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Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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it also tells you that it will do it.

Actually, it doesn't. It says that pages won't stick around in your browser's history, cookie store, or search history after you've closed all incognito tabs. It then warns you that this doesn't protect you from your employer, ISP, or the websites themselves, naturally.

But it doesn't say that Google/Chrome will record your history when incognito.

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Ad watchdog: Amazon 'misleading' over Prime next-day delivery ads

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Re: amazon

"usually says Prime next day on the page but confirms the delivery as X days away when you pay"

Yeah that's when it gets annoying. I do find it's almost always next day anyway, clearly had a different experience than the complainers.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Re: Sir Clive's health

I don't recall the C5 being pedal-powered...was it?

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"first Sinclair computer (a ZX spectrum+"

You were spoiled. You missed the real revolution - the ZX81, or for us real pioneers, the ZX80, flashing screen and all.

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There was nothing to compare against

Yes there was, there was Sinclair's earlier effort for one, the Mk14, which was similarly priced and much more primitive, and there were home and business machines from the US, some of which may have been better but were much more expensive and less suited for home geekery.

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Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party

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Re: Should have been more given the domain

Calling themselves "Emma's Diary" sounds so much nicer than "Lifecycle Marketing". I wonder how many new Mums would have agreed to hand over their details if they'd been approached by the latter rather than the former?

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WhatsApp security snafu allows sneaky 'message manipulation'

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Backup to Google Drive

WhatsApp sometimes decides to ask me if I want to backup to GD but I have never said yes.

I It seems to be optional.

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: Dying embers of copyright

Actually copyright "began impinging directly on the public mind" because technology enabled both creators to create and consumers to copy, from home taping through to computer files.

It works both ways and it's still valid. I have put a deal of effort into astrophotography over the years, largely due to technology making it possible, and I'd not like for a freeloader to use my work for their own benefit without at least credit. I have been asked, and granted, permission to use certain of these photos over the years and never felt that I had to say no. Some educational publishers gave me a fee although the admin involved means I now granted them to use it free of charge. But that's not to say I would do the same for any organisation, depending on the intended use.

You say Copyright is bad law because it's difficult to enforce. So is enforcement of not stealing bicycles in London. But it's not bad law that stealing bikes is illegal.

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Re: but... That city spent all that money..

"Where French copyright law will hit you though is if you take a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night"

Clever, I like that!

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Are you supposed to just not use an image in case there is a copyright?

YES! exactly. Images are generally placed on websites to add something to the content of the website, not for freeloaders to use for their own benefit.

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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Re: Code

"They are running code in my machine without my explicit consent for their own benefit..."

I'm not defending the port scanning but every web page that has Javascript is running code in your machine without your explicit consent.

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'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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Re: Long ago.

Looks like a good idea, provided they got the security right.

30000 hours? 32767 probably!

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Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Re: I want to believe..

Of course...you've hit the nail on the head. But why do you "want to believe"?

How much is "enough" magic or mystery? There's plenty of mystery. The magic (of this kind) we can do without.

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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Not to mention

Powergen Italia

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Re: Firetruck?

The presence of those 4 letters in the word gave a clue, but the original comment

"the compiler should proceed firetruck to a different location. " still makes no sense.

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Mmm, yes. 11-nines data durability? Mmmm, that sounds good. Except it's virtually meaningless

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Uptime is understandable, but why would they ever lose small amounts of data? The provided should have proper backup and redundancy in place which means they never lose anything, ever (subject to a certain amount of downtime), or they lose everything when they go out of business. How is there any in-between? Sounds like pure marketing to me.

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Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Paypal

Agree - I too had the experience of giving a merchant my preferred email address for them, and receiving email from them to my paypal login instead.

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Re: "Wrong" email addresses

I seem to remember also that some sites only accepted email addresses from what they considered to be proper email, ie. hotmail, etc. Anything else wasn't a "known" email so was rejected.

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Brits whinging less? About ISPs, networks and TV? It's gotta be a glitch in the Matrix

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Re: I Love My ISP

on the first few times this happened,

Only the first few times? What changed your mind?

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British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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Re: Amadeus

If they started weighing passengers then it would be a short leap to charging them accordingly, which makes sense but which lots of people would not like.

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Windows Server 2019 tweaked to stop it getting clock-blocked

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how do we progress beyond using this irregularly spinning rock?

We do have an alternative but the problem is not that we use the spinning rock as a base and it drifts, it's that we use a more regular source as a base, and it doesn't drift, therefore getting out of sync with the spinning rock, so if left uncorrected the point of highest sun wouldn't be at 12:00, eventually it would be sunny in the night time, and so on.

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By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter

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Re: What is a moon ?

Pluto wasn't demoted, strictly speaking, because it was too small. It was because other bodies had been found of similar size, and they didn't want to open the floodgates.

Actually the only criterion for planethood that Pluto doesn't fulfil, is that it has not "cleared it's neighbouring region".

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Look, what's that over there? Sophos nips Windows DNS DLL false positive in the bud

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So sounds like a case of "Small earthquake, not many dead"

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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I don't think it's as simple as marketing guys calling something fibre when it's not.

In the old days it was copper all the way to the exchange (or aluminium I guess). Then FTTC came along and they needed a way to describe it.

