Time to get this out of storage
195 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009
Why do you think an over the counter transaction is more secure?
Some years ago my wife had her bag stolen while we were in a restaurant. It contained all of her bank and credit cards, and a cheque book (don't ask!). We reported the theft to the police and to the bank as soon as it was discovered - which would have been 1 hour at most after it took place. Bank took all the details, sent a "Loss Questionnaire" to complete and said the card was cancelled. A replacement card arrived within a couple of days.
Imagine her horror two weeks later when she withdrew some cash from an ATM and checked her balance only to discover it was almost zero rather than the fairly healthy sum she expected.
Subsequent investigation showed that somebody - either the bag thief or whoever they'd sold the cards on to - had made repeated withdrawals by cheque made out to "Self" over the counter in branches of the bank. Each withdrawal had been for more than the card limit, which means that checks should have been made each time. Not only that but more than one withdrawal had been made each day which (in the case of cheques to self) is supposed to be impossible.
All of that in branches of the bank - so much for security!
Dave Lee Travis
Paul Gadd (Gary Glitter)
BIGGER perverts than this Bulgarian or does the fact that they're British make it OK?
...ULA has long traded on it's (admittedly very good) ability to use Russian rocket technology to achieve its launch-success record...
"Had this monstrosity gone live..."
Ummm... it has gone live, albeit in a very restricted way.
Hmmm... I'm reminded of a very old (WW2) joke about two former school chums who meet up in a bar. One is a Captain in the Army, the other a Wing Commander in the RAF.
They talk about their different "jobs" and the Captain says he would love to see a Spitfire (I told you it was an old joke!), so the Wing Commander arranges for him to visit his squadron.
When the Captain arrives the Wingco takes him out and shows him the beautiful work of art that is a Spitfire and they climb up and look inside the cockpit. He explains the use of the various instruments and controls. The Captain looks astonished and then turns to him and says "What? You have to deal with all of that on your own? In battle? And no competent NCO to help you?".
This could mark the end of whole "pizza delivery man" genre of pr0n...
"I've not read the budget..."
Ummm... apart from Gideon and staff in the Treasury nobody has read the budget yet.
If I've done nothing wrong you've got no reason to track me!
If you could disguise it as a gun you'd have no problem getting it in the States!
Brown is often castigated for selling our gold cheap, but few people understand why he did it. See this piece from The Telegraph (that well known supporter of Gordon Brown) - http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/thomaspascoe/100018367/revealed-why-gordon-brown-sold-britains-gold-at-a-knock-down-price/. So, it turns out it was yet another bail-out of the banks!
temporarily unable or unwilling to speak.
"she stood dumb while he poured out a stream of abuse"
synonyms: mute, unable to speak, without the power of speech; speechless, tongue-tied, wordless, silent, at a loss for words, voiceless, inarticulate, taciturn, uncommunicative, untalkative, tight-lipped, close-mouthed, saying nothing; informalmum; technicalaphasic, aphonic
"he was born deaf and dumb"
I think it probably IS dumb! (I say this as a fan of real, mechanical watches.)
I know I'm not the first to say it but it's true nonetheless - you don't find a needle in a haystack by making the haystack bigger.
One depressing fact that has emerged from almost every terrorist attack in the western world since 9/11 is that the bad guys were already on the radar of the security services. It's just that the data was overlooked or its seriousness wasn't appreciated. So what's the proposed solution to the problem? Hoover up even more data because obviously we'll find what we already had if we have to search an even bigger volume of crap.
But how do I know I can trust Veracrypt?
Yeah, 'cos private sector sites are so efficient and never get hacked.
I mean, it's not like the Syrian Electronic Army hacked BBC News, the Associated Press, National Public Radio, CBC News, Al Jazeera, Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Washington Post, Syrian satellite broadcaster Orient TV, al-Arabia TV, Human Rights Watch and sundry US defence contractors...
(Disclaimer: I don't work for the NHS or the public sector)
I'm with you on this one.
It seems to rely on the fact that it can recover the information for up to a minute after I've touched the keypad. Fair enough, but I don't touch the numeric keys just to enter my pin. I also touch them to enter the amount I want to withdraw, so in addition to the PIN there will also be the keys corresponding to the withdrawal amount.
Even if somebody photographed the keys over my shoulder (which I might notice!) immediately after I'd entered my PIN then they only have the four digits - they've still got to get them in the right order within three tries!
FAIL on all counts.
What does the victim's age have to do with this? Why do you find it so hard to accept that the incident genuinely distressed her?
