions of the GDPR.

I'm still not sure whether you're trolling or not, but I willing to give this another go, using both links that you and I have posted, so here goes:

Facebook/Instagram did not set out to develop a tool to recognize suicidal tendencies for altruistic purposes or to benefit their users. They set out to collect personal data on their users of the sort: "XY has suicidal tendencies" which they then wanted to sell to advertisers to market their products at.

I hope we can universally agree that that is an immoral and objectively wrong thing to do.

Additionally, the whole argument seems pretty rich considering that they would be pushing a solution for a problem that they helped create and are perpetuating.

To quote the suicidees parent in the BBC article you linked to:

Molly's father, Ian, has previously said the "pushy algorithms" of social media "helped kill my daughter".

The link i posted clearly states: "...The second way Facebook could avoid data law concerns is by asking for consent, perhaps by making the system opt-in. However, in the US and elsewhere, users won't even be able to opt-out.".

My standpoint is: GDPR didn't "prevent" something good from happening. All that Facebook/Instagram had to do was obtain consent before gathering and using personal data for whatever specific purposes which was agreed to by the users.

So you see, it is about consent. This shouldn't be a controversial topic, yet here we are.


Re: Hmm

You wrote: "Good. Wasnt GDPR the reason dangerous videos of self harm couldnt be automatically screened out from viewers? GDPR limiting the technology able to be used at figuring this stuff out."

Nope, sorry but that's been soundly debunked. It took me all of 30 seconds of Googling to find this: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/facebook-suicide-alerts-gdpr and even less time to find one right here on ElReg showing that it's all about Facebook being unwilling to hire people to do the job properly: https://www.theregister.com/2017/05/03/3k_reviewers_live_murders_on_facebook/?page=2

Dear Codejunky, at this point, i'm beginning to suspect that you're deliberately trolling. Even though you seem perfectly capable of finding the sometimes questionable links you post here, you seem to be consistently unable or unwilling to see or consider a significant amount of more reputable links disproving your theories.

I enjoy good intellectual exchanges of ideas with "the other side" but facts still matter.


Re: Hmm

Except you studiously ignore all facts presented to you, post dubious / off topic links and either deliberately obfuscate the issue at hand or manage to entirely miss the point - i am not always entirely sure which of the last two it is in your case.


Re: Hmm

"In Austria, around the introduction of the GDPR, there was a discussion on whether door bell labels on apartment blocks violate the GDPR - I kid you not."

Austrian here - I can definitely confirm that this is a thing. Since spring/summer this year (2020), my Apartment complex has removed all name tags from the door buzzers of all the buildings.

Four years after Europe sorted this, America is still going around in circles on data privacy in stuffy hearings


Re: Should have hammered it home

Methinks you're forgetting that this is the US where: <sarcasm>Corporations are people too</sarcasm>


Re: Yikes.

Downvoted because - facts matter.

Google "eu gdpr vs us" and pick ANY of the top results. A total Investment of 3 mins skimming would have revealed the common consensus that the eu gdpr is objectively better for consumers than the current POSL the us has. There is absolutely no debate about this, no ambiguity.

The constant demonising of the EU at every turn by B***it supporters is getting rather tiresome.

Take your pick: 'Hack-proof' blockchain-powered padlock defeated by Bluetooth replay attack or 1kg lump hammer


Re: Sounds familiar

There's an XKCD for that: https://xkcd.com/2030/

Not quite padlocks, but close.


Re: Sounds familiar

...Instead and they can partly blame the Russians for their losses...

Because, let's be honest, the Russians did meddle in their 2016 elections, so at least part of the blame should be assigned to them. And let's also not forget that the "shite candidate" was able to get more actual votes from real people - which in most (other) modern democracies is interpreted as the will of the people.

But i'm puzzled, how on earth did we get from Padlocks to Politics?

Relying on plain-text email is a 'barrier to entry' for kernel development, says Linux Foundation board member


Re: So not just about plain text email

I also host my own mail server.

And speaking of standards compliance (warning - rant alert), after a fair bit of deliberation, i recently implemented DKIM and SPF to try and reduce the amount of spam emails i get. I can only handle so many offers for cheap boner pills and love in all the wrong places per day.

I was quite surprised at some of the major corporations with improperly configured or non-existent SPF records i discovered.

In one instance, a Company had some of their mail servers located in a cloud environment. Presumably, this wasn't their original setup, because while they actually did have an SPF record, their SPF record reflected only their actual domain but not the domains / IP adresses of the cloud provider on which their mail servers were hosted, prompting my mail server to reject all emails coming from them as most likely being spam.

Since I do need to continue receiving emails from them, I took the easy way out and whitelisted their cloud provider from SPF checking at my end.


Dutch Gateway store was kept udder wraps for centuries until refit dug up computing history


Ha! you had me going for a moooment there, but clearly, you were just being cheesy!

UK formally abandons Europe’s Unified Patent Court, Germany plans to move forward nevertheless


Re: @Cederic

Speaking from one of those holdout countries, the general feeling on the ground is that people see it as good and necessary to show solidarity with your neighbours i.e. EU members in dire straits due to the pandemic.

Just to be clear, the four countries that refer to themselves as the frugal four are referred to by everyone everyone else as "the stingy four" and most people feel thatthe most affected countries like Italy were not getting the help they needed at the speed they required.

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors


Yay! Its groundhog day!

*sigh* how many times do IT folks have to tell lawmakers and law enforcement that a selective backdoor which swings open only for lawful authorities does not and can not exist and that Backdoors do more harm than good?

Does anyone else feel like we're stuck in a stupid time loop where stupid ideas get recycled ever couple of years or is the inability to learn from previous mistakes just basic human nature?

Android users, if you could pause your COVID-19 panic buying for one minute to install these critical security fixes, that would be great


Re: Wider than that

You could always explore the Android One route.

The incredibly bad security update policies of my previous Huawei and Samsung mobes finally convinced me to look around for more secure alternatives. I stumbled upon Googles Android One program and went with a Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite. Bought the phone last summer which according to its build number was produced in 2018. I have been receiving regular/quasi monthly security updates ever since - with the occasional slight delay.

My current Security Patch Status is dated 01.01.2020 - thats a far cry from what i was used to with Huawei and still miles away from my Samsung.

EU tells UK: Cut the BS, sign here, and you can have access to Galileo sat's secure service


Hmm... sounds like a load of ...

The whole BS idea sounds like a load of BS to me.

Sorry, I couldn't resist. I mean I came here just to say this.

Mine is the one with the nose clips in the pocket.

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls


Re: Time to grab the book ...

Argh! i liked your comment and now you have 43 upvotes. A millisecond before my finger completed its vertically descending journey against the mouse button, i thought "Haha, 42 upvotes? what are the odds of that?" and now i found out, likes can't be undone.

My profound apologies.

This makes me feel depressed. So depressed, that i'll be leaving now.

Mine is the one with the keys to the Infinite Improbability Drive in the pocket.


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