* Posts by A Non e-mouse

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So where's all these digital services GDS promised us?

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Back to basics

I was trying to find some tax information on-line. I ended up phoning them up as I just went round in loops on their website. The person explained it was all documented in tax form BLAH - which wasn't online. (He did then explain the details and worked through the calculations with me over the phone, so ten out of ten for customer service by the agent.)

C'mon government, start with the basics of putting all information online in easy to find, sane formats and work from there.

Oh - and get rid of all those stupid out-sourcing companies and employ some IT staff yourself. Once you have development in-house, you'll start to discover what agile development is really like.

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Facebook 'violates Euro data law' say Belgian data cops' researchers

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@A/C Re: Protect yourself

One of the points of the report is that Facebook is tracking you even if you don't have a Facebook account and don't visit Facebook.Com. It's things like their "Like" buttons that are doing the dirty on you. Hence why you need browser plugins to suppress them.

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Ebay snuffs malware upload bug

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@mythicalduck - Re: Exe upload

You're playing with files on the filesystem. When files come in over a HTTP connection, different rules apply. There is (usually) a HTTP header telling the client what the content type is supposed to be. But this is just a hint, and the client can inspect the file contents to decide what to do itself.

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Never trust user supplied data

I hope EBay are checking more than just the HTTP headers sent with the upload request. The only way to be sure you've got an image is to check the file contents.

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Pre-Snowden NSA grunts wanted to nix phone spying: report

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Convenient Escape

This could be a convenient way for the NSA to cut down their phone surveillance. They can trim it down and say "Look, we were already considering it. We're absolutely not bowing to external pressure. There's no need to reform us as our internal processes are working."

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Ofcom's to-do list: Number porting, sell spectrum, buy milk

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@1980s_coder Re: PAC Codes

[In one week] there had been four separate billing mistakes that each required 45-minute calls to customer service to resolve.

Really the mobile industry here is a disgrace.

To be fair, the mobile industry is just following the shining example set by all the other communications companies in providing a c**p billing service.

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@Shrimpling - Re: PAC Codes

I suspect OFCOM are talking about behind-the-scenes paperwork between the networks. Otherwise they'll end up in the mess that the electricity & gas companies got into whereby they transferred customers with fake signatures.

Surely OFCOM wouldn't make the same mistake?

Would they?

Oh s**t, this is OFCOM. They probably would :-(

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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Copy Water Meters

In my area, water meters can be read electronically by someone outside the property. Why don't the gas and electric companies adopt a similar system. Then (and this is the really radical idea) instead of having to send three people to read gas, electric and water meters, you just send one to read all three.

I know it's not as sexy as millions of meters being on-line, but why over complicate things? And we all know how good the public sector is at large IT projects...

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Vodafone: So what exactly is 'ludicrous' about the Frontier report?

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Irony...

There is a wonderful irony in communications companies failing to communicate.

Those of us who work with BT on a daily basis can point out that BT doesn't even talk to BT, let alone anyone else.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Context, context....

I hope the organisers of the conference employ a little common sense in enforcing their rules. A woman can wear a short skirt or tight fitting top and not look like a whore. I've met men who wear shorts all year round (and no, they don't live in sun drenched climates) And what would they say about a true Scotsman wearing a kilt?

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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Flame

I can understand the general premise of not spending public money to directly compete with the private sector. But if the private sector isn't delivering the goods, then why can't the public purse step in?

In the UK, the government has provided money to ensure high speed broadband reaches more people than would happen if it was left to BT*.

*I'm not going to get into the debate over whether BT should have been paid for this due to their history.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: hold up a 30 sign

You only see (70) signs in Scotland.

You also see them in Wales....

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FAIL

I drove a Volvo a few months ago. It had gizmos to read speed limit signs and nag^H remind you if you're over the limit. Unfortunately, it couldn't work out whether a speed limit sign was on the motorway, slip-road, or adjacent road so kept on reminding me that I should be doing 30 on the motorway.

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Blockhead fugitive Snapchats himself into police custody

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Criminal Darwin Award

Is there a Darwin award equivalent for criminals?

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Apple takes ACID-compliant NoSQL upstart FoundationDB

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Re: iCloud Storage

Considering how fallible cloud services have been, I always thought Apple's decision to use two cloud storage providers was a rather sensible one. Eggs, Basket, and all....

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Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators

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Shock news

Mobile phone operator trade association claims mobile phone operators are being charged unfairly.

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BlackHat talk hibernated over 0-day in SAP's Afaria mobile manager

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SAP should be grateful that it wasn't Google who found these problems!