In cases like this it's easy for us - men in particular - to laugh it off and say that it was only a dick pic, but that doesn't mean that the woman concerned wasn't genuinely upset by this. Maybe she was a rape victim; maybe she had been sexually abused as a child. There are lots of reasons why this could have been distressing for her. Nothing to do with moralism or bubblewrap.
One event is definitely insufficient data to go making assertions about randomness. In true randomness sometimes they'll do the same thing sometimes they'll do the opposite.
What you actually want - they always take actions that ensure they don't crash - requires cooperation, not randomness.
Which leaves us with the painful question of where you store the password to your password store!
Yeah, but you have to remember what thin profit margins there are on iProducts and the negligible profit the company as a whole makes. That one iPod Nano could make all the difference!
What version of Android are you on? It certainly sounds a lots less functional than the one I use!
I just looked at my message log and picked one at random. When I "clicked" (touched?) to open it not only was the message displayed but at the top of the screen was a handy little telephone icon which enables me to call that person.
Seems pretty functional to me! (I'm on a Samsung S4 running Android "KitKat" (4.4.2).)
<sigh>@TonyJ, it's my own fault for not using the Joke Alert icon. I didn't actually think that it was the same system...
came online in April 1939, and as the last operating example, claims to be "the world's oldest [continually operating] radar site"
Bloody hell! 76 years with no downtime - that's amazing!
IANAL but given that Safe Harbor (sic) is an agreement between the US and the EU then the judgement will apply to the UK as well.
Which is fine until the government turns around and says "Oh, you were unemployed and turned down a perfectly good job offer? Your benefits will be sanctioned (ie. forfeited) for the next 3 months!".
Nowadays people don't always have free choice in accepting or rejecting jobs.
Ummm... no. You're NOT buying the tunes from Apple, at best you're renting them. If you don't believe me then here's an experiment:
Go to your favourite music shop and purchase some music on CD or vinyl. Now go home and listen to it. Listen to it in your car, your office, wherever. Decide you really like this music and your friend would appreciate hearing it at his/her leisure. Lend the CD/vinyl to them to listen to wherever they want. Eventually (hopefully!) they return the CD/vinyl to you. You listen to it some more. Eventually you die (sorry, but it's going to happen to all of us). In your will you leave thhe CD/vinyl to somebody you like so that they can listen to it as much as they want, or lend it to their friends. When they die they too can bequeath it to somebody.
Now repeat the experiment with music "purchased" from Apple. You can listen to it wherever you have the technology to get access to it - great. Now try lending it to a friend... or bequeathing it in your will...
Maybe I'm old-fashioned - actually I *AM* old-fashioned - but to me "purchasing" something means that it's mine to use and dispose of as I wish, not as the "seller" dictates.
You're right, it's so exciting watching individual cars leaving at well spaced intervals so that they're effectively "racing" all on their own. I particularly enjoy watching the high-speed overtaking. Oh...
we've calculated that 156 million pairs of shoes ... would stretch a mind-boggling 52km
Surely that would depend on what size the shoes are? 156 million pairs of children's size 3s aren't going to stretch as far as 156 million pairs of men's size 14s.
And I suppose you think 60% of voters in clacton are racists/homophones/whatever?
I would infer from the view you express that you're a UKIP supporter or at the very least sympathetic to them. You therefore probably agree with Nigel Farrage's recently expressed view that people working in the NHS should be tested to ensure that they speak English well.
With that in mind I suggest you go away and look up what "homophone" actually means!
Ummm... the ICO deals with Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act matters.
UKIP isn't a government department, local authority or other public body and so FOIA doesn't apply here
The DPA relates to personal data. I would struggle to see how a domain registration is personal data when it is registered to an organisation not an individual. Even if the registration is in an individual's name then it is in the public domain anyway as the domain registration is a public record.
Don't really see anything here for the ICO to do.
Really sorry if I'm being even more stupid than usual, but I still don't understand.
I appreciate that the conversion factor could result in some funny sizes in a different set of units, but if you're European (other than British) you work in metric by definition so why would you choose 7.62mm rather than 7mm or 8mm? Similarly, if you're a Brit or a Yank, you probably work in inches so why would you choose .203 or .303?
There are clearly a number of El Reg readers out there who know a great deal about firearms so I wonder if one of them could answer a question that has always puzzled me: why are gun calibres (almost) always such odd sizes?
