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* Posts by Mark 85

10669 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

FCC Commissioner slams San Jose mayor for not approving 5G cells… then slams him for approving them

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It's not idiocy

It seems idiocy is contagious.

Not idiocy. It's more of "take the king's shilling, do the king's bidding." Or in this case, take the corporations' money/promises and do the corporations' bidding. The days of consumer watchdog agencies have long passed and we're now in corporate watchdog agency mode.

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Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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Re: The Royal Navy--when we say "blue screen of death"...

No Harpoons there, but in spite of the Bootnotes implication, the ship is armed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Enterprise_(H88) see side bar on the right. At the bottom.

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Bruce Schneier: You want real IoT security? Have Uncle Sam start putting boots to asses

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Re: penalties = tax/bribes

The only penalty that will change behavior is jail time, but without bribes (fines) how would they get rich?

"Why can't we have both, Coleman?" Ok.. seriously... why not both? Double deterrent as the company gets fined (hits the investors) and the board gets jail time. I'd prefer the board gets keelhauling but jail time would work.

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Re: 6 years (and counting) for a fridge

It's not the old Freon anymore. The stuff is supposedly environmentally safe.. and expensive. Horribly expensive.

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Re: America always waits for class action suits

Probably the clients are happy to go along with this since lawyers would do no-win no-fee for class action but would charge them a fee regardless for small claims

Usually, you don't need a lawyer for small claims court in most jurisdictions. And filing fees are most reasonable.

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I've got the key, I've got the secret. I've got the key to another person's DJI drone account: Vids, info left open to theft

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So Open Source is the answer?

I don't see how. Can a third party prove that there's no backdoors in the executable even if the code they give is clean of backdoors? If drone info is stored on their servers, then the government can get all they want without any user knowing anyway. What guarantee can the company make that they aren't pulling the data anyway?

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Bloodbath as Broadcom slashes through CA Technologies personnel

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Is Broadcom trying to mimic the activist investor model where they suck up money, the IP, and then kill off the payroll to finally finish looting the company and dance on the ashes in celebration?

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In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype

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Re: Or, it could be the bleedingly obvious...

The results are only the result of testing. No smoking gun in the form of documents. So is it intentional or just the result of happenstance on time of day by the researchers or it could even be some towers and not all in a given region or owned by a given operator. Then as another commentard has pointed out, this was funded by Google so what restrictions, etc. were placed on the researchers? Too many unanswered questions here in this report.

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Google vows to take claims of sexual assault, harassment seriously, just like privacy

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Eyewash then since it's not a priority?

That seems to be gist of their statements... "future", "next year", etc.

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Oops: Cisco accidentally leaked in-house Dirty COW exploit code with biz conf call software

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and someone neglected to remove it before shipping.

Fire the old pros, hire cheap off-shore. Which is one way of saying: "Hire monkeys, pay them peanuts." So what did they expect would happen?

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UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Re: Windows

So that after hours the station staff can play Candy Crush.

If the OS is as old as some claim, Candy Crush is too new. More like Solitaire.

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Foxconn denies it will ship Chinese factory serf, er, workers into America for new plant

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Re: Wisconsin?

It's where the "new" place will be.

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Wisconsin?

And at the salaries they're offering, I don't see many takers. Especially if these really are "knowledge workers" and not worker-bees. This project just seems doomed to fail and those involved will weasel out of taking the blame for it. It'll be kind of hard to blame this on Obama.

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The Register translates VMware's VMworld Europe 2018 news into plain English – our free guide for every reader

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They understand profit. And since most have 'marketing' or 'sales' experience, they're so used to shoveling out BS as fact, they don't know what's real or not real... only that it's "new and improved".

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So, exactly who is this zero information-content drivel actually for?

The C-suite and their minions. They usually don't understand technobabble but fall for it all the time in a "oh... shiny" sort of way..

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Six lawsuits against FCC's 5G idiocy – that $2bn windfall for telcos – is bundled into one appeals court sueball

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FCC laugh of the day

and the FCC claims this will free up billions of dollars that the telcos will then invest back into building out the network.

And they said that with a straight face.

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International politicos line up to get shot down by Facebook

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Re: Offices

Don't think that would work as probably all the evidence paperwork is in the home office, in a safe, behind a locked door in the basement, etc. etc.

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Lucky, lucky, Westminster residents: Who better to look after your housing benefits than Capita?

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Re: Fewer Things Better

We will do fewer things and less well than we are now!

As long as the board and stockholders are happy, nothing else matters.

