* Posts by v13

95 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Feb 2022


Chrome engine devs experiment with automatic browser micropayments


Re: Good luck

Netflix 1080p costs £11. You need to pay £18 for 4K. Or pay Netflix £5 to get ads.

YouTube's pricing is better than Netflix's and has actually useful content.

Brit watchdog thinks Google's tweaked Privacy Sandbox still isn't cricket


Re: Still a stupid idea

How do you deal with the lack of cookies in other browsers? Are you fingerprinting the traffic?

Cloudflare defends firing of staffer for reasons HR could not explain


Re: Cold, calculated and heartless

But not as much FUD as humans obviously.

Mozilla CEO pockets a packet, asks biz to pick up pace the 'Mozilla way'


Re: "Backed by the non-profit that puts people first"

> sponsored content in the New Tab page

This is pronounced "ads".

Google hopes to end tsunami of data dragnet warrants with Location History shakeup


Re: If you are up to no good or just protesting

Unless you don't get your two phones next to each other, they'll be able to know that the two lived together for a bit. Correlating account ownership is fairly easy over a period of time.

Britain proposes 'super-complaints' to help keep the internet safe



So this is meant to be used by Nazis but not privacy advocates.

Google dragged to UK watchdog over Chrome's upcoming IP address cloaking


Re: B0ll0cks!

That's fundamentally wrong. Analytics doesn't care about the user's IP which is already pointless because of Carrier Grade NAT. It's only the approximate location that's important and that can't be hidden because of legal implications, because the sites need to be able to know the country of the user.


I'm getting a bit annoyed with the whole "protect the children" excuse for government-mandated privacy busting in the UK.


Too late. This already happens with carrier grade NAT. It's the ISPs that won't be able to spy any more.

Apple slams Android as a 'massive tracking device' in internal slides revealed in Google antitrust battle


Re: Pot... Kettle...

> Apple is not a gatekeeper to the Internet

Wait, what? You can't browse the Internet on an iPhone without using Apple's browser and they make sure not to allow any competition. They force you to use their store where ads is one of their biggest money maker, and they have absolutely no interpretability with any other OS. They hold users hostages to their ecosystem and they sell access to them to the highest bidder for $20B per year.


Who in their right mind would prefer to use Bing?

In quest to defeat Euro red-tape, Apple said it had three Safari browsers – not one



> This strategy appears not to have been very effective. Apple's pushback has only managed to get the European Commission to further investigate [...] iPadOS and iMessage

This made me chuckle.

Alphabet CEO testifies in Google Search trial: We pay billions to keep Apple at bay


So Apple...

So Apple sells access to their users to the highest bidder.

1.5 billion iPhone users, $20B/year, that's $13 per user per year.

Microsoft seeks EU Digital Market Acts exemption for underdog apps like Edge


Here we go again

Microsoft b(e)ing Microsoft. People forget what the world was like in the early 2000s when you couldn't browse the internet with Linux because Microsoft was doing shenanigans with internet explorer. And now they claim to be on the other side where they can't force enough of their users to use their fine browser and search engine. Poor them.

When Microsoft complains that you're a monopolist you know things are bad


Re: Told you so.

Well, it's not that chromium is opensource and no-thanks to Microsoft, the web is usable by non-Windows operating systems. Oh wait.

EFF urges Chrome users to get out of the Privacy Sandbox


Better than cookies

I've been using them for some time now and I very much prefer them from cookies. I have full control over them, I can disable them and I can customize them. And I need to do that once, on the browser, not on every site.

Europe wants easy default browser selection screens. Mozilla is already sounding the alarm on dirty tricks


Android 's browser selection list is in a randomised order.

Dutch consumer groups sue Google over its entire business model


Re: Illness

This is actually a real problem. The reason you're getting these is probably your ISP or your TV. People are focused on Google but forget that ISPs and Smart TVs now track traffic and use that for promoting ads. It works be interested to see which company sends you that ads.

Unfortunately the EU isn't looking that way. How many people do you think realize that their TV or their Xbox/PS are building an Ad profile for them?

South Korea 'puts the brakes' on Google's app store dominance


Re: I'm confused

I don't think that's true. Apps already coexist on Play and Samsung stores without problems. Epic has its own Android store without issues. I'm not aware of a policy that says that. Hence they "I'm confused" part.

The article isn't clear about what the problem is.


