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Been hacked? Don't dial 999: The plods are too dense, sniffs sec bigwig

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@Vimes

So ?

ACPO also issued guidelines on how to deal with photographers, pointing out that photography in a public place is NOT illegal. They were completely ignored.

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SPEARS joins the 19-mile-high club: Intimate snaps

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Vaguely OT: Dara O'Briains science club ..

Did anyone see this last night ? The HAV NASA used landed in a 60ft tree, so the recovery team carry a chainsaw.

Is this part of the SPB kit ?

To paraphrase Nathaniel Hale (?) I regret I have only one thumbs-up to give you ...

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Work with Microsoft's stuff for a living? Its reorg will mean NOTHING to you

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No real surprise ...

Exactly what *is* Microsofts product ?

Desktop OS ?

Developer tools ?

Productivity tools (Office et al)

Server OS ?

Network software ?

Commercial products ?

Domestic products ?

Gaming ?

Tablets ?

Phone software ?

Yes, 20 years ago, the IT landscape *needed* one supplier of all these. But eventually customers started gaining experience in IT, and no longer needed one ring to rule them all.

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UK gov: Brit biz barons, get your privates in check before the spooks arrive

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also ...

I would hope, as a starting point, all companies would be ISO27001/27002 accredited ?

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So let me see

HMG want the UKs security services to perform a security audit of our 350 most capitalised companies, and then store that all in one place.

What could possibly go wrong ?

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Royston cops' ANPR 'ring of steel' BREAKS LAW, snarls watchdog

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Re: not everyone is equal

Aha, the arrogance of people who don't bother with history

Salon Kitty anyone ?

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Jackboot dangled over NSA's throat for US spy dragnet outrage

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Talk about brass neck ..

"This blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open, or deliberative process. We urge the House to reject the Amash Amendment, and instead move forward with an approach that appropriately takes into account the need for a reasoned review of what tools can best secure the nation," it added.

As if the original implementation was the product of open informed debate ?

A dictionary definition of "Chutzpah"

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UK pots 'n' pans outfit Lakeland scalded by hack attack

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I suspect we will see a lot more of this ..

smaller, less well known e-commerce sites being targeted, on the assumption their security will be less bullet proof, and giving hackers access to a load of personal data they can then use on bigger sites.

Once again: NEVER REUSE YOUR PASSWORD.

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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It's NOT the filtering

it's the suggestion that Google et al should be required to adulterate their search results, if a user types in a "certain phrase". Because it's axiomatic that that phrase will go from being "Child sex pictures", to "Tory party plans".

Also, yesterday on R4, Cameron hinted that Google et al might be required to inform the authorities, if a person uses certain search terms.

Now Mr Ray may be happy with that, but I for one am not, and have already started researching for a router that will support a VPN so that my household is out of scope for this.

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Texas school strikes devil's bargain, drops RFID student tracking

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200 cameras ?

Amateurs

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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@Graham Marsden

Good luck with that. The UK government already has a long established published policy (via ACPO) of harassing legal businesses they don't approve of. So it's not like you're going to be news to them.

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No one spotted the other obvious flaw in this cauldron of fail ?

Presumably it's only English-speaking perverts that will be affected. Or will the blacklists be translated into the appropriate terms in other languages[1]. I mean will "Chercher pour les enfants nue" be blocked ?

[1]Although I suspect, most UK politicians aren't aware there's a world that doesn't speak English ....

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

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Turing is a national hero ... but I don't agree

This is a cynical attempt to airbrush the repressive nature of the state out of history.

Let his conviction stand as a reminder to an age when we were less tolerant. Otherwise we might start to believe we've solved everything now ....

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1953: How Quatermass switched Britons from TV royalty to TV sci-fi

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All these comments

And no mention of Nigel Kneales incredibly prophetic "Year of the Sex Olympics" ?

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CONFIRMED: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

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Re: All at once or none at all

"If you were starting from a blank sheet, you'd build your towns/cities/villages/etc so that vehicles and pedestrians were completely separated"

Wasn't Milton Keynes built like this ? The downside being with no mixing of cars and pedestrians, it can be a very dangerous place to walk at night, as you're out of sight ?

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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Indulgences ?! wft ?

Didn't they disappear with disco ?

