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Comment Added Feature (Score 2) 21

As an added feature Google's new service will come with a "free" webcam so they can provide a "better customer experience" (e.g. so they can track your every utterance/move and serve you more and more "targetted ads")

Coming soon "GoogleWipe" (tm), the softer, kinder, gentler, more eco-friendly bathroom paper with added nano cameras which "cleanse, freshen and delight whilst aiding our customers to assess their rectal health".

Comment Little guy not allowed to play with big crooks (Score 1, Informative) 209

Once again we see an individual attempting to do something which attracts criminal charges... unless they're in the right club. Do I see any bankers getting charged for any of the criminal dealings that led to all the bank collapses ? No. Unless it's Iceland who seem to a) have balls and b) still actually govern themselves.

And once again we see that the UK is no longer a sovereign country but is simply a fiefdom of the corporate USA oligarchies.

If a UK citizen has committed a crime on UK soil they should be tried in a UK court by a UK judge.

Fuck the American "justice" system where the men with the money make the rules.

Comment America = dead without money (Score 5, Informative) 195

How utterly barbaric is the USA ? One of the most technologically advanced societies on the planet yet you can die because you have no money and are unfortunate enough to need medical treatment..

And all you stupid brainwashed Yanks claim your health care is better than the rest of the world ? Really ? You must love the taste of that Kool aid.

Oh sorry I forgot socialism (or all joining in to do something together) = bad in your tiny minds.

Thank fuck I live in England where we have the utterly civilized NHS. Thankfully I've been lucky enough (so far) to only pay into the system without needing much myself but I know people who've needed treatment, sometimes quite expensive treatment, and I'm proud to say that my taxes helped pay for them. I will be happy to spend my whole life paying into the NHS without ever needing it myself.

Your American medical "system" is a fucking joke. It's like something out of the middle ages.

Comment Why does anyone use a big mail provider ? (Score 1) 205

I got my own domain name back in about 1996. Since then I've moved ISPs several times and initially I simply redirected my email address to go through whichever pop/smtp servers were required. Once I worked out how to do it I now set things up so my mail gets redirected to my own mail server which runs happily on a really low powered mini-itx box (along with other stuff such as WWW services etc.)

Admittedly this is not something that your average "non computer geek" user can probably do so it's about time it was made much easier for any semi computer literate individual to set up. That way the local computer geeks can help the local community to stand on their own two feet and get off the corporate tit.

I can't for the life of me understand why anyone who is remotely computer literate would trust their email to be handled by a corporate mail provider ? All they do is fish through your emails to better spam you with crapvertisements, allow any old Tom, Dick & Harry to rummage through your email without a warrant, try to lock you in to their services and generally hold you, the customer (i.e. the product), in total disdain.

On which note if law enforcement have a valid reason to go through my emails then fine. As long as this has been sanctioned by a court of law then I've no problem with that. I've got absolutely nothing to hide but you're not looking at it without judicial oversight.

It's about time people got their heads out of their arses and simply stopped using corporate "cloud" and "mail" services. The bastards who run them are a bunch of abusive trolls who have zero respect for their "customers". I won't trust so much as a single zero bit that I've generated to the likes of Google, Microsoft, Yahooo etc. etc. Neither should you.

The whole point of the web is supposed to be a collection of ad hoc individuals being able to communicate with each other as equals. Accept nothing less !

Fuck corporate service providers. Fuck the "cloud".

Oh well, rant over. I trust this is one of the last nails that needs hammering into the coffin of Yahoo.

Comment if you ask me all IOT devices are "rogue" (Score 1) 51

From what I've seen all IOT (more like IOSS "Internet Of Shit Security") devices are insecure.

So if you detect an IOT device it's pretty much guaranteed to be "rogue".

It's a compelte joke how piss poor the security is on these devices. It's 2016 and we've had decades of devices beign hacked over the internet. Adn the complete morons making this crap are *STILL* shipping them with default username and passwords, back doors, etc.

