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Millions of Spiders Seen In Mass Dispersal Event In Nova Scotia

raburton Underwhelming picture (81 comments)

Once you find the link to the article (after links to every vaguely related topic) you'll find a very underwhelming picture of some bits of web in a field. I was expecting something like the scale and impressiveness of a crop circle in web form, not a few bits of tatty web on the tops of some long grass.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

raburton Depends why you are going (182 comments)

Just because it's relevant to your day job doesn't mean it's of any benefit to your company for you to go. If you want to go for your own interest you can't expect them to pay. It wouldn;t be unreasonable for them to insist you take annual leave for the time away from work too. If it's to learn things that will make you more efficient at your job and benefit your employer I'm sure they'd be willing to pay (assuming costs are sensible). Or if they want you to present something that is good PR for the company I'd expect them to pay for you. However, if you want a certification, perhaps for something you can already do anyway, that makes you more valuable (when you start asking for a pay rise) and potentially more employable somewhere else (when you get head hunted after chatting to someone at a conference) all of which are negative for your employer, I wouldn't expect them to be keen on you going let alone at their expense.

about 2 months ago

F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

raburton Re:Blackphone (164 comments)

Get a Blackphone

...because its manufacturer assures you it's secure!

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

raburton Re:T-MOBILE, T-MOBILE, and one more time T-MOBILE (146 comments)

> Even Africa one gets better and easier SIM offerings than USA
Some parts of it yes, Kenya was just like here in the UK. In Ethiopia I had to go to a government office with my passport, fill in a form, and provide a passport photo for them to keep just for a pay as you go sim. Although you could buy them unofficially off the street too.

about 5 months ago

OpenDNS Phases Out Redirection To Guide

raburton This was always optional! (90 comments)

Doesn't look like a lot of people knew this - you could turn this off. I see people complaining about this feature and how it broke their tools when they used it at work, but it was always (afaik) optional and I always had it turned off, if you found it a problem you could have too.

about 6 months ago

WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

raburton Re:$409.99 WHAT THE FUCK (113 comments)

Netgear wndr3700 goes for about the same. Specs are a bit lower than this new linksys (it's a couple of years old now) but plenty for most applications and with excellent openwrt support (just make sure you buy the right hardware revision).

about 7 months ago

They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

raburton Re:They checked without a warrant (206 comments)

> EULA does not and never will override legal, law of the land.
> I can put slavery in a EULA, that doesn't make it legal.
> I can put invasion of your privacy, that doesn't make it legal either.

I think you are missing an important legal distinction. Microsoft / the EULA isn't overriding any law. You can't make slavery illegal by putting it in an EULA because slavery is illegal. Reading email is not inherently illegal. Reading it without the permission of the owner might well be, but microsoft does have that permission (therefore they are never doing it without permission which is the the part that might be illegal). They have permission it because the user gave it to them. The law is generally fine with you granting other people permission to do things on your behalf, so long as that thing isn't illegal in itself. It's not uncommon for people to give their secretary permission to read their email, does that mean the secretary is breaking the law when they do?

about 8 months ago

They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

raburton Re:They checked without a warrant (206 comments)

> That *is* a legal question. If the EULA says: we own your first born, is that so just because you checked a box on a web site? Nope. There are laws governing the reading of email, and Microsoft has to obey those rules like everyone else.

I'll ignore your stupid analogy and stick to the point. Do these laws you reference say that that you aren't allowed to give your permission for someone else to read your email? I'd be very surprised (though you haven't stated any specific laws to check), so if you've given someone permission to read your email then they have every legal right to do so. There are plenty of issues here, moral ones mainly, but I don't see any legal problem. If you can see a legal issue here, i.e. one that isn't addressed by the user having given microsoft permission to read his email (under certain circumstances, which appear to have been met), do please elaborate.

about 8 months ago

They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

raburton Re:They checked without a warrant (206 comments)

> Does ownership of the network override the laws of the country the network is in?

It's not a legal question at all. If you use the service you have accepted their terms and so have given them permission to do this.

> If they had opened physical mail, this would be a criminal charge. But because it's digital, somehow ownership of the service exempts them from having to obey any kind of privacy laws.

The fact it's digital doesn't make it a special case, if you agreed to let them open your physical mail they could do that too.

> Dangerous and shows why you should not trust anything online.

