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3412 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Amazon’s Snowball snowballs as Google's clone gets real and IBM's comes to Europe

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"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway"

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GitLab's move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft's GitHub acquisition. Yep

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Re: How?

"Azure and to a lesser degree AWS"

Sure.

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Chrome sends old Macs on permanent Safari: Browser bricks itself

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One in twenty users?

According to StatCounter, 3.4% of Macs still run Mavericks, and 1.6% are even on Snow Leopard (link).

Then again, StatCounter data has been known to be highly questionable. For instance, they claim Google owns 66% of the search engine market share in Korea (link), and that's... dubious... to say the least.

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So you're doing an IoT project. Cute. Let's start with the basics: Security

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Nice guys finish last

The problem is that if you take the time to solve the security issues and make sure that you don't access too much data, your project is one generation late to the market. Then you are fighting an uphill battle to grab customers who are all looking for the latest shiny and don't know – or care – about security issues.

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Facebook sends lowly minions to placate Euro law makers over data-slurp scandal

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It is unsightly that politicians are trying to shore up their self-esteem by insisting they should talk to a famous person rather than a competent one.

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US Supreme Court blocks internet's escape from state sales taxes

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Re: Death and Taxes

The American solution is that companies will offer an online service to figure out what is exactly the tax rate for any item sold, depending on the positions of the customer and the store, the type of item, the day of the year, the phase of the moon, etc.

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Re: Er ....

The US sales tax system is a real mess. It would be completely fine if states charged different sales tax, but you have tons of local taxes, city taxes, weird taxes that apply to this side of the street and not the other, and even: Tax holidays, which are periods of a few days during which a certain sales tax is reduced or eliminated... But only for certain items.

For instance, in Connecticut, you don't have to pay the state sales tax if you buy clothes during the third week of August.

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JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?

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Re: News sites should pay the aggregators.

Overall, aggregators appear to cost content providers significantly.

Then make the aggregators illegal, or force them to pay like Spain did. When Google shut down their news service in Spain, I suspect it was good for the largest media, where people would naturally turn to if they have no aggregator available. On the other hand, it was probably bad for smaller sites.

However, one thing I am certain is: If Google and providers would negotiate a price for showing articles in Google news, the providers would end up paying money for it.

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Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering

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Re: Title

Some employers know that their employees are posting on the Reg. The employees would like to freely comment, even when they disagree with their employer.

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Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

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Re: Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

Precisely! The Chinese cannot get the Google experience, so that's where there is an opening!

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Apple hauled into US Supreme Court over, no, not ebooks, patents, staff wages, keyboards... but its App Store

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Really? You are on the App store, owned and controlled by Apple, and there is no way you can buy anything from the app-maker except through Apple. When I am buying on the Playstore, I certainly feel I am buying from Google.

In fact, I am not entirely sure that app makers even know my name. Most of the time, I expect they just receive their percentage payment from Apple and they have no idea who has installed their apps.

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'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales

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Re: Emacs

Shame there's no good text editor though!

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DeepMind Health told to explain business model, relationship to Google

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Wow

That's a pretty tall order, coming from an independent panel appointed by the company itself.

For the health data, it might be enough to just store it in AWS instead of Google? I doubt it's a significant amount of money, and at least, it would calm down the people who think Google will covertly use it for advertising.

I wonder if Oracle could appoint an independent panel that would ask them not to lock customers in!

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Swiss cops will 'tolerate' World Cup rabble-rousers – for 60 minutes

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Re: Sensible

The very end of the document shows that they do have some sense of humour.

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You should probably see a doctor.

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Re: It's simple: open STANDARDS

"The good thing with standards is that there's so many you can choose from."

There have been various Google-free Androids, starting with CyanogenMod. The problem is that to be successful these past years, you had to be fast. Mobile phones have evolved a lot, from the camera tricks to the fingerprint sensors. If your software couldn't keep pace, you disappeared. Lose one season, run out of money.

I believe that it is simply not possible at the moment for standards to evolve fast enough to keep up with the technology. If you wait for the standard to exist, you're already one year behind the proprietary solutions of the Apples, Googles and WeChats. Then nobody wants your phone, and nobody even wants to build it.

The big ones are essentially at war with each other for customers. You might be able to raise an army, but if your army makes tactical decisions by committee, there's no way to win.

There's a glimmer of hope: The pace of evolution seems to be slowing down, with less hardware features being added. If there's a moment of pause, it might be possible for an alternative to catch up. Fingers crossed...

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Re: Sounds good

It might well be that a EU ruling would force Google to make a viable alternative available.

On the online shopping case, the EU did not dictate a solution; they just gave a huge fine, and warned that the huge fines would keep coming unless Google found a solution to the issue they had created...

The way I see it, the Android case is much simpler. People can actually articulate what would be necessary to have a Google-free Android. They just need to tell Google to do it.

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ICANN pays to push Whois case to European Court of Justice

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Re: Time for a song

we need a popcorn icon

I have found that the beer icon works well for this purpose.

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So what happens when inevitably their money runs out because of mismanagement and corruption? They ask for a bailout?

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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easy come, easy go

Mama, life had just begun

But now I've gone and thrown it all away

Gallileo, Gallileo

Gallileo, Gallileo

Anyway the wind blows

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Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposal

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Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers"

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EU-US Privacy Shield not up to snuff, data tap should be turned off – MEPs

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No shit Sherlock

The EU will either have to admit they cannot protect the privacy of their citizens, or grow some balls and demand from all US companies to only store private data in EU-owned datacenters.

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Trump kept ZTE alive as ‘personal favour’ to Chinese president Xi

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Re: Even if he were a perfectly well-behaved excellent negotiator...

pre-established rules that would apply identically to everybody?

Ha ha ha ha... Wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder: HAA HAA HAA...

