Re: What about Bird Shit?
ITYM "white dielectric material" ....
2129 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010
ITYM "white dielectric material" ....
The problem here, is that the person you are *talking* to, rightly or wrongly, will have no authority or ability to amend customer details. This is self-evident the first contact you get after complaining.
At that point, it's pointless to continue trying to make changes by repeating the process - you'll end up with the same problem.
For the Led Zeppelin reference alone.
Now I shall read the article !
"... because I don't like their design"
Don't like Wikipedia ? Then you do better ...
Anyone who stayed with Talk Talk after they proved their incompetence is undeserving of sympathy and column inches.
However, they do seem to explain how we got a Conservative government.
And this evades the PATRIOT Act how, exactly ?
He wasn't sacked for using corporate *devices* for personal use.
He was sacked for using corporate *time* (time he was paid to do his job in) for personal use.
Before I read the article, just from the headline, I *knew* I would find a line like:
It well may be that the handset in question was crackable not because of a Blackberry flaw but an incorrect implementation of PGP itself
The best encryption technology in the universe may be compromised by lack of understanding.
I notice is was "encrypted emails" that were cracked. Bear in mind, in it's native form, an "email" will have the underlying RFC-822 layout. So if you know what that looks like, and you have 200+ of the buggers all encrypted with the same key(s) you have a head start.
MrsJP is on Tesco, and yesterday around 4pm, tried to call a local landline 19 times from her Tesco mobile. The call just "dropped". No message, no tone. In the end I made the call from my Vodafone wok phone - first time.
This incident reminded us of something similar 2 years ago - again on Tesco (which is o2 really). I tried calling my sons phone, and was told "the number you have dialled has not been recognised" which lasted a few hours.
However, for balance, I haven't had any problems (yet) with the giffgaff SIMs I use in my Wileyfox ....
These powers have fuck all to do with trying to predict and intercept *future* terrorist activity, and everything to do with accessing historical data to haver dirt on any and all who oppose the Eye of Sauron.
there was an episode of Yes Minister where the hapless Hacker found that something had been agreed by his department which turned out to be politically embarrassing.
He calls in Sir Humphry, gives him a carpeting, and insists he is notified of everything going on in the department. Sir Humphry seems reluctant, which only increases Hackers resolve.
The next day, Hacker gets 5 red boxes, and takes all night to read them. Memos about staff rotas, pencil quotas ... as Hackers wife pointed out, by demanding to see *everything* Hacker had allowed Humphry to drown him in minutia.
Which is why my response to all this data-hoovering is "bring it on"
That's what they told you.
The fact the *biggest* group of under-occupiers of social housing (pensioners) were explicitly exempted indicates otherwise. So I stand by my assertion. It's ideological (as opposed to logical).
Do as the priest does, not as he says ......
On the radio today, the egregious Ms. Hillier was forced to admit that the means testing cost *more* than it saves.
Like the bedroom tax (which has cost the UK far more than it will ever "save") this is proof that "austerity" is a political and moral process, not a fiscal or practical one.
I suggested 5 years ago they could offer a combined mobile-landline-BB-TV deal, such that you could have a "family" of mobiles that would be free-call to each other (cf. giffgaff). The application being even if your sprogs have used up their credit, they can call home.
Given Virgins unique capability to offer such a service, you'd think it would be a no-brainer.
Didn't even get a reply (which it turns out is SOP whenever Virgin have a business opportunity).
The older I get, they less impressed I am by "the market".
As far as I know, every time "competition" has been fostered, then end result is fewer players.
The UK energy and cable markets being a paradigm.
We started off in the 80s, with several small, localised cable operators.
Now there's only Virgin.
We started off in the late 90s with several small, localised energy suppliers.
Now there's EON/EDF and BG (who all have resellers - not the same thing as competition)
In 2002 I signed up with Amerada. In a shadow of the old "how do you know you work for a dotcom company ?" (you've worked for 5 companies in two years and never moved desks) I found myself with 3 different outfits over 4 years without ever changing.
Echoes of Mussolini, and his program for Italy
"Battle for Grain" (great)
"Battle for Land" (hmm, less so - ask Ethiopia)
"Battle for Births" (yes, really)
cf. "5 year plans (Stalins USSR)"
is just a link in a chain of security.
Not that you'd think that from some of the more hysterical tinfoil-hattery being exhibited here.
