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'Scrapers' Dig Deep For Data On Web

Tigger's Pet Re:They won't get me (158 comments)

Well done - you can track my previous postings on /. Do you want a prize? I'm now accepted as one of the 6.5 million people in the UK who have their DNA on record because this country stores DNA samples from everyone convicted (and many who are not convicted). Assuming of course that I'm not just posting things to try and make a point and gain Karma points - just like all the people on here who post about "My wife had this happen to her..." - we know that they haven't got a wife or they wouldn't be on here ;=P

more than 3 years ago
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'Scrapers' Dig Deep For Data On Web

Tigger's Pet They won't get me (158 comments)

I'm not on FB, Twitter, MyCloud or whatever else, so there's no data out there about me. If there's nothing to harvest then they can't harvest it - I'd rather be classified as 'boring' or 'not with it' (whatever the fuck 'It' is), than have stuff out there that might come back to bite me in the ass in 10 or 20 years time.

more than 3 years ago
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A5: All Apple, Part Mystery

Tigger's Pet Bored (124 comments)

I've been a /. reader for over 8 years now and have noticed the change in the type of story discussed here. I keep seeing people saying things like "Why are we talking about FB - this is suppsed to be a techie site and we should discuss techie things". I tend to find myself agreeing with them most of the time.
Then a story like this comes along - which should be "manna from heaven" for Nerds and Geeks and I try to read TFA - only to find myself yawning and giving up coz it's dry, tedious and badly written.
I can't even win in an argument with myself anymore - must be a sign that I'm getting old.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook To Be 'Biggest Bank' By 2015

Tigger's Pet What if you can't have an account? (301 comments)

What concerns me with all this is his comment about "Who doesn’t have a Facebook profile?".
I'll tell you who - anyone convicted of a sexual offence. You may not think someone in that situation deserves any pity - however think of this. You're not just talking about serial rapists and paedophiles, but the 16year old boy who has sex with his 14year old girlfriend and gets reported by her parents. Is he seriously trying to suggest that as well as everything else that gets in his way, he also has his credit rating ruined for life - AND an account created for him by the 'Bank of Facebook'?

Yeah - that sounds fair.

more than 3 years ago
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SSL and the Future of Authenticity

Tigger's Pet Re:RTFA (98 comments)

Did you actually read what you typed? Posting as an A/C to avoid a flamebait tag. You say about the UK/US being 'attacked' - no-one has suggested that they can't defend themselves, but that's got nothing to do with this article. As for other countries being attacked - your way of thinking is what leads to governments doing whatsoever they wish. There's a very slim line between the US/UK accessing e-mails whenever and wherever they wish under the guise of 'preventing terrorism', the Chinese government deciding to block whatever web-sites they want to under the guise of 'preventing civil uprising' and the Libyan government shutting down all Internet access because they don't want the truth about the atrocities they are carrying out reaching the outside world.

    Opinions are like arseholes. Everybody's got one and they're usually full of shit.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Blasts Google For False Claims In Court Documents

Tigger's Pet Shock - Big Business Lies (213 comments)

I think the title says it all. What's the old phrase? "If you can't blind them with science, then baffle them with bullshit."

more than 3 years ago
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SSL and the Future of Authenticity

Tigger's Pet Re:RTFA (98 comments)

It shouldn't be government regulation. No one country has the right to try and regulate the Internet, even though both the US and the UK seem to think they do far too often.
This is yet another reason why we (that's the global 'we', not just the few) need a totally independent Internet regulation authority, funded by every government, to oversee the whole thing. They could make decisions for the good of the Internet, not for the good of their own little corner of the world, or because industry is threatening to withdraw funding for their next election campaign.

more than 3 years ago
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SSL and the Future of Authenticity

Tigger's Pet RTFA (98 comments)

I just hope that the many people who will post on here, with all their different opinions will actually take the time to read the article first. I know that is asking for a lot on /. but I can hope. Moxie Marlinspike (what a great name by the way) has really done a great piece of work here and it deserves to be read and digested before being critiqued.

