* Posts by Velv

1900 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

False Northern Lights alert issued to entire UK because of a lawnmower

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Makes a change. Normally it's the cleaner getting the blame for removing a plug so she* could plug the Hoover¥ in

*she/he

¥ other brands of vacuum cleaner are available.

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

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Re: Chilcot Report

It was even nicely presented as a show at this years Edinburgh Fringe:

https://iraqoutloud.com/

Took 245 hours and 45 minutes to read out.

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Hidden Agenda

How many PMs, party activists and policies have been outed, thwarted or exposed as corrupt due to social media?

"The proletariat cannot be permitted to challenge the leading classes in government and we must find a reason to block these social media tools from being used to undermine what we as politicians say is good for the people."

As I say, hidden agenda...

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NASA's free research trove may have broken arms trafficking rules

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Headmaster

There are closed communities where items can be published amongst peers

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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Mushroom

" it would take 140 years to process everybody"

Which is fine. In 30 years we'll be having a referendum to join the Eurasian Power House at which point all those pending applications will become irrelevant.

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Two G4S call centre staff sacked over 999 answering scam

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Re: Evil staff, scheming so their bosses can hit their goals...

I was going to point out that the article says nothing about any personal target they had to hit to ensure any personal bonus was paid, however checking the linked Guardian article includes the missing "it is understood individual staff members were not on a financial bonus scheme linked to performance"

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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When will people learn...

If you're not paying for it, you're not the customer, you're the product being sold.

Perhaps this is the first step to a subscription Facebook, pay a premium not to be served adverts.

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Brought to you through the provision of advertising.

D'oh!

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Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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Layers of security

Once inside you can plug into the OBD and attack the poorly protected management unit

Plus you can steal the packet of polos in the glove box

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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Re: i know but...

From a quick google, the EAW is a framework and therefore only comes into force when each member state enacts it into domestic law.

So since it's already in domestic law, in or out of the EU makes no difference until domestic law is changed, we'll still play the same rules with the other counties covered by the domstic law (which may be labelled as "EU members" and not individually named, I haven't checked).

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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Irrelevant ads? Never.

Not a day goes by where I don't wonder what type of jet engine I should buy so it's really useful Facebook keeps putting the Sonsored Links for Pratt & Whitney PT6 engine on my timeline.

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

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Joke

Isn't there an old saying something along the lines of "beware of Geeks bearing gifts"...

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If you use ‘smart’ Bluetooth locks, you're asking to be burgled

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"Thatcham also appear to make them, again reputable brand moving into the new tech did they do it well or just buy a chinese brand ?"

I may be wrong, but a quick google appears to confirm Thatcham remains the organisation that tests and certifies security devices and they aren't a "brand" as such.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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The "licence" model made sense when a significant proportion of people didn't own a TV.

Now there are so many services provided by the BBC it can be argued everyone in the UK uses the BBC. Yes, there is a tiny proportion who don't, but there are other national services we all pay for and don't necessarily use. So why not collect the BBC "fee" through Council Tax and the commercial equivalent.

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Mozilla 404s '404 Not Found' pages: Firefox fills in blanks with archive.org copies

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Appearing in a Court near you soon...

Given the "Right to be forgotten" rulings it isn't going to be long before someone gets upset at links being magically offered up after they've already been "removed".

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HMRC's IR35 tweaks have 90% of UK's IT contractors up in arms

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"employees without the benefits"

Let's clear up one thing.

Contractors are paid a gross sum from which the Limited Company is expected to provide ALL the benefits for the "employee" - salary, holiday pay, sick pay, pension, health care, critical illness, jury cover, car, gym membership, etc, etc, etc. If you as Director choose to only provide a small salary as a benefit that's your choice, but you have been paid by the engaging company to provide all the benefits, that's why it's usually at a higher rate.

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Don't use a VPN in United Arab Emirates – unless you wanna risk jail and a $545,000 fine

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Big Brother

So glad I live in the UK where we don't have leaders putting laws in place to make sure the state has access to everyone's communications...

</sarcasm>

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Bot-herders fire fake GPS co-ords at Niantic to collect Pokémon

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Ah, reminds me of the old Spectrum days where the challenge was a short romp through the loader programme to get all the goodies instead of playing the game.

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Flight sim records show MH370 captain practiced 'flight' near search area

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Black Helicopters

Proper conspiracy theory would have landing on a secret stealth aircraft carrier ...

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PHP flaws allowed God mode access to top smut site

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Paris Hilton

Re: What I want to know.

JoeW: "Not only that, but Facebook will actually block pornhub/xvideos/xhamster links if you try to send them via messenger"

We won't make any inferences from the fact you know this...

<snigger>

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Tight-wad Apple repair techs swapped our damaged iGear with used kit – lawsuit

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Merkins

Don't forget just how screwed up American Courts are. This is the country where a group of people sued Red Bull because it didn't literally "give you wings".

