* Posts by Bogle

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: It's simple

Okay, I'm with you, but " because that would be impossible as well as utterly insane" really describes what we're looking at here! It's perhaps the best description of the legislation possible.

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Re: Is anyone working to overcome this?

I'll add my +1 to Andrews & Arnold ISP [http://www.aa.net.uk/] and the Open Rights Group [https://www.openrightsgroup.org/].

I use A&A ISP and the service is good and I pay my subs to the ORG. "Put your money where your mouth is" is a decent idea, I think. (Though my recent political bets on the results of both the EU Referendum and the USA's Presidential Election aren't good examples ...)

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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Re: Stazi

"Why are we becoming a Police state?"

There, FIFY.

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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

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Re: "drain the swamp"

Fact checking: He's not a politician, he's a teacher [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-33150562] and he doesn't like the term "tsar" any more than you do.

That said, his comment doesn't appear to fit with his remit of offering training to teachers in managing the behaviour of their pupils.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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IndyRef 2 will be watching with interest. I imagine the Scottish and NI MPs will be voting against implementing Article 50 and that will surely put IndyRef 2 back on the hatstand (for a while).

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Re: There's one bit of good news though

Okay, it's not "a lot" but it is double.

I looked myself (Irish, German) but missed qualifying on some conditions. I suspect a lot of people have had a little look? Particularly those of families that had to flee Germany in the 1930's and now get special dispensation to reclaim their citizenship.

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: Wileyfox

"dropping it 8 feet on to tarmac"

Blimey, just how high up are your pockets?

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

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Re: Lets play a game

Did you know there's a solution to The Trolley Problem? Stop me if you've seen this one.

A two-year-old's solution to the trolley problem: https://youtu.be/-N_RZJUAQY4

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Blighty's National Pupil Database has been used to control immigration

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Lovejoy

Won't someone please think of the children?!

Oh, you did? Fuck, you really did.

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UK.gov is doing sod all to break £20bn of locked-in IT contracts

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Re: Costs a lot but employs a lot

Rather missing the point that we don't *want* a single supplier to do it all as we've seen where that leads us with failed projects and huge overruns.

Please don't divide the costs over the whole population. The total of UK Income Tax payers is a little over 30 million according the Gov's National Statistics (which would, amusingly, be about £666 per taxpayer).

As for seeing the money being spent going back into circulation it really doesn't account for the vast profits being siphoned out by these huge firms.

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Adams

Heart of Gold? 42? Any more references? Me, I think we should sign up just to avoid the bypass that's coming through here ...

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It's time for humanity to embrace SEX ROBOTS. For, uh, science, of course

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Joke

The ROTM began long ago

Given the choice between the girls down the docks and the vacuum cleaner I know which I'd pick.

DIRTY Hoover. dirty.

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London's Francis Crick Institute will house 1,250 cancer-fighting boffins

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Meh

Salford

1. Research Scientist isn't a high paying job.

2. Part of the build was to retire multiple ageing facilities in the city.

So, London? The news of the Crick comes at the same time as reports of the Beeb's success with the Salford move [The Guardian, pg. 3, today]

<missed>opportunity</missed>

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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FAIL

Re: Mr Comey's position...

"By the way, there was a vulnerable person over the weekend"

I call BS. As Wikipedia likes it, "Citation needed". Or perhaps XKCD: https://xkcd.com/285/

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OneLogin breached, hacker finds cleartext credential notepads

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Joke

Re: And that's why...

"nah, following the mandatory security course the admins had to call HR and get the children names and their date of birth..."

Round here we just check the tats on the backs of their necks ...

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Notting Hill Carnival spycams: Met Police rolls out real-time live face-spotting tech

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Joke

V

The carnival is going to look decidedly odd with so many members of Anonymous attending ...

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Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs

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Tube

Does anyone else think "Vas deferens" every time this clown pops up?

Time to cut the tubes, Keith, 'cause that stuff you're spunking is utter shite.

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Re: My first thought was:

Wasn't Roy Batty's inception date 8th January, 2016? The replicants already here ...

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Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

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Joke

Oh really?

Quick, we must fund a study into the late use of security implementations for large agricultural building portals where there has been a recent, rapid equine absconding. Please make out grant applications in triplicate to the Dept of the Bleeding Obvious. No, not you, Franz.