Personally I think the best way to get some focus on this shiot fest will be for a few huge class action lawsuits to head the way of the worst offenders who have helped create huge botnets of IOSS devices. The current situation is truly pathetic and gives the internet, coders and technology itself a 9well deserved bad name).

personally I've got zero IOSS devices in my house and will not be adding any until the security is made a key focus of the manufacturing process. Maybe an ISO standard also needs to be introduced and any devices that don;t pass it simply aren't legal for sale - with a suitable punishment for connecting one to the public internet (law varying by countries - a fine in Europe, America, the death penalty in Singapore :))

Comment Re:Invaders from Earth !! (Score 1) 231

Alternative storyline. 1) Earth probe lands on alien world and native life forms watch it land. 2) native life forms eagerly eat the "stuff" that comes out of it. 3) Native lifeforms get slight upset stomach and produce a few piles of slightly runny droppings. 4) Microbes in droppings merge with local microbes and evolve into some new micro organisms that find a nice niche within alien eco system. 5) Same as it ever was...

Comment Re:The New Invasive Species (Score 5, Insightful) 231

Once we get sophisticated enough probes etc. we'll probably soon find that life is literally everywhere in the universe. From what's been found already on earth it's clear that microbes can live almost everywhere. And when you get things like tardigrades and the shrimp who live in hydrothermal vents etc. it's clear that multicellular life seems to find a niche almost everywhere.

Personally I think the whole multiverse is teeming with life. It just seems to be a natural part of things There are probably beetles everywhere !

Intelligence on the other hand is severely lacking :)

Comment Re:Russia doesn't need to interfere. (Score 5, Insightful) 531

All very interesting. But the USA and the UK are doing exactly the same sort of thing all over the world too so there's no high horse to get on. So the Russians are doing what "we" do. Big deal. News at 11.

Countries are all run by crooks. Who use their position to try to further enrich themselves at the public's expense. It's not a left/right thing. It's not a national thing. It's just crooks being crooks.

Same as it ever was...

Comment If the bees disappeared... (Score 1) 244

There's a quote that is often attributed to Albert Einstein (not sure if this is correct or not) but it's entirely relevant to the article:

"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."

The idiots responsible for this disaster want their arses kicking. Hard.

Comment More likely they've no interest in us (Score 0) 559

A more likely scenario is that there are an uncountable number of very old, very intelligent, alien races out there and we haven't got the intelligence/means to even start detecting them. As for them contacting us or making them selves known to us we're probably not remotely interesting to them.

One or more of races probably came by at some point in our history and decided that either the trilobites, the dinosaurs or, if they came by more recently, the almost intelligent, selfish, greedy warlike "ape things" have got a l-o-n-g way to go before they've evolved to the point they are worth a closer look.

I'll have cycled past at least one nest of ants this morning (probably 100s). If I stopped to have a look at one I'd find it interesting to see what they were doing (I like ants) but I doubt that they would have noticed me and I certainly don't think they would comprehend me or my bicycle.

The idea that humans are either unique, the only sentient life in the universe or important (in universal terms) is simply delusional arrogance by minds too small to even begin to comprehend the sheer vastness of it all.

Intelligent life is everywhere in the universe - apart from where politicians gather !

Comment Telemetry = spying END OF DISCUSSION. (Score 4, Insightful) 213

> what they are doing with the telemetry data that Windows 10 is collecting ?

They're spying on you with no way to turn it off. That *IS* what they're doing. Windows 10 *IS* spyware. let's go through the questions... again...

1 Downloads itself to your machine without you specifically asking for it ? YES

2 Aggressively attempts to install itself taking over your computer in the process ? YES

3 Sends unknown and/or encrypted data to unknown third parties ? YES

4 Sends personally identifying information to unknown third parties ? YES

5 Easy to remove ? NO

Hmmm... Looks like spyware, smells like spyware, walks like spyware and talks like spyware. Windows 10 *IS* spyware.

Anyone willingly using it is a moron. Microsoft shills go f**** yourself.

Comment Stuff biometrics (Score 1) 184

There is no way in hell I'm having biometric identification for anything. I'm not about to have my fingers cut off or eyeball pulled out so some some crook can make off with my stuff.

Damn fool idea and probably being pushed more for the use of such data to build a huge database by ye olde 3 letter agencies than for any "security" reasons..

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