And what's really fucked up is that they won the case and were awarded $13million in damages.

http://www.energydrinksettlement.com/

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HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

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HMRC should drop IR35 entirely.

If an individual is employed by their own limited company them they must already comply with all the same tax rules as every other limited company and employee. So the fault is not with the employment through an intermediary but the rules concerning operation of a limited company.

Don't like how some companies structure their operations to gain a business advantage? Then change the rules on how companies can be structured. Don't try and fudge even more complex and onerous "schemes" onto business because some people gain a business advantage by following the rules.

And this is about punishing people who follow the rules. These changes are not designed to address fraud and will make no difference to those who already commit tax fraud.

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Schrödinger's cat explained with neutrinos

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2012

Has anyone updated Dara O'Briain on his 2012 sketch?

(on a line in the movie 2012) " 'The neutrinos have mutated.' Now, for the non-nerds here: neutrinos are tiny, sub-atomic, really really almost massless particles, they're released in nuclear breakdowns, like in the sun, for example. Five hundred trillion of them pass through your bodies every second. They can't mutate. Their structure is fundamental to the structure of the universe. Right? They can't just change. He might as well have gone, 'The electrons are angry'."

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Hackers steal millions from ATMs using 'just their smartphones'

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"ATM's with wifi?"

At what point in the article does it mention anything about ATMs with wifi?

The on site thief is probably a mule simply receiving instructions from a remote person telling them which ATM and what buttons to press. Someone remote is commanding the operation, because if you're smart enough to break into the bank you're probably smart enough not to get caught on the CCTV raiding each ATM.

At best the smartphone is being used over 3G to connect back through the thieves command and control centre into a hacked bank then over the bank network to the ATM, although this is less likely.

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Dear People who think we should get rid of the House of Lords

If we didn't have a bicameral system with two houses then this would already have been law in its unmoderated form over a year ago.

Now I'm no particular defender of the way the upper house isn't elected, but the fact we have the upper house puts a measure of control on the shite that is passed into law.

Be very wary of an proposal to remove the Upper House. Reform it, yes. But watch for attempts to remove it.

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Re: Wow

They watch TV and Moves.

Let's face it there wouldn't be a good story if the hero couldn't break the unbreakable code.

10 minutes into a real world movie...

Hero: "might as as well just go home now, it's end to end encrypted with a secure cypher. Yes, I can break it, but you'll need to give me a few hundred years and access to a supercomputer"

Fin

<role credits>

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Pirate

They can write anything they like into the law, at a practical level they haven't got a whelks chance in a supernova of enforcing it.

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Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

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And you think referring to "lunch boxes" isn't going to draw other unwanted attention?

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Trainline.com dumps Oracle and Microsoft, gulps AWS Kool-Aid

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Re: Rip Off

So good point, why use the trainline website when you could use the train company website, like Virgin.

Except Virgin use their site. Or rather, Virgin use their engine. As do many other train companies. So trainline's main business is as an engine provider to the train companies, not the public, and any users of the trainline website is just bonus fleecing.

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Who's concerns over reliability?

Perhaps they've done the maths?

Perhaps the lost revenue if AWS is down for a set % of the time it is still cheaper than running their own in-house IT?

You'll have to ask Kohlberg Kravis Roberts what they actually expect.

Building continuous availability systems is expensive, and just because trainline had no downtime in the past 12 months doesn't mean they actually built an high availability system - they might have been lucky and had less failure than the system was designed to expect.

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Use Brexit to save smokers' lives and plug vaping, say peers

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Hmmm, lets see.

You manufacture a product to meet European regulations so you can export it to 500million people. Then this piddling little market breaks away and sets its own different regulations.

Do you:

a) invest in modifying your product to serve two different markets; or

b) fuckem, they can have what we make for Europe.

There are probably niche players who only manufacture for the UK, but the majority aren't going to bother their arse when they're still selling to 440million+ Europeans.

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Bloke 'lobbed molotov cocktails' at Street View car because Google was 'watching him'

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Re: Looks like...

"All of those are described in a good History (and Chemistry) books. The uncensored ones (rather difficult to find them in the UK due to thought crime restrictions)."

Didn't take me long to find them and I'm in the UK. Google is your friend

I say that, I didn't actually open them, just kind of remembered what to search for (see icon) and the results list looked promising.

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Theft of twenty-somethings' IDs surges

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Re: Millennials

I once heard it described thus:

From age zero to 15ish everything new in the world is just the normal stuff in the world

From 15ish to 30ish everything new is hip groovy exciting new stuff

From 30s onwards everything new is voodoo magic

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Global 'terror database' World-Check leaked

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Re: uhh

I thought Who was on First

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Florida man sues Apple for $10bn, claims iPod, iPhone was his idea

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"Here's the report you requested Captain Pickard"

1987

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Chatbot lawyer shreds $2.5m in parking tickets

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Unhappy

"Do you wish to register a complaint?"

