* Posts by Velv

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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Somebody booked the NATS Christmas party for tonight and in order for everyone to attend they need to close the centre...

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

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Two words...

Barbra Streisand

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Europe's top court mulls vandal's right to privacy after bloke catches thug on home CCTV

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Re: The end of the Surveillance State?

I think you'd struggle to break those windows.

Well, not without using C4, and I suspect the breaking of the window would be the least of your worries after that.

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USB Forum submits itself to electrical probing

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Re: 100W ?!?!?

From looking up the standards it appears devices can negotiate their power capabilities, so lower power devices can in theory have smaller cables that won't melt since their power will be capped.

In theory

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Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com?

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Re: Um... What Gonzalez vs Google Sp. actually said:

So Andrew, extrapolating from the ruling and googles response...

If Google was to designate the data controller to be outside the EU, it would not need to comply with the EU ruling. It's advertising business could continue in each country, but the search would be outside the EU.

So in theory Google could purchase a jurisdiction and nominate that as the data controller for all search results no matter where in the world the request originated. It could for example purchase Sealand and remove all persky search rules from every other country and the UN.

Somehow I suspect International Law doesn't match here either...

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An alleged 27GB Sony Pictures data dump. 65 PlayStation web servers. One baffling mystery

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Re: or because it could mean an inside job!

It could even be that North Korean spies infiltrated many organisations a long time ago, living as sleepers and just waiting for instructions from on high to unleash dastardly deeds.

Has Big Ben struck 13 recently???

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Re: missing the point

@Professor Clifton Shallot

Mostly for legal and compliance reasons. Back in the good old days each bottle could contain, well, almost anything at almost any %abv. Then along came the Weights & Measures Act which established some conventions (and later amendments) such as spirits are generally sold in fixed sized bottles at a fixed %abv.

Scotch Whisky after distillation and storage typically leaves the cask between 50%abv and 65%abv (although it can be more or less depending on what went in and how it's stored). The vast majority is filtered, blended with other casks (even if from the same distillation) and watered down to 40% to make a consistent product.

The addition of water (even in the factory) releases the oils, esters and aromas, all of which may effect each drinkers palate in a different way, so each individual needs to "add water to suit their taste". Which is one reason you taste the whisky, maybe add a small amount of water, taste and repeat (although if you need to repeat too many times whisky is probably not your drink).

In an ideal world all whisky would be sold "Cask Condition" a la SMWS, but sadly the general public just want their consistent bottle of Famous Grouse or Johnnie Walker.

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

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TV show "Mighty Ships", look for Tyco Resolute

Probably available on an On Demand service somewhere (assuming you're on the right end of the broken cable)

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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It's not just memory it hogs, it fairly hammers the CPU.

I first noticed on a laptop when the fan would kick in if I opened Chrome, pumping out heat across the desk. Close Chrome and it would immediately return to a quiet cool state. Investigations in the simple Task Manager showed Chrome using 30% just as the only app open (and on a single blank page).

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Azure has put new life into Active Directory

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Re: Call me a sceptic

Yes it really is such fun managing all those users across each and every Linux installation. Users changing their password on each application server every 30 days and scores of admins picking up the password resets for those that have screwed up. You do have a password change policy, don't you? It's just good security practice.

If you want efficient, good practice security you'll use a centralised authentication service, be it on Windows, Linux, Mainframe or cloud. And all centralised services suffer the same potential drawback of service outage.

But then Linux die-hards don't really get the point of IT serving the business. Users are just an inconvenience getting in their way of tinkering with the techie stuff. Meanwhile business marches on ignoring the IT department that doesn't adapt to the business needs.

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Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then

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You didn't hear the EU screaming about The Yellow Pages abuse of its market position.

For years it was the dominant business telephone directory in the UK and sold prominence to the highest bidder. Until the Thomson Local Directory came along you had little other choice of "search engine" if you want to find a plumber.

This is worse than Google, as has been pointed out you do at least have a choice of search engines on the Internet.

Politicians around the world really have no concept of reality, do they...

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

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Re: funny....

The flaw in your observation is the audience (and people can call me a snob if you like). Not everybody reads books regularly.

People who read books regularly tend to have been reading books for most of their lives, and will have developed the correct muscle structure to handle the changed force angles, a structure that developed through childhood as their bodies morphed to adulthood.

Smartphones are now being used for several hours per day by people who haven't picked up a book in 20-30 years.

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New Snapchat Snapcash service inspires amateur PORN STARS

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Why is that when a man sends naughty pictures to a woman its sexual harassment, but when a woman sends a man naughty pictures it's 15 tokens each?

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

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Re: Fair point

http://youtu.be/aGQbgrp6uR4

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They are a monopoly since the costs to enter the national market are prohibitively expensive.

Small scale schemes are not really competing, they're typically filling a gap that the national providers don't consider economical.

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'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

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Fail

So there are ways to get these things in, we all know that. But why is the data being allowed to get out?

If this is really targeting the types of organisations claimed, surely (sarcastically) the governments etc know what traffic is leaving their network, especially the "sensitive" bits of the network, the bits worth spying on? Or have they been stupid enough to let any old traffic exit the building...

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Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!

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Re: Single point of failure?

Only if the routing tables permit the traffic to bypass GCHQ.

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Re: So...

You know what they say about people who assume...

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Judge OKs $450m deal to end ebook price-hike row. But Apple just won't let it die

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Maybe I've missed something. If the "deal" was drawn up, how can either side appeal against the deal?

The whole point of agreeing a deal is so that you don't go through the court process. I can only see a case for a legal challenge if one side was duped into an unfair deal, something I find it hard to believe would happen to Apples lawyers.

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Europe may ask Herr Google: Would you, er, snap off your search engine? Pretty please

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Way to go Europe

just what we need. Another layering of company operations that will present new legal opportunities for tax avoidance.

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

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USB Desktop Hard Drives

I have two. Anywhere between once a week and once month I plug one in and let the NAS backup utility copy all data.

At least one disk is always at my Mothers house 7 miles away.

Backup is about what you can afford to lose. I've created myself an acceptable loss scenario that works for me, and I suspect it will work for many other people.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Necessity is the mother of invention. We will need to reduce energy consumption and we will need to find cleaner ways to make energy.

To take a steer from Douglas Adams: "fruit and berries on strange planets either make you live or make you die. Therefore the point at which to start toying with them is when you're going to die if you don't."

And in the grand scheme of things, we're closer to death than you can possibly imagine.

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Citadel Trojan snooped on password managers to snatch victims' logins

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This is why you should have 2FA on your Password Manager, and a physical one at that. Even if the keystrokes are compromised a second out of band authentication is required.

Yubikey works with LastPass and anyone can set it up. There are other physical implementations out there too.

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Re: reminds me

@AC

Nobody is suggesting you own the copyright or the design. If you buy a physical CD you buy a license to listen to the music and the physical media. Part of the license permits you to transfer the media and content license to someone else in its entirety. i.e. Second hand CDs have value.

Why should it be any different for online content you've paid for? Let's face it, most of it costs the same either on physical media or in digital format, so the music industry cannot argue they are losing out. Digital presents a challenge in preventing illegal copying, but the principle still stands on ownership of an asset. Or are we suggesting that music should self destruct on CDs when the original purchaser dies?

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

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Re: Thank you, El Reg

Especially since the size of a football field (soccer) is variable

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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

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owning a share, or owning it all

The wholly Irish company is wholly owned by the American company. i.e. ALL the shares, and therefore ultimately in control.

While there may be shareholders in Barclays who are resident in the USA, no single entity owns sufficient shares to be considered the overall owner. From a quick search, Qatar seems to be the largest shareholder these days.

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Re: Simples...

Just because it's in the T&Cs doesn't automatically make it accepted or acceptable. There are plenty of cases of unfair terms being thrown out by e courts, and this sounds likely to be one of them.

I suspect the credit card company will agree and will have immediately refunded and chargeback'd. After all, while the hotel allegedly provided bad service to the guests, they played no part in facilitating the review. They are therefore attempting to charge for something they did not provide (aside from the irony of semantics).

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HORROR! Imagine if anyone could find out EVERYTHING you EVER tweeted

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Hmmmm, Twitter setting itself up for a fight with the EU then? Right to be forgotten? Right to privacy? Ability to delete what has been published?

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Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

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FFS people, this is not meant to be a panacea for all situations, it's a way to encourage the simple configurations on a large number of simple websites to switch on encryption. It's as much about educating world+dog on making communication secured as it is about the actual securing of those channels.

There are always going to be more complex configurations that will still require you to get your certs from the existing CAs.

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Then don't use the service and either:

A) Manually configure and maintain your own certificates; or

B) Keep running unencrypted.

For the millions of website admins out there who haven't got a clue, this will be a good thing.

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Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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Too expensive to rename?

This from a region that has a fast food outlet renamed to PFK

That's "Poulet Frit Kentucky"

Even in France they call it KFC!!!

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Gee THANKS: Cryptoscum offer a free decrypt in latest ransomware racket

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Yes, yes, everyone should backup, and we have no sympathy for those that don't.

But seriously! Most people I know don't have the skills or technology to recover their data. The machine will need wiped and reinstalled. Maybe they made those recovery disks that never actually work, or maybe they need a pristine ISO. Chances are they'll need to take it to somebody who'll charge to rebuild.

Just to recover the data they'll probably need a second machine, but still will need help with the recovery.

if the governments can't act against the criminals, perhaps it's time to let Bryan Mills loose...

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Feds to auction off second tranche of Silk Road Bitcoins worth $19 MEEELLION

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Don't tell America it's now a Communist state...

You have some assets. The government needs some cash, so they seize your assets and accuse you of a crime. If you're found not guilty you still don't get anything back. Instead you need to find more money to take the government to court. Which will take years.

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Fasthosts goes titsup, blames DNS blunder

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"Inevitably, some folk were already demanding compensation for the loss of service, which has probably hit some Blighty businesses hard at the start of a working week."

I'm sure the compensation rates are fully documented in the Service Level Agreement you signed between your company and the outsource supplier and that the insurance policy you took out to cover your business critical infrastructure failures will cover any further shortfall due to the outage.

Sorry, what's that? You haven't got an SLA? You didn't insure your outsourced service?

Perhaps the insurance won't pay if you didn't have a Business Continuity Plan (or failed to adequately test it).

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LSI driver bug is breaking VSANs, endangering data

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It might not be VMWares fault, but it is VMWares problem if it affects a substantial proportion of the installed estate.

One can only hope that VMWare is working very closely with LSI to help resolve the issue.

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Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

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Perhaps it's time for the tech giants to relocate their headquarters and company registration to a more friendly jurisdiction. Most of their tax affairs are already there...

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Apple: Want a PATCH for iOS Masque attack? TOUGH LUCK, FANBOI

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Why do I have a feeling of déjà vu?

"It's theoretical, it'll never happen". And then it did.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Good to see that four fictional works are considered so important (sarcastic smiley).

Given YouGov's reach I'm surprised they were only surveying 2,000. Doesn't strike me as likely to be representative of the UK as a whole. Do it again with 20,000 and I'll bet the bible and qur'an slip down the list.

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ISPs are stripping encryption from netizens' email – EFF

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Re: Pedant alert

No, it's more a case of ISPs deliberately preventing an encrypted channel from being formed between the two servers so that the subsequent communication is unencrypted.

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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What ever they decided to do, we want video!

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EU Ryanair 'screen-scraping' case could affect biz models

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Re: Click through

"By clicking Find Flights IAgree to website terms of use" in tiny faint letters above the huge Ryanair blue Find Flights button

So not even a tick box.

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SO LONELY: Woman DARED to get rid of her iPHONE - Apple DUMPED all her TXTS

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Never mind failed messages after leaving Apple, when iMessage first appeared I found regular delays and failed messages. Rarely did it "fall back to SMS".

iMessage was disabled pretty sharpish and has never been turned on since.

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Are open Wi-Fi network bods liable for users' copyright badness?

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D'oh!

Don't know about your model of hardware, but mine still allows a password on the "guest wifi". Guest wifi simply provides Internet access and blocks local network access.

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Is the cafe providing commercial (albeit free) access to a private broadband connection (in breach of contract), or providing commercial access to a business broadband service that permits it to be resold (which is being done if it's a cafe, you're buying the coffee to get free access)?

If it's full commercial broadband you'll probably find its already covered by the ISP regulations and contract. If it's a private connection you are sharing, you're probably going to find you are responsible for its illegal use.

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Re: So all that's required is that you set a password ?

You've missed the point. It's not about anonymity, it's about copyright theft - if I permit someone to use my wifi and they steal movies and music, am I liable for their actions. If they download illegal material, am I liable?

By setting a password you will be deemed to be "in control" of the wifi network and therefore (rightly or wrongly) liable for illegal activity. If you log who uses it (and they can be traced by the authorities), that becomes evidence it wasn't you directly who breached copyright. With no password, you currently have no defence.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Perhaps since nobody other than terrorists has anything to hide the government should remove all encryption from all government traffic - keep it free and open for us honest good citizens to read since it won't contain anything that is at all controversial, commercial or personal.

No? Thought not. Muppet!

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Apple on the art of the deal: 'Put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement'

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Re: Being made to put on Apple's big boy pants

No, you're just wearing them wrong

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HP emails personal data of 1,000 CDS workers to 3rd party

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"It is understood that the incident was caused by human error, but HP has processes in place to prevent these types of outcomes, and it is not known why the person did not follow them."

Which is why you take precautions to prevent human error from causing major problems. Like Data Leakage Protection between your internal and external connections. Something that detects things like National Insurance Numbers and PAN details in an email and blocks it from being sent outside the company without additional authorisation.

FFS Exchange 2013 has some of this built in already, its not hard you know!!!

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