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Comment Re:privacy and security. (Score 1) 568

Those things don't identify a person. MS collects a HW profile to (allegedly) uniquely identify a device for licensing purposes. That is fine, a device is not a person. An IP address is not a person, and MS can't even tie it to a subscriber address without an ISP breaking data protection, or a court order.

If/when you setup an MS account and give them a bunch of personal info, and if they then link your account to a HW profile (not saying they do), then _that_ data must not leave the EU, but it almost certainly doesn't, they are being quite protective of account data on Irish servers.

Comment Re:privacy and security. (Score 2) 568

AFAIK EU privacy laws apply to data pertaining to an "identified or identifiable natural person". What such data is being transmitted, what even _could_ be transmitted from a clean installed system (in TFA) that has never been logged into?

Unless you can answer that question, there is no evidence of any breach of law.

Further, the data only needs to stay within EU borders if it originates there, where was the test system? MS has extensive server and CDN presence within the EU, it is unlikely that the OS would fail to use those if they are the closest.

Comment Re:That isn't trustful. (Score 1) 568

For the enterprise version we really need it predictable so it can be managed. Even if talking to MS is harmless and overall a good thing, it means you are having your computer talk to something you may not want too.

At work we are still on Windows 7 with little chance going over to 10 because of stuff like this. (I would prefer Linux, but our management is stuck in the 1990s)

a) how do you know Windows 7 _doesn't_ do same thing ?
b) I can predict that a new Win 10 (or 7) install will try and contact KMS (activation) server and WSUS (windows update) server, and if no local ones are there or configured, it will go out to MS servers - there is no indication in the article that the test was done with local KMS and WSUS, in which case most of the traffic is "No Shit, Sherlock", and the setup is not representative of most enterprise users
c) my guess is that if the install was "unused" it still had default users configured with live tiles on start menu (which enterprises can turn off or unpin or block), I am not sure what the OS would do to update data for tiles before a user had logged in, but I wouldn't bet on it _not_ doing it so there is something to show at first login

By the way, if your management are stuck in the 1990s it is a choice of solid stable Linux or Win 3.1/95/98 - Linux all the way. Or you could go with NT for Linux-like flat 32bit programmability and stability, but poor software and driver support... Really, it was only in the 2000s with the unified driver model and Win XP that MS began to catch up. IMO, of course.

Comment Re:Why I keep my smartphone (Score 1) 220

Yeah, but when the W key falls off the keyboard of your curve a replacement costs peanuts:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genu...

I still have a couple of spares - mostly I broke the front housing and front screen and replacements came with keyboard...

In fact you can replace/repair just about all of it for next to nothing - problem now is the software is completely unsupported

Comment per user or per residence ? (Score 1) 522

"users don't need that kind of speed anyway"

I could probably agree with that - 25/5 would be nice, but not exactly _need_. So, all that is left is for the ISPs to provide oh, say, 8/1 _per_ _user_. Five users in my house, 40/5 would be fine thanks.

Oh wait, that's not what you meant, you don't provide service per user but per household/residence ?
Well, mr ISP and ISP-bought-politicians, stop talking about what a "user" needs and start talking about what a household needs then - can't have it both ways.

Comment Re: Stopped reading after... (Score 1) 106

If the power isn't disconnected by a physical switch (or pulled out) then it isn't powered off. Period.

Not understanding that distinction may be just about ok when messing around inside a PC, but then that person goes and messes around inside a light fitting believing that it is turned of at the light switch. Live is live.

Comment Re:Stopped reading after... (Score 0) 106

Intel AMT is available even if the machine is powered off.

Yep, sure, uses vacuum zero point energy or something. I bet it is can also listen on the ethernet even if the cable is unplugged and on wi-fi even if the AP/router is off, in fact it probably has knowledge of wi-fi auth backdoors built in so it can connect to any of your neighbours' wi-fi, and if that fails it'll go directly to satellite. It also has a full AI core and will actively attack you if you try to open up the machine and mess with it, and if you so much as think of unplugging everything and putting it in a faraday cage it'll fry you. Be afraid...

Comment Re:You don't get it.. EPA is forcing me to comply (Score 2, Insightful) 109

Firstly - no one knows what the performance cost of compliance will be yet, no fix has yet been approved. If they retro-fit an AdBlue SCR it may be negligible.

Secondly, it isn't clear that any other car or mfr would be better, you could have bought an Opel instead - they are currently silently updating cars during services to reduce emissions (and allegedly performance according to some reports I've seen) - http://boingboing.net/2016/01/...

Thirdly, once the dust settles on this the VW engines might even be among the best, they are certainly not amongst the worst in recent independent testing (e.g. http://www.which.co.uk/cars/dr... ). Even the petrols are busting limits (majority exceed CO limits, 10% exceed NOx), and the hybrids.