For example, in this article we're dealing with .303"; why that "odd" 3/1000 of an inch? Wouldn't .3 be just as good - and surely easier to make? I can just about go for .45, but .44? Or .22? Why are standard NATO round 7.62mm or 5.56mm? Wouldn't 7.5mm or evn 8mm and 5.5mm or 6mm be easier to manufacture.
Please - no flamey answers, it's a genuine question.
I'm sceptical that it was the Norks, not because I doubt their capability but because a lot of the behaviours around the attack don't speak to me of a nation-state attack. Posting a picture of a skeleton to the company's machines? Posting stolen content to Pastebin? Sounds more like your avaerage hacker. Good piece in Wired about it - http://www.wired.com/2014/12/sony-hack-what-we-know/
...gas from Gas Board, electric from Electricity Board...
Whereabouts in the UK does your mother-in-law live? I thought that all of the UK had privatised gas and electricity companies ever since the 80s when Thatcher privatised them. Where is this little bubble that still has a Gas Board and an Electricity Board?
Send them to me!
Yeah, but those of us who have friends tend to have far higher usage and therefore it's more expensive!
Is "fridge-sized" now an official El Reg unit? If so, can you give some guidance on interpreting it in more conventional units? For example, I own both a "beer fridge" and an "American style" fridge freezer - one is roughly a 2 foot cube and the other is about 6 feet high, 6 feet wide and 3 feet deep*. Which of these is officially "fridge-sized"?
* obviously this latter is the beer fridge!
Wow! The Pilgrims had chocolate?!?
"...requests for data from the US authorities had to be legally binding – via court order – and couldn’t be over-reaching"
I can't help but think this is either very naive or deliberately deceptive. The datacentre may well be in Europe but Amazon is a US company and, as we know from the Microsoft ruling, the US courts regard data as being within the scope of a court order irrespective of where it is physically held. Unless and until Microsoft win their case it's largely immaterial where your data is held.
"...a recommendation to horde cleaning supplies..." - I suppose if we got everybody in the office to keep one item then that might count. How many people would we need to qualify as a horde?
"Oooh: don't tell me you were born here - you have an NI number. So your NHS card will do the job"
Could you explain the link between NI number and NHS number? They're different numbers issued by different organisations.
Naval gazing? Do you mean they spend all their time looking at boats? No wonder they aren't very effective against Google et al.
Ummm... I said we didn't have MUCH use for spanners, not that we didn't have ANY use for spanners. My point really was that there are lots of kinds of engineers, not just mechanical engineers so why the default assumption that engineer = mech. engineer?
Why does engineering = spanner?
My degree is in Electronic Engineering and we didn't really have much use for spanners. I strongly suspect that Prof. Sharples who was Head of Department hadn't ever used a spanner either.
"or plugin to a pc and use iTunes, you know the tool apple built to service iDevices" - and there was me thinking that iTunes was the product they acquired when they bought SoundJam MP in late 2000.
I just don't get this. Why on earth would I want to use their cloud service in the first place and if I did why on earth would I want to do it on a mobile device?
I shoot high res images in RAW format and edit them in Lightroom. I'm seriously considering buying a much bigger monitor than my existing 24" one so that I can edit more easily. Does anybody seriously think they can do anything worthwhile on a 5" screen using a touch interface?
Surely the iMedicine store would be an optician? (Optomterist for our US cousins)
I read and re-read and re-re-read your comment to make sure I'd seen it properly. Are you calling the author a liar? To me it sounds like you are because there can be _no_ "other side" to this which justifies it.
"The world is flooded with Dead bootlegs, but some of them are superb"
Which was partly why the Dead's approach was so clever. Back in the day, *GOOD* bootlegs of any band were usually pricey compared to official recordings and, of course, the bands saw nothing of that money. By making bootlegs ubiquitous, the Dead greatly reduced that premium.
There is an interesting philosophical question here: were these recordings bootlegs? Given that their production had been officially facilitated by the band, and thereby tacitly approved, it could be argued that they're not bootlegs at all but "official" recordings. At the very least they are official unofficial recordings!
I'm a very old git - probably old enough to be the dad of most commentards here. I remember US band The Grateful Dead who had a novel approach to this sort of problem.
The issue then wasn't fans with smartphones - given that they hadn't been invented - but with fans who were recording the gig on audio tape. The Dead's solution? They set up a roped-off area which had been carefully chosen to give "good sound" and invited fans to set up their recorders there. This wasn't a trick, the recorders were allowed to run and the fans came back and collected them after the gig.
When asked why they positively encouraged taping they argued that since fans would find a way to tape the gig anyway they would prefer that any recordings that were being circulated were of good quality and didn't dtract from their performance.