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9273 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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In my case it's my fucking bank leaking my email address (I have a unique one just for the bank).

They also say that due to GDPR they won't be able to transfer money from another bank by direct debit, which was a fairly common way of doing it in Spain as it sidestepped tranfer fees from the other bank. I guess it was fine when they were growing as they needed the customers but now they're king of the hill it's just another costly service they wanted to get rid of and "because GDPR" was a nice excuse.

Go to another bank, you say? There really is no choice, they're all as shit as Sabadell.

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Best Viewed with Internet Explorer 4?

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Re: Am I mistaken?

It applies to all businesses processing EU citizens data.

So in the EU every organisation will be GDPR complaint, even for the US visitor.

Outside the EU I guess few will bother about checking everyone's nationality, but if they want business from EU citizens in the EU they will become GDPR compliant for everyone everywhere.

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Android daddy Andy Rubin's Essential axes handset, is 'actively shopping itself' – report

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If it were anyone other than Google who bought Android, Inc...

... I doubt they'd have had the same business model (subsidise it forever and run everyone else into the ground) and Android would have been one choice out of several. It was pretty terrible until relatively recently and the only way it's survived is due to its price tag.

Perhaps if Google hadn't bought Android, Essential would have had more of a chance.

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Re: that isn’t free choice

Google's business model doesn't require slurping to fling adverts.

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You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

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Re: Wondering why...

Maybe Kieren didn't see the funny side this time as regular commentards know his home is full of these things. Right know if I were in that position I'd be getting rid on all of them, a sort of modern-day version of the end of Poltergeist.

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Reds under your bed

And in your Echo.

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Re: Anyone dumb enough

Lol.

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Re: Anyone dumb enough

prior to my S9 Google was set to only listen when I pushed a button telling it that it was allowed to listen.

Nothing can go wrong there.

Uninstall or disable all Google apps except Play and Services, remove microphone, location, and camera permission from those and pray they don't alter the deal further.

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Some more creepiness for you

Google Duplex sounds human when it calls to book appointments - Google Duplex will disclose that people may be recorded during conversations

This appears to be something that allows things to be booked or ordered via a Google app or website and it rings the business in question and talks to the person to book or order whatever it is.

There's a recording in the link. I hope any business puts the phone down on the Googlebot when it calls, if they can tell the difference (apparently only those places where they are legally obliged to say their call is being recorded).

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Re: Great move Amazon

If they refund their money, Amazon won't be able to say no to everyone else who will want to return their wiretaps as well.

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As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Re: unexpected honesty

Given the major stories each one has broken and the work that went into producing each one, the Grauniad and the Heil aren't exactly equivalent...

You can also argue the public has lost respect of the journalists given some of opinion pieces and straight made-up bollocks that is passed off as news.

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Mobile app devs have, oh, about 9 hours left to decide whether to stay on Google's ad platform

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Re: Facebook

Seems like there's no difference between Facebook and Google, except Google's made developers show a dialog box so it looks like the developers have a responsibility for something, which they don't because Google have defined themselves as the data controller. They can't have it both ways.

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Re: Wow look at this !

On Tumblr you have to click Manage, Manage, show and show, then individually disable each one.

On Forbes, you can't comment unless you accept advertising cookies.

They both need better lawyers.

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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Perhaps, if GNOME started gathering some basic data on a larger scale about how people use GNOME the project would make different decisions.

Doubt it, if you take the other example (Firefox) it turned into competition between UXers to see how they could out-stupid each other, using metrics to justify their decisions where they could and ignoring them where they couldn't.

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Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

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Re: 460MB of code?!

What's changed? Nowadays if you wanted to make a native-looking multiplatform app you'd have the Qt libraries on both systems.

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Kids and the web latest: 'Won't somebody please think of the children!' US Congresscritters plead

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Re: Well thats one way to up the social media entry age.

In some ways you have to be thankful for US social media companies believing COPPA applies everywhere, because the UK didn't do a damn thing. If they applied UK law to UK residents then it would have been a free-for-all from age 0.

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Re: Yes, because we all know how well laws work....

Read their T&Cs for Europe - they have COPPA cut-n-pasted into them courtesy of the firm belief that the only law which applies is USA law and it is universal.

So much this.

And they can replace that with GDPR. The boot's on the other foot now.

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Servers crashed and burned. So, Qualcomm's back to Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V'ing Arm cores into phones

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classifying food snapped in pics

Obligatory: Not a hot dog.

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'Clive, help us,' say empty-handed ZX Spectrum reboot buyers

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The court might be in a position to siphon back the money that Levy siphoned off to his other companies.

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Not even the QL was late by two years.

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Re: Software problems now

It seems they had gained the rights for the Vega but nobody (or nearly nobody) was paid, so now programmers are explicitly stating RCL don't have rights for the Vega+ just in case RCL claim they have the rights for the Vega line of consoles.

Maybe this is part of the reason for a Vega+ V2.

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Senator Kennedy: Why I cast my Senate-busting vote for net neutrality

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Re: Does not compute

They wouldn't bar you from calling specific people or businesses unless you and and whoever you were calling paid a special fee.

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Re: Does not compute

A utility company would not be able to add artificial restrictions to their supply and remove them if the customer pays a special fee.

So if the Internet is to be treated like a necessity (which it probably is these days), paying extra to unlock certain parts of it goes against that.

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Does not compute

"Cable companies that provide internet access contend that in a free market, so long as they disclose it, they should have the right to control their product including which websites download quickly, which websites download slowly and which don't download at all... in principle, I agree with that" followed by "Internet is a necessity: it's like water, it's like electricity it's like a telephone".