I'm confused

I can't say I understood the article. Is this another case of someone wanting to use them Play store but not pay fees? Because anyone can install a 3rd party store on Android, unlike iPhones. The app store policy is the same everywhere: Play, Apple, Samsung, Xbox, PlayStation, even Steam to some extent.

Stores take a cut, like banks take a cut on every business transaction and currency conversion. It sucks but things don't happen for free.

Google's browser security plan slammed as dangerous, terrible, DRM for websites


DRM enabled things

I fought against DRM and still don't like some of its side effects. However DRM enabled video and music streaming. All video and music streaming nowadays is because DRM exists, like it or not.

Major movie companies enabled streaming because DRM existed. Otherwise they wouldn't have. And because they did, I can stream on my Linux desktop that doesn't support DRM, even if sometimes it's just SD quality.

I'll probably get downvoted to hell about this but this has the potential to enable even more things. Anything that has multiplayer goes into extreme lengths to prevent client tampering and cheating. Ensuring the validity of the client is a very common in gaming but also in enterprise.

So, yes, there's a need for that. There are things that aren't happening today because this feature doesn't exist.

It's official: EU probing bundling of Teams with Microsoft 365


Re: s/Internet Explorer/Teams/g

Because Microsoft and Apple have very good marketing. They have convinced people and officials that they are good while they're both creating very tight ecosystems.

RHEL drama, ChromeOS and more ... Our vultures speak freely about the latest in Linux


Not easy to watch

The video isn't visible on AMP which is what Google Discover/News sends me to. Took forever until I realized that. Also, could you please provide a transcript? I read most of my news at a place where I can't listen to a video and so I can't easily watch this one. Plus, you get the benefit of better search engine indexing.

Google, DeepMind accused of 'stealing the internet' to create Bard AI chatbot



Looks like another opportunity for lawyers to make money.

Microsoft puts out Outlook fire, says everything's fine with Teams malware flaw


They call it Monday

Every week is a rough week for Microsoft products.

Supreme Court says Genius' song lyric copying claim against Google wasn't smart


I guess that those geniuses (Genius Holdings LLC, great name) hadn't heard of robots.txt.

Google warns its own employees: Do not use code generated by Bard


Re: Google does not want a federal AI agency

The UK already did that and it is more reasonable than creating broad laws. Regulation of Medical AI-based health recommendations is indeed much different than AI-based credit checks. One is great the other is deplorable.

The UK is creating a global set of guidelines that reach agency will then use to draft laws. It's a sensible approach regardless of what Microsoft says.

Millions of Gigabyte PC motherboards backdoored? What's the actual score?


Re: How do we defend against this? - Linux edition

For a push system an encrypted root filesystem should solve the problem since it won't be able to write anything there. Not encrypting your disks is a much bigger problem so the BIOS would be the least of your concerns.

Google veep calls out Microsoft's cloud software licensing 'tax'


Microsoft being Microsoft

From the company that forcefully installed Edge on all PCs and used to ask for additional money in order to enable TCP/IP on Windows.


Re: "put some kind of checks and balances on Microsoft's policies"

That's the literal definition of allowing competition and not allowing anticompetitive behaviour. There's nothing wrong with that.

What's wrong is that Microsoft prohibits *me*, as a user, to take *my* Windows license that *I paid for* and use it on a Windows VM on AWS or Google Cloud. But it allows me to do it on Azure (which, lets face it, isn't a great Cloud).

Privacy Sandbox, Google's answer to third-party cookies, promised within months


Re: Sounds worse

I prefer getting personalized ads. I don't like remarketing but I like personalization. Why on earth would I care about nail polish instead of computer games if that's what I prefer? And why would I care about products in Africa if I live in Europe?

Apple warns of three WebKit vulns under active exploitation, dozens more CVEs across its range


No problem

It's a good thing that Apple users can use other browsers and don't have to rely on Webkit. Oh wait...

Google Cloud's watery Parisian outage enters third week, with no end in sight


Re: Cloud is it

Regional or zonal services don't auto-migrate, for good reasons. That's why they're regional or zonal. Global services and other regions work perfectly well.

Cloudflare opposes Europe's plan to make Big Tech help pay for networks



I can't believe we're discussing charging for traffic in 2023. We already had that discussion 10+ years ago. We decided it's a horrible idea and we moved on.