Besides, is purgatory mentioned in the Bible (quick wiki) ah, I see ... Maccabees ... a disputed book of the bible.

"Two men say they're Jesus, one of them must be wrong ..."

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Boffins want toilets to become POWER PLANTS

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Why am I reminded ....

of the line from H2GT2G about needing a receipt every time you go to the toilet ?

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Daddy-o, you're all wet... baffled by your own kids on the web - survey

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English acronyms ... only 26 letters

means we're starting to see some duplication ... I thought "POS" meant "Piece Of Shit", and that kinda supplanted "Point Of Sale" ....

Recently had an amusing experience when Mother in Law was signing off "LOL" thinking it meant "Lots Of Love". No real harm done, except when she said to her nephew on Facebook "Sorry you weren't too well, LOL" ...

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Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

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um

Am I the only person who read this that this guy hasn't been *sentenced* to this time in jail, but that he is in jail (i.e. without bail) awaiting trial ?

In which case aren't there 2 amendments in the US constitution that are relevant ? The 8th (Excessive bail) and 6th (Right to fair and speedy trial)

Just saying ......

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Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders

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@gazthejourno

Important information's gone from being 4 or 5 levels deep to about 20.

I suspect that is probably intentional ....

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Radar gremlins GROUND FLIGHTS across southern Blighty

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Re: Good

Tell me about it - only it's not London, but Brum. Have had that sodding copper chopper hovering in a tight circle around my street for 90 minutes at least 3 times this year.

Around 2 am.

No sirens, no sounds from the ground, and nothing on their twitter feed.

Oh, and it has some sort of flashbomb on the front, so as it's bearing down it's blinding you - really wouldn't have been out of place in "Apocalypse Now".

I have little time for a police force that tries hard to intimidate it's citizens.

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Shazam! 'World's richest' bloke lobs $40m at music-sniffing biz

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SoundHound seems to work better

for me, leastways. YMMV

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Germans brew up a right Sh*tstorm

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"fin de semaine" != "le weekend/le week-end"

at the risk of being boring, the reason the French (and Italians) had to nick the word "weekend" is because they had no concept of Friday night/Saturday/Sunday being in anyway different to any other combination of an evening followed by two days. "Fin de semaine" translates perfectly as "end of the week". However it means the same in French as English ... "end of the week". Where a "weekend" is a different (cultural) concept.

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Love in an elevator.... testing mast: The National Lift Tower

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giving the thousands who pass by on the M1 motorway something to ponder: “What the bloody heck is that for?”

The tower, or the M1 ?

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Re: Cardington

how does it compare to the assembly building for the Saturn V in Florida ? A building so vast it had it's own weather system, apparently : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_Assembly_Building

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Yorkshire plods LOSE 9,000 GUNS in rogue BOFH database blunder

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@gazthejourno

My point is that there was (and I will stake a tenner I could use the word "is") no effective oversight. Who was managing her ? How was her performance being monitored ?

Having employees with the degree of autonomy required to cause this clusterfuck is acceptable (and probably inevitable) in small man+dog outfits. But in a public service ?

So, my question stands. What *other* unsupervised employees are there in Yorkshire police ?

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Re: Blame database snafu on sacked administrator?

And our wonderful press won't ask why the hell an administrator was able to do this. Clearly there *is* (not was) a culture of amateurness in Yorkshire Police (which is the REAL story). So where else is it prevalent ?

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“We are in a situation not of our making,” said Chf Supt Odell

I beg to differ ....

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Throwing arms let humans rise above poo-flinging apes to play CRICKET

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Re: Throwing actions

Bad form to reply to ones self, but the same episode also showed that:

1) Men are just as likely to ask directions as women (although the subjects were tested *alone*)

and

2) Men are no better at parallel parking than women.

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Re: Throwing actions

There was a recent Mythbusters which looked at this and found negligible differences between young boys and girls when it came to throwing ... the differences set in after puberty.

If you want to assess two subjects and remove any learned bias, get them to throw with their other arm - as soon as you do that girls and boys throw pretty much equally.

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Bank details - PAH! Phishers want your FACEBOOK password

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One day ...

I might write a program to hit phishing links with hundreds of thousands of bogus login details, and invite people to forward me any phishing emails they get as targets.