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Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes

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New strategy?

This reminds of the old joke about the kid selling lemonade for $100 a glass. He only had to sell one in order to buy the bike he wanted. Maybe Dell thinks this is a example to follow?

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Cisco swings the axe on permanent staff – hundreds laid off worldwide this week

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“Over the last several years, we have been transforming Cisco to deliver even greater value to our customers board and stockholders,” a Cisco spokesperson told The Register in an email.

I think this was mis-written by Cisco... fixed it for them.

We really do need a greedy bastard icon....

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Web Foundation launches internet hippie manifesto: 'We've lost control of our data, it is being used against us'

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Re: "different [IP] each and every time I reconnect..."

Again, people need to consider what is more important to them, the "ease and popularity" of prostituting themselves to the likes of Google and Facebook, or the "hard work" of living independently in freedom.

Any one want to bet on which will happen? People want "independence" but want someone else to do the hard work or pay for it. They will give away all their data so they can have online friends easily. We, El Reg readers, are not the target audience here. We know too much and are a minority.

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The nights are drawing in. Pour a cup of cocoa and join us for Windows 10 Autumnwatch

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Testers?

Maybe the delay is because Microsoft has to hire back their Test Department? I know, I'm dreaming.. why pay staff when customers will do it for you.. I'll get my coat.

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Russia inches closer to launching a crew again while NASA waits for a delivery from Germany

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Re: send the Orion-ESM combo beyond the Moon to check it out

Some of us prefer the bright side as the cheese is all nicely melted and perfect for dipping.

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Facebook quietly admits role in Myanmar killing fields – but fret not, it will do better next time

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Death, destruction, and hate posts..... situation normal.

Revenues from advertisers obviously takes priority over people at FB. Everything else, not so much.

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Lloyds Banking Group: We're firing 6,240 to hire 8,240

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Re: Experience go bye bye

And that spells savings profit and bonuses for management .

FTFY

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Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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Re: This won't end well...

This does have all the sense of randomly knocking on people's doors in the middle of the night. Some might be friendly but most will irritated and some percentage will be armed.

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US draft bill moots locking up execs who lie about privacy violations

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Re: I voted for him.

Judging by what's getting downvoted, I suspect more than few corporate shills are reading El Reg today.

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It won't matter what the people since we're just dumb voters. What's really important is what the companies want especially those with deep pockets.

Wyden seems to be one of the few elected officials who actually thinks and understands tech and privacy. Sadly, those CongressCritters who are puppets to the corporates will make sure this bill gets buried and never, ever dug up.

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30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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Re: Face facts

You can go to @realdonaldtrump to read his tweet denying that he uses an iPhone to tweet, which says at the bottom “iPhone app”.

But the hype of the myth that "all Apple products are secure" still runs rampant. I guese his Trumpiness believes it.

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Re: oxymoronic

But... robots.txt can be ignored and most likely is ignored by Google. Profits over privacy, etc.

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Re: Commander-In-Chief to blame

The political system in the US has been hijacked by a modern day praetorian guard who think they know how to run things better then the politicians

I'm not sure about the political system being owned by them, but since the politicians are self-absorbed by politics and self interest, there was a vacuum created in the power structure. Since nature abhors a vacuum, the three-letter agencies have been sucked into the job. This good for them as it ensures budget and minimal oversight.

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Re: How long has Goggle supported boolean operators ?

They still have advanced search (https://www.google.com/advanced_search) even though it's not showing on the menu(s). Boolean still works also even though there's no trace that I can find on the search page. They used to have those options via links on the front page and dropdown menu.

I guess they don't want people using those features to filter out the ads.

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'Privacy is a human right': Big cheese Sat-Nad lays out Microsoft's stall at Future Decoded

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Re: Eco credentials?

If they dumped the slurpage, storage, and processing of all the data they collect, they could probably shut down a few data centers. Turning off the power would solve the heat dissipation problem and also save some energy generation pollution and the heat being generated by the power plants.

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Re: Man, that's hilarious!

They say they value privacy and yet Win10 pumps ads. If they weren't using out data, then the ads should be "random" and not targeted. Are they "random"? Do we trust M$ enough to believe them?

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Google logins make JavaScript mandatory, Huawei China spy shock, Mac malware, Iran gets new Stuxnet, and more

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Re: So not, Google

"'googleanalytics' - who needs that again?"

Google and their customers who want to sling ads at users.

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'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat

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Re: words or actions.

Where the fuck did we lose our way here in the US? Because something is badly broken ...

