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  • Mar 25th, 2021 @ 3:57am

    Re:

    Yes, that is technically true ... but still a dick move.

    If you hire a car, and for a not so small price you are offered an "unlimited range" package, you'd be more than a wee bit fucked off if the gearbox automatically locks itself to 1st gear after 100 miles.

  • Mar 19th, 2021 @ 7:40am

    Re:

    • Microsoft.com (sales and support portal all in one)
    • outlook/office365 (used by hundreds of thousands of people globally every day)
    • Hotmail (show it some love)
    • AWS
    • Azure
    • GOG.com
    • Epic(to be more specific Fortnight)
    • Playstation Network
    • XBox Network
    • SalesForce
    • Oracle
    • PayPal
  • Mar 4th, 2021 @ 3:49am

    Time for turnabout perhaps?

    Perhaps there ought to be some organised means of impressing on the corrupt congress-critters in question just how frustrating this is. Of course the difficulty is in finding a common service they all use.

    This is a bit unusual, but I might just have found it ... what about hookers / escort services and the like?

    Oral sex: $25
    Additional below the line charges:

    • Unzipping fee, additional $5. No, it really doesn't unzip itself.
    • Maintenance fee, additional €5. Otherwise known as the "I damn near froze to death wearing next to nothing in December" fee.
    • Environmental fee, additional €5. Otherwise known as the "I see, you're too good to clean up after yourself you asshole" fee.
    • Union dues, additional €5.
    • Union levy, additional $5. For the pimp/madam this time.
    • etc.
  • Feb 25th, 2021 @ 3:01am

    Who is covering their ass here?

    I suspect this is less about the officers, that shouldn't be permitted protect a wet paper bag from catching fire let alone carry a firearm in public, and more about protecting the higher ranks.

    The higher ranks that regularly exonerate the bad apples on review board. The higher ranks that divert complaints down dead ends so they never reach a review board, etc. The higher ranks that lean on the good, or at least indifferent, apples in the ranks to stay quiet.

  • Feb 23rd, 2021 @ 4:24am

    Re: Re: Re:

    If little Timmy has gone to bed then turn off the WiFi. Yes, I know I'm a cruel bastard :-)

  • Feb 22nd, 2021 @ 7:45am

    Re: Re:

    "That's their culture" No it's not. It's immature people behaving badly out of hearing or line-of-site of a responsible adult.

    No way would 13 year old Timmy scream "I f##ked your mom in the ass last night" while playing Fortnite/Gears/CS GO on the PC/PS/XBox in the living room while his own dear mother/father was sitting 6 feet away watching [insert relevant soap opera or home improvement show]. At least not if Timmy's parental figures had a scrap of manners and cared a damn about little Timmy.

  • Feb 18th, 2021 @ 6:57am

    Facial Recognition alone or ??

    I'd like to see the breakdown of how much of the stated successes were only possible to catch via facial recognition alone? How many of them would have been detected at a point where documentation was checked, fingerprints scanned, etc.

    I suspect the actual success numbers are probably even lower than what has been stated when the rest of the detection mechanisms are taken into account.

  • Jan 20th, 2021 @ 8:54am

    Translation?

    "We believe privacy is paramount"

    Possible translation?
    Privacy is paramount for the owners of this site, not for the users. The owners of the site will use the info gathered on the users of the site in their plea-bargain to avoid jail time.

  • Jan 13th, 2021 @ 4:09am

    (untitled comment)

    "It's quite ridiculous for her now to complain that companies are doing what she and her government have been demanding all along."

    I suspect her complaint isn't really about Twitter banning The Tangerine Panda, it's the fact a private company did so without being instructed to do so by her / any government. I think she sees this action as the thin end of the wedge and can see that this may potentially limit what she can say / communicate on a private platform in the future.

  • Dec 1st, 2020 @ 2:54am

    Spelling?

    Controversial? I'm pretty sure that's not how you spell the word corrupt. Is this one of those UK English spelling versus US English spelling situations? :-)

  • Nov 11th, 2020 @ 3:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Any system, no matter how perfect, MUST take the human element into account. Otherwise it's just a farce waiting to happen:

    https://www.theregister.com/2006/02/06/greece_mobile_snooping_scandal/
    https://www.theregist er.com/2007/09/07/ericsson_fine_greek_phonetap/

    Unfortunately I can't find the original article that broke down the details of the heist (pity, it was a great read) but it went something like this ...