In fact, now I'm thinking about it, a better way would be a distributed app (a la SETI@Home) so the logins appear to come from all over the net.

On a more low-tech note, if everybody who got a phishing email clicked the link and supplied a duff login, the inherent value in phishing would collapse overnight.

I just need that round tuit ....

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Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

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Vaguely reminds me of a comment

by a security expert years ago, who said that if people wanted to communicate securely, the best bet was to fax each other in handwritten arabic.

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Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense

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@Greg J Preece

The Daily Mail lost because they alleged Psychic Sally used a particular technique of defrauding which they had no proof of. This is a specific claim which is a slur, and hence Sally (rightly) won when she accused them of libel.

If they had simply said "Psychic Sally is a fraud - no one can speak to the dead" then it would have been a different outcome. Mainly because I bet if they did print that, all of a sudden Psychic Sally will be nowhere to be found.

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Google gets gentle Street View slurp slap from UK data cops

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I suspect that it will be impossible to delete this data ...

Even if it was only one column in a database, you would still have to locate, restore delete and re-backup those old databases. And that's before we consider the possibility that the data might be in key-related tables which need to be present for the database to work ....

There needs to be some ISO standard for what to do in these instances ... maybe *replacing* the data with zeros, or spaces, or whatever is needed ...

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Pussy galore: Bubble-bath webcam spy outrage

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all webcams I know have a light on them to indicate if they are active..

surely if the webcam can be turned on without your knowing, the light could also be disabled ?

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Not all data encryption is created equal

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*Properly* implemented encryption ...

8192 bit encryption is worthless if a user chooses "password" as .... well, as their password.

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Offensive, iconoclastic internet trolls will NOT be prosecuted, says DPP

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Re: Does this mean ...

only if you like queueing ....

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Julian Assange: Google's just an arm of US government

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Re: "Assange, who referred to himself in the third person throughout the keynote"

Shit ! I'm fucked :(

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"Assange, who referred to himself in the third person throughout the keynote"

Surely that's reason enough to ignore him ?

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Google flings another £1m at online child sex abuse vid CRACKDOWN

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Yet curiously ...

we are told it's not possible to identify orphan works ...

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REVEALED: The gizmo leaker Snowden used to smuggle out NSA files

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No security system should have a single point of failure

Which is what has happened here. Someone who had access to the data *also* had access to the means to smuggle it out.

On another thread, I commented that IT admins should not be able to read the data under their control. I've seen it done with Windows ... (I apologise for vagueness, I am not a SysAdmin) it involved creating a folder with an account which was then deleted, having given access to the management, and denied to the administrator. So they could not look inside the folder, (nor take ownership).

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Jaguar to open new car-making factory in Blighty (virtually)

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Re: "return car manufacturing to Britain"

Indeed. And have just built a brand new powertrain factory in Wolverhampton ....

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CRINGE! Home Office wants to know whether your boss BEATS YOU

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Oh FFS !

And we pay taxes for this ?

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MySpace zaps millions of teens' tearful rants, causes wave of angst

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"The Cloud" .. exactly what the man wants

with more and more content going into the cloud, it becomes *much* easier to wipe out content you don't like ....

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Eurogeddon? Pah. UK banks are more terrified of hackers - big banker

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"Banks are really IT companies that just happen to do banking"

this was stated last year, after the NatWest fiasco. Was anyone listening ?

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Thanks, NSA: Amazon sales of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%

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How about "A Clockwork Orange" ?

I would argue we're looking more like the future imagined in that book ...

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UK.gov's £530m bumpkin broadband rollout: 'Train crash waiting to happen'

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Seems an awful lot of money

to enable access to government websites that only work in IE6

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Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

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Re: Ignore the terrorists ...

in a way, I believe that's what happened. The IRA spent the best part of 20 years bombing the population of the UK, who in that time did absolutely nothing whatsoever to indicate they had any interest in the problem.

I started Uni, sharing with an Irish chap in 1984. The Grand Hotel bombing happened, and he pointed out that a week later - as usual - absolutely no one had asked him anything about "the troubles".

The same will happen with Islamic terrorists. The great British Public will simply astound them with their total and utter lack of desire to learn anything about their "cause".

Willful, pigheaded ignorance - that's how we will beat them.

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@404

If IT Admins can access whatever they want, it's a shit organisation.

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