How does the first part tally with the second part? A necessity shouldn't have artificial restrictions unless you pay more to make it work the way it was supposed to in the first place.

It's nice he's decided not to follow the party line (we scratch their backs and later on they'll scratch ours), but I still can't follow his argument.

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GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We'll extend Europe's privacy rights worldwide

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Re: Cynical, me?

GDPR applies to companies inside the EU and companies that deal with EU citizens' data.

If $BIGUSCORP isn't caught by its shoebox office in Luxembourg or Ireland then it's caught because it's processing data from EU citizens.

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Re: Msft Employee Perspective

But it's all for nought if on Windows itself the privacy options are opt-out and you must give up PII to use it.

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Re: I'm wary of geeks bearing gifts

If there's one thing I wouldn't buy it's an Android TV.

Apart from the usual Android privacy problems, it's fairly unreliable on Sony's TVs. I don't know if that's down to Sony or Google.

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Presto chango, crypto buyo: You're travelling like El Reg's gang of nerds

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Re: .

Posting history of one post. Perhaps you intend to spin up 1000 El Reg accounts to convince people?

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Posting history of one post. Keep digging, I'll lend you a spade.

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Re: All these flames - There's More

Up there it would apparently be easy to spin up 1000 e-mail addresses so a Facebook account is needed. Now down here it's apparently easy to spin up 1000 Facebook accounts so your photo album is needed.

It's stunts like this that brought about GDPR in the first place.

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Re: Seriously, guys?

El Reg: When commentards say they don't have a Facebook account, they really don't.

If I need to confirm I've received my Scorchiocoin™, what's wrong with clicking link sent through e-mail?

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Military brainboxes ponder 'UK needs you' list of AI boffins

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amanfromMars is writing MoD press releases now?

"The whole system could be built on a federated, disaggregated and self-organising peer-to-peer command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) network – effectively a combat cloud. Such a system should be able to draw on reachback access to cloud-based servers, but be capable of resilient operation provided by command and control applications across a variety of in-theatre platforms. From an operator’s perspective such a system will handle user requests for information and data passage as an intelligent assistant service."

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'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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Re: 3 more days people

Wileyfox/Yandex Zen?

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Banking apps are pretty bad themselves when it comes to permissions.

Doesn't the mobile website work?

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It's money. If Facebook paid high enough, at least one manufacturer would make the FB app the default launcher.

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10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

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Re: Just wait

Christ, you must be worse at parties than I am.

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Re: Just wait

I didn't even know there were 10 social networks.

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Apple tells app makers to strip VoIP toolkit from iOS software in China

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So what was CallKit doing that was so terrible?

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Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR

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Re: In reality

Thatcher came up with the Single Market, so perhaps it was run for the benefit of the UK too.

But now we've shat the bed, definitely not any more.

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Re: In reality

Are you suggesting that they currently don't pay taxes due to a lack of physical presence and protection due to a foreign sovereignty?

Ate you suggesting no American corporation has been fined before in Europe?

Or maybe they do have to follow laws and can get fined.

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Now that's old-school cool: Microsoft techies slap Azure Sphere IoT chip in an Altair 8800

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Re: Running code in an emulator does not demonstrate backward comaptibility

I think all they've done is publicise how difficult it is to get Windows 10 onto another platform. They they took ages to come up with Windows 10 IoT for the Pi and when they did they came up with a nobbled version (Core). Now they have Windows 10 IoT for the Pi, why couldn't they have flipped a few build switches and targetted this other ARM board instead?

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The harbingers of Doomwatch: Quist is quite the quasi-Quatermass

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There does come a point where the the historical "the way we were"-ness about TV series has some, dare I say it, cultural value and it should be made available on-line. When you've flogged 2000 DVDs of some 70s series, you're not going to flog any more.

I think there's two whole episodes of Micro Live on iPlayer. Why not put the whole lot online? Have BBC marketing decided there's some as yet some unidentified section of the public that wants to buy a box set of one-screen long BBC Basic programs?

News programmes, the whole lot, just put it all up. Perhaps then we might find out that the past isn't as rose-tinted as some would have us believe and it might not be a good idea try and get back to something that doesn't exist.

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What's up with that ZX Spectrum reboot? Still no console

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I believe the demand is that working units have to be in punters' hands by the end of May, not a web page with a bunch of names on it.

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Re: This is a trivial design...

The only problem with the Next I can see is they're still not sure if they're going to do a second run and at the moment there's no way to register your interest. A platform with 4000 or so owners won't have enough momentum long-term.

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Re: This is a trivial design...

They've probably gone with ARM as the Vega was ARM.

Which means the wait is all the more incomprehensible, firmware development should be quick as it would be practically the same as in the Vega.

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Re: New definition for the Oxford English Dictionary

So if you go to the shop you can try to add 5000 Vega+s to the cart and you're told there are only (currently) 4985 left.

So are these 5000-ish units for sale in the online shop the same 5000 units they're promising to their backers? They really shouldn't be, so that means there are another set of 5000 units just for the public, meaning they've made 10000 units in total.

It also seems they have 4974 Vega and Vega+ bundles but if you ask for just a Vega there are only 1974.

It's just a complete load of bollocks.

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How Google's Smart Compose for Gmail works – and did it fake its robo-caller demo?

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"The model was trained on billions of, probably, mundane emails to nail the prediction process."

Phew, just beat the GDPR deadline!

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Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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He was obviously traumatised by Mr Resetti.

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Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

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Re: Forward thinking?

If they're retiring 3G phone sales now, they're thinking of retiring 3G coverage 18 months to 2 years from now. By that time everyone will have had a chance to get a new phone on contract.

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