There is some fibre in there, where there wasn't before. So they call it Fibre, and mostly it's a couple of times faster than ADSL. I don't recall many people complaining. Then along came FTTP which is more fibre and even faster. So now the old fibre should be called partial fibre or something perhaps?

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Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?

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Re: If only...

"Can't they put the signal boxes on the same network?"

I hope not! I know the signals fail regularly but we need them to be at least theoretically better than the rubbish train wifi.

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Re: If only...

"Am I the only one to get the HHGTTG reference?"

No.. Thanks for confirming my memory!

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Re: If only...

"Life is a bit more nuanced"

I think he was making a joke, and possibly one stolen from Douglas Adams (not 100% but I've definitely heard it before)

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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Re: I've got a better solution...

Labelled kitchen jars...it's so you know what they are for when you buy them.

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Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

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Re: Corporate Security

I've worked at several places where they have a system to ask people to "check-in" in the case of such incidents. No tracking involved, just concern for their employees.

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Smartphone pouches

You don't need pouches, just turn off location when you are not on company business.

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Things that make you go hmmm: Do crypto key servers violate GDPR?

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Re: "An email address is unique to a person. "

Just curious what kind of company needs an email group for all the women and for all the men?

I've never heard of such a thing before.

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

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Why is hardware so sensitive?

Disk head crashes I can understand (but don't they auto-park these days?) but what is the reason for so many pieces of hardware failing when the power is cut?

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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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Re: Dear Millennials

"Aren't unpaid internships and being paid thruppence ha'penny a kind of ageism too?"

Kind of. Unpaid work is just plain exploitation.

But the younger tend to get paid less because they are worth less (not "worthless") due to their lesser experience, depending on the area, obviously.

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Re: millennial

"The world is now getting to the point where it is geared up to screw you over and it's got nothing to do with how old you are, your gender or your race. "

It always has been. There's nothing special about this generation's young in that regard.

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Dear Samsung mobe owners: It may leak your private pics to randoms

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Re: Or you're worried about the bill?

It's not texts, it's MMS. Does anyone use them anyway? On the rare occasions that someone tried to send me one, it has hardly ever worked properly. Doesn't everyone use WhatsApp or something similar?

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The Notch contagion is spreading slower than phone experts thought

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The SD card slot obviously

I like the way you think!

Edit: Changed the icon from thumbs up to a beer. Well it is hot weather here.

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Re: Notch isn't so bad

"I'd only seen ads for iPhone screen replacement and people on public transport using iPhones with cracked screens"

That's my experience too. My hypothesis is that a large part of the iPhone market overlaps with the set of people who treat their phone with less respect than a miniature high performance computer made of fragile materials deserves. ie. the young, they've been brought up with them being a normal part of life, not a new high-tech gadget, and treat them accordingly, like a toaster. Familiarity breeds, if not contempt, then indifference.

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Not the CEO

Seems to me that it's not the CEO insisting on this but those one or two steps below.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled

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Can't afford to resign?

Surely resignation looks better on the CV. How does resigning cost more than being fired for breaching policy?

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Nintendo Labo: After a day spent fiddling with flaps, you may be ready to, er, Lego

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Re: only nintendo

Did you read the article?

You're paying for the software.

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Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

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specific glue

The problem here is thinking it's "glue" and substituting some other strong glue. It's not really, as you said it melts the plastic surfaces together.

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(Cryptographically) sign me up! Android to take bad app checks offline

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Re: I don't understand why we need App Stores

"Steam, GOG, Windows Store, Itunes, etc, etc, etc"

This does not invalidate the fact that Windows, Dos etc. DID manage for decades without one.

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Go to run it and it says invalid license and exits.

I would imagine that in fact it will present you with dire warnings of all the terrible things that could happen if you continue, but will still allow you to run it. A bit like Chrome when you go to a site with a self-signed (or worse, a self-signed and expired) certificate.

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Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

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Re: How about something small

Why does it have to be something available these days? My watch was bought about 23 years ago, it's still fine, although I have changed the strap a few times.

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Yubico snatched my login token vulnerability to claim a $5k Google bug bounty, says bloke

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AA mystical / religious?

Wow, is this true? I never heard this before.

Never needed them and hope I never will, but that's very surprising.

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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Re: No standard for epochs - @katrinab

"will there be anything outside of museums still using 32-bit Unix time?"

Of course there will. Some will be embedded or control systems built by suppliers who no longer exist. Those will be the big problems, because the users won't even be aware that a problem is coming.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: Keyboard ecosystems

Come Monday, a good shake to remove the remaining dust...

And the ants!

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Pedant Alert

"The sections of the A1 called "A1(M)" are of sufficiently motorway-like character that the law treats them as motorways (e.g. no stopping, no bicycles, no L plates except HGVs, etc.)"

And uses the term "Non-Motorway Traffic" on signs directing such vehicles away from it.

I think we can safely say that they are indeed motorways.

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Re: Autopilot == Audi Driver

""20 years ago, I used keep a lookout for BMW X5's"

The BMW X5 was launched in 1999. I know they say that good drivers look a long way ahead."

So it was approximately 20 years ago then. What's your point?

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Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposal

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I think you'll find it's more complicated than that

It's not black and white. It's partly been broken by the freetards who want the latest movies for nothing etc, but also completely abused by extended copyright periods, such as the aforementioned Robert Johnson's music.

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