    An unknown party (they were never caught as far as I know) got someone to write a software patch for the legally required lawful intercept system (the system by which wiretaps are performed) in the Ericsson equipment. This system was a tightly guarded secret in Ericsson, no more than a few dozen people had access and knowledge to be able to write the patch. It's not clear whether they used current/former Ericsson staff to write the patch or somehow got their hands on the source code, etc. and wrote the patch without inside knowledge but with a lot of trial and error. Regardless of how they wrote the patch it worked exceptionally well.

    They then acquired access credentials for Vodafone Greece control sites to give them access to some core exchange equipment. They then installed the patch, not clear if it was done remotely or whether they actually entered the control room and applied the patch in person. They cleaned up any record of themselves so it's not clear the exact date on which all this happened.

    The patch allowed them to invisibly use the lawful intercept system ... no records in the logs, no notice/warning on control center screen, as far as the system was concerned there were no intercepts running. The patch created a clone of the target phone-call in real-time and sent a digital stream of the conversation to one of a number of burner phones.

    The entire thing went unnoticed for it's full duration, about a year. It was only discovered after the fact when a legitimate software update was applied and it clashed with the illegal patch causing the update to fail. The sytem in question allowed temporary patches to be loaded, which would then be overwritten by an official update (this allowed operators to remedy an issue without waiting for an official update). The update failed as the code and data it was designed to run against in that part of the system had been altered by the illegal patch.

    The investigation into the failed update uncovered the illegal patch and that was when the scale of the heist started to be uncovered.

  • May 13th, 2020 @ 7:38am

    UltraViolet

    It looks like they learned all the lessons from the failure of UltraViolet and promptly threw them in the trash.

  • May 12th, 2020 @ 3:05am

    I'm sure it will be simple and uncomplicated ...

    "In addition, the startup said it was implementing an “opt-out mechanism” to allow people to exclude photos from its database."

    I'm certain they will take inspiration from the Hitch-hikers Guide To The Galaxy and make the opt-out process as reasonable and straightforward as viewing the planning notice for destroying the earth from the aforementioned book.

  • May 7th, 2020 @ 2:02am

    Lack of evidence?

    What are the odds that the lack of evidence of any unathorised access is due to the fact it has no proper monitoring or logging function? There should have been evidence of access from either/both the Censys.io search engine or the security researcher at a minimum.

  • May 6th, 2020 @ 6:17am

    Re: No surprise

    Not just profit, it's about short-term profit. Make all the money now and ignore any obvious, predictable consequences in the longer term ... even if it leads to customers turning away from your service in some form or another.

  • Apr 15th, 2020 @ 8:18am

    What is the legal basis for this decision?

    Is there something weird in US laws that differentiates between intentional actions that cause such damage and accidental damage that is the foundation for this decision?

    For example a cop car in pursuit of a suspect accidentally collides with a civilian vehicle, cop engaged in a foot pursuit breaks someone's back-yard fence while climbing over it, etc. How is the liability in such cases handled? Is it consistent with this decision?

  • Jan 30th, 2020 @ 9:11am

    Re: Section 230 will die if Facebook and Twitter won't change

    You have demonstrated a fundamental failing commonly seen amongst proponents of section 230 needing to be limited or removed entirely.

    It is NOT FB's or Twitter's content.

    It is their USERS content.

    The content served up by FB, Twitter, YouTube, etc. is the very definition of user generated content (UGC). That includes the adverts, etc. as that content is generated by users, the only difference being that they are paying users (advertisers, snake-oil salesmen, etc.) unlike the rest of us average Joes.

    I genuinely didn't think the concept was difficult to grasp, but f##king Hell, some people make me facepalm so hard about this that I may need corrective surgery for a broken nose.

  • Oct 25th, 2019 @ 8:10am

    How did this ever start?

    This judgement is quite sensible and long overdue in my opinion but I'm puzzled as to how it got so bad in the first place.

    In Ireland we have something similar and the authority to seize criminal assets resides solely in the hands of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB). They have to go to a judge with the list of assets, get it approved before they can actually seize anything. Some criminals have appealed the seizures but not once has a seizure been overturned to the best of my knowledge.

    Outside of CAB nobody has the authority to do this and it has been fairly successful in so far as it crippled some drug gangs. Power vacuums meant new gangs rise up to take their place but overall asset seizure has helped remove some criminals from the playing field.

    I don't understand how a tool such as this was ever put in the hands of local police across the US to misunderstand (accidentally or otherwise), abuse and misuse. It makes far more sense for it to be used at the federal level rather than local police level.

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