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Australian Website Waits Three Years To Inform Customers of Data Breach

Mr0bvious Re:July 18th 2014 (obviously) (35 comments)

Well, Mr Anonymous Coward ...sorry I insulted your intelligence.

Though, I'm now stuck here struggling to determine who's post was more pointless, yours or mine.

But whinging aside, why leave the reader to do any arithmetic, it's just simpler to state it regardless how obvious/trivial it may be.

I believe most of us are capable of that trivial fucking bit of arithmetic.

Though, given some replies I've seen here on /. over the years, I'm not convinced.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Website Waits Three Years To Inform Customers of Data Breach

Mr0bvious July 18th 2014 (obviously) (35 comments)

While implied in the subject, the body of the article failed to clarify that we were not told until July 18th 2014.

about two weeks ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

Mr0bvious Re:Soon... (225 comments)

Really?

OSX has some very annoying 'features'

Finder - that's the worlds worst GUI ever, must it really be so difficult to go up a folder, can't afford a button for that?

Keybindings - why the hack did they swap ctrl for option - I use 3 machines every day Linux, Windows and OSX and every time I use that damn mac I need to reset my muscle memory for my keyboard. Don't bother mentioning changing the key bindings as I've tried every trick in the book and while it works to some degree it is not applied consistently across all apps so then you have a 'what key do I use in this app' dilemma (which is even worse).

Default dock behaviour is awful. Can't easily see what apps are open, clicking on an icon (terminal for instance) will wizz me to a different workspace and focus all my open terminal instances when I wanted a new instance (yes I know I can right click and select 'New Window', but that's just awkward).

Sure some of these annoyances could be worked around but regardless - by default OSX is a PITA to use in a mixed machine environment. /rant

about two weeks ago
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Biofeedback Games and The Placebo Effect

Mr0bvious Re:Or maybe it works the other way arround (57 comments)

I think the reference to the placebo effect it the users belief that the system can understand their emotions and not about if, why or how the devices fail.

The author also seems to suggest that the study/awareness of the placebo effect is only routinely used in medicine, but it's the one of the reasons why double blind tests are used and they are used in many industries besides medicine, including computer science.

about two weeks ago
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Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"

Mr0bvious Re:Time to abolish patents (73 comments)

Is that really reality though? I'm not convinced that reality would play out this way. The inventor has the advantage of being first to market, this gives a significant advantage and allows them to establish a market for their brand. Brand etc all has value, and being first to marked and establishing a brand continues to give the inventor an advantage over the competition. This also encourages the inventor to continue to innovate to remain ahead of their competitors - which is a natural motivator for innovation.

People will invent and will innovate regardless of if a patent system is in place or not - I think that the concept of "recoup your costs" is probably better described as "making an absolute disproportionate shit load", and this is half the problem with our world right now - organisations don't want to recoup costs, they want it all, every dollar, every person has and the patent system is just one more tool that is being wielded to achieve that goal.

Sure there will be cases where this doesn't fit well, but there are also many cases where the current patent system doesn't fit well. It's not simple choosing which way is best.

about three weeks ago
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Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"

Mr0bvious Re:Time to abolish patents (73 comments)

This is a fair question, and perhaps I would think differently in this position. I'm not in this position so my view is not tainted by my greed.

So my view is based on what I see as the better situation for the greater good of all, and I'm giving little to no consideration to any individual (be it a person or other entity).

I could also counter with the converse argument - consider I had an idea that could yield me a couple of thousand dollars a month but I can't due to a patent issue then ....

about three weeks ago
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Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"

Mr0bvious Re:Everyone (73 comments)

Not disagreeing with you except, we already live in an oligarchy, our governments have very little resemblance of a democracy.

about three weeks ago
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Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"

Mr0bvious Re:Time to abolish patents (73 comments)

Agreed - as the situation is right now it seems that everyone except lawyers would gain from abolishing patents. The large patent holders just seem to be passing (and passing through lawyers) penalties to each other. There seem to be no net gain for the parties on either side. Abolish patents and it's almost business as usual except for the lawyers.

I know this is an exaggerated assessment but from an outside observer, it's not that far from the reality I see.

about three weeks ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Mr0bvious Re:Who's at fault for this? (231 comments)

As an Android user (and I dislike Apple for various reasons that have been covered to death here) I must give Apple credit here - they do seem to have done it correctly from the start.

It does seem Android included encryption in 2.3.4 but I was unaware of this: http://www.howtogeek.com/14195...

It seems android does have full device encryption (not enabled by default). It also has an option 'Clear storage' which "Clears credential storage of all contents resets its password"

I'm glad that Android is no longer lacking here.

about three weeks ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Mr0bvious Re: "What to do before selling or giving away your (231 comments)

No, I just didn't like his pompous righteous attitude and unnecessary insults.

There's more than one way to point out that someone overlooked a detail (or failed at reading comprehension) without being an arse about it.

about three weeks ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Mr0bvious Re:"What to do before selling or giving away your. (231 comments)

Seems Apple have done it right, thanks for the heads up.

Obviously I'm rather ignorant regarding storage on iOS devices - I didn't realise that all data was encrypted by default (does that include images etc?).

about three weeks ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Mr0bvious Re:"What to do before selling or giving away your. (231 comments)

That's a good start, but I doubt it over writes any data - this *seems* like a soft delete and I'd expect one could still get the original data (??)

It'd also be nice if Android had such a feature built in.

about three weeks ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Mr0bvious Re:Who's at fault for this? (231 comments)

Yes true, there is that disincentive there.

about three weeks ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Mr0bvious Re:Who's at fault for this? (231 comments)

As stated above this really should be an inbuilt OS feature - "Reset for resale"

It shouldn't take an understanding or knowledge of the intricacies of how the device works or how to properly erase data. It should be automatically done by the OS since most phone users do not know how to do it properly.

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Mr0bvious Re:more leisure time for humans! (530 comments)

This may only be true in some warped utopian view of the world, but I expect the issue is not the automation or job losses, it's the disproportionate distribution of the spoils of automation.

If we're all fed and don't need to work then I don't see an issue with being unemployed - we can instead pursue personal pursuits for the sake of enjoyment etc.

If we're not all fed then their will be opportunity for employment in creating food for us to eat, etc.

I'm probably wrong, but it seems reasonable.

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Mr0bvious Re:more leisure time for humans! (530 comments)

Absolutely - it's call redistribution of labour.

The labour that is now tied up making widgets (of questionable real value) are freed to use their labour for some other task.

This "it will create unemployment" argument seems to occur all the time and I'm yet to witness any significant long term real world unemployment event due to automation. I doubt we ever will.

about three weeks ago

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