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Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

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Re: Left-wing ideologues.

I'm not sure that our Commentards personal experiences of debating points amongst both Left and the Right-leaning people is borne out by the UK's more reliable yardsticks of political thought along this single axis: the daily rags.

The press on the Right, tabloid and broadsheet, is considerably less able to have a rational discussion than that on the Left and quite a bit more likely to resort to labelling, caricature and stereotyping. Of course. there's not a lot of press actually *on* the left.

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GitLab offers Digital Ocean to soak up customers' CI burden

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FAIL

DataCentre != ex-USA

Shome mishtake, shurely? Which of us would feel our IP was in safe hands just because the server happened to be local? Not I. It's the legal jurisdiction that matters and with the Yanks, this is considered to be "world".

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Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in Britain

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FAIL

LOC + PHB = FAIL

*We* stopped counting but the PHB asked for our LOC metric on a project just last year. We've no idea why, they didn't want to say ...

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Microsoft announces Azure Functions, encrypted cloud storage

Bogle

Re: The keys

Azure has HSMs (hardware security modules) that are part of Azure Key Vault so yes, you can secure your keys now. Not used them myself so other than pointing at the tech I can't comment.

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Health Secretary promises NHS £4.2bn to go 'digital'

Bogle

IE8? I know of at least one "patient flow" application that is wedded to IE6! (ExtraMed).

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FAIL

Boondoggle

Because NPfIT was such a success ..

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Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!

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Joke

A new beginning

There are a great many frameworks I would like to see burn on the communal bonfire and there would be tears of happiness. The bonfire should be lit just as soon as I've released the latest version of my framework ...

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UK NHS-backed health apps 'riddled with security flaws'

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FAIL

Bile today, bile tomorrow

Ah, the torygraph. Average reporting dipped in bile. They apply the skewed thinking of the small minded and come up with "doctors will resist the advance of science as their patients will be healthier"!

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Snooping Scottish plod to be taken to tribunal by spied-on detective

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FAIL

Re: No surprise

Dear England,

Police Scotland has proved to be a quite bad idea. Consider it a warning and don't let it happen to you.

Yours,

Scotland

"Altogether under one cosh."

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Storm in a teacup: Wileyfox does Android cheapie, British style

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Happy

Re: Wileyfox Swift

As for a recommendation for PAYG data, I'm using a giffgaff gigabag in my Wileyfox Swift. (Shameless affiliate link, in case you are feeling generous: https://www.giffgaff.com/orders/affiliate/richbogle). I like giffgaff a lot and have a couple of their SIMs.

I use the Swift as my data-only phone and the dual SIM was particularly useful when I was in France recently. I was able to put a Le French Mobile SIM in the second slot and didn't have to worry about fiddling about with the SIMs after that.

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Tech firms fight anti-encryption demands after Paris murders

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Black Helicopters

Don't look here - look there!

Surely our feckless and ignorant but devious and amoral overlords can't really be *this* stupid. This is politics to garner attention and win votes, surely, whilst keeping us blind to their true plan.

What's the real agenda? Simple distraction from the foreign policy and military disasters in the Middle East that have created ISIS? An opportunity to bung some more cash into the security services? A desire to subdue the population at home? I think I can rule out oil for once, as it's just not worth that much anymore.

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Brits rattle tin for custom LCD Raspberry Pi funbox

Bogle

Re: Landfill Android

I like the *look* of it, the future from the 1970's as another commentard put it, and the constraint of having just four hardware buttons. Once you've learnt that interface, for the one or two apps you may care to have on it, it becomes really *physically* usable. So I'm a buttons and knobs man. Oh dear, that didn't come out quite right.

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Shadow state? Scotland's IT independence creeps forth

Bogle

Welcome to Scotland

Also useful for spotting the dead bodies of jingoists in the morning - just so the street cleaners can avoid them.

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Flame

My CHI Number is tattooed on my wrist

Using the NHS Central Register as a national ID system is a great scam - why didn't anyone think of that trick before?

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GCHQ director blasts free market, says UK must be 'sovereign cryptographic nation'

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Joke

Re: The full list from the Draft IPB

> Welsh Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust

Oh good grief. As far as I'm concerned *Welsh* is encrypted.