If you make the assumption that *any* form or credentials caching - regardless of implementation - is susceptible to being read by 3rd parties, you take appropriate preventive measures.
In my case, even though my card details are stored in LastPass, an attacker with full access to my vault (which would require going through a 2FA challenge, so already they'd need to crack the Google authenticator mechanism) would not be able to use them, since my bank *also* demands 2FA. And all my saved payment details require the CVV number from the card. Which is *not* stored anywhere - not even on the card (use a soldering iron, the digits are embossed).
Anyone who criticises LastPass for "not being secure enough" is clearly stupid enough to think their security needs are capable of being met by a single application. And that person is - at best - "naive", and at worst, a moron. Especially if after lambasting LastPass for "not being secure enough" it turns out they have a safe inside the locked doors of their house.
(btw, I *up*voted you, for a sensible reply)
Just curious, if AgileBits isn't
- open source
then what's the difference between it and LastPass ?
I'm not thrilled about the LMI takeover of LP, but I can't find another tool that does the job the way I like it - irrespective of price.
(that's less than £10) ... for the *premium* LP (base version is free) you have to consider value for money ....
setting up MrsJPs Facebook over Xmas, I was impressed* with the ability to designate a trusted contact to help a user out, plus the feature to nominate a legacy contact to take control of your account when you join the choir invisible.
*despite actively hating Facebook for years, having dabbled now for a few months, I realise it was Facebookers I disliked with a vengeance. Being objective, FB is a very well written and designed site.
There's a saying about not discarding tools because you don't like the colour. Has anyone found anything to replace Lastpass ? I've tried a few (all suggested by El Reggers), and they haven't come close.
didn't he have a smartish (2-way radio) watch ?
Maybe the patent needs to go back further ?
and it's exactly why actually going places and doing stuff is so good for science. Either the science underpinning your expectations is wrong or incomplete (in which case we need to know more), or your application of current science wrong or incomplete (which is also good, since mistakes can be highly informative).
has this weasel statement *ever* been followed up ?
After the 2010 RBS outage I recall quite a few examples being mentioned where house sales had fallen through because funds were inaccessible (one idly wonders if conveyancing contracts now factor in "if your bank goes titsup" clauses).
So how far will this statement go ?
Is there a market for an insurance policy which will make funds available to cover a serious bank outage ?
J: Ah, I see you've underlined a few (takes dictionary, reads): `bloomers';
`bottom'; `burp'; (turns a page) `fart'; `fiddle'; `fornicate'?
J: Sir! I hope you're not using the first English dictionary to look up
E: I wouldn't be too hopeful; that's what all the other ones will be
of course, this is no news to anyone who saw season 2 of Homeland ... 3 years ago.
1 voice, 1 data
(old enough to remember the site www.jokewallpaper.com - aliased as www.coporateexcellence.com, in case your boss was monitoring your surfing)
Not as good as the joke BSOD screensaver I used to run ...
Hardly an advert.
Of course enquiring minds might want to know why TalkTalk was not present at the committee meeting mentioned in the article to present evidence or whether they presented any in the first place.
maybe because there's very little Talk Talk can teach anybody ?
and no mention of Captain Pugwash with the oft-repeated urban legend of Seaman Staines and Master Bates ?
E2A: In a typical example of Sods law someone else posted about CP whilst I was typing.
back in 1981, buying David Singmasters bible to solving the cube.
And then understanding it. Aged 14. Made some extra pocket money explaining it ...
for password storage and handling ?
If they can, they will.
Aren't there some numpty jihadists enjoying state-sponsored B&B after deciding to cook-up their own encryption on the basis that "infidel technology" was bound to be compromised. Thus proving paranoia does erode rational thought.
after all, the film having a BBFC certificate is protecting *them* from prosecution,
£50 total, to keep the video versions of the (IMHO) mainly excellent "Richard Herrings Leicester Square Theatre Podcasts" coming (The one with Johnny Vegas was worth it alone !).
Pluses: Unedited, and no book/film/TV show plugging. Oh, and no BBFC involvement. And free on ther internet.
Minuses: Occasional low-energy guests.
At least I know where my money went. £50 for getting on for 50 hours of when-it-works ****ing brilliant comedy sounds a bargain.
Something I suspect western banking systems may struggle to understand.