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Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

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WTF?

Hang on...

So a flaw in the Flash player needs the .SWF files re-compiling. Why does this sound wrong to me? To me, it sounds like a flaw still exists in the Flash player...

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Nutanix 'working on a homebrew hypervisor', sources tell El Reg

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Xen?

Wasn't Xen supposed to be a small/light-weight hyper-visor?

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Microsoft gets data centres powered up for big UPS turn-off

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Google have been doing this for a few years: www.cnet.com/uk/news/google-uncloaks-once-secret-server-10209580/

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UK.gov shovels £15m into training new quantum engineers

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Joke

Re: What about the quantum mechanics?

Just don't get in a tangle over this: No-one will know what state you're in.

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As someone on the wrong side of the pond, help me out...

I'll try!

There's a PM who's mouthing platitudes about spending money. Apparently he either has or hasn't a clue, not being familiar with him, I'm not sure? Is this a deep insight or just political feel-good?

You just need to remember two simple facts.

a - Our PM is a career politician.

b - There's an election coming up.

I'm sure you can work out the rest...

Then there's the two [academics] who seem to be at odds over how the money should be spent

And this is wrong how...?

Science moves forward by people having different ideas and trying to work out who (If anyone!) is right.

I know nothing about Rachel Oliver, but I know Ross Anderson isn't a man known for keeping his opinions private or "on message".

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Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice

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Re: Needs better information on faxing

Analogue lines aren't just used by fax machines: PDQ machines, Franking Machines, door intercom systems, security barriers, etc. These all need some form of analogue phone connection.

Fax/Modem/etc over VoIP is not as trivial as people make it out to be. The devil is in the detail.

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Re: Crap article

It's not just this article that's crap: This whole series of articles on VoIP is dire. They're almost written by a marketing droid who's just throwing around some buzz-words.

Sorry Dave Cartwright, I just don't think these articles cut the mustard.

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Re: What the fuck?

And you wouldn't order a DASS-2 connection from a Telco. You'd order a 2Mb/s circuit and slap DASS-2 interfaces into your PABX. But as Lost all faith says, DASS-2 is obsolete: You'd go Q.931 nowadays instead.

(Of course, if you're ordering a 2Mb/s connection from a Telco, why not just run IP over it?)

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

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Complex Sums

Calculating the Mandlebrot Set involves dealing with complex numbers. A beer, or three, for anyone who cares to tackle complex numbers in assembler, regardless of how old the machine is.

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Hackers prove security still a myth on Windows PCs, bag $320,000

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Re: fresh vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and Reader

...why the hell doesn't it stay in user-space?

The article just says that Flash & Reader security precautions were by-passed. A further vulnerability (in Windows font processing so outside of Adobe's control) was then used to elevate privileges.

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Re: Windows kernel "features"

If memory servers, in NT 3.5, graphics was handled in user space. But they found the kernel/user-space switching was hurting performance. So in NT 4 they moved the graphics stack into kernel space. And the rest is history....

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British Judo in deep shido after cyber attack

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PCI Compliance

we are aware that an unauthorised person has illegally gained access ... despite the system being PCI compliant.

Remember, PCI Isn't strictly about keeping credit card details safe: It's about allowing the credit card companies to pass the blame onto you.

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IBM's OpenPower gang touts first proper non-Big Blue-badged server

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Re: might this

I think there's a real difference between Itanic and this OpenPower initiative.

Itanic was a plan by HP and Intel to design a brand new processor architecture to replace PA-RISC and x86. It failed because it was late, slow and expensive.

The OpenPower initiative is to get more people using & buying Power based systems. I suspect IBM's idea is that if people start with cheaper OEM Power-based systems, IBM will be able to up-sell them to their own (more expensive) systems. By increasing the availability of Power based systems, it keeps the architecture relevant and people buying Power based products and services.

Will IBM 's plan work? I have no idea. But there are two massive mountains in front of them: x86-64 and ARM and IBM are going to have to work to keep their Power architecture in the frame.

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Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops

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Re: >implying

Some of the Snowdon documents showed Cisco boxes being opened in transit. e.g. www.engadget.com/2014/05/16/nsa-bugged-cisco-routers/

Of course, NSA would love to have backdoors baked in at the factory so they didn't have to do this extra leg work...

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Re: Don't buy US kit

Also: for many of us the Chinese sniffing our data doesn't matter. We don't do business there and never will.

But what about the Chinese seeing what your company is doing then coming in and under cutting you (or under mining you...)?

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Spy chips?

Cisco has poked around is[sic] routers for possible spy chips

Who said anything about spy chips? All the NSA has to do is implant a persistent software back door into the ROMMON firmware.