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British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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WTF?

Re: More inclusive?

Non vegans will NOT be represented by that salad

Seriously?

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Re: More inclusive?

They should give people the possibility to add eggs to the salad using a zero-width joiner!

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Google freezes Android P: Get your shoes on, tire-kicking devs

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Unlike Apple?

It didn't seem possible to me to set a supervised account on an iPad without creating an account for the child.

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G Suite admins need to RTFM – thousands expose internal emails

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Alert

When enough people make a mistake, it stops being a user issue, and it becomes a UI issue. Maybe putting a big warning sign on the option would be enough to solve most of the issue.

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You have suffered without red-headed emoji for too long. That changes Tuesday

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I demand moustaches and beards!

How can I properly express myself without handlebars on my emojis??

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Facebook stockholders tell Zuck to reform voting rules as data scandal branded 'human rights violation'

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Re: Meh

Well yeah. There's things in life that cannot be bought, such as love, or control of Facebook. That's a fact that outsiders should have known from the start. It makes no sense to complain about it.

Outsiders shares give no power, but they do give money. Well, theoretically; in practice they don't give dividends, so you only make money from them if you sell them higher than you bought. Luckily, the actions are at a historic high, so if you don't like the voting arrangement you can sell them right now.

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Whois? Whowas. So what's next for ICANN and its vast database of domain-name owners?

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We don't have a popcorn icon

So the beer will have to do. Anyway, it's Friday.

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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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Technically, the media is plural

The singular is medium. Look, if people can annoy me by saying that "data" is plural, I see no reason to hold back myself.

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One year late, US senators act on fake net neutrality comments that drowned the FCC

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Meh

Pai is not going to react to such a polite letter. The only thing he might listen to is a cut to the FCC budget... And that might not even be enough, considering he's probably looking to his future cushy sinecure more than his current job.

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You've got to be kitten: Vet recruiter told to pay £1k after pinching info from ex-employer

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Happy

Nice to see that people do want to hire veterans!

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Great Scott! Bitcoin to consume half a per cent of the world's electricity by end of year

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Wonderful

It's amazing to think people might soon start using global warming as a reason to make bitcoin mining illegal.

It has happened four times since 2011 that the bitcoin price went 10x in a few months. If it does that again, it's going to have such an impact that I think governments will intervene.

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Brit prosecutors fined £325k after losing unencrypted vids of police interviews

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"Lost"

I think you mean, was stolen.

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Zuck to meet Euro MPs for ‘please explain’ session

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Re: How about...?

Do it. Chicken!

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Boffins urge Google to drop military deal after Googlers storm out over AI-based super-drones

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But... Money...

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Oracle tells tales about Google data slurps to Australian regulator

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Oracle playing the Knight in shining armor

They also told the world about Google recording the cell mast the phone is connected to:

https://www.theregister.co.uk//2017/11/22/google_oracle_location_privacy/

Were it any other company than Oracle, you'd think they're trying to act for the public good! However, since it's Oracle, I can only conclude they're still pissed off about Java.

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Cisco cancels all YouTube ads, then conceals cancellation

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Google does claim that they try to remove unintentional clicks. Who knows how hard they try?

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Bombshell discovery: When it comes to passwords, the smarter students have it figured

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Corellations? Are those related to Corellian freighters?

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Cool

That means if I get a better password, my grades will go up, right?

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FCC sets a record breaking $120m fine for rude robocalls

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The FCC listens to consumer complaints now?

Last I heard, they called it DOS attack.

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Waymo robo-taxis to accept fares in Arizona in 2018

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I for one am looking towards having a self-driving car. It probably can't happen until I'm retired, due to various things like snow and European roads being probably more difficult to handle than those of Phoenix, but it's still something to look forward to.

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JEDI mind tricks: Brakes slammed on Pentagon's multibillion cloud deal

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Oracle lobbying in action?

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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Twitter signs for Google cloud at list price of about $10m a month

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I suspect Google is deliberately encouraging the multi-cloud strategy. If they manage to get everybody to use two or three clouds, they become relevant again.

It's self-serving, but I think we shouldn't complain. The APIs get more compatible, and the risk of lock-in is smaller.

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GoDaddy exiles altright.com after civil rights group complaint

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Re: Human rights

Ultimately, there is a point to what Timmy is saying. If you're a baker, you're not allowed to refuse baking a cake for a gay wedding, but you're allowed to refuse baking a cake which says "Hang all the N***"

And Timmy doesn't get why those cases are treated differently by the law.

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Publishers tell Google: We're not your consent lackeys

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This is way too technical for me

Can someone give a simple example of what is going on? What Google wants the websites to do, and what the websites want Google to do?

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Re: I am Shocked I Tell You.......

Untouched landscapes tend to be smaller tracts of land...

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Scammers use Google Maps to skirt link-shortener crackdown

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Re: Links are already short

The IP address is not guaranteed to always point at the same website, and many websites can have the same IP address.

In any case, the path after the domain name is often much longer than the domain name.

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Supreme Court to dig into Google's very cosy $8.5m deal with lawyers over web search leak

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Re: Classic that they missed the most honest solution..

The reason the payment was so low is that the data "leak" was rather trivial.

It used to be that when you clicked on a Google result, the target website would automatically receive as referer link the URL of the Google results page. Now this is pretty much exactly what the referer link was defined for. The problem is that the URL of the results page contains your search query, and so the target website would learn the search query that had returned their website.

For instance, if you searched for "nytimes" and clicked on the New York Times website, the New York Times would know you had just searched for "nytimes". And the porn site would know the exact fetish which had brought you to them.

I guess people didn't thought about privacy when they defined the referer link in HTTP, but now it would be a non-starter. In any case, that's why Google ended up having to pay so little.

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