"Yes" > /dev/NULL

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Kremlin wants to shoot the Messenger, and WhatsApp to boot

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This is a good thing!

No, wait, let me explain that statement.

If governments are forcing the hand of the big multinational companies then those companies will have little choice to remove the end to end encryption since one product will not work in all countries.

We tend to use the biggies through laziness. It comes bundled and our friends us it. Without the proprietary biggies, the public will then turn to open communication platforms following open communication standards that no country can control. There will be dozens of different clients available from authors around the world and no country will have the ability to shutdown all the individuals who wrote those clients.

A country may be able to threaten a user, but then the (innocent) user has the option of handing the government their previous conversations (but you'll know they have them!).

OK, I'm not really saying the Russian law would be a good thing (or the Merkin, UK, or any other government back door). But maybe if someone points out how simple it is to circumvent then perhaps common sense will prevail (facepalm).

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

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"Vaping is harmless"

They claimed smoking cigarettes was good for you. Until they found out it wasn't.

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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Ironically, isn't this the very type of "Service" that made CraigsList infamous???

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Engine warning light appears on Uber's $100m driver settlement

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American lawyer unfairly profits from legal settlement. Surely not. That would never happen.

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Capitalize 'Internet'? AP says no – Vint Cerf says yes

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So what about The Cloud, which is of course both The Cloud as a concept of some kind of service in, ear, well The Cloud, and The Cloud which is a company that provides wifi access.

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Unicode serves up bacon emoji

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Go

Gorilla

Harambe

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Flytenow's other wing clipped: second appeal fails

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Re: Hypocrisy

In the UK, uber drivers still need to be licensed minicab drivers with full commercial insurance on the vehicle as a minicab. So no hypocracy over complying with the regulations.

Globally Uber has been the subject of 200+ plus lawsuits for not complying with local legislation. So no hypocracy about allowing multi-million dollar owners to make money from spare car seats.

The fact the multi-million dollar owners continue to break the law and haven't gone to jail yet is a different issue.

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Get outta here, officer, you don't need a warrant to track people by their phones – appeals court

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Now let's turn the ruling over metadata on its head and see where we get to...

"Dear Mr Phone Company.

Please give us the details of all phones that were within 50m of nn.nn.nnn, ww.ww.www on mm/did/yy* between hh:mm and hh:mm.

Regards

The Authorities"

*its an article about Merkin authorities. We all know the real way to express a date is dd/mm/yy

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: You've all missed the best part

ApplePay (which uses Apple Wallet) can be activated without unlocking the phone. So no reason the driving license couldn't be made viewable while protecting privacy. In fact, you've probably just proven this should be mandatory

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Re: It Bodes

"...and a certificate of your identity. The latter use only works at all if this is a physical card with security features which make it difficult to reproduce."

The latter use only works at all if this is a physical card item with security features which make it difficult to reproduce.

Lothian Buses do M-Tickets on your SmartPhone - you activate a pre-paid ticket and show the screen to the driver. Sounds easy to "fake". But it's an image with moving elements making it impossible to screenshot. An active security feature is harder to fake, so there's no reason any digital document couldn't have similar features.

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HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

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FAIL

I don't know HSBCs average for years employed, but I do know the industry average is a little over 10 years.

So HSBC is getting rid of ~8,000 man years of site knowledge.

You can train new people about what's in the book (documentation), but you can't teach that "ah, we saw this fault a couple of years ago, dig out that email". But to an accountant, a techie is just a techie. I wonder when the board is going to notice that the same is true of accountants...

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Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing

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My boss caused chaos in the January sales :)

The office was across the road from a large shopping centre. There were around 50 IT staff in the office on the 1st and no catering staff. So for lunch, the boss went over to the shopping centre and joined the queue at Burger King.

On reaching the front, he started:

"Can I have 20 Whoppers, 20 Angus, 20 chicken sandwiches, 20 hamburgers, 20 cheeseburgers and 100 large fries please"

The rest of the queue were not impressed.

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Old, complex code could cause another UK banking TITSUP – study

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"... its the quality of the code not the length..."

Quality is a subjective measure. Heavily documented code that's clear and easy to maintain could be quality to one situation where tight efficient complex code is quality in a different situation.

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Colander-wearing Irishman denied driver's licence in Pastafarian slapdown

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"Surely the thing that defines a religion is sincere belief, nothing else.

If you sincerely believe in something/anything then who are "they" to say it is or isn't legitimately a religion?"

And there in lies the problem - what if your sincere "belief" is that some element of society is wrong and that it's your duty to execute them. Does that grant you the freedom to follow your religion?

There needs to be a consensus of acceptable behaviour, and Pastafarianism is a political tool to show a mirror to religion and religious beliefs. If there is anyone on the planet who truly believes in the FSM then they've missed the point completely.

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