You jest, but actually I suspect this is a real thing.
I live in Birmingham, and in the past few weeks, mysterious "roadworks" have cropped up - coned off carriageways with **** all work going on. When combined with *real* works the overall effect is to make the flow of traffic through the city "sticky". It's not gridlock, but careful inspection reveals there are now several pinch points where cars are forced into single lanes. Something an operation to detain a suspect vehicle would find invaluable. The fact Birmingham (like all major cities) is ringed with non-speed ANPR cameras may be a factor.
Likewise, overt summer, when there were murmurs of mass social unrest, a few people noticed that the net effect of all the rail system *and* trunk road maintenance was to prevent rapid mass rapid movement of people.
was that you could install it, zip up C:\WINDOWS and mess around installing shit, nuke C:\WINDOWS, and replace with the zip file.
Rinse and repeat.
Made our installs rock-solid. Unlike some rival vendors, who learned the hard way ....
So they're already recruiting from a shrinking pool. Because civil service working practices trump catching terrorists.
Makes you wonder how real the "war on terror" is, doesn't it ?
... something the ancient Egyptians did many times, as the course of the Nile changed nover centuries ...
a data breach of this magnitude should be considered a priori evidence of the failure of the company to adhere to it's own data protection policy, and therefore a breach of contract.
Can we have a Judge Dredd icon ? (And maybe, following Private Eyes example, a "Judge Dreadful" icon for numpty judgements ?)
A song in 5/4 IIRC. Phil Collins is one of the few drummers who can understand time signatures (well, Genesis were built on weird time changes).
I have my doubts the people arrested so far are the actual perpetrators. In fact the more 16 year olds arrested, the less likely it is. Quite aside from Finks Fifth Law, I refuse to believe 4 16 year olds could organise their homework diaries, let alone a "sophisticated cyber attack" (c).
Given how all this has played out, it's entirely possible the entire reason for the hack was to create enough media noise such that phone and email phishing attempts briefly became easier with no actual need to use the accessed data (and thus risk capture).
When news of a "ransom" was mentioned, I turned my thoughts as to how to extract money from such a situation without ever being caught. Obviously a straight transaction of bitcoin is ultimately identifiable. However, then I wondered, what if the perpetrator legitimately accumulated a stash of bitcoins over time. Undertakes hack. Ransom demand is that the victim simply buys £1,000,000 of bitcoins. I'm not economist, but the spike in demand should heft the value of my *already bought* bitcoins enough that I make a profit. Not the £1,000,000 paid out, but a substantial amount.
Rather than (moronically) sending each other emails, I suspect terrorists, criminals (and spies) who have an aversion to being caught would simply:
1) Identify a *public* channel for communication(s). Maybe a couple of binary newsgroups
2) post in one an NZB of a media file (don't worry if it doesn't work. Thanks to the media providers dark war on copying, corrupted media files aren't significant) which while not encrypted, has your encrypted message hidden inside it.
3) The actual intended recipient of the file will not be immediately apparent
4) The recipient replies the same way. If the channel is *initially* secured, it can be used to switch newsgroups/posting handles at will.
5) Notice how nothing in the UK governments land-grab of data could (a) prevent (b) identify this.
To be honest, I wouldn't even bother encrypting the source message. There's so much shite spouted online anyway, there's no way you could determine anything in isolation.
But then if I were a "terrorist" and my aim was to kill, hurt and maim as many innocent people as possible with my own survival being unnecessary, there's plenty of things I could do RIGHT NOW that could take a dozen or so souls out without really trying. The lack of such incidents leads me to wonder quite how "threatening" the "terrorist threat" is ?
Is that the van Buren supernova I see ...
"laminar flow" ?
One of the reasons aerators are fitted to modern taps - to prevent the stream of water acting like a solid (and bouncing back into your face).
if comets have been spraying the Earth with ozone forever ? Yet (another) example of how the universe interacts.
"codelessn code" is another way of saying that instead of writing the code yourself, you direct code other people have written to do your dirty work, by crafting a config for it ?
e.g. rm *.* -rf in a script ?
is no-one uses the ****ing doorbell. *If* you're lucky, you might hear the mouse fart they call a knock.
When we actually got to ask our postie why he never rang the bell he didn't say "what bell" (which would have been understandable). No, he just said "I don't know if it works or not."
He's a moron. He's part of a league of morons.