Those Telcos already make money. If they don't like it then they can stop providing their services and let smaller players take over.

Oh, and "big tech" already has its own global infrastructure. YouTube traffic doesn't traverse these carriers.

This will only harm small players and it won't be long until end users will be paying more for "premium network connections" that offer higher throughout.

A lone Nvidia GPU speeds past the physics-straining might of a quantum computer – in these apps at least


QC can get very very much faster. Nearly infinitely faster. But it isn't exactly computing. It isn't suitable for normal computing tasks.

Microsoft pushes users to the Edge in Outlook, Teams


Re: Chrome

The only reason Edge doesn't fully s*ck is that it's new and Microsoft didn't have enough time yet to make it s*ck. Give them time and it'll be what you'd expect from the people that brought you Internet Explorer. At least this time they don't control the rendering engine.

Central UK govt awards £12M+ contract to leave Google Workspace for Microsoft 365


Re: Why are we still giving contracts

Calm there, Farage. Both are US companies.

Microsoft stumps loyal fans by making OneDrive handle Outlook attachments


Re: Still broken after removing onedrive files

That's probably just plain old Outlook.


Re: Home auto-archive

That's b***cks. Google is the goto suing target for every lawyer in the world. If what you say is true and what's stated in the policy was a lie, 100s of lawyers would be currently trying to make money out of it. Not too mention the EU and every republican US state

Especially for the cloud business, the cloud customers would sue and leave.

What's this? Another Microsoft FUD ad from the company that forcefully installs internet explorer and edge for 20+ years now?


That's not the main issue

I'd argue that using Outlook for your email is a bigger problem than the storage change.

Google: If your Android app can create accounts, it better be easy to delete them, too


Re: Is this the same Google

You don't need a Gmail account. You can use a Google Account which can be created with any email address.

Google (sort of) loses in Indian antitrust appeal


Re: Fines....

The ruling isn't just the fine. It has 6 things that Google will have to do (or is prohibited to do) in the future.

Google Cloud's US-East load balancers are lousy with latency


Re: make a hasty move to another region

Not exactly. You can indeed easily create the infrastructure elsewhere. Orders of magnitude easier than having to lease a coloc and put servers in by yourself. But you still need to setup your stuff. Many already do that and it's the standard practice. But those that operate from a single region may have trouble doing it because they haven't designed their systems like that.

Google, Amazon and Microsoft won't move your stuff because that's a very sensitive thing to do with legal complications. They do offer some global services where you don't depend on a single location but region-specific services need to be replicated by the user.

Those that have setup their infrastructure in a redundant way can stop using these regions for a day or two and just scale up their alternate locations.

Shareholders sue Google, claim it hid anticompetitive ad practices


What did I just read?

So the tl;dr is that one shareholder filed a lawsuit saying that something caused them financial harm, but the stock actually went up so they have no basis for their claim. Did I read the article correctly?

Poor shareholder...

Cosmic rays more likely to glitch out water-cooled computers



"Thermal neutrons from cosmic radiation of energy less then 15eV."

This is a bit misleading. 15eV can't be the energy of the cosmic radiation as it's very low and wouldn't reach the computer. Nor is there cosmic radiation made of neutrons or else we would all be in trouble. The neutrons are likely produced by gamma rays (photons) that interact with some material.

That's from the limited nuclear physics I know.

Microsoft begs you not to ditch Edge on Google's own Chrome download page


Re: Defacement

At no point they make it clear that this is a message outside of the site. They don't show a pop-up. They embed this on the page view area.

Who knows what else they're doing to help their bottom line...

If we plan to live on the Moon, it's going to need a time zone


Re: Just set the entire moon to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC +0) ...

How about DST?

Humans strike back at Go-playing AI systems


That's not entirely true. In fact, it's the opposite. Kasparov said that the computer actually realized the importance of certain areas even though it wasn't directly clear why, which is what chess players know and common chess software doesn't. This was how the top chess players could beat very strong computers before Deepmind, because for example they knew the strength of the cente many moves before that became evident to the computer.

It was Kasparov who said that the era of human chess players is over because computers are now stronger.

ChromeOS now runs on top of Linux and, er, Zephyr ...


Re: Google believes in building secure products

Why on earth would you do that? You can buy much better hardware at the same price if you don't want the security of Chromebooks, and you also won't have to disassemble them in order to bypass the hardware protection.