* Posts by jonathanb

2533 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Teenage boy bailed until November over TalkTalk incident

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Re: Not to worry

Increasing the severity of punishment for corporate criminals would be effective, because the small fines they get at the moment are just written off as a cost of doing business, and are no deterrent at all. For individuals, I agree with you.

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Re: this lad

If they took it down because they noticed a flood of attempted attacks, that would have stopped him before he found the magic incantation. He must have already been in before the DDOS happened, though he could have been flooding the site with download requests.

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Further confusion at TalkTalk claims it was hit by 'sequential attack'

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Techies? At Talk Talk? Are they the ones that suggest turning if off and on again to see if that help?

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'iOS 9 ate my mobile broadband plan'

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The status bar isn't visible if you are watching video in full screen mode.

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TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief

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That's the difference between encryption and password protection.

However, if you get remote access to my MacBook while it is turned on and logged in, FileVault is not going to stop you getting at anything.

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The encryption cases relate to stolen laptops. Some people think that if the laptop has a password, it is secure. It isn't. Either boot up the laptop from external media or take the drive out of it and connect it as a secondary drive in another machine. You then don't need a password to access the contents.

Where the data is stored on a server in a server room or data centre with physical access controls, then it is a bit different.

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Encryption is only effective if the key is secure. If the system needs access to the data so that customers can view their accounts and change those details they are allowed to change, for example the bank or card they want to use to pay their charges, the billing system can allocate charges to the correct place, and the collection system can collect the money every month, I'm not convinced that encrypting the data would help that much.

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We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

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Re: Shame

If the price of one specific type of food went up, we would buy substitutes instead. It is only if the price of all food increased that demand would be inelastic.

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Tardy TalkTalk advertised for a new infosec officer 1 week ago

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Re: They've contacted the ICO

Pharmacy2u were fined £130,000 for selling customer info to fraudsters, which I would say is a more serious offence than what Talk Talk did. To be proportionate with that, the fine would probably be about £25,000. But I agree, the fines are way too low to be an effective deterrent.

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Silicon Valley freeze-out: EU watchdog tells firms clock is ticking to limit data transfers

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They can collect data from the US, if you use your card there, or with a company based there, but they can't store or analyse the data there.

That's fine for dealing with your account. However, to work out that for example everyone who purchased tickets from Heathrow Express over a certain period had fraudulent transactions on their account afterwards, as happened many years ago, and therefore Heathrow Express must be having problems with their security, that would involve analysing data from people in many different countries. If you look at just the UK data, you might have found that most of them had also purchased from Tesco, but bring in the international data, and you will be able to pinpoint the source much better.

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Re: Yeah, But,

It doesn't specifically have to be in Croatia. Ireland, where their EU operation is registered, is fine, they can store it there.

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TalkTalk attackers stole 'incomplete' customer bank data, ISP confirms

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I wonder if any of the people who complained about having bank accounts emptied had accounts with Lloyds. It appears the information they had was enough to open account there, and the recently closed security hole at Lloyds meant that they could have accessed other Lloyds accounts held by the victim.

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Joining the illuminati? Just how bright can a smart bulb really be?

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Re: Bayonet? - Why not a bayonet cap option?

My kitchen and bathroom are wired for 12V DC lamps, so a new standard is possible. Having said that, I will probably switch the kitchen to a 230V supply, because 50W, 680 lumen spots are not particularly bright, not at all energy efficient, and only illuminate a 1m diameter circle on the floor leaving the rest of the kitchen in darkness.

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Re: Size Does Matter

You should replace it with an E27 ceiling lampholder, however if you live in the UK, finding such a thing could be a challenge, and you will probably have to import it from Europe.

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Joke

Maybe we could add a Bluetooth wall switch to turn them on and off, much easier than fumbling around with a smartphone app.

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Northamber: Windows 10 killed our sales momentum

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Is there anything a new computer can do that my five year old computer can't do? Not really, so I will replace it when it breaks, not because it has some amazing new features I want to play with, much like the appliances in my kitchen.

I am the sort of person who goes out and buys the latest model to play with new technology, but with PCs, there just isn't anything to tempt me.

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American robocallers to be shamed in public lists

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Re: UK comparison

The Telephone Preference Service is actually worse than useless. People who list themselves on the Telephone Preference Service receive more nuisance calls than people who aren't on it.

It is run by the Direct Marketing Association. They send the list to any nuisance calling outfit that asks for it, and of course no one would even think of using it as a "please call me" list rather than a "do not call me" list.

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Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

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Re: A fish rots from the head

She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Not sure how that qualifies her to run a telecoms company.

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This is Talk Talk. They don't employ people who know what they are talking about.

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No VAT on Bitcoin, rules ECJ, but capital gains still apply

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If you operate an exchange, then the profit on your bid/offer spread would be subject to income tax, not capital gains tax.

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Bosch, you suck! Dyson says VW pal cheated in vacuum cleaner tests

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My Samsung has such a light. It is red when sucking dirt and green when sucking clean air.

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Accidental homicide: how VoLTE kills old style call accounting

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Re: Indeed

I can see 2G potentially surviving longer than 3G. 2G's advantage over 3G is better coverage for the same number of masts, but other than the ability to make voice calls, there aren't any advantages of 3G over 4G, and voice calls aren't any better over 3G than 2G.

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Sending data over a voice call session isn't a new idea, it is how we used to do things before broadband was invented.