Or you could have bought a Tesla, which is probably the only unaffected option...

Comment Re:CipherSaber (Score 1) 140

Yeah, but don't forget all classroom crypto projects must include a back door for teacher access.

Bonus marks are available for using steganography or other methods to provide plausible but inaccurate plain text through the back door such that the teacher does not know you are actually passing secret messages in class (before attempting, candidates may wish to note that teachers must be aware of the feature to award bonus, and that teacher awareness of such also indicates failure)...

Comment Re:American South (Score 1, Interesting) 177

Forget the gubmint spahs stuff, they've already established they can shoot anything out of the sky over their property ( http://www.cnet.com/news/judge... ), _and_ that it's also ok for the drone owner to be TTFO at gunpoint...

Now there's going to be free stuff flying through the air, and it's legal to shoot it down and keep it. That's gonna be redneck heaven, a fairground tin can shoot but free to play, real guns and real prizes...

Comment Re:We did this in 1975 on a Burroughs B5500 Timesh (Score 1) 146

Physical access was not actually (definitely) implied.

We did similar in late 80s on unix / X-Windows boxen - the uni had set them up with a nifty graphical login because command line was so-last-year, but no security (standard in those days) on the X display connections. All you needed was a program that showed the same password prompt window and grabbed the username/pw. Even when display security was added it was bodged so any "local" process could connect to :0, and anyone could remote into any workstation any time...

I'm sure later years of students had the same fun with xdm (which was eventually implemented IIRC) and xspy, but by then we'd moved on to popping up (half-tone or ascii art) topless pictures on unsuspecting colleagues' workstations, preferably when lecturer / supervisor was behind them.

It was all good learning, but seems as an industry as a whole, we never learn and the old tricks still work...

Comment Go to the scene... (Score 1) 151

you should have the same duty to go to the scene of the accident

Stupid idea from politician not engaging brain.

In a car (in most places) you are required to not-leave the scene of the accident, and (most places) that requirement only applies when driving on a public highway (or equivalent concept). In most cases the crash site is on, or very nearly on, public property. This won't be the case with drones, at all. The crash site may be inaccessible, dangerous to access, illegal to access or just plain private property, and drone pilots already have been TTFO at gunpoint trying to do what he requires.

Someone should ask this guy if his law gives drone pilots the _right_ to go to the scene of an accident (think similar powers to the NTSB...) as well as the duty, if so why is he giving every Joe drone-pilot such power, and if not how are they supposed to carry out their duty?

Comment Re:Copyleft is important. (Score 1) 231

Not in the license recommendations or the FAQ though is it - which was the point.

I'm aware of the passage from 3rd draft (which is not in the final rationale), as far as I am concerned it is a sell out to big corporate lobbyists. It basically says: some big corporate suppliers and users thought the status-quo (tivo-allowed) was the correct interpretation and therefore we'll exempt them from requirement to give their users this freedom. Seems some users are more free than others ? I wonder if they asked any of the end-user consumers who thought tivos interpretation was correct, or do those users not count because they are not big-corp? I wonder if they spoke to any small business users (the vast majority of businesses are small after all) about whether or not there saw any "disparity in clout" if they had a say half-million budget and were negotiating with, say, SAP, or Oracle ?

The final rationale says something about extending the provision (another incompatible GPL version and further balkanisation of the GPL world) if problems appear in currently exempted areas. Wonder what the big corporate lobbyists thought of that - "well we'd better be good" or "right we've bought a few years to get ourselves off this GPL stuff" ? Who they were is left unsaid, but various possible suspects are currently now pushing LLVM etc.

And it is not "a requirement for distribution in a particular form, namely preinstallation in a device.", it is "a requirement for distribution in a particular form, namely preinstallation in a device in one field of use" - devices in other fields of use being conveniently exempt from compliance. If you can't comply (say because of contractual, legal or regulatory obligations) then it is a field of use restriction.

Comment Re:Copyleft is important. (Score 1) 231

They leave unclear and unanswered _why_ there is a clause in GPLv3 that applies _only_ to a specific class of products.
If the Tivo clause is necessary to ensure user's freedoms, then why does it only apply to a class of products / users:

(1) a “consumer product”, which means any tangible personal property which is normally used for personal, family, or household purposes, or (2) anything designed or sold for incorporation into a dwelling.

Or, conversely, why do business / professional users get less protection, why is there effectively a field-of-use restriction in the licence (where it is more restrictive in one field of use) ?

If it is there to ensure freedom, why do only some users get the benefit, and if it is not then why is it there at all ?

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 140

I think the problem is that X.ORG Foundation, LLC no longer actually exists. They need a legal trail to show that the current foundation is the legal successor in interest, which they haven't got. Possibly they messed up the legals somewhere along the way so they are not in fact successor in interest and title to the domain was never transferred. In which case the domain is not, in fact, theirs.

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