You shouldn't trust anyone on line, that's true. However this isn't the best example of that, but it is a good example of why you should read the T&C of anything you sign up to.

about 8 months ago

A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

raburton Most android phones can go back (199 comments)

All android phones I've owned (and most I'm aware of) have the option to flash any version of their software (some only signed official versions of course). The only problem is getting the older version - even the latest version isn't always the easiest to get hold of simply from the manufacturer - but they can usually be found easily enough via google.

about 8 months ago

Japanese Man Already Lined Up To Buy iPhone 6

raburton Can't you pre-order online? (114 comments)

I've never bought an Apple product (and never will), but for pretty much anything else I might want that has a future release date I can pre-order it and get it on day of release. Do Apple not do this?

about 9 months ago

Building an Open Source Nest

raburton Other internet connected thermostats are available (195 comments)

My dad has the non-wifi version, and having just got my own place I'm planning on ordering the wifi version soon.

Not really sure how it compares to the Nest model, but it isn't cloud based so the NSA won't know how warm your house is. There are various related projects on github for alternate interfaces to it as well.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

raburton Re:Forward to 900 number? (497 comments)

In the UK when you forward a call the caller pays the normal rate to call you and you pay for the call they are forwarded to. In other words if you forward to a premium rate number you are the one paying for it. You can't change the billing rate of a call part way through, that would be so easily abused. Of course American phone systems do billing in very odd ways (like paying to receive calls) so who knows over there.

1 year,4 days

Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

raburton I would most like... to stop debating it (462 comments)

Do we have to do this every year, twice a year? It's not a bit deal at all, why do people get so excited about it? Just relax, your computer will update it's clock all on it's own.

1 year,22 days

Lenovo Shows Android Laptop In Leaked User Manuals

raburton Re: Actually, this is kinda nice... (106 comments)

Who needs a camera on a tablet? Ok maybe for video chat if you're into that, in which case vga is probably just fine. Problem with putting a better cqamera on them is people use them inappropriately. Last time I went skiing I had to keep avoiding Chinese people trying to ski whilst holding up a full sized iPad, complete with large case hanging off it, to take pictures of their kids.

about a year ago

Lenovo Shows Android Laptop In Leaked User Manuals

raburton Re:Actually, this is kinda nice... (106 comments)

Agreed, I quite like the look of this. It's like a decent size tablet, with keyboard and built in hard screen protector (the keyboard). I never fancied a netbook (too small and under-powered for windows) and haven't missed my proper laptop much since it broke, yet I often wish I had a keyboard on my nexus 7, and maybe a bit bigger screen. Yes I know larger tablets and separate keyboards are available, but suddenly just by putting these things together in this nice package Lenovo has made something I really want. If it's true that it's going to be budget priced then it's time shut-up and take my money, as Fry would say.

about a year ago

Over 100 Missing Episodes of Doctor Who Located

raburton Re:I don't believe it (158 comments)

I've spent a little time in Ethiopia and I don't believe it either. I didn't go there to watch TV and don't claim to be an expert on the country, but it just seems highly unlikely. Sure, they have TV channels in Ethiopia, but the level of TV ownership now is nothing like in the west, let alone sometime around the 70's when these tapes might have been bought. I've seen no obvious references to science fiction in the popular culture. English isn't widely spoken outside tourist areas (and in medicine), it's becoming more used of course due to increased influence from the west (but again, that's today, not 30-40 years ago). Ethiopia has was never part of the British Empire, there was a brief relationship during/after World War 2, but no major historic links. Overall the idea of them buying British sci-fi to dub into Amharic in the 70s for a handful of people to watch seems implausible.

about a year ago

Another British Bank Hit By KVM Crooks

raburton Re:Hmm. (75 comments)

Also known as some people with a bit of technical knowledge and a grasp of basic social engineering. Gotta love it when they make something sound like rocket science so folks won't realize what little is really involved.

The access might have been fairly straight forward, but we don't know what they did with it. What do you do once you are in? Just because you're on the banks network doesn't mean it's easy to steal money. I'm thinking back to the last time I was in a machine room on my own at a bank and wondering what I could have done if I'd wanted to, not really sure. Maybe you can find a convenient gui with buttons like "add money to an account (untraceable)" but failing that you're going to need a reasonable amount of IT/banking knowledge. If you're wanting to mod a CICS transaction written in COBOL to siphon off money without leaving any trace then you'll need more skills than the average crook. On the other hand they got caught, so maybe it was all over their heads...

about a year ago

3D-Printed Gun Bought and Displayed By London Art Museum

raburton Re:Wrong Aproach (133 comments)

That's probably illegal in the UK.

I assume to posses the original legally they'll have to have it deactivated too. Although that depends on if it's actually classed as a firearm in the first place, while it obviously should be I don't know if the law actually sees a 3d printed bit of plastic as a firearm just because it could fire a bullet (after all lots of things could do).

about a year ago


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