296 posts • joined Friday 8th August 2008 08:50 GMT
Re: Not my driving license...
Just don't get stopped by the Police in various European countries as, I think, they will not accept the old paper licences and expect you to be able to produce a (EU standard) photo card.
I have an old-style no-photo licence, and have never had the slightest problem hiring cars in Greece, Spain, & Portugal.
I've never been stopped by the police there, but I'd have thought that if the police didn't accept them then the hire company wouldn't either, because surely they would also be in trouble with the police?
Possibly more holes than their cheese
"Data protection and privacy is a long tradition in Switzerland... " Swisscom's head of IT services Andreas Koenig told Reuters.
So, allegedly, is cooperation with NSA. Just type "Crypto AG" and "NSA" into your favourite search engine.
“I think my phone has been modified by GCHQ enough that it'd [bugging] be difficult, but I'm sure the Chinese have had a good go."
GCHQ has taken the battery out so that they don't have to listen to him.
So it must smell like Sauvignon Blanc?
What's not to like?
So teach them the words...
... and then they won't have to hum.
Hitting people is risky
"David Emm ... said that hitting people who had proved themselves to be "motivated by money and misplaced ideals" was a risky strategy, at best. "
I don't know. We could reduce the risk by going in mob-handed. I'm sure that lots of us would like to hit people like that, probably starting with the banking industry.
Or maybe you meant "hiring"?
reported ... sooner than he was ready to announce it
Can't believe you passed on the chance to point out the irony.
The Guardian quotes him as saying: "Because this news leaked before we were prepared to announce it...". (my highlighting)
..all those wind workers...
"wind worker" - not a term I'd heard before, although a quick check with a search engine shows that it is used.
Hebridean rock group Runrig have a song called "Worker for the Wind". Written in 1987. Ahead of the game, as the canny folk from the islands usually are...
Memo to self
Make sure you have plenty ready cash on person for the month of November.
Re: El Reg Elite Minority
What's next, you have been driving for 5 years, you are the equivalant of Formula One pilot and you deserve medals....
Actually, there used to be a body called something like the Company of Vintage Motorists. You could buy a V-shaped badge for the radiator grille (remember them?) of your car, and an insert on the badge carried the number of years that you had been driving. Older Reg readers will remember them.
- 39.5 years since I passed my driving test
- 38.5 years using computers
- about 20 years using the Web
- nearly 20 years with the Demon ISP - must move soon!
Re: National holiday?
So if only Tammy Troot* promised to unify holidays throughout Scotland, the referendum would be a walkover for him?
*Nickname for Scotland's First Minister, based on his surname and a children's book character.
This was the Chief Exec speaking to a non-tech audience. He is quoted as saying "...Active Directory, a router system which recognises users and allows individual access to our clinical and administrative support systems".
Now you and I wouldn't have used the word "router". But from a non-tech person to a non-tech audience, it's fine. AD controls what you get access to.
Presumably you don't often communicate with non-IT specialists?
"...after a national holiday in some parts of Scotland."
I do realise that there's only one icon that I can attach to this comment :)
Failed on 01 Oct?
Ten quid says there's a calendar somewhere with 31 days in September.
(Can we have an "only half-joking" icon please?)
It's those 'regional traits' that give you away
I have visions of cyber-attack software from GCHQ containing comments in West Country pirate-speak.
"Ooohh aaarrhh! Now ye be scuppered good'n'proper!!"
Re: Squirrelling away.....
So how did he tell you that his name was Jeff? The implication is that you didn't give him that name...
Re: HOW much?
"And since it's an expensive item, sir, you would be well advised to take out one of our extended warranties..."
Re: UK unaware
The only ongoing coverage is in the Guardian newspaper.
BBC covered it when it was first news, but soon dropped it.
Other TV news channels are aimed squarely at Express and Mail readers, who, as you point out, trust the Government. Unless it's led by a bloke whose father was a Marxist.
Having seen Caspar in action on the conference circuit several times whilst he was at the FIPR, I have to say that I was amazed when he took the Microsoft shilling. But maybe better to be working inside than attacking from outside...
Anyway, it wouldn't surprise me if there had been an ongoing and ubiquitous "Don't tell Caspar" activity in Microsoft.
Documentation was probably marked "TOP SECRET NOFORN & ESPECIALLY NOT CASPAR".
Re: Uhmm, what's a CD?
Amazon do something similar with new purchases of a CD, you get the MP3 for nothing, and they're backdating this to cover previous purchases.
And, of course, that includes all the CDs that you bought as presents for other people. Which would make an interesting legal debate.
Sadly, it seems that I didn't buy from Amazon the BB King boxset that I gave to a mate for his birthday last year :(
What are digital jukeboxes for?
Up until this point, I was dismissive of seemingly pointless products such as digital jukeboxes like the Brennan JBs. Actually, I’m still dismissive: what are they for? Don’t answer, I already know. They are for fuddy duddies who don’t own a computer and therefore can’t make MP3s by themselves.
In my case, it is for this fuddy-duddy who keeps his hifi and computers separate and unconnected. OK?
(Actually, my older JB7, with a smaller disc, IS connected to my PC. Which is a bit daft, since all the MP3s are on the computer anyway.)
Penguin because I'm sure the JB7 uses a Linux variant. It can export files whose names contain characters that freak out Windoze....
"David has made an enormous contribution to TalkTalk and in fact to the telecommunications industry as a whole."
I'll grant him the first part of that - the bit about TalkTalk.
But an enormous contribution to the telecommunications industry? What did I miss?
New, cheaper and more reliable technology? Better services? Fair and transparent tariffs?
Something pretty damn devastating, I should expect.
They are welcome to call around my place for coffee and doughnuts anytime.
They said thanks but no thanks, because your friends say that your coffee is awful.
Re: Bankrupt - No wonder
They no longer exist, it's now the. German Islands and German mainland of Greece.
Long Live Merkel.... Our New Leader.
Having just come back from a holiday on Rhodes, I can say that it, at least, is now a Russian island. Busloads of them everywhere, many of the shopkeepers and bar/restaurant staff speak Russian, and there are shops selling furs all over the place.
I first encountered loads of Russian tourists in Cyprus about 10 years ago. They're obviously spreading westward. I don't know how far through Greece they travel, but it occurred to me that the Greek economy would probably be in an even worse state if it wasn't for the Russians, who presumably weren't so affected by the recession.
It also occurred to me that the Russians probably have far more infuence over parts of Europe now, through financial clout, than they ever did in the bad old days of the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain.
It's been done before
Intel shows off 'disaggregated' rack of servers, storage, and networking
This has long been implemented in the data centre of the company I work for.
We call it "not having a f***ing clue where anything is".
Re: Problem is it is all too slow
you can prefetch the photo before they land if needs be. Provided you can see the photo on file and person match and the the person is going the opposite way to last time, you do not need to access a central server in real time which is the bottleneck
I always thought that the photo that is displayed is fetched off the chip on the passport. I didn't think there was any "central server" which is accessed in real-time.
Re: Be a yes man instead.
Never tried this one, but I like the sound of it.
Talk to them for a while, and then give your other half a pre-arranged signal. At which he/she yells something like "Are you going to come back to bed and f**k me, or piss about on that phone all day?". The more graphic, the better.
Paris - needs no explanation!
The judge took the view after determining that the standard of proof for assessing the likelihood of substantial damage or substantial distress requires that a data breach has to be likely to cause such damage or distress rather than for it merely to be likely for those consequences to be possible.
Good point. Hands up all those here who have had government clients who have assigned unrealistically high business impact levels to their data, because they are shit-scared of the consequences of a breach. And then complain that either they can't afford the system or that it will be unusable (often because it can't be connected to anything else).
Data privacy and protection are very important - so too is realism and pragmatism.
Re: magnetically drawn to trees
He's a bear, and he very probably wanted to have a shit in the woods.
I know I would if I'd been up in that balloon.
Many congratulations to Dave and the team. I watched it yesterday - rivetting viewing, and a fantastic achievement!
You can add "being forced to work on statutory holidays" to that, because they are planning to have another go on Bank Holiday Monday.
Because of an equipment malfunction, the bear didn't jump from his platform, but still landed safely in a field, and got some damn good photos on the way.
I raise my glass to Babbage Bear!
But whose data is it?
Apologies if you read a similar comment I made on another thread yesterday. But I'm intrigued as to why no one is picking up on this point.
Whose data is it anyway?
If it is material originating from Snowden, then I assume that all or most of it is US-owned data. It will be highly classified and carry other caveats - for example, the PRISM presentation published by the Guardian was TOP SECRET and carried the NOFORN marking, meaning that it was not to be seen by non-US people.
So I don't think that the UK Government has any more right to see the material than you or me, than Greenwald or Miranda, than the Guardian itself.
"Theresa May believed it was necessary to examine all the data "without delay in the interests of national security"."
More like "in the interests of finding out what the Americans are up to"!
Re: You've all missed the point, except me :)
Except that they have no way of knowing what the Guardian will publish. There could be stuff there of significance to HMG but which the Grauniad never publishes.
And anyway, they'd want to know before us.
You've all missed the point, except me :)
These are NSA documents. They will be US-owned Top Secret documents, and things like the PRISM presentation that was published by the Guardian carried the NOFORN marking - meaning that it could not be seen by non-US folk.
Her Maj's Gummint has no more right to have them than Snowden, Greenwald or Miranda does.
They probably want to see them so that they can find out what the colonials are getting up to, including how much they spy on the UK.
You can be sure that they would much rather the Grauniad had surrendered the documents. And that's why they spent nine hours on Sunday coaxing Miranda's passwords out of him.
So how long is too long?
By the time I ordered two they were out of stock everywhere, apart from one each at various isolated branches of Argos in the back of beyond.
I had to wait about 3 weeks while B&N restocked, which was no problem to me.
So assuming that B&N eventually fulfilled all orders, what's the problem?
Do car manufacturers get rapped for advertising cars that take months to be delivered?
Location is indeed irrelevant
"Microsoft already has data centres in Brazil and so sees "the location of data" issue as "irrelevant", Microsoft Brazil's director-general of legal affairs and of institutional relations, Alexandre Esper, said..."
Bollocks!! Well, actually, he's right in a way. American company or American staff - USA PATRIOT Act applies. Doesn't matter where the data is located, so he's correct. Just not in the manner in which he intended.
And you can certainly envisage the spooks invoking the Act to look for dirt on Greenwald and Miranda.
Re: Why for the love of Dog?
Argos have the cheap & here niche...
Have you ever compared their prices with anyone else? If you did, you'd never go near the place again.
Re: Keith Vaz?
If bandwagon-jumping was an athletics event then Keith Vaz would win more golds than Usain Bolt.
Re: But it's a biased question
I thought you would.
But it's a biased question
Would you support or oppose social media sites like Twitter only allowing people to use them if they provided a full verified name and address?
Since people inherently prefer to agree/conform/follow the herd, rather than disagree or go against the flow, then they will be more likely to "support" verified names and addresses than if a neutral question had been asked.
The question should have been "Should social media sites like Twitter only allow people to use them...".
For the same reason, after consultation with the Electoral Commission, the Scottish referendum question was changed from "Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?" to "Should Scotland be an independent country?".
Re: Are you watching Cameron
are you watching Cameron
Yes he is.
And he is concluding that it is trivially easy to block websites.
Re: Is it me?
...generally they don't actually start the programme at the stated time, so for PVR use you generally have to manually put in a buffer
Doesn't your PVR user the programme start/stop signals generated by the broadcaster?
Yes, you are dependent on the broadcaster to do this correctly, but I can only think of once in the last few years where I missed part of a programme - a minute or two at the start.
Thought they'd gone to the wall
Didn't realise that they were still in business - haven't seen one of their online adverts for a long time now.
Anyone here use them?
Can they calculate realistic premiums?
The insurance industry is of course based on very accurate statistics (eg for life expectancy, car insurance, etc) for very common events, and reliable, though not quite so accurate, statistics for likelihood and impact of less common things such as shipwrecks and oil refineries blowing up.
Accurate and reliable statistics for likelihood and impact of hacking attacks and other types of cyber-crime are impossible to come by, partly because of the reluctance in reporting such things, and partly because the affected parties don't know the extent of the damage.
Which suggests to me that the insurance premiums wll be sky-high.
Re: Wake up call
It's time to start encrypting everything.
If you read the slideset published by the Grauniad, you'll see that that's one of the things that they specifically look for.
Re: Now look here, the rules are simple enough!
Is one of Serco, G4S, Capita or Branson also bidding for the contract?
- If yes, then give up immediately as the contract might as well have been awarded already
- If no, then keep in there, as there's an outside chance the tendering process might actually be clean.
Sorry, but I disagree. It's probably the totally screwed-up renewal of the InterCity West Coast train franchise that has led to the increase in complaints. FirstGroup were awarded the new franchise, Virgin complained about the procurement process, and it was eventually agreed that it had had serious flaws.
I'm no fan of the bearded one, but he seems to have been right that time.
Re: The "Wandering Wop"
Apparently it sounds like "whop".
As in "whang", "whank" and "whilly".
Deemed offensive to Italian Americans, oddly, not Hispanics
Italian Americans, New York, race track, powers-that-be - perhaps there's a possibility of sleeping with the fishes which takes priority over anything the Hispanics might say?
@ andreas koch - Its not just in Royston
"Monitoring traffic flow needs the recognition and storage of number plate data, does it? I don't really think so"
Trafficmaster calculates average speed for traffic by recording part of the number plates of vehicles and then seeing when these vehicles pass further cameras.
So not the full number, and not stored permanently. But ANPR - yes, definitely.
@ Phil O'Sophical
Lakeland have removed from their website statement any detail of where the flaw is.
Suggest you delete your post.