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Minicab-hailing app Uber is lawful – UK High Court

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If Ryanair take a different route from normal due to weather conditions or whatever, and charge you extra for it, then yes they are.

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With other private hire operators eg Addison Lee, they give you a quote for the journey, which may be based on distance and estimated time based on current traffic conditions, or any other criteria they see fit, and if you accept it, that is the price you pay regardless of what happens afterwards.

There are apps that will give you quotes from a number of different operators, along with the estimated time of arrival, and you can pick the one you want. Again, if you accept it, that is the price you pay.

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Slacker vendors' one-fix-a-year effort leaves 88% of Androids vulnerable

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I don't have to wait for HP to deliver patches to my desktop computer, they come straight from Microsoft, so why can't it be the same for handsets?

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Weight, what? The perfect kilogram is nearly in Planck's grasp

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Re: Wouldn't it be easier...

It leads to a circular reference, because you need to specify the pressure of the water, in Pascals, and that unit is derived from the kg.

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Re: Heavy science

No the reference kilogramme will weigh a different number of Newtons depending on where you do the measurement, but it will always be 1kg of mass.

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Ouch! Microsoft sues recycling firm over 70K stolen Office licenses

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Re: Dont tell me...

If it is sent to them as a Category A write-off, then yes.

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Laser razor binned from Kickstarter resurfaces on Indiegogo

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Re: They stole my idea for a laser-based lawn mower - just moved it to the chin/legs/etc.

Laser based hair removal systems do exist, though you generally go to a clinic where a skilled operator uses it. There is also something called intense pulsed light, which you can buy to use at home, if you have white skin and dark hair.

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How long does it take an NHS doctor to turn on a computer?

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But switching a computer is a basic life skill along the same lines as being able to take the cap off a pen or operate a light switch.

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Re: I still can't get my head round this one

The browser address bar is a revelation to just about everyone. Almost everyone I know types for example "facebook.com" into the Google or Bing search box and selects the first search result.

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World's oldest person scoffs daily ration of bacon

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Re: Bad timing

Biscuits = scones; gravy = some sort of puke-like substance. Look at the recipe pages on this site.

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Online VAT fraud: Calls for government crackdown grow louder

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Re: Ugh

I think you will find that road tax was re-introduced in the most recent budget.

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Re: Let's talk VAT numbers..

The registration threshold is based on turnover, not profit, and is £82,000 for UK businesses, or £70,000 for businesses that are registered for VAT in another EU country, and exporting to the UK.

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Join Uber in a tale of rent seeking and employment law

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Re: Employement status is more complex than that

In the UK, you pay a lot less National Insurance if you are self-employed, and usually less tax, as you can generally claim more in expenses. However you don't get sick pay, maternity pay, holiday pay, unfair dismissal rights and so on.

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Re: Employement status is more complex than that

As far as I'm aware, you do have to accept the jobs that are assigned to you while logged on, though you can log out at any time, and you do have to follow the route on their sat-nav.

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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Re: Radiation is safe for wildlife...

Humans could probably survive long enough to have children, which is about 12-14 years old if you don't follow modern societal norms. That doesn't mean they will be healthy.

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Digital Services to be killed off early next year, Gov.uk confirms

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Re: Is it just me?

I was thinking more of Disk Operating System, the obsolete OS from the 1980s and early 1990s.

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Guess who owns Netflix.news and Netflix.website – clue: definitely not Netflix

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Re: Huh?

The complainant has a choice of dispute resolution processes, and will choose the one that is most likely to rule in their favour.

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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

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Re: Unfair comparison

I would say that Jobs was more than just a salesman. He had a very clear vision about how computers should work, even if he didn't have the technical knowledge to make it happen.

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Watch out VW – French prosecutors are pulling on the rubber gloves

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Re: Have a Landy freelander with a remap

It does test for PM.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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Re: What was the business model here?

4) Sell shares to gullible investors. That's the business plan for most .coms, or are they called cloud-based platforms now?

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Autonomy ex-boss Lynch tells of poisonous life within HP in High Court showdown

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Re: Better hope he has documentation

He can say anything he likes in court. Libel laws can't touch him there.

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Ofcom: Ahem, about that 28GHz spectrum. Let's talk fees

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Can someone explain

If charging higher licence fees encourages greater use of the spectrum, then presumably nobody at all uses 2.6GHz, as there is no charge for that point on the dial.

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Ex-Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch sues HP for $150m+

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The commentards here said it was overpriced at the time. Look back at the archives from the time the deal was going through.

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Bezos battery-box bomb beef brouhaha begins as UK watchdog hauls Amazon to court

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Re: lithium in the avionics bay, in the passenger areas and the cockpit but not in the hold then...

Last time I was on a plane, you had to carry batteries in hand luggage. This is because if it catches fire in the cabin, the crew will be able to deal with it, but not if it is in the hold.

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Solar panel spammer hit by UK’s biggest ever nuisance calls fine

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Re: Fine was not big enough to serve as any sort of deterrent

But they get to keep the other 75% of their ill-gotten gains.

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Re: Fine was not big enough to serve as any sort of deterrent

beta.companieshouse.gov.uk has most of the information for every company available for free, and doesn't require you to supply an email address.

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Has the UK Uber crackdown begun? TfL opens consultation on private car biz

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Re: Not quite

Private hire can charge more than a taxi, and stretch limos and similar often do.

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