Maybe it's time to revisit the Revolution and the Constitution? The opening "When in the course of human events...." is a good starting point.

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Re: It's Missouri

There's several dead presidents that never finished their first term thus they would be eligible for a two terms. Maybe that's not such a bad idea...

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Talk about Micron-aggression: US charges Chinese biz, staff over DRAM chip secrets theft

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Re: The real question

Given the current state of affairs in China, China doesn't recognize US patents or any other countries patents. Only Chinese citizens can file patents in China. However, that's part of the trade war (a small part) goals by the US.

So the answer currently is a resounding "NO!!!".

Update... should have read more comments before responding see Uncle Ron's comments below for more on this.

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£220k fines for dodgy dialling duo who didn't do due dil on data

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Re: Deterrant?

The only real deterrent is to take they out behind the shed. Maybe once would be enough. The fines are a "cost of doing business" so they'll either quickly file bankruptcy or just pay the fine and do it again.

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Supreme Court raises eyebrows at Google's cozy $8.5m legal deal

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Re: The Bret thing

Have an upvote for that.

The catch here is the guy is a Justice. There's 3 sides to this.. The Dems, the Repubs, and what actually occurred. So everyone knows there was something shady including Congress. Sadly, we, the people have to deal with it or change things. So.. let's just see how he does his job. If he crosses the line he'll either be hounded out of that position. Not a perfect system, but it's the one we have.

Disclaimer: I hate political games as much as the next person as those games cloud the issues. Some will think the Justice is scum, others not but that's were we are today in a highly political environment. Hopefully it will change and the people will see through the politicians games and BS and elect something we haven't seen in a while: some statesmen who have the nations interest at heart and not their parties' interest.

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This one weird trick turns your Google Home Hub into a doorstop

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So the device to control and secure one's home isn't secure. They why have it? Icon fits this revelation.

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US government charges two Chinese spies over jet engine blueprint theft

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Maybe we need an article about what company hasn't been hacked by the Chinese? Seems like China owns everyone's data by now.

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Microsoft claims Office 364 back to business as usual. Oh no it isn't, say suffering sysadmins

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What does one expect from MS? Seriously? I guess the Win10 philosophy of "break it again and let the customers, errr, testers find it" applies now to Office. Where will it spread to next?

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We're Zuckers for a sequel: Brit MPs' battle to grill Facebook boss continues

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Re: Zuck just doesn't give a...

More than likely he doesn't know squat about how FB works or even who is running certain areas. He's the guy in charge making the big bucks, so he has a ton of minions to deal with all that. After reading a few of his pronouncements and listening to him (briefly) in front of Congress, he's either just a front man or the "not knowing" is a act.

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Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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Potential bomb handling method?

The actions of the authorities seems troubling... They're called to a potential bomb scene. Pick up the "bomb" and take to be x-rayed. Look at the x-ray. Take "bomb" to open field. Tie rope to "bomb" and give it a good pull.

Seems weird this day and age. Seems more likely they'd check in situ and determine if it can be moved.

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Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Re: Superbly minted and crafted puns oh my.

Also, you owe me a slightly used keyboard.

Takk,

Maerc

The article points out where you can find a large pile of keyboards...

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Intel hits target: 27% of staffers are female? Apparently that's 'full representation'

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Re: Equal opportunity, encouragement and non-discrimination, not quotas please...

I do agree mostly. Quotas are never a good idea unless it's only a "target". The best person for the job should be the criteria. Here in the States, we've had the "quota" thing for decades for various "minorities". Did they work? Not completely. Many times it boiled down to getting the quota rather than the best person for the position.

There has to be a better way but damned if I know what it is. Apparently, companies don't know either.

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Boffins have fabricated microscopic sci-fi tractor beams for real

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One sucks, the other just seems to hold things in place and can move them back and forth, apparently. Maybe we need to consult Paris?

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Bird, Lime, and Xiaomi face scooter sueball

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Re: Austin -- Not just Austin

The problem(s) seem to be many with these things. They're really too small to drive in the street and be seen by motorists especially if they zip in and out of traffic. They're also too fast for sidewalk use where there's heavy foot traffic. Both drivers and pedestrians do dumb things like suddenly stop or vehicles suddenly change lanes.

Do they require the "driver" to have a driver's license? Or a license with a motorcycle validation? If not, they should.

While it's commendable that they think it's good for the environment, there's just too many unanswered questions. The cities are also at fault to some degree as they don't really have dedicated lanes for bicycles much less these things.

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