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox Authentication: Insecure By Design

Tigger's Pet Dropbox is, indeed, useful ... (168 comments)

... but I would never put anything on there that I wouldn't be just as happy nailing to my local telegraph pole for everybody to read. If it's in the 'cloud' then it cannot possibly be considered to be secure as somebody has physical access to the server holding my data. If I really want to put something 'personal' on DropBox, Ubuntu One or whatever, then I encrypt it, archive it with a password, then upload it as something else innocuous-looking.
Anyone who actually believes there's any level of security to something that's 'out there' then they need their head examining.

more than 3 years ago
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Racist Woman Given Indefinite Jury Duty

Tigger's Pet Good on the judge (54 comments)

Given a couple of recent stories here on Slashdot which involve juries and seem to end up with people discussing various ways of getting out of jury duty (of which 'being openly racist / homophobic' etc seem to be the suggested routes) maybe the judge has also been loitering here and read the same posts?

more than 3 years ago
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GNOME vs. KDE: the Latest Round

Tigger's Pet I'm not convinced by either (344 comments)

I've preferred to use Gnome over recent years as I just found KDE to be not right - couldn't get on with it. With the way both are now going, I can see myself having to switch again. Given my recent hunting round, I really hope that the Enlightenment crew actually get their shit together and get a stable, solid release that can be used as it is simple, clean, easy to use, easy to configure and add gadgets to.

more than 3 years ago
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Piracy Is a Market Failure — Not a Legal One

Tigger's Pet Amen to that (591 comments)

Let's hope that somebody who can actually achieve something in the marketplace actually listens to what Michael Geist has got to say.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Fights Back Against Android Fragmentation

Tigger's Pet Is it just me? (373 comments)

Or does the 'Not Evil' company sound like they are starting to become just that little but more evil?

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Scientists Make Cow Producing Human-Like Milk

Tigger's Pet Re:Yes, but (127 comments)

What is the difference between drinking 'normal' cow milk and 'human-modified' that makes it seem so disturbing? I don't see how this is any different to eating goats cheese, as an example. Now - if they were talking about modifying dog milk then I might just find it slightly worrying.

more than 3 years ago
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Comodo Hack May Reshape Browser Security

Tigger's Pet IANAH (I'm not a hacker) (144 comments)

and I don't particularly like them when they make the 'geek' community look bad - because it's only the bad stuff that tends to make the news - but if a result of this hack is that people (the big companies, the governments, the FOSS people with the good ideas) finally get together and work on a safe, secure and sensible way of carrying out net authentication that DOESN'T rely on me handing over my security credentials to someone else to manage, then it is a good thing in my eyes.

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Scientists Make Cow Producing Human-Like Milk

Tigger's Pet This has to be a good thing (127 comments)

if they can get it approved and produced in large-enough quantities. It has been known for a long time that breast milk is far better than any of the 'formula' milks alternatives out there. There are, sadly, many women who cannot breast-feed for one reason or another (it may not be a high percentage, but it is still a lot of women). For them, they want to see the best done for their child and if this is a way of keeping their child healthier than the alternative then I'm sure an awful lot of them would take it as an option. I know that my wife and I would have done when she couldn't breast-feed our 2nd born due to her suffering from post-natal depression.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Develop New Method To Improve Passwords

Tigger's Pet Belated April Fool Joke? (104 comments)

Not only does this not look to me like a particularly professional reporting site, if you follow the link on the page 'Which authors of this paper are endorsers?' you get the following;-

"No authors of 1103.6219 can endorse.
The weak password problem: chaos, criticality, and encrypted p-CAPTCHAs
Tetyana Laptyeva V.: Is registered as an author of this paper.
Not currently an endorser.
S. Flach and K. Kladko are not registered as owners of this paper"

If nobody is willing to endorse the paper then surely it's not been peer-reviewed and is, consequently at this time, worthless. It's no different to if I put a paper out there stating that I was going to produce safe passwords by generating random characters from snail-trails.

more than 3 years ago
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Vatican Warns That Internet Promotes Satanism

Tigger's Pet Attendees (585 comments)

"Organizers of a six-day conference that has brought together more than 60 Catholic clergy as well as doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers and youth workers..."

As well as a constantly changing harem of young boys (and a couple of young girls for those who really want to go against the Catholic creed)

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Overwhelmed With 'Solutions' To Encrypted Note

Tigger's Pet Re:FBI is lazy (137 comments)

The problem with having the FBI convert the original note to an ASCII text-only file is that a lot of the potential information would be lost. The positioning of the characters could be just as important (or even more so) than the characters themselves. Also, the characters vary - he had two distinct ways of writing the letter 'E' for example - one looked like the upper-case text that I've just typed, one looked more like the Euro currency symbol.
They'd have been much better served providing a decent high-resolution scan of the notes, rather than the crappy images that actually got linked everywhere - 1200x1200 dpi minimum.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Overwhelmed With 'Solutions' To Encrypted Note

Tigger's Pet Re:Your dog... (137 comments)

If that's supposed to be a euphemism for something else then I'm quite sure it's illegal no matter where in the world you are.

more than 3 years ago

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Former Google lawyer Michelle Lee to run US patent office

Tigger's Pet Tigger's Pet writes  |  about a year ago

Tigger's Pet (130655) writes "The BBC report that "Google's former top patent lawyer has been put in charge of America's patent and trademark office (USPTO). Michelle Lee was made deputy director of the USPTO this week and will run the agency while it seeks a new boss. Ms Lee joined the patent office after leaving Google in June 2012 but said the opinions of her former employer would not guide her work."
Maybe she will use her knowledge from some of the insanity she has seen to actually tackle the current situation of patents, patent-trolling and lawsuits, so that companies can concentrate on true development which benefits all their users, not just the lawyers."

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Row over US mobile phone 'cockroach backpack' app

Tigger's Pet Tigger's Pet writes  |  1 year,19 days

Tigger's Pet (130655) writes "A US company claims that its "Electronic Backpack" which allows kids to control the movements of a cockroach from their mobile phone "...the insects are treated humanely and ... does not harm them.". This is despite the fact that "Sandpaper is used to remove the waxy coating on the shell of the insect's head" then "...a needle is used to poke a hole in their thorax in order to insert a wire. Their antennae are then cut and electrodes are inserted..."
And this is supposedly being sold to encourage children to take an interest in neuroscience. Sounds more like encouraging the practice of pulling legs off creatures just to see how they react."

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EFF Launches Petition Against Software Patents

Tigger's Pet Tigger's Pet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tigger's Pet (130655) writes "I urge everyone to take one minute out of their busy lives to read and then sign this petition from the EFF for patent reform. It's very simple, and very well thought out. Many big players and developers already support this. Please do your part as an a member of our great community to stop the patent tyranny that Apple has taken advantage of.

https://defendinnovation.org/

Please reshare this to everyone and every forum you know"

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The end is in sight for Nortel

Tigger's Pet Tigger's Pet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tigger's Pet (130655) writes "thestar.com reports that;-
"Google Inc. is bidding $900 million (U.S.) to buy the Nortel Networks patent portfolio, which is practically the last major asset to be sold by the fallen Canadian technology giant.
Nortel expects Google’s so-called stalking-horse offer will be the opening bid of a robust auction, which could push the final price higher.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity to acquire one of the most extensive and compelling patent portfolios to ever come on the market,” said George Riedel, chief strategy officer and president of business units for Nortel."
It looks like the end is finally in sight for a company which effectively started back in 1882 and which should stand for all time as an example of what can go wrong to even the biggest companies."

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DistroWatch report - Slackware Linux 1.0 released

Tigger's Pet Tigger's Pet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tigger's Pet (130655) writes "Patrick Volkerding has announced the release of Slackware Linux 1.0, a Linux operating system for computers coming on 24 floppy disks and featuring Linux kernel 0.99pl10 with PS/2 mouse and normal hard drive support: "The Slackware Linux distribution (v. 1.00) is now available for anonymous FTP. This is a complete installation system designed for systems with a 3.5" boot floppy. It has been tested extensively with a 386/IDE system. The standard kernel included does not support SCSI, but if there's a great demand, I might be persuaded to compile a few custom kernels to put up for FTP. This release is based largely on the SLS system, but has been enhanced and modified substantially. There are two main disk series, A (13 disks) and X (11 disks). Some of the features: kernel source and image at 0.99pl11 Alpha compiled with normal hard drive and PS/2 style mouse support." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. The complete set of 24 floppy disks is available for download from ftp.slackware.com."
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Third Explosion - could be what we've all feared

Tigger's Pet Tigger's Pet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tigger's Pet writes "It looks like a third explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has damaged the housing of the reactor and caused radiation to start leaking — also see http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/15/us-japan-quake-idUSTRE72A0SS20110315.
This is what all of us, I should think, have been hoping would not happen, but it raises the question to my mind of whether they should have gone ahead earlier and done a 'Chernobyl' on the plant — encased it in concrete before it could reach this stage."

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