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BT fined £800k over lax emergency text relay delay blunder

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To be fair to BT, SMSs are nothing like the text<>speech service this article is talking about. SMS is a one-way fire and forget communication system. Text<>Speech is a real-time system for those who have difficultly hearing or speaking and want to use a phone to communicate with others.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Re: Don't stop there

Years ago, when Microsoft suddenly realised that security was a selling point, they started removing unnecessary features (aka "Easter Eggs") from their products. Surely this bloatware falls under the same category and so should be removed?

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Tell us, do you enjoy the thought of BT-EE's sweaty fourplay?

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Re: platitudes

others are up to 10 meters away from where the BT maps show them to be

In my experience BT haven't a clue about what they've got.

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Re: platitudes

If Openreach do get hived off, we finally might be able to order copper-only lines for broadband without having to pay for phone service too.

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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

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Someone's beaten you to the punch:

dot@dotat.at

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BT inks deal with Williams F1 for go-faster cloudy goodness

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Re: Which will be more boring...

Last year's F1 season was a lot more interesting that the previous Vettel/Schumacher era seasons. At the front we had Hamilton & Rosberg trying to knock each other off the track and behind them everyone else fighting for second place behind the Mercedes.

All we need is Bernie to stop being an arse and distribute the money better so the lower/smaller teams actually stand a chance.

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Both BT and Williams have an illustrious history of competing successfully at the top with cutting-edge technology.

BT Successfully compete with anyone..?? They only way they "compete" is by (ab)using their monopoly position.

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Ad bidding network caught slinging ransomware

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Re: Sort your shit out advertisers

Installing AdBlock Plus is always part of installing a browser on a new computer for me. When I see the crap that people put up with when browsing without AdBlock Plus, I'm amazed people still use the web. When I show people how the web looks with AdBlock installed they're amazed at the difference.

I do feel guilty for some of the sites I read a lot (e.g. El Reg.) I don't know how much El Reg looses by me not seeing adverts, but I'd be quite happy to make a donation/payment/subscription to compensate. (remember children, there's no such thing as a free lunch)

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Gov departments still splashing BILLIONS on big-ticket IT projects

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Percentages, not absolute values

*IF* (and that is a very big if) the government has lost/wasted £100 million on IT, then looking at the overall annual spend of £2.4 billion, that £100 million is around 4% of total IT spend.

Now, to the person on the Clapham Omnibus, £100 million sounds like a lot of money. But in the grand scheme of public spending, it's not *that* much.

(Sure, we'd all like waste to be zero, but we don't live in a perfect world)

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BACK OFF, spooks: UK legal hacking code should be 'resisted at all costs' says lawyer

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Re: The Picture

I thought it was Agent 66 from Get Smart.

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Oversight & Transparency

I understand the need for covert intelligence gathering - which could include hacking. But there MUST been clear & transparent oversight of what the spooks are doing. Now I know that transparent oversight and covert intelligence gathering are polar opposites, but something needs to be done to keep the the spooks in check.

Power corrupts. Absolute power absolutely corrupts.

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AWS cuts its own set of keys to VMware's vCenter kingdom

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Windows

[O]ur virtualisation desk hears [VMWare] believes the launch of vSphere 6.0 won't be the biggest piece of news it creates in 2015

No, 'cause the biggest new it creates in 2015 will be that it still thinks its Flash-based management tool is cool.

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MENOPAUSAL KILLER WHALES are wise old birds, trick-cyclists claim

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@fogdart

You must be new around these parts. On El Reg, the word boffin is used to recognise true scientists (& engineers) from those who claim to know stuff but can't tell their arse from their elbow.

See this previous article for the background: www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/11/damn_you_iel_regi_call_me_a_boffin_demands_enraged_boffin/.

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FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

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@Bob Vistakin

So quality browsers are ok - it's just IE that's affected?

RTFA

Google Chrome for OS X prior to version 41.0.2272.76 and BlackBerry OS 10.3 are known to be vulnerable

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Happy

Re: He's right.

Real men drink tea... made from tea leaves and brewed in a pot!

You mean a Cup of Brown Joy?

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.hotels. .hoteis ... not a typo but a window into ICANN's baffling world

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WTF?

"We can't tell you what procedures or policies we followed as we don't know ourselves, but trust us that we followed them correctly."

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How does a global corporation switch to IP Voice?

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Re: Interception law

Some countries don't allow VoIP because it by-passes their normal telco snooping. Countries that don't ban VoIP may still ban encrypted VoIP.

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