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ProtonMail still under attack by DDoS bombardment

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WTF?

Re: Latest statement is pretty serious

ArsTechnica estimated the ransom at $6,000 [http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/11/crypto-e-mail-service-pays-6000-ransom-gets-taken-out-by-ddos-anyway/].

Eh? What's the going rate, I wonder, for a sustained DDoS call-off?

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Re: Who?

Small thing: ProtonMail already do have two data centres in Switzerland.

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Ashley Madison: ‘Our site is full of women, and members are growing’

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Re: "members are growing"

I expect it's really quite flaccid.

Perhaps all the "new" members are doing just what the housewives claimed and trying to catch out other people. I'm looking at you, journos. And you, blackmailers.

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Ex-Microsoftie in worthless Euro netizens data security promise

Bogle

Patriots. Bah.

I think the Reg title is a little harsh, no? It's the USA's Patriot Act (what a name) that's the problem. A USA owned firm can't avoid giving up your data and has to do so secretly. At least in the EU you will be served a warrant. Probably.

I see Zettabox are registered in the UK which seems silly when compared to registering in Germany and taking advantage of their strong privacy laws. At the moment we are busy passing legislative changes that allow all the naughtiness that GCHQ have been getting up to.

It's good to see these companies popping up. Moving business out of the USA is one way of making their government think twice (okay, think once).

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Intel imagines chips in nappies to create the Internet of sh*t things

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Joke

WiFi

My little one broadcasts on WiFi-y!

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Private cloud has a serious image problem

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Re: About Matt Asay...

To be fair, the majority of the commentards were more concerned about toasters!

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FAIL

Private = Privacy

A big win for the private cloud has to be privacy.

With AWS and Azure being USA owned there's nothing they can do to prevent your data being handed over to their government. Want to do sell a service into the UK pensions industry, for instance? No way are they going to be able to provide their members' data for you to run it in, basically, the USA.

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NHS Scotland to refresh creaking, 25-year-old apps

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Generational thinking

That's actually pretty impressive, to get 25 years out of an application (or applications). Even though they say it's expensive to maintain you can divide the total cost over all those years and I believe you'd be seeing good value. Do you think that could be a requirement in the new invitations to tender? Must last a quarter of a century?

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

Bogle

No running in the hall

Probably a dumb question based on a mis-reading of the article but couldn't we (her Maj's government) have allowed RBS to go bankrupt and *then* stepped in to buy them out at a much more reasonable, and realistic, price? If the point of the bailout is to stop a run on the bank couldn't we have still prevented the run by being quick with the bankruptcy / buy-out announcements?

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

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Re: "... would not seek another referendum ..."

Yup, "steal" is fine. Don't give a monkeys what you want to call it, really. Indeed, perhaps the Greeks should stop being polite about it and just "steal" the Elgin Marbles back and the Australian Aboriginals should just "steal" back their dead from our museums?

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Smart grid security WORSE than we thought

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poison the well

Random and incomplete information has been working for me since the days of the Poll Tax (confusion trumps denial any day). However, I now struggle to remember my real birthday ...

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Visual Studio running on OS X and Linux for free? SO close

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FAIL

Re: Beware the License Agreement!

"Some features in the software may enable collection of data from users of applications you develop using the software."

What features? That's nuts. Is the compiler inserting code into my apps? Shurely shome mistake ...

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This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

Bogle

Re: Trying to make the internet a little bit safer

Is that you again, Rob Wainwright, with the FUD?

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Re: They haven't made it easy

Try TransferWise to avoid the very high bank charges - I could post my referral link but that would be a bit crass. Anyway, it's saved me loads of dosh in the last few years and it works really well.

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Microsoft's three-way only goes one way: Backends merge into Azure App Service

Bogle

Re: Cloudy Skies

@101 - you're absolutely right and it is currently stopping a lot of applications being moved to the cloud. There is a way now, though, that will let you perfectly encrypt everything in Azure so that M$ cannot access it, even when they are rubber-hosed by the NSA. 'Key Vault' uses Hardware Security Modules to store your keys so that they never escape the boundaries of the hardware itself.

[http://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/